Tuesday, December 31, 2013

As 2013 Ends and 2014 Begins...

Don't let phony headlines and indices fool you. Major cracks are forming in the infrastructure: economic, financial, political, institutional, societal, spiritual. As 2014 moves forward, the foundations will begin to crumble from it's own weight and instability.

I may have been relatively silent this past year here on this blog, but I have been aggregating important news items throughout the year. I haven't gone away. I've been running this blog since July 6, 2004. And my next post will be my 1000th. :-)

2014 begins in a few hours. It's a new chapter in our lives - as individuals and as a society.

It is a time to keep the faith. To be strong. To love. To lend a hand. To take a stand. To work hard. To be watchful. To stand guard and to protect. To fight. To never give up on hope.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Chesterton (and Ahlquist) on Breitbart...

American Chesterton Society chief Dale Ahlquist is interviewed on Breitbart. It's a great read.

Excerpt:

On whether Pope Francis is supportive of the effort to have Chesterton named a saint: 
"I think he's out in front. We do know that the Argentine president of the Chesterton society, who was an ambassador, Miguel Angel Espeche Gil, wrote a letter to one of the Chesterton societies in England. In that letter, he said that 'Our cardinal has just approved a prayer for Chesterton's intercession.' Well, that cardinal, three days later, became pope."


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

MacGuffin-ization...

In October I posted about Ace's great commentary on "progressivism".

Well, Ace is at it again with yet another insightful commentary about what he calls the MacGuffinization of American Politics. He starts off with this intro:

In a movie or book, "The MacGuffin" is the thing the hero wants. Usually the villain wants it too, and their conflict over who will end up with The MacGuffin forms the basic spine of the story. In Raiders of the Lost Ark, the MacGuffin is, of course, the Lost Ark. Indy wants it; the Nazis have it. This basic conflict over simple possession animates a two hour long movie. Alfred Hitchcock noted -- counterintuitively, when you first hear this -- that the specifics of the MacGuffin don't really matter at all to a movie. He pointed out that the audience doesn't care at all about the MacGuffin. The hero in the movie itself cares, but the audience doesn't.

He continues:

A MacGuffin only has one requirement: That it be important-sounding, so that the audience understands he hero isn't engaged in some trivial matter, but that the Stakes Are High. But an important sounding MacGuffin is just another way to increase the audience's emotional attachment to the Hero, not to the idea of possessing the MacGuffin. 

And then he nails it:

And that, of course, explains all you need to know about the abnormal political situation we find ourselves in, and the Cult of Barack Obama. For Obama's fanbois, this is not politics. This isn't even America, not really, not anymore. This is a movie. And Barack Obama is the Hero. And the Republicans are the Villains. And policy questions -- and Obama's myriad failures as an executive -- are simply incidental.
They are MacGuffins only, of no importance whatsoever, except to the extent they provide opportunities for Drama as the Hero fights in favor of them… [it's] about Obama's Hero's Journey in navigating the plot of President Barack Obama: The Movie. As with a MacGuffin in the movie, only the Hero's emotional response to the MacGuffin matters.

The entire post is phenomenal, with great examples of the MSM playing up The MacGuffin and The Hero.

Ace follows up with a bit more info and analysis in this post, as well.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

THE FREEDOM PLAN by John Perry (how to fix the health care crisis)...


President Obama wasn't really apologizing to Americans about the disaster that's ObamaCare.

He and his administration lied repeated about Americans being able to keep their plans and their doctors.

Millions are facing losing their insurance and/or their jobs.

The tidal waves of high premiums, co-pays, deductibles, and federal taxes & fines will make this nightmare even scarier.

The website is a broken, bureaucratic mess with serious security issues.

And further implementation of his plan will bankrupt the nation, possibly irreparably.

We most definitely need to REPEAL ObamaCare. That is obvious. My wife (who voted for Obama in 2008) has faced the reality personally, losing her employer-provided insurance at the end of the year. The cheapest replacement coverage through the exchange will double everything (co-pays, out-of-pocket premiums, and deductibles). She now wants ObamaCare repealed after years of thinking it was a great idea.

