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Super-special mid-Monday Hurricane bonus post   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 29, 2005 - 05:12 PM
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Karl

HURRICANE KATRINA: If this is the story for you, I would recommend -- oddly enough -- Terry Teachout's blog at ArtsJournal, which has an impressive round-up of links to hurricane coverage.

I have to think that Katrina and the Waves may now be feeling a bit like ex-Throwing Muse Kristin Hersh.

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Steve Earle, Kinky Friedman, Robots, Hamsters and Bikers   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 29, 2005 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

APPLES IN STEREO are the soundtrack to the new HP photo ad.

KEITH RICHARDS apologizes for saying Mick Jagger has a small package. But he doesn't really say it was untrue.

BUSH REFUSES TO RESPOND TO WOMAN: It's not Cindy Sheehan.

JOHNNY ROTTEN and Sham 69 singer Jimmy Pursey came to blows outside the U.S. embassy as they queued for visas.

STEVE EARLE: The Asheville Citizen-Times lists its six reasons to love him.

THE SEATTLE SCENE: The Seattle Times takes a look at a post-grunge wave of musical immigrants, including Laura Veirs and the Fruit Bats.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: Indyweek plays Scrabble with frontman John Darnielle.

WHITE STRIPES: Jack White sorta explains why he and Meg pretended to be brother and sister.

TALKING HEADS catalog is getting the deluxe reissue treatment from Rhino.

KINKY FRIEDMAN: The Nashville Scene profiles the Texas gubenatorial candidate.

UPCOMING RELEASES: The San Francisco Bay Guardian looks at the Fall schedule.

AIR GUITAR: The World Championship results are in.

SUGE KNIGHT shot at a party honoring Kanye West in Miami. I guess the hurricane wasn't enough to hold everyone's attention.

BRADGELINA UPDATE: Jolie is calling Pitt her husband. Meanwhile, Ashlee Simpson would like to be Pitt.

TARA REID: Sometimes, even a safe-for-work picture is worth a thousand words.

MATTHEW MODINE has some Phair-weather fans in a Canadian band called Pony Up.

THE COEN BROTHERS and CHARLIE KAUFFMAN are getting into radio dramas.

TERRY GILLIAM: His Brothers Grimm took second at the box office, but that doesn't stop him from slagging the first two Harry Potter movies and Spielberg's recent stuff.

GRIZZLY MAN: You can stream the first eight minutes of the excellent Werner Herzog movie (with music by Richard Thompson).

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES: Teri Hatcher gets a retraction of that story about her having fun in an old VW van in her yard, even as she denies rumors of an eating disorder. Eva Longoria is said to be suffereing headaches after being struck in the head by a pole o­n-set. I wonder if that falls under Workers' Comp?

REDFORD AND NEWMAN, together again?

NICOLE KIDMAN knows how to get movers to be careful with her stuff.

NATALIE PORTMAN, who shaved her head for V for Vendetta, is sporting a mohawk.

SEAN PENN'S stories from Iran get a good review at DowJones' MarketWatch, while noting other reax have been mixed.

CHELSEA CLINTON and IAN KLAUS: Splitsville.

JANE FONDA plans to introduce British MP George Galloway o­n his U.S. speaking tour. Galloway was expelled from the Labour Party for inciting Arabs to fight British troops and inciting British troops to defy orders. Since then his statements o­n Abu-Dhabi TV, Al-Jazeera and Syrian TV have been o­nly slightly muted.

IRAQI CONSTITUTION: Iraqi leaders finalized the draft constitution, which left some Sunni negotiators unsatisfied, despite last-minute concessions. At Iraq the Model, Omar live-blogged the legislative seession and posted additional thoughts that suggest that the Sunnis intend to remain primarily engaged in the political process -- for now, anyway.

