Monday, November 29, 2010

Booyaah! I'm back!

Hey, friends! I'm back!

I had a crazy busy and hectic, and yet strangely satisfying week last week. I very much enjoyed it. Still, it's great to be able to put aside the hustle and bustle - at least for the time being, since Christmas is coming! - and get back to writing. As challenging and frustrating as writing a blog can be, I still enjoy it, and I'll keep writing as long as the boss wants me to.

One of the most fun parts of last week was when I was talking to the 12 year old daughter of one of my GFs during one of the Thanksgiving feasts I went to, who was surprised to learn that I read comics. I impressed her with my knowledge of current events in the DC and Marvel universes. And why can't adult women enjoy comics as well? It's not just the men who enjoy them!

I wasn't, however, up on the latest Call of Duty: Black Ops that just came out. The last version of CoD that I played was the second one, and I forgot what it was called. I may be a nerd, but apparently I am not a full-blown total nerdnik. My nerd-fu, I was told, was weak. Well, I'll just have to work on that, won't I? ;-)

Anywhoo... It's good to be back, and I'll hit the ground running as soon as tomorrow, but probably Wednesday. See you then!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Q&A Week: Catching up

My intent had been to post every day this week for Q&A Week, but those plans got shot by some unanticipated business that came up. So to make up for that somewhat, I am taking the remainder of the questions that I would have answered during the course of the week and am answering them all today. On to it!

First question: What's the toughest part about being superhuman?
Wow, where do I start? Is it the fact that with my super strength, I have to be cautious in how I handle everything from soft drink cups to handshakes? Or is it the fact that I can hear conversations from so far away, including those whose topics are about me and their opinions of everything from my political views to my attire? Maybe it's the fact that there are so few of us, and thus few of us who can truly understand and sympathize with what it's like being superhuman in a human world. I have to think about this one some more.

Next question: How did you end up a conservative if you were born to and raised by Marxists? Well, part of the answer is to ask the question of how so many baby boomer liberals arose from so "establishment" an upbringing as they had. When you think about it, you can't get much more "establishment" than growing up in the 1950's, so really the only way for the baby boomers to stand out was by standing against their parents. Fast forward to the 1980's when I was born, and you pretty much can't get much more "liberal establishment" than the people who were in charge at the time; in other words, the baby boomers.

Anyway, the current generation tends to rebel against previous generation. My parents rebelled against their Republican parents, while I rebelled against my liberal parents. My kids, when I have kids, will probably be more liberal than I am. I hope not. I hope I can teach and reach my kids so that they don't adopt a political viewpoint that requires you to leave your brain behind, but it's likely to happen anyway.

The last question comes from another GF who saw the cover below of the latest issue of Cosmopolitan. Note the title of one of the articles which says "Your Breasts Called... and they're feeling neglected. How to pamper and pleasure them." Her question for me is "If your breasts called, what would they say? What would you say to them in reply?" First, let me say that I have a strong dislike towards such "women's magazines", because they make women look like such shallow and hedonistic airheads. Still, given this blog's title, I can see why she sent this to me to try to answer, so I'll humor her. :-)

I know the ladies would complain of the constant jarring they get from my usual superhero activities. Despite a very sturdy bra, they still move around a lot. Well, they shouldn't have gotten so big! Also, even though I keep my cellphone in my bra, I would tell them to not use it to call me when I am right here. Oh, and stop texting Power Girl's boobs! That pisses her off, and then she calls me to bitch about it, and I'd rather not deal with a pissed-off Power Girl.

Terrible pun time: Do you know what my boobs and Power Girl's boobs call each other? Bosom buddies. :-P

Okay my little nerdlings, I will not be posting at all next week due to all that I have to do getting ready for Thanksgiving. Even though I have the week off, I still have a lot to do. However, I won't be completely out of touch, for I will be checking on my Facebook page sporadically, so if I have anything to say next week, then it will be there. If you haven't already friended me on Facebook, I am under the name "Andromeda Perseus". But fear not, I shall be back to blogging the following week! Until then, I hope you all have a fabulous Turkey Day! See you in a week!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Q&A Week: My take on the airport security rules

This question comes from the boss: What is my take on the controversial airport security rules?

