Now this is strange. Not only are Europeans turning into xenophobic racists who are expelling migrants left and right, now they all seem to want guns. Wait, I thought guns were useless for self defense? I've always been told that you'll never be able to draw it fast enough to defend yourself. Just call a cop. Nobody needs a gun, don't be ridiculous.
Looks like you can turn liberals into conservatives. All you have to do is implement liberal policies and make people really enjoy living under the results.
Funny. When Texas and Arizona were up in arms about the tens of thousands of "migrants" overwhelming our borders and our services they were labeled racists and xenophobes and so on. I suppose now it would be acceptable to start rounding up our illegal immigrants (let alone the legal ones) and start shipping them home?
There's an old saying that comedy is when you fall down a well. Tragedy is when I fall down a well.
... "progressives" have immediately jumped on the fact that a Texas grand jury has indicted the two people responsible for the undercover sting videos of Planned Parenthood, meaning the latter is completely exonerated? But ...
... when it's a grand jury refusing to indict a cop who used deadly force (especially against a minority), it's a miscarriage of justice and an indictment of the justice system itself, right?
I know, I know ... just when you think you've seen it ALL, along comes something else.
PBS(!!) recently gave Muslim activist and author Haroon Moghul a forum by which to lobby for a Muslim character in, of all places, STAR WARS.
Indeed. For, we all know that everybody immediately associates "Ben" and "Luke" with their religious origins. Mm-hmm.
Star Trek would make more sense for this activists's desires; of course, however, there's been very little discussion of Earthly religions on the many Trek shows over the universe's 50 years.
And hey -- wasn't the captain of the Kelvin in JJ Abrams' 2009 Trek reboot a Muslim? We actually never knew, just as we don't know much about any Trek character's religion, but he sure looked like he could have been (especially since the same actor played a Muslim in Iron Man and, not to mention, has a Pakistani background.)
Back to Star Wars: couldn't it be argued that the famous Admiral Ackbar from Return of the Jedi is based on the Arabic word "great"?
Oh, and lookee here -- someone agrees with me from six years ago:
Öthe Arabic word for "great," akbar, has been adapted into George Lucas's Star Wars franchise, in the form of Admiral Ackbar, a heroic character and military commander whose success in space helps Luke Skywalker and the Rebel Alliance repel Darth Vader's Galactic Empire. Featured in Return of the Jedi, Ackbar is just one of many characters and settings in the Star Wars universe that have an Arabic background. Luke Skywalker's home planet, Tatooine, takes its name from the Tunisian city of Tataouine (al-Tataouine in Arabic). Darth Vader's home planet is Mustafar, a slight variation of Mustafa, an Arabic name that means "the chosen one" (and is one of 99 names for the Muslim prophet Muhammad). Attack of the Clones showcases Queen Jamilla, whose name is a slight variation of jamilla, an Arabic word for "beautiful." And Revenge of the Sith features Senator Meena Tills, whose first name means "heaven" in Arabic.
So, give us a break already, Mr. Moghul. Islamophobia, such that it is, still lags well behind anti-Semitism as a social/cultural problem, and it's really not even close.
Maybe we actually need more overtly Jewish symbols in our science fiction.
Mark Ruffalo, perhaps most famous for playing the Hulk in the Avengers films, is considering joining Will Smith, Jada Pinkett and Spike Lee in boycotting the Oscars ... because white privilege is rampant in America:
Iím weighing it, yes. Thatís where Iím at right now. I woke up in the morning thinking, Ďwhat is the right way to do this?í Because if you look at Martin Luther King, Jr.ís legacy, what he was saying is the good people who donít act are much worse than the wrongdoers who are purposely not acting and donít know the right way.
It isnít just the Academy Awards. The entire American system is rife with white privilege racism. It goes into our justice system.
Ruffalo is up for Best Supporting Actor for the film Spotlight; think he'll remove his name from consideration so a black or Latino actor can fill it?
