Seen on Facebook:
Runner-up -- this "I'm Not Sure If It's the Easter Bunny or Chewbacca" pic:
Two items came to my attention these past few days the exemplify the Catch-22 diversophiles and the denizens of political correctness put themselves in. First, from the Big Apple:
“I'm Muslim and I believe 110 percent in Sharia law.”
“You know what happens in Islamic countries? You know what happens to the gay people, correct? They're beheaded,” the caller said. “I'm going to fight as hard as I can with all my Muslim brothers and sisters to make Sharia law in the United States.”
“So people should be beheaded for being gay? Come on, this is America,” host Maria Milito complained.
“I'm not anti-Muslim,” Milito asserted.
“You're anti-Muslim if you are saying that about my religion.”
You see? You are an Islamophobe if you oppose the beheading of homosexuals ... merely for being homosexuals. What is a "progressive" devotee to PC to do??
Next, a couple of "progressive" twins are featured in the Washington Post to argue that mass shootings are a white (male) cultural problem ... and they don't want to talk about it:
Imagine if African American men and boys were committing mass shootings month after month, year after year. Articles and interviews would flood the media, and we’d have political debates demanding that African Americans be “held accountable.” Then, if an atrocity such as the Newtown, Conn., shootings took place and African American male leaders held a news conference to offer solutions, their credibility would be questionable. The public would tell these leaders that they need to focus on problems in their own culture and communities.
But when the criminals and leaders are white men, race and gender become the elephant in the room.
There is so much that is plainly ridiculous about this I don't believe I could fit it all in one post. Just read the article and guffaw. And keep in mind the byline of the authors' own website:
Harriet and Charlotte are consultants, authors, and college faculty who have researched, written, and spoken about issues related to social and political change for more than two decades.
Ah yes -- "social and political change." Enough said.
Ace, as you might expect, has a field day:
That first paragraph is very nearly self-refuting. A couple of Newtowns worth of people, almost exclusively African American people, die on the streets of gun control-loving Chicago every month, yet the media flood the authors suggest would happen simply hasn't. I wonder why that is ... ?
He then points out this chart and says "Looks to me like (a) the black homicide rate dwarfs the white homicide rate and (b) the gap is greatest where gun control is most strict." And this is probably the best comment regarding Ace's commentary.
MSNBC's Chris Hayes Plans Rigid Guest Quotas: 'We Already Have Too Many White Men.'
To which there's an easy solution: Hayes, who's white, could quit ... and then demand his replacement be a minority (or woman). Problem solved.
But for some reason, "progressives" like Hayes never seem to consider that angle. Gee, how come? Same goes for the many other MSM "progressive" white male talking heads, not to mention "progressive" white male Hollywood stars.
Regarding yesterday's post about how comics writer Rick Remender wants Marvel characters to consider the term "mutant" a pejorative, fellow writer Ron "STFU" Marz opines:
So a made-up comic book character said something about made-up people, and now real people are all mad about it? Is that about right?— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) March 29, 2013
To which I responded:
@ronmarz So then, no one should make connections to the real world with comics, nor should we read into what writers intend?— Hube at Colossus (@ColossusRhodey) March 29, 2013
Essentially, what Marz wants is for readers to take seriously a writer's message ... as long as makes sense (like in this tale, for instance). If it doesn't, then you're an idiot for "reading too much into it."
Got it. (Rolls eyes)
UPDATE: Via Bleeding Cool, check out what Rick Remender thinks you should do if you're "upset" by what he wrote:
Heads up-- If Havok's position in UA #5 really upset you, it's time to drown yourself hobo piss. Seriously, do it. It's the only solution.— Rick Remender (@Remender) March 28, 2013
Two comments in B.C.'s comments section are worthy in response:
UPDATE 2: You may notice that Remender's above Tweet doesn't form the "picture" that Marz's and mine do. That's because he's taken down the moronic Tweet. Which is smart, really. But WTF ...
UPDATE 3: Remender has an apology up on his website. Makes sense, and I can totally relate. All's cool, let's move on ...
The non-Council was Sultan Knish with Night Falls on Civilization.
Full results are here.
Don't expect the MSM to bring any of this up. They've "evolved." Case closed.
Is this what it's come to in our country? It's bad enough when idiots like the pundits on MSNBC discover "racism" under every nook and cranny (this has to be the best example ever, so to speak); now a sports "writer" at SB Nation sees fit to find "racism" in ... white guys celebrating their home team beating a rival who's won 27 games in a row.
Was this writer, Bill Hanstock, just trying to be ... "funny?" It seems like it. But not only is his article not funny (and hey, I think "poke fun at white people" humor is hilarious if done well -- like here and here, for example), what exactly is he trying to get across? Aren't their plenty of black Chicago Bulls fans? How would an article from the other side of the color spectrum come across?
Yeah, I think we all know ...
Roland Emmerich talks Independence Day sequels. (That's right -- plural!)
... he plans to wreak a new round of havoc in two sequels – ID Forever Part 1 and ID Forever Part II. The films take place 20 years after the original, when a distress call sent by the first wave of aliens finally brings reinforcements to Earth. ”The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back,” explains the director, who completed two scripts with Independence Day co-writer Dean Devlin and has given them to White House Down writer-producer James Vanderbilt for a rewrite. ”And they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that’s 20 or 25 years.”
After the mass destruction of the original Independence Day, what’s left for new aliens to destroy? “We’ve rebuilt,” Emmerich answers, with a smile. “But [the aliens] also do different things.”
This sounds not unlike Marvel's 1970s adaptation of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. When the comics giant got the go-ahead to do a comics series based on the classic sci-fi novel, they set it 100 years later -- in the year 2001. The "martians" learned from their mistakes (namely, their lack of defense against basic Terran microbes), and they also manage to disable our nuclear arsenals. This backdrop is the basis for the Killraven Amazing Adventures stories beginning with issue #18 in 1973.
I have a question about ID2, though, from the above quote: If the aliens can traverse a wormhole in 2-3 weeks, why have they waited 20 years to answer the distress call? Unless (and I'm guessing here), their distress call can't travel via wormhole like their ships can; it has to go through normal space at the speed of light. Thus, after receiving the distress summons, the aliens only need those 2-3 to get to Earth.
Of those in the original film, so far only Bill Pullman (the president, but of course he won't be president in the sequel ... I think) is on board. And this sounds cool too:
It’s a changed world. It’s like parallel history. [Humans] have harnessed all this alien technology. We don’t know how to duplicate it because it’s organically-grown technology, but we know how to take an antigravity device and put it in a human airplane.
Oh yes! Massive reverse engineering of alien tech to create a whole new type of society? Huzzah!!
I'm serious. Check out the following panels of Uncanny Avengers #5:
In a word (two, actually), "Aw, C'MAHN!"
As the article notes, Marvel typically has used the term "mutie" as the derogatory derivative of "mutant" ... sort of like how "homo" is the nasty version of "homosexual." But using "homosexual" isn't viewed as negative, or "divisive" as Havoc (Alex Summers) says in the panels. It's the actual technical term for those who are attracted to the same sex. Just like "mutant" is the actual technical term for a genetic aberration of a standard human.
Further, consider what Havoc says: "We are defined by our choices, not the makeup of our genes." But ... the latter is precisely what homosexuals themselves claim. It is those who oppose the "gay agenda" (whatever that is, precisely) who frequently claim that being gay is a choice. And they're pilloried for it.
So, writer Rick Remender has tied himself into a ridiculous PC knot. We're told (in the real world) that gays are defined by their genetics, but (in the Marvel Universe) mutants -- who've typically been utilized as allegories for oppressed minorities like homosexuals -- should not be. Because it's "divisive." If Remender is trying to make a statement here, he's failed miserably. He just comes off as some sort of anointed, annoying (and confused) social commentator. A commenter to the article reminds us how Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision of "color blindness" has been utterly corrupted by the denizens of political correctness. Now, believing in this vision -- not acknowledging someone's skin color -- is viewed as "racist." It's truly (and sadly) remarkable.
Keep in mind, too, that Marvel's own term for mutants is "Homo superior," or, "Homo sapiens superior." The word "superior" already indicates a divisive aspect -- that members of this sub-species of humanity are "better" than the average joe. And doesn't the PC crowd consider any sort of claim of "superiority" to another person or group ... anathema?
UPDATE: Tom Spurgeon opines:
Marvel's use of X-Men related imagery and concepts as potentially valuable tools in getting at nuances of racism, classism, sexism and homophobia has a generated a couple of posts on other sites -- here and here -- and likely a lot of well-meaning, agitated comments threads of the potentially high-traffic variety. The only thing that pops into my head when I hear about stuff like that is that these are really broad metaphors at best, and a first-class ticket to the Land Of Stupid at worst.
