Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Republicans for pedophiles!

The "President" on pedophile and Senate candidate, Roy Moore:
"He denies it. Look, he denies it," Trump said of Moore. "If you look at all the things that have happened over the last 48 hours. He totally denies it. He says it didn't happen. And look, you have to look at him also. . . We don't need a liberal person in there [the Senate], a Democrat, . . ."
So according to Trump, a PEDOPHILE is better than a Democrat.

The Republicans.
First it was Party over country.
Then it was Party over Christianity.
Now it's Party over human decency.
The "Party" needs to end.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Dear Alabama Christians

I know there's pedophilia in the Bible and no condemnation of it. But today, it's almost universally recognized that it's wrong for adults to have sex with children. Not just wrong, but really, really, really wrong. This shouldn't be something of which we have to remind you.

Alabaman Republican Senatorial candidate Roy Moore "dated" underage girls when he was in his thirties. He also sexually assaulted some of them. That makes him a pedophile.

Now, I know you really want Moore to sock it to us unbelievers, ban abortion, and chase gays back into the closet, all from the Senate floor, but in what sense can you call yourself a Christian if you're willing to vote for a pedophile to represent you? Isn't Jesus supposed to be about loving and protecting the children?

Do the right thing. Not just because you're a Christian, but because Roy Moore is a horrible human being that sexually assaulted girls. Because it's the decent, humane, proper thing to do.

His opponent, Doug Jones, seems to be a really good, qualified guy. Plus, he has the huge advantage of NOT being a pedophile. He'll make Alabama proud.



A YUGE Reminder

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Happy Reading

I received a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas, 2012. I had wanted an e-reader for a while, and with the release of the excellent Paperwhite and a price point below $100, I put it on my Christmas list.

Since then, I've downloaded a pretty good number of books, rarely paying more than $2 for one. Being an Amazon Prime member I can also borrow one book a month (I know, lame) for free. I've done that quite a few times but it can be a little frustrating if you're reading a series, as you sometimes need to wait to download the next book.

Below are all the books I've read on my Kindle since the start of 2013 (not in order). All were new to me except the the nine books I had already read (in junior or senior high school), marked with an asterisk.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
The Skull by Philip K. Dick
The Shining by Stephen King
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein*
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman*
The Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Jack Finney
Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy
The Star Wars Trilogy*
Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke*
2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke*
Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke*
The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein*
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
All 14 original Ian Fleming James Bond Novels

Dunkirk: Retreat from the Brink of Destruction by Lieutenant Colonel Ewan Butler and Maj. J.S. Bradford
The German Generals Talk by B.H. Lidell Hart
Guadalcanal Diary by Richard Tregaskis
Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff
The Fall of Japan by William Craig
History of the Civil War by James Ford Rhodes
Incredible Victory: The Battle of Midway by Walter Lord
The Coming of the Third Reich by Richard J. Evans
The Third Reich in Power by Richard J. Evans
The Third Reich at War by Richard J. Evans
D-Day Through German Eyes by Holger Eckhertz
Stalingrad: How the Red Army Triumphed by Michael K. Jones
The Battle of the Atlantic by Donald Macintyre
Hitler by Ian Kershaw
Killing the Bismarck by Iain Ballantyne
Operation Barbarossa: The German Invasion of Soviet Russia by Robert Kirchubel

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
These Are the Voyages - Season One by Marc Cushman and Susan Osborn
These Are the Voyages - Season Two by Marc Cushman and Susan Osborn
These Are the Voyages - Season Three by Marc Cushman and Susan Osborn
When You are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live by Tom Shales

I'd be thrilled to discuss any of them in the comments.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Thou Shalt Not Not Watch This Video

Want to see my wife get shot in the neck?

