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Movie Review: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Posted by JungleBoot on May 18, 2008

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008 ****) takes us back to one of our favorite realms of fantasy.  This time the “Kings and Queens of Narnia” are called upon to aid young Prince Caspian in bringing peace to the land.  I give it four stars.  There are some things that  could be done better.  But overall, it’s a good film. 

The most delightful character is a mouse that fancies himself as a “knight of Narnia”.  It’s rare a secondary character stands out.   This one does.  He is full of whit and quite charming. 

Fair warning:  This movie really is for the kids.  They’ll love it.


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In the News: Clinton Wins West Virginia Primary

Posted by JungleBoot on May 14, 2008

Fox news reports that Hillary Clinton has won the West Virginia Primary by a decisive margin. That’s funny.  At least, I think so.  What exactly is a decisive margin?  Any game won by a single point can be called a decisive margin.  Basically, that one point could have gone to either side pushing that team on to victory.  Describing the margin in terms of size would have been a better choice. 

 Regardless of who wins the Democratic nomination, you should recognize that the Democratic party never thought Barack Obama would make it this far.  All of the candidates put forth were suppose to make Hillary the obvious choice.  But, things didn’t go as planned.  The turd, Obama, actually made a run for the Presidency and stabbed the Clintons in the back.  I say good for him.  They deserve it.  As much crap as that family has put America through, it’s time someone got even. 

Now, I don’t support Barack.  I’m not even sure I support McCain.  But, the alternative leaves a bad taste in my mouth.  You would never know who is truly answering that phone in the White House or calling the shots.  Reporters would be constantly asking, “What did Bill have to say about this?”  And, quite frankly, I could care less what comes forth from that bag-of-bones.  Anyway, I have digressed.

By all the stuff I have been hearing, Hillary should drop out of the race.  Instead, the classic preferred Democratic-Gambit is in play — THE ELECTION WAS RIGGED/YOU STOLE MY PRESIDENCY/PICK A STATE AND RECOUNT.  I hope I’m wrong.  We’ll just have to wait and see.

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In the News: Stephen King Responds

Posted by JungleBoot on May 11, 2008

Brit Hume wrote an aricle on May 7, 2008 that included Stephen King’s response to those critical of his statement at the Library of Congress in April.

Mr. King responds, “That a right-wing blog would impugn my patriotism because I said children should learn to read, and could get better jobs by doing so, is beneath contempt. I live in a National Guard town, and I support our troops, but I don’t support either the war or educational policies that limit the options of young men and women to any one career — military or otherwise.”

I’m glad that Mr. King clarified his position.  However, he never apologized for alluding that those who serve in the military are stupid.  What a twit.  Maybe it’s just me, but I figure a man with such a mastery of words would not lack the ability to understand the double meaning in his previous statement.


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In the News: Stephen King’s Remarks on C-SPAN’s Book TV

Posted by JungleBoot on May 6, 2008

Stephen King spoke in front of an audience at the Library of Congress on 2008-May-04. During the program, he said the following:

 “I don’t want to sound like an ad–a public service ad on TV–but the fact is that if you can read you can walk into a job later on. If you don’t then you got the Army, Iraq, I don’t know, something like that. It’s not as bright. So that’s my little commercial for that.”

The blogs have already picked it up and started talking about it. Mark Levin discussed it during his radio show.  I bet it makes minor mention on national news.  However, I take offense to this type of thinking and other statements like it.  My brother and I both served in the armed forces of the United States.   We did our time and got out.

I want to draw attention to one thing.  The United States Armed Forces is made up of volunteers.  Each member takes an entrance exam to help place them into an appropriate field.  Some people choose to take combat roles.  Some people choose to take support roles.  The jobs all incorporate technology — some less than others.  People can’t hide out in the military anymore.  Performance marks are taken seriuosly.  If you don’t measure up, they don’t let you re-enlist.  The modern U. S. military is more agile, mobile, intelligent, and dedicated to it’s mission.

Anyway, I just wanted to say that.

