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Friday, February 27, 2009

How Could You Vote For Obama?

I have been having a struggle lately within myself. That struggle has been in trying to be cordial to people I know voted for Barack Hussein Obama. I can't understand how most people that voted for him could do that. At least most of the people that I know that voted for him, how could they have done that knowing his stances on the issues, and knowing their stances on the issues.

First, let me explain those I could understand voting for Obama. If you are a socialist or communist, then I can understand you voting for Obama. If you think America is a mean or evil country, then I can understand you voting for Obama. If you think that unborn humans are worthy of a gruesome, awful death, then I can understand you voting for Obama. If you hate rich people, guns and the people that own them, religion, or just about anything else that makes America the country it is, then I can understand you voting for Obama.

Now, a summary of those I can't understand voting for Obama. If you are black and voted for him only because he is black, I can't understand you voting for Obama. If you are a member of a union, and voted for him because the union told you to, then I can't understand you voting for Obama. If you are a capitalist, a gun-owner, a hunter, a Christian, pro-life, pro-free market, pro-owner's rights, pro-America, pro-freedom, pro-small government, and/or free-thinking, then I can't for the life of me understand why you would vote for Obama.

Let me start by going into more depth on an issue that is most important to me, life. I am staunchly pro-life. Yes, even in the case of incest and rape. I believe that abortion is murder and therefore I cannot condone it in any case. People who are anti-abortion except for rape and incest make no sense to me. People who are anti-abortion before a certain point in a pregnancy make no sense to me.

Saying all of that, if you are in any way opposed to abortion, even making exceptions for incest and rape, or thinking it is okay in the first trimester, and yet could still vote for Barack Hussein Obama, how? How do you reconcile that with your beliefs? Look at his stance and record on abortion:

Barack Hussein Obama's stance and record on abortion.

Some highlights:
- Obama received a 100% score on NARAL Pro-Choice America's Congressional Record on Choice
- Voted NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion
- Voted NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions
- Obama scores 0% by the NRLC on abortion issues (the lowest score possible indicating a strong pro-abortion stance)
- Voted NO on law requiring life-saving measures on baby born alive in botched abortion (now lyingly claims he did because it was already law)

This man is an extremist pro-abortion advocate. There is no other way to say it. Oh he may in certain circles talk like a centrist on the issue, but his record proves that he is a liar. He has never voted for a pro-life bill, and has never voted against a pro-abortion (choice) bill. The mouth and hands are doing two different things. So if you are in any way pro-life, even with the most liberal reading of that stance, and still voted for Barack Hussein Obama then SHAME ON YOU and may God have mercy on your soul.

Another issue near and dear to me is gun control. First a story. I work with a woman who is a gun-owner. She believes in the individual right to own and bear arms. (She has even admitted to me that she has illegally carried a conceal-weapon (no license to carry) in certain situations!) She is also an African-American and a staunch supporter of Barack Hussein Obama. When several of us were discussing the fact that after Obama was elected people were rushing to gun dealers in droves to buy guns, she called them racists. I told her they weren't racist but that they knew he was going to try and advance a gun control agenda. She argued that he had more important things to do. I argued that he is on record as having said that he wants to tax ammunition into oblivion, and that he is for renewing the "assault" weapons ban (no worse misnomer has ever been used in history!).

She responded to this by going ballistic. "GOOD! I HOPE HE DOES! I HOPE HE KNOCKS DOWN EVERY ONE'S DOOR AND CONFISCATES THEM ALL!" Nice debate tactics eh? First you call everyone that disagrees with you on the issue a racist, then you launch into one of the worst anti-American diatribes I have ever witnessed from a fellow "American". I can't even begin to list all of the amendments her "hope" would break.

I had another African-American gun-owner at work try to tell me that Obama promised not to pass stricter gun control. About a week later this article came out:

Obama to Seek New Assault Weapons Ban

How people can't see that this guy is a flat out liar is beyond me. He will say whatever he thinks is politically expedient, but his actual agenda is much more nefarious than any of his supporters could even imagine. They refuse to look at his record, or look at his own words and actions. They only concentrate on what they want to believe. Obama would sign an order tomorrow authorizing authorities to confiscate every privately owned firearm in the country if he didn't know it that it would start the 2nd American Civil War. So he is going to back-door it into us like he does everything else.

You have to look no further than the "stimulus" bill he signed to see what a liar this man is. He said the following about the bill: "when they start characterizing this as pork without acknowledging that there are no earmarks in this package".

