December 31, 2013

Oh, a small "bragging" post

For the fifth year in a row, the illustrious Watcher's Council has won the "Best Blog Ring" award at the Fabulous 50 Blog Awards.

Just sayin'.

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Touching story about how an Iron Man tale saved someone's life

James Orbesen in The Atlantic tells of how the classic David Michelinie/Bob Layton (with John Romita Jr.) tale "Demon in a Bottle" saved him from alcoholism.

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Romney Adopted Black Grandchild-gate update

After her show's pathetic segment yesterday where everyone giggled and made political hay out of Mitt Romney's adopted black grandchild, MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry has apologized. But this wasn't before frequent cable show talking head and "hip hop professor" Marc Lamont Hill jumped into the fray:


As you might surmise, Hill was ripped with replies, many pointing out the hypocrisy (gee, who'd thunk?) of a guy who has repeatedly pondered the "racism" of various criticisms of President Obama.

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December 30, 2013

Missed Irony

Well, not really. Remember two things: 1) It's perfectly OK for "progressives" to laugh, mock and giggle at stuff like this, and 2) Republicans/conservatives no matter what will never "win" on racial matters. Anyone remember Mitt Romney's protested sojourn to downtown Philly in 2012? To coin a cliché, "Damned if you, damned if you don't." Mitt was welcome in Philly -- as long as he agreed with "progressive" Democrats there. Yeesh, if there ever was a pattern ...

Giggling all the way, we heard

“Any captions for this one?” Harris-Perry asked her panel.

“One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn’t the same,” sang panelist Pia Glenn, adding, “And that little baby, front and center, would be the one.”

Comedian Dean Obeidallah told Harris-Perry that he thought the photo was “great” and that “it really sums up the diversity of the Republican party, the RNC. At the convention, they find the one black person.”

Hilariously, at vid's end, Harris-Perry tells us to stay tuned for the segment "Hey! Was that Racist?" ... apparently never grasping the irony.

UPDATE: "One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn’t the same": Here's a pic of Harris-Perry with her parents. She says, “I’ve never thought of myself as biracial. I’m black.” Of course.

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Latest ObumbleCare low enrollment excuse

People "think it's been repealed." Say whaaaa ...? But hey, again, why the f*** not at this point??

Holmes Norton said that once those ObumbleCare fine deadlines approach, "you’re going to see people trotting to sign on like you’ve never seen it before.” And you'll still fine their asses if they cannot sign up, right, Delegate?

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Don't we want the best?

Jim Geraghty in today's [e-mailed] "Morning Jolt":

I still lean towards the idea that the NFL playoffs should consist of the six best teams in each conference, or perhaps even the best twelve teams in the league, regardless of conference. As it stands now, the 12-4 Forty-Niners will be traveling to Green Bay to play the 8-7-1 Packers, who get the home field game because they won the NFC North. Meanwhile, the 11-5 Saints will travel to Philadelphia to play the 10-6 Eagles.

I've always hated the fact that, like Geraghty says, a team like the Niners -- three and half games better than the Packers -- would have to play away for their first playoff game. The current division set-up penalizes teams in a particular division who all may be good, and rewards at least one team in a crummy division. For a few years there, the NFC West (where my fave team, the Rams, resides) was a doormat, its division winner once having a pathetic record of 7-9. Now, however, three of its four teams could (should?) have been in the playoffs. (Arizona had a better record than Green Bay and the same record as the Eagles.)

The question is, how to perfect the system that Geraghty ponders. I think it would be a lot easier to maintain the conference system and take the best six teams from each than just the twelve best teams from the league overall. Why not just dissolve divisions and have the NFC and AFC? Existing tie-break procedures could all be maintained except the best division record. For instance, the heirarchy could be 1) head-to-head, 2) conference record, 3) interconference record, 4) best point differential. Then again, if you want the best twelve teams overall regardless of conference, you could still utilize conferences merely for tie-break issues. I mean, if the NFC has eight of the twelve playoff teams, does anyone care ... if these dozen are the best teams in the NFL? Not I.

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New definition of "patriotism":

Signing up for ObumbleCare.

Appearing on Morning Joe, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC's chief medical editor, declared that there should be "a single-payer system" of health care. That is the left's preferred solution, but brings with it a host of problems, as the Heritage Foundation has detailed. For good measure, Snyderman said that she "made" her young-adult children sign up for Obamacare as their "patriotic duty."

Ah hell, at this point, why the f*** not, right?

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"Over-reaction"

Check out what CNN's Brian Stelter said regarding the Boston terrorist bombings of this past April:

“I wonder if the press, overall, in retrospect, overreacted to the attacks in Boston. It was a very scary week. I was scared, along with the rest of the country. In retrospect, I wonder if there was an overreaction in the press, considering the relatively low number of deaths and injuries, whether it was taken out of proportion, given all the other violence we see all the time.

Because the word ‘terrorism’ was applied, I think there may have been an overreaction.”

No word from Stelter as to whether he feels similarly about the MSM coverage of, say, Trayvon Martin.

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New at the Watcher's Council

Forum: What Are Your Predictions For 2014?

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December 29, 2013

Who'da thought?

Have you ever wondered if refusing to date a transgender woman is bigoted? Here's the answer you'd probably expect from a place like the Democratic Underground. (Beware: Major deconstructivist-type euphemisms and jargon. If you haven't a clue as to what's being said, don't feel too bad):

... the answer is somewhere between no not necessarily but probably so. In that, a narrative of desire around trans bodies does not exist & in that absence one of degradation and shame is offered in its place. So automatically you have sexualities and accompanying desires shaped in a context of transphobia, which both excludes and pathologizes trans bodies as abhorrent.

A lot of male sexuality is also constructed around employing hierarchies of womanhood as trophies, to prove their own worth and engage in a process of gendering themselves through access to womens’ bodies. Within that framework, some hold more currency and others (transwomen) can actually subvert heteronormative male sexualities. The opinions and shared norms of sexuality among peers, performed on womens’ bodies, plays a huge part in constructing their sexuality as well. You can imagine where transwomen fall on this scale. There’s also the fact that most men dont even have enough literacy of our bodies and our lives to even know who we are and if they are attracted to us. And dont attempt to do so because of cisnormativity.

With that being said, we live in the world we live in. If a man chooses not to date a transwoman, whatever the reason, that is his choice (though one probably informed by cisnormativity.) I am however concerned with if, in not dating transwomen, he also reinforces cissexism and transphobia in his words and actions. Everything is not for everybody nor does it have to be (even though ironically transwomen seem to always get the short end of this stick hmmm.) But what are men doing to not actively continue & participate in this cycle of shame around transwomens’ bodies? What are they doing to stop putting our lives at risk? How are they discussing our bodies and lives? In choosing not to date us, are they offering up bioessentialist rhetoric and trying to delegitimize/undermine our genders?

If you managed all the "-ism" lingo you probably see the conclusion is yes -- if you're a [straight] male and will not date a transgendered woman, you're engaging in bigotry. And further, by not doing so, you're even putting transgendered folks' lives at risk! How about that, eh?

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Chutzpah

Comics writer Gail Simone actually had the cojones to tweet this today:


Really, Gail? Really?? You routinely make it personal when someone has the temerity to challenge your politically-oriented tweets. One need only look at yesterday as an example. Since you had been regularly tweeting about feminist Suey Park, all blogger Douglas Ernst did was ask you whether you agreed with one of her more provocative statements -- that only white people can be racist. Was there any attempt by you at a serious discussion of the matter? Did you even attempt to answer Doug's question, Gail?


See this?? You'd better agree with me!

Hell, no. But we pretty much knew that going in. It's your perpetual M.O. Whenever you actually attempt to get serious on Twitter, you constantly fall back to the "cute" quips and sarcasm whenever challenged. Or even hardly challenged. So, why even bother trying to be serious, then? Your hypocrisy is knee-slap-inducing. The other day you stated your "philosophy" about comics was "simple": That you want to be "welcoming" and don't want anyone to feel "excluded." You did not follow that up with a needed "except ..." which would have been followed by "pretty much anyone who dares to disagree with me, especially evil conservatives/Republicans/libertarians, etc."

And then today you actually bitch about "making it personal." A straight defiance of parody, this.

(h/t to Carl)

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Religion of Peace update

Suicide bomber kills fourteen in Russia.

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December 28, 2013

N.B.C. highlights protests against Obama

... from the left:

Returning from an early morning gym visit at nearby Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Obama's motorcade passed a few dozen protesters holding signs with slogans including "Drones: Unethical and Illegal," "U.S. Bases Out" and "Close Guantanamo Now." Others expressed their opposition to genetically modified foods.

Others protested the "Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact being negotiated between the United States and several Asian and South American countries," and as you can see in the picture atop the article, there were pickets saying "Help Gaza" and "Stop Israeli Holocaust in Palestine."

Interestingly, not a chirp about ObumbleCare. Maybe it's 'cause those folks are busy working their asses off in anticipation of the dropped coverage and/or skyrocketing costs.

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Laugher of the Day

Via ABC News: 2013: The Year Everyone Gave Hillary Clinton an Award. But that ain't the funny part. This is:

In October, pop star and AIDS activist Elton John presented Clinton with his signature award for her commitment to human rights at a benefit attended by the likes of Billy Joel, Alec Baldwin, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Lisa Marie Presley and Courtney Love.

Alec Baldwin? This Alec Baldwin??

Alec spewed the nasty words at a paparazzi camped outside his NYC apartment Thursday, calling him a "c**ksucking f*g".

In June, he lashed out at a British reporter, calling him "a toxic little queen" among other things.

The Elton John Foundation’s Founders’ Award was awarded to the former First Lady, New York Senator, and Secretary of State because “she’s a great human rights campaigner for people of color, for people of sexual orientation.” I'm sure she was so tickled that someone like Baldwin, who "shares" her commitment, was in attendance.


Can you believe I get away with this sh**?

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Thanks for the black eye

No pun intended:

A southwest Ohio [white] teacher who allegedly responded after a black high school freshman said he wanted to become president that the nation doesn't need another black president has been disciplined.

The teacher claims he was misquoted. The district says he was disciplined in 2008 for making an inappropriate racial comment, and again for failing to follow school curriculum. There was no mention of anyone recording the comments, clandestinely or otherwise.

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The Man

Happy 91st birthday to Stan Lee today!!

Excelsior!!

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Well, Phil Robertson is back on A&E ...

The network apparently caved to popular pressure and reinstated the guy on the hit show. And the organization that helped get him booted in the first place ain't too happy:

Phil Robertson should look African American and gay people in the eyes and hear about the hurtful impact of praising Jim Crow laws and comparing gay people to terrorists. If dialogue with Phil is not part of next steps then A&E has chosen profits over African American and gay people – especially its employees and viewers.

