Letters from the Lunar Outpost

That deed is not well done of which a man must repent, and the reward of which he receives crying and with a tearful face. No, that deed is well done of which a man does not repent, and the reward of which he receives gladly and cheerfully.
- The Dhammapada, Buddhist Collection of Moral Aphorisms (c. B.C. 300)

Monthly Archives: October 2011

You’re probably asking yourself, who is Orlando Jones and why is imploring his fellow liberals to kill Sarah Palin, a woman who was governor of Alaska and the second female V.P. candidate in American history?

As to who he is, Orlando Jones is an American comedian and film and television actor, notable for being one of the original cast members of the sketch comedy series MADtv and for his role as the 7 Up spokesman from 1999-2002.

More important than who he is, however, is the “why”. Why would a seemingly rational man call for the assassination of Sarah Palin?

It’s more common than you would imagine, in fact, you probably know someone just like Orlando Jones – a person who imagines themselves, as a liberal, to be inherently open-minded, the epitome of tolerance, and yet at the very mention of two words, “Sarah Palin”, witness this very same person become a hate-spewing zombie for no reason other than the fact that Sarah Palin happens to hold different values and political beliefs than they do.

Orlando Jones and hundreds of thousands like him suffer from Palin Derangement Syndrome: an ugly affliction and virulent disease running rampant throughout entire sections of the left-wing community.

Please pray with us that all the poor souls suffering from PDS can turn off the MSNBC, find a qualified doctor and get treatment for this mentally debilitating disease.

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Ichiban Sudoku – It’s fun, it’s totally free, and it was written by yours truly!

Ichiban Sudoku - a fun and totally free sudoku game

If you’re totally new to Sudoku, here’s your perfect opportunity to learn with a clear and concise walk-through of all the rules, including discussion of basic strategies.

If you’re familiar with Sudoku, you’ll enjoy the four levels of play: easy, intermediate, advanced and genius as well as the unique system of scoring which pits you against the clock. You’ll also find the method of marking and making notations is quick and intuitive.

Just on the strength of the unique Oriental Hip-Hop soundtrack alone it’s worth a download and a listen.

Give it a download and check it out!

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You can download with confidence knowing I’d never put my name on something malicious and that your anti-virus will find the program 100% virus-free.

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American Horror Story

When was the last time I was so completely sucked into a show that as soon as the episode ended, I was immediately wishing I could just fast forward through the week to make it to next week’s episode? It’s been a long time, I can tell you that and I can hardly wait for Wednesday night to roll around again.

American Horror Story is not for the faint of heart, but as a true devotee of horror films, I can tell you from the first two airings, despite being made for television, this is horror that’s as good as it gets. From the time period flashbacks which have started the first two shows, to the opening credits, to the wild visuals, the creepy crawlies and the outright shocks, it’s all top notch, but where most horror flicks fail, this show’s strongest suit is with the characters. Every character in this show is disturbed, but in an everyday, (almost) normal sort of way, and the actors and actresses are all spot on. They started out with a great cast of characters that pull you in and each time they introduce a new character, you get hooked in even more.

Something I’ve gotten a real kick out of is all the elements they’ve been pulling from one of my all-time favorite movies, The Shining. Surely the writers / producers have that movie near the top of their all-time favorites, too.

I made a little list of allusions to The Shining through the pilot and episode one, did you catch them all? Did I miss any?

  • Starting off with a bit of a hunch here, but judging by the house’s previous history, it’s a pretty good bet that just like The Shining, this house is ultimately going to try to work through the husband & father and use him to kill the family.
  • The guy with the half burnt face, Mr. Harvey, he’s the connection and communication link between the house and Ben Harmon, just like Grady was the Overlook Hotel’s connection to Jack Torrance in The Shining.
  • Both Harvey and Grady killed their own families, then attempted to guide the new man of the house down the same path. (First part is fact, second is a pretty good hunch . . . )
  • How about the vandalizing red-headed twins from the pilot?  Another little nod to The Shining and those unforgettably creepy twin girls in the blue dresses.
  • The old maid is viewed as a sexy hot vision in the lustful eyes of Ben Harmon, straight out of that that bathtub scene in room 237.
  • Watching Adelaide roll the ball down in the basement, you just knew after they left, we’d get one more shot of it rolling back, just like red ball rolling down the hallway to Danny.
  • Tate giving that Squeaky Fromme lookalike chick the axe to the gut, that was straight-up how Jack Torrance did Mr. Hallorann.

Now if it had been some half-assed production with weak writing and cardboard characters, I’d be all over them for stealing from a great movie like The Shining, but when they’re doing horror as high art the way they’re doing it, call each of these examples a nod or a tip of the cap to The Shining, and it only makes the show better in my opinion.

If you haven’t caught the pilot, it’s free for the viewing at the FX website. I’m sure episode 1 will be getting posted shortly as well.

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If money is the root of all evil, then the tax code is the root of all evil in Congress. It is our tax code that allows politicians to bestow loopholes to their lobbyist supporters and corporate donors, and both sides end up corrupted in the process.

You hear a lot of talk about the 1% and the 99% today, if you ever wonder why the 1% have more power than the 99%, look no further than the ability of the 1% to lobby Congress and twist the tax code to their advantage.

As just one example, this culture of lobbyist influence and political corruption allowed a corporation like General Electic to make $14.2 billion in profits in 2010 without paying a single penny in taxes this year, getting a $3.2 billion tax benefit instead!!! Disgusting, isn’t it? *

So for all the people protesting Wall Street, ask yourselves, who should you really be directing your anger at, the corporations taking advantage of the loopholes made available to them, or the politicians and their lobbyist benefactors who actually MAKE those loopholes?

Our bloated tax code, an incomprehensible mess 71,684 pages long, is the cause for 6.1 BILLION hours of wasted productivity every year, hours wasted in the drudgery of tax preparation. Just imagine all the wonderful things that could be created if those 6.1 billion work hours were unleashed and channeled into something of worth.

End the tax code, end the evil.

NINE NINE NINE.

Our Bloated Tax Code - 71,684 pages long

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* The corporate welfare given GE is even worse when you consider that it’s being given to the very same GE which laid off 21,000 American workers and closed 20 factories between 2007 and 2009 and now has more than half of its workforce outside the United States. But the irony only gets better, because as all those American factories were being closed and all the jobs were being shipped overseas, President Obama was making GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt chairman of Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

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And then it was a full three days before the hashtag was used again and suddenly . . . a minor meme took off:

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