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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Winning in Los Angeles (and CA!) -- 2012 Dog Days Edition

Los Angeles, Sunset
Dear Governor Romney,


In the last Electoral Cycle, I did three posts about how to take Los Angeles and then (by default) California.  Now that we are in the dog days (and you are coming back to the US), here is something for your staff to help expand your reach.

The mathematics are simple:  

 37 Counties + San Diego + Los Angeles = California in Republicans hands.

Whomever fights for Los Angeles, wins California. If you and your team invest and the RNC, NRCC, and Adelson also do the same, you will have victories in the Palm Tree Empire.  You will not be sorry.


Governor Romney,

There is a central theme throughout the fight in Los Angeles, we are the Rebel Forces.  California is run, from top to bottom, by Democrats.  Like running against President Obama, all you have to say (and show) is: I'm not him.

How to crack the Palm Tree Empire? This Republican Goth (Elected to the 50th GOP Assembly District) will lead you out of the darkness.

The Palm Tree Empire

1) INVEST IN RPLAC AND CAGOP!! INVEST IN RPLAC AND CAGOP!! INVEST IN RPLAC AND CAGOP!!!

You need ground forces (Sun Tzu), and how do you get them streamlined to fight behind enemy lines? $$$

Here is how much each group needs, please have your partisans and fundraisers send these amounts, thanks!

CAGOP: $50,000,000
RPLAC:  $10,000,000

Staffers will be able to man phones and take the ground. Put our leaders in touch with Sheldon Adelson, there are many reasons to flip this county.  Winning 55 Electoral Votes is one of them.

2) Governor Romney, as a moderate, stay away from Social issues.  A lot of artists (in Central LA and beyond; below the Tri-valleys) don't want to bothered by the bureaucracy (especially among the Goths where I campaign), they would be perfect members of Grover Norquist's "Leave us Alone Coalition,"

As long as LA has no business' incoming (and Runaway Productions), the tax base is shrinking.  The majority democratic City Council are nickel and diming the public. Who wants to deal with a Local Government asking for funds when the same people are anti-business?


Stand up for the Locals of Los Angeles against the Anti-business forces in City Government, you will get votes. 

3) Invest in Prop. 32, it will give you a leeway after you are in the White House.  Read this:


"Restricts union political fundraising by prohibiting use of payroll-deducted funds for political purposes. Same use restriction would apply to payroll deductions, if any, by corporations or government contractors. Permits voluntary employee contributions to employer or union committees if authorized yearly, in writing. Prohibits unions and corporations from contributing directly or indirectly to candidates and candidate-controlled committees. Other political expenditures remain unrestricted, including corporate expenditures from available resources not limited by payroll deduction prohibition. Limits government contractor contributions to elected officers or officer-controlled committees."


If you want to help win the Palm Tree Empire, start here.

Sincerely,

JSF

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Governor Romney Does a Mitzvah, While Jeffery Goldberg of The Atlantic goes Meshuga

Governor Romney, standing where I had my Bar Mitzvah

[Sorry for the delay, family health problems intervened -- I owe three posts.]

First, a song that mixes my love of Goth and my tradition:

Siouxsie and the Banshees, Israel (Live, with Robert Smith playing guitar)

When we on the Right talk about the Democratic Media Connection, we talk of Tina Brown of Newsweek and Jeffery Goldberg of the Atlantic. 

People must have read my post "Follow the Jews," because there is a slow migration away from President Obama and the Democrats by the Jews!  Even Minority Leader Pelosi whinged about it.

President Obama has to run on his record, not on "what he might/could have/should have," done.  The reality of President Obama did not match the idealized President Obama who talked of cutting the debt and supporting Israel in 08.

Now, onto Jeffery Goldberg.

No one can doubt my friend, Pamela Geller's support of Jews and Israel, but everyone can doubt Jeffery Goldberg's support of the Right defenders of Israel. In Goldberg's eye, if you are not a democrat, you don't deserve support. If Jeffery Goldberg wants to hear Anti-semitism, all he has to do is turn on "Progressive," KPFK.
 
In every Republican room I have been in (In DC, Los Angeles and California), there is no question of support for the beleaguered Jewish State.  Look at any Liberal protest (OWS and the anti-Bush protests [They weren't anti-war since the Left turned a blind eye at Libya and the drones]), there is little support for the ONLY Jewish state.  And these are the people Goldberg chooses to make his allies.

Let's fisk Goldberg!


