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Well, as luck would have it, I picked up 2 recent items on Ebay this past month, and they arrived today!

A ceramic smoking monkey, complete with a pack of smokes.  Unfortunately he's packed with one in his mouth and arrived with it broken so I had to pull it out with pliars and light the broken cancer stick.  :(

And I also got a cigarette case, with a smoking monkey on the cover.

Very classy.

not bad purchases...  I'll see if I can find images!


Not bad if I do say so...

Unfortunately I can't find my old smoking monkey thread, or I'd just add to it, so sorry for the new one...  Can't relive the fun I guess.

They have some nice smoking monkey oil paintings up for $.01 but the shipping is $20!  Yikes...  Does it cost that much to get something like that shipped?  Sounds like Monkey Business to me!

The Ceramic Monkey I got doesn't smoke as well as my old paper mache smoking novelty monkey.  That one actually blows smoke rings!  Still, he puffs away like there's no tomorrw on his cigs, so it's cool.

I was just listening to the "new" radio station that K-Rock has in Pittsburgh now...  They replaced B 94 (93.7) which was basically pop, rap, top 40 stuff...  A very old station in Pittsburgh too I believe.

I know my gf's kids are freaking over its loss (they're on vacationo and still haven't been home to hear the new station).

The new one, which is The Rock of Pittsburgh 93.7 K-ROC or whatever, plays classic rock, but then evanescence was mixed in there and the latest Beastie Boys song...

Go figure.  It's mostly classic rock though, like Skynard, Stones, etc...  That makes for 3 stations now that play the same stuff.  K-Rock, 96.9, and 102.5 DVE which is the leader for this kinda music in Pittsburgh.

I thinkt hey should've opened an altenative music station to combat the station that USED to carry Stern directly.  Kick them in the ding-ding so to speak.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: GI Joe and Baseball
« on: July 1, 2004, 02:09 PM »
First, while I respect your disagreeing opinion, political discussion (and bashing) aren't allowed here Bob, so please be respectful of fthat.  It's a site rule is all, so please just keep that in mind.

I'll reply with why I don't believe Joe's propoganda though...

“any organization or plan for spreading a particular doctrine or a system of principles”

G.I. Joe, while like "Uncle Sam" as a fictional character, isn't organized to spread a doctrine or system of principles.  He was a fictional character (set of characters) set into a specific story fighting a specific enemy.

He was based in America, but didn't fight American enemies that are real.  To that end, the only principles spread by G.I. Joe were basic moral ones.  Also, G.I. joe marketed in other countries was often not marketed as "A Real American Hero", but rather marketed generically or to the country in question.

Basic moral messages of "do what is right" were the only propoganda G.I. Joe ever seemed to spread in my view.  That's what I got from him as a child.  I feel it cheapens a lot of people's childhoods to say otherwise, but that's just my opinion.

“a specific type of message presentation, aimed at serving an agenda. Even if the message conveys true information,”

G.I. Joe didn't serve an agenda other than his own...  He wasn't aimed at any one particular "enemy" other than Cobra, a fictional one.  He wasn't a recruitment tool, didn't endorse joining the military, etc...  

Just because he was pro-American doesn't mean he was pro-military power to reach an end.  If anything, it was the opposite in the cartoon series, which preached non-violence to a kind of funny extent when you watch the cartoons now as an adult.

The comics were more aimed at adult thinking, just as they are now, but I still don't see a correlation to propoganda for the U.S. military there.

“the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person”

G.I. Joe reached many audiences, but didn't spread any anymosity in its themes against U.S. enemies of the time.  For instance, the communist USSR.  Whatever brief mentions they had in G.I. Joe fiction eventually wound up showing we were in some Alliance against a "common threat".  

If G.I. Joe had preached anti-Russian sentiment, I maybe would agree, but because it was all fictionalized I can't see any correlation to propoganda for the U.S.

Propoganda for better living...  Moral behavior...  Being "brave".  That I can agree with.  That's not "propoganda" in its truest form though.  No more so than saying Mr. Rogers is propoganda anyway.

Being a good person isn't an "instiatution, cause, or a person" though, so I again just disagree there.  To each their own though of course.

