Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Movie Review: The Hunt for Red October



Reviewing the silver screen version of the books that I read is becoming common here, as you may have already noticed. And as this was based on Clancy's novel of the same name, expected this, you may have....

I will be jumping off of my book review (read that first if necessary), so this will be short. I had no issues with content, only finding mild language, which is thankfully kept fairly low. No sex (I think we merely had one sexual reference?), and even limited violence for all those sheeple moviegoers out there (unless submarines frighten them, too).

The film was well-done, and even the special effects during the underwater sequences are fair enough, given the time consideration. The acting isn't at all bad, and besides my dislike for Alec Baldwin, you could say it was above-average (Sean Connery makes a fine Ramius, and Tim Curry and Peter Firth were also noticeably good choices for their characters). This was a good military/navy/submarine film, and is quite enjoyable.

My only real issues lie with the adaptation.

Since the novel was not character-based (as noted in my review), I noticed that I did find it difficult to remember certain things while watching this. It's easy to remember who marries who in silly love stories, but trying to "transfer" all of this in my mind was slightly more difficult. (For instance, did this happen on a ship, or a helicopter? Was it on a destroyer, or a carrier? Was it before this CIA meeting, or after? Was it this funny-named Russian officer that did such and such, or that funny-named Russian officer that did such and such?) Only a serious fan-project could speak clearly on this matter. Sorry, I'm not doing it!

Even considering the above, I did find a fair amount of changes--too many, for my purist tastes. My views on said topic may be the bane of adapting filmmakers, but honestly, a lot of the changes in this film were unnecessary.

Don't get me wrong, this movie is good and I honestly do like it, and I recommend it to moviegoers, but...the said changes just annoyed me a little bit.

Spencer

Warskyl: 200 Million Rounds for Homeland Security

Sorry to shower everyone with so many posts today....

Spencer

EDIT: Please see comments

Mass. Safe Schools Program Directors Admitted Explicit Queer Sex Ed Needed for Kids

From MassResistance.

Please note that the article discusses homosexual sex, and the blog overall (as it is an honest, no-holds-barred expose) contains quotes, transcripts, and other such explicit material (very, very explicit, mind you).

ADULTS ONLY PLEASE!


Spencer

Ann Coulter on Terrorists and Planes

Since Muslims took down Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, every attack on a commercial airliner has been committed by foreign-born Muslim men with the same hair color, eye color and skin color. Half of them have been named Mohammed.

An alien from the planet "Not Politically Correct" would have surveyed the situation after 9/11 and said: "You are at war with an enemy without uniforms, without morals, without a country and without a leader – but the one advantage you have is they all look alike. ... What? ... What did I say?"

The only advantage we have in a war with stateless terrorists was ruled out of order ab initio by political correctness.


Spencer

American Vision: The Demographics of Irrelevance

Now this is what I call an article!

But then, why would a young man stay in the church? Is there a “male” message in our churches today? Is there a message that gives a young man a worthy cause to work for and to fight for? Why would he stay, to listen all his life to the same sermon over and over again, in many different versions of it? Come back every Sunday to learn—for the n-th time, over and over again—that God loves us? Shed tears over the same emotional stuff every week?...

That should tell us how we can take our young men back. As long as we have a female church with a female message, our young men will prefer to stay away from it. You only get what you preach. The loss of our sons to the enemy is a curse, and it is our fault we have let our churches truncate the message to irrelevance. Today’s gender demographic in our churches is a product of today’s irrelevant message in the churches. You know a society by its men. If they are gone, then the society has ceased to be relevant to the real world. The demographics of irrelevance is God’s curse upon a generation that refused to hear the call of the victory of Christ’s Kingdom in history and on earth.

So next Sunday go to your church and look around. Do you see young unmarried women and no single young men? If you do, you should be alarmed.... A society with no young men is a dead society, no matter what activities it has every Sunday.


Let's bring manliness back!

Spencer

EXAMINER: "Obama Puts Interpol Beyond U.S. Law"

The Washington Examiner's editorial page today, December 30, noted that on December 17, 2009, the White House announced that President Obama:

"has granted Interpol [the International Criminal Police Organization] the ability to operate within the territorial limits of the United States without being subject to the same constitutional restraints that apply to all domestic law enforcement agencies such as the FBI. Second, Obama has exempted Interpol's domestic facilities -- including its office within the U.S. Department of Justice -- from search and seizure by U.S. authorities and from disclosure of archived documents in response to Freedom of Information Act requests filed by U.S. citizens. Think very carefully about what you just read: Obama has given an international law enforcement organization that is accountable to no other national authority the ability to operate as it pleases within our own borders, and he has freed it from the most basic measure of official transparency and accountability, the FOIA."


