October 29, 2014

Sherlock Khan is Dr. Strange!

Benedict Cumberbundwhatever is playing Dr. Strange!

He doesn't quite look like Strange but meh, who cares. He's a good actor and I think he'll do a good job.

Just posting this here to scoop Hube on comic book related news for once.

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3D printing strikes again

Meet "Reason". A 3D printed handgun. I don't see any specs on reliability so that's a caveat but really, this is getting serious. Defense Distributed is selling a milling machine that will let you mill a lower receiver for an AR 15 with one touch of a button.

Things are about to get really interesting.

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Count me in!

Chadwick Boseman is slated to play Marvel's Black Panther in 2017.

If you haven't seen Boseman before, check out his spectacular breakout portrayal of Jackie Robinson in the terrific 42.

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Hey Philly.com -- you're idiots

Check out the headline in today's edition:

Attention writer Tirdad Derakhshani: Captain Marvel is NOT Captain America. Captain America and Captain Marvel are two distinctly different characters. They have no relation to one another. None, other than serving as Avengers together at various points.

And you forgot to include probably her most popular former name -- Ms. Marvel. It's how she was introduced when she finally got her own comicbook in the 70s.

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A message from Rhymes With Right

Please check out this important post from my buddy Greg at Rhymes With Right.

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I'm sure it's absolutely nothing. Carry on.

Guy beheads woman in Long Island, then jumps in front of train.

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October 28, 2014

We've come full circle

UC Berkeley protests Bill Maher as commencement speaker.

Why?

Remember, he spoke ill of Muslims, taking on Ben Affleck in the process.

Like a good "progressive," ASUC Senator Marium Navid said “It’s not an issue of freedom of speech, it’s a matter of campus climate.”

Of course.

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October 27, 2014

People have had it

... with the pathetically tired "progressive" lines.

Case in point: At a debate for New York's 23rd district, check out the reaction to Democratic challenger Martha Robertson's ridiculously overused talking points line "War on Women":

Even better is her reaction!

(h/t to Legal Insurrection)

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October 25, 2014

Remember 'You didn't build that'?

Hillary Clinton may have outdone her former boss with this insane comment:

Yes, she actually said “Don’t let anybody tell you that corporations and businesses create jobs.”

Don't be surprised, though -- like Boss Obama, WTF would you expect from someone who never held a job in the private sector??

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What voter fraud?

The WaPo asks: Could non-citizens decide the November election?

How many non-citizens participate in U.S. elections? More than 14 percent of non-citizens in both the 2008 and 2010 samples indicated that they were registered to vote. Furthermore, some of these non-citizens voted. Our best guess, based upon extrapolations from the portion of the sample with a verified vote, is that 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted in 2008 and 2.2 percent of non-citizens voted in 2010.

Because non-citizens tended to favor Democrats (Obama won more than 80 percent of the votes of non-citizens in the 2008 CCES sample), we find that this participation was large enough to plausibly account for Democratic victories in a few close elections.

But, as we all know from yammering "progressives," voter fraud is a "myth" and certain groups -- minorities and old people -- are just too damn dumb to get a photo ID.

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The post-Democratic Senate Obama era

What will be most interesting is how President Lemon reacts to having not just one legislative chamber in GOP hands, but both. All indications at this time point to a GOP takeover of the Senate.

As before, Boss Obama has promised to do what he can unilaterally; from what we’ve seen, many of those actions already implemented are of dubious legality.

Will Obama goad a GOP Senate into impeaching him? I certainly wouldn’t put it past him. But the GOP needs to be smart (unlike with Bill Clinton’s silly impeachment). They should let the president do as much extra-legal/constitutional stuff as possible … until outcry comes from other than the GOP and conservatives, however small.

The president, though incompetent, is not stupid. He knows any such movement or even talk about the “I” word will cause not only a political rift, but a racial one as well. His acolytes in the mainstream press will play up the race angle more than they already do routinely: “How will it look to world that we may impeach the first African-American president?” “How can the GOP hope to ever attract minorities after this?”

Probably the smartest strategy, though, no matter what Boss Obama does in the last two years of his term, is to do nothing. Absolutely nothing. Let Obama’s approval ratings continue to plummet right through 2016 so that a GOP president is virtually assured. He (or she) can then run on a “returning sanity and legality to the federal government” platform.

