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Star Trek Discovery S01E13 “What’s Past Is Prologue”

Spoilers

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January 28, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Television

Steve Wynn

The mainstream media is trying to spin this as anti-Trump, but I think it’s a big nothingburger (except for another rich and powerful guy who thinks he’s entitled to have sex with any woman he wants).

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 27, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in News

Dunkirk (2017)

It’s a visual movie, not one about plot or suspense or learning anything about the characters. It takes place in three different timelines. While most movies are ruined by knowing too much about the movie before you watch it, Dunkirk is the opposite. Before you watch it, I recommend that you read as many reviews of the movie as you can so you know what’s going on. And then sit back and enjoy a slow-paced movie without any bloody gore. Although many people die, they don’t die with blood spurting everywhere. The are no loud sounds of gunfire and explosions, everything is soft and muted. The color palette looks like film from the 1960s. If you’re not the kind of person who can just appreciate a movie for the way it looks even though nothing much happens, then you might find it very boring. Or you might think the movie is arty in a snobby and pretentious kind of way.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 27, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Movies

Darkest Hour (2017)

I don’t think I need to have a spoilers warning. I mean, you all know what happened, it’s history. Winston Churchill becomes Prime Minister, then he gives a good speech or two.

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At the beginning of the movie, I was wondering, who is this senile old drunk man? And where is Winston Churchill, said to be the greatest statesman of the 20th Century? Well it turned out that the senile old drunk man was Winston Churchill.

So we have actor Gary Oldman, 59 in real life but looks ten years younger than his biological age, wearing a bunch of makeup and fake fat so he looks like he’s a fat man in his late 70s, in order to play Winston Churchill who was actually only 65 when he took over as Prime Minister in 1940.

Gary Oldman was nominated for an Academy Award for best actor for this role. Maybe some people think it’s great acting because they can actually see the acting, but it seems to me like a massive case of overacting. Oldman plays Churchill the way William Shatner played James T. Kirk, and no one would ever think of giving William Shatner an award for great acting.

This movie turned into two hours of watching a doddering old drunk guy chain-smoking cigars. Pretty disappointing. I refuse to believe that Churchill was like that in real life.

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The current trend for movies that take place in the past is to show the past as being full of racism, homophobia and misogyny. We don’t see any of that in this movie. Not a gay person to be seen at all. No women are sexually harassed. The movie does show discrimination against women, because not a single woman is shown holding a high level job in government or the military. The women are relegated to the typing pool and not allowed into the men-only map room. Of course it would be a huge rewrite of history to actually have women in those positions when historically there were none. But none of the women complain about it or even take notice of the slight.

Talking about huge rewrites of history, you wouldn’t think to find many black people in London in 1940 (I estimate that 1 in a 1000 Londoners were black at the time), but Churchill manages to find one when he decides to take a subway ride in order to talk to the common people, and a black man named Marcus gives him wise advice. See the Magical Negro Trope. “In order to show the world that minority characters are not bad people, one will step forward to help a ‘normal’ person, with their pure heart and folksy wisdom.” Yep, that describes the encounter perfectly.

The movie is able to be nominated for an Academy Award despite not checking off SJW checkboxes because of the Hitler myth. Hitler and the Nazis are considered such great evil that it transcends anything to do with homophobia and stuff like that, and therefore they are allowed to portray a bunch of old white men as being good people who don’t harass women or discriminate against gays and blacks, because they are fighting Hitler! Fighting Hitler is like checking off ten SJW boxes all at once!

World War II is the only war that Hollywood feels completely comfortable in endorsing as a clear-cut fight of good guys against bad guys. There’s nothing sociopathic about Churchill ordering thousands of men to their death in order to delay the Germans in their assault on Dunkirk. It was necessary in order to fight against Hitler, and all of the wusses on his war council who were aghast at the idea can be portrayed as a bunch of girly men without the backbone for real leadership. In contrast, if one can imagine a movie about George Bush and the Gulf War, the movie would take a much different moral viewpoint.

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If it’s a choice between giving the Best Actor award to Gary Oldman or to the black guy in the movie Get Out, I say give it to the black guy. Get Out was enjoyable as schlocky horror movie and the black guy was pretty likeable, but Darkest Hour bored me to tears, until the we shall fight on the beaches speech at the end. I don’t know how a senile drunk guy managed to write and deliver such a good speech.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 26, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Movies

What does merit-based immigration look like?

It looks like the IT department of the company where I work, except that employers won’t even have to demonstrate that the position can’t be filled by an American (even though that requirement is barely enforced if at all). The mere fact that they can do some IT job for less money than Americans will demonstrate they have “merit” to immigrate here.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 26, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Immigration

Amnesty for 1.8 million illegal aliens?

Trump’s amnesty plus citizenship plan is not why so many voters boarded the Trump train.

Reagan granted amnesty to 2.9 million illegals in exchange for laws that would supposedly prevent illegal aliens from working in this country.

The laws that were supposed to prevent illegal aliens from working were violated by everyone and barely enforced. The message to the third world was come here and maybe you too will get amnesty and until then you can work and make money. The result was a massive increase in illegal immigration.

It feels like we are making the same mistake again. And the proposed Trump plan doesn’t even contain mandatory E-Verify or any other laws that would put a stop to illegal aliens working here illegally and stealing jobs from American citizens.

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I am not totally against the possibility of amnesty, but first there needs to be PROOF. PROOF that this time we will crack down on illegal immigration. Amnesty should only be granted AFTER we have implemented tough immigration enforcement and PROVEN that we can prevent people from coming here and working here illegally.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 26, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Immigration, Politics

And now we first find out about this

NY Times reports:

A senior adviser to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign who was accused of repeatedly sexually harassing a young subordinate was kept on the campaign at Mrs. Clinton’s request, according to four people familiar with what took place.

Hillary Clinton, what a disgusting hypocrite, pretending to be the champion of women.

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January 26, 2018 at EDT pm

We shall fight on the beaches

We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, …

Review of Darkest Hour coming soon, maybe sometime tomorrow.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 25, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Movies

Let’s hope Trump comes to his senses

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2018/01/25/daily-202-trump-surprises-his-lawyers-and-alarms-his-friends-by-saying-he-will-talk-with-mueller/5a69487330fb0469e8840390/

I have to agree that talking to Mueller under oath is the dumbest thing that Trump could do. Trump is unable to not bullshit, and Mueller will interpret that bullshit as “perjury.”

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 25, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Politics

Lady Bird

I liked this movie. About a prole girl in her senior year at a Catholic high school who calls herself “Lady Bird” instead of her given name of Christine. The movie takes place in 2002-2003. There’s some stuff thrown in to check SJW boxes, like an unexplained Hispanic “brother,” and a gay plot twist, but it was so minor that I didn’t find it distracting enough to get mad at. And the movie redeemed itself when Lady Bird implied that her brother got into Berkeley because of affirmative action. That’s kind of like unchecking a box.

(However, I am aware that there’s the perception that this movie scores SJW points because it’s directed by a woman, and because it’s a coming of age story with a girl as the main character and there’s a belief that girls are underrepresented in coming of age stories.)

The Catholic priests and nuns are shown to be good people who care about the students, not child molesters or religious fanatics. The only downside shown was having to put up with a very annoying anti-abortion speaker.

The movie also shows how prole parents hold back their kids. The prole mother is adamantly opposed to her daughter going to school in New York, and is mostly mean to her. Which is not to say that Lady Bird is without her flaws. In the first scene of the movie, I empathized with the mother, but that feeling of empathy didn’t make it to the end of the movie.

The end of the movie (spoils the ending to read further)

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Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 24, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Movies

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