Saturday, August 09, 2008

The Dynamic Duo


Mickey and Larry in the photo booth.
Circa 2001 - 2003

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Who's Your Daddy?
Bob Woodruff interviews John Edwards
The Affair


Transcript: John Edwards Interview
Read Selections of Bob Woodruff's Interview With John Edwards
Aug. 8, 2008—

The following excerpts are from an interview by ABC News' Bob Woodruff of former Sen. John Edwards for ABC News "Nightline" on Aug. 8, 2008.

BOB WOODRUFF: Senator, before we start this I just want to make it clear to our audience that you asked me to come here, and asked me to come here to talk about the reports about your personal life. & Let me ask you the question, did you have an affair with Ms. Hunter?

JOHN EDWARDS: In 2006 2 years ago, I made a very serious mistake. A mistake that I am responsible for and no one else. In 2006 I told Elizabeth about the mistake, asked her for her forgiveness, asked God for his forgiveness. And we have kept this within our family since that time. All of my family knows about this and just to be absolutely clear, none of them are responsible for it. I am responsible for it. I alone am responsible for it. And it led to this most recent incident at the Beverly Hilton. I was at the Beverly Hilton. I was there for a very simple reason, because I was trying to keep this mistake that I had made from becoming public.

BOB WOODRUFF: Is this affair completely over?

JOHN EDWARDS: Oh yes, it's been over for a long time.

WOODRUFF:& How long did it last and when exactly did it end?

JOHN EDWARDS: Well, here's the way I feel about this Bob. I think that my family is entitled to every detail. They've been told every detail. Elizabeth knows absolutely everything. I think beyond the basics, the fact that I made this mistake and I'm responsible for it and no one else. I think that's where it stops in terms of the public because I think everything else is within my family and those privacy boundaries ought to be respected.

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WOODRUFF: I know this is a very difficult question, but were you in love with [Rielle Hunter]?

EDWARDS: I'm in love with one woman. I've been in love with one woman for 31 years. She is the finest human being I have ever known. And the fact that she is with me after this having happened is a testament to the kind of woman and the kind of human being she is. There is a deep and abiding love that exists between Elizabeth and myself. It's always been there, it in my judgment has never gone away.

WOODRUFF: Your wife, Elizabeth, is probably the most admired and beloved person in this country, she's had enormous sympathy because she's also gone through cancer, how could you have done this?

EDWARDS: Here's what, can I explain to you what happened? First of all it happened during a period after she was in remission from cancer, that's no excuse in any possible way for what happened. This is what happened. It's what happened with me and I think happens unfortunately more often sometimes with other people.& Ego. Self-focus, self-importance. Now, I was slapped down to the ground when my son Wade died in 1996, in April of 1996. But then after that I ran for the senate and I got elected to the Senate and here we go again, it's the same old thing again. Adulation, respect, admiration. Then I went from being a senator, a young senator to being considered for vice president, running for president, being a vice presidential candidate and becoming a national public figure. All of which fed a self-focus, an egotism, a narcissism that leads you to believe that you can do whatever you want. You're invincible. And there will be no consequences. And nothing, nothing could be further from the truth.

WOODRUFF: So your assumption was that you'd just never be caught?

EDWARDS: It was a huge judgment, mistake in judgment. But yeah, I didn't think anyone would ever know about it. I didn't. And the important thing is, how could I ever get to the place, to that place and allow myself to let that happen?

WOODRUFF: &[I]f you thought that you would not get caught, how did [Elizabeth] find out about this affair?

EDWARDS: I told her.

WOODRUFF: This was before there was public reporting on this?

EDWARDS: Oh it was way before. This was in 2006. I decided, it was clear to me very quickly after this happened that I had to tell her that I loved her, she was central to my life, she had to know it and it was painful for her. Hard and painful for her, but she responded exactly like the kind of woman she is. And then she forgave me and we went to work on it. I'm not saying she thought it was okay, I'm not saying that, but she did forgive me. Listen, she understands what I understand which is that I am imperfect and anybody, anybody watching this broadcast or who hears about this who wants to beat me up for this, they should have at it. The truth is you can't possibly beat me up more than I have already beaten myself up.

