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Michael Moore is an Idoit

Posted by Troy on 21st January 2015 in Current Events, Entertainment, Political

Michael Moore is, of course, an idiot.  He has come out saying that snipers are cowards because they are shooting people from a hiding spot far away.

Of course, I’m sure the real issue is envy.  His capitalism movie grossed $14.3 million during it’s entire run.  American Sniper grossed $105 million in the opening weekend.

Taking the low-road, Michael Moore is never the person I would want guarding my back.  He is weaselly.  I doubt he has ever had to face real danger, real life-and-death, and not flinch.  I would imagine that he would run.

So, here is what Michael Moore does not understand.  Snipers have to travel through enemy territory, evading detection at every turn.  Once there, they have to disguise themselves and wait.  One mistake, and they could die.  They will wait in one place for days and days, waiting to take that one shot.  If they are caught, they will most likely be killed.  In less civilized areas (and when was the last time we fought in a civilized area?), they would likely be tortured to death because of the fear they strike into their hearts.  Snipers do not have brothers-in-arms guarding their back.  They do not have someone that can carry them off the field of battle (other than possibly their spotter; they usually work as a team).

Still think snipers are cowards?  Of course he does.  Why?  Because he’s an idiot that thinks very highly of himself.  Personally, I can’t have any respect for a rich communist.  Hypocrite.

Long Live the Constitution!

Newsroom: Why America Isn’t the Greatest Country in the World

Posted by Troy on 8th November 2014 in Current Events, Entertainment

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=485015298234731

There is a clip from the Newsroom going around.  People are posting it as though it is some sort of deep commentary on America.  It is not.

First of all, the writer gives himself a leg up.  The Pro-America crowd limit themselves to under five words.  The Anti-America guy launches in a long winded, self-important tirade.  Of this, you are supposed to come away saying…gee…maybe America isn’t the greatest country in the world.  Also, the dude is a dick for the direct and derogatory speech to the asker of the question who has done nothing wrong and is (presumably) not on his level.

There are a few ways for me to rebut this.  I suppose the easiest is semantics.  The question was “Why is America the greatest country?”  Well, shoot, that basically goes under the assumption that we are the greatest country.  It was not, “What is the greatest country and why?”  To answer the question, one would pick those reasons which would be argued.  As such, the gentlemanly thing to do is to choose those aspects which you think does make America the greatest.

The second rebuttal is basically an extension of the first.  Why any country is the greatest is little more than a matter of opinion and cannot be proven.  This is because there is no reference point.  As the man points out…what parameters are you going on?  But this is not the argument he makes.  Instead, he hints at this and then goes on to say that America is not the greatest country.  It lacks conviction.

The third rebuttal is the proper take-down.  ”We have the most powerful military and the most powerful economy.”  Those are the two factors that determine the strength and greatness of any country.  You can have a 100% literacy rate and 0% poverty rate.  It does little good if the barbarians come running through and slaughter every man, woman, and child.

The final rebuttal is purely opinion.  I can talk of history.  I can talk of self-rule.  I can talk about a handful of colonies standing up to the greatest power in the world.  I can talk about the first Constitution.  I can talk about limited government, separation of powers, and the ideals of the founding.  I can talk about idealism and optimism.  I can talk about the total lack of fear when it comes to authority.  I can talk about imagination and drive.  I can talk about spirit and so many other things.  Unfortunately, I agree with the caustic jerk…we are on the decline with this generation.  However, we are on a decline due to professors and people just like this jerk.  Our children have long been at the mercy of teachers and media and movies that do their level best to promote socialism, demonize capitalism, ridicule patriotism, demean traditions and family values and religion, demonize our past completely, play off the Constitution as irrelevant, and promote the social state which has led to a generation of morons whose sole ability to support themselves is to vote Democrat.  However, with all this, I still say we are the greatest country in the world.  Why?

We cause we never give up.

Long Live the Constitution!

