Thursday, August 30, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Yep, that pretty much sums it up. Lost, stranded, and stuck at the Snuff Film Motel. This movie, like the much better 8mm, attempts to shine a light on the world of snuff films. But in the end isn't this movie itself a snuff film? The audience is led down the same path we've been down a thousand times before. Scared innocent people are terrorized by psychopathic killers. Teased by the imminent death of characters we're supposed to care about but don't.
Plenty of Vacancy in the theaters showing this one.
The guy looks like he's ready to bust someone's lip. The wife, well.... she looks "happy".
Further more, why is that teddy bear on the sofa knocked over? I'm betting just before the AP photographer showed up, they pulled an "Afternoon Delight" right there on the sofa. It's really the only thing that explains that picture. He needs a nap, and she's ready to bake a pie.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
At first the big headline grabs you.
Ammunition Shortage Squeezes Police
It begins with the usual incitement to fear:
An Associated Press review of dozens of police and sheriff's departments found that many are struggling with delays of as long as a year for both handgun and rifle ammunition. And the shortages are resulting in prices as much as double what departments were paying just a year ago.
"There were warehouses full of it. Now, that isn't the case," said Al Aden, police chief in Pierre, S.D.
Let's take a look at Pierre S.D. shall we? How much ammo does a police force of Pierre S.D. need? Judging by the design of the city's official homepage, they must have used all that ammo to shoot every web designer in town. That website alone is proof that government employees should just stay away from computers. Meanwhile, I'm sure the citizens of Pierre are cowering in their homes until the warehouses can be restocked with ammo and all the "All Clear" is sounded.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
But who should they name in their lawsuit? It is the very policy of bureaucracy that created that mess. How many lawsuits would Continental face if a terrorist had a bomb and they were allowed to get off? How very in-efficient air travel is becoming at the hand of govenrment. Now, some would like you to hand over your very lives to them.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
"I'm not saying the cop shot him on purpose," Tracy said. "It was an accident. But let me tell you -- if I had a kid and put him in this car and didn't put him in a car seat and he got killed on the way to town, they'd charge me with murder ... and what this cop did is a lot worse than that."
Recently I received in the mail(real paper snail-mail) a pamphlet outlining the dangers of meth-amphetamine. It was a stark warning to all concerned citizens. It highlights the danger of meth. It details some of the signs that a meth lab is in operation and advises on what to do if one suspects a meth lab is in your neighborhood. Certainly this “new” drug is far more dangerous than the drugs of the last few decades. Users often develop irregular heart beats, and a myriad of health problems. It is highly addictive, potentially deadly, and just plain nasty.
So what, if anything, can society do to stop the scourge? Can we pass a law? Can we impose stiffer penalties? Can we put more cops on the street to stop people from making and selling meth? Well, the answer is not so clear.
Where did this new drug come from? Are Columbian Drug Lords invading Van Wert? Is the county airport now home to clandestine air-drops of this substance? Nope. It's being made right here in town by our neighbors. It's being cooked in garages, in campers, and the trunks of cars. The fact that it can be made right here removes the old stereotype drug lord from the picture. No longer is the producer of poison far away in a tropical jungle with a lab and an airplane. Using off-the-shelf ingredients people can brew this stuff nearly anywhere. Using cold medicine, a recipe from nearly any chemistry book, and a few other elements, the guy down the street can turn himself into Tony Soprano over night.
A few lawmakers have decided the problem is in the cold medicine. In Oklahoma, the first state to regulate the sale of ephedrine, some surprising trends have emerged. According to government crime stats, since the regulation of over the counter cold medicine went into effect, the number of meth makers has fallen by 90% in Oklahoma. Good news right? Wrong. While powdered meth has decreased; the availability of Mexican Crystal Meth has grown by 500%. No longer produced in Oklahoma, the streets are now flooded with imported meth. This stuff makes the locally produced stuff look like powdered sugar. It's far more concentrated and far more deadly. We will soon see the same things in our town.
This is not a new paradigm, it's not even a new drug. Meth was first produced in World War 2 to provide soldiers with a quick pick up that would enable them to perform for days with no sleep. The Nazis, the British, and yes, the good old US of A used meth to keep going.
We have been down the prohibition road before. During the Volstead Act that was passed by Congress in 1919, people started brewing Moonshine and Bathtub Gin. These were highly concentrated and highly dangerous substances that nearly anyone could make. It soon became apparent that the cure for alcoholism was far worse than the disease. People were still drinking but instead of beer and wine it was Mezcal and Whiskey. Instead of Miller and Budweiser it's Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly.
So now here we are again. The Government in an effort to protect people from themselves are going to do the same thing. All over again. We are going to take a bad problem and make it worse. I do not want my child to grow up in a world like Chicago in 1930. But this is exactly what will happen.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
This week's movie was Everything's Gone Greeen. A subtle comedy about the plight of modern day slackers..... I think. As it was everyone was already drinking when I showed up with this weeks movie. Show time was supposed to be at 9PM. I dutifully arrived at 8:30 for the festivities. Upon arriving I realized that the festivities began about 4 hours earlier. As such, everyone was drunk, chatty and in no mood to sit quietly for a movie. For a better review of this pic go here.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
The target of terrorism is not the victims of the act itself. The target is all the rest of us. The goal is to get all of us to react to fear. So when a plot to use liquids to blow up commercial jets failed, those wishing to scare us failed as well.
That's where Chertoff comes in to complete the task. ABC news has a new article up where the DHS Secretary offers chilling details of what might have happened. Chertoff knows only too well that the collective worry of US Citizens will keep him in power.
To keep us all in the grip of panic Chertoff offers this bit of wisdom:
First a bit about me and why I chose to begin blogging. I used to be a staunch Republican. I used to believe that the GOP stood for limited government and were pro-freedom. I now realize that power has totally corrupted the Republicans and can no longer call myself one. Now, I'm proud to be a libertarian/conservative. Some of my beliefs could be considered Right, some Left but mostly pro-freedom and pro-capitalism.
So, let's begin, shall we?