Six Degrees of Dio: Alice Cooper

If you don’t like Alice Cooper you must be a goddamned communist or something. And if you stopped listening in either the 70s or 90s you’ve missed some of Alice’s better material.

Ozzy Osbourne appeared in the Alice Cooper song ‘Hey Stoopid’. Bass player Rudy Sarzo played for many years with Ozzy and Rudy also played for many years with Dio.

The funny/sad/cool thing (take your pick) the sing-talking Ke$ha can be linked to Dio this way also since she did a duet with Alice Cooper on Welcome 2 My Nightmare.

Anyway here is Alice Cooper with ‘Pick Up The Bones’ off of 1999’s Brutal Planet. One of the best Alice albums in my opinion.

Accept

Prior to Balls to the Wall, Accept was one of my favorite bands growing up. They had a great sound and were one of the few bands that the poseurs hadn’t latched on to yet. That was until Balls to the Wall was played like every 5 minutes on MTV. Plus the lead singer’s name was Udo Dirkschneider. Not only is that an awesome name but it pretty much described the way he looked.

So far Accept takes the longest route to get to Dio.

Udo has recorded a couple of duets with Doro Pesch. Doro has recorded a couple of duets with Lemmy from Motorhead. Lemmy was in Motorhead with Fast Eddie Clarke. Fast Eddie was in Fastway with Pete Way. Pete Way played for Ozzy. Ozzy was in Sabbath with Geezer Butler. Geezer was in Sabbath/Heaven and Hell with Ronnie James Dio. Whew.

Now here’s Accept with the classic ‘Fast As A Shark’.

DC Comics The New 52: Week 19

Another so-so week. Supergirl has been keeping my interest but barely. Catwoman however is turning out to be a nifty little crime drama. I’m sick of Nightwing’s travelling show. And again, Red Hood should be the DC Comics’ version of the Punisher, not some magic practicing wuss.

What I really want to talk about is something that I read online. Six titles are being cancelled. Those titles are Men of War, Mister Terrific, O.M.A.C., Hawk and Dove, Blackhawks and Static Shock. Out of those titles the only ones I read were Mister Terrific, Hawk and Dove and Static Shock. The only one of those I’ll be sad to see cancelled will be Static Shock.

They are being replaced by Batman Inc., Earth 2, World’s Finest, Dial H, GI Combat and The Ravagers. I am most looking forward to Earth 2 and World’s Finest. As an aside I don’t see the point of replacing one war comic with another.

I also understand that in the next issue of Justice League, which will be out this week, will have the back up feature of Shazam!/Captain Marvel. I really hope they don’t screw his story up.

Comic of the Week: Green Lantern Corps #5

This is what comics should be. A group of badasses getting ready to take it to the bad guys. This issue had just enough action to whet my appetite for the next issue.

Is there a new suspect in the murder of Carina Saunders?

Carina Saunders

Saunders’ Suspect ID’s Possible Murder Orchestrator:

19-year-old Carina Saunders of Bethany, Oklahoma was brutally tortured, murdered and dismembered just so her killers could intimidate someone. She was chosen at random and her dismembered body was found in a duffel bag behind a grocery store.

Previously I had posted about how 33-year-old Jimmy Lee Massey was charged in Carina’s murder. Now, search warrants that have been made public state that Massey may have implicated another alleged killer and the mastermind, Alejandro Rojas.

Rojas and Massey allegedly tortured and murdered Carina in order to intimidate another woman into working for their drug and human trafficking ring.

Police are searching for Rojas’ cell phone which they believe contains information regarding Carina’s murder. They didn’t have to look too hard for Rojas though as he is already in jail on drug charges just like Massey.

This does not sound like a crime that would be committed by a local weed dealer or pimp. This sounds like the type of murder that would be made by a major crime cartel, especially since drug trafficking and human trafficking are involved.

Again, for those of you who think drugs and prostitution are victimless crimes I dare you to tell that to Carina Saunders’ family.

