Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

A Merry Christmas to all of my readers, past, present, oft or occasional. May God draw you to himself and grant you blessings.

For any of you who feel like a real Christmas story, then please visit my friend Gravelbelly's post here: The Combat Master's Christmas Tale. Ever heard of a "must-read"? Yeah, it is one. Now go "Have Yourself a Manly Little Christmas"!

Merry Christmas and God bless!

Spencer

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Movie Review: Tron: Legacy (2010)



And you thought the first one was good.

I decided I had to see this one when I inadvertently saw the video game trailer (Tron: Evolution), not realizing that there was even a film at all at first. The greatness of said trailer soon made me watch the first film, then go see this one this weekend.

Jumping off from where 1982's Tron left us, this sequel is faithful to the original while adding something the original did not have. With today's possibilities, Disney (who I'm actually opposed to and usually hate their products) has really done something this time. I can only call this film one thing: freakin' AMAZING!

Sure, it's entirely impossible. Yes, the ultimate consequences of the idea of programs such as those in this and the first film are very dangerous. And I even had a few very small issues with this film, such as the Isos, how they literally manifested out of nowhere (Evolution reference!) and will change life for humans forever, including "religion" it is said, and Kevin Flynn's Buddhist character touches, such as his sitting posture and overall behavior (he even says he has a "Zen thing" at one point). Other believing viewers may also have an issue with Quorra referring to Flynn, the human maker of all the programs, as "the Creator", but on this count I didn't really mind much. (The whole Kevin Flynn as Creator vs. the big bad guy in this movie could serve as an allegory of God vs. Satan in some ways, but it better not have been written that way, as it is NOT an appropriate take all the way through the whole plot!) I also question how a flesh-and-blood person can be dematerialized to live on the "Grid" (which is inside of a computer) and, just for one thing, transfer their soul as well. (This issue came up in a different form at the ending of the film. I won't spoil it for you, but let's just say that the idea is pretty much offensive to a guy like me.)

Despite all of this, I still say this was one of the best films I've seen in a long while, and it's beyond innovative. The black, and occasionally white suits with blue and red lighting effects, coupled with laser discs and swords as weapons, and vehicles ranging from light cycles to fighter planes to massive ships, all cater to Spencer's style. The plot surely wasn't Shakespeare, but was good enough to keep the movie going.

What this movie is really all about is the visuals. Amazing effects and coolness oozing out of the digital pores, this amazing piece of cinematic art is well worth seeing. Also, Daft Punk created one of the best soundtracks in a very long time (perhaps since Hans Zimmer's The Dark Knight). What more can I say? A valid piece of science fiction.

And for those of you worried about violence, it's all digital, literally (I think there's only one drop of blood?), and as to sex...well, there simply was none (unless you count a soft dressing scene, where the main character is dressed for a form gladiator combat--nothing is actually shown except his bare torso really--and of course tight, form-fitting clothes on the ladies). It's only rated PG--and what I can't get over is that I just can't even remember the last time I went to see (or even willingly watched at all) a PG film. Ha!

One great movie. A must for every fan of the genre--oh, and a must for everyone else out there who enjoys cool movies.

I'm gonna go buy myself an Identity Disc. (No, really, I think I am....)

Spencer

Monday, December 20, 2010

Obama attempting internet takeover

I hear the decision is going to be tomorrow?

What will they not do?

Spencer

Saturday, December 18, 2010

From our Fearless Leader

I just got this in my inbox today, from Barack Hussein Obama "himself" (written by someone else, most likely).

You may be able to guess what I'm thinking.


Friend --

Moments ago, the Senate voted to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

When that bill reaches my desk, I will sign it, and this discriminatory law will be repealed.

Gay and lesbian service members -- brave Americans who enable our freedoms -- will no longer have to hide who they are.

The fight for civil rights, a struggle that continues, will no longer include this one.

This victory belongs to you. Without your commitment, the promise I made as a candidate would have remained just that.

Instead, you helped prove again that no one should underestimate this movement. Every phone call to a senator on the fence, every letter to the editor in a local paper, and every message in a congressional inbox makes it clear to those who would stand in the way of justice: We will not quit.

This victory also belongs to Senator Harry Reid, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and our many allies in Congress who refused to let politics get in the way of what was right.

Like you, they never gave up, and I want them to know how grateful we are for that commitment.

Will you join me in thanking them by adding your name to Organizing for America's letter?

I will make sure these messages are delivered -- you can also add a comment about what the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" means to you.

As Commander in Chief, I fought to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" because it weakens our national security and military readiness. It violates the fundamental American principles of equality and fairness.

But this victory is also personal.

I will never know what it feels like to be discriminated against because of my sexual orientation.

But I know my story would not be possible without the sacrifice and struggle of those who came before me -- many I will never meet, and can never thank.

I know this repeal is a crucial step for civil rights, and that it strengthens our military and national security. I know it is the right thing to do.

But the rightness of our cause does not guarantee success, and today, celebration of this historic step forward is tempered by the defeat of another -- the DREAM Act. I am incredibly disappointed that a minority of senators refused to move forward on this important, commonsense reform that most Americans understand is the right thing for our country. On this issue, our work must continue.

Today, I'm proud that we took these fights on.

Please join me in thanking those in Congress who helped make "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal possible:

http://my.barackobama.com/Repealed

Thank you,

Barack



Just for the record, this may surprise many of you but I too am against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" regarding homosexuals in the military. We simply shouldn't have them in our military at all.

Spencer

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Doug Phillips' and sons' first home video

First, being the huge Vision Forum fan that I am, this video was quite the treat to watch. Second, I'm so jealous of Doug's backyard! Third...awesome music. :-)

Spencer

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Spencer needs a hat

Alright, kiddies. The men over at the AoM community have had me peg this question to them (see link). I simply have no idea what kind of hat would suit my style with me liking it at the same time, so y'all here who know Spencer best get to help him choose! (Possibly the one and only time you will get the oppurtunity to potentially influence my clothing choices.) I've been pondering on it for far too long; it's time to bring in more minds!

Should anyone find the successful hat for me, I figure I'll give you a little prize....

Spencer

Monday, December 13, 2010

Book Review: Fruitless Fall, by Rowan Jacobsen


Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis, by Rowan Jacobsen, 2008, Bloomsbury USA, New York


A couple of months ago, I read this book for a defined reason. Due to personal issues over the past two years, some of my earlier activities slipped into the background as I had to deal with what was in front of me. If you've been on my blog that long, you might remember that I tried to keep up on what is called CCD, or Colony Collapse Disorder. Well, keeping up on, and therefore keeping you guys up on, CCD was one of those somethings that suffered (to be fair, however, no big news hit). So recently when I ran into this book, I put it at the top of my reading list. It's two years old now, so it's semi-current (considering that CCD is still a very new issue). Here commence my thoughts.

If any of you have suddenly seen an explosion in interest on my part in honey, bees and beekeeping, or what I've decided to call the "Bee Apocalypse", then this book is why. (If you're just hearing about CCD as you read this, in a nutshell, bees across the world are disappearing in the millions, leaving their hives behind, and leaving the human keepers of those hives with countless questions and zero answers.)

From start to finish, Jacobsen tells it straight and at times in a near novel-esque form of narrative (i.e., highly engaging). Drawing from countless sources, covering just about all the issues (that I am aware of, at least) and treating it all with an appropriate level of caution (the primary cause of Colony Collapse Disorder is still officially undiscovered), this book was not only one of the most timely and informative books I've read in some time, it was one of the best books I've ever read.

Appropriately, Jacobsen spends a good deal of time on the ailments of bees today (especially the few left from CCD-infected hives), everything from parasites (Varroa destructor, Nosema ceranae), IAPV (Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus), pesticides, overwork, globalization, and mismanagement by the human system (bees aren't meant to be trucked around the country, aren't meant to work through their "hibernation" period, and aren't meant to eat one kind of pollen nonstop). (While this book made me walk away with the author-encouraged opinion that America's beekeepers are doing their absolute best at working in a potentially-cataclysmic system, one cannot help but also walk away with the idea that today's agricultural industry is in need of dire reform.)