Yet, here is a list of earmarks in the bill that Barack Lying Hussein Obama signed:

$2 billion earmark for FutureGen near zero emissions powerplant in Mattoon, IL
$39 billion slush fund for “state fiscal stabilization” bailout
$5.5 billion for making federal buildings “green” (including $448 million for DHS HQ)
$200 million for workplace safety in USDA facilities
$275 million for flood prevention
$65 million for watershed rehabilitation
$200 million for public computer centers at community colleges and libraries
$650 million for the DTV transition coupon program
$307 million for constructing NIST office buildings
$1 billion for administrative costs and construction of NOAA office buildings
$100 million for constructing U.S. Marshalls office buildings
$300 million for constructing FBI office buildings
$800 million for constructing Federal Prison System buildings and facilities
$10 million to fight Mexican gunrunners
$1.3 billion for NASA (including $450 million for “science” at NASA)
$100 million to clean up sites used in early U.S. atomic energy program
$10 million for urban canals
$2 billion for manufacturing advanced batteries for hybrid cars
$1.5 billion for carbon capture projects under sec. 703 of P.L. 110-140 (though section only authorizes $1 billion for five years)
$300 million for hybrid and electric cars for federal employees
$198 million to design and furnish the DHS headquarters
$255 million for “priority procurements” at Coast Guard (polar ice breaker)
$500 million for State and local fire stations
$180 million for construction of Bureau of Land Management facilities
$500 million for wildland fire management
$110 million for construction for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
$522 million for construction for the Bureau of Indian Affairs
$650 million for abandoned mine sites
$75 million for the Smithsonian Institution
$1.2 billion for summer jobs for youth
$412 million for CDC headquarters
$500 million earmark for NIH facilities in Bethesda, MD
$160 million for “volunteers” at the Corp. for National and Community Service
$750 earmark for the National Computer Center in MD
$224 million for International Boundary and Water Commission – U.S. and Mexico
$850 million for Amtrak
$100 million for lead paint hazard reduction


Yeah, no earmarks. If you are at all pro-capitalism, anti-big government, and anti-socialism, and still voted for this guy, you have no conscience. You have no sense of honor. Governor Sarah Palin foretold all of this in her acceptance speech at the RNC last summer:

And there is much to like and admire about our opponent.

But listening to him speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform — not even in the state Senate.

This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting and never use the word "victory" except when he's talking about his own campaign. But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed ... when the roar of the crowd fades away ... when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot — what exactly is our opponent's plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he's done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger ... take more of your money ... give you more orders from Washington ... and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world. America needs more energy ... our opponent is against producing it.

Victory in Iraq is finally in sight ... he wants to forfeit.

Terrorist states are seeking nuclear weapons without delay ... he wants to meet them without preconditions.

Al-Qaida terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America ... he's worried that someone won't read them their rights? Government is too big ... he wants to grow it.

Congress spends too much ... he promises more.

Taxes are too high ... he wants to raise them. His tax increases are the fine print in his economic plan, and let me be specific.

The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes ... raise payroll taxes ... raise investment income taxes ... raise the death tax ... raise business taxes ... and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars. My sister Heather and her husband have just built a service station that's now opened for business — like millions of others who run small businesses.

How are they going to be any better off if taxes go up? Or maybe you're trying to keep your job at a plant in Michigan or Ohio ... or create jobs with clean coal from Pennsylvania or West Virginia ... or keep a small farm in the family right here in Minnesota.


Pretty prophetic. And lest you don't think it was, here you go:

Obama Seeks $1 Trillion Tax Increase in Budget Plan

By way of comparison:

Netanyahu Set to Fight Recession With Repeat Dose of Tax Cuts

Why couldn't we have elected Netanyahu?

So 90% (all but the most liberally extreme anti-USA amongst us) of the American population have no reason to support Barack Hussein Obama. Except for the 10% of whackos (most of whom reside in Hollywood) this guy is against everything Americans stand for. The fact that he got 53% of the vote in the election means that about 54 million of you were duped. Whether it was skin color, union affiliation, the over-the-top pro-Obama media coverage, or whatever, by my estimation 54 million of you voted for Barack Hussein Obama without a just cause for doing so.

So congratulations, for at least the next four years we get to see this guy try to destroy all that America stands for, and turn us into the U.S.S.A.

Until next time, comrades.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Poem Time. Again.

I am feeling lazy today and do not wish to put the time and effort into a real post. So I am posting another poem. Also, we are going to Disney On Ice tonight, so I will talk about it tomorrow.