You can read the entire GQ interview with Robertson here. His supposed "praising" of Jim Crow laws is on page one, and the "comparison" of gays to terrorists is on page two.

As I've said in the past, I've never seen this show (and don't plan on watching it) but I do believe the network had every right to do what it wanted regarding Robertson. They axed him ... and then they brought him back. I totally understand how certain groups would get offended by some of his remarks; of course, the issue beyond the remarks is the media interpretation -- and coverage -- of such. As we well know, only remarks made (or actions taken) by certain people/groups are socially/culturally impermissible. This is why Robertson was so quick to be dismissed in the first place, while Capital One could have cared less about Alec Baldwin's noxious behavior (and hey -- where was GLAAD then?), not to mention MSNBC regarding myriad instances. Just to note two institutions, natch.

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December 27, 2013

Tweet of the Day

It's a local one, too:


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Relevancy. Still seeking it.

Guess who's demanding a meeting with the A&E network to discuss the Phil Robertson "incident?" You got it -- Jesse Jackson. The long-time race hustler was miffed at Robertson's [admittedly moronic] statement "about blacks being happy in the south prior to the civil rights movement." Jackson also claimed that the Duck Dynasty star's comment was more offensive than what the bus driver told Rosa Parks in Montgomery, Alabama some 59 years ago.

Naturally, Jackson's demands/remarks would carry a lot more weight if he hadn't uttered some real [racial] whoppers himself over the years.

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Line of the Day

"A&E is now cancelling 'Duck Dynasty' and replacing it with a new show about life in the White House. It will be called 'Duck Responsibility.'”

(Via Insty.)

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Laugher of the Day

MSNBC's Chris Hayes is miffed -- miffed, I tell you -- that Fox News is supposedly "playing up" incidents of the so-callled "knockout game" because, well, you know: "racism."

OK, done giggling yet? I know, I know ... MSNBC complaining about "racism" is like Hitler complaining about violence. (Yes, I invoked Godwin's Law ... sorta.) Remember, this is the network where one its talking heads somehow thought -- or wanted you to think -- that a Republican lawmaker who once associated Boss Obama with the PGA Tour (because of the amount of time the president plays golf) was actually referencing Tiger Woods and the dreaded "violent, sexually promiscuous black man" stereotype.

Interestingly, back to the knockout game, the feds have brought forth hate crimes charges against ... a white suspect in a "knockout"-style attack. Now, keep in mind that in this case it was a pretty easy decision since the accused, Conrad Barrett, had gone on [video] record saying that he wanted to attempt a "knockout"-style attack “to see if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?” But, natch, there's only been one other such charge brought against a person in all the other assaults (the victim was a Jewish man), even though in just about every other case the assailants were black and the victims white. The NARRATIVETM, after all!

UPDATE: Mediaite's Tommy Christopher, clearly as mentally defective as the MSNBC dolts, blames -- wait for it! -- Fox News for the "hate crime" knockout attack noted above:


Best response?


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*Sigh*

Tweet from comics writer Gail Simone yesterday:


Gail wants you to feel "welcomed" and not "excluded" ... that is, unless you're a conservative/Republican/libertarian/Bible believer. In that case she still wants you to feel "welcomed" and not "excluded;" you'll just have to deal with all her nasty, snarky tweets about you and your beliefs. And if you feel "excluded" after that, well, then, that's your fault.

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Watcher's Council winners

The non-Council winner was Victor Davis Hanson with Pajama Boy Nation.

Full results are here.

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December 26, 2013

Hube's Spanish Language Video of the Week

I'm sure I've posted this one before; however, given the temperatures outside and time of year, it's wholly appropriate: Los Amigos Invisibles' "Playa Azul" ("Blue Beach").

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MSNBC's highlight reel from 2013

Via Ace:

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Watcher's Council nominations

Honorable Mentions:

And the non-Council nominations are here!

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December 24, 2013

Gifts

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December 23, 2013

Quacks

(h/t: Doug Ross)

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The country's in the very best of hands

There seemingly is no end to the utter buffoonery of this administration: Susan Rice: Hey, NSA Officials Didn't Lie, They Just 'Inadvertently Made False Representations'

Boss Obama and crew certainly aren't the only folks to engage in this sort of bullsh**; however, they've extended it to the Nth degree. Who remembers "Man-Caused Disasters" (terrorism), “captured people held at Guantanamo Bay” (enemy combatants), "jobs 'created or saved,'" “Overseas Contingency Operations” (War on Terror), “kinetic military action” (rapid military strike), and most recently, "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan" ("F*** you")?

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Inventor of the AK-47 has died

Mikhail Kalashnikov has passed away at age 94. The AK-47 stands for "Automatic Kalashnikov Model 1947," which I did not know until reading this article.

Here's Clint Eastwood explaining the AK-47 in a nutshell:

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Starship Troopers reboot coming?

God, I hope so. io9 reports that some tweets over the weekend stated that a reboot script is in the hands of a studio right now. Zack Stentz characterized the script thusly:

Less a satire & more an actual adaptation of the Heinlein novel. An Officer & a Gentleman in power armor... I love the Verhoeven version too! But this was a chance to actually engage with the source material instead of just mock it."

To which all I can say is "HALLELUJAH!!!" Writers Stentz and Ashley Edward Miller have done work on Thor and X-Men: First Class, so I am optimistic. Hey, I dig the 1998 ST film, but it really is nothing at all like the novel. The book is, like the quote above says, more like An Officer and a Gentleman with powered armor. The personal "coming of age" story of Johnny Rico (who's Filipino, by the way, in the book) and political philiosophy is as important as the sci-fi action.

My father, who usually stays away from cheesy sci-fi actioners like Verhoeven's ST, actually watched it recently and was impressed by the F/X. But, natch, he asked me: "We have faster-than-light spaceships but use 20th century-style machine guns and body armor??" I hear 'ya, pop. But Verhoeven claimed he could use his budget for the amazing bug F/X or the powered armor of the novel, but not both. He chose the bugs. Still, I don't see how troops outfitted in budget-inexpensive-but-technologically sophisticated outfits and weapons couldn't have worked.

io9 links to an old page which discusses the differences between the book and the film.

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New at the Watcher's Council

Forum: What Do You Think The Meaning Of Christmas Is? What Does It Mean To You?

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ObumbleCare update

Today is the deadline to sign up for ObumbleCare, peeps! And, because he's "one of us," President Lemon is going to "lead by example" and sign up for his disaster of a law. Today. Maybe we should call him President Procrastinator. And, maybe this move will help his poll numbers. Then again, maybe not.

What if ObumbleCare completely unravels? To quote the Albanian who snatched Liam Neeson's daughter in Taken: "Good luck."

The Oregon health exchange has some just-in-time Christmas news for everyone: “If you haven’t heard from us by December 23, it is unlikely your application will be processed for January 1 insurance coverage.”

Here's a good one: California is advising folks to send in a check for their healthcare premiums ... despite not getting an invoice. "Yeah, I'll get right on that," said thousands of Cali-ers.

Lastly, marvel at the unbridled chutzpah of this ObumbleCare tweet.

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The Phil Robertson quote you won't see/hear

The NarrativeTM, after all:

Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone's lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don't have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.

Hey, I've never watched Duck Dynasty but from what I've seen most people on both sides of the aisle actually agree on the main point: That A&E had every right to ditch Robertson for what they felt was insensitive lingo. There's no First Amendment issue at play here. Many libs have brought up the Dixie Chicks affair -- when they spoke ill (while overseas) of then-President Bush, and subsequently people (and radio stations) were boycotting their concerts and music. It's a very fair point: Conservatives then were saying what "progressives" now are saying regarding Robertson.

Of course, the latter have much more power in the MSM. Whereas the Chicks were portrayed sympathetically after the imbroglio, with Phil Robertson the MSM is doing its level best to keep up the impression that the guy's evil incarnate. Else, why the omission of his words above, right? In addition, it's always fun to consider the moral twists that "progressives" get themselves into over such matters.

UPDATE: It seems the quote in question actually belongs to Pastor Rick Warren, not Robertson. Robertson said something akin to Warren about "not judging, but loving." See the comment section below. Thanks to commenters dan (whom I inadvertently earlier ignored -- sorry, bro) and Tearfang for bringing this to our attention.

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December 22, 2013

No, really??

Wilmington (DE) News Journal headline today: Wilmington mired in violence. Under the header:

Statistics cast Wilmington as worse than 99 percent of US cities: Violence in Delaware's biggest city was worse per capita than almost every major U.S. city, including Philadelphia, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and New Orleans – all known for their rough streets.

Ouch.

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Most plausible sci-fi timelines?

Most science fiction deals with the future, obviously, hence the "fiction" part. In scifi literature, TV and movies, some future timelines appear more ... "realistic" than others. Notice I said "appear" because we are talking about science fiction. Older scifi efforts (like the original Star Trek) usually will appear more "dated" and hence, oft times, outright wrong.

So, first, let's take that of the original Star Trek (meaning, the original series and its spin-offs, not that of the two rebooted flicks). Here's a timeline of the "future" Trek history. The earliest stuff (that is, 20th-21st century), natch, is already incorrect. For instance, there was no interstellar probe launched in 2002, not to mention no Eugenic Wars which spawned the notorious Khan. However, a lot of the remaining timeline seems fairly feasible, especially since it was established in Star Trek: First Contact and the series Enterprise that Earth had the assistance of Vulcan. I do, however, have a beef with how quickly Earth was able to recover from its [largely nuclear] World War III and continue its scientific progress (which led to Zephram Cochrane's development of warp drive.).


I like rock & roll, getting drunk and in my spare time inventing warp drive.

I'm a huge fan of Larry Niven's "Known Space" universe which has, in the last few years, been updated with the "Fleet of Worlds" novels. Here's the Niven chronology. I think Larry has a very realistic outlook on the progress of human science; we're using fusion-powered interstellar ramscoops in the mid-24th century to travel between stars ... which takes years. And we'd still be using such if not for the intervention of an advanced species which sold us the secret of FTL (faster-than-light) travel.

What about Isaac Asimov's Robots/Empire/Foundation universe? Here's its timeline. Can humanity conquer the entire galaxy in 20,000 years? With the assistance of its robots (their actions are largely unknown to humans), why not? Only the early part of the timeline is unrealistic: we develop a "hyperatomic drive" by the mid-21st century and settle our first interstellar colonies by 2064. Ain't gonna happen.

The Alien-verse. According to this timeline of events, the supposedly omniscient Weyland Corporation discovers FTL travel in 2032 and begins practical application of it three years later with a spacecraft. Apparently this FTL tech did not lead to the elimination of the need for suspended animation, however (see: Alien, Aliens which occur in 2122 and 2179 respectively).

Then there's Snake Plissken's Escape From New York future. Somehow, in 1981, John Carpenter believed that in sixteen years Manhattan would be evacuated and turned into a maximum security prison. Oh, and that fusion power would be developed. (Remember that audio tape?)


