Did not see that coming. I wonder how that will effect the current people running the comics side. I suspect there will be changes.
The Walt Disney Co. is buying Marvel Entertainment Inc. for $4 billion in cash and stock, bringing such characters as Iron Man and Spider-Man into the family of Mickey Mouse and WALL-E.
Under the deal, which was announced Monday and is expected to close by the end of the year, Disney will acquire the rights to 5,000 Marvel characters. Many of them, including the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, were co-created by the comic book legend Stan Lee.
Disney CEO Robert Iger said Marvel’s comic books, TV shows, movies and video games amounted to “a treasure trove of content.” Iger said the deal would bring benefits like the ones Disney got from buying “Toy Story” creator Pixar Animation Studios Inc. for $7.4 billion in stock in 2006.
“The acquisition of Marvel offers us a similar opportunity to advance our strategy,” Iger said, and “to build a business that is stronger than the sum of its parts.”
I suspect there will be personnel and editorial changes there. There always is when a big company swallows another.
They may have found what causes hunger and cravings, and may be able to suppress it.
When he comes back from vacation Barack Obama will find his favorably ratings in the
high mid 40s, cap and trade and Obamacare doomed to fail and an increasingly angry voter base hostile to just about anything he wants to do.
His future plans are not looking good. Which is probably a positive thing since just about every decision Obama has made has been bad.
The 2010 election season is right around the corner. Dems are looking very weak in the polls. They are getting hammered in their town halls, if they even show up. The MSM is doing their best to put a brave face on it, but the tide has turned against him. And investigating the CIA isn’t hgoing to help matters much.
If Dems get swept out of office next year, Obama will lack the political capital to do anything, and he will become effectively a lame duck one termer.
Obviously, they don’t want that to happen, so they will try something to change his poll numbers, If he’s in the 40s and lower, Dems will start abandoning ship. And the press might even turn on him. After all, the administration has treated the press terribly. Robert Gibbs is almost like a fat bully in junior high the way he pushes some of them around. Resentment has to be building. There were a lot of stories of bad treatment and dishonesty on the campaign trail, that were kept quiet, but don’t be surprised if people start writing tell alls. Even members of his staff, who will start quitting soon. I suspect Leon Pannetta will be the first to go.
I predicted last year that Obama will end up being hated more than Bush. I stand by that one. As unemployment keeps rising and the economy keeps sinking, he will be one sad character. Mr. Cool is no more. Like Jimmy Carter, the smiles will be gone and the gloomy mug a common sight while he’s still in that job.
And no, race has nothing to do with it. Obama was never qualified to be president. He’s proving it every day. He wasn’t even a competent senator, which is one of the easiest jobs in the world.
They will try to wag the dog or something to distract people from his problems, but the public doesn’t trust him anymore. It’ll backfire. Watch.
My latest Big Hollywood piece. On the Glenn Beck show, which I recommend viewing. Even if you disagree with him, it’s worth checking out.
Update: I see there is a huge dump of old Beck Headline news clips on youtube. And the usual clowns are out to get him as well. He is the new Sarah Palin.
This kicks ass
I discovered some old comments by some regular posters and readers, and a few from new ones went into spam and pending queues and I just approved them. Sorry about that. They did not show in the usual area where I see comments for approval, Now I know what to do when it shows a number of pending comments. They changed some aspects of WordPress a couple of versions ago and I am still learning new things.
Ted Kennedy is dead, so the press, even Fox news, is awash with stories about what a great man he was.
I disagree. He was trash.
Once Reagan was President, he found himself at odds with the latest Sen. Kennedy. Reagan ideas such as deploying intermediate-range nuclear forces (INFs) in Western Europe and the Strategic Defense Initiative infuriated Ted Kennedy, who, according to a highly sensitive KGB document discovered by reporter Tim Sebastian of the London Times (which ran an article on the document Feb. 2, 1992), was motivated to do something quite unusual:
On May 14, 1983, KGB head Viktor Chebrikov sent a message of “Special Importance” with the highest classification to General Secretary Yuri Andropov. The subject head to the letter read: “Regarding Senator Kennedy’s request to the General Secretary of the Communist Party Y. V. Andropov.” According to Chebrikov, Sen. Kennedy was “very troubled” by the state of U.S.-Soviet relations. Kennedy believed that the main reason for the dangerous situation was “Reagan’s belligerence” and particularly his INF plan. “According to Kennedy,” reported Chebrikov, “the current threat is due to the President’s refusal to engage any modification to his politics.”
