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Kick-Ass is Super Fun for the Whole Family

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It seems every couple of years, somehow Hollywood manages to produce a family movie that is not trying to indoctrinate our children with liberal propaganda like Wall-E or trying to turn them into eco-terrorists like most Disney films.  I can happily report that based on the commercials that I’ve seen, Kick-Ass is exactly the kind of old-fashioned family entertainment that this country needs.

I have not been able to see the movie yet, but I am giving it my highest review of four stars based on what I’ve seen.  The movie stars a precocious boy who goes by the name Kick-Ass and the girl pictured with this article named Hit Girl.   Together they take the criminal underworld by storm not using superpowers, but using their wits and their can do spirit.   It sort of reminds of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland saying, “Hey I’ve got a barn, let’s put on a show.”

What makes Kick-Ass stand out is it’s a family film.   Now, a family film is different than a kids film in that it can not only be enjoyed by kids, but by adults as well.  I find it refreshing that these kids don’t spend their days wrapped up in video games, but instead fight crime and best of all, they don’t seem to believe in coddling criminals.   I’ve been hoping for a movie that I could feel comfortable taking my young daughter to for sometime and Kick-Ass is just that kind of film.  I can’t wait to take her to see this movie.

Nate’s Review: ****

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April 17, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Congressman Kimble Unveils Contract On America

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I was extremely busy today with paying my taxes and protesting having to pay my taxes, but in California history was made when at a Tea Party, Congressman Jack Kimble (R-CA) unveiled his Contract On America.   This thing is amazing and I really hope that other conservative politicians will follow his lead.   This is a document that returns America back to the earliest interpretations of the Constitution as shared by men like John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

(1) Protest the Constitution: At any point, where I am called out on my opposition to the Obama agenda, I will protest that it is unconstitutional.

(2) Reject Cap & Trade: Despite praising this idea when John McCain was pushing it, I will vote against that and instead refer to our atmosphere as “crunchy”

(3) Demand a Balanced Budget: We should have no problem supporting a balanced budget while fighting two wars and still keep social security and medicare strong if we just eliminate all other federal funding.

(4) Enact Fundamental Tax Reform: Adopt a simple and fair single-rate tax system by scrapping the internal revenue code and replacing it with one that has no words longer than 2 syllables and avoids all those foreign words. The tax forms should also have pictures for when we don’t feel like reading.

(5) Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally Limited Government in Washington: Create a Blue Ribbon taskforce because there is no better way to limit government than by creating a new committee. We will then follow the Constitution’s original meaning and return all land acquired after 1803 to the proper countries. We will demand that France return to us the $15,000,000 dollar purchase price for Louisiana territory plus interest minus a reasonable and appropriate retroactive security deposit for New Orleans.

(6) End Runaway Government Spending: Impose a statutory cap limiting the annual growth in total federal spending to a sum not exceeding the total prize winnings of the preceding year’s NASCAR top finisher times 1,0000.

(7) Defund, Repeal & Replace Government-run Broadcasting: I will move to arrange for Ruper Murdoch to take control of NPR and require PBS to broadcast at least 2 hours of programming per night showing older Americans acting cool and solving crimes.

(8) Pass an ‘All-of-the-Above’ Spelling Policy: We will stop the totalitarian rule of one size fits all spelling in our school system by demanding that teachers accept all variations on a word as long as it sounds kind of right.

(9) Modify Black History Month: Change the focus from black people through history who have overcome great odds to black people through history who didn’t have it too bad like Amos McGee who in 1932 bought his own car and became and instant hit with his neighbors in Forest Park, New York.

(10) Stop the Tax Hikes: Permanently repeal all tax hikes that would force corporations to pay federal income taxes. Nearly 1/3 of America’s corporations were forced to take on the unfair burden of paying taxes at a time when many unemployed and working poor Americans are ducking their tax liability by not making much money.

Obama’s Latest Threat to Second Amendment Rights

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President Obama has been working with other world leaders to keep nuclear weapons only in the hands of a limited number of governments throughout the world in a misguided attempt to protect us from terrorists and rogue states.  This little story has been ignored by the main stream media, which comes as no surprise to me.  However, I am shocked and appalled that conservative sources have also ignored this affront to civil liberties because it is not a threat to our current freedoms as much as our future freedoms.

The second amendment of our beloved Constitution clearly says that we have the right to bear arms.  Due to current technology, this right to bear arms is often limited to the right to bear guns.  This is not what our founding fathers had intended.   Anybody like myself who has hoped to one day have a small suitcase nuke as the ultimate deterrent to criminals should be likewise outraged by the attempt to withhold nuclear armaments from law abiding citizens.   Mark my words, 20 years from today if you make nuclear weapons illegal, then only the criminals will have them.

