Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Derrick's Tentative GA Schedule

In case anyone is interested, this is where I PLAN on being and when.  I stress the word "plan" because the best laid plans for GA can easily crumble into dust in mere hours but that's the beauty of GA...



1:00 - 2:30pm -- Young Adult Orientation
2:45 - 4:00pm -- GA Orientation
5:45 - 6:45pm -- Southern Regional Welcoming
5:30 - 7:45pm -- Banner Parade Registration/Line-Up
8:00 - 10:00pm -- Opening Celebration and Plenary I
10:30 - 11:30pm -- Young Adult Worship


7:45 - 8:45am -- Thursday Morning Worship (Rev. Wendy von Zirpolo)
8:45 - 10:15am -- Plenary II
10:45am-12:00pm --
-Six Words, One Image: A Worship Arts Immersion
-Covenant.  Covenant?  Covenant!
-Road From Phoenix: Building On Justice General Assembly
-Rev. Peter Morales
-Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
-What Young Adults Look For In a Congregation
-Inside & Out: Congregations and Beyond
1:45 - 3:00pm --
-Choose Compassionate Consumption
-Civil Disobedience: It Takes a Team
-Put Your Money Where Your Covenant Is!
3:30 - 4:45pm --
-Beyond Contentment: Motivating Members to Do More
-Queer, Transgender, Bisexual, Gay, and Lesbian Youth Ministry
5:15 - 5:45pm -- Plenary III
5:45 - 6:15pm -- Thursday Evening Worship
6:15 - 7:30pm -- Where Is Our Energy? (Witness)
8:30 - 10:00pm -- Candidates Forum
10:30 - 11:30pm -- Youth Worship


7:45 - 8:45am -- Friday Morning Worship: Broken Vows, Whole Lives
8:45am - 12:00pm -- Plenary IV
12:45 - 1:30pm -- Reflection Groups
1:45pm-3:00pm --
-Plant and Grow a Campus Ministry
-The Fifth Principle Task Force, It’s Time
-Occupy Your Faith!
-Cheap Eats.  Just Eats.
-Young Adult Caucus II
-Eboo Patel
3:30 - 6:00pm -- Plenary V
7:30 - 8:30pm -- Ware Lecture: Eboo Patel
8:30 - 10:00pm -- Synergy: Building a Bridge to the Future
10:15 - 11:15pm -- Post-Bridging Celebration


7:45 - 8:45am -- Saturday Morning Worship: In Global Covenant
8:45am - 12:00pm - Plenary VI
10:30am - 4:00pm - POLLS ARE OPEN (Elections)
12:45 - 1:30pm - Reflection Groups
1:45pm-3:00pm --
-Are You Considering the Ministry?
-Carry the Flame: Congregations and Beyond
-The Teachable Heart: Lay Leadership Formation
-Gathered Here: Giving Life to Our Faith
3:30 - 5:00pm -- Plenary VII
5:30 - 6:45pm --
-Building the Movement to End the New Jim Crow
-Young Adult Caucus IV: Elections
-Building Beloved Community In New and Exciting Ways
-Taking Action on the Doctrine of Discovery Resolution
7:00 - 8:00pm -- New Jim Crow Organizing Meeting
8:30 - 10:00pm - Service of the Living Tradition
10:30 - 11:30pm - Young Adult Worship


7:45 - 8:30am -- Youth and Young Adult Worship: Circle of Faith
9:00 - 10:30am -- Sunday Morning Worship
10:30am - 2:00pm -- Banner Retrieval
11:00am - 12:00pm -- Plenary VIII
12:45 - 1:30pm -- Reflection Groups
1:45 - 6:00pm -- Plenary IX

(I will sadly be missing the Closing Celebration because my flight is at 7:39)

Monday, May 13, 2013

Rachel Maddow Reams PolitiFact -OR- Why I Can't Watch Rachel Maddow Anymore

I've waited so long to hear someone with a national voice utterly destroy PolitiFact for their ass backwards brand of fact checking that involves, among other things, including every possible interpretation of the statements they "fact check" in their final analysis of how true said statements are.

Along comes Rachel Maddow to show me why I had to stop watching her in the first place by doing just a horrible job of depantsing PolitiFact.

Does she outline the ridiculous reasons PolitiFact uses in their analysis of this statement (let alone other statements)?  Barely.  Does she bring in other examples of PolitiFact's overwhelming desire to appear as moderate/neutral/impartial (read: middling) as possible stomping all over any ability to truly be any sort of neutral arbiter of factual information?  Surely you jest.  Instead, in true Rachel Maddow form, she engages in a dizzying, circuitous exercise of contemptuous, condescending verbal gymnastics specifically designed to do nothing more than rhetorically ridicule and publicly shame the object of her disdain.  It's the kind of bloviating you expect to hear out of someone like Sean Hannity or Bill O'Reilly except it's coming from the left and I just can't take it anymore.

