Monday, June 30, 2008

Ah yes, the wisdom of a General...

It's been quite a long day, but I finally got a chance to sit down and read the news. Low and behold there was Gen. Clark, the "illustrious" Sen. Obama's buddy, commenting on the qualifications for Presidency. So the old warbird has turned out to be no different than Hillary in whoring himself out for the Liberal cause. Hilarious... You're right though Gen., getting shot down in a fighter plane doesn't in itself qualify one for the presidency. However, it does show one's committment to the military of which the Prez. is Commander-in-Chief. Furthermore, let's look at Gen. Clark's main point:

Because in the matters of national security policy making, it's a matter of understanding risk. It's a matter of gauging your opponents, and it's a matter of being held accountable.

Gee Gen. Do you think there could be any greater example of understanding of risk, and gauging opponents than one denying the right to early release and essentially volunteering to stay 5 and 1/2 years in an 8X8 tiger cage in some Vietnamese shithole, until the rest of his comrades in arms are released? Honestly...

What I find even more hilarious is that Gen. Clark couldn't even answer the question directly regarding Obama's qualifications. Why you ask? Hmmmm maybe because his buddy, the "illustrious" Sen. has yet to make any. Community organizer in Chicago? Well let's see, what with all of the violent crime recently I'd say that was a resounding success. Oh wait I know he made Harvard Law Journal, well that sure shows how one can understand risk, and gauge opponents. Please...

Now we come to the most ludicrous part of all...The Liberal Sheeple in this country that follow this story and Harummpff in agreement with the Gen. as though they were thousands of Governor William J. Lepetomanes. Really? Are you that starved to find something on McCain that will tarnish his character in the eyes of the public, that you'll think this jackass of a former Gen. made any cogent sense in his comments? W-O-W...sad really. Again I ask very plainly, "What has Sen. Obama accomplished that will lead you to believe the promises Candidate Obama makes?" In reality, attacking McCain on this subject by anyone on the left will do nothing but backfire immensely. At least Obama rejected the comments, no doubt this is a result of his "makeover", or maybe it was because his Cyranos told him to...

This crap is what makes the news? What a waste of airtime.

Viva Espana!

After far too long, Spain has won a major football (soccer) tournament! It was at the 33rd minute that Torres made Spain's claim to end the drought. Germany just couldn't keep up with Spain's speed on offense, and were consistently frustrated by the Iberian defense. Good for Spain. they have long been my secondary team in international soccer. (Italia obviously being the first) Being of Italian and Spanish ancestry my support for those two football squads has stemmed from my grandparents. It was nice having Italia claim the world cup in '06 and now Spain the Euro in '08. I hope the streak can continue this summer at the Olympics!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Fine Summer Fun...

Well Summer movie season began in earnest last month, and I have seen 4 of the 7 movies I definitely had to view...

Iron Man-See my previous comments on this blog about this spectacular film.

Prince Caspian-enjoyed it thoroughly. Eddie Izzard was a brilliant choice for voice over work.

Indiana Jones-I liked it. Subtle music cues were particularly interesting. I wish the movie was done 10 years ago, but that can't be helped. Still I thought it was great fun, even if it wasn't as good as the others.


Which leads us to tonight's premiere/sneak preview event that I got Honey and I tickets for: Wall-E. Let me preface this by saying, I love Pixar. I love every single one of the feature length films they've produced, and Wall-E is no exception. I was intrigued about the role of the main characters and ,well, you'll see why. It was nothing short of sheer brilliance on Pixar's part to choose to go the route they did. It is much more emotional a film than any of the others I think (maybe Nemo comes close). Two thumbs way up I say!

Now all that is left on the must see list for this summer is The Incredible Hulk, The Dark Knight, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Stay tuned!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Habeas Corpus, huh?

Nice. So by now we have all heard of the Supreme Court's recent ruling. You know the one that says foreign citizens, who are held by the military, as enemy combatants on foreign soil, should have the US Constitutional right of Habeas Corpus extended to them? Yeah, that assinine one... Well, apparently the "illustrious" Sen. Obama thinks there's no problem with that. Moreover, his advisors said that if Osama Bin Laden was captured and brought to Gitmo he should be afforded the same rights. Really? I find it amusing that Obama would take this stance. Why? I thought you'd never ask...

