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by Elfdart
2004-05-23 11:17pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Congress Wants Power To Overturn SCOTUS Rulings
Replies: 41
Views: 2124

The courts only have power because the Congress and President want it that way. Both haven't hesitated to bitchslap the courts when they felt the need. In the late 1800s, Congress made the issue of railroad strikes off-limits for the courts. Just recently, they removed certain habeus corpus cases fr...
by Elfdart
2004-05-23 11:03pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Foreign Office seeks to restrain US
Replies: 20
Views: 634

I think the British are pissing in the wind here. They've been complaining about heavy-handed tactics by the US Army for months. Those complaints have been dumped in File 13. Shortly after the invasion, the British were proud of the fact that their soldiers were able to walk about in Basra without t...
by Elfdart
2004-05-23 10:52pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Prof Wants KKK Banned From University
Replies: 38
Views: 1374

Nope, the KKK is perfectly legal. So are skinheads, Panthers, militia nuts, and other crank organizations. If they break the law, they can be prosecuted. But there's no law barring "hate speach" (whatever that is). People can be every bit as racist (Rush Windbag), anti-Semitic (The Savage Wiener), h...
by Elfdart
2004-05-23 10:42pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: The IvP moratorium?
Replies: 21
Views: 1104

As long as thread hijackers are weeded out, why not?
by Elfdart
2004-05-23 10:38pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Congress Wants Power To Overturn SCOTUS Rulings
Replies: 41
Views: 2124

Nope, Congress holds all the trump cards. They can remove Presidents, judges, even state governments by declaring that they no longer have representative governments. They can decide presidential elections. They can decide their own membership by either refusing to seat new members or expelling curr...
by Elfdart
2004-05-23 10:28pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Congress Wants Power To Overturn SCOTUS Rulings
Replies: 41
Views: 2124

Libertarian: Republican who is into bukake and smoking weed.

As opposed to a small "l" libertarian, which is as rare as a five-pound pearl.
by Elfdart
2004-05-23 10:23pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Congress Wants Power To Overturn SCOTUS Rulings
Replies: 41
Views: 2124

Cutting off money to the courts would be the same as cutting judges' salaries: Unconstitutional. Of course, that never stopped right-wingers before...
by Elfdart
2004-05-23 10:01pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Congress Wants Power To Overturn SCOTUS Rulings
Replies: 41
Views: 2124

Actually, the Congress can -for all practical purposes- overturn the actions of the Supreme Court. The Congress has the power to restrict the jurisdiction of ALL federal courts (although they seldom do it), icluding SCOTUS. If Congress wanted to effectively overturn a decision like say, the sodomy d...
by Elfdart
2004-05-23 09:30pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Was the usage of torture foreseeable?
Replies: 223
Views: 7075

This sounds similar to Jack Wilson (Jack Palance) in Shane. He kept badgering old Stonewall into drawing his pistol, and when the hapless hog farmer did, Wilson blew him away and told the crowd "See that, he drew on me!" or something similar.

I can't believe Bill Hicks has been dead for ten years.
by Elfdart
2004-05-23 09:19pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Lucasfilm to fans : Fuck You!
Replies: 323
Views: 19935

Thanks to the link provided earlier, I did read some of the stuff on starwars.com's forums. I get the point about how needling line-sitters is taboo, but not science-minded fans. And I see how that might be annoying. But I don't get the hostility. This reminds me of the people who were fed up with s...
by Elfdart
2004-05-23 08:20pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Lucasfilm to fans : Fuck You!
Replies: 323
Views: 19935

Wong, we'll just have to disagree here. I don't consider it an insult toward either the fans or the "what you see is what you get" logic. Even if it was meant as an insult, it was so feeble as to not be worth the attention some have given it. The fact that Ender flames the living shit out of me for ...
by Elfdart
2004-05-23 07:57pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Was the usage of torture foreseeable?
Replies: 223
Views: 7075

Axis Kast, you are either a complete ignoramus or a pathological liar. Nobody was imprisoned or executed for invading other countries in WW2? How about Hermann Goering? Convicted for Crimes Against Peace. What is a "crime against peace"? How about starting wars with other countries. He was also conv...
by Elfdart
2004-05-23 06:29pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Lucasfilm to fans : Fuck You!
Replies: 323
Views: 19935

What "authority" does Pablo have, Darth Wong? He writes a Q & A column in a fanzine where he fields questions from pre-adolescents about Gammorean Guards and Twilek Brain Tails. The fact that people like tiara-boy come unglued over what Pablo writes says more about them than Pablo. Darth, if you wen...
by Elfdart
2004-05-23 05:27pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Why does the Right have such a hard-on for blaming Clinton?
Replies: 131
Views: 3508