IRAQ II: Agency France Presse reports that "General Richard Myers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, expressed concern about a 'growing gap' between the US public's downbeat perception of the war o­n Iraq and that of the troops fighting it... Unlike others in the US administration, Myers did not blame the media coverage for the gap. Instead, he acknowledged the difficulty of conveying progress in a counter-insurgency campaign in which there are no front lines." Though perhaps Myers might reconsider if he sees AFP refer to the "war on Iraq." Knight-Ridder's Tom Lasseter continues his series painting the situation in al Anbar as hopeless, much like London's Guardian. The examples of local residents providing cruical info that prompts an airstrike against 50 terrorists (possibly leaders, too) and local Sunnis fighting Al Qaeda supporters never seem to make it into these stories. Bill Roggio questions the Guardian story o­n the situation in Haiditha; the blog of a reporter in the area, while not entirely rosy, seems to contradict the idea that the insurgents are running the Haiditha dam. Nor does it appear as though Fallujah is falling into insurgent hands, as the Guardian suggests. The AP has a new FAQ page devoted to its Iraq coverage, probably in response to the complaints from its member papers noted here previously. My favorite part is where the AP claims that it "also writes frequently about reconstruction efforts -- outlining both the progress that has been made in renovating schools (in a story earlier this summer)..." "Frequently" = "earlier this summer?"

CULT OF THE iPod: The gadget is replacing DJs at weddings. And Apple has settled a class-action suit involving batteries in earlier models of the iPod.

MEN SMARTER, according to a new study (not conducted by Ron Burgundy) though it seemingly also concludes that women use what they've got better than men. Having previously noted news that women are smarter, I just want to be fair about it.

IOWA MAN walks off with an artificial leg worth 17K... without paying.

MOSUL: Michael Yon, who is doing incredible blogging from Mosul, did an interview last week, in which he notes that the unit he has embedded with has not been hit with an IED in two weeks, when it used to get them twice daily. Coalition forces killed a major facilitator of foreign fighters and suicide bombers in northern Iraq, during operations in Mosul. Col. James H. Coffman Jr. was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross -- second o­nly to the Medal of Honor in recognizing bravery in combat by a soldier -- for rallying Iraqi commandos to defend their position against an insurgent assault in Mosul. A Google News search suggests the story ran in about 64 media outlets nationwide.

CINDY SHEEHAN is back in Crawford and she is starting to lose a little compassion for Gold Star Moms who still support the war. In turn, I'll bet those Moms don't like that Sheehan has called the foreign jihadis coming into Iraq "freedom fighters," but there it was o­n the streaming video. San Francisco's KGO-TV looks at the network groups funding and promoting her. As noted here previously, Cindy Sheehan has been mentioned tens of thousands of time o­n television alone.

POLICE RECOVER MAN'S BODY FROM ELEPHANT BUTTE, much to the delight of headline writers everywhere.

ROBOTS are playing o­nline poker.

HAMSTER-POWERED PHONE CHARGER: Some people have cellphone service that sounds like it's hamster-powered, too.

HOGS ROAR: Chattanooga city officials agreed to relax enforcement of a noise ordinance as about 12,000 Harley-Davidson bikers arrived Friday for a national convention along the city's typically tranquil riverfront... with millions of dollars to spend.

CATS sometimes bite the hand that strokes them. Scientists are studying why.

DOGS sometimes get lost. Archie the black Labrador jumped aboard the first train home and got off at the right station.

ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS stole six huntaway dogs from a Massey University farm, almost certainly killing some of them, as they were there for medical treatment.

PRAIRIE DOG ABUSE: A Colorado man was cited for allegedly abusing a prairie dog by tying a rope around its neck and spray painting it bright orange. Imho, an Old Testament-style punishment is due.

L.A. GATOR UPDATE: Reptile wranglers searching for the crafty Carlito in Lake Machado have given up the hunt — at least for now. Abraham Amezcua, 35, who was selling T-shirts reading "You'll Never Catch Me" in English and Spanish, said the gator may not be seen for a long time.

HUMANS, caged and barely clothed within a rocky enclosure, were o­n display at the London Zoo. It's a mad house.

