Sunday, January 20, 2019

Universal Monsters #3: The Mummy


I owe Brendan Fraser a big apology.

I like his movie, the 1999 remake of The Mummy, a lot. It's loads of fun. But I always thought it annoying that the mummy in that movie is an actual mummy for only two seconds before he gets a new body and sheds the wrappings. I was also irritated that all his actions are based on bringing back his girlfriend, dead for some thousands of years. Ugh, don't you know that the Mummy doesn't talk but just shambles around strangling people?

I had, obviously, never seen the original 1932 The Mummy, because to my shock, when Carol and I watched it, the Mummy quickly becomes a normalish looking guy without all the wrappings and spends the movie trying to resurrect his girlfriend.

So, my apologies, Brendan.

The Mummy is the third in the Universal Monsters series and the first not to be based on a pre-existing novel, but rather inspired by the discovery of King Tut's tomb in 1925. The story is pretty straight-forward. British archaeologists in Egypt, acting like they own the place - which they did at the time - dig up a sarcophagus with a mummy inside. When one of them ignores the warnings in an ancient scroll and reads an incantation, the mummy comes alive, scares the guy so much he ends up in an asylum, and disappears for eleven years.

The Mummy

The movie jumps forward to 1932 and the next generation of archaeologists is on site, the previous incident having become just lore. At this point, I'm already thoroughly confused because what was a shambling, wrapped mummy doing for eleven years?!? Turns out, he unwrapped himself and has become established in Egypt. He is Imhotep and he looks like this.


Look at that makeup! It's utterly fantastic, especially for 1932. 

Imhotep identifies himself as Ardath Bey to the archaeologists and tells them the location of another buried sarcophagus, which, unbeknownst to them, contains the mummy of his lover, the princess Ankh-es-en-amon, whom he intends to resurrect. They dig up this second mummy and the rest of the movie involves Imhotep trying to bring back his love, while the archaeologists try to stop him.

Also along for the ride is the female lead,  Helen Grosvenor, the current incarnation of Ankh-es-en-amon. She's the half-Egyptian daughter of a British governor and the characters discuss her bi-racial heritage in wonderfully un-bigoted fashion. She's also a strong, smart character, a notch above Mina Harker from Dracula and Elizabeth from Frankenstein. I liked her a lot and wish she was in the movie more.

**SPOILER** Even more shocking for the time, she's the one who destroys the Mummy! Awesome!



Other items of note . . .

The opening theme for this movie is a movement from Swan Lake, the same used in Dracula the year before.

The movie is pre-Hays code and actually just a bit racy. Two characters meet and are making out just minutes later (yeah, it's kind of ridiculous). Also, check out the top on Zita Johann above.

Boris Karloff, who also played Frankenstein's monster, plays the Mummy and he's great in the role. Mesmerizing, focused on his goal, and even strangely charming, he brings an elegance and danger to the part.

The plot itself is very similar to Dracula in many regards, even to entire scenes having the same beats and purpose. The Mummy's powers are also very similar to Dracula's. Late in the movie, Imhotep tells the good guys that they cannot hurt him and they never even try. They don't shoot him, stab him or anything. I guess he's invulnerable like he says but they just take him at his word.

The body count is very low for a horror movie. I think he only kills two guys.

Here's the obligatory 1001plus review who made many of these same points, way before I did.

In short, The Mummy was great.

Fun with Signs is back (again)!


A few years ago, when we moved into our current work building, I had some anonymous fun with the directional signs on my floor. My fake signs attracted quite a bit of notice and speculation on who was doing it. I even attracted a copycat who started putting up random, and not really funny, signs. After about eight months I stopped doing it.

Anyway, the whole saga can be found in previous posts here.

Last week, spending too many hours in a nearly empty building working during the shutdown, I was inspired. I put the following text into three directional signs on three different floors. I think them appropriate. Of course, few will notice until the shutdown is over.



Friday, January 11, 2019

Thoughts on Blogging


I didn't sign up to write a 24/7 "Donald Trump is an asshole" blog. I'm pretty sure my readers didn't sign up for that either. To a large extent, though, that's what this blog has become, and I'm definitely aware. I don't regret the decision to post as much as I have about Trump, but I do regret it's necessity.

