Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Preview: Man of Steel

For the first time in my life, I'm excited for a Superman film.

That's how good the trailer for Man of Steel is.

Of course that's being made by Christopher Nolan doesn't hurt it at all.

From the trailer we can see that Clark/Superman is figuring out just who he will be, and this movie will shape him.

"You just have to decide what kind of man you want to be when you grow up, Clark. Whoever that man is, is going to change the world."

We are also clearly looking at the beginning of a series, not a single movie.

Henry Cavill plays Clark Kent and Superman, in this latest remake.

With Russel Crowe playing Jor-El and Kevin Costner playing Jonathan Kent, this Superman has quite the father's to live up to.

Diane Lane portrays Martha Kent and Amy Adams will be playing Lois Lane, while Michael Shannon has the part of the antagonist General Zod.

Man of Steel hits theaters June 14, 2013.

Massive Gas Explosion in West Virginia

A massive gas explosion occurred in Sissonville, West Virginia, around 12:40 EST.

Four houses were destroyed in the explosion and it's resulting fire, and five others were damaged.

Amazingly there were no deaths or serious injuries, only a couple needed treatment due to smoke inhalation.
Firefighters were able to put out the fire around 14:00.

Interstate 77 is shut down, for about a mile, in both directions, as the fire was actually running across the freeway.

In the aftermath it's clear that the freeway itself was damaged by the flames and heat.

Officials are investigating the cause of the explosion.

Aldersgate Methodist Church, in Sissonville, is set to work as a shelter, over night, for those who lost their homes.

Second Preview: The Lone Ranger

The second preview for The Lone Ranger has come out, and it tells us a lot more.

Tonto, tells us that the Lone Ranger is a spirit walker, and can not be killed.

Well at least that's what Silver, yes the horse, told Tonto.

Silver also seems to climb trees, as Tonto says, "There's something very wrong with that horse."

After settling their differences, Tonto and the Lone Ranger agree to "ride for justice", something they both clearly seek.

When the Lone Ranger balks at wearing a mask, but Tonto tells him, "There comes a time when good man must wear mask."

It's rather obvious, from the trailer, that we can expect a lot of action, with a bit of humor from the movie.

The Lone Ranger is set to hit theaters July 3, 2013.

Denver Hazmat on Scene of Toxic Substance

Denver Hazmat has responded to an apartment on the 1500 block of Pearl St.

Emergency workers blocked off the area earlier Tuesday morning, causing Pearl and Colfax to be closed.

Police originally responded to the call of a toxic substance.

Two police officers have been taken to Denver Health Medical Center and are being treated for possible exposure to mercury sulfate.

Memphis Police Find Missing 16 Year Old

Memphis Police have found missing sixteen year old Whitney Edmonds.

She is now listed as safe and alive.

No further information was released, at this time.

Whitney had been missing since Thursday afternoon.

Worries for her had been high as she requires regular medication, for her health.

UK and Others Consider Aiding Syrian Rebels as Canada Announces Contingency Plans

An international coalition has begun discussing training and arming the Syrian rebels.

France, Jordan, Qatar, Turkey, the UAE, and the UK held the meeting, in London.

Also discussed was aiding the rebels by adding foreign naval and air power to protect them.

One thing they agreed upon, was that there would be no foreign troops put on the ground, something the US, Russia, and China have been adamant about.

The powers seek a quicker end to the nearly twenty-two month long conflict, which has killed at least fifty thousand people.

Canada announced a contingency plan in case the Syrian civil war does begin to involve chemical weapons.

While Canada says it will never send ground troops or airplanes, they are prepared to help in other ways.

They are now set to send disaster response teams, who could do simple things such as provide clean water, as well as specialized teams who've trained for biological, chemical, and radioactive attacks.

Missing Kansas Girl Found

Sixteen year old Kristina Richey has been located safe, according to her family.

They said she appeared to be unharmed and was headed back to them, but they did not release any further information.

She had been missing since Friday afternoon, after she had told friends she might leave for Oregon.

Police became involved when her car was found in Nebraska City, Nebraska, Friday night.

No amber alert was ever issued, as she had originally run away, but there were fears for her safety, since it was unknown who she was with.

Political Clashes Leave Two Dead in Guinea

Clashes between rival political factions in Guinea left two dead.

Dozens more were injured in the city of Gueckedou, as government supporters and opponents went into open fighting.

For the last few days there had been protests against the city's military governor, who is accused of abusing his power.

Gueckedou is also the home to one of the nation's top political opposition leaders.

Guinea's government is trying to organize elections, but the opposition says that the electoral body is biased, and fears that any election would be rigged.

