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TOM Mix – January 6, 1880 – October 12, 1940 – was an American silent film actor who starred in hundreds of films.
* In all, he made 336 feature films, produced 88, wrote 71 and directed 117. Tom made only 9 sound feature films and the 15-chapter serial “Miracle Rider.”
Checking The Mail: Richard Littlejohn, the peacemaker? Bollocks
IMAGINE you’re Richard Littlejohn. Once you’ve stopped vomiting, imagine how you’d feel when you heard that the inquest into the death of Mark Duggan had given its verdict. You’d not be sad for loss of life or thinking about the circumstances that lead a family to be as dysfunctional and staunched in criminality and gangsterism as the Duggans. You wouldn’t think: what can police do in those situations other than take a fatal shot. You wouldn’t think for a moment about the societal issues that led to the riots following Duggan’s death. You’d wring your hands, crack your knuckles and jump onto your soap box.
The Andrew Mitchell Pleb Story Appealed To Anti-Posh Bigots: Police Don’t Only Lie About Poor Blacks
FACE of the DAY: Pc Keith Wallis, 53, arriving at the Old Bailey in central London.
PC Keith Wallis is a liar. The 53-year-old pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office. He lied when he said that he his nephew had heard the then Tory Party chief whip Mitchell call officers guarding Downing Street “plebs”.
He wrote up what he’d witnessed and sent it in an email to John Randall, the deputy chief whip. Randall then showed prime minister, David Cameron. Someone then leaked the story to the Sun.
Mitchell was accused of telling police on September 19, 2012: “Best you learn your f****** place… you’re f****** plebs.”
It remains on the record that officer Toby Rowland says Mitchell called him and his fellow coppers “f***ing plebs” and “morons”. Mitchell was upset that could not take his bicycle through that gate.
Wallis pretended to be a tourist who just happened to hear Mitchell “shouting obscenities at the police officers on the gates”. Mitchell admitted to having sworn. But he denied using those words. He claimed there was a police conspiracy against him. Was there?
The police are sticking to their guns, stating: “PC Wallis has admitted that he lied about witnessing the incident and provided a false account to his MP. Detectives have found no evidence to suggest that any officer involved in the incident at the gate was involved with PC Wallis or aware of the fact he had contacted his MP in this way.”
YOUR Premier League predictions are brought to you by Mark ‘Lawro’ Lawrenson, Robert ‘Never Bobby’ De Niro & Sylvester ‘Sly’ Stallone. Lawrenson is billed as “BBC football expert”.
IN the 1970s, a stripper performed at the Toronto stock Exchange.
Sexist? Or just fun?
Try and do it now and see what happens?
CAN You Practise French Kissing On The Dog? Did anyone really ask that of Jackie magazine’s agony aunts in the 1970s. Victoria Lambert writes in the Telegraph:
THE Topps Company didn’t just make baseball cards with a stick of chewing gum in each packet. They made cards for non-sporting endeavours. Collect them. Trade them. The Garbage Pail kids cards sold well. So too Pokemon. But what about these?
In 2013 Topps created Lollapalooza Trading Cards.
But before that, they made these.
The Bay City Rollers
The girls will go wild for the Scots rockers. Back in the 1970s, it was Rollermania as Eric Faulkner and Stuart Wood, Les McKeown, Alan Longmuir and drummer Derek Longmuir emerged from Edinburgh to make tartan cool.
IS this the moment when Walt Disney realised the full horror of his own making? Walt was accosted with a group of his characters performing the nightmarish “Walt Disney Toy Shop” fantasy – on ice – in Los Angeles on May 8, 1950. Walt never did make a cartoon of Frankenstein. He considered it too tame. All his characters were born as mendacious, perverted scum of the lowest kind…
DISNEY are a problematic bunch at the best of times, and unfortunately for them, they’ve been very successful and for a long, long time, which means they’re subject to the kind of scrutiny that not many other organisations are.
YES indeedy, as a signal that this altcoin market (Bitcoin, Litecoin and the like) you can become an instant millionaire in your own currency for the once only low low price of $100!
This is in fact true as well: although it’s not about to make anyone rich I would have thought. It’s just the sort of thing that happens when people get swept up in a financial bubble. This is tulips all over again, the South Sea Bubble, dotcom mania. It might even be that something useful comes out of it all at the end but there’s definitely going to be tears before bedtime.
THE Coachella Festival is back, announcing the 2014 line-up, much to the excitement of people on Tumblr who are hipster enough to fawn over it, but alas, too poor to actually afford to attend.
