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Another football Sunday has come and gone, with mixed results for yours truly.

The Giants won, hanging on by the skin of their teeth to defeat the Iggles of Brotherly Luv. Gifted with an early 14-0 lead by two Carson Wentz INTs, they still almost managed to blow it. Eli threw his own INT just when it looked as if Big Blue was about to put the game away, but fortunately the defense saved him. Biggest worry coming out of the game was an injury to Victor Cruz, which I hated to see. He's one of my favorite players. I hope he's back next week.

The Jets, meanwhile, managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. After trailing for most of the game, they seemed poised to take the lead in the fourth quarter, only to have Fitz throw a devastating pick in the end zone. Yet somehow they managed to get the ball back, and this time Fitz redeemed himself, tossing the go-ahead touchdown. But the joy did not last for long. On the ensuing kickoff, the Dolphins ran the ball all the way back for a TD, and that was that. Gang Green now has as many losses as they did all last year. The season is effectively over. Bryce Petty looked pretty good in the short stretch they had him in after Fitz got clocked. I hope we get to see more of him in the game to come. Much as I like Fitz, we have to start thinking about the future.

On other fronts...

The election still has me in a state of high anxiety. I am not sleeping well, and I think I check 538 about three dozen times a day, hoping for some good news. Tuesday cannot come fast enough for me. I think I speak for a lot of Americans when I say that I desperately want this thing to be over. It has been SO ugly. Come Tuesday night, I will either be relieved or suicidal. I think I speak for a lot of Americans about that as well.

Oh, and speaking of that: the Trump PACs have rolled out two new television ads in New Mexico this weekend. Both attack ads, natch. One is a cartoon with animated Bill and Hillary characters rolling up to the White House unpacking boxes of scandals. The other features an actress badly made up to be Hillary, in wig and pants suit, destroying phones and hard drives with hammers, drills, chain saws, and the like. Both ads are stupid and offensive, and both confirm and underline the main point I made in my "Simple Observation" post. Hillary's ads feature real footage of the real Donald J. Trump saying the things he really said. These Trumps ads, on the other hand, have to resort to cartoons and over-the-top impersonators because they can't actually find any real footage of Hillary saying or doing anything reprehensible, comparable to the stuff Trump has said.

I cannot possible imagine that any actual voters will be swayed by this stuff. "Hell, damn, I'm going to vote for Trump, did you see what Cartoon Hillary was doing?" But what the hell. Even Honest Abe admitted that you could fool some of the people all of the time...

I'm still excited about Emily St. John Mandel coming to the Jean Cocteau tomorrow. If you're in the neighborhood, come join us.

The crowds at Meow Wolf of late have been astounding. Since we first opened in late March, more than 300,000 people have visited the House of Eternal Return. It's become one of Santa Fe's premiere attractions, and I am so pleased to have played my small part in creating it.

Oh, and last night Parris and I went to see DOCTOR STRANGE at the Violet Crown (in part to escape the crowds seeing TRUMPLAND at the JCC). 'twas fun. As many of you know, I'm a Marvel fanboy from way back, and Doctor Strange was probably my favorite single character... well, him or Spider-Man, both drawn by Steve Ditko, whose art I loved. (I say single character because I always loved the group books as well, the FF and Avengers and X-Men). How much did I love Doctor Strange? Well, let me just say, one of the characters I wrote for the comic book fanzines of the 60s was called Doctor Weird, so...

The movie is NOT the best Marvel superhero movie, as I was hoping it would be... it's more middle of the pack, I'd say... but it looked great, did justice to the character, and had some scenes that were downright Ditko-esque. Of course, they had the obligatory Stan Lee cameo. Now, if they had managed to include a Steve Ditko cameo, that would really have been something. (Yes, I know, I know). I do hope that Ditko saw at least a little money out of this. He was a genius in his own way, and Doc would never have been half as interesting without Ditko's unique and idiosyncratic vision.


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Nov. 7th, 2016 07:21 am (UTC)

As much as politics is dominating opinions at the moment, there is a more pressing issue here: what are your top 5 favourite Marvel movies?