Am I the only person amused by right-wingers who claim that Bush didn't really lie about Iraq because he didn't actually say "imminent", but they accuse Clinton of perjury even though he never said "blowjob"? July of 1999, Bush swore under oath in the "funeralgate" case that neither he nor his offic...
by Elfdart
2004-05-23 01:38pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Lucasfilm to fans : Fuck You!
Replies: 323
Views: 19935

Connor, I was referring to tiara-boy's attacks on me. I try to be civil, but I'm not about to adhere to The Marquess of Queensberry Rules while this guy keeps trying to punch my nuts. Apparently in addition to poor reading and comprehension skills, Ghost Rider can't tell the difference between fact ...
by Elfdart
2004-05-23 03:23am
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Lucasfilm to fans : Fuck You!
Replies: 323
Views: 19935

Connor, yes he did deserve it.

Ghost Rider, if you had bothered to read my post you would notice I wrote that by the tiara-dropper's definition of the word "troll", it was he who was trolling -not me. Did you even glance at the sentence beginning with "If that were the case..."? Apparently not.
by Elfdart
2004-05-22 08:24pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Lucasfilm to fans : Fuck You!
Replies: 323
Views: 19935

Nothing but trolling? Try "anything but trolling". A troll is either a monster from Scandinavian folklore or someone who posts in internet forums solely to provoke hostility. I'm neither. The word does not mean "Anyone who causes immature losers like Ender to make fools of themselves." If that were ...
by Elfdart
2004-05-21 04:22pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Lucasfilm to fans : Fuck You!
Replies: 323
Views: 19935

An earlier poster wrote that he is a subscriber to Hyperspace and didn't appreciate the article. While I think you guys are overreacting, I have a simple solution that just might get Lucasfilm's attention (certainly more than e-mails, which I doubt they even read): Send a certified or registered let...
by Elfdart
2004-05-21 04:13pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Latest OT Change -ROTJ (Spoilers)
Replies: 72
Views: 2791

I don't doubt that all along Leia was intended to be the other that Yoda mentioned. Did she have to be his sister? I don't think so. But that's the way Lucas went and it's one of several reasons I think ROTJ was the weakest movie so far. Gary Kurt, the Richard Clarke of Lucasfilm? He's more the Pete...
by Elfdart
2004-05-21 09:54am
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Latest OT Change -ROTJ (Spoilers)
Replies: 72
Views: 2791

As far as the SEs are concerned, I look at it this way: ANH: Most of Mos Eisely wasn't improved at all, and in several cases, screwed up. On the other hand, the fact that the fighters in the last battle no longer move about as fast as city buses and don't have matte lines or boxes around them IS a b...
by Elfdart
2004-05-21 09:38am
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Latest OT Change -ROTJ (Spoilers)
Replies: 72
Views: 2791

If Luke & Leia were meant to be siblings, why would Lucas have them swapping spit in TESB? Especially when you consider that these movies are made for pre-adolescents. I think it's better to not have very colorful characters (PT) in the first place than to take great characters like Han Solo and tur...
by Elfdart
2004-05-20 11:54pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Lucasfilm to fans : Fuck You!
Replies: 323
Views: 19935

I read the quote from the magazine and the hysterical reaction from yourself and others. I think you're overreacting. Your shrill response to my post proves me right.
by Elfdart
2004-05-20 11:35pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Lucasfilm to fans : Fuck You!
Replies: 323
Views: 19935

You guys are oversensitive. A writer in a fan magazine published for twelve-year-olds makes a few off-the-cuff remarks about people who overanalyze one scene in ROTJ, and some of you are issuing fatwas against him. I doubt Saxton would be offended, because the comments were aimed at ARMCHAIR scienti...
by Elfdart
2004-05-20 11:10pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Latest OT Change -ROTJ (Spoilers)
Replies: 72
Views: 2791

The SE Return of the Jedi removed the "Yub-yub" song at the end and replaced it with regular music. HUGE improvement. Return of the Jedi took Han Solo, the coolest character in the series, and had him play second fiddle to muppets and teddy bears. That sucks. What was almost as bad was making Luke a...
by Elfdart
2004-05-20 06:33pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Latest OT Change -ROTJ (Spoilers)
Replies: 72
Views: 2791

I think it's ridiculous to call the prequels "shitty" and ROTJ "good Star Wars". Jedi was the weakest by far and benefitted more from the SEs than the other two.