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The TSA is Ten Today

Ten years ago today, President George W. Bush signed the Aviation and Transportation Security Act into law. It the ten intervening years, the TSA has managed an impressive list of accomplishments.

Thanks to the TSA, the last ten years have brought travelers long security lines, sexual harassment, public embarrassment, invasion of privacy, increased security fees, and a (published) price tag approaching $100 billion.

A recent article posted by @laborunionrpt points to the machine feeding the machine, as TSA unionization becomes a very real possibility and a boon for labor unions and their progressive voting initiatives.

Thanks, TSA, for the ten years of wonderful memories, and for managing to capture exactly ZERO terrorists! This is one party that needs to end. We are sick up picking up the tab.

Dartboard Vetting

If you aren’t furious, you aren’t paying attention. In case you’ve missed it, your money has been the fodder for some of the most poorly vetted investments ever, and not by Wall Street or the banking industry.

Thanks in part to this article by Doug Stewart ( @dmatthewstewart on Twitter) and further conversation on the growing list of failed Green energy investment projects during a recent interview , I have become completely convinced that vetting, if any, for funding potential Green energy products was performed by a few guys eating pizza and throwing darts at applications taped to the wall.

While not the first project to fail miserably, even after an injection of stimulus funding, Solyndra is probably the the poster child for failed vetting and cronyism, that are apparantly the norm for deciding where to spend taxpayer dollars. Add in Shepherds Flat ( which, we don’t even *need* to fund since GE HAS the capital!) , SunPower’s PAC action win , the EPA approved TR Auto Truck Plaza mess, The failed job delivery and inanity of the Fisker Motors investment, the likely march of the Chevy Volt into both fiscal and progressive failure, and the likelihood that Doug is correct about Alstom, and you have a laundry list of failures that exceeds anything that can be pinned on the private sector. Each of these investments inherently contained an easily verifiable history of risk that should have been a red flag for any review panel, if they had bothered to check into them at all ( or hadn’t been told to ignore the flags) I’d be willing to bet that the woodwork is crawling with plenty more evidence of the complete waste of taxpayer money due to non-existent vetting processes.

Johnathan Silver, the Energy Department’s loan program director, has stepped down, most certainly as a sacrifice to the indignant, but there needs to be full on public rage at this outright failure and deception by our government to even attempt responsibility with our economy. Silver’s resignation is an appeasement offering, and I am not appeased. It’s time to take the dartboard away and for us to get more involved in keeping an eye on our money. I have an idea of a replacement past-time..

What OWS Wants Should Terrify You

Occupy Wall Street can’t seem to get it’s message unified, even among themselves, but I think that in the minds of many of the more disillusioned participants is a vague vision. One that was put to paper first in 1961 in the pages of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. This vision should terrify you.

THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren’t only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General.

These words begin Harrison Bergeron , a short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. The concept so bizarre and inconceivable, that it was published first as a work of fantasy. The idea that government can form an agency whose entire raison d’être is to make every citizen equal, and devise enforcement for such a policy, is the ultimate in crimes against the individual and the death of private innovation and motivation. It is evil empowered – the literal smothering of Ego and will by government sanctioned force.

Yet, isn’t that what the 99% want? Aren’t they vaguely ( or not so, in some cases) suggesting that the government step in and take down the 1%? Aren’t they pining, not to excel and propel themselves out of disparity and helplessness, but to have someone else drag down those who do not share in their misery and lack of motivation? Aren’t they suggesting that their entire base of failure is because of a small number of people who do not define their existence and motivation by socially accepted definitions of limits on success and prosperity? Maybe it isn’t even that deep.. maybe it is pure denial of responsibility and cohesive blame at the nexus of their lashing out without a defined path to resolution. Regardless of the “why”, the “how” that they are driving towards isn’t just the end of the individual and of American Exceptionalism, but also the entire basis of the Great Experiment. It is the end of America as it was intended.

Read Harrison Bergeron in its ten page entirety here and then, for a fantastically terrifying and inspiring adaptation see the trailer for 2081 below ( and then go buy it. YAY, Capitalism!)

 

** Quick update: I was made aware that the Handicapper General in 2081 is none other than Tammy Bruce! How awesome is THAT? Follow her on twitter here!

