Thursday, December 18, 2014

It Is Official North Korea Now Owns Hollywood: Paramount Cancels Showing of Kim-Jong-Il Mocking "Team America: World Police"

I wonder what kind of films the new head of Hollywood Kim-Jong-Un is planning for blockbuster season? Maybe something with Dennis Rodman and Jennifer Lawrence called "Ew! 2: The Sickening"

It only took a few veiled threats (did people really think North Korean sapper teams are going to be bombing theaters) and they have shut down freedom of expression for an entire industry.

Forget those plans by Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and other theaters to run Team America: World Police in place of The Interview. The Austin-based chain says that Paramount has now decided not to offer South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s 2004 satire that focuses on Kim Jong-il, the late father of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hollywood Proves to be Spineless Neville Chamberlain's: Pulls "The Interview" because of Hacker Threats

Well it seems the hackers now run Hollywood.
The drama surrounding the hack attack on Sony (which federal sources are now linking to North Korea) to derail the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy The Interview came to an unexpected climax today when Sony announced that it would no longer release the movie on Christmas Day. And many of the actors’ Hollywood colleagues are perplexed and/or downright furious with the studio’s decision, which follows threats of violence against theaters screening the film and the decision by five major movie chains not to run it.
I guess that means North Korea is off limits when it comes to movie making. I'm sure other rogue nations are now changing their cash flow from nuclear weapons (which are so 70s anyway) to funding hacking groups. These nations can do more with some email releases and some veiled threats then they ever hoped to do with a few nukes. I think the Cyberwar has begun and Hollywood has just did a Neville Chamberlain. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Idiot Ted Cruz Commits Own Goal: The Dems Rushed Through Nominees Because of His Boneheaded Move

This guy shouldn't run for dog catcher let alone President in 2016.

They criticized the way the Texas senator caused the Senate to be in session late Friday night and through Saturday because he refused to drop procedural objections to passage of a $1.1 trillion bill to keep the government running beyond midnight Saturday.

Cruz's actions also inadvertently gave Democratic leaders an opportunity to advance nearly two dozen of Obama's nominees, including Sarah Saldana, to head the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
These nominees probably couldn't get through in 2015 because of GOP control and Obama would have to name someone else. Instead of going home for the weekend Idiot Cruz made them stay because of his objections to the spending bill. So they stayed and voted through their people in response. I think the GOP should censure him and boot him out of certain committees for this infraction.

Walking Dead Knocks off Sundy Night Football in Ratings War: Should the NFL be worried?

It seems some people surviving the zombie apocalypse is more popular than ever.
It turns out the NFL, sports' modern-day television ratings king, is not unbeatable.

During the fall, the super popular AMC drama The Walking Dead scored higher ratings in the all-important 18-to-49-year-old demographic in five out of eight weeks while going against NBC's Sunday Night Football.
I wonder if the NFL should be worried or not. They are still the champion of sports in terms of money and ratings but a TV drama beat them in the important demographics for the first time in decades. I have read that the NFL is becoming less popular to Millennials. This demographic will keep increasing their earning power going forward and those are the ones that Walking Dead just vultured away from the NFL.

I mean the for me the NFL is pretty much the 49ers and the players on my fantasy team. If neither of them are involved I would rather watch college football instead. In fact I would easily switch over to Walking Dead from Sunday Night Football if the game is boring or even if it is close but I have no fantasy players on either team. If I didn't play fantasy or had a team I would probably rarely watch NFL games.  





It turns out the NFL, sports' modern-day television ratings king, is not unbeatable.
During the fall, the super popular AMC drama The Walking Dead scored higher ratings in the all-important 18-to-49-year-old demographic in five out of eight weeks while going against NBC's Sunday Night Football.
- See more at: http://yahoo.thepostgame.com/blog/dish/201412/walking-dead-nfl-sunday-night-football#sthash.24yIoUoN.dpuf
It turns out the NFL, sports' modern-day television ratings king, is not unbeatable.
During the fall, the super popular AMC drama The Walking Dead scored higher ratings in the all-important 18-to-49-year-old demographic in five out of eight weeks while going against NBC's Sunday Night Football.
- See more at: http://yahoo.thepostgame.com/blog/dish/201412/walking-dead-nfl-sunday-night-football#sthash.24yIoUoN.dpuf

Thursday, December 11, 2014

It Seems that Americans are No Longer Supporting Gun Control: African Americans Lead the Turn Around