"Today is Tisha b'Av, the ninth of Av, a Jewish day of fasting and mourning. It is on this day that the First and Second Temples were destroyed. The Western Wall, in Jerusalem, is a retaining wall of the Second Temple. It is, especially on this day, a locus of prayer and reflection. It is also, on this particular Tisha b'Av, the location of a very important photo opportunity for an American presidential candidate.

"How vulgar is this?

"Very."

Or shorter Goldberg: How dare a Republican visit the Western Wall? It's much easier to support a President who says the right things then to join a politician (and a party) that wants to do the right things for the ONLY Jewish state in the world.


When did President Obama visit Israel between 2009 and 2012?

I challenge Goldberg to take a closer look at his allies and see if they support the ONLY Jewish State in the world.  Oh, wait, he cannot defend Pamela Geller, how could he ever be open minded? 

My question: When did Jeffery Goldberg sell his soul to the Democratic Party?

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Mental Health, Madness and Random Violence, Part One

What is the different between Political Violence and Random Violence?

Political Violence is the idea of killing (or silencing) those whose views differ from the State (or in some areas, the Rebels).

Random Violence is unplanned and uncalled for.  What happened in Aurora was Random Violence.


Most times, there is a connection between Random Violence and Mental Health issues.

I have detailed my issues with Bipolar Depression here.  And then fighting against a Government Bureaucracy to get pills that alleviate the problem occurred here. (Why am I capable of commenting on how bad Government works? I lived through it!).  So, the moment I hear some random person shoots up someplace, I wait for two things:

1) The person has some Mental Disease; and

2) It's the Rights Fault!

We will discuss (1) here.  (2) is the next post.

Dealing with Mental Health Issues 

I was lucky -- in 1999, I learned I had a Mental Health Disease.  Throughout my youth, I had battled depression in one form or another.  When you have a strong family and friends, you will be able to learn what you deal with.  As I got older, I have learned what pieces I need to stay steady.

A) Talk Therapy; and
B) Pills

If you know someone who does have a mental health problems, they cannot be left alone.  They need a network of Doctors, friends and some sort of family.  Lone Wolves cannot thrive among the laughter of friends.

If the person is thinking of hurting themselves or others, have them check in to the nearest hospital. 

What I suffer from, the late Sir Winston Churchill dealt with too. He called it "The Black Dog,"  If a man who had the greatest pedigree and the highest position in the former British Empire could suffer from depression and succeed, so can I (and you as well!).
  
Madness, in all its forms, is quantified by the DSM book.  It takes effort and work to find those suffering and alone to be treated.  What has helped me is my wide range of friends (Politico [DC and CA], Bloggers, and Goths).  Not everyone who is sad is Bipolar, and not every excitable person is crazy.

But what needs to be done (right now), is when it comes to Mental health issues: Cool it! 

Random Violence in the American Polity

It seems every few months, in the light of civilization, someone with a gun shoots innocents.  It is horrible.

But, the sad fact is, in certain areas of the US, it happens every day.


When Random Violence occurs, the MSM breaks out and sheds some tears.  But there is nothing about the everyday random Violence that occurs (in the dare I say it, Democratic Party Run Cities on the Map) -- there is not a word.

Because America is a large, complex and somewhat content place (no political violence), no one outside of those cities (or the Democrats that run them) care what happens.


Before we worry about the "Lone Wolves," of society, shouldn't we track down those who are destroying American lives every day? 

OK, that's my first rant.

My questions: Do you know someone dealing with mental health issues? Are you making sure they have friends, talk therapy and pills? And why do democrats ignore the random Violence in the cities they run?
 


Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Valley Review of Dark Knight Rises!

[Spoilers ahead! -- HERE THERE BE DRAGONS!] 

[If you wish to skip the storyline and go straight to the Review, go to SPOILERS END and keep reading]

Characters of Dark Knight Rises


The Dark Knight ended in a story of falling and redemption for Harvey Dent.  Gotham City was saved, but Batman took the fall for Two-Face.  

Gotham City's top cop, Commissioner Gordon worked between the movies (8 years in film time) with the Mayor (and the absent from the story, Gotham City Council -- I'm in politics, I can't help knowing how laws are made!) to create the Dent Act. 

Organized crime is absent from Gotham City as is reclusive billionaire Bruce Wayne.  Batman, still wanted by Gotham City Police Department [GCPD] is also gone, hidden by the lie.

