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Fear the Walking Dead

Posted by Troy on 27th September 2015 in Entertainment

Having enjoyed the Walking Dead, I gave Fear the Walking dead a try.

The first issue I had with the show is my general feeling about how unlikely it would be for zombies to win against humans.  Particularly worldwide.  Islands would be fine.  Mountain folk would be fine.  People in the tundra would be fine.  People in the desert would be fine.  Even people in rural areas would stand a good chance due to having plenty of space and guns.

The second issue I had was “Who am I rooting for here?”  My choices seemed to be a self-righteous blonde, a stupid teacher, a spoiled brat teen, a love-lorn teen, a druggie, and a few other unworthy characters.  I mean…what do I care if all of them got wiped out?

Tonight was the final straw though. The show has been portraying the military as being indifferent to the life of civilians.  This has increased to an outright desire to kill said civilians.  This makes no logical sense, and it just an eyeball-rolling, knee-jerk anti-establishment intellectualism.

Rare for me, I will not be watching the finale to a show that I’ve been watching.  I’m annoyed at their impugning the military.

Long Live the Constitution!

A-Team and Drug Use

Posted by Troy on 22nd July 2015 in Entertainment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAWcs5H-qgQ

I always liked this song, but I always thought it was about a past love running away for a richer man.  Then I watch the video and whoa, the lyrics take on a whole new meaning.  So the song is about a girl that’s addicted to crack.  I watched the video, and I thought, “What would I do if I saw such a person?”  Then I thanked God that I don’t live in a big city where these poor souls can be seen as a matter of course.

I am a Libertarian, and I am generally pro-legalization of non-violent crimes such as prostitution and drugs, but it’s images like this that do make me understand why people would want to make such things illegal.

Drugs are bad.  Counter-culture be damned.  Drugs are, indeed, bad.  To be clear, I am speaking of recreational drugs.  They offer no benefits.  They wreck your health.  They steal your money.  At what point, if any, does the addict look at what they are holding in their hand and understand that the drug is the one calling the shots.  Why would anyone choose to trade their freedom for this?  The high isn’t a true happiness.  It’s not true peace.  It’s a temporary fix.  It’s a patch on your problems.  It’s a momentary diversion.  There is nothing real or true or lasting to it.  So why do people keep throwing their lives away, their true happiness, to this false master?

I understand that not all drugs are addictive, but those drugs offer no true, life-enriching benefits either.  The only thing that really does that is living your life, and living it well.  It’s about making the right choices, even when they are hard.  It’s about learning to take the pleasure from the scent of a rose as you walk by and smile.

I cannot understand why anyone would start doing drugs.  Do they think that it will end differently?  Do they think they are strong enough to control it?  Take meth.  Meth destroys the brain’s ability to make dopamine–the chemical that makes you happy.  Have you seen pictures of people who have been hooked on meth?  It’s like someone sucked the light out of their eyes.  That light, was the joy of life.  Their dopamine levels have been cut down to a trickle.  They traded those momentary hits of happiness for a soulless existence, and that’s even assuming that they finally manage to break free and don’t simply die one day.

As Milton said, “The mind can make a Hell of a Heaven or a Heaven of a Hell.”  Mother Theresa said “Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty,” and “We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless.  The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.  We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.”

I believe that people choose to use drugs not out of fiscal poverty.  I believe it’s out of sheer desperation to fill a void in their lives which should be filled by love.  That love can be of God or of family or community or most anything.  People lived in caves, and they were happy.  Hollywood types fill their lives with fine things and big houses and fake friends and fancy vacations and have to latch on to drugs to find some brief feeling of happiness.  It can happen to anyone.

The Hmong  are a poor people.  They grew poppies to make heroin.  Very few ever used it themselves.  Why?  Because they loved their family, and being a drug addict brought dishonor to their family.

The answer isn’t laws and jail.  It’s not even education.  The answer is love, you damn fools.  Children grow up abandoned, and we wonder why they choose drugs and the dangerous life.  Children are ignored as their parents drink or do drugs themselves or spend their energies elsewhere, and we wonder why children turn to drugs?

