This past April, The Sunflower Jam charity put on a concert, Celebrating Jon Lord at the Royal Albert Hall, a night where some of the world’s biggest names in music came together to honor the life and work of the late, great former Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord.
Jon Lord sadly passed away in 2012. Just a few weeks before the release of the just finished remake of what is universally known as the first ever meeting of classical music and rock. The Concerto For Group and Orchestra. The same composition that Purple played live in 1969 at the Royal Albert Hall.
Considering the amount of respect, friendship and love expressed on any occasion by anybody who had worked, played or simply met Jon Lord, it is not a surprise that the 2014 Jam would be dedicated totally to his music. The night turned out to be a historical moment in rock music: A full orchestra, a director – Paul Mann – crazy enough to give wonderful arrangements to a repertoire going back and forth through fifty years of music, many old friends for an unforgettable night.
The Albert Hall sold out to the last seat…Jon’s big musical loves were in the room, once again: same venue, many years later, many of the same people involved, a million times more the amount of emotions.
For four hours Jon’s music was shining. Commotion, jokes, laughs and a lot of music came together by magic.
The result is the show you can now hear and watch.
The concert will be released on September 26th and will be available on Blu-ray, CD and digital download formats. Divided into three sets, with the third devoted to a performance from the current Deep Purple (Mark VIII) lineup.
The above clip is legendary Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson & Deep Purple Mark III bass player and vocalist Glen Hughes performing the Deep Purple classic “Burn.”
Who needs marijuana when you can grow an epic mustache & toss some sea shells on you ears?
Squid ink in your burger? Have it your way, thankfully this abomination is only available in Burger King restaurants in Japan.
Burger King Japan has released the “Kuro Burger” (“Black Burger”), with buns made from bamboo charcoal, an onion and garlic sauce made with squid ink, beef patties made with black pepper, and black cheese, which is also apparently made with bamboo charcoal.
Based on appearance I’d call it the “Cancer Burger.”
Via the LA Times:
You can order the Kuro Burger Pearl with the bread, cheese and patty, or the Kuro Burger Diamond with lettuce, tomato, onion and mayonnaise. And in case you’re wondering, the mayonnaise is still white.
The Kuro Burgers will be available for a limited time beginning Sept. 19 at Burger King locations in Japan. Read More…
Thankfully the “terrorist” in question was only someone in a cheap costume shop ninja outfit and there was no Ebola virus, it was just a video depicting a possible scenario. Does the above headline, or another headline similar to it have the chance of one-day coming true? It’s a possibility, at least according to James O’Keefe of Project Veritas.
Last month, O’Keefe, who gained national attention in 2008 with the under-cover video that lead to the eventual disbanding of ACORN, released a video depicting him crossing the southern border from Mexico. In this video he was wearing an Osama bin Laden mask as he walked across the Rio Grande River.
Last week he came to Cleveland.
According to O’Keefe:
It was so easy to cross into the United States from Mexico, we began asking questions about the Northern border. After all, British intelligence believes more than 500 British citizens have joined ISIS, and British citizens can enter Canada without a visa.
O’Keefe rented a bout from Fishfull Thinking Charters in Eastlake, OH and on September 5th, filmed a video depicting an ‘Ebola infected ISIS terrorist’ with a bag full of ricin entering the US from Canada across Lake Erie and walking into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame unchecked.
The video itself is really cheesy, but facts behind it are chilling.
In an interview with my local bird cage liner, The Plain Dealer, captain Bob Swiney (the charter-boat captain) said that they did not actually cross into Canada, stopping halfway across Lake Erie & turning around. To cross the border they would have had to “self report,” by calling the border patrol and having everyone’s passports ready.
“I am not going to sacrifice my captain’s license for that,” said Swiney, who agreed it would be possible for terrorists to enter the United States by coming across Lake Erie from Canada.
He classified the video as a “tongue-in-cheek” dramatization of a potentially serious problem, but said he doesn’t know of any “quick and easy” way to improve security.
“Whatever you do, it will require manpower and dollars,” said Swiney. “I think we need to get a lot smarter about what we protect and how we protect it.”
I live in the town that the boat was chartered from, I have been on Lake Erie & have never seen the Border Patrol, but have seen how easy it is to cross the border unchecked in either direction. While I lean libertarian for a large amount of issues, it is scenarios such as this, where I differ with the open-border nutjobs.
I say bring our soldiers home from that hell-hole in the Middle East, we shouldn’t have another American soldier sent back to his parents in a pine box draped in a flag just so we can nation-build over there. Bring our boys and girls home, put them on both the southern & northern borders and make them tighter then a frog’s waterproof ass.
A Chicago mother of two was headed to lunch with her fiance on Thursday when pieces of a gargoyle fell from a church’s facade and struck her in the head, killing her.