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WOODRUFF: Why did you continue to deny it [publicly] and not tell the truth?

EDWARDS: Because I did not want the public to know what I had done. Fair and simple. And there's also a lot of these you know supermarket tabloid allegations are just lies, they're complete lies. But this, this mistake, is the truth.

*** WOODRUFF: When Elizabeth did find out about this, how has she coped? What was her reaction to that?

EDWARDS: She was mad, she was angry, I think furious would be a good way to describe it. She didn't understand. We both went through a process of trying to figure out how it happened, why it happened. But she was amazing, she's just an amazing person. Elizabeth and I have been married 31 years. The admiration she gets from the public is deserved and, but nobody can see -- Bob, you've been married a long time, nobody can see inside everybody's marriage. & This is not something Elizabeth did, this something I did. And I continue to love and admire her because she has just stood with me.

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WOODRUFF: I need to ask about probably the most controversial allegation. Which is that a report has been published that the baby of Ms. Hunter is your baby. True?

EDWARDS: Not true. Published in a supermarket tabloid. That is absolutely not true.

WOODRUFF: Have you taken a paternity test?

EDWARDS: I have not, I would welcome participating in a paternity test. Be happy to participate in one. I know that it's not possible that this child could be mine because of the timing of events, so I know it's not possible. Happy to take a paternity test, and would love to see it happen.

WOODRUFF: Are you going to do that soon?

EDWARDS: I'm only one side -- I'm only one side of the test, but I'm happy to participate in one.

WOODRUFF: Has Miss Hunter said, she does not want to do this DNA test?

EDWARDS: I don't know what she has said.

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WOODRUFF: People say they are in contact with her, have told us that you have met her out in California several times. True?

EDWARDS: I met her this last time when I was in California for the very purpose that you and I just spoke about.

WOODRUFF: And that picture is absolutely you and you are holding that baby.

EDWARDS: The picture in the tabloid. I have no idea what that picture is.

WOODRUFF: But you've seen it right?

EDWARDS: I did see it and I cannot make any sense out of that. When I went to this meeting you've already asked me about, uh, I was not wearing a t-shirt, I was wearing a long-sleeved shirt with the sleeves rolled up. I don't know who that picture -- I don't know if that picture is me, it could well be, it looks like me. I don't know who that baby is, I have no idea what that picture is.

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WOODRUFF: But are you saying you don't remember holding that child of Miss Hunter?

EDWARDS: I'm saying you asked me about this photograph, I don't know anything about that photograph, I don't know who that baby is. I don't know if the picture has been altered, manufactured, if it's a picture of me taken some other time, holding another baby -- I have no idea. I was not at this meeting holding a child for my photograph to be taken I can tell you that.

WOODRUFF: You did say you did meet her at a hotel in California.

EDWARDS: She was there, Mr. McGovern was present, and that's where the meeting took place.

WOODRUFF: But you don't remember a baby being there?

EDWARDS: No.

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WOODRUFF: There are reports that you have tried to cover up. They call it alleged hush money. That there was money paid to try, to cover up this affair. Was there?

EDWARDS: Uh, this is what I can tell you. I've never paid a dime of money to any of the people that are involved. I've never asked anybody to pay a dime of money, never been told that any money's been paid. Nothing has been done at my request. So if the allegation is that somehow I participated in the payment of money -- that is a lie. An absolute lie, which is typical of these types of publications.

WOODRUFF: I do need to tell you though through ABC investigation there has been evidence, or we've been told that there, about $15,000 a month has been paid to Miss Hunter, so that she could actually live out in California. In fact that money was from Fred Baron, who was your national finance chair. Is that correct?

EDWARDS: I don't know. I told you just a moment ago, I know absolutely nothing about this.

WOODRUFF: You never even heard about that before?

EDWARDS: I've heard about it from reporters like you just in the last few days. It's the first I hear anything about it.

