Sunday Reads: The Goat Man ComethPosted: July 22, 2012
The last few days have been emotionally exhausting. I feel the need to avoid any links to the killings in Aurora today. In fact, I have just a few serious links for you this morning, the rest is just fluff.
Can you believe it has been a year: Norway remembers Utoeya and Oslo victims, one year on
I can’t link to any other articles about the Norway massacre…it is just too upsetting right now.
The fighting in Syria has moved on to Aleppo: Syrian Troops, Rebels Clash in Aleppo
Syrian government troops clashed with rebels for a second straight day in the northern city of Aleppo, as the intensifying conflict sent thousands of civilians from across the war-torn nation pouring into neighboring Lebanon and Iraq.
Activists described the fighting in Aleppo as some of the fiercest to date in Syria’s commercial hub and largest population center. The city has remained largely loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and had been spared the daily bloodshed that has plagued other areas.
And one more serious link before we get to the “humorous” stuff. Did you all hear about this one? Murdoch Quits News Corp Subsidiary Boards
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has stepped down as director of several subsidiary boards within his troubled News Corporation conglomerate, ahead of a planned company split.
A corporate statement said Murdoch stepped down as director of NI Group (formerly News International), Times Newspaper Holdings and News Corporation Investments. It linked the move to a recent announcement that the $53 billion media empire would separate its publishing and its media and entertainment businesses into two publicly traded companies.
Speculation has intensified in the last year that News Corporation could seek to sell its embattled British newspapers, in response to a phone hacking operation allegedly approved by senior editors at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid.
I wonder if the Koch Brothers would be interested?
Now, this first link is a serious story, and is not from The Onion. ‘Goat Man’ Spotted In Mountains Of Northern Utah (VIDEO)
Sorry, but I have to do this…Bwaaaahhhhh.
Douglass said a man hiking Sunday along Ben Lomond peak in the mountains above Ogden, about 40 miles north of Salt Lake City, spotted the person dressed like a goat among a herd of real goats. The person provided some blurry photographs to Douglass, who said they did not appear to have been altered.
Wildlife officials now just want to talk to the man so that he is aware of the dangers. There’s no telling what his intentions are, Douglass said, but it is believed he could just be an extreme wildlife enthusiast.
“People do some pretty out there things in the name of enjoying wildlife. But I’ve never had a report like this,” Douglass said. “There’s a saying we have among biologists – You don’t go far enough, you don’t get the data. You go too far, you don’t go home. The same is true with some wildlife enthusiasts.”
Douglass said 60 permits will be issued for goat hunting season in that area, which begins in September. He worries the goat man might be accidentally shot or could be attacked by a real goat.
And what about the guy who took the pictures?
Coty Creighton, 33, spotted the goat man Sunday during his hike. He said he came across the herd, but noticed something odd about one goat that was trailing behind the rest.
The man appeared to be acting like a goat while wearing the crudely made costume, which had fake horns and a cloth mask with cut-out eye holes, Creighton said.
“I thought, `What is this guy doing?’ ” Creighton said. “He was actually on his hands and knees. He was climbing over rocks and bushes and pretty rough terrain on a steep hillside.”
Creighton said the man occasionally pulled up his mask, apparently trying to navigate the rocky terrain. The man then appeared to spot Creighton.
“He just stopped in his tracks and froze,” he said.
Creighton moved down the mountain and hid behind a tree, then began snapping photographs.
The goat man then put his mask back on, Creighton said, got back down on his hands and knees and scurried to catch up with the herd.
“We were the only ones around for miles,” Creighton said. “It was real creepy.”
Okay, why do I get that scene from Woody Allen’s Everything you wanted to know about sex, but where afraid to ask? You know the one, with the sheep named Daisy?
Now that you have that image in your minds, lets move on to other things.
Take a look at this quick post: Darrell Issa Wants to Name Part of the Ocean After Ronald Reagan | Angry Black Lady Chronicles
This is downright asinine:
Issa reintroduced his bill Wednesday to rename the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which generally extends from three miles to 200 miles offshore, as the Ronald Wilson Reagan Exclusive Economic Zone.
Under the proposal, references to the EEZ in U.S. laws, regulations, maps and other documents would carry Reagan’s name.
The key word here is “reintroduced.” This is not the first time that Issa has tried to name the ocean after Reagan. Apparently, Issa has introduced similar bills in the past. I’d congratulate him on his persistence if he weren’t such a douchebag.
I swear, you would think this Reagan Zone news sounds like it should also be an Onion piece, but it isn’t. Why not name that big floating plastic trash island in the Pacific the Issa Zone, because Issa is just about as full of crap as that pile of garbage, also known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Okay, before I get to the cartoons, just a reminder. A couple of day’s after we lost Andy Griffith, we lost another fantastic actor. Ernest Borgnine, 1917-2012
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will remember the life and career of actor Ernest Borgnine on Thursday, July 26. Borgnine passed away Sunday, July 8th at the age of 95. TCM’s 24-hour memorial tribute is set to begin at 6 a.m. (ET) with Borgnine’s performance in The Catered Affair (1956). The tribute will include such essential Ernest Borgnine films as The Dirty Dozen (1967), From Here to Eternity (1953), and Bad Day at Black Rock (1955). Borgnine’s Academy Award-winning role as Marty (1955) will air at 9 p.m. (ET) and there will be two showings of Private Screenings: Ernest Borgnine (2009) as the actor sits down for a lively one-on-one talk with TCM host Robert Osborne. The following is a complete schedule (all times Eastern):
6:00 a.m. – The Catered Affair
8:00 a.m. – The Legend of Lylah Clare
10:30 a.m. – Pay or Die
12:30 p.m. – Torpedo Run
2:30 p.m. – Ice Station Zebra
5:15 p.m. – The Dirty Dozen
8:00 p.m. – Private Screenings: Ernest Borgnine
9:00 p.m. – Marty
10:45 p.m. – From Here to Eternity
1:00 a.m. – The Wild Bunch
3:30 a.m. – Bad Day at Black Rock
5:00 a.m. – Private Screenings: Ernest Borgnine
There is a very good article about Borgnine at that link, please give it read.
I will end today’s reads with a few cartoons:
I don’t know about you all, but I feel like I could hide in my room all day long… Enjoy your Sunday, hopefully everyone can relax and take it easy today.