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"I've solved another mystery, Captain! The murderess is..."





And now for a bit of brutal honesty

Speaking truth to power:

1: After 1981, comes 1983

Some call it insolence...

I find it refreshing in its brutal honesty.

The world sure could use a bit more of this on that side of the Atlantic...

As on this side.



The Kobayashi Maru scenario


The test's name is occasionally used among Star Trek fans or those familiar with the series to describe a no-win scenario, or a solution that involves redefining the problem outside the box.

I feel your pain



Don't get me wrong

I'm just a soul whose intentions are good.

But just between you and me, Tim, I just come here for the booze.

That — and the company of some of the patrons, of course.

If you know what I mean...



All Your Base Are Belong To Us

But it doesn't really matter.

Not really.

Because in the end, a droid is still a droid...

And a talking point is still a talking point... no matter how many carbon copies of it are spawned on the internet or the corporate news media.

Propaganda is as propaganda does.

And mediocrity is as mediocrity does—and is recognizable as such.

While, on the other hand...ideas...

Well...ideas are bullet-proof, Mr. Creedy.

And great ideas are infectious, no matter how hard some may work at suppressing them.

Isn't it so, Mr. Sunstein?


Trying creates impossibilities . . .

Letting go creates what is desired.

Oh come on people, lighten up, already.

It’s a sexy costume drama full of action, what more do you want?

And yes, it's not 100% faithful to the book. 75% or 50% doesn't even begin to cover it, either.

Do I hear 30%?

I say close enough! Works for me.

And I don't think that Alexandre Dumas is rolling in his grave, either.

As any reader will tell you, movies can never hope to recreate on the screen anything even remotely close to the reading experience of a good book (LOR was, in my opinion, a monumental staggering failure of epic proportions to that regard)—the fact is that those media are two totally different realms of exploration and perception. If you want to write a book, write a book. If you want to write a movie, write an original screenplay (invent your own universe - e.g. Star Wars). Or do both at the same time (e.g. Harry Potters—though, even there, many a teen will tell you that they prefer the books to the movies).

Let's face it, historical romances do not make for good screenplay material. The redeeming value of this movie is that it doesn't make the mistake of even trying to go there.

This adaptation, to those familiar with the concept, is more like an RPG experience in the Shared Universe of Alexandre Dumas's historical novels of high adventure set in the 17th century—with a touch of steam-punk, to boot.

If you would rather read the books (as any RPG player would, so as to get a good grasp of the shared universe they are playing in), by all means have a ball, go ahead and read them all. I have. The full D'Artagan romances trilogy (The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, The Vicomte of Bragelonne). And the Valois romances trilogy before it: Queen Margot, The Lady of Monsoreau, and The Forty-Five Guardsmen.

The problem with our times is that most people do not read, and those who do, tend to take things way too seriously.

Cheer up, people. I have yet to meet a musketeer I didn't like. One for all, and all for me—that's what I always say.




A Likely Story . . .

Won't you please, please help . . .



You've got to be kidding me!

Is this someone's idea of a joke?



You Can't Go Home Again

Yes...well...uh...I am not entirely sure this is quite exactly how Thomas Wolfe meant the present context. And...ah...I mean, the gentlemen are welcome to stay at The Wulfshead for as long as they want to, of course.

But, the gentlemen do realize that...eventually...they DO have to go back home again, don't they?

Think of your people, Sire...



Meanwhile in Topeka . . .

Ack! Sounds just like old recycled campaign slogans the kind of things candidate Obama used to say—you do remember candidate Obama, don't you?

Yup! Must be getting close to election times in Topeka.

Popcorns, anyone?



Orwellian Reality


That's because he doesn't have too, Paul. Not when the odds are stacked in favor of the "house."

Guys like you, Paul, you live in what they call "the reality-based community," which they define as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality."

But, they will tell you "that's not the way the world really works anymore."

Remember this?

You didn't think this philosophy just applied to the Bush doctrine or was exclusively limited to the field of war and foreign policies, did you?

Economic wars are by far the most devastating of them all, their casualties highly unreported, and their violence hidden. Examples abound in the Majority World of the poorer and less developed countries, where the effects are more overt than they are in Western Europe and the USA. But the violence is the same: Reality is whatever they say it is.

And there is nothing you, or anyone, can do about it—this is what makes it violence.

You are either with the program or you are not, Paul. There is no middle ground, here (and, ironically, perhaps even most especially so for the so-called centrists or new-democrats, à la Obama.) You are either for the banksters or you are against them—and you're not going to make it very far in this game if the house hasn't got your back. Obama understood that from day one. As did G. W. Bush before him.

Dubya's rise to the highest office in the land has been to that regard a most perfect example of what "house advantage" means, if any such a demonstration was ever needed. So has the impotence and ongoing belittlement of the Left made irrelevant under the Obama presidency—this, at the very same time Astroturf wars were building up what was eventually to grow into the current Tea Party movement.

Shock and awe! What a demonstration of strength! The rest is history, and history is written by the victors... Enters Robert Barro...

e = mc², mon Amour



Boys and girls of every age

Wouldn't you like to see something strange?

Meanwhile in the Los Angeles Times today—surprise, surprise...not! (not really):

Trick or treat till the neighbors gonna die of fright
It's our town, everybody scream...

But, hey, don't blame the Los Angeles Times, they are just the messenger—right?

In this town we call home
Everyone hail to the pumpkin song

In this town, don't we love it now?
Everybody's waiting for the next surprise

Aah...and here is the online version (same story, different title):

That's right, folks, we gotta "protect" them jobs from "Big Government," ya' know.

Aren't you scared?

Well, that's just fine
Say it once, say it twice
Take a chance and roll the dice
Ride with the moon in the dead of night

I am the clown with the tear-away face
Here in a flash and gone without a trace

I am the "who" when you call, "Who's there?"
I am the wind blowing through your hair

I am the shadow on the moon at night
Filling your dreams to the brim with fright