Friday, May 29, 2009

Obama Picks Anti-gun Judge for the Supreme Court

Though we may have to work through our congress critters, let's still try to rally and keep Sotomayor OUT! She is a bigot (hates men and whites, apparently) and, as outlined in this article, clearly has an absolute lack of respect for the Constitution. I'm dead sure my senators will ignore me and make the wrong choice, as usual, but hey, I think a few annoying phone calls are in order, from yours truly.

Spencer

American Flag Forcefully Removed

I am confident I'm not the only one sickened by such a thing.

Spencer

Chuck Baldwin: The U.S. Government Has Become Patently Anti-Christian

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Matrix Lobby Gunfight

I've decided to post this after running it into it quite on accident. I'd like my readers (viewers?) to keep in mind my opinion of the film in its entirety (see my review here), but I'd like to showcase this little scene here.

I give you, one of the best scenes in cinematic history, filled with guns and high-flying martial arts, the famous lobby gunfight.



Spencer

P.S. My warnings (and apologies) for a foul word, and those found in the video comments as well.

Proposition 8 Upheld

Good morning, ruling. I've been waiting to hear from you. I am pleased what form you came in. :-)

While I believe it is absolutely horrific that a prop PASSED by the people (for the second time, might I add) even get to be decided on by a court, I am intensely pleased with the result.

You lost this one. Suck it up and get over it. It's time to give up with the petty legal counterattacks. You aren't going to win. We'll be there to stop you at every turn. Even if we don't, and you came to rule the world, you will still lose the war.

Remember this. See it, taste it, feel it, and know it. It is true.

Spencer

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day

I am currently very angry at Google. They trick themselves way out for anything left and liberal, for non-holidays, and even for the recent Darwinius.

All we get is a tiny little yellow ribbon at the bottom for Memorial Day?

Disgraceful! Absolutely horrible. Not altogether surprising, though. Opencarry.org readers may remember their anti-firearms position....

So, I shall forget about such things and remember what Memorial Day exists for. It is for this cause that I salute the dead, as well as the living.

Spencer

Movie Review: Terminator: Salvation



Everyone now knows that I quite wanted to see this movie



. :-) I saw it Friday night, and to tell you the truth it was pretty much everything I had hoped it to be.

I will forego a complete story backdrop for the Terminator series. This may make my review senseless, but I'm sure anyone can find enough information online if they really have to know. I decided to watch the Terminator movies for the sole purpose of being able to understand this one. I didn't like either of them much. Both were fairly unconvincing, the first one had a nude scene (:-O) and the second...I mean, c'mon, a liquid Terminator? :-/ Haven't tracked down T3 yet though. While I was very displeased with the nude scene, I do admit that the first film is quite integral to understand this new installment.

When a friend asked me what I liked best about the movie, I gave them four reasons:

1. Nonstop action
Perhaps a little much, but from the beginning to the end of the movie we have nonstop action. It is all excellently done, with bullets, guns and explosions being as common as fluffiness is in a romcom (more?). Battles between the machines and the humans are often very satisfying visually. The humans have something of a global resistance military (anything global creeps me out, but it's at least understandable in this fictional world). I was happy to see them using bullets instead of lasers like in the future sequences in T1 and T2. The resistance, often nothing more than small bands of humans attempting to survive (cue the survivalist aspect I like), fights against the machines and they fight hard. Besides the regular small, militiaesque groups we have a true military, and the viewer gets to see helicopters, A-10 Warthogs (a cool little dogfight was in order here), troops, and even a submarine. Quite good, all things considered.

2. The Machines
One of the major reasons I wanted to see this film, I was not disappointed in any way, shape, or form! While I like the Terminator machines themselves well enough (but please, without any human flesh--I don't buy cyborgs, personally), I was mostly excited with the other machines. My favorite had to be the motorcycles, as well as the HK (Hunter-Killer, basically an awesome hovercraft designed to destroy). We also get treated to a giant Harvester (designed to literally capture, or harvest humans) and what I can only describe to be a toothed eel (called a Hydrobot). We also see some other machines, including the somewhat dim-witted T-600 Terminators. All very, very satisfying and quite impressive! Very inspirational to a Lego builder like me...

3. The Apocalyptic Setting
...as was the APOCA feel. Bombed out buildings, deserted highways, the burning shells of automobiles, and everything else in between. All very appealing to my tastes. I mentioned the Lego aspect before, right? Well, I've already started to see Terminator MOCs just like I predicted. I loved the feel throughout the whole film. Very, very well done!

