Monthly Archives: February 2012

What’s the point of Oscar nominations?

The Oscars are this Sunday, which makes it an appropriate time to ponder the point of the awards. Aside from the obvious, there seem to be several schools of thought on the subject. Ben Shapiro of the National Review asks … Continue reading

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The Tea Party, the 17th Amendment and Political Hacks

The Utah State Senate is currently considering a bill that orders state senators to fill secret ballots for future elections, to signal to the public whom they support. It’s seen as a throwback to the days before the direct election of … Continue reading

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Marvel VS DC Part 4: Superhero Families and Teams

Continuing my analysis of the differences between Marvel and DC… When DC has a popular protagonist, they tend to give the character allies with similar abilities. So Batman has Robin, Red Robin, Nightwing, Red Hood, Huntress, Batgirl, Batwoman and Batwing as … Continue reading

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Ranking the New 52: The Top 5

My ranking of the first wave of DC’s New 52 titles is finished. Here are the top five. 5. Batwoman JH Williams likes doing horizontal spreads, but he paces those as if it’s an ordinary page. As a result, this … Continue reading

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Where do Senators come from?

I was curious about the question of which Senators were least qualified to represent an entire state in federal office. So I started looking at the backgrounds of the 100 Senators (and Vice-President Biden) to see who stuck out the … Continue reading

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Ranking the New 52: 10-6

Almost done with my ranking of the first wave of DC’s New 52. 10. Action Comics This was the title I was looking forward to the most. Superman’s early days have been explored in quite a few recent comics, but … Continue reading

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Ranking the New 52: 17-11

My ranking of DC’s New 52 titles continues. 17. Batwing For the most part, I like Ben Oliver’s art. He reminds me of Adi Granov. The main problem is the lack of background, which is an issue in a series … Continue reading

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