Friday, March 30, 2018

Laura Ingraham & The David Hogg Show

Personally, I hold no contempt for teenagers.
  Did I not purchase the 12-DVD set of movies and special features from the Twilight series?  It's so much easier to understand teenagers when you observe them as blood-suckers or hypnotized zombies soaking up everything around them.  Everything.

I don't believe David Hogg is a vampire, but he surely put himself out in the public, where he is freely allowed to express his views, accompanied or not accompanied by a potty mouth for emphasis.  Hogg is not a blood-sucking demon, absorbing the life force of his surroundings, but he sure appears ready, willing and able to meld himself into the political agenda nonsense successfully perpetrated upon youth by the far left for decades.  School shootings aside, I guess David Hogg really could be called a victim here. a victim of influences he probably embraces as harmless, rather than deadly to the intellect.  As he continues making media appearances, displaying heightened degrees of anger and rage, we fear he will eventually burn himself out, perhaps ultimately cognizant as a true adult that locking oneself into an unmovable stance while simultaneously attempting to hush up or even destroy those with opposing views is hardly the epitome of fair play.

I like and respect talk show host and author Laura Ingraham, but just a few years ago, when I clung to the political left as if it were my best buddy, I readily dismissed her opinions.  When her then-fledgling radio talk show was just beginning to reach a few national radio markets I started tuning in every evening, just because I found her views absurd and her arguments contemptible.

One evening, and I remember zero details now, she played a promotion for her show and/or made some remark that just sent me to the moon, and I immediately e-mailed her in blistering protest as Laura went to a commercial.

Upon returning to the microphone, I was amazed to hear Laura Ingraham dripping with anger toward me, going so far as to castigate me over the airwaves using my full name!  None of that traditional first-name basis stuff generally referenced by national talk show folk, nope, instead she laid me out on her broadcast slab like a cold corpse.

But times and people change, and as I started to mix my political feelings Ingraham was no longer an "enemy" to my ears.  I get it now.

I hope non-vampire David Hogg turns a similar corner one day, too, and develops a thicker skin.  In the meantime, let's remember that Hogg's the one who put out for public chomping the assertion that his grade point average precluded him from gaining acceptance to certain colleges.  If talk show lady Laura Ingraham commented about this in a manner not to young, young, so young David's liking, was it really necessary to fire back by insisting -- rather successfully in at least six cases-- that her sponsors (wimps) abandon her?  He wanted an apology (got it) and a boycott.

OF COURSE it was necessary.  Whether he knows it or not ("not" being the least of choices, methinks), David Hogg's apparent connection to leftist values sires a perfect desire to make sure that he gets to speak, but woe to anybody who dares mock or criticize him in return.  This is youth?  No, this is childish behavior and the kindling for eventual self-burnout.

The dish-it-out-but-can't-take-it thing.  But Ingraham's sponsors "actually" took off running because of an angry teenage kid -- AND his leftist-influenced social media followers who may just be out for a thrill?

This attitude comes right out of the "great" universities populated currently by radical freedom-of-speech groups who only accept their freedom to express themselves on the podium or before the cameras, and the opposition must shut up or face lawsuits.  "Social" media?  Whose definition of social?

When I was David Hogg's age, younger really, I was hitting the radio talk shows, TV programs and letters-to-the-editor pages of everything from local newspapers to national magazines regarding my opinions and research into UFOs -- and when skeptics or debunkers struck back at me, the exulted one, ouch!  That hurt like hell, and I would often respond with words rather unpleasant, though falling short of using a David Hogg special non-euphemism beginning with "F."

The leftward media loves "The David Hogg Show" for now, but in a few weeks or months, after they find other issues to sink their teeth into, chances seem increasingly likely that they'll -- figuratively -- leave him abandoned and bleeding on the roadside of public hype, just as he tried with a modicum of whining achievement to leave Laura Ingraham on the same road.

Ms. Ingraham, we ask you:  In general, if basketball players can be told to shut up and dribble, can vacuous teenage brains with a lot to learn follow a message of shut up, no drivel?

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Young Wankers on Parade

The March For Our Lives, March 24, 2018:  It's one thing to gather in great numbers to protest injustice.  It's quite another matter to organize with the financial and organizational assistance and inclusion of the radical left, always ready and willing to use kids and adults to further a political agenda straight out of a socialist how-to book.

