“The “progressives” who today masquerade as “liberals” may rant against “fascism”; yet it is their policy that paves the way for Hitlerism.”
– Classical liberal Ludwig von Mises 1940
The Cosmic Computer by H. Beam Piper
Originally published as “The Junkyard Planet” in 1963, and based on a short story (“Graveyard of Dreams”) first published in 1958. This is the story of a planet down on its luck. Poictesme experienced a boom when it was a major military HQ during the System States War. When the war ended, the Terran Federation couldn’t even afford to ship their gear home. Bases and Logistical centers were sealed up and all the military personnel left packed on transports. The planet’s economy takes a major hit. They are reduced to two major exports. The first is a local mellon prized for the brandy made from its juice. They can sell it for centa-credits a barrel, which is what the rare interstellar trader will pay for it. The brandy made from the juice sells for several credits a glass on Terra. Their other export is military surplus they dig out of old Terran Federation bases, which they are also paid in single digit centi-credits on the credit. A group of leading citizens pool their money together and send one of their own, young Conn Maxwell, to far off Terra. He is to study computer systems at a major university and learn all he can about the legendary Terran Federation military super computer, Merlin. After being told by impeachable sources that Merlin was a myth, Conn returns home with a plan to bootstrap the economy with a search for Merlin. His hope is that by the time the planet is producing its own starships and engaging in interstellar trade (instead of having middlemen dictate prices to them), the group of ‘leading citizens’ will realize that they don’t need Merlin. Then the unthinkable happens and throws a giant monkey wrench in Conn’s plans.
Let’s ring in the new year with the latest from Woody Allen. The Woodman isn’t in front of the camera for this film, he just wrote and directed. He got Owen Wilson to play the role of Woody Allen in this movie, and I have to say that Wilson plays the Woodman better than Woody ever did. A bit of Allen history here. Fans of the Woodman know his first film appearance was in “What’s Up Pussycat?”, which was set in Paris. Shortly afterwards, Allen moved to LA and starting writing (and directing/acting in) a string of successful movies. In this film, Wilson plays a writer who has had a string of very successful screenplays made into successful movies. He is currently in Paris, with his fiance, working on a novel. He is constantly complaining that he was truely happy back when was living in Paris as a near starving writer, before going to Hollywood and “selling out.” His fiance doesn’t see what the problem is, he is successful in his career and should continue doing what has been bringing in lots of money. To make things worse, they run into old “friends”, including a fellow Wilson’s character (i.e. Woody Allen) can’t stand, but his fiance thinks is knowledgeable and charming. True to form, our protagonist is complaining about many things, including about how boring modern times are, and how much more alive Paris was during the 1920s. Then comes the movie magic, while wandering the streets of Paris alone, at Midnight, an old limo pulls up and the occupants insist that he join them. The booze is flowing freely, so he gets in. The car takes them to a party where he meets F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Ernest Hemingway, and other famous people who made 1920s Paris their home. In the morning he returns to the early 21st Century and freshly inspired, works on his novel, while his fiance “tours” Paris with friends. This repeats for multiple nights, and his adventures continue, including getting Gertrude Stein and Hemingway to read his novel and give advice. Oh, and he also finds the love of his life. She is as bored with Paris of the 1920s as the Woodman stand in is of the 21st Century. She pines for the “Bella Epoch”. The two of them travel there, were they find her heroes pining for the old days as well. This is a revelation for him, he returns to the 21st Century, cleans up the mess of his personal life, and decides to move forward rather than living for the past.
I described an earlier B-Movie pick as “a big sloppy wet kiss, with tongue, to Steven Spielberg.” In this film, Woody Allen does much more than that. He gets down on his knees, unhinges his jaw, and deep throats Paris. The city of Paris is as much a character in this movie as any of the roles played by actors (the actor playing Hemingway was fornicating awesome BTW). This is a film carefully crafted by a master film maker and will be especially enjoyed by fans of the Woodman’s work, such as myself. The only part I would warn my gentle readers about is where Allen let’s his far left extremist political views leak through. It’s clear that those are based on his emotions, and not any rational thought.
One this Boxing Day, I’m going with a traditional Christmas move. It takes place during a Christmas office party, the hero came to LA to visit his wife for Christmas, there are Christmas decorations all over the place. It’s a staple of the holiday season!
