Posts Tagged 'History'

P.J… Like A Usefull George Will. …Only Funny

…And without all that Chicago Cubs baggage.

For your giggle box’s pleasure.   Although our Ninja and Zombie policies may be a good time/energy sink for them as well.

July 4th… Just Couldn’t Feel The Love.

Job taking all the joy out of writing.  I don’t have much time to comment on anything.  A lot has happened in the past several weeks, but then again, a lot of smarter people than I have been out there commenting on these things… so nu?

I have only one comment on the recently past Independence Day.  I sat in Mass on Saturday listening to the opening and closing hymns that thundered about America and spacious skies and God… And you know all I could think was, “Hog wash.” 

Don’t get me wrong, I love this country.  I think The USA was the best shot humanity had for something approaching true justice and freedom.  But I just can’t shake the feeling that possibility died a long time ago.  I just feel like I’m watching an aging actor or actress who’s trading on the image of what they once were, but after too many face lifts, too many affairs, and too many times believing their own press clippings, just can’t bring the thrill to the performance that they once did. 

Or maybe it’s that old outfielder who just can’t quite cover the corners like he used to and can’t quite get to that low outside fast ball because of too many beers.  He can still rock the fences with a tape measure job if you put one in his wheelhouse, but his time as the unbeatable threat is gone.  He could probably get a few more years if he really tried, but he stopped trying when the love of the game was traded for appearances on ESPN and interviews in SI. 

I don’t mean to be a cynic.  I’m just doing the math and don’t see a way out that doesn’t involve a miracle.  I see two parties who are either completely miscalculating or willfully misinterpreting the masses.  I see 40% of the country being an active hindrance to change, not just a dead weight.  I see people who should be working together, bickering even in victory.  I see the elites snickering into their martinis, pinky extended, self satisfied that they have tied up most of the avenues to power and can prevent meaningful reforms.  Reforms that could cost them power. 

Maybe it’s because I talk to too many people in a day and listen to how deluded they are.  I talk to too many idiots on the left who can’t understand why Socialism is a bad thing.  I talk to too many idiots on the right who still think that truth alone will win the day.  I talk to too many Democrats and Republicans who don’t get just how f’ed up our Economy is and how just plain scary the math looks.  Feh!   Maybe I’m just bipolar and I don’t know it.  But I do know when someone starts singing songs about America, begging God to shed his grace on thee, I get a little worried about what God will send when He’s blue in the face sending grace that keeps getting rejected.   

Perhaps things will turn around soon, but I just don’t see it happening.  The need to call “HARD STARBOARD!” was yesterday and the jagged rocks of the social and financial reality are looming in front of us while our leaders play games (literal and figurative) and smile too sweetly telling us not to worry our pretty little heads.  Well… My head, not so pretty as it is, is worried.  Very worried.  Too worried to sing and pretend it’s all going to be OK.

Welcome to the DH spot, America.  Next stop, crappy local car commercials with loud voiceovers and over emphasized graphics.

Cranky Won The Int3rn3ts Yesterday…

… and I didn’t find out until today!

“The British wore red coats during the American revolution, because that was their ‘away’ uniform.”

Laughed so hard I scared the cat.

One More Reason Not To See Inglorious Bastards

Go take a look at this over at BRM’s site

That book just moved to the top of my “need to read” list. 

When I first saw the trailer for the movie, something beyond the over the top bad accents and cartoonish nature rubbed me the wrong way.  I like a good escapism movie and there’s nothing better than “killin’ Natzis” except for maybe killing Commies… but really, a socialists is a socialist is a socialist.  Commie, Nazi, Marxists, Stalinist… The all want power and to oppress.  What’s not to love about sending them across the veil? 

But a nagging little tickle kept poking me in the back of the head.  There was something wrong with it.  WTH!  I like anti-hero movies too.  Kelly’s Heroes is one of my favs and it paints the war effort in WWII in a rather dim light.  Was it just my intense dislike for Brad Pitt????  Was it the fact I sat through Benjamin Button?  Why did I have such an adverse reaction to the idea of this movie? 

I think I’ve finally figured it out.  I’ve grown up a little.  I can watch make-believe destruction and mayhem just fine.  I can even watch factual destruction and mayhem without batting an eye.  But when the historical is turned into irreverence for the sake of destruction and mayhem… I don’t find that funny or entertaining.  The “violence porn”, as the movie is described, is bad enough.  But when you attach it to a time in history when men, real men, died for honor, for God, for country, for comrades in arms… I think “poor taste” is an apt description of the endeavor.

So I think I’ll let Quinton’s blood fueled rape of historical facts pass me by.


Dante…

Conservative, educated, understands history, distrusts government, distrusts politicians, dislikes pop-culture, and carries a firearm. In short, I'm what The Framers of The Constitution were counting on and everything your government wants you to fear most.

The only thing I don’t have to complain about is some GI taking up space in my living room. I’ll let you know about the Civil Courts if someone ever owes more than $20 to me. ---If you didn’t get that one; sue your Civics or US History Teacher.


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