Kristin Bell Begging for Tuppence: The falsehood of a living wage

It was nearly unbearable to watch all the idiots crying in front of Wal-Mart on Black Friday 2014 protesting in favor of a “living wage.” The radical concept of inconveniencing shoppers trying to impose an unrealistic minimum wage reminded me of the absolutely preposterous video done by Kristin Bell from Funny or Die mimicking Marry Poppins. In a parody the Disney character (played by Kristin Bell) she quits her job because the Banks family won’t pay her more money. According to Bell’s character she is struggling to make ends meet at $7.25, the federal minimum wage, pleading for a $3 raise. Bell, who is a young talented kid ignorant about basic economic concepts, has swallowed the socialist notion of a minimum wage without any critical thinking espousing the same stupidity as the Wal-Mart protestors who are attacking the shopping giant with a contentious desire to unionize those employees.

Rightly, Reason Magazine answered Bell’s video with a Mary Poppins satire of their own against the federal increase of minimum wage laws. The unintended consequence of increases in minimum wage is that the money has to come from someplace—business owners are in the business to make money, and wage increases cut into their profit margins—which determine whether or nor they wish to involve themselves in the risky business of operating a money-making enterprise. If employees become too troublesome and desire more money than they are worth—a smart business owner to maintain their interest in a business must replace those employees with something more reliable—like a machine.

Already in manufacturing 3D printing is threatening to remove many delicate manufacturing jobs that would have before been done with a punch press or plastic injection machine. Even fast food restaurants are nearing a phase where they could be almost completely automated. The only reason they presently aren’t is because wage labor is still cheaper. But at a $15 dollar rate—nobody will bother—they’ll just buy the machines and cut the cry baby employees. Machines don’t unionize and they do what you tell them to—and they don’t have unrealistic expectations regarding personal value.

Ironically Bell in her video complains that Social Security and other taxes are removed from her check before she sees much of the money and this is why she needs more money—well—welcome to the club. Anybody who works sees this theft of their weekly paychecks with a wealth redistribution scam that favors the lazy and unmotivated. But it was the same progressives who are behind this minimum wage increase who voted for all those stupid “society” projects like Medicare, Socialist Security, and a progressive tax system. Now they want more money on their weekly paychecks to pay for the stupid things they voted for which is utterly ridiculous. It was progressive mismanagement which caused this issue of depleted personal revenue.

The protestors who want to shut down Wal-Mart are utter idiots because if they eventually are successful society will lose the stand-alone stores that are quite a community asset for those who have them. People won’t rush out to a store with a bunch of radical union protestors to buy their cloths and milk. If it becomes too much of a pain in the ass, they’ll just order what they need online and have it delivered to their house. Twice over the Thanksgiving holiday recently I sat in the comfort of my chair at home next to a roaring fire—sipping on a Mello Yello, watching football, and ordered items from my iPad. Two days later those items arrived on my front porch. All I had to do was open my door to retrieve them—that is my concept of shopping. Occasionally my wife drags me to Wal-Mart which has value because I don’t have to wait for the shipping of the item—as Wal-Mart has already done that part for me. That is what the brick and mortar store offers—immediate gratification. But if that experience isn’t gratifying—and cheap—people will reject it.

Consider when we go to the bank these days to get money—so we can go shopping. I used to hate going through the window talking to a person who sometimes gave me back the wrong amount of money. I much prefer the ATM because in 20 years of using them, they have never miscounted my money and are dependable every time—the average transaction time is 4 minutes—then I’m off onto something I would rather be doing. Progressives would argue that what we are losing is the human contact which makes us all sensitive to each other’s needs. But that squishy sentiment isn’t often the reality. Unless the person working with you is pleasant—I’d rather deal with a machine. For instance, going to the license bureau is always unpleasant. There you have a bunch of unhappy government workers who know you can’t go anyplace else—and that you have to do what they say. So they take their time, are often cranky, and have no fear of competition. If the minimum wage activists get their way with Wal-Mart and McDonald’s what we will end up with is a bunch of grumpy nags bitching about everything asked of them—and nobody wants that.

Just the other day my wife and I were going through the McDonald’s drive thru picking up some McRibs and the people working the window were nice on both the money end and the push-out window. It was actually a pleasant experience to receive my food from a real human being and it made me want to order again a few hours later, so my wife and I went back up for dinner to get more food. But that’s not always the case—sometimes people who you know don’t want to be there are at the window and you can’t wait to get your food and be off and away from them. They are the kind of people who clock into their time clocks at the last possible moment and leave as soon as possible when their shift is over. You can always tell a bad worker because they are the type who stands at a time clock wanting to leave the moment they can. Their behavior carries over into their productive output. It gives them away on sight—you can tell who they are by their body language. Those people are not worth $15 dollars an hour. They are not worth a mythical “living” wage as determined by a bunch of knuckle dragging progressives. They are lucky to have a job at all, and if Wal-Mart and McDonald’s have to pay those types of people more money, they are better off investing in a machine that will do the work more reliably, and cheaper. Because the goal of every business is to MAKE MONEY—not give things away for free.

The Kristin Bell Mary Poppins character is far different from the Walt Disney version. The Disney version might be worth a few more dollars for what she brought to the table but the Bell version is the kind of baby sitter who brings over her boyfriend the moment the parents leave the house. When the parents return they find that Bell has wrecked their house with a rave party complete with drug paraphernalia strewn about and the kids out cold from intoxication. Then Bell gives the parents a bill saying that she’ll sue them if they don’t pay her $15 per hour instead of the $7 they agreed on since her boyfriend wrecked her car leaving that house intoxicated, since the parents would be responsible for what happens at their house. Then Bell would complain and protest about how greedy the parents were because they still refused to pay, or hire her for another night. After all, she needs money—so somebody owes her some.

Human beings can be better than a machine to deal with, but only under certain circumstances, and none of those circumstances are brought about with an increase in the minimum wage. Such an increase doesn’t just impact jobs on the bottom end, but raises all wage levels with artificial inflation which is why people support such a stupid proposal. People, who currently make $15 an hour which is a good wage, would want to be compensated at $20 because some fast food worker is now making what they once did. And if they don’t get it, it’s better for them to quit the harder job so they can make milk money at a $15 wage at Wal-Mart. Only people who don’t understand how money is made and why businesses do anything support a minimum wage increase. Those who do understand find the proposal reprehensible—because they know that the unintended consequence is what the video from Reason Magazine revealed. Machines are more reliable when the expectations of employees are too great. When humans become a pain in the ass, they will find themselves jobless in a hurry—and Kristin Bell’s Mary Poppins would find herself begging for a tuppence within a few days of walking out on employer with her broken umbrella and terrible attitude. Because nobody wants to deal with a bitch like that—the money just isn’t worth it.


Rich Hoffman

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The Scumbag Jonathan Gruber: I hate to say I told you so……but I told you so

I have not covered all the gaffs and fiascos from the Jonathan Gruber meltdown in addition to all the lies emitting from the mouth of Barack Obama simply because I covered those issues years ago and reported them well before these latest revelations.

MIT economics professor Jonathan H. Gruber ’87, often referred to as a key Obamacare “architect,” has come under fire recently for videos from 2012 and 2013 in which he called American voters “stupid” and attributes the passage of the Affordable Care Act in part to “basic exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter,” according to press reports.