Ok, so let's say Bin Laden is captured...He's brought to Gitmo, he has the newly afforded right to appeal his detention to the civilian courts of the US. Aaaaaand, cue the can of worms opening...

-Did the soldiers read him his Miranda rights? Well if not, a court could find anything he said non-admissible.
-Could a plea of insanity be proffered before the court, and if so would a jury find it plausible?
-Is there enough evidence to meet the criminal standard?
-Will his defense argue an impartial judge and jury cannot be found?

I could go on and on with the nearly infinite possibilities that could happen in a trial of Bin Laden. However, the simple question to ask the "illustrious" Sen. Obama would be, "Should a captured Bin Laden be considered innocent until proven guilty?" According to Barack and his advisors, the answer is clearly yes. That's what Habeas Corpus indirectly provides. Obama's statement that the right to appeal doesn't necessarily mean a trial, is ludicrous and blatantly naive. Of course there will be trials for most, if not all of these detainees. So let's say for some insane reason, one actually agrees with the "enlightened" Sen. Obama...I then would have to ask Obama, "Why sir, if you believe Bin Laden is innocent until proven guilty, did you say you would invade Pakistan (our ally) in an attempt to kill Bin Laden who is assumed to be hiding there?" I mean come on folks, really?

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Black Gold!

So the Prez. just got done giving a surprisingly phenomenal speech regarding proposed energy production. You'll recall a while back we here at A.R. pointed out the very same things that need to be done to ease the price at the pump (hate to say "I Told You So"). It was a refreshing thing to see it finally be said by the government though.

Thing #1: increase domestic drilling and production of oil. ANWAR has approx. 10 billion barrels, shale oil has approx 800 billion barrels, and offshore drilling another 90 billion or so. Grand total 900 BILLION barrels or enough oil for almost 200 years with no dependency on OPEC product.

Thing #2: increase production of new refineries and lower the restrictions on construction of said industrial centers. Brilliant, we haven't had new refineries in 30+ years. Something needs to be done to convert the new crude to gasoline.

Now will all of this help us overnight? No. Will it take less time for these measures to reach potential than converting all of our vehicles to alternate fuel source? Absolutely, seeing as how we still don't have viable alternate fuel sources. So what's the problem? We have a Democrat controlled Congress that refuses to act. Why? Hmmm...curious, well let's take a look. I believe it is due in part to the fact that they refuse to go along with anything the current Prez. proposes because, well then they'd have to admit he actually was right on something as serious as this. Heaven forbid our government works together to solve problems. I also believe that issue directly corresponds to the fact that Dem. leaders in Congress want so bad for their candidate to capture the White House, that they'll do anything to further the delusional notion that it is this President's fault our gas prices are so high. If any Liberal out there tells you that Congress has other motives for not accepting these proposals, that's merely an act of willfull naivete on their part.

The petulance of these Dem. leaders is astounding. "Change?" HA! A change would be for these buffoons to swallow their pride, stop acting like little children and work together with our Prez. to solve this crisis. There is NO EXCUSE. Environmental concerns are next to nil, the new proposals reduce dependency on foreign markets, and they'll bring new jobs to American workers. Wake up Congress, the time to act was Yesterday. Today is too late. Tomorrow will be a catastrophe...

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Ok Major, fine...

...we can have "YouTube" video wars till the cows come home ;)


Here you go:







Again, as I've said before, I don't think McCain is a particularly "good" candidate, just the best we have to choose from. Personally I'd rather take a 71yr. old war hero who plays the game of politics, than a 46yr. old half-wit that doesn't know his @$$ from a hole in the ground! My question still remains (and as such my "rebuttal" that you asked for) "What has Senator Obama ever accomplished that would lead you to believe he'll back up what Candidate Obama promises to deliver?" Check his political record, you'll find the answer is: zip, zero, zilch, nada.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

"We are pilgrims in an unholy land"...