Stand With Gibson

 posted on behalf of Craig Ramsay

 

Gibson Activism

Anyone who follows me on Twitter is probably aware that the Federal raids of Gibson Guitars’ plants in Tennessee, on August 24th, have become somewhat of an obsession to me. It angers me, and apparently many others on several levels.  It has also spurred me to become something of an activist.

In the past, the extent of my activism has been to contact my Senators and Congressman. This time, because of this outrageousness of Gibson’s situation I have decided to become more involved. I have taken to tweeting Gibson artists, asking for their support, and thanking them for responding or publicly speaking out for the company. I’ve also been tweeting and retweeting any stories or facts related to the situation.

Most recently, I sent e-mails to my Senators and Congressman. In the e-mails I outlined the facts of the situation and why it outrages me. I also outlined the apparent illegal nature of the raids; the application of foreign law as their basis, the lack of an affidavit supporting the warrant, and the fact that no charges have been filed, regarding the August raids, or the ones in 2009. I also outlined the blatant political motives behind the raids. I then asked them to address this when they returned to session.

So far I only Sen. Richard Shelby has responded. In his response he outlined what he knew of the situation, and is obviously aware of the facts. He concluded in stating that he will “monitor the situation” whatever that means, and that he will keep me in his thoughts as the situation moves forward.

While it was not the fiery response that I had hoped for, he did provide a thoughtful response. That is much more than I’m sure many can expect from their elected officials. Hopefully he will be able to help with the situation.

I encourage everyone to contact their members of Congress. They might not respond, or even do anything to help, but the chances of any of them taking action don’t change, if they don’t hear from their constituents.

Also, I encourage everyone to sign Gibson’s online petition requesting the Obama Administration to resolve their inquiry. At this moment, it has more than 22,000 signatures.

Please follow Craig on Twitter!

 

Attack of the Misfits

If you have missed the breakout success of Misfit Politics, you’ve probably wound up at the wrong page right now. The team at Misfit scored huge with their first video, a parody of Obama for America’s Attack Watch, and their success can only continue. How can I make such a statement? Because I have the pleasure of conversing with much of their team on a regular basis, and have zero doubts as to the talent, dedication, and ability to keep Conservatives laughing and Liberals cringing for a long time to come. It’s time to reveal the Misfit ensemble of Misfit Politics, in hopes that you will help to congratulate them on their premier effort and encourage even more in the quest to make Conservative politics a little more palatable for the masses. Get to know the Misfits and a little more about their venture from my chat with CEO, Brandon Morse.

Misfit Politics

Misfit Politics on Facebook

Who are they?

Leader Folk

Brandon Morse a.k.a @CnservativePunk – Founder, CEO, and all round “decider” of Misfit Politics. Also co-writes and acts in Misfit’s skits and sketches. Overly proud Texan and sore loser. He also plays the microphone and wants to be just like Captain Mal from Firefly when he grows up. His obsessions include Shiner Bock, video games, and crooner music.

Michael Deppisch a.k.a @deppisch – Hailing from Nashville, Michael is Co-writer and director of Misfit’s videos. Michael is the artsy one within Misfit, is an editing savant, and cooks a mean dinner. He’s also an excellent photographer and thus is a model magnet. You’ll usually find him surrounded by Apple products.

Rachel Torres a.k.a. @RachelVeronica – Rachel is one brave woman in a sea of man children. She handles Misfits online social networks and a lot of Misfit’s other inner business workings like an artist. If Brandon takes credit for something, Rachel most likely did it.

Cole Streeper a.k.a. @ColeStreeper1 – Co-writer and trusted white guy within Misfit. He claims to have Hispanic backgrounds within his family so that makes him only half racist. He hails from Arizona, and shares in Brandon’s love of pop punk.

Ezra Dulis a.k.a @ezradulis – The mad genius within Misfit and writer extraordinaire, anytime Ezra puts down a pen to a piece of paper it automatically turns into gold. He was the first to put Misfit on the map with his world famous “ATTACK WAAAAATCH” video and will strive restlessly to attain his true goal of getting running water in his apartment.

Other Misfits

Elizabeth Baires a.k.a @flowerBOMB – Notably the only person within Misfit with any actual experience in the political field. She can tell you how to run a campaign then beat you in Modern Warfare games. Her worst fear is her nearest Nordstrom’s burning down.

Samuel Rosado a.k.a @sarosado – Sam is Misfits proud Latino and friendly neighborhood geek. He’s also passed the bar exam in two different states. Plays it fast and loose, and never gets burned.

