Mike Cornelison

Letters from the Lunar Outpost

Our only true course is to let the motive for action be in the action itself, never in its reward; not to be incited by the hope of the result, nor yet indulge a propensity for inertness.
- H. P. Blavatsky, Russian Author, Translator, and Theosophist (1831-1891)

tilesSo we’re having some friends over for dinner tonight, I figure my contribution is already set with getting the charcoal lit and perfectly white with an even heat just at the time that the burgers are going on the grill. (Propane and gas grills are like sacrilege to me but that’s for another post.)

In my mind, that’s my job, making sure we have good charcoal ready to sizzle the meat on the grill. So I figure for me, my game time prep begins about a half an hour before the guests arrive.

Meanwhile, hours in advance, my lovely wife is scrubbing counter tops, windexing mirrors and glass table tops, and she asks me, can you please steam clean all the tile floors?

My first thought is, “Grrrr… I’m busy, I’ve got work to do, I’ve got two hours before I even need to start up the charcoal.” Not only that, but there’s this bachelor part of me that says, if your shoes aren’t sticking to the floors as you walk, then the floors aren’t dirty.

Damn, I was knee-deep in my work, but I realized that I can either gripe about it before giving in, or just shut my mouth and give in.

I must be a slow learner, but after thirteen years of marriage, I’m finally starting to figure it out – when it comes to the honey-do demands your wife give you, unless you want a nuclear war, you just have to give in and go with it. Even after I put in the work to make those floors were spic and span, I still had this urge to get a final comment in, “Yeah, as if they’re going to notice how much cleaner the floors were from last month when they came over.” But that would have been taking one step forward by cleaning the floors and then two steps back by making that snide comment.

I did the chore she wanted, I stifled my sarcastic comments and the wife is happy and a happy wife makes a happy life.

A happy wife makes a happy life. Those are words of wisdom, and most married men figured this out long before me, but I still do want to share this with anyone who is on the threshold or in their first few years of marriagehood.

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Has television risen to a higher art form than the movies?

Ah, the small screen. The boob tube. That little red-headed stepchild of the Hollywood blockbuster. Sure there have been quite a few classic TV shows through the years and at its best it could be masterful, but for all of its decades, most of what the television was offering up was something that made you feel like your IQ had just dropped a point or two by the end of the show. They don’t call it the idiot box for nothing.

So we’re looking for something to watch on Netflix, trying to find something rated a good four stars out of five, but I’m leaning towards a movie because I’m not sure I’m ready for the long-term commitment of an entire TV series and I keep noticing, almost all the new movies are rated three stars or less and most of the new television shows are rated four stars or five.

I started musing on it and I’m thinking of just how many outrageously good TV shows we’ve enjoyed in recent years, binge-watching through season after season from the beginning to the end, enjoying every aspect of these shows, the writing, the acting, the production and then I think about how many recent movies I’ve seen that just seem to fall flat. Suddenly, it hits me and I wonder, have we reached a strange new age where the best of the best in television is even better than the best of the best at the movies?

Now that’s something I never thought I might one day wonder.

What do you think?

Has the best of the best in television become even better than the best of the best at the movies?

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America’s greatest gift to the humanity was in creating the first Representative Democracy in the modern world. Our Democracy become the model for every Democratic country that followed and we should remind ourselves often of the millions of brave American soldiers who sacrificed life and limb to ensure we continue to have free and fair elections.

Unfortunately, there are many in America now who care more about their party winning elections than ensuring the legality of every vote cast. These are the opponents of voter ID and here are their two arguments against voter ID:

Voter fraud doesn’t exist.

Minorities are less capable of getting voter IDs.

Pushing the myth that there’s no problem with voter fraud in America, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told MSNBC early this year that voter fraud “simply does not exist to the extent that would warrant these kinds of measures.” Reality is, election fraud is as old as American politics itself, and anyone imagining that anything has changed since the days of Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall is delusional.

The people who oppose voter ID would have us believe that it’s acceptable for the government to require an ID when people get taxpayer money in the form of food stamps, welfare, medicaid, social security and unemployment benefits but it’s somehow oppressive to require ID to ensure the integrity of our elections. They say that voter ID racist. The only honest person who thinks voter ID is racist should also argue that ID for government benefits is racist as well. I have yet to encounter that person.

