A Shooting Simulator at Right 2 Arms: Technology meets affordability in Liberty Township, Ohio

I appreciated the work that the guys at Right 2 Arms did for me on trying to locate a Smith & Wesson .500 Magnum.  As I said in a previous article I had bought the Magnum that they had at Bass Pro Shop anyway, so when Right 2 Arms called me to say they hadn’t been able to locate one after three days of looking, there were no hard feelings.  So to thank the guy, I stopped by over the Memorial Day weekend to buy some more ammunition and thank them personally for their efforts.  Because of my previous visit I knew they had some Hornady .500 magnum ammunition that was of the 500 gr variety, so I went to the new gun store in Liberty Township, Ohio to buy a box and support a local business.

A lot of times new gun stores might appear to the outside world to just be alike one after another.  When you walk into them there are always glass cases with pistols followed by ammunition boxes on the wall behind the counter.  Above the back wall are carefully placed rifles.  Typically these are all manner of shotguns and AR-15s which was certainly the case at Right 2 Arms.  But at this particular gun store there was something different—a large flat screen television playing which showed the various scenario features of a Laser Shot shooting simulator that they had in the basement.  The owner of Right 2 Arms had mentioned something about a simulator to me during the previous week so I already had an idea that they had something unique on the property but after watching a bit of the video, I had no idea it was so interesting.  I imagined something akin to a Chuckee Cheese arcade shooter—not something so technically viable.  After a bit of discussion one of the Right 2 Arm employees suggested that I give the simulator a test run—which of course I accepted.

The basement was fixed up nicely into a classroom setting with multiple rooms.  The room with the simulator had a few rows of tables for students to sit at while offering Concealed Carry Classes and other scenario based training that would be ideal for law enforcement efforts.  It was obvious from the start that what Right 2 Arms had in the basement of their gun shop was better than the simulator training facilities at Butler Tech just down the road.  The shooting simulator was essentially a home theater system that projected various scenarios onto a full wall of the basement in High Definition.  It was a similar system as shown in the videos provided, but only more refined and with many more programming options than I would have thought possible. Off to the side was a laptop where the instructor could set up the shooting scenarios and keep track of the shooting statistic.  Behind him were the various guns supplied for the simulator—real guns using a special clip charged with CO2.  A tank filled with the gas was next to the laptop as the instructor charged the cartridges and handed me a Glock.

The instructor opened up a street situation where bandits shot from behind barricades forcing a shooter to identify friend from foe quickly and to place accurate shots made under stress to relieve the targets of their threat status.  It was remarkably real.  At first I thought it was going to perform like an arcade shooter, but the Glock performed like the real gun that it was providing recoil feedback that was reflective of an actual firefight.  When the ammunition ran out in the clip the Glock had to be reloaded in the same fashion as it is in real life in order to resume the effort.  It was pretty remarkable and all-encompassing.

After the street scenario the instructor showed me how the simulator ran other scenario based training exercises.  For instance in one scene it put the shooter in position to withdraw money from an ATM as an assailant approached from the side to commit a robbery. Some dialogue was exchanged where the shooter engaged in a warning.  The robber ignored those warnings and proceeded forward with a crowbar.  A crowbar is not a firearm, but is considered a deadly weapon if the aggressor makes a threatening move with it.  In this case once the shooter has made the robber aware that he will shoot if the assailant does not retreat it was considered OK to disable the target once he took a step in favor of aggression.  Once he took that first step toward me after a brief exchange of dialogue it was legal to then take the putdown shot. Honestly after running through that simulation I didn’t know that it was considered legal in the State of Ohio to take that shot at that moment.  In real life I would have tried to disable the target in some other manner just to avoid the legal entanglements.  However learning what I did from that simulator, I would be much less apprehensive about that occurrence in the future.

There were other similar portions of the simulator that were just as effective and varied.  One was a target range where moving targets that would otherwise be found on a combat target range were available just as they would be in real life—only the shooting was a lot cheaper.  Essentially the only projectile used in the scenario was a little electricity and some compressed air.  The cost of the simulator for visitors to Rights 2 Arms was only about $50 per hour and $10 for each additional shooter.  That price seemed very reasonable to me as a typical day of renting a lane at Target World is much more expensive.  The guns are real, the weight and muscle memory are all there, only you get to shoot in the comfort of a basement in Liberty Township right down the road from the Elk Run golf course and nearby Kroger.  No mess to clean up, no extracted shell casings lying around, just carpet and some air tanks.

I was very impressed with Right 2 Arms.  Not only were they very professional even when they couldn’t help me directly, they seemed very eager to build relationships within the community that would be beneficial to everyone.  The owner took the extra steps to ensure that I was a happy customer going well beyond what was expected.  But the extra cherry on top was that they had the class based simulator on site which far exceeded what professional training systems were providing.  For the home defense trainee who wants to run through a home invasion robbery to get that uneasiness of knowing how they’d react under such a stressful condition, the Right 2 Arms simulator can prepare their mind for that unfortunate occurrence.  It can be stunning to see a body hit the ground after you shoot it, so the Right 2 Arms simulator can provide that first look, so that if such an unfortunate event occurs in real life, it won’t be so shocking.  I can think of hundreds of reasons to use the simulator and I hope that Liberty Township residents use such a resource to their advantage.  I can’t think of a better way to make a reluctant spouse feel more comfortable shooting guns than on the Right 2 Arms simulator.  It’s clean, cheap, and convenient.  The gun store is well stocked with a friendly staff and is everything that is expected in Liberty Township—it’s just a bit nicer than a typical place with the professionalism that is expected among a client base that is considered economically affluent.  With that affluence can sometimes provide a resistance to shooting facilities because they don’t feel comfortable in those environments.  But at Right 2 Arms they have taken away that stigma and presented an environment that is professional and just enough fun to provide a memorable experience that will actually train new and old shooters with additional skills that are quite valuable.  And the best part about it is that the simulator at Right 2 Arms is right in all our backyards.  It’s as easy as shooting gets, and will take the edge off before we discover we really need those skills under conditions that are far more stressful.  It was one of the best accidental discoveries I have made in my community during 2015 so far.

