Oscars ‘In Memoriam’ List DID NOT Include Joan Rivers

joan and melissa rivers first red carpet interviewThe 87th Academy Awards had plenty of time for a guitar-playing Batman, Sean Penn making green card jokes and embarrassing Dakota Johnson, but NO time for their longtime employee, Joan Rivers. 

Rivers — a woman who epitomized show business and the Oscars in general — was snubbed from the show’s In Memoriam segment that included and multiple marketing directors, producers and sound editors.

Let me remind you that at one time, Joan was the only one who did red carpet commentary. She is also the the inventor of “Who are you wearing?”, not to mention a very accomplished comedian, writer, actress and co-host.  Continue reading “Oscars ‘In Memoriam’ List DID NOT Include Joan Rivers”

12 Dead in France Over Anti-Islamic Cartoons

charlie hebdo islam cartoonThe offices of the newspaper Charlie Hebdo came under gunfire earlier today by three masked men who killed 12 and left two critically injured in the worst attack on France since 1995’s Paris train bombing.

The gunman, who wielded assault rifles and a rocket launcher and yelled “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is the greatest) as they stormed the building, have been identified and the youngest attacker, 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad, has turned himself in. Authorities are working hard to locate the other two men.  Continue reading “12 Dead in France Over Anti-Islamic Cartoons”

Brooklyn Cop Killer Posted Photo of Murder Weapon on Instagram

brooklyn shooter murder weapon instagramMuch like woman-hater Elliot Rodger, Ismaaiyl Brinsley – the 28-year-old gunman who took out two police officers near a Brooklyn subway station yesterday – foreshadowed his murderous intent using social media, posting not only a photo of the weapon he used to shoot his ex-girlfriend, the two cops and also himself, but messages that read “I”m putting wings on pigs today,” “They Take 1 of Ours…… Let’s Take 2 of Theirs #ShootThePolice #RIPEricGarner #RIPMikeBrown,” and “This may be my final post.”

In an added tragic twist, Brinsley’s ex’s mother told the Baltimore police Brinsley was dangerous, but the NYPD didn’t receive the information until “moments before the attack” on officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, who were shot in their squad car without warning at 2:47 p.m. on Saturday, December 20.

From left: Wenjian Liu, Ismaaiyl Brinsley and Rafael Ramos
From left: Wenjian Liu, Ismaaiyl Brinsley and Rafael Ramos

Read: Cop Killer Moments Before Shooting: “Watch What I’m Going to Do”

From Dot Matrix to ‘Fashion Police’: Why Joan Rivers Was the Best of Her Kind

It’s been two days since Joan Rivers passed away at the age of 81 after complications during surgery. After a week of crossing our fingers hoping that Joan might pull through, daughter and noted business partner, Melissa Rivers, was faced with the decision of taking her off life support.

A multitude of celebrities have shared an outpouring of supportive messages and stories about Joan, like Giuliana Rancic, who called her “The funniest woman” ever, adding that “She could put a smile on your face, instantly, no matter how hard your day was.”

So true, what better way to escape reality than listen to Joan Rivers insult people? I’m not being facetious, insult comedy is the best comedy. Anyone who says otherwise is Bill Cosby. And, not only was she a comedian, but an actress (who could forget her as the voice of the cockblocking robot Dot Matrix in Spaceballs?), an author and a Late Night host.

Joan was the female, television-version of Howard Stern, versatile as f*ck and completely unafraid to speak her mind and ask real questions. (A quality that almost got her blackballed from Hollywood.) I saw the most of Joan on E!’s Fashion Police, as a sanctioned truth-teller and critic of all things offensive to the eyes.  Continue reading “From Dot Matrix to ‘Fashion Police’: Why Joan Rivers Was the Best of Her Kind”

Suicide: Selfish ‘Choice’ or Unconscious Act of Desperation?

