Seeing is not believing: A true Biola Confession

It’s about maybe midday somewhere in LA while a friend of mine and I are talking about stuff. You know … friend stuff. Needless to say it’s a Monday, we’re chomping down eating pizza when we start talking about fun little mischievous things we’ve done during our lives. I tell him about the time that I blew up a massive firework next to my house while my mother and sisters were having a “chick-flick” night. We have a good laugh. However, then he unloads on me this insane story that I think pretty much seals the deal as him being “Master of the Trolls” or “Trollmaster 5000”.

It made me realize that for every single good thing the internet can give us it also can give us quite a lot of misinformation but also a lot of amazing insights into just how much “group-think” can become a part of what is “accepted”. However, it also makes me wary of EVER again trusting someone’s story online … unless they have pretty verifiable evidence of it ever happening to them.

A lot of the story revolves around the website “Biola Confessions” and it’s adjoining group on Facebook.

Needless to say here’s his “Confession” and I promise that this one is 100% true.

“About 6 years ago I began trolling Biola’s Confession page, mainly because the private Christian university I attended had one that wasn’t as fun (I was friends with the confession’s page admin) and I was looking for some laughs. I love stirring up discussions, that’s why I like to troll. I’ve gotten some very funny confessions published over the years and to my credit, of the 8000+ or so confessions Biola has published I can take credit for about 1/4th of them being mine. I don’t even go here, but having gone through the private Christian school education I had plenty of ammunition to empathize, relate and trigger plenty of students and alumni past and present.
Fast forward to present day, and Biola’s confessions page is still alive and running by handed down keys from the prior student admins. Today I troll with pro and anti feminist critiques, pro/anti cultural appropriation manifestos, homophobic/pro LGBTQIAA rants and everything else in between, and I usually mask the voicing of the confession with a triggered entitled soul that comes from privilege or from a fringe minority upbringing with a sprinkle of flawed logic to get the Philosophy and Exegetical fact checkers typing away at the error they have discovered in said confession. Letting one of these confessions run on the page gives me much pleasure as 1) I’m completely anonymous submitting it 2) it serves as a litmus test to the current/past student body’s ideologies commenting on it and 3) it has caused some funny politically correct changes in organizations at Biola’s campus.
One time I ran a confession that critiqued BQU (Biola’s Queer Underground) name of their organization as being inherently discriminatory against the LGBTQIAA community for not having each of their minority representations of those other letter abbreviations included in their club’s name and they actually changed their club’s name to the Biola Equal Ground because of it. I was blown away that I actually caused this through a troll confession and I was hooked.
I one time got into a 70+ public comment argument anonymously with the page’s admin. I confessed that I switched room mates when I brought up to my RA that my room mate was gay and that I didn’t want any room for temptation to affect my time at Biola. The page admin (who was a lesbian) was deeply triggered and ran my anonymously up the wall as being homophobic etc. while other students defended me having the right to switch room mates. None of this ever happened of course which made the discussion very compelling.
Another time I got other commentators into a 96+ comment thread argument when I confessed that I thought taking my wife’s last name was a noble thing and that I was proud to be her husband. As you would expect the pro alpha male bros came out of the woodwork with the progressive LGBTQIAA social justice warriors going back and forth with each other.  You can imagine the stuff that was spewed from both sides of the ideology spectrum. Eventually the admin just deleted all the comments because people started personally attacking each other.
I can go on about the joys I’ve had trolling this confession’s page. I don’t know why after 6 years I still do it, but like a smart phone notification bringing a shot of endorphins to one’s body, the moment someone gets triggered from a troll confession, my endorphins get a fat dose of satisfaction. If I helped bring to light some fringe ideologies at the end of the day, great! I really have used this as a rat lab of social experiments in my own vacuum behind a keyboard and it’s been a very fun research pet project to say the least. Never change Biola Confessions! Never Change!”



It’s why in this era of newfound victimization …. it may be better to be wary and cautious in the face of undependable accusations and stories.

Every time now I see thousands enraged online … or hundreds of “offended” people I question the veracity of their offense. The same goes for ultra salty or seemingly “racist” comments. Are these people actually real? Are they trolling or are they serious? These are legitimate questions to ask and why in today’s world … seeing is not always believing.



Review: Star Wars the Last Jedi

Alright well it is finally that time of year!!

Time to pull out all the stops and get down to biz of reviewing the newest star wars.

Part of the reason why I’m doing this is because I felt like I needed to say something and part of it is also because I needed to properly extricate those thoughts in the process so here it goes.

First if you are wondering whether this movie is worth seeing I’ll say this much … most likely. I wouldn’t go as far as saying that it was a fantastic film but it definitely has its moments and as a whole as some nice parts.

However, the movie is continually bogged down by choppy sections, outright massive problems with its structure, and just generally poor writing and lack of proper tone.

Similar to Force Awakens the movie suffers from what I can only refer to as fandomism in that it doesn’t “feel” all that much like a Star Wars film but rather the “greatest fan made Star Wars film in the vision of Rian Johnson”.


Out of all the Star Wars films this one maybe feels the LEAST like an actual Star Wars film on many levels. It’s got some fantastic parts of the story whenever Rey and Kylo are on screen and there are some nice new additions (Rose) and (Porgs) but overall how certain characters are used throughout the film leaves a lot wanting. Particularly there is a major plot point of the film that seems to stutter the film from pulling itself up into greater heights and being able to really soar. Besides that there really feels like a lot of waste in this film in terms of story and a lot of choices structure wise that feel “contrarian for contrarians sake” rather than an real effort to want to craft something new. Instead of opting to create they’ve come simply to tear down styles that came before and that hurts in my opinion the film.

