Webpage Update

My Website is now a staggering 37 pages large! This morning, I resurrected a few more pages from “Waldo’s Web”. They are:

The United States history leading to the Revolutionary War at page34.html or page34.html.

The United States history leading to the Constitution of the United States of America at page36.html or page36.html.

My religious justification page at page37.html or page37.html.

I also copied the Articles Faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to my new Church Beliefs page at page35.html or page35.html.

The Movie Critique 005

Ice Princess was corny. But, can you expect anything differant from Disney? At least it wasn’t saturated with sexual innuendo like most Disney movies. Hayden Panettiere lights up anything she’s in. If I didn’t have a crush on Emma Watson, I’d totally be drooling over this gorgeous babe! I wish Michelle Trachtenberg wasn’t so skinny, she could have easily been the highlight of the movie if she had another fifty pounds or so. I had such high hope for her when Nickelodeon made Harriet the Spy back in ’96; she was pretty cute back then.

Anyway, the movie was decent and enjoyable. Predictable and pathetic, but entertaining nonetheless. Not bad for a buck-fifty.

Webpage Update

I’ve started resurrecting some of the original Waldo’s Web pages from when I first launched Waldo’s Web back in ’01.

The new pages are:

My issues page at page32.html or page32.html.

My flags page at page33.html or page33.html.

Look for more to appear in the near future. As a note, if you wanna see the old site, it is still posted for a limited time at the same place it’s always been, www.geocities.com/waldowoc/WaldosWeb. That’s what my site looked like when it was still in infancy.

I have also improved the work in progress moral beliefs page at page31.html or page31.html.

Other changes to note, I joined LDS Banner Exchange and placed the banners at the top of the pages for all pages other than index.html. I took the Free-Banner Exchange banner and moved it the bottom of the page where the hidden text used to be. Also at the bottom of the page is where I place the Freedom & Liberty webring banner.

Well, that’s it for today. I won’t have anything to do tomorrow or Monday because of Memorial Day, so I’ll most likely spend the time resurrecting more of the old dead Waldo’s Web pages.

The Movie Critique 004

I saw Hitch at the buck-fifty theater here in St. George. I loved it! It wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be, but I was by no means disappointed. It was even a tear-jerker for me, I really identified with those guys. I’m sure your already aware of that though. I’ve talked enough about my true love and what a flop it was.

Anyway, if you haven’t seen Hitch, see it. It’s a great romantic comedy, and just what I needed after the whole Star Wars failure. It’s a real feel-good movie! I left the theater with an extra spring in my step.

Webpage Update

Last week I submitted my website to a couple of webrings. I got all the codes changed to advertise them on all my pages, but so far, I have only heard back from the Ring of Freedom and Liberty. I’ll give the other about a week to respond before I decide to scrap it.

The Movie Critique 003

So, after 23 years, was it worth the wait? Nope. As whole, the Star Wars Prequel failed in it’s initial objective. After waiting the 16 years for the first episode of the Star Wars saga, we were left with more questions and still no answers. Episode II did provide some insight on the Clone Wars, but still left us hanging in true Star Wars fashion. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, however, in attempting to provide all the answers carried the burden alone, and suffered because of it.

There are many flaws in this movie. First are the inconsistencies between the established facts of the original trilogy and the portrayal of the events in the prequel. The greatest of which was the death of Padame, Luke and Leah’s mother. In the original trilogy, Luke approaches Leah and asks about her [their] mother. Leah responds by telling him that she had been beautiful but sad. Back then, that made perfect sense. After all, wouldn’t you be sad if your true love who was such a good person had turned so evil? Now, with the unimaginative death of their mother in labor, we must assume Leah is referring to Mrs. Ortaga of Alduran. This then defeats the purpose of Luke even asking about her [his] mother. After all, he only did so in an attempt to know his own mother.

The second inconsistency is when Ben tells Luke that Darth Vader had helped the emperor hunt down and kill the jedi knights. We now know that he did nothing of the sort. The only thing Anikin did was help the emperor kill Mace Windu, and then, as Darth Vader, attack the jedi temple and kill all the younglings who had been left unprotected because of the war. We find out that the emperor had separated the jedi as leaders of the clone armies fighting various battles across the galaxy, leaving them vulnerable to attacks by the clones themselves. In fact, neither Anikin Skywalker nor Darth Vader ever killed a single jedi, let alone “hunt” one.

Besides the inconsistencies in the story of the saga itself, there were also plenty of flaws with the movie as a movie. The appearance of “Rubberman” in several scenes throughout the movie, was annoying. I guess he did such a good job in Attack of the Clones, he was able to renew his contract. The fact that the clones kept taking their helmets off was contradictory to the very nature of the armor in more than one way. The reason they wore helmets in the first place was because they were just clones, and they look alike. They are essentially one step better than than the battle droids, after all.

And there was the propaganda. The confusion of a democracy and a republic is exploited more in this movie than any previous movie in existence. Period. Lucas just has no concept of the reality of government and it’s importance. This movie is a disgrace for any American, or any citizenry of all the republics on this world. Democracy cannot coexist with a republic. The two systems are as different as anything can get.

