Kershner said he had only one sharp disagreement with Lucas.
The script originally called for the heroine, Princess Leah, to tell Harrison Ford’s character Han Solo ‘I love you’ and for him to reply ‘I love you, too.’
Kershner said: ‘I shot the line and it just didn't seem right for the character of Han Solo.’
George Lucas died in 1985, all too young at 41. But stories like this suggest it is just as well his threat to direct the second trilogy never materialized; Lucas did not understand the gravity of his own creation. Wiser by far to have left Empire and Return of the Jedi in the hands of Kershner and Richard Marquand.
The Lucas estate has continued the franchise tradition of turning over each new installment of the series to a fresh pair of eyes. A new generation, and their fan-boy fathers, have thrilled to the Star Wars prequels: Ridley Scott's dark, stylish '40s retro The Phantom Menace and James Cameron's tech noir military sf Attack of the Clones.
Expectations are high for the last of the second trilogy rumoured to show a gut wrenching transformation of Anakin Skywalker into the man-machine Darth Vader in all its horror and pathos. The crowning achievement of Lucas' original vision may be the eagerly awaited Revenge of the Sith directed by David Cronenberg.
Majid Shahriari, assassinated in Tehran on Monday, is believed to have ben the head of Iran's team charged with removing the Stuxnet virus from its systems.
Prof. Majid Shahriari, who died when his car was attacked in North Tehran Monday, Nov. 29, headed the team Iran established for combating the Stuxnet virus rampaging through its nuclear and military networks. His wife was injured. The scientist's death deals a major blow to Iran's herculean efforts to purge its nuclear and military control systems of the destructive worm since it went on the offensive six months ago. Only this month, Stuxnet shut down nuclear enrichment at Natanz for six days from Nov. 16-22 and curtailed an important air defense exercise.
Prof. Shahriari was the Iranian nuclear program's top expert on computer codes and cyber war.
“You can’t use red and green,” one outraged parent told WESH. “It’s ridiculous.”
The parent, who serves as a volunteer room mother, said she was recently given a list of guidelines that listed the holiday restrictions. She said the basic theme of the letter was, “We don’t want to offend anyone who doesn’t believe in Santa Claus or the Christian beliefs.”
Perhaps the schoolboard will have a change of heart once someone points out the jolly old gift giving elf is a pagan embellishment. Banning "Christmas" may be the first Christian thing the school has done in decades.
It may be I have found the before of Dr. Strange. The Green Lama was a '40s pulp superhero, the sort of character most familiar these days from their resurrection in Alan Moore's Watchmen.
Although appearing in a detective fiction magazine, the Green Lama tales can be considered science fiction or supernatural fantasy in that the Green Lama and other characters are possessed of superhuman powers and super-science weapons. The Green Lama is an alias of Jethro Dumont, a rich resident of New York City. Born July 25th, 1913, to millionaire John Pierre Dumont and Janet Lansing. He received his A.B. from Harvard University, M.A. from Oxford, Ph.D. from the Sorbonne, also attended Drepung College in Tibet. Inherited his father’s fortune, estimated at ten million dollars, when his father and mother were both killed in an accident while he was still at Harvard. Spent ten years in Tibet studying to be a lama (a Buddhist Spiritual Teacher) and learning many mystical secrets in the process. He returned to America intending to spread the basic doctrines of Tibetan Buddhism (Remove ignorance and relieve suffering), but realized that he could accomplish more by fighting crime.
Much the same career trajectory as the Flea!
After his comic run ended, CBS produced eleven Green Lama episodes for radio from 5 June 1949 to 20 August 1949. Thanks to the interwebs, you can listen to "The Man Who Never Existed". Camp fun.
"Public Domain Super Heroes is a collaborative website about comic book, film, literary, or pulp characters in the public domain that have appeared in comics or fit in a common comic book genre such as the masked vigilante, caped crusader, or jungle lord."
The above mentioned Green Lama, for example, enjoyed a short-lived 2008 reboot. Some heroes hold more promise than others. Undercover Girl is at least potentially chic and the opportunities for Gay Desperado (and his sidekick Patsy) need hardly be mentioned.
I am surprised Skeleton Key hasn't already been beaten to death by some extended, pointless Brian Herbert style re-imagining. But for me, it is The Old Man of the Pyramids that offers the most promise for a second (or rather, third) life.