Rich Hoffman


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Hoffman Lenses on Scientology: The need for fathomglasses behind the veil

To use a James Joyce word, it takes fathomglasses often to see the world properly. Or more appropriately updated from the fine B-movie They Live by John Carpenter, it takes Hoffman Lenses. Out of all the names Carpenter could have used for the sunglasses that showed the wearer what was really going on behind the thin veil of reality it seems more than a convenient coincidence. Yet before that movie was made, it was normal for my view of the world to use fathomglasses to see well behind the aspects of society into the core of motivation, whether that motivation is the way cells behave toward one another during daily bodily maintenance, or how creatures of substance use their intellect to accomplish primordial tasks. Fathomglasses—“Hoffman Lenses,” are useful to understand the world in ways that are not so obvious. It takes work to wear them, but it is worth the effort.

When I was young and an upcoming writer I did the path toward progress that most writers go through. I took courses, mentored by established writers like Sol Stein and Linda Nagata, submitted to magazines of fiction and participated in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest which seemed like a good place for my type of pulp fiction. So it didn’t take long for members of the Church of Scientology to reach out to me which I looked into because of Tom Cruise. Upon my investigation it was quite clear to me that L. Ron Hubbard used his relationship with Jack Parsons, and the cult of Aleister Crowley to invent a new religion renaming some of the creatures and mythology of H.P. Lovecraft to support a growing New Age awareness of spiritual enlightenment into the hidden history of mankind which is slowly being revealed.

The Xenu character from Scientology is but one of the mythological characters that are potentials of the Lovecraft mythology regarding the origins not only of the universe, but specifically of mankind. There is no way for history to confirm that there was ever a Xenu who was the dictator of a Galactic Confederacy 75 million years ago just as there is no way to claim that there was ever a Jesus, Moses, or Abraham. All we know is that a writer put down a story and people decided to follow whatever prophet emerged from that particular mythology and place their faith into. More and more, I am convinced that the current history that we have all been following was designed to conceal the unusual background of mankind’s true origins, and the reason is the preservation of religious power as it currently shapes modern politics. Using fathomglasses to look deep into the veil of reality, it is quite clear that something is amiss regarding human history.

Ron Hubbard to his credit in his book Dianetics tries to help people find a healthy balance between Western technology and Oriental philosophy by dividing the mind into three parts, an analytical mind, a reflective mind, and a somatic mind. The essence of a person lives on for infinite rebirths so it’s kind of like the Hindu religion on overdrive. I think there was a sincere attempt to help people live in an awakened condition. But Hubbard ultimately was a collectivist who yearned to be a supreme leader of some order using his relationship with Parsons and witnessing the power of Crowley as a launch point. I continue to be stunned that Tom Cruise became a member of Scientology after his movie Eyes Wide Shut. You’d think he would have learned something on that movie shoot, but it’s his life and I ultimately think less of him because of his open worship of Hubbard. Once I learned all this I stepped back and away from the Writers of the Future events and made a decision that most of the people in the publishing industry were either open socialists, or Scientologists recruiting for their order. I didn’t want to be a part of their collective order in any regard.   With my fathomglasses, I see the followers of Jesus in much the same way as the followers of L. Ron Hubbard—they are organizing a cult they believe will take them to the next step beyond the veil—and they are largely missing the point—because they do not see the truth—because they are not allowing themselves to see the world through their own fathomglasses. They allow some leader to provide it to them—even knowing that the leader was a successful science fiction writer who wanted to advance his theory of Xenu worship. While I enjoy the Xenu mythology–until someone produces a DC-8 spaceship as a relic from millions of years ago, there is no way that anybody in their right mind would sign a billion year contract to Scientology. Anyone who would in my opinion is signing up for a cult.

It’s not that Hubbard and Lovecraft were incorrect about their pulp stories, which should be considered fiction that provokes possibilities rather than Biblical text. Fiction is a form of developing fathomglasses that can take the mind to good places of thought, so the practice of contemplation is healthy. When it gets unhealthy is when the leaders of an organization behave the way they were reported to in the supplied documentaries on Scientology—shown here. Whenever a group of people starts drawing lines between those on the inside and those on the out, they are trying to create a cult. When people try to report on that cult, or prevent them from leaving for whatever reason—or attempt to use the cult as a wedge against families, the line is crossed and the effectiveness of the mythology is greatly minimized. At that point the religious attempts of the cult have lost their intent at being a positive force, and have regulated themselves into the evils of collectivism.

But in a world where religion is used as a safety blanket to mask the harshness of only perceived realities, there is no shortage of prophets who want to be the next Jesus, or Buddha. Most people want to be remembered for something when they die away, and even those with very active imaginations yearn for the respect of the social masses placed upon them through collectivism. Yet the Hoffman Lenses say that the answer is not within those groups, associations, or prophets—but is yet deeper still where only fathomglasses into infinity can penetrate. I have found that I can see much deeper without any group associations, so I stopped caring about the Writers of the Future contests, or the published magazines. I decided to write from within and let the chips fall where they will mostly ignoring the world and its noise. Hubbard cared far too much for his place in the fabric of history to have seen the world with the proper fathomglasses, so to me he was only a science fiction writer who wanted the respect of a religion that he created. He may have had good intentions but the byproduct of those intentions were collectivism and that is the legacy of Scientology. There may be some truth to the auditing process, to the gradual revelation about Zenu, but like most religions that expect congregations to fall in to some sort of submission behind an established protocol of behavior—the individual is ignored and consumed in favor of the collective. Hubbard based his Scientology on portions of Oriental religion—which of course is based on mysticism. That aspect alone invalidates the authenticity of the endeavor.

