June 23, 2016
The Democrat 'sit-in' in one picture
He must think the Avengers will protect us
Oh, Chris Evans:
I'm proud of this sit-in. We need common sense gun reform. And to be clear, NO ONE IS TAKING AWAY GUNS! Just looking for COMMON SENSE reform— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) June 22, 2016
Thankfully, people didn't take this laying down:
So much for "Civil War" Cap, all concerned about individual freedoms and due process, eh?
June 22, 2016
Comicbook gun grabbers don't get it
In wake or Orlando massacre, NRA sycophant Marco Rubio voted against background checks. Now he wants Florida voters to return him to office.— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) June 22, 2016
Yep, and ... he's immediately leading in the polls, too. Oops.
Does anyone think they would be covering this a LOT more if ...
... the ethnic roles and affiliations were reversed?
Philadelphia police are looking for five men in connection with an assault outside Geno's Steaks on June 11.
Patrick Kane, a victim of the attack, provided this account.
He said he and his wife, Brooke Kane, had spent the night at a friend's wedding and then at an after hours club with another couple, when they all decided to grab a bite to eat at Geno's.
They were just finishing up their cheese steaks when Brooke Kane's girlfriend asked another group of patrons if she could bum a cigarette, Patrick Kane said.
"That is when the guys just lost their minds," said Patrick Kane, 31 and a maintenance supervisor at an apartment building.
In seconds one man stood up, put his hand over the face of the woman and pushed her across the sidewalk, said Patrick Kane.
"'Don't mess with us, we belong to ISIS,'" Kane said the man shouted at them.
Brooke Kane, a daycare teacher, stepped in to help her friend. The ISIS comment was not a joke she told them before she too was struck, Patrick Kane said.
Police said video of the attack was "too graphic" to release.
Sounds an awful lot like the now-backtracked edited audio recordings of the Orlando shooting 911 calls.
The Guccifer 2.0 docs
Just a quick link to the Guccifer 2.0 docs. I haven't had time to read through them but they do have some interesting stuff. There's a line item in the private jet spreadsheet that shows $1MM credit from a private jet company. How exactly does that work?
June 20, 2016
He forgot the exception
The gnomish Spider-Man writer Dan Slott:
If I ever die from being shot, please politicize the fuck out of it.— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) June 20, 2016
Don't wait. Please start the SECOND after the news hits.
What he forgot to add on his TwitLonger: "BUT, if the shooter is a radical Muslim who's proclaimed allegiance to ISIS, leave this part out and only zero in on the gun aspect."
To paraphrase Col. Henry Blake, "Biggest horse's patoot in the comic biz."
June 13, 2016
Something doesn't add up. I've been thinking about this shooting in Orlando and I can't make sense of the math.
So far, we have at least 50 dead. There were an estimated 350 people in the club at the time. He was using an AR-15. The AR-15 can hold a maximum of 30 rounds. I suspect that the "suicide vest" he was wearing was a tactical vest designed to hold more ammunition. Let's further assume he was carrying six more magazines of 30 rounds each. Let's also assume a 9mm pistol and four additional magazines. Fifteen for each magazine for the pistol. That's a total of 285 rounds.
That means he killed 1 person per 5 rounds. That's even before he got into a shootout with SWAT. Let's assume he took 100 shots at the SWAT team. That's down to 185 and 50 killed. That is some very impressive shooting in a panicked crowd. Moving targets, questionable lighting and really total chaos.
I am no tin foil hat brigade and am not suggesting anything other than this: I think there may be an accomplice. If he had help, this guy stays behind to keep the police occupied and the other assailant drops his gear and follows the panicked crowd into the street and he's gone.
Some Googling and I find this:
"There is an investigation of other persons. We are working as diligently as we can on that," Bentley said at a news conference. "If anyone else was involved in this crime, they will be prosecuted."
Stay tuned, this isn't over. This is fourth generation warfare and it's here to stay.
