Okay, on to the rest of the post.
The Video Vault - I added some videos to my collection this past week, as I always buy more than I should to qualify for Amazon.com's super saver (cheap bastard) shipping. Here's what just arrived in the mail:
John Adams - This is the HBO miniseries based on the book which has given me fuel for quite a few posts. I had been thinking about picking this one up for a while, although circumstances (and cash) did not cooperate. But I've got it and just watched the first part prior to finishing this post. My only reservation is that it stars Pig Vomit, AKA Paul Giamatti, who played that infamous role in Howard Stern's movie. Seriously, it put a dent in my desire for the vid. But everybody seems to think it was good, and more importantly, accurate to the book. And I almost got Pig Vomit out of my mind through what I have seen.
From the Earth to the Moon - This one was down to $25!!! Twelve hours on the varous facets of NASA's Apollo program. To tell you how good, they first land on the Moon in part six. And the remaining six parts are certainly prime viewing. Tom Hanks had his hands on it, and many of the crew from Apollo 13 (also in the collection) reprised their roles for the miniseries. It's like crack for a NASA junkie (me)). And it (and my new bass) is the reason the blog has slacked for most of the week.
The Right Stuff - More feeding of my NASA addiction. This one covers the original seven Mercury astronauts. I finished this one last night, and about burned out on manned spaceflight. It's a little more about storytelling than accuracy. But it's good, and it popped up when I was searching out From the Earth to the Moon so I said sure.
Zack and Miri Make a Porno - It's a fucking Kevin Smith movie ('nuff said). I've had it for a few days. And as it has a love story in it, it was unacceptable during the dark times. But I should be able to watch it tonight, and quote liberally (oops) from it.
Update: For those of you who didn't see Howard Stern's movie, here's Pig Vomit:
The Revelations - It was in From the Earth to the Moon that I found my revelation. it came in the realization that we are driven too much by popular opinion. In the series, there's a period where NASA is reeling from the tragedy of Apollo 1, and there is a danger Congress will shut the missions down (courtesy of an asshat named Walter Mondale). I'll assume you know the history enough to know that public opinon eventually carried the day.
But out of it I got a somewhat sickening revelation:
Conservatives are, due to the shifts of culture, doomed to be a minority in this country.
I know what you're thinking (if you're me and you're thinking "shitpissfucksticks" that is). However, a short explanation is due.
The majority in this country has always not really given a shit about politics and has ridden the popular sentiment. And that sentiment, for better or worse, has been leaning toward liberalism and bigger government for almost 50 years. This is a lot of momentum. And conservatism has, except for brief periods, generally lost ground, or sacrificed shrinking government to some other goal. And now we're at a period where government is growing unabated. More on that in a minute.
But, having begun the video journey with Mr Adams, I am reminded of a quote from the book (which I subsequently looked up): We were about one third Tories, and [one] third timid, and one third true blue. To be honest, I wish we had those numbers.
We can begin to turn this though, but it will be a long fight of decades. The key, of course is education. But those we elect must also embrace these principles, even when the poular sentimet says otherwise. Because it's going to take a whole lot of work to begin winning ground again, especially since Porkulus will be signed into law Tuesday.
Porkulus and the Asshat - With passage of this "stimulus bill" in the books and President Obama's pen being arranged to sign the abomination, someone gets asshat status for this. But I'm not giving it to the President, because he either knows what the bill will do or honestly (HA) thinks it will work. And I won't give it to the Democrats, because it's their bill. Now when chaos ensues, then I might find some asshats to name, but not on their infernal victory.
The GOP? No, the asshats that usually disappoint and buckle like a belt actually grew spines and said no. Except for Senators Specter, Collins, and Snowe. But I have a feeling they bough some big-time favors, although they'll probably get screwed over. So I'm not going to give them the "honor" until they get screwed.
Then it occurred to me. When government grows, freedom is diminished. And Porkulus is about growing government. When one person is enslaved, we all bear the stain. And Porkulus is about enslavement. And those who forget their past are doomed to repeat it. Again, that's Porkulus.
And that's all of us.
So, for those of you who have been waiting to be declared an asshat, here it is: