‘Revolution Comics’ podcast: Talking comics, ‘Logan,’ and ‘Wonder Woman’

Your friendly neighborhood blogger will have an official Logan review up soon, but until that happens you may want to hear my general thoughts on another episode of “Revolution Comics” with Capn. Cummings and Captain Frugal. The three of us talk about the comics industry in general, our hopes for the Wonder Woman movie, and the anger of social justice activists over Ghost in the Shell casting.

As always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Iron Man #4: Bendis turns biohack ninjas into foot clan clowns for Riri

Invincible Iron Man #4 hit the shelves of your local comic shop this week, which means Brian Michael Bendis’ biohack ninjas have returned. There’s only one problem: The professional killers who gave Tony Stark and James Rhodes a run for their money now have turned into foot clan clowns from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This move allows teenager Riri Williams — who isn’t scared of deadly assassins while in her civilian clothes — to prove once again how superawesomefantasticbrilliant she is compared to Tony.

Question: Does anyone believe the reports that Marvel will quick injecting politics into its books in 2018? It’s hard to believe this will actually happen, given the way writers like Mr. Bendis will torture their creations with perfection if wins them plaudits from politically correct Tumblr kids who don’t even buy the books.

Check out my latest YouTube review for the full rundown and, as always, be sure to subscribe if you enjoy the video format.

Marvel’s Nick Spencer defends rule of law from mob that his rhetoric creates

It is probably safe to say that most people with a Twitter account on Inauguration Day saw video of white nationalist Richard Spencer getting cold-cocked in the face by a protester. The same individuals who lit a vehicle on fire and smashed the windows of businesses in Washington, D.C., also decided that street beatdowns are now acceptable for political opponents.

Marvel writer Nick Spencer entered the social-media stage and rightly defended the rule of law. His own followers predictably lashed out for the heresy, but at no time did it dawn on him that his regular rhetoric helped create the mob monster he now fears.

Check out my latest YouTube video, where I break down exactly why the Captain America scribe should take a step back and acknowledge his own culpability in terms of creating our worrisome political landscape.

Joss Whedon unravels as political cancer eats his soul

Hollywood director Joss Whedon has been on a slow-motion political implosion for about six years, but last week it became much more obvious when he wished one of his fellow Americans were raped — by a rhino. Yes, as bizarre as it is for your friendly neighborhood blogger to chronicle this sad turn of events, on some level it is not the surprising. After all, Mr. Whedon also began using coup-like rhetoric after Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

If you want more details on Mr. Whedon’s embrace of Ultron-level hate, then check out my latest YouTube video and let me know what you think in the comments section below. And, if you like the format, then be sure to subscribe for regular updates.

Renew Your Vows #3: Annie May Parker shines in spotlight

Gerry Conway and Ryan Stegman continue to roll with Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #3. If you’re looking for a Spider-Man book worth picking up, then this is the one. It’s not perfect, but the energy and enthusiasm the creative team brings to the book more than makes up for any editorial hiccups.

Check out my latest YouTube video below and let me know what you think of the issue, particularly my one minor gripe on the company’s continued habit of inserting political correctness across the line.

Marvel’s Nick Spencer plays SJW long-ball with Captain America

The was once a time when comic book writers were able to weave tales that turned characters like Spider-Man and Captain America into cultural icons. Creators may have touched on politics, but in general those who penned Marvel’s adventures transcended partisan hackery. They delivered work that resonated with multiple generations, which is one of the many reasons why Marvel Studios is an industry force to be reckoned with in 2017.

Somewhere along the line it was decided within the Mighty Marvel Offices that superheroes should be transformed from modern mythological figures into vehicles for forwarding a political agenda. They were diminished into little more than tools for political manipulation, and for evidence of that one needs to look no further than the work of Nick Spencer, writer of Sam Wilson: Captain America.

My latest YouTube video covers Mr. Spencer’s savvy strategy and tactics for influencing culture through comic books, which seems a bit similar to those employed by comedian Jon Stewart. As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section blow. I’m always interested in hearing your opinions on the writer at hand or the industry as whole.

‘Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging’: Junger’s must-read explains why America is tearing itself apart

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Roughly 17 years ago I exited the military after a stint as a mechanized infantryman in the U.S. Army. Even though the September 11, 2001, terror attacks and the nation’s “long war” had not yet begun, I found myself having a difficult time with the transition to civilian life. Understanding why I missed my old platoon — and why I felt a growing fear and sadness for the country I loved — took years (and a blog like this) to figure out, but author and former war reporter Sebastian Junger articulates it all in his must-read book Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging.

