3. A recent story on National Public Radio discussed the slaughter of horses for meat that occurs in this country. Now, I would never knowingly eat horse. Indeed, I cringe at the very thought of killing a horse for its flesh. But I would never, ever think to legally prohibit the right of owners to use their animals in such a fashion. Unsurprisingly, such a course of action was precisely what was advocated on NPR. But banning any peaceful behavior to assuage the ruffled feelings of those who object is a gross violation of rights. Property rights are sacrosanct. Doesn't matter if the property in question is a horse or a dog or a cat or a car or a cheeseburger. No one but the owner has a say! Accept "exceptions" to that principle, and you have destroyed the principle. The next property they come after may be yours.
I'm sick to death of people who simply don't like what happened in this movie (or any movie, for that matter) and who then use their negative reactions to claim the movie was "poorly" made, that there was "bad lighting," "lazy writing," "cheap special effects," "choppy editing," "too much exposition," that it was a "TV movie," etc. etc.
If someone does not like this story, then, fine, just say so. But I get the impression that many negative critics have trashed the film because they were expecting Firefly and got Serenity instead. It's akin to someone wanting a mild green pepper and finding a hot pepper, then attacking the hot pepper as being a "bad" pepper. Come on! I see a lot of movies I dislike because of a story's theme or approach or philosophy. But I don't confuse my rejection of such values with the quality of the film's production itself.
Serenity is a well-crafted, well-written, well-acted, well-produced example of good film making.
(As for those who attack Serenity because it actually celebrates freedom, such people are truly hopeless.)
Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion. No one is entitled to his own reality.
8. By now, I've viewed many times the new trailer for Serenity, coming out September 30, 2005. It looks wonderful. The energy and humor and dedication of the original Firefly series shines through. Two advance showings in multiple cities all sold out within a day.
4. The presidential election looms in a week from today. Whether Tweedle-Dum or Tweedle-Dumber wins, you can bet that we and our freedom will be the losers. And with the First Amendment-destroying "campaign finance law" now in force after the collusion among the three branches of government, ordinary folks -- you know, those people of whom, by whom, and for whom government is supposed to exist -- we are the ones being silenced...and screwed.
5. And still the warmongers conflate the battle against al-Qaeda with Iraq, rationalizing all the lies, distortions, and half-truths the politicians tell us to "justify" the squandering of American lives and American dollars in a pissant country that only gets our attention because of its possession of lots and lots of oil. After all, if we "had" to invade Iraq because of the "threat" of Saddam Hussein and his "ties" to terrorists, then we "have" to invade Iran and North Korea and dozens of other dictatorships around the globe whose citizens are suffering as much or more than the Iraqis ever did.
6. Maybe some day all those people who are trying to scare us to death about "terrorism" will grow a pair. They have blown up (no pun intended...) terrorists into this hugely dangerous, Satanic entity capable of "destroying civilization." Yeah. Right. We lose 3,000 people in an attack, and we're ready to take on the shackles of our masters. More people than that have died in Iraq since the war "ended." We lose more than a dozen times that number of lives to murder in this country every year, yet that never justified such abominations as the PATRIOT Act. Yes, some terrorist groups are dangerous (to us). But I thought we were supposed to be a competent people. Why do the politicians want us quaking in our boots? (Well. The answer's obvious...) We simply need to acknowledge the reality of the danger. Prepare and deal with it the best we can. And realize that perfect safety is impossible. Danger is no excuse for violating our rights and increasing the hatred for our country. Calling the danger we face "World War IV" is a ludicrous hyperbole.
7. Now that the
have declared war on a tactic, i.e., "terrorism," I wonder how
long it will be before they declare a War on Robbery. Or a War on
Stealing. Or a War on Lying. Or a War on Rape. Or a War on
Assault. They'll have just as much "success" as they're having in
the War on Terror. Stupidity compounded.
5. The "assault" weapon ban expired this month. How long will this teeny, tiny reversal of statism last? I suggest you stock up on big capacity magazines while you can. Just wait until the next mass shooting involving an AR-15 or AK-57 or whatever. The vultures will swarm again. And with both candidates in favor of the ban, what do you think will happen?
6. How much longer must the rest of the country subsidize the lifestyles of those living along the Gulf? They build their houses along the shores and enjoy the nice weather most of the year. Their houses get blown down by a hurricane. Their subsidized insurance pays them to rebuild. Our own insurance rates elsewhere in the country rise. The cost of building supplies rises, as well. Restart the cycle. As much as I can sympathesize with individual sufferers, for those who believe it is their "right" to receive below-market insurance and disaster relief funds, screw them.
7. I sometimes wonder exactly what decade I am in. Why is Vietnam a core issue in this election? It's bizarre. It's politics. It's Amerika.
8. First, the increase in violence in Iraq was because of the imminent "turn over" of control to the Iraqis. Now it's because of the election in our country. Soon it will be because of the Iraqi election in January. Then it will be...neverending.