July 28, 2015
July 27, 2015
MSM journalist David Ignatius yesterday:
The new lone-wolf era will test America’s ability to balance security and civil liberties, hopefully more wisely than was the case in the overreaction after Sept. 11, 2001. It’s a delicate task. More attacks will drive new calls to crack down through surveillance and more aggressive policing – creating more jihadists.
To which Jim Geraghty asks in his e-mailed "Morning Jolt":
Really? Surveillance and aggressive policing create jihadists? Why does this sort of “don’t look into their lives too hard or intervene too quickly, you’ll only provoke more aggression” philosophy never apply to, say, IRS audits?
Indeed. When have you ever seen a MSM type excuse an anti-government militia dude's murderous actions due to "aggressive" government policies?
From 37 years ago Kurt Busiek shreds common Dan Slott argument
As many have pointed out across the Internets, but Douglas Ernst in particular, one of Spider-Man writer Dan Slott's "best" comebacks to comments that his stories suck is "Well, the sales figures prove otherwise, so THERE!"
But look at what an old long box has turned up (one of the benefits, so to speak, of moving recently): A fan letter in 1978's Amazing Spider-Man #188 from a certain ... Kurt Busiek.
Here's the key part:
"... but in no way is he in the artistic forefront of the industry."
July 24, 2015
Repeal the Second Amendment, then
Remember, there's no gun problem in America. Everything's fine. #Louisiana— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) July 24, 2015
- There was no IRS targeting of political opponents.
- There were no sensitive emails sent on Hillary's private server.
- If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period.
- We are safer now with this deal with Iran.
- A video was to blame for the Benghazi attack.
And so on ...
Worst live-action superhero costumes ever
Newsarama has another Top 10 list up, this time dealing with, well, what the title says above, natch.
But, of course, yours truly has some issues with their list (not many, 'tho), and is here to provide you with some notable omissions.
First, the omissions:
* Thor from The Incredible Hulk Returns. Yes, Marvel's TV Hulk was still riding along in the late 1980s, and in the character's TV films from these years they intro'd a few other Marvel characters. In this case we have ... Thor:
Yeah, it was bad enough that the dude who played Donald Blake was totally lame (no pun intended), and that Bill Bixby concocted yet another ridiculous barely-veiled pseudonym for David Banner. But the real guffaw was Eric Kramer's Thor. As bad as the knee-slapping outfit is, the bellowing "ODIIIIIIIIN!!!" he yells to transform into the Thunder God is even worse.
* Captain America from the straight-to-video 1990 Captain America. I recall leaving a movie in the late 1980s near UD and seeing a poster on the wall with "COMING SOON" on it. Right underneath was one image: Cap's shield.
Fortunately, the flick went straight to video. Because it's so God-awful. An Italian as the Red Skull? Check. Cap kicking a missile to change its course before it strikes Washington DC? Uh huh. And the list can go on and on. But who the f*** cast Matt Salinger (perhaps best known as one of the jocks in Revenge of the Nerds) as the Star-Spangled Avenger ... and who allowed that "costume" to be used??
I've seen better on "Saturday Night Live."
* Spider-Man from his 1970s TV show. OK, it's easy to jump on something from almost forty years ago, but not only was the costume pathetic (steely, hole-filled eyes, one over-sized web-shooter which we never actually saw shoot anything), when Nicholas Hammond assumed his Spidey role, he never said anything!
Oh, and don't forget to marvel at the "cool" negative photograph image effect for Pete's "spider-sense." Ugh.
* The Flash from the 1989 TV series. I know superheroes are supposed to be quite muscular, but c'mahn -- the Flash runs. Runs a lot. And quite fast. So, what's up with this ridiculous (and lame) musculature?
* Green Goblin from Spider-Man. Willem Dafoe has one of the best faces naturally for ugly grimaces and the like, so what do the creators behind the first Spidey flick do? Give him a stupid helmet-like mask which completely obscures his features:
Now, reactions to Newsarama's list:
#10. Daredevil from The Trial of the Incredible Hulk. I tend to give this a lot of leeway as it's actually not all that dissimilar from the movie Daredevil outfit -- except the color. And when you think about it, black makes sense: DD is blind, after all.
#8. The Hulk from Ang Lee's Hulk. Yeah, ok, maybe the CGI could have been better (it was a dozen years ago), and yeah, the story sucked. But the effects weren't that bad, and the movie (and character) should be be applauded for how immensely powerful they made the Jade Giant.
