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July 1, 2011

Life Sentence: Aussie Man Facebooked ‘Bout To Kill Ma Kid’ And Stabbed His 2-Year-Old To Death

Outrageous. This dude is f’ing nuts!

An Australian man dubbed the “Facebook killer” after posting he was “bout to kill ma kid” on the social media site before repeatedly stabbing his two-year-old daughter and leaving her to die has been sentenced to life in prison.

As the Newcastle Herald is reporting, Ramazan Acar, 24, repeatedly taunted his ex-partner, Rachelle D’Argent, on the night he killed their daughter Yazmina, known as “Mimi,” with Facebook status updates, text messages and phone calls in November 2010. Acar is said to have killed his daughter shortly after the original posting, and followed up with “payback u slut.”

The AFP reports that Acar had picked up Yazmina at D’Argent’s home earlier that day, telling her was taking the girl to a local candy shop. After taking Yazmina, Acar communicated with D’Argent by phone and via a bizarre series of text messages, at one point telling her she would not get her child back and asking whether he should kill the girl in a car crash or stab her. “How does it feel to not have your child when I did not have mine for three months?” he is quoted as saying. He also said: “I loved you Rachelle and look what you’ve made me do.”

Melbourne Magistrates Court Justice Elizabeth Curtain reportedly called the crime “chilling and horrific,” and said life in prison was the only appropriate sentence for Acar, who had pleaded guilty:

“More than that, the victim was your infant daughter, and she was killed by the one man in the world whose duty it was to love, nurture and protect her,” Justice Curtain said. “As such, your conduct was a fundamental breach of the trust that reposes between parent and child, a fundamental breach of a parent’s most fundamental obligation.

“Further, you committed this murder for the worst possible motives – revenge and spite. You killed your daughter to get back at her mother. You used your daughter, an innocent victim, as the instrument of your overarching desire to inflict pain on your former partner.”
After the verdict was read, D’Argent reportedly spoke tenderly to her dead daughter while clutching a photo. “Mimi, it’s our day today,” she said. “Mummy told you there would be justice for you…and even though I haven’t accepted that you’re not here, forever you’ll be in my heart and I know you’ll always be smiling down on all of us.”

While in custody, Acar also reportedly told police he wanted to kill himself as well, but “did not have the balls.”

Wow! So, because he didn’t “have the balls” to kill himself he killed his daughter instead? Really? Now, he’s a lifer in the clink – death would be too easy of a punishment for this dude. SMH. R.I.P. Mimi.

July 1, 2011

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July 1, 2011

The Plot Thickens: Video Shows That Parking Attendants May Have Killed High School Grad In Self Defense

My how the tables have turned.

What the father should have done, what anybody should do when they suspect somebody has stolen from them, is call 911. The responding cops would almost certainly have done what they could to solve the mystery of the missing graduation present, whatever the father’s past with the law.

Instead, the father hit one attendant with the shovel, injuring his arm. Both attendants ran to the shed and locked the door.

At this point, the son responded as if the father were a quarterback calling a play. The son is said to have forced his way through the hut’s door with the same speed and power that might have taken him to the NFL.

The son may have been following his father’s example or he may have imagined he was defending Dad. Police say he began to pummel the attendants.

One of them stabbed the son with a shiv fashioned from sharpened steel and duct tape. The son died in his graduation suit.

After viewing the video and questioning all involved, police seemed ready to believe the attendants acted in self defense. The father was charged with assault.

Moral of the story, don’t be a hero, don’t be a gangsta, call the police and let them do their job.


July 1, 2011

Autopsy Shows That “Macho Man” Randy Savage Died Of Natural Causes While Driving His Jeep

R.I.P. Macho Man.


A medical examiner’s autopsy of former pro wrestler “Macho Man” Randy Savage shows he died of natural causes due to heart disease, the Florida Highway Patrol announced Thursday.
According to a Highway Patrol report after the May 20 traffic accident the day he died, the 58-year-old “may have suffered a medical event,” which was confirmed by the autopsy.

The cause of death was atheriosclerotic cardiovascular disease — a thickening of artery walls that can lead to heart attack or sudden cardiac death.

