Fox As Catwoman? DENIED!!!!

Good news.

This would-be-travesty is not going to happen:

Open mouth, dead brainless eyes! Closed mouth, intense, intelligent eyes that indicate actual sentient thought.

Again, good news for me and the new Batman franchise. (And those everywhere who dislike Miss Fox for whatever reason).

That is all.

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When did the Obama Administration become so Dangerous?

There is a video on Rawstory that shows footage from a town hall meeting with Michell Bachmann. In the video a man with “conservative Christian values” expresses concerns that the Obama administration will not leave office. That’s right this man, who explains that he is not a freak or a right wing nutcase is scared that “they” will not leave the White House.

Bachmann takes this sentiment one step further and starts talking about freedom and how it is threatened by the current administration, especially because of their proposed Health Care reform.

Now I know that Obama, for some reason, is being seen as a communist, a socialist, a fascist, (did I leave anything out?), but to think that his administration will not leave office when the time comes is pure stupidity and wackoness. This is America, and the people (left, right, center) will not stand for a government that refuses to relinquish power when the time comes. We are a nation of constitutional law (even though that has been trampled on by the previous administration and continues to be by the current one) and elected officials. There are too many nuts (and non nuts) with guns out there that would not accept a tyrannical government (which is what a government that refuses to step down is).

I wonder where this fear of the current administration comes from. Is it from people like Limbaugh and Beck and Palin and Bachmann and Buchannon? Is it due to the color of his skin? Is it because the administration is different (as in it is not Bush) and we as a country are having a hard time adapting to the new leadership? I don’t know, but I really wish that I (or someone) did. That might make it easier to get to the root of the problem and start having a discussion that did not rely on fearmongering and hatemongering tactics.

I cannot understand this man’s concern, try as I might. Sure, he is a conservative and he does not like the fact that he thinks the Obama administration is going to turn the country into some new form of the USSR, socialize everything, kill grandmas and babies, and wield power til the day he dies, but he is way off base. He is behaving as a reactionary chicken little running around yelling that the sky is falling and that our freedoms will be taken away because the Obama administration will not accept a legal election and abide by our nation’s laws.

I remember in November, before the election, that there was some talk of the Bush administration not stepping down because we were a nation at war and a change of leadership would send the wrong message to our enemies (or something like that). I did not buy into that obvious lie and fear mongering, just like I am not going to buy into this ridiculous hypothesis that Obama will be so drunk on power that he will refute the constitution and the American people and stay in office as long as he wants.

I am glad this man spoke out because he has that right, and he is exposing just how off the deep end some of the American people have gone. We are terrified of everyhting right now, seemingly even moreso than in the days right after 9/11. We are scared of the government, scared of health care reform, scared of illegal immigrants and swine flu and atheists and Muslims (not just the fanatical ones, either) Jews, the list goes on and on.

When we are as ruled by fear as we are (and we are, just look at the past eight years and the past eight months or so) rational thought and discourse becomes impossible. What should be a civilized and civil conversation about the issues facing the nation becomes nothing more than a screaming match filled with misinformation and outright lies. This is no way to conduct a conversation. In fact, it is impossible to conduct a conversation under these circumstances because as I tell my students, a conversation requires listening as well as talking, and right now nobody is listening.

I’m sure I am guilty of turning a deaf ear as well. Hell, I did in this post: I called the man concerned about the direction of this country a wacko and a fear monger. I am sorry for calling him names, but that does not change the fact that I think he is off base. He probably is not a wacko, and I apologize for labeling him so, but he should apologize for making such fear filled comments without any facts or evidence to support them. Obama has not even been president for a year yet, and already he is being hailed as the Grim Reaper of America. Under Obama, the America we once knew and loved is no more.

Well, of course that is bull. America is still America. We still have our constitution (battered and bruised as it is thanks in large part to G.W. Bush and Obama to a lesser extent) our elected officials, and our country. Nobody is taking it away from us (except maybe the Chinese because we owe them so much money). It is time that we as a country take a breath and once again start trying to have a real, rational, and meaningful conversation without the skewed fact, outright lies, and fear. We would all be better off if we were able to do so.

