Apr
13
2017
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#TrumpAdmin: Minor Grumbling Post

Once upon a time, I was a Moderate Atheist Republican. When Obama was elected, I shifted to a Pelaoconservative Christian Republican philosophy.

Now, I did not and do not align with each group perfectly. Take my current political philosophy. According to Michael Foley:

“[P]aleoconservatives press for restrictions on immigration, a rollback of multicultural programmes, the decentralization of the federal policy, the restoration of controls upon free trade, a greater emphasis upon economic nationalism and isolationism in the conduct of American foreign policy, and a generally revanchist outlook upon a social order in need of recovering old lines of distinction and in particular the assignment of roles in accordance with traditional categories of gender, ethnicity, and race.” -(Unfortunately No Link) Michael Foley (2007). American Credo: The Place of Ideas in US Politics. New York, USA: Oxford University Press Inc. p. 318

The only thing I disagree with hardline pelaoconservatism is the isolationism nonsense. I direct your attention to three great articles (all at the American Greatness) that deal with this issue. We can be non-interventionist and anti-war, but we cannot hide from the world:

Please read these at your leisure. Highly recommended.

I do have some quibbles, but they are all very minor.

First up is entitlement reform. I think we need it, President Trump does not:

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney says President Trump removed elements of entitlement reform from a proposed budget. …Mulvaney said he presented the president with a list of budget options which included some changes to Social Security. “And he looked at one and said, ‘What is that?'” Mulvaney said. He continued, “And I said, ‘Well, that’s a change to part of Social Security.’ He said, ‘No. No.’ He said, ‘I told people I wouldn’t change that when I ran. And I’m not going to change that. Take that off the list.'”

But, like the guy said, he campaign on those issues and I voted for him knowing full well what that meant. At least President Trump went over his own budget before signing off on it.

But as the good Lord gives, he takes. President Trump came out in support of Ex-Im Bank:

Mr. Trump also made a full reversal from the campaign by stating his support for the U.S. Export-Import Bank. The president said he planned to fill two vacancies on the bank’s board, which has been effectively paralyzed with three open seats on its five-member board…

“Instinctively, you would say, ‘Isn’t that a ridiculous thing,'” Mr. Trump said of the Ex-Im Bank. “But actually, it’s a very good thing. And it actually makes money, it could make a lot of money.”

I’m not going to go fully into why the Ex-Im Bank is a bad, crony-capitalism boondoggle. Many on both the left and right want to see this monster brought down.

As much as I want to be mad at President Trump over these things*, I cannot. I knew I disagreed with Trump on some things that he was going to keep his promise on. I also knew that Trump would do an about face on some things that he promised to do.

You have to roll with reality. I’m not saying sell-out your values or compromise for the shake of compromise. I will still fight for entitlement reform and the end of the Ex-Im Bank in the now and future. If President Trump can accomplish 75%-80% of what he wants to do and I agree with, then I’m happy.

Justice Neil Gorsuch bought a lot of brownie points for me. President Trump is still strong on the illegal immigration front and reforming the government (like the EPA!). I do roll my eyes at him and grumble at Trump sometimes, but I see no reason to be MAD at this moment.

Well, see ya’ later!
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Mar
27
2017
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#Ceres2525 By @MicheaLeeNelson Review

The Song “Turn Down For What” by DJ Snake and Lil Jon comes to mind with this book. It hits the ground running and doesn’t let up.

But I get ahead of myself. Micheal Lee Nelson asked for a review and I said sure. Then sends me the first two chapters to get a feel for the entire novel. First, a synopses:

Desperation is the father of invention.

In the year 2525, Ceres desperately searches for his parents, long held captive among the Galactic’s 500 colony worlds.

When he too is taken, forced to duel to save a slave with powerful secret abilities, he determines to fight his way to the top of the pirate ranks.

Can he justify this within his objective moral code? Will Ceres’ faith, his soul, survive?

As you can tell, this isn’t about Ceres, but a guy name Ceres. I was given the first two chapters to read. Micheal Nelson drops you in the action from line one and doesn’t give you time to really breathe (in a good way).

The first chapter deals with Ceres initial adventure to find his father and drops you in the action. The second chapter is a flashback to Ceres birth and why he was given that name, which is, of course, action packed.