Kimberly Guilfoyle Tells Young Women Not to Vote

Posted by Troy on 23rd October 2014 in Current Events, Entertainment, Political

Kimberly Guilfoyle has come under fire for, supposedly, telling young women to go back to their Tinder and not vote.  I, of course, will come to her defense.  Not because I secretly want to be her boyfriend or anything, but out a sense of fairness.  While I do not always agree with what she says, I would admit that most of my responses to her would go something like, “Duh dah duh… hi-yuck… gorsh.”  (For those Philistines out there, that is a Goofy meeting a beautiful woman reference)

Sadly, the current generation has been dumbed down so much that they do not get sarcasm or any sort of cleverness.  You see, Kimberly wasn’t saying that young women should not vote.  She is really saying that they are willfully uninformed.  While this is rampant in all sectors of our society, it would appear that young women, in particular, are glued to their cell phones.  These devices, while useful, have become such a distraction that focus is not being given to issues that actually matter.

There is a lie out there that “Everybody should vote.”  Hell no.  Not everyone should vote.  That is the worst thing ever.  Everyone has a RIGHT to vote.  That, I agree.  However, if you honestly have no idea what is going on, I do not want you voting.  This is not to say that I don’t want you voting because I disagree with you.  Let’s take a couple of scenarios.

1 – I am against the NSA spying on Americans.  Joe didn’t know it was happening.  I tell him we are voting about it.  He informs me he will vote for it.  I ask him why.  He responds, “I trust my government.  If they think it’s a good idea, I believe them.”  I do NOT want this man voting.  He has put no thought into anything.

2 – Same as before, but Sally is for it.  I ask her why.  She starts spouting nonsense about terrorism and how many terror attacks were prevented and that it’s important that we give up some rights for the greater good.  I truly believe that Sally is dumb as bricks.  However, she has thought about it.  She has come up with her reasons.  I might try to change her mind by debating her, but I’m okay with her voting.

That is all that Kimberly was saying.  She wasn’t really telling young women NOT TO VOTE.  She was telling young women to EDUCATE THEMSELVES WITH IMPORTANT ISSUES.  Of course, the Left realllllly doesn’t want ANYBODY educating themselves about the issues, so they are trying to demonize her instead.

Long Live the Constitution!

Feminism & Beyonce

Posted by Troy on 25th August 2014 in Current Events, Entertainment

Everyone is talking about Beyonce and the VMAs.  Naturally, she is an entertainer.  Reading too much into her is silly.  However, Beyonce wanted to make sure that everyone KNOWS she is a feminist…while she undulates like a stripper for the entertainment of everyone.  Of course, strippers do it in clubs where little kids can’t see.  Wait, are strippers morally superior to Beyonce?  Maybe.

I guess the real question is: “What is a feminist?”  I think that this question has gotten muddied.  I suppose that the current definition is someone that 1) is pro-choice (most important, any other belief pattern automatically makes you  a misogynist), 2) votes Democrat exclusively, and 3) believes in forcing legislation to get what they want.

Once upon a time, “feminist” used to mean something.  Women weren’t ALLOWED to do anything.  They received little respect.  Their mental faculties were questioned.  I would argue that a true feminist is one that wishes to change society’s perception into believing that women are just as capable as men.

What has feminism come to today?  A slathering voting block that equates women’s rights to abortion and free birth control.  We consider empowerment to be strutting on-stage wearing next to nothing.  Once upon a time, we’d call that a sex-slave, using their body to entertain men (I’m assuming that more men enjoy seeing Beyonce half-naked).  Freedom comes down to choices.  Being able to make your own choices.  That, indeed, includes what you wear and how you present yourself.  But why on earth would you wish to be seen as a slut?  And then get offended that people think you are a slut?  If you dress like a thug, people will think you are a thug.  If you dress like a slut, people will think you are a slut.  If I don a white hood, you’ll think I’m a member of the KKK.  If I wear a white coat and a stethoscope, you will think I’m a doctor.