If you're right-leaning/libertarian and like comics ...
... just check out the Twitter feeds of Dan Slott, Mark Waid, Ron Marz, Kurt Busiek, Nick Spencer, and Gail Simone today -- among others.
Then ask yourself why the f*** you would spend even one damn cent on their offerings.
June 12, 2016
Only we are worthy of protection, peasant
The California State Senate votes to exempt itself from its own strict gun control laws. The vote was 28-8.
Y'see, they're more important than YOU. They deserve protection. Not YOU.
Cali legislators also average approximately $140,000 in annual compensation. They get a free car and gasoline. Among other things.
And you thought things were wacky here in the one-party state of Delaware.
June 09, 2016
Just remember when Tea Partiers were dubbed 'violent'
HuffPost op-ed: Anti-Trump violence justified
"In the face of media, politicians, and GOP primary voters normalizing Trump as a presidential candidate — whatever your personal beliefs regarding violent resistance — there's an inherent value in forestalling Trump's normalization.
"Violent resistance accomplishes this."
Is that so.
(Via the Washington Examiner.)
June 08, 2016
Trying to stay relevant
The Nick Spencer/Marvel 'business model' rocks on
If really need any sort of confirmation of what the current crop of comicbook creators think of those with whom they disagree, look no further than the writer of Captain America, Nick Spencer.
But then, saying a judge can't be fair because he has Mexican heritage nothing to do with border, just fucking racism.— Nick Spencer (@nickspencer) June 8, 2016
Really? Though I concur it wasn't a very wise thing to say, "progressives" get away with this sort of stuff all. The. Time. Like take one of our very own Supreme Court justices:
Sonia Sotomayor gave speech declaring that the ethnicity and sex of a judge “will make difference in our judging.”https://t.co/vujIkdNXi7— Chuck Plum (@ChuckUmeboshi) June 7, 2016
And more from Nick:
Yes, morally superior to a bigoted, xenophobic monster of a human being. https://t.co/vZZ5smINua— Nick Spencer (@nickspencer) June 7, 2016
The GOP hate draft dodgers so much they nominated them 4 out of the last 5 times.— Nick Spencer (@nickspencer) June 5, 2016
Starting to wonder if these dudes have issues with women https://t.co/iM8XX71RmE— Nick Spencer (@nickspencer) June 2, 2016
And if you begin wondering about Spencer's grasp of reality:
Media so determined to create ambivalence/cynicism around Clinton campaign, they will happily ignore a major moment in US history.— Nick Spencer (@nickspencer) June 6, 2016
Yeah, the media is so determined ...!!!
About 5000 new people started following me due to Cap stuff and right now they're all wondering wtf is up with all these political tweets.— Nick Spencer (@nickspencer) June 8, 2016
Well yeah, you jackass. Like, maybe they expect some sort of social media professionalism from a guy in your position, and not a fanboyish jerkoff.
Progressive enclaves growing weary of ridiculously lax school discipline policies
What’s one of the first things that comes to mind when you hear “San Francisco”?
Schools have been adopting liberal/progressive school discipline policies for years now, doing away with punishments like out-of-school suspension and replacing them with “less severe” alternatives like “restorative justice” — where misbehaving students get to “talk about” what ails them.
The idea is to keep disruptive kids in school so that they can learn, but it completely misses the point in that such kids don’t care about learning, and worse — they ruin it for the kids who want to learn.
And you know what they say about good intentions …
It seems even progressives have an upper tolerance limit. Teachers in the San Francisco Unified School District are fed up with restorative justice-style approaches as they claim “[s]tudents have been choked, they’ve been slapped, they have been given death threats almost daily.”
But the district, and the teachers union, remain committed to the current discipline policy.
“The policy is something we believe in, that kids should be in the school,” Lita Blanc, spokeswoman for Educators of San Francisco.
Ah, they believe.