4. Christian Bale
I know, I know, it sounds stupid but I mean it. I know little about his personal life nor do I care really. I love how he did the Batman/Bruce Wayne role and I just plain like how he does those manly roles. I think he's a fantastic actor and he's one of my two favorites (the other being Jang Dong-Gun). He did an amazing job in the Batman movies, and although there was less room to "act" in this film, he did the job of John Connor, making him convincing, believable and our hero all at the same time.


Thankfully, the film has no sexual content, besides a few kisses, a low midriff on a woman who snuggles up against a man (claiming all she needs is body warmth...haha, yeah right), and an attempted rape (it never even gets far--the men are attacked in turn, booyah!).

An issue that can be seen in T2 is the concept of women in combat. True, Sarah Conner's case was a strange one, but this film took it to a new level. One of the main characters is a female pilot. While one can understand the position in such an apocalyptic world, once again this is a fictional scenario and women still cannot be in combat. Plain and simple. A little girl is also somewhat involved in the resistance, but her role appears to be less of a combat role and more of a surviving young member of the resistance.

A little language, yes, but I did not notice too much. The violence is high if you count action, but rather low if you are more thinking of blood and gore. Very little gore showed its face on the screen. Instead, we have bullets, explosions, and machines.

[WARNING: SPOILERS!] On a positive note, without divulging too much of the plot Connor stands against a huge amount of opposition from his superiors (who have it in mind to bomb the area) when he is adamant on saving the lives of countless captured humans.

A few words about the worldview. To understand my POV here I'm going to point my readers to my reviews of The Matrix and Reign of Fire. This film has a similar worldview which, in the end, I don't really agree with, at least in their execution of the consequences (machines take over the world, humanity is threatened, blah blah). While I dislike this aspect and also hate time travel in my movies, this film was still pretty good in my estimation.

When I said it was everything I'd hoped it to be, I meant what I had been thinking last summer during filming (and all that hubbub, *cough*ahem*cough*). Christian Bale's involvement signaled to me what had been done with the Batman series. They kept the necessary aspects even if silly (The cape, the ears, the Joker's face and Harvey's as well, etc.) and made the best of it. Terminator: Salvation took the unconvincing sci-fi, time travel storyline and, while not being able to completely ignore it, still made it much better--with one notable exception, however.

WARNING: SPOILERS!] In this film we are introduced to the character of Marcus. To cut a long story short he is nothing more than a true cyborg, a man turned into a machine. He still has his brain and his heart as well as his skin but his insides are all metal. Connor sees a machine and not a man, even though Marcus had no idea he was a machine until he is captured by the resistance. Another character, that same female combatant, sees a man and basically turns traitor to save him. As the film progresses, we learn that the woman was right, but nonetheless I wholeheartedly agree with Connor's initial reaction. The whole ethics of such a concept, how this can happen, how a soul can move to a hunk of metal from an original body (Because he had his original heart and brain?), etc. are questions I cannot answer nor do I find them worth too much consideration to put it quite frankly. I don't believe it will ever happen.

I found all of this much better than the evil Terminator turned benevolent bot, but still wasn't all too convinced.


So, not amazing, but it was as good as it could be considering its origins.

Thumbs-up.

Spencer

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Police: Boy, mom in chemo case may be in California

A WARRANT????

What?!?!

So lemme get this straight. The boy and his parents have decided not to pursue further chemotherapy, the authorities attempt to force the issue, mother and son flee, and they issue an arrest warrant for the mother? This is then broadcast everywhere as if she is some kind of criminal? You may not agree with their decision, but that is their right as parents, and his right as an individual. They are free citizens of the United States of America! This is an immense, gross act of misconduct. (They're probably going to start using the word "fugitive" if they haven't already. Personally I'd prefer "refugee".)

Hey, I had a cut on my knuckle a week back...I only kept a bandaid on it for the first couple of days. So I had a cut that had minimal treatment (No Neosporin!! Aahhh!! D: ) and I stopped treating it.

You gonna come arrest me too?

Spencer

GOA: Victory at Last

Whoooooo!

Take THAT!

Spencer

Monday, May 18, 2009

I experimented with entomophagy (and I liked it!)

Yesterday I had one glorious day.

I spent around four hours, four whole hours, at a bug fair. I can call it nothing less than a complete celebration of all arthropods, including but not limited to insects, arachnids, etc.

Booths filled with live specimens, tables lined with pinned insects, spiders and scorpions. Entire halls filled with vendors selling related products, from pet spiders, pinned butterflies and collecting supplies, to books, jewelry and art prints.

