Thursday, August 31, 2006

The Excremental Suri

We may not know what Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' daughter looks like on the outside, but her insides are about to become a little less mysterious.

Turning "fine art" into what may be the most subjective term in the world, a bronze sculpture entitled Suri's Bronzed Baby Poop, inspired by the TomKitten spawn's first solid meal and the fecal matter that presumably followed, will go on display Wednesday.

Don't worry, no actual poop was harmed in the making of this sculpture.

"Babies mostly breast-feed for the first four months, so a baby's first meal of solid food may be a baby's first meal at the dinner table," said David Kesting, director of Capla Kesting Fine Art, located in Brooklyn's Williamsburg gallery district. "A bronzed cast of baby's first poop can be a meaningful memento for the family."

Oh, for you, perhaps. The shiny sculpture will be at the gallery at least through September (unless people riot beforehand) and will be up for auction on eBay, with proceeds going to the March of Dimes. Limited edition plaster replicas will also be for sale.

Daniel Edwards, who previously brought us Monument to Pro-Life: The Birth of Sean Preston, the sculpture of a very pregnant and very nude Britney Spears giving birth on a bearskin rug, is the man behind the idea, which, according to a press release, was also inspired by the successful children's book Everybody Poops.

Well, everybody does a lot of things, most of which should never be cast in bronze. But the Capla gallery apparently knows that if you're going to showcase a replica of diaper detritus, you'd better have some darn good underlying social criticism or a tongue-in-cheek, wink-wink joke in mind.

"It's partially a statement on modern media that 'celebrity poop' has more entertainment value than health, famine or other critical issues facing society and governments today," the Capla crew said in a statement, "and also the absurdity of the media coverage on Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' new baby, Suri Cruise, which has reached stellar proportions, eclipsing far more notable events with more substance."

Speaking of which, the masses will reportedly get their first glimpse of four-month-old Suri in Vanity Fair this fall, courtesy of celebrity photographer Annie Leibowitz. It's been 133 days, per Us Weekly's handy-dandy still-no-Suri clock, since the child's birth.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The Photoshop Diet from CBS

Kids Watch As Clown Is Crushed to Death

DUBLIN, Ireland -- A hot-air balloon caught fire during a circus stunt, killing a clown acrobat as dozens of children watched, police said Tuesday.

The accident happened Monday night as the Royal Russian Circus was performing in Scariff, County Clare, a village in western Ireland. About 100 people were in the audience, most of them children. Police said the clown was a 26-year-old man from Belarus but didn't release his name.

Witnesses said the man, dressed in a clown outfit, was hanging from a cage suspended by ropes and a hot-air balloon inside the canvas tent. When the balloon exploded in flames, the cage fell on top of the man.

The man's wife, who was also part of the act, suffered a broken arm, police said.

"We were all sitting down and they were doing their act. They were up fairly high, but they were doing fine. Next thing, he was down on the ground," said audience member Hazel Harrington. She said many people in the audience initially thought the falling cage was part of the act.

About a half-dozen circuses, employing mostly Eastern European performers, tour Ireland each summer.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Arnold and his PENIS !!!

Classic Music Videos

The Johnny Cash Show
Featuring Derek and the Dominoes backing Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins...
See it HERE.

The Mike Douglas Show
The Beach Boys perform a song written by Charles Manson.
See it HERE.

The Rolling Stones present Howlin' Wolf on "Shindig!"
See it HERE.

Miles Davis & John Coltrane: "So What"
See it HERE.

Otis Redding's last TV show
See it HERE.
Spectacular "Try a Little Tenderness" from a Milwaukee TV show filmed the night before he died in a plane crash.

Rolling Stones "Rice Krispies" commercial 1964
See it HERE.

Van Morrison/Bob Dylan: "Crazy Love"
See it HERE.
1980s European TV show never seen in the USA.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Pluto no longer a planet, say astronomers

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) -- Leading astronomers declared Thursday that Pluto is no longer a planet under historic new guidelines that downsize the solar system from nine planets to eight.

California Fixer Upper- SOLD 28k July 2006

Japanese Fire Hydrant

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Snakes on the Plane : PLAY BY PLAY

