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From the Mailbag: Who Reads What

  • Posted on: 15 January 2011
  • By: Roxy

The following came in via email ... thought you might all enjoy.

Who Reads What

1. The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.

2. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country.

3. The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the
country and who are very good at crossword puzzles.

Find your polling place

  • Posted on: 2 November 2010
  • By: Roxy

Vote

Compliments of My Barack Obama (.com). Really a pretty nice little tool. Allows you to signup for a reminder call and then locates your polling place based on zip code. Here is the linky or click on the image (image credit same as link).

Here in Hawaii, we are being reminded to bring "photo ID".  I have lived in Hawaii for the last 4 years, but still retain my Oregon ID (drivers license), so not sure how that is gonna work out for me.

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Sometimes just thinking hurts ...

  • Posted on: 28 September 2010
  • By: Roxy

What are we afraid of?

Matt Taibbi (IMHO one of the best political writers of our time) has an excellent piece (Tea and Crackers) coming out in the Oct. 15th issue of Rolling Stone. It is long, but well worth the read.  It got me thinking about all this Tea Party hullabaloo.

Taibbi points out the hypocrisy of the party platform and the fact that its leaders are selling out to the Republican establishment (Rand Paul)  ... but I will get back to the Taibbi piece and its conclusions later.

As human beings we all have basic needs, physical, psychological and spiritual.  Based on Maslow's hierarchy of need our most basic needs for survival are:

Air, water, and food are metabolic requirements for survival in all animals, including humans. Clothing and shelter provide necessary protection from the elements.

What happens when these basic needs are threatened, or if there is the perception that these needs are being threatened? People start to become afraid. When this fear is perpetuated and magnified by politicians and the media, a voting block is created that is not only highly motivated, but malleable as well. Politics made personal.

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Legend of the Guardians

  • Posted on: 24 September 2010
  • By: Roxy

The film is based loosely on Kathryn Lasky's book series, Guardians of Ga'Hoole. Produced by the same digital effects company that brought us Happy Feet, the visual effects are reportedly stunning.  However ... according to the reviews at Rotten Tomatoes this is not a movie to take your kids to:

It's being promoted as "from the studio that brought you Happy Feet." But this is Angry Talons. 

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Prince of Persia: Sands of Time

  • Posted on: 23 September 2010
  • By: Roxy

When my kids were growing up, we played a lot of computer games and one of our favorites was PoP (Prince of Persia). While I have not played the newer releases of the game, the 1990 version was a standards setter for game play, so the movie was high on my list of "want to see"s.

I bought the movie on its DVD release date, but only just had the chance to watch.  

Prince of Persia, Sands of Time is a very fun movie. Gyllenhaal plays Dastan, a poor boy who's courage impresses the king of Persia and he is adopted into the royal family. 

The movie opens with the Persian army preparing to attack the holy city of Alamut. Historically Alamut is home to the hashshashin a secret order of assassins rumored to have consumed hashish before carrying out their diabolical deeds. 

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