Spencer

Obama Administration: Cap the Benefit of Itemized Deductions for Charitable Donations?

Part of the plan of the Obama Administration and the Democratic-controlled Congress in financing their government-run health care program is to cap the benefit of itemized deductions at 28% for taxpayers with adjusted gross income (AGI) over $250,000. Among the various itemized deductions targeted are charitable contributions and mortgage interest expense. This proposal has the potential to adversely affect charitable giving if adopted in the 2010 fiscal year budget.

For example, under the current regulatory structure, a taxpayer in the 35% tax bracket would expect to see a $35.00 benefit for every $100.00 in itemized deductions. However, under the Obama proposal, that taxpayer would only see a tax benefit of $28.00 for every $100.00 in itemized deductions. After you add in the proposed increases in tax marginal rates, the reduction in value can be up to nearly 12% (the spread between the top marginal tax rate and the proposed cap on itemized deductions).

In the tax and spending provisions of its 2010 budget resolution, Congress temporarily side-stepped a vote on this issue, but don’t hold your breath—Congress and the Obama Administration are taking a hard look at these and other revenue sources to finance government-run health care in 2010 and beyond.


Spencer

MAIG Blueprint for Ending Gun Ownership in the U.S.

From Michael Bane (Outdoor Channel's The Best Defense, etc.).

Reminds me of that saying...what was it? Oh yes...something about a gun, and cold, dead hands. Yes, that's it.

Spencer

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Tyranny Eve...

...may have come and gone, but our resolve has not.

Will you stand?





Via Doug's Blog.

Spencer

P.S. I daresay these are manly men!

Un-Caved Update

Sorry everyone, I've been short on the news lately here, I know. So, I will leave the cave for a moment and provide you with these to cogitate on. Since it's been a while, some of these may be slightly "old", and as to myself I've only had time to browse them really.

Obama's Christmas tree graced by Chairman Mao, transvestite
...as well as Obama on Mt. Rushmore?

Girl, 15, charged in fatal Dillard High School shooting
What the article might not make completely clear is that the shooter killed the victim because she refused her same-sex advances.

Virginia: Mother not charged for killing newborn, because umbilical cord still attached
Does this horrify you? Why? After all, it's only the logical conclusion of a "pro-choice" philosophy.

Serving U.S troops could face prison if they fall pregnant while active

"Best Interests" Means Junk Food and Child Removal

Anger With Federal Government Not Enough
I only skimmed these last three, this appears to be an interesting take on the future of American freedom via states rights'.

An Open Letter To America's Christians

A Suggested Survival List
Only a man as mighty as Rawles could tell me if this information is truly kosher or not, but from what I browsed, Baldwin has some good points. Besides, I just like the idea of a fellow Christian. former-presidential-candidate being a committed survivalist.

Edit: Okay, sorry, but I just had to show you this one.


Spencer

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Hope you all have an amazing Christmas despite all earthly troubles. Peace on earth, and good will to men (and especially the ladies!).

God bless!

Spencer

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Manly Muslim is Persecuted

Great. This is just great.

Defending your family against men who threaten to murder them is now a "very violent revenge attack on a defenceless man."

Britain today, America...tomorrow?

Spencer

Movie Review: The Bourne Identity (1988)




This review is in reference to the 1988 television miniseries, and not the 2002 Matt Damon film. As you might know if you read my review of the book (which you should before continuing, as I will mostly skip what I covered there), you know I wasn't a wild fan. But this film adaptation was just so bad, it made me want to beg for the book!

Our first issue is with the actor. The then-closet, now-open homosexual Richard Chamberlain does one horrible performance. Lame, cheesy, not very manly, and also not at all skillful (Bourne was supposed to be one talented guy). Besides the fact that he just grosses me out to have to look at his face, honestly, he did a very shallow acting job. Jaclyn Smith, of Charlie's Angels and (and also K-Mart) fame, doesn't do much better, but she doesn't beat Chamberlain in his badness. The fact that I soon realized I'd have to plod through a total of 185 minutes of this was also somewhat unpleasant.

On the positive side, this version was much closer to Ludlum's book, and that wins points with me. However, while the Matt Damon one was so different that it didn't annoy me because it didn't feel like it was supposed to be "right", this movie's attempt to follow the book and then its tendency to veer off course and mess with the original story was aggravating. A few scenes have the script practically perfect, but the execution leaves much to be desired (what Ludlum writes as compelling verbal discourse, this film turns into groan-inducing). Tense and engaging parts in the book are now reduced to muddle and goo.

