OPINION NEWS FEATURE SOUND CHOW SCREEN OUTSIDE CULTURE UPFRONT Drill Baby, Drill A Memo to BP and Obama, cage fighting
mushroom mishaps, and more! BY MICK MCMENAMINUSES
The author has been sent on the road to
discover a lost country formerly known as America. He is reporting from an urban verb along a French river flowing opposite of expectation, for Or-Bust.com
and The Source Weekly.
MEMO TO BP AND OBAMA It has become clear that BP’s (and now
the Obama Admin’s) many failed attempts to stop the oil spewing from the Gulf floor were so-named in hopes of success: Top Kill and Top Hat were named similarly so that the public eventually remembers the entire operation as a success (which of course failed). The “Junk Shot” was also a bust, so now we’re being told that the two wells being drilled (BP only wanted one but Obama sources insisted on two, how’s that for government intervention?) won’t relieve the flow until August. “The prob- ability of them hitting it on the very first shot is virtually nil,” said David Rensink of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, “If they get it on the first three or four shots they’d be very lucky.” The total amount of oil already coating coast- lines and the ocean is unknown (anywhere between forty gallons and four million) yet conspiracy theories are flying, only aided by the $77,051 Obama received from BP and its assorted PACs. Yep, the President who
COLD CALL The identity of the man formerly known as “Jason Evers” has been revealed as
Doitchin Krasev. While he was secretive with his friends about his past, not re- vealing anything about his childhood or why he spoke four languages, many say they trusted him. We asked: Is it strange that so many people trusted this man?
Brandon Ely,Middle School Student Yeah, because you can’t actually know where he came from if he speaks all those languages. Of course he can speak English too, so who knows what actual language is his home language?
Sara Sellards, Program Analyst If people don’t know the whole story, it’s easy to trust what you do know about them. I think that people are just kind of trusting by nature, so maybe now that they know more about his past, its easy to be more suspicious.
Daniel Soto, Barber Yeah, I think it’s real strange. I hear all kinds of stuff here [at the barber shop], like some people are say- ing that he is a spy from Russia. I think he just needs to reveal [the truth] and let’s move forward.
Chuck Sheffield, Title Insurance Yes, it does seem odd that he was trusted that much because there were questions. I guess if you get to know somebody then you tend to overlook things that you probably shouldn’t.
– Interviews and photos by Sara Roth
is overseeing the spill is the biggest recipi- ent of donations from BP over the past 20 years (which doesn’t include $15.9 million BP spent on lobbyist last year alone). “Drill baby, drill!” was Sarah Palin’s failed man- tra during the election, yet it is fair to ask what’s really going on. Obama not know- ing that Mining and Mineral Services Director Liz Birnbaum was either fired or had resigned last week says much, same with denials of knowing that Bill Clinton represented the White House while telling Joe Sestak not to challenge Senator Arlen Specter. Something stinks; at least we knew Bush/Cheney were evil, but Obama/Biden aren’t as good at playing dumb. Good thing our allies are always around to keep us safe and distracted.
OUR SPECIAL FRIEND’S “BLOODY MASSACRE” One conspiracy recently whispered in
my ear is how BP used to control all of the oil in Iran before we installed the Shah, so this whole oil mess is intended to cut supplies and force another invasion; we already stole Iraq so why not Iran? Aided by Israel, BP’s pal Obama will lock up most oil reserves in the Middle East. Crazy huh? Maybe not after Israeli commandos overtook Turkish-flagged ships full of pro- Palestinian activists on Monday in interna-
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tional waters. A 4 a.m. fight, soldiers firing then getting assaulted with knives and ad hoc weapons, leaving nine activists dead and six soldiers wounded. The activists were trying to bring supplies and attention to Israel’s blockading of the Gaza Strip and it worked; of course, Israel called the attack “self-defense.” Turkey (Israel’s sole ally in the region) called the incident a “bloody massacre” with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan not mincing words: “We see clear murder taking place, and we see an aggressive country. We’re sick and tired of your lies. Be honest.” Of course blind- faith pro-Israel fanatics will call Mick an Anti-Semite for even reporting on this sorry incident, which just proves my point.
