Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Dems Went Down To Georgia


OK, so let’s assess the situation in Washington.

 

  1. Donald Trump is an idiot. Li’l Donnie continues to fumble petulantly about the White House, beset by various crises of his own making. Meanwhile, every policy initiative out of Trump’s White House runs counter to his campaign promises and the preferences of most Americans, even the ones who supported Trump in the election.
  2. Republicans in Congress continue to trample on the vestiges of Democratic government with secret meetings and exclusionary tactics in pursuit of their own agenda to hold on to power and appease the most powerful in the Republican fold. Almost everything the Republicans have done has been in service to their “ideology” and not in service to the American people.
  3. Donald Trump is an idiot. I know, I’ve already said that but come on! We can never say this too much: Donald Trump is an idiot.

 

On Tuesday, that was a special election to fill the open seat for the House Representative from Georgia’s 6th District, considered a reliable Republican stronghold. But the Democrats sensed blood in the water and went all in to support Jon Ossof, a 30 year old documentary filmmaker and  former Congressional aide. The Dems were counting on growing dissatisfaction with the Republican led Congress and that Donald Trump is an idiot. So the Democratic National Committee (DNC) began shoveling tons of money and resources into Ossof’s campaign. On the other side, the Republican National Committee (RNC) took notice and began shoveling even more tons of money and a buttload of even more resources into the campaign of Republican Karen Handel.


Both the DNC and the RNC viewed the fight for Georgia’s 6th district as a proxy war for a larger national political message. The DNC wanted to show that Trump (Remember: Donald Trump is an idiot.) is more hurt than help to Republican candidates and a referendum that Americans do not like what the Republican led Congress is doing.  The RNC needed to show that Trump is not a drag on the party and show there is more support for Republican leadership than Democrats.

 

So going into this elections, consider these three important points:  

  1. Donald Trump is an idiot.
  2. Republicans in Congress suck.
  3. And Donald Trump is an idiot.

And Karen Handel won the election. So much for the 6th District of Georgia being a referendum on Donald Trump and his GOP gang of enablers in Congress.

 

So what gives? It pays to remember the adage that “all politics is local”. Ossof was a bit too new, too much the outsider while Handel was a better known individual in the area. 


There is also the problem that the Democratic Party just doesn't "get it" when it comes to appealing America. They fronted a young intellectual artist in a Republican district and Republicans have had a lot of success railing against out of touch intellectuals and ultra liberal artists. In fact, Handel went old school in the finals days of the campaign, repeatedly linking Ossof to far left liberal policies. It was a message that may have made the difference in her victory. 


The only bright spot for the Democrats is they made the Republicans fight to win a consistently pro-Republican district. A lot of money was poured into a race that is usually a slam dunk for the GOP and managed only a 4 point margin of victory.


But for the Dems, a loss is still a loss. So in a world where the American government is headed up by Donald Trump (Disclaimer: Donald Trump is an idiot.), what do the Democrats have to do to win? There have been 4 special elections since Trump took office and the Dems are 0 and 4. Are Dems overestimating the degree of resistance to the Trump and GOP agenda? Or is the resistance truly a thing but the Dems just don't know how to tap into it? Are potential Democratic voters still not engaged in the process?


The Democrats are already being shut out of the legislative process by Republicans in the House and the Senate. But if they don't get their act together, the Democratic Party will drive itself to irrelevance. 


Oh, and Donald Trump is an idiot. (In case you forgot.) 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

And Lo, There Shall Come a Price Increase


I’ve noticed for the last couple of solicitations for DC Comics, the standard price point has moved from $2.99 an issue to $3.99 an issue. The titles published bi-weekly (Superman, Action, Batman, Detective, etc) are still listed as $2.99 but otherwise, all the monthly titles are $3.99 which at least come with redeemable codes for free digital copies of the same issue. I’m unsure if there is an page count difference for the $3.99 books beyond the 20 page standard. Well, I suppose it was only a matter of time before DC’s line would increase in price. Marvel has long defaulted to the $3.99 price point for its entire line, even for the titles that double ship. 