I have sympathy for those who take a drug and get hooked.  Once it has it’s hooks in you, it’s hard to let go.  When a person that has an accident gets addicted to pain pills, it is unfortunate.  However, those who choose to use recreational drugs are not of that class.  They are chasing something else.  Their new friends are druggies, and they want friends, so…  They are so ____ing sad, so…  They are scared and alone, so…  They never choose to use drugs just for the sake of doing drugs, it is contingent to another goal, trying to fill that void.

I guess I’m just rambling…  Don’t do drugs, kids.

Long Live the Constitution!

Top 10 Love Songs

Posted by Troy on 14th February 2015 in Entertainment

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I decided I would do a list of my top 10 favorite love songs.  I will say that this was much harder than I thought.  I will also say that I didn’t add anything out of obligation (such as Unchained Melody).  Here is my list:

10 – Go Love by Mark Knopfler. The melody of this song just sucks me in.   However, granted, it’s a bit of a self-ish love long.

9 – Reason to Believe by Mason Williams or Rod Stewart. Rod has the cooler version, but Mason’s has a frank honesty that generally comes from the original artist.  This goes the other direction.  It’s about a person so in love that no matter what his lover does to him, he always looks for that reason to believe that she loves him.

8 – Signal Fire by Snow Patrol.  There’s something about this song that grabs you.  I personally think it’s the opening.  Then it turns into a really cool song.

7 – Love Song by The Cure or Adele.  I prefer Adele’s version which is slower and more heartfelt.

6 – Lord, I’m Discouraged by the Hold Steady.  This is a pure love song.  It’s not romantic.  It’s about a man loving a girl with all his heart and being unable to help her.  The last line will break your heart unless you’re made of stone.

5 – Song for a Winter’s Night by Gordon Lightfoot.  I’ve always loved this song.  I always felt it was a very honest song.  Just a man missing his girl and wishing she were there.

4- If the World Should End from the Spiderman Musical.  You might think this is an odd choice, but there is something hauntingly beautiful about the lyrics and the melody.

3 – God Only Knows by the Beach Boys.  Again, I’ve always just felt like this was one of the purest love songs ever written.

2 – Heaven Can Wait by Meatloaf.  A beautiful song with beautiful lyrics.  ”All we have is time until the end of time.”

and finally

1 – Bernadette by the Four Tops.  This is what love should be.  If you go online and read the lyrics, it sounds like a love letter.

Michael Moore – Moral Coward

Posted by Troy on 27th January 2015 in Current Events, Entertainment

Michael Moore came out saying that snipers are cowards.  Of course, there was backlash.  So did he apologize?  No, instead he discussed that Jesus Christ would never be a sniper.  Well, shit, that’s true.  Ain’t it?  My, that’s some of that there college learnin’ I bet!  Yi-yuck!

This only proves the fact that Michael Moore is a coward.  As is Bill Maher and Howard Dean.  They also discussed now snipers are patriotic psychopaths.  After the other guests supported our snipers and discussed the American Sniper film in mature terms, Billy and Howie immediately started backtracking.

That is cowardly, and this is why I have no respect for people like them.  I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again.  You know who I respect?  Jerry Lee Lewis.  In the 1990s, he was asked to present an award for Best Female Artist.  He responded, “I can’t.  I don’t respect female artists.”  And everyone went crazy.  They DEMANDED he recant and apologize.  Jerry Lee made an official statement that was short and to the point.  It was to the effect, “What?  I don’t respect female artists.”  And everyone got on with their lives.  They got someone else to give the award.  The world didn’t end.

Do I agree with his point of view?  No.  But he held true to it.  With the entire world (basically) screaming at him and demanding he apologize, he simply refused and didn’t let what other people thought of him affect him.  That’s a guy I can respect.  How can you respect anyone that takes a stand and then starts sniveling and squirming when they met the least bit of resistance?  It is also a sign of someone who has taken their values merely upon what they believe will make them liked, and not someone that has hammered out their beliefs until their soul is finely tempered for the rigors of the life ahead.

Cowards.

Long Live the Constitution!

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!