Lady Clobbers Hubby With Hammer, Gets Only 30 Days House Arrest

April 22, 2010 by  
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“Almost three years after a Salt Lake woman concluded a date with her husband by blindfolding him and beating him with a hammer, he said Monday he wouldn’t mind if his estranged wife was given probation.”
 
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700025817/Woman-jailed-for-surprise-hammer-beating-of-husband.html
 
If a man took his wife out on a date, and then when they returned home he told her” Honey, I have a surprise” for you, blindfolded her, and then hit her upside her head with a hammer, he would have been sentenced to at least twenty years.
 
But the woman who pulled this stunt on her husband was sentenced to only 30 days at home with an ankle monitor. Talk about a double standard!
 
The woman clearly intended to kill her husband. After the lady conked her husband on the head with the hammer, he managed to pull off the blindfold, and he saw a knife and plastic bags.
 
The husband must have been left with brain damaged, because he said he wouldn’t mind if his estranged wife was given probation.

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Hip-Hop Artist, Keith Elam, Known as Guru of Gang Starr, Dies

April 22, 2010 by  
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Keith Elam, known as Guru from the hip-hop duo Gang Starr, has died at 43. Guru had melanoma and had been in a coma since he had a heart attack on March 2nd, and died on Monday at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, N.Y. Keith partnered with Chris Martin, with a stage name of DJ Premier, to form an innovative Hip-Hop group that merged rap with jazz.

Gang Starr did a track, Jazz Thing, for Spike Lee`s film, Mo Better Blues. This track helped to promote this new genre of jazz/rap. Gang Starr did six albums together; the most highly acclaimed one was Moment of Truth. I picked up Moment of Truth up on itunes today. I don`t like all hip-hop, but this is legitimate stuff-relevant lyrics with interesting samples, punching beats and repeating hooks. Could use some more education?

Elam went on to do four solo albums, starting in 1993, with his four-volume Jazzmatazz series. Apparently, this weird “deathbed statement” has been confirmed as a forgery by Guru`s family. Must be a sick joke? Back to Moment of Truth for me.

Indian Students Walk Over Burning Coals

April 21, 2010 by  
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“A private school in the western Indian state of Gujarat made pupils walk over burning coals and broken glass in a test designed to boost their confidence.
 
Officials at the Riverdale school in the city of Surat on Wednesday described the challenges set at a summer camp as ‘important exercises that will make a child strong and determined’.”
 
AFP
 
If I was forced to undergo this ordeal it wouldn’t boost my confidence, because the burning coals would burn my feet, and the broken glass would cut them. These “important exercises” would render me weak and fearful.
 
No American public or private school would ever make students walk on burning coals and broken glass, the school districts would immediately be flooded with lawsuits.
 
A school administrator claims that no child suffered any injuries. This Indian ritual wouldn’t go over very well in the US, there would be plenty of injuries, real and faux.
 
I won’t put my poor tired feet to anything more strenuous or dangerous than jogging.

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Brit Gets Chinese Accent After Migraine

April 20, 2010 by  
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“A British woman has suddenly started speaking with a Chinese accent after suffering a severe migraine, she said in comments quoted by British media Tuesday.

 
Sarah Colwill believes she has Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS) which has caused her distinctive West Country drawl to be replaced with a Chinese twang, even though she has never even visited the country.”
 
AFP
 
There’s something fishy about this story, maybe the woman’s real name is Xiang Wong. I find it hard to believe that a migraine would cause a British woman to suddenly start speaking with a Chinese accent.
 
Wikipedia definition of  FAS: A rare medical condition involving speech production that usually occurs as a side effect of severe brain injury, such as a stroke or a head injury.
 
The most famous person afflicted with FAS is Madonna, the all-American celeb often affects a British accent.
 
Colwill would be well-advised to stay away from Asians, if a Chinese person hears  her speak, he may very well think she is making fun of him.
 
The 35-year-old woman is now  undergoing speech therapy, but maybe what she really needs is a psychiatrist.
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Dude Exposes His Butt In Target Store

April 20, 2010 by  
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“Police in Oklahoma said they arrested a man who allegedly exposed his buttocks to shoppers at two Target stores in the same day.

 
Oklahoma City police said they received a report Thursday from a woman who said a man was “shaking” his exposed buttocks at her in the garden section of the Target store
 
UPI
 
You don’t expose your butt and risk arrest for indecent exposure without giving it some thought and consideration. Why did this perv target Target stores for his shenanigans? If he had pulled his stunts in a Lowe’s or Ace Hardware where a lot of guys shop, his exposed butt would have been too tempting of a target. At least one man would have kicked him squarely in the butt.
 
The freakin’ loser has two prior convictions for indecent exposure, it’s time that a no-nonsense judge sentence him to a few years in prison.
 
I doubt that the degenerate will be shaking his exposed butt in jail.
 
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Is Courtney Love`s “Nobody`s Daughter” a Big Comeback?

