SPOILERS

A couple of weeks ago during a sleepless period of the night, I thought about the series finale of The Leftovers. Something about that episode, specifically Nora’s story, bugged me in the back of my mind. As was stated numerous times after the show ended, Nora’s story was purposefully told via monologue with no visual depictions of the alternate reality so that viewers could decide for themselves if Nora Durst was telling the truth or not.

Her story, even if true, left a whole lot of unanswered questions and enormous plot holes. That’s why I said my initial reaction to the finale was “mildly disappointing.” But there was something else about her story that simply didn’t add up. I put hardly any thought to it at all, but about a week after the episode, it came to me that the time in her story simply doesn’t add up. And when I say time, I mean the actual time of day in her story.

I ended my subscription to HBO Now so I couldn’t revisit the episodes to determine the actual time the departure took place on October 14, 2011. But, the timestamp on Laura Garvey’s ultrasound says 2:23pm. This can be seen in the video here and is also verified by the Leftovers Wiki. In Nora Durst’s story, she says she met a man who was in the local grocery store when every person in it suddenly disappeared. The problem is that this was in Australia and during the middle of the night if it occurred on the same time across the world, which I assume it did. It doesn’t matter what part of Australia she was in when she was departed or teleported over to the alternate reality because it would have been the 4:00am hour over towards Melbourne and Sydney on the east coast (the most likely spot she was at) or the 2:00 hour over towards Perth on the west coast.

The man stating he was at the grocery store and everyone disappearing is rather suspect given that the local grocery store was likely not open at that time and if it was, very few people would have been in it. Of course, the man could have been lying, but frankly, I would have thought better care would have been taken with the writers to take this discrepancy into account.

Maybe my logic is off here and I initially thought it may have been because Nora departs or teleports during the middle of the afternoon and she would indeed be teleported to the same spot in Australia in the alternate reality at the same time in the afternoon, but as I recall, she stated she walked a long time until she found the only inhabited house and that man told her about the grocery store on the day of the departure seven years earlier. Brief research of several articles seem to corroborate my memory. Another article mentions that Grace, the woman Kevin Sr. meets in Australia, said that she was in the grocery store when the departure happened. So maybe I’m forgetting or not getting a key aspect of the departure? Like I said, I can’t re-watch it and I don’t feel like looking up any of the transcripts online. I guess I have to let the mystery be.

I got around to seeing Wonder Woman today on Father’s Day and it’s as good as the majority of the reviews stated it is. I found it to be the best DC Comics movie since The Dark Knight, and that’s very good company.

The story is good, the characters are fleshed out enough and it’s an entertaining summer movie. Gal Gadot makes Wonder Woman her own in this film and her quality performance is not surprising. I had first seen her in the Fifth Fast and Furious movie and knew then that she was one to watch. When she was cast as Wonder Woman in Batman V Superman, I was not concerned whereas some others were. Her performance proved me right.

Chris Pine is good, as usual, as is the supporting cast (both in the beginning on Themyscira and in the last half of the movie in the WWI fighting. There’s some great actors and actresses in the bunch, so that was not surprising as well.

The film is also apolitical, something that is very refreshing in this day and age. Men and women are treated as equals in the film and that must drive modern (third wave) feminists nuts. Articles that try to inject politics into the film are simply there to get clicks from their respective audiences and an article I read complaining that the USA is nowhere to be found in the movie when Wonder Woman is an American character, while true, is stupid in its complaint and there to get clicks too.

The actual majority of the complaints about the film I saw was that the villains are not that great. I think these reviewers (and there seemed to be a bunch of them) missed the obvious point (IMO) that the actual villain in the movie is war itself (or “Ares” to Wonder Woman). The horrors of war are adequately depicted in this movie so I found it to be a good villain.

I was concerned about the color palette of the film going into it, as the muted tones in the previous recent DC Comics movies from Zach Snyder is still in use in this movie by Patty Jenkins. The muted tones work well in London and the WWI fighting and provided a nice contrast to the brightness of Princess Diana’s home shown at the beginning of the film.

