Archive for May, 2018

Deadpool 2 – A Review

Posted by Troy on 20th May 2018 in Entertainment

I will attempt to do a review with little to no spoilers:

The movie was very funny.  I will say that they cussed more than I would have liked, but it wasn’t as bad as some movies.  I don’t have virgin ears, but I prefer cussing to be appropriate.  Cussing for the sake of cussing is a little tiresome.   There was a TON of violence.  But that’s kinda to be expected from a Deadpool movie.  Definitely leave the kids at home though…

Ryan Reynolds did a fantastic job as would be expected.  He loves the character and his sense of humor and Deadpool’s sense of humor really line up well.  Josh Brolin did a fantastic job of playing Cable.  And of course, we have to talk about Zazie Beetz performance as Domino.  This caused quite the uproar on social media.  If you do not know, Domino in the comics has a kabuki white face and a black spot over one eye.  When they cast a black woman in her place, this caused a hissy fit between two groups.  The first group: those who wish for characters to resemble their comic book counterparts.  This crowd views gender/racial swapping as social justice warrior bullshit (even if they are part of the SJW crowd themselves).  The other group applauds the casting change and accuses the first group of being racist.  In full disclosure, I typically fall into the first group.  That being said, Zazie made me a believer.  She pulls off the character with such swagger and likability that I could not imagine not having her in this role.  I tip my hat to you.

There were a couple of political jokes.  Normally, I shrug those off without much of a thought.  However, in this day in age, the early appearance of these jokes put me on edge and made me worry that the movie would devolve into a joyless political rant.  Fortunately, this did not happen.

X-men (the comic book) turned into an allegory about racism.  I believe Deadpool 2 was meant to be an allegory of prejudice against the LGBLT (yeah, I know it’s wrong, but they keep adding letters to it and I’ve stopped caring at some point…) community.  While I actually reject the underlying premise, it is actually pretty well done if you think about the place Russel escapes from as being a metaphor for the conversion camps where they talk about “curing gays.”  One thing: the people running this institute are torturing the kids.  Somewhere during the movie, they start referring to all the employees of this place as pedophiles.  Even when I watched the movie, I felt like there was a leap from child-abusers to pedophiles.  You may think I am splitting hairs here.  I am not.  Doctors running chemo on children are basically torturing children, but they are doing so with the intent of helping them.  The people of the aforementioned institute fall into this kind of classification.  I think at some point, the studio made this point and said “Let’s call them pedophiles so that people can get on board with them being killed.”  It makes the movie more enjoyable as it takes away any guilt on the mass violence.

The best part of the movie were the cut scenes during the credits.  These were hilarious.  There is no after-credits scene.  Do with that as you will.  They do a small, choral song that’s kinda funny at the end.

Long Live the Constitution!

Santa Fe Shooting: How To Stop School Shootings

Posted by Troy on 20th May 2018 in Current Events, Human Nature

As I said about Parkland…what if a kid comes in with a shotgun and a pistol?  Which is what happened this go around.   So let’s stop talking about the AR-15s.  The type of weapon is not the issue.

There are two main camps.

One group believes guns are the issue.  These people want a total gun ban.  They know they will not get this, and instead want to chip away at private gun ownership until they achieve this goal.

The other group realizes that incremental steps will do nothing to stop these types of attacks and realize that the end goal of the first group must, indeed, be a total gun ban.

The two groups will bicker back and forth.  The first group will accuse the second group of not caring if children die.  The second group will accuse the first group of using dead kids to advance their agenda of disarmament.

I could give a long defense of the Second Amendment, but I am going to bypass all of this nonsense and actually deal with the real issue on people’s minds:

How do we stop having dead kids?

1 – Regardless of what Hollywood and others in the entertainment industry (yes, including video games) want you to believe, the glorification of violence in modern day media, particularly the elevation of murderous criminals in such entertainment, makes hearts jaded.

2 – Facebook and other social media has shoved a false importance on fame.  Having your name plastered all over social media and the news is appealing to these killers, even if they know that it will be posthumously.

3 – All of these killers were picked on and ostracized.  Alone and depressed and angry, they pick up a gun and get their revenge (again, glorified in media) and get their fame (again, pushed by social media).

If you want to stop these incidents:

1 – Portray violence as it is: dirty and shameful and beneath human dignity–that which should only be undertaken as a last resort.

2 – Media should do a total blackout of these killers’ names.  Now, that’s almost impossible in this day and age.  Some 3rd tier news organization will cover the killer with the name, but all reputable  news organizations should agree to a total blackout of the names, removing the fame component of this.

3 – Parents need to teach their kids to treat others kindly at all times.  This goes for the killers and the other kids as well.  We don’t want to talk about it because it’s tantamount to blaming the victims, but there you go.  But prior to these attacks, those kids (the killers) were victims of harsh words, derision, and possibly even physical bullying.

Remember, these guns were around beforehand, and we did not have all these shootings.  It’s not the guns.  It’s the hearts.  Remember, the Founding Fathers said that only a moral people could be free, could govern themselves.  The answer is not to turn this country into a police state.  The answer is not to remove freedoms.  The answer is to return to morality.

Long Live the Constitution!

Proof that the Left Loves Dictators

Posted by Troy on 9th May 2018 in Current Events, Political

Trump overturned the Iran Deal, and the Left loses their minds.  So lets review some stuff that the Left has lost their minds about:

1 – DACA

2 – The Paris Accord

3 – Iran Deal

What do all of these have in common?  They are all thoroughly unconstitutional.  The President cannot give a swathing amnesty or grant citizenship to people.  It’s not his jurisdiction.  Congress gets to set the rules for citizenship.  The President may really really really want to do something.  He may think it’s suuuuuuper important, but that doesn’t matter.  He does not have the power to act on his own.  We are governed by three, co-equal branches of government with separation of powers for a reason.

The same holds true with the Paris Accord and the Iran Deal.  These were agreements between those other countries and the Obama Administration, NOT America.  They were not treaties.  They were not ratified in the Senate.  Tell me, how would it be any different than if Trump made an agreement with Russia that they could occupy Hawaii and we would pay them $10 billion dollars a year?  Would you guys all say, “Oh, well, I mean… we have an agreement…”  Hell no!  You are only upset about this because you happen to like Obama.  I don’t even think that you know enough about these deals where you can actively say that you liked the deals.  They came from Obama, so they must be good.  Likewise, any idea that comes from Trump must be bad, if he started making unilateral deals like Obama did, you’d be howling about how he was acting like a dictator.

This proves what I have always said about the Left.  They love dictators.  They just want one they agree with.  They want nothing to stand in the way of the agenda of a leader they adore.  In fact, when parliamentary procedures or even an actual election defeats these ends, they have a royal hissy fit.

It is good and right that all three of these things END.  They were the acts of a dictator.  You call Trump a Fascist, but Obama was the Fascist.  All those things that you are truly upset about regarding Trump is that he actually returned matters to the constitutional base.

Long Live the Constitution!