It seems Professional Wrestling is about to take another slap to the face. It has just been a few weeks since the WWE Corporation was disclaiming possibilities of illegal steroid abuse by its employees following the murder-suicide events surrounding WWE Star Chris Benoit. Now word has splashed across the Internet that they have suspended ten of their professional wrestlers, including some headliners, after being notified of information from a steroid abuse investigation by a New York District attorney. The website Wrestling Revealed posted a list of WWE wrestlers that they say are under investigation – some of which they also say will be included in the actual suspended listed, that is not due to be released until November. They are also reporting that some NFL and MLB players are also part of the same ongoing investigation about questionable Internet steroid purchases by professional athletes. Though the possibility of steroid abuse should come as no big surprise to anyone that has ever followed modern Professional Wrestling or any other amateur or professional sports, this could be a huge blow financially for the still-reeling-from-the-Chris-Benoit-tragedy WWE, which has been almost continuously confronted with steroid abuse allegations throughout its history. Ouch, WWE owner,Vince McMahon, will wind up working some serious spinspeak for his programming image and to keep his millions of viewers tuned in weekly!
Monthly Archives: August 2007
The recent rains have transformed my quaint backyard garden into a shadowy jungle full of mutated monster tomato plants and bodyheatseeking cucumber vines seeking to capture the individual plucking its fruits with their man-eating clinging vines. But even worse I am worried that I may have been a little to prophetical with my previous post about killer mosquitoes. I had been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to resume my summer harvest and as soon as the rains stopped I went into action. I realized that with all the rain the mosquitoes would be active and in search of blood. And they always have a taste for my type B/Mt.Dewsupersweet. As I searched through my closet looking for appropriate clothing I immediately regretted not owning heavy Batman style body-armor! I laid out my thickest clothing along with a ninja-like-looking head-stocking on my bed and saturated them with industrial strength insect repellent. I then dressed, grabbed my pail and machete (for protection from attacking vines) and went gardening. I was forced to hack down many feral vines to secure my entrance into the junglegarden. By the time I made it to my bounty I was working up a sweat in the oppressive heat and the insect repellent was washing itself from my clothing and face. (Insert chosen expletive) – so much for the preplanning! I worked quickly picking fruit – discarding bloated busted produce that the flies were trying to pervade with their spawn while greedily plunking the quality crop into my pail. All the time the bloodthirsty insects were feasting from my body! It brought back nonfond memories of high school football practice of fighting August-heatstroke and bloodsucking insects while pulling sandburs from my thorn-infected hands, Grrrrr. I am sure the nasty parasitical critters must have drained a couple of gallons of blood from my body. And I am still covered in colossal knots from the attack of the demonic insects but I have my gathered prizes for the effort, sweat and blood expended. And the fresh tasty produce I grow shames the plastic tasting items sold as foodstuffs at the grocery stores. Now if I can just stop scratching, I can prepare for the next round.
I am staunchly against the death penalty under most circumstances. In my opinion it serves as nothing more than an act of revenge and I feel we should be able to develop more advanced alternative punishments. However there are those rare conditions and legal cases where I accept the death penalty as the most appropriate punishment we have for the crime committed. Such was the case as I was watching Friday’s news when Judge Ric Howard handed down the sentence of execution to John Evander Couey for the vile rape and despicable murder by burying alive of nine-year-old of Jessica Lunsford. Do I still wish there was a better option, without hesitation I say yes. But there is usually some doubt in most murder cases as to the guilt of the individual, there was no doubt in this case. The only question was – did he have the mental capacity to understand what he had done, and there seemed ample evidence that he was competent enough to realize that what he was doing was wrong and monstrous. The crime was heinous enough just the reading of the events leading to the young girls death by the judge was enough to bring even strong minded individuals to tears. I am a fairly even-tempered individual but I would never have had the strength to read out loud the events that Judge Howard needed to express explaining his decision. And though I still wish there was a better alternative than the death penalty I feel no remorse over society’s decision/need to execute John Couey. At this point in history we offer no better solution and his crime was deserving of the punishment of capital punishment. Maybe God will have more mercy on his soul than he did for the life of that young girl. I am not sure if I have any mercy to offer.
CBS TV has proven once again that there are few limits to the entertainment industry’s eagerness and willingness to whoreout, exploit and risk safety to individuals in order to make a reality show. In a spin on an old book “Lord of the Flies“, where a group of young boys are stranded on an island without supervision and where that group eventually progresses into violent mob mentality and rule; CBS has created a mimic program they call Kid Nation where forty children were dropped off in a New Mexico ghost town where their only supervision was the show-producers whims. I am not sure which disgusts me more, the fact that CBS was willing to risk forty children’s safety (ages 8-15) to make a buck or the fact that for a few pieces of CBS’s silver coin the parents of those forty children were willing to sign a form that states that the parents of said children will not hold CBS responsible for any circumstances of sexually transmitted diseases, injury (including severe) or the child’s death that could occur! What has happened to common sense where a network will risk (and in the case of reality TV often spur on conflict) life and injury especially to children? What has happened to parental responsibility that they are willing to sellout their children’s privacy and safety for wealth? And even worse what does this say about our culture if we aid in the ratings-and-financial success of this children exploitation show? More information at the following links.
