Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Roman Polanski deserves prison. Period.

I am taking a brief break from my blog re-do to state something that has been on my mind lately, and it's the defense of Roman Polanski over his crime of drugging then raping and sodomizing a 13 year old. The thing is, I wanted to offer an example that no one would deny is wrong. But damn, if that many people can't see how wrong the rape and sodomizing of a 13 year is, then what other example could I provide that could best illustrate how evil it was what Polanski did?

Yes, I said it was an evil act. That's a moral judgment, so sue me. Just understand that I am not judging his soul - only God can do that - but this act; this one heinous act. And let me re-emphasize that what Polanski did was a CRIME. It wasn't a mere lapse in judgment. His ass deserves prison, along with the rest of him. My kudos to a Salon columnist who really lays it on the line.

What I also found rather shocking is when I tried to look up the feminist response to this. I checked the National Organization for Women website, but I didn't find a mention on it. I also checked Google News and Yahoo! News and did searches there for "Polanski" and "feminist" (and "feminists"), but only bloggers are listed on Google and nothing on Yahoo! Surely there is an official feminist response to this, because we are talking the rape of a child here.

If any of you happen to find something that gives an official feminist reaction to this story, please send it to me. Anything less than an outright condemnation from feminists of Polanski and the need for justice to be done will not only show feminists to be hypocrites, but traitors to their gender. I would think that if feminists were true to their calling, then it would have taken nothing to find many hits for searches of feminist reactions to Polanski's crime.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Quick reminder about this week

Hey, gang.

Just a quick reminder about this week, that I won't be posting any regular entries. Instead, what you'll see are posts meant to be an easy reference to stuff I've written or reviewed before, so that my readers will have an easy access to those earlier works.

I'll be back to regular posting probably a week from today.



Friday, September 25, 2009

Green Lantern question

In my blog entry movie review of Green Lantern: First Flight, Donald Gordon asks this question:

How come in GL:FL, GL is portrayed as a white guy, while in the Justice League animated series he's black?

A very good question, and a very easy answer! Earth has more than one GL! In fact, it has 5! 4 belong to the Green Lantern Corps (GLC), and one just happens to be a 5th Green Lantern for whatever reason, but is not affiliated with the GLC. The Earth GLs are as follows:

* Hal Jordan, gung-ho pilot, and the GL in the GL:FF movie
* John Stewart, architect, and the GL in the JL animated series
* Kyle Rayner, artist
* Guy Gardner, mainly a egotistical jerk who is a hero when needed
* Alan Scott, a GL from the 1940s and not affiliated with the GLC.

So how did Earth manage to have 5 GLs while most planets have to share two GLs among one of the 3,600 intergalactic sectors in the universe? Maybe the Guardians feel that we get into that much trouble!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Family of Jack Kirby to sue for copyrights to his creations

I just HAD to comment on this! The family of Jack Kirby is suing to gain the copyrights to the characters he created. You all know from a previous blog entry how much I was against the acquisition of Marvel by Disney, so I say "Go Kirby family, GO!" If they pull this off, it will be the classical superhero tale of the mighty hero defeating the awesome and terrible giant! And if the Kirby family does win, they should make a comic book out of their story! :-D

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

200th post! Whoohoo! And a new artwork of me!

Here we are, folks! Post #200! Let's get right to the cool stuff, shall we? Check this out!

Whoohoooo! Ain't it awesome! Today's artwork is done by Scott Blair, and he can be found here.

Scott is also accepting commissions, so look him up if you need some artwork. :-D

Here is Scott's section in which he discusses the artwork he did of me. I also slip in my own comment. And man, I really need to update my deviant page! LOL

Thanks, Scott, for a great piece of artwork! :-D

Okay folks, now for some news.