Would I pick up the entire book? Yes, yes I would. If you are looking for a High-Energy Action Sci-Fi, then this is for you. Slam your favorite energy drink and get ready for a ride! Enjoy!

Well, see ya’ later!
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Mar
11
2017
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#TrumpAdmin: Why #PreetBharara Needs To Be Fired (A @JazzShaw Response)

I was reading Jazz Shaw’s excellent piece on why US Attorney Preet Bharara shouldn’t be fired along with 45 others President Trump and AG Jeff Sessions want to resign. Jazz gives several reasons:

  1. Preet Bharara took down (Democrat) Sheldon Silver and (Republican) Dean Skelos (Nice!).
  2. Preet Bharara is investigating the Clinton Foundation (Great!).
  3. Preet Bharara is investigating both NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (Very Awesome!).

Then I had an epiphany and realized those are exactly the reasons US Attorney Preet Bharara MUST be fired. There might be a good number of reasons to keep Bharara, but if Sessions had kept him, then Democrats would accuse the Trump Admin of keeping a Democrat head-hunter.

The Trump Administration cannot play favorites here. They would either have to keep the 46 politically appointed US Attorneys or get rid of them all. The (GW) Bush Administration did a selective firing once and look at how that turned out (despite it being totally legit). It saddens me, but part of “Drain The Swamp” is about not doing politics as usual.

Again, I personally don’t have anything against Preet Bharara. He seems totally legit and honest broker. It honestly makes me sad to write this out. I hope he lands on his feet and thrives. However, as you well know, no one is indispensable. I am sure there are others who can carry on Preet Bharara’s good work.

Well, see ya’ later!
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Feb
09
2017
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Make #Unions Great Again!

Ed Morrissey asks an important question, is President Donald Trump unlock the door to the unions for Republicans?

President Donald Trump – champion of Big Labor? …

Because of that meltdown in manufacturing, private-sector unions are a mere shell of their former selves. Most of the historical issues that drove them – wages and working conditions – have been pre-empted by government regulation, and mooted by the collapse of their sector. These unions see free trade as their bête noire, and know that Trump stands outside both mainstream Republican and Democratic circles in opposition to free trade, or at least in skepticism of it.

So yes, Trump has not only unlock the door, but has open the door and invited both sides to shake hands. How we continue this détente beyond Trump and secure the friendly union vote is entirely up to us. And we don’t have to abandon ideals, just sell the ones we have:

  1. Be Pro-Jobs And Pro-Business: Republicans are often painted as being too pro-business instead of being pro-jobs. As Tony Stark would say, is it too much to ask for both? Being pro-business and pro-small business, should be about creating more union jobs.
  2. Right-To-Work Opportunities: We can’t abandon Right-To-Right, because Freedom Of Association is a First Amendment issue. However we can sell it as a pro-growth measure that will lead to jobs and new union opportunities, such as finding work for people and labor for businesses. Union representation doesn’t need to be just on the job.
  3. Deregulation: Why would I join a union if government regulations already set my base pay and working conditions? Why should I pay union dues, when I already pay the government taxes to be my union? Big Labor is obsolete next to big government. Regulations on business weakens unions bargaining legitimacy. Deregulation will make unions relevant again by making big government irrelevant.
  4. The Public-Sector Union Enemy: I hate to pit people against each other, but if we want to create more private-sector jobs, we really need to paint public-sector unions as the natural-born enemies of private-sector unions. Private-Sector Unions has suffocated under big government (which is the truth) and we need to make that painfully clear.

That is my four-point plan in an attempt to Make Unions Great Again. It is not about being pro-Big Labor, so much as being pro-jobs. Where there are jobs, there are unions.

Well, see ya’ later!
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Feb
04
2017
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#DeathRace2050 #Reaction/#Review Discussion

I just finished Death Race 2050. It’s crude, shrill, spastic, sadistic, has really terrible special effects (like Syfy terrible)…

…and a whole hell of lot of fun!

Let’s back up and talk about Death Race 2000.

There’s nothing wrong with Death Race 2000. It is fun and witty. However while it has biting satire, it doesn’t have a good message to back it up. “Fascism Bad, Freedom Good” is not that hard of a message. This movie doesn’t challenge me.

