April 20, 2015

Words to remember

"Obeying the law starts at the top: If politicians don’t treat the law as worthy of respect, don’t expect citizens to either."

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Tweet of the Day

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April 17, 2015

It's gonna be an interesting campaign

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April 14, 2015

Comics legend Herb Trimpe passes away

He drew the first appearance of a certain Wolverine in a comicbook -- Hulk #181 (technically #180, really).

Herb's run on Hulk was legendary.

R.I.P., Herb.

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But don't call him anti-Latino!

Comicbook idiot Ron Marz is at it again:

Then later:

Just remember the "progressive" maxim: Only conservatives are racists if they differ with an "oppressed minority."

Here's a perfect (local) example of what I mean from the not-too-distant past.

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April 13, 2015

Tweet of the Day

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April 09, 2015

Boss Obama blames global warming for daughter's asthma ...

... ignores his own smoking.

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April 08, 2015

Everything about the 'new' you need to know about Avengers: Age of Ultron

With the second installment of The Avengers less than a month away, and with it clearly the favorite to be the summer blockbuster of 2015, it behooves us to be aware of that which came before -- or, at least, from where the new characters to which we'll be introduced come, as well as various needed plot elements.

Print comics is a dying medium, yes, but naturally, without 'em, we wouldn't be able to enjoy our heroes on the silver screen.

Ultron was created by Hank Pym, aka Giant Man as shown in Avengers #58. The robot quickly "evolves," going from monosyllabic to complex speech in mere moments. He quickly frees himself from any concept of robotic servitude, immobilizing and then brain-wiping Pym, and escaping into the night.

Soon disguised as the Crimson Cowl, Ultron recruits a new Masters of Evil to assist him against the Avengers, and follows this with the creation of the Vision (Avengers #57), whom he also sends against Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

The Vision, however, betrays Ultron and helps the Avengers to defeat the mechanoid. But unknown to all, the robot's "braincase" remains intact.

In Avengers #66, we see the first instance of the "Ultron Imperative" -- a computerized compulsion which leads to the rebirth of the evil robot. Here, the Vision is compelled to steal a batch of adamantium (this is the fictional metal's first appearance, by the way) from SHIELD, and recreate Ultron -- this time virtually indestructible.

(That's right Marvel movie-only fans -- adamantium has its origins in the pages of The Avengers, not Wolverine or the X-Men.)

The first adamantium Ultron.

The Avengers, with the help of a now-mentally free Vision, and a vibranium gift from the Black Panther, manage to defeat this latest incarnation, Ultron-6.

Ultron continues to evolve through the years, and in the late 1970s creates a "mate," Jocasta, based on Hank Pym's wife's -- the Wasp's -- brain patterns. Ultron creates another "female" companion, Alkhema, in the 1990s. Both Jocasta and Alkhema eventually rebel against Ultron, with the former actually joining the Avengers.

In the late 1990s, writer Kurt Busiek ups the ante still further by having the latest incarnation of Ultron slaughter an entire country, and manufactures a robotic army to assist him. This premise looks to figure large in the film.

The early 2000s sees Ultron incorporated into one of Iron Man's suits of armor, but the former Jocasta, now Tony Stark's sentient A.I., helps Stark defeat him.

In 2007 the robot takes over Stark's armor again, this time the "Extremis" version which is actually part of Stark. A Skrull computer virus saves the billionaire, and world, thankfully.

Most recently, in the "Age of Ultron" storyline, the robot attempts to utilize the Avengers' Infinite Mansion to conquer the universe. His defeat draws directly from his second attempt to crush humanity: Starfox uses his power to make Ultron love himself, just as Hank Pym (disguised as adamantium inventor Myron MacLain) used the thought "Thou shall not kill" to defeat the robot back in Avengers #68.

In the upcoming film, being as there is no (movie) basis (yet) for Hank Pym developing Ultron, it will be Tony Stark activating a "peacekeeping" program that goes awry when it decides the best method to "keep" the peace is by ... annihilating all humans. (Sound familiar?)

As noted, the Vision was created by Ultron for use against the Avengers, but the android (he's actually a "synthozoid," an artificial human) quickly turns on his creator.

The Vision's powers include the ability to fire solar blasts from his eyes, but more impressively he can control his density at will -- become as intangible as a ghost (hence his name), or massively heavy and as hard as a diamond.