 

I’ve tolerated the $3.99 as long as I was getting more bang for my buck.  Over at Image, Kill Or Be Killed by Brubaker & Phillips is $3.99 but the stories are longer, a solid reading experience. And there’s a bonus text feature AND Brubaker actually answers reader’s letters.  The idea of spending $3.99 for 20 pages of story & art just strikes me as a bit of a cheat. Hell, I don’t even get a a letter column.  But apparently one such title has snuck past me. The Batman ’66 comics have jumped in price to $3.99 with 20 pages of story and art. The current project, Batman ’66  meets Wonder Woman ’77, I will see to the end. The next series, Mike Allred’s Batman ’66 meets the Legion of Super Heroes, I may feel compelled to skip.

 

Of course, I’m fighting against the tide. $3.99 comic books are not the future; they are now. $2.99 is receding into the past. 

 

This not a new struggle for me. I fought against $2.99 when the prior price point of $2.50 started going away. I resisted $2.50 when $1.99 comics began to go away.  I even railed against $1.00 titles in the twilight of 75 cent comics.

 

I suppose in the future I will lament the passing of $3.99 comics when the price starts jumping to $4.99.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Russian To Judgement


“You may be the first president in history to go down because you can’t stop inappropriately talking about an investigation that, if you just were quiet, would clear you,”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

 

Is Donald Trump now under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller for possible obstruction of justice? Well, Li'l Donnie says he is. But his own attorney says he's not. It is very likely that Trump is merely parroting speculation in the press as a done deal. Which wouldn't be the first time he's done that.


Still this whole... "Russia thing". How did we get to this point?


To understand that, let’s look at some key questions that have driven this mess and Trump’s repeated efforts to undermine his own position.

 

Did the Russians try to interfere in the 2016 Presidential Election?

The consensus from all of America’s intelligence agencies was yes, they did. Nothing overt like hacking voting machines but playing a long game of hacking other resources like the computers of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the active planting and distribution of fake news items to influence public opinion.

 

Trump immediately refuted these findings, casting doubt on the capabilities of America’s intelligence agencies. Why? Mostly ego. He wanted nothing to taint his victory. He even took issue with Hillary Clinton’s popular vote count as a result of fraudulent voting (of which there was zero evidence). Trump saw the Russian interference story as a made up effort to undermine his victory. Which brings us to the next question…

 

Did the Russians interfere in the 2016 Presidential Election to benefit a particular candidate?

Here the evidence is circumstantial but it does begin to pile up. Information being hacked then released was always to the detriment of Clinton and the Democratic Party. The ‘fake new’ stories planted in social media were emphatically anti-Clinton. There was Vladimir Putin’s known dislike for Hillary Clinton while Donald Trump kept talking up what a great guy Putin is. Again, circumstantial but it keeps pointing in the same direction.

 

And again, Trump is in complete denial for pretty much the same reason: he had zero patience for anything that would undermine the validity of his electoral victory.  Which brings us to the next question…

 

If the Russians did interfere in the 2016 Presidential Election to benefit Donald Trump, was there any “inside help” from the Trump campaign?

This is the “collusion” part you keep hearing in the news. Once more, evidence is circumstantial and perhaps on shakier ground. Yes, there were several contacts of  Trump campaign staff and surrogates with the Russians. Russia’s ambassador to the United states pops up a lot in these contacts. And the CIA regard him warily as a security risk who’s in deep with Russia’s spy operations. And we know Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was caught interacting with Russians after saying he didn’t. We know this because he was talking to a Russian the US was spying on. (Remember Flynn’s name; it’s important to the next question.)  And Flynn is not the only one on Trump’s team to have Russian contacts that were not disclosed. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was busted for talking to a Russian after he had told the Senate he did not do that. Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation. 

 

Trump is in “oh hell no” mode,  not just protecting the validity of his electoral victory but now it’s getting personal. NOTE, at this point, Trump himself is not being investigated but he’s still taking it personally. Then he fires FBI director James Comey and admits on national television that he did it because of the Russia thing.  And he tells 2 Russian visitors to the White House he fired Comey to take the pressure off from the investigation. Which leads us to the next question…

 

Is Donald Trump guilty of obstruction of justice in the Russia investigation?
Two things point to an answer of "yes". One is Comey's testimony that Trump asked him if he could cut Michael Flynn some slack and hoped Comey could let this go.