Consider how "de-powered" the hero from the follow-up film was compared to Eric Bana's alter ego. Jumping miles in a single leap (Bana's -- which is how it should be) vs. having to jump from building to building (Edward Norton's)? I'll take the former. Unfortunately, The Avengers films have followed The Incredible Hulk's version of the Green Goliath's leg muscles.
#4. Captain America from the 1970s TV series. Spot-on, here. Though Reb Brown was a great choice to play Steve Rogers, the costume (especially the motorcycle helmet) is a knee-slapper.
#3. Catwoman, Halle Berry's version. Stop. Enough. It's Halle-freakin'-Berry, OK? She can wear whatever the f*** she wants and I'll watch it.
Tweet by BuzzFeed's news editor:
"Goddamn Constitution," eh? How lovely.
July 22, 2015
Remember, though ...
... Senator Al Franken said exactly what Donald Trump said about John McCain and the Vietnam War -- and you barely heard about it:
I doubt I could cross the line and vote Republican. I have tremendous respect for McCain but I don’t buy the war hero thing. Anybody can be captured. I thought the idea was to capture them. As far as I’m concerned he sat out the war.
Franken expressed that sentiment twice -- in 2000 and 2004.
And you didn't hear much about it 'cuz ... why?
The same reason President Moron gets away with saying shit like this. And the result of our ridiculous MSM is that a guy like this -- who, despite his babyish blowhardness, isn't afraid to speak his mind -- gets nods of approval.
Both quite accurate!
From the new site Trump Insult Generator:
Donald Trump is a troll
Donald Trump is not a serious candidate for President. He knows it. You know it. I know it. He is in for the lights, cameras and free brand advertisement. He is some sort of egomaniacal populist. Every single time he talks to the press about anything, he always comes back to how smart he is and how much money he made. That's all well and good but it does not a President make.
That said, I have an idea for Mr. Trump. If he really, truly wants to turn it up a notch, organize gay pride parades across the country. Make sure the route goes through the largest Muslim neighborhoods and past the local mosques. First stop, Dearborn Michigan. There are cracks in the Blue Coalition and they're inherent. Leftists have decided to organize not along ideological lines but class and race and gender and identity. Exploit that.
July 20, 2015
Kiss my ass, Donald Trump
Trump blames McCain for not having done enough for veterans. Really? How are the problems in the VA the fault of McCain who has always been a strong advocate for veterans? And what has Trump done for veterans? And how does a man who had three student deferments and a medical deferment for a bone spur get off criticizing a man who spent five and a half years being tortured? I don't mind someone of that era taking every opportunity to avoid serving in Vietnam, but at least he could have the grace to shut his mouth in criticizing someone else's service.
If you need a refresher as to why John McCain is indeed a hero, see here.
It's beyond hilarious when so-called "progressives" can't keep track of the politically correct hierarchy and f*** up. Such was the case this weekend at the annual Nutroots Nation lunatic fringe conference in Phoenix.
MSNBC reported that Martin O’Malley and Sen. Bernie Sanders both failed to appease the angry protesters chanting “Black lives matter,” who forcefully approached the stage partway through O’Malley’s conversation with journalist Jose Antonio Vargas.
“It’s not like we like shutting s**t down, but we have to,” Black Lives Matter founder Patrisse Cullors said. “We are tired of being interrupted,” she asserted with no apparent sense of the irony.
“Every single day folks are dying. Not being able to take another breath," she explained to any listeners who might be unclear on the concept of dying. "We are in a state of emergency. If you don’t feel that emergency, you are not human.”
Translation: if you don't side with us unequivocally, you're not worthy of consideration or conversation.
O'Malley made the fatal mistake of saying "Black lives matter, white lives matter, all lives matter.”
He should have stopped right before that first comma.
"Proudly undocumented" MC José Antonio Vargas couldn't regain control of the conference after O'Malley's "gaffe," and then Bernie Sanders' attempt at placating the crowd. And he really didn't try:
July 17, 2015
Here's Bernie Sanders for 'ya
Confederate flag? Monstrous symbol of inhumanity. Communism? Misunderstood political philosophy.
July 15, 2015
A perfect example of why so many voters are fed up
Not to mention why blowhard Donald Trump is doing so well in the polls: Rules for Delaware immigrant driving card debated.
Gotta love how this local story focuses (in part) on an illegal immigrant who's "fearful" about the fingerprint requirement, and who complains that taking the bus is "very slow to get to work or to go to other places."