No, this is not a snuff film and she's fine. She had a role in the CHEESY new docu-series on TV One, Thou Shalt Not. The premise is that all those lurid true crime shows on Discovery, ID, TLC, and whatnot lack one key element: religion! Yes, this is the show that dares to recreate true, horrific, modern crimes and tell you which commandments the criminals broke! (Spoiler. It's usually thou shalt not kill).

Carol plays a murder victim.  Go to about 7:40 in the show to see her brief scene. She even has a line!

The other crimes committed by the two brothers, shown right after Carol honks out, are pretty horrific. You might want to skip the rest.

Thor: Ragnarok

You probably already know this . . .

2008's Iron Man was the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), a linked series of  superhero films that has now reached 17 in number. Had Iron Man failed, it might have ended the MCU right there, as its immediate follow up, The Incredible Hulk, which came out six weeks later, was not as successful. But with the huge box office and critical success of Iron Man, the MCU was launched and is still going strong. In just eight years, Marvel has created one of the greatest film franchises of all time, both popularly and critically.

One of the things that makes Iron Man a great film is the tone. It's a comic-book movie but takes itself pretty seriously. There is some humor; Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr., is witty, scathing and funny, but the movie plays it pretty straight. Iron Man's world is higher tech than ours, but it's a recognizable place. Had the film been played campy or for laughs, I don't think it would have been as popular. Iron Man established a formula followed by the Marvel movies that came after.

That is, up until 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy. By the time Guardians was made, Marvel Studios had a record of nine movies, all good, some great, and they obviously felt they could stretch their legs a bit. Guardians, which takes place in a trippy outer space setting, is much less realistic than its predecessors - it's funny, fantastical and just plain fun.

Which brings us to the 17th MCU film, the third Thor solo movie, which opened last week, Thor: Ragnarok. The first two Thor movies are in the bottom tier of the MCU movies. They have their moments, a fantastic villain in Tom Hiddleston's Loki, and I enjoyed both of them, but they're not great films. They share the Iron Man formula of some humor, but mostly play it straight.

Thor: Ragnarok is a great film. Clearly taking its cue from Guardians of the Galaxy, Ragnarok basically puts Thor into the Guardians' weird, outer space world. They also cranked up the humor; this is undoubtedly the funniest Marvel movie, thanks in no small part to Chris Hemsworth's awesome comic timing. He already showed his comedy chops in hosting SNL and in the recent Ghostbusters, and he let's it all out in Ragnarok. Clearly he's having a ball and so does the audience.

I loved it. I am really looking forward to seeing it again.

The next MCU movie is Black Panther and based on the trailers, it will be more of a return to the old formula. Given the serious nature of the character, that's undoubtedly a good thing. It looks awesome.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Warning - This post is the definition of T-M-I.

Warning: Too Much Information

I'm a 52 year old man. That means, like many middle-aged men, I have developed issues with my prostate, a walnut sized gland that is part of the male reproductive system.

I had a blood test earlier this year (my diabetes means I have at least a couple of blood tests a year and often quarterly) and my PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) had gone up. This indicates that there may be an issue with the prostate.

I was referred to a Urologist whom I saw during the summer. He said that my prostate was enlarged, which is not uncommon among men my age, but didn't feel (yes, feel) any irregularities. He gave me a prescription for a 4K score test and told me to wait three months before getting it done. In the meantime, an enlarged prostate has a host of possible symptoms, most having to do with problems urinating. Fun, fun stuff.

The 4K score test is a new blood test that can show how likely you are to develop prostate cancer and thus avoid the need for a biopsy. I had the test done and saw my Urologist again. He told me the test showed a 6% chance of a high likelihood of cancer. In other words, cancer was unlikely. I need to go see him again in six months after another standard blood test.

There are many treatments for an enlarged prostate, from drugs to surgery, but I don't need to worry about those yet. The Urologist put me on Flo-Max to help with the symptoms.

Getting older is awesome!

