September 30, 2008
September 29, 2008
With quantity, quality suffers. Of course it is a business and return for the dollar is the name of the game. There is so much more to the game then that, however, studios are money focused.
When going through my list of favorite TV shows. I find a goodly portion where made in Britan. Take Fawlty Towers, this gem was made back in the mid 1970's and still brings me to tears of laughter. The Black Adder, Monty Python, Red Dwarf, Blake's 7 and of course, Doctor who, all make me think of what TV should be. Don't get me wrong there are gobs of good US television, just quite a bit of crap as well.
Shows which have a beginning, middle and end are rare in the US. Some shows will be lucky enough to have a 'last episode.' Others will languish in limbo, unless they are re-made. The general public seems fine with TV shows that are infinite but we need movies with a definite ending.
Maybe it is the fact that 12 episodes will be a full run in the UK, while 24 episodes is a first season here. How hard is it to craft something week after week for half a year, compared to a more leisurely two weeks?
Still, it is an industry, we really need entertainment. I mean, without thousands of television channels, megaplex theaters with 30 screens, we would have to just sit around being with people. Hmmmm.
Pres. Bush did not exercise his veto power very much, and spending went nuts. Oversight bills that could have kept this bailout from being needed were blocked by Democrat congress as well.
When talking about changing things in Washington, Congress is what needs to be changed. I do not see Obama being able to stand up to Pelosi and Reid. Add to that the fact that Obama's plans require higher taxes from someone.
So, either his promises are empty or he is going to get the money from us or gutting the military and pull a Clinton on the tax break promise (we tried but we just wouldn't find a way to cut taxes).
September 28, 2008
This is the understanding that any phenomenon ‘exists’ only because of the ‘existence’ of other phenomena in an incredibly complex web of cause and effect covering time past, time present and time future.
Everything depends on everything else. A human being's existence in any given moment is dependent on the condition of everything else in the universe at that moment.
Conversely, the condition of everything in the universe in that moment depends in an equally significant way on the character and condition of that human being.
Everything in the universe is interconnected through the web of cause and effect so that the whole and the parts are mutually interdependent.
The character and condition of entities at any given time are intimately connected with the character and condition of all other entities that superficially may appear to be unconnected or unrelated.
September 27, 2008
September 26, 2008
The old rancher said, "Well, ya know, Obama is a post turtle."
Not familiar with the term, the doctor inquired what a post turtle was.
The old rancher said, "Well, let me tell you, lets say your driving down a dirt road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a post turtle .You know he didn't get up there by himself, he doesn't belong up there, he doesn't know what to do while he is up there, and you just wonder what kind of idiot thought to put him up there to begin with."
September 25, 2008
- The Media has obvious bias.
- Negative ads are both endorsed and condemed depending by both sides.
- Inexperience only counts against the other side.
- Womens issues are a front, Femininst are only liberal.
- Fiscal responsibility, Radical, Crises, Ethics and Progressive are ill defined in context.
- The internet breeds hate and intolerance.
- If you want a news story just poll people.
- Change is both good and evil.
- Politics and religion are both subsets of 'We the people'
- Being a certain race or gender makes it easier to yell 'foul'.
- Pointing fingers is only as important as the politcial party to which your pointing.
- People on the other side of your views are blind and ignorant.
September 24, 2008
As Governor of Texas he worked on both sides of the isle. He brought the parties together. He earned the moniker of Compassionate Conservative. I remember being disappointed when he won the Republican nomination, even more so with Dick Cheney as his Vice Pres.
The idea of Al Gore was enough to make me vote Bush. I do feel vindicated as we now know what a nut-job punchline Al Gore is in 'real life.'
So I am thinking it has to do with Bill Clinton's, perjury, obstruction of justice and abuse of powers charges. H.RES.611 for the 105th Congress:
This put a target on the next Republican president. Then the recounting of votes in Florida (Gore lost even if the supreme court had not stopped the debacle) . Few mention that Gore failed to win the popular vote in his home state, Tennessee, which both he and his father had represented in the Senate. If he had he would have won the election without Florida. Gore was the first major-party presidential candidate since George McGovern who lost his home state.
