Random Thoughts: 2nd Amendment and DuckTales

The left love guns. Without guns, how would you force someone to bake a cake?

Obama_care_? More like “Obama doesn’t care if he ruins your insurance and causes your rates to rise.”
Am I kinda late on this?

“Bladerunner? More like Blade-FUNNER!” -good line you can use in your review if you think the new Bladerunner is better than the first

Cabinet members who clearly understand that Trump is a moron are the cabinet members he needs the most.

You can repeal the 2nd Amendment (it’s not feasible, but it’s technically possible), but you can’t ever get rid of the right to bear arms.
If something is actually a right, it is and always will be a right. You can’t get rid of it; you can only infringe it.

With President Trump, if right turned against free speech, due process, and 2A, it would be scary. Left opposing those things just bizarre.

Most of the left’s ideas to oppose a tyrannical government run by Trump is to increase government power. Worst. Resistance Movement. Ever.

Even with Trump, the left still clings to idea that the govt is this benevolent entity that you give all the guns and great things happen.

“Now, with support for gun rights at a historic high and a GOP president and Congress, it’s time to repeal the 2nd Amendment, you guys.”

Gun control people have been on a 50 year losing streak but are convinced that THIS TIME the same old arguments will turn things around.

The 2nd Amendment protected guns from being banned middle of last century. Now popular opinion does that.

Problem with Stranger Things retro game: 1) SNES graphics (90s era). 2) Says it’s “1984 hard” reference to NES hard though NES came out 1985

I doubt there will be much opposition to making bump stocks illegal, but it will be largely symbolic with no effect on anything.

The actions of ISIS might seem horrific to us, but your have to remember that they grew up in the 60s.

If you think the 2nd Amendment is going to be repealed, you are not a serious person.

So according to everyone in the media, with Harvey Weinstein it was like a Kitty Genovese incident that went on for decades?

We should have been to Mars by now but instead we’re like, “Duh… how do you go to the moon again? I forget.”

It’s so weird to tell my daughter, “Man once went to the moon. Go ask your grandmother about it.”

Orwellian people are using the slogan #HandsOffMyBC when they’re actually asking for government intervention. #HandsOffEveryone

It used to be “Government stay out of the bedroom” and now it’s “Government, get in this bedroom… and bring cash.”

Instead of yelling at other people to pay for the thing, all you very very concerned people can get together and pay for the thing.

Good news! There is now a nationwide gun ban. Employers are no longer required to buy their employees guns.

I don’t know about this new DuckTales. That’s two episodes in a row now without Scrooge McDuck.

Ugh. My kids like soulless pop music like the new DuckTales theme and not classic, authentic music like the original DuckTales theme.

There’s no hypocrisy. They’ve made it clear they’ll only get outraged about something if it gives them some sort of partisan advantage.

my 2yo puts on sunglasses
“Are you a movie star?”
“Yeah.”
“Is that why you haven’t said anything about Harvey Weinstein?”
“…”

Kind of seems like no one cares about racism, sexism, or basic human decency unless there is a partisan advantage in doing so.

Ain’t nobody blocking your access to birth control unless it’s a really fat guy standing in the doorway to Walgreens.

Maybe we should just add a political expression free period before the start of football games.

How our nation has fallen: When asked if they’re a bad enough dude to rescue a president kidnapped by ninjas, 87% of Millennials answer “No”

“The 80s called. You better get right back to them; they’re very big right now.”

To whom it may concern: You’re not actually fighting against some great injustice, you’re just being insufferable.

If McDonald‘s wants to save the gag, they need to announce they‘re so upset by what happened that they‘ve burned the recipe.

The Star Wars trailer had me really hyped until it ended with “a Harvey Weinstein film.”

I wanted more Finn in the trailer. I thought he was the most interesting new character and strangely the most relatable.
Finn has no analog to any character from previously trilogy and I have no idea where his character arc could go.

The far right and the far left need to learn to work together for the betterment of the country if we’re ever going to stop the centrists.

I’m really looking forward to Thor and Star Wars. And there’s a remote possibility Justice League won’t be terrible.

I want Trump to take an IQ test on live television. I can only see good things coming of that.

“I’ve seen this raw strength only once before. It was the most powerful Jedi who ever existed: Mari Soo.”

It seems like the majority of a toothpaste tube’s lifecycle is spent on it’s last 10%.

People constantly criticize Trump for focusing on dumb issues, but how does it help anyone if he gives his attention to important ones?

The biggest evidence against Trump having sexually assaulted women is that he boasted he did.

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Random Thoughts: The 70s and Guns

Watching Fargo season 2. Makes the 70s look like this dark, apocalyptic time. Are things really worse now or are we just whinier?

70s problems: Horrible economy, crime explosion, nuclear threat from Soviets, Jimmy Carter.

I fully support a Trump versus Oprah 2020 election. Let’s turn into the skid.

Nintendo makes some neat products that look like they’d be fun if you were actually able to buy them.
Still shocked my wife was able to call up Target and then just drive over and pick up a Nintendo Switch on its release day.
She doesn’t even care for video games. She is a good wife.

I remember seeing Bladerunner on VHS as a kid. “A scifi movie starring Harrison Ford! This should be fun!” It was not fun.

Watching my daughter try to solve my all time favorite adventure game puzzle: when you’re tied to the idol in Secret of Monkey Island.

By now we know that even mild criticism will set off a tantrum from the big dumb baby. If we need his help, we have to tiptoe very carefully.
“Great job! You’re super! But we could use even more supplies and aid in Puerto Rico, and we know you can do it because you’re a big boy!”

