Thursday, November 10, 2016

We need a superhero!

For some reason, when I heard about Trump's victory, I was reminded of this scene from the 1980 campy science fiction film, Flash Gordon.

I used to watch Flash Gordon all the time on HBO.  Now, 36 years later, as I watch the aftereffects of yesterday's election announcement, I'm reminded of Flash Gordon again.  Things are about to get even weirder than usual.

We have Ming the Merciless now...  where's our Flash Gordon?

It should be interesting to see the catfights that result from this mess.  

Actress Melody Anderson reminds me a bit of Jinger Duggar Vuolo.

Is this what our military has in store?  

Well, that settles it.  I'm going to have to watch Flash Gordon later.  It's a great way to escape reality for a little while.  It's also a pretty funny film in many ways, not the least of which is because it doesn't take itself very seriously.  While a lot of people are understandably very upset about the election, I'm kind of resigned to the results for now.  There's not a thing I can do about them and getting angry solves nothing.  I might as well kick back and see what unfolds.

I started watching old episodes of Wonder Woman on Election Day.  The earliest episodes were set in the 1940s, during the Nazi era.  Given all the comparisons between Trump and Hitler, along with so many people championing Hillary Clinton, it almost seemed fitting to be watching Lynda Carter in her corset, chasing bad guys and trying to defeat The Third Reich.  Since I've been living in Germany, the old episodes even seem to make a little more sense than they did when I saw them in the 80s.  I wasn't old enough or living in the States when the series first aired, although I did manage to catch the last season when it was on TV.  I became a big Wonder Woman fan until I realized that I'm not a fan of Lynda Carter as an actress (she made a great Wonder Woman, though).

Estrogen overload!  This particular scene has a bit of a 70s porno vibe.

Wonder Woman was so very devoted to saving America.  We could use her today, minus the fawning all over Major Steve Trevor (who was probably due for a promotion).

On the other hand, Steve wasn't smart enough to notice that Yeoman Prince was actually Wonder Woman in disguise.  There's that military intelligence contradiction again...

Anyway... tomorrow we head off on vacation.  I am definitely ready to go.  However, I have a feeling that everyone we run into in Ireland is going to be asking us WTF.  I also have a feeling my landlady is going to be giving us an earful.  What can I say?  Americans tend to be pretty fickle.  It's not unusual for the other party to take over after a president sits for eight years.  I guess Americans were tired of Democrats.  Frankly, I'm tired of both major parties.  I'd love to see a superhero swoop in and do some real good for a change.

Looks like they upgraded the costumes for the second Bullets and Bracelets competition.  


  1. I can seriously see a Donald Trump character as one of the Batman series (the campy live-action 60's TV version) villains.

    I didn't like Hillary much, either, but I think she was the lesser of the evils. People are going nuts about it. Where I live and where I go to school, almost everyone hates Trump except for a few people who are willing to overlook everything else about him because they're filthy rich and will benefit from his proposed tax changes. Where I traveled for my cultural experience concert, it's closer to Trump territory, but not Trump territory the way places like Fresno or Bakersfield or the former logging communities up north would be. People are really acting as though the world is going to end. What they don't seem to understand is that there is usually a reason presidents fail to keep their campaign promises, and it's not necessarily that they're big fat liars, although in some cases that may be true as well. Of course they wanted to do what they said they would do. It's just that one official cannot unilaterally effect the sort of change they're attempting. Congress has to work with them. Obama's party was the minority in congress. Trump's party is the majority, but he's not a true republican and many of them don't like him either personally or politically, so he's unlikely to be successful at enacting sweeping change, either. The only real thing we have to fear, besides the two biggest idiots on the planet in my opinion, who would be Ted cruz and Trump, deciding that they like each other after all and CAN work together. That could be a problem. As long as the animosity between the two continues, we're good. Of course, there's the whole matter of Trump's temperament and lack of anything filtering what comes out of his mouth and the effect it could have on foreign relations, and the possibility of someone nuking us because of something stupid he said. and then there's the pesky matter of the black box and if it's really good for Trump to have the code.

    I still don't exactly understand how the pre-election polls were so far off unless many people deliberately lied in a big way regarding voting for Trump.

    1. I don't put much stock in polls because they are just a small sample of the population.

      This is turning out to be a shitty week.


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