Cher & Gregg
She Helps Him Stay Off Heroin
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Conjured by o~ SeMeN SPeRmS ~o on September 24, 2014
The Rodney Bingenheimer of today seems always to be smiling through a deep sadness. He is a small man who still has the youthful cuteness that must have won him friends in his early days. His hair is still combed in the same tousled mid-1970s rock star style, and his T-shirts are the real thing, not retro. He lives now in an inexpensive apartment jammed with records, tapes, discs, and countless autographed photos of his friends the stars. And, yes, they are still his friends; they have not forgotten him, and David Bowie, Cher, Debbie Harry, Courtney Love, Nancy Sinatra and Mick Jagger all appear in this film and seem genuinely fond of Rodney.
Well they might. He introduced some of them — Bowie in particular — to American radio. He was known for finding new music and playing it first: The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, the Clash, Nirvana. Stations all over the country stole their playlists from Rodney. “Sonny and Cher were kinda like my mom and my dad,” he says wistfully at one point. He ran a little club for a while, featuring British glam rock, and the stars remember with a grin that it was so small the “VIP Area” consisted simply of a velvet rope separating a few chairs from the dance floor.
The story of how Bingenheimer entered into this world is apparently true, unlikely as it sounds. As a kid he was obsessed with stars, devoured the fan magazines, collected autographs. One day when he was a teenager, his mother dropped him off in front of Connie Stevens’ house and told him he was on his own. He didn’t see his mother for another five or six years. Connie wasn’t home.
He migrated to the Sunset Strip, but instead of dying there or disappearing into drugs or crime, he simply ingratiated himself. People liked him. He hustled himself into a job as a gofer for Davy Jones of the Monkees (they looked a little alike), and then became a backstage caterer; a survivor of a Doors tour remembers a Toronto concert where Rodney had enormous platters of fresh shrimp backstage. But the Beatles were backstage visitors, and Rodney gave them the shrimp, so there were only a few left for the Doors, who had paid for them. Challenged by The Doors, Rodney shrugged and said, “Well, they’re the Beatles.”
Wherever Bingenheimer went in the music and club scene, his face was his passport. Robert Plant says, “Rodney got more girls than I do.” We hear a little of his radio show from the old days, and what comes across is not a vibrating personality or a great radio voice — it’s kind of tentative, really — but an almost painful sincerity. He loves the music he plays, and he introduces it to you like a lover he thinks is right for you. The road downhill was gradual, apparently. We get glimpses of Rodney today, repairing his mom’s old Nova with a pair of pliers, shuffling forlornly through souvenirs of his glory days. He seems very even, calm, sad but resigned, except for one moment the documentary camera is not supposed to witness, when he finds that another deejay, a person he sponsored and gave breaks to, is starting a show of new music — stealing Rodney’s gig. He explodes in anger. We’re glad he does. He has a lot to feel angry about.
The film was directed by George Hickenlooper, who made the classic doc “Hearts Of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse” (1991), about the nightmare of Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now,” and the wonderful fiction film “The Man From Elysian Fields” (2001). Why did he make this film (apart from the possibility that someone named Hickenlooper might feel an affinity for someone named Bingenheimer)? Hickenlooper has been around fame at an early age. He was 26 when he released the doc about the Coppola meltdown. He cast Mick Jagger and James Coburn in “Elysian Fields.” He was aware of Rodney Bingenheimer when the name still opened doors. His film evokes what the Japanese call mono no aware, which refers to the impermanence of life and the bittersweet transience of things. There is a little Rodney Bingenheimer in everyone, but you know what? Most people aren’t as lucky as Rodney. – Roger Ebert
Conjured by o~ SeMeN SPeRmS ~o on June 2, 2014
‘Cocaine Sandwich’ Found As Police Arrest Man. Ham, Cheese and Nine Cylinders of Cocaine Weighing More Than 100g.
Glenn Danzig sues Jerry Only over gaudy Misfits band merch – Eww Misfits Uggs
Bring Me The Head Of Mick Jagger
Stoner Fruit Cocktail: Mangos, Marijuana and Myrcene – mangos add length and strength to the marijuana high
Man accused of pouring hot sauce on puppy gets year in jail
“Is twerking a drug term? Is it similar to “tripping,” “getting high” or “catfishing”?”
Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee is drumming for the Smashing Pumpkins on new album
Richard Simmons in corpse paint
‘Cannibal cop’ cooking breakfast and lunch for inmates, guards in lower Manhattan prison
Vets Claim Nearly 1 in 3 Women Are Raped During Military Service
Courtney Love: I wrote the Kurt Cobain ‘bitch with zits’ note
The Weirdest Things You Never Knew About the Making Of Flash Gordon
Might is Right By Ragnar Redbeard (1890)
Cardinal O’malley Of Boston, Blogger Elizabeth Scalia Weigh In On Harvard ‘Black Mass’ Controversy
U.S. scientists have created an entirely new lifeform using artificial DNA
NJ police chief shot by his own gun fired by preteen
Cop uses taser on skateboarder for sitting down and reading a book
The CIA Aided Polio’s Comeback–but Media Have Forgotten the Story
One in six people ‘would have sex with a robot’
India’s ‘Pissing Tanker’ hoses down public urinators
Conjured by o~ SeMeN SPeRmS ~o on May 8, 2014
Calvert DeForest (July 23, 1921 – March 19, 2007), also known by his character Larry “Bud” Melman, was an American actor and comedian, best known for his appearances on Late Night with David Letterman and the Late Show with David Letterman.