I know what some of you are thinking.  Why should an individual have the right to have a nuclear weapon capable of destroying a city?  They shouldn’t.   However, a miniature nuclear device that would be portable, easy to use, and destroy at most a couple of city blocks should be available for the defense of law abiding citizens.  One of the great things about out founding fathers is that they did not allow the limits of 18th century technology to limit freedoms.   If we allow Obama’s shortsighted policies to strip us of our future freedoms when nukes become smaller and more tactical, then we will be the ones who suffer for it.  If we allow governments to keep a monopoly on nuclear weapons, then we are forever going to be enslaved by those same nuclear weapons.

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April 13, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Liz Cheney Calls Out Obama

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The more I hear from Liz Cheney, the more I am sure that she is ready to take her father’s place as our country’s preeminent conservative.   Today, she called out Obama for repeated criticism of Afghanistan leader Hamid Karzai.  Her comments were from the heart and cut right to yet another failing as President:

Afghan President Karzai, whose support we need if we are going to succeed in Afghanistan, is being treated to an especially dangerous and juvenile display from this White House. They dress him down publicly almost daily and refuse to even say that he is an ally.

I understand that Obama may have been tempted to call Karzai out several times this past year like when he rigged his reelection, or when he recently threatened to join the Taliban, or even recently as he has strengthened ties with Iran and Ahmadinejad.  However, can Obama understand how hard it is to govern when you are being attacked daily as an enemy of the United States and when every move you make is derided as being against the best interests of our country?

To spotlight just how horrible Obama’s comments about Karzai have been, I have created a little quiz.  Simply identify which of these comments were directed from Obama or his staff at Hamid Karzai and which of these comments were directed from Liz Cheney or her father at President Obama.

1. “[He]has dishonored fallen soldiers by engaging in a strategy of appeasing its enemies.”
2. “[He]has been declared the winner … so obviously he is the legitimate leader of the country.”
3. “We ought to calm the rhetoric and engage as strategic partners intent on bringing about peace and security.”
4. “He is making some choices that, in my mind, will, in fact, raise the risk to the American people of another attack.”
5. “[He] must stop dithering while American troops are in danger.”
6. “Every time he delays, defers, debates, changes his position, it begins to raise questions: Is [He] really behind what they’ve been asked to do?”

How did you do?  The answers are posted below the picture of the Cheneys.

Answers: #2 was said by Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.  #3 came from Obama himself.  The others were all courtesy of the Cheneys.

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April 11, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Kimble Opposes Obama Nominee for Supreme Court

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[Friend of the blog, Representative Jack Kimble (R-CA) has certainly poked a hornet’s nest when he became the first politician to publicly condemn Obama’s nominee to replace Justice Stevens on the Supreme Court.   While Representative Jon Kyl (R-Az) has threatened to filibuster Obama’s nomination he did so in the hypothetical while Congressman Kimble has come out solidly against the as yet unfilled nomination.  Here’s his open letter, reprinted from his website, which is in my blog roll.]

Today, my friends, the United States Supreme Court is at a tipping point. With the announced retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens, it is extremely important that a suitable replacement is found for Justice Stevens who will support those laws which our government was founded on that still remain popular to this day.

When George Bush was President, he picked two justices in Samuel Alito and John Roberts who were not only the epitome of judicial temperament, but also strict Constitutionalists who follow the ideals our founding fathers had for this country, its people, and its corporations. I had hoped that President Obama would follow President Bush’s lead, but instead he has selected unqualified radicals in Justice Sotomayor and now with his latest nominee.

Right now, the Democrats have a majority, but we must not allow them to pack this court with another radical. We need only look at this nominee’s judicial record to see a long history of supporting liberal special interests and turning their back on the family values and fiscal conservatism that this country was founded on.

As I mentioned earlier, judicial temperament is just as important as strict adherence to the Constitutionalism. That is why I can’t understand why Obama has selected a nominee who is alternately bookishly withdrawn and prone to rage. Surely, there were other potential nominees who were better qualified. Obama’s nominee seems to be defensive about both gender and race in a way that is unbecoming of a justice and would make me wonder if a white male could possibly get a fair hearing in front of them. The nominee has made repeated racist and/or sexist remarks that should disqualify anybody from the highest court in the land.

This nominee has not only shown a fondness for socialist philosophers, but also a liberal bias that will seriously endanger rights that we hold dear like the Second Amendment. I urge everybody to please call your Senator and let them know you will not support such a radical nominee.

No Longer The Land of the Free

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The conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation yesterday, has downgraded the United States from free to mostly free in its list of the most free countries in the world.   The organization blames the free spending of the Obama administration and American’s increasing roll in health care.  So what countries are freer than the United States?  Here’s the list:

1. Hong Kong – Hong Kong is the freest country on the planet.  In fact it’s so free it isn’t even a country.  What keeps Hong Kong free is its amazing police force, which has come under attack for using violence to suppress non-violent protesters, but after all, a strong police force is the key to freedom.   With the Chinese government safeguarding the people’s basic rights–I expect Hong Kong to remain on this list for a long time.

