Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I don't know if it was the hundreds of girls screaming every time Edward, (The Lead Vampire Guy) came onto the screen; or perhaps it was the fact that I was so ready for a new and exciting movie; either way, Twilight Delivered. The lamps dimmed and the stage was set. First, we were greeted with the new trailer for J.J. Abrams Star Trek. This of course was incredible. After a few flashing trailers, the lights went out completely and the tumult of females screaming filled the cramped and crowded theater. It was like Star Wars, or Lord of the Rings but hundred times more energetic.
At first, I didn't understand the infatuation. I didn't understand why this story was so compelling. I still don't but apparently, Edward is such a seductive character he somehow leapt off the page and had come to rest in the heart of every bubbling little girl. In short, it was an experience. I know this is a little late as the movie has been out for a while, but I am entering finals and haven't had time.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Hardcover Amazon Edition $100 only offered by Amazon.com)
Twilight, the first book in the series, Hardback
The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown, Hardback
Angels and Demons, Dan Brown, Hardback
Harry Potter, Any of the first six, Hardback
I-Pod Alarm Docking Station, Wal-mart, (I will add exactly which one)
Thursday, November 13, 2008
We as a nation are undergoing a transformation. It’s difficult; it’s devastating. But it also may be a necessary transformation that our country desperately needs. Today, we stand on the brink of the greatest depression since the Great Depression. Many are faced with a difficult choice. Do we continue to live beyond our means, or do we start appreciating what our means can get us? It is a fact that we, for the most part, have chosen our fate. In the end, it’s not the banks, or the economy that have failed; it’s not a poor president, it’s not a war, it’s not even an election. We have failed each other. We have lost something over the years. Perhaps it’s the American spirit. The statue of liberty reads, “"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..." Where is that yearning? Where is that desire; that will to have complete freedom and opportunity? We have become comfortable and most of all, we have lost sight of what is important.
Recently, I have been watching movies that center around the Great Depression. Films like “Cinderella Man” and “Seabiscuit.” There’s something in those movies. There’s something in those people, that generation. That is the something we have lost. I, more than most, am guilty of that loss. How many times have I sat back and wanted; instead of looking around at what I have? But it’s more than an outlook, it’s a revolution. It comes down to one word: Sacrifice. Has this generation, me included, ever sacrificed? I would take a stab, and probably would hit flesh to say that most who attend my school, have not sacrificed. Fathers used to go without food so their children wouldn’t stave. Now, we feel like if we go without our Starbucks, we cannot make it through the day.
The Lord’s Prayer, “Give us (God) this day our daily bread,” our daily bread. What does that mean? Simply, we are asking God to give us enough, sustain us, so that his glory can shine out through us. Looking around, I see that God has supplied me with more than my daily bread. In fact, my bread could feed a family of four. My father owns a small business. He has worked since the age of 16 and has never stopped providing my family and me an opportunity to succeed. Indeed, he has given me a chance, an opportunity to be better than he ever was. He has sacrificed; yet I have not. Instead, I have asked for more, and have expected more. I have asked and asked and asked. I am a product of this generation; selfish, comfortable.
I can’t help but think we deserve this. We deserve this depression we are so recklessly hurdling toward. We deserve the mess that will undoubtedly come over the next four years; we deserve the mess of the last eight. We deserve to be brought to our knees. We deserve to have everything stripped, everything stolen away. Our freedom, our money, our lives. Perhaps this new frontier, this new depression is necessary. What will it take to wake us up? The answer cannot come from policy, or a leader, it must come from within. Only within can we change. Maybe this country is doomed to fail. They say Democracy only lasts a hundred years, and we are living on borrowed time. But I don’t think so. I think we can endure. I think we are stronger than all who came before us.
One day, America will not be known as the land of opportunity, but it is not this day. Today, we are still the land of the somewhat free, the land of honor, and the land of promise. There will come a day when lady liberty does not welcome the poor, the wretched, and the meek; there will come a day when American values dissolve completely. There will come a day when democracy fails. The day may be close, but it is not this day. Some say the sun has set on this grand nation. Some say we cannot regain the respect of other nations. Some say we are lost. But it is not this day. Today, we are still strong. WE have strength to overcome this.