The big news is that the festival will have a recently reformed Outkast headlining, which is good news for all. Also topping the bill are Muse and Arcade Fire (Queen 2.0 and Music For Dads, respectively).
In a post on Twitter, the festival revealed the line up for the April event, with the message “Share it like a polaroid picture”. You can see that here.
TV Presenter Charlie Vernon Sacked For Raising Finger At Colleague Who Called Her A ‘Wh**e’ Through Her Earpiece
“I WAS shocked and extremely offended to be called a f****** big whore and a bitch on my earpiece,’’ says Charlie Vernon, 28, of the day she lost her job presenting the Jewellery Maker show on Gems TV satellite channel. She responded to the insult by raising her middle finger. A viewer complained, upset that their daily intake of bilge had been so rudely interrupted. Redditch -based Genuine Gemstone Company sacked her.
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Mark Duggan: Well Played Mr Justice Keith Cutler, The Met’s Fearsome Burqa Bandit’s Are Above The Laws They Uphold
MARK Duggan was no angel. The 29-year-old father-of-six’s most ardent friends and family would probably agree.
He died when shot by a still anonymous (to the British Public) police officer.
Was the man who police immediately after the shooting branded as a gun-wielding gangsta who opened fire on them, a victim of the UK’s collective loss of innocence?
The country which has a complete arms ban on hand guns has since the ban’s introduction seen a massive growth in the number of armed alleged criminals and a matching increase in the very much more superior arming of huge numbers of police officers.
As a child he lived in the Broadwater Farm Estate which was a breeding ground of mistrust and conflict between the majority black population and the, now universally accepted, predominately white, right-wing and institutionally racist Metropolitan police force.
The estate’s name was branded into the UK’s population psyche when the unarmed beat bobby PC Keith Blakelock was cornered and chopped to death during the Broadwater Estate riots of October 6, 1985. He was the first serving police officer slaughtered during a civil disturbance for over a century.
ON August 4, 2011, Mark Duggan, 29, is show by police in north London. The father-of-four was travelling in a mini cab when pulled over.
Operation Dibri is a disaster. Set up by the Met’s black crime Trident unit, and fed information by the no-longer-operating Serious and Organised Crime Agency (Soca), police believed Duggan had picked up a gun in Leyton, east London, and was on his way to commit a crime.
Reports are that he had collected a BBM Bruni model 92 handgun. It contained a single bullet.
He was on his way back to Tottenham. With the gun in his possession, police were on his tail. He spotted them following in an unmarked car. Police control gave the order to “strike”. Three police cars swopped, boxing in the taxi. Duggan did not go quietly. He opened the door and got out.
Officer V53 fire not one, not two but three shots. He shot to kill.
V53 said he saw a gun in Duggan’s hand:
“It’s like a freeze-frame moment. The only thing I was focusing on is the gun. The next thing he does, he starts to move the gun away from his body. He’s raised the weapon, moved it a couple of inches away from his body… The next thing he does, he starts to move the gun away from his body. He’s raised the weapon, moved it a couple of inches away from his body.”
But if he was holding the gun, none of the police saw him throw it over a fence onto grass. Duggan was not holding a gun when police fired. The gun was wrapped in a sock. Polce found none of Duggan’s DNA nor fingerprints on it. It had not been cocked for firing.
Was Duggan going to shoot? The officer says he thought so. In a split second he made the call to fire.
One bullet his Duggan in the arm, going on to lodge in a police radio. Another bullet hit Duggan in the chest.
The Met told the IPCC Duggan had fired at police. It had been a shoot out. No. He never shot.
The armed officers made written statements as they sat in one room. Did they confer?
The mini cab was not immediately quarantined.
Detective Chief Inspector Mick Foote said
“Intelligence over that period and historically was a clear indication Mark Duggan was involved in gun crime. As well as gun crime, he was involved in the supply of class-A drugs and possession of ammunition – all of them very serious crimes.”
THE world’s most humble business card is that handed over by Chen Guangbiao, a minted Chinese businessman who would be owner of the The New York Times.
IT’S UNFORGIVABLE to squander excellent source material in favour of garbage. Anyone who read World War Z and saw the film can vouch for that. Well, the same sad fact is true for most DVD covers. An excellent movie poster exists, but the distributor opts for a poor substitute thrown together and Photoshopped in two minutes.