Obama Tags–A good “joke”

All Star Comedian Rex Rammell

All Star Comedian Rex Rammell

Rex Rammell (kind of sounds like Rommell, hmmm….), a long shot gubernatorial candidate from Idaho, and also a Republican, recently “joked” about buying “Obama tags.” These tags are a reference to hunter’s tags–licenses essentially to hunt and kill animals. Now, not to sound too bleeding heart or liberal (which I kind of am, and I am not ashamed of it) but REALLY?!? Is it really a joke? Is it okay to joke about something like buying hunting tags for the President of the United States of America? And was it really a joke, or is Rammel just trying to stem the damage caused by his irresponsible and violent promoting remarks?

You can read the articles that describe the situation in more detail here

And here

In the second article, he offers a kind of apology, saying:

“I was just being sarcastic. That was just a joke,” Rammell told the paper. “I would never support him being assassinated. “She kind of caught me off guard, to be honest with you.”

But when CBS 2 talked with Rammell, he said the paper got his words wrong.
“The comment didn’t come from me,” Rammell said. “A woman asked about Obama tags and I just joked back…” that you’d buy some, we asked? — “Yes. No, that we could sell some. They misquoted me.”

Now, it is possible that he was misquoted initially, but his “apology” is just as ridiculous as his statement. Oh I was being sarcastic. Oh, I wouldn’t buy Obama tags, but I would sell some (doesn’t that still encourage the idea of making hunting tags for the POTUS available to the public?).

It is time that people (Republicans and Democrats alike) start to realize that words have power, and that they should think before they speak. The woman caught him off guard. Ok, fine, but you know what anyone should do when we are caught off guard like that?

TAKE A BREATH!  It is called a pregnant pause. Use the time it affords to collect your thoughts so that you can make an appropriate non-inflammatory remark (assuming that is what you want to do in the first place). But since Rammell did not take a breath or the time to actually THINK about what he was saying he found himself encouraging (albeit in a discreet fashion) the idea that it is acceptable to assassinate the President.

I do not care that it was a Republican who said this about a Democrat President. I would feel the same if it had been a Democrat saying this about a Republican President. Mr. Rammell wants to become a political leader (the Governor of Idaho) and as such he needs to be mindful of what he says. He (supposedly) has supporters and followers who will take him seriously, and it doesn’t matter what his intent was (he was joking, remember?). Assassinating the POTUS is not something that should be joked about, especially on the public stage. Now, if he has said this in the comfort of his own home, in a private conversation, that w0uld be one thing. But he didn’t. He made these remarks in a public forum for all the world to hear, and that is unacceptable, especially considering the fact that people have been openly carrying firearms at town hall meetings, some of which Obama atteneded.

Rhetoric like this encourages violence, even if it was just a joke, and should be reigned it, not by the government per se (I believe in free speech and think that it is the most important right that we as American citizens have) but by the very people making these remarks. As I said before: THINK before you SPEAK. Maybe then you would say something (moderatley) intelligent and wouldn’t have to apologize for an ill-conceived and poorly received “joke.”

It can’t be true OR Please God No!

So some annoying  douchebag is reporting via his vlog, or at least what I suppose is a vlog since it is a video of him addressing “the Internet”, that some other source is reporting that Christopher Nolan wants Megan Fox to play Catwoman in his third Batman installment: “Jumping the Shark.”

My distaste for Ms. Fox has not been well documented on this blog, though I did have that one post about how I wished she would stop posing for pictures with her mouth half open. Actually, I cannot really comment on whether or not she has any acting ability (but hey, she was in the Transformers movies, so the chances that she is nothing but a pretty face are pretty good) because I have not watched a single movie with her in it. Still, with the caliber of actors that have appeared in the new Batman franchise…Morgan Freeman, Rutger Hauer, Gary Oldman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Nesson, Heath Ledger…Fox seems like a poor choice, only chosen because she would “look hot in leather.”. Hell, the woman cannot even pose for a picture without looking like a deadbrain, and there is (possible) consideration that she would be playing one of the more interesting characters in the Batman canon.

I have no doubt that Fox would look good in the Catwoman costume, but how she looks is not as important to me as how she acts. Michelle Pfeifer was excellent as Catwoman, for two reasons. 1: She was sexy as hell in that vinyl/latex getup. and 2: More importantly, she put in a good performance as the insecure yet vicious villainess. But then again, Pfeifer is a bona fide actress, and not just another dime a dozen “it girl.” Like I said, I cannot really comment on whether or not Fox can act, but I will make a completely unfounded, and yet somehow still educated guess and say that she can’t.

