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New “Christian” Shows Coming to TV

Some new shows coming to TV, unless, that is, you tyurn off your set or switch channels or read a book.

The first, is The Book of Daniel premiering on NBC on January 6.

The Book of Daniel is a serious drama about Christian people and the Christian faith. The main character is Daniel Webster, a drug-addicted Episcopal priest whose wife depends heavily on her mid-day martinis.Webster regularly sees and talks with a very unconventional white-robed, bearded Jesus. The Webster family is rounded out by a 23-year-old homosexual Republican son, a 16-year-old daughter who is a drug dealer, and a 16-year-old adopted son who is having sex with the bishop’s daughter. At the office, his lesbian secretary is sleeping with his sister-in-law.

The second show is on HBO called Big Love, a show about a religiously devout and otherwise ordinary family that just happens to be polygamous. Stanley Kurtz at NRO writes

Hollywood is likely suggesting that Americans ought to get over their hangups about family structure and recognize that families should be anything we want them to be. Even polygamists can be “virtually normal.” As series co-creator Mark Olsen says in the Newsweek piece, “It’s everything that every family faces, just times three….The yuck factor disappears and you just see human faces. We found it to be a mother lode.” So this would seem to confirm the link between same-sex marriage and polygamy, except that here same-sex marriage is not being used to legitimate polygamy. No, polygamy is being used to legitimate same-sex marriage! In other words, gay marriage and group marriage are mutually reinforcing, and both depend upon the larger view that families ought to be whatever people want them to be.

Will viewers turn out to watch these two shows? Odds are that one will be cancelled and the other will get Emmy nominations. Yuck!

Our National Treasure!

I have written many times about gold and that the central banks and bullion banks are short 12,000 to 16,000 tons of gold. I got to wondering about weights and value and found a couple of things:

20 ounces = 1 pound
2000 Pounds = 1 Ton
therefore 1 Ton = 40,000 ounces
therefore 1 Ton @$505 per ounce = $20,200,000
1 Gold bar = 400 ouces
1 Gold bar @$505 per ounce = $202,000

China has 600 tons of gold in FOREX reserves and wants to increase that to 2,500 tons. That means China wants to go from $12 Billion in gold reserves to about $50 Billion. As an aside, we are told that the US has 8,000 tons of gold in Ft. Knox (although no one knows for sure since the last audit was in 1955). The trade deficit for October, 2005 was $68.9 Billion. Converted to gold that is 3,411 tons of gold. If foreigners wanted gold instead of USDs, we would go through our gold hoard, our national treasury, in less than 3 (THREE) months!

Movie Review: Brokeback Mountain

(Warning explicit Language)

My wife and I saw Brokeback Mountain last night at the Fox. We had a choice of seeing it at 5:30, 6:45, 7:15 or 7:45. Our choice was 6:45 and while the theater was small, the showing was well attended. Half the couples seemed to be heterosexual. The same sex couples were predominately female. (Is there some attraction for females of both persuasions to watch gay men?)

The cinamatography was stunning. The mountains in Wyoming were very tall, rugged, untamed, exactly like the men you would expect to inhabit such grandeur. Only these two rugged men, living isolated watching over a flock of sheep, decided to make the sheep safe, and fell in love with each other. Then after the tryst, with Jack Twist, Ennis went off and married a beutiful woman and had kids and Jack went off and married a beautiful woman, had a kid and snuck off to Mexico for male prostitutes. Sure, the poor boys pined for each other, enough to recall every lost love you’ve ever had. Every other month or so over the next ten years, Jack and Ennis, would leave all family responsibilities behind and get together for manly love.

Needless to say, my wife enjoyed the movie more than I did. I have a few “nits” with the film. It seemed that Jack Twist was experienced sexually and Ennis Dalman was a virgin. I base this conclusion on a conversation the two had around a camp fire. Ennis was talking about sin and going to hell. Jack thought both would go to hell, since we are all sinners. Ennis disagreed since he was without sin, unlike Jack. Now, I am inexperienced in the nuances of gay love, but the two’s first sex is anal sex performed by Ennis on Jack. Wouldn’t you just play around the first time. If you are horny, living out in the mountains with sheep, wouldn’t you predict that the sheep would be first to be tried.

Now I read all the critics praising this movie, the first gay cowboy movie, but no one is talking about the damage done to two women and the kids. What does it do to a woman’s self esteem to waste years of your life in a marriage with a man pretending to be straight, then be thrown over for a man! There’s a scene in the movie with Ennis’ daughter and a woman trying to get Ennis’ affections. She asks the daughter, “Is it me or is Ennis not the marrying kind?” The daughter answers, “I suspect you could hold your own.” Why do some women fall for gay men who are “passing?” Is it an ego thing? Maybe, we all think, to borrow a phrase, that we could get them to join our team.

The film will get all sorts of awards and the actors may win oscars. Did we really need this movie? Why does Hollywood glorify its values that are opposite those of most people in the country, then worry about declining attendance at the movies?

Last year one of the movies up for an Oscar was the sympathetic portrayal of a woman performing abortions. One year we had Bridges of Madison County, about adultery and pining over a lost love. What’s next?

My favorites, of the ones I’ve seen, for 2005 (in no particular order):

“Syriana”
“Yes” (because of the use of iambic pentameter)
“Cinderella Man”
“Downfall”
“Good Night, and Good Luck”
“North Country”
“Batman Begins”
“Serenity”
“Capote”
“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”
“A History of Violence”
“Hustle and Flow”
“Lord of War”
“Sin City”
“The Squid and the Whale”
“The Upside of Anger”
“Walk the Line”
“March of the Penguins”
“Murderball”
“Off the Map”
“The Weather Man”

There may be more that I’ve forgotten I’ve seen. I notice that three of these films starred Joan Allen. A fine actress, like John Cusack, I never miss their films.