I came knowing much of what it would be like (except for the millions of people there!). I came with the express intention of doing two things: touching any and all of the live specimens I wanted to, and also...wait, I'll let you in on this little surprise in a minute. It shouldn't surprise you, if it was me doing it. :-P

After browsing just a bit I went to a popular table, behind which stood people holding their beasties. Spiders were the main lot here, and they were all tarantulas! Mm-mmm!

You see, as you all saw here my resident arachnophobia apparently was not under complete control. As a young teen I had slowly but surely picked away at my own fear of spiders, which I at one point had realized was entirely pointless and came from the way I had been raised. I was quite dissappointed after the event of the post I just linked. I knew I wasn't 100% free from this irrational fear, and I had wanted to take a big step in conquering this fear at this bug fair. I was confidant I could do it, but I'll admit it wasn't as easy as you might think with a guy like me (who nonetheless literally loves spiders). What I mean by "do it", I mean handling a big, fat, juicy, hairy spider.

A female I felt quite bad for was apparently stressed after being handled a million times. I didn't get to actually hold this one, but I did touch its abdomen. My finger almost twitched back, but I made contact again. I didn't want to touch too hard as I knew I could hurt her (the abdomen is where all spiders' vital organs are).

I moved on down the table and was met with a happy young boy, no older than ten or so, who was holding an energetic light-brown tarantula. I asked to hold it. This was it! I admitted to him that I was on a little mission to get over remnants of my old arachnophobia. As I held out my hand for it to walk from his to mine, I groaned/whined a bit as it crossed over onto me. I knew what I was doing and it was a little mini "Aahh!" moment for me, but the fear is irrational and therefore is not to be allowed in myself under any circumstances whatsoever. The boy was very kind, saying, "See? It's not so bad. It's not so bad!" and it truly wasn't. It walked lightly on me, its weight evenly distributed on all eight legs. I had to put one hand in front of the other as it continued to walk even when my hand would end! This created a fun little endless conveyor belt for him. I knew I would succeed but was pretty happy anyhow. Besides, I mostly just wanted to touch a tarantula. :-D

And I didn't stop there! I held a big fat lady scorpion (shiny black, Pandinus imperator), a Madagascar hissing cockroach (yes, they really do hiss), a armored beetle, a silkworm, a monarch larva, another tarantula, and a millipede (Have you ever seen a millipede's legs? If you watch them from directly above, they look like they're rowing!). The tarantula was probably the most pleasing to touch--very light and unoffensive. The scorpion was quite heavy, the millipede tickled, the monarch left silk on me, and the cockroach latched onto my pinky finger and simply did not want to let go!

After doing all of this for some time I was wrapping up, but I had one more stop before I left. I made sure to see...the Bug Chef. You heard me right. I had come to touch, and, yes, to eat. I had always wanted to, so badly, and now was my one chance! It was indeed exciting.

His show is just what it might sound like it would be. "Entomophagy" is apparently the official word for bug eating, and he recommended telling people that you had "engaged in entomophagy" instead of just saying you'd eaten a bug. That was quite fun all day today....

He cooked cricket nymphs (essentially babies), locusts, and scorpions. He would call people up to help him cook and to sample his food. I was thankfully chosen to sample his cornmealed desert hairy scorpion! I was elated. I would eat an arachnid! Woot! (However I was dissappointed that I had missed his tarantula tempura. Literally, he'd prepared that the day before.) He gave me a claw and lined me and three other adventurous eaters up in front of his table. He asked the crowd to cheer us on but I didn't need it. On call, I popped the claw into my mouth and bit down. After the first pop it was hard to chew on, almost like a piece of plastic or something. It kinda got stuck in my throat as it went down too.... Tasted quite like pepitas, actually.

I declined to raise my hand for the other two meals to give someone else a turn. (Though believe me, I would have tried them. If it moves, I will eat it.) However he did have cricket orzo for the whole crowd. I tried that but spat out the onions and bell peppers. I decided to move in on just the little greyish brown cricket young 'uns. Kinda wierd...also nutty. Feels very wierd in your mouth. Neither were that good, but neither were bad either. Feels like it might be an acquired taste. I'd enjoy acquiring it though....