Throbbing Gristle was foundational; this was a creator of industrial music as a genre. Coil was my favourite "band" full stop. Without them my record collection would not be my record collection, my music would not be my music. I have their logo tattooed on the back on my neck.
Sleazy's visual art career included work as a member of the influential British design agency Hipgnosis, creating iconic record sleeve artwork in the 1970s for Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd and, later, Factory Records. He took the first promo photographs of the Sex Pistols, created a highly controversial window display for Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood's clothing shop, SEX, and went on to design the logo of the hugely popular fashion company, BOY. In 1976 Sleazy met Cosey Fanni Tutti, Chris Carter and Genesis P-Orridge and together they formed electronic music provocateurs Throbbing Gristle and Industrial Records, creating one of the first independent record labels of the era and laying the foundation for a new genre of music. The band was infamously described in the Daily Mail by Tory MP Nicholas Fairbairn as "the wreckers of civilisation".
Michael Paul Smith stages extraordinary vignettes using model cars and pixie dust. What I am after in this particular image, however, is a bit of automobile identification. If anyone can tell me what the car with the interesting grill might be called, I would be grateful.
The Daily Mail misses the point completely, reporting a new film adaptation of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that will not feature Sarah Michelle Gellar.
The point is the film will not involve Joss Whedon, the man who created the character, the first film and the television series.
Whedon has slammed the film studio for commissioning a new adaptation of his work without his consultation.
'This is a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths – just because they can't think of an original idea of their own,' he said. 'I always hoped that Buffy would live on even after my death. But, you know, after.'
He added dryly: 'But seriously, are vampires even popular any more?'
The director of THE PEOPLE VS. GEORGE LUCAS, Alexandre Philippe, sits down with Mark Walters of http://bigfanboy.com during the South by Southwest Film Festival 2010. Philippe discusses his drive to make the documentary, his experiences doing the interviews, and overall perspective on the STAR WARS franchise, in this candid one-on-one interview.
I am certain the film will leave some feeling some sympathy for the man but mine remain closer to a visceral Two Minutes Hate. I am not certain if this was the director's intention.
Actress Ingrid Pitt, who survived a Nazi concentration camp and fled Communist police to become one of Britain's best-known horror stars, has died at the age of 73.
The Polish-born star collapsed in London last week while on her way to an birthday dinner hosted by members of her fan club. The cause of death wasn't known, although her daughter Steffanie Pitt said her mother had recently been in poor health.
Pitt was best known as a seductive screen siren in a string of British horror films, including The Vampire Lovers and Countess Dracula.
Memento mori: Ingrid Pitt in The Wicker Man; a scene of such elemental horror it would have driven H.P. Lovecraft to madness.
Zut!: I have sent Lovecraft spiralling into madness along my own trajectory. Five Feet of Fury points out Willow was played by Brit Eckland. Ingrid Pitt was the Librarian!
By way of compensation for my sinus meds, The Vampire Lovers (1970).
Just the ticket for my hypothetical black-and-blue garden, horticulturists have developed the world's first black petunia.
British is best!*
The dramatic new flowers, named Black Velvet, were developed using natural breeding techniques to turn them a dark black colour. The rare plants, which have taken four years to perfect, are due to blossom in British gardens for the first time next spring.
Tactique: South Korea warns North Korea it will 'sternly retaliate' to any further provocation.
Two South Korean marines were killed and 17 others injured, as well as three civilians, after North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells onto a Yeonpyeong Island in the Yellow sea, 50 miles off the South's northwest coast in an area close to a disputed sea border.
[T]he Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) has acquired a range of vessels with a potentially global reach—a regional fleet surpassed in size only by Japan, China and India. Indeed, in terms of ship quality, the South Korean vessels are on par with all three.
This 450-year-old picture, expected to fetch up to £1.2million when sold at Christie’s next month, is believed to show the true likeness of the palace, named Nonsuch as it was said no other could rival its beauty.
But even Joris Hoefnagel’s painting has only been seen twice in public. It is one of the oldest watercolours in the country and was painted at the palace near Ewell, in Surrey.
Wikipedia credits the same image to Georg Hoefnagal, perhaps it was a family occupation.
Related Nonsuch fact.
