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Stupid and sick liberal quote of the day

” I promise you that if I become your president, I pledge to you my life, my fortune, and my sacred honor. This is about America.”–Newt after losing Florida.

Never let it be said that Newt is not the most arrogant and hypocritical SOB in the nation.

The rank arrogance of this part is astounding.  The line is a paraphrase from the end of Declaration of Independence,

for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.

It is the line of men who believed in their nation so much that they did give their lives and fortunes to defend their nation.  They proved that they had honor.

So let me get this straight…a man who has made millions in writing crappy books where he praises Andrew Jackson as his favorite president (you know the guy who butchered the Cherokee on the Trail of Tears, and who said he would follow Supreme Court  decisions when it had an army of its own to enforce it), who made millions supporting the spawn of Satan (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac)…and who last time I checked gives less percentage or dollar wise to charity than Romney.  Yeah he’s giving his fortune.  Most of the signers of the Declaration lost their fortunes defending the new nation, many gave their lives.  Not one ever recanted or said he regretted it.  

But the worst part of this is the sacred honor part.  This is not only a man who has no honor whatsoever (backstabbing GOP colleagues to get power, leaving not just one but 2 sick wives for newer younger versions…both his previous marriages lasted 19 years…I hope Callista has a back up plan already set for 2019) but who dared critique anyone and everyone for brining these issues up as cheap and not relevant to the campaign.  Pick one Newt.  Either character and honor are not relevant, in which case you should to not compare yourself to men of character and honor…or it is relevant, in which case Newt is justifiably described as a pig who has cheated on two wives, a man who has committed numerous ethics violations while in public service, and a man who has no principles, no honor, and no character.

It seems every time this man open his mouth the more disgusting he becomes.  I would remind his supporters, we are Republican, we are conservatives, we believe in character and principle. Yes we may fail to live up to them sometimes (we’re only human), but we don’t just forget them and rush head long toward someone who represents everything we oppose.



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Movies for New Agers–Groundhog Day

“This is pitiful. A thousand people freezing their butts off waiting to worship a rat. What a hype. Groundhog Day used to mean something in this town. They used to pull the hog out, and they used to eat it. You’re hypocrites, all of you!”

“What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same and nothing you did mattered?”–Bill Murray, Groundhog Day.

So today of all days, February 2nd, is the only day to discuss one of the greatest films of all time, Groundhog Day. I think by now we all know the film and the concept…although just in case you don’t know let me quickly recap the movie (I have to do this because I found some people just live in caves and don’t know movies at all). Phil Connors (Bill Murray in his last enjoyable role) an unhappy, misanthropic TV weatherman gets sent to Punxsutawney, PA to cover the annual Groundhog festival to see if famed weatherman and groundhog Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow or not. Then a snowstorm hits and he can’t get out of the small town he loathes. But what’s worst of all is that when he wakes up the next morning, it’s still Groundhog day. It’s always Groundhog day. Every day he wakes up and it’s Groundhog day. The universe seems to reset itself every time he falls asleep and only he seems to remember what happened. And after having all the fun you could think of having when there are no lasting consequences, a funny thing happens, the meaningless pleasures become, well meaningless, and he starts to actually improve himself and become a better human.

Ever since it came out this film has been popular with spiritual people of all faiths because it shows progression of self-improvement and placing value on things that actually matter as just about all religions actually call for. For New Agers it works as an allegory for a very abbreviated form of reincarnation and movement toward enlightenment. Bill Murray as Phil Connors works his way both through Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (First food, then sex, then money, followed by thrills and the fun stuff we’d always like to try but never have the guts to) soon, he, like all of us, become both fixated on something of value and something which is just out of his reach (in this case Andie MacDowell’s love). As these lower pleasures give no lasting pleasure he tries to find something that lasts for more than a single day. But as he cannot find it by being his shallow petty self he becomes depressed.
In spiritual discussions of a lot of religions there is always a point where a person has progressed far enough to understand that the world isn’t enough to bring Happiness, but, in spite of deeply held faith (and oddly usually because of it) a person will hit a point where both the material world they have left and the spiritual world they have yet to fully enter both become meaningless and bereft of hope. “You want a prediction about the weather, you’re asking the wrong Phil. I’ll give you a winter prediction: It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be grey, and it’s gonna last you for the rest of your life.” In Christianity this period is called the dark night of the soul. It’s a necessary spiritual point, but also a dangerous one as the soul hits rock bottom and feels it has nothing to lose. In the case of Groundhog Day this manifests in repeated suicide attempts.

“I have been stabbed, shot, poisoned, frozen, hung, electrocuted, and burned. […] and every morning I wake up without a scratch on me, not a dent in the fender… I am an immortal.”

Luckily, like most people, he arises from the dark night with the help of a higher power believing in him which allows him to again continuing through the levels of Maslow’s hierarchy to work on issues of personal improvement, achievement and self actualization. After passing through the dark night he ceases to be fully fixated on only himself which actually allows him to better himself (which harkens back to my constant point that there is an extreme difference between narcissism and rational self-interest, between materialism and finding joy in the material world). And by becoming a better person he actually becomes a much happier one.

“Whatever happens tomorrow, or for the rest of my life, I’m happy now… because I love you.”

This movie works as a good movie for New Agers because, more or less this is what we believe happens to us through reincarnation. We get sent back life after life after life, confronted with the same problems over and over and over again until, like Phil, we learn how to deal with them. There is no limit to how much time we can take to learn, there is no force other than our own desire for happiness that forces you to learn. But if we wish to escape the particular cycle we are in, we must learn.

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