Tuesday, June 30, 2009

U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear case on picketing funerals

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 5:05 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court has announced that it doesn't want anything to do with the legal arguments over whether Missouri can pass state laws to keep vile famewhore psychopaths from picketing soldiers' funerals to get attention. I'm not naming names, but if you live here I

think you know who I'm talking about.

This is disappointing. You would think that the legal questions of how much pain and suffering someone can cause innocent bystanders versus the freedom-of-speech issue would be worthy of a hearing. The idea that anyone's speech should be limited, or that we should start down the path of banning unpopular assembly, is just bad. On the other hand, some people are truly evil motherfuckers.

Shit. Maybe that's it. If I were a judge there are some people I wouldn't want to invite to my courtroom, either.

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Killa City: KCMO homicide No. 54, fatally wounded Anthony Barnett, 24, pushed from vehicle at 20th and Kensington

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Update: KCPD identified the victim as 24-year-old Anthony Barnett, adding that the address his body was dumped in front of was indeed his home.

An unidentified man was shot in the abdomen, then pushed out of a vehicle at the corner of 20th Street and Kensington Avenue Monday afternoon.

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According to Capt. Richard Lockhart of the KCPD, officers responded to a shooting call at 4:43 p.m. to find the victim in the street. The car allegedly also ran over the man's leg while driving away. He was a man in his 20s or 30s, and his body was reportedly already surrounded by friends and family, so he may have lived in the area. Paramedics declared him dead at the scene.

Check Crime Scene KC for more details.

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Kansas City is responsible for new Johnny Depp gangster movie

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 3:22 PM

This weekend the highly anticipated film Public Enemies opens. It's the story of outlaw John Dillinger and stars Johnny Depp and Christian Bale, so you know it'll probably

make a shit-ton of cash. Plus, it was directed by Michael Mann, and that guy knows his way around cops and robbers and bullets (ahem, Heat, everyone?).

But without Kansas City, there'd be no badass shootouts to film.

I don't think it's a spoiler to tell you that John Dillinger was shot to death by federal agents as he was leaving a Chicago movie theater. That was 1934. The trailer for Public Enemies shows a lot of cool Tommy-gun action, so it's a safe bet that besides Dillinger's death, someone's going to be trading lead. And of course that's going to be a big part of the movie's fun.

Here's why Kansas City is important. FBI agents weren't actually allowed to carry guns or make arrests until the Kansas City Massacre in 1933 at Union Station. Beyond that, Agent Melvin Purvis - portrayed by Bale in the movie - went after gangster Pretty Boy Floyd because of Floyd's suspected involvement in the massacre.  

There you go. No KC, no Union Station? No FBI agents, no guns, no thrilling cinematic gunfights. You're welcome, America.

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Anything bad that happens to this man in prison is probably good

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 2:49 PM

Richard J. Oflyng, 32, of Ottawa, Kansas, pled guilty Monday to attempted sex trafficking of a child.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Oflyng was busted by an undercover law

enforcement operation called Operation Guardian Angel, specifically targeting demand for child prositutes in the metro. This terrible, terrible, fuck-face, responded to an ad that advertised "little girls available" and then, on the phone with an undercover officer, this truly heinous fucktard requested an 11-year-old girl, and offered $20 on top of the $60 flat rate so he wouldn't have to wear a condom. Slithering shit-beast that Oflyng was, he then showed up to the undercover location in his semi-truck tractor trailer, confirmed the prices, and went to the back room he thought was being used as a child brothel where he was arrested but probably not hit in the face and balls with a nightstick nearly enough.

Thanks to Operation Guardian Angel, seven defendants have been indicted and will hopefully spend the rest of their miserable existences in horrifying agony.

Richard Oflyng, sincerely, fuck you.

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Anarchy Tour Diary #8: Out of the FatBeats and into the fire

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 2:20 PM

The continued exploits of Anarchy Tour-ists James Christos, PL and Rockwell ...

PL: Well... First off, let me say "rest in peace" to Michael Jackson. His passing marks the end of an era. I don't believe that I'll see an entertainer/performer with as much to offer the world in my lifetime. I'm not saying this because he passed. If you know me, you know I loves me some MJ music and shows! I only regret not giving him his roses while he was still here. So, to Prince I say, "You the man! Your music is! Thank you!"
PL (left) and Rockwell mug on Melrose outside of FatBeats
  • PL (left) and Rockwell mug on Melrose outside of FatBeats

EVERYTHING pretty much shut down, when MJ passed, so it was not going to be possible for us to get a show in L.A. for a couple of days -- a couple of days that we couldn't afford to wait or feel like we were wasting ... So we made new plans to head to Phoenix a little early.

Before leaving we stopped by Venice Beach, to fill out our paperwork to become official Venice Street Performers. WORD! While there, we had to "bathe in the waters of Lake Minnetonka!" (Get your movie quotes up.)