A toxicology report showed acetominophen, caffeine, dhydrocodeine, doxylamine, doxylamine metabolite(s) and hydrocodone, and a blood alcohol concentration of 0.03 grams per decaliter, Sgt. 1st Class Steve Gaskins of the Highway Patrol said in a statement. He gave no further details about the toxicology report.

Gaskins said the autopsy report will be included in the traffic homicide report, which “should be released in the next several weeks.”

Savage, who lived in Seminole, Florida, lost control of his Jeep while driving on Florida State Route 694 in Pinellas County in the early morning hours of May 20. The vehicle jumped a median and “collided head-on with a tree,” the Florida Highway Patrol said. He died in Largo Medical Center.

May your flying elbows be accurate, your ad-libs be passionate, and your Slim Jims be snappy.


July 1, 2011

Shia LaBeouf Teams Up With Marilyn Manson For Video


If you had asked us how one would follow-up a massive summer blockbuster hit, a Shia LaBeouf Marilyn Manson mash-up would not have been our first answer. Forget about the prosthetic breasts; when’s the last time Manson had a hit song? 1998? While on Live with Regis and Kelly, the Transformers 3: Dark of The Moon star describes visiting the kimono-wearing goth rocker to discuss “the visuals for his album.” As Shia explained to an incredibly excited Kelly Ripa, “In real life, too, he’s a real sweet guy. He’s an eccentric human being.” According his anecdote, Manson apparently lives in a lightless movie theater above a liquor store in West Hollywood. Yup, sounds about right.

LaBeouf also expanded his creative horizons by shooting Kid Cudi’s “Marijuana” video in Amsterdam during the Cannabis Cup, where a pink kimono wouldn’t seem nearly so ominous. While Shia didn’t get into the details about the music video he’s been working on for Manson, he will say the footage will likely “involve things I can’t even really say out loud, since this is morning television.” Are you sure you’re ready to say goodbye to that A-list money so soon, Shia? You’re going to need it to buy antique medical equipment. And light bulbs.

July 1, 2011

Cornell University Fraternity Pledge Dies Of Alcohol Poisoning, Mother Sues The Frat For $25 Million!

When will these fraternities learn where to draw the line???

You almost never hear about sororities having dead or beaten pledges, these ninjas need to get their lives together!

The heartbroken mother of a Cornell University sophomore is suing a fraternity for $25 million after members allegedly kidnapped her son, blindfolded him, bound his hands and feet, and forced him to drink so much alcohol that he passed out and died.

George Desdunes, the son of a Haitian immigrant, was pronounced dead on Feb. 25 from alcohol poisoning at Cayuga Medical Center. Desdunes’ blood alcohol level was .409 – more than five times the legal limit, according to the family’s lawsuit.

Desdunes’ mother, Marie Lourdes Andre, is suing Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity for $25 million in the wrongful death of her only son…

…Desdunes, 19, a member of the SAE fraternity, was grabbed by the freshmen pledges who tied him up with zip ties and duct tape.

The pledges are alleged to have asked him trivia questions about the fraternity. If he answered incorrectly he reportedly had to do exercises such as sit-ups, or consume various foods and drinks including sugar, flavored syrups and vodka.

We get that these frats are nationwide organizations that do good community works etc. However, we don’t see why anyone would want to be beaten or damn near die just to call a bunch of fools your “brother”. Whatever…

Do you agree with the hazing process or do you think it has gone too far?


July 1, 2011

Lady Warhol

 Andy Warhol - Altered Images

Andy Warhol bought seven wigs for the sessions. Photo: Christopher Makos 1981 Photographs of Andy Warhol in ladies’ wigs and full make-up have gone on display in the UK for the first time. His friend and collaborator Christopher Makos, who took the photos, talks about working with the patriarch of pop art.

Warhol’s impassive, enigmatic stare is the same in most of the 349 frames that Makos fired off at the Factory studio over two days in 1981.

But using seven different wigs and little else, the artist transformed himself into a series of striking female alter-egos.

There is the starlet with the stylish blonde bob, the rock chick with the wild brown mane, the socialite with the busy black nest and the fallen idol with the distressed bleached curls.

They are all obviously Warhol, but also quite unnervingly, convincingly not.

