Archive for December, 2011

Thank You for Smoking

Posted by Troy on 30th December 2011 in Entertainment

http://www.amazon.com/Thank-Smoking-Widescreen-Joan-Lunden/dp/B000H0MKOC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1325309892&sr=8-2

I know that this movie is meant to be a liberal lovefest, but it’s pretty entertaining regardless.  It is unlikely that tobacco, alcohol, and firearm dealers sit around and brag about the number of people who die from their products.  I loved the guns guy though.  He was hilarious.

This is an odd little movie, but I think it merits a watching.  While it is clear that the writers have a Leftist point of view, it’s not “in your face.”   As such, its very enjoyable.

My endorsement

Posted by Troy on 29th December 2011 in Political

Despite the jeers from some of my compatriots, I must give my endorsement to Ron Paul, and I do this for one very simple reason:

His suggestions are the only ones that actually have a shot of saving us.

All the others are merely parroting the same ideas that have gotten us into the mess in the first place.  If we do not take a long-term, systematic approach at actually fixing our problems, we are doomed.  We cannot merely tweak and patch problems.  We need to start phasing out the programs that have led us to ruin.  I think that Ron Paul is the only one with enough moral courage to do what is actually necessary.

Long Live the Constitution!

Debt ceiling to increase again

Posted by Troy on 28th December 2011 in Current Events, Political

Obama is going to raise the debt ceiling (after continuously saying that doing so was destructive).  In the end, we will never do anything to the debt until we get rid of (not reform) entitlements. 

If I went out and bought a Lamborghini, the payments would crush me.  I would be unable to afford it and the house and food or anything else.  I would have two choices, return the car on my own or wait for the bank to take everything from me (including the car).  I will lose the car either way, but I might as well keep the house instead of losing that too.

Long Live the Constitution!

Romney Vs Paul in Virginia

Posted by Troy on 27th December 2011 in Current Events, Political

Only two people managed to get on the ballot for the GOP primary in Virginia: Romney and Ron Paul.  Gingrich is furious that such a thing has happened and has said that this is evidence that the system is broken.  Personally, I view it as a sign as to just how incompetent everyone has become.  There is no excuse for this.  The fact of the matter is that there is one single most important task of a campaign manager: to ensure that your candidate’s name is on the ballot.  If it is not, then is is highly unlikely that they will be elected, isn’t it?

I am unfamiliar with the primary rules in Virginia.  I will assume that they allow for write-in votes.  If this is the case, one of three things will happen.

1)  Mitt Romney will win.  If this happens, Ron Paul can probably pack it up.  No one likes Romney.  If he wins, that means that NOBODY likes Ron Paul and that all the commentators on Fox News are right.

2)  Ron Paul will win.  If this happens, commentators will probably point out that Romney is through.  Rather than use a Ron Paul victory as a sign of Ron Paul’s viability as a candidate, they will say that “If Romney can’t even beat Ron Paul one-on-one, this is a clear sign that the majority of Republicans do not want Romney as a candidate.”

3)  A write-in will win.  Now, if this happens, both should drop out of the race because if a write-in wins, then that surely means that both are through.

I’ve been flopping around, but I am leaning towards Ron Paul.  I believe the type of Presidency he describes is more in line with what the Founders had in mind.  Look, the President is the Commander in Chief, but I don’t think that the Founders wanted the President to launch attacks on foreign soil without Congressional approval.  Doing is is an act of WAR, and declaring war is the job of the Legislative Branch.

Long Live the Constitution!

Iraq

Posted by Troy on 22nd December 2011 in Current Events

Obama made good on his promise and brought the troops home.  For political reasons, he pulled everyone out in time for Christmas.  Of course, now civil war is starting up.  I believe a small residual force would have kept this from occurring.  However, you may say that it would always revert to civil war unless we were willing to stay there for 50 years such as in Korea.  Eh…go figure I suppose.  Still, it is rather disgusting that he would make this decision based solely on political concerns.  I have never seen anyone so narcissistic in my life.  Everything is about him.

Take note how you should rise up

Posted by Troy on 21st December 2011 in Current Events

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/minnesota-land-right-fight-commissioner-calls-constitution-old-document/

This story shows the contempt our rulers have for the Constitution and how important the Constitution is to defending our rights.  This also shows why the Constitution is the enemy to those who would attack our freedoms.  This is how you do it.  Network.  Expand.  Convert.

Long Live the Constitution!

The Problem with Ron Paul

Posted by Troy on 20th December 2011 in Current Events, Political

I think the real problem with Ron Paul is that he does a bad job of defending his positions.  I think this is because he is trying to make clever quips like Newt does.  For instance:

“Why do we care if Iran gets a nuke?”

What he probably means to say is:

“Look, they are going to keep trying to get a nuke.  The only way to stop them, really, is to go to war and wipe them off the face of the Earth.  The cost of this war will probably be hundreds of billions of dollars (if not a trillion) and 20,000 dead troops.  We can do this, or we can tell them, “If you get a nuke and use it, we are going to use our own nukes against you and wipe you off the face of the Earth.  If you try to invade another country, we will be there to confront you as well.  As you can see, there is no real benefit for spending the money for the bomb because, if you use it, you’re dead.  Thank you.”

Few countries are as bat shit crazy as North Korea, and not even they used the bomb on their enemies because we will blow them off the map and they know it.

If Ron Paul would phrase his arguments this way, I think people would like him more.

Excerpt from Federalist Paper 48

Posted by Troy on 19th December 2011 in Uncategorized

“A great number of laws had been passed, violating, without any apparent necessity, the rule requiring that all bills of a public nature shall be previously printed for the consideration of the people; although this is one of the precautions chiefly relied on by the constitution against improper acts of legislature.”

Kim Jong-Il is Dead

Posted by Troy on 19th December 2011 in Current Events, Political

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/shocking-footage-of-north-koreans-in-alleged-mass-mourning-over-kim-jong-ils-death/

The King is dead.  Long live the King.

A while back, some American eye doctors went to North Korea and did cataracts surgery constantly.  When they took the cataracts out, they praised Kim Jong-Il out of fear of the man rather than thank the doctor.  For some reason, it is not enough for these dictators to live high while those below starve (literally) to death.  They also want to be loved.  If they can’t be loved for real, they will pay people to pretend to love them or will make people pretend to love them through fear.  This clip is no different.

The man is evil.  The world is better off without him.  However, I have no illusions that democracy will break out.  However, perhaps his successor will be just a little less brutal.  This could be a case where the successor allows just a little bit of freedom, and if that happens, it will eventually set off a chain reaction that will destroy the oppressive regime like Russia with Stalin and Gorbachev.

A man can dream, right?

Cowboy Bebop

Posted by Troy on 16th December 2011 in Entertainment

http://www.amazon.com/Cowboy-Bebop-Remix-Complete-Collection/dp/B00102FF7U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1324100316&sr=8-1

I accidentally got into this show flipping through channels because the music was so incredibly catchy and cool.  I love this show.  Every story ends perfectly.  I couldn’t write a better ending.  Also, I think this show influenced how I write.  The character development in this show is extraordinary.  Much like life, you get to know each character seamlessly.  They don’t come out and say, “You’re a loner, Spike.  You’re stuck in the past and just can’t let it go.”  However, by the end of the show, you know his character.  You don’t have to be told who and what he is.  You learn it.

I can appreciate good storytelling in any format.  If you can get past the fact that this is anime, you should totally check it out.