Saturday, December 10, 2016

The U.S.A Express

There's a parade being held for the 4th of July. You want to see it, but don't want to fight all that traffic, so you hop on a train heading to where the parade is taking place. The train-car is crowded. Wall to wall people. There are 200 Americans on this train*.

You begin to wonder "Who are these people that share this train with me?"

Let me tell you who they are, because many people think "this is my train" or even worse "this used to be my train, but this is their train now".

Friday, August 19, 2016

Flying Solo

Following the USWNT loss to Sweden; Hope Solo said something rather controversial. She said that Sweden "played like cowards". She was referring to their ultra defensive style. They basically played 1 attacker, 5 mid-fielders, 4 defenders.

Her statement did not reflect the feelings of all the USWNT players. Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan have said Solo's statements don't represent the team.

The main problem here is that Hope Solo was right, and everyone knows it.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Political Reception

There are 100 people attending a wedding reception. It's only fair and democratic that the people be given some say in what will be served. Notice I said "served" not "what they will eat".

A survey goes out asking everyone to choose from a few basic choices:

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Equal Pay for Unequal Returns

Let me start by saying I am totally supportive of equal pay for equal work. Two people doing the same job, with the same education, the same experience, and in the same region (I.E. one isn't in rural Arkansas and another in San Francisco) deserve to make the same money. One shouldn't make more or less because of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, or anything not of their own choosing.

However; that goes out the window when it comes to the entertainment industry.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Sports and Liberalism

There was a gentleman on the radio talking about why liberals and the liberal ideology doesn't work and he cited sports. I apologize, I don't know who he was, he was definitely a Republican from Ohio (as they later referenced Ohio) who was supporting Kasich for president.

I am paraphrasing, again, I apologize for not having a source here, but he basically said: There are no handouts in sports. There are a set of rules that everyone has to play by, they aren't different from teams that aren't doing well, and the teams that work the hardest win. That's America! And that's what liberals don't get.

Really? Let's examine that, shall we?

Sunday, January 10, 2016

2015 Movie Rankings

It turns out I didn't see too many movies in 2015. Probably the fewest I've seen in a long time, but in my defense, not a lot of good high profile movies came out. And as always the low profile movies slip through the cinemas and I tend to catch them on Netflix or as part of the film society to which I belong. My list contains movies that I saw in a cinema last year for the first time, regardless of release year.

Before the list, just a reminder of my ranking system. It's from 1 to 5. 1 is bad, 3 is good, 5 is exceptional. There are four categories and then an average score for all four. More detail after the list...