Before anyone points out that movie posters have an edge via larger canvas size - I’ll acknowledge that. But there’s plenty of awesome paperback artwork – the smaller canvas didn’t seem to handicap Frank Frazetta or Robert McGinnis. So, I’m not going to give DVD covers a pass.
No excuses. And to prove my point I’m going to show you some side by side comparisons (DVD abominations are always on the right). Young children may want to shield their eyes.
Mark Duggan’s mother, Pam Duggan (centre) outside the Royal Courts of Justice after a jury found he was lawfully killed when he was shot dead by a police marksman Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
AN update on the news that Kim Jong-un fed his uncle to 120 dogs.
The story was created by someone going by the name Pyongyang Choi Seongho. He said North Korea’s leading Kim had killed his uncle Jang Songtaek not by firing squad but by dogs.
One example of the satirist’s work says:
Today is Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving Day is the day for giving thanks to Kim Jongun. The American people eat turkey to thank him. What do you people eat?” It also includes a poster of Kim Jongun in sunglasses saying, “Don’t know how to be thankful, then you’ll get shot.”
He’s a joker:
Liu Chengcheng told the Global Times that Choi’s posts impartially display the lives of Pyongyang residents but rarely offer valuable new information. “Choi reiterates the North Korean mainstream media’s exaggerated style and makes the news funny,” said Liu.
Beijing Cream notes:
“At my residence in Beijing, with Coke toast first to the supreme leaders!”
And with that first message on June 29, Sina Weibo user @作家崔成浩 – literally, “Writer Choi Seongho” – launched himself into Chinese social media fame. From the very beginning, as a self-proclaimed North Korean patriot, he has written solely to glorify the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and has attracted more than 480,000 followers while following no one in turn.
But all is not what it seems. Far from being a true believer in the Juche Ideal, Choi just might be this country’s foremost satirist.
Hong Kong tabloid Wen Wei Po picked up the story of Kim’s hounds.
Zhang and five cronies after being stripped of clothes into the railings into the 120 hungry hound biting northeast three days until eaten. The whole process lasted one hour, Kim Jong-un, North Korea more than 300 main-belt Li Xue officials watch.
The tabloid cited Pyongyang Choi Seongho as the original source.
Who does the research?
THE Sun says this lighthouse in Michigan, USA, has frozen over. It’s one result of the polar vortex, says the Sun:
The Express also saw the “frozen lighthouse”:
This lighthouse stands frozen still after a big storm in St. Joseph, Michigan – This frozen lighthouse in could easily be mistaken for a still from the snow swept disaster movie The Day After Tomorrow. Standing in temperatures well below freezing, the lighthouse is transformed into a giant icicle
THERE’S no hiding it – Jay Z is not nearly the artist he once was. However, what he’s given to hip hop is enough for him to coast along forever without having to answer critics.
With that, happily married, wealthy and a new father, it seems Hova has mellowed and, at a show, he made a 12 year old boy’s dream come true by inviting him on-stage.
While performing in his ‘Magna Carter World Tour’ over the weekend in Greensboro, N.C., Jay noticed a young fan holding up a sign in the audience which said “Can I rap for you?”
And lo, it came to pass.
In 1978 Muhammed Ali Boxed Marvin Gaye, Sammy Davis Junior, Richard Pryor – The Story And Some Great Photos
ON May 8, 1978, Muhammad Ali delivered a punch to the body of entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr. during their benefit fight and show at the Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles.
On Feb. 15, Ali had lost to Leon Spinks in a 15-round fight in Las Vegas. Ali was crestfallen. Superman was defeated. But Spinks was too tough.
World heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, right, is shown at a press conference in New York, January 31, 1978, with promoter Don King, left, and Herbert Muhammad, center, to plug a comic book in which he beats Superman. Ali holds a copy of the comic book.
On Aug. 15, Ali won the rematch at the New Orleans Superdome, again after 15-rounds.
Ali had become the first man to win the heavyweight championship three times.
In between those epic bouts, he entered the ring with the fearsome Sammy Davis Junior:
HOW cold is it? At Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, public relations director Sharon Dewar etlls us that its so cold that the polar bears have been taken inside:
“In Chicago we’re accustomed to weather extremes, with very cold winters and very hot summers, so the animals that are part of our zoo are chosen for their hardiness for winter or summer. But this is obviously an excessive extreme. So even animals that are pretty hardy, and would be able to stay outside for normal winters — like the Mongolian camels and polar bear — even those animals we’re keeping indoors.”