From the classic Avengers #58, after Vision
is accepted into the team.

It appears the movie will maintain Vision's Ultron origin; however, it will be Tony Stark and Bruce Banner who reprogram him with Stark's AI, JARVIS, to fight alongside the Avengers.

Vision marries the Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff) for a time, beginning in Giant-Size Avengers #4. However, after the android takes over all of the planet's computers (Avengers #254), many of the world's governments hatch a plan to capture and disassemble him. This they do shortly thereafter in the pages of West Coast Avengers.

Hank Pym eventually manages to reassemble the Vision; however, he is now without the brain patterns of Wonder Man, which Ultron had utilized originally in his construction. This leads to a loss of all emotion within the android, and the now-living Wonder Man refuses to allow his brain patterns to be used again. As a result, Vision and Wanda drift apart.

Vision eventually reacquires the ability to feel emotions, but he and Wanda never get back together, despite flickers of renewed affection.

The Vision is thoroughly destroyed by the She-Hulk years later after Ultron -- yet again -- unwittingly uses his creation in an attack against the Avengers. He is later reconstructed by Tony Stark and once again serves among the Earth's Mightiest.

Also joining the team in the film will be the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, the mutant twins first seen in the pages of the X-Men (#4). The latter was seen recently in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but not by his name due to a usage rights issue.

Members of the Avengers since their earliest days (Avengers #16) -- in "Cap's Kooky Quartet" (including Capt. America and Hawkeye) -- Wanda and Pietro Maximoff have returned to the ranks of team many times. Wanda, in particular, has been one of the team's most stalwart associates.

Wanda and Pietro from cover of Avengers #185.

As noted, Wanda ends up marrying the Vision, but this does not sit well with he brother. Ironically, Pietro, the subject of much fear and prejudice due to his being a mutant, is one of the most intolerant of Avengers. In fact, the ephemeral Avenger Moondragon ends up brain-zapping him (Avengers #176) in an effort to purge him of his bigotry.

The mutant twins' history is a very convoluted one, given their actions in the ranks of the Avengers as well as that in the pages of various X-Men titles. Once thought to be the abandoned children of the 1940s-50s heroes the Whizzer and Miss America, it is eventually shown that the X-Men's perennial nemesis, Magneto, is their true father.

In terms of powers, the Scarlet Witch is one of the most powerful characters in all the Marvel Universe. Able to alter probabilities and even warp reality, she alone is responsible for one of Ultron's defeats (Avengers #171), and at one time actually creates her own (alternate) reality.

Quicksilver's unnamed appearance in the last X-film hopefully will be reprised in some manner as it was possibly the best segment in Days of Future Past. In the slim chance you haven't yet seen it, Pietro can move so fast that you'll never know what he has done until he finally decides to slow down.

Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in American theaters May 1.

(Image credits: Write-ups.org, CBR Community, MTV)

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April 05, 2015

What liberal media?

PolitiFact deems it worthy to determine if Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's claim about buying a sweater for one dollar at Kohl's is accurate.

Natch, no such diligence occurred in 2008 with Boss Obama's college grades.

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April 04, 2015

Tweet of the Day

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April 03, 2015

Tweet of the Day III

Best one yet:

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Tweet of the Day II

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Tweet of the Day

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April 02, 2015

Why -- why -- should we believe anything he says?

Boss Obama says "if a nuclear deal is fully implemented, it will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb."

And if we like our doctor, we can keep our doctor.
And healthcare costs will go down.
And there wasn't a smidgen of corruption with the IRS targeting conservative groups.
And the Benghazi attack was due to a video.
And 2011 was the "recovery summer."
And ISIS is a "JV team."
And Gitmo will be closed in one year.

And ...

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The web

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March 31, 2015

Every report about the Economy


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Boss Obama when he was running for the Lemon Presidency in 2007: “I think Iran is like North Korea ... they see nuclear arms in defensive terms, as a way to prevent regime change.”

Uh huh: Iran militia chief: Destroying Israel is ‘nonnegotiable.’


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Tweet of the Day

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March 28, 2015


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March 27, 2015

New 'Star Trek' TV series coming?