So, in honor of this playful occasion, I've decided to take a catchy song with horrible lyrics and redo it! (Kiddies, this is just a joke, please understand I don't condone the song. :-P)

I Ate A Bug

This was always the way I planned
Was my intention
I got so hungry, bug in hand
Left all social stigmas
It's not what, I'm used to
Just wanna see what it tastes like
I'm curious to find out
How taste you are

I ate a bug and I liked it
The taste of that exoskeleton
I ate a bug just to try it
I hope my stomach don't mind it
It tasted so wrong
It tasted so right
Don't mean that I'm full tonight
I ate a bug and I liked it
I liked it

No, I don't even know your scientific name
It doesn't matter
You're my entomophagal game
Just Spencer's nature
It's not what, normal guys do
Not how they usually behave
My tongue got so confused
Hard to decipher

I ate a bug and I liked it
The taste of that exoskeleton
I ate a bug just to try it
I hope my stomach don't mind it
It tasted so wrong
It tasted so right
Don't mean that I'm full tonight
I ate a bug and I liked it
I liked it

Those bugs they are so magical
Hard skin, red wings, so eatable
Hard to resist, so crunchable
Too good to deny it
Ain't no big deal, it's so yummy

I ate a bug and I liked it
The taste of that exoskeleton
I ate a bug just to try it
I hope my stomach don't mind it
It tasted so wrong
It tasted so right
Don't mean that I'm full tonight
I ate a bug and I liked it
I liked it



So, my hands and my mouth had a fun ride yesterday, as did my mind. If you ever get the chance to explore the fascinating world of arthropods, I highly recommend that you do. Just make sure to share your scorpion scallopini!

Spencer

P.S. By the way, the people that contend that girls hate this kind of thing have clearly never ever been to a bug fair!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Rumble rumble

Whoa! I just felt one big earthquake. At least it felt big...wow.

Spencer

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Contest Winner!

We have a winner!

Let's show him what he's won!


Well, that was a little too easy apparently, but we do indeed have a winner. Congratulations, Nuttycomputer! I am indeed quite interested in Terminator: Salvation even though it isn't usually the kind of movie I go to see (and I am not a Terminator fan). Some of the recent trailers I've seen have made me skeptical (Benevolent cyborg? Oh noez....), and as I thought I assume it won't be great but I can't resist seeing it. Please do not take this as an endorsement, at least not yet anyways. The whole thing with robots, technology, apoca-war, and combat is interesting to me. The whole idea of a renewed series was communicated to me with Christian Bale as well. Not sure if this was really their intent but seeing what was done to the Batman franchise...I dunno, just makes me have hopes for this one even though my official prediction is that it won't be too amazing. I officially dislike timetravel in my movies as well as super smart bots. Anyhow, I will be seeing it when it comes out this week.

I'll admit I'm super-partial to the amazing effect of static noises turning into the Terminator theme here. (I'm also interested in seeing the good Terminator theme revamped so it isn't so outdated and cheesy sounding. Anyone ready for a good soundtrack?)



Nuttycomputer apparently knows me best out of all who commented (Save Lauren, who already knew!), or at least as to this.

So, Nuttycomputer, pick your DVD and it will be sent to you absolutely free! You know how to get in touch with me.

I'm excited to acquaint someone with Vision Forum. Did I ever tell you guys how much I love Vision Fo--oh wait, that's right I think I did....

Spencer

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A Little Contest For You (+ Prize)

On behalf of our friends at Vision Forum I am able to offer you a DVD, absolutely free. But first, you gotta do somethin'. ;-D

I couldn't decide what to do and have been trying to make up my mind too long. So, I will go with the plan I've been considering. Nothing much, but it'll be a bit of fun.

You must answer a question and you must answer correctly. This question deals with me and it will be a good test to see how well you know me! (Good thing about the answer is that it's a bit of a curve ball for my personality.)

Okay. Here goes.

What movie do I want to see that has a 2009 release date?

Let's see how well you all do! (If I've already told you, that means you're disqualified. Bwaha!)

The first one to guess will be declared the winner and can choose one DVD from this list:

You May Not Take Our Guns (DVD)
The State of Parental Rights in America (DVD)
Top Ten Questions About Genesis and Creation (DVD)
The Devolution of Law (DVD)
Christianity and Science Fiction: Reclaiming the Genre for Christ (1 DVD & 2 CDs)

Let the games begin!

Spencer

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The 2nd Amendment and Parental Rights Amendment: A Connection

Well, I believed it was there and have said so, but this is much deeper and much worse than even I realized. That's not to say that I'm surprised though. Major kudos to PRO for taking this stand.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child:The Impact on Private Gun-Ownership in America

Please also see this. We sensible constitutionalists need some good news now and again.

