The Martian

I went into this movie with very high expectations. I left this movie very highly pleased.

Matt Damon does his best acting job of his career in my opinion. His personality pretty well steals what should have been a sci-fi classic on the merits of sci-fi.

As usual, with anything Hollywood, when tackling science, they get some basic stuff right and then the world brags on all the things they did to get the simple stuff right. Then, without fail, they totally wing whatever science they feel like for the sake of the movie. This movie does that as well. Some of the science gaffs are pretty laughable. However, with other recent blockbuster science fiction movies like Apollo 18, it’s not enough to wreck the entire movie. In this case, you just kind of ignore it ( if you notice it at all ). Damon’s character is just that engaging. No spoilers, yet. So, I’m ending this right now.

But, definitely go see this movie. As with any “real” space movie, it’s best seen on the biggest screen you can possibly see it on. Imax 3D would have been awesome.

Neil deGrasse Tyson does Edward Snowden?

For whatever reason, Neil deGrasse Tyson wanted traitor-turned-Russian-outcast Edward Snowden’s opinions on some topics.  The best I can tell all we got was meaningless blather that with encryption alien worlds may never be discovered.  I think that’s pretty stupid actually.  There’s a LOT of communications that are most desirably unencrypted being as you really, really, want to get you message out there.  Kinda like he did for example, except if it was a sincere message, they wouldn’t charge for it.

I like Neil fine, but him discussing science with people of less than questionable values just cheapens his status.  Seriously, why would anyone care about Snowden’s views of extra-terrestrial life?  Even on his podcast, look at the comments.  No one is the least bit concerned about the alien discussion, it’s all about what Snowden did.  The science was completely dismissed and cheapened.

Don’t do that any more Neil.  Talk to stars who have a brain that most people look up to.

When a doctor opposes Planned Parenthood

I’m not pro-life, I’m a realist.  So, no need to get all liberal uppity on me over this issue.  It’s the politics of it I’m talking about here, not the moral judgment of the issue itself.  OK?  If you can handle that, let’s go on with the post.

During the Iran Nuclear Deal positioning, Representative Bill Foster had this to offer:

“As the only physicist remaining in Congress — in fact, the only Ph.D. scientist of any kind — I have felt a special responsibility to perform due diligence on the technical components of the proposed nuclear agreement,” Foster said….

“I do believe that voting for this deal will make it less likely that Iran will develop nuclear weapons,” Foster said. “And voting against this deal, with no better options in sight, makes the potential for Iran to develop a nuclear weapon more likely.”

Bill, there IS a better option in sight.  It’s worked for 35 years.  The proof is in the pudding that Iran, after 35 years, still WANTS nuclear technology.  Get it, Bill, they WANT it.  Your vote gives it to them and hopes they don’t use it for the intent they’ve stated for those 35 years,

So, if he thinks his life experiences justify him in junking common sense and going with the party line, then he would have to appreciate the following.

Today Congress voted 248-177 to defund Planned Parenthood in the wake of a TON of overwhelming evidence that Planned Parenthood is behaving in less the morally upright standards.

“I am getting emotional here because it is an emotional issue for me,” said. Rep Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), who said he delivered more than 3,000 babies in his 30 years as an obstetrician.

That’s right, Congressman Phil Roe is an obstetrician.  So therefore, the fact he is the only member of Congress delivering babies should trump the entire issue and it should be passed as is.

Right, Bill?

Bill’s logic is fubar.  It’s not the technology we’re dealing with in Iran.  It’s the people in charge of that technology who do NOT want to play fair with nuclear weapons.  Obama is rewarding them for NOT playing nice.  Is that what Bill Foster wants to do or not?  The fact he knows what happens when atoms collide does not mean squat over whether or not the Iranians want to put bombs on the ICBM’s they’re buying from Russia just as the fact that a guy delivering babies doesn’t know whether or not Planned Parenthood can play nice “selling” abortions.

The difference between the two is Phil’s vote is mostly symbolic.  Obama LOVES abortions, loves Planned Parenthood, and thinks it’s fantastic they’ve found ways to subsidize their meager federal income by selling baby parts no mother obviously cared about.  It will go the eventual way of all those aborted babies.

Bill Foster’s vote could very possibly lead to nuclear, or a traditional ground war between Syria and Israel.  But hey, at least he has a Ph.D. to justify all that.

On Trump leading the polls

Today’s thoughts:

Although Donald Trump is still leading in the polls, It’s purely for entertainment reasons.  He’s the best thing going for the Republican Party right now.   However, starting apparently right about now, people will start tiring of all the bombast and personal attacks.

People are reading a lot into Dr. Ben Carson‘s move on Trump.  He needs to be careful with that.  I truly think it’s primarily the impact of one of the other great conservatives dropping out.  That’s not necessarily because of anything great Ben did, it’s because their campaign never got any traction.

As much as Rick Perry dropping out helped Carson, be careful for the false-bump I think Trump would get when Chris Christie drops out ( and he will  eventually ).  Again, that won’t be because of any great speech Trump gives on that day, it will be only because the crowd is thinning.

As candidates do drop out, I think that actually benefits Carson more than Trump as most candidates have painted themselves as conservatives more so than moderate, middle of the road, “businessman” Trump has painted himself.  That primarily pits his people against Fiorina‘s people and I don’t see her dropping out anytime soon, if at all.