The persistent problems with one first grade student at the school convinced teacher Erika Keil to complain to the principal, who opted not to renew the probationary teacher’s contract for next school year. The move sparked outrage from dozens of parents and teachers who descended on the school Tuesday to protest the principal’s decision.
The protesters toted picket signs reading “Advocating for student safety will cost you your job” and “Kick me, I’m a SFUSD teacher,” among others.
“To me, she did a fantastic job dealing with a difficult situation,” Keil’s colleague, Kathy Harriman, told ABC 7.
SFUSD board president Matt Haney told ABC 7 the school board could reverse the principal’s decision to dismiss Keil, but admitted that was unlikely.
Monroe students, parents and teachers, plan to continue to protest until Keil is reinstated.
The violent first-grader, meanwhile, remains in the classroom to torment his classmates, parents told the news site.
“That student has remained in the classroom without proper support,” [parent Louella] Hill said.
Across the country in another progressive enclave, New York City, a group of fed up parents have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city’s Department of Education because of school violence: “They allege that violence deprives black and Hispanic public-school students of their right to a sound, basic education — and that DOE refuses to confront the problem.”
Talk about your Catch-22. Given that the federal Department of Education’s own policies have played a very significant role in tying schools’ hands when it comes to discipline — based on the premise that penalties affect a disproportionate percentage of racial minorities — it should be very interesting to see how this turns out.
But until then, parents will continue to vote with their feet. They’ll lobby their legislators to allow (more) charter schools, they’ll hoof it to private and parochial schools, and they will homeschool their children.
Cross-posted at The College Fix.
June 01, 2016
How do I get a job like this??
That is, on a Diversity Council like Australia apparently has.
This council now has a new goal: to eliminate the term "guys" from everyday use.
[...] the DCA says “guys” is a gendered word that can make women feel left out.
“We want to get people thinking about the language they use in the workplace and whether it’s inclusive or excludes people,”Diversity Council of Australia’s CEO Lisa Annese told news.com.au.
“We’re not telling people what to say, we’re encouraging people to think about the words they use at work so everyone feels respected, valued and included. We know from research that when more inclusive language is used at work, people are greater engaged and more proactive.”
Ms Annese suggests using phrases like “Hi everyone” or “Hi team”.
“A really good test is reversing the gender. Would you walk into a mixed gender group and say ‘Hello ladies’ or ‘Hello girls’? No, because men would be offended,” she said.
Sooo ... what's next -- ditching words like "mankind"? "Man"?
The Diversity Council should file a complaint with the Cylon Imperious Leader. After all, recall his quote prior to the big assault on the Twelve Colonies: "The final annihilation of the life form known as Man. Let the attack begin."
The best rebuttal to the recent Captain America nonsense I have seen
For more recent takes, check out Doug Ernst's "Tom Brevoort tries Hydra Captain America spin-job, Newsarama goes full toady"
"‘Captain America #1’: Nick Spencer turns hero into Hydra agent with Tom Brevoort’s blessing."
Not to mention Avi Green's "Entertainment Weekly's letting Spencer/Brevoort get away with their terrible direction,"
"Stan Lee adds insult to injury."
May 25, 2016
Dolts Slott, Marz jump to Nick Spencer's defense
Like all good mindless communal types, they gotta stick together.
Dan Slott, whose ego far surpasses his actual intellect, tries to make a comparison and fails miserably:
Uh, yeah, Cap giving up the role for a time because the American president was shown to be a major villain ... is the same thing as Cap being a villain his entire life. And a Nazi one at that.
And writer Ron Marz offers up this grammatically challenged defense:
Everybody outraged over Captain America must have must think Charlie Brown's really gonna kick that football this time.— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) May 25, 2016
Hopefully he's not an editor, too.
