Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The truth...


Hey guess what everyone?

Our government has been lying their proverbial asses off about how well the war is going! I know what your thinking, Joe is off on another one of his silly rants involving corporate conspiracy and political corruption, brace your selves...

And your right! But let me ask you this, after you've checked out some of these leaked documents that the government is all in a huff about, are you really all that shocked?! I mean hasn't the obvious snow job covering the reality of the situation in Afghanistan, made the whole thing that much more bearable for all of us?

I mean, we've know in our hearts that we've been doing all sorts of bad shit over there, accidental and incidental, but just so long as we didn't have to be reminded about it in gory detail, who cared. Which by the way makes us all culpable. You see the law in this country says that if you knew your next door neighbor was conducting vigilante style justice, torturing and killing the guilty along with the collateral innocent, and you didn't turn them in...well you'd be tossed in jail if it was found out that you knew.

But hey, that's a reflection of where our morals have gone to in this country.

I think it's a real defining moment when all the attention is placed on seeking out the source of the leak, the documents of which have yet to be refuted by the government, as apposed to exploring the reality of what they're telling us....you know...the truth.

Joe

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Inception -

Wow, what an incredibly well written and directed movie!

Folks, if you are tired of the crap you've been fed thus far from an industry that continues to offer the same old candy assed, teen angst ridden, vampric slop, you need to see this movie!

OK, just so your prepared, you will need to use most of the brain functions that typically turn them selves off while watching the previous mentioned vampric slop, because without them you may get lost. This movie's story line is so fast that there's simply no room to get a snack or to use the bathroom. You must simply stare aghast at what's taking place before you and try and grasp the levels of it's complexity.

Trust me, I was there, I never looked away and my mind never wandered. I was simply trying desperately to hold on to the concept and the story, but all the while loving the ride.

For those of you wondering if this was simply a remake of the 1984 film Dreamscape, while it shared some of the idea's, I likened it more to the 1983 film Brainstorm with a twist of Dreamscape.

Christopher Nolan, of Batman Returns and Memento fame gets writer and directer credits for this masterpiece. The actors, all of them the very best of the best, Leonardo DiCaprio,  Josef-Gordon Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Marion Cottilard, Pete Postlethwaite, Michael Caine, & Lukas Haas, were all brilliant.

Best move so far this year folks, Inception sets the benchmark to judge all others by for sure.

Enjoy! :)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

What could you buy with nine billion dollars a month?

This week, the headline that has stood out most for me was not the loss of a senator, but the continued hemorrhage of this countries blood, sweat, and tears, for a war which is just catastrophically insane.

The CNN posting of Julian E. Zelizer's commentary titled, "How Afghanistan became the ignored war." mirrors much of what I feel and makes me wonder even more about the cost in dollars.

Folks, we cannot treat this expenditure like a gym membership we don't use and refuse to cancel due to the embarrassment accompanied by such a thing. It's a sad analogy, and certainly not something we want to associate with the loss and sacrifice of lives.

As a member of the largest consumer driven economy in the world, I have gained an education that serves me well enough to ask, "What is my money buying me?" 

But instead of stewing in the realm of buyers regret, lets pretend for a moment that we had a choice to take the money for a war we have already lost, and lets use it instead for something that will make a difference at home in a most immediate way.

The latest statistic I've seen is 9,000,000,000 (NINE BILLION) dollars a month for the war in Afghanistan alone. OK....Let's see, what on earth could you buy with such a paltry sum of money?

You could...
  • Start helping states recover their deficits, specifically those who's economies are closest to bankruptcy
  • Start paying teachers, instead of firing them
  • Start to fund more scholarships and grants to students
  • Start providing veterans the health-care benefits they truly deserve
  • Start the largest job creation event since the depression, and start rebuilding this countries infrastructure
  • Start building new power grids that can connect to new power sources
  • Start building huge fields of wind and solar energy farms
  • Start building a viable security system at all points of entry into this country in order to protect ourselves from crazed terrorists
Let's stop blowing shit up, lets stop killing innocents as indiscriminately as we kill the guilty, and lets start taking care of business here in our own damn back yards. The weeds of greed, corruption, selfishness and ignorance are going to choke us to death if we don't start yanking them.

If you want a wake up call, a veritable slap of reality in the face about the ever growing price tag of the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, go to http://costofwar.com . It's a pretty informative web site, I especially liked the part where you could see the trade offs. 

California currently has a state deficit of 16,000,000,000 (16 Billion) dollars, it's contribution in tax's towards the war since 2001 has been 132,000,000,000 (132 Billion) dollars and counting.

I have two questions people, what the fuck are we doing, and are we out of our fucking minds?!

Maybe...?

Joe