Filed under: Baen Books, Monday Book Pick, Science Fiction
Pirates of the Timestream by Steve White
Jason Thanou is back (26 Aug 2013 Book Pick) for round three. This time is it in the golden age of Pirates. His team links up with Captain Henry Morgan while they battle it out with time traveling Transhumanists! Even worse, he has to deal the uncaring bureaucracy of his own government.
Filed under: Baen Books, Monday Book Pick, Science Fiction
The Many Deaths of Joe Buckley by Assorted Baen Authors & Barflies
This is raw meat for Baen fans. The complete collection of all the ways Baen authors have killed long time Barfly Joe Buckley.
Dr. Charles Krauthammer makes the following astute observation:
“To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.”
Example: Republican line: “Your Obama for President bumper sticker might as well say ‘I’m with Stupid.'”
Democrat article: Republicans are committing treason.
Of course the democrat op-ed is based on multiple false assumptions. Spotting them is left as an exercise to the reader.
Here is a hint. His grasp of economics is weak.
The 2014 midterm elections are mostly over (there are a few run off races that yesterday’s election generated), and the Republicans won big. Took back control of the Senate, and won several key Governor races. They replaced democrat governors in Maryland, Massachusetts, and Illinois. They also elected the first black Senator from the South since Reconstruction. Think about that one for a minute. Southern democrats never elected a black man or woman to the Senate. Republicans also elected a black woman, Mia Love, to the House of Representatives in Utah. Ask any “tolerant” democrat, and they will tell you that Utah is full of “racist” Mormons.
Now let us turn to the words of the First Beard of these United States, Michelle Obama. On TV One (“Where Black Life Unfolds”), she said the following:
“And that’s my message to voters, this isn’t about Barack, it’s not about person on that ballot– its about you. And for most of the people we are talking to, a Democratic ticket is the clear ticket that we should be voting on, regardless of who said what or did this– that shouldn’t even come into the equation.”
Followed by: “…I give everyone full permission to eat some fried chicken after they vote. Only after, if you haven’t voted… You make a good point. Because I am, I do talk about health. But I think that a good victory for Democrats on Tuesday, you know, should be rewarded with some fried chicken.”
She is telling a predominantly black audience, that they should vote democrat, not on the issues, but because of the color of their skin. The fried chicken statement is left as an exercise to the reader. I do need to add a disclaimer, while I am not black, I did spend a good chunk of my childhood south of the Mason-Dixon line, and I do appreciate good fried chicken. If you have spend your entire life in the land of Yankees, you just wouldn’t understand.
Mr. Jarlsberg summed it up well: “As the campaign boiled down to its final hours, the Democrats decided to quit pretending that they had anything to offer in terms of ideas or successful accomplishments and instead made blatant, unsupported accusations of racism in order to browbeat black Americans into voting like racists.”
Mrs. Obama’s words bring to mind what our Dear Leader wrote (or had ghost written) in his book “Dreams of my Father.”
“A plantation. Black people in the worst jobs. The worst housing. Police brutality rampant. But when the so-called black committeemen came around election time, we’d all line up and vote the straight Democratic ticket. Sell our soul for a Christmas turkey.”
Now identify which party is the party of “racists”, and support your choice with actual facts.
The Obama Doctrine: “Do as little as necessary to appear to be doing something without actually committing to a cause or course of action.”
Filed under: Culture of Corruption, Politics, Progressives
With the mid-term elections coming fast (Tuesday, except if you are Progressive, then you have a special voting day on Wednesday), expect the democrats to try and maximize two of their two key voting demographics, the dead and non-citizens.
Let us review:
- The racists at La Raza are promoting a list that shows where voter ID is not required. Like most of the groups that support democrats, they are not big fans of basic civil rights, such as the right to vote is limited to actual citizens who are legally registered to vote.
- Massive Non-Citizen Voting Uncovered in Maryland.
- Non Citizens are voting in the close North Carolina senate race
Mr. Reynolds was spot on correct when he said the following about democrats, “Remember, you don’t just have to beat them. You have to beat them beyond the margin of fraud.”
Update: First case of voter fraud confirmed in New Mexico. It won’t be the last.