My 2yo daughter likes to say “Goo goo gah gah.” It’s very meta.

The most fascinating thing about The Good Place is just trying to figure out how in the world they’ll keep the story going.

My kids never say anything woke. I wonder if they’re Trump voters.

Compared to the rest of the season, the Rick and Morty season finale was just dumb, wacky fun.
Ricky and Morty is very clever, but it often gets too nihilistic for my tastes.
Plus, it does seem like they’re writing themselves into a corner with how powerful Rick has become.

It is not the time for thoughts and prayers. It is the time for impotent, unhinged screeching.

Interesting time to push for gun control as president is Republican but doesn’t care much for gun rights (or rights in general).
But a Trump presidency is a really odd time to make the “only the government is benevolent enough to have guns” argument.

Side note: People make fun of the NRA’s “good guy with a gun” argument, but that is the premise of modern government.

The reason mass shootings don’t lead to more gun control is the proposed gun control ideas are terrible and wouldn’t stop mass shootings.
Remember how the response to Sandy Hook was background checks even though the guy stole the guns from his mom? Come on.
“This is a terrible tragedy we never want to see a repeat of, so here’s a law that can’t even pretend would have stopped it!”
It’s like the gun control side has concluded that it has so so much emotion that critical thought is not required. Most disagree.

You think you want gun control, but what you really want is a magic kid who can wish all guns away to the corn field.

Not a big fan of the NRA lately, but the focus on the amount of money they spend like that’s their power is so so dumb.
But this illustrates the main problem of the gun control movement: It has barely any serious people left. It’s just emotion.
They’ve been screeching the same things for decades and only losing the argument, but it never prompts soul searching.
It’s always “Maybe with this tragedy, the same pointless yelling we’ve done for decades will finally be effective.”
It’s hard to watch, is all I’m saying. It’s people thinking they’re very very serious on this issue when they are quite the opposite.

Enjoying the series Fargo which is about them and their battle with their rival town Closestop.
It’s based on the works of the Coen brothers, known for such films as There’s Something About Mary and The Matrix.

Remember: With breaking news, there tends to be a lot of misinformation, so don’t believe anything without a Verrit authentication code.

I know it doesn’t always seem that way, but we live in a blessed time and there is no better time in human history to live.
Imagine showing someone from hundreds of years ago a car. Your smartphone. A supermarket. Hot water at the turn of a knob.
Imagine showing people of ancient times a country made up of people from all over the world, working as one cohesive society.
We still have a lot of work on how we treat each other, but what an advancement it is that that’s a constant concern.
Anyway, point is don’t look so gloomy all the time. If anyone from the past is watching, it makes us look ungrateful.

Can’t we go ahead and pass a non-specific gun control law to end mass shootings? The text of it can just be “Australia!”

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Random Thoughts: Feuding and Take a Knee

If Republicans in charge of everything means absolutely nothing happens, at least there’s way worse scenarios.

Watching Ducktales with all three of my kids. I am very happy.

Just because he’s the president doesn’t mean we have to pay attention to him.

I like it when Donald Trump feuds with celebrities. It’s one of the things he’s qualified to do.

Left complaining about Trump feuding reminds me of right complaining about Obama golfing. What else do you want his brilliance focused on?

Next Trump will say people should be fired for disrespecting puppies and get people to kick puppies to protest him.

Trump has some control over those who support him and a huge amount of control over those who hate him.

Trump is going to be reelected because his opponents can’t stop themselves from doing counterproductive things to spite him.

TRUMP (idiot): “Anyone who throws me in the briar patch SHOULD BE FIRED!”
RESISTANCE (smart): “I know exactly what to do to get at Trump!”

Saw the new Kingsman movie. If you liked the first one, you’ll like this one.
Learning Channing Tatum had scheduling conflicts explains a lot about the plot, though.

I don’t get CBS All Access. Who would pay just to stream CBS? Tech-savvy old people?

In the future, everyone will be milkshake duck for 15 minutes.

My parents had 50s nostalgia. I have 80s nostalgia. I don’t see my kids having 2010 nostalgia unless it’s “Remember when we had 80s nostalgia?”

Why is Trump still president? We’ve made it clear we don’t want him there in every other way than not electing him.

With #TakeAKnee, people keep focusing on the flag and veterans and not what the protest is about… whatever that is. Trump, maybe.

How will the new 280 character limit on Twitter affect foreign policy?

Would be pretty hilarious if they rollout the new 280 character limit to everyone except Trump.

Hopefully Luther Strange will seek revenge for losing the primary. With a name like that, he really should be a supervillain.

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Random Thoughts: Rights and Arguing

Health care is not a right. A right is not the government making an empty guarantee of a good or service.
Can say “I want the government to do everything it can to make sure everyone has health care” but calling it a right tortures the language.
Rights are very important – at least many people think so – so let’s not go around trying to redefine what they are.

If you don’t side with the nazis in fighting the nazis, then you’re no better than nazis.

Everything is “Hillary versus Trump” now.

Despite what happened to Hillary, I still have faith that one day the mediocre spouse of a former president can be elected president.

All I want is for everyone to get along. And I’ve identified which group of people keep that from happening. They must be eliminated.

I care less about politicians being against science than I care about them being against economics.

I’ll be more sympathetic to DREAMers if you stop calling them DREAMers. That term just makes me want to slap them.

You’d think President Trump would cause the left to be cautious about putting govt in charge of more things, but no, still full speed ahead.

