Saturday, February 13, 2010

My top favorite conservative radio/TV shows covering current affairs:

1) Michael Medved (radio) - written some great books, good movie reviews, based in Seattle.
2) Dan Patrick (radio) - Texas State Senator and really gives you great insight into local and national politics
3) Dennis Prager (radio) - I really enjoy his male/female hour and happiness hour the most, political stuff is ok
4) Bill O'Rielly (TV) - Lays out the arguements very well, attacks the ideas and does not attack/belittle people's characters like liberal shows on MSNBC.
5) Sean Hannity (radio and TV) - Really goes after liberal ideas and philosophy.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

My Review of Avatar

    Well, I just saw the movie Avatar and I must say that I was impressed.  In this review, I’ll tell you exactly what I thought of the plot, quality, and message of this movie.  If you’re concerned about spoilers, don’t be too concerned.  I’ll try to keep the good pieces and twists absent and focus on the generalities.  Having said that, there may be a few things I give away, just a warning.

    To state it bluntly, this movie was awesome as a whole.  James Cameron did a great job with all the “mechanics” of any quality movie.  The acting was good, the script was good, the graphics were stupendous, and the flow was great.  So much so that during the movie I forgot I was watching a movie and to me that’s a mark of a great movie.  The story sucked me in and kept me in its grasp the whole length of the movie, which is almost 3 hours.  The casting was well done and I felt like all the actors really did a good job.  I didn’t feel like I was left hanging in any particular scene because the acting was subpar.  When it came to the graphics, this movie was top dog and one you should definitely see in 3D (I didn’t, but I will).  I’d say the graphics were better than most of the big movies I’ve seen recently, including 2012.  However, not better than Star Trek, but just as good.  In fact, a good comparison of this movie to another would be to compare it to Star Trek in quality.  All round good.

      Now on to what this movie really is about and what its message (intentionally or unintentionally) is communicating to the audience.   When it comes to message, this movie compares really well to Dances with Wolves.  In this case however, mankind as a whole is the bad guy.  Having destroyed nature and anything “green” on Earth, man is like a virus consuming resources wherever they can be found.  So, mankind as a whole is shown in a negative light from the beginning.  Man’s existence as portrayed in this movie appears to be gritty and dark.  Lots of metal everywhere and everything is just kind of dark, not shiny and clean.  Earth is never shown, so this may be just the human presence at Pandora that appears this way, but I don’t think it is.

       Pandora is a planet that is packed full of incredible life forms of all types imaginable.  Many leave you seriously impressed and dazzled.  The natives of Pandora, the Na’vi, are huge blue hominids that live in a primitive society.  In fact, you could say that the Na’vi people are a liberal interpretation of what the Native Americans were like in the Americas during the 1500s through the 1800s.  The natives are portrayed as “one with nature,” peaceful and good.  This is reinforced by the awesome visuals that accompany the scenes with the natives showing lots of life, lots of light, and lots of beauty.  A real Garden of Eden paradise, which of course Man is coming to consume, pollute, and destroy.

       Basically, no diplomatic solution is reached to move the Na’vi settlement which is on top of a huge priceless mineral deposit.  The corporation running the mining operation is shown as ruthless and callous in its pursuit of profit, leaving behind morals, ethics, and even common sense at times.  This is part of the message in this movie, that corporations are inherently evil and that profit drives everything.  Technology is also shown as dark, metallic, unnatural, and mostly geared toward war.  The military uses this technology to support the corporation’s mining operations.  Of course, the military is also portrayed as full of “jarheads” that really only want war and thus are evil.  In fact, in the movie the military states that they need to fight terror with terror and use “shock and awe” to force the natives to cooperate.  This is obviously a knock at the Bush policies.  So yes, this movie does have a political agenda or message.  On top of that, the scientists are shown as the only reasonable people in what seems all of humanity.  Glorifying scientists, the thus science, is fine but science is hardly the answer to everything.  I can't help but draw parallels between glorifying science and how that's tied to the global warming debate in our current affairs.

       The bottom-line is this movie was very well done and very fun.  I laughed, I cried, I really felt compassion for the Na’vi.  However, the underlying messages that the movie was sending I have to take issue with because people love to take shots at corporations, the military, and industry.  And really and truly you can’t paint these pieces of modern society with such a broad generalization.  I believe that the current system in the United States of capitalism is good.  That businesses are made up of people just like you and me and are therefore not inherently evil, because I believe that man is inherently more good than evil.  If indeed one of the messages of this movie is that massive regulation is needed otherwise corporations will destroy our Earth, ravishing it for all resources to make profits, then this is obviously wrong from my point of view.  Checks and balances are always necessary, but not massive regulation.

       So from the many messages this movie is promoting, whether it’s that the Americas were ravaged by the Old World several centuries ago, a longing for simpler existence that is “one with nature,” or that the military and corporations are evil, this movie is definitely political.  The Bush references were what sealed the deal for me.  But you should see this movie, definitely, and see it in 3D.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Houston Runoff Elections for Mayor and District A

Just wanted to let everyone know what I'm doing for the Houston runoff elections.  The two races I'm following are the mayoral race and the council member race for District A.

For mayor I'm voting for Anise Parker, pictured on the left.  I originally wanted Peter Brown for mayor, but he didn't make it into the runoff.  Now it is down to Annise Parker and Gene Locke.  After comparing the two, I've decided to go with Annise Parker because I feel that she will be much more fiscally conservative than Gene Locke.  Also, I feel Annise Parker will be more conservative overall when compared to Gene Locke who I think will spend like crazy.


When it comes down to city council, I used the same standards and I believe that Brenda Stardig (on the right) will do a fantastic job of being fiscally conservative and help transform District A into a better place.  Her competitor is Lane Lewis who really doesn't have near the amount of experience that Brenda Stardig has and I don't believe he'd be very conservative.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Here's a provactive cartoon, Suicide of the West

I thought this cartoon was really disturbing when I first saw it.  The way Western Civilization cripples itself with political correctness, progressivism, socialism, and other liberal ideas expose America to fatal attacks.  I think that as Americans we have to acknowledge that even though we have a free society with freedom of speech, there are ideologies out there that if left unchecked can destroy that freedom.  The great American experiment can be destroyed by radical Islam, communism, socialism, fascism, liberal progressivism (which really is just a front for socialism), and Black Liberation philosophy (like what Rev. Wright is always preaching).