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BIG CREEK, Ky. (September 26, 2009)–The man who found the body of part-time U.S. Census worker Bill Sparkman hanging in a rural Kentucky cemetery two weeks ago says he has no doubt that Sparkman was murdered.

Jerry Weaver of Fairfield, Ohio, told The Associated Press the gruesome scene haunts him.

Weaver said he, his wife, and his daughter were visiting family graves at the cemetery when they discovered the body.

Sparkman was naked but for a pair of socks, with his hands, wrists and eyes duct-taped and a gag in his mouth, he said… [an] identification tag had been duct-taped to the side of his neck, he said. The word “fed” was written in felt-tip pen on the 51-year-old’s chest.

Authorities have released few details of their investigation and have not yet said whether they think it was an accident, suicide or homicide.

A state trooper says the case has “many facets” and investigators have not yet been able to rule out many scenarios.

…the victim… believed he had cancer.


“Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice… apparently, a murder it wasn’t.

Police: Ky. census worked staged [his] death…

He taped his ankles and wrists, but his wrists were bound so loosely that he had considerable mobility, leaving investigators to believe he could have done the taping himself, authorities said. He scrawled the word “fed” upside down on his chest, taped his Census Bureau ID to his head, stuck a red cloth into his mouth and placed another piece of tape over it.

Sparkman then strung a rope from a tree, placed a noose around his neck, and leaned forward, using his own body weight to cut off oxygen to his brain, investigators said.

He likely became lightheaded from lack of oxygen, then lost consciousness. “It would not be an excruciating death,” said Mike Wilder, executive director of the state medical examiner’s office.

Sparkman was found touching the ground, almost at his knees, and the man who discovered him was convinced Sparkman had been killed.

“To survive, all Mr. Sparkman had to do at any time was stand up,” said Kentucky State Police Capt. Lisa Rudzinski.

…the autopsy found no signs of a recurrence of Sparkman’s cancer, so his cancer fears were unfounded.

see also: Terror in Kentucky: Census Worker’s Murder Meaning of the Hanged Man, Police: Ky. census worked staged death…

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Gidget, late 1990’s spokesdog for the Taco Bell restaurants, has gone to her reward.

Born, Montemorelos Nuevo Leon Constanza Jaunita Jesus de Gedgitita, her acting teacher Marco Perella, suggested the name “Gidget,” over margarita’s at their Georgetown home. The name stuck –and the rest was history.

Her early years were spent chasing ‘ardillas‘ (spanish for squirrels) and gnawing on the pecans that fell to the ground under a giant tree in the back yard.

An observable talent for drama, Gidget developed her acting muscles under the teaching duo of Marco and Diane Perella, the famed comedy team responsible for The Melancholy Ramblers.

Turned down for the role of Underdog, ostensibly because her ears were too big.


Gidget: December 25, 1994 -- July 21, 2009

The chihuahua came to fame, after the phrase, “¡Yo quiero Taco Bell!” smashed into the public consciousness. Later, the fearless pooch’s utterance; “Here lizard, lizard, lizard,” went viral during the promotion of the 1998 remake of “Godzilla.” The film stared Matthew Broderick as Dr. Niko Tatopoulos. The actor could not be reached for comment but a spokesperson for Mr. Borderick said he was “grief stricken” at the news.

During the summer of 1998, several commercials pairing Godzilla with the Taco Bell mascot were produced and aired, including several with the chihuahua trying to catch Godzilla in a tiny box, whistling and calling, “Here, lizard, lizard, lizard.” When Godzilla appears, the chihuahua says, “Uh-oh. I think I need a bigger box.”

Some…accused the dog of being a thinly veiled cultural stereotype. The company stopped showing the dog in advertisements in 2000. It was incorrectly rumored that Taco Bell ended the commercials because the dog died.

Legal troubles

Dogged by claims of racial and cultural insensitivity, She pressed on — through the last decade of her life Gidget, managed to regain some of the credibility lost her after a spate of legal battles with her corporate masters. In the Surpreme Court ruling: Gidget vs Taco Bell, justices ruled 8 to 1 in her favor, citing Stare decisis et non quieta movere. Justice Thomas, being the lone dissenter.

Drug and alcohol abuse

Depressed by the stink left in the wake of her all too short film career, penny-less unemployable, Gidget sought solace in the bottle. Friends were horrified when they discovered she had chewed her tail ragged. Only after months of detox and obediance training, was she able to reinvent her life.