As much as I love having more of my income spent by idiot sociopaths who care only about reelection, not fully on board with single payer.

If the government ever decided food was a “right,” I’d be afraid of starving.

My kids want ice cream for breakfast and single-payer and I just know I’m going to end up looking like the villain here.

Trump’s base is flabbergasted. How were they supposed to know they thing everyone said would happen would happen?

To all those who feel betrayed by Trump, I have this to say: BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Things Trump critics were wrong on:
1. Electability in general
2. Appointing crony as 1st SCOTUS pick
But everything else was spot on.

Everything Democrats want
“Boo!”
Everything Democrats want but with a big gold “TRUMP” stamped on it
“Yay!”

Calling Ben Shapiro a “white supremacist” is why no one listens when Trump is called one.
If you actually care about racism, scream at the idiots devaluing all the terms used to label racists.

My 1yo is ready for the internet. She argued with my 6yo that a unicorn was a pony, going so far as to claim the horn was a “pony hat.”
Let that be a lesson to you. Never let lack of knowledge get in the way of arguing; all you need is tenacity.
Most of my 1yo arguing was simply saying, “No! Pony!” louder and louder, but is that is basically half of it.
And man was it nice to see my 6yo experiencing what it’s like when someone with far less knowledge insists they know better.
And I like how my 1yo was “I just learned what a pony is, so now I’m an expert on animal identification.” Remind you of anyone? Or everyone?
Liked seeing my older daughter think she had the killer argument (“See. This is a horn. Unicorn.”) just to have no effect (“No! Pony hat.”).
The important thing is that in the end we all learned something. Except for the one who was wrong.

Ooh! The iPhone 8 is available for preorder! Who wants to have the latest, greatest iPhone for one month?

Terms that used to mean something specific and now just mean someone I don’t like:
Fascist
Racist
Nazi
White Supremacist
The problem is, those used to describe some bad things which we don’t have other terms for. To overuse those terms normalizes evil.

Am I supposed to be offended by the boobs thing? And why? Politeness? Puritanism? Sexism? Pretending to be baffled by heterosexuality?
Can someone edit the video so the host is an old rich lady who clutches her pearls and says, “Well I never!”?

Seriously, though, guys, don’t like boobs. It’s wrong.

Be a gentleman and pretend not to like boobs. If a lady ever shows them to you, say, “Ugh. Not for me.”

Only way to make this boobs thing more fun/ridiculous would have been for Baldwin to say, “I can call them that. You can’t use that word.”

A lot of people on the left are confused about the inexplicable love of free speech, due process, and boobs.

When I was a kid, my dad would hook the fish and let me reel it in. My equivalent is letting my soon do the last hit in a boss battle.

Trump does something moronic. His partisan opponents completely overreact. You can practically set your watches to it.

Did anyone win an Emmy this year?

Having Sean Spicer on the Emmys was disrespectful to the families of the millions he murdered.

Reminder: If Hollywood wants to defeat Trump, they need to stop focusing on how awful he is and instead focus on how awful they are.

By posting that golf ball video, Trump is now on par with some of history’s worst leaders: Hitler, Stalin, and Moe from The 3 Stooges

Wouldn’t part of the reason Emmy viewership is down is that the appeal of the top nominated shows is much more selective?
There’s always been critic favorite movies with low viewership, but critic favorite tv shows with low viewership more recent thing.
Which isn’t to say tv has gotten bad — it’s gotten better — but again, appeal for top shows is more selective.

Just finished 1st season of Fargo. That finale was so intense partly because I knew none of the character needed to survive for next season.
Uncomfortably intense, actually. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I knew ahead of time whether my favorite characters survived.

Someone has claimed a White House Press Secretary lied. Could this be true?

Constant reminder: There exists no other solution to housing costs than building more houses.

All politicians should be wiretapped. I don’t trust any of them.

I’m sure the left’s embrace of political violence in the era of Trump is a far-sighted move that will lead to a very good place.
No possible negative repercussions. Let’s spend no more than 1.7 seconds thinking about this.
1.8 seconds later
“But what if…”

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No, Kids, You Can’t Have Single-Payer or Ice Cream for Breakfast

Just looking at your faces, I know I’m going to end up the villain here. You want free health care for all and a tasty breakfast everyone can love, and the only thing standing in the way is me saying no. But someone has to be the adult here and say you can’t just do what you want regardless of nutrition or economics.

Now, before you start shouting about how I’m just mean and want poor, sick people to die and breakfast to be bland and boring, consider that maybe — just maybe — I actually have your best interests in mind. I know it’s hard to understand, but you’ll be better, healthier people if you eat something loaded with nutrients and not just sugar and keep free market forces in health care. If we go with what you want, we’re going to end up hyperactive and then crashing and have scarcity in health care resources and a lack of innovation. And yes, I know we set a bad precedent with how I got you Lucky Charms and the ACA, but we really should be trying to progress the other direction toward less government and less sugar in health care and cereal respectively.

And I know the influences I’m working against here. You see the fun clown and Bernie Sanders on TV talking about how great ice cream and socialism are. But while you think clowns and socialists to be entertaining, other people find them vile creatures to be feared — and for good reason. Just look at what socialism has done to Venezuela. And look at what… well, I don’t need to justify my hatred of clowns to you.

