John Mellencamp’s Kids Accused Of Beating Someone Up While Suckin’ On A Chili Dog Outside The Tastee Freeze…

Here’s a little ditty, about Hud and Speck

Two arrogant kids growin’ up with a famous dad

Speck stepped on the porch of a Bloomington man

And punched him in the face

Believin’ he’d been hit by him earlier that evenin’

Court documents say the brothers and another 19-year-old man

“Punched, kicked and stomped” the man who suffered facial injuries

19-year-old Hud was released on bond

After being booked early Monday on the felony battery charges

18-year-old Speck bonded out of jail on those charges Friday

Oh yeah life goes on

Long after the thrill of beatin’ is gone

Oh yeah life goes on

Long after the thrill of beatin’ is gone, they walk on…

Now For Something REALLY Important

Iron Man 3 is getting rave advance reviews.  Many are saying it is the best of the series and on par with last summer’s Avengers.

Now for a MINOR SPOILER:

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We warned you.

 

Okay, here it goes.

 

No, really this time.

 

An added bonus — Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) gets her own armor.  Whether she gets the code name “Rescue” like in the source material, it is unclear, but these screen shots do show Tony putting armor on her to protect her.

Pepper

Football, Kids and Marriage

Everyone is talking about Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher who murdered his girlfriend this weekend before he killed himself.  Then there’s NBC’s Bob Costas turning this into an anti-gun crusade (never mind that O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole was murdered with a knife.)  Not many people are picking up on the aspect of Belcher’s girlfriend also being the mother of his child or, if they are, it is being treated as something normal and accetable that they had an out-of-wedlock child.

Well, why wouldn’t they when the Washington Post runs a Thanksgiving Day quasi-puff-piece on a HIGH SCHOOL football player in D.C. who is juggling football and fatherhood.  This kid is 18 years old and has TWO children under the age of 2 with two different women — although the Post notes that he still dates one of the moms.

Here’s the line that got me –

Matthews started seeing a new girlfriend at Dunbar, Donica Dowery, which strained his relationship with Sheffield.

DUH! You think?

I am heartened by this part, though –

Dowery considered having an abortion.

“The doctors visit . . . I couldn’t do it,” said Dowery, who was 18 at the time. “When they showed me, like, the little picture of him, he already had, like, a little body, little arms.”

The article does get into various aspects of responsibility this young man is trying to take such as getting a job, caring for his children and focusing on the need to go to college.  How sad is it that this young man’s high school actually operates a daycare center?  Of course, then it comes out that he grew up in a home without a father, too.  This poor kid is just perpetuating the cycle of what he knows.

According to the CDC and the U.S. Census, 40% of all births are to UNMARRIED women.  We are nearing the tipping point on this (if we have not passed it already) where what was once a source of shame that could at least make someone think twice before giving in to their desires that could result in the creation a child is no longer a deterrent to them.

It used to be well-understood that if you are a man and you got a woman pregnant, then it was up to you to marry the mother of your child — preferably before the child is born — and care for your new family.  Belcher was a professional football player, so he certainly could have afforded to do this.  (And I’m not letting Tom Brady off the hook for the child he had with Bridgit Moynahan, either.)  Two of the biggest pop culture influences on society are sports and entertainment — what the rich and famous from these fields do shape how millions of young people perceive things.

Until celebrities starting taking basic responsibility the way we used to expect everyone to do so, we will continue to see this spiral out of control and generations more of children will suffer the consequences.

Disney Buys Lucasfilm; Star Wars Ep. VII In 2015

To quote Vice Idiot Joe Biden, “This is a big f***ing deal.”

Kathleen Kennedy, current Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm, will become President of Lucasfilm, reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. Additionally she will serve as the brand manager for Star Wars, working directly with Disney’s global lines of business to build, further integrate, and maximize the value of this global franchise. Ms. Kennedy will serve as executive producer on new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.

Episode VII will be the first film in the long-rumored “sequel trilogy” (anyone else remember reading about that in Dynamite magazine back in 1980 or so?)  The films will come out every TWO years with one-shot films coming out every few years after that.

RIAA Sues Defunct File Sharing Company For “All The Money In The World”

Who the heck is running the Recording Industry Association of America these days? Frickin’ Dr. Evil?

Who sues a defunct company for $72 TRILLION?  All the money in the world right now is only $76.25 trillion.

They may as well sued for “1 billion, gagillion, fafillion, shabolubalu million illion yillion … yen.

U.S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood of the Southern District of New York denied the RIAA’s claim, called it “absurd,” and noted that not only was the amount nearly all the money in the world, but also “more money than the entire music recording industry has made since Edison’s invention of the phonograph in 1877.”  In other words, she basically laughed them out of court.

D.O.D. Hates S.H.I.E.L.D., Loves Big BATTLESHIP Pegs And Rihanna

The Department of Defense stopped cooperating with Marvel’s “The Avengers” film production because they couldn’t figure out what their relationship with the fictional S.H.I.E.L.D. organization was supposed to be.