The other is Trump's own admission to NBC News and to his Russian visitors regarding his motives for firing Comey, specifically citing the Russia investigation. 


"Obstruction of justice" is not an easy thing to prove. Trump's comments to Comey were sufficiently vague; he didn't order Comey to let the investigation go, Trump just expressed a "hope" he could let it go. And firing Comey would not end the investigation.


That being said, there is sufficient reason to be concerned about Trump's flagrant abuse of power to further a personal goal in opposition to the investigation of Russian influence. 


If the story is as non-existent as Trump says, why would he impede the investigation? Let it run it's course, get vindication neither he nor his team did anything wrong and move the hell on. Instead, the more Li'l Donnie snarls and barks at what he calls a "witch hunt", the more he stokes fires of suspicion. It is not in his best interest if he's innocent to do what he's been doing. Hell, if he's guilty, his behavior is still not in his best interest.


And it all goes back to before the inauguration when Trump disputed the findings of America's intelligence agencies that Russia had interfered in the election, a consensus accepted by almost everybody else. Which just led to more questions and more suspicions.


So Trump or his team is guilty of some form of collusion with the Russians. Or maybe not. And if he's not, then he's just plain stupid and exposing himself once more as being completely unfit for office. Because if he or his team is not guilty, then the only answer remaining is that Trump is a petulant man-baby with no patience for anything that might take his grand accomplishment, winning the 2016 election, away from him in even the smallest way.


Sneaky or stupid. One or the other. Neither is a good answer.  

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday Musings


Hi there! Today is Monday! Yay! I’m the only person in the world who is happy to be back at work on a Monday. I cope better with my obligations at work than I do with my responsibilities in the rest of my life.
 
Friday night, we escaped the Fortress of Ineptitude to eat Mexican at the one of two Mexican places we go to. Sunday for Father’s day, we went to one of the two steak restaurants we always go to.

But on Saturday, we actually ate somewhere we had never eaten before called Freddys, a new chain specializing in steakburgers and frozen custard. My daughter Randie had eaten at one before and was anxious for her mom and I to try it as well. We finally did on Saturday prior to our weekly visit to Geeksboro to see Doctor Who. (Note: the write up on this past Saturday’s episode will appear on this blog this coming Saturday.)

I would dare say their steakburgers are better than the ones at Steak ‘n’ Shake. And the frozen custard is just so good. We have in Freddy’s a new favorite place to go. 
 
Sunday evening was marred a bit with another bout of nausea. I actually went to see my doctor about this last week and here’s the word on that. There’s no disease called “nausea”. Nausea is a symptom, not a disease. But a symptom of what? Well, that remains an unanswered question. There is no discernible pattern that I can determine and I have no other associated symptoms. Just nausea. Which hit me hard last night. This time I did not throw up. I did crash at an early hour Sunday evening, sleeping until about 4 AM. Then I went back to sleep at 5 AM and resisted getting up in response to my 6 AM alarm for 90 minutes. I was no longer nauseous but damn I was tired. 
 
On the subject of health, I am looking at follow up surgery on my left arm within the next month or so. I have strength in my arm but my mobility is still quite limited due to a bone mass in my arm. Once that is removed, I should have full mobility of my left arm once more.
 
And my neurologist is still investigating the source of my stroke this past January. He wants to do a scan of the blood vessels in my head AND he wants to thread a tiny camera down my throat to look at my heart, looking for sign of blood clots and so forth. I am not looking forward to having a camera threaded down my throat. There better be drugs to mellow me out.  More on that when we actually do the thing.
 
Well, that’s that for now. Until next time, remember to be good to one another. 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day Funny Business

Hi there! For Father's Day, I'm taking it easy with the ol' blog thing. No words of wit or wisdom on what it means to be a dad. Nope, just some stupid dad jokes I found online.












And that's that for today.

