The truly tragic figure in the life of Harry Potter

It would have been fascinating to have a Harry Potter movie from Severus Snape’s point of view. It would have been excruciatingly sad.

When I watched the series and Remus said Dumbledore trusted Snape, it hit me that I had to trust Snape as well. And I understood Dumbledore’s death when it happened because I figured out that Snape was in on a much bigger plan.

Alan Rickman, who brought the Half-Blood Prince to life, died last week at the age of 69 of cancer.

30% of Republicans would bomb the Magic Kingdom if you let them

The latest from the GOP, the party that is giving us all a bad case of Donald Trump:

Public Policy Poling recently conducted a poll of national Republican primary voters. The poll asked about the candidates, Muslims and gun control. It ended with this question:

  1. Q38  Would you support or oppose bombing Agrabah?
    Support bombing Agrabah ………………………… 30%
    Oppose bombing Agrabah ………………………… 13%
    Not sure …………………………………………………. 57%

OK, so 30 percent think we should bomb this place with an Arab sounding name.

Would you like an aerial view of Agrabah?

And there you have it. Almost a third of Republicans want to bomb a cartoon kingdom brought to you by Disney the Magic Kingdom.

According to the Disney Wiki:

Agrabah, Arabia (أغربه) is the central location in the popular 1992 Disney film, Aladdin. It is located near the Jordan River (as the narrator tells during the first minutes of the film). Agrabah’s ruler is the Sultan. The kingdom is constantly being rescued by its most famous residents AladdinGenieAbuCarpetIago and its very own Princess Jasmine.

And when you get into the minutiae of the polling data:

Donald Trump voters are pretty blood thirsty. I guess they got their information from this trailer …

BECAUSE THEY DAMN SURE DIDN’T GET IT FROM REALITY!!!

A Fox News background check

More from Fox News fantasy land:

Wayne Simmons claimed to be something of an American James Bond, and if you watched TV or ran his name through Google, you’d have no reason to doubt him. In his public speaking engagements and frequent appearances on Fox News, the purported former CIA operative spoke authoritatively about terrorism and clandestine intelligence operations, which he claimed he helped run for nearly three decades.

“Nobody knew who I was,” Simmons said at one event. “Nobody was allowed to know who I was.”

But according to federal prosecutors, Simmons had never worked for the CIA, and it was only by repeating falsehoods that he was able to briefly get actual security clearances and real government contracting work in more recent years.

On Thursday, federal authorities arrested Simmons and charged him with making false statements, major fraud against the United States and wire fraud.

Let me get this straight. Fox News brings on a guy as a expert in security to criticize the Obama administration’s moves to battle terrorism. But the expert is really a con man and just making up shit?

Just a reminder:

new study shows that viewers who get their news from Fox News are the most misinformed in the country.

World Public Opinion, a project managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, conducted a survey of American voters that shows that Fox News viewers are significantly more misinformed than consumers of news from other sources. What’s more, the study shows that greater exposure to Fox News increases misinformation.

So the more you watch, the less you know. Or to be precise, the more you think you know that is actually false.

 

Invasion of the House snatchers

So I’m reading stories about John Boehner calling it quits as speaker of the House because the Republicans he leads are out of control, and I see this in on the NPR Web site:

In the wake of House Speaker John Boehner’s surprise resignation, one name has quickly emerged as the front-runner to replace him: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

And my first thought is Kevin McCarthy? Like “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” Kevin McCarthy?

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But then I realized that can’t be right. “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” came out in 1956, and it’s a horror movie about a guy who slowly comes to realize that everyone around him is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates. The movie is a classic and is considered “a metaphor for the tyranny of McCarthyism (or the totalitarian system of Your Choice).”

Yes, I started thinking the same thing. Kevin McCarthy is in a House where once reasonable people are being replaced by things that appear to be human but want to get rid of everyone who doesn’t agree that their way of doing things is the only way things should be done.

So maybe Kevin McCarthy is the logical choice to be speaker of the House. But I suspect that at a certain point, we’re going to see him running through the streets of Washington:

Sorry, dude. I’ve been yelling this since the Republicans went after Bill Clinton. No one listens.