To me this is nothing new—to everyone who thought that my comments were just right-winged hatred and mean spiritedness—the evidence is present for all to see. Obama and his companions centering on Obamacare always planned to pass their health care law through deceptive practices and hid key provisions from the American people purposely to get it across the voting process. This isn’t just bad or deceitful politics—it is criminal behavior worthy of serious punishment. But then again, I have said all that before too.

The news cycle is incredibly behind the curve of current thought, most of what they report are the results of things that happened months or years earlier and the Obama supporters behind the Affordable Care Act knew it, and deliberately attempted to deceive the American public with a radical take over of a fifth of the national economy. Their insurrection was nothing less than the equivalent of the nationalization of the health care system which affects the health of every American—and those around the world who depend on the care of Western Civilization. It is as grand of a conspiracy as the communist take-over of Petrograd during the Bolshevik Revolution and it was all conducted under a cloak of deception.

Mysteriously Obama is not shackled and chained for his criminal conduct, but is still given a platform of further lies and fraud to launch new waves of counter logic attacks against those who see what he is and has always been about. For those who wanted to elect a man of color for the White House, there are other options—Obama isn’t the only one—Ben Carson comes to mind or any of the fine people who call themselves Fredrick Douglas Republicans. Even the Civil Rights leader himself Martin Luther King was a Republican—as was the party that ended slavery in America against the Democratic advocates. Obama is a creation of the domestic terrorists left over from the Weather Underground and he was sent to destroy Imperial America for all the hippies who wanted to make themselves into bombs to fight against Western Tradition rooted in capitalism. Obama has always been a terrorist—he is not a representative of American Excpetionalism and does not represent a vast majority of the North American real-estate. Sure they like him in the big cities where welfare recipients have their hand out for government benefits, but in the vast amount of space between major cities, Obama his not only disliked—he is hated. He does not represent America any more than a towel boy represents an NFL football team.

In many ways Jonathan Gruber is worse than Obama, he was hired by the government to provide talking point lies to domestic terrorist politicians. He was hired to be the mind behind the deception and even went so far to brag about it hoping that everyone would forget about it if only he denied the allegations. These treacherous New England liberals watched too closely how Bill Clinton snaked his way through politics and conspiracy to arrive at a level of celebrity that they all aspire to. And arrogant little punks like Gruber felt confident that they could take the scam several steps further even making himself the center of a comic book explaining Obamacare to a naive public—which he was the star.

The result has been lies and lies and lies coming from Obama and his people—especially hired guns like Gruber. Everything from the Fast and Furious scandal, Benghazi and the video controversy which was a complete fabrication designed to save his presidential run—to the IRS attack of conservative groups meant to quell insurrection against Obama and his political machine of socialist Democrats. It will take decades to dust off all the layers and layers of deception conducted by Obama and his criminal class government thugs—and they know that people don’t have the temperament to sort through the mess. Gruber himself said so much. Imagine what they say when the cameras aren’t rolling.

Attend a liberal dinner party at a Nantucket mansion and you will hear far worse than Gruber’s revelations. The people who speak those types of words are not normal people who live in red county America—which is almost every bit of land from New York to Nevada. Their talks of insurrection are mutiny from logic to chaos, from security to instability, from freedom to domination by a bunch of goon squad campus geeks who only have power when they convince the masses to jump off a fiscal cliff into eternal debt that only people like Gruber can solve—because they created the puzzle in the first place.

None of these revelations are surprising to me however. This and more is just the tip of what we will soon discover—and much of it has been discussed here at Overmanwarrior’s Wisdom. I am keenly aware that the Nantucket types and their vast swarms of wanna’ be’s—particularly those pretentious ass wipes who live near me in Four Bridges—they hate this site because they want to stay anonymous to the eyes of the world. They want to conduct their lives as policy terrorists from behind the mask of social health and reform instead of the insurrection that they really intend. But they can’t, because to surrender to them would be a crime in itself. It is a crime to not report a crime—you can’t just pretend you know nothing—that doesn’t make the crime go away and Obama has committed many crimes with a lawyers swiftness figuring that whatever law he can’t openly manipulate, he can just scoot around with a technicality—just as he is planning to do over the immigration issue involving executive orders. The worst kind of criminal there is are those who can make laws to cover their deceit—which is what Obama is attempting to do through his current actions—cover his crimes with executive orders both in concealment and in winning over grateful patrons who might forgive judgment against him at a future date because of one of two good deeds performed during his term.

With Obamacare the economic terrorists hoped that the good deeds of health care coverage for the poor might offset the crimes committed to achieve the criminal elements of the case. They see themselves as Robin Hoods—taking from the rich and giving to the poor. But what they forget is that theft regardless of who it comes from is still a crime. And Obamacare is the theft of our medical industry for the benefit of the few while bringing it under the care of government bureaucrats. When Jonathan Gruber called voters stupid this is what he meant—they are easily deceived by pick pockets in government—so the taking was ripe for plunder. Then when he was caught saying such a thing—everyone was surprised. Well, I wasn’t, and if you read here often—you weren’t either. But comparatively, Gruber’s comments are small stuff—as the big stuff hasn’t hit the fan yet and when it does……………………………”SPLAT,” and it won’t be a pretty sight.

Rich Hoffman

Cirque du Soleil’s Guy Laliberté Journey to Space: A reality we will all soon face

Guy Laliberté is the kind of man who most everyone likes no matter what side of the political aisle they may reside. When someone becomes a billionaire whether or not they want to—they have a major impact on the culture around them—by default. Through his Cirque du Soleil Guy Laliberté has touched many lives, including mine. If not for that Cirque du Soleil in Central Florida particularly at Downtown Disney it is likely that there would have never been the invention of a firewhip—which is something I have become known for with my small jaunts into entertainment. So Guy Laliberté with just a little help from the Canadian government invented a new concept for an animal free circus that has raked the world with creative ambition as one of the most astute entrepreneurs there is. Guy in a relatively short period of time went from a carefree street performer breathing fire into a one of the world’s richest men becoming one of the world’s first space tourists. Guy was able to purchase a ticket in excess of $35 million dollars through a company called Space Adventures who booked him on a Russian rocket destined for the International Space Station.

In many ways all the companies such as the Virgin Galactic endeavor I have been so keen on will be much more affordable opportunities for civilians to move into space. Guy—who is hardly a bastion of conservatism, represents the excessive hunger that the human mind has for a fate destined in space. Too many people, particularly liberals who want to make a religion out of earth worship have attempted to designate the hunger for space as a “dream for the extreme rich.” But what is behind their fearful utterances is the reality that people like Guy Laliberté have opened space to the minds of as many people as Cirque du Soleil has for changing the definition of a circus experience. A ticket aboard Virgin Galactic will only cost $250,000 dollars as opposed to Guy’s experience-which was fairly rigorous. Virgin Galactic’s attempt will be comparatively much more luxurious and inexpensive.