Of course hatred for the War on Terror the congress aprroved, and the WMD intel, that Clinton passed to Bush, that was one of the many reasons for going into Iraq. earlier posting on that
A few years ago, there was a renewal of the good Nixon did while in office. My thinking is the George Bush the media hates is not the George Bush who is our president, and time will tell.
September 22, 2008
Age and Citizenship requirements - US Constitution, Article II, Section 1
No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.
So then that pesky term, 'natural born citizen'
- Title 8 of the U.S. Code fills in those gaps. Section 1401 defines the following as people who are "citizens of the United States at birth:"
- Anyone born inside the United States
- Any Indian or Eskimo born in the United States, provided being a citizen of the U.S. does not impair the person's status as a citizen of the tribe
- Any one born outside the United States, both of whose parents are citizens of the U.S., as long as one parent has lived in the U.S.
- Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year and the other parent is a U.S. national
- Any one born in a U.S. possession, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year
- Any one found in the U.S. under the age of five, whose parentage cannot be determined, as long as proof of non-citizenship is not provided by age 21
- Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is an alien and as long as the other parent is a citizen of the U.S. who lived in the U.S. for at least five years (with military and diplomatic service included in this time)
- A final, historical condition: a person born before 5/24/1934 of an alien father and a U.S. citizen mother who has lived in the U.S.
The qualifications for the vice presidency are the same as those for the presidency.
So are you qualified to be president of the US? I am, but my wife is not (sorry hon).
- I’m a very intelligent man and I believe X.
- This other guy believes Y.
- Therefore this other guy is a complete moron.
A Toymaker turned me onto this site. It's a good read.
September 19, 2008
My brothers and sisters all live within two hours of driving from me. (note, this is about my side of the family so no one take that wrong)
Donna, Jim, Kraig, Nancy, Karen, Myrna, Doug.
They begat my nieces and nephews; Brian, Marla, Anthony, Jeff, Karrie, Megan, Collyn, Jon, Crystal, Dan. (there are a few in-laws left out for some brevity.)
Marla, Anthony, Megan, Jon and Crystal live out of state. We are pretty close knit and stay in touch. Rita, James, Benjamin and Joshua are the start of the next Generation. But, now I am kinda side tracked.
Diana (my middle kid) moved away to collage last week. It has left a whole in the household that the rest of us are filling in deed, but will never be really be filled. She is starting out on her own and learning all those fun lessons, that you really cannot teach.
Her chief means of transportation is a rather old bike. Her collage made quite a few warnings about lack of places or need for cars and I believe them. Besides, the bus and the bike combo means you can make it anyplace fairly easily. Well, one of those lessons came about in the form of a flat bike tire. I guess I have had pretty good luck, because I have not fixed a bike flat in thirty years. On the downside, my daughter has never been exposed to fixing a tire.
I explained how it works and she understood the concept, still, watching someone do something sticks in the brain better. So now she is at school and I am at home..
Jeff, as noted above, is my nephew who lives about 10 min away from Diana now. I had already broached the subject of asking him to be a go to guy so she would have family to call upon. So I called him up and asked if he had the time to help out. He did and she got her bike back up and rolling.
I now have this sense of immense gratitude and a really nice comfortable feeling that Jeff has her back. It made the distance between where she is and were we are much smaller. Because of family.
September 18, 2008
The operator said, "I can, what's the name and room number?"
The old laday in her weak voice said, "Norma Findlay, Room 302."
The operator replied, "Let me place you on hold while I check with her nurse."
After a few minutes the operator returned to the phone and said, "Oh, I have good news, her nurse just told me that Norma is doing very well. Her blood pressure is fine; her blood work just came back as normal and her physician, Dr. Cohen, has scheduled her to be discharged on Tuesday."
