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Sunday, 28 February 2016

Obama’s Presidential Firsts

Filed under: Humor, Politics, Reading — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:01 AM (06:01)

Obama’s Presidential Firsts

The Many Accomplishments of President Barack Hussein Obama (r. 2009-2017 (?))

By Tom Ririe

Quit trashing Obama’s accomplishments. He has done more than any other President before him. Here is a list of his impressive accomplishments:

  1. First President to be photographed smoking a joint.
  2. First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.
  3. First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in.
  4. First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States.
  5. First President to violate the War Powers Act.
  6. First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
  7. First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party.
  8. First President to spend a trillion dollars on “shovel-ready” jobs when there was no such thing as “shovel-ready” jobs.
  9. First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters.
  10. First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat.
  11. First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S., including those with criminal convictions.
  12. First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees.
  13. First President to tell a CEO of a major corporation (Chrysler) to resign.
  14. First President to terminate America’s ability to put a man in space.
  15. First President to cancel the National Day of Prayer and to say that America is no longer a Christian nation.
  16. First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.
  17. First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.
  18. First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke out on the reasons for their rate increases.
  19. First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state it is allowed to locate a factory.
  20. First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN).
  21. First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago.
  22. First President to actively try to bankrupt an American industry (coal).
  23. First President to fire an inspector general of AmeriCorps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.
  24. First President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in his office.
  25. First President to surround himself with radical left wing anarchists.
  26. First President to golf more than 150 separate times in his five years in office.
  27. First President to hide his birth, medical, educational and travel records.
  28. First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it.
  29. First President to go on multiple “global apology tours” and concurrent “insult our friends” tours.
  30. First President to go on over 17 lavish vacations, in addition to date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends paid for by the taxpayers.
  31. First President to have personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.
  32. First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense.
  33. First President to fly in a personal trainer from Chicago at least once a week at taxpayer expense.
  34. First President to repeat the Quran and tell us the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth.
  35. First President to side with a foreign nation over one of the American 50 states (Mexico vs Arizona).
  36. First President to tell the military men and women that they should pay for their own private insurance because they “volunteered to go to war and knew the consequences.”
  37. Then he was the First President to tell the members of the military that THEY were UNPATRIOTIC for balking at the last suggestion.

I feel much better now. I had been under the impression he hadn’t been doing ANYTHING . . . Such an accomplished individual . . . in the eyes of the ignorant maybe!

H/T Michael Z. Williamson


NOTES

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Thursday, 21 January 2016

DC and Marvel, Dumping on Their Dinner Plates

Filed under: Media, Reading, Viewing — Tags: , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:04 PM (20:04)

Skimming through my Facebook feed, I found the following:

Cosmic Book News: Comic Book Retailers Sound Off On DC & Marvel As Sales Drop

Basically, the author explains how DC and Marvel are running their superhero franchises into the ground, and possibly poisoning that particular well for any other publishers, as well.

The interesting thing is that McGloin attributes this to Marvel and DC offering their same titles in both still-pictures-comic format as well as in audiovisual form (movies and television), when both Marvel and DC were letting their franchises be made into movies and TV shows back in the 1950s and 1960s.

Rather, I suspect that we’re seeing the same sort of thing that happened in the mid-1990s, when Marvel began rebooting its franchises (I remember them starting to playing these games with the X-Men in 1994.) and putting out multiple versions of the same issue, with different “collector edition” covers (especially the foil-covered ones!).

Big Bang Comics in Ireland put it rather succintly:

And I’ve heard the tired line before “justifying” the periodic reboots from these clowns:

These characters are so endearing and established . . .

To me, that’s equivocation for “we’re too lazy to develop any new characters.”

Case in point — the Star Trek franchise.

Back in 1985 and 1986, Gene Roddenberry and associates were working on bringing Star Trek back to television, but Paramount wasn’t keen on paying the higher salaries that the 1960s Original Series could command. So they went with a cast of actors not known for being in the science fiction genre. Rather than trying to cast these actors in the roles of the Original Series, Roddenberry created a whole new cast, ship, etc.

Did it pay off for Roddenberry and Paramount? I’d say so. The Next Generation ran for SEVEN seasons, as compared to The Original SeriesTHREE seasons.

Even better — The Next Generation had two series spun off from it (Deep Space Nine and Voyager), each of which had a cast separate from The Next Generation, and each of which ran for seven seasons.

Hell, the prequel series to the franchise (Enterprise) ran for four seasons.

When Paramount / CBS (whoever owns the franchise at this point) did decide to reboot it in 2008 and “bring back the original characters” with new actors, they wrote the script in such a way that picked up from previous endeavours, instead of simply blowing them off wholesale.

Brian Hibbs at Comic Book Resources has this to say:

We have to be mindful that the marketplace is changing, and that we have to change with it. I see a market that is moving away from line-driven buying, that is growing tired of the constant cycle of relaunch and reboot, that has far more options for their time and mindshare than ever before, and that can meet their craving for superhero material increasingly in other media. And that has, most dangerously, had their long-standing habits interrupted by their very pushers.

So far, the ONLY franchise reboot that I’ve seen that was significantly better than the original was the Battlestar Galactica remake of 2003-2009.

So far, out of all of the superhero titles currently published by DC and Marvel, the only one that does anything for me any more is Injustice: Gods Among Us. That’s because when someone gets killed, the writers try to avoid coming up with some cockamamie excuse to resurrect the character(s).

It seems to me that the executives at DC and Marvel assume their customer base to be composed of idiots who will buy into anything with their (the executives’) stamp of approval upon it.

Basically, this is the same sort of logic that Heckler & Koch GmbH used when they pitched their neutered version of their G-36 (the infamous flop called the SL8) — they figured that the HK fanboys (I’m guilty of being a bit of one myself back in the 1990s) would shell out hard cash for anything with a red “HK” stamped on one side of the stock or pistol grip. If that wasn’t a miscalculation, I don’t know what does qualify as one.

Will this endless cycle of reboot and remake ultimately bring down the DC and Marvel movie and television businesses, too?

Should I even care?

H/T Kevin Tuma


NOTES

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Sunday, 17 August 2008

I’m a Marvel Guy

Filed under: Media, Quizzes / Surveys — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 9:28 PM (21:28)

Your result for The Marvel or DC Test…

Marvel Universe

                           

You live in a world of angst, interpersonal conflict, and are distrusted and possibly hated by those you have sworn to protect. On the plus side, your world tends to be faster paced and more ethnically diverse. You would most likely fight alongside Spider-Man, The X-Men, or Daredevil. In crossovers, you would probably be paired up with Batman or the Teen Titans.

Take The Marvel or DC Test at HelloQuizzy

Actually, aside from the Star Trek stuff, I haven’t had much use at all for the DC universe — I outgrew the superhero stuff back around 1990, and haven’t looked back.

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