Plain and simply, while I understand the need to screen for potential terror attacks at peak flight times such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, I think that this is overkill. I also have to question just how much of a deterrence this peep and grope show will have on deterring terrorist acts. Granted, no security measure will be 100% effective, but I'm not asking for perfection here.

My question is: Just how much of a deterrence are these new security measures? Do they cut down on the possibility of a terrorist attack by 50%? 25%? 10%? 1%? If the drop in the possibility of a terrorist attack is 50%, then there MIGHT be a justification in these invasive security procedures, but how do you quantify something like the effectiveness of airport searching procedures in regards to reducing the possibility of a terrorist attack?

But not only are these procedures invasive and intrusive (not to mention what those scanning rays might be doing to your body. Despite assurances from the government - or perhaps because of them! LOL - I have nagging doubts of the low health risk of repeated exposure to those scanning rays), to me it's also a sign that we are allowing ourselves to live in fear, and when we allow ourselves to give into our fears, then in this instance, to quote an often-used phrase, "the terrorists win".

No, there has to be a better way than this. I don't know what that is, but this peek-and-grope system is not it.

Fashion for Nerds blog! I love it!

Heh! Check this out! Fashion for Nerds

I am so going to try some of these! I hope that some of these looks will look good on the busty nerd that I am! I JUST might look into asking an artist to draw me in one of these outfits! LOL

I'm going to have to look into whether there is a difference between "geek chic" and what is often referred to as "boho chic".

Anyway, I'm now a fan! :-D

Added to the Cool Links list ---------->

Monday, November 15, 2010

Q&A Week!: Immigration question

In case you missed it on my Facebook page (or if you're not on Facebook), then I will be taking a real life vacation all next week, so I'll also take a break from blogging all next week. Despite being on vacation, I have a lot to do next week because of Thanksgiving; so it's just as well that I take a break from blogging, because I wouldn't be able to dedicate the kind of time that I would like to write my posts. I'll still probably check my Facebook page, though, so I won't be entirely gone.

But I do want to take care of some stuff before I go, so starting today and all week is going to be Q&A week! Today's question comes from a GF: Giving that the Obama administration is deporting more illegal immigrants than has been done in recent years, what say you now about your stand on immigration? Still say that our country is lax on illegal immigrants?

I say yes!

Read that article again and see if you missed something.

Did you read it again? All of it? Are you sure?

Well, if you're one of my liberal readers, then I wouldn't be surprised if you missed that "deportable noncriminal immigrants" are in fact themselves also criminals, because they are here -- ILLEGALLY! Why else would they be "deportable"?

But why does the article make the distinction between deportable "criminal" and "noncriminal" immigrants? Ah, my friends, it's so easy to answer that you'll kick yourself for not having thought of it! Well, it's easy for me because I was born and raised among liberals, so I know their thinking inside and out.

Here goes: "Deportable noncriminal immigrants" is code for "illegal immigrants that can help the Democratic Party by making them (that is, the Dems) look good by their helping 'the poor, lost immigrant who's only trying to find a better place for his or her family by making an honest living, and by working on jobs that regular Americans wouldn't want anyway.' " And of course, they "help" them by putting aside any of those "inconveniences" that keeps them from being citizens outright - namely, those mean, ol' nasty and racist immigration laws that forbid anyone from crossing the border and claiming the right to vote for Democrats.

However, the "deportable criminal immigrant" is code for "worthless scum that would only give the GOP ammo to make us look bad if we try to let them through like we're trying to let through the good, wholesome and noble (so long as they vote for Dems!) deportable noncriminal immigrants." In other words, since the criminal "deportable immigrants" can't do anything good for the Dems, they're then good to send back guilt-free.

But friends, it's a distinction of convenience to favor those who benefit from having immigrants here illegally, and not at all to the benefit to the illegal immigrants themselves. Look, let me go ahead a clarify something here in regards to both immigrants and immigrations. I am wholly and totally for immigration and for immigrants to come here - so long as they do it the right way. I've discussed this topic before, so there's no need for me to go over that again.

