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« Reply #1125 on: October 23, 2016, 02:36:40 PM »

The fact is . . .
but . . .?! 1st . . .

A son. A daughter. Missing. An year. 2 years. 3 years. 4 years. What I'd like to see in any film version of "Thanos Rising," which is not in the graphic novel, is the discovery of his victim's bodies, which are probably buried with the great cave ape in the same area, and that can be done by a sudden flashflood, a sandstorm, etc. Just to provide the parents of these missing kids with some relief, as to what happened to their kids.

The fact is . . .
There are too many sexual assaults, both here in the U.S. and around the world. Though . . .?! Most do not rise to the level of an international incident. Though . . .?! There was one that did almost 10 years ago, which may be why I feel some empathy for its victim.

His parents were separated, and while his mother and his older brother remained in Europe, while his older brother was in school, he lived with his father in a Mideast country, where his father managed a hotel, and all was good. Till after one day at the beach and an evening at the arcade at the mall, he was looking for a ride to take him home to eat dinner with his father. And that is when he ran into a boy he knew, a 17-year-old classmate from school, who offered him a ride home, and he accepted, thinking nothing wrong, nor did he think nothing wrong when 2 more people, an 18-year-old and a 35-year-old showed up at the car, as they were cousins of his classmate.

He only knew something was wrong, when they did not turn off at the exit, that would take him home, but . . .?! instead continuing out to the desert, where they stopped on a desert road. That is when he tried to use his cellphone to reach the local police, and that is when they took away his cellphone, beat him, and at knifepoint, stripped him naked, and when he was stark naked, they each took a turn sodomizing him. And when they had finished, they threatened him with the knife and a pool cue and told him, if he went to the police, since they knew where he lived, they'd kill him, kill his parents, and burn down the house.

It is said that a rape victim is raped twice. Once by their rapist and once by the legal system. I don't know how true that is, but . . .?! That is what happened this time. When his father, despite the threats took him to the police, after a perfunctory medical exam, since it was obvious he had recently he had sex, and there is only the crime of "forcible homosexuality" in this country, he must have been a homosexual, and he was going to be arrested and charged as being a homosexual, as homosexuality was illegal in his country. To prevent that he fled back to Europe to his mother and older brother.

Never get between mama she bear and her cub. She'll eat you alive. I'd like to see his story made into a film, as what follows is a great story and would make a great film. When she found out what had happened to her son, having made friends with many of the French politicians, including at that time the President of France, from her days in French TV, she used her political connections to have the French government bring pressure on the other government, and she started an on-line petition calling for a complete boycott of his country, which I signed, till they did right be her son. Thus with private pressure and public pressure, pressure from above and pressure from below, this lone woman wrestled the other government to its knees and got it to rescind the charges against her son and arrest his 3 attackers.

The youngest attacker was tried in juvenile court, but . . .?! the other 2, after a lengthy trial of 3 days, were sentence to 15 years in prison. Still she was not satisfied, as he wanted the oldest attacker tried for attempted murder, as he was HIV positive, and she protested vociferously in court at this injustice, and had to be removed from court. And the other government knew the oldest attacker was HIV positive, but . . .?! they did not notify the boy nor his family of this, even though there is apparently something that can be done to help prevent becoming HIV positive, but . . .?! it must be done quickly, and when the boy and his family learned this, it was too late to do something. So there was the fear that he'd become HIV positive. Fortunately, this did not happen.

Alexandre Robert.  Teen. (15 at the time of the incident) Hero. French-Swiss. Upper middle class. Injured. Victim. Unknown. Present.

A perfect example of "Wrong person. Wrong place. Wrong time." Thus . . .?! my wish for all of you is "Right person. Right place. Right time."

Okay. That is enough about me.

Next time: The 67.
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« Reply #1126 on: October 25, 2016, 12:18:27 AM »

Kevin,

Your post was interesting, but why do you kept writing ...?! in about every other sentence?  I counted it as bout six times, twice in a three line paragraph.

