Friday, December 5, 2008

Fantasies...


Pinup Bettie Page hospitalized after heart attack
By JAMES BELTRAN, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES – Bettie Page, a 1950s pinup known for her raven-haired bangs and saucy come-hither looks, was hospitalized in intensive care after suffering a heart attack, her agent said Friday.
"She's critically ill," Mark Roesler of the Curtis Management Group told The Associated Press.
He said the 85-year-old had the heart attack Tuesday and was hospitalized Friday in the Los Angeles area.
A family friend, Todd Mueller, said Page was in a coma. When asked to confirm, Roesler said, "I would not deny that," but he would not comment further on her condition.
Page, a secretary turned model, is credited with helping set the stage for the sexual revolution of the rebellious 1960s. She attracted national attention with magazine photographs of her sensuous figure that were tacked up on walls across the country.
Her photos included a centerfold in the January 1955 issue of then-fledgling Playboy magazine, as well as controversial sadomasochistic poses.
Page later spent decades away from the public eye, and during that time battled mental illness and became a born-again Christian.
After resurfacing in the 1990s, she occasionally granted interviews but refused to allow her picture to be taken.
Mueller credits his business dealings with Page for bringing her out of seclusion. He said he first met her in 1989 when he offered her "a bunch of money" to show up at autograph signings.
"I probably sold 3,000 of her autographs, usually for $200 to $300," he said. "Eleanor Roosevelt, we got $40-$50. ... Bettie Page outsells them all."

I don't really have a lot to say about her, but I first became enamored with Bettie Page when I discovered the last issue of a magazine called 'The Betty Pages'-- I was about nine years old and I thought she was the epitomy of sexy, even if I wasn't exactly clear on what "sexy" was. I have since bought many magazines and comic books featuring her, found hundreds and hundreds of photos and art online, and I even have a life-size cardboard cutout of her in my bedroom. But I have never once been interested in the person-- she never seemed real to me, just a fantasy. The person may not be long for this world, but the fantasy will never die... The rest of the world can have their Marilyn Monroe, but I will always have my Bettie Page.

WTF??? 52


Teacher sorry for binding girls in slavery lesson
By JIM FITZGERALD, Associated Press Writer
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – A white social studies teacher attempted to enliven a seventh-grade discussion of slavery by binding the hands and feet of two black girls, prompting outrage from one girl's mother and the local chapter of the NAACP. After the mother complained to Haverstraw Middle School, the superintendent said he was having "conversations with our staff on how to deliver effective lessons."
"If a student was upset, then it was a bad idea," said Superintendent Brian Monahan of the North Rockland School District in New York City's northern suburbs.
The teacher apologized to the mother who complained and her 13-year-old daughter during a meeting Thursday that also included a representative of the local NAACP. But the mother, Christine Shand of Haverstraw, said Friday she thinks the teacher should be removed from the class.
"I think the teacher should have gotten some discipline," Shand said. "I know if that was me, I would be uncomfortable going back to that class. Why should my daughter have to switch?"
Monahan refused to say what, if any, measures were taken against the teacher, Eileen Bernstein, who was still working on Friday. The school district said she was not available for comment.
"We encourage our teachers to deliver the curriculum in a variety of ways, to go beyond just reading the textbook," the superintendent said. "We don't want to discourage creativity. But this obviously went wrong because the student was upset."
On Nov. 18, Bernstein was discussing the conditions under which African captives were taken to America in slave ships. She bound the two students' hands and feet with tape and had them crawl under a desk to simulate the experience, Monahan and Shand said. Monahan said the girls were not the only blacks in the class.
Gabrielle Shand burst into tears at home, her mother said.
"There are other ways to demonstrate slavery," Christine Shand said Friday. "It doesn't matter the color of the kids, it's just not right to tie them up. My daughter is still upset, still embarrassed. She didn't go to school today."
Wilbur Aldridge, director of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said the history demonstration, first reported in The Journal News, "went wrong when she started to do that binding."
"I don't care what color, no one should be put in the position of having their hands and feet bound," he said.
Aldridge said he feared that the teacher still "didn't get it" after their meeting. He said the teacher apologized "because Gabrielle was upset, not because she admitted she did something wrong."
Shand said she had not decided whether to take any further action, including filing a lawsuit.

File this under "what were they thinking?". I mean, if it had been an all white classroom this still would have been very inappropriate, but........................... damn

Senility must be awful...


Hey, did you hear? They are making 'Mad Max' part 4-- ok, it's not true, but apparently someone told Tina Turner that...
Yes, I know there is talk of doing a 'Mad Max' 4, but that talk has been going on as long as I have been alive-- at this point a remake is more likely than a sequel that wouldn't even star Mel Gibson anyway... Hopefully neither will ever happen.

WTF??? 51


Two New Bibles Preach A Hip, Eco-Friendly Gospel
Two new Bibles targeting a young, hip — even secular — audience are hitting bookstores. One is a slick, illustrated version of the New Testament; the other is an environmentally friendly edition that takes advantage of the popularity of the green movement.

Um, I don't think fancy packaging is going to convert any non-believers-- but then again, most beliefs are based on packaging... we did just elect Obama afterall.
The above image doesn't necessarily reflect my views or the views of Blogspot and it's members nor is it intended in any way to sway anyone's opinion or belittle the beliefs you may or may not have-- I just thought it was funny... click to enlarge.

Pearls Before Swine blog comics...


I can relate to the second one...

Thursday, December 4, 2008

WTF??? 50


Elementary student robs another at knife point
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (WSVN) -- School officials are informing parents via a letter that an elementary school boy has been accused of robbing another classmate at knife point on Tuesday. According to school officials, a 7-year-old boy attacked a 6-year-old classmate in the school bathroom located at Pines Lakes Elementary at 10300 Johnson St. in Pembroke Pines.
Officials said the boy used a butter knife that he likely brought from home. The boy stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the other student. "Very scary that it's happening here at the school, especially at that age, and I don't know where the parents are," said Maureen Warmack, a worried parent.
This case was handed over to the State Attorney's Office. It remains unknown whether any charges will be filed against the boy.

Whatever happened to the good old days when a bully would just beat you up for your lunch money? Now they have to be armed? Well, if you can call a butter knife "armed"-- what next, a spork?

Happy National Dice Day...


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Score one for the other team...


Deer gets revenge after hunter shoots him
SEDALIA, Mo. – A hunter bagged a big buck on the second day of firearms season, but the kill caused him a lot of pain. Randy Goodman, 49, said he thought two well-placed shots with his .270-caliber rifle had killed the buck on Nov. 19. Goodman said the deer looked dead to him, but seconds later the nine-point, 240-pound animal came to life.
The buck rose up, knocked Goodman down and attacked him with his antlers in what the veteran hunter called "15 seconds of hell." The deer ran a short distance and went down, and died after Goodman fired two more shots.
Soon Goodman started feeling dizzy and noticed his vest was soaked in blood. So he reached his truck and drove to a hospital, where he received seven staples in his scalp and was treated for a slight concussion and bruises.

This sort of thing always makes me chuckle...

Monday, December 1, 2008

Happy Day With(out) Art Day...


It's also Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day...

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Happy Stay Home Because You Are Well Day...

I might as well just turn this into a comic strip blog-- seems to be about all I post anymore...