Nov. 7th, 2016 06:41 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... have to think about that one. Certainly the second Spider-Man would be up there. The Doc Ock one with Toby McGuire, the Garfield Spideys are much weaker. And I loved Ant-Man. Oh, the first Iron Man was great as well. After that, I'm less certain.
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Nov. 7th, 2016 07:57 am (UTC)
The Election
I'm not particularly concerned about Hillary winning. I think it's firmly within her grasp, and right now everyone (even, unfortunately, 538) are pushing a horse race narrative to keep the views up. However, I don't think Trump will go away, unfortunately, in fact, I expect his concession to be ugly, I expect the aftermath to be absolutely devastating to the political landscape. Trump has revealed America's id, and it is exactly as nasty and brutish as I thought it would be.

Also my Cards are on a bye, so hopefully they come back next week energized, and the Seahawks fall to the Bills. Rooting for the Giants to make a run though, I would like to see Eli get another ring, just to hang one up on Peyton (which is weird, because I like Peyton).
Nov. 7th, 2016 08:52 am (UTC)
Doctor Strange was a great film. Not the best, but the MCU has high standards. I hope TWOW is going well, but I know now must be very stressful. I'm British and was upset when we had to cope with Farage's lies causing our own Greyjoy Rebellion, but it must be worse for the US with the fear of this election's answer to Euron. It looks like the demagoguery of those Cleons (I read Aristophanes) is the path to success now. It does amaze me that anybody could support that monster... and I hate people comparing the honourable, efficient, letting Wildlings in, comes down on war criminals, isn't a sex offender Stannis Baratheon to Trump, whose demagoguery and denial of the past resembles Euron Greyjoy.
Nov. 7th, 2016 11:40 am (UTC)
You would feel suicidal, really, why? It's not your fault. You change hearts and minds through your work, it's really as much as anyone can expect of you, even yourself.

You voted, you urged others to vote, if Trump wins it's democracy. I honestly doubt he would be that bad, ineffective maybe, but not apocalyptic. From the Democrats' point of view I think he will be better than vanilla Republican, let alone some conservative ideologue.

Ads fulfill their purpose, people want to vote Trump, they have their reasons, problem for them is that Trump makes it so damn hard to do so, any justification can do the trick.

Benjamin Saffir
Nov. 7th, 2016 01:21 pm (UTC)
Trump Related Stress
As if we needed another reason to dislike Trump, he's distracting George RR Martin! Boo!

Helping TWOW come to shelves quickly should be a bipartisan priority. Shame on you Donald!
Jose Sarmento
Nov. 7th, 2016 01:39 pm (UTC)
why no more candidates?
As a non-US citizen, I am intrigued by this: could there have been OTHER (additional) non-party-affiliated candidates?

I mean, is there legal provision for other parties, or independent candidates, to apply and have a space in the voting ballot? (if only they could match weight/resources with the established parties etc.)

Or must there always be one Democrat, one Republican, and a binary choice of "you must vote for Hilary if you don't want Trump" enforced where it really wouldn't be desirable?
Nov. 7th, 2016 06:49 pm (UTC)
Re: why no more candidates?
Oh, there are plenty of other choices on the ballot. Here in New Mexico, I think we had like seven or eight choices for president. Clinton and Trump were there, but so were Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, Evan McMullin, and two or three even more obscure choices.

The third party (and fourth party, fifth party, sixth party, etc) candidates don't get the coverage, don't have money for television ads, and don't get in the debates, however, so they really have no chance of winning.

I might also add the observation that none of these are really parties. To build a viable political party, you start from the bottom, not the top. "All politics are local." Fielding a presidential candidate every four years will not do it. Just looking at the NM ballot, aside from the presidential race, there was no evidence of the Greens or the Libertarians. No congressional candidates, no one running for state senate, no candidates for secretary of state, county clerk, county commissioner, etc.

Nov. 7th, 2016 02:32 pm (UTC)
My concern is Hillary's numerous incidents of corruption and poor judgment, which have plenty of evidence to back them up (if you dig through the dominant discourse of the media).

Trump may have his flaws, but I believe he is the much better candidate. I also believe that Mike Pence would make an excellent VP.

Before the other thread was frozen, I was going to add some Trump policy points. I will do so here. While most people here may strongly disagree with me, I'm here to say that there is an intelligent rationale for the other side. It is important to consider both sides of a debate, however strongly you feel about the issue.

