They Live – He Doesn’t

I don’t think Roddy Piper would mind me using that as a title. He always seemed to have fun with his persona and movie career. 

WWE wrestling legend ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper has died at his California home at the age of 61, the athlete’s agent told Variety Friday.

“Rod passed peacefully in his sleep last night,” Jay Schacter told the publication in an e-mail.

The WWE confirmed to the Associated Press that Piper died Friday.

Piper suffered a heart attack shortly before his death, Variety said.

The wrestler joined the WWE in 1984 after spending a number of years with the National Wrestling Alliance.

He is survived by his wife, Kitty, and four children.

Born Roderick George Toombs in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, he was well known for his bouts with fellow wrestler Hulk Hogan.

 

He was a very entertaining wrestler, he will be missed by many fans.

Signs of Decline…

…every civilization has declined in time. The signs are usually obvious in hind sight. Sometimes though they are so startlingly clear it boggles the mind.

Syfy tells Adweek exclusively that it has green-lit a third movie in its increasingly silly Sharknado franchise before even airing the second one (official title: The Second One).

The first flick cost the network a scant $250,000, a cost repaid in social chatter and fan love. Now the network has committed to a third film to be set in a yet-to-be-determined city, presumably with the rest of the principal cast from Sharknado and Sharknado 2: The Second One, provided no airborne carnivorous fish spend their last moments on Earth munching on Tara Reid or Ian Ziering between now and then.

And it isn’t just that they approved the movie but the fact that the movies made money. I may have to study Revelations to see if this isn’t listed as a sign of the end of times.

Monday Meandering Thoughts

Sports

Well, Green Bay let the game slip through their fingers. Seattle simply out played them in the last part of the game; when it mattered the most, the Packers couldn’t close the deal.

 

Entertainment

I missed much of the game – apparently tuning in just in time to see the Seattle come back – because She Who Lets Me Make Her Coffee Every Morning and I were out seeing the record breaking American Sniper movie. Along with just about every gun blogger and a large part of the country.
I wonder if the movie industry is going to pay any attention to these two little tidbits.

The largest R-rated four-day weekend ever. The previous record for the restricted rating was Hangover Part II which made $103.4 million over the Memorial Day holiday weekend in 2011.

 

Hmm, could it be that people are trying to tell the industry something about the types of movies they really wants ?

Sleeping in

Not this weekend. Normally get up on Sundays for church but some Saturdays I can get a few extra hours in; this weekend was one of the times I couldn’t. Was up, out of the house and setting up at the Gun Club at 7:00 a.m. in the morning. Having to make sure we get set up for Orientation class really early; some applicants got there before the club volunteers and the sheer number of applicants is starting to push our processes. We had another 34 new members attend Class. Despite the considerable investment in technology (more on that in another post), we still have the typical slow downs of getting people checked in, money collected etc. What worked in the past “Please show up 5 minutes before class starts” has now turned into “15 to 30 minutes before“. We still get everyone through the process in under 4 hours but sometimes we get really close to that 4 hour mark.

Wonder if the board would approve us moving the Orientation class to 1:00 p.m. just so I could sleep in a little longer on Class dates?

Media Coverage

This really struck home in two events this weekend; both happening in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex

Teenager dies in crash in North Richland Hills

A North Richland Hills teenager died in a crash Saturday night.

The crash happened just after 7:00 p.m. in the 5500 block of Snow Drive in North Richland Hills, according to North Richland Hill police Public Information Officer Jeff Williams. Williams says 15 year old Kendall Clark was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by her mother. The mother made a left turn and her vehicle was broadsided. Kendall’s mother is listed in critical condition in a local hospital. The driver and passenger in the second vehicle were treated for injuries at the scene but did not require hospitalization

And

Colleyville dad arrested for shooting daughter in the hand

A Colleyville man is in jail for shooting his daughter in the hand.

Colleyville Police say 53-year-old Steven Johnson was showing his gun to some friends who were visiting his house when it went off.

Officials say Johnson’s 10-year-old daughter was in the next room and was hit in the hand. The child was taken to the Baylor Emergency Medical Center but had to be later Care Flighted to Children’s Medical Center of Dallas for care.

She suffered a broken bone in her hand and was treated.