The propaganda didn’t end with the misrepresentation of a republic either. The concept that families lead to hatred and the “dark side” is an abomination to our way of life. Ah, to have the kind of money Lucas threw away just to preach this Satanic drivel. Ignorance must be so bliss.

The desire to show us Luke, Leah and the machine-clad, helmeted Darth Vader in the prequel was tasteless. It was unnecessary, unrealistic, and unimaginative. Had a more inventive storyteller made the prequel, they would have been left out and unmentioned beyond Padame being pregnant. Many other changes would have been made as well. The wookies, for instance. What purpose, beside Yoda saying Chewbacca’s name, was there? We never saw their world, we never got to know who they were or their stake in the whole thing. It was meaningless. Lucas could have benefited greatly by remembering Return of the jedi. And, where was Alduran? How can we feel compassion for the destruction of that planet in A New Hope having never seen it and now knowing that Luke and Leah’s family weren’t from there.

Too many flaws, too many inconsistencies. Was it worth it? The four-fifty dollars admission and a twenty-three year wait. Not hardly.

I’ll be glad when Lucas goes back to making the intentional bad movies that he’s always dreamed of making.

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith was disappointing to say the least. I should have known, the other two movies of the prequel got bad reviews, while this one got a good one. Never trust the majority, they’re just too unintelligent to be trusted with such matters. The fundamental problem with democracy by the way.

My Favorite Star Wars

I saw Episode III yesterday. And, having now seen the entire saga, I have to say that my favorite Star Wars movie is: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Out of the six movie epic, only two are worthy of being called good movies. The other one I like is Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The rest, with the exception of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, are entertaining, but lacking in substance. Revenge of Sith lacked even the entertaining aspect of the original Trilogy.

Laptop Woes

I’m having problems with my laptop. The latch that holds the battery in broke off so the battery keeps falling out. I have it taped in with duct tape, but I can’t get it to charge. It’s such an old computer that I doubt I can get a replacement latch. I can still use it with the AC adapter, which is what I do.

Divorce: Society’s Plague

Last week, to avoid a thunderstorm, I went to the nearest form of shelter, the Temple Visitor Center. I met a somewhat friendly old lady on a mission with her husband. During the course of our pleasant conversation, I mentioned that my parents had divorced several years ago. She made the comment, “it happens to the best of us”.

Now, I have a very strong conviction against divorce. A moral conviction that is based on dozens of specific and blunt scriptures stretching through the Old and New Testaments as well as the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price.

I didn’t argue with the lady, but I did her know through body language and facial expression that I did not believe that. She got the point and made the statement again with more conviction as though daring me to question her on the matter. It was clear that she had found her justification. Where? I do not have a clue, and quite frankly, I don’t care.

It didn’t come from the church though, that much is certain. For how can you deny scripture like:

Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.” – Luke 16:18

Hello! You can’t get more blunt than that. The fact is that all scripture pertaining to that topic is equally blunt, and no scripture exists that contradicts that statement. Period.

Many people justify their divorce under the guise that so long as they repent, then things are fine. One problem with this concept is that they [divorcee’s] consider it enough just to say they will not get divorced again. True repentance, however, means that, in the matter of divorce, they are supposed to: 1. Confess, to the proper authority, that they sought divorce; 2. Apologize to the spouse for the divorce; 3. And forsake it (divorce). Consider:

And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.” – 1st Corinthians 7:10-11)

Some even go as far as to “repent” of the initial marriage. How can you repent of something that is not even a sin or transgression, but is, in fact, a commandment of God?

Don’t get me wrong, I understand that temporal commitments are not recognized, let alone bound, in heaven. In other words, common law and/or civil “marriages” hold no legal bearing before God and are therefore sins against chastity-in the event of divorce.

When I refer to marriage, I refer to a sacred commitment performed in temples by the proper authorities.

Also, in cases where one spouse commits fornication and refuses to repent, the other may seek divorce to be removed from such iniquity, so long as it is not for the purpose of committing adultery or obtaining an excuse to do so.

It may be that that missionary had been “married” outside the church, but had repented and later sealed (married in the temple) to her true husband. In which case she had not actually been married or divorced according to Gods law.

Disintegrating Star Wars Tickets

I bought my tickets for Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith on Sunday, May 8th for the Monday May 23rd 2:15PM viewing. I’ve discovered a problem though.

When I bought the ticket at the Pineview Stadium 10 Westates Theater in Washington, Utah, the girl informed me it was nonrefundable. To me that was a stupid statement. Why would anybody want to get refunded on a ticket to Star Wars?

Well, I know now. I didn’t notice it at the time, but the ticket was printed with that new heat-printing technology, so after two weeks resting in my wallet, the “ink” has all flaked off. I’m not kidding, I cannot read the ticket.

With as adamant as that girl at the box-office was about how I couldn’t get a refund, I now know that it’s happened before and the likelihood of the theater honoring this ticket is minimal at best. I can tell you I plan to make scene at that theater if they do not let me see the movie. I paid for that ticket, and it’s not right that I may miss out due to no fault of my own.

I tried to e-mail Westates Theatres (http://www.westatestheatres.com), but I keep getting an undeliverable message.

At any rate, I’ll get there early enough to argue with anyone who thinks to make me rebuy admission. That’s not going to happen. And I will make noise if they have a problem with it. Make no mistake, I am angry about this!