We can't add much to what's been said. We agree, this was a day-long advertisement for the Democrat Party, exhibiting absolutely no patience for conservative viewpoints.  And yes, the event included young people truly shaken by the Florida school shootings, but for some inexplicable reason no time or space could be allowed for the brother or father of deceased student Meadow Pollack, either of whom were far more eloquent than many of the hysterical, ill-equipped or progressively addicted individuals who mobbed the microphones.  In fact, despite several estimates of crowd numbers, reliable counters allege that only 10 percent of attendees were of the teenage variety.  Certainly, this would be in keeping with charges that Louis Farrakhan and others who funded  the "Women's March" would be involved here, probably with many of the same marchers from past leftist displays.

Clearly, all over the country and 'round the world this was a pod-people event, instilled with group-think and precious little else intellectually.  When you need to invite celebrities accompanied by gun-carrying security personel to bolster your message -- people whose lives are enriched only because they read from scripts and move like trained dogs before the cameras or on stage per directors' instructions -- nothing particularly impressive should be assumed.

In the end, the hoopla boiled down to one thing:  Expressions of pure hatred for the political right, with the far left's intent to rid the country of all guns eventually, one step at a time, as they simultaneously work on chipping away other American rights to enhance government power over people power -- and "the kids" are clueless, having no idea how they're currently being used as pawns by those who profess that one should never let a good crisis go to waste.  If the National Rifle Organization is the enemy -- and it's not -- then the people who helped teens organize a Saturday afternoon of blistering attacks instead of a memorial are monsters whose actions go far beyond anything they think of the NRA, whose organization exemplifies firearm safety, not school mayhem.  The NRA, by the way, may have found membership rolls increased significantly as the left went on the attack, sounding like crazy people during speaking/shouting sessions publicly. NRA spokespeople, on the other hand, don't scream at people like banshees.

We assume that any of these young marching people who may have found themselves in Afghanistan, Vietnam or other hellish places as military members, suddenly hitting the ground as gunfire bursts forth in their direction, would pray for guns to defend their lives.

One can blame guns until the last bit of ammo is banished, but the problem remains -- the person of terrifying mental status, the grudge-holder, maybe somebody desirous of settling a score permanently with others, who knows?  We're an industrious lot, easily using knives, explosives, blunt objects or mechanical mishaps to accomplish what the gun can do.

As we watch the loudest and most annoying -- and most ignorant and devoid of any hint of proper American history education -- of the Saturday speakers endowed with evolving brains of youth, all we can think of is that some set forth the impression that the only pleasure they embrace is chronic masturbation, perhaps enhanced by the attention awarded them in front of the TV cameras.  Chronically.  Frustrated.  Masturbators.

So we watch, and we watch some more.  We see the most vocal of the marchers, Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg, appearing before the media like new rock stars.  Unfortunately, they speak, but that's their right.  At least they still have that one, for now.

I was reminded of World War II, in which my father and all of my uncles took part militarily, as I watched on the TV screen signs that read "NEVER AGAIN," and I remembered that these were the words used after the Holocaust by governments intent upon never allowing another Hitler to attempt world domination and mass murders again.  Of course, one of Hitler's first actions was to take everybody's guns away.  Can't happen again?  Don't be so sure.  The 1930s and forties weren't that long ago.

David Hogg?  Foul-mouthed, yes, unfortunately -- but forget that, we just hope he's too young and clueless to realize how things appear when he raises his fist in the air angrily to drive home a point.  Hitler raised a fist like that, too, whilst hollering like a. . .like a Nazi.

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens believes the Second Amendment should go away.  Funny -- so did a host of banana republic dictators (and, again, Hitler) who confiscated all the peoples' firearms in order to dominate them without threat to the brutal opposition.

Celebrating Cesar Chavez' birthday this month?  Despite what leftists will blab this week, the farm workers Chavez supported via union organizing were legal -- he quite detested illegal immigrants and made that clear on several occasions.

Which brings to mind -- why is Libby Schaaf, mayor of Oakland, California not arrested yet for warning illegal criminals that the Feds were coming to apprehend 'em?

"Alexa" laughs at odd hours, and nobody tells this "helpful" electronic marvel to do so.  Me, I would no sooner have one of these gadgets in the house to spy on me than I would join Facebook.

Less than 30 percent of young men and women are qualified to enter military service due to such issues as physical and mental problems, according to Marine Commandant Robert B. Neller.  Maybe he could have found a few likely candidates at the "March for Our Lives" affair, though of course these potential Marines would eschew firearms.

