Pop Culture-Steve Irwin's Family Cashes In On His Death

Checking in on the Pop Culture front and we have a video. It is of a rather inept model who falls down twice.

Also, correction to a Denzel Washington story posted wrong on this Blog. Oh, and the Crocodile man, Steve Irwin, has a family cashing in big time on his death. Not that there's anything wrong with this, but let's get the truth out there.

Yves St. Laurent passes out, names of celebs before they became famous and a new soft drink that might be downright dangerous.

Finally, a Muslim man married over 200 times! Check in to see how easy it is for Muslim men to divorce their wives.

Pic of the Day
Pirate Playhouse

Quote of the Day

"The 109th Congress has gone home to fight for re-election, and the best testament to its accomplishments is that very few Republicans are running on them. They're running instead against the peril to the country if the Nancy Pelosi Democrats take power."- Wall Street Journal editorial, 10/2/06

Web Site Worth the Visit
In Keeping With the Season

Somewhere near you there is a known hunted building, piece of land or house. Click in on today's link to find such a hunted sire near you.

Haunted Haunts


How to Match Job Applicants to Appropriate Positions

1. Put about 100 bricks in some particular order in a closed room with an open window.

2. Then send 2 or 3 candidates into the room and close the door.

3. Leave them alone and come back after 6 hours, and then analyze the situation:

  • · If they are counting the bricks, put them in the accounting department.
  • · If they are recounting them, put them in auditing.
  • · If they have messed up the whole place with the bricks, put them in engineering.
  • · If they are arranging the bricks in some strange order, put them in
  • · If they are throwing the bricks at each other, put them in operations.
  • · If they are sleeping, put them in security.
  • · If they have broken the bricks into pieces, put them in information
  • · If they are sitting idle, put them in human resources.
  • · If they say they have tried different combinations, yet not a brick has been moved, put them in sales.
  • · If they have already left for the day, put them in marketing.
  • · If they are staring out of the window, put them in strategic planning.
  • · If they are talking to each other, and not a single brick has been moved, congratulate them and put them in top management.
  • · Finally, if they have surrounded themselves with bricks in such a way that they can neither be seen nor heard from, put them in Congress.

  • Have Great Weekend

    The Falling Model

    Platform shoes are quite the fashion accessory. Except, heh, it's almost impossible to walk in them.

    Below a video of one such runway model who, attired in those demon shoes, falls down not once, but TWICE.

    Steve Irwin's Family Cashing In

    Not that there's anything wrong with that ...

    A while back I posted what some readers called a rather unkind rant about the famous and wreckless crocodile man, Steve Irwin.

    The Famous Steve Irwin RANTS.
    Not that I'd want to mind you and I'll allow that on some level Irwin's dance of the hungry crocodiles was a form of entertainment. Americans enjoy watching fast cars race around a track, or skiers negotiating treacherous slopes, or mountain bikers climb rocky hills and descend into steep declines. It's an element of danger and we respond to it. Irwin's alligator games had an element of danger but hey, what the hell was he supposed to be teaching us idiots out here in la-la land? How to tease hungry reptiles out of the pond by using a bloody chicken as bait? Well should we all need that information than hey, Irwin taught us well how to do it.

    Beyond that...what do we learn from Irwin's infamous alligator baiting? That alligators will lunge at the chance for a juicy food morsel? Any human with a dog or cat pet knows that animals tend to do this.

    So okay, perhaps I am being too harsh on the engagingly enthusiastic Irwin. How about the time he got it into his head that he could tease the hungry alligators whilst carrying his baby son under his arm like a sack of potatoes? That little incident, rarely mentioned in the memoriam of this man, really turned me off. It's one thing to put yourself in danger but an innocent child?

    So we now discover that Irwin's widow, Terri Irwin, is getting big bucks for film footage of her deceased husband's filmed past exploits.

    Barbara Walters landed a big get last week with her exclusive "20/20" interview of croc hunter Steve Irwin's widow. But it didn't come cheap.

    Sources inside and outside ABC News are questioning the ethics of a whopping "licensing fee" that Terri Irwin and her late husband's manager, John Stainton, demanded for footage of the daredevil.

    While some sources say ABC coughed up $1 million or more, an ABC exec argues the network paid "mid-six figures."

    ABC News spokesman Jeff Schneider insists, "We do not pay for interviews. Period. We paid a fair license fee for hours of exclusive material of Steve Irwin. Compensating rights-holders for their video is something that is a standard industry practice."

