Star Wars Grandpa Awakens

The family and I finally went to the new Star Wars movie.  I’m probably the only one that actually knows the original story to some extent although I was really a Star Trek fan.  Granted my son is more up on the clone wars though.  But I did go to see the original back in the day and liked it.

So, how does the latest version stand up?

Well first off it’s a good movie.  Not great, but good.  If you feel like seeing a movie on a Saturday or Sunday, when you have nothing planned, this movie fits the bill.  But then, that’s exactly what the first one did.  That’s why it was fun. So The Force Awakens, is fine as far as that goes.

There were a couple of questions we all had when it was all said and done.

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So, how is it possible that the son of Han Solo and Princess (General) Leia, when sent to learn the ways of the Jedi by Luke Skywalker, turn to the dark side? Seriously folks that just doesn’t seem likely.  Were Han and Leia that bad as parents?  Was Luke, the great Jedi, so bad a teacher?

The next question my son had was, why didn’t anyone seem to care much with the republic was destroyed?  It’s was like, ” oh that sucks”, “well anyway what’s for lunch”?

The movie also seemed to assume you knew the whole backstory, which is fine I guess, but if this was your first Star Wars movie (Wife), then it was nothing but an action movie with little plot.

One more thing, why did Kylo Ren wear a mask that he apparently didn’t need for anything?  Just to look evil, to look like Darth?  While the mask and voice was kind of cool, it didn’t really make any sense.  Oh, and he was kind of a whiny ass. Just saying.

Still we enjoyed it and in short order I’ll probably remember very little of it.

Now the Wrath of Khan…I’ll never forget.  🙂



Counterterrorism, Red Herrings and Encryption

There is a lot of rumbling lately regarding terrorism and encryption. The narrative follows the line that we must allow the government complete ability to access our entire phone, email, IM’s and any other conversations. These conversations may or may not contain actual references to terrorist acts. If we do not allow this access then the world will be in great danger and it will be our own fault. How can we connect the dots if we can’t access the dots?  This is, of course a red herring. In other words, this has nothing to do with, or at least very little to do with the fight against terror. It is instead a great power grab and loss of privacy. It’s also dangerous.  As Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said recently, “If you leave a back door in the software, there is no such thing as a back door for good guys only”.  We don’t need access to private conversations of all citizens to identify current threats and where they originate. Jon Callas of Silent Circle, a company focused on smartphone voice and chat encryption says, that if they create an encryption key that could obtain a customer’s conversations for the US government he would have to give that key to foreign governments also in order to comply with their laws.  It’s as if our own government just doesn’t understand what it’s talking about.  Surprising, yes?

If we were truly were concerned about stopping terror, we would attack the sources. In the many years since 911, for example, how has the Saudi government escaped any consequences for their open support of radical Islam? Publicly, they deny the forces of Islamic terror yet privately they have funded and built most of the radical mosques and madrasas world-wide. Since the 911 attacks in New York, it is estimated that the number of Mosques in the US has risen by 75%. Some studies suggest that 80% of Mosques present literature or sermons that support violence against non-believers.  Yet, because of pressure from pro-terrorist organization like CAIR and others, we have curtailed the surveillance of Mosques in recent years.  In other words we simply gave in to the political correctness.

Also, remember that Saudi Arabia practices some of the strictest forms of Sharia. Yet, we support this repressive government continually. If we were to admit that Saudi Arabia is part of the problem that would throw our foreign policy into chaos.  We would have to admit for many years we have supported those that would destroy us.

Other countries such as Iran and Pakistan have open invitations to terror organizations. All the while US and European leaders act completely dumbfounded as to why terrorism continues. We cannot seem to point out, let alone face those countries and organizations that harbor and finance terror. The fact is we know who is promoting most of the terror incidents in the world yet we don’t take any substantial action against these parties. In fact, with Iran we have freed up their funds to continue to promote terror directly against the west.