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Movie Review: Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)

Posted by JungleBoot on May 5, 2008

Charlie Wilson’s War ( 2007 **** ) stars Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, and Philip-Seymour Hoffman. It’s about a Texas congressman (Hanks) who helps the Afghanistan people fight the soviets through covert means.  I really liked this movie.  The witty conversations between Charlie Wilson and Joanne Herring (Roberts) were a joy to watch.  Equally entertaining are the less delicate conversations between Charlie Wilson and Gust Avrakotos (Hoffman).  I could probably watch a whole show centered around Gust.

I give this show 4 stars out of 5.  It addresses an issue that was important to the time without being over dramatic.  Humor is placed conveniently through out to offset uncomfortable scenes like actual footage recorded during Afghanistan’s war with Russia.

Viewer discretion advised: Adult related thems, Violence, Adult Humor

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In the News: McCain’s Pastor Relations

Posted by JungleBoot on May 5, 2008

John McCainThe furor over Obama’s relationship with Rev. Wright sent others seeking the same kind of relations in McCain’s past.  What did they find?  One pastor, Rod Parsley, calling Islam a “false religion.”  Another pastor, John Hagee, calling the Roman Catholic Church “the great whore.”  How does McCain react?

McCain points out that these two pastors are supporters.  He has no personal relationship with either.  There is no 20 year history.   “There is a great deal of difference in my view between someone who endorses you and other circumstances”, McCain stated.

Read the full article.

I have to agree with McCain, there is a difference between supporters and close, personal, friends.  Nobody has seen the “McCain Pastors” bashing America or using McCain as way to gain the public spotlight.  Rev Wright did both. 

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Books: 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

Posted by JungleBoot on May 4, 2008

Today, I purchased the 4-Hour workweek at the local Barnes & Noble.  My plan is to read the book within the alloted 14-day return window and get my money back.  I stongly believe it only repackages material found in other books.  An example, Mr. Ferriss talks about the art and science of Lifestyle Design (LD) on page 7.  Lifestyle Design is nothing new.  Anyone who has read the Anthony Robbins book , Awaken the Giant Within, has encounter this idea.

So far, the book has followed the classic lead in of all self-help material — the success story.  The great thing about success stories — they can be made up.  How many people actually have the resources to check it out?  Some achievements you can’t take away from people.  There are records.  Still, the lead-in is recognizable.

4-Hour Workweek forum password: live
There is no reason to not give this out.  The forum page asks for the second word in paragraph one on page 271.  I figure anyone can go to a bookstore and obtain this information.  Why not save you the trouble?

Reviews at other sites.
The Simple Dollar
Get Rich Slowly

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Movie Review: Iron Man (2008)

Posted by JungleBoot on May 3, 2008

Iron Man ( 2008 ***** ) stars Robert Downey Jr, Jeff Bridges, Terrence Howard, and Gwyneth Paltrow.  This movie gets 5 out of 5 stars for it’s amazing work with CGI.  The Iron Man sequences are out of this world.  I highly recommend this movie to everyone.  If you are a fan of Mavel movies (Spiderman, X-Men, Hulk), you will enjoy Iron Man.

Robert Downey Jr. will reprise the role of Tony Stark in The Incredible Hulk ( 2008 ).  This will be the first Marvel film to use an actor for one role in two separate films.  I expect it to be a minor role.

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In the News: South Chinese Submarine Base Spotted

Posted by JungleBoot on May 3, 2008

Fox News has obtained satellite photos (one image) showing a large harbor and 20 massive tunnels under construction.  Defense analyst believe these images could be a new submarine base for the Type 094 Jin-class nuclear submarines (Telegraph sources).  It is expected 6-8 of these submarines will be built with one becoming operational in 2008.

Type 094 Jin-Class SubmarineSuspected new base.

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In the News: 21-Year Old Texan Man Attempts to Cash $360B Check

Posted by JungleBoot on May 3, 2008

A 21-year old North Texan man, Charles Robert Fuller, attempted to cash a $360B personal check in Fort Worth last week.  He wanted to start a record company and claimed the check was from his girlfriend’s mother.  The bank contacted the woman and learned Fuller had not been given any checks or permission to cash them.

Local police arrested Fuller on forgery charges.  On his person at the time of arrest, officers found a .25 caliber handgun and some marijuana.  This added to charges against him to include possession of an illegal substance and unlawfully carrying a gun.

Fuller was released after posting $3,750 bail.

Note:  Maybe I should place this in a category called: Morons in the News.

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