In all seriousness, I'm actually very lucky because I have good insurance and can visit excellent doctors who take good care of me. The majority of human beings, and millions of Americans don't have that luxury. Given the resources and knowledge available to humanity, access to good healthcare should be a universal human right.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

I heard Kim Jong-un totally likes Susie and Donnie is all like "Unh-uh!"

Okay, here's my last Trump post for a week.

The President of the United States has the maturity of a third grader. 

We are doomed.

A brief respite is coming

I haven't gone back and counted, but I'm pretty sure the vast majority of my posts over the past year have been related to the ongoing dumpster fire in a sewage treatment plant that is the Presidency of Donald Trump [gag]. I wish that wasn't the case, but I don't feel I can ignore the things happening around us. Outrage needs to be called out and we must continue to do everything in our power not to normalize the terrible things this man is doing to our country and the world. I don't have any notions that my blog is changing lots of minds, but it's what I can do in this space.

With that being said, I'm going to spend one week catching up on the non-monster-in-the-white-house stories I want to share. Through next Sunday, I'll only post about movies, gaming, current events, TV, personal stuff, whatever. But no Donald F'ing Trump.

Please note that I reserve the right to break this promise if during the next week we nuke North Korea, Trump is arrested, or he eats a baby.

I'll start tomorrow. That gives me till midnight for any final posts on the shit sandwich we've been eating for a year.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Gun Violence

After Las Vegas and the recent Texas church massacre, pro-gun folk first tried (as usual) to stifle any discussion of solutions by saying it was "too soon" to talk about guns. Of course, every massacre, which happens quite often, apparently resets the "too soon" clock. Then, from the White House on down came the talking point that "guns aren't the problem".

Of course they are.

Gun control works wonders in other developed nations. Mass murder in those countries is nothing like we have to live with in America. Vox recently complied a listing of statistics and charts that demonstrate all too clearly that American definitely has a "gun problem".

Here are a few of them. Go to the page above to see the rest.

There have been more than 1500 mass shootings since Sandy Hook

Developed countries with more guns also have more gun deaths

There are solutions. Americans are just too stupid? pig-headed? controlled by special interests? to try them.

Paul Ryan is a dumb-stupid

When asked about the backlash on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” show, Ryan said the criticism was “disappointing” and said “people who do not have faith don’t understand faith,” and claiming the “secular left” is responsible for some of the “disunity” in the U.S.
“It is the right thing to do in moments like this because, you know what? Prayer works,” he said. “And I know you believe that and I believe that and when you hear the secular left doing this think, no wonder you have so much polarization and disunity in this country when people think like that.”
Yeah, it's hard to believe "Prayer works" when a crazy person is murdering children in an actual church. Or did the victims forget to pray as they were being slaughtered? If prayer actually worked, it would be self-evident.

Oh, and blaming the "secular left" on American disunity? Screw you, Paul Ryan. We're not the ones who spent 8 years lying about a great President not being an American and then electing Grabby McMoron as President.


So this is how it's been for a long, long year.
Many of us have grown numb after unrelenting shocks. What now passes for ordinary would have once been inconceivable. The government is under the control of an erratic racist who engages in nuclear brinkmanship on Twitter. He is dismantling the State Department, defending the hollowing out of the diplomatic corps by saying, on Fox News, “I’m the only one that matters.”
He publicly pressures the Justice Department to investigate his political opponents. He’s called for reporters to be jailed, and his administration demanded that a sportscaster who criticized him be fired. Official government statements promote his hotels. You can’t protest it all; you’d never do anything else. After the election, many liberals pledged not to “normalize” Trump. But one lesson of this year is that we don’t get to decide what normal looks like. New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg

And last Tuesday, we finally had a ray of sunshine. A hope that maybe things will get better the only way they can. 

By voting out of office these terrible people (Republicans), who care more for giving tax breaks to their rich friends, undermining our Democracy, and attacking people they don't like, than serving the American people and making things better for ALL of us.

This was fantastic and a real morale booster, but it has to continue.