The fourth and fifth paragraphs of Chebrikov’s memo held out hope that Reagan’s 1984 re-election bid could be thwarted. But where was the President vulnerable? Chebrikov stated that Kennedy had provided a possible answer. “The only real threats to Reagan are problems of war and peace and Soviet-American relations,” wrote Chebrikov. “These issues, according to the senator [Kennedy], will without a doubt become the most important of the election campaign.” According to Chebrikov, Kennedy lamented that Reagan was good at “propaganda,” whereas statements from Soviet officials were quoted “out of context” or “whimsically discounted.”
It goes on to say how Kennedy tried to hamper Reagan’s cold war efforts.
He is responsible for some of the worst legislation in US history. Just about every extreme statist law has his name or stamp on it. He was an unwavering ideologue and was very vicious when he wanted to be. His efforts to kill Robert Bork’s supreme court nomination are a classic example. Here is the speech he gave. Disgraceful.
Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists would be censored at the whim of government, and the doors of the federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is often the only protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy.
The senate is better off without him. It’s too bad he couldn’t have just retired, but he was one of those fanatics who refused to go until he was called away.
We need a lot less ideologues in government.
Now they want to use his name to revive the Obamacare bills. People should know what a low life he was. So the bills can die again.
UPDATE: I should point out one of the good things he did, he’s responsible for some good legislation. One of which is the Freedom of Information Act and later adding the Sunshine Clause that says documents should be declassified after a certain time unless the government can prove they should not be. Those are things worth thanking him for. However, as Henry Rollins points out, he got away with murder.
And in other news, Obama’s stimulus checks enrich a bunch of felons.
And the Obamacare bill(s) may be dead. Let us hope so.
Maybe when the Democrats get kicked to the curb next year, some rational health cares will get sent up. Not that I am expecting any. These politicians really need to be schooled on what their job really is. I think some of them are getting the message now.
I’ve always found it annoying when Europeans, who often have never been here and get all their information on us from the TV, decide to pass judgment on us from their high horse. Here’s a recent example:
When we Europeans – the British included – contemplate the battles President Obama must fight to reform the US health system, our first response tends to be disbelief. How can it be that so obvious a social good as universal health insurance, so humane a solution to common vulnerability, is not sewn deep into the fabric of the United States? How can one of the biggest, richest and most advanced countries in the world tolerate a situation where, at any one time, one in six of the population has to pay for their treatment item by item, or resort to hospital casualty wards?
The second response, as automatic as the first, is to blame heartless and ignorant Republicans. To Europeans, a universal health system is so basic to a civilised society that only the loony right could possibly oppose it: the people who cling to their guns, picket abortion clinics (when they are not trying to shoot the abortionists) and block funding for birth control in the third world. All right, we are saying to ourselves, there are Americans who think like this, but they are out on an ideological limb.
Then she goes on to say that “The US tolerates more inequality, deprivation and suffering than is acceptable here”. Yeah, what a crock.
I have lived over there and inequality is much more rampant in Europe. Why else do they have these segregated ghettos and “no go” areas? Why would rampant mobs of minority youth go on these crime sprees? Because they’re so happy living in a socialist paradise?
We have medical mishaps in the US, also. But then, we also have state hospitals that have to take in uninsured and those places are over worked, understaffed just like all hospitals will be under Obamacare. Which is why Americans don’t want it. Not because we’re “mean”.
“Universal health care” isn’t. People are denied it based on the prejudices of bureaucrats. If you’re too old, fat, a smoker, whatever, they have excuses why they cut people off. The real reason is the cost of running these massive entitlement bureaucracies eventually bankrupts them, and in the process you have rationing of care. Which is pretty damn “mean”.
Right now the Brits are all defensive because we’ve been using the NHS as an example of how bad Universal Health Care can be when a government runs it. Naturally defenders come out of the woodwork because who likes to admit they are being ripped off? Some young people are deluded about it because they have not had to use it that much. Wait until they have to.
We Americans don’t want to be stuck with such a failing system. No thanks.