Archive for June, 2008

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Mighty Ireland looks to have downed the EU

June 13, 2008

Ireland rejects Lisbon TreatyOpponents of a European Union reform treaty received the backing of Ireland's Eurovision Song Contest...

Last night it seems history was made, early reports are saying that Ireland has turned down the EU, throwing the entire treaty into disorganisation. Politicians In the UK should be ashamed as the People of ireland were allowed to go with their conscience. Our unelected dictator has neither the courage or the honesty to allow us to have a choice in our future. One man of courage and dignity quit over principles last night, the spineless ex-chancellor who still stands at the box and says that he doesn’t have to honour his promise. Even Dustin the Turkey had a say “we wish there was a third box that said what”

Well done Ireland.Now we’ll hear all the bleating and the bullying from the EU to force a re-vote. Below is the report from the BBC

Irish Justice Minister Dermot Ahern says substantial vote tallies across the country show the European Union Lisbon reform treaty has been rejected.

Tallies are not official, but Mr Ahern says it is clear the No vote is ahead in a vast majority of constituencies.

This would scupper the treaty, which must be ratified by all members. Only Ireland has held a public vote on it.

Mr Ahern is the first senior figure from the Irish government to admit that it looked like the treaty had failed.

“It looks like this will be a No vote,” Mr Ahern said on live television. “At the end of the day, for a myriad of reasons, the people have spoken.”

Earlier, Europe Minister Dick Roche had admitted “it is not looking good,” after state broadcaster RTE said that the Yes vote was “in difficulty”.

The BBC’s Jonny Dymond in Dublin says a rejection of the treaty, meant to streamline decision-making in the now expanded EU, could plunge the bloc into crisis.

In Irish polls, tally counters in each constituency watch votes being sorted and make their own count, giving early indications of how a vote is going.

European leaders have said that they have no “plan B” for how to proceed if Ireland’s electorate does vote No.

“If the Irish people decide to reject the treaty of Lisbon, naturally, there will be no treaty of Lisbon,” French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said on Thursday night.

Declan Ganley of the anti-treaty lobby group Libertas said that if the No vote had indeed triumphed that it was “a great day for Ireland”.

“The people of Ireland have shown enormous courage and wisdom in analysing the facts presented to them and making the decision they have,” Mr Ganley said.

The No campaign was a broad coalition ranging from Libertas to Sinn Fein, the only party in parliament to oppose the treaty.

Confusion

Our correspondent says that many voters seem to have voted No for the simple reason that they did not understand the treaty, despite a high-profile campaign led by Prime Minister Brian Cowen, which had the support of most of the country’s main parties.

The BBC’s Europe editor Mark Mardell on what a no vote would mean

Mr Cowen accused the No camp of “misrepresentation”, saying voters had voiced concern about “issues that clearly weren’t in the treaty at all”, the Irish Times reported.

Turnout is said to have been about 45%. Commentators had predicted that a low turnout figure would suggest a rejection.

The treaty, which is designed to help the EU cope with its expansion into eastern Europe, provides for a streamlining of the European Commission, the removal of the national veto in more policy areas, a new president of the European Council and a strengthened foreign affairs post.

Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, urged all EU states to back the treaty, which is due to come into force on 1 January 2009.

He said the reforms would strengthen the EU to meet global challenges.

Fourteen countries out of the 27 have completed ratification so far.

The Lisbon Treaty replaces a more ambitious draft constitution that was rejected by French and Dutch voters in 2005.

Just over three million Irish voters are registered – in a European Union of 490 million people.

In 2001, Irish voters almost wrecked EU plans to expand eastwards when they rejected the Nice treaty. It was only passed in a much-criticised second vote.

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Anti-Smoking Facists start on comic books and films

June 12, 2008

the following is taken from newsarama

If The Hulk thought Abomination was tough, how will he handle 27,000 anti-smoking advocates?

In a press release issued yesterday, the American Medical Association Alliance — the volunteer arm of the AMA — took Universal Pictures to task for the depiction of a cigar-chomping Gen. Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross (William Hurt) in The Incredible Hulk.

“Shame on The Incredible Hulk for unnecessarily adding smoking to a sequel that would have been just as exciting and believable without it,” alliance president Dianne Fenyk says in the statement. “Universal Studios and the other Hollywood studios should be especially embarrassed for using comic book movies, which they market to children and know youth will want to see, to promote tobacco.”