The church, a national historic landmark, built in 1874, failed a number of inspections between 2007 and 2011, but passed inspections in 2012 and 2013.
From The Chicago Tribune:
Sara Bean, 34, was killed on Thursday while walking to lunch with her fiancé, who is her longtime boyfriend and father of her children, local media reported.
The Second Presbyterian Church in the South Loop neighborhood just outside downtown Chicago expressed its sympathy to Bean’s family in a statement on Friday and said it was “deeply sorry at the death.”
The church, which does not have outstanding complaints over its structure but has had violations in the past, was putting up protective scaffolding on Friday to prevent any more accidents.
“It’s going up as we speak,” said Denise Conway, interim office administrator at the church, one of the city’s oldest and a national historic landmark. The church will remain open despite the accident, she added.
According to the Chicago Department of Buildings, a metal decorative piece on the exterior of the building gave away on Thursday and dislodged part of a gargoyle on the steeple and the broken piece fell and struck Bean, who worked at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Read More…
Moeed Malik, 24, of West Hartford, CT, decided he wanted to get a little action so he answered an ad from “Barbie,” on backpage.com. Barbie, came to Malik’s place of employment, Smoker’s Discount World, where she proceeded to provide oral sex in the pipe shop’s back room.
After his pipe was smoked by the call girl, Malik apparently dissatisfied with the “services rendered” decided that he wasn’t going to pay so he gave the hooker the shaft.
An argument followed and “Barbie,” real name Yamilet Mattei, 18, and her friend Danielle Santos, 21, who had driven her to the business, took off with two hookahs as “compensation.”
Via The Smoking Gun:
In a move he now likely regrets, Malik called 911 to report the hookah theft.
Police responded to the business and interviewed Malik and Mattei, who “freely admitted that she took the hookahs from Smoker’s Discount World because Malik was refusing to compensate her as agreed upon.” Mattei, the report notes, “stated that she took three hookahs off of the rack as compensation for the ‘blow job.”
For his part, Malik was “verbally confrontational” and could not stick to a single story, police noted. He claimed to have hired Mattei as a “favor” for an uncle who never showed up at the shop (which is seen at left).
Mattei told officers that Malik described himself as a “good looking guy” and asked how much she charged for oral sex. He then inquired about the price for “bare back” sex. Later, while being fellated, Malik told Mattei that he “always wanted” to get “deep throat [from] a Puerto Rican.”
In light of Mattei’s admission, she was charged with prostitution and larceny. Malik was busted for patronizing a prostitute and reporting a false incident. Santos was charged with criminal mischief (for breaking Malik’s iPhone) and pot possession. Malik’s rap sheet includes several prior arrests, including a March collar for drug sales, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and interfering with police. Read more…
Common sense and the ability to reason is all but a lost cause in our nation’s schools and law-enforcement agencies. More then likely, the ability not to have a ridiculous over-reaction to every little thing that you don’t understand is gone in the country as a whole as well. The latest example is of a Kentucky man who has spent 8 days locked in jail for a post he made on Facebook.
James Evans, 31, of Muhlenberg Co., KY, is a heavy metal fan. Often times Evans likes to post YouTube videos of songs or various song lyrics on his Facebook wall, something that I do myself and countless numbers of other people on Facebook do all the time.
Most people don’t get arrested for doing so, James Evans did.
On August 24th, Evans posted the lyrics to “Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)” a song off of Exhibit B: The Human Condition, the 2010 album from legendary thrash metal band Exodus. Law enforcement officials were notified of the posting and two-days later James Evans was arrested.
Via WFIE/14 News:
Mike Drake, the Muhlenberg County school resource officer, says multiple agencies received calls concerned about the post.
So Evans was arrested for terroristic threatening.
The warrant says Evans was arrested because, “he threatened to kill students and or staff at school.” Read more…
Below is the posting, the snippet of song lyrics that got Evans in trouble with the law.
Now I will fully admit, those are some pretty violent lyrics, but I fail to see where a “threat” was made. Nowhere in that post did Evans say that he was going to a school to shoot teachers and staff.
When he was released on September 3rd, Evans had the following statement:
“It’s nonsense. I feel like my civil rights have been violated. You know first amendment freedom of speech out the window. Even all the guys I was in the cell with they thought it was nonsense themselves. I had several officials tell me it was nonsense that there was no reason why I should have even been here.”
His civil rights absolutely have been violated. To add insult to injury, Evans states that his case will be pushed back 6 months and he will have to undergo a mental evaluation.
