Friday, June 22, 2018

Roseanne - Yes, I'm talking about this

Roseanne: Yeah, I'm Talking About It

At this point, almost three or four weeks out, it seems like this isn't even a conversation piece anymore. But given the fact that I haven't written my opinions in a very long time, you'd perhaps forgive me for being a little late to the party. I'm still catching up to the fact that I've been silent all these years.

I guess this isn't too late to talk about given the news that yesterday ABC revived a spin-off show with everyone BUT Roseanne in it. So I guess that means I had my finger on the pulse of this topic bringing it back almost beyond its life. The Conners will totally be this generation's The Hogans, and if you get that reference, you're too fucking old - just like me. But in the following topic, you'll see why ABC was in the right to do this regardless of some blowhards' racist shit on twitter, as the characters in the show touch on the real heart of America in its current state.

First off, I won't defend what she tweeted. Mainly because, let's face it, tweeting in itself is a narcissistic thing in general. Ironic as it is for me to say, not everyone should have a voice. Or at the very least the context of said voice should be known. You can tell from the tons of other post where I am coming from and if my credentials match up in being able to spout stuff that isn't just ignorant bullshit.

But Twitter and the modern age of social media has given everyone a voice and that is the biggest problem. Not every one can be trusted to have a soap box to yell shit from. You have to earn that through a long history of actually having your words matter. We live in an America that is all about putting the spotlight on one self. I'll get in to that in another post some time down the road if I continue this endeavor of writing, but let's get back to the queen of controversy. 

Look, let's point it out first. ABC is a fucking idiot to bet it all on... racism. They have known for many many MANY years now that Rosanne is a piece of shit. I won't defend her. She is human garbage who was given a voice in a grand platform and has used it solely to highlight how much human garbage she is.  ABC should have accepted the fact that Roseanne Bar has been a goddamn racist piece of shit for decades now, and yet they still allowed her to have a come back show because the risk was less than the reward of having a tent pole high ratings piece on their network.

But for the moment, we need to look inward in to what America is now.  I know, we had glory days way back when. We keep bringing them up in how we saved the French's ass in the war or how we were all about Freedom blah blah blah. But much like the middle aged fat ass we choose not to look in the mirror reflection at, we lost our way. We are no longer that same person. We allowed the worst aspect of our society, something we had for a long long long time now, don't get me wrong, we allowed that to be okay. We got out of shape and clearly aren't willing to look at ourselves and what we have become lately.

Because the show itself was a pretty harsh realistic look in to what and who we are today. A society that would rather allow the elderly to become Uber drivers in a shitty gig economy to supplement the soon to be dried up social safety net in medicare and social security. She is a highlight of what the average American deals with now. And it's pretty fucking sad.

A society that no longer cna make ends meet and has to worry about a natural disaster to flood the basement in order for the uncaring government to give out a handout in the way of... well, state of emergency funding. A society were the gig economy is the only way to get by and that means losing the power of unions and workers rights. A society were we are so knee deep in foreign conflict that it's a norm to have a spouse in active duty and have to worry about getting a window in the late hours of the morning for a child to even communicate with their mother stationed in a war we have little interest in other than what big business can make off the oil there.

There was a lot of buzz early in its run when it was stated that Roseanne would have voted for Trump. I mean, yes, I wasn't a huge follower of the show back when it originally aired, and she did have a lot of pro-gay and left leaning material in it, but at its core, that's probably the case. I say this because THAT'S WHAT FUCKING HAPPENED, AMERICA!   Blue collar workers voted against Hillary. Many voted for trump because he made a lot of nice words, most didn't actually think he'll come through with the shit he said, but they just didn't want Hillary to win. simple as that.

Then you have the liberal pleasing side. One of Becky's kids is a gender fluid, give no care about much of anything sort of attitude, and you know what, that was a pretty interesting take since I have no seen that in any sort of modern television, though to be fair, I haven't watched much of any "Modern Family" because it offended my sensibility that it was ripping off Arrested Development too much.

Then you have Roseanne's character. which.... well, is pretty much as American as it can be. She is on pain killers and riding a line of addiction because she doesn't have the means to pay for a minor surgery that will fix her knee pain. Yeah, if that's not America, then I don't know what the fuck is. Our medical system is pretty goddamn fucked to the point that folks will just take the short term over medication by big pharma than be able to ever think of affording minor surgery.

Then you have John Goodman, oh, you're a wonderful actor, my friend. But you have Dan as a contractor who has to deal with the undocumented worker situation creating a bidding market to have to cut his rates and not be able to hire his own friends. I mean, maybe it's for the best that Dan didn't get the chance to open up his small business of a motorcycle repair shop with DJ because they would have just been fucked by Trump's tariffs raise anyway. But clearly these are issues that effect the average blue collar worker and contractors to stay competitive with folks who are willing to take a much cheaper pay to get work.
Darlene's husband, real actor who died Mark, is dead on the show and she has to deal with being a widow at a much younger age than you would expect. That shit in the show was real. now she struggles in making ends meet in a shitty bartender gig. It seems pretty American.

