Random Thoughts: Net Neutrality and Lady Doctor

I’ve never watched Game of Thrones because of how porny it sounds. I have read the books, though.

If your solution to our problems is “elect Democrats,” you don’t have any solutions and are in fact part of the problem.
And probably goes without saying that “more Republicans” isn’t going to fix things either.

The next Republican presidential nom is probably going to be something idiotic like Kid Rock and Dem one even more idiotic like Hillary.

I need to start charging for my political opinions. I don’t want to devalue them by giving them away for free.

Anytime a corporation support a government regulation, get crazy suspicious.

If no one ever takes the presidency seriously again, Trump will have been our most successful president ever.

Net neutrality thing reminds me of Obamacare repeal in default state of things from few years ago now being sold as doomsday beyond belief.

“We need to support net neutrality to keep people from being taken advantage of by large corporations.”
“Say who?”

We talked less about Russia when they had nukes pointed at us and we’re actively threatening to destroy us.

With Trump as president, it seems like Stranger Things should just be called Things.

So has anyone prominent on the left said something one way or another on the Charlie Gard thing? The silence on the issue is kinda creepy.

On plus side for the GOP, it’s going to be hard to do attack ads on them. “Don’t elect those scary Republicans or they’ll… do nothing.”

I like taking the kids to the pool because it’s my one opportunity to see how far I can throw them.

I have no idea anymore what people imagine capitalism and socialism to be.
Anyway, I’m for whatever system involves less pointing guns at people and telling them what to do.
I also like how freedom leads to adaptable feedback loops and am suspicious of the fragility and inefficiency of centralized control.

The choice isn’t capitalism or socialism which apparently means different things to different people. The choice is free markets or cronyism.
Or to put it another way, do you want your money going to corporations voluntarily or involuntarily?

“Lady Doctor Who, make me a samm-”
has the sandwich already ready because she can travel through space and time

What do you call it when you don’t see any actual outrage but you see lots of people righteously responding to supposed outrage?

I swear, a lot of people preach tolerance and understanding solely to get in fights on the internet.

What does it say about us as a society that we had a female Doctor before a female president? That’s an actual question; I have no idea.

“Finally, a female Doctor Who. What a blow for feminism! This will– Wait, why are there now so many scenes of the Doctor showering?”

Doctor regenerates into a woman
“Time to travel through space and time to find someone outraged by this so I can righteously respond!”

Seriously, it’s like 2% people celebrating a female Doctor Who and 98% loudly berating people supposedly offended by it.

My only hope about the lady Doctor Who is that Donald Trump tweets about it.

New rule: You can only respond to someone being outraged if you actually saw someone get outraged and didn’t have to search for it.
Reading an article that someone somewhere was outraged doesn’t count.

Enjoying The Grinder which only had one season, but it’s American so there’s still more episodes than most long running BBC series.

Sherlock, which has run for seven years, still has fewer episodes than the one half season of Firefly.

Doctor Her?

Now that the Women’s March has succeeded in making the next Doctor Who female, are they disbanding?

There has to be at least a couple women worth celebrating who aren’t cop killers.

Why can’t the Democrats learn from the Republicans and accomplish absolutely nothing when in power?

“Sure we’re completely worthless, but we’re not as bad as the other guys!” -Democrat and Republican slogan for 2018

Rich people don’t deserve their money. The U.S. government deserves it a thousand times less.

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Random Thoughts: CNN and Russia! Russia! Russia!

Both Trump and CNN don’t seem to understand how their actions appear to normal people.

The left seems to think any method is excused because they are fighting horrible people but they forget that they are also horrible people.

When I saw a video with a CNN logo poorly photoshopped into it, at no point did I think “I must know more about who did this.”

I think the best way Lex Luther could destroy Superman is expose that he’s actually a journalist.

During a checkup, spent hundreds on tests for my 14yo shepherd/pit mix, though I suspect the results will come back as “She’s old!”
She’s nearly deaf, but she still hears well enough to get scared during thunderstorms and fireworks 🙁

It’s good to put your name and face to what you say. But there are reasons not to.

“Someone wrote a tweet criticizing CNN. Here’s the first of a five part story on where his children go to school.”

I pronounce GIF like “Jif” and the peanut butter Jif like “Gif”.

If you’re wondering why people are voting against their interests, the answer probably is “because you’re a prick.”

Since both properties are owned by Warner Brothers, there should be a canon answer to who is faster: the Flash or Speedy Gonzales.

I’d probably be more outraged by the Ivanka thing if I knew what stuff like the G20 was other than a protest magnet.
I don’t think the protesters know what it is either.

TRUMP: “Putin assures me he’s not behind cyberattacks and gave me a doll with another smaller doll inside it. I did not investigate further”

Is taxation theft? Let’s say the government didn’t have any guns. How many people would voluntarily pay their current tax burden?

I still can’t figure out whether it’s dumb to be afraid of Russia or to not be afraid of Russia.

Can I become president of the United States and still rant about the man trying to keep me down?

I thought in the 80s we strangled all the socialists and built a Walmart on their grave.

My 6yo daughter’s favorite word is “Actually…”

I’m beginning to enjoy our weird orange president and am dreading the day we again have a president some people take seriously.

One day there will be people living in luxury we can’t even imagine and they will complain about how bad they have it because of inequality.
You can never have so much you won’t complain if someone else has a lot more. Than doesn’t necessarily mean the other person is the problem.

