It was announced today that Disney has purchased Lucasfilms for over $4billion. A nice pay day for George Lucas who is already gettin’ it from that Indiana Jones Blu-Ray boxset that is going for a grip. Disney said that they will kick-off a new trilogy that will follow where Return Of The Jedi left off. With Star Wars originally set to be an extended series beyond the original three, I guess some die-hards may be psyched about this news, but I think most know it’s just a money-making scheme. Regardless, we’ll all be checking it out come 2015.
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Forbes Magazine always keeps an eye on who is makin’ all the loot. They release a list each year of the top earners in hip hop, amongst other categories, and let you see just how much these fuckers are bringing home. I guess Dr. Dre was smart to get into the headphone game, because even without having any albums in stores, he tops the list by doubling over the number two spot, Diddy. How is Rozay all the way down at 12? He’s the hardest working man in hip hop. I guess it’s time to rethink the whole “free music” thing. Check out the full list. No real surprises on here except that Mac Miller is getting money. Who’s listening? Hit the read more section for the full Top 20 list.
New York – “A shooting and subsequent gun battle at the Empire State Building in New York killed two people and wounded at least nine others Friday, authorities said.The shooter was one of the two killed, investigators said. They identified him as Jeffrey Johnson, 53, who was laid off last year and apparently killed a former co-worker Friday morning.A construction worker followed the suspect and alerted officers. The suspect, using a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun, then fired on police and they returned fire, killing him, said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.Most of the injuries apparently occurred during the exchange of gunfire, and some may have been hit by shots fired by police officers, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.”
Johnson had worked as a designer of women’s accessories at Hazan Imports, police said.
Witnesses said police shot the man at least three times.
“It’s just a crazy scene here,” said Rebecca Fox, who works across the street from the famous skyscraper. She said she had been getting coffee with her headphones on when she saw people running.
Fox said she saw a woman who had been shot near a brewery, as well as blood splattered on the sidewalk.
One witness — 22-year-old Max Kaplan — said he heard at least nine shots and saw ambulances race to the scene.
“We’re all very shaken up at the office,” he said.
Aaron Herman, a CNN iReporter, painted a portrait of confusion.
“It was a little chaotic, police had barricaded the area and I saw one woman who was a victim, I think she had been grazed,” he said. “Some said they heard around three ‘pops’ and ran into nearby local stores to be safe. “The White House said top aides told President Barack Obama about the shooting around 9:30 a.m. The shooting does not appear to be linked to terrorism, authorities said.
Reports of four attendees stabbed and five others injured are circling the Swedish House Mafia and their Saturday night performance this weekend in Dublin. The promoters for the Phoenix Park show assure the media that all concert-goers were searched as usual upon entry, but it appears a 23-year-old man managed to bring a knife into the show. This also comes with reports that another person died of an overdose at the same SMH show. All this just a week after the Swedish production trio announced they will no longer be touring or performing live. It looks like some fans are taking the news pretty poorly. While the injuries were serious, all of those injured are recovering and the man responsible is in police custody.
For the good of the blog, I had to. What’s up with that fine white people hair? Sources close to me on the couch are saying that “it will fall out and then become nappy….eventually”. Even though I hate dissing Jigga for his Joe Camel face swag….this baby is pretty damn cute. What is the under/over on her first record deal? I’m saying 10 years old.
Barack Odrama went semi-HAM last night and showed off his greatest skill, speech. His main emphasis was obviously on creating new jobs through renewable energies and he gladly acknowledged the extermination of Bin Laden and most of his high ranking Al-Qaeda officials. He mentioned a new economy that is “built to last” and a stronger middle class “that will never bail out a financial institution ever again.” Barry inherited some serious problems when he took office but he sure has helped out college students with increasing financial aid and has an impressive approach to our national debt. In his first 6 months as President, Americans lost 4 million jobs (George W. sucked that bad) but in the last year Barack and Americans have created 3 million. He has also battled the national deficit and improved that number by 2 Trillion. Damn. To put it in South Philly blue collar terms….Many presidents before Obama have royally fucked our “international credit score” but he is slowly repairing that.
Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped tonight at 6:45 pm from his house 100 miles outside the capital city of Caracas. 4 thugs entered his casa and stole his ass at gunpoint in front of his family. So far there has been no contact to the family by his kidnappers but I’m guessing that’s because Ramos has access to his funds and they are going to escort him to the bank in the morning. I have several friends that live in Philly now that left Venezuela for this same reason….violent crimes.
I can’t imagine what his family is going through right now and its so fucked up that Ramos used his talents to make it to the big leagues in the U.S.A and his own people are robbing him. The other sad part is that he only played one season in the bigs so he is most likely not a millionaire. He has been busting his ass in the minors making chump change and the only reason he is in VZ is to polish his skills in a winter league.
Personally, this has been one of the most frustrating days in sports history. I’m at work watching my Temple Owl football squad handle Miami of Ohio and they cut the fucking game off to break the news that Joe Pa has been fired. Normally they would switch right back to the game but the ignorant student body at Happy Valley started to riot. Now I’m hearing that the Seniors on the PSU football team are refusing to play Saturday unless Joe Pa is reinstated. I respect the loyalty but I don’t understand why the students/players think Joe Pa is not at fault. If Joe would’ve told the cops in 2002 what he knew, he could’ve stopped 9 years of sexual abuse. He’s lucky he’s not going to jail. Right now they have 10 boys that will testify against Sandusky and I would not be surprised if that number doubles by December. I’m going to puke now.
To sum it all up TUPAC style: fuck kidnappers, fuck pedophiles and fuck Penn State football as a staff, as criminals and as a motherfuckin’ crew. And if u down with Penn State Football, then fuck u too.
Joe Paterno has officially announced that he will not return as the head coach of Penn State’s football program next year. Like my oldhead Norris says, “if you see something, say something” and that goes double when we’re talking about child molestation. Sure, Paterno covered his own ass by informing his boss, Penn State athletic director Tim Curly, of the child abuse incident back in 2002, but he never did anything to ensure that Jerry Sandusky, the alleged pedophile, was removed from all involvement with Penn State. Standing with his hands in his pockets, not getting them dirty, has proved to be the demise of the winningest coach in Division I history. His 46 years as head coach of the Nittany Lions will go down in a scandal that has disgraced not just the football program, but the school as a whole. Vice President of Finance, Gary Shultz, and director Curly will face criminal charges, while Paterno will only be subject to public scrutiny and losing his job. Either way, it seems everyone involved got fucked by Sandusky.
So unless you were out stomping the pavement all day or underground with the cockroaches, you probably are aware that Philadelphia felt the after shock of an earthquake today. It happened around 1:52 PM for about six seconds and people went bananas. Many buildings in Center City evacuated even though by the time you made it away from your desk, the thing had ended. In celebration of the eminent end of days, here is a nice little jingle to help you celebrate. Enjoy The Von Bondies tune “Earthquake”, a personal favorite. I hear there’s some decent specials going on, now that the “panic” has subsided.
The Mayan calendar is the most accurate tool in forecasting natural disasters and changes to the earth. New Jawn was recently conducting cultural studies in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico and visited several Mayan ruins. We found in our studies that the world doesn’t revolve around North Philly hip hop or Emo British rock bands but instead the Mayan Calendar. The calendar was created by the Mayans in 500 B.C. to keep track of time and lunar events but has proven to be a superior almanac for eclipses, tsunamis, earthquakes etc. To this day, the calendar that was created thousands of years ago, is forecasting lunar eclipses to the hour in 2011.
One of the most intriguing aspects of the calendar is that it ends in December 2012, the same year that Nostradamus predicted the end of the world. New Jawn is not giving any credit to Nos, because he was wrong all the time, but just acknowledging the Mayans and their accuracy. There is a documentary being made by Raul Julia-Levy as we speak called, “Revelations of the Mayans 2012 and Beyond.” There are tons of documentaries about this culture and their calendar but for this film the Mexican government released top-secret information from recent pyramid findings that will be “shocking.” Aprender mas aqui.
