Random Thoughts: Trump, MLKJr, and Editing The Last Jedi

I guess we should be grateful the government never decided people need electronics the same way it decided everyone needs college. If it did, a flat-screen TV would now cost $30,000—though even poor people would be able to get a loan for it.

For a fiction writer trying to kill both of someone’s parents off in a non-spectacular way, you really don’t have many options in the modern world than car crash. You really have to go go out of your way to get killed in a plane crash these days.

This has to be the craziest thing Trump has said since the last thing he said and probably won’t be outdone until the next thing he says.

Maybe Twitter should change the prompt from “What’s happening?” to “What do you think of what Trump just said?”

This is Rowdi. We adopted her 12 years ago this month. We were told she was 3 at the time. She’s hella old, but still likes walks and getting pet.

We got used to the idea she wasn’t going to be around much longer so long ago we’re no longer used to the idea.
It’s hard to believe she’s 15. She was full grown when we got her 12 years ago, so if that’s not her age, it can’t be off by much.

A lot of countries are awful, but I don’t think the conclusion should be to keep all the people stuck in those countries from coming here.

If they had some sort of filter removing any Tweets mentioning Trump or referencing him, Twitter could be a fun website.

Man, I use Stackoverflow all the time, but I still don’t have enough reputation to even upvote an answer. I’ve never really understood a good way to find questions I might know the answers to.
Occasionally, none of the found solutions work and I have to come up with my own. I guess I should pay attention when that happens and write out that answer.
And I never think to post a question as I don’t ever feel like I have the time to wait around for someone to answer it. But you can post questions and then answer your own when you find the solution.
Anyway, thanks for talking this out with me. It was very helpful.

Having a big news cycle every time Trump says something dumb and bad just isn’t sustainable. At some point we have to learn to just shrug and say, “That’s Trump for ya.”

Downloaded that Google app, but I can’t find the portrait match thing—just a bunch of dumb art.

Seems like the time is ripe for a dark, gritty reboot of Grape Ape.

Lots of people claim Trump is a racist, but he just called MLK Jr. a “great guy” who “probably would have loved my hotel.”

A lot of people want to speak for Martin Luther King Jr., but I think the only thing we can be certain about the positions he’d hold today would be that he’d agree that Die Hard is a Christmas movie.

“If you meet Hitler on the road, kill him.” -old Buddhist saying

Police are claiming that the hate crime I reported where someone cut up my hijab is a hoax and that I don’t even know what a hijab is.

If I can speak seriously, I know kids these days are saying it’s cool to report fake hate crimes, but that doesn’t make you cool. I think it’s drugs that make you cool. Or maybe sunglasses.
I don’t know. I was never cool.

The biggest obstacle to turning the reproductive act into a consequence-free pastime is a couple hundred millions years of evolution.

Maybe the concept of not treating women like objects and the culture of casual sex are opposed to each other and in that cognitive dissonance we get those rapey “male feminists.”
Of course, a simple explanation is just that claiming to be a feminist is a good pose for a predator.

Everyone, as usual, is right to make of the the MRAs, but you could you imagine how much tighter The Last Jedi would be if Rose and Holdo were taken out of it?
Rose could be taken out entirely. Holdo would need some of her plot points given to other characters. How awesome would it be if her sacrifice were given to Admiral Ackbar instead of basically killing him off screen?

I’m kind of wondering if they really could have programmed that ship to fly itself and Leia just tricked Holdo.
“Oh no. You have to stay aboard and fly it. Auto-pilot is not working because… I spilled coffee on it.”
“Can a droid–”

I remember one of the most mind-blowing things to me as a kid was finding out there was this reoccurring character named Wedge in all three of the original Star Wars movies.

Cory Booker seems like a fun buffoon. I guess that makes him front-runner for our next president.

Donald Trump could easily put to a rest all questions about this physical and mental fitness by wrestling a bear, and we can only assume the reason he doesn’t is because he’s hiding something.
He’s probably hiding that he’s secretly in love with the White House’s official wrestling bear, but I bet Melania suspects.

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Random Thoughts: The Gorilla Channel and Celebrity Presidents

So Netflix’s orc cop movie had 11 million viewers it’s first week, and I realized I have absolutely no clue how to compare that to a major theatrical release since that’s always in dollars.

I hope the Netflix knows that no matter what they title it, the sequel will be known as “the second orc cop movie.”

Don’t get so caught up in making fun of Oregonians freaking out about having to pump their own gas that you neglect to also make fun of New Jerseyans.

3 days into 2018: Unfixable security flaw in all modern processors.
Not every bad thing has to be about Trump.

I understand how Meldown can trick an Intel processor into putting secure data into a cache, but I don’t understand how you can get the data out of the cache. Is there a good explanation for a low-level programmer who doesn’t want to read a whole white paper?
I mean, we all understand how branch prediction and caching works. But I don’t quite get how that leads to seeing secure data.
Fun fact, as part of a college project, designed a simple pipelined-processor in Verilog that had no branch delays. It was pretty neato.

Is there anything other than voting where it’s considered racist to ask for a photo ID? Like purchasing a gun, for instance (which is a constitutional right).

That it’s trivially easy to commit voter fraud but it’s science fiction to think anyone would ever do that is not a compelling argument even if you really believe it’s true.

It’s an incoherent argument that voting is important so making it slightly harder to vote is the worst thing ever and that voting is unimportant so don’t worry about voter fraud. That’s because the debate is all partisan now and coherency be damned.
My preferred solution is make voting as irrelevant as possible. If people didn’t feel their rights were on the line with each vote, no one would care about voter fraud or whether they were able to vote.

It really warms my heart to see my kids play Street Fighter II against each other with SNES controllers in hand.
Yes, my son is holding it upside down. He still won.

I used to be a contrarian, but then EVERYONE started to be a contrarian so I stopped.

Everything in Michael Wolff’s book other than the stuff about the gorilla channel are complete lies, and I think the gorilla channel incident makes Trump more sympathetic.

I stopped watching The Gorilla Channel because of how it covered the Harambe incident. People watch The Gorilla Channel to see gorillas fight each other, not for political commentary.

I once sat next to Donald Trump on a plane. He made it very hard to read because at random intervals he’d shout at me, “I’m not crazy!” Still, it was very reassuring to know the person next to me wasn’t crazy.

My prediction for the State of the Union is in the middle Trump will start shaking wildly and scream, “My genius is destabilizing!” and then someone in a white lab coat will rush the stage and inject him with a green liquid. And he’ll probably mention the tax cuts.

Why aren’t you always able to digitally rent movies from Amazon? There seems to be this window where you can rent them, but after a certain amount of time (when they end up on HBO or similar maybe?) you can only buy them again.
I’m guess it has to do with all those movies no longer available to rent all have a “watch free with trial of HBO Now” or “watch free with trial to Showtime” which are both done through Amazon.

I don’t get why people are freaking out over recent Trump tweets. If he had tweeted that he was dumb and mentally unstable, that would be concerning, but Trump literally said the opposite of that.

I don’t usually praise partisan spin, but I have to give it to Stephen Miller for sticking to his talking points while on The Gorilla Channel even while the gorilla host pummeled Miller with his giant gorilla fists.
Miller knew his boss Trump would be watching and he wanted to impress him, and I’m sure he did. Knowing Trump, though, he still probably cheered on the gorilla.

Watched Baby Driver and really enjoyed it, but I can’t get over the leads’ name: Ansel Elgort. Sounds like something they assembled from IKEA.