On the extra negative side, the two major issues I had with the book are still present here. [WARNING: Light sexual issues discussed.] Bourne kidnaps Marie, and later they also sleep with one another (it appeared that the camera was avoiding direct X-rated shots, but I'm not sure as I ended up availing myself of the mighty power of the "FF" button). What was even more, um, gross, was how bad you felt for poor Jaclyn Smith when she would later discover his "orientation." We also see a woman's dead body, naked but lying face-down on a bed with her waist and above visible.

All in all, we have a thumbs-down on the content just as in the book, but on top of that, we have one major thumbs-down from me on the movie itself. Stupid and horrible are good words to describe this. Bad, just plain bad.

Spencer

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Men vs. Males

(Be forewarned, prepare for an ugly rant. I wasn't sure if I should post this or not, but I've written it now and vented a bit. However, I do ask that you keep my perspective in mind while you're reading or commenting.)

I am sick and tired of males. There is one huge difference between men and males. Manhood is that lofty ideal of men who lead, provide, and follow their one leader. Males, on the other hand, are the scum and slime that so many of us encounter every day.

Why don't we have sex with a girl and then drop her when she conceives? It's a good idea to drink, carouse, and be a despicable despot to the ladies around you. Oh, tired of working a job? Breadwinning not working too well for you? How about the "BAILOUT" option? It seems to work for the big companies nowadays, why not us?

This is the philosophy of males. It is ugly and detestable.

As this post is really not much more than a fed-up rant from yours truly about males specifically, I will not attempt to cover the philosophies that have admittedly contributed to the downfall of manhood (feminism, Evolution, etc.). These ideas have not helped us in our tasks at all, but nor are they entirely to blame. After all, we allowed them to take seed and grow on our watch, countless males drinking of such poisons themselves. These males matter not. They couldn't stand the heat, so they left the war. They will never, ever take their place amongst the great warriors of our world.

The decision to be a man is that man's choice and his alone. No one else is to blame. Brethren, we have a long fight ahead of us, but I for one absolutely refuse surrender, or even peace terms. Christianity has taken far too many prisoners in our many wars. Just look at the church today--we have bought many a devilish thought, we swallowed the wiles of the feminists, Evolutionists, humanists, and that's not mentioning the countless others. So, this is why I raise the black flag. No more prisoners of the philosophies of the enemy! No more retreats, no more surrenders! We advance, and we win.

On one particular aspect of all of this, I have found a large amount of males that have succumbed to the pressures of the economic woes of our day, and just quit. While such males take on many forms, this is one particular type that I've seen an alarming increase in. Guess what? The Bible talked about this, and in bold language.

But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
1 Timothy 5:8

I have more respect for the unsaved patriarchs who take care of their families than I do for those who claim the faith and abandon them.

This is a disease, and what do you do with a disease? You exterminate it.

Something isn't right. Somehow, we let this happen. The weaker of our own sex succumbed to something, and the first battle in this war is within us. The best way to fight this black-flag war will be to live like men ourselves. I ask that each and every one of you do that. Together we will be united in manhood.

The ridiculous Monday Night Football male, the Old, Un-attuned Father male, and the Metro male all must die their deaths. (As to homosexuality, is there any question at all that this isn't manly? It prompts me to want to ask, "What's the matter, that whole 'man' thing didn't work out for ya?")

I'm not talking about brawling, belching gruffs who delight in seeing other males throw pigskins as well as the bodies of those who cheer for them. I'm talking about real men. I'm sure anyone here knows exactly what kind of manhood I'm talking about. Brothers, it's the only kind. (And just for clarification, I am not trying to pontificate, or elevate myself in any manner.) No one ever said it was an easy path, but it is the only path.

From this day forward, if you are a male and not a man, I declare you to be my enemy. If you simply can't handle it, if the way of the coward is more pleasing to your soft skin, sleeved emotions, and porcelain morality, then get out. You do not deserve a place amongst our ranks.

The Justin Timberlakes of this world are so concerned with "bringing sexy back".

Well, I propose that we bring manliness back!

Spencer
Bringing Manliness Back
Since 2006

ObamaCare Looms

I hear Reid wants it passed by the 23rd.

Say your prayers.

Spencer

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Book Review: The Hunt for Red October, by Tom Clancy



I've long been interested in the works of Clancy, and this is officially my first foray into his fictional world (save the film of the same name). Now, after reading his first published book, part of the lengthy Jack Ryan series, I am quite sure that I am going to continue to experiment with his novels.

Book premise: During the Cold War (remember, the book was published in 1984), the captain of a Russian nuclear submarine, Marko Ramius, carries out his plans to defect to the United States of America. CIA analyst Jack Ryan is put on the case to...well, analyze it! This seemingly simple plot offers the reader one big ride.