The old lady said, "Thank you. That's wonderful! I was so worried! God bless you!"
The operator replied, "You're more than welcome. Is Norma your daughter?"
The grandmother said, "No, I'm Norma Findlay in 302. No one tells me crap."
September 17, 2008
However, I was pretty sure we would survive four years of Obama just fine. He came across a decent honest fellow. Well, my assessment changed yesterday.
According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama demanded a delay in any agreement for pulling troops out, and made it a key theme of his discussions with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July. Wanting them to wait for any agreement until the next president (Which, in his mind, would have been Obama)
Not only does this counter what he has been promising since day one. It is grounds for treason IMHO.
Story in NY Post
Then get this; Obama spokesperson Wendy Morigi releases a 'denial' that actually confirms the NY Post story.
"In fact, Obama had told the Iraqis that they should not rush through a “Strategic Framework Agreement” governing the future of US forces until after President George W. Bush leaves office, she said."
Hot Air expose'
I'm sorry Obama has no business being a representative of his district let alone the USA.
September 15, 2008
A "zombie walk" also known as a "zombie mob" is an organized public gathering of people who dress up in zombie costumes. Usually taking place in an urban center, the participants make their way around the city streets and through shopping malls in a somewhat orderly fashion and often limping their way towards a local cemetery or other public space.
People in New York did not have much alternative media when Pulitzer and Hearst tried to outdo each other with Yellow Journalism.
Neither could people look behind Walter Cronkite's incorrect assessment of the Tet Offensive.
The control of information is a powerful thing. By using biased selection of sources, word choice, omissions, limiting debate, the MSM has seemingly found stories that fit their conclusions for years and years. Truth be damned.
The term would be Advocacy journalism. So what can be done?
Government oversight? While one side of me would love the irony. Government control of knowledge would be worse then what we have now.
Make media non-profit? or break up the big corporation news juggernauts?
Better mission statements? litmus testing journalists and ranking them by bias on a scale?
No idea really. I think it is just one of those things that will keep going on until there is no fiscal reason to operate.
September 13, 2008
The most mutated outcry I have heard is this: “Jesus was a community organizer. Pontius Pilate was a governor.”
This role of community organizer is one I have never really paid attention too. So I did some looking to see what Obama did in this role. He worked for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). ACORN has a very colorful history, they get nearly half their funding from our tax dollars and use it for various activities such as obtain mortgages for illegal aliens, and voter fraud. http://www.consumersrightsleague.org/
So ACORN is liberal activists, with some radicals thrown into the mix. I have no doubt that there is a part of this organization that does good. Obama while there worked under the protégé’s of one Saul Alinsky to quote the Washington post Obama was hired to “organize black residents on the South Side, while learning and applying Alinsky's philosophy of street-level democracy.”
Saul was a radical of the nth degree. He even wrote Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals. It is pretty easy for me to see the evolution from Radical, to the much more politically correct doublespeak of Community organizer while reading up on good old Saul. I dare say Saul would see no difference between Radical and Community Organizer as far as naming.
More interesting is his dedication in the book. “Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins- or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom -- Lucifer” – Saul Alinsky
So Lucifer was a community organizer…
September 12, 2008
I'm kind of amazed that the DNC machine could stumble so hard. Now I wonder if they can salvage.
The London Times offers up this tid bit:
"The reason the pig idea popped into Barack Obama's mouth is that Palin had used the pit bull and lipstick joke in her speech. Can anyone doubt that? So Obama was using it as a jibe against her. This was monumentally foolish. And this raises questions about Obama's character.Second, the character question it raises is not that he is a sexist or that he lacks courtesy. It is that he folds under pressure.
Obama has looked amazingly uncomfortable under the pressure that Palin has put him under. He relies on his cool - it is a core part of his appeal. So he looks bad when he loses it. During the Hillary contest he rarely came under any pressure from the media. When he did he reacted badly.
So the problem caused by Palin isn't really about Palin - it's about Obama."