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October 24, 2014

Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer!

Without further ado:

Newsarama has a "5 Odd Things We Noticed" about the trailer, but you won't be missing much if you don't read it.

Here's what I garner from the trailer and from reading various synopses:

-- Apparently Stark has created some sort of defense network a la The Terminator, which in this case happens to be Ultron (voiced by James Spader). Upon becoming self-aware, Ultron does what SkyNet did -- tries to wipe out humanity.

This Ultron origin differs from the comics in that the evil robot was created by Hank Pym, aka Ant Man/Giant Man. As Ultron's intelligence increased, he evolved his body, too.

-- Stark's creation kinda makes sense since SHIELD has been decimated (see: Captain America: The Winter Soldier).

-- The Avengers seem pissed off at Stark, especially Thor. And Stark has to don his Hulkbuster armor to battle you-know-who! (By the way, the Hulkbuster suit bears an uncanny resemblance to the comicbook version from the early 1990s – created by Len Kaminski and Kevin Hopgood.)

Newsarama postulates that this may sow the seeds of the “Civil War” saga which Marvel is reportedly bringing to the big screen next. As you may know, the opposing sides of “Civil War” were led by Iron Man (pro-superhero registration) and Capt. America (anti-superhero registration).

-- Also as Newsarama notes, although there is no direct appearance of The Vision in the clip, we do see a brief “flashback” sort-of sequence featuring Cap. Sharp-eyed viewers of the first Cap film will have noticed Phineas Horton’s display at the World’s Fair scene – Horton being the creator of the android Original Human Torch, which was later reformatted into The Vision (in the classic Avengers #57). We know Vizh is in the film and word is he is Stark’s A.I. JARVIS downloaded into Vizh’s android body.

-- Who we DO see: The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. If you stayed for the post-credits scene in Cap 2, you saw the mutant twins. Quicksilver’s effects seem way cool; the Witch’s “hexes” are visualized by – check it -- scarlet-colored F/X.

-- Who needs to get credit: There was some chatter on Facebook about the aforementioned Len Kaminski and Kev Hopgood getting at least a screen credit for their creation of the Hulkbuster armor. I hope indeed they do get at least that. (Hopgood indicated he and Kaminski got some compensation for the appearance of War Machine in the Iron Man films.) Kurt Busiek deserves a credit as his Ultron story in early volume three Avengers looks to be the basis for (part of) the film. (I know there was a more recent story; however, most recent stuff has been garbage compared to stories from the early 2000s and before.

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October 23, 2014

Delaware's own Joe Biden

He -- and his family name -- ain't one of us.

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NarrativeTM FAIL

Evidence supports officer's account in Michael Brown (Ferguson, MO, natch) shooting.

Oops.

But don't think this will stop the idiots and the zealots.

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October 22, 2014

Metering, ratings and you.

This article:

Nielsen Will Soon Rate Everything on the Web, From Videos to Articles

is really, really late to the party. I will drop the veil a bit and tell you that I worked at Nielsen (briefly) and in my time there I was at the cold black heart of this very effort. In fact, it was my team that created the metric called "Total Line Reporting". The idea being that they, the customers (ESPN for example) wanted to know what their total audience was from AM/FM/Cable/Interwebs in on report. Previously, we broke those numbers out but with online listening/streaming becoming more and more prevalent, they needed new metrics.

Nielsen is, of course, taking this a step further. In a conversation with the CEO he told us that Nielsen boxes are not just present in every make and model of smart tv on the market, but that they track anything that is rendered on your TV. Get that? Your daughter watches Frozen for the 11th time this weekend, Nielsen knows. You watch Girls Who @#$@% $@#$@ Vol. 9 and Nielsen knows. Switch over to Roku and watch Fox? They got that too.

This is called "fracturing" in the industry. It's a long continual change from the Big Three network days. Now we have hundreds of cable channels, DVD's, on demand video, time shifting, console and pc gaming. Each of those are slices of the entertainment pie that is subdividing very rapidly. Capturing eyeballs is very hard for cord cutting millenials so new forms of advertising are being developed. Product placement isn't "new" but things like that are becoming more common.