Tom Cruise may get angry at my Hoffman Lenses, but he’d see the same if he truly viewed the world with the proper fathomglasses into reality—instead of trusting some human being quite capable of bad judgment and manipulated imagination. By that I mean that I mistrust any prophet who declares that something came to them in a dream, or was provided by some angel—or demon. If I look with the lenses of fathomglasses it is quite clear that the essence of evil and maleficent hunger brew many stage plays against the human race for designs not entirely visible to our spectrum of understanding. I don’t think there is a religion on earth capable of taking individual minds to the places that the Hoffman Lenses can see. They can try, but they all fall dreadfully short. The only way to cross that great gulf is through individual achievement. No collective endeavor can ferry the mind to such a place seen by the fathomglasses of reason. And that is the danger of following a cult, as opposed to truly walking the fine line between reality and the hidden mysteries deliberately concealed from us by those who least want us to know what is going on behind the veil.

Groups of people are easy to control, whereas individuals are loose cannons. The vile maleficent who hide in the shadows whether it be Zenu or Azathoth may try to inspire followers into the safe embrace of some prophet, but why? The answer of course is that once there, those followers can be steered into the direction of choosing. The answer to these mysteries will never be found in such directed places—and so long as they continue, mankind will continue to flip around on a dry dock as if just caught by some lowly fisherman sporting a past time and offering life in a mere bucket of water. The real answers are in the depths of the oceans, beyond the religion, the threats of sickness, insanity of all human limitations. And to reach those places you need fathomglasses worn by an individual to see them.

I love that move, They Live!  And for those who doubt this little report on Scientology watch the videos presented, and you too will begin to really see.

Rich Hoffman


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The Rodizio Grill at Liberty Center: Why Bruce Springsteen is crack-smoking wrong

I spend a fair amount of time discussing the Giambattista Vico cycle as it pertains to the human race. You could say it’s a hobby of mine. That particular cycle effects mankind over a relatively short period of time lasting centuries to decades. However, for culture building, which is another hobby of mine, the Vico cycle can be seen easily in how money moves around any given city. Take for instance my hometown of Cincinnati. A century or so ago most of the good money and investment around the city was in the location of the current zoo, just north of downtown. Now those regions due to the insistent rule of micromanaged and mismanaged mayors and city councils demanding ever-increasing tax dollars, retreated into the suburbs, specifically the Springdale and Fairfield areas, along with parts of Sharonville. About thirty years ago, those were the parts of the city that were flourishing. But mismanagement drove out the good money there leaving behind high taxes and ruins. Now, and quite spectacularly, it is the West Chester and Mason area that has all the investment as those who create and drive culture have gathered in the rapidly developing West Chester corridor. Among those developments is the Liberty Center development with all the wonderful new commercial announcements coming from it. For me specifically, I am excited for the announcement of a new Rodizio Grill.

Like my love of Mad Max, CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW I am hoping that the Giambattista Vico cycle will be destroyed because honestly I like my home area and that is where this new Liberty Center is located. Unlike other people whom I am friends with I love new development. I am excited—REALLY excited about the new Liberty Center, and I am quite sure that I will eat at the Rodizio Grill—a lot. I will take my family there often, and likely business partners—because it’s cool, it’s the best that human civilization has so far produced by way of food and the way it’s presented for consumption. Liberty Center is about human culture and the creativity of that culture—and I find that more valuable than just raw nature—because human beings took various elements, put them together in an artistic way, and produced something wonderful like Liberty Center.

But there is of course a warning that twenty years from now, the Giambattista Vico cycle will strike. If taxes are allowed to migrate north and local governments lose sight of what the driving forces of the community truly are—the individuals like those behind the Rodizio Grill, the new Cabelas, and all the other new creations that are so exciting—and they start imposing unnecessary restrictions on creativity and penalize profit making—then all that will leave for more profitable destinations. What will remain is poverty and decline. Good people are often the first to leave from the corruption of bad people—so to avoid the Giambattista Vico cycle bad people require judgment and definition.

As we watch this new Liberty Center open, and everyone is excited for what will prove to be one of the finest examples of commercial development in the entire United States up to this point, it is important not to lose ourselves. It is important to understand that the hotels rising in West Chester by the Streets shopping complex and upcoming Bass Pro Shop are not there because of new investment so much. They located there because that’s where the profit is. There isn’t any profit in downtown Cincinnati because there isn’t any money there. Government is too intrusive and too costly meaning investment will always go elsewhere. But that investment money is not guaranteed, it is fragile. It can leave as fast as it came. It requires local government to keep their hands out of the cookie jar and to allow creativity to flourish.

Prosperity is possible for long periods of time if we are all willing to step away from the Giambattista Vico cycle. For Liberty Center and the developments to the south in West Chester, many generations of flourishing economic activity can commence if government resists the trend to regress backwards—as is always the trend when it comes to human beings. If West Chester can resist the temptation to become a city so that politicians can have supreme power over all this creative development—it has a chance to continue to grow. If the Lakota school system can hold off their radical government union and keep their unrealistic labor needs tucked away in a corner—keeping taxes on property reasonable—there is a chance that the Liberty Center will continue to fill its leased property and ever expand.

