Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Early take away from tonight

I'm team Shrub.

Early today spineless coward Rush Limbaugh defamed former President George W. Bush by claiming that he and his wife Laura voted for Hillary Clinton. This is a patent lie. A falsehood. Bush's spokesman came out immediately and stated that Bush did not vote for either candidate for President, but did vote the down ballot races.

Exactly what I did.

Rush on his radio show went on to imply that Bush and Hillary and others were simply working to keep themselves and others like them in the "club" which is to say, keep the same groups of insiders and career politicians in Washington.

What horsesh*t! Especially coming from a guy who does everything to keep himself in with the in crowd among conservatives. Hypocrite much Rush?

Anyway, Allahpundit says this is the beginnings of an intraparty war between what he called Rush Republicans and Bush Republicans. Well count me as team Bush. At least he's a man of integrity and courage who has the spine to do what's right despite the howlings of spineless cowards who simply go along to get along.

#NeverTrump

Almost over

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One way or another, this nightmare ends today. Granted, we're going to be stuck with whichever asshole ends up in the White House, but this ongoing trainwreck of a political campaign ends tonight.

I've said previously, that in the aftermath of this election there needs to be a reckoning on the Right, but that is also true on the Left. We have seen just how corrupt and manipulative both parties are as they seek to thwart the will of the people to put their (the party establishment) candidate on the ticket.

Laid bare has also been our media and their shameless bias towards one political ideology or another. While we expect a right-leaning approach from FOX, the other networks still make the risible claim they are neutral. After leaks showing debate questions given in advance to Hillary and the way that lefty journalists have twisted themselves into pretzels to defend her against what should be disqualifying breaches of ethics and security, how can any reasonable thinking American not be concerned about who they get their news from.

The Right is just as bad as we've seen exactly who and what the people we've been listening to for the last decade or so really are. Bald-faced partisans and shallow thinkers positioning themselves as alternatives to the socialist left media . . . they are truly no more insightful or correct in their thought processes than you or I.

We've got a lot of soul searching to do after this election. Hopefully we can keep this country together for the next four years while we, as a people, get our sh*t together and get this country back on track.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

This worries me a bit

deadpool 2 needs a new director

Earlier this year Deadpool blew the box office away by crushing every preconceived notion the movie industry had about superhero movies. You could have some nudity. You could have some bad language. You could actually make a superhero movie for grown-ups and give it an R rating and it wouldn't drive the viewing public away (see my review of Deadpool here).

After opening big, Deadpool went on to make about 3/4 billion worldwide. That's big money for a relatively low budget flick. And the studio didn't hesitate to greenlight a sequel. News was that the popular comic character Cable would be in the sequel and fans were off to the races talking, texting, tweeting, blogging about how the second movie would/should play out.

Reality check kids.

News came out earlier this week, that Deadpool director Tim Miller has stepped away/been pushed out of the director's chair for the sequel. Initially we got the dreaded creative differences boilerplate about Miller's leaving. Then it became a rift between Miller and Ryan Reynolds, who is a much bigger celeb in Hollywood than Miller, as they differed on the casting of the Cable character.

Then it went back to the creative thing again as the nefarious "sources" claimed Miller wanted an action-y flick and Reynolds wanted to lean more heavily on humor and fourth wall breaking and raunch, etc.

Last thing I saw was something along the lines that Reynolds wanted a lower budget flick like the original, and Miller, who's background is in CGI effects, wanted a much more expensive movie with tons of visual effects and such to the tune of tripling the cost of the original movie. People close to Miller say that's bullsh*t. Other directors are chiming in saying it's a shame Miller had to leave the production of a franchise he helped start. And a bunch of idiot fans (probably Trump supporters, lolz) started an online petition to get Quentin Tarantino on board as the new director.

*sigh*

So many times we see that it is the tension between opposing views, ideologies, and the like that create the best final product. There's a potential here for this second movie to go down in flames horribly. Miller and Reynolds hit just the right mix of sincerity, irreverence, and action to create one of the best comic adaptations since the genre got going.