CHICKEN: Dark meat can now be transformed into white meat.

RARE CALICO LOBSTER saved from the cauldron, donated the rare find to a Boothbay Harbor aquarium in Maine.

BEE SWARM attacks elementary school in Silver Spring, Maryland.

QUEEN ELIZABETH'S RACING PIGEON has flown the coop.

GEESE are competing with guard dogs.

MAN WAKES UP WITH SHEEP and is sure it was pregnant. Police did not ask how the young man came to that conclusion.

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The Velvet Underground, The Knitters, a Green Parrot and Rare Woodpeckers   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 26, 2005 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

FRIDAY TIMEWASTER: N-Game.

FRIDAY TIMEWASTER II: Music-Map (Thanks, Ken King)!

JACK WHITE MULLS COKE DEAL: The White Stripes' frontman has been in talks with Coca-Cola to pen a new song for their commercials. "They want a new 'I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke' and believe Jack is the o­nly artist who can deliver them something that will be equally timeless," a source told NME. Why not? The band and soda already share the same color scheme...

SEE THE VELVET UNDERGROUND play "Sweet Jane" at Max's Kansas City.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE announces U.S. tour dates, with the lovely Leslie Feist as the opening act.

COVER SONGS: The Foxymorons are offering their album of covers -- which ranges from Hank Williams to Big Star to Gram Parsons to Whitney Houston -- for free and legal downloading, complete with cover art. The Copy, Right blog continues to kill music with a batch ranging from Kelis to Pete Townshend to Neil Diamond and Madonna.

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN plan to release their seventh album, The Goalkeeper's Revenge, in January.

ALT-POP: Douglas Wolk attempts to dissect the oxymoronic genre.

THE KNITTERS get a nice write-up in L.A. City Beat. John Doe o­n recording the band's second record in 20 years: "We could’ve done it in under five hours, but you’ve got to take time out for bullsh*tting, telling jokes, and horsing around."

BOB DYLAN: The trailer for the Martin Scorsese documentary, No Direction Home, is o­nline in QuickTime. But could somebody explain why it's going to be out o­n DVD, featuring additional never-before-seen footage, a week before it airs o­n PBS?

MYSPACE: The social networking site favored by many indie bands, is intentionally designed to be butt-ugly. So is eBay.

TALKING BACK TO 80'S MUSIC: Number 45 in a series at Protein Wisdom.

TALKIN' 'BOUT MY G-G-GENERATION: Most incoming college students were born in 1987, which is roughly when most Pate fans graduated college, give or take a few years. The Beloit College Mindset List tells you how their worldview differs from yours.

FEMALE DJs are making it in a man's man's man's world.

BRADGELINA UPDATE: Pitt is renting a place in the Hamptons to be near Jolie, who is filming The Good Shepherd in New York. He also wants to go public about his relatinship with Jolie, so he's hired PR guru Pat Kingsley, the woman who made Tom Cruise appear sane until he dumped her for his sister.

VAUGHNISTON? Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston were caught canoodling at a Dwight Yoakum concert by a tipster to The Superficial.

EDDIE MURPHY, in the midst of a divorce, was spotted boomeranging in the direction of Robin Givens.

CELEB MAY-WHENEVER ROMANCES: Oh No They Didn't lists relationship age differences from o­ne to 32+ years.

YOU'VE GOT TO SEE THE BAY-BEE: Jerry Seinfeld is a Dad for the third time. Just keep the baby away from the dingo, because you don't want someone turning up decades later claiming to be your kid.

BRITNEY SPEARS' husband gets a job. Sha na na na, na na na na na.

SIN CITY: Frank Miller says the sequel will include Nancy Callahan -- the character played by Jessica Alba in the original.

MARY-KATE OLSEN may become the new face of Calvin Klein. She may attract a younger demographic than Ashley, who was born two minutes earlier. No doubt her eating disorder was also considered a plus by the waif-friendly designer.

DENISE RICHARDS and CHARLIE SHEEN look more and more like they are reconciling.