Nerdlist reports on the rumor:

And with the franchises’ 50th Anniversary next year, fans have been hoping that some kind of announcement would be made about a return to TV for the franchise. Now, a new rumor has surfaced that suggests it might very well be happening… and details on what it could be about have actually been available online for years.

According to the report, back before the 2009 movie reboot, there were two competing pitches for a Star Trek TV revival. One was developed by Babylon 5 creator and comics writing legend J. Michael Straczynski and Dark Skies’ Bryce Zabel, which would have rebooted the original Kirk/Spock/McCoy trio with all new actors. The details of that pitch are actually all online and make for a fascinating “what if” read.

The other pitch, which in my opinion was far more interesting, was from novelist Geoffrey Thorne, along with X-Men’s Bryan Singer, Free Enterprise director Rob Burnett, and Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie. It was called Star Trek: Federation. This one was set in the timeline of the original five shows, but set much farther into the future, where the United Federation of Planets has become a “fat n’ happy” bloated empire, with the age of exploration (and heroes like Kirk and Picard) far behind them, with a Starfleet made of old ships just patrolling the borders.

Uh, yeah, I'll take Singer over Straczynski any day of the week, although in terms of series sustainability the latter's pitch probably stands a better chance of being green-lighted. After all, with the new rebooted Trek films, the original crew is back in vogue.

Still, Singer's idea is a fascinating read and ST: TNG established that a future-Trek can work.

One thing that will have to be altered from Singer's pitch is the reunification of the Vulcans and Romulans since the latter's planet was destroyed in the first reboot Trek flick.

(h/t to RWR)

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March 26, 2015

Take Down of the Day

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An alternate reality

Boss Obama: ISIS is a "JV team."

Boss Obama: Yemen is "success story."

Boss Obama: Bowe Bergdahl, the Army deserter who "served with honor and distinction" and who was swapped for five radical Islamists bent on killing Americans and is now facing formal court martial -- the swap was "still worth it."

Boss Obama: Iranian leaders who chanted "Death to America" were merely pandering to a domestic audience, so our secret nuke deal is still ongoing.

Boss Obama: Sends political hit squad to Israel to defeat (real) man who dared to offend our Dear Leader. (Thankfully, said hit squad was unsuccessful.)

Boss Obama: What Lois Lerner and Hillary Clinton emails?

Boss Obama: What DHS favoritism towards a Clinton relative?

Boss Obama: Representatives dispatched to Ferguson, MO based on complete fabrication.

Maybe they really will discover a parallel reality ... only it sure seems we're living in it right now.

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The All-New, All-Different Avengers

... features the (Muslim) Ms. Marvel, the female Thor, Sam Wilson as Capt. America, Miles Morales as Spider-Man, Nova, Vision, and Iron Man.

It's written by Mark "Go F*** Yourself" Waid who, you may remember, said not to buy his stuff if you disagree with his political positions.

No worries, Mark. I won't be buying your stuff, nor anything by the current cadre of contemporary writers due to how y'all treat comicbook fans who differ politically.

And, certainly, don't dare say this new Earth's Mightiest squad is politically correct! Because RACIST/SEXIST/HOMOPHOBE/TRANSPHOBE/YOU-NAME-IT-PHOBE!

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News Journal altering their ridiculously PC crime reports?

In a report today about an assault and carjacking at the Regal Cinema at the Brandywine Town Center, we read the following:

Troopers describe both suspects as black men, aged 20 to 25 years, standing roughly 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall. Both were described as having an average build, but there was no description available on their physical appearance or clothing, Hale said.

What the ...?? Has the News Journal finally grown up?

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Just imagine if the editor of a mag devoted to white people said this:

"Nothing says 'let kill some cops' and refers to women as 'bitches' and 'hos' like rap music."

People at the usual networks/papers would be screaming you-know-what. Even though ... it's often an accurate statement.

On one of the usual networks, we heard this from the editor of Ebony magazine: "Nothing says 'let's go kill some Muslims' like country music."

Has anyone ever heard a country tune advocate, even in a subtle manner, the killing of Muslims? Toby Keith's "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue" is about the closest to the meaning, but it's hardly referring exclusively to (radical) Muslims.

The show's host eventually apologized for the idiotic assessment.

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March 25, 2015

Another Sharpton classic

This time attempting to bust on Ted Cruz:

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