Then aged 53 and one of the most famous artists in the world, he was toying with his own identity and the notion of how changing your appearance could change the way you are seen by others.

“We played with this idea of how people would perceive Warhol,” Makos says.

“When you put make-up on a man and change the way he looks and put a wig on, it completely changes the way you look at a particular person.”

Some have said that with these sessions he was trying to get closer to heroines like Marilyn Monroe, Liz Taylor and Joan Collins, whom he depicted in his famous silkscreens.

Some think he was exploring his feminine side. Makos thinks he was stepping into the characters of the rich female collectors who paid $25,000 a time to commission a portrait from Warhol.

They certainly show another side to one of the most celebrated and ubiquitous artists of modern times, and four of those images have gone on show at the Lowry gallery in Salford.

They hang alongside Marilyn, Liz and Joan in an exhibition called Warhol and the Diva, examining the artist’s fixation with image and celebrity culture.

Christopher Makos and Andy Warhol Makos (left) became a regular collaborator. Photo: Christopher Makos 1981

The photos also appear in Makos’ book Lady Warhol and an accompanying free iPhone app.

The series, titled Altered Images, was Warhol’s homage to Marcel Duchamp’s alter ego Rrose Selavy, who was photographed in a ladies’ hat and fur collar by Man Ray in the 1920s.

It was just another step in Warhol’s creative process, says Makos, who describes working with the artist as being like “being on a non-stop date”.

“When artists get together they like to play and be creative and Warhol was one of the biggest playmates, and I was lucky enough to play in his sandbox for a while,” he says.

Makos met Warhol after working as an assistant to the playwright Tennessee Williams. “I wasn’t a very good assistant. I lost his typewriter,” he admits.

By the mid-1970s, Makos was making a name for himself as a photographer and met Warhol at an exhibition opening. “I barely knew who Andy Warhol was at that time because I was quite young”, he says.

The pair started working together and Makos became a member of Warhol’s inner circle at The Factory.

“He was a lot of fun,” Makos recalls. “He was very dedicated, a hard worker. He didn’t know when to stop. There were no weekends or holidays.

“It was called The Factory for a reason. It was an assembly line of things going on, whether it was book publishing, painting, making movies, doing interviews, there was always something going on.”

Warhol was one of the first to take the growing obsession with celebrity, the sensational and the mass-produced and turn it into art. He amplified it, played with it and reflected it back to the world.

“He was fixated by American pop culture,” Makos says. “He was fixated by what people found interesting.

“He loved looking at the New York Post every day. People are fascinated by those headlines and so was he. And he turned a lot of that into art.

“He would have loved this world today of the internet and texting and immediate responses and reactions to things.

“I’m curious as to how he would have dealt with this in terms of art. I’m sure everything you see on your monitor or your mobile phone he would have taken and made silkscreens of. It’s a wild notion.”

Next year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will stage a major exhibition examining Warhol’s influence over the last 50 years on 50 artists, including Makos, an acclaimed photographer in his own right.

Andy Warhol self-portrait A 1967 self-portrait sold for $17.4m (£10.8m) in February

“Warhol’s like a rock star,” Makos says. “He’s a big icon. I always say the best career move is to drop dead. He did that and that was a big career move.

“After Warhol died [the prices for] his works went sky high and they’re still going sky high. It’s wild.”

Just this year, three of Warhol’s works have sold for $38.4m (£23.5m), $20m (£12.2m) and $17.4m (£10.8m).

“He’d be surprised and he’d be annoyed that he wasn’t getting that kind of money when he was alive,” Makos continues.

In his lifetime, Warhol’s $25,000 portrait fee was much less than the amounts commanded by contemporaries like Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg, Makos says. “That always used to aggravate Andy.

“But the bottom line is that almost anybody knows the name Andy Warhol.”

Warhol and the Diva is at The Lowry in Salford until 25 September. Christopher Makos’ new book Tyrants and Lederhosen, a collaboration with Paul Solberg under the name The Hilton Brothers, will be published in October.

July 1, 2011

Sultans of twang

29 June 2011 Last updated at 01:54 GMT By Ian Youngs Entertainment reporter, BBC News US rock pioneer Duane Eddy shows David Sillito how to twang

US rock pioneer Duane Eddy, whose sound influenced artists from The Beatles to Blondie, has returned with his first album in 25 years, recorded in Sheffield with local hero Richard Hawley.