I never for the life of me understood who David Brooks’s audience is supposed to be.

There’s two Donald Trumps?

I don’t get the secularization of holidays. What does a bunny have to do with Easter? What does a sale at Amazon have to do with the birth of Optimus Prime?

I’m for executing Don Jr. for treason if that’s what it will take to get us to finally stop talking about Russia.

The next Wonder Woman film will take place in the 80s and be about her teaming up with cyborg Ronald Reagan to fight Commies.

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Random Thoughts: Trump Tweets and Independence Day

You don’t have a right to anything someone else has to provide.

For people who have it better off than anyone else in human history, we sure whine a lot.

Free markets gives no guarantee, but consistently delivers best results. Government gives guarantees it can’t honor. People want guarantees.
It’s like from Tommy Boy, but people would rather you take a dump in a box and mark it guaranteed.

I guess the NYT’s defense in Palin’s suit will be that their editorial board wasn’t malicious but just some of the dumbest people in print.
I might be sympathetic to that argument.

I don’t know the merits of Palin’s lawsuit, but NYT wrote an editorial based on slanderous nonsense. Someone should have been fired.

I was once on the cover of Time, but I don’t hang it up in my country clubs.

"…and that’s why you got Trump."

Single-payer sounds like a great idea unless you’re the one selected by lottery to pay for everyone’s health care.

I’m sure by year six he’ll start acting presidential.

Anyone want a hot take on why it’s good the president is attacking someone about her facelift? I can get you a 1000 words, but I’m not cheap.

We’d rather a right to health care than health care.

Hadn’t read comic book in a while and thinking of getting the Elmer Fudd/Batman crossover. $5! What rich elitists comic book readers must be.

Supergirl is by far the dumbest of the CW DC comics shows, but I like their Superman better than the current movie Superman.
Superman is supposed to be hopeful and uplifting (counterpoint to Batman). That’s why DCEU Wonder Woman is better Superman than Superman.

I don’t care for the new NRA ad, but I’m also not outraged by it.
They lose me early on with the “They’re saying mean things about the president!” line.

My wife woke me at 2am to kill a spider. Didn’t she learn anything from watching Wonder Woman?

Baby Driver’s nemesis is Toonces the Driving Cat.

Trump is a terrible human being, but if he continues to be ineffective implementing any of his plans, he could be an above-average president.

I might be in a bubble, but so far I haven’t seen anyone on the left comment on the Charlie Gard case one way or another.
When you’re pushing more government control over health care, it seems like you might want to address worst-case horror stories.
Of course, this is beyond single-payer. It’s not just the government saying it won’t pay; it’s saying you can’t pay either.

So what are the parameters on a preferred pronoun? Like, can I state that it always has to be capitalized?
I’m going to make my preferred pronoun 135 characters long to make it really hard to make fun of me on Twitter.

If they repeal Obamacare, is there a repeal ceremony? Like dumping the law into a fire pit while Obama is forced to watch?

lit by the burning law, Trump points a finger at a weeping Obama
“Ash is your legacy now! ASH!”

In Trump’s defense, vomiting every incoherent thought he has onto Twitter did make him president, so I’m not sure why he should stop now.

Of the sociopaths in DC, the Dems are the more annoying ones since they really really want everyone to believe they care about people.

“I am the very model of a modern U.S. president…”

For twelfth anniversary, did the tasting menu at Barley Swine in Austin. Highly, highly recommend.

In Chris Christie’s defense [ERROR: Second half of sentence not found.]

I constantly get Alison Brie and Brie Larson confused.

Happy Independence Day! Try to whine less and do more with the insane amount of advantages you’ve inherited.

Wait. What do I say to followers from other countries on the 4th? “Our condolences.”

If you’re cool and from another country, come live in America. It’s the best. If you’re not cool, stay where you are.

What makes US great is it’s dedication to freedom, not government programs. Plenty of countries with govt that make promises they can’t keep.
But a dedication to freedom is truly respect for all people. That is rare and worth fighting for.

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Random Thoughts: The ACHA and Milkshake Duck

I hope little girls see the Wonder Woman movie and realize they can be anything they want to be. Except ghostbusters.

The Dems make a pretty good argument that Trump is terrible. They don’t have a good argument that they’re better.

“We’ll stop the ACHA!”
“You think we’d reveal our bill if there remained a chance of you affecting its outcome? We passed it 35 minutes ago.”

Would help the WH spokespeople explain away Trump’s statements if they could say, “You have to remember, the president is kind of a dummy.”

“But he implied he had tapes of Comey.”
“There’s a simple explanation for that: Trump’s an idiot who should not be taken seriously.”
And then everyone would just sort of nod and say, “That makes sense. He does seem like an idiot.” And the scandal is gone.

Is there anyone saying how bad Trumpcare will be who didn’t squander all their credibility saying how great Obamacare would be?

BEFORE: “Obamacare means lower premiums and you get to keep your doctor.”
NOW: “Repealing Obamacare will kill people!”
Whatever, liars.