Perhaps I shouldn't tell you this beforehand, but I'm going to anyways. The book was excellent. For this review, I'm going to do it backwards, as opposed to how I do it normally. I'm going to give you the cons first. They are very few.

We had a fair amount of language, bit it wasn't too excessive. We also had some sexual references (on pages 5, 19, 56, 141, 144, 173, 176, 260, 314, 377, 420, and 424) but most are mild comments made by rough sailors (the worst one is when an American sailor is disappointed with Soviet pornography--not at all too bad). Very mild, for the most part (thankfully they were only references, and nothing more). I didn't have any enormous issues here; there was very little to upset me. Indeed, quite the opposite.

There are a few references to God, but not in a bad way (although I did notice a man called a "Bible-thumper from Kansas" on page 82). Our protagonist, Jack Ryan, doesn't appear to be overtly religious, but he does believe in God (he affirms his belief to another man, and during one very perilous event, considers prayer).

We also had some strong yet appropriately subtle pro-American content, what with Soviet men learning and realizing that they can buy their own food, or perhaps drive their own car. It is said more than once that perhaps we do not appreciate the freedoms we have, instead taking them for granted. "I have never lived in a country that was not free," Ryan tells us on page 343, "and maybe I don't appreciate my home as much as I should." And while it only appears in some of the back-story segments, Clancy tells us about the monstrously oppressive regime of Communist Russia that Ramius is now leaving behind. If you know a devoted Communist by any chance, perhaps this might be a good present for them?

Speaking of the story, I admit that some readers who prefer character-driven tales may have some getting used to here. Clancy writes in a format that could be described as instead military-driven. Even if it has nothing to do with Ramius, Ryan, or any of the other lesser characters, we still see plenty of scenes (say, other ships, aircraft, etc.) that serve to bolster the overall story. I found this to be a positive trait. Indeed, this book was very military (and also, even very manly). October felt quite like a mini naval education, and I felt that I learned quite a bit of stuff here. While I certainly can't verify all or perhaps even most of the "facts" Clancy tells of (Can I really attest to the position of a dial or button inside of a Cold War vessel?) I'm not going to argue anytime soon, either. This all made the book very exciting (the end was particularly nail-biting). In hindsight, I might suggest that a potential reader first find himself a dictionary of naval terms (If such a thing exists?).

As I began the book I found myself able to identify with Ryan. He's a good, likable guy who just does his job and does it well (and is a little disturbed by some of the older, harder tactics of one or two if his superiors--a fact that gives us some moral depth). On the other hand, I admit that I began to identify with him less after a ride in a plane where he acted somewhat like a baby (he hates flying, and to be fair we all have our weak points), and this small little rift stayed there for the rest of the novel. It wasn't too major, I still liked Ryan and everything, however I just found him less identifiable to my own personality, is all.

Ramius is a man's man, and to read about his development from boy to man, begrudging servant of the Soviets to defector to the Americans, was quite a story. I liked him quite a bit. (Did I mention that he was an exceedingly clever old man?)

All in all, with Cold War intrigue, opposing navies and governments, manly men, a publication date that almost qualifies it to be alternative historical fiction, and "the perfect yarn" as the late former President Ronald Reagan put it, Clancy's debut novel is one good book, good enough for me to drop into my Amazon store. Recommended for any manly reading list.

"A wise man knows his limitations." --Marko Ramius, p. 12

Spencer

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Movie Review: The Bourne Identity



This review is a follow-up to my review of Robert Ludlum's novel, and will be of the 2002 film with Matt Damon. Stay tuned for the 1988 television miniseries version with Richard Chamberlain.

I am forced to review this film on its own, as it is so wildly different from the book. (Oh, but the bank account number, it was almost exactly the same as the original--that earns points with me.) The premise is the same as the book: amnesiac man has no memory of his past, he follows his own trail to learn just who he is (a woman at his side along the way), and lo and behold, many people seem to want him dead, and he himself is very strange. You've all seen it, haven't you?

A suspenseful film, with a fair amount of action, but not too much. Very well done, good production values, good acting, lots of intrigue, and excellent fight scenes. (The apartment in particular is one fantastic scene. Realistic, not outlandish at all. I love the use of the improvised weapon, aka Bic pen. Recommended.) A very entertaining and eventful film that keeps you watching and thinking, which is always important. I had no issues here.

It is inferred that Bourne and his girl, Marie, have sexual intercourse, but all we see is some kissing and then the scene ends. OK, I don't like that, but at least they didn't show anything. Seriously!

