February 08, 2016
Feel safe yet?
Yet another reason why Trump is rolling
It's insanity like this:
Yep, the cops are the ones in hot water. THE COPS!!
Police were responding to a report of a stolen car when they ran Pedro Figueroa-Zarceno and found he was facing a deportation order, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. He would later be turned over to federal immigration agents.
Figueroa-Zarceno was subject to deportation for failure to appear at an immigration hearing in 2015 and from a 2012 conviction for drunken driving, the Chronicle reported.
The San Francisco Police Department has since launched an investigation to determine if any officers involved are subject to discipline for a possible breach of local sanctuary-city laws.
“We want to make sure that the police officers who committed this offense and obviously violated the law themselves are held accountable,” Jeff Adachi, a public defender, told KGO.
Taking the absurdity a step further, the department celebrated the illegal immigrant’s release back into the community — Figueroa-Zarceno, who has lawyered up, was released on bail Wednesday after being held for two months.
“We are happy and relieved that Mr. Figueroa-Zarceno has been restored to his family,” SFPD spokesman Sgt. Michael Andraychak said, according to the Chronicle. (Source)
"Rule of law" applies only to little people. And non-"progressives."
The party of "science"
Remember, if you question in any way the science behind
global warming climate change, you're "anti-science."
So, I wonder what that makes the ghouls at NARAL -- the National Abortion Rights Action League -- since they've taken issue with a Doritos ad from last night's Super Bowl:
"Humanizing fetuses ..."?? If fetuses aren't human, what, precisely, are they, NARAL?
(By the way, NARAL's current name is "NARAL Pro-Choice America," having altered it several times apparently to make it more "socially palatable." I decided to use the one which best describes its mission.)
"Science" says: "Not human."
No, if you see 'SJW' in an argument, it shows how progressive lunacy has taken hold of our culture
Our 'ol pal, the gnomish one Dan Slott, tweets yesterday:
In 2016, you see someone using— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) February 7, 2016
"SJW" in an argument you know 2 things:
They're on the wrong side of history
and they're not worth your time.
To the contrary, Dan. When people use "SJW" -- Social Justice Warrior -- in commentary, it is usually to point out how utterly ridiculous cultural political correctness has taken over the culture.
Well, they're trying to take over the culture. The fact that Slott is getting push-back is a sign people aren't just rolling over and taking it. The rise of The Donald (sadly, in this case) is another example.
We need to get from some to enough. And really, we’ll know we’ve achieved success when Captain America can have a boyfriend, and Wonder Woman can have a girlfriend. For queer representation in superhero comics, that’s what success looks like.
You see? You can't just create new characters who happen to be gay. Apparently, that's too difficult for the modern cadre of comicsfolk. You can't even just retcon secondary characters with nebulous backgrounds into gay characters.
You have to make the biggest cultural icons that are out there gay.
Only then will the SJWs consider that a success. Only. And if you object, you're a hateful homophobic bigot. (Adjectives are subject to change, natch, depending on the "aggrieved minority class" being discussed at the time.)
As The Federalist's John Trent writes, "The push for diversity in comics is a vision of the anointed that is unsatisfied with representation that reflects reality."
Social Justice Warriors don't want just acceptance, you see. They demand that you agree with everything they believe and say -- else you're evil incarnate. If you say "Hey Captain America can't have a boyfriend -- that goes against his entire history!" you'd best be ready for an onslaught of ultra-PC verbal violence which you've never before experienced.
Like anything else SJWs have touched (and remember -- there's a big difference between a standard liberal and a SJW), comics in their current form will wither away to nothingness. They're already a pale imitation of what has come before, and with the pandering to the SJWs, coupled with the ridiculous creative laziness of those in charge, it'd be little surprise if comics as we know them cease to exist in the next decade.