Only about three contemporary images of the palace survive, and they do not reveal very much about either the layout or the details of the building. The site was excavated in 1959–60. The plan of the palace was quite simple with inner and outer courtyards, each with a fortified gatehouse. To the north, it was fortified in a medieval style, but the southern face had ornate Renaissance decoration, with tall octagonal towers at each end. It was within one of these towers that the premiere of Thomas Tallis' masterwork, "Spem in alium" was performed. A motet for forty voices divided into eight choirs of five it is rumoured that each choir took position in one of the eight balconies of a tower and sang the piece for the patrons below.
Just in time for Downton Abbey to have stolen its thunder, the long awaited return of Upstairs, Downstairs.
With its ground-breaking exploration of the class tensions and sexual scandals between servants and gentry in the face of a rapidly changing society, it inspired a host of later costume dramas – including Downton Abbey, written by Julian Fellowes.
The new incarnation of Upstairs Downstairs takes up the story of 165 Eaton Place in 1936, six years after the original ended. The BBC decided to bring it back with the help of American backers at the same time as ITV opted to make Downton Abbey, which was initially due to be shown next year.
However, in the end – and to the BBC’s huge frustration – Downton was shown first and became a phenomenal success, attracting more than nine million viewers.
Doesn't bother me in the slightest; any excuse for Keeley Hawes.
Taking their inspiration from nature, [the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios in Carlsbad, California] designed a vehicle which is fully integrated into the ecosystem, from the moment of its creation right through to the end of its service life. The Mercedes-Benz BIOME grows in a completely organic environment from seeds sown in a nursery. Out on the road the car emits pure oxygen, and at the end of its lifespan it can be simply composted or used as building material.
Abrams tanks will be used in the southwest part of the country for the first time in the war. A U.S. officer familiar with the decision said the tanks will be used initially in parts of northern Helmand province, where the Marines have been engaged in intense combat against resilient Taliban cells that typically are armed with assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and homemade bombs.
The kicker: Why America is only now bringing tanks into action.
The Marines had wanted to take tanks into Afghanistan when they began deploying in large numbers in spring 2009, but the top coalition commander then, Army Gen. David D. McKiernan, rejected the request, in part because of concern it could remind Afghans of the tank-heavy Soviet occupation in the 1980s.
The man should be court martialed.
Canada has been using tanks in Afghanistan for years now (admittedly, because you have to fight with the weapons you have got).
"His two battered suitcases came and he unpacked leisurely and then ordered from Room Service a bottle of the Taittinger Blanc de Blancs that he had made his traditional drink at Royale. When the bottle, in its frosted silver bucket, came, he drank a quarter of it rather fast and then went into the bathroom and had an ice-cold shower and washed his hair with Pinaud Elixir, that prince among shampoos, to get the dust of the roads out of it."
- On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Chapter 2
I would have thought Pinaud would keep it in production if only as a special reserve. They could sell it at a premium.
Not much use to me, in any event. But I am after Blofeld's exfoliation regimen, should anyone should happen to come across it.
Duncan is the sixth and last of the Royal Navy's powerful, new Type 45 destroyers. It was launched on the Clyde on Monday 11 October 2010. This video shows the launch and interviews with key people involved.
The lone surviving reel of audio with Lewis's voice on it. He deals with prayer and evolution (Evolution on the second installment). Recorded during WW ll these talks eventually became "Mere Christianity".
It is a strange rediscovery to find both The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Farscape owe it a debt. That said, some sound effects are borrowed from ST:TOS and something suspiciously similar to a '70s TARDIS console makes an appearance (hat tip to Mr. Campbell).
So manly it's scary.
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There is a place where men can still be men, and that place is called Mandom. Feared, loved, revered and reviled, much like its frontman Charles Bronson this aftershave is anything but bashful. Like Tabac it divides men...families...armies...and indeed nations. It has been referred to with such far-ranging epithets as "pure unalloyed essence of awesomeness" and "urinal pucks and bugspray". Though I myself lean in favour of the former description, I also understand and accept the latter, just as I accept (and even welcome in a sadistic kind of way) my wife's comments that I "smell older than the oldest person she can imagine"...now that's old.
With Mandom, one must know what one is getting oneself into. This is not something you casually splash on in hopes of attracting the fairer sex down at the mall. This is not Joe Jonas, this is Clint Eastwood. This is not JayZ, this is Jack Lord. 2009? Try 1970. This is a scent for men who are so engaged in manly pursuits that there is simply no time for women. It is to be splashed on when riding alone in the desert, when reclining solo in your buckskins 'round a dying campfire, when fishing without a fishing rod, when wrestling boar mono-au-mono in the African wilds. Is Mandom for you? Only you can answer that.