Sacramento, California heat in the news:  It's simple.  Not because a man was shot dead while black by the police, but because the preventative remedy is common sense.  (1) You don't take off and jump fences when cops arrive to find out who was smashing car windows, as a hovering helicopter more or less nails down questionable activities.  (2)  You don't scurry away when cops ask you to surrender.  (3)  You don't hold up what turned out to be your cell phone in the dark and point it toward the cops, because they might just have an inkling of an idea that what they see silhouetted in the dark of night could be a gun. (4) If you're shot dead, cop-dead, you're dead, and now your family and community can go irrationally bonkers and community-organized to a volume guaranteed to attract every ambulance-chasing attorney in town.  (5)  Right or wrong, the family holds out for a giant lawsuit windfall so the crying on TV news shows can stop.  (6) But who pays for the smashed car windows, that's what I wanna know?

Saturday, March 24, 2018

The Best Little Bomb Maker in Texas

When law enforcement personnel commence using that middle name you forgot about, you know you've made it big in this society.  Too bad Mark Anthony Conditt, 23, couldn't stick around (except he kinda did "stick around" in his car at the end) to bask in the brief glimmer of criminal fame bestowed upon him as precious seconds ticked away in Texas.

What is it with these young folk?  We do put stock in new reports about changes ratcheted into young brains by the digital revolution and computer-think.  In the high-tech world it's the chip, not the living organism, that matters.  Conditt appears to have been endowed with a head diary of secrets as he honed his bomb-building craft.  Maybe one bomb's volatility was okay, but the next explosive needed to be better, and the next after that must surpass the previous, etc., etc.

Was Conditt enlightened by OCD, necessitating a continuing assembly line of explosive devices, each requiring a place for everything and everything in its place?  Did home-schooling as a child deprive Conditt of the proper socialization he would have received otherwise at a public school filled with drug deals, violence and classroom holding cells for future adult prisoners?  Seems he simply didn't care, at the end.

All we know is, how curious that bombings took place around Austin, Texas --  yet, within the same time period, give or take, a young high school student whose first name was Austin gunned down two classmates in Florida before experiencing his own episode of a life extinguished.

Budgets gone wild:  Thanks, Congress, and thanks President Trump (who changed his mind after previously indicating he might veto this damnation)  for a monster-sized federal budget that no sane taxpayer wants.  How long before we find a way to send both major political parties packing, ensconced as they clearly are in their own palace of the elite?  The rest of us don't mean a damn to this herd of flawed power grabbers, and make no mistake -- their actions are frequently all about taking power from us.  Get ready for the United States of American Insolvency and Bankruptcy.  If economic disaster was good enough for Greece, apparently it's good enough for us.  How can eventual default be no-fault?

During his televised budget announcement Trump seemed a bit careworn, projecting a noticeable aura of -- disappointment?  Not exactly.  We had a strange impression that somebody or some event had influenced Trump in signing this absurd bill from progressive hell.  No matter, though, because many Democrats and Republicans seem pleased with the result and most deserve to be shown the exit door next election.  Trump?  Major components of his agenda just went up in flames, and a succession of women coming forward to put the kiss of death on his plans via sex talk -- the very thing which invigorates the mainstream media like vampires emboldening themselves with a blood feast -- won't help.

Putin "wins," and we offer an R.I.P. to his old-fashioned methods.  We fervently hoped that Russia's fading "dictosaur" (dinosaur dictator) wouldn't spend as much time interfering in his own elections as he does ours in the United States and elsewhere, but alas -- once again, as he used every trick in the Kremlin to push aside serious opponents, Putin has raked in the winnings.  Where does the king of KGB ghosts past find the energy to stomp out his opposition whilst simultaneously, from all appearances, directing end-of-life negotiations in Great Britain?  Though a predominance of Russians seem to prefer Putin, it remains a shame that citizens of former Russian satellites and possessions squarely in Putin's sights as candidates for domination via a renewed Soviet Union couldn't join in on the fun of voting for a bully desirous of wielding power over them and stealing their wealth as bodies fall.

Thing is, it's 2018, and though political assassinations using poisons and nerve agents are frequently effective, they're so "old hat" by now.  And to jeopardize the lives of innocents of a country simply for being near the object of Putin's wrath?! Putin or Rasputin, what's the difference?

