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Monday, May 25, 2015

A Mind of His Own!

Hey kids, remember that movie "8 Heads in a Duffel Bag?"


Well, your always curious reporter has a better one for ya!


Nine brains were found along a street in a northern New York village, but authorities say there's nothing to fear.
The brains are believed to have been part of a collection for educational or research purposes. No criminal activity is suspected. Residents discovered the brains on a street near railroad tracks in Governeur and notified police Wednesday.
A local veterinarian determined one of the brains had been professionally removed and preserved in formaldehyde. The organs are believed to be either from dogs or sheep.

NOW ....., here is the line at the end of the article that caught my attention: "Mishaps with preserved brains are not uncommon!"


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"Naked man rescued after getting stuck on Florida drawbridge!"

A member of the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Tactical Rescue Team rescues a naked man on top of a raised drawbridge on Friday, May 22, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Witnesses said the unidentified man was swimming in the river earlier and was walking across the railroad bridge Friday morning when it began to rise, forcing him to scamper to the top.
http://wtop.com/watercooler/2015/05/naked-florida-man-rescued-after-getting-stuck-on-drawbridge/

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Got another good one from 'Snopes.com!'

A Colorado man accused of violating a protection order brought a stuffed owl he said had “law degrees from Yale, Harvard and Stanford” to court to represent him.

Charles Abbott of Aspen, who was accused of violating a protection order taken out by his former roommate, Michael Stranahan, placed the stuffed owl on the table in front of him during his appearance in Pitkin County Court Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely’s courtroom.
“He’s a very sensitive guy, has law degrees from Yale, Harvard and Stanford,” Abbott said. “I think he’ll be able to represent me before a public defender comes online.”
Abbott allegedly violated the protection order by going to Stranahan’s home to retrieve his belongings. Stranahan, who said he was out of town when Abbott went to the home, accused Abbott of taking some of his property.
Judge Fernandez-Ely ignored the owl, which Abbott dubbed “Solomon,” and asked Stranahan if he would be willing to amend the protection order to allow for mediation.
“I want it to remain in place because I don’t feel safe about being in close proximity to Charles Abbott,” Stranahan said.
A Colorado man accused of violating a protection order brought a stuffed owl he said had “law degrees from Yale, Harvard and Stanford” to court to represent him.


MEANWHILE, THE MAN'S LAWYER WAS NOT AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT!


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Since we are on the subject of Snopes.com, this is another one of those stupid lawsuits by one of the far left zealots:

On 6 January 2015, a longstanding dispute in King, North Carolina, involving a statue of a soldier praying (and other Christian symbols) at a public memorial was resolved. The King City Council voted 3-2 to approve a settlement agreement in regards to the lawsuit Steven Hewett v. the City of King.

According to a local news source, city council members struggled with the decision to remove the praying soldier statue, but mounting legal costs associated with defending the memorial created an untenable legal situation:

According to a press release issued by the city, King had already incurred more than $50,000 in legal fees and costs and estimated that litigation costs would have approached $2 million, exceeding the city's $1 million insurance coverage. The city was also facing the loss of that insurance coverage if the matter proceeded to trial, according to the release.

The dispute over the religiously-themed statue began in 2012 with a lawsuit filed by Hewett against King:

Hewett, a U.S. Army veteran, sued the city in November 2012 in U.S. District Court in Greensboro, alleging that King officials had violated his constitutional rights by allowing the Christian flag to fly at the Veteran's Memorial in the city's Central Park. Hewett asked a federal judge to bar the city from allowing the display of the Christian flag at the memorial, from displaying the statue of the soldier kneeling at a cross and from sponsoring religious activities at events at the site.

In July, U.S. District Court Judge James A. Beaty Jr. barred the city from promoting Christianity at ceremonies but ruled that the Christian flag and statue issues could go to trial.

King City officials explained the decision was a fiscal one, with Charles Allen, a King city councilman, commenting:

I can't put that financial burden on the city. I'm not voting my conscience but on financial sense.

In summary, it's true the city of King was sued (by an individual citizen, not the federal government) over the praying soldier statue and the display of Christian flags, a factor that led to the removal of those elements from public space. However, no King city council members wanted to remove the memorial's Christian elements, and no court decision or governmental order required them to do so: the city opted not to fight the lawsuit and voted to remove the Christian elements due to concerns about the financial costs of contesting the lawsuit.

LOCALS ARE NOW REFERRING TO IT AS THEIR "STATUE OF LIMITATIONS!"


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AND FINALLY: A lot of great movies coming in June, kids!


Big-budget sequels (Jurassic World, Ted 2) and original tentpoles (Spy, Inside Out) are among the most anticipated movies hitting theaters in the second month of summer movie season. June also marks the eagerly-awaited releases of the Entourage movie and film-festival-favorite indies Love & Mercy, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, The Wolfpack and Dope.
Horror fans will also get to experience the latest installment in the Insidious franchise. And "Batkid" Miles Scott's Make-a-Wish event turned viral phenomenon gets the documentary treatment.
                                                    

Read on to watch the trailers for and learn more about these highly anticipated films, presented in chronological order by release date, to better plan your June moviegoing.




