"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Monday, July 24, 2017

Spider-Man Homecoming & War for the Planet of the Apes

Catching up on Summer Movies

By Gary;

We are up to six Spider-Man movies so far, seven if you count Captain America: Civil War.  Like the long series of 007 movies you get some eagles that soar and some turkeys that get cooked in the oven of fan hatred.

Spider-Man Homecoming is somewhere in between those two extremes.

I felt like I was back watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Spider-man went retro with Peter Parker going back to high school.

I suspect Marvel saw their movie audience aging and wanted to connect with younger fans.  After all the first meaningful Marvel movie, Blade, dates back to 1998 which was followed in 2000 by massive hit X-Men.  That is a lot of years ago.  So back to high school Peter goes.  I just thank God we were not subjected to a rehash of Peter getting his spider bite.

To compare I would say Spider-Man was better done in his appearance in Captain America; Civil War.  The current film was a bit cluttered for my taste with assorted characters.

Tom Holland played a good Spider-Man.  Michael Keaton was OK as the supervillain Vulture, but just OK.  The Vulture might soar high. Keaton was much closer to the ground.  He did not come off as stone cold evil which is a requirement in the comic universe.

Over all it is a good, solid popcorn flick and certainly better than the last two Spider-man movies.

Rated  -  7 out of 10

Hard as it may be to believe, we are up to NINE Planet of the Apes movies.

None of the eight sequels came remotely close to the quality and cultural impact of Rod Serling's original 1968 classic film.

Like The Walking Dead, the modern Ape films take the germ warfare, virus road to the destruction of the humanity.  Certainly it is a race between nukes, Terminators and germs for who wins the prize for the End of the World.

Of the eight sequels I would place War for the Planet of the Apes at the top.

The movie is beautiful to watch, the plot solid and the special effects of the best quality.  Andy Serkis as Caesar is outstanding.  And the great Woody Harrelson dominates the screen as the rogue colonel looking to save the world from apes and the disease that caused their creation.

Personally I was on Harrelson's side. This is a fight for the species. Why should the apes win?

Rated  -  8 out of 10

You can't beat the original

"Beware the beast Man, for he is the Devil's pawn. Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him; drive him back into his jungle lair, for he is the harbinger of death."
Planet of the Apes (1968)

CIA paid the salaries of Islamist rebels

Speaking Truth To Power

  • Trump is pulling back from the unconstitutional CIA run war in Syria. But Trump appointed Mike Pompeo as CIA Director who is just another butt-boy of the corrupt Deep State Oligarchs.
  • Note that Assange is still being held prisoner in London for the crime of daring to speak the truth about corrupt governments.

(Infowars)  -  Wikileaks’ Julian Assange is continuing his attempt to take down America any way he can by accurately reporting the truth.
Saturday on Twitter, Assange highlighted an article from Thursday where the Financial Times noted how many Syrian rebels are getting salaries from the CIA.
Assange said they “buried the lede”:

At the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday, CIA director Mike Pompeo said, “WikiLeaks will take down America any way they can and find any willing partner to achieve that end.”

Assange responded:

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GOP & Dems want a new Cold War with Russia

Eternal War

  • The GOP and Democrats join forces to beat the Russia Drum until their fingers are raw and bleeding. 
  • Eternal war is used by the corrupt Oligarchs to distract the Sheeple voters from Obamacare, open borders and growing poverty.

(Daily News)  -  A bipartisan congressional effort, ignoring White House objections, produced a bill Saturday to impose sweeping sanctions against Russia for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential race and its human rights violations.

The bill, due for a Tuesday vote in the House, features a section barring Trump from reducing or ending any part of the Russian rebuke without approval from the House and Senate.