February 04, 2016
Robert Reich fears Ted Cruz
Robert Reich fears Ted Cruz. He wrote an article called
Because I like you people, I read it so you don't have to. Herewith are the five points he makes along with my insightful commentary:
1. He’s more fanatical.
2. Cruz is a true believer.
Simply translated, he believes what he says. He doesn't just parrot whatever the Old Guard of his party says (that's me avoiding the use of the term "Establishment). He genuinely believes that government is overfunded, over-reaching, overweaning, and overlarge. He really does believe that the Federal government has far too much power and it acts as a drag on the economy and inhibits personal liberty. Trump, on the other hand, is presented as a reasonable guy who is a dealmaker. Someone the Democrats can work with. What he fails to realize is that is precisely what Cruz voters have objected to the last two elections and what Trump voters think he is not. They do think he can get deals done but they don't think Trump is a compromiser. He is.
3. He’s Smarter.
This is undoubtedly true and even his harshest critics cannot reasonably paint him as dumb or even anything less than brilliant. Alan Dershowitz called him "off the charts brilliant". Given that Dershowitz is legenarily fearsome in terms of his legal mind that is seriously impressive.
4. He’s more disciplined and strategic.
Where Trump is all sparks, Cruz is the fire. Trump castigates and derides his opponents. Cruz dismantles them or disarms them. Cruz is a very methodical thinker and a master of marshaling an argument and can speak passionately and with conviction because he really does believe what he says. Part of that brilliance is the fact that he doesn't have to reach into his bag of preplanned speeches to cover a topic. This is what separates him from Rubio on the stump.
5. Cruz is a loner who’s willing to destroy institutions.
Yes and this is why I love him. When he says he wants to destroy the IRS he means it. Not as a talking point, not as a stemwinder or a way to "energize the base". He really does believe we can do without it. Whether this is achievable is another matter but if presented with a bill to eliminate the IRS in favor of a tax plan even similar to his own, he'd sign it.
All of the things that make Cruz so scary for Reich is exactly why his supporters love him. Whip smart, methodical, disciplined, strategic and a true believer who is not beholden to the party apparatus.
February 03, 2016
Marvel writer clueless about irony
Ms. Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson (who happens to be Muslim) not only fails to grasp the irony of her words regarding Marvel chief Ike Perlmutter and his donations to Donald Trump, but engages in that which is the very reason The Donald has been the GOP frontrunner for so long.
... a lot of people have been left wondering: was this really a donation to benefit veterans? Or was it a donation to benefit Donald Trump? And if it was the latter, what does that mean for fans of Marvel comics? Did the money come out of Perlmutter’s private fortune, or did some portion of what you spent on your Marvel pull list support a political candidate who wants to deport millions of immigrants, build a wall along the Mexican border and require religious minorities to carry ID badges?
Fact check: That would be deport illegal immigrants, and precisely when did Trump say he would require religious minorities to wear ID badges? Or, is that over-the-top hyperbole which totally twists what he had said (which was still wrong, IMO)?
Wilson goes on to complain about fans spending money where someone will benefit who has supported a candidate whose election will lead to "the real possibility of ... a dystopian autocracy."
Hey Willow -- where've you been the last seven years, huh?
The irony is delicious. "Progressive" creators have crapped on conservatives/Republicans for years with impunity, then complain and make wise-ass comments when comics fans who share that ideology react. And now, all of a sudden, because someone they hold in contempt is being supported by a person in their business, well, it's a CRISIS.
Wilson says "being a Republican isn't a crime," but "this is not an ordinary election cycle." Well, you can bet if she had her way, being a Republican would be a crime. And 2008 wasn't an ordinary election cycle, either. Then, you had a completely compliant press corps which refused to dig even an inch into Boss Obama's background. If they did, there's a good chance Hillary Clinton would be president now.
So excuse me, Ms. Wilson, while I laugh my a** off at you, Mark Waid, and all the other conceited, arrogant comics folk. Turnabout, as they say, is fair play.
The only thing which would please more is if Perlmutter told Waid and anyone else who is bitching about his donation to "please leave (the company), and don't come back." Just like Waid tells fans with whom he disagrees.
UPDATE: Check out Doug Ernst's take.