Surely, this ancient method of punishing one's enemies could at least be supplanted by something more modern, such as widespread and chaotic nuclear annihilation?  Meantime, we're minutely optimistic that as nations' peoples become more educated they'll ultimately reject the world's Putins, jotting their names down in historical references as nothing more than thugs or grunting Neanderthal warlords hiding their knuckle-dragging personas behind the facade of finely-tailored suits.

Personally, we would like nothing better than to be great friends with Russia, and we do admire the Russian people profoundly, but the path to international friendship currently lies mottled with political land mines, deadly threats, shadowy events and other obstacles.  How can one trust what proudly ranks impervious to trust, a man named Putin?  Can't he just amuse himself by pounding a shoe on a table at the United Nations as Nikita Khrushchev did?

Meanwhile, let us not take our eyes off China's devious ways, disguised here in the U.S. and other nations as educational assistance, as China continues to worm its political agenda into great universities and student minds almost without notice.  What Iran and North Korea's Kim regime do with naked brutality disguises itself as something far more innocuous, yet potent with danger internally, on the face of China's meandering ways.  President Xi's name may also be excluded from our friends list.

UFOs, the airlines and animals endangered:  I expected, once excitement mounted over the release of military UFO videos online, a rush of curious thrill-seekers lining up at airline ticket windows, hoping to become UFO-spotters during their journeys both far and near (the curious, however, should also know that surprise airline UFO encounters in previous years resulted in some pretty sobering incidents where passengers were tossed about during evasive maneuvers taken by startled pilots).  Instead, the only passenger sighting we received recently is the now infamous dog killing aboard a United Airlines flight, where a small canine suffocated because a UA moron flight attendant insisted his carrier be stuffed into an oxygen-deprived overhead luggage rack.  Next came the report of a German shepherd mistakenly shipped to Japan rather than Kansas per United Airlines, and even we are reasonably certain that Japan is never located in Kansas under the most peculiar of circumstances.

Some passengers spoke up during the dog carrier incident, all for nought, but we suspect a lot of passengers kept their mouths shut simply because they've learned that almost any negative words or actions directed toward flight personnel or even other passengers can result in arrest or, at the very least, being kicked off a flight.

Yes, that's what it's come down to, and in part a little dog died a horrible demise as a result.  When a plane full of passengers can't even save a little pup from almost assured execution, performed negligently by a dumb-ass human attired in some pleasant corporate uniform, the question must be asked:  Did terrorists win, way back on 9/11?  Yes, they did.

An impressive portion of the world's population is addicted to religion.  We often wonder, for those who take literally the premise that God gave humans dominion over animals, whether the truth might instead be that God put animals here to see how we treat them, thereby either rewarding or dooming us regarding our actions.  If eating animals counts against us, we're all destined for the pit anyway.

Here's an idea:  Remember those two clinics where the liquid nitrogen containers failed, likely rendering human eggs and embryos useless?  Why not make repairs and store the eggs of endangered animal species instead?  Some folks aren't keen on making human reproduction easier, and we suspect there may be a universal reason why some attempts at aiding human reproduction just aren't intended to bear fruit, as we may one day face certain human extinction despite our best efforts.

Teenage zombies on the march:  School kids think they have all the answers in Florida and at other schools across the country, proudly walking out of school on 3/14 in protest of Second Amendment rights, and we expect the nation's young students (unfazed by the masterful way in which a cop in a Maryland school had just "solved" a gun problem, and thus we will see "gun control" protests tailored individually in the future just as "global warming" became "climate change") to shine "progressively" when filling the streets of Washington, D.C. and other environs today.  These kids can't buy beer or vote at ages 15, 16 or 17, but the media seems to award each and every young talking head some bizarre adult genius status when firearm condemnation is the subject.  The problem isn't that children are expressing a point of view.  The problem is that the political left, which cares neither about gun debates nor student viewpoints, as it nevertheless contributes funds and assistance, is using impressionable young folk (many of whom were indoctrinated with leftist ideas in school starting years ago) to gain votes and push a tired old agenda long associated with progressives.  Will cheerleaders such as George Clooney and Oprah make speeches regarding how grateful and fortunate they feel to enjoy the security of armed bodyguards with -- gasp! -- guns? Now, if these young activists wish to pursue their goal, then. . .