What's happening in this Administration is not normal, it's not good and I think that in times like these we need to make it clear where we stand. We need to stay outraged until things are better. Now, I'm not taking up arms, I'm not putting myself into danger, I'm not really inconveniencing myself at all. I cannot compare my experience of resisting Trump to any past revolutionaries, resistance fighters or people who had to contend against murderous, oppressive regimes. I just type into my computer from the safety of my home. I risk very little. I have no delusions about how small a role I play.

Still, I will continue to post against this adulterous, lying, cheating, colluding, narcissistic, little man and his regime.

However . . . there is some good news.

Democrats have retaken the house, several governorships, and state houses. Public opinion remains strongly against the regime and finally, the political tide is turning. For the first time, this White House will be under actual oversight. And Robert Mueller's investigation treads quietly but strongly on, wracking up prison time for Trump associates.

So, in light of this, I plan to post more positive political stories. Rather than point out that Trump is an idiot for the thousandth time, I'll try to post about interesting, positive policy proposals, including progressive policies being put forth by some great freshman Congress folk. I'll also try to post more about movies, games, and other fun subjects.

That's not to say that I'm giving up the fight. It's just to say that I hope that as this country moves in a better direction, the blog can too.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

View from the Inside


If you read this blog, you probably know I work for the Federal government, specifically for a mid-size, law-enforcement agency based in Washington D.C. I'm an attorney and have worked for this agency, for the public good, for 28 years.

I'm also one of the lucky 25% of the federal government subject to the current shutdown.

Since my office within the agency is somewhat important, me and my nine person staff of mostly attorneys are considered excepted employees. Our office is not closed, unlike the vast majority of the agency, and expected to operate during our regular weekday work hours. We are limited in the work we can do, so not everyone is on duty at the same time. I schedule four people for three or four days on, and then off for the same. I do this to keep everyone active in the office, but, more importantly, to make sure everyone gets a paycheck in the off chance that Congress decides not to issue back pay. (They HAVE to pay you if you actually worked.)

Since we're a law enforcement agency, we do have some attorneys from litigation shops called in as needed. My shop works as triage to make sure that we don't miss anything that needs to be reviewed, but the actual enforcement work the agency does is severely curtailed. Of course, human resources are also affected. I have a new. desperately needed, attorney hire who was supposed to start last Monday. She's on hold until the shutdown is over.

Yesterday I was at work and walked through our six floors to look around and take some photos. These were taken on Wednesday, between 3:30 and 4:00 pm. Usually, these offices and cubicles would be lit up and busy with workers. Our lights are on motion sensors, so the only reason the overhead lights are on is because I entered the area.

Not pictured:  Government workers.

Helloooooo??
Your government, not at work.


Everyone in my shop, indeed everyone I've talked to in the government, wants to be back at work. Not only are we not getting paid, but we're not doing the work we signed on to do. Projects are on hold, new people are not coming on board, and we're not protecting and helping Americans.

I'm not due back at work until Tuesday.

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Here's to a hopeful new year


Hi everyone. I've been back from our annual family holiday visit in Indiana for a few days now. I plan to write a post about going forward into 2019, but in the meantime, here are some hopeful signs.






Oh, and if you get all verklempt because a Democrat said a bad word, get over yourself.




Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal!


I'm a federal worker. My agency has an extra week of funding, so we're not shut down until next Monday. But if Trump's shutdown continues, I will be affected, as will all my hard-working colleagues. What's worse is that our work for the American people will be affected.

Today in Trump:
He claimed, without evidence, that federal employees on furlough or working without pay understand his demand for a border wall -- and support him in his mission.
"Many of those workers have said to me and communicated, stay out until you get the funding for the wall. These federal workers want the wall," he claimed, though didn't identify who the workers were.  Link

I AM one of those workers. And to Trump, I'd like to offer this old favorite.



No one I work with wants to be shut down. No one I work with wants to work without pay. And NO ONE I work with wants this stupid racist wall.

Monday, December 24, 2018

President calls for his own firing


I did NOT see this coming!
Fox reporter: Who’s getting fired? Who’s going to bear the brunt of the responsibility if indeed there is a shutdown of our government?
Trump: Well if you say ‘who gets fired’, it always has to be the top. I mean, problems start from the top and have to get solved from the top. And the president’s the leader and he has to get everyone in a room and lead and he doesn’t do that. He doesn’t like doing that — that is not his strength. And that’s why you have this horrible situation going on in Washington too. It’s a very, very bad thing and it’s also embarrassing worldwide.  Link

Wow! That's an unbelievably candid assessment of Trump's shutdown, a shutdown Congress was prepared to avoid until Paul Ryan weaseled out and put up a funding bill with billions for a border wall he knew the Senate couldn't pass. Had the House just voted out the Senate bill, Trump would've signed it, being a bully and a coward and unwilling to take responsibility. But Ryan let Trump off the hook for the veto, and here we are in a partial shutdown. And now, Trump calls for his own firing!