Besides this there were also weird moments in the films were jokes were interspersed that didn’t feel right. In many ways it made the film feel like a Marvel movie although with it’s Bathos aspects cut back.


I find it rather interesting that in many of the newer Star Wars films they’ve opted more for a science fiction visual approach to the new trilogy rather than a more space opera approach to the visuals. That is all well and good but they CAN do giant space opera type epic battles and mythos as we saw in Rogue One. While everything in this film definitely looks the part and there definitely are a few moments that are amazing a lot of the action feels slightly contrived or doesn’t seem to work or slow. That being said there are quite a number of great visuals so that is definitely not a problem overall except in a few areas.


As per the newer movies this film (as well as Force Awakens and Rogue One) has managed to destroy the Kryptonite of the Prequels with pretty fantastic acting. No one really stands out as having acted “badly” however, some of the things certain characters are told to say or do does have issues or problems. However, I’d say that has more to do with writing and story rather than the acting itself.


This is probably the weakest area of the film to be honest and while it DOES have a theme, its one that is in my opinion quite weak.

The original Star Wars films bent heavily into the realm of Campbell with the heroes arc/story and in an era of film that lacked in real “true” heroes that were black and white (Easy Rider for example). It gave people something that was “true good” and “true bad” to root for and didn’t mince words. Over time that struggle to “do good” (light-side) or “do bad” (dark-side) has always been at the central theme of Star Wars combined with its intense interest in destiny and redemption.

So it saddened me to see a movie that really pulled away from that ideal crafted in the prior 6 movies and not really challenge our heroes in any meaningful way on a philosophical level. Instead they’ve opted for a message that is far more convoluted and yet also quite more dour that I’ll speak more about in the spoilers section.

As a result of this I’ve decided I’m going to have 2 scores for this film.


Overall, as a film it is far from bad and in many moments quite decent however, between the scenes where the film is “jumping the shark” and doing great it just seems slow and as a result suffers. Probably, the most disappointing film of the year for me not because it was “bad” per say but rather because it had so much potential and instead ended up just being “ok”.

If you are a Star Wars fan such as myself then it nestles nicely into a:


However, as a film it was a marked improvement over Force Awakens but not by much:


Now Onto Spoilers












Ok this movie has a LOT of logic problems and I mean ALOT … 22 to be exact and as a result it just BOGS the movie down with stupid pointless decisions.

Why do they have to have the whole Canto Bight section?

Why didn’t Ackbar being in the movie instead of Holdo for the hyperspace scene?

Why did you introduce Holdo only for her to die within the movie?

Why did Luke’s Character change so drastically from when we last met him?

Many of these questions are asked but NEVER have I seen a movie open up so many can’s of worms only to just say “ohh its ok”.

Angry Joe gives a GREAT summary in this video.

Her gives a lot of great examples and I feel that many of his issues are thing easily fixable by just minor changes.

Besides a lot of the plot holes much of the casting while good felt as though the usage of the characters felt WAY too real politik or as if they were trying to introduce real political plot points into the world of Star Wars.

For example the totally unnecessary and completely useless fabricated conflict between Holdo and Poe. I felt as though Rian was trying to say that “men need to follow their leaders even if their women” or something but from a purely story telling and even logic stand point it doesn’t make sense for Holdo to be coy with Poe. He’s essentially the “wing” or fighter squadron commander EVEN if he is demoted so why keep information from him. You NEED him and any good commander knows that you information is crucial and being able to give your subordinates proper instructions is hugely important. Not to mention … the dude just BLEW up a freaking First Order Dreadnaught.

Besides … her withholding information leads to one of the STUPIDEST Star Wars sideplots ever devised … the trip … to Canto Bight.

The World in and of itself was rather nice. However, it could have been far more interesting and instead just felt like Monaco lite. Which leads to maybe one of the WORSE transgressions a Star Wars film has ever done by trying to say that “all the rich get here because of war profiteering” WAIT WHAT!!? I’m sorry but it was never cool when star wars tried to introduce trade wars in Episode 4 with pseudo Chinese with the Nimodians.

Star Wars at it’s heart always works best when the surroundings feel large lived in and mythic similar in a way to Lord of the Rings while the main characters are intensely and deeply driven by personal vendettas and battles. It’s like snapshot of a giant crazy painting and right in the middle is this one area that stands out from the rest. However, this film felt like they just kept trying to dump in things that didn’t work with the central messages. Canto Bight could have been completely excised and the story in many respects would still work. But that’s the least of it’s worries as the movies main issue is the Rebels, I mean the Resistance, runs away from the First Order in the worlds slowest chase scene ever. By the way how does the First Order who magically still have hundreds of troopers and soldiers and fighters and ships even though their base (StarKiller) just got blown up last movie?

It makes 0 sense.

From “why doesn’t the First Order just hyperspace in front of Leia’s ship?” to “how on earth does Leia survive outside in space” the movie makes jumps that bend or in some ways BREAK the logic established now in Star Wars over 8 movies that feels strange. Cannons firing laser bolts that have drop in space? Leia Surviving the vaccum of space because reasons? Ships only having enough hyperspace for only a few jumps? Even though in prior films we’ve we’ve seen prior ships making dozens of jumps without refueling.

