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Here come the sons: Will Beatles’ kids form own band?

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

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From left: Zak Starkey, Dhani Harrison, James McCartney, Sean Lennon.


By Courtney Garcia, contributor

Sgt. Pepper may have recruited new members to the Lonely Hearts Club Band. Four sons of the four Beatles may be looking to form a group of their own.

James McCartney has reached out to Sean Lennon, Dhani Harrison and Zak Starkey to create the next generation of The Beatles, the BBC reports. In an interview Monday, the 34-year-old musician, who’s released three EPs on his own, said embracing the legacy of the Fab Four has worked to his advantage so far, thus he wouldn’t be opposed to a reincarnation of the ensemble. But not all the sons may agree.

 “I don’t think it’s something that Zak wants to do,” James remarked. “Maybe Jason [another of Ringo Starr’s sons] would want to do it. I’d be up for it. Sean seemed to be into it, Dhani seemed to be into it. I’d be happy to do it.”
Zak Starkey has already had a respectable career, serving as drummer for The Who and Oasis. His younger brother Jason performs with a few bands on the indie circuit. Sean Lennon has found some success as a solo artist, and signed briefly to Capitol Records before launching his own label. He’s additionally done work as a film composer and social activist. And Dhani Harrison made his musical debut in 2001 on his father’s final release, “Brainwashed,” which he completed upon the death of his father George.

Dhani Harrison told The Guardian in 2003,  “I don’t really plan to be a pop star; I just want to be able to make music without the whole My Dad thing hanging over me.”

However, even McCartney realizes that the musical bar has been set awfully high.

“I then dreamt of being better than The Beatles,” he said. “I’m not sure if I can do that. If anything, I would love to be equal to The Beatles — but even that’s quite tough.”

Fans might concur.

New Yorker editor Ben Greenman tweeted, “Can we all agree that this is a bad idea?”

He also wondered why no headline writer had used the tag, “Here come the sons.” Here you go, Ben.

Former Gopher & Current Broncos receiver Eric Decker engaged to country star Jessie James

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

By Chris Chase | Shutdown Corner20 hours ago


Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker is engaged to be married to country music singer Jessie James.

The 25-year-old was Tim Tebow’s favorite target during the 2011 season, catching a team-high 44 passes and eight touchdowns. He suffered a knee injury in Denver’s overtime playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers and missed the team’s divisional palyoff game.

James, 23, released her self-titled debut in 2009. It peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard charts. Last year, she performed the national anthem before one of Decker’s games. The Broncos went on to defeat the New York Jets that night, kicking Tebowmania into high gear and helping propel the team to the AFC West title.

The couple met through a mutual friend and began their relationship on the phone.

James announced the engagement on Sunday via Twitter. In case anyone was wondering whether it was an April Fool’s gag, she tweeted multiple pictures that showed her wearing an engagement ring. James and Decker then celebrated their upcoming nuptials by attending the Academy of Country Music Awards.

In her new video for “When You Say My Name,” James is seen sliding through a house in her underwear, a la Tom Cruise from “Risky Business.” Assuming you haven’t already left this post to go find it yourself, you can watch the clip at Yahoo! Music.

Meet The Talented Canadian Arrestee Who Belted Out “Bohemian Rhapsody” In The Back Of A Police Cruiser

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012



The star of that viral “Bohemian Rhapsody” police video is an unemployed Canadian man who first uploaded the clip to his YouTube page after receiving it from prosecutors when he opted to defend himself on a drunk driving charge.

After getting busted last November in Edson, Alberta, Robert Wilkinson, 29, was placed in the back of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police cruiser, where he launched into an a capella version of the Queen classic (complete with musical interludes).

In a TSG interview, Wilkinson said that he had uploaded the tape earlier this month for the amusement of friends. Wilkinson, who was unaware that the police video (see below) had gone viral, said that he is a karaoke singer who has performed all 113 Beatles songs available on karaoke machines. Asked how he was able to recall almost all the “Bohemian Rhapsody” lyrics, Wilkinson sought to display his memory by rattling off a long string of digits in Pi.

Before launching into “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Wilkinson, who was not handcuffed, lectured a RCMP officer, claiming that he was not intoxicated. “You’re actually an ignorant fucking cunt. So fuck you buddy,” Wilkinson told the cop, who had earlier pulled over his truck.

An RCMP spokesperson told TSG that the police footage was provided to Wilkinson in the course of discovery in his criminal case, which is pending. In a February Facebook post, Wilkinson reported that he was “seeking council for an impaired driving” charge, adding, “Got the DVD.” Wilkinson told TSG that he was convicted of mischief when he was 18, but that the charge was later expunged from his record.

In late-January, Wilkinson posted a Facebook photo showing the exterior of the Provincial Court of Alberta, along with the comment, “I only have like $1000. I am in trouble with police.” A home brewer, Wilkinson noted in a post last month that he was “solving the worlds problems, one beer at a time.”

Wilkinson’s YouTube page includes a video chronicling his 2004 dismissal from the Vancouver Film School, as well as clips showing him twice getting punched in the face by a friend.





Cops: Accused Prostitute Offered Undercover Officer Sex For Cheeseburgers Off McDonald’s Dollar Menu

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

During a vice operation late Friday evening, a Florida detective was trolling for hookers when he pulled up to a 47-year-old suspect and “asked if she wanted a ride.” The woman accepted the offer, got in the undercover vehicle, and “engaged in a conversation about sex,” according to a police report.

The cop explained that he was looking “to Fuck,” and asked the woman “if she wanted to help me out with that.”

The woman, the detective reported, replied that the pair “could go have sexual intercourse if I bought her two double cheese burgers off the dollar menu at McDonald’s.” The cop added, “I agreed to the deal and purchased the hamburgers for $2.75.”

In addition to the cheeseburgers, the woman told the undercover that he could also give her a tip. In response, the cop handed over $60. The woman kept $40, took the McDonald’s grub, and directed the cop to a vacant Bradenton parking lot “to park in to complete the deal.”

At this point, Christine Baker was arrested by a takedown team. Booked on a misdemeanor prostitution charge, she is scheduled for a May 1 court appearance

Snap, Crackle, Beat! – Rice Krispies – Rolling Stones ’64

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012


Brian Jones co-wrote this jingle with the J. Walter Thompson ad agency. It was only shown in England in 1964.  Nice one Brian!
This