Okay, I can tell this is falling on deaf ears. You think I’m just mean. I hate fun. I want to put profits over patients. You might not believe me, but I really do want health care for all and everyone to enjoy breakfast. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about that. There’s no easy solution where you just say eat whatever you want and have any health care you want and it will paid for with other people’s money. If you go that route, you’re going to end up miserable and sick. So I don’t care how much you’re going to scream and yell; because I care for you, I’m putting my foot down and saying, “No.”

What? Don’t just go and ask mom now!

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Random Thoughts: The Illiberal Left and Science

Be on the look out for false Verrit sites that will verify illegitimate authentication codes.

Only the heartier Millennials survived the Great Avocado Famine.

Life is like a Donald Trump policy position: You never know what you’re going to get.

Political opinions for sale. $1000 each. Guaranteed to be correct.

Since Trump, I’ve seen many on the left:
Argue against free speech
Argue for political violence
Argue against due process
I suspect most of this is moron partisanship (“Betsy DeVos likes due process? Then we hate it!”) but it’s still just a wee bit troubling.
Of course, not like the right has been all puppies and sunshine since Trump has been elected. Hopefully this is the dark before the dawn.
Oh, yeah, the other thing: Aren’t these all really really dumb positions while Trump controls the government?

The problem with the idea of Trump being a racist is that it would involve him having a deeply held belief.

So how’s the war on due process going?

People who use the phrase “believe in science” don’t understand what science is.

Is there an example of one party switching their views to what the other party believed because science said so?

*talking to man from 1700s
“We share words across the globe instantly.”
“What do you do with such a marvel?”
“Try to make each other angry.”

Remember election night when we suddenly realized Trump was going to win? That was crazy.
Whatever happened to him?

If you want to prove your reverence for science, go after people pushing bad science who agree with you politically.

Some Losers Club taking on a clown monster sounds like a political metaphor, but I think they win in the end.

Wrathful, vengeful science is punishing us with hurricanes for our faithlessness in its data.

Once as a kid during a heated game of Contra I blurted out the s-word, but I immediately felt sorry and never did it again.

I forget how far my brother and I made it in Contra before we learned about the 30 lives code. The snow level, maybe.
I remember when we first beat it. “It’s got credits at the end… like a movie!”

If want to prove your respect for science, go after the people acting like there’s definitive link between the hurricane and climate change.

So bizarre watching movie trailers in 60fps. Thought I was watching behind the scenes footage at first.
It looks real at 60fps, and to us, that makes it look fake. It’s now a bunch of guys on a movie set.

Now what do I do with my garbage iPhone 6S which isn’t even worth chucking at a hobo?

“To make sure there’s enough iPhone Xs for everyone, we’ve put Nintendo in charge of their manufacture.”

The iPhone X makes the newly announced iPhone 8 look like an outdated piece of crap barely distinguishable from the iPhone 7.

Cool. Advanced new emojis I won’t use because I’m an adult man.

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Writing a Sequel

Hey everybody. How are things? Everyone hiding from hurricanes?

I’m busy on the Superego sequel — maybe about a quarter done of first draft. And hopefully a number of you got the beta copy of Hellbender for feedback. Looking forward to what people think on that one; thought it was fun, but maybe a little weird.

Anyway, this Superego sequel is my first sequel writing experience. I’m worried I waited a little long (it’s approaching three years since Superego came out), but I guess compared to some authors with two R’s as their middle initial, I’m moving pretty briskly. Still, it’s fun to revisit the characters and also try to correct what I thought were some valid criticisms of the first one.

So, agenda for a sequel:
* Up the stakes — but not too far that you have no where to go for the next sequel
* Further character development while not just repeating character beats from the first
* Make it fun

And now I’m trying to distill what people liked about the first book and make sure that’s in there — while not too much that it gets irritating. Rico can be kind of a fun character, but I’m always worried that his strong personality can get grating with too much of him — which is always a problem when it’s in first person and he’s commenting on everything.

And I’m aiming for a trilogy. I’ve been advised before to set things up as just an ongoing series, but I always think in big stories and having an end point in the future helps me focus things.

I know a lot of times people think sequels aren’t as good as the first one, but they really should be an opportunity to improve because as a writer you start with a good understanding of the characters and can course correct from what you learned writing the first. So what are your favorite sequels? I liked Highlander 2, The Exorcist 2, and Speed 2.

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Random Thoughts: Antifa and Immigration

The Nazis are successfully convincing a lot of people to support political violence and suppression of free speech.

The Defenders was disappointing. It was great when the leads interacted, but overall meh.
A big part was the threat. In episode 4, they basically fought the Hand all at once and won, so that reduced that threat thereafter.
And the Hand’s big plot was just to get themselves back to their status quo we didn’t know had ended (being immortal).
There was a throwaway line about how that would collapse New York City or something, but it never felt like huge threat.
Still hopeful for future Marvel Netflix because of past series, but that’s now two missteps in a row.

Trump not meeting Harvey victims seem like dumb controversy. If I went through huge tragedy, last thing I’d want is to deal with politicians.

I saw something I disagree with AND I’M FREAKING OUT!!!!

I’m going to publish a “Big Book of Bad Opinions People Are No Longer Allowed to Have” so no one is confused.

Trump’s superpower seems to be using his horribleness to bait his opponents into being even more horrible.

I finally saw the new Spider-Man movie and my new favorite superhero is Ned.
What a fun movie. Despite comic books movies being seeming kind of tire now, I’ve counted four really good ones so far this year.
Three of them went for being fun (despite one taking place during WWI) and the fourth was kind of brutal but very compelling (Logan).
I have hopes Thor: Ragnarok will be as fun as the trailers make it look. No expectations on Justice League, though.