So don't be fooled by this article! The Dems haven't changed their views of illegal immigrants - they still see them as a pool of potential voters for 2012! It's all part of their plan to help stem the bleeding that they suffered at the ballot box earlier this month.

Aren't you glad to have me here to point these things out for ya? :-D

Thursday, November 11, 2010

El Gato Negro a stereotype? I think not!

Okay, when I read this piece titled Four Crazy Spanish Stereotypes in Tights, I just had to comment on the inclusion of a one El Gato Negro (by Richard Dominguez). While I think the author makes a case for the other three characters, I think to include EGN in this mix is a huge mistake! And of course, I'm about to explain why! LOL ;-)

Below is an excerpt from that article linked above that makes reference to EGN:

“El Gato Negro was not created by DC, but by Richard Dominguez who owns Azteca productions. El Gato Negro, The Black Cat, first came out in 1996, went on hiatus and came back in 2005. He is a pretty awesome character in the fact that he knows about every form of hardcore martial arts known to man. The only problem that makes this a stereotypical characterization of Latinos, in my eyes, is that it’s the same plot line as Zorro but with a different name. There is more to Latin hero stories than Zorro, as cool a character that he is—there is more to life than him. Also, El Gato Negro’s main enemies are drug smugglers and drug cartels. Yup, were there are Latin’s there are always drug cartels or smugglers. Let see Vibe is an ex-gang member and drug runner, Scarface is a coke king, and in every movie that has to do with Latin America there are Narcos. I am not trying to deny or even downplay drugs as a real problem for Latin America, my mom works for DEA, but it gets trying when it’s the only problem worth mentioning. Anyway other than those trite conventions, it seems like an interesting comic book from the excerpt I looked at. It has potential to being something more than Zorro fights of drug smugglers. In fact El Gato Negro is a social worker when he’s out of his cat suit which makes him seem like a really sensitive guy. He also seems to have an engaging relationship with his grandfather who was the former Gato Negro and now is his mentor. He even started his crime fighting streak not because his parents were murdered like most superheroes but because his best friend was killed by drug runners. Now if Dominguez is able to flesh out this character and give him more of an edge I think this will be a pretty interesting series."

If EGN ran around in a sombrero and a serape, and broke into Spanish song and dance in the presence of every pretty lady that he meets, then he would be a stereotype.

If EGN had a fat belly and a thick moustache and drank beer and spoke in a broken accent, then he would be a stereotype.

If EGN wore a mariachi suit and did the Cucaracha before each fight, then he’d be a stereotype.

If EGN ate “magic burritos” (or tacos, or enchiladas, or… you get the point. By the way, I just made myself hungry!) before each fight to temporarily give himself super powers, then he’d be a stereotype.

If EGN took “siestas” after each fight, then he’d be a stereotype.

What the writer had in mind by including EGN into the mix of the other obviously bad stereotypes is beyond me, because he was actually praising EGN and basically giving him an “incomplete”. So if the issue is not settled in his mind as to whether EGN is a stereotype, then why include him in this article?

Again, he made a very good case as to why those other guys are bad stereotypes (and I have to agree with him about those other guys!), but having EGN in this just looks wrong – and that’s because it IS wrong. So with that, here’s my case as to why EGN is NOT a stereotype.

First, let’s hit the fact that EGN fights drug smugglers and drug gangs. When Dominguez had this as one of his main themes for his book way back in the early 1990’s, he wasn’t perpetuating a stereotype; in truth, he was actually prophetic as to what eventually ended up happening in Mexico. I will make one concession in that yes, the Latin drug king storyline is a common one in most crime and superhero stories, but the character El Graduado in the EGN stories is an eerie precedent to a lot of the drug lords that exist nowadays. And on top of that was the fact that El Graduado, whose name translates to “The Graduate”, was an intelligent and well-educated man who could have achieved his profits legitimately, but instead chose the faster and easier path of having a hand in running an international drug organization.

Think of that: A man such as he could have been a success in legitimate fields of business, but instead chose this path. Why? For one, it was something of a family tradition. But also, the money - especially the potential for a lot of it – was probably such that greed overtook his common sense. Also, no doubt the thrill of running such an underground operation probably was addicting. Why else do those in real life with such advantages choose such a path, if not partly for the thrill of it? And friends, this is a common human trait, and not just a Latino one. That El Graduado happened to be Latino was just a fact about him, and not the cause of him turning to such a life of crime.