Guy didn’t find just being wealthy fulfilling. He had the world at his feet, yet it wasn’t enough. He had the means to purchase a ticket to space without it draining his bank account, so he did so for the opportunity to scratch at the boundaries of earth. His story carrying him to the deck of his private ship contemplating space travel is a fascinating one that is a tale of hope that should be inspirational to anyone. It wasn’t about being wealthy that made him into such a rich man, it was in pushing himself to new challenges that created it by default—they way it is supposed to work. His wealth is not to be hated—or envied—it is simply the byproduct of a mind at work that happened to change the way everyone sees a circus performance.

Seeking a career in the performing arts, Guy Laliberté toured Europe as a folk musician and busker after quitting college. By the time he returned home to Canada in 1979, he had learned the art of fire-breathing. Although he became “employed” at a hydroelectric power plant in James Bay, his job ended after only three days due to a labour strike. He decided not to look for another job, instead supporting himself on his unemployment insurance. He helped organize a summer fair in Baie-Saint-Paul with the help of a pair of friends named Daniel Gauthier and Gilles Ste-Croix.[6][9]

Gauthier and Ste-Croix were managing a youth hostel for performing artists named Le Balcon Vert at that time. By the summer of 1979, Ste-Croix had been developing the idea of turning the Balcon Vert, and the talented performers who lived there, into an organized performing troupe. As part of a publicity stunt to convince the Quebec government to help fund his production, Ste-Croix walked the 56 miles (90 km) from Baie-Saint-Paul to Quebec City on stilts. The ploy worked, giving the three men the money to create Les Échassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul. Employing many of the people who would later make up Cirque du Soleil, Les Échassiers toured Quebec during the summer of 1980.[17][18]

Although well received by audiences and critics alike, Les Échassiers was a financial failure. Laliberté spent that winter in Hawaii plying his trade while Ste-Croix stayed in Quebec to set up a nonprofit holding company named “The High-Heeled Club” to mitigate the losses of the previous summer. In 1981, they met with better results. By that fall, Les Échassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul had broken even. The success inspired Laliberté and Ste-Croix to organize a summer fair in their hometown of Baie-Saint-Paul.[17]

This touring festival, called “La Fête Foraine“, first took place in July 1982. La Fête Foraine featured workshops to teach the circus arts to the public, after which those who participated could take part in a performance. Ironically, the festival was barred from its own hosting town after complaints from local citizens.[19] Laliberté managed and produced the fair over the next couple years, nurturing it into a moderate financial success. But it was in 1983 that the government of Quebec gave him a $1.5 million grant to host a production the following year as part of Quebec’s 450th anniversary celebration of the French explorer Jacques Cartier’s discovery of Canada. Laliberté named his creation “Le Grand Tour du Cirque du Soleil“.[6][20]

The rest was history making Laliberté one of the wealthiest people on the planet. But feeling drained and unchallenged he began to look toward space after learning of a civilian going there in 2001 that had opened his mind to the possibility. So he bought his ticket through Space Adventures and trained with the Russian astronauts for a trip aboard their rocket for a grand adventure into space in 2009. The details of his trip were covered in great detail in the below Forbes magazine where even the smell of space was described.

Once more people in Laliberté’s position, such as Lady Gaga, Steven Spielberg and Labron James go to space and report back their experiences there will be an explosion of interest in the activity which this world has never seen. Space is the next Gold Rush; there are manufacturing opportunities on asteroids and in the zero-G environments that will simply carry mankind to an entirely new evolutionary stage. Politics, philosophy and religion will have to be completely redefined—education totally overhauled just to deal with the psychosis of a species scrambling to space. It will be as unlike anything anybody has ever seen just as Cirque du Soleil is nothing like the old Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus acts—they both take place under a tent or arena, but one is an extreme evolution over the other to the point that they are barely recognizable as being born for the same intent. The jump into space which is going to explode over the next decade with the kind of wave that ushered in the Internet will change completely the way everyone does business.

Those who ride that wave will do well; those who resist it will plunge into a poor state. Virgin Galactic will likely be the first company to bring satellites to the furthest corners of the world giving Internet access to the poorest village of Africa providing those people access to entrepreneurial activity which will give them access to wealth. The wealthy who pay tickets to go into space the way that Guy Laliberté did will fund the fleet of Virgin Galactic ships that will eventually fly people from New York to Tokyo in just a few hours as opposed to an entire day. And soon following will be vacations in space that will make current day Las Vegas look like a roadside tent show. This is all happening over the next couple of decades based on the marginal interest that is generated by each new civilian tourist. Guy Laliberté was one of the first, but soon it will become common.

There is a progressive faction of society that is trying to suppress the ambitions of the movie Interstellar—but to no avail. Interstellar managed to be one of the last films of the year to play in communist China and those people are absolutely devouring the epic Christopher Nolan journey into space. The Chinese and South Koreans have shown massive per screen revenue breaking records playing on 7,742 screens in the world’s second biggest movie market. This will push the Interstellar box office up over $200 million after just a week of full release which is an astounding amount of money. And with each screening comes a deeper hunger to leave earth for space by virtually every individual on earth that will soon be faced with similar decisions as Guy Laliberté had to face—to go, or not to go—that is the question, because reality will present space as a very viable option very, very soon.

Those who ride that wave will do well; those who resist it will plunge into a poor state. Virgin Galactic will likely be the first company to bring satellites to the furthest corners of the world giving Internet access to the poorest village of Africa providing those people access to entrepreneurial activity which will give them access to wealth. The wealthy who pay tickets to go into space the way that Guy Laliberté did will fund the fleet of Virgin Galactic ships that will eventually fly people from New York to Tokyo in just a few hours as opposed to an entire day. And soon following will be vacations in space that will make current day Las Vegas look like a roadside tent show. This is all happening over the next couple of decades based on the marginal interest that is generated by each new civilian tourist. Guy Laliberté was one of the first, but soon it will become common.

There is a progressive faction of society that is trying to suppress the ambitions of the movie Interstellar—but to no avail. Interstellar managed to be one of the last films of the year to play in communist China and those people are absolutely devouring the epic Christopher Nolan journey into space. The Chinese and South Koreans have shown massive per screen revenue breaking records playing on 7,742 screens in the world’s second biggest movie market. This will push the Interstellar box office up over $200 million after just a week of full release which is an astounding amount of money. And with each screening comes a deeper hunger to leave earth for space by virtually every individual on earth that will soon be faced with similar decisions as Guy Laliberté had to face—to go, or not to go—that is the question, because reality will present space as a very viable option very, very soon.

Rich Hoffman

‘Interstellar’ Film Review: What ‘2001’ wanted to be and a superior sequal/answer to ‘Koyaanisqatsi’

I was already a fan of Kip Thorne’s work in the book Black Holes and Time Warps so I had a very strong feeling that I would love the new film Christopher Nolan called Interstellar. It was a safe bet to be a great movie originally developed by Steven Spielberg and Nolan’s brother Jonathan beginning nearly a decade ago. So there was considerable thought put into the project which undoubtedly would show up on screen.   I read the reviews that had managed to come out prior to viewing a premier of the film myself, most praising Interstellar in some way or another just for sheer scope, but not giving high marks in other aspects like dialogue or in some cases sound quality as the music sometimes overwhelmed what the characters were saying. Now that I’ve seen it I am convinced that even some of those technical issues were on purpose—deliberately placed into the story to convey the vastness of space and mankind’s role within it. Interstellar is a painting of many impressions splashed upon the screen intending to advance nothing less than the human race to another level of conscious development. It is everything that the classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey should have been—or wanted to be—and even then, much, much, more. It is a triumph and likely the reason that cinema was invented to entertain human minds to begin with. It is as if the entire history of cinema was created to place this one film onto the silver screen.