I'm not going to be making regular posts for the rest of this week and probably all of next week. Instead, for this week and next, I'm going to do some rearranging of my blog and what I have on it. There will also be a new banner to include Scott's new artwork. Mainly though, I want to make new sidebars to better clarify what I do on my blog. For instance, reviews are one of the services I offer, so I'm going to work on making a page of links to my reviews so that my readers can see it and know what movies and comics I've reviewed so far. I'm also considering offering to do reviews for those of you who have webcomics, but I'm still debating that right now.

So anyway, when you see posts on my blog for this week and next, it will be a page of reviews I've done or something like it, and it will be my way rearranging my blog. So don't panic if it looks like I'm going crazy. After all, I can't GO crazy if I'm already there! (badum-TISHH!) :-P

I'll also look into going back to a MWF format, with perhaps Fridays being Review Day or something like that. I had been thinking lately that it might be helpful if I had a little more structure to what I write about, so I'll look into it.

So again, the blog entries you will be seeing for this week and next are for clean-up. My next REAL blog entry will be on Monday, October 5th. So until then, keep up with me on Facebook. I'll still making my goofy comments there.

Thanks, all! You've been great, and join me for the ride to post # 300! :-D

Friday, September 18, 2009

Green Lantern: First Flight review

Green Lantern and the Green Lantern Corps have been making the rounds in recent years, and it's been a very fun ride following it all. For today's blog entry, I will review the recently released movie Green Lantern: First Flight (GLFF).

Overall, I very much enjoyed the movie. It was certainly entertaining and it was cool seeing all those Green Lanterns, and to see them use their rings. It also reinforced the Hal Jordan as a gung-ho jet jockey followed by being a gung-ho ring jockey. I guess the only problem with it is that it was rather predictable. So as to differentiate between Hal and the other GLs, I'm just going to say Hal from here on, because he was the main character anyway.

Unlike the previous 2009 DC release Wonder Woman, which had some unexpected plot twists and pleasant surprises, GL:FF basically followed a familiar formula of the gung-ho smartass learning a lesson in humility and re-dedicating himself afterwards to be a more open and sensitive man. I'm trying very hard to avoid using the word "formulaic" because that word generally has negative vibes, and like I said, it was still a very enjoyable movie. Because of its entertainment value, it doesn't deserve the label "formulaic".

I just wonder if this was rushed through production to get it to the market as quickly as possible, because I think the story could have used a little tweaking to work out the predictability and work in a good plot twist. In other words, I think such tweaking would have made a very good movie even better. I still recommend buying it, and I still give it an 8.5 on a scale of 1 to 10 in which 1 is a bomb and 10 is THE bomb.

Sorry that this post is a day late. See you next week!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

200th post to come next week

Okay, kiddies...

The 200th post is coming up next week, and -

- boy, do I have something special! You'll just have to wait to see it! Don't ask for any hints, because I won't be giving any! LOL

Coming Thursday will be a review of the recently released animated movie of Green Lantern titled Green Lantern: First Flight. And coming at the end of the month is yet another DC toon, titled Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, which is based on a story arc of the DC title of the same name. I'll be sure to watch and review that one as well.

I'm trying to decide how to provide a page of links to my reviews of comics and superhero movies - that is, if I want to have a list of links in a sidebar, or just provide one link in the sidebar that will link to a page of comic and movie reviews.

Oh, and last are these two WoW related videos that had me literally laughing out loud! Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Superman comics on USA Today

I didn't know this, but the Superman stories that have been appearing in the 12 week DC project, Wednesday Comics, have also been appearing on the USA Today website.

So if you want a taste of what the rest of the Wed comics publication is about, check out that site.

By the way, I was initially excited about the project, but now I had actually forgotten to get last week's issue (I'll be getting it later today, along with today's issue). I guess it's hard to keep interest a page at a time over 12 weeks. Next time, I suggest a format as follows:

(Note: the heroes listed are only being used as examples, and not meant to suggest that "this hero" needs to run at "this time")

1st 3 weeks:
Superman story, broken into 4-page chapters over three weeks
Green Arrow story, same format
Doctor Fate, etc.
Doom Patrol, etc.