There’s no question that G.I. Joe is propaganda; while it may not preach a negative viewpoint, it preaches nonetheless, with its infamous tagline- “A Real American Hero” it states that heroism is built on militaristic principles and bravery weighed on how much damage you inflict on the enemy in the process of defending your home turf.

Again, I simply disagree...  G.I. Joe's tagline of "A Real American Hero" is no different than if you applied it to a Fireman, or a Policeman, or a school teacher...  It's just that kids react to military toys instinctively.  It's not an intentional message that "military power to acheive victory is America at its finest" or anything similar.

Also, if anything, G.I. Joe preached pacifism at all costs...  To not hurt your enemy but take them prisoner.  The cartoon was so chock full of non-death it really does make you laugh now if you watch it.  :)

You saved your enemy.  Even the "real" enemies of the time didn't like who the enemy in the fictional world was and G.I. Joe/America and Russia even teamed together, working as one, to fight the fictional enemy.

So long as there's fiction there, which is all Joe is, was, and will be, I don't agree that there's propoganda there.  If there is, it certainly didn't change me in the slightest, even if it was the most influential toy on my childhood.

To each their own though...  It's just seeing things differently.

While I think the Jawas and Tusken look great, I'm a bit miffed at Hasbro for all the repainting they're doing.  It's compelling to keep the completist ways going by buying these, and yet I'd planned on not getting too much of the OTC stuff because it was supposedly "rehash".

ALl these nice paintjobs are irritating then, in a way, because it's like keeping the completist fire going that I'd have to buy them.  That's frustrating that they didn't just straight re-release this stuff as it was before.

At least on Tuskens and Jawas they're army building fodder...  There's always room for Tuskens and Jawas.

On stuff like Bespin Luke though, which is a figure I just wasn't pleased with the first time around, I'm thinking it may be a reluctant pass that irritates me that the figure was made "different" in the first place.  

JD Sports Forum! / Re: GI Joe and Baseball
« on: July 1, 2004, 01:15 PM »
I'm pretty liberal leaning, but when it comes to sticking your head in the sand on such silly issues as what toys your child plays with, it's just sad.

G.I. Joe represented everything good about our country's military...  He's a role-model, not a propoganda tool.  He fought a terrorist everyone hated...  Even our enemies at the time, the commies.

The only point against him is that Joe does NOT have anything to do, even remotely, with baseball.

Shoulda included Hardball as the G.I. Joe maybe.  :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Saturn Has A New Moon, Cassini.
« on: July 1, 2004, 08:41 AM »
Geekiness is a state of mind man...  

err, yeah.

Anyway, I'm really resisting all urges to make "Klingons on Uranus" jokes...  Anything that ever happens in our own solar system just brings that out in me for some reason.

irritating...  to say the least.

If they're gonna re-release this stuff, at least don't redeco it like this.

Yeah, it's nicer than it was, and at least Jawas are a justifiable purchase as army builders to an extent, but really I could've done without these.

Toy Reviews / Re: VOTC Han Solo (large(ish) pics)
« on: July 1, 2004, 01:07 AM »
Customizing weapons is a neat little side-hobby I've found through customizing actually, so I sometimes fix up weapons like that, but to me most POTF2 weapons are so horrendous anyway that I'm just as glad to not use them.

I'm actually really happy with Hasbro about weapons though.  If there's one area they really do well, they sculpt some nice accessories.

Their plastic sucks, but the sculpts are impressive.  Hasbro's steadily improved there too.  The Impy blasters, the RFT apology gun from the Yavin wave...  Vast improvements!

The Original Trilogy / Re: Rebel Uniforms
« on: June 30, 2004, 11:15 PM »
The RFT Blaster is the same as the DST blaster...  Yes Paul.

As for Lando's duds, I would go with the flamboyant idea...  Or possibly it's not even a uniform at all, but more or less just another outfit of his and his title of "General" is short-term for the upcoming conflict...  Kinda like Han's.

Lando's uniform resembles Madine's and the other Generals in their duds at Endor, but it's not quite right.