To get an idea of what the screenwriter was thinking during the development process of Interstellar—before diving too deeply into the contents of the story—read what he said to / which is a kind of industry insider blog site. Jonathan Nolan spoke openly about his motivations while writing Interstellar. He has brought his writing talents to the Dark Knight series which I have praised heavily because of the content and angle he chooses to provide in those films. In Interstellar his motivations were clear, persuasive, and as bold as anything that has ever been done before in a movie.

/Film question: So that was always the pitch that like it was set in the future where resources are, were our future’s looking bleak?

Nolan: Absolutely. I mean, look the reality is we stopped going to space because we’re too fucking wrapped up in whatever narcissistic bullshit, you know, as a sort of a collective. I mean, look, there’s an awful lot of things that still need to be fixed here on Earth, right? You know, problems that never seem to go away. Poverty, disease and a lot of stuff that we turned our attention to that is a good thing. We’re also just kind of sucked in the bullshit. I was talking downstairs, I grew up in Apollo space travel, we were promised jetpacks and fucking teleportation and instead we got fucking Facebook and Instagram. That’s a bummer.

But we don’t think of it in those terms. We think of ourselves as being the most magnificent, amazing universe ever and if we wanna go back to the Moon, sure, we could. It’s like no, those guys are all dead or retired. We’re not going back to the Moon. And if we wanted to, we’d have to spend billions of dollars and it would take years and years and years. We’re just done. We’re not doing that. We’re out of that business. And so people don’t think in those terms. We had to set the movie in the future in which that was abundantly clear.

Readers of this site will instantly recognize the angle Jonathan Nolan took in setting up the movie Interstellar. At the start he challenges the notion of public education when the government schools are caught lying to students about the Apollo missions—stating that they were only intended as propaganda against Russia. Public education in Interstellar is on Common Core overload as test assessments determine what kind of careers students can pursue as adults in the collective society.

Meanwhile, innovation is down, people are barely able to make food for themselves as a blight fungus similar to the current Ug99 strains that are currently moving across Africa into the Middle East-specifically target wheat and okra. Because the developed world has micromanaged the world’s resources—specifically the minds of their youth—there isn’t anybody anywhere who can stop the fungus as it thrusts the world into hunger slowly killing earth.

It was amazing how many reviewers on their first viewing of the film missed so many of the most important messages—many confused the fungus in the film to environmental recklessness supporting their global warming conspiracies when it is exactly that kind of stupidity which has lunched the world into regression. Interstellar is such an amazing film that people wanted to come away with something they liked in it, even if the premise of the film attacks many of the core beliefs that most of our current civilization holds. So there is some revisionist memory going on in almost every review I read. But it’s not fair to Interstellar because as a movie it is going to places that nobody ever has attempted before. It tackles 5th dimensional space; inter galactic travel, the nature of love, the transitory aspects of time, the foundations of religion, the deep human yearning for adventure, the magnificence of invention and the corrupt nature of politics most epically displayed in forcing NASA underground because public support could not fathom spending money on spaceships when the world needed food. The movie even tackles the premise and existence of poltergeists. There are so many big ideas harnessed in the movie that it really belongs in its own category. It seeks openly to advance the human mind—which is certainly no small feat and it succeeds on every level.

The best parts of the movie were the space sequences which reminded me so much of 2001: A Space Odyssey filmed in complete silence—just as they would have been. The catastrophes in space were just mind bogglingly beautiful. As I have also reported at this site I am a tremendous Koyaanisqatsi fan—even to the extent that I designed a line of t-shirts years ago as a tribute to the 1983 experimental film. imageBut the problem with it was that it pointed to progress as a vile and evil thing ultimately and concluded with a rocket exploding on its way to space falling back to earth in complete silence to the score of a magnificent work by Philip Glass. Well—there was a lot of Koyaanisqatsi in this movie and the music by Hans Zimmer without being disrespectful to Philip Glass tackles the original Koyaanisqatsi score with a new level of boldness. The pipe organs from Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack gave narration to the silence of space in such a grand fashion that it will become the new standard for all filmmakers over the next century. If The Wizard of Oz brought color to film, Interstellar has brought music to space—and that is not an insult to the contributions of John Williams to Star Wars—but Interstellar is in a new category of its own that will become the new standard—it is that good. The flight sequences were so wonderfully done—they were like a concert set in space to silently floating images struggling to break the boundaries of not just earth—but previous human limitation. There were times when the thrusters to the ships kicked on and the music literally was blowing me into the back of the seat—it was jaw-dropping incredible.

I think most people seeing Interstellar will like something from it—but the movie was intended to be enjoyed by smart people—or at a minimum, those who strive to be. It is a thinker’s movie to say the least and deliberately reaches out into the audience to declare, “We feel your pain.” It is literally bigger than anything on earth, there is no mountain too tall, no ocean so great—by the time Interstellar is watched once, everything on earth seems small and silly—including the civilization we have so far built. This is easily the grandest production of ideas ever gathered for the silver screen and even challenges some of the greatest literary work put to print. Interstellar is a magnificent masterpiece assembled to please the mind—to see life beyond death, and to touch the true face of God.

When the main character Cooper finds himself in the fifth dimension it’s not aliens, or a “they” out there in space trying to help the silly ants of humanity with carefully placed worm holes next to Saturn or the rapture inside a singularity—it is us who have mastered multi-dimensional travel, who have left the door open to our former incantations so to achieve the task in a linier time—to tell the story of humanity as a struggling race beating an invisible clock against stupidity only to weave the universe into a canvas of our own creation. It is the mind of man who spills over outside of their bodies into the infinite and become the utterances of immortality. What is most unusual of all within Interstellar was the carefully constructed request from Christopher Nolan to Hans Zimmer to create music which would live up to such a lofty intention—and uniquely, the legendary composer did it in a fashion that is literally blowing minds too restricted to behold all the images with the must see movie not just of this year, decade, or era—but in the history of film both past and future. Interstellar is out of this world in every category that counts—especially in the swagger category of bolding going to places only contemplated by physics equations and warped imaginations. Now such places are available to anybody who can pay the price of a movie ticket and desire to peak beyond the shroud of impossibility manifested into the bold reality of a destiny that is there within reach, now.

Interstellar is simply a new standard of excellence and will be copied hundreds of different ways from now on. History has just been made with this masterpiece of modern cinema—it is everything that many films have tried to be. The difference is that Interstellar pulled it off.

Rich Hoffman

Fabio’s Cancer Fighting Crusade: Antineoplastons are the wave of the future

The story I put up yesterday about Cliffhanger Research and Development was a lead-in to a series of stories that I am conducting about technology and the suppression of science due to forces of politics embedded in regulation and current industries who are woefully outdated. I have seen this painful realization up close and much of the work I perform currently which shows anger at these “suppressors” is due to my direct experiences. One of the greatest of these suppressed sciences is the cures for cancer that Dr. Burzynski from Houston, Texas is conducting even under the constant harassment of the FDA.

