Tuesday, September 20, 2016

We Need to Talk about The Murder of Johnny B*

Ok let's talk about it. The CBS 2-night special was by far the best one about this case. And it is now really obvious John Ramsey went on the defense on A&E before this aired.

- The ransom note quoted the movie Speed. I mean...

- The pad and pen were from the house and the practice notes were in the house. It took 21 min to write bc it was 3 pages long which never happens.  Kidnappers tend to do their work quickly and they also don't kill the kidnapped. No ransom for dead bodies. Patsy wrote the note. Big fat duh.

- The first place John Ramsey goes when let loose is to her body in the basement even though he is instructed to start upstairs. He was jittery before this. Almost like he was anxious about finding the body he knew was there.

- Crime scene was contaminated from the jump by John Ramsey. I feel like that's something everyone on earth knows. You find a body, even if it is your daughter, you leave it alone. Then he brings her upstairs and covers her with a blanket and then she's moved again.

-  Oh shit! They duplicated the house, yo!!!

- The Ramseys refused to cooperate with law enforcement instantly. If your daughter is dead or missing, you cooperate fully. All of their friends gave full cooperation until they were told by the Ramseys to not speak to anyone. Wouldn't even let Werner Spitz in the house.

- Patsy is described as a pageant girl 4 lyfe and she wore the same outfit from the night before on the day of the murders.  Ok.

- You didn't need to have a lot of strength to inflict the damage to her skull. Maybe you just needed the strength of a 9yo.

- Talked to CNN before they ever spoke to the police. Formal interview with the police took 4 months.  Who does that and why were they even allowed to do this?

- Lou Smit is a fucking moron.

- A cobweb was still on the window that "the intruder" came through. The taser theory has been debunked many times and I'm glad they proved it here. It was from a train track and who loved trains...

- No fingerprints on the batteries in the flashlight. WEIRD! I know I wipe my fingerprints clean on all batteries.

- He keeps saying "panty" and I want to die. More importantly, DNA was found on underwear that had never been worn. Bye, DNA evidence. You fucking bastard. False DNA evidence got these dicks off.

- Ok. Well Burke would smear poop all over his sister’s things. And there was a softball sized turd in her bed. I have never heard of such. That is some fucked up sibling rivalry. When he is interviewed, he acts like a smug, entitled brat. Not a brother whose sister was killed in his own home. It’s almost like he wasn’t afraid anyone would come after him.

- Pineapple in milk?! What??? That is baffling in and of itself.

How were these fucking people never prosecuted?! If not for the murder (since the son did that) but for covering up a murder. Welcome to have a shitload of money and influence in a small, well-to-do town. That is how they got away with it. That is how Burke Ramsey got away with it and is still living free. And the grand jury voted to indict and the DA was like, “Nah.”

At first, from reading about it and hearing about it and looking into it, I thought Patsy was did it in anger for JonBenet wetting the bed. Now I think we all know that Burke did it. There is too much there. Thanks for solving a case 20 years later that the Boulder police pretty much fucked up completely and then ignored all evidence. I blame Lou Smit for that. Wasting everyone’s time with this intruder nonsense. Anger. So much anger.

*Johnny B was her nickname within the family

Celebrities are NOT Better than You: A basket of Deplorables

New (possible) child molestation scandal out involving a “household name who is revered by millions.” There is a lot of speculation and of course none of this has been proven, yada yada. The one name of a victim is Corey Haim. It would make sense since he had drug problems all of his life and died young from drugs. I see it all the time on Intervention. But the problem here isn’t that someone molested a child, though that is obviously a large problem. It’s our unwillingness to believe that any celebrity can do something so horrible. Especially a good actor. Like playing Iron Man means you don’t molest kids (allegedly, in the comments of the article they speculate it could be RDG which doesn’t surprise me but it’s supposed to be a “family man,” and of all the ways you can describe RDG, “family man” isn’t one of them).