I vote the latter.
Elsewhere, from the first link in Spurgeon's quote, which misses the actual point:
The idea that ‘mutant’ is an ‘m-word’ is comprehensively wrong. The idea that equality is reached via erasing differences is wrong. And the message this scene puts across is that minorities – for, of course, mutancy in the Marvel Universe is used as a metaphor for the struggles of persecuted minorities round the world, be they of a different sexual orientation, gender, race, religion – should want to become invisible and fit into their surroundings. It’s a message that minorities should feel ashamed of who they are, and seek to become, quote “normalised”.
Aside from ignoring the idiocy that "mutant" should be a pejorative, this writer, Steve Morris, seems to be of the crowd I mentioned in my post -- that of the MLK "revisionists" who see color-blindness as a societal negative. Be sure to read the comment thread there as the convo is pretty good from both sides of the issue.
Lefties: "A gun is forever defined as a muzzle loading musket." Righties: "A marriage is forever defined as one man and one woman."— willspencer (@willspencer) March 28, 2013
And the non-Council nominations are here!
In anticipation of their coming silver screen debut, Comics Alliance's Andrew Wheeler takes a ... well, "look" at a history of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. But he tries so damn hard to be "cute" you won't get the real picture. So, I'm here to give you the lowdown on the original crew (because after that, with few exceptions, they pretty much sucked IMHO).
As Wheeler notes, the team's first appearance was in Marvel Super-Heroes #18 written by Arnold Drake and drawn the master Gene Colan. The first GoG were highly appealing to me because of their hard science fiction feel. Their first appearance is about all Wheeler makes plain, though. He says the team was composed of "four men from different worlds who banded forces to fight the Badoon," but doesn't say that these worlds ('cept one) are all planets in our own solar system. Nor does he mention that two of the team from worlds not Earth are actually genetically engineered humans.
This original incarnation of the Guardians had many cool adventures throughout the 1970s, most of which included time travel. (Of course! How else could they interact with the Age of Marvels?) An excellent chronological history of this team can be seen in Defenders #26, when they journey back to the 20th century and acquire the aid of Dr. Strange and the "strangest NON-team of all" in their [future] battle with the Badoon. In addition, Captain America and the Thing also ventured forward in time to help out the GoG as seen in Marvel Two-In-One #5. Speaking of Marvel Two-In-One, it was in #69 that the 1,000 year old Vance Astro encounters his younger version. (Which, if you read the above-mentioned Defenders #26, you realize Vance can't be that young here as he'll be jetting off to the stars in a mere eight years from the time of this ish.) Old Vance tries to convince his younger self not to get on that rocket ... but the old adage about no two things can simultaneously occupy the same space (or something) begins to wreak havoc on the planet!
In the late 70s, Jim Shooter had the GoG travel back in time to help the Avengers battle Korvac, aka Michael. If you want to read an all-out battlefest issue, as well as some heart-wrenching Shooter dialogue, get a hold of Avengers (vol. 1) #177.
One of the neat things I'll always recall as a teen was in the GoG's [brief] regular appearance in Marvel Presents, specifically #3, where new teammate Starhawk lectures the GoG and humans in general that “Harsh though it may sound, your race’s period of oppression cannot be permitted to excuse whatever excesses it may commit.” The human race had just overcome near extinction at the hands of the Badoon, and were pretty damn bloodthirsty as a result. Starhawk warned the Guardians that, having possession of FTL travel, humanity must not carry this negative emotion to the stars. This was written as pages of text, not word balloons.
Years later, Starhawk appeared as one of the "Cosmic" Avengers alongside Thor, Commander America (descendant of you-know-who), Jhen the Gammazon (She-Hulk's successor), Tachyon Torch (Human Torch's descendant) and Irondroid (employee of Stark Interplanetary) in volume 2 What If? #19.
Most recently (according to the "Hube Calendar," which incorporates cessation of new comics purchases effective around 2004), the Centaurian Yondu's race was featured in the opening sequence of the spectacular Avengers Forever. The "Galactic Avengers Batallion" led by Earth Emperor kin Jonz Rickard (descendant of perpetual sidekick Rick Jones) swarms Centauri-IV and annihilates a substantial portion of the populace in retribution for planning an uprising against the Terran Empire.
Amazon has several editions of the Guardians of the Galaxy stories noted above in trade paperback format.
From the Libertarian Party page:
I asked this yesterday: "Why not, supporters of gay 'marriage?' Would you have an issue with such unions (like polygamy) being legal? Under equal protection grounds?
Or, how 'bout this: Should the government get out of the 'business' of marriage altogether ... and leave it to churches or whatever?"
UPDATE: It seems Justice Sotomayor asked this very question during arguments over the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8! Insty notes
Ted Olson’s answer was not entirely satisfactory, suggesting that a ban on polygamy or incest would be a ban on “conduct,” not one based on “status.”
Tim Graham at Newsbusters highlights the "progressive" penchant for tolerance, empathy and understanding ... except for when they disagree with you. In this case it's the WaPo's "humor" writer Gene Weingarten who "jokes" about St. Peter shooting the NRA's Wayne LaPierre in the crotch area:
I shall write some verse for my tomorrow's chat
About the Antichrist, a fetid presence in the air --
I speak of Lucifer, Old Scratch, the Stygian bat,
That dastard, truth's assassin: Wayne LaPierre.
Twenty children dead, and also adults six
Slain by yet another madman a-hole with a gun
Too easily obtain'd; Wayn'd solve it with a fix--
More arms for a-holes! That's the ticket, son.
In Wayne's World, no problem lacks a cure:
Violence begets violence, so he'll say
Arm yourself some more, to feel secure
Against the guy who we armed yesterday,
Others in the public eye are filth and slime
(O'Reilly milks our hate and offers bitter brew on tap)
But Wayne's misdeeds will more withstand the test of time --
Standing as he does before us, unashamed and full of crap.
A toast then, to our friend Wayne LaPierre
For whom gun deaths have been a lucky totem
Methinks St. Peter will espy him, standing there
And smile, and aim a 30-30 at his scrotum.
Nice. I wonder if this brilliant "humorist" ever saw fit to write a "funny" poem about another controversial topic that has to do with human lives (and the elimination thereof) -- something like, y'know, abortion. If so, maybe it went something like this:
Millions of babies killed for convenience
"Hands of my body" scream the liberal pundits
Concerned more about criminals and capital punishment
"Celebrates death!" they say to our amusement
Maybe St. Peter will have harsh words for Blackmun
Smiting him down with an illegal handgun.
Gee, can I have a job now as a "humorist?" Unlikely. Hypocritical lunkheads like Weingarten will dub my screed "sexist" and "patriarchal" and then blacklist me as "one of them."
“What I am trying to accomplish is multifold,” he told Merica. “I consider myself working on the next civil equality movement, just like women’s rights, LGBT rights and African-American Civil Rights. We are still in the early stages of eliminating discrimination against atheists and humanists. That is something I really want to accomplish.”
I guess the one thing I am missing here -- as is Mr. Stiefel -- is just how are atheists "civilly unequal" in the US today. Even among elected officials there is no test of religion permitted ("... but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.") If no atheist ever gets elected, it certainly ain't the Constitution's fault.
What atheist can't marry?
What atheist can't vote?
What atheist doesn't get equal pay for equal work (with all else being equal?)
Where are atheists being disallowed housing? Loans? Education?
Answer: None/They're not. Stiefel even agrees -- but not citing one single thing in which atheists are discriminated. And atheism won't be the "next civil rights issue" because about the only thing that's really offensive to atheists is any public display of religion. And that's just too damn bad. Being offended isn't a civil rights matter. Oh, and when it comes to intrusive (and clearly illegal) attempts at prayer and religious prosthelytizing in a place like a public school, it certainly isn't only atheists who make a fuss.
Sorry, Mr. Stiefel. You might have had me thinking differently had you actually made a case. But you cite nothing. Using your money for rallies and bringing in possibly the currently most famous atheist around, Richard Dawkins, to say “Discrimination comes from ignorance, and in this case it is ignorance about our beliefs” without noting what discrimination you all face is, well, pointless. I'm glad you're doing good things with your millions (like helping with cancer research), but otherwise *yawn*
As one commenter put it,
What do you want? A constitutional amendment reaffirming that 'Yeah, we're cool with Athiests'? Things have a habit of gaining acceptance with the times, and what is essentially a new religion stomping it's feet and shouting 'Recognize me, too!' does not ease the process along.
And it doesn't have to be accepted by anyone as long as the people who believe as they do are treated equally under the law. Period.
The early word on the US Supreme Court taking up the issue of gay "marriage" is that it is "wary" of making a "broad ruling" on the matter.
