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Greatest Moments of Comedy in Film #9 & #8

#9 The Trouble With Tribbles

“Most curious creature, Captain. It’s trilling seems to have a tranquilizing effect on the human nervous system. Fortunately, of course, I am immune to its effect.”

Okay, technically not a movie…although I’ve included TV episodes on my lists before. But this is the only standalone episode of any show to make it on this list…true there were some very funny episodes of the other Star Treks, some great moments of X-file humor, and I am still looking forward every year to The Closer’s Flynn and Provenza episode. But while almost every show has a great moment in comedy, I think only the “Trouble with Tribbles” really rises to the bar of the Top 30 comedies (if I did a top 40 there might have been an X-file episode or two, “Bad Blood” & “Jose Chung’s”, but I figured 30 was pushing it as it was.

Tribbles are possibly the cutest prop ever developed. A purring ball of fur. How can you not love a purring ball of fur? But it’s not just the tribbles that make the episode.

I will be the first to admit there were some pretty low moments in the original Star Trek. Episodes of bad writing, bad directing, bad special effects and yes bad acting. And when it was bad it was really bad (see “Spock’s Brain”)…but, oh, when they had a good script and a good director then the actors would bring up all the talent they had and everything worked into some of the finest moments of TV history. And “Tribbles” is one of those truly great moments.

Near perfect comedic timing from both Shatner and Nimoy in almost every scene in dealing with a situation that is beyond preposterous.

Looking for a quick 45 minutes of nonstop laughing The Trouble with Tribbles never fails.

#8 Duck Soup

“Remember, you’re fighting for this woman’s honour, which is probably more than she ever did.”

I love the Marx Brothers. Mad cap wit and pure insanity. And Groucho as the Prime Minister of a nation is just more insane than you usually get even in a Marx Brothers film. (And there is the sad fact that he’s a better leader than a lot of the world’s current chief executives). I will admit that this has a much weaker plot than some of the other Marx Brother films…but why are you watching Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo for plot? But the mirror scene, the war scene and a dozen others I find this perhaps the funniest of the Marx Brother movies…but only by a small margin.

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A Week of Obama Peddling Lies. Part II:He also peddles slavery

Okay so we have already dealt with the fact that this week, as with every other week of his existence, Obama has clearly shown he knows nothing (possibly less than nothing) about economics.  But that’s not the worst part.  If it was just his idiocy I might not feel my blood pressure jump to unhealthy levels every time I’ve heard him speak this last week.  No the reason I’m insulted by Obama’s words is not his economic ignorance, but because it is a perverted and near evil vision of human nature and government.

So let’s review what he said.

Deep breaths.  He’ll be gone in January.  Deep breaths.

“In the United States of America, we are greater together than we are on our own.  This country advances when we keep that basic American promise — if you work hard, you can do well enough to raise a family, own a home, send your kids to college, put a little away for retirement.  And it doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, what you look like.  That’s what has created this extraordinary country of ours.  That’s what we’re fighting for. That’s the choice in this election.”

First off there is no promise of success in America.  There is no promise of success in life.  There is only a promise of the right to “pursue happiness.”  But he is right that it is the choice of this election: whether you will have the opportunity to live, work hard and live the American dream (Romney) or whether your liberty, opportunity, choice are all eliminated for a generation or longer (Obama).

And he is also right about us being greater together than when we are on our own.  When we join together out of friendship, out of love, out of mutual consent and benefit, human beings, not just Americans, although we have at times mastered the art, we can reach unprecedented heights of achievement and happiness.  But this is when it is by mutual consent.  Not when it is forced on them by dictatorial fiat.  When people are forced to work together because a higher authority says they have to then you will find in terms of personal happiness and societal prosperity it would have been better for everyone to be on their own.  We rise only when we work together by choice…and the key part is the choice not the working together.

