The 2001 Trenchie Awards

For the first time and probably the last I bring you the Trenchie Awards. The best and worst of my year.

Best movie of the year: Stigmata. I know it didn’t come out this year but I saw it this year so it counts. Honorable Mention: Memento.

Worst movie of the year: American Psycho. One of those movies where at the end you go “what the fuck was that???”.

Best album of the year: Horror Show by Iced Earth. This one was tough. I was also considering Poets and Madmen by Savatage and Beyond Good and Evil by The Cult. But Iced Earth rocked the hardest.

Worst album of the year: Stronger than Death by Black Label Society. This album was an extreme let down after the very good Sonic Brew.

Best TV show of the year: Murder in Small Town X. This show was actually very suspenseful. The ending was a little anti-climactic and the winner, who was a NY fireman, I heard died in the 9/11 tragedy. Honorable Mention: Twenty Four. It’s not over yet so it might make next years list.

Worst TV show of the year: The Joan Cusack Show. This was the most painful thing I’ve ever had to watch. My wife and I now rate bad TV shows on the “Joan Cusack Scale”.

Best wrestling moment of the year: Chris Jericho becoming the Unified World champion. Honorable Mention: the ECW reunion.

Worst wrestling moment of the year: Having to see Chris Jericho in a speedo.

Best video game of the year: Not a banner year for video games and I probably won’t get Final Fantasy X for a while so I have to go with Twisted Metal Black. Not so much for the actual game but for the disturbing videos at the end.

Worst video game of the year: Simpson’s Wrestling. Continuing the long tradition of crappy Simpson’s video games.

Best movie line of the year: Lou Diamond Phillips in Bats. “Don’t tell me I’m up to my chest in batshit.”

Biggest dumbass of the year: Station manager Dave Ligafelt of Charlotte’s 95.7 WXRC for changing the format from hard rock to yet another classic rock station.

Most inane political agenda of the year: (tie) PETA trying to get the University of South Carolina to change their team name from the Gamecocks. A Pennsylvania judge reverses the death sentence for convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Worst sports moment of the year: Ray freakin’ Borque lifting up the Stanley Cup after the Colorado Avalanche beat the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup finals. Then having the balls to take it to Boston.

Biggest jackass celebrity of the year: Rage Against The Machine who basically said in a press release that we had the 9/11 attack coming. Runner-up: John Travolta for hosting some Lifetime Channel concert.

My best personal moment of the year: Taking my new family back home to my hometown in New Jersey.

Cop killer death sentence overturned

So I’m reading the local rag here in Charlotte and I catch an article from back home in Philly. And I have just one word to say. Un-fucking-believable.

Some half-assed judge in Philly decided to overturn convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal’s death sentence. For those of you who may not be familiar with the case, Abu-Jamal shot and killed Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981. Abu-Jamal claims he didn’t receive a fair trial and was a victim of a racist judicial system. But at no time has he ever denied shooting Daniel Faulkner. Many celebrities have come to the aid of Abu-Jamal like Ed Asner, Mike Farrel, and Rage Against The Machine. In a recent documentary I saw on PBS about Abu-Jamal the evidence was overwhelming against him. A bullet from his registered gun was found in Daniel Faulkner. But liberals and radicals claim that Abu-Jamal deserves a retrial? On what friggin’ grounds? But since Daniel Faulkner was white and Abu-Jamal was black it must be a racist system. Apparently this judge overturned the death sentence for his own personal motives. This scumbag has been glorified by some people as some sort of hero. Comparing him to the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King. Here’s the thing Dr. King did not kill a cop. And lost somewhere in all this is Maureen Faulkner, Daniel Faulkner’s widow. While celebrities are coming to the aid of a convicted cop killer where are the celebrities coming to the aid of Maureen Faulkner. And what really fries my ass is that Abu-Jamal has been made an honorary citizen of Paris. The same city that harbored convicted killer Ira Einhorn for years. Just one more reason to nuke France. The world has its priorities all fucked up when we’re supposed to idolize a convicted cop killer.

Abu-Jamal will be resentenced and he could be sentenced to death again. But as liberal as Philly is I highly doubt it. But if there is true justice there’s a needle with his name on it in Pennsylvania.