ORLANDO BLOOM is a scatterbrain, which may explain his o­n-again relationship with Kate Bosworth.

JOHN CLEESE is having parts of his colon removed... and wants to auction them o­n his web site. I think he may run into some legal problems regarding medical waste disposal. But it's the thought that counts.

ALI G was dunked in the ocean by Pamela Anderson's bodyguards after he rugby-tackled the sexy actress at her dogs' wedding. Dude.Man.Phat has pictures.

TERI HATCHER is back to complaining she can't find a man. Hey, she had her chance; I'm not dating her. That's final. Unless she calls.

IRAQ: Parliament took another day to attempt to win Sunni approval of the draft constitution. Iraqi Star, the local version of American Idol, has attracted a record viewership, though the final elimination rounds cannot be held in front of a live studio audience for security reasons. And Michael Yon has another riveting dispatch from Mosul, with photos of close quarters combat.

IRAQ II: Col. Thomas Spoehr says New York Times reporter Michael Moss spun a good news story about body armor into a bad news story. Mustang 09, blogging from Baghdad, noted this also. PowerLine details how AP reporter Angela Brown is airbrushing the facts when it comes to antiwar protester Cindy Sheehan. So when Knight Ridder's Tom Lasseter writes that insurgents in the al Anbar province have fought the U.S. military to a stalemate and that some commanders fear that much of the military effort is wasted, what should I make of it? I know that people like Clark Hoyt, the Washington Editor for KR, already takes the position that there is little good news to report from Iraq. I also know that Hoyt made a number of errors (regarding oil production, electricity generation and the number of provinces with few terror attacks) and omissions, as Brookings' Iraq Index shows. Gary Berkley, former publisher of a KR paper, thinks KR's coverage is biased as does Stingray, who is stationed in the al Anbar province. And there's nothing in Lasseter's stories suggesting he knows he was reporting o­n a cordon and search operation, not a clear and hold operation. So while I'm sure al Anbar is still a mess, I guess I'm taking those stories with a grain of salt.

ORGY ERUPTS at the trendy Bistro Du Vent in NYC.

POLICE NAB SEX OFFENDER SLEEPING WITH 15-YEAR OLD in Tennessee. The girl's mother had no problem with it, thereby perpetuating stereotypes about the South.

I DON'T LIKE MONDAYS: Britons are more likely to commit suicide o­n Monday than any other day of the week, according to researchers from the Office for National Statistics. This result held even for pensioners, who don't have to go to work. Sometimes, there are no reasons.

L.A. GATOR UPDATE: Lake Machado is now being scoured by three alligator wrestlers and a cameraman from Gatorland of Orlando, FL, in hopes of catching the crafty Carlito, who has already eluded Colorado-based gator wrangler Jay Young.

TWENTY-NINE CROCODILES BUST OUT of a wildlife farm east of Beijing. The farm has set up a hotline for tips o­n any of the 13 runaway crocodiles still at large.

NEW BIOTERROR THREAT posed by Vietnamese Catfish.

TORTOISE has surgery, gets underbelly patched with fiberglass. I wonder if that came with TrueCoat... Anyway, it's probably better than using Bondo.

TURTLE EGGS: To persuade Mexican men not to illegally consume turtles' eggs which they believe to be aphrodisiacs, an international conservation group has launched an ad campaign featuring models with bulging breasts with the headline, "My man does not need turtle eggs because he knows they don't make him more potent." The National Women's Institute, while behind the effort to end consumption of turtle eggs, feels the campaign portrays women as sex objects.

KILLER WHALES have learned to set traps to catch seagulls.

DOLPHINS, PORPOISES AND SEALS have been spotted o­n London's River Thames.

HOMELESS BEAR ARRESTED for begging in Siberia.

ELEPHANT RELOCATION PLAN SUSPENDED in Kenya after a truck broke under the animals' weight.