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WOODRUFF: And Andrew Young has declared publicly that he is the father of the baby, of Miss Hunter.

EDWARDS: I'm aware of that.

WOODRUFF: Do you think that's true?

EDWARDS: I don't know.

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WOODRUFF: So when you see this now and you see the reporting about it and you see the information about it, are you going to try to look into this? That this is somebody doing this to cover up what happened with your affair?

EDWARDS: If you're talking about Fred Baron, I do know Fred Baron. I also know that Fred Baron knows both of these people who are involved and has worked with them for years. So he has the relationship with them independent of me. So what he chose to do or not do, I can't explain, he'll have to explain. I don't know what he did or why he did it. And what his reasons for, were, for doing it. Is it possible that he wanted to help them because they were in a difficult time? Of course. Is it possible that he was worried that in fact something had happened with me, and he wanted to help? Of course that's possible. I think all these things are possible.

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WOODRUFF: Do you think it's possible he was trying to protect you?

EDWARDS: Do I think it was possible he was trying to help me?

WOODRUFF: Yes.

EDWARDS: Yeah, of course I think it's possible.

***

WOODRUFF: Do you think your political career is completely over?

EDWARDS: I'm not sure I had a political career for the future anyway. I'm not sure that politics was what I wanted to spend my life doing.

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WOODRUFF: Will your marriage survive?

EDWARDS: Oh yeah. Oh yeah. I think our marriage will not only survive but be strong.

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WOODRUFF: When you hired Ms. Hunter, that was back in 2006, the committee hired in July 2006, paid her $114,000 to make films for you. She did have a lot of experience. Uh was the affair going on when you hired her?

EDWARDS: No. No. And again, I always said this to you, I don't think I'm going to go through the details of this, I already did it with Elizabeth-- uh, she was hired to come in and produce films and that's the reason she was hired.

WOODRUFF: But this had nothing to do with the fact that you were having an affair with her?

EDWARDS: Same answer. Same answer -- no I did not.

WOODRUFF: So you hired her before it even started?

EDWARDS: That is correct.

WOODRUFF: In terms of the Beverly Hilton, did Elizabeth, your wife, know you were visiting the Beverly Hilton?

EDWARDS: No.

WOODRUFF: That was a secret?

EDWARDS: You mean did I tell her before I went?

WOODRUFF: Yeah.

EDWARDS: I did not.

WOODRUFF: Did she find out after the recourse?

EDWARDS: She found out the next morning; I called her and told her. ***

WOODRUFF: And in terms of this baby -- does Elizabeth think this is possibly your baby?

EDWARDS: No, of course not.

***

WOODRUFF: Is it only possible to prove it though with a DNA test?

EDWARDS: I'm not a scientist -- I don't know what the various methods of proving it are but that's certainly one way to prove it. I mean I know right now it's not possible and she does too.

WOODRUFF: When you do do that test or if you do that test, would you tell us the result of it?

EDWARDS: Sure, of course.

***

WOODRUFF: Did you want to control [Ms. Hunter] to some degree? In the sense that you didn't want her to reveal this relationship?

EDWARDS: I wanted her not to tell the public what had happened. Very simple. That's the reason I went.

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Birthday Body Double
Oh, and about that massage...

Birthday Bana-na!
1968

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They always come in threes!
Dead...Dying...?

Bernie Mac
Mr Blackwell

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BREAKING!
Mr Blackwell in a coma!


Hollywood fashion maven Mr. Blackwell in a coma
Fri Aug 8, 2008 6:18am BST

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Mr. Blackwell, the fashion maven whose annual "Worst-Dressed" list can be the bane of Hollywood celebrities, is in a coma after falling at his home, his partner and manager said on Thursday.

Richard Blackwell, 85, has been at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles since Saturday, Robert Spencer said.

The former actor and fashion designer was moving his hands and blinking on Thursday and seemed to be coming out of his coma, he said.

Blackwell has issued his "Worst-Dressed" list for 48 years, and it has become watched around the world as much for his quips about the stars' fashion as for who made the list.

