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My Favorite Part of 2008
04/24/14, 02:07

As much as people hate on the ACA, the ACA we got does a lot of actual good for people, and it's a miracle we got anything at all. We had zero votes to spare in the Senate, and if four Democrats had voted the other way, the ACA wouldn't have cleared the House.

Thanks to the ACA, insurance companies can't jack up premiums for pre-existing conditions or for being a woman; they can't refuse treatment for pre-existing conditions; they have to cover preventive care; and they have to offer insurance to individuals at lower rates than have traditionally been available (which are subject to subsidies as well to make them even more affordable). These are all tremendous improvements.

Yes, insurance companies are still for-profit, but the ACA curbs that as well: 80%-85% of premiums paid have to go to paying medical bills; any profits come out of the remaining 15%-20%, after rent, utilities, salaries, equipment, and so on. If an insurance company wants to double its profits, it has to take in twice as many premiums and pay twice as many peoples' medical bills, and I don't see how that's a bad thing.
My Favorite Part of 2008
04/24/14, 02:00

"Indiscriminately killing people with drones"? Even Pakistan says that the overwhelming majority of people killed by drones are either terrorists or militants:

http://www.juancole.com/2014/01/recorded-official-document.html

"The Pakistani government has made a series of statements on drone casualties: in March last year, officials at the Foreign Affairs ministry told UN expert Ben Emmerson, who was carrying out an investigation into drones, that at least 400 civilians and possibly 600 were among 2,200 drone casualties."

So yes, those 400-600 are a tragedy -- something like 1 in 4 people killed by drones. But let's bear in mind those are killings for the entirety of the drone program, as we have been trying to go after al Qaeda. Meanwhile, last year alone, al Qaeda is responsible for killing over 7800 civilians in Iraq according to the UN:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-25568687

If you want to look at indiscriminate killings, look to what al Qaeda is doing, in marketplace bombings and the like. Then bear in mind that we are going after them with drones precisely because they are into deliberately killing civilians, the higher death toll the better. Compare 600 civilians over a decade to 7800 in a single year; maybe it's not such a grand strategy to give al Qaeda free rein. Doing so certainly wouldn't show any genuine concern for civilians.

When one Pakistani granny gets killed in a field, it's front page news. How many grannies get killed because al Qaeda sets off a bomb in a marketplace? I say that, if you're really genuinely concerned about protecting civilians, you also have to take into account that the guys we're going after are trying to kill as many civilians as they can, and we at least try to minimize civilian casualties.
Tom Waits hits on a chick at a party
04/23/14, 18:15

I wouldn't say the comic (mostly tie-ins with "Flaming Carrot") was a masterpiece, but at least it didn't go the lazy route of Guy Who Pretends He Has Powers To Impress Girls (Ben Stiller) or Elaborate Costume With Hilariously Incongruous Sneakers (Hank Azaria). It just sort of wandered off down its own path, like lots of independent / underground comics of the 80s did. It wasn't good or bad, it mostly just was, and your enjoyment most likely tracked with whether you bought into the creator's (Bob Burden's) vision of absurdist humor.

In the comics, Mr. Furious was a fearless brawler type, who would get so angry that he'd become bulletproof. He wouldn't have taken kindly to Ben Stiller's snarky, ironically self-aware character. On the other hand, the movie version of the Shoveler (a guy who was really good at shoveling and wore his kids' little league equipment for protection) was much better than the comic version, who was a guy who possessed King Arthur's shovel. And Janeane Garofalo looked very much like a character Bob Burden would draw, especially the eyes; I always wondered if that was deliberate.

I GOT OPINIONS
Tom Waits hits on a chick at a party
04/23/14, 08:53

Way inferior to the original comic, unfortunately. (Except for the Shoveler, he was great.) The point of the Mystery Men wasn't that they were wacky inept heroes, they were more like what you'd get if the blue collar workers at the corner bar got powers rather than dashing educated types. Odd power sets too, like Bondo Man the Man of Living Bondo, or Jumpin' Jehosephat.