Don't f*ck this up, guys.

please

Emma Stone disappoints

emma stone ignorant about guns

But really, only a little.

After all, I don't expect any full connection to reality from a movie actor. But it is frustrating to hear this sort of nonsense nonetheless.

Emma Stone graces the cover of Vogue magazine this month. And as part of her cover story/photo spread, she agreed to something they do now called 73 questions, which is supposed to be some hip, trendy way to interview a subject with a series of supposedly random questions thus giving us insight into the real Emma Stone or whoever.

I say supposed because Emma's rapid fire, rehearsed sounding answers to questions fired at her relatively quickly should let even the most casual viewer infer that she was given the questions in advance.

Her answer to the "cause" question was delivered to the camera as she walked up a flight of stairs, looking downward over her shoulder and accentuated with an actor's best attempt to show angry sincerity about whatever words were just spoken.

*sigh*

Like man-made climate change, I could fill pages with contradictory facts about the myths perpetrated by liberals about gun ownership, violence, and other interconnected topics. Such as:

According to the 2012 Congressional Research Service Report, though the U.S. is number one in private ownership of firearms:

firearms per 100 residents
1.USA – 112.6
2.Serbia – 75.6
3.Yemen – 54.8
4.Switzerland – 45.7
5.Cyprus – 36.4
6.Saudi Arabia – 35
7.Iraq – 34.2
8.Uruguay – 31.8
9.Sweden – 31.6
10.Norway – 31.3

And yet we don't even crack the top ten in deaths by firearms worldwide:

deaths by firearm per 100,000 residents per year
1.Honduras – 67.18
2.Venezuela – 59.13
3.Swaziland – 37.16
4.Guatemala – 34.1
5.Jamaica – 30.72
6.El Salvador – 26.77
7.Colombia – 25.94
8.Brazil – 21.2
9.Panama – 15.11
10.Uruguay – 11.52

They don't give an actual place for the U.S., but at 3.2 deaths per 100k, I would imagine it's pretty far down the list.

Don't get me wrong, that's still way too many people dying from unnatural causes, but it's not the blood running in the street imagery that Stone and others like Matt Damon would like an unsophisticated audience to accept blindly.

Or this graphic that illustrates that you're more likely to die of a heart condition than in a mass shooting:

more likely to die of a heart attack than in a mass shooting

And this one that shows that the homicide rate in the U.S. is in decline since the wide spread passage of concealed carry laws:

concealed carry laws lower homicide rate

And on and on. The myth of the gun show loophole, how breaking and entering has increased 25% in Canada since they imposed severe punishments on homeowners defending themselves with firearms, how 13 lives are saved by defensive use of firearms for every life lost via criminal use of a gun. As I said, I could fill pages with actual data on law abiding citizens responsibly using firearms.

But it's all about celebrity advocacy these days. I saw an ad for Vice News the other day. Where they happily mention that the world doesn't consume news as it once did. And that's a fact. Now we get whichever celeb they can put in front of a camera, repeating whatever lefty talking points the media wants to push, and unsophisticated generations of young people just eat it up without ever questioning the motives or science behind the conclusions.

Emma Stone disappoints me. But she isn't the only one.

sadly

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

*sigh* another debate tonight

another fucking debate

Why are we bothering with this?

In past election cycles, even when it looked like one candidate was going to run away with it, there was perhaps some information or at least a chance for the supposed loser in the race to make a few last points. Anyone think Trump is going to go out with some dignity?

Yeah, me neither.

I mean, it's pretty much a foregone conclusion that Clinton will win the White House. Every single substantive poll shows her anywhere from 5 to 8 points up, and by most accounting, already has enough electoral votes to win the race. Only the last remnants of Trump's delusional bumper sticker voters like Drudge are pointing to random college polls claiming with exclamation points that the race is tied up. How pathetic.