What I can say is that this stuff works and you're not going to have to use all your poker winnings to get it. It plays 'good cop, bad cop' with your face as it at once burns like tequila and soothes like aloe. The fragrance is a heady mix of alcohol, leather, musk and other manly intangibles. Is it for everybody? I think not, and that is why I like it. Is it my everyday aftershave? Hell no. I simply don't have the stuffing to pack this kind of power daily, but for those special days when I just want to kick back and fly my Spitfire naked or ride out into the desert to hunt sidewinders bare-handed there's simply nothing else I'll use.
Does this man look approachable to you? Hardly. And that, my friends, is Mandom.
Scored some at J Style. Now waiting for my bottle of superpower to arrive.
Amazon does not carry the after shave or I would try to sell to you because, seriously, I don't care what it smells like. Fortunately, I am not above trying to take a cut from selling you a Mandom T-shirt.
The best part is when he hooks up with Scarlett Johansson.
Over a year ago, we began our series of posts on Playboy cartoonists with a feature highlighting Erich Sokol. Sokol was arguably the most gifted artist who ever worked for the magazine, with a keen eye for all of the elements of good drawing- composition, clear silhouettes, original color harmonies, interesting staging and a keen sense of light and shade. There's a lot to be learned from these masterful cartoons.
The series, based on author George R. R. Martin's best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels, chronicles the violent dynastic struggles among noble families for control of the Iron Throne of Westeros.
“The Sopranos in Middle-earth” is the tagline Benioff jokingly suggested for the television adaptation, referring to its intrigue-filled content and dark tone set in a fantasy setting. Fantasy is described as incidental to the series. The storytelling is what HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo found appealing, not the magic or the exotic milieu, in spite of the network’s new developmental policy to “[take] shots at shows that we wouldn’t have taken a shot at five years ago.” Nonetheless, HBO hired expert language creator David J. Peterson from the Language Creation Society to develop a Dothraki language — “possessing its own unique sound, extensive vocabulary of more than 1,800 words and complex grammatical structure” — to be used in the series.
One must commit acts of the highest treason only when dressed in the most resplendent finery
I have a lot of time for Grant Morrison but he sets himself up for priceless snark in the comments. There is a limit to socialist/revolutionary posturing when you are being interviewed by Wired magazine on your forthcoming Hollywood projects.
I seriously get first dibs on the executive rights to the upcoming “Illuminates of Thanateros” movie. I already have it cast and EVERYTHING. (That first sentence is legally enforceable.) Step aside Freemasons, Skulls and Ya-Ya Sisters. It’s OUR time to shine! I just hope it doesn’t garner the dreaded NC-17 rating… Otherwise, I’m ruined. Ruuuiiined!
So take that, Batman Incorporated, LLC DBA Bruce Wayne! That’s what you GET for trying to change MY personal beliefs through Chaos Magick. And clever writing.
But wait- is there a variant edition of this comic? A retailer incentive edition, perchance? [wringing of hands]
In THAT case, never mind! I’ll see you at my local comic shop in two Wednesdays!
Francis Tusa of Defence Analysis, a newsletter, reckons that retiring the much more maintenance-heavy Tornados instead of the Harriers would have saved £4 billion-5 billion, while keeping Ark Royal going would cost only about £120m a year. He adds that getting out of the strike-carrier business for ten years means that critical skills will be lost. Others, including the letter’s authors, fear that the “carrier gap” will mean Britain loses the ability to carry out autonomous expeditionary missions. Among other things, that would, they say, leave the Falkland Islands (and their valuable oilfields) vulnerable to attack.
The Chap Magazine puts its best brogue forward to stage the year's most dapper shindig.
This "night of a thousand waistcoats" will give followers of the country's only gentleman's journal the chance to don their most splendid threats and jitterbug/Charleston/pogo the night away in London's only Art deco ballroom.
Early hits ranged from Italian titles La Strada and Nights of Cabiria, which both won Academy Awards, to Barbarella, War and Peace, and the Al Pacino hit Serpico. The modern era brought success with the Conan the Barbarian films, and the Silence of the Lambs sequels Hannibal, Red Dragon, and Hannibal Rising.
Yet De Laurentiis was equally famed for his flops, which were typically underwritten with cash from outside investors. Dune, which burned $40m in 1984, was his; so was the infamous 1976 remake of King Kong, and 1977's Orca.
