Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Eighty-Three Year Old Attacked by Rabid Beaver

Eighty-three year old Lillian Peterson had just finished swimming in Lake Barcroft, Virginia when she was attacked, on Tuesday.

A rabid beaver had snuck up on her and latched it's teeth into her leg.

She struck at the beaver's eyes with a walking stick, but even then it didn't stop.

Mike Korin happened to witness the beginning of the attack, and quickly came to Peterson's aid, striking the beaver with his canoe paddle, til the paddle broke.

The beaver came again, so Korin used his other paddle against it, til it seemed to die.

When paramedics arrived, and began treating Peterson, the beaver jumped up and came at them again.

One of the paramedics began beating it with the paddle til Peterson was able to trap it in a net.

Eventually animal control arrived and killed the beaver, whom tests later showed to have rabies.

Residents in the area are being warned to look out for other animals, that act strangely.

As for Peterson, she's recovering in the hospital after being bitten repeatedly and given shots for rabies.

She does not plan on swimming there, ever again.

Bermuda Gets Ready for Leslie

Tropical Storm Leslie, became a hurricane as she continues to aim at Bermuda.

Already the surf and ocean currents are being affected by the oncoming storm.

Cruise ships have begun heading for the Bahamas instead of Bermuda, in efforts to maintain safety and a pleasant trip for their fares.

By the time Leslie hits the island, she is expected to be a category two hurricane.

Hurricane strength winds are expected to start striking sometime Saturday afternoon.

Guests already on the island are being advised to leave during Friday.

Democratic National Convention Disrespects Hickenlooper and Colorado

Governor Hickenlooper of Colorado may have been at the DNC praising Obama, but not even that was enough to gain a respectful audience.

The crowd did all they could to talk over Colorado's governor, at times they even succeeded.

His words about the wild fires throughout the state and about the Aurora shooting, were completely drowned out, by the mass that would not be quiet for his short speech.

Hickenlooper showed greater strength than I could, as I would've walked off the stage midspeech or yelled the anarchy to silence.

Let's not forget that Colorado is an important state, a swing state that could decide the election.

Democrats should be embarrassed by their treatment of Colorado's governor.

Their actions showed how little regard the party has for the state and it's people.

If not for the governor, they should've at least shown respect for the victims of the tragic shooting, when he mentioned them.

Four Year Old Haupt Throws Ceremonial First Pitch

In every major league baseball game there is a ceremonial first pitch.

Monday's first pitch, before the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers game, was something a little different.

It was thrown out by four year old Christian Haupt.

Yes four, and kid can throw a ball.

He's already being compared to major league pitchers.

This left handed pitcher will be in high demand in fourteen years, if he still wants to play.

If you wondered, Haupt one hopped it to the catcher, from the mound.

Chestnut Sets New Wing Eating Record

This year's National Buffalo Wing Festival, in New York, was one for the record books.

Competitive eater Joey Chestnut won the contest for the first time, after coming in second for the last two years.

Not only did he win, but he set a record of 191 chicken wings, within twelve minutes.

He is also six year running champion of Nathan's Forth of July hotdog eating contest at Coney Island.

There he holds the record for sixty-eight dogs, in ten minutes.

Chestnut prefers the hot dogs, as they don't have any bones.

A Month's Worth of Classic Picks

Private Hell 36 Here's your roundup of great old movies and TV shows released through August that you can add to your collection.

Hardly a week goes by that there isn't a John Wayne release or a pack of his movies. The best one lately was Rio Grande on Blu-ray, which paired Duke with the regal and strong Maureen O'Hara. If you want some other westerns then look to Johnny Guitar with Joan Crawford, Santa Fe Trail with that truly classic screen couple Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, or check out the more obscure Phil Carey westerns Wyoming Renegades or the Nebraskan. A genre that really got the treatment recently was Italian produced (Spaghetti!) sword and sandal, with stuff like Damon and Pythias, Gold for the Caesars, Sandokan the Great, Hercules, Samson & Ulysses.