Here's the creepy part. They have all of Google's data and all of WalMart's data too. They are not a metering company anymore. They are Big Data and they are moving way out ahead of everyone. The Holy Grail for Nielsen is, and has been, ROI on advertisement. Currently, there's no direct way to track ad dollars to consumer spending. There are tons of technical reasons but mostly it's about variables. The more data they can collate about you, the tighter the ad tuning and the increased likelihood you will buy.

The strange upside to this is that you'll never see commercials for products you don't want or need (within reason). Guys won't have to sit through commercials about feminine hygene products and women won't have to watch commercials for quakerstate.

Hell, I'll go one step beyond and tell you they're tracking the ratings according to things. That is, they are going to start metering soda machines to see how many of which product sells in a given location. They will then cross that with demographic data and that will tell them which maker (Coke or Pepsi) should up their ad spend and what demos are there etc.

The eye of Argus is ever upon us and it seems that engaging with the world either virtually or in meatspace means someone is always watching.

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October 18, 2014

Obama Ebola update

President Lemon's Ebola "czar" -- absent from an Ebola strategy meeting.

And this czar was ... involved in the Solyndra scandal. Lovely.

Then there's this classic:


We're in the VERY best of hands.

(h/t to Insty.)

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October 17, 2014

You knew this was coming, right?

If you're concerned about Ebola, you're ... racist. The headline and sub-headline are sufficient; the whole article will make you scratch your head wondering just how pathetically stupid some people really are.

The problem with the west's Ebola response is still fear of a black patient
Ebola is now a stand-in for any combination of ‘African-ness’, ‘blackness’, ‘foreign-ness’ and ‘infestation’ – poised to ruin the perceived purity of western borders and bodies

The biggest racists must be Africans themselves, then, since (as Insty notes) they are closing borders and imposing travel restrictions.

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Delaware's News Journal suffers from this

.. but to be fair, it usually suppresses any mention of race -- black, white, whatever.

From Eric Raymond at Armed and Dangerous:

There is an effective taboo against truthfully reporting incidents in which black criminals yell racial epithets and threats at white victims during the commission of street crimes. If not for webbed security-camera footage we’d have no idea how depressingly common this seems to be – the press certainly won’t cop to it in their print stories.

No conspiracy theory is required to explain the silence here. Reporters and editors are nervous about being thought racist, or (worse) having “anti-racist” pressure groups demonstrating on their doorsteps. The easy route to avoiding this is a bit of suppressio veri – not lying, exactly, but not uttering facts that might be thought racially inflammatory.

The pattern of suppression is neatly explained by the following premises: Any association of black people with criminality is inflammatory. Any suggestion that black criminals are motivated by racism to prey on white victims is super-inflammatory. And above all, we must not inflame. Better to be silent.

What the press is teaching Americans to assume, story after story, is that if “youths” commit public violence and they are not specified to be white, or hispanic, or asian — then it’s yet another black street gang on a wilding.

And look -- I understand that feeling among the press. This country has a long history of denigrating African-Americans. But this is 2014. I know that a color-blind perspective is fairly passé these days, especially among the Left but as Raymond notes,

It’s not clear to me that this kind of indulgence is any better – even for blacks themselves – than the old racist arrangement in which blacks “knew their place” and were systematically cowed into submission to the law. After all – if it needs pointing out again – the victims of black crime and trash culture are mainly other blacks. Press silence is empowering thugs.

And of course, the same press acts in the completely opposite manner when the races/ethnicities are reversed. George Zimmerman, an Hispanic, was labeled a "white Hispanic" by the press which clearly served to inflame white-black tensions.

In Ferguson, MO, the press couldn't get enough cameras and reporters there fast enough, and the line "unarmed black teenager" (Michael Brown) couldn't be said enough times -- as if the fact that he was unarmed means the officer was absolutely and without question in the wrong.

Alas, the mainstream media may actually think it's doing some sort of public service by suppressing race indicators in some cases, but on the other hand going beyond reason to find racial backgrounds in others. But like way too many other instances of good intentions, the results end up in the toilet.

And this is if you think the media actually has good intentions ...