All of it takes you out of the experience and makes me question the Star Wars Story film group that’s the sort of “group” tasked with keeping the films copacetic to a large degree.

If these sort of “basic” things that even someone like myself who isn’t a trained or experienced film worker can spot these glaring tears in the seams of the film how on earth are they ever going to get people to be convinced that these films are worth expending money on?

There was also one of the worst Star Wars lines I think I’ve ever heard in this new Trilogy with Rose’s “That’s how we’re going to win. Not fighting what we hate. Saving what we love” I’m sorry but I had to stop myself from laughing especially since her “saving” Finn would have without the intervention of Luke the destruction of the entirety of the Resistance. It felt incredibly hypocritical especially considering her sister’s actions earlier and of course her own.

Then there were the central themes of the movie which at this point is “Don’t try to be a Hero?” I guess or is “we need to let the past die to move on”. Except a LOT of what makes Star Wars Great is because it’s not supposed to try to be contemporary. I mean it’s sources of inspiration are Flash Gordon serials and old legendary stories. It’s completely in conflict with Star Wars’ central tenets.

Kylo Ren still doesn’t feel like a real villain who is threatening … but rather sort of still a kid “trying to be Darth Vader”.

Then there is Rey who still hasn’t really suffered or failed or been challenged. After just a few days having discovered her powers she’s already “pulling rocks up by the masses” and doing feats that took Jedi before her dozens of years to master. Things like projection and even somehow transporting herself to Chewie’s ship seem not out of the question. Someone who JUST started to wield a light-saber is able to defeat several well trained guards. Again … I could stomach it if she actually was shown training with Luke but instead it was minor philosophy discussion and hardly any training.

What’s the biggest problem though is the disappointment with the reveals. Snoke dying with a minor trick, Rey’s parents being … nobodies, Luke not showing the full extent of his powers. In short it feels like this:

Abrams handing Keyes to Johnson


Rebuttal of Simon Sinek

So a few weeks ago I saw a really interesting video which I’m going to link to here.

Needless to say Simon is a great speaker and I think he touches on some great observations however, he runs into the “old man telling off the young bucks” problem that many people outside the millennial lifestyle just don’t understand.

This most recent video by Simon Sinek has gone extremely viral so it’s only fitting that people would respond however, here is an article that I thought addressed a lot of his thoughts and gives some nice facts as well but I’d just like to talk about my own personal experiences of “being talked down to”.

It was in 2015 in-between jobs and smaller gigs and I was literally trying anyway and anything to get a job in the field that I’d got my degree in. So I attempted to do a shotgunning effect and just send out my resumes and call around to as many places as I possibly and humanely could in a single day. Needless to say it actually worked better than expected and got me some pull over jobs till I got a full-time position through a creative workers agency.

However, during this period as I was scrambling around I had some VERY interesting conversations and more importantly an interview that would change my conceptions of specifically how I was viewed but also how millennials were viewed in the workplace by a lot of people.

So one particular place I went to interview was a company called ENVOY. They’re what I’d like to call a full service marketing agency or a company based around providing branding, ads, tv commercials, and plenty of other things to help companies sell their product. Their a business to business seller to put plainly. I sent them a resume and called them up about the potential for an interview for a jr design position or an internship (not gonna lie yeah I was pretty desperate).

Contrary to the “I’m sorry but we don’t have anything open” I was treated to a very nice conversation with the receptionist who said that they would be willing to see me at an appointed time. I was so surprised and elated that I just said yes and moved everything else to make it work. It was around 10 or 9 in the morning and I made sure that I was dressed in the proper clothing and completely ready for the meeting.

I showed up a little bit early because … that’s just what you do (buffer time space people it’s a thing) and waited. When I was finally ushered into a meeting it was unlike anything that I’d seen. In walked a man (who shall remain unnamed) in a black shirt, shorts, and in socks with flip flops. His face looked like he’d just smashed about 5 beers and was about to fall asleep which made me guess he probably had stayed up either all night on a project or that he’d had one hell of a party the night before. We start talking and introduced myself. While were talking the guy all of a sudden interrupts and says, “listen I’ve got to get some coffee I’ll be right back” which I don’t detest to since he probably needed that coffee pretty bad.

About 10 minutes later he returns and we resume our conversation. Most of our conversation that we had was pretty good albeit stunted because he was still half awake. Then I got a question that I thought I’d never get out of a interview for a position.

“So what do you think about Millenials?”
“Millenials? That’s kind of a broad spectrum could you maybe be more specific?”
“I don’t know just millennials … I mean what do you think about em?”

At this point I’m assuming he’s discussing millennials in the workplace so I just say how I felt about em. That their inexperienced but that like any generation they varied and the ones that had been successfully typically had done so by blood sweat and tears. They had energy and a really aggressive attitude in some cases because of their youth but lacked the knowledge to see potholes coming in the road or leadership experience because while you have some of that the older you get the better and more experienced you become so to speak.

Now, while I’d been in college a good deal of my friends had been engineers who’d worked their butts off to get good jobs after college and that didn’t seem too far off from my own experience until I got my own first job which was amazing in many ways.

So my views of millennials that I’d seen in the workplace was that many of the ones I’d seen were similar to my friends. Hard working grunts … just starting at the bottom of the ladder, but proficient and with enough energy to really dig deep if they needed to to get jobs or projects done.

This question seemed strange to me however, so I asked him a follow up question of what he thought of millennials and his response was one that I’ll never forget.