What I learned from this book, and what you will learn if you decide to read it for yourselves, is that God has created one of the planet's most wondrous little beings in the honey bee (however the book is written from an Evolutionist standpoint, of course), that the true cause of CCD is still unknown and may never be known (but it may be a form of bee AIDS, or immune system breakdown), that if we continue to operate in this manner, we may lose our bees, and with it, the pollinators of our food and the little insectoid Atlases that hold the massive infrastructure of our world on their shoulders(with pollinators, long story short we will have next to no food), that the Chinese beekeeping industry is bad for bees, humans, and why Chinese honey exports may not even be honey, and so much more. (Did I mention that the reader is also treated to a guide on how to create a bee-friendly garden, replete with lists of some of bees' favorite flowers?)

The three main things I have walked away with, overall:

- The honeybee is in dire straits. Meddling man really has done it this time. With globalization, a broken system, and the fragility of the bee in the first place, it will only be by the grace of God that our bees pull through. (I will most likely never use pesticides again.) It isn't about "the man" trashing "mother nature" this time, it's about the fact that God's way of doing things is far, far better than anything our puny minds can attempt.
- If our honey bees do not pull through, and they die out (some species of pollinator already have, mind you), the entire human race is in deep trouble. Mr. Jacobsen did not state such, but I personally expect their to be countless deaths worldwide if the honey bee does not survive.
- Honey, honey, honey! Buy it, eat it (Or if you can, make it! Beekeeping became an instantaneous desire of mine upon reading this book--again, it's author-encouraged.), or even use it to dress your wounds (yes, I've tried it, and yes, it seems to be working nicely). Rowan Jacobsen has singlehandedly taught me about real honey, how to tell the difference between the real stuff (raw, right-out-of-the-hive honey) and the goo sold in little plastic bears, and that honey is a wonderful thing for our bodies all the way around. (According to one cited study, it may also promote restorative brain sleep, and even weight loss!)

I really can't sum up this book in a review. In short, read it for yourselves. It's a book I think everyone should read. It will arm you with what you need to know right now. I'm not exaggerating when I call this book minorly life-changing.

Get it. Read it. Bee it.

Spencer

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Monday, December 06, 2010

Wal-Mart teams up with Big Brother

Not enough snooping for you yet, Janet Neapolitan? Just who is going to define suspicious? You? Oh, heaven help us....

See title link for more information, and thanks goes to Michael Bane for first alerting me to this.

You think "1984" is in the past? Nooo...future!

Spencer

P.S. I visited Wal-Mart just a few hours ago, before hearing about this. Is the steel shot for my slingshot "suspicious"?

CEDAW update

Apparently it hasn't been decided yet. See here:

"...they are going to continue to evaluate this treaty...we're expecting somewhere between January and March..."

Well, gives us more time to make some noise, eh? Thanks goes to my sources for this article.

Keep on fighting the good fight,

Spencer

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Blame Stacy, then Nathan...

...I won't be doing the entire thing, but I just can't resist doing this one!



So y'all know plenty about me already; how about some lesser-known stuff (or, at least relatively so)?


1. I don't believe in surrendering. I refuse to give up.

2. I usually prefer girls as friends than males--most males are worthless these days. But, given the chance, a manly friend is such a great thing.

3. I love what I call man gear. I carry a briefcase, keep my cell phone in a belt case as well as my keys (in a silencer holster--it silences my keys!). I have a variety of knives for different uses, and in my bag (or on my person) is everything from papers and information for me to do my work (addresses, datebook, political activism information), coins to flip or for change, handkerchiefs, first aid supplies and a dozen different ways to start a fire.

4. I love random jokes, of a certain brand. From silly youtube viral videos, Lady Gaga and Batman spoofs, to Pinky and the Brain and LOLcats, they all make me laugh.

5. I have two running lists, comprised of people. If you make the first, then you have cause to be very pleased, for you are my friend. If you make the second....

6. I'm quite serious about natural, but not nearly like you see everyone else hype about. Forget the current fad diet or supplement pills, you'll see me with any form of meat, vegetables, or fruit (and I don't have an issue with bread, btw). Honey is one of my passions!

7. Here's a strange one, something I've never before mentioned to anyone. I don't know how else to explain it, but I'm receptive to emotions women are supposed to feel. I do not feel them myself, rather, have a strange sixth sense that allows me to vicariously "feel", for lack of a better expression. I figured it out being accidentally exposed to romance films on occasion (unfortunate fact of life for us guys, isn't it?); this understanding was finally cemented and brought forefront, in a way, when I was exposed (Note: did not "watch", was "exposed"!) to a few moments of a Twilight movie. I don't feel anything, but I'm receptive to everything that the scene beckons for the female viewer to feel. I can't explain anything more, as I barely understand it so far.

8. Here's another weird sense I have: I can sense when televisions are on. I'm thinking that the newer TVs (HD, LCD, etc.) are not ones that I can sense from my few experiences with them, but the older boxey sets were often detectable by me. I used to live in a place with a TV in the room adjacent to the bathroom. The bathroom was down a small, contained hallway of sorts, the room itself even tighter, and the overhead light was rigged up with a roaring ceiling fan that made it impossible to hear anything but the loudest of sounds even just outside the door. Whenever someone turned the television on, I could always sense it turn on, the instant it was turned on.

Another event, a place I used to work, had the locker room upstairs in a dark, near-abandoned portion of the building. Inside this old room was a television, used on occasion by a few who preferred private lunches and breaks. I could always tell when it was on, before I could see the room or hear anything emanating from it. One time, almost trying to disprove myself, I sensed the television on, and found that it wasn't. Smiling and satisfied, I walked out with a few people who were leaving with me. To my surprise, in a nearby room, the training room, a television set was sitting alone in the room, static on the screen. I tried to disguise my surprise, and moved on without speaking.

This isn't hearing, but it's almost a form of hearing...it isn't, but that's the best way I can describe it. I can "hear" it but I'm not using my auditory senses. I have no explanation for it...it's also been a while since I've experienced this strange "phenomena".

9. I love insects, spiders, and the like, but hate having rabbits, squirrels, and mice around. At least I wage war on the troublesome arthropods....

10. I'm seriously getting into sci-fi. Mostly garbage from looking from the outside, I've come to love some aspects of the genre. Dystopian and post-apocalyptic are now my favorite fiction genres, and things such as Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers, the Matrix series, and the TV shows Battlestar Galactica, Jericho, and the like have all been blasts to go through. (I don't actually recommend all of those, btw.)

11. I'm a self-professed right-wing radical. Religiously, politically, socially, and even scientifically.

12. I've discovered sling shots. Man are they fun!

13. When I'm with friends, I'm all upbeat. When I'm with clients at my work, I'm all cheerfulness and pleasantries. When I'm out and about, I am usually near-scowling and prefer not to be spoken to. I wonder why....

14. I'm weird about technology...in case you haven't noticed. While I hate most of it, I love things like Abrams tanks and Apache Longbow helicopters. It all depends on the nature: under complete control by man, and efficiently advancing his work (i.e., the microscope, or the rifle), I love certain kinds of technology. Functioning improperly (most computers and digital devices!), being inferior to physical mediums, or, even worse, artificially intelligent.

15. I'm rather noisy....


Phew! That was tough...and enough!

Spencer

Doug's Blog:Remembering the Best of 2010: Thank You Michelle

I know I can definitely sympathize with the ladies in this video. Thank you, to Michelle, and to all the Duggars!

Spencer (who's only favorite reality show is "However-many Kids and Counting")

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Doug Phillips on the TSA, Obama, and China

I always did love Doug!

Spencer

Deep Thoughts

Good evening my readers--or should I say good morning? Yes, it is very late for Spencer, and I'm about to go to bed now.

