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QuadCitiesBuckeye 12th Warrior

Rural NW Illinois (via Rural SW Ohio)

MEMBER SINCE   December 12, 2014


  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2002 National Championship
  • NFL TEAM: Da Bears, and whoever has the most Buckeyes
  • NHL TEAM: Chicago Blackhawks
  • NBA TEAM: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • MLB TEAM: Chicago Cubs

Recent Activity

Comment 21 Mar 2019

Just realized that ROKU has an NCAA March Madness app so I stole the TV from our bedroom and carried it down to my man cave. Can now watch 4 games at once

Comment 20 Mar 2019

I was genuinely excited upon the conclusion of Episode VII, and Rouge One only furthered that excitement. But then they released a bowel movement, named it the Last Jedi and promptly flushed my excitement.

someone should have told Rian that you use the non numbered movies to be edgy and different; the main ones shouldn't be screwed with.

Rian was only interested in "subverting expectations", to hell with the consequences.

I find it highly amusing that of the 3 remaining main characters from the original trilogy, they killed off the only 2 still-living characters, leaving themselves Leia who is dead in real life.

Solo had great special effects but a shit (and wholly unnecessary) story. I mean, did anyone actually want to know how Han got his damn blaster? Or his last name?? They ruined the mystery and aura surrounding his character. I was happy to see they lost $200M on that project since it meant no more anthology films to screw up other characters.

Comment 20 Mar 2019

Been a life long fan of Star Wars and I'm still struggling to understand how it only took 1 movie (The Last Jedi) to completely kill my desire to see anything else from that franchise. Even the prequels couldn't do that...

Comment 20 Mar 2019

Now if only Marvel could get the remainder of their film rights back from Universal (primarily Hulk-related properties)

Comment 20 Mar 2019

The last one wasn't anything special

The "last one" was technically Logan (which was awesome), but I assume you're referring to X-Men: Apocalypse - a film so bad that it actually made X-Men: The Last Stand look good.

Comment 20 Mar 2019

I am interested to see who the new Wolverine will be.

Probably X-23 for the foreseeable. Hugh Jackman has become so iconic in that role (10 appearances if you count Deadpool 2) that any attempt to recast his character would be a nonstarter.

Comment 20 Mar 2019

So none of the previous world will cross over, but the characters could be added, maybe.

That's how I read it, Deadpool gets to keep his universe but everything else from Fox gets a reboot. As convoluted as Fox's X-Men timeline has become, a reboot might not be the worst idea...

Comment 20 Mar 2019

they already have 2 different adaptations of Quicksilver out there, so why not?

Scarlet Witch too, with Magneto being their father in the comics (and Quicksilver's father in the Fox universe)

Comment 20 Mar 2019

If the rumors are true the upcoming X-Men film is a shit-show

I assume you're referring to the Dark Phoenix film?  Sophie Turner is a decent enough actress on Game of Thrones where her character is largely focused on exposition, but she has been horrible (thus far) in a more action-based role in her first two X-Men outings. It would not surprise me in the least if Dark Phoenix is another train wreck.

The New Mutants film is interesting, as a horror movie it's a radical departure from the existing X-Men franchise so I'm somewhat curious to see where they go with it.

I have a hard time seeing how they integrate the X-Men seemlessly into the existing MCU...

Could always play the alternate reality/universe card, and say the recent Infinity Stones shenanigans resulted in a merger of those realities or something.

They have too much back story that goes WAYYYYYY the hell back for them to just suddenly start showing up

Spider Man has an equally long/rich history, yet he did just that in Captain America: Civil War.

Comment 20 Mar 2019

So why bring it up

I brought it up because human trafficking was one of the main motivations behind this whole thing, this particular case was part of a statewide crackdown on human trafficking and illicit massage parlors. So while Kraft may not have been personally involved with the abductions and enslavement, he was one of their paying customers.

Comment 20 Mar 2019

Just agree to disagree.. a bunch of rich white dudes can commit the same crime multiple times but the women who committed the same crime multiple times aren't getting the same deal..

Aside from the massage parlor being described as "asian", I didn't see a single mention of anyone's race in the article, nor any indication that women had also been observed paying for (or on the receiving end of) sexual acts. What few details were provided were solely about Kraft and 24 other men that police had on video.

The article and the statements from the prosecutor were pretty clear that this deal is only offered to those w/o any previous solicitation convictions - as opposed to some "special deal" for the "rich".

If I break the law once a week for a month the first time offender is out the window

I'm no legal expert, but I'm fairly certain your understanding of "first time offender" is incorrect. I believe that phrase is referring to past convictions, not how many times you may have actually committed a given crime. This may not be the best example, but if I regularly speed, and have never been given a speeding ticket, I would still be a "first time offender" up until the very first time I'm given a speeding ticket.

Comment 20 Mar 2019

300 men were charged but only 24 got a plea bargain? Yes, it has everything to do with money. Those 24 have the money and clout to hire the best attorneys to get them the deal. You cant tell me that only 24 of the 300 were first time offenders.

If you had actually bothered to read the entire article you would have seen this:

About 300 men have been charged and 10 massage parlors closed in multiple counties between Palm Beach and Orlando as part of a crackdown on illicit massage parlors and human trafficking. Several operators and employees also have been charged.

And quickly realized that the 300 other men are from several different cases/trials from across the state and involved different massage parlors. Kraft and the other 24 men are just from one particular massage parlor in Palm Beach County, and are thus being charged in Palm Beach County by the Palm Beach County DA.

You cant tell me that only 24 of the 300 were first time offenders. It just doesn't add up

It adds up just fine once you stop trying to jump to conclusions and making sweeping generalizations. We are talking about different individuals, from different cases across the state, and thus different trials and/or plea bargains. If all 300 individuals had been rolled up into a single trial then perhaps you would have a point, but that is not what is happening here.

Comment 19 Mar 2019

I'm not saying the man is innocent but you never know.

Prosecutors have video evidence of Kraft and the 24 other individuals engaging in, and paying for, sexual acts.

In January, police held traffic stops for men leaving the spa in their vehicles. Several men told police during the interviews that they had participated in sex acts at the spa. Police used that information to obtain a search warrant to monitor and record the spa's activity. Over the course of five days, starting on Jan. 18, the police monitored video of 26 men engaging in sex acts there.

Comment 19 Mar 2019

I'm going to guess it's $$$$ related..

This has nothing to do with money, and has everything to do with the fact that this is a second-degree misdemeanor, and a first time offense. From the LATimes article (emphasis added):

The Palm Beach state attorney's office confirmed Tuesday it had offered Kraft and 24 other men charged with soliciting prostitution the standard diversion program offered to first-time offenders. The men must concede they would be found guilty, perform 100 hours community service, attend a class on the dangers of prostitution and pay $5,000 per count

Comment 19 Mar 2019

Can you imagine a regular joe getting a deal anywhere in the USA like this?

So 24 other (presumably regular joes) and one rich/famous man are being offered a plea deal for second-degree misdemeanors? I'm not seeing how Kraft's fame/money was even a factor in this deal.

The LATimes article said this is the "standard diversion program offered to first-time offenders":

The Palm Beach state attorney's office confirmed Tuesday it had offered Kraft and 24 other men charged with soliciting prostitution the standard diversion program offered to first-time offenders. The men must concede they would be found guilty, perform 100 hours community service, attend a class on the dangers of prostitution and pay $5,000 per count

If anything, the fact that Kraft was caught up in all of this actually made things worse for the 24 other individuals - he turned what would have been a local story into a national headline.