Saturday, January 7, 2017

Underworld: Blood War Review.

  I checked out the new Underworld movie. Hmmmm. I really enjoyed the first three movies in the series. The fourth one wasn’t that bad, but it was a departure from the original that made it not really worth watching again.
  The new one just tries to go overboard. Don’t get me wrong. Selena is still hot in her Death Dealer outfit, but after a thousand years is getting long in the tooth. Plus I do believe that she has been sucking down too much millennial blood. She is whining about being tired of killing Lycans. At the slightest bite of trouble she is ready to give up and succumb to the oblivion of death, or death once again of the more permanent kind. Which kind of brings up how easy it is to kill vampires. Snap their necks, slit their throats, stab them with just about anything and they drop dead. I mean what’s really the point of being an immortal undead creature if little things like that can kill you?
  They do introduce a new vampy vampire Semira who wants to rule the Vampires, but cant even keep her cleavage under control. Another vampire Alexia has a tongue that I really hope was CGI, especially as the actress playing her is Daisy May Head. The guy behind me even exclaimed in shock. "Oh my god!" When it made it's appearance. 
  But I digress. I really don’t see how the Vampires have lasted this long. When attacked they run out into the open so they can be shot. Only a few of them seem to be able to hold their own against Lycans in their animal form. They remind me of the Elves in the Lord of the Rings. Some of them can fight the rest stand around looking pretty waiting to be slaughtered. And don’t get me started on their ability to shoot. I am debating which are the worst shots in the Universe. Storm Troopers or Underworld Vampires. I would suggest a shooting contest but who can wait that long for one of them to hit the target?
  Then we have the supposedly impregnable fortress of the Vampires of the Eastern Coven. I’m thinking the same guy that designed the Maginot Line designed the defenses of this “fortress.” When your entire defense consists of one guy with one button, you might want to rethink your defenses. While the vampires are arguing who should rule, the Lycans waltz right up in a convoy of trucks to the front door. The vampires now alerted to the problem arm themselves to the teeth with guns they know they don’t know how to aim and stand behind the banister of the stairs preparing to shoot at anything that comes through the door. No grenades out the windows, no barrels of boiling oil to defend the door from being breeched in the first place. 
  Meanwhile outside the Lycans are casually placing bombs on the door in a random fashion. Here, there and just about everywhere where it wouldn’t have really mattered for a well hung steel door. Yet somehow the blast goes to the path of most resistance and the doors go flying off. Then the riff raff comes charging in.
  Which reminds me. Why are vampires always dressed like black clad fops while the Lycans in human form are always dressed like homeless peasants? Hmmm. I guess perhaps it could be because their clothes are always getting ripped to pieces when they change form. Instead of buying good clothes they would rather spend the money on an inordinate amount of weapons that they will quickly abandon to take their wolf form and rip their peasant clothes. It’s a vicious cycle they can’t seem to get out of. One would think they would have discovered stretchy clothes buy now.
  Anyway. As the bullets are flying about hitting no one but vampires the Lycans bring in a couple of heavy guns to start blowing holes in the steel covers that come down over the windows when it is daylight. Of course this lets in daylight, which then starts to burn swaths of pretty aimless vampires to cinders. Why they did not just blow holes through from the outside is another mystery to be solved. Before I give more of the plot away I will end this here. Although I will say that they set up the ending for another movie. 
  In conclusion: It is worth watching, but wait till it comes out on video or streaming.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

  Doing what one thinks is right, is not always the right thing to do. Feel good politics without looking at the long term problems is pure stupidity. When a country lets in a hoard of mostly young men that is an invasion, not feel good immigration policy. 
  Germany is going through this lawlessness because of the stupidity of Merkel. If the situation is not handled properly and all these young men sent back to their countries. Germany will ultimately suffer complete defeat. Policies are already being changed to accommodate this relatively small minority. I believe because Germans know if they don't accommodate them, these Western hating people will incite even more violence.
  Looks like the unification of Germany will be its undoing as it let a politician from the failed East, take control.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Did Hillary reveal a secret about nuclear launch times?

  We have many people saying what she said was common knowledge.   Snopes claims she didn’t, because it is common knowledge as well.  Snopes points to an article that is taken from an incident that happened when Carter was President.  The claim was that at the time a President had about 4 minutes to decide what to do.  Snopes then says there is other articles available on the Internet that give a time frame of 4 to 12 minutes to make a Decision.

  Yet Clinton didn’t say a President has 4 minutes to decide.  She stated that once an order is given, the launch happens at about 4 minutes later.  These are two completely different things here.  What Clinton gave away was that once the order is given is that in 4 minutes the entire process of actually launching the missiles takes place. 