Americans who have not lived under a rock for the past 20 years have witnessed the slow-motion implosion of our culture.

  • Cable news pundits obsessively talk of “red states” and “blue states.”
  • The politics of personal destruction reigns supreme.
  • Saying “all lives matter” is interpreted in a Twilight Zone-ish twist by millions of people as somehow racist.
  • Americans watch carefully constructed social-media feeds that tell them all Republicans are the equivalent of Darth Vader, or that all Democrats have shrines to Fidel Castro in their bedroom.

In short, the modern world is deficient in something that is causing tens-of-millions of people to feel isolated, alone, and empty. The void is filled with confusion, and that in turn fuels the kind of anger and hate that was the hallmark of the 2016 election cycle.

Why is it that many soldiers and civilians who have lived through war sometimes get nostalgic for it?

What are the consequences for society when a person “living in a modern city or suburb can, for the first time in history, go through an entire day — or an entire life — mostly encountering complete strangers”?

Why are we often surrounded by others, yet “feel deeply, dangerously alone”?

One of the answers can be found in tribal societies. And no, your friendly neighborhood blogger is not saying Native Americans should have won the clash of civilizations at our nation’s inception. I am merely saying, like Mr. Junger, that we can learn from their ability to provide “the three pillars of self-determination — autonomy, competence, and community.”

Mr. Junger writes:

“After World War II, many Londoners claimed to miss the exciting and perilous days of the Blitz. (“I wouldn’t mind having an evening like it, say, once a week — ordinarily there’s no excitement,” one man commented to Mass-Observation about the air raids), and the war that is missed doesn’t even have to be a shooting war: “I am a survivor of the AIDS epidemic,” an American man wrote in 2014 on the comment board of an online lecture about war. “Now that AIDS is no longer a death sentence, I must admit that I miss those days of extreme brotherhood…which led to deep emotions and understandings that are above anything I have felt since the plague years.”

What people miss presumably isn’t danger or loss but the unity that these things often engender. There are obvious stresses on a person in a group, but there may be even greater stresses on a person in isolation, so during disasters there is a net gain in well-being. Most primates, including humans, are intensely social, and there are very few instances of lone primates surviving in the wild. …

Whatever the technological advances of modern society — and they’re near miraculous — the individualized lifestyles that those technologies spawn seem to be deeply brutalizing to the human spirit.” — (Sebastian Junger, Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging (New York: Hachette Book Group, Inc., 2016), 92-93.

Tribe covers issues like PTSD, depression, and anxiety among combat veterans, but it would be a big mistake to solely think of it as a book for the military community. It is much more than that, because it is a blueprint for getting the nation on a path to cultural healing.

The author continues:

“The eternal argument over so-called entitlement programs — and, more broadly, over liberal and conservative thought — will never be resolved because each side represents an ancient and absolutely essential component of our evolutionary past.

So how do you unify a secure, wealthy country that has sunk into a zero-sum political game with itself? How do you make veterans feel that they are returning to a cohesive society that was worth fighting for in the first place? […] I put the question to Rachel Yehuda of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. …

“if you want to make a society work, then you don’t keep underscoring the places where you’re different — you underscore your shared humanity,” she told me. “I’m appalled by how much people focus on differences. Why are you focusing on how different you are from one another, and not on the things that unite us?” […]

Reviling people you share a combat outpost with is an incredibly stupid thing to do, and public figures who imagine their nation isn’t, potentially, one huge combat outpost are deluding themselves. (127-128).

Tribe is by no means “the” answer to the nation’s deep-seated cultural problems, but it is a significant piece of the puzzle. To get a good look at the big picture, I suggest pairing Mr. Junger’s quick-read with George Weigel’s Letters to a Young Catholic. Each book provides a template for transcending dead-end partisan bickering, and in turn getting America efficiently focused on  becoming a more-perfect union.

Bleeding Cool’s SJW activism: Attack random losers, pretend you’re Jyn Erso

Earlier this week a reader named Carl informed me the new “diversity hire” over at Bleeding Cool. She, like many other writers since Nov. 8, has decided to troll the crevices of Reddit for random racist losers and pretend like The Great Reddit Terror is just around the corner.

What we are seeing unfold among modern feminists is a pathetic display of self-congratulation masquerading as cultural heroism. Writers like Kaitlyn Booth take on impotent threats like anonymous racist Rogue One trolls and then pretend they’re Jyn Erso. Meanwhile, they zip their lips on terror attacks and plots in New York, California, Florida, Washington, D.C.,  Minnesota, Tennessee, etc.

