Tuesday, November 13, 2012

World War Z - Brad Pitt Observes Zombie Protocol

Reviewers have noted that Brooks uses World War Z as a platform to criticize government ineptitude, corporate corruption and human shortsightedness.

Brooks also shows his particular dislike of government bureaucracy. One character in the novel tries to justify lying about the zombie outbreak to avoid widespread panic, while at the same time failing to develop a solution for fear of arousing public ire.

Brad Pitt, plays United Nations employee Gerry Lane, as he searches the globe for information to stop a Zombie pandemic. 


Except for a number of isolated safe zones (such as Omaha, Nebraska and Tallahassee, Florida), almost all of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains was overwhelmed by zombies during the war. The United States government fled to Honolulu, Hawaii, and the West Coast of the United States became home to most of the nation's remaining human population, serving as a launching pad for the national reclamation effort. The United States also had a higher percentage of isolated pockets of survivors than any other country, probably due to the independent nature of American culture and the high rate of gun ownership.
WWZ Release Date 21 June 2013

Friday, November 9, 2012

TGIF "Winning" Democrats Celebrate Gridlock

The results are in from the November 6th election except for Florida. Why is no one surprised Florida is still in play.

The results from Tuesday night's election tally means, we are in for at least two more years of gridlock. Voters voted for status quo. The democrats hold the presidency, and the senate,  the republicans hold the house, so no change. It's going to be like ground hog day up in here for the foreseeable future.

Barack Obama had nearly 10 million fewer votes Tuesday night than in 2008. Mitt Romney only won 57 million votes, 3 million less votes than John McCain received in 2008. John McCain didn't receive 1 million votes from registered republicans in 2008. That means 4 million registered republicans didn't turn out to vote by Tuesday night's  polls closing. Mitt Romney did lead with double digits among Independent voters.

There has been the customary gloating by the winners. They are really gloating about not losing. The democrats are winning in the Charlie Sheen sense of winning, in the last 48 hours 45 companies have signaled they are laying off workers. I thought the whole point of both campaigns was to get Americans back working?  Boeing a defense contractor is laying off 30% of management positions. Huh, I wonder how many of those folks have mortgages that are going to end up in foreclosure, how is that going to help the weak housing market......Winning. Boeing isn't alone in the last 48 hours, 45 companies have joined them.  The market has been selling off for the third straight day in a row since the results of the election was announced. Winning!  We have the sequester that will be coming into effect the 1st of January. the spending cuts agreed upon as part of the debt ceiling deal of 2011 will begin to go into effect. According to Barron’s, over 1,000 government programs – including the defense budget and Medicare are in line for “deep, automatic cuts.” The federal debt ceiling will have to be raised again to borrow more money to pay for the federal deficit spending, which amounts to borrowing 1 trillion dollars a year, by the end of this year. Winning!   Let's throw a party the democrats didn't lose,  Happy Days Are Here Again!/

There are autopsies being performed on Mitt Romney's campaign. If I had to point to one over all failing. It was the campaign's marketing it suxed.  Not that President Obama's campaign marketing was much better, SEE 10,000 million less voters - voted for Obama.  If I had to sum up what was wrong with both campaign's marketing it would be one word "Dorky".  All a political campaign really amounts to is a sales pitch. That means branding is everything.

The Romney campaign did not effectively avail themselves of multiple media outlets. For example, Bill O'Reilly of FNC, and Don Imus of WABC & FBN, invited the Governor to appear multiple times. If I was trying to get my message out, I might go on a highly rated cable news program with the most viewers and the highest ratings. Imus's flagship radio network is blasting out of NYC every morning for 4 hours every morning 5 days a week. Romney didn't saturate the media with his brand - a return to American prosperity.

When the multiple media pundits, and talking heads bloviate on what caused Romney's loss, it's been reported it was because Hispanics, turned out in large numbers for the democrats. Hispanics who bought the democrats sales pitch, that they would pass Amnesty in the next four years. Mi amigo, you should have got your bribe before you gave the President your vote. President Obama stated during the campaign that this is his last election, that means he doesn't need you to vote for him again. Mi tonto amigo, the President's executive order giving young illegal aliens a year grace period ends in 2013, that means the federal government now knows where to find them. The executive order never covered their parents. Of course the American politicians of both parties will continue to string you along to get your legal Hispanic counterparts votes. If they gave you what you want, they wouldn't have anything left to bribe you with.  It's called pandering.

Lunatic Fringe,

I know your out there
You're in hiding
And you hold your meetings
We can hear you coming 
We know what you're after
We're wise to you this time
We won't let you kill the laughter

Lunatic Fringe
In the twilights last gleaming
This is open season
We know you got to blame someone
For your own confusion
But we're on guard this time
For your final solution....

Lunatic Fringe
We know you're out there
But in these new dark ages 
There will still be light......

An eye for an eye
Well before you go under
Can you feel the resistance
Can you feel the thunder.