Disney Buys Marvel for 4 Billion

August 31, 2009 by  
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Deal to unite Mickey Mouse with Spider-Man worth 4 billion.

Disney has ponied up 4 billion to buy Marvel, the home of Spider-Man and Iron Man. The deal will give Disney access to more than 5000 characters. [TheWrap]

When is the last time you bought a marvel comic?

Lady Uses Lighter To Check Fuel Level In Gas Can: KABOOM!

August 31, 2009 by  
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“Authorities in Illinois said a woman destroyed her car by trying to use a cigarette lighter to check the level of fuel in a gas can she was filling.
The lighter caused the gas can to explode, engulfing the inside of the car in flames, and the woman quickly pushed the burning car away from the gas pump to prevent the fire from spreading.”
I’ve seen this very same thing happen to, I think it was Daffy Duck, but it’s hard to believe that a person could make such a foolish mistake. If I remember correctly Daffy Duck was burned from head to toe after his mishap, but in the next frame he was miraculously back to normal. Unfortunately, the hapless woman doesn’t have the recuperative powers of Daffy Duck, and she suffered second-degree burns to her right wrist and right thigh.
This lady excerised very poor judgement, but she displayed tremendous courage. Even though she was in extreme pain she had the presence of mind to push the burning car away from the gas station.
This woman’s bravery eclipsed her foolishness, and I wish her a speedy recovery.

Gifted Songwriter, Ellie Greenwich, Dies At 68

August 31, 2009 by  
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Ellie GreenwichEllie Greenwich, an important songwriter from the Brill Building school, died last Wednesday in Manhattan of pneumonia, at the age of 68. She was a co-writer of such hits as Be My Baby, River Deep-Mountain High, and the Shangri-Las` Leader of the Pack.

Ellie Greenwich got her start in 1962 with Trio Music, a company started by the brilliant songwriting partners, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Ellie also collaborated much with Phil Spector, who recorded and produced many of her songs for his slew of artists, such as The Ronettes, Darlene Love, and even Ike and Tina Turner. She is also credited with discovering Neil Diamond, who was just a down-on-his-luck songwriter in those days.

Ellie Greenwich has made significant contributions to American pop music. My favorite is Hanky Panky by Tommy James & The Shondells. What is your favorite? *(thanks to Wiki and The New York Times Obituary, 8/28/2009).

Cows Gone Wild

August 29, 2009 by  
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“The deaths of no fewer than four people after being trampled by cows in the past two months has prompted Britain’s main farming union to issue a warning about the dangers of provoking the normally docile animals.

Cows can become aggressive and charge, especially when calves are present and walkers are accompanied by dogs, said the National Farmers Union (NFU).
The union and the Ramblers’ Association both advise that walkers release dogs from their leads when passing through a field of cows.”
When a lion roars the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, even it it’s just a lion on TV. But when a cow moos you don’t worry, nobody is afraid of such comical looking creatures.
However cows can be formidable when calves are present, and we should take them seriously. But I won’t  follow the advice of the Rambler’s Association and release my dog from her leash when I’m passing through a field of cows. I wouldn’t risk my Pitt Bull/German Shepherd dog Mandy being trampled by cows. If a solitary cow is foolish enough to charge us, my dog and I will be eating hamburger for dinner.
In any case be careful around cows. If you survive an attack by a Bobcat that will be a story you will want to share with your friends. But if you are mauled by a cow, that’s an embarrassing episode that you won’t even share with your best friend.

Breaking News: Who Killed Michael Jackson?

August 29, 2009 by  
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The L.A. County Coroner has officially ruled Michael Jackson’s death a homicide. The cause of death was Acute Propofol intoxication, and…read more at TheWrap.

The ruling means Jackson died at the hands of another, however whether criminal activity is involved remains undetermined.

Search warrants executed by the police and the Drug Enforcement Administration at the home and offices of Conrad Murray, Jackson’s personal physician indicate they are investigating the possibility of manslaughter, excessive use of prescribing medication and prescribing to an addict.

Who do you think Killed Michael Jackson?

Robbery Nets Three Thieves 75 Cents

August 28, 2009 by  
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“Gainesville police have arrested two men they say are gang members and they are searching for a third man in connection with a robbery that apparently netted 75 cents.
‘They (gang members) walked behind him (the victim) and while they were pushing him they said he would get shot,’ Baker said.’ “The victim apparently believed they had a handgun, but did not see it.’
The three men demanded $5 from the victim, but when the teen could only produce 75 cents, one of the suspects punched the victim in the mouth, knocking out one tooth and significantly damaging several others, Baker said.”
Three cowards accost a 17-year-old kid, and demand the princely sum of five bucks, but net only 75 cents. When word of this idiotic robbery hits the street, these wannabe gang bangers are going to lose whatever street cred they had.
These two-bit criminals have been charged with robbery and conspiracy, and they face many years in jail. They risked years in prison for 75 cents, that doesn’t make any sense at all.
I hope the clowns were able to spend their chump change before they were arrested by the police.

“Amarcord”- A Fantasy Of Sound And Screen Images!