Calvert DeForest as Larry “Bud” Melman giving hot towels out at the Port Authority as people get off the bus. Nov. 16, 1983
Late Night with David Letterman, Custom Made Show #2 (1984). Dave puts Larry in a bear suit and sends him down the hall to get change.
David Letterman pays tribute to the late Calvert Deforest (aka Larry “Bud” Melman)
Little has been published about his early life. He was born to Calvert Martin DeForest, M.D., a physician who died in 1949, and Mabelle (Taylor) DeForest. He was a cousin of actor DeForest Kelley of Star Trek fame, and Bebe Daniels, a silent film star who survived the introduction of sound. Radio pioneer Lee De Forest was Daniels’s second cousin. The exact family connection of Lee De Forest to Calvert DeForest is unclear.
DeForest attended Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, New York. He worked for many years for the large pharmaceutical company Parke Davis, which was later acquired by Pfizer. He had aspirations of acting but was discouraged by his mother, who was briefly an actress herself. After her death in 1969, DeForest did part-time backstage work, which eventually led to acting work.
He is credited with four films from 1972 to 1982 and, after his first appearance with David Letterman, appeared in 15 other films or television shows.
The Associated Press noted: “DeForest’s gnomish face was the first to greet viewers when Letterman’s NBC show debuted on February 1, 1982, offering a parody of the prologue to the Boris Karloff film Frankenstein. ‘It was the greatest thing that had happened in my life,’ he once said of his first Letterman appearance.”
The Melman character also opened Letterman’s first CBS show under his own name, but as essentially the same character, when Letterman moved from NBC to CBS in 1993. The name change was made because the character of “Larry ‘Bud’ Melman” was considered the intellectual property of NBC. Melman also appeared as “Kenny The Gardener”. He continued to appear on Letterman’s show until his 81st birthday in 2002 before retiring from acting. DeForest often “drew laughs by his bizarre juxtaposition as a Late Show correspondent at events such as the 1994 Winter Olympics in Norway and the Woodstock anniversary concert that year.” One of DeForest’s more memorable skits came on Letterman’s May 13, 1994, show. The host stated Johnny Carson would announce the evening’s Top 10 list, at which point DeForest, as Melman, appeared as “Johnny Carson.” On DeForest’s exit, the real Johnny Carson appeared in what would prove Carson’s last television appearance. DeForest was also noted for his remote interviews in which he would ask the interviewee a question, but pitch the microphone to the interviewee too quickly, resulting in a fade out of the last part of the question.
Letterman noted after DeForest’s death: “Everyone always wondered if Calvert was an actor playing a character, but in reality he was just himself: a genuine, modest and nice man. To our staff and to our viewers, he was a beloved and valued part of our show, and we will miss him.” When asked how he’d like to be remembered, DeForest responded “Just being able to make people laugh and knowing people enjoyed my humor. I also hope I haven’t offended anyone through the years.”
He was co-host (in charge of the digital switcher) on the local SF Bay Area radio program, 10@10, on KFOG-FM with Dave Morey.
In 1989, he appeared in the Special Ed video for the song “ ” as the villainous Dr. Norecords.
In 1994, he wrote a humor book called Cheap Advice.
DeForest also appeared on the hit albums Americana and Ixnay on the Hombre by The Offspring, doing some of the voices that can be heard before and after certain tracks. In late March 2007, a 20-minute clip of DeForest recording the voices for their album was posted on The Offspring’s website.
He appeared as one of the clubhouse gang in an episode of Pee-wee’s Playhouse.
After years of poor health, DeForest died at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, New York, on Long Island, on March 19, 2007. Per his request, no funeral services were held; he was cremated and his remains were interred at Pinelawn Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York. By all press accounts, he left no surviving relatives.
Conjured by o~ SeMeN SPeRmS ~o on July 20, 2013
Conjured by o~ SeMeN SPeRmS ~o on December 28, 2010
The suspect, Phillip D. Greene, of Madison, and three friends apparently took hits of LSD while driving around and looking at Christmas lights. Greene took several hits of the hallucinogenic drug, according to police.
When the four people ended up at one of the homes in the 3100 block of Old Gate Road, Greene apparently began to act “crazy,” police said. Greene allegedly went into the kitchen and began to pick up knives. Two of his friends intervened and there was a struggle, according to investigators.
Dee Albert “Cody” Replogle, a 30-year-old Oklahoma City man was jailed Monday after he allegedly recorded himself speeding in a Corvette and posted it on YouTube.
