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Chuck Baker is Right! Well, I am. What I mean is that my friends always joke that I’m always right (or at least I think I am). The thing is I don’t say anything, unless I know I’m right. So it's not that I’m right about everything, but usually when I speak I know what I’m talking about. My dad always said, “Don’t speak unless you know your right.” This blog includes many subjects like religion, politics, business, movies, sports, and more. On the left you will see options to search this blog, see popular posts, a catalog of posts, and favorite links. Enjoy!

Justice League

I really wanted to like this movie.  I loved Wonder Woman, liked Man of Steel, and after seeing the extended director's cut of Batman vs. Superman I had high hopes for JL.  But it just fell flat.  Instead of getting something like the movies I mentioned above we got Suicide Squad.  A lot of jokes that fell flat, bland action, a big ending that didn't feel that big, and a CGI Superman face that looked like a human Sherk.  The weird thing is I really liked Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Cyborg, and Superman.  As individuals they all are really good and I want to see solo movies.  But as a group they just didn't work and Ben Affleck is just so bad that I wish he would've just died.  Overall it isn't a bad movie, but it isn't a good movie.  DC needs to focus on the solo movies and not worry so much about the DCEU. 

Post #MeToo Culture

With the #MeToo campaign we are seeing women come forward with their stories of sexual harassment, assault, and inappropriate behavior by men.  We are seeing how Hollywood, the Media, and Washingtn DC created this culture and allowed it to go on for years. But now is the time for a house cleaning.

Some have tried to blame these women saying they should have come forward sooner or they should have done something about it back when it happened.  But fact is these women shouldn't have ever been treated this way and we shouldn't judge someone because they were afraid or embarrassed to come forward. 

Hollywood, the Media, and Washington DC need to understand what most of the business world already knows that dating in the workplace is a bad idea.  That even engaging in asking out a co-worker is not a good idea.  Sexual jokes are unacceptable at work.  Work relationships should remain professional.

But now women must stand up and defend themselves against any man that would try to sexually harass, assault, or act in a unprofessional or inappropriate way.  A new standard has been set in Hollywood, the Media, and Washington DC.  The only way to end the culture is to come forward when it happens.  It's time for women to be the strong women they are and stand up against this culture. 

And good men need to be lifted up as examples for others.  And we good men need to make sure we continue to show women respect and treat them professionally.  And hold other men accountable.

This must be the post #MeToo culture.

Did I Make A Mistake

Did I make a mistake voting for Trump?  This whole Roy Moore thing and all of the Hollywood cases of sexually assault are making me question.   Republicans and especially Conservatives have always been the ones to take the higher moral ground.  We were the ones calling out the immoral actions of Bill Clinton in the White House and even after with the rape allegation of Juanita Broaddrick.  When guys like Gingrich had an affair we moved them aside.   We were the ones that expected more from our elected leaders.

In 2016, Conservatives said what mattered was the policy not the person.   And to some degree I still agree with this message.  But how did we get to a place where Conservatives are defending a man who says he dated girls between the ages of 16-18 when he was in his 30's?  Roy Moore is a creeper and Conservatives and Republicans shouldn't vote for him.  But many will vote for him and many are supporting him.  Why?

I think we know that in 2016 we voted for a very flawed man in Donald Trump.   We voted for a man who had had affairs, been divorced many times, and was most likely a womanizer.  We voted for him because we liked his policies and we liked how he stood up to the media and liberals. We liked that he wasn't a politican.  But did we sell our soul in doing so? 

I think if I had it to do over I wouldn't have voted for Trump in the primary, but instead voted for Cruz.  In the general election I would still have voted for Trump for just 2 reasons outside of policy.  First is that I still think Hillary is a much worse person especially considering how she destroyed the lives of the women that her husband Bill Clinton sexually abused.  Second is because of Mike Pence.  Pence is the moral balance to Trump.  After the "locker room talk" report was released on Trump, I said if Pence left the ticket I would too.  I guess that is still where I'm at.  But I do think we Conservatives made a mistake voting for Trump in the primary.   We should have chosen a more moral candidate in the primary, so that people wouldn't feel like they have to support a creeper like Roy Moore.

Thor: Ragnarck

I've enjoyed the other Thor movies, but this is by far the best and is a top 10 Marvel movie.  You can see the influence of the Guardian of the Galaxy movies and it does a good job of not taking itself too seriously.   The action is good and the comedy is also very good.  Unfortunately the final showdown to me was a little letdown, but overall still very good.  This movie by far did the best job of getting the best out of Chris Hemsworth and Tom Huddleston.  And I loved how they really developed The Hulk.  If this movie is the future of Marvel, then Marvel will continue to do well.

Only The Brave

A powerful film that is not what I expected.   I thought I was going to see a movie firefighters fighting fires, but instead it was more of a tragedy.   It is a sad story that truly pulls at the heart.  The movie doesn't focus on special effects or big fire scenes.  It was a movie about ordinary people who put their lives on the line for others. 

Bump Stock Ban

So right after the Las Vegas shooting there were a lot of gun control advocates calling for more gun laws without knowing the facts or even allowing for a time of mouning.  I know these gun advocates feel that when there is a tragedy like this they must act fast or nothing will get done.  But I actually think this is a bad strategy.  By coming right out with calling for more gun control without knowing any facts just make those that support the 2nd amendment more likely to stand against it.  Instead we all need to learn the facts and then debate the issue.

Based on what I've learned more gun control laws would likely have done nothing to stop this man from his killing spree.  He was going to kill people.  He would have used guns, a bomb, or a truck.  His weapon of choice wouldn't have stopped him in killing.  But the debate on bump stocks is a worthy discussion.

Based on my research and listening to others who are experts in guns the bump stock is used to turn a semi-auto gun into a full automatic gun.  But the bump stock isn't very popular with many gun owners as it doesn't work well and can damage the gun.  Since the 1980's we have outlawed the ownership and sales of full automatic guns.   I think based on this alone if you can buy something that will makes a gun full automatic, then it should be banned under the current law.  During the Obama administration they could have banned the bump stocks, but didn't because they felt it wasn't covered by the current law.  In my opinion either the Trump administration should ban the sale and resale of bump stocks or Congress should pass a law banning the bump stocks. 

I don't agree with confiscating bump stocks, but only banning the manufacturing of new bump stocks, selling of bump stocks, and reselling of bump stocks.

Blade Runner 2049

This is the 2nd movie I've seen this year that I think should get an Oscar nomination for best picture.  The acting is great, the visuals are amazing, and the story is completely new and interesting.  If you haven't seen the first Blade Runner I recommend seeing it first, but you can follow this movie without seeing the first movie.  The movie takes place in a world on the edge of war and questions what it means to be human.  Unlike most movies that deal with the idea of artificial intelligence, this one asks the question if a robot can have a soul.  The movie is a thriller, mystery, and noir. 

How To Ask Questions

American journalism is dead.  Have you ever watch a news conference or watched an interview on tv and noticed how the journalist doesn't ask open-ended question.  Instead they all ask leading open-ended questions.  

An open-ended question is a question that starts with who, what, where, when, why, how, or tell me.  Those questions will get the person you are interviewing to give you answers that aren't just yes or no. An example is "What do you think is the best solution in dealing with gun violence?"  This questions invites the person being interviewed to give their opinion and a full answer.

Closed-ended questions start with words like Do, Can, Is, There, Don't, Aren't, and other words that allow the person you are interviewing to answer with just a yes or no.   An example is "Do you support stricter gun laws?"  Here this assumes only two options.  The person being interviewed could just answer yes or no and not have to say anything further.

What a lot of journalists do today is ask a leading question that is closed-ended.  An example is "Consider all the gin violence, the amount of guns in citizens hands, and the fact of how dangerous guns are don't you agree we need more reasonable gun control?"  Again this question is only asking the person who is being interviewed to answer yes or no, but also it is really just the bias opinion of the journalists.

As a salesperson I find it funny how jouralinsts only ask closed-ended.  As a salesperson we are trained to ask open-ended questions and only use a closed-ended question when you are closing a sale.  But when learning about your customer you always ask open-ended questions.  In reality journalists need to go to sales training and learn how to do their jobs better.

Gerald's Game

This is a great psychological thriller that works on many levels.  You really feel for our heroine and you suffer with her.   And you assume it is going to just be her the entire movie, but instead since we see her mind at work there are a lot of interactions with other people.  There is also a surprise ending that doesn't change the whole movie, but it will give you chills. 

Before Midnight

So I really enjoyed the chemistry of our two stars from Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, but I will say in this movie it wasn't as lighthearted.  It seemed to me to be a bit more heavy and instead of a romance it felt like the ending of a romance.   But before it ends we are rewarded and we get a good ending.  While I didn't enjoy it as much as the other two movies, it was still enjoyable.