Of course this whole thing is a rumor, and hopefully has no weight behind it. But anything is possible, especially considering that Scarlet Johansson has been cast to play a Russian Ballerina (the Black Widow) in the upcoming Iron Man sequel. Shudder.

Bachmann the Hypocrite? No surprise there.

Representative Michelle Bachmann, a right wing strongly religiously convicted woman who opposes the very air that President Obama breathes has come out and said:

“under no certain circumstances will I give the government control over my body and my health care decisions.” I find this hilarious and hypocritical for the same reason. Bachmann, being an extreme right religiost is against Roe v Wade and the government sanction of abortion. In fact, she wants the government to pass laws that prohibit abortion.

That’s right, she wants the government to keep their hands off her body, but she also wants it to mandate that abortion be illegal. It is hypocrisy plain and simple. She doesn’t want the gov to tell her what to do with her body (in terms of health care) but she wants them to tell ALL American women that they cannot have an abortion.

I am not surprised or shocked, just amused. But what gets me is that she is likely to inspire a lot of others like her to shout at the government “keep your (health care) hands off my body, while encouraging lawmakers to make abortion illegal, thereby ensuring that government is in fact putting their hands on a woman’s body, in terms of tying their hands and forcing them to carry the baby to full term.

And there is this choice called life, that she refers to several times in the video above, which is what health care reform will help realize. Reform (meaningful reform anyway) will help realize and perpetuate the choice of life because the more health care we have access to, the more possible it is for us to be healthy, and if we are healthy we are alive, and have chosen life. But again, Bachmann is a hypocrite and wants to deny millions of Americans the right to cheaper and more accessible health care. If it really is about “life and humanity” then she should be rallying behind the health care reform movement, and not fighting it.

More Gun Craziness

Guns seem to be the theme of the day for me today. I don’t know why, but maybe it is because I have now read three crazy ass gun stories in the past hour. The first two can be found in the post below this one. But here’s a doozy of one that kind of proves my point about how guns should not be allowed on college campuses anywhere (not just in Michigan).

The Story

All right, so this guy in Boise Idaho,Challis McAffee, the Republican Party chairman of Boise County, was photographing a house whose owner was delinquent on the mortgage. He was doing his job as a contractor for Wells Fargo. When the homeowner came out to ask what was going on (why was the man taking photographs of his house?–seems like a reasonable question for a homeowner to ask).

A verbal confrontation ensued and ended with McAffee pulling a .357 magnum on the homeowner in an attempt to “de-escalate” the confrontation. I guess it worked because apparently the homeowner went inside, called the police, and McAffee was later arrested by the police for his actions.

This is just insane though. There does not seem to be any reason why McAffee had to pull his gun. The homeowner was unarmed and acting within his rights to question somebody on his property. Sure, he may have been hostile, but at the moment it does not appear that he layed hands on McAffee or demonstrated any intent to harm him. He did smack the window of McAffee’s vehicle, so I suppose that could be considered intent to harm, but in the same manner as me stomping my foot and shouting at someone I am in an argument with.

Still, McAffee thought the right and prudent thing to do was to pull his gun and point it at the person on whose property he was trespassing. I guess  the homeowner is lucky that he was not the one taking photographs of McAffee’s house because there is a real possibility that Challis would have shot him for being on his property without permission, and then asked him why he was there.

I know there is no evidence for that claim, but if the man was willing to pull his gun on, and point it at, a man on his own property, it is not much of a stretch to think that McAffee would have any compunctions about shooting first if someone were trespassing on his property.

I assume that McAffee had a legal permit and right to carry the weapons since he was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, without the additional charge of carrying and illegally concealed firearm. And again, this speaks to my thoughts in the post about guns below this one, in fact it is a nice illustration about my point of how rational people sometimes act irrationally–and McAffee wasn’t even drunk. Imagine if he had been, or if he had been a little less reasonable and had actually fired the weapon.

Thankfully he did not and no one was hurt, but acts like this do not help the argument that only responsible and vetted people are issued concealed weapons permits, and thus they know how to handle themselves and guns, as well as the two of them together. Even responsible, clear minded people lose it some times, and if they happen to have a gun they could prove a major danger to the people around them.