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Fans Howl in Protest as Judge Decides X-Men Aren't Human
the wall street journal ^ | 1.20.03 | NEIL KING JR.

Posted on 01/21/2003 9:22:00 AM PST by freepatriot32

Edited on 04/22/2004 11:47:56 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Judge Judith Barzilay huddled late last year with a telepathic professor and a cast of mutants to ponder an age-old question: What does it mean to be human?

In her chambers at the U.S. Court of International Trade, in New York, the judge examined Prof. X and the rest of his band of X-Men, all of them little plastic figures at the heart of a six-year tariff battle between their owner, Marvel Enterprises Inc., and the U.S. Customs Service.


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; US: New York
KEYWORDS: action; books; comic; customs; department; dolls; duties; figures; human; taxes; xmen
Judge Barzilay, through a spokesman, said that she would let her 32-page decision speak for itself. But she described in her ruling how she subjected many of the figures to "comprehensive examinations." At times, that included "the need to remove the clothes of the figure."

your tax dollars at work

1 posted on 01/21/2003 9:22:01 AM PST by freepatriot32
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To: freepatriot32

I read only part of this story, yet I fear I will forever be lessened by having done so.
2 posted on 01/21/2003 9:30:50 AM PST by shadowman99
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To: freepatriot32
Wow. Next time I hear about some court's docket being overcrowded this little drama is going to come to mind.
3 posted on 01/21/2003 9:31:04 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: freepatriot32
Cry Havok (and Polaris) and let loose the dogs of war! As if Warren Worthington did not have enough money! What Cyclopian reasoning!
4 posted on 01/21/2003 9:33:51 AM PST by Gothmog
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To: freepatriot32
My dear late mother-in-law had a saying she often used that seems terribly appropriate to this whole story:

"Some people don't have enough to do."

5 posted on 01/21/2003 9:34:10 AM PST by Miss Marple
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To: freepatriot32
They don't become human until they are removed from the carton.
6 posted on 01/21/2003 9:38:15 AM PST by Dionysius
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To: Gothmog
Thanks for reminding me how much of a geek a guy in his late 20s can be.

Namely, me.
7 posted on 01/21/2003 9:53:16 AM PST by ECM
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To: freepatriot32
your tax dollars at work

Idiot bureaucrats at work with nothing better to do than create laws difernetiating dolls and toys. The judge has no choice but to determine the identiy because some jackass made that moron law.

8 posted on 01/21/2003 9:53:31 AM PST by EBUCK (....reloading....praparing to FIRE!!!)
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To: Gothmog
But what about Wolverine, the muscular X-Man with the metal claws that jut out from his fists?

What an outrage! This judge is not fit for the bench! Everyone knows his claws are made out out adamantium, not just simple metal!

9 posted on 01/21/2003 9:53:34 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: freepatriot32
your tax dollars at work

No, your tax and tariff code at work.

10 posted on 01/21/2003 9:55:54 AM PST by Physicist
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To: freepatriot32
Judge Barzilay conceded that the closest call was the Mole Man, who once blinded the Fantastic Four with searing beams of light. The judge found him to be "stout and thick," with "exaggerated troll-like features" and very pale skin

Now I know what Helen Thomas is doing on her off time...

11 posted on 01/21/2003 9:58:22 AM PST by akorahil
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To: freepatriot32
Dirty stinkin' mutants! Homo Superior must be eliminated from the Earth before they take over.
12 posted on 01/21/2003 10:01:22 AM PST by Once-Ler (I vote Dubya)
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To: freepatriot32
I wonder if the parent company of WSJ and the distributor of the new "X-men" sequal are the same? Such transparent hype should be beneith the WSJ. Besides the preview trailers seem to be enough to get this jaded movie goer interested in this film.
13 posted on 01/21/2003 10:01:27 AM PST by anymouse
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To: ECM
We were just ahead of the curve
14 posted on 01/21/2003 10:04:16 AM PST by Gothmog
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To: KC_Conspirator
She must have been drinking Thunderbird!
15 posted on 01/21/2003 10:05:10 AM PST by Gothmog
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To: freepatriot32
Where's Magneto when ya need him?
16 posted on 01/21/2003 10:05:31 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: freepatriot32
Whoever is handling publicity for the X-Men movies should get a big pay raise.

The next movie will feature the X-Men geting hunted down by Anti-Mutant, Pro-Human groups. I wonder if this judge will be in the credits.

17 posted on 01/21/2003 10:06:23 AM PST by Outlaw76
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To: KC_Conspirator
Didn't Magneto remove all the Adamantium from Wolverine's skeleton a few years ago?
18 posted on 01/21/2003 10:08:13 AM PST by TheBigB (Am I logged in?)
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To: Gothmog
What a Collosul mistake! If I were the Feds I'd be screaming like a Banshee!
19 posted on 01/21/2003 10:17:51 AM PST by Gothmog
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To: freepatriot32

"The war has begun."

20 posted on 01/21/2003 10:18:42 AM PST by steve-b
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To: TheBigB
Yeah, but Wolvie got better!
21 posted on 01/21/2003 10:19:06 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; AntiGuv; dubyaismypresident; Grani; ...
"Hold muh beer 'n watch this!" PING....

If you want on or off this list, please let me know!

22 posted on 01/21/2003 10:22:03 AM PST by mhking
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To: freepatriot32
And this is a part of the system to which we entrust the power over life and death in states with the death penalty. Amazing.
23 posted on 01/21/2003 11:20:11 AM PST by mvpel
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To: freepatriot32
Two comments. First it was the MARVEL folks saying the X-Men were not human, while Uncle Sam said they were. Of course the issue is money. (I pity the poor schmuck who has to audit Logan!)

Second, this is the same law under which GI Joe was declared a doll. Don't laugh. My nieces agree. They have my nephews' Joes marrying their Barbies!

24 posted on 01/21/2003 12:05:18 PM PST by JAWs
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To: freepatriot32
Free Republic. We're the best at what we do, and what we do isn't pretty!
25 posted on 01/21/2003 12:07:08 PM PST by JAWs
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To: Once-Ler
Human beings = homo sapiens.
Muties = homo superior.
QED.
26 posted on 01/21/2003 12:24:11 PM PST by Norman Conquest
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