Archives for: March 2006

March 29th, 2006

Rebel-in-Chief: Inside the Bold and Controversial Presidency of George W. Bush

Permalink 12:46:41 pm, by AnonymousOpinion Email, 143 words, 28 views   English (US)
Categories: Books

I came upon a excellent review from Orson Scott Card when I was seeking permission to reprint a section of one of his books for a post.

This just looks like a book to read concurrently with Imposter as a contrasting view.

Andy is working hard to teach me the virtues of balance in all things.

Fred Barnes is calling Bush a "Big Government Conservative" and crediting him with being a visionary.

No big secret, Bush is a moderate who is getting battered by the right for being moderate, and painted by the Left as being far right, and then gets strung up by the media for being a Republican. No-wins here, except for elections.

(I'm really waiting for the media to start courting McCain again and then turning on him if he makes the nomination like the pack of snakes they are.)

March 28th, 2006

Stargate SG-1 Season 9-10

Permalink 07:11:15 pm, by AnonymousOpinion Email, 330 words, 31 views   English (US)
Categories: DVDs, Sci- Fi, TV

Stargate SG-1 is the longest running sci-fi TV series in the U.S., and it has a spin-off Stargate Atlantis.

Quick Synopsis if you've never seen it or the movie of the same name:

A stargate has been discovered on Earth, it's a gateway to any number of other places in the Galaxy. Think Star Trek without the ships and in present day under the Air Force.

There are two big enemies - the Go'auld and the Replicators. Go'auld are nasty snake-like things that are strong, smart, arrogant, body snatchers and pretty much own a good chunk of the Galaxy and parade themselves as gods. Replicators are bug-like legos that tear things apart without mercy so they can...well replicate, and worse, now they make ones look like us (I swear this development was before the new Battlestar Gallectia series).

Season 8 the team of four heroes defeat both of these big nasty evil forces.

Season 9 brought in a new cast member, Ben Browder (previously of Farscape fame) as Lt.Col. Mitchell and a new enemy, the Ori.

If you thought the other enemies were bad, you ain't seen nothing yet.

The Ori are really the same ascended race of beings as the Ancients that built the gate, except they live in another Galaxy. But they found us and they're here now, and all must worship the Ori and accept the book of Origin, or die.

By giving up free will and worshiping the Ori, the worshippers give the Ori power. When followers perish they have no hope of an afterlife, or ascension like they are promised, and give still more power to the Ori.

To make it worse, priors of the Ori have powers like gods, healing, bringing back the dead, creating world-wide plagues.

Worse yet, good and decent people follow the Ori, and it seems nothing will cause a believer to doubt or leave the path of the Origin.

Makes you wonder what the writers were thinking about, doesn't it?

March 3rd, 2006

Millionaire Republican : Why Rich Republicans Get Rich--and How You Can Too!

Permalink 07:39:57 pm, by AnonymousOpinion Email, 382 words, 34 views   English (US)
Categories: Non-Fiction, Politics, Wealth

This is on my list to pick up from the library even with the two vastly different reviews from Publisher's Weekly on Amazon and Bookservice.

Democrats are constantly proliferating the idea that Republicans are all rich, fat, white men.

They point to that myth as a fact in order to remind you that you're not rich. If you want it to be fair, you vote for them. In turn they make it fair by raising taxes and making the "rich pay their fair share."

Republicans, on the other hand, know that the majority of Americans aren't rich. They want to make it fair too, so they institute economic policies that make it easier to become rich.

I may have just summarized the book for you there.

As for my opinion, here goes:

I get so sick of the word rich being used by the left like a curse word to describe the right and breed class envy.

I'm so tired of the fallacy of wealth=greed, capitalism=greed, rich=greedy, rich=unfair, wealthy=ruthless. Person A is rich :: therefore Person B is made poor. I took logic in college, A does not lead to B.

Wealth is not a measure of success either.

Before I upgraded to B2Evo, I linked to an essay called The Secret to the Suicidal Liberal Mind.

My only avid reader, Andy, duly noted that alluding to Nazism and any modern American political affiliation or political tendency is uncalled for. And I'm repeating his statement so he doesn't have to.

Contextually the article does not call liberals Nazis. What it does say is that envy is why people become Nazis, Communists, or terrorists. The fear of being envied is what makes a liberal.

