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The Making of another Martyr or Mumia

Feb 9, 2013 9:52 AM PT

In response to The Black Community's Dichotomy on Gun Violence:

What's particularly concerning is guys like Ab-Soul start to gin up this following for Dorner, so if Dorner is killed by police in a shootout situation, every black activist will be out there saying the police used excessive force. The three people he allegedly killed are forgotten by everyone if not become part of some conspiracy theory. If Dorner goes to jail, he gets the Tookie Williams or Mumia Abu Jamal treatment from the black community. 

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Hip-Hop Artist to L.A. Shooting Suspect: 'This Was A Necessary Evil...God Bless You Sir'

Feb 8, 2013 8:45 PM PT

Ab-Soul, a California Interscope Records Hip Hop artist, made remarks on his Instagram page Friday night expressing his support for Christopher Dorner —  a former Navy reservist who was fired from the Los Angeles Police Department in 2008. Dorner  is now suspected of fatally shooting three people and injuring two others in an act of revenge. :

As the manhunt continued as far north as the San Bernardino Mountains, late Thursday, Interscope Records rapper Ab-Soul posted a photo defending the fugitive on his Instagram page, quoting Dorner’s 11,400-word manifesto, in which he outlines plans to kill law enforcement officers and their family members.

“This was a necessary evil,” Ab-Soul posted, quoting Dorner’s manifesto, and adding his own comment: “God Bless You Sir.”

So far, the post has received more than 3,200 likes and 500 comments, many supporting the statements.

One commenter calling themselves Popsapien referred to Dorner as “The BLACK RAMBO” and another, Gnodiaz replied: “Everyone else [is] misinformed idiots. He killed officers as a statement because the system he worked in was corrupt and they discharged him [from] attempting to reveal how corrupt it was.”

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The Greatest Car Dealership Website Ever. EVER.

Feb 8, 2013 2:16 PM PT

There... there are no words. (UPDATE: Click with caution if you are prone to epilepsy.)

As seen on TV—it's got gifs! It's got music! Cats wearing military helmets! A no-horse-meat guarantee! A .com domain for a UK business! A mosaic of the owner's face composed of images of happy customers! Repurposed political cartoons and promotional stills from Titanic! "Play stupid game!" Take a very difficult quiz!

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Occupy Green Arrow

Feb 8, 2013 1:50 PM PT

The CW network has a show called "Arrow" that is meant to be the grim, gritty, relatively "realistic" version of long-running DC Comics superhero Green Arrow.  Nobody calls the new guy "Green Arrow," even though he does indeed dress in green.  Actually, no character in the show ever calls him "Arrow," either.  He's known throughout his fictional city as "The Hood," because he wears a hood.  Kudos to the screenwriters for that bit of realism; that's exactly the moniker he'd end up saddled with in the real world.  But this must be measured against the unrealism of his sparse costume somehow concealing his identity, even from people who know him intimately.  (What's the least realistic thing about Superman: his amazing powers, or his magic disguise eyeglasses?)

It's generally fun to watch.  There is some great action choreography - the stunt guys put a good deal of effort into making it seem plausible that a guy with a bow and arrow could take on armies of gun thugs.  The lead actor apparently has a clause in his contract requiring him to work out shirtless at least once per episode, while unattractive women have evidently been banned from the city by municipal order.  The guy who used to play Harry Dresden in "The Dresden Files" is in it, which makes me nostalgic for "The Dresden Files."

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Running Star Wars into the ground

Feb 7, 2013 2:05 PM PT

Word comes from Walt Disney Co. that they're planning to make a series of "stand alone" movies about major Star Wars characters, in addition to the forthcoming Episode VII sequel.  Yoda, Han Solo, and Boba Fett have been kicked around as possible subjects.  The idea would be somewhat like the stand-alone "Wolverine" movies, spun off from "X-men."

There's the obvious danger that Disney's going to overdo it and run Star Wars into the ground, although the appetite for work set in that universe seems all but bottomless.  It's rather astonishing to think that George Lucas managed to sit on the greatest cash cow in Hollywood history for 15 years... and then coughed up "The Phantom Menace."  The pressure on him to over-produce Star Wars material must have been immense.  He said no for years, and then finally pumped out some surprisingly weak and uninspired films, although they had their moments.

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