Sunday, August 02, 2015

What's in it for the lawnmower?

Rep. Steve King, fighting with Rep. Louis Gohmert for the title of "America's Dumbest Congressman," is pretty excited that his dating prospects have increased. In regards to the Supreme Court decision making same sex marriage the law of the land, he recently said this:
“Their ruling really says anybody can marry anybody — and eventually it will be in any combination. I had a strong, Christian lawyer tell me yesterday that, under this decision that he has read, what it brings about is: It only requires one human being in this relationship — that you could marry your lawnmower with this decision. I think he’s right.” Link

Good for him! But I caution Rep. King (R-IA) to go slowly. First, just date a lawnmower. See if you have things in common. Explore whether the lawnmower would truly make you happy. No need to rush things, after all; the lawnmower has a five year warranty.

I would encourage Rep. King, however, to not be too coy. Physical compatibility is important in any relationship. After a date or two, he should definitely test the waters, lean in and give the lawnmower a big kiss.

Right on the spinning mower blades.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Republican Bullies and their enablers

Republican voters like bullies. They say they like "straight talk" and "common sense" but they vote for politicians who are aggressive, abusive, and nasty when dealing with a variety of constituencies that conservatives dislike. These constituencies include the poor, Democrats, women, minorities, the Obama administration, and immigrants. Basically, anyone who doesn't agree with conservative dogma.

Just look at their slate of Presidential candidates. Donald Trump is a huge bully, immune to facts, and recently called Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists, then attacked anyone who called him on it. Scott Walker has gone after unions, public schools, women and universities in Wisconsin in as assholish a manner possible. Ted Cruz shut down the government last year when he didn't get what he wants.

Then there's the uber-bully, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who loves to act the stereotypical New Jersey bully as if he's watched too many episodes of The Sopranos. Just to remind you, here's a fun incident that hurt the economy and will probably cost billions of dollars more to fix once the adults finally get around to fixing it. It involves Christie's rejection of upgrading the ancient, failing railroad tunnel infrastructure between New Jersey and New York.
As governor, he didn't just kill the tunnels so that he could divert the money to other New Jersey projects, thus sparing him from having to raise New Jersey's among-the-lowest-in-the-nation gas tax, he did so as part of the organized Republican effort to sabotage America's economic stimulus program and blunt the employment effects of those projects. Which, for a nation trying to recover from an economic collapse so severe that it was dubbed the Great Recession, was just about the most bastardly thing a sitting elected official could do, but there you have it.
And Christie didn't just kill the project and mock the notion of economic stimulus or shovel ready infrastructure improvements, he openly mocked the idea that one of the most highly trafficked transportation corridors in America would be important at all. Why on earth would anyone want to go to New York? Why would anyone from New York ever want to go to New Jersey? Why won't the rest of America's travelers just go around our little state and leave us alone? The two key roles of government, according to even the most anti-government conservatives, are roads and wars, but when the economic collapse happened and a president from the opposing party needed to goose the nation's employment right quick in order to avoid a true depression, even the roads part became a Republican symbol of things government had no business doing.  Link
Of course, these bullies wouldn't be Presidential candidates if they didn't have support among the party's base. Which just shows that Republicans like to talk about freedom, but really want to be lead by an aggressive, hostile tyrant. And they view that as totally worth it, so long as the tyrant smacks down all those pesky liberals, women, poor people, immigrants, blacks, gays, and other people who actually yearn for freedom.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Cosmos Redux: Report

On Saturday, Ben and I finished watching Cosmos; me for the second time, him for the first. I offered to pay him $100 if he watched the whole mini-series and over a couple of weeks we watched all 13 episodes.

To my surprise, he seemed to enjoy parts of it, and spoke up when he knew something that was being presented. For example, he has a pretty good grasp of evolution and biology. He seemed mostly bored with the episodes about non-planetary astronomy. The episode, The Seven Sisters, was the only one he didn't make it all the way through without dozing off.