At 141 minutes, the length reminds me of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but unlike GGV2, the movie does not feel that long and did not feel as though sections should have been cut. The extra length is due to the Themyscira origins story, a necessary and great section of the film, and that was tightly edited as well.

My only real complaint about the film is the CGI-heavy ending, but it’s a minor complaint and all superhero movies and virtually all action movies do that anyway.

Grade: A

A couple of additional notes:

Wonder Woman raises the bar for Justice League coming out in later November. I previously had lower expectations for the movie, but hopefully Snyder has learned from his two previous DC Comics outings as well as from Jenkins in Wonder Woman because now I assume the expectations are high from most everyone.

Wonder Woman is also responsible for the internet giving us one of the better memes of the past year. Whoever made this after the first trailer came out is quite the funnyman:

I always liked the rainbow flag, also known as the gay pride flag. I don’t know how the rainbow flag was supposed to be interpreted, but to me, the rainbow colors represented inclusiveness for all people, regardless of race, in a nation where identity politics around race often takes a center stage. It seemed like a straightforward flag with virtually no political message at face value. Now we have this abomination from the city of Philadelphia:

The purpose of the black and brown stripes are to “promote inclusivity,” something that I honestly thought the rainbow flag already did. It comes after a year of racial tensions inside a Philly “gayborhood” because one of the gay nightclub owners was recorded saying the n-word repeatedly. So I don’t need my thinking cap on to determine that the black and brown stripes are there to represent black and brown people, even though I’ve never actually seen a person really, truly colored black. Given that red and yellow stripes were already there, that gives one stripe of the major “color” groups unrepresented for those who view everything through a racial lens: white. A friend in archaeology once described himself as so white he was actually translucent, so I would argue that both a white and translucent stripe are needed given the brown and black stripes.

Should it be noted that from a scientific perspective, all of the colors of the rainbow add up to white? Perhaps that’s why it was felt there was a need to add black and brown to the flag? If so, what about all the other real human shades between?

But we all know hell will freeze over before that happens. In fact, people on the left who read this blog post now have their pitchforks out to stab my obviously racist ass, even though I consider myself to be far from it. That’s what the left’s identity politics has done – anyone who disagrees with anyone on the left in any way for any reason is automatically a racist worse than Hitler. Plus, I’m inherently racist, by definition, regardless of what I say or do just by being white according to the left. In my mind, the rejection of the left’s bullshit identity politics are high up on the list of reasons why a clown like Trump won the Presidential election, not far behind the number 1 reason of the DNC nominating an even bigger clown like Hillary Clinton as the competition.

SNL’s Colin Jost recognized rather quickly that identity politics played a part in Clinton losing the election. What is it with people named Colin?

This identity politics has caused quite the expansion of the LGB acronym over the past several years. At some point it became LGBT and I assume the T stands for transgender. Then it became LGBTQ, then LGBTQIA and at that point some people started shortening it to LGB+ or LGBT+. I even see LGBTQIAPK as an acronym and I readily admit I have no clue what the letters stand for starting with Q, nor that I will take the five seconds to look it up. There’s even “cis” or “CIS” (I have no idea if it’s an acronym or not), which contextual clues lead me to believe is an insult to be hurled at straight white males like me. But, really, I have no clue. Whatever happened to unity? Why are Democrats purposely dividing everyone? This division by Democrats is the reason why that predominantly gay neighborhood in Philadelphia is referred to as a “gayborhood.” Why can’t it simply be called a neighborhood like any other neighborhood?

Looks Great! Now overlay black and brown or else you’re a RACIST like HItler!

Every once in a while, I read a comment from someone on the right stating something to the effect of “Reminder: Trump is the first POTUS to be pro-gay rights prior to holding office.” I laugh because it’s funny and it’s funny because it’s true and it’s true because no prior Democratic (or Republican) president was pro-gay rights when entering office. They hypocrisy of Democrats has always been on full display when it comes to gay rights, just as it is with many other politically hot items. That’s why a member of the oh-so-inclusive gay community got himself recorded saying the n-word repeatedly. (And yea, I’m making an assumption that the club owner who said the n-word multiple times is a democrat. I believe there are republicans who are gay, but the mainstream media has really, really wanted me to believe otherwise for nearly the past decade.)

