2. Complains that in Cold War movies, Russians are never portrayed as moronic hicks crammed full of bogus Marxist rhetoric they are too dumb to understand.
3. States that the difference between 'yesterday' (that is, the ever-unspecified golden era of men's hats, cigar-smoking and no hippies in which he clearly wishes he lived) and 'today' (that is, our modern era of overpaid baseball players, depressing Hollywood films, and the cancerous culture that has been our lot since the hated 1970s) is embodied in "The Great Gildersleeve", a show that dared to make you smile, instead of the crass modern comedies whose base aim is to make you laugh.
That's right, folks: unless I'm reading him wrong, James Lileks cites as a hallmark of the degradation of our contemporary culture the fact that comedy makes you laugh.