Archive | May, 2008

25 Years Ago The Force Disappeared

Posted on 29 May 2008 by Ed Z

I try telling myself that my age has a lot to do with my disdain for anything
created by George Lucas. I imagine that if Star Wars was released now instead of
in 1979 I would hold it in the same regard I do Independence Day; Hollywood
bubble gum. But I know I am lying to myself. I know the never-ending joy I have
watching Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back is not just some nostalgic trip
to my youth but the result of being immersed in a fantastic movie.

Twenty five years ago this May 25, Return of the Jedi opened in theatres and
it was the beginning of the end. Michele
Catalano writes about the Star Wars transformation from brilliant cinematic
story to marketing ploy
.

As Ewoks danced merrily on
the screen before me and the whole space world seemed to celebrate
in unison, I cringed at what I was seeing. Ewoks? Cute, furry
little animals? I watched in horror as it dawned on me that George
Lucas had completed his saga with the intent of making a killing
in merchandising. To think that this movie was nothing more than a
marketing ploy to sell the Star Wars name to kids was to admit to
myself that Lucas was no more than another Hollywood shill out to
make a buck, and not the storytelling, brilliant hero I had made
him out to be in my mind. I had been so enamored with Lucas and
his vision and now I just felt betrayed and hurt.

It is true, and evident in my ability to watch the first two
whenever they’re on, no matter what station, no matter how many
commercials, sometimes for a few minutes, in Spanish.  But Jedi? By the end
I’m looking for something else to watch.  And as far as the more recent
trilogy goes, their titles on my digital cable menu carry as much weight as
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

The marketing of movies will only increase going forward as we
see more and more movies attaching themselves with products that hardly seem
related.  Indiana
Jones instant ticket lotto game
?  Ugh.

I remember talking to a friend when Revenge of the Sith
advertising was in full…um..force, and I mentioned the real crime now in how
they handle the marketing is that no character is safe from shilling for some
product.  I seemed to remember that some characters held on their context
even if they appeared in a commercial.  But when you see Darth Vader
dueling Yoda over a Pepsi you know it is all over.

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F-22 Raptor in Wow-O-Vision

F-22 Raptor in Wow-O-Vision

Posted on 26 May 2008 by Ed Z

My friend Boogs took his
family to the Jones
Beach Airshow yesterday and he got to see an F-22 Raptor in action
.  I
am officially jealous.

The F-22 was truly majestic,
I wish that I had used an actual video camera to take that rather
then the video mode of my Olympus, and much like a Korn concert,
recordings do not do the engine of the F-22 justice!

Check
out his blog for some video
.

 

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Memorial Day, 2008

Memorial Day, 2008

Posted on 26 May 2008 by Ed Z

"Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to
the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people
the cost of a free and undivided republic." — General Logan – May 5,
1868

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Win World of Warcraft Tournament Splurge on Hookers & Fritos

Posted on 13 May 2008 by Ed Z

Dude? 
Dude!

A 13 year old from Texas who
stole his Dad’s credit card and ordered two hookers from an escort
agency, has today been convicted of fraud and given a three year
community order.

Ralph Hardy, a 13 year old
from Newark, Texas confessed to ordering an extra credit card from
his father’s existing credit card company, and took his friends on
a $30,000 spending spree, culminating in playing "Halo"
on an Xbox with a couple of hookers in a Texas motel.

The credit card company
involved said it was regular practice to send extra credit cards
out as long as all security questions are answered.

The escort girls who were
released without charge, told the arresting officers something was
up when the kids said they would rather play Xbox than get down to
business.

As if that isn’t good enough, "They told the suspicious
working girls they were people of restricted growth working with a traveling
circus, and as State law does not allow those with disabilities to be
discriminated against they had no right to refuse them.
"

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Dialing for Obama in Gaza

Posted on 13 May 2008 by Ed Z

Via Alarming News

Palestinians in
Gaza phonebanking for Obama

Also, here is one of the best descriptions of Obama I have have read to
date
.