“Planned Parenthood does a lot of other things than abortion” always reminds me of “The Civil War wasn’t just about slavery.” Yes, but no.
If PP did all it currently does except abortion, neither Republicans nor Democrats would care about it. Public wouldn’t have heard of it.
Pretending opposition to PP is anything other than opposition to abortion or support is something other than support of abortion is silly.
In a free country, people who don’t like abortion wouldn’t need to have their money associated with it.
And in a free country, people who like abortion could voluntarily raise all the money they want for abortions.
But no one likes a free country. We like partisan footballs.
So says me, Frank J. Fleming, the only reasonable person observing politics. You can praise me for my wisdom now.

When Obama jumps in the debate, I think “There’s that sociopath who ruined my health insurance and wants me to thank him.”

Was… was Johnny Depp comparing Trump to President Lincoln?

Writing sequel to Superego is not going as fast as hoped. I only have a little spare time each day for it. Still, I’d guess you’ll see it before Game of Thrones book 6.

How do you determine what a living wage is? Do you pay someone less and less until he dies?

“The Republicans are going to kill millions of people!!!”
“Eh… still rather them than the Democrats.”

For all those yelling about it, if the AHCA passes, do you have plans to try and save the thousands (millions?) who are going to die?

I don’t agree with the left that if someone’s labor is worth less than $15 an hour then it should be illegal for that person to get a job.

The suggested retail price for SNES Classic is $80 and the suggested eBay price is $400.

Pretty hard to tell what’s going on with health care, but at least you can be certain that no one on either side is telling you the truth.

Capitalism is a system that will give you everything you ever wanted as long as you can be okay with someone else having a lot more.

So are we supposed to pretend to not notice the huge differential between the men’s leagues and women’s leagues in sports?

I was disturbed to find out about Milkshake Duck’s racism. But I’m also disturbed by how quickly and viciously people turned on him.
Yes racism is bad. But we’re all bad. We all have awful flaws. There is beauty and ugliness in us. We all drink milkshakes and are racists.
And isn’t the most problematic thing of all placing yourself on a pedestal above someone else? Or above a milkshake drinking duck?
I don’t like the path we’re on. It’s a path along which the trains get ever smaller. Far enough along, we’ll be in tiny train world.

I don’t think we have enough guns in this country until we have enough for every man, woman, and child to dual-wield.

It would be nice if either George W. Bush or Barack Obama wrote “Being a U.S. President for Dummies.” I know who I’d buy it for.

The great thing about having three kids is now I can put up weekly child rankings to motivate them.

So single-payer is the theory that everything will be all puppies and sunshine if Trump just had more control over health care.

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Random Thoughts: Wonder Woman and Georgia Special Election

Dang. Got a hole in my jeans. And I can’t pretend to be stylish enough for that.

Favorite gun control was NY changing max magazine capacity from 10 to 7. That’s it, guys. It was those 3 bullets. You solved gun violence.

I’m not going to play by the left’s rules. The left are insufferable. I’m still trying to cling to my last shred of sufferability.

We can either do nothing about gun violence or pass some gun control… which is a more active form of doing nothing about gun violence.

For the “climate of hate” thing with Gabby Giffords shooting, is it so hard for people to admit they were partisan hacks about that issue?

Maybe little harsh, but I’m absolutely flabbergasted that the NYT with their demonstrated inability to learn anything try to be influencers.
“We at the New York Times, who refuse to acknowledge basic facts, have some opinions we thought important to share…”

Why does the NYT lie so much? It what you’d expect from someone working for a political party, but they’re supposed to be independent.

Trump’s tweet from a few years ago of “Justice is stupid! We should obstruct it!” will probably come back to haunt him.

As long as the NYT is venerated as some paper of record, no one will trust journalists.

When NYT points out that Trump is dishonest and delusional, people assume they’re criticizing him when in fact they’re expressing kinship.

Another day living in an era where basic necessities are easily met and you have access to all the world’s knowledge. Let’s do something!

Don’t care for music. “A bunch of sounds put to a pattern! I’m going to sit here and listen to it like a dumb baby!” Stupid.

“The NYT would like to thank its readers for pointing out it’s not proven that Bush did 9/11 and the article now reflects the uncertainty.”

If it looks like the president is losing badly at 8 dimensional chess, that’s because he’s actually playing 9 dimensional chess.

If Trump goes to prison, that doesn’t mean we have to impeach him. Nothing in the Constitution says the president can’t serve from prison.
Might make a neat movie. Prison POTUS. All that power, but also locked up. Could be a drama instead of a comedy. But not if starring Trump.
New show/reality idea: Trump flees to Russia to avoid prosecution and ends up sharing an apartment with Snowden. Hijinks ensue.

I unironically like both Amazon and Whole Foods. Is that allowed?

This latest scandal is the end of Trump for sure. #EvergreenTweet

Eventually the only speech in this country will be people yelling incoherently to keep someone else from speaking.

The president, whether he’s Obama or Trump, does not deserve your respect. He’s your dumbass employee. And he does a terrible job.

“A man was shot in the street! Isn’t that horrible?”
“I need to know how many of my political beliefs he shared before I can answer that.”

Contra the overpopulation worries, food as continued to become cheaper and cheaper as the earth has become more populated.
People are the earth’s most valuable resource. It’s kind of missing the point of everything to worry about having too many of them.

Being a father is the closest thing to being a superhero. In little kids’ eyes, it’s the same thing.