Imagine his surprise when cops showed up to take him to jail.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol , detectives were emailed a video that showed a man driving a super-charged 1999 Chevy Corvette accelerating at over 190 mph on I-235 and the Kilpatrick Turnpike.
The video, which has now been pulled from YouTube, was posted by someone using the YouTube handle “cody111280”
Givan signed a consent to search form, at which time he allegedly stated to deputies, “When you go up there I’m going away for a long time.”
“Once inside the home, officers discovered that Mr. Givan was in the process of ‘smoking the lab off,’ which is the final step to the manufacturing process,” Gillenwater said. “Officers located mason jars with coffee filters in the tops which were straining the actual finished methamphetamine from the chemical liquid. Another coffee filter with a considerable amount of methamphetamine was found stuck in behind a fluorescent lightbulb, which is a way of drying finished methamphetamine.”
Deputies also found four monkeys in the home, which Givan reportedly keeps as pets. Gillenwater said the exact type of monkey was unknown, although he said three were smaller, around 20 pounds, and one was larger, about 50 pounds.
The self-styled Crossbow Cannibal skinned his victims, chopped up their bodies and cooked them before gorging on their flesh. He also ate some parts raw.
Deranged psychology graduate Griffiths even filmed some of the sick rituals at his home which he chillingly described to police as the “slaughterhouse”.
Manning is not only a “maximum custody detainee,” but also has a “Prevention of Injury” order (POI) that requires him to be constantly monitored by guards, and prevents him from having normal bedding. He has to strip down to his underwear and surrender his clothes to the guards each night before sleeping under a “suicide blanket” – he told House it’s “similar in weight and heft to lead aprons used in X-ray laboratories, and similar in texture to coarse and stiff carpet.” Manning “expressed concern that he had to lie very still at night to avoid receiving carpet burns.” According to Greenwald, prison medical officials are administering him anti-depressants.
POI orders are usually issued for brief periods of time for inmates who are judged to be suicidal or have not yet undergone a psychological evaluation. Manning has been evaluated, and there is no indication he is a threat to himself or others. He has been, by accounts, a model prisoner.
Nowak is the special investigator on torture, working for the UN Human Rights Council. Rapporteurs regularly assess complaints from alleged victims of human rights violations.
If a complaint is verified as legitimate, the investigator sends an urgent letter or appeal to the government that it believes has committed the violation.
In an interview with MSNBC on Wednesday, Assange called Manning a political prisoner and said he believes the US is trying to get the soldier to testify against him. He called on human-rights organisations to investigate.
“If we are to believe the allegations, then this man acted for political reasons. He has been a political prisoner without trial in the United States for some six or seven months,” Assange said.
“His conditions have been getting worse and worse and worse in his cell as they attempt to pressure him into testifying against me. That’s a serious problem.”
A 13-year-old boy was arrested Friday for using a permanent marker while in class at his Oklahoma City middle school, a violation of an obscure city ordinance.
According to an Oklahoma City Police Department report, the boy was spotted “in possession of a permanent marker” by Roosevelt Middle School teacher DeLynn Woodside. The 50-year-old educator told cop Miguel Campos that the student was “writing on a piece of paper, which caused it to bleed over onto the desk.”
China has said it is willing to bail out debt-ridden countries in the euro zone using its $2.7trillion overseas investment fund.
In a fresh humiliation for Europe, Foreign Ministry spokesman Jiang Yu said it was one of the most important areas for China’s foreign exchange investments.
The country has already approached struggling European countries with financial aid, including offering to buy Greece’s debt in October and promising to buy $4billion of Portuguese government debt.
Conjured by o~ SeMeN SPeRmS ~o on December 24, 2010
▲ E-SHROOMS! – NSFE (Not Safe for Epileptics)
▲ Bedbug Registry, USA – Check Out Flea Bag Motels Across North America
▲ Motorhead do Ace of Spades – Broadway Musical Version
▲ Inflating My Belly – Ewww!
▲ Lies Teacher Told Me – Google Book
▲ Top 10 Worst Beers
1. Olde English 800
2. Natural Ice
3. Natural Light
4. Milwaukees Best
5. Michelob Ultra
6. Sleeman Clear
7. Budweiser Select
8. Coors Aspen Edge
9. Bud Light Chelada
10. Busch Ice
▲ World War III began in 1971 during a Partridge Family song
▲ The Scandy Gallery – Horror & Sci-Fi VHS Box Art
▲ Weekly World News Archive on Google Books – Drop dead Bat Boy!
▲ Dirty Money
▲ Pringles Can Designer’s Final Resting Place:
▲ Boo! – Anti Halloween Chick Tract
▲ Normal New Jersey: Make yourself a radical Stink Bug Trap!
▲ MySpace friend the Eraserhead Baby!
▲ DreaMachine App for your third iPhone!
▲ “What, Me Funny?” The totally awesome National Lampoon spoof of Mad Magazine!
▲ Say Hello to mechanically separated chicken
▲ Tron-a-Sutra – (NSFW)
▲ Give A Hoot! …
Conjured by Billoney on December 22, 2010