... during the argument, Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is considered a swing vote, raised concerns about the court entering "uncharted waters" on an issue that divides the states.
Kennedy even raised the prospect of the court dismissing the case, a relatively unusual move that would leave intact a federal appeals court ruling that had earlier struck down the California law, known as Proposition 8.
In a similar vein, Justice Samuel Alito also urged caution, noting that gay marriage, as a concept, is "newer than cellphones and the Internet."
None of the justices indicated support for the Obama administration's favored solution, which would strike down Proposition 8 and require the eight states that already recognize civil unions or domestic partnerships to allow gays and lesbians to marry.
Interesting in this debate are the fairly recent comments by left bloc SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who "has long harbored doubts about the ruling."
"It’s not that the judgment was wrong, but it moved too far, too fast,” she said last year at Columbia Law School.
Ginsburg has suggested that the Supreme Court in 1973 should have struck down only the restrictive Texas abortion law before it and left broader questions for another day. The analogous approach four decades later would be to strike down California’s ban on same-sex marriage but leave in place prohibitions in about 40 other states.
As I've argued here and elsewhere numerous times, I don't understand why gay Americans do not argue from a 14th Amendment equal protection angle -- that is, don't be hung up on the term "marriage;" argue that gays are entitled to the same governmental benefits as straight couples whether a state has defined the union as "marriage" or a "civil union." Overlawyered's Walter Olson makes much the same point today here.
Discussion-hindering comments like these aside, I think in 20-30 years not many people will care much about the issue. But if, like the author of the linked comments feels, gay "marriage" becomes defined as a "civil right," then automatically the religious beliefs of Catholics, many Protestants, Conservative and Orthodox Jews, and Muslims become "bigoted." And "bigoted" beliefs beget "discriminatory" actions. And this is then where the federal government could step in.
Don't think so? Well, we've already seen how our current administration wanted religious-based institutions to violate certain principles with regards to implementation of ObamaCare. And then consider something which I heard a caller to a pundit show mention -- an act of Congress which stood for almost 100 years: The Edmunds–Tucker Act. This was passed in response to the Mormon Church's stance on polygamy. Just check out the punitive federal actions against the LDS Church at the link.
Which brings me to an issue which I really have yet to get a decent response to from outspoken supporters of gay "marriage." That is, if the Supreme Court orders that two homosexuals are permitted to "marry," then why not other sorts of unions ... like the aforementioned polygamy, for instance? Less than two years ago a family planned to file a lawsuit challenging the [state] law against polygamy on -- wait for it -- 14th Amendment equal protection grounds. And consider what one of the judges who voted to overturn California's Proposition 8 said: “Gender no longer forms an essential part of marriage.” To which I asked,
... what is to prevent some judge from claiming "The number involved in a relationship no longer forms an essential part of marriage"? Or some other manifestation thereof?
Indeed. What would? And why not, supporters of gay "marriage?" Would you have an issue with such unions (like polygamy) being legal? Under equal protection grounds?
Or, how 'bout this: Should the government get out of the "business" of marriage altogether ... and leave it to churches or whatever?
Dwight Schultz's Lt. Reginald Barclay is one of the more endearing recurring characters on The Next Generation. (Barclay went on to also guest on a few episodes of Star Trek: Voyager in its later seasons; he assisted is trying to find a way for the vessel to get home.) In season four's "The Nth Degree," the bumbling lieutenant and Geordi LaForge are investigating a mysterious probe near the Federation's Argus [Telescope] Array. As their shuttle actively scans the probe, suddenly the duo is enveloped in a brief, bright light. LaForge is unaffected, but Barclay is knocked unconscious. The shuttle hustles back to the Enterprise, where Barclay awakens and appears none the worse for wear.
However, something has definitely changed with the lieutenant. For example, as the probe chases the Enterprise and endangers it with increasing radiation, Barclay overrules LaForge with a hasty shield modification. Barclay's modification, though, increases the Enterprise's shield strength by 300 percent. LaForge, Picard, and Riker are all aghast at what Barclay has just accomplished. Later, Barclay demonstrates remarkable acting skills working alongside Dr. Crusher, who shortly requests a medical once-over of the officer. She discovers that the hemispheres of Barclay's brain are essentially acting as one, single unit now -- giving the lieutenant an approximate IQ of 1500!
Shortly thereafter, Barclay uses the holodeck to create a computer-neural interface (telling the computer how to build it!) as a solution to make up for the "time lag" difference of "just" using the computer to prevent one of the Argus Array reactors from overloading. Once attached to this device, however, Barclay refuses to disconnect himself; he "becomes" the computer and assumes control of the ship!
Defying all authority to cease and desist, eventually Reg creates a space-time distortion which shunts the Enterprise ... 30,000 light years distant! The center of the galaxy!! Suddenly, a huge holographic head appears on the Enterprise bridge and begins spouting off personal observations. Barclay then enters the bridge, having disconnected himself from the interface. He explains that the Cythereans, as the "big heads" call themselves, are "just like us" -- they're "exploring the galaxy." The only difference between them and Starfleet is that the former ... never leave their home. The Cythereans usually reconfigure technology to bring another race's starships/devices to them; however, in this case, the Cythereans reconfigured Barclay. (Well, his brain, at any rate.)
This is what Trek is all about, and you can tell just that by the smile on Riker's face upon hearing what the Cythereans ultimately were up to.
-- The Argus Array telescope featured prominently in a later episode, the 7th season's "Parallels" which features a dimension-hopping Worf.
-- The Enterprise spent a few weeks in the company of the Cythereans. Why the f*** didn't they bring back (and then make use of) their advanced technology? Y'know, like at least the FTL method by which Barclay brought them to the center of the Milky Way?
-- The Enterprise-D isn't the first Starfleet vessel to journey to the Milky Way's center. In Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, the Enterprise-A did it, too. Except that, in the latter's case, using standard warp drive protocols, there is absolutely no way for the 1701-A to make it in the time-frame that they did. It'd take several years to do so ... at warp 9.
We need gun laws in this country to ensure people who are given control over dangerous things are responsible and held accountable if something goes wrong. Today, Mark Kelly has shown us all that he is not responsible enough to own a military style assault dog.
Clearly anyone who is so irresponsible with such a dangerous weapon has no business owning one. I support a 30 day waiting period before owning such a dangerous weapon. Further, no American needs such a ferocious and deadly animal. Clearly only a deranged lunatic would want such an animal. If you want a furry companion, just get a hamster. A hamster is a perfectly adequate pet.
No child has ever been mauled by a hamster. How this man can be so reckless and irresponsible as to have a dangerous, unlicensed animal like this around his family is beyond reason. We will also need to restrict people from owning pets like this without extensive training and licensing. Nor should anyone need more than one such animal. Look, I am only suggesting rational controls to make sure this doesn't happen to a child somewhere. Imagine the damage he could have wrought if he had released this dog in an elementary school. How many dead children will there have to be before we take reasonable precautions to prevent this kind of tragedy from unfolding?
Here we go again. Joe Biden is in Paris (why, exactly?) and he could have stayed at the Ambassador's residence (which is certainly adequately sized) but, no, let's stay at the 5 star hotel down the block. How much does that cost? $585,000 for a single night. Don't worry, he kept to taxis and metro to keep costs down, right? Wrong. Add another $321,665 for limos.
Meanwhile, the White House was closed to tours by citizens who pay for all this bullshit.
Not one word from anyone on the left about this. Is there no outrage that will compel any of them to develop an once of pique? I think not.
Al Sharpton -- Al Sharpton!! -- accuses NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg's critics of being ... anti-Semites (with co-agreement by idiot Mike Barnicle):
Indeed. I've been to the Met a million times. It was standard field trip fodder in my youth and more than once we'd skip out of the museum, roam around the city and try to make it back before the bus left. If we missed it, public transportation would see us home for a few bucks.
The article correctly points out that the "suggested donation" is all but arm twisted out of you. If you try to go past without paying they intimate that you'd be kicked out and they'd call the cops. This is a lie. They are merely strongarming your and hoping you'll cave. Don't. Be polite but firm and ask if it is a suggestion or not. It may take some probing questions but they'll finally give up and let you in for free (or whatever you want to pay).
That said, the Met has over $2 billion in cash. I can tell you the perqs for board members is significant. Some years ago, a friend was flown in from NC to apply for the head chef position. He was given an Iron Chef type trial where they gave him a few ingredients (waygu beef being one) and told him to do his best. He didn't get the gig but I know the salary was very very good even for NYC standards. He also was astonished at the quality of the ingredients as well as the flatware, crystal everything and such.