PL before the healing waters of the Pacific
  • PL before the healing waters of the Pacific

After that, we headed to Melrose, where we met Johnny at the "World Famous" FatBeats Records & Tapes. The mood was somber here also. Check out the video of the Rockwell interviewing Johnny [after the jump]. Once our L.A. promotional whirlwind was finished, we hit the highway. More like the highway hit us... Classic L.A. 3 o'clock Friday rush-hour. NICE!

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Gnarly Enterprises invites bands to play in a Shadowbox

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 2:19 PM

Adam Wagner of the bands the Good Foot and Fairbanks and Gnarly Dan of gonzo film and promotions co. Gnarly Enterprises have built a cozy, little living room and, beginning tomorrow night, Wednesday, July 1, they'll be inviting local musicians to come play in it.

The Shadowbox @ the Sidecar from Gnarly Enterprises on Vimeo.

The wee parlor, officially dubbed the Shadowbox, will be located in the Beaumont Club. Dan and his boys will film the musicians as they perform stripped-down versions of their bands' (or their own) songs in the small space. The proceedings will be projected onto the wall inside the Sidecar bar, which is located on the other side of the recently renovated Beaumont's south wall. Yeah ... it's kind of hard to explain -- and that's what makes it all the more intriguing. "I'm excited to have bands with these high-production-value live shows come and kind of dumb it down," Gnarly Dan tells me, adding that the video results can be posted online to give local bands "viral equity." Viral equity ... he may be on to something.

The series is set to go down on a monthly basis. In the promo trailer above, the two guys at the end of the video getting jacked up on High Life? The shirtless one is Gnarly Dan and the bearded guy in the cutoffs is Wagner. The video was shot by Pitch freelancer Forester Michael, who set up his still camera to shoot six frames per second that were stitched together in "Sledgehammer"-like fashion.

The Shadowbox lights up tomorrow in the Sidecar at 10 p.m. Locals Tommy Hoskins (the Buffalo Saints), Andrew Ashby (the Caves) and Brent Windler (Sons of Great Dane) will take turns singing in the box. Cover is $3. Viral equity is free for the taking.

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The Ssion Tour Photos

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Do you have a good Internet connection and a healthy amount of time on your hands? If so, you should check out the exhaustive, thorough, and above all entertaining series of photos the Ssion posted on their MySpace blog. All the photos are from their recent tour with Fischerspooner.


Even if you have no idea what's going, who anyone is, or where they might be (although every photo is organized by tour stop), you'll be entertained. The pics are just one huge post which will take the better part of five minutes to load. You also may want to beware that some photos might be construed as NSFW, as not all are constrained by decorum. In other words, these aren't just snapshots of the band onstage. There are photos from parties, the van, backstage, in the crowd--everywhere the band went, the camera went.

As such, the photos feature the following, although not all in one single picture (although that would be amazing and perhaps violate the laws of time and space): partial nipple, pencil sketch wang, ladies in their undergarments, making out, and something I'm not sure how to describe other than "you can see some scant underpants through pantyhose."

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Adult businesses allowed to continue informing truckers where they can masturbate

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 1:25 PM

Kansas' adult stores and strip clubs were ready to take down their roadside signs this week, but thanks to a federal judge's intervention, they can keep their ads up for a little while longer, at least.

Scheduled to take effect Wednesday, a 2006 Kansas law put restrictions on signs within one mile of a highway if they advertised adult businesses. The law limited signs to 40 square feet at their largest, and said the signs could only show the business name, hours and phone number. This seems absurdly unfair to the business owners. For one thing, 40 square feet is way to small if you're blazing down the road at 80 mph on speed. For another, how would anyone know whether they were on their way to a totally nude juice bar or a tasteful boutique of erotica? Depending on what you need at a given moment, that's an important difference. The Lion's Den Adult Superstore Business, being run by reasonable men, sensibly sued to stop these injunctions on First Amendment grounds.

There are still a lot of legal briefs to be filed and gavels to be banged before this is settled, but it's a good sign that similar laws in other states - like Missouri - have all been struck down.  


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Taco Bell is going green!

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 12:00 PM

OK, not really. That's just the premise behind the new Onion Network video that shows just how the fast food chain is doing its part for the planet:

In case you're wondering, Taco Bell doesn't really use gluten filler as the first ingredient in its seasoned beef. Its first ingredient is beef, followed by water and then by the seasonings. For many years there was an urban legend that Taco Bell beef was actually made of soy.

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Video: U2 360° Tour Preview

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 12:00 PM

U2 starts its 360° Tour today in Barcelona, in front of a sold-out crowd of 90,000 fans. Here's how the band and their crew created a way to make the stadium setting intimate for both performers and audience, courtesy of Wired.

You can check out further details on the tour page. Sadly, the nearest this is coming is Norman, Oklahoma, on October 18.

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