Saturday, December 5, 2009

I'm sure PETA will be all over this

This rampant exploitation of animals must stop!

...wait, play it again, hee hee.

December 5, 1932
Rev. Richard Wayne Penniman, (Little Richard) singer, songwriter, pianist and one of the seminal influences in Rock and Roll first graced this earth.

To get the true healing powers, strip down to your underwear, touch the screen and dance with wild abandon.

Get well soon Rev.

Christmas video countdown (If you are easily offended - don't watch)

Sometimes Christmas isn't all jolly and bright.

Today in History (It's an crappy day)-
December 5, 1484 -
Pope Innocent VIII released a papal bull to combat the spread of witchcraft and heresy in Germany, on this date, leading to one of the severest witch hunts in European history.

The bull was, alas, less interested in fighting these affronts to civilization than in finding romantically-inclined heifers and was subsequently relieved of his duties.

Witchcraft and heresy therefore flourished (over the next three centuries 200,000 accused witches die under most unpleasant circumstances) and eventually caused Protestants.

December 5, 1484 -
The beautiful Technicolor fairy tale, The Thief of Bagdad, opened in NYC on this date.

Producer Alexander Korda was so demanding that he went through six directors during the production of this film, including his brother Zoltan Korda and leading art director William Cameron Menzies.

December 5, 1906
Otto Ludwig Preminger, Austrian-born film director, whose films included Laura, The Man with the Golden Arm, Anatomy of a Murder and Advise and Consent, was born on this date.

All right then, gentlemen, we are all friends again. And with Christmas coming on I have a special treat for you. I'll have you all deloused for the holidays and I'll have a little Christmas tree for every barrack. You will like that.

December 5, 1926 -
Sergei Eisenstein's The Battleship Potemkin premieres, dramatising the uprising on the Battleship Potemkin that occurred in 1905 when the crew of a Russian battleship rebelled against their oppressive officers of the Tsarist regime.

The film is widely regarded as one of the most influential films of all time.

December 5, 1933 -
Fourteen years of prohibition end when Utah ratifies the 21st amendment. One has to wonder if the delay in the states' ratification had anything to due with the fruits of poligamy.

Let the good times roll.

December 5, 1991 -
Richard Speck, a murderer who killed eight student nurses in Chicago on July 14, 1966, dies of natural causes while incarcerated.

News anchor Bill Kurtis received video tapes from an anonymous source detailing Specks life behind bars.

The tape includes explicit scenes of sex, drug use, and money being passed around by prisoners, who seemingly had no fear of being caught; in the center of it all was Speck, performing oral sex on another inmate, ingesting cocaine, parading in silk panties, sporting female-like breasts grown from smuggled hormone treatments, and boasting, "If they only knew how much fun I was having, they'd turn me loose."

Christmas Trivia:
A traditional Christmas dinner in early England was the head of a pig prepared with mustard. A traditional Sicilian message is a severed horses head served raw in bed.

7 more shopping days until Hanukkah, 20 more shopping days until Christmas.

And so it goes.

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