John Ostrander: When He’s Wrong…

John Ostrander

John Ostrander started his career as a professional writer as a playwright. His best known effort, Bloody Bess, was directed by Stuart Gordon, and starred Dennis Franz, Joe Mantegna, William J. Norris, Meshach Taylor and Joe Mantegna. He has written some of the most important influential comic books of the past 25 years, including Batman, The Spectre, Manhunter, Firestorm, Hawkman, Suicide Squad, Wasteland, X-Men, and The Punisher, as well as Star Wars comics for Dark Horse. New episodes of his creator-owned series, GrimJack, which was first published by First Comics in the 1980s, appear every week on ComicMix.

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9 Responses

  1. Carl says:

    Maher is also an antivaxxer and germ theory of disease denier. He deserves zero respect or attention.

  2. George Haberberger says:

    “However, this is a topic I know something about and if Maher can get that so wrong, can I trust him on topics that I don’t know much about?”

    This reminded me of when I used to watch Tom Snyder’s Tomorrow show. I thought he was so well-informed because no matter who his guest was, he could interview them with such assurance and confidence. Then one night he had Julius Schwartz and Stan Lee on. He was an idiot. The show was about half way over before he figured out which man represented which super-heroes.

    The episode when Maher disparaged colonizing Mars had at least one very funny joke to me since I am from the St. Louis area. He said that Anheuser-Busch was working brewing quality beer on Mars, “something they can’t even do here!”

    It is long been my opinion that the super-hero archetype is inherently conservative. Super-heroes are generally characters that work outside of society’s strictures. They are vigilantes, not waiting for the government to solve some problem. So when Maher says, “Forget hard work, government institutions, …” he essentially acknowledges this.

    I think this article from Cracked (!) really illustrates the conservative view that Trump capitalized on and why large cities are liberal and rural areas are conservative. Trump won most of the rural counties in the country. This article was written before the election. If you decide not to read it, (a mistake IMO), this is a critical quote: “It was a source of shame to be dependent on anyone — especially the government.”

    I suggest that you no longer trust Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah and Stephen Colbert either. Especially Stephen Colbert who claims to be a practicing Catholic yet supports Planned Parenthood and Democrats who insist on a Pro-Choice plank in their platform. Catholicism and pro-abortion cannot be reconciled.

    • Mia McDavid says:

      “Catholicism and pro-abortion cannot be reconciled.” And this is why I’m an Episcopalian.

      • Mike Gold says:

        George, Colbert said he was a “practicing” Catholic. Practicing.

        I know a hell of a lot of Catholics who are pro-abortion, and/or pro Planned Parenthood, and/or Democrats, and/or use birth control, and/or do not think the sun revolves around the Earth. This is why organized religions (emphasis on the first word) confuse me. It certainly ain’t organized. But, in these United States, we get to follow the words of the late broadcaster Don McNeil: “Each in his own words, each in his own way.”

        By the way. As I recall, John went to Jesuit school. Perhaps you can help him get his money back?

        • George Haberberger says:

          Mike, I am not sure but I think you may have confused “practicing Catholic” with “cafeteria Catholic”.

          A Practicing Catholic is someone who adheres to ALL the rules of Catholicism. If Colbert calls himself a practicing Catholic he is saying he follows the teachings of the Catholic Church without exception. That is clearly not true since he supports Planned Parenthood.

          Cafeteria Catholics, as the name implies, pick and choose which rules they like and which they don’t. This is not to say cafeteria Catholics are not Catholic. Their objections may be about less critical matters than something as immoral as abortion, but advocating and supporting abortion is, as the link below says, “gravely immoral.”

          Therefore, Colbert, the politicians I mentioned and the Catholics you referenced have excommunicated themselves. That is to say, they are not in communion with the Church and are no way practicing Catholics regardless of what they say or would like to believe.

          “Those Catholics who promote abortion are automatically excommunicated for two reasons. First, they have fallen into the sin of heresy by believing that abortion is not always gravely immoral (canons 751 and 1364). Second, these Catholics are providing substantial assistance for women to obtain abortions by influencing public policy to make abortions legal, and to keep abortions legal, and to broaden access to abortion. Those who provide such substantial assistance commit a mortal sin and incur a sentence of automatic excommunication (canon 1398).”

          “But, in these United States, we get to follow the words of the late broadcaster Don McNeil: ‘Each in his own words, each in his own way.’ ”

          Fine, but the Catholic Church is not a United States institution. It is a world-wide organization with rules and laws. If you want to belong, there are laws you cannot disregard. You cannot claim to be a vegetarian because the only meat you eat is chicken.

          • Mike Gold says:

            ‘Each in his own words, each in his own way.’” I have never met two people of the exact same faith who follow the same exact set of rules. Call it free will, call it human nature or everybody can get in a circle and fight it out for philosophical dominance (which, I believe, would make you Jewish). Interpretation is a matter for the interpreter.

            It’s not my fight and I don’t pass judgment — in my book, that’s what freedom of religion is all about.

          • George Haberberger says:

            “It’s not my fight and I don’t pass judgment — in my book, that’s what freedom of religion is all about.”

            Well sure, people are free to define and subscribe to any religion they want. But organized religions have a say in whether you subscribe to theirs. Saying you’re in the club doesn’t make it so.

            Catholics, though a minority of the population, are the single largest denomination when all the Protestant faiths are not taken as one. And Catholics vote… heh, religiously, more than other demographic.

            I vote for every possible thing: school boards, ambulance and fire districts, local, county, state, bond issues, primaries and general elections. It has been advantageous for politicians to profess their Catholicism because of that voter turn out. But politicians who profess to be Catholic yet support abortion are hypocrites, and they can no longer expect to get the Catholic vote.

      • George Haberberger says:

        Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, John Kerry and Tim Kaine should be Episcopalian too, but they are not that honest.