For Father’s Day, I finally got to see Wonder Woman. Thought it lived up to the hype.
It was nice to have a superhero who was just a good person who wanted to help and no tragic backstory. WW is what Superman is supposed to be.
And Wonder Woman is just adorable in the movie with her kindness and naïveté. You fear she’s going to get hurt — just not physically.
Anyway, it’s a really fun superhero movie. One of the best so far. Has me excited for Justice League despite how bad previous DC movies were
Unfortunately, I don’t think the movie is appropriate for my 6yo daughter who wanted to see it.

One of my ideas is if you pass a law that’s unanimously overturned by SCOTUS, you’re arrested for treason against the Constitution.

Has the NRA really said nothing about the Philando Castile verdict? The whole thing is very scary to people who legally conceal carry.
Here’s a comic I draw a long time ago about my wife’s gun coming up in a stop. I was so woke.

New Zelda ruined most other games for me. Finally got to playing Far Cry 4 and Fallout 4, and my reaction is, “Eh, I’ve done this before.”

If everyone agreed with me, then who would I look down on?

Charity is the outdated idea that people can help each other without guns involved.

This is probably much closer to becoming reality than The Handmaid’s Tale.

The special election in GA will determine whether dictatorship that reigns for the next 40 years will be led by a Republican or a Democrat.

DEMOCRATS: “We screwed up health care first, and now the Republicans are trying to screw it up differently. Please donate.”

I’m a little confused about how outraged I’m supposed to be that Gal Gadot barely made it into the evil 1% with her Wonder Woman salary.
Does she have a brother named Guy Gadot?

I guess it’s progress that the pro-tolerance side now has at least as many hate-filled sociopaths as the bigoted side.

“If we’re nuked by North Korea, it’s b/c we broke their rules, which is wrong. And we must remember the good intentions of their communism.”

Apparently the punchline to the stupid Gal Gadot salary thing is that for Man of Steel, Amy Adams made much more than the male lead.
Really, how dumb do you have to be to think Cavill made $14 million for his first big role? Did you just learn about Hollywood this morning?

If you can’t buy a stupid congressional district for $24 million, what’s this world coming to?

Now that the Democrats have lost the most important election in the history of the multiverse, I’m pretty sure they have to disband.
Still, it’s a moral victory.

The Republicans have to be getting tired of winning.

Karen Handel won, just like that woman in that popular movie, Wonder Woman.

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Random Thoughts: Comey, Free Market, and Health Care

So is Universal Studios trying to save money by making a universe based around public domain characters?

Is there anyone who loved Breaking Bad who isn’t watching Better Call Saul? Because that would be insane.
Better Call Saul is the makers of Breaking Bad using what they’ve learned from that series to further their craft even more.

We keep being told we’re going to get evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors and all we ever get is more evidence Trump is kind of a dummy.

The Fallout series is getting boring and repetitive. I hope in the next one they finally change war.

I see Britain is having an election. What are even the issues there? White wig shortages? O’s lacking U’s? Terrorism?

My questions for Comey:
What does FBI stand for?
How long will Trump be president?
Where is Russia?
Instead of FBI director, wouldn’t your name be better for an anthropomorphic comb?
Are you related to Banksy?
Does the White House have a lock on the outside? Like could we lock Trump in there so he can’t get out?

Everyone’s voting YOLO!

I think the solution for the U.K. is to make a robot their PM: Optimus Prime Minister.

The youth are rejecting old, failed ideas for newer old, failed ideas.

Maybe Trump and Corbyn can break the ice talking about the violent authoritarians they admire.

My level of understanding of British politics is that I’m still stuck at trying to figure out what in the world a “Jezza” is.

Mickey Mouse’s friends need to confront him on his unhinged narcissism, though he’ll probably insist it be called a “mousekaintervention.”

I just got a big check from George Soros to say bad things about Trump, but Trump is so great! What should I do?

The free market is the only working system we have for solving scarcity. All government can ever do about scarcity is manage it. Poorly.
But the free market is also this scary, profane thing run by greed, which is why we keep it away from important things, like health care.
I think we’re on the path to single payer as a free market system is just to awful to contemplate – even if it’s better in the long run.

I have a lot of dire predictions lately, but I’m comforted by the fact that I, like everyone else, am horrible at predicting the future.

“Textile” means cloth? That’s a really bad word for it. Who came up with that? Idiot.

I don’t care about people saying awful things about Trump. I just wished they’d say more awful things about all the other politicians.

Trump is useful because when people despise and are horrified by Trump, they now understand how I feel about their favorite politicians.

My daughter was curious to see the Super Mario Bros. movie, but I only have the RiffTrax version. Probably for the best.
A few minutes into it, my 4yo son asked if we could turn it off so he could go to bed.
I didn’t remember it was about Princess Daisy. That actually makes sense since she’s more Luigi’s love interest. The only accuracy.
Only legitimately funny scene in movie is where Mario and Luigi think they’re getting executed and they’re just getting their picture taken.

I don’t care for Shakespeare. The dialog is very unrealistic. No one talks like that.

I got a lot of angry responses from fanboys for insulting Shakespeare. It’s just like that time I made fun of Batman v Superman.

Why did they hire Kathy Griffin to direct Shakespeare?

Your biggest unearned privilege is the year you’re born in.

Console upgrades are getting boring. “It can render a few more polygons now. If you squint really hard, you can see the difference. $500.”
Nintendo is the only one trying to do anything interesting with hardware, and many times succeeding.

Don’t fire people for saying a bad thing about a politician. Fire people for saying good things about politicians.

Are the Democrats complaining about a health care bill being rushed and poorly thought out?