SPIDER CAUSES CAR WRECK: A German woman shocked by a spider crawling across her face lost control of her car and crashed head o­n into a roadside tree, according to police in the western town of Rheine. The car was totally destroyed but the woman and the spider escaped with o­nly slight injuries.

TWO SUSPECTS AND A PARAKEET were sought by police in the investigation of a robbery of a hardware store in Des Moines, IA. It turned out that Peetie was a small parrot and apparently was not charged in the case.

RARE WOODPECKER AUDIO suggests there might be more than o­ne of the ivory-billed woodpecker -- o­nce thought extinct -- an eastern Arkansas swamp. Woodpecker audio at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Much less rare Woody Woodpecker audio at Frogstar.

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Super Furry Animals, Pet Politics, Dogs, Ducks, a Gator and a Llama   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS score an impressive 8.5 for Love Kraft o­n the Pitchfork.

THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS' Twin Cinema is racking up raves most everywhere, looking at the round-up at Metacritic. The Onion's A.V. Club says, "it sounds like a blast of pure pop from somewhere beyond the stars."

DICKEY BETTS reportedly got fired from the Allman Brothers for partying too much. He hasn't stopped.

LAURA VEIRS tells Seattle Weekly that if she had to be something other than a musician, she would want to be be an Iditarod dog musher. Why not a lumberjack?

PETE TOWNSHEND can remember fans' names years after meeting them -- and he loves to surprise unsuspecting fans with warm greetings. Especially the younger o­nes. Okay, I made that last bit up... I think.

METAL MADNESS ensues when Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson and Sharon Osbourne start feuding.

PET POLITICS is the nom de rock of Magnus Larsson, who tells *Sixeyes that some of his favorite records are by Bonnie "Prince" Billy, the Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, Silver Jews, and Magnetic Fields. His stuff bears out those influences, with the exception of Sonic Youth. The interview also links to legal downloads for you listening pleasure.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: The troubled singer is supposedly back with galpal Kate Moss, so why is Moss moving to L.A., where she fled two months ago when she and Doherty briefly broke up.

IST is a British pop (but not Britpop) band that came to my attention via You Ain't No Picasso. I tend to agree with Matt of YANP that there are some songwriting skills o­n display. You can stream four tracks from their new album from the band's MySpace page to hear for yourself.

BIG CHAMPAGNE: Pitchfork has a feature o­n the company that tracks o­nline downloading and filesharing. The feature ends up discussing the less obvious ways in which such activities affect the economics of the music industry.

KATRINA AND THE WAVES hit Florida this weekend (Thanks, Fark).

BRADGELINA UPDATE: Pitt and Jolie celebrated his divorce last weekend in Canada, where he is filming The Assassination Of Jesse James. Pitt, Jolie, her son and daughter took in a dinosaur exhibit at the Royal Tyrrell Museum.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Defamer reports sightings of Cruise clones around the set of Mission Impossible 3. Scarlett Johansson may deny being approachedas a potential galpal by Cruise, but joins those against him o­n prescription drugs.

LOHAN LOWDOWN: The teen actress is spotted dining with Bruce Willis, which will reignite those old rumors.

IRAQ: At Iraq the Model, Omar reported o­n bloody clashes in Najaf between the supporters of Muqtada Al-Sadr and the local authorities. It appears that attacks o­n SCIRI (the largest Siite party) offices and the headquarters of SCIRI's Badr Brigade militia have sparked conflict between the two Shiite rival groups across central and southern Iraq. Prime Minster Ibrahim al-Jaafari, also a Shiite, appeared o­n Iraqiya television shortly before midnight to call for restraint. Though no o­ne wants to see this sort of violence, it is a reminder that the Shiite majority is not monolithic, which may bode well in the context of the new constitution.

IRAQ II: In The New York Times, David Brooks gets good reactions o­n the draft constitution from Peter Galbraith (Brooks forgets to mention Galbraith advised the Kurds) and AEI's Reuel Marc Gerecht, whose views often differ (try bugmenot steverino73, 12345). ALSO: Maj. Gen. Douglas Lute, director of operations at CENTCOM, talks more about a possible significant drawdown in 2006; we can all hope for that.

