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PCR #301  (Vol. 6, No. 52)  This edition is for the week of December 26--31, 2005.

The History of Miami International Airport--Part 3....2005 Index
 by William Moriaty
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"Brokeback Mountain"
 by Mike Smith
Walking the Fine Line...
 by Mike "Deadguy" Scott
Wow, 2005 Really Did Exist!...Finally Getting Their Due....A Thought for 2006
 by Vinnie Blesi
The Top 20 Albums of 2005
 by Terence Nuzum
One New Life
 by Mark Terry
The Beginning and the End: Ups and Downs From The Year 2005 .... Gaming .... Politics
 by Joshua Montgomery
The Top 10 Things That Pissed Me Off In 2005
 by Nick King
Hello Gang....Internet Troubles!
 by Mike Smith
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The Black Dog Bites Back: From the Book of Joshua

The Beginning and the End: Ups and Downs From The Year 2005

This year started with a bang for fans of White Wolf Gaming. The End of the World! Ending the long-running Vampire: The Masquerade, Werewolf The Apocolypse, Mage The Ascension, Wraith The Oblivion, Hunter The Reckoning, and their World of Darkness. Of course they sold us fans out and stopped reprints and emptied warehouses od stock and changed the whole gaming system, which is what Dungeons & Dragons did in the 1980s and 1990s and again in mid-2005.

For those of you who are fans of Dungeons & Dragons 3.0 and White Wolf: Old World of Darkness, I suggest hording a stockpile of cash and hit DragonCon in Atlanta and Necronomicon in Tampa.

In truth, 2005 was the death of Dungeons & Dragons being as the new system is geared toward power players and the new price of books is a whopping $35 or $38, even smaller poorly-made books are $25! It was also the death---or changing of the guard---for a lot of gaming companies who have been bought out by the dueling juggernauts of tabletop gaming, Sword & Sorcery and Wizards of the Coast. However, Wizards of the Coast has slightly recovered in my eyes by releasing a new game called Star Wars Miniatures allowing for fans to battle each other in a duel to the last piece by using classic Star Wars characters from all episodes and even including expanded universe characters to join in (for full details, please visit WizardsOfTheCoast.com). Box sets are $20 (ouch!), but fear not, young Jedi, for many conventions and game shops sell singles for $10 - $100. What's a hundred dollar piece, you ask? Why, The Emperor and Darth Vader, of course!

Well, Bush (my other name for him is obscene and unprintable) has no plan for the future, so I guess we're stuck over there in Iraq until the Muslim nation stops talking crap about Christian values, or as I like to call it, the "how I think other people and religions are wrong" theory...or why ever it is we're over there.

Muslims make up a towering 40% of the world's population, banned together and collectively call for a Jihad true war against Christianity. For those ignorant of such things who go "What's a Jihad?", it's a call for a holy war following the rules of the Koran and obeying them as they are written in the holy book.

We need an true exit plan for Iraq. I hate our leaders, but I salute our soliers and ask if they understand their enemy and not by what the propoganda machines of both countries tell them. And I think everyone's wondering when we, the people, will truly get a voice in government. That's all I will say about politics for now until next time.

I'm at 7-Eleven. Beer sales stop at three, Orlando's past the giant dinosaur and past the man hanging from the parachute on the back of a plane, and no, I am not getting you a hot dog or change for a dollar.

Glass Walker Signing out,
Black Dog
Black Spiral Dancer

"The Black Dog Bites Back: from the Book of Joshua" is ©2005 by Joshua Montgomery.   The tribal tattoos next to his signature name represent Glass Walker and Black Spiral Dancer.  All other graphics, unless otherwise noted, are creations of Nolan B. Canova.  All contents of Nolan's Pop Culture Review are ©2005 by Nolan B. Canova.