Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Movie Review: 17 Again

Recently, my wife has become more interested in watching movies again with me.  Therefore, we have watched several movies that I wouldn't normally put on my own list.  One of these movies was the post high-school musical project for Zac Ephron, 17 Again.  Let's face it, the idea of either going back in the past or being young again is nothing new.  People always wonder what it would be like if you had a second chance at your adolescence, knowing what you do now.  I thought Napoleon Dynamite treated this concept well with Uncle Rico buying the time machine only to have severe groin pain.  With all that being said, I still had a good time watching this movie.  It was entertaining, not overly crude, and fun.  My favorite aspect of the movie had to do with Ephron's best friend.  Despite his character being the most popular at school, he was still best friends with the nerd, and remained best friends as adults.  The nerd grew up to be a filthy rich software writer that was able to indulge in all of his sci-fi/sci-fantasy merchandise collection dreams.  He had a land speeder bed and vulcan ears.  At one point, as he nerdly courts his now 17 again friend's principle (he posed as the father to get him into school), he discovers that the principle also speaks elvish from the Lord of the Rings.  It was funny for a fan like myself.  The movie all plays out as you would expect, but it was still worth the watch.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hutaree - Christian: What Was the Ft Hood Shooter.

I don't want to get caught up in a debate on whether or not Christ would support the planned actions of the Hutaree.  That is easy, he wouldn't.  I don't recall Jesus meeting with his disciples and discussing plans for abducting Roman soldiers and killing them.  The controversy here is how the message is being conveyed by the media and the government.  Why is it that the media and government are so quick to tell you that the Hutaree are allegedly "Christian."?  Before you answer that question, you must also ask yourself why it took the regular media a long time to make any connection between Nadal Hassan, a.k.a Ft Hood Shooter, and Islam.  Why is it that despite overwhelming evidence that Hassan considered himself an Islamic soldier, that it took months for the government to openly admit such a connection.  This is the first overt attack on Christians here, and the Hutaree don't have to be Christians to be part of the attack.  They could be satanists for all we know, but so long as the media and the government call them Christians, its all the same.   I have not heard the word Hutaree mentioned once without also saying Christian since this story broke.  Let's use our heads here and see the plan.  I wouldn't put Hutaree and Christian myself.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Hutaree Raided by ATF, Charged with Sedition: What about Mosques

In a previous post, I mentioned that the Obama administration will now move toward silencing the opposition.  This morning, news broke that a "christian" militia group was raided with 9 taken into custody.  This group, called the Hataree, were initially only quoted from their website as saying that they would defend themselves and other Christians as well as defend the Word.  I immediately wrote a blog that said it sounded fishy and a little bit of a stretch for them to get raided.  I removed my post when it came out that they were planning attacks against police, which is indefensible.  I would not want to appear in any way to support such a thing, which I still do not.
However, it is now coming out that they are being charged with sedition, conspiracy to commit violence.  Now that sent me right back into smelling something fishing.  Of course, our good friends at the ATF, responsible for the deaths of 20+ children in Waco, TX, were responsible for the raid.  Now, we must certainly take action against those that intend to commit violence, but I question how sedition is being used here.  How many left activist have threatened and even caused violence.  Hello weather-underground and Obama's good friend, David Ayers.   How many mosques are preaching hate and violence against our government.  So, is it not odd that a "right wing christian" group would be the source of our first charge of sedition in my memory.   This is scary stuff.
Scarier still is to read the indictment.  I wonder why this hasn't been applied to the left.  Why we haven't heard a case since 1961 of the Smith Act being applied.
Hataree indictment pdf

Obama Administration Through the Eyes of Karl Marx: Communism is at Hand

First, think of the phrase, to each according to their need, from each according to their ability to give. Need and ability are subject to government interpretation of course. This is the basic tenet of communism. When you look at all of the programs of Obama thus far, you will realize that he applies this principle to everything he does. Primarily, health care was based on the fact that it was deemed that millions had a need for care, and that care will be provided by those that are deemed to have the ability to fund it. There is nothing American about this and this nation was founded on market principles. Let's look at some of the other principles of communism as listed on wikipedia:
10 point program of Communism

1. Abolition of property in land and of all rents of land to public purposesThink of Utah for example.  60% of Utah is now owned by the federal government.  Think of how eminent domain is used. 
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.  Obama is taking this a step further.  Instead of it being progressive, he is just making it so that a majority of people pay no taxes.
3. Abolition of all right of inheritance. The punitive nature of estate taxes is working toward reaching this goal.
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.  Recently, the FBI raided several "militia" groups.  Needless to say, their property has been seized. 
5. Centralisation of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.  Well, not only does the government control many banks, they control the federal reserve.  They also control mortgages and have a total monopoly on student loans now.  Essentially, our financial industry has just become nationalized in 15 months.
6. Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.  The left has indirectly controlled the means of communication for decades until talk radio and the internet.  Look for the next big take over here.
7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.  Since producing food in our country is actually not an issue, I would translate this one to be our current environmental movement.
8. Equal liability of all to labour. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.  Unionization, unionization, unionization.  SEIU, UAW....
9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equitable distribution of the population over the country.  By ignoring constitutional provisions for the separation of powers, as done with health care, the power of the state has been relegated to being merely an agent of the Fed.
10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production.  The key here is public schools.  Private and home schooled kids will not be tolerated.

You know, having gone through this list, we are so much further along the communist road than I thought. 

