Archive for September, 2006

This is my body, this is my blood

…do this in memory of me. Looks like someone took their catechism a little too literally:

A Roman Catholic priest is “utterly shattered” that police looking for a missing woman have found a body in his Glasgow church.

Angelika Kluk, a 23-year-old Polish student, had been living at St Patrick’s Church, where Father Gerry Nugent is the priest.

A post mortem will be carried out on the unidentified body.

Strathclyde Police said that Peter Tobin, the man last seen with Ms Kluk, was a registered sex offender.

Ronnie Convery, the director of communications at Glasgow’s Roman Catholic Archdiocese, said everyone was horrified at the find and that Fr Nugent was “utterly shattered” when he heard the news.

Mr Convery added: “It is almost unbelievably horrific.

“The idea that a body could be found in or around a church almost defies belief.

Apart from that whole body and blood of Christ thing, that is…

In the name of the father/And his wife the spirit/You said you did not/They said you did it”
[exits, stage left, chased by cabbage-throwing crowd]

Saturday Morning “Vampire” Gardening

“Vampire Plant Sniffs Out Prey”

They call it strangleweed, devil guts, witches shoelaces… It is the dodder plant, a vampiric weed that seeks out its prey, coils around it and begins to drain its host of its lifeblood. NPR’s David Malakoff has a piece on the dodder tonight. What is interesting (besides the whole obviously-created-by-Satan thing) is that scientists have figured out how the plant finds its prey. It smells them. Give it a whiff of tomato and it begins to creep toward the plant. And it likes tomatoes better than, say, wheat.

Yet one more sure sign of the apocalypse.

(Thank you NPR)

IVA TOGURI: 1916-2006

But we knew her as “Tokyo Rose”…but then again…history books have made her out to be someone she never really was.

Born to Japanese immigrants on Independence Day 1916 in Los Angeles, Iva Ikuko Toguri led a comfortable, middle-class life in a predominately white enclave of Los Angeles. Her father was a small-business owner who tried to assimilate by distancing himself from other Japanese businessman, and his daughter grew up speaking no Japanese.

The name Tokyo Rose was an American invention. On the air, Toguri called herself “Orphan Ann,” a reference both to her favorite radio program as a child and her lonely status as an American trapped in enemy territory. Refusing to renounce her U.S. citizenship during the war, many described her as a victim of her own courage — and naivete.

She had been forced through circumstance to broadcast propaganda for the Japanese, having landed in her ancestral homeland to care for a sick aunt at precisely the worst moment. She and other captive Allies decided to turn their ordeal on its head, deliberately making a hash of the propaganda. To that end, Toguri, who had a gravelly voice and a slight lisp, was exactly wrong for what the Japanese propagandists wanted: a sultry-voiced villainess to tease the American listeners away from home.

…Reports from Gen. Douglas MacArthur and the Army’s Counterintelligence Corps indicated she had done nothing treasonable in her broadcasts. But Walter Winchell, the powerful and vitriolic broadcast personality, and the American Legion lobbied hard for a trial. They were relentless and successful.


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Friday vampire dance party

This one goes out to the werewolves on the dance floor:

TV on the Radio: Wolf Like Me

Followed by a Shining homage

30 Seconds to Mars: The Kill

Hat tip to our DJ, protected static.

celluloid heroes

New ‘Nightmare On Elm Street’ DVD on the way

The Washington Post has the details on the special bonus features in the new release of the original Nightmare On Elm Street.

Fortunately writer-director Wes Craven, stars Heather Langenkamp and Robert Englund and other major “Elm Street” players do participate in the DVD’s extras, which includes a making-of documentary, two featurettes, a trio of alternate endings, a trivia game and a new commentary track that consists of spliced-together anecdotes from members of cast and crew. The featurettes seem extraneous at best; “The House That Freddy Built: The Legacy of New Line Horror,” for example, plays more like a commercial for the studio’s other releases than anything else. But with the movie’s remastered picture and sound, plus a set of extras that outperforms the limited material on the 1998 DVD, most Freddy fans will still be pleased to upgrade to this new “Nightmare.”