 You have DJ. who has a bi-racial child and his wife is overseas and he's dealing with being a war vet that has to struggle with the ships in the night sort of deployment relationship that our country's struggles internationally have created. That is a rather new item to be seen in American television.

While I talked about Becky's kid a little already, it's worth noting that Becky had to move in with her parents because of financial instability and a lack of a job and a broken marriage with two very conflicting sort of children in her life. One, already mentioned and the other who is the standard rebellious type.

When you look at it, the new season of Roseanne was essentially a mirror of the American blue collar family that you would see if you go through the center part of this country. Why we didn't like it or at least complained about it doesn't seem to be mainly because of Roseanne Barr's stupidity, but because we don't want to look at it from afar and realize that this is us. THIS IS AMERICA.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Don't Tell Me The Odds -or- I Got A Bad Feeling About This

Don't Tell Me The Odds -or- I Got A Bad Feeling About This

Looks like Disney may have overstretched themselves when it comes to Star Wars stories. The box office take in of SOLO: A Pointless Star Wars Story that told us the gripping tale of how Han Solo got his blaster, his Falcon and his fucking name.... ugh. for god damn sake, why did they have to explain that one?

Was there literally ANYONE who wondered why in a universe that had last names like Skywalker and Organa ever question the legitimacy of the name Solo? That fucking sounds like the most sane name in the damn Star Wars universe.....

In any event, yes, a film that pointless had to bring up topics such as explaining what the Kessel run in 12 parsecs actually meant. Something I was okay with never really knowing much more than it was suppose to be impressive measure of time/distance to do in this Galaxy so far far away.

The problem here is that the movie just didn't really hit the mark. Like Han himself, the moment it tried to punch the hyperdrive into light speed, it gave a lame noise of failure. The film made about 84 Million in the opening weekend and so far has grossed $192 million domestically. Add in the almost $340 million worldwide, it may not have been pretty, but it had it were it counts.... well, not really for the bean counters at Disney.

Rogue One opened at $153 million and had went on to gross around $424 million domestically. So it's not like SOLO was a complete box office failure. It just failed to live up to the expectations of the past Star Wars films for factors that could include being sandwiched between Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool. The first was a film that had everyone feeling all the feels for a while after and the second was just deadpool. Can't blame that.

Maybe Lucasfilm and Disney shouldn't have put two really big tent poles next to each other to duke it out. Or perhaps, and this one is another explanation. People don't need a new Star Wars film every six months.

For as much as I was entertained by the film for what it was when it wasn't trying to fit in shoehorned answers to shit I didn't know people were asking, Ron Howard did a really amazing job at making a pile of bad intentions get turned in to a film that was alright. Sure, not worth the two hours you're going to plop down for it. But there was large hints of a sort of young Harrison Ford in the mix as well as Lando stealing the show with the magic of Donald Glover.

But more to the point, folks were already not too thrilled with the film anyway given the reaction that many had to the Last Jedi sort of throwing their precious childhood lore into all sorts of strange feels. Many questioned the level of feminist movement in it. I don't know, that was stupid and maybe they just didn't like that the direction that J.J. Abrams was going suddenly got turned on its head and  even Luke didn't act very Luke like.

It was misguided anger and ultimately left a lot of Star Wars folks feel like they were betrayed by a franchise was there for them in their time of loneliness growing up and so they didn't want to support SOLO. So there was a lot of factors in this sort of poor performance. But you also have to realize that Disney and Lucasfilm was pushing this hard because there was a scene in it using Darth Maul, back from the dead and all that shit for the first time in view of many movie on goers. So they did set up for a new sort of "A STAR WARS STORY" saga trilogy to go across many of the future films in the pipe line. One for Obi-wan and one for Boba Fett going deep in to production that is now currently on hold.

Personally, I'd be happy to see a film about Obi-wan, especially if Ewen McGregor was attached, Given that he's currently in the age range of when it would take place as well as he was the best part of the prequel trilogy.  Honestly, don't give a fuck about Boba Fett. My feelings are well known on this blog. He's a worthless piece of shit that so many morons love to worship as some bad ass despite every moment in the films we saw him in proved he was either really lucky at getting whatever he was after or just flat out the worst bounty hunter around. So fuck that guy.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Doing The Humane Thing With Imaginary Lines

Doing The Humane Thing With Imaginary Lines

I walked away from writing in this blog because the news of the day was just getting to bleak, I questioned my own writing abilities to meet my standards because of essentially rejection to it. But I mean, wow. this past year and a half have been some of the worst situations I have seen in my adult life. It needs not be said that the Trump administration is stomping on everything that was once sort of okay about this nation.

