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We can handle the NFL, Mr. President. Focus on real issues.

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Trump should stop attacking the NFL

I’ve been boycotting the NFL for three seasons. I started pulling my support as far back as late-2012. My beef came before Colin Kaepernick decided to get attention for himself to try to save his once-promising career. For many reasons, from the boosting of awful role-models to the greed they showed during “Harbowl” in 2013, I decided that if I’m going to spend my free time doing something fun, it might as well be doing something I can support. Sunday lunch-and-leisure with the family was born and I’ll never go back to the NFL.

This was harder for me than I thought. I’ve always loved football. I love watching it. I loved playing it in high school. I love talking about it. Principles over pleasures is tough sometimes, but it was especially tough with the NFL. I know I’m not alone.

President Trump has decided to go after the NFL. Like every other American, he has the right to express his feelings. The difference with a President is that those feelings turn into press coverage. The President has a certain degree of moral authority over the people who support him (scary to think of that considering our last four presidents, but it’s true). From the Oval Office, a president wields a great deal of influence over the nation and the world. That influence should be used to address real issues. The world has plenty of them.

The NFL is not one of them. It’s a waste of his and our time for the President of the United States to be focusing on something as unimportant as the National Football League.

There’s a bigger problem with the attention he’s paying to them. This is a private industry driven by private corporations supported by private citizens. We don’t need to President or any other politician getting involved in this situation. We, as American consumers, have a valid dispute when the representatives of a product are condemning something many of us cherish. Many others in America do not cherish it, so the battle lines have been drawn.

Americans can express their dismay by withdrawing support for the NFL. That means not watching games, not buying merchandise, and often publicly expressing our feelings. Americans can also express their support by embracing or even mimicking the actions of Kaepernick and other players. They can watch games, buy merchandise, and publicly express their support. The majority of Americans will either watch the NFL or not based upon their personal desires regardless of how the players behave. This is how America works.

It’s starting to become clear that more people are pulling their support. Last Thursday’s game in San Francisco had a laughable attendance. Television ratings are dropping. What does this tell us? It means we can handle the NFL in our own way without government interference or politicians riling up their bases.

I’m not sure what the President is doing. Is this misdirection, changing the subject from Russia, North Korea, and other real issues? Is this hopping onto a populist issue so he can claim to be making an impact later when things turn south for the NFL? Is he just saying whatever pops in his head?

Whatever the President’s intentions, he really just needs to stop. We can take care of the NFL. We need the President to stay focused on important things, not idiots playing a sport.

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The Expanse season 4 is coming soon. Time to binge on the first three seasons.

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The Expanse season 4 is coming soon Time to binge on the first three seasons

One of the most commented on part of my list of 12 binge-worthy shows was having The Expanse at #2 ahead of stalwarts like Peaky Blinders, Sherlock, and Stranger Things. Invariably, those who complained about it being so high on the list were people who hadn’t seen it.

Don’t make that mistake. Don’t assume the show, which started on SyFy and is now being produced by Amazon, is just another run-of-the-mill science fiction hodgepodge of lasers and poorly conceived aliens. This show is political, dramatic, and tense without having to rely on scientific psychobabble to make its point.

News broke yesterday that Amazon will start streaming it next month with the highly anticipated season 4 slated to be released later this year. It’s time to get caught up on this show, but don’t binge too quickly. You’ll want to minimize the agonizing wait to see what happens next in season 4.

Here’s my review:

Binge-worthy show: The Expanse is the best sci-fi show on television now… and maybe ever

http://noqreport.com/2018/11/26/binge-worthy-show-expanse-best-sci-fi-show-television-now-maybe-ever/The stakes get higher with each season. Thankfully, the storytelling matches nicely with the series title. As problems are solved, bigger problems pop up. As opportunities are realized, bigger opportunities present themselves. The scope and scale of the series is expanding with each new season. This can be a problem for stories that end up getting too big because the stakes are increased as the story progresses, but it fits nicely in The Expanse. In fact, the transition from the initial answering of a distress call in season 1, episode 1 all the way through to the exponentially more encompassing problems faced at the end of season 3 seem natural.

