Tuesday, April 07, 2015

News and Other Etc. for Tuesday

Obituary: James Best, best (no pun intended) remembered for his role on the series The Dukes of Hazzard, has died after a bout with pneumonia.

He was 88.

A trivia note: James Best was related to the famed Everly brothers. This:

The youngest of eight brothers and a sister, Best was born Jewel Franklin Guy in hardscrabble Powderly, Ky., on July 26, 1926, to parents Lena Mae Everly Guy (sister of Ike Everly, father of entertainers Don and Phil Everly) and Larkin Jasper Guy. He spent time in an orphanage following his mother’s death in 1929, then was adopted by Essa and Armen Best and raised in Corydon, Ind.

Best appeared in some movies during the fifties, including The Caine Mutiny and Shenandoah. But long before his stint on The Dukes of Hazzard, this good-looking guy (no pun intended given his birth name) could be seen EVERYWHERE on television in the fifties and sixties. He made appearances on The Twilight Zone, the Andy Griffith Show, and Wagon Train, and that's just for starters.

Best remained active in the business up to and including 2013.

He and his wife moved from Florida to North Carolina in his later years.

Another reason why women and girls need sex-segregated spaces like restrooms and locker rooms.

Another loser announces he is running for president.

While the trans community feels in its collective delusion they are "engendered," real women and girls have every reason to feel ENDANGERED.

Free speech has never been absolute, and why Reddit doesn't take that forum or subforum down is a mystery to me.

Reddit, which has been contacted by numerous users over the last few months, has declined to shut down the subreddit, even after it was reported to the FBI and “Jaghut_rapist” wrote in to describe his own experience after visiting it.

“I did myself some correction after reading this sub,” that user said in a comment headed “Fuck this sub and all it’s [sic] ideas.” “It really seemed like a good idea. Now the police are after me. DON’T rape women. You WILL be caught. Goddam. I’m just going to kill myself.” Days later, the same user wrote to say he’d been arrested and pleaded guilty after being threatened with 20 years in prison.

While some have speculated that PhilosophyOfRape is satire, that seems clearly untrue. The site really does offer rape advice — the claim, for example, that Halloween is the No. 2 day of the year for unsolved rapes because going masked that night will not attract police interest — and its founder’s vicious diatribes are unrelieved by any attempt at humor. PhilosophyOfRape has even proposed finding a way to “crowd fund” the “correction” of women, but worried about how to make sure that rewards only go to those who commit verifiable rapes.

If it's "satire," it is an epic fail.

Reddit is being foolish not taking this down. It opens itself to big-time liability.

Another obituary: Famous satirist/ad man Stan Freberg, 88, has died. He was celebrated for having some of the greatest ads of all time.

There are too many great ads to list, but his masterpiece may actually be this one from 1970. The product didn't sell, by the way, despite the slick production values and all of the money that went into the campaign. It's still remembered today as one of the best that ever aired.

Busby Berkeley eat your heart out:


Up at the Ritz they pass the word to 42nd Street,
Make way for the Great American Soup!
Hey, mister, have you tried the soup
That's good enough to eat?
Shake hands with the Great American Soup!
Feel that rhythm guide your feet
On the soupy road to romance,
Let's face the chicken gumbo
Who's got its noodles up in lights
From Broadway to the Loop?
It's the great -- (tappity tappity tap tappity tap)
I said, the great -- (tappity tap tappity tappity tap)
It's the great, great, great


The godfather of humorous and irreverent commercials, Freberg lampooned cultural institutions and described himself as a “guerilla satirist.” The New York Times dubbed him the “Che Guevara of advertising,” and years later, “Weird Al” Yankovic called him a major influence on his career.

“Very sad to say that one of my absolute all-time heroes has just passed away,” Yankovic wrote on Twitter. “RIP Stan Freberg. A legend, an inspiration, and a friend.”

Freberg also was known for his musical parodies. “Wun’erful Wun’erful,” his 1957 spoof of “champagne music” — on which he collaborated with orchestra leader Billy May — lampooned The Lawrence Welk Show.

He made lots of satirical records, too:


Those allegations made in a CIVIL claim, where almost anything goes as long as a plaintiff gets money, against famed lawyer Alan Dershowitz were thrown out on their ass.

Lawyers, if they are unscrupulous enough, can literally make shit up about people, public figures or not, in the hopes of getting a pretrial settlement.


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