I’ll support whatever rules you want for violence toward and suppression of Nazis as long as those rules also apply to Commies.

What if in girl Lord of the Flies someone sees a spider on the island?

Trump could shoot someone in the middle of 5th Ave. and it would dominate the news for a day before people seized on some moron fauxtrage.

“Is putting Tubman on the $20 your #1 priority?”
“Well, it’s not #1..”
HEADLINE: “Mnuchin vows to go back in time and murder Harriet Tubman”

Only Nazis are unequivocally against all political violence.

Trump lost my support early on when he crashed a blimp into an orphanage and sued the orphans.

People who make mealy-mouthed justifications of political violence are as morally disgusting as white supremacists.

Ridiculous to compare ideology that stomped puppies to death to benefit the rich with ideology that stomped puppies to death for the poor.

I have great faith the violent dimwits in black masks will carefully vet anyone before beating them up.

If you’re a violent moron and you want to do whatever you can to get Trump reelected, my best advice would be to join antifa.

Anyone who thinks antifa is doing anything other than help Trump is as deluded as a tiki-torch wielding neo-nazi.

It’s great how both sides have concluded that the only thing holding them back is not being angry enough.

I can stress how much we need the Disney princess’s oppressive, outdated monarchy overthrown. We need it now.

We need an endangered species list for animals we actively want to make endangered. I’ll start the list:
Fire ants
Mosquitoes
Squirrels

The big challenge for the Democrats in 2020 is finding a candidate even more unlikeable than Hillary.

The best platform for the left to help them defeat Trump would be a closed forum that helps them figure out when they’re being insufferable.

I thought the pilot was dark and off-putting, but I am so onboard with The Tick after the first six episodes.
It’s established itself as something completely different from the previous incarnations while still being The Tick.
And love how it’s an Amazon Prime series and they integrated a great Amazon product placement in it.

Eventually Labor Day is going to become a celebration of robots.

I am so bizarrely fascinated by the Verrit authentication codes. I kinda want them to explain that and I kinda don’t.

Problem with immigration debate is many people are implicitly arguing for open borders without owning up to it which comes off as dishonest.
And people’s spidey senses start tingling when they see a lot of dishonest people arguing for something.
Realistically, though, the only thing that would stop Mexicans from coming into the U.S. illegally is if Mexico were a lot richer.

I think I might be a scientist. How can I tell for sure?

I used science, math, a compass, and a pencil to draw a perfect circle around Florida, the state where Irma is supposed to hit.

How hard is it to direct a Star Wars film? Just a bunch of lasers and spiritual mumbo jumbo. Get your act together, people!
I love the “we mutually agreed to part ways.” I assume security dragged him out kicking and screaming.

admiral collapses to the ground after being force strangled
DARTH VADER: “We mutually agreed to part ways.”

I don’t know which dishonest, demagoguing politicians to listen to on immigration.

I’ll direct your Star Wars. I want $30 an hour and one replica lightsaber.

Has anyone tried yelling “Racist!” to solve the immigration issue?

“You may say I’m a dreamer…”
John Lennon is immediately deported

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Random Thoughts: Robert Lee and ESPN

If ESPN had let Robert Lee announce the game as normal, I’d say there was a 2% chance we’d have seen a meme of it.
And even then, people would forget about it in an hour or two.

A strange amount of being a leftist these days is running interference for the stupidity and dishonesty of large corporations.

The Robert Lee thing is another example of ESPN thinking its viewers are idiots when the real idiots are closer to home.
What kind of skewed and condescending view of people they must have to think there would have been a big controversy from Lee’s name.
The ESPN thing is another example of “sensitivity” being used as a shield for its opposite: thinking poorly of your fellow man.

The left are determined to constantly demonstrate that Trump is but one obscene idiot among many.

The guy who took Robert Lee off the UVA game to avoid controversy has to be hoping this doesn’t come up in his next performance review.

ESPN should get the Presidential Medal of Freedom for single-handedly stopping the Confederacy from rising again.

“I’m hiding the word ‘IMPEACH’ in my letter.”
“Why not just come out and say it like millions do constantly?”
“…”
“It’s a hidden message.”

Is there a word for that shudder down your spine you feel when you realize eventually there will be an entire Marvel Universe reboot?

An argument against there being an alt-left is that those encouraging and excusing violence on that side are fairly mainstream.
On the right, those excusing violence are just fringe groups with little support. Neo-nazis. White supremacists. The POTUS.

It’s illegal to shout “Wolf!” in a crowded theater unless it’s when Harvey Keitel comes on screen in Pulp Fiction.
This is settled constitutional law.

Amazon Prime’s Comrade Detective is pretty funny and insane. I don’t know why I haven’t heard more people talking about it.

You can’t shout “You can’t shout ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theater!” in an intelligent discussion on free speech.

I told my daughter what James Cameron said about Wonder Woman. Then I had to explain who he is. Then I had to explain Terminator franchise.
Then my daughter asked, “Can robots from the future really come to kill us?” And you can’t honestly answer no to that, can you?

Programming is a tense, intellectual battle between you and whoever designed the crap you’re trying to interface with it.

Hoping for a relaxing, sunny weekend here in Texas. Now to check the weather forecast as I sip my drink…

In defense of Trump, maybe he has no idea what he’s doing.

New hurricane prep step: Download shows you’re binging to iPad in case the power goes out.

I can never take the word “humanist” seriously. Like is it opposed to “dogist”?

