The Gaslight Anthem have released a video for "National Anthem" which comes from their excellent album Handwritten. The video is a montage of images from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sand in their home state of New Jersey. They are also selling two specially designed t-shirts via PunkCares.org to benefit organizations helping to aid in the recovery. The band's upcoming concert at Terminal 5 in New York City will air on AXS TV and the channel will make a donation to the recovery effort that matches the amount of money raised by sales of the t-shirts, according to Rolling Stone.
Over the last few days, many people have asked me what I thought about "the girl from Plymouth". You know, the one yelling and flipping off the camera at Arlington National Cemetery, in front of the sign that says Silence and Respect. Lindsey Stone is her name and if you didn't know it before, after the news tonight, you will. This story has taken on a life of it's own, and it's only getting worse for Lindsey. Her and her co-worker, who were on a business trip last month in DC, when they visited Arlington and took the photo, are now both on unpaid leave from their jobs. The organization Living Independantly Forever, had to release a statement on their Facebook page condemning the photo, and stating that their employees actions do not reflect the company, or their stance on Veterans etc. There is even a page on Facebook, asking for their firing, and it has over 10,000 "likes" already.
So, how do I feel about it? Well, up until she posted the photo on her Facebook page, and all hell broke loose, I think Lindsey Stone was one of the luckiest people on the planet.
First, she is a woman, born in the U.S.A.., which the odds are against in the grand scheme of things. She could have been born in Afghanistan, China, or in the Congo, where she would have led a very different life. She could have been born in N. Korea, or Iran where I'm sure they do not look kindly at disrespecting their war heroes. Here in the U.S.A.., what she did isn't a crime, it's protected by the First Amendment.
Second, in one of the most tragic economies America has ever seen, Lindsey is employed, at what looks like an amazing organization, that is really helping people and changing the world for the better. How many of us can say that about where we work?
And finally Lindsey, judging by her actions alone, has made it through life without knowing anyone in uniform. That has to be the case right? I mean, how could she have family who has served in previous wars and do what she did? Or, how could she know someone now that is currently serving, after 10+ years of war and terror, and make the trip to Arlington and do what she did?
She's never had to say goodbye, or cry herself to sleep worrying. She's never packed a care package, or written a love letter to someone far away. She's never had to pray for a Skype call, or be afraid of the doorbell in the middle of the night. She's never had to see someone she loves go and look evil in the eye, only to come home a different person.
And most importantly, she's never attended a funeral, where a flag is given to a crying widow, or mother "On behalf of a grateful nation".
She doesn't know anyone buried at Arlington, except for the few that she learned about in school like JFK. She probably doesn't even know what Section 60 is.
How lucky for her!
She's part of the 99% that don't have someone they love, in harms way. How amazing for her. Up until a month ago, Lindsey Stone was living the American dream. The dream where Memorial Day and Veterans Day means long weekends off for BBQing, beer drinking, and good deals on new cars. Up until a month ago, Lindsey Stone wasn't afraid. Now, as the hours go by, she learns more and more that her "innocent" joke, wasn't a joke at all. Somehow, she made it through the gates at Arlington, and wasn't overcome with the sadness and loss that everyone else feels. But, now she feels sadness and loss... and regret too I bet.
When I first saw that photo, I thought it was a photo shopped joke, or a cruel prank. I even gave her the benefit of the doubt that she could be the victim in all of this. That someone took her picture and put it in front of that sign, to try and make her look bad. Obviously, that is not the case. This photo will follow her for the rest of her life. Every time she applies for a job, or applies for a loan it will come up. When her kids Google their Mom, that will be the first picture they see. Her name will be remembered, and she'll be treated differently by anyone who remembers... forever.
She released a statement on Facebook saying that it was a joke, and that they were just acting like "douchebags"...and that they meant no disrespect. Lindsey, you're right... you were acting like douchebags. You came up with the idea for the picture, you took the picture, and then you posted the picture online, and at no time did you think for a second... THIS ISN'T A GOOD IDEA!?! How comfy that little bubble that you live in must be!
Do I think that Lindsey Stone is the most evil person in the world? No! I am confident that there are people way more evil than she is. Arlington is filled with the bodes of those who died fighting that evil.
Do I think she is one of the dumbest? Yes, she probably is.
Like I said, up until she posted that picture, Lindsey Stone was one of the luckiest people on the planet...
Well, if the new Rolling Stones video, is any indication of what is going on inside Mick Jaggers mind, it's a scary and perverted place.
No surprise there!
The new song from GRRR!, is called Doom and Gloom and the video... let's just say...
Zombies, puking chicks, boobies, war footage, miniskirts, blood, boobies, chicks roling around in garbage, chicks rolling around in cash, cigarettes, baseball bats, dreadlocks, dirty toilets, boobies, and at the end... Mick turns into a girl!
So, yesterday morning, I was doing research for one of the stories we were discussing. I don't even recall which one, but I stumbled across the following image:
(It wasn't even a Twinkie-related search; go figure.)
It's called "Kush."