The list can go on for days of famous people that are still famous who are terrible people. I will list the ones now that I no longer support, listen to, watch or otherwise. You can cut people out of your lives and I have cut these out of mine, I am sure they are all heartbroken:

Woody Allen: Ya’ll he married his adopted daughter. Just think about that for a second. Of how fucked up that is. And he is still making movies. And people still revere him as this great person/genius who makes great films. Stop it. He took advantage of a child. Bye.

Roman Polanski: Pedophile who is, again, still revered for making great movies, being a genius director, whatever. He rapes children. End of story.

John Lennon: Musical genius? I personally despise the Beatles and their music but people seem to worship them. Especially this fuckass who beat women and children.

Chris Brown: if you still listen to anything he is on, you can go kill yourself right now. I love Nikki Minaj. Adore her. I won’t listen to any song of hers that he is on. And I kind of dislike her for even considering putting him on any song. (I still love you, tho!)

Sean Penn: He is a world-renowned asshole. Woman abuser both mentally and emotionally. Google “Sean Penn Madonna” and read all the fucked up shit that he did to her while they were married. If you don’t want to google, he hit her in the head with a baseball bat while she was tied to a chair. Yet women still seem to want to be in a relationship with him. People still see his movies. People Ooh and Ahh at the charity work he has done. Fuck this guy and his charity work. You can cure childhood cancer and then go home and beat your wife and you are still a shitty person.

Michael Jackson: Alleged child molester but he did it. You just know he did. You aren’t supposed to speak ill of the dead, but it’s ok if they molested children. Hope to be saying the same for Jared Fogle one day soon. (Also, stop supporting Subway. You know they knew about all of his actions and did nothing.)

Bill Cosby: I mean, come on.

Mel Gibson: Ditto for this dick.

Louis CK: This one hurt but not enough for me not to be done with him. And, again, this is all alleged. Several women comedians have alluded to CK making them watch him jerk-off in order for him to help their careers. I can’t even… He is preying on women who need his help. It’s deplorable. He is funny, sure. But this is the very definition of sexual harassment and he has been getting away with it, with no end in sight. And it has been brought to his attention and he is just like, “Everyone has their things…” Ok. Sure.

Bill Murray: Don’t look at me like that. He’s been accused more than once for spousal abuse, abandonment and adultery. Though, sadly, I can’t really cut out everyone who has committed such crimes as adultery bc that would be every celebrity.

Dr. Dre: Beats the shit out of women in front of people. No one cares. He is a great rapper and good at his job of selling overpriced headphones. He’s also a piece of shit. Beats by Dre, indeed.

Clint Eastwood: If there isn’t a white hood in his closet I would die of shock.

Jeremy Renner: He seems like the most deplorably sexist of human beings. He has made his thoughts on feminism and females in general known many times. He referred to Black Widow as a whore who fucked all the Avengers. Ok. Great.

Eric Clapton: Racist

Russell Crowe: Rageaholic dickshit.

Rob Lowe: He isn’t Chris Traeger as much as we want him to be. Child molestation allegations, abuse towards women, etc.

R. Kelly: Pissed on a child. That's enough.

OJ Simpson: Serial wife-abuser. Non-convicted Murderer. Racist against his own race.

This is just a handful of the people that I detest the most. I am sure I am leaving out many. And this list does contain all men I realize, but you know my thoughts on men in general. That may make me a sexist.

Stacey Bryan: Sexist.

And that is fine (please still support me tho). But I don't beat women or abuse children.

I think we all need to take a look at celebrities and the people that they are and not the work they put out. They deserve our scorn just as much as anyone else. Maybe more so b/c they are using their celebrity to hide what they are and that is not cool.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Used Bookstore Finds!!

I went to trade some books I was trying to get rid of. I got $7 in credit and 10% off with my frequent shopper card and I left spending $18 which is pretty good for me.

The Hot Zone is supposed to be terrifying so I am pretty pumped about that. It's about a real virus that struck D.C. and I think I may freak out when I read it. It's been on my list for a while. I often read lists of "The scariest books ever" and this one is always on those lists and it's one of the ones I haven't read yet.