Liberal Not Liberty


Unborn. No rights.
Christian. No rights.
Armed. No rights.
South. No rights.
Rich. No rights.
Corporation. No rights.
Individual. No rights.
Owner. No rights.
No rights.
Right knows.
Left yes.
To stand for something.
No rights.
To stand for nothing.
Freedom.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Art of Archery II

One of my first entries ever on this blog was dedicated to my favorite past time: archery. It is one of those endeavors that one never truly masters. It is similar to golf in that regard, the sport I gave up to take up archery. Some of the costs are very similar to golf as well.

Over the course of the last several years I have tried many different things to help me in archery. I've tried avoiding caffeine. I've tried extra caffeine. I've tried shooting a lot the morning of a tournament. I've tried shooting not at all the morning of a tournament. I've tried eating light, not eating at all, and over-eating prior to a shoot. None of these seemed to have a profound effect.

In the end it is inexplicable as to what will cause you to have a good day, a bad day, or an in between day. Last year at the IBO Worlds I managed to shoot my best score ever. There was nothing really different about that shoot than prior shoots. Nothing tangible can be pointed to as to why I had such a good go of it.

The only possibility I can think of is something that has sort of become the theme of this blog lately: hard work. Practice, practice, and more practice. Last year in January I joined an archery league. Which means I was shooting during a time of year that I rarely continued shooting through in the past. Normally after deer season at the end of December, through April when outdoor 3D season begins, I shoot little to none. Joining the league meant I regularly shot through that time period.

When outdoor 3D season began I hit the ground running. I was now practically shooting daily between practice and shoots which was not unusual beginning in April. The difference was that I was already in shooting form from the practice I got through winter and early-spring. I believe that is why I had the best 3D archery season of my life.

Experience also has something to do with it. I am much better about judging distances, which is 80% of the sport, than I was even 3 or 4 years ago. My overall knowledge of the sport has increased as well. I know what equipment and techniques work and which do not. I understand now that consistency is a key ingredient as well.

Archery, as I've said before, is an art, not a science. In the end though, like any endeavor whether art or science, there is no substitute for hard work. It is through hard work that skills are honed, knowledge is gathered, and experience is gained. If you want to be a better "fill in the blank", then work at it. Whether the work is studying, reading, doing, practicing, etc. Just do it.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Pursuit of Happyness

Yesterday's entry, combined with my post about the 25 conservative films, caused me to think about this movie again. They have been showing this movie quite a bit on cable television, and if you get the Encore! movie channels (free on many cable systems) then you probably have access to this movie. I would recommend catching it, DVRing it, or taping it (if you, like me, still have a VCR!).

I said in the 25 conservative movies entry on this blog that I felt this should have been #1 on National Review's list. I believe the message in this movie is profoundly American, rooted in the steep traditions that we enjoy in this the greatest nation on God's earth. The message is simple: hard work gets you where you want to be.

Even the name of this film screams conservatism. The Pursuit of Happyness (sic). (For those that haven't seen it, the misspelling is purposeful as it is written in graffiti that way on the wall of the protagonist's son's daycare center.) It is noteworthy that the film is not entitled The Right to Happyness, nor is it named The Government Provides Happyness. It is an homage to the Declaration of Independence:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to desolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Such beautiful words! These words make liberals cringe. The protagonist of film, Chris Gardner, even waxes philosophical in the film about why the framers worded it that way:

It was right then that I started thinking about Thomas Jefferson on the Declaration of Independence and the part about our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And I remember thinking how did he know to put the pursuit part in there? That maybe happiness is something that we can only pursue and maybe we can actually never have it. No matter what. How did he know that?


Obviously, happiness is not unattainable, but have you ever heard someone misquote it to be "life, liberty, and happiness"? I have, and I think they are being deliberate in their misquote. They want people to believe that happiness is something bestowed upon us by the government, that government must make us happy. But Chris Gardner (played wonderfully in the film by Will Smith) has it right: happiness is pursued, not bestowed.

To determine what pursuit means you need to look no further than the rest of this film. Chris Gardner, now a single parent after his wife leaves him and their young son Christopher, takes an unpaid internship with a financial services firm. To get hired he must beat out the rest of his class of interns in drumming up the most business for the firm, and by passing the written tests.

UNPAID. Gardner makes a point of that word in this film. The program lasts 6 months. Gardner's only source of income through that time is selling the bone density scanning machines he invested in years earlier. He is down to his last few and he knows that if he can sell those then he and his son just might make it.