As opposed to the book, Jason is more likable, and he also is protective of children. He takes care of Marie as well; the one action of his that bothered me was when he roughly pushes her into a wall. (Long story short, it was for her own protection, though.)

So, Bourne was a better man than in the book, but we still have two films to go. Therefore, I must wait to pass full judgement on him until I have seen all three. As to the film itself, it was good, but not glorious. I didn't like the inferred sex and I prefer films to be closer to their books, but to be fair, we did see some improvements on Ludlum.

In the end, it's up to the viewer, really.

Spencer

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

A Message from the President

An email I received today.

Friend --

As we head into the final stretch on health reform, big insurance company lobbyists and their partisan allies hope that their relentless attacks and millions of dollars can intimidate us into accepting the status quo.

So I have a message for them, from all of us: Not this time. We have come too far. We will not turn back. We will not back down.

But do not doubt -- the opponents of reform will not rest. So I need you, the members of Organizing for America, to fight alongside me.

We must continue to build out our campaign -- to spread the facts on the air and on the ground, and to bring in more volunteers and train them to join the fight. I urgently need your help to keep Organizing for America's 50-state movement for reform going strong.

Please donate $5 or whatever you can afford today:

https://donate.barackobama.com/FinalStretch

Let's win this together,

President Barack Obama


Spencer

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Answers!

Well then, y'all coulda asked more, but since ya didn't, that's all ya get. ;-P In order of who asked first:

Mariah :)

n. If I was to choose an animal to symbolize you, I would choose a lion. Why do you think that I would choose a lion?

Because they're big, strong, ferocious, and always at the top. ...right? ...I hope?

n+1. If you had to choose to learn to play the tuba or the cello, which would you choose?

Cello. Sounds much better to Spencer.

n+2. In my book, which was your favorite story?

Hmm.... I can't remember, but one part really made me laugh (as did a couple). A guy and a girl...?

n+3. How would you react if you saw me climb a tree in a skirt?

I'd likely worry, tell you to stop, and when you didn't, do my best to hold you while you climbed and position myself to catch you if you slipped. ;-P

n+4. May I borrow a pencil?

Mariah, I think it'd just be better (read: CHEAPER) to buy one on your end!

n+5. What does n equal, assuming that n is the number directly following the number I ended my last list on?

13?

n+6. What if you married someone who loved really bright colors?

I never thought I actually might be lucky enough not too....

n+7. Would you prefer to live in Australia and fight the poisonous or otherwise dangerous creatures, or Antarctica and fight the equally dangerous cold?

Well, both have fossils but Antarctica is lonely. I'd rather deal with the amazing venomous beasties but then again guns are outlawed...but I doubt you can have them in Antarctica anyway. OK, Aussie-land then!

n+8. Do you like Gregorian chants? any other kinds of chants?

Show me some, then I can tell you. :-P

n+9. Mittens or gloves? (If either choice was in black.)

Gloves! Very thin--thin enough so I can still pull a trigger without difficulty. (This is no joke. I am quite serious.)

n+10. If you had a ship, where would you sail to?

Uh...a couple feet out then come right back to dry land?

n+11. Do you know who Spencer W. Kimball is? (Or should I say "was," since he's not alive?)

No. Should I?

n+12. How loyal is a "loyal reader"?

Someone who consistently reads, even if not every day or post.

n+13. Would you consider eating spaghetti off of a table cloth, without a fork?

You forgot that I'm a self-described, contented barbarian. :-P

n+14. When do I get that hug you owe me? ;)

I already gave it to you! ...but here's another one, anyways. :-P

1. What is your favorite insect?

Ants are my favorite, and then beetles (scarabs). But since both of those are families, Pogonomyrmex barbatus and Cotinus texana?

2. If you had to choose, would you have a secret passageway or front door?

Secret passageway!

3. Warpaint or camouflage?


Camouflage. Much more practical.

4. Broadsword or rapier?

Broadsword. That means I can cut my enemies in half!

5. What is your favorite word verification that all of us readers have brought up?

Bexsa, of course! ;-)

6. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

Not as much as Chuck Norris could chuck!

7. Do you like to climb trees?

Not sure....

8. Do you want to see a family picture from right before my brother died?

Yes!

9. Do you like symbolism?

Depending on the kind.

10. I like the verses, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. "In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." ~ Proverbs 3:5-6, KJV Any thoughts on these verses?


Acknowledge that he is God, and he will show you your way in the world. Excellent!

11. What are you most afraid of?

Nothing, you know that. :-P

12. You are aware that you owe me a hug, right?

See above, silly!

Cloth handkerchief or paper tissues?

Cloth! Works quite well if you ever find a lady in tears.

I really like my word verification this time: icenthap. Can you explain that word for me?

