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April 5, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Politics. Comments off.

TSCC: Final Battle – Crusader finds a Challenger….

Review by the Crusading Knight (spoilers!!)… FOX:… DO NOT LET THIS SHOW BE CANCELED .

FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY! Well, that and propaganda.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles does not belong to me, nor does the Terminator theme song. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles belongs to belongs to Warner Bros Home Entertainment Company/Fox Television Network.

Music from The Matrix Revolutions belongs to Don Davis.

No copyright infringement intended, please don’t sue. Unofficial, fan made, non profit, etc.

Special thanks to my friend who was the stunt double for Skullhead in this trailer as well as the actual battle.

More TSCC fun at Terminator, spoilers!!!!

Go watch the entire episode ‘Adam Raised a Cain’ at FOX here

Friday night’s SHOCKER made it to the newspaper (spoiler)


Who ever would have thought I would be this startled — not just startled, but sad — about the death of a character played by Brian Austin Green? Or that a network TV show in this day and age would have the onions to bump off a significant regular character 15 minutes into an episode, with no time for heroics or big speeches or any of the other blaze-of-glory elements we expect from deaths on series television?

Instead, Derek — who, thanks to Green and the writers, had quickly become the series’ most compelling human character — just comes around the wrong corner at the wrong time, takes a bullet between the eyes from the latest T-888 model, and that’s all she wrote. There’s some poetry to him winding up in an unmarked grave just like his brother Kyle — and you could argue that the opening scene in the cemetery was Derek’s real, hidden farewell scene — but disappointed as I am that Derek won’t be around anymore(*), it felt real and appropriate to the franchise to have a main character killed so easily by a Terminator. Frankly, it’s amazing that John and his mom have survived as long as they have, with or without a reformed Terminator as a protector.

(*) For one episode, anyway, as it’s fair to say odds of renewal are on the long side right now.

Really, the entire sequence at the Weaver house was gangbusters, from a concerned John Henry guiding Savannah away from the water delivery man (and calmly explaining that she wouldn’t be going to the foyer to see her nanny) to John popping up in the garage to Cameron rolling the bad guy down a very long, steep hill to give them enough time to get away…..

April 5, 2009. Tags: , , , . Entertainment, Fantasy, Popular Culture, Sci Fi. 1 comment.

More Fun with British History: Hampton Court Exhibit, ‘Heads and Hearts, Henry’s Women, Dressed to Kill at the Tower of London’…

WOW! Awesome exhibits on the Tudor Monarchy this year! 500 years since HVIII accession! Oh I want to go see these exhibits!!!!

Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill at the Tower of London

Henry VIII: Dressed to KillFrom 3 April 2009 – 17 January 2010
Displayed over 3 floors of the historic White Tower, this stunning
exhibition celebrates the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII becoming King of England. Some of the world’s rarest arms and armour have been selected from the treasures of the Royal Armouries and international collections. These spectacular objects have never been seen together since the reign of his daughter Elizabeth

Henry VIII: heads and hearts

Henry VIII: heads and hearts
Come to Hampton Court Palace and commemorate 500 years since Henry VIII’s accession to the English throne. Be part of the celebrations of Henry’s wedding to his sixth wife, Kateryn Parr, and find out more about Henry’s wives and daughters at the fascinating, temporary exhibition ‘Henry’s Women’. Opens 10 April

From the fabulous LittleMissSunnydale, a great opportunity this year to see wonderful Tudor artifacts and works of art:

10 April – 3 August 2009

This year Hampton Court has several exhibitions based on Henry VIII’s life in connection to the 500th anniversary of his accession. Amongst these is an exhibition entitled “Henry’s Women”, which focuses on his wives and daughters.

Some of the paintings included have not been shown before to the public, namely the paintings of Katherine Parr and Anne of Cleves. The exhibition begins on the 10th April.

There is still some uncertainty regarding the identity of one of the paintings – the portrait allegedly of Katherine Howard. Currently the National Portrait Gallery has the portrait labelled as “Unknown woman, formerly known as Katherine Howard”, and there have been suggestions that the sitter is actual a member of the Cromwell family, more specifically Thomas Cromwell’s daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Seymour. Ultimately the sitter’s identity is still not known, although I tend to think it is not Katherine.

For more information on the exhibit:…

Six Wives of Henry VIII -Catherine of Aragon

Six Wives of HVIII- Anne Boleyn


April 5, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Politics, Popular Culture, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

City of London Bankers ‘rage at G20 witch hunt’….

London 1510

London 1510

I love British History. The phrase ‘As goes London, So goes the Crown’ was historically true and is probably politically true today. James II found this out the hard way, but the way Charles I found out was even worse…

…He continued, however, to make various attempts to get estates into his possession on the pretext of invalid title, and on the 12th of May 1635 the city of London estates were sequestered. Charles here destroyed one of the most valuable settlements in Ireland founded by James I in the interests of national defence, and at the same time extinguished the historic loyalty of the city of London, which henceforth steadily favoured the parliamentary cause…..Charles returned once more to measures of repression, and on the 10th imprisoned some of the London aldermen who refused to lend money…..The next day Charles was equally unsuccessful in obtaining their surrender in the city.

“The king had the worst day in London yesterday,” wrote a spectator of the scene, “that ever he had, the people crying ‘privilege of parliament’ by thousands and prayed God to turn the heart of the king, shutting up their shops and standing at their doors with swords and halberds.”‘ On the 10th, amidst general manifestations of hostility, Charles left Whitehall to prepare for war, destined never to return till he was brought back by his victorious enemies to die…..

The power of London in British History is profound, and the system of  ‘taxation incorporation licensure patent levies tariffs wages’-BANKING!, are ones which have evolved and had great impact on this nation, and Europe and America..and the City of London is trade in its heart and that runs on banking…Gordon Brown seems oblivious to the backlash..the same way our Dems are here ignoring our Tea Parties…

London in the time of Henry VII

London in the time of Henry VII

The City of London bankers cannot have been too happy with anarchists breaking into the lobby and media fawning over both the demonstrators and the bank bashing politicians….

The Guardian:

Bankers and hedge fund managers were furious yesterday at attempts by the G20 to cap their pay and regulate them for the first time, calling it a “witch hunt” by world leaders.

Bankers in Canary Wharf or Moorgate could face caps on the hefty bonuses they have enjoyed for almost a decade, whilst secretive hedge fund managers in Mayfair will have to start disclosing their positions or strategy. The changes, which are still to be specified in detail, may bring to an end an era that brought financiers astonishing levels of money, status and power.

“Supervisors will assess firms’ compensation policies as part of their overall assessment of their soundness,” world leaders agreed on Thursday…

…”Salaries in the banking and corporate finance world are not outrageous. The big reward is in the bonus,” said Larry Schechter, a director at Schechter & Co, a boutique investment bank in Mayfair. “I am not a proponent of arbitrary compensation restrictions. I believe that bonuses – the rewards – should be commensurate with the level of success. You cannot have the whip without the carrot, and vice versa.”…

Apparently the next boom is in Asia for banking as well as consumer spending, Hell Jim Rogers and Faber are already there!…

Bankers say their bonuses contributed to tax income and were spent on cars, restaurants or homes that indirectly created other jobs. Those who flew from New York to London over recent years as the capital established itself as the world’s financial centre, may now move east if bonus caps limit the attraction of the west.

“This will drive talent out of the industry because if we regulate in London, but not in the Middle East or Singapore, people will go elsewhere,” Prest said.

Visscher's Panoramic View of London, 1616

Visscher's Panoramic View of London, 1616

April 5, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes, Uncategorized, Wall St. Comments off.

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