As for the branch of service, I don't consider ANY of the generals at Endor as "FLeet Generals".  TO me their uniform is typical of a Spec. Forces uniform, which is a separate military unit from "The Fleet", whose officers wear the uniforms we see in ANH, such as Antilles, Dodonna, Willard, etc...  And on Hoth we see them in their cold weather duds.

That's how I've gone about the infamous uniform continuity discrepency anyway.  They're simply 2 separate military entities all together.

If there's a rep from "THe Fleet" at Endor I'd say it's Ackbar...  Which his uniform may be indicative of a certain sector of Fleet Command that even humans wear as well.  We don't see a Fleet Admiral, just Fleet Generals in the films, so the Mon Cal uniforms may just be high ranking Fleet Naval uniforms of some sort...  That or I've also considered the notion that the Mon Cal command crews for Cruisers have kept their uniforms out of respect for their donation of their fleets, and that the Humans would wear the uniforms we see in ANH, as there are people in the mid-level officer ANH duds running around MC Cruisers if you look closely.  

Ya know, I didn't hear it at all...  I actually was alerted to this by my buddy at his office.  Called me this afternoon because he knew I took the loss of Stern hard.

Like him or hate him, I don't care ya know?  Everyone's got an opinion, and preferences they should be allowed to express.  

I don't like Rush Limbaugh at all, so  I simply don't listen to him.  In a more local tune, I don't like Fred Honzeberger either, so I don't listen to him.

But I like Stern...  I should have the right to listen to whatever the hell I want without some A-hole telling me I can or can't because he/she deems it indescent.  

Id' never been so personally affected by sensorship in my life till Stern was taken off by Clear Channel....  It's had me agitated ever since, and I'm happy he's back to say the least.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Spider-Man 2!
« on: June 30, 2004, 06:13 PM »

I'm going to see it this afternoon.


Well, just make sure you get that pooin' out of the way first...  Wouldn't wanna miss anything because of a fecal assault mid-film.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Barbie is NOT Single
« on: June 30, 2004, 06:11 PM »

I'm surprised she didn't shack up with Raggedy Andy or some other elderly doll, just for his money.

Better than this one that came up in that search...

Shockingly feminine looking...  Definitely not "Matty" material.  Not nearly harsh enough looking....  Little too "real into clothes" looking actually.

Does have that hint of smart-ass to it though...



I know you tape it if you're not going to be home...  Don't deny.

I saw that too actually...  I was uh, flipping around.   :-X

I like Farrell a lot, but I'm still planning on going to see Spiderman2 first.  I just have a bad feeling about this movie...  I'll likely see it too though, so who knows. :)

Clear Station channel 105.9 WXDX, you can kiss my hairy white ass.  I've officially taken them off my car's dial and now K-Rock, the Rock of Pittsburgh, 93.7 is on (well, it was before as the old Top 40 station it was beforehand).

93.7 is now a new station and Stern's on in Pittsburgh again finally, after I've dealt without the only radio show I ever really listened to.  Thank God because my commute(s) have sucked bigtime without Stern on.

105.9 dumped Stern under the whole FCC fallout BS, like other Clearchannel Stations, and I'm happy to hear he's back, as you can tell.

"The X" as it's called, probably won't be off my dial actually...   ;D  Just not as frequently stopped by on my flipping when it's not morning time.

Score one for Stern, and for me having something I enjoy back even if some schmucks out there don't want me to have something I enjoy on my drive to school in the mornings.

I for one am happy as a clam.

Plus, this station comes in loud and clear every day no matter where I am...  even out here in BFE where some stations lose some clarity because of all the hills between here and the city.

My happiness is 2-fold as well...

I got to watch the FINAL show from B94's morning show "John, Dave, Bubba, and Shelly".  4 of the most overly obnoxious DJ's in Pittsburgh...  Overprivilaged snots who talk about the most obnoxious topics and none of which has a good personality or opinion.  

They were literally crying...  I suppose if I lost a job I'd had for 9 years I'd maybe cry too, but I despise these people's obnoxious persnalities so much I can only wish them luck in another city a hell of a long way from here.

Vindication today for me!  I have been avenged on 2 fronts!  Viva La Jesse!

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