Obviously, Gardner is a go-getter that also has some good fortune along the way. But he also has his share of misfortune. When he fails to pay his taxes, the IRS goes into his checking account and confiscates his money. This causes Gardner and his son to be thrown out in the streets of San Francisco. They end up in and out of seedy motels and homeless shelters.

His struggles are further compounded by the fact that picking his son up from daycare and making it to a shelter before it is full means he has to work less hours than the other interns. Gardner devises ways of working around this by not drinking water, therefore not using the restroom as frequently, and being able to work smarter for the hours he is there. He also starts "cheating" up the call lists to get to the higher profile contacts. This allows him to open some doors for drawing business to the firm that might have otherwise remained closed.

One poignant moment in the film comes after Gardner and his son fail to make it to the shelter in time. They end up in a subway restroom for the night. Gardner holds his sleeping son while holding the door to the restroom shut with his foot. As tears stream down his face the viewer gets the emotional connection of just how deep Gardner's struggle has become.

Struggle is the keyword. It is a word that Americans have become too unfamiliar with. Struggling is not a cause to stop chasing after what we want, it is the REASON to continue chasing after what we want. Gardner could have given up, said it was all too much, taken a lower paying job, and barely made ends meet again. Or worse, he could have turned to the government for assistance. But Gardner understood that part of getting where he wanted to go was the struggle.

I doubt he really wanted to get up every morning, rush to get himself and his son ready, rush to drop his son off at daycare, rush to his internship, work extremely hard as long as he could, rush to pick his son up, and be back at the homeless shelter before it was too late. And then do it all over again the next day. I don't think that was his plan in high school when he was imagining how his life would turn out. Then on Saturdays and Sundays he had to try to sell his machines, or he sold his plasma, or he did whatever he had to in order to survive.

It was all a means to an end. Gardner realized that he wasn't where he wanted to be, that he didn't want to be doing what is described in the previous paragraph forever. He didn't allow himself to get caught up in the struggle and despair of today, which then would have kept him from his goal in the future. A valuable lesson for all of us that struggle now: don't give up just because it is hard.

Some people balk at this. They want their cake and eat it too. They don't want to put in the time, effort, energy, and money to carve out for themselves a better existence in the future. People don't work a full-time job to pay the bills, while going to school in the evenings, and juggle home and family life because it is fun. They do it because that struggle will eventually pay off in the end.

Opportunities are there if we are willing to take them. It reminds me of an exchange I had with a relative during the last election. He said he couldn't vote for McCain because McCain would continue the Bush policies. And if that caused him to lose his UAW job of 20+ years he'd have to move out of the state in order to get another job. Afterward when I was thinking about this I remembered that the Fortune 500 company he works for has offered tuition reimbursement for all 20+ years he has worked there. If he had taken advantage of that all this time he wouldn't have to worry about losing his job, he'd have a degree to fall back on by now.

Would it have been easy to work 40+ hours a week plus take 1-3 classes a semester? Absolutely not. But no one has ever claimed that the pursuit would be easy. In fact, the word pursuit in and of itself implies a struggle. It implies work. It implies tireless effort to constantly push forward. So while it is easier to come home from your job, eat dinner, and chill in front of the TV until time for bed, that isn't going to get you ahead. It will get you lazier, fatter, and unhealthier, but not ahead.

The message that The Pursuit of Happyness puts forward is that you have to have goals and then you have to PURSUE those goals. Another important scene in the movie is when Chris Gardner sees someone pull up to an office building in an expensive car. As the valet takes the car to park it Gardner asks the owner what he does for a living. When the response is "investment broker", Gardner starts looking into what it will take to become just that. And he starts working on the steps necessary to achieve his new goal immediately.

Gardner could have made excuses. Could have wallowed in self pity. Could have thrown up his hands at any point and said he tried. He didn't because he realized that hard work is what attains goals. People in our society today spend so much time, energy and money looking for shortcuts, like befriending rich widows, playing the lottery and other gambling, and searching for get-rich-quick schemes. If they'd take half that energy and put it into real pursuits of goals they'd end up where they'd want to be much quicker.

In the end, after Gardner has achieved his goal, they show him emotionally elated, and Will Smith narrates over the scene thusly: "This is what I call Happyness!" In the end Gardner learns that "happyness" is something that can be achieved. It might be a struggle but we all can get there. Not everyone does get there, but that is what the struggle is for: to separate those that really want it from those that do not.

2 Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

Proverbs 10:4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich..

Proverbs 6:9-11 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Great Expectations: Earn and Education

The reading on this great novel continues and I already have an opinion from the text: EVERYONE needs an Estella and Ms. Havisham in their lives.