The release points out that the Gen. Ross in Ang Lee’s 2003 film didn’t smoke. The group also cites the elimination of smoking from Marvel comics by Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada after his father died from smoking-related lung disease.

The AMA Alliance is encouraging its members to spread the word about the smoking in The Incredible Hulk, and to pressure Motion Picture Association of America and Universal to remove smoking from youth-rated films.

So the butcher asks, what next for the anti-smoking facists who decide what libertys we can and cannot have, nick fury with out a cigar, wolverine with out a cigar. Hero’s who can’t drink, Iron Man watch out they are coming for you

“Sorry Sir, It’s irresponsible for you to be serving in any capacity as a hero seeing as you drink”

Bah bunch of do-gooders

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Comic Related news supplied By Lord Ruthven

June 10, 2008
The First Avenger: Captain America” set in WW2, ending with his fall into the sea (oops, . sorry for that spoiler) Released 2011.
“The Avengers” movie released 2011, two months after the Captain America movie – both films being shot back to back.
Interestingly, Mathew Vaughn (sic) has walked away from the Thor movie, thus no longer directing it.
He did exactly the same with the X-Men 3 movie, that due to a clash with the studio about the script. Seems he has no faith in the plans Marvel/Paramount have for Thor…
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Comics Week in Review part two

June 8, 2008

Ok, the first part was the ones I read yesterday and recommend, these are the ones I read today and give a big thumbs up to.

Cover for Amazing Spider-Man #558

Now some of you know that apart from a certain few titles I find Marvel very humdrum, very much of a muchness. That may be about to change as a) my favourite artist Barry Kitson is on this title. b) that the scripting is snappy and spideys jokes are popping quite nicely, thanks to Bob Gale for this.

Trinity: Another weekly comic from DC I sighed. Then realised that Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley were gonna be picking up the ball. This has two stories in it, The first is about the first trio of hero’s and plays out nicely, The second story is very …… Whats happening here?

Don’t want to diss a good book but First half amazing second half should be a marvel title.

And Finally

MARVEL 1985 #1

Mark Millar & Tommy Lee Edwards 1985. I tried so hard to dislike this, After all after the civil war and ultimates endings I thought Millar had sold out. 1985 is actually a damn good read, Can Millar keep it up, maybe, but if i hear a iron man speech about how many ways he could have won this then you won’t see my arse for dust

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Christian Who?

June 8, 2008

In the recent Hay festival Christian Bale was approached by a young lady director thrust a script into his hand

“I am so glad to see you, Have a read of this”

Christian starts thumbing the script

“I am so glad that I managed to get Christian Slater to read my movie script”

Christina looks up bemused

“Sorry I’m Christian Bale, not Christian Slater”

The lady mouths “Oh” takes the script back and fades out

Classic pure classic

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Comics week in review

June 8, 2008

The title is a bit of a misnomer as I didn’t pick my comics up last week so two weeks will be amalgamated into one.

DAN DARE #6 (OF 7) Virgin Comics (2008)   /  New

This comic keeps getting better and better,Garth Writing is totally respectful of the Dan Dare Legacy and Garry Erskine’s art is truelly a joy to look at. This is like a boys own adventure with something for everyone that checks all the boxes. Long may it continue.

Teen Titans 59, This book just goes from strength to strength, Ties in nicely with the final crisis series and I really Enjoy Sean McKeevers writing. The art from Eddy Barrows is strong and crisp. Can’t wait for the next part.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Ok I was starting to go off this series. But like a true buffy episode there were laugh moments and also sad moment. Highlights were Draculas speech to the new blood and Dawn taking on Dawnzilla the mech (trust me you have to see it)

This is the fight that I was waiting for, It kinda worked, but as with most things marvel these days I felt let down. My pull list gets smaller and smaller with Marvel. And I think I see a fat zero coming up in the future. Which when you think about the talent on this comic is criminal. Alex Ross & Jim Krueger. This should have had the Invaders cleaning clock but strangely no. Tony and his team of nazi’s ( and cap calls them that) layeth the smack down. There was one genuine good bit ” And Ironman has been axed” I wish.

And they were the pick of the crop, others were average, stale, head scratching.

What hit the bin this week

Brit No 6 from Image: All I can Say is no comment

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Update

June 6, 2008

Ok people tomorrow, I will be doing an interview with Chris Lynch and Stu.art about the Magpye, Markosia and cheese. These guys are hot Welsh comic talent and I think it will make for interesting reading. Also there are a shed load of comics to go through so If i get time I will do a review for you guys