Saturday, March 14, 2009

Watching Watchmen

I saw Watchmen. I liked it, but I was disappointed by a couple of deviations from the source material. It made me want to go track down issues of The (Ted Kord) Blue Beetle, The Question, etc.

I was appalled to see that two parental units had brought their toddler to witness all that transpired on screen. I initially thought that these were people who had not read the graphic novel and thought this was going to be like Fantastic Four. But, once all the butchery and adult content and scary guys started flooding the screen, they stayed all the way to the end. Witnessing all that stuff didn't turn little Walter Kovacs into such a bad guy, right?

The major political issue facing the heroes in Watchmen is, in the words of Eric Bloom, the "heightening tensions between the East and the West." As Rorshach and Nite Owl seek to solve the "Who killed Eddie Blake?" whodunit, the U.S. and Russia edge closer to doomsday. Thankfully, we no longer have to worry about those Russkies and their pesky ole nukes, do we?
Russian strategic bombers could use Cuba airfields

MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- Russia expressed interest in using Cuban airfields during patrol missions of its strategic bombers, Russia's Interfax news agency reported

"There are four or five airfields in Cuba with 4,000-meter-long runways, which absolutely suit us," Maj. Gen. Anatoly Zhikharev told Interfax.

Zhikharev, who is the chief of staff of the Russian Air Force's long-range aviation, said, "If the two chiefs of state display such a political will, we are ready to fly there."

Zhikharev also told Interfax that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has offered a military airfield on La Orchila island as a temporary base for Russian strategic bombers.

"If a relevant political decision is made, this is possible," he said, according to Interfax. Zhikharev said he visited La Orchila in 2008 and can confirm that with minor reconstruction, the airfield owned by a local naval base can accept fully-loaded Russian strategic bombers.

h/t "This Is CNN"

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Quote o' The Day
"Ten feet, twenty feet, thirty feet south. Passage turns east and west. Which way do you go?" "We go South." Stupefied look and momentary pause. "Okay. Bump, bump, bump." -E. Gary Gygax to adventurers in Greyhawk Castle, circa 1972

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