I’ve only read Game of Thrones. Last thing I remember was Jon Snow being stabbed to death – only interesting thing to happen in last 2 books.
The third book of Game of Thrones was one of the most exciting things I ever read, but things kinda meandered after that.

One of most frustrating things as some who writes in spare time is imaging what George R.R. Martin does with his day as a full time writer.
I mean, I’m lucky if I get an hour to write a day, and I’m still guessing I’ll have the sequel to Superego out before Winds of Winter.
Anyway, taking years would be okay if they were masterpieces, but the last two needed lots of editing for pacing.

I really enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. Made me do something I almost never do: rewatch a Marvel movie as I rewatched vol 1.
I’ve seen and enjoyed almost every Marvel movie but they never seem worth returning to. Maybe first Iron Man.

Why is “alt-fascist” abbreviated as “antifa”?

I’ve heard of both Taylor Swift and Beyoncé and understand they are both singers. That’s all I have to contribute to this conversation.

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Why Soulless Capitalism Is the Best System for Helping the Poor

People want their caring to mean something. That’s why a lot of people have big problems with capitalism as it explicitly doesn’t care about people and their well-being. Yet capitalism materially helps an order of magnitude more people than charity or a misguided economic system made with the poor in mind, like socialism. But the reason capitalism is so much better at helping the poor is that it that it actually cares about the poor in a much more concrete way than any other system as it cares about their collective spending power.

Now if you take the poor and the middle class all together, that is a massive amount of spending power — much more so than all rich people together. If you have a business that caters only to the rich — like selling yachts — that’s a niche market. To get insanely rich in capitalism, you need to cater to the poor — you need a Walmart. So many things in capitalism start out just for the rich — flat screen TVs, cellphones, electricity, indoor plumbing — but capitalism dictates you need to figure out how to do those things cheaper so you can sell to everyone if you want to get really really rich. And that’s why the poor in the U.S. have luxuries that the rich from a hundred years ago couldn’t even imagine.

So while charity and socialism say you need to sacrifice to help the poor and in exchange you’ll get a good feeling, capitalism says you can become a millionaire helping the poor. So it’s no wonder why one gets 1000 times more takers. The problem is this is religiously offensive to many people. “It should hurt to help the poor! You shouldn’t gain from it!” So while capitalism has drastically decreased poverty and malnutrition in the world over the last century (all while population has drastically increased), people still rail against it. Because of their pride. People want their intense caring to mean something. But the irony is they don’t actually care about the poor or they’d suck it up and support capitalism. Instead, they choose their pride over the poor.

NOTE: This shouldn’t be seen as a condemnation of charity which I believe to be every person’s duty. It’s just charity is a band-aid, not a cure.

This should be read as a condemnation of socialism, though. It’s awful and it kills people. Leave that turd in the last century.

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The Correct Way to Handle Politics in Fiction

No one likes getting lectured. Lectures are supreme arrogance. It’s saying I am right, you are wrong, and you must stand there and listen to how right I am and wrong you are. Political lectures are the worse, because in areas of such disagreement, it takes the most supreme arrogance to declare yourself the arbiter of what’s right.

Now, I for the most part don’t like politics in my fiction. Politics is stupid and fiction is for having fun. So for the most part, I avoid politics in the novels I’m writing — I want to write about more important things than the usual stuff people screech at each other about. And most importantly, I want my writing to be fun. Still, there is a correct way and an incorrect way to approach politics in fiction.

The correct way is to just present a view as “here is another way of looking at things.” The incorrect way is “here is the correct way of looking at things.” The former can cause people to think, the latter is a lecture and annoying. A good example of the former was House which often had each episode centered around a controversial topic but just presented the sides without picking one. Another is early seasons of the Simpsons which touched on such topics as immigration and guns without saying, “Here is what you should think about these.” One of the worst examples of lecturing I can think of, though, was Boston Legal. While I really like the James Spader and William Shatner characters, I had to stop watching that show because I couldn’t stand the Spader lectures. I think it was a lecture I agreed with that was the final straw. If you were to make a list of all the people you feel the need to know the political wisdom of, where would TV show writers fall on that list? So how much arrogance does it take for one to say, “Here is how you should think about things!”

And while it’s not the best example for this, I should point out in that Love Gov series I wrote, it was the bad guy constantly lecturing people. It was part of what made him intolerable.

So, in summary, touching on politics is okay in fiction, but only if you have something unique and interesting to say and you present it as “here’s an interesting way to look at things that you may not have thought of.” But if you get it in your head you have the truth and everyone must accept it, that’s where you get intolerable.

Was this a lecture? Yes. But if you were writing preachy politics into fiction, fell lucky you got off with just a lecture.

UPDATE: I should mention that Hellbender (which a number of you should have gotten a beta copy of) touches on politics a lot more than my previous two novels, but I’m hoping in the non-annoying way. That’s why I’ve also been trying to find left-leaning test readers.

Also, I’ve just started watching an inherently political show — Comrade Detective on Amazon Prime — which is positioned as one big political lecture (as that’s what propaganda is). It’s so absurd, though, that the political lectures are just stupid fun.

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Random Thoughts: Nazis, the Eclipse, an the Defenders

WWII Veterans : Antifa = Prime Rib : Giant Turd

Stalin opposed Hitler, and not only was it okay to criticize Stalin, it was morally necessary.

Getting a little afraid that the left are going to use literal nazis to justify political violence from the horrible people on their side.

I just want awful people denounced regardless of what political views they espouse.

#NationalTellAJokeDay Why did the chicken cross the road? To show the raccoons it can be done.

