California Democratic Representative Karen Bass wants an African-American on the Supreme Court.
But, um, isn't there one already? Like ... Clarence Thomas?
“I think many people would like to see an African American on the Supreme Court,” Bass said. “We don’t really need to go into Clarence Thomas’ background or his behavior on the Court, but I think to have an African-American voice that has definitely not been there since Thurgood Marshall would really be an incredible contribution to our country.”
To his credit, host Al Sharpton clarified -- that "he and Bass weren’t suggesting Thomas wasn’t actually a true African American."
Director J.J. Abrams says Star Wars "will include gay characters."
“When I talk about inclusivity it’s not excluding gay characters. It’s about inclusivity. So of course.”
Meanwhile, no one outside of the mouthy, perpetually indignant Social Justice Warrior set could give a damn. They just want a good story, and not a rehash of what's come before.
I am hereby renaming Twitter. Henceforth it will be known as MySafeSpace.
Given his penchant for suing/threatening to sue anybody who gives him a hard time, can you imagine him ... giving orders to the IRS?
Two philosophers and two different understandings of the social contract. Hobbes believes that the world is nasty and brutish. Society is delicate and precious and we are always on the precipice of barbarism. Rousseau believed in man's inherent goodness. If Rousseau is right, the police keep the rest of us safe from criminals. If Hobbes is right, the police keep the criminals safe from mob justice. I'm not sure who I side with (I'm really hoping Rousseau is right) but score this one for Hobbes.
It's certainly been a while since we've checked in on the Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers which, for the uninitiated is actually called, aptly enough, Delaware Liberal.
Knowing they would be cheering on the death of Antonin Scalia is like predicting the sun would rise in the east. Here's a sample from their post "Proudly Speaking Ill of the Dead":
Post author nemski says "Scalia is dead and, if I believed in Hell, may he burn there for eternity."
Jason "Trust Fund" Scott: "Just Let me enjoy the thought of Scalia meeting Satan for a minute.”
puck: "This is how the conservative movement ends – one funeral at a time."
And from an earlier thread following the justice's death:
Jason "Trust Fund" Scott: "He was a terrible justice. . Everything was political for him. Good riddance."
nemski: "So fucking happy right now."
AQC: "I bet Scalia was with a young male prostitute when he kicked it."
Jason "Trust Fund" Scott: "If the heaven in hell Scalia believed in is real, Satan is ramming a red hot poker in his ass right now, and for good reason."
And so it goes ...
Bleeding Cool's Rich Johnston: "Is This The First LGBTQ Moment In The New Star Wars Comics?"
First line of the article: "No, not Poe and Finn. Not yet. Despite the desire."
Talk about existing in your ever-lovin' bubble ...
Why, yes I did.
Slott, who on Twitter has blocked myself, Douglas Ernst, and just about anyone else who has had the "audacity" to challenge him on his (mainly) political rants, still keeps tabs on us:
Again, this guy is supposed to be a professional -- employed by one of the largest entertainment companies on the planet! Why does he care what we think? He's taking screenshots of our social media interactions!!!
Be sure to see Doug's update for more.
Dan Slott on voicing his personal opinions online:
If I wanted to sell more comics,— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) February 14, 2016
I'd shut up about gun control, climate change, gay marriage, etc.
and make everybody happy.
But F' it. :-)
And if Slott merely voiced his views on that subject matter, Marvel (and everyone else) shouldn't care. But that's not what he (and his peers) do. They demean, insult, and even troll those who disagree with them.
These folks are supposed to be professionals. Do professionals act like this:
@juddemerson Seriously, fuck off. Please never read my comics again. I don't need money from someone who attacks me out of nowhere.— Mark Waid (@MarkWaid) March 12, 2014
Maybe this is partly why the "best-selling" comics these days are lucky to have some 100,000 purchased, whereas 20 years ago it was easily ten times that number.
This shouldn't come as a surprise at all:
It's not in my nature to celebrate someone's death. But I'm delighted that homophobic racist is off the Supreme Court.— GAIL SIMONE (@GailSimone) February 15, 2016
Obama was elected Precedent. Twice. https://t.co/zEludRfzIk— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) February 14, 2016
But, according to Marz, because Obama was elected (twice), this means he should get whatever he wants. Never mind that the decisions he made after being elected (twice) led to losing the House of Representatives and, more importantly, the Senate.
Y'know, the Senate which has the constitutional power to approve or reject the president's Supreme Court nominees.