If you have never read this book then that probably means nothing to you. And without giving too much away, Pip (the protagonist) befriends an elderly woman (Ms. Havisham) and her relative (the lovely Estella). Ms. Havisham is someone of means, and Estella clearly is a benefactor of those means. This causes Pip to loathe his own station in life and aspire to something better.

Pip goes about trying to improve his station in life by taking all of the money he earns and using it to try and educate himself. Pip realizes that the clearest path to becoming a "gentleman" is to work hard (earn) and use the earnings to gain knowledge (education). Earn and education. That is the key to every great success story. Ever.

It reminds me of something that occurred in my own life. As a young man that had gone through a technical school, started working, but wasn't really serious about my life yet, a girl (that I was very fond of!) told me: "Steve, one day you are going to have a lot of money."

It took years for me to realize what she meant. Did she mean I was somehow going to come into a windfall? Did she mean I was going to inherit a large sum? Both of those seemed unlikely since I didn't gamble (and yes that includes the lottery!), nor did I have any wealthy relatives. But as I have grown older I realized she meant that I was going to continue to try and better myself.

Now, lest you think this turns into a brag session, which it most certainly should not be, let me explain. I could have settled for the education I had received at the tech school (no degree) and continued to earn a decent living, but at the same time never really getting ahead. After all, it isn't too difficult to work hard to get a job and keep it without a degree, but advancing up the ladder without a degree is extremely difficult. I actually have known some that have done that but it required working 7 days a week, 12-15 hours a day.

Ironically, this girl telling me what she told me is one of the things that motivated me. Suddenly I felt there was an expectation to live up to. Just like in Great Expectations, Pip is at first motivated to improvement by how he sees Estella and Ms. Havisham. But in the end it is great expectations placed upon him that drive Pip forward. (Pardon me, I am still reading the novel and am about halfway through, so there is still a lot to happen yet!)

This expectation by my very own version of Estella caused me to go back to school, get a bachelor's degree, and begin improving myself in the corporate world. Pip proves that where there is a will there is way. Even without a secret benefactor, Pip was already working (earn and education) towards his goal: a better life.

So it wouldn't hurt for all of us to have a Ms. Havisham and an Estella in our lives.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Another Poem

The View From The Left

The view from the left.
Ill.
Wool pulled over eyes.
Nil.
They yell in their own ears.
Shrill.
Refusal. Denial.
Can’t see what is right.
Look to the left.
Wall.
Look to the right.
Hall.
Refuse to go down.
Stall.


(Remember, these poems are all original and I own the copyright to them.)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Night Ranger song on new Friday the 13th Soundtrack!

I just discovered that Night Ranger's Sister Christian is included on the soundtrack for the remake of Friday the 13th.

Friday the 13th Soundtrack at Amazon

I wonder if it is used in the movie. If someone has seen it let me know because I will be skipping that movie.

Who needs a Precious Moments doll?



I came across this picture of my daughter at 10 months old. I immediately thought: "She looks just like one of those Precious Moments dolls!"

The Top 25 Conservative Movies of Last 25 Years

The National Review recently released their list of top 25 conservative movies of the last 25 years. I have read through the list, I have seen a few of the movies, and I would like to comment on a few of them. You can find the list here:

Click here to view National Review's list.

#2 - The Incredibles I never thought of it as a conservative film, but my daughter and I enjoyed it immensely. I remember her running around the house like a crazy girl and when asked "what are you doing", would reply: "Being Dash!" However, the NR's review of this movies does hold true. Nuclear family, holding together through turmoil, and join together to combat evil. That had to upset liberals!

#4 - Forrest Gump This movie did have conservative elements, but also liberal elements as well. It took kind of a good and bad view of the Vietnam war. I have always enjoyed Forrest beating the tar out of the anti-war boyfriend of his beloved Jenny. But have always wondered what he said on stage, in uniform, at the peace rally. The audience isn't made privy to his comments but they seem well received by the anti-war hippies. I am not so sure #4 is the right place for this film on this list.

#5 - 300 Tried to watch this but didn't like it. I know, not right for a Spartan fan, eh? But the cinematography and the fantastical nature of the film made it annoying. I see where the NR was going with this movie though, the fact that they knew they were going to die for their cause, but went willingly anyway, is definitely more conservative than liberal!

#6 - Groundhog Day The message of this film is clear: being a selfish, egotistical jerk will get you no where. (Can you hear that Hollywood?) Definitely a conservative theme. Good morals and ethics will get you where you want to go. The right way. And this is a pretty funny movie on top of it!