On the myth that minorities are somehow less capable than others of getting voter IDs, the Department of Justice even paid for an “expert witness” to push this blatantly racist garbage:

Voter ID will “more likely affect African Americans… people who register to vote the closer and closer one gets to Election Day tend to be less sophisticated voters, tend to be less educated voters, tend to be voters who are less attuned to public affairs. That also tells me from the literature of political science that there are likely to be people who will end up not registering and not voting… this is particularly a mechanism and a time that’s well situated for less sophisticated voters, and, therefore, it’s less likely to imagine that these voters can figure out or would avail themselves of other forms of registering and voting.”

You hear that? Your own beloved Obama administration says that blacks and minorities are “less educated”, “less attuned to public affairs”, “less sophisticated” and simply can’t “figure out” registering and voting if it requires voter ID. In other words, the DoJ hired an “expert” to testify that y’all are just too stupid to get yourselves your Voter IDs.

It’s disgusting the level Democrats will stoop to in their desire to continue cheating at elections.

Three questions for those who try to equate voter ID to voter suppression:

#1: Why do you want America to have lower voting standards than a third world country?

Democrats Want America to Have Lower Voting Standards than a Third World Country

#2: Why would you imagine that American minorities are less capable of getting voter IDs than the people of India?

Democrats Want America to Have Lower Voting Standards than India

#3: Why do you hate Nelson Mandella?

Why Do Democrats Hate Nelson Mandela

The real voter suppression in America is being waged by Democrats attempting to have the legal votes of legal citizens cancelled out by a bunch of dead people and illegal aliens.

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Ah, the college liberal.

College Hippie Girl

You know her because you’ve met people just like her. She had her politics spoonfed to her by Comedy Central and her liberal professors and she swallowed all of it without even thinking.

She surrounds herself with like-minded people because having your opinions challenged by people with different points of view is such a drag.

College Liberal Girl is at that wonderful age where she has an opinion on everything and a life experience that amounts to nothing.

Now, selected from all her great pearls of wisdom cast all over the Internet, here it is!  It’s . . .

College Hippie Girl’s Top 13 Greatest Quotes

College Hippie Girl on Occupy Wall Street

College Hippie Girl on Being Pro-Choice

College Hippie Girl on Violence Against Women

College Hippie Girl on Freedom of Speech

College Hippie Girl on Male CEOs

College Hippie Girl on Money

College Hippie Girl on Smoking

College Hippie Girl on Religion

College Hippie Girl on Capitalism

College Hippie Girl on the Death Penalty

College Hippie Girl on War Crimes

College Hippie Girl on Christians

College Hippie Girl on Bullying

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Here’s the headline from NBC News:

when calling a terrorist a terrorist becomes a headline

Now just think about that for a second, how is that a headline? How did we get to a point where calling a terrorist “a terrorist” is worthy of a headline?

Well, if you follow the news, then I think we both know how we got there, but I still can’t get over the fact that we really are where we are, that after six years of Obama administration newspeak, where terrorism has been redefined as workplace violence, we’re now at a point where a leader of a nation calling a terrorist “a terrorist” qualifies as headline material.

Blaming the Benghazi attack on a “spontaneous demonstration” over a YouTube video may be the most embarrassing attempt at rewriting history we’ve ever seen, but beyond the embarrassing aspect of it, consider the effects of Obama newspeak on the surviving victims and families of the 2009 and 2014 attacks on Fort Hood:

Retired Army Staff Sgt. Shawn Manning, who was shot six times and nearly suffocated on his own blood, recalls then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates handing his wife a business card and saying, “If you ever need anything, call me.” And yet, in the years since Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire in a crowded medical center, leaving 13 people dead and 32 wounded, survivors have struggled to obtain medical care, psychiatric treatment, and financial benefits. “Five years later, we’re still fighting,” Manning says. “Every time we get our hopes up, we run into another road block.”
 
Survivors of last week’s attack will likely face similar challenges. Under military rules, soldiers wounded in combat or terrorist attacks are supposed to receive a raft of benefits, including tax breaks, compensation, and special medical services. So are the families of those killed in action. But the Army doesn’t consider either of the Fort Hood shootings to be combat or terrorism related. Although Hasan is an avowed jihadist with links to Al Qaeda, the Pentagon labeled that incident “workplace violence”.

source: Mother Jones

It’s not just the truth and your own credibility that suffer when you refuse to call a terrorist attack for what it is. Pressure must be brought upon this administration to reclassify the 2009 Fort Hood massacre and reconsider the second attack so that the families of those killed in action and the surviving victims are taken care of as they were and are – casualties of the ongoing war against radical Islam.

Soldiers Crosses Honor the Soldiers Who Died in the Line of Duty at Fort Hood, November 5, 2009

Soldiers Crosses Honor the Soldiers Who Died in the Line of Duty at Fort Hood, November 5, 2009

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