•Securing the US-Mexico border. This would put a stop to the black market trade of gangs, drugs, money and guns which strengthens the cartels and MS13 and is destructive to everyone else.

•Reforming immigration. Trump wants to keep criminals out, while streamlining legal immigration so that immigrants who want to contribute don't get stuck in long waiting periods and red tape.

•Taking the fight to ISIL. ISIL is a terrorist army destabilizing a whole region and radicalizing people around the world, while committing every sort of war crime. We should deal with them decisively.

•Repealing Common Core. This is a great idea, as Common Core is a terrible experiment in education for numerous reasons.

•Reforming Obamacare for lower cost and higher quality, and allowing health insurance to be sold across state lines.

•Reforming and streamlining the tax system. Trump would set up 3 brackets (12%, 25%, 33%), set deductions for childcare, and he wouldn't excessively tax the rich (which would drive away capital investment).

•Greater domestic security. Trump wants to get civil disorder under control. relating to this,

•Mental health services. Many violent incidents are the result of mental health problems, which would be addressed.
Nov. 7th, 2016 08:09 pm (UTC)
Serious Reply
Since you have made a serious attempt at policy positions, I will give you a serious reply:

Scandal: Ms. Clinton's "scandals" have been reviewed by the media many times The New York Times in particular goes after the Clintons. Nothing has come of it because out side of conspiracy web sites no evidence of wrong doing is forthcoming (and she turned over her tax returns...)

Pence is a zealot for the relgious right.

Everyone wants a more secure border easier said then done (a wall won't work). Currently we have no net immagration (legal or illegal from Mexico) nor are gangs or drugs problems caused just by Mexico. As to guns they are smuggled FROM the US TO Mexico to get around their guns laws - not vice versa.

The Republican Congress blocks all immigration reform (W. Bush tried). Everyone wants to keep the criminals out - thats a goal not a policy - and progressives have tried to stream line legal immigration for years - blocked by congress.

ISIL is being beaten on the battlefield by Iraq with US aid (about 5K troops). This is the proper strategy not sending masses of US troops (resented by locals and undermining the necessary self reliance of local forces). They are being dealt with - it takes time and good strategy - not polictical hot air to beat them.

Common Core was started by the States (not Feds) to improve education standards. In my home state, Georgia, we spend money on education only wehen politicians are forced to by needing to meet standards. Lowering standards means my kids in public schools get a lower standard of education.

Trump wants to repeal ObamaCare not reform it (he has not actual replacement plan). My nephew has a pre-exiting condition and get insurance only because of ObamaCare. Everyone wants lower costs and better care - again your stating goals not means. If Trump has better health care system let him and the Congress pass it first - before burning down ObamaCare.

The tax system needs reform. It benefits crony capaitalists (like Trump). Trickle down has never worked. Income inequality is our number one economic problem, Trump's solution will make this worse by reducing taxes on the rich now used for education and infrastructure - which helps those trying to move up. Repealing the Estate tax will help only the rich and increase the deficet. Tax rates on the rich were much higher in the 50s a period of tremendous captial investment.

Domestic security tends to mean annoying those you don't like. Crimes has fallen steadily in the US for years. Domestic terror is much less than in Europe and many other countries with authoritarian leaders. What civil disorder? Protesters? No we don't need a US Putin.

Mental health services take money. Esp from the States. But as they are often not run by progressives little is done. How would mental health issues be addressed? Lock them up? Rehab programs? Mental health facilties? Paid for by...? Taxes - which he plans to lower?

Listing goals is not the same as stating methods to achieve them. Let alone how to pay for all this and lower taxes.

Re: Serious Reply - xcalibur201 - Nov. 8th, 2016 01:35 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Serious Reply - grrm - Nov. 8th, 2016 05:45 am (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 7th, 2016 03:01 pm (UTC)
Pugh and Cruz injuries are scary.
Pro Football Focus had Pugh rated as the top Guard in the NFL. He will probably need an MRI. Likely out a while at best. Cruz xray as negative. Has low ankle sprain which isnt that bad, but he may miss time. Pugh may be done for the year. We really need Cruz. No running game. TEs are "eh".