Ban bridges, too!  See?  Collapsing bridges, like guns, can kill, a tragedy we witnessed in Florida just days ago.  Plenty of things and opportunities can result in death, and to play one's cards close primarily to the firearms-are-naughty vest is both dangerous and foolish.

Where are we headed?  Notice how terrorists with foreign ideas have been supplemented by children murdering other children and adults, necessitating cops to be on guard to shoot children dead almost routinely now?  It's not the guns, the dilemma is whatever the hell we're turning into as a society and/or as a species.  The older I become, wow, the more I see us human folk for what we really are behind the mask after it's ripped off, exposing the musculature, veins, sinew, nerves, blood and, finally, the grinning skull protective of disturbed, squirming brains.

South Africa's lesson in diversity:  Radical change proved disastrous for Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) when Robert Mugabe and friends decided to throw out or kill white farmers, following which farming and pretty much all significant export business racked up failure after failure.  Now, other racist S. Africa geniuses are actively ripping white farmers from their land, threatening and performing murders as a matter of course.  Question:  Where is that shining knight in armor known as the United Nations, stepping in to prevent plain and simple racial tragedy?  Perhaps they're too busy watching a Farrakhan lecture or some other racist tripe.

France:  Another member of The Religion of Peace strikes out, killing three, including a brave cop who traded his life for that of a female hostage.  When will nations organize and go after this particular species of deluded filthy cockroach and rid civilization of them once and for all?

Space in your face:  President Trump wants to establish a "space force" to prepare us for future space wars.  We kinda thought we've been working on this variety of plan already? Develop a few satellites capable of wiping out others without effective space-based retaliation and we'll have something to talk about.

Robert's spur-of-the-moment Black Achievement Awards:  I nominate the Wall Street Journal's Jason Riley as the African-American (hate that term) most in keeping with truth and common sense.  So's when you running for President, Jason?  I think his administration could have the potential to make us forget that Obama, his wife and those hideous post-presidential portraits ever existed.

Oh -- and my spur-of-the-moment nomination for African-American media class clown would have to go to Juan Williams, though I'm quite sure he believes everything he says.

No you're not:  Genetic scientists who understand DNA and all that teeny-tiny microscopic stuff have proclaimed that there's nothing one can do to truly change one's sex or gender by natural standards.  You can run, you can hide, you can cut off this or apply that, but no matter what you do surgically, cosmetically or in your mind, you're going to remain that of which and that with which you are born.  Apparently, all the rest is make-believe and playing roles in a doll's house.  Sorry, trannies, science is science -- not the pretzel that gender benders and radical leftists want science to twist itself and adapt into to please agenda-driven lies.

Same thing with "climate change" and "global warming," as a matter of fact (hey Al Gore -- wasn't the world supposed to be devoid of all snow by now?  Just asking. . .).

But in space no one can hear you change:  Revelations that astronaut Scott Kelly experienced at least a seven percent alteration (!) of his DNA while living in space for a year was surprising and unwelcome news for NASA.  We immediately recalled an old fifties sci-fi movie in which (I think) actor Marshall Thompson portrayed a buckled-down astronaut who returned from a space jaunt, infected with some really, really bad stuff that turned him into a monster, encouraging us to now suggest that twin brother Mark Kelly would be wise to observe his sibling for subtle changes, such as fingers turning into claws or occasional barking like a dog when asked to speak during military conferences.  We imagine it might be okay with Disney, though, if Kelly starts secreting a Flubber-like substance.

On to Mars:  Based upon today's blog entry, we suggest transgendered folk be offered the first opportunity to fly to Mars, because if they experience drastic DNA changes on the way, perhaps they really WILL be able to change their gender -- though that gender may be something exclusive of either male or female.  As always, beware, beware, beware.

Trump, women, Trump, women, etc., etc.  Maybe I'm old-fashioned (well, think sixties. . .), but should anybody other than his family care if Trump was allegedly doing his thing with ladies, escorts, garden variety prostitutes or wild animals?  We just want him to lead the country, and I find it amazing how almost every old male and female government whore on the left who travels with baggage far worse would find Trump's love life a concern.  We can understand the media's role, because its members are overwhelmingly hooked up to and infused by a leftist mind-think, but the political left crowd o' naughty backgrounds?  Please!

Stink-tuary city news:  Little by little, California communities are throwing in with Trump and A.G. Jeff Sessions.  When will mayors and joke-governor Jerry Brown be arrested and tried over the illegal sanctuary city abomination?