Proof conservatives only like the Constitution when it serves them. Obama has the right and duty to appoint. https://t.co/9rZ4YcsOgE— Gerry Conway (@gerryconway) February 13, 2016
Read above, too, Dan Slott:
THIS! THIS! THIS! https://t.co/xdGXxmzCk8— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) February 14, 2016
And be sure to check out Mark Waid's timeline -- all chock full of selected quotes and instances of GOP SCOTUS politicization, but nary a word on those Democratic. Like Chuck Schumer calling for blocking all of George W. Bush's appointees. Or when, in 1960, when Democrats wanted to nix any election year SCOTUS appointments (remember, Eisenhower was prez that year).
Not to mention, here's then-Senator Obama himself on the "president won the election so he should get what he wants" line:
“There are some who believe that the President, having won the election, should have complete authority to appoint his nominee…that once you get beyond intellect and personal character, there should be no further question as to whether the judge should be confirmed. I disagree with this view.”
Always remember, those of you on the right side of the political spectrum (or even in the center) -- this is what contemporary comicbook folk think of you and your beliefs.
A friend of mine recently lent me the first two trades of the "critically acclaimed" series which began over two years ago. It chronicles Superman and assorted super-pals assuming control of the planet.
It's based on the hit video game of the same name.
The story takes place on an alternate Earth, and the Joker has apparently grown tired of dealing with Batman. As such, he travels to Metropolis where he kidnaps Lois Lane, and then surgically attaches a device to her heart. If Lane's heart ceases to beat, a nuclear device will explode, obliterating Metropolis.
Joker uses a Kryptonite-laden form of Scarecrow's hallucinogenic gas on Supes, and as a result believes Lois to be a bad-guy. He skyrockets Lois into space, killing her. Joker's nuke explodes, leveling Metropolis. Superman promptly kills the Joker.
From there we see little that we haven't read already in Mark Gruenwald's Squadron Supreme, Mark Waid's Kingdom Come, and numerous issues of The Authority. Not to mention, Mark Millar's superb Superman: Red Son.
Writer Tom Taylor is an amateur compared to those who've come before. Superman comes across like an angry middle schooler ... you can never quite grasp the protagonist, nor feel his grief at the loss of Lois.
Taylor injects the typical stuff we've all seen elsewhere in contemporary fare: Catwoman lecturing the president (and Batman) about "doing better" and giving him (them) a hard time with the usual litany of liberal gripes, including gun control. (Y'know, an issue way down on the list of voters' concerns.)
Perhaps the most laughable scene regarding this issue is Superman playing chess with the Flash and out of the blue saying "I want to ban guns."
Flash counters with "Do you think people will let you?" (as if they could do anything about it) and to be sure, the issue is debated, along with other matters. It's just done rather clumsily.
A la Squadron Supreme, two teams of heroes form -- Superman, Wonder Woman and Shazam lead those who want to exercise their (super)power to alleviate the ills of the world; Batman leads those in opposition. (In Gruenwald's SS, ironically it was the Batman analogue Nighthawk who formed the opposition team against Superman/Wonder Woman analogues Hyperion/Power Princess and co.)
Superman, once the notion of killing is out of his system, proceeds to off Martian Manhunter and Green Arrow in the process of establishing his "better world." And both deaths don't seem to mean much. Superman and Wonder Woman's attitudes were like "Meh, had to be done." The Soviet Superman in Red Son had a higher moral plane.
The second trade features essentially worthless battles with Apokolips acolytes and Lobo, and furthers the battles between the two superhero armies. I started to get bored. But I guess I'll continue reading ... since I ain't paying for it.
A new Kickstarter campaign is soliciting funds for the comicbook Black -- "In A World That Already Fears And Hates Them -- What If Only Blacks Had Superpowers?"
The "hook": “After miraculously surviving being gunned down by police, a young man learns that he is part of the biggest lie in history. Now he must decide whether it’s safer to keep it a secret or if the truth will set him free.”
From Bleeding Cool (my emphasis):
BLACK follows the story of a young man, Kareem Jenkins, who, having miraculously survived being shot by police, learns that he is part of the biggest lie in history. Kareem must decide whether it’s safer to keep history’s secret, or if the truth will set him free. Rounding out BLACK’s creative team are DC Comics illustrator Khary Randolph, who will contribute covers and additional artwork, and editor Sarah Litt, formerly of Vertigo and DC Comics.
“With BLACK, we’re looking to tell a great story, but we’re also purposefully challenging the pop culture status quo, which is dominated by a White male aesthetic,” says BLACK co-creator Kwanza Osajyefo. “BLACK tackles the very real and palpable issue of race, which is at the forefront in America and around the world. We are trying to confront the issue of race head-on by creating a world in which only Black people are superheroes — and the BLACK superhero trope isn’t subtly cast under a label of mutant, inhuman, or meta-whatever. It is also both thrilling and liberating to create the superheroes we’ve always wanted to see — and, frankly, be — outside of the entrenched publishing system.”
Race is at the forefront of world cultural and social concern? Really?
