Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sellebrity Saturday: Obamas Are Celebrities Par Excellence

Friday, November 26, 2010

Items From My Mailbox: Thanks Mooseman

Australia says NO - Second Time he has done this !

AMAZING You must read it !!!!

He's done it again..

He sure isn't backing down on his hard line stance and one has to appreciate his belief in the rights of his native countrymen.

A breath of fresh air to see someone lead.
I wish some leaders would step up in Canada & USA .

Australian Prime Minister does it again!!

This man should be appointed King of the World.. Truer words have never been spoken.

It took a lot of courage for this man to speak what he had to say for the world to hear. The retribution could be phenomenal, but at least he was willing to take a stand on his and Australia 's beliefs.

Whole world needs a leader like this!

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd - Australia

Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia , as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks..

Separately, Rudd angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying he supported spy agencies monitoring the nation's mosques. Quote:

I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali , we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians. '

'This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom'

'We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society . Learn the language!'

'Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.'

'We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.'

'This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, 'THE RIGHT TO LEAVE'..'

'If you aren't happy here then LEAVE. We didn't force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.'

Maybe if we circulate this amongst ourselves in Canada & USA , WE will find the courage to start speaking and voicing the same truths.

If you agree please SEND THIS ON and ON, to as many people as you know

Thursday, November 25, 2010

My Personal Odyssey

No, don't run away yet. It won't be all that personal. I'm going to make it impersonal. I promise. My impersonal odyssey. How's that?

Thought you might like that better. Here goes:

1. Spectator Sports.
2. Music.
3. Recreational Reading.

In the past two years these constants in my life have been largely discarded. For years I have followed sporting events, usually in an extremely dispassionate manner. That is to say, I don't usually care emotionally, who wins or loses but I always cared intellectually.

I am a born prognosticator. I am a compulsive prognosticator. We have seen personality tests that measure perception vs. judgment but I have never seen a personality test that measures one's inclination to prognosticate vs. whatever mysterious mental functions are performed by my fellow humans as they observe the world.

Being the compulsive prognosticator I will sometimes watch TV shows that I do not enjoy as pure entertainment. I want to grok the show's essence and its time slot and predict its ultimate fate. I have done the same thing with movies, new consumer products and of course, automobiles. I have low mechanical aptitude but I can yamber on about the unexpected success of the CRV, the rise of the Taurus and the minivan because of my prognosistic inclination.

To feed my compulsion I used to set my TV to whatever sporting event happened to be on. I would then view the TV passively but jumping into the middle or ending of a sporting event is not the same as jumping into the middle of a TV show or movie. I know people who do that and they will forever be fingernails on the chalkboard of my sensibilities. (Yes, there is that part of me that silently screams "Go back! Go back to the beginning. Rent the movie if you have to! You are not respecting the movie!" Whistles blare and flags fly. Why can't people observe film viewer kosher? Stupid mortals!)

I would do whatever else needed to be done (email, etc.) and check in on the TV from time to time. If the event gotinteresting I might sit on the couch and watch for a while. When they went to commercial, I usually clicked to another sporting event (I do like cable) and clicked back and forth to the more interesting event.

In 2008 I found myself clicking to a news station during commercials or injuries and not returning to the sporting event. I might even jump to C-Span. C-Span for crying out loud. What the hell happened to me?

What happened was the election of 2008. I am still confused as to how a mysterious man with an unimpressive resume and anti-American, anti-freedom, pro-elitist tendencies could swoop in from the backstreets of Chicago and claim the presidency. I am seeking answers.

And yes, it bears repeating and reemphasizing the hows and whys of this unique election. Yes I am snide and disdainful of people who have idolized and ugh, even deified an empty suit. Yes I am. But I also dumbfounded. Part of me strives to understand the mental processes, such as they are, of the Obama follower.

I mentioned that I am a prognosticator but I did not say I was a political prognosticator. That is bacause I have a political tin ear. Politics is still a mystery to me. But over the years, I have made strides in developing a rudimentary understanding of electoral politics. 2008 made me reevaluate those strides.

Why would throngs of Germans turn out to adore a foreigner about whom they know nothing? Why would an empty suit whose only perceptible talent is reading a telepromter be celebrated the world over? Why would otherwise smart Americans put on mental blinders to support a candidate who was at best, clueless and at worst, destructive? I wish I could make sense of it.

Part of me, the bigger part of my judgment, simply dismisses the Obots as Obots. The stupidification of America, the world, and all that. But there is that frustrated focus group leader who wants answers.

My life used to have a soundtrack. I commute for at least ten hours a week. Three years ago, a lot of those hours would have been filled with music. No more. I jump from talk radio station to talk radio station to talk radio station. It can sometimes be as bad as it might sound. It is not usually edifying or entertaining or enchanting. But there are tidbits on talk radio that keep me coming back. The interviews with obscure web masters, not famous bloggers and the scouring of news that was somehow "overlooked" by the mainstream media.

