Smartypants: Trust vindicated

•September 15, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Smartypants: Trust vindicated.

I’ve learned that those of us who believe in President Obama are called Obamabots. Okay, not very original, but I’ll accept that. The fact is my programming responds positively to the way he handles his job. The above link is to an amazing essay on why President Obama actions on Syria were stunningly brilliant and why you should slow down and think before you start attacking him. The one thing that I do love about the man is that he is about the long game and even more important, it’s not about his ego.

When I taught English at the local community college, I was inundated with students that had to repeat the course because they weren’t taught anything. Their teacher’s egos got in the way. It’s simple: if a teacher walks into a classroom and says that no one here will get an A, that is their ego talking. Period. And they have no interest in being an engaged educator. I suggest if any student get’s that speech before a class, you get up and leave. That teacher will do nothing to help you learn what you need to know. Besides that, it’s a shitty thing to say and a worse thing to wish on your students.

President Obama doesn’t listen to the MSM’s bitching, moaning, or their armchair quarterbacking on how best to run a country. He doesn’t give a shit if the right, and more importantly, the left whines and bitches about how he’s supposedly “weak.” He does what he has to do to make sure a situation is handled with as much care as possible, even if what’s required is a threat of force.

There is no ego there.

He does what he’s supposed to do with or without approval from the left and more importantly, in my opinion, without the threat of ego. No “mission accomplished” banners on destroyers here.

A grown up doesn’t require the ego stroke.

 

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This High Tech Apocalypse Seems Very Familiar…Oblivion.

•April 21, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Possible Spoilers Ahead. Read with Caution!

If you’ve seen Aeon Flux, than you’ve seen about forty-five percent of this movie.

I loathe Tom Cruise, there is just no getting past it, but I tend to love his choice of movies. I also love Morgan Freeman and Olga Kurylenko, so for them, the genre, and the cinematography, I was first in line to see this movie.

Unfortunately, I pegged most of the storyline right from the beginning. Hell, I knew what he was before I even hit the theatre. I knew pretty much what was going on, not the full scope of the story of course, because when they go back and tell you what happened that’s when the known parts come together. The love story was also familiar, but satisfying. As a post-apocalyptic, the visuals and sets were stunning and I so want that house in the sky! Absolutely beautiful!

I can see why this was greenlit. There are just no new stories in Hollywood and they couldn’t be happier! And there is nothing new in this story, but it was entertaining. Expect it to move more slowly than you think. It has some really high action scenes, but they are spread throughout the movie. It’s a lot more cerebral than I think people might expect after watching the trailers. It also keeps you waiting for clues to the story a little longer than necessary, but it works to keep you awake.

I give Oblivion a solid B. However, the grade would have gone higher if I didn’t already know the game.

Obama’s budget and the put-up-or-shut-up challenge

•April 10, 2013 • Leave a Comment

“The Beltway said Obama needed to reach out to Republicans, so he reached out to Republicans. The Beltway said Obama needed to schmooze Republicans in a more personal way, so he did that, too. The Beltway said Obama needed to be willing to alienate his own supporters, and the president’s base has been duly outraged. The Beltway said Obama needed to put Medicare and Social Security on the table, and they’re on the table.

Will pundits who continue to blame “both sides” for partisan gridlock look ridiculous in the coming months? I sure as hell hope so.”

The Maddow Blog’s Steven Benen

Obama’s budget and the put-up-or-shut-up challenge.

My Progressive Brothers and Sisters Need to Chill!

•April 10, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Haven’t we been here before?

Yeah, I distinctly remember Liberals and Progressives losing their damned minds when they found out that President Obama was cutting Medicare. Yup, he dared to harm the sacred cow of the Democrats. He committed the ultimate sin of touching an entitlement. Committed the sin of trying to find a way to make the program more efficient so that many more who needed it could get and stay on it. I mean really, how fucking dare he try to make the system work for more people.

And after all of the bitching and moaning past, and the details of the cuts finally were finally revealed…

Didn’t you all feel foolish for doubting him?

The Medicare cuts he proposed, over $760 Million dollars worth, came from the waste the program has been bloated with for ages. What he did added 8 years to the life of Medicare and was so good that that asshole from Wisconsin chose to add the savings into his own bullshit budget.

What I’m saying is that we give the man a chance. He hasn’t disappointed yet when it’s come to entitlements. This is a dance, Kabuki Theater as many news sites like to call it, and until this dance comes to an end and President Obama takes his final bow, I’m going to hold my booing or applause. For this performance, like all the others, shows us that no matter what the President proposes, even if it’s enough to get all of the Democrats panties in a huge bunch, the Republicans will continue to make excuses and go against him.

So tell me why again, my Progressive brothers and sisters, are you running around like your hair’s on fire?