The introductory image features the iconic -- yet mistaken -- image of "hands up, don't shoot":
Somehow I doubt that that's the "biggest lie in history" mentioned above.
It's insanity like this:
Police were responding to a report of a stolen car when they ran Pedro Figueroa-Zarceno and found he was facing a deportation order, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. He would later be turned over to federal immigration agents.
Figueroa-Zarceno was subject to deportation for failure to appear at an immigration hearing in 2015 and from a 2012 conviction for drunken driving, the Chronicle reported.
The San Francisco Police Department has since launched an investigation to determine if any officers involved are subject to discipline for a possible breach of local sanctuary-city laws.
“We want to make sure that the police officers who committed this offense and obviously violated the law themselves are held accountable,” Jeff Adachi, a public defender, told KGO.
Taking the absurdity a step further, the department celebrated the illegal immigrant’s release back into the community — Figueroa-Zarceno, who has lawyered up, was released on bail Wednesday after being held for two months.
“We are happy and relieved that Mr. Figueroa-Zarceno has been restored to his family,” SFPD spokesman Sgt. Michael Andraychak said, according to the Chronicle. (Source)
"Rule of law" applies only to little people. And non-"progressives."
Remember, if you question in any way the science behind
global warming climate change, you're "anti-science."
So, I wonder what that makes the ghouls at NARAL -- the National Abortion Rights Action League -- since they've taken issue with a Doritos ad from last night's Super Bowl:
(By the way, NARAL's current name is "NARAL Pro-Choice America," having altered it several times apparently to make it more "socially palatable." I decided to use the one which best describes its mission.)
Our 'ol pal, the gnomish one Dan Slott, tweets yesterday:
In 2016, you see someone using— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) February 7, 2016
"SJW" in an argument you know 2 things:
They're on the wrong side of history
and they're not worth your time.
Well, they're trying to take over the culture. The fact that Slott is getting push-back is a sign people aren't just rolling over and taking it. The rise of The Donald (sadly, in this case) is another example.
We need to get from some to enough. And really, we’ll know we’ve achieved success when Captain America can have a boyfriend, and Wonder Woman can have a girlfriend. For queer representation in superhero comics, that’s what success looks like.
You see? You can't just create new characters who happen to be gay. Apparently, that's too difficult for the modern cadre of comicsfolk. You can't even just retcon secondary characters with nebulous backgrounds into gay characters.
You have to make the biggest cultural icons that are out there gay.
Only then will the SJWs consider that a success. Only. And if you object, you're a hateful homophobic bigot. (Adjectives are subject to change, natch, depending on the "aggrieved minority class" being discussed at the time.)
As The Federalist's John Trent writes, "The push for diversity in comics is a vision of the anointed that is unsatisfied with representation that reflects reality."
Social Justice Warriors don't want just acceptance, you see. They demand that you agree with everything they believe and say -- else you're evil incarnate. If you say "Hey Captain America can't have a boyfriend -- that goes against his entire history!" you'd best be ready for an onslaught of ultra-PC verbal violence which you've never before experienced.
Like anything else SJWs have touched (and remember -- there's a big difference between a standard liberal and a SJW), comics in their current form will wither away to nothingness. They're already a pale imitation of what has come before, and with the pandering to the SJWs, coupled with the ridiculous creative laziness of those in charge, it'd be little surprise if comics as we know them cease to exist in the next decade.
Robert Reich fears Ted Cruz. He wrote an article called
Because I like you people, I read it so you don't have to. Herewith are the five points he makes along with my insightful commentary:
1. He’s more fanatical.
2. Cruz is a true believer.
Simply translated, he believes what he says. He doesn't just parrot whatever the Old Guard of his party says (that's me avoiding the use of the term "Establishment). He genuinely believes that government is overfunded, over-reaching, overweaning, and overlarge. He really does believe that the Federal government has far too much power and it acts as a drag on the economy and inhibits personal liberty. Trump, on the other hand, is presented as a reasonable guy who is a dealmaker. Someone the Democrats can work with. What he fails to realize is that is precisely what Cruz voters have objected to the last two elections and what Trump voters think he is not. They do think he can get deals done but they don't think Trump is a compromiser. He is.
3. He’s Smarter.
This is undoubtedly true and even his harshest critics cannot reasonably paint him as dumb or even anything less than brilliant. Alan Dershowitz called him "off the charts brilliant". Given that Dershowitz is legenarily fearsome in terms of his legal mind that is seriously impressive.
4. He’s more disciplined and strategic.
Where Trump is all sparks, Cruz is the fire. Trump castigates and derides his opponents. Cruz dismantles them or disarms them. Cruz is a very methodical thinker and a master of marshaling an argument and can speak passionately and with conviction because he really does believe what he says. Part of that brilliance is the fact that he doesn't have to reach into his bag of preplanned speeches to cover a topic. This is what separates him from Rubio on the stump.