Rabid cesspool Conservatives4Palin has shrunk down to just one post a day, pretty much all by their live in mouth breather Thomas, who has given up totally trying to defend Trump or forward the Trump platform (probably because there never was anything beyond some slogans to begin with) and is throwing all the mud at Hillary he can. Sort of pointless to do in an echo chamber. And not that Hillary doesn't deserve any and all of the criticism leveled at her, it's just . . . why are you bothering? The knuckle draggers that frequent that place don't need to be convinced who to vote for. They've been all in for Trump since the get go, since Sarah sold her soul and integrity to support him.

What anyone who truly cares about conservatism and the fate of this country should be focusing on now are the down ballot races. Make sure the Republican party doesn't lose any seats in the House or Senate and get ready for the next four years of bumping and banging in Washington.

So a couple of hours of prime time television will get blocked out tonight. I guess we'll get a lot of Trump launching one insane conspiracy theory after another at Hillary. I'm not sure who the moderators will be tonight, but I'm wondering if they advocate as hard for Hillary as the others have. And if so, I wonder if we'll get treated to the sight of Trump walking off stage in the middle of the debate. He's already destroyed a teleprompter at one event, and he's been sowing the seeds of a rigged election for the last couple of weeks. I can easily see a scenario where he argues with the moderator and stomps off and then goes into a furious tweet-storm blaming everyone but himself for his historic failure.

I doubt anyone is going to change their vote or make a final decision based on what happens tonight. This has been the most polarizing campaign in my adult lifetime. This isn't going to be a dignified way for the process to finish.

Just not sure why we're going through the motions. It's like inviting people to a prospective trainwreck . . . "Come on, watch the carnage, it'll be great!"

yuck

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. -- Let me stand . . .

agents of shield season 4 episode 4 recap

Very good episode last night in terms of pushing the season's plotline forward, addressing a few nagging concerns and some decent action as well. Plus, I'm sort of pleased to see that one or two things I was hoping for/suggesting seem to be coming to pass.

Suffering from a gunshot and the debilitating effects of using her powers, Daisy reaches out to Simmons for help by luring her to a supposedly for sale apartment. There's some nice back and forth between the two, showcasing Gemma's newfound boldness and self confidence from her ordeal on that planet with Hive. And also a much appreciated dressing down of Daisy and her life course as Gemma scolds her by saying Daisy can't simply abandon her friends then come crawling back when she needs help then re-abandon them again. It was mom giving her daughter a stern dose of reality and I wonder if maybe that and Daisy's interaction with Coulson later in the episode is the beginning of her finding herself that sense of belonging she's been looking for since the series began.

We get a fun, though improbable, car chase between Coulson and Mack in Phil's restored vintage vette and Reyes' Charger. I say improbable because we know Coulson's car can fly, though that function is currently disabled, but a supercharged big block Dodge V8 versus that Chevy straight 6 . . . not remotely close. But it was a fun little throwback scene, complete with a run down the LA river to an unexpected conclusion.

And I hadn't thought of it before, but it makes sense that the Rider's car would be indestructible. Duhrr

The Rider captured and Daisy back with the gang for a moment, we finally get a bit of the team up action they've hinted at all off season. Reyes more than holds his own, and we get a scene of him using the flaming chain that was fun to see. I liked that.

We also got lots more of Aida as Holden allows Aida to treat May as a nurse, driving Fitz to near apoplexy as worries May will realize exactly what Aida is. But it's Gemma, near the episode's end, that immediately recognizes not only what Aida is, but Fitz' handiwork in the android's behavior. And happily, she's not pissed off at him which is usually the reaction in standard television fare. That was nice also.

In a way, this was Gemma's episode. We got to see a lot of her functioning with confidence that has developed over her ordeals the last few seasons. She mothers Daisy, acts competently in a gun fight, and shows some clever skills and enjoyment of using her new position within S.H.I.E.L.D to get things done.

We got a bit more background on the DarkHold book that caused the ghosts, Robbie's uncle's role in that mess and learned that the firestarter guy, James, from the Hive storyline is the one feeding info to the Watchdogs, helping them kill Inhumans. Still left to explain is who within the government is working with Senator Nadeer from last week's episode.

