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  1. 18 hours ago, megaplayboy said:

    It is fascinating how "liberal" Republicans have completely disappeared in my lifetime(they're all "centrist" or "conservative" Democrats now), and now "moderate-to-conservative" Republicans have become an endangered species.  The base is now either hardline/hardcore conservative or some flavor of "conservative with libertarian views" or "libertarian with conservative views".  That's great for them, I suppose, but it doesn't get you to overall majority support in the nation at large.  Instead you're stuck at 40-45% or so.  It doesn't seem like a formula for long-term political success(at least not in a functioning democratic republic).


    I'm left to wonder exactly what you think libertarians believe.  Libertarians have been against police abuse of power since there have been libertarians.  They aren't just another flavor of Republican.

  2. "I have a file with 900 pages of analysis and contingency plans for war with Mars, including fourteen scenarios about what to do if they develop an unexpected new technology.  My file for what to do if an advanced alien species comes calling is three pages long, and it begins with, "Step 1:  Find God."

  3. On 4/16/2020 at 11:11 AM, Ternaugh said:

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: JK Rowling's attempt at another Potterverse franchise, but the end result is a muddled mess.


    And here I thought I was the only person who didn't like it.  I thought the effects were sloppy, and I've never liked Eddie Redmayne in anything; dude has one facial expression: dumbfounded.


    We binged all four series of Money Heist on Netflix.  A Spanish production with decent, but not great, overdub acting.  The first two series are better than the subsequent two, but all are enjoyable.


    I just rewatched all seven seasons of The Shield, still one of the best TV series ever, IMO.  Next up for rewatch is Farscape.

  4. On 2/12/2020 at 2:52 AM, Starlord said:

    It will only exceed the original if she transforms from Diana Prince to Wonder Woman by elegantly spinning around and around really fast.


    If they do that I want to find out before I go see it so I can save my money.  Aside from Lynda Carter's, um, charisma let's say, that version of WW was awful.  I also hated the Hulk TV show.  He could barely lift cars and his wig was terrible.  There, I said it.

  5. A fond memory from childhood is me and my younger brother playing "Wild Wild West" out in the backyard.  One of the first things I learned when I picked up the bass guitar was the WWW theme song.  Last year I binged on the entire series, I hadn't seen any of them since the '70s.  Some hold up, others don't, but it was a great ride reliving those after-school memories.  And I maintain the title sequence and the framing device used heading into commercial breaks is still one of the best of any TV show ever.

  6. On 1/5/2020 at 5:50 PM, Duke Bushido said:

    Don't get me wrong:  I've been shaving my head since it started to thin twenty years ago: i just didn't want anyone thinking I was that sad Carlin-esque guy with the bald head and ponytail  (you were a funny guy, George, but that oft-repeated Ben Franklin look was just _sad_, man...). 


    I resemble that remark!  I also take solace in the fact that as sad as I may look at least I'm not wearing a man-bun, aka doucheknot, aka b*tch handle.  😁  

  7. On 11/10/2019 at 1:22 PM, death tribble said:

    Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines 1965

    This is a period comedy wherein a competition is announced to fly from London to Paris in 1910 which attracts a worldwide entry field.


    This reminded me of:

    The Great Race, also 1965


    A period comedy wherein a competition is announced to race autos from New York to Paris.  Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Natalie Wood (yum), Peter Falk, Ross Martin on loan from The Wild, Wild West, the longest and pie-iest pie fight on film (at the time, anyway), music by Henry Mancini, all directed by Blake Edwards.  One of my favorite movies of all time.

  8. 7 minutes ago, Cassandra said:


    Legends of Tomorrow is the best things on the CW.  Of course that's like being the finest ballerina in Galveston.


    😁   I think it's better than that, even.  I gave up on Arrow and Supergirl last season.  I haven't started watching this season of Flash yet and I may not.  I do plan to watch all the Crossover episodes 'cause that stuff is too much fun.  The only one I still really look forward to is Legends.

  9. 17 hours ago, zslane said:

    It would appear that the CW sees enough potential in the Batwoman show to give it a full season order. Of course, with Arrow going away, they may feel they don't have much choice since there isn't anything else that is ready to step in and fill that void in the CW-verse. And hey, maybe Batwoman will be like LoT which sucked hard in the first season, but became watchable (or so I'm told) during the following seasons.


    Well, Legends accomplished that by almost completely shifting tone to a self-aware, almost campy vibe.  It stopped taking itself seriously and became nothing but mindless fun.  I don't see such a tonal shift in the future for Batwoman.  DISCLAIMER:  I haven't watched it and don't plan to.  The whole idea of a "strong, independent woman" who has to adopt another man's money, gear, and entire schtick to be a strong, independent female hero is too much irony for me.  And I'm a guy who loves strong female protagonists.  I just like independent women to actually be independent.

  10. 5 hours ago, Hermit said:

    As a fan of the character of Riker, the growing the beard trope tickles me greatly. 


    I'll counter-point that:  I never liked Riker, especially after he allowed Ferengi ... Ferengi! ... to steal the Enterprise, and then later when he ran the Enterprise into a planet.  Never give this guy command of your starship.  But I still like the use of his beard for this thread.


    5 hours ago, Hermit said:

    For examples..

    I liked farscape, but I think the introduction of Scorpius really got it going.


    I loved Farscape and I agree, it was a bit uneven until Scorpius showed up.

  11. Abrams' first Star Trek movie wasn't terrible, but archer's right, the guy doesn't understand what makes Star Trek Star Trek.  HIs aren't Star Trek movies:  they don't examine the human condition; they don't turn a critical eye toward social issues or even posit a positive view of the future.  They're slam-bang popcorn action flicks with Star Trek trappings.  The Force Awakens wasn't a terrible movie but it's really just a remake, so he gets scant credit from me for that.  


    His production company might find a way to make some good DC movies but I wouldn't let him personally near one.

  12. June 10, 1944 - Six weeks shy of his 16th birthday, Joe Nuxhall becomes the youngest person to play in a major league contest in this century. After being called in the ninth inning into a 13-0 rout by the Cardinals at Crosley Field, the 15-year-old high school southpaw, who will stay in the Reds organization for over sixty years, becoming best known as the voice for the team’s radio broadcasts, retires the first batter he faces, but is unable to get out of the inning, yielding five walks, two hits, one wild pitch, and five runs.


    I grew up listening to The Old Lefthander on Reds broadcasts in the '70s and early '80s.  "Rounding third and heading for home."

  13. 11 hours ago, massey said:

    I completely forgot about him letting his dad die.  Man that movie sucked.


    That was the one fundamental lesson that movie-Pa taught to Clark that was the direct opposite of what comics-Pa taught him:  you and your secret are more important than human lives.  That created the personality in the movie universe that doesn't lead Zod out of populated areas, and ends up snapping his neck.  That is why movie-Supes is not really Supes, because DCEU Pa Kent screwed him up.

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