Friday, March 26, 2010

What Is The Incentive To Work In The Obamanation

So, let me get this straight, if I lose my job, I will get unemployment checks for an indefinite amount of time, I will receive free health care, my student loans could be forgiven, and now my mortgage will be paid for 6 months, so long as I stop making payments on it. Aside from values that use to matter, such as pride and responsibility, what incentive is there to work. Of course, I don't think it is just a coincidence that such a system of dependence is being created. When I have been unemployed in the past, the idea of unemployment was distasteful enough of an incentive for me to be tenacious to only be unemployed for a maximum of 1.5 months over the last 13 years. For most people, the basic need of survival is the incentive to look for job opportunities. If one's survival is never in jeopardy then why would most people look for work. Is it compassionate for us to create this dependence. When will we be courageous enough to say that real compassion is to put an end to the flow of programs.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Has Our Nation Turned Into the ‘the Burbs’


Has Our Nation Turned Into the ‘the Burbs’

One of my favorite movies to watch over and over again is the Burbs.  There are so many silly things to quote, “What’s your name? Hans. Hans?  That’s a fine Christian name, Han’s Christian Anderson. “  “Oh-ho. Got somebody tied up in the ol' cellar, have yah, Rube?.”  The movie deals with the paranoia that can arise from suburbanites that live in a cul-du-sac who spend too much time cutting their grass and obsessing over the activities of their neighbors.  When a reclusive family moves in next to the Petersen home, father Ray (tom hanks) finds himself embroiled in the paranoid antics of his neighbors Art (Rick Duccommon) and retired Vietnam vet Mark Rumsfeld.   Art is convinced that the Klopek’s have murdered Ray’s old neighbors.  Ray is unconvinced and uninterested until his other neighbor’s dog shows up on his lawn.  Ray, Art, and Mark go to the neighbor’s home to return the dog, but find that their neighbor is missing.  Art works to convince Ray that the Klopeks have now murdered their neighbor Walter. 

Art Wiengartner: I'm telling you these people are Satanists. As I sit here, they are satanists. Look, look, the world is full of these kind of things - black masses, mutilations. Mutilations. The incubus, the succubus - I'm tellin' you, Walter was a human sacrifice.

Art explains that the burbs is the perfect breeding ground for killers, saying that “people who mow their lawn for the 800th time, and then SNAP?”.  Ray even has a nightmare thinking the Klopek’s worship Satan. 

Ray Peterson: [chanting] I'm not going to listen to this, I'm not going to here this now.
Art: Ray! Ray! Your chanting!
[points to book]
Art: Ray, unconscious chanting... your chanting!
Ray Peterson: [continues Chanting with fingers in ears]
Art: [chants] I want to kill everyone. Satan is good. Satan is our pal.
Art: Hey, once they get in here,
[points to Ray's head]
Art: its over pal.

The climax comes when Ray and Art break into the Klopek’s home, with the surveillance of Rumsfeld, when the Klopek’s leave for the day.  The goal is to dig up the Klopek’s basement to find Walter’s body that art is convinced was buried there.  As the Klopek’s arrive home early, Ray strikes a gas line and the house blows up with him inside. 
Ray emerges from the burnt out home of the Klopek’s badly injured.  Ray now sees the error of his ways and while Art is still beating the drum of conspiracy, Ray snaps at art and says:

Ray Peterson: Remember what you were saying about people in the 'burbs, Art, people like Skip, people who mow their lawn for the 800th time, and then SNAP? WELL, THAT'S US. IT'S NOT THEM, THAT'S US. WE'RE the ones who are vaulting over the fences, and peeking in through people's windows. We're the ones who are THROWING GARBAGE IN THE STREET, AND LIGHTING FIRES. WE'RE THE ONES WHO ARE ACTING SUSPICIOUS AND PARANOID, ART. WE'RE THE LUNATICS. US. IT'S NOT THEM. It's us.
Art Wiengartner: [after a pause] I don't know what to say... What, do you want me to move?

Dejected, Ray only wants to be taken to a hospital.  He puts himself into the back of an ambulance and tells his wife he will meet her there.  While resting in the ambulance, Dr. Klopek appears.  Ray is remorseful about what has happened and promises to repay Mr. Klopek, but Klopek unveils his true self.

Dr. Werner Klopek: Come now, Mr. Peterson, you were in my basement. Surely, you looked in the furnace.
Ray Peterson: Well I-I-I-I saw your furnace, Doctor. I figured a man's furnace is his business.  (this is hilarious since he just burned down the Klopek’s home.)
Dr. Werner Klopek: You saw one of my skulls, didn't you? Oh yes, I know you did. It belonged to a neighbor of yours. The name was Knapp. We took the house from them. I offered to buy it but you know how old people are, they grow so attached to things.
Ray Peterson: Uh, you know, Dr. Kopek, I think I forgot my wallet...
[Tries to get up but is held down]
Dr. Werner Klopek: I let you keep the femur, but now, now I want my skull. Or perhaps, I might just take yours. Hans!

The ambulance takes off and Ray and Dr. Klopek struggle.  The ambulance crashes into art’s home and the back doors open so that the gurney containing a struggling Ray and Klopek wheels down the street and crashes into the back of Dr. Klopek’s car.  The trunk pops open and reveals a whole assortment of human remains.  So the irony of the movie was that despite the absolute conspiratorial nature of the incident, Art ended up being correct all along.

How does this movie translate to current events?  Simple.  Let’s look at this metaphorically.  The nation is Ray Petersen, we just want to mind our own business and do what is right.  Despite what we see happening around us, we hang on to the hope that it isn’t bad.  Right wing bloggers are Art.  For years, we tell our neighbor’s stories of various conspiracies.  During the 2008 election and especially since then, we have been sounding the alarm about the real motives of Obama, about how this man really does want to transform our nation.   Obama is Dr. Klopek.  On the outside, he is intelligent, gentle, and well spoken.  No way could this guy be capable of doing everything the “art” bloggers accuse him of.  Health care legislation is the pile of bones in Dr. Klopek’s trunk.  The whole health care debate was the crazy process Ray and Art went through to expose the truth.    The moral of the lesson is that this suburban nation has wanted to believe that they didn’t let a monster move into the white house next door, but the reality is that he has given us a trunk full of bones for health care.  Hopefully, we will be vindicate as Art ended up being.

Art: I think the message to, uh, psychos, fanatics, murderers, nutcases all over the world is, uh, "do not mess with suburbanites". Because, uh, frankly we're just not gonna take it anymore. Ya know, we're not gonna be content to look after our lawns and wax our cars, paint out houses. We're out to get them, Don, we are out to get them.

