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Friday B-Movie Pick: Films of Fury

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Films of Fury

A fun trip down memory lane for martial arts film fans. The animated narrator is a video store clerk with an extensive knowledge of martial arts films. Sounds familiar? He sorta looks like Quentin too. He touches on many of the classics, including several previous B-Movie picks Heroes of the East,  My Young Auntie and Lone Wolf McQuade. Some gun-fu classics are mentioned, mostly by director John Woo, which is an often neglicted sub-genere. He does go into some of the modern American films by Chuck Norris and Steven Seagal, but leaves out any reference to Van Damme. Fire up the popcorn and check it out! See what films you think are missing, and make a list of the ones you now have to see.

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Top Three Obamacare lies told by Obama

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period.”

“If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”

“We will lower your premiums by $2,500 per family, per year.”

All three of those statements have been proven to be lies.

All three of those statements, at the time they were made, were identified as not being what the actual Obamacare law would allow, by people who actually read the bill.

Those people were called “racists” by people who didn’t read the bill.

I’m not expecting any apologies to the people wrongly attacked for having actually read the so called “Affordable Care Act.”

I am expecting the people who attacked them with slanderous lies to apologize for the man who lied to them and to continue their baseless, partisan attacks on any one who dares to speak the truth.


Monday Book Pick: A New American Space Plan

Monday, May 19th, 2014

A New American Space Plan by Travis Taylor, Ringleader of the Rocket City Rednecks

NASA rocket scientist and self identified redneck, Travis Taylor, has a plan for getting America back into space.

Which is something America really needs right now, for many reason which Doctor Taylor lists in this book.  Here is one that he wrote about, and has come to pass.  The US currently has no method of getting Astronauts to the Space Station and back.   Our current President put the budget for the Orion program on life support.  I guess that is G.W. Bush’s fault, since the program started when he was President, so Barry felt he had to kill it.  His solution was to outsource American jobs to Russia.  In case you haven’t been paying attention, the US government pays Russia to get US Astronauts to the Space Station and back.  Now the Russian are saying Nyet to that.   It’s a good thing that the private sector is stepping up, but this is a problem we didn’t need to have.

Unlike this post, Travis Taylor’s book is mostly upbeat and positive.   It should also be read in American high school science classes.

Quote of the Day

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

“…the “right wing” guys I know are matter of factly gender-blind. No neocon’s ever called me “honey.””

— Confessions of A Failed Slut by Kathy Shaidle

Quote of the Day

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

“Every business guy I know in the country is frightened of Barack Obama and the way he thinks.”

— Steve Wynn

Monday Book Pick: Monster Hunter International

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia

Larry Coreia makes the book pick again. This is the first book in his first series. He had self-published this book, after getting turned down by multiple publishers, and it was selling pretty well. Then Baen contacted him and Correia followed up his first hit with string of others, including three more Monster Hunter books and two other series with five books between them. In this book we meet Owen Z. Pitt, who has a soul sucking accounting job in Dallas that only gets worse, when his already bad boss gets bitten by a werewolf and attacks Pitt on the next full moon. It is close, but Pitt manages to kill his boss and get threatened by some Feds who tell him to keep his mouth shut or they will put a bullet in his head. Enter Monster Hunter International. A private company that hunts monsters and collects the federal bounty on them. Yes, Pitt finds his true calling. Hunting monsters. Zombies, werewolves, Vampires, and all that stuff. Stir in some Lovecraftian horror and an old Jewish monster hunter spirit guide and you have one fun read! It has monsters. It has romance. It has detailed and accurate firearm discriptions. Fun for the whole family!

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Dealing with the economic illiterate.  

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

One of the downsides of haven taken multiple graduate courses in economics, finance and accounting, is that I know more about the current state of the US economy than is probably good for me.

It also makes it painful to listen to people with absolutely no clue about economics or finance spout nonsense as gospel.

An all too common example is that we *need* inflation, because the increased spending will promote economic growth. This is wrong on multiple levels. First off, there are those economists that claim that inflation is a possible result of economic growth, not the other way around. In addition, those economists prefer academic models, since real world data so rarely supports their theories.

Then, as this article points out, if you have a basic understanding of the definitions of inflation, COGS, and economic growth, the idea of inflation being a driver of economic growth is nonsense.

Simply put, if you are spending more money for the same goods, because the money has less value, there is no economic growth because the exchange is still for the same value as before. If inflation has been increasing faster than economic growth, purchasing your basic goods will have a negative effect on the economy because you have less spending power left over for non-essential goods.

The worst part is, that all too often, after explaining this basic concept in simple terms, the idiots just stare at you and claim that you are wrong and justify that by repeating their false assertion!