It's a polar ice cap, it is! :-)


fuzzys dad


I see from your slide show you have a long gun. Do you own a handgun? If so what make and caliber?

I don't own one yet (that was a friend's AR). BUT, I want several handguns (likely starting with a Glock 9mm and a smaller, concealable secondary), an M-1 Garand, a pump-action shotgun, an AK-47, an M-16, perhaps an Uzi, and on and on. :-P


Briar

What is your absolute favourite book, apart from the Bible?

Oh man, don't make me choose! That is just too plain hard, so here's a short list, ten non-fiction, ten fiction:

The Complete Dinosaur, edited by James O. Farlow and M.K. Brett-Surman
Dinosaurs and Creation, by Donald B. DeYoung
Thousands...Not Billions, by Donald B. DeYoung
Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth Volumes I and II, edited by Larry Vardiman, Eugene Chaffin, and Andrew Snelling
Alien Intrusion, by Gary Bates
Frozen in Time, by Michael Oard
The Book of Five Rings, by Miyamoto Musashi
The Art of War, by Sun Tzu
The Life and Campaigns of General Thomas J. Stonewall Jackson, by Robert Louis Dabney
Beowulf

The Rising Tide, by Jeff Shaara
The Steel Wave, by Jeff Shaara
Raptor Red, by Robert Bakker
The Dragon and The Raven, By G.A. Henty
In Freedom's Cause, By G.A. Henty
Wulf the Saxon, By G.A. Henty
The Young Carthaginian, By G.A. Henty
With the Allies to Pekin, By G.A. Henty
With Lee In Virginia, By G.A. Henty
With Frederick The Great, By G.A. Henty

DON'T make me shorten it!


Bethany

What are your views on the three following issues:

#1. abortion
#2. gun rights
#3. modesty (mostly, as a guy, what is/isn't modest for girls to wear?)


#1. WRONG under ANY and ALL circumstances. EXACTLY EQUAL to MURDER.
#2. What part of SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED is so confusing?
#3. I prefer skirts honestly, but as we're discussing from my male perspective, just don't wear anything too short or low-rise, and as to tops, nothing too tight or low. Makes it easier on the man brain, trust me!


Teresa

Do you think its possible that both Creation or that God created everything and evolution could have both happened? Or in combination?

No, not at all. Both are mutually exclusive.


Lizzy


Oh wait, I just thought of one. Could you expound on your convictions/opinions on 'Fantasy/Msgic' in Film and Lit.?

Well, if the Bible forbids it (and in the OT law, people were executed for it), then I don't ever want to see it portrayed positively in my media. Short answer!

Could we all hear your testimony?

Yes. I'll give you a short version (for a long one, I may tell you or possibly blog it one day, you would have to keep on bugging me haha). Was raised in the faith, at 12 became very very serious, and have grown ever since. There! (I know, I cheated, but...hey...I told you, bug me!)


Son3

What is the Warrior's perspective on micronationalism?

Don't think I know of any micronationalist nations?


guitargirl

Aside from Bleak House (*snigger*) what is your all time favorite movie?

*comment ignored* I guess I'd have to say Gods and Generals, followed closely by Tae Guk Gi and The Dark Knight.


duva

Have you ever been outside the US? If so - where?

No, unfortunately, but will.

Where (outside the US) would you most like to go? Why?

Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England, Japan and Korea, and possibly many more. Why? Because I am fascinated by all those countries pretty much.

Can you name one favourite verse from the Old Testament and one from the New? And of course - why would you choose those?

Not my all-time favorites, since that's too hard to pick. OT, you could say Deuteronomy 7:36, and the Luke 22:36 (Bwaha!).

Can you name one favourite person from that era? Why?

At least one...yes! William Wallace! Easy!

Do you think long hair is unmanly? Why/why not?

Yes, because I believe in the Judeo-Christian idea of manliness (obviously.)

Is make-up? Why/why not?

Same as above.

What do you think a Duva is, and why would I have chosen that name?

Well, first tell me what it is and then I'll tell you why you chose it. :-)

So, have you seen "The Gospel according to St. Matthew" (Il vangelo secondo Matteo) by Pier Paolo Pasolini? If so, did you like it? If not, which is your favourite depiction of Christ in a movie if any?

No, I haven't, and long story short, I dislike artistic representations of Christ (see 2nd Commandment).


Chairman Mo

- Does your belief in national sovereignty (at least for the USA) extend beyond the USA, and in particular to nations which are not Christian?

Hmm, not sure what you mean, but I do believe each nation should be its own sovereign entity, yes. Treaties and alliances are one thing, but the UN, EU...no-go for me.