I remember well when Forest Fair Mall opened with great fanfare. The Tri County and Forest Park area was a boomtown of innovation and creativity. Now Tri County is loosing stores rapidly due largely to the quality of their clientele declining so intensely. And Forest Fair Mall which was once touted as the new Mall of America is nearly empty. The mall was mismanaged by allowing low quality people to take over driving the Giambattista Vico cycle toward anarchy. The dagger in their coffin occurred when they tried to turn the mall into an adult playground of sin—with nightclubs and other low intellect activity. Good money left, bad money stayed, and when the bad money was spent—the mall went bust and never recovered.

It’s an exciting time for those of us who live near the Liberty Center development. It will take time for the threat of Giambattista Vico to emerge. But once he does, it doesn’t take long, and I hope that government which currently is largely conservative to various degrees stays that way well into the future. Once democrats are allowed to corrupt the logic of creatively through development, it’s over, the Vico cycle will begin to destroy all that is currently being built. So for those who want to see the continued economic development of West Chester and Liberty Township flourish, an avoidance of the Vico cycle is absolutely essential. Never take for granted that everything will stay as it is presently. It will only continue to flourish so long as government takes a back seat and stays out-of-the-way of good people using good money to invest in new business opportunities, like the Rodizio Grill. When that place opens, I can see myself on its reservation list many evenings—and I hope well into the future.

You see dear reader here is the secret……people listen to songs from artists like Bruce Springsteen and his liberal ravings about the value of hometowns, but he fails utterly to understand what forces he is fighting against. He believes falsely that capitalists are the robber barons from his song “Death to my Hometown.” He thinks it is the developers, the bankers and the soothsaying realtors who destroy hometowns. But he’s wrong, and so is everyone else—because they don’t understand the cycle of Giambattista Vico. Hometowns don’t last without money, and money doesn’t stick around when government seeks to steal it and distribute it to low quality people in exchange for a vote. It is the Vico cycle which destroys hometowns, not developers, or capitalists. It is profit that is the blood of a hometown. Without profit, that blood leaves and the town dies. So Bruce Sprinsteen can dance on a stage with great fanfare and get millions of driveling idiots to follow his words, but until they step off the Giambattista Vico cycle hometowns will continue to die—and I don’t want to see that happen in my hometown.

Rich Hoffman


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‘Fury Road': Rebelling against Giambattista Vico

I have a general assumption about mankind that is quite opposite of typical academia. Civilizations rise on the backs of innovative individuals and flourishing capitalism. They decline with more centralized control and absorption of individual achievement into the fabric of a collective society. When an unworthy king or bureaucratic democracy takes over the direction of economic enterprise and invention, a society is in decline. It is due to the hard wiring of human beings trained from their infancy to follow the Giambattista Vico cycle always witnessing societies fall only to be born again in a much regimented pattern. This holds true no matter what the society, whether it be the Mayan people, the Inca, the Mongol, the Roman Empire—all societies so far have followed the Giambattista cycle. This is why anybody with any honesty looks at George Miller’s Mad Max films and declares him a genius. It’s also why it was more than symbolic that Mel Gibson showed up at the premier of Fury Road, the latest Mad Max film now staring Tom Hardy. Studios didn’t want Gibson in the film as the Vico cycle declares that what’s old must be recycled to make way for the young and new. But Gibson showed up to give the young Hardy a bit of support because any Mad Max fan knows that Mel Gibson will always be the iconic Road Warrior. It all started with this movie.

Our current world is not very far from the world of the first Mad Max movie. Police are now being openly murdered and Vico’s final phase of anarchy is fully at hand. What happens next is the rise of a theocratic society followed again by aristocratic, then democratic rule, followed by chaos once again. In the film Fury Road we find that in the period between the first Mad Max film society has devolved into the rise of theocratic civilization. No longer is society concerned with missions to Mars or inventing a new iWatch—now the primary concern as it has been in the past is to establish a new deity figure for the society at large.

I have always loved the Mad Max character because he maintains himself throughout the entire cycle as a constant reminder into the phase of the Gambattista cycle from which everything was taken from him, his wife, child, friend, career—everything he cherished from that time. Unlike the rest of the world he finds himself standing up against the tide of regression. He is a representation in these Mad Max films as Nietzsche’s ubermensch-otherwise translated as the overman. Nietzsche’s ubermensch is one who has graduated from mankind and stepped away from the Gambattista cycle all together—and has decided to advance their life based on individual creativity.   But this is a dangerous road, Hitler tried to take Nietzsche’s ubermensch and advance Germany, but failed in his interpretation and instead moved his country into a Karl Marx inspired socialist democracy—followed by war defined anarchy, then back to a theocratic/democratic existence where it currently finds itself in a European Union—otherwise a democracy that is once again plunging into anarchy now inspired by the failing economies of Greece.   Mad Max is the figure who refuses to submit to these tides of the world.

I have no doubt that George Miller would agree with this assessment. He knows all too well what he’s doing. He’s not just making a popcorn action thriller with great car stunts and bizarre characters. He’s making a rejection statement against Gambattista’s famed cycle. He may not have set out to be conscious about that statement but rather let his intellect drive those elements of the story along as evolution of the various aspects of the story evolved, but based on the presentation of Fury Road, it is clear he understands what he’s doing all too well. It’s also clear why so many people are excited to see such an apocalyptic story and why after all these years it’s so close to the hearts of so many people. This is not a typical summer blockbuster film.