    Well sure if Irwin's widow can made some money to help raise her children, who are without a father by the way and I'm still not impressed by his wrecklessness and now his children are denied their father for their lifetimes.

    Still, let's stop considering this a family of saints, risking life and limb for the public good. They were a couple making a living and at times-I'm thinking about the time he carried his toddler son down to the crocodile pit like he was a sack of potatoes-Irwin pushed the envelope, all for attention and notoriety as hey, feeding raw chickens to alligators is something any one of us could do.

    Many readers took umbrage at my rant but it's a perspective and I think I'm right.

    "Cocaine" Energy Drink?

    What with schools across the country removing sugary soda pops from vending machines and with even vaunted McDonald's cleaning up their menu with "healthy" alternatives, one would think a new drink product named "COCAINE" would not be, at the very least, politically correct.

    It feels like a cocaine high, eh? Wow. What a message to send to the adolescents, who are, I'd argue, the ultimate market for this product.

    Apparently, the latest energy drink to hit the fast and furious market already filled with the likes of Monster, Red Bull, and Rockstar boasts the ultimate high -- one that feels like a cocaine high. Cocaine Energy Drink doesn't contain any cocaine, but with 280 mg of caffeine, it promises the "highest energy content of ANY energy drink on the market today! 350 percent greater than The Bull!"

    Someone needs to tell Bill Clinton about this. He's the self-professed expert on healthy food.

    Get a load of this comment from the above site:
    3. Not only is one of the first links on the site "DEALERS", but one of the ingredients, INOSITOL, is said to be a "cutting agent" for cocaine (I looked it up after reading the ingredient list)....

    The site also claims "THE LEGAL ALTERNATIVE

    Couldn't Resist That 201st Marriage

    The mighty religion of Islam allows a man a total of four wives at any one time. This fellow, who claims to have a very strong sexual urge, married for the 201st time recently and holds the record for the most married man on the planet.

    It helps, of course, that the mighty religion of Islam allows men to divorce their irksome wives by simply repeating "I divorce you" three times.

    They've got a good system, these Islamic men. Their wives are forced to wear burqas their entire lives, better to hide the bruises from the nightly beatings.

    Then there's the four wives allotment and their very simple system of divorce.

    Malami, the perpetual bridegroom, has 29 children from his many marriage and 49 grandchildren. The article does state that Muslims try to discourage divorce but Malami shrugs and says he just moves to another village when the Mullahs get uptight about his marital record.


    Cell phone text messages Muslim divorce SOKOTO- Sheltering from the scorching tropical heat in the cool shade of a mango tree, 68-year-old honeymooner Shehu Malami sat and pondered life with his four wives, after tying the knot 201 times. "No more marriages for me, this is the end. I will retain my four wives to the end as long as another misfortune doesn't befall me", Malami, who recently solemnized his 201st marriage, said outside his old bungalow in the ancient city of Sokoto in northern Nigeria.

    In June 2004, Malami married for the 200th time, vowing it would be his last wedding. But he found he just could not keep his pledge and last week married again to replace a 40-year-old spouse he divorced recently.

    Blog Correction

    As reported on THIS Blog:
    While Denzel Washington was visiting BAMC, they gave him a tour of one of the Fisher Houses. He asked how much one of them would cost to build. He took his checkbook out and wrote a check for the full amount right thereon the spot. The soldiers overseas were amazed to hear this story and want to get the word out to the American public, because it warmed their hearts to hear it.

    All in the interest of fair and balanced, a correction to the above story, delivered to me via email, is in order.

    So okay it's persnickety. Denzel Washington DID visit the BAMC(Brooks Army Medical Center) and he did give injured soldiers some solace and encouragement.

    Washington also DID make a "sizeable" donation to the base's so-called "Fisher Houses"-low-cost housing for relatives of injured military to stay while visiting their beloveds.

    He did NOT whip out his checkbook on the spot and he did NOT donate enough funds to build an entirely new Fisher House.
    The problem, according to Fisher House President David Coker, is that while Washington did make a 'sizeable' donation to the program, the e-mail claim is almost entirely bogus.

    "Denzel came to visit with the soldiers and Marines being cared for at Brooke Army Medical Center last December 17th," Coker said. "He visited with them and told them how much he respects their service. He also toured one of the two Fisher Houses at Brooke Army Medical Center."

    Washington told Coker at the time he would like to make a commitment to support the work of Fisher House.

    "Denzel did not take out a checkbook and write a check on the spot," Coker says. "He seldom carries a check book with him."