If you have wondered what Fabio Lanzoni has been doing lately—who used to be a spokesman for the National Cancer Institute—he is now an advocate for Dr. Burzynski’s cancer treatments. This is not a happy place for the medical industry where a major celebrity has come out as a spokesman for the controversial doctor. Christina, Fabio’s sister, was treated and did end up dying of cancer but the track record Burzynski has is extremely good—much better than current treatments. You can see a special panel that Fabio participated in on behalf of Burzynski during a film festival showing the movie, Cancer is Serious Business Part II where he talks about his sister’s treatment and the path to life he worked so hard to provide her

To learn more about Dr. Burzynski read the information below by Dr. Mercola providing testimony about the cancer treatment doctor. The essence to the trouble that has come toward Burzynski is that he is the sole holder of the patent for antineoplastons which is the method he uses for treating cancer. If Burzynski’s antineoplastons become the industry standard, much of the 70 year old cancer fighting technology that is currently in practice, which pharmaceutical companies currently utilize will become obsolete. There is a lot of money in keeping people sick. There is also a lot of money to be made off of people’s deaths. Just consider the amount of revenue that is consumed through “death taxes” which states count on as part of their budget. As sad as it is, many in the medical industry are short-sighted enough to put such concerns ahead of the health, and quality of life of their patients. It’s not a sad conspiracy; it is a fact of modern life. The old guard of the medical industry is deliberately suppressing cures to maintain their federal funding structures and political status quo. Most in the medical industry desire to keep people sick to preserve their livelihoods. People like Burzynski are actually trying to cure people so that they can return to a normal life that does not involve a weekly visit to a doctor’s office.

Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski received much deserved publicity with the release of the 2011 film, Burzynski—The Movie.

Eric Merola’s award-winning documentary showcased Dr. Burzynski’s remarkable cancer discovery for all the world to see, and explained how he won the largest and possibly the most convoluted and intriguing legal battles against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in American history.

Dr. Burzynski’s story now continues in the compelling follow-up film: Burzynski—Cancer Is Serious Business, Part II. This second film details his continued struggles and victories, and explores the current status of Antineoplastons’ clinical testing—now (finally) sanctioned by the FDA.

Dr. Burzynski’s Cancer Treatment

Dr. Burzynski, trained as both a biochemist and a physician, has spent the last 35+ years developing and successfully treating cancer patients suffering with some of the most lethal forms of cancer at his clinic in Houston, Texas.

The treatment he developed involves a gene-targeted approach using non-toxic peptides and amino acids, known as Antineoplastons. I personally interviewed Dr. Burzynski about his treatment in the summer of 2011.

He coined the term ”antineoplastons” and defines them as peptides and derivatives of amino acids that act as molecular switches. However, as genome research blossomed and science progressed, Dr. Burzynski discovered that antineoplastons also work as genetic switches.

They actually turn off the genes that cause cancer (oncogenes), and turn on or activate tumor suppressor genes—genes that fight cancer. His treatment strategy, which he refers to as “Personalized Gene Targeted Cancer Therapy,” includes mapping the patient’s entire cancer genome.

This involves analyzing some 24,000 genes in order to identify the abnormal genes. Once they’ve determined which genes are involved in the cancer, drugs and supplements are identified to target those specific genes.

Antineoplastons work on approximately 100 cancer-causing genes, but traditional oncology agents (including chemotherapy) may also be used, typically in combination with antineoplastons. This expanded direction of “personalized gene-targeted treatment” has permitted people who would otherwise be denied access to the still-unapproved antineoplastons to benefit from his treatment.

The War on Cancer Cures

As the first film in this series clearly revealed, the FDA began scheming to eliminate the threat Dr. Burzynski and his discovery posed to the cancer industry as early as 1977, when Dr. Burzynski first tried to get antineoplastons approved.

The reason he was (and still is) considered a significant threat to the cancer industry is because he’s the sole patent holder of the treatment, which means he’s the sole beneficiary, should the FDA approve Antineoplastons—not a pharmaceutical company and the bosses thereof.

As a matter of fact, Dr. Burzynski is the first and only scientist in United States’ history to enter the federal drug approval process for a proprietary cancer therapy without any financial support from the American government, the pharmaceutical industry, or the cancer establishment.

Vast amounts of money are at stake, since FDA approval of Antineoplastons would not only threaten conventional chemotherapy and radiation, it would also result in billions of dollars of cancer research funds being funneled over to the one single scientist who has exclusive patent rights—Dr. Burzynski.

The sad fact is, as stated by Dr. Julian Whitaker in the featured film, that true medical breakthroughs are suppressed these days because they “put at risk the entire financial underpinnings” of medicine.

If a medical breakthrough replaces failing therapies, the cash flow and profits of those failing therapies are lost forever, and the industry simply chooses profits over cures… Instead of investing in actual cures, medicine, over the past five decades, has invested in awareness campaigns. But, as Dr. Whitaker points out, awareness does not cure the disease, and will never lead to a cure, no matter how much money is raised by these campaigns, for the simple fact that there’s too much vested interest in therapies that fail and perpetuate a money-making disease.

Cancer Is Serious Business

In recent years, the focus for cancer therapy has increasingly shifted toward individualized gene-targeted cancer treatment, such as that provided by Dr. Burzynski for the past decade. So it’s no wonder, really, that the industry has tried so hard to get rid of him, in order to protect their own profits and access to research funds. Burzynski—Cancer is Serious Business, picks up where the first movie left off, detailing Dr. Burzynski’s continued struggles and victories, and explores the current status of Antineoplastons’ clinical testing, now sanctioned by the FDA. It also follows the progress of several of his patients. As described in the film’s synopsis:1


“For most patients undergoing Burzynski’s treatment, their advanced cancer itself runs secondary to the constant barrage of skepticism coming not only from their local oncologists, but also from friends and family who feel their loved ones are making suspect treatment decisions—even though mainstream oncology has already left many for dead.

As the story unfolds, you will observe a real-time change of hearts and minds from many of these doctors and families. Unlike the first documentary, Part II showcases interviews with board-certified oncologists, surgeons and neurosurgeons, who witnessed patients leave their care, soon to return in great health after opting for the Burzynski Clinic.”

National Cancer Institute Acknowledges Antineoplastons’ Success

Incredibly, in August of last year, America’s National Cancer Institute (NCI) finally acknowledged and cited some of Burzynski’s peer-reviewed Antineoplaston studies, as well as findings by Japanese researchers who have been independently reproducing Antineoplaston clinical trial studies since the 1980’s, without any involvement by Dr. Burzynski. One of the most remarkable admissions by The National Cancer Institute is the following:2


“A Phase II study also conducted by the developer and his associates at his clinic reported on 12 patients with recurrent diffuse intrinsic brainstem glioma. Of the 10 patients who were evaluable, two achieved complete tumor response, three had partial tumor response, three had stable disease, and two had progressive disease.”

What’s truly remarkable about this is that a brainstem glioma has simply never been cured before in the history of medicine—Antineoplastons hold the first cures ever! In the featured film, you will also learn how a Japanese team, consisting of pathologists, oncologists and surgeons, has conducted the first-ever independently-run randomized controlled human clinical trials on Antineoplastons, and the results thereof. According to Dr. Hideaki Tsuda, MD with the Kurume Medical University in Japan:

“After 27 years of independently testing Antineoplastons—including randomized clinical trials, we found that Dr. Burzynski was right. It’s obviously not anecdotal anymore.”