Democrats Use Threat of Violence to Silence Opposition

You don't have to be a scholar of communist revolution in Russia or the writings of Karl Marx to understand that to have a successful revolution, you must control the message. This was never an issue for the encroaching left until Fox, internet, and talk radio. I do feel that the left never understood how powerful the medium was until they saw the tide turn drastically against them during the health care debate. However, they have now had a couple of days to rest and have decided that they will not tolerate this dissent anymore. As you know, one of the few limitations of speech is doing something like screaming fire in a movie theater. Now suppose you extend the theater to be as large as the nation and "fire" to be figuratively interpreted by the government to be whatever it wants. Also suppose you have a marxist administration that is not afraid to be as loose with the constitution as possible. What you end up with is the current tactic by the left to try to paint the protests of the center and right to be violent and of concern. Clearly, this is an attempt to take the focus off of their agenda and on to false issues. I, however, see this as the beginning of their long term goal of silencing protesters and radio. They already have some things in the works for radio and the internet, so don't be surprised when this happens. Everything that anyone ever thought this administration would be capable of has come true, this is no different. Also, as all radio hosts are pointing out today, the left has had the market cornered on violent protest since the 60's

What If the DOT.COM Bubble Burst Today


As I read the news reports about a new government effort to help the 6 million people whose homes are in foreclosure, I reminisced about how the government handled another bursting bubble a decade ago.  Back in the 90’s, as the internet exploded into every fabric of our lives, a couple of people would band together to create a website and then offer their startup company’s stock.  Investors poured money into these internet cottage industries.  With tons of cash, these companies, with no real business plan would hire employees, buy buildings and equipment, and buy nice things for themselves.  As the investment cash ran out and the company did not actually make money, this bubble, the lifted the stock market to new heights, burst.  The companies began to fold like dominoes.  Investors were ruined, and unemployment rose.    George Bush, for all of his faults, inherited this mess from the previous administration, not that Bill Clinton had anything to do with it.   George, in his first year as President, assessed the situation and realized that the economy needed a real sustained stimulus, not just an infusion of cash that would end.  So, he passed sweeping tax cuts on income, investments, and estates.  The result was a booming economy and very low unemployment for the next 7 years.
Now let’s contrast this approach to the housing bubble.  During the ladder part of the Bush administration, government owned Freddie and Fannie Mae were under instruction to expand home ownership so that more minorities could own homes.   So, the cycle of sub-prime mortgages began.  What happened is that banks, with the backing of Freddie and Fanny, abandoned all sense when it came to extending loans to perspective buyers, buyers that should never have been loaned to.  For example, a home across the street from my house was for sale.  Because it is twice the size as every other house in the neighborhood, it was also for sale for twice that value.  A family bought the home with a payment that was more than twice my own, while bringing in quite a bit less than me in income.  The payment was well over half of their income ( I know because they told me as they moved out).   So, not only did the buyer enter into a disaster, so to did the bank that extended the loan.  Needless to say, in August of 2008, the home was foreclosed on and the house has sat vacant ever since.  All over the country, people snatched up real estate at an over inflated rate, and as these expensive properties came due, the owners defaulted.  The market was flooded with over-priced homes and nobody wanted to build a new home. 
So, instead of allowing the market to correct itself as was done with the Dot.com bubble, Obama decided to try to prevent the foreclosures from happening with a relief package.  Essentially, it is like seeing a drug addict try to quit, and when you see them violently shake, you decide that what they need is maybe one last hit.  Of course, once that hit wears off, they convulse once again.  Similarly, as the initial package just delayed the inevitable, Obama is once again offering another hit.  Obama’s drug is just as addictive, it is called government aide, and like a good dealer, he wants you hooked.  It’s also like coming to the end of a bad book.  Instead of being able to read the last chapter and move on to a new book, Obama keeps writing more and equally bad chapters for you to read.  The best thing that happened out of the dot.com bust was that it was allowed to happen.  Investors learned their lesson and the economy rebounded.  Let’s do the same with the housing bubble.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

John Dingle Admits the Purpose of Health Care

Honestly, John Dingle's comments were not needed for me to know that Obama's push for health care had nothing to do with actual health care.  It is about control.  There is nothing in this bill that expands quality or opportunity of care.  It is full of punishment, disincentives, and rationing of care.  However, you no longer have to take my word for it.  An audio clip has surfaced from Senior Democrat Representative John Dingle in which he is talking about how long it will take to write the actual language needed to administer the health bill "TO CONTROL THE PEOPLE."  Controlling people is what it has always been about, and I say shame on all you that were naive enough to ignore all of the warning signs about Obama and went ahead and voted and supported this monster.  I will not accept the apology from all of you that thought that people like me were just alarmist or extremist.  Instead, since you are responsible for this, you must make amends by acts of service.  By lobbying your congressman and voting out the democrat rats and RINO's that infect our government.  You are now officially shunned until 2012, at which time I will re-evaluate my shunning based on your work.