What, you don't think "One-Eyed
Snake" is a cool nickname?

1975's Rollerball (a classic, in my opinion) posited that nations no longer existed and corporations ran the planet ... by 2018. I think this could certainly happen at some point, just not four years from now.

In 12 Monkeys, time travel is invented some years after 1997, even after a virulent virus has eradicated most of humanity. Uh, right.

The 1993 flick Demolition Man thought that the ability to freeze a human cryogenically would exist in 1996.

The 1994 film Timecop predicted time travel by 2004. And you get to ride in a cool-looking vehicle to make a trip (see below).

1973's Soylent Green told us that by 2022 there'll be over 40 million people in New York City, food will be scarce and global warming will be out of control. Ahh, remember when people used to believe that Malthusian bullshit?

A book I started some time ago but set aside is John J. Lumpkin's Through Struggle, The Stars. I didn't set it aside because it was bad; other things occupied my interest, is all. Nevertheless, check out how many colonies various Earth nations have settled by 2139. Does this seem possible to you?

Lastly, how 'bout these which really blew it:

  • Blade Runner. Humaniform androids and space colonies five years from now? Oops.
  • Back to the Future. Flying cars in a tad over a year's time? Not to mention hoverboards, food hydrators, thumb print currency, and self drying jackets? D'OH!
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey. Although one of the most scientifically accurate films ever, its predictions were way off. A huge space station and moon base by 2001? Nope. Immense spacecraft journeying to Jupiter? Uh uh. Suspended animation for long space trips? Sorry.

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December 21, 2013

Quote Christian beliefs and scripture, get the ax ...

... but convert to Islam and call for the death of another person? Get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

KISS led the popular vote, while [Cat] Stevens brought up the rear. However, the Hall has a sort of “electoral college” that gets to override the people’s choices.

This leads to a frankly bizarre situation, in which bands like Yes (10.88% of the popular vote) and Deep Purple (11.93%) beat out Stevens (5.37%) but don’t get inducted.

Yep, Cat Stevens, who in the 1970s (after "years of multi-platinum success" and hence, making a ton of dough) converted to Islam and assumed the name Yusuf Islam, called for the death of author Salman Rushdie and supported Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini. And the Hall calls all this ... "courageous." That's right -- "courageous."

That had to be how this dope got in. What else explains it? He finishes last in the popular vote, yet gets in thanks to the PC powers-that-be because his conversion was "courageous." And over a group like Yes, too, which makes me even angrier. (Yes is one of my favorite music groups. Deep Purple is one of my old college friend's fave bands.)

I like what Kathy Shaidle wishes: A smackdown of Stevens/Islam by KISS's Gene Simmons (who's Jewish) on live TV.

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John Scalzi joins the ranks along with the snooty comicbook writers

As I noted in our post yesterday, writer/blogger Ed Trimnell had an experience with scifi author John Scalzi much like I (and Doug Ernst, and Avi Green) have had with several comicbook writers.

Today, Trimnell has still more following some e-mail queries as to whether he was going to "force [Scalzi] out into the open." Ed, of course, says "no" (that isn't his concern, after all), but what was interesting is that he links to an article by "Mrs. Instapundit," Helen Smith, regarding Scalzi's treatise from earlier this year in which he says "white guys have it so easy." I was unaware of Dr. Helen's post at the time, but it's telling she wrote about it because Scalzi and her husband, Instapundit's Glenn Reynolds, are supposed to be pals. At any rate, Helen wrote of Scalzi's conclusion:

I say “bullshit.” Straight white men are today’s whipping boy. Scalzi’s fawning commenters start out telling him how brilliant his little essay is while this Uncle Tim and some (but not all–some commenters fight back) of his sycophants eat it up.

In my upcoming book with Encounter Publishing entitled “Male Strike: Why Society’s War Against Men is Suicidal and What to Do About It,” I discuss these Uncle Tim types (those who put down other men) whose life is made easier by pandering to women and other men who are either Uncle Tims themselves or White Knights trying to save a damsel in distress. There is always a benefit to putting down straight white males. What’s yours, Scalzi?

She links to this site, which has a very good response to the author as well. Best line from it?

But the problem with Scalzi's piece isn't his metaphor or his condescension: it's their implication. SWMs (straight white males) must be properly silent and guilty for who they are, or they're assholes. Expendable.

Personally, I have less of an issue with Scalzi's [questionable] point(s) than with his condescension and snark. Like the usual comicbook cadre, I truly am at a loss to figure why these folks act the way they do when their career depends upon selling their wares to the public. Such relies on public goodwill and relations. As I've said ad nauseam, why in the world would anyone patronize a person who spits in your face?? I've bought all of Scalzi's Old Man's War novels, including the latest, The Human Division. But y'know what? That's probably the last one I'll purchase. Even if Scalzi wrote something that was WAY out there (say, like Communism is the greatest governmental system in the history of man), I'd still be inclined to buy his stuff ... as long as he treated those who disagree with him politely and amicably. Or, just ignored them.

And I know I've said this before, too: Is it because guys like Scalzi have "made it" that they don't care anymore -- about how they come across to the public? I mean, unlike comicbooks, which is a slowly dying medium (and may explain why guys like Ron Marz act the way they do online), science fiction novels, it seems to me, will continue to flourish for quite some time.

I just don't get it.

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December 20, 2013

Comics & sci-fi Friday

The big thing today is writer/blogger/reformed Muslim Bosch Fawstin's article at PJ Media titled 10 Truths Mainstream Comic Books Evade To Promote ‘Muslim Superheroes.' Bosch is extremely passionate, and takes no prisoners. You may remember how Marvel is rebranding the title Ms. Marvel with the title hero a Muslim with super powers. Bosch discusses this and a lot more; it's a must-read.

I sort of got a kick out of this, linked to by Bosch. Blogger J. Caleb Mozzocco couldn't understand why no one was reading JLA/The 99. The 99 was (is) an all-Muslim super-team who got their powers "through magical Noor stones," and the team name comes from the ninety-nine attributes of Allah. Mozzocco writes

I did experience a new emotion while reading this installment of the sales analysis though, beyond the usual shades of the gray and blue rainbow of sadness I generally get from the chart—shock.

Specifically, I’m shocked at how poorly JLA/The 99 seems to be selling in the direct market.

They received about as much press coverage as any comic book characters could hope to. In the six-issue miniseries JLA/The 99, the new heroes team up with The Justice League of America, the DC super-team (usually) composed of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the most popular and well-known superheroes who aren’t owned by Marvel.

It started off selling pretty poorly, and, in just four issues, is selling half as many copies.

Well, as Bosch says in his article, it won't matter how much a series is promoted in the press if the story is poor. (And, as Mozzocco's commenters state, the price is too high.) Merely making a big deal out of the fact that the characters are "different" -- in this case, Muslim -- doesn't mean squat if the story and art blow. And if the tale is preposterously PC. This will happen with Marvel's new Ms. Marvel, too, I guarantee it.

Elsewhere, Carl brings word, sadly, of how sci-fi author John Scalzi is acting just like the usual cadre of "progressive" contemporary comicbook writers when faced with the slightest degree of criticism. In this instance, writer/blogger Ed Trimnell took issue with Scalzi, and the latter responded thusly (my emphasis):

Out there in the stupidosphere comes the suggestion that …I am a stone-cold opportunist…(No, I’m not going to link to the blog post in question, because it is in the stupidosphere. You can probably find it if you make the effort. But why would you? Now, then -)

This appears to be Scalzi's M.O., especially now that he's "made it." As Trimnell says, if you're going to blog, and especially blog about politics, you have to expect disagreement. But if you're Scalzi -- not to mention some of our usual [comicbook] nemeses like Ron Marz, Kurt Busiek, Gail Simone and Mark Waid -- you don't have to take the dissension. You're "above" it all. You're "better" than those who differ with you merely due to the fact that you're more well known and financially successful. The only response to make to those who disagree (if you make a response at all) is snarky scorn.

Such a shame. I dig Scalzi's Old Man's War universe. But as with the snotty comicbook creators, why should anyone patronize you if you treat people (and their differing viewpoints) with smug contempt?

In the comics Twitter-verse, the aforementioned Kurt Busiek and Ron Marz are actually right about the issues surrounding Phil Robertson and the Duck Dynasty/A&E network. They've both correctly noted that this is not a First Amendment issue. But that didn't stop them from their usual snotty snark, natch:


Um, Kurt? Palin never demanded Letterman be axed for his vile remarks. Some of her supporters did, but not the governor herself. Indeed, when she accepted Letterman's eventual apology, what she did say was "Letterman certainly has the right to 'joke' about whatever he wants to, and thankfully we have the right to express our reaction." This isn't the first time Busiek has ripped on Palin; back in early 2011 he took up the MSM narrative in wondering if the governor's "target" imagery was in some way culpable for Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords being shot but a psycho. (And be sure to read my response to Kurt in the comments to the previous link; it's directly related to being thin-skinned when getting responses to posted political opinions.)

And let's not forget our "pal" Ron Marz, of course, who tweeted yesterday:


Indeed. Because Duck Dynasty's Robertson has so much in common with the representative who was busted for cocaine possession, right?

*Sigh*

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Compare

I've said before that "progressives" believe their domestic political enemies are the greatest threat imaginable.

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Watcher's Council winners

The non-Council winner was David Gerstman/Le.gal In.sur.rec.tion with Al Qaeda is on the Run …to Everywhere.

Full results are here.

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December 19, 2013

What could go wrong?

Nate tips me off to this Furious D post: The Sundance Channel is developing a series about -- wait for it! -- a "fictional head of the NRA." Furious D notes, rightly, that "something as politically charged as a channel founded by Robert Redford producing a show about the NRA, can only fail." Why? Because of the Offend Bore Matrix which states:

The use of insulting portrayals of politically correct targets to give a project more appeal to critics and within Hollywood, but fails to sell tickets because it offends a large swathe of the audience while boring the rest.

Or, to put it more succinctly,

This is because those who don't think the NRA is the font of all evil will feel insulted and offended, and those who do think the NRA is the font of all evil will be bored, because it'll just be a regurgitation of everything they read about the NRA in the New Republic.

Furious says Sundance is doing this to get a "noble failure" in its coffers so it can get a "pat on the back" from its peers "at the next political fundraiser at George Clooney's beach house." Sort of like Lions for Lambs, y'know.

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ObumbleCare update

From CBS News: Poll: Many uninsured haven't explored Obamacare options. Shocker here: "A majority of uninsureds who visited Healthcare.gov (57 percent), say they found it difficult to use."

30,000 people in Illinois are getting notices that they need to redo their healthcare applications. They may have accidentally been referred to Medicaid.

Think Delaware's number of ObumbleCare enrollees is pathetic? Check out New Mexico's.