As well as the long commutes, I used to spend hours on Youtube and elsewhere enjoying music videos. There is so much underground talent out there unfiltered by the marketing pros. I listened to literally dozens of versions of "Funiculì, Funiculà." I listened and watched hours of mish mashes, ukulele covers of pop songs, bootleg video, as well as music that I once loved in its original form.

Even when I did not perform a full frontal lobe assault on Youtube, I usually played music in the background as I read my email or performed other housekeeping activities. No more. As enjoyable as it once was, it now seems frivolous. The tunes cannot compete with the alarms going off in my head. My attention is fully directed to "overlooked" news. Music can indeed calm the savage beast. We don't need lullabys right now. We need to be snapped out of our slumber.

I used to read for recreation. That stopped in Spring of 2008. It has a lot to do with my 50+ hour work week, long commutes, the launching of new ventures and chronic domestic instability. But another factor is the brain washers in the room. I have a hard time concentrating/escaping from the day to day. One could argue that I have grown paranoid. They might be right.

Every day I assess the validity of my paranoia and every day I arrive at the same conclusion: Paranoia is justified on a few grounds. 1.) The United States has never faced a more power-hungry Administration than this one. There is not a single industry they do not want to control (their preferred term is regulate.) They bury the takeover of the student loan industry in the health care bill. While the dupes are watching this hand...

2.) We have never seen deception on a scale that we now see it. Yes, deception is part of politics and part of life. But we have never seen an administration with secret czars and advisors who skirt the vetting process. We have never elected a more msyterious man to the highest office in the land. And yes, it is significant that he has a social security number that would ordinarily be granted to a Connecticut native and he has never resided in that state.

The duplicity is unending with this administration. Congress passes 3,000 page bills that are too large for even our elected officials to read. Worse yet, WE CANNOT EVEN FIND OUT WHO WRITES THESE OVERSIZED BILLS!!! There was deceptive campaign financing on Obama's part and on and on and on. We have never witnessed anything like this band of thugs.

3.) Media docility. Need I elaborate?

4.) Citizen docility. You hate Bush. Gotcha. You hate Palin. Gotcha. You hate Republicans. Gotcha. You hate the Tea Party. Gotcha. But put down the delicious Kool-Aid for five minutes and take a long look at the cult leader to whom you have pledged your unwavering loyalty. Take a look at the man behind the curtain and his merry band of thugs. Take a long look!

My world view has changed. We thought that mind control would arrive with Orwellian brutality or Huxley's soma. What arrived was a mind control that is much more subtle and much more sophisticated. It is hard to grasp and harder to define. Mostly, it is mind control based on style and image and pretense and deception. Madison Avenue's greatest triumph.

Vigilance comes with a price. Someday I suppose I will "get a life." For now, I am proudly paranoid. I have changed. Change I can believe in.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Postscript: Sarah Palin's TV Show

In an age of remote control, we frequently watch programming we did not intend to watch. Such is the case with "Sarah Palin's Alaska." Unforeseen events directed me to the living room and while there I flipped the TV to the football game. It was the 4th quarter of a close game (Giants v. Eagles) but there was a disputed call and I knew how long those things can drag on.

So I flipped over to Sarah Palin. In this episode the Governor and her oldest daughter, Bristol, help some commercial halibut fishermen. I had no idea that halibut were so big. But the coolest thing is that once you land them on deck, you have to whack them in the head with a billy club to kill them, careful not to miss the head and damage the meat.

They tastefully edited the film (sigh) but we get a glimpse of Sarah clubbing a halibut. She then orders her daughter to club the next hooked fish. El kabong! I retract my statement that I could never find this show interesting. It was a slice of heaven.

I don't hide my love and respect for Sarah Palin and yes, I hope she runs in 2012. Viewing her show has galvanized my affection for this tough broad. Run Sarah Run!

Media Monday: Fox Pundits Bash Palin

This is priceless. For the record I have not seen and do not care to view Palin's TV show. The format of the show is not interesting to me. As much as I like her, Palin is becoming one more media hack.

Behold Judith Miller. She has a "NYT" pedigree and I read and appreciated "Germs." I honestly cannot remember the other panelists's names and it is not all that important. What is important is the innocence (or is naivete the better term?) of the ruling class. Their only reference point to anything and everything is what the other media elitists say about a topic. The media bubble.

I was going to use the title "Hacks Quoting Hacks About Hacks" but Palin is not a political hack (a media hack? that is another question.) Not yet anyway. She is a politically unorthodox player who might get the last laugh.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sunday Worship: You Can't Make This Up

Take your best shot at Palin's supporters. Or McCain's. Or Bush's. Or Hillary's. Or the supporters of any politician in the world. Whatever else can be said about the supporter of EVERY other politician on the planet, they are not so deluded as to deify their heroes.

In this respect, Obama is different from every other politician. He has embraced and fostered and never disavowed the cultists who LITERALLY worship him. While much can be said (and should be said) about the cult followers, we should first focus our attention on the messianic figure who invites and cultivates this worship. Jim Jones is gone but his spirit is still with us.