April 20, 2010 by  
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Courtney Love`s will have a new album out April 27th, Nobody`s Daughter. It took four years to make, but advanced reviews are glowing. I have the single, Skinny Little Bitch, and it`s a stinger! Lady rocks! Many of the songs were written while Courtney was in rehab, with nothin` but a Martin acoustic guitar and a portable recorder. Miss Love will appear on David Letterman on April 27th and hopefully not to just flash her breasts to Dave.

Courtney finished the record in New York and apparently spent millions of her own money. Now she is on the Mercury/Island/Def Jam label and has gotten a multi-record deal, according to Mercury`s president, David Massey. David describes her lyrics as raw and truthful. Courtney has taken up Buddhism and she`s been chanting and meditating consistently. And she`s back with her band Hole and better than ever.

Well, I recognize the cover immediately! It`s the famous painting of Marie Antoinette by Louise Elizabeth VigeeLebrun, but without her head. The poor queen was guillotined of her head on the 5th of October, 1789. Perhaps, Courtney Love identifies with the doomed queen? Are you ready for Nobody`s Daughter? It`s Dave Time April 27th!  (source-The New York Times-Courtney Love`s Music Therapy by Anthony Bozza-April 18, 2010)

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds-Your Funeral My Trial

April 19, 2010 by  
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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds` Your Funeral My Trial, first released in 1986, was reissued in 2009. I missed it the first time around, but am happy to be experiencing it now. Been focused on The Carny this morning, fixated as I am on circuses and the brooding lifestyle of minor carnivals that roam about the suburbs and ghostly fairgrounds of our fair country.

It`s been said that Your Funeral…My Trial is a pivotal moment in Nick Cave`s career. Punk and a tendency towards melody and substantive music coalesce at this juncture. I`m too early in my analysis to yet make such a bold announcement. I`ll get there…Nice graphics on the back, black and white print. One is an angel holding up a T-shirt of the Shroud of Turin. Sad Waters is a religious epiphany of sorts, with the Virgin Mary down by the river…”turning these waters into wine”…

Lady Loses Mayoral Election To Dead Dude

April 16, 2010 by  
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“A dead man was elected mayor of a small Tennessee town eager to oust a woman who’d been appointed to the job after the previous mayor died, local media reports.

Carl Robin Geary Sr., a local alderman known for ‘straight-talk’ and always wearing overalls, was a candidate for mayor when he died of a heart attack on March 10.

He defeated incumbent Barbara Brock 268 votes to 85 in the town of Tracy City’s election on Tuesday, the Chattanooga Times reported Friday.”

 AFP

Barbara Brock was appointed mayor when the previous mayor died. Finally she has a chance to run for mayor, and prove that she’s the people’s choice. But she loses in a landslide to her opponent who dies of a heart attack after declaring his candidacy for mayor.

When you lose an election to a dead dude who had a penchant for wearing overalls, maybe it’s time to give up politics.

When Brock was asked by reporters how she felt about losing to a dead man, she responded “I’ll live.” She’ll live, but I’m sure right now she wishes she were dead.

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It`s Henry Mancini`s Birthday, what`s your favorite score?

April 16, 2010 by  
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Today is Henry Mancini`s birthday! Henry was born on April 16, 1924 and lived until June 14, 1994. Mancini contributed music to 100s of movies and scored countless television shows. You are likely aware of the more obvious ones, but a fun thing to do is to dig around for HM obscurity. Do you recall themes from Stanley Cramer`s Oklahoma Crude? Any rifts come to mind from Paul Newman`s Sometimes A Great Notion or Glass Menagerie? I don`t either.

Did you know that Henry Mancini wrote the theme to Charlie`s Angels? And he scored many B Horror Flicks as well-The Creature from the Black Lagoon, It Came from Outer Space, Tarantula and This Island Earth. That would make a nice little weekend project, just to review the horror stuff alone. And Henry is well  known for his beautiful melodies. Moon River is one of the greatest themes ever written. That`s lobbin` a soft ball…

My favorite of the Blake Edwards` films is The Party, from 1968. Peter Sellers plays a zany Indian who manages to spoil *(devastate) a potential set for a movie. This one has the feel of the chaos and spontaneity of the late `60s. And don`t forget to look for Claudine Longet? So hum a Mancini tune or two today, it`s his birthday! What`s your preferred Mancini song?

Motel Guest Hits Man Over The Head With Python

April 15, 2010 by  
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“Police in South Carolina have arrested a man who allegedly assaulted another guest at a motel with a four-ft (1.2m) python after a row over loud music.

The alleged victim, who was not badly injured, told police he had complained about music coming from the other man’s room and they had had a row.”
 
 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8621374.stm
Some eccentric people keep pythons in their homes, but only somebody who is totally nuts would travel with his exotic pet.
 
But if this character loved his python so much that he just had to take it with him to his motel room, why would he clobber somebody over the head with his beloved snake?
The idiot should be charged with assault and cruelty to animals.
 
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