TRUMP: “I need to know what Michael Wolff said about me in his book.”
STEPHEN MILLER: “You could just… read it.”
Trump glares at him
STEPHEN MILLER: “We’ll have it turned into a puppet show right away, sir.”

Can’t they get Trump a helper monkey to do his tweets for him?

I hope Hollywood is doing a lot of back-patting for not tolerating rapists for like three whole weeks now.

Just a few short years ago, Trump v Oprah for president would be a wacky comedy pitch, and now it’s probably the Democrats’ best move.

It’s unbelievable that not a single woman was nominated for best director at the Golden Globes. Hollywood needs to come together with one loud voice saying, “Direct better, gals!”

If they want more public interest in the Golden Globes and Oscars, they should add a “Best Comic Book-Based Movie” category. It would also make sense for Wonder Woman to be nominated for that unlike for best picture.
I’m not sure Wonder Woman was the best comic book movie of the year, though. Logan and Thor: Ragnarok may have been better. I’d have to watch them all again to be sure—which would be fun since they’re comic book movies.

The more I think of it, awards shows should just be about movies based on comic books instead of the usual super boring movies they’re all about.
Oh, and I probably should have said “superhero movies” instead of “comic book movies” because I forgot about all those boring indie comics about feelings and junk where no one ever gets punched into the sun.

I support Oprah for president just so we can shed the silly idea that the presidency is ever not ridiculous.

So I guess in the future we’ll select our president by finding the smartest, most capable celebrity, a group known for being much dumber and less capable than the population at large.
Eh, at least Oprah seems to have some business sense.

Isn’t Oprah the sort of person who could have spoken out about Harvey Weinstein early on because she’s too powerful for anyone to come after her?

My recommendations for a celebrity ticket would be Dwayne Johnson/Chris Pratt. Just win on likability and say vague niceties while never talking specific policies. Could be an ’84 type landslide which right now it seems like we’ll never see again.

I’m not even slightly tempted to read the Fire and Fury book. Why would I want to read a whole book on why Trump is dumb and bad when that’s been the premise of every news article for the past two years?
A more interesting book would be why all the things Trump does that look dumb and bad are actually smart and good. I assume Scott Adams is already writing that book.
I think I could write that book too. I have the science fiction skills.

I realized what’s a big difference between Trump and other politicians: He has to be the only politician ever whose rhetoric is worse than his actions.
Admittedly, that’s because Trump’s rhetoric is the worst — the absolute worst — as he sounds like a tyrant who doesn’t even vaguely understand the principles of classical liberalism, but still it’s refreshing to have a politician who under promises and over delivers.
We’re just so used to politicians like the previous president who talks about freedom and unity but then by his actions is just another aggressively mediocre political hack who furthers partisan divide and our country’s malaise. Trump is different.
Not necessarily good different, but I think it provides some clarity on how much garbage we put up with with previous presidents as long as it came in a fancy package. They could be the worst as long as they threw us a bone to think them respectable.
And in a choice between someone who rants like an idiot and delivers mediocrity versus one who talks of greatness and delivers mediocrity, the former sounds more honest.
So as much as I detest Trump, I have absolutely no desire to go back to politics as usual. While Trump talks like the worst, that was the worst.

One thing that’s always bothered me about Steve Martin’s The Jerk was that the main character wasn’t really that much of a jerk, just dumb.

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Random Thoughts: Christmas and The Last Jedi

Watching The Crown, I keep waiting for Matt Smith to say his famous catchphrase “Fire BAD!”

Million dollar idea: Caps Locks+ which makes even bigger text for when you need to SHOUT EVEN LOUDER!

My 7yo daughter is planning on whispering some of the things she wants to Santa so we can’t hear to figure out who actually gets the presents. I admire her possibly sacrificing presents for the cause of scientific experimentation.

Poor Trump. He passed his big tax cut but it’s the weird robot from Disney’s Hall of Presidents that’s getting all the credit.

I’m going to use all my tax cut to buy fossil fuels.

When you see all the mockery of the significance of $1000, you understand the left care about the poor in the same way a football player cares about the ball.

My kids need a Snopes specifically dedicated to things I tell them.
“Florida is a U.S. state and it’s full of alligators.
Rating: TRUE
It may sound crazy, but your dad did not make up Florida. It’s a real place and he and your mom did live there.”

Love how the tax cuts have turned the people who “care about the poor” into a bunch of Lucille Bluths.
“$18 a week? What can you even get with that? A banana?”

There’s lots of good reasons to oppose the tax cuts, but the arguments we’re seeing now reveal that a lot of the people who opposed it are just idiots who opposed it for bad partisan reasons.

This is the Trump presidency. There are lot of good reasons to oppose Trump, but the loudest voices are still partisan idiots opposing him for dumb reasons.

Guide to telling who is arguing honestly and who is arguing in bad faith:
Arguing Honesty: Just says “I hate Democrats” or “I hate Republicans”
Arguing in Bad Faith: Argues about specific policies as if it’s the source of disagreement
There are a few exceptions to this rule, but they’re largely irrelevant right now.

I love how on all the controversial U.N. votes where the U.S. stands nearly alone, Micronesia always has our back.

I don’t get the U.N. If we pay that much to be part of some anti-Semitic club, it should at least have a golf course.

I like when the poor get tax cuts. I like when the middle class get tax cuts. I like when the rich get tax cuts. I like when the super rich get tax cuts. I like everybody keeping the money they earned.

Donald Trump is a human dumpster fire. And the American left are… what’s something that makes you begin to appreciate a dumpster fire?

I think I’m going to throw caution to the wind and watch the Orc Cop movie.

I’m warming up to Trump. Sure he’s a horrible human being that at times makes me embarrassed for my country, but that doesn’t mean he’s worse than other politicians.
I like him better than Obama. So many in the media acted like Obama was smart and that we should respect him. That’s the worst. But the vast majority now correctly understand the president should not be trusted. That’s better for us.
But can you believe it hasn’t even been a year yet of Trump being president? Already feels like decades.

If spanking screws up kids, is spanking a new thing? Or have all kids been screwed up since time immemorial?

Man, it’s been 3 years since Superego came out. But I finally have a new novel coming out very soon and should put them out at a more regular clip after that (including a sequel to Superego).

We say “Happy Holidays” around Christmas because we don’t want to offend anyone who doesn’t celebrate Christmas, but we don’t say it any other time than Christmas because we don’t actually care about other holidays.

My understanding is that “Happy Holidays” refers specifically to Christmas and New Years, and then more vaguely to any other holiday people like to celebrate that happens to be in December.
I guess it’s somewhat specifically refers to Hanukkah now. Not Kwanza, though. No one actually knows what that is or anyone who celebrates it.

Know who isn’t very “bright”? Whoever named the orc cop movie.

Finally saw Get Out. It was really good, but main question I had at the end was how much did Microsoft pay them? I can buy someone having a Surface Pro, but seeing the main character with a Windows Phone and using Bing to google really threw me out of the movie.

The orc cop movie seems like the opposite of The Last Jedi in that it’s universally panned by critics but most of the people I see commenting about it in my Twitter feed seem to like it. Also big split on RottenTomatoes critics versus audience score.

Remember when a five year old said “Merry Christmas!” to President Obama who then flew into a rage and bit the kid in the face? Donald Trump would never do that. Listen to other people, that is.

