Archive for June, 2013

Normally I don’t blog this much about high school, especially after leaving it for good, but now seems like the perfect time with these classic lyrics.

Happy trails, to you, until we meet again! Happy trails, to you, keep smiling until then!

People are always sad to see the seniors go, especially when we’re close to the underclassmen, but our journey is just starting and its a happy time of our lives now as we create our own piece of history.

Now as for the history of the song, its simple. It was performed by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans (husband and wife). They had a Saturday Tv show back when westerns were cool and people liked singing cowboys & cowgirls. They would close each episode with this song. As for how I know it, well my dad likes old stuff like that, I know, how boring but you get used to it. So yeah…

To anyone who knows me, it shouldn’t be surprising that I just quoted the Hunger Games. What might shock some people though is what I say next about things going on in the government this week.

First locally in Texas, there’s a bill in the state Congress that would put further restrictions on abortion after 20 weeks and various other restrictions just to over complicate things simply because Texas does that with actions we don’t like. The fact is, even with the filibustering by Dem. Wendy Davis, something is eventually going to pass and life goes on. On the other hand, abortions will most likely always be legal as long as we have the 2-party system in both state and federal Congresses. Until Roe vs. Wade becomes replaced (which will probably never happen), abortions will be legal and socially popular. It is a part of society’s ideology when it comes to women’s rights.

At the federal level, there is the Supreme Court ruling at the end of the week on whether or not gay marriage is constitutional. In all honesty, I’m sure it will pass because since there is not an official religion, we cannot rule out the legality which is based on logistics and maybe even ethics. The inevitability that gay marriage will pass is strong and those who oppose it really cannot stop it without becoming “narrow-minded” and “bigoted”. While I am confident in the passing of the legalism, I do not fully support it. I am fundamentally for anyone who wants to pursue happiness in any way possible, however as a Christian of the Southern Baptist denomination, I am against any idea not the one man-one woman marriage of the Bible. In the Bible, we are taught to love the sinner and hate the sin because we are all sinners. I may get called narrow-minded and a bigot, but I’ll at least stand for something.

“If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.” Malcolm X

I try to stay true to my beliefs while acknowledging the reality of modern society. As long as you don’t over exhibit your beliefs in a way which disturbs the peace, then I’m fine with people doing what they want if it makes them happy. After all, if there’s any motto we should collectively live by it is a simple one…

Don’t worry, be happy.”Bob Marley

When I first heard this, I thought it was weird. Now after watching both parts of Atlas Shrugged, which is based on Ayn Rand’s novel by the same name, I’ve come to realized that John Gault represented more than a character. John Gault was the symbol of free will. John Gault is Capitalism. Capitalism cannot survive without free enterprise. The controllers of corporate companies didn’t rise from nothing by being equally fair, they saw opportunity whenever it was present and seized the moment.

It is omnipresent that this idea of fairness and equality for all is on a runaway train so to speak heading to the loss of the economic system that allowed our nation to achieve greatness during the 19th & 20th centuries. To prosper, there must be competition. To compete, people must create unfairness in order achieve dominating power over someone else. The government shouldn’t be a player or monopolist, but rather as a regulated to make sure there is always competition. This was learned with Theodore Roosevelt when he struck the Square Deal with the industrialist gods at the turn of the 20th Century. (The industrial gods of the time were Carnegie, J. P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller,¬† etc.) Although we have improved in technology and safety, we have slowed to a grinding halt when it comes to American innovation, that which cemented those men in history. We take Rand’s novels for granted and treat them as far-fetched stories of science fiction. In all reality though, she couldn’t be more right. This was written many years ago, but if we continue as we are, what happens in the novel will be a mirrored image of reality. We still have to change our course we’re on, we just need to finish screwing the light bulb of common sense to see how to extinguish¬† the fuse of the bomb of ignorance.

“If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater his effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders – what would you tell him?”

To shrug.”

– Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Exterminate. Delete. Regenerate.

To most people, Doctor Who is a weird British show that thinks its sci-fi. DW is hard to describe without someone watching the series. Before I watched it, I thought it was the dumbest show ever at least compared to anything Sherlock Holmes. It’s really hard not to get addicted to the series and all the quotes or additional characters that come and go. Between the Daleks, Cybermen, and the bittersweet regenerations, DW makes one’s emotions go on a roller coaster with the brilliant twists and turns of the story arcs. Over the course of 13 12 regenerations, the Doctor is accompanied by multitudes of companions who in a way keep him human while adjusting to his weird alien ways. In the later regenerations, he has a sonic screwdriver which does all sorts of things to practically everything…except for wood.

If you haven’t seen the show yet, start with the 2005 one. The really old one wouldn’t be anywhere as entertaining. In the spirit of Doctor Who, the best way to approach the series is…”Run!”

Geronimo!!!!!!

Most people who read this are probably wondering what I’m smoking to get these 3 things to make sense together. Really the connection isn’t a thing but a name, Tom T. Hall. Most people don’t know who he was because they didn’t have to listen to old country music growing up. The fact that this particular song popped into my head is kinda random. For those who don’t know, Hall was known as one of the best storytellers in country music. As for the song, searching for the song is easier than me attempting to post it from my kindle. Its fun to listen to songs like these that illuminate one’s imagination with vibrant colors unifying their diversities to paint a picture of a more simple and relaxed time before we got caught up with rushing everywhere and the chaos of the modern world.

Before I explain the scene, I must say that I thought Man of Steel is probably the best DC movie beating the Dark Knight trilogy by far. Now for the explanation, it does contain a spoiler.
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