The man has left a greater legacy than George Lucas or Steven Spielberg. Barbarella (1968), Serpico (1973), King Kong (1976), Three Day of the Condor (1975), The Shootist (1976), Orca (1977), Flash Gordon (1980), Conan the Barbarian (1982), The Dead Zone (1983), Firestarter (1984), Dune (1984), The Bounty (1984), Blue Velvet (1986), Evil Dead II (1987), Army of Darkness (1992) to name a few.
Even his failures were triumphs.
Take Orca, for example. Sure it was crap, but it scared the hell out of me. It was genuinely upsetting. It hit primal Bambi nerves Jaws leaves untouched.
His much maligned King Kong adaptation is clearly superior to Peter Jackson's CGI confection. Plus, it isn't supposed to be Eisenstein; it's supposed to be King Kong. So chill.
Dune gives David Lynch fans an eye twitch. Result.
Barbarella, Conan the Barbarian, Evil Dead II... it is a long list. And, of course, this. Dispatch war rocket Ajax!
This time I wanted to try something more structured so I pitched the idea to them that since it was getting on to Halloween how ’bout drawing some monsters? And not just any monsters but creatures from the writing of H.P. Lovecraft‘s Cthulhu Mythos. Now, only two of the kids (the older ones) had any knowledge of who Lovecraft was or had read some of his stories. So, I was able to introduce the kids to these creatures pretty much fresh with no previous imagining of what these monsters look like.
In 1942, as losses among Canadian air crew mounted and the failed raid on Dieppe left hundreds of Toronto families with a loved one killed or in a German prison camp, officials started a formal effort to keep track of the city’s dead.
As the war ground on, a file of typed index cards at the city clerk’s office at what is now Old City Hall grew and grew, until there were thousands.
A mysterious contrail 35 miles out to sea from Los Angeles serves to underline the key problem with most conspiracy theories: These tend to assume an unreasonable belief in the competence of the supposed conspirators. It is almost ten years after 9/11 and people who regularly deal with the post office and stand in line to get their driver's licenses renewed still imagine it is impossible the United States government did not have a clue what was going on until hours, days and weeks after the fact.
Reaction to the mystery "missile" suggests yet another time when my low expectations leave me better prepared to deal with the world than would an undue optimism. I have no trouble believing NORAD is clueless and their messaging cluelesser. Indeed, such is my expectation.
An anonymous comment at DefenseTech shares my thinking.
Naval analyst Raymond Pritchett makes a smart point: that the mystery itself is becoming a security problem.
“When someone makes an unannounced launch what looks to be a ballistic missile 35 miles from the nations second largest city (at sea in international waters), and 18 hours later NORAD still doesn’t have any answers at all – that complete lack of information represents a credible threat to national security,” he writes. “If NORAD can’t answer the first and last question, then I believe it is time to question every single penny of ballistic missile defense funding in the defense budget. NORTHCOM needs to start talking about what they do know, rather than leaving the focus on what they don’t know.
Yes, the mystery may represent a problem especially if this is, say, the PLAN or the Russian navy making a point. But assuming this is a regular contrail seen from an unusual angle (and such is my assumption), the fact the mystery remains a mystery is most probably the bigger problem.
A Clinton administration would have had its story in place yesterday morning. The current administration cannot recognize the mystery is a problem in itself.
Or: I should have mentioned another comment at DefenseTech claims there was a NOTAM (Notice To Airmen) about this issue in which case NORAD's hemming and hawing is still less explicable.
notam from FAA:
NOTAM for LA.
KZLA LOS ANGELES A2832/10 - THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS ARE REQUIRED DUE TO NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER WEAPONS DIVISION ACTIVATION OF W537. IN THE INTEREST OF SAFETY, ALL NON-PARTICIPATING PILOTS ARE ADVISED TO AVOID W537. IFR TRAFFIC UNDER ATC JURISDICTION SHOULD ANTICIPATE CLEARANCE AROUND W537 AND CAE 1176. CAE 1155 WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR OCEANIC TRANSITION. CAE 1316 & CAE 1318 WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR OCEANIC TRANSITION. CAE 1177 WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR OCEANIC TRANSITION. W537 ACTIVE, CAE 1176 CLOSED. SURFACE - FL390, 09 NOV 20:00 2010 UNTIL 10 NOV 01:00 2010. CREATED: 08 NOV 20:52 2010
This holds up surprisingly well. I still think the Phoenix is beautiful and the incidental sound kicks ass. Though I don't know if the latter is native to the 1978 "Battle of the Planets" version I grew up with or to this 1986 re-release.