And then the format starts over with a different set of heroes and a super team for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th sets of 3 weeks.

I think the art, writing, and concept are all good, it's just the trying to follow along one page a week that makes reading the story a bit jerky and jarring in a start-stop, start-stop, start-stop kind of way. Having 4 page chapters would give a little flexibility in developing a story, as well as keeping the reading flow from starting and stopping so abruptly.

Anyway, that's my 2 cents.

Monday, September 7, 2009

BSC Labor Day Special

I love the fact that a day named Labor Day is actually when we take the day off - no labor, in other words!

For today's entry, I would like to go ahead and hit upon some topics that are related to real life, and of which has been asked of me because the questioners know that I am of a right wing point of view. And of course, they know I am not shy about stating my views. ;-)

I'm just gonna just hit the topics on the run, so follow along! LOL

Probably the #1 question asked of me is what I think of President Obama so far. The man is skilled as a politician and speaker, but that will only get you so far. It had been said that Bush was not so much a president as he was the puppet of right wing special interest groups. I think the same can be said of Obama; that he is the puppet of left wing special interest groups (LWSIGs). Obama got where he is because of those people, and now he has to be at their beck and call.

One of the criticisms of Sarah Palin (whom I still want to run in 2012) was her inexperience on the national stage. I think Obama's own inexperience is hurting him now. With more experience, he would have been better able to handle the LWSIGs that are controlling him right now. He may not be aware that he is being controlled; he might even believe that he is doing all the decision making, but the outright clumsiness of how he's been conducting himself suggests that he's trying to follow the directions of too many chiefs.

Also, I theorize that the reason Obama has been trying to railroad all these plans of his is because his LWSIG chiefs are trying to accomplish their respective agendas through him before the public and other possible obstacles get wise and try to stop them. In the end, it won't matter what happens to Obama as a result - that is, if he becomes virtually unelectable - so long as items such as a national health care plan are in place.

In a real sense, Obama is a victim; not so much of racism as a lot of left-wingers allege, but of having to, paraphrasing what Molly Ivans once famously said, "dance with the one who brung ya." The thing to understand here is that it is the nature of pretty much all politicans to say one thing and do another; however, Obama has been so clumsy and blatant about it.

For instance, look how many of his cabinet and "czars" are not only left wing, but so left wing as to be virtual stereotypes of the radical, "hate America" leftists that conservative talk show hosts often rail about. A more skilled politician would have not nominated so obviously slanted candidates for these positions.

In summary, so far watching the Obama presidency has been like watching a car crash in slow motion. There are famous photographs of presidents at the start of their terms of office and at the end of it, and how the office has aged them. It took Bill Clinton and George Bush two terms to age as much they did. I think Obama will get his 8-year aging in one 4 year term if things keep going the way they are for him.

As for the health care issue, I am opposed to a government plan, because I feel that the government should play the role of referee, and not as a player in the game. To continue this sports analogy, imagine an NBA game in which one of the players was also the referee. Do any of you think that this game will be called fairly to have a player/referee in the game? That's what I think will happen with a government plan. My idea is to work on true health care reform. Outlaw "pre-existing condition" clauses, and other such things that are utilized by HMOs to cut back on coverage while still raising their premiums.

What I usually tell people is that I am in favor of health care reform, but I do not view "health care reform" and "government health plan" as one and the same. Perhaps instead of instituting a gov't HMO, the gov't can require that HMOs cover everyone, but that they will be given certain tax breaks for covering some of the poorest of the poor. What I found odd (but certainly not surprising) was the push to name the government health plan idea after Ted Kennedy; as if naming it after him would somehow make the plan work. But "a rose by any other name" is still an unworkable gov't HMO.