Blog note: the Doctor Who post on the Saturday episode from last night will appear on the blog next Saturday.  

Other stuff will be on the blog between now and then.

Until next time, remember to be good to one another.  


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Doctor Who Is NEW!: Empress of Mars

Hi there! Happy Saturday to you! 

Unless you'reading this tomorrow, then happy Sunday to you!

If you're reading this yesterday, how are you doing that? But nonetheless, Happy Friday to you!

We're down to 3 new episodes of Doctor Who Series 10 and we're getting closer to our farewells to Peter Capaldi & Steven Moffat. (Please don't go!)  

The Noff's successor, Chris Chibnall (a.k.a. "The Chib") got some press for his upcoming turn as head writer and executive producer.

Chris said the BBC hired him to be "risky and bold".  He added, “I had ideas about what I wanted to do with it. When I went to them and said, ‘This is what I would do’, I actually expected them to say, ‘Ooh, let’s talk about that’, but they said: ‘Great!’”

One such idea was a season long story, much like what Chibnall did for Broadchurch.  

Whatever the Chib (That's not going to catch on, is it?) has planned, we still have Peter and Steve with us.

Tonight is the premier of "The Eaters of Light". But before we reach for the future, let's look at where we've been. 

Here are some thoughts on last week's episode, the "Empress of Mars", right after break.





Empress of Mars
by Mark Gattis

The Doctor, Bill and Nardole are on a field trip to present day NASA. (Why? Because.) NASA is remotely poking around the ice cap of Mars. 

Oh, look: Rocks!



Rocks that form the words, ‘GOD SAVE THE QUEEN. 

The Doctor smiles broadly. Oh boy! A new mystery.



Mars and the year 1881 is a just a short TARDIS hop away.  While the Doctor and Bill go exploring, Nardole goes back to the TARDIS. (Why? Because) which then takes off resisting Nardole's efforts to control it. (Why? Because.)



The Doctor and Bill find human soldiers from Victorian Britain working underground with oxygen and stuff. The soldiers are there courtesy of an Ice Warrior they named “Friday” whose spaceship crashed on Earth. After Captain Catchlove and his men rescued him, Friday took the soldiers back to Mars where they can mine the planet for precious minerals and get rich. The Doctor suspects Friday is using the humans to dig out an Ice Warrior hive.



Eventually, the soldiers discover the tomb of the Ice Empress. Colonel Godsacre orders the men to stay away from the tomb. Do not touch it.

No touch!

No touchy! 

Do. Not. Touch!



But one guard missed the “not” part of that command and whoops! The Ice Empress, Iraxxa, is revived. Ta-da!!



Iraxxa wakes up in  bad mood, what with the humans there stinking up the place. Friday tells Iraxxa she’s been asleep 5,000 years and the surface of Mars sucks as a place to live. Iraxxa asks Bill for her opinion, as a fellow woman and decides to give peace a chance. But a soldier has to go shoot his gun; the shots bounces harmlessly off Iraxxa's helmet. But she’s still ticked about that and she returns fire. Catchlove takes command, traps Iraxxa and Friday within the tomb. He also locks up the Doctor, Bill, and Godsacre who Catchlove exposed as someone who survived being hanged… for cowardice.



Catchlove figures he and his men are more than a match for a couple of Ice Warriors.



Inside the tomb, Iraxxa starts reviving more Ice Warriors.


Ice Warriors: ATTACK!!!



Except for Friday who allies himself with the Doctor and Bill to stop this bloodshed.  Then Catchlove (we don’t like him) holds Iraxxa at knifepoint and attempts to force her to help him pilot a spaceship back to Earth. Godsacre finds his courage, surprising Catchlove and kills him. (We didn't like him so good riddance.)

Then Godsacre begs Iraxxa to kill him. He is prepared to give his life to save his men.  

Iraxxa's impressed. She calls off the attack in exchange for Godsacre pledging himself to the Ice Warriors. The Doctor covertly contacts Alpha Centauri (an alien being, not the star system) to assist the Ice Warriors finding somewhere else to live since Mars isn't as fun as it used to be.  



