Archive for: May 2018

May 24, 2018

Trumpers and the Polls

Filed under: Politics - 24 May 2018

I received an email newsletter complaining that the media isn’t reporting the Democrats’ polling collapse. This came from a pro-Trump source and that caused me to ponder that we’ve been told to ignore the polls by these folks because all …

May 23, 2018

Thoughts on the Show Dogs Controversy

Filed under: cultural sewage - 23 May 2018

Controversy has erupted over the “family film” Show Dogs  about a police dog that goes undercover at a dog show. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation sent out a warning about the film:
“The movie Show Dogs sends a troubling …

May 18, 2018

The Tragedy and Comedy of Cobra Kai Episodes 1-4

Filed under: Entertainment - 18 May 2018

No, I have not binged all of Cobra Kai. I don’t actually binge. Not judging, just not my thing. I prefer serializing and experiencing a story an episode at a time over several days because once it’s gone, it’s gone.

So my thoughts on Episodes 1-4 of the Karate Kid sequel series. It’s better than it probably deserves to be. The idea of picking up the story of the Karate Kid more than thirty years after the movie sounds like a joke for a  creative community that seems to always going back to some old hat rather than producing anything new itself.

The genius of Cobra Kai is that it takes advantage of the fact that we’re already invested in these characters to go ahead and tell a story centered around them.

Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) is past fifty but is really stuck in the 1980s in so many ways. He drives the same car he had in High School (which is still a cool ride,) listens to 1980s music, watches 1980s movies, and has the same social attitudes he had as a teenager in the 1980s. In many ways, Johnny’s aggressive eightiesness is what makes the show funny.

Yet, it also makes Johnny tragic. He’s grown older but he hasn’t really grown up. Essentially, he’s a very old high school senior, with self-destructive behavior that hurts himself and others. He has a son he abandoned from the time he was born. The kid has gone wrong and Johnny wants to step in and set him straight, but it’s too late. Johnny’s kid and his mom have given up on him.

 

May 17, 2018

The Media Cries Wolf on Trump—Again

Filed under: Donald Trump,Politics - 17 May 2018

So have you heard about how Trump said all illegal aliens were animals? It was reported by many sources including the New York Times. The problem? Trump wasn’t referring to all illegal immigrants, he was referring specifically to members …

When No One Has Moral Authority

Filed under: Donald Trump,Politics - 17 May 2018

David French has yet another must-read article at National Review. This one explaisn how the #metoo movement has undermined the leftist resistance movement:
I truly don’t think the Left understands how the relentless drumbeat of sexual scandal looks to Americans …

May 16, 2018

Thoughts on the Idaho Governor’s Race

Filed under: Idaho Conservative, The - 16 May 2018

So it looks like Lieutenant Brad Little has narrowly won Idaho’s Governor’s race. He leads Raul Labrador by four points with only thirty-two precincts to be counted and the AP has called the race. At the same time, former State …