The question of character again arises in politics. Personality, that defining moment when you know that someone will 'have your back' when push comes to shove.
September 11, 2008
On Septermber 11th, 2001 it was the emergency service's valiant efforts at such a horrible cost that I honor.
September 10, 2008
I am not really much into predictions. There was something I read, I think in the Wall Street Journal, that Obama was thinking of dumping Biden for Clinton. This would be to counter Palin.
I dismissed the idea because it has not happened before. Then Biden comes out with the above clip. I figured it was another gafffe in his long list of gaffes.
Then I thought again and did that childish "What-if"...
what if indeed...
Which reminds me.
Last night was the season premier of Fringe on Fox. I really had a hard time suspending belief that an FBI agent could get the cash allocation to do all the stuff she does without any paperwork. It looks like she is going to be recruited into some homeland security (The new plot device NSA?) top secret, we have to protect people and not let them know all the weird stuff that is really going on, divisor.
Gonna give it a few more episodes.
The lipstick story is a perplexing one. Barak has done something, its subtle enough so people wonder if it is intentional, gets called on it by opponent, then starts playing the victim card. This happened a couple of times during the Hillary vs. Obama section of the election.
Also, McCain got called to task for the same analogy used
Obama is a very smart guy, it is very possible this is a snarky dig. Also, with all the attacks on Palin, it is very possible for the McCain camp to be overly sensitive. I can see the campaign misters on both sides sitting around tables plotting.
Overall three works of fiction.
September 09, 2008
My buddy Shoo posted a couple of times about the possibility of a McCain Landslide. Which would be awesome. However, I have always taken his to be a lone voice. Until now. I was catching up on some bookmarked stuff I wanted to read and found someone who agrees with him at the Asian times. Link
Spengler writes a first hand account of the actual DNC and his impressions. It is a stark contrast to the Media produced party shown. It is well known that the main stream media is agog over Obama and has sheltered him and us from anything but the most superficial of inspection.
Anyways, read the artical and let me know.
Why is that? Well back around 2004 it was found that Adult stem cells where the way to go. The media assault of Gov. Palin has some bizarre avenues, one of which is attempting to say she is a hypocrite for having a downs child and anti-abortion, when embryonic stem cells could hold the cure. When the fact is no research is showing any usefulness from them.
So let us all blindly follow the mindless and ignore that she did NOT abort a down’s syndrome child, thereby walking the walk.
McCain and Obama personally are doing a pretty good job of staying out of the gutter. The rest of us are wallowing.
September 08, 2008
Iraq invaded Kuwait without provocation. This aggression was stopped -- by the coalition forces.
To stop hostilities, Iraq's dictator accepted a series of commitments he agreed to prove he was complying.
In 1991, Security Council Resolution 688 demanded that the Iraqi regime cease at once the repression of its own people. This demand was ignored.
In 1991, the U.N. Security Council, through Resolutions 686 and 687, demanded that Iraq return all prisoners from Kuwait and other lands. Iraq's regime agreed. This was ignored.
In 1991, the U.N. Security Council, through Resolution 687, demanded that Iraq renounce all involvement with terrorism, and permit no terrorist organizations to operate in Iraq. In violation of Security Council Resolution 1373, Iraq continued to shelter and support terrorist. In 1993, Iraq attempted to assassinate the Emir of Kuwait and a former American President.
In 1991, the Iraqi regime agreed to destroy and stop developing all weapons of mass destruction and long-range missiles, and to prove to the world it has done so by complying with inspections. Iraq played games in faux compliance.
Iraq also possessed a force of Scud-type missiles with ranges beyond the 150 kilometers permitted by the U.N.
In 1990, The world imposed economic sanctions on Iraq, to compel the regime's compliance with Security Council resolutions. Iraq was allowed to use oil revenues to buy food. Saddam Hussein subverted this program.