The hypocrisy is so bad that it would almost be like LGBTQIAPKMNOHJCDEFHJRSUVWXYZ rights champion Steny Hoyer from right here in massively liberal Maryland (with a lesbian daughter), who chanted “Shame! Shame! Shame!” on Republican voters who switched their vote on a pro-LGBTQIAPKMNOHJCDEFHJRSUVWXYZ amendment in 2016 and thereby not allowing it to pass, turning out to have voted “yea” in 1996’s DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), an act that defined marriage as being only legitimate between a man and a woman.

Oh shit, that’s what actually happened.

Anyway, I’m not seeing any information on whether or not the Philadelphia version of the rainbow flag will become the official flag of the gay rights movement, but if there’s one thing that America has been consistent with the past thirty years, it’s dividing and compartmentalizing things more and more. So I suspect it will happen. And don’t get me started on the left’s unimaginable defense of sharia law; that’s a topic for another day.

In 2015, Obama and Biden ran through the White House happily waving the six-striped version of the rainbow flag, an outdated, racist, bigoted flag that only scum of the earth people who are worse than Hitler would fly. Wow, crazy how backwards people were back then.

 

If you have not seen The Leftovers, I don’t believe that I spoil much, but I suggest not reading this review if you absolutely have to watch something not knowing anything about it beyond the general plot synopsis.

Too often, The Leftovers has contrived sequences and the characters do frustrating things. Some of this can be chalked up to events and actions occurring in a post-rapture world, although it’s never specifically stated it was a rapture that took place in the years prior, suddenly vanishing 2% of the world’s population, until season 3 and only then it was conjecture from an overly religious character. And that was part of my issue with The Leftovers from the beginning – it just assumes that you think the sudden vanishing was the rapture and not something else. But even though the show assumes rapture, it tries to explore it from a scientific standpoint briefly at times (and nothing ever comes of that). As for me if 2% of the world’s population suddenly disappeared, I would first think that we’re living in a virtual reality and the 2% were deleted, either accidentally or intentionally, and if accidentally then we’re living in a dead-end timeline before everything gets restored. If intentionally,well, shit.

The show reminded me of Lost while watching it, a show that I watched every now and then but didn’t take too seriously and I’m fortunate I did not given the scathing reviews of its finale from people who did take it seriously. Apparently The Leftovers was created by the same creator of Lost.

As I mentioned before, season 1 of the Leftovers was just good enough to continue watching. A cult known as the Guilty Remnant (GR) played a prominent role in season 1 and this was probably its weakest subplot in the whole series. Why these people act the way they do and how they are able to recruit so many members is never adequately explained. The show simply assumes that the viewer is to understand that people would act this way in a post-rapture world. But is that the way some people would act? It’s a take it or leave it scenario and taking it is a large stretch. They all dress in white, they all chain smoke, and all have taken a vow of silence and do not speak. So, they communicate by writing things down on notepads all the time and this gets pretty tedious at times given that they’re always communicating by writing when they’re not supposed to be communicating. As to why they do all this, it’s not explained. They are able to recruit a few new members by standing outside their houses silently stalking them. And that’s all it takes to recruit new members. Lame. They also do things like break into everybody’s houses and take their family photos and nobody bats an eye, then later when they do something equally lame, everybody in town completely and totally loses their shit.

Members of the Guilty Remnant chain smoke and communicate by notepad and sharpie.