Is it right that this organization which is supposed to be a charity and supposed to be free and open to the public isn't? Is it right that they are sitting on tens of millions of property in the most expensive city in the world and paying zero taxes? Shouldn't the IRS make a "suggested assessment"? Let's see if the Met would be eager to cough up what they would have to pay if they weren't a charity. My guess is no.
If you read one blog post today. Read this one. A moving tribute from a man to his father. Very well done.
What is the best single-issue comicbook of all-time?
UPDATE: Here is my pick:
Add Jeanette Robinson to the dopes who think climate change means the end of the planet:
This reckless [Keystone XL] project is designed to carry tar sands, the dirtiest, most carbon-intensive fossil fuel on earth from Canada across the U.S. to the West Coast to likely be exported to China. Of course the air circulates around the planet so this carbon will affect the entire world.
The President’s bold advances in clean energy and vehicle fuel efficiency are critical steps in holding off climate change. But this progress will be canceled out by developing tar sands.
NASA’s leading climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen, said that tar sands development means “game over for the climate.”
*Sigh* Once again, these same scientists like Hansen have stated that there's very little we can do to decrease the amount of CO2 already in the atmosphere for one. Thousand. Years. Which means there's little we can do to prevent climate change. Which means Boss Obama has been wasting our tax dollars -- tax dollars which are more precious now, than ever.
For the umpteenth time, I do believe there is climate change; however, since our global warming alarmist scientists have themselves stated that climate change is inevitable due to the concentration of carbon dioxide already present -- again, for a millennium -- why the f*** should I drastically alter my lifestyle to "negate" such an effect? It's utterly pointless. Much more likely is that, in the intervening 1,000 years, we'll develop a means to decrease the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, not to mention a revolutionary new power source (like fusion). Since climate change has been a planetary phenomenon since, y'know, the birth of the Earth, just give me a royal break already. And read this counter to Hansen.
UPDATE: Steve Newton is trying to horn in on my action (just kidding). Be sure to read his eloquent take-down of a couple of anti- gun nuts.
I never knew (and bet you didn't) that Eminem once teamed up with Marvel's Punisher in a story titled Eminem/Punisher: Kill You.
Included with the issue was an old-style 45 of the remastered "My Name Is" with all-new lyrics:
How 'bout this: Dark Knight killer James Holmes 'is now a Muslim who prays five times a day.'
Avi at FCMM reports that DC writer Joshua Fialkov is quitting his gigs with the company because ... the comics giant wants to "kill off" one of its main black characters (the Green Lantern John Stewart).
To which I say, "So what??" If this is supposed to be some socially/racially/morally conscious objection, gimme a royal break. As if "death" means anything in comics anymore. If anything, I'm willing to bet this editorial mandate is just another sales gimmick -- pretty much like all comicbook "deaths" are.
At any rate, today Bleeding Cool is reporting that Stewart will not be killed off.
The non-Council winner was Mark Steyn with An unstable truce with the Axis of Crazy.
Full results are here.
Headline at NBC.com: Muslims hope Pope Francis will salvage relations.
Uh, for some reason, I don't think the Pope is the one that has to do the "salvaging." Glass-freakin'-houses, and all.
If it isn't nutty mayor Mike Nutter wanting to go after a magazine for possible criminal charges because of an article on race, it's city district attorney Seth Williams following porn sites via his Twitter account.
FOR AT LEAST two recent weeks, the Twitter account of District Attorney Seth Williams was following two accounts that regularly dished out nude and seminude photos of women.
The accounts, @RateMyLatin and @RateMyEbony, were suspended between March 9 and March 11 by Twitter and disappeared from the D.A.'s account. They resumed posting on March 12 but were not restored to Williams' feed.
The hilarious thing, as I heard WPHT radio's Chris Stigall mention this morning, is that Williams' spokeswoman, Tasha Jamerson, claims "If the lewd accounts 'tweet or retweet something that you write and you check to see who retweeted you or mentioned you in a tweet, you are automatically added to their followers.'" Which anyone familiar with Twitter knows is absolutely false. One must click an account's "Follow" button to actively follow another Twitter account.
I had to laugh at one of the comments at the Philly.com article which said that perhaps Williams should be investigated by the city Human Relations Commission because he didn't follow @RateMyCaucasian.
Williams apparently likes Twitter for silly purposes. He also recently offered to investigate the 76ers Andrew Bynum for possible fraud via the social media site.
Former Democratic Arkansas lieutenant governor Bill Halter, a gubernatorial candidate now in the state, has come up with a remarkable proposal: A full scholarship at a state school for students who manage to achieve ... a 2.5 GPA. Halter
... insists that it would not require higher taxes or mean increased spending; instead, the plan would be paid for through the state’s lottery, federal grants, and philanthropic support.
Uh huh. Aside from that dubious contention, c'mon, WTF -- a full-freakin' ride for a TWO POINT FIVE??? My daughter finished high school with a 3.85 and "only" scored half her tuition via scholarship.
Talk about rewarding mediocrity!
Bleeding Cool notes that DC Comics has Boss Obama explicitly written into the continuity of their new universe. We're also "treated" to this panel:
Uh, "putting truth and justice back into the American Way?" I know you detect the ridiculous irony in that. Maybe that explains the grimace on the woman's face, uh?
If this were George H.W. Bush ("supermarket scanner moment" -- proven completely false despite the MSM disseminating it) or Mitt Romney (deli order machine at "Wawas"), the WaPo would be relentless or their supposed cluelessness; who finds the paper clueless given this snippet today:
What really caught my attention, though, were the photographs that showed what some SNAP recipients bought with their government-funded debit cards: CheetosPuffs, a one-ounce handful of which contains 10 grams of fat; a box containing two dozen 12-ounce cans of Fanta Orange soda, each of which contains 44 grams of sugar; a carton of six-ounce Capri Sun drink pouches, each of which contains 16 grams of sugar.
In short, this immense nutrition program pays for a lot of stuff that is the opposite of nutritious.
Indeed. As any average joe who's ever been to the supermarket could attest.
It's not unlike children who arrive to school and promptly head to the cafeteria for their government-funded "free" breakfast ... all the while checking their iPhones, as tunes blare through their iPods into their Beats headphones.
But be sure not to say anything about it, though. You'll be "insensitive," "callous," "unsympathetic," "mean-spirited," etc. etc. etc.
Philly Abortion Doc Dr. Kermit Gosnell's Case 'A Lynching.'
A lawyer for a Philadelphia abortion provider on trial for allegedly killing live babies and a woman patient calls the murder case "an elitist, racist prosecution."
Defense lawyer Jack McMahon also accuses city officials of "a prosecutorial lynching" of his client, who is black.
McMahon says city officials are applying "Mayo Clinic" standards to Gosnell's inner-city clinic in West Philadelphia.
As the text lingo goes, "LOL." And anyone else note the irony in the racism claims ... and then the last sentence in the quote?
I'm a big fan of Dropkick Murphys. Here's one reason I love them more.
And the non-Council nominations are here!
The implication — which I think is very strong — that the “speech” is indeed unprotected by the First Amendment under the “incitement” exception is absolutely wrong: Under Brandenburg v. Ohio and Hess v. Indiana, the speech in the article is clearly protected. (It’s true that a narrow range of speech that is intended and likely to produce imminent illegal conduct, with imminent meaning within hours or at most a few days, rather than at some unspecified future time, is unprotected, but the magazine article definitely does not fit within that.) And it’s quite troubling, I think, when a mayor (who has power over, among others, the Police Department) suggests that the expression of opinions that he disapproves of about race is constitutionally unprotected.
Which should go without saying. It's way beyond "troubling." It's sheer, unbridled idiocy is what it is.
The Comics Reporter seems to think liberal [mainstream] media bias is a myth -- as it "puts the focus and blame somewhere other than the message itself."
Uh huh. I honestly don't know what to say to people anymore who are so freakin' blind. At least the comment was in reference to recognizing a conservative political cartoonist.
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As if you didn't know by now, one of my biggest beefs is (left-leaning) media bias. And in some cases, this sort of bias manifests itself in what's not covered. For example, last week, a grandmother who has been silently protesting outside of the Planned Parenthood clinic in downtown Wilmington the last three years, was attacked by someone who had come out of the clinic. Here's the video:
Why did I have to find out about this on the conservative site The Blaze? The News Journal has zilch about it. Ditto WDEL.com. (Feel free to set me straight on this; however, a search of both sites' archives shows no mention of the story.)
The News Journal had numerous stories about Occupy Delaware, for example, despite a piddly number of people involved. And does anyone think for a moment that these local news outlets would not cover, say, a guy coming out of a gun shop to attack someone who was silently protesting (and filming)?
Yeah, neither do I.