2. Singapore – What keeps Singapore free?  For one thing, they don’t coddle criminals.  Singapore has the highest rate of capital punishment in the world.   They also don’t put up with left wing reporters.  In 2007, Reporters Without Borders named Singapore the 141st out 167 countries in press freedom.  The Heritage Foundation’s finding is a major step up for Singapore, which is usually ranked as partly free or repressive in world rankings.  Singapore has discovered that nothing promotes freedom like a good caning.

3. Australia -The only western democracy without a bill of rights, Australia never has to worry about violating any rights.

4. New Zealand – New Zealand is most famous for banning satire in 2007.   However, if you remain perfectly serious, New Zealand truly is a paradise for freedom seekers

5. Ireland- The Republic of Ireland has come a long way since British rule.   In the last 25 years contraceptives have been legalized and the Irish have been able to divorce for the past dozen years and for those without an unwanted pregnancy or an incandescent light bulb, freedom here is absolute.

6. Switzerland – Compulsory service helps to keep Switzerland free.  At age 19, 2/3 of Swiss men go into the military, but another 1/3 find a route to alternate service.

7. Canada – This one bothers me.  I find it so sad that Obama’s big government spending has made us less free than Canada.

I hope this will be a wake up call for the United States.  There is no shame in being less free than countries like Singapore and Hong Kong.  However, I fear that if Obama and the Democrats don’t start waking up and doing something about this huge debt they’re running up with two wars and the economic crisis, we may soon find ourselves behind countries like Germany and England.

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April 8, 2010 at 9:03 pm

In Honor of Confederate History Month

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I was thrilled to hear yesterday that Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was issuing a proclamation to make April Confederate History Month.   I’ve never talked a whole lot about the Civil War, but I have a connection to Confederate history.   My grandfather’s uncle Beauregard Peele served under Jubal Early with the Army of the Valley before he was eventually shot and killed at the Battle of Belle Grove.

My grandfather had no direct memory of his uncle, but Beauregard Peele has always held a special place in family history, as the only Peele to be shot in battle by the enemy.  Until World War II, he had been the only family member to be shot in battle at all.   Beauregard was a dashing man and a great horseman.  He stood over 6 foot 3 inches tall and the loves of his life were his horse named Clover and his wife named Susan.   His letters to Susan provide a great chronicle of his life in the Civil War.  This is my favorite letter of his:

October 15, 1864

My Dearest Susan,

This war drags on at an indomitable pace and brings me to the very depths of a deep and abiding sorrow.  I have seen brave men vanquished at my side and I have ordered the finest of this generation to their irrevocable demise.   Oh how I long to be back home with you beloved in the lush green fields of our home.  When I close my eyes I can see it and I can hear them singing one of their simple working songs.   This reminds me, a Major Whitlock in my company swears that the slaves give directions to escape through these songs, so you may want to curtail their songs and consider having every third one whipped just in case.

I have no misgivings about, or lack of confidence in the cause in which I am engaged, and my courage does not halt or falter. I know that President Lincoln has been steered to take this country down the wrong path by his beloved German philosophers.   The other day the men were reading The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Freidrich Engels and  I swear though my German be terrible rusty that President Lincoln is a communist.  Now he comes to take our guns, but my beloved Susan I fear that he will take our liberty next. And I am willing—perfectly willing—to lay down all my joys in this life, to save Virginia’s 10th amendment rights and our God given right to own other human beings.

Susan my love for you is without bounds and nothing shall ever be able to tear you from my heart.   My thoughts are consumed entirely by you and by the damnable chafing I have been feeling since June.   If I can but acquire one bottle of Doctor Pendegrast’s rejuvenation powder, it will be pure bliss.   My thighs have rubbed raw and only soaking them in cold water seems to bring me even temporary relief from the itching and burning sensation.

My beloved, it is thoughts of you that sustain me.  It is dreams of you that fill my nights and the hope of our reunion that lead me on through these insufferable days. The memories of the blissful moments I have spent with you come creeping over me, and I feel most gratified to God and to you that I have enjoyed them for so long.  I long for our games of stern headmistress and errant school boy and lion and lion tamer.   Forever, will I envision you giving my backside a stern caning until I am a blubbering mess.   We are all so lonely .   The other day I let Captain Messa tickle me as he is prone to do, but I immediately regretted it.   I hope you can forgive my foolishness.  My beloved please understand that men will from time to time tickle each other and it means very little.

My dearest, we shall be entwined in a battle for our very survival tomorrow and I must close this letter so that I might soak my thighs for a few hours before I escape this place to slumber and sweet dreams of you and our nights spent together in black face making love and pretending to be slaves.

With a Boundless Love,

Colonel Beauregard Peele

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April 7, 2010 at 9:28 pm