Good news. PFF rated Justin Pughs replacement at 91 which is an elite rating. The highest rated guy on defense was our third string free safety Adams. Berhe is bak, but got beat deep early. Darian Thompsons has to see a specialist. Not good. So we need Adams and Berhe. I think Landon Collins and Janoris Jenkins are headed to the Pro Bowl.

Giants either need to just five up on the run or change run plays. This isnt working.

My money is on Tony Romo being the Jets QB next year. Its a Jets thing to do.

Nov. 7th, 2016 03:45 pm (UTC)
You are right; it is time to see what Petty can do with a full week's gameplan. I got to see him in person a few years back when Baylor slaughtered my UB Bulls and he really looked impressive; pretty good velocity, nice footwork, and really great spin on the ball. The question has always been whether he can translate his talent into a pro-style offense. There is only one way to truly find out.

This team is really not far from putting it all together. They need a QB that realizes that 3 points is better than an interception... Fitz CANNOT throw that late pick in the end zone. Game-costing decision; take the sack or throw it away. There is LOADS of young talent on the defensive side of the ball. The WR's are very formidable even tho they are missing Decker a lot right now. A good draft class with a starter or two and some cog pieces and this team is not far away from competing in what will eventually become a winnable division... Once Tom Brady retires that is.
Nov. 7th, 2016 04:12 pm (UTC)
Attack Ads
According to my local news this morning since NC is a battleground state, tonight, before tomorrow's election both parties will be airing TWO MINUTE ads several times during prime time viewing hours.

Two minutes to try to convince those who are still unsure that each of them are the right choice for America.

Two minutes to try to change the mind of those who think they already know who they are voting for.

Two minutes to attack each other, or to build up their own tarnished images.

Two minutes that many will brush off or change the channel since they have already heard it all before.

Or it could be two minutes of spewing out "facts" that aren't actually facts (if it is a Trump commercial) or two minutes of trying to speak reason to people (if it is a Clinton commercial).

That is what it feels like this whole election comes down to. Two minutes. So much is on the line here and it seems like half the states have lost sight of what would really happen if Trump wins. I don't like Hillary, but I'd rather take email scandal over the piles of things that Trump has done and is going to court for right after the election. I don't want my daughter to grow up as a second class citizen just because she is female (that's where this seems to go, I mean Trump Jr basically said he would like to repeal the 19th amendment that allows women to vote!) It seems they are pushing so hard and so blindly that I'm sure years from now some reporter will ask Mr Trump about his running for president and he will look directly to the reporter and say
"I never did that."

On another note...
For those who early voted shouldn't there be a way to block these ads?

Oh, I can't wait to see Dr Strange. Hoping to catch it over the next weekend, glad to hear it was great.
Nov. 7th, 2016 05:24 pm (UTC)
Alright mr. Martin. You have convinced me i'm voting Clinton. I looked into it and thought very much over this. I realize how important it is now. I understand. But if Trump wins, and he very well could, a lot of people will be extremely depressed and afraid. If you can, give us winds of winter when possible! It will help soothe the pain. Heck, if Hilary wins give it to us as a celebratory reading :-)
All jokes (kinda) thanks for leading me to the right path with your posts, hope this goes well. Tomorrow we as a nation decide the fate of our future.
Nov. 7th, 2016 06:32 pm (UTC)
If it happens...
You know George, if the worst comes to the worst and he does get in, you're more than welcome to come wait out the storm in Ireland. I know we don't have american football, but we have gaelic football and hurling for you to sink your teeth into. I know the weather won't be as good as you're used to but if it's a choice between Trump and rain, I'd take the rain.

Have yet to see Doctor Strange, must get on that before it's gone...
Michael Nigro
Nov. 7th, 2016 06:54 pm (UTC)
Jets QB...
At this rate the Jets and Browns are more likely to decipher the AA prophecy correctly than find a franchise QB. It's so disheartening.
Nov. 7th, 2016 06:58 pm (UTC)
Doctor Strange was a pretty good time. The story was very formulaic and even middling... but the characters were really fun, the magic looked wonderful, and the environments were pure Ditko. And it was funny!

Now, onward to Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
Nov. 7th, 2016 07:48 pm (UTC)
What makes you think Dikto WASN'T in the movie? After all, when was the last time you saw him?
Nov. 7th, 2016 11:48 pm (UTC)
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