Hard Working Traditional Values With A Dash of Fun

Hard Working Traditional Values With A Dash of Fun

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Fiddlin' - Chitty Chitty Burn Burn



Earlier this month the legendary actor Dick Van Dyke was driving his Jaguar on the freeway and it started smoking. He pulled over where he got out just as it caught fire and burned down to the frame.

CHITTY CHITTY BURN BURN

Sing to the tune of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Burn Burn
Chitty Chitty Burn Burn
Chitty Burn Burn
Chitty Chitty Burn Burn
Chitty Burn Burn
Chitty Chitty Burn Burn

Oh you sooty Chitty Burn Burn,
Chitty Chitty Burn Burn
We loathe you.
And, in
Chitty Chitty Burn Burn
Chitty Chitty Burn Burn
What we'll do.
Near, far, in our Jag-u-ar
Oh what a smoky time we'll spend.

Burn Burn Chitty Chitty Burn Burn
Our charred four fendered friend.
Burn Burn Chitty Chitty Burn Burn
Our charred four fendered friend.

Chitty Burn Burn
Chitty Chitty Burn Burn
Chitty Burn Burn
Chitty Chitty Burn Burn
Chitty Burn Burn
Chitty Chitty Burn Burn

Oh you sooty Chitty Burn Burn
Chitty Chitty Burn Burn
We loathe you.
And, in
Chitty Chitty Burn Burn
Chitty Chitty Burn Burn
What we'll do.
Near, far, in our Jag-u-ar
Oh what a smoky time we'll spend.

Burn Burn Chitty Chitty Burn Burn
Our charred four fendered friend.
Burn Burn Chitty Chitty Burn Burn
Our charred four fendered friend.

You reek now of burning oil.
Your seats are now smoking coils.
You'll turn everybody's head today.
We'll glide on our final trip
The end of our ownership
The junk heap of all who survey
.
Oh Chitty You Chitty
Sooty Chitty Burn Burn
Sooty Chitty Burn Burn
We loathe you.
And Chitty, in Chitty
Sooty Chitty Burn Burn
Chitty Chitty Burn Burn what we'll do.
Near Chitty, far Chitty, in our motor car
Oh what a firey time we'll spend.

Burn Burn Chitty Chitty Burn Burn
Our charred four fendered friend.
Burn Burn Chitty Chitty Burn Burn
Our charred four fendered friend.....(hold)

Chitty Chitty Burn Burn
Chitty Chitty Burn Burn
Charred four fendered Chitty Chitty friend.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

What's The Big Deal About Miley Cyrus at the VMA?

Will Smith and family react to VMA performance

Since Sunday's racy musical(?) performance by Miley Cyrus, the former star of the Disney Channel's Hannah Montana, at the MTV Video Music Awards, there has been widespread condemnation, shock, and surprise expressed in the media. Such a reaction seems curious. After all, since MTV started in the 1980's it has regularly aired videos that would make most parents blush (see the reaction by Will Smith's family above to another performance at the VMAs). MTV and its owner Viacom don't see anything wrong with Cyrus's performance and they felt is was fine to share on a program rated as appropriate for ages 14+. What parent thinks that racy music videos are appropriate for anyone, especially teens?

The music industry has never been a beacon of virtue. Many of the singers from the 1940's and 1950's lived sordid lives, but at least their music was not sordid. From the 1960's the music culture has been openly promoting loose morals, hence the phrase, "sex, drugs, and rock and roll."

In the mid 1970's a Mormon religious leader, Gene R. Cook, shared a plane flight with Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones. Here is part of what he says happened:

when I got on the plane with this fellow I didn’t recognize him right off, and you know I’ll just have to tell you this story in great brevity, because I had two and a half hours with him and it was an interesting experience. I didn’t recognize him right off.
I told him I was an elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who are you?
And he told me “Mick Jagger.”
And I said “well I’m glad to meet you to.”
And he was kind of a prideful fellow and again I am not speaking again of the man, but what he was doing. And he told me his name again, and I said, “I’m glad to meet you Mick.”
And it still didn’t totally dawn on me, I just wasn’t expecting to see him there. And then he opened up this big magazine he was reading with all these wild eyed faced and very scantily dressed women to say the least, and said “that’s me.” And of course I recognized immediately who he was.
We began talking. I told him I have opportunity over the years to be with many young people all over the world. I’m interested in a question you can answer for me.
He said “well what is it?”
I said, “Some of the young people I’m with tell me that rock music, the kind you and others are involved in, has no real impact on them, for good or for evil. It has no real impact and others claim that it really does have a bad impact them. You've been in this thing for twenty years, I’d like to know, what’s your opinion?”
These were his exact words, brothers and sisters, an exact quote. He said, "Our music is calculated to drive the kids to sex."
I was pretty much floored, I’m sure I must have shown it on my face, and then he kind of rebounded a little bit and said, "of course, it’s up to them what they do. It’s not my fault, I'm just earning a lot of money."
And as the conversation proceeded, and again, there’s not time to tell you all, even a small part of it. He was delighted at the fact that in his mind the family was being destroyed around the world.