Philly's Mayor Michael Nutter has asked for an investigation(!!) into this Philadelphia Magazine article. An investigation. And, most frighteningly, he "also asked it (the city's Human Relations Commission) to consider whether the article was the "reckless equivalent of 'shouting "fire!" in a crowded theater.' "
In other words, he wants to see if criminal charges can be brought against the magazine, and the article's author.
These small-minded leftists keep, as I titled my previous post, making the "offensive" article's point. Perfectly.
Tom Koval Sr. of Bear is adamant that the government keep its hands off his Social Security:
I know I am tired of politicians calling Social Security an entitlement. Politicians from Obama to Carney have called Social Security an entitlement. Enough already.
I have paid into Social Security since I began working. It is my money.
While I sympathize with the rest of Tom letter regarding the government, here's some facts about paying into SS ... and what you actually get back:
The answer largely depends on when you retire and how much you've earned over your lifetime. Consider a single man who earns the average wage throughout his career ($43,100 in 2010 dollars), works every year from age 22 to 64, and then retires at age 65 in 2010. Over his lifetime he has paid $345,000 into the system. But he is likely to get back $72,000 more than that, or $417,000 in Social Security and Medicare payouts, according to recent Urban Institute calculations. A single woman with the same work and tax history will come out even further ahead due to her longer life expectancy, likely netting $464,000 in lifetime benefits, which is $192,000 more than she paid into the system. These amounts are in constant 2010 dollars and assume a 2 percent real interest rate.
Married couples will make out even better. So, yeah -- Social Security is an entitlement ... after a certain point. Which makes reforming it necessary if we ever want to get the hell out of the financial mess this country is in.
For all that we criticize the leftward political tilt of modern comics, we have to recognize those who "buck the trend," so to speak. So, kudos to writer Joe Kelly who had Superman perform this "push-back" to the hardcore leftist superteam The Authority in Action Comics #775.
Also included in the above linked CBR compilation of "patriotic" instances in comics is this great Captain America moment from Frank Miller's phenomenal "Born Again" run.
Iron Man: Rise of the Technovore, "an original direct-to-video anime movie produced by Studio Madhouse in conjunction with Marvel," comes out in one month. And here's the trailer:
If you've never seen some of the Japanese-made Iron Man anime featured on the cable channel G4, be sure to check 'em out -- they're pretty well done!
First, something which virtually no one cares about, yet get major comics site article space: Fantagraphics To Release Book Of Guantanamo Courtroom Sketches.
When the military trials at Guantanamo began in 2006, no cameras were permitted in the courtroom, and only one sketch artist -- Janet Hamlin -- was allowed inside to document the events, creating sketches of the prisoners which grant them a measure of dignity they'd otherwise not been afforded, while giving all of us a glimpse at this significant moment in our nation's history.
Four words: Cry me a river. I'm certain these socially and culturally regressed barbarians care about your dignity, right? Not to mention your life.
Next, Robot 6 is miffed that the graphic novel Persepolis has been removed from a high school's library. Now, even the article notes that the book won "the American Library Association’s Alex Award for adult books that have special appeal to teenage readers." Thinking that the term "adult" actually means something, perhaps that was the reason for what the school did?
I haven't read the book myself, so I did some checking. This review site states that the recommended age group for the book be 21. It goes on to note that there's profanity "on almost every page," and that the second of the tale has quite a bit of sexual content. I am about as pro-free speech as one can possibly be; however, as I noted on this post, age appropriateness is probably the only thing I have a real issue with when it comes to free expression. If the review above is accurate, then technically (and even legally), only 18 year-olds at the high school in question should be allowed to check out the book. If the librarian held the book in a special area that said just this, then fine. Otherwise, I fail to see why people would be up in arms about a school removing the GN.
If this was a public library that was available to the entire public, that's a diferent story. But this is a school library. There are better battles to pick than this.
The non-Council winner was Victor Davis Hanson with Explaining the Inexplicable.
Full results are here.
Reopen the White House to tourists - The Washington Post: "THE DECISION to drop White House tours always had a whiff of what’s known as Washington Monument syndrome. The ham-handed tactic is employed when government is faced with budget cuts and officials go after the services that are most visible and appreciated by the public. It’s a kind of bureaucratic hostage-taking, so the pushback that the Obama administration has encountered is a proper comeuppance."
Even the Post isn't having any of this nonsense. I cannot fathom how tone deaf the man is. Who is advising him? Is he listening to anyone at all? If so, how has that person not been fired 17 times over by now? If he is ignoring advice and doing this on his own we're even worse off.
The only upside is that the further he pushes himself out on this limb the harder the "correction" is going to be in the other direction. Carter gave us Reagan and I have no idea who's going to follow Obama but I suspect he'll be either a fire and brimstone Rick Santorum style SocialCon (Dear God please no) or a Ron Paul type libertarian (if only).
The BBC tweeted:
"LIVE VIDEO: Chimney of Sistine Chapel as conclave votes for #Pope - will smoke be black or white?"
This so enraged MP David Lammy that he tweeted back:
"This tweet from the BBC is crass and unnecessary. Do we really need silly innuendo about the race of the next Pope?"
This is just too damn funny.
White House spokesmouth Jay Carney didn't like ABC reporter Jonathan Karl's question about the cost of Boss Obama's golf outings ... especially since the sequester supposedly has led to canceled White House tours:
Carney: “Jon, again, you’re trivializing an impact here. People will lose their jobs. Three-quarters of a million people will lose their job.”
Uh, no, Jay. Boss Obama is by spending countless thousands on trivial recreational pursuits while three-quarters of a million people lose their jobs. Because our leader refuses to lead.
I usually look at accusations of sexism with askance but just watch this:
That's about as plain as it gets. You can hear it in the anchor's voice that she's watching the b-roll and isn't pleased. If I had to guess they picked that footage to wind her up which just makes it worse.
Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.
Hans has some good stuff this time out. Check it:
We live in a culture where harsh but truthful criticism, or exposure of wrongdoing, is viewed by some as "bullying," especially when it affects someone's inflated "self-esteem."
-- DePaul University has punished a student for publicizing the names of fellow students who admitted vandalizing his organization's pro-life display," classifying his speech as "bullying." The display had been approved by the university, and the 13 students who wrecked it confessed.
-- When historian Michael Bellesiles's academic fraud was exposed by fellow historians, resulting in his forced resignation, a leading "anti-bullying" expert, who shared Bellesiles' progressive political views, got him a new job at her university, claiming that he "was the victim of a "mobbing" or group "bullying" campaign by his fellow historians, who were distinguished people from across the political spectrum.
-- The Minister of Education in Ontario, the most populous Canadian province, has sought to define pro-life advocacy in religious schools as gender-based bullying. Self-styled crusaders against "workplace bullying" want to impose broad definitions of bullying at the expense of free speech and use existing overly broad school bullying rules as models for laws against workplace bullying that would hold employers and co-workers liable for compensatory and punitive damages for speech and expressive conduct deemed to be bullying -- something that disturbs groups such as the Chamber of Commerce.
There's plenty more at the link above. Also check out Hans' More Calls for Censorship to Prevent “Bullying.”
And the non-Council submissions are here!
Avi discovers that a "progressive" comics writer whom I actually admire felt the need to back up a colleague, despite said colleague being hypocritical ... and childish. Yep, Kurt Busiek tweeted, in apparent response to the conversation between Ron Marz, myself and Doug Ernst,
Our lesson for today seems to be that expressing conservative opinions is free speech but expressing liberal opinions is bad.
To say this is a ridiculous response does a disservice to the term "ridiculous." Not to mention, it's not even logical -- "free speech" and "bad" have nothing to do with one another. And, it's hypocritical in that it's been Orson Scott Card's speech that has been deemed "bad" among the liberal comics guys, enough to want him dismissed from writing for DC.
Look, I am, and always will be, a big fan of Busiek's comics work. Although a "progressive," he rarely, if ever, pushes an agenda in his stories. And when he is political, he's pretty fair about seeing both sides. (Consider his volume 3 Avengers work beginning in the late 1990s and the controversy surrounding the addition of Triathlon to Earth's Mightiest, as an example.) But in social media, like here, he can be just plain silly. Why is it OK for Marz to scream "STFU" on Twitter about gun rights, but not OK for me to tongue-in-cheekly write "Shut up and write" in a blog post comment? Not to mention, as we've pointed out here many times, when a conservative theme may be utilized in a comics story, it's "controversial."
So ... Kurt -- it seems that lesson is "that expressing conservative opinions is bad but expressing liberal opinions is perfectly A-OK."