As jaded as I was in even the Obama's Hope and Change administration, I'm down right sickened by what is happening now and can barely stomach listening to NPR stations cover it with this air of "this is what the normal news cycle is now". I can't deal with it.

Today Trump bravely saved us from some 60 year old policy of stripping immigrants of their children. A practice that wasn't really happening till a few weeks ago. We should all stand up and cheer this man for doing what no other president could do. Stop the cruel acts that he kicked off.

Really, it's the perfect thing. Act like a complete shit and then get credit for when you stop acting like that.. but still act like a shit.

Side note.. I know I'm not one to talk shit about piss poor grammar and errors. I mean, have you've seen any of the thousands of pieces of shit articles I have written here?  Yeah, but you couldn't spell Separate right? WTF.

What the Trump administration did was like if your neighbor suddenly decided to throw rocks at your door nonstop and when you notice this odd action of a fucking moron, told them to stop and that it wasn't right. Which they respond with  "Wish I could, bro, but it's in the HOA manual.". When pointing out that no such thing exist and they're just being a cunt of a neighbor, they continue to throw those rocks but then write in a law into the HOA manual stating that no one should throw rocks at doors again and wants you to thank them for doing something about this terrible action they decided to start for no good reason at all.

Only there is good reason as to why they went full stupid in this action. It's clearly something that comes from the mentality of the ART OF THE DEAL. Shoot big, then when big doesn't work, settle for something small, but equally stupid.

Yeah, families will no longer be separated at the boarder, but that doesn't change the fact that, you know, they'll still be imprisoned indefinitely and in camps.... for the simple act of walking across an imaginary line between parcels of land.

Ultimately they over promised god awful human rights violations and now we're only left thinking we got some victory with some minor human rights violations. We walk away thinking that we... got something?  Yeah. That's basically par the course with this new American standard and it's pretty fucking sad.

Next question one should ask before waving the "WE GOT'EM! HE RELENTED!" banner is what happens to the 2,000 children already separated from their parents and out in the wasteland of limbo of the system. If it's anything like the lost ticket I had to deal with for six months, I can't imagine how fucked this situation will be in courts in just reunification. How the fuck are we suppose to think that the process of reuniting the children to their parents will be easy or even cheap.

We complain about how much illegals are costing us in terms of tax dollars. But this whole dick swinging act and over playing of the hand to get a still shitty deal just means that we spent a lot of money that could have gone back towards the struggling Americans with social programs... or shit, if we weren't complete pieces of trash, actually accept those fleeing persecution. You know, like what the statue of liberty as inscribed in it.
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free

Guess that shit doesn't matter because "My family came here the legal way!!1" chant coming from the local Walmart patron. I mean, "illegal" immigration is less than a century old. So congrats, you got in because of the work of your grandparents or their grandparents who just strolled right in - even though if they were to do so now, they would more likely not have met the standards and would have been turned away.

I just can't believe this is the America we are living in now. It's profoundly sad to think and makes me long to slap the jaded self of the past and tell him that it can and will get worse and to enjoy those moments as much as I can. Because... shit.  This is not the America that will prosper. This is not the America that will be seen in any favorable light to the outside world and will only bring us down.

I don't even know how this update to the Executive Order helps anything out anyway. In the end we're just detaining people seeking a better life. We should embrace those seeking help like, you know, the good ol' religious nation we all claim to be. I'm not even religious and I support helping out our fellow man in pursing that dream of happiness. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

You Maniacs. You Blew It Up!

You Maniacs. You Blew It Up!

We now live in a world where we have shitty trailers for world diplomacy. 

Fuck Me.

Fuck Me.


I don't want to live on this planet anymore.  How in the fuck.. How in the mighty fuck.  Side note, I do like the subtle threat laid in there when North Korea goes from dark to light after the nukes come back in reverse. Really heavily implicating that "You try this, mother fucka, YOU DEAD!"

In any event, I'm going to go enjoy the sunset, who knows if it'll be the last one I see.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

A situation of Craft Beer and Bourbon County Brand Stout

I'm not sure what exactly it is about Black Friday that strips the mental capacity of the average person down to the primal urges. We've all seen the videos of near mortal combat at Walmarts. And while we aren't punching one another for a video game console, we see one another take part of it like cattle to the slaughter.

Over in Torrance, California in the early hours, hazebros lined up starting before 4am for Monkish Brewery's Black Friday release of specialty glassware that, let's face it, will undoubtedly break the next time a bottle share at a buddy's place gets out of pocket. But as foolish as waiting more than eight hours for some 'Like-generating' Instagram prop is, I have more respect for them than I do the countless who were waiting outside of a Binnys and other local bottle shops for this year's latest Wolf in Craft beer sheep's clothing - Bourbon County Brand Stout.