Wastebook:  There is a reason why I vowed never, ever to join Facebook, and the rat hole that IS Facebook exposed itself abundantly a few days ago.  Facebook's entrepren-manure spreader Zuckerberg has a lot of 'splaining to do as stock prices fall and members express increasing outrage over ways they are used by this widespread example of techno-hell.  Maybe the average user can't spell Cambridge Analytica, but if they can just remember the words, Facebook, Zuckerberg and the "anal" part of Analytica they'll long remember how they've been "Zucked."  Remember -- the bad actors wouldn't have infiltrated Facebook if Facebook hadn't wanted them there. 

BEWARE, though, when government next demands more control over the Internet because government needs to "do something."

Talk Radio's Irascible Rogue:  He's been attached to the radio microphone for 24 years this week. He dismisses and berates other conservative radio talk show hosts, and in turn many of them refuse to even whisper his name.  He's written a load of books, many on the best-seller list, but you wouldn't know it because much of print media refuses to so much as acknowledge his existence.  He's been banned from England for years because, supposedly, of his controversial nature regarding borders, language and culture, while followers of radical Islam are welcomed into Great Britain as if heroes.  Armor-plated with a Ph.D. and two master's degrees, he's traveled the world to research and catalogue plant life, earning high praise along the way. Epidemiology is another course of expertise, of special concern, he having watched with outrage illegal aliens and Obama's shuffle-on-in crowd invade the USA with diseases formerly thought almost extinct in the states -- and diseases perhaps here for the first time.  Despite his frequent gruffness, you can't mistake his love for the United States and his impatience with fellow Americans who fail to understand or care about the chaos and danger facing our country.

And of special importance, he -- Dr. Michael Savage -- is a stalwart fighter in the enduring international war on endangered, gentle animal species -- with elephants at the top of his list, as he condemns the hunters of disappearing species often on his show.  He holds a special place in his heart for Chinese collectors insistent upon importing animal parts for either show or medicinal purposes based on centuries of superstition. For these folks and the vicious "big game" hunters (described as "psychopaths" by Savage) who destroy animals only to collect horns, heads and the like, Savage craves the death penalty.  Especially in Africa, the object of a great deal of Savage's frustration. 

Don't even get him started on South Koreans and others who routinely cook and dine on dogs raised under barbarous conditions by cultures embracing barbarian ways even in 2018.

Sometimes Savage screams into the microphone, a device he uses effectively both to raise his blood pressure and ours, and yes there's an ego, dramatic effect and a measure of rudeness exacerbated by his apparent frustration that some people, too many in fact, walk the earth lunching on their own familial stupidity or self-employed ignorance.  Savage criticizes both left and right, establishing himself as a true member of his own independent conservative arena.  But believe it, he has followers, appreciative of occasions when his points are best expressed when he seems to go "off the rails."

His radio program, The Savage Nation airs in a fair number of markets across the country and on the Internet.  Those who tune in for the first time need to allow him several episodes of listening, because to the new ear initially he projects himself as harsh and mean.  But give him a chance.  There's gold to be found in his experience and philosophy, if you're patient.  What's the alternative?  Lame television dramas spouting leftist messages?

Be all the transgendered you can be Dept:  Again, Trump's military has banned most transgendered people, though the courts may do a second reversal of the decision.  Super brains are not required to read up on the pitfalls and emotional problems associated with gender reassignment, and because the military is specific to national threats and "all business" regarding dangers encountered, some chances just shouldn't be taken.  Besides, as we said, science is now pretty clear about one's genes, and you can neither wish away nor surgically remove the scientific fact that one is either male or female.  Playing dress-up doesn't fool Ma Nature, and nobody should play Russian Roulette with the U.S. military's needs and assured capabilities.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Winter Rat

In this case, winter is the rat, as yet a third Nor'easter gallops up the East Coast, and I look forward to something resembling spring in the U.S. soon.  I'll return to the blog later, but in the meantime please stay informed with the links.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Gunning For You

The Oscars:  Film reviewer Rex Reed may well have jumped off the roof of a tall building by now because he apparently hated The Shape of Water as one hates the thought of acquiring leprosy.  I guess I'll put this movie on a long list of features one never lives long enough to see, but that's okay because I can simply return to those golden days of yesteryear and re-experience The Creature From the Black Lagoon and its sequels.  Once you've seen a diver in a rubber suit portraying a human-like fish that kills men, but prefers to make women scream and faint, what's left?  Oh, right, a timeless love story about a women who falls, not faints, for an aquatic creature (a science product) all geared up for cinematic fish-o-eroticism in 2018.  The current crop of man-hating ladies will adore this film, no doubt, as "fish night" takes on a whole new meaning.

