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Modern Trading / Need to get my hands on a Saga X-Wing
« on: December 12, 2004, 12:35 AM »
If you are playing catch-up with your figure collection, I have POTF2 Nien Numb, Ackbar, Emperor, Commtech Vader, E1 Naboo pilot Ani and can help you out with your OTC needs perhaps.

Watto's Junk Yard / Mr. Bean vs. the Crown
« on: December 6, 2004, 05:46 PM »
Whoda thunk it - Rowan Atkinson is perhaps the most high-profile free-speech advocate in Britain.

Original Trilogy Collection / Best Figure Ever Tournament
« on: November 11, 2004, 01:05 AM »
Anybody up for one of these? I did one at Rebelscum about two years ago. In case you're wondering, it would be a NCAA-tourney style thing. Josh can fill you in on some details.

Watto's Junk Yard / Conspiracies and You
« on: November 2, 2004, 03:07 AM »
Something struck me as an interesting topic while going through the daily grind -- if you were given the opportunity to become part of a worldwide conspiracy-type outfit (and for the record, I consider this to be bunk), a secret society that would fulfill all your professional and personal needs, your substantial and petty wishes, would you? In other words, how far would you go to make your path easier?

Watto's Junk Yard / Return Kilbourne to Daily Show
« on: November 2, 2004, 03:03 AM »
He was much better on Comedy Central than he could be under network constraints. Jon Stewart did an okay job in his first  two or three years, but never quite reached the level of the original host. In addition, Stewart's foray into politics is annoying. I tuned into the Daily Show to watch the tart of the month in a pop-top talking about kissing a girl on-set. If I want to get Ted Kennedy's opinion on the election, I'll turn to a credible news source.

Watto's Junk Yard / Cool celebrity geneology ad
« on: October 25, 2004, 12:36 PM »
Just an ad for, but very interesting nonetheless. Dracula is related to the Royal House of England, and by extension to both of the major candidates in next week's unspecified event.

By MICHAEL W. KAHN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - Charges were dropped Thursday against a pregnant woman arrested and forced to the ground by Metro Transit Police for allegedly talking too loudly on a cell phone.

"I'm happy that it's over with," defendant Sakinah Aaron said of the incident that has raised questions about the conduct of the transit police force.

The 23-year-old Aaron was arrested Sept. 9 at a subway station in the Maryland suburb of Wheaton and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Officials of the transit system had claimed that one of their officers heard Aaron yelling obscenities into a cell phone and said that when the officer told her to stop, she used similar language on him.

"We didn't want our action to be taken as a reflection on our view about the officer's credibility," said Deputy Montgomery County, Md., State's Attorney Katherine Winfree. "We just felt that under the circumstances, this was the appropriate disposition at this time."

Winfree said there were questions about whether prosecuting a seven months pregnant woman in such a case was a good use of "judicial resources." Prosecutors reserved the right to recharge Aaron if she has another run-in with the law.

Aaron's lawyer, Jeanett Henry, remains furious over the officer's conduct.

"She proceeded to tell him that she is pregnant. But he didn't listen, he didn't comment, and he did put her on the ground, face down, and her stomach was being pressed against the concrete," Henry said. Aaron said she is due to give birth to a girl in February, and that doctors have told her the fetus is healthy. She is now considering suing the transit agency for false arrest.

In explaining why the charges were dropped, Transit Police Chief Polly Hanson said it was the cost of prosecuting the case.

"It's all about money," Hanson said Thursday. "I think initially the gal was offered community service, and she requested a jury trial," said Hanson, adding that she wanted Aaron's case to go forward but understood the prosecutor's decision.

Transit Police remain defensive about their actions in this and other cases that have gained them unflattering publicity. On July 16, a woman was handcuffed and jailed for eating a candy bar on a subway station escalator. In 2000, a 12 year-old girl was arrested for eating a french fry on a subway platform. And in 2002, a wheelchair bound rider was ticketed for using profanity when he could not find a working elevator to exit the system.

Even the union representing transit officers seemingly acknowledged an image problem.

"Metro police are not some 'Barney Fife rent-a-cops,'" Teamsters Local 639 business agent Terrence Edwards said in a press release last week.

Original Trilogy Collection / Figure price getting jacked up to $7?
« on: October 15, 2004, 10:56 AM »
According to the listing from the Target computers posted on several sites, it appears that Target is jacking the price up two dollars.
Between cost of living, the agravation of finding maybe a dozen figs all last year and the cost of driving to stores, I almost abandoned collecting. If the price is going up to $7, I can't stay in this.

Original Trilogy Collection / Y-Wing droid slot
« on: October 15, 2004, 12:35 AM »
This is essentially a rererelease of the 1983 vintage mold, right?
So by logic, that should mean that there is a removable piece either filling or covering the droid slot. Has anyone ever removed it?

Watto's Junk Yard / Advice for Halloween costume
« on: October 15, 2004, 12:19 AM »
I'm making the tremendous leap from Obi-Wan Kenobi to AOTCish Anakin Skywalker for Halloween this year. The clothing is fairly simple, at least easier than when I dressed as Vader from '95-'01, lol.
Anyway, I want to add the artificial arm, but where the hell am I going to find something that looks passable?

Watto's Junk Yard / Double standard of country music
« on: April 4, 2004, 05:03 PM »
The more popified country is becoming, the greater the double standard along gender lines.
Look at the male side, and you see balding, pudgy Garth Brooks, the best seller in the history of the genre, a man comparable in sales to Elvis and the Beatles. A large number - Joe Diffy, Trace Adkins, Vince Gill to name a few, are also not entirely in that overly groomed grouping. They're judged on quality, not appearance, as they should be.
But the females are disappearing from radio and suffering reduced airplay on CMT and GAC after age 40. Reba's been reduced to a sitcom - on the WB! Suzy Boggus, who has a beautiful voice, fell off the face of the earth close to a decade ago.

Newbies / Making the leap from Rebelscum
« on: April 3, 2004, 02:05 AM »
Between the positive reviews JediDefender has been getting the last few months and the decrease in traffic over at Rebelscum, I wanted to explore another forum. How are relations between forum members and between members and mods here?

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