I am not advocating censorship or curbing free speech, but I do believe that people should speak out against 'entertainment' that is harmful to children. People are disgusted and all jump out of the pool when they see a piece of excrement, and rightly so. Shouldn't we react the same when we see garbage in the pool of entertainment?

There is something that you can do by asking your congressional representatives and senators to pass the Television Consumer Freedom Act of 2013. This bill would allow families to buy customized cable packages and leave out cable channels that they do not want--like MTV. The liberal entertainment industry is opposed to this legislation because under the current system, your cable bill payments support channels you don't want.  Why should people have to pay for content they don't want or approve?

This may be one time that Washington can do something that conservatives would approve.

For a previous post on the devolution of music exhibited by Hip Hop click here.

Your thoughts?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

"Kill All The Lawyers"


In Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part II, act IV, Scene II, Dick the Butcher utters one of Shakespeare's best known lines: "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." While this was stated by a rebel looking to overthrow the government, over the past four centuries the law profession has gotten a stranglehold on society to the fiscal detriment of everyone.

Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in the length it takes to bring killers to justice. Look at what has happened over time.

The people that participated in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln were brought to trial and executed within three months of the assassination.

Charles Guiteau, the assassin of James Garfield was brought to trial and executed nine month's after Garfield's death.  

Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of William McKinley was brought to trial and executed 45 days after McKinley's death.

Giuseppe Zangara attempted to assassinate President-elect Franklin Roosevelt in 1933 and killed the mayor of Chicago instead. He was tried and executed the next month.

Meanwhile, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind behind the 9-11 attacks was captured in March 2003 and more than ten years later he has yet to be tried. This whole time the legal meter has been ticking. Lawyers and related legal costs have run into the tens of millions of dollars.

Then there is the case of Nidal Malik Hasan, the admitted Fort Hood shooter who killed 13 people and injured 30 others.  It has taken more than three an a half years to bring him to trial at the cost of more than $5 million. He's admitted he's guilty. How does that cost us $5 million?

Although these are highly public cases, they are by no means isolated cases. Throughout the country there are thousands of lawyers dragging things out with the meter running, costing society millions and over time billions of dollars.

Doesn't anyone see this as a complete waste of resources and money? What has happened to our modern legal system to bilk the taxpayer out of billions and delaying justice?

Unfortunately there is not likely anything that will be done about this travesty. Lawyers have a stranglehold on the political lobby industry and are well represented in all levels of government. Because taxpayers do not directly write the check for these over-payments, there is no call for reform. 

If I were emperor for a day, I would say, "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyer's over-billing. Make justice fair but swift."

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Three Little Pigs for Socialists



Once upon a time there were three little pigs.

The first little pig collected straw by the side of the road.

The second little pig collected sticks from the forest.

The third little pig built a kiln and everyday got all sweating and muddy while forming and firing bricks.

One day there was an election.  The three little pigs had to choose between the big socialist pig and the big conservative pig.  The big socialist pig promised that if elected he would take some of the bricks from the third little pig and give them to the first and second little pigs because he believed in fairness and equality. The big conservative pig promised that if elected he would build a wall to keep out the big bad wolf.

The first and second little pigs voted for the big socialist pig and only the third little pig voted for the big conservative pig. Once elected the big socialist pig took 40 percent of the third little pig's bricks and gave them to the first and second little pigs.  They used the bricks to make cute little paths and flower beds for their gardens. They demanded more bricks, but the big socialist pig was afraid that if he took even more bricks from the third little pig, he would quit making bricks and then where would he get the bricks to give to the first and second little pigs? So, instead he borrowed money from the bank to get more bricks. The banker asked how he would be paid back. The big socialist pig said the baby piglets would have to pay it back when they grew up.  The banker asked if this was fair. The big socialist pig said he didn't care because the baby piglets were too young to vote and the first and second pigs did vote.

The first little pig built a house out of straw.  The big socialist pig did not think it was important to build a wall to keep the big bad wolf out so no wall was built.  One day the big bad wolf walked along the pretty brick path to the first little pig's straw house and said, "Little pig, little pig, please let me in."

The first little pig said, "Not by the hair of my socialist chin."

The wolf said, "Then I'll huff, and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in." Which he did.

The first little pig was just barely able to get away and he went to stay with the second little pig.

The second little pig built a house out of sticks. One day the big bad wolf walked along the pretty brick path to the second pig's stick house and said, "Little pig, little pig, please let me in."

The second little pig said, "Not by the hair of my socialist chin."

The wolf said, "Then I'll huff, and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in." Which he did.

The first little pig and second little pig were just barely able to get away and they went to stay with the third little pig.

Now you might think that the third little pig built his house of bricks, but because he had to give 40 percent to the big socialist pig, the house was never finished.  There was no wall to keep the big bad wolf out so with very little effort the big bad wolf climbed into the unfinished brick home and ate up the three little pigs.