IRAQ III: Most Americans think that both the military and the news media could have done more to inform the public about Iraq and the stakes involved in going to war there, according to a new Gallup poll reported in the Chicago Tribune. The WaPo has its own take o­n that poll and o­ne of its sources, Associate Prof. Cori Dauber, blogs further o­n it. Ironically, U.S. funded Al Hurra television and Radio Sawa have gained viewers and listeners and are increasingly deemed credible by Arabs throughout the Middle East.

EVA LONGORIA has said that she would not romance her fellow stars, because she feels that in Hollywood, everybody has slept with everybody. Wasn't Tommy Lee spotted stumbling out of her hotel room at 3:30 a.m. the other day?

SIX FEET UNDER: In the event that anyone who hasn't seen the finale who wants to, I won't spoil anything. But if you saw the end and want to know even more, check TV Squad.

WHEN WILL CELEB WEEKLIES' BUBBLE BURST? Inquiring minds at Business 2.0 want to know.

HOLLYWOOD'S SUMMER SLUMP ha hardened into a stark reality: "overall movie attendance, a figure not affected by inflation, has slid to below where it stood in mid-August 2001. DVD sales, while still robust, are no longer rising exponentially, and some analysts say that a poor box office performance this summer will lead to poor DVD sales this winter. With billions of dollars at stake, nerves are growing understandably frayed."

JOAN BAEZ visited "Camp Victory" to interview Bush supporters in Crawford, TX. The Buzz blog at National Review o­nline reports: "To Ms. Baez’s credit, she was quite respectful and diplomatic when talking with the supporters, even though they have very different views o­n the war and President Bush." Marxist blogger Norm Geras invokes a peace anthem sung by Baez, with a twist. At MyDD (a nexus for the early supporters of Howard Dean's Presidential campaign), Chris Bowers is tired of Vietnam comparisons that he thinks are unhelpful to the antiwar cause.

EGYPTIAN BLOGGERS are leading antigovernment protests. The linked article also notes that Bahrain is another Middle Eastern country where bloggers have butted heads with the government in recent months, with calls for a new constitution, the separation of powers, and greater political liberties seemingly rattling the government.

SIN CITY: As I surmised from the lack of extras o­n the DVD, Robert Rodriguez is hard at work o­n a special edition, due this December, that sounds like it will have some really unique stuff. Also, it appears that the sequel will start shooting in January.

BILL MURRAY: I'm a fan, but you hear these stories about him threatening a production assisstant with a knife and cannot help being disappointed.

SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE: Keanu Reeves has dumped his girlfriend to start dating Diane Keaton.

SEAN PENN meets with Hassan Khomeini, the grandson of the late Ayatollah and wonders what yardstick defines Iran as a terrorist-supporting nation, yet dismisses such a claim against the United States. Aside from the U.S. using a uniformed military that does not target civilians, does not kidnap civilians and saw their heads off while praising God, and does not impose a Christian theocracy o­n "infidels," I wouldn't have an answer for him off the top of my head. Did Sean learn nothing from Mr. Hand?

OSAMA BIN LADEN reportedly injured in Afghanistan, fwiw. As the story is that he was wounded while taking part in an attack o­n a Spanish military base, I would guess it's not worth much; I don't see OBL as being a "hands o­n" manager at this point.

ASSASSINATION: Given the general uproar (myself included) over the Rev. Pat Robertson's comments, I note that all sorts of folks in the media -- from Thomas Friedman of The New York Times to Bill Kristol to George Stephanopolous -- advocated the assassination of Saddam Hussein. The case of Saddam may well be distinguishable from that of Hugo Chavez, but the general lack of uproar over those other comments (outside the pages of Mother Jones, natch) still makes for an interesting contrast. Perhaps MoJo's Eric Umansky had it right in noting that "The press, of course, has the distinct advantage that nobody really follows their policy suggestions anyway, so their advice doesn't have to be diplomatic, or even legal..."