I don’t understand the Alex Jones interview controversy. Isn’t he newsworthy? Isn’t that the standard even if he’s a pile of garbage?

I’m thinking of selling out. At these cocktail parties I’d be invited to, are the drinks free?

Pfft. Wonder Woman. I’m going to teach my daughters to emulate Samus Aran.
Though not the one from Other M.

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Random Thoughts: Covfefe and Iron Fist

Obviously, Covfefe is the name of Trump’s childhood sled.

When you think about it, the rise of Donald Trump is sort of Citizen Kane rebooted as a wacky comedy.

Seems like a good compromise is to tie voting and gun rights. Whatever makes you eligible for one makes you eligible for other.
One thing to make clear. Voting isn’t a right like self-defense. Voting is a compromise since the government interferes in our rights.
You don’t even have a right to a say over the affairs of anyone else, which voting purposes to be.
But as long as we’re pretending we get to tell each other what to do, I guess it’s more fair we all get to participate.

I am not concerned about climate change because unlike regressives, I am not scared of change.
“I’m an old fogey! I want a climate like we had back in the 1950s!”
Sorry, gramps. The climate is changing. Get used to it.

I don’t get the “Skip Intro” button during the Kimmy Schmidt theme song. What kind of psychopath would press that?
On the other hand, using the “Skip Intro” button consistently on House of Cards will regain you a year of your life.

I would hope the wizard equivalent of the FBI automatically places on a watchlist anyone sorted into Slytherin.

While everyone is hating on Trump, Hillary would like to remind you that she also should never be president.

The bubble I’m in is that I don’t know anyone who has gone to the theater to watch a Transformers movie beyond the first one.

We’ve declared war on France and its ally, the environment. Good.

We can sign all the treaties we want, but the environment will never stop trying to kill us. That’s just its nature.

Hillary 2020: “I’m giving you one more chance”

If we were really one non-binding agreement away from planetary destruction, we were never going to last very long.

Wow. People are freaking out about this leaving the Paris Accord almost as much as they did about the covfefe tweet.

The left tomorrow: “Here’s another reason we think Mike Pence is creepy…”

Kathy Griffin and Bill Maher should get together and do a comedy special that no one will book anywhere.

“I’m sorry. Someone has murdered your family.”
“You need to find that killer and get his party affiliation so I know how outraged to be!”

The Democrats are now prosecuting secondhand racism because they’re afraid a few people still take them seriously on that issue.

For the first time, I played for my kids a Weird Al Yankovic song parodying a song they’re familiar with. It. Blew. Their. Minds.

I only support firing comedians when they become unprofitable.

The Iron Fist is a good superhero for any problem that can be solved by a glowing fist or a billion dollars.

I told my daughter to toughen up and she said only boys needed to be tough so I had to mansplain feminism to her.

I somewhat agree with socialism that I don’t deserve my money but I vehemently disagree with socialism that anyone else does.

I’m hearing rumblings about problems in the Middle East.

In the alternate universe where Trump could be elected president, “Reality Winner” does seem like the sort of name someone would have.
By the way, I’m from Earth 5. I’m not sure how I got here, but it’s a really silly place and I’d like to get home.

Things are pretty miserable here for a rich country with no actual problems.

Having finished it, Iron First definitely was the weakest of the Netflix Marvel series.
One of the biggest problems was the lead. Was he a man of action? Naive child? No one really seemed to know.

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Random Thoughts: Body Slamming and Memorial Day

Is anyone who saw the original Top Gun in theaters even still alive?

Reagan once piledrived a reporter into a folding table and no one cared. We had the Soviets to worry about.

“Should this politician go to jail for–”

Does this Gianforte scandal prove the country isn’t yet ready for The Rock to run for president?

“Maybe we spend more time focusing how our ultimate goals are the same and work together?”
left and right body slam me into a coffee table

“More like ‘Blunder Woman’!” – Good line for your movie review if Wonder Woman is no good.

My 14 y.o. dog got in the trash, and I’m just happy she’s still active enough for that.

Greg Gianforte won a mandate for body slamming reporters.

My guess is Wonder Woman is a decent movie which is why the studio has stayed away from SJW nonsense unlike with girl Ghostbusters.

When does the concept of “President Trump” stop being surreal?

On Memorial Day, I like to remember my father who served 2 years in the Army and passed away in 2012 from ailments related to Agent Orange exposure.
We live very peaceful lives in this country, but it took a lot of sacrifice to get us here.
A lot of talk about “privilege,” but we need more talk about duty and what we can do to honor what were given by the sacrifice of others.

We need to get better at shunning dishonest partisans, especially those who purport to have the same beliefs as us.

Cleaning out old miscellaneous cords. Found an s-video cable — hard to imagine a scenario where I’ll need that again.

I hope the new DCEU movie reveals that Wonder Woman’s mother is also named Martha.

I still don’t get why Batman wanted to kill Superman at the end. I guess because that Batman just loves loves murder.
“I only have one rule: Murder everyone!”

The president is dumb and you should not depend on him. This is not new.

President Zuckerberg? They’re really raising the stakes for the sequel to The Social Network.

In a free speech society, we need to get better at ignoring idiocy rather than getting worked up into a tizzy by it. Don’t give the attention-seekers attention.

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Random Thoughts: The Orb!

