Monday, July 30, 2007
Bond Is Cool…but Matt Damon (who is not really so cool) Begs to Differ
Apparently Matt Damon -- an idiot accurately depicted in the movie, “Team America” -- thinks James Bond is a "Misogynist" and "Imperialist." Wow, another Hollow-wood genius.
I figured this clown was a total idiot (at least a “useful idiot”) when I read that he and Ben Affleck were going to make a documentary on American history based on Howard Zinn’s scathing attack screed on the U.S. (a so-called, “People’s History of the United States”). Zinn is a full-blown Marxist – as in Gulag “utopia.” Damon is just another rich photogenic clown who doesn’t know how good he and his fellow citizens have it.
His attack on an old movie personality is laughable. Is he suggesting that Bond lacks the charm and wit of a “womens’ studies” professor? …Or the dignity of a “fact-finding” Sean Penn in Iraq before the war?
Lets get to the point; does Matt Damon think he even comes close to 007 in style, substance, or honest to-the-point coolness.
I love the appraisal given in the above linked Libertas article;
“I happened to see Terminator 3 recently, and it occurs to me that our Governor showed more personality playing a robot than Damon does playing anything. In fact, if Damon played a robot I doubt anyone would notice.”
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Who doesn't "hate" (passionately dislike) something, and often by default, someone -- often, some group? Those who so often decry "hate speech" can hardly be seen as immune from this common human emotion. If I hear of another example of some elitist entertainer or intellectual suggest that George Bush or Dick Chaney should be killed (possibly due to hatred of them?) I'm gonna laugh/cry.
Most societies have the common sense to justly punish those who use force or deception against another. The societies that punish thought and free expression (no matter how foolish or mean-spirited it may be) are called dictatorships.
No doubt, nicer people are less hateful and hate doesn't really help anyone but the concept of "hate speech" is a stupid concept that I personally...(gasp!) hate.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Fair Farming During the "[Man Made] Global Warming" Con
Farmland in Iowa is more climatically "fair" and "natural" than farmland in Greenland or Siberia. Cool is better than warm – everywhere. Warm is better than cool – everywhere. The Earth's temperature should always remain the same from now on (even though that has never been the case before). And, as usual, "ignorance is strength."
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Buying Happiness -- with a government middle man
From City Journal.
..."Further, policies to redress economic inequality hardly affect true inequality at all. Policymakers and economists rarely denounce the scandal of inequality in work effort, creativity, talent, or enthusiasm. We almost never hear about the outrage that is America’s inequality in leisure time, love, faith, or fun—even though these are things that most of us value more than money. To believe that we can redress inequality in our society by moving cash around is to have a materialistic, mechanistic, and totally unrealistic understanding of the resources that we truly care about."...
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
The Post Modern Jacobin World View...and Continued Stupidity of the Socialist Mindset
The wealthy leaders of Corporate America, including its media outlets, supposedly act in accordance with their (economic) “interests” thus supporting the “capitalist party line” (or “superstructure” as Marxist would tell it).
This of course, appears to make sense “intuitively.” But, if it were indeed so then wouldn't the wealthy directors and actors of Hollywood also be notably right wing and pro-capitalist? Wouldn't the well paid and pampered gas-bags of academia be overwhelmingly conservative in their hopes of maintaining their status and affiliation with "privilege?"
Why does a multi-millionaire like Michael Moore devote his energy to pervasive and dishonest undermining and insult to his country and its people? Why does a billionaire like Ted Turner consider Fidel Castro a great man as well as a personal pal?
As it turns out, there are things that motivate as well as -- or more than -- money. To see one's self as revolutionary, cool, or superior intellectually and morally is a common motivation amongst the hypocrites and self-delusioned of leftland.
These arrogant fools will look you strait in the eye and tell you they “don't believe anything that corporate media tells them.” In virtually the same breath they'll quote CBS or the New York Times regarding the latest proof that George Bush is the Anti-Christ. Sometimes they will avoid the corporate media and find a higher truth in some kid's conclusions on a free blog site (I know, like this one...). During such epiphanies they discover that Muslim terrorists really didn't hit the World Trade Center but it was actually a conspiracy by George Bush -- or some mysterious higher forces that control him.