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

•March 17, 2013 • Leave a Comment

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

I have a thing for Indian movies and for British movies and this film manages to blend my love of them both perfectly. It’s a simple movie about simple relationships that manages to have an emotional impact that is surprisingly satisfying. The level of talent in this movie is staggering, just try and count the Oscar nods and wins for this group!
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a wonderful little movie, perfect for a quiet Sunday afternoon.

Talking to yourself, not just for weirdos anymore!

•March 9, 2013 • Leave a Comment

6 Conversations I Liked To Have With Myself!

“I talk to myself. Constantly,” Sarah Jessica Parker admitted in a recent interview with People. She claims her audible self-convos are not a sign of insanity, but a coping mechanism for keeping her life together. 

I’m not a fan of Sarah Jessica Parker, at least not since Square Pegs, but her admission that she talks to herself all the time placed us in a communal boat.

I talk to myself all the time as well.

My habit formed early in childhood. Being an only child and left alone far more than is healthy (I see now), I was the only one I had to talk to. Also, I was a very intelligent kid and often talking to kids my age was just plain boring.

So, I only had me to converse with.

I never thought anything of the activity when I was in the throws of a conversation. I was simply enjoying the discussion, mostly trying to figure out something the best way I knew how. Alone is not a good thing for a kid. And alone, surrounded by adults is even worse. A kid in an adult world loses the ability to converse at a child’s level and is further ostracized by those groups for that inability, or in my case, my complete disgust at having to augment my speaking patterns so that my occasional playmates could understand what I was talking about. In the end, I just found smarter friends.

I still talk to myself just as much as I did when I was a child. My roommate and best friend has just learned to listen for her name when she hears me speaking. It’s a very good rule as I have never found that I could stop myself from holding the one-sided conversations even if I tried. And since becoming a full-fledged novelist, my conversations have morphed into dialog for my characters. Often I hold interviews with my characters to figure out more about them and I have discovered some of the most enjoyable surprises in my books because of this habit.

People always say it’s okay to talk to yourself as long as you don’t answer back. But I say that’s bullshit. You have to answer yourself; it is called a conversation for a reason.

Find yourself a safe place (bathrooms are particularly good) and start talking. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll discover and you might even find clarity through a good conversation.

It’s Pro-Birth, NOT Pro-Life! Let’s end this lie now!

•November 26, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Against Abortion? Then Don’t Have One!

The next time some fool claims they’re pro-life tell them what they really are: pro-birth! Most pro-lifers don’t give a damn about a child once they are born and need help. In my opinion, the pro-life movement in the US has nothing at all to do with the life of a child and everything to do with race and religion. We as a nation are finally becoming a truly diverse “melting pot” country. And as our soon to be majority minority (by 2050) has come to realize this, they’ve become even more extreme in their defense of this platform.

I get it.

2012 was the first year in which there were more minority children born than white. The white voting populous has dropped in number by 11% since 1988 while the minority vote has increase 12 percentage points in that same time. So, there is this great fear that they are being “overrun.” Listening to Bill O’Reilly bitch about “traditional America” and hearing Pat Buchannan cry “Traditional America died last night,” after the 2012 election made me want to vomit.

Who the fuck do these guys think they are?

More important, where do they think they live?

The Pro-Life Movement was first about the subjugation of women and then the keeping of the white majority was added just for shits and giggles. How do you know? Simple, most of these people don’t even believe in birth control! Pump out as many children as you possibly can and we’ll talk about how to feed them later!

This insanity has got to stop! There are bills on the books all over the country trying to give fetuses Fourteenth Amendment rights!  For those who don’t know, here is the text of section one of the amendment:

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

The first unbelievable part of this is that these people actively ignore the third word of the above paragraph. The word “Born” is quite prominent and yet meaningless in their efforts to continue to subvert a women’s right to choose. Second, how can a fetus enjoy “life, liberty, or property, when they haven’t been granted LIFE yet? Like I said before, this insanity has got to stop!

The worse part of this for me is that these folks actually assume that their argument for denying me my right to choose is a right given to them by their god. They assume that their god is my god and that’s where they make their most outrageous and insulting mistake! I’ve always wanted a pro-lifer to come up to me with this crap, so I could have the pleasure of telling them the following:

“Your god is not my god. The first amendment gives me the right to not be assaulted by your religion, but more importantly, you won’t care for a child I had, so you do get the choice to tell me whether or not I can have it! Tend to your own house and stay the hell out of mine! You offend me by your assumption that your beliefs are superior to mine. Moreover, you most likely offend your god by your hubris. Now, GO AWAY!”

That would feel amazing to say to a person fool enough to step to me with that garbage, but alas, I telegraph my emotions (face and body language are quite clear when I talk about certain issues) and therefore my opinion and will probably never have that opportunity. Also, I tend to live in bright Blue States where this is not an issue.

Pro-Birthers should be ashamed of themselves. But they won’t be because for them, god is on their side. They ignore the Constitution of the US, they ignore Roe vs. Wade, they ignore the individual’s right to choose, so I say, why the hell should we have to respect them in any way, when they don’t respect us?

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