Retiring years

Her retiring years were not totally spent in ruminating over what might have been. There were times of relaxation –sitting in her chair in front of the air conditioner she dreamed of the glory days to come, forgetting her past stardom.  Even so, the stress of legal wrangling took it’s toll. In 2004, Gidget was found wandering her neighborhood, dazed and confused. It was later reveled in her memoirs, she had “O. D.” on food scraps and chicken bones left in the kitchen trash can.

Political activism

Again, on the road to recovery, an awakening sense of political activism pushed Gidget into the limelight once more. Thrilled by the nomination of Sotomayor…urged her fellow pooches to stop making Supreme Court nominations like Sonia Sotomayor’s a “battle over our culture.”

…called Sotomayor’s hard-knocks life “a helluva story,” though she disagreed with some of her views.

At the time of her passing Gidget was developing a screenplay,  based on the book “A Dog’s Life, The Autobiography of a Stray” by Ann M. Martin.

Gidget died of a stroke on Tuesday, July 21, 2009. She was 15.

see also:  The Taco Bell dog has Died, For Whom The Taco Bell TollsTaco Bell ChihuahuaGodzilla (1998 film)

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The immanently recognizable  Wienermobile, of Oscar Mayer fame, has met with an inglorious end –having un-natural carnal knowledge with a domisile.

Picture tells the story

Wienermobile, meats it's match.

Wienermobile, meats it's match.

Shocked mourners, are seen kneeling and wailing, at the great baloney’s demise.

see also:  Wienermobile Crashes Into Southern Wisconsin Home

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Updated 07-08-2009.

“He flourished under Reagan; he languished under Clinton-Bush; and died under Obama. Let’s hope the parallel does not continue.” — Rush Limbaugh on the death of Michael Jackson. Rush Limbaugh Show, July 1, 2009

Ed McMahon. 86ed. Farrah Fawcett. Screw her! Billy Mays. Never heard of ’em.

Yes, the show that never ends, come inside, come inside. Balls-to-the-walls 24 hour “news” coverage continues, of the post 6-25, story of the century:  The Life and Death of a Pop-Star Icon. This story needs a brain. So, where are you Sir Walter, when we need you?

Meanwhile. Back at the ranch.

MJ’s body to be put on display at Neverland Ranch, (or maybe not) minus his brain, of course.

…forensic pathologists theorize that tissue, or entire organs may have been missing from Michael Jackson’s remains when they released to the Jackson family after the June 25 preliminary autopsy results. ABCNEWS (syndicate)


“…brain cannot be properly examined at the time of the autopsy. You cannot test it while it is in the body. So it is cut off at the spinal cord and removed…would usually be placed in a plastic bucket, suspended in formaldehyde fluid, and put in a refridgerator at 4C to preserve it…People don’t realise how soft the brain is. To do the type of detailed examination required you need to have the brain much harder – and for that you haveto wait for at least 10 days to two weeks.”  — Dr. Cyril Wecht, forensic pathologist.


– MICHAEL Jackson starred as the Scarecrow in The Wiz, the 1978 musical version of  The Wizard of Oz – playing the character without a brain opposite Diana Ross as Dorothy.

And then there’s this jewel from MJ’s tour promoter:

…promoter has said the star’s ill-fated London show could be turned into a tribute gig featuring his family.

Randy Phillips, president of AEG Live, told Sky News he was “discussing with the family” the possibility of mounting the show in some form.

“I would imagine it could be done as a tribute with the family, with the brothers performing, some sisters, and the stars that were influenced by him,” he said.

“The world needs to see this production. It would have been, which is the tragedy here, one of the most amazing shows ever.”

Just the other day I quipped, the Jackson’s should do the “tour” as a tribute to MJ. We all laughed at the absurdity, the absolute impossibility of  such a travesty ever taking place. I’d say, odds are now 50/50 it happens.

Picture tells the story

Some amazing photos were taken of the aborted auction to be helled by Juliean’s by Lindy West upon her visit to LA earlier this year where she viewed MJ’s attempt to stave off the debt collectors by staging the greatest, most kitchiest garage sale — ever.

"I'm a multidimensional creature..."

"I'm a multidimensional creature..."

Lindy West..see her slog.

And what ever became of Bubbles, anyway? And the Elephant man’s bones?