Johnson was arrested for injury to a child (a state jail felony) and was booked into the Keller Jail. He does not have a criminal history.

 

Notice any difference between the two reports? (My sympathies goes out to both families, especially of the teen girl who lost her life.)
Still not a lot of information on the traffic fatality but no reports mention speeding or failure to yield by the car that struck the mom’s car. That leads me to believe the Mom was likely at fault in the collision. Not one mention of her criminal history, not one mention of her being booked into jail.

The father who negligently handled and discharged a firearm? Oh, yeah — his past is being brought up and rightfully being changed with a crime for his actions.
Which negligent behavior will the antis focus on ? Of course the firearm related incident even though there was no loss of life; why well because “gun death“.

And what will the media continue to focus on days for days afterwards? Without a doubt the story that had no fatality. An anti-gun bias or agenda doesn’t have to be blunt; simply choosing which story to follow, which words to use  — notice the man is in jail for shooting his daughter but the teenager ‘died’ and the mom ‘made a left turn and her vehicle was broadsided’.

 

Hope you had a great weekend.

 

Got Nothing — Here’s an Implosion

I really don’t do too many ‘cute cat/dog’ videos so I have to find something else to entertain when my brain isn’t working well.

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Who doesn’t like a good implosion eh?

Why Can’t We Get Along?

Because we can’t even agree on the meaning of basic and common words.

The last time Frank Rich had a conversation with Chris Rock was in early 1996, when they and the 1950s teen heartthrob Pat Boone were thrown together in a New York television studio as panelists on Bill Maher’s old show Politically Incorrect. This time they had two conversations in a New York hotel lounge as Rock prepared for the release of Top Five, a bittersweet film comedy in which he does triple duty as director, screenwriter, and star.

We’ve just come through an election that was a triumph for Fox News and a fiasco for Obama. What do you make of it?

Jon Stewart has said the reason Fox News works better than CNN is because the people at Fox News figured out how to make themselves into victims.

Fox News portrays themselves as victims? I can see some of that; a few of the commentators play that aspect (cough** Bill O’Reilly** cough) too often for my taste. Which is why i don’t often watch that show. But come on, CNN specializes and positively luxuriates in throwing out the victim card so often the writing has worn off it.

 

So will it now be harder for Republicans to play victims?

They have no problem playing victims.

Even in victory?

Even in victory. America — not black America, but America as a whole — started in England and was ruled by kings and queens and had a class system. I’m almost of the mind that that’s what America wants at the end of the day. Maybe America wants monopolies.

Chris, do you know what the word ‘monopoly’  means? Perhaps you were thinking of “monarchy”?

They always seem to want a Bush or a Clinton.

Maybe they just want a Bush. Maybe they want no regulations. It’s hard for me to figure out people voting against their own self-interests. At some point you go, Okay: Is that what they want?

 

Two points on this really stands out. First the straw man argument that we want no regulation. Makes it easy to say ‘Hey, it is just one small regulation/law/restriction” and ignore the thousands of others already on the books.
Seconds, not everyone only votes based on self interest – perhaps that is a little insight into the mind of Chris Rock ? A psychological slip letting us know what is his primary focus when voting.
Most of the people I know don’t just vote for what works best for us; we consider society in general, we consider the history and values of our country, we consider the principles upon which America was founded and try to vote for the candidate or positions that best reflect that.
Sometimes it is directly contrary to our best interests; we vote that way because it is good for us in the long run but also because we know there has to be some give and take in the process. Frankly, I wouldn’t want to live in any place that voted only for the people’s own self interest; be the people conservative or liberal.

 

Is it possible that they’re just angry, whether it’s anger at Obama or Washington in general, and they just want to lash out? If you’re angry, you don’t rationally consider what’s in your self-interest.

Maybe. But we had Bush for eight years. They saw what that was. Apparently a lot of people want to go back to that. A lot of people think rich people are smart.

 

Another straw man argument…..unfortunately only partially. Yes some people want to go back to ‘the Bush years’. Personally I would love to go back further than that but let’s start with Bush and then repeal the PATRIOT Act and other grievous harms to our rights. Let’s roll back the ‘War on Drugs’, the “War on Terror” took too many cues from that power grab. Let’s roll back the restrictive regulations that keep on growing no matter if there is a -D or -R after the Presidents name. Yes, I want to go back….but not in anger. Not at any race, not at any political party, nor any social class (which is why the liberals amaze me at how focused they are on class warfare — often attacking the rich.)