Movie Review: Surrogates

Surrogates is the story of a society, at an unspecified time, that lives vicariously through their humanoid surrogates.  Strapped to chairs in their dark bedrooms, the human lives and experiences what their surrogate experiences, only without the consequences.  There is no murder or STDs.  Of course, there are those that believe surrogate life is an abomination.  These people are called Dreads.  Dreads live in colonies scattered around the country where no surrogates are allowed.  Bruce Willis play FBI agent Tom Greer who investigates the murder of a man who died has his surrogates brain was fried with some sort of mysterious weapon.  The link between surrogate and human is supposed to prevent any harm from happening to the surrogate, so this death is especially disturbing. Tom, who himself is a surrogate, begins the investigation in a conspiratorial murder mystery that unravels to find that the creator of surrogate, James Cromwell, has set out to end surrogacy.  As a surrogate, he has been leading the Dreads revolt against surrogacy, unbeknownst to the human population.   Cromwell was fired from the company he started.  This company,VSI, had developed the weapon that could kill both human and surrogate.    VSI wants to kill Cromwell and believe they do so in the beginning of the movie.  However, they instead kill Cromwell's son who was borrowing his father's surrogate.  Cromwell then captures the weapon and after killing Greer's partner, steals her surrogate to enter the FBI headquarters to use the weapon to terminate all surrogates.  Greer is forced to take a leave, but choose to pursue the case anyway.  Because his surrogate is destroyed in a chase, Greer must now function as a human.  He has to deal with the anxiety of knowing that he could actually come to harm.  However, he finds that he has missed his real life.  He tries to convince his wife to do the same, but his wife, consumed with pain killers and anti-depressants, chooses surrogacy because their son had died and the pain is too much.  Anyway, the movie's climax comes as Greer's hijacked partner is activating a program that will kill on surrogates.  Greer kills Cromwell and then assumes control of his partner's surrogate.  With the help of the operator that is tied up, Greer is able to put up a barrier that will protect the human from their surrogates fate.  The controller tells him how to stop the surrogates from being destroyed, but Greer chooses to allow the Surrogates to perish.  The end of the movies shows people raggedy people emerging from their homes as they have become disconnected from their surrogate.  Greer and his wife unite in the flesh.  I enjoyed this movie from an entertainment perspective and a sci-fi fan.  I do like how they portrayed such a life-style.   One of the real interesting scenes is when Greer goes to visit the military.  He is in this room filled with countless consoles of men operating military surrogates.  As one of the soldiers dies,  he takes of his head set and says "i'm out".  He is then loaded into a new surrogate that arrives at the battlefield and he resumes combat.  The commanding officer paces the room making notes.  This officer then leaves the room to drive in a golf cart down to a different part.  He tells another man to keep an eye on bravo company.  Greer and the office discuss the weapon while the officer drives.  The conversation ends when the officer says "now you'll have to excuse me, we have a peace keeping mission".  There are problems with the movie, but I do suggest watching it if you like sci-fi.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Post Health Care: What to do now?

Just as Nancy Pelosi shamefully paraded across the capital with minority members of the house to remind us of the civil rights struggle, perhaps it is now our time for civil disobedience. I remember from my political science class that in order for a law to be enforced, it must also be considered legitimate. For example, when prohibition was passed, it wasn't considered legitimate in that few honored its existence, despite rigorous enforcement. Similarly, can we ignore the rules of the health care plan and render it illegitimate. Can we ignore the taxes and fines. As I heard on the radio yesterday, can we patronize health care speakeasies. Can we take our health care off the grid. The problem with a tactic such as this is that it requires enough of a unity as to force action. However, if you can remember back to your summer days at the swimming pool, how many times did you line up along the side of the pool with your friends waiting to see who would get into the cold water first. You would all make a pact to jump in together on the count of three, and when three is called out, you are either all still on the side of the pool, or one sucker jumped in while the rest await their reaction. Unfortunately, that is how we act in so many things. Most people will wait and let somebody else take the risk first or not take the risk at all. The problem we have here is that by the time we get the guts it takes, Obama and Pelosi will have drained the pool. Will you take the leap?

Monday, March 22, 2010

What Does the Health Care Bill Contain?


Is health care for 30 million people worth the sacrifice for the other 300 million people.  Do you realize that there will be 16,000 IRS agents hired to enforce HEALTH CARE RULES.  Doesn't that sound odd to you.  I just watched this movie, 7 Pounds, where Will Smith poses as an IRS agent to get information on people.  I know it is just a movie, but the look of horror and deference on the people’s faces when he shows his badge is possibly the most realistic aspect of the movie.  It is no coincidence that the IRS will be the army Obama uses to enforce this un-American legislation.  What else you get is a first from the federal government.  Now, by penalty of law, you must engage in an act of commerce.  Again, it is no coincidence that this has never happened before at the federal level because it is unconstitutional.  Our constitution does allow Congress to regulate interstate commerce.  Commerce, however is an activity in which people voluntarily engage in.  Commerce is not an inactivity.  If I choose to not engage in commerce, I’m not affected by whatever legislation Congress may have passed to regulate that activity.   The Health Care bill now forces me to engage in an activity.  This is clearly a violation of the powers of congress and the reserved powers clause.  Now, you can see that they think they can get by with it because the commerce happens to be health care, but when you fail to follow the law and leave it up to human interpretation, it could extend to anything.   If, for example, Congress can regulate the transportation of pornography as it travels across state lines, couldn’t they then compel you to purchase said material.  That sounds ridiculous, but what’s the difference.  Can you name a single difference aside from what is being purchased.  There is no limit if we let Congress do this.  It’s a simple equation.  Congress can regulate product A in both the purchase and non-purchase of product A.  You can substitute anything for product A.  The reason why our Constitution has endured for so long is that the equation regarding product A does not exist as it is being interpreted.

For additional information in a Q&A format, This link will take you to the times analysis of the bill

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Bart Stupak is Pro-Life....Life of the Health Care Bill

So much is wrong with this bill and the process surrounding it, I am ashamed of our congress and President.  What I have learned is that Pro-Life may be an ambiguous term as it doesn't identify what Life you are pro.  My Case in point is Bart Stupak voting for the the bill that funds abortion.  He is certainly pro-life, pro-life for the health care bill.  He is supposed to be one of these stoic champions of the unborn,  but he has decided that a promise from the president to sign an executive order to not fund abortion federally is enough for him.  He must also realize that a president cannot sign an executive order that goes against the law.  In essence, Obama has now claimed that he has the power of the line-item-veto to mark out provisions of the bill.  This is absurd of course, but so is everything else that has to do with the bill.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Movie Ideas from the Headlines


Feeling creatively inspired, I thought I would have fun and try to come up with some movie ideas taken from the headlines.  Let's see if they are ever made.  

“Welcome To”
With tourism to Mexico down 49%, the cause is attributed to the increase in violence along the border from drugs.  So now imagine the US sends a man and woman FBI team to investigate the murder of an American couple.  While there, they meet the leader of one of Mexico’s drug cartels.  In the volatile encounter, the kingpin says “look, if you want to solve your case, you’re on the wrong side of the border”.  The FBI team follows the leads and they are taken straight to the governor of Florida’s office.  They learn that the governor has been acting on behalf of the tourism industry in Florida to ruin Mexico to bring tourists back to Florida during the sluggish economy.  The Governor has commuted the sentences of many convicts and supplied them with money and weapons in exchange for their random acts of violence. 