- Why do you think evolution is such a controversial issue in the USA (as opposed to elsewhere)?

Because the United States still has many Christians in it, and we have the right to epeak and do so.

- How should your belief in 'freedom of religion' be interpreted?

Do you mean in America? If yes, then I have the rights granted me by the Constitution and the laws of this nation: right to free exercise of religion, right to free speech, right to bear arms, etc.

- How do you plan to become a dinosaur palaeontologist without accepting evolution?

Via Creationist channels.

Do you believe that the earth is at the centre of the universe? If not, why do you not belive in evolutionary theory (my point being, there is evidence for the earth orbiting the sun and for evolution but neither, of course, can be absolutely 'proven')? Is it to do with quantity or quality of evidence? (And actually I don't know if the Bible has anything to say about where the earth is in relation to the rest of the universe; if not then I guess the question is redundant and I apologize for my ignorance!)


Wow, lol! Question's fine, I don't mind. First, the Bible doesn't say the earth is here or there in the universe so it's up for scientific grab, so-to-speak. So, the sun is at the center. As to the evidence question, I don't believe in Evolution, 1) because it is contrary to the Word of God, and 2), I have great difficulty "buying" it via science. I see many holes, etc. and enormous leaps of "faith" that aren't there when we're merely talking position of planets. Hope that answers your question!


Well guys, those were good questions, and I hope I answered them well. If not, feel free to clarify, but no new questions will be answered at this time.

And now, an unexpected twist: EVERYONE who commented and asked me a question is now TAGGED and must host the same exact question-answer session on their own blog. Ha! (The only one who gets a free ticket is fuzzys dad, since his blog is news-oriented.)

So host it, post a link here, and I'll ask you a question, too!

Thanks, all!

Spencer

Rawles Remembers Pearl Harbor

From Survivalblog:

Tommorrow, December 7th, Americans remember the Imperial Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. On a Sunday morning, 68 years ago, we were the recipients of a well-planned and executed raid. According to an Internet history page: "The attack sank four U.S. Navy battleships (two of which were raised and returned to service later in the war) and damaged four more. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, and one minelayer, destroyed 188 aircraft, and caused personnel losses of 2,402 killed, and 1,282 wounded." This day is a reminder that the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.


Spencer

Lesbian awarded custody of Christian's only child

Saturday, December 05, 2009

LEGO gun causes trouble

A good reason to never move to Canada, if by any stretch you were so inclined anyways.

If I were this Lego-loving gentleman, I'd save some money by not hobbying for a short period and go out and buy some curtains.

Spencer

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Movie Review: Ninja Assassin




Did you really think Spencer would miss out on any movie called "Ninja Assassin"? Surely you know me better than that! That said, let's dive right into the film here.

I had no idea what this film was about, having only seen some TV commercials and such. But, come on, ninja? So, basically, all I knew is that it looked cool, had ninja, and was made by the Wachowski brothers, the minds behind the Matrix films. Now that both excited me and made me slightly skeptical--I knew I could expect a dazzling entertainment experience, but I question their philosophy as seen in the Matrix films. (Brownie points to anyone who caught that The Keymaker from The Matrix Reloaded had a cameo role as the tattoo artist.) I knew so little that I was somewhat shocked to see that the film was even modern day!

I don't feel bad in "spoiling" the main gist of the story as the theatrical trailer did so itself: children are trained as ninja assassins, one rebels against the evil clan, and now we have a movie. (I will discuss a few points here and there, and attempt to avoid huge spoilers, but be forewarned now.) I won't ruin any little details here, but some of the intrigue was a bit fun (although it would have been weak if it had been pulled off wrong, which it wasn't too much).

So, what did I like? Hmm...where do I start? (Oh yes. A really good soundtrack, from what I could tell.)

Excellent martial arts action. Ninja fight ninja. Ninja train. Ninja fight police with big, bad machine guns. Ninja kill, cut, slash, stab, hack, kick, and do everything imaginable to their foes. They use samurai swords, shuriken (throwing stars), and and our main protagonist, Raizo, has a favorite weapon that is a dagger at the end of a long chain (a form of a kyoketsu-shoge I believe). He swings this weapon to slash and cut many a hapless ninja to bits. He uses the chain to tangle and twist his foes, and even deflects the sharp blades of his enemies with it.

Now this brings me to my next point. It didn't bother me any, but I think it might bother some of my readers. The movie was filled, filled, with blood. The first fight of the film was a little over-the-top, to be honest, and as I hoped/thought, it was somewhat meant to be a shocker statement for the beginning.