Maybe I'm low on sleep, maybe I'm tired (well, both are true actually...), but I said the below statement in a rather deep email to a friend tonight. For an equally strange and unexplained reason, I'm posting it here. Who knows why! I certainly don't. Maybe I'm just nuts.

"The day will come when I finally get to my guns, and when I do, I tell you, the whole world will shake as I begin my war."

I expect my closest blog friends will understand my meaning quite clearly (to clarify for those who don't, I'm not being cocky or full-of-myself, and I don't mean violence.) I was referring to my life the past few years (as well as my life to come). Back then, I was flush with success, having rapidly attained some small goals that would clearly lead to my big goals (I was taking steps to complete two of my three life goals). Just as quickly, my life collapsed not long after, and soon I was clinging to one last little life preserver, until that too, sank.

I will not lie to you all. It is true when I tell you that I have none of the things I had at that time of my life. Does that mean I've given up?

No.

Until the time comes, until God tells me I'm ready, I will wait. Perhaps this was all His doing. For one, through this trial of mine I've learned more about the nature of this war and more about how to wage it. I've learned more about myself (and more), and was also tested to my breaking point. (Just to tell you, I never did.) I hope you all understand I'm humble when I say this, but really, it's something when you know you did what you had to do, did all that you could do. I may not have won, but at least I fought.

This isn't yet over. Do I have what I want? No...at least not yet. While I truly try not to get wrapped up in what "I" want, I do know that I was put here for a purpose. I believe I know that purpose; if I am wrong, and am meant to serve another, then the taste of victory will be no less sweet.

We were all put here for a reason unique to each and every one of us. Please join me in the war that was, is, and is to come. I will continue to fight the small battles offered me, until I can fight the way I believe I was designed to. I will continue to step forward, will continue to spit in the face of my obstacles (while learning from them in due turn). This is what there is. Why run from it in cowardice? Face it, fight it, and all will be well.

I'm not finished yet, nor will I be until my death. God willing, I hope to cause the Devil a whole world of trouble before I ever retire.

Spencer

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

UPDATE: UN CEDAW status

According to my sources, the status is still up in the air. Don't let this extra time go unwasted, kiddies. If you haven't called already, do so! This may be a busy weekend for everyone, but what's five minutes, really? (Leave a message if you must, or email! Just speak!) See my original post for all necessary info. Nothing short of victory must be our mandate.

I will keep you all updated. Pray, please!

Spencer

DHS and TSA compiling list of names of all who oppose

Pick me, pick me! I had better be on this list, with the rest of my friends! I'd be downright ashamed not to be!

Here's to a little domestic extremism, American style!

Spencer

H/T to Mike W.

North Korea's military - a brief overview

This useful CNN article is worth a read. It's got an overview of the North's military, recent events, etc., and check this quote out:

China says it continues to be open to military collaboration with Pyongyang and last month welcomed a senior North Korean official to Beijing to "enhance coordination of the two militaries."


As in the first war, North Korea can be defeated. The issue lies with China. China turned the tide in the North's favor 60 years ago, and they can do it again with even more success this time around.

Why?

Because of how in bed with China our country has become (what, having been sold out by enemies not foreign, but domestic). Stop for a moment and think about just how much China can hurt America, even just economically (we're not even talking about the war aspect here). It makes me want to spit.

Again, keep your eyes pealed and ears perked, kids.

Spencer

Doug's Blog: Seven Things to Do With Your Family This Thanksgiving

Worth a look. Fight hard, and hold fast!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Spencer

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

ALERT: North Korea attacks South Korea

Uh-oh. Not good news, not good news at all.

Keep your eyes peeled, kids. America will be involved, either way....

Spencer

Friday, November 19, 2010

ALERT: United Nations CEDAW: Open assault on everything we believe in

Greetings my readers,

I need everyone's attention on this one, so please, listen up.

Sorry I'm late on this; I hope it isn't too late to call now. As of this afternoon, I was able to make my calls (one attendant even asked me before I got a word out, "Are you opposed to CEDAW?"), so it was at least undecided then.

It's called the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Sounds pretty good, doesn't it? Anti-women ideology is something I particularly hate; few things disgust me more. So might I be in favor of this international treaty? Should you be?

The answer is as easy as one word: NO! Let me tell you why; please bear with me. This is some of the most important information you've heard in a while.

First and foremost, you need to get informed on this issue, and fast. See this article here; please check it out, it's quick and informative.

Second, I have a copied-pasted email from PRO below (yes, the good folks at ParentalRights.org are making moves on this issue as well, due to its massive implications on all families everywhere); it has the calling information.

Third, if you aren't convinced yet, let me condense the issue for you. Or rather, let me allow Michael Farris to condense the issue for you, via an excerpt of the article.

The Preamble of the CEDAW treaty boldly proclaims: “A change in the traditional role of men as well as the role of women in society and in the family is needed to achieve full equality between men and women.”

That is not the only megalomaniacal goal of this treaty. Its Preamble also calls for a “new international economic order” and “general and complete disarmament” both of which are deemed necessary to “contribute to the attainment of full equality between men and women.”

It is a “modest” agenda. Restructuring the family. A worldwide socialist economy. Total disarmament. All neatly packaged in a handy little treaty on women’s rights.

The UN CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women)


A "complete disarmament" (this time, they actually came out and said it). A reversal of Biblical family life, a reversal of Biblical family roles. An enforced feminist and socialist agenda. All conducted from the oversight of the United Nations (which means the sacrifice of American sovereignty). Is this what you want?

If that doesn't convince you, then nothing will. I don't know the status of CEDAW as of Friday night/tonight, but perhaps some calls Monday morning are in order? (And how about some prayer, as well?)

After all, it's only everything that's at stake.

And here's the original PRO email, with accompanying calling information:

The United Nations’ Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is being considered today in a Senate foreign relations sub-committee hearing. ParentalRights.org urges you to call your senators and instruct them to oppose this treaty.

Here is a link to Michael Farris’ paper regarding the dangers of CEDAW, in which he warns, “Feminist internationalists intend to use international law to coerce the restructuring of the institution of the family and the role of every man and every woman on the planet.”

Understand, this is not the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), of which we have been warning you for so long. Like that treaty, however, CEDAW seeks to establish U.N. authority over American domestic law, and to redefine forever the role and function of the family in American society. Like the CRC, CEDAW also contains obligations far beyond its beneficent title. And like the CRC, CEDAW is part of a net of international human rights treaties which strengthen and play off of each other, so that ratification of any one leads in part to the adoption of all the others.

For instance, the CRC’s aim to make “reproductive health services” an undeniable right of adolescent girls regardless of parental involvement would be realized just as securely through ratification of CEDAW as it would through ratification of the CRC.

Perhaps most dangerous, the CEDAW committee has claimed, just as the CRC committee has, that their convention is a “dynamic instrument,” and that the committee has the ability over time to clarify the broad obligations of the treaty with an increasing degree of specificity as they progress toward their own world-wide agenda.

While the ratification or defeat of CEDAW is not the primary focus of ParentalRights.org, we must acknowledge that its ratification would be damaging to parents in the United States, while its defeat would be a victory for ourselves and for our allies.

So please, take a moment and read Michael Farris’ article here.

Then, call your senator if he is on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Human Rights Law, or chairman Senator Durbin if yours is not. Urge them to oppose ratification of CEDAW and any other U.N. human rights treaty.

The members of the Subcommittee on Human Rights Law include:

Richard Durbin (IL), Chairman: (202) 224-2152
Russell Feingold (WI): (202) 224-5323
Benjamin Cardin (MD): (202) 224-4524
Chris Coons (DE): (202) 224-5042
Arlen Specter (PA): (202) 224-4254
Al Franken (MN): (202) 224-5641
Lindsey Graham (SC): (202) 224-5972

Senators Tom Coburn (OK) and John Cornyn (TX) are also on the subcommittee but do not need to be called, as they both oppose CEDAW already.

