Friday, September 29, 2006 


I don't know how many of you folks out there are science fiction or fantasy fans. If you're not I think it's your loss. Despite what your bitchy old maid English teacher told you in Jr. High School, it's just as legitimate a literature as any other and asks the big questions about the "human condition" just as well as any other, sometimes better. After all, what's more important than the future and the genre provides an excellent opportunity for "if this goes on" kinds of stories.

Naturally, the message people draw from these stories depend a lot on what they bring to the story with them. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy is a classic example. It is excellently written with a depth and attention to detail one seldom sees. Virtually everyone who reads the books insists on seeing them as allegorical, i.e. one extended metaphor from cover to cover. I've met people who see an object lesson on abandoning traditional values, others who see the Second World War acted out in a commentary on fascism, still other see an environmental angle with the Ents. Lots of us have met hippy folk in the 60s and 70s quite convinced the stories foretold the peace, love, and dope generation. So much so that they insist the Hobbits pipeweed is marijuana. The point being that despite the author's intention a reader may take a totally different message home than the author intended. And no, that admission doesn't legitimize that stupid deconstructionist crap.

So it is with the movie Chronicles of Riddick starring Vin Diesel, a sorta, kinda sequel to Pitch Black. I enjoyed the movie greatly. I thought it was great story, although many might find it too dark in tone. This wasn't a problem for me since I like my entertainment a little on the dark side. I'm one of those people that find people who are always chipper and happy intolerable. Morning people are particularly irritating. If you see me chipper and happy go-lucky, it's probably raining. But I digress.

I'm not going to go all through the movie, so for the 3 or 4 of you who haven't seen it, grab the DVD. I'm going to concern myself with the heavies in the movie, the Necromongers. I found these blood-thirsty closed-minded homicide machines to be a perfect metaphor for our present day Muslims. Ironically, one of the first people they waste in the film is a Muslim Imam. I know, I know. Muslims in the future? It doesn't compute, but no movie is perfect.

The Necromonger's religious beliefs are beyond bizarre, they are demonstrably insane. In order to achieve their paradise, the UnderVerse, they are dedicated to setting things right. Unfortunately for everybody that isn't one of them, the Necromongers consider life itself to be a cosmic mistake, a tragic accident, a cosmic infestation if you will. They are literally a death cult. They practice what they preach by sterilizing themselves when they become Necromongers to prevent themselves from adding to the problem. Consequently, they increase only by conversion, which is easier than it sounds since the only other choice is to be murdered. Sound familiar? This is their only function. They travel from place to place, planet to planet, and destroy everything the find. Those that will convert are converted into killing machines themselves. Everyone that won't is killed. Then the process is repeated somewhere else. They are relentless and are too far gone to be reasoned with. They know that their cause is righteous and the only way; they will brook no disagreement. That should also sound familiar.


Pope Kerfuffle

I've got to tell you Muslim logic totally baffles me. I've had a saying for some years that I frequently told my son when he was growing up as well as some members of future majority groups when they would listen. That being, "You can't prove a man wrong by proving him right." The ummah predictably provided instant validation for the observations of the formerly obscure Byzantine Emperor. I was disappointed with the Pope for giving even as little as a semi-apology. It takes the focus off of their insane behavior, which is where it should be. Instead of apologizing we should be screaming such statements from every mountaintop.


Extended Absence

Looking at my blog here I see that I haven't posted in a month. My apologies to the 15 or so of you that still read my blog. At one time I was getting about 150 a day but lost 90% of that the last time I took a month off for personal reasons. The reason this time is that I started a new job and I work mostly at night now and some funky weird hours that leave me in a dazed zombie-like state most of the time. Don't panic though, Howard Dean still sounds abso-freaking-lutely nuts to me.

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  • The All Seeing Eye. A symbol of the Enlightenment and I like to think one day it will be a symbol of me. *** Middle-aged juvenile delinquent. *** Meyers-Briggs INTP if you follow that. *** My primary interests are in history, philosophy, languages, and literature. All the things that guarantee you'll never get a well-paying job.
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You can't run as a phony patriot and then claim your victory is a mandate for surrender.

--Ann Coulter--

If you kill them, they’re martyrs. If you lock them up, they’re martyrs. So kill them.


The uncontested absurdities of today are the accepted slogans of tomorrow.

--Ayn Rand--

There is not a truth existing which I fear or would wish unknown to the whole world.

--Thomas Jefferson--

For everyone but America the free world is mostly a free ride.

--Mark Steyn--

The fact is that political stupidity is a special kind of stupidity, not well correlated with intelligence, or with other varieties of stupidity. At the higher levels of the intelligentsia, the correlation may actually be inverse: the more brilliant you are, the stupider your politics. Albert Einstein seems to have thought well of Stalin; Hitlerism got its start in the universities.

--John Derbyshire--

One man's theology is another man's belly laugh.

--Robert A. Heinlein--

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile--hoping it will eat him last.

--Winston Churchill--

One day, our grandchildren may ask us what we did when Islamic fascism threatened the free world. Some of us will say we were preoccupied with fighting that threat wherever possible; others will be able to say they fought carbon dioxide emissions. One of us will look bad.

--Dennis Prager--

Nothing could be more jolting and discordant with the vision of today's intellectuals than the fact that it was businessmen, devout religious leaders and Western imperialists who together destroyed slavery around the world. And if it doesn't fit their vision, it is the same to them as if it never happened.

--Thomas Sowell--

It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.

--Calvin Coolidge--

It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.

--Samuel Adams--

The flames kindled on the 4th of July 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work them.

--Thomas Jefferson--

All government is an ugly necessity.

--G. K. Chesterton--

America learned the hard way: it's the world of September 10th that's really crazy.

--Mark Steyn

Public schools are forbidden from mentioning religion not because of the Constitution, but because public schools are the Left's madrassas.

--Ann Coulter--

We expect nothing from the MSM. It never disappoints us.

--Joe Guzzardi--

The world will not greet you with open arms, but with a clenched fist.

--Barry Goldwater--

Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and is as necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families.

--Benjamin Rush--

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like a fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.

--George Washington--

It should be the highest ambition of every bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity; but that its influence may be co-extensive with the world, and stamp political happiness or misery on ages yet unborn.

--George Washington--

"We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

--C. S. Lewis--

Diplomacy is the art of saying "Nice doggy" until you can find a rock.


"They must cast off the European skin, never to resume it. They must look forward to their posterity rather than backward to their ancestors."

--John Quincy Adams--

I am for doing good to the poor, but...I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.

-€”Benjamin Franklin--

There is nothing a nonconformist hates more than another nonconformist who doesn't conform to the existing standards of nonconformity.


Male White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (W.A.S.P.) oppression must end.


[I]n Her Majesty's northern Dominion the public health system is such an article of faith that no private hospitals are permitted: Canada’s private health care system is called 'America'.

--Mark Steyn--

When I sell out, this is where the blogads will go. Please remember, it's not for me. It's for the children.


Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

--Theodore Roosevelt--

It's never too late to have a happy childhood.


Tolerance is the virtue of a man without convictions.

-- G. K. Chesterton--

"A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel."

--Robert Frost--

A formula that makes religion and politics easy to understand: (Islam - Allah = Communism)


It seems amazing that no Continental politician is willing to get to grips with the real crisis facing Europe in the 21st century: the lack of Europeans.

--Mark Steyn--

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