The movie starts with Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) acknowledging Dent.  Meanwhile, across the world, Bane is stealing a scientist from the CIA.  Bane's people are so loyal, they are willing to die for him.  The plane scene is incredibly done and Bane, played by Tom Hardy (of Inception) follows the mood of the comic book. 

In the First Act a missing Congressman plays a role in the audience meeting Catwoman (Anne Hathaway), GCPD Cop John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Gordon's first meeting with Bane (with enormous consequences for the rest of the movie). In the sewers, there is a story that is hidden. The new Deputy Commissioner (who still wants to be the man who got Batman) is uninterested what is below.  Meanwhile, above the city, John Dagget, a man building the underground, is trying to take over Wayne Enterprises. 

Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne is still smarting over being unable to bring Fusion Power as "Smart Energy," for Gotham City. The Fusion Reactor plays a big role in Act Three.  Keep following this story.

All the pieces are in place, then Catwoman tries to steal something from Wayne's home and the story begins.  A chase between two characters, which continues throughout the story, leads to two character arcs.

Act Two begins with Bane attacking Gotham Stock Exchange. Batman finally returns to Gotham going after Bane, but in a twist, Batman, is chased by the GCPD. 

Catwoman helps Batman find Bane in the sewers. Secrets are learned and backs are broken.

Bane exiles Batman to a prison underground; Then he leads the GCPD on a merry chase into the sewers and then the story turns Dark.

At Gotham Stadium, Bane destroys Gotham using underground bombs and destroys the bridges too, just like in No Man's land. 

"Let the games begin!" says Bane, as Gotham City is destroyed from underground. 


Here the plot ends, the review begins.

[SPOILERS ENDED]

I enjoyed it.  

What makes Nolan's Batman movies worthwhile, is just like in the comics, there is something to refer back to an earlier issue (movie).   That's getting the comic book geek.  

Most comic book movies try to make the comic stuff more silly, instead Nolan brought the characters to a reality not unlike our own.  People are flawed, things don't work, and others have different goals. Even in the dark second and Third Acts, with all Gotham City loses, we human beings have a capability of bouncing back.  

The theme of Hope is carried throughout.  Bane, upends society to make [SPOILERS AGAIN] a People's Republic of Gotham i.e Occupy [wherever].  It is run by terror and fear, not by Hope. [SPOILERS END].  If, a super hero movie can show that theoretical ideas don't work (waving "Hi!" to you Occupy folk), then it is more then a movie, it is a movie that will last long. 

Bane and Catwoman (and a third unmentioned enemy) aren't just Straw People for Batman to battle, but flesh and bone people who represent different goals, and in the end, different futures.

GCPD John Blake was a welcome edition to the franchise.  His role in the denouement even more so.  Again, through him the story of Wayne/Batman moves because of a shared history.  Nolan shows that Even the Common Man can do Great Things (my philosophy too!) 

Nolan has set the standards for Comic book movies:
 
1)  Don't make the world the hero and others live unreal, make them close to reality and build on character and story.  

2) The comics have the Story Foundation, but adapt it to Real World settings and watch the audiences come in.  

And Nolan does something even more striking, he expects his audiences to be intelligent.  Not a bad thing to ask.  

My only questions for Christopher Nolan (should I ever meet him here in the Southland) is: How did you do the bridges? And would he do a Marvel Comic movie? 

I rate the movie Five out of Five Stars. 

Go see and enjoy.  Let me know what you think of the movie in the comments. 


The Master Artwork of Christopher Nolan

First, because of Friday's massacre, let's watch this:


What Random Guy is talking about is how geeks and movie lovers came together in honor of a director who treated their realm (a Comic book character and the world around him) with respect.  We need more directors like Nolan.

Yesterday, I was going to do two posts, this one about the great person and director Christopher Nolan and my review of Dark Knight Rises. No movies tonight in the Valley -- most of my readers have seen Dark Knight Rises, or will soon. So, back to business (of comics and movies)

This post will touch on some of my favorite Nolan movies and why.

When I first saw Nolan's Memento, I had just arrived in LA.  No car, no direction and no clue.  His movie made as much sense to me as Fight Club (at that time).  Very rarely can movies show internal battles, but as I was going through my questions of living in LA, I heard about the plot and went to see Memento.

Memento

Since I saw Memento at 8000 Sunset Boulevard when they had an independent movie theatre there (along with a Virgin record store, Sam Ash and a CPK) and was blown away by the storytelling (and the method using black and white and color to tell the tale), I have been a fan of Christopher Nolan. 



