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Book Review: Transmetropolitan, Vol. 3: Year of the Bastard

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“Just once, I’d like to get through the day without hating anyone.” The third Transmetropolitan collection kicks off Spider Jerusalem’s coverage of the presidential election with the six issue story “Year of the Bastard.” This is where the series truly takes off and becomes something special, and eerily predictive of the 2016 US presidential election campaign. That remains the tragic magic of this series: how well it can be applied…

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Quick Take: Planned Parenthood Donations in Mike Pence’s Name

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Apparently the hot new thing to protest the upcoming presidential administration is to donate to Planned Parenthood in Mike Pence’s name. Why? Because Planned Parenthood sends certifications to the donor’s address to thank them for their donation, so those certificates are getting sent to Mike Pence’s address.  And Pence holds anti-abortion views and believes federal funds should be cut off to organizations such as Planned Parenthood. It’s clever. People get to…

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Some Thoughts About Processing What Just Happened

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Well … that just happened. Unlike a lot of other folks, I wasn’t primed for Election Day to be some sort of Democratic blowout, but this was just beyond shocking. I didn’t think a Trump win was that outside the realm of possibility, but these results are rather decisive.  Though the final results have yet to be tallied, Donald Trump might top over 300 Electoral Votes, though it looks like…

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2016 Election: The Aftermath

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Wow. It somehow seems fitting that in an election that has been unconventional in every way, it ends with a tremendous upset. If a lifelong Democrat who is on the record as being anti-gun, pro-choice and openly disdainful of members of the military can win the Republican nomination, why can’t that same person win the presidency by doing everything “wrong” and seemingly insulting every non-white, non-male group of people? It doesn’t…

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Book Review: Transmetropolitan, Vol. 2: Lust for Life

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Warren Ellis‘s Transmetropolitan series continues to ramp up in its second volume. While the first volume was focused on a single issue (the transients’ secession from The City) this volume is mostly episodic dives into different areas of The City’s culture. This serves to flesh out the series’ setting before the bigger story lines in subsequent volumes while still being invective and funny as hell. “You learn about a culture…

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Xbox Fitness Challenge Kickoff

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For those who don’t know, Xbox Fitness was a free app that was launched with the Xbox One that took advantage of the system’s Kinect peripheral to track the user’s movements and grade how well they were following the exercises and provide helpful advice on how to improve. Users earned Fitness Points for each exercise done, and completing certain challenges rewarded users with stamps that helped them earn new fitness cards….

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Why Liberals Shouldn’t Vote for Hillary Clinton (But Should Consider Gary Johnson)

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With the Trump campaign seemingly self-destructing before our eyes, it doesn’t seem necessary to sell a ticket of two successful Republican governors to conservatives looking for a better option. However, it might surprise people to know that polling has shown that the Gary Johnson campaign pulls support fairly evenly from Trump and Clinton. It shouldn’t be a surprise, though, as there are a number of liberal issues where Clinton is actually pretty conservative and where Gary…

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Game Review: World of Warcraft: Legion

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Disclaimer: while this is technically labelled as a review (because I’m not sure what else to really call this), I’m not interesting in assigning scores or even give any sort of recommendation. This is simply a reflection and commentary on said game. An odd thing happened to me towards the end cycle of World of Warcraft’s last expansion, Warlords of Draenor. I stopped playing the game. Now, this hasn’t been…

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Hi, My Name is Miguel

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Hello. I generally do not like doing these things, but Paul is insistent. I consider myself generally Libertarian. My political evolution came along a little differently than some others here. I used to consider myself either Democrat/Liberal almost by default. I was never enamored with the party or its political figures, but well, lesser of two evils seemed to win out. However, in college with the discovery that alternative viewpoints actually…

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Steve Dillon, R.I.P.

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One of the great comic book artists of our time, Steve Dillon, passed away on Saturday October 22, 2016.  Many of Dillon’s fellow comic book creators have reacted to his death.  While I don’t measure up to the stature of people like Warren Ellis, Ed Brubaker, and Gail Simone, I can attempt to relate how Steve Dillon’s work affected me personally.  His work drew me back to comic books and…

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