“Their philosophy is simple:  You are on your own.  You’re on your own.  If you are out of work, can’t find a job, tough luck, you’re on your own.  You don’t have health care, — that’s your problem — you’re on your own.  If you’re born into poverty, lift yourself up with your own bootstraps even if you don’t have boots.  You’re on your own.  They believe that’s their — that’s how American has advanced.  That’s the cramped, narrow conception they have of liberty.  And they are wrong.  They are wrong.”

It’s not a philosophy; it’s a fact of life.  You are and always will be a victim or benefactor of your choices.  And your choices are your own.  If you can’t work, can’t find a job, did you get the education, experience and recommendation that would put you in a safe position or did you expect Obama to provide for you…because if you did the later, let me tell you you’re on your own because Obama and the government can and never will be a trustworthy fall back.  You don’t have health care?  Again did you do everything to get it or did you expect others to just subsidize your life…because if you just expected others to provide you with everything you want, you’re on your own.  We believe that America has advanced because of talent and skill and drive and friendship…and keep in mind friendship and companionship is a major portion of life…but in that too you’re on your own to make friends who will be there for you, they cannot just be provided by government fiat.  Ours is a philosophy of liberty.  Obama you claim that we have a “cramped, narrow conception [of] liberty.  And they are wrong.” No ours is philosophy of wide ranging liberty that comes with the downside of liberty, the possibility of failure.  But we have a strong belief that even in failure people can learn and grow and better themselves.  You would rather eliminate liberty, eliminate the possibility of failure and replace it with the at best the certainty of mediocrity (in reality the certainty of failure and misery for all in the long run) because you don’t believe people can better themselves, you don’t believe people can bring themselves up by their bootstraps, even if they don’t have any, then you don’t believe in human potential.  You don’t’ think that success or failure is, in the end a result of one’s choices and attitudes, which it is, you believe that we are victims of society, victims of the system, victims of those in power, your mantra is “I am not the master of my fate, the government is the captain of my soul.”  And you have the unmitigated gall to call us cramped and narrow.

“And we’ve got to make sure that we’ve got a tax system that is actually fair.  Part of that is something I call the Buffett Rule.  It’s very simple:  If you are making more than $1 million a year — I’m not saying you have $1 million, I’m saying you’re making $1 million every year — then you shouldn’t pay a lower rate than your secretary.  That’s a pretty simple proposition.”

I dealt with why this was a bad pragmatic plan last time. Let’s talk about the principled reasons why this is dumb.  “Fair.”  Let’s make the tax code fair.  Children, whiny, spoiled children whine about “fair”—adults talk about justice.  What is justice? Well the simplest definition would be that everyone gets what they deserve.  So is the tax code just?  Nope. There are far too many loopholes and deductions where the government quite unjustly tries to pick winners and losers, and the taxes are too high.  It’s a double injustice.  Now if you wanted to talk about justice instead of fairness you would get rid of the loopholes and lower the rates (although true justice would require that everyone pays at least something as everyone benefits from government protections of a military, police and court system).  Raising the rate on people because they’ve done well isn’t just, it’s punishing success (but liberals don’t believe money is made through skill and drive but because of corruption in despite of all knowledge of human nature and history).  But if you really wanted justice and not just a whine of fair you would support the Ryan Plan.  Hell, since, as Ryan has put out numerous times, it’s up the Ways and Means Committee to decide the future of loopholes…how about eliminating all deductions after $200,000…and reduce them for income after $100,000.  Republicans would support that. Because it’s just or at least more just than what we have now.  But raising rates isn’t just…it’s not even fair as you’re talking about raising rates on capital gains (money that derives from income which has already been taxed, and then invested in companies which also pay corporate taxes, so yes let’s tax it a third time…and if you buy anything with it we’ll slap some sales tax on that too…oh yeah that’s fair).  But please continue whining about fair.

Of course Obama then makes it seem that letting people keep their money is stealing from veterans, letting people freeze to death (“Or a family that’s struggling to get by maybe is getting less home heating oil assistance.”), old people’s healthcare…along with unconstitutional payments for student loans. As if taxing is the only option, rather than smart cuts, intelligent regulation, efficiency, reduction of waste, and turning programs over to the states.  No, Obama has only a vision of tax or no tax.  No other option is available because he isn’t even concerned with justice or fairness.

