George Lucas somehow managed to drain all charisma from Samuel L. Jackson in the "Star Wars" prequels. Liam Neeson complained that Lucas wanted wooden performances. Of course Jake Lloyd was going to be robotic in his scenes. He did fine with what he was given and considering who was calling the shots.
I am going to get around to finishing my Star Wars retrospective eventually by re-watching and covering Episode III. Here is Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 of that series.
I had a dream a few years ago that I was back in high school. Not unusual, right?
In this case, we were all the age we were in present day. I looked around at my classmates and said "Why are we here? We're all adults in our mid to late 30's and we have long since graduated. Let's get out of here."
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Not only is flag burning not illegal, it is the preferred method of disposing of a flag in the U.S. Flag Code. What is being discussed in banning "flag burning" is not burning itself, but burning with specific intent or to send a specific message.
A telemarketer called me the other day. I was politely trying to ask to be taken off the list. She talked over me. Nobody hears the other when both people are talking, so I was forced to say "Shut up. Shut up." She shut her mouth and let me talk.
I was trying to be nice and polite. I really was. But sometimes you have to be nasty.
The fraudster who was bugging me earlier this year still calls occasionally. Usually they are TRIGGERED and hang up when I ask the name of the company. Once I actually got someone to stay on the line with me after I asked that question. He was TRIGGERED and hung up on me when I asked for the address of the company.
If you won't even answer these basic questions, then you are almost certainly a criminal trying to steal from me.
All politicians are liars. We hear it all the time. We need to stop believing it and we need to stop spreading this meme. It is cynical and lazy, and erodes trust in and respect for government in an unjustified way.
Let me start with a personal note. I have a lot of friends who have ran for and served in elective office and they are not liars. Most of those people have ran for office and served in local government, but I have friends who have served in the state legislature and even in Congress. Because it unfairly insults my friends, I get a little peeved at the "all politicians lie" meme.
One of the big problems with the meme is that it is cynicism for the sake of cynicism. If they are all liars, and they are all crooked, then why should we bother voting at all? Why should we bother paying attention to what government is doing? If we are going to have a healthy society, we need to have some level of trust in our institutions and the people who lead us.
Furthermore, it is intellectually lazy. People are people. Some people are honest and honorable. Some are dishonorable, some are corrupt, some are thieves and some are liars. By just assuming that they are all dirty, we do not have to do the hard work of discerning which ones are good and which ones are not. It takes all responsibility away from those who just throw everybody into the "liar" pile.
This is not how we should operate. If we want to have a good government that represents us well and protects our liberty, we cannot give in to cynicism and laziness. We need to sift through the good and bad. We even need to sift through the good for problems we may not see and the bad for benefits we may not see. In our system of government, our leaders will only be as good as the people we elect them, and we ultimately get what we deserve. We need to show we deserve better.
Hillary Clinton won the popular vote over Donald Trump by a large margin, but Trump is still the President-Elect and will be sworn in as President in January. That has generated a lot of discussion, but here is the cold reality about the popular vote: It does not matter.
Candidates play the game by the rules in place. Neither candidate was were trying to win the popular vote. They were trying to win a combination of states to get them to 270 votes in the Electoral College. If the POTUS race was decided by the popular vote, both campaigns would have ran very differently. Trump, for example, did not have any reason to put a lot of resources into California and New York, the first and third largest states in the Union. He never had a chance of winning either state.
But there are a lot of Republicans in both of those states, who could have turned out to vote (and would have been targeted by Republican get-out-the-vote efforts) if the race was decided based on the popular vote. Democrats can complain about Clinton winning the popular vote while losing the election, but if the election was actually decided by the popular vote the campaign would have looked very different.
I am not saying she would not have won the popular vote under those circumstances, and I am not saying she would have won it. I am saying it would have been a very different campaign because the two candidates would have operated under different rules and a completely different system. Ultimately the popular vote is like a side quest in a role-playing game. It is nice, but is not needed to win.