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Jesse Owens
Olympic Gold
Berlin 1936



The Nazi Germany team had been allowed to train fulltime thus pushing to the limit the idea of amateur competition. Germany's athletic superstar of the time was Lutz Lang - a brilliant long jumper who easily fitted into the image of blond hair, blue eyed Aryan racial superiority. By far the most famous athlete in the world was Jesse Owens of America - an African American and therefore, under Nazi ideology, inferior to the athletes in the German team.

The vast Olympic stadium was completed on time and held 100,000 spectators. 150 other new Olympic buildings were completed on time for the event. The anti-Semitic posters that had littered Germany before the games had disappeared. Signs that stated "Jews not welcome here" were not longer visible - anything was done to ensure that the Games went smoothly and caused no upset.

In fact, the upset was caused in the stadium itself. The 'racially inferior' Owens won four gold medals; in the 100m, 200m, long jump and 4 x 100m relay. During the Games he broke 11 Olympic records and defeated Lutz Lang in a very close long jump final. Lang was the first to congratulate Owens when the long jump final was over. There were 10 African American members of the American athletics team. Between them they won 7 gold medals, 3 silvers and 3 bronze - more than any national team won in track and field at the Games, except America itself.

Hitler refused to place the gold medal around Owen's neck.


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No Weekend at Bernie's!
Bernie Mac Dead!


"Heaven just got a little bit funnier...."

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It's not a horror movie until they say...


"Honey, now you know the attic is off limits."

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TALC
Not really "new" from Annie Lennox


1. “LITTLE BIRD”
2. “WALKING ON BROKEN GLASS”
3. “WHY”
4. “NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S’”
5. “PRECIOUS”
6. “LOVE SONG FOR A VAMPIRE”
7. “A THOUSAND BEAUTIFUL THINGS”
8. “SING”
9. “PAVEMENT CRACKS”
10. “A WHITER SHADE OF PALE”
11. “COLD”
12. “DARK ROAD”
13. “PATTERN OF MY LIFE”
14. “SHINING LIGHT”

RELEASE DATE 15 SEPTEMBER 2008

Yeah, she's beyond a miracle and is the greatest white female soul singer alive, and unless I'm missing the part which states she's donating all the proceeds to some charitable organization: WHY? Annie, WHY?

A live tour CD/DVD combo would have been great. Better still, a CD/DVD+ of your tour, a concert film, and a collections of your videos would have sent me over the edge.

Two new tracks are going to make themselves hear 'round the world, and, sadly, little money, if any, will change hands.

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Friday, August 08, 2008

China ≠ People and Freedom
The Pandas

If only the people of Chine were as well cared for as their precious pandas.




SICHUAN , China -- One zoo in southwest China has its hands full with 16 baby pandas.

The Sichuan Wolong Panda Protection and Breed Center is dealing with the results of a breeding boom -- 16 pandas have been born since July, 2006. The brood includes five sets of twins. The cubs are weighed and measured every five days.

The heaviest tips the scale at just over 24 pounds, while the lightest weighs about 11 pounds. Once weaned, the panda cubs will attend panda kindergarten. In the meantime, more little ones are expected at the center since 38 giant pandas were artificially impregnated.

Terse.

John Edwards' Big 8" Balls
The Statement

Edwards' statement admitting affair

By The Associated Press – 2 hours ago

Text of John Edwards' statement on his affair:

In 2006, I made a serious error in judgment and conducted myself in a way that was disloyal to my family and to my core beliefs. I recognized my mistake and I told my wife that I had a liaison with another woman, and I asked for her forgiveness. Although I was honest in every painful detail with my family, I did not tell the public. When a supermarket tabloid told a version of the story, I used the fact that the story contained many falsities to deny it. But being 99 percent honest is no longer enough.