“Well I think that they’re generally speaking arrogant, entitled, and lazy.” He then went on a diatribe for the next 3-5 minutes about everything that he hated about Millennials and more importantly why they typically didn’t hire them at their workplace. At this point I was kind of worried already about the interview (which I quickly realized this wasn’t but whatever) and at this point I kind of figured that there was really no chance at this place. I was like the genie in Aladdin in bee form … crashing to the earth with flaming realization.

Once his spiel about how bad Millennials were, which wasn’t that different from Sinek’s by the way, came to a close he discussed how that if I was interested I could maybe be a squire of sorts and just observe and watch and then maybe after a few months they’d decide whether to have me on full-time or part ways. The pay wasn’t good as I calculated it out or simply non-existent but I knew the company was great and also that I had a chance to learn which I always enjoyed and to get “better”. So I emailed them but was still apprehensive of the prospect of working at a place that really didn’t seem all that friendly to millennials or would just treat me like I was just there to “get a trophy”.

So I kept calling around and I got a small time temporary offer from another company instead with better pay and I’d be doing stuff directly in my line of work. Needless to say as I looked back at my email and saw that after a week it hadn’t been answered I decided that it wasn’t worth it to take a squire job when I could get in the trenches and with better pay and also be treated like an employee, not a millennial no-nothing. I easily could have called them back and tried to get more details but if the guy didn’t respond in a few days, and hadn’t responded in a week, he probably wouldn’t respond ever.

What’s sad about this whole ordeal though is that I wonder how many other times things like this have happened. Contrary to what that man said Millennials are not lazy.

Of course non-of this is helped by the fact that older people aren’t retiring making getting a job even harder.

Neither are they any more narcissistic as I can tell than those that came before nor are they anymore necessarily arrogant than a lot of the people that came before them as well.

But see here is the problem. Even though you have companies that are literally sprouting up overnight from start ups by 20 year olds in places like Silicon Valley this older generation I think sometimes does the opposite of seeing the “forest for the trees”.

Instead they are unable to see the trees through the forest and judge people on a case by case basis. There is often a problem with this and it came out fully in this election where people openly disavowed others for the sake of death by association.

What Sinek and others fail to see is individuals in each case. Such as is his complete diatribe against using phones and social media. Don’t get me wrong there are huge issues with it, but just because we check our phones frequently doesn’t mean that were obsessed … it just means were bathing in information and a digital landscape we’ve grown up with.

I had a hilarious conversation with my Dad over Christmas while we were at Union Square in San Francisco. He kept asking me why I kept checking my phone to which I replied, “because I want to be courteous to others and make sure I respond to them in a timely manner and also so I can stay informed on current news since I get plush notifications whenever something major happens or someone contacts me whether it be business related or not”. At this point my Dad responded, ” man … they’ve got you good, your notifications are like little bread crumbs they keep feeding you hahaha,”. I laughed because in part it was half-true.

Maybe my generation is just following breadcrumbs, but who says that is a bad thing. Hansel and Gretel used breadcrumbs to escape the forest and find their way home. Perhaps something great and good could come of our breadcrumbs as well.



“So coming from the United States of Donald Trump … Tomorrow after the election day all those who during the campaign were deemed as misfits unfit for civic life and essential to the state WILL be summarily rounded up and shot, or deported back to their home countries. All political enemies will be annihilated and all Muslims will be banned from this country FOREVER!”

From the way people have been on social media this above was what you might think people were seeing on the news over the last 24 hours.

It’s caused riots and multitudes of facebook posts deeming that were a “disgrace” and “half the country is misogynist, racist, ist anything!! AAAAHHRrealsjdfkasjdf!! # not my president”. It’s the END OF THE WORLD PEOPLE … the cubs won the world series, Donald Trump got elected president, and Miyazaki is coming out of retirement again. That and also we have wireless headphones … with wires.

The only problem is … it’s completely overbloated and I’d just like to clear the room and maybe give a little bit of insight into the issue and more importantly some “general” perspective to the matter that hopefully will just calm EVERYONE down so we can soberly access what the heck just happened.

1. Half the country … is NOT racist. OK

I’ll say it here and I’ll say it again. Hillary … was not a very strong candidate. (I mean common people she lost to a dude who ran the apprentice and whose orange hair and spray on tan could have made me look presidential). But worst of all she was a known factor going into this election and this was known for most of the country. The biggest tell though that race and other matters had little to do with this election was generally speaking that both candidates were generally speaking NOT liked. They had the highest dislike polls of any two presidential candidates I can remember going well over the 50 percent mark for both.

People have been displaying this win for Donald as a RESURGENCE or a victory. Actually it’s more like a Pyrrhic Victory. He barely won by the hair on his chiny chin chin people but because of the electoral college he virtually crushed Clinton by almost 50 points. That’s because a couple small victories led to a much LARGER victory overall.

Most people I know who were conservatives who voted for trump hated the man’s guts but they would not bring themselves to vote for Clinton. American’s as a rule hate tyrants and more importantly hate people who seem to be “above the law” and have too much power. Never mind the fact that Clinton was using her powerbase built up over the last 15 years by the Clinton foundation to essentially do both those things. I mean I can’t for the life of me think of a similar situation in history where a Man was elected president and then roughly about 20 years later … HIS WIFE gets elected. It goes against the grain of history and also the typical back and forth every 8 years of politics in the US.

There is plenty of anecdotal evidence for this as well such as the man denouncing Hillary at an Amy
Schumer concert. More importantly I think there was a lot in play and the guys here at this channel explain it pretty clearly (Colin specifically).