“Climategate”
Based on the real events that unfolded the scam that was climate change, a local conservative radio host spends his evenings at home, after his kids have gone to bed, trying to hack into the leading academic center in the world leading the climate change movement.   The quest turns into an obsession, driving a wedge between himself and his wife, who suspects an online affair.  The host cannot reveal his true mission as his wife is a government worker with the EPA.  One day, he comes across the payload of e-mails showing a concerted effort to hide and change data to perpetuate the climate change movement.  He discovers that instead of it being an attempt to take over government, it was merely a way for researchers to get grants and other funding.  His wife takes his computer to her office one day to have a friend try to find his lover, only to discover his true motives.   It is immediately flagged to the head of the EPA, himself part of the money grab, who then uses EPA agents to hunt down the host and kill him.  Before he is tracked down, the host manages to leak the e-mails on the internet, and it is too late.  As he is shot, a montage of news events showing how his work unraveled a ring spanning the globe, culminating with a shot of Al Gore being taken into police custody.

“Vampire’s Stake”
In a kind of Divinci Code movie, a young youth pastor starts to see an increase in the mainstream discussion of vampire movies and novels.   He tolerates it at first, until several of his youths are caught up having accidently killed one of their friends while playing out scenes from the movie.  Suddenly, the congregation wants answers to an issue they previously didn’t care about.  They blame the youth pastor since all of the kids were in his youth group, and he is fired from the church.  He decides to go undercover and find out what is alluring about this lifestyle.  Since he is still young, he joins another church and joins the youth group.  He makes friends with some of the “goth” kids and they take him in.  He begins to emulate the appearance of these goth kids.  One of them invites him to a ritual, where all of his convictions are tested during a drug and lust filled evening.    Later, the youth pastor investigates the homeowner where the party was held.  He could find nothing.  As he went to more parties at other homes, he started to see the connections as all were board members for a small movie studio.  Through a series of connections, he found that these studios were the source for material and funding for the various vampire movies and novels.    All of these came from a single writer.  The pastor continues his investigation only to find that the writer is an actual demon.  The Demon’s agenda is to provide youths with an alternate view of eternity appealing to their sinful nature, to keep them from turning to Christ.  The two have a struggle in the room whereby the pastor dispatches the demon with a  prop stake that was on the demon’s desk, evil spirits pour from it body leaving the human shell it once occupied bloodied on the ground.

Why Obama and Government Forsake the Law

It has been very difficult for me to understand how it is that our current President and Democrat majority can so easily forsake the codified law of our nation just to push their agenda.  The constitution is all about restraining the federal government's power.  It's the idea of restraint that finally made me realize why I should not be surprised.  These same people have demonstrated no restraint at all when it comes to our budget, with record deficits, despite the harm it is causing our economy.  So, it actually makes sense that the Democrats would not respect the restraint the constitution imposes on their power.  I have to give them kudos for at least being consistent and predictable, so long as you think like pond scum.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Obama' Revealing Interview on Fox

I can't believe Obama actually did an interview on Fox.  Kudos to him for his courage. However, if he was trying to help his cause, I don't think he was successful.  The most telling part of the interview that I heard was when Obama said he was not concerned about the process.  If our country's chief executive, responsible for enforcing laws, is not concerned with the process, then where does that leave our nation.  It is turned upside down.  A country's legal system can either be substantive or procedural.  For almost 235 years, our constitution has served as the foundation for the procedural system that is our government.  The advantage of a procedural system is that it helps to remove the human element from its implementation.  A human can rationalize just about anything.  Codifying laws and processes help to contain this human impulse.  It is a "the means justify the end" type of process.  Follow the steps and the result, good or bad, is at least legal.  In a court of law, an innocent or guilty person may not receive actual justice.  The process may send innocent people to jail or set the guilty free on a technicality.  By contrast, many nations have a framework of laws, but the process is much more open to interpretation to those administering the laws.  It is substantive in that the end justifies the means.  Maybe the process has to be changed here or there, but that is okay so long as the result is what is desired.  The problem with this is that the desired result is always up to a person, and a person is unpredictable.  What the democrats and Obama are doing is transforming our nation into one that foresakes the process to meet the desires of those in power.  Other nations do this, like the USSR, China, North Korea, Cuba, pretty much any south American or African nation.  Has the goal of health care been to transform medicine or change the way we create laws. 

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Revised School House Rock Lyrics to I'm Just a Bill Obama/Pelosi Style

There may be some odd winners as the health care lack of debate and procedural trickery presses on.  While it is all but certain that it will be the doom for the Democrat party, the methods used to pass this legislation will certainly be beneficial to textbook publishers and the producers of school house rock.   With methods like reconciliation, slaughter rule, a "deemed" vote, the way children are taught how a bill becomes a law must be changed.  Every textbook must be rewritten to say that if you have President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid in charge, a bill may become a law any way necessary.   However, traditional and legal methods must be respected again if Obama ends his presidency.  The old school house rock cartoon where the eager young children are serenaded by a rolled up piece of paper will have to be changed to a giant stack of paper in a wheel chair because it is too large explaining that the he doesn't really know how he became a law, it just happened.  Here is my attempt at the new lyrics.

I'm just a bill.
Yes, I'm only a bill.
And I'm sitting here in my chair up on Capitol Hill.
Well, it's a long, long journey
To the capital city.
It's a long, long wait
While I'm sitting with Pelosi
But I know I'll be a law someday
At least I hope but not pray that I will,
But today I am still just an oversized bill.

Boy: Gee, Bill, you certainly have a lot of patience and courage.
Bill: Well I got this far. When I started, I wasn't even a bill, I was just an idea. Some union folks back home decided they wanted a law passed, so they called their Union boss and he said, "You're right, there oughta be a law." Then he sat down and wrote me out and introduced me to Congress, but never showed anyone what is inside of me. And I became a bill, and I'll remain a bill until they decide to make me a law.

I'm just a bill
Yes I'm only a bill,
And I got as far as Capitol Hill.
Well, I never made it to committee
And I'll sit here and wait
While a few democrat Congressmen plot and debate
Whether they should let me be voted on or just deemed passed.
How I hope but not pray that they will,
But today I am still just a bill.  

