Friday, February 17, 2017

Parks and Recreation Friday

I just remembered Li'l Sebastian!

Thinking about this tiny horse made me happy for 23 seconds. I hope it makes you happy too.

Talk about this, or other stuff!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Not This Shit Again

Meanwhile, the anti-LGBT National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is urging its supporters to pressure Trump into signing the recently-leaked anti-LGBT, anti-choice, anti-sex Executive Order.

I have a brief observation, over at Shakesville.

Tired of Winning Yet?

That's what Internet neo-nazis say to each other, you know, about their god-emperor, Trump.

And yet, are they winning as much as they think they are? In some ways, yes, I suppose. In others, not so much.

Via Michael Shear at The New York Times:
"In record time, the 45th president has set off global outrage with a ban on travelers from Muslim-majority countries, fired his acting attorney general for refusing to defend the ban and watched as federal courts moved to block the policy, calling it an unconstitutional use of executive power.

The president angrily provoked the cancellation of a summit meeting with the Mexican president, hung up on Australia's prime minister, authorized a commando raid that resulted in the death of a Navy SEAL member, repeatedly lied about  the existence of millions of fraudulent votes cast in the 2016 election and engaged in Twitter wars with senators, a sports team owner, a Hollywood actor and a major department store chain. His words and actions have generated almost daily protests around the country."
Shear goes on to note that Trump's loyal base, of course, is unperturbed by any of these issues. Many, in fact, think Donald has accomplished a great deal, more than President Obama ever did!

Outside of that pro-Trump-bubble wherein The New York Times is "fake news," we continue to see signs that many believe the executive branch of the government now lacks legitimacy.

He lost the popular vote, of course. He's reached high unpopularity levels in record time. He seems confused about how being the head of a state might be different than being the head of a company. For instance, in our political system, he can't make a law come into being with the wave of a hand and the bark of a CEO-like command. With more evidence that Russian interfered with the election, and Trump aides might have known about it or have been complicit in it, it's clear what "winning" looks like for Team Trump: ignorance, incompetence, authoritarian, juvenile, unfair, illegitimate, and proud of it.

We must continue to resist. It is effective. And, because it's effective, we must also be wary of the Trump administration taking actions or spreading propaganda to manufacture legitimacy. For instance, this Tweet. He might be hoping to get the chance to use again one day, in the event of a terror attack on US soil:

The judiciary checked his power as unconstitutional, so now the judiciary is added to the ongoing tally of Trump enemies.

So now, Trump has a ready-made excuse in the event a terror attack does occur. The attack wasn't his fault, he'll say. After all, he's the tough guy who tried to stop it until the judiciary meddled. Thus, a future attack becomes not something he mourns as a tragedy or is in any way responsible for, but a "win," especially if the person who committed were from one of the above 7 countries.

That is what "winning" looks like in the Trump era.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Glimpse Into Something Far Worse

Do Team Trump's connections to Russia rise to a Watergate-level scandal?  Is the full scope of this ongoing saga much, much worse and more than what we currently know?

I briefly explore the connections today, over at Shakesville.

Supergirl Recap: 1.18 "World's Finest"

So, last episode, we found out that Siobhan is an alien or something. She had fallen from a tall building, but then right before making impact with the ground, she was able to stop herself in mid-air. In today's episode, the DEO runs tests on her. Apparently, she's a human. She had just emitted a high-frequency screech that cushioned her fall. As one does.

But that is a distraction from the following Very Important Subtext Moment (VISM?).

At CatCo, Cat and Kara have a talk about cupcakes. I won't add my own commentary. Just.... just observe:
Cat: [opens box of cupcakes] Aren't they exquisite?
Kara: [nods] Yes, they look very yummy.
Cat: I can see it in your eyes, Kara, that you want one. But, you're too scared. So instead you gaze longingly from a safe distance wishing that you had one all of your own. Well, let me tell you, cupcakes like these. They don't last.
The truth is, I want to be your cupcake.
Allegedly, Cat was referring to Kara's crush on James, but thank you Team Supergirl for the sapphic catnip anyway. I will take it.

Shortly thereafter, Siobhan begins having weird headache visions. As if possessed, she storms into CatCo, lets out a screech, and sends Kara shooting through the window. Before Kara hits the ground she's saved by..... The Flash? Oh yeah, this is the Season 1 Supergirl/Flash crossover. Okay, I can roll with this. Apparently, The Flash (aka, Barry) is from another universe, he accidentally ended up in Supergirl's version of Earth, and he needs help getting back home.

Wanna race?
Kara brings Barry back to her superhero den and introduces him to James and Winn. There's some interesting dynamics. Winn geek fanboys out and it's funny, but James is jealous of the new guy. Meanwhile, when Kara introduces him to Cat, Cat names him "The Blur." LOL.

In Siobhan news, she is next seen visiting her aunt, who runs what seems to be a Wiccan store. The aunt explains that their family was cursed by a banshee in Ireland many years ago and to make the curse go away, she'll have to kill whoever the object of her anger is. In Siobhan's case, that would be Kara.

Siobhan realizes she needs help in this endeavor, so she frees previous villain Livewire from the DEO Bad Alien Jail. They quickly become BFFs and Livewire helps Siobhan come up with a villain name and costume. Apparently, she now goes by Silver Banshee and looks like this:

Together, they kidnap Cat and beckon Supergirl to a park for a Hero/Villain showdown. (I miss Alex and Hank, by the way). During the fight, Supergirl flies in front of a bolt of electricity intended for a helicopter. When the good citizens of National City see that she was willing to risk her life to save them, she re-earns their trust (which she had lost during her Red Kryptonite Extravaganza). The citizens then pitch in to take down Livewire and Silver Banshee, and it's just like Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol. Except with 99.9% less racism, sexism, and accidental walking-into-gay-bars. So, not at all alike, if you think about it.

Supergirl then helps The Flash get home by running alongside him and giving him a little boost. Or something. *shrug* I don't really get how he makes it home, but I'm not sure if it matters. After all, there were cupcakes. #NeverForget

Later that night, Kara invites James over and tells him that she wants him to be her cupcake. They kiss. And immediately afterwards, all humans in National City are put under some sort of trance and he walks out of the room.

Well hell, they may not be my preferred 'ship, but those two really can't catch a break.

Deep Thought of the Week: Do you like crossovers? I do. It's fun to see how characters from different fandoms might interact with each other. Like Alex Danvers and Scully, for instance. Or, Supergirl and Bo Dennis. Hmmmm.