GESTURES OF APPRECIATION
Because we're all fans at heart
Featuring Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, Tom Holland as Spiderman, and Michael Keaton as Vulture.
To be honest, I was rather surprised at the news because I thought he'd already expired several years ago. I guess this was a reminder that he hadn't, but...in any case, he has now.
FL Senator Marco Rubio, himself the son of Cuban immigrants, issued a statement
on the dictator's death; I'll let him take it from here.
Marco Rubio wrote:
Rubio: History Will Remember Fidel Castro as an Evil, Murderous Dictator
Nov 26 2016
Miami, FL – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement regarding the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro:
“Fidel Castro seized power promising to bring freedom and prosperity to Cuba, but his communist regime turned it into an impoverished island prison. Over six decades, millions of Cubans were forced to flee their own country, and those accused of opposing the regime were routinely jailed and even killed.
“Sadly, Fidel Castro's death does not mean freedom for the Cuban people or justice for the democratic activists, religious leaders, and political opponents he and his brother have jailed and persecuted. The dictator has died, but the dictatorship has not. And one thing is clear, history will not absolve Fidel Castro; it will remember him as an evil, murderous dictator who inflicted misery and suffering on his own people.
“The future of Cuba ultimately remains in the hands of the Cuban people, and now more than ever Congress and the new administration must stand with them against their brutal rulers and support their struggle for freedom and basic human rights.”
Senator Ted Cruz, also a son of Cuban immigrants, issued a statement
Ted Cruz wrote:
President Obama's official statement
Sen. Cruz's Statement in Reaction to Fidel Castro's Death
November 26, 2016
HOUSTON, Texas -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement in reaction to the death of Fidel Castro:
"Fidel Castro's death cannot bring back his thousands of victims, nor can it bring comfort to their families. Today we remember them and honor the brave souls who fought the lonely fight against the brutal Communist dictatorship he imposed on Cuba."
, not surprisingly, struck a much more neutral tone.
Elsewhere, Cuban-Americans danced and celebrated on the streets of Miami.
I guess today must officially be Trailer Day or something, huh? iframe
As disappointing as I found the two previous standalone Wolverine movies, I must admit this does look interesting, particularly with the confirmed presence of Xavier, X-23 and Mr. Sinister. The post-credits scene at the end of Apocalypse
makes a lot more sense now, as well.
Wow, this actually looks kinda cool...and the last Nintendo console I gave half a crap about was the GameCube. iframe
Blue Merle Yondu is back.
- So is Nebula.
- How is that tape not warped beyond belief? 'Cause that happens, you know.
- Drax still doesn't wear a shirt. But now he's much more...uhh..."sensitive".
- Mini-Groot is still growing.
- I am excite.
I will let this speak for itself. iframe
So yesterday, my Mom's laptop got taken down with this
. Or something very similar to it.
So that sucks.
Another one of cinema's great comedic talents has passed away aged 83. Gene Wilder died of complications arising from Alzheimer's.
Though I enjoyed his performance in Blazing Saddles, I know what we're all thinking when we picture the man. iframe Rest in peace in that giant chocolate factory in the sky, old friend.
How do we not have a thread for this yet? I must have dropped the ball.
Trailer 1: iframe
Well, since the nominations are pretty much officially official, now... iframe
Sorry for no block quote but this literally just happened, and the story is being updated by numerous sources as I type this. The upshot is that some asshole deliberately drove a truck through a large crowd gathered for a Bastille Day celebration in Nice, injuring at least 100 and the death toll at this moment is up to 60. Something very dire may be underway in France at this moment...
And the very next fucking day after our nation celebrated its independence, the Obama administration effectively announced that every member of it is officially exempt from all laws.
I will let Ben Shapiro of Daily Wire explain in detail.
Daily Wire wrote:
Hillary Clinton: Too Big To Jail
By: Ben Shapiro
July 6, 2016
On Monday America celebrated the 240th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which condemned King George III for "(obstructing) the Administration of Justice." On Tuesday the American left celebrated as the federal government obstructed the administration of justice on behalf of one of its ruling families, the Clintons.
Last week the attorney general of the United States met with former President Bill Clinton, whose wife and foundation were under FBI investigation. They both insisted nothing untoward happened. Days later The New York Times reported that Hillary Clinton might offer Lynch a position in her administration.
Over the holiday weekend the Obama administration announced that President Obama would fly to North Carolina with Clinton aboard Air Force One in order to campaign with her. Americans would, in part, foot the bill for the travel.