My daughter asked why Scrooge McDuck wants more money when he already has a vault full of it. I guess I need to explain capitalism to her.
“You have to understand when Scrooge introduces a lost gem from Atlantis into the economy, that expands it for everyone.”

“Expert” and “scientist” are terms that pretend to tell you qualifications when they tell you nothing. I say this as an expert scientist.

This is getting a little out of hand; they just tore down a statue of Bruce Lee.

“No, no, no. I’m the good kind of hate-filled, angry person.”

I’m forming the “No Trumps” party if anyone wants to join.
And despite the name, we’re not even allowed one.

This feels like the hundredth time I’ve thought to myself, “Well this looks like the end of Trump.”

Do they ever have Asian supremacy marches in Japan?

The Trump presidency has gone as well as could reasonably be expected.

And stop bringing up we have 3.5 more years of this. One day at a time. One. Day. At a time.

Dunkirk has been so successful they’re going to do a prequel – Begin-kirk. #NationalTellAJokeDay

I can’t believe it’s 2017 and we’re dealing with racists marching with torches. We should be battling space racists.

Statues are big metal people who don’t move or do anything. They’re like broken robots. Stupid.
I once visited a statue, but I didn’t understand what you’re supposed to do with it. Look at it, I guess. Why?

“I’m afraid of nazis having free speech, so let’s empower Trump to decide whose speech is ‘intolerant’ and should be banned.”

Be less afraid of the external nazis and more afraid of the seed of a nazis inside yourself.

Nazis don’t like free speech. Don’t be like a Nazi.

The statue stuff getting crazy. They tore down a Hitler statue and replaced it with Gandhi… which sounds ok except they left Captain America punching him.

There are limits to free speech. You can’t speak more than 24 hours per day, for instance.

Did Romney try “Catch the Mitt!” as a campaign slogan?
Well, too late now.

Sad we have to keep explaining the problems with “hate speech” laws which you think would be extremely obvious with Trump as president.

Bannon? More like Ban-him! #PoliticalHumor

Why… why is it important to so many people that Tina Fey get politics “right”? She’s like a comedian or something.
Know who it’s more important be right about politics? That president Trump guy. But I hardly ever hear leftists criticize what he says.

If you think Trump is special threat, but your worry with him being gone is Pence will be president, you’re what’s called a “dumb partisan.”

Bannon was fired because he got tired of winning. Look how tired that guy looks. Winning is obviously worse than smoking.

I’m going to wait for the Xbox One X 2.

In high school, one of our football games got interrupted by bunch of guys marching with tubas and drums. No idea what they were protesting.

Dumb, violent fascists are bad if they specifically label themselves as “Nazis.”

One side is calling themselves pro-free speech and the other side anti-fascist and I’m guessing neither is correctly labeled.

I don’t know if it’s fair, but I ain’t ever letting my daughter date a feminist.

It’s strange contest in who understands less about science: Those who doubt everything from it or those who believe it with an undying faith

Why do trust science when it makes solid, verifiable predictions but not when it makes vague predictions of doom that can’t be falsified?

The only thing that sounds interesting to me about the eclipse is how it freaks out the animals.
They must have been way more interesting before we knew how to predict them. Kinda ruins the magic now.

“Where… where’d the sun go? Is it coming back?”

“Oh. There it is. That was a scary couple minutes.”

I haven’t been watching Game of Thrones but I have been watching The Crown and this statement applies to both of them: Monarchies are stupid

We should only build statues to men we know will never let us down, i.e. fictional ones. Like Robocop.

Liking The Defenders, but it was a bit slow to start. Two and a half episodes seems like a long time to take to get them all together.
It wasn’t until the beginning of the fourth episode that I got exactly what I was looking for: All of them talking, butting heads.

Did the pinhole thing for the partial eclipse in Texas. It was lame. Guess I need to wait for 2024.

I just use the yellow emojis. I assume the specifically white emojis are some sort of trap to identify white supremacists.

I hope everyone learned an important science lesson from the eclipse about how something can get in front of something else and block it.
I hope that really showed all those doubters who don’t believe things can be opaque.

The earth is expected to block the sun tonight for several hours.

We’re told we’re supposed to be happy about the hate-filled losers who aren’t Nazis, but they also make me very sad.

I find the whole Trump presidency rather depressing. The only thing that cheers me up is remembering Hillary losing.

Reminder: At least one of your deeply held beliefs you’re extremely certain about is absolutely wrong.

“The city of New York is at risk of destruction, and only ones who can save it are four people abnormally good at punching – The Defenders!”

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Believing Science But Not Understanding It

I’ve seen a sad number of people of people (including Neil DeGrasse Tyson who is supposedly a scientist) compare predictions about when eclipses occur to predictions about climate change and its effects. Oh come on. If the eclipse doesn’t occur today based on predictions, how devastating would that be that science? Can you think of any similar prediction about climate change that if it ended up false would cause any ruckus at all?

This is so elementary it feels dumb I have to explain it, but the eclipse is a verifiable prediction based on a handful of steady factors — rotation of the earth, revolution of the earth around the sun, revolution of the moon. There’s a few other things that affect it in minor ways (the moon is slowly moving away from the earth) but using just those factors can give you a pretty accurate prediction.

Now what factors are needed in predicting climate change? Unknown. They’re still trying to figure it out, but they are numerous. The climate is already something constantly in flux (unlike the revolution of the earth) and there is certainly no record of making accurate climate predictions like predictions of eclipses. Because that’s so complex as to be impossible.