I was and am ashamed of my conduct and choices, and I had hoped that it would never become public. With my family, I took responsibility for my actions in 2006 and today I take full responsibility publicly. But that misconduct took place for a short period in 2006. It ended then. I am and have been willing to take any test necessary to establish the fact that I am not the father of any baby, and I am truly hopeful that a test will be done so this fact can be definitively established. I only know that the apparent father has said publicly that he is the father of the baby. I also have not been engaged in any activity of any description that requested, agreed to or supported payments of any kind to the woman or to the apparent father of the baby.
It is inadequate to say to the people who believed in me that I am sorry, as it is inadequate to say to the people who love me that I am sorry. In the course of several campaigns, I started to believe that I was special and became increasingly egocentric and narcissistic. If you want to beat me up — feel free. You cannot beat me up more than I have already beaten up myself. I have been stripped bare and will now work with everything I have to help my family and others who need my help.

I have given a complete interview on this matter and having done so, will have nothing more to say. video

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Honey? Can you get my eyeglasses for me?

All men are created equal!

08.08.08

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Elizabeth Edwards


Hang in there, Elizabeth.
Men are pigs.

Rise above...

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Ya think they'd learn...

John Edwards' Family Album



Hey John, this is what you threw away...

I knew you looked too squeaky-clean for your own good!

Now, you'd HOPE Bruce Weber will photograph you with your shirt off!

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Behind the 8" balls!
GUILTY! GUILTY! GUILTY!


John Edwards, you haven't got a prayer!

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08.08.08

Happy LUCKY EVERYTHING to everyone who's ever travelled this way...

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Ali Velshi gives in to "the man!"


CNN should've taken another look at Ali "The B-POD" Velshi's PR shot, and then checked twice before they made him submit to the razor.

B-POD is the "Bald Prophet of Doom" because he's always left with the job of reporting the fluctuating price of a barrel of oil.

Still. He was kinda hot with the goatee. The other shot? Well, he's looking like an alien from Star-Trek.

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The Recipe Book
What Becomes a Legend Most?

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Play nice, boys!

In 1997, Microsoft announces it will invest $150 million in Apple Computer Inc.

I LOVE LUCY'S BIRTHDAY BALL!!!

Happy Birthday, Andy!
1986, Robert Mapplethorpe

Vetted by CNN!
iReport!

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Busdriver, slow down.
I think that guy needs a ride...

Urban Dictionary: Word of the Day
Shuffle Shame



August 05:
Shuffle Shame
"Shuffle shame" is when your mp3 music player is playing on speakers in shuffle mode, and somebody enters the room at the exact moment the worst song of your collection is being played.

I felt shuffle shame when my potential FB came to the studio today, and my Shuffle was playing Helen Reddy's Greatest Hits just as he walked in the door.

Needless to say, it was a deal-breaker. So there goes that FB!

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Monday, August 04, 2008

Turbo-charging OrangeMercury!


Don't say you weren't warned!
I think that blog rating of NC-17 is about to go to an R.

Even though I think I've strayed into the X-territory more than once!

Note:
Can't knock a software company when the president himself corresponds with you,
and takes your successful operation, installation, and registration personally!

And it was nice to see that the developer dedicated the software to his grandfather...

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Marcus Schenkenberg|1968
A glamourous life!

Happy Birthday Satchmo!