But after it's repealed (and it MUST be repealed), how do we FIX the mess?

My cousin, Jack, is an orthopedic surgeon who has recently published a comprehensive book on the nature of the state of the health care industry, explains how we as a nation got into this mess to begin with, and has proposed a plan on how to fix it.


His book -– "The Freedom Plan: An American Answer to Health Care Reform" by John F. Perry M.D. -– is available in both kindle form as well as paperback (the paperback is more recently published - June 2013 - and includes graphs and charts that are not included in the e-book version).

From the book description:
"A board-certified orthopedic surgeon takes on America's health care crisis. Using a "sports medicine" approach he identifies our problem and then methodically and relentlessly establishes the cause of that problem. Only then does he construct a targeted, specific and effective treatment to not only restore America's health care system, but to make it the best that it can be. Finally, there is a look at competing visions for the future or America; one if we continue on the path we have taken till now and another if the Freedom Plan is adopted. The Freedom Plan is not only a "Declaration of Independence" for patients and health care providers; it is nothing less than a blueprint for an unprecedented age of prosperity for all Americans."

As my cousin stated in a personal email to me recently:

“This is not about Democrat vs. Republican, left vs. right, liberal vs. conservative. It's about liberty vs. compulsion, efficiency vs. inefficiency, excellence vs. mediocrity, unnecessary financial hardship for most Americans vs. opportunity and prosperity. Mostly, it's about loving your neighbor. The Freedom Plan is the only comprehensive, integrated, compassionate and workable alternative to the way we as a nation have been treating health care for over 50 years.”

I strongly urge everyone to read his book. I think you will like what he has to say, and it will lay out a strong blueprint for the likes of Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, etc., and common sense citizens to hold up as a model/example of how we can fix this horrible mess that we’re found ourselves in as a nation.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Don't Forget to VOTE today!

It's an off-year, so there may only be elections in select cities or counties across the country (as well as governor elections in VA & NJ). There are city council elections in my neighborhood today.

So, DON'T BE LAZY… make your voice heard… make positive & common sense changes in your local and state offices… and VOTE!!!

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Three Types of People...

Ace (over at Ace of Spades) wrote an interesting analysis in the middle of this post:


"I think people break down like this. Obviously, these are not hard and firm rules.
  • People who derive a sense of meaning from the vastness of God. These people, having found meaning in God, do not need to find it in a large corporate entity, such as Government, and tend to be more conservative, or at least are not drawn into progressivism by its strongest pitch (meaning).
  • People who thirst for a greater meaning but do not believe in God. Disbelieving in God, and yet needing the sense of transcendence that a belief in God offers, these people turn to the next-biggest entity beneath god, which is a national government. These people are not liberals per se, but progressives, and what they're "progressing" towards is sanctification and transcendence via the United Church of State.
  • People who do not particularly thirst for any kind of meaning. Such people, the All Dead Inside Contingent, I guess could go several different ways. Some will be Libertarians, some will be hedonists, some nihilists. Most apological (as most people are). But they seem to be only around 10% of the population.
The major thing, though, to me, is the Trouble With Progressives, because they are seeking something from government -- Meaning, Validation, Belonging, Transcendence -- that government simply isn't equipped to give.
So they're always hungry for more -- more government, that is.
The first group isn't a problem because it finds what it seeks outside of government.
The third group isn't a problem because it's not looking for meaning.
But progressives... Progressives are crusading for the One True Church, the Church of the State. And, being mad zealots, empty inside of everything but gnawing spiritual hunger that cannot be appeased, will never stop crusading."


Fascinating analysis.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Speaking of "Gold"man Sachs...

So, the other day I posted about Goldman Sachs being added to the Dow Jones Industrial Average (one of only 30 companies).

The banking institution that in June told everyone to sell gold because it's a bad investment, then went right around and bought a whole bunch of gold themselves.

Well, looks like they're at it again, sending the word out that gold (currently down to $1324/ounce after reaching $1400 last week) will drop below $1000.

Anybody want to take any bets that Goldman Sachs will be buying a boatload of gold this month and possibly next month (like they did in June)???