There was Bubbles the pet chimpanzee that Jackson claimed he shared a toilet with, and his claim to have purchased the bones of the legendary Elephant Man. In time most of these and other stories were revealed as fictions started by Jackson himself.

Leave it it AC360

“Jackson parted ways with Bubbles when he got too big and too hard to control.” –Anderson Cooper

Same thing happened with Macaulay Culkin.

Don’t hold back:  Congressman Pete King on MJ.

“Let’s knock out the psychobabble. He was a pervert, a child molester, he was a pedophile. And to be giving this much coverage to him, day in and day out, what does it say about us as a country? I just think we’re too politically correct.”

In his defense, we should remember, MJ was acquitted of all molestation charges. And that makes me wonder just what skeletons are hiding in the right honorable eight term Republican, soon to be senate hopeful, congressman’s closet. Like watching an episode of the Sopranos, (only in this case the shanty-Irish ones) I’m waiting for the sound of a gunshot at the end of the video…betcha anything the good congressman, gets caught trying to date some 12 year old boy on Facebook, someday.

Tarnish to the armor

Like Warhole before him, MJ’s image (once to be found everywhere at his Neverland Ranch ) as much as his music, was his signature; the man in the mirror, moon walking fool, mindless scarecrow or brave sir knight, how we remember him will depend upon how we experienced him and our recollections will be shaped by this image maker of iconic proportions.

And that’s the way it is. To be continued –you can bet.

see also:  Jackson body ‘going to Neverland’, No public Neverland memorial plannedGoodbye, Brain!Michael Jackson: The Tortured Path of A Pop Icon, Where is Bubbles?, Rush Limbaughon the Death of MJPeter T. King, Michael Jackson to be buried without his brain

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Longshanks is dead! Long live the king.

Patrick McGoohan as Longshanks King Edward I in the blockbuster Braveheart

Patrick McGoohan as Longshanks King Edward I in the blockbuster Braveheart

The actor who once turned down the rolls of James Bond and the Saint but later went on to become one of the UK’s highest paid stars, has died at the age of 80.

Everett Collection/Rex Features

McGoohan made his name with Danger Man, a TV spy drama that was first broadcast in the UK from 1960 to 1968. He played secret agent John Drake, who worked mainly for NATO but often questioned the ethics of his missions. Photograph: Everett Collection/Rex Features

British actor /director /writer Patrick McGoohan, who oddly enough, was born in the US, raised in Ireland and played Number Six in the cult TV series “The Prisoner,” died Tuesday January 13 2009, in Los Angeles after a short illness according to his son-in-law, film producer Cleve Landsberg.

Who is Number One? You are Number Six. I am not a number!

Famous for his portrayal of the unnamed secret agent known only as Number Six, a character that would ultimately imprison McGoohan, due to type casting, is about a secret agent who resigns his commission suddenly and wakes up to find himself in a prison disguised as a holiday resort known euphemistically as The Village.

Portmeirion is a village in Wales, built by architect Clough Williams-Ellis. He wanted to build a place designed in harmony with the surrounding landscape. Built in 2 phases, with a delay caused by the WWII. Now a private resort open to visitors. Location of the British TV series "The Prisioner," filmed there in the 60's.

Portmeirion is a village in Wales, built by architect Clough Williams-Ellis. He wanted to build a place designed in harmony with the surrounding landscape. Built in 2 phases, with a delay caused by the WWII. Now a private resort open to visitors. Location of the British TV series "The Prisioner," filmed there in the 60's.

ITV/Rex Features

Following the success of Danger Man, McGoohan and George Markstein created The Prisoner, an innovative, surreal series blending elements of spy novels, sci-fi and psychological thrillers. Originally screened in 1967-68, the show did not attract big ratings but has influenced TV directors and film-makers. Photograph: ITV/Rex Features

Raised to Cult status.

The cult of The Prisioner spawned many books, college courses, a quarterly magazine and documentaries.

60's cult tv series "The Prisoner"

60's cult tv series "The Prisoner"

McGoohan at his LA home last year

McGoohan at his LA home last year

A partial filmography includes: Ice Station Zebra, Scanners, Silverstreak, The Phantom, Braveheart.

see also:  Patrick_McGoohan, Patrick McGoohan in pictures: The Prisoner, Danger Man and more, Why ‘The Prisoner’ Endures

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