It’s not the average citizen that is a threat. Instead of concentrating on known threats the political class would rather take the average citizens rights away.

With the additional lack of immigration and border enforcement, we have shown the terrorist that we are weak and naive. In fact we are more than naive, we are bordering on suicidal, at least culturally speaking.

While our governments focus on the ability to rummage through our citizens private conversations, the enemy is openly invading, all with our own governments (US and Europe) support.


We’ve saved the world’s climate

The world’s most pressing and dangerous threat has been neutralized. World leaders flying into Paris with large, absolutely necessary, jets and huge lines of limousines have fixed climate change.

In Paris, that lovely place were a few weeks ago partiers were exposed to a minor altercation with some disgruntled victims of European oppression, felt the true power of the committed communities of nations as a climate agreement was signed.

I’m sure the families of the probably deserving, victims of the Jihadist protest, are now finally resting easy. As everyone knows climate change is absolutely the biggest cause of terrorism and Jihadist attacks  protest. But fear no more. The most wonderful aspect of all this is that all it took was some money.  If we’d only known sooner.

Just by giving corrupt countries a little more spending money and an agreement which is (sort of) binding (and sort of not), we have ensured desperate countries will create and use much more efficient means of power. So, we will give developing countries, in other words countries that aren’t capable of running themselves without corruption and graft, at least $100 billion annually. Because the problem has been that these countries simply haven’t had enough money thrown at them in order to run competently.

So folks, while you work your ass off paying higher and higher utility bills as your wages stay at 1990 levels remember your great leaders have saved us all from this hard to describe and hard to demonstrate danger.

Donald, is it legal?

Whether you agree with Donald Trump’s shutting down Muslims from entering the US or not, does he have a legal basis for such an act?


8 U.S. Code § 1182 – Inadmissible aliens

(f)Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by President

Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate. Whenever the Attorney General finds that a commercial airline has failed to comply with regulations of the Attorney General relating to requirements of airlines for the detection of fraudulent documents used by passengers traveling to the United States (including the training of personnel in such detection), the Attorney General may suspend the entry of some or all aliens transported to the United States by such airline.


German Vice Chancellor says the unspeakable

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel urged Saudi Arabia on Sunday to stop supporting religious radicals, amid growing concern among some lawmakers in Berlin about the funding of militant mosques by the world’s biggest oil exporter.

The unusual criticism of the Gulf state follows a report by Germany’s foreign intelligence agency which suggested that Saudi foreign policy was becoming more "impulsive".

The German government rebuked the BND agency for making such suggestions about Saudi Arabia, an important business partner that is involved in international talks to find a political solution to the Syria crisis..

What Sigmar said was simply the “unspeakable”.  You cannot challenge the Saudi’s.  They have paid off too many people in too many governments and too many businesses. 

<sarc> Although, lets face it, you never see their hand in any terrorist attacks? <sarc>

"But we must at the same time make clear that the time to look away is past. Wahhabi mosques are financed all over the world by Saudi Arabia. In Germany, many dangerous Islamists come from these communities," he said.

Yah think?

"We need Saudi Arabia to solve the regional conflicts," Sigmar Gabriel, the head of the Social Democrats (SPD) who share power with conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel, told the mass-circulation newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

Note:  I’m not a SPD fan at all, but this needs to be said at the highest levels.

In a statement, the Saudi Arabia embassy in Berlin said the Kingdom was interested in countering the radicalization of young people and referred to a previous statement in which it denied wanting to build 200 mosques in Germany.

"Like Germany, we are part of the anti-Islamic State coalition and fighting side by side against terror," it said.

Just saying.

At least a politician somewhere said something.  And judging by the comments I’d say a lot more people are not buying the, we’re on your side, BS, the Saudi’s have been spouting for years while funding many of the problems in the world. 

If two country were removed from the equation much of the world’s terror problem would go away. 

Iran (Shia) and Saudi Arabia (Sunni).