A lot of people are arguing whether It’s a Wonderful Life is a Christmas movie. While it doesn’t all take place during Christmastime like Die Hard, it does at its core have a story about love and self-sacrifice like Die Hard.

Now that Trump is in charge, if you hear someone today say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”, immediately call the new treason hotline.

Finally saw The Last Jedi didn’t have strong feelings on it. Still feel like they haven’t really sold the First Order as a threat, especially since it’s now run by a couple of dorks.
I guess that would be my biggest complaint: I don’t feel a lot of narrative thrust going into the third part of the trilogy.
My other complaint—which continues from epVII—is I don’t get the scope. Before, we had the Empire and Rebels which was simple enough. Now, we have the First Order which snuck its way into being the Empire again or something?

I don’t get the 92% on RottenTomatoes for The Last Jedi or all the hate for it. It’s a solid three-star movie.

The Last Jedi was good, but I’ve seen a lot of movies this past week — Get Out, Dunkirk, Thor: Ragnarok, Bladerunner 2049 — and it’s my least favorite.
I haven’t watched the orc cop movie yet, though; it has a good chance to beat that.

Oh yeah, I didn’t get all the anti-heroics messaging in The Last Jedi. Seems like a bad movie series for that.
“This is how we win. Not by destroying what we hate, but by saving what we love.”
Well, I hope you didn’t love that door protecting your allies.

JJ Abrams should get back at Rian Johnson for undoing so much of Force Awakens by killing off Rose in the opening crawl of Ep. IX.
“ROSE died on the way back to her home planet.”

Thinking on it some more, there were some real good parts of The Last Jedi and some dumb parts like something from the prequels. And it wrapped things up way too much to be the middle part of a trilogy.
And The Last Jedi has a real incoherent message at the heart of it. “Heroics inspire whipped slave kids—but self-sacrificing heroics are bad—except when purple-haired ladies who don’t share their plans do it.”
In the end, I’m both glad that Rian Johnson is going to get to do his own Star Wars trilogy and that he is not going to do the last part of this trilogy.
Oh, and the feminism of the movie completely backfired. By the end, I was like “The Rebels need some more dudes in charge because these ladies have no idea what they’re doing.”

I enjoyed the orc cop movie. And now I have stuck in my head an orc cop rap I made up.
“He’s the orc cop
And he just won’t stop.
With a hip to the hop
He’s the orc cop.”
You could tear apart the movie if you wanted, but at the end of the day, it made me care about orc cop—and to a lesser extent, Will Smith cop.
Will Smith was actually unlikeable for much of the movie because of how mean he was to orc cop—which comes off as kicking a puppy.

Black Mirror was originally a play in the 1800s produced by the Luddites.
“Hear ye, this machine shall serve us and make many a textile. And I see no possible negative consequences from it.”
people slowly realize it is they that serve the machine

I’ve only seen the first episode of Black Mirror with the pig, but absolutely everyone told me that was the best one and it only got worse from there.

Everyone thinks dogs are tough and cool, but it’s annoying how often you have to worry about stuff hurting their little tum tums. Sometimes feeding them is as difficult as meeting the dietary needs of kid named Kaiden.
This was brought on by I wasn’t able get the regular food and I had to look through the other selections thinking, “Which one of these is least likely to kill my 15yo dog.”

I hope people in Iran get freedom so they can spend all day whining about minor stuff like we do.

2017 wasn’t that bad; everyone is just much whinier.
Also the president now looks as horrible to everyone as Obama looked to me.
But if you were already used to the president being a pompous clown, it’s not that bad.
Anyway, looking forward to 2018. I have a good feeling about it!

Good 2018 Resolutions
* Pay less attention to Trump
* Zero-tolerance for nazis and commies
* Pick no more than one thing per week to get outraged about

One of my favorite things from Christmastime is the Reese’s Peanut Butter Tree. Such a great ratio of chocolate to peanut butter. It’s like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup that’s all the center part.

Meryl Streep was very very good in The Post. Tom Hanks kind of felt like he was doing a hard-nosed reporter character for SNL.
I can’t believe people are comparing that to the press versus Trump now. That conflict is a couple of clowns hitting each other with giant inflatable mallets that make squeaky sounds.

Thor: Ragnarok was just as fun as the trailers promised. It’s perhaps my favorite Marvel movie since Iron Man.
Can’t believe, though, they brought in Zachary Levi just to be on screen 5 seconds and get killed. Even Admiral Ackbar got it better. Hopefully the DCEU will be kinder to Levi.

I don’t know anything about this Logan Paul controversy, but I saw one picture of him and my instant reaction was “no punishment is too harsh.”

The thing about Trump is he just does what other presidents do more blatantly. A president taking credit for things that just happen to happen during his administration has a long history. Remember when President Obama killed Bin Laden?
And remember any president ever taking credit for good economic news?

A president should get credit for a good economy in the same way you credit your kids for not burning down the house.

What is with Holdo’s purple hair? Is that just a “because space” sort of thing or is there an explanation? Like is she an alien identical to humans except for purple hair or did she just never outgrow her punk rock phase from her 20s?
Holdo was somehow both too mean and condescending to Poe and too lenient with him (“Haha. That flyboy got everyone killed. What hijinks will he get into next?”)

My 2yo makes me feel like a million bucks. When I got off work today, she ran at me yelling, “My daddy!” to give me a big hug. I work from home in the room next to her.

I don’t have a nuclear button on my desk but I do have some those little magnet Buckyballs that are now illegal or something because they’re dangerous if swallowed, so that’s pretty badass.

So how are we planning on celebrating one year of President Trump? Balloons? Pony rides? Maybe a dunk tank? Do you think Trump would agree to a dunk tank? Is he the type of person who can laugh about himself?

That Republicans should vote against bills they agree with just to oppose Trump is an argument so dumb I could see Trump tweeting it.

This whole Trump presidency could just be a stunt by Twitter to increase site traffic.

Why would we fear nuclear war when we’ve already stared tax cuts and the end of Net Neutrality in the face?

If North Korea is really a couple mean tweets away from launching nukes, we should probably do something about them.

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Random Thoughts: Net Neutrality and Tax Cuts

I’m a simple man. The one thing I’ve ever wanted is to be able to right click a folder in a file explorer and open up a command line already in that directory.

If I were running for office, I think a prop I’d have at all my campaign stops would be a switchblade which I’d brandish and say, “I’m gonna cut you, taxes!” I’d be a fun politician. But extremely extremely corrupt.

My biggest problem with Net Neutrality is it’s all about stopping theoretical problems which is always government at its absolute worst.

So is Lisa Simpson now a Disney princess?

If Net Neutrality is repealed:
$4.99 per Tweet
$1.99 per Google search
-$2.99 per Bing search (they’ll pay you)
$0.20 per hitman hired through the dark web
$500.00 if you don’t want Netflix making fun of your viewing habits

Can’t you… can’t you just use a VPN or other proxy to hide your traffic from your ISP?

You’d think Trump being president would cause people to hesitate more about trying to solve everything by giving the government more power, but not even slightly.

Using government regulation to protect your freedom is like using the one ring to protect yourself from Sauron.

Since the Sorting Hat from Harry Potter can consistently put all the evil people into Syltherin, couldn’t they do a Minority Report reboot starring it?

We were watching the repeal of Net Neutrality on TV and my 2yo exclaimed, “Oh no! Dey ‘troy in’net!”
Kids understand.

Just kidding. I don’t watch the news on TV. This isn’t the 40s.