And now...your feature presentation!
New Line title screen: Cheers! Further applause from the crowd when everyone realizes, no previews!
:01...More applause for the name on the screen: Samuel L. Jackson. Even more applause for the title: Snakes on a Plane. Camera pans along the shores of a Hawaiian island. Audience chants "snakes, snakes, snakes."
:03...Credits still rolling. Someone shouts: "Where are the snakes already?!"
:04...A Red Bull can. The shout: "Product placement!"
:05...Horribly awful rip-off of Al Capone and the baseball bat scene from The Untouchables. Lots of blood splatter. "Clean this up!" the bad guy says. Only they don't?
:06...Samuel L. Jackson to the rescue! Another wave of cheers and applause. (Someone two rows in front of me begins snapping flash photos. Really? Really.)
:07...The lone witness (Sean!) to the crazy murder in minute 5 tells Sam (er, Agent Flynn) that he didn't report the crime because he knew of police corruption, which he only learned on the TV news moments earlier, so that doesn't make any sense. But I digress.
:08...Sam delivers his first monologue. Note the familiar way he repeats the words "Make no mistake!" Sadly, no m-----f-----s in this speech.
:10...First appearance by Kenan Thompson as Troy. Applause. Kenan/Troy works for some rapper, who just told a little white boy, "Stay black!" Seriously. We also see the flight attendants. Julianna Margulies tells us it's her last flight and she hopes for no troubles. How cliche.
:14...David Koechner is the pilot. Or the co-pilot. Either way, the audience knows right away that there'll be some comic gold coming.
:18...The bad guy practices his martial arts. Tells a henchman: "You think I haven't exhausted every option!" Yes, only when you've exhausted all of your other options do you think of terrorizing a plane with poisonous snakes. He was going to go with sharks, but he couldn't figure out the logistics.
:21...The obviously gay flight attendant guy gets chuckles from the audience during the obligatory airplane safety speech. But it's the shot of the plane in the air that gets the round of applause.
:23...Your first scene with snakes!
:25...A shot of a countdown clock. T-minus 3 minutes! Count along, why dontcha?
:28...3...2...1...and they're out! The snakes are out! And what's this...SNAKE VISION! There goes the kitty! A young nubile couple heads for a bathroom to join the Mile High Club. But the guy also wants to smoke a joint. Do you smell trouble, too?
:29...You asked for it, you got your R-rated nudity. Boobies!
:30...MORE SNAKE VISION! SNAKES ON A JUGULAR! SNAKES ON JUGS! Two down, several more to go.
:31...Snakes are eating the wires. That prompts the first "Mayday!" from the cockpit.
:33...Another guy heads to the lavatory to take a leak. You know what's slithering up the toilet to greet him. SNAKES ON A PENIS! Other shots in the main cabin show more snakes sneaking up on unsuspecting passengers. One goes up the fat lady's dress. Ick. They wouldn't.
:40...Snakes ahoy! Put a snake over your own mouth, then over the mouth of the small child next to you. Then again, no. SNAKES IN A BARF BAG! SNAKES ON YOUR EYE!
:41...Sam's partner gets bit. And bit. And bit.
:42...Sam gets his first glimpse of a snake, and what does he do? Toss it aside! Then he Tasers two other snakey snakes! The crowd goes nuts!
:43...Passengers stampede up the aisle. One guy goes down. High heel in the ear! Hey, we thought this was snakes on a plane. No one warned us about high heel in the ear!
:44...The gay guy throws a snake in the microwave. "Who's dying now, bitch!" Hoots and hollers.
:45...Sam gives the passengers instructions. We all know who'd be in charge, didn't we?
:46...MORE SNAKE VISION! But the kickboxer comes to the hot girl's aid. Is he going to kick the snakes? No such luck. Maybe if you yell at him enough, he will. Or maybe they should reshoot that, too!
:50...Sam's partner dies. Is that a tear we see on your face? Sam, you're getting soft!
:51...Koechner gets off a funny line about if something doesn't happen fast, the plane is going down "like a Thai hooker." Obligatory query: Is there a doctor on this flight? Well, yes and no, my dear. Yes BUT no. Not any more.
:52...Sam delivers lines you heard in the trailer. Of all the gin joints in the world and all of the terror threats we planned for, we never planned for this. Or something like that. Get 'em, Bogey! Er, I mean Sam. Er, I mean Agent Flynn. Meanwhile, back in Coach...who's going to suck the venom out of the big black guy's ass. Aw, hell no!
:53...The nice Latina mother sucks the venom out of the little kid's arm. Big black guy says that's more like it.
:55...You want to fight off the snakes with sporks? SPORKS!
:58...Watch for Sam's response on the airphone: "Well, that's good news....Snakes on Crack!"
:59...What would you say if the snake geek on the other end of the phone says this to you: "Make it fast, time is tissue!" Instead, Sam gives the big we've all got to stick together speech you've seen and heard on most preview clips.
1:05...Even more snakes on the loose. Who invited the snake from Anaconda? Well, he's here. And he's hungry. SNAKE ON A DOG! SNAKE ON THE BAD BRITISH GUY'S HEAD!
1:08...What's this? The co-pilot is down, but not out!
1:14...You got my gun? Oh no, you didn't.
1:17...Why is it so dark all of a sudden? Who's the prankster who turned out the lights so we can't even see the motherf---ing snakes! No, he doesn't say this. Keep waiting.
1:20...Sam torches a few snakes. The power's back on.
1:21...We've found the Man With the Snake Plan. And we're not happy with you, sir. You and your dastardly plan. And ha, a snake bit you. Now I bet you'll help us, right. But first, a lame FBI agent repeats Sam's first speech from minute 8. Who does he think he is?
1:24...Everything's going to be OK?
1:26...Kenan with your gut so bright (because your shirt is so orange), won't you guide our sleigh tonight!
1:27...THE LINE YOU'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR. Our crowd gives Samuel L. Jackson a standing O for saying the line the fans wanted him to say all along: "I've had it with these motherf---ing snakes on this motherf---ing plane!" What's your response?
1:28...You're going to shoot the windows? I suppose that's one way to get rid of the snakes. I don't know if that's the way I would've gone with that, considering we all could get sucked out of the plane, too, but hey, you're Samuel L. Jackson, so I'm just going to have to trust you on this one.
1:29...Kenan takes the wheel. "Aw, this s--- is bananas!" Yes, Kenan, it is.
1:34...The eagle has landed. I mean, the snake plane has landed!
1:36...As my colleague Jim just said, "What just happened?" Well, a main character seemingly dies without warning, but not really.
1:37...What do you mean, the gay guy isn't gay.
1:38...Maybe they should've called it Snakes on a Love Plane. It's a regular Love Connection around here.
1:39...Sam on a surfboard? Roll the credits! Cue the applause! And here's the music video from Cobra Starship, for "Bring It."
1:44...And now this is the fan song? Can barely hear the fan song over the fan racket as everyone files out and gives their insta-reviews.
1:45...As the credits end, the obligatory note that no animals were harmed during filming. Yeah, but what about the snakes? And the dignity of Hollywood? Oh, right.

Motivational Posters

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Public School Dorm Fun

Monday, August 21, 2006

Cat Grill

This cool cat has traded in his catnip for some bling. Sebastian, a one-year-old Persian with long black hair, sports gold crowns on his two bottom canines, which grew sticking out from his lips in an underbite similar to a bulldog's.

His owner, dentist David Steele, said he gave Sebastian gold crowns to help strengthen the fanged feline's teeth. Steele said he was worried the unique canines would break off or become a problem.

"It's possible to work on animals the same way we do humans," he said. "I did it to strengthen (Sebastian's) teeth, but it had an excellent cosmetic result. The cat gets a lot of attention now. Everyone is tickled to death when they see him."

Sebastian's two gold teeth protruding from his furry face make him seem a little menacing, like a hip-hop star's guard-cat or a movie villain's pet. The feline didn't seem too happy with his new look at first.

"He's normally around me all the time," Steele said. "After I put the crowns on, he didn't 'speak' to me for two days."

When Sebastian was tranquilized about a month ago to get his coat trimmed, Steele used the occasion to take impressions of his teeth. He then sent those impressions to a company that prepares crowns for his human patients.

"They called back and asked me what I was up to," Steele said.

Two weeks ago, veterinarian Larry Owen tranquilized the cat at the Alexandria Animal Hospital about 30 miles northeast of Indianapolis so Steele could do the dentistry work, which took about 15 minutes to complete.

Owen said putting gold crowns on teeth can be done for any pet with a dental problem.

"Mostly, though, it was a fun thing to do," Owen said. "(Steele is) always up to something or trying something new."

Steele said he has put a crown on a cat once before, after the animal was hit by a car. He also put a gold crown on his Boston terrier.

Steele said the cost for each gold tooth is about the same as for humans — about $900 each.

The Famous Play Table Tennis

See them all HERE.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Judge Gets 4 Years for Exposing Himself

A former judge convicted of exposing himself while presiding over jury trials by using a sexual device under his robe was sentenced Friday to four years in prison.

Donald Thompson had spent almost 23 years on the bench and had served as a state legislator before retiring from the court in 2004. He showed no reaction when he was sentenced.