February 01, 2016
LMAO -- Marvel CEO donates to Trump; social justice warriors lose their minds
Marvel CEO Isaac Perlmutter recently donated a YUGE $1 million to The Donald's personal nonprofit, and the SJWs are, needless to say, losing their minds:
Marvel's CEO has given $1 million to Trump and Trump spoke about how great he was at a recent event.— Ryan Brown (@Toadsanime) January 29, 2016
*throws away Spider-Man figures*
You should not not give a cent to anything @Marvel until their racist, Trump-supporting CEO steps down.— Peter Nu-Male Coffin (@petercoffin) January 29, 2016
I guess the Marvel CEO donated $1 mil to Trump because he likes supervillains— HamletMachine (@Hamlet_Machine) January 29, 2016
The CEO of Marvel just gave Trump a million dollars.— Calvin (@aurosan) January 29, 2016
Excuse me while I go burn everything I own of theirs.
You wonder why @Marvel is bad with representation? Their CEO donated a million to Trump.— Peter Nu-Male Coffin (@petercoffin) January 29, 2016
End of story. Resign.
@ronmarz Not sure I agree. We boycott Chic-Fil-A & other companies whose CEOs support detestable people/policies. Why give Marvel a pass?— Rick Marshall (@rickmarshall) January 29, 2016
In a matter of speaking, "Welcome to the party, people."
Thanks to the hateful, bigoted, hypocritical, insulting, and just plain stupid language of the likes of Ron Marz, Dan Slott, Tom Brevoort, Nick Spencer, Mark Waid, Gerry Conway and numerous others -- whose remarks have all been chronicled here and by fellow travelers Douglas Ernst, Avi Green, and Nate Winchester -- there are many right-leaning people who have dropped reading (modern) comics altogether.
After all, to paraphrase Colossus' sub-banner, why would any individual want to give money to those who spit in your face?
Hell, writer Mark Waid even told a fan not to buy his stuff because he didn't like how he was spoken to regarding a Twitter spat about ObamaCare:
@juddemerson Seriously, fuck off. Please never read my comics again. I don't need money from someone who attacks me out of nowhere.— Mark Waid (@MarkWaid) March 12, 2014
No problem. We don't need to shell out $$ to so-called creators who tell fans to "f*** off."
January 29, 2016
Germany's new found love of guns
Now this is strange. Not only are Europeans turning into xenophobic racists who are expelling migrants left and right, now they all seem to want guns. Wait, I thought guns were useless for self defense? I've always been told that you'll never be able to draw it fast enough to defend yourself. Just call a cop. Nobody needs a gun, don't be ridiculous.
Looks like you can turn liberals into conservatives. All you have to do is implement liberal policies and make people really enjoy living under the results.
My my, how quickly things change
Funny. When Texas and Arizona were up in arms about the tens of thousands of "migrants" overwhelming our borders and our services they were labeled racists and xenophobes and so on. I suppose now it would be acceptable to start rounding up our illegal immigrants (let alone the legal ones) and start shipping them home?
There's an old saying that comedy is when you fall down a well. Tragedy is when I fall down a well.
January 28, 2016
Hey, isn't it funny how ...
... "progressives" have immediately jumped on the fact that a Texas grand jury has indicted the two people responsible for the undercover sting videos of Planned Parenthood, meaning the latter is completely exonerated? But ...
... when it's a grand jury refusing to indict a cop who used deadly force (especially against a minority), it's a miscarriage of justice and an indictment of the justice system itself, right?
January 26, 2016
It was a long time ago ... in a galaxy far, far away you idiot
I know, I know ... just when you think you've seen it ALL, along comes something else.
PBS(!!) recently gave Muslim activist and author Haroon Moghul a forum by which to lobby for a Muslim character in, of all places, STAR WARS.
Indeed. For, we all know that everybody immediately associates "Ben" and "Luke" with their religious origins. Mm-hmm.
Star Trek would make more sense for this activists's desires; of course, however, there's been very little discussion of Earthly religions on the many Trek shows over the universe's 50 years.
And hey -- wasn't the captain of the Kelvin in JJ Abrams' 2009 Trek reboot a Muslim? We actually never knew, just as we don't know much about any Trek character's religion, but he sure looked like he could have been (especially since the same actor played a Muslim in Iron Man and, not to mention, has a Pakistani background.)