Boy: Listen to those protesters chanting! Is all that passion about you?
Bill: Yeah, I'm one of the lucky ones. Most people used to only watch CNN or read the times so they didn't know that I exist. I hope they decide to report on me favourably, otherwise I may die.
Boy: Die?
Bill: Yeah, die in committee. Oooh, but it looks like I'm gonna live! There isn't going to be a committee for me.  They aren't even going to read me.  Now I go to the House of Representatives, and they deem me passed through parliamentary trickery.
Boy: If they vote yes, what happens?
Bill: Oh, they won't have to vote, and I go straight to the President.
Boy: But don't you have to go back to the senate!
Bill: Not me.  The senators never thought I would pass the house in my current form so they voted for me, but since I never went to committee and was deemed passed, I don't!

I'm just a bill
Yes, I'm only a bill
And if they never had to vote for me on Capitol Hill
Well, then I'm off to the White House
Where I'll jump to the front of the line
skipping past a lot of other bills
For the president to sign
And when he signs me, then I'll be a law.
How I know that he certainly will,
But today I am still just a bill.
Boy: You mean even if the whole Congress says you should be a law, the president can still say no?
Bill: Yes, that's called a veto. But this President won't veto me because I will help him take over 1/6th of the economy.  Of course, the people could try to stop me.
Boy: By that time it's very unlikely they'll be able to stop you.  They don't really have any say anymore. It's not easy to become a law, is it?
Bill: No!
But how I know that I certainly will,
But today I am still just a bill.
Congressman: Obama signed you, Bill! Now you're a law!
Bill: Oh yes!!!
 

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

U.S. Congress Phone Number 877-762-8762 or 202-224-3121 202-225-3121: Stop Health Care

call your congressman to stop health care 877-762-8762 or 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121

Pelosi Baptizes with Democrat Swamp Water

I'm not foolish enough to take a congressperson at their word when it comes to corruption regardless of their party. I will, however, call them out when they passionately act out of hypocrisy. So, let’s go back to 2006 when Nancy Pelosi said she was going to have the most ethical congress and she was going to drain the swamp of GOP corruption. Her shining example was that of how the GOP handled, or didn’t handle, the Mark Foley case. Foley was conducting himself in inappropriate ways with the young male pages. He ended up resigning and his case was the rallying cry to sweep the bums out and the other bums back in. So now, in 2010, we have the chairman of the house ways and means committee, Charlie Rangel, steep into corruption. The most they did was have him temporarily step down from his chairmanship. And to show the hypocrisy, Eric Massa, also now known as tickle me Massa, resigns after it is learned that he conducted himself inappropriately at a wedding. Of course, if that was it, the dems wouldn’t quite be hypocrites. It was learned that Massa has a long history of such incidents and it was known by house leaders who did nothing, just like the GOP leaders that did nothing to Foley.

Being a man of faith, I don’t want to say that it is hypocrisy. I don’t think the GOP and Dems are operating out of the same motives. You see, I think that what the Dems have done is created a new religion call health care legislation. This religion requires sacrifice to appease it’s god, Obama. Many Democrat members of congress will sacrifice themselves at the altar of health care legislation. Lord Obama also requires a purging of blue dogs from the party to preserve its purity. And most importantly, the blood of health care washes away all sin. Somebody like Charlie Rangle’s sins are washed away. But if you aren’t willing to accept health care, like Massa, then you are left dirty and exposed.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Austrian School of Economics: Why Social Security and Pensions Ruined the Economy

Last night, I attended my monthly discussion group. One of the topics of discussion was economic theory. I found the writings of an Austrian economist in 1950 very interesting in what he said the results of pensions and social security would be. Now that it is 60 years later, this man was so prophetic that his theory needs to be shared. Essentially, he believed that the unions drive to have pensions and social security, rather than individual retirement, would be counter-productive. It works in a couple of ways. First of all, pensions and social security remove the individuals interest in the issues of the economy and stock market that they become less able and interested to see how political decisions would adversely affect the economy. These people become divested in the economy. So, over the last 60 years, we have seen endless encroachments by the government into the economy go unchecked by an out of touch work force. Which, then accelerates the second aspect. The pursuit of security itself in retirement undermines the return on investment. As the government is more free to intervene into the economy, the less valuable the dollar becomes, which means the secure dollars in a pension or social security have less buying power. Additionally, because money is removed from the individual and added to pensions and social security, there is less money available in the market to grow the economy. It is like removing fertilizer from the soil and expecting a healthy flower. As pensions have gone away in my generation and social security is bankrupt, perhaps the pendulum will swing back and establish the correct equilibrium.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

John Covington Brings Real Audacity of Hope to KCMO Schools, Take Note Obama

I have lived in the Kansas City, Missouri Metro area for 33 years. Of those 33 years that I was aware, I have always been ashamed of the schools in nearby KCMO. I remember the whole desegregation busing deal and how much “white flight” that caused. I remember the endless parade of superintendents and the strange qualifications they needed to be hired and the strange circumstances surrounding their departure. I remember the Jon Stossel report on how throwing money at a problem doesn’t solve a problem. He used the KCMO schools as in example in that the average per student spend at that time was $10,000. How schools had nice Olympic size pools, but few graduates. I remember the whole concept of magnet schools, a school for African studies or a school for this or that. I remember the school board, with members like Duane Kelly, and their outrageous disregard for practical decisions. I remember the district losing its accreditation, meaning graduates with diplomas meant little to college entry.
All of those memories have quickly disappeared as the bold new leadership of the current KCMO school superintendent has taken hold. This man has to be the most courageous leader in KCMO in generations. When he said that we have to stop doing things for adults and start doing things for the kids, he laid it all out to the school board as to what approach he was going to take. A couple of weeks ago, he announced his plan to close HALF of all the schools in the KCMO school district, fire much of the personnel, and make teachers at the remaining poor performing schools re-apply for their positions. Where would we be if such bold action had been taken decades ago. To add the feather to his cap, last night, Covington was able to pass his plan through the board by a 5 to 4 vote. This move is apolitical. It is about leadership in a time of crisis. This is an example of using a crisis to enact positive change. To contrast the approach of Covington to Obama, if Obama had been the superintendent I believe his approach would have been to build new schools, hire additional teachers and administrators, close all private schools in KCMO and outlaw home schooling. He would also pass a 1% earnings tax for schools only. I think John Covington deserves the keys to every city in the metro for showing people how it is done. I might also add that this approach is so bold, it is making the top headlines everywhere. For once, KCMO Schools are getting good press.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Movie Wednesday: Breach


