Category Archives: LIVING

The Punisher

Social Commentary or Scathing Indictment?

BY: Frater Bovious


(New York) – Marvel and Netflix have made a huge splash in the comic universe with a series of interrelated shows featuring crossover characters. First was Daredevil, with two seasons and nearly unanimous critical and public approval. Next was Jessica Jones, my personal favorite, followed by Luke Cage. To say all these shows are dark and violent is to be guilty of understatement. Yet, amidst all the violence done to both property and the character’s psyche, we get convincing stories of damaged people trying to hold it all together and do something about the crapped up world in which we live.

Then came Iron Fist – which kind of sucked. And too bad because that show turns out to be the focal point of the evil organization known as The Hand and around which the Defenders show, the mashup of all four of these shows, revolves. And, while I enjoyed Defenders, it suffered because of the Iron Fist Factor. Iron Fist misfired on the lead character – he is not convincing, and the character is whiny – a huge turn off to me. And, while this may be intentional, he comes off as a kid trying to prove he’s not a kid. I’m not that interested in a coming of age superhero. I’m more interested in real people. And despite all the super power stuff, Matt Murdock, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage feel real.

Which brings me finally to The Punisher. Where the first three are all damaged in some way, Frank Castle is a complete psycho, but one with a code and a plan. The code: Kill bad guys. The plan: Kill bad guys.

That is not as simplistic as it may sound. Because the flip side of that code, which is always present, is: Don’t kill good people. Help them. Even at cost to yourself. The flip side of the plan is: not very planned out – it just follows from the code whenever circumstances dictate. He is not driven to help the downtrodden, as is Daredevil.

The psycho part? Without bad guys to kill, he’s a complete wreck, barely getting by. The sad part, the social commentary part, the indictment part about this show? Frank Castle is the story of a trained soldier who comes home from the war and is not taken care of by the government that made him. It is a story writ large – it is very in your face. But all I can think about when watching this show is that this country trains weapons, uses them up, and then tosses them. And they lay around like an IED until something or someone triggers them.

At essence then, this particular show is very much about the dignity of the human person, and the violence done to a person used as a means to an end. That this violence then overflows is hardly surprising. At least, we should not be surprised – we should take note. Humans are not means to an end. They are ends in themselves.

I think it is a national shame that we need to figure out, and I think a hidden code message of The Punisher is simply, let’s take better care of our vets.

Very worth watching. Sometimes hard to watch. Should be rated R for all the usual suspects.

Check it out. I’ll talk about Jessica Jones next.

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What is a Santa Fe Day?

And why do we have one in Carrollton?


paddykeyk4By: Paddy Keyk
City Desk

I don’t actually know why we have Santa Fe Days in Carrollton. Isn’t that like in New Mexico? And do any of the Native Americans in New Mexico have any connection to Carrollton, TX, Cradle of Civilization? Unlikely.

Regardless, the 11th Annual Santa Fe Days in the Park takes place this Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The following information is courtesy of the City of Carrollton:

The growing event will be hosted in a new location at Carrollton’s own Sandy Lake Amusement Park (1800 Sandy Lake Road).

This American Indian arts and cultural event features unique, handmade American Indian jewelry, pottery, paintings, and other traditional crafts from more than 70 American Indian artists and craftsman. Performances by Plains Indian Dancers and Chickasaw Stomp Dance Shell Shakers are sure to entertain the crowds in addition to the demonstrations of finger weaving, flute playing, stickball, and pottery making. The indigenous grocery store will highlight the health benefits of blue corn, roots that heal, and reservation survival foods. Featured artists James and Doris Coriz are Santo Domingo Pueblo turquoise and silver jewelry makers trained in the art of traditional jewelry craftsmanship. Mr. & Mrs. Coriz will conduct workshops on how to identify natural turquoise from treated and imitation turquoise.

All are invited to attend for this enjoyable cultural event. Admission for all ages is just $2. For more information, visit santafedays.com.

Hey, it’s $2! Check it out!

A Pondering

And an Udderance

By FRATER BOVIOUS


Hola. There are times that I wax nostalgic for The Global Exclaimer. I’ve been trying to understand if it makes any sense to write two blogs, especially since their content would inevitably overlap at some level.

But, I just really like the layout and look I created here, and sometimes if I want to write something that is not so overtly religious or Catholic themed, this may be the place to do so.

For example, I miss writing The Puppycat Page, an oddly well received page from the print edition. Also, Cigar Notes was popular.

If anyone reads this that used to read The Glob. Let me know your thoughts.

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Stanley Cup Inspiration for Local “Mikey” Bass Classic People’s Champ Trophy


Local Mikey Award hopes for visit from Stanley Cup

NEW YORK—In recognition of its tremendous leadership and community work, the Stanley Cup was honored Wednesday for its dedication to helping developmentally disabled trophies.

via Stanley Cup Lauded For Work With Developmentally Disabled Trophies | The Onion Sports Network.

The Mikey, pictured below, is coveted by all local bass fisherman in the Greater North Texas Region. Since the inception of this 10 round Bass Classic Trophy Contest, the winners have been:

  1. 2006 – Mike DeMars
  2. 2007 – Mike DeMars
  3. 2007 – Mike DeMars
  4. 2008 – Mike DeMars
  5. 2009 – Mike DeMars
  6. 2010 – Mike DeMars, Alan Vaughan*

    The Coveted Mikey, desired by many, earned by only one, except for the debacle of 2010.

Mike explains his domination of this tournament as follows: “It’s my name. Mike DeMars is Mike of The Sea. Domination is inevitable.” Alan, the perennial Banana #2, was unavailable for comment.

*Controversy continues to hang like a Fukushima nuclear cloud over the award of 2010, which year the contest ended in a tie. Mike said it should simply state “No Winner.” Alan said “I want my name on the damn trophy!”

Blogathon Fail

Blogger Fails in Bid to write a blog a day in the month of May

“I’m Shocked” – anonymous blogger

Yes, I have failed. I let work and life interfere with Blogging Glory.

But, I’m here today with the Blogathon Day 10 Haiku Challenge! Yay! Sometimes called a 5 7 5 – a haiku is fun because the restriction can stimulate creativity. 5 syllables, not words mind you, syllables, then seven, then five. Here are five haikus typed almost as quickly as I typed them… er – well, anyway –

“Haiku!” “Gesundheit!”
Does it not sound like a sneeze?
Bless you, and bless me.
 
rain painting tree bark
dusty old trees standing tall
drink, roots, while you can
 
a haiku poem
needn’t rhyme they say and yet
there is a rhythm
 
walking in silence
no words necessary now
they know night cometh
 
windows spill yellow
summer night consolation
playing in the dark
 
 
 

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A Mother’s Day Poll


Happy Mother’s Day!

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Country AND Western


Motivational Country Song Writing

An Oxymoronic Exercise

(CARROLLTON, TX) – I was reading this post on motivational quotes (link), when a comment caught my eye and did inspire me. The comment said:

Now write a country and western song! Do it! Do it! Continue reading