Video actually starts at about 6 minutes.

2. Trump himself isn’t a racist.
Now as for Donald Trump being racist. He does have support from racists which is true … but he himself is not so. He’s a populist through and through and operates on the maxim, ” an enemy of my enemy is a friend” so to speak at all costs. While I personally didn’t vote for the guy (I’m in California like my vote matters) I could see why people though across the country could put someone like this forward. Not to mention immigrant … and muslim is not a race people. If you think that all illegal immigrants come from mexico or all muslims come from the middle east I think you might want to look in the mirror.

As for Hillary she did have some shady connections and particularly had been taking Saudi money into the Clinton Foundation which is pretty odd considering that Saudi Arabia is vehemently anti-gay (they throw them off rooftops on occasion), anti-women (women have to be accompanied by a man if they want to go anywhere), and also vehemently anti-transgender which directly goes against what Clinton has been espousing. Similar to others this raised a ton of red flags when she’s accepting millions from these people how could that not be dissimilar to the same problems associate with Trump and racism.

3. The media (you done messed up AARON!!)
This election is going to go down in history as a turning point for media, news ingestion, and more importantly the veritable effect of large scale propaganda by the established media (tv, newspapers, large scale news sites) versus the people generated media or independent media sources.

I kid you not this is historic people and for more reason than one which is that contrary to popular opinion the media really showed it had a blind spot in this election and now that it’s bleeding out … everyone knows … and the sharks smell blood. People just don’t trust the media folks and with good reason I mean just check out these numbers.

And the same thing happened with the super hot leaks from veritas combined with other smaller internet videos showing violence from both sides negating the narrative that “trump is such and such”. But more importantly if you are a businessman it more or less confirms the fact that viewership of television IS falling and has been by 50% since 2000. More importantly this win is a YUGE slap in the face to a lot of people who feel they are just OUT of touch potentially with a lot of the country that voted the way it did.

The traditional bases are losing to less non-traditional sources like websites, reddit, image sharing, and facebook sharing. Instead of it being as it was once in the past a giant one way street the news market has turned into a veritable agora with different smells, directions, bents, and biases which I believe actually has strengthed viewership education as people are reading MULTIPLE sources versus just a few centralized places such as a newspaper or television show. Which leads me into probably my favorite aspect of this entire election.

4. Dank memes melt steel beams OR Harambe 2016 OR The great meme wars 2016

If there was one incredibly positive thing about the next 4 years people is that we’re gonna get the dankest memes that’s been this side of America since the creation of memehood and internets has happened. This past year could be summarized by this one meme.


As the internet has become the go to for information memes have become an incredible weapon in the war of politics unlike the world has EVER seen guys. And it’s only the beginning.

I first began the realize the power of memes after Harambe and how quickly that turned around. The Lion that was killed was turned into a messiah and that train didn’t end for a good number of months however with Harambe it was different. Not only did memes from the larger fanbase of trolls and people completely turn the Harambe narrative on it’s head … it turned it into a joke. Harambe now is like the calling card of anyone against political correctness.

Not to mention the lack of usage of TRULY predictable but non-scientific predictor. I found a few of these fascinating and sure enough trump won this year so the Halloween masks … are a pretty good bet.,29569,1856094,00.html

5. Political Correctness has reached it’s Teutoburg Forest.

This is one that’s a little more on the serious side of things and I gotta say it’s been brutal. For the last few years political correctness (buzzword I know) has sort of been coming to a pushing point until this year it came into a fully fledged fighting force known as “people having enough shit” so to speak.

Within the years of Obama people have seen elected officials use safe spaces, rape allegations, racism allegations, and general narrative allegations against numerous numbers of people and over maybe the last year or so I predicted that this push back my come in the form of something political. American’s HATE to be told what to do (or at least a very large portion of them do) so it comes as no surprise that when harsh speech codes are enforced, or calls for misogyny to end in all video games even though most of the people who buy and play games are men(Anita Sarkessian), or you get people who want women in Battlefield 1 (it’s WWI people come on) that some sort of push back wouldn’t come. There are a lot of cases like this such as the cake fiascoes about weddings going on around different states and then of course the lack of ability to actually talk about something like banning people coming from potential terrorist havens which quickly turned into “BAN ALL MUSLIMS” which it wasn’t. That and the “check your privilege” combined with the “appropriation” criers has caused a very large push back and a sort of call to arms amongst different internet groups of a sort of “common” enemy of the “SJW’s” or Social Justice Warriors.  Boy did one side clearly come out on top of all of this (hint … not the SJW’s).

When the Roman’s pushed too hard into Germany and past the Rhine they were betrayed and then eventually absolutely massacred by the German’s at the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest. Augustus Caesar would never have his Legions cross the Rhine into Germany during his lifetime or for that matter ever again. The Barbarians and the wilderness pushed back

In many ways this feels similar. For years people were putting up with codes, and codes, and laws and more laws and in many ways Hillary as a lawyer symbolized that and what Donald Trump symbolized was antithesis. Say anything and everything without control of your mouth so to speak. A person not beheld to any rules but their own. The world’s biggest F U to the United States government in every possible way.

One website like the one below is almost entirely dedicated for being able to spew off this stuff.

So what is going to happen now? Well most likely we’ll see rollback in a way or 2 before it pushes back again and people want to become decent again so to speak.

People think it’s going to get better? Please we just elected Trump. It’s gonna get a lot darker before we get to the dawn just saying.