West Memphis 3 lawyers throw spaghetti against the wall to see if they can get it to stick to Terry Hobbs

Damien Echols (If it's in a movie it has to be true. Right guys?)

New sworn statements implicate Terry Hobbs in West Memphis Three case:

The legal team for the West Memphis 3 are up to their old tricks again. Once again they’re using what I like to call spaghetti tactics in order to get their clients exonerated. What I mean by that is that they’re throwing every cockamamie theory against the wall to see if they can get one of them to stick. This time their target is Terry Hobbs once again.

The legal team says that they have sworn statements from three people, who passed polygraphs no less, that Terry Hobbs admitted to killing Stevie Branch, Michael Moore, and Christopher Byers. Well not directly from Terry Hobbs. The statements are from three guys who said Terry Hobbs’ nephew, Michael Hobbs Jr., told them that Terry Hobbs admitted to killing the boys. Isn’t that same type of hearsay the WM3 supporters claim when people say that Echols told other people that he killed the children?

I’m sure the defenders will ask me why would these three guys lie? There could be any number of reasons, the first being personal gain. I mean who wouldn’t jump at the chance to go from a dirt poor hick town to riding the West Memphis 3 gravy train. Another reason could be retribution. Even an attorney for the West Memphis 3 admits that Michael Hobbs Jr. has given information to the police about 2 of the 3 men in question. Let’s also not forget that polygraphs aren’t as reliable as TV and movies would have you believe. That’s why for decades they’ve not been admissible in court.

Plus I find it less than coincidental that the statements of these three men appear in Peter Jackson’s ‘documentary’ West of Memphis which was highlighted at the Sundance Film Festival recently. You know the film I’m talking about. It’s the one that Jackson directed that was produced by Damian Echols.

It would be different if the WM3 supporters could have focused on one suspect rather than several different ones. Like I said before, first it was the mysterious black guy at the Bojangles. Then it was Mark Byers who was basically the bogeyman of Paradise lost 1 and 2. And now with their supposed DNA ‘evidence’ they think it’s Terry Hobbs. In a few years they’ll probably say it was either Bigfoot or Jimmy Hoffa.

The defenders also ask if the West Memphis 3 are not innocent then why was the State of Arkansas afraid to give them a new trial? That one’s easy. The state of Arkansas doesn’t have a Hollywood backed PR machine behind it. Basically the freedom of three convicted child killers were bought and paid for by Hollywood. As I’ve shown recently Hollywood money can get some amazing yet shady things done.

As far as exoneration goes I wouldn’t be surprised if it happens. I think the real reason Echols’ is fighting for exoneration, because let’s face it this is who it’s all about, is a money grab. If he’s exonerated I would imagine there would be a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the State of Arkansas.

But Echols couldn’t get all this fame and fortune if it wasn’t for the brainwashed masses who believe every lie that comes out of Echols’ trap. Way to think for yourselves.

Richard Beasley charged with Ohio craigslist killings

Richard Beasley

Adult in Ohio Craigslist case charged with murder:

This past Friday 52-year-old Richard Beasley was indicted for the craigslist murders of Ralph Geiger, David Pauley, and Timothy Kern. Beasley is accused of posting a phony craigslist ad for employment at a nonexistent ranch then killing the perspective applicants when they showed up.

The indictment states that Beasley was allegedly the triggerman in all 3 murders and the attempted murder of Scott Davis who was able to escape his assailant.

Beasley was being held on drug and prostitution charges while investigators worked on the murder charges.

His alleged accomplice, 16-year-old Brogan Rafferty, has been charged as an adult.

Prosecutors will be seeking the death penalty for Beasley.

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News of Doom: AL teacher admits to molesting 20 children over 25 years

Daniel Montague Acker Jr.

Police: Teacher molested kids in class:

Shelby County superintendent: Schools aiding police after ex-teacher charged with sex abuse:

This story actually broke a few weeks ago and I apologize for letting it escape my notice until recently.

