Archive for January, 2012

Occupy Oakland

Posted by Troy on 31st January 2012 in Current Events

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/how-did-the-police-know-about-occupy-oaklands-move-in-day/

Here’s another telling story.  The Occupy Oakland is demanding the right to occupy public property as though they owned it themselves.  This vacant building is first off another example of wasteful spending.  The government should sell buildings they no longer have use for.  However, the premise that this building belongs to them because it was paid for by taxpayers is pretty funny since most of these people do not pay taxes.  Finally, property that is “publicly owned” is not for the enjoyment of “the public” but to further the public good.  We have a court house because the people need a known place to dish out law.  I have a right to go in there and use it for its intended purpose.  I do not have the right to camp out on the nice marble floors.

I also think the “laws” of Occupy Oakland is pretty telling.  No photography?  No video?  My, what would they say if the cops said that?  It is obvious that they want to hide what is really going on in these places.  Take a video camera into a Tea Party meeting.  No one will care because all they are talking about is writing Senators and the various laws that are in the works to steal our freedoms.

Sloth

Posted by Troy on 29th January 2012 in Human Nature

This is a good one.  Why is sloth a sin?  While it seems pretty innocent, it is not.  When you are lazy, you do not provide for yourself.  This lack of preparation can actively cause your own demise.  If you are lucky enough to have people that actually care about you and will ensure that you do not die due to your own sorriness, you are forcing your brothers to work harder to support you.  This is very selfish indeed.  These two issues alone are enough to make sloth a sin worthy of contempt.  However, there is a worse offense.  God gave you life.  When you waste it by being lazy, it is an affront to God.  You are wasting all the blessings and talents that God gave onto you.  This is why sloth is one of the deadly sins.

Update on Scroll of Sonya Lee and 2084 promotions

Posted by Troy on 28th January 2012 in Writing

The election process is gearing up.  I will be travelling within driving distance to promote my book.  I am also making posts on various news stories that are relevant to the plot of 2084 and have had some success in selling the book in that way.  It is also available for free checkout to prime members on Amazon.  I have a few other ideas, but remember that word of mouth is still vitially important.

Progress goes well on The Scroll for Sonya Lee.  Despite it being the busiest time of the year for me, I have gotten 14,000 words written.  My goal is 70,000 to 75,000 words.

The Last Man on Earth

Posted by Troy on 27th January 2012 in Entertainment

http://www.amazon.com/Last-Man-Earth-Black—White/dp/B001BSBBNK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1327720649&sr=8-2

Vincent Price rules!  End of story.  His voice is just pure marvelous.  This is a great little movie.  The plot is nice and tight.  Nothing too fancy.  Science fiction is most effective when it focuses on how people adapt to the world around them.  This is such a beautiful character study into his motivations, what drives him.  This version has both color and black and white.  In some ways, I love old black and white movies and shows.  I could never imagine the original Twilight Zones in color.  However, if you gotta have color, this is the version to get.

Florida Debate

Posted by Troy on 26th January 2012 in Political

Ron Paul finally won a debate!  All of his answers were dead on right, and the crowd loved it.

Newt got his nose broken (mostly by Paul).  It was a rough night for him.

Romney also had some troubling skeletons came up.  His retort of “I don’t know what my financial adviser and campaign ads are doing,” isn’t really going to fly.

I have to say, even Santorum brought his A game and had some of the best answers of the night (behind Paul).  I think his two shining moments were talking about Honduras and how his Christianity matters (although Ron Paul’s answer was a close second).

The Next Reagan

Posted by Troy on 25th January 2012 in Human Nature, Political

I am annoyed every time a politician compares themselves to Ronald Reagan.  The fact of the matter is that Reagan is Reagan.  As Julie Andrews said, “Always be a first rate version of yourself, instead of  a second rate version of somebody else.”  I want someone to say that they are worthwhile, not that Reagan was worthwhile and they are somewhat like them.  I think Ron Paul is the only one who has not compared himself with Ronald Reagan.  I think that’s because he has no desire to been seen as anyone other than Ron Paul.  There’s something to be said about that.

State of the Union Speech

Posted by Troy on 24th January 2012 in Current Events, Political

Where do I begin?

For starters, his concepts about American manufacturing, American energy, and American Values.

Unless he wants to do away with the minimum wage, we are not going to have a lot of manufacturing jobs.  I suppose he could set out some prohibitive tariffs, but I doubt he has the guts, and it’s debatable as to the wisdom of that move.  He just shut down the Keystone pipeline and hasn’t allowed American companies to drill for oil, so he really loses a lot of credibility on this issue.  I suppose that he could say that he is very pro-American GREEN energy, which is not cost effective right now.  The fact of the matter is, if you agree that there’s a finite amount of oil in the world and we should be researching new energy to be ahead of the curve, then you should be for pumping as much crude as we can and use the profits to fund these projects so that we will use up the supply of a soon to be obsolete energy source.  As to American values, Obama’s perspective of American values runs counter to most of American.  Hell, his wife once commented that America was a “downright mean country.”  She also said that “for the first time in her adult life, she was proud of [her] country.”  Inferring Barrack’s beliefs should be fairly easy…he did marry her after all.