However Death Race 2050 not only has the biting satire, but it is also smarter than it actually looks. Sure it looks stupid on the surface, but it is really not. It takes aim the right, but it then it is completely non-PC too. Let’s take the main characters and break them down:

The Chairman of The United Corporations of America is the parody character of Donald Trump, but he is a globalist and is okay with putting people out of work.

Alexis Hamilton, the rebel leader, is actually working with the Chairman. The “resistance” (by being over-the-top violent and focusing on the wrong things) is actually helping Trump- …err, I mean the Chairman.

Jed Perfectus is supposed to be genetically-engineered athlete, parodying male masculinity. However this falls flat when standing next to Frankenstein’s real masculinity (more on him later). Even Perfectus thinks of himself as a sissy next to Frankenstein.

Minerva Jefferson is a Black Supremacist rapper, who turns out to be an educated intellectual who doesn’t believe what she preaches and is in it for the money. Proving that Racial Supremacy is intellectually hollow.

Tammy “The Terrorist” is a religious cult leader. However it turns out her religion is worshiping celebrity idols (much like we do today). At no point is there any criticism of Christianity.

An artificial intelligence self-driving car, ABE, goes bonkers and kills his own programmer.

Then there’s Frankenstein. If Roger Corman was making this movie to make fun of the right, Frankenstein is the beginning and end of the failure to convey this criticism. Where Perfectus projects masculinity, Frankenstein is male masculinity and he proves it by getting his job (the race) done. Frankenstein is so secure in his masculinity that he has a pet cat. Frankenstein does not like leaders or followers, only doers.

The world setting also lacks clear criticism of the right: Consumerism rules this world, but the right wants to get back to a manufacturing and build stuff again. Both the east and west coasts are wastelands. They paint fly-over country as dangerous because they have guns, but then they get to fight back (so win for fly-over country and gun rights!). Abortion and sterilization has not done anything for overpopulation. A public school sets aside several wheelchair-bound children for Frankenstein to kill, which he promptly kills the school administrators instead for their trouble. There is also not a single gay, bi, or transgender person in this movie (all are straight and comfortable in their gender).

If you are a liberal or progressive or social justice warrior, you are not going to like this movie. Sure it has nudity and fart jokes, but this movie is intellectually right-of-center.

If you are anywhere on the right, this will be a guilty pleasure for years to come. It may be campy as hell and you don’t want to let your kids watch, but I would recommend a watch or two.

Well, see ya’ later!
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Jan
10
2017
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#ACA Watch: No #Omnibus #ObamaCare Replacement

I’m growing …concern… over the ObamaCare Replacement debate and it is all coming from the GOP.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said there was “growing momentum” for replacing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, the same day of its repeal.

This has troubled me the last few days. It was until just a few minutes ago that I finally put my finger on why: An Omnibus Bill, they are going to replace ObamaCare with TrumpCare. I could feel the warmth drain from my body as I had this thought.

I am not going to sit here and go over all the ideas that the GOP want to replace ObamaCare with. Some ideas I like and others, I just don’t like. However my main objection right now is an omnibus bill. I have several points on why I object to such a bill.

  1. Riders. If an omnibus was put together, there would surly be riders that have nothing to do with the subject at hand. Spending pet projects is the kind of corruption I not going to tolerate. They are tuck deep in legislation so that no one can find them, which brings me to my next point.
  2. Too Big To Read. Enough of the “We Have To Pass The Bill So That You Can Find Out What Is In It” nonsense! We have to be better than that! We have to be able to read it!
  3. Fixing Smaller Bills Is Easier. If we pass smaller bills or acts, then we can keep them all separate in passage. Every reform should be able to stand on its own. Then fixing and/or repealing each reform will be easier.
  4. TrumpCare. I don’t want TrumpCare. No one wants TrumpCare. I also don’t want to defend reforms I don’t like, just to defend things I do like.

You know, I can understand wanting to Repeal and Replace done at the same time. I get that, but we have got to do this right. Each reform in its own bill. You can still do this on the same day and have them take effect all at the same time.

If the GOP already plan to do this, great! Nothing to worry about. We can debate the individual reforms that come up. All I am saying, is no omnibus bill!