Sincerely,

Michael Ramey
Director of Communications and Research


So please, take a moment to call on Monday (or, if you like, leave voicemail messages over the weekend). If you do call, then I thank you heartily, and I'd ask you to please let me know in the comments section. If you do not comment, I will have to assume that you did not call.

Also, I beg you all to please tell everyone you know about this, ASAP, via whatever method you choose (blogging, email, facebook, twitter, or anything else you use).

Let's cut off this viper's head, shall we?

Spencer

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veteran's Day

Happy Veteran's Day, and a heartfelt thank-you to all the men who've served.

Spencer

Official Crosspost: "Lizzy's Giveaway Extravaganza!!"

I don't really want to create any competition for myself, but posting this does give me some entries.... ;-P

Hop on over to my good friend Lizzy's blog, and check it out!

Spencer

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

WARSKYL: Sharia Law in the U.S.?

You just gotta love what goes on in America these days.

First of all, two different law systems cannot work. One will have to go, or all be chaos. So which, if any, is being planned for the discard heap?

Second, who is promoting this in the United States? A judge? Who else? The American public deserves to know who, or what, is actively working to undermine all that is American . (That's not to mention everything else such things are diametrically opposed to. Christianity, anyone?)

I can tell you this, and I know I'm not at all alone. The day anyone comes to cover the heads of my women with burkhas, if it does indeed ever come to that, I can tell you this: the gloves are off.

Spencer

Sunday, November 07, 2010

LEGO to have Ninja and Egypt theme again

Well, the concept is great, but we'll see about the execution. I have a fair amount of faith in TLC, but still, we'll see....

Spencer

An Open Letter to Christopher Nolan

Dear Christopher Nolan,

You have shown the world, and Hollywood itself, that you don't have to sacrifice anything to make a successful film. You've made countless millions of dollars with Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. You made great films, with great actors, great plots, great scripts, great production values, and an overall shroud of great greatness. (For one, you made myself, a superhero-hater, love these two movies to death.)

You've successfully captured a story of the way of the warrior, manhood, and some plain chivalry, and through all of this you've shown debauched Hollywood that you don't have to sacrifice on morality to make a good flick. Indeed, I'd say that The Dark Knight was one of the most morally-guided blockbusters we've seen in I don't know how long.

You have no sex, very, very little language, and only an appropriate style and level of violence. You've kept the correct viewpoint in mind (Batman is the good guy, and therefore must only do good, as well as all other good guys [and if they don't always do good, you correctly show said actions to be bad]; The Joker, is evil, and is therefore the bad guy, as are all other bad guys), and on top of all this you've given every thinking viewer decades worth of deep thought and discussion. And, what's more, you've wrapped it all up in a convincing, realistic package. (No Joel Schumacker or Spider-man here!)

But I must say this. Whether or not you will ever see this, Mr. Nolan, I'm compelled to ask you not to change anything in your next Batman installment. That's right. That's all I'm asking. Give us the same brand o' stuff we got before. You're talented enough to give us an amazing, fresh, new-feeling movie with all the twists and turns the fans expect without sacrificing the morality of the first two films.

- If you add sex, you will surely lose me (and no doubt other viewers).
- If you add any unbridled unrealism, you will lose me (yes that means Clayface!).
- If you add an inappropriate level of mystical/false religious content, you will again, surely lose me. (You did it right with R'as Al Ghul; normally the character is immortal, but you made him just a man.)

Batman Begins and The Dark Knight are just fine the way they are. Don't change the third one. Trust me, you've already succeeded with this. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Spencer

Sarah Palin Attacks Our Side

First things first: I never supported, nor voted, for Sarah Palin (and neither did I support those who were undyingly opposed to her). Just to start us off, I'm of the "neanderthal" opinion that a woman shouldn't run for public office.

Second, I don't particularly appreciate it when me and my people are assaulted as somehow less than human (because that's exactly what Palin's words infer). So let's take a look at what she said; click on the link, you can either watch the video or read the transcript (or both).

We see that Sarah Palin is a strong feminist (what, are you surprised?), and that Sarah Palin believes me, and also those who believe as I do, to be "neanderthals" who need to "evolve". I remember hearing, two years back, that Palin supported the Creationist view of things, at least in public school classrooms (whether or not this was true). Now we have her verbally assaulting thousands of strong Christians, using Evolutionist terminology. We're "neanderthals" (commonly considered less highly evolved than true humans), and we need to "evolve". Sheesh, Sarah, couldn't you at least insult me with fair terminology? She can't just say she disagrees with me; no, I'm a neanderthal, and before coming to the table of The
Equality of Humanity, I must evolve first. Really, Sarah?

So, to those who support Palin, I would ask them to please look at her own statements. She's a feminist who is attacking conservative Christians, and, at the very least, she's using Evolutionist terminology to do so (it makes one wonder what she really believes about origins?).

Thanks goes to olde.fashioned, who found Doug's post before I did.

Spencer

Friday, November 05, 2010

Twitterness? (Shoutbox, actually)

Okay, kids. I need some help.

Ever see those "shoutboxes" or whatever on other blogs? I think I might like to get one; where is a good one to put here, and might my readers like it?

It's sort of a Twitter-esque sort of thing, but to be fair, I've been thinking about a shoutbox long before I ever figured out what "tweeting" was....

Spencer

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Vision Forum: Men Wanted for Hazardous Journey

This newsletter is enough to make me want to pound my chest. I'm glad to see Phillips highlighting Shackleton; he's one of my heroes.*

Spencer

*I meant Shackleton, but I guess "Douggy wuggy" works anyways. :-D

Monday, November 01, 2010

How do you socialize your children?

Great video; really, please watch it, it's well worth it (Thanks, Catherine R!). And if you're a homeschooler, this'll make you laugh for sure.



What I kept on thinking is that, at least for the current moment and the way the political winds are blowing just now, perhaps there is more to the term "socialize your children"?

I'm going to go out on a limb (what else is new?). I'm going to make the statement that perhaps it is not we (the homeschoolers) who are the misfits, it is them who are the misfits (the public schoolers).

What sayest thou, friends?

Spencer

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Reformation Day!

Today, let's be truly scary. Let's celebrate Reformation Day!

Spencer

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Random News

Here's a bunch o' stuff for ya.

Parents stopped from forcing Texas teen to have abortion
Examine this one with parental rights in mind. What is your conclusion? (Just for clarification, I'm certain that ADF acted in the only manner appropriate.)

Mich. woman accused of civil rights violation for seeking Christian roommate at church
So why can't I go join an "Indian gaming" casino then? Oh wait, I'm not "Indian".... I'm not bothered. This is tyranny, plain and simple.

What about IVF?
Good point!

Man fired for Bush sweatshirt at Obama rally
Not a Bush presidential sweatshirt, a USS Bush NAVY sweatshirt. Is the Navy or Armed Forces upsetting to Obama and his cronies?

Obama - Republicans 'Gotta Sit In The Back'
Not me. One, I ain't Republican, two, I wouldn't come to one of your parties.

ObamaCare: Doctors Will be Fined or Jailed if they Put Patients First
I'd like to see some more information on this one honestly, but I expected exactly this, so am not suprised.

Fermilab is Building a 'Holometer' to Determine Once and For All Whether Reality Is Just an Illusion
Oh now come on. Theoretical physicists run amok again! I'm all for deep research in physics or any other discipline, but this is going too far. The third dimension isn't real? Then, what is real? Smells more like humanistic philosophy to me.

Batman 3 news!!!
Not all good news, either, IMO....

Welcome the Newest Member of the McKay Family and AoM Team: Augustus George McKay
Yay for babies!


Spencer

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

D.A.D.D. - Dads Against Daughters Dating

Okay, this is just too awesome. If only I had a little daughter, I'd go out and wear this....

Spencer

AbbyShot's Lobby Trench updates

More photos, and even a video of it blowing in the wind (A MUST for any self-respecting trench coat owner, right?)!