Hickenlooper Signs Declaration Making Marijuana Legal

Monday afternoon, Governor John Hickenlooper signed a declaration that made marijuana legal, in Colorado.

Hickenlooper, who had opposed the bill, had until January 5 to sign the declaration, but waited until Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler certified that the amendment had indeed passed.

Marijuana is not completely legal in the state, there are still many restrictions upon it.

Possession of up to an ounce or ownership of up to six plants is now permissible.

Smoking it in public remains illegal, as does selling it for non medial purposes.

As marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, any possession on federal land, such as parks, military bases, courthouses, etc., is still punishable with jail time.

Governor Hickenlooper also setup a twenty-four member task force made up of a wide variety of backgrounds, from all sides of the issue.

The task force will have the job of deciding various issues such as how to tax marijuana's usage, setting up a regulatory framework for the distribution of the product, and other legal discussions facing hemp.

RNC’s New Initiative to Grow the Party and Win Elections

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman, Reince Priebus, has launched an initiative focused on enlarging the Republican Party and improving future GOP campaigns.

Known as the Growth and Opportunity Project, it will be chaired by five Republican leaders who will begin by reviewing past practices and making recommendations. The recommendations will involve the following key areas:

1) Campaign mechanics and ground game
2) Messaging
3) Fundraising
4) Demographic partners and allies
5) Third party groups
6) Campaign finance issues
7) Presidential primaries
8) Lessons learned from Democratic campaign tactics

Additionally, the coalition will extend its network out to hundreds of individuals, including RNC Members, grassroots activists, donors, elected officials, community leaders and other influential partners. The goal of this outreach is to gain insight designed to help the GOP develop a solid future path.

The Growth and Opportunity Project is co-chaired by five prominent Republican leaders:
  • Henry Barbour, National Committeeman from Mississippi
  • Zori Fonalledas, National Committeewoman from Puerto Rico
  • Glenn McCall, National Committeeman from South Carolina
  • Sally Bradshaw, Veteran senior strategist in Florida and national politics
  • Ari Fleischer, Former White House Press Secretary
This panel will report their findings to Chairman Priebus along with recommendations for a long-term Republican strategy. “The Growth and Opportunity Project will recommend a plan to further ensure Republicans are victorious in 2013, 2014, 2016 and beyond,” Chairman Priebus said. “I’ve appointed a talented group of individuals to study eight key areas, and I look forward to working with these outstanding Republicans as they conduct rigorous analysis and engage in important conversations. The work of the Growth and Opportunity Project will be critical as we move forward as a Party and take our message to every American.”

Viewed as a great opportunity for the GOP to strengthen its cause for the coming years, the committee is optimistic that its goals will be realized.

Michigan Passes Right to Work Bill

Thousands of protesters massed on the Michigan capitol building, on Tuesday.

They are protesting a "right to work" bill that would allow workers to choose whether they want to be in a union or not.

Many unions see it as a threat, to their near absolute power, as it would keep them from drawing dues from people who did not wish to participate in the union.

Reports are that the Warren and Taylor school districts were shut down, as so many of their teachers called out so that they could join the protests.

Governor Rick Snyder stated that "Too often the educational system's all about the adults. To see schools shutting down because of an issue like this is not appropriate in my view."

As of 9:08 CST the Michigan house passed the bill, and it headed for the Governor's signature, he is expected to sign.

The passage of the bill would see Michigan become the twenty-fourth US state with "right to work" legislation.

Democrats are expected to challenge the bill, using law suits and recall elections.

Judges Won't Oversee Referendum After Shooting at Tahrir Square

The scene in Egypt has only become uglier after a shooting at Tahrir Square. Early Tuesday morning, unknown gunmen opened fire on the crowd, injuring nine people. It is thought that the gunmen were Islamist extremists, as the crowd they opened fire on is purely anti Morsi.

After the shooting, a pro Morsi group setup nearby, with obvious intent of starting up more confrontations there. Police are doing everything they can to keep the sides from clashing further, but they are completely outnumbered. Outside of the presidential palace, other anti Morsi protesters knocked down a section of the wall, outside it's grounds. The military blocked them from entering the compound.

Protests are not limited to Cairo, they're all over the country. Alexandria has seen some of the most violent clashes, and thousands continue in their protests there. All across the country pro Morsi supporters chant "The people want implementation of Islamic law" as the anti Morsi camps seek to let the world know that"The people want to bring down the regime".

Tuesday afternoon, the judiciary announced that they will not oversee the constitutional referendum. If they don't it could make Saturday's vote irrelevant, as their presence would help make it legal. The judiciary has seemed highly anti Morsi ever since his November 22 decrees.