If the bill lands in the Oval Office, Trump faces a pair of personally unpalatable choices: Sign off on the legislation despite his ardent misgivings. Or veto the bill — and foster more speculation about his links to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Those who threaten America and our interests should take notice — your actions have consequences,” tweeted House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

“Given the many transgressions of Russia, and President Trump’s seeming inability to deal with them, a strong sanctions bill such as the one Democrats and Republicans have just agreed to is essential,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

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Libs want to "segregate" students uncomfortable with transgender bathrooms

Now Libs Love Segregation

(Daily Caller)  -  The Minnesota Department of Education approved a transgender guide earlier this week that suggests segregating students who are uncomfortable with transgender bathrooms.
The transgender toolkit, approved by an advisory council for the state’s education department, offers Minnesota schools suggestions on how to accommodate transgender and gender non-conforming students, reports KSTOP.
The resource guide emphasizes ensuring that trans students can use the bathroom that matches their gender identity and encourages schools to make sure these students aren’t “stigmatized,” a suggestion that comes at the price of the comfort of other students.
“Schools should work with transgender and gender nonconforming students to ensure that they are able to access needed facilities in a manner that is safe, consistent with their gender identity and does not stigmatize them,” the resource guide reads.
The toolkit suggests that schools “segregate” students who might be uncomfortable sharing a bathroom with a fellow trans or gender non-conforming students.

“Privacy objections raised by a student in interacting with a transgender or gender nonconforming student may be addressed by segregating the student raising the objection provided that the action of the school officials does not result in stigmatizing the transgender and gender nonconforming student,” the toolkit reads.
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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday Comics

Sale Of BET To White Supremacist Group Results In No Changes To Programming

USS Gerald Ford - $13 Billion in Scrap Metal

The Joint Chiefs of Staff at their regular monthly meeting

The U.S. Navy is a Joke
15 years to build ONE aircraft carrier
Trump commissions a worthless ship

  • 15 fucking years!!!!!  America's part in World War II only lasted 3 and 1/2 years!!!  And we spend 15 years building one ship.
  • Construction began on the USS Gerald Ford August, 2005. The projected date (who knows the real date) for the Ford to be deployed is 2020. 

(Popular Mechanics)  -  The problem is that supercarriers are growing unaffordable. The only supercarrier built in the last decade, USS Gerald R. Ford, is two years behind schedule, cost nearly $13 billion, was 22 percent over budget, and incurred $4.7 billion in research and development costs. While the next carrier, John F. Kennedy won't incur as much in R&D costs, the Navy's own estimate pegs it at $11.4 billion with the General Accounting Office saying that number will likely be exceeded.

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Kamikaze Attacks
Primitive World War II technology sunk carriers.
Just imagine the effect of modern missile technology.

Kamikaze + Aircraft Carrier = Sunk
A total of 57 ships were sunk by Japanese kamikazes including 3 aircraft carriers and 14 destroyers.  Some 368 other ships were damaged.  About 4,900 sailors were killed and over 4,800 wounded.
All this was done with ancient World War II era technology.  But for some insane reason we continue to build super expensive WWII style carriers in an age of ultra powerful high-tech missiles.

USS Gerald Ford
$13 Billion in Scrap Metal

Spending billions on World War II technology.
Congress spends insane amounts of money to fund boondoggle spending projects like the USS Gerald Ford.  The price tag for the USS Gerald Ford is now at $13 billion, it is 22% over budget.  The fact of the matter is modern technology can sink it in minutes..

Basically the modern surface navy is dead. Surface ships are billion dollar expensive targets for cheap missiles. Undersea craft are the only ships that have a level of protection from missiles. 

Read More:
jjRussia's Carrier Killer Missile
China Targets U.S. Aircraft Carriers

Never-Trumper: "I would kill Baby Trump before he was born"

A World of Assholes
Both the Left and the Never-Trump 
Right openly talk of murder

(BizPac Review)  -  Health care billionaire and GOP donor Mike Fernandez said Thursday that, had he been a doctor at the time, he would have killed President Donald Trump as a baby.

Trump is an “abortion of a human being … If I was the doctor and knew what that baby [Trump] would do, I’d have made sure it never would have seen the light of day,” Fernandez said.

Like many other GOP members, Fernandez joined the “Never-Trump” protests during the election, and put more than $3.5 million into anti-Trump ads in 2016. He also donated $3 million to former candidate Jeb Bush’s campaign.

After Trump’s election, Fernandez — the chairman of MBF Healthcare Partners — left the GOP saying, “I am out of the political process. Too disgusted, too expensive, too supportive of ego maniacs whose words have the value of quicksand.”

“All the Republicans who hide behind the flag and hide behind the church, they don’t have the f—— balls to do what it takes,” Fernandez told Politico. “It is demoralizing to me to see adults worshipping a false idol.”

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My Message to the Never-Trumpers