"Guilty" white progressives like Ruffalo never apply their beliefs to themselves. It's like progressives who demand everyone pay higher taxes because "we're all in it together" (as they define "it"); however, they don't send extra cash to the federal treasury. In fact, they often take advantage of every tax dodge their wealthy accountants can muster for 'em.
"There should be no bank too big to fail and no individual too big to jail." óHillary #DemDebate— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 18, 2016
Remember the classic Genesis song/video "Land of Confusion"? With the following tweet, our 'ol pal Ron Marz shows he lives in the Land of Delusion:
When President Obama speaks, it makes me proud to be an America. When Trump or Cruz speak, it makes me ashamed. #SOTU— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) January 13, 2016
But that's beside the point. First, it seems Marz is proud to be an entire country when Boss Obama speaks. (The guy is a writer!) Second, anyone who actually believes anything that comes out of the president's mouth anymore really is suffering from spells of delusion.
This would ever happen today? That is, you think Arsenio would be able to survive this confrontation unscathed?
I, for one, doubt it very much.
So Vice President Biden nearly lost his house because his son got sick.
Biden told the president that, to make sure he could take care of Beau's family, he and wife Jill might have to sell their house. But Obama wouldn't stand for that.
So either ACA is such a dismal failure that it cannot even keep a man with terminal brain cancer from having medical bills that bankrupt his family or...Joe Biden has no problem making up wild stories to prove a political point about his friendship with the President.
Neither of these is particularly comforting.
Kudos to CNN's Anderson Cooper for challenging Herr Leader on whether it's fair to call skepticism of Obama and guns a "conspiracy."
Once again, despite the Boss's typical snide condescension, it's not. He's brought up the example of Australia numerous times, a country that confiscated guns after a mass shooting there. In his recent crybaby speech about guns, he even referenced China. CHINA.
Keep in mind, too, that before becoming a senator Obama said he did not believe in the right of personal possession of firearms.
But yeah -- it's a "conspiracy." Just like "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor."
New Philly mayor Jim Kenney restores his town to "sanctuary city" status.
And look at the chick's raised fist of approval. Isn't that sweet?
Meanwhile, the Left is all aghast at the Oregon "standoff" by some militia types.
Regarding this, and the ridiculous contradictions and hypocrisy, National Review's Kevin D. Williamson sums it up perfectly:
"But it's illegal!" So was Obama's war in Libya and Mrs. Clinton's email scheme. So are 20 million illegal immigrants. Sounds of silence.— Kevin D. Williamson (@KevinNR) January 3, 2016
"But it's illegal!" So was the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki. Who is up for indicting President Obama?— Kevin D. Williamson (@KevinNR) January 4, 2016
You can screech "It's illegal!" when Lois Lerner is in federal prison and Melissa Click is the county jail.— Kevin D. Williamson (@KevinNR) January 4, 2016
When the law is enforced against citizens but not against those in government, you don't have the rule of law.— Kevin D. Williamson (@KevinNR) January 4, 2016
Anyone think there'll be "firearm sanctuary cities" following Boss Obama's upcoming executive orders on gun control? If so, what's the big deal, "progressives"? You pick and choose which laws should be followed, and those in government are rarely, if ever, prosecuted for breaking 'em, so ...?
I finally managed to see it over the New Year's weekend, and about the only "spoiler" I was treated to ahead of time was that Episode VII is "very much like the original (Episode IV) ... incredibly so."
And that spoiler was spot-on.
While new (and young) fans may delight at the tale, those of us who grew up with the original trilogy will come walking away with a "been there, done that" feeling.
Nevertheless, I get what JJ Abrams had in mind -- bridging the generational gap and all. The movie is very good, without a doubt. It's just not the greatest thing ever -- which I was led to believe when it first hit theaters.
My current ranking for the Star Wars installments is as follows: Episode IV, V, VII, VI, III, II, I.