Well that's how I felt this weekend. Toronto is awesome. Going every year for our wedding anniversary is a great idea. It also doesn't hurt that the weekend always works out to be the "North-by-Northeast" music festival. 130ish bands playing all over the city all week is great. The "unholy" part? Shoe stores...Oh yes we had Campers, Fluevogs, Aldo, and an assortment of Italian designed shoes that must be gawked at, tried on, selected, etc...It hurt. So after a marathon of shoe, dress, and girl-clothes shopping, having my wallet spontaneously combust, Honey was kind enough to go to "The Silver Snail" with me while I spent considerable time pouring over vintage issues of my favorite characters:








The statuettes there were also quite nice, especially this one:



Thank you Mr. McQuarrie this piece will look divine in my new Home Office...



All in all, it was yet another amazing weekend in TO. (Canadians still can't drive for $h!t though, but oh well.) Happy Father's Day to all you Fathers out there!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Goin' up North eh?

Well Honey and I had our 2 year wedding anniversary this past Tuesday. W-O-W! Time has flown...Being that my career has me on the road to Roch-cha-cha 2-3 days a week, Honey thought a TomTom GPS would be a good idea for a present. Boy was that a good call. Loooove it. No more mapquest to find my clients' abodes, and the voice directions I selected sound just like K.I.T.T. Very fun. In turn, Honey is getting a weekend in Toronto starting tomorrow. So no blogging for me for a few days. I promised her a 2 day shopping spree, which led to squeals of joy on her part, and will lead to fire in my wallet. Awesome.

-In other news the house hunt has begun in earnest. We're at a very initial stage of getting ideas, deciding whether to move in to an existing new build, or build our own. Very complicated decisions. I'll keep you posted.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Um...You know...this was...a heck of a weekend...

First it starts with Liberal Sheeple in this country selecting a buffoon such as Sen. Obama as their nominee. Yeah, "this was the moment" all right... The moment millions "settled" for this guy:



or was it this guy?




Not much sleep huh Senator? Yeeeahhh let's use that excuse. It couldn't possibly be because you haven't a clue as to what you're talking about. Don't worry though, I'm sure that if President, you'll have tons of time to sleep without worrying about having to solve problems on a minute's notice (without any speech writers behind you). I laughed my tail off when I saw these clips, because I find it hilarious that this man cannot speak knowledgeably or coherently unless there is a quasi-Cyrano writing for him. Sheeple are gonna vote for this insipid mouthpiece? As Chad-Michael Michaels would say, "Mind-Bottling."


Where to next? Oh how about my continued golf feud with my dear friend "Dr. Richard Strongbridge". He's been golfing far longer than I, so I know my quest to defeat him is rather Sisyphean, but alas, I must try. Let's talk about how he has a seemingly uncanny knack for pulling off miraculous shots on hole 17. Last time it was a shot from the edge of a drop, behind a shed, through tress, that landed on the green. This time it was a shot over tress, that landed a mere 8 inches from the hole...My response? "Why wouldn't that have happened?" Ugh...I'll get you yet my friend! Finally, and perhaps the most upsetting for me, Big Brown decided he didn't feel like running on Saturday, and so my 20 year dream of seeing a Triple Crown winner was thwarted yet again. For someone who loves Horse Racing as much as I do, this was quite disappointing to say the least. Oh well there's always next year.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

The Final Jewel...

It's sooooo close. This Saturday is the Belmont Stakes and I've waited quite a long time to see a Triple Crown winner. War Emblem gave me hope, Smarty Jones made me believe, Barbaro would have done it and now Big Brown is poised to claim it. Barring a rainstorm, a freak injury, or being bumped out of the gate, I think the Chestnut juggernaut will astound many. I don't expect this:




But then, Secretariat is the greatest horse ever to run. That video makes me well up every time I see it. To Big Brown I say, "Go for it!" I'm pulling for you.

-In other news,

I am an avid anime fan as many of you know. Previously I have held Ghost in the Shell, Steamboy, Howl's Moving Castle, and of course, Akira as my favorites. However, I just saw Appleseed: Ex Machina and was blown away. The story is good, but the visuals were what captivated me. If you like anime even a little, you must see this.

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