The Story Everyone Needs to Know

Dr. Burzynski has developed a cancer treatment that surpasses all other treatments on the market today, and the FDA and the pharmaceutical industry knows it. They also know his treatment threatens the entire paradigm of the cancer industry, which is based on expensive treatments with a high rate of failure and retreatment.

For the past 15 years, they’ve harassed him, tried to take away his medical license, and even tried to put him in prison for life—all in order to protect the status quo. Adding insult to injury, you and I have been paying for the brutal opposition to Dr. Burzynski’s cancer treatment this whole time. The US government spent $60 million on legal fees for just one of his trials alone.

Still, Dr. Burzynski has prevailed, and the truth about his gene-targeted treatment is finally receiving some well-deserved acknowledgment. After all, Dr. Burzynski has published over 300 articles on Antineoplastons, many of them peer-reviewed. And more than 100 independent Antineoplaston studies have been published, including those from Japan.

Support a Cancer Cure, Not Merely the Awareness of the Condition

Earlier this year, a group of patients and patient advocates launched a campaign to have Antineoplastons accepted worldwide as a “standard of care” for the treatment of cancer.3 For more information, please see

“Unlike all other cancer research campaigns which rely 100% on awareness alone, we realize that awareness itself does not cure the disease. Medications such as Antineoplastons are what can lead to the cure of the disease of cancer.

If the United States still refuses to allow Antineoplastons into its marketplace, we will then make sure another country will be properly funded to set up the proper channels for Antineoplastons to be approved for their marketplace. Another avenue would be simply opening up a massive Antineoplastons clinic allowing the cancer patients of the world to seek treatment using Antineoplastons.

Upon gaining either market approval—or the funding the construction of an Antineoplaston clinic overseas, our funds will then go to make sure everyone who cannot afford to travel overseas to receive Antineoplaston therapy—can do so by requesting money through this organization.

Either way, whether the market or its government’s regulatory agencies want Antineoplastons available to its citizens or not—Antineoplastons are here to stay, and the members of our global human family deserve the right to have access to them.”

The sad saga of Fabio Lanzoni’s sister Christina’s battle with ovarian cancer, partially revealed

The work of Dr. Burzynski is a game changer that will alter the way cancer is treated in the future. The crisis that exists now is not science fiction intended for some distant society. The solution is right there in front of us, just as energy methods exist that are far superior to modern means, skycars are available for manufacture right now, but lack any political support to implement, and even regenerative medicine has the ability to grow and replace every organ in the human body making modern health care providers a worthless enterprise. Think of how many people, many of whom are reading this right now work directly for, or around the health insurance industry. Consider what would happen if regenerative growth simply eliminated the need for surgery, or getting sick all together. Most of those people would be out of a job. More jobs would be created for sure, but most of the administrative positions that really just entail pushing paper from one place to another would be downsized. It is for that reason that progress is slow on implementing the kind of technology that actually improves the human condition.

Cancer is big business for medial care providers at every level. If cancer just dropped off the radar of concern, like it will once antineoplastons are widely used, a lot of the false wealth created that goes into medical industry pockets would dry up and disappear. That is the reason that people still die of cancer and the federal government is the primary guilty party in suppressing the new technology. Their biggest concern is not the death of people, but in the employment of them.   No administration wants to be the one who sees a massive jump in unemployment, especially one that occupies more than 5% of the American economy just to cure people of a disease that should already be extinct.


Cancer cures aren’t the only suppressed technology out there, but it is one of the most impactful, and immediate ones. There will be a lot that will change in the very near future so much of the stonewalling done by modern bureaucrats will prove to only unnecessarily kill people for no reason. Even old age is quickly becoming a really dumb idea that will easily be avoided so to save all the terrible cost of health care to the elderly. Once a cure for old age comes into play, what will become of the mortuary industry? What about the nursing home industry? Or even the many hip and knee replacements that are currently conducted due to bones losing their bone mass? All of that loss and degradation is ridiculous and unnecessary. What holds us back is our old adherence to ancient medicines and security of livelihoods. Additionally, in the case of mortality—our religions—are outdated as well. Dr. Burzynski is just one example of a vast wall of conspiracies that are so openly played against the human race resistant to the inevitable changes that are coming. In the mean time, because of short-sighted selfishness, many people will die for absolutely no reason at all because the cure is right in front of them—but they aren’t allowed to have it—due to a trusted medical industry more interested in the serpents of the caduceus than in actually treating people. What those like Burzynski is proposing is to reinvent the very nature of medicine and redefine the industry for the 21st century.

Rich Hoffman

Cliffhanger Research and Development: Doing the right thing even when it hurts

As I was writing The Curse of Fort Seven Mile there was an unusual opportunity to make mention of Cliffhanger Research and Development which is a name directly from my past. I Googled the name and found nothing, primarily because it was so long ago that the Internet had not yet been offered to the public, so it never had a webpage or online presence. But it did exist in reality once, and now it is still deep within me and will carry on in the story of Cliffhanger. But I thought the company deserved an online presence and an explanation for my readers which will inevitably be desired later.

I had a history all through my youth of telling those in authority how they should conduct their lives. I was bored to death in school and had no interest in it outside of the 2nd grade. Everything after that was simply a gradual withdrawal from a sick and twisted system. Occasionally I would tell a teacher how they should teach better—and I would do so just to try to stay engaged—but it never worked. So I tuned those education elements out of my life completely. I deemed them completely worthless and wasteful. The moment I could escape from them, I did and I never looked back with an ounce of regret.


Right out of high school I made more money as a car salesman than any of the adults I knew at the time so their constant uttering’s about college made no sense to me. I did attend the higher institution several times, but it was just as ridiculously stupid as public school was, so I eventually left to start my own company. Back then, even at 22 years of age I had a history of telling the presidents and owners of the companies I worked for how they should conduct their business. Some of these were big companies with very wealthy and arrogant owners and the last thing they wanted to hear was some young kid telling them how they could maximize their profits, and create new product lines for their future. It was a kind of running joke among the work forces that were around me at the time that I would produce these lengthy, extravagant letters telling company owners how to do their job—and I often let them have it heavily when I did such a thing. One company I had worked at for a number of years (19 to 22 years old)—was good honest factory work, but was a hard place filled with hard people. It had a terrible morale problem. I wrote the president a letter telling him that he could solve the problem by coming down out of his office and shaking hands with the people who made him money. I told him such actions were free and that he could wash his hands off when he was done—and it would do wonders for his productivity. I sent the letter through my floor supervisor who thought I was out of my mind. But he couldn’t disagree with a thing I said, just that the letter was harsh.

The president took the letter hard, and became very angry but did the things I told him to do. He thanked me a year later for an increase in profit of nearly 10%. This was a combination of a lot of things—most of which was directly attributed to decreased employee turnover. So that president sought me out often to help make key decisions in the future. This is a relationship that I would take with me at virtually every place I was ever employed in the future.