#7 - The Pursuit of Happyness This film should have been #1. This is a movie that EVERY American should see, especially now in these troubling economic times. The message: Nothing is a substitute for hard work. Chris Gardner could have given up, hung his head, and lived off the government milk. But instead he allowed adversity to motivate him to something better. Not being told he couldn't do something because he wasn't smart enough, white enough, rich enough, or any other thing enough, he put his mind to where his goal was and went for it. A lesson to all Americans. You can either sit back and cry "woe is me". Or you can get to work doing what you need to do, whether that is work harder, improve your education, etc. Where there is a will there is a way. Chris Gardner, both the Wil Smith character and the real life guy, are inspirations to that message.

#9 - Blast From The Past I have loved this movie from the first time I saw it. I could never really understand why I was so drawn to it, but its inclusion on this list makes it clear. This IS a conservative movie. The message to me is that innocence and holding to ideals is a good thing. Even in a modern world. I also now acknowledge the anti-feminist angle of this movie. Women today are free to go after happiness, but in the end what makes most of them happy is the simpler, old-fashioned way of things. You get the impression that Eve (Alicia Silverstone) is going to live a happy life as Adam's wife. (Got to love the names!!) I am sure Alicia isn't to thrilled looking back at this movie, since she is a raging lib.

#10 - Ghostbusters Okay. I don't see it.

#13 - Braveheart I actually have always enjoyed The Patriot, Gibson's American Revolution version of Braveheart, better. For obvious reasons. How that movie didn't make the list is beyond me. But both films still move me to tears at the end. Why? Because it shows that people motivated by good ideals (freedom, morals, etc) will not be denied. Even in death William Wallace inspired his men to fight on. FREEDOM!!

#15 - Red Dawn This would have been my choice for #2, right behind The Pursuit Of Happyness. This movie is endearing if only because liberals hate it. They hated it in 1984 when it was released, and they still hate it today. Why? Because it shows that love of country, home, and freedom will move people to fight for those ideals. And that even against enemy invaders you can't crush the American spirit. I have always said the other reason liberals hate this film is because it is true. If we were invaded you'd see civilians taking up their legally owned firearms to defend their homeland in droves. Liberals hate that. If we aren't capitulating to the forces of evil they get all riled up. Red Dawn was in no way allegorical, it was truthful.

#18 - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe I have always loved this story, and you have to love C.S. Lewis. This movie was so good because it stayed true to the story (though I am going off my memory of reading this book when I was about 8!). The feeling you get when Aslan finally dispenses with The White Witch is similar to the feeling I got that cold December Sunday morning in 2003 when I heard we had captured Saddam Hussein. Defeating evil always feels good. Liberals don't get that which leads me to believe that either a) they love evil, or b) are evil themselves.

#19 - We Were Soldiers A few movies over the years have caused me to tear up. It started when Benji got kicked in the movie Benji when I was 5 years-old. Only two have left me sobbing uncontrollably. One was One True Thing, because Meryl Streep dying of cancer reminded me so much of my grandmother that succumbed to the disease in 1992. This movie is the other. This movie is intense, you are on the edge of your seat the entire movie, and the relief you get when Lt. Col. Moore (played by Mel Gibson) steps off the Vietnamese terrain and into a Huey to come home is palpable. It was too much for me and I sat in the theatre, with my wife consoling me, sobbing like a child. The guys in Vietnam, and in every war this nation has fought, went through so much. How people can't understand their sacrifice and what they were fighting for is beyond me.

#23 - United 93 and #25 - Gran Torino These are the only two movies on the list that haven't seen that I feel the need to comment on. I have never been ready to watch United 93. I know it is going to be difficult to watch, and I know it will evoke a reaction similar to We Were Soldiers from me. One day I plan on watching this movie, but I am just not ready. The events of 9/11 are still to fresh in my mind, and the emotions I feel related to that day are still to intense. Gran Torino is a movie I have to see. I could tell from the previews I was going to like the message. I have heard the language is not very good, and that is unfortunate. But the good vs. evil struggle this movie is about needs to be seen.

Overall, this list has some head-scratchers, but then it has some good choices. I was surprised not to see The Passion Of The Christ and The Patriot on this list. I would like to hear the reasons movies like those were left off since they have such a strong conservative theme. While movies like Groundhog Day and Forrest Gump, whose conservative messages are so much more subtle, made the list.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

An Amazing Pro-life Video



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOR1wUqvJS4

This little girl is 12 years old, yet she speaks with wisdom that dwarfs most adults in this world. Please be sure to share this video with everyone you know. (And if you can watch it without getting choked up then you are stronger than I am!)

