Sunday, June 17, 2012


Can't we all just get along?

Not now.

From Gawker:
Rodney King, who was at the center of a police brutality trial after a vicious 1991 beating, has died at 47. 
The officers who attacked King were acquitted in 1992, leading to the Los Angeles riots. 
According to TMZ's sources, King's fiancée found him dead at the bottom of a pool, but there are few other details at this time.

Thursday, June 14, 2012


The Drug War hysteria continues. Remember crack cocaine and how every baby born to a crack addict would be a worthless throw-away to society? Or how anyone who used methamphetamines would be hopelessly, immediately addicted?

"Bath salts" is the new hype. In Pulaski County, Mo., this fella — Devon Michael Cardin, 20 — is charged with felony resisting arrest, and it's all because of evil, evil, bath salts. From a sheriff's office news release:

(The) subject who had failed to appear in court on a felony charge of receiving stolen property. Since he had failed to appear the warrant was a no bond allowed warrant. The additional officers were included because he had fled into the woods behind the home the first time the deputies attempted to serve the warrant. At approximately 7:33am on June 8, 2012, the deputies and Troopers confronted the suspect inside the home and the suspect immediately assaulted the officers. He was subdued with the aid of a Taser unit. The suspect appeared to be under the influence of a mind altering drug such as Bath Salts. During the fight one Trooper sustained a minor wound to his arm.
Cardin's being held on $50,000 bond. Surprised he didn't eat someone's face.

Friday, June 08, 2012


While working on a story about the theft of a simulation doll from the medical examiner's ride, a reporter turned us on to this website and its panoply of weird-ass wickedness.

Want a naked woman with third-degree burns? Or a fat, headless dude? This is the NSFW place for you. You have been warned.


Winston Riley, 27, robbed a woman in the elevator of a Connecticut casino. After being caught, he confessed to cops.

But the waking Riley didn't do it, or so he attorney says. According to the Norwich Bulletin:
(Defense attorney Nicholas) D’Amato said he has prepared a “medical defense” that relies on Riley’s history of sleepwalking. D’Amato, of the Bridgeport-based firm Tina Sypek D’Amato LLC, said he has already spoken to Riley’s family to confirm he has been sleepwalking since he was a child. 
“It is the first time we’ve encountered this,” D’Amato said. “This is a legitimate medical condition." 
D’Amato plans to argue that Riley wasn’t feeling well and had napped in his car on the morning of the incident. Riley was actually woken up by the woman in the elevator, running away in confusion and fright, he said. 
D’Amato said while he has anecdotal evidence, he is in the early stages of gathering medical records in his attempt to gather proof and convince prosecutors they should take the claim seriously. 
“This is not going to be an easy defense to present,” D’Amato admits. “We really have the burden to prove this. The prosecutors are not going to drop the case because we say so.”
Riley has no priors and he's married.

Monday, June 04, 2012


This is enough to make us want to stay in the dark for the rest of our lives. From the New York Daily News:

The New England Journal of Medicine has published a shocking photo of a 69 year-old man with unilateral dermatoheliosis -- severe damage from ultraviolet rays on one side of his face. 
The unnamed man, who gave permission for his photo to be used in new stories, told researchers that had driven a delivery truck for 28 years. 
Ultraviolet A (UVA) had penetrated the window glass, damaging the outermost layers and sublayers of his skin.
Yeah, that's gonna leave a mark.

Sunday, June 03, 2012


A guy in New Jersey guts himself and throws his intestines at cops. And, of course, there's the dude in Miami who decided to snack on someone's face.

Of course it's not zombies — or we'd like to think so, except the government is now telling us it's not zombies. Which makes us wonder: zombies?

The Associated Press gets in on the action:
The Centers for Disease Control (used) the "apocalypse" as the teaser for its emergency preparedness blog. It worked, attracting younger people who might not otherwise have read the agency's guidance on planning evacuation routes and storing water and food. 
(Now) chatter had become so rampant that CDC spokesman David Daigle sent an email to the Huffington Post, answering questions about the possibility of the undead walking among us. 
"CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead," he wrote, adding: "(or one that would present zombie-like symptoms.)"
That's it. If the feds say there is no zombie virus, there is a zombie virus. We are so hosed. We're moving here.


The once-ubiquitous television personality died in Los Angeles on Saturday night. He was 79.

From The Associated Press:
Dawson won a daytime Emmy Award in 1978 as best TV game show host. Tom Shales of The Washington Post called him "the fastest, brightest and most beguilingly caustic interlocutor since the late great Groucho bantered and parried on 'You Bet Your Life.'" The show was so popular it was released as both daytime and syndicated evening versions.
He was known for kissing each woman contestant, and at the time the show bowed out in 1985, executive producer Howard Felsher estimated that Dawson had kissed "somewhere in the vicinity of 20,000."

"I kissed them for luck and love, that's all," Dawson said at the time.

He reprised his game show character in a much darker mood in the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger film "The Running Man," playing the host of a deadly TV show set in a totalitarian future, where convicts try to escape as their executioners stalk them. "Saturday Night Live" mocked him in the 1970s, with Bill Murray portraying him as leering and nasty, even slapping one contestant (John Belushi) for getting too fresh.
Plus Dawson was part of the whole "Hogan's Heroes" bunch in the 1960s, making it OK to laugh at Nazis.

Saturday, June 02, 2012


We have Justin Bieber, by way of Canada (don't get us wrong — we think "Baby" is one of the great pop tunes of the past decade).

They have Jake Bugg.

Damn you, UK, for trumping us once again. And thank you, Missie, for turning us on to this.