Oh, wait. Trump was talking about firing Obama when Republicans shut down the government in 2013 in an attempt to kill Obamacare.

Never mind.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Economics Quiz!


Only one question.

1.  What happens when you give corporations a $1 trillion tax cut?

Answer:
US companies, led by Lowe's (LOW) and AbbVie (ABBV), rewarded shareholders by unveiling $34.4 billion in buybacks last week, according to TrimTabs Investment Research. That lifted repurchase announcements above $1 trillion for the first time ever, TrimTabs said, exceeding the prior record of $781 billion set in 2015.
They give it to their own shareholders!

What did you think they'd do? Pass it down to their workers? Expand their business? Create new jobs? You'd have to be an idiot to think that!

I hope you've enjoyed this economics quiz.



Sunday, December 16, 2018

Universal Monsters #2: Frankenstein


Next up in the Universal monsters series is Frankenstein, released in 1931, nine months after Dracula started the series. Boris Karloff is the legendary actor who created the character. Here's a good review at 1001plus by SJHoneywell.



Unlike Dracula, which kept pretty close to the book, Frankenstein, the movie, is very different from Mary Shelley's gothic horror novel. The origin of the Monster is different, the characters are different, and, most importantly, the Monster is different. In the book, the Monster is smart, thoughtful and articulate. In the movie, the Monster is frightened of the world around him and talks in no more than grunts, a clear choice designed to elicit more horror than the literary original.

The story in the movie is one you probably know, even if you've never seen it. A scientist, Henry Frankenstein, is working to create life, reanimating stolen body parts into a living person. Unfortunately, his assistant, Fritz, accidentally drops the brilliant brain intended for the body and grabs an "abnormal" brain instead. Once created, the Monster runs amuck, killing several local villagers until he's hunted down. Dr. Frankenstein also has a love interest who's concerned for his sanity and who is eventually, briefly targeted by the Monster.


Right away, you may have noticed a couple of unexpected names in the paragraph above. It's Henry Frankenstein, not Victor, as in the book, and Fritz, not Igor. This surprised me a bit. (Interestingly, Igor isn't a name in any of the original Frankenstein movies but gained popularity over the next several decades as the name of any generic lab assistant of a mad scientist.) I was also surprised because numerous people were in attendance when the Monster comes to life. Pictures always just show Dr. Frankenstein and Igor, I mean Fritz.

The Bavarian village setting is wonderfully realized along with some great location shooting, just as in Dracula. Unfortunately, during a chase on a mountaintop, the canvas wall-hangings intended to be the sky are obviously canvas wall-hangings. Still, it's a great looking movie for the most part.

Even more striking is how bold the story is for 1931. This was released pre-Hays Code which means censors were not yet cutting out everything related to sex and violence. The scenes where the Monster comes across a little girl throwing flower petals into the lake, and the aftermath in the town, are just brutal. Once the Hays Code was adopted, the lake scene was cut significantly in all future releases until the 1990s.

This will not end well.

I should also note that Boris Karloff's performance is wonderful. He has no lines but imbues the Monster with real pathos; none of what's happening is really his fault. In fact, weirdly, even though all of this is Dr. Frankenstein's fault and every death should be considered his responsibility, no one once blames him for setting the Monster loose on their village.

He's white and rich, so I guess things haven't changed that much.


Naughty or Nice?


This one's easy.



Tick Tock, MF.


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Yet another Profile in Courage


Republican Orrin Hatch made his farewell speech today after 42 years in the Senate. But not before making one, final, courageous stand against tyranny and for the rule of law. This is REALLY inspirational.
I know none of us enjoys sitting in judgment of the President, our fellow human-being, but that is our job and we cannot ignore our responsibility. I believe most of us will do a sincere job of trying to fulfill our oath to do impartial justice.
Committing crimes of moral turpitude such as perjury and obstruction of justice go to the heart of qualification for public office. These offenses were committed by the chief executive of our country, the individual who swore to faithfully execute the laws of the United States. This great nation can tolerate a President who makes mistakes. But it cannot tolerate one who makes a mistake and then breaks the law to cover it up. Any other citizen would be prosecuted for these crimes.
The same analysis applies for the ‘‘good economy means no removal’’ theory. It is intuitive that economic growth can never justify crime or acts rising to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors warranting removal. If President Clinton is removed, our economy will not suffer. The world will still spin on its axis.
To those of us who have ourselves taken an oath to uphold the Constitution — which represents the rule of law and not of men — it should not matter how brilliant or popular we feel the President is. The Constitution is why we govern based on the principle of equality and not emotion. The Constitution is what guides us as a nation of laws and not personalities. The Constitution is what enables us to live in freedom.  Link
I told you. Inspira-- Wait. What? President Clinton?