Houston Morse a.k.a. @HoustonMorse – Houston is Misfit’s resident ginger, co-writer, and the younger brother of Brandon. From looking at him you’d think he was a linebacker but when he opens his mouth you’ll find that he’s a geek with a love of guns. Tends to ask questions AS he shoots.

Louis Fowler a.k.a @LouisFowler – Louis is the radio personality behind “Damaged Hearing” out in Colorado. He joined Misfit as a writer, podcaster, and idea man. Without a doubt the quickest witted within Misfit, and rightfully thinks Mexican food from anywhere but Texas is a waste of time.

April Thompson a.k.a @oddlysaid – Homeschooling Mom and yet still has time to write the wittiest blogs around. Men and women alike fear her for her sharp wit and even sharper shin kicks.

Sooper Mexican a.k.a. @SooperMexican – Name: Unknown. Birthplace: Unknown. Age: Unknown. The only thing his fellow Misfits and the world know about him, is that Sooper is the comic artist within Misfit Politics. His face his constantly hidden behind a wrestling mask, and he plans to keep it that way. Refers to Brandon as “Gringo.”

Inspiration?
The idea for Misfit came about when my ADD addled brain couldn’t handle the boringness that was Conservative politics. While most people were simply reporting headlines and spouting off statistics, I was busy making jokes about it. I realize that twitter really seemed to appreciate that sort of humor so one day I starting talking with Rachel Torres and Michael Deppisch about putting together a blog site that focused on humor. Over time it developed into much more as Cole, Ezra, Louis, Houston and the others joined the fray. Before I knew it, Misfit had taken on a completely different persona.

Intention?
I’m not going to lie, I plan on Misfit becoming the face of Conservative comedy. I think it’s about time that a place came about where conservatives could take a break from fighting the good fight and laugh at the whole situation for a while. We also plan on turning conservatism on it’s head and really redefining it. Gone are the days of the suit wearing, proper, polite, and careful Conservative. Misfit is going to usher in the unapologetic, real, and humorous conservative who is completely cool with not being politically correct. The left has used pc to control us for far too long.

In the long run?
Well for one, I want to expand Misfit into other areas. We’ll be big into the music scene and plan on focusing a lot on that. Many of the members of Misfit are musically inclined. I love to sing, and Michael is an incredible guitar player. When he sings, panties will fly out of nowhere and hit him. Ezra is also very musically talented, and is in fact the mastermind behind our first music video coming soon. When I first heard the demo I wanted to snuggle with it at night. Cole is, like me, a big fan of the pop punk genre (Blink 182, Fall Out Boy, Taking Back Sunday) and so I have a feeling he and I will be collaborating in the future about that.
We also tend to release lots of swag and merch along with our material. If Misfit doesn’t have it’s own line of clothing within a year I’ll be very surprised. (** author note, I noticed a post on their Facebook page *mentioning* t-shirts… )

Try as I might, I couldn’t get Misfit pinned down on a pick for 2012, but Brandon hints that Generic Republican is ahead in their private polling, at the moment.

Take the time to subscribe to their YouTube channel where you can see there viral hit parody commercial for Attack Watch and, if rumor ( started by the head Misfit himself) is correct, there will be a new release soon. Something about Governor Rick Perry and a musical number.. No, really!

Don’t forget to follow MisfitPolitcs on Twitter and Like them on Facebook. They have a website coming soon!

You can catch their appearance on The Mitchell & Ray show last night right here! and if you just can’t get enough of ATTAAAAACK WAAAAAAAAATCH! you can now snag the ringtone ( in English AND Spanish!) here.

(Tea) Party People!! The CNN Dating Game Redux

CNN did it again! The Tea Party Express was apparently powerless to stop CNN from committing the horror of hosting The Dating Game II this evening as a thinly veiled attempt to gain viewership. I endure this pain for you, all twelve of my regular post readers!

The #CNNTeaparty hashtag on Twitter was, as usual, full of quotes, commentary, and wit. I am taking a few of my best and turning them into actual sentences ( mostly) here for a longer/shorter debate rehash.

Mitt Romney completely forgot he was addressing a Tea Party crowd for at least two-thirds of the debate. He did remember to invoke the Tenth Amendment to defend RomneyCare, however – that was impressive. Mitt was alternately suave and vicious in his attacks on Perry. The poker thing was a pretty bad idea. Mitt can neither count his aces, nor knows when to fold. He defended the Fed’s roll in currency control and somehow managed to say, out loud, that he would issue waivers for all 50 states for ObamaCare. Yep. Mitt totally forgot he was talking to the Tea Party here. He pretty much ignored everyone else on stage. Nice job, Mitt.