The contemporary collectivist ideologues of anti-freedom are idiots in a frenzy. While their books (i.e. Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn) are required reading in colleges and high schools across the country and while their “views” clog the movies, television, and news channels of the world, we are continually told that our knowledge of life and world events are really colored by the base interests of some scary rich businessmen or corporations.
While the nonsense continues we're supposed to believe that the Jacobin pseudo-rebel has got some kind of X-ray vision on the truth.
When your greatest sympathies go out to Muslim Fascists and totalitarian “experiments” that have slaughtered millions, your credibility is justifiably diminished.
So, supposedly corporate America and rich boogymen continue to promote their interests; and the left is promoting what exactly?
...Meanwhile the non - corporate media keeps doing what they do best. The BBC a case in point:
“...Try these tests next time you are watching your favorite BBC drama or Hollywood movie: If the characters happen to include - say - a white middle class guy and a non-white working class guy, who is going to turn out to have surprising hidden qualities and who is going to turn out to have a surprising hidden dark side? Or compare the proportion homosexual characters on your TV screen with that in your own real life. Try and find the drama where the ‘right wing' character turns out to be full of compassion and the ‘left wing' character full of bile or where the successful business executive turns out to be rather a nice chap...”
Thursday, July 19, 2007
For the Resentment – or Love – of Authority (Leftist Psychopathology 101)
I don't claim this to be a scientific appraisal but, have you ever noticed that those with the biggest gripes against authoritarian parents or bosses (or “corporations”) are the ones most sympathetic to authoritarian political ideologies and systems?
“...I hate my dad but, like...ah...Che was such a revolutionary!...” Or, “My boss is a bastard but, like...ah...Mao did a lot of good things for the people of China.” “Corporate America is fascist but [an over 40 year long dictatorship in] Cuba is a democratic egalitarian paradise.”
How or why does a hatred for parental authority figures or employers (and a generalized hatred of authority) translate into an adoration of political authority figures who's excess of authority and violence far surpasses that of one's mundane associations? More generally, how can one despise authority but at the same time defend, admire, and virtually worship the most horrid expressions of authoritarianism?
The far left had the nerve to initially coin the phrase “authoritarian personality” (a concoction of the Marxist psychologist Theodor Adorno) as something supposedly distinct to those they disagreed with (people who primarily favor low taxes and minimal government intrusion into individual's lives).
Among the left's grandest fairy tales of PR myth production has been the image of the cruel heartless and authoritarian conservative vs. the peaceful, passive, and all-loving leftist -- the control freak for our own good and the guardian of the great unwashed abstraction they've never actually met.
So, hate all the projections of oppression around you and sing praise to tyrants.
Hate your father and love Fidel Castro...but don't tell us one is a tyrant and another a docile leader of free people on a Caribbean island.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Marxists for Mohammad
"...They want us out of Iraq. They believe America is an immoral country with imperialist oil-driven goals. They believe our military tortures prisoners. They use car bombings to undermine our resolve. They dwell on, highlight, and proclaim bad news from Iraq and Afghanistan to further their agenda. They want the actions of a few idiots at Abu Ghraib thrown in our face at every opportunity. They want the atrocities committed by al Queda ignored. And they count on weak-willed politicians to achieve their goals. Question: Am I describing some (not all) ["]pro-freedom,["] ["]pro-American,["] ["pro-military["] "progressives," or the terrorists..."
My answer (as the Libertas site's author and the circumstance of reality suggest);
It makes no difference. The most strident (and phony) among the "anti-war" crowd are largely comprised of the usual clowns who bitterly oppose everything about the United States, from it's cultural pastimes to it's economic dynamism. Marxists, Trotskyites, garden variety socialists, and Muslim terrorists -- not a whole lot of difference, in sympathies or hopes for the future.
The left has always been about "planned" society. They have never been about "peace," "justice," or "progress" in spite of their PR soundbites to that effect. In the end they are only about power; the power of the state and ideology over the individual and private creativity. In this regard, they are the perfect compliment to the Islamo-fascists. Their identical sympathies should be a surprise to no one.
Friday, July 13, 2007
What About the Wolf's Feelings?