Ohhhhh. My bad. The above is what Hatch said in 1999 about President Clinton when he was being impeached for getting a hummer and lying about it.

Here's what Hatch said this week when federal prosecutors implicated Trump in two felonies committed by his former attorney, Michael Cohen.
All I can say is this President Trump before he became president that's another world. Since he's become president this economy has charged ahead. We are all better off, the country is better off. Link
Okay. That makes more sense.

Good riddance, Hatch.



The Rich Get Richer


Want to see one of the major contributing factors to wealth inequality in America?



The money from all those lost wages are going straight to the already wealthy: corporate executives and shareholders. In the meantime, productivity has climbed dramatically, but none of the increased productivity gains are going to workers.

You can't sustain a successful economy with numbers like these.

Something has to change.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

You could get insurance for $0. You have four days.


Do you need health insurance? (If you don't have it you need it.)

I'm just going to cut and paste this right here:

Check this out, the Kaiser Family Foundation has done the math and found that 27 percent of the 15.9 million uninsured people who could get insurance through the Affordable Care Act could get “bronze” plans for $0 premiums, after subsides. That’s 4.2 million people. Here’s the state breakdown in map form:
Map showing where uninsured have access to $0 premium bronze plans in 2019.
For roughly $20 to $130 per month after subsidies, they could get more comprehensive “silver” plans with lower deductibles and reduced copays and coinsurance. 
But time’s short. Most states end enrollment on Saturday, December 15. Help spread the word. Free help for you or anyone you are assisting is available. If you have questions about signing up or want to talk through your options with a trained professional, help is just a quick call or click away. Call 1-800-318-2596, 

If you build the wall, you'd better hope she's on the other side of it


What happens when an ignorant bully tries to railroad someone with actual knowledge, experience and guts?
“It’s like a manhood thing for him. As if manhood could ever be associated with him. This wall thing.”   Nancy Pelosi, on Trump.
And that's how you do it.




Tuesday, December 04, 2018

The Battle of Midway


I was browsing through YouTube and came across this tactical overview of the Battle of Midway. The video breaks down the naval battle with easy to understand graphics, historical footage and a great narration. If you have 15 minutes, it's worth watching.



Saturday, December 01, 2018

A Tale of Three Presidents


At one time, George H.W. Bush was my favorite modern President. He wasn't perfect and in fact did some pretty nasty crap while he was in office. But he did try to represent all Americans, he served his country for decades, and was gracious in defeat and retirement.

Accolades have poured out from around the world today on news of his death. Here's an eloquent one from the current President of the United States.
“The thousand points of light, what the hell was that by the way? Thousand points of light, what did that mean, does anyone know? I know one thing, Make America Great Again we understand. Putting America first, we understand. Thousand points of light, I never quite got that one. What the hell is that? Has anyone ever figured that one out? And it was put out by a Republican, wasn’t it?”
Oh, I'm sorry. That wasn't from today. That was from a long time ago. Way back in July . . . 2018.

Here's a snippet from the White House announcement today.
Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service—to be, in his words, “a thousand points of light” illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world.

Hmmm. Those two statements seem inconsistent. I wonder if one of them was just self-serving bullshit. Wait! They both were!

Oh, and here's something. Why the hell was Dipshit McGee making fun of George H.W. Bush in July?!? What the hell is that about?

In case you need a better example of a decent human being, this partial quote from the Obamas:
George H.W. Bush’s life is a testament to the notion that public service is a noble, joyous calling. And he did tremendous good along the journey. Expanding America’s promise to new immigrants and people with disabilities. Reducing the scourge of nuclear weapons and building a broad international coalition to expel a dictator from Kuwait. And when democratic revolutions bloomed across Eastern Europe, it was his steady, diplomatic hand that made possible an achievement once thought anything but – ending the Cold War without firing a shot.
It's a legacy of service that may never be matched, even though he’d want all of us to try.

