The latest in my series of Reviews of the Matt Smith Doctor Who years

Summary: Can the Doctor restart Universe from Scratch

Plot: The entire Universe is gone and the only person who can save it is 12-year-old Amalia Pond, and her new friends, but can Two Amy Ponds, One Plastic centurion, River Song and the doctor restart the universe before it ends

Writing:    One of the real weaknesses of the Moffat era is the constant use of Paradox to resolve issues. However this one is so well done and so much fun and works so well you just let it go and enjoy it.

Acting: Darvill & Kingston steal the show. Caitlin Blackwood would have but she doesn’t have enough screen time. I like Amy’s father and Karen Gillan is a very believable bride

Memorable moments: Rory’s speech to Amy, The Fez, River and the Dalek, the wedding guest.

Oddities: River Song can’t be there until Amy remembers.

Pet Peeves: Remember those about meeting or touching another one of yourself from Maudwin Undead? Nevermind.

Great Quote(s):

RORY: So the universe ended. You missed that, in 102 AD. I suppose this means you and I never get born at all. Twice, in my case. You would have laughed at that. Please laugh. The Doctor said the universe was huge and ridiculous, and sometimes there were miracles. I could do with a ridiculous miracle about now.
(The Doctor pops in from thin air, wearing a red fez and carrying a mop.)
The Doctor: (Appearing out of think hair with a Fez & Mop) Rory! Listen, she’s not dead. Well, she is dead, but it’s not the end of the world. Well, it is the end of the world. Actually, it’s the end of the universe. Oh, no. Hang on. He vanishes.
Rory: Doctor? Doctor!

Doctor: (back with no mop) You need to get me out of the Pandorica.
Rory: But you’re not in the Pandorica.
Doctor: Yes, I am. Well, I’m not now, but I was back then. Well, back now from your point of view, which is back then from my point of view. Time travel, you can’t keep it straight in your head.


Rory: Trust the plastic!


River Song: Right then. I have questions, but number one is this – what in the name of sanity have you got on your head?

The Doctor: It’s a fez. I wear a fez now. Fezzes are cool.


Dalek: Records indicate you will show mercy! You are an associate of the Doctor’s!

River Song: [charges gun] I’m River Song.

River Song: Check your records again.

The Doctor: Hello everyone. I’m Amy’s Imaginary Friend! But I came anyway!

Final Verdict: Five Stars

Ranking in Series 5 to date 1st out of 12 it has simply everything!

1. The Pandorica Opens
2. The Eleventh Hour
3. The Big Bang
4. The Lodger
5. Time of the Angels
6. The Vampires of Venice
7. Amy’s choice
8. Flesh and Stone
9. Cold Blood
10 The Hungry Earth
11. Victory of the Daleks
12. Vincent and the Doctor
13. The Beast Below

Ranking in Matt Smith Era (top 5 out of 10)

1. The Pandorica Opens
2. The Eleventh Hour
3 The Big Bang
4. The Lodger
5. Time of the Angels

Leonard: I was a perfectly happy, geeky, little lonely guy, and you ruined me!

Penny: Are you drunk?

Leonard: Come on. We’re gonna have sex, and it’s not gonna mean a thing!

Penny: Are you out of your mind?!

Leonard: I’m really starting to think there’s a double standard here.

The Big Bang Theory The Lunar Excitation 2010

via Hot Air headlines I see that David Axelrod has decided he’s all Weinered out:

David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to President Obama, said Sunday that former Rep. Anthony Weiner is “delusional” and should drop out of the race for New York City mayor.


“I think it’s time for him to go away and let New York have its mayor’s race,” Axelrod said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

I’m rather curious by this declaration.  Was not David Axelrod a democrat in 1998?  I don’t seem to recall him calling for the resignation of Bill Clinton.
Unlike Weiner whose actions were online.  Bill Clinton was receiving actual oral sex from a White House intern at the time and lied about it even under oath.  In fact I seem to recall every democrat in the Senate and all but 5 democrats in the house voting against impeachment and/removal from office of President Clinton for the actions and an event on the lawn led by Al Gore with a bunch of Democrats behind him supporting the president at the time.
In fact I recall Nina Burleigh famously declaring during the Lewinsky scandal she would break out her presidential kneepads to thank Bill Clinton support for Abortion.  Here is the quote:

“I would be happy to give him [Clinton] a blow job just to thank him for keeping abortion legal. I think American women should be lining up with their presidential kneepads on to show their gratitude for keeping the theocracy off our backs.”

Isn’t Anthony Weiner pro-abortion too?
So my question is this:
Can someone explain to me why Anthony Weiner’s behavior is beyond the pale to run for NYC Mayor but Bill Clinton’s behavior was acceptable to serve as president? 
Just asking….