Also, subplots are brought up, then dead-ended. A couple from season 1 included characters I mentioned in a previous post. The dog-killer states that the leftover dogs are a danger and Kevin helps kill them in his sleep walking, then Kevin later adopts one. That’s it. So are the leftover dogs a danger, or what? How do they figure into the rapture? The other subplot included Aimee, who was living with Kevin and Jill. The reason she was living with them was never explained and at one point there was an odd sexual tension in one scene between Aimee and Kevin. Nothing was ever done with this tension except to have Jill accuse Aimee of fucking her dad (which wasn’t true) to have a fallout occur between the two and get rid of Aimee from the series. The whole thing was pointless and odder still because Aimee is presumably an underage character (she’s in high school) even though the actress is obviously in her 20s. The scene with the odd sexual tension occurs because Aimee appears in the kitchen wearing a see-through shirt. I don’t know current laws with television, but this could be considered child pornography even though the actress is in her 20s because it’s a portrayal of a bare-breasted female child in a semi-sexual manner. But again, the whole thing was pointless, so I don’t know why they did any of it.

Scenes had to be cut short for the American edition of Trainspotting due to the underage sex between the actor Ewan McGregor and actress Kelly MacDonald playing a 15 year old girl, even though the two were of age.

But for all of my problems with The Leftovers, the performances from the actors and actresses are top-notch. Justin Theroux (playing Kevin Garvey) and Carrie Coon (playing Nora Durst) carry the show. Other supporting actors are great as well – Christopher Eccleston playing Matt Jamison, Kevin Carroll as John Murphy, and Regina King as Erika Murphy, to name a few. The fantastic Scott Glenn plays a supporting role too and one of my favorite episodes, Season 3’s Crazy Whitefella Thinking, featured him prominently (as the crazy whitefella). It’s these performances and stellar episodes every once in a while that kept me coming back. Season 2’s International Assassin episode is another example of great storytelling from all involved and Season 1’s Guest is the episode that really got me into the show. These three episodes all had something in common – they focused on a singular character and his or her journey. This is where The Leftovers is at its strongest and it’s engrossing.

Then, just like that, Crazy Whitefella Thinking gets followed by an episode that is one big contrived and cliched mess. Going into the last four episodes of the series, I gave The Leftovers a C+ in my mind with the final episodes being capable of raising it up to a B or B- level or dropping it down to a C. Would the final episodes be strong ones focused on a Garvey or would they go the more likely route of jumping back and forth through different characters to tie up the character arcs? But why bother doing that when so many other things haven’t been tied up? Will I be really upset by the ending like so many were who took Lost seriously?

I’m happy to say that season 3 episodes 5, 6, and 7 all largely focused on a singular character and each was successively better than the previous. Episode 5’s It’s a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World seemed odd with the lion sex party (you would have to watch it), then Episode 6’s Certified allowed Amy Brenneman (who plays Laurie) to shine brightly despite an episode nearly devoid of plot. I felt her acting talent was largely wasted until this episode. Then came The Most Powerful Man in the World (and his Twin Brother), a brilliant episode and largely a sequel to Season 2’s International Assassin, also from the same director (Craig Zobel, who also co-founded Homestar Runner!). This penultimate episode is every bit as good as International Assassin and has one of the funniest scenes I’ve seen on the small or big screen in quite some time.

Homestar Runner is great, but who would’ve thunk one of the creators would go on to direct something as good as International Assassin?

Before I get to the series finale, I have to say that I read up a bit on the many theories online about the show. While some seem like they could be legit and others are pretty far out there, I came across one written during the first season stating they felt the series was largely a study in depression. In fact, I got the feeling that’s what the show was about before I even saw that article. That’s probably why I don’t like it quite as much as others – as a largely depressed person, I crave a little more escapist entertainment than what The Leftovers has to offer. My understanding is that the first season was loosely based on the book (which I have not read), then season 2 and 3 was not. Season 2 is where The Leftovers got significantly better, probably because the creators and writers were able to take the characters and ideas and write their own material directly for a visual format. But they still kept the depression theme at times, especially given what takes place in Certified during the third season.

As for the series finale, it was mildly disappointing and again, reminded me of Lost. There’s even a reference to Lost early in the episode. I’m not going to say anything else about it.

The strength of the latter half of season 3 earns it an increase in grade from C+, but the series finale prevents it from getting a full B and results in a B-.