After 9/11 this country bound together. Americans can no longer live in a great society without sacrificing something for it. Our fathers sacrificed, my father sacrificed, is still sacrificing; his father… and his father. Today, it is our turn. We must take up the torch and carry on. Men have fallen, men have bled, and men have died. There is no one left to help us, no one left to take up the call but us. I feel it necessary to bind together once more, to stand up once more. Dedication: the giving up wholly or earnestly to some thing or purpose. I am dedicated to this country. I am dedicated to cleaning up the mess’s that have come and that will come. I am dedicated to this country. The question you must ask yourself is, are you?
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
They came for the Communists, and I
didn't object - For I wasn't
They came for the Socialists, and I
didn't object - For I wasn't a Socialist;
They came for the labor leaders, and I
didn't object - For I wasn't a labor leader;
They came for the Jews, and I didn't
object - For I wasn't a Jew;
Then they came for me -
Martin Niemoller, German Protestant Pastor,
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Have you seen the trailer for the new Bond movie? I doubt it will be better than the Casino Royal, but it looks amazing. Sadly, Martin Camble, who directed Casino Royal and Goldeneye, did not reprise his directorial role. But we do have Craig as Bond, Dench as M, and Giancarlo Giannini as Mathis. Giancarlo was the dad in a great movie called, "A Walk in the Clouds." It will be great!
I have always been a fan of the bond films, but now, I have new reason to watch. Granted, Daniel Craig is no Sean Connery, but he's the best since. Roger Moore, not my favorite. George Lazenby, super gay. Timothy Dalton, all there is to say is, wow. And then there was Pierce Brosnan. He was also in Mama-Mia....What a voice. (clearing of the throat)
Anyways, this movie looks to be one of the best and a good solid sequel to Royal. I am looking forward to November 14, one of the good days in an upcoming four bad years.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
"In less than 12 hours, people like you will join others from around the country in the biggest election in the history of mankind...mankind that word should have new meaning for all of us tonight. We cannot be torn apart by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interest. Perhaps it is fate that tomorrow is Election Day. And we will once again be fighting for our freedom. Not from Tierney, oppression or persecution, but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live, to exist. And should we win the day, this Election will no longer be known by race, or religion or change, but as a day when the world declared in one voice, “WE WILL NOT GO QUIETLY INTO THE NIGHT, WE WILL NOT VANISH WITHOUT A FIGHT, WE’RE GOING TO LIVE ON, WE’RE GOING TO SURVIVE, TODAY WE CELEBRATE THIS ELECTION DAY.”
From Independence Day”
Tomorrow when you cast your ballots, think of the stakes. Will you stand and fight for the good in America, or will you be crushed under the Socialism, Redistribution of wealth, and overall selfishness of society. John McCain is not perfect. But he is strong, and will bare the weight of this nation on his crippled shoulders. Do we want to leave our lives in the hands of a man who is untested, unqualified and un-American…I think not. Tomorrow, stand with America, stand with Democracy, stand with a patriot, a soldier, a man we can trust. Tomorrow, stand with John McCain. Help us all...Black, White, Orange, any color in between. Help us protect our money, our future, or freedom. I call on all Americans, you are our only hope.
I leave you with this, “I have seen, in your eyes, the same fear that would take the heart of me. I see a day were the strength of men fails. Shields shall be shattered, spears shall be splintered, souls shall be shaken, but it is not this day. Today the sun rises in the west, and with it’s light shall come a goodness and a strength so swift that all in it’s path will be subdued." Stand with America and protect her from evil, from greed, from Osama, I mean Obama. "This day we stand, this day we fight, men of the west.”
From Lord of the Rings, Return of the King.
And remember, tomorrows headline could read, "And this is how democracy dies, With thundering applause..."
Star Wars, Episode III