Gary Holt, founder/guitarist/songwriter of Exodus issued the following statement in regards to this ridiculous arrest:
“The idea that an individual in this great country of ours could be arrested for simply posting lyrics to a song is something I never believed could happen in a free society,” states EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt. “James Evans was simply posting lyrics to a band he likes on Facebook, and he was locked up for it. The song ‘Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)’ was written as a view through the eyes of a madman and in no way endorses that kind of fucked up behavior. It was the Virginia Tech massacre perpetrated by Seung-Hui Cho that was the subject and inspiration to write the song, one in which we put the brakes on playing it live after the Sandy Hook shooting, as we did not want to seem insensitive.”
Gary continues, “As some of us in EXODUS are parents, of course these things hit close to home, it’s every parent’s worst fear. These moments are the stuff of nightmares, and life, as well as music, isn’t always pretty. But when we start to overreact to things like lyrics by any band, including EXODUS, and start arresting people, we are caving in to paranoia and are well on our way to becoming an Orwellian society.”
Exodus, who recently reunited with vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza are set to release their 10th studio album, Blood In, Blood Out, on Oct. 14. The band will also begin a string of U.S. tour dates with Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies on Nov. 11.
That is of course unless they get jailed by the thought police.
Keep spending most our lives, cooking in a gangsta’s paradise
So a rookie defensive player for the St. Louis Rams has an interesting story, and no I’m not talking about Michael Sam. It’s the guy who may be the reason that Sam got cut.
In 2011 while playing football at Sacramento City Junior College, new Rams defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks was working at a Toys ‘R’ Us. He hated his job, hated his life at the time and quit deciding that he never wanted to work a “normal job” ever again.
What did he do to drive up the motivation to achieve that goal you ask? He decided to go all Mike Tyson and get some ink permanently emblazoned across his face.
“I was just like I might as well go ahead and get it on the face because if nothing else, it will help motivate me to either be a guy that has a tattoo on his face looking for another job or hopefully I make it in the NFL and don’t have to work too hard to do something (else),” Westbrooks said. “I don’t feel it’s a bad thing now. I don’t regret it. It speaks for itself.” Read More…
Westbrooks went on to play at West Texas A&M and then signed with the St. Louis Rams in May as a free agent after not being selected in the 2014 NFL collegiate draft. His time in training camp impressed the coaching staff so much that he made the teams 53 man roster on cut down day ahead of the much more hyped 7th round pick Michael Sam.
This was posted this past June in the Readers’ Forum: Sunday letters section of the Winston-Salem Journal.
The shear stupidity that is government has struck again, this time in Nebraska.
Nebraska’s Supreme Court has struck down two exceptions to the state’s public smoking ban, a move which is very likely to destroy some small-business owners as it will outlaw enjoying a fine cigar inside a cigar lounge or tobacco shop. However, the court’s decision has sparred exceptions that allow for guests to smoke in some hotel rooms.
The decision was made this past Friday, in the case of an Omaha pool hall, Big John’s Billiards, whose owner sued the state after it enacted a public smoking ban in 2009. The Nebraska smoking ban had outlawed smoking in all public buildings and private businesses. The law, however, did allow exceptions for cigar lounges, tobacco stores and some hotel rooms.
In a split decision, the Nebraska Supreme Court has decided that because hotel guestrooms are “akin to private homes,” the exception for hotel rooms is permissible. It decided however that the exception for cigar lounges and tobacco shops is “unconstitutional”.
Via The Lincoln Journal Star:
Jason “Hutch” Hutchison fears Jake’s Cigars and Spirits’ bottom line will suffer a serious blow after a Nebraska Supreme Court ruling Friday essentially banning smoking in cigar bars.
The 39-year-old bar owner said the state’s cigar bar exemption allowed him to expand his business in Lincoln and Omaha, hire more staff, start new ventures and give back to the community.
Now, he expects he may lose up to 10 percent of his revenue in light of the Supreme Court decision, which also struck down exemptions to the state’s indoor smoking ban for tobacco shops.
The court upheld the overall smoking ban.
“It’s disappointing that one business threw a temper tantrum, and now they’ve basically ruined it for cigar smokers all across the state,” Hutchison said.
Big John’s Billiards, an Omaha pool hall, has fought the state’s ban since its inception.
Instead of scrapping the ban, the Supreme Court struck down exemptions in the law which it considered special legislation and contrary to lawmakers’ initial intent.
The lawyer for Big John’s said he now hopes state lawmakers will level the playing field in regard to the smoking ban.
But cigar bars and tobacco shops fear their revenue will suffer, and with no immediate guidance on enforcement from the state, some owners may voluntarily end cigar smoking before their permits are up to stay out of trouble. Read More…
Here in Ohio we have a smoking ban as well, but thankfully we are still allowed to go to our local cigar lounge and enjoy a smoke with fellow cigar lovers. Hopefully stupid nanny state loving liberals don’t try to end that here as well.
It doesn’t matter the city, the state or even the country. Here is another picture that perfectly explains that government is stupid and the private sector is always better.
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