For as many foes as the superhero fends off, Batman has a formidable team of supporters starting with his sidekick Robin, Gotham City Commissioner James Gordon and his ever-loyal butler, Alfred Pennyworth.
But one of the Caped Crusader’s most fervent supporters lies not in a comic book, but in the U.S. Senate, and he’s known the Bat for more than 80 years.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont and the longest-serving member of the current Senate, is a Batman aficionado who’s turned his fandom into philanthropy. He’s even used the comics to forward his legislative agenda.
Now President pro tempore of the Senate, Leahy is third in the presidential line of succession. Though it’s unlikely he’ll ever have to serve as President, his high-profile position shines a brighter light on his colorful resume — which includes multiple appearances in the “Batman” films.
When he’s not working in the Senate chambers in Washington, Leahy retreats to Gotham, where Batman fights cartoonish villains and mans the Batmobile. It’s a comfort he took up when he was 4 years old.
“If you live in the real world all the time, it can be kind of boring,” the senator told Vermont alt-weekly newspaper Seven Days in 2008.
WHEN LEAHY MET BATMAN
Leahy declined an interview for this story through his spokesman, but his affinity for all things Batman is well-documented. As he wrote in the foreword of “Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman,” he was born just one year after Batman’s first comic published in 1939.
He first discovered Batman at age 4, when he received his first library card. He frequented the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier, where he spent many an afternoon poring over comics. While his school friends raved over Superman, Leahy found a “kindred bond” with the Bat.
“Entering Batman’s world through my imagination opened an early door into a lifelong love of reading,” he wrote in his foreword.
He’d continue spending hours at the library each day until adulthood, and even after he moved to Washington, he’d make time to pop in. He’s a vocal advocate for literacy and the preservation of libraries so children can have similarly formative experiences with books.
“Some of my fondest memories as a child were at the library, where everyone fit in and possibilities were limitless,” he writes on his Senate website.
LEAHY’S APPEARANCES FROM PAGE TO SCREEN
Leahy was elected to the Senate in 1974 and until the mid-1990s, his affinity for Batman didn’t have much to do with his duties on Capitol Hill.
That changed in 1996, when Leahy collaborated with DC Comics to create “Batman: Death of Innocents: The Horror of Landmines,” a graphic novel warning of the dangers of landmines. Leahy has long advocated to end the use of landmines, and he told the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call that he placed copies of the comic on every senator’s desk that year.
Leahy’s first foray into screen acting — something he does strictly when Batman is involved — came in 1995, when he appeared in the critically reviled “Batman Forever.” The same year, he voiced a character billed as “Territorial Governor” in “Batman: The Animated Series.”
Since then, Leahy has appeared in nearly as many “Batman” films as the Caped Crusader himself. He usually appears as a scowling politician (though in “Batman & Robin,” which his son Mark also had a cameo in, he was allowed to enjoy a raucous party). He even met an explosive end as the curiously named Senator Purrington in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
“I explain to everybody that getting blown up was OK ’cause my wife’s a registered nurse,” he joked to Roll Call in 2016. “She put me back together and I never missed a vote.”
His most notable cameo, though, came in 2008’s “The Dark Knight,” when he confronts Heath Ledger’s Joker and famously tells the villain that he’s “not intimidated by thugs.” The Joker, true to form, responds by grabbing Leahy’s character and menacing him with a knife.
Ledger, who died before the film’s release, is Leahy’s favorite Joker.
“He scared the heck out of me, when he came at me with the knife,” he told Roll Call. “I didn’t have to act.”
“I have too many other things going on with Covid, with appropriation bills,” he told the paper in August.
While his film roles have certainly satisfied his inner fanboy, Leahy does it for the library where his love for reading bloomed. He donates every fee from his appearances and royalty checks from residual showings to his beloved Kellogg-Hubbard Library, where he helped finance a children’s wing named for him. From his roles in “The Dark Knight” trilogy alone, Leahy has donated more than US$150,000 back to his hometown library, said Carolyn Brennan, co-director of the library.
In 2012, the library hung a plaque honoring Leahy, who staff called their “super hero.”
WHY LEAHY LOVES BATMAN
Leahy found Batman when he was a boy, but his love for the fictional hero is foundational to who he is and the lawmaker he became. Batman instilled in Leahy a love of reading and promoting literacy and of delivering justice (though as a government servant, not a caped vigilante).
Leahy preferred Batman to other characters because, unlike the god-like Superman or the super-powered Spider-Man, Batman was just a man, albeit an extremely rich one, with “human strengths and human frailties.” The danger Batman faced was different than that of other heroes — his felt real, Leahy wrote in the DC collection foreword.
“The Batman prevailed through superior intellect and detective skills, through the freedoms afforded by great wealth and through sheer will,” Leahy wrote in his foreword. “Not superpowers, but skill, science and rationality.”
Much like Bruce Wayne, Leahy is just a man, albeit one with more power than most and the chance to make real, tangible changes in his own Gotham. Following Batman’s example, he’s vowed to use that power wisely.