As creator Mark Waid was fond of saying recently (regarding the Orson Scott Card matter), free speech doesn't come without consequences. Indeed it does not. Which is a point I relayed to Busiek a long time ago in an e-mail conversation. Kurt's response was that he didn't like so-called "economic boycotts;" he preferred to battle words with words -- for example, precisely what I, Avi Green, Doug Ernst, Carl and others have been doing. Of course, when Kurt and I had that past convo, social media was virtually non-existent, and blogs were in their infancy. But now that regular joes like me have [a lot more of a] voice, he doesn't like it much, it seems.
Nevertheless, let's get back to focusing on the actual matter at hand: Again, Waid's point about free speech and consequences is 100% correct. Waid (and many others) exercised these "consequences" with Card because of his [controversial] views on homosexuals and gay marriage. The hypocrisy part comes in in that why, if Card can be shoved aside for his views, cannot Waid, Marz, Busiek, or whoever else be ostracized for theirs? Many people demanded Card be axed by DC for his views. (Waid says it's about Card's actions because he sits on the board of the National Organization for Marriage; I already argued that there is little substantive difference between this "action" and someone in a lofty position like Waid using social media or whatever to espouse his opinions.) I, and every other person I know on the other side of the aisle, would never demand a liberal creator be fired for his opinions (or "actions" like Card's ... unless it was criminal, of course). We'd merely not support such a creator with our wallets.
Which, again, is the point I made to Busiek that long time ago ... and most recently to Marz. If you want to spout off on personal political views on social media, then don't be surprised if you piss a lot of people off. And Kurt's desire for "battling words with words" apparently was either phony or short-lived, for he blocked me on Twitter for reasons I presume have something to do with opining about his personal politics in the past, as have Waid and conspiratorial nut-case Erik Larsen.
Some "battle," eh? At least Marz has kept an open Twitter feed, and others like Dan Slott are at least very honest about why they'll share political opinions regardless of any economic consequences. Even ultra-liberal Mark Millar said Card shouldn't be dismissed because, basically, who says Busiek, Waid or whoever won't be next for their opinions?
Well, honestly, that's what I was expecting to read as an answer in this article.
It’s worth pointing out that DC has been continually trying when it comes to the New 52 and diversity: With books like Mister Terrific, Static Shock, Blue Beetle and Voodoo, it feels as if DC has been attempting to create new, non-straight-white-male leads with little-to-no response from the audience for months now. Both Katana and Vibe may have seemed like they’d have more success with the Justice League connection, but perhaps the only franchise at DC that is truly bulletproof right now is the Batman family – Batwing is still around, this far into the New 52, after all…
Gallaher’s point is well-made, too; if we want to have a more diverse slate of superheroic characters, and publishers are trying to provide it but the market doesn’t support it, what is to be done?
But author Graeme McMillan left it an open question. Thankfully.
The actual answer is "There's nothing you CAN do about it." Except to continue trying. If you keep putting out sh**ty stories, people won't buy 'em no matter what the heroes look like, black, white Hispanic, whatever. Comics may be on the cutting edge of "progressive," but ultimately the bottom line is money.
Look at what this douche wrote recently:
In order to make the U.S. system of capitalism truly sustainable, we must tackle this unhealthy concentration of wealth. The wealthiest one percent of Americans now have more wealth than the bottom 90 percent. The gap continues to widen as the top one percent receives almost 25 percent of annual U.S. income, up from 12 percent just 25 years ago. While some inequality is inevitable and even desirable, the levels of income inequality have reached dangerous levels in the United States. Too much wealth concentrated in the hands of too few disrupts societal stability and corrupts the wealth-creating incentives of our capitalist system.
Of course, this rhetoric didn't stop Al from raking in $100 million from his sale of Current TV to Aljazeera, not to mention he finalized the sale before an increase in capital gains taxes took effect.
As Victor Davis Hanson notes, Gore "might have taken a $10 million profit instead of nearly $100 million ... and instead have spread some money to his working-class employees." Yeah, he might have. But (especially) in the Age of Obama, words are what matter -- not deeds.
Sorry but stupid stuff like this makes me laugh
If this man worked for me he would be fired immediately:
Admiral Samuel Locklear, commander of Pacific forces, warns that climate change is top threat - Nation - The Boston Globe: "America’s top military officer in charge of monitoring hostile actions by North Korea, escalating tensions between China and Japan, and a spike in computer attacks traced to China provides an unexpected answer when asked what is the biggest long-term security threat in the Pacific region: climate change."
In addition, I would call a press conference and lambaste the man for such stupidity.
I am simply gobsmacked that anyone in his position would give such an answer. A regime run by a family crime syndicate that has nuclear weapons is a lesser threat than a 1 cm ocean rise over the next hundred years.
The Air Force chaplain who created the PowerPoint showing how to properly handle a Koran has ... been awarded the Bronze Star.
The. Bronze. Star.
From the comments section:
"Being able to do it using a Windows 8 computer must be deserving of the Air Force Cross."
"My dad was awarded the Bronze Star for landing an aircraft in enemy territory and rescuing some downed airmen in Vietnam. Of course, this was before the hazardous duty that is working with anything Microsoft makes."
"Wow, I knew Microsoft software was dangerous, but I had no idea ..."
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Yep, this is what we're deadling with nowadays. Unfortunately.
The Washington State Senate wants to tax bicycle riding because -- wait for it! -- riding a bike causes global warming.
Yet Orcutt’s main support for the tax comes from his belief that riding a bicycle is worse than driving a car for the environment.
“A cyclists [sic] has an increased heart rate and respiration. That means that the act of riding a bike results in greater emissions of carbon dioxide from the rider. Since CO2 is deemed to be a greenhouse gas and a pollutant, bicyclists are actually polluting when they ride,” he said.
If I really need to elaborate on this insanity, then we're doomed.
Not mentioned was whether this moron Orcutt also wants a sneaker tax, a treadmill tax, and a gym tax.
KARMA’S A BITCH: The lawyers who denounced Bush’s claim of presidential war power were “uneasy” when it was their task to define Obama’s war power.
On the upside, they’re politically immune from getting the John Yoo treatment.
It's an admittedly unscientific text poll, but 78% of MSNBC's "Ed Show" viewers agreed with the policy of targeted killings of US citizens.
Loyal Colossus reader Fred Gregory sends word of how his local paper, the Greensboro (North Carolina) News-Record, had to apologize for inserting a blatantly editorial comment into one of their headlines about the controversy surrounding Orson Scott Card:
I’ll not mince words. It was a dumb headline: “An uproar over author Orson Scott Card ’s homophobic views leads illustrator to withdraw.”
The article itself was fine. It related how Card’s anti-gay marriage activism has prompted a tempest among some Superman fans. We first reported on that tempest a couple of weeks ago.
Yet the word “homophobic” suggests something other than views about gay marriage and homosexuality. It suggests contempt for or hatred of gay people themselves.
It’s also a loaded word, loaded in that it may be construed by some readers to betray a News & Record agenda on homosexuality.
Hey, for all we know, Card may hate homosexuals. Only he knows that, however. The News-Record certainly doesn't (the paper, in the link above, even includes a snippet from a past Card article which indicates he is vehemently opposed to mistreatment of gay people ... that they be treated with compassion), so this "set the record straight" column is certainly a worthy one. Kudos to Jeff Gauger.
The non-Council winner was Victor Davis Hanson with Why Do Societies Give Up?
Full results are here.
After checking out this post by Avi over at FCMM, I Tweeted the link and included comic guy Ron Marz on the Tweet. You can read what transpired after that on our Twitter feed. Like Mark Waid, Marz appears to be yet another "progressive" who wants his cake and eat it too. For instance, Marz told me I "didn't have the right" to tell him to "Shut up and write" (I wrote that in the comments at the link above). However, Marz said precisely this when gun rights advocates defended themselves in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre. His rationale? Dead kids.
Yep. Gun rights advocates defending themselves from the extreme emotionalism of people like Marz have to shut up. Y'know, because. But how dare I tell him to quit spouting off with, "progressive" talking points, alienating approximately half his audience. (I was exaggerating, of course, as I told him via Twitter; Marz, certainly, is perfectly free to say anything he wishes.)
As I learned (and later on, Douglas Ernst), Marz clearly isn't interested in a real discussion. I certainly appreciated the time he took to dialogue with me; however, he certainly wasn't very serious. Take a gander:
"Big-boy conversations" and "hard time," @douglasernst? I don' think I'm comfortable with where this is going anymore...— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) March 8, 2013
Whoa! How witty! And how 'bout that -- Marz makes a homophobic "joke" ... and during the current imbroglio regarding Orson Scott Card. Wow. But don't expect Marz to get any grief for his comment, of course. He's a liberal.