Trump could start a nuclear war, and the left would struggle at how to make that sound worse than ending Net Neutrality or implementing a tax cut.

I don’t care if a celebrity talks about politics — even if their politics are opposed to mine — as long as they have something interesting and not tedious to say.
So I basically want all celebrities to shut up about politics.

Sorry but the “Free Speech” promotion has ended. It now costs a dollar per thing you say, or you can speak as much as you like for $39.99 per month.

Star Wars ranked:
1. Wars
2. Star

Probably a good visual would be for Trump to have some hipster-looking lefty stand in the background and then scream “Noooooooo!” whenever he signs a bill.

Reasons the 70s were tough:
* Failing economy
* Out of control crime/drug problem
* Gas shortages
* The draft
Reasons 2017 was tough:
* The president said something mean and dumb on Twitter and it got me so worked up my tummy hurt

I never watched The Tonight Show so I still think of Jay Leno as “that guy from the Doritos ads.”

If Trump fires Mueller, I’m going to take to Twitter and tweet something like, “There’s Trump, at it again.” I’m working on it in my drafts folder.

According to the RottenTomatoes and Cinemascore, I follow on Twitter everyone in America who didn’t like The Last Jedi.

Merry Christmas! And happy holidays we inflate in importance for multicultural reasons since they happen to be near Christmas!

Maybe things aren’t getting worse and you’re just getting whinier.

I don’t know what helps more poor people: capitalism or socialism.
I don’t know what drives faster: a Porsche 911 or a Barbie Power Wheels convertible.

Politicians are idiots who kill money like Lenny kills puppies. If you want money to thrive and reproduce, you need to get it away from politicians.

I’m writing a survival guide to the rich keeping even more of their own money. It will cost $5, but it will be well worth it when you consider all the hazards of someone else having more money.

If you’re the U.S. President, you can go to Disney World for free whenever you want, but then you have to stand in for your animatronic at the Hall of Presidents whenever they ask.

Trying to do some subtle graphical like from iOS but for a Mac app is a bit of headache. Don’t even get me started on Windows form; I had to write my own class just to do placeholder text in a text box.

If anyone is saying anything about the tax bill, they’re probably lying. Only trust people not talking about it.

If you support everything Trump does or oppose everything Trump does, you’re what’s wrong with this country.

The difference between taxation and a mugging is no one ever tells you you’re supposed to be thankful for a mugging.

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Random Thoughts: Alabama and Hallmark

The Republicans in Alabama have a choice between the party of molesters and the other party of molesters who openly hates and despises them.
here’s also the option of staying in your nice warm, safe home where hopefully no one gets molested.

So do we all have to give props to Trump for doing something every previous president promised but never actually did?

I’m literally shaking with rage with tears in my eyes and then the tears are flying everywhere from all the shaking so I’m like a human sprinkler.
I forget what upset me.

Why would you need a permit for a concealed gun? If it’s properly concealed, no one knows you have it and thus no one is going to ask if you have a permit. Dumb.
his also works for other things like cocaine, nuclear weapons, and ferrets. What you need are permits for things when they’re unconcealed. That’s the trick there.

Are people still freaking out over concealed carry? We’ve had it for decades. It’s in 40+ states. Where’s the problem?
The thing about conceal carry is it’s completely useless to criminals. It’s not like you can rob a liquor store and store and go, “Oh. It’s okay. I have a permit.”

Democrats, you don’t get praise for being dragged kicking and screaming to doing the decent thing. You get detested slightly less.

Had a dog that would run to the door barking in a frenzy every time the doorbell rang. Near the end of her life, she’d only lift her head up to bark a couple times before laying it back down. Reminds me of Democrats and gun control.

Hamas is calling for a “day of rage”? Who sees the situation in the Middle East and thinks the solution is “more rage”?

Meant to buy a bitcoin just for The heck of it back when they were $200 but forgot. 🙁
Eh. Everyone wants money for nothing.

As entertaining as President Trump is, I’m ready for President Ned Flanders whenever we want that. Partisans won’t screech any less, but everyone else will probably be a bit less tense.
“Impeach that one for one count of being Trump. And impeach the other for… um… accessory to being Trump.”

One bitcoin is worth $15,000? That sounds pretty useless. McDonald’s isn’t going to make change for that when you buy from the value menu.

Die Hard is not an action movie.

Weird how we’re acting like the country is on fire when by most objective measures things are going really well for the U.S. right now.
checks the news
Oh, the country literally is on fire.

Maybe there’s stuff in the past that was bad and it’s good we got away from it AND stuff that was better in the past and it’s bad we got away from it.

I watched the Death Stranding trailer and in Norman Reedus had a baby down his throat and I saw one of the babies and the baby looked at me.

Christmas is a Die Hard holiday.

I really like the lesson at the end of “The Grinch Who Stole Die Hard” about how watching Die Hard isn’t about viewing it on DVD at a particular time of year, but in fact we can enjoy watching McClane kill terrorists at any time of year on a variety of media formats.

Can’t we shove all the Nazis and the Commies in a time machine and send them back to the 20th century where they’re supposed to be duking things out?
35% chance they team up, though.

A big problem is all the really dumb criticism of Trump which undermines what should be a treasure trove of legit criticism.

With Daniel Shaver, it feels like the idiot barking contradictory orders at him murdered him more than the officer who actually shot him.

Professional journalists don’t get enough credit for when they occasionally get things correct.

I think it might be kinda fun to try and write one of those dumb Hallmark Christmas movies my wife watches, but I don’t think I could resist adding some cool twist to it, like the guy the woman is falling in love with is actually serial killer. Or she is.

By pretty much any survey, Millennials are the worst generation in history at throwing knives.

I’m the only journalist who has never gotten anything wrong.
Whoops. I just incorrectly labeled myself a journalist.

“Here’s a negative story about Trump, and we swear this is one of the times our partisan bias didn’t cause us to screw up the facts.”

I will criticize Trump when he does dumb things, which is a lot. And praise him when he does good things, which is occasional. And I will criticize the media when it makes dumb criticisms of Trump, which is a lot. And praise them when they make smart ones, which is occasional.

Have we hit peak 80s nostalgia yet?
And isn’t Steven Spielberg the wrong person to direct a movie about 80s nostalgia? As a subject of the nostalgia, I doubt his is the relatable perspective.

When I say “the 80s,” one image pops into everyone’s mind: Ronald Reagan playing a keytar.

People need to get better at finding dishonest, populist grifters who aren’t also perverts.

Yes, Netflix making fun of the viewing habits of their own customers is a bit creepy.

Is no one vetting crying, bullied children?
You never make a mistake declaring someone deserves compassion and love.

It’s the second season of The Crown and I feel I’ve waited patiently enough for the queen to finally utter her famous catchphrase “Off with his head!”

My prediction: If Roy Moore loses, Trump’s first tweet will be about how he supported Luther Strange in the primary.
[Ed. Note: It was his second.]

It’s a tense competition for which aggressively mediocre Democrat will get propped up as some kind of savior for 2020.
They’re all dishonest, calculating dummies, people. It’s okay to use them, but stop letting them use you.

So is The Last Jedi any good? Like if you’re someone like me who watched the original trilogy countless times and has been obsessed with since a kid and even saw all the horrible prequels multiple times and am going to see the new movie no matter what, should I go see it?

