Friday, June 29, 2007

Your Weekend, As Planned by Ellis, the Corporate Asshole From Die Hard

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2007 at 4:07 PM

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Uh, hey, sprechen ze talk? I’m Harry Ellis, and I’m in charge of international acquisitions at the Nakatomi Corporation.

Hey, I read the papers, I watch 60 Minutes. I say to myself, These guys are professionals, they're motivated, they're happening -- i.e., they wanna do something fun this weekend. Am I right? To put it in my terms, you're here on a hostile takeover, and you grab us for some greenmail but you didn't expect some poison pill was gonna be running around the building.

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Death of a Wrestler

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2007 at 3:56 PM

Pro wrestler Chris Benoit murdered his family and then offed himself last weekend. The gruesome details keep coming: bibles placed next to his victims’ bodies, a prophetic Wikipedia post and cryptic text messages sent by Benoit in his final hours. After hearing all of this, I couldn’t help remembering the last major wrestling misfortune and Benoit’s history in Kansas City.

In May of 1999, I road tripped with a couple of friends to Kansas City for the unfortunately titled pay-per-view event, Over The Edge. Kemper Arena was packed with thousands of pro wrestling fans. Midway through the night, the arena lights went dark. A video screen glowed with the antics of the Blue Blazer, a masked wrestler better known as Owen Hart. Hart was supposed to swoop into the ring by rappelling from the catwalk above Kemper. But something went horribly wrong.

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The Year's Best Music So Far, In Videos

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2007 at 12:26 PM

I've been wanting to do this for weeks, and since Kraske had Tim Finn from the Star and Steve Wilson from Kief's in Lawrence on his show to talk about the year's best music so far, I'm thinking it's time for me to come forward. Here's a bevy of YouTube videos of the kind of stuff that's been rocking my tits in '07. This list, by the way, is more about artist and album than song and video. Post your faves in the comments, just be sure to change the width and height of the YouTube code to 400 X 333 so it'll fit in this narrow little blog column.

Cadence Weapon - "Sharks" from Breaking Kayfabe

(I haven't heard the whole album, but this track is really fresh sounding. Cool viddy, too -- a good example of how to appropriate video game culture without being precious about it.)

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Where Are Thou, Carlos Febles?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2007 at 6:50 AM

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The Kansas City Royals stand triumphant. By beating the Angels on Wednesday, the men in blue guaranteed their first winning month since July 2003.

It’s been a long four years. So long, in fact, that not a single Royal who played in the last game that clinched a winning month is on the 2007 team.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

‘Leader’ Blunt Screws the Pooch

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2007 at 7:59 PM

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Last month, civic leader and Republican consigliere Warren Erdman told me that Gov. Matt Blunt is the state’s “leading advocate for stem-cell research.”

Erdman tried to pass this line of crap after the boy governor elevated a foe of stem-cell research. Blunt put state Rep. Rob Onder on the Life Sciences Research Board, even though Onder had fought the passage of the constitutional amendment to protect stem-cell research in Missouri.

Now we’re seeing the consequences of Blunt’s "leading advocacy."

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Free Mac Lethal

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2007 at 4:43 PM

No, he's not in jail or anything. But Mac Lethal just sent out a MySpace bulletin announcing that his first album is downloadable for free, track by track, via the Snocap player on his page.

If you can figure out how it works, you can get yourself some free Mac Lethal.

You're welcome.

Wayward Cast 9: Spoon, Conner, Black Tie Dynasty et al

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2007 at 2:31 PM

The latest broadcast from my apartment is up.

Right- or option-click here to download the latest Wayward Cast, sonic dispatch and musical bastard child of the Pitchcast. Click here for an RSS with all of our available podcasts.

Thank you and a happy Thursday to ye.

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Crankytown No. 2

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2007 at 12:05 PM

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The Associated Press reports this morning that “Prisons and jails added more than 42,000 inmates last year, the largest increase since 2000.” Predictably, almost six out of every 10 prisoners was a minority. That might explain Jason Whitlock’s recent obsession with what he calls “prison culture” seeping out into the mainstream.

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