Robin williams good morning As you all know by now, the world lost Robin Williams, one of the most versatile, funny men in the entertainment industry. A man with more great movies under his belt than any other I can name. He was a legend, one I grew up with. The Birdcage and Mrs. Doubtfire are two of my favorite comedies of all time and Aladdin was my all-time favorite, most-sung Disney movie as a grade schooler. That’s one of the two questions people seem to be answering on their own when confronting the loss of such an icon…. Their favorite work of his, and then their thoughts in general on suicide.

Many celebrities have weighed in, most leaning heavily toward one side or the other. On one end, we have people who believe suicide to be the ultimate selfish act, and on the other, those who feel that it’s not a choice at all, but an act so desperate it’s committed without thought.

Gene Simmons: 

No, I don’t get along with anybody who’s a drug addict and has a dark cloud over their head and sees themselves as a victim. Drug addicts and alcoholics are always: “The world is a harsh place.” My mother was in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. I don’t want to hear fuck all about “the world as a harsh place.” She gets up every day, smells the roses and loves life. And for a putz, 20-year-old kid to say, “I’m depressed, I live in Seattle.” Fuck you, then kill yourself.

I never understand, because I always call them on their bluff. I’m the guy who says ‘Jump!’ when there’s a guy on top of a building who says, “That’s it, I can’t take it anymore, I’m going to jump.”

Are you kidding? Why are you announcing it? Shut the fuck up, have some dignity and jump! You’ve got the crowd.

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Is It Ever ‘OK’ For an Officer to Shoot an Unarmed Civilian?

Officer who shot mike brownThere are a lot of heated discussions surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown, the unarmed African-American teen shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this month (bringing back all-too-fresh memories of the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida).

While we have yet to know why Brown was shot, if there is a “reason” at all, we now know the identity of the officer and, thanks to an autopsy conducted on Sunday, the exact amount of times Brown was shot.

28-year-old Darren Wilson controversially put two bullets in Brown’s head and four more in his right arm while, according to witnesses and other reports, his hands were in the air, not holding or reaching for a weapon of any kind.

The incident has been a huge source of controversy for the nation and an absolute nightmare for the police in St. Louis, who are under even more scrutiny for tear gassing protestors, not to mention that the KKK are reportedly raising money in support of Wilson.

While everyone is wondering how and why this happened in the first place, I’m specifically wondering if there’s ANY circumstance where a member of the police force could shoot an unarmed civilian and not be ostracized by most of America. Continue reading “Is It Ever ‘OK’ For an Officer to Shoot an Unarmed Civilian?”

Driver Who Left Tracy Morgan and Ardie Fuqua in Critical Condition Identified, Charged

Tracy Morgan Performs At Seminole Casino Coconut CreekThe driver of a Walmart truck on the New Jersey Turnpike who rear-ended a limo bus full of comedians on Saturday is being held on 1 count of death by auto and 4 counts of assault by auto.

James McNair, 63, a known to some as “Jimmy Mack” or “Uncle Jimmy Mack” was pronounced dead in a wreck that involved 6 other vehicles, leaving Tracy Morgan, his opening act, Ardie Fuqua, and their tour manager in critical condition. Fellow opener Harris Stanton left the hospital and is home safe.

Kevin Roper, the man responsible for the accident’s bail has been set to $50,000 and faces 5 to 10 years in jail if recklessness – likely in the form of sleep deprivation – is proven.

I know everyone is praying very hard for Tracy Morgan, but I’d like to urge you all to direct equal attention to his lesser-known companions. Not much is known about their tour manager, but Fuqua has already lived through a serious tragedy.  Continue reading “Driver Who Left Tracy Morgan and Ardie Fuqua in Critical Condition Identified, Charged”

Another man goes on a shooting spree: Teen and police officer killed

James brown shooting victimsA man by the name of James Brown went on a shooting spree on May 31st.

As a result two innocent people were murdered. One a boy of 17 years and the other a police officer.