Elizabeth Warren’s statement of “It’s wrong for Trump to attack Kirsten Gillibrand for being a dumb slut. No MAN should question her whoring herself out for campaign contributions!” was not quite as supportive as I think she meant it to be.

The election in Alabama could have implications all the way from watchmaking to watch repair.

It seems like Queen Elizabeth should have enough time to finish up her reign before the series The Crown catches up with her, but I mistakenly thought something similar when Game of Thrones started airing.

Luther would have won.

Giving up a senate seat is hard, but at least Alabama Republicans can hold their heads higher than Massachusetts Democrats. A tiny modicum of standards is rare with partisanship.

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Random Thoughts: God and Taxes

How much brain-eating partisanship do you have to be infected with to care about this CFPB stuff?

It’s theoretically possible to have extreme political views and not be an asshole.

Democrats taking a strong stand on Conyers and Franken could lead to getting rid of Trump, but morals for politicians is just for campaign speeches — its not an actual thing that influences your actions.

Remember when the NYTs decided that an extremely tiresome editorial about “assault weapons” that added nothing to the debate was important enough to put on their front page?
These guys like to pretend they’re influential when all they’re doing is preaching to a shrinking choir.

At some point, those of us who never thought to drop our pants in front of random women are going to start to feel like the weirdos.

It’s weird seeing how in other countries Netflix has lots of network American shows listed as Netflix Originals. You’d didn’t make The Good Place, you liar!

Regardless of how you vote, I think it’s fair to say that if you were at any time a Roy Moore supporter, you should feel really bad about yourself or you’re a partisan sociopath.
Politics has been overtaken by people who don’t actually care about anything other than the fight.

I think society is finally putting out a strong statement that sexual assault will not be tolerated from anyone who isn’t an elected official.

If you’re not going to do anything about Franken, shut up about Roy Moore. No one needs your nuanced take on sexual assault.

I was considering sexually harassing some women in the future — it sounded like a fun activity — but now I’m thinking that’s a bad idea. Going to take up woodworking instead.

The left screeching about the GOP tax bill means absolutely nothing because they would screech about it no matter what. But imagine if they were all “This is a GREAT tax bill!” That would creep me the hell out; it would be like the Twilight Zone.

I’m so convinced that everyone on both sides talking about the tax bill are being completely dishonest that I’m almost sure the bill doesn’t even exist.

“This tax bill will raise the deficit, starve millions of poor people, and resurrect Hitler as an unstoppable werewolf.”
“Okay, but let’s get to the nitty-gritty: Exactly how much will my tax bill be lowered?”

Oh no! They’re taxing overwrought political rhetoric no one takes seriously! Millions will die!

America is a country of about 400 million spoiled rich kids and I’m sick of all your whining.

It’s the contention of the ones constantly spewing hate and bile that they care more about people.

kneeling in front of a broken Statue of Liberty on the beach*
“You maniacs! You cut taxes too much! Ah, damn you! Damn you all to hell!”

What does the Bible say about taxes? I remember God warning Israel about having a king because the king would take their stuff and boss them around. Should have listened to Him.
My guess about taxes is that God would much rather us take care of each other voluntarily. There’s quite a bit in the Bible about that.
Anyway, I think it’s biblically accurate to say you should never get righteous about the money you demand at gunpoint.

I don’t know if this is a good tax bill. I also know you don’t know. But no one is going to let that get in the way of some good old fashioned partisan screeching.

I thought that Trump winning over Hillary might help end partisanship by showing how stupid it was to rally behind either terrible party, but partisanship has just got dumber to match Trump.
It’s as if the thinking is “Trump is so terrible, we can still beat him without moderating ourselves at all!” but that thinking is wrong. It is very very wrong.

If I had a billion dollars, I’d probably invest it. I think you could live a long while on a billion if you were careful with it.
And think if I had two billion dollars. That would be twice as good. I might buy a new car (even though economically it’s smarter to buy a two-year old used car).
Probably the worst thing about having a billion dollars is then Bernie Sanders would be on your lawn yelling, “You’re a bad man. You’re a bad man for having a billion dollars.” I’d spray him with a hose. Probably one with a fancy nozzle.

“Come at me, bro!” I taunt, knowing I can run very fast.

The tax bill seems kind of dumb, but all you left-wingers sound like Alex Jones when ranting about it.

Can’t believe all the people claiming the Bible demands a higher tax rate and that it definitively states that Die Hard is not a Christmas movie.

I don’t know if it’s relevant to taxation, but remember Jesus’s parable where the money is taken away from the guy with the least and given to the guy with the most because the guy with the least was an idiot?
Anyway, if you think the Bible clearly says “Take money away from the rich!” not so much. There are lots of warnings if you are rich (which, from a historical perspective, is everyone in this country) but I don’t think you’re supposed to worry about other people being rich.

“I AM THE LAW!!!” -Judge Dredd and Trump (probably)

I like when my wife makes the kids bacon and then they’re bad and don’t eat their bacon because then I have bacon sandwiches for lunch.
I don’t know how much bacon costs. I hope it’s cheap.

To solve the problem, have we tried locking the Capitol building and filling it with bees?
I don’t really understand what the problem is; I’m just wondering if we’ve tried bees.
Why are you staring at me? Okay, I’ll try explaining this slowly: BeeEEeeEEeeEEees

Got that fabled iPhone X. It says on the box “Examine your heart before you hold this phone, for whoever touches it and is unworthy will surely die.”
I haven’t touched it yet.

Our political parties are two giant turds and I don’t know why anyone wastes time arguing which one is more appetizing.

“What are you in for?”
“Manslaughter. How about you?”
“Rape. Sexual assault.”
-Senators conversing in the Capitol building

Our political parties are basically prison prison gangs—something that allows awful people to organize against each other.

What if we stuffed a large coat and pair of pants with rats so that it was vaguely human shape?
Just trying to help the RNC come up with a better candidate than Roy Moore.

If I were writing the Trump presidency, my ironic ending would be a nuclear war where the only survivor is Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Why are we talking about anything other than the tax bill that’s going to kill everybody?

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Random Thoughts: Net Neutrality and Alabama

You don’t protect freedom with government regulation. That’s like trying to protect yourself from Sauron with the one ring.

I don’t know why Reese’s Fast Break isn’t more popular. You take a Reese’s peanut butter cup and give it a bit more substance with nougat. It’s perfect.

They already tried Net Neutrality saying all nets had to be equally capable of catching all marine life and it nearly killed the fishing industry.

Here’s an unpopular opinion: Everyone other than me is dumb and should go to jail.
No, wait, then they only one left to run the prisons would be me and that sounds tedious.

Here’s an unpopular opinion: Anyone charged with a crime should go straight to jail with no trial. But jail walls should be made out of paper and be really easy to escape.
I didn’t say this was my opinion — just that it’s a not very popular opinion seldom seen.

Whenever the government says it’s doing something for the benefit of consumers, 99% it’s cronyism and they’re actually doing it for the benefit of a corporation.

So how many more women does Franken have to grope before we can stop pretending the ethics committee is anything other than a stalling tactic?

I’m really curious what Obama’s reaction was upon seeing Trump elected. Devastation at his legacy being crapped upon? Or, like everyone else, did he have to laugh at the disintegration of Hillary’s inevitable win?

“I’m thankful for…”
President Trump jumps out from under the table
“ME! You’re thankful for ME!”

Stuffing is soggy bread! How is that not disgusting? It sounds like the sort of thing people would eat in a universe where Trump is president.