(Not to be confused with THIS Kush)
The product is billed as "breast support for side sleepers, size C and larger." It's useful if you have real boobs, fake boobs, or pregnant boobs. (Insert Danielle joke here.) Now, it looks absolutely ridiculous, let's be honest. But, as much as it kills me to admit, I must say... this product is genius because it helps to prevent cleavage wrinkles. Greg has HIS irrational fears. I have mine. One of them is CLEAVAGE WRINKLES. I don't have 'em now, and I DON'T WANT 'EM EVER. Is the trade off between sleeping with a boob Twinkie (or whatever other vulgar thing you want to compare it to) and having no wrinkles in the valley worth it? I think so.
Finding this photo did make me think about all the other weirdo "As Seen On TV" products are out there. I decided to do a little more research. Right off the bat, I discovered the Booty Pop padded panties.
Garments to pad your backside are nothing new. These things have been stashed deep within the racks of the department store next to your grandmother's girdles for eons. I did feel the need to include this particular brand, if for no other reason than to have an excuse to post the Booty Pop video.
Clearly, the only logical follow-up to this is an instructional video showing you how to Booty Pop. There are a lot of crap tutorials out there... this one is laser show. I'm going to help LB practice right now.
So I see a Huffington Post tweet that says "World's Fastest Piano Juggler". How can I not click on that link. I'm think some kind of David Blaine Optical Illusion freak out. Nope, instead I got this. Now It will not leave my head. I feel my day will turn into some kind of Twilight Zone episode where I'll be seeing this..clown..wherever I go.
It's not so much the creepy mask and the maniacle music....it's the dummy in the chair... The God Damned Dummy in the chair.
Brent Smith from Shinedown and I go WAY back...
We've known each other for a long time, we're like a dysfunctional family.
I love it when he calls in, because I never know what he is going to say. We talked about touring, dirty diapers, guns, skydiving, twitter, and The Muppets, with some ball busting mixed in!
Listen to my interview below!
Most people are surprised to hear that I've been to Iraq & Afghanistan, but I don't shoot guns. I went shooting for the first time AFTER I got home from Iraq in 2006. Maybe I should have learned BEFORE I went to the Middle East! Well, today I decided to change all that!
I met a guy named Phil in Afghanistan and went on some missions with him and his guys.
(Phil is on the right in the picture below)
Phil recently introduced me to Matt Devito from Downrange Firearms Training. Matt said that no matter how inexperienced I was, if I took his class, I would be able to shoot! He was right. Today I headed to NH, and took a 4 hour, private class and I brought Andrew our video guy along to capture it all on HD video (just in case I did something stupid!).
Here I am with Matt and Phil. We made the biggest guy, hold the smallest gun! :)
The video is on the way, but until then... Check out some of the pictures and more importantly the firepower that I wrapped my hands around!
Here's what was on the menu!
Andrew our video guy, captures Matt explaining what to do and what NOT to do!
Let the shooting begin!
WWII M1 Garand
Trying to learn how to be a sniper, watch out evil pumpkins!
Thank you Matt, for a great class! Now that I've started shooting, I'm addicted!
I can't wait to take your next class!!!
(Note the S&W 500 in my hand. YES, I shot that too. Wait until you see the video!)
Actually Twinkies have an official shelf life of only 25 days. Although, that fact has been put to the test with varied results. After hearing about Hostess Cakes putting themselves out of their own misery by shutting down and laying off over 18 thousand workers, I searched for facts on their most famous product. What I found were hundreds of links to experiments performed on the iconic cake. Some reminded me of various forms of torture I've seen in movies and on the news. I realized that one of America's favorite junk foods was also the most abused. They have been electrocuted, thrown from buildings, drowned, hung, radiated and set ablaze. Actually you can't set a Twinkie on fire unless you dowse it in an accelerant. Which leads me to believe Hostess may have been involved with NASA when it came to developing a heat shield for their spacecraft.
There was also a rumor that Twinkies contained some of the same chemicals as Jet Fuel, but I couldn't find any firm evidence. Another urban myth said if you left a Twinkie in a bathtub full of water over night it would expand and fill the tub without dissolving. Also, in my personal experience, it takes a Twinkie about 45 seconds to collapse in on itself and start burning in a microwave oven. If you're lucky, you'll get one with an air bubble inside and it will make a spectacular explosion. The clean up sucks though.(Yes, again stoned.) Unfortunately this is not true, believe me, I actually tried it. Yes I was stoned. You can check out the most famousTwinkie experiments here.
Now that will all change. Hostess will offer up it's assets for sale and most likely China will buy them. This is purely speculation on my part but that whole flammable thing will change and the quality will plummet. I'm guessing they will try to take advantage of American's love for the sweet treat that they will incorporate some poisons into them like they did with toothpaste and dog food.
I haven't eaten a Twinkie in a few years but I'm sad to see a staple of Health Experts ire disappear. As well as the Ding Dongs, Fruit Pies, the Yellow Cup Cakes, and the ever pliable Wonder Bread. Hopefully Little Debbie and the rake people will step up to keep us happy and fat. Or maybe try something from your local baker...if they're still around.