Entourage (June 3): The boys are back. Four years after the HBO series ended, Entourage has done what few now-defunct TV shows could do, it made the movie that fans wanted. In the bigger version of the Hollywood-insider series, Vincent (Adrian Grenier) is directing his first movie while studio-head Ari (Jeremy Piven) is fighting the Texas billionaire financing the movie, while Drama (Kevin Dillon), E (Kevin Connolly) and Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) are dealing with personal problems of their own. The film is chock full of cameos, with everyone from Ronda Rousey to Warren Buffett to producer Mark Wahlberg.




Insidious: Chapter 3 (June 5): Dermot Mulroney and Stefanie Scott replace Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne as the stars of the third installment in the successful Jason Blum-produced horror franchise. The past two micro-budget films have been some of the most profitable movies made in recent years, with the first film grossing $97 million on a $1.5 million budget and the second making $160 million worldwide. The latest film, directed by Leigh Whannell, who wrote all three films in the series, is a prequel in which psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly uses her ability to contact the dead to help a teenage girl being pursued by a dangerous supernatural being.


Love & Mercy (June 5): Paul Dano and John Cusack play Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson at two different stages of his life in biopic Love & Mercy. The movie, which was acquired by Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions after its Toronto Film Festival premiere, chronicles Wilson's struggles with mental health and substance abuse issues. The feature directorial debut of veteran producer/financier Bill Pohlad of River Road Entertainment (12 Years a Slave, Into the Wild) co-stars Elizabeth Banks as Wilson's second wife Melinda Ledbetter and Paul Giamatti as Wilson's personal physician and legal guardian, Eugene Landy. Oren Moverman and Michael Alan Lerner wrote the screenplay.




Spy (June 5): Melissa McCarthy plays a desk-bound CIA agent who finally gets to see some action in the field when she goes undercover to track down an arms dealer (Rose Byrne) who has learned the identities of all of the CIA's active agents. The espionage spoof reunites McCarthy and Byrne with their Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, who will also direct McCarthy in the forthcoming female-centric Ghostbusters reboot. Jason Statham, Jude Law, Allison Janney, Bobby Cannavale and 50 Cent co-star.




Jurassic World (June 12): The T. Rex is back (older and angry) and there's a new, genetically modified dinosaur in the smarter, more dangerous Indominus Rex as Universal revives its dinosaur-theme-park franchise with Colin Trevorrow stepping into the director's chair. Steven Spielberg, who directed the first two Jurassic films, serves as executive producer of the fourth film. Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio and Judy Greer are among the stars of the new installment.
                        


Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (June 12): Sundance sensation Me and Earl and the Dying Girl sparked a bidding war, with Fox Searchlight emerging victorious, and won the grand jury prize and audience award. The story, which has been compared to last summer's popular young adult book-turned-hit Fox movie The Fault in Our Stars, centers around high-school senior Greg (Thomas Mann) and his friendships with Earl (RJ Cyler) and his cancer-stricken classmate Rachel (Olivia Cooke). Like TFIOS, Earl, directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, is also based on a young adult novel but seems quirkier. Connie Britton, Molly Shannon and Nick Offerman round out the cast.

The Wolfpack (June 12): This buzzy Sundance doc centers around an isolated family whose kids spent their childhoods trapped inside their Lower East Side home because of their overprotective father. The six brothers, who are homeschooled by their mother, entertain themselves by obsessively watching and meticulously recreating their favorite movies.




Dope (June 19): This coming-of-age dramedy about nerdy kids in Inglewood, Calif. who have to get rid of and eventually sell a stash of drugs that accidentally winds up in their backpacks received an enthusiastic response when it premiered at Sundance. The film also sparked an all-night bidding war, with Open Road (handling U.S. distribution) and Sony (international) emerging victorious in one of the biggest deals of the festival. The buzzy title is produced and narrated by Forest Whitaker and executive produced by Sean Combs and Pharrell Williams, who also wrote the songs the kids in the movie perform in their band. Written and directed by Our Family Wedding helmer Rick Famuyiwa, Dope features a potentially breakout performance from lead actor Shameik Moore, who stars alongside Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Zoe Kravitz, Chanel Iman and ASAP Rocky.
                      


Inside Out (June 19): The Pete Docter-directed Pixar movie, which features the voice talents of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black and Mindy Kaling, goes inside the head of an 11-year-old girl, where five different emotions manage their keeper and maintain her memories — a task that becomes difficult after the girl is forced to move to a new city, leaving her friends behind.

Batkid Begins (June 26): The Make-a-Wish event that took San Francisco and the Internet by storm is now a documentary, following young cancer survivor Miles Scott's superhero-for-a-day experience. The film takes viewers behind the scenes to see how Scott became Batkid and battled villains to save Gotham, and how the event became a social-media phenomenon.
                     


Ted 2 (June 26): In this sequel to the 2012 film, the Seth MacFarlane-voiced foul-mouthed teddy bear wants to have a baby, a storyline that makes both his human friend Johnny (Mark Wahlberg) and Tom Brady potential sperm donors. Ted also discovers he has to prove that he's human in order to start a family, which leads to a court battle involving Amanda Seyfried as a young lawyer. Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson and David Hasselhoff also make appearances in the movie.