I think Blackwater's marketing plan is a little confused.

Blackwater, the video game.

Blackwater Worldwide, the real-life mercenary team linked to the killing of civilians and noncombatants in Iraq during U.S. operations there, will be the subject of a Kinect-supported videogame coming to the Xbox 360 later this year.

Published by 505 Games and titled, simply, Blackwater, the game is being produced in consultation with the private security contractor's founder, the former Navy SEAL Erik Prince.

A news release called it "an intense, cinematic shooter experience," set in a fictional North African town, in which players, as Blackwater operatives, battle two warlords' factions to protect the city.

Didn't they change their name to Olestra? Santorum? "Xe" because the "Blackwater" brand had become irredeemably associated with pseudo-Governmental death squads? (Because of, you know, facts?) But hey, why not use it for a video game. Brand Necrophilia has rarely been a more appropriate phrase...

In articles about them, you often see this boilerplate sentence:

Prince, who founded Blackwater in 1997, is no longer involved in Xe's management or operations.

That's because:

Merc Firm: Who Is This ‘Erik Prince’ You Speak of?

Rule number one for all security companies doing business in the Middle East: don’t publicly embrace Erik Prince. A company building a battalion of mercs for the United Arab Emirates is sticking to that code, even though a host of ex-employees have fingered the infamous Blackwater founder as a driving force behind it. [...]

And for good reason. If Prince or any other American is involved in R2, it could violate U.S. laws barring citizens from transferring military technology or expertise to foreign countries without a license. The State Department isn’t sure it’s given R2 any such permission.

Alternatively, denying involvement with Prince might just be good business and PR sense. Under Prince’s stewardship, Blackwater became a dirty word after its security guards killed 17 Iraqi civilians in 2007. More recently, he’s been the subject of widespread rumors in the Middle East tying him to an anti-pirate Somali militia. If you were a confederation of Arab sheikhs hiring Christian security guards to potentially suppress Arab revolts, would you want it known that you went to Erik Prince for the job?

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Great Comics That Never Happened

Jack Kirby's My Little Pony!

"BRING ETERNAL NIGHT TO EQUESTRIA!!" THIS IS THE COMMAND THAT HAS BEEN ISSUED AS THE BATTLE FOR PONYVILLE REACHES "CRITICAL MASS!!" WITH HER ASTOUNDING SENSES "TUNED IN" TO THE POWER OF THE ASTRO-SADDLE, PINKIE PIE LEADS HER COMPANIONS THROUGH THE SONIC RAINBOOM TO A WILD AREA WHERE "WIERDIES" ROAM -- THE EVERFREE FOREST! AND AT THEIR COMMAND, SHE WHO WOULD DOOM CELESTIA HERSELF -- THE NIGHTMARE MOON!! WHO IS SHE? WHAT IS SHE? AND WHAT DOES SHE WANT WITH -- THE TWILIGHT SPARKLE?! EVERYPONY MUST STAND -- OR EVERYPONY WILL PERISH IN THE THUNDER OF COSMIC HOOVES!

PLUS! DON'T DARE LOOK DOWN! THE UNSTOPPABLE FORCES OF DESTINY MAY HAVE BRANDED YOU AS THEIR NEXT TARGET! WITNESS "THE CUTIE MARK!!" HAS IT COME -- FOR YOU?!

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She texted. We kicked her out.

Alamo blog:

As many of you know, I really can't abide people who talk during a movie. A couple of years ago I was accosted in the Village parking lot by a patron who was warned for talking in a movie. I've nearly come to blows more than a few times over the years with rude customers over the same issue. When we adopted our strict no talking policy back in 1997 we knew we were going to alienate some of our patrons. That was the plan. If you can't change your behavior and be quiet (or unilluminated) during a movie, then we don't want you at our venue. Follow our rules, or get the hell out and don't come back until you can.

Recently, we had a situation where a customer persisted in texting in the theater despite two warnings to stop. Our policy at that point is to eject the customer without a refund, which is exactly what went down that night. Luckily, this former patron was so incensed at being kicked out, she quickly called the office and left us the raw ingredients for our latest "Don't Talk or Text" PSA. You can check it out below, or come to the Alamo this weekend where the video will be playing before all of our R-rated movies.

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