Maybe we should start that donation fund thingamabobber....

Spencer

Vision Forum: The Five Scariest Things You Can Do This Halloween

Ooh, scary!

Doug Phillips is awesome; I think he'd get me so well if he knew me. I love being "scary". Don't you?

Now let's move with Reformation Day!

Spencer

The Dinosaur Toy Blog: Upcoming dinosaur releases from Safari Ltd (New for 2011)

There are some real beauties this year; another good reason why Safari Ltd is my favorite.

Spencer

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

Nathan Cunningham's "Back in the Saddle"

Finally, the Mighty Lego Warrior has returned to MOCing! This is a great little scene, and I just had to highlight it here.

Spencer

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

"Spirit Day" - Wear purple today to condone sodomites

I hate purple (it's far too feminine). They must be using this purple thing because they love purple and green together. You know, to me, purple and green is The Joker....



I don't get it. This means that purple and green exemplifies a moral void, utter evil, and all that is despicable. Hey, wait a minute....

Spencer

WARSKYL: Unprofitable Home Defense, 7

Gravelbelly's best in the series yet, I'm tempted to state. See this portion:


Let's look at the question of "Christian liberty" from a purely physical perspective. Say that you go with your friend to pick up his child at a day care center. (Why the child is in day care rather than at home is another issue, but for the sake of argument, let's just say it's this way.)

As you go in with your friend, you notice the strong smell of feces as children play on a filthy carpet. Exposed electrical wires protrude from a wall not far from the corner where you spy rodent droppings. Asbestos insulation lies fallen under exposed heat pipes within the reach of children, and you suspect that the old paint flaking from woodwork may be lead-based.

Your friend seems oblivious to the dangers. So, do you warn him, or do you keep your mouth shut rather than say something potentially harmful to his Christian liberty as a parent?

It seems to me that a parent who loved his child and simply did not know of the dangers would want you to warn him. A parent who disregards or takes offense at your warning either does not love his child or lives in a state of denial.



Now there is a question....

Spencer

Monday, October 18, 2010

Documentary Review: Silence of the Bees



This hour-long PBS Nature documentary is, as usual, high-quality and well-done.

It deals with Colony Collapse Disorder, something that is still unsolved several years after this documentary's release. CCD, all at once unexpected, unexplained, and unsolved, is taking a toll on honey bees (Apis mellifera) worldwide, and it it isn't stopped, and soon, the human race itself is going to be in for some tough times, to say the least.

Silence of the Bees covers the issue with a high level of information, good, relevant footage, and with proper entertainment value. From the beekeeping industry and it's first issues, to the other dangers plaguing bees (parasites such as Varroa destructor and Nosema ceranae, pesticides, Israel Acute Paralysis Virus, or IAPV, and overwork, globalization, etc.). For an hour program, this was a good overview of the problem. (My one quibble with this show was the segment on the Chinese bee industry; it didn't mention any of the ugly problems).

If you aren't willing to spend much time on CCD but still want to know what is going on (you really should be paying attention), then watch this documentary. It's a good one.

Spencer

WARSKYL: Front Sight Rifle Course, $49

Heads-up, for anyone interested....

Stunner! Kinsey paid my father to rape me

I didn't need any convincing that Kinsey was a bad guy (whether or not this story is proven true), did you?

Spencer

P.S. Might I add that this article is for ADULTS ONLY!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

AbbyShot's Lobby Trench is baaaaaack!

For those who love this sort of thing (i.e., me!), the return of the coat that made them famous is more than welcome.

So...what do you think about starting a blog donation pool around here? ;-P

Spencer

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Urgent Prayer Request

I cannot say who, but a friend of mine is very sick and is in need of prayer. I have full confidence in their recovery, but prayer is still a necessary thing, for any time. Please, pray. Pray harder than you might for me.

Spencer

Friday, October 15, 2010

Dark Futures in Fiction; My Amazon Lists

I'm unveiling a little project I've been working on recently on the side. Take a look at what my TV screen and bookshelf has been up to lately!

Dark Futures in Fiction, Part 1
Dark Futures in Fiction, Part 2


Spencer

Artificial Wombs: The Stuff of Science Fiction?, 2

Here I'm going to illustrate that some science fiction is well beyond the Star Wars-esque pointlessness that it is all so often discounted as.

See these two clips, from Gattaca, and from The Matrix. Gattaca was an excellent film (barring an inferred sex scene, although not shown) and is one of the most timely sci-fi movies you can watch right about now. The Matrix, I already gave my thoughts on here. It's possibly the most visually stunning film trilogy ever created, but a single sex scene in the second film as well as the increasing amount sacrilegious touches by the third film as well as an overarching framework of false religious overtones makes me officially state a thumbs-down.

Still, check out these clips to see that, sometimes, science fiction thinkers beat the "real" thinkers.

Spencer

Artificial Wombs: The Stuff of Science Fiction?

No, the stuff of reality. Doug Phillips's words may smack of science fiction and make you think of The Matrix or Gattaca, but it's reality, here and now. (This is also the main reason I sometimes dabble in science fiction.)

Please read, and watch.

Spencer

Thursday, October 14, 2010

ADF: Federal judge orders ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ injunction

Beyond the obviously disastrous nature of this one event, I say it's time these demigod-judges had their reigns of terror ended.

Spencer

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Warskyl:The New, New Army: Home for Perverts?

Thinking about enlisting? You might want to take a look at this.

We can only pray that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" does not go the way of our enemies. But, in the end, I'm afraid that even then it would only be a delay of the inevitable.

It pains me more than I can say to see what is happening to our military. It really does.

Spencer

Things I am Not, or, Wherein I Am Consistently Stereotyped

For the information of the world:

1 - I am NOT a basketball player. Just because I'm unusually tall does not mean I've chosen to spend my valuable time in utter waste. Maybe you're short; do you play miniature Golf? How about Monopoly? No? May I suggest playing Clue-less? The next time I get this, I'm going to ram said person's teeth into their small intestine. (Or wait, I know! I'll say next time, as long as he's male, "No, I practice self-defense and martial arts. Now since you've annoyed me so, may I ask your permission to try this method I once learned call the grab and rip?")

2 - I am NOT a "computer geek". Just because I wear glasses and am a white guy who doesn't have tattoos or a mohawk does not mean that I debauch myself with machines and electronics anymore than I already have to. True, a progression is natural and desirable, and man will always seek to best his own creations, but the current state of our world and our reliance on whatever new Jobsian trinket is on the market disgusts me to no end. Why have I been getting this one so much lately?

3 - This one I get less, but I do get it occasionally. I am NOT Mormon! People who might see me not in all black can say this (opposed to the fear and arm's-length treatment I get when I do wear it; the older people occasionally think I'm Goth, but the younger generations know that I'm not--instead, I befuddle them so, and they fail to satisfactorily classify me), or who see me as an unusual or religious young man, or (almost always) when they discover the horrific and shocking fact that I actually want a few children someday. A month or two back, this woman I have never met stops me and proclaims loudly, "You look familiar!" She stops to think intently, then a light goes on in her head (or not, depending on how you look at it). "I know! Are you Mormon?" she asks. "You look just like one of those guys that comes to my house!"

Seriously, what's with this look thing? Heck yes, I know stereotyping can work to amazing effect (try it one type, in a non-negative way, the test the person; you'll be interested at what you come up with), but come on, do I give any indication of any of these groups? Just how stupid are people today?

Next time I'm out and about, maybe I'll go up to a black man and ask, "Hey man, are you a gang-banger?"

Is this fair? Proper? Respectable? Acceptable?

I sez...nope. (But mostly, it's massively annoying, particularly the part where my smiling face feels like a plastic Barbie doll's....)

Spencer

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

What more proof do you need?

It is now reasonable to assume Obama does not think very highly of the Bible, Christianity, and even Jesus himself.

Hey, wait a minute. Is this more of that right-wing propaganda that I throw around on these pages? Wait...there's a video of Obama...saying what?

