Posts Tagged ‘Disney’

13th September
2013
written by Sean Noble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you have someone help set stuff up for you (like a blog page) it’s a good idea to write down passwords.  I changed computers a couple weeks ago and haven’t been able to log into NobleThinking – sorry about the silent treatment.

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As you likely know, I fly. A lot.  So I read this headline with interest:

Friday 13th travellers take chance on flight 666 to HEL

Now, they aren’t actually flying to hell.  Every airport in the world has a three letter code, some which are obvious like LAX, PHX or SFO and some which aren’t as obvious like ORD (Chicago) or MCO (Orlando).  HEL is the airport code for Helsinki.

Would I take that flight?  Sure. I’m not superstitious (expect in baseball) and I’m writing this while on a flight on Friday the 13th already.

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Sometimes it’s better to not listen to your kid’s playlist.  It makes you realize they are growing up way too fast.

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When it comes to Syria, I can’t imagine it makes sense to say, “Hey Russia, great idea!” Russia may not be the menace that it was during the Cold War, but it is not an ally.  Still, Putin is way more cool than our President.

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I’ve been in politics for more than 20 years and I figure I have pretty much seen it all.  But sometimes in politics I see something so beyond the pale that it still shocks me.  That is the case with the latest move by Senate President Harry Reid (D-NV) and other Senate Democrats.

They are really unhappy that Sen. David Vitter continues to denounce ObamaCare and is saying that lawmakers shouldn’t be getting subsidized health care coverage.  You may remember that Sen. Vitter was accused of having a relationship with a call girl a number of years ago.

With that context, check out this story by Politico:

Senate Democrats have had all they can take from David Vitter and his fixation on Obamacare — and they’re dredging up his past prostitution scandal to hit back.

Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, has infuriated Democrats this week by commandeering the Senate floor, demanding a vote on his amendment repealing federal contributions to help pay for lawmakers’ health care coverage.

But Democratic senators are preparing a legislative response targeting a sordid Vitter episode. If Vitter continues to insist on a vote on his proposal, Democrats could counter with one of their own: Lawmakers will be denied those government contributions if there is “probable cause” they solicited prostitutes.

You couldn’t make this stuff up.  This is junior high school level bullying.  Now, I’ve never been a fan of Harry Reid, but this is so beneath someone who is supposed to represent the people that you have to call him what is: a real a**.  He truly demonstrates why the Democratic mascot is a donkey.

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I love the Disney movie “Up.” So I read with interest that there was a guy who used hundreds of colored balloons to take off from Maine to cross the Atlantic Ocean.  That takes some serious guts.

Alas, about 12 hours into the trip, he landed in Newfoundland and proclaimed, “This doesn’t look like France.” At least he has a sense of humor.

 

23rd April
2009
written by Sean Noble

Writing about Mother Earth on Earth Day is so predictable.  So I decided to write the morning after.

John D’Anna from the Arizona Republic thinks that Disney’s new release Earth is shallow because “filming a full-length motion picture about the planet without mentioning the very real threats it faces is kind of like making a movie about Iraq without mentioning the war. Or a movie about the economy without mentioning unemployment, foreclosures and AIG.” 

Really John?  What’s wrong with filming a full-length motion picture about the planet because it is a beautiful creation worth celebrating?  We’ve been given a priceless gift, and rather than remaining in a perpetual whine about keeping people out of beautiful areas (and yes, that’s what radical environmentalists want – us out) we should celebrate that Disney has brought some of that awesome landscape to us in a moving way.

I hope this becomes a hugely successful movie.  Millions need to see the raw power of nature, the scope and size of the outdoors and they need recognize how small we really are.  When we better understand the miniscule speck that the human race puts on the earth in total, we get some perspective about how ridiculous it is to worry about cow flatulence, oil derricks beyond the horizon, power lines through a sage-brush desert, freeways to the outskirts of town or a cell tower at Saguaro Lake.

I believe that Earth was created for mankind.  I also believe that we have a responsibility to tend to it and care for it.  And when I say care for it, I don’t mean lock it up.  I mean use it, mold it, improve our lives with it.

Every time I read or hear some professional environmentalist talking about clean air, I think about the stories my dad told me about walking to school in the winter with black soot layered over the snow because people burned coal and oil to heat their homes.  That was the 1950’s.

There are few places in this country where you could see that today.  And yet we still get blamed (mostly by our fellow Americans) for being a blight on this Earth.  We have made huge strides in making the Earth a better place, and yet we still get lectured by jet-setting Hollywood stars and sandal-wearing, hairy-arm-pit-sporting hippie throwbacks about how “evil” we are just for being born.

As we reflect on Earth Day, let’s celebrate our life, our standard of living and our bright future.