Everyone should have something to be thankful for. Like if you’re a hobo, be thankful for the stick to hang your bindle from. Think if you just had to hang your bindle from your hand; that would suck.

Racists get what they deserve: an entitled, arrogant, douchebag nephew who comes to Thanksgiving armed with charts.

We need to learn to judge who is a good person and who is a bad person without factoring in politics at all.
You can teach a parrot to spout any political opinion you want. There is no morality in it.

Important question: The two big white buttons on the front of Mickey Mouse’s pants—are those functional or just decorative?

1980 Winter Olympics
Al Michaels: “Do you believe in miracles?!”
Co-Announcer Neil deGrasse Tyson: “No.”

The guy who can dominate the news cycle with every half thought out tweet probably is the person of the year.

The Nazi stuff seems like an even dumber version of the militia scare from the 90s.

The best you can say on Trump’s standards on sexual predators is that he‘s no worse than the Democrats.

I hope the US Capitol isn‘t near any schools.

Will the new slogan “Sex crimes are only for Democrats!” be enough to stop Roy Moore?

I feel like one of the biggest threats to liberty in this country is that Disney princesses have trained women to love monarchies.

Stupid Amazon. Despite selecting “No rush” shipping, I still got it in two days.
This actually was a problem. It caused a mix up resulting in my wife accidentally opening a Christmas gift I ordered for her 🙁

The Democrats winning in Alabama would take two things they’re not willing to do:
1) Hold their own politicians to some sort of standard on sexual misconduct
2) Nominate someone who is a little less “ABORTIONS FOR ALL!”

Overall, I thought The Punisher was really good without being quite great. Jon Bernthal was great, though, as was his pairing with Micro.
Reminded me of Luke Cage in that the main bad was just too cartoonish while the secondary bad guy (who I think they set up for being the main bad next season) was really compelling.
Also, I could do without all the soft-core porn.

For those wondering, you have to wait until the last episode of The Punisher to finally hear Frank Castle’s famous catchphrase “It’s punishering time!”

I feel like I’m constantly arguing with Nintendo to let me give them money.
“Please make more NES Classics so I can buy one from you!”
“Please, please add a virtual console to the Switch so I can once again buy games I bought from you decades ago!”

I hope The Punisher season 2 is about Frank Castle seeking revenge after being pwned online.

I honestly have no idea what Seb Gorka is beyond some wacky internet meme.

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Random Thoughts: Sex Perverts and Taxes

I wonder if this whole “sexual assault is bad and we need to help women come forward” awakening would have happened decades earlier if Democrats turned on Bill Clinton.

Overpopulation concerns are bit like someone gifted you a stack of gold bars and your first reaction was to get annoyed because you didn’t have anywhere to put them.

Cholula really should come in gallon jugs.

The problem of going after hate-speech is that inevitably they end up just going after unpopular speech, which is the speech most in need of protection.

It will be interesting to see the reaction of the other Senators to Al Franken. I’m guessing there’s scumbags on both side who don’t want to set the precedent of Franken having to resign.

You know who we can be sure never sexually assaulted any women, though? Mike Pence.

Al Franken can’t resign now. He’s not done grilling Justice Don Willett on dad jokes.

If a Senator drove a car into a river and left a woman there to drown and didn’t notify the police, would that be consider resignation-worthy now? Or are we still not to that point?

Everyone always misuses the phrase “begging the question.” It should only be used for situations where a panhandler approaches Vic Sage.

What happens with Al Franken will help determine whether this tide against sexual assault is an actual cultural shift or just a temporary fad.
If nothing much happens to him, it gives cover to Roy Moore and deflates any push against Trump. And I’m guessing that will cascade.

We can still shoot elephants in self-defense, right?

The whole Vox union thing makes me wish I was overweight and smoked cigars so I could do a deep-belly chortle while chomping on a cigar.

Listened to the country song “Take a Knee, My Ass (I Won’t Take a Knee, Just to Be Clear; I Know It Could Be Read as Telling My Donkey to Take a Knee, But I Was Using ‘Ass’ as a Vulgar Term for Buttocks to Negate the First Part of the Sentence)” and I don’t get the controversy.

I’d certainly rather the rich keep their money than give to a bunch of moron sociopaths who are notoriously bad with money, i.e., politicians.

The left get really angry if you suggest there is any virtue to dressing modestly or anything wrong with wearing a hijab.

The women covering their hair (which I believe originated long before Muslims) always seemed a bit weird and sexist and nonsensical. Isn’t a woman’s head the part least in need of covering?
Why isn’t men’s hair — which is indistinguishable from women’s hair — also in need of covering?
Well, I assume there’s some logic to it somewhere. I guess I could Google it, but that takes all the fun out of ranting ignorantly!

Man, I love all the Red Letter Media videos. I think I like film analysis even more than actually watching movies.

The debate about the tax bill seems be nearly 100% partisan nonsense. I am so sick of it.

You can never tell when anything worthy of attention is going on in politics because of people’s ability to work into a frenzy over absolutely anything.

On these $100 million+ movies, how much is spent on the script?
At that financial level, the script should be basically down to a science. They should be able to analyze each plot point and piece of character development and know whether or not it’s compelling.
These are dumb blockbusters. They should be doing basic plots really, really well. And there is so much data from past movies that what works and what doesn’t shouldn’t be a mystery.

Movies are all about the director. In TV, which is having a golden age, the big name is the showrunner/writer. Maybe dumb blockbusters need to push a little more that direction.

Trump always punches back. Always. Like if a baby pinched him, he would punch the baby.

Who was the sexual revolution more of a boon for?
A) Women in general
B) Lecherous men

Any interesting new sex perverts today?
Wow. I’m both surprised and not surprised.
Well, I’ll check back again tomorrow!

I always love that no matter how dumb Trump is, the criticism of him is always much much dumber.

Super Mario Odyssey used to not be tedious collecting, but that was many moons ago.

You really can’t cut the taxes of lower income people that much unless you go after the stupid payroll tax.
The payroll tax is sneaky because half of it is hidden from you. Your “employer pays it,” but really you do as that’s more money that could have been your salary.
Not so hidden if self-employed. That’s when you really see all the taxes.

I think we’d be a much less greedy society if we went by the notion that someone else’s income was no one’s business but his own. Especially not the government’s business.

So, finally, men are facing consequences for sexual harassment and sexual assault.
As long as they’re not a politician.

If your defense of someone accused of sexual assault involves the person’s politics, just go ahead and sexually assault women yourself for all the good you’re doing.

The only rich person you should be angry at is Uncle Sam, who has way more money than anyone else and didn’t get it honestly.

Just because artists have sexually harassed women doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be allowed to create anymore. Allow them to make license plates.

I might take you more seriously about net neutrality if you weren’t so obviously lying about it. Really, all free speech hinges on something that’s only existed the past couple years?
When people screech to high-heavens like this, I just assume you’re trying to pull something over on me. You can’t, though. It’s just like I always tell my kids: I’m much smarter than you.

Protect Net Neutrality! Hold your mouse like it’s a microphone, shout into it, “I want to keep the internet efficient through government regulation!”, and then punch yourself in the face.

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Random Thoughts: Chainsaw Bayonets and Roy Moore

The depressing thing is seeing people cheering on partisan politics reasserting itself as if they’ve stumbled on to some great new solution to Trump.