Just curious.
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« Reply #1127 on: October 25, 2016, 02:46:21 AM »


The group Blur's song "Song 2" was actually meant as a "joke" piece, a spoof of alt-grunge scene that was popular at the time.  That's even gave it such a generic sounding name.  If you listen to the rest of their album, we'll find their music is radically different.  Crazily enough though, "Song 2" ended up being their only real hit.
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« Reply #1128 on: October 29, 2016, 11:13:16 AM »

Kevin,

Your post was interesting, but why do you kept writing ...?! in about every other sentence?  I counted it as bout six times, twice in a three line paragraph.

Just curious.

Beats me, but . . ?! I'll cut back on it after this last one.
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« Reply #1129 on: October 29, 2016, 11:41:04 AM »

Fact of the Day . . .
The 67
or the number of Marvel characters, more or less, that is suppose to appear in . . .
Avengers : Infinity War, part I in 2018
and Avengers : Infinity War, part II or an untitled Marvel project in 2019.

One's person idea, from August 2016, who might appear. Some have already been confirmed. Some have been rumored. Some are just guesses, but, they make for interesting reading.

@ ne'er e'er appeared in a live action film ere, as far as I know.
# Netflix character. 1st, they will not be in the film. Now, they will be in the film.

Adam Warlock -- Agent Colson -- Agentt Sharon Carter --Amara an Asgardian@ -- Angela@ -- Aannihilus@ -- Ant-man
Bill Foster@ -- Black Panther -- Black Widow
Captain America -- Captain Marvel (Ms. Marvel) -- Clea@ -- The Collector -- Corpsman Dey
Daredevil# -- Destroyer 2.0@ -- Doctor Strange -- Drax the Destroyer
Elektra@ -- Eric Selvig@
Falcon -- Fandral -- Fire lord
Galactus@ -- Gamora -- Ghost rider -- Groot
Hawkeye -- Heimdall -- Howard the Duck -- Hulk -- Hyperion
Iron Fist# -- Ironman -- Iron Patriot
Jane Foster -- Jessica Jones#
Lady Death@ -- Lady Sif@ -- Loki -- Luke Cage# -- Luna@
Maria Hill -- Modok@ -- Moon Knight@
Nebula -- Nick Fury -- Odin -- Omega@
Red Hulk@ -- Red Skull -- Rocket Raccoon
Scarlet Witch -- Sentry@ --Spiderman -- Star Lord -- Super Skrull@
Terrax the Terrible@ -- Thanos -- Thor
Vision -- Voltagg
Winter Soldier
Yellow Jacket -- Yondu
and Stan Lee. It ain't Marvel, if Stan Lee ain't in it!

Even if they only go with those who have already appeared in a film, it's going to be a heck of cast.

There are already trailers for the film or films already floating around the web-o-sphere. Nothing official yet, just homemade trailers using clips from the films already made, but, if the film or films look anything like these trailers, the film or films will be one heck or hecks of a film or films.

The only question I have is who is going to die and how many?

Next time: they sail the 7 Seas.

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« Reply #1130 on: November 06, 2016, 03:05:12 PM »

The fact is . . .
They sail the 7 Seas.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL)
DreamWorks characters
(or they did)

What might not be known is that the founder of DreamWorks was very, very unhappy, when he left the House of Mouse. Thus one of the reasons DreamWorks was founded was to compete with the House of Mouse. So, where is DreamWorks now. Like many of the competitors it no longer exists, or it is a mere shadow of what it was, but, cry not for him, Argentina, as the last surviving founder of DreamWorks, the others pulling out sometime ago,  he sold DreamWorks Animation, the last and most successful component of DreamWorks to Time Warner for $2 billion and change. Thus, his final payout should be somewhere north of 9 figures. Cry for all the peons who got laid off in various downsizing over the years.

Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL)
Viacom/Paramount/Nickelodeon
Nick characters

Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL)
Universal/NBC/Comcast
Seuss characters

Disney Cruise Lines (DCL)
Disney
--a little off topic, but, if you remember the animated film Big Hero 6, there was a very special appearance by a very special person, and my favorite of his cameos, at the end of the film and when the film becomes a TV series in 2017, this person will become a regular feature on the show.
Muppets
--again off topic, but, if you remember the TV show Muppet Babies, it is coming back to TV as a reboot in 2018.
Pixar
Star Wars
--for the 2nd year in a role Star Wars Day at sea on specific cruises leaving Port Canaveral (Florida) between January, 2017, and April, 2017. Bring a costume.
Marvel
--and for the 1st time Marvel Day at Sea on specific cruises leaving New York (New York) in the fall of 2017.
----meet 'n' greets
------Captain America, Spider-man, Thor, etc.
----Showing of Marvel films
------an Ant-man--a Doctor Strange--a Guardians of the Galaxy--both Avengers films--all 3 Captain American films--All 3 Iron Man films -- all 3 Thor films + whatever Marvel films are released in the 1st half of 2017.
----Showing of Marvel TV shows
------Marvel's Avengers Assemble -- Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy -- Marvel's Ultimate Spider-man
----all themed to Marvel
------activities -- arts 'n' crafts -- a deck party with dancing, games, music, etc. -- a light show -- more games -- special merchandise -- trivia -- and unique food and beverage offerings.
----And the greatest gathering of Marvel heroes and heroines, villains and villainesses ever seen in 1 place on 1 cruise ship.
----And bring a costume.

Next time: some 3 dozen facts about Lord Guildford Dudley. And who is Lord Guildford Dudley? That we shall find out next time.

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« Reply #1131 on: November 15, 2016, 02:05:26 PM »

The fact is . . .
Here are some 3 dozen facts about . . .
Some more verifiable than others.

Lord Guildford Dudley
a child of the 1% of the 16th century
or, as my generation called them an Yuppies' Puppy
and a major character in My Lady Jane if that fantasy novel ever gets turned into a film.

Contemporary (Then)
from someone who knew him.
"comely . . .virtuous. . .goodly [or godly]"

Contemporary (Now)
From Hester Chapman's
Lady Jane Grey
from 1985
". . .conceited and disagreeable"
and that is not the worst things said about him.

vicious -- sulky -- petulant -- spoiled -- nasty -- ill-mannered -- effeminate
and
brute -- bully -- coward -- dolt -- rapist -- sadist -- sociopath -- weak willy -- womanizer

So, how did he go from then to now?

And what is stranger?  Remember, chronologically, he was just a child during all this, and ever since Shakespeare's time, children have normally come off better than adults. Though, the pendulum may be swinging back the other way. For in . . .

Dunn's The Lady of Misrule
Higginbotham's Her Highness the Traitor
He is not only more likable than this wife. He is a better person than his wife, or, at least, less religiously intolerant.

And in The 3 Janes My Lady Jane
Which not only shows how a couple can go from disliking each other to liking each other in less than an year, but is probably the most realistic portrayal of the couple yet, even if he is a horse by day and a man by night.

So, slip into their shoes,
slip into his shoes,
and see how they feel.

01. In the past 1000 years, there have been 8 women who have had some claim to the English throne.

02. Matilda who married a Frenchman, who we'll get to later.
Mary who married a Spaniard.
Elizabeth, who was the only unmarried one.
Mary who married a Dutchman.
Anne who married a Dane.
Victoria who married a German.
Elizabeth who married a Greek.
And Lady Jane Grey, the only one who married an Englishman, and who we'll get to next time.
 
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« Reply #1132 on: November 23, 2016, 02:13:41 PM »

Continuing . . .

03. The Dudleys had 13 children. Six of the boys living long enough to become teens.
Henry or Harry, who died during a military campaign in France, ere he was 20.
John or Jack, who was imprisoned in the Tower of London, which so shattered his health, that he died soon after he was released, ere he was 30.
Ambrose who outlived them all.
Robert or Robin, who was the best known of them all for his on-again/off-again relationship with Queen Elizabeth.
Guildford or Gill, who was executed on Tower Hill, ere he was 20.
And Henry or Hal, who was killed in battle, in France, ere he was 20. And who was an year younger than Gil.