5. Cruz is a loner who’s willing to destroy institutions.
Yes and this is why I love him. When he says he wants to destroy the IRS he means it. Not as a talking point, not as a stemwinder or a way to "energize the base". He really does believe we can do without it. Whether this is achievable is another matter but if presented with a bill to eliminate the IRS in favor of a tax plan even similar to his own, he'd sign it.
All of the things that make Cruz so scary for Reich is exactly why his supporters love him. Whip smart, methodical, disciplined, strategic and a true believer who is not beholden to the party apparatus.
Ms. Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson (who happens to be Muslim) not only fails to grasp the irony of her words regarding Marvel chief Ike Perlmutter and his donations to Donald Trump, but engages in that which is the very reason The Donald has been the GOP frontrunner for so long.
... a lot of people have been left wondering: was this really a donation to benefit veterans? Or was it a donation to benefit Donald Trump? And if it was the latter, what does that mean for fans of Marvel comics? Did the money come out of Perlmutter’s private fortune, or did some portion of what you spent on your Marvel pull list support a political candidate who wants to deport millions of immigrants, build a wall along the Mexican border and require religious minorities to carry ID badges?
Fact check: That would be deport illegal immigrants, and precisely when did Trump say he would require religious minorities to wear ID badges? Or, is that over-the-top hyperbole which totally twists what he had said (which was still wrong, IMO)?
Wilson goes on to complain about fans spending money where someone will benefit who has supported a candidate whose election will lead to "the real possibility of ... a dystopian autocracy."
Hey Willow -- where've you been the last seven years, huh?
The irony is delicious. "Progressive" creators have crapped on conservatives/Republicans for years with impunity, then complain and make wise-ass comments when comics fans who share that ideology react. And now, all of a sudden, because someone they hold in contempt is being supported by a person in their business, well, it's a CRISIS.
Wilson says "being a Republican isn't a crime," but "this is not an ordinary election cycle." Well, you can bet if she had her way, being a Republican would be a crime. And 2008 wasn't an ordinary election cycle, either. Then, you had a completely compliant press corps which refused to dig even an inch into Boss Obama's background. If they did, there's a good chance Hillary Clinton would be president now.
So excuse me, Ms. Wilson, while I laugh my a** off at you, Mark Waid, and all the other conceited, arrogant comics folk. Turnabout, as they say, is fair play.
The only thing which would please more is if Perlmutter told Waid and anyone else who is bitching about his donation to "please leave (the company), and don't come back." Just like Waid tells fans with whom he disagrees.
UPDATE: Check out Doug Ernst's take.
Marvel CEO Isaac Perlmutter recently donated a YUGE $1 million to The Donald's personal nonprofit, and the SJWs are, needless to say, losing their minds:
Marvel's CEO has given $1 million to Trump and Trump spoke about how great he was at a recent event.— Ryan Brown (@Toadsanime) January 29, 2016
*throws away Spider-Man figures*
You should not not give a cent to anything @Marvel until their racist, Trump-supporting CEO steps down.— Peter Nu-Male Coffin (@petercoffin) January 29, 2016
I guess the Marvel CEO donated $1 mil to Trump because he likes supervillains— HamletMachine (@Hamlet_Machine) January 29, 2016
The CEO of Marvel just gave Trump a million dollars.— Calvin (@aurosan) January 29, 2016
Excuse me while I go burn everything I own of theirs.
You wonder why @Marvel is bad with representation? Their CEO donated a million to Trump.— Peter Nu-Male Coffin (@petercoffin) January 29, 2016
End of story. Resign.
@ronmarz Not sure I agree. We boycott Chic-Fil-A & other companies whose CEOs support detestable people/policies. Why give Marvel a pass?— Rick Marshall (@rickmarshall) January 29, 2016
In a matter of speaking, "Welcome to the party, people."
Thanks to the hateful, bigoted, hypocritical, insulting, and just plain stupid language of the likes of Ron Marz, Dan Slott, Tom Brevoort, Nick Spencer, Mark Waid, Gerry Conway and numerous others -- whose remarks have all been chronicled here and by fellow travelers Douglas Ernst, Avi Green, and Nate Winchester -- there are many right-leaning people who have dropped reading (modern) comics altogether.
After all, to paraphrase Colossus' sub-banner, why would any individual want to give money to those who spit in your face?
Hell, writer Mark Waid even told a fan not to buy his stuff because he didn't like how he was spoken to regarding a Twitter spat about ObamaCare:
@juddemerson Seriously, fuck off. Please never read my comics again. I don't need money from someone who attacks me out of nowhere.— Mark Waid (@MarkWaid) March 12, 2014