At his trial this summer, his former court reporter, Lisa Foster, testified that she saw Thompson expose himself at least 15 times during trial between 2001 and 2003. Prosecutors said he also used a device known as a penis pump during at least four trials in the same period.

Thompson, 59, was convicted last month of four felony courts of indecent exposure for incidents that took place in his Creek County courtroom.

Thompson, a married father of three grown children, testified that the penis pump was given to him as a joke by a longtime hunting and fishing buddy.

"It wasn't something I was hiding," he said.

He said he may have absentmindedly squeezed the pump's handle during court cases but never used it to masturbate.

Foster told authorities that she saw Thompson use the device almost daily during the August 2003 murder trial of a man accused of shaking a toddler to death. A whooshing sound could be heard on Foster's audiotape of the trial. When jurors asked the judge about the sound, Thompson said he hadn't heard it but would listen for it.

Police built a case against the judge after a police officer testifying in a 2003 murder trial saw a piece of plastic tubing disappear under Thompson's robe. During a lunch break, officers took photographs of the pump under the desk.

Investigators later checked the carpet, Thompson's robes and the chair behind the bench and found semen, according to court records.

Carmelia Brossett, a senior probation officer for the state Department of Corrections, said in a presentencing report that Thompson refused to undergo psychosexual testing.

"Thompson's denial of the offense would likely present difficulty, if not inability for treatment providers to provide meaningful and beneficial sex-offender treatment," she said.

The jury recommended a sentence of one year in prison and a $10,000 fine on each count. The jury foreman has said it was the jury's intent that Thompson serve the full sentence.

Judge C. Allen McCall denied a defense motion asking that Thompson be allowed to remain free pending an appeal. Thompson was also ordered to pay a $40,000 fine.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Cobert Report takes on Steve " The Wife Beater" Hawking

See it HERE.

Naked woman hugs dead pig on stage, ART!

After pickled sheep, unmade beds and painting with elephant dung, some questioned where modern art could go next.

Kira O'Reilly will provide her own answer today by spending four hours naked, hugging a dead pig - at the taxpayer's expense.

The controversial Irish performance artist will invite one person at a time to watch her sit in a specially-constructed set and perform a 'crushing slow dance' with the carcass in her arms.

She claims the bizarre exhibition is an attempt to 'identify' with the pig, which she cuts with a knife during the show.

Visitors to the Newlyn Art Gallery in Newlyn, Cornwall - funded by taxpayers and the lottery - will be allowed to watch her for ten minutes. The gallery has defended its decision to stage the one-off show, but animal rights campaigners have labelled the performance 'sick'.

Anita Singh, spokesman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said: 'This seems to be a desperate cry for help that merits visits from mental health counsellors, not voyeurs.

'As Miss O'Reilly seems to depend on the shock value of using a murdered pig as a prop, perhaps lacking the talent to make it as a proper artist, may we suggest she take up a day job instead to pay the bills. This is not entertainment - this is sick.'

Under the title 'Inthewrongplaceness', the piece is billed as a 'slow crushing dance with a pig for one at a time'.

The performance will see the artist sit in a disused social club designed to look like a bedroom, surrounded by props including flowers and a plastic swan.

She will spend four hours with the dead pig - bought from a local abattoir - in her arms.

She wrote on the gallery's website: 'When I cut pig I have an urge to delve both hands into the belly, to meld into her warm flesh, my blood and her blood.'

Miss O'Reilly's fee for the performance is thought to have been drawn from £30,000 given to the gallery by the Arts Council England.

Gallery director James Green defended the show as a 'very personal piece of work'. He said: 'This is a challenging piece of work and exactly the kind of show we should be delivering.

Miss O'Reilly said yesterday: 'I am well aware of the controversy this performance will create.'

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Prince Harry "AKA DIRTY HARRY"

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Something worse than snake bite

Working with snakes can be more hazardous than you thought -- but it's not their bite that's the problem.

"It's the poop," Jules Sylvester, head animal trainer for the new Hollywood movie "Snakes on a Plane" said Monday at a news conference to publicize the film.

"They will poop everywhere," he added.

But when snakes are on a movie set, everyone behaves, Sylvester said.

"It's ideal for the director," he said.

The movie, starring about 500 snakes and Samuel L. Jackson, opens in U.S. theaters Friday after receiving wide publicity on the Internet.

Chinese Tourism Strategy

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

'City Slickers' Actor Bruno Kirby Dies

Bruno Kirby, a veteran character actor who costarred in "When Harry Met Sally,""City Slickers" and many other films, has died at age 57, his wife said Tuesday.

Kirby died Monday in Los Angeles from complications related to leukemia, according to a statement from his wife, Lynn Sellers. He had recently been diagnosed with the disease.

"We are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from Bruno's fans and colleagues who have admired and respected his work over the past 30 years," his wife said. "Bruno's spirit will continue to live on not only in his rich body of film and television work but also through the lives of individuals he has touched throughout his life."

Kirby was perhaps best known for his roles opposite Billy Crystal in 1989's "When Harry Met Sally" and 1991's "City Slickers."

Other film credits included "Good Morning, Vietnam,""The Godfather: Part II" and "Donnie Brasco." More recently, he played Phil Rubenstein on the HBO series "Entourage."

NASA can't find original tape of moon landing

The U.S. government has misplaced the original recording of the first moon landing, including astronaut Neil Armstrong's famous "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," a NASA spokesman said on Monday.

Armstrong's famous space walk, seen by millions of viewers on July 20, 1969, is among transmissions that NASA has failed to turn up in a year of searching, spokesman Grey Hautaloma said.

"We haven't seen them for quite a while. We've been looking for over a year and they haven't turned up," Hautaloma said.

The tapes also contain data about the health of the astronauts and the condition of the spacecraft. In all, some 700 boxes of transmissions from the Apollo lunar missions are missing, he said.

"I wouldn't say we're worried -- we've got all the data. Everything on the tapes we have in one form or another," Hautaloma said.

NASA has retained copies of the television broadcasts and offers several clips on its Web site.

But those images are of lower quality than the originals stored on the missing magnetic tapes.

Because NASA's equipment was not compatible with TV technology of the day, the original transmissions had to be displayed on a monitor and re-shot by a TV camera for broadcast.

Hautaloma said it is possible the tapes will be unplayable even if they are found, because they have degraded significantly over the years -- a problem common to magnetic tape and other types of recordable media.

The material was held by the National Archives but returned to NASA sometime in the late 1970s, he said.

"We're looking for paperwork to see where they last were," he said.

Breast implants saves woman after Hezbollah attack

One Israeli woman has received an unexpected boost from her breast implants during the Lebanon war -- the silicone embeds saved her life during a Hezbollah rocket attack, a doctor said.