I’m tired of the terrorist attacks and the platitudes that follow. I’m tired of the RIPs, the waving of the country’s flag who was attacked, the twitter hashtags, the candlelight vigils, etc., all of which will do nothing. I’m tired of voters of the left and the right each claiming an attack is a false flag operation. I’m tired of left and right politicians mouth empty promises when both know the bipartisan American war machine is partially responsible for the attacks. I’m also tired of shit like this, especially given the fact that little girls at a pop concert were ripped to shreds by a suicide nail bomb just last week:

photo credit: Tyler Shields

I’m tired of someone on the left pulling a stunt that nobody on the right would get away with had the POTUS been a Democrat. Remember the rodeo clown who was crucified for his Obama skit, the same one who had done the skit before on George W. Bush without issue? I remember. Pepperidge Farm also remembers this double standard going back several decades and I’ve been tired of this double standard for that long.

If you thought CNN wasn’t bad enough already, CNN did not respond to CNN’s request for comment on the stunt by Griffin, who is also employed by CNN, and CNN put this in their article.

 

For what it’s worth, Carrot Top, I mean Griffin, issued an apology, but I didn’t watch it given the high likelihood that it was insincere. Apparently the beheading of Trump was a video shoot, which I also have not watched.

Oh, the horror!

The whole thing reminds me of 10:10’s No Pressure short film from 2010, where school kids are blown up, body pieces and blood flying everywhere, for the simple act of not agreeing to the Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming fraud. In both instances, there was an enormous amount of time to think that perhaps what was being done would grossly offend people. So either they are that grotesque of people, or the bubble they live in is so grotesque that nobody within it realizes how grotesque they are.

Either way, it’s not good. And for the first time I’ve ever seen, the right is actually fighting back on this nonsense in some cases. The Montana House candidate, Greg Gianforte, allegedly body slammed reporter Ben Jacobs for the simple crime of Jacobs being a douche on the left. And then Gianforte went on to win his election by 7 points. As of the past couple of days, Trump is blocking the left twitter trolls on his twitter feed, something that has been long overdue. And the biggest left twitter troll there is, William LeGate, got run off of twitter by 4chan.

This comes after leak after leak to the press, ultimately indicating that the US intelligence community wants to bring down Trump in a coup. Whether or not this is the vaguely-defined “deep state”, I don’t know, but it’s startling to see since none of the leaks indicate Trump doing anything wrong – tidbits are released so the mainstream media can blare big headlines insinuating something devious was afoot, then come out later and say that nothing was out of the ordinary.

Meanwhile, it’s been revealed that Obama performed illegal spying stunts worse than Nixon and hardly a word has been spoken about it in the mainstream media, save for USA Today. I had a conversation with a good friend just after Obama’s second term started that I felt this was probably going on. I was greeted, of course, with the “are you smoking crack?” face.

And for the first time ever after casually surfing a number of sites, I’m reading a column openly talking about the possibility of civil war. While the author is suspect, civil war seems to be a distinct possibility given the current political climate in America, and if (when) it occurs, it’s the left who wanted it more – between the mainstream media’s attempt to start a race war a couple of years ago, the left’s behavior for the past 6 months, and the leaks now, it’s clear the left is pushing for it more and more. I hope they become more careful with what they’re wishing for. CNN letting Griffin go after I wrote this article is a start.

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In other news, the past two episodes of The Leftovers have been very good and I’ll have a series review once the final episode airs this Sunday.

Jason Bourne, I mean Matt Damon is Jason Bourne in a movie about Jason Bourne in the most original title for a film this decade: JASON BOURNE. All caps means it’s special.

And special it is – a great cast including Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, and Vincent Cassell can’t save this movie from at-best mediocrity at times and sheer stupidity in the rest of the film. There’s absolutely nothing in the movie that hasn’t been done four times before and the shaky cam is still annoying as fuck. Not only is it used for things when it shouldn’t (like looking at a phone screen), it’s used in place of real editing in this film too and the laziness shows. There’s a very half-hearted attempt at weaving privacy concerns into the storyline, but it’s just there to setup the final action sequences.