This begs the question, why does he claim the Christian faith now? Is he sincere, or insincere (as this video would suggest)? If insincere, then what are his reasons to lie to the American public?

Watch, and think, friends.

Spencer

Planning an Off-Grid Existence? The Feds may be Watching You

Wasn't this an obvious conclusion of the infamous DHS report?

A sign of things to come, I'm afraid. Oh, and be careful visiting my blog! It probably puts you on some sort of list....

Spencer

US Military banning video game featuring Taliban

While I'm disgusted at the idea of Taliban as playable characters, I'm also not too keen on a military ban on domestic goods. What do you think?

Spencer

Friday, October 01, 2010

No way, nu-uh!

I love the Art of Manliness and their articles, but on very rare occasions, I just have to disagree. For this post, all I can say is "Oh, heck no!"

Spencer

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Senate Scheduled to Vote on anti-Free Speech Bill

Time to move, people.

Spencer

Humans, 2. Mice, 0.

Well, another mouse is downed...but I came home to him dead in a glue trap, long story short (even though my roommate attempted to smash him in his absence I'm pretty sure he died of glue causes, seeing as his skull and spine were just fine).

But that means that they're back. I'm ready for them this time. How dare they.

Spencer

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Cognitive "Enhancement" for Soldiers

A good post, as is usual, from my friend gravelbelly.

Spencer

Survivalblog: A Woman's Perspective on Personal Self Defense, by Roxanne L. Griswold

To open this new blogging "era," I'll highlight this article. I've got some more waiting; for example, I haven't forgotten about my part 2 post concerning video with the attacked girl. Bear with me, kids, I ain't done yet!

Spencer

Changes to my blog

Don't panic, the changes will not be too big.

Lately, I've been trying to get some things in order; this involves time. Therefore, I've decided I have to cut down on some blog time. Not, not overall, but, long story short, I've made the decision to write fewer reviews. My reasons are thusly:

- Writing a review for every movie or book I read is not always necessary. I'm going to cut it down to the ones that are really worth reviewing.

- My media intake exceeds the time I have to write reviews (one single movie can take one or more hours to write a review, sometimes more).

- I'm getting fewer and fewer responses to my reviews, and if they aren't of use to anyone, I'm less inclined to spend hours writing them.

- I want to spend more blogging time on other things, such as returning to the "political arena" and getting my blog's news-orientation back on track


That said, my reviews are not going to disappear. I will continue to write them; just fewer. My time is shrinking all over the place, so even my non-review posts may be short and quick in appearance (and friends, please don't rake me over the coals for an article I posted to alert you to a topic, and that I didn't entirely read--I don't have the time for this!).

And now is a great time for my readers to chip in and tell me what they like to see here (and, as always, remember that the best way to tell me this is to comment on said posts).

Spencer

The New VisionForum.com!

It took me a few days, I'm sorry (that's what I get for falling asleep instead of blogging...) but it's up and they've got some killer sales right now. Check it out!

Spencer

Saturday, September 11, 2010

In Memoriam



9 years later....I'm still not satisfied. As I said last year, justice has yet to be served in full.

Hard?

Well, that's just me.

Spencer

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

FrontSight $2000 4-Day Handgun Course Offer Extension at $89

Well, if you missed the boat the first time at $69, then at least take advantage of the offer for $89 if you so choose.

Firearms and freedom forever,

Spencer

California Senate rejects OC ban bill.

Ahaa!!!!

A great victory for what is right, in CA and everywhere.

Spencer

Sunday, August 29, 2010

My Amazon Store

So, this might be considered a shameless plug, but it's been a while since I've linked it (besides my sidebar) and I've added quite a bit; even a whole new category. Take a look, and see if you like anything. I'd appreciate some feedback from my readers.

God bless,

Spencer

Tinker Girl's Blog: Movie Review: Von Ryan's Express

I must needs display this first review by my dear friend Lizzy! 'Tis good, no? I like to think that she has blossomed under mine tutelage. JK! :-P

Spencer

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Batman / The Dark Knight Spoofs and Fan Vid

Well, after being gone two whole years, my best bud in the whole world Nathan Cunningham is back and kicking. In honor of his return to the world and to the blogosphere, I give him a collection of Batman and/or The Dark Knight spoof and fan videos. Some are fantastic, some are just ok, but they're all fun. Minus a tiny bit of profanity, they're all clean (or at least I don't think I missed anything?), and from top to bottom is order of their respective goodness, roughly.

Enjoy, kiddies!






Batman Vanishing (embedding disabled, click the link instead)































Is this the record for this many Youtube videos in a single Blogger post?

Welcome back, man!

Spencer

I liked it better when the animals were smaller

The comments in my recent mouse post have made me start a funny, joke post about Spencer defeating small animals, in short. I might still try to finish it, just for fun, but at the moment, Spencer likely looks much less epic. :-P I'll tell you why.

So I'm watching a movie and minding my own business, about 45 minutes ago. The local dogs begin barking, and my neighbors begin shouting, but not agitatedly. Being the person that I am, I grab my Maglite, a wooden stick/rod that I use to kill spiders and such (semi-self-defense tool, not worth too much) and go outside. I search my yard for anything. I hear the neighbors shout, "Get your dog in! Get your dog in!" Is it that annoying little fat dog that gets out every once in a while?

Uh, no.

My eyesight is poor, especially at night. A flashlight is never perfect, even with my newish batteries, and I'm just not too good at dog identification to be honest. But I'm pretty sure that what was about a 75 feet or so away from me was a pit bull, loose and on his own.

"Whoa!" I exclaimed automatically.

You give me a good reason, and I would have stayed out there, and under the proper circumstances, I would even attack a pit bull (Ever loved anyone before? Yeah.). But to engage in a risk that I simply do not need to engage in is needless, and stupid. There's nothing manly or brave about it.

I instantly began making a tactical retreat, backing up rapidly while keeping my eyes directed on the target area, knowing I'd almost gotten into more than I had wanted to. My stick feels useless even though I have it outstretched and ready, and the value of the knife in my pocket soars.

I turn and jog to cover more distance. Not liking having my back to it, I stop and turn back to clear the ground, and only then do I make a go for my door.

All is well, and I haven't seen the dog since.

Mice are one thing, but why should you risk your life for zero reason with a pit bull? I'm just not gonna do it, and that's plain tactical.

Spencer

Tinker Girl's Blog: Today's politically incorrect statement...

A massively awesome post from my dear friend. Don't miss it, you'll crack up, and hard!

Spencer

Friday, August 27, 2010

More info on the Mosasaur

If you just want to cut to the chase, read this press release here. She's a real wower. Also, see the newer article by the ICR.

(And if I see one comment about the "cool dinosaur" I will choke you out, got it?)

Spencer

FrontSight $2000 4-Day Handgun Course for just $69

Thanks to the heads-up from Gravelbelly over at WARSKYL, I've been made aware of this. (Okay, I get emails from them, but at an average of 75 emails a day I missed it, all right?)

Take a look. I've never attended FrontSight, but it's recommended by many respected authorities on firearms. At just $69 instead of the usual cost of $2,000, you can hardly not afford it.

Available courses for this price are running out, and the deadlines is approaching as well. Founder Ignatius Piazza is a true friend to the 2nd Amendment, too. Take a look!

Spencer

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

'80 Million-Year-Old' Mosasaur Fossil Has Soft Retina and Blood Residue

Check out this article from the Instute for Creation Research. I was pretty excited when they sent me the email about it. How 'bout the rest o' ya?

If you want to see an article from the Evolutionist side, see Science Daily's piece here. Or better yet, just read the original paper.

I haven't read the paper yet, but I've got it to check out. Should be interesting, though. Keep your thinking/filtering caps on, kids!

Spencer

Sunday, August 22, 2010

No more mice?????

After two more nights with traps set out, I haven't seen, heard, or found any evidence of any more mice. Not one.