And I gather in the Japanese original it was more obvious Galactor was an hermaphrodite thereby lending dramatic tension somehow.
The law states, however, that an Englishman’s poo is his property, and to search it without the owner’s consent requires a search warrant. I had mistakenly supposed that, once shed, it was in the public domain. One learns these arcane things through experience.
Fried food and alcoholic Friday nights made flesh: The full scale of Dalrymple's reactionary evil and a link to Common People, in which he claims vulgarity is now the ruling characteristic of England. One is forced to agree.
That vulgarity is now the ruling characteristic of England, of the prosperous as of the poor, is evident in small things and in large. At the airport you can always tell a flight bound for England by the number of grossly fat and hideously apparelled passengers waiting to board. No man can be blamed for being ill-favoured by nature; but every man can be blamed for making the worst of himself, as the English now seem to do as a matter of principle. They are the ugliest people in the world, but this has nothing to do with biology.
The most massive conglomeration of galaxies ever spotted in the early universe has been found, astronomers say. This behemoth galaxy cluster contains about 800 trillion suns packed inside hundreds of galaxies. And it's not even finished growing.
The newfound cluster, called SPT-CL J0546-5345, is about 7 billion light-years from Earth, meaning that its light has taken that long to reach us. Thus, astronomers are seeing this clump as it was 7 billion years ago. By now, it likely will have quadrupled in size, researchers said. The universe is about 13.7 billion years old.
Such is the triumph of the virtual. Why bother with actually existing ships when public relations talk can be a place-holder for the Royal Navy in England's symbolic grammar. The UK seems determined to prove Baudrillard right: the Gulf War never happened after all.
Presenter Kate McIntyre interview the First Sea Lord about the Strategic Defence Review.
It is a sorry spectacle.
Much less depressing: The Royal Navy HMS Dauntless Tour. And here she is inbound to Tyne 30th April 2010.
Their chosen mode of protest might charitably described as missing the point; here chastisement might only been seen to provoke - even reward - that which it attempts to dissuade.
That said, if it is true a half million Ukrainian women have been sold into slavery abroad since the fall of the Soviet Union (three guesses where, first two guesses don't count) it is perhaps the most grotesque, most evil hallmark of civilization in collapse; a world where our daughters become a commodity to be bought and traded and any hope for the future sold with them.
The first thing that I did was comb through Craig’s List in search of a suitable Personal Trainer, settling upon Anastasia, a 21 year-old that had recently emigrated to Canada from Russia. Amongst her hobbies were beach volleyball, mature gentlemen and running. Her rates were very reasonable, and she agreed to come to our apartment three times a week while my lady, Rachelle, was at work.
For some reason, this didn’t sit well with Rachelle — who has a difficult streak — and she insisted that I get a new trainer, one that she would pick out. Anastasia was very disappointed when I told her this, texting me the message, “im sadd was looking fortheword to bring you comfort.”
The half tonne Morgan three-wheeler will be called the Super Sports and goes on sale next year. It will be powered by a 1.8-litre Harley-Davidson 45-degree V-twin motorcycle engine coupled to a Mazda five-speed transmission driving the rear wheel via a specially fabricated rear end. There are no prices yet, but Morgan is striving to deliver the first cars at about £25,000 plus VAT.
The brother of the Sultan of Brunei is attempting to stop photographs of life-size erotic statues, which depict him "making love", from being disclosed in a court case in New York.
He has also said the jury should not be told that he had several wives and mistresses, because “polygamy is offensive to many Americans”.
The statues were once kept on the prince’s 28-acre estate on Long Island, New York. Mark Cymrot, a lawyer for one of the defendants in the lawsuit, said: “They make me blush. They’re very explicit”.
The nude statues above were lifted from the New York Daily News.
Photographs of the pieces obtained by the Daily News show an endowed, muscular prince in a series of sexual positions with the woman, one of many at his beck and call. Bolkiah has multiple wives and a harem of lovelies.
Now concluding my search engine requirements for endowed, sexual positions and harem.
Two questions: If this is all above board, why did the prince stash his collection in Long Island instead of at home in Brunei? Also, how do you sub-contract for this sort of thing? I would have happily submitted a tender due to my broad mindedness in these matters.