National Parks Gun Ban: Coburn Amendment Passes Overwhelmingly

Now let's get the word out. I know lots of believes in the 2nd Amendment here, and now that PRO has made an official 2A statement, let's spread the word for the propagation of both causes.

Spencer

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

It Is Getting Very Serious Now

You may hear this alot from me and I apologize, but for just once please take me seriously. Below I've quoted some of the most important parts, but please read the entire article!


First, it was a Missouri Analysis and Information Center (MIAC) report; then it was a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report; now it is a New York congressman's bill. Each of these items, taken on their own, is problematic enough; taken together they portend "a clear and present danger" to the liberties of the American people. It is getting very serious now.

...

As I have said before, it is very likely that when all of the opinions and views of the above lists are counted, 75% or more of the American people would be included. Yet, these government reports would have law enforcement personnel to believe we are all dangerous extremists that need to be watched and guarded against. If this was not bad enough, a New York congressman has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives to deny Second Amendment rights to everyone listed above.

According to World Net Daily, May 9, 2009, "A new gun law being considered in Congress, if aligned with Department of Homeland Security memos labeling everyday Americans a potential 'threats,' could potentially deny firearms to pro-lifers, gun-rights advocates, tax protesters, animal rights activists, and a host of others--any already on the expansive DHS watch list for potential 'extremism.'

"Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., has sponsored H.R. 2159, the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2009, which permits the attorney general to deny transfer of a firearm to any 'known or suspected dangerous terrorist.' The bill requires only that the potential firearm transferee is 'appropriately suspected' of preparing for a terrorist act and that the attorney general 'has a reasonable belief' that the gun might be used in connection with terrorism.

...

WND quotes Gun Owners of America Executive Director Larry Pratt as saying, "By [DHS] standards, I'm one of [DHS Secretary] Janet Napolitano's terrorists. This bill would enable the attorney general to put all of the people who voted against Obama on no-gun lists, because according to the DHS, they're all potential terrorists. Actually, we could rename this bill the Janet Napolitano Frenzied Fantasy Implementation Act of 2009."

Pratt was also quoted as saying, "Unbeknownst to us, some bureaucrat in the bowels of democracy can put your name on a list, and your Second Amendment rights are toast." He went on to say, "This such an anti-American bill, this is something King George III would have done."

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This was exactly the strategy employed by Adolf Hitler. The Jews were the first people denied their civil rights--especially the right to own and possess firearms. Of course, after disarming Jews, the rest of the German citizenry was likewise disarmed. And we all know where that led.

I'm not sure how many of the American people realize that it was the attempted confiscation of the colonialists' cache of arms in Concord, Massachusetts, that started America's War for Independence. Yes, my friends, it was attempted gun confiscation that triggered (pun intended) the "shot heard 'round the world." And now it would appear that, once again, a central government is on the verge of trying to deny the American people their right to keep and bear arms.

...

Included in the discussions was Kissinger's assertion that the American people were now ready to accept a "New Global Order." He is also reported to have told Medvedev, "By September we'll have confiscated all privately owned guns so it really doesn't matter what we do, we'll still be in charge."



Spencer

Monday, May 11, 2009

A Proposition for the LAPD

L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa to show off 1,700 guns collected in gun weekend buyback
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa plans to show off today the nearly 1,700 weapons collected in a gun buyback program over the weekend.
Police Deputy Chief Charles Beck and other city officials are expected to join the mayor at a news conference in the rear parking lot of Parker Center, the headquarters of the Los Angeles Police Department, where the 1,700 firearms collected Saturday will be displayed.

Officials on Saturday handed out 1,302 gift cards worth $130,200 in exchange for weapons.

As a result of the program, more guns were taken off the streets in Los Angeles than there were shooting victims in the city all of last year, according to the Mayor's Office.

The gun buyback is a component of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's 2009 gang plan. The goal of the program is to reduce gun violence.

Handguns and rifles turned in at 19 locations throughout the city were exchanged for $100 Ralphs grocery store gift cards. Semi-automatic weapons were exchanged for a $200 Visa gift card.


Also see:
Villaraigosa Trades Gift Cards for Uzis
LAPD takes in 1,700 weapons in gun buyback program


I watched a few bits of the press conference earlier, and I have to admit, I was so, so relieved! I feel so much safer now.

I'm suddenly rethinking my whole lifestyle, top to bottom. I'm thinking perhaps I should totally disarm myself, maybe even choose not to fight at all or train in martial arts of any kind. Maybe I will give up all my weapons if my local PD does something similar! I'm very confident that, as it is such a prestigious organization as the Los Angeles Police Department, the cause must be a good one and clearly, they know what they are doing. I don't know anything else besides this so can't exactly say if it really works, but I have to believe it does. I mean...it's the LAPD, right? Doesn't that make it good?