Maryland may have to ditch its state exchange ... entirely??

An AP poll finds that "Americans who already have health insurance are blaming President Barack Obama's health care overhaul for their rising premiums and deductibles, and overall 3 in 4 say the rollout of coverage for the uninsured has gone poorly." But ... the uninsured are happy, right? Right?? Wrong:

Less than a quarter—24%—of uninsured Americans think the health care law is a good idea, and half think it's a bad idea, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Wednesday. That's an 11-point dive in support from three months ago ...

Lastly:

(h/t to Jim Geraghty)

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"Progressive" logic

Background: Phil Robertson, the star of the popular show "Duck Dynasty" on A&E network has been suspended for "anti-gay" comments he recently made in an interview. Here's some of what he said:

“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong… Sin becomes fine. Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.” Robertson then paraphrased Corinthians from the Bible: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

And if that wasn’t explicit enough, the “Duck Commander” added: “It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

Hey, make no mistake -- A&E has every right to do as it pleases regarding its employees. Censorship/First Amendment concerns aren't an issue as they apply to government. The issue, of course, is the cultural hypocrisy But Greg at RwR has an interesting take: The 1964 Civil Rights Act may have been violated:

It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer - to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin ...

Greg writes

A&E has made a public announcement to the effect that it has suspended Phil Robertson from his employment on the series Duck Dynasty for having expressed his religious beliefs outside of the workplace. This action certainly "otherwise discrimnate[s] against an individual with respect to his. . . terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of such individuals. . . religion".

Stay tuned for more in this yet another battle in the culture war.

UPDATE: Nate writes: I follow a lot of them on twitter. So far we have ... Nothing. Looks like most of the friends and family have been silent. The most I can find is: this and this. They might just say "we had a good run" and end up going their own way.

Shame, there were some good laughs. (I recommend you catch it once in a while Hube)

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December 18, 2013

Are you f***ing kidding me??

This is how ObumbleCare is being marketed to the gay community??

This is not a parody, folks.

Word has it the geniuses in the administration have more PSAs in mind for other specific communities:

  • People hocking OC (ObumbleCare) to African-Americans at a KFC.
  • Obama minions pushing OC to Irish at a local watering hole.
  • Permanently smiley young 20-somethings getting in your face about OC to Asians at a college advanced math class.
  • OC acolytes selling OC to Native Americans by going teepee to teepee with a bottle of whiskey in hand.
  • Hispanics getting the OC treatment by Obamanauts dressed in mariachi uniforms complete with sombreros at a Taco Bell.
  • OC merchants peddling their wares to British nationals by wearing plastic fake bad teeth.
  • OC serfs promoting OC to Indians by heading to the nearby 7-11 while the soundtrack to Slumdog Millionaire plays in the background. VP Joe Biden personally appears in this one, for obvious reasons.

(Note: The management does not intend to offend any racial/ethnic/religious/etc. group by omitting them from the bulleted list above.)

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Quiz

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He forgot the part about living with your parents

Here it is -- yet another ridiculous ObumbleCare ad:

I think the URL should be iamalyingSOB.com, though.

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Watcher's Council nominations

Honorable Mentions:

And the non-Council nominations are here!

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December 17, 2013

"Horrible person"

That's what "tolerant" and "sensitive" comics creator Gail Simone tweeted early this morning about Fox News's Megyn Kelly,, after several days of mocking the pundit's comments about Santa Claus "being white':


Good gad, what exactly did Ms. Kelly do to merit such a denunciation? Well, she committed the most evil thing someone could do in the eyes of a radical "progressive": She dared to challenge said radical "progressive" dogma. In a segment on her show last week, Kelly addressed an essay by a black woman, Aisha Harris, who "was upset about the commercial depiction of Santa Claus as white." Ms. Harris had written "Fat old white man who is, quote,melanin deficient, made her feel ashamed as a child." Harris opined that perhaps Santa should be replaced by "Santa Penguin" (or "Penguin Santa," or whatever). In her response, Kelly basically stated that, "Sorry, but Santa is a white guy."

Uh oh. The mainstream media, and other self-righteous keepers of the PC flame like Simone pounced. It wasn't Harris whose comments were portrayed as ridiculous, but Kelly's. She was "insensitive." "Uninclusive." And, of course, "racist." For pointing out that Santa Claus is a white guy. Now, for the irrepressible dolts like Simone, the pundits at MSNBC, the Daily Kos, et. al. the fact of the matter is that Claus was indeed a Caucasian. How is Kelly pointing that out -- in response to a racialist complaining about a "fat white guy" who's "melanin deficient" -- racist and intolerant? Or, as Simone tweeted, "evil?"

Has anyone in the MSM questioned the insensitivity of Ms. Harris' remarks? Not that I've seen. Let's understand this: Kelly wasn't demanding that people of other races shouldn't play the role of Santa, nor that such depictions of him be chided. She was just addressing the typical racialist "progressive" PC nonsense that is spewed forth from the bowels of sites like Salon.com. After all, imagine if a white columnist had written that a semi-mythical black individual was a "fat old black man who is, quote, melanin over-abundant, made her feel ashamed as a child"?


Yes, this is perfectly acceptable, keepers of the racialist
PC flame. But that wasn't the point, and you know it.

SORT OF RELATED: A "no pun intended" tweet from Simone, I'm sure:


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December 16, 2013

Five Great Chris Hitchens takedowns

Probably the most appealing thing about Hitch is that you really never knew where he would come down on an issue. Thus, it was really hard to ever dislike the guy, even if he was vociferously against your own point-of-view on a matter. And c’mon -- anyone who mocks Bill Maher’s audience to their faces and then flips them off is 100% a-ok in my book.

Here is the Daily Caller’s top five Hitchens’ moments. I recall that Hitch also once took on (if you could call it that, considering the amount of intellectual effort Hitch has to expend) Al Sharpton in a debate about religion. Hitch was way too polite, and it was the only time I found myself rooting for an atheist over a believer in such a debate.

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More P.C. comics drivel

Retailer Quits Phantom Group Over Concerns About Religious Content Of Jesus Island. Be sure to read through the entire thing.

I’m sorry, but why is this news? Is the underlying message that it’s “censorship?” Or that you should think it is?

Don’t misunderstand me – I don’t find this material offensive, and even if I did I could care less if a private entity decided it wanted to back out on it. But there’s another aspect to consider: Imagine if the subject was Mohammed, instead of Jesus. Would outfits like Bleeding Cool consider this story newsworthy? And if they did, would it be focused on the censorship aspect, or the insensitivity angle? (Bleeding Cool didn’t think the head of Archie Comics yelling “penis” in front of male underlings, and subsequently getting sued for it, was worthy of their bandwidth, after all.) In addition, take a gander at the reader comments about this matter. Would they be as they are, again, with my Mohammed hypothetical? Or would Bleeding Cool and its readership engage in what Frank Miller faced when he had the audacity to want Batman fight the terrorists of al Qaeda? And, would the usual cadre of small-minded-but-big-mouthed modern creators like Ron Marz chime in at how “needlessly provocative” such a story is? Would Gail Simone “treat” us all to another days-long cutesy Twitter hash tag fest “lampooning” the “intolerance” of the tale?

Just remember the other facet: As MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell once said in a moment of pure honesty, going after someone like [the Mormons] is easy because they don’t fight back. Going after Muslims is risking a death sentence.

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December 15, 2013

Control

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The 70 Most Iconic Panels In Marvel History

Via CBR, they were voted on by the [comicbook]-reading public and include all of Marvel's history from all the way back to 1939. (70 panels for 70 years, natch -- 1939-2009.) Here's some of my personal faves:

#66 from Avengers #93:

This is Neal Adams art at its pinnacle during the spectacular "Kree-Skrull War" saga from the early 1970s. Ant Man has to journey inside the Vision to find out what ails him in this homage to Fantastic Voyage.

#64 from Captain America #175:

The conclusion of the Steve Englehart Watergate-analogy "Secret Empire" saga.

#44 from Alpha Flight (Vol. 1) #12:

The leader of Alpha Flight -- Guardian -- is incinerated before his wife's eyes after taking a brutal beating by the robot Box. Of course, this was sort of retconned much later whereby the energy discharge of the explosion sent Mac (Guardian) back through time to the Jupiter moon Ganymede. There, he waited in suspended animation until the present day to make his return to Earth.

#43 from Amazing Spider-Man #122:

The conclusion of the epic battle between Spidey and the original Green Goblin (Norman Osborn) following the death of Gwen Stacy. Naturally, all of this was retconned years later.

#33 from Giant-Size X-Men #1:

The splash-page that started it all. After languishing in reprints for years, Len Wein and Dave Cockrum restarted the mutant team book and it quickly became one of the most popular titles for the company.

#22 from Silver Surfer (Vol. 1) #1:

For me, Big John Buscema's Surfer is unbeatable. This panel from his origin tale is iconic.

#14 from Avengers (Vol. 1) #58:

Did I mention John Buscema? This is his best-ever panel in my not-so humble opinion. I'm biased, natch, because the Vision is my favorite character this side of Iron Man, and this reaction by the android to being accepted as a member of the Avengers is ... simply phenomenal.

#12 from Amazing Spider-Man #121:

See #43 from above. The original Green Goblin knocked Gwen Stacy from off the top of Geo. Washington Bridge (or Brooklyn Bridge, depending), and it remains a matter of debate as to whether that actually killed her, or the snapping of her neck by Spidey's webbing rescue shot.

#4 from X-Men #132:

Artist John Byrne shows off his favorite character in all his glory during the X-Men's scuffle with the Hellfire Club.

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December 14, 2013

Neglect of duty

Here's a story linked to by our old pal Michael E. Lopez at Joanne Jacobs' place: Boulder's Naropa suspends professor over alleged threats, silent protest in classes.

Naropa University administrators and religious studies professor Don Matthews are at odds about his suspension last week over complaints that he threatened students and refused to speak during classes.

Matthews was placed on paid suspension for the rest of the semester early last week.

He said the suspension was racially motivated and the university didn't grant him "due process" before suspending him. University officials, however, said Matthews' actions posed a threat to the Naropa community and warranted immediate action in the form of suspension.

Matthews was protesting "institutional racism" at the university, and had vowed to continue his classroom protest until "bias" was excised permanently from Naropa. He also filed a complaint at the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights regarding the college's "lack of diversity" and "racism." He claims the suspension is retaliation against him.

*Sigh* I'm constantly amazed at such complaints considering that colleges are, if anything, ridiculously overly conscious about racial and ethnic sensitivity. Diversity is essentially the official religion of the university community. Indeed, Naropa has a "Community of Color" group, the head of which is a big supporter of Matthews. Imagine the "institutional racism" which permitted a group like that to exist, eh?