So, how excited am I for the upcoming Fury Road? Well, let me tell you, I have dedicated this upcoming Friday to seeing it. I will certainly be one of the first, and I will likely see it several times. I love the action, I love Mad Max and all that he stands for, but more than anything I love seeing the Gambattista cycle challenged. The world may have went crazy in relation to the advanced days of invention when oil was being produced to propel cars from city to city, to instigate the growth of economies of various trade. All that can and will fall apart within just a few decades of human development—just like the Maya abandoned their cities apparently very fast—as if they just evaporated. It’s not that such people abandoned their cities because they left earth for alien destinations, the people of Ur did not suddenly become equivalent to the Neanderthal after building hanging gardens and massive temples—they regressed because they emerged into war then reinvented theocracy starting the Vico cycle fresh again losing all that they had gained before. Mad Max is that personality in these George Miller movies who in spite of everything that he has lost and continues to lose, refuses to give up on his heroic past and be the last representation of a time when mankind was truly great.

How many people do you know who would at the drop of a hat become one of the mindless followers of some future attempt at theocratic rule? The current Muslim obsession is but the latest. How many maniacs would kill the masses for a chance at everlasting life in the hereafter because some slug of a wanna’ be king dictated that such a thing would bring redemption to the soul? The answer is probably everyone that you know. Most of the people shopping at the grocery and working in a corner cubical would gladly trade in their suits and ties for a thong and Mohawk if some skull inspired death cult instructed them that through worship of his heavenly presence that someday they too might rise up to greatness if only they adhere to the tenets of collectivism.   Miller’s brilliance is that he was able to see such a clear vision from our present age. It’s not easy to see that overweight school levy supporter buying meat at the grocery as a future sex slave to a blood thirsty cult fighting over the worship of water—but Miller does, and with a grand design. It’s not easy to see that corrupt politician kissing babies and whatever else as the skull wearing Immortan Joe hunting down the wives who are desperate to leave him. But in Miller’s films, it is quickly recognizable that most people we know under similar conditions would find themselves as some character in that wasteland. It doesn’t take much to forgo everything we have ever been and throw it away in exchange for basic human necessities, like food, water, and sex.

I am excited for Fury Road, but for reasons that go well beyond the visual spectacle. I love it for the rebellion against Vico. On one hand the Vico cycle is shown in all its brutal honesty, but through the character of Max—using almost no dialogue—Miller beholds the ubermensch—a character that launched the career of Mel Gibson who in almost every movie refused to buckle under the pressure of Vico to decline—but always to advance. Whether it was Riggs from Lethal Weapon or William Wallace from Braveheart, Mel Gibson started as Mad Max, that hero from the past who punched through the Vico cycle with the throttle down and the skill of a Road Warrior as the rest of the world attempted to drag him back into the Stone Age. That’s why Fury Road is more important than a four-year degree in college studying history and the Vico cycle. Because Fury Road shows through art the results of that path—and how treacherously close we always are to falling off the edge of reality into an abyss controlled by maniacs like Immortan Joe—or the Toe Cutter.

Rich Hoffman


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The Battle of Two Wolves: Mythic tales from Star Wars 2015 Celebration

It’s important, so I’ll keep talking about it—the Star Wars Celebration showed the outside world just how much potential there is in the Disney owned movie franchise. I’ve been covering that topic for quite some time—I write about the Star Wars video games, the books, the television shows, and the movies often—but the essence of it and the longevity, is the extreme power of the mythology to shape the modern world. Mythology is excessively important to human beings.   As thinking specimens of cell building technology, humans need mythology.   Our childhoods are often rich with mythology, but our adult and old age lives are often much more limited to tabloid type concerns. Our lives are shaped by the kind of mythology that we think about. Star Wars as shown in the videos below by the filmmakers’ themelves from the Celebration event is the best offering that human minds have created in the world of mythology. To understand a bit about the why and how let me bring to your mind a nice little Cherokee Indian legend passed from a wise man to his grandson.

A Native American Cherokee Story – Two Wolves

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.

“One is Evil – It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

“The other is Good – It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”


Star Wars is the modern update to stories like those old Indian legends. All cultures have some mythological comparison—so having a modern version is extremely important to young people—and old people. That is why the box office numbers for the next Star Wars film will be so outrageously high. There is a hunger for the type of mythology which places values into story form for humans to build their lives around.

Star Wars is essentially the story of the two wolves of Cherokee legend. It’s about feeding good and evil then watching the results. People are so desperately hungry for that type of story telling. There is a reason that westerns were so popular in American culture—because they were essentially about these perilous choices between the good wolf and the bad wolf. Mankind wants to know which one wins, because they want help in determining which wolf to feed.

I know, and have known a lot of bad wolves and I tried to starve the bad out of them in favor of the good. But so often the bad wolf eats the good wolf in these young people’s lives because behind my back they starve the good one and feed the bad. The bad wolf is the squeaky wheel in their life needing the most grease. Many from that side of the tracks of perpetual duality want to justify the actions and social perception of the evil wolf, the bad side of human sentiment, the anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego—as being misunderstood—as if understanding were required to justify the feeding of a bad wolf.

We live in an age where we are told not to judge others—we are told not to judge the good wolf or the bad wolf because they are all wolves and equal under the sky of mother earth. Well, they are not equal, and they cannot co-habitat on earth with one another in peace. Good and evil are at war and if there is any point to life in the realm of four-dimensional reality it is to determine which wolf people will feed—because that will determine the course of your very soul. That is the great test, which wolf will we feed?

Star Wars functions in a fashion as it puts the question toward mankind in the same way that the grandfather did for his grandson. The choice is ours always to make, Star Wars does not tell us which one to feed. It simply says what the results of one wolf will be over the other. That is the purpose of mythology and a society without it is lost—as we have all been for many years—in spite of a very rich culture of story telling. The quality of that story telling has not been very high. Star Wars however is very high quality story telling—it is mythology at its best.