The reason for all this is simple: The few racist clowns who go to white nationalists events attended by Tila Tequila are not prone to show up on your doorstep and chop your head off with a dull knife. Bleeding Cool has every right slap an anti-Neo Nazi story related to Rogue One trolls on its landing page, but readers should know that its editors are really only giving themselves ego massages (the dirty kind).

If you want a more detailed account of the faux warriors of the social justice activism world, then check out my latest YouTube video. If that kind of format resonates with you, then make sure to subscribe for regular updates.

Update: One of my readers/viewers let me know that Bleeding Cool also hires anti-Christian bigots from San Francisco.  Imagine what Bill Watters reaction would be if you found a Muslim employee of Bleeding Cool, called them an idiot, and when they asked what the heck your problem you responded, “You give plenty of cause, you can’t be that dim. Oh, Wait. Mohammed follower — never mind.”

Do you think Bill Watters would want you fired or banned from Twitter? Magic 8 Ball says…”Highly Likely.” But when you’re a Christian, then all bets are off.

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bill-watters-twitterUpdate II: Bill Watters, anti-Christian bigot, decided to issue his grand comeback one week later. It’s probably not a good idea to channel the Seinfeld episode where George Costanza issues is “jerk store” comeback, but at least Bill tried.

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Civil War II No. 7 perfectly explained by Miles Morales: ‘This is weird. Even for people like us’

Brian Michael Bendis’ Civil War II #7 is finally out, although the “summer” event still has one more month to go. On deck is Marvel’s Inhumans vs. X-Men. If you want to know what the company’s obsession with hero vs. hero tales means for our cultural mosaic, then check out my latest YouTube video below.

If you like what you see, then make sure to subscribe for future reviews. And, as always, let me know what you think in the comments section below.

David Seaman, online patriots put their own lives in danger to expose dark D.C. secrets while news giants cower in fear

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There is a huge story that every single mainstream media outlet is ignoring right now. In fact, this story is so massive that it’s the kind of thing that very powerful men in the nation’s capital would kill to keep under wraps. That is why I must say that reporter David Seaman and a number of people on Reddit are American patriots for shining a spotlight on what appears to be something dark and evil going on in the nation’s capital.

Anyone who has combed through WikiLeaks over the past few months knows that Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and his brother Tony are a.) two of the most powerful men int he world — and that is not an understatement, and b.) really freaking weird — and that is an understatement.

Likewise, the Podesta brothers are also friends with powerful (and bizarre) individuals. Take, for instance, James Alefantis, GQ Magazine’s former #49 on its list of Most Powerful People in Washington. Mr. Alefantis also has the distinction of being the owner of Comet Ping Pong, a “family-friendly” joint that features ping-pong, pizza, music and entertainment.

Sounds normal, right? It might be, until you take a look at Mr. Alefantis’ Instagram account (which is now on lockdown), or the “artwork” for some of its events.

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You see, the guy who hosts fundraisers for D.C. power players — some attended by President Obama — has a social media account that is filled with downright freaky (that’s putting it lightly) material.

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Ask yourself this question: What kind of person — the former boyfriend of Correct the Record’s David Brock — posts a picture with a man holding a child and then tags it “#chickenlovers”? (i.e., pedophile slang for a homosexual man who is attracted to underage boys.)

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That’s really creepy, right? Especially since it’s not an isolated case. It’s almost the kind of thing that an agent at the Department of Justice’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit — perhaps one referenced in a 2011 issue of Vanity Fair — would want to look into.

Perhaps…Andrew Kline?

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What if Mr. Kline owned a pizza place … right next to Comet Ping Pong? One that was literally 1 minute away?

Wait…you’re saying he does? And its called Besta Pizza? Awesome!

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Wait a second. Why does Besta Pizza have a logo that is literally an exact duplicate of the “Boy Lover” symbol that law enforcement agencies say is linked to pedophiles? (It’s now apparently in the process of changing its logo.)

What’s going on here? That seems like a mainstream media outlet — perhaps one like Heat Street — should investigate.

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Oh, wait. It looks like they already did a piece and just dismissed the whole thing as one big conspiracy theory. Haha! Silly me. I guess the dots … and dots … and dots … and dots … and dots … were all just nothing. Nope. No kids at risk here. Why look into possibly one of the biggest stories of all time when there are so many click-bait pieces to write?

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In all seriousness though, Mr. Seaman is acting as a guardian angel who is doing his best despite having clipped wings. I do not know what will come of this story, but I know that God will be pleased with this man’s tireless work to protect innocent souls.

Here is a summary that someone on Reddit organized to near-perfection for anyone who is interested in going down this rabbit hole. I warn you now — it is downright terrifying.