Friday, October 29, 2010

James McArthur (Book'em Dano), dead, natural causes, 72

LOS ANGELES – Stage and screen actor James MacArthur, who played "Danno" in the original version of television's "Hawaii Five-O," died Thursday at age 72. MacArthur's agent, Richard Lewis, said the actor died in Florida of "natural causes," but no direct cause was specified.

In a career that spanned more than four decades, MacArthur was most recognized for his role as detective Danny "Danno" Williams on "Hawaii Five-O," which aired from 1968 to 1980. Episodes often ended with detective Steve McGarrett, the lead character, uttering what became a pop culture catch phrase: "Book 'em, Danno."

This show was one of my favorites growing up. The catch phrase was part of popular culture for many, many years.

Does anyone else feel like their childhood is passing before their eyes?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Time traveler caught on film in 1928? Filmmaker claims find in Charlie Chaplin's 'The Circus' DVD

Did a time traveler get caught on camera in 1928?

The web has been pondering this question recently after an Irish filmmaker posted a video to YouTube allegedly showing the person from the future talking into what appears to be a cell phone.

"I've screened this to about 100 people at a film festival I run here in Belfast, and nobody could give me an explanation," said George Clarke, in the opening moments of his video.

The Northern Ireland father of two, who proclaims himself a fan of Chaplin and Jackie Chan, claims no one has been able to explain the odd character.

"Right now the only conclusion I can come to, which sounds absolutely ridiculous I'm sure to some people, but it's a time traveler," Clarke said.

Seriously? A time traveler? That's the only explanation you can come up with? After watching possibly hundreds of hours of silent film that's the best you have?

Just for fun, let us just say it is a cell phone. Did all the cellular towers that connect the airwaves to the telephone system travel back in time too?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

...and when I die, I'll be Sooner dead

FLORENCE, Arizona -- A Bartlesville man and University of Oklahoma fan was executed by the state of Arizona Tuesday night.

Jeffrey Landrigan, 48, was executed at a prison in Florence, Arizona, after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a stay preventing his execution for a murder committed in 1989.

A prison official said Landrigan's last words were, "Well, I'd like to say thank you to my family for being here, and all of my friends. Boomer Sooner."

You just don't see this kind of dedication in the living these days. I can't say today that my last words will be Boomer Sooner, but its an admirable goal in a Sooner's life.

The last verse of the University of Oklahoma's fight song "Boomer Sooner".

I'm a Sooner born and Sooner bred
and when I die, I'll be Sooner dead
Rah Oklahoma, Rah Oklahoma
Rah Oklahoma, OK U!

Bidenism #327

“Every single great idea that has marked the 21st century, the 20th century and the 19th century has required government vision and government incentive,” Biden said.

You have got to be kidding! 

What is it with Vice Presidents? Do they all make these verbal blunders? Are they so short staffed that they can't afford fact checkers and speech writers?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Nice shooting there Tex

Off-duty police officer Feris Jones, got into a shootout with an armed robber as the officer was getting her hair done in a beauty salon in Brooklyn on Saturday night shot the gunman’s revolver out of his hands, police officials said on Monday.

She fired back, emptying her five-shot revolver. One shot knocked the gun from the man’s two-handed grip, piercing his right middle finger and grazing his left hand, according to the police. Another shot hit the lock on the front door, jamming it. The gunman tried to flee, Mr. Browne said, but could not get the door open.

Officer Jones, a native of Barbados, joined the department in 1990 and has worked the past 12 years in the evidence collection unit in the crime lab. It was the first time she had fired her gun in the line of duty, Mr. Browne said.

Nice shootin' there Tex Barb! If that was what you were intending to do, bully for you. That's some fine shootin'. However I think she had let her training take control and were intending to put him down. Lucky shot on the lock. I wish this had been a happier ending, that being the 5 times loser was exterminated in his failed robbery attempt. Maybe the parole board will take ATTEMPTED MURDER and ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON ON A POLICE OFFICER seriously enough that parole is never granted and he gets out of jail about the time his Medicare kicks in.

In any event, good work officer, our hats are off to you.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Hiccup Girl Accused of Murder

A Florida teenager whose uncontrollable hiccups once brought her worldwide attention was arrested and charged with murder, reports.

Jennifer Mee, 19, of St. Petersburg, Fla., became well-known as the "hiccup girl" a few years ago -- baffling doctors who tried numerous treatments to stop the hiccups that sometimes occurred 50 times per minute and caused her to miss school.

I guess she had only used up twelve and a half minutes of her proverbial 15 minutes of fame. Sadly she is using the rest for a pretty serious crime.

I think if I'm ever famous for anything short of my 15 minutes I'll just keep the rest on account.

Obsess much?

The Pursuit Of 40 McRibs: Road Trip!: "I know some, if not most, of you think I'm nuts for attempting to eat 40 McRibs in six weeks, but wait until you hear what Ryan Dixon did. ..."

This guy is obsessed with the McRib. I think I ate one of these when the first came out. For a sandwich that claims to be barbecue  it falls short. WAY, WAY short. When the sandwich first appeared in Oklahoma its easy to say it was a mixed reaction.

Some people really liked it as expected. But people who really know barbecue hated it. I hated it. 

I think its really sad that some people's idea of a rib sandwich is the McRib. I've eaten barbecue all my life and this sandwich ISN'T barbecue. I wish this guy all the luck in the world with his pursuit of the McRib I just hope he remembers to wipe his hands on his pants before he handles his prized collection of Beanie Babies and dolls action figures.