I HATE GERMS!!!

A few years ago I innocently walked into a public restroom, something I had done countless times before. This time was different in that I noticed something. Another guy had come in, did his business at the urinal, walked to the sink and did a token finger rinse that lasted maybe 3 seconds. He then retrieved a length of paper towel, dried his barely moist hands, and exited.

I realized that in a single trip this guy had managed to infect the urinal handle when he flushed, the faucet knob when he turned on and then off the water, the paper towel dispenser lever, and finally the door handle of the restroom upon exiting with his germs. Not just his germs, but his germs from nether-regions that I do not even want to discuss.

At that moment, in my early 20s, I became a germaphobe. And not just a mild germaphobe, but a germaphobe on the level of Howard Hughes. I feel like I should stand up, raise my right hand, and say: "My name is Lonewolfarcher, and I am a germaphobe."

The next thing I knew I was thinking about germs and where they might exist. A person's keyboard and mouse, the shopping cart handle at the grocery store, the belt buckle of every male on the planet (after all you buckle your belt after going to the bathroom prior to washing your hands), the pen you borrow to sign your credit card receipt, etc, etc, etc.

I also started devising unique and creative ways to avoid germs. Shaking people's hands is difficult. I try to be aware of when I have done that, and not touch my face or anything else I don't want to contaminate until I have washed my hands. Hand sanitizer comes in handy for this purpose.

Public restrooms are another conundrum. What I came up with was this step-by-step process for using a public restroom:

1) Enter restroom.
2) If you have to touch a stall door try to get a paper towel first.
3) Do what you came in to do.
4) VERY IMPORTANT!! If the paper towel dispenser requires you to use a lever, use it now to get some paper towel available so you can just rip it off the dispenser.
5) Wash your hands, thoroughly, with soap. If hot water is available make it as hot as you can stand. Sing "Happy Birthday" silently so that you make sure you wash sufficiently.
6) Leave water running for now (sorry environmentalists!) and rip off the paper towel you exposed in step 4.
7) Turn off water using the paper towel.
8) Use the paper towel to dispense fresh paper towel.
9) Discard original paper towel and use fresh paper towel to dry your hands.
10) IF you have to touch a door handle to exit the restroom, use the paper towel you just dried with to dispense more paper towel.
11) Discard paper towel you dried with and remove fresh paper towel.
12) Use fresh paper towel to open door.
13) Crumble paper towel once out of the restroom and discard as soon as you can.
14) OPTIONAL: Use hand sanitizer. (I like to do this anyway just to be sure!)

Now, you might say this is obsessive-compulsive. To that I say: "so what?" A little OCD never hurt anyone. But germs have killed!

And you can spare me the comments about how germs are a good thing, can't be avoided entirely, and that I need to build up my immunity by coming into contact with them. If people not washing their hands after using the restroom and then me contacting their germs is how I boost my immune system, then I will pass, thank you very much!

One last thing, always try to have hand sanitizer handy in case the restroom is out of towel, soap, and/or has no running water. Nothing beats rubbing your hands vigorously with soap and rinsing with hot water, but if those things aren't available the hand sanitizer will do in a pinch.

If this helps one person avoid another person's germs, then I have accomplished my goal! Happy OCD!

P.S. A little poem to help reinforce the necessity of washing hands:

Wash your hands,
wash them well.
Use soap and water,
wash them well.

Wash after the washroom,
wash before eating.
Wash with hot water,
30 seconds,no cheating.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Now This Guy Gets It!!

Mr. Wrestling IV Whacks His Friends

Not as violent as it sounds. What he means by whacking is cutting people out of your life that are not able to respectfully disagree with you. Unfortunately, I have had to do that myself several times over the last couple of years.

It just isn't worth it sometimes.

Abortion In The News

Two news items today related to abortion.

Pope to Pelosi: Catholic politicians must protect life


North Dakota house passes abortion ban

It appears that with this new liberal administration, the abortion debate is going to become a focal point. One of the poems I have written deals with this topic, so I decided to share it:

Unborn

To be is not a choice.
I have no voice.
But I can scream.
From the beginning.
He knew me.
I am not, though I am.
Universal precondition.
Post-condition denial.
Not considered human though being human.
Only the born have rights.
Test-tubes need not apply.
Anybody listening? Any
Body care?
Love me for my potential.
Always and forever.
Stop what you are considering.
To be is not a choice.
Only the born have rights.
Can't you love me? Can't
You care?
Shouldn't I be wanted?
To be is not a choice.
I have no voice.
But I can scream.
From the beginning.
He knew me.
I am not, though I am.
Universal precondition.
Post-condition denial.
To be is not a choice.