It seems that all the gun-grabbing by former-mayor Bloomberg and others is having the opposite effect on the majority of Americans.
By a margin of 52 percent to 46 percent, Americans say protecting the rights of gun owners is more important than gun control, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center released Wednesday. It is the first time Pew found more support for gun ownership than gun control in more than two decades of surveys on the issue.
I think the world is seems more dangerous (it really isn't though) than ever with riots, ISIS, ebola, police shootings etc putting Americans on edge. The best way to feel like you are protecting yourself and your family is to arm thyself in case something bad happens. This part was very interesting:
Among African-Americans, Pew found a dramatic shift in opinion. A majority of blacks, 54 percent, now say gun ownership does more to protect people than to endanger personal safety. Two years ago, only 29 percent of black Americans held that view.
I mean a young black male now has to worry that a cop can strait-up choke you to death on camera and is found innocent by a grand jury. The system now seems to be stacked against many people so concealed carry might be one way of making a law-abiding black male feel safe. The idea that only the criminals and the cops are armed no longer works anymore.  

Who is Afraid of Ted Cruz?: No One it Seems

At last the GOP is ignoring Ted Cruz and his stupidity.

But something extraordinary happened in response to Cruz’s hyperventilation: absolutely nothing. The House went ahead with its show vote last week, and all indications are that a bill funding Obama’s immigration policy will sail through the House with bipartisan support on Thursday and then face similarly smooth Senate passage. House Speaker John Boehner boasted on Wednesday that he was “proud” that the House acted “without a threat of a government shutdown.”
He threw his bombs and the GOP leadership shrugged their shoulders. That is how it should be after the GOP establishment has righted the ship and has power like they haven't had in decades. In fact his Presidential run will fizzle because Hillary would smash his face. Hopefully, Ted Cruz will shrink away and be some million dollar a year lawyer/lobbyist and we don't have to hear about him any more.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Movie Review: Interstellar: Watch it on Netflix

I saw this movie a few weeks ago and was kind of disappointed. Matthew McConaughey chewed scenery like a champ and shows that he is one of the better actors of his generation. But as a Sci-fi movie it fell flat as far as I am concerned.

First of all, the movie was very long but it did not drag like some recent movies have. It was paced well with scenes of action and drama served up at a pretty decent rhythm. It did not drag on and on forever like Amazing Spider-man 2 did and my attention span did not waver as much as it could have.

The acting was pretty top-notch for the most part. McConaughey did his usual great work and Anne Hathaway did a pretty good job and was somewhat believable as s scientist and astronaut. Jessica Chastain had a few moments of pathos but seemed underutilized a bit. The rest of the cast did not detract from the drama and did not phone it in at all.

What I did have problems with was the science of the Sci-fi. They did a few very interesting things like had them go close to a black hole which warps time. So they had a great scene were McConaughey and Hathaway escape death on this water planet and return to the mother-ship and 30 years had past while they only spent like a few hours on the planet. So the guy on the ship pretty much was alone for 30 years waiting for them to come back. I had the fill in the blanks here but I imagined how lonely it would have been waiting day-after-day and not known if they were alive or dead on the planet. That part was pretty well done and I enjoyed it being in the film.

However, all of the other plot holes could fill a pretty sizable tome so I'll just touch on a few. First, if there is a blight that is killing all vegetables on the planet so instead of figuring out new ways of feeding people (lab grown beef and pork, special nutrient rich gel, etc.) they make farmers the most important job on earth and downplay science. In fact science is so bad people think the moon landing was faked so that the US can beat the Soviets in the Space Race. Of course farmers still use the exact same techniques they have always used with no technology upgrades at all. You would figure the entire world would do everything they could to either stop the blight or figure out alternative food sources but they don't. Instead they just send a bunch of secret astronauts to look for a planet to colonize.

For some reason they send only a handful of astronauts out there for some reason. You would figure they would send out a team to each of the viable planets and have that embryo bomb on each of the probes. That way you have redundancy and increase the chances of saving the human race. Instead they place everything on only 7 people and a handful of weird robots and hope for the best. You would figure that the entire world economy would revolve around next gen foodstuffs that do not have to be grown in the ground and spaceships for colonization and saving the human race. Instead we have farmers with 20th century tech (but drones with fusion power) and a rogue NASA program trying to save humanity. That part was hard to fathom for me.