For fun, I’d sometimes Sonny Bunch the kids and argue Team Rocket are really the good guys. Made my daughter so mad that wife made me stop.

The Trump presidency has become so exhausting. Can you believe we have well over seven more years of this?

Rompers are now the de facto uniform of the #RESISTANCE

Both Trump and Hillary were treated horribly during the election.
That’s not to say they were treated unfairly, though.

Trump’s agenda is constantly being undermined by the deep state, the secret, underwater government led by Aquaman.

“This is just like from the Handmaiden’s Tale when Bob Handmaiden fought Dumbledore!” -modern political commentary

I’m at the “I’m sorry I made fun of Jeb” stage.

My sources are telling me that what the FBI found so exonerates Trump that he’s going to be reverse-impeached and serve two extra years.

I pretended to be Supreme Court Justice and hung out in their cafeteria and heard they’ve obtained the dark orb that nullifies pardon power.

Only hope I had of Trump presidency is that he might lose his temper and bite someone like the Saudi King in the face.

I want a president who’d chuck the Saudis’ stupid medal in their faces and say, “We don’t need you! We’ll make our own oil using SCIENCE!”

We keep saying “Read another book!” when people make Harry Potter political references, but are we sure they didn’t just watch the movie?

Why didn’t Saruman just show up in person?

Finally, making a Harry Potter political reference would actually be appropriate.

You just can’t visit Saudi Arabia and have any dignity, can you?

Every breaking story for this next week better be orb related.

What if the Dow skyrockets tomorrow? We’d have to assume it’s because of the power of the orb. TRUMP MUST STEAL THE ORB!

Will people stop doubting Trump now? Any lesser president would have been destroyed by the orb.

Remember when Obama refused to touch the orb because he feared the darkness inside? But Trump embraced the darkness. He is stronger now.

Don’t take any of this as an endorsement of the orb’s dark power; I’m just trying to analyze the political ramifications.

I would rank Trump’s “I shall control the orb; it shall not control me” speech as his most presidential so far.

It was weird how at Norte Dame Pence screamed “TRUMP HAS DOOMED US BY TOUCHING THE ORB!” and the students were right to walk out on him.

People are calling Trump a hypocrite using his old tweets about how no one should ever touch the orb, but you have to understand the context.

CNN is reporting that staring into the orb has driven Trump mad. This is more fake news.

Some are saying that Trump’s vow to destroy all who question the orb is unconstitutional. If so, our Constitution should be disregarded.
The Constitution was written by weak-willed fools who doubted the power of the orb. They are dead now. But the orb lives.

Ranks ranked:
5. Colonel
4. Admiral
3. Commander
2. Sergeant
1. Moff

My sources are telling me the Supreme Court justices are going to form together into one giant justice and fight Trump.

If Sean Hannity were fatter and I were meaner, I’d call him “Sean Manatee.”

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Random Thoughts: Trying to Keep Up with the Trump Presidency

Better Call Saul is in many ways different than Breaking Bad, but I enjoy it just as much. An absolutely superb show.
And why does the ending of each episode always catch me off guard? It’s like most shows would have one scene more.
One of my favorite things in Better Call Saul are the minimal dialog mysteries of “What is Mike up to?”

Seems like there has to be a way to fire a guy everyone wants fired without it being controversial.

It’s hard to tell if he’s winning at 3D chess or losing at 2D tic-tac-toe.

Kinda seems like Trump missed his calling of writing explainer pieces for Vox.

“Mr. President, what are you doing?”
“It’s a brand new thing I invented I’m calling ‘huffing paint.'”

Trump has to be our absolute worst president until the next one.

I’m still kinda unclear on how upset to get about the terrible president firing the terrible FBI director for terrible reasons.

Instead of “priming the pump,” Trump should’ve claimed he invented the phrase “laughing up their sleeves.” More would believe him.

My prediction for 2020 is Trump will go into the election with an approval in the mid 20s and will win in a landslide.

It’s happening!

Opening sentence subject to change.

When Americans are used to showing photo IDs for a hundred minor things, it’s a tough sell to say you shouldn’t have to do that for voting.

I was going to do a tweet like “Trump has been indicted… in crazyland ” but it’s hard to imagine crazyland without president Trump.

Let’s save impeachment for if Trump ever gets boring. Right now, we already have a pretty full news cycle.

The sealed indictment is a Trump trap. If you open it, it says, “Whoever is reading this is now indicted.”

It is becoming a bit of epidemic with all the homeless Millennials trying to kick an avocado toast habit.

Well, Trump means well.[citation needed]

With these type stories it’s always a 50/50 chance that either
A) Trump is that horrible
B) It’s a nothingburger blown up by Trump haters

The Russian story has been completely debunked. There’s no such thing as a “President Trump.” It makes no sense. How would that even happen?

Maybe there should be a Dwane Johnsons/Chris Pratt ticket. Don’t talk issues; just win on sheer likability.

That Zelda may have been one of the best games ever made, but the new Mario Kart really shows off the Switch’s strengths.
It really is a magic trick to go between playing it multiplayer on 1080p on a big screen to popping it out and playing it in handheld mode.
And that you can set it down anywhere and slide off the two side controller for multiplayer Mario Kart is pretty awesome.
To me, the convenience of the Switch is worth the graphics trade off (and it’s not like the games aren’t beautiful).
I’m hoping 3rd party support picks up. I want a Call of Duty I can play while lying comfortably in bed.

