Movie: Doctor Strange (2016)

Movie: Doctor Strange (2016)

There are good, bad and OK Marvel films — this was one of the good ones. In fact, it would have been the best this year, if not for Deadpool (with it’s dark raunchy style). But they’re completely different films, and don’t feel like the same genre at all. This is almost not a super-hero film at all, feeling more fantastical and spiritual. I liken it to what would you get if you merged the Matrix, Mysticism (eastern), and Marvel (maybe a little bit of inception thrown in). Basically a mind/reality bending martial arts film. And that’s it, it’s sort of a rehash and mishmash of a few stories that you’ve seen before — but it’s so derivative, that it’s unique. While it borrows heavily, that just gives it a familiarity — but it takes you places that you probably weren’t completely expecting. Or at least enough that it’s highly entertaining, assuming you’re not going to pick nits about the rules of “magic”. 

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Hamilton vs Hamilton

Hamilton vs Hamilton

As most are aware, Mike Pence went to see the rap-musical about Alexander Hamilton. And was rewarded by the classless audience with boos, and by the less classy cast, with a call-out and civil lecture about how inclusive they all are, and welcome him to be (with bitten tongue snark implying that he/Trump are bigots). Of course when anyone questions Obama’s conviction to uphold the Constitution (for flagrantly ignoring it, in at least a few cases) the left cries foul, but a thespian does it for someone who isn’t even in office yet, let alone done anything wrong, and they’re all for it. Plus, the cast missed the irony that their own casting calls for the same play included “whites need not apply”, by a cast that was too lazy to vote, and by a black actor that made jokes on twitter about raping drunk white chicks (in the name of inclusiveness). It seems in identity politics, inclusiveness doesn’t include those of fairer complexion. And this wasn’t the first time: when Netanyahu saw the show, he too was heckled — so Jewish leaders need not apply to be in the audience either. 

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Gun-control failures: shotspotter

Gun-control failures: shotspotter

Progressives are full of good ideas on how to spend other people’s money on ways to avoid blaming criminals for their actions. This one was by spending ≈$250,000/square mile (or about $60-90K/sq mi in yearly reoccurring costs), you could detect and send cops to scenes of shootings.  And liberals who watch too much CSI pressed many cities to adopt the expensive systems. How are they working? 

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Alt-right, Milo Yiannopoulos, Steve Bannon and Breitbart

Alt-right, Milo Yiannopoulos, Steve Bannon and Breitbart

While many people don’t know what the term Alt-Right really means, if they’re getting their cues from the mainstream media, they think it’s a formal group or caucus that’s  the racist wing of the Republican party. In shorthand the alt-right is the equivalent of calling someone a libtard, tea-bagger, or faux-news-watcher: mostly it’s a slur and not a label that most self-identify with. 

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Your side is worse

Your side is worse

I’m 100% sure there’s asshats on both sides. Both sides finding rationalizations for their bad behavior, or ignoring their side while sensationalizing the opposing one, is a normal form of bias, that as a society we should no tolerate. I’m not making excuses for either, I’m just calling bullshit. Both sides should stop.

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Nate Silver

Nate Silver

Nate Silver, hero of the left, is trying to prove P.T. Barnum (or Abe Lincoln) quote correct, "You can fool some of the people all of the time; you can fool all of the people some of the time, or you can fool all of the democrats all of the time". Or something like that. 

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Electoral College and the National Popular Vote

Electoral College and the National Popular Vote

Every election that the democrats lose, a faction starts coming out in force and explaining why we should eliminate the electoral college (1). Which is especially ironic if their selective amnesia didn’t interfere with their memories of how it can work for them as well as against. Just weeks before the 2016 loss, they were excitedly talking about how the electoral college could help Hillary prevent President Trump from coming to power, even if he won the popular vote. Then once they lost, the tone flipped 180° without a picosecond of introspection, or the slightest bit of irony (2). If you want to understand the full force of that irony, remember Obama lost the popular vote to Hillary in the primary (but he had more delegates), and Hillary lost the popular vote to Bernie Sanders (but she had more delegates): so neither of them would have likely been President if they practiced what they preached. But when some people lose, they want to retroactive change the rules, and get mad when you call them bad sports (when it’s the quintessential bad sportsmanship to do that). 

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