Nevertheless, actions by guys like Matthews can only be experienced at a place like your typical American university. Frankly, I'm amazed he was suspended, and that Naropa took the sensible action that it did. A prof is basically free to engage in all the histrionics he wants, but if you're actually refusing to do that for which the college pays you -- namely, teach -- then there should be a problem. As Richard Aubrey says in the comments at Joanne's:

If I, a student, pay some hugely inflated price for four credits of, say, Reformation theology, I have contracted to get four credits of Reformation theology. I am owed it. I need it for the junior level class for which it is a prerequisite.

I did not pay a chunk of my parents’ savings, my summer job, or my future debt enslavement in order to watch a professor massage his ego in public. If I don’t get my four credits of Reformation theology, the U is in breach of contract and must take action regarding its agent which put it in this position. Or refund my premium.

Now, I know this is harsh, but it’s the way it works in the rest of the world. Like to apply it to academia.

As noted, Matthews is also accused of threatening and belittling students. He threatened to sue students on his Facebook page and via e-mail for "defamation," and told a student in class that he/she "needed therapy." Naropa President Charles Lief says that Matthews indeed is "passionate" and "teaches on the edge," which he claims is what makes the university "unique":

"He's provocative. He brings a different perspective, which is obviously unique to Naropa and unique to Boulder. He's an African American, Christian minister who comes to the university from an urban world that, frankly, many people here are not familiar with."

What does that mean, exactly -- "from an urban world"? Is this the same sort of "academic speak" that purports to exonerate Matthews for his actions because ... blacks are "[culturally] different"?

For the most part, the university is free to believe and apply such nonsense, and Matthews is free to believe as he wishes and to be as "provocative" as he pleases. However, some common cultural and societal norms have to be in place; penalties for refusing to actually teach and threatening/belittling students should be one of them, obviously.

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Paging Brian Ross

It seems the shooter at the Colorado high school yesterday was ... a socialist:

Thomas Conrad, who had an economics class with [the shooter] Pierson, described him as a very opinionated Socialist.

"He was exuberant I guess," Conrad said. "A lot of people picked on him, but it didn't seem to bother him."

In one Facebook post, Pierson attacks the philosophies of economist Adam Smith who through his invisible hand theory pushed the notion that the free market was self-regulating. In another post, he describes himself as "Keynesian."

"...I was wondering to all the neoclassicals and neoliberals, why isn't the market correcting itself?" he wrote. "If the invisible hand is so strong, shouldn't it be able to overpower regulations?"

Pierson also appears to mock Republicans on another Facebook post, writing "you republicans are so cute" and posting an image that reads: "The Republican Party: Health Care: Let 'em Die, Climate Change: Let 'em Die, Gun Violence: Let 'em Die, Women's Rights: Let 'em Die, More War: Let 'em Die. Is this really the side you want to be on?"

Ace notes that the Denver Post, from which the above comes, has now "stealth edited" out the "S" word -- "socialist." Naturally. The NARRATIVETM, after all. You'll hear not much of this shooting now; that is, not much regarding the shooter's motives, beliefs and associations. All we'll be treated to is the [supposed] popular demand for more gun control.

UPDATE: Via Ace: The Denver Post has an explanation for its editing out of the "socialist" reference -- it didn't want to "apply a label" by a fellow student, especially one he "likely didn't understand." But ... they kept in the reference about the shooter's affinity for Keynesian economics. So the Post thinks these high schoolers don't get socialism, but do comprehend Keynesian theory. Yeah, makes sense a'ight.

Elsewhere at Ace, Gabriel Malor provides us with a brief history of the MSM's penchant for invoking The NARRATIVETM -- i.e. blaming conservatives/Tea Partiers/right-wingers/gun loving nuts/anti-government types -- when it comes to such incidents. The most infamous? Probably the one for whom the name of this post is referenced:


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December 13, 2013

Watcher's Council results

The non-Council winner was Babalu Blog with Gone is Fidel’s greatest admirer.

Full results are here.

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December 12, 2013

Tales of the legal system

A New Jersey cop accidentally stapled his ring finger, so "badly" that the "wound" was the size a pin prick, and now collects an over-$45K per year tax free disability pension. His lawyer told him he was "entitled" to it, and a judge agreed, saying "the state could not prove he stapled his hand on purpose."

In Fort Worth, TX, a teen was sentenced to ten years probation for killing four people while driving drunk. What did his lawyer argue? They said

his parents were responsible for the teen’s actions that night because of the way he had been raised. Defense attorneys put a psychologist on the stand who testified Couch was a product of wealth and got whatever he wanted. The psychologist also testified the teen was allowed to drink at a very young age and began driving at 13 years old. Defense attorneys argued Couch needed treatment, not jail ...

Amazingly, a judge agreed.

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Obama pic at Mandela memorial -- what else? RACIST!!

Salon.com via Simply Jews:

More than anything, the response to these latest images of Michelle Obama speaks volumes about the expectations placed on black women in the public eye and how a black women’s default emotional state is perceived as angry. The black woman is ever at the ready to aggressively defend her territory. She is making her disapproval known. She never gets to simply be.

Meanwhile, the Internet is speculating about Michelle Obama’s mind-set, her motivations and the state of her marriage because if a married black man, always on the prowl even if he is the commander in chief, is seen smiling next to an attractive white woman, well, that’s curtains for the marriage. The white she-devil strikes again! The first lady can’t win.

Of course, it couldn't just be that the Internet was speculating about it simply because of the expression on Michelle's face, now, could it??

Good Lord. It truly is amazing how "progressives" have the cojones to call conservatives "racist" when it's they who perpetually have race on the mind.

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Edge of Tomorrow trailer -- wow!

The new sci-fi actioner starring Tom Cruise looks quite good:

The film is based on the novel All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka and deals with a near-future Earth battling an invading race called "Mimics." Cruise plays "an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission." But somehow, he gets caught up in a recurring time loop, giving him an opportunity to change things -- for the better -- each time he [re]lives a new loop. This reminds me a lot of the Star Trek: TNG episode "Cause and Effect" in which the Enterprise is caught up in a "temporal causality loop." It keeps repeating the same segment of time over and over, until exaggerated feelings of déjà vu enable the crew to plan for the next loop in an attempt to get out of it. They are successful, and after encounter a Federation vessel (captained by none other than Kelsey Grammer himself!) which had been trapped in the loop ... for eighty years.

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December 11, 2013

Round robin

-- How the MSM operates for the LIVs: Check out how CNN.com writes up Ted Cruz vamoosing from his seat at the Nelson Mandela memorial service:

Get it? He just "walked out." Making it seem, of course, disrespectful to the dead South African leader himself. But he walked out when Cuban president Raúl Castro began speaking. Which you need to click the link on to actually find that out.

-- Speaking of the Mandela memorial, Frida Ghitis (also at CNN.com) is a true believer. She wants us to still believe the bullsh** that comes out of the president's mouth:

It's a pity that so many are focusing on a handshake between President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro. They are missing the much more poignant events that unfolded during Tuesday's memorial service in South Africa.

Sure, the handshake was noteworthy, maybe even meaningful. But any satisfaction Castro might have found in the gesture, any comfort authoritarian regimes might have drawn from the moment of politeness toward a dictator, dissolved in the far more powerful message of the entire event -- and of Obama's own resonant speech.

You can blame Obama for other things, but don't deny this was a piercing speech, a full-throated defense of democracy and freedom.

*Sigh* Of course, it's quite debatable as to Obama's commitment to such principles, even with his most recent actions (i.e. conciliation) towards Iran. Not to mention, the sad fact of the matter is that Mandela himself was chummy with the likes of Fidel Castro, Moammar Kadafi, and Yassir Arafat. I can understand these relationships of Mandela's as "fellow oppressed," but only Castro really makes sense. Cuba was essentially a playground for US interests prior to the '59 revolution; the problem is that Castro and co. with their revolution made everything worse. What's Kadafi and Arafat's excuse? In particular, the latter has no one to blame but his fellow Arab states for the predicament he and his fellow Palestinians faced. But, as usual, it easier to blame the Jooooooooos! At any rate, unlike these others, Mandela (despite being a revolutionary and former Communist) actually did transition his country's formerly oppressive government into a majority-rule democracy. What's Obama's excuse for coddling dictators?

-- Elsewhere, here's another misleading website header from CNN.com:

Oh, ObumbleCare sign-ups are up, eh? Let's click on the link, and the title says: "Obamacare sign-ups hit 365,000, but there's a long way to go." Yeah, included in that is Delaware, natch: Latest Obamacare signup numbers released; Delaware's still small.

Even better is CBS News.com's ObumbleCare portrayal:

Yeah, if it wasn't for those "GOP attacks," ObumbleCare would be steaming along just fine!!

-- Lousy poll numbers across the board for Boss Obama.

-- Anyone buying this one? Black fashion student says Hasidic men attacked him, shouted anti-gay slurs in Williamsburg. Hasidic?? Pardon my utter skepticism. PJ Media has more on why you should scratch your head, too.

-- Greg at Rhymes With Right agrees with the teacher in this story. I do, too. How about you?

-- Movie remakes: Terminator and Godzilla. Does anyone care?

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It's all about HIM

Tweet from the White House yesterday:


Yep, they still love him. In other countries.

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Laugher of the Day

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has called for -- wait for it!! -- an investigation into "the contracting process, management, performance and payment issues that may have contributed to the flawed launch of HealthCare.gov."

Best line: “I believe strongly in the need for accountability," she said. Oh, really. If you did, then Obama would have (click vid below for rest of sentence):

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December 10, 2013

All class

Boss Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt snap a selfie at Nelson Mandela's memorial:

All. Class.


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College: Your band can't play here because you're "not black enough"

A Halloween concert at Hampshire College in Massachusetts was canceled because the main act, a band called Shokazoba which specializes in "Afro-beat" style, was deemed "not black enough."

"Hampshire’s justification for the cancellation and censorship has morphed over the past two weeks," wrote the ACLU in the letter to Jonathan Lash, the school's president. "The genesis of the decision, as you know rested on the accusation that this afro-funk band had insufficient representation of people of color."

“Comments posted on the event Facebook page, maintained and monitored by the college, stated that the African-American lead singer was not black enough," he wrote.

Indeed. Check out a pic of the band. How dare a light-skinned black woman team up with a bunch of pasty white guys to play afro-themed music?? Hell, ya'd think that a black woman as the front person of the band would make the racialists and bean counters proud, right? After all, does anyone else recall how upset jazz great Wynton Marsalis was when [that "white Briton" lead-guy] Sting nabbed two of his [black] musicians, including his brother Branford?

Let's hope that the band Living Colour doesn't regroup and get booked to play a rock concert at Hampshire. After all, they're not white enough for the genre.

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Couldn't happen to a nicer douche

Outspoken Dem. Congressman Alan Grayson fell for a ponzi scheme that swindled him out of ... $18 million.

