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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.

Comments

KalvinNygen
Nov. 7th, 2016 01:23 am (UTC)
Political Opinion
Hey George. It's very easy for you celebrities in Hollywood and famous people like you to give your opinions on who to vote for. I mean, you are unimaginably wealthy. The outcome of who will become the next president will most likely not affect you since you live your life in luxury and out of touch from the majority of the American people. However, the outcome of who will become President will affect almost all of the people of this country.

For example if Mrs. Clinton wins, she will most likely bring over the Syrian refugees fleeing from the vicious Civil Wars that are going on in the Middle East. Those refugees will likely go to live in many inner cities across the U.S. Of course, you will not be affected by this because I imagine you are nice and comfortable with your current status.

Overall, I just wanted to say that I am too sick and tired of this election and can't wait for it be over.
RaUL_AMDERLAINE
Nov. 7th, 2016 01:31 am (UTC)
Re: Political Opinion
You know who else is famous, unimaginably wealthy and will most likely not be affected in his life in luxury and out of touch from the majority of the American people?

Yeah, Donald Trump.
grrm
Nov. 7th, 2016 01:34 am (UTC)
Re: Political Opinion
I hope some of the Syrian refugees come to Santa Fe. They'd be welcome here.

It's the right of every American to give their opinions on the election. "Celebrities" do not give up that right when they become successful. Whether anyone listens or not, of course, is up to them.

And fwiw the Republicans not only have their own celebrities, like Trump himself, but they also have way more mega-rich donors who fund their PACs. You think the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson are in touch with the majority of the American people?

It's true, I have money... though nowhere near as much as guys like the Kochs or Trump himself. But my friends and family are mostly middle class or poor or struggling, I own a small business, I live on a regular street, eat at the same restaurants and attend the same cons I have for decades. I do have a nice car now... but I still drive my beloved old 1985 Mazda RX-7 too, and I have not forgotten the projects where I grew up, and the years we lived on my father's unemployment insurance.
RaUL_AMDERLAINE
Nov. 7th, 2016 01:50 am (UTC)
Re: Political Opinion
"When I was poor and complained about inequality they said I was bitter, now I'm rich and complain about inequality they say I'm a hypocrite. I'm starting to think they just don't want to talk about inequality." - Russell Brand
Bo King
Nov. 7th, 2016 03:32 am (UTC)
Re: Political Opinion
George,

I appreciate your being a voice of sanity with these posts. Many and more of us have the same anxiety you have, and it's interesting to read your thoughts about it. Please keep sharing them. ABQ resident here, It's glad to have you in the state, especially during a close election year.
Jennifer Peace Vanderputten
Nov. 7th, 2016 03:47 am (UTC)
Re: Political Opinion
We would welcome the refugees here in Carrboro and Chapel Hill as well. Our family struggled as I grew up and yet always found a way to make room for people in need. Neither my parents nor I have regretted it.

And indeed, celebrities do not give up their right to free speech. I'm more concerned about the powerful, quiet, hidden individuals influencing decisions that have a concrete effect on my everyday life. Most celebrities do not fall into that category.
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Immigration - cyniclclasicist - Nov. 7th, 2016 08:55 am (UTC) - Expand
fifmut
Nov. 7th, 2016 09:59 am (UTC)
Re: Political Opinion
Wow, you still have the RX-7? Is it still called Daydreamer, as it was called in The Armageddon Rag (I think)?
Re: Political Opinion - grrm - Nov. 7th, 2016 06:35 pm (UTC) - Expand
TonyXyz1
Nov. 7th, 2016 01:52 am (UTC)
RE: Political Opinion
Thank you. Someone needed to say that.
fourfour44
Nov. 7th, 2016 02:02 am (UTC)
RE: Political Opinion
I think you need to re-read the post. Specifically the Lincoln quote about "fooling some of the people some of the time" and think about what group of people that statement includes.
Jonathan Potter
Nov. 7th, 2016 02:44 am (UTC)
Re: Political Opinion
Of course there's a nugget of truth in what you say, and so the fact that you obviously consider Trump to be the one who will save you from all of those things is just even sadder.