“I’m 73 years old, I should be home by the fireplace burning old records or something. Or burning old record companies’ papers.”

Duane Eddy is ruminating on how he came to be sitting in the back room of a pub in Sheffield before a gig to promote his new album, rather than in a rocking chair back home in Nashville.

“I don’t know. I should be doing something other than this. But this is great and I’m loving it.”

The guitarist, whose trademark twangy instrumentals made him one of the biggest stars of the late 1950s and early ’60s, is enjoying an unexpected career revival.

Famous fans Duane Eddy Duane Eddy was one of the first stars of the rock ‘n’ roll era

A year ago, he was taking things easy with his wife, Deed, and looking back on a career that he thought had “gone past the due date”, as he puts it.

When his last album was released in 1987, it featured famous fans like Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Ry Cooder.

Despite the big-name guests, it flopped – which Eddy blames on upheaval at the record company – and he says labels were “surely not going to touch me again after that”.

But after popping up at occasional gigs and on film soundtracks, he was invited to Mojo magazine’s award ceremony in London a year ago, where he was presented with an Icon Award. “Whatever that is,” he mutters.

Hawley, a singer-songwriter with a fondness for the style and sounds of early rock ‘n’ roll, was there too, picking up the album of the year award. A “real” award, as Eddy describes it.

“I’d already known about him before that,” Eddy says of the Sheffield-born star. “I’d listened to his albums and loved the sound of them.

“I told him I would wish that I’d been there [in the studio] so I could jump in and play a solo on some of them.”

Hawley’s reply was: “Well, we might arrange something like that.”

Eddy’s status as a rock ‘n’ roll legend has been assured for decades.

His record company first used the word “legend” on the back of a record sleeve when he was 23 years old, he says, after such hits as Rebel Rouser, Peter Gunn and Cannonball.

Richard Hawley and Duane Eddy Richard Hawley (left) and Duane Eddy have been playing a series of gigs together

Eddy recalls: “At the time I was pretty excited and thought, wow, am I a legend already? Wowee! I wonder how I’m supposed to act now.”

He went on to sell more than 100 million records and echoes of his distinctive slow twang come through loud and clear on The Beatles’ Day Tripper, Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run and Blondie’s Atomic.

Hawley first discovered him when he was given an Eddy EP at the age of six.

‘He’s got grace’

“Duane’s one of the best guitar players that ever walked the earth. The end,” Hawley declares.

“It’s as much about the spaces between the notes as well as the notes themselves. He’s very graceful, and a lot of guitar players ain’t got that grace that Duane’s got.”

Hawley offered to produce a new album with Eddy, and invited him to record with his band at Sheffield’s Yellow Arch Studios.

The Sheffield sound made by Hawley and his cohorts was something that Eddy, who grew up in Arizona, could immediately identify with, he says.

Duane Eddy on stage Eddy was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1994

“It could be the south west desert, it could be the Yorkshire moors. Either way, it’s still a wide open sound.”

The album Road Trip was recorded the old-fashioned way – laid down live in just 11 days.

And during time off, Hawley showed Eddy the Peak District countryside, which the American describes as “some of the most beautiful scenery I’ve ever seen”, and gave him a taste of the local nightlife.

“I took him to a Fagan’s pub a couple of times,” Hawley says. “We had fish and chips and Guinness.”

The pair have returned to the city for an intimate concert at the Greystones pub, one of Hawley’s favourite haunts, as well as appearing together at the Glastonbury Festival and the 100 Club in London.

And Eddy seems to be taking genuine delight in being wanted again.

He says: “When people come right out, like Bruce Springsteen or John Fogerty, and say: ‘Duane was a big influence,’ that’s just one of the perks and rewards of what I did.

“That’s worth more to me than money and the fame. That goes right to the heart.

Turning to Hawley, Eddy adds: “When he says he’s influenced by my sound, that’s the biggest compliment I can have.”

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July 1, 2011

The Scheme branded ‘tabloid TV’

 People who featured on The Scheme

The Scheme followed the lives of people from Onthank MSPs have accused the BBC of exploiting vulnerable people in its hit TV documentary “The Scheme”.