In 1991, Iraq promised U.N. inspectors immediate and unrestricted access to verify Iraq's commitment to rid itself of weapons of mass destruction and long-range missiles. Iraq broke this promise, spending seven years deceiving, evading, and harassing U.N. inspectors before ceasing cooperation entirely. The security council demanded time after time for new inspections.
Then Iraq was given one last chance, the following conditions were laid out:
Immediately and unconditionally forswear, disclose, and remove or destroy all weapons of mass destruction, long-range missiles, and all related material.
Immediately end all support for terrorism and act to suppress terrorism.
Cease persecution of its civilian population, including Shi'a, Sunnis, Kurds, Turkomans, and others.
Release or account for all Gulf War personnel whose fate is still unknown.
Immediately end all illicit trade outside the oil-for-food program.
Saddam did none of it, he was taken down.
Olbermann, Matthews no longer co-anchors
"The change reflects tensions between the freewheeling, opinionated MSNBC and the impartial news gatherers at NBC News."
I really think the idea of truth without spin should be news. Can Washington elitist NBC make this transition? Time will tell.
September 07, 2008
While on city council she supported a sales tax, because it made sense and was needed. When she won as mayor she got rid of people who would not back her, making a unified front. That shows good tough decision making for her post. She looked into banning books with offensive language from the library, then decided against. So she challenges conventions and makes up her own mind.
She took a pay cut, reduced property taxes 40% and improved the roads, sewers and police force, fulfilling a campaign promise for a safer Wasilla. She ran and won re-election. She sought after and got federal funding and used it to further improve the lives of her constituents. This even brought criticism from her now running mate Sen. McCain. Term limits ended her Mayor ship and she ended up backing a nominee other than a relative, because she felt that was better for the community. That shows a lot of courage of conviction.
The, then governer, appointed her to Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, she resigned in disgust after seeing the corruption. And filed formal complaints against her fellow Republicans, they resigned.
This is all before being Governer.
September 06, 2008
The rule does not make any statement whether any particular reference or comparison to Hitler or the Nazis might be appropriate, but only asserts that one arising is increasingly probable.
September 05, 2008
Right now it would be money or income. Job creation in rural area's. Government really cannot do much about that directly. They can make a business friendly environment. Creating government jobs is a really bad idea.
I want conservation over environmentalism, scientific debate over consensus, action that is not reaction, energy generation that is thoughtful and domestic, health care that eliminates bureaucracy, education not based on mandates, tolerence that isnt stupid.
I want a government that has a bottom line, not an expanding one.
...thats pretty good start...
September 04, 2008
So every day the bus comes to our driveway picks up Connor and at the end of the day drops him off. It appears that every bus driver in town knows who he is and quite fondly.
He always greets the drivers with a smile, often says something amusing and takes his seat with a minimum of fuss. Because he loves riding in vehicles the could pick him up first and drive the entire route and he would be very happily looking out the window.
Bus people have this idea that the shorter the ride the better. So they are always trying to optimise the route. We have had them approach us very apologetically asking if it would be okay to pick him up sooner. Knowing Connor and it would mean longer on the bus its a no brain-er for us. Win win if you will.
Living where we do with a kid like Connor I always appreciate when someone knows him.
September 03, 2008
What I want in the VP chair.
September 02, 2008
I'm not sure that's the case. There was a news release about her daughters unwed pregnancy. That would put the story out there, personally its a flash in the pan, ho hum. Less interesting then the Jami Lynn Spears pregnancy.
I would think the more interesting story would be about Bidens kid.
"A son (Hunter Biden) and a brother of Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) are accused in two lawsuits of defrauding a former business partner and an investor of millions of dollars in a hedge fund deal that went sour, court records show."
In a Washington Post report Senator Obama pushed for $3.4 million in earmarks for a lobbyist, who is.... Senator Biden's son.
Well, yeah I guess I can see why Obama would want kids off limits .
September 01, 2008
Link added to the Right. Vince Moore is building onto his house and invites you along for the ride.
Under his profile he has two other blogs that are under construction.