The Smoking Gun Link to the Kids Nation Story.
An LA Times article on Kid Nation.
Despite the group orgies taking place in the banal presidential debates there have been Spousal Wars – pointing fingers and beating on their chests proclaiming the cream-of-the-crop resides in their personal domicile. But the recent question on whether or not Michelle Obama, which candidate Obama repudiates as fact, was attacking Hillary Clinton in a campaign speech also generates another possible motivation to be considered that can be found by taking in to account the extraordinary circumstances faced by Edwards and Obama. Hillary Clinton is by far the most political savvy and major face of the Democratic crop of candidates. She is also the real deal when mentioning possible female presidents. But in today’s culture of “equality for women” there also lays a similar reverse double standard when powerful men are dealing with women. Powerful women are often seen or called bitchy/pushy when they exert their power. It hits Clinton in the face with regularity when detractors describe her. But in all reality she is a tough woman who works in an even tougher political world. That requires a tough image to be successful. But if a man attacks a woman in a direct fashion as he would a man in similar situations he is usually seen as a bully and often tagged a misogynist. When in truth he is often just offering her the equal treatment he would a man in the same situation. I have been the recipient of such lofty titles periodically in my lifetime. With the recent opponents spousal condemnation of Clinton, while the Democrat candidates slather French-kisses on each other playing to the boobtube, you have to wonder if Edwards and Obama fear they cannot afford to take the risk of attacking Clinton face-on with out being hung with the title of bully or misogynist. That would only leave their spouses to carry the load.
It is amazing what you find when you open boxes and dresser drawers that you haven’t opened since before many people were even born. My recent sorting through drawers found memorabilia from the early 1990′s. One of the more fun things I found was some optical illusion art work I purchased at a kiosk in the mall. I found just a small fraction of what I own but it brought back fond memories of playing with the 3d style images. (I know I am often easily entertained, hey as Cubs/Bears fan you learn to appreciate even the simplest forms of entertainment. I can still remember when we early 70′s Bear fans rated how well the Bears team played by how beat up their opponents were entering the following week!) Most of the images I have are from Magic Eye Art, which has more images at their website and more on a site, Vision 3d, promoting eye health. I have an astigmatism called lazy eye along with being near sighted that has required my use of some of the eye exercises they talk of on the website. Following is one of the pictures I picked up and links to others located on the web.
After much anticipation I received the big call today. The transplant organ for Big Green had arrived! So I rushed down to the store and picked it up. Ecstatic that I had Big Greens replacement part in my possession, I decided to multitask and whipped up to WalMart to pick up a few grocery items to feed my-soon-to-be-chosen-lucky-assistant chair repairman. That is when events took a change for the worse. I blame it on the Wild Cherry Pepsi I chose for my traveling companion instead of my usual jug of Mt. Dew! I opened the door of Black Beauty and much to my surprise a malevolent mosquito invaded my vehicle. I was anxious as the thoughts that sprang into my mind of the multitude of possible toxins it might carry and attempt to infect me with. Also I speculated at the possibility that it might breed it’s Iowan infections with some evil Illinoisan mosquito creating some superinfectious disease which would then be named after me or even worse get me involved in some secret government plot to breed military grade venomous mosquitoes designed to take over the rest of the free world. Which would eventually force me to be anonymously interviewed on Coast-to-Coast AM or Jerry Springer. I instantly sprang into action! I carry no poisonous sprays in my vehicle (no sense getting the SPCA or Green Peace after my hide also) nor did I happen to have anything available to use as a swatter. So I was left with one of the weapons that God had wittingly designed by birth, my hand. Okay so in my case maybe he did not do such a great job of designing, after all I am the posterboy for not being able to hit the broadside of a barn with anything! So I start trying to smash the evil critter with my hand as it flees around the inside of Black Beauty at incredibly high speeds, probably approaching the sound barrier. I thrash with my hands at the worthy opponent always just missing the dastardly satanic insect. (Note to self and readers: do not swat with chocolate/oily-covered hand near large glass van windows.) After about my eighth swat at the beast I swerved my head from a direct kamikaze style buzz at my skull only to notice smears appearing on my windshield. Worse! I also noticed in my peripheral vision a spectator to my enterprise, OUCH! Now being a life-long bachelor and noticing a pretty young twenty-something blonde female staring at me would normally be an opportunity to flash a smile and do a male mating ritual performance. But instead of a chance for an impression I was in the unenviable position of having the real me exposed. Hopefully she wasn’t carrying one of those cell phone cameras where I find my episode posted on you tube or some other video blog. Anyway I stumbled into Wally World in a mortified manner, purchased my items and drove home. In all the embarrassment I lost track of that vile insect. Now I also have to worry about federal charges of hauling a hazardous insect across state lines! I guess it’s on to the next mission and see whom I can con, err., I mean whom I can persuade to help me do the surgery on Big Green.