Governor Perry was well placed between Romney and Paul. HE didn’t forget he was courting the Tea Party audience, until he was forced to discuss the use of Executive Orders. To recap: Perry was the first to say he would use an EO to [illegally] legislate. But only to repeal ObamaCare. Because somehow, that makes it all okay. Perry clarified his stance on both Bernanke and Social Security. I was disappointed here. Adding to his previous statements just makes him look like he was playing to the media. Lastly, Perry spent a good 90 seconds saying that his vaccine mandate was not a mistake. Oh? You think he said that it was? No, no. What he said was that using the Executive Order was the mistake. Listen better. Politicians, sheesh.

Herman Cain was there. I saw him. I also heard 9-9-9. It was like a repeat of the last debate. He did have a great moment when Governor Perry handed him an “Amen!” on who the job creators are in this country. It was sweet. Ending with “America is uptight” might have been a bad idea. Maybe.

Congresswoman Bachmann got off to a bit of a stiff start, but she was definitely in her Tea Party element by the time Wolf got around to remembering that she was in the room. It didn’t hurt that Congressman Paul answered most of the questions for her, and she just had to take out all of that icky foreign policy stuff when replying. Tea Party people loved her. Way to go, Ron Paul-ette!

Rick Santorum surpised me tonight. He seemed more forceful in his replies and downright bitter when he got the chance to attack Perry. Which was during all four questions he was asked. His shining moment was the perfectly scripted slip during a question regarding illegal immigration where he accused Perry of courting the illegal…errr.. Latino vote. He did a pretty great hack job on Perry’s vax mandate, too; invoking parental rights and suggesting an Opt In. Nice to see you stoop a little there, Rick!

I tweeted that Newt Gingrich had a mini teleprompter. It was well stocked, too! Newt zinged em out all night long and got plenty of time to not answer anything. He did it eloquently and decisively. Man, that guy can speak! Newt’s moment in the spotlight for me? “Governments don’t create jobs” ( also, thanks for the lead in Governor Perry and Governor Huntsman!) WASSUP Tea Party People!?!?

Congressman Paul. You are right about so very much. When will you learn to save the foreign policy answers for the foreign policy questions?? Personal responsibility, de-regulation, help thy friends and neighbors, get out of the way of business: all so well received, so great. I even agree that we are spending WAY too much policing the world, but you need to hire someone to get that point across better. I am available.

Huntsman. Most re-tweeted thing about him? “Why is Huntsman there?”

Finally, I would like to welcome Wolf Blitzer to the race. His candidacy came as a surprise to me, but he sure gave one heck of a speech tonight. Look out, Obama! Wolf can say “tax break for the rich” far more convincingly than you!

Purely libertarian .. in Space

This post at Spaceflight Now about the possibility of the IIS space station going unmanned in November sparked this side commentary on The Other McCain delving into the deterioration of America’s commitment to win the science and technology race, and the federal task of providing for the national security.

The offshoot post by Chris Smith ( aka Smitty , aka @smitty_one_each ) is a short and sweet case for why the current state of the space program is a failure of Progressive politics and he may well be right on that point. What I found noteworthy ( and note, I did here), was the introduction of a supposition about “purely libertarian” opinion on the validity of the space program.

Smitty was kind enough to make a small change in his post after our exchange on twitter, but I did ask him if he would mind an answer of sorts to his query on libertarian views.

I have no idea if his use of the small “l” in libertarian was intentional, which begs the question about the term “purely libertarian”, but I will just assume he literally meant libertarian ( not Libertarian) and go from there. I re-read the post several times, and was really confounded at a reason for bringing in libertarians at all. Why not moderates or independents? The comments below the post answered my question. Most GOP variety conservatives don’t have any idea what the answer would be. They certainly don’t know WHY the libertarian answer is what it is. Most can’t see past the “provide for the national defense” any more than the Left can see past the “provide for the general welfare”. (please send hate mail directly to me and save my editor a lot of heartache, please.)