I have belatedly listened to Mark Steyn interviewed by Hugh Hewitt on election night (membership required for audio; written transcript here via SteynOnline) and taken to heart his point that in states like New York and California, thanks to hundreds of thousands - even millions - of government employmees, the government party starts with hundreds of thousands - even millions - of votes on the payroll.
HH: …has been returned handily over Bob Ehrlich. This shows, I think, the pernicious effect of people being on the federal and state payroll.
MS: Yes, and I think you can see the same thing in New York. Admittedly, New York is a little different, because the Republican candidate was unsatisfactory in many ways. But the idea that Andrew Cuomo, who is the very embodiment of the sort of statist hackery and legacy appointments that have helped get New York into the hole, the idea that New York cannot will itself to change, even in extreme circumstances…and I think you’re right, that essentially the Democratic Party, the party of government, starts with a huge advantage, just in the number of hundreds or thousands, and in some of the larger states like New York, millions of voters that it starts with already on the payroll as it were. And I think that shows one of the real huge problems that is going to be faced in this situation. If the state workforce in New York and California and Maryland and other places is so large now, that they, that the productive class cannot actually win in a fair election, then you’re going to get more and more of them moving out and moving into other states. And I think we risk ending up in a world where the two parties, and the two halves of the American electorate, actually will find it even more difficult to coexist within the same polity. I think we’re moving toward, I think the danger is, if it proves to be impossible to correct course through the ballot box this time around, and then in 2012, then you will start to see serious secession movements in Texas and other places, simply because people, even if they were charitable enough to want to pick up the tab for the big, bloated statist corpses of California and New York, even if they were charitable enough to want to do it, they can’t afford to do it.
Which leads me to the following proposition: Those choosing to work for state or federal governments should cede their right to vote. It is bad enough "government workers", i.e. people employed by the tax-payer, should have been allowed to unionize; much worse they should elect their own permanent pay rises. Small wonder the left insists government should be in the hands of "citizens" rather than "tax payers". It isn't just the incarcerated, the indigent and the otherwise dependent tax-spending classes that are voting themselves bread-and-circuses, it is the overhead class of state employees whose jobs are saved and created only at the expense of those with a productive income.
"In a time of fear and segregation, the Order... is proud to encourage and promote unity and goodwill through the growth of facial hair. There was a time when a beard and moustache was a symbol of wisdom and courage. We aim to return people's views to that which is all but lost. Please join us in this battle."
The 300-page guidebook has been updated to recognise the religious sensitivities of those who worship nature, which actually exists, as opposed to an angry man in the sky who keeps massive jars of plague.
A Police Federation spokesman said: "During stressful situations there is a tendency to use hurtful or insensitive language, especially if you're trapped in a massive, highly flammable corn dolly while an entire village gambols around it with lit branches singing folk songs about 'ye offerings'.
Oh so related: Sample offerings.
Also related: Yet another instance of ersatz environmentalists/tree worshippers lacking a rudimentary grasp of causation, let alone systems relationships in the environment or the economy. My faith in the Enlightenment is restored by the comments section. Possible photo accompaniment of the year though.
"Let me begin tonight by acknowledging a simple but profound truth. We are all children of a powerful and a great God. Of a God who... things are not always going to end up the way you want them. His will is not always going to be yours. But I promise you this: No matter what you face in life He will give you the strength to go through it."
I can’t think of anything worse than having a Pagan government or a Democratic coven. I have no desire to mix things up. My Gods demand authenticity from me, not active membership in a political party. Nothing pleases me more than when the priest declaims “Here now the words of the Great Goddess” the priestess does NOT stump for a political candidate.
Hot, throbbing election special: Palin/O'Donnell, Kerry/Brown, and Stewart/Cooper/Maddow
Slash fiction is a rich literary tradition. Ever since Spock first called Kirk his t'hyla, fans have hypothesized the gay exploits of ostensibly straight fictional characters and celebrity personae. The utter lunacy of the 2010 election cycle — backstabbing, demon sheep, witches — seemed to lend itself to the genre. So behold: three terrifying erotic tales starring some of our favorite hacks (and some of our favorite pundits).
The IDF announced today the implementation of its new plan, "IDF Protects the Environment", to the sum of one billion NIS, in which it will mend past damages and prevent future harm to Israel's natural landscapes.
The initial phase of the plan was marked by the opening of the IDF's first "green base", the newly-renovated Officer Instruction School (Bahad 1).