Most Worthwhile Bonus Point: “Never Sleep Again: The Making of ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’,” a 50-minute look at how this horror classic came together, is the most comprehensive and informative extra on the DVD. Among other things, viewers will learn how Krueger got his name (apparently Craven frequently got beaten up as a kid by a boy named Freddy) and how the cast literally stretched their limits — cheap spandex was used for one of the film’s visual effects — in order to complete this low-budget shocker.

Taking a last look at an amazing life

James Bond had nothing on this real life woman. Helene Deschamps Adams.

French spy, Resistance heroine dies in New York hospital at 85.

Helene Deschamps Adams, a daring World War II spy and French Resistance fighter who saved American fliers from capture and Jews from execution by the Nazis and played a role in secret preparations for Allied invasions of France, has died.

Deschamps Adams, whose espionage derring-do in Nazi-occupied France later became the subject of books and television documentaries, died Saturday at a Manhattan hospital at age 85.

..When asked why she took on the dangerous role of secret agent, “she was fond of saying, ‘I didn’t like the idea of Nazis taking over my country,”‘ her daughter said.

…Studying at a convent when Adolf Hitler invaded France in 1940, she joined the Resistance, beginning a harrowing wartime career as a spy, first for the French Underground and later for the U.S. Office of Strategic Services, or OSS, the wartime forerunner of the CIA, in France and Switzerland.

Her duties ranged from being a courier to gathering information on German troop strength, airfields and coastal installations in preparation for the Allied invasion of southern France in 1944. She rescued downed U.S. fliers before the Nazis could find them and guided groups of Jews to safety across the Spanish border in the Pyrenees mountains.


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Stephen King helps fellow author

Stephen King attended a fund raiser for Democratic senate candidate and fellow author James Webb. From lowell at Raising Kaine:

King added that he knows Jim Webb “through his books and through his politics.”  King declared that “this is an extremely important election for the American people,” and that “Virginia is crucial.”  King noted that he had been “raised a Republican” but had “met the right woman [who] showed me the error of my ways.”  King, 59, has now been a Democrat since he was 20.

More photos here and here.


Sheep sacrificed in satanic ceremonies

From This Is London:

Police are hunting “devil worshippers” after a series of sickening “satanic rite” attacks on sheep at a national park.

Around 100 animals have been found slaughtered and mutilated with their tongues, eyes and sexual organs removed on Dartmoor in Devon in the past year.

All of the bodies had been arranged in a satanic star shape on the floor or laid out in a circle with their necks broken.

Most of the blood-thirsty rituals have been carried out during a full moon.

In the latest attack farmer Charles Mudge, of Tavistock, Devon, found 30 of his flock dead with bizarre half-moon symbols carved into their flesh. He discovered all their bodies lying near a bloodstained stone altar and wooden stake.

Does Satan like his lamb with mint jelly?

Secret British defence group investigated UFOs

From The Guardian

The Ministry of Defence went to extraordinary lengths to cover up its true involvement in investigating UFOs, according to secret documents revealed under the Freedom of Information Act.

The files show that officials attempted to expunge information from documents released to the Public Records Office under the “30-year rule” that would have revealed the extent of the MoD’s interest in UFO sightings.

In particular, the ministry wanted to cover up the operation of a secret unit dedicated to UFO investigations within the Defence Intelligence Staff. UFO conspiracy theorists have likened the unit, called DI55, to a sort of “Men in Black” agency for defending the Earth against invasion but the released documents show this is far from the truth. One 1995 memo from DI55 to the MoD’s public “UFO desk” said: “I have several books at home that describe our supposed role of ‘defender of the Earth against the alien menace’ – it is light years from the truth!”

The files were made public following FOI requests by David Clarke, a lecturer in journalism at Sheffield Hallam University and his colleague Andy Roberts.

“These documents don’t tell us anything about UFOs but they do show how desperate the MoD have been to conceal the interest which the intelligence services had in the subject,” said Dr Clarke.

Full article well worth the click.

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