I haven’t written much on the Kimberlin wars lately but there are two posts up that are worthy of note.

Stacy has a very long and detailed post concerning Bill Schmelfeidt while it speaks for itself in Stacy’s classic style there is one part that I find significant:

The advice my editors gave me long ago was simple: “If someone calls you to complain about a story, you should be polite, but the minute they mention ‘libel’ or otherwise threaten legal action, the conversation is over. Give them the name of our lawyers and tell them not to contact the newsroom again, as this is now a legal matter.”

Now, if the person is serious and the lawyers say “correct” or “retract,” you follow their legal advice — that’s what lawyers are for — but in nearly all cases, a threat of a lawsuit is merely that, a threat

Long before the days of WordPress, Blogger or twitter Stacy McCain was a reporter who reported for a living. So when he talks about legal standards on reporting he knows what he is talking about.

I also know that when Stacy smells a story he is a combination of Lt Data who remembers and files every detail for later use and a starving dog with a bone.

In other words if there are facts out there he is going to find them. If the facts favor Mr. Schmelfeidt I suspect Stacy will find that, if not he will find that too.

I’m sure Mr. Schmelfeidt will make his argument and readers can look at the words and evidence presented and come to conclusions.

Let’s be clear, Stacy McCain is a close friend, I flatter myself that Lee Stranahan is a friend, and the list of people who are currently clashing with Mr. Schmelfeidt are all associates of mine to some degree I’m on friendly terms most of them, have met personally many of them and have no reason to mistrust any of what they say.

Now it might surprise a few people that I’ve recently had contact with Mr. Schmelfeidt. At the request of a friend I made a request concerning some work of mine used in a photoshop of a vulgar nature and after a short but cordial exchange of e-mails Bill Schmelfeidt kindly acquiesced to my request.

He had no incentive to agree to my request, my associates and friends are his foes, so in my opinion it was proper to publicly thank him.  That shocked a few people.

What does this mean in terms of the veracity of all that has been written concerning him in the past by all those people I know and trust? Absolutely nothing, it means I made a polite request of Bill Schmelfeidt and he politely agreed.   If it means anything it’s an argument for civil discourse in general and the rewards of same.  I’m a big fan of that.

Politics isn’t beanbag, a lot is at stake.  Sharp elbows are likely to be thrown and on occasion lines are crossed,  that’s to be expected.  Some of these lines are of decorum and proper behavior, some are of legality and copyright and some are of personal safety.

With the instantaneous nature of the internet it is quite easy to cross such lines in anger, and the public nature of the net makes it harder to walk back without with embarrassment or a perception of weakness.

My response to the crossing of said lines varies:

My advice to anyone who crosses lines of proprietary or decorum in such a situation is pretty much the same, walk back and avoid doing so in the future. Remember in terms of morality there is no sin that Christ will not forgive if one asks for forgiveness and repents. As for men the instructions given to Christians are rather explicit about forgiveness.

Personal or family safety lines?   I’m an American of Sicilian ancestry, my advice, walk back REALLY fast and apologize, see the Christ entry above.

As for the lines of legality, those lines are brighter and there are specific procedures and remedies for such things. If someone believes they have been injured they may follow said procedures and let the law handle it.

And that brings us to the second post I saw today. It isn’t as long or as well written as Stacy’s post but it is infinitely more newsworthy.

After a lot of old-fashioned detective work using techniques including some modern signal processing methods, a member of the Vast Hogewash Research Organization has found images of Brett Kimberlin among the stills and videos taken at and around BlogBash in March of this year. There sure are a lot of surveillance cameras in that neighborhood.

Given the threats he is supposed to have made to the venue and other possible threats from a member of Team Kimberlin to individual bloggers who attend BlogBash, the photographs showing he was present at the event will probably be of interest to law enforcement agencies investigating the matter.

The threats concerning Blog Bash (which I attended) was the subject of multiple posts at this blog.

It’s one thing to have disputes on copyright, or images or insults and take down orders. It’s another thing after implied threats to a venue involving a convicted bomber where significant people in the political world were in attendance that might involve law enforcement.

Stacy’s long post and any reply by Bill Schmelfeidt might be more interesting reading and the twitter exchanges that will follow may certainly be more entertaining for the average reader.

But if you are looking for a story that actually has the potential to eventually break into the MSM. I’d bookmark Mr. Hoge’s post for future reference.

The wheels of the law turn slowly but they turn.


Olimometer 2.52

Last week for the first time I remember I made my paycheck EXACTLY.

That’s an interesting factoid but exact or not the fact that I made it is a cause of thanks.

But a new week and on Thursday a new month with a new mortgage begins and my quest for the $305 paycheck continues.

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