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Garbage and Soot to Keep Al Gore Famous
Live Earth came and went and wealthy celebrities will continue to use more energy and produce more pollution then common folks could ever dream of.
'A key point in my extreme dislike for anything left -- IT'S THE HYPOCRICY STUPID!
...anyway, there was a great overview of the hypocrisy amongst many in the Live Earth elite crowd in this article from a couple of day ago in The Daily Mail. Some quotes and statistics from the article:
"...Matt Bellamy, front man of the rock band Muse, has dubbed it 'private jets for climate change'."
"A Daily Mail investigation has revealed that far from saving the planet, the extravaganza will generate a huge fuel bill, acres of garbage, thousands of tonnes of carbon emissions, and a mileage total equal to the movement of an army."
"The most conservative assessment of the flights being taken by its superstars is that they are flying an extraordinary 222,623.63 miles between them to get to the various concerts - nearly nine times the circumference of the world. The true environmental cost, as they transport their technicians, dancers and support staff, is likely to be far higher."
"The total carbon footprint of the event, taking into account the artists' and spectators' travel to the concert, and the energy consumption on the day, is likely to be at least 31,500 tonnes of carbon emissions, according to John Buckley of Carbonfootprint.com, who specializes in such calculations."
"Throw in the television audience and it comes to a staggering 74,500 tonnes. In comparison, the average Briton produces ten tonnes in a year."
"The concert will also generate some 1,025 tonnes of waste at the concert stadiums - much of which will go directly into landfill sites."
"Moreover, the pop stars headlining the concerts are the absolute antithesis of the message they promote - with Madonna leading the pack of the worst individual rock star polluters in the world..."
"...Collins says: "It is patently absurd to claim that travel of this nature doesn't have an impact. Each person attending the event will have to make a return journey to the venue, be it by air, rail, bus or car. This burns fossil fuel - precisely what we are trying to reduce."
"There is also the environmental cost of these artists flying around the world - that is absolutely huge."
"Indeed, an audit of the lifestyles of the A-list performers appearing at Live Earth, reveals that they are among the worst individual polluters in the world, as their world tours and private jets billow thousands of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year. One hour in a Gulfstream jet burns as much fuel as driving a family car for a year."
"The Daily Mail has found that five of the top performing acts together have an annual output of almost 2,000 carbon tonnes. Madonna alone has an annual carbon footprint of 1,018 tonnes, according to John Buckley."
"Remember, the average Briton produces just ten tonnes."
"The veteran pop singer's Confessions tour last year produced 440 tonnes of carbon pollution in just four months, simply in flights between venues. This does not include the trucks required to transport equipment, the power needed to stage each show, or the transport for fans traveling to each concert."
"Rock group Genesis re-formed last year and are in the middle of their European tour. The three-man band will fit their Live Earth performance into a tour of at least 47 locations across the world. Their carbon footprint last year totaled 195 tonnes."
"James Blunt, another Wembley performer, completed his world tour of the U.S. last year, racking up a carbon footprint of 195 tonnes."
"American band Red Hot Chili Peppers have, like Madonna, flown in to Wembley from the U.S.. They have produced 220 tonnes of carbon dioxide with their private jet alone over the last six months... "
"...So just how does Gore claim that Live Earth will be carbon neutral? He does so by convenient use of 'carbon offsetting' - a trendy new method of absolving yourself of guilt."
"Carbon offsetting involves 'neutralizing' the emissions you are responsible for by buying 'credits'."
"A spokesperson for Live Earth says: "This might involve buying environmentally sound light bulbs for a Third World school, planting trees, or installing solar panels in a developing country."
"A huge industry has sprung up to provide corporations with carbon credits."
"However, critics say that the practice is simply a way for consumerist industries and nations to export their responsibility to developing countries. Others say it simply does not work."
"Carbon-offsetting is, it turns out, how celebrities square green issues with their extravagant lifestyles and use of private jets..."
"...The idea that you can offset the pollution you cause is just ridiculous. What these people at Live Earth have done is defined their boundaries to suit themselves, but there is no sense in which this concert is carbon neutral."
"Planting trees or investing in renewable energy does not reverse the damage of releasing huge quantities of carbon dioxide into the environment."
