Dude Robs Same Bank Twice Within 24 Hours

February 26, 2010 by  
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“A German robber held up the same bank in Hamburg twice within 24 hours just a week after being released from jail — for the same crime.”
 
Reuters
 
This hapless bank robber has an obsessive-compulsive disorder, less than a week after being released from jail for the same crime, he robs the same bank twice within 24 hours.
 
This man realizes he can’t control his compulsion to rob banks, so he pulls his stupid stunt in the hopes of getting caught. Sure enough, he was caught less than three hours after her robbed the bank for the second time.
 
I don’t know if they have a three strikes law in Germany, but this fool belongs behind bars for the rest of his life.
 
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Vancouver Police Find Body of Andrew Koenig in Stanley Park

February 26, 2010 by  
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Newsblaze Reporter Robert Paul Reyes’ update about Andrew Koenig (Boner) of ‘Growing Pains’ has confirmed that Koenig’s body was found in Stanley Park in Vancouver. His death appears to be a suicide.

“A tearful Walter Koenig appeared at a press conference Thursday evening to confirm that a body found earlier in the day in Vancouver’s Stanley Park was that of his son, missing ‘Growing Pains’ actor Andrew Koenig.” Read More

Do you know anyone that is battling depression?

TGIF! Classic Rock with Jethro Tull`s “Benefit”!

February 26, 2010 by  
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For me, the third effort of Jethro Tull is their best. For me, Benefit is solid gold classic rock. That`s right, I prefer the 1970 record over 1971`s concept album, Aqualung. A new sound emerges with Benefit. Now with Martin Barre`s exquisite electric guitar work, rock merges with folk to give us something new. Also, the bass player, Glen Cornick, leaves the band after this record. For me, Glen Cornick, with his long hair and headband, helped to define Jethro Tull`s image.

I wore the vinyl grooves of Benefit out when still in high school. Learned the guitar lick on To Cry You A Song and the Teacher. Teacher is the best song-listen for Glen Cornick`s bass here. “Hey man, what`s the plan, what was that you said? Sun-tanned, drink in hand, lying there in bed. I try to socialize, but I can`t seem to find. What I was looking for, got something on my mind.” I could identify with that line as a troubled young man.

Jack Shadoian from The Rolling Stone butchered it. Here`s a link to his original review posted on August 6, 1970. You don`t see those kinds of scathing reviews anymore in rock criticism. Rock critics got down back then! Moribund Art! Robert Christgau loathes the flute-playing Ian Anderson too? Well, I beg to differ. Listen for the backward flute on With You There To Help Me.

Be sure to add Benefit to your collection. Send me a comment to the question: Why are people either hot or cold when it comes to Jethro Tull?

Camel Beauty Pageant

February 25, 2010 by  
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“Ten golden-colored camels adorned with sparkling ornaments line up for the finale of a beauty contest in one of the UAE’s northern emirates, awaiting the selection of two proud winners.
 
Gulf Arabs from across the region gather in a large sandy plot in Ajman to sit in for a four-hour competition, which will see the selection of the best out of 150 camels every day.
 
The three-day spectacle should end with the top two finalists bagging luxury cars, while a remaining eight win cash.”
 
Reuters
 
Horses are beautiful and majestic animals, and I can understand a beauty contest for horses, or even one for dogs. But Camels? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but who can find beauty in an ugly animal with a penchant for spitting?
 
What’s the theme song for this ridiculous pageant, “My Humps” by the “Black Eyes Peas”?
 
I know we’re supposed to respected the culture and traditions of other countries, but I’d rather be dead than to live in a nation that regards camels as pretty creatures.
 
There’s an auction after the pageant, and some of the camels can go for as much as $4 million. Anybody who buys a camel for that much money, should be punished by forcing him to listen to “My Humps” for four straight hours.
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Billy Idol In Super Overdrive Live-A Scorcher at Chicago`s Congress Theater!

February 25, 2010 by  
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The DVD Billy Idol In Super Overdrive Live is getting some rotation this morning on my ancient 1999 Sony Trinitron TV. It`s a scorching live concert of Billy last July at Chicago`s Congress Theater, where air conditioning is non-existent! The heat put a fire under the band though, and I must say, the super-virtuoso guitarist, Steve Stevens, is every much Billy`s equal.

I`m an `80s man myself, and waxed nostalgic when Billy sings many of his hits, such as: Eyes Without A Face, White Wedding and Flesh For Fantasy. Naturally, Rebel Yell is a crowd pleaser that will lift you off your custom-designed ergonomic computer stool, bring you to your feet, and prod you to flick a left over rusty Bic lighter, a relic of a keepsake, that`s dear-to-your-heart for no apparent reason.

Funny, I had a part-time job at Old Navy many moons ago, and The Gap People would constantly rotate Rebel Yell. So, when I hear that song it`s like I`m stocking T-shirts and blue-jeans! Odd…

Billy Idol`s band was very tight, with Steve Stevens tweaking his Gibson Hummingbird against stacks of Marshall Amps. Brian Tichy is popping lumber and Stephen McGrath is a left-handed Ready Steady Go bass thumper. That`s Derek Sherinian on keyboards; shines on Rebel Yell.

