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Here are some recent interviews I’ve done…

With the Heroes of Homeroom C Kickstarter underway, I’ve been lucky enough to be interviewed for a few different podcasts.  I thought I would share them with you here on the site.  Or at least links to them…

First up, I made another appearance on my favourite podcast, An Elegant Weapon, hosted by Jason Clark.  We talk HoHC, The F1rst Hero, Alpha 1 Wrestling and much more.  Check out Episode 226 of the show at http://anelegantweapon.ca/?p=67

Then there’s Derek Becker’s Comic Pro & Cons.  Becker and I spoke on Episode 55 of his podcast and that show can be found at http://www.comicprosandcons.com/episode-055-anthony-ruttgaizer/

And finally, I woke up at a god awful early time (anything before noon is a sin) last Sunday to speak with the very friendly folks at All Things Good and Nerdy.  This show runs LIVE on Sunday mornings and features a video element.  I decided NOT to appear on video because a) I didn’t feel like cleaning the section of the apartment directly behind me and b) I was Donald Duck’ing it.  You know what I mean…  Shirt but no pants.  Either way, we had a lot of fun chatting.  Watch/listen to that interview at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djDzCv3OGGk

Thoughts on the American Election

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Yes, Mrs Clinton, it is.  And if America had abolished the “Electoral College” decades ago, as it should have, your message would carry weight. But instead, winning the Popular Vote by an 800,000 ballot margin will have to be cold comfort for you. In the meantime, a large part of that American Dream is now being entrusted to a man to blew a dog whistle into the ears of white supremacists, xenophobes, misogynists, and religious zealots while telling everyone else that he was the cure to what ailed them. He’s not just a snake oil salesman… he is the very snake oil he was selling.

I, on the other hand, couldn’t narrow my focus when assessing Trump. An American friend said he didn’t understand the FEAR of Trump. I tried to explain it a little but don’t know how well I did. The fear is because the social climate in America has changed in the wake of this election. It’s easier to call Muslims terrorists. It’s easier to call Mexicans criminals. It’s easier to call Blacks uneducated. It’s easier to call transgender people perverts. Gays, lesbians, Jews… It’s easier to marginalize anyone who isn’t a white Christian today because that was part of Donald Trump’s path to victory.

Some people, I’m sure, voted for Trump because they honestly believed that that’s the level of change that was needed. I’m not worried about those people.  Disappointed but not worried.  The real problem is that making Trump the new “leader of the free world” tells too many bad people that they’ve been right about their insane ideas all along. It’s going to make them bolder about expressing their hate. And that’s going to get people hurt. It’s going to ruin lives in many big and small ways.

I don’t personally have to worry about getting a safe and legal abortion or having my marriage to my same sex partner invalidated or be sent back to my war-torn homeland, but I worry for those who might.

I’m also worried about the people who would kick a disabled kid’s wheelchair at a political rally. The guy who would chant “Jew-S-A” on camera. The guy who would lean into a car window and tell a black man that “black lives don’t matter” and “we should’ve sent all you n—-rs back to Africa after slavery” while also chant “Trump! Trump! Trump!”  Or the woman who stopped my Detroit postal worker friend the day after the election to taunt him about Trump winning. I’m worried about the people who spray paint “Go Trump” on the black church they are burning down.  and the now-hundreds of other incident of racial aggression that took place during and after the election cycle that have Donald Trump’s name attached to them.

I’m worried that if I continue visiting the United States, I’ll end up getting into an altercation with some redneck Klansman or hateful old woman or napoleon-complex cop or drunken frat boys. That might be a one in a million chance. But who wants to win that lottery? Why would I even buy a ticket?

With that said, a few nights ago, I had to book a flight to San Francisco for January. I have an obligation to my Mother to spread a portion of her ashes into the Pacific and the weekend I’m going will be the first anniversary of her passing. After that weekend, I WILL NOT BE RETURNING TO THE UNITED STATES. I don’t want to have problems. I don’t want to get into fights. I don’t want to be afraid. I DON’T WANT TO FUCKING DIE.

Even if, beyond all logic, President Trump makes the American economy the strongest it’s ever been, the damage this election cycle has done to society itself is horrifying.

Capsule Review: Ghostbusters (2016)

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Did anyone notice that the Ghostbusters reboot reviews itself at the end of the movie? (This isn’t really a spoiler, so calm down, nerds) The four principals are standing on the roof of the Hook & Ladder looking at the lights of Manhattan. Abby says “Well that’s not terrible.” and Erin replies “No it’s not. It’s not terrible at all.”

And that, my children, is probably about the best, most honest review this movie could have.

Ghostbusters-2016Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate MacKinnon as the new Ghostbusters.

Four really amazing actresses, solid supporting cast, terrific visuals, mildly entertaining but mostly unexceptional film. Too much cutesy “aside” dialogue (ie: silly train-of-thought side conversations). Too many pointless cameos used almost purely as fan service. (Even Ozzy Osbourne’s cameo is wasted.) Not enough service to the emotional connection they professed between the two main characters. (maybe the movie would have been better served by opening with flashbacks to them as kids with Erin’s childhood ghost encounter, their friendship forming and later dissolving.)

StayPuft2016Seeing Stay Puft again was pretty cool.

And yet, like both the movie and I said… it’s not terrible at all. Just not as good as I was hoping.

Welcome to the new website!

After many years of expert coding from my friend Dave Koenig (and from Jeff Allan before him), I decided it was time to build and maintain my website on my own.  Of course, having access to WordPress certainly makes that task a whole lot easier.  Pick the template you like, install and customize it and you’re off to the races!  Just the same, this new site is a work in progress and I will be making changes to it’s look and adding content as we proceed.  But for now, feel free to poke around the little bits and pieces that I have already uploaded and let me know what you think (and what you’d like to see on the site).

Thanks!
Anthony