Why Slots Are More Popular Than Ever in Canada
Slots have been a mainstay at casinos for decades, with the first slot machine invented back in 1894. They’re popular because of how easy they are to play, as well as the fact that they offer the potential for big wins from small stakes. Over the years, slots have changed a lot, although the key principle remains the same. Players insert a coin and then pull the lever or push the button to spin the reels. When matching symbols appear across one of the pay lines, a win can be awarded.
In Canada, slots can be played at traditional, land-based casinos or online. There are a growing number of online casinos available to Canadian players. It’s this growth that’s fuelling the rise in the popularity of slots. Players can enjoy thousands of online slots from their homes, playing on computers, tablets or mobiles. All online slots can be played for real money, and many can be played for free too. Let’s take a look at why these games are so popular.
When it comes to playing games, variety is important. Players enjoy having a wide range of different games to choose from, which is one of the reasons why slots are loved by so many. There are hundreds of thousands of different online slots available to play, with new games released each week. Players can usually choose from thousands of different games at most top casinos, with the majority of these being online slots.
All most slots use the same basic idea of matching symbols. There’s a lot of variety in the features they use and how they work. Some slots may only have three reels and three rows, while others may have five reels and seven rows or even more. As the demand for slots increases, developers get more creative with how they design slots, leading to interesting new ways to play.
Basic slots still exist, but a lot of modern slots combine unique designs and bonus features, making them more interesting than ever. This means that very few slots provide the same playing experience, and there are loads of different themes and genres of slots too.
While modern slots sometimes include new bonuses and features, the basic premise is always simple and easy for players to understand. All you have to do is choose your stake and press spin to start playing. Unlike some other casino games, you don’t need to use any strategy or make decisions. You just spin and wait to see if you’re a winner.
The simplicity of slots makes them easy to play and a lot of people find it relaxing to spin the reels. As a result, they’re popular with all kinds of casino players. Using features such as autoplay make it even simpler, as you can set up the game to play out a certain number of spins.
Slots may be simple to play, but that doesn’t stop them from being exciting. The excitement comes from the fact that it’s possible to land big wins, even when you’re playing with small stakes. This is especially true of jackpot slots. These slots offer jackpots, which can be worth thousands, hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. Although the chance of winning jackpots is lower than with regular slots, they’re very popular for obvious reasons.
Not all slots offer big wins of course, but the payouts are generally higher than in some other casino games. Still, it’s always important to manage risk and ensure that you’re playing responsibly. Never bet more than you can afford to lose, and set a budget so you don’t get carried away.
Wordle Word Today 19, May 2022: Wordle Word Hints and Today's Answer – Landscape Insight
With just over 30 days to the 365th day of Wordle, some have found the year-long stretch to be a slog, and then some. Maintaining that kind of streak is impressive.
The 334th word of the day may be so simple that it is difficult to guess. We’ve got you covered if you’re having trouble figuring out what the word of the day is on Wordle. Here’s how to solve Wordle 334.
Hints for Wordle May 19
Here are some clues to assist you in finding Wordle 334:
- Only one vowel appears in this term.
- A letter repeats in this vowel.
- This term serves as both a noun and a verb.
- The second definition of this word is “a drinking vessel.”
- There is only one syllable in this term.
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Today’s Wordle 334 Answer
If you still can’t figure out the answer to today’s Wordle, scroll down to see the answer to Wordle 334 for May 19, 2022.
GLASS is the answer to the Wordle of May 19th.
How Does Wordle Work?
Wordle is a daily word guessing game in which you have only six attempts to guess the word of the day. Every word in the game is five letters long and only exists in English.
Wordle will provide you clues based on the letters you’ve chosen correctly for each word you enter into the game.
Start with words that have a lot of vowels in them to make the game easier for you. Because many English five-letter words only have one vowel, you’ll have plenty of areas to work with if you start with five-letter terms like “AUDIO.”
When you’re trying to figure out the word of the day, Wordle will put a green box around your letter to indicate that you’ve entered the proper letter in the correct location.
A yellow box around your letter indicates that you have the correct letter, but it is not in the proper location. And if your letter is surrounded by a grey box, that implies the letter isn’t in the word you’re guessing for.
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You’ve probably heard of the metaverse by now. While this is a buzzword for virtually every major organisation on the planet, there are various different definitions of what it actually means. For Mark Zuckerberg and his Facebook hellscape, it’s an interactive world in which you’ll socialise and go to work. Sony’s concept, fortunately, is a little less dystopian.
Speaking as part of a corporate strategy meeting, CEO Kenichiro Yoshida of course touched upon the concept – and believes his company is well-placed to play a leading role in the emerging trend. As part of his keynote, he referenced Fortnite several times, explaining how subsidiaries like PlayStation, Sony Pictures, and Sony Music have all contributed to the Battle Royale to create interactive experiences.
Yoshida’s vision of the metaverse is a “social space and live network space where games, music, movies, and anime intersect” – all products that Sony has an active role in, of course. He was clear that his concept of the metaverse is one where people come together to share “time and space” – a virtual concert, for example.
While he stopped short of revealing any specific products, he spoke at length about PlayStation’s plan to develop ten live service games, and how Destiny developer Bungie’s expertise will help influence its efforts. Effectively, it sounds like the company intends to leverage its various multimedia divisions to create interactive experiences that unite all aspects of its businesses.
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