Just like the diet that happens around this time of the Holiday season, the moral compass most craft beer enthusiast have gets a hall pass to gather lots of cases of this Inbev bottle. Especially perplexing because it wasn't that long ago that the Brewers Association started stamping a new Independent craft logo on beer to make sure consumers knew what was actually craft beer and what is now owned by the same makers of Budweiser.

And just like the Ice Bucket challenge, many spearheaded the movement in a feel good manner to show that they stand with the little guy. To stand up to big beer conglomerates and say that they'll support the little guys and not feed money to those companies looking to buy out more in some perverse Invasion of the body snatchers method on your local bottle shop wall. So you choose a Modern Times beer over a 10 Barrel. To clearly know which one is actually craft beer and which one could be cranking out their stand by's in a big facility.

Someone better tell all those other brands owned by InBev, the company that bought out Goose Island back in 2011, that they don't have to pull out justification about how it's "us vs wine makers" and "hey, we all use yeast, am i rite?". That if they just stay quiet long enough and crank out something that has nostalgia, collector factors and a little luck, that they too can get back those customers who have avoided them because of selling out.

You have to wonder where all that bluster is now that had independent brewers backing out of the Wicked Weed's Funkatorium Invitational after they got their sacks of cash. Forget scruples when the formula seems to be Time + Nostalgia = Say No More, Fam!   Wicked Weeds just needs to wait it out and crank out some Nintendo Classic level fan favorite and that craft beer cicerone short term memory will be gone in no time.

Here in California the overnight crews were out in full force, be it with better weather, reports of guys waiting outside their LBS around 4:30 with crowds going 20-30 deep. Pretty silly in the grand scheme of things to think this stuff is going to be rare by any means. LBS got dozens and dozens of cases of it. It's now produced in such an grand level that I wonder why anyone would attempt to treat this as some hot commodity in the beer trading scene.And while I fully know rarity shouldn't effect taste, there's other issues to be addressed here, such as how does it taste?

I think the main driving force with the appeal of BCBS is that it was that pinnacle of bourbon barrel aged stouts. It has a huge amount of memories associated with it. Entry level beer drinkers would get to try years worth of versions of it to see how it has changed over the years. Some have verticals in their cellar that they pull out every now and then. So the nostalgia factor is big in why it's still sought out. I get it. 

The "one for the vert" mentality. Which I can understand to some degree. You have fond memories of mid-west pours with friends discovering how BCBS aged over the year. Yeah, no. You can't say that anymore. After the past years infections, they went ahead and pasteurized the beer. What you are drinking now is what you'll be drinking later. Any hope you had of aging these beers has died, just like how one's soul feels waiting in front of a Binny's on a cold Thanksgiving night.

This leads us to the other heart break waiting to happen. Tackling the issue of the declining quality of this beer. When you scale up there's always going to be something lost in the move. In this case, over the past few years it has been pretty clear that the taste of this once great beer is falling. Either that or other local breweries took note and improved on the work that Goose Island led. Which makes you wonder if it's time to move on from this abusive relationship you have with Bourbon County.

Stacking it up against Bottle Logic's Darkstar November, there's nothing to be said. DSN takes the win easily. Even if it's perceived as the less sought after BL beer, it won hands down. Showing craft breweries do it better.

With ruling out taste as an excuse to why you're still buying, we need to address another thing the masses are forgetting. The quality control issues. With a history of infections in the past few years both fully confirmed and some that, well, folks just speculated wasn't tasting to its peak, I have to wonder why you would even trust this beer anymore. The amount of refunds Goose Island had to issue for the four brands that were infected should have been an indication. Even with the notion that a fat check and a free shirt working as blinders to washing that bad taste and memory out of your mind, shouldn't the Untapped badge of gushing swill be the reminder to stay away?

We already know that this year's Barleywine Ale Reserve 2017 was pulled because the end results were as the brewers said "It doesn't taste like what we wanted it to". If that's not a sign similar to a rattlesnake tail rattling, a puffer fish puffed up or a dog growling to stay the fuck back from, then I don't know what is.

Ultimately, this fickle nature shouldn't be surprising. It's hard to hold up one's ethical code in the face of something that seems one wants to be apart. Much like I'm sure how today the same folks who were all adament about keeping craft beer craft and were buying BCBS are the same tossing back a couple at their local brewery tasting room touting the merits in how they're taking part of Small Business Saturday. Just remember that you ain't lying to us, you're lying to yourself.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Get Down to the Crystal Method

Get Down to the Crystal Method

Saturday, October 31, 2015