Breach is a well paced spy thriller based on the true events of the Robert Hannsen spy case.  The movie picks up early in 2001 as the FBI is ready to close their case.  They merely need their smoking gun.  To do this, the FBI constructs a facility full of surveillance, a fake promotion, and an office clerk whose only job is to record all of Hannsen’s activities.   It’s the interplay between the clerk, Eric O’Neill (Ryan Phillipe), and Hannsen (Chris Cooper)  that drives the plot and is the focus of most of the dialogue.  O’Neill begins his assignment and comes to admire his new boss.  On the surface, Hannsen is a misunderstood genius and family man.  O’Neill confronts his real FBI boss who then informs Eric that his real purpose is not to discover the sexual deviance of Hannsen, but to help obtain the smoking gun needed to arrest the worst spy in American history.  O’Neill, understanding the gravity of his mission, takes to his charge refreshed.  
The movie does a good job in keeping the audience in suspense despite the factual knowledge that Hannsen was arrested in late February 2001.  The director moves the story at a good pace, allowing for full plot and character development.  At first, you sympathize with Hannsen’s character.  As the story peels back the layers to show him as the callous spy and deviant he is.  The acting is nor remarkable, but does a good enough job to tell the story.  Chris Cooper may have tapped into his role as the homophobic, homosexual, ex-marine, abusive father from American Beauty for his role as Robert Hannsen as I see little difference between the people and the way Cooper acted them out.  There is mild language and some adult content, but it did receive my wife’s thumb up and I suggest it also as a good couple’s thriller. 

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

No More Moore for Kansas: Stephanie Moore to take Dennis' Spot

To me, nothing is more insulting than for an elected official to be replaced by a family member.  Often times, this is done when a sudden death occurs.  Somehow the logic goes that the spouse should inherit the position.  This brings us closer to the aristocracy of old Europe where title came from family.  One thing our found fathers knew was that just because you are related to someone, doesn't mean you can fill their shoes.  Now, in Kansas, the now unpopular Dennis Moore is looking to pass the mantle of "moderate" to his wife as she endlessly ponders running for the seat her husband will be vacating in 2011.  The rumors have been leaking for a couple of weeks now as they see if the complacent media is effective enough at spreading the word of Stephanie's desire.  Shame on you Kansans if you fall for it.  It would be fun to extend this principle to some highly skilled jobs, like a doctor.  But let's make it a little more common.  Suppose my wife is out of work and I'm a teacher.  I find out that I'm not receiving tenure and may be put on probation.  Instead of risking losing my income, I step down and have my wife take my job, whose only qualification is that she was my wife.  Or suppose I work at a manufacturing plant and have a bad safety record.  I tell my boss that I understand that I have a bad record so my wife is going to take over my job.  It doesn't work.  Of course, nothing that works in the real world works in politics.  Politics is the bizzaro reality.

Monday, March 8, 2010

2010 Academy Awards Review: Inglorious Shutout

Since I normally do a Movie Monday review, I figure I would do an Oscars review.  This was the first Academy Awards show that I have seen a substantial portion of in some time.  I watched this year because I had actually seen several of the movies nominated for Best Picture.  I have seen Up, The Hurt Locker, Inglorious Basterds, and District 9, and none of the other movies, including Avatar.  The winner of the big three awards for screenplay, directing, and picture was the Hurt Locker.  As I said in my review, this was a very good movie, though it didn't strike me as a best picture type of film.  So, while I was a fan of the flick, I was not pulling for it to win.   The other film, District 9, was one of the most original sci-fi movies I've seen since the Matrix.  While it was an excellent movie and I was happy that it received Oscar praise, I also did not think it best picture worthy.  The final film, Inglorious Basterds, was the type of film best picture awards are for.  As I indicated in my review, this movie hits on all cylinders.  Acting, script, editing, score, and risk taking film making in an unoriginal genre.  The fact that this movie did not even win for screenplay was upsetting.  Quentin draws you into dialogue that leaves you wanting more.  How often can you say that you want more dialogue?  With all that said, I believe that Quentin will suffer the same as Martin Scorsese, a career full of high quality movies that consistently gets snubbed at the Oscars, only to find that magical movie, The Departed, that will push you over the top, like a college basketball coach that wins 25 games every year, but never wins the championship.   Oh well.  I was very happy that Christoph Waltz did win for his brilliant performance.

Friday, March 5, 2010

The Office Baby Episode: Reason For Home Birth


I want to thank the writers of The Office for reminding me why we had our home birth three weeks ago.  The first half of the episode was all the usual junk around labor, like packing bags, rushing to the hospital, panic and hysteria for everyone around the mom, water breaking, it goes on and on.  The second half dealt with Pam and Jim in the hospital with their newborn.  I had to contain myself from throwing a shoe through the TV because of the nurse.  The main nurse exemplified all the reasons post birth not to have your baby at the hospital.  This woman's only lines were "Do you want me to take your baby to the nursery", "do you want me to give her a bottle."  To Pam and Jim and really the writer's credit, Pam and Jim kept their baby in the room and never gave up on nursing.  Instead of being an encouragement to Pam, the nurse wanted to snatch her baby and stick a plastic nipple in her mouth and feed her formula, thus depriving baby of the important co lustrum and baby/mom bonding time.  And when Pam tried to explain her thought on why her baby might not be nursing, the smug nurse looked at the camera to let us know that she and not mom knows best.   To sum up the nurse’s belief, it is better that a child sleep separately from its parents and receive its first nutrients synthetically.  Yuck.  I was also reminded how uncomfortable the hospital is for both parents as I saw Pam and Jim snuggled in her hospital bed for one while baby sleeps in a plastic tub wrapped in blankets.    Also, not only do they have to deal with the endless parade of hospital staff coming in to check on them, they had to share a room with another couple.  Nothing says intimacy more than a shared room and no door lock. 
Speaking on behalf of my wife, our experience at home was awesome.    We were able to have the entire experience in the comfort of our own bedroom.  We had only the people we wanted and needed in our room at the time.  We were able to nurse and sleep with our baby in our bed without having to fight a medical model of delivery and aftercare.  I might add that our newborn seemed more well adjusted post-birth than any of our other children.   I’m thankful my wife had the courage and desire to pursue this method of delivery and if Pam and Jim have another one, maybe they will do it at home.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Movie Monday on thursday: Charlie Wilson's War