Perhaps the following Tweet perfectly exemplifies the outlook of people like Marz -- who have gained a bit of fame -- towards potential customers who dare to differ with them:
@whoajordie Sometimes you just wanna burn ants with a magnifying glass, you know?:)— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) March 8, 2013
From Classical Values:
This is it. This is where the rubber meets the road for Federalism. Will California stand strong or not? Will they let this continue or not? I fear that if San Diego caves then the rest may follow suit. Los Angeles however, is not San Diego which is exactly why they didn't start in LA. I am fearful that this experiment with federalism (and personal liberty) is in jeopardy. It is my belief that the Feds see this is a toehold they cannot abide. If California flouts Federal law on this matter it will be much easier to erode the centralization of power.
Let California be California. Let Texas be Texas. Let Utah be Utah and let Delaware be Delaware.
Check out this very cool resource.
Douglas Ernst has the story on how director Shane Black views arch-villain Mandarin:
We use as the example Colonel Kurtz from “Apocalypse Now,” this guy who may have been an American, may have been a British National, someone who is out there doing field work, supervising atrocities for the intelligence community who went nuts in the field and became this sort of devotee of war tactics, and now has surrounded himself with a group of people over which he presides, and the only thing that unifies them is this hatred of America. So he’s the ultimate terrorist, but he’s also savvy. He’s been in the intelligence world. He knows how to use the media. And taking it to a real world level like that was a lot fun for us.
Oh my gad. As Iron Man was a pro-American/pro-good capitalist tour de force, IM3 has the potential to be just the opposite. We now know that the "Extremis" storyline has a major role in the film; it looks like Black took a lot more than just the technical aspect of that tale. In the comics, writer Warren Ellis had a field day using a not-so-concealed analogue of radical filmmaker John Pilger to grill Tony Stark about his life and company.
And the non-Council nominations are here!
After Card's artist on the story (Chris Sprouse) bolted due to the [predictable] media uproar over Card's "homophobia, sorry, gay marriage opposition'” (real cute there, author Graeme McMillan) DC has announced that the Superman story by Card will be put on hold:
As a result, the Orson Scott Card story (co-written with Aaron Johnston, Card’s writing partner on Marvel’s Ender’s Game comics) will not appear in either the digital or print editions of Adventures of Superman, the upcoming anthology series launching later this year; instead, it will be replaced by a story by respected creators Jeff Parker and Chris Samnee, with the print edition featuring the Parker/Samnee collaboration in addition to work by Justin Jordan and Riley Rossmo, as well as Jeff Lemire. Because of this last-minute substitution, the first print issue of Adventures of Superman will be made returnable to comic stores that have already ordered it.
The news has inspired speculation about whether or not this could mean that DC will quietly kill off the controversial Card story entirely, with some suggesting that the story remaining un-illustrated gives the publisher an “out” to avoid any potential breach-of-contract legal response.
So there we have it. As I Tweeted to the "witty" Mark Waid (who posted plenty of Tweets in favor of this occurrence), maybe next time it will be him ... for something controversial HE may say. Or do. Or anyone of these guys ... who actually put personal political views in their stories (and there's plenty more), unlike Card.
Jeffrey Meyer has more at Newsbusters.
Robert Huber writes what he must have known would be a provocative article in Philadelphia Magazine. His thesis is essentially that white people are afraid to speak up on matters of race (in and around Philly). Daniel Denvir at Philly City Paper chides Huber in a childish "nyah nyah" fashion, because, you know, Caucasians have absolutely nothing to complain about (regarding race).
Let's cut the bullcrap already. It is entirely possible to feel muzzled in "honest" racial discussions while at the same time recognizing the historical wrongs perpetrated against African-Americans, as well as the advantages whites have enjoyed since the country's founding. The [easily predictable] reaction to this article proves how correct we've been in the past when we've called programs such as "Courageous Conversations" and "Difficult Dialogues" frauds -- frauds because, like Huber, if you're white and you want to be "courageous," you'd better be prepared to endure a lot of criticism, not to mention the typical accusations of ... RACISM! Such programs are usually skewed from the start; "Courageous Conversations," for example, at the onset states that student home life, socio-economic status, and parental situation are "off limits."
How "courageous" is that?
Huber may be wrong, or he may be right. Or somewhere in between. But the [liberal] visceral reaction proves much of his point: Honest, frank discussions about race are still a long way off (apologies to Eric Holder notwithstanding).
As I mentioned in this post about Isaac Asimov's Robot/Empire/Foundation universe and Larry Niven's "Known Space" universe, these authors have allowed other authors to "play" in what they've created (Asimov posthumously). Which leads me to ask the title of this post. I can think of one right off the bat: Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers universe. As far as I know, there was a comicbook series based on the film by the same name, and there is at least one [role-playing] book that utilizes the novel's background. But no new stories in either novel or short story form.
Then again, maybe it's a good thing. After all, look at what Paul Verhoeven did with his 1998 film adaptation. The Terran Federation was turned into a semi-competent quasi-fascistic regime with minimal concentration on how the Federation came about in the first place (and why it worked). To continue the novel's philosophy, it'd take an author that would be truly dedicated to Heinlein's vision. in other words, no "progressives." Off the top of my head, I could see the aforementioned Niven or his sometimes writing partner Jerry Pournelle playing the Troopers-verse.
What are some others?
For all we see/hear about how our [future] creations will eventually turn on us and possibly destroy us (The Terminator, The Matrix, Battlestar Galactica, Colossus: The Forbin Project, I, Robot, the Sentinels in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past), there is is a highly regarded well-known science fiction series that features human creations which seek to save us at virtually any cost: Isaac Asimov's combined Foundation, Empire and Robot universe. These series were always loosely related in Asimov's early days; it wasn't until the 1980s that he began to "officially" connect them. The original Asimov works in each area appeared in the 1950s, and covered approximately some 15,000 years of future human history. Humanity's key development wasn't so much the hyperspatial Jump, but the robot. Asimov's Robot novels are loosely tied to his early Robot short stories, many of which feature noted robot genius Susan Calvin (played by the gorgeous Bridget Moynihan in I, Robot). By the Robot novels' time, some robots have been built in Man's image -- literally. The Spacer societies -- those who have settled the first fifty extra-solar planets -- have developed and made use of these humanoid servants for myriad purposes. The most popular -- and ultimately most influential -- of these robots is R. Daneel Olivaw.
R. Daneel (the "R" standing for "Robot") becomes the partner of noted human detective Elijah Bailey in helping to solve several high-profile killings. (See: The Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun and The Robots of Dawn.) Another robot, [R.] Giskard Reventlov, was constructed with the ability to detect, read, and influence human thoughts. In the crucial connecting novel Robots and Empire, Giskard conceives of the pivotal "Zeroth Law" which overrides Asimov's legendary "Three Laws of Robotics" by permitting robots to act out of regard for humanity as a whole instead of individual humans (the First Law). Using this new Zeroth Law, Giskard allows a madman to make Earth's crust radioactive, thus forcing the vast majority of humanity to venture forth and begin a new wave of settlement across the galaxy. All in the name of preserving humanity.
But that's far from all. R. Daneel Olivaw becomes humanity's ultimate guide, conceiving of various plans through the millennia to maintain and preserve humanity's dominance, and survival, in the Milky Way. Asimov died in 1992 but his estate permitted other authors to "play" in his universe. The "Killer Bs" -- David Brin, Greg Bear, Gregory Benford -- together put out "The Second Foundation Trilogy," which greatly expands upon Isaac's ideas and concepts. The ultimate finale is Brin's Foundation's Triumph which pretty much explains everything you ever wanted to know about regarding the Galactic Empire/Foundation. Perhaps the most controversial was Olivaw's use of "mentalic dampers" -- hidden satellites around each human planet (20 million in all!) which kept the populace calm and tranquil, but also diminished creativity and curiosity. This, psychohistory's and the Foundation's inventor Hari Seldon finally realizes, is what has kept humanity's technology curve static for so very, very long. It was the robots fulfilling their purpose to the extreme ultimate ends.
In another science fiction universe, and one whose time-frame is much closer to the present day, that of Larry Niven's "Known Space," it is a group dubbed the ARM -- the Amalgamated Regional Militia or the police force of the United Nations, which is dedicated (in large part) to suppressing advanced technologies that could endanger the delicate balance of peace which Earth enjoys beginning more-or-less by the late 22nd century. Some of the earliest tales of the ARM are featured in The Long Arm of Gil Hamilton. Hamilton is an ARM agent whose arm was severed in a space mining accident. However, he developed a "psychic arm" which in many ways is superior to the real thing. One of the technologies Hamilton stumbles upon (and has to help suppress) is a "time retarder device."