Marvel continues to slide into creative insanity
We all know Captain America writer Nick Spencer is a raging social justice warrior "progressive" who thinks Republicans are evil, and just when you thought it -- he -- couldn't get any more crazy, we read this:
This week's Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 contained a huge twist that revealed that Steve Rogers, the recently returning Captain America, is an agent of Hydra, and seemingly may have been since his childhood.
Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort shed some light on the reveal, with USA Today citing him as telling them that this is "the real Steve Rogers," and not "some clone, shapeshifting Skrull, Life Model Decoy or a Cap from an alternate universe."
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, writer Nick Spencer added to Brevoort’s statements that this is the real Steve, saying, “Issue 2 will lay a lot of our cards on the table in terms of what the new status quo is, but the one thing we can say unequivocally is: This is not a clone, not an imposter, not mind control, not someone else acting through Steve. This really is Steve Rogers, Captain America himself.”
“His mission is to further the goals and beliefs of Hydra," explained Brevoort.
This is the comicbook version of "clickbait," and it's beyond stupid. Almost as stupid as making Cap gay.
Brevoort even has the cojones to compare this drivel to the "Hitchcock tradition," and Spencer makes comparisons to Philip K. Dick's Man in the High Castle.
Puh-lease. You guys aren't even within a light-year of Hitchcock's and Dick's genius.
Anyone recall the mid-90s and something called "The Crossing"? This was when Tony Stark/Iron Man was supposed to have been an agent of Kang the Conqueror since the latter's first appearance way back in Avengers #8. That's right -- 30+ of continuity and all of sudden Iron Man is a murderous villain.
Oh, and when the Tony Stark we all know was killed, Marvel replaced him with a younger version of Stark. A college kid.
It is regarded today as one of Marvel's most ridiculous ideas of all time. I think it's safe to say this Cap nonsense will be too, in the years to come.
But hey -- it sure gives Spencer an avenue to trash patriotism, America, and everything else that victim-culture SJWs do.
At this point, why the hell not?
The latest comicbook nuttery: SJWs (that's social justice warriors) are petitioning Marvel to make Captain America ... gay. Or bisexual. Or whatever.
The Twitter hashtag #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend has been trending, and here's a sample:
what do you mean #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend he already has one and his name is James Buchanan Barnes just that marvel won't recognize it— jaziel (@WANDASWIDOW) May 24, 2016
Naturally, many fans countered this nonsense exclaiming that Cap has plenty of backstory and canon that voids any such "retconning" ... but when has that ever thwarted SJW creators like current Cap writer Nick Spencer?
And if there's any person to act on these demands, it's Spencer. I can see it now: He'll make Cap gay, although it won't really be Cap -- it'll be some alternate dimension version or something -- but it will give Spencer yet another reason to Twitter rant about (Republican/conservative) "bigotry" and "intolerance." Even though the vast majority of the complaints against him will be the aforementioned canon argument, not "homophobia."
May 24, 2016
Marvel's Nighthawk writer: 'Racism biggest threat to black people'
Marvel's new Nighthawk is not the one older fans might think of -- the Batman analogue who was a member of the classic super-team The Defenders -- but an alternate reality version brought into the Marvel Universe "proper" (due to yet another silly "big -- crossover -- event").
This 'Hawk is, and was, a member of the Squadron Supreme. No, not the version Mark Gruenwald made famous with his mid-1980s limited series, but the one J. Michael Straczynski created in Supreme Power and later a new Squadron Supreme. His parents were killed by (white) racists, and this has made him one angry vigilante.
New series writer David Walker explains his take on the character:
Nighthawk is driven by rage. He is angry with everyone and everything, and he has trouble containing that anger, so he focuses it and turns it loose on what he feels is the most obvious responsible party. Of course, it is far more complicated than that, which is part of what makes this character interesting. Here you have a black man, whose parents were murdered by racists, and he blames the racist ideologies that inform our society for their deaths.
