Saturday, April 30, 2005

Where the Good Old Days of Bashing A Pretty Woman Over the Head and Dragging Her Away Still Count . . .

More than half of Kyrgyzstan's married women were snatched from the street by their husbands in a centuries-old custom.

"Such abductions are common here. More than half of Kyrgyzstan's married women were snatched from the street by their husbands in a custom known as 'ala kachuu,' which translates roughly as 'grab and run.' In its most benign form, it is a kind of elopement, in which a man whisks away a willing girlfriend. But often it is something more violent."

Abduction, Often Violent, a Kyrgyz Wedding Rite

Maybe I'm just a gentleman (or a moral absolutist) but the last time I looked proving your manhood didn't involve having to kidnap a your bride.


Interview with Richard Dawkins

Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins explains why God is a delusion, religion is a virus, and America has slipped back into the Dark Ages.

"You won't find any opposition to the idea of evolution among sophisticated, educated theologians. It comes from an exceedingly retarded, primitive version of religion, which unfortunately is at present undergoing an epidemic in the United States. Not in Europe, not in Britain, but in the United States."

The atheist


The Legendary NWA Quiz

Prove that you ain't no punk muthafucker with the one and only original NWA lyric quiz that is actually worded in proper english grammar.

The Legendary NWA Quiz

And remember there is in fact no telling when Ice Cube is down for a jack move.


Friday, April 29, 2005

The Nuge Strikes Back

Today's Lesson:

Duck Hunt + The Nuge = Greatness

Ted Nugent's Clock Tower Rampage


Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Sin City

Sin City was basically a composition highlighting all of the negative aspects that cause me to dislike comic books set in a cinematic form. I don't see why and how the concept of restricting the cinematography of a film to match the restrictions of the panels of a comic book is good idea? The same can be said of the dialogue, why waste what appears to be an interesting premise based upon attention grabbing characters by restricting a film to a form of dialogue restricted to tiny speech bubbles? In the end Sin City felt too cartoonish to actually be fully engrossing continuing the problematic paradox of establishing poignant situation matter in an simplistic, and overall restrictive, form of media.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Why Ted Nugent is My Hero

Article published Apr 17, 2005

Ted Nugent to Fellow NRAers: Get Hardcore

The Associated Press

With an assault weapon in each hand, rocker and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent urged National Rifle Association members to be "hardcore, radical extremists demanding the right to self defense."

Speaking at the NRA's annual convention Saturday, Nugent said each NRA member should try to enroll 10 new members over the next year and associate only with other members.

"Let's next year sit here and say, 'Holy smokes, the NRA has 40 million members now,'" he said. "No one is allowed at our barbecues unless they are an NRA member. Do that in your life."

Nugent sang and played a guitar painted with red and white stripes for the crowd at Houston's downtown convention center.

He drew the most cheers when he told gun owners they should never give up their right to bear arms and should use their guns to protect themselves if needed.

"Remember the Alamo! Shoot 'em!" he screamed to applause. "To show you how radical I am, I want carjackers dead. I want rapists dead. I want burglars dead. I want child molesters dead. I want the bad guys dead. No court case. No parole. No early release. I want 'em dead. Get a gun and when they attack you, shoot 'em.

Random = Creative?

Artist vandalises cars with key

An artist who randomly vandalised nearly 50 cars for a project said the owners should be happy they were part of his "creative process".

Mark McGowan, 37, will exhibit pictures of himself scratching the vehicles' paintwork in London and Glasgow.

He said he had "keyed" 17 cars in Glasgow's West End in March and 30 in Camberwell, south London.

The Met police said the act was criminal damage and if allegations are made they will be investigated.

Mr McGowan added: "I do feel guilty about keying people's cars but if I don't do it, someone else will.

"They should feel glad that they've been involved in the creative process. I pick the cars randomly.

"I got the idea when my sister and brother-in-law's cars were keyed. Is it jealousy that causes someone to key a car? Hatred? Revenge?