The President discussed everyone paying their fair share.  Here’s a quick question, what is a fair share?  How much of your own money should you be allowed to keep?  How fair is it for someone to take money from you and give it directly to another person for their own PERSONAL welfare?  The government is supposed to provide for the common welfare.  Do you know how taxes were supposed to be levied?  The Constitution said that the government could only take taxes directly from the states based on their share of the nation’s population.  It also only allowed for money to be in gold and silver.  Here’s a question, if the federal government only used gold and silver, was only responsible for those activities mandated by the Constitution, and could only tax based on the original schematics, would we be in this mess?  That’s Ron Paul’s point entirely.

I was sickened by Obama’s positive spin on some very dangerous acts.  He wants to do away with the filibuster.  Why?  Because it stops the Leftist agenda.  The fact of the matter is that his ideas are terrible, and that is why he needs a super-majority to win.  Of course, he wants the Dream Act passed immediately so that he can get the Latino vote.  Finally, there’s the takeover of the internet–all to control the information we see.  2084 isn’t too far away.

In another matter, what is with all the executive orders?  How can he wave a pen and make the military run on green energy?  How is he funding it without Congressional approval?  For that matter, when the hell is the Congress going to pass a budget?  Am I the only one that’s sick and tired of not having a budget?

Dear Lord, how many countries are we at war with or about to be at war with?  A thought occurred to me today…if the Founding Fathers could see how we were today, how would they feel about the constant state of war we find ourselves in?  I seriously doubt they would approve of us going to war without Congressional approval.  The fact of the matter is, none of these conflicts are popular enough with the American people where Congressmen would dare vote for a war.  This is why we’ve decided not to have the Constitution get in the way.  And here again, this is Ron Paul’s point.  I just wish he was better at projecting it.  Sadly, I think we are probably lock into some sort of conflict in Iran.  At least we are trying to use sanctions instead of military might (although they are typically ineffective).  As Sun Tzu said, it is best to deal with your enemies first by influence and the last resort is to invade them.

The last point I want to make is this: What is the deal with the lighting?  What, were they going for the “rays of light through a cloud”/God smiling upon Obama?  The only thing missing was a choir singing.  Bah!

Long Live the Constitution!

Florida Debate Results

Posted by Troy on 23rd January 2012 in Current Events, Political

Mitt and Newt squared off in a battle royal (at least in the beginning).  I felt like Santorum and Ron Paul were largely ignored.

Romney – He did okay.  The problem for him is okay is not good enough.  You cannot try to sound eloquent and stammer.  It’s just not going to work.  If you wanna talk like Reagan, you better do a better job of it.

Newt – Newt had another solid performance with a lot of back and forth.  I think that Ron Paul did the best attack against him over him stepping down.  His weakness has been exposed though.  He is going to be attacked constantly about being a lobbyist.  I do think he did a great job turning it around on the Medicare point.

Santorum – He wasn’t given a lot of air time.  He did some good for himself in making the point that Mitt and Newt supported three of the the main policies of Obama.  Unfortunately, he didn’t get enough air time where he could actual make some ground.

Ron Paul – It was another rough night for him.  He didn’t get a lot of airtime, and people don’t often like to hear the truth.  His response to Cuba being a platform for terrorist should have been, “And perhaps if we had been trading with them, they would view us as a valuable trading partner and not want to help the terrorists because we are too important to them.”  He was also hurt on Iran again, despite everything he said being true (that a blockade is an act of war, so why are we shocked that they are threatening these types of things).  I still like him as he is the only one that promotes the Constitution.  He is right about how the Constitution would have prevented all this.

If I had to rank my preferences: Ron Paul, Clint Eastwood (landslide victory), Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and finally Mitt Romney.  Ron Paul is the only one offering any alternative to the policies that got us into this mess in the first place.

Long Live the Constitution!

Sho-Gun

Posted by Troy on 20th January 2012 in Entertainment

There is go greater book than Sho-gun.  This is the most amazing story ever.  I have read this book seven times.  The characters are in depth.  They are all real.  You can identify with all of them.  There are no over the top villains.  There are only people doing what they feel they must do.  I cannot recommend this book highly enough.  Don’t watch the movie.  Read this book.  It is a pure narrative.  There’s no message.  There’s no political undercurrent.  It’s just a beautiful story.

http://www.amazon.com/Shogun-James-Clavell/dp/0440178002/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327108767&sr=8-1

Jewish News Paper Calls for Obama to be Assassinated

Posted by Troy on 20th January 2012 in Current Events

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/01/20/secret-service-investigating-jewish-newspaper-column-that-discussed-obama/?test=latestnews

I remember a movie about Bush being assassinated that was hailed as artwork and condemned by the Right.

Freedom of speech is freedom of speech.  I was fine with the Bush film, and I’m okay with this as well.  However, it is unseemly.  Also, when you start talking about somebody being assassinated, you start walking a very, very thin line.  In this day in age (the age of the Patriot Act and NDAA), I would advise people to avoid such discussions.  Besides, you never know when some nut job is going to read what you wrote and decide that you were giving them a direct order.