Now that's a much better epitaph.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

A motto for these years


As Trump betrays voter after voter (farmers, the elderly, Christians, business owners, gays stupid enough to believe him) with his inconsistency, lying, laziness and not giving a damn about anyone, remember this.


It will serve you well.


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Decorations Redux


Remember last year when Melania Trump decorated the White House for Christmas?

If not, here's my post where I carefully examined the motif, the aesthetic, the use of negative space, and the choice of materials for last year's decorations:  LOVE CHRISTMAS OR DIE!!!

Well, it's that time of year again! Let's see what she's come up with this year.





Um.  Well, that's certainly, uh, not terrifying at all. Looks like any normal winter forest in HELL Scandanavia.

The interesting thing about this is that the White House artisans utilized a very unusual technique to paint the trees.

First, they lined up normal green trees along the hallway.

Then, this behind the scenes video explains exactly what they did next to get the trees this red.


via GIPHY

Merry Christmas everyone!


Far-fetched science fiction


First up, we have the planet Beta III, a civilization torn by war which thousands of years ago created an immense computer system to run everything, keeping the thoughts and emotions of all the population under direct control. To relieve the pressure, the computer periodically released the inhabitants for the "Red Hour" during which time they engaged in unbridled violence, returning to their controlled, placid state afterwards.




Next, we have Eminiar VII, a beautiful, high tech planet at war with its neighboring planet, Vendikar. For over 500 years the two planets warred using a system of computers to conduct simulated attacks. Victims of the attacks, selected by the computer, would voluntarily step into disintegration booths. This virtual war kept the planets' infrastructures intact, but the killing went on and on.



Our next location is "Miri's world" where the inhabitants, experimenting with ways to extend life, created a virus that killed all the adults, leaving only the children. Infected, the children aged slowly, living for hundreds of years, only to die when they reached puberty.




This is the planet Gamma Trianguli VI. At some time in the distant past, they put their society under the control of Vaal, a computer capable of maintaining the environment of the entire planet. They lived an idyllic but static life, with no progress or change for thousands of years.


And now, we have the planet Gideon, a planet so conducive to life that it's disease-free population swelled to take up nearly every square meter. With no room, and no birth control, life became a living nightmare of overpopulation.



And finally, we have the planet Ekos whose population was contaminated by an Earth historian who for some dipshit reason taught them to be Nazis. Enough said.




All of these worlds appeared in the original Star Trek series, of course. As I watched the show as a kid, I always wondered what kind of bone-headed people would be so stupid as to let their planets end up like those above. Obviously the show was using fiction to analogize about our own problems, but the problems seemed so extreme, I could never imagine that we humans would be stupid enough to let this sort of thing happen to us.
A new US government report delivers a dire warning about climate change and its devastating impacts, saying the economy could lose hundreds of billions of dollars -- or, in the worst-case scenario, more than 10% of its GDP -- by the end of the century.
. . .
"The global average temperature is much higher and is rising more rapidly than anything modern civilization has experienced, and this warming trend can only be explained by human activities," Easterling said.
Coming from the US Global Change Research Program, a team of 13 federal agencies, the Fourth National Climate Assessment was put together with the help of 1,000 people, including 300 leading scientists, roughly half from outside the government.  Link
The effects of climate change are already being felt in the United States; stronger hurricanes, fiercer wildfires, longer droughts, hotter summers. Over the next decades, entire species will become extinct, crops will die, diseases will spread, coastlines will flood, people will starve, and millions will be displaced. The economic and human toll will be staggering, not just here, but everywhere on the planet.

And what do our Republican leaders say? How are they reacting to this threat to our very existence?
“We know that our climate is changing. Our climate always changes and we see those ebb and flows through time,” Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), meanwhile, expressed concern about climate proposals that could “devastate” the U.S. economy. 
“I think if we’re going to move away from fossil fuels, it’s got to be done through innovation. And innovation can be choked out through excessive government regulation. We can’t let that happen,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” 
And finally, the denier in chief:
I don’t believe it,” Trump said of his own government’s report warning that the economic impacts of climate change could be devastating.
“Right now we’re at the cleanest we’ve ever been and it’s very important to me,” Trump said.
Suddenly, the plights of all those fictional planets above no longer feel far-fetched.

This is literally the most important issue of our time and Republicans would rather fiddle while the world burns. It burns not just for us, but for our children and grandchildren.