The Memphis book was my most expensive purchase at a whopping $8. Being from Memphis and missing it terribly, there was no way I was leaving without it. They had a lot of books about Nashville history and I was like, "No thanks, punks!"

Didn't even know there was a book about Tupac. Needed that.

The book you can't read is Diary of a Mad Housewife. It was in the classics section so I am hoping to get a summary of being a housewife in 1967. I expect to be horrified and angry the entire time.  Also in the classics section was Uncle Tom's Cabin and I expect to be horrified and angry the entire time as well.

I have heard so much shit about the Tatum O'Neal book that I had to get that too.

I love a used book store*. It's like a recycling center for books. If you buy hard copies of books (I have a Kindle I use equally as much as real books), go to a used bookstore. You can spend all day in there and come out with a handful of awesome books for very little. And you are doing your part for the environment and small business. Global crisis and what not. Reduce Reuse Recycle.

*If anyone was wondering, the used bookstore I frequent is the Grumpy Book Peddler in Murfreesboro, TN. It's a cave of all kinds of books and it's wonderful.

You Need to Watch These Horror Movies

It’s that time of the year again! It’s getting colder (lol it was 94 in TN today) and you are ready to curl up with your super plush blanket and watch a scary movie. I can help you with both of those things.

In my life I have seen a lot of horror movies, most of them terrible. But a surprising amount are actually very scary and actually good, enjoyable movies. With good characters and plot. These are some of my favorites in categories so you can pick which you are in the mood for.

The Gross but Fun

Slither - My favorite movie all time. Not horror movie. Movie. Of all the movies I have seen. A meteor-type-thing falls from somewhere in space and lands on earth and a space parasite infects an asshole living in a small town. Dogs are disappearing, the supermarkets can’t keep enough meat in stock, a woman goes missing and local law enforcement has no idea what to do or what is even going on. It is hilarious from beginning to end. The movie ends with a song, “baby I love you just leave me the fuck alone.” This movie is fun. It’s also the first time that Garrett ever heard the word “cocksucker.” He was about 6 at the time. I explained he is to never repeat the word and maybe don’t tell your mom, I thought he could handle it but he ratted me out almost immediately.

Cabin in the Woods - So much fun. I may not be as fun if you aren’t already somewhat of a fan of horror movies. It’s funny and sarcastic and Chris Hemsworth and Jesse Williams are in it. A group of kids go on a trip to a, you guessed it, cabin in the woods. When it ended I said, “That was fucking great!” I don’t say that a lot. And that is all I am saying about this movie.

The Mist - Aliens, or are they?!?!? After a bad storm, a small town is without power and no one has food, apparently. So everyone goes to the local grocery store where they are trapped inside because a very dense fog (errr, mist) has covered the whole town. It’s written and directed by Frank Darabont, the same guy responsible for The Walking Dead. And it’s based on a novella by Stephen King. There have been some really shitty adaptations of Stephen King stories (Under the Dome, rot in hell) and this is not one of them.

Final Destination (All of them) - You know those movies you will watch if they are on tv even though you have seen them so many times? The Final Destination movies are that for me. Every movie has the same plot: Someone gets a premonition that they are all going to die. That person gets themselves and a handful of other people out before all the death occurs. The remainder of the movie is these people trying (in vain) to avoid dying horrible and ridiculous deaths bc death is coming for them. They should have died and death needs to make good on that.

Ginger Snaps - The oldest of two odd sisters gets her period and starts noticing the changes in her body. You know, like becoming a werewolf after she gets bitten the same day she starts. As if she wasn’t going through enough. This would actually be a great movie to show a girl going through some changes if you can catch it edited for basic cable. It’s a hard R.

Let’s See Some Assholes Die

Wrong Turn - Inbred hill-people. The woods. Twenty-somethings trying to get away from their white privilege. A girl getting over a break-up. The story writes itself. And it’s not a new story but it’s one of the better ones. There are several sequels and they are all garbage.

