From the Trailer Park — Justice League


This also looks cool.

From the Trailer Park — Wonder Woman


This looks great.

From The Trailer Park - The Walking Dead (Season 7)

Let’s get this out of the way first: this new trailer does not offer any clues as to who Negan killed at the end of last season. In fact, after a lengthy opening that recaps each character that was on the end of his bat, we don’t see any new footage of them, so as to protect the secret of who survived. The producers have sworn they will reveal the identity of Negan’s victim in October’s premiere episode, so this mystery, which is reaching “who shot J.R.?” – level proportions, should be resolved then.

So what do we get? Lots of footage of The Saviors, suggesting that much of this season will involve Team Rick trying to coexist with them (fat chance). And we get a good look at The Kingdom, where Carol and Morgan end up. Check out King Ezekiel and that frigging tiger! Wow. With these new civilizations and larger-than-life characters, it’s starting to feel more like a traditional comic book show than ever.

Saturday Open Thread

The Burial by Antoine Wiertz (1854)

This Afternoon’s Broadcast is brought to you by…

Dan Fogelberg and Tim Weisberg

Friday Open Thread

Le Visionnaire by Macchiati Serafino (1904)

Le Visionnaire by Macchiati Serafino (1904)

This Afternoon’s Broadcast is brought to you by…

Smokey Robinson.

#Feelthejohnson

A few days ago JimmyC wrote a post about Libertarians. I loved the cartoon! I’m not going to take the time to defend the party (and they seem about as inept as the GOP right now), but I want to point out something no one seems to be stating about Governor Johnson.

Despite whatever personal beliefs Governor Johnson may have on any topic, I don’t think anyone who knows him or his record questions that he will take an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States seriously. Nor is he likely to abrogate his duties as defined by the laws of our land.

Unlike our current President, Governor Johnson will not pick and choose laws to defend, even when he disagrees with them.

I also think it’s highly unlikely he will use Executive Orders to circumvent the law. He has a long history of working to shrink government, not expand it.

Why don’t people look at what he actually did as the elected Executive of a state rather than speculating?

From wikipedia: According to a profile of Johnson in the National Review, “During his tenure, he vetoed more bills than the other 49 governors combined—750 in total, one third of which had been introduced by Republican legislators. Johnson also used his line-item-veto power thousands of times. He credits his heavy veto pen for eliminating New Mexico’s budget deficit and cutting the growth rate of New Mexico’s government in half.”

In an interview in Reason magazine in January 2001, Johnson’s accomplishments in office were described as follows: “no tax increases in six years, a major road building program, shifting Medicaid to managed care, constructing two new private prisons, canning 1,200 state employees, and vetoing a record number of bills”.

In 1999, he proposed the first statewide voucher system in America, which would have enrolled 100,000 students in its first year. That year, he vetoed two budgets that failed to include a voucher program and a government shutdown was threatened, but ultimately yielded to Democratic majorities in both houses of the New Mexico Legislature, who opposed the plan. Johnson signed the budget, but line-item vetoed a further $21m, or 0.5%, from the legislative plan…In 2000, Johnson proposed a more ambitious voucher program than he had proposed the year before, under which each parent would receive $3,500 per child for education at any private or parochial school. The Democrats sought $90m extra school funding without school vouchers, and questioned Johnson’s request for more funding for state-run prisons, having opposed his opening of two private prisons.

From The Trailer Park - In A Valley of Violence

A mysterious cowboy with a military background (Ethan Hawke) goes on a vendetta of revenge against the men who left him for dead. Also stars John Travolta, Burn Gorman (Pacific Rim) and Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy). Directed by Ti West (V/H/S).

“What’s a priest need so many bullets for?”
“Sinners!”

Western comedies are very tricky to pull off. For every Blazing Saddles, there’s a dozen A Million Ways To Die In The West’s, Lightning Jack’s or Ridiculous 6’s that don’t hit the mark. And Ti West, a member of the new generation of “mumblegore” horror directors, seems like an odd choice to make a movie like this. So this movie, which was dubbed by an enthusiastic audience at SXSW as “a western John Wick”, will either be a rare success or an interesting failure. West appears to have filled the film with gallows humor, which the cast is playing just this side of parody.

If it works, it could be a lot of fun. This is Hawke’s second Western of the year, and with his angular face and Everyman intensity, he seems to be a natural for the genre. And while he appears to be playing it deadpan straight, Travolta and the rest of the supporting cast look like they’re having fun with this outrageous material; who knows, maybe Travolta will get his umpteenth comeback out of it.

Thursday Open Thread