Again, this is really simple science concepts, and it’s sad people don’t understand them. Even if you think the science about climate change is pretty good, to put it anywhere in the vicinity of the science used in predicting eclipse makes you very very dumb. We always hear about the problem with people not understanding science who doubt it, but we never hear about the problem of people not understanding science who unquestionably believe whatever they think scientists said. Not believing something you don’t understand is natural. Trusting blindly in what you don’t understand is religion, and science is a really silly, capricious thing to form a religion around.

I really think science would do better if most people just ignored it beyond getting the occasional notification of when to watch an eclipse.

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Sympathy for the Devil

A little while ago I read Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning which is about Frankl’s time as an inmate in the Auschwitz concentration camp. It’s a very intense book where Frankl attempts to analyze both the inmates and the guards from a detached, psychologist perspective, but it’s certainly hard to even listen to and be detached. Frankl detailed so much cruelty and injustice I was constantly at the crossroads of rage and sadness, but what was odd to me was the part I had the most trouble listening to didn’t have to do with any of that. It was Frankl talking about how there were “good” Nazi guards and “bad” Jewish inmates.

Now, this is counter to anything we want to believe. Those being subjected to oppression are good and those inflicting the oppression — especially Nazis — are extremely evil. But if you’ve ever been around people before, you know things are not that simple. Not everyone in Nazi Germany was this horrible monster unlike everyone you’ve ever met before. But despite how sophisticated we like to think we are, we tend to gravitate toward black and white thinking on good and evil. And this seems to be the natural state of things judging by children.

A while ago, I was watching Pokemon with my daughter, and the evil Team Rocket got in trouble and the good guys — Ash and his team — ended up saving them from death. My daughter wondered why the good guys would save the bad guys. I told her that Jesus says we should love our enemies, and her eyes went wide. “What?!” That’s definitely not a natural inclination. It was also notable to me that the reaction of both my daughter and my brother’s daughter to the big reveal at the end of The Empire Strikes Back was to ask whether that was really true. Up until Darth Vader’s reveal, Star Wars had a very black and white morality, but finding out Darth Vader used to be good was the first bit of gray. And again, from a kid’s perspective, there’s only good and evil and the two don’t mix.

Anyway, I mention all this because I see a lot of push toward simplistic thinking on both sides these days, and all that does is block understanding. We have to recognize the good and the evil in everyone, which means looking for the good in those you oppose and the bad in those on your side. And the most important subject to identify the bad in is yourself. There’s a great danger in continuing to treat Nazis as some special, exceptional evil because they weren’t — they were people all like us. And those worst impulses that led to those horrors are impulses in each and everyone one of us. We think trying to stop the next Nazis means finding the special evil people in society and loudly identifying them, but what’s needed most is vigilance on ourselves.

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Random Thoughts: Nazis and DuckTales

The whole James Damore thing has exposed a lot of journalists who should be fired.

If we get nuked, then I’ll have to admit Donald Trump was a pretty bad idea. So you’ll have that going for you.

Can’t we all just get along?
The answer, of course, is no. And it’s probably racist and sexist to suggest otherwise.

It’s good to know our media apparatus will spring into action to defend a $100 billion dollar company from a lone dissenter it fired.

The one thing I hear the most from people is how much they love my sarcasm.
But there’s something off about the way they say it…

explaining the nuclear apocalypse to my grandchildren
“We didn’t Pokemon Go to the polls.”

The problem with the NRA is they’ve basically completely and utterly won their issue and now they’re just becoming a silly partisan group.

Communists, socialists, Nazis – thought we done with those after they murdered millions last century. Aren’t there any horrible new ideas?

Don’t think people realize equality makes no sense from an evolutionary perspective. But it makes perfect sense when you believe in a soul.
Don’t think many people – myself included – always act like everyone is of equal value. Hard concept but something to constantly strive for.

I’ll only worry something significant is going on when I see people behaving in a way that’s inconsistent with partisanship.

Why don’t I hear condemnation from the people I insulate myself from?

One day there will be a take so hot that the entire internet will burst into flames.
And then we’ll be free.

Watching The Crown. I’m finding their Winston Churchill a much more interesting character than Frank Underwood.
Churchill was not a big fan of Nazis.

It would have been nice if the left had some new level of outrage for Trump that they didn’t already use up on Mitt Romney.

I know the pilot often doesn’t have the opening song, but if they do that for the DuckTales reboot it will be a crime against humanity.

I don’t know what the downsides are of denouncing white supremacy that Trump is trying to avoid.
The left will screech just as loud no matter what Trump says (which is why they’re useless), but he could avoid giving substance to that.
Eh. Trying to understand Trump is a full time job and there doesn’t seem to be a point to it.

Yay, finally found my Paperwhite. The 9.7″ iPad Pro is fine for reading, but nothing beats the comfort of those little Kindles.

Way more people asked to be beta readers than I was expecting. Don’t think they know what it’s like reading 100,000 words only edited by me.

Thought the new DuckTales was great. It was a big hit with my kids and I enjoyed it too.
My 4yo now wants a cane and lots of coins to be like Scrooge. My 1yo made me replay the theme song 50 times in a row.

I’m kinda uncomfortable with the concept of statues of particular people in general.

We should tear down The Thinker statue. Odds are he’s thinking something problematic.

My guess is when we get Winds of Winter it will just be a transcript of the video description of the last couple seasons of Game of Thrones.

Glad Disney is finally rereleasing The Lion King. I need to teach my son an important lesson about avenging my death.

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