Monday, June 4, 2012

'The Bear' Music Video Project

My good friend Jamie Parslow is garnering support for his newest project The Bear:

The Story

The music video business is a tough business to crack into. Even if you've made a few here and there, it's still hard to not only showcase the artist whom you have contstructed a film for, but it's also hard to even generate funds and get the video to be seen.

So, last year we made it our mission to find an artist we like, a musician of which we could make a wonderful little video for, and get their work viewed. We found Danielle Fricke, and from there everything just went sky-high.
Danielle wrote and performed The Bear in order to talk about the lies that each of us carry around inside. Sometimes we feed the bear and the lie grows. Often times at no control of our own. Our goal is to visually tell you this song's story, but we can't do it without your help.
We feel that songs are up to interpretation about their meanings, and we believe the same philosophy applies to music videos. We have applied our own interpretation of the song into our project, and would love to share it with the rest of the world.
This is also a great opportunity to help a young, budding artist get the attention we feel she deserves, and it would be amazing to be able to say we were there at the beginning. Danielle has a lot of potential, and if anyone can donate whatever they can to the cause, you'll know you'll not only be helping out filmmakers, but a sweet, young girl from Canada as well.

What We Need & What You Get

We're asking for 3,000 dollars to cover expenses such as location/permit fees, equipment rental, food, camera rental, boat rental and the cost of post production.
We have some great perks to offer you and would love for you to donate to our project. Every dollar you give goes toward making this music video better than it would be without your donation. Even if you can't donate, please follow along with our project on facebook and share our IndieGoGo page with a friend.

Jamie is one of my oldest friends and working hard to chase his dreams. Plus, we've had a few Facebook political battles, and I would love - love - for him to have to credit some of his support to a blog whose aim is to support free-market capitalism. If your finances are in a better state than the federal government, please consider throwing a couple bucks his way.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Death Penalty and the Limits of Government

Tampa Bay Times columnist Robyn Blumner highlighted two cases where it appears that innocent men were put to death for crimes they didn't commit:

DeLuna was put to death by a fallible system. Whatever you might think of capital punishment, at least everyone should be on the side of never executing the innocent. DeLuna is but one example of justice gone wrong. The case of Cameron Todd Willingham is another. Willingham was executed in Texas in 2004 for an arson that killed his three young children. An independent review indicated that the state relied on faulty fire science to convict.

Her column was outstanding, heartfelt and important. However, I feel that Blumner (like most liberals) seems to arbitrarily choose when to trust government and when not to. She regularly implores Tallahassee and Washington D.C. to right all manners of social, environmental and economic ills. In response, I wrote the following letter to the editor appearing in Sunday's Times:

Robyn Blumner's column highlighting the wrongful executions of Carlos DeLuna and Cameron Todd Willingham was a very compelling argument against the death penalty. I am a Republican who rarely agrees with Blumner, but in this case she was spot on. While I believe that there are individuals who certainly deserve to lose their lives for the crimes they commit (John Couey comes to mind), I simply do not trust the government to administer such a process fairly or accurately. This is because the government is run by human beings, who like the rest of us are motivated by narrow self-interest and restrained by limited knowledge. Because those in government rarely face the consequences of their decisions, they often make the wrong ones, even if their intent is pure.

What I find puzzling is how Blumner can so effectively articulate these failings of government when it comes to civil liberties in one column, and in the next champion its abilities and competence in economic matters. A criminal trial is a grueling and exacting process that seeks to administer justice in a very narrow, specific instance. If government doesn't deserve our faith in doing that correctly, how can we trust it to control and coordinate the countless decisions that hundreds of millions of Americans make each day in our economic lives?