"This is an extraordinary case, but it's a fact that the silicone implants prevented her from a more serious and deeper wound," Jacky Govrin, of the hospital in Nahariya that treated the woman, told army radio Tuesday.

"The young woman went through surgery two years ago to have a larger chest," he said. "During the war she was wounded in the chest by shrapnel" that got stuck in the implants instead of penetrating further.

The woman did not emerge from her ordeal completely unscathed, however.

"The shrapnel was removed but the implant had to be replaced," Govrin said.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Skyacht takes off...

While futuristic flying machines may be all the rage these days, mostly they don't really leave the prototype stage. This gigantic "personal" blimp, however, is set to take its first untethered flight later this month, flying off the drawing board and into gigantic garages everywhere. In development since 2002, the Skyacht uses hot air rather than helium to get the lift it needs, which will keep you from talking in a high-pitched voice while floating around. The hot air also makes it run quietly, so you won't wake anyone up as you drift over their homes in your 50-foot blimp. While the Skyacht was designed to be personal and practical, I'm not sure exactly how practical you can make a 50-foot blimp, but perhaps if you travel across a great open plain on your way to work it could be perfect for you.
— Adam Frucci

Judge: Unabomber Items to Be Sold Online

A federal judge has ordered personal items seized in 1996 from Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski's Montana cabin to be sold online.

U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell Jr. ruled Thursday that items belonging to Kaczynski -- including books, tools, clothing and two checkbooks -- should be sold at a "reasonably advertised Internet auction."

The auction will not include 100 items the government considers to be bomb-making materials, such as writings that contain diagrams and "recipes" for bombs.

U.S. Marshals Service will contract the sale with an Internet auctioneer who will bear the cost and receive no more than 10 percent of the proceeds.

The remaining revenues from the sale will be applied to the $15 million in restitution that Burrell ordered Kaczynski to pay his victims.

Kaczynski, 64, is serving a life sentence with no possibility of parole for a bombing spree that lasted from 1978 to 1995. The blasts from homemade bombs killed three people and injured 23.

Kaczynski was arrested at his cabin in Lincoln, Mont., in April 1996.


LEGO shaped EggosThe old saying "Leggo my Eggo" will soon be missing one letter "g" with the arrival of a new co-branded product.

Look at the product photo, and you'll notice a new "LEGO" variety of Eggos shaped into LEGO brick pieces.

The box states, "Toast, break & build!"

No word on when we might see this in stores. The other two new varieties, Blueberry and Flip-Flop, are mentioned on Kellogg's Eggo website, but not the LEGO variety.

Those Crazy Girls....

Pam Anderson Lap Dance HERE.

Cindy Crawford Lap Dance HERE.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

"Creepy" McDonald , Ron's Brother...KFed's Producer...

Friday, August 11, 2006

Suri Cruise - The Telephoto

Supposedly, according to the folks at X17online, this is an accidental shot taken of the little and completely normal by all accounts baby Suri Cruise through a window of the TomKat compound . Frankly, we've seen more detail in night-vision photos of UFOs. We tried squinting and ignoring the obtrusive X17 imprint. Still nothing. Oh, wait....

Redneck Vacuum

Moo-ve over, Minicows popular pets

Judy Dresser knows bigger is not always better, especially when it comes to livestock. On her Danville ranch live six miniature black Angus beef cows.

Dresser began breeding and selling the Australian-developed cattle for fun about two years ago and considers her designer beefers "part of the family."

Compared to standard-sized Angus, which run from about 1,000 to 1,200 pounds, Angus "Lowline" cattle weigh between 600 and 800 pounds. The Dresser Ranch currently is the only Lowline breeding operation in the Bay Area and one of only 11 in California, according to the American Lowline Registry of breeders.

Still, industry insiders say all types of diminutive cattle, of which about 26 different breeds exist -- including mini-Herefords, Holsteins and Jerseys -- are growing in popularity around the world, primarily as pets for moms with large back yards.

Although minicattle are raised for meat in some places, current U.S. prices would make it mighty pricey steak. A regular Angus may cost about $1,000, but Lowlines can run $3,000 to $15,000 at auction, Dresser said.

Keeping a pet cow might seem strange, but the minis can be handy, said Dresser, who points out, "I've never once had to cut the grass."

Interest in smaller bovines is flourishing as more families fan out to the suburbs and large tracts of ranch land become scarcer, said Richard Gradwohl. A retired marketing professor, he owns one of the largest and oldest miniature-cattle ranches and research facilities in the country.

In fact, about 80 percent of his stock is sold as pets. Others are bought by breeders for cattle shows, as miniature milkers and for all-natural farm-raised beef.

The founder of the Washington-state-based International Miniature Cattle Breeders Society, Gradwohl estimates the mini-market has grown about 10 percent to 20 percent per year since he got into the business about 35 years ago. He estimates there are about 1,000 of the minis in the United States.

Mostly women buy the minis, Gradwohl said. "They don't want a big animal. They want something that's cute, that's affectionate, that they can treat as a pet."

Minicattle weren't created to be pets. Lowlines in particular were developed in the 1970s by an Australian research company as part of a study on growth rate and natural selection among high-quality Angus cattle. In the mid-1990s, about 100 of the miniature animals were auctioned off on the world market. The Australian Lowline Registry organization of breeders assembled soon after, hoping to keep track of and promote the animals.

In theory, Lowlines have economic advantages for the commercial beef industry; they eat less and take up less space, but would yield more meat, said Gradwohl. Ten Lowline cattle weighing 700 pounds each can be raised on five acres of land, whereas standard Angus cattle average two animals per five acres, Gradwohl said.

Lowlines cause less damage to the land, and probably create less methane. They tend to be more tender than larger cattle and provide smaller beef cuts, which fit easier into freezers.

But while some smaller commercial ranchers have begun to express interest, larger beef operations are slow to change. One reason is that slaughterhouses still get paid by the pound, Gradwohl said, and processing time is the same for any size animal.

On a recent sunny morning at the Dressers' 8-acre ranch, Judy and her husband, Dan, watched Kathy -- their son's full-sized Angus heifer -- try to bust into the family's pigpen.

"See, she'll just keep doing it until she breaks the fence," said Judy, tugging on Kathy's halter. "The other (miniature) ones won't do that."

For Dresser, the minicattle are something different and fun. She was introduced to them -- two miniature red-and-white horned Herefords belonging to a family friend -- at her son's 4-H fair. "The only thing I didn't like was that they had horns."

She began researching other miniature varieties, finally settling on a Lowline cattle breeder in Southern California.

The Dressers, who maintain a Web site advertising their Lowlines, periodically invite a neighbor's bull onto their ranch to mate with the cows. They have sold two miniature calves so far, said Judy -- a housewife with no prior experience with animals until she and her husband bought the ranch 12 years ago.