Prognostication and Closing thoughts

Ok so now on a more serious note I’d just like to talk a bit about what we do. We’ll for starters not a whole lot can be done on either side. If you are for him most likely you’ll only get partials of what he promised and if you are against him you can’t really stop him.

But just know this that regardless it probably is not going to be as bad or as good as you think it’s gonna be. We tend to REALLY over-exaggerate things a lot and as a result we really couldn’t say much when someone as bad as Trump did come along. We can’t call Trump HITLER after you just called Romney, McCain, and Bush Hitler because they’re not even close. If you always cry wolf … eventually people just don’t care and in parts that’s partially what’s happened since the announcement he won. If you are sad that he won by all means please mourn. I know, I’ve been on the losing end of 2 elections where my man didn’t win and now 1 where I didn’t vote either (this one). It sucks because just like losing the superbowl you invest a lot of time and effort into it if you do care.

However, that doesn’t give you an excuse to riot or better yet even protest and especially protest against the things you’re protesting against (electoral college). To a lot of people it just makes you look like sore losers … (its churlish and insubordinate). For all terms and purposes people … HE IS your president just like Barrack was my President for 8 years even though I really didn’t have much love for the dude. Yet, at least the Tea Party waited till about maybe a year and a half or 2 years of his shenanigans and the passing of Obamacare before they decided that they were gonna try to do something major about it and in the end they weren’t violent at all really. Whereas these past few days I’ve kind of been wondering “Why?” because at the end of the day all you’re doing is feeding more into the problem and adding fuel to the fire.

If you are friends with people on either side of the debate PLEASE don’t unfriend them. Hear them out or better yet exchange ideas. Part of the major problem we are facing right now is that one half of the country doesn’t know what the other half is doing or what they care about and really fight for etc. But if we share ideas then it can go a long way towards that understanding and building RIGHT relationships that allow for civic minded living that works. Throughout this entire time I’ve enjoyed the cool civic and lively discussions among friends like Jonathan, David, Zach, Jon, Mike, and Jason and just being able to share all the wonderful discussions and also ideas. Keeping it cordial is hard guys but we at least gotta try and trust me it’s way better. To date I haven’t unfriended anyone yet (not sure about the other way though). For example, I tell friends about books they can read if they’d like to get my viewpoints on stuff a little better like “Conflict of Visions” by Thomas Sowell (great book btw) and vice versa.

Lastly, but not least, there is a reason on a deep level why we’ve got Trump that I haven’t discussed yet and that is because it’s the most important reason. Ultimately, when the dust settles the main idea around Trump winning is our country and it’s loss of objective morals. See 10 – 20 and even 5 years ago Trump would NEVER have won, not in a long shot. This election was sort of like the perfect storm that was brewing for years only to give birth something far worse and a projection for either the wonderful good or the terrible things to come.

See, when you tell a country that there are no objective truths and that “everyone must work out for themselves is true” and our general standards of virtue are pushed and pulled eventually we find no reason to band together to strike down EITHER candidate who had major flaws in both departments. Calling someone greedy makes no difference. Hearing a guy talk in a lewd manner about women makes no difference and might even win popularity. When there is no central objective moral value all that’s left is opinions and who can voice them the strongest. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Unless we return to some level of objective moral values (preferably Biblical based) this country won’t last much longer. A country can only bleed so long before it faints and thusly dies.

In Hillary’s case it was selfishness, greed, and more importantly her Machiavellian attitude towards the entire process that did her in. For trump it was his pride, sexual gratuity, and lack of self-control that nearly did him in as well. Still, at the end of the day we have to ask ourselves how did we really only get to pick these two? IF you are looking for a culprit people, the buck won’t stop very far. Indeed after searching everywhere else you’ll finally realize this simple truth … you need only look in the mirror. We elected this guy … not some other group of people in Kazakhstan or Taiwan. Americans did … and that’s something we have to bear.

And here’s for a hilarious video so you can leave on a light note.

Enjoy …

Cost of Veteranship

So just thought I’d write something as far as veterans day goes and you guys can tell me your thoughts on them in the comments below.

My thoughts on veterans day …

Well a the military kinds of runs in our families blood so to speak … especially on my fathers side. For many people in the US the military touches at least our immediate, extended, or non-biological family so to speak. There are countless times when I’ve been getting to know someone and then all of a sudden, “ohh hey jeff there … yeah he used to be in the army/navy/coastguard”.

My great grandfather on my dad’s side was in the navy I believe. His son in law (my grandfather married to my grandmother) eventually joined the airforce and was in it for pretty much most of his adult life too.


grandpa Anderson


my grandpa Anderson again


my grandpa Wassell


a quite burly beard … this was when he served in Antarctica

Then there was my dad, he ended up joining the coastguard. When I was growing up I’m almost certain that he wanted me to be a fighter pilot because we’d constantly watch shows about history, warfare, but most importantly watch shows about planes. There was a show on discover channel that my grandpa (mom’s side) had recorded called “wings” and it was essentially several hours worth of different planes and the wars they were in.



my dad


he was a Skorsky mechanic



more cool shots

One was “Wings: Over the gulf” another “Wings over the Luftwaffe” and of course just regular wings which focused on different airplanes. Needless to say I KNEW about planes growing up.

Most of them never were in any real combat though except for my grandpa Vince (mom’s side).


