It sure looks like Andrew Cuomo is going to get away with all of it, huh? He can grope any woman he wants, he can kill thousands of grandmas by condemning them to COVID-ravaged nursing homes, and he’ll get through it unscathed because nobody with the power to do anything about it has the will to do anything about it.
Shame is for the weak:
“I told you the truth,” proclaimed the liar:
He knows it’s a lie. You know it’s a lie. He knows you know it’s a lie. And it doesn’t matter, because he has the power and you don’t.
This man is a sociopath, and I don’t mean that in a good way.
Andrew Cuomo is everything the Dems falsely claim Ron DeSantis is. Whenever they make an accusation against DeSantis, you can bet it’s something Cuomo has actually done. What do they care about the truth anyway? Power. Everything else is secondary.
Cuomo’s presidential ambitions are on hold, so I guess that’s something. Although who knows? We’re through the looking glass here. If this soulless vampire can lie through his gore-caked fangs while lounging atop a pile of corpses, why couldn’t he convince enough half-awake Americans that he can be president? Just look at the last few creeps we’ve elected.
Ride out the bad headlines, keep lying your ass off, and wait for your moment. It sure worked for [FILL IN POLITICIAN’S NAME HERE].
This is why I hate politics, and it’s also why I’m too scared to stop following politics. Most people don’t care, and honestly I can’t blame them. It’s exhausting. The constant lies are soul-crushing. It isn’t like pushing back the tide with a broom. It’s like pushing back the tide with a toothpick.
But the alternative is to let it go unremarked, and I just can’t do that. These bastards want to control my life, and I won’t give it to them without a fight. I have next to no influence, nobody cares what I have to say about anything, and I have every incentive to give this up and find something better to do with my life. But I just hate seeing these bastards win. I defy them. I’ll speak truth to power even when the cynical assholes who usually say “Speak truth to power”1 want me to shut up.
Here’s a question for my lib acquaintances who are reading this: If you think it’s justified to yell at Tucker Carlson in a tackle shop because you disagree with him about vaccines, how can you turn a blind eye to what Andrew Cuomo has done? If you actually believe Carlson has blood on his hands, why aren’t you screaming about the governor of New York? Cuomo has killed at least four times more New Yorkers than Mohamed Atta did. How do you rationalize condemning a TV pundit for expressing an opinion, while excusing a corrupt, incompetent elected official who’s been caught red-handed abusing his power?
How much do you actually believe the things you claim to believe?
Liberal bias in the news isn’t just about the information we’re given. It’s also about the information we’re not given. For example, if an Asian-American is attacked in the street and you’re not immediately given the race of the attacker, just do a little digging and you’ll discover that the attacker is African-American. Why isn’t that the headline? Because it doesn’t serve the agenda of our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters in the press.
Similarly, you can almost always tell when a Democrat is in trouble because the news doesn’t tell you he’s a Democrat:
And sure enough, Rep. Gerald Brady has a big ol’ (D) after his name. If he were a Republican, that would be the first thing you were told about him. Because that fits the narrative: “Racist Republican Proves Republicans Are All Racist.”
As for Brady’s crime? He used “a slur for Chinese women” in an e-mail. Does that mean he’s a racist and/or a sexist? I have no idea, but those are the rules. Kudos to the Delaware Dems for enforcing them, and a wag of the finger to The Hill for covering up yet another Dem in trouble.
Hey, remember that stuff Tucker Carlson said about the NSA a few weeks ago? Remember how all the lefties scoffed, defending the government they’ll go back to hating the next time somebody with an (R) after his or her name is president? Yeah, it turns out Tucker was right. Not that any of his haters will ever admit it, but he was right.
I’m not really paying attention to the Olympics because they are stupid, and I’m no fan of cancel culture, but this is outrageous:
Wow. I can’t believe this is literal video from the Olympics and somebody actually said all that stuff on network TV. I am legitimately outraged, and this is not a joke. Please spread the word about this horrible thing that happened in real life and isn’t a gag from some comedian. And please make sure to tell everybody I said so.
Here’s a spoiler for the season 2 finale of The Mandalorian, which came out seven months ago so you should’ve seen it already if you’re ever going to:
At the end of the season, Luke Skywalker showed up to be Grogu’s2 new babysitter, leaving Mando alone and Disney without a cuddly little cash cow. And Luke’s appearance was kinda cool, but also kinda bad. Cool, because Mark Hamill did the voice. It’s not like he has a bunch of other stuff to do, but it just wouldn’t have been the same if they’d used a soundalike actor. And bad, because the CGI looked surprisingly cheap for such an expensive show. It was as if Disney ran out of money at the end of the season and just said, “Ehhhh, this is good enough for the nerds. They’ll swallow any old garbage we throw at ‘em. They didn’t leave us over Solo, did they?”
To give you an idea how bad the CGI was, look at this far superior homemade deepfake, made in four days by a YouTube user named “Shamook”:
The one on the right looks like 1983 Mark Hamill. The one on the left looks like a cutscene from a PS3 game. Some regular-ass guy working from home did a Star War better than the people who do the Star Wars.
If you saw this deepfake back in December and wondered why Lucasfilm didn’t just hire this “Shamook” guy, well, they just did. It’s nice to see the little guy make good, and it’s also smart of Lucasfilm to bring this guy on board. Better to have the camel inside the tent pissing out than outside pissing in.
“Shamook” has also fixed the de-aging CGI in The Irishman. That was the big draw when the movie came out — Scorsese directs a young De Niro again! — but I found it distractingly awful. Now De Niro actually looks like himself back in his younger days, not a disturbing goblin from a drunkard’s nightmare:
“Shamook” has a whole channel of this stuff, fixing bad CGI from recent movies and playing “What If” by inserting different actors into classic films. Ever wanted to watch Tom Selleck playing Indiana Jones or John Travolta playing Forrest Gump like they were originally supposed to? Now you can see what that might’ve looked like.
This technology is both amazing and terrifying. Yeah, it’s great for aging actors who want to keep the ride going for a little longer, and for producers who want to switch out “problematic” actors without doing reshoots. (Like when Army of the Dead replaced Chris D’Elia with Tig Notaro.)
But it’s terrifying because this technology is going to be horribly abused. Politicians can now deepfake their opponents into compromising situations on video. Repressive regimes can manufacture their own truth to maintain power over their people. Tom Cruise can be 29 forever, even after L. Ron’s mystical powers have ebbed.
The camera has always been able to lie, and now it’s easier than ever. God help us all.
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Notice how they only say “Speak truth to power” when they’re not in charge? But one little inauguration later, they’re all unquestioning patriots again. It’s an easier way to live, switching back and forth as “your team” goes in and out of power, but I just can’t do it. That’s not virtue-signaling, it’s just plain bullheadedness. If you loved me for that attitude during the Obama administration but hated me for it during the Trump administration, or vice versa… Shrug emoji!
That’s “Baby Yoda” to the normies. Which is fine! It’s okay to get it wrong because you don’t know any better. Don’t worry about it.