Bob Iger the CEO of the Disney Corporation gave a surprisingly fluid clarification of his understanding of the Star Wars property. He understands quite clearly what his responsibility to mythology is as one of the largest entertainment companies in the world. As I heard him speak it was almost chilling because I can see how this will all play out and it will be earth shattering—just because there are so many people today who are such empty vessels. Star Wars will be like a drink in the desert for them, and it will fill them with choices. No longer will they wonder how to keep the two wolves from eating each other, they will learn to feed one and kill the other—and their lives will suddenly have meaning. That is the power of myth.

That is also why Star Wars: The Force Awakens will make so much money that the movie business will have to totally re-think how it does business. Next to Star Wars, average Hollywood movies will pale in comparison as the global measure made today will far surpass everything that many think are successes. Many bad wolves will speculate that Disney is evil and just out to make money, and that the world has had enough of Star Wars. Those will be those bad wolves who don’t want to share their food with the good—so of course they will say that. But Disney will increase their value to heights they never thought possible—and they’ll soon learn that the price they paid for Lucasfilm was a fraction of the real value. The power of myth is what drives Star Wars, and the hunger for it is in understanding which wolf to feed, the good one or the bad one. The world wants answers to those questions and these days only Star Wars is offering a clear answer. That’s why it is so successful and why I have so much to say about it.

Rich Hoffman


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How Much is $15 per Hour, Really: Understanding money and how its measured

Somehow the world has gone insane. I place the blame on our educations system, but that is even too general. It really comes down to the basic philosophies that we function from as a species—the thought processes which defines our motivations. The insanity is endemic from modern Greece to the local high school kid working at a fast-food restaurant. Most people today do not understand that money is a measurement of productivity and that without productivity it has little value. Matt Walsh from The Blaze incited great controversy during the third week of April 2015 when he properly articulated the demand from the workers of fast food—specifically in Seattle—to be paid $15 dollars an hour. Even Bill O’Reilly has come out in favor of a minimum wage increase to something in the ten-dollar per hour range—and the movement has migrated as far away as Brazil—which is a functioning socialist country. I can understand that Brazil doesn’t understand the economic value McDonald’s brings to their country, but Seattle, Washington should know better. They obviously don’t.

Fast food workers are being incited into a frenzy by socialist organizations to increase the minimum wage to $15 dollars an hour which is simply astonishing to me. By watching the videos on this site—all of them—especially the PBS video, it is just astonishing that so many people do not understand the value of money and have not been taught that their actions—their choices in life—have a direct impact on the results of their life. It wasn’t that long ago that I worked fast food and made only $6 to $7 dollars an hour. I have worked in those places—several of them, and I always appreciated the job. I have worked at McDonald’s, Frisch’s, Wendy’s and had success in those places. I worked hard and used those jobs as a platform to re-launch my life after devastating events that pulled the rug out from under my family at times. I have had much harder conditions in my life than the woman shown in the PBS video above, let me reiterate that. Yet I never contemplated that I should make $15 dollars an hour for that labor. I never contemplated, or lobbied to make $10 per hour.   I never planned to live off a fast food job, just to supplement my income so I could keep my wife home with my children. I used fast food jobs as a second job—and I enjoyed the work. I love eating at McDonald’s—to this very day. I love all the places I ever worked, and I appreciated the opportunities they afforded me. Yet we are dealing with an entitlement culture that expects to sit around and get paid for nothing—no actual productivity. Instead, they always think to cheat the system to their advantage and wish to place the burden for their lives on their employer. And they have completely lost touch with how much $15 an hour is in our current economy and what measure it has in value to productivity. To comprehend that read the Matt Welsh quote below followed by the two links.

Dear fast food workers,

It’s come to my attention that many of you, supposedly in 230 cities across the country, are walking out of your jobs today and protesting for $15 an hour. You earnestly believe — indeed, you’ve been led to this conclusion by pandering politicians and liberal pundits who possess neither the slightest grasp of the basic rules of economics nor even the faintest hint of integrity — that your entry-level gig pushing buttons on a cash register at Taco Bell ought to earn you double the current federal minimum wage.

I’m aware, of course, that not all of you feel this way. Many of you might consider your position as Whopper Assembler to be rather a temporary situation, not a career path, and you plan on moving on and up not by holding a poster board with “Give me more money!” scrawled across it, but by working hard and being reliable. To be clear, I am not addressing the folks in this latter camp. They are doing what needs to be done, and I respect that.

Instead, I want to talk to those of you who actually consider yourselves entitled to close to a $29,000 a year full-time salary for doing a job that requires no skill, no expertise and no education; those who think a fry cook ought to earn an entry-level income similar to a dental assistant; those who insist the guy putting the lettuce on my Big Mac ought to make more than the emergency medical technician who saves lives for a living; those who believe you should automatically be able to “live comfortably,” as if “comfort” is a human right.



A monetary value is not a “human right.” If all those fast food workers were paid $15 dollars an hour the measurement of that money would be inflated beyond market parameters. That means that instead of an Xbox game costing $59 it would soon cost roughly $89 dollars because a disproportionate number of the economic population have been paid roughly double their market value without productivity matching it. The value of a video game would be the same, but the measurement of that value would be inflated. The numerical values would be $89 instead of $59—that’s called inflation. So raising the minimum wage does not create wealth. The “world government” will never defeat “poverty” as they pretend to by throwing good money at bad—unproductive behavior. It will never, ever, work—not in a hundred million years. The “rich” can never be looted enough to make the “poor” have value because the bad, unproductive behavior that makes people poor is never dealt with.