SIMPLER NEWS FROM THE SHIRE “After nearly two years of living, breath-
ing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien’s Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these won- derful pictures,” said director Guillermo del Toro as he quit trying to make “The Hobbit.” Director Peter Jackson and MGM made myth come to life (and billions) with “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, but the long-planned prequel has suffered through delays (MGM has yet to green-light the project) so del Toro had to step aside; sad it is, because the director of Pan’s Labyrinth and the Hell Boy movies could have done wonders. Maybe the Shire should be left alone, any more greed and a hobbit will surely hurl a stone at producers’ heads with precision, yet no ill-will.
ONE MINIATURE CASKET AND MUCH COKE REQUIRED Dennis Hopper is dead. Or is he? Like
Keith Richards, his body is already so full of chemicals that aliens will uncover a per- fect mummy next millennium. After being cast alongside a flash-in-the-pan named James Dean, Hopper established his bad- boy image by being chased with a loaded gun on the set of True Grit by an irate John Wayne. Then, with a $380,000 budget, Hopper directed Easy Rider – magically making Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson seem likeable – then hurling himself into awful b-movie roles with rare glimpses of brilliance, including Apocalypse Now (yes, Hopper was “maybe” paid in cocaine for the role) and Hoosiers. Married five times and dead at 74 of prostrate cancer, watch Land of the Zombies to see what a complex char- acter this actor and artist was, even when fighting flesh-eating mutants from his chic urban tower. Equally vexing for aliens will be the unearthing of Gary Coleman, who also died this week, aged either 42 or 8. Diff’rent Strokes brought slapstick racist
Have you seen this smoking baby? Of course you have. You probably had to blow off all your Memorial Day weekend plans because you couldn’t pull yourself away from the YouTube clip of that little pudgy bastard puffing away like he’s Marlon effing Brando. Now, there’s a story about some woman who is going to help the two-year-old smoker kick the habit. Here’s an idea: just take the cigarette out of the kid’s mouth and don’t buy him any more. Easy. Done. Let’s move on. What? There’s a 30-story-deep sinkhole in Guatemala? WTF?
stereotypes into our homes from 1978-1985, leaving the entire cast ravaged with angst, drug addiction and prostitution. Born with a congenital kidney disease, Coleman never reached five feet in height yet used his stat- ure and addictive catchphrases “What’chu talkin’ ‘bout, Willis?” and “Where’d my money go, mom and dad?” to become a creepy adult celebrity, whether running for Governor of California or having a sei- zure on The Insider. Coleman suffered from intracranial brain bleeding in Provo, Utah, and his wife immediately took him off life support, which is exactly the indignity we expect our child stars to be afforded.
OTHER SHOCKING DEATH NEWS You love your iPhone and other Apple
products, but do you love the workers who are dying to make them for you? Foxconn’s factory in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen employs 300,000 people who work, eat and live and, apparently, die Apple for you with at least 13 workers try- ing to commit suicide recently—ten suc- cessfully. Exasperated company spokes- man Liu Kun, clutching an iPad with one hand and a sharpened iPod in the other, explained, “Foxconn has never seen any- thing like this before in the past 20 years of operating on the mainland. We’ve checked the work records and couldn’t find any di- rect link between the working conditions and the suicides.” Even more confounding was the scene Klamath, CA, police found in U.S. cage fighter Jarrod Wyatt’s room this weekend: Blood spattered everywhere, an eyeball, and the heart of Wyatt’s training partner, Taylor Powell, cut out of his body and burned. Wyatt’s defense is solid: Claiming he drank hallucinogenic tea be- fore training with Powell, Wyatt became convinced his partner was possessed so he did what anyone would do—cleaving and ripping Powell’s heart out (the autopsy showed he was still alive at the time) and burning it, ripping off most of Powell’s face, Wyatt then stood victorious above the van- quished Devil naked until police arrived. Any jury of cage-fighting peers will surely acquit Wyatt, especially in California.
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