How about next, decent Alabamans, (Alabamians? Alabamites?) don't send lying, hypocritical, hate-filled, pedophile Roy Moore to the U.S. Senate? 

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Unfortunately, America is one of the idiots who lives on Earth

Well, we're alone.
During a round of U.N. climate talks on Tuesday, a Syrian delegate announced that the country would sign the historic Paris climate agreement, leaving the United States as the only country in the world opting out of the landmark deal.
Because of a major political party in charge of our government which will NOT embrace reality, and the major dumbass in charge of that party who is against the agreement only because the black guy before him is the one who signed it.

American exceptionalism.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Today is the Day

The Pr*sident has abdicated his Constitutional responsibility of executing and enforcing the laws of the United States (which is supposed to include laws he hates because he's a stupid, vindictive asshat who doesn't care about the American people). Don't let him succeed.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Sure, the movie is depressing as hell, but this is live!

If you're in the DC Area and you enjoy live theater, consider going to the Kensington Arts Theatre for their production of the musical, The Bridges of Madison County. My wife, Carol, is the Assistant Stage Manager!

The show opened last night. Additional performances are October 27, 28, November 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 - Fri/Sat @ 8:15pm | Sun @ 2:00pm.

Click the link above for more details.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Dopioid says he'll fight opioids

After two months of continually saying he would declare an opioid emergency "next week", Trump finally declared a "public health emergency" today. This is a step down from a "national emergency" which means that he isn't actually making any money available to do anything.

Those of you who think this means he's focused on the crisis and will follow up with action are kidding yourselves.

I'm willing to bet money that next week he'll start claiming that he solved the opioid crisis.

And Ryan Gosling did NOT save jazz!

A highly reputable study released earlier this week sought to discern and reveal what African Americans think about racial discrimination in their daily experiences, only to have its findings hijacked by media reports that focused on the more than half of white Americans who believe they’re victims of racial discrimination.

Oh for god's sake.
Dear white people,
You are NOT the victims of racial discrimination in America, you ignorant, racist dumbasses.

He also has the strength of ten men, believe me

Yesterday, El Presidente, while trying to explain how he treated Goldstar widow Myeshia Johnson when he called her to offer condolences on the combat death of her husband, told the media that we should trust his version of events because he has:
". . .one of the great memories of all time."
Yes, that's how deluded this moron is. He even claims to have one of the greatest memories of all time.  (This is actually not the first time he's made this claim.)

So let's quickly review parts of Trump's deposition last year from when he was sued for the scam that was Trump University:
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"

"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
"I don't remember,"
 Yes, he said it 35 separate times.

Your witness, counselor.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

A small clarification

While throwing the United States Army under the bus for the death of four American soldiers in Niger, President "The Buck sure as hell doesn't stop anywhere near me" Trump, said this:
With that being said, my generals and my military, they have decision-making ability. As far as the incident that we're talking about, I've been seeing it just like you've been seeing it, I've been getting reports, they have to meet the enemy and they meet him tough and that's what happens.  Link

Dear Mr. President,
They are NOT "your" generals and "your" military. They are the generals and military of the people of the United States of America. 
Stupid Asshole.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

It's that time again

I got my flu shot last week.

Go get yours!

Ha ha ha ha ha!

When that meeting shifted to discuss gay rights, according to the article, Trump pointed to Pence and joked, “Don’t ask that guy — he wants to hang them all!”  Link
See what Trump did there? It's funny, because Pence wants gays to be dead. Like totally not living, see?

What a card! Hilarious. I'm still laughing so hard I'm crying.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Now we'll just sit back and wait for the endless Congressional hearings

Did you know that 4 American servicemen were killed in Niger last week? Of course you remember when 4 Americans were killed in Benghazi, right? Because Republicans will never let any of us forget.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

And to the kakistocracy, for which it stands . . .

A kakistocracy is a system of government which is run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens. The word was coined as early as the 17th century.