The series focussed on the lives of families living in Onthank, Kilmarnock, an area affected by social issues including drink and drug problems.

Kilmarnock SNP MSP Willie Coffey branded the show “tabloid TV at its worst”, during a Holyrood debate.

Despite the criticism, MSPs also recognised the programme had highlighted important issues.

BBC Scotland said The Scheme was the station’s best performing documentary in the past 10 years.

Leading a member’s debate on The Scheme, Mr Coffey said the programme had dangerously exposed people already at risk, “for nothing more than public entertainment”.

“It was tabloid TV at its worst – local people were kidded and conned by this venture. They feel used and abused and may who agreed to be filmed now wish they hadn’t done so.”

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There was a degree of, I believe, maybe unintended exploitation of the people of Onthank for entertainment”

End Quote Paul Wheelhouse SNP MSP Mr Coffey told how the local children’s football team had been “jeered” and called “the scheme team”, as a result of the series.

“The programme-makers are clearly in business to make money, and they certainly did that, on the back of some of the most vulnerable people in Scotland, especially as they were able to sell the programme for broadcast outside Scotland,” he said.

Another SNP MSP, Margaret Burgess, a former citizens advice worker who previously worked with Onthank residents, said the community “did not deserve to be treated the way they have been by the BBC”, adding: “People were exploited.”

But she added: “The programme did highlight some important issues around drugs, alcohol and deprivation – issues which society needs to know about and issues they we’ve got to address, so I don’t have an argument with the BBC there.”

Tory MSP Ruth Davidson, a former BBC Scotland journalist, said she had never watched The Scheme, telling parliament: “I also agree that it sounded like tabloid television at its worst and also poverty pornography, as it’s been called in a number of newspapers.”

But Ms Davidson went on: “When we look at this programme and we look at it in the round, what it has done in Scotland is promote a debate.

From Democracy Live: MSPs raised concern during a Holyrood debate

“It’s promoted a debate not just about poverty in the representations of the people that are shown in the programme, but its also promoted a debate about addictions.”

Paul Wheelhouse, another Nationalist MSP, who said he had seen one episode of The Scheme, complained about the programme’s “frequent” use of low-angle shots depicting gutters, cans rolling around in the streets and shots of graffiti-covered walls.

He said: “There was a degree of, I believe, maybe unintended exploitation of the people of Onthank for entertainment.”

The Holyrood debate was attended by about 10 MSPs and featured no contributions from Labour or the Lib Dems.

Responding for the government, Community Safety Minister Roseanna Cunningham, who said she had seen “some of the series”, told MSPs: “I hear the individual responses from members in this chamber and I would be bound to say that, as an individual, I’ve a great deal of sympathy of what is actually being said.”

BBC Scotland said The Scheme had attracted an average audience of 840,000 viewers, while a special studio debate subsequently held to air issues raised in the series was watched by 348,000 people.

Ewan Angus, head of TV commissioning for BBC Scotland, previously said it was “patronising” to suggest those shown in the programme were neither media-literate nor self-aware.

He said The Scheme, which attracted about 70 viewer complaints, did not set out to present a definitive portrait, but helped inform and stimulate a wider debate on a range of issues.

July 1, 2011

Jesus Take The Wheel: Mother Beats Her Baby To Death And Takes Corpse Shopping

Jesus take the wheel, step on the gas and drive this woman to the hotspot! What is with these mothers killing their babies?

A Chicago woman is accused of strapping her baby’s corpse into a sling and taking him shopping after killing the three-month old in a drunken rage, local media reported on Wednesday.

Ken Blackman Jr had been dead for eight to 14 hours when the woman wrapped up her shopping trip and went to visit a neighbour, who noticed blood on the baby blanket and called 911.

Prosecutors told the Chicago Sun Times that Toyrianna Smith, 20, beat and suffocated her baby because he wouldn’t stop crying on June 22.

She had been drinking vodka at a friend’s house and spent the night in their guest room with the baby. She slipped out of the house the next day before the baby’s father came to pick him up.

Smith, 20, is being held in jail on a US$1 million (S$1.23 million) bond on charges of first-degree murder.

This is just too awful for words! May this little baby boy rest in peace.