The WaPo is reporting that a prisoner in the same van as Freddie Gray claims the now-deceased Gray was attempting to injure himself in the police van that was transporting him.
Given the police-community situation in Baltimore, how plausible is it that the cops offered some sort of deal to that prisoner to say what he said about Gray?
Meanwhile, one of the biggest idiots in the Delaware blogosphere offers this up about Baltimore and the riots that followed:
The very same tea party “patriots” who have been decrying government and authority for 7 years now are telling anyone who listen that you can never question police authority.
Attention Delaware Douche: What party has been in control of Baltimore for over 40 years? What party has controlled its police department? And haven't African-Americans been running the show there ... including the PD?
But let's make this about the Tea Party.
Attention Delaware Douche part 2: You're a complete and utter blathering Neanderthal.
Attention Delaware Douche part 3: Maybe you can round up those Tea Partiers and have 'em shot, huh?
Two main points in conclusion:
1) There has to be NO excuse for police brutality. None.
2) It's not society's fault for the bleak situation in many of our inner cities. It's the breakdown of the family. Period. A 70+ percent illegitimacy rate is a catastrophe that cannot -- cannot -- be rectified by government ... or, if you wish, "society."
She at one point said "There is something profoundly wrong when African-American men are still far more likely to be stopped and searched by police, charged with crimes, and sentenced to longer prison terms than are meted out to their white counterparts."
How about this: There is something profoundly wrong when people with little-to-no power are far more likely to be charged with crimes and thrown in jail than people with a lot of power and a great many political connections.
In other words, Hil, "F.O."
Horizon Comics Productions' Ben and Ray Lai are suing Marvel/Disney "claiming that the Iron Man suit featured in the Marvel movies infringes on their comic book series Radix."
Yeah, I never heard of Radix either.
[The] lawsuit states that the “highly detailed, mechanized suits of body armor” that the characters in the comics wear has been appropriated by Marvel and Disney. The lawsuit also claims that the original Marvel comic books “typically depicted Iron Man wearing simple spandex-like attire and minimal armor,” and that it wasn’t until the movies came along that Iron Man began wearing increasingly complex suits of full body armor.
Considering the Lais created Radix in 2001, and that Iron Man debuted in, ahem, 1963, I predict Marvel/Disney will prevail.
Who knew the email era has been around for ... forty years?
Hey, I know that things like Compuserve existed in the 80s, and that some companies used something similar even in the 70s, but c'mon -- we're talking about common usage here. And that's only been around for about twenty years.
Here's Marvel's Fabian Nicieza on the X-Men's Iceman coming out as gay:
How u can call yourself an #XMen fan and bitch about a story exploring exclusion and uncertainty through sexuality is absolutely beyond me.— Fabian Nicieza (@FabianNicieza) April 22, 2015
Yeah, a mutant who's been an outcast his entire life and has dealt with the hate and suspicion that comes with it has been hesitant to admit ... his sexuality??
Gee, let's see, which is more socially unacceptable -- being a mutant with powers vastly more powerful than that of a normal person, or being a guy who likes other guys?
Gimme a royal break.
And here's Joe Quesada, former Marvel EiC:
And how does Bobby’s being gay change him? @CD_Murray Does it make him less of a hero, less of a person, less of a man?— JoeQuesada (@JoeQuesada) April 23, 2015
Not at all. What it does do, though, is make so-called creators lazy, politically correct, and stupid.
Joy-Ann Reid. Al Sharpton. Melissa Harris-Perry. And now Touré. All tax delinquents.
Taxes must be racist.
Once again, "Obeying the law starts at the top: If politicians don’t treat the law as worthy of respect, don’t expect citizens to either."
One of the original X-Men, Iceman, will now be gay.
I mean, at this point, why the f*** not? And hell, why stop there? Why not make the whole team gay?
Ironically, I was just reading X-Men #56 and 57 from the classic Neal Adams collection ... and in those issues Bobby Drake (Iceman) was sure torn up -- and jealous -- about Lorna Dane aka Polaris. Not to mention, there's a scene where he thinks to himself about Jean Grey "What a gal!"
But screw all that. We have cultural score to settle, dammit!
... but this is just ridiculous, not to mention yet another example of how deranged our administration is:
Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder expressing deep concerns over Veterans Affairs evaluations classifying veterans as "mentally defective" and banning them in the federal background check system from purchasing or owning a firearm.
According to Grassley's office, the VA "reports individuals to the gun ban list if an individual merely needs financial assistance managing VA benefits," keeping them from exercising their Second Amendment rights.
"The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is effectively a national gun ban list and placement on the list precludes the ownership and possession of firearms. According to the Congressional Research Service, as of June 1, 2012, 99.3% of all names reported to the NICS list’s "mental defective” category were provided by the Veterans Administration (VA) even though reporting requirements apply to all federal agencies. And that percentage remained virtually unchanged as of April 2013. Given the numbers, it is essential to ensure that the process by which the VA reports names to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for placement on the NICS list recognizes and protects the fundamental nature of veterans’ rights under the Second Amendment," Grassley wrote in the letter. "Specifically, once the VA determines that a veteran requires a fiduciary to administer benefit payments, the VA reports that veteran to the gun ban list, consequently denying his or her right to possess and own firearms.
We know how President Lemon feels about guns; this is just yet another swarmy end run around the Constitution by this cadre of elitists.
Remember -- obeying the law starts at the top. Pretty soon there's going to be a helluva lot of "F*** yous" said to those at the top if this garbage doesn't cease.
And if you want to be freaked out further, be sure to read this.
"Obeying the law starts at the top: If politicians don’t treat the law as worthy of respect, don’t expect citizens to either."
There's nothing like a genuine listening tour, randomly meeting everyday folks. pic.twitter.com/vK9b1vEtGl— WH PRESS SECRETARY (@weknowwhatsbest) April 16, 2015
He drew the first appearance of a certain Wolverine in a comicbook -- Hulk #181 (technically #180, really).
Herb's run on Hulk was legendary.
Comicbook idiot Ron Marz is at it again:
Such a coincidence that so many of the people who hate the idea of a black President are pre-hating the idea of a woman President. #Hillary— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) April 13, 2015
I'll assume #AntMan will trend ahead of Marco Rubio all day. Which tells you all you need to know about Rubio's chances.— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) April 13, 2015
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.
Reagan: TOO OLD Bob Dole: TOO OLD McCain: TOO OLD Hillary: Super experienced, but we can't list one accomplishment. #LibLogic— Razor (@hale_razor) May 14, 2014
.@instapundit Obama blames Global Warming for his daughter's asthma. Hey, you know what does cause asthma? Living with a father who smokes.— John Rivers (@JohnRiversToo) April 8, 2015
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 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.
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.
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)
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.
Nothing freaks out lefties more than discovering rednecks who are smarter than them. #DavesRules— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) April 4, 2015
Best one yet:
If a Christian doesn't cater a gay wedding, he's a bigot. If a Muslim doesn't cater a gay wedding, you're a bigot. http://t.co/c20IuTvAAK— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) April 3, 2015
Pizza joint refuses gays: FAKE Hand Up Don't Shoot: FAKE Rolling Stone rape: FAKE Brian Williams: FAKE Tell me more how Fox is the problem.— Razor (@hale_razor) April 1, 2015
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.