Posted By Ed B

I have not seen "The Hunger Games", nor do I intend to.

It is a movie (and series of books) about a dystopian (opposite of utopian) future where teens must compete to the death (this much I know) in order to secure their liberty (here i'm guessing). Wait here, I'll google/wiki it. Still don't know, but at least secure their life.

This fiction is very popular among young adults. It was originally published by Scholastic!

If only these kids knew the real dystopian future lurking around the corner (toth to Joe).

I know of only one utopian vision that ended well on film, and that is "Things to Come" written by H.G. Wells, wherein a dictatorship of the most intelligent (progressives) saves the world.

Odd that another story by Wells shows such a dystopian future for man in "The Time Machine" wherein the Eloi are harvested by the Molochs. Perhaps the Time Machinist had zipped past the end of "Things to Come", discovering that it doesn't end so well when progressives are in charge.

I listen to the Goebels inspired Big Liar-in-Chief say his plans for the auto industry will cut my gas bill in half from $8000 to $4000 a year and hear the crowd cheer as I'm doing the math in my head.
I'll think out loud for you: I drive 500 miles a week round trip to work. I pay about $4/gal and get 20 mpg. Carry the zero.... That can't be right, oh yes it is. Ummm, 25 gallons time 4, that's $100 times 50 (two weeks vacation) = $5000.
Does your average family spend $8k on fuel and I only spend $5k?
Lucky me.
So if Progressives are so smart, how come they can't do simple math?
Remember, this financial wizard is planning your retirement.
For all 57states.
But Joe Biden is there to help him do the heavy thinking.

I'm off to church now, where I'll meet with others who share with me the only Hope we really have.

Have a blessed day


Posted By Ed B

I have an older laptop, about 6 years old, running XP Pro.

I run Microsoft Security Essentials on it for virus protection,
(AVG has just gotten too bloated and slow).
I use it mostly to blog and surf, but there are days that I fear for it's safety.
It slows down so much that I'm ready to throw it across the room.
I've tried Firefox, Chrome, PaleMoon, and a number of other browsers,
but it's the underlying operating system.

So last weekend I broke down and set up a partition for Ubuntu, a flavor of Linux.
Do I like it?

If I didn't use this laptop for programming equipment sometimes,
using software that would only run under Windoze,
I'd reformat the whole thing and run only Ubuntu on it.

It is fast.

It picked up all my hardware.

It has so much software that comes with the install, it surprised me.

No goofy command line like earlier versions of Linux that I tried, but didn't have the time to learn.

It even came with a remote viewing package (a VNC app) that is better than the one I downloaded before I realized it had one.

It didn't work so great at first, I'll admit, but that was because I didn't set it up with an internet connection during the install.
The second time, I did, and it downloaded all the updates it needed.
That made all the difference in the world.

I posted this using Firefox in Ubuntu.

What a pleasure.

Posted By Ed B

Back in the 40s, there was a great movie made called Miracle on 34th Street.
In it, one of the central characters, the Macy's Santa Claus, is fired for thinking he is St. Nick.

He is later exhonorated by the U.S. Post Office.

Fast forward to today.

A Macy's employee has been fired for restraining a cross dressing male from using the women's dressing room..
Even if he had surgery to look like a woman with his clothes off, he is a male.
XY chromosomes, never had ovaries, his parent's thought they had a daughter, that sort of thing.

I would think that most women in this country would consider it a good idea to keep men out of the women's dressing room.
A random sampling of the woman in my house found agreement with that.

Public opinion figured large in the movie.
I'm waiting to see how this plays out.

Posted By Ed B

I believe we need an amnesty program.

There are people in this country who have made a large mistake.

They brought extreme damage to this country.

They need to know that we are willing to forgive them should they acknowledge the mistake they made.

I think most Americans would be willing to forgive their fellow citizens for voting for Obama

As long as they promise not to do it again.

Posted By Ed B

I cannot see it.

I would rather see the country go to hell slowly under Romney than quickly under Obama.
If that's the choice.
I've read comments on other sites that stress the opposite.

At least going slow towards the cliff, you can hope for some other external event (Deus et Machina?) to intervene.
Sudden illness, national awakening, something.

Some people seem to long for the battle, the apocalypse.

It does however, occur to me that:
If Romney would be as bad, or nearly as bad, for the country as Obama, then we only have four more years of Obama, whereas we'd persumably have eight years of Romney, and extension of Obama lite by 4 years.
This is the only argument I can see for withholding your vote from Romney.
But it's not the argument I hear for it.

For the record, Romney is not my man.
But I know how to hold my nose and vote.



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