  Snopes also points out a report by UnitedNations Institute for Disarmament Research from 2012 that supposedly is also proof that she did not give out classified information.  This report gives the estimated time from the order to launch.  However the report gives a time of “within five minutes”. 

  So Hillary has shaved off an entire minute that our potential adversaries possibly did not know about.  Of course I am sure at least the Russians and Chinese have a good idea, but still Hillary gave them a certainty. 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

  What happened in the SC yesterday is an indication of the failure of not only our legal system but our political one as well.  The fact is that lawyers and the Judges they sometimes grow up to be do not understand what true law is as practiced by those of their profession that came before them.

  In Thomas Jefferson’s list of books that every gentleman should have in their library was Blackstone’s Commentaries on the laws of England.  The same books that Madison declared was in every man’s library present during the Virginia State ratification debate.  Blackstone’s Commentaries were the books Abraham Lincoln learned the law from and repeatedly recommended to those wishing to study the law.  My point being that this was the way law was taught and the way the law was understood by the founders and generations after them.  The common law was adopted by every State after the Revolution minus the parts that delay with the Monarchy.  

  So what would a lawyer be taught and every Judge knew before the ‘case law” method was invented in the 1870’s?  Without even getting through the second chapel of the first book they would know.
  “…the law of nature, expressly declared so to be by God himself; the other is only what, by the assistance of human reason, we imagine to be that law. If we could be as certain of the latter as we are of the former, both would have an equal authority; but, till then, they can never be put in any competition together.
Upon these two foundations, the law of nature and the law of revelation, depend all human laws; that is to say, no human laws should be suffered to contradict these.”  

  The SC use of the 14th Amendment to come to their unconstitutional decision not only yesterday but in many cases, the other most notable one being Roe v. Wade violates the prime principle of deciding what a law means.  It is the intent of the body that enacted it.  It is not what the judges thought it meant and certainly not what the judges think it should mean.  
What the court does today and has done for sometime is use what is called the Incorporation Doctrine.  This doctrine uses the 14th Amendment by ignoring the intent and applying their own activism to apply the Bill of Rights to the States, something that was never intended.  After the 14th was ratified this scheme was tried for years but was always rejected by the courts.  In the early 20th century, it then started to creep into decided cases.  This doctrine has produced the disaster we have today, meaning Federal encroachment on States rights.

  “But, lastly, the most universal and effectual way of discovering the true meaning of a law, when the words are dubious, is by considering the reason and spirit of it; or the cause which moved the legislator to enact it.” - Blackstone

  Of course there is nothing dubious about the wording of the 14th Amendment.  It is straight forward and had a specific purpose which was to put into the Constitution the Civil Rights Act of 1866 giving citizenship to the newly freed slaves.
The fact is the Justices on the SC routinely violate their oaths of office when they incorporate their own will into a decision.

  “It can be of no weight to say, that the courts on the pretense of a repugnancy, may substitute their own pleasure to the constitutional intentions of the legislature. This might as well happen in the case of two contradictory statutes; or it might as well happen in every adjudication upon any single statute. The courts must declare the sense of the law; and if they should be disposed to exercise WILL instead of JUDGMENT, the consequence would equally be the substitution of their pleasure to that of the legislative body.”  - Hamilton Federalist 78

  What the SC has become and acts like super legislature.  Many people today including presidential contenders that believe courts make law and that is complete nonsense.  The SC needs to be brought under control.  We will see if The House of Representatives has the will or the nerve.

  “And, on the other hand, the liberty of considering all cases in an equitable light must not be indulged too far, lest thereby we destroy all law, and leave the decision of every question entirely in the breast of the judge. And law, without equity, though hard and disagreeable, is much more desirable for the public good than equity without law; which would make every judge a legislator, and introduce most infinite confusion; as there would then be almost as many different rules of action laid down in our courts, as there are differences of capacity and sentiment in the human mind.” - Blackstone.
  The problem with the Founders is that they were naive to believe that Judges would always judge the law the way it is intended to be judged.  Now the law is subject to the whim of any judge, to mean what they think it means or what they want it to mean.  The law is nothing more than a suggestion, to be followed or not depending on the political leaning of the judge.  They don’t even care about their own precedents.  There is a service for lawyers that tells them what rulings are still valid and those that have been tossed aside from judicial whim.  Instead of being fixed and absolute unless changed by the legislative body, the law ebbs and flows according to time and how many appointments a certain President can make.

  “For it is an established rule to abide by former precedents, where the same points come again in litigation: as well to keep the scale of justice even and steady, and not liable to waver with every new judge’s opinion; as also because the law in that case being solemnly declared and determined, what before was uncertain, and perhaps indifferent, is now become a permanent rule, which it is not in the breast of any subsequent judge to alter or vary from according to his private sentiments: he being sworn to determine, not according to his own private judgement, but according to the known laws and customs of the land; not delegated to pronounce a new law, but to maintain and expound the old one. Yet this rule admits of exception, where the former determination is most evidently contrary to reason; much more if it be clearly contrary to the divine law.”