I don't know if he'll retain any of it, but I was happy to expose him to the idea of scientists throughout history, theorizing, experimenting, and very slowly adding to our knowledge. I found the series very inspirational and I hope he did too. And I enjoyed just being with him, watching it.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Jeb! Bush wants to kill a healthy patient - Medicare

Recently, I heard one of my relatives express the Republican talking point that Medicare is going bankrupt. This idea has, of course, been embraced by all the Republican candidates for President, including Jeb! Bush.
"A lot of people recognize that we need to make sure we fulfill the commitment to people that have already received the benefits, that are receiving the benefits. But that we need to figure out a way to phase out this program for others and move to a new system that allows them to have something—because they’re not going to have anything."  Link
Remember that. Jeb! Bush wants to "phase out" Medicare. As in kill it over time.

So how's Medicare actually doing?
The Medicare Hospital Insurance (HI) Trust Fund will have sufficient funds to cover its obligations until 2030, the same year that was projected last year, and 13 years later than was projected in the last report issued prior to passage of the Affordable Care Act. The projected portion of scheduled benefits that can be financed with dedicated revenues is 86 percent in 2030, declines slowly to 79 percent in 2039, and then gradually increases to 84 percent in 2089.  Link
In other words, it's doing great for the next 13 years, and doing slightly less than great for years after that, giving us plenty of time to get rid of all the Republicans in Congress and fix it with some increased revenue.

And the reason Medicare is doing well? Obamacare.

Thanks, Obama.

Mike Huckabee is NOT a serious person

Trying desperately not to be outdone in the "what stupid thing can I say that will turn the attention on me" contest currently being won by Republican frontrunner Donald Trump -- yes, Donald Trump is the leader in Republican polls at the moment, that's how crazy the Republicans have gotten -- Mike Huckabee vomited up this pearl of wisdom about the war-averting Iran deal.
“This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven," Huckabee said in an interview with Breitbart News.
Yes, he made a holocaust reference. So classy.

And the whole idea of "trust" is backed up by lots of inspections of Iran's facilities and sanctions that can be reimposed very quickly should they violate the agreement. But Huckabee, like 100% of the other Republican candidates, would rather go to war with Iran.

When you vote Republican, whether it's for President, Senator or Congressperson, you're voting for more war.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


We saw Ant-Man tonight and I really enjoyed it. The stakes weren't world-shattering, which was a nice step back from the recent Marvel movies, and there was a good deal of humor. Paul Rudd is great in everything he does.

I also love the careful setup for future Marvel stories and characters as well as the fun callbacks. Marvel is nearing Pixar levels of consistency.

Bring on Phase 3 of the MCU.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Fun Weekend with Dogs and Smoke

Last weekend (July 3-5), we traveled over to Harrisonburg, Virginia, to see Rachel play "Blue Dog" in the JMU Children's Theatre production of Go, Dog, Go!

The book was a favorite of both kids and I read it to them over and over when they were little. The show is only 45 minutes long but accurately converts the book into a musical, with lots of singing and dancing. It was really fun and cute and the kids loved it. Other than the performance we attended, where the theater was about half full, Rachel says the other shows have been packed. The show closes after two final shows tomorrow. Then, next weekend, she's in a musical revue, Broadway Classics, with the same group, and then comes home.

They made the local news! Here's the (long) segment.

While in Virginia, since it was July 3rd, we picked up some fireworks! Actually, just smoke bombs. Ben and Carol had never seen them before, so we fired them on the deck.

Pretty spectacular, no?

Friday, July 10, 2015

You'd think someone who wants to be President might know this

Republican Presidential candidate Jeb! Bush is in hot water for saying this:
My aspiration for the country and I believe we can achieve it, is 4 percent growth as far as the eye can see. Which means we have to be a lot more productive, workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows. It means that people need to work longer hours and, through their productivity, gain more income for their families. That’s the only way we’re going to get out of this rut that we’re in.
He says this because it's become a Republican meme that the American middle class and "the poors" are to blame for their own lack of a livable income. Republicans don't want to acknowledge that wage stagnation and corporations taking bigger and bigger slices of the pie at the expense of their employees are responsible for a lot of the poverty in this country.