Dave McDonald, head of the Australian Lowline Registry, says a similar trend is happening in Australia, where the little cows are finding favor on suburban ranchettes.

"The (minis) are filling a gap where these smaller farms can't handle the great big Herefords or larger animals," McDonald said.

Thursday, August 10, 2006


The National Enquirer has a learned a few things about Mel Gibson's fateful night:

"Mel grabbed a bottle of vodka from behind the bar, poured himself a drink - and filled an empty water bottle with the clear booze," said an eyewitness.

"Then he started sipping out the water bottle. Everyone thought it was just water. It was straight vodka!"

The secret reason Mel finally snapped is that his downfall began in the months before, when the immense pressures of filming "Apocalypto" is sweltering Mexico, reduced Mel to a pathetic drunk, who talked to himself, fought with his crew and developed a disturbing nervous tic, reveal eyewitness to his public unraveling.

"The bottom line is that Mel went crazy in the jungle," an insider told the Enquirer. "The combination of the blistering heat, torrential rain and an over-budget and behind schedule film sent Mel around the bend.

He constantly fought with the cast and crew. He showed up on the set disheveled, confused and talking to himself.

He was drinking heavily at night.

He began to elude his security guards and take off.

They'd find him hours later dancing the mambo at local cafes - drunk as a skunk."


(by Dave Barry)

1. Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

2. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be "meetings".

3. There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness".

4. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.

5. And when God, who created the entire universe with all of its glories, decides to deliver a message to humanity, He WILL NOT use as His messenger,a person on cable TV with a bad hairstyle.

6. You should not confuse your career with your life.

7. No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.

8. When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy.

9. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

10. Never lick a steak knife.

11. Take out the fortune before you eat the cookie.

12. The most powerful force in the universe is gossip.

13. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time.

14. "The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age. gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers.

15. The main accomplishment of almost all organized protests is to annoy people who are not in them.

16. A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.

17. Your friends love you, anyway

Calif. Man Arrested After Migrants Sewn In Seats

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a U.S. man Tuesday morning after they say he tried to smuggle three migrants into the country hidden in the seats of his vehicle.

CBP officers said they encountered the driver, a 33-year-old resident of Rosarito, Mexico, as he entered the port at about 5 a.m. driving a GMC Vendura van.

According to authorities, the driver stated he was a citizen of the United States and presented a valid California identification and birth certificate to the officer.

The primary officer said the driver has a nervous demeanor. The officer referred the vehicle and occupant to a secondary lot for a more in-depth examination.

In the secondary lot, CBP officers discovered three undocumented migrants sewn into three seats of the conversion van, including the driver’s seat. CBP officers said they carefully extracted two men and a woman from inside the seats.

Officers determined that the two men and woman are citizens of Mexico. They are being detained as material witnesses in the prosecution case.

The driver was charged with alien smuggling and was transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Center to await arraignment. The vehicle was seized by CBP.

"This case illustrates the length to which smugglers will go to transport undocumented people into the United States," said Adele Fasano, director of field operations in San Diego. "This involved good basic police work by alert CBP officers who intercepted this case."

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Star-Packed Jerry Lee Lewis CD Back On Track

After five years and four different record labels, Jerry Lee Lewis' "Last Man Standing" will arrive Sept. 26 on Jeff Ayeroff's Artists First label. Alternative Distribution Alliance will distribute the title. The 21-track album pairs Lewis with such artists as Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, George Jones, Willie Nelson and Rod Stewart.

Produced by Steve Bing and Jimmy Rip for Bing's Shangri-La Entertainment, the album was born after Bing approached Lewis in 2001 to write songs for a movie, appropriately titled given Lewis' history, "Why Men Shouldn't Marry." The movie never was made, but Lewis cut two songs.

"Steve said, 'I don't care if we don't have a label. Here's the money, just make the record,'" Rip says. It didn't start as a duet project -- "Even Jerry said, 'I don't need all these people,'" Rip recalls. But as word of the album spread, and after Mick Jagger performed on one of the songs cut for the movie, Rip started asking more artists to participate, and then eager acts started coming to him.

The album was first slated for Lost Highway, then had a stop at another label before landing at Columbia, which sat on a release date so it could coincide with a planned TV special. But when the album's main supporters Steve Greenberg and Don Ienner left the label earlier this summer, it once again was homeless. That's where Artists First stepped in.

The creative and marketing company had already been consulting Columbia on the Lewis project, and once the album was again a free agent, Artists First stepped up. "You feel an obligation and romance in working with a project like this," Ayeroff says, comparing it to how he felt when he and former business partner Jordan Harris worked with Roy Orbison while running Virgin North America.

The project will be promoted through a December PBS "Great Performances" episode. Artists First is in talks with a number of retailers about special programs, although Ayeroff says, "This is a Wal-Mart record if you think about it, given his success on the country charts."

Hillary Clinton on display at NY's Museum of Sex

A "Presidential Bust" of U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton was unveiled on Wednesday at New York's Museum of Sex, where sculptor Daniel Edwards hopes it will spark discussion about sex, politics and celebrity.

Edwards, the artist who also created a life-size nude of Britney Spears giving birth on a bear-skin rug, said he wanted to capture Clinton's age and femininity in the sculpture.

Clinton's office had no immediate comment.

Edwards said his work features soft "presidential smile" and wrinkles framing her eyes. A floral pattern runs across her breasts, part of Edwards' effort to present Clinton "as a woman -- not a covered up person, but as a woman."

"I didn't want to give her a face lift or change her age," he said of his work.

"The key was to reveal her chest a little bit. She usually covers herself up, but I don't think that's necessary."

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Do it yourself Jackson Pollock

See it HERE.

Bear takes in dinner and a show in Nevada

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - A bear with better taste than his, or her cousins, dined last week on salmon, tri-tip and cherry ice cream - all in the deserted food court at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor.

The choices of surf and turf - and the bard - were more discriminating than the bear that settled last month for cold pizza and an even colder beer it found in a convertible near the south shore casino area.

The foray also was more successful than the bear that wandered into a delivery area last week at MontBleu Casino Resort & Spa on the south shore, but left empty-pawed.

Nevada Department of Wildlife biologist Carl Lackey was called to the scene and left one of his bear traps, but wasn't real optimistic.

"I put old doughnuts in the trap and he just seems to walk by it and head for the refrigerators in the food court," Lackey said. "I mean, why eat day-old doughnuts when you can get salmon?"

Lackey said that while the food vendors have locks on the coolers, "They're just bike locks and the bears are strong enough just flick them off."

Catherine Atack, director of the annual festival, said that having a bear come for dinner is a first.