Back to Star Wars: couldn't it be argued that the famous Admiral Ackbar from Return of the Jedi is based on the Arabic word "great"?
Oh, and lookee here -- someone agrees with me from six years ago:
…the Arabic word for "great," akbar, has been adapted into George Lucas's Star Wars franchise, in the form of Admiral Ackbar, a heroic character and military commander whose success in space helps Luke Skywalker and the Rebel Alliance repel Darth Vader's Galactic Empire. Featured in Return of the Jedi, Ackbar is just one of many characters and settings in the Star Wars universe that have an Arabic background. Luke Skywalker's home planet, Tatooine, takes its name from the Tunisian city of Tataouine (al-Tataouine in Arabic). Darth Vader's home planet is Mustafar, a slight variation of Mustafa, an Arabic name that means "the chosen one" (and is one of 99 names for the Muslim prophet Muhammad). Attack of the Clones showcases Queen Jamilla, whose name is a slight variation of jamilla, an Arabic word for "beautiful." And Revenge of the Sith features Senator Meena Tills, whose first name means "heaven" in Arabic.
So, give us a break already, Mr. Moghul. Islamophobia, such that it is, still lags well behind anti-Semitism as a social/cultural problem, and it's really not even close.
Maybe we actually need more overtly Jewish symbols in our science fiction.
January 23, 2016
Maybe he should relinquish some roles -- give 'em to minorities
Mark Ruffalo, perhaps most famous for playing the Hulk in the Avengers films, is considering joining Will Smith, Jada Pinkett and Spike Lee in boycotting the Oscars ... because white privilege is rampant in America:
I’m weighing it, yes. That’s where I’m at right now. I woke up in the morning thinking, ‘what is the right way to do this?’ Because if you look at Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, what he was saying is the good people who don’t act are much worse than the wrongdoers who are purposely not acting and don’t know the right way.
It isn’t just the Academy Awards. The entire American system is rife with white privilege racism. It goes into our justice system.
Ruffalo is up for Best Supporting Actor for the film Spotlight; think he'll remove his name from consideration so a black or Latino actor can fill it?
"Guilty" white progressives like Ruffalo never apply their beliefs to themselves. It's like progressives who demand everyone pay higher taxes because "we're all in it together" (as they define "it"); however, they don't send extra cash to the federal treasury. In fact, they often take advantage of every tax dodge their wealthy accountants can muster for 'em.
January 18, 2016
Amen. You first.
"There should be no bank too big to fail and no individual too big to jail." —Hillary #DemDebate— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 18, 2016
The Land of Delusion
Remember the classic Genesis song/video "Land of Confusion"? With the following tweet, our 'ol pal Ron Marz shows he lives in the Land of Delusion:
When President Obama speaks, it makes me proud to be an America. When Trump or Cruz speak, it makes me ashamed. #SOTU— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) January 13, 2016
First, I'll largely agree about Trump. But Cruz?
But that's beside the point. First, it seems Marz is proud to be an entire country when Boss Obama speaks. (The guy is a writer!) Second, anyone who actually believes anything that comes out of the president's mouth anymore really is suffering from spells of delusion.
He'd probably be placed on indefinite suspension today
This would ever happen today? That is, you think Arsenio would be able to survive this confrontation unscathed?
I, for one, doubt it very much.
January 12, 2016
Another ACA success
So Vice President Biden nearly lost his house because his son got sick.
Biden told the president that, to make sure he could take care of Beau's family, he and wife Jill might have to sell their house. But Obama wouldn't stand for that.
So either ACA is such a dismal failure that it cannot even keep a man with terminal brain cancer from having medical bills that bankrupt his family or...Joe Biden has no problem making up wild stories to prove a political point about his friendship with the President.
Neither of these is particularly comforting.
January 09, 2016
Boss Obama: The Founding was a 'conspiracy'
Kudos to CNN's Anderson Cooper for challenging Herr Leader on whether it's fair to call skepticism of Obama and guns a "conspiracy."