That's a real shame.

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December 09, 2013

Latest Green Lantern book allegory to U.S. "abuse" of the environment

Writer Justin Jordan doesn't mince any words:

Yep. I mean, the Exuras thing is a not-particularly-veiled metaphor for the U.S. using up such a disproportionate amount of the world’s resources while much of the world’s population struggles to survive. And honestly, that idea, of the few living in extreme luxury while the rest struggle, is kind of fractal – you can apply the same criticism to the 1% versus the 99% in the U.S.

In a word: YAWN. What an "original" premise: The use of the Green Lantern Corps' rings has been -- wait for it! -- depleting the universe of energy.

First (and it's amazing that this has to be said), using resources is not a zero sum game. Because the US uses a lot doesn't mean others are getting screwed. Second (and it's amazing that this has to be said), I'm in the 99% and I'm not "struggling" so don't presume to speak for me, Mr. Jordan.

Third, this entire idea is a complete retread. Immediately, two examples popped into my head: One, Isaac Asimov's classic The Gods Themselves, and also Star Trek: TNG's episode "Force of Nature." In the former, Earth makes use of an "Electron Pump," a miraculous new source of unlimited energy. The problem is that its use is altering physical laws in our universe, and could cause our sun to go nova. Many in the scientific and political realm do not believe this. Who would, after all? More recently, the TNG seventh (last) season offering seemed to be searching for "relevance," much like Jordan is doing with Lantern. The use of warp drive has been damaging the very fabric of space, and all Federation vessels are ordered not to exceed the speed of warp 5 unless it's an emergency. I'm sure there are quite a few other tales of similar scope.

I know it's futile, but I'm still waiting for the brave comics writer to take on Barack Obama and his scandals and ridiculous abuses of power.


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Michael Eric Racism

Just when you think "examples" of "racism" can't get any more absurd, you can always count on Michael Eric Dyson to prove you wrong. Appearing on ABC's This Week yesterday, he argued that cutting public sector jobs would be ... well, you know. Hell, what else does this jackass talk about?

I seem to remember when government was racist and discriminatory too ...

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Proper blame

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New at the Watcher's Council

Forum: President Obama Compared Nelson Mandela To George Washington. Is He Right?

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What was "Reaganomics," then?

A slur against old people?

MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry continues her network's insanity with the following:

I want to talk today about a controversial word. It’s a word that has been with us for years. And like it or not, it’s indelibly printed in the pages of American history. A word that was originally intended as a derogatory term, meant to shame and divide and demean. The word was conceived of by a group of wealthy white men who needed a way to put themselves above and apart from a black man. To render him inferior and unequal and to diminish his accomplishments.

And so he decided, if you can’t beat them, you’ve got to join them. And he embraced the word and made it his own, sending his opposition a message they weren’t expecting -- 'if that’s what you want me to be, I’ll be that.' Y’all know the word that I’m talking about. Obamacare.

Video at the link, too. You. Just. Cannot. Make. This. Sh**. Up. It defies all sense of parody.

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December 08, 2013

Hube's Star Trek: TNG Episode of the Week

One of the more satisfying episodes of TNG is the third season's "The Defector." At the beginning of this installment, we see a Romulan warbird pursuing a Romulan scout ship. The warbird fires on the scout, crippling it and injuring its pilot, but the Enterprise (which was alerted to the incident and hence was nearby) quickly transports the pilot to sickbay and snags the scout with its tractor beam. The warbird, now in Federation space, backs off, cloaks itself, and retreats.

The pilot is tended to by Dr. Crusher, and is promptly interrogated by Commander Riker and Counselor Troi. He claims to be a logistics clerk who has stumbled upon a [Romulan] plot to drag their empire and the Federation into conflict. He states he has seen plans for a Romulan base on Nelvana III in the Neutral Zone, the supposed focal point for their thrust into Federation space. Needless to say, the Enterprise officers are skeptical. Almost matter of factly, and easily missed if one is not paying attention, is Picard asking Worf to come to his ready room.


Data awaits Jarok's opinion of his new microbrew, Android IPA.

After more questioning and continuing doubt (especially by Capt. Picard), not to mention feekinsg of homesickness spurred on by a visit to the holodeck, the "clerk" finally reveals himself to be one Admiral Jarok, which instantly gives his story a lot more credibility. Initially hesitant to reveal much, if anything, about Romulan secrets, a stern Picard informs Jarok that he has "already made his choice" -- that is, to defect -- and if he really wants to prevent a war between the two quadrant powers, he'd better inform the Enterprise crew of everything he knows.


Mr. Data, I'd like a buxom blonde human female, scantily clothed ...

As the Enterprise ventures into the Neutral Zone towards Nelvana III to check out ambiguous signals which may or may not be what Jarok has revealed, Capt. Picard remains unconvinced. Once it's confirmed there is no base, Picard orders the ship back to Federation space ASAP, but is suddenly confronted by two decloaking Romulan warbirds. Admiral Tomalak mockingly informs Picard that this time it is he who has ventured into the Neutral Zone (the last time the two confronted each was in the episode "The Enemy" where the Enterprise encountered Romulan shenanigans on a planet inside the Neutral Zone). He demands Picard surrender, which is refused. Tomalak pleads for Picard to consider his crew's lives, but again Picard refuses, saying "If the cause is just and honorable, his crew will follow him to their deaths." He then asks Tomalak if he "is prepared to die," to which Tomalak snorts that he expected more than idle threats. Picard then says, "Then you shall have it!" He motions to Worf, and then suddenly three Klingon Birds of Prey decloak around the Romulan vessels! Picard had clandestinely prepared for just this eventuality, natch!


Curses! You foiled me AGAIN, Picard!! Grrrr .....!!

Tomalak, totally busted, attempts a measure of saving face, exclaiming "You'll still not survive our assault!" To which Picard responds, "You'll not survive ours. Shall we die together?" Tomalak then nods to Picard and says "I look forward to our next encounter, Captain" and then he and his ships re-cloak and leave.

Despite the satisfying humiliation of Tomalak, Admiral Jarok is crushed. He's thrown his life away for nothing -- the entire thing was an elaborate ruse to ferret out [Romulan] traitors and get revenge on Picard and the Enterprise. The final scene shows Picard entering Jarok's quarters where he is tending to by Dr. Crusher. Jarok has committed suicide, but he left behind a letter with hopes that one day, if peace is established between the Federation and Romulans, his family will be able to read it.

Of course, this is impossible now, since the 2009 Star Trek reboot film establishes that Romulus is destroyed in Trek continuity proper. I wonder if a future film (or TV series) will return to the "main" Trek timeline.

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December 07, 2013

Rudolph

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A waste of time and money

My hometown of Wilmington, DE is asking the federal Centers for Disease Control to "study" the problem of violence in the city.

Really. Is there a dopier move that could be made by the city council? I mean, look at this:

Councilman Robert A. Williams, a former city police lieutenant, said the city must take “any means necessary” to solve the problem, including “reaching out to any entity – federal, state or local.” "We need any answers we can get our hands on,” he said.

Councilwoman Maria D. Cabrera – also resolution co-sponsor – said she, too, hopes the CDC will study the city’s violence, which she called “an embarrassment” to the home state of the vice president of the United States.

Councilwoman Hanifa G.N. Shabazz’s resolution called it “imperative that national attention be given to the violence,’’ urging the agency that is “charged to protect Americans from health and safety threats ... [to] examine and respond to the current surge in gun violence and help mitigate the effects it has on our children and youth.”

Shabazz also mentioned that "While some Delaware government officials might view city lawmakers proposing solutions as 'squawking council members,'’ if the CDC conducted such a study, they might pay more attention to findings and possible solutions."

Actually, those "some Delaware government officials" would be spot-on. This is nothing but squawking. Think about Occam's Razor, Ms. Shabazz. You can study this problem until Ragnarok, but the solution will always be the same: Stable, two-parent families. The article goes on to note the conclusions of a previous CDC study of 50 metro areas:

That report suggested several possible strategies to reduce gun violence, such as early education, school-based programs, parent- and family-based initiatives, and efforts to improve school, neighborhood and community environments.

In essence then, the government should supplant the role of the parent. Which, if that is truly what you wish, fine. But then finding the means (i.e. money) by which to implement the solution will be exceedingly difficult. Why? Well, for one, times are tough. But two, why should people who actually live their lives as, y'know, they're supposed to -- only have kids they can actually care for, live within their means, don't demand others do "stuff" for them, etc. -- have to ante up for those who don't?

Of course, "living lives the way we're 'supposed' to" may be taking on an entirely different meaning in this day and age. It's becoming not only a political difference, but more a generational one as well. And, of course, I am in no way referring to those who truly require assistance, those who've encountered difficult times through no fault of their own (like mothers whose husbands have abandoned them, for example). Nevertheless, you do not need a bunch of social scientists to study this problem. Instead, get these same scientists to propose ways to encourage -- even demand -- stable family relationships. The black illegitimacy rate is over 70 percent. 70 percent! That figure is, frankly, astonishing. And no, it has nothing to do with the vestiges of slavery and legal discrimination of the Jim Crow era, because in 1940, for example, the black illegitimacy rate was a mere 19 percent. I think everyone can agree that anti-black discrimination and prejudice were much worse in 1940 than in 2013.

The obstacles that such a pronouncement would face should by now be obvious: 1) the "progressive" Left would have a cow about the "stable two-parent family" stipulation. After all, making such ... moral judgments is anathema to them. Remember, nothing is "superior" to anything else; 2) it's been "progressives" who're largely responsible for the [dependency] situation in big cities; and, lastly, 3) any claim that education is "underfunded" is usually specious. Some large cities spend more per pupil than some [affluent] suburban areas. Of course, a lot of this city school funding is due to the special programs needed for remediation, but then this goes right back to the main point about lack of parental structure. I've had numerous foreign parents tell me over the years that back home (in their home -- [much] less affluent -- country), they would kill (figuratively, natch) to have the materials, technology and support in their classrooms and schools that we have here. Merely throwing cash at education does squat. Again, I give you the Kansas City Experiment.

Save your money, city council, and your bluster. For such a serious matter, it's boring already.

UPDATE: As noted in the comments, it's head-scratching the News Journal did not bother to note that Ms. Shabazz's comments about "post-traumatic stress" in the article had more to them. As Kilroy notes, she attributed the PTS to slavery.

Wait -- I do know why the Journal edited this out.

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Watcher's Council results

The non-Council winner was M. Northrop Buechner/Forbes with Obama’s Disdain For The Constitution Means We Risk Losing Our Republic.

Full results are here.

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December 05, 2013

R.I.P.

"Mandela had been imprisoned and maltreated for 27 years. Later, at his inauguration of President, he invited three guards who had abused him to attend. When he stood up and greeted them with respect, everyone at present and even the whole world became silent. He said, 'As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison.'"