Here's what Bush apparently doesn't understand:

American productivity has skyrocketed since the 1950s. Wages started falling in the 1970s. The economic benefits of the American productivity increase went straight to the rich. The actual workers saw none of it.

That's why the middle class is dying, why the poor can't get out of the hole they're in, and that's why Jeb! Bush is an asshat who should never be President.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Cosmos Redux: This time with family

Last spring I had a great, even moving, experience watching Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos. None of my family watched it with me, and I felt that seeing it would really benefit Ben (who's about to enter his senior year in high school). I bought the Blu-Rays when they came out, so a couple of weeks ago I "enticed" Ben to watch them.

Okay, I told him I'd give him $100 if he watched all 13 episodes.

We've watched four episodes so far, and he's not falling asleep or complaining. In fact, he's the one suggesting we watch an episode each night. He did say that he already knew most of the information in the evolution episode, and that actually made me pretty happy. Go Maryland schools!

I'm happy to be rewatching the show, hopeful that Ben will retain some of the science, and hopeful that he might be inspired by the wonderful tales of humanity. But mostly I'm happy to be spending time with Ben.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Viewing Habits - Archer

I've started binge-watching  FX's animated spy comedy, Archer, on Amazon Prime. I'd caught a couple of episodes over the years and knew I'd enjoy it, so I started watching it last week. I'm up to the third episode of Season 3 and really loving it. I like the ambiguous timeline of mashed up 60's/70's/80's/90's fashions and technology, the colorful (but static) animation style and backgrounds, and the fantastic voice work. Plus, it helps that the show is just really funny.

I think this is the first show I've ever binge-watched, actually. I rewatched several seasons of Battlestar Galactica on DVD with Rachel until she caught up, but I don't think I've ever watched an entire series in this way. (Although I will soon catch up, the show is still airing new episodes with its seventh season to premier next year.)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Inside Out

Now that Ben's back from Guatemala, tonight we belatedly went to see Pixar's latest, Inside Out.

If there was any thought that Pixar had lost its way with Cars 2 and Brave, Inside Out should end that. Director Pete Docter of Monsters, Inc. and Up, is probably Pixar's best at telling emotion-centered stories and Inside Out is wildly successful. It's also Pixar's funniest film, filled with funny moments from, among others, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Lewis Black.

I loved it. It will be listed among the pantheon of Pixar's best films, and that's saying something. Pete Docter really seems to understand the human condition and conveys complex emotions in a mature, wonderful and absolutely entertaining way. I can't wait to see it again.

Equal at last

A few years ago, after gay Californians briefly gained and then lost the right to marry, I added the symbol below to the right column of my blog page.

The symbol represents support for marriage equality. I first adopted the No H8 logo which represented the California fight, but then changed to the marriage equality logo in support of ALL gay Americans. I decided that I wouldn't take it off my page until all Americans had the freedom to marry.

California was only the second state to allow same-sex marriage, but they lost the right and it was a long five years until Federal courts intervened and they regained equality. By that time, seven other states and the District of Columbia had become marriage equality states. Ignited by California, state courts and legislatures started expanding equal rights for all, until my state, Maryland, became the first in the country to grant marriage equality through a popular referendum. Within the past year, more than half the states joined us.

And now, here we are only two years since California was resolved, and the United States is a marriage equality country. No one thought it would happen so fast. But state by state, rights were expanded, until marriage equality seemed inevitable. The only unknown was how long it would take.

Obviously this is a historic day and if you have any sense of history, you know that universal same-sex marriage will quickly normalize with no ill effects. We have years of experience with the early adopter states and there have been zero problems.

Of course, there are those in our country who are less attuned to history, and would rather enforce their own morality on everyone, even if it means denying fundamental rights. In America, we call those people Republicans. Let's hear from some of them.

Normally you expect the wingnuts to own all the crazy talk. But this event was just so special, even some smarter chaps you would hope would be above such nonsense have come out of the closet.