On Tuesday FBI Director James Comey called a supposedly impromptu press conference to announce his findings in the investigation of Clinton's private email server. He began by announcing that nobody knew what he was about to say, which seems implausible given that Obama was preparing to go onstage with Clinton at the time. Is it even within the realm of imagination that Obama would stand next to Clinton hours after Comey announced the intent to prosecute her? Of course not.
Then, Comey proceeded to lay out all the reasons why Clinton should have been indicted: She set up multiple private email servers, all of which were vulnerable to hack; she did not set them up in order to use one mobile device, as she has so often stated; she transmitted and received highly classified material; her team deleted emails that could have contained relevant and classified information; she knew that classified information was crossing her server. He concluded that Clinton's team was "extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information."
This was all criminal activity.
But Clinton is a member of the Royal Family. Thus, said Comey, she was innocent. Comey tried to say he wouldn't recommend prosecution because she didn't have the requisite intent, but the law doesn't require intent; it requires merely "gross negligence" under 18 U.S.C. 793. In fact, even the level of intent required to charge under statutes like 18 U.S.C. 1924 and 18 U.S.C. 798 was clearly met: the intent to place classified information in a non-approved, non-classified place.
Nonetheless, Clinton would be allowed to roam free -- and become president. "To be clear," Comey intoned, "this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now."
One rule for the peons, one for the potentates.
This is the Wilsonian legacy, finally achieved after a century of waiting: the Big Man (or Woman), unanswerable to the law, approved by the population without regard to equality under the law. We now elect our dictators. And they are unanswerable to us -- except, presumably, once every four years. The commonfolk, on the other hand, find themselves on the wrong side of the government gun every day.
Tyranny doesn't start with jackboots. It begins with the notion that a different law applies to the powerful than to the powerless. Under Barack Obama tyranny has become a way of life. Ronald Reagan always said that freedom was one generation away from extinction. It looks like we've finally found that generation.
This was all as predictable as it is infuriating, sadly. When the director of the FBI can stand up and outline in detail all of the reasons why a specific individual should
be prosecuted, but then essentially say "...but we're not gonna," and leave it at that, then the rule of law is officially dead and buried.
I really wish more Democrats were willing to take a long, serious look at exactly what lengths their party is willing to go to in order to gain, and keep, power.
What the title says.
Bombing that killed more than 200 deadliest attack in Baghdad in years
By Mohammed Tawfeeq, Joe Sterling, Tiffany Ap and Hamdi Alkhshali, CNN
Updated 5:20 PM ET, Mon July 4, 2016
(CNN) - More than a day after a suicide truck bomb ripped through Baghdad, families are still hoping that rescuers searching through the rubble can locate the bodies of their loved ones.
The bombing early Sunday in a busy shopping district was the deadliest single attack in Iraq's war-weary capital in years, killing at least 215 people, Mohamed al-Rubaye, deputy head of the security committee of the Baghdad Provincial Council, said Monday on Afaq TV.
Crews remain at the scene in the Karrada neighborhood where the blast occurred, trying to pull bodies from the devastation. Around 175 people were wounded, Rubaye said.
And 81 of the bodies are so charred, DNA testing will need to be conducted to identify them, he said.
One couple at the scene were searching for their teenage son who had gone to a cafe with his friends to celebrate his birthday.
Another man was looking for five relatives, including children, who were buying new clothes for Eid-al-Fitr -- the celebration that marks the end of Ramadan on Tuesday.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest in a string of assaults during the holy month for Muslims, a period of fasting and prayer, and also a time when jihadists launch operations against those they regard as their enemies.
A second bomb exploded Sunday at an outdoor market in the Shaab neighborhood of southeastern Baghdad, killing one person and wounding five others, police said.
Both Baghdad strikes are a sign of the Sunni-Shiite tension in the Muslim world. Sunni-dominated ISIS claimed it was targeting Shiite neighborhoods. Karrada and Shaab are predominately Shiite neighborhoods.
ISIS said it would carry out more terror attacks during Ramadan. The Baghdad bombing came after massacres at a cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, and security targets in Yemen. There have also been recent suicide attacks in Jordan and Lebanon.
Last month, a gunman shot up a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, an attacker killed a police commander and his partner in France, and four Israelis were killed at a Tel Aviv market.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for some of these attacks, while the terror group inspired others, authorities said.
A recent wave of suicide bombings also struck three Saudi Arabian cities over a 24-hour period ending Monday. The attacks occurred near the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, near a Shiite mosque in Qatif, and in Medina, the holy city, where four people were killed. Analysts suspect ISIS could be behind the strikes.
The story may be updated further and there is additional information at the original link.