The best thing about Nolan's breakout movie was how he reminded me of Joseph Conrad.  In Conrad's books, not every character is all good or all evil, but many shades of grey morality.  Memento using memory and character exposed that everyone was using each other for bad ends.

Yes, Nolan uses three act structure, but he is not dependent on CGI or the scripts (which is usually written with his brother).  He develops character, he makes his movies almost novel like.  George Lucas lost me when he made Han shoot Greedo first and politicizing the Prequels. 

Insomnia

When Insomnia came out, I ran back to the movie theatres (usually I run to bookstores, movies, rarely).

It starred Al Pacino going head to head with the Midnight Alaska Sun and Robin Williams as the did he or didn't he do it antagonist? Not just a mystery, but a character arc.  I could feel the Midnight Sun creeping up on me throughout the film.



Pacino downplayed his role, and Robin Williams was scarier by not going all googly eyed.  Danger, in this movie, came in quiet footsteps.  The Sun damaging Pacino's sleep patterns and Williams' character being friendly and not at all a villain.

The best storytellers understand that villains don't think they are evil, and the good guys are not always heroes.

During Insomnia, I was still getting my feet wet here in LA. It was a year before my dad died, and he saw it too.  He liked it.  Too bad he missed the Dark Knight trilogy. 

I skipped Batman Begins (and have only seen it twice on TV) because I wasn't in any mood for a superhero movie.  My dad had died in 03, and I was struggling to get back to DC.  I flew back east, took a Summer class at the Leadership institute and have not been back since.  Life interrupted here.

My (current) political work is trying to help turn the tide in LA from Blue to Red.  If I made it back to DC then (or in 03 if my Dad did not pass away), I don't think I would have become a Goth or become entrenched in RPLAC.  But these victories came later.


The Dark Knight

If you have been a reader of the Valley, you know of "the Plague Year,"  I will not rehash the story, just follow the links, here. 

As my mind and soul were breaking that Summer, two movies helped keep me somewhat steady: Southland Tales and the Dark Knight.

The story of Dent's rise and fall matched mine. The Joker's love of chaos matched the craziness going through my own personal life.  Butr what caught me was how Nolan stuck by the comic books.



Anyone can pilot a comic book movie, but what made the Dark Knight lift above all other super hero movies was what Nolan has been working on since Memento.  Not all good characters are all good, and everyone who thinks they know what is going on, doesn't.

The Mob bosses thought they controlled the Joker.  As the movie progresses, the Joker gains control of Gotham (i.e.the "Social experiment,").  I saw the film three times during that summer, I saw a lot of myself in Dent.  Of course, I rooted for Batman. But the Joker had the storyline (and my life) correct: You cannot go back, you changed things.  

Inception

The story of Inception, stealing (or putting an idea into a dream), is an Old one.  But Nolan brought a concept and brought it down to reality.

At this point in my life, I was back on track.  I was politicking, I was working on promoting the Southland Fundraiser,  



The dream within dream within dream concept I got within my first (movie) viewing.  I caught it on cable multiple times.  The story made sense, and I was designing a storyline for Los Angeles Election 2010 that would have brought the Dreamers (the Bloggers) and the goal (Electing LA GOP candidates) together.

One thing about Nolan that I respect is that he does not go into my work realm (politics) and insult or stereotype.  I don't know his politics and he doesn't slam mine.  That is a good working relationship between filmmaker and audience.  

Thank you Christopher Nolan for helping me live my life (in LA now less) through your movies!

My question: Has any director or series of movies affect your life?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid is Really....Yog-Sothoth?!?

 


Y'AI'NG'NGAH YOG-SOTHOTH H'EE-L'GEBF'AI THRODOG UAAAH

or 
Yog-Sothoth knows the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the key and guardian of the gate. Past, present, future, all are one in Yog-Sothoth. He knows where the Old Ones broke through of old, and where They shall break through again. He knows where They have trod earth's fields, and where They still tread them, and why no one can behold Them as They tread.
—H. P. Lovecraft, "The Dunwich Horror"

Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) is really....Yog-Sothoth?

In Lovecraftian horror (and also Stross' Laundry series), the wrong incantation can bring Ancient Evils to come forth.  

Re-reading some Lovecraft yesterday, I realized the scary truth: Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid is afraid of Conference Committees (especially on Appropriations) because it might release an ancient incantation that might show his True Face!