"It is far better not to pollute in the first place. Carbon offsetting can be a removal of guilt, but it is not an effective one."
It's been said before; "Shut up and sing."
Saturday, July 07, 2007
A Special Religion with Special Needs
The Special Religion with Special Needs (and special assistance from pampered journalists).
(I've posted this before but it seems to always remain timely).
The Religion of Peace
"...may Allah pluck out your eye if you haven't yet seen that Jihad is an individual duty..." -- Al-Zawahi, Al-Qaida's second in command.
...don't forget, we're the bad guys....and, "Bush is Hitler."
Friday, July 06, 2007
Tunes to Save the World
Soon there will be millions (supposedly two billion) across the globe performing and listening to music...to “save the world” from Climate Change ® (previously know as “Global Warming").
I guess their hearts are in the right place. Who wouldn't want to “save the Earth” if they really thought it was on the brink of total doom, as depicted by Al Gore and company. Of course a lot of these people just want to listen to some good bands perform and then drive back home in their massive SUV's – I guess thats okay. Like I said, their hearts are in the right place. I'm not sure their brains are up to the task when it comes to practical judgment though.
All of this latest in celebrity sound-bite cacophony of course assumes that the world is in a state of impending doom, something many of us don't buy into (scientific facts being among our reasons). The “scientific consensus” so often quoted by mainstream media outlets is bogus of course to anyone who has kept relatively informed on the issue, and “consensus” has nothing to do with science anyway, if I may paraphrase Michael Creighton.
Do many people consider how utterly ridiculous it is when musicians chastise “society” for “depleting energy and resources?” Here we have some – in many cases wealthy – characters sucking up megawatts of electricity under colored lights with camera crews and chauffeurs, and making CD's and transporting them to a million stores (with CO2 producing trucks). Live Earth is a resource depleting extravaganza.
It's odd that a caste of entertainment nobles -- the elite, the wealthy, the famous -- demand that the guy who “needs to cutback” or “sacrifice” is Joe and Susan average on their average drive to work or vacation with their kids. “We” always consume too much but Di Caprio's and Al Gore's mansions utilize “carbon offsets” -- well, whopp-dee-doo!
Remember, there were great ice sheets that once covered large parts of the Earth and there is currently global warming on Mars. And you could have stopped it all if you just kissed the assess in the political classes.
I love music and what a great many of musicians produce when practicing their trade, but when musicians become preachers for the new church of global environmental fear, I want to laugh.
So, “save the world” by demanding more centralized and powerful forces of state to reign in us unbelievers. God knows, that's been tried before – with results any good history major can appreciate.
Practicing what they preach – not a big leftist standard but, hey, we can "save the cake [environment]" and eat it to. Just do what they say. Quiver in your boots at the thought of twenty extra feet of fairy tale water. Rattle your teeth at massive glaciers melting. Vote for Hillary or Hugo Chavez...
Then, pat yourself on the back for "saving the world," kick back, and listen to some music.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Jihad In the U.K. -- The "Poor and Oppressed" Strike Again...
'Just don't call them "Muslim" doctors.
Remember, we're in a global war with an amorphous, unknown, and undescribable enemy waging some neutral concept called "Jihad" (but any connection to the religion of Islam is just coincidental).
Political Correctness used to just be stupid. Now it can get lots of people killed.
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
The Lunatics Who Never Stray From The Path
I had an encounter with another devout follower of the “9/11 cover-up” cult recently. The usual nonsense; 'a knowing gleam in the eye (a cross between a deer in the headlights and a serial killer about to pounce) and the big question I've grown sick of; “So do you think there was a cover up?” I initially answered this completely out of context question in the same manner of response I usually use when I see the rant coming. I acted naïve and confused, “cover up of what?...” A legitimate and convincing response to an absurd question regarding events of over five years ago that had nothing to do with the non-political mundane conversation we were having. Then he went off with the usual memorized lines of “statistics” regarding the velocity of a “pancaking” building in free-fall, how “steel doesn't melt,” and how, “no Arab names were on the flight manifests of the crashed aircraft.” Rather than just roll my eyes up, eventually I made the stupid decision to honestly answer his more stupid question; “I think a group of Al Queda terrorists did it, and jets flying into buildings might do enough damage to make them fall (considered a foolish response to the brilliant minds of the 9/11 paranoia wing of leftland). Then the usual secret insight, born-again rebel sound bites flew; “Operation Northwoods,” “Oil Corporations,” “Profit and greed”... Yawn, what an asshole (I realize that “name-calling” is bad form...but so is being and asshole).