Percy Bysshe Shelley|1792
A short and turbulent life

On July 8, 1822, less than a month before his 30th birthday, Shelley drowned in a sudden storm while sailing back from Livorno to Lerici in his schooner, Don Juan. Shelley claimed to have met his Doppelgänger, foreboding his own death. He was returning from having set up The Liberal with the newly-arrived Leigh Hunt. The name "Don Juan", a compliment to Byron, was chosen by Edward John Trelawny, a member of the Shelley-Byron Pisan circle. However, according to Mary Shelley's testimony, Shelley changed it to "Ariel". This annoyed Byron, who forced the painting of the words "Don Juan" on the mainsail. This offended the Shelleys, who felt that the boat was made to look much like a coal barge. The vessel, an open boat designed from a Royal Dockyards model, was custom-built in Genoa for Shelley. It did not capsize but sank; Mary Shelley declared in her "Note on Poems of 1822" (1839) that the design had a defect and that the boat was never seaworthy.
Many believe his death was not accidental. Some say that Shelley was depressed in those days and that he wanted to die.
Shelley's body washed ashore and later, in keeping with quarantine regulations, was cremated on the beach near Viareggio. A reclining statue, of Shelley's body washed up onto the shore, created by sculptor Edward Onslow Ford at the behest of Shelley's daughter-in-law, Lady Jane Shelley, is the centerpiece of the Shelley Memorial at University College, Oxford. An 1889 painting by Louis Eduard Fournier, The Funeral of Shelley (also known as The Cremation of Shelley), contains inaccuracies. In pre-Victorian times it was English custom that women not attend funerals, for health reasons. Mary Shelley did not attend but was featured in the painting, kneeling at the left-hand side. Leigh Hunt stayed in the carriage during the ceremony but is also pictured. Also, Trelawney, in his account of the recovery of Shelley's body, records that "the face and hands, and parts of the body not protected by the dress, were fleshless," and by the time that the party returned to the beach for the cremation, the body was even further decomposed. In his graphic account of the cremation, he writes of Byron being unable to face the scene, and withdrawing to the beach.

Shelley's heart was snatched from the funeral pyre by Edward Trelawny; Mary Shelley kept it for the rest of her life, and it was interred next to her grave at St. Peter's Church in Bournemouth.

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A steroid bump?

Funny, as I've been feeling a bit nauseous and jumpy all day,
with an inability to focus on specific tasks at hand.

I guess this is either the kharma kickback from the beheading postings,
or it's the prednisone.
I'm voting for a steroid bump.


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Barack's Birthday!


Hey Barack!
I'm looking forward to your NEXT birthday, your 48th, at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!
Happy Birthday!

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I'm a Size Queen!
That was REAL fuckin' easy!
Staples nails a sale!


A 1TB external hard drive, in fashionable black, with a USB connection? Right out of the box, I formatted this Maxtor external hard-drive for Mac OS Journaling, and I was able to connect to a semi-comatose Blue + White G3 which had 80GB of my graduate studies' work on it, running Mac OS 9.2.2, no less!

Considering other external storage units approach $500 for 1TB, you can't really can beat this sale at Staples. But hurry, while it's available for $179 in-store, and on-line, this one's going to disappear on Saturday, August 9. So get moving, and SAVE YOUR LIFE!

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Sunday, August 03, 2008

Dolce & Gabbanna Model Seen Strolling Streets

Hostel 2 the 3rd
Diane Arbus, dir. 2008

Beheading|Part Two
Greece

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A 31-year-old man killed his girlfriend on the Greek island of Santorini on Sunday, beheaded her, then fled in a patrol car, a local official said.

During the ensuing chase, the suspect was shot five times by police and ran over two women doctors who were riding a motorcycle before he was caught, the official said.

The suspect, Athanassios Arvanitis, a cook at a local restaurant, is undergoing surgery at an island hospital, said Chrysanthos Roussos, head of the Santorini district on the island.

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America's Next Great Chef is...Dr Hannibal Lechter
Ten for ten on CNN!

Original v Remake v Danish?
Friday the 13th





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Canadian Greyhound Beheading
LIVE Footage!!

All roads lead to Rome.

No handjob from Apple!!
Only oral + they swallowed!


With some fava beans and a nice key-an-tee!


TORONTO, Ontario (AP) -- A police officer at the scene of a grisly beheading on a Canadian bus reported seeing the attacker hacking off pieces of the victim's body and eating them, according to a police tape leaked on the Internet Saturday.

In the tape of radio transmissions, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer refers to the attacker as "Badger" and says he is armed with a knife and scissors and is "defiling the body at the front of the bus as we speak."

On the tape, which lasts about 80 seconds, officers continue to detail the attacker's movements until one reports, "Badger's at the back of the bus, hacking off pieces and eating it."

The RCMP described the tapes as "operational police communications and, as such, are not meant for public consumption." Police said permission had not been given to use the radio transmission, which was posted on LiveLeak.com and picked up by other Web sites. (more on CNN)

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