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Saw new Harry Potter - GOF

GOF = Goblet of Fire

I went to see the new Harry Potter movie yesterday (opening day), and I'm here to report it was very good.

Book 4 of the series, on which the movie was based, was and is still my favorite in the whole series of books.  It is a masterpiece.

Thus, with such high expectation for the movie, I don't think there was any way for the movie to live up to those standards, but it did come close.

The main problem, especially if the movie-goer had not read the book, is that in order to fit such a long book into 2-1/2 hours, they had to condense a lot of material.  Hence, there are entire sections of the book absent from the movie, and other concepts, like certain explanations of the Harry/Voldemort duel at the end, are not fully explained.

One of the nicest things about the movie franchise is that each movie is so uniquely different from the other.  You don't feel like it is another James Bond movie, where they have "insert criminal here" or "insert dangerous situation here".  Each movie is completely different, both in content and tone.

To the producer's credit, they did not shy from the fact that one of the characters dies in the book, and did in fact show that event just like it happens in the book.  However, the PG-13 rating is a bit of a mystery to me.  I don't know of any 8- or 9-year-old who can not easily handle the material in the movie.  The PG-13 rating of a movie like Revenge of the Sith is much more fitting that the one given to GOF.

The special effects continue to get better and better with each movie.  The dragon is entirely convincing, and very threatening.

Overall, a very fun movie, recommended for any Potter fan, or any fan of fantasy films for that matter.

Can you believe these conceited jerks?

Two Senators recently tried to get buildings in Washington, D.C. named after them.

Not only is that against the Senate rules, but it smacks of such conceit that it is beyond words.

Both of the Senators involved are complete blow-hards to start with, but now they have sealed their fates as complete jerks.

http://www.drudgereport.com/flashch.htm

Star Trek Enterprise

Besides being a big Star Wars fan, I am also a bit of a Star Trek nut. The only Star Trek TV series I was not a big fan of was Voyager. It ever seemed to pull me in, for some reason. I suppose I didn't like the liberties they took with the Star Trek universe's concepts.

I collect the DVD box sets of the various Star Trek shows, and the last one I added to my collection is Enterprise — the last Star Trek TV series ever made.

Enterprise is a show set back in the time where mankind first went exploring in space, after they built the first warp 5 vessel. Naturally, the ship was called Enterprise.

I really like the show. It is very inventive, and each season follows an overall story arch, in which the whole season revolves around a basic goal or concept, and they sprinkle various self-contained story episodes in between.

The sad part is that the show was canceled after only 4 years on the air, so the season that I'm currently watching on DVD will be the last. How unfortunate! It seems that the ratings didn't hold up, and that's a crying shame.

So far I've watched the first three seasons, and now I'm about six episodes into the fourth season. Among all those episodes, there are a surprisingly few number of "duds".

The writing has been very good, and the writers have in fact come up with a huge number of really good ideas, including the development of the Vulcans as a "flawed" species, who evolve just like the humans do. When I first saw how the Vulcans were portrayed I was left scratching my head as to what they were doing, but now in season 4 it is all making sense. What a terrific back-story, making the Vulcans in other later Trek series much more deep in character.

The one character I cannot get enough of is the blue-skinned Andorian — definitely my favorite character in the entire show. Thank goodness they keep finding ways of weaving him into the stories, even though it stretches believability at times. Just watching his antennae "emote" is enough to crack me up. The writers must have had a blast with his character!

It will be bittersweet to get to the end of season 4, knowing that a really great show was canceled prematurely. I think Voyager must have turned off a number of Trek fans, like it did for me, which in turn hurt Enterprise's ratings. Enterprise is so vastly superior, and has so much untapped potential, it will be sad to get to the last DVD.

Anyone was is a Star Trek fan owes it to themselves to see all four seasons — in order. A really engaging experience, not to be missed.

Old, but good

This has been around for a while ... but still worth considering, especially since the Christmas season is approaching ...

THE LAW IS THE LAW

So if the US Government determines that it is against the law for the words "under God" to be on our money, then, so be it.

And if that same Government decides that the "Ten Commandments" are not to be used in or on a Government installation, then, so be it.

And since they already have prohibited any prayer in the schools, on which they deem their authority, then so be it.

I say, "so be it," because I would like to be a law abiding US citizen.

I say, "so be it," because I would like to think that smarter people than I are in positions to make good decisions.

I would like to think that those people have the American public's best interests at heart.

BUT, YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE I'D LIKE?

Since we can't Pray to God, can't Trust in God and cannot Post His Commandments in Government buildings,

I don't believe the Government and it's employees should participate in the Easter and Christmas celebrations which honor the God that our Government is eliminating from many facets of American life.

I'd like my Mail delivered on Christmas, Good Friday, Thanksgiving, and Easter. After all, it's just another day.

I'd like the US Supreme Court to be in session on Christmas, Good Friday, Thanksgiving, and Easter, as well as Sundays. After all, it's just another day.

I'd like the Senate and the House of Representatives to not have to worry about getting home for the "Christmas Break." After all it's just another day.

I'm thinking that a lot of my taxpayer dollars could be saved, if all Government offices and services would work on Christmas, Good Friday, and Easter.

It shouldn't cost any overtime since those would be just like any other day of the week to a Government that is trying to be "politically correct."

In fact ...

I think that our Government should work on Sundays (initially set aside for worshipping God) because, after all, our Government says that it should be just another day.

What do you all think????

If this idea gets to enough people, maybe our elected officials will stop giving in to the minority opinions and begin, once again, to represent the "majority" of ALL of the American people.

SO BE IT.

Please, Dear Lord, give us the help needed to keep you in our country!

Amen and Amen.

 

I wouldn't believe it if I didn't see it

If this story had not been posted in a legitimate newspaper, I would never have believed it.

I know that there is a certain racial hypocrisy that is allowed to pass without too much notice, but this goes beyond the pale.

This is the type of story that gives me a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. 

From a strictly logical point of view it demonstrates that black Democrat "leaders" (a term used lightly) do not care at all about the advancement of their cause and their people, only the advancement of their party. 

But far worse is the social messages that are being cast about by these miscreants.  They are allow themselves to be used by a political party to such an extreme extent that they would be willing to destroy successful people of their own race.

The message they are spreading is if a black person is successful, but happens to disagree with a left-wing, liberal political philosophy, they are no longer a brother or sister, but an outcast who should be cursed at and mocked.

What does this say to black children growing up and watching?  What priority does it teach them?  Does it teach them that black people are logical, thinking people, who by the nature of being logical and thinking, will naturally disagree on things, or does it teach them that black people should be a mindless bloc that should mock and destroy the lives of anyone who thinks differently?

Does it teach them the value of being independent and successful, or does it teach them to be unoriginal and mediocre?

This is a profoundly sad episode, and one that I can only hope will inspire people to rise up against those who would control and manipulate the black population.

Here's the link: http://www.washingtontimes.com/metro/20051101-104932-4054r.htm

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