Finally all the black hole stuff made me have to turn off my brain after a while. The part with the water planet with the black hole's effects was cool even though it would probably be torn apart by gravitational forces or destroyed by those jets that black holes sometimes vent. Everything else about sling-shotting the black hole and falling into it and such made me have to just say "watch the movie and don't think about it." I had to actively suspend my disbelief and hold it through the entire last act of the movie. It was written in a way that you have to not know anything about astronomy and black holes so you can enjoy the action. In any case the movie was a fun romp and McConaughey chewing scenery and interacting with his family was worth watching because I am a big fan of his. The Sc-fi parts needs a very healthy dose of belief-suspension in order to take without going "wait their ship would be destroyed in tenths of a second" if they got close enough to that black hole. 

Movie Review: Horrible Bosses 2: Go See It

I saw this movie last week and I enjoyed it as much as the first one. It had the same ad-libbed feel of the first one where Bateman, Sudeikis, and Day all play off of one another with great chemistry. Bateman plays the strait-man but he has quite a bit more funny lines and situations in this one. We also have Chris Pine added to the cast and he has some pretty decent comedy timing.

The plot of this one is that the three main characters "bet on themselves" and start their own company making Bathroom Buddies which is a weird shower attachment thing. There is a great set-piece of Sudeikis and Day doing a silhouetted BJ scene in a simulated shower on a Live with Kelly and Strahan-type a morning show. That part brought the house down and had me chuckling even after the movie was over.

The rest of the plot is pretty much about the three main characters trying to commit crimes and screwing up over and over. You pull for them like you do in the first movie because they actually have pretty good hearts. Jamie Foxx has an expanded role in this one as Motherfucker Jones and showed good timing and was funny throughout. Jennifer Aniston again played the insane sex-maniac from the first one and has some great scenes with all three in a hotel room that was fun as well.

All in all it was as good as the first one and left my sides hurting after the movie was over. The chemistry between the actors was pitch-perfect and I would not mind coming back for a 3rd helping. In some ways this franchise was better than the Hangover because the characters seem much more likeable and earnest than the characters in that franchise. They really seem like regular guys who are in way over their head trying to commit crimes that they really should not be committing. Also stay tuned at the end for a pretty funny gag-reel that I hope caries over to a Horrible Bosses 3.

GOP Countered the "War on Women" with All-Female Consulting Firm called Burning Glass Consulting

It seems that Romney and his "Binders full of women" has morphed into a force for the GOP to close the gender gap.

As a party, Burning Glass told Republicans, they needed to recruit better candidates, shut down GOP voices that made comments that would be offensive to women voters, and prepare campaigns for the Democrats to replay their “war on women” message in 2014 on a national scale.

“One of the first things that we felt was important was avoiding another Todd Akin or Richard Murdock moment, which was so difficult to deal with in 2012,” Gage said. “The whole candidate-recruitment process, making sure that one candidate was not going to put our whole party in a negative light, was something we felt strongly about.”
If the GOP can only lose women by 4 points like they did in this past election cycle I think they might have a decent chance of winning the Presidency. I just don't see that many Blacks and Hispanics rushing out to vote for Hillary like they did for Obama. All the GOP needs to do is field a decent candidate (easier said than done) and they have good chance. 

Monday, December 08, 2014

Korean Air Flight Diverted Due to Nuts

This has to be a prime example of corporate over-reach if I have ever seen one.

According to AFP, the nutroversy occurred as the plane was taxiing toward the runaway. The VP, Cho Hyun Ah (who also goes by Heather Cho), reportedly got upset because she was served pre-flight macadamia nuts without being asked. Then she really got upset when the nuts were served in a packet instead of a bowl. Cho blamed the chief flight attendant for the grave lapse in nut-serving procedure and had the person booted off the plane.
So they turned the plane around and had it land so she could throw the chief flight attendant off of the plane. That means 250 people were delayed so that the nuts on Korean Air were served correctly. If I were on that flight I would have gone crazy. Hell, I would have opened the stupid packets myself and put them in the bowl so I did not have to go back to the terminal. In any case Cho Hyun Ah is the CEOs daughter so she won't be fired or disciplined at all. I guess people will fly JAL to Korea now so they don't have any nut-related delays going forward.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Political Payback: Obama Threatens Veto Before a Tax Cut Bill Could Even be Written to Embarass Reid

Well, it seems that Obama really doesn't like Harry Reid very much.

Reid had been negotiating with Republicans — and was close to reaching agreement with them — to keep the tax breaks in place at least in the near term. The White House’s unusual move, announcing the threat of a veto before legislation had even been introduced,  appeared to many observers to be retribution for the brazen defiance of Reid’s chief of staff, David Krone, who openly criticized the administration after the Democratic Party’s crushing losses in the midterm elections.
So this is just the White House lashing out at Reid for stating the obvious. I'm sure it is not just the GOP that cannot wait until 2016.