He was a paratrooper and was in Bastogne and the Ardenne during the battle of the bulge. Needless to say … it was bad and many of the things that happened to him he kept with him for a long time. Combat had changed him dramatically in some ways. He didn’t open up about his experiences to our family until he was in his 60’s or 70’s which was incredible. Looking back you’d probably be able to say he had most likely Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD midly.

So needless to say military is in my family (as are many other American families due to WWII).

But it took me a long time to understand potentially the cost of something like that and I didn’t realize it till much later. So let me tell you about a friend of ours who was quite the soldier. He shall remain unnamed for specific reasons but I’ll tell you a little about him because he’s part of this whole story. For this story lets just call him Jeff. At westpoint jeff was one of the top of his class and a real great soldier. After he got out he was put in command of a lot of guys was deployed overseas and saw a good deal of combat. Then he happened to become friends with my father and so I’d see Jeff occasionally whenever we’d meet up. Probably one of the most affable, nicest, warm-hearted dudes I’ve ever met in my life and he seemed like every moment he was living he lived like it was his last day on earth. He exuded joy.

So on one occasion we got together for a men’s night with My dad, Me, Jeff, another relative, and my brother and we decided to watch a war film. It was the move, “The Great Raid”, about the raid to free American POW’s at Cabanatuan in the Philippines. Looking back now it probably was not a smart decision to watch this film and yet also a valuable lesson was learned. I’d seen it before and I enjoyed the film of course but while we were watching and near the credits I managed to peak over a look at Jeff and realized something, he was crying. Not just softly crying, but sobbing and as the credits rolled he started to mumble a little bit. He quickly recovered of course but here I was young Brogan and I’d never seen a man cry before like that. But not just any man but probably one of the manliest men that I’ve ever had the honor of meeting.

In that moment I realized just how deep his wounds had gone, just how injured he was, and what cost he’d given up. While his body was there the war had taken it’s toll on his soul. Most of us always think of the physical sacrifice and the courage and the freedoms sacrificed by our veterans to protect us but like Shia Labouf in Fury when our soldiers say, “here am I send me” it means more than just flesh and blood … it means sacrificing deeply a part of the soul, a part of themselves.

Don’t forget that this veterans day and remember the sacrifice that they’ve given. It’s easy to look at the casualties of war and look at the numbers … but when you go to Arlington or Fort Bonifacio and you see the headstones and think of them as people the sacrifice becomes realized.

Lets live on in the name of their sacrifice, lets live on in the name of what our veterans have sacrificed.

9/11 My experience

So since everyone is sharing interesting stories about 9/11 I thought that I could share maybe a little bit of my own experience while I was there … post the terrorist strike.

Well to start off my family has always had the travel bug for a very long time. But the summer of 1997 we decided to take a trip across America and one place that we stopped was New York since my Aunt lived close in Connecticut. It was the first time that I’d ever been on a train. The first time into Grand Central Station. The First time seeing the Statue of Liberty. But one thing that I remember was that my Dad had his video camera and spent a lot of it filming different experiences as we went around. In the case of this trip looking back later he had video of the Twin Towers as we took our boat across to Liberty Island which was incredible. I’m only very young in the video but even then I remember looking up and seeing these monolithic structures towering over the city.

Fast forward to when I was a little bit older in 2002. Our family was visiting our Aunt again in Connecticut however, this time it was different. There was still the fun and the joy of going to FAO Schwarz and seeing what as a kid was a heaven of toys, but primarily we went to see a lot of the destruction which that summer was only several months removed from the catastrophe. I’d watched on TV in the Philippines when the entire event unfolded and remember huddling in the evening watching as planes wrought destruction upon New York and Washington. But it was removed, distant as if looking through a straw at some event.

When we got to New York the straw was gone. I still remember that as we walked, as all good New Yorkers do, closer and closer to ground zero the signs of the surrounding buildings and of the density of sheet rock dust covering them continued to increase. Then I saw it, two massive 4-8 story holes in the ground. They’d been excavating for some time so it was mostly clear but I couldn’t help but remember as a kid, “that’s where those two giant buildings were,”. Nearby also covered in sheet rock dust was the first fire fighter response station. Every person in the station had died. There was no sign saying they were dead but just from the number of pictures and wreaths and condolences I knew it was very likely they hadn’t survived. They would have been the first respondents and they would have been the furthest into the building when the floors began to collapse meaning very likely that they all died.

Then we visited a Church that was nearby. The sun was going down and arrayed in a hues of orange and red were hundreds upon hundreds of memorabilia, condolences, pictures and letters just by the thousands. All of it just taped, strung, or attached to the grated fences surrounding the chapel and that’s when it hit me. Those 3,000 people that died that day weren’t just a number, they were people, real people with feelings, emotions, likes, and desires.

They weren’t a statistic, they were John, Mary, David, Caroline, Jesse, Ruth and a myriad of other names that were taken that fateful day. It completely changed how I viewed suffering on grand scales and since then it has helped me to empathize with the plight of people suffering in a greater way. It’s easy to forget suffering when it’s made impersonal and reduced to number and diminished. It’s impossible to look away from suffering when you embody and empathize with the people and the persons on a deeply close emotional level.

Suicide Squad – Review

#SKWAD #suicide #purplelamborghini #ok #letsgetdowntobiz

In the weeks leading up to the release of this film there was significantly more ads and significant marketing materials put forward to the public. And I mean across the board the build up was strong. You had social media going bazzonkers with the hashtags, the mini brightly colored trailers, and of course the plethora of music videos of tied in soundtrack originals. Rightly so this movie deserves the $135 million dollars it made opening weekend because whoever orchestrated the marketing campaign for this movie was a genius. It’s one of the rare cases where (besides star wars) the marketing almost sells the movie itself and in many ways that may have led people to over hype this film.