Overall, the Trump presidency is going about as well as could be reasonably expected.

He needs to hold out at least two months longer if I’m going to win the “How Long Will a Trump Presidency Last” pool.

With this whole Comey memo thing, someone – either Trump or the media – is going to lose what tiny bit of credibility they had left.

Trump lucked out; he accidentally gave all of Comey’s memos to visiting Russians.

Know what’s a fun fantasy right now? President Romney. Bland, boring Romney.
Sure, partisan Dems would still find a reason to call him worse than Hitler, but the rest of us would just be chillin’.
Alas, we’ve decided to live in interesting times. Oh the stories we’ll have to tell our grandkids!

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Random Thoughts: AHCA and Comey

Please stop giving Stephen Colbert or Donald Trump attention.

Chrome, I like that I can mute a tab, but how about sites have to ask for permission before playing sound?

My first experience with Dark Tower was the Marvel comic adaptation which I enjoyed. I then read the first novel and it was terrible.

I don’t know why so many oppose using magical fairy money to pay for the health care everyone wants.

And the argument still is this garbage fire government needs even more control over health care.

I’m glad caring about the poor doesn’t involve anything more than self-righteously arguing how to spend other people’s money.

The left seem completely disinterested in the people in the middle class who were screwed over by Obamacare.

People’s political opinions tell you less about their character than you think.

We’re going back to the dark days of 2009 when poor sick people were summarily executed.
And the hospitals would charge $3,000 per bullet. What was that all about?

An irresponsible bill made by idiots is being replaced by another irresponsible bill made by idiots and I’m too beaten down to care.

Millions are going to die. Maybe around 3 million a year. Probably all unrelated to whatever bill the idiots in Congress passed, though.

Do people honestly think the bill is going to kill millions? Were millions dying pre-ACA? Are there stats to back that up?

If you want people to listen to concerns about ACA being repealed, you have to stop being complete sociopaths about the people harmed by it.
Obama flat out lied to the middle class and then made their insurance worse and more expensive. That was inexcusable.
If you can’t acknowledge that, people are right to dismiss whatever else you say as just more lies made to manipulate people.

The best way Hillary’s PAC could help the Democrats is for it to fund an underground bunker she could hide in and never be heard from again.

With everyone going to 11 about everything, it’s getting impossible to tell the real dumb bad things from the made up dumb bad things.

We need less freaking out and more world-weary head shaking.

You can tell who’s really are worried about the affects of AHCA because they’re not just rallying around talking points.
So no one.

If you like your preexisting condition, you can keep your preexisting condition.

Never watched Mary Poppins since I was a kid. So the premise is those two kids are awful hellions who scare away nannies?
And I’m not sure what Dick Van Dyke is doing, but I am sure it’s problematic.

A good rule of thumb on partisan issues is those who scream the loudest care the least.

Congratulations to Hillary Clinton for being elected president of France.

Well, my six-year-old daughter is very excited for the Wonder Woman movie. I’m not sure it will be appropriate, though.
I mean, this is the same universe as Ben Affleck’s Punisher in a bat costume.

Yes. Finally completed a draft of a novel that’s been “near complete” for years. Next project: the sequel to Superego.
What I completed is my third novel. My second novel should be coming out later this year, so save up those dollars.

I’m excited to get working on a sequel to Superego. People really liked it, but there are a few flaws I’ve seen pointed out in reviews.
A sequel is a chance for me to build on what I’ve learned and hopefully make something even better.
Rico is a dark character, though. I don’t know why I made the main character of my first novel a psychopath. But hey, it was entertaining.

Superego quite popular on Audible. Feel accomplished that someone can listen to 10 1/2 hours of my writing and consider it a good experience.

Want wife to finally watch Blade Runner, but need to prepare her for it. What’s the non-pejorative way of saying it’s kinda slow and boring.

I was not prepared for Blade Runner when I first saw it as a kid. Was expecting some Star Wars sorta fun scifi adventure.
Same thing happened when I saw 2001 as a kid. Did not understand beginning and ending, but the middle part with the killer AI was fun.

Slow doesn’t always mean boring. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly takes it time. Every episode of Better Call Saul is no rush but riveting.

I don’t get all the bad reviews for Iron Fist. Three episodes in, I’m enjoying it so far.

When telling my kids about space travel, I feel like a character from Mad Max talking about “The Beforetimes, in the Long Long Ago…”
“Perhaps your wise grandmother can tell you of when man landed on the moon.”

Despite all the funding and support Trump gave Comey, Hillary is still at large hiding in the woods somewhere.

I know everyone likes to freak out over everything President Trump does, but let’s give the new FBI director, Vladimir Putin, a chance.

  1. Trump does something stupid
  2. Democrats overreact in an idiotic, partisan way so no one takes them seriously
  3. Repeat

Cost effective thing to do is turn entire city of DC into a prison like from Escape from New York but make sure no elected officials escape.

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Random Thoughts: Obama Speech and Hillary Lessons

I don’t know what happened to the never ending era of progressivism that Obama was supposed to herald in, but at least he’s making bank.

Obama’s $400,000 Wall Street speech was all about how Bernie would have won.

watches A Handmaiden’s Tale
“This could happen in real life!”
watches Power Rangers Dino Super Charge
“This could happen in real life!”

We’ve now gone from constant worries about non-existent right-wing violence to blaming the right for causing left-wing violence.