 Let me explain:

When you get Elected to a Legislature (or a City Council), you are elected to pass Budgets.  

In Congress, it requires both Houses of Congress to fund the United States.  All Budgetary and Appropriation bills must start in the House, then the Senate then passes its own bill (currently none is pending under Majority Leader Reid). 

And before the President signs the Appropriation bill (heck, ANY bill), the Speaker of the House and the Majority leader of the Senate choose members to hash out the details. This is called the Conference Committee.  Both sides of Congress vote on the finished product and send it to the President to sign or veto.  
For Senator Reid: Here's how Appropriations Work


But you will find Majority leader Senator Harry Reid unable to form the words "Conference Committee," or even "Appropriation Conference Committee" for fear or releasing an incantation of the Great Old Ones, or something. 
 

In Charles Stross' Laundry series (a Lovecraftian panache of LeCarre's Circus), mathematics can create the wrong incantation thus creating Hell on Earth.  Ancient beings like Yog-Sothoth want this to happen.  

Maybe in Yog-Sothoth's...I mean Senator Harry Reid's mind, he doesn't want to pass Appropriations because he fears the Return of the Great Old Ones.  Or maybe, he is not ready to show his True Face.  

Any Majority Leader of the Senate who cannot pass Appropriations for 4 years is in the wrong job. Heck, Senator Harry Reid is afraid of Conference Committees.

Maybe, he should be reminded of this failing before the Summer recess.  Or Yog-Sothoth....I mean Senator Harry Reid will be free to create chaos.  


My question (serious, this time): Why is Majority leader Senator Harry Reid afraid of the words "Conference Committee?"    

(and silly): Is Senator Harry Reid truly a Lovecraftian horror waiting to be free? 


Monday, July 16, 2012

The Banality of the Bain Attacks (Even Bane Mocks You!)

[Some Comic Book Spoilers ahead that tie into Dark Knight Rises-- HERE THERE BE DRAGONS]

Yes, I'm a Marvel guy.

No, I don't go to Comic-con. (Too much hype, give me artist, creators and Stan "the Man" Lee)

But I already have my ticket for the Dark Knight Rises.  I've read the comics this movie was based on, Knightfall and No Man's Land) so I know what Nolan's artwork will be about.  (Expect a review when I return on Friday Evening).

To start this post, let me introduce you to Bane (Tom Hardy in the movie):

THE Moment of "Knightfall" 

Bane, born and raised in a South American Prison, created chaos in Gotham and led to the moment above.  

If President Obama is trying to use Bane = Bain Capital, that makes me laugh.

What does Bain Capital do?

"Established in 1984, Bain Capital is one of the world's leading private investment firms managing approximately $65 billion in assets under management. Our affiliated advisors make private equity, public equity, leveraged debt asset, venture capital, and absolute return investments across multiple sectors, industries, and asset classes. Since our inception, our competitive advantage has been grounded in a people-intensive, value-added investment approach that has enabled the firm to deliver industry-leading returns for our investors." 

Or in short, invest in business to create Commerce.  

Bane, above, acts like an Occupy (endorsed by President Obama and Minority Leader Pelosi), ready to destroy the world to get his goal (BREAK BATMAN!).  That doesn't sound like what Romney at Capital did.  

And the attacks about Romney and the paperwork (before he went to save the Salt Lake City Olympics), a Lefty got the banality of the attack:

"The problem is, Romney has a rebuttal that will probably sound plausible to Joe and Jane Heartland -- yes, he was still the Big Kahuna on paper, but he'd taken a leave of absence to (nobly) run the Olympics, and, well, you know those gosh-darn government documents! So confusing! Am I right?

"Apologies for the buzzkill, but I think, for once in his life, something Romney is saying is going to be regarded as relatable by the average American,"


And Steve M. gets it.

However, the multiple attacks on Bain Capital is exactly like the multiple attacks on the Koch Brothers and is exactly like the multiple attacks on Halliburton, etc. ad infinitium.

And when Democrats ask, why are we not getting any funds for our campaign?  All they have to do is look at the paragraph above to get the answer.

Attacking Romney on Bain capital in the Dog Days of summer also shows that President Obama has his "B" team working his campaign, and then adding silliness to stupidity, now they want to equate Bain = Bane (Batman).  Laughter still ensues.

Bane is a KPFK Liberal.  He is from the Southern hemisphere and is willing to overturn the current system to create his own.  That does not sound like Bain capital, Governor Romney or Republicans.