I was bold with my words because I have never in my life feared losing a job. I have always viewed employment as a kind of consultation job where my real passions resided in my personal endeavors. I never intended to hold a traditional job, so I had no concern about pissing off my bosses, just as I never cared to piss off my teachers. Compliance to authority figures is just never something I had a desire to do at any point in my life. Maybe as a small child I wanted to make my parents happy during the learning stages of reading, identifying colors, and walking, but this quickly went away. I always did intend to be self-employed as my mind was an idea factory that never shut off. And I was tapped into it 24/7.


At the age of 19 I filed for my first patent, a new kind of tool called a torque socket extension. I had a very negative experience working with a company that markets new inventions determining it to be a complete scam. So I started my own company called Cliffhanger Research and Development. It was to be an R&D company that would do everything from advanced machining to advanced medical breakthroughs. Instead of telling other companies how to conduct their lives and businesses, I would just let them follow the lead of Cliffhanger Research and Development. It was called Cliffhanger because the ideas were from the cutting edge of reality.

I had a whole list of projects to develop under Cliffhanger Research and Development and the start of them took me on quite an adventure. I ended up in court many times, speaking to the mayors of cities often, and running up against a lot of resistance primarily due to my age. I wasn’t yet 25 years old, so there were always mountains of skepticism that had to be overcome just in the perception of other people’s realities. I was friends with people who took $10,000 lunches daily and had many of them eager to listen to my advice. They didn’t discriminate against me for my age; they just listened as they were always on the look-out for a competitive edge.


One of my Cliffhanger projects took me to a trade show at the McCormick Center in Chicago. It was a funding mechanism intended to drive revenue to all the other projects on the table, so it was a big deal to me. I risked everything to show up for this convention as it was one of those pinnacle life moments. I had quit my good job in Ohio and sent my family down to Gatlinburg, Tennessee to purchase property for the move of our company headquarters there. To cover income in the mean time I picked up two jobs until revenue from the McCormick convention started paying off—I was set to be a roller coaster operator at Dollywood, and at night I was going to be a waiter at the Pigeon Forge Shoney’s. That would cover the loss in income from my day job in Cincinnati.


While in Chicago I learned several harsh realities that were life-changing. Even though many of the rich friends that I had warned me, I hoped that my ideas would punch through their skepticism. But youth in this case worked against me, because what worked in my mind could not be applied to a society not functioning from the same illumination. What I learned at the McCormick Center in the summer of 1994 was that what mattered more than what you knew and could invent was who you knew and what they could do for you. That was a concept that I simply rejected, and it cost me a lot of money to walk away from. I would not allow Cliffhanger Research and Development to become hen-pecked by lecherous governments, corrupt deal makers, and barnacle like lawyers. So I walked away from a deal in Chicago that could have set me up for life, but destroyed my company with an infusion of influences that were not unlike the many company presidents whom I had insulted for being complete idiots. It became clear to me that what made those company presidents idiots was their allowance of these influences into their life and biting on the temptation to sell-out their origin ideals in trade for financial security. I did not have the money to take Cliffhanger Research and Development to the next level without help, and I couldn’t accept the type of help being offered because the conditions allowed for complete louses to piggy-back off my efforts for no other reason than they brought money to the table—money obtained through political maneuvers that were very disingenuous.


I knew a scam when I saw it. As a car salesman right out of high school there was money laundering going on at the highest level of that company meant to disguise drug sales. I learned a lot by watching that place operate from behind the scenes and would listen with interest how the local police were all in on the deal. Most of the money being made was not through cars, it was in the sale of drugs. I saw as a very young man how the top and bottom of society fed off each other. So I quit that job in favor of an honest factory job—there I saw much the same type of thing between the company president and the local political establishment. He’d often take politicians out onto his boat on the Ohio River to schmooze for tax breaks and shelters. He wrecked that boat and got into a lot of trouble with a young woman who wasn’t much older than I was at the time causing me to loose much disrespect for the guy. And even when I wanted to file a patent for new inventions, the leeches were there to suck off the top of other people’s ideas and water them down with their infusion. Now in Chicago the deals were epic—to get the money you’d have to sign away your rights essentially to the creative process—and this was the reason I created Cliffhanger Research and Development in the first place.

My wife and I had a hard discussion in a Gatlinburg restaurant to make. Our entire lives were at risk. We had sold our house; our realtor had screwed up that deal as well leaving us in a world of hurt. To make the deal in Chicago would essentially kill the other purposes I had for Cliffhanger Research and Development. It would be absorbed by a larger conglomerate not yet even arriving to an age of its own maturity. It was like feeding a child of mine to a dirty old sex pervert for their temporary gratification and it hurt.   So we decided to abandon the Chicago deal, abandon the Gatlinburg headquarters, and go back to Cincinnati to fight it out to keep our home. That’s what we did for the next several years.


Coming back to Cincinnati I served as my own attorney in challenging our realtor. I served as our own attorney in covering several law suits which tried to prevent our exodus from the type of consumption being set up in Chicago and nobody understood why my wife and I were upset. All we had to do was take the money, and we’d be wealthy—which is why people went to college, built careers, and sold themselves out politically to others—was to get money.   People in the know thought that my desire to preserve my intentions for Cliffhanger Research and Development was youthful naïveté and simply didn’t understand what drove our intellectual decisions. In the realtor case and the Cliffhanger case it was ownership that I was after, the ability to retain my rights so that I could navigate them to success. And in that process were hordes of second handers who simply existed as barnacles—parasites to creative thought.


There hasn’t been a good second opportunity to put the name of Cliffhanger Research and Development back into the competitive marketplace. As my wife and I discussed at the Gatlinburg restaurant many years ago, I had other things I could do so I was never desperate for the money—and was never in a strategic position where I had to sell out Cliffhanger Research and Development to lesser minds. So I turned to writing because it allowed an author to make the world not necessarily as it is, but as it should be. Making Cliffhanger the main character of these future stories about a vigilante who used to be a CEO of Cliffhanger Research and Development allows me to paint the world as I think it should have been that day at the McCormick Center. It allows me to correct the mistakes that humanity has made and to put the world as it should be within the context of Cliffhanger.


Needless to say, there is an edge to Cliffhanger that is uncompromising. I write things there that few publishers would allow today in our politically correct world. I write Cliffhanger with the same spirit that I operated Cliffhanger Research and Development under. My wife likes that character because he is uncompromisingly good—like herself. And when we talked about what to do about the R&D company while in Gatlinburg it was her idea to put all these stories into a fictional context so people might learn from them. It has taken a while to put the proper emotional distance behind me to deal with the type of plot lines that are involved in the Cliffhanger stories—and this is what has lead to these present decisions.

Now you know a bit about my past dear reader, that I have not previously revealed. It is the reason that I write so much on this blog and elsewhere, and why there is an uncompromising approach to the material. Much stronger forces have tried to quell that self-assuredness when I was much, much, younger, so there isn’t any chance now of reaching through to my sensitivities and con me into a lighter approach.