"Nothing like this has happened before and this year, all four of our food vendors have been hit," Atack said. "We even had one bear appear during the show and the audience was told to stay seated until he was chased away."

And stale doughnuts weren't the only treat the finicky bear snubbed.

"He broke into one of the refrigerators where there was cherry ice cream and vanilla," Atack said. "He ate the cherry and never touched the vanilla."

Monday, August 07, 2006

Probe launched into 'tumble-dried fireman'

An investigation was underway today into a dangerous prank which saw a fireman being tumble-dried by laughing colleagues.

A video of the incident shows the fireman climbing into a giant dryer having put clothes inside to protect himself from the heat.

He then mouths to his colleagues, one of whom was filming it on his mobile phone, to let him out when he says so.

Once the machine is switched on, others can be heard laughing at the firefighter spinning around in the dryer.

The footage was passed on to bosses at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, who immediately launched an investigation into the incident.

See it HERE.

18 Tricks to Teach Your Body from Men's Health

1. If your throat tickles, scratch your ear.

When you were 9, playing your armpit was a cool trick. Now, as an adult, you can still appreciate a good body-based feat, but you're more discriminating. Take that tickle in your throat; it's not worth gagging over. Here's a better way to scratch your itch: "When the nerves in the ear are stimulated, it creates a reflex in the throat that can cause a muscle spasm," says Scott Schaffer, M.D., president of an ear, nose and throat specialty center in Gibbsboro, New Jersey. "This spasm relieves the tickle."

2. Experience supersonic hearing!

If you're stuck chatting up a mumbler at a cocktail party, lean in with your right ear. It's better than your left at following the rapid rhythms of speech, according to researchers at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. If, on the other hand, you're trying to identify that song playing softly in the elevator, turn your left ear toward the sound. The left ear is better at picking up music tones.

3. Overcome your most primal urge!

Need to pee? No bathroom nearby? Fantasize about Jessica Simpson. Thinking about sex preoccupies your brain, so you won't feel as much discomfort, says Larry Lipshultz, M.D., chief of male reproductive medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine. For best results, try Simpson's "These Boots Are Made for Walking" video.

4. Feel no pain!

German researchers have discovered that coughing during an injection can lessen the pain of the needle stick. According to Taras Usichenko, author of a study on the phenomenon, the trick causes a sudden, temporary rise in pressure in the chest and spinal canal, inhibiting the pain-conducting structures of the spinal cord.

5. Clear your stuffed nose!

Forget Sudafed. An easier, quicker, and cheaper way to relieve sinus pressure is by alternately thrusting your tongue against the roof of your mouth, then pressing between your eyebrows with one finger. This causes the vomer bone, which runs through the nasal passages to the mouth, to rock back and forth, says Lisa DeStefano, D.O., an assistant professor at the Michigan State University college of osteopathic medicine. The motion loosens congestion; after 20 seconds, you'll feel your sinuses start to drain.

6. Fight fire without water!

Worried those wings will repeat on you tonight? "Sleep on your left side," says Anthony A. Star-poli, M.D., a New York City gastroenterologist and assistant professor of medicine at New York Medical College. Studies have shown that patients who sleep on their left sides are less likely to suffer from acid reflux. The esophagus and stomach connect at an angle. When you sleep on your right, the stomach is higher than the esophagus, allowing food and stomach acid to slide up your throat. When you're on your left, the stomach is lower than the esophagus, so gravity's in your favor.

7. Cure your toothache without opening your mouth!

Just rub ice on the back of your hand, on the V-shaped webbed area between your thumb and index finger. A Canadian study found that this technique reduces toothache pain by as much as 50 percent compared with using no ice. The nerve pathways at the base of that V stimulate an area of the brain that blocks pain signals from the face and hands.

8. Make burns disappear!

When you accidentally singe your finger on the stove, clean the skin and apply light pressure with the finger pads of your unmarred hand. Ice will relieve your pain more quickly, Dr. DeStefano says, but since the natural method brings the burned skin back to a normal temperature, the skin is less likely to blister.

9. Stop the world from spinning!

One too many drinks left you dizzy? Put your hand on something stable. The part of your ear responsible for balance—the cupula—floats in a fluid of the same density as blood. "As alcohol dilutes blood in the cupula, the cupula becomes less dense and rises," says Dr. Schaffer. This confuses your brain. The tactile input from a stable object gives the brain a second opinion, and you feel more in balance. Because the nerves in the hand are so sensitive, this works better than the conventional foot-on-the-floor wisdom.

10. Unstitch your side!

If you're like most people, when you run, you exhale as your right foot hits the ground. This puts downward pressure on your liver (which lives on your right side), which then tugs at the diaphragm and creates a side stitch, according to The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Men. The fix: Exhale as your left foot strikes the ground.

11. Stanch blood with a single finger!

Pinching your nose and leaning back is a great way to stop a nosebleed—if you don't mind choking on your own O positive. A more civil approach: Put some cotton on your upper gums—just behind that small dent below your nose—and press against it, hard. "Most bleeds come from the front of the septum, the cartilage wall that divides the nose," says Peter Desmarais, M.D., an ear, nose, and throat specialist at Entabeni Hospital, in Durban, South Africa. "Pressing here helps stop them."

12. Make your heart stand still!

Trying to quell first-date jitters? Blow on your thumb. The vagus nerve, which governs heart rate, can be controlled through breathing, says Ben Abo, an emergency medical-services specialist at the University of Pittsburgh. It'll get your heart rate back to normal.

13. Thaw your brain!

Too much Chipwich too fast will freeze the brains of lesser men. As for you, press your tongue flat against the roof of your mouth, covering as much as you can. "Since the nerves in the roof of your mouth get extremely cold, your body thinks your brain is freezing, too," says Abo. "In compensating, it overheats, causing an ice-cream headache." The more pressure you apply to the roof of your mouth, the faster your headache will subside.

14. Prevent near-sightedness!

Poor distance vision is rarely caused by genetics, says Anne Barber, O.D., an optometrist in Tacoma, Washington. "It's usually caused by near-point stress." In other words, staring at your computer screen for too long. So flex your way to 20/20 vision. Every few hours during the day, close your eyes, tense your body, take a deep breath, and, after a few seconds, release your breath and muscles at the same time. Tightening and releasing muscles such as the biceps and glutes can trick involuntary muscles—like the eyes—into relaxing as well.

15. Wake the dead!

If your hand falls asleep while you're driving or sitting in an odd position, rock your head from side to side. It'll painlessly banish your pins and needles in less than a minute, says Dr. DeStefano. A tingly hand or arm is often the result of compression in the bundle of nerves in your neck; loosening your neck muscles releases the pressure. Compressed nerves lower in the body govern the feet, so don't let your sleeping dogs lie. Stand up and walk around.