Next, think of what EGN does: He fights crime, risking life and limb in the process. This is not a Latino stereotype, but what many true, dedicated superheroes do. Not only that, he does it with no powers beyond his own wits and strength, along with the support of his grandfather. Also, consider that EGN is following in the footsteps of his grandfather, the previous EGN. That makes the current EGN a legacy, and I really like this part of the series, because it emphasizes family as well as tradition. None of this is a Latino stereotype. I think any comic reader, Latino or not, will be able to understand and appreciate the kind of selfless dedication that EGN puts into his superhero work.

I do agree with the writer that when Dominguez fleshes out EGN more, than the EGN series will be an interesting one to read and follow. However, I actually think it’s an interesting series NOW. I imagine if the EGN stories didn’t include ANY Latino elements, then EGN would be called “too white”, so writers like Dominguez will always be caught in the bind of trying to balance making a character - for example - to be recognizably Latino, but not so “Latino” that he or she is a stereotype. However, I think Dominguez does a better job than most in striking this balance.

So in summary, I think the writer of the article did a very good and informative and yet entertaining job to make his case, and he made his case very well. It’s amazing that DC Comics got away with such obviously bad stereotypes! But I can’t agree to the inclusion of EGN, for the reasons stated above. Dominguez does too much that is right with EGN to be included in such gaudy and tasteless company, and he deserves better than to have his creation to be included among them.

Monday, November 8, 2010

My comments on last week's election results

Over the weekend, as I expected, me and my GFs talked over the election’s results, and also as I expected, we became yet another episode of “The View” – with me being Elizabeth Hasselbeck, of course!

Thing is friends, what the election wasn’t was an acceptance of the GOP; what it was instead is the rejection of the Dems. Had there been a viable third alternative, then the voters would have taken that instead of the GOP, but since we are a two-party country, it was the GOP that was the beneficiary this time around, just as it was the Dems in 2006 and 2008 when the voters were dissatisfied with the GOP. It is my hope, however, that the GOP learns its lesson this time.

What was especially surprising (and definitely starting to the Dems!) was the sudden emergence and rapid growth of the phenomenon known as the Tea Party Movement (TPM from here on). What was deliciously ironic is that the TPM was exactly the sort of grassroots “uprising of the people” that the liberals have long drooled about, and yet this uprising didn’t go the way they wanted it to go. Remember folks, I was raised by Marxists, so I know what they wanted and what they expected, and I know why they were hostile to the TPM when they didn’t follow the script of “overthrowing the power structure” and putting them (that is, Democrats) in their place.

In the core of their little black hearts, today’s liberals are Marxists. It’s a fact that’s as obvious as the nose on your face if your eyes are truly open to see it. What Marxists want is what every other power monger wants: power. Don’t buy that line that they are out to help the “little guy” or the “common man” (AKA as “the worker” to Marxists), because it’s entirely NOT about the common man. No, the common man is only a means to an end, and if the common man gets in the way of the true goals of Marxists, then they will not hesitate to get them out of the way by whatever means possible. Had the Marxists TRULY been concerned for the interests of the common man, then they would have been all over gung-ho in favor of the TPM, because the TPM is exactly the sort of grassroots uprising that they’ve longed for with wistful, misty eyes.

One fact to understand about Marxists: Ultimately, regardless of what they might say otherwise, they are anti-humanistic nihilists; that is, they have a low, practically non-existent regard for the value of human life. It’s why they can support abortion and euthanasia without blinking an eye. It's also because of this that many of them have difficulty retaining their disgust and disdain for the common man. Oh, sure, they'll give the spiel about "the people" and such, but dudes, it's a load of shit. If you listen to them long enough (and it won't be long at all!), you'll begin to hear snide comments about how lacking in intelligence those "others" are, and it will be followed up by comments regarding how low on the evolutionary ladder they are, or something about a deficiency in their genetic structure, to their obsessive "clinging to their guns and religions" (a classic!), to other such comments that betray that the speaker is in fact a condescending, elitist Marxist. Oh, that's another thing: Elitist and condescending goes with the label Marxist like macaroni goes with cheese, because condescending elitists is exactly what they are - the whole lot of them.