James Brown was reported to have started shooting randomly as he drove through Norfolk, Virginia.

Mark Rodriguez was on his way home from a celebration of his high school graduation when he was shot in his car. He was declared dead at the scene at the young age of 17.

A police officer was also killed when he spotted Brown’s car near his home. After they spotted the car, the gunman shot officer Brian Jones and Curtis Allison multiple times from inside his home. Allison tried to help Jones, who was shot multiple times. Both officers were taken to the hospital where Jones later passed away. Allison is expected to make a full recovery.

James tried to escape after killing one officer and injuring the other. He ended up crashing into another car when trying to get away. Police officers say that Brown resisted arrest and tried to take the policeman’s gun. He was shot by the officer who was trying to arrest him and pronounced dead at the scene.  Continue reading “Another man goes on a shooting spree: Teen and police officer killed”

’22-Year-Old Virgin’ Goes on Sorority Girl Shooting Spree, Kills 6

Elliot Rodger shooter Terror broke out in Santa Barbara near the town’s University on Friday night in an event that is being called the “2014 Isla Vista Massacre.” According to police, the suspect was severely mentally disturbed” and fatally stabbed his three roommates in their apartment before killing two women, one man and himself during a drive-by shooting from his BMW on the streets of Isla Vista. 13 others were injured.

You needn’t ask yourself “why” in the case of shooter Elliot Rodger, who went into great detail about his reasons for committing such heinous crimes. In videotapes and notebooks obtained by the authorities, Elliot described himself as a 22-year-old virgin who was constantly rejected by women and had “never even kissed a girl.”

“I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me. But I will punish you all for it” Elliot said in a seven-minute video uploaded to YouTube before the crime.  Continue reading “’22-Year-Old Virgin’ Goes on Sorority Girl Shooting Spree, Kills 6”

9/11 Memorial Features a Gift Shop Next to Human Remains, $24 Entrance Fee

9:11 memorial museum
Victim’s relatives are outraged over the museum built as a tribute to those lost during the September 11 terrorist attacks, calling it a greedy, disrespectful mess.

The museum oddly features a gift shop adjacent to 8,000 unidentified human remains. It also costs $24 to visit, along with an extra $10 bucks or so for a stuffed animal, you know, in case you wanted to get super ripped off in the process of remembering dead family members.

From ABC:

Jim Riches doesn’t plan on visiting. His son Jimmy, a firefighter, was 29 when he died in the attacks. It took more than six months to find some of Jimmy’s remains. The rest, Riches believes, are unidentified and in the repository.

“My son’s friends are going to have to pay $24 to go down and pay their respects,” Riches said. “I think that’s a disgrace. It’s the only cemetery in the world where you have to pay a fee to get in.”

Diane and Kurt Horning tells ABC News they’re appalled by what they’re calling “greed and commercialism.” They lost their son Matt Horning in the twin towers.

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Justin Timberlake Dances With Michael Jackson

There’s a new Michael Jackson video (yes, “new”) for reasons unknown besides that people just aren’t done beating his sequined corpse like a piñata until dollar bills fall out…

“Love Never Felt So Good” for Justin Timberlake, who snaps his fingers while younger folks dance up a storm in front of old footage of Michael.
 
The next song from Jackson’s posthumous album Xscape will feature Tupac and John Denver.

What’s the most interesting about Justin Timberlake these days anyway? That he shares a barber with Brad Pitt or that you could pour syrup in his brow crease without any falling out? 
Read: Michael Jackson Hologram Rocks Billboard Music Awards: Go Behind the Scenes

My Fondest Memory of H. R. Giger is a Little Game Called ‘Dark Seed’

Before I was a nerdy 28-year-old playing video games on Xbox, I was a nerdy 12-year-old playing computer games on a Macintosh that was the size of a dishwasher. My own personal version of Silent Hill was Dark Seed. To this day, after barely being able to hold my controller through Doom, Bioshock, Condemned, F.E.A.R, Dead Space and Resident Evil, Dark Seed remains the scariest game I’ve ever played.

