It’s been awhile since I had a good rant so here goes.
With all the crap people talked about Bush for not being able to speak very well has anyone noticed Obama, the Great Orator’s inability to speak without a teleprompter? Really it’s not that Obama is a good speaker it’s just that he is really good at reading out loud. Ever hear the guy without one? He can’t even string enough words together to make a sentence, at least Bush could do that, yeah Bush might mangle a word here and there but he could at least complete a sentence without saying Um, Uhh, Huh, and Aaaa, every second! It’s like watching a ventriloquists dummy up there and the Teleprompter has it’s hand up the guys ass! Hell the only complete sentence I have ever heard from Obama that wasn’t from a teleprompter, he was making fun of the Special Olympics, I bet Mr. Teleprompter won’t make that mistake again, letting his dummy run off without him.
Speaking of Obama I know I talked about the idiocy of his gifts of DVD’s that don’t work in England to Brown, but what the hell is up with his gift to the Queen? Really an iPod might be a nice gift, assuming the Queen doesn’t already have one, but who the hell wants an iPod filled with Obama speeches and Show Tunes? Really leaving aside how annoying show tunes are, how big does your ego have to be to think someone really wants several hours of you talking as a gift? It’s not the same as Ozzie or The Clash giving you a special box set of all their recording, but that is music it makes sense. But giving someone a gift of just them talking for hours? I’d punch my own mother if she gave me something like that as a gift. Maybe the Queen likes Show Tunes and if she does fair enough, but Obama Speeches?
I have a question for the media, at what point will you even try to fake like you are journalists long enough to even pretend to ask Obammers a tough question? Or even a real one at that? Seriously folks Obama’s sperm is not going to cure cancer so what don’t you guys stop drinking the shit long enough to do your jobs. Even Pravda would have been ashamed watching you guys. Last time I watched MSNBC I could have sworn that they had resurrected Walter Duranty from the grave to cover Obama. I’m joking, Walter Duranty might have been on the Soviet payroll and spent all his time printing lies and propaganda for the USSR, but he was still better than Keith Olbermann, a man whose only contribution to Journalism is his ability to be everything that wrong with it at the same time, most journalists only have some of the problem traits, Olbermann has them all, and relishes in them. It’s as if someone had pulled one of the brain dead freaks from the Daily Kos out of their mother’s basement, forced them to shower and put them on TV.
I refuse to feel guilty about living, I refuse to feel guilty about the things in my life that make it better than other peoples lives, at the same time I refuse to be envious over the lives of those who have it better than me. Envy it can be said is one of the causes of all the worlds problems, one country looks at another and rather than emulating the things that make it better they invade it. Politicians use envy to get elected and than steal money from one group to give it to another in order to maintain power. There are entire political philosophies based on Envy and their track record can be summed up in two things, Oppression and Mass-murder. There is a reason the 10th Commandment is about the evils of envy. God knew it wasn’t a good thing, so bad in fact he made it a sin.
As P.J. O’Rourke said:
“The Bible might seem to be a strange place to be doing economic research, but I have been thinking, from a political economy point of view, about the Tenth Commandment. Now the first nine commandments concern theological principles–thou shall not steal and kill and so forth. Fair enough. Then there’s the Tenth Commandment: “Thou shall not covet they neighbor’s wife. Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s house, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor’s.” I mean, here are God’s basic rules for how we should live, a very brief list of sacred obligations and solemn moral precepts, and right at the end of it is: “Don’t envy your buddy his cow.” What is that doing there? Why would God, with just 10 things to tell Moses, choose jealousy about the stuff the guy next door has? Well, think about how important to the well-being of a community that commandment actually is. What that commandment says is that if you want a donkey, if you want a pot roast, if you want a cleaning lady, don’t bitch about it, go get your own!
The Bible might seem to be a strange place to be doing economic research, but I have been thinking, from a political economy point of view, about the Tenth Commandment. Now the first nine commandments concern theological principles–thou shall not steal and kill and so forth. Fair enough. Then there’s the Tenth Commandment: “Thou shall not covet they neighbor’s wife. Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s house, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor’s.” I mean, here are God’s basic rules for how we should live, a very brief list of sacred obligations and solemn moral precepts, and right at the end of it is: “Don’t envy your buddy his cow.” What is that doing there? Why would God, with just 10 things to tell Moses, choose jealousy about the stuff the guy next door has? Well, think about how important to the well-being of a community that commandment actually is. What that commandment says is that if you want a donkey, if you want a pot roast, if you want a cleaning lady, don’t bitch about it, go get your own!
The Tenth Commandment sends a message to socialists, to collectivists, to people who believe that wealth is best obtained by redistribution, and that message is clear and concise: Go to hell! It’s as simple as that.”
Speaking of the wisdom from the Bible, I have an excerpt from, 1 Samuel Chapter 8:
10 And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king.
11 And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.
12 And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.
13 And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.
14 And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants.
15 And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.
16 And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.
17 He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.
18 And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.
God told the Israelites that they would not want a King because not only would he take their sons and daughters but he would take 10% of everything they owned or produced. And how much does our government take from use now? 35-45%, maybe more if you look into the cost of all the hidden taxes the government has. God thought it was bad for the government – in this case a king – to take 10% and warned against it but we let our government take so much more than that, and we wonder why people are throwing tea into our rivers. God thought wealth redistribution was wrong and told us so over 3000 years ago, yet we don’t listen. Even if you aren’t religious or of some other religion it’s something to think about. As Thomas Paine once said “Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”
OK enough religion for the day. Moving on…
I refuse to apologize for the actions of my ancestors nor feel guilty by them. My ancestors have done nothing that others have not done, while the concept of original sin may sound nice in biblical theories, there is no such thing as original sin in the random chance of birth or genetics. I refuse to feel guilt over something that I, not only did not do, but would not have done. I am my own person, I am not a Crayola color. For every sin thrown down at the feet of my forefathers yours as well, have been guilty. Each man is born and each man will live, it is for him alone that he must carry his sins upon the world, as each man must do. To condemn a man and force him to carry the sins of another is the greatest travesty one could commit, for it destroys the highest gift that a man has been given, his individuality, it destroys the Self. Original Sin is a joke, in the biblical accounts he gave the Tree of Knowledge and let man make his own choice, the choice was the blissful ignorance of a common dog or free will, and he wanted you to pick free will, but you had to pay for it. That was the bargain, you can have it but you must also be forced to carry the responsibility for it. This responsibility rests within each man, you must carry your own burden, even the only Son, God in the flesh did not die to lift responsibility from your shoulders, but in order that you may find redemption, it was a confession on the world stage, it was to say that you have been forgiven for your sins so that you could move on and sin no more, but you must still be responsible for your new sins, you must repent of your old sins and sin no longer. But even if you take the idea of Original Sin, it is, and always will be inherent in all mankind not specific genetic lines. I’m not trying to preach here, I am not a shepherd, nor do I want the burden of such a man, I am just explaining the facts, or this aspect of one theology. My point is it is your life and what matters is what you do with it, just as it is the other persons life and it is what they do with their own life that matters. To carry the burdens and sins of another is slavery. I can carry the broken man home, but I cannot and will not carry his transgressions for him.
OK, so maybe there was bit more religion in there, moving on.
Relationships are fun, I especially like the ones with an expiration date, it takes all the guess work out of when it will end, and they have a tendency to end on slightly better terms. Starting a relationship with phrases like this “Well, we like each other, and have a good time but I’m moving out of the country in 5 months… so we can’t get too serious…” are the best pick up lines ever, OK it should never work but it does, I have no idea why, maybe people are just drawn to fatalism. Granted you actually have to move out of the country in 5 months so don’t try it unless you are fully committed to the process. I think I move to much, I should work on that… Anyhoo, I guess there is something romantic about a relationship that can never last, stories about the summers love, stories where inevitably one of the lovers ends up dead. I don’t even remember the last time I saw a Korean movie where one of the lovers didn’t end up dead, even in the comedies. Japan is also quite good at this in their dramas, however their comedies don’t end with someone dead, unless it’s for comedic purposes. Unlike Korean films that seem to always have some sort of fatalistic strain. Maybe it’s the fact they have looked at the DMZ one too many times. I don’t know. Anyway, I think the beauty in a doomed romance, it is that people don’t have to think about what happens afterwards, it’s easier to have two lovers fall for each other in the perfect concept of love and ones dies, rather than have to think about the next thirty years of their marriage and whatever happens there, boredom, children, PTA meetings and all. Or maybe for good drama someone just has to die? What do I know about love anyway, I know about hate, beer, large-caliber handguns and saltwater fish. Love, well, not my best subject. To me all marriage seems to be is finding that one truly special person that you can spend the rest of your life with, it’s really just a nice way of saying she’s either pregnant or you don’t want to die alone and you have found the one person on the planet that wont eventually drive you to a murder suicide or kill you in your sleep.
There’s probably a reason I’m single I just don’t know what it is…
I was reading an article by Fred Siegel and I really liked this on paragraph, especially the end really says everything you need to know about progressive thought.
“The contributors to Civilization in the United States, some of whom were Harvard men soon to become self-imposed exiles in France, were driven by resentment. The so-called “lost generation,” explained Malcolm Cowley, was “extremely class conscious.” They went to Europe “to free themselves from organized stupidity, to win their deserved place in the hierarchy of intellect.” They felt that their status in America’s business culture was, given their obviously exceptional intelligence and extraordinary talent, grossly inadequate. Their simmering anger at what they saw as the mediocrity of democratic life, led them to pioneer the now commonplace stance of blaming society for their personal failings. Animated by a version of the aristocratic spirit, they found the leveling egalitarianism of the United States an insult to their sense of self-importance.”
More from P.J. O’Rourke:
“The second item in the liberal creed, after self-righteousness, is unaccountability. Liberals have invented whole college majors— psychology, sociology, women’s studies— to prove that nothing is anybody’s fault. No one is fond of taking responsibility for his actions, but consider how much you’d have to hate free will to come up with a political platform that advocates killing unborn babies but not convicted murderers. A callous pragmatist might favor abortion and capital punishment. A devout Christian would sanction neither. But it takes years of therapy to arrive at the liberal view.”
I once read an entire college textbook on Cultural Anthropology in one day, I still don’t know why, the entire thing was a political tract the scientific textbook I thought it would be. In order to “prove” a certain thing wasn’t abnormal they would find one culture, who amounted to no more than 100 people at most, and whose society lasted for no more than a century at the longest, in the whole history of humanity that practiced it. See it’s not abnormal. RIGHT… I have often said, although maybe not in this blog, that Sociology is 90% bullshit, maybe it’s only 80% but that’s not the point, Cultural Anthropology is however 99.9999999% bullshit. It’s not a science it’s a political philosophy pretending to be a science. Look people, just because 5 freaks in a desert someplace 2000 years go worshiped hermaphrodites does not make it normal, understand? It’s just five lunatics in a desert, that’s all.
Anyway I’m done so I will leave you a picture of a loving Palestinian mother and her son.