  The ruling by the SC is unconstitutional and like every branch of government they are governed by that document.  Any ruling contrary to the Constitution is null and void, just as any law by Congress is, and the same applies to any Order by the Executive. 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Really? Is this how pathetic and paranoid our society has become? Obviously. "he used bad judgment. He did cause a disturbance and we can't tolerate that." Said police state spokemans Dick Donnelly. I bet if he had dressed up in a Princess Leia slave costume he would be praised for his courage. Might have even received a courage award from the city, or perhaps ESPN.
Perhaps the principle of the school should be arrested for being an idiot. Then of course that might deter other Quislings from informing to the Stasi. Donnelly shouldn't have said "score one for the Rebellion", but score one for the Empire.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Put me back in the Matrix.

 Let me start off by saying, The Matrix is one of my all time favorite movies.  The first one, not the last two.
  I have just finished watching Jupiter Ascending.  I have to say it took me four tries to get to the end.  I kept stopping it and going back to installments of Wicked Tuna on Netflix, because I couldn’t take the silliness.
All along I kept thinking this had to be developed from a book written for young teens.  The skate like hover boots drove me crazy.  Not to mention the downright idiocy of decisions taken by the characters.  Some of it was so bizarre, I figured key points from the book had to have been left out, as is often done.

  Anyway.  I finally finish the film and I went to look up the book.  Imagine my surprise when I found out it was written by the Wachowski brothers (it’s not a book).  Errr.  The Wachowski brother and sister now.

  I won’t say anymore in case I spoil it for everyone, but who the %$$@ goes out on a balcony to look at all the pretty explosions just to get the opportunity for the balcony to suddenly detach from the building???  And don’t let me get started on the ladder rungs on the outside of buildings that separate only to be held in place by electrical wire wires. And the space ships, I refuse to even go there for fear of going into an apoplectic fit.  What engineer in their right mind would design a facility like this?

  The special effects were very good, unfortunately the story line ruined them.  I think I will watch The Matrix now just to settle down.

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Story of Pilar.

  There is so much I can say about Pilar.  I really should jot down more of the crazy stuff she says.  Even though she is a suspected android, she can be funny.
When she is not recharging, or galavanting around the country saving whales, beaches, or babies she spends time with me as my translator and Spanish teacher and assistant editor.  
  I should mention that she has a PHD in linguistics. I don’t know how many times I am going to have to sit through a lecture on verbs in the Spanish language.  So you can imagine she is a hoot to talk with about languages.  If you want to know about the simplistic syllabic language of the Anglo-Saxons an how the French gave the poor morons of ancient Britain their multi-syllabic words, she’s the one to talk with.  Mark my words. I will get an hour long lecture on ending that last sentence with, with!
  I believe she might even have multiple degrees so I am observing her for the effects of the “Kyle Conundrum.”
Despite being smart she is also very naive.  When we go out to eat she likes to order from the menu.  For most of the known world the menu would be just that “the menu.”  Here in Chile the Menu is what is on special.
Time and time again I have witnessed Pilar and Francisco order from “the menu” only to be disappointed by what they received.  Whenever Francisco starts singing happy birthday to his meal, you know he thinks it is old and no good. (see post from yesterday Fruto del Mar).  Yesterday they were going on and on about the age of the Jello they each received for their desert.  Having reached a point where I could take it no more I finally broke the bad news to them.
“You guys do know why these things are the special don’t you?”
I am answered with vacant stares. “Because it’s old food they are trying to get rid of.”
“You have just ruined lunch for me for the rest of my life.” Pilar declared.  Francisco just shrugged and ate the rest of his jello. The faint hum of happy birthday emanating from him in between spoonfuls.
I have known Pilar now for almost six years now through the internet.  We hadn’t even finished post production of Bloodmoney when she contacted me asking for a Spanish version and trying to get me to come to Chile to show the film.
According to local legend she has been telling people that I am coming to Chile for sometime now.  Like the boy who cried wolf they stopped believing her.  This last time when the plan was finally coming to fruition she was running around Santiago telling everyone.  “He is coming, he is coming.  The American is coming.”  According to Pilar Revere, she was the crazy woman running around town telling everyone about some fictional American director that was finally coming to Chile.
She wants to be paid since I use her in various stories.  Instead I will just recommend her book on Amazon.  Like most of what she tells me I have no idea what she is talking about, perhaps because it is in Spanish.  Buy it anyway, maybe I will get a lunch out of it.ónicas-enrudecimiento-ebook/dp/B00MLSC1LA/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430490875&sr=1-1