"There is a strong creative element in the keying of a car, it's an emotive engagement."

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Clearly this would be criminal damage and if we receive any allegations we will take them very seriously and investigate."

Meanwhile, Strathclyde Police said: "We are aware of Mr McGowan and have no comment to make at the moment."

His work will be displayed on Wednesday night in a launch party at The Arches, an exhibition venue in Glasgow.

Monkey nut

It is the latest in a string of bizarre stunts by the postgraduate in history of art from the prestigious Goldsmiths College in London.

Mr McGowan, who has described himself as "the British alternative to David Blaine" nailed his feet to an art gallery last year - in protest against leaves.

In 2003, he attracted the media's attention when he pushed a monkey nut with his nose for seven miles to 10 Downing Street in a protest over student debt.

Michelle Jordan, a spokeswoman for the Scottish Arts Council, said it was unlikely Mr McGowan would receive any funding.

"He is more likely to get a visit from Strathclyde's finest than any funding from us."

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2005/04/17 17:07:16 GMT


Saturday, April 16, 2005

I Want Your Skulls, I Need Your Skulls!!!

Vt. Teen Accused of Stealing Corpse's Head

MORRISVILLE, Vt. (AP) -- A 17-year-old Morrisville youth was being held on $100,000 bail after police said he raided a tomb in a cemetery and removed a head from a corpse.

"We had a person voice their concerns about information they had heard on the street," said Chief Richard Keith of the Morristown Police Department.

Keith said police at first could not believe what they had heard. But when they went to Morrisville Cemetery and investigated, they found that someone had broken into a tomb, broken open the casket and removed a man's head.

"We had the funeral director come to the scene and we pulled the casket out. Yes, indeed, we found remains and they had been disturbed," Keith said.

Nickolas Buckalew, 17, later was arrested and charged with unauthorized removal of a dead body. He pleaded innocent to the crime.

Police believe they have a strong case against Buckalew because remains and evidence were found in a silo near the suspect's home outside the village and one-fifth of a mile from the cemetery.

"Within minutes we found the duffle bag with the remains in it and tools that were used to enter the tomb and the casket," Keith said.

The victim's widow, the only family member in the area, was told of the vandalism.

"The widow was in shock," the chief said. "She did not want any information. She did not want to know any details."

Authorities are not sure of the motive of the crime. Court documents said the suspect allegedly talked of using the man's head as a bong or a pipe for smoking marijuana.

© 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Friday, April 15, 2005

Yet Another Reason Why the Elderly Shouldn't Drive
Elderly Woman Hits Husband, Salesman, Car, Tree, Wall

POSTED: 6:58 am EDT April 15, 2005
UPDATED: 12:03 pm EDT April 15, 2005

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- An 81-year-old woman preparing to take a test drive at a car dealership hit her husband, a salesman, a car and a tree before running into a wall.

"She must have panicked," said Joe Sica, sales manager at Honda of Fort Myers.

The new Honda Accord shot backward after Dorothy Byrum got behind the wheel and apparently stepped on the wrong pedal Wednesday.

The open car door hit her 88-year-old husband, Robert, and the salesman. Then the car struck the parked car, the tree and the wall. The air bag deployed, and Byrum was not injured.

Her husband was knocked down but was in good condition the following day. The salesman was released after treatment and is expected to be out of work for about a week, Sica said.

The car was written off.

Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Bloc Party

Finally the Bloc Party LP is here. NME declares Bloc Party to be the best band of 2005 and while that remains to be seen Silent Alarm is incessantly danceable (if there is one thing this band can do it's make whitey dance) and more than a few of the tracks will without a doubt get stuck in your head.

Bloc Party: Official Website


Fun With The Interweb

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Theory Cards

Now you can pit Postmodernity's special skill of being "virtually critique proof" vs. the ability of Duchamp to "confuse the hell out of anybody" in a portable trading card format! It's kind of like Magic, except with the eminent social theorists of our time. Watch out though, I hear Weber has a pretty mean lightning bolt spell.