Celebrate a rare calendar convergence

The SacBee informs that a rare event occurs tomorrow; Sunrise, celebrate Christmas and open presents and sunset celebtate Hanukkah by lighting the menorah.

Every year, the Jewish holiday falls in November or December, its date determined by a different calendar than the Gregorian that rules the timing of Christmas, along with our secular lives. It’s not rare for one of Hanukkah’s eight days to fall on Christmas, but to have both holidays start on the same day is.The last time they did so was in 1959; the next will be in 2024. (Another instance of spiritual synchronicity: Hanukkah began on Christmas Eve in 1940 and in 1978, and will do so again in 2016.)

So to all my old friends and new ones made in 2005, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah. May you all have a great New Year.

Gold Rush 21

An historic gold conference took place in August of 2005 in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada. The conference, Gold Rush 21, was sponsored by Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee and since Gold Rush 21, the price of gold is up $67 to 504 and has been to $540. A DVD of the conference was completed today by its producer, Trevor Johnston, and sent to the DVD factory for mass manufacture. The video’s premiere will be at the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference January 22 and 23.

You can view brief excerpts from the DVD, a real Hollywood-style movie trailer, here:

http://www.goldrush21.com/

The DVD contains a 25-minute summary of the conference proceedings, outlining the gold price suppression scheme of the central banks and their accomplices, the bullion banks. The DVD also contains a complete archive of all the major presentations at Gold Rush 21. The only thing missing from the DVD is Charlize Theron, but it’s so good that we don’t really need her.

The DVD will go on sale via the Internet immediately after the premiere in Vancouver.

I will let you know when and where it can be purchased and the price.

Again It’s Sen. Wyden?

My God! Who elects these people?

The other day I wrote that Sen Ron Wyden, along with Senators Dick Durbin and Jay Rockefeller was being investigated for revealing information about leaking details about a secret “black ops” CIA satellite program in Democratic Senators Dick Durbin, Jay Rockefeller and Ron Wyden – Shame!. Now we learn that Sen. Ron Wyden was the one who objected to some language in a resolution condemning the remarks of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Ahmadinejad

called the Holocaust a “myth” and suggested Israel be relocated to Europe, Canada, or Alaska.

Sen Rick Santorum introduced a resolution that in part

condemned the remarks, demanded an apology, and supported efforts by “the people of Iran to exercise self-determination” and hold a national referendum with oversight by international observers.

Senate Democrats led by Wyden forced Senate sponsors of the resolution to strip language from the document expressing support for self-determination and a national referendum in the country.
Now granted, the Iranis just had an election, that was a farce, but why would Democrats oppose such language? They are supposed to be for the down-trodden everywhere. And why would Sen Wyden be a leader in such shenanigans? Does he think this represents the will of his constituents?


It is Lunacy, Democrats!

What gives with Blumenauer? On Dec. 15th, the House voted 401-22 for this resolution:

Whereas Christmas is a national holiday celebrated on December 25; and

Whereas the Framers intended that the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States would prohibit the establishment of religion, not prohibit any mention of religion or reference to God in civic dialog: Now, therefore be it resolved, that the House of Representatives –

(1) Recognizes the importance of the symbols and traditions of Christmas;
(2) Strongly disapproves of attempts to ban references to Christmas; and
(3) Expresses support for the use of these symbols and traditions, for those who celebrate Christmas.

Hat tip to Mr Minority for this list of the 22 who voted against this resolution:

Congressman, Party-State, District

Ackerman D-NY 5th
Blumenauer D-OR 3rd
Capps D-CA 23rd
Cleaver D-MO 5th
DeGette D-CO 1st
Harman D-CA 36th
Hastings D-FL 23rd
Honda D-CA 15th
Lee D-CA 9th
Lewis D-GA 5th
McDermott D-WA 7th
Miller, George D-CA 7th
Moore D-WI 4th
Moran D-VA 8th
Payne D-NJ 10th
Rush D-IL 1st
Schakowsky D-IL 9th
Scott D-VA 3rd
Stark D-CA 13th
Wasserman Schultz D-FL 20th
Wexler D-FL 19th
Woolsey D-CA 6th

What is with Democrats? Do you think these kind of votes will get back control of the House, Senate or Presidency? This is lunacy on your part. You are so out of touch!

A Holy Image in a Cooking Pan

Is He trying to tell us something?


A Florida restaurant says it has been blessed just before Christmas.
Workers claim a holy image has appeared in one of their cooking pans.
At the Stadium Club in Jacksonville workers have found what they believe is an image of Jesus in a nacho warming tray.
The pan is used to heat water which then heats the food.
The image was created from mineral deposits in the water.
One of the cooks says he went to empty the pan last night and saw Jesus looking back at him.
A spokesman for the Stadium Club says they will not continue to use the pan.


“Content Matters”

Another gleaning from Blog.ContentBiz:
50 Content Companies that Matter according to Barry Graubert of Content Matters:

50 (or so) companies which I believe are having an impact on the content industry, which are demonstrating innovation either technological, sales & marketing, business model or otherwise.

The list may include “traditional” media companies, e-business/e-commerce content companies, enabling technologies and others impacting the way that content providers deliver and content users consume information. It may include both b2b and b2c content, although due to my focus areas it is likely to emphasize the b2b world.

The List begins with:

Google

Yahoo

Wikipedia

Consumer Reports

Sirius Satellite and XM Satellite Radio

Research in Motion Ltd (RIM)

Factiva

Six Apart

Alacra

Del.icio.us

Endeca

The Public Library of Science (PLoS)

LinkedIn

Jigsaw

Flickr

There is a lot of meat for the tasting here and I plan to study this menu of Graubert over the holidays.

















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