16. Impress your friends!

Next time you're at a party, try this trick: Have a person hold one arm straight out to the side, palm down, and instruct him to maintain this position. Then place two fingers on his wrist and push down. He'll resist. Now have him put one foot on a surface that's a half inch higher (a few magazines) and repeat. This time his arm will fold like a house of cards. By misaligning his hips, you've offset his spine, says Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., co-owner of Results Fitness, in Santa Clarita, California. Your brain senses that the spine is vulnerable, so it shuts down the body's ability to resist.

17. Breathe underwater!

If you're dying to retrieve that quarter from the bottom of the pool, take several short breaths first—essentially, hyperventilate. When you're underwater, it's not a lack of oxygen that makes you desperate for a breath; it's the buildup of carbon dioxide, which makes your blood acidic, which signals your brain that somethin' ain't right. "When you hyperventilate, the influx of oxygen lowers blood acidity," says Jonathan Armbruster, Ph.D., an associate professor of biology at Auburn University. "This tricks your brain into thinking it has more oxygen." It'll buy you up to 10 seconds.

18. Read minds!

Your own! "If you're giving a speech the next day, review it before falling asleep," says Candi Heimgartner, an instructor of biological sciences at the University of Idaho. Since most memory consolidation happens during sleep, anything you read right before bed is more likely to be encoded as long-term memory.

Bear takes in dinner and a show in Nev.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - A bear with better taste than his, or her cousins, dined last week on salmon, tri-tip and cherry ice cream - all in the deserted food court at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor.

The choices of surf and turf - and the bard - were more discriminating than the bear that settled last month for cold pizza and an even colder beer it found in a convertible near the south shore casino area.

The foray also was more successful than the bear that wandered into a delivery area last week at MontBleu Casino Resort & Spa on the south shore, but left empty-pawed.

Nevada Department of Wildlife biologist Carl Lackey was called to the scene and left one of his bear traps, but wasn't real optimistic.

"I put old doughnuts in the trap and he just seems to walk by it and head for the refrigerators in the food court," Lackey said. "I mean, why eat day-old doughnuts when you can get salmon?"

Lackey said that while the food vendors have locks on the coolers, "They're just bike locks and the bears are strong enough just flick them off."

Catherine Atack, director of the annual festival, said that having a bear come for dinner is a first.

"Nothing like this has happened before and this year, all four of our food vendors have been hit," Atack said. "We even had one bear appear during the show and the audience was told to stay seated until he was chased away."

And stale doughnuts weren't the only treat the finicky bear snubbed.

"He broke into one of the refrigerators where there was cherry ice cream and vanilla," Atack said. "He ate the cherry and never touched the vanilla."

50 Greatest Conservative songs of all time

See them all HERE.

Pam Anderson : SLUT Machine?

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Friends converge on Freddy Fender residence

But please, folks, e-messages only, singer's wife says

An outpouring of support for Freddy Fender had the legendary musician and his wife fending off well-intentioned visitors and phone callers to their home Wednesday after news of his struggle with cancer.

"All the people calling, coming over and praying for Freddy is heartfelt," said Vangie Huerta, his wife of 50 years. "We've had lots of calls, and even had to put some no trespassing signs out to keep fans from coming onto our humble property."

Huerta said they're appreciative of the strong show of support, but it has been exhausting for her husband. She added that the family prefers well-wishers contact them through e-mail or Fender's Web site.

The 69-year-old Grammy winner and Billboard chart-topper said Tuesday the 11 cancerous lumps on his lungs haven't hurt his voice and, despite losing 25 pounds, he still feels like singing.

"Even sick at his worst moment, Freddy's humming something or singing," Huerta said. "It breaks my heart, and yet it's amazing."

Fender, one of few Hispanic stars in country music, was born Baldemar Huerta in a family of migrant laborers in San Benito, on June 4, 1937. He began playing guitar early in his childhood.

Those close to him say his positive attitude is inspiring.

"Wow," said Joe H. Hernandez, 62, mayor of Fender's hometown. "His health problems have been devastating news to our community, but he's a very brave person outside of being talented, and I'm overjoyed he's so positive."

About 10 years ago, Fender's hometown erected the San Benito Arts Center to honor the singer and city officials renamed the street he was raised on, El Jardin, to Freddy Fender Lane. In 2004, the community dedicated the city's water tower to Fender by crafting a lighted sign with his image that reads "Hometown of Freddy Fender."

Now a group named Friends of Freddy Fender is planning a museum to honor him, Hernandez said.

"He's accepted fame with grace," said Ron Rogers, 60, a hometown friend of the musician who presented the utilities board with the water tower sign idea. "Everybody in the Rio Grande Valley has a Freddy Fender story," Rogers said, "he's transcended ethnic barriers."

Fender, who began his career in the late '50s, topped the Billboard charts throughout the decades with "Before the Next Teardrop Falls," "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights," and "You'll Lose A Good Thing."

Valray Renay Hernandez, 23, said she fell in love with Fender at her first concert as a first-grader in Austin's St. Elmo Elementary School.

"The way he moved to the rhythm of his music made me love music more for the rest of my life," said the Corpus Christi bookkeeper and mother. "I was really upset to hear he was sick he's in my prayers."

Fender is a noticeable presence in South Texas. In 2005, he performed in the inaugural concert at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi's Performing Arts Center. He was the first celebrity music maker honored with a star in the South Texas Music Walk of Fame, said Evelyn Sue Donahoe, 55. She opened a record store in Austin in the early 1990s, then in 2003 helped open Surf Club Records in Corpus Christi and spawned the now 18-star music walk in the courtyard of the Water Street Market.

Walking across that plaza with Fender is one of her most cherished memories.

1980's Music Videos

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Friday, August 04, 2006

No Honey, its nice out, lets go to the beach...


Is that the sound of NICOLE Brown Simpson spinning in her grave?

The family of O.J. Simpson's murdered ex-wife is tossing a Sept.16 fund-raiser for its Nicole Brown Foundation, which helps fight violence against women, at the Playboy Mansion.

But some of Nicole's pals believe Hugh Hefner's pleasure palace is a creepy choice for the $475-a-plate gala, since Simpson used to party there in the years before he was acquitted, in the grisly stabbing deaths of Nicole and Ron Goldman.

The foundation, which will have scantily clad playmates on hand to mingle with guests, had no comment. OJ however, is STILL hot on the trail of the KILLERS...

Thursday, August 03, 2006


A Street-level and Subterranean Behind-the-Scenes Peek at Portland’s Sordid Past

PORTLAND, Ore. – August 1, 2006 – Starting Aug. 1, Portland Walking Tours takes visitors and natives on a journey of shady characters, dark alleys and hidden tunnels littered with tales of past- and present-day corruption and debauchery.