The Doctor and Bill help Godsacre leave the message that NASA will discover.



Nardole then re-appears with the TARDIS, with Missy piloting the ship.



The Doctor is not happy to see Missy is out of the vault.

Meanwhile, Missy seems to very concerned about the Doctor's well-being.

They hold a really long, very awkward stare at each other. They're not going to make out, are they? Ewwww!

Mark Gattis delivers a solid story that would've worked well in the classic series, even with their budget. Definitely for Jon Pertwee's third Doctor. It's a solid adventure of humans vs. aliens. It's a conflict entirely of their own making, each race's arrogance and sense of superiority over the other is what drives the fighting.  

Bill is not as powerful a presence as she has been in previous episodes. She does get a good moment when the Empress looks to Bill for her opinion because she is female. Nardole just gets shunted off by a plot device the TARDIS.  Apparently, when Mark wrote this, he didn't know Nardole was going to be a companion. Maybe it was early enough that no one had a handle on Bill which may account for her diminished role. 

The big twist is the human army are British soldiers in service to Queen Victoria. They certainly are possessed of a strong sense of entitlement, indicative of men in the Victorian era. The whole idea of Victorian men with their contemporaneous 19th century tech on Mars and acting like they own the place? Straight out of an H G Wells story. 

Nice touch: the painting of Queen Victoria looks like the one we met way back in Series 2, Tooth & Claw. 

Empress of Mars is a perfectly serviceable story; not very remarkable but hardly an embarrassment. Just a nice one off adventure before things get really intense by the end of Series 10.

Seriously though, what was the deal with that really long, very awkward stare between the Doctor and Missy?

Tonight, The Eaters of Light, the first new era Doctor Who story by a writer from the classic series, Rona Munro. 

Tonight at 9 PM on BBC America. 

The write up will post next Saturday.

Until next time, remember to be good to one another.  

Friday, June 16, 2017

Deep Space Lazytown?


Sometimes things just take over our attention for reasons that are difficult to explain. Heading into summer, my daughter Randie has become obsessed with Lazytown. It’s a kids show from Iceland (yes, Iceland) adapted for American consumption on the Nick Jr cable network. It was a show my daughter watched when she was a much younger child. Now she’s spends an inordinate amount of time online watching episodes of Lazytown and obsessing over a variety of minutia like the original Icelandic plays the show is derived from. Of all the things in the world to capture her attention… Lazytown? Really?





Meanwhile I’ve been caught up with my own obsession: clips of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine on You Tube. DS9 was the most mature of the Star Trek series, dealing with long form story arcs and character development. In many ways, I consider DS9 the best of the Star Trek TV series.  I haven’t watched an episode in years but lately someone has been posting 3 to 5 minute clips of DS9 episodes on You Tube. I’ll watch one. Then another.  And then another. And then another. And then another. And then another. The next thing I know, I’ve killed several hours. I mean, what the hell? 




I think Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is on Netflix. If I want to go ahead and watch episodes, I can. But no! I keep watching this show in bite sized chunks like a stoner with a bad case of the munchies and a family sized bag of Doritos. Seriously, I have better things to do with my time, don’t I? But nevertheless, I persist, one clip after another of deadpan Odo, obtuse Garak, intense Sisko, sneaky Quark… Oh great. I need another bag of Doritos.  And I keep watching.


It’s weird what reaches out to grab our attention. Whether it’s my daughter obsessed with a Nick Jr import from Iceland that she supposedly outgrew 10+ years ago or my habit of glomming onto dozens and dozens of Deep Space Nine clips on You Tube until I’m tired and bleary eyed? What accounts for such things taking up so much of our time? Maybe it’s a self-defense mechanism. I think we are often overwhelmed by our choices, too many different movies, TV shows, videos, too many options vying for our attention. So our brain picks something, one thing to focus on, something born of nostalgia, of familiarity. But it serves as an anchor in a storm tossed sea of choices.

Or maybe I'm just crazy. Or lazy. Clazy?  