Regarding “secret government plans” (i.e. "Operation Northwoods") from decades ago, regardless of the original circumstances, I don't think that anything circulating on the Internet to millions of people can be really called a “secret plan” now. It's an issue of time and semantics I suppose but, give me a break, a “secret plan” that everyone can read, millions do read, and millions believe? A secret plan that was declassified before supposedly being carried out, and then plastered all over the Internet? That's one shoddy “conspiracy” if you ask me. Doesn't “secret” mean....secret? If only the authoritarian freaks from leftland would be so kind in declassifying secret projects when their “system” is the one in power. I don't recall the former Soviet Union declassifying and making public much stuff (beyond spaceflights, a week after they occurred). Likewise for any contemporary society claiming the torch of “revolutionary socialism” -- not big on information variety or exposes'.
I'm not an engineer, and I've never encountered one of these 9/11 conspiracy connoisseurs who was either. In my latest conversation with previously mentioned clown-freak, all the memorized “facts” from innumerable conspiracy web sites bounced through the air as if he was an engineer (he wasn't) and I was supposedly stupid or “unaware” for not knowing or believing them -- “There's no use ever talking to you if you haven't read the stats regarding the little green men who live in your pillow” (yes, that's a caricature, but it captures the essence of these people's thinking process).
After all the cliché rambling, a final even more cliché classic from leftland; “I'm not taking a side.” Well, there ya have it! Guess what, we're “taking a side” every time we get up in the morning! A conservative has no difficulty saying that they take a side. Why are the left's constant statements of disdain toward free capitalist society and sympathy for its totalitarian enemies always made with the phony qualification that they are somehow, magically, “not taking a side?”
All over the world, people – often majorities – believe the 9/11 -- U.S. government conspiracy B.S. It's become the left's latest rallying cry (tied with “global warming”). The theory of a U.S. Government/"oligarchy" conspiracy now has the popularity of a Starbucks latte and yet these freaks still think they're some rare insiders privy to secret knowledge – back to leftland's default prime motive; “I'm better than you.”
One thing can be absolutely certain when confronting the lefts' conspiracy theory nut-parade; the one possibility we can definitively rule out (in their eyes) is that Muslim terrorists trained to hijack airplanes and later crashed them into buildings killing innocent people.
Apparently (and, this is the repeated line of thinking among the types I'm writing of), anyone who believes “the government's story” (e.g. Common sense based on facts and not paranoid speculation) also, doesn't' know that a Jewish neo-con conspiracy has allowed George Bush to seize power-- “under the Patriot Act” -- and establish a fascist police state.
You may not notice that America is a dictatorship now, where “voices and opinions are muzzled,” but that's just “because you can't see it.” You need leftland's X-ray vision. You need a mediocre life, and need to compensate for your insignificance with passionate delusion. Meanwhile, a real enemy of free civilization (Islamo-fascism) needn't be conspiratorial at all. Their chess moves are announced or displayed daily, and we're handing them the keys to the car while rambling incoherent nonsense about unclassified “secret” government plots, engineering physics we know nothing about, and the esoteric truth of urban legends concocted by middle class pampered brats with too much time on their hands and a serious deficit of common sense.
Public “education” + media political PR – common sense = ”ignorance is strength.”
A fascinating video (I think) that you may or may not wish to incorporate into the issues addressed above; a plane crashing into a solid concrete wall at very high speed. All sorts of arguments have been made regarding what happens, or “should” happen, when a high speed aircraft hits a solid object (like the wall of the Pentagon). Although an aircraft is heavy, and jammed full of equipment and “objects,” it is essentially a hollow tube of relatively light weight material (that's so it can fly – duh). Is it so hard to believe that it becomes unrecognizable after a high impact (don't forget to add igniting fuel into the equation).
A really big hat tip to Eject Eject Eject.
...Oh yeah, this too is an excellent -- and comical -- accessory in the "debate."