Saturday, October 21, 2017

The queering of Stitchers

A woman can do anything. Just check out Maggie Q in Designated Survivor. Q’s character regularly takes on 200-pound, muscular ex-special operations dudes in hand-to-hand fights and, presumably through smarter application of force, forces surrender or brings about death.

Or, as Joe Bob Briggs puts it: “NEW YORK—There’s this moment in every production meeting—I don’t care if you’re making a movie, a TV show, a YouTube video, a reality show about shark hunters, or a 30-second promo for the cat shelter—when somebody blurts out, ‘We need a strong female character for this.’”

Maggie Q has nothing to do with Stitchers, but her role of FBI Agent Hannah Wells places her in the role of 100-pound woman kicks ass against former special forces operatives.

Stitchers has more super women than millennial hot-chocolate men. That’s very okay in today’s TV shows. The reason I quit watching Stitchers is the quick-change by character Camille Engleson, who in the first two seasons had as her overwhelming goal hopping on top of character Linus Ahluwalia and having him on top of her. Camille succeeded, but then something happened and Camille and Linus were no longer (literally) together.

Not to worry, though. This is 2017, and Camille’s emotional and physical needs can be satisfied by another woman. At first meeting, Camille is making eyes at the new strong woman, and soon the two are romping in a way ol’ Linus could never imagine.

Maybe that’s part of Now TV. If something doesn’t work, make a character queer or lesbian or bisexual.

So, Stitchers is off my list of shows to watch.

Joe Bob says this sort of thing will follow the dollars.

“Fortunately these things have a way of self-correcting. People who make movies in order to transform society end up dying of brain aneurysms when the Monday-morning box office results come out and Transformers 8 has outperformed their socially relevant stick figures by 9,000 percent.”

As good as Ken Burns in getting it wrong

This piece at Maggies Farm has a lot wrong.

In one of the wrongs, the author mentions a desertion case in this manner:

“… in 1977, in the middle of mass desertions during the Vietnam war …”

The U.S. ended direct combat in 1972. There were never "mass desertions."

Given his bona fides at the end of the article, I’d guess the writer gets paid a lot of money. For being wrong.

Another misinformed (and he probably doesn’t give a damn that he is wrong) is Corey Harrison of Pawn Stars, who paid $250 for a $20 MPC bill after making this comment: Most of the guys in Vietnam were drafted and they didn’t want to be there anyway, so when they got paid with this instead of real money, you can understand they were not happy.

Harrison reaches many more people than does the writer. Goes to show, you can be smart and very wrong.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Highest-ever recorded temperatures

Highest temperatures in 25 states occurred in the 1930s.

I can tell you this: Days were hotter in the 1960s and 1970s than today.

Choosing a survival knife

If you don't have one, get one.

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He said to them, "But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one."

-- Luke 22:36, NIV.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Knives more popular weapon of death than are rifles

By a factor of more than four.

“According to FBI: UCR Table 12, there were approximately 374 people shot and killed with rifles of any kind. There were 1,604 people killed with ‘knives or cutting instruments.’

“Table 12 also shows that more people were killed via the use of ‘hands, fists, feet, etc.,’ than were killed by rifles of any kind. In fact, the tally shows that the death numbers were not even close. While approximately 374 people were shot and killed with rifles, roughly 656 people were beaten to death with ‘hands, fists, feet, etc.’”

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Usually, a knife or other cutting instrument is more quickly available than a rifle when the passion of murder hits. Kitchens, garages, jeans pockets are likely places to find a knife, while a rifle might sit in a closet a couple of rooms away.

People want to kill, they’ll find a weapon.

UNC: We didn’t expect anything out of them anyway

University successfully argue low-standards course available to all students, not only athletes.

“UNC successfully argued that it was not giving its athletes special treatment in the African-American studies department -- they had low standards for all students in that department.”

(You have a money-maker, you don’t want your workers – athletes -- fired --- kicked out for low grades --, you put in a fix.)

“The NCAA, in its decision, said the classes did not require attendance. The students rarely, ‘if at all’ interacted with a faculty member. The classes typically required one paper where the person who graded it admitted she did not read them in the entirety. These classes, the NCAA said, had “’liberal grading.’”

Monday, October 16, 2017

Goodbye, adios, do svidaniya, go, leave

Things to say to California Leavers.

“I spoke with friends who are planning to leave the state because they’re terrified of saying a positive word about Donald Trump for fear of having their heads smashed in with bike locks. And I don’t blame them, seeing as how the state has thrown a collective conniption ever since he announced his candidacy. Californian radicals threw some of the most violent tantrums at Trump rallies during the entire campaign, and, of course, Berkeley gets incinerated every time someone to the right of Che Guevara tries to make a peep.”

“So go. Leave. Do it. Get the hell out. Take your tanning salons and Apple Stores and your plastic-surgery casualties and your naked pregnant underwater yoga classes and build your new feudalistic utopia consisting of a thin crust of tech elites who nobly protect their huddled masses of about 900 million Mexican gardeners.

“There’s already a red star on your flag. Just remove the bear, and you’re set.”

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