You’re Next - It is kind of gross, at one point a blender with the pitcher broken off gets turned on and used on someone’s head. First time I had ever seen that and it was great. A privileged family goes away to their summer home or whatever rich people have and chaos ensues. Nothing supernatural happening here, just shitty people. And they all have it coming.

Cabin Fever - The original one from 2002 with Rider Strong. This one is v gross but the assholishness of the kids puts them in this category. White people go into the woods. Instead of backwoods crazypants coming for them, they all get infected with a flesh-eating virus. You will never scratch anyone’s back lustfully during sex again.

The Houses October Built - Kids with their fancy cameras. One place you will not see me around Halloween is in a haunted house. I don’t do haunted houses. The Jaycees can go fuck themselves. This movie is about the weirdos that work in haunted houses year after year. A group of kids make a documentary on haunted houses and they interview the people that work in them. They also piss a lot of people off bc they’re assholes.

The Really Fucked-Up

House of 1,000 Corpses / The Devil’s Rejects - It’s a series of sorts so I will just lump them together. They are very different movies but both as equally fucked. These are the two best movies Rob Zombie has made to date. I have seen each 400 times. To me, these movies belong in the “Gross but Fun” category. To others, it may scar you for life. Both movies are based on a family. A Texas Chainsaw Massacreish, Wrong Turn adjacent family. But they love each other if that is enough for you. There’s devil worship, bunny costumes, corpse manipulation, cheerleader torture, def some incest I’m pretty sure and Chris Hardwick is in the first one. And Boyd Crowder is in both. At one point they slice the face off someone and wear it around, a la Hannibal Lecter. If that isn’t your bag, maybe skip this one.

The Woman - A feral woman living just fine on her own, being dirty and eating raw fish and loving life gets “rescued” by some white man. Does he help her? Of course not. He chains her up in the barn and fucks her and then lets his son in on the action so the son won’t tell his mom. Great guy. It’s a hard watch and you probably won’t watch it again. But you will be horrified in the terribleness of people. And the end is worth it.

Creep - Your worst Craigslist nightmare. Found footage, sort of. A guy answers a vague Craigslist ad. When he shows up to the guys house, he finds out he is getting paid to tape this guy on his last day before he dies. The entire movie is hide-behind-something uncomfortable.

The Legit Scary

The Ring - The only horror movie I won’t watch again is The Ring. I have seen many horror movies many times but this one I saw once and that was enough to sleep with the light on for a few weeks and cover my television up in my bedroom. I am in no way exaggerating. That movie fucked me up big time. If I watched it again I would probably see that it wasn’t so bad but I will never know.

The Strangers - A couple had a really awkward night at a wedding. Then they have an even worse night at home. It is supposed to be based on a true story and I am sure parts of it are. But it is something that could really happen and that makes it scarier for me.

The Descent - White people going into the woods again. White people, DON’T GO INTO THE WOODS!! A group of female friends, adventure seeking female friends, attempt to explore a previously unexplored cave. There is so much blood in this movie but that isn’t the scary part, it’s the enclosed spaces. And darkness. And what was that... no seriously what was that???

Devil’s Pass - The movie ended and I was like, “I don’t like it, I don’t like it!!!” Not the movie, the feeling I was experiencing. White people, once again, venture where they should not. A found footage movie done very well. These dumb kids go to the Dyatlov Pass where an actual incident (IRL) that occurred in Russia in 1959. It has a very creepy vibe and at the end you will feel weird but not a good weird.

Hush - A deaf woman living in BFE essentially by herself except for her friend living next door. She’s stalked by someone in her own home, but she can’t hear. It’s a very tired concept as far as horror movies go, but a deaf protagonist is new and adds a lot to the movie. And the movie itself is so quiet and that makes everything worse somehow. No music to tell you when something is coming. It’s unsettling.