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Here's how the 'most transparent administration in history' treats transparency

By throwing your ass in the clink:

By my count, the Obama administration has secured 526 months of prison time for national security leakers, versus only 24 months total jail time for everyone else since the American Revolution. It's important – and telling – to note that the bulk of that time is the 35 years in Fort Leavenworth handed down to Chelsea Manning.

And guess what? We got two more years of this lemon. Two. More. Years.

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October 14, 2014

Ebola? What Ebola? ISIS? Who are they? Climate change is the immediate threat!

Folks, it's gonna be a loooooooong two years:

The Pentagon on Monday released a report asserting decisively that climate change poses an immediate threat to national security, with increased risks from terrorism, infectious disease, global poverty and food shortages. It also predicted rising demand for military disaster responses as extreme weather creates more global humanitarian crises.

Be sure to read the whole thing, and then ponder our pathetic reaction to Ebola and ISIS. This is "progressivism" in a nutshell, folks: It's all about political dogma. National security and the general welfare be damned. Liberal power is priority NUMBER ONE. No exceptions.

Here's how the American public feels about global warming climate change in general:

And check out your Democrat Party, people:

That's right, contemporary Democrats believe that climate change is a bigger threat to us currently than ISIS, other non-ISIS Islamist groups, Iran's nuke program, Ebola and other diseases, and issues between Russia and its neighbors.

Hopefully, at least, this November can help restore a bit of sanity ... or at least prevent some of the damage from Democrat insanity.

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October 10, 2014

Man killed for firing three shots at a cop from his sandwich

No, not really. But that's what his mother says (of course):

A St. Louis police officer working off duty for a private security company shot and killed a black man yesterday. Protestors gathered quickly, raising concerns of more rioting, looting, and arson threats similar to those that erupted following the shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO.

Fox news reports that while working private security the officer approached three men, who ran away. The officer chased one of them, and a physical struggle ensued. Police officials report that the chased man then presented a pistol and fired three rounds at the officer before his handgun failed. There are no reports that any of the shots struck the officer.

The officer’s handgun was made of more reliable stuff, and he fired 17 rounds at his attacker, mortally wounding him.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that people claiming to be relatives of the victim identified him as 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers, Jr. The teenager’s mother, Syreeta Myers, told The Associated Press by phone Thursday that her son was holding a sandwich when the officer killed him Wednesday night.

A "sandwich." Must'a been a really good one for him to hold on to it while running from a cop. Not to mention, the salami held a clip, too!

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October 07, 2014

Calling Ben Affleck

Here's what your "moderate" Muslims think, Benny:

"When you ask Muslims to condemn or denounce heinous actions, ideologies or groups," argues one Muslim writer, “what you’re saying is that you don’t trust any Muslim."

If I condemn ISIS, I am – in essence – condemning myself: I am condemning myself and my communities to the continuation of the never-ending onslaught of suspicion, dehumanization and interrogation that is far from unique to us (especially when living as minorities) but is the most public.

When I am watching TV and I see pictures of ISIS fighters, I don't feel any relation to them, I don't feel any connection to their theology. I want Muslims to get to the point where we see an act of terror and don't have to think, "How will I get blamed?"

I was about to write up my own rebuttal, but the first commenter at the link above did it for me perfectly:

Isn't it funny, "Huffington Post" provides a rationale for some Muslims who do not condemn "radical" Islam, yet as a white, conservative, Christian, heterosexual, legal, American, I'm made to feel by the Left that I have to apologize for everything perpetrated by white, conservative, Christian, heterosexual, legal, Americans going back hundreds of years!

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Where else would slavery and racism be blamed for wanting a travel ban re: Ebola?

You guessed it: MSNBC.

Let's go to the Melissa Harris-Perry Show:

GARRETT: "I was on Capitol Hill yesterday. I spoke to lot of the political leadership of the United States and I have to say I was stunned by how many felt the solution was to completely cut off Africa. no visas. no travel. Keep them out. And this is completely missing the point. The hysteria should not be about one person in Dallas. What the world should be hysterical about is that Africa is facing its greatest catastrophic crisis arguably since the days of slavery. This could turn into carnage across a whole region if the world does not assist immediately."

EDOZIEN: "That would never work. Keeping them out would not work. And the idea that you can keep out a whole group of people who are America's partners, whether we like it our not, West African nations are partners with this country ..."

GARRETT: And trying to do that racist. Let's us be frank about it.