CULT OF THE iPod: In The New Republic, Michael Crowley argues that the iPod is the rock snob's dream and nightmare. Ladies can now carry their Pod in Kate Spade's new line of cases.

EVIAN WATER-COOLED BIKINIS: Coverage of the latest in swimwear technology, as o­nly London's Sun can do it.

NEW YORK CITY is o­nly the 21st most liberal city in America, according to a new survey.

THE BLOB is threatening some of Canada's richest fishing grounds.

THE BLUE ANGELS: As Pate site member Craig O'Neill retains an interest in aircraft, I thought I would link to a slideshow and video of the flying team at Seafair 2005 in Washington state.

DOGS: Russian terrier Ringo Tsar is taking kickboxing training from a former world champion. Lhasa Apsos have a £300 birthday party, complete with a "bouncy castle." A Pomeranian mix alerted the neighbors when her foster owner collapsed.

DUCKS are pranking the royal family, perhaps resenting that the royals have stolen their look.

L.A. GATOR UPDATE: Two people were arrested Wednesday for allegedly turning an alligator loose in Lake Machado, where the crafty Carlito has continued to evade capture.

THE "LLAMA LOOPHOLE" allows a camelid to roam the streets of Casper, Wyoming.

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Body Parts, Body Snatching, a Bra Ban and... MORE COWBELL!   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 24, 2005 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

KEITH RICHARDS claims Mick Jagger is not well-endowed, which could explain the origin of the Mars bar legend.

ROCK'S MOST INCREDIBLE BODY PARTS are listed by Spin magazine. Presley's pelvis was robbed! So was Keith Richards' liver.

PERNICE BROTHERS: There's an interview with Joe Pernice and a legal MP3 for you at Pulse of the Twin Cities.

JOHN PEEL DAY: BBC Radio 1 is dedicating Octoober 13th to the legendary DJ, with concert venues around the UK being invited to stage gigs under the Peel Day banner.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE'S self-titled album has leaked o­nto the 'net, but Kevin Drew waxes a little poetic about it. The o­ne-time title track, "Windsurfing Nation" gets praise at the Pitchfork.

20 DYNAMIC SUPER-HIT EXPLOSIONS: the Boston Globe runs a piece o­n K-Tel Records. All original hits, all original artists.

WILCO has a fever... and the only cure is... more cowbell!

HOW TO IDENTIFY EMOS, indies and screamos (try bugmenot or mary@dealsinwheels.com, 123456).

BAY CITY ROLLER Les McKeown was due to appear in court o­n Tuesday, charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine.

SUFJAN STEVENS' ILLINOIS is reviewed by the Illinois Times.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: The troubled singer actually makes news related to music, as Babyshambles' new single enters the UK charts at number four.

COURTNEY LOVE: Journo Neil Strauss, author of the forthcoming book Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pick-Up Artists, got so good at pick-ups that he inadvertently picked up Courtney Love while interviewing her for a Rolling Stone piece. Deranged hilarity ensued.

JESSICA ALBA: Apparently, I'm too young for her.

JESSICA SIMPSON: Yesterday, Sylvia Hauser and I were mocking her a bit. Later, Golden Fiddle made me laugh 'til I cried.

EVA LONGORIA AND TOMMY LEE kept going after he licked her face o­n Late Night with Conan O'Brien. I can't believe I missed that and the Del McCoury Band.

SEAN PENN finds a Men's room in Iran as part of his hard-hitting series for the San Francisco Chronicle.

MICHAEL MOORE is going to a re-education camp.

ALEC BALDWIN is getting the Linda McCartney Memorial Award at PETA's 25th anniversary gala in Hollywood o­n Sept. 10th, for proving that even a vegetarian diet can cause you to swell up to the size of Marlon Brando. Well, maybe not exactly, but he is being feted.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON: Paparazzi turn her trip to Disneyland into Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.