Republicans are awful. I know, let’s elect Democrats!
Democrats are awful. I know, let’s elect Republicans!
Republicans are awful. I know, let’s elect Democrats!
Democrats are awful. I know, let’s elect Republicans!
Republicans are awful. I know, let’s elect Democrats!

Speech isn’t violence. Except whining. Whining is violence. Lock people up for whining.

Remember in 2008 when the Democrats were elected to big majorities and everything was fixed forever?

Great news, you guys. The solution to everything in politics is to double down on partisanship.

Our elections forever after will be between two groups, neither of which deserves to win but one of which deserves to lose more than the other.

I never even cared about AR-15s before and now I’m going to run out and buy 6 of them. #ChainsawBayonet

I bet now those freedom-hating Democrats are going to go after the $1000 tax credit you get for adding a chainsaw bayonet to your AR-15.

I despise Democrats, but I still find it hilarious how doomed the Republicans are looking for 2018.
What’s going to be the GOP’s pitch for itself in 2018?
“Um… remember Gorsuch?”
“You have to give us a solid C- for effort.”
“Democrats are going to take away your chainsaw bayonets!”

Chainsaw bayonets are traditionally associated with extreme xenophobia. Just play any Gears of War if you don’t believe me.

The purpose of the chainsaw bayonet is to bypass body armor. Cut off the body armor, and then shoot. Can also include infrared scope to spot glowing weak points.

If USA Today needs a new gun expert, I cost one million dollars.

Did you know there’s no waiting period on chainsaws and hockey masks?

I just can’t fathom how a supposedly professional news organization published a graphic about a “chainsaw bayonet.” That would be unbelievably idiotic on a random nobody’s blog.

I don’t usually spend much of the day glad I never sexually harassed anyone.

The new Republican strategy seems to be to nominate awful candidate with huge warning signs that even more awful stuff is going to come out and then they win anyway.

Why do we have to have a two party system? Why can’t we have four or five soulless, pointless parties?

In Alabama, they should start a write-in campaign for “Chainsaw Bayonet.”

My 4yo has beaten Super Mario Odyssey. I am very proud.

Roy Moore? I’d rather Roy Less! #PoliticalHumor

The people who did “Vote for the Worst” on American Idol have now hacked politics.

Got an Apple Watch. It seems kind of limited what it can do out of the box, but I’m excited for what I can make it do after I learn how to program for it.
I want to control everything from my watch. EVERYTHING!

When I was 23, I decided against dating a 17yo because the maturity difference seemed too vast. If a 34yo dates a 17yo, is it wrong to categorically assume he’s a creep?

I always thought the ending of Goodnight Moon was odd. Why do “noises” get the last goodnight? What are these noise he’s hearing? Is there a sequel?

For those who condemned the Democrats about Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy and condemn the Republicans today, maybe there can be some sort of “I never treated sexual assault as a partisan issue” badge.

Highly suspicious these women are making their accusations now when people will listen to them and not before when no one cared.

If anyone says anything bad about me on Twitter, it’s a Russian plot. Don’t be a Russian stooge and believe bad things about me.

I literally hate the environment and want it to die, and even I’m a little put off by the amount of waste a Keurig makes per cup of coffee.

French press, yo.

So does anyone want to revisit the importance of sexual morality?
No? No takers?
Okay. Moving on.

I really enjoyed Metal Gear V gameplay-wise, but man was the Quiet stuff super-pervy.
I spent a bunch of in game money I could have used to develop a new rocket launcher to get her a uniform where the only added benefit was not having to worry about my wife or kids walking in on me playing the game.

Even before these allegations, Roy Moore was practically wearing a sign that said “weasel phony.” How do we teach people to be smarter about this?

I want to write an article aimed at FOX News-watching uncles on how to make sure their nephews don’t survive Thanksgiving.
“If they have a list of talking point on why Trump is a failure, grab it from them, dip it in gravy, and eat it.”
“If he comes up with an argument you can’t refute right away, taze him and say, ‘Why would I listen to the opinion of someone who just soiled himself?’”

It’s seeming apparent that the ones who throw out the most red meat in politics are the ones who fundamentally don’t really believe in anything.

I’m all for protest candidates, but it seems like we should be able to find one who isn’t a complete scumbag.
Lately, the candidates have been the equivalent of taking a dump in the middle of the living room. Admittedly, that does tell the establishment exactly what you think of them.

I’d be happy with a nutty protest candidate if he seemed genuine and wasn’t just a bomb thrower trying to get attention. Like a right-wing Bernie Sanders.

I just can’t get behind backing someone like Roy Moore as a protest candidate. While I do despise the establishment, I guess I don’t despise myself enough.

Best solution I have: During the next State of the Union, declare that the entire city of Washington D.C. is now a prison and seal it off.

I’ve long asserted you could train a dog to do 99% of the job of a U.S. Senator. And it would be a lot nicer and less arrogant too. Just putting that out there.

Why do Republicans have to keep bringing up Bill Clinton, the proof that Democrats don’t actually care about what they claim to care about?
Why can’t people just accept being lectured at without pointing out the evidence that it’s partisan BS?
If Democrats have to confront the fact that they’ve treated sexual harassment as nothing but a partisan issue, what’s next? They have to do the same thing for racism?

Do you think Bill Clinton inspired a whole generation of lecherous “male feminists”? It was quite a message: Have the right politics, and you can get away doing anything to women.

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Random Thoughts: Allahu Akbar and the NRA

Are we sure “Allahu Akbar” means “God is great”? Really bizarre thing to yell out while murdering people. Maybe it’s meant sarcastically.

My favorite number has always been 101 because if you draw lines between the zero and ones, you get a tie fighter. Pew! Pew!

If you claim the Obama administration was scandal free, you’re why we have Trump.

Civil War could have been avoided with compromise, but would that have been best? Movie would be boring if Iron Man and Cap didn’t fight.

Seems like half of news articles these days are hoping dumb people get angry reading the headline and not bother to check out the article.

Be smart. Don’t get outraged unless you’re actually paid to be.

To explain Social Security to my kids, I took their candy and said they’d get it back when they’re 65 as they watched Grandma eat it all.

I don’t think most Americans have ever heard “Allahu Ackbar” shouted in any other context than random murder. Not sure whose fault that is.

Maybe you should choose a form of protest where you don’t constantly have to explain you don’t hate the country.
They’re going to have to do another protest to protest people not understanding the meaning of their first protest.

Would never have expected Steve to emerge as a favorite character. #KingSteve

The DNC was united behind their horrible candidate in the primary while the GOP was united against theirs. One succeeded, one failed.

I’m seeing on FOX News that Jake Tapper has joined ISIS. Can I get a second source on this?

The thing I still need an explanation for in Stranger Things 2 is how Dr. Owens was injured but not killed. Did he fall down the stairs?
The Demodogs don’t seem to have a habit of nibbling on you a few times and then moving on.

Just as I suspected: Russia convinced the DNC to rig things for Hillary in exchange for free Communism.

Someone having more money than you – even a lot more money – doesn’t hurt you. It can make you whiny, but that’s you choosing to hurt others

And now to argue about important things in a calm and reasonable manner
starts typing “Nancy: Hitler’s Favorite Stranger Things Character”

I think there should be a Constitutional right to make a living (high burden on regulation/licensing). At same time, no one owes you a job.

Idea: Frank Underwood turn to camera for aside, but gets scared. Whoever he’s talking to has a gun! Now it’s a Who Shot JR murder mystery.

What causes someone to snap like that? Most hate-filled sociopaths I know stick to opining on Twitter.