I used to love Rachel Maddow.  I used to look to her as a voice of reason in cable news, someone with integrity and intelligence enough to engage viewers in serious intellectual debate.  But I guess since the departure of Keith Olbermann, someone has had to take up the mantle of arrogant condescension and shock value shaming and blaming.  It's the same reason I could never watch Ed Schultz or Al Sharpton.  Chris Matthews is almost as bad but at least he engages in some semblance of debate even if he always thinks he's right.  As tired as I am of the Republicans and their nonsense, I'm almost equally tired of people on my side constantly condescendingly implying that liberals/progressives are always right about everything and Republicans are fundamentally flawed and consistently wrong, dumb, and/or evil.  There is wisdom on both sides of every issue and the more we deny that, the more polarized we will be, and the less we will be able to accomplish.

Here's a link to an article online (on a website that uses the word "liberal" five times in its header alone) heaping praise on Maddow for "nail[ing] PolitiFact to the wall": http://samuel-warde.com/2013/05/rachel-maddow-nails-politifact-to-the-wall/

 Here is the video of Maddow ostensibly "nail[ing] PolitiFact to the wall"...

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Fake Fighting Digest -- WWE Roundup (Raw 5/6/13 & Smackdown 5/10/13): Ryback Nip-Slips and The Great Khali Just Generally Being Awesome

RAW 5/6/13

-God dammit, Cena.  It's not bad enough you co-opted Daniel Bryan's "YES!" chants while he was fighting in a match that you cost him?  You had to cut an ENTIRE PROMO based on co-opting his chants?  This is incredibly annoying, even for you.  I can't even believe I just said that but there it is.
-THANK YOU VICKIE *clap clap clapclapclap*
-Seriously, though, I'm really starting to love Vickie and her "EXCUSE ME"s.  Not so much that "Cougar" necklace, though.
-Seriously, though, John Cena is ten years old.  There are few things in wrestling less compelling than him insulting people.  In five minutes he has derided Ryback for "running away screaming like a little girl" because he wisely decided against a match against The Shield that most likely would have ended up with him getting the crap kicked out of him, called him a "complainer" for calmly explaining his legitimate issues with Cena, done a super fucking clever impression of Ryback that involved snorting, and told Vickie that no one should have to see her panties in spite of the fact that no one other than him actually suggested showing her panties to anyone.  All that's left is for him to tell him his breath stinks and call him "jack."
-Last Man Standing!  I love it except for the fact that John Cena will now end up winning the match by standing on one leg.  But it's a brilliant choice by Ryback after Cena idiotically waived the right to name the stipulation in the match.

Co-opting gimmicks, making horrible decisions, and making idiotic insults?  All in a day's work...

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Fake Fighting Digest -- TNA iMPACT! 5/9/13: Presented By Sexual Harassment Panda

-Sting won't settle for the best.  He needed the best of the best.  So he called the 44-year-old.  To be fair, Angle is 10 years younger than Sting, which probably makes him an up-and-comer in the eyes of The Icon.
-So I'm assuming AJ Styles has been told by TNA Creative to avoid speaking at all costs.  So, for about the 74th time, AJ shows up to face someone who has called him out only to say and do nothing except a lot of brooding and then symbolically walk away.  Angle ain't having it, gets physical with AJ, leading to a brawl, which leads to Stung getting laid out by 3D for the first time ever (which I honestly enjoyed more than a little bit).  So now we still don't know who the third man on Stung's team is.  God help me if it's Hulk freaking Hogan.  (JO-SEPH-PARK!  JO-SEPH-PARK!  JO-SEPH-PARK!)  Meanwhile this AJ Styles storyline continues to go absolutely nowhere and take fucking forever to do it thanks in no small part to AJ's unique communication style...

Interviewer: AJ, are you really gonna leave those guys hanging out there high and dry?
AJ: *broods*
Mrs. Styles: AJ, what do you want for dinner tonight?
AJ: *broods*
Mrs. Styles: With or without the sauce?
AJ: *broods*
Lil' Styles: Dad, can you help me with my homework?  This Algebra is killing me!
AJ: *stares at Lil' Styles, trying to look intense but actually looking more deeply puzzled than anything*
Lil' Styles: Thanks, Dad!  You're the best!
Mrs. Styles: Dinner is ready, guys!  Honey, would you say grace?
AJ: *broods*
Mrs. Styles and Lil' Styles: Amen!
AJ: *stares intently at his food as it slowly disappears into his stomach*

Friday, May 10, 2013

Monday, May 6, 2013

VIDEO GOLD: Searching for Steve Ditko

Here at Vundablog.com we want to honor and respect the comic book gods. And one such god is Steve Ditko.