LOHAN LOWDOWN: Ex-beau Aaron Carter channels Sigmund Freud.

HARRY SHEARER thinks August is not a "slow news month," but that journos are lazy -- and points to a story that should get more coverage than missing teenage tourists.

PAT ROBERTSON calls for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, but is disavowed by the White House. Conservative bloggers go further, even compiling a list of Robertson's most idiotic statements to date. Mark Daniels thinks it's bad theology also. Granted, Chavez cozies up to Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi and even started up a correspondence with notorious terrorist Ilich Ramírez "Carlos the Jackal" Sánchez. He's turned Venezuela into a safe haven for Columbian terrorists. He's even been accused of supporting Al Qaeda. But imho, you don't call for assassinating him; the o­nly beneficiaries of such idiocy are Chavez... and major media during a slow news month, especially CNN.

CRESSIDA'S MOM has got it going o­n.

THE PASSION of the Robocop?

DIRTY DANCING 3: Nun reprimanded after spreading her legs for a missionary.

BAN THE BRA? Britain could be facing a bra shortage after an European Union ban blocked £50 million of Chinese-made clothing heading for the UK. The director of a Danish lingerie chain borrowed a helicopter Monday morning to secure o­ne of the last EU import licences for bras.

CHILD MOLESTATION on your honeymoon? Anytime is despicable, but on your honeymoon!?

IRAQ: The Christian Science Monitor examines why the Sunnis fear the new constitution. At Publius Pundit, Robert Mayer notes that the language o­n Islam in the draft is weaker than that of the new Afghan constitution. Article 14 of the draft provides: "Iraqis are equal before the law without discrimination because of gender, ethnicity, nationality, origin, color, religion, sect, belief, opinion or social or economic status."  Article 151 of the draft provides: "No less than 25 percent of Council of Deputies seats go to women." There's even more analysis from Prof. Brendan O'Leary -- an advisor to the Kurdistan government -- at Norm Geras' blog; he doesn't think the Sunnis would be able to muster a veto in the referendum.  Imho, the interpretation and implementation of any new constitution is probably more important than the document itself -- the constitution of the former Soviet Union sounded great, but the reality was much different.

LONDON: A Muslim accused of anti-Semitism and praising Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman -- the man behind the first WTC bombing -- is to be appointed to a government role in charge of rooting out extremism in the wake of last month's suicide bombings in London.

CULT OF THE iPod: The giant wooden iPod is okay, but how about the solid aluminum mod?

WOXY, a Ken King discovery, is podcasting music news and will soon podcast a show featuring unsigned bands.

ENGADGET found a time machine and went back to the future of 1985, which is a little ironic.

FUTURE MILITARY DRONE PLANES may be modeled o­n seagulls, diving between buildings, zooming under overpasses and landing o­n apartment balconies.

GLOBAL WARMING: Colorado's state climatologist has resigned from a Bush administration science advisory team in a disagreement over research into the causes of global warming. Roger Pielke Sr. said the Climate Change Science Program had minimized evidence that factors other than greenhouse gases can contribute to global warming.

GOOGLE is reportedly to launch an instant voice messaging service that would compete with Skype.

SAM, THE WORLD'S UGLIEST DOG, has his own website, blog and even a fan site.

MONKEYS are pulling all-nighters at Wake Forest University for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. At least, that's what they're doing when they aren't hitting the casinos.

FAMILY-RUN GUINEA PIG FARM shuts down after a six-year campaign of intimidation by animal rights activists, including death threats, arson and the theft of the corpse of a family relative.

POST 9/11, Customs will notice if you have green tree pythons, albino pythons, iguanas, frilled-neck dragons, slider turtles and tree monitors in your luggage.

IT'S RAINING FEATHERS in Richmond, CA. No o­ne knows why.

CROCODILE tracked by satellite.

LOVE MOTEL FOR PETS: Yesterday, I had a listing of pet-pampering hotels, but the Pet Love motel, in Sao Paulo, Brazil may have them beat.

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