Anyone remember The Last Samurai? Take all the cuts in that movie, and add at least five times the amount of blood for each cut. Blood erupts, spurts, and sprays in enormous amounts. Some of this was realistic (bladed weapons do tend to cut things open), but a few times it was in something of an artistic manner. The MPAA gave it its R rating for, literally, "strong bloody stylized violence throughout"--and that's exactly what we get. And tons of it. A few shots linger on the nasty wounds inflicted, and one in-your-face moment is when a head is suddenly sliced off of a body. which falls, showing us the neck, er, stump (I thought I could see the spine?). The only thing that I didn't like were the bits of stylized blood (CGI of course, bright and red), but others may disapprove, be grossed out, or be just plain bothered by it.

Heads, limbs, fingers, etc. disappear with the whip of the chain-blade (causing understandable dismay amongst their former owners), and even bodies are sliced in half. The large shuriken used apparently can penetrate through helmets, deeply enough to cause great eruptions of blood upon impact. And besides just the blood violence, there were at least a half-dozen scenes when I literally cringed and squirmed. That's more than any movie I've ever seen, I think (and Tae Guk Gi makes me cringe). One that comes to mind is a man's head being repeatedly smashed into a urinal with great force.

I won't lie, it was done well, but the violence in the film was very heavy, and very frequent. Children fight each other, and when students [SPOILER! The children are kidnapped very young and forced to learn the most brutal form of ninjutsu, under Ozunu and his men.] fail, even in sparring sessions with other students, the punishment is nearly always a cut (when it's not, it's much worse). Some may be disturbed by seeing what basically amounts to torture on the screen, especially committed against children (including girls). However, make no mistake, this is the bad guy doing this, so no, this isn't some sort of child-abuser movie.

I didn't really mind all of this, and it didn't bother me any. However, I tell you because it was there and some may not like it. I like my movies realistic, so my only minor complaint were the stylized portions. And no, I'm not a depressed, lonely, emo, ax-murdering blood-bather, k?

Beyond that, the fights were excellent. We see a touch of Matrixesque filmmaking (in a good way, no blatant reuses of shots or anything), and the it pretty much looked good all the way through. One fight between two ninja was very novel--completely illuminated by a bystander's flashlight beam. Excellent! The many training scenes were also excellent. Spencer likes training scenes in his martial arts movies.

Any issues? Well, it being the Wachowski brothers, as I said before I was expecting a little something. No sex, thank God (oh wait, does a mild little kiss count?), and the language wasn't too bad (except one scene where the person repeatedly F-bombing is supposed to look bad). But we did have....

Strange spiritual themes. It wasn't just your average "be the dojo, become one with the Buddha" sort of references. (In case you didn't know, I was being funny there, k?) Apparently the ninja possess spiritual powers. It is not entirely clear if only the most powerful of ninja learn these skills or not. It depends on what you define as spiritual, or rather what they intended as such. Either way, the powers were present for all viewers to see.

Our first indication is the evil Ozunu cutting his hand, closing it, waving his hand with a special configuration of his fingers and speaking some sort of incantation. When he opens his hand back up, the cut is gone. I waited to at least give them the opportunity of explaining it, although I didn't expect they would. I don't particularly adopt this position, but you could say that if it was only the evil character using such powers, then that might be different for us Christian viewers (but again, to be clear, I do not advance that position).

But no, the hero Raizo uses such powers himself. Via hand motions, and what appeared to be concentration and a bit of energy (it seemed hard for him to do), he heals some very nasty wounds. He and the evil character both dematerialize and rematerialize in one scene. Raizo can hear when he shouldn't be able to, biologically speaking (when he is fast asleep, or even when in a completely different room), and at one point says so. And whether this was intended to be spiritual or not I am not sure, but in two sequences the ninja assassins create this sort of unearthly noise when they approach their victim, and they whisper things like "kill", "murder", and "revenge"--obviously their thoughts at the moment. Another scene that you can question, Raizo and a friend appear to feel something that makes both of them smile (Each other's presence?). Oh yeah, and Raizo can kinda/sorta raise people from the dead?

On the good side, Raizo protects a woman throughout the film (as does another man), and he leaves his former ways and is now fighting on the good side.

As unfortunate as it is, I must give this film a no. The Wachowskis just can't resist dabbling in the spiritual in the wrong sort of way. The only power for good comes from Christ, not what Raizo might have learned from evil humans. Humans cannot teleport themselves, and they certainly cannot heal their wounds. Even if they could, such occultic practices are condemned by the one true God. If the filmmakers had refrained from such material, Ninja Assassin would more than likely have taken its place amongst my other DVDs upon its release.

Spencer

P.S. Come on. The tagline on the poster is pretty cool, you gotta admit!