The sad thing is that so many young women have swallowed this hook, line, and sinker.  Someone once said, “More men would act like gentlemen if more women acted liked ladies.”  Of course, that is third party thinking that I don’t approve of (that your actions are a direct result of someone else).  However, men would respect you (and other women for that matter), if you act respectfully and DEMAND to be respected.  Not demand by ranting and raving.  Demanding is done by only giving your notice, your very attention, to someone.  If someone doesn’t give you respect, they should be beneath your notice.  And that goes for men too.  I long for a day when people act respectfully.  When people stop going to Wal-mart in pajamas.  When they speak correctly.  When they don’t hoot and holler like screeching howler monkeys.  I hate concerts and sports events because of this.  I look around and think to myself: “You are adults.  Act with some dignity!”

If you wish to take issue with what I say, I leave you with this: Beyonce has degraded herself.  She must have little belief in her abilities as a singer.  Here’s a question…do you think Adel would ever perform as Beyonce does?  Adel doesn’t have to.  She can sell out tickets based on her music and talent alone.  There are plenty of attractive singers out there that do not act like this.  How long would Beyonce’s career last if she just got up there and sang like a country singer?  She’s a good singer, but her career would fold if she did.  It is a sad commentary on pop culture.

Long Live the Constitution!

Maleficent

Posted by Troy on 30th May 2014 in Entertainment

Better than Star Wars.

That’s the best way I can put it.  Without giving away the plot line and without spoilers, Maleficent accomplishes in an hour and 37 minutes what Star Wars attempted to do in 13 hours and 11 minutes.

Maleficent is romanticism at its finest.  A study in character, of morals and the flaws and the elegance of the human soul.  How that soul is forged and beaten and grows under the stress and fire of pain and conflict and of the beauty it can achieve.  The story is just incredible.

If you had asked me at lunch today, what my favorite movie was, I would have told you Cool Hand Luke.  Now?  Maleficent.  I cannot even think of another movie that even comes close to approaching this movie.

The soundtrack?  Seamless to the movie.  A perfect accompaniment.

I did not particularly care for the comic relief moments.  I understand why they are in there, both for the audience and for the storyline (the fairies bumbling along is a necessary element in the cause and effect chain).  However, it was a little overly-silly in a movie of such intense, raw emotion.

I was never a big fan, but Angelina Jolie BECAME Maleficent.  Physically and emotionally, she embodied the character.  She kept a raw emotion that kept me on the verge of tears for the vast majority of the movie.  I found a few moments with Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) that fell a little flat, but I think that only was because of the amazing bar set by Angelina Jolie (and the rest of the cast, truthfully, did amazing jobs with their roles).  I hesitate to even give that small detraction to the movie.  As I said, I think I wouldn’t have even commented on it except for the incredible job by all the other actors.

The only other detraction is they drew the climatic battle out a little longer than would have been true.  Battles are over in almost a blink of an eye.  However, this is a story, and a good battle scene is always welcome, so I forgive this blemish as just a bit of “storytelling.”

As far as 3D goes, it is worth it.  There are several segments that make it worth the premium.  However, the movie would not suffer for foregoing the 3D.  Worth the money, but you can let it go if you don’t want to pay for it.

Finally, I suppose I must comment about purists.  I am sure many purists will hold this movie up against Sleeping Beauty.  If it makes you feel any better, pretend that Sleeping Beauty is the legend that grew from what happened and Maleficent is the true story.  As William Wallace said in Braveheart, “History is written by those who have hanged heroes.”

The only Five Star rating I have ever given.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Gets It

Posted by Troy on 30th April 2014 in Entertainment, Human Nature

He understands the real offense here is that a private conversation was recorded with malicious intent and then betrayed.  It is nice to hear the rational and mature voices in the world.  There is no greater sin than betrayal.  It is the one thing that people will never condone.  A betrayer, a traitor, is always viewed with scorn, even to those they defected to.  Let me ask you a question, would someone rather associate with?

1 – A racist (assuming that they are not racist against you, naturally as that’s not really feasible).  For instance, two black men get together and are having a fun time.  One of them suddenly goes off on a tirade about how white people are the devil and should never be trusted.