What makes The Expanse so amazing is that it’s not a science fiction show. It’s a suspenseful drama with the future as the backdrop. It’s every bit as character-driven and emotionally satisfying as any Grammy-bait historical drama.


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Oscar nominations demonstrate how bad 2018 movies really were

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Of the nine movies nominated for Best Picture by the Academy Awards last year, I’d seen six of them before the nominations were announced. This year’s batch of eight nominees has two on my list to watch later and two that I’ve already seen. I’m nobody. I’m just a guy who loves watching movies. And the only movie I really loved this year didn’t get nominated, so I’m annoyed.

No, it wasn’t First Man. I didn’t see it and I’m glad it wasn’t nominated. I loved A Quiet Place. I’ve been meaning to write a review on it but I enjoyed it so much I want to do it justice, so I’m waiting to watch it again first.

As for this year’s batch, let’s see how some of them did by critics’ standards. Bohemian Rhapsody, which won one of the two Best Picture Golden Globes, scored a 62% on Rotten Tomatoes. Green Book, the other Golden Globe winner, did better with an 82% on Rotten Tomatoes. Both were Oscar-bait movies, so even an 82% should be considered low.

Vice, the politically charged hit piece on Republicans, should have been a darling among critics, especially with Christian Bale’s satanically inspired performance. But it rang in at an abysmal 64%.

The other five did well with critics, scoring in the 90s.

Oscar nominations demonstrate how bad 2018 movies really were

Still, there were no standouts. Dunkirk, The Shape of Water, and Three Billboards would all be favorites to win if they went up against the eight from this year. Throw in Darkest Hour and Get Out as possibly better than anything in this year’s crop and it’s clear 2018 was a weak year for critically acclaimed movies.

Back to A Quiet Place. This wasn’t just the best suspense flicks of the year. It was one of the best of the decade. For it to be pushed aside for some of the dregs that got nominated is a complete joke. Was it political? Does Hollywood secretly have something against their soft spoken power couple, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt?

As we quickly approach blockbuster season at the theaters, I’m hopeful that there are critical gems being put forth that make up for last year’s horrid output. Hollywood needs an infusion of quality. We all do.


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US singer Chris Brown detained in Paris after rape complaint

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US singer Chris Brown detained in Paris after rape complaint

PARIS (AP) — U.S. singer Chris Brown and two other people are in custody in Paris after a woman filed a rape complaint, French officials said Tuesday.

The Grammy Award-winning singer was detained Monday on potential charges of aggravated rape and drug infractions and remained in custody Tuesday, a judicial official said. Investigators have another two days to decide whether to let him go or file preliminary charges.

Brown’s publicists at Sony Music would not immediately comment on the complaint or say what Brown, 29, was doing in Paris.

Brown has been in repeated legal trouble since pleading guilty to the felony assault in 2009 of his then-girlfriend, Rihanna. He completed his probation in that case in 2015, but has continued to have run-ins with police.

The woman who filed the complaint said she met Brown and his friends overnight Jan. 15-16 at the club Le Crystal in the 8th arrondissement near the Champs-Elysees, and then they all went to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel near the Concorde Plaza in central Paris, according to the official.

One of Brown’s bodyguards is among the others detained in the Paris investigation, according to the official. Neither official was authorized to be publicly named discussing the investigation.

The detention was originally reported by French gossip magazine Closer.

Brown is best-known for hits in the 2000s such as “Run It” and “Kiss Kiss.” He retains a hard core of fans, including nearly 50 million followers on Instagram. He posted an Instagram photo Monday from Paris appearing to show him at a night club.

He released a new single earlier this month and has a new album coming this year. Six of his albums have gone platinum.

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