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Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer

... has debuted:

Thoughts:

  • Three villains again? How'd that work out in Spider-Man 3?
  • The Rhino is basically an Iron Man-esque exoskeleton?
  • Electro's powers look more like the Living Laser's.
  • Nice Adolf Hitler hairstyle on Harry Osborn.
  • Were Parker's parents ever an important storyline in the pages of Amazing?
  • Get a glimpse of what's to come? Doc Ock's tentacles and Vulture's wings?

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It's always those Jooooooos!

NYC councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo says that the apparently racially/religiously motivated "knock out" attacks in the city " represent a 'genuine concern' about Jewish influence."

Laurie Cumbo, the [African-American] councilwoman-elect for the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights, made the comments in an open letter posted to her Facebook page. In the letter, Cumbo reports that many of her African-American constituents are alarmed by the growth of the local Jewish community.

“Many African American/Caribbean residents expressed a genuine concern that as the Jewish community continues to grow, they would be pushed out by their Jewish landlords or by Jewish families looking to purchase homes,” Cumbo wrote. ”I respect and appreciate the Jewish community’s family values and unity that has led to strong political, economic and cultural gains… While I personally regard this level of tenacity, I also recognize that for others, the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success.”

Need I ask it? As in, what if a white councilperson said this about the "encroachment" of the "growing" black community? That the "knock out" game thus is a legitimate response to this? And aren't you happy that this idiot Cumbo "recognizes" that the Jewish community is flush with accomplishments and success? So, WHY CAN'T I HAVE SOME OF THAT SUCCESS, DAMMIT??? Sounds like Cumbo is an acolyte of one Louis Farrakhan, to say the least. Ugh.

If there's one thing I can never figure out, it's why anti-Semitism is so prevalent. Maybe it's because, like with Ms. Cumbo, jealousy and envy are such common human traits. For me, Jewish history is a remarkable one: A small minority spread across the globe, yet always united. Education and continued learning is always a top priority, and as a result humanity has enormously benefited from the accomplishments of Jewish individuals. Though their numbers are very small, their accomplishments are prodigious. Such is something for which to be envious, but not negatively. It is something to be proud of, and to emulate.

Rob of JoshuaPundit has some thoughts (via e-mail):

Y'know, I saw her original statement and I have to be fair, that's not quite what she said IMO. What she said was that she blames the attacks on 'tension' between the Orthodox Jewish community and the black community in Crown Heights. She also made a point of saying that this was no excuse for violence.

Now that remark about 'tensions' denotes an equivalence, which of course is ridiculous (after all, gangs of Jews aren't targeting black folks) but given that she's a black politician who owes her position to a race-based vote, it's understandable. The tension undeniably exists. And yeah, blacks in Crown Heights and elsewhere do see Jews living more successful lives generally, in this case it's right in the neighborhood and instead of looking at why that might be and learning a few lessons, it's much easier to simply indulge in anti-semitism and envy. The same thing happened in Los Angeles and still happens with blacks and Koreans and other Asians. Although not so much anymore, since Koreans learned the same lessons Jews did after the '65 Watts riots and didn't rebuld or simply moved their small businesses out the area..which of course has led to complaints from the same residents who looted and burned the Koreans out about 'racism' and having to travel miles to buy goods and obtain services 'just because we're black' !

In Crown Heights, of course, the Orthodox Jews have simply decided not to give in to the usual white flight and have said this is their neighborhood too and they're staying. That's also a cause of 'tensions' for a lot of blacks.
( Is the day coming when we finally get sick and tired of dealing with black raced based greivance and 'tensions'?)

One thing she did say that I felt was a lot more anti-semitic ( although I think it might have been unconscious on her part) what that anger at what she termed 'landlords and high rents' among blacks was a factor in the tensions. That image automatically calls up in many minds the cartoon character of the Greedy Yid Landlord, preying on da poor black folks. never mind that rents are high in NYC even with rent control, and that Jewish renters in Crown Heights have to deal with the same landlords and rents. Or that nothing stopped black folks from investing in property as an income source and investment. Ask Charlie Rangel about that one!

I honestly don't think this woman intended to be anti-semitic. She was merely tying to make as non-judgmental a statement as possible for political reasons, without really delving into anything real.

Rob has more here.

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Cobalt-60 robbers likely to die

The crooks who nabbed a container which included cobalt-60 are most likely dead men walking. Cobalt-60 is ridiculously radioactive with a half-life of 5.27 years, and is the main ingredient in so-called "doomsday weapons" in science fiction of the 50s, 60s and 70s. The bomb featured in Beneath the Planet of the Apes, for example, is mentioned to be cobalt. The slow-moving radioactive clouds in the popular novel and film On the Beach are products of cobalt bomb explosions.

Cobalt-60 would be a highly desired ingredient in making a so-called "dirty bomb" as effective clean up of such an irradiated area would be extremely difficult and may require years to be safe for human habitation again.

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Unintentional comedy

Check out what's in issue #4 of IDW's The Other Dead comic:

Yep, that's Boss Obama saying "I only said they (guns) should be properly regulated ... I never said I couldn't shoot one." But is that true?

Just as with his statements on ObumbleCare ("If you like your healthcare, you can keep your healthcare") and just about anything else President Lemon says, Boss Obama talks a good game. Ever since his initial run for the presidency, he's said the "right" things ... like in the above panel. But look at this questionnaire from Obama's run for state senate back in 1996. Scroll to the last page. Question #35 asks "Do you support state legislation to: a. ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns? Obama's answer? Yes. When he ran for president, he had denied he answered thusly, blaming it on a staffer. (Boy, that sounds familiar.) Except that, if you look at the first page of the questionnaire, Obama's own handwriting can be seen.

If anyone still believes what comes out of this president's mouth now, well, let's just say that (to paraphrase Marvel Comics) you're a true believer.

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Question of the Day

Courtesy of Eric: What would happen if Fox News had to push two employees out in one week for hating women and homosexuals?

(In case you missed it, MSNBC fired Alec Baldwin for homophobic rants, and then Martin Bashir resigned for desiring someone to defecate in Sarah Palin's mouth.)

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December 04, 2013

No one is safe

... from the charge of "racism," not even the most hardcore of "progressives." Just check out what happened to cartoonist Ted Rall:

The grounds for censoring my cartoons from the site — my drawing style — are beneath contempt. Anyone familiar with me and my work knows I’m not racist. My criticisms of the president are unrelated to his race, and to say otherwise in the absence of evidence is disgusting. Here’s the cartoon in question. It should be noted that my editors at a variety of American newspapers, magazines and websites, almost all of whom are left of center politically, some of whom are black and many of whom voted for Obama, have never expressed the slightest concern about the way I draw the president.

Who did the censoring? The Daily Kos. Here's what they warned Rall about.

I suppose we can look at it this way: If "progressives" get their way eventually everyone will be racist ... and then term won't mean anything anymore. "Progressives" will hate that, but it will be all their fault.

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Superheroes as fascists

Richard Cooper at Salon.com says superheroes are just that -- "a bunch of fascists."

The main problem is force: sheer physical force, which lies at the heart of the superhero myth, something Steven T. Seagle observed nicely in “It’s a Bird…”, his poignant autobiographical graphic novel about his reluctance to write for a Superman comic, in which he points out that Superman triumphs by being able to move faster and hit harder than everyone else: essentially a fascist concept.

Chris Yogerst in The Atlantic has a very good rebuttal to Cooper. For example, in retort to Superman only being able to triumph because he's massively strong, he writes

We want to see good triumph over evil, and “good” in this case means more than just defeating the bad guy—it means handling power responsibly.

The “fascism” metaphor breaks down pretty quickly when you think about it. Most superheroes defeat an evil power but do not retain any power for themselves. They ensure others’ freedom. They rarely deal with the government, and when they do it is with wariness, as in the Iron Man films, where Tony Stark refuses to hand over control of his inventions.

Indeed, superhero tales are full of subplots about how heroes limit their own power: hibernating once the big bad guy has been defeated, wearing disguises to live ordinary lives, choosing not to give into the temptation to ally with the villain or use their powers for profit or even civilizational progress.

What can I add? I agree wholeheartedly.

If Cooper really wants to investigate how superheroes become fascist, he should read Mark Gruenwald's superb Squadron Supreme series and various trade paperbacks of The Authority. In the former (taking place in Marvel's alternate "Earth-S"), the obvious Justice League analogue team decides to take control of the planet after chaos ensues following the defeat of an alien super-intellect (which had, as it were, taken over the minds of the Squadron). Of course their intentions are "good;" however, they soon begin to dabble in very controversial areas like "modifying" the minds of convicted criminals so that they'll be "cured" of their criminality. Further, founding member Nighthawk (who had previously retired from the team and was actually president of the US when the alien had attacked) quits the Squadron precisely because he believes the Squadron will become like unto fascist overlords. Nighthawk eventually founds his own team (called the "Redeemers") to fight the Squadron. In the climactic battle, some members of both teams are killed, and the Squadron agrees to stand down and rulers.


The Squadron Supreme, circa their takeover of their Earth.
The SS was a not-so-veiled analogue to DC's Justice League.

The pinnacle of a left-wing wet dream comic, The Authority sounds right up Cooper's alley. The entire team is comprised of hardcore "progressives" who have no qualms about exerting their power over the planet for they perceive to be "the good of all," and ultimately end up executing a coup d'etat of the United States. Ironically, the TPB Coup D'Etat was co-created by Micah Wright, an outspoken anti-[Iraq] war activist who had claimed he was an ex-Army Ranger. He got ink in the Washington Post and air time on Amy Goodman's "Democracy Now!" show before real Army Rangers contacted relevant media to reveal Wright was an imposter. Caught, Wright had to come clean.

In The Authority Revolution trades, team arch-nemesis Henry Bendix unleashes a plan to oust the team from world power. The Authority ultimately defeat Bendix, but they give up day-to-day command of the US (and the world). They do warn the planet, however: "We'll be watching." Has Superman ever made such a warning? Batman? The Avengers?

For another lefty-gasm, Cooper might also want to check out Gail Simone's The Movement which is based on the Occupy Movement. It doesn't seem to be selling particularly well (gee, wonder why?), opening at the #74 spot in sales with its debut issue.

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Let's check in with the moonbats

The Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers (LGOMB) is concerned about Wilmington breaking its record for shootings in a year. Notice there's no mention of the political party that has controlled the city since time immemorial (or since 1973, which is pretty much the same thing). 'Ya think they'd mention it if, ahem, that other party had been in control?

Best of all, they can't decide whether to blame the black man or the white man for the problem. The post inherently indicts the black man, since the city's last three mayors were (are) African-American. However, commenter "Dorian Gray" has a, um, different take:

“In the ghettos the white man has built for us, he has forced us not to aspire to greater things, but view everyday living as survival.” Malcolm X

And that, folks, is a perfect example of why they're called the "LGOMB."