“We’ll show this provocateur by getting all provoked!”

Not sure how it’s going to go for the country, but I’m pretty sure this presidency thing is going to be a great growth opportunity for Trump.

I don’t get my college asking for donations. Giving money to a university these days feels like giving alcohol to a drunk.

Oh. I thought “Make sure your Adobe Flash Player is up to date” was a euphemism for deleting it.

If there was a march to stop useless marches, I wouldn’t march at it because it wouldn’t accomplish anything.

I don’t care about the content of Obama’s speech; it’s worth paying him $400k just to prove that everyone who believed in him is an idiot.

Are people claiming the NYT is doing something worse than paying good money for the opinions of Thomas Friedman and Paul Krugman?

While Communism murdered even more people than Nazism, it’s not as toxic to be associated with because it’s supposedly better intentioned?

If we have enough idiots screw with our health care, one of them is bound to do something right.

One of the most disappointed I’ve been in life was when I found out Doctor Who wasn’t about an owl with a medical license.

“You wanna medal or a monument?”
“I want a monument wearing a medal that says ‘Best Monument’.”

I think Dems have learned a lot from 2016 that will help next time they nominate a candidate no one likes who is under FBI investigation.

You’ll be able to tell when Hillary Clinton has learned her lesson when she apologizes for running for president in the first place.

When you give up freedom to the government, you’ll never get it back unless the whole government collapses. So it could be gone for months.

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Random Thoughts: Hate Speech and Marching

The inequality that politicians are most concerned about – because it hits close to home – is how unequal millionaires are to billionaires.

“We need to ban hate speech” = “I want to be a excused using violence against non-violent action”

Le Pen is French for “the pen.”
That’s the full extent of my knowledge on international politics.

People who say we need to ban the ill-defined “hate speech” hate speech.

We should have a March for Math. We wouldn’t be $20 trillion in debt if politicians stopped politicizing math and listened to calculators.

One of the worst developments for science is dumb people “loving” science.

Does anyone understand the point of any of these marches that have happened since Trump has become president?

It seems like they’re just slapping a label on things and marching, but no one has any long term goals or actual strategies.

Middle of my high school football games were interrupted by a march. Never understood what they were protesting – something about tubas.

It would be cool if there was a Mr. T themed restaurant with the slogan “I pity the full!”

The March for Science was a failure. Trump has just announced that his wall to keep out science will now be ten feet taller.

Is Obama going to finally explain what the hell a community organizer is?

I don’t trust anything out of the Russian government because it’s heavily Russian influenced.

Why are Dems always focusing on Trump’s horrible policies they disagree with and not his horrible policies they do agree with?

All the most horrific things humanity has done start with treating certain people as a liability to be mitigated for the benefit of others.

Powerless was disappointing. Great cast and great subject matter to work with, but the writing wasn’t there.

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Random Thoughts: MOAB and Taxes

I think Trump has become a much better president since he’s teamed up with a crime solving dog and has a wacky misadventure every week.

All of my kids inexplicably loved Mickey Mouse at about one and a half with basically no prior exposure. It’s like it’s in kids’ genes.

I won’t know what to think of all this until I hear from Chelsea Clinton.

One of these days we’re going to finish a war.

Don’t mess with the US or we will bomb you and keep bombing you until it’s page 15 news and most have forgotten we’re still at war with you.

Prayers for all the bombs today that lost their mother.

For the cost of that bomb we dropped on Afghanistan, we could have given 1000 needy families much smaller bombs.

Trump to address the nation on his ideas for an even larger bomb.

I don’t think the new MST3K is going to work. The new host’s two syllable name messes up the meter of the opening song.

One difference between the government and a mugger is a mugger doesn’t make you spend a day filling out a complicated form so he can rob you

Also, a mugger takes less money and is less likely to spend it wastefully.

So how much does the country lose each year in wasted man hours filling out tax forms?

So what’s going on? The left are having a pro-tax march on Tax Day?
I get wanting Trump’s tax returns as a campaign issue. I don’t see why anyone would give a rat’s ass now.

The left seems to have settled on the tactic of marches of vague purpose.

Isn’t nice to have a president who doesn’t think he’s above us and will respond to every little taunt?

Can the pro-Trump and anti-Trump sides unite on the fact that those propping up Chelsea Clinton are the worst people in this country?

Who’s Ossoff and where is Georgia?

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Random Thoughts: Syria and United

I’ve never really understood who Steve Bannon is.

We’re at war! Or we’re still at war. We’re a little bit more warier than yesterday, at least.

I should say that a very small percentage of the country that’s in the military is at war; the rest of us are policing the wokeness of Pepsi.

The most difficult thing to do as a US President is to not get into a new conflict in the Middle East. None succeed.

It really is a miracle that thanks to flight we can get anywhere in the world within hours with just a little groping and random beatings.

I once flew first class. Big difference from coach where it’s increasingly becoming “Just feel lucky we let you on the plane.”
“We might even randomly change our minds.”

Oh wow. Thor has always been the most “meh” of the Marvel series, but that trailer makes the new look pretty awesome.
The beginning of the Thor trailer could have used a record scratch, though.

“Hitler – kind of a bad guy. Not very popular right now.” -Trump, probably

“So Trump’s actions in Syria are pretty popular. Any remarks?”
“First, I have a few more positive things to say about Hitler…”

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