Friday, July 31, 2009

Grinning Evilly He Started to Type

by Chris McGinty

Let’s see, Nathan started this blog on the 27th and it’s now the 31st, so it’s been civil for four days now. I think that’s a record, though admittedly, I didn’t sign in until yesterday.

You brought this on yourself, Nathan. I was just going to mention the new Tron movie, and then go back to sleep. Nope. You had to beat me to the punch, so I had to go look for something else to write about, and oh boy did I finded it.

I know finded isn’t a word, but sometimes I have to write what I hear in my heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee….

So I went over to Nathan’s Skipping Frog Blog, which you can finded here: http://skippingfrog.blogspot.com/

On July 13, 2009, Nathan asked, “Is it wrong to be afraid of the current administration?” and then went about the business of explaining how the government makes us pay more and more taxes a little bit at a time, until now with all the sales taxes and such, the average American pays something like 50% of their income in taxes.

You know what? Yes. That’s my answer.

If we understood what the government is, we shouldn’t be afraid of the government at all. Because the government is supposed to do what we say.

Grinning evilly he switched gears suddenly.

Nathan, how much do you pay each month in interest to credit cards, car payments, and your mortgage? What percentage of your income is that? Just curious. How much less are you living while having those kinds of payments drag you down?

But I don’t want to blame Nathan entirely here, or any number of us who are living just enough above our means that we’ll never have true financial freedom. I want to point a few fingers at big business, and how it is that we view jobs. Ignoring taxes for a moment. We go to work. From our labour we get a small share of the business, and the business gets a share, as well, called profits. The odd thing is that there probably isn’t a huge discrepancy between a business’s profit, and how much it paid out in labour. When a business shows no profit, there’s actually a huge discrepancy in favour of the workers.

So why is it that so many businesses thrive, and the workers don’t? Well we don’t profit do we? How long would you stick around at a job if you heard that they were never sure they were going to make their payroll each month, and you might not get paid next paycheck? Yet many of us live paycheck to paycheck. Why?

The government isn’t really doing this to us. We’re doing it to ourselves. We don’t make these companies behave. Visa hasn’t been affected by any of this economic downturn shit, because they’re set up to where the bank that issued the card is often responsible if the bill doesn’t get paid, because the bank wanted to use the Visa logo on their card. These are the same banks that don’t want to make unsecured personal loans, and that’s all a credit card is, an unsecured loan.

And we still keep shelling out our hard earned money to interest. A house I get because it maintains its value mostly, but that’s about it.

Further, there is a reasonable margin of profit for anything we ever buy. This profit margin pays workers, and profits the companies. Anytime we pay over that profit margin, we hurt ourselves, because the companies won’t drop their prices unless they feel they have to.

It’s estimated that a new car loses 20% of it’s value the moment it’s driven off a lot. So tell me, what percentage of your income is that 20% depreciation? A three year old car is typically just as reliable, and only depreciates at about 7-12% a year.

What I’m saying is that buying something when we want it, rather than when we can afford it, hurts us, and possibly worse than the government’s misguided appropriation and spending of taxes.

Disney promotes Tron Legacy...

This is the most AWESOME promotion ever! Their promotion for the movie was to open a temporary 'Flynn's Arcade'!!!!!


Thats MY ARCADE!!! Arg!


Here's the article here


Thursday, July 30, 2009

ChrisMcG-I-NTY-5's First Blog.

by Chris McGinty

Alright, checking in here. It’s me, Chris. Nathan wanted to do this blog with Miguel and me. Let the good times roll.

Nathan’s blogs so far have been brief commentary on things such as movies, movie commentary, and church. So I’ll go a little similar, you know without all the conservative paranoia.

Speaking of which, I was in front of a TV yesterday that ate some bad chicken, and was puking up Fox News. My only question is why does every other story suggest that there needs to be some sort of legislation to fix whatever paranoid notion the story is railing against? Aren’t conservatives against government intervention?

I’ve seen two movies recently, both very good in their own way. The first was “Run, Lola, Run” which I’ve wanted to see since it came out a decade ago. This movie is absolutely worth watching. It’s even worth reading the subtitles. The second was “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.” All I have to say about this one is Joss Whedon. Very funny. It stars Neal Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, and Felicia Day. As I understand it, it was shot just for something to do during the Writer’s Strike, and was released directly to the internet for free.

Onto my recent reading. I read “The Tales of Beedle the Bard.” It was a very easy read. The stories were ok. What made it interesting was the “commentary” written by Albus Dumbledore, because it gave it the same feel as her other two companion pieces to the Harry Potter universe, as in, it gave a feel of entertaining reference material. I’m about halfway through “Extreme Paranoia: Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Shot” which is a novel based on the Paranoia RPG.

Finally, Miguel and Nathan you may find this article interesting. It’s about a huge auction of Hollywood props. What I found interesting is that a lot of movie production is leaving California in favour of states that will give them better tax breaks.

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/07/28/hollywood.prop.sale/index.html?eref=edition_entertainment

That’s it for me today.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The turd that is 'The Happening'

Saw the movie The Happening or should I say 'The Crappening' the other day.


Wow.


I like Zoe Daschel. She's not that great of an actress, but she is very likeable. But even her inclusion in this steaming pile could not make me like it.


1.) Bad acting (I mean BAD)

2.) Turd of a story

3.) Crappy ending


Candice was guess that M. Night Shamla-lama-ding-dong was under contract with 20th Century Fox to do one more film and he rushed to get it done. I think I agree. I would have been pissed if I would have paid good money for that.


Hollywood is so full of a-holes

I was watching the special features of Watchmen and there are a few featurettes about the comic book and when it was made and what it was about etc...

The production people talked about how the comic book was taking place in a time of crime filled cities and corrupt government. They just couldn't let it pass without getting on their little soapbox... they started talking about parallels between the Nixon corrupt goverment with the Bush corrupt government.

Am I the only one who NEVER hears anything (outside conservative radio) about how corrupt the Clinton government was from ANYONE?

When is this world going to be perfect and people are going to be honest about whats going on in the world instead of skewing things and pissing on everything they don't agree with?

I blame Jimmy Carter.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Rock N Roll Church

The wife and I are Church Shopping and we visited a church that was more like a rock concert than anything else (I guess this is so because I have never been to a concert). When you walked in, loud 'rock type' christian music was blairing; there was a full band, dramatic lighting, and even smoke. It had a very concert vibe going as well (I am assuming). Anyway the wife likes it so I might be going to a concert every weekend.

Oh yeah, and the youth pastor is Loren's 'good twin'