Anyway, the reason I am saying all this is that the liberal/Marxists' disdain and disgust kept being displayed more and more since 2008, especially when they were trying to ram their magnum opus through Congress and against the will of the people. I refer of course to Obama"care"; better known as socialized medicine or government run health care. I do not recall another so bald and blatant an example of Marxism on display as we saw most of last year when the Dems were trying their hardest to get their health care "reform" through by hook or by crook.

Along the way we were treated with the displays of disdain and disgust as I described above from our Marxist in Chief and our Marxist of the House, Nancy Pelosi. And I don't use those terms facetiously; I really do mean that I believe Obama and Pelosi are Marxists, because they display the classic traits of Marxists of which I am so personally familiar with. Anyway, whenever they would encounter resistance to their ideas - specifically their health care plan - many times in their responses you can see the annoyance lurking beneath the surface of their gigantic intelligence even being questioned. For me, the clincher was when Obama had used the term "tea bagger" to refer to the TPM members. "Tea bagger" is the favorite insult of all American Marxists, and even when it fell out of favor to use in public, they still said it to themselves and in their tweets and other Internet social networks.

What was surprising to me is how quickly the Dems imploded. It took less than two years for them to show their true colors and to implode from within. My guess is that, with the election of 2008, the Dems got it in their head that the voters were handing them a "mandate" to do things the Democrat (aka Marxist) way, so they wasted no time trying to take advantage of it. But it didn't take long before their true colors (Marxist red, in other words) were displayed for all to see. They were SO blatant and SO obvious about their intents that even some of their supporters were shocked. In a real sense, it can be said that the past two years have actually been a good thing, because many people who have been blind to the Dems' overt Marxism finally had their eyes opened.

And so when the Dems exposed for what they are, and exposed by their own hand, it was a short leap of logic for the voters to know what to do what they ended up doing a week ago today: They voted out a stunning amount of Democrats, not just at the federal level, but at the state level as well. I indeed walked on air after the results were announced. And yet, folks, our work is not done, because the Dems will NOT learn their lesson. We saw that when Obama gave his take that we "didn't understand" what he was trying to do. It was beyond him that we did indeed understand, and we STILL rejected him. Such staggering megalomaniacalism should not be rewarded.

We need to vote him out along with more of the Democrats in 2012, because otherwise they will try to come back for more. Not only that, we also need to keep hammering away at the too many blind and clueless GOP members (mainly the leadership) who STILL don't get it. Here these fools had a genuine movement in their hands that they could have used to an even greater stunning and startling effect than we saw last week, and they were still trying to find ways to "get along" with the Dems instead of listening to the will of the people that had been on display for these past 18 months. I think a lot of our current GOP leadership needs to be replaced for missing a historic opportunity when it fell in their lap.

But right now, I feel good, folks. I feel really, really good. Sorry this post ran so long, but I had a lot to get off my chest. Oh, and one last note: In regards to Nancy Pelosi retaining a leadership position in her party, I say bring it on! The more and the longer she and her condescending elitist Marxism is on display for all to see, the better our chances to make the election results of 2012 outdo what we did this year. So please, GF - stay in power and do even more damage to your party! Why in the world would I object to that? Bwahahahahahaha!

Friday, November 5, 2010

My take on this week's election? Coming next week!

No doubt some of you are wondering why I haven't said anything about this week's election, especially giving that the GOP *stomped* the Dems!

Just so you know, I do have something to say about the subject, I'm just working on it right now. What I need to get me started is my GFs, whom I will get together with this weekend, so that I can listen to their viewpoints, and then I can say why I disagree with them. ;-)

Anyway, give me the weekend, and I'll get back with ya.

But yes, I'm very happy with the results!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Special surprise! New artwork of me!

Below is the special surprise that I mentioned last week on Facebook. It's a new artwork of me! Check it out! This comes to you via Big Chris' Gallery, whom has also done other artworks of me. I just love this pose, and that enigmatic smile. What am I up to, I wonder? Hehehehe.....

Thanks so much, Chris!