One last thing, and this is about the recent town halls and the protests that have been occurring at them. I say more power to those gutsy citizens! BUT, leave your damn guns at home! You help NOTHING by bringing them to town halls! Also, these phone-in town halls are a load of (if you will excuse my language this one time) bullshit. These are your constituents, and you should have the courage to face them, since you represent them.

That's it for now. You folks have a great Labor Day. :-)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Yikes! My yearbook pic!

Yikes! Check out my high school yearbook pic! That's when I had "Diane Chambers" (from the old Cheers TV show, of course) hair!

My powers had only begun to emerge. I couldn't fly yet, but I could leap real high. Landings? Don't even ask. I had the beginnings of super strength, and I had my share of accidently ripping car doors off their hinges. My super senses were also beginning to emerge, as I sometimes got confused by hearing conversations that I thought were nearby but were actually across the room. As if adolescence weren't hard enough to deal with, eh?

Even though I was invited to sports, and even though I could have excelled in anything I joined (and could have gotten a college scholarship), I declined - much to the chagrin of the coaches. But I knew I had an unfair advantage, plus I could have accidently and seriously injured other players if I weren't careful. So instead of getting a scholarship through sports, I got one academically. It was better that way in the long run, anyway, because had I gone into sports, the potential to cause real harm to other players would have increased even more, as I got stronger and stronger each year. That would have led to me holding back more and more to keep from exposing that I had super strength, and all that holding back would have only messed me up anyway.

In college, I worked on different ways to practice my powers in secret just in case I ever used them. Not an easy thing to do, but necessary if I was to stop doing stuff like ripping car doors off or accidently walking through pillars or walls (it happened one time. Fortunately, no one was around and the building was empty.) when I wasn't looking where I was going. I was also beginning to fly back then, and I had to go to open fields to practice, because my landings were AWFUL! Adjusting to the ground coming up real fast took the longest to get used to, and my timing for when I touched down had to be split second, or I'll land real hard or awkwardly and twist an ankle or stumble and hurt - or even kill - someone. It was not until my senior year in college before I was able to land right on a consistent basis.

This trip down memory lane has been fun. Maybe I'll do some more of this later. You know, I should ask the boss to make stories of my youth. It would be kind of fun! :-D

Okay, folks - I might have a Labor Day special next week, so stay tuned. Otherwise, we'll see you Tuesday. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Disney buying Marvel Comics: Bad, man. VERY bad.

Sigh. (whimper) Boohoo.... Why am I crying? Check it out: Disney to buy Marvel Comics

I thought Marvel was cool, but not anymore! Marvel sold out, man! The Hulk has now joined hands with the likes of Hannah Montana! Will SpiderMickey cartoons be far behind?

Egad. I just had a terrible thought.

What if the artwork of all of Marvel's titles get "Disney-fied"? The men with that strange, floppy hair. The women with impossibly huge, cutesy eyes. The corny jokes. Oh, and that clumsy and annoying, cutesy pet that always manages to get into trouble! Will Kitty Pryde and her miniature dragon Lockheed go the way of Mulan and her dopey dog, Little Brother? I cringe at the very idea!

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A friend of mine told me that it could turn out to be for the better in the long run. It could very well be that Disney gets Marvel-ized rather than Marvel getting Disney-fied. While that would be the height of coolness if it happened, I highly doubt it. I doubt that even Galactus could take on the likes of the Mickey Monolith.

Oh, curse that annoyingly bland mouse for invading one of comicdom's holy grounds! He is vermin indeed! I had planned to post my favorite Marvel comic today, but I just don't have the heart right now. And I might not ever. Sigh.

Excuse me while I throw myself in front of a train. Oh wait. I better not. I have super strength and healing, and I'll only end up damaging the train and its passengers. I think I'll go to a town hall meeting instead and state that I'm in favor of a government health plan. That's probably more dangerous than throwing myself in front of a train.

71 year old Olympic champ fights off intruder!

I love stories like this!

Way to go, lady! :-D