My Friend Dahmer

March 5, 2012

John Backderf, author of the comic strip, “The City” was buddies with Jeffrey Dahmer in high school. On Thursday, he is releasing a graphic novel about Dahmer’s high school years. (source)

He says he waited 21 years because he didn’t want to jump on any exploitative bandwagon.

It’s been 21 years, so it’s not like exploiting the story for personal gain. If I am, I’m doing a lousy job of it – I should’ve rushed something into print a year after the crimes came to light. I just didn’t want to be a part of the scandal, the sheer feeding frenzy. I wanted to tell a story that I thought was very unusual and compelling, and I wanted to do it my way. So I took my time, and when I finally got around to doing it, I did I the way that I’d always envisioned, and that was important to me. (source)

(Former) Judge Willie Singletary – Preacher Mode? Judge Mode? Its all Crazy Mode

March 5, 2012

Willie Singletary

When Willie Singletary ran for traffic court judge in 2007, he was described as “a scofflaw of major proportions” by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

As of primary day, Singletary, 26, owed $11,427.50 for 55 violations, including reckless driving, driving without a license, careless driving, driving without registration, and driving without insurance.

In fact, a bench warrant had been issued for his arrest – a fact made public after the election by Bernard Strain, who lost in the Democratic primary for Traffic Court but who won a Republican nomination. (source)

His dad paid the fines, and claimed that “roughly half” of the violations were racked up by Willie’s brother. (source) His license was suspended for four years, yet he still won his race.

Singletary was (maybe still is) a preacher, go figure. During the election, he was captured on Youtube suggesting that campaign contributions would result in benefits to those who appeared before him while he served on the bench. At a “Blessing of the Bikes” event, he said,

“There’s going to be a basket going around because I’m running for traffic court judge, right, and I need some money. Now, you all want me to get there. You’re all going to need my hookup, right?”

He got suspended when that came out. His excuse? “I was in preacher mode,” he said. “I do admit I chose a poor choice of words.” (source)

I guess promising corruption is “preacher mode.”

But wait, there’s more.

He was again relieved of his duties because he showed pictures of his penis to a co-worker. (source)

After allegedly showing a young, female Traffic Court cashier in December two cellphone pictures of his erect penis, Singletary cooed, “Do you like that?” according to documents released [On March 1] by the state Judicial Conduct Board. (source)

Oh, it gets better. After the co-worker filed a sexual harassment complaint, Singletary reportedly confronted her to try and get her to withdraw it. Hello retaliation suit.

When he got fired, he was escorted from the building by sheriff’s deputies.

I wonder whether the cock shot was done while Singletary was in “judge mode” or “preacher mode.”

Woman sues school because her roommate got laid too much

March 5, 2012

A woman is suing Stonehill College in Easton, MA because her roommate had too much sex in the room.

Lindsay Blankmeyer, who says she suffers from depression and attention deficit disorder, is seeking $150,000 from Stonehill, claiming the college violated state and federal laws because housing officials did not give her reasonable alternatives for escaping a bad living situation. (source)

Stonehill is a Catholic institution and the school’s student health insurance does not cover oral contraceptives unless prescribed for a medical purpose other than birth control.

Crystal Cox

January 16, 2012

The New York Times has this to say about her.

Forbes has this to say.

This blogger goes down the rabbit hole and figures out what got her started — just like all of us, its about chasing tail.

PopeHat has this to say — and this.

And some guy I don’t know has alllllll this to say.

You decide, brah.

Everything you need to know about Herman Cain in 3 minutes

November 19, 2011

By J. DeVoy

Music originally by Tim Heidecker, best known for playing himself in the semi-eponymous Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job (“TEASGJ”); video created by @thatslayerchick.

TEASGJ was one of the funniest shows on television during its brief reign.  It says a lot about how clueless mainstream culture is when a diamond like TEASGJ has to be broadcast late at night on the Cartoon Network despite being on a Kaufman-esque level of brilliance, all while an obviously unfunny shit heap like “Community” is allowed to writhe and suffer in its natural, talentless state for nearly three years until NBC puts it out of its misery.  I understand how most Americans would “get” and “identify with” Community, a show about a bunch of unremarkable, talentless and self-aborbed cretins doing nothing – life imitating art and all – but the cynicism of TEASGJ provided a more realistic and, dare I say, hopeful view of the world.