And I'm so glad my suffering amuses you. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

An Attack On All of Us



James Hodgkinson, a home inspector from Belleville, Illinois, died at a hospital in Washington, D.C., following a shootout with Capitol Police at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia. Hodgkinson opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for an upcoming baseball game. The shooter was a Bernie Sanders supporter and vehemently opposed to the Republican party, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  Yes, one of those 3 things is not like the other two. Except to James Hodgkinson who once described Clinton as “a Republican in a Democrat’s pants suit”. 


Bernie Sanders quickly issued a statement condemning this man’s actions and the use of violence. 

The baseball game the Republicans were practicing for was a charity match up against Congressional Democrats, a rare show of bi-partisan cooperation. Ironic, maybe? 

As I write this on Wednesday afternoon, I’m predicting some variant of the following will occur. Someone on Fox News or Trump or a GOP mouth piece will note, “Oh, there was all this hand wringing on the liberal left about so-called ‘hateful, inflammatory rhetoric' on the right that could push people to violence. But look! It was a liberal who fired the first shots.”  

Let’s see what happens next.  


June 14, 2017, 2:38 PM 

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And here we go.

After Shooting, Some in GOP Blame Incitement by Democrats

NBC News, JUN 14 2017, 7:31 PM ET

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich blamed a "pattern" of "increasing hostility on the left" in an appearance on Fox News, prompting the host to press him on whether it was appropriate to be making such charges at such a time.

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway stoked the narrative on Twitter, as did Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, retweeting a tweet from a conservative commentator that connected the shooting to a controversial new production of William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” In the production, Caesar, who is assassinated on stage, is portrayed in a way meant to invoke Trump.



Others on the right linked the shooting to comedian Kathy Griffin, who was fired from CNN's New Year's Eve special for posing with a fake severed and bloody Trump head. She later apologized.

Former GOP Rep. Joe Walsh posted this on Twitter:  “Today's shooter was a hard core Lefty, a big Bernie fan. Too much hate on the left. Way too much. It's dangerous.”

Rep. Chris Collins, R-NY, the first congressman to endorse Trump during last year’s presidential primary, told local station WKBW that Democrats’ “outrageous” rhetoric can incite violence.

And get a load of this headline:  

Pastor Who Linked Obama To Antichrist Says Stop Demonizing Politicians

I guess its different when "your people" are getting shot at.

But these voices were outmatched by calls for support and unity in the aftermath of the shooting. 

Paul Ryan: ‘An Attack on One of Us is An Attack On All of Us’
NBC News, JUN 14 2017, 5:40 PM ET

Somber and shaken members of Congress put politics aside for at least a few hours as they walked through the halls of the United States Capitol Wednesday after a gunman went on a shooting rampage targeting Republican lawmakers at an early morning bipartisan baseball practice at a nearby Virginia field.


House Speaker Paul Ryan took to the floor to address the shooting. "We are all horrified by this dreadful attack on our friends and on our colleagues and those who serve and protect this capital. We are all praying for those who were attacked and for their families. And we are united. We are united in our shock, we are united in our anguish. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.”
Yes, there was the partisan finger pointing I was expecting. There are those who will always find a way to live down below my lowest expectations. Maybe tomorrow, when the shock has warn off and talking points have been buffed and polished, there may well be more such rhetoric.  
But for most of the day, a lot of people presented the side of our better angels. In an age when so many take sides on every single little thing to invoke victimization or demonization, that restraint and decorum in the face of tragedy was remarkable.
Now if Congress could figure out how to keep doing that without getting shot at, there may be hope for us yet.
June 14, 2017, 9:15 PM 
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This sadly was not the only shooting today. 
Huffington Post, 06/14/2017 12:39 pm ET
At least four people have died, including a gunman, following a shooting at a UPS facility in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood on Wednesday morning, police confirmed.
The unidentified gunman shot a total of five people around 9 a.m. local time before turning turning what acting chief Toney Chaplin described as “an assault pistol” on himself when police entered the building.
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Everyone, remember to be good to one another.  


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

He Said What Now?

A few days ago, Comic Book Resources did a feature on comic book panels that either the passage of time or the absence of context now seem, well, weird.