History will judge these people as monsters.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Who we are


Here are refugee families, including two little girls in diapers, being gassed by the United States government for the "crime" of trying to flee dangerous countries to apply for asylum in the U.S.


If your family was in danger, what wouldn't you do to protect them?

And if you did flee your country because there was no other choice, wouldn't you hope that the country to which you fled would be compassionate and protect you? Especially if that country had a big fucking statue in the harbor of its biggest city welcoming refugees?

America: Now we gas families


I'll bet Captain Crunch makes at least seven figures


Sigh.
Chief of Staff John F. Kelly has told others about watching television with Trump and asking the president how much the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff earns. Trump guessed $5 million, according to people who were told the story by Kelly, startling the chief of staff. Kelly responded that he made less than $200,000. The president suggested he get a large raise and noted the number of stars on his uniform.
Trump must know that he himself is getting paid a measly $400,000 a year, right? Then again, maybe he considers that chump change and hasn't bothered to memorize the number. Then again, he is a cheap bastard who probably knows exactly how much he gets paid. In any event, he's really impressed by the number of stars, which means 25 star General Zapp Brannigan must earn all the monies.



Anyway, Trump is a dumbstupid.


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Check!




Me too.

Thanksgiving comparison


Remember this.

The American troops stationed in the Texas desert, apart from their families, waiting for an "invasion" that will never come, are lined up for Thanksgiving dinner.






And here's their self-described "troop-loving" Commander in Chief, at his Mar-a-Lago resort on Thanksgiving with his $200,000 dues-paying "friends".





Saturday, November 24, 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody


Carol, Ben and I saw Bohemian Rhapsody on Thanksgiving Day.

Queen was the first band I ever called my favorite, starting from the day my best friend in grade school brought over their masterpiece, A Night at the Opera. I loved Queen up through junior high school but sometime in the early 1980s, I lost track of them. Their music went in a different direction, I was introduced to Rush, and I stopped buying their albums.

Still, I was really happy when, after Live Aid in 1985, all anyone could talk about was Queen. That performance is still regarded as one of the, if not the best, rock performances of all time. I had a big case of "I liked them before they were cool" that summer.




The movie, named after Queen's classic song, covers the band and a collection of their inner circle, with a particular focus on Freddie Mercury, from the genesis of the band to the 1985 Live Aid concert. In many ways, this is a standard rock bio film, with the early days, the first big hits, up and downs, clashing personalities, a break up and a reunion. But one of the remarkable things about Queen is that they always got along and, despite what the movie says, never came close to breaking up. The filmmakers thought to interject some conflict into the movie to spice it up.  They didn't need to, though, because more than anything the movie's about the characters.

Rami Malek as Mercury is amazing, capturing every nuance of Mercury's movement and style. Mercury's story is exhilarating and tragic, and Malek nails his immense, mesmerizing talent. I really think Malek's going to be nominated for an Academy Award. The rest of the cast is great as well and the music is Queen. Enough said.

If you like rock bios, or movies about compelling historical figures, go see it. If you like rock and roll or just good movies, go see it.

In other words, go see it.



Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thankful


It's a tradition for Presidents to "call the troops" on Thanksgiving. Trump did that today, but rather than thank them for their service and tell them he'd do everything he could for them, that the nation was grateful, etc. he was his usual self. He politicized the call.

Trump talked about how judges he doesn't like are terrible. He talked about how his daughter's use of private email for government work is really different than Hillary Clinton's. He talked about the caravan of horrible monsters from the south coming to take our jobs and eat our babies. He once again tried to discredit the intelligence services of the U.S. and their conclusion that Saudia Arabian Prince, MBS, ordered Jamal Khashoggi to be murdered. In short, his typical word vomit.

Keep in mind that while you're sitting down to turkey, stuffing, or whatever else your family enjoys (assuming you celebrate the holiday) around 6,000 American troops are separated from their families, eating MREs in the desert in Texas after erecting barbed wire for the last month as part of Trump's political fear-mongering stunt before the election. Trump dismissed concerns about those troops, saying they're happy to be there defending our country against poor and desperate families.

After the call, Trump took questions from the press and was asked what he was most thankful for on this Thanksgiving.
"For having a great family and for having made a tremendous difference in this country," Trump said. "I've made a tremendous difference in the country. This country is so much stronger now than it was when I took office that you wouldn't believe it."
Never ask a narcissist what he's thankful for because it will ALWAYS be himself.

What a disgrace.