You start as a man with a persistent headache who, after a lot of frustrating clicking and pointing, ends up traveling through a mirror into a parallel universe that is nothing but nightmares and evil alien beings. It ends with you peeing yourself.  Continue reading “My Fondest Memory of H. R. Giger is a Little Game Called ‘Dark Seed’”

Peaches Geldof, Daughter of Rockstar Bob Geldof, Dead at 25

Peaches geldof party
Peaches Geldof, notorious British socialite and daughter of Boomtown Rats singer, solo artist and Live Aid founder Bob Geldof, was found dead in her home this afternoon at the age of 25.

A police spokesperson called her passing “unexplained and sudden,” stating that they are still working to “establish the circumstances surrounding the death.”
Peaches Geldof
Bob Geldof (most famous for the song “I Don’t Like Mondays”) addressed the heartbreaking loss:

We are beyond pain. She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us. Writing ‘was’ destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable?”

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Latest Ford Hood Shooter Had a History of Instability

Ivan Lopez shooterThe commanding general at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas – where 34-year-old enlisted soldier Ivan Lopez shot and killed three fellow officers and then himself with a semi-automatic pistol on Wednesday, April 3 – says Lopez had a questionable medical history that may at least partly explain his behavior.

“We have very strong evidence that he had a medical history that indicates an unstable psychiatric or psychological condition. We’re going through all records to ensure that is, in fact, is correct,” Gen. Mark Milley told reporters today, adding that they believe his condition was the “underlying causal factor.” (Not that you can ever truly “explain” murder.)

Sixteen were wounded in this latest Fort Hood shooting, a military base that was plagued by a similar incident in 2009 that left 13 dead and more than 30 injured at the hands of Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan.

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Acting Legend Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead at 46

Phillip Seymour Hoffman black and white46-year-old Philip Seymour Hoffman – one of the rare actors who starred almost exclusively in critically-acclaimed films – died today in his New York apartment of an apparent heroin overdose.

Sources for TMZ say the Oscar winner (for Capote, in 2005) and father of three was discovered early Sunday “in his boxer shots, with a needle sticking out of his left arm.”

Hoffman admitted to struggling with a heroin and pill addiction and entered rehab for his addiction last year after being clean for over 20 years.

Out of the many celebrities who commented on his death, Russell Brand was one of the few to mention drugs. “Love and prayers for Philip Seymour Hoffman’s family. Addiction kills, I hope all who need it have access to abstinence based recovery,” Brand wrote on Twitter.  Continue reading “Acting Legend Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead at 46”

12 Inspiring Nelson Mandela Quotes to Recite During Hard Times

Nelson Mandela freedom fistAfrica’s most peaceful and influential leader may no longer be with us, but his legacy lives on in the country he worked so hard to free, the various charities organizations he founded, and finally, his words.

Here are some quotes from Nelson Mandela – who died on Thursday in Johannesburg at the ripe age of 95 – to memorize, recite and live by:

1. “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”

2. “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”  Continue reading “12 Inspiring Nelson Mandela Quotes to Recite During Hard Times”

Paul Walker’s Cause of Death and Last Words

Paul Walker racing gearPaul Walker‘s cause of death was revealed today by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. He was in a horrible flaming car crash so it’s not exactly a huge shocker that he died from the combined effects of “traumatic and thermal injuries.”

While we’re waiting on toxicology reports that will likely come back negative (because it was 8:30 in the morning), a man who attended the charity event Walker was driving home from at the time of death has shared his last words…

“We’ll be back in five minutes.”

Because Walker was relatively young and fellow young people of today are absolutely INSANE, there are a bunch of cockamamie conspiracy theories floating around.

The theories involved Brian from Family Guy, the Illuminati and a drone strike. As in, Brian the Dog is in the Illuminati and called in a drone strike on Paul Walker.