Now we know, President Obama's campaign has been reduced to Trolling this summer.

Fall is coming, are the Revolutionaries in the White House worried that they might be overthrown by the voters? Stay tuned! 

My question: Why do Democrats hate Commerce so much that they want to follow Bane's example in Knightfall?


Open Letter to Dr. John Deasy, Chairman, LAUSD, Part 4

Chairman Deasy,

Nothing? No response?

Are you a Bureaucrat or a Leader?  If you are the former, welcome to being made an issue during this busy campaign year.  

Let me explain why:

Last I checked, you wrote for the Liberal Huffington Post and show up at Los Angeles (and national) Democratic Party events.   The current Democratic Presidential  champion fought for "Obamacare," However, it seems you are busy hiring consultants and Administrators and screwing the CSEA staffers by firing them, and then hiring back with NO Health care.  

Dr. Deasy, have you no shame?

This is a Democrat YOU support.  This is a Presidential issue that YOU should get in front of.  Or, with advent of Obamacare, the prices are higher for staffers, which meant that Republicans were right all along? And you are acting like a typical Democrat, health care for me, but not for thee (CSEA staffers)?

August 14th is around the corner and you are cutting staffers left and right  without regard to Departmental History (or success).  In this Age of Contraction (i.e. "The Great Recession,"), you are using taxpayer funds to hire Consultants and six figure Administrators without regard for the Los Angeles or California taxpayer.  

And the staffers to help the kids (and departments) make the transition to make the new school year move easily? Gone.  My Mom is out and she understands how the departments show worked in were made efficient, so how many other Moms have you thrown out of LAUSD for your six figure Administrators? 

 You want to not be made a campaign issue (especially over your hypocritical stance on Obamacare and your CSEA staffers)?  

Do three things:

1) Talk with Espie Medellin, on how to bring back the staffers (with health care) before the school year starts;

2) Please account why you need six figure Administrators during "the Great recession," and why no one is cutting their pay while the private sector is going through a painful time (as are your CSEA staffers)?  Here's a hint: Visit SFVRC and Westside GOP and take questions (with CSEA people at both places) -- I dare you; and


3)  If you oppose Obamacare, speak up -- don't hide behind bureaucracy. If you support it, show LA how to implement it. Don't hide behind hypocrisy, my candidates will find out.  

Once again, with frustration.

Sincerely,

JSF

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sunday Night Movie Night -- The Fifth Element!

Tonight, I dance at Malediction (You can take the club away from the Goth, but never the Goth away from the club).  So, before I get busy with a lot of Blog posts this week, I will show you sci-fi.

I read books, novels and magazines that deal with complex issues; But when it comes to movies, I go for the silly stuff.  This is truly silly.



While I get ready to dance among the Muses, here are some posts to look forward to this week:

A) The Power of Love > The Power of Hate (in Politics).  In short, how hatred of fellow Americans before or after votes don't equal to more votes.  I saw this in an FB conversation from someone who knows my family. The words, the attitude still shocked me on how closed minded it was and how little understanding of how the political world works from this "Smart Democrat," (Hint: NOT a Goth or a Blogger)  Yes, I will be quoting from that conversation;

B) The Scariest Words for Majority Leader Reid: Conference Committee and Appropriations Conference Committee;

C) Winning in Los Angeles (Election 2012 edition) Part 1;

D)  President Obama's Achilles Heel.  It's not what you think; and

E)  Space Colonies and the American Polity, part 2: You've landed on Earth 2 (or your scions), what happens next? That why the Valley is here.

First, some music, then the movie.

Flock of Seagulls, Space Age Love Song 


The Fifth Element


See you back here tomorrow!


Saturday, July 14, 2012

Romney's Road to 270 (Summer Edition)

[This was supposed to publish last night, but technical difficulties ensued] [Of Course.]

It's Friday the 13th and hot and muggy here in the Basin.  This is the time I watch cheesy Vampire movies on my laptop.  But, before I do, here is a post no one will notice until the Fall.

While everyone is noticing the tactic against Romney here in the Dog Days, they are neglecting President Obama's strategy of trying to knock out his opponent (again).

One would think that Liberals would accept their opponents, nope they want to criminalize us (Look forward to the Politics of Love beats Politics of Hate post.) So, before I hang out in the dark cheering the (non-sparkly) Vampires, I'm going to show you why Romney will win.

