April 29, 2016

That's a shame

The writer of Captain America, among other things, says


Fine by me. Especially when guys like you crap on a boat-load of potential customers every single day on social media.

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April 24, 2016

Highlight of the Day

... is this complete smackdown of the gnomish, doltish "creator" at Marvel known as Dan Slott.


My name's Dan Slott and this is the age I act.

h/t: Doug Ernst

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Folks are just realizing this now

Yours truly, from August of last year: "Trump as the national Christine O'Donnell"

Tweet from today, by an editor of RedState:


It's a little easier when you're from the First State, I suppose. ;-)

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April 18, 2016

Marvel's "greatest" political jabs?

Thanks to my buddy Doug Ernst, this article by Wired offers up what it thinks are Marvel Comics "greatest" political swipes. As you might imagine, there's nary a jab taken at a political liberal, and we're going back a ways here.

Coming in at #10 is a conversation featuring Hank Pym in The Ultimates. It was only 2002, but already writer Mark Millar was bashing George W. Bush for his administration's post-9/11 reaction.

#9 is this picture of mutant children for the Mutant Registration Act. But as we've noted several times here at Colossus, making analogies using mutants as a stand-in for, say, homosexuals or other minorities is pretty dumb. Gays, blacks or the handicapped don't have the ability to destroy an entire city with, y'know, a wave of their hand.

#8 is one of the non-partisan choices from Howard the Duck (1977) showing how superficial presidential politics are.

At #7 we see the president of the United States as Satan. Of course, it's Counter-Earth, not Earth proper, but considering the publication year was 1974, well, you know who was in office then (at least through August).

#6, like #9, attempts to use mutants as a stand-in for a lecture on civil rights. In an issue of 2009's Uncanny X-Men the public gets a chance to vote on "Proposition X" -- whether mutants should have to undergo mandatory treatment for their "X" gene. Again, sexual orientation, etc. does not equal the ability to kill thousands/millions with a wave of the hand.

#5 is directly related to the upcoming film Captain America: Civil War and deals with restrictions on superheroes due to their immense power (similar to mutant registration). Of course, our modern creators are overwhelmingly for gun control in the US, yet they'd have you believe wanting to register 1000-times-more-powerful-than-guns super-beings is a legitimate civil rights violation.

#4 is surely one both sides can agree on -- that is, that Marvel heroes should have obliterated: The Sons of the Serpent. Patterned more or less after the KKK, modern creators have used the group to send out anti-Donald Trump border wall messages. As if illegal immigration isn't, y'know, a legitimate political matter.

Ronald Reagan literally turns into a snake for the #3 moment. Writer Mark Gruenwald had the then-president, like many others in Washington DC, transform into a lizard after the Serpent Squad (no relation to the Sons) puts a toxin in the city's water supply.

#2 is probably the most famous (or infamous) set of political comics panels of the Bronze Age: Captain America unmasking the Secret Empire's Number One -- who turns out to be Richard Nixon. Well, we don't actually see that it's Nixon, but writer Steve Englehart's implication couldn't be any less subtle.

And the big #1 is from a mere six years back -- when Capt. America and the Falcon infiltrated that "dastardly" Tea Party. Writer Ed Brubaker really overstretched with this ridiculous nonsense, which included the all-too- typical blurb that a "black guy couldn't fit in with a bunch of angry white people."

WHAT WIRED MISSED:

The Ultimates volume 2: The aforementioned Mark Millar lectures the US (well, the G.W. Bush administration) about its foreign endeavors by having a coalition of outlaw states' "super"heroes invade the US.

What about Truth: Red, White, and Black which posits that the US government began testing a version of the lost formula that turned Steve Rogers into Capt. America on black subjects? It's pretty damn political when you compare our government's actions to that of something akin to Nazi Germany.

J. Michael Straczynski's Supreme Power and Squadron Supreme, like The Ultimates a reaction to the G.W. Bush presidency, features a new take on the Justice League analogues -- one which, yes, lectures the US on foreign entanglements.

Keep in mind, too, that right-leaning individuals in Captain America have been shown to be mentally unstable.

In Steve Englehart's original run, he explained the Cap of the 1950s -- a fan of the original Cap who then used an imperfect version of the super-soldier serum. This turned him (and his "Bucky") into lunatics who, it just so happens, also became bigots.

Mark Gruenwald did the same thing with John Walker, who replaced Steve Rogers for a time as Cap in the 1980s. After Walker's parents are killed by a fanatical right-wing terror group, Walker's sanity slowly ebbs away. Walker, a very pro-US individual, formerly played the role of Super Patriot.

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April 14, 2016

Gee, I wonder why?