[A]ccording to U.S. Defense Department Hollywood liaison Phil Strub, it became confusing to the powers that be where, exactly, the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division would fall in the current bureaucratic command structure:

“We couldn’t reconcile the unreality of this international organization and our place in it. To whom did S.H.I.E.L.D. answer? Did we work for S.H.I.E.L.D.? We hit that roadblock and decided we couldn’t do anything [with Avengers].”

According to Wired, Marvel tried to explain—with what must’ve been a straight face—that given the word “Homeland” in its title, S.H.I.E.L.D. would be part of the Department of Homeland Security, not the Department of Defense. If S.H.I.E.L.D. was a real organization. Which it is not. Because The Avengers is a work of fiction.

Wait. Here’s the kicker, from the Washington Examiner:

The Wired piece notes that the Defense Department usually happily works with Hollywood studios, recently lending a hand to “Act of Valor” and the not-yet-released film “Battleship.” Mediaite’s Noah Rothman made this point about “Avengers” versus “Battleship,” “So, apparently, this movie is too silly but aliens shooting giant exploding pegs into Naval ships while Rihanna saves the world isn’t.”

DOH!!!

And The Oscar Nominees Are…

Extremely Lame and Incredibly Dull…

Nine Best Picture nominees?  Seriously?  To use a popular phrase, I am part of the 99% who haven’t seen any of these films nor do I have any desire to see any of them (although I have heard good things from friends about Hugo.)

It is pretty much until you get to “Best Animated Feature” before you recognize any genuine box office hits.  Even then, 2 out of the 5 films I haven’t heard of (A Cat in Paris?  Chico & Rita?) while the other 3 (Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots, Rango) were ones that I didn’t even see despite having two kids under the age of 10.  We did see Gnomeo & Juliet, Rio and Cars 2, but none of those were nominated.  I’m somewhat surprised that they didn’t nominate The Adventures of Tin Tin, though.

Reagan Rock Election Day Landslide Mix

This past weekend, Sirius XM ran down the Top 40 songs from this week in 1984. We now take you back on this Election Day to that day 27 years ago when Reagan Rock Ruled and the Gipper went on to a 49 state landslide. Here’s hoping the VA GOP has some of that same luck in 2011.  (I’m taking that they chose this particular year to play as a good omen.)

As voting progresses today and we wait for the tallies to start coming in after 7 p.m., check out some of these awesome ’80s tunes.  So many classics packed into just one week’s Top 40 countdown!

Week of 11/3/84 Previous Week Song Artist Weeks in Top 40
40 I Need You Tonight Peter Wolf 1
39 Tears John Waite 1
38 The Wild Boys Duran Duran 1
37 Valotte Julian Lennon 1
36 We Are The Young Dan Hartman 1
35 Sugar Don’t Bite Sam Harris 1
34 Girls With Guns Tommy Shaw 1
33 38 I Can’t Drive 55 Sammy Hagar 2
32 24 Drive The Cars 14
31 We Belong Pat Benatar 1
30 39 Walking On A Thin Line Huey Lewis & The News 2
29 37 Cool It Now New Edition 2
28 36 Teacher Teacher 38 Special 2
27 33 Sea Of Love The Honeydrippers 2
26 20 Cover Me Bruce Springsteen 12
25 31 It Ain’t Enough Corey Hart 3
24 29 I Can’t Hold Back Survivor 3
23 8 Some Guys Have All The Luck Rod Stewart 9
22 17 Let’s Go Crazy Prince & The Revolution 13
21 5 I’m So Excited Pointer Sisters 12
20 25 The War Song Culture Club 3
19 23 No More Lonely Nights Paul McCartney 3
18 22 All Through The Night Cyndi Lauper 4
17 21 Penny Lover Lionel Richie 4
16 19 What About Me Kenny Rogers with Kim Carnes & James Ingram 6
15 3 Lucky Star Madonna 10
14 16 Swept Away Diana Ross 8
13 18 Strut Sheena Easton 8
12 15 Who Wears These Shoes Elton John 8
11 9 Hard Habit To Break Chicago 11
10 14 Desert Moon Dennis DeYoung 7
9 13 Out Of Touch Hall & Oates 6
8 12 I Feel For You Chaka Khan 6
7 11 Better Be Good To Me Tina Turner 7
6 10 Blue Jean David Bowie 7
5 6 On The Dark Side John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band 8
4 2 I Just Called To Say I Love You Stevie Wonder 10
3 7 Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go Wham! 6
2 4 Purple Rain Prince & The Revolution 5
1 1 Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run) Billy Ocean 9

Salahis Go Their “Separate Ways”

Contrary to initial reports yesterday that celebutard Michaele Salahi was kidnapped, it turns out that she has apparently left her husband Tariq for Neal Schon, lead guitarist for the band Journey.  It seems the Salahis have gone their “Separate Ways” and she is on a “Journey” with  Schon to Tennessee. Tariq said “Only The Young” “Don’t Stop Believin’.” I guess we all now know “Who’s Crying Now.”