And notice also the implication that conservative = rich.

For all the current conversation about income inequality, class is still sort of the elephant in the room.

Oh, people don’t even know. If poor people knew how rich rich people are, there would be riots in the streets. If the average person could see the Virgin Airlines first-class lounge, they’d go, “What? What? This is food, and it’s free, and they … what? Massage? Are you kidding me?”

Again this is a case of absolutely not understanding what a word means. Chris if you think that food in the lounges is ‘free’ you need to go back to grade school; learn the meaning of words and then take a few business or economic classes. just for kicks and grins; I priced a trip from Dallas to LA. on Virgin Airlines.

Main Cabin — $268, Main Cabin Select – -$603, First Class – $903.

Guess that pays for that food in the lounge Chris?
And if you are so concerned about income inequality what are you doing about it? $70,000,000 would go along way in helping a lot of folks out.

 

What do you make of the attempt to bar Bill Maher from speaking at Berkeley for his riff on Muslims?3

Well, I love Bill, but I stopped playing colleges, and the reason is because they’re way too conservative.

 

Colleges are too conservative in their views ! Do you even know the difference between conservative and liberal !!!!

 

In their political views?

Not in their political views — not like they’re voting Republican — but in their social views and their willingness not to offend anybody. Kids raised on a culture of “We’re not going to keep score in the game because we don’t want anybody to lose.” Or just ignoring race to a fault. You can’t say “the black kid over there.” No, it’s “the guy with the red shoes.” You can’t even be offensive on your way to being inoffensive.

 

Speech codes on college campuses are very much a liberal mentality and policy !! Come on Chris, if you are going to blame the conservatives; at least make it something remotely connected to conservatives.

Victimization, Free, Conservative, — just a few of the many examples of words twisted beyond all belief. Now I know this isn’t just a liberal trait, some conservatives do it also. I just see it more on the left side of the political spectrum then the right side. How can we possible learn to get alone if we can’t even agree on the basic meanings of the words we use?

Please join the discussion. 

 

Terminator; Yet another Reason…

….not to trust them; “Never trust anyone over 30”. Hard to believe the movie came out in 1884

Remember when the 21st century seemed like an eternity away?

In the latter half of the last century, Hollywood got pretty imaginative guessing what awaited us in the near-future, with ray guns or hoverboards or some other gadget that is still, in 2014, years or decades away from even having the chance of becoming commonplace.

Some of these films, like 1989’s “Back to the Future Part II” (which depicted flying cars as a popular form of transportation in the year 2015) took an optimistic approach, while others (take 1982’s grim “Blade Runner”) held a more dystopian view — as was certainly the case with one of the most ground-breaking sci-fi films of that era, 1984’s “The Terminator.”

It was on one of the ‘classic’ movie channels a week or so back and I tuned in for kicks and grins. It is much easier to believe the passage of time looking at the way people dressed (thank goodness there are few pictures of me from that time period) and the guns used in the movie.

While some guns have maintained their value; how they are used has changed considerably.

This Smith & Wesson Model 15 no longer is representative of the duty gun most law enforcement officers carry. Some firearms like the Franchi S.P.A.S 12 fell victim to the ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban of 1994 and problems with the safeties.
Still looking back at the movie, it was and is one of the best movies that got people interested in shooting. Yeah, it was cheesy and hokey but it did show ordinary people handling firearms and doing okay. It showed interesting firearms and accessories; like the laser sight and the UZI.

I was able to avoid buying any guns based on the movie (or any other movie for that matter); mostly because I was in the Air Force and poor at the time.

So the question is, did this movie or one like it influence you to start shooting or purchase any firearms?

 

 

Chopped -Kids Edition

Was watching one of the food networks and caught one of the cooking competition shows called Chopped.

This one has the basket of Iran’s that had to be included in the appetizers, entree, and dessert round. Tonight’s show featured fourth and fifth grade kids. I was struck by the these kids, at 10 and 11, were better sports than many of the adults on other episodes.

And they were definitely better cooks than I am. Amazing the dishes they put together.