Were I to attempt an honest assessment of the current national trajectory of the USA, this post would consist of me tying a length of barbed wire around my neck and jumping off a bridge. So instead, I will quote a much more inspiring article written by Spyridon Mitsotakis for Conservative Review.
Spyridon Mitsotakis wrote:
What My Grandfather Taught Me About America
By: Spyridon Mitsotakis
| July 03, 2016
My appreciation for the greatness of America's founding was first instilled in me by my grandfather, Antonio Gimenez. Born in Puerto Rico in the early 1920s, he and seven of his brothers are combat veterans from WWII, along with two more brothers who (to their dismay) were ineligible for combat but served the Army in in non-combat roles, and two sisters who served in the Women's Army Corps (WAC). Twelve in all!
My grandfather landed at Normandy on D-Day, fought in many of the major battles in Europe, and even met my grandmother in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. He never likes to talk about the war, but his patriotism is irrepressible.
He never forgot what he was fighting for, and revered the founders for their vision of a society dedicated to liberty. His favorite anecdote about America's greatness was how anyone, any single individual
, who had been wronged by the government had the right - guaranteed by law - to stand up for himself and challenge the government. This is the complete polar opposite of the fascism he fought against, a system where the individual is nothing and completely expendable to the interests of the state.
This is the true spirit of the American Revolution. What made the colonists revolt against the British crown was not so much the taxes but the fact that laws were being imposed without the consent of the governed, and that peaceful attempts to redress grievances were met with military occupation.
In 1780, with the war still ongoing, the people of Massachusetts were asked to ratify a state constitution. They refused every draft until one was constructed that recognized the sovereignty of the individual and derived authority from the consent of the governed. It was there that the term "We the people" originated. And the best method of securing and ensuring individual liberty was the central issue in the ratification debates of the constitution. (For more, see Ratification: The people debate the Constitution, 1787-1788
by Pauline Maier)
This individuality and the way it pervades everyday life was the central, shocking discovery of Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America
The other key to our founding is the principals of Judeo-Christian values, and - unless you are a leftist intent on distorting the words of Thomas Jefferson's Danbury Letter - it is impossible to miss this:
- Benjamin Rush: "I proceed...to enquire what mode of education we shall adopt so as to secure to the state all the advantages that are to be derived from the proper instruction of youth; and here I beg leave to remark, that the only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments."
- George Washington: "Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that National morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."
- James Madison: "The belief in a God All Powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the different characters and capacities impressed with it."
The best recent summation of the ideals of America comes from Norman Podhoretz in the October 2012 issue of Hillsdale College's Imprimis, in a speech
titled "Is America Exceptional?":
Norman Podhoretz wrote:
First of all, unlike all other nations past or present, this one accepted as a self-evident truth that all men are created equal. What this meant was that its Founders aimed to create a society in which, for the first time in the history of the world, the individual’s fate would be determined not by who his father was, but by his own freely chosen pursuit of his own ambitions. In other words, America was to be something new under the sun: a society in which hereditary status and class distinctions would be erased, leaving individuals free to act and to be judged on their merits alone. There remained, of course, the two atavistic contradictions of slavery and the position of women; but so intolerable did these contradictions ultimately prove that they had to be resolved—even if, as in the case of the former, it took the bloodiest war the nation has ever fought.
Secondly, in all other countries membership or citizenship was a matter of birth, of blood, of lineage, of rootedness in the soil. Thus, foreigners who were admitted for one reason or another could never become full-fledged members of the society. But America was the incarnation of an idea, and therefore no such factors came into play. To become a full-fledged American, it was only necessary to pledge allegiance to the new Republic and to the principles for which it stood.
Thirdly, in all other nations, the rights, if any, enjoyed by their citizens were conferred by human agencies: kings and princes and occasionally parliaments. As such, these rights amounted to privileges that could be revoked at will by the same human agencies. In America, by contrast, the citizen’s rights were declared from the beginning to have come from God and to be “inalienable”—that is, immune to legitimate revocation.
This July 4th, many of us will have the sad shadow of this election hanging over it - where the leading candidates are so far removed from our founding ideals that both agree on government control of healthcare. If our damn politicians cannot restore our republic - then we should give the Article 5 convention of states
strong consideration. If our former rivals - now dear friends - in England can have a democratic uprising to bypass their political elites and restore their rights, then so can we.
June 24, 2016
So, in a national referendum, Great Britain has apparently voted to withdraw from the European Union.
Personally, I think this is great news; the EU was a terrible idea to begin with, and in the larger context of everything else that's going on in the world, I think for the British people to reassert their national sovereignty is a good thing. There will probably be some short-term bumps in the road, but in the long run, I think this will prove to have been the right decision
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