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Friday, November 25, 2011

Uh oh... Darth Vader's back in town

Port of Odessa (Photo by Paganel)

Whaddya give Darth Vader when he strolls into the mayor’s office and demands a slice of the land-grant pie?  If you’re the mayor of Odessa, a Ukrainian port on the Black Sea, the answer is this:  Anything he wants.

At least that’s how the real-life Star Wars seem to be going these days… reports that “an Odessite dressed as the Star Wars villain visited the mayor’s office this week to claim a free land plot” -  following promises of such giveaways by city
authorities.  According to, promises like these had prompted public concern that “corruption” might be the driving force behind this unusual generosity.

Therefore, when the human entity aka Darth Vader went to cash in on this promise, he told this to the mayor’s officials:  …Knowing that many (local legislature) deputies and the mayor have switched to the dark side…  I have come for a land plot… for my space cruiser.  The official response?  “We are not on the dark side, we are light-sided people,” the mayor’s spokeswoman announced.  Nevertheless, she
accepted “Darth Vader’s” grant application and told Reuters that it “will be considered.”

Such is the power of old Darth.  His is the notoriety that just won’t quit.  It’s not enough that some Christians have already been advised to avoid him at all costs - nor is it enough that (also according to Wikipedia) he has become “a synonym for evil in popular culture.” 

Now he’s even dabbling in land speculation…


Copyright November 25, 2011 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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