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Question of the Day

If requiring a photo ID is "racist" and "an undue burden on voting," then WTF is Healthcare.gov?? And before you ("progressives") start, remember that Boss Obama and his acolytes believe health care is a right -- just like voting. Ever hear of the Digital Divide? Don't minority groups, the poor, the elderly (y'know, the exact same groups supposedly negatively affected by voter ID laws) have [much] less access to the Internet? Oh, you can apply for health insurance over the phone? The same groups have less access to those, too. They have a harder time paying their phone bill. The elderly have a harder time seeing the numbers. The poor, generally less educated, might have a hard time figuring out how letters correspond to numbers on a phone.

Sound silly? Now you know how objections to voter ID sound.

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Archie Comics CEO: White guys aren’t members of “a protected class"

The NY Daily News (via JWF):

The co-CEO of Archie Comics' says she couldn’t have discriminated against her underlings - because they’re white men.

In papers filed in Westchester Supreme Court, Nancy Silberkleit's lawyer says a gender discrimination lawsuit filed against her earlier this year by a group of Archie Comics employees should be tossed in part because white guys aren’t members of “a protected class.”

The embattled co-CEO's filing also mocked the five employees’ claim that she’d used her “gender as a weapon” by yelling “Penis! Penis! Penis!” during a business meeting.

“Plaintiffs fail to allege that any such comments were directed at any of the plaintiffs in particular, or they could cause extreme emotional distress even if they had been,” her court filings say.

First, imagine if the gender roles were reversed. Second, this is a perfect microcosm of leftist thinking -- we're all members of a "group," not individuals, and some are more "protected" than others. Third, there's been (thus far) nary a word from the comicbook creators in Twitterville. Our 'ol pal Ron Marz, for example, is still obsessing over George Zimmerman.

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Watcher's Council nominations

Honorable Mentions:

And the non-Council nominations are here!

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December 03, 2013

Less is sometimes more

Douglas Ernst nails it today about a report in the WaPo that the 113th Congress is the "least productive ever":

Did the Washington Post interview Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who infamously said of Obamacare that “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it”? If there are officials in Washington, D.C. who seem to think their job is to pass laws for the sake of passing laws, they should be outed immediately.

The Congressional Research Service has admitted that there are so many federal regulations that it can’t even tally them up. Its best guess? “Tens of thousands.” And yet, in the minds of the officials who run to the Washington Post to complain about the 113th Congress, it isn’t enough. There are always more people to control, new activity to monitor and behavior to tax. It never ends.

Indeed. Hell, I'd give the 113th Congress kudos if they repealed some laws, beginning with ObumbleCare. And any one recall "Plugs" Biden saying how we need new gun laws ... because we can't even enforce the gun laws already on the books??

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Basketball hoop resolution

Anyone recall this local (Delaware) story about a family's ... "determination" to keep a basketball hoop up near their house despite it being in violation of state "Free Zone" law? Well, the whole dispute has been settled:

Many of the [McCafferty's] lawsuit’s counts were dismissed by Brady early on and the case had been narrowed to claims about retroactive and selective enforcement of the state’s “clear zone” law and if DelDOT employees had immunity from suit.

Brady found that DelDOT employees, who were doing their jobs, did have immunity and that warning letters sent by DelDOT months earlier satisfied the need for due process. The judge also ruled that the “clear zone” law is safety-related and that enforcement of safety laws cannot be challenged as improperly “retroactive.”

As for selective enforcement, Brady wrote that in order to prevail on that claim, the enforcement must “shock the conscience” of the court.

“Though the court would rather have seen this matter resolved differently, its conscience is not shocked. The intrusion was minimal (relative to the standards for ‘shocking the conscience’), and the mandate and purpose of the statute is clear and persuasive,” wrote Brady, adding that seven other similar basketball poles were removed that day.

Well there you go. Seven other b-ball poles removed the same day, yet the McCaffertys claimed "selective enforcement." Doesn't seem very "selective" to me.

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December 02, 2013

New at the Watcher's Council

Forum: Is The ‘Knockout Game’ Racism Or Just Street Crime? Is It Just Media Frenzy Or A New Trend?

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All one needs to know

The Boss Obama administration, speaking about ObumbleCare today, making their own case against government:

“While there is more work to be done, the team is operating with private sector velocity and effectiveness, and will continue their work to improve and enhance the website in the weeks and months ahead,” the administration wrote in a report outlining its success.

Let that sink in for a good moment.

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Gosh, GOP twitter account not specific enough!

Ann Althouse notes how "progressive" douchbaggery was in full swing yesterday as they were all aghast at this tweet from @GOP:


OK, so it's a bit inartfully worded. No, racism isn't ended yet. But didn't you know what it meant, average person with half a brain? Says Althouse:

First, you have to be enough of a douchebag to act like you don't see that "ending racism" is a process and that a person might have a role in that process even though that role didn't go so far as to entirely complete the process.

And then you have to think, here on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, that it's worth exploiting Rosa Parks for one more opportunity to bray at Republicans. Over nothing!

Speaking of douchebaggery, lo and behold there was our 'ol pal Dan Slott, writer of Superior Spider-Man, jumping right in:


Surprise, surprise, those. For the record, Slott did "thank" the GOP account for eventually amending the wording of their original tweet; however, there's certainly no doubt where Slott stands politically. He once got miffed (at yours truly) for pointing out this anti-Fox News tweet of his ... because I failed to mention he also retweeted similar posts critical of NPR and some other MSM outlets. (To him, I was supposed to monitor his tweets 24-7.) As if that was supposed to make him somehow politically "balanced." Right. Balanced like this? Or, like this? Or, like this?

Danny continues to live in his insulated "progressive" bubble, blissfully unaware that there are conservative/libertarian/Republican comicbook readers out there ... whom he continues to alienate with his LIV boilerplate. *Sigh*

UPDATE: [Lefty] comics legend Gerry Conway tweets:


You oughta talk to your colleague Dan Slott about "making issues" where there aren't any, Ger.

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December 01, 2013

Ten years. Whoa.

Today marks a decade of blogging for yours truly. Ten freakin' years. Here's what our very first post looked like.

The old place was dubbed "Hube's Cube" and was initially written using Microsoft's FrontPage program. After a few months I got a tech pal to make use of the Movable Type platform and continued with this for about a year. Then some things came up which necessitated the shut down of the "Cube" in early 2005; however, some folks who dug the Cube began Colossus a few months later, and invited me to join in to write when I could. Which I did. But then, as is the case with a lot of bloggers, these guys eventually gave it up (save one), just as I was getting back into blogging full force ...

And the rest, as they say ...

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Ridiculous lawsuit

Humanists Sue Teacher Who Prayed for Injured Student.

The latest allegations from the American Humanist Association are shocking, titillating, and (cue the 1950s soap opera organist) downright scandalous.

In a complaint filed by the organization on November 20 a Missouri public school teacher has been accused of praying for an injured student, organizing a project to feed hungry children and (brace yourself) -- cavorting with a Methodist.

“Teachers simply cannot participate in prayers with students at school, nor can they promote their religious beliefs in any other way to their students,” the AHA said in a statement.

Actually, they can. Courts have ruled that if schools are open (after normal operating hours) to secular groups, so too must they be available to religious groups. The school in question here, Fayette High School in Missouri, has a group called Fellowship of Christian Students led by teacher Gwen Pope. The group meets before school and is purely voluntary. But, somehow, the AHA "said the two unnamed complainants had been subjected to 'unwelcome encounters with the classroom prayer sessions.'”

It seems her classroom is near the entrance door of the school and apparently non-believing students could see their classmates engaged in religious activities.

They alleged that Mrs. Pope and the students were seen reading Bible verses and (again, brace yourself) praying for the ill.

“When a student was sick or injured, Pope frequently asked the students in attendance to pray for the afflicted student and joined the attending students in prayer by bowing her head, closing her eyes and saying amen,” the lawsuit alleged.

GASP! Non-believing students could ... see in! Hey, here's a novel idea: Turn your (big-browed) heads. Close your eyes.

Just another day in Hurt Feelings America. Cripes, I'm surprised these cretinous humanists didn't also sue because the teacher's last name is "Pope."

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So, I finally saw Man of Steel

... and I thoroughly enjoyed it. When it first hit theatres, there was a big controversy over (and I don't think I'm giving anything away here, now) Superman killing General Zod at the climactic battle's end. I personally don't have an issue with how it all panned out, but then again I am not as versed in Superman lore as I am with that of many Marvel characters.

Nevertheless, it has been established that Supes has killed before, and that it caused him great torment afterwards. In Superman vol. 2 #22, Supes executed an alternate-universe Zod, along with his two cohorts (basically the same trio as that seen in the film Superman II) after they obliterated an alternate-Earth. Superman could take the chance that the trio would do the same to our planet, and so took the fatal action. I first learned about this incident in the TPB Superman vs. Aliens, of all things. Supes' despair over his actions was referenced because he was (at first) reluctant to kill any of the [Alien] xenomorphs he had encountered on a desolate asteroid.

In MoS, it is clear that Kal-El is in [spiritual] agony after snapping Zod's neck (see above), shown by his tears and bellowing scream following his fateful action. And just like the situation in the comcbook referenced above, Zod had vowed never to give up -- give up trying to destroy Earth -- as long as he lived. For me, killing Zod was the only alternative. There certainly wasn't any place to imprison him, given that the Phantom [Zone] space drives were all just destroyed.

There's certainly stuff to be nitpicky about in MoS, but I thoroughly enjoyed the film. I think it provides a more realistic situation with the [human] population coming to realize that there's a nigh-omnipotent alien living in their midst. Henry Cavill as Clark/Supes is excellent -- he's built like Hugh Jackman, and a better actor than Brandon Routh (Superman Returns). The distrust of the US government regarding Supes is very much like that of the truly excellent Superman: Secret Identity written by Kurt Busiek. In it, Supes just wants to be left alone, to live in peace and raise his family, and to help out humanity when he can. But the government hounds him, and he eventually has to come to an agreement with some higher-ups to have his persecution cease.

The Kryptonian backstory was very well done, with notable homages to the classic 1978 and 1981 films. I thought the planet's 100,000 year interstellar history was reminiscent of Zenn-La's -- home of the Norrin Radd, aka the Silver Surfer. Both civilizations journeyed the stars and planted their flag on thousands of worlds ... only to get bored and return home to live a risk-averse life of comfort and plenty.

I certainly look forward to the follow-up, which is supposed to feature both Superman and Batman.

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Remember when Boss Obama wanted you to discuss ObumbleCare at Thanksgiving?

Here's an example of what happened:

Read some of the tweets, too, from people who followed Dear Leader's suggestion! Epic!

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