I wanted to share a few panels from some of the classic DC Comics that CBR featured in it's article.

Let's start with a panel from a Batman vs. Joker story.

The theme of the joker's crime spree?

Boners!








Boners refers to jokes or pranks that backfire; instead of having "fun" at the expense of the target, the instigator is humiliated.

The Joker does not like to be humiliated. This was back in the days when the Joker wouldn't kill you for that. Nope, he just goes for wilder and crazier gags.

What's really funny about this story is the sheer frequency of the word "boner". As you see in the panel above the joker gets two boners in one word balloon.

OK, that last sentence sounded skeevier than I intended.

Here's this panel from Justice League of America.







That 75% of the civilians in danger are our heroes' girlfriends can't help to cast Batman's worried thoughts in a different light. Frederic Wortham would've had a field day with that; he was the psychologist who posited that Batman and Robin were in a gay relationship. And remember that Robin is the BOY Wonder which makes that even more iffy. 

Hey, guys. Somebody's got to set Batman up.

And here's Aquaman, a MAN of the SEA and you know where this is going....












Of course, in those long ago, more innocent days, who would find something naughty about "seaman"? 

Check out this blog post from July 2013 where I imagine one of the creators of Aquaman sparing him a most unfortunate name. 

Remember, the men who chart courses over the sea deserve our respect. So don't pull any boners on seamen. (Blog, what have I done to you?) 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Oh No! Not Again!

Curiously enough, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias as it fell was "Oh no! Not again!" Many people have speculated that if we knew exactly why the bowl of petunias had thought that we would know a lot more about the nature of the universe than we do now.
        Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

And you may well think the same thing when you see the topic of today's post, Donald Trump. 

"Oh no! Not again!"

Are you tired of hearing about Donald Trump? Of course you are! You're an intelligent person and attractive probably. You've got better things to do than read more about that bloated orange skinned, small handed lump of semi-literate protoplasm trying to pass himself off as a human being.

Well, I’m sure as hell tired of writing about him. 

But when every day brings a new dread of how Trump will embarrass us as a country yet again, every day brings a new fear that he will seriously and fundamentally harm this country, it’s hard to think of anything else.  


I mean, if he were somehow held in check by the rest of the government, maybe we could relax a bit. “Don’t worry, that nuclear button is from Playskool. He doesn’t get the real thing!” Maybe put some Call Of Duty on his TV but tell him its footage of the army kicking ISIS’s butt; Li’l Donnie will sink into his oversized chair with a KFC drumstick in one hand and a contented smile on his face. No harm, no foul. Don’t worry, nobody’s letting him do anything for real. He’s happy, he gets to play “President” without actually hurting anyone.  

But no. The House and the Senate Republicans have got their heads so far up Trump’s ass, they can see out of his nostrils. Why? Why enable and appease such a dangerously stupid man-like creature? Because the hardcore conservatives want to push through big tax breaks for the wealthy, big cuts to the social safety net for the poor and basically get their way. And they have a “friend” in the White House. Li’l Donnie will sign off on whatever they send him. He likes signing things. It makes him look like a big boy. 


So House and the Senate Republicans have put their ideology and their party ahead of the country’s best interests. Because you would have to be so frickin’ stupid to not see that Trump is profoundly and terribly unqualified for the job of President. Maybe some of them are just that stupid but most are just that short sighted; it’s all about holding on to power today, the consequences to the future be damned. 

And today is another damn day of this shit.  

"Oh no! Not again!"

Yes, dear reader, I know you're tired. I'm tired! But there are forces at work against the best interests of this country and its citizens. We cannot become complacent with this set of so-called political leaders or we become complicit in their misdeeds. 

I'm sorry, I truly am. But as long as there remains a threat to America (and trust me, Trump and his gang of enablers in the Capitol are a threat), we need to keep reminding ourselves that this not normal. 

So yeah, more posts to come about Trump.

Or as the bowl of petunias put it: 




The Dems Went Down To Georgia

OK, so let’s assess the situation in Washington.   Donald Trump is an idiot. Li’l Donnie continues to fumble petulantly about t...