EDOZIEN: Exactly. It's borderline racism and fear.

That'd be Laurie Garrett of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Frankie Edozien, New York Times columnist and editor of The AFRican Magazine.

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Heads I win, tails you lose

This is amazing. Two guys who were addicted to video poker found a bug that ensured they win every single time. They weren't cheating. They figured out a sequence of buttons that would allow them to win. The problem was in the code for the machine. Of course, they get greedy and get caught. The casinos call in the Feds who throw a pile of charges at them and none of them stick. Why? Because shitty code is not cheating. The Feds seize their money and the IRS comes after them for the taxes on the winnings the Feds took even after the case was dismissed. This is not government, this is gangsterism.

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October 06, 2014

Even a dirty nuke exploded in NYC wouldn't sway these idiots

NBC's "point man" in the Muslim Middle East, Ayman Mohyeldin, couldn't say which extremism—Christian, Jewish or Muslim—poses the greatest current threat to civilization":

That's right, this idiot actually invoked the Crusades. And then was "rescued" by a NY Times reporter who jumped in to say that global warming is civilization's greatest contemporary threat.

Elsewhere, ultra-moonbat Rosie O'Donnell amazingly has her "The View" gig back -- despite her 9/11 Trutherism (actually, that's a plus in Hollywood, apparently) -- and went out of her way to praise Ben Affleck for "taking on" (if you can call it that) fellow lib Bill Maher on the subject of radical Islam.

Geez, the one time Maher makes a rational point and his fellow "progressives" are all over his sh**. Par for the course, natch.

As an aside, can anyone imagine an ultra-right wing Birther with the popularity of a Rosie O'Donnell not only being on a mainstream like "The View," but having been invited back to it?

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October 04, 2014

Bow! Yield! Kneel!

... to the god of Climate Change.

Philly Daily News editorial: Climate change more of a threat than terrorism.

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And ... it begins

Ebola insanity:

Even worse: the usual dolts at MSNBC forward the idea that -- wait for it! -- the NRA is exacerbating the Ebola situation. That's right, the National Rifle Association.

So, to wit: We can't stop flights from Ebola infected areas because slavery, so let's blame it on ... gun rights activists!

"Logic" in the Age of Obama.

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October 03, 2014

We tuned out long ago, so you may have missed ...

President Lemon, who ripped George W. Bush's response to the avian flu epidemic, refuses to halt flights to (and from) west Africa to contain ebola.

But he quickly banned flights to Israel, though ...

(h/t Insty)

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Watcher's Council winners

The non-Council winner was Mark Steyn with Winning Heads And Minds.

Full results are here.

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October 02, 2014

We're in the best of hands

Reports are coming forth that all the Secret Service nonsense that has come to light of late may not be entirely the fault of the still-inept Julia Pierson.

Reporter Carol Leonnig paints a picture of an out-of-touch administrator with very little real-world experience as an agent in a post-9/11 world who regularly succumbed to hectoring requests from White House staffers to tone down the security footprint of the Secret Service for appearances sake:

"In her 18 months in charge, Pierson also became the subject of derision among some lower-level agents for accommodating the White House staff’s wishes for less-cumbersome security over the warnings of her tactical teams." (Source)

But hey, the appearance was good, right -- a woman in charge of the unit?

Par for the course for this bunch of pathetic lemons: All style, zippo substance.

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I'll take projection for $1000 please, Alex

Remember all those BDS fantasies about President Bush being murdered, or maimed or what have you? Since liberals all wanted to see him dead, naturally, they assume that anyone who disagrees with Obama must want him dead. Witness:

WASHINGTON — President Obama must be touched by all the concern Republicans are showing him these days. As Congress examines security breaches at the White House, even opposition lawmakers who have spent the last six years fighting his every initiative have expressed deep worry for his security.

Even!?

Simply amazing. The reporter (and editor) are astonished that even people who disagree with Him don't want him to be murdered.

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Defense Distributed strikes again

Defense Distributed first made headlines with their schematic for a printable polymer gun. Now they've upped the ante:

I wonder if I could open a business where I rent out these mills for users. They retail for $1200. I'll wager people will rent them for $100 per day.

Things are about to get very interesting.

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October 01, 2014