Chief Justice John Roberts (from his dissent):
Supporters of same-sex marriage have achieved considerable success persuading their fellow citizens — through the democratic process — to adopt their view. That ends today. Five lawyers have closed the debate and enacted their own vision of marriage as a matter of constitutional law. Stealing this issue from the people will for many cast a cloud over same-sex marriage, making a dramatic social change that much more difficult to accept. […]
Indeed, however heartened the proponents of same-sex marriage might be on this day, it is worth acknowledging what they have lost, and lost forever: the opportunity to win the true acceptance that comes from persuading their fellow citizens of the justice of their cause. And they lose this just when the winds of change were freshening at their backs.
Rats! Why didn't he say that before gays went all out and got equal rights? Sheesh, now they won't have the awesome fun of being discriminated against while they try to convince bigots that they shouldn't be.

Justice Clarence Thomas (our only Black Justice) (from his dissent):
Petitioners cannot claim, under the most plausible definition of “liberty,” that they have been imprisoned or physically restrained by the States for participating in same-sex relationships. To the contrary, they have been able to cohabitate and raise their children in peace. They have been able to hold civil marriage ceremonies in States that recognize same-sex marriages and private religious ceremonies in all States. They have been able to travel freely around the country, making their homes where they please. Far from being incarcerated or physically restrained, petitioners have been left alone to order their lives as they see fit.
Yeah, gays! It's not like we constantly beat you up and call you names. We let you travel and don't throw you directly into jail! You should just be happy about that. Why do you have to be so uppity? (Oops!)

The corollary of that principle is that human dignity cannot be taken away by the government. Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity)because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them. And those denied governmental benefits certainly do not lose their dignity because the government denies them those benefits. The government cannot bestow dignity, and it cannot take it away.
Slaves had it great! They had dignity and humanity. Why can't you gays just be like those slaves and take it?

Well enough of those eggheads. (I'm not going to touch Scalia's ravings). Let's hear from some of the most powerful and prominent Republicans, the Presidential candidates!
Ted Cruz: Today is some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation's history.
Sean Hannity: I ... I couldn't say it more eloquently.

Yep, today is some of the darkest hours. Who can argue with eloquent grammar like that?

Hmm, Mike Huckabee seems like a nice guy. Let's hear from him.
The Supreme Court has spoken with a very divided voice...I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat.
Oh. Um, okay. 

How about Scott Walker?
"I believe this Supreme Court decision is a grave mistake. Five unelected judges have taken it upon themselves to redefine the institution of marriage."
But if those unelected judges want to take AWAY your rights, then it's okay. Amiright, women?

Here's the thing. I grew up in the conservative Midwest. I went to college believing that being gay was wrong and that being gay was a choice, a bad choice. I believed that they were responsible for the problems that society was causing them.

I was the one who was wrong.

And I came to that discovery by just thinking through the issues. By considering "Teh Gays" as people.

When you finally grasp that their natural feelings are not a choice; that who they are as people is not wrong, but a part of the human experience, then the idea of punishing people for being born who they are is an injustice. (It also works for people who don't look like you. Try it!) You realize that gays deserve the same rights and privileges that I get without question for being born a white male. That is, basic human rights. Not through an accident of birth, but through the existence of a fundamental set of principles that apply to every single human being on this planet. Extending those rights to everyone makes others happy, makes us all better people, and makes the Earth a better place for us all to live.

I will close with the quote below from Justice Kennedy's great opinion that settled this issue.

This weekend, I'm taking the Marriage Equality logo off my page. Rest in peace, logo. Your task is done.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Obamacare saved

I am of course thrilled that the Supreme Court saved the Affordable Care Act today. From a legal standpoint, this was a stupid, stupid case that shouldn't even have been heard, but now that it has, the ACA is safe for the foreseeable future.

Justice Scalia, as befitting a partisan hack, contradicted one of his own dissents in wanting to kill the ACA for what amounted to a typo. He and Justice Thomas can't leave the Court soon enough.

Now maybe tomorrow we'll get nationwide Same Sex marriage.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A modest proposal for the South

Thanks to a racist asshole who, inspired by right wing hate groups, slaughtered nine black people in a Charleston church last week, there has been a growing call for South Carolina to remove the confederate battle flag from the grounds of their capitol. To pretty much everyone's surprise, the call to eliminate this flag of slavery and treason has spread to other states, like Georgia and Mississippi, which incorporate the flag into the design of their state flags. Even retailers, such as Walmart, eBay and Amazon have stopped sales of the flag and products that use its image. 

