|The Galactic Empire: Say what you will about them, they polish a mean floor.|
|Idi Amin: Hamming it up for the cameras.|
And then, of course, there is the subject of the Empire's headquarters -- that gigantic globe that looks like a slightly-dented basketball made of concrete. This place, which one snooty-sounding officer calls "the ultimate power in the universe," is a hugely-expensive boondoggle and serves as a metaphorical middle finger to the rabble who live under the aegis of the Empire. I'm sure this ridiculous thing was paid for with the sweat of the commoners, and I'm equally sure that the Empire's tax collection methods make the Sheriff of Nottingham look like Leo Buscaglia. And the darned thing got blown up twice, meaning that the people had to cough up enough dough to build two of 'em! So what did they call this gazillion-dollar money pit when they were finished? The Liberty Sphere, perhaps? How about the People's Freedom Orb? Happy Fun Ball? Nope. They called it the Death Star. Once again, there's not even the slightest attempt to placate anyone with a name like that. It's about as unambiguous as a name can be. They might as well have called it the Fuck You Star. So what's admirable about this? Well, I'm impressed by the honesty of it. They're bad, but they're forthright about being bad. In these duplicitous times of ours, I think that deserves some commendation.
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