Great concert, Billy can still rock. This is good time to review his career…I`ll take it! Any excuse to review the Punk Days, and Generation X, is fine with me. Does anyone know when Billy and Steve Stevens reunited? I thought that they had had a falling out…

Women Have Always Worn Impractical Shoes

February 24, 2010 by  
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“Centuries before Sarah Palin and Michelle Obama were sized up over their shoes women’s feet had been a platform for showing off their economic and political status.

A new exhibit of more than 60 pairs of rare platform and high heel shoes shows how extreme and impractical footwear became a fashionable symbol of social standing in the 16th and 17th centuries.
 
‘This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see these truly incredible pedestals that women walked on,’ said Elizabeth Semmelhack, senior curator at the Bata Shoe Museum.”
 
Reuters
 
When some people see women sashaying in the mall wearing stiletto heels or impossibly tall platform shoes, they yearn for simpler times when ladies wore more sensible shoes.
 
But it seems that the fair sex has always had a thing about weird shoes, there was probably an Imelda Marcos stone-age woman with fifty shoes made out of rocks.
 
I have three pairs of shoes: Sneakers, dress shoes and work boots — most women have at least twenty pairs of shoes. I hope that one day the ladies will evolve over their need to have so many pairs of shoes.
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Restaurant Features “Ninjas” And A Moat

February 23, 2010 by  
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“Waitresses wield swords and flare flames at diners, who have to get past a moat before sitting at their table in the dimly lit dining hall.

The same customers are also encouraged to take photos with the warrior-like waitresses, who dress in black or red to look like ninjas in keeping with the theme of a dark but lively restaurant that opened last month in Taiwan’s capital.
 
‘The ninja is mysterious,’ said Ou Chia-wei, owner of the restaurant simply named Ninja, explaining why he chose that theme for the Japanese-style restaurant. ‘On that premise, we can do magic tricks and light up the food.'”
 
Reuters
 
When the waitress is brandishing a sword a customer might think twice before complaining that the steak is too tough, or that there’s a fly in the soup.
 
When I go to a restaurant my main concerns are  that the food is OK, and that the waitpersons are friendly. If I want to step over a moat or see people dressed up like ninjas I’ll go to a freakin’ amusement park.
 
These type of restaurants rarely stay in business long — the novelty quickly wears off. When a customer leaves a successful dining establishment he will be raving about the food, and not chatting about ninjas and moats.
 
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Danny Barnes` Pizza Box-“It Ain`t No Different than the Caveman Times!”

February 23, 2010 by  
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You`re in for a treat if you have the good sense to pick up Danny Barnes` Pizza Box. Bluegrass/punk sagas told against banjo pickin` and manly drums. This line has been quoted often, but for good reason: “With her hair in a bun, hand on a gun, we made love with the radio on,” from TSA. I can just imagine Bonny Parker in that role. Broken Clock is straight up C & W twang. “I work hard to put the jewelry on her finger. I`m makin` payments on a car that she stills drives.” Confronts the problem of credit card debt.

Caveman is my favorite so far. Upbeat with nice harmonies and rippling banjo steamin` through. Danny sings it with a Texas twang. The theme that modern times are the same as caveman times is one that rings true for me. Pizza Box is on the ATO label which is Dave Matthews label. Danny lives in the Pacific Northwest now. Don`t know when he left Austin? Good honest American music. Pizza Box will get wings and fly! Download to ipod before it`s too late…

Want Your Teddy Bear Photographed In Tourist Spots?

February 22, 2010 by  
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“A newly formed Czech travel agency is offering escorted trips for pampered toys.
 
Send them your favorite animal and they will whisk it around the sights of Prague, taking photographs of it against backgrounds like Prague Castle or the Charles Bridge
The cost ranges from 90 euros ($121.5) to 150 euros.”
 
Reuters
 
I guess even in nondescript countries like the Czech republic there are people with too much discretionary income.
 
Very few children have $121 to spend on such a foolish venture, and no adult should have a stuffed animal.
 
Only a person with too much money and too little brains would avail himself of this service. Idiots, ever hear of photoshop?

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Are The Ruby Suns the rightful heirs of Psychedelia?

February 22, 2010 by  
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What ever became of psychedelic sounds anyway? One plausible theory is that they are reborn again in a New Zealand band, The Ruby Sons. Critics have claimed that Ryan McPhun is able to channel Brian Wilson ala the Pet Sounds and Smile period. From the handful of songs I`ve heard, I`m hearing a bit of the dearly departed Pink Floyd`s Syd Barrett in there too.

The Ruby Suns third album was just released on Feb. 15th on Sub Pop with the title: Fight Softly. I couldn`t find it on itunes yet, so I`ll look for it over at Waterloo Records. Cool cover, though! In the meantime, I`m scoping out some earlier cuts from Sea Lion, and am amazed at what I`m finding.

I have Tane Mahuta, Kenya Dig It? And Morning Sun so far from Sea Lion. Tane Mahuta has polyrhythmic drums and chanting vocals with a King Sunny Ade jamboree-guitar improvisation. Cross cultural, African and Polynesian possibly? Kenya Dig It? Has lots of keyboards and thumpy bass dripping in reverb. Western psychedelic, if you get my drift? The ending is reminiscent of Beach BoysMorning Sun is atonal and loops  like Steve Reich…Can`t wait for Fight Softly!

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