One of the earliest depictions of the Mystery Men:

http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_large/0/4/25514-3579-28357-1-flaming-carrot-comic.jpg

That's from the issue where they had to fight an army of cloned Hitler feet. Well, one of the issues.
50 short and sweet scares.
04/23/14, 04:07

Like the one at 1:50 -- that's how 'Track of the Moon Beast" should have played out. "Aaaah", smack, The Band That Played California Lady, end credits.
50 short and sweet scares.
04/23/14, 03:46

The best parts were when the scare resulted in immediate reprisal, Tyrone the Monster Slayer style:

http://www.poetv.com/video.php?vid=25399
Lorde's Royals sung by huge clown with voice like Tom Jones
04/22/14, 20:49

At the risk of sounding sexist, I really don't think men look as good in makeup as women do.
Victoria Jackson sings 'The Atheist'
04/22/14, 14:59

And yes, you've more or less got the story of Power Girl and Vartox down. Power Girl thought he was trying to sleep with her, when it turns out he just needed to utilize her healthy fertile womanly potential to jump-start that of the women on his world.

OR SOME SHIT.
Victoria Jackson sings 'The Atheist'
04/22/14, 14:33

Vartox! He was explicitly modeled after Sean Connery as Zardoz.
Lorde's Royals sung by huge clown with voice like Tom Jones
04/22/14, 12:23

Christopher Walken?
Batman Beyond Batman 75th Anniversary Short
04/21/14, 09:07

Can't use "https:" Youtube links, they've got to be "http".
Batman Beyond Batman 75th Anniversary Short
04/21/14, 05:19

Oh wouldja look at that: I'd typed out my Odysseus thing before oddeye even posted.
Batman Beyond Batman 75th Anniversary Short
04/21/14, 05:19

What Unmerciful Crushing Force said. And to me at least, there is something inherently cool about a guy whose intelligence, training, courage, and creativity can best anything you throw at him.

As for Mark Hamill (the Joker) and Kevin Conroy (Batman), I don't know that anyone is saying they are the equivalent of Olivier for their voice work. But they do their roles very, very well. Conroy has exactly the right amount of growl in his voice, while Hamill uses different laughs for different moods; it all works.

Somewhere, there is somebody sniffing contemptuously and thinking, "how shameful that adults enjoy children's entertainment when they should be reading classic Greek literature". Well let's take a look at perhaps the most celebrated character of Greek literature -- Odysseus -- and what he brings to the table: he's a mortal man whose intelligence, training, courage, and creativity can best anything you throw at him. So basically, Batman. The main differences are that he settled the crime problem in Ithaca all in one afternoon, and dressed as an old man rather than a bat.
Adam West shills for AOL
04/20/14, 22:43

One good thing about the Internet, I think. Back in the day, Adam West was just a washed-up star that existed so you could trot him out and laugh at him. These days, all an Adam West has to do is Tweet about their hobbies, or otherwise present themselves on some human level, and people connect with them.

It's kind of the opposite of what we do with celebrities who are riding high, where we look for opportunities to take them down a peg, even if they've done nothing to call for it.
The Natural Living Man in Court
04/20/14, 11:10

I meant that the proper currency for a good post about wrestling oughtn't be bulbs or stars, but folding chairs. If "steel chairs" is the preferred term, so be it.
The Natural Living Man in Court
04/20/14, 10:29

Goddamn, bulbs for you Cena. Well, stars. But it ought to be folding chairs.
SKULL TRUMPET - HD
04/19/14, 23:17

Boneyard Ferguson
Tumbling Tumbleweeds
04/19/14, 14:03

Holy crap, Festus has got some pipes.

Shouldn't be surprised, though; he used to perform with big bands.

Festus has special alchemical significance, being the Quintessence that lies between the four elements, as he stands between Marshall Dillon (he of the gunsmoke = air + earth) and Miss Kitty (she of the alcohol = fire + water). His stage name is an abbreviation of Hephaestus, the smith of the gods; his real name (Ken Curtis) is a reminder that true knowledge requires few words, and such words as are needed can be drawled out however slowly one likes.
The Beatles: Rare Footage
04/18/14, 14:23

THAT'S NOT PAUL
Sarah Silverman - Orbit Gum Ad
04/18/14, 00:04

Pretty much -- people like the concept of Janeane Garofalo (cute girl who can make herself up to look stunningly pretty, with a wickedly insightful sense of humor), but that's more than she actually delivers on.

Still, full props to her for speaking out against the Iraq War before it was cool.

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