Yeah, she's so "fearful" that she allowed the News Journal to take her picture, and she even pointed out that she works at a McDonald's.
That's probably because, unfortunately, the reality here in ultra-blue Delaware is that unless someone engages in a Kathryn Steinle-style murder, (illegal) immigrants have little to be worried about.
Watch NBC's Andrea Mitchell actually roll her eyes (and exhibit a general snooty attitude) when mentioning Benjamin Netanyahu's name to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif:
h/t to Truth Revolt.
July 14, 2015
Hey, by the way -- here's what today is
On this date, a decade ago, The Colossus of Rhodey was born.
The Iran nuke deal
Iran gets: *Sanctions relief *Arms embargo lifted *Keeps 6k centrifuges *Keeps nuclear bunkers US gets: *A Deal! *Memes! *We did it!— L (@OrwellForks) July 14, 2015
Memes, etc.? Yep. Remember this:
Here's one for the current situation:
July 13, 2015
Says the guy whose industry routinely 'objectifies' women
Our pal, Spider-Man writer Dan Slott:
If your 1st comment about a female creator or staffer is about their appearance and not their work or experience, you're doing fandom wrong.— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) July 12, 2015
Wonder how Danny would react if someone asked him why women superheroes don't just wear something like a t-shirt and jeans ... because, after all, it's their work and experience that really counts, right?
Gad, PC-infused dopes are SOOOO easy ...
Don't confuse me, dammit!!
Megyn Kelly on Boss Obama's "priorities":
Kate [Steinle]’s murder has since exploded into a national debate on illegal immigrants, sanctuary cities, and crime. With the White House ducking the issue of its own acquiescence in these cities’ decision to flout the federal immigration laws which were duly enacted. When asked repeatedly this week to speak to this case, White House spokesman Josh Earnest declined to weigh in other than to refer folks to the Department of Homeland Security.
A stark contrast to what we saw after Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson. A man we know was attacking a police officer at the time of his death. His funeral saw three Obama officials in attendance, his death drew comments from President Obama personally and his administration also sent in the DOJ and 40 FBI agents dispatched to Missouri after Michael Brown was killed. Where is the swarm of agents in San Francisco?
Then there was Freddie Gray in Baltimore, a repeat drug offender who was killed in police custody. Here again his funeral was attended by three Obama administration officials and again the President spoke personally to Freddie Gray’s death. And again sent the DOJ in to investigate. When Trayvon Martin was killed in Florida, the president spoke to his death which was later ruled to be in self-defense. But Katie Steinle, nothing. No comments, no swarm of FBI agents, no DOJ investigation, nothing. Why?
Obama has a bit over a year left in office. If the answer isn't obvious by now, you're a moron.
Jim Geraghty from his e-mailed Morning Jolt adds:
The message from the White House was pretty clear after the Trayvon Martin shooting, Ferguson, and Baltimore: This is a legitimate reason for outrage, and we’re as outraged as you are. The silence from the White House indicates Katie Steinle’s murder is not a cause for outrage. And while Donald Trump made his comments about crimes committed by illegal immigrants from Mexico before Steinle’s murder, the gang-tackling denunciation indicates that quite a few media voices believe that just bringing up the issue of crimes committed by illegal immigrants is somehow illegitimate or morally wrong.
But of course. It's just like anyone who wants a secure border, better immigration enforcement, and no assorted perks for illegals (like drivers licenses, in-state college tuition) is "anti-immigrant." It's a pathetic, sad joke, put forth by "progressives" like Boss Obama and perpetuated by the dopes in the mainstream media.
Donald Trump is an opportunistic blowhard, but his I-don't-care honesty has struck a chord with the anti-PC segment of the population.
The "sanctuary city" bullsh** has to end. As WPHT radio's Rich Zeoli was tweeting last week, why don't people begin thumbing their collective noses at other laws ... and declare a "sanctuary city" against those laws?
Laugh my a** off
July 12, 2015
Batman vs. Superman trailer: Wow
Here it is:
Now go read Doug Ernst's critique. I couldn't have said it any better.
It wasn't a 'loophole,' idiot
Our pal Ron Marz is at it again, blindly taking the NY Times (among other MSM advocates, not reporters) at face value:
Background Check Flaw Let Dylann Roof Buy Gun, F.B.I. Says http://t.co/q3ytxCtuUN Well, gosh, let's not fix that loophole!— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) July 11, 2015
Except that it wasn't a loophole. The MSM, though, like the "progressive" administration, has a need to portray Roof's acquisition of a gun as such.