I’m not gonna lie if you jumped on the hype train for this film about the SUICIDE SQUAD then I’m gonna have to bring you back down to earth on expectations no doubt. However, that’s a good thing because you gotta have realistic expectations for this film.

I knew before it was released that most likely it would be a more character introspective piece looking at the other side of the equation of crime when someone “fought the law and the law won” so to speak. That’s David Ayers for you people and if you know his previous movies that’s sort of how they play out as well (Fury, Training Day). This movie is primarily well built character driven drama and exposition with some peppered in action sequences. However, in many ways that helps it and in other ways it hurts it as some of the action sequences could have been worked out a little better (although that might be just because I’m always thinking of how to make action sequences or just make existing ones better in my head).

Still the movie is a worthy addition to the DC film slate and definitely something you’ll want to see if you are interesting in that particular slate of films. It’s built for comic book fans as stated by Angry Joe and it’s got a heck of a lot of really hilarious dialogue to go with it too. So just would like to make that clear before you read any further.

So lets go into the breakdown.

Production wise this movie again has it in spades for the most part. As I think I’ve stated before previously I don’t ever give negative scores to films which production value wise are well done. For the most part this film fulfills that “well done” category. The sets are all incredibly well dressed especially in their destroyed manner which helps build up that this is an enemy that the Suicide Squad aren’t really “supposed” to handle this particular situation. That said true to the “character focus” this movie has some superb costumes across the board especially the Joker’s various different “gangsta” outfits that show up which are quite awesome. A lot of the lighting on different scenes is set up well especially the scenes in which the different characters are introduced which features a few flash backs and build ups. As an motion graphics dude I especially love the different graphics used to overlay ontop of their character bios. All of those are super colorful and over the top which builds the movie well. One scene with the Joker and Harley is particularly interesting (hint it includes vats). However, one area the production value absolutely hits it is in the different uses of the music at different scenes. Standin in the rain, Gangsta, You don’t own me, Dirty Deeds, and of course Heathens all are awesome songs matched well. Some don’t hit well but otherwise the added songs work well. (Side-note: I didn’t enjoy enchantresses reformed version … just weird and with the voice but that’s more preference.)

Where the movie REALLY fails sound wise is in the atrocious Ian Price soundtrack. I don’t think I’ve ever seen as bad a soundtrack from this guy yet and man does it really fail until the 3rd act of the film. It mixes fake violins with other digital sounds which really irked me. (NOTE to studios if you are gonna use orchestral music AT LEAST make it using an actual orchestra).

Action wise it’s not SUPER heavy on action but when it is on screen it’s pretty good. I think my expectations of action in movies have been ruined since I saw Mad Max and Man of Steel however, there are only a few cases when it gets a little weird. Specifically speaking the first section of the finale felt a little weird. It had the classic case of CGI thing fights other CGI thing but not necessarily super well done. However, it only lasted for a little while until we got to the raining fight scene which was pretty well done overall so you don’t wince for too long. However, I feel it could have maybe used 1 more fight scene just to flesh things out a little more.

Acting is where this movie really shines though and man can these people act. At this point I think it’s beginning to show for the 2 universes (Marvel and DC) that Marvel and DC take different approaches to their actors however, in this case it pays off for DC with using well known additions. Robbie’s Harley is well fleshed out and has some of the best scenes in the movie. She has good chemistry with Deadshot and Joker and it’s nice seeing a character that I used to only watch on TV in animated form come to life finally. Another main focus of the film and huge standout is Will Smith’s deadshot. His deadpan delivery is pretty great along with some of his hilarious lines regarding Phil Jackson. Viola Davis as Waller is also good and Croc acts as a nice comedic breaker in scenes with great one liners. In fact this movie even managed to make me enjoy Jai Courtney. Incredible. However, if there was one character I really didn’t care about it was Karen’s character Katana who had what I felt was forced exposition and then of course really weird scenes that I felt just didn’t need to be there.

However, where this movie really takes a dip is with it’s structure and it’s story which for all intents and purposes are rather bland. I mean then again most stories are all pretty much the same so it wasn’t surprising that this film featured a generalized story-line. However, it could have been edited and put together in a far more interesting way. If you are going to throw out a villain that’s a throwaway villain then don’t put a lot of extra time into making us care about the villain. In all honesty there could have been some cooler ways to have ended the movie in that regard. However, you GOT to make sure that when you do have your villain’s and heroes on stage either you make the dialogue interesting or you cut short the exposition like in incredibles to break the monotony OR you avoid any exposition altogether by just having them fight.

Even if you disagree with the film I loved that BvS did all the enemy exposition before the final fight between Batman and Superman. It was all dealt with previously and was quickly escalated into a brawl which is how those situations should be staged. What would have been hilarious would to have Captain Boomerang while speaking to the “final boss” and is talking just tell them to “Shut the Fuck up already and get on with it”. It would have fit under the 1 fuck rule for PG – 13 and would have been hilarious.

Overall then Suicide Squad is good. In fact it got a lot better on my 2nd viewing of the film which surprised me. I thought it might get worse however, it actually made more sense and some scenes got a lot better.

(Note: I’m thinking about seeing it in 3D simply because all of the awesome motion graphics and cool colored effects in the film potentially.)

Final Verdict?


For a flawed but fully fun and funny film.