I'm pretty happy too. I'm thinking that people, in these hard times, decided to turn the other cheek and take care of their families by getting gift cards and giving up their firearms. I'm also pretty sure that a lot of gang bangers had a beautiful change of heart and turned in all of their weapons. Maybe there will be a change in the city. Just think of it! Maybe these violent guys have chosen to feed their illegitimate children instead! I'd even like to think that MS-13 trucked over a ton of their horrible assault rifle thingies (Ugh, dare I speak of such unmentionables!). Of course they cooperate with police...removing guns from normal citizens is also a way of removing guns from criminals as they both often intermix, and the criminals can be shamed into doing the right thing as they see their fellow citizens doing the right thing, and, of course, there is good in all of us. Each and every one! (May I also mention that I am immensely pleased with Visa and Ralph's?)

"These are weapons whose sole purpose is to maim and kill people." --Mayor Villaraigosa

Oh my gosh, that's so horrible! I had no idea that kind of thing goes on...I always thought guns were tools to protect one's self and one's family with, but someone (can't remember who) at the press conference said that giving up your guns would help protect yourself and your family. Therefore I am now convinced that guns, in and of themselves, are evil tools of heinous slaughter!

It is in light of this new discovery, this great new personal epiphany, that I will make a proposition to the LAPD itself. Since guns are nothing more than murderous items, brutal pieces of slaughterous equipment, and since disarming ourselves really, in fact, protects us from violent crimes, I propose that the LAPD, from top to bottom, disarms. We cannot allow such a well-respected group of good repute to be stained with such a scandal! We cannot allow our civil servants, who are meant to serve and protect the very people, to go about with maiming, killing guns. It is simply unsafe to do so, and it is also simply wrong, too.

Spencer

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Music Review: Umbrella, by Rihanna



Song: Umbrella
Artist: Rihanna
Album: Good Girl Gone Bad

You may have never thought you'd see Rihanna on my blog, but remember you also didn't think you'd ever see Katy Perry on my blog either. ;-) Calm down, it's ok, this will be my review.

It's been a long time since my last song review, hasn't it? So.... I will admit that I personally love the sound of this song, and as the lyrics provide some reviewable stuff I decided to review this long ago. It just wasn't as easy as you'd think. Long story short, I absolutely love the lyrics, except one word, just one simple word, bothered me. I wasn't sure of the reference, if any, so I decided to track down the official lyrics. Very tough, all fan sites had differing lyrics. So, I got borrowed the CD in person. No lyrics in the booklet there, but it did refer me to what is apparently her official website. And...I got my answer.

Without further ado, the lyrics:


[Jay-Z]
Ahuh Ahuh
Ch'yea, Rihanna
Ahuh Ahuh
Good girl gone bad
Ahuh Ahuh
Take three...action
Ahuh Ahuh
Ho!

No clouds in my storms
Let it rain, I hydroplane in the bank
Coming down with the Dow Jones
When the clouds come we gone, we Rocafellas
She fly higher than weather
And G5's are better, you know me,
An anticipation, for precipitation, stacked chips for the rainy day
Jay, Rain Man is back, with little Miss Sunshine
Rihanna where you at?


[Rihanna]
You have my heart
And we'll never be worlds apart
Maybe in magazines
But you'll still be my star
Baby 'cause in the dark
You can't see shiny cars
And that's when you need me there
With you I'll always share
Because

When the sun shines, we'll shine together
Told you I'll be here forever
Said I'll always be a friend
Took an oath I'ma stick it out till the end
Now that it's raining more than ever
Know that we'll still have each other
You can stand under my umbrella
You can stand under my umbrella
Ella ella eh eh eh
Under my umbrella
Ella ella eh eh eh
Under my umbrella
Ella ella eh eh eh
Under my umbrella
Ella ella eh eh eh eh eh eh

These fancy things, will never come in between
You're part of my entity, here for infinity
When the war has took its part
When the world has dealt its cards
If the hand is hard, together we'll mend your heart
Because

When the sun shines, we'll shine together
Told you I'll be here forever
Said I'll always be a friend
Took an oath I'ma stick it out till the end
Now that it's raining more than ever
Know that we'll still have each other
You can stand under my umbrella
You can stand under my umbrella
Ella ella eh eh eh
Under my umbrella
Ella ella eh eh eh
Under my umbrella
Ella ella eh eh eh
Under my umbrella
Ella ella eh eh eh eh eh eh

