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Where Have All the Good (Movie) Men Gone? – Part 2

By on Jan 30, 2015 | 0 comments

“Nurture your minds with great thoughts,” Benjamin Disraeli once said.”To believe in the heroic makes heroes.” Aspiration was once a value like accuracy, before we could imagine a future in which we managed the comfortable demise of the human race instead is taking risks to save it – as in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, a rare movie looking back positively on how we once were. It has become harder in the past few decades to find heroes truly worth emulating in film and television. Irony and darkness are our lazy attempts at art and accuracy as we cynically accept the “realism” of our flaws rather than aspire to goodness. To Socrates, it might appear that we continue to create cave shadows instead of lead the way to light – from our ironically morally-ambiguous television characters, which I mentioned in Part 1, to our dark movie anti-heroes. Where is Will...

Where Have All the Good (Movie) Men Gone? – Part 1

By on Jan 27, 2015 | 0 comments

In the excellent 2002 Brazilian film City of God, a young boy of less than ten years is questioned as to why he would get himself caught up in a gang war. “Have you lost your mind? You are just a kid!” he is asked. He responds, “A kid? I smoke, I snort [cocaine]. I’ve killed and robbed. I’m a man.” Tragically, this little boy has no other conception of manhood than that – no other example was ever put before him. Often, the influential and the famous are held up as role models, whether they asked to be or not. Expecting the imperfect people in the limelight to navigate the pressures of fame unsinkingly is likely to bring us only dashed hope. Our stories, our myths, though, are different. In them, anything can happen – a hero can even be set before us a symbol of what we should strive to be. Sadly, such symbols and examples have largely left our myths. That loss says...

The Silencing of GamerGate

By on Jan 26, 2015 | 11 comments

GamerGate has suffered the despotic backlash from mainstream geek media that is typical of a totalitarian elite when questioned: intimidation and official exclusion from the sphere of public ideas upon penalty of being painted a public enemy. The elite are acting like the victims. Social media provides powerful silencing weapons, and they have been nefariously employed by anti-GG to invalidate GamerGate and to hide the incriminating behavior of anti-GG. The power of a united, unethical media to distort, damage control, blackball and marginalize is a fight all too familiar to those in the liberty movement. The moral hypocrisy of the gaming hegemony, and worse, their refusal to own their bad behavior while they demonize GamerGate, is plain to see for those who have not been spoon fed a version of events by the mainstream geek media that is unduly flattering to anti-GG, and neatly...

Sheldon Silver, Democrat Speaker of NYS Assembly, Arrested For Corruption

By on Jan 22, 2015 | 0 comments

A Democrat arrested on corruption charges?!  The devil, you say! Hell has apparently frozen over, because one of the biggest corruptocrats to hit New York since Boss Tweed has finally been put in cuffs and hauled off to jail for “using the power and influence of his official position to obtain for himself millions of dollars of bribes and kickbacks masked as legitimate income.” Sheldon Silver, the longtime speaker of the New York state Assembly, was arrested Thursday morning on corruption charges.   Silver showed up at 26 Federal Plaza in downtown Manhattan at 8 a.m. where he was arrested by FBI agents.   He’s set to make his initial appearance before a federal judge Thursday afternoon.   Silver’s spokesman, Michael Whyland, declined comment before the arrest.   US Attorney Preet Bharara scheduled a press conference at 1 p.m. to detial the charges.   The...

Obama’s ‘Zinger’ Was An Expression Of His Petulance

By on Jan 21, 2015 | 0 comments

Do you know how you can tell somebody has a good sense of humor? When they can be self-deprecating. Not just when they choose to do so, but when somebody else gets in a good jab or tells a joke at their expense. The whole point of having a good sense of humor is that you can laugh at yourself from time to time. President Obama doesn’t know how to do this. Sure, he’ll joke about himself but anybody can do that. That said, whenever somebody else makes a joke at President Obama’s expense and he’s there when it happens, it always looks like he suddenly had a lemon shoved in his mouth. He doesn’t like it. That was on full display during the State Of the Union Address. At one point he was speaking and said: “I have no more campaigns to run.” There was scattered applause from some Republicans. It was a light moment and the President could have seized...

School Choice – The Next Civil Rights Battle

By on Jan 21, 2015 | 26 comments

Our public education system, by and large, is a failure. And although many pine for the days when it used to be great, it actually never really was that great. In the 40′s, 50′s and 60′s, public schools only needed to churn out average students, most of whom would go on to work in manufacturing or other lines of work which only required a high school diploma. Today, employers are having a difficult time filling jobs because too many Americans lack the skills and/or education needed to perform those jobs effectively. We have more and more people going to college these days, but they are completely unprepared to do so. In New York City for example, nearly 80 percent of high school graduates who choose to attend CUNY (City University of New York) need to take remedial courses. That means they need more instruction in basic subjects such as English and Math, before they...

Next Window Please: Big Government, Little Help

By on Jan 16, 2015 | 0 comments

The federal government is not supposed to be in the business of helping individuals with much at all. Delivering the mail, administering passports, protecting your inventions (if you have any), maintaining a currency that everyone can exchange: these are the legitimate responsibilities the federal government has that puts it in direct contact with individuals. Or, at least, the federal government was meant to be held to that minimal level of interaction. “The Constitution’s articles, and the subsequent Amendments, specify the prerogatives of the Feds. They are listed in Article I, Sec. 8; Articles II-V; Amendments XIII-XVI, XIX-XX, XXIII-XXVI. These prerogatives belong to one of the following categories: 1) Defense, war prosecution, peace, foreign relations, foreign commerce, and interstate commerce; 2) The protection of citizens’ constitutional rights (e.g the right to vote) and...