Take the woman in the PBS piece, described above. She seems like a nice lady—she’s a line trainer at McDonald’s and wants a “living wage.” She has a criminal background, children without a father in the home, an old car that eats up her money as fast as she makes it and a number of other conditions that she caused for herself to toss her life into an existence of poor productive value. The work she does at McDonald’s is entry-level work and does not command a respectable salary of $15 dollars an hour—which is roughly $29,000 per year. In a dual income home if both husband and wife make $29,000 per year the household income is roughly $58,000 per year which is actually above the average in the United States which in 2013 was $51,939. That’s not bad—it’s a respectable amount of money. To make that kind of money and still keep my wife home with my children I often worked two full-time jobs at approximately that value to bring home the average household median income needed to live off of. Obviously a job at McDonald’s did not pay $15 dollars an hour; it only paid something like $6.50. I would have to work a decent full-time job with some overtime on the weekends to close the gap. I never, no matter how hard things were—expected value for tasks that the market didn’t support.

When I had economics in college I don’t remember it being overtly liberal. At least there the professors seemed to enjoy money as a measurement of GDP and understood these things. So it is baffling how so many people these days believe otherwise. In my levy fights with teachers in the affluent school district I live in where the average median income is around $90,000—well about the national average, I have seen many of the same arguments. Those government employees believe incorrectly that because they teach in such an affluent area that they have the same worth to instruct children essentially liberal points of view. They ignore the laws of economics with the same disregard that someone who wishes to fly might ignore the laws of physics and jump off a cliff expecting to float. Their average wage rate at the government school of Lakota is upwards of $63,000 per year per teacher which is outrageously high for services offered which is essentially a glorified babysitter while those high income earning parents build their careers at the expense often of their families.   The teachers in that case were like the fast food workers expecting a union wage that exceeds the market value of the task they offer. The reason I bring it up is because that same lack of economic understanding has been taught to our children so that by the time they enter the job pool they expect jobs at McDonald’s at $15 per hour which is just ridiculous. Such a wage rate breaks the laws of productive equity—the tasks of a burger maker at McDonald’s is not worth the market value of an average income earner in the United States. If McDonald’s were forced to pay such a rate the cost of their services would have to go up to meet the labor because the measurement of that productive effort has a fixed market presence that is rooted to the demand for the product produced—and the effort to produce it. Anyone who doesn’t understand that needs to re-learn everything in their life—because their foundation beliefs are totally incorrect.

I have heard for years what many wealthy people have heard often—why do I have things that others do not—why can I live in a nice area while others cannot? The answer is that it is unlikely that anybody reading this has the ability or the desire to out-work me. I’ve never met a single person who can outwork me. I’m sure somebody out there can challenge my efforts, but it’s highly unlikely they can constantly surpass my work ethic. And of the people I know who are affluent, that is the case in all of them. Very few people just fall off the wagon and make millions of dollars.

I shake my head constantly at the people who buy lottery tickets at a convenience store and actually scratch off the numbers on their steering wheels hoping to win $10 to $1000 dollars for nothing. The same agony is seen in any casino where desperate lazy people toss fate to the wind hoping to win a jackpot of money that thousands of fools have tossed a little bit into. What a stupid idea—lottery tickets and gambling. Everyone who wins such jackpots blows the money nearly as quickly as they made it because the money is not representative of any productive measurement—just wishful sentiment of being able to sit on their ass and buy things without doing anything productive to earn those things. That is not the American dream. That type of behavior is just as stupid as the fast food worker hoping to make an average income by doing nothing more than showing up for an entry-level job.

I blame our education system for these radial and stupid ideas that young people have today. Now we have several generations of people who don’t understand basic economic theories and they actually believe they are entitled to something because their mothers gave birth to them. Teachers believe the community owes them something because they baby sit their children, and the students of those teachers believe that everybody owes them something just because they are human beings—and they are all dreadfully wrong. Dreadfully! $15 dollars an hour is a lot of money—it’s higher than the national average. Just giving that monetary value to people won’t increase the purchasing power of those people. It won’t end poverty. And it won’t make the world a better place. The only way to make the world better is to get up off your ass and work. Work hard—do so every day, and never stop working—and you might earn the right to make $15 an hour. Anything less than that will cause inflation—and that is not beneficial to anybody, anywhere.

Rich Hoffman


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Ayn Rand and Social Security: Confiscated money that is owed eventually

As far as Ayn Rand and her modern footprint into politics and philosophy many on the left have attempted to discredit her based on the notion that she drew from Social Security late in her life. As a small government advocate deeply suspicious of America’s steps toward socialism—which she had fled from, and lost her family to, many progressives have identified her as a danger to their Kant driven philosophy doing whatever they could to discredit her writings using the Social Security issue to lead the charge against the logic she presented. Recently my friend Mark Etterling ran across just such a person on his email musings with the far left and radical nut cases hoping to shut off the world to wisdom, so to disguise their treacherous attempts against righteousness—specifically a strong economy driven by capitalism. Mark presented a strong case in favor of Ayn Rand which I thought was effective enough to repeat below. Many assume that Social Security is a government entitlement when in fact as Mark presents; it’s supposed to be an investment. The distinction is important as Etterling explains in greater detail:

From: Mark Etterling Date: April 5, 2015 at 1:31:22 PM EDT Subject: Moron, expose theyself Reply-To: Mark Etterling


Recently I read a Facebook post from a liberal that was meant to be a “gotcha” moment against conservatives and in this case the now deceased author Ayn Rand in particular. Upon reading the post I actually found myself laughing out loud. Not only was this a hilariously bad attempt at painting the right as hypocrites, but was so moronic that the poster had no idea who he was actually insulting.