Matt Damon is JASON BOURNE. But you already know his name.

During one of these sequences, the guy hired to fail to kill Bourne, named the “Asset” of course, plows through about two dozen cars in a SWAT van in a traffic jam blowing them to the sides in dramatic fashion as bumpers, front ends and crumpled cars go flying, but the van doesn’t receive a scratch. Bourne follows in an unmarked black Dodge Charger – the movie makes sure I know this because the movie was sure to tell me this via police radio as he gets in the shiny black Charger for his commercial, I mean action sequence featuring the Charger.

The script is lazy, the direction is lazy, the characters are poor and Matt Damon phones it in. Easily the worst of the Bourne films.

SPOILER – the character played by Julia Stiles, a fan favorite in the first three films, gets killed rather early in the movie, her body simply left unceremoniously in a Greek alley somewhere. Will she miraculously come back in a future film titled The Bourne Lobotomy? Who cares?

Grade: D

This image appeared in my twitter feed a couple of times yesterday. I skipped over it not knowing the context since it was obviously a fake:

Turns out it’s real. CNN actually put this on TV. This is very scary for a number of reasons, the most of which is that we’re now beyond Poe’s Law.

Poe’s law is an adage of Internet culture that states that, without a clear indicator of the author’s intent, it is impossible to create a parody of extreme views so obviously exaggerated that it cannot be mistaken by some readers or viewers as a sincere expression of the parodied views.

The original statement of the adage, by Nathan Poe, was:

Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is utterly impossible to parody a Creationist in such a way that someone won’t mistake for the genuine article.

It was bad enough not knowing what was real vs. what was basic satire for the past 20+ years in America, but now that what should be exceptionally obvious and stupid satire may actually be real means we’ve passed into a new phase of American stupidity. We live in disturbing times.

Further Reading: http://thefederalist.com/2017/05/11/one-screenshot-captures-everything-wrong-media-coverage-trump/

Exactly a month after the flu, I got a stomach virus that I’m currently recovering from. Vomit was coming out of both ends, with the front end being a little worse. During a couple of the 6 or 7 rounds of vomiting every 20 minutes out of the front end, it got pretty violent and I burst the small blood vessels around my eyes, only the second time that’s ever happened to me I think. In between all the activity, I started watching The Leftovers again. Funny thing is, the dog shooter, played by Michael Gaston, disappeared from the show immediately after I wrote that post about him. He was out the entire season 2 and reappeared briefly at the beginning of season 3. The show is still only OK to me, just good enough to continue watching, but the characters make some frustratingly stupid choices and it’s obvious the show is going to be open-ended.

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Speaking of Michael Gaston and the left going low, nothing’s changed in the past month. Probably the highest profile incident of going low was Stephen Colbert saying Trump’s mouth is a cockholster for Putin:

Certainly a homophobic remark if you subscribe to the left’s definition of homophobic and it makes you wonder what would have happened to someone saying Obama’s or Hillary Clinton’s mouth is a cockholster. Colbert was obviously doing it for ratings and it worked according to the latest news reports.

Another example is Martha Stewart giving the bird to Trump:

Like with Gaston, this is nothing new, and social media has been littered with people giving the finger to all things Trump since well before the election. Convicted felon Stewart is just getting her name in the news again.

And here’s intellectual Bill Maher joking of incest between Donald and Ivanka Trump:

Meanwhile, NewsDay claims that Americans are tired of fighting and believes a return to some semblance of normalcy is coming soon. Fat chance and the article even references Bill Maher (who envisions Ivanka giving Donald a handjob) as an example of this peaceful tranquility in our lives.

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While off-topic, I found this article amusing. Apparently Politico believes Chris Murphy is presidential material because he retweeted the photo of that dead Syrian boy on the beach. They have a rather lengthy article about it. I got some news for you, Politico. Your header image of the article shows why he will not even be a presidential candidate for the Democratic party – not only is he male (GASP), or at least appears that he is self-identifying as male, but he’s also…oh my God, Lord have mercy…white. They better change his wiki photo quick, because it’s even whiter and maler:

The only realistic names I’ve heard for presidential candidates for 2020 on the Democratic side are Oprah Winfrey and Maxine Waters.