You see, a purely libertarian viewpoint on the space program would be relatively straightforward: Turn the space program into a REAL race for the top and let it be funded by private businesses. Let the funds come from investors and the jobs go to the massive range of employees possessing the hugely encompassing range of skills needed to launch a viable ( and profitable) program of exploration into space. National security? Well, currently the federal government has managed to launch a forty year long , ghastly expensive serious of failures to produce. Now, there is no doubt that space exploration is a worthy expenditure. I will even concede that there are likely legitimate national defense concerns with our ability to position ourselves as the forerunner in space exploration and technology development. Which begs just one last question from me: Since when is the federal government the leader in ANY race to efficient, productive, and profitable expansion of anything, except itself?

Please follow Smitty on twitter. Despite my response to this particular statement, I have found him to be insightful, dedicated, and an excellent source of information and wit!

Dear Ann Coulter : How Are Book Sales?

Following the New Hampshire GOP debate, Ann Coulter wrote the following in a Townhall article in response to an answer by Ron Paul that the government should not be involved in marriage:

“Most libertarians are cowering frauds too afraid to upset anyone to take a stand on some of the most important cultural issues of our time. So they dodge the tough questions when it suits their purposes by pretending to be Randian purists, but are perfectly comfortable issuing politically expedient answers when it comes to the taxpayers’ obligations under Medicare and Social Security.”

Coulter elaborates a little with Bill O’Reilly:

I am going to start by giving her props for remembering to use the word “most” in her statement so that she could cover her you know what, when she gets publicly called out for being a hypocritical, book pushing sensationalist.. which I am about to do.

Since Ann conveniently forgets to mention the rest of the answer given in the debate, let me fill you in. Ron Paul suggests that marriage should be an issue addressed by State governments, and by the Church. Ann equates all Libertarians with Objectivists (that was the word you were looking for, Ann. Your audience is smart enough to figure out how to Google if they don’t know it), and calls them cowering frauds when it comes to taking a stand on social issues.

I, personally, have a thing for supporting the Tenth Amendment in this country. I also have a thing for the rest of the Constitution. Call me a cowering fraud, but I spend an awful lot of time reminding liberals that they have no right to tell me how to live my life, or how to spend my money. That fact doesn’t change because I don’t like someone else’s decisions. We [Conservatives] have managed to come together from across the entire spectrum of fiscal to social conservatism, to recognize that the Constitution entitles us to make those decisions for ourselves, without the consent of some faceless government entity’s stamp of approval.

Coulter would agree, except where she wouldn’t. According to her, the States and Church are incapable of handling marriage all on their own. They would make terrible decisions that went against Coulter’s definition of morality and that would allow private handling of things like adoption, insurance, inheritance! How can we survive as a country if such things were allowed? She suggests that Libertarians would put an end to “official” marriage. I don’t know about you, but last time I checked, a marriage license was a revenue generating piece of pain in the butt, and marriage was sanctioned by love and God. (By the way, a decidedly Un-Objectivist point of view)

Imagine, allowing marriage to be taken out of the hands of the federal government, completely ignored by the federal lawmakers of this country, and completely handled as an institution of the Church. Why, that would be…. Demonic!

Congratulations, Stupid!

According to Nielson, Americans are watching more television than ever before, and not just at home, in front of their television sets.

We spend 158 hours a month in front of a television set ( well, not me, but.. ) and that is sadly where most of the average American derives their opinions and gleans their “news”.

Do you need any more information about the best place to advertise, and type of people you are catering to when it comes to political ads? This is probably one of the most important election cycles of many of our lifetimes, and the Democrats have chosen their platform, and venue, very carefully: instant gratification in the comfort of your own home.

We Conservatives spend much of our day preaching to the choir, chatting among ourselves about the grave state of the Union, and blogging constantly about the solutions offered by the Right. We aren’t the voting majority. The general public is addicted to 30 second sound bites, and call it education. The voting populace forms an opinion in probably the first five seconds of a commercial. Catchy, popular tune? Shocking imagery? Emotional scene? That is all you need to make an impression on the majority of those who will be voting in the next Presidential election.

While we pat each other on the back for breaking bad on the narrow conservative blogosphere, the DNC is touching hundreds of millions of homes with an image of Representative Paul Ryan shoving a very unwilling, wheelchair bound grandmother over a cliff. There are warning signs along her ride over the edge, she is surrounded by nothingness. The ADD / reality television / instant gratification generation hate Paul Ryan in less than thirty seconds. You and I have spent MONTHS touting the merits of his budget proposal, digging up facts and figures, sifting through budgets and legislation.. and sharing it with each other.

