Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Friday, May 29, 2015


I saw Irwin Allen's EARTHQUAKE!* San Andreas today.  I did, in fact, see the original Earthquake when it hit theaters in 1974.  San Andreas is very much like that film, only cranked up to eleven.  SQUARED.  That is, not much plot, but lots of destruction.

It's worth the matinee price just to see the special effects.  I'm serious - the devastation is spectacular in every meaning of the word.

And Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson actually acts in the film, which was kinda surprising.

But the plot, what there is of it, is....  I was going to say "secondary" to the disaster porn, but that wouldn't be right.  Not even "tertiary."  What's the expression for fifth- or sixth-order of importance?

But turn off your plot-hole analyser, shut down your "it doesn't work like that!" processor, set your brain to "numb," and watch Los Angeles and San Francisco collapse in glorious big-screen style.  (I saw it in 2D.  I've read that 3D mutes the colors somewhat.)

And try not to enjoy it too much.  Remember, if it ever does happen who will be footing the bill.

(*Yes, I know Irwin Allen didn't make Earthquake!, but he was the king of disaster porn movies in the 70's.)

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