And then we get to the all important (read horrific) passage:

I hear politicians talking about values in an election year.  I hear a lot about that.  Let me tell you about values.  Hard work, personal responsibility — those are values.   But looking out for one another — that’s a value.  The idea that we’re all in this together — I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper — that’s a value.  The idea that we think about the next generation and we’re taking care of our planet — that’s a value.

By value I can only assume he means the complete lack of sane human values.  Let’s ignore the bizarre choice of paraphrasing a Biblical murderer (we could spend days talking about the odd choice of quotes, but a Pagan like me commenting on Biblical quotes is a little odd).  First off looking out for one another might be personal value but compassion being a beautiful thing between individuals does not mean that it should or even can be transferred to the government.  But it’s not even that, Obama’s disgusting vision is that we help those who want to lie around and do nothing but get paid and work to destroy everything we believe in (like his unwavering support for the teacher’s unions or the billion and one-half dollars he wants to give to the Muslim Brotherhood, which by any sane administration would be declared a terrorist organization).  But then of course he uses the quote “I am my brother’s keeper.”  Do you know what needs keepers?  Inanimate property, animals, and slaves.  I, and every person on this planet are human beings—with the exception of small children and those with serious mental problems we don’t need keepers.  Keepers are for slaves, to tell you what you can and cannot buy (which I believe the Obama administration said it has the right to do), to tell you when and where you can go (which the Obama administration tried to do through it’s rewrite of NDAA) and what you can and cannot see (which the Obama administration tried to do with SOPA).

The fact of the matter is that this is only Obama getting lazy and showing his true colors.  I’m sorry but in the context of every power grab this man has made I can’t just think that this is a poor choice of words.  This is a man who believes that he and his fellow government bureaucrats need to be our keepers and keep us in line.  This speech makes clear that his idea of liberty is straight out 1984 that “slavery is liberty” and that we will only be happy and productive little kept people when we are under his control.  Nothing he has said or done give me any reason to believe that I should give him the benefit of the doubt here.  When he says keeper he means it.  He means that he thinks that we need to sacrifice our lives and our liberties to take care of each other.  He views what most of us would consider the sickest of dystopias as his utopia.

I’m not going to call for anything here.  There’s no need.  If he and his team keep acting like they have done this past week, they will be powerless as of November and gone by January.  However, just because I don’t fear anything this man can do doesn’t change the fact that evil needs to be called what it is.  I know my blog won’t exactly convince anyone on the left, but for my readers, who probably don’t take as hard-line a view in their rhetoric, when you’re talking to people keep this evil in mind.  Keep in mind he is opposed to the basic concept of liberty at all levels, and while maybe with a little more finesse than I am demonstrating, point it out to the people you talk to.  The problem isn’t Obama, the problem is this belief that life is made better only through government and control.

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A Week of Obama Peddling Lies. Part I

“I am my brother’s keeper.”

It’s kind of hard to attribute that quote.  I could either attribute it to a dozen or so Ayn Rand villains who at the time I first read her books appeared to be farcically overblown caricatures of a philosophy she was fighting against—an embodiment of collectivism, slavery, oppression, evil, an echo of the rhetoric of Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Russia, Mao’s China, that our lives belong to others and the individual is nothing.  Or, you know, I could accurately attribute it to President, and asshole-in-chief, Barack Obama.

I want to deal with the quote above…but before I do I need to deal with all the other lies and rank idiocy in his speech before I drive the dagger home in to the heart of the darkness that is Obama’s vision of America.