August 28, 2009 by  
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Paramount ii“But… Fellini well, movie making for him seems almost effortless, like breathing, and he can orchestrate the most complicated scenes with purity and ease. He`s the Willie Mays of movies.” Roger EbertSeptember 19, 1974

I experienced Amarcord in the historic Paramount Theatre last night. Built in 1915, it has the kind of grandeur and spectacle of a bygone era. I was looking up at the ceiling at an angel with a harp. Perfect to view Federico Fellini`s look back at his life in 1930s Italy. These are impressions of his growing up in Rimini in the newly emerging Fascist culture of Mussolini. I had an epiphany as I watched. I have been listening to the soundtrack to Amarcord, with the music composed by Nino Rota, for some time. When watching, I could see the perfect marriage of Rota`s notes with the zany screen images of Fellini.Amarcord

I saw this more as an afternoon fantasy or a fairytale, than any kind of serious autobiography. Especially with Nito Rota`s music, it`s life in real time in a small town, just at the very moment when its innocence is taken away. One scene has the Fascist soldiers shooting a chimmering gramophone off a church bell tower. Surely symbolic of the suppression of the arts. The theme of the blind accordion player, a sort of village fool,  Le Manine Di Primavera, is interjected periodically to comic effect. Nino Rota`s brilliant medley, Lo Struscio, which morphs such familiar songs as Stormy Weather and La Cucaracha together, is clipped into street scenes that are robust with life, its randomness, full of surprises. The Amarcord theme itself is pure fantasy-we are incapable, in our times, of understanding the romance being projected here by Fellini & his capable partner, Nino Rota. This texture of life is gone, yet preserved by Fellini!

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Factory Workers Go Full Monty To Save Their Jobs

August 27, 2009 by  
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“Workers at a crisis-hit boiler factory in France have stripped off for a nude calendar in a bid to save 204 jobs slated for redundancy.

Staff at the Chaffoteaux et Maury factory in Brittany will use the proceeds to fund a trip to Italy where they plan to stage a protest at their parent company, Ariston Thermo Group (ATG), which pulled the plug on the site earlier this year.”
When a company shuts down operations Americans just grin and bear it, but the French will go to great lengths to try to save their jobs. French workers have threatened to blow up factories and pollute the Seine river.
I wouldn’t strip to save my job; I don’t think that would engender any sympathy for my cause. I hope the French factory workers are very attractive, it will make it easier for them to sell their calendars.
Let’s hope the company’s CEO changes his mind, his employees obviously love their jobs and I’m sure they are excellent workers.

The Music Of The Camelot Years

August 27, 2009 by  
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KennedysSeeing this photo of the three Kennedy brothers, Jack, Bobby, and Teddy brings music to my ears, but it`s a sad tune, Ave Maria. I came upon this extraordinary document, Music At the White House by Elise K. Kirk, which is part of the collection of the JFK Presidential Library & Museum. I am hoping you will take a few moments to read it over. As we look back on the life and achievements of Senator Edward Kennedy, we should also reflect back on the lives of his fallen brothers, who left us so long ago.

Let me just say, and in deference to the thrust of this whimsical posting, Jack Kennedy himself had an aversion to music, what with the suffering he endured from his back injury in WWII. However, the article notes that his favorite song was Greensleeves, but most of the honors of coordinating these affairs of the performing arts resided with Jacqueline Lee Bouvier.

The first and last performance at the White House was of bagpipes, entreating the president`s Irish roots; the first one was on the South Lawn on May 3, 1961 by the Air Force Pipers and the Drum and Bugle Corps. Also, I must note the Pablo Casals concert of November 13, 1961, which honored Puerto Rican Governor, Luis Munoz-Marin. This was made into a record album by Columbia with a four page booklet, and featured Mendelssohn`s Trio in D Minor, op. 49 and Schumann`s Adagio and Allegro in A-flat Major, op. 70.

This is exciting! There was “twisting in the historic East Room” one time to the groove of Lester Lanin`s orchestra. An expert, Andrew Burden, modeled the twist for Jack and he really got a kick out of this. This one I can not forget: the day before JFK`s funeral *(the same day Jack Ruby shot Lee Oswald), twenty-four drummers, with drums muffled, solemnly marched with the caisson down Pennsylvania Avenue; this is the Dead March with 100 beats per minute.

What songs do you hear when you think of the Kennedys? High Hopes, Irish Eyes, Abraham, Martin & John? I hear Hail To the Chief, that was played when I saw The President at Rice Stadium in 1962…

Has anybody here, seen my old friend John-
Can you tell me where he`s gone?
He freed a lot of people, but it seems the good, they die young
But I just looked around and he`s gone.

Dude Steals Son’s Car And Smashes Open Grandson’s Piggy Bank

August 26, 2009 by  
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“A man with a lengthy criminal record is accused of smashing his grandson’s piggy bank for $50 in change and leaving the pieces of the bank for the little boy to find. The man is also accused of stealing his adult son’s car.
Ronald Joyner, 46, of Bronson, was arrested by a Levy County sheriff’s deputy Monday morning on charges of grand theft auto and petty theft.”
This loser was living with his son and grandson, he should have repaid their hospitality by tuning up his son’s car and buying toys for his grandson.
Instead this dastardly criminal stole his son’s Kia, and demolished his grandson’s piggy  bank. No self-respecting car thief would steal a 2002 Kia.
Joyner had been living with his son after being released from prison. When he gets out of prison again, his son slam the door in his face if he shows up again.
When Joyner’s fellow prisoners find out that he is back in jail for smashing a kid’s piggy  bank, they are going to make his life a living hell.

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