Folks, the Democrats may not be the ones who use facts to win debates, but right now, they are winning voters. They think the voting population are a singular conscious, focused on American Idol, iPad release dates, late night fast food, and the quickest route to Starbucks. Ask yourself, “Are they correct?” and then ask why you keep sharing your well researched insights into the demise of our economy, morality, and exceptionalism with… each other.

Are Ya’ll Ready For This? CA Politics Gone Gangsta

California 36 is heating up in light of a runoff election, and I do mean heating up. Let me just warn you that the video below isn’t for small children, or married men, or soccer moms, or.. well, you have been warned.

Janice Hahn is a Democrat running in CA-36 and endorsed by former President Bill Clinton. I know this because it is all over her campaign website, among other endorsements like Feminist Majority and Planned Parenthood. She is a liberal poster child! Of course, Ms. Hahn did leave out one very interesting endorsement.

On that note, hide your kids, hide your boss, and say hello to policy by Janet Hahn:

 

 

 

 

WARNING: EXTREMELY OFFENSIVE CONTENT: Do NOT view this video with children or easily-offended people within earshot or viewing distance

 

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Atlas Shrugged: Part 1

It has been 21 years since my grandfather directed me to read Atlas Shrugged. It changed my life. I know that sounds cliche, but it is the truth, nonetheless.  He died just after I graduated high school, not long after. I will never be able to thank him enough for getting that book into my hands.

Skip ahead 21 years: Years of re-reading Atlas fairly regularly, adding in more Rand, Mises and Hayek, getting “educated” and living life. I have children of my own now. None have read Atlas yet, but I am hoping that my oldest will pick it up soon. I have been Galt’s Girl all of his life.  Surely, the curiosity will win him over soon. As Dagny said last night :” I would never force a man to do anything”.

When I heard that Atlas was finally going into theatrical production, I confess I wasn’t hopeful about a movie’s ability to incite the same fire and thought that the book does, but I was grateful that it was being done. The timing seems so perfect, so relevant, so … final.  I have wondered over the last year how each detail in the book would be handled. Worried over what would be omitted to keep the attention of the ADD generation.  I was right to be concerned, there is a lot to cover and a lot of it matters greatly to the character development.

I was thrilled to find out that I was in one of the original opening markets. I bought a ticket the moment they were available online. I showed up at the theater way too early. I was excited. It happens occasionally.

It is probably a good thing that I got there early. The theater was sold out and I managed to snag a great seat. It was interesting to watch people coming in and finding their seats. Many were as outwardly excited as I was. There was a lot of smiling, patting backs, and laughing over seat shifting. It really was a great crowd. The previews started and that is when it became an almost surreal experience.

I won’t go into the previews, but they seemed odd and silly. The crowd was SILENT. All I could hear between mundane previews was the occasional shake of a candy box or rustle of a popcorn bag. No one talked through the previews or shifted in their seat. I don’t even think many of us were breathing.  Most of these people had been waiting as long as I had.

After an insane number of previews, the production logo appeared on a black screen. The man next to me, easily in his seventies, shed a couple of tears. He wasn’t the only one, I don’t think. He was whispering under his breath and I turned and smiled at him. He actually took my hand and squeezed. The last thing I remember is him saying “maybe now…” and the film began.

No details, no spoilers. I will say that there were a few omissions that I was sad for, and the film’s small budget was apparent, but overall I loved the movie. I believe that the female roles were superbly cast, that the actors in the film were passionate about the film they made, and that the crowd in the theater felt much the same way I did.  I don’t think anyone left to get more popcorn or hit the bathrooms during the movie. Not a single cell phone rang (mine was turned off), and there wasn’t a single conversation. When it ended there was an ovation. I have never seen a movie that ended with the entire crowd clapping, most standing, and almost no one leaving.

It sounds so simple, but at the end of that movie, I think I knew everyone in that theater and nearly everyone I saw was BEAMING as I walked past. They stood in the hall and outside the theater talking afterwards. There was talk of drinks in some of the crowds. I bowed out.. came home… and tweeted. The only thing that could have made the experience better for me would be to have seen it with @TheTwisters .. or my father. I will do a Part 2 once the movie has played for most of those who will take the time to see it.  Until then, let me leave you by saying .. go … see it… and take a friend who hasn’t read the book.

Government “help” to business is just as disastrous as government persecution… the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off. ~ Ayn Rand

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