Where I’ve Been

November 8, 2008

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Ferg bought an XBox, so we’re using that while mine’s in the shop for the second time in as many weeks. My tag’s Mortal Wombat85 in case you’re interested.


In Exile

March 29, 2008

Well, since AOKWebhost bit the dust all of ithinkibrokeit.com went with it. I’m directing the DNS servers over here until I can come up with suitable hosting. I’m going to repost some of the blog posts I have saved back up and add up the ones I’ve been saving since the site first went down.


"Collective Right" is an Oxymoron

March 19, 2008

As everyone is probably aware the Supreme Court is taking arguments on the most important gun rights case of all time, Heller v City of DC. The main argument has been decided by nearly every judge on the Court has given evidence they believe in the individual right to own firearms, the difference being in the “reasonable restriction.” I’m glad to hear that this “collective right” BS is gone, as Marko demonstrates.  I see no reasoning behind this idea that the Second Amendment, alone among all other rights granted in the Constitution, is not individual. Luckily the Court seems to be ready to move against this.

Next on the antigun argument is the “well regulated militia” which they take to mean the National Guard, which coincidentally didn’t exist for a hundred plus years after the Bill of Rights was conceived. The main problem with this fallacy is the fact that it is totally against what the Founding Fathers believed in. They had just escaped the terrible hand of a despot and did not want concentrated power to ever threaten the freedom of its citizenry. The Second Amendment is precisely put in place to protect individuals from not only other individuals but also from the threat of overreaching government. This is why the National Guard argument fails:  the National Guard is a governmental organization and therefore is the antithesis of what the Amendment was designed for.

I’m anxious to see the ultimate outcome of Heller. It will either be back to square one or the biggest victory for gun rights in this country’s history. I hope that enough of the Justices have the same opinion of the issue, and I’m too afraid we’re about to go right back to square one. This time we’ll have a much more Sisyphean task on our hands.


There’s Hope Yet

May 24, 2007

It’s not fun to be a music fan as of late. It seems like the mainstream music press only wants to fawn over preprocessed beats with a usually illiterate sounding guy talking really fast, boring techno, horribly pathetic whiny guys (screw you James Blunt), or “I’m depressed that nobody loves me so I’ll kill myself, if this wasn’t just a ploy for attention” style emo dreck. However, there have a been a few new releases that are worth your time. I’ll review three of my favorites of this year’s releases.

 

RUSH – SNAKES & ARROWS

 

Rush releases their best album since the 80’s with a heavy sound that still has a lot of the progressive sounds that hearken back to the Farewell to Kings and Caress of Steel days. The first single, “Far Cry” is one of their best songs featuring a great chorus. This is also the Rush album with the most instrumental songs at three. “The Main Monkey Business” is their second longest instrumental, behind only “La Villa Strangiato”, “Hope” is a short classical guitar piece by Alex Lifeson, and finally is “Malignant Narcissism” featuring Geddy Lee on a fretless and Neil Peart on a four-piece kit. It has a lot of the same tones as the last album, Vapor Trails, but important on this album is Lifeson seemingly remembering “Holy Crap, I can play guitar well!”

 

SHADOWS FALL – THREADS OF LIFE

To appease people who say that because I find few new bands enjoyable, here’s one of my favorites, Shadows Fall. These guys are at the top of their game and are easily the best of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal.  The start track, “Redemption” is the standard heavy, crushing riff they are known for, featuring another of Jon Donais’s great guitar solos.  “The Great Collapse” is a  great acoustic piece showcasing both Donais and Matt Bachand’s versatility, and then the next track goes right back to heavy metal. I love this album because it has a great mix of NWOAHM and classic metal, along with amazing guitar solos, which was absent for far too long from metal.

 

FISTS OF PHOENIX – SAVE THE SWANS

Fists of Phoenix are a progressive, experimental band from Cape Girardeau who put on a hell of a show and feature some of the most impressive musicians I’ve ever met. At the last show of theirs I went the singer,when talking, had noticable sore throat and voice problems, yet took the stage and still performed like it was nothing. These guys deserve a major label deal.

Full Disclosure: The ugly bass player is my little brother.

 

Three good ones so far is impressive, and I suspect there will be more. I’ve got Ozzy’s new cd Black Rain, yet I haven’t listened to it all the way through yet. I’ll probably give it a review later.


Early Adopter

March 25, 2007

I guess I’m a bit early on this, but I’m already feeling cynical about the 2008 presidential elections. So far the Republicans have shown either the same damn thing that made them lose most of the 06 elections, authoritarian douchebags (that’s you McCain) or Giulani.

I admit that I think Giulani is a good leader, and has a chance, but the problem is that he has too many things wrong. His position on gun rights, and I honestly have little evidence to believe he has anything to offer me on the minarchism side.  While I think that Rudy doesn’t like the 2nd Amendment, I get the feeling that McCain dislikes all of the Amendments. His campaign finance reform law was a total affront to freedom of speech and too much of what he says gives me reason to believe the Constitution is a secondary concern for him.  I swore to others, and I’ll repeat it here, that if McCain wins the nomination, I will not vote Republican for president. No way whatsoever.

To make matters worse the Democrats are putting their A-team up against us. Hillary has way too much momentum, and Obama has what seems like a near personality cult going for him somedays. So the Democrats offer me either a inexperience junior senator with nothing to show but the same neosocialist bullcrap I hate already or Hillary “Global Village” Clinton whose ideas of a true nannystate disturb me immensely. Before anyone names another Dem possiblity, save your breath. It’s Hillary or Obama, although Obama is a horrible candidate. I don’t want someone whose only resume entry is a term and change in the senate.

So it may end up that I throw my vote away, but I cannot force myself to vote for a authoritarian “maverick,” and I’m afraid Giulani’s liberal social stance will make him unappealing to convention voters. Hillary will likely be the Democrat candidate and she’s possibly the best politician I’ve ever seen. 2008 will be an interesting year, although I’m already worried we’re fighting a losing battle.


Testing

November 21, 2005

So here I am on my WordPress.com account to see how much different it is. I admit that it does seem a bit foreign after being so used to my own blog, but I can definetly see how people might like this system.