Friday, April 7, 2017

The Franchise Could Have Ended Early in Episode IV

Thursday, March 23, 2017

I'm A Nerd, Sometimes I talk About Nerd Things.

So, no one is going to be shocked to learn I am a huge nerd at this point. One of my all time favorite characters in the Marvel universe just received their first live action adaptation in the form of Netflix's newest super hero offering: Iron Fist.

My own personal take is that while the adaptation of the character and his world isn't perfect, it is far, far better than it has any right to be, making the character believably human while still holding true (more or less) to his representation in the comics. Danny Rand was orphaned when the plane he and his billionaire parents were on goes down in the Himalayan mountains. He is saved from death by the monks of the mystical city of K'un-Lun, where he is taken in, trained, and eventually becomes their champion, The Iron Fist. He leaves K'un-Lun to return to New York seeking answers on how and why the plane crash happened, and gets drawn in to conflicts there.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

White Guilt

So it should come as no surprise to anyone, considering I've ranted about it before, but I'm not much of a fan of identity politics. The idea that we can simply define people by the group or category they're in is.... well.... dumb. Don't get me wrong, categorizing things can be useful. Saying an animal is a dog gives us some basic information, but it isn't the whole picture. Because I'm not a fan of identity ploitics you better believe I'm not a fan of the Lifeline Expedition.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Marvel, Please Stop Pandering, Ok?

So, I'm a comic book fan, I'm looking forward to the premiere of Iron Fist on netflix to what is frankly an absurd degree, most of my workout gear is super hero themed, and I can rattle off lore for the heroes and villains of the big two publishers like a cape obsessed Rain Man. The problem is there is a problem at Marvel, that problem is social justic warrior pandering. don't believe me? Ok, check this out.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Battle Over Gun Rights Continues

So the Fourth circuit court of appeals made an interesting decision on tuesday. It seems that the second amendment does not appeal to "weapons of war" in their minds. To my mind this is exactly in opposition to the intention and wording of the second amendment, which reads "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." Why is that a contradiction? Well, for a few reasons.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Warrior Dilemma

I'm going to write about an issue very near and dear to my heart here. I have my reasons for talking about it today and this is probably not going to be a very funny article, so I hope you bare with me, dear reader. I am a former soldier, as are most of my friends. I like to think I am better adjusted than most men who have seen war, but I know there are men that have come back with more of themself intact than I did. I'm not saying that for pity, but it is an observation that colors everything I am going to go in to.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Every Girl Crazy 'Bout A Sharp Dressed Man

It may be a result of my upbringing but I've always believed a man should know how to both be put together and show his individual style, one of the simplest ways to stand out is wearing a tie and wearing it well. There are, of course, rules to wearing a tie well.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

It’s a Claptrap!

A Plan for Peace in the Middle East

I believe I noted come time back that I have an exciting new job, that takes me to exciting new places.

Well, this past week, I've been in one of the less exciting places I've been so far, Sandwiched somewhere between Wichita, Kansas and Elizabethtown, Kentucky, the Greater Milwaukee area in mid-February is not one of those places that just screams "Visit me!!"

On the other hand, the weather has been distinctly mid-April-like, and unlike North East Ohio, the sun is apparent in the sky more than almost three times a year.

So, you ask, what does this have to do with Peace in the Middle East? Well, I'm glad you asked.

As part of my job, I don't get what you would call a home cooked meal very often. In fact, I don't get a home cooked meal at home all that often, even when I am actually at home, but that's another story.

It would be easy to go to Burger King or McDonald's or Taco Bell, but since the company allows for better quality meals, I do try to find better quality restaurants and pubs. Occasionally, I even get something healthy.

Not so this past Wednesday.

There is a bar and grill outside Milwaukee that, I believe, holds the key to world peace. It's called The Saloon on Calhoun With Bacon.

Yes, that's right: Bacon.

Told you so.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

I'm Still Dreaming

There was an American who once gave a speech. It was a speech that shook the nation and the world. It was a speech about a Dream he had. A Dream that has still been unrealized because certain people don't want it to be. People who claim to be the friends of Americans like the one who made that speech.

The speech went this way:

Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day! - Silence of the Lambs Edition

This Valentine's Day, I find myself holed up in a hotel 500 miles from home, far from my family, and all by my little ol' lonesome.

I thought about sending Ndnd flowers or berries or chocolates to celebrate the day, but decided that the best (and Cheapest, because I am a cheap mother shut yo mouth!) gifts are the ones we make ourselves.

Remember those old school Valentines we used to send in school, one for everyone, with pictures of  comic book heroes or Star Wars characters on them? (Hulk SMASH! If you no be Hulk's Valentine!)
Well, I decided that I would take scenes from Ndnd's favorite movie and try to recreate the feel of those old Valentines.

Of course, her favorite movie is Silence of the Lambs, so they came out a little on the dark side.

I figure I ought to share them with you, in case you're alone on Valentine's Day, or, like me, too cheap to buy a real gift.

If you've seen the movie, some of these will be pretty funny.


Anyway, here we go:

Sunday, February 12, 2017


So, anyone that knows me well enough will know I am a bit of a... well, for lack of a better term a nerd. I can easily get lost in articles on obscure esoterica and not look up from chasing various threads until hours have passed. Recently I came across an article on the Science News Journal site about a mineral containing a perovskite crystal structure with the ability to convert multiple ambient forms of energy in to electricity.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Immigration is a Privilege

I've seen a lot of social media angst over 84 Lumber's ridiculous Super Bowl commercial (above), oh-so-obviously promoting illegal immigration. Granted, it's a superficially beautiful story about perseverance and the will to become an American. Something that tugs at the heartstrings of any true patriot.

But the specific scenario played out on screen simply isn't real. It's fiction. Few illegal immigrants make that trek to come be an American. They make it because they can make some serious money, most of which they send back home where it has far more purchasing power than here. It's basically a scam.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

From Soup to Nazis

Scott Adams describes this as the “smartest article you will read on the topic of who is acting like Hitler.”
Hitler was a real life murdering sociopath. He wasn’t just a charismatic speaker who incrementally fell into bad behavior. He wasn’t just a racist corrupted by unfettered power. In other words, you or I probably couldn’t end up being Hitler. A garden variety KKK leader probably couldn’t end up being Hitler either …or a community organizer …or a New York real-estate tycoon. It’s not that easy or simple.
I agree. Read it here.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

This Is Why I'm A Libertarian: Obamacare Edition

So, I don't get healthcare through an employer, my dayjob is through a small private business, and I do contract work on the side. Because of this I am forced under penalty of the federal government with-holding earnings from me in the form of the penalty to income tax returns unless I participate in the Ponzi scheme known as Obamacare. We libertarians are a contentious lot, and many will make the statement that taxation is in fact theft. I'm not one of those hard liners though.

If I'm not a taxation is theft hardliner then what is my issue with Obamacare? Well first of all it creats another

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

You Heard It Here First Folks: Supreme Court Nominee Judge Gorsuch is Literally Hitler

Judge Gorsuch. Rapist, Nazi, Womanizer, Baby eater, Satin's golf buddy, Racist, Homophobe...according to unnamed sources...probably. - CNN

Just to get ahead of the leftist curve ball, I'll go ahead and proclaim Judge Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, as "literally Hitler". Since that is what you will hear for the next several weeks from the left and the media (but I repeat myself).

He no doubt eats babies and puppies, has had 100 mistresses, believes all gays should be put in concentration camps, and is a 400lb Russian hacker on the side.