As I made the decision to preserve Cliffhanger Research and Development within my own heart and soul by turning down significant amounts of money to retain my intellectual property, I will do the same with Cliffhanger and all the stories that follow—because I can. I don’t need to bend myself to the shape-shifters of the times. I think it is ironic that H.P. Lovecraft the pulp writer from the 1920s is just now obtaining a marketplace respect. He died extremely poverty stricken because there was no value for his stories in the roaring twenties by an industry concerned about other types of things. Now it is impossible to go to a Barnes and Noble book store and not see some reference to H.P. Lovecraft. I suspect that Cliffhanger will have the same type of transition—the immediacy of the political moment will find him reprehensible. But history will come to love him long after our days have extinguished. And that will be fine with me. The reason to do anything is because it’s the right thing to do, and as often has been proven—the masses do not have a clue as to what that is. I use Cliffhanger to articulate that righteousness through the hazes of confusion that have been purposely placed to consume our thoughts toward irrationality. Some things are more important than social acceptance and it is in that long view that Cliffhanger Research and Development will exist in immortality.

Rich Hoffman

Todd Hall’s John Kasich Rally: A warning and some help to a divided party

I once had the rare privilege of being called an “elitist” by Carlos Todd while speaking at a Liberty Township zoning hearing. So my comments about an event his grandson Todd Hall organized to rally Governor John Kasich at the Ronald Reagan building on Monday October 13th to a second term should be understood with clarity. I like Todd, he’s a nice fellow, but he’s running the Republican Party the way his grandfather did two decades ago, and it’s not working. The political tides are moving in a different direction and he doesn’t have the sail to those winds and this is a warning to him and those who are working with him so to save themselves before it’s too late. Todd and I have worked together before and when he listened, he had success. When he hasn’t, well things fell apart. So take this as a warning.image001

Early on Tuesday morning Hall sent out an email about the event citing that there was much excitement during the evening, that Cindy Carpenter, Sheriff Jones, and Bill Coley were speaking and that it was a packed house. Well, as the pictures here show, it was far from a crowded room that came out on a Monday evening to see the Governor of Ohio. I’ve seen more people show up in that building to rent boats for the lake on a Saturday afternoon. The amount of people who showed up to see the current governor was disgraceful. Just a few years ago—three to be exact—we packed the barn at Carriage Hill to welcome the Governor to Southern Ohio in support of the SB5 fight against public sector unions. But that night ended in a loss and the GOP reorganized to rally behind the moderates and push out the “right-wingers.” That was a stupid move.

So it should be no surprise that the only people at the rally, which should have filled the room with thousands—were political office holders and direct financial backers. It was an inbred event aimed at reconciliation of the party instead of addressing the differences. The first mistake was that it featured Sheriff Jones who spoke so poorly against John Kasich during the SB5 fight—but now was speaking at his rally. People see that kind of two faced opportunist as lecherous and very unattractive—and not worth the gas to put in their car to see, let alone donate money to the party. And Cindy Carpenter who is technically a liberal was there speaking as a representative of conservativism, that’s like inviting Bill Clinton to a morality conference. Most people who stand to make money off their political alliances—who were at that rally might have short memories because their livelihoods demand it. But for other people—the real conservatives who reside in Butler County, they have long memories—and they are looking for winners, not hand-shaking moderates.Kasich1

For context there was much dispersion over the recent Cincinnati Bengal game which ended in a tie with the Carolina Panthers that took place just the day before the Kasich rally. Sure the Bengals didn’t lose the game, but they didn’t win it either. It is that kind of blasé political approach that guided the sparse few at the Kasich rally on Monday. People don’t get excited to see Kasich shake hands with his political Judas Sheriff Jones—they want to see Kasich body slam the union spokesman. If Kasich did that—more people would show up—not just the insiders who make money off the political process, as either office holders or business people seeking government contracts—but real people with real passions

When Carlos Todd called me an elitist it was in the context that I suggested that Liberty Township should strive to mold itself after Indian Hill—a successful and affluent community in the Cincinnati region—as opposed to a conglomeration of mixed development township with United Dairy Farmer stores every mile across the region. As much as I enjoy development and the creativity of capitalism, sometimes more is less. And when it comes to maintaining real estate values for the long haul, homes don’t need to be located near trendy endeavors. Today’s shiny new development is tomorrow’s slum—so I encouraged those leaders within the Republic Party over a decade ago to be mindful of the future and not the short-sighted development that puts money in their pockets tomorrow. Ethically, Todd’s interest in politics was not philosophically driven, but profit driven which makes him one of those crony capitalists unlike the laissez-faire capitalists that I advocate with much celebration. People are aware that there is a problem with such people and that their intentions are less than sincere. So their passions toward the cause of conservative philosophy is quelled and they are left without a spokesmen.

Political advocates and the money that comes from them want action, passion, and an adherence to a philosophy. The split in the Republican Party which took place in Butler County recently was reflected at this rally for Kasich and is the deliberate isolation that these moderate conservatives—bordering on out-right liberalism have created for themselves and the more traditional branches of the party. And unbeknownst to them they have played right into the strategy liberals have conducted against them allowing for this gradual erosion of value within the Republican Party. They listened to their critics and distanced themselves from the “radical right-wing” just as the liberal masses hoped they would. As a result, nobody of any passion showed up at the Kasich rally leaving Todd Hall to attempt to put a good spin on the event—which was embarrassing at best for a sitting governor who actually did straighten out some of the finances in Ohio

I’ll vote for Kasich but not with pleasure and pride. It will be a painful process not unlike scheduling surgery. Kasich is not what could be called a strong conservative—he is a moderate at best. For instance, he often states that he has a friendship with former Governor Strickland. I could not have such a friendship. To say such a thing indicates common values and beliefs that go beyond professional respect. Respect and friendship are not the same things. Kasich deep down inside believes some of the things that Strickland does leaving a small string of commonality that leads to friendship. In this way current Butler County Commissioner Don Dixon used to be a Democrat but converted because the politics of Butler County under Carlos Todd meant that Democrats would never get elected in such a conservative county. So he changed political parties to survive in that environment. Another Butler County Commissioner Cindy Carpenter if she lived in San Francisco or even New England would be a Democrat. Her behavior is undeniably liberal and she is Sheriff Jones’ right-hand woman in Butler County. There is nothing coming from Sheriff Jones and Cindy Carpenter that is going to excite the conservative base who lives in Butler County. They see through the haze at the reality that they have very weak representation in elected office as conservatives.Kasich 2

Kasich himself has spent the last couple of years seeking votes for Medicaid expansion essentially endorsing Obamacare. So there is nothing exciting there for real conservatives to invest their passions into—they will likely hold their noses and vote for Kasich, but they won’t waste their time on a Monday night to hang out with a sell-out and rally him to a victory. Sell-outs are easy to see, unique people with real passions are not—so this is why nobody showed up to the Kasich rally

It is easy to call people like me a radical elitist because the real concern is that moderate politicians like those at the Kasich rally can’t suddenly become ethical. It is easier to just isolate themselves from the competition of thought. It is more comforting for Todd Hall’s Republicans to compare themselves to their liberal rivals as opposed to their actual conservative base. Without that conservative base—and in Butler County it is the David Kern Republicans—there will continue to be eroding support for political events and the money that needs to be generated by them. The situation is quite serious as the evidence is in the event organized by Hall for the sitting Governor. In this part of the state he finds his strongest support. Just imagine the reaction in places like Toledo and Cleveland just days before the election. That is the cost of sitting in office and behaving like a liberal.

Rich Hoffman