Traditionally, superheroes act as extensions of law and order. They may act outside the boundaries of the law, but when all is said and done, they are at service to law and order, which makes them part of the status quo of the criminal justice system. The problem with this system is that it often falls short of adequately serving black people in America. We have seen this time and time again, when police officers kill unarmed blacks, and the court system fails to convict the killer. The two biggest threats to black people in this country are racism and the criminal justice system that is infected by the disease or racism. At some point, if you are a black superhero, fighting to protect black people, you are going to reach a crossroads where you will realize that you must protect them from the forces of law and order—from the status quo.
Indeed. Get this: The series is set in ... Chicago. And Walker seriously claims racism is the deadliest threat to blacks?? "Time and time again" we have seen men in blue shoot and kill blacks?
Yet again, Marvel's comics division business model is one big head-scratcher.
I've a better title for this book, Mr. Walker: Nighthawk: The Mistaken Narrative.
May 23, 2016
Captain America writer again equates legitimate political concerns with ultra-right fanaticism
If it wasn't bad enough that Captain America scribe Nick Spencer used one of Marvel's most despicably racist villain groups to chide Americans who are against illegal immigration, now he is utilizing Cap's deadliest enemy to castigate those who have issues with Middle Eastern immigration into Europe and how it's changing its societies.
Below is the Red Skull pontificating on the refugee crisis:
Perhaps the best response to this comes from Killer Moth, a regular commenter at FCMM (to whom the hat tip goes for this post):
"Hey, Spencer, I know you're trying to make Red Skull cartoonishly evil and racist, but when his rant -- or, really, the rant you put in his mouth -- actually sounds less insane than your regular words on Twitter and regular output, you're doing something wrong. "
I wonder how many Middle Eastern refugees Spencer has invited into his home? And if he has, has he had the "audacity" to establish any ground rules -- like "Hey, this is my house so here's how we do things"?
May 16, 2016
Progressive delusion, Marvel Comics style
From comics scribe Nick Spencer:
Her biggest weakness is being stuck with a media like this https://t.co/KkptCeTgAD— Nick Spencer (@nickspencer) May 16, 2016
Which was in response to this:
Even Clinton’s allies say her weaknesses as a candidate may hurt her chances against Trump https://t.co/CwbkTgFKri— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 16, 2016
Indeed, Hillary Clinton's biggest weakness is the mainstream media.
ON. WHAT. F***ING. PLANET. DOES. HE. LIVE???
Brought to you from the company whose former chief once claimed the majority of the US military is black, and that "extensive" atomic bomb tests were conducted during World War II.
Just a thought
I don't think I'm going out on a limb here and saying that Hillary is the presumptive nominee for the Democrats. (This is assuming she isn't indicted or drops out for health reasons.)
I've been thinking about her VP choice. Julian Castro is the name I hear most often as the front runner. This makes a certain amount of sense. He's young, he's from Texas and he's Latino.
But does she really need the Latino vote as much as other segments?
She has very high negatives and those aren't really moveable. She's been around for 30 years and people have pretty much made up their mind about her for good or for ill. I think she has the most chance of swaying women but they don't like her. Especially young women.
Suppose the answer to that is to pick a woman for VP? I think that's a strong possibility. The obvious choice there is Warren but those two are known for not liking each other. Can they figure something out that would be a deal? Clinton may offer a single term and backing for Warren's run in 2020. I suspect Hillary's health is a problem that is much more serious than she lets on.
For the record I don't see how she gets indicted for either her influence peddling nor for her mishandling of classified material. She's too politically powerful and has too much money and influence. I wish that didn't matter and I wish I could honestly say that we are a nation of laws but that just isn't true anymore. There are too many examples to list but people, especially in government, are immune to prosecution irrespective of their crimes.
My prediction: Julian Castro (yeah, I know, brave prediction Duffy).
The why is simply that she's a creature of The Establishment and they follow the long laid down rules and that's the likely pick.
Outside chances: Tim Kaine, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Christie Todd Whitman (this would be the desperation pick)