I thought if there was one there was usually more. Is this case the exception to the rule? I must admit I'm slightly disappointed, even though that's rather stupid.

So what am I going to do with all my Weapons of Mouse Destruction now?

Spencer

Friday, August 20, 2010

Mouse is no Match for Man!

My plans of rodent eradication went thusly:

Night one: Lay out six pieces of cookie, six pieces of American cheese, and one dab of peanut butter (on a paper plate, completely surrounded by a mini-moat of Dawn soap to eliminate the possibility of ant issues). The following morning, which was this morning, I went to see what had happened. Three pieces of cheese and three pieces of cookie were gone, the peanut butter being inconclusive. I found some of the food in the corner behind my microwave (since the entrance/exit for these varmint seem to be my stove, inches away) that the mouse/mice left. That seems to be a hideout for him.

Night two: Lay out traps with bait, but unset. Hopefully, the bait would be taken and the mice would be more accustomed to the offered bait as well as the traps (I don't want trap-shy enemies, do I now?). Was supposed to be tonight.

Night three: Lay out traps, set, and fully baited. War has begun!

However, I have already jumped ahead to Phase Three. Why? It's partially because of the impatience of my roommates, but mostly because of the fact that, during dinner and only minutes after I left the kitchen, I heard a mouse scurrying about. I got up, and cornered him behind my microwave. A similar episode occured moments after writing my last blog post last night, but he got away last night...I was determined the outcome would be different this time.

A chase ensued...across the back of my sink and under a dish rack! Oh no, did he get away? No! He was still underneath it.

My enemy was cornered. He would not escape alive.

I filled my sink with water, inches from his hideout. I was prepared to scoop him with the bottom of the rack (which, the way it is constructed, actually aided me quite a bit) into the flooded sink. I, be-gloved by this point, would drown him with my own hands.

But no, he runs away with far too much speed. I'm not quite sure if he jumped or just ran until the counter ended, but what I do know is that he fell right into my trash can.

:-D :-D :-D

I had him! I took up the garbage bag and ran outside. I took him to my yard to have a lot of open ground in case he should attempt escape again. It was unlikely, though. His time was up.

I had already prepared to dispatch any mouse if I were to catch one. It was easy. Some months ago I found this big, flattish rock. Simple!

I grabbed the rock, and set the bag down on the ground. I would dig for him if I had to...but no, he shifted, and scurried inside the bag, toward the edge of bag and away from the little garbage that was in there. I could now see his shape clearly.

I raised the rock, and brought it down on the small rodent body. Hard.

I lifted the rock. The bag had split open. Only what can be described as blood and guts had oozed out.

And now that I've thought about it, this is the first mammal, even the first vertebrate, I have ever killed. I've always done very well with any situation that I can translate into a war framework, and man vs. mice works excellently. (You know that scene in The Matrix, when Agent Smith goes, "Find them and destroy them!"? Yeah, that's basically been my approach....)

While it was only a mere mouse, and there may be more to come, I know I'm ready, and I won this battle. I love to outsmart, catch, or defeat any creatures that challenge me, and I always have. This is no exception. I couldn't keep from laughing. (Remember the fire scene in Castaway? Yeah, I was slightly like that....) I'm in touch with my inner caveman in earnest (as I'm usually more in touch with that than most males anymore). He may have been just providing for himself, and perhaps even his family, but you know what? It sucks for you, because you threaten my family, you take my food (which is not rightfully yours), and you threaten to bring disease and sickness. All that means that you're gonna die, and I ain't gonna feel bad about it. No pansy-ness allowed here! It is war between man and beast. Besides, next time you wanna come in my house, you knock first, kapeesh?

Pikachu has met his end. Next up for the chopping block is Pinky!



I can tell you this. I've long wanted to go hunting. And, having thought about it, I've also thought that I might like to hunt a bear. And right now I'm going to say I really do want to go kill a bear.

Because this feels awesome!

Spencer

Thursday, August 19, 2010

On Rodent Infestations and Pikachu the Pokemon

Ladies and gentleman, God has punished me.

The day before yesterday, a piece of electronic equipment with a dying battery made a loud chirping noise. It sounded like a cross between a machine and a mouse. Electronics and mice...I know! Pikachu!

Does anyone remember Pikachu?


(Hint: he's an
electric mouse...get it?)

While Pokemon was, at best, the interrupting force behind my missing Batman cartoons when I was a kid, and at worst, an annoying fascination that I just couldn't grasp, now Pokemon, and thus Pikachu, is now just plain funny.

So, my joke for the rest of the day was Pikachu. Yes, I have the habit of adopting a joke for at least a day. I even pasted a picture of Pikachu up so I could see him. Someone said to me, when they realized that Spencer wasn't going to drop this joke, either, "Oh, G**! You're not going to have a Pikachu day, are you?"

The next day, I was punished for my silliness.

Mice.

Yes, mice. In my home.

While I've bought some traps and various war machines, I was wondering if anyone has any kind of advice? Anyone encountered them before? I'm only just starting to see them (well, technically it was my roommates who saw them, not me), and droppings are beginning to appear....

I can tell you one thing. It was a cursed day for these mice when they decided to intrude on my home!

Spencer

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Movie Review: Æon Flux (2005)



Yet again, Spencer consumes more dystopian fiction. How did this movie measure up in terms of the genre?

400 years in the future, a virus has killed 99.9% of the human population, the remaining number being saved by a cure developed by scientist Trevor Goodchild. Becoming the leader of the people, Goodchild's regime builds the walled city of Bregna to house all that remains of the human race. Kept entirely separated from the natural world outside, all citizens inside the city live in what is supposed to be a true utopia. The only thing is, "utopia" isn't exactly the proper word for it--just as the Monicans, the underground rebels hiding throughout Bregna's society. Their chief complaint would be the fact that far too many people go missing, far too often, and it would appear to be the ruling elite who commits the kidnappings (and subsequent on-the-spot executions of all Monicans). Æon Flux is one of those Monicans, a special agent who uses her almost super-human abilities to strike blows at the Goodchild regime.

The film retained many vital aspects of dystopian fiction (totalitarian government, underground rebellion) and melded it with a bizarre array of random science fiction tidbits. From genetically engineered lifeforms (humans with hands instead of feet, seed pods that shoot darts and blades of grass that are literally blades of grass), edgy, futuristic and often sexualized clothing, strange locations, pills that, once swallowed, induce communal telepathic sessions with other humans, and plenty of strange devices and gadgets, Æon Flux unfortunately feels strongly...irregular.

Mish-mashed content and scenes entirely devoid of what so many filmmakers call vital "pacing", this one promised much in the way of shoot 'em-up action, but delivered little. All we get are a few fights and one gunfight at the end, far from being exciting in any way. Come on, are you even kidding me?

[WARNING! Sexual content discussed. Adults only!] I understand that the movie was based off of an MTV animated series of sorts, and I also understand (although I cannot verify from personal experience) that the movie down-toned the sexuality of the show. However, we still do have Æon and company (Are all Monican agents female?) in highly immodest garb on just about every occasion and of varying degrees of skin-showing, a bed scene which thankfully shows nothing truly explicit, and a rather gross close-up of French kissing (albeit a front for passing an object from one Monican man's mouth to a Monican woman's).

[WARNING! Spoiler alert!] And when it comes down to it, with all the freaky and lame sci-fi rip-offs (Or at least I saw rip-offs, such as reminiscences of Minority Report, Equilibrium, and even Dark Angel--from the original MTV show, perhaps?), the film attempts to save itself with a massive cloning scheme with deeper implications than I will divulge for the sake of not spoiling more of the plot, with, of all actors, Pete Posthelwaite as the guardian of the DNA! (And what was that he was dressed in? Was that a burrito, a taco, or a tube sock?)

All in all, the almost Matrix-esque "cool" factor, the fight sequences, the science fiction, and the edgy, imaginative dystopia that this film seemed to promise all came to nil.

Unusually stupid.