While Tim and Eric mocked and insulted its viewers and the world around them, they inspired hope for the future.  Those are the dreams that need to be on NBC at 8:30 pm with 8-figure budgets – not something that accurately depicts the drudgery of our real lives.

Sometimes the Internets are really mean…

October 27, 2011

And sometimes, they are a wellspring of awesome sweetness. See this reddit thread. Jesus fuck. I really did not want my faith in humanity restored today. Tough shit for me, I guess.

H/T: Ken @ Popehat

Bigfoot Spotted Fighting for Free Speech at the New Hampshire Supreme Court

October 24, 2011

Back in March, I wrote a snippet about a guy who brought suit against the State of New Hampshire for its burdensome permit requirements for filming in Monadnock State Park. See Plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment.

The facts of the case are nothing short of awesome.

September 6, 2009 dawned sunny and temperate in New Hampshire. Plaintiff, Jonathan Doyle, a sometimes landscaper, sometimes janitor, and full time free spirit, filmmaker and performance artist decided to take advantage of the day to engage in an art performance that he called Bigfoot on Mt. Monadnock. That morning the plaintiff purchased a gorilla costume from IParty and, with his then girlfriend, climbed Mt. Monadnock in Jaffrey, carrying the gorilla costume in a backpack. At the summit he donned the gorilla costume and started to perform. He beat his chest with his hands and roared, then retrieved a small handheld video camera from his backpack and walked up to the hikers assembled on the mountain, while still in costume, and asked if any of them had seen “Bigfoot” on the mountain, and if they would like to be interviewed about their sighting. Many wanted their pictures taken with “Bigfoot” and many wanted to be interviewed. According to the plaintiff, the purpose of the film shoot was to draw together community in a way that was humorous and experimental. (Append,1-2). The footage that the plaintiff shot is attached and can be viewed on the disc at Chapter 2. (Append. 3)

As he exited the park the plaintiff asked two park employees if they had heard that Bigfoot has been sighted on the mountain. They responded in the affirmative and the plaintiff asked them to sign notes verifying the sighting. He took the notes to both the State Police and the Troy Police in an effort to garner publicity. (appeal brief)

On September 19, 2009 Doyle returned to Mt. Monadnock with five additional people to perform and film a sequel involving the capture of Bigfoot. Among them were a guy dressed in a Snuggie with his face painted blue to act the part of “Boda the Blue Yoda”, and a six year old dressed as a pirate.

Defendant Patrick Hummel, the manager of Monadnock State Park, said that they would have no performance that day unless they applied for and received a Special Use Permit. (MSJ at 1)

A permit requirement is not necessarily a huge deal, but in this circumstance it requires a $100 fee, a 30 day waiting period, and a $2 million insurance bond.

Bigfoot argues that his work is performance art.

there can be no question but that the plaintiff’s film project was expressive conduct protected by the First Amendment and Part 1, Article 22 of the NH Constitution. The newspaper got it right when it characterized the Bigfoot project as a “performance art piece.” (Exhibit 3 to Doyle Dep.) The plaintiff was using his film to express a message that individual hikers having a solitary experience on the mountain should come together to share a communal experience.

See what he did there? After decades of redneck-approved justices who hate free speech (unless it is speech by corporations or churches) the First Amendment isn’t what it used to be. But, the New Hampshire Constitution’s free speech guarantees are alive and well.

Doyle’s counsel, Barbara Keshen, says that the suit is “about preserving the right of the little guy to express himself artistically.

By pushing his complaint to the Granite State’s highest court, “I am maintaining the integrity of being real, enjoying day-to-day things, and having fun with your friends,’’ Doyle said in an interview. “If I let that go, I’ve given up a significant right to the state.’’(source)

Doyle argued that the permit requirements act as an unlawful prior restraint. Whether you learned it from reading Near v. Minnesota or listening to Walter Sobchak’s speech in the diner during The Big Lebowski, For your information, the Supreme Court has roundly rejected prior restraint.