49-year-old Daniel Montague Acker Jr. has taught for the Shelby County, Alabama school system for 25 years. Recently he was arrested on child molestation charges and according to police he has admitted to molesting 21 children from the school system over the past 25 years. One such incident is even said to have happened in front of a classroom full of children. Acker’s most recent victim recently came forward and is 12-years-old but she claims that Acker molested her while she was in the fourth grade. Student’s in fourth grade are routinely 9 or 10 years old. Acker taught fourth grade in multiple schools in the district for the majority of his career.

Acker had previous allegations of child molestation that were investigated but Acker was never indicted. You may ask yourself why and I would say that maybe this had something to do with it…

Rigney said Acker, who is the son of Shelby County Commissioner Dan Acker Sr., admitted to molesting more than 20 other students during his teacher career in Alabaster.

Never underestimate the power of small town politics and nepotism to get something swept under the rug.

He asked that anyone with any information regarding the case call the Alabaster Police Department at 663-7401.

Thanks to Lori for the tip.

Why you should be outraged about the MegaUpload arrests

Popular file-sharing website Megaupload shut down:

Normally when the internet as a whole is outraged about something I’m usually the first person to piss on the internet’s Cheerios. Now, being the grim spectre of truth that I am, I’m going to tell you why you should be outraged over the arrests of the MegaUpload officials.

For those of you not familiar with MegaUpload it was a site where you could share large files with someone. For example my brother and I are working on a project we hope to put on YouTube. He records the video and I edit it. Since he’s in New England and I’m in the South a site like MegaUpload could have helped us in getting the large video files to each other. Of course some of the users of MegaUpload used it to trade pirated materials such as copyrighted music and movies.

Yesterday the Department of Justice arranged to not only have MegaUpload.com shut down but they’ve had most of the company officials arrested. In their indictments they say that MegaUpload has cost copyright holders five hundred million dollars. That’s $500,000,000.

Here’s why you should be outraged. The company officials that have been arrested were arrested in New Zealand. Last time I checked New Zealand was not a U.S. possession. Not only that but the arrestees have been denied bail.

Let me break this down for you. This is obviously being fueled by the RIAA and the MPAA. I mean how else would the DOJ come up with such an arbitrary number as $500M? Apparently those groups are powerful enough to have their tentacles in the governments of two different countries.

If the crime was something along the lines of murder the international extradition would be tied up in red tape for years. For example take the case of Ira Einhorn. In the late 1970s he killed his girlfriend Holly Maddux. He fled to France before he could be arrested. He was finally arrested in France in 1997 but France wouldn’t extradite him to the U.S. until the death penalty was taken off the table. He was finally brought to the states in 2002 after the US acquiesced to France’s demand and he wasn’t even a French citizen.

Now New Zealand is more than happy to ship some of their citizens to America in the express lane over file sharing. This is a massive abuse of power. The manpower and money being used to bring these people to the US could be better used at home to capture murderers, rapists, child molesters and human traffickers. Instead the DOJ shows that it’s in the back pocket of entertainment lobbyists.

Here’s your true global conspiracy.

Poe Toaster no shows, fans say Nevermore

Poe Fans Call an End to ‘Toaster’ Tradition:

I’m only a passing fan of Edgar Allan Poe. Of course who doesn’t enjoy The Raven but Poe was the author of one of my favorite stories of all time, The Cask of Amontillado.

What I’m more of a fan of is the tradition of the mysterious figure clad in black who would leave roses and brandy at the grave of Poe on his birthday. A tradition that some say not only goes back to the 1930s but has possibly spanned through generations of the Poe Toaster’s family.

Now it seems that the tradition is now as dead as Poe and just as shrouded in mystery as the tortured author’s death.

For the third year in a row the mysterious figure has not left his traditional tribute on Poe’s grave.

In past years some less than scrupulous people have tried to discern the man’s identity and that may have killed the tradition outright. As I’ve said in previous years some things should just remain mysteries.

Now the official attendees of the annual tradition have said they are calling off their annual pilgrimage to Baltimore after this year.

I always wanted to attend but it seems like this dream for me will remain unfulfilled.

And yes I finally gave in to using the ‘Nevermore’ cliche.