Spencer

Musings of a Vast Right-Winger: AUDIO - Rep. Pelosi calls for investigation of WTC mosque opposition

Not pleased with our American interests, Nancy? Tough, 'cause they ain't goin' anywhere anytime soon.

Again, thanks to fuzzys dad.

Spencer

Monday, August 16, 2010

And here we...go!

Yes, indeed. And here we go again....

Gunowners Should Expect the Worst

Thanks goes to fuzzys dad.



Or should it more appropriately be, "And here they...come!"?

Spencer

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Movie Review: Blade Runner (1982)



Ah, yes...the sci-fi flick from Philip K. Dick turned cult classic. If you've already read my review of the book (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) then you know that the movie differed in many aspects, as is usual. So which one wins out, book or film? The answer might come as rather unexpected.

Like the book, Blade Runner is set in the bleak future of Los Angeles (in 2019), where the former "blade runner" Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford, in one of his better performances) lives out his lonely existence. Forced to re-enter law enforcement again to hunt down and "retire" a group of replicants (same thing as androids in the book) from an off-world colony, Deckard begrudgingly does the job he no longer wishes to do--it's that, or be killed by his old police chief.

Deckard was done with killing, even though they were considered inhuman, but his recent impressment means that he begins tracking the replicants down with the same skill as before. They are led by the merciless Roy Batty (with his dangerous girlfriend Pris, a "pleasure model" replicant) and aided by the kind but naive J.F. Sebastian (J.R. Isidore in the book), genetic designer for the Tyrell Corporation (the Rosen Association in the book). Thrown into the mix is the Rachael, who unknowingly leads Deckard, heart-first, into deep change.

The feel of the film is fantastic. Almost apocalyptic/dystopian, with dark and freaky airs and a mix of noir and '80's sci-fi, director Ridley Scott outdid his usual lackluster self. The world is a hodge-podge mess, and the influence of Asia can be seen everywhere, from food to billboards. What is a little disappointing is that this film missed out on telling the viewer some of what the book told the reader (that there had been a massive war, that there was radioactive fallout, that the government was encouraging all humans to move to off-world colonies, etc.). If these elements had been added, the film would have grown in strength exponentially (instead of being mostly unexplained, the reasons behind the way the world is in 2019 Los Angeles would be known).

Extending further out from the setting would be the overall weirdness of the film. It struck me as quite freaky the first time I saw it, and it is indeed a strange mix of whatnot-ishness. However, wrapped up in the package that is presented to the moviegoers, it fits. The strange stuff makes for the good stuff here.

On top of all this, we have a few moral lessons as well. The most obvious notion would be mankind's science running amok and "creating" life, then not being able to handle it and heinously destroying it. And also, instead of a killer that we see in the book, Deckard hates his work, and it would appear to make him sick...and if I told you much more, I'd be ruining the story for you. Over all, excellent film.

[WARNING: Sexual content discussed. Adult readers only!] Blade Runner improved upon Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? massively by removing the element of Mercerism, and cutting down the sexual content. Deckard is not married, so when the scene cuts out and we guess that he and Rachael may have...*ahem*, it is more "their business" than anything else (and, as opposed to the book, they actually love each other here). Unfortunately, in one scene we do have a completely topless woman who, after taking a shower following an unseen strip club dance routine, decides to put her boots on first instead of covering herself. Even a few seconds of breast nudity is enough to make me give this movie a no. (And any potential viewers should also know that there is a sexualized scene where a female replicant tries to somehow kill Deckard by twisting his neck between her thighs, and Roy Batty, played by Rutger Hauer, kisses a man before brutally killing him, although it is rather plain to see that it isn't homosexual and instead stems from Batty's overall creepiness and the fact that he is saying goodbye in some strange, psycopathic way.)

While Blade Runner lost some of the book's strength, it gained much in what it appropriately left out. Therefore it is such a pity that I'm not able to rate this inspiring film any better. If they hadn't just that one scene (and yes, the Director's Cut and the Final Cut both contain it), this would have made it onto my list of awesome movies.

Spencer

P.S. And for Battlestar Galactica fans...it has Adama in it!!!! "It's too bad she won't live...but then again who does?"

"Tomorrow When the War Began" Trailer

Looks like an Aussie Red Dawn, eh?



I don't know anything about this movie, or even the book, but what I do know is that I've know ordered the book from my library...and am just a tid bit excited to see the film now. If it is released in the US, it doesn't go any farther than the bikini-clad girl seen in the trailer, and keeps the proper perspective, then this just might be a good one.

Thanks goes to Olde.Fashioned for the heads-up!

Spencer

Saturday, August 14, 2010

WARSKYL: Self Defense and Mercy

Yet another excellent, need-to-read post from my friend gravelbelly.

Spencer

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Book Review: Timeline, by Michael Crichton

Del Rey, Ballantine Books, New York, 1999, 496 pages.


For the moment, we'll dispense with the horrible film that most will be thinking of and just discuss the novel.

The late Mr. Crichton is known for his smashing-success-books-turned-Hollywood-films, especially Jurassic Park (something of a travesty in and of itself, particularly the film). While I often find the overarching ideas in Crichton's stories to be ridiculous (albeit judging with what little I've read of him), I can't deny that he has knack for convincing details, from computers and medical jargon, to science and corporate intrigue.

Timeline is no different...for the most part.

A quick plot summary: medieval archaeologists excavating in France are funded by the shady company ITC, led by genius Robert Doniger. Mysterious events lead to the team of researchers realizing that their Professor, Edward Johnston, has gone missing, and ITC apparently knows why and/or how. What they find is that ITC's Doniger has developed a method of "time travel" and the Professor is stuck back at their exact dig site in France, but in the year 1357. Egad! The team (with protagonists Chris, Kate, and Marek) goes back themselves to find their professor...and, of course, they become entwined in the turmoil of said time, and all readers may be assured, they will be lucky to escape with their lives.

The beginning of the book was great. I truly cannot speak about the historical accuracy of the book (archaeologically or historically), but just from the standpoint of the archaeology, the beginnings of the story, and the uber-manly Marek (Who is obsessed with all things medieval--he knows archery, jousting, and takes broadsword lessons. What more can you want?), I quite enjoyed this portion of the book. However....

The moment we get to the point where the gang climbs aboard the jet to take them to ITC headquarters (wherein they will be taken to 1357 France to, in theory, find Professor Johnston), the book falls apart.

After this, I can't describe the book very accurately unless I say it was something of a muddled mess. A long string of close calls, rapid and sometimes confusing scenes, and wooden characters who barely respond to the insanity of all that is presented before them. It really was a mess. We're over here, running from these soldiers, we can't upset this butcherous and possibly bipolar Lord, and--oh no!--now we're being chased by this crazy knight, and--oh, look out!--the roof ends here, we will fall off--oh no again, where is our comrade?...

[WARNING! SPOILERS!] And the science! Let's not even go there.... I may not be learned in physics, but there's something plain offensive about the idea of a "multiverse." Yes, it isn't true "time travel", but instead, we have the idea that an endless number of parallel universes exist (most so close that the differences are mostly imperceptible), and apparently there is one running currently that is also 1357 France.

You have got to be kidding me. Really? No.*

[WARNING! SEXUAL CONTENT DISCUSSED, ADULTS ONLY!] For our ethics, we have limited sex (mostly speech, although the main characters hear a squeaking bed in an adjacent room at one point, and find a Lady who had--ahem--been with a clergyman), and language that is fairly normal nowadays but still a bit profane.

So, what was the point of this book? You can read the beginning, for the fun of medieval archaeology and the epic character Marek (SPOILER--who, much later in the book, almost dies for a woman--he believed himself to be giving his life for her at the time). Not a bit beyond that!

I'm sorry, but this was silly. This was stupid.

I expected better from Michael Crichton.

Spencer

P.S. Well, hey, it did have a bibliography at least!

*To be fair, though, this is a real "theory" in physics, although it basically goes against everything Christianity stands for.