Okay, but before we dig into the details of this heart of darkness and lies, let’s take a simple look at the stupidity he’s been hyping for the last few weeks.  The Buffett Rule.  If you’re reading this blog you probably already know that the Buffett Rule is a joke.  Appropriately it is named after a man whose company has evaded paying its taxes for years and done so with impunity because of its connections to Washington.  The rule, a fancy name for an increase in capital gains taxes on the richest Americans, would according to conservatives raise only about $40 Billion a year…but liberals say it will raise a whopping $50 Billion a year. And when you’re running a Trillion Dollar plus deficit every year that will make up for maybe 5% of the deficit (less really because you’ll see it bring in less and less with every year as investment dries up).  And it will further encourage people to not bother investing.  So in other words it doesn’t even begin to solve the problem, it only appeases the Occupy schmucks by making it look like you’re sticking it to rich people.  Further it stops businesses from investing as much (they will probably hoard more now as they become afraid of even more being taken) and allows government to throw away more on useless causes!

In the speech where he states he’s his brother’s keeper…you begin to see exactly why outside of playing to his base, who seem to believe what he says, he will not be able to actually run on his record.  His listing off his accomplishments is a list of lies and denials of reality peppered with stupidity and idiocy.  I’m only going to go over it in general…if you want to waste your time the full text is here.

(By the way, is it standard to always include applause in White House speech transcript?  Because if it is, then every president is just pathetic, if it’s just Obama, pathetic doesn’t even begin to cover it.) it would be standard in any transcript to not the pause for applause – what we do not know is if it is like television where they put up signs and let you know when to applaud and also add laugh/applause tracks??

He goes on forever about “change” in a string of lies and perversions.  He brags about “fair pay act” for women that will help only trial lawyers and hurt everyone else (regardless of gender) He talks about the auto bailout as a good thing and not an attempt to have the government assert control over industry, and set precedent for breaking contract law…not to mention preventing the whole industry from actually recovering by allowing the creative destruction all economic growth is dependant on.  He actually said that he signed legislation that “saves the typical family more than $8,000 at the pump.  That’s what change is.”  Which will do wonders for the 50K in debt they’re going to have to go in just to get through this summer’s outrageous gas prices caused by Obama’s bad domestic policy, bad corporate policy, bad energy policy, and bad foreign policy.    He brags about nationalizing the student loan industry as if further causing the insane inflation of college tuition is a good thingHe touted the Obamacare as change for the better…because Obama is clearly either mentally insane or mentally challenged.  He gives himself credit for ending don’t ask don’t tell…when he did nothing, when Democrats did nothing when it could hurt them, and only passed it in a lame duck session…showing that they didn’t believe in it so much as believed in pissing off social conservatives…if they really believed in it they would have done it sooner rather than later.  “Change is the fact that for the first time in nine years, there are no Americans fighting in Iraq.”  A bold face lie as we still have people in Iraq….and again he patted himself on the back for taking that brave stand that I’m sure all 43 other president (and most of their opponents) would have taken in the same position and ordered Bin Laden’s hit.  Then, my favorite lie about his accomplishments  “Our economy is getting stronger.  The recovery is accelerating.”  Exactly what figures is he using to justify this statement?  The fact that real unemployment is unspeakably high?   The fact that Bernake clearly has never read anything by the Chicago or Austrian school and is inflating our money to near worthlessness?  This inflation being worsened by the stifling rules of regulation?  Barry I know the a man who’s power you clearly envy and want said “The bigger the lie the more people will believe it” but even if you fool your idiot voters into believing it, it still doesn’t even come close to making it true…and I have my doubts that the majority of the American public is going to believe your pathologic lying more than their own wallet.

“We’ve got to make sure that the next generation of manufacturing takes root not in Asia, not in Europe, but in factories of Detroit and Pittsburgh and Cleveland. […]I want us to stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas  — reward companies that are investing right here in the United States of America.” First, I’m glad that Obama and Rick Santorum are on the same page of “we need to focus on manufacturing” because clearly it’s 1870 and this is the future of America…you know let’s just ignore Gates and Jobs and every other expert in economics and industry that says the future of America is in high-end technical and information jobs…no clearly low education, low skill jobs of manufacturing are our future.  And yes we want to prevent jobs from going overseas…because if they did it might actually improve the economies of third world nations, bring stability, prosperity, and markets that are buying the high-tech stuff that only we can produce…no, no we can’t have that.  And I love how we’re “rewarding” companies for leaving, not, you know, punishing them with high taxes, high regulation,  complete devotion to unions  and corruption on our part…no it’s that they’re rewarded for leaving…because the laws of capitalism don’t stop no matter how hard you want them to.