2 – A betrayer.  Assume the other guy (the regular Joe) in number one meets someone and are having a fun time.  He finds out that his new friend got into the confidence of his grandmother, stole her identity, and saddled her with $50,000 in debt.  Let’s check that… that’s theft… okay, he finds out that the new friend got to know someone, and then spread all of their dirty laundry to the public just for kicks and giggles because it was juicy gossip.

Which of these two men does the regular Joe have the greatest chance to remaining friends with?  I say it’s gotta be #1.  While distasteful, he could say, “Well, it’s not really hurting anyone and not really affecting me personally, and we’re having a good time so…okay.”  But the second one?  No.  No amount of good time would ever make up for the fact that regular Joe could never trust #2 under any circumstances.

Long Live the Constitution!

The tyranny of being cool

Posted by Troy on 4th April 2014 in Entertainment, Human Nature, Political

You know, the cool always talk about freedom.  The cool always talk about tolerance.  However, the cool are actually the least likely to tolerate any deviance from their ideology.  The cool have no tolerance for anyone that disagrees with them.  Case in point:

Suppose Angelina Jolie (a darling of the cool) came out today and said that abortion is wrong and should be made illegal.  How fast would “the cool” turn on her?  It doesn’t matter that she agrees with them 99% of the time.  They would cast her out.  They would rip out her throat.

It’s interesting.  Isn’t it?  The cool always act like they are daring to defy conventions.  They question everything.  Blah blah blah, but they will never question anything that they believe, what they are fed.

Alternatively, I can say that the uncool are much more likely to tolerate other people’s views insofar that one deviance does not necessitate an end of a friendship.

So what is really cool?

It’s not Rolling Stone.  In fact, I think that’s the crappiest magazine ever.  It is nothing but a rag where people can learn what is “cool” so they don’t have to form their own opinions.  If you love Gordon Lightfoot.  Guess what, his music is great for you.  Enjoy it.  Who the hell cares?  If you don’t like Vampire Weekend, who cares if Rolling Stone tells you they’re so cool?  For you, they suck!  Don’t listen to them.  And whatever your tastes, realize this: your tastes are just as valid as anyone else’s, even if you don’t match up with what 90% of people think of as acceptable.  Hell, isn’t that the cools’ arguments for supporting gay marriage?  But that’s the only thing they apply that logic to.

So, who do I think is cool?  I think the coolest person in the world is Jerry Lee Lewis.  By God, he did what he wanted and he didn’t care.  He wanted to marry his 13 year old cousin.  Guess what.  He did.  Didn’t try to hide it.  Let it destroy his career.  Didn’t whine about it.  That’s what he wanted to do, and he did it, and the world be damned.  That’s what’s cool.

Although Huey Lewis is still cool.  Long Live Huey!

Long Live the Constitution!

Hannity’s Crank Phone Call

Posted by Troy on 24th October 2013 in Current Events, Entertainment

So Hannity thought it would be cute to call up the Obamacare hotline and ask them questions.  This was inappropriate.  These people are doing their job, and I imagine they have enough stress as it.  One lady did speak to him and tried to get him information on the policies (etc).  She was fired today.  Well, thank you, Hannity!  Apparently, it was against the rules for her to talk to media types.  According to her, she didn’t know, but I’m sure they made her sign a contract or something that she didn’t read.  As such, I’m putting some of the blame on her, but this is why you don’t pull games like this.  Much like bullying.  If you bully someone, they might go home and kill themselves.  They might show up at school with a knife and slit your throat too.  My point?  There are consequences for your actions, and these must be considered and not taken lightly.  In Hannity’s defense, he is making a gift to her and her child (tax-free) of her $26,000 salary he cost her and vowed to find her another job.  I am sure, which is connections, that she will find another job.  I hope Hannity learned his lesson on this one.

Long Live the Constitution!

Defending the South from Ryan Murphy

Posted by Troy on 24th October 2013 in Entertainment, Human Nature

The following is my letter to Ryan Murphy regarding the new season of American Horror Story: The Coven, which has depicted the South as racist, incestuous, and ignorant.  It is high time Southerns complain about the unfair treatment we receive at Hollywood’s hands.