We did get a tease for next week's show that has Daisy wearing her gauntlets once again. In this week's show, Simmons chastised Daisy for not using them to protect herself. Daisy responds that they're not exactly unobtrusive to wear, so I'm wondering if we'll see them redesigned at some point to something less obvious. Some of the promo images of Chloe Bennett as Daisy have her wearing tactical black looking gauntlets as part of her uniform. So we'll see.

In this one aspect, I feel sort of pleased that the show's writers are going down one small path I thought they might. Fun to be right once in a while.



And along that line . . . I mentioned something in my discussion of Westworld the other day that apparently I'm not the only one thinking.

I wondered if perhaps the complex/park was off world somehow, and that might explain some of the anomalies we've seen so far. This last episode added a bit of fuel to that in my opinion.

The com center where we see Bernard video chatting with his wife, and other employees engaging in similar conversations -- the difficulty of getting a call out and the quality of the transmission is casually dropped in this scene. With the next level tech on display in the park, it's a bit hard to imagine that a simple cellphone call is a challenge unless the distance is extreme. There's the possibility that the facility is shielded in some way. But I'm still thinking this points to an off world location for Westworld.

The price of admission, so to speak, might be telling too. We hear that guests are paying $40,000 a day to stay/play in the park. Seems a bit extreme to me. There could be some real hyper-inflation in the future. And the park isn't overrun with guests, so a small number of paying customers might need to really dish it out to make the place work. But surely this isn't the only enterprise this Delos corp. is involved in. I'm picturing something like Umbrella from the Resident Evil movie series -- a company with it's fingers in practically everything, but has this park as something special for a perhaps more nefarious purpose in the grand scheme of things. So again, $40,000 per day seems more reasonable if you imagine you've got to send your guests to another planet for their vacation.

Also -- how long is a day in Westworld? Delores is our unofficial time keeper in the series. We know a day begins when we see her wake in bed and then leave her house to go paint by the river . . . Teddy is riding in on the train and so on. We know the day ends when Delores is attacked at her home. But there are other scenarios that are going on that have nothing to do with Delores or Teddy -- the hunt for escaped killers, etc. And we see the park's techs and employees cleaning up after gunfights and other events when there are no guests or hosts around. We see the hosts being debriefed or repaired in the lab area . . . like Maeve the other episode. How is this possible in a 24 hour day?

Again, it just makes me wonder if we're on another planet here. And apparently I'm not the only one thinking this. One of the movie/tv review sites I like to visit had some comments by one of their writers who said that he's seeing chatter about the possibility of Westworld being on another planet. So I'm patting myself on the back here a bit.

And just so I'm not leaving you with my disjointed ramblings, here's a screen cap of Chloe Bennett looking unusually busty and an old pic of Evan Rachel Wood (Delores) from some magazine I had buried in my back up drive from I don't know when:

chloe bennett busty
evan Rachel wood nude

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Rule 5 Sunday -- clean out that damn closet, boy!

mimi lesseos

So I'm a bit of a packrat, I tend to save all kinds of stuff, including magazines of all sorts. I have a huge collection of magazines that have Mulder and Scully on the cover from my X-Files geek days. I also have my old comic book collections and a bunch of vintage MAD magazines -- those I'm keeping. Everything else is working its way into the garbage can.

But since folks are always looking for some of these old images, I've been scanning the Playboys before throwing them out. It's a tedious process and one that has brought me face to face with some odd problems -- like the warping of the page edges from the binding process. Very weird.

But here's a sampling of the various celebs that graced the pages of Playboy in the late 80s through the 90s -- Jessica Hahn versions 1.0 and 2.0, Joey Heatherton, Vanna White and others. Enjoy.

*click on the thumbnails for full-sized images*

jessica hahn playboyvanna white playboydonna michelle samantha fox playboykaren mayo-chandlerjoey heatherton playboy sharon stone playboyjessica hahn playboyrhonda ridley-scott

Rule 5 Sunday suggested by this.