Walkers will be treated to the details of Portland’s clandestine cultures, sordid history and less-than-proud moments including:

Scandals from bawdy brothels, gambling rings, murder, mischief and the police pay-off system that kept the city’s squeaky wheels silent.

Unsuspecting sailors “Shanghaied” after hazy nights of heavy drinking and coerced out to sea.

A journey into the bowels of the city to view entrances that once led to the legendary “Shanghai Tunnels” and learn the facts from below the floorboards of neighborhood landmark Old Town Pizza.

Obscure shops selling Chinese medicines and herbs that even today face hassles from skeptics.

Storied sites and buildings, once host to illicit deals and doings, that survived countless floods and remain today as some of our treasured restaurants, clubs, bars and office spaces.

The somber truth of efforts to isolate and evict more than 3,500 Japanese Americans during World War II and Portland’s present commitment to remembering this transgression and honoring the victims.

“The Rose City wasn’t always such a shining example of civic engagement and community,” said David Schargel, Portland Walking Tours founder. “Even Portland natives will be shocked by the city’s scandalous history and tawdry characters.”

Offered daily at 2 p.m., Aug. 1 – Nov. 30, the “Underground Portland” tour begins at the Visitor Information Center in Pioneer Courthouse Square, is approximately 2.5 hours and costs $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and youth. Though less than 1.5 miles, this tour is rated PG-13 and is not for the faint of heart.

The 24-hour information and ticketing line is 503-774-4522. Additional information and online ticketing are available at

Mother Sentenced For Cutting Son's Tongue

ATLANTA -- A mother accused of cutting off part of her son's tongue with hot scissors avoided a 5-year prison sentence and was sentenced to 10 years probation.

But before going on probation, Samantha J. Davis, 33, will serve 60 to 180 days in a detention center.

Judge Wade Crumbley also told Davis to complete a 26-week parenting class, a nonviolence class and have only supervised visits with her son.

Henry County prosecutors had recommended that Davis serve five years in prison. But the boy's father testified Tuesday that he did not want her to go to prison.

"He told the judge she is a good woman, and he doesn't feel his son is unsafe around her," Davis' lawyer, Rickey L. Richardson, said.

Davis heated a pair of scissors on a stove in August 2004 and held it to her 6-year-old son's neck before cutting off a piece of his tongue as punishment for talking back, authorities said. Her estranged husband, Toby Davis reported the injuries to police and she was arrested.

The child has been in his father's custody since then. Davis pleaded guilty in June to two child cruelty charges.

But the state's case was hampered when Toby Davis filed court papers refusing to cooperate with the prosecution and asking that charges be dropped. The boy also signed an affidavit saying he did not want his mother prosecuted.

Henry District Attorney Tommy Floyd said he did not know if the father's refusal affected the sentence.

"The judge didn't say, 'This is why I'm doing what I'm doing.' I know the father was very reluctant to prosecute and we feel he influenced the child," Floyd said.

In the meantime, Richardson said Samantha Davis was relieved by the sentence.

"She was hoping for straight probation but at least it isn't the five years in prison the state wanted," he said.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

USA Guide to overthrowing Castro (various plans)

As Fidel Castro has ceded power due to illness, Lets take a look at what the US military drafted detailing various proposed plots to destabilize Castro's government and topple its charismatic leader.

The formerly Top Secret U.S. Army records, copies of which you'll find below, describe 16 separate "operations" with codenames like "Operation Bingo" and "Operation Dirty Trick" (the latter scheme would have tried to pin the possible failure of the Mercury manned orbit flight on Cubans).

But the most inspired of Uncle Sam's kooky Cold War-era plans was "Operation Good Times," which would have sought to disillusion Castro's constituents via the distribution of "fake photographic material." Specifically, the proposed doctored images would have shown "an obese Castro with two beauties" in a lavish residence complete with "a table brimming over with the most delectable Cuban food." A caption would have noted that, "My ration is different." The sight of the well-fed revolutionary, Army officials concluded, "should put even a Commie Dictator in the proper perspective with the underprivileged masses."

Your TAX dollars at work...

Barbara Streisand looking SO TRAILER TRASH...


August 2, 2006 -- There is no excuse, nor should there be any tolerance, for anyone who thinks or expresses any kind of Anti-Semitic remark. I want to apologize specifically to everyone in the Jewish community for the vitriolic and harmful words that I said to a law enforcement officer the night I was arrested on a DUI charge.

I am a public person, and when I say something, either articulated and thought out, or blurted out in a moment of insanity, my words carry weight in the public arena. As a result, I must assume personal responsibility for my words and apologize directly to those who have been hurt and offended by those words.

The tenets of what I profess to believe necessitate that I exercise charity and tolerance as a way of life. Every human being is God’s child, and if I wish to honor my God I have to honor his children. But please know from my heart that I am not an anti-Semite. I am not a bigot. Hatred of any kind goes against my faith.

I’m not just asking for forgiveness. I would like to take it one step further, and meet with leaders in the Jewish community, with whom I can have a one on one discussion to discern the appropriate path for healing.

I have begun an ongoing program of recovery and what I am now realizing is that I cannot do it alone. I am in the process of understanding where those vicious words came from during that drunken display, and I am asking the Jewish community, whom I have personally offended, to help me on my journey through recovery. Again, I am reaching out to the Jewish community for its help. I know there will be many in that community who will want nothing to do with me, and that would be understandable. But I pray that that door is not forever closed.

This is not about a film. Nor is it about artistic license. This is about real life and recognizing the consequences hurtful words can have. It’s about existing in harmony in a world that seems to have gone mad.

Mel Gibson

holocaust was made up...

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Radio station changes format from God to sex

KFYE-FM hasn't budged from the Fresno-area dial, but it's about as far as you can get from the Christian music, sermons and Bible stories it was broadcasting until about a week ago.

Now it calls itself "Porn Radio" — "all sex radio, all the time," with a suggestion that people under 21 not listen.

Songs with little in common except suggestive titles and lyrics fill the playlist, including "Why Don't We Do It in the Road" by The Beatles, "Sexual Healing" by Marvin Gaye and "Nasty" by Janet Jackson. Tamer songs are heated up by adding recorded moans and groans.

The change, made after the station was sold this month, was met with several non-sexual groans from some residents.

"It would appear this is another of those promotions that are simply designed to create controversy," longtime Fresno radio personality Ed Beckman told The Fresno Bee. "This format belongs on Sirius or XM, not on over-the-air."

The station tries not to cross the line, said owner Jerry Clifton.

KFYE has been playing songs in a continuous one-hour loop without commercials. Clifton wouldn't tell the Bee whether he plans to eventually switch to a more traditional format.