Dear Mr. Murphy,

I will be typing this letter to you in addition to hand writing a letter. You are probably old enough to know and remember that a handwritten letter is a sign that someone is very devoted to saying what is in the letter. It is a mark of personal attention. However, the latest vogue of thought is that handwritten letters are to be mocked as unprofessional and backwards. Given your recent portrayal of the South, I do not wish to risk you thinking that I am some mere backwards hick from the sticks, as it were.

I have enjoyed your show, American Horror Story. However, I must take great exception to the newest installment, The Coven. Being a Southerner, I have always known and been forced to tolerate the portrayal of the South by Hollywood. However, it seems that your show goes one step further than even the worst movie about the South I have ever seen.

In the past three episodes, you have painted the South as racist. You have shown Southern religious people as fanatics that burn women at the stake. You have depicted us as rednecks that point guns in people’s faces with no justification. You have portrayed us as incest mongers. At every turn, you have used every single negative stereotype of the South and yet somehow managed not to show the nice stereotypes (such as that we are helpful, polite, and hospitable). If a director had given the same level of stereotypical treatment to any other group (blacks, gays, etc.), you would have been personally appalled. It seems as though the only groups Hollywood can slander are the South and Christians.

Racism has always existed and will always exist. It is not a Southern thing. It is not even a white thing. You can have a racist black man in Atlanta, Georgia. You can have a racist white woman in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. However, Southerners get along nicely. There is no open animosity as depicted by Hollywood. If you want race riots or police brutality, I suggest you look to New York, Chicago, or your own home of Los Angeles. As far as guns go, we have far more guns and far less homicides than our brothers in the north. Why? Because we were taught to respect human life. Also, we can defend ourselves. As far as the incest charge goes, just like racism, this is part of the human condition and can be found anywhere you go.

So, why am I writing you? I am writing you to tell you that I am disappointed in you. That is all. You tout yourself as breaking down barriers and stereotypes on your show, Glee. But here you are selling the same shlock that Hollywood has shoved down the throats of Americans for the last fifty years. Hollywood is the reason why the rest of America views us as uneducated, backwards, racist hicks. Again, if the show was on any other group, you would never dream of using such a cliché portrayal. I would challenge you to spend some time in the South. Stay a couple of weeks in Savannah. After you eat our food, you probably won’t want to leave. I plan to continue watching your show. It’s still probably the best thing on at ten o’clock on Wednesday, but know that falling back on stereotypes is a sign of lazy writing and is offensive.

Sincerely,

Troy David Newham

My Challenge to Socialists and Supporters of Socialized Medicine

Posted by Troy on 6th October 2013 in Entertainment, Human Nature

It was recently put to me that America needs to get in line with all other modern countries and have a socialized medical system for all of their citizens.  I won’t go into the fact that, in order for America to do that, we will have to seriously downgrade our military and will lead to more wars and the fact that all these other “modern” countries can afford these system due to the fact that we act like their protective older brother who the bullies are afraid of.  Instead, I will deal with the idea that  enacting a socialized medical system is the “moral” thing to do.

Let us pretend than there is a neighborhood.  In this neighborhood, their ancestors set it up where it is ruled by voting.  The charter allows for special assessments to be made for the general welfare of the neighborhood.  The houses were all passed down to the children of the people that lived there originally.  Some of these families had done very well and grew rich.  Others had not and were cash poor.  One day, one of the poorest among them got sick but couldn’t afford treatment.  A clever man proposed the following: “In case of sickness, the top 40% would pay the medical costs of the bottom 60%.”  They took a vote.  Everyone felt sorry for the sick resident.  The bottom 60% all voted in favor of this.  And thus, a socialized medical system was set up for this neighborhood.

Is this moral?

No.  It’s legalized theft.  The bottom 60% are all for it because it won’t cost them a dime.

How is this ANY DIFFERENT at a national level instead of a neighborhood?  Is it only because you don’t know the rich people personally?  It’s the same thing.  It’s legalized theft, and theft is never moral.

Long Live the Constitution!