Once again, despite the Boss's typical snide condescension, it's not. He's brought up the example of Australia numerous times, a country that confiscated guns after a mass shooting there. In his recent crybaby speech about guns, he even referenced China. CHINA.
Keep in mind, too, that before becoming a senator Obama said he did not believe in the right of personal possession of firearms.
But yeah -- it's a "conspiracy." Just like "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor."
January 05, 2016
Another example of why Donald Trump is soaring
New Philly mayor Jim Kenney restores his town to "sanctuary city" status.
And look at the chick's raised fist of approval. Isn't that sweet?
Is that vodka in the water bottle?
Meanwhile, the Left is all aghast at the Oregon "standoff" by some militia types.
Regarding this, and the ridiculous contradictions and hypocrisy, National Review's Kevin D. Williamson sums it up perfectly:
"But it's illegal!" So was Obama's war in Libya and Mrs. Clinton's email scheme. So are 20 million illegal immigrants. Sounds of silence.— Kevin D. Williamson (@KevinNR) January 3, 2016
"But it's illegal!" So was the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki. Who is up for indicting President Obama?— Kevin D. Williamson (@KevinNR) January 4, 2016
You can screech "It's illegal!" when Lois Lerner is in federal prison and Melissa Click is the county jail.— Kevin D. Williamson (@KevinNR) January 4, 2016
And the awesome conclusion:
When the law is enforced against citizens but not against those in government, you don't have the rule of law.— Kevin D. Williamson (@KevinNR) January 4, 2016
See also here.
Anyone think there'll be "firearm sanctuary cities" following Boss Obama's upcoming executive orders on gun control? If so, what's the big deal, "progressives"? You pick and choose which laws should be followed, and those in government are rarely, if ever, prosecuted for breaking 'em, so ...?
January 04, 2016
Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- meh
I finally managed to see it over the New Year's weekend, and about the only "spoiler" I was treated to ahead of time was that Episode VII is "very much like the original (Episode IV) ... incredibly so."
And that spoiler was spot-on.
While new (and young) fans may delight at the tale, those of us who grew up with the original trilogy will come walking away with a "been there, done that" feeling.
- Desert planet setting in the first act
- Orphaned protagonist with untapped powers
- Smuggler with fuzzy companion who can make the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs
- Bad guy in dark mask with vocoder-amplified voice
- Another Death Star
- Good guys loose within Death Star to assist those attacking it from without
- Speaking of which, another Achilles heel to a Death Star? Who gets the contract to build these things??
- Major character death
- Cute droid who's harboring secret plans
- Wise old alien sage assists good guys
- Death Star blows up planets
- Death Star destroyed via said Achilles heel
- Empire replacement "First Order" donned in Empire's Nazi-like uniforms
Nevertheless, I get what JJ Abrams had in mind -- bridging the generational gap and all. The movie is very good, without a doubt. It's just not the greatest thing ever -- which I was led to believe when it first hit theaters.
My current ranking for the Star Wars installments is as follows: Episode IV, V, VII, VI, III, II, I.
December 29, 2015
Cap: Civil War directors asked if Cap is gay
"People can interpret the relationship however they want to interpret it," said Joe Russo when oddly asked if Cap and Bucky's relationship is somewhat sexual in Civil War.
"For us, we’ve always interpreted the relationship as two brothers. They’re very close characters, they have a relationship with each other that is very deep. The bond between them is very strong, [which is] what motivates the storytelling. These are both characters that came from nothing. Captain America was basically an orphan, and Bucky’s family took him in. When he was sleep for several years, he lost everything that was dear to him. And when he took the serum and became Captain America, he gave away a large part of himself for a patriotic cause. So, you have a character who is searching for the only thing that he has left from his past… and that’s Bucky. And people interpreted that relationship all kinds of ways and it’s great to see people argue about it what that relationship means to them."
At least (for the time being) we have some guys (the Russos) with some common sense. And, it's good to see ComicBookMovie.com use the term "oddly" in its write-up of the matter.
Wonder now if they'll be denounced as homophobic ...