The End

The moral to the story is . . . ?

What did you learn from this fable?

For related posts to this theme, see The Little Red Hen for Liberals, Will Secularists ban "Green Eggs and Ham?,Stealing MarshmallowsThe Well - An Economic Horror Story for Children, and Parable of the Talents - Gov'ment Style


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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Hip Hop Music - Proof of Reverse Evolution


The current state of Hip Hop "Music" is a sad reflection on what was once a heritage of wonderful music from the African American community.

The Mills Brothers were a popular singing group that had a wide following throughout the country.

Nat King Cole was one of the best selling singers of his day.

Stevie Wonder has been honored as one of the greatest songwriters of his generation.

Somehow this rich musical legacy has devolved into the modern Hip Hop music industry where bad language, violence against women, drug usage, racism, and overall bad behavior is celebrated.  Charlton Heston, the famous actor (Ben Hur, The Ten Commandments), was an outspoken critic of this trend.  


Here is part of what he said in a speech to Harvard Law School in February 1999:

A few years ago, I heard about a -- a rapper named Ice-T who was selling a CD called "Cop Killer," celebrating the ambushing and of murdering police officers. It was being marketed by none other than Time/Warner, the biggest entertainment conglomerate in the country -- in the world. Police across the country were outraged. And rightfully so. At least one of them had been murdered. But Time/Warner was stonewalling because the -- the CD was a cash cow for them, and the media were tiptoeing around because the rapper was black. I heard Time/Warner had a stockholders meeting scheduled in Beverly Hills, and I owned some shares of Time/Warner at the time, so I decided to attend the meeting.
What I did was against the advice of my family and my colleagues. I asked for the floor. To a hushed room of a thousand average American stockholders, I simply read the full lyrics of "Cop Killer" -- every vicious, vulgar, instructional word:
I got my 12-Gauge sawed-off. I got my headlights turned off. I'm about to bust some shots off. I'm about to dust some cops off.
It got worse, a lot worse. Now, I won't read the rest of it to you. But trust me, the room was a sea of shocked, frozen, blanched faces. Time/Warner executives squirmed in their chairs and stared at their shoes. They hated me for that. Then I delivered another volley of sick lyrics brimming with racist filth, where Ice-T fantasizes about sodomizing the two 12-year-old nieces of Al and Tipper Gore:
She pushed her butt against my --
No. No, I won't do to you here what I did to them. Let's just say I left the room in stunned silence. When I read the lyrics to the waiting press corps outside, one of them said, "We can't print that, you know." "I know," I said, "but Time/Warner is still selling it."

Two months later, Time/Warner terminated Ice-T's contract. I'll never be offered another film by Warner Brothers, or get a good review from Time magazine. But disobedience means you have to be willing to act, not just talk.

When a mugger sues his elderly victim for defending herself, jam the switchboard of the district attorney's office. When your university is pressured -- your university -- is pressured to lower standards until 80% of the students graduate with honors, choke the halls of the Board of Regents. When an 8-year-old boy pecks a girl's cheek on the playground and then gets hauled into court for sexual harassment, march on that school and block its doorways. When someone you elected is seduced by political power and betrays you -- petition them, oust them, banish them. When Time magazine's cover portrays millennium nuts as deranged, crazy Christians holding a cross as it did last month, boycott their magazine and the products it advertises.

So that this nation may long endure, I urge you to follow in the hallowed footsteps of the great disobediences of history that freed exiles, founded religions, defeated tyrants, and yes, in the hands of an aroused rabble in arms and a few great men, by God's grace, built this country.

If Dr. King were here, I think he would agree.

I thank you.

Fourteen years later, things have not gotten any better. The original versions of many Hip Hop songs can't even be played on the radio because they violate FCC vulgarity standards. 

If there is a good side to this situation, it is that the songs of the Mills Brothers, Nat King Cole, Stevie Wonder, and their peers are still available for people that enjoy real music. 

Hip Hop is proof that evolution is false; that is the only explanation for how we got from the state of African American music from a couple of generations ago to the what it is today.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Warning Labels for Progressives



Progressives are big supporters of warning labels to keep us from making mistakes.  Sometimes these warning labels are just plain stupid.  For example:

"WARNING - Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly."


"Do not use while sleeping."

"Contains Peanuts."

"Do Not Swallow."

I think we need to create warning labels for progressives themselves so voters know what to expect, such as:

  • Warning - will cause crushing debt.
  • Warning - harmful to unborn children, may contribute to death.
  • Warning - may engage in inappropriate behavior and expect to remain in office.
  • Warning - will spend your money, your children's money, and your future grandchildren's money. Don't expect to ever see any of it back.
  • Warning - harmful to families by promoting programs that encourage divorce, promiscuity, single parenthood, and poverty. Especially harmful to minority families.
What labels for progressives would you like to see?

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