Hard Working Traditional Values With A Dash of Fun

Hard Working Traditional Values With A Dash of Fun

Monday, July 29, 2013

Why Are Truck Names Conservative?

Have you ever noticed that popular truck names have a conservative ring to them?

For example:

Chevrolet Silverado
Dodge Dakota
Dodge Ram 2500
Ford F-250
Ford Ranger
Honda Ridgeline
Nissan Titan
Toyota Tundra

From a marketing perspective a truck's name is suppose to sell "Rugged," "Hard Working," "Tough." These are all words associated with conservatives.

If you were going to market trucks to liberals, what names would have more appeal?

Chevrolet Silver-handout
Dodge Acorn
Dodge Donkey 100 (hybrid)
Ford FU
Ford Yonkers
Honda Cokeline
Nissan Union Official
Toyota Protected Swampland

Can you think of any other good names for trucks for liberals?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Fiddlin' - The Sound of Sixty

Growing older is a good thing, considering the alternative.  However, it is not without it's challenges.

The Sounds of Sixty

To the tune of Simon and Garfunkel's Sound of Silence.

Hello darkness, my old friend
I've come to talk with you again
Another birthday softly creeping
Almost missed while I was sleeping
Of the brain cells that were planted in my brain
Few remain
Welcome the sound of sixty

In restless dreams I walk alone
Narrow halls of marblestone
Call of nature wakes me from sleep
So to the bathroom I must slowly creep
Where my eyes are stabbed by the flash of the bathroom light
That split the night
And felt the sound of sixty

And in the naked light I saw
Ten extra fat pounds, maybe more
Eyeballs squinting without seeing
My ears straining without hearing
And I’m rubbing salve on joints that hardly bend
When will it end?
Disturbing sounds of sixty

"Fools", said I, "You do not know
Sixty like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you"
But my words, like silent raindrops fell
And echoed
In the year of sixty

And the people sang with flair
To my birthday cake they shared
And candles flashed out their warning
Dripping wax that it was forming
And the sign said, "The words of the aged are written on hospital walls
And nursing home halls"
And whispered in the sounds of sixty

Monday, July 15, 2013

Is God the Voldemort of Science?

In the popular Harry Potter books, Lord Voldermort is often referred to as 'He Who Must Not Be Named." In the 21st century when it comes to discussing science, especially on the subject of the origin of life or evolution, God is "He Who Must Not Be Named."

In the 19th century when Charles Darwin introduced his theory of evolution, his ideas were at odds with the dominant societal belief in creationism as explained in the Bible. People accepted that the creation story in the Bible was literal and that the earth was no more the 6,000 years old. There was strong opposition to evolution and it was not until 1968, in Epperson v. Arkansas, that the United States Supreme Court invalidated an Arkansas statute that prohibited the teaching of evolution.  Since that time supporters of the theory of evolution have worked with religious zeal to suppress any debate that would raise doubts about the validity of evolution.

The theory of evolution has two major problems. The first is that it has not been able to explain how life began. It is one thing to use evolution to explain how to create new breeds of dogs or pigeons, it is quite another to use evolution to explain how life originated. In 2009 Stephen C. Meyer wrote Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design which addressed the difficulty of relying on random evolution to adequately explain how the very first life form began. The second problem is that evolution, which Darwin assumed would be gradual and random, is not well supported by the geological record. There is not evidence of gradual evolution creating new species in gradual steps. The geological record shows entirely new species showing up in a geological blink of an eye.  This subject is covered in Meyer's new book, Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design. These books put forth the theory that a better explanation for both the origin of life and the creation of new species is the existence of an intelligent creator rather than random mutations.

The science community is very disparaging and thin-skinned about the intelligent design movement. Despite the fact that evolution does an inadequate job of explaining the origin of life and new species, many scientists act like ostriches with their head in the sand and refuse to debate the intelligent design argument. The usual reaction is to state that evolution is a unquestionable fact and that intelligent design is just creationism with another name. With such close minded, false statements it is clear that defenders of evolution want to avoid this debate like the plague.

I think the reason they fight so hard to avoid this debate is that they are afraid they will lose popular support.

Even in this increasingly secular country, a clear majority of Americans (80-95%) continue to believe in God. While there may be some of these that still believe in the Bible creation version, most have no problem accepting that the universe is billions of years old and God is the creator. For atheists who overwhelming accept evolution as gospel, this is a threat they want to stamp out. If it turns out that intelligent design is a better explanation to explain the origin of life, God is the obvious candidate as the designer, not something atheists want to deal with. 

My challenge to all people who accept the reality of God is to continue to call for a debate of intelligent design and evolution. The secular humanists have used evolution as a beachhead to tear down conservative institutions and values. Conservatives have been successful in challenging the truthfulness of man-made global warming. Liberals have not been able to implement carbon taxes that they think can help control the climate.  We need to push for similar action regarding evolution.  

For an entertaining and informative way to study the intelligent design - evolution controversy, I invite you to read my play Inherit The Wind: Overturned by Design.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Invitation To Read Jihad On Hollywood

If you have thought it would be fun to see a story where liberal Hollywood gets its comeuppance, I invite you to read my latest story, Jihad On Hollywood.

Jihad On Hollywood tells the story of an annual decadent and extravagant party of Hollywood elite on a remote private island. A group of Islamic terrorists overrun the island and put their Hollywood captives on trial for crimes against Islam. It’s up to a former army ranger and current country western singer to save them before they are all executed. It's kind of a Die Hard for conservatives.

You can get an eBook version of the story for free on the Apple ITunes bookstore or Barnes and Noble or for the lowest allowed price on Amazon ($0.99).

I welcome any reviews of this book on ITunes, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or Goodreads during this time when I am offering it for low or no cost.

Thanks for your help in promoting entertainment where conservatives are the good guys.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Hollywood Goes to War - Not

I recently heard a comment that while we celebrate the Declaration of Independence on Independence Day, it was not the Declaration that is the reason for our country; it is the Continental Army. Without George Washington's desperate professional army of volunteers, independence would not have been possible.

Our military has a long tradition of being made up of volunteers. Since Hollywood is well known for it's support of the Armed Forces, I would like to recognize those actors that have set aside their careers to serve their country such as:

George Clooney

Brad Pitt

Jeremy Renner

Matt Damon

Tobey Maguire

Tom Cruise

Denzel Washington

Ben Stiller

Nicolas Cage

Well, actually, none of these actors left their careers to serve in the military, they just play soldiers with fake guns in the movies.

However, there was once a Hollywood where some of the biggest stars left their careers to serve their country.  These included:

Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Henry Fonda

Clark Gable

Ronald Reagan

Mickey Rooney

Jimmy Stewart

Enjoy your Independence Day and remember the type of people that made it possible.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Changing The Pledge of Allegiance

All Americans are familiar with The Pledge of Allegiance:

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

This has been the text since 1954 when the words "under God" were inserted by Congress in response to Communism.

When recited in a group, this is normally what you hear:

I pledge allegiance 
to the flag 
of the United States of America, 
and to the republic 
for which it stands, 
one nation 
under God, 
with liberty and justice for all.

For some time, I have noticed a minority of people who recite The Pledge of Allegiance with one slight change in how it is said:

I pledge allegiance 
to the flag 
of the United States of America, 
and to the republic 
for which it stands, 
one nation under God, 
with liberty and justice for all.

I think it is a better way to recite The Pledge. There is no comma between "one nation" and "under God" so why the normal pause? For those of us that recognize the hand of Providence in the creation and growth of our nation, I think making this change in how you recite the pledge makes common sense.

If anyone knows where this practice started, let me know so I can give credit were it is due.