Classics

A few years ago I got the bug to read the "classics." Somehow I had gone through Junior High and High School and college without having read many great works of fiction that so many students before me had to read. So I started to read books that I knew many others had been forced to read. Here is a partial list of what I have read so far:

A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner
Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoesky
Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
The Dubliners, James Joyce

Some I have really liked, like A Tale Of Two Cities, and As I Lay Dying. Others I haven't liked as well, like Crime and Punishment, and Madame Bovary. However, it has been interesting to read these so-called great works of fiction and study a little about their authors and the historical frame of reference in which they were written.

Currently I am reading Great Expectations by Dickens. I am about 1/4 through and am really enjoying this particular story. I typically like to read a book first, then begin to delve into some critical assessments of how others have interpreted the work, as well as the study I mentioned before about the author and the writing of the book itself.

I have many books on my list of future reads. Here is a partial list:

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
East of Eden, John Steinbeck

Also, I'd like to focus on the works of William Faulkner so I will include The Sound and The Fury, and Absalom, Absalom. Also I would like to read all of the works of C.S. Lewis. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a book I did read in school, but I would like to go back and read all of the works by this great author sometime. Both his nonfiction as well as fictional works hold a great deal of interest to me. C.S. Lewis is perhaps the greatest Christian writer, short of the inspired writers of the Bible itself. Which is why I have always been fascinated by the man and his writings.

Believe it or not, even reading classic works of fiction, I still find time for reading contemporary works, as well as a lot of nonfiction including the Bible, and technical articles and books as well. Reading is the greatest learning tool in human history, and it is a a shame that more people do not turn off their televisions and pick up a book.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Stimulate Me

As more and more details about the "stimulus" bill come out, the more and more this bill sounds like anything BUT stimulus. But Obama is more than likely to sign this travesty of a spending bill into law. Some of the stuff this thing contains is plain unconscionable.

Even more telling about Democrats than what they will fund (like wetland preservation and birth control) are things they won’t fund. Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers put it this way:

‘U.S. Rep Mike Rogers: "The two provisions that would have helped us the most got stripped out of the bill, one was the tax breaks for buying an automobile got stripped out of the bill, and the other one was tax breaks for buying a home got stripped out of the bill."’

So making taxpayers pay for environ-whacko initiatives, and for products that allow people to go out and have casual sex is okay. But giving taxpayers a break on doing things that will really help the economy, like buying cars and houses, is not okay. And Democrats try to say we conservatives are out of touch.

What is really funny to me in all of this is how Democrats have suddenly become hush-hush on the federal deficit. For 8 years, almost daily (I did work in Ann Arbor!), I heard from liberals about how Bush was spending our country into oblivion. Obama takes office and ratchets up the deficit to $3 trillion dollars and suddenly it is crickets from the left!

It just goes to show that Democrats will support each other no matter what they do. Kwame’s text message scandal? Oh we should forgive and forget. Bill Clinton receiving sexual favors from interns in the White House? Oh it is just about sex. Obama raises the federal deficit by 1/3 in his first month in office? Oh no problem, we need this spending.

When George W. Bush was creating gigantic social programs, like the prescription drug provision in Medicare, we conservatives led the charge in jumping up and down in disagreement. The difference? We have ideals that we hold to, we don’t hold onto political celebrities for dear life no matter how badly they trample what we hold dear.

So we will spend $787 billion dollars after Obama signs this thing into law today, and it will not do a thing to stimulate the economy. What it will do is grease the palms of the special interests that were so instrumental in getting Obama elected.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Another Poem

Resisting The 2nd

Forefather said it should.
No prohibition laws.
They resist.


The 2nd most important.
Protecting speech.
They resist.

Throw out the baby.
With the water.
They resist.

Necessary to free nation.
Militia well-regulated.
They resist.

From my cold dead hands.
Fight for rights.
They resist.

With the fall of the second.
The first will follow.
They resist.

Last resort against tyranny.
Not about hunting.
They resist.

Armed society is a polite society.
Self defense is a right.
They resist.

Dictators disarm their citizens.
No last resort left.
They resist.

Not exercising your right is your right.
But the right still exists.
They resist.

The right of the people.
Individual right.
They resist.

Resistance is futile.