January 18th, 2011

Kermit And Piggy

Way To Draw Attention To Yourself, Genius

Boy, when it rains, it pours, doesn't it?

Page one -- Travis Corcoran is the founder of the Heavy Ink comic book shop in Arlington, AZ.  Hours after the rampage that left six people dead and nineteen injured for no goddamn good reason, Corcoran, under his Shitter alias of TJIC, tweeted, "1 down, 534 to go" and that shooting at politicians and their staffers is perfectly fine as long as they don't hit any civilians.  Nice.

Page two -- Corcoran takes to the Internet with a looooong posting to explain his politics that is chock full o' self-justification.  Basically, he said he thinks advocating the violent overthrow of politicians he disagrees with is perfectly American.

Page three -- it looks like the fuzz in Arlington has been reading his blog posts.  They have been investigating if his blog posts constitute a threat against a congressman.  In the process, his firearms license has been revoked and police have siezed a "large amount" of weapons and ammunition from him.  His license will remain suspended due to "suitability".  The police consider any threat real unless they can prove otherwise.

I'd feel bad about this if he wasn't such a dipshit.
Peter G

Oh...We Weren't Supposed To See This?

MSN is sort for "Micro$oft Network."

I just want to remind you that M$ has never been known for its timing.

MSN posted the following image relating to the upcoming X-Men:  First Class movie.  They then pulled it down, despite several pages directly referencing it.

So, it looks like this is our cast of characters....

Looks like the actress playing Emma Frost forgot to get dressed for the shoot...oh...wait....

I'm sorry, I'm just loving everybody looking all tough and serious and ready to strike fear in the hearts of their enemies while Frost looks like she wandered in from the Victoria's Secret show.  Yeah, I know that's the character, but it just looks really incongruous in this context.

Okay, Organizing Your Comics Is Going To Get Much Tougher

So, DC is working on a new story arc called Flashpoint.  It will create an alternate DC Universe.  Yes, another one.  Now, this is not a crime.

The crime is that several regular titles are going to be suspended and replaced with special revamped series, similar to Age Of Apocalypse and Dark Reign, screwing up your number for an event that will be over and make no difference as soon as the last issue ships.

When I bag and board my comics, I put a label on the bag with the issue information so I can go back and find favorite stories or issues to get signed.  It has the title, issue number, publisher, printing, a story synopsis, and any pertinent trivia ("Sound Waves  #5, Sine Timore, 1st printing, "Boy In A Bubble", blah blah blah, First appearance of Sherman).  Oh, and WHICH SERIES IT IS.  My current Deadpools mention it is the 2nd series.  I don't bother counting miniseries, and I don't bother with jumping publishers, although I will include a note on the last issue and the first issue to keep things straight.

I mean, I thought things were bad with Zero Hour screwing up my numbering system (my Flash 0 signed by Mark Waid is in the correct place, not at the front, with a note explaining why it is there).  I don't collect many DC books, but now, I'm glad, as I don't know how I'd keep this straight.

Please, don't include Power Girl in this mess.  The book is actually enjoyable now without the continual sexual overtones of Palmiotti and Conner (thank you, Judd Winnick.  Now I'm reading stories where Power Girl is an actual superhero.  THAT was what I was paying to see).  Don't run me off.

I Wouldn't Belong To Any Club That Would Have Me As A Member

I am nothing if not even handed.  Well, okay, I try to be even handed.  How well I succeed is for others to determine, not me.

As such, just because some group may be loosely affiliated with my interests, I don't give them a pass.  I can't.  Wrong is wrong, it doesn't matter where it comes from.  I mean, I think I've shown that by how I've bashed Google for its stupidity with Android and praise for Apple despite it not being a friend of Open Source.

So, who is getting my ire this time?

Tea partiers.

Not all of them.  There are plenty of tea partiers that are just passionate Libertarians.  Just like with any political movement, there are lots of good people, and some really stupid ones that give the others a bad name.

The group I currently have a hate on for is based out of Raleigh, NC.  A Republican wave with tea party backing swept into the Lake County School District.  So what have they done?

They have abolished the school's integration policy.

You will recognize this as the very same "shaping of the schools through social exposure" they criticize Democrats for, just with the target in the opposite direction.

This is one issue I will not yield on.  See, I've been watching politics for too many years.  Here's what will happen.  Students will be sorted based on scoring, economic background, and race.  With that established, school funds will only go to certain schools because why waste it on underperformers.  Which pushes those not approved of by the social order further behind.  It creates a special form of class warfare, all based on something that is easily preventable.

I'm pissed that other tea parties are not decrying this.  Tea parties have an image problem of being Dixiecrats 2.0.  Bullshit like this doesn't help.  So where's the outrage?  Where are the other tea partiers saying that is not what they are about, they are about liberty, not creating and reinforcing underclasses?  Why am I the only one upset about this?

Bill Maher recently said that the Founding Fathers would have hated tea partiers.  Whether or not that's true, here's the reality -- BILL MAHER, A CONSTITUTIONAL OPPORTUNIST, IS MAKING FUN OF US!  If that doesn't scream "image problem", I don't know what does.

For Those Keeping Track Of Faith-Based Initiatives....

On the one hand, Alabama has some great people.  I worked with a guy from Alabama who told me I should visit there.  I said I wasn't sure how a Yankee would be received.  He said, "Oh, don't worry.  You're polite.  You won't have any problems there.  It's the ones who act snooty that we give a rough time to."  I've known a couple of other people from there.  They are good people who really get shafted by life.  There's a picture of the US from NASA showing the US at night, and the sheer amount of darkness over Alabama (read that:  no outside lights like Chicago or NYC) is stunning.  They were ignored in the days after Hurricane Katrina as everyone talked about poor New Orleans.  Despite Birmingham teaming with XO's One Laptop Per Child to give every student a laptop, they are still depicted as inbred illiterate dirtballs.

It might be because of people like this....

Alabama has a new governor, Robert Bentley.  Just before he began his administration, he told a church crowd, "Anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I'm telling you, you're not my brother and you're not my sister, and I want to be your brother."

If you want to know why I, a Christian, have so few friends that are Christian, this is why.

On the bright side, Bentley's staff has been in spin control mode.  That means they've pissed off a lot of people.  In other words, not everybody is cool with his statements.  "The governor clearly stated that he will be the governor of all Alabamians — Democrat, Republican and Independent, young, old, black and white, rich and poor. As stated in his (inaugural) address, Gov. Bentley believes his job is to make everyone's lives better."

I know Alabama really takes its Jesus seriously (that was also where the fight over the Ten Commandments monument took place, with Alabama Supreme Court justice basically crapping on the very Constitution he swore to uphold), but come on.  There are two ways to look at this:

1)  Christian dogma.  Jesus did not force anyone to follow Him.  He was a friend to anyone that wanted to be friends with Him.  His disciples were Jews (there's some debate about Luke, but even if he was a Gentile, he was the only one in the group) and not only did they not give up their beliefs, Jesus continued to observe Jewish traditions (He was Jewish, too).  You did not have to worship as He did, you just had to be a good person.  Therefore, only associating with Christians violates the teachings of Jesus Himself.

2)  General population.  Refusing to associate with anyone who doesn't like the same thing you do is just so fucking high school.  We're supposed to get over that.

I may be Christian, but Bentley is no brother of mine, no matter how much he believes or wants to be.  Then again, considering I write stories about an Atheist who faces off with church leaders so that souls can't be denied a Heavenly reward, I guess that kind of figures, doesn't it?