When people are rich, I'm happy for them. I don't want catastrophe to strike so they're poor and I feel better about myself. I don't want them to be taxed into next Tuesday so it hurts their quality of life as much, if not more, than it hurts my quality of life.

I think there is a common misconception that rich people want other people to be poor so they don't have to "share." I don't think they would have gotten to where they are financially by engineering the downfall of the "little guy."

Firefly the Series, the soundtrack and Serenity the Movie

Permalink 07:08:57 pm, by AnonymousOpinion Email, 295 words, 29 views   English (US)
Categories: Music, DVDs, Sci- Fi, TV

Firefly is probably the best, and most brief, sci-fi TV show ever.

Firefly is a sci-fi western with great plot, an unusual and beautiful soundtrack), interesting characters and a lot of humor. I really can't say enough about it.

I've bought the set linked above for my friends and promptly turned them into browncoats.

I was turned on to it by my friends, Steph and Scott, just as Fox put it on the cancellation chopping block.

It had an awful Friday night timeslot, wasn't heavily promoted, was aired out of sequence, so the aforementioned cancellation was quick to follow.

DVD Sales went through the roof, but unlike Family Guy, it wasn't brought back to was picked up by Universal and got...A MOVIE!

Fans were elated.

With this knowledge, some technically saavy folks started the Signal, a podcast by true browncoat fans dedicated to all things Firefly and Serenity. It includes analysis, interviews, and how to speak Chinese.

Yes, fans are really really dedicated.

I ordered the Done the Impossible DVD back in NOVEMBER and it has yet to ship. (ARrG!) The fan-created DVD documents the genesis of Serenity from the cancelled show and includes Dragon-Con interviews with the cast, crew, and die-hard fans.

Serenity, the movie came out last summer with a small budget, and great actors...but no household-name stars.

Serenity is on DVD and well worth it.

Joss Whedon is just a really talented writer, director, and overall great uber-geek (believe it or not, this is a really good thing). Listening to the commentary on both Firefly and Serenity, he's just plain fun and has a sense of humor that I really get.

There are a lot of Joss Whedon fans out there. If you're one, you can't miss Whedonesque.

March 1st, 2006


Permalink 08:00:06 pm, by AnonymousOpinion Email, 418 words, 25 views   English (US)
Categories: Books, Non-Fiction, Politics, Public Policy

This is not a book I've read, but I just got a quick synopsis from an article by the author, Bruce Bartlett, on

I'll attempt to summarize below and it really might be one that I would want to read. I generally shy away from the "Bush-is-the-dark-lord-Sauron" or "Bush-is-an-inept-moron" books that are so in vogue these days, but this isn't one of those. It's a line by line account of what Bush has done outside of what conservative voters counted on.

One of the things I've been saying is that Republicans have desperately been searching for the next Ronald Reagan every since his presidency ended and we haven't found him.

Bartlett says we found an Impostor.

We got H.W. on the heels of the Great Communicator, in hopes that he would continue the eight years of prosperity and smaller government. But he caved to the left's pressure to raise taxes in the name of "bipartisanship", who got the U.N. blessing for the first Gulf War, who agreed not to roll into Baghdad and depose Sadaam, whose entire presidency was ruined by the psychological hype known as recession.

Then we got W. whose presidency has led to more, not less, government.

I knew this was going to pot the day he created yet another bureaucratic agency, the Department of Homeland Security, another layer of red tape.

Contrary to evidence that clearly does not correlate higher spending per child to a better education per child, he sponsored the no child left behind act.

Contrary to first amendment rights groups, he sponsored Campaign Finance Reform that had no legal footing, limiting free speech on the airwaves.

Contrary to his platform of less government, he created more with the medicare drug benefit.

In my view, his loyalty to his friends is admirable but somewhat misplaced when it comes to political appointments.

He defended Harriet Miers until she withdrew, and he's now defending the port decision to the death with far too much faith in the review process before today and far too little information.

Bartlett has taken a lot of heat for "turning" on the Republicans. But he should get considerably less considering Bush can't be re-elected.

It's less than 1,000 days until the next election. We need to find our candidate, the one who will win, but this is the kind of discussion that we need, the kind of scrutiny that the next candidate will need to go through before conservatives everywhere choose to endorse him or her.


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