Supporting Iran

John Kerry and President Obama worked and worked and worked, for over two years, to deal with the fact Iran was developing nuclear weapons that they, being Iran, promised to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth with.  Given their antagonistic history with the US and all, they were kinda making the same claims about us as well, most people felt a heavy hand was needed to keep them in line until the day came when a more cooperative and peaceful regime was in command.

Obama didn’t feel like patience was a good plan.  He secretly contacted Iran, which actually IS treason and a good enough reason for him to be removed from office, if not worse.  But, Republicans capitulated and Kerry just started negotiating with the country we had no formal relations with at all.

During the negotiations, the person we were actually negotiating with promised to his people he’d just lie a lot, get us off their backs, and then destroy us.  John Kerry just laughed that off.

So, after working so hard, for so long, John Kerry gives us the deal for our approval.  We give Iran $150,000,000,000 and they promise not to do anything bad.  In order to assure they are NOT doing anything bad, they will watch after themselves for twelve years.  If THEY find out THEY are doing something in violation of the non-treaty, they will invite the inspectors of their choice to the facility after sixty days, or more, have passed.

While this was being worded exactly as Iran wanted it, they were caught violating the non-treaty.  They promised not to do it again, but signed a deal purchasing the equipment to do it from North Korea, who we also don’t have a non-treaty with.  In order to help build the facilities this non-treaty may nor may not cover, they hired Russia.  Yet another not-so-cooperative non-treaty member.

Then the fun part started.  In order to get this deal approved, Obama told the Senate and Congress this deal was in fact, not a treaty.  And therefore, since it’s not a treaty, doesn’t need a simple majority to nullify the non-treaty.  In other words, only a minority has to support the non-treaty that binds the US to 150 BILLION DOLLARS and lets Iran develop both “peaceful” nuclear technology AND intercontinental ballistic missiles. In exchange for all that, this minority assure the United States citizens they get, drum roll please:


That’s it.

At the time of this writing, these Senators feel that this is a good deal, with most citing the same logic, “It’s not perfect, but it’s better than nothing.”.

They’re lying to you.  It IS nothing.

Contact them and tell them this deal is bat turd crazy and only radical Muslims could support it.  Seriously, ask them what benefit it has to the average US citizen.  I have asked, you won’t get a straight answer.

But rather than tossing around labels defining the obvious. REMEMBER this when their next election rolls around.  The ONLY duty of the US federal government is to PROTECT US from evil.  If these people won’t do that, they don’t need to be in office:

  • Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.)
  • Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)
  • Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)
  • Cory Booker (D-N.J.)
  • Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)
  • Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)
  • Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.)
  • Tom Carper (D-Del.)
  • Bob Casey (D-Pa.)
  • Chris Coons (D-Del.)
  • Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.)
  • Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
  • Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)
  • Al Franken (D-Minn.)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
  • Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.)
  • Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.)
  • Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii)
  • Tim Kaine (D-Va.)
  • Angus King (I-Maine)
  • Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
  • Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)
  • Edward Markey (D-Mass.)
  • Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)
  • Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)
  • Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.)
  • Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)
  • Patty Murray (D-Wash.)
  • Bill Nelson (D-Fla.)
  • Gary Peters (D-Mich.)
  • Jack Reed (D-R.I.)
  • Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
  • Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
  • Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii)
  • Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)
  • Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.)
  • Jon Tester (D-Mont.)
  • Tom Udall (D-N.M.)
  • Mark Warner (D-Va.)
  • Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)
  • Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)

And especially don’t forget Bernie Sanders, who wants to be the Commander in Chief of our military.

Remember these people when we’re dealing with Iranian nuclear warheads in the hands of terrorists.  Thanks to these morons, it will happen sooner now that Iran has the cash to do it.


Hillary and Ashley

Two different scandals are rocking the planet at exactly the same time.  I’ve not seen it printed anywhere else, so I’m going to put it out there.

Right about the time Hillary told us all of the important stuff on her private server stored somewhere in her house was “wiped clean”, the Ashley Madison dating site was hacked, exposing a whole lot of information Ashley Madison claimed had been wiped clean.

Coincidence?  I doubt it.

Ashley Madison IS Hillary Clinton.

Now that it’s on the internet, it’s real.


Top Ten David Bowie guitar riffs

This post is a pretty much knee-jerk reaction to a post I saw on Facebook referencing an article about David Bowie’s Ten Best riffs.  It’s a pretty good list, but for a true Bowie fan, has two GLARING omissions.  So, here’s my list with no GLARING omissions.

How many of these songs can you identify in less the five seconds? That’ a classic guitar riff all by itself and what I’ve tried to focus on here.

This song has several classic riffs in it. The one I’m thinking of starts at about :45 into the song although the intro itself stands alone.

Check back with me tomorrow and I’ll have a completely different top ten. Seriously. David Bowie peaked during the classic guitar era of rock. He featured some of the most incredible guitar players of our generation. Mick Ronson I have always claimed belongs right up there with the Jimi Hendrix’s and Eric Claptons. Toss in some help from other players like John Lennon and you’ve just got too much to handle for one short list like this. Two of my favorites, Time and Heroes, would definitely make any other band’s list. Both great songs, but just not for this list. I’m not really dissing the list I referred to, it just relies more on rhythm whereas I like the tone and melody aspects more.

So, tell me:

What's your favorite David Bowie guitar riff?