We were a bit surprised when Hollywood's biggest night allowed a brief tribute to American military personnel, though we wonder whether the West Coast crowd realizes the armed services are composed of more than gays, lesbians and transgendered personnel.  Anyway, the tribute was okay, but host Jimmy Kimmel might have allowed a few seconds for the tribute to sink in before immediately resorting to humor just as the film concluded -- something "they" would NEVER do when they present the annual segment regarding actors and other industry folk who died in the past year. 

Prolific and well-established actor Gary Oldman's bold words thanking America for being so good to him seemed strangely alien, once we looked around at much of the USA-hating phonies blossoming on stage.  Of course, after the show Internet attacks on Oldman began.

An observation that only people of a certain age could appreciate is the overwhelming realization that Hollywood no longer flatters itself with a stable of "stars."  The stage time occupied by actress Eva Marie Saint, Rita Moreno and only a handful of veteran performers reminds us that we now encounter personalities and one or two-hit wonders, but names and faces unaffected by the motion picture standard time clock and calendar have diminished greatly.

Post World War II and Korea, when all kinds of talented former military people -- who knew what was worth fighting for -- became involved in the movie industry, they also brought fresh thinking and an incredible succession of great motion pictures.  What's out there now?  Looks like a lot of film time taken up by scenes involving cell phones and other forms of technology which sometimes obscure whatever story line might have been intended or actually constructed painstakingly.  Computer graphics likewise "solve" dilemmas and issues which formerly required critical thinking, candid conversation and realistic emoting by humans.  When emotion is supplanted by an emoji, run for your life.  Yep, we are in hell.

Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?  For as much time as I spend discussing guns, you may be surprised to know that I'm not really a "gun person."  Do I fire weapons now and then, or have I access to firearms?  That's a question which is best seldom answered publicly, though I will admit to firing the M-16 rifle during Air Force basic training (no, this one didn't jam, though you're probably familiar with M-16 jamming horror stories from the Vietnam Era).

Which returns me to the Oscars momentarily:  Imagine all the movies which depend upon firearms and explosives -- kinda makes Hollywood stars, starlets and executives look rather disingenuous as they complain about guns.  Anyway. . .

A few years ago, when progressive leftist presidential wannabe and megalomaniac NY governor Andrew Cuomo twisted legislative arms and succeeded in drastically curtailing New York State residents' firearm rights, while simultaneously urinating on the Second Amendment, he posed a question about just how much gun and how much ammo was required to hunt deer.  His attitude, as we're sure even he knew, was absurd.  The entire foundation of gun rights in the U.S. is based upon the need for a people to protect themselves from an enemy, not the need to hunt animals -- and the most feared potential enemy for Americans was our own government, which might one day turn against us, thus necessitating a measured firearm response.  How many foreign nations' "captive audience" residents wish they had access to firearms when bullied and threatened by their own rulers (hello-o-o-o-o, Iran. . .)?

Our leftist friends never wish to remember that firearms built this country in no small way, and though school shootings tragically claim many lives, thousands and thousands more lives were lost making sure we could keep our basic rights, and one of those is the right to protect ourselves with those dreaded guns.  Nevertheless, the left continues to foolishly, stupidly, chip. . .chip. . .chip away at that which we will never regain once it's gone.

Guns were not created needlessly, and to plant concentrated hatred and thoughtless blame upon the National Rifle Association borders upon group hysteria and/or insanity.  Meanwhile, the left will continue attempting to take away, the innocence of those taken from be damned.  Beware, beware, beware.

Confused:  We're told we must reference colored people as people of color now, so how come the NAACP is called the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People?  This is what happens when you mess around with the language, and I just can't wait until "hate speech" limits are put into effect (at least that should be blown apart in the courts. . .oh, the courts. . .).

(Note:  I sometimes post these entries "on the fly" and temporarily miss typos and occasional serious errors, but generally correct these faults within days.  I'm sorry if my semantic and grammar bumbling on such occasions interferes with the flow, but please be aware that I am generally aware of necessary corrections.  Let's blame my age -- or those famous "gremlins" which some writers hold responsible for various word problems.)