Even worse the Cubs lost Monday’s rain delayed game with the Cardinals 6 to 4!
Animal torture/cruelty crime is usually associated with mass murderers – not nationwide loved and respected professional athletes. But it is looking bad for NFL star quarterback Michael Vick as he is accused of dog-fighting, which is a sadistic form of animal cruelty. His three codefendants in the dog-fighting charges have pleaded guilty to federal charges. The most recent codefendants to plead were Quanis Phillips and Purnell Peace and they have implicated Vick in their legal statements as the primary financial backer and fellow participant in the dog-fighting ring that was being held on Vick’s property. And if the codefendants are telling the truth, Vick was the instigator in brutally slaughtering dogs that did not meet his fighting expectations. His methods included hanging and drowning. Some articles I have read suggest Vick is considering a plea himself. Either way his NFL career is most likely doomed. What was he thinking? I do not understand the mentality it takes to perform such acts of senseless cruelty. Plus this man had the ability to financially set himself for life with his NFL career. This man was an icon and admired by fans, players, coaches and even the team owner. Now he faces extreme humiliation at the very least and more seriously could be facing years of prison time. Dog-fighting is not just an illegal act it is a crime of extreme animal torture and cruelty. And if he is guilty I hope they throw the book at him!
Update In Comments Section: Vick to accept plea – terms to be made public on Monday?
Recently a small group of Cuban refugees landed on US soil. Normally I would say they should be deported back to their country of origin, but our law does make allowances for their trespass on US soil. Under US law they are allowed to stay if they make it to land but are turned away if they are intercepted at sea. A strange law, but I kinda-sorta-almost understand the reasoning. Mostly because our country has always hated Cuba’s Fidel Castro and if it were not for world pressure our government has always longed to send in special ops teams, kill him, gut him and leave his carcass for scavengers. Actually in the early ‘60s the JF Kennedy administration and the CIA had Castro’s demise in mind (which was just one of several US government backed assassination plots dating back to just before Eisenhower left office) however they bungled it with their Bay of Pigs operations. But Cubans have been seeking entrance into this country as long as Fidel has been in power, sometimes in very inventive ways. Some have made it others have failed. Which brings me to the point of this post. What is wrong with these people? Have they not heard about Michael Moore’s movie Sicko healthcare findings? Do they not understand that Michael Moore has reasoned that they have a better life ahead of them in Cuba due to its advanced medical care and facilities towering over our antiquated US medical care? If they had listened to Moore they would have known how much better off they are in Cuba. Why I fully expect anytime now that boatloads of US citizens shall be beating on Cuba’s door demanding entry! Oh wait – Michael Moore already did that and returned home!!!!
In an effort to assist the media in getting out important news to the people, today, theScoundrel brings you important news and links from around the globe. Enjoy!!
I do not know anyone who pays their taxes with a smile on their face. But the guy who paid his tax bill of $12,656.07 with one-dollar bills and coins makes me want to shout “Oh Yeah, there is intelligent life out there”!!!
From the what was she thinking department: a Georgia criminal mastermind calls the police to report fraud when the crack cocaine she was sold turned out to be fake!!!
There is ignoring pain and then there is having no sensitivity in parts of your body. My guess is with the following athlete he was in need of a serious checkup for neuropathy. Severing your leg on a motorcycle ride should be one of those instances where you normally notice serious pain. Ouch!!!!
I guess there is somebody always trying to prevent the average Joe’s fantasies. In Australia, the Gaming Minister has ordered an investigation into a men’s magazine holding a contest where the prize was money to get the lucky winner’s girlfriend a breast augmentation. Spoilsports!!!
Them backwoods southern prisons just keep trying to hold Oliver prisoner against his will, his only crime being his desire for freedom!!! Free Oliver Now!!!
Driver caught Drunk, Blind and Driving – for the third time! Alright Now!! Has ex Illinois Governor George Ryan been over in Estonia selling drivers license to pay for his lawyer fees?
Hey how about this, Two links for the price of one! May I check your baggage sir! I guess airport customs frown on some carry-on luggage!
Finally!! A food product designed to prevent aging wrinkles. Italy unveils, much to the chagrin of purists, a pizza designed to prevent wrinkles. UhOh, Looks like an increase in pizza imports to the USA is inevitable. That will probably mean a giant increase of the trade deficit. Sheesh!
Who says crime will get you nowhere!! A 24-year-old convicted Thai female drug-dealer has successfully defended her WBC flyweight title that she won while still in prison.
Well thats all for today folks. have a good one!!!!!!!!!!!