04. Outside of politics, the best known of Gil's relatives was his nephew,  the great Elizabethan poet, Sir Philip Sidney, as one of the Dudley girls married a Sidney.

05. A more distant relative was the actor Cary Elwes, who portrayed Lord Guildford Dudley in the film "Lady Jane." And not only was he related to Lord Guildford Dudley, he was also related to Lady Jane Grey, Gil's wife.

06. Look at Gil's portrait (Google it, Dad!) or, what is believed to be his portrait. An arrogant little pismire, but he had call to be. For he had . . .
. . .the money
. . .the looks
. . .and the family connection.
Though, was he a hard nut all the way through or did he have a soft and chewy center? I go with the latter.

07. Though, portraits can be deceiving. What was believed to have been a portrait of his mother-in-law and her 2nd husband is now to be a portrait of someone else--a mother and son duo.

08. While at the Dudley boys were considered to be good looking, especially Robert, Gil was considered to be the best looking of them all. Actually, he was considered the handsomest young man of his generation in England.

09. Maybe because he did not look like his father and brothers.
--While they were of average height, he was 6'3", which was tall for that age and tall even now.
--While they had dark hair, he was a dark blond.
--While they had dark eyes, he had blue eyes.
--While they were dark complexion, he had a fair complexion.
--While they had facial hair, he was clean shaven.

10. Which is why some think he was actually illegitimate. A cuckoo born into another man's nest.

11. Like his father before him, he may have been a page at the royal court.

To be continued . . .
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« Reply #1133 on: December 01, 2016, 03:59:34 PM »

Continuing . . .

12. Gil was 1st engaged to Lord Clifford's daughter Margaret, but their engagement was broken off. The odd thing was that it was broken off by his future father-in-law. What was odd about it was that while Gil may have been the 4th surviving son, he was the 4th surviving son in the most powerful non-royal family in England, and thus would have been a good match for any woman.

13. We don't know how he felt, but Higginbotham in her novel on his mother and mother-in-law, said he was happy, as he could now spend more time in southern England, where it was warmer, then in northern England, where the Cliffords lived, where it was cooler.

13a. I have spent time in England in various places at various times of the year, and southern England, which is bathed by the southern currents, is remarkably warmer than northern England. Of course, if you go even farther north, to the Scottish highlands, you can get snow even during the height of summer, which I have also seen.

14. In the Boleyn trilogy, he does marry Margaret. Though this does not save him from being executed, as the Cliffords had a claim to the throne. Not as good as the Greys, but they did have a claim to the throne, and to marry someone in line to the throne, without the monarch's permission, was tantamount to treason and made one liable for the death penalty.

15. Because of the Greys better claim to the throne, he did marry Lady Jane Grey in the non-royal wedding of the decade. A wedding celebration that lasted 2 days and 2 nights, as it joined together 2 great families with the son of one marrying the daughter of the other. A wedding where no expense was spared, so anybody who was anybody was there, including several foreign delegations.

16. To celebrate the wedding, there were 2 sets of mummers: 1 male and 1 female, jousting, masked balls, fireworks, etc.

17. Though 1 novelist has stated the highlight of the wedding was an almost life size statue of Gil in the nude, made out of marzipan, with a cockle shell covering the area between his legs. I doubt it, as do you know how small a cockle shell is? It had to be a shell of a pearl oyster at least.

18. Theirs was not the only wedding at that time. Both a sister and a sister-in-law of both the bride and the groom were married off to 2 young lords at the same time.

19. And at the end, both the groom and several of the guests came down with a severe case of good poisoning. Which probably prevented him from doing his husbandry duties for several weeks.

Next: and which we'll get to next time. To be continued.
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