Archive for March, 2011

Fool’s Gold

Posted by Troy on 30th March 2011 in Current Events, Political

Anyone who promotes gold in case of the “collapse of the dollar”/”downfall of society” is being disingenuous.  First of all, if you really believe such a thing is going to happen, what are you going to buy with gold?  One ounce is $1,500.  Are you going to chip off a little for a loaf of bread?  That brings up the second point.  If this happens, you’re not going to find food.  Third, even if you find food, no one is going to want to sell it to you for cash or gold or anything else.  A potato is worth a potato.  In the face of starvation, gold is completely worthless.  $1,500 buys a ton of food right now.  You’re much better off buying a lot of durable (canned etc) foods and hoarding it.  This can also be bartered easily.  You’re much better off buying some food, guns for protection, and some land in the country for farming and hunting if it comes down to it.  The final point I want to make is that gold actually makes you a target.  You go around paying for stuff in gold, you’re gonna get killed.

Charlie Sheen: Genuis or Madman?

Posted by Troy on 29th March 2011 in Current Events, Entertainment

He’s fallen out of the news a little bit, but I have to wonder if Charlie Sheen is really as crazy as he’s been acting or if it’s a brilliant play.  I mean, sure, he’s always been a bit wild, but the stuff he is spouting these days are loony bin rants.  I can’t help but wonder if there might be some reason he wanted out of his contract.  Perhaps he was being courted by another show or producer in secret.  I don’t know.  At first, I was concerned for the guy, but as I’ve seen things unfold, I have to wonder if it was all by design on his part.  It will be interesting to see how things turn out.

New idea for a novel

Posted by Troy on 26th March 2011 in Writing

I can’t wait for the end of tax season.  In addition to the Scroll of Sonya Lee and the military novel I have planned, an incredible novel has popped into my head.  It will be incredibly difficult to write.  There will be many characters, a complex subject matter, and an unorthodox writing style, but when it is completed, it will be incredible.

Entertainment Friday: Rappers

Posted by Troy on 26th March 2011 in Entertainment

I didn’t make the day, but will post anyway.

The problem I have with rappers is this, they talk about life on the streets.  They talk about how society has turned its back on the inner city.

Um, what about them?  Shouldn’t they as a group do something to support their roots?  But they would rather live it large, and who can blame them?  It’s much more fun to blow your cash on fast cars and faster women.  However, when you talk this way, and you don’t do anything, you can’t be legit.  They are form more implicit in ignoring the plight of their own communities than anyone else.

A Stitch in Time

Posted by Troy on 23rd March 2011 in Current Events

McCain and some others are coming under fire.  They wanted a no-fly zone initiated immediately.  After several weeks, they claim that a no-fly zone is too little, too late.  A lot of people say this is partisan bickering; however, we all know this is common sense.  As the saying goes, a stitch in time saves nine.  We’ve all had a situation where a significant other is about to get mad.  We can say something to cut it off, or we can let the fight escalates.  If it does, we end up having to go through a lot more to make it up to them than if we had just cut it off in the first part.  Truly, with the rebels holed up, the only chance they have to survive is for direct military action, especially since we have decided to let the UN lead on this.  The UN has always been weak-willed and fickle.

All in

Posted by Troy on 22nd March 2011 in Current Events

I don’t understand how we can be bombing targets and troops in Libya and still maintain that we are only over there for humanitarian reasons.  Here’s the thing:  If you’re going to fight a war, fight it to win.  If it’s worth doing, go all in.  If it’s not worth doing that, then don’t do it at all.  This is how we end up getting into endless quagmires.  As a Southerner, I was brought up to hate General Sherman, but I have to agree with him.  War is all hell, and it is a general’s job to make the prospect of war so unbearable that it breaks the spirit of his opponent.  In the end, all wars are decided by which side’s spirit breaks first.  Vietnam suffered more deaths and destruction compared to the United States.  In all categories, they were defeated… except for we lost the will to fight, and came on back.  That is another example of a war in which we weren’t prepared to do what it took to win.  We drew a line and said “We’re not crossing this line.”  It’s all but impossible to win a war when this is how it’s conducted.

Well, what do I know anyway?

Posted by Troy on 21st March 2011 in Current Events

It appears that the UN is actually blowing stuff up.  Imagine that.  However, as important as air superiority is, you cannot hold anything without men on the ground.  The modern era has shown that time and again.  Right now, the rebels are still in an unwinnable position.  Right now, I would hazard to say the best possible outcome is that one of Gaddafi’smen will take it upon himself to kill Gaddafi in order to set himself up to be the next dictator-in-chief.  I don’t understand the logic of the leaders of the world.  We do this silly air campaign and somehow claim that we’re not really involved somehow.  We also say that we won’t try to kill Gaddafi.  Why on Earth not?  Is that not what the rebels will do if they win?  There is no circumstance that ends with Gaddafi alive unless he actually wins.  I should hazard to say that any ending in which he still lives is a sign that we have failed.  This will end in blood.  It will either end with Gaddafi’s blood being spilt upon the ground or that of the Libyan people.

Belief

Posted by Troy on 20th March 2011 in Human Nature

We all need something to believe in.  I don’t understand someone who does not believe in a greater power.  Some people believe all things are coincidence, but I see how each little thing can affect every little decision, and I can’t help but see that there is a power behind it all.  Look at how complicated every little thing is.  The thought that it’s all an accident just seems crazy.  How amazing is the complexities of the human body?  How amazing is the complexities of the Earth, let alone the universe?

The Devil and Writing

Posted by Troy on 19th March 2011 in Writing

Writing the Devil must be terribly difficult.  He only has three tricks, “Confront you with your sins,” “Temptation,” and “What is a soul?  You can’t see a soul…”  Of course, in Twilight, the Bella makes that argument for herself (really?).  I have some ideas about how to write the Devil.  I’m still working on it, but we’ll see how it turns out.

The Rite

Posted by Troy on 18th March 2011 in Current Events

I just finished watching The Rite.  It was very good.  Very religious, which could be good or bad depending on your outlook, but there were some very strong classical themes about good verses evil and faith.  As always, I like movies that are based on a true story.  However, I also must point out that this movie was “suggested by a book by…”   That’s a first.  In the rankings of “based on true events,” you have as follows:

The True Story; Based on a True Story; Inspired by True Events; and apparently Suggested by… 

Regardless, I would highly recommend it.  It’s a very thoughtful movie, and the acting was superb.  It has also inspired me for the next two days of posts.   Stay tuned!