In Search of Steve Ditko is a fascinating documentary narrated by Jonathan Ross of the BBC. This documentary is a great chance to see lots of cool Steve Ditko art and learn about the man who designed the Spiderman suit and some of the most influential comics of all time. They not only talk about the Marvel books like Spiderman and Dr. Strange but also his later creations at Charlton Comics like the Question and Mr. A and his DC creations the Creeper, and Hawk and Dove. Ditko's story themes and morality tales are dissected by comics greats like Joe Quesada, John Romita, Alan Moore, Mark Millar, Neil Gaiman, and Stan Lee. The documentary explains Ditko's complicated objectivist political ideology that falls in line with over-hyped writer Ayn Rand.  Alan Moore talks about how Rorschach is inspired by Ditko's work. Hearing John Romita worry about his art style on Spiderman is very humorous in retrospect, as he is one of the pillars of the character. It's also interesting to see the old writers talk about what a pay check these old cherished books are. Enjoy

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Fake Fighting Digest: WWE Roundup (Raw & Smackdown)

RAW 4/29/13

-Big E Langston takes on Ricardo Rodriguez and Zeb Coulter in a three-way dance and the winner gets to pick the stipulation for the match at Extreme Rules?  Oh, this is GENIUS.  Especially if Big E doesn't win.  Actually, Big E winning would be way too obvious.  I fully expect him to lose.  Especially since triple threat matches are always No DQ.

-Wait so AJ stops Zeb from getting the win...and then just stands there while RR gets the pin?
-That was seriously wildly entertaining.  A healthy dose of Big E beating the snot out of RR and Zeb, plenty of funny (Coulter collapsing and claiming his knee went out leading to RR attacking Big E with the bucket totally made me lol so hard), a particularly fun, enjoyable sequence where each of the three wrestlers intervened on behalf of their representatives in the match leading to a perfectly logical reason to have Big E out of the ring for the pinfall...Bravo, WWE...Bravo...

Oh yeah...also Zubaz pants...can't forget the Zubaz pants...

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Saturday Smodcast Share Time: Walt Flanagan Draws Pt. 5 Arkhamites

I love watching Walt Flanagan Draw I hope this web-series never stops. I need him to draw all the Doom Patrol, Metal Men, all the Challengers of the Unknown, all of Kirby's fourth world characters, and then I wanna see Walt draw the Marvel Universe. Please keep this series going smod co crew. This week Walt draws two more members of the Dark Knight Detective's rogues gallery: The Riddler and Clayface.

Walt's take on the Riddler has the 60's Batman vibe. I think that series captured the Riddler most accurately of all the series villains. His green and purple design is classic and parroted by other comic book classics such as the Green Goblin and the Incredible Hulk. I like to have some orange in the suit since I grew up watching Jim Carrey riddle it up in Batman Forever. I think one of the most believable and cool designs for the Riddler was from The Batman cartoon that in the 2000's. He looks like Marilyn Manson and is a bomber who has riddles in his bombs that can diffuse them. The next time the Riddler makes it to the big screen I wouldn't be surprised to see him interpreted like that. 


Clayface has become an archetypal comic book baddie for both aspects of his character. One he's a shape shifter paving the way for the likes of Mystique, the Skrulls, Primus, and Inque. The other villain archetype Clayface cements is the amorphous blob villain which has spawned such imitators as Chemo, Plasmus, and Spore(from the Astounding Wolf-man/Invincible Universe).
There have been eight Clayfaces in the comics. The traditional and iconic Clayface that comes to mind when people mention him to me is the amalgam Clayface used in the BTAS. That Clayface was a has been actor named Matt Hagen who is disfigured and needs Daggets special face cream to keep his good looks. Things go awry and he's mutated into the big amorphous clay monster. This amazing animation and the voice performance by Ron Perlman is classic, and makes Clayface one of my top 5 Bat villains. It looks like a piece out of an Oscar worthy anime.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Fake Fighting Digest -- TNA iMPACT 5/2/13: THAT MEANS BONER!

-Our show opens with Hogan claiming that he and Sting "almost came to blows" last week.  I guess if you widen the definition of "almost coming to blows" to include "having a baseball bat pointed at your throat" then yeah, they totally "almost came to blows."

Hats off to you, "Heel Turn" sign guy.  I'm with you.

-So last week Sting and Hogan "almost came to blows" and then this week Hogan apologizes to Sting and kisses his feet and everything is peachy again.
-Hogan says a title shot isn't going to be handed to Sting nor is it going to be handed to Matt Morgan.  What IS going to be handed to both men is a match tonight to decide who gets a title shot.  This is why TNA can't have nice things.
-Not only that but Sabin has finally returned after 11 months and he's in a match with a shot at the X title on the line with Xema Ion who just lost an X title match and Sonjay "Best Wrestler Ever to Go Absolutely Nowhere" Dutt.  Can't imagine who's gonna win this one...

Kurt Angle, who exactly are you talking to?  Go home, Kurt Angle, you are drunk!

-By the way, what exactly does "Save Wrestling 2020" mean?  Is he giving himself until 2020 to save wrestling?  Is he running for president of wrestling in 2020?  Someone please explain this to me.