When it comes to the mandatory insurance provisions of the regulation, while they seem innocuous on their face, they can act to suppress speech. As Doyle argues, even when the Nazis wanted to march on Skokie, the $300,000 insurance requirement was deemed to be unconstitutional.

He could not articulate any objective criteria that he would or could use to determine whether to grant or deny an application. (Austen Dep 26-28). Without such a definition the regulation can be unfairly and arbitrarily applied.

The regulations also gives the park director broad discretion to approve or deny a permit and to waive, or not waive, the $100 application fee. He waived the fee for a number of National Guardsmen putting on an event for servicemen on their way to Afghanistan because he “felt it was the right thing to do.”

The government certainly has a right to regulate how public parks are used, but in doing so, it must tailor the regulations to achieve a reasonable interest while not suppressing more speech than is necessary. Doyle argues that the 30 day notice requirement “effectively forbids spontaneous speech, essential to artistic expression.” Doyle argues that the 30 day period might make sense when the event is a large one, it does not seem to make sense for a small group of people. It particularly makes little sense when hikers can show up unannounced in groups of 20 or more and get a discount, but a film crew of 5 needs a 30 day permit evaluation before they unpack their camera.

These arguments seem compelling, but the trial court did not buy them. Doyle is appealing his loss to the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Aside from Oregon, it is probably the best place in the union to bring a free speech claim. In the 603, “live free or die” is not just a motto on a license plate, it is ingrained in the state’s jurisprudence. See this quote from New Hampshire v. Theriault.

“[E]xpression by means of motion pictures is included within the free speech and free press guaranty of the First and Fourteenth Amendments.” Joseph Burstyn, Inc. v. Wilson, 343 U.S. 495, 502 (1952). “It cannot be doubted that motion pictures are a significant medium for the communication of ideas.” Id. at 501. “The importance of motion pictures as an organ of public opinion is not lessened by the fact that they are designed to entertain as well as to inform.” Id. (New Hampshire v. Theriault at 4)

If any independent filmmaker wants to film on Mount Manadnock, he needs to have a 30 day waiting period, and more insurance than the Nazis needed to march on Skokie, and his project rests with the unfettered whim of a state official. That just can’t square with the free speech clause of the New Hampshire Constitution.

H/T: Flaherty

When a regular teabagging just won’t cut it…

October 22, 2011

Quantum Levitation

October 21, 2011

The Real Housewives of Southie

October 17, 2011

Reverse Graffiti

October 10, 2011

Awesomeness. These guys drive around cleaning grime off of public surfaces, and leaving art behind.

This video was filmed in Riga, Latvia. That’s probably why they were able to do it without some shit head confusing it with terrorism.

Sexy Sax Man

October 8, 2011

And now, for something completely different… and awesome.

Too Sexy for Crisp Skin?

September 30, 2011

By Tatiana von Tauber

Too sexy for some head?

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) thinks this chicken is just too sexy for anyone to see, “downright offensive” in fact. 

“When I saw it I just couldn’t believe that an editor of The New York Times would find it acceptable,” PETA’s founder and president Ingrid Newkirk told The Atlantic Wire. “It’s downright offensive, not just to people who care about animals but almost to everyone. It’s a plucked, beheaded, young chicken in a young pose,” she said. (source)

Newkirk went on to call it “necrophilia.” I think PETA needs a sense of humor.  This is brilliant from every angle!   

The Saudis broke my irony meter

September 25, 2011

The Canadians have a TV ad that touts Canada’s “ethical oil.” This is in contrast to Middle Eastern oil, which comes from dirty piece of shit regimes run by lowlives who hang out with the Bush family. The Saudis are apparently threatening legal action, because they don’t want the Canadians reminding people of what Saudi Arabia really stands for. (source) In other news, my irony meter just exploded.

Lets Hear it for Officer Matthew J. Lyons, Oceanside, CA Police Dep’t

July 27, 2011

You know that whole “serve and protect” thing? That “uphold and defend the Constitution” thing? It seems that most police officers forget all about it.

Not Matthew Lyons of the Oceanside PD. Professional. Courteous. Respectful. And right on all counts.

H/T: Techdirt