The post was a story about how the vaunted die-hard capitalist Ayn Rand had actually dared to collect on Social Security in her old age in defiance of her own writings demonizing big government. This is the same tired assault that liberals have tried for years by claiming conservatives are hypocrites for railing against intrusive government up until such time as it’s their own turn to stand in line for some government goodies.

So for the umpteenth time allow me to explain what the half-wits on left just simply can’t seem to grasp. SOCIAL SECURITY ISN’T A GOVERNMENT HANDOUT! Let me put this in simple terms. If you loan someone $100 today and then later return to collect on your loan that doesn’t make you greedy, a thief, a handout recipient, a hypocrite, or any other such non-sense. It simply means that you are collecting a return of what was rightfully yours all along. The fact that the government forcibly confiscates that money from you (and the matching funds from your employer) throughout your working life on the promise of returning it to you later (if you’re fortunate enough to live that long) doesn’t constitute even the remotest concept to anyone above the IQ of a horsefly that it somehow magically becomes a handout.

To prove my point all you need to do is look at your pay stub. You have separate line item deductions for Social Security and Medicare because those moneys are SUPPOSED to be placed in a separate government trust fund so that people won’t foolishly waste all their money before they reach retirement age. The reason I capitalized the word supposedly above is because under this scenario the ugly truth is that it’s been the government all along who has foolishly wasted your money instead as they have basically borrowed and spent against all that money until the actual trust fund is pretty much an empty vault of IOU’s. Personally, as an intelligent adult I would have preferred it if big brother government would have simply butted out of my life so that I could have invested that total of 15% annual matching funds on my own instead of through a glorified government sanctioned Ponzi scheme. However, now that they have it, you can bet your @ss I want it back!

It blows my mind every time I hear some idiot from the left proclaiming that the elderly are better off because of Social Security. In saying that they are not only stating by proxy that all Americans are too stupid to be trusted with something like their own retirement (same thing for healthcare), but completely forget that had the government not interfered the money that was confiscated would have been the people’s money all along (plus interest) anyway. It’s like a thief robbing you and then expecting a big old “thank you” for returning the things they should have never stolen at government gun point in the first place. Here’s another way to think of it for when they ignorantly try to insult conservatives for trying to collect what is rightfully theirs. Is it right that someone should be forced to pay for a meal in advance and then demonized simply because they would now like a chance to eat it before it’s all gone? Honestly, I wish I could think of a stronger word than “moron” in situations like this.

Morons are morons and nothing will ever change that. However, in posting what he posted this particular moron doesn’t even realize that who he has basically insulted isn’t just conservatives, but every American who has worked all their life and is now old enough that they are simply trying to retrieve what was rightfully theirs all along. The checks they are now receiving aren’t government handouts. They’re long overdue reimbursements. Personally, I hope he reposts his article over and over. In doing so he’ll be accomplishing far more to expose his own true self-insulting ignorance than any rebuttal I could ever hope to write.

P.S. As a side note please remember that it was DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Shultz who recently proposed the idiotic idea of having the government confiscate everyone’s IRA’s and 401K’s and using that money to shore up the missing funds from Social Security. As you can see, these people aren’t just simple morons. They’re morons that are hell-bent on ruining all our lives.

Social Security was a stupid idea, and it never should have been enacted. It is an insult to stick the government in between Americans and their so-called retirements. I resent every deduction taken from my paycheck as a theft stolen from me, because the government will never be in a position to pay me back all the money I have “invested” under coercion. I have personal friends who hate Social Security so badly they have essentially given up their citizenship over the issue. One of those friends had began plotting his deferral from the Social Security system in the 5th grade—no kidding. He was a very smart kid and while the other kids were talking about the rock band KISS and the new show on television called The Dukes of Hazzard, he was planning on how to legally refuse his obligations toward Social Security. As an adult, he gave up his citizenship after years of legal entanglement—but—he doesn’t pay into the system, because as he was always right, Social Security is stolen money not granted by an infant when they are issued a card after being registered by their parents. His argument was that his parents didn’t have a right to commit him to a life obligation into such a contract with the government.

The rest of the world isn’t willing to take such extremes, so we just pay into it knowing that its wrong—because we don’t want the hassle of fighting the government—and they know that. My friend had a lifelong crusade against Social Security which continues to this very day—but I have always found it easier to just outwork the money grabbing hands of the government. I have infinite energy which they don’t posses. With me it’s a delicate balance; government knows they need me to be productive to pay their salaries, so they generally leave me alone. But, I have to accept that they will steal a portion of my money every week because they made laws enabling them to do so. I have the same deal with insects in my house. I know they are there in the cracks, but if they come out in the open, they are disposed of. I don’t want to see them even though they are likely hidden in every crevice available. The government takes my money before I even get to see it each week. They get first dibs on my earnings—which is why more Americans aren’t angered by the stolen money because they figure they never had it in the first place. But when it comes time to get that money back—everyone expects it—just like we expect tax returns at the end of each year for the overpayments interest free we make to the government through the same withdrawal system. The idiots who came before us who voted in favor of this kind of thing made a major mistake, and it should be rectified. But until then, like Mark Etterling said in his article—I want my money back at the first opportunity I can get it. And I won’t apologize for wanting it either. It was stolen from me without my permission, and I want every dime back before it’s all said and done. When Ayn Rand needed the money she put into the system, I don’t fault her for getting it. She paid into it, so she deserved to get it back. But, she would have been the first to argue, if the government had stayed out of the exchange in the first place that same money may have made her rich, instead of needing Social Security in the first place. She was more qualified to handle her own money than the government was, and that is the tragedy we all face—at some point in time.

Rich Hoffman


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