As humans move into the 23rd and 24th centuries, many extra-solar colonies are settled. In the Niven-authorized "Man-Kzin Wars, we learn that the ARM has "secret societies" that have traveled to the various human worlds to continue their work. The "Man-Kzin Wars" books are assemblages of short stories detailing the centuries-long conflict between humanity and the felinoid Kzin. In many of these tales, we see how the ARM resorts to making use of many suppressed technologies, discoveries and inventions in order to defeat the Kzin. One of these is a stasis field which Earth uses in its most destructive counter-attack against the Kzin to help liberate the human colony at Alpha Centauri. In another, the ARM plans to unleash the "Tree of Life" virus, detailed in Niven's novel Protector, on the planet Wunderland. This would turn a substantial number of humans into the ultra-strong and ultra-smart Protectors who would be more than a match for the brutal Kzin. Yet another is using an A.I. (artificial intelligence) as the brain of an interstellar vessel. All of these inventions/technologies are stored in an ultra-secret "black vault" on the moon.
So, back to the original question: Will we need such overseers to ensure that we don't destroy ourselves? Surely we cannot permit rogue regimes (and terrorist groups) to acquire weapons of mass destruction; however, contemporary [international] laws largely hamstring more powerful (and lawful) nations such as the United States from thwarting such proliferation. In Niven's future Earth, the United Nations was the planet's governing body which passed laws by global referendum. This is what empowered the ARM to do what it did. Niven's United Nations makes the present-day UN appear even more of a eunuch than it already is.
Humanity's present technological curve is staggering when you stop to think about it. Consider how far we've come in just 100 years. Then imagine where we could be 100 years from now. Brin's robotic intervention can account for avoiding this staggering fact in his Foundation book; Niven retroactively incorporated many newer technologies such as nanotechnology (that he didn't/couldn't foresee) into his later novels, in particular his last Ringworld sequel novel, and the "Fleet of Worlds" series. Without someone, or something, to "watch over us," the manner of destruction we could face is varied. A rogue nation or group could set off an EMP which could set large areas back to the Stone Age. The same entities could release a pathogen to wipe out a sizable chunk of the population. And what about a "gray out" from nanotechnology run amok?
The ever-present thin line balancing personal [civil] liberties and national (or planet) security is always a tough issue. How much law enforcement intervention is the public willing to allow in the name of security? We saw what happened after 9/11; devout civil libertarians claimed the US government drastically overreacted. But what would happen if a catastrophe like one noted above occurs? And then there's the question of should we ever let it get to that point? Because if something like an EMP decimates most or all of the United States, the Patriot Act will look like a parking ticket.
If this is half as awesome as it looks, I'm gonna go 'nanners.
Everything that is wrong with the GOP summed up in one sentence:
Honestly. If they do make Jeb the candidate the only way they could win is if Biden gets the nod from the Dems.
Soccer player Lauren Silberman tried out an NFL combine as a kicker yesterday ... and -- surprise!! -- she failed miserably:
Her first kickoff attempt, from the 35-yard line, went 19 yards. Her second went just 13, and she soon was accompanied to the trainer's table.
"I just couldn't do it today," Silberman said. "I know I can do a lot more."
Silberman had one more kickoff and five field goal attempts remaining, and later lobbied NFL officials to let her try to complete the workout. After a long conversation, it was decided she would not continue because of [a leg] injury.
Yeah, it was the "injury." Silberman later said, "The distance wasn't there but hopefully the scouts will notice my technique. It's not always length."
"Distance wasn't there ..."?? Yeah, I can see some NFL coaches now: "OK, the damn kickoff only went 25 yards, but holy crap -- did you see that technique??" And maybe Silberman could create a new specialty position -- that of Really Short Distance Field Goal Kicker.
The NFL promoted Silberman's tryout, and she appeared on a few television programs leading up to the event.
And there is still a milestone to be had. While Silberman started the tryout, she did not complete it. "I might be the first woman trying out for the NFL," Silberman said. "But I certainly hope I'm not the last."
I'm sure the NFL promoted her "tryout." 'Ya gotta be politically correct these days, after all, right? No matter how ludicrous it is.
UPDATE: Here's a video of her "good technique." Try not to laugh. I dare 'ya:
Sixth-grade children in many Texas public schools are being tasked with designing flags for a new socialist nation as part of the state's curriculum, EAG News reported Monday.
"Notice socialist/communist nations use symbolism on their flags representing various aspects of their economic system. Imagine a new socialist nation is creating a flag and you have been put in charge of creating a flag," says a lesson plan being used as part of CSCOPE, the curriculum being used by over 70 percent of Texas school districts.
"Use symbolism to represent aspects of socialism/communism on your flag. What kind of symbolism/colors would you use?" the lesson plan asks.
Y'know, if this lesson plan is utilized as part of a comprehensive lesson on political symbolism, and students are also asked to create flags based on democratic principles (and other philosophies), then I don't see much of an issue here. If not, it's just dumb.
After reading through this article about stereotypes, I got to thinking (again) about this superb article by Comics Alliance's David Brothers. Interestingly, David addresses the matter of writer Reginald Hudlin's Black Panther from an "angry black man" perspective (and its critics), while two and a half years ago I did so from an "It's just comics!" viewpoint (while also mostly supporting Brothers' points). But here's a point that struck me from David's article:
People suspecting creators of writing while black is much, much more common than you might expect, and it's never pretty. Dwayne McDuffie got it bad, particularly when he was working on Justice League of America for DC Comics.
It comes from the thing I mentioned earlier, when people look at books featuring black characters or black creators working on black characters as a "black book." That sets up certain expectations, for better or for worse.
But ... whose fault is that, primarily? I Tweeted my response to David about these thoughts (without reply, which is perfectly fine, of course), but let's face it: It is the progressive political ideology which primarly permeates Comic Alliance's site (and most comic creators, too). It is "progressives" who are racial bean counters in education and employment, and (especially in the former) expect African-Americans (and other minorities) to "represent their race." And then these same "progressives" wonder why folks expect black people to ... represent black people? And are offended by it? Gimme a break!
Just look at what happens to African-Americans who dare to journey away from the confines of the Democratic Party. (Or worse: join the GOP.) Martin Luther King Jr. talked about looking beyond skin tone; now, "progressive" pundits opine that colorblindness is "an adolescent view of race relations." The examples are endless.
So, if you're looking at someone to blame, David, for the perceived stereotype that black creators have to "write black," it ain't conservatives, Republicans, libertarians, or even people with anachronistic racial views. It's the "progressives" who have inculcated our contemporary culture with the opinion that is not only "good," but necessary, to have "proper proportions" of individuals from different racial groups to "embody" said groups.
Read about the cluelessness here.
References "Jedi mind meld":
The non-Council winner was Andrew McCarthy with Are We Still At War?
Full results are here.
The inmates are running the asylum.
The idea that this is not satire beggars belief. That this is a serious story tells me Canada is horribly off track. This is political correctness run amok. Can this man, who is entrusted to enforce the law, not decide for himself whether or not to file charges? Is he so irresponsible that he can't decide?
Canada: get thy house in order
America: keep going along with liberal lunacy and you'll have this here. Free speech be damned.
Comics guy Mark Waid, who makes a ton of money and has a very successful career, bafflingly is an incredibly angry man. He's still really pissed off about this post, insisting I "lied" about him and his views. Here's a sampling of his umbrage from Twitter last night:
In response to Douglas Ernst's comments about Waid's profanity:
In response to my comments about Waid's selective choice of "actionable actions" that can be used to legitimately fire a writer (like Orson Scott Card from Superman):
Waid then accuses me of "prosecuting him":
Waid then accuses me of selective editing to make me look good, and him bad:
After I tell him "Pot, Kettle," Waid then offers up this:
I'll grant that the "racist" remark was made in jest (I really don't think Waid is that far gone, like Rachel Maddow apparently is regarding SCOTUS Justice Antonin Scalia), but he's way off on my being "pro-NOM" (National Organization for Marriage). Couldn't be farther from the truth. The fact is, I vehemently disagree with Orson Scott Card's views on homosexuals, and specifically with regards to gay "marriage," I couldn't care less about it. In my view, if gay Americans are granted the same benefits as heterosexual couples in civil unions, the matter is settled.
If you're like Waid and believe I "edit things to my favor," don't just take my word about all the above quotes. Merely visit my Twitter feed and read the exchanges for yourself.
Sequester cuts will hit New York hard: "The cuts come as part of the so-called sequester, an automatic $85 trillion reduction in national spending cuts, that goes into affect [sic] today, in an effort to reduce the federal deficit. "
Wow this is fantastic news. Not only is all of the federal government cut, all of the governments in the world at all levels have been eliminated!
Woo hoo libertarian utopia is finally here!
Either that or the "layers of fact checkers and editors" were asleep at the switch again.