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As for Trump firing Comey, which happened about an hour ago and has rattled everyone’s cages, I don’t know what took him this long.

I found Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to be very good and better than the original, unlike most others. There was a lot more plot and it was all about family. The action was great, the humor was funny, and there were a couple of unexpected cameos. The CGI of a young Kurt Russel in the beginning overtop of another actor worked well too.

My chief complaint with the film was that it seemed like I was watching an extended cut. I felt strongly that about 20 minutes could have been cut and coincidentally, that would have shortened the running time to just under two hours rather than 2 hours and 16 minutes. This prevents it from getting a full A.

Grade A-

And by retarded, I mean MLB is retarded in the classic sense of the word – slow, delayed or hindered in progress. With Boston fans, I mean retarded in the offensive form of the word and if you have issues with me calling people who use the n-word on a regular basis retarded, then fuck off.

In case you missed it, there was a long drawn out fight between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles while they played at Fenway for four games from Monday through Thursday of this week. It started when Manny Machado slid past second base and into Dustin Pedroia back on April 22. While it was a hard slide and it injured Pedroia, anyone who knows baseball could immediately tell this was not an intentional act on Machado’s part. Shit happens. The problem is, Machado has acted like an assclown in the past and this apparently gave the Red Sox free reign in their minds (and the umpires too) to intentionally throw at Machado in the batter’s box at will. Machado was thrown at no less than five times over the course of the most recent four game series.

While I’m biased in favor of the Orioles living in the Baltimore area and the Orioles did some more tit for tat throwing at Boston, I still have to come to the conclusion that the Orioles were wronged. The umpires didn’t seem to mind the headhunting throws at Machado, which could have killed him, for no reason. Things came to a boiling point between the two teams with both managers being called to a conference call with the commissioner of baseball (as one writer put it – they got called to the principal’s office) to hopefully put a fucking stop to it. At which point during the final game of the series, an Orioles pitcher got thrown out of the game for a pitch that obviously got away from him – a 77mph curve ball that hit a Boston batter in the legs. Everyone in the entire fucking world knew it wasn’t intentional, except for the home plate umpire, apparently.

Shit umpiring (or incoherent umpiring) is the reason I’ve hardly watched baseball over the past 20 years. Now, 20 years later, nothing has changed. MLB appears to be even more retarded than it was and the umpires are just as retarded. Even the Fenway Park fans are yelling the n-word at Adam Jones for no reason at all (except for the fact that he’s black, presumably, and the fans are racists fucks), and this shit has been going on for the entire lifetime of Fenway. Fuck you, Boston. And MLB, you need to get your shit together at some point because the sports bubble that has started to burst with the ESPN debacle could heavily damage baseball when it fully bursts.

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I would have thought that people would have understood not to jump to conclusions about a rape story given that every rape story since the dawn of the millennium seemingly has had a 50/50 chance of being true. There was the supposed rape by Kobe Bryant, the supposed rape by Duke Lacrosse players, and the supposed rape by a UVA fraternity to name three off the top of my head from the past couple of decades. Recently, there was the alleged rape at Rockville high. Some conservatives jumped all over it because the alleged crime was done by illegal immigrants. Now, the charges have been dropped. Except for child pornography charges against the boys because the girl sent them a lewd video of herself.

Now that these developments have taken place, the picture is much clearer – the girl wanted attention and got some at the expense of these two men’s lives (technically one man at 18 and one boy at 17). But since the story has been out there for months and men are treated as guilty until proven innocent, actually, never mind, treated as permanently guilty regardless of any facts that come to light, people still readily believe they’re violent rapists:

The war on men continues. As for the child pornography charges, this is continuing proof positive that all an underage girl has to do to ruin a man’s life is send him a nude photo (why doesn’t SHE get charged with child pornography?). Again, the war on men continues with no abatement in sight.