Philly.com laments the struggle the Philadelphia School District has in finding teachers:

And then right next to that headline we see this:

Though MSM outlets will never tell you, you can bet your bottom dollar that these two are linked. These "new" approaches to school discipline include things with fancy names like "restorative justice." While a good idea in theory -- doing away with harsh penalties like suspensions for relatively minor infractions like lateness or dress code violations -- the reality is that school officials are getting pressure not to suspend kids for serious violations, like fighting ... or worse.

More here.

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April 12, 2016

Imagine the headline if Trump or Cruz did this

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio make a racially insensitive joke? "Some" are "cringing," according to the New York Times.

Just imagine if Donald Trump and/or Ted Cruz had done that ... what would the Times' headline(s) be then??

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DC's Cyborg's 'greatest threat': Being a black guy in Detroit

From Newsarama: Cyborg's greatest danger comes from "being a black man living in Detroit."

Writer John Semper elaborates (somewhat):

He faces his greatest danger, which is being a black man living in Detroit. Justice League was once set in Detroit, heís working out of S.T.A.R. Labs in Detroit, but no one has ever made the city a part of the saga. Detroit is a very unique city; itís got a wonderful history, itís got music, itís got all kind of great things. Itís got a large black population, and here weíre telling the story of a black man in Detroit.

Itís also a city thatís in a great deal of distress, so there will be a lot of stories that will emanate from that. And in a way, Detroit will be a part of Cyborgís identity, like Batman in Gotham, and Superman in Metropolis. Weíre gonna Cyborg a big part of Detroit.

Now, Semper's comment doesn't go into all that much detail, but given what we've seen in modern comics these days one can take an educated guess as to what that "greatest danger" means. Let's see ... police brutality? Alleged "conservative" policies which led to situations like that in Flint? Opposition to gun control? Gentrification?

Perhaps this comment says it best in response:

Maybe they could do something intelligent and brave, like explore how heavy regulations, high taxes, gun control, and suppression of individualism and individual rights (all the things voting for Democrats gets you) have turned Detroit and Chicago, once cities America was proud of, into poverty-filled war zones. Nah. They'll go with the puerile, tribalistic, undergraduate social 'sciences' identity politics getting shoved in everyone's faces from every angle and remind me why I stopped buying comics, watching new television shows, and won't be watching the NFL this year either.

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April 08, 2016

And remember -- a lot of millennials get their news from him

"Daily Show" host Trevor Noah thinks there were just four Founding Fathers -- and they're all on Mt. Rushmore (fast forward to 2:05):

Sure, the dude is from South Africa, but if you're gonna take a position like this, at least know the basics, huh?

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GOP(e) hates you. Yes, you.

The Tea Party wing of the GOP has wised up to the fact that The Establishment (GOPe) hates them. They know it and now even GOPe isn't pretending anymore. They've basically come to the point that they're willing to lose the presidency to keep control of the party. Exhibit A:

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus cautioned supporters of Donald Trump who vocally disapprove of the GOP's delegate allocation and selection process.

"By the way, this is a nomination for the Republican Party," Priebus told 620 WTMJ in Wisconsin. "If you don't like the party, then sit down. The party is choosing a nominee."

This is not going to endear him to anyone this side of John Boehner.

I am terrible at political prognostication. But that doesn't stop me. I see this as a major problem for the GOP. They don't want Donald. That would be conceding to The Great Unwashed that their Elders and Betters don't have control of the party. If they pull and end run around Trump and hand it to anyone else they're going to lose the significant numbers of supporters that Trump brings to the table. A brokered convention looks like a loss for the GOP.

Does that mean that the Democrats have a better candidate? No. The Sandernistas are the Bearded Spock version of Trump supporters. Hand the nomination to Hillary and watch them become incandescent with rage.

I think that literally anything can happen at this point. Paddy Power, the major bookmakers in Europe, have Hillary winning soundly. This is their business and they're not often wrong.

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April 05, 2016

Here's the "logic" of the man who would replace Hillary

"Bread lines are a GOOD thing," says Bernie Sanders:

Fast forward to 3:11 in the clip.

And this guy is this close to the Democratic nomination.

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April 01, 2016

Once again, it's crap like this which gave rise to Trump

It's bad enough Boss Obama and his acolytes can't bring themselves to, in any way, associate terrorism with radical Islam -- now they're actively censoring the words of other world leaders who say it!

Here's what French President Francois Hollande had to say at a recent meeting (which was attended by Obama):

ďBut we're also well aware that the roots of terrorism, [Islamist terrorism, is in Syria and in Iraq. We therefore have to act both in Syria and in Iraq, and this is what we're doing within the framework of the coalition.] And we note that Daesh is losing ground thanks to the strikes we've been able to launch with the coalition.Ē

Note what the official White House audio translation leaves out (hint: it's in brackets in the above quote) in the clip below:

And now it even appears the video from the White House website has been deleted!

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