First, here is 2008:

Obama v. McCain 2008


And here is the 2012 Map of States in Play:



And here is my prediction, so far:




How did I get here?

Let's follow the winds from West to East....

NV: Large Mormon population and large unemployment. Plus, Nevada will never support a President who disses Las Vegas. 

NM: Drifting Right

CO: Drifting Left

IA: This and the Farm Bill.

IN:  Read this -- Democrats rarely win this state.

OH: A strong Republican Governor trumps a weak President. (OH always picks Presidential winners)

VA:  A major base for the military. President Obama has to sequester funds from them. Game, set, match. Romney.

NC: Convention or no, NC is a reliably R state.  

NJ: Three words: Governor Chris Christie

MA: Romney's Home base, if he cannot win here, what is he doing?   

NH: By default, they are Social Liberterians and Fiscal Conservatives -- they tried Obama, he didn't work out.  Plus Romney is a local guy. 

Now, these are my predictions, state by state, what is yours?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Want to be a Powerful Political Bloc? Follow the Jews!


President Truman (D)  with  PM Ben-Gurion in the Oval Office
Governor Romney (R) and PM Netanyahu 2012

Power.

In politics, everyone wants it, but few know how to get it.  When you watch a Presidential race, it is raw power for the biggest prize of them all.

To win in the game of Politics requires the building of Coalitions. 

Whomever builds 50 % + 1 = Winner of the Game of (Oval) Office. 

If your group is ALWAYS part of a winning coalition, your issues always get addressed.  If your group is locked under one of two coalitions, your votes and issues can be ignored.

Don't believe me?

Follow the bouncing ball....

Homicides in 2011  -- The red zones are places where people were killed
Also note, that in the Gateway Area (which has voted for Democrats since the Flood), the murder rate is extremely high. 

Take a look at this chart:


Now, when you vote a Political Party in Power (like the Modern Democrats), they should be able to help their fellow citizens from being both crime victims and victims of poverty.  But looking at the Gateway area of Los Angeles and the chart above, can we NOW acknowledge that African Americans (and the NAACP) giving all their votes to one party has now failed? 

This lesson applies to the Gay and Lesbian community and other communities feeling they are not moving forward in their goals. 

The best Political players (and their representatives) know that winning people to your side requires a few things:

A) Use the Carrot more then the stick;

B) Expand your reach beyond the voters who already like you; and

C) Put yourself within BOTH parties coalitions (at a local level).

Here is where HBO directors, Dan Savage and the NAACP fail miserably. 

Even though I am the only Elected Goth Republican Blogger, to push my views (Social Liberterianism), I find out where I can help.  After helping, I'm listened too. 

If candidates want my support, all they have to do is play ball with me. 
If I believe in an issue, I fight for it, but within the parameters of the Republican Party. 

If you only fight for your issue within ONE political party only and you are still worried about being a crime victim (or being poor), listen to Romney's speech to the NAACP:


For all the talk of how Democrats "love," the poor -- they never seem to rise within the Left.  But there is always room for rich stars from Los Angeles Westside (not from any high crime areas), Upper East Side New Yorkers and corrupt incumbents.

(Please note, I am struggling in this Age of Contraction like everyone else, and the GOP County Party has a place for me. There are no democratic equivalents.) 

If you want Power, follow the example of the Jews -- they have invested people in both Parties (no matter how many times Jonah Lowenfeld of JJLA wishes to deny RPLAC Jews their support), their issues are never forgotten (and those Parties and People that do, usually lose Elections).

My questions:
Why deny any American the chance to influence TWO Parties?
And when will African Americans note how Democrats have failed them? 
And when will HBO do a documentary on Democratic Party failings in Los Angeles? 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Charles Pierce, Political Editor of Esquire, Turns a Blind Eye to Democratic Corruption. He makes a Good Pet.

Charles Pierce is......

.......A Democratic Poodle 
When someone has a Large Platform and considers themselves a "Journalist," (Not supposedly a "JournoList,"), their obligation (as I learned in Journalist classes at American University and UCLA,) is to "Speak Truth to Power," 

As an Elected Republican partisan and Blogger, I am not bound by Journalistic rules, but I "Speak Truth to Power," wherever Democrats hold sway (The White House, the Senate, Los Angeles City Council and California Government -- yes, I represent the Rebel Forces) and on Republican Corruption (because it damages the Party).  Charles Pierce seems to think, if a Democrat is corrupt, such as Fast and Furious (or doing SWATting), or cheated the FEC with his Mistress, ignore it! 