If you need a movie to solidify your opinion that Congress is a sleezy fraternity/sorority of con-people, then I suggest Charlie Wilson's War.    Don't get me wrong, I did find it entertaining and it did spur me to research the historical facts of the movie.  However, what do you get when you mix hollywood writing with a story of a excentric congressman?  The answer is excessive swearing, countless sexual references, and needless nudity, all of which did not add positively to the storyline.  The movie's story is worthy of at least reading on wikipedia.
Charlies Wilson's War tells the story of a liberal Texas congressman that spearheaded the congressional funding of what turned out to be the most expensive covert operation in US history, the arming of the Afghanies against the Soviet's invaders during the 1980's.  The operation provided stinger missles and other arms that crippled the Soviets, causing them to withdraw.  The expense of the war contributed to the Soviet collapse.  Of course, no mention was made as the the Reagan administrations participation, as if congress alone through funding controls the operations of the CIA.  The efforts of Charlie Wilson, know as good time Charlie by his colleagues, led him to receive the Most Honored Colleague award from the CIA, the first time a civilian received the award.   Wilson was motivated to action as a result of visiting an Afghanistan refugee camp in Pakistan.  The movie shows Wilson working with the CIA Afghanistan Desk man "Gus" to gather the funds and network needed to provide the arms, while the skirt chasing Wilson fights off his own scandals back home.
I do appreciate a liberal that was willing to fight for such a good cause.  The ending of the movie highlights the real tragedy that took place under Bush 1 and the Clinton Administrations.in that in the absence of the Soviet occupation, we did nothing to help Afghanistan afterwards, thus allowing the seeds of the Taliban and Al queda to take root and control this nation that we now find ourselves involved in our own 8 year war.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Dreaming of Eternity

Having accepted Christ, I will spend eternity with the Lord in Heaven.  The concept of Heaven has been a source of interest and speculation for generations.  Truly for me, all I need to know is that I will walk and talk with Christ in some sort of existence.  However, I did find myself daydreaming about what the day to day walk would be like in Heaven.  With each aspect, the question of "will there be a day or night, will we walk...." is implied, so indulge me.  Will Heaven be like exploring a map with no borders, no street names or cities.  With eternity, does it matter that you set out on a journey and return to your point of origin after a million years.  With eternity, do you enjoy conversations more.  Wouldn't you be able to hang on every word spoken by another person without thinking about the next appointment or making sure you get your opinion in.   If you left an acquaintance, would you miss them.   Do you have a home.  I'm sure there would be no shortage of dwellings.  Do you just stay in any place that is vacant for however long you want.   What is the purpose of walls, what are you keeping out.  This is more fun than dreaming about the lottery.

Health Care Bipartisan Doublespeak of Obama

Last week, our esteemed master of diplomacy that would cross the aisle more than the mavricky McCain, held his first discussion with Congressional Republicans.  Pundits warned the Republicans not to step into the wolf's den as it would only be a photo op for Obama to say that his health plan was bipartisan.   In the growing litany of Obama doublespeak, unilateral is bilateral.  That's right, as correctly predicted, Obama is now packaging his bill as a bipartisan piece of legislation in that it will include a "few of the republican ideas".  Now, the fact that not a single Republican will vote for this bill does not diminish the the "bipartisan" nature of the bill.    Will the elephants ever learn.  In the end, Obama will drive this bill through using the nuclear option which allows a simple majority to pass the bill.  This bill will be the largest change in our daily lives to be passed by government in some time.   Again, ask yourself this, if the largest problems we face are unemployment, the economy, and the war on terror, why is it that Congress and Obama's biggest priority is to pass health care legislation that a majority of people oppose and never asked for to begin with?  The answer, it isn't about health, it is about control and "reshaping" this country.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Zulubuff Ahead of The Game on H1N1 Hype: Wall Street Journal Echoes Story

Since this is my blog, I get to toot my own horn when I am ahead of the game on reporting or predicting events.  Back on February 9 of this year, I did an article about the Post Mortem of the H1N1 scare of 2009.   In this article, I pointed out how it appeared to be much a do about nothing, except for an opportunity for the Obama admin to seize upon a "crisis".    Now, it appears that somebody at the Wall Street Journal read my blog and did a similar story of their own, though much more informed and professional.   Of course, as with global warming or climate change or tsunami predictions, the absence of the pandemic is simply a "warning sign" that it will still come.   And that warning sign will keep the administration busy fueling the hype and promoting vaccines.   Of course, as I pointed out in my article before, the pig flu scare 30 years ago caused many people to get vaccinated and suffer ill affects from the vaccine.  My of my children, my 5 year old and 3 year old have been vaccinated for whooping cough, yet it was my 5 year old that brought this difficult illness into our home.   Events like these water down the effectiveness of vaccines.

Would You Shoot A Looter

In the wake of the Chilean earthquake and the looting that is now taking place, I often think of the standing order for the national guard in movies to shoot looters on the spot.  Think of that principle.  The idea of being secure in your property is so important that in a time of chaos, soldiers may apply the maximum level of force to preserve your property.  I don't like the idea of having to take anyone's life, especially if I had to shoot some kid for stealing a TV.  I don't doubt the validity of the practice, just my ability too apply it.  Is my attitude a result of the watering down of our founding principles.  In this day and age, our right to property has been replaced with the concept of a lease from the government.  If I can't own any real property without the consent our tribute to the government, then I'm not secure in my property.  Therefore, for me to shoot somebody for carrying off a TV from a store or home is less appealing in that I would be shooting somebody for merely looting the government.  A century ago, you wouldn't need the national guard to shoot looters.  The people would do it themselves, now, even in uniform, I don't think I could do it.