You can run into my arms
It's okay don't be alarmed
Come into me
There's no distance in between our love
So go on and let the rain pour
I'll be all you need and more
Because

When the sun shines, we'll shine together
Told you I'll be here forever
Said I'll always be a friend
Took an oath I'ma stick it out till the end
Now that it's raining more than ever
Know that we'll still have each other
You can stand under my umbrella
You can stand under my umbrella
Ella ella eh eh eh
Under my umbrella
Ella ella eh eh eh
Under my umbrella
Ella ella eh eh eh
Under my umbrella
Ella ella eh eh eh eh eh eh

It's rainin', rainin'
Ooh baby it's rainin', rainin'
Baby come into me
Come into me
It's rainin', rainin'
Oh baby it's rainin', rainin'...



I'll mostly be setting aside the little Jay-Z intro for the purposes of this review, as well as the music video (as nasty/raunchy/sexually suggestive/and-then-basically-pornographic as it is). Jay-Z's comment about "good girl gone bad" is a bit of a larger issue, the entire album being named that. Red flag! Also, there are several versions of the song. I will choose to discuss the lyrics mainly and not the different remixes.

My first encounter with this song was fairly amusing. Not knowing what the girl who I would come to call Rihanna (had no idea who she was then) was saying in the song, I decided to think it was "Beretta." I knew that wasn't what she was saying but that's what it sounded like to me. C'mon, "under my own Beretta"? How cool of a song would that be?

To go right to it, I absolutely love the chorus. It exemplifies loyalty, love, and so many good qualities. The chorus rang true with me the first time I figured out what she was actually saying.

When the sun shines, we'll shine together
They can be together and love each other in good times

Told you I'll be here forever/Said I'll always be a friend
A pledge of great loyalty

Took an oath I'ma stick it out till the end
An affirmation of that pledge, to the very end

Now that it's raining more than ever
Bad times arrive, and it's worse than ever before

Know that we'll still have each other
Rihanna acts out that pledge, tells her man she will stay by him

You can stand under my umbrella
She offers "shelter" for his tired soul

Beautiful, no? No matter how bad things get, no matter how horrific the world becomes, even if things could evolve into a wedge between them, she refuses to do anything but love and support her man. Gorgeous!

This can be translated into a man loving his girl (to which I would love to tweak this song up a bit, add in "Beretta" and thus he would have her "under [his] own Beretta"!), or even into a simple, nonromantic friendship. (Ever had a time when you needed to be there for a friend? Reread the chorus. Very fitting, in my opinion.)

There is little else I can say about the message of this song except I love, love, love it!

But...ha, I'm tired of the "buts" in my review, but alas there is one. As one might expect with hip hop/r&b or even Rihanna herself, there are serious issues with content. No curse words in this one, no drugs, no gang violence, but...we do have a little but, just a little tiny bit, of sexual content.

"Whoa...what?" you might be saying. Did you miss it? Well, I told you about that one little word, and that word is "into". More specifically, it's when she says "Come into me." My little quest to discover the meaning behind this phrase is because you can have it two ways: "Come in to me" or "Come into me". Very different results. With "come in to me" we can possibly have a phrase lacking in sexual content. It still could mean that, but it might also mean something along the lines of "Come to me, you're having a hard time, I am here for you." Now I doubted that Rihanna would be using the biblical sense of the phrase as in "he came in unto her" or something along those lines, so although it may be sexual still, "come in to me" at least can be fairly innocent. "Come into me", however, cannot. It is simply straightforward and, well...it refers to sex. Yes, it does.

I've "x-listed" songs before on account of merely a word (Paramore's Misery Business) and I'm doing it again, right here. Talented though she may be, gifted with her voice (you have to admit, few people can get away with saying "eh eh eh", make it sound good, and sell records at the same time), and even with a song with so much blatant good in it, I still can't give this anything but a negative. So close, yet so far. In the end, even one little word is just too much sex for me. It's what can kill a man.

Spencer

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Movie Review: Red Dawn



I saw this movie a very long time ago when I was much younger. Having been reminded of the old 1984 film and deciding to watch it, I realized that I had been too young and also not quite "ready" for the film yet when I first saw it.

The premise of the film, although some may see it as outdated now, is a very compelling one. (This will be the short version.) World War III begins when Russia and Cuba attack and invade America, seizing control of the southern portion of the entire country.