    Coker said Washington did in fact make a sizeable donation to Fisher House several months after his visit to BAMC. He declined to comment on the size of the donation, but it was not enough to build a new Fisher House.

    Consider the Blog entry corrected. The bigger point here is that Denzel Washington didn't rant anti-American sentiments on stage when he should be entertaining. He did not go to another country and lambaste his country. He did not produce a movie built completely on lies.

    Denzel Washington honored our injured troops in person and he did make a sizeable donation to aid relatives of our injured military as they visited their injured soldier relatives.

    That's good enough for me.

    Media Nuggets

    Thanks to Anita at FreeRepublic.

  • Finally, a journalist ends up where he belongs, as a prisoner in Guantanamo
  • NBC's Richard Engel angers Iraqi govt. & left to Lebanon. NBC then grabs long-time CNN Baghdad Bureau Chief Jane Arraf & makes her the new NBC/MSNBC Baghdad Bureau Chief, while other staffers are fearing about their future.
  • The value of television station assets will decline as younger viewers, who spend more time online, become the most powerful user of media.
  • Andree Dean, mother of Howard Dean is an avid reader of NOT NYTimes, but (Conservative)NYSun.
  • Senator James Inhofe calls CNN-Miles O'Brien's Bluff on CNN-American Morning.
  • Ratherism is still alive @ C...BS .

    NOT the Names They Were Born With

    Seems not all celebrities/persons of notoriety weren’t born with the names for which they are famous.

    Below just a few of the fake name/real names of the celebrated. Click the link cause there’s ten pages of these things.

    What’s Their REAL Names?
    adolf Hitler/adolf schickelgruber
    claudette Colbert/lily chauchoin
    groucho marx/julius henry marx
    marvin gaye/marvin pentz gay jr.

    Top Fifteen Movie Mistakes

    Self-titled, this missives goes through fifteen movie mistakes, complete with illustrative pictures.

    One example below.

    From Spiked

    Black Hawk Down movie mistake

    While On the Subject…What Movies REALLY Bring in the Audiences

    © 2006

    A new study is confirming that if you want to make money in the movie business, get out your Bible and read the values it teaches.

    According to the report from Ted Baehr, publisher of MovieGuide, Hollywood movies with strong Christian worldviews make two to seven times as much money as those flicks with explicit sex and nudity.

    The assessment looked at nearly 2,700 of the top movies at the box office from 1996 through 2005, and said while pundits and advertisers like to believe that sex and nudity sells, nothing could be further from the truth.

    "For example, in 2005, movies with a very strong Christian worldview, such as 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,' averaged nearly $65 million at the box office, but movies with extreme, explicit sex and nudity, such as 'Sin City,' and 'Inside Deep Throat,' only averaged $11.2 million or $11.7 million," the report said.

    Movies with less nudity but still strong sexual content, such as "Wedding Crashers," and "The Ice Harvest," fared better, but still averaged less than $22 million in 2005, said MovieGuide, which describes itself as a Christian "ministry dedicated to redeeming the values of the mass media according to biblical principles, by influencing entertainment industry executives and helping families make wise media choices."

    As the number of obscenities and profanities rose, the income dropped, it said.

    The report said for one reporting period the highest average return for movies with very strong foul language, sex and nudity content was only $27.7 million, and the lowest average for a clean movie was $20.6 million.

    The full range for the year in which "The Passion of the Christ" appeared was from $20.6 million to $106.3 million for movies with strong Christian worldviews. For the typically non-family-oriented flick the full range was from $6.3 million to $27.7 million.

    "The vast majority of moviegoers, which includes the 141 million Americans who go to church every week, prefer positive Christian movies with morally uplifting content," the report said.

    "If Hollywood executives and filmmakers want to make more money at the box office, they should make more movies that reflect a very strong Christian worldview with very strong moral values," the study said.

    The assessment divided movies into four categories: very strong Christian and redemptive worldview, movies with extreme foul language, movies with strong graphic sexual immorality, and movies with strong explicit nudity.

    In that order, 2005 movies averaged $65 million, $24 million, $11 million and $11 million at the box office. The Christian worldview was at $106 million in 2004, but the other three categories dropped to $23 million, $6 million and $6 million.

    Results for the latter three categories remained reasonably static over the decade of observation, but the movies with strong moral content have continued to rise from the first year's $32 million average, the report said.

    Get Ted Baehr's "MOVIEGUIDE" for a complete Christian guide to movies for you and your family.

    More Gossip/Speculation HERE
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