What actually happened is that someone at the FBI didn't do her job:
Two days after Mr. Roof tried to buy the weapon (which would be the FIRST business day after Roof's Saturday, April 11 attempt to purchase — Ed.), an examiner at the F.B.I.’s national background check center in Clarksburg, W.Va., began investigating his criminal history. The examiner found that Mr. Roof had been arrested this year on a felony drug charge, but not convicted. The charge alone would not have prevented him from buying the gun under federal law. But evidence that Mr. Roof had been convicted of a felony or was a drug addict would have resulted in a denial, so she continued to investigate his background.
Because Mr. Roof had been arrested in a small part of Columbia that is in Lexington County and not in Richland County, where most of the city is, the examiner was confused about which police department to call. She ultimately did not find the right department and failed to obtain the police report. Had the examiner gained access to the police report, she would have seen that Mr. Roof had admitted to having been in possession of a controlled substance and she would have issued a denial.
The examiner, however, did send a request to the Lexington County prosecutor’s office, which had charged him, inquiring about the case. The prosecutor’s office, however, did not respond.
Around that time the three-day waiting period expired, and Mr. Roof returned to the store and purchased the gun.
Be sure to continue reading, because that's not the end of it. The FBI can still keep investigating after the 3-day waiting period. But it didn't, despite the confusion in Roof's case.
Bottom line is the laws and procedures should have worked here, but the employee(s) charged with carrying them out did not do so.
July 09, 2015
Everything is offensive part 9654
Here's what the new flag of the USA should be:
July 08, 2015
Yeah, this'll help
July 06, 2015
Dan Slott schooled by a true professional
Two things: Look at how raging lunatic Dan Slott acts when he has no control over the moderators and/or editors of the site. It's completely different than his persona on Twitter and elsewhere.
Second, it was a true treat watching the legendary John Byrne put Slott in his place.
Y'see, Danny, Byrne is remembered today as a legend, and will be decades from now.
You'll be nothing but a footnote.
Mirror. Look in it.
Comics dolt Ron Marz:
I've said it before: we don't have a lot of assholes in comics, but the ones we do have are BIG assholes.— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) July 4, 2015
June 30, 2015
The seeds of revolt
This week we saw the Supreme Court, on at least in two major instances, outright ignore plain language and substitute what they thought the "intent" was.
Regarding ObumbleCare, the word "states" doesn't mean, well, "states."
Regarding the Arizona state legislature's right to draw legislative districts, the word "legislature" doesn't mean "legislature."
The latter is even worse, arguably, because the words are not in a mere law, but in the Constitution itself.
As I recently opined, how long will it be before we're told that "the right to bear arms" doesn't mean "the right to bear arms"?
NBC fires Trump ...
... but keeps Brian Williams and worse, allows Al Sharpton his own show.
June 28, 2015
Hube's gay marriage analyses come to fruition (mostly)
From the Colossus time machine:
Recent refresher: The SCOTUS held that "The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State. "
My prediction: Guns are next
Turns out it was a complete fabrication. Y'know, to get some popular will for the law.
Then there was this:
Then he "evolved" on the issue. So much so that we got this the other day:
So, remember this:
But there was always stuff like this prior to 2008, too. And, just like the above, we were treated to "palatable" answers necessary for election. The press didn't seem concerned about it (why would they? Stealth gun control fits their agenda), and just like the situation with Reverend Wright, in whose church Obama sat for twenty years, words speak louder than actions.
So get ready, America. The Second Amendment is next. If anything happens to a member of the conservative bloc of the SCOTUS, or even Anthony Kennedy, and Obama or Hillary get to nominate a new justice, watch out. McDonald v. Chicago will be revisited and overturned.
Or perhaps, the way things are going, Obama or Hillary won't even try to wait for that. There is a GOP-majority Senate, after all, which still has to approve a president's nominee. There still is that form of checks and balances. For now.
Would it really surprise anybody today if Obama (or Hillary) tried something like this? Sure, Kennedy (and Roberts, in one instance) gave 'em what they wanted this week.
But their palates have only been whetted.
ADDENDUM: Just to be clear, of these three items, I believe the (rightful) gay marriage conclusion was inevitable, either via the SCOTUS or the states. Obama's (and Hillary's) supposed "evolution" on the issue, while obviously brazenly politically calculating, no doubt hastened the settlement of the issue.