If you like crime, gangsters and noir then look to a handful of cool noirs, the most obscure but promising being Joan Fontaine as a naughty femme in Born to be Bad, and Southside 1-1000, which was directed by Boris Ingster who was instrumental in establishing the look of noir with his Stranger on the Third Floor. The Las Vegas Story is a light but fun one with Victor Mature, Jane Russell and Vincent Price. I highly recommend the very gritty and fast noir Private Hell 36, co-written and directed by dame of dames and very talented actress Ida Lupino; it’s about a cop who double crosses his own partner.

Tons of Hitchcock came out (and more is set to come out soon in a big box set too, so save your money if you want to really go all out with Alfred); stuff like Vertigo, which was recently voted best movie ever made in the Sight & Sound magazine readers' poll, The Birds, Rear Window, and Psycho. A lot of UK thrillers came out, including The Long Memory with John Mills and John McCallum in a story of a man out for revenge over his frame up. There's also Alan Ladd in Captain Carey, USA about a former CIA (then called OSS) agent returning to postwar Italy.

For vintage TV fans, there were further installments of Perry Mason, Gunsmoke, The Rookies and Streets of San Francisco with Michael Douglas and Karl Malden. Finally, defying any special category, Warner Archive also put out a bunch of great titles starring James Cagney (The Crowd Roars, These Wilder Years) and Humphrey Bogart (China Clipper, The Great O'Malley, Battle Circus). There’s a Universal 1930′s Rarities Collection of four movies: Million Dollar Legs with W.C. Fields, Belle of the Nineties starring Mae West, Artists and Models with Jack Benny and Ida Lupino and Souls at Sea starring Gary Cooper.

Find me at the Speakeasy for lots more classic entertainment.

Woman Kidnapped and Forced to Rob Bank

A woman in Los Angeles was kidnapped from her home in Huntington Park.

Suspects strapped, what they told her was, an explosive device around her waist and drove her to an East LA bank.

At the Bank of America, at Atlantic Boulevard and Verona Street, they forced her to go in and rob the bank.

After she did so, they drove off with the money, and left her at the scene.

Police safely removed it from her, and then the bomb squad made a successful controlled detonation of the unknown device.

The kidnappers remain at large, with police looking for them.

Country Music Award Nominees Announced

Country music's so called "biggest night" is still just under two months away, but the nominees are out.

Entertainer of the year: Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift.

Female vocalist of the year: Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood.

Male vocalist of the year: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Eric Church.

New artist of the year: Lee Brice, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Love and Theft, Thompson Square.

Vocal group of the year: Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, The Band Perry, Zach Brown Band.

Vocal duo of the year: Big and Rich, Love and Theft, Sugarland, The Civil Wars, Thompson Square.

Single of the year: "Dirt Road Anthem" by Jason Aldean, "God Gave Me You" by Blake Shelton, "Home" by Dierks Bentley, "Pontoon" by Little Big Town, "Springsteen" by Eric Church.

Album of the year: "Chief" by Eric Church, "Four The Record" by Miranda Lambert, "Home" by Dierks Bentley, "Own The Night" by Lady Antebellum, "Tailgates and Tanlines" by Luke Bryan.

Song of the year: "Even if it Breaks Your Heart" by Will Hoge and Eric Palsay, "God Gave Me You" by Dave Barnes, "Home" by Dan Wilson, Brett Beavers, and Dierks Bentley, "Over You" by Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, "Springsteen" by Eric Church, Ryan Tyndell, and Jeff Hyde.

Music event of the year: "Dixie Highway" by Alan Jackson featuring Zach Brown, "Feel Like a Rock Star" by Kenny Chesney with Tim McGraw, "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die" by Willie Nelson with Snoop Dogg, Kris Kirstofferson, and Jamey Johnson, "Safe and Sound" by Taylor Swift featuring The Civil Wars, "Stuck on You" by Lionel Richie with Darius Rucker.