Well, see ya’ later!
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Jan
10
2017
0

The #Disqus Comments Turned On

Disqus Commenting, turned on.

Awesome indeed.

I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now. However it wasn’t until my host upgraded my WordPress that I finally gave in and decided to go ahead with this upgrade.

Well, see ya’ later!
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Dec
19
2016
2

#Christmas2016: (@BrilliantGames) #SantaClaus Army’s Fall

There was no other possible ending to this battle:

At least, as the battle presented to us here. So many mistakes made it’s not even funny.

Right off the bat the Penguins had a 2.75 to 1 advantage over the Santa Claus (SC) army. You can tell by the end of the video that the Penguin army’s leaping of the ledges did nothing for them, but they died in such small numbers that it did not help the SC army.

Second, the Penguins had the high ground. Honestly, even Sun Tzu knew the high ground was important:

With regard to precipitous heights, if you are beforehand with your adversary, you should occupy the raised and sunny spots, and there wait for him to come up. If the enemy has occupied them before you, do not follow him, but retreat and try to entice him away.

The SC army had taken the narrow pass of a box canyon, but did not install a garrison:

With regard to narrow passes, if you can occupy them first, let them be strongly garrisoned and await the advent of the enemy. Should the army forestall you in occupying a pass, do not go after him if the pass is fully garrisoned, but only if it is weakly garrisoned.

The Penguins was able to surround the SC army at the entrance of the narrow pass of the box canyon and push them back with their superior numbers. If the SC army had installed a garrison or had been a heavy infantry (the killing of the very last Santa Claus showed how weak a class of infantry the SC army was), then it might have been a different story altogether.

Up and down, the Santa Claus army made one bad mistake after another. Nothing else gets you in the spirit of Christmas than seeing an army of 11,000 Penguins gut the weaker 4,000 Santa Claus army.

Merry Christmas, everyone!
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Oct
08
2016
0

The #PowerRangersMovie/@ThePowerRangers Trailer Discussion

*sigh* This is going to be terrible, isn’t it? I mean, remakes are always awful because they-

*in a state of shock for several long minutes with his mouth agape*

Okay then, this might not suck after all. I have goose-bumps, goose-fucking-bumps people! This doesn’t look like an exact rip-off, yet not insulting to the characters.

Elizabeth Banks appears briefly as Rita Repulsa to give us a sweet, sweet taste of things to come. Bryan Cranston as Zordon (do I need to say more?) is not in the trailer, but I am expecting a great performance from him. Bill Hader is going to voice Alpha 5 (looking forward to that).

I wasn’t expecting much from this movie. However this trailer has raised the bar. Next up, Beetleborgs!

Well, see ya’ later!
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Oct
08
2016
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#ThePatriotsOfMars/@PatriotsOfMars Review

I was asked to review a novel by one of my Twitter followers. I told him, sure why not.

Now, full disclosure, Jeff Faria did give me a copy and told me not to review it if I didn’t like it. I have also only read the first two prologues. Here is a summary of the book:

In 2231, twenty-five billion people walk the Earth. Few lack basic food and shelter. Energy is cheap and abundant. A vast army of ‘bots serves our every need, and those who can afford to do so might live forever. To some, it is a golden age.

But Earth is devoid of resources, now harvested on or around Mars. Nations are ruled from above by governments owned by enormous transnats, and from below by powerful street gangs who have largely usurped the police.

This world is not for everyone. A fifth of the world’s population has withdrawn into the drug Nirvana, while millions more have chosen Martian exile. And a phantom group called ‘The Patriots of Mars’ has committed an act of rebellion that shocks the world.

Josh Reynolds, a Martian-born teen with a secret, is trying to change his life when he gets caught up in the wake of the Patriots’ insurrection. As he struggles to both find and save himself, Josh begins to realize that the change he had hoped for could become something more far-reaching than anyone had imagined.

Again, I have only read the first two prologues (31 chapters total, including the prologues), but what I have read is very interesting. I can honestly say that I will finish the novel and highly recommend getting a copy to read yourself.

It is a “high sci-fi” novel with all the neat gadgets you would want. It has great characters who operate this stuff. With all the talk about going to Mars, why don’t you do yourself a favor and take a trip Jeff Faria is offering to you right now!

Well, see ya’ later!
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