It is pretty weird that the new reaction to mass shootings is to scream about prayer for a few days and then forget anything ever happened.
Very intense emotion, but no intellectual grounding, so there’s nothing to hold onto after the emotion fades.
We all want to scream at times, but while cathartic, it never really helpful in political debate.

If the left ever want to get anywhere again, they need to forget about Trump’s hate and focus on their own. It’s out of control.

A Christian church was shot up, and it stirred up a lot of anti-Christianity among the left. Is anyone on the left going to take that on?
It’s very ugly. It can’t be healthy for anyone involved. There is a place to direct some compassion.

Remember to factor into your gun control ideas that the government is completely incompetent.

In defense of moron leftist, calling for the death penalty for someone already dead does sort of sound like something Trump would do.

I’m just going to keep saying it: Team Rocket is a terrorist organization.

Who does the NRA terrorize? Can you name any person scared of the NRA who isn’t up for reelection?

The assist mode on Mario Odyssey has been great for my 4yo son. He’s gone through 2/3rds of the main story line all by himself.
When I was four, I was struggling over and over to beat the first stage in the Atari version of Donkey Kong.

For background checks to be useful, need a government to do them competently and guns difficult to get through other means. You have neither

So we’re still in the “if you vote for the blue or the red guy, that will make a big difference!” mode?

So does anyone have any better solution to Trump than “elect Democrats”? Because I suspect that will eventually lead to “worse than Trump.”

I’ve always told my kids that it doesn’t matter the differences in language or culture as anyone can work together for the greater good as long as you have a JSON REST API.

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Random Thoughts: iPhone X and Mario

The iPhone X2 is going to be great after they work out all the kinks from this one and add the features they weren’t able to finish in time.

Do not tell me my shipment of Super Mario Odyssey may have been delayed, Amazon. If the U.S. government’s mail is failing you, take it over.

Bought Mario digital to have it on launch day. When I saw full price with tax – $65! – I was like this better be the best games ever. Supposedly it is.
I’ve somehow avoided paying over $50 for a game until now. They were $50 when I was a kid and I’ve just balked at paying more than that.

Wow. The ending of Super Mario Odyssey is super dark. Can’t believe you take control of Bowser with Cappy and force him to drink Drano.
I can still hear his cries for mercy. The kids haven’t spoken since it happened. Great game, though.

I forget who Manafort is. That’s like 80 resignations ago.

In videogames, this is certainly Nintendo’s year with two games for their new console vying for game of the year and nothing else close.
Now, Nintendo, use your profits to build more SNES Classics so I can have the privilege of giving you even more money.

Maui, Moana, and Heihei.

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Random Thoughts: Weird Al and Amazon

Don’t know what’s going on. On one side is an orange buffoon. On the other is a bedazzled cowboy hat. In middle, scary general man.

#WhyIWrite It’s a lossy compression algorithm for transmitting thoughts and ideas.

Past NRA: “We have to defend our God-given rights.”
Current NRA: “We have to defend our obnoxious, orange dummy.”

A great costume for Ted Cruz would be to not wear a costume and say he’s going as the Zodiac Killer.

It’s right to believe the wealthy don’t deserve their money. It’s wrong to believe someone else does.

The line of Luke singing “I’ll be playing this part ’till I’m old and gray” in Weird Al Yankovic’s “Yoda” is quite prescient now.
Another prescient Yankovic song: “Theme from Rocky XIII (Rye or the Kaiser)” where an aging Rocky opens a restaurant.

I wrote a list of the top 25 conservatives to follow on Twitter, but it’s just my name written 25 times.

We need to put colored bands around everyone in the #Resistance to denote exactly how much resistance they give.

I don’t really like the conservative label anymore, but I can’t even stop myself from calling me that.
I’m for conserving things that are good and radically changing things that are bad.

If someone is smiling, you know something problematic is going on. If someone is laughing, you have a hate crime on your hands.

I was afraid Ghosted was going to be like Powerless – great cast and premise but writing not there – but last episode was really good.
I was sticking with the show just because I liked the two leads, and I felt rewarded. Hopefully it keeps up.

My 7yo daughter is trying to talk me into taking Friday off to play the new Mario game, but I’m probably more mature than that.
Since I’m not a little kid, if I took the day off, it would be to binge Stranger Things 2.

Get all your blabbing about Trump nonsense out of your system because come Friday we’re only talking about Mario and Stranger Things.

Netflix’s Mindhunter was a lot like their Daredevil in that Mindhunter doesn’t get his costume from the comics until the last episode.

I paid for my own Russian dossier and it told me that oil, natural gas, metals, and timber account for more than 80% of Russian exports.

I’m incapable of getting angry at someone else being able to keep more of their money. Seems real greedy to be otherwise.

Amazon Watches You While You Sleep is a new service where someone quietly enters in the middle of the night to watch you while you sleep.
You are already enrolled.

Amazon Search is the new service where police officers can enter homes without a warrant on the pretext of delivering a package.

I feel like one of these days I should see a Madea just to be a part of culture and know what that’s all about.

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Random Thoughts: Blade Runner and Gold Star Families

If a bunch of country singers sang against Trump, that would be news, but I don’t get how Eminem alters the balance.

Trump is not the problem. He is the symptom.

Anyone who takes Sean Hannity seriously should be institutionalized.

When Hollywood moralizes in the future, reaction will be, “Thanks for taking break from ignoring rape to lecture us on lightbulbs or some crap.”

Rewatched Bladrunner. You could shave about 20 minutes of nothing happening from it.
Great art direction and interesting ideas, but man does it take its time. I’m okay with slow pace when there’s tension, but not here.
The whole movie feels like a Voigt Kampff test.

You kinda gotta wonder what the people hesitant to condemn Harvey Weinstein are guilty of.
If there’s a full reckoning of Hollywood, there are not going to be a lot of survivors.

Right might listen to left on Trump’s sexual assault allegations if they framed it as “Here’s how you can be better than we were with Bill Clinton.”

So the Wakandans have a futuristic utopia in the middle of Africa and just keep it to themselves? Are they the villains? #BlackPanther

One thing that surprised me in rewatching Blade Runner was that the famous theme only appears at end. Was waiting for that the whole time.

I’m actually surprised Trump has not tweeted a conspiracy theory about the Vegas shooting.

So is The Snowman a parody of the typical serial killer movie?

I don’t think I’ve watched a Netflix original movie, just their original shows.
Shows are so much more convenient. Who has two or more uninterrupted hours to watch a movie? But you can watch an hour long show.
I guess we could watch a movie in pieces, but a show is already broken up into those logical pieces for you.

Don’t 22 episode seasons seem like such a slog now? With serial shows, no one has that much story to fill up all that time.

I missed the most recent Trump controversy. There’s not enough time in the day to understand them all.

I hate in Win 10 how hard it is to boot to safe mode or straight to command prompt. You’re Windows; I’m going to need to do that a lot.

One day we’ll regale our grandchildren with stories of how we survived living through the dumbest of times.

I guess I’m still #NeverTrump because I continue to not vote for Trump.

Been sympathetic with Trump on this gold star family thing because:
1. Not easy thing to do
2. We already know he’s not great off the cuff

I’m terrified at regular funerals on what to say to the grieving. Would hate to have that scrutinized.

Since it does seem like Trump is kinda of a sociopath, we should be more supportive at his attempts at things like comforting the grieving.

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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?”
“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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