Jackass star Ryan Dunn died early this morning in a car crash on Route 322 near West Chester, PA. The news came out this morning via Preston & Steve show after they received a call from April Margera. Dunn’s speeding Porsche hit a guard rail around 3am and then was propelled into the woods, the car instantly caught on fire. The other passenger in the car hasn’t been identified and police are still unsure who was driving. Dunn posted a twitter pic early this morning of him and some bros having some drinks… not good. New Jawn just saw him last week at the Phillies game enjoying a Corona with some dimepiece hipster chicks. This is shocking news and comes just as Dunn was starting his new series on G4, Proving Ground. Pictures of the wreckage are circulating online, where the vehicle went over the guard rail and into the surrounding trees. Dunn will be missed.
Finally I side with a Republican bill. Florida Governor Rick Scott signed legislation to drug test all adults applying for Welfare Assistance. GENIUS. United States taxpayers have been supporting drug habits for far too long and Florida is the first state to stop the enabling. I work damn hard for my money and I get the chills thinking that my paid taxes end up in an access card that is being traded for a couple crack rocks. It’s bad enough that a percentage of my paycheck pays for wars that I don’t agree with. I don’t want to pay for a corner-store hoagie that fills the stomach of an able bodied base head in N. Philly. Fuck that.
Sergeant Dougherty of the 8th District doesn’t understand Philly gun laws and he shows his “perpetrator” some hospitality; a whole bunch of F bombs and the cement shuffle. The subject tested the Open Carry gun law and recorded the police reaction. Dude was asking for it walking down Frankford Ave with a piece on his hip. Great audio from the incident. You can hear the police in the background making phone calls to see whether Open Carry is legal. Love how when cops find out they’re wrong the automatically counter with other charges they can manufacture.
Summer is here and I hope some of our readers/listeners are planning vacations. If your guap game is lacking then I recommend buying an expensive plane ride to somewhere cheap like South America. CNN opened my eyes today about America and our robot work ethics. Some countries in Europe, by law, provide 4-6 weeks of paid vacation to employees. In the U.S we are lucky to get 2 weeks and would still have to answer emails or return calls. Consequently, never being able to relieve yourself of a tech device. The CNN article goes on to explain why some think Americans get pleasure from hard work and Europeans gain pleasure from leisure.
New Jawn was lucky enough to conduct music therapy sessions in Peru, Mexico, Spain and Costa Rica. We were constantly the only Americans in most hostels and local bars. Instead, bombarded with Aussies and Europeans that have government support to take time off to travel and bullshit. Of course being the only American at an international bonfire is like walking around with a loaded shotgun and a winning lottery ticket. The belt was notched plenty. Travel > Work
So the old school villain Bane from the Batman comic series will be re-introduced in Christopher Nolan’s third Batman film. Bane is famous in the comic book series for breaking Batman’s back in the 90′s and turning him into a quadriplegic. A villain of both brawn and brain, he should give Mr. Wayne an nice run for his money. The marketing campaign has already started and the movie hits screens July 2012.
Picking a horse to win any of the Triple Crown races is no easy task. There are many things to consider from the track conditions to the jockey. This year New Jawn has the inside scoop. Our buddy Joe Call Jr. has been mucking stalls down in Maryland and he can smell a winner by its stool. Our top four horses are below. Bet any way you want but I recommend the top three in a trifecta.
1.) Dialed In
2.) Animal Kingdom
3.) Dance City
4.) Sway Away
Wrestling legend Randy Savage has suffered a fatal heart attack while driving this morning. The Macho Man lost control of his vehicle during the attack at approximately at 10am today. Savage’s wrestling career spanned about 30 years, most of his fame coming in the WWF during the Miss Elizabeth era. Oooohh yeaaa, she was a babe. Even if wrestling is basically a white trash version of a soap opera, Macho Man’s death is still sad news, especially to his fans all over the world. His ventures into acting and music were not as noteworthy as his dominance in the wrestling world, where he will forever hold a place as one of the greatest to ever do it. Farewell to a wrestling icon.
Earlier today, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed a bill making Delaware the 16th American state to legalize medical marijuana. The bill allows state residents of 18 years or older to posses up to six ounces of the nuggy, given they have a certain serious or debilitating condition. First Delaware legalizes civil unions for same sex couples earlier this week, now they legalize the cheeba? They’re a far cry from California, but Delaware just stepped their game up big time. Don’t forget, they already have that whole no sales tax thing too. Delaware better get building some high rise, low income housing areas because a whole bunch of stoners just looked into relocation options.