Charles Pierce wrote a column: How can we help Obama today?

Or every Charles Pierce column, in short: IOKIYAD.  

Look above at the second picture, I'm sure the DNC must be happy having a "JournoList" write the same column again and again.

Even though this week, Pierce is feigning "outrage," at anonymous Death from Above from Drones, it matters little (Giving Tom Junod the byline) Unlike the tea party, they refuse to hold Democrats to any standard. And unlike a real reporter, Charles Pierce refuses to engage with Politicos who are on the other side of the Political line. 

Pierce can do sports and snark, but he has no clue how Politics works (It requires give and take and use of "Saving face," to get Policy done).  

Here is how Pierce, using his large platform of Esquire Magazine, protects Democrats:

Rangel's corruption? Nothing.

Chicago corruption? Nothing.

Bankruptcy of Democratic cities? Nothing.

Border Agent Brian Terry's Death? Nothing

Nanny State Overreach? Nothing.

The question is, how much for that Charles Pierce in the window? 

My question to you: Why does Charles Pierce do the Democratic National Committee's bidding?


Saturday, July 07, 2012

Saturday Night Movie Night -- The Crow

As I am coming off of Goth Mode (see the earlier posts), here is a movie that helped define the scene.:

The Crow.



It starred the late Brandon Lee, son of the Great Bruce Lee.  It was directed by Alex Proyas who wrote and directed the awesome Steampunk movie, Dark City. 

This week, as we get into slow dog days of summer, I will Blog about these subjects:

A) Winning in LA, 2012 Edition;

B) Musicians and Politicians

C) In Politics, The Politics of Love > The Politics of Hate; and

D) Governor Romney's Path to 270. 

OK, that's it.  Have fun tonight!

Enjoy the Crow!


Wednesday, July 04, 2012

July 4, 2012 -- Happy Birthday America!

While we are in the midst of a Presidential Election year,  we have come to Halftime in the Game of  (Oval) Offices.

Second Continental Congress signing the Declaration of Independence


Today, I don't care if you're Right, Left, or anywhere in between (that includes you PaulBots too!), today we are all Americans.  

Every year around July 4th, I read from AJ Langutth's Patriots on the history of how America became free of her Motherland, England. 

This is one my favorite passages from that book:

"When members of the Continental Congress came to Jefferson's stirring conclusion, a majority thought it should include one last appeal to the power even greater then George III....They did not meddle with Jefferson's last oath, more solemn than anything they might devise:

"And for support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortune and our sacred honor'
"

"On July 4, 1776, independence was declared in language worthy of it."
-- AJ Langguth, Patriots, pg. 362

 And here are the words that made us a free peoples:


The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.

Words that changed the world.  Enjoy your July 4th!

And now, some music to enjoy!




 

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

The Dancers (and Dancing) at the Monte Cristo on a Saturday Night

As I mentioned in an earlier post, my Saturday Night club has closed (However, Friday, Sunday and Tuesday are still available).

When you spend the night after the Last Night laughing among friends, you know you're in the Right place with the Right people. And yes, I can campaign here too (hence my large vote.)

Now, first a tune, then some pictures:

Now the pics:

Janeen and I

Jeffery and Denice Thompson -- The "Cute Couple" of the Monte Cristo

Francine and I 

My partner in crime, my best friend Ron

Veronica, Reader and Leader of Right in the Dark, and I

Watch this space

Charly, of Many of Odd Nature, and I 
DJ Xian (don't call her "cute") and I

Keiko and I 

Party on the Terrace!

Neko and I

(L-R) Jetti! (an awesome artist), me and Neko 

Carrie and I

My friend Adam -- He starts many conversations. Be smart.

My friend Jenny! She is a walking WMD -- Trust me. 

The view from the Terrace -- Southwestern Law School

Mimi and I

Girls with Lollypops on the Last Night.  

Francine and I 

Look at that Parking Lot!

The Dance Floor

(L - R)  ?????, ???, Me and my friend Artist K

Byron, he parks your cars.  Tip him well.

Ron and Byron.Before he tipped.

Jenny, Daniel and his gf, Sara

Birthday weekend for Denice! (Jeff is a very lucky guy!)

Laughing with friends on top of the world, 1

More Laughter and Friends.

Friendship makes the world go round.

Even this Politico can campaign in the Dark when I have a great set of awesome people around me.

Thanks to all who took a picture with me!

A final tune:


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