If you're working class (or even middle class), Trump is not your friend. The GOP is not your friend. None of these people care about you at all.
Danny Alvarado
Nov. 7th, 2016 06:14 am (UTC)
Re: Political Opinion
It's funny how soon he forgets that we, his fans and former fans alike, are in fact, very scrupulous, capable people, able to form conclusions through our own means… just look at the great theories the fandom carefully crafted so very diligently over the years.

Joining the ASoIaF fandom has shown me that there is so many capable people out there, so very smart and perceptive, always peering beneath the surface, never immediately accepting things at face value.

Likewise, this election has shown me that many Americans are no different. We won't just look at television commercials, tune in to the mainstream media, then pack it up and go home, take things as we think they are. No, we don't stop there. We research.

And I feel what George is advocating for is surrender… that we should surrender ourselves to intuition, that we should deem our immediate judgment infallible, as he has. Don’t bother looking beneath the surface; don’t bother opening the door; he’s nudged it ajar enough that he can picture the whole room and the rooms beyond.

"A Simple Observation" -His words, summing up the extent of his perspective on the election, and telling us just how little effort he put in contrast to half of America.

Re: Political Opinion - f4f3 - Nov. 7th, 2016 07:53 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Political Opinion - Danny Alvarado - Nov. 8th, 2016 03:59 am (UTC) - Expand
redguardricky
Nov. 7th, 2016 12:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Political Opinion
The median household income of a Trump voter in the Republican primaries was about $72,000. I'm guessing they weren't thinking about how Syrian refugees would affect their lives in the inner cities when they voted for him.
diogosalazar
Nov. 7th, 2016 06:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Political Opinion
The problem I have with the polarization of "we can't help syrians refugees because we already have americans suffering here" is bullshit.
So, you have homeless and jobless people, you also have veterans suffering medical conditions (who might also be homeless and jobless), so why not help veterans first than, say, someone who used to work on a coal mine in Kentucky? The correct answer is you help when you can, where you can, how you can. I don't think that most of the syrians refugees would receive any kind of governmental support besides food stamps and possibly some english classes, although I doubt. In the end it will depend on the help of donations.
I have no say in the american election (I'm a brazilian immigrant in Canada) but it baffles me, that on this day and age, you see an american candidate saying that the United States should wage more wars to conquer territory to take their resources. And worse, he might have an actual chance of winning (34% according to 538, this morning).
starkdad
Nov. 7th, 2016 07:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Refugees
As an historian I feel compelled to comment re the March of Folly that seems the lot of the human race - we seem to learn nothing from our past mistakes.

To the point: in the late '30s the Nazi's sent a boat load of Jewish refugees out of Germany. No country would accept them (including the US). People claimed Nazi spies were among them, they would be a burden on the host country, didn't speak our language etc etc. They returned to Germany and died horrible deaths in concentration camps. The Nazis thereafter had a great propaganda coup - see you won't take these people either we are justified in our actions in ridding the world of them!

But we learn nothing from history...

Its highly unlikely that the mostly women and children being saved from the ravages of civil war would pose any threat to the US or "soil" our inner cities. Most immigrants work hard to make a life for themselves in their adopted country (usually out doing the natives). Many may become very pro-US since we acted to save them (great intelligence re radicals -its why US radicals are rapidly caught unlike in Europe where they fade into disaffected communities).

Finally what kind of country have we become that we will take no risks to save what all agree are mostly desperate people. Where is our courage our can do spirit? Most countries are taking far more than we are (see Canada) with far fewer resources. The great nation that stormed the beaches in Normandy and fought the Nazis to a stand still in the frozen Ardennes to free the people of Europe - now terrified of women and children - because they don't look like us!

Yes we need to make America great again by stopping the fear mongering, scrape goating of "others" (not the Westeros kind) and relgious intolerance being pushed by politicians.

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