Near the end of his speech he goes into some other stupid statements.  “I want to make our schools the envy of the world.”  You just don’t want to do what is necessary, like not only stop giving into the teacher’s union but actually working to gut them of their anti-education pro-corruption pro-incompetence stances.  I don’t see you stopping the obscene amount of waste that is passed off as professional development.  The useless bureaucracy. The lack of school choice.  The lack of nation wide standards.  The massive drain in money, time, and energy caused by educating the children of illegal immigrants.  You don’t seem to want to deal with any of the real problems.  You just want to raise union salaries, yes I’m sure throwing money at it will solve the problem.

“An economy built to last is one that supports scientists and researchers and science.”  But again I don’t see you doing anything to protect intellectual property rights and royalties.  I don’t see you doing anything to encourage discovery by lowering useless regulations.  I don’t see you doing anything but funneling money to your supporters into  scams like Solyndra.  I wonder what we’re going to find your kickback on that was in 10 years?

“I want our businesses and our people to have access to the best roads and the best airports, faster high-speed rail and Internet access.”  Okay, take away the regulations and let them build it themselves.  If they need it they’ll build it.

And then there is this utter lack of economic knowledge.

“The American story is not just about what we do on our own.  Yes, we’re rugged individualists and we expect personal responsibility, and everybody out there has got to work hard and carry their weight.  But we also have always understood that we wouldn’t win the race for new jobs and businesses and middle-class security if we were just applying some you’re-on-your-own economics.  It’s been tried in our history and it hasn’t worked.  It didn’t work when we tried it in the decade before the Great Depression.  It didn’t work when we tried it in the last decade.  We just tried this.  What they’re peddling has been tried.  It did not work.”

First, moron, the phrase is carry “their OWN weight”  emphasis on the own.  You seem to suggest we need to carry the weight of others, and I’ll get to how unspeakably evil that is in the next blog, but for now let’s just say that in addition to being morally reprehensible it shows no knowledge of how people act.  And actually it is competition, survival of the fittest, and you win or you lose on your own economics that has worked throughout all of human history.  When there is no competition there is no need to keep prices low and quality high (just look at the POS’s Government Motors puts out).  And jackass it did work in the 20’s.  What didn’t work is government interference at the first sign of a problem (see the collective work of Milton Friedman, especially A Monetary History of the United States  or The Forgotten Man by Shlaes…but I get the feeling Obama’s understanding doesn’t go beyond the childish Keynes and Krugman)…and, uh, I don’t think we can call the first decade of the this century a decade of capitalism.  When the president raises entitlements and Congress continues to try and rig whole markets, inflating prices to beyond unsafe levels (not to mention a buildup of decades of corporate welfare, Democrats and Republicans are to blame).  No what caused our problems from this last decade was, oh, gee, guess what, over spending! Over regulation in the wrong sectors.  Under regulations in the wrong sectors! You know Obamanomics-lite!  In your weekend address you like to point out that the 90’s was a time of economic prosperity…and stupidly you said it was because taxes were high?  Which not only begs the questions did he miss the GOP reigning in a little spending or welfare reforms (two things that will only happen if Obama is removed from office come January) … no it was only taxes.  conversely let’s look at the last time Obama’s economics were tried…the Carter years.  When unemployment and inflation were high…wait that sounds familiar.

Okay I could keep going but it should be obvious that A. I’m angry at Obama’s incompetence B. Obama is incompetence defined when it comes to economics (and regulation, and taxation, and foreign policy, and ….you get the idea), C. 4 more years of this dipshit will leave us a third world nation…I don’t need some grand conspiracy theory that he’s a socialist trying to destroy this country to believe that, I just need his absolute idiocy tempered by his raging ego.

Up next, why he’s not only an idiot, but possibly evil incarnate.

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