Music video of the year: "Come Over" by Kenny Chesney and directed by Shaun Silva, "Over You" by Miranda Lambert and directed by Trey Fanjoy, "Pontoon" by Little Big Town and directed by Declan Whitebloom, "Red Solo Cup" by Toby Keith and directed by Michael Salomon, "Springsteen" by Eric Church and directed by Peter Zavadil.

Musician of the year: Sam Bush mandolin, Paul Franklin steel guitar, Dann Huff guitar, Brent Mason guitar, Mac McAnally guitar.

The winners will be announced live, November 1 at 8pm eastern, on ABC.

Nigerian Navy Frees Hijacked Tanker

The Nigerian navy has announced their rescue of a hijacked oil tanker, which is now being escorted back to Lagos.

Earlier, they had denied reports that the Abu Dhabi Star had been hijacked inside of their own harbor.

No shots were fired in either the capture or the rescue.

The hijackers apparently fled when the ship was approached by two navy vessels and a helicopter.

Pirates have becoming a growing problem on the west African coast, but still nowhere near as big of a one on the east coast.

PQ Celebration Diminished by Shooting

Celebration turned violent in Montreal, Quebec, Tuesday night, when a man opened fire.

During Pauline Marois's victory speech asixty-two year old man pulled a gun and then shot two people who tried to disarm him, killing one of them.

He then left the building, starting a fire, some witnesses say with a gas bomb.

The man was arrested by police, his identity has not been released.

Parti Quebecois was celebrating their return to power, as they won fifty-four of the one hundred and twenty-five seats in the province.

While they did not attain a majority, they still have the largest number of seats, and so gain control.

They also elected their first woman premier in Marois, who has promised to hold another secession referendum "if the conditions are right".

In 1980 and 1995, the PQ held referendums, both of which failed, though the 1995 vote did so by less than one percent.

Japan to Buy Disputed Islands

Japan is apparently going to buy the Senkaku islands.

For the past while there has been a growing dispute over the uninhabited islands.

They are claimed by Japan, China, and Taiwan, though Taiwan has mostly stayed out of the dispute.

Tokyo's governor had even been fundraising so that the city could buy the islands, but that seems a mute point now.

The national Japanese government will be paying twenty-six million dollars to buy three of the five biggest islands, from their private owner.

Unfortunately, that will likely not stop the dispute, as it would still leave the rest of the islands in private ownership, and likely disputed.

It is unclear if China or Taiwan will even recognize the sale.

Earthquake Strikes Costa Rica, Killing Two

A 7.6 earthquake struck Costa Rica, Wednesday afternoon, about ninety miles west of the capital, killing two.

Phone lines were knocked down near the epicenter of the quake, water pipes were broken in Samara, the road from Santa Cruz to Nicoya was buried by a landslide, and at least one bridge collapsed in Sarapiqui.

Cracks were reported at the Basilica de Los Angeles in Cartago, a hospital in Liberia took structural damage, forcing it to transfer it's patients, and several buildings under construction collapsed.

A tsunami watch was issued for the Caribbean Sea and Chile had issued one as well, but they were both cancelled.

A tsunami warning had been issued for most of central and South America, but it was all eventually cancelled without incident.

Hundreds of Afghan Troops Fired

Afghanistan has announced that they have removed hundreds of troops from service.

Most of them have been detained and are under investigation.

The move was made after many allied troops were attacked, wounded, and killed by Afghan soldiers.

General Zahir Azimi, a spokesperson for the Defense Ministry, said that Afghanistan wished the world to know that it "is a big concern for the Afghan president and the Afghan Defense Ministry."

The US has already stopped training Afghan police and soldiers, and ordered their own troops to carry weapons at all times.

Since 2007, 114 people have been killed in seventy-six attacks of this nature. Thirty-five of the attacks have killed forty-five so far in 2012.