Paratroopers are dropped to civilian zones in from commercial airliners--a sneaky move that catches the townsfolk of our characters' home place unawares. Immediately setting about killing anyone and everyone, including unresisting civilians, the Cuban/Russian Commies began establishing their foothold, "digging in" and preparing for an American counter-attack.

Well, as I said they succeed in gaining control over much of the country. In the middle of all the viewer's eyes, a handful of young high school boys, scramble to escape the sudden attack. Barely escaping commie lead, the boys flee to the store of one of their dads, who encourages them to disappear (but not after giving them his stock of guns, ammo, and survival supplies). They make their way to the mountains and set up camp, not knowing what to do. After a little more plot development, they return to town secretly to find it occupied and choked. Everyone is scared stiff, and those who were deemed any possible threat find themselves in concentration camps, or dead. The commies rule.

Without spoiling too much of the plot, the boys are thrust into the world of men. Their childhoods are over, and that is the least of their worries. Many of their loved ones' being dead or even unaccounted for, they turn into warriors. More specifically, they call themselves Wolverines, after their school team. Thus begins their fight against the enemy, their struggle for survival, and their own hatred. Thus begins total war.

A fair amount of violence (I have heard the rumor that this film was declared by the Guinness Book of World Records to be the most violent film of all time. Just to calm some of my readers who may be concerned at that distinction, I declare that statement to be entirely unwarranted) and language but no sex, I'm recommending this one. Not-too-shabby fights for it's time, the movie gives the viewer some serious food for thought and also presents an interesting teaching opportunity.

Why? Well, the major reason(s) I liked the movie, that's what I'm talking about. Besides loving the pretext of the story, I loved the survivalism aspect as well as the guerrilla one. A few family boys are forced to fight a war they didn't even know was looming, and what's more they do it well. I highly recommend giving this one a watch just for this aspect, but another serious teaching tool for us to potentially use is the gun rights references, albeit subtle. Upon taking control of the town, the Commie-in-Command makes vicious use of the list of registered gun owners, and, at best, imprisons all of them in concentration camps. (This provides the viewer with a very, shall we say, moving scene.) In an early scene one gun owner, replete with a "You can have my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers" bumper sticker gets killed and then...well, has his gun pried from his cold, dead fingers.

For those three reasons, a must-see movie. I also liked seeing the boys deal with their own feelings and emotions throughout the whole thing, particularly their feelings of hatred. And on another side note, I also liked the ending, with the two brothers, but then again that's just mah style. ;-D

Another point of discussion at least were the lady characters. Another long story short, an elderly gentleman friendly to the "Wolverines" gives his two granddaughters to the Wolverines for them to take care of. They had already had rape, or something of the sort, attempted upon them, and it is implied some success may have occurred. Okay, I'm good for that! However, I didn't completely agree with the part of the story where the girls were also combatants. Well, you're stuck in the middle of nowhere and you're a girl, yeah you aren't supposed to fight but you're gonna shoot, right? Ok with me. I just strongly disagreed with the men (er, boys) allowing/having the two girls help them in their ambushes, carry out dangerous tasks, etc. Not a very good idea when the whole point was to protect them in the first place, right?

SPOILER! Another interesting part, a subject covered with by many war films, dealt with killing prisoners. Similar to the flavor of the similar scenes in Tae Guk Gi, even though I didn't agree with what was done (not at all) the film does not present it as something good.

Survivalism, guns, battles, Cold War overtones, and some food for thought, I really, really liked this movie. Downright manly! Something that will really give you a cogitation situation, and if it doesn't, it should.

Go rent it!

Spencer

P.S. I now sell it here under "Movies".

Update

Sorry I haven't been around for such a long time. Gosh, that's gotta be like one of the longest absences ever, and I wasn't even gone. I mostly didn't have much to blog, surprisingly. I also haven't felt like it either.

In a quick note of personal news, thank you all so very much for your prayers and support. The LORD has provided a little bit of relief; the situation is by no means solved completely but I can at least see a little light at the end of the tunnel. It's something, eh?

So, you see I still don't have anything to blog....

Spencer

Friday, May 01, 2009

A Quote

"Enchanted? ...when I meet our servicemen and women, enchanted’s probably not the word I would use."

--Our President

Good posts by fellow bloggers

Chek it, yo?

On gun control

Shoot First, Police Arrive Later

The Story of Little Tait

Best Fake Muslim Name
(This one is so much fun. I submitted the Mahmoud Imanutjob--like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, get it?--one, stolen from Jay Leno. Ha!)

Spencer