Va. “ritual” killing

So this article catches my eye. It turns out that three people in Virginia killed a well-known and respected biophysicist with a two-foot sword. Every report I’ve read so far has stated that this was an occult killing. And they say this for three reasons. One, the victim was stabbed repeatedly and an “X” was carved in the back of his neck. Two, the ringleader, Kyle Hulbert, was part of a “coven” and was into self-mutilation and drinking blood. Third, and I quote”… “The suspects favored all-black outfits, long black coats, and colored hair, neighbors and friends said.”

Now I can see how the media might consider this a ritual killing because of the first two. But the last statement is just ridiculous. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Wearing a black trenchcoat, dressing in black, and coloring your hair, does not make you a killer. I dress in black, but its shirt and tie. I wear a black trenchcoat, a nice leather one. And I haven’t started coloring my hair yet but it’s starting to turn gray so you never know.

This killing probably could have been prevented but it’s hard to say how considering the suspects were all of legal age. But the article states that Hulbert was diagnosed as being bipolar and schizophrenic and that he’s been off his medication for three months. And also that he frequently mutilated himself. Hulbert has also been arrested on weapons charges before.

The article goes on to say that Hulbert was into witchcraft and hung with people who had similar interests. The article goes on to say that the coven was a ragtag group of young men and women who apparently delved into the mystical. They read books on witchcraft and donned dark outfits. They were obsessed with blood and corresponded in letters and on the Internet about drinking it. Now I’m a Catholic myself but being linked with the goth community or being a “Poe-goth” as I’ve also recently been described as I’ve gotten to know a few things. Most covens today are Wiccan. And even though I don’t agree with their philosophy I’ve never known them to be anything but peaceful. Later in the article, the unidentified leader of the coven states that the two accomplices were not members but shared their interest and that the coven is peaceful. But they kind of bury that in the article. You know I kind of expect this kind of treatment of a murder story in a Podunk newspaper like the Charlotte Disturber, but the Washington comPost is allegedly the big time. Whenever the media gets a hold of a story and one of the suspects don’t practice a “mainstream” religion it’s automatically branded as an occult killing. Just because of an X? I mean there were no other signs that this was a ritualistic killing. To me, it sounds like a robbery gone bad. Or as the compost described that the victim may have barred his daughter from associating with the suspects. Leave it to the media to sensationalize a story and further drive fear into the public of people who are different from them.

My condolences go out to the family of Robert M. Schwartz and no disrespect was intended.

The Eric Harris Journal

I heard on the news today that Eric Harris’ journal was finally released today. I also read an article at Yahoo that the plans for the Columbine massacre were made at least a year in advance. Let’s think about that for a second. A year in advance. The article also states sheriff’s investigators had drafted an affidavit to search Harris’ home a year before the attack but the search was never carried out. Let’s think about that again. A year before the attack. The article also states that the sheriff’s office had said that it was unclear if a search warrant would have turned up the shooting plans. Would it have hurt to try? So it seems that not only were his parents at fault for letting all this go under their noses but it seems the police dropped the ball as well.

Anyway, I’m getting off the subject. I went to the website that had the journal at http://www.westword.com. It was unbelievable what this bastard wrote and no one ever noticed. On a page dated 4/26/98 he talks about what they plan on doing. At the end of that entry, he states that if they escape police they’ll hijack a plane and crash it into NYC. He also says that no one should be blamed for the shootings except for him and Klebold. He says not to blame his parents because they have no idea what was going on. Sorry, but if their parents were doing their job none of this would have happened. When I was a teen I used to hate it when my parents searched my room. But all they ever found was porn and cigarettes. Now that I’m a parent I see why they did what they did. I’m going to search my kids’ rooms every chance I get. I do not want to be that parent that ends up on the news trying to defend their child even though they killed scores of people.

The handwritten entries were the most disturbing. The hate must have just dripped from his pen. Talking about how he and Klebold were the only ones who knew everything and had the whole world figured out. He also talks about how he would have liked to lure a girl to his room, have sex with her, and then rip her throat out.

He did have at least one moment of lucidity. When he wrote about an anger management class that he had to take it seemed like progress was being made. It seemed like he was coming to terms with his anger. But as we all know it didn’t work. I wonder why it wasn’t followed up.

He actually wrote down that he and Klebold bought the shotguns and what hey bought. How in the world did they afford such an arsenal? Where did they get that kind of money for 2 shotguns, a rifle, 2 switchblades, and all that ammo? Parents perhaps? I know they had jobs but still…..

But nothing disturbed me more than this……

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Just think. All of this could have been prevented.