Most Americans understand that this won't solve the problem of racism, but eliminating this divisive and hateful symbol is a GOOD THING and something that should have happened long ago. Like say, right after the North kicked the South's ass.

The dissenters, those conservatives who believe the flag should continue to fly, have mostly resorted to arguments of Southern Heritage. That is, they argue that the flag isn't representative of the institution of slavery and traitors renouncing their American citizenship to wage war against America, it's a symbol of "Southern Heritage". As if slavery and treason weren't their heritage.

So a couple of days ago, I had the idea of creating a new flag for the South; something everyone there could rally behind. A flag that truly represents "Southern Heritage" and its proud traditions. Sadly, before I could post my idea, The Daily Show made their own proposal last night. But my flag is different, so I'm posting it anyway. My flag represents "The Crossroads of Ideas".

I grant the use of this design to the "South" (aka the former Confederate states) in perpetuity. Fly it from your statehouses! Paste it on your pickups! Wear it on your wifebeaters! Slap it on the stocks of your shotguns!

Whether you do or not, it's how we'll always think of you.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Obamacare Repeal Reality

Once President Obama took office, Republicans in Congress, who hadn't batted an eyelash at lavish, unchecked spending during the Bush Presidency, suddenly found austerity to be their guiding principle. They claimed that cutting expenditures was to fight the deficit, but really it was to prevent the President from spending any money to rescue the economy or enact any meaningful reforms. Of course, during an economic downturn, the easiest way to economic recovery is to increase government spending. Austerity does the exact opposite. The principle of austerity delayed the economic recovery and contributed greatly to unemployment and our crumbling infrastructure. But the mantra of deficit reduction is still one of the Republicans' most frequent cries.

So what happens if the Supreme Court kills Obamacare?
Repealing Obamacare would increase the deficit by at least $137 billion or as much as $353 billion, a new Congressional Budget Office report published Friday finds.
The report, requested by Senate Republicans, uses two methods to measure the economic effects of Obamacare — one that looks at the provisions of the law itself, and one that looks at how the act's effects will ripple through the economy.
Yes, repealing Obamacare would explode the deficit. And this conclusion was reached by the new head of the CBO, a former Bush White House economist, who was supposed to use Republican math to support the Republicans in Congress.

As Rick Perry would say, "Oops."

And if you think this will make Congressional Republicans reconsider the wisdom of destroying Obamacare for even an instant, then you have not been paying attention.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Take Down the Damn Flag

Supporters of the flag defend it by saying it's a symbol of Southern heritage.

It's a symbol of treason and slavery. That's the Southern heritage.

Why would you want to defend that?

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Even more charts!

The deficit is way down and falling (closer to the center line is better).

The number of uninsured in the United States is WAY down (Thanks, Obama!).

Gun deaths in America are obscenely high. American exceptionalism!

Summer Films - So Far

I've seen three "Summer Blockbusters" so far this season. I've already briefly written about Avengers: Age of Ultron. I've also seen Tomorrowland and Jurassic World.

The interesting thing about Brad Bird's Tomorrowland is that it's the one from the series of movies based on Disney rides/locales that doesn't have an obvious plot. Scripts for Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion practically write themselves (not necessarily successfully). But what do you do with Tomorrowland?

For the most part, I enjoyed their choice; a group of utopian scientists create a futuristic city in an alternate dimension to create life-changing technologies. This city eventually comes into conflict with a crisis in the real world. I love retro-futurism and this movie is pretty much built around that idea. I also really enjoyed some of the performances, especially Raffey Cassidy as Athena, who steals every scene she's in.

However, the plot conflict never really makes sense and the needless violent struggle at the end seems like the choice of a standard action film. I don't think the movie fully lives up to its ideals in giving us something we've never seen before. It's not as bad as it's box office tally would indicate, but it's not as good as I had hoped.

Ben and I saw Jurassic World last night. In the pantheon of Jurassic Park movies, I guess I'd say it's better than 2 and 3, but nowhere near as good as the original (duh). The problems are many, including a very rocky first 45 minutes, a bunch of terrible choices made by stupid characters, those same characters acting very implausibly and lackadaisically in the face of a developing disaster, and the expression of the same anti-technology bent that infests all the Jurassic Park movies. The escape of the new Indominus Rex dinosaur made no sense to me at all. Oh, and the fairly awesome Tim and Lexi from JP have been replaced by a whiny, petulant teen, and his pre-teen brother whose parents are going through a divorce. Ugh. Finally, the movie contains several scenes that are clearly homages to previous, better, movies, including Aliens, and doesn't nail any of them.

All of these dinosaurs were killed by one dinosaur.
Did they wait around for their turn rather than flee?
I know they're slow, but come on.

I did enjoy Chris Pratt and Bryce Howard, and some of the action sequences are pretty well done. And dinosaurs are always fun to see. But overall I thought the direction by Colin Trevorrow was lackluster. One of the greatest strengths of the original Jurassic Park was how Spielberg gave a sense of grandeur and dignity to the settings and the dinosaurs. Trevorrow is too busy rushing past everything to get to the next thing to really evoke that sense of wonder and scale necessary to what we're seeing.

I still need to go see Mad Max.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

A few interesting charts of the times

These are pretty self-explanatory.

This week in stupid (abbreviated version)

In response to Caitlyn Jenner coming out as a woman, Republican Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee wishes he had been able to "pretend" that he was a girl in high school so he could visit their locker room.
“Now I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in PE,” said Huckabee. “I’m pretty sure that I would have found my feminine side and said, ‘Coach, I think I’d rather shower with the girls today.’ You’re laughing because it sounds so ridiculous doesn’t it?”  Link
No, we're laughing because you're a clueless git and an asshole.

Minnesota resident Jeff Gullickson posted to Twitter an edited version of Obama's famous "Hope" poster, putting the President's head in a noose as if he had been lynched. Not shockingly, he received some blowback, including the loss of his job.
“My only regret is being called racist when my opinion of the president has more to do with [Obama] being a communist as opposed to being black,” he told MPR News in an email.  Link
Yeah, now you've got it.

The President of the Gun Owners of America group wants to put the Second Amendment into the proper perspective.
“The Second Amendment was designed for people just like the president and his administration,” Pratt said. “And yes, if the New York Times and the Rolling Stone, and whoever else wants to have a hissy fit, yes, our guns are in our hands for people like those in our government right now that think they wanna go tyrannical on us, we’ve got something for ‘em. That’s what it’s all about.”
“The Second Amendment,” he continued, “is not about hunting, it’s not about target shooting, it’s about Democrats who want to take our rights.”  Link
He's definitely got the Founders nailed. The whole idea of the Second Amendment is to allow Republicans to kill Democrats. Read the Constitution, people!

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is not only a terrible person, but he's a creationist.
"Class of 2015, you should not leave Stone Ridge High School thinking that you face challenges that are at all, in any important sense, unprecedented," he said. "Humanity has been around for at least some 5,000 years or so, and I doubt that the basic challenges as confronted are any worse now, or alas even much different, from what they ever were." Link
It's good to know this guy is one of the major decision-makers in our country. American exceptionalism!

And finally, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn't want to even pretend to do his job anymore.
"So far, the only judges we've confirmed have been federal district judges that have been signed off on by Republican senators," McConnell said. Asked if he expects that to be the case through 2016, McConnell said, "I think that's highly likely, yeah."  Link
No more judicial confirmations for the President, ever. That seems reasonable.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

The Colbeard

Ah, Colbert, how I've missed you!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

First concert

The stage is ready

Tonight's entertainment

Ben and I are at Jiffy Lube Live (worst arena name EVER) for Ben's first rock concert. The band?


Will post some pics. 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Kung Fury

This Kickstarter financed short film is totally awesome. Crazy, violent, silly, unpredictable, glorious, WAY, WAY, WAY over the top, this movie clearly goes to 11.