Monday, December 21, 2009

Star Trek

We missed the new "Star Trek" movie when it came out, so I ordered the DVD along with the latest Harry Potter. We watched it recently.

I remember the first S.T. movie many years ago. It was just boring, a lot of time spent going around the Enterprise showing detail which was just strange; it was like we don't have much of a script so let's show a (model) ship.

One thing that made the old S.T. series was that it always had a moral & likable characters. Of course it was made while my wife & I were in college so many of the special effects were not very good compared to ones available now.

Back to the movie, I found it great fun. It is sort of a prequel to the TV series. It explains how Spock & Kirk & Scotty & Uhuru & Sulu & Checkov & Bones all got together. It is a good guy v. bad guy (tho we see the motivation of the bad guys); it has action & some humor; so it was a good reflection of the the original TV show that we first saw & liked!

"Random chance seems to have operated in our favor" -- Spock
"In plain, non-Vulcan English, we've been lucky" -- McCoy
"I believe I said that, Doctor" -- Spock (The Doomsday Machine)

"Is there anyone on this ship, who even remotely, looks like Satan?" -- Kirk

"I am not aware of anyone who fits that description, Captain" -- Spock
"No, Mr. Spock, I didn't think you would be" -- Kirk (The Apple)

"Does everyone know about this grain but me?" -- Kirk

"Not everyone, Kepten, it's a Russian inwention." -- Checkov (The Trouble With Tribbles)

"Emotional, isn't she?" -- Spock

"She has always been so." -- Sarek
"Indeed. Why did you marry her?" -- Spock
"It seemed the logical thing to do at the time." -- Sarek (Journey To Babel)

"I signed aboard this ship to practice medicine, not to have my atoms scattered back and forth across space by this gadget." -- McCoy

"Just before they went into warp, I beamed the whole kit and kaboodle into their engine room, where they'll be no tribble at all." -- Scotty, explaining how he got rid of the tribbles (The Trouble With Tribbles)

"Mr. Spock, the women on your planet are logical. That's the only planet in the galaxy that can make that claim." -- Kirk (Elaan of Troyius)

(Final) frontier (n) a line or border separating two countries. • the district near such a line. • the extreme limit of settled land beyond which lies wilderness • the extreme limit of understanding or achievement in a particular area

ORIGIN late Middle English : from Old French frontiere, based on Latin frons, front- ‘front.’

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Spend more Save more

I was watching the TV & numerous Black Friday, Brown Saturday, Gray Sunday, Cyber Monday sales where on. The one which to me is the most ridiculous is the "Buy More Save More" ads. The best way to save more is to buy nothing!

P.O. & his allies believe since the first stimulus bill failed; we need another one! This is the Buy more save more in government. If spending money did not work then they believe spending more is the solution. Most people who are in their right minds don't truly believe continuing doing something that doesn't work more will work!

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein

“The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.” Bruce Feirstein

“Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.” George Orwell

“Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtaxed.” Oliver Wendell Holmes

insanity (n) the state of being seriously mentally ill; madness • extreme foolishness or irrationality

ORIGIN late 16th cent. : from Latin insanitas, from insanus (see insane )

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Kill Bill Kill Jobs

There was a movie a while back called "Kill Bill vol I" that I made the mistake of renting from the Library. It was about some woman who I think was trying to quit some sort of assassination group and they didn't want her to. There was a lot of senseless violence with a lot of blood & fighting of one vs. many many ninja types. The movie was a waste of time (my lovely wife was sensible enough to not watch it) and really was completely mindless.

Now we have politicians who do not understand how business works; business hires the people who pay taxes. There is a finite amount of money to buy bonds or invest in businesses. The government (which used have an AAA+ rating on its bonds) is borrowing all the money that could have gone to individuals or businesses that would be used to grow businesses which would lead to more jobs.

The Congress & P.O.'s highest priorities are Cap & Trade and Health Care "Reform." Both of these will Kill Jobs; especially the Cap & Trade Bill which raises taxes on all energy (coal, gas, oil,etc.). More money to government means less money for the small business people to create a products & jobs. HC "Reform" is basically for the first 4-5 years just a tax increase plus more regulation on insurance companies; which (you guessed it) leaves less money for the producers in society. Some actual reforms like containing lawsuit abuse or allowing insurance to sell across state lines (proposed by R) are not in the bill.

Kill Bill was mindless as are our politicians are in Kill Jobs mode.

Arizona faces unique healthcare challenges including uncompensated care for illegal immigrants, and the large number of Native Americans who live in remote and isolated areas of the state. Rick Renzi

Financial literacy is an issue that should command our attention because many Americans are not adequately organizing finances for their education, healthcare and retirement. Ron Lewis

Lawsuit abuse is a major contributor to the increased costs of healthcare, goods and services to consumers. Charles W. Pickering

MIND, n. A mysterious form of matter secreted by the brain. Its chief activity consists in the endeavor to ascertain its own nature, the futility of the attempt being due to the fact that it has nothing but itself to know itself with. From the Latin mens, a fact unknown to that honest shoe-seller, who, observing that his learned competitor over the way had displayed the motto "Mens conscia recti," emblazoned his own front with the words "Men's, women's and children's conscia recti." (DD)