Yes, he’s an arrogant, cocksure,
elitist, affirmative-action baby, the product of a lifetime of leftist
indoctrination, seething with resentment at a racially segregated
society he’s only ever heard about in the one or two times in 20 years
he actually attended Rev. Wright’s church. He’s Gramsci’s long
march through the institutions come to life: the new Soviet Man,
American-style: the change we have been waiting for.

 

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Service Dog Threatened by Muslim Student

Posted on 12 May 2008 by Ed Z

This story via Hot
Air
:

A St. Cloud State University student teacher decided to leave school because
a Muslim student threatened to kill his service dog because he considers it
unclean.  What side does the school defend?  Ed Morrissey sums it up:

That’s easy. They upheld
the rights of the side that threatened capitulation or violence.
Instead of expelling the student for his threat and making an
example of him, they chose to coddle the student and chase the
teacher out of his job. Afterwards, they issued the normal multi-culti
mewlings of “misunderstanding”, “growth process”, and
emphasizing respect for different cultures.

And there you have the formula folks.  Placate the ones who threaten with violence and sacrifice the innocent at the altar of misunderstanding.

 

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Kirk Gibson’s HR

Posted on 02 May 2008 by Ed Z

If you like baseball, this is a must watch.  It is Kirk Gibson’s HR as
told by baseball cards with Vin Scully’s play by play audio.  Awesome!

 

 

Thanks to Morpheus for sending it in via Big
League Stew
.

 

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Freed from Gitmo, Man Promptly Blows Self Up

Posted on 02 May 2008 by Ed Z

Via Jihad Watch

A Kuwaiti man released from
the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay in 2005 has carried out a
suicide bombing in Iraq, his cousin told Al Arabiya television on
Thursday.

You have to wonder if this man was one of the
"innocents" who’ve been held unjustly at Gitmo.  When you hear/
read MSM stories about the poor
souls locked away for no reason
, think of this guy who couldn’t wait to blow
people up.

In his intro to the story Robert Spencer mentions that American
soldiers use gloves to handle the Koran, and that  may just confirms that
the prisoners are the ones in charge.  Commenter
Mentat provided the language in the DOD memorandum on the handling of the Koran
:

4. Handling.

a. Clean gloves will be
put on in full view of the detainees prior to handling.

b. Two hands will be used
at all times when handling the Koran in manner signaling respect
and reverence. Care should be used so that the right hand is the
primary one used to manipulate any part of the Koran due to the
cultural association with the left hand. Handle the Koran as if
it were a fragile piece of delicate art.

I’d like to see the reaction if this kind of treatment was
afforded to the Bible.

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He’s No Chuck Norris

Posted on 01 May 2008 by Ed Z

My co-worker sent me this
little story on Roger Clemens
, it explains how he took advantage of the
local Hard Rock while pitching for the Red Sox but what stood out for me was
this:

“Whenever he came into the Hard Rock, they had to play ‘Rocket Man,’
” recalled another ex-employee. “He really liked that.”

Oh man, what a dork.  So, my coworker and I have decided that Roger
Clemens is the anti Chuck Norris.  And like good employees we immediately
came up with our Roger Clemens list.  He are the fruits of that non-labor.

Roger Clemens hates kittens.

Roger Clemens doesn’t wipe.

Roger Clemens chews with his mouth open.

Roger Clemens passes on the right.

Roger Clemens has complex chronic halitosis.

Roger Clemens uses the middle urinal.

After a workout Roger Clemens doesn’t wipe down the equipment .

Roger Clemens doesn’t flush.

Roger Clemens doesn’t cover his mouth when he sneezes.

When Roger Clemens farts he blames the dog and if the dog isn’t around he
blames his wife.

Exiting a plane Roger Clemens doesn’t say "buh bye" to the
stewardess.

Roger Clemens leaves his seat back and tray down when landing.

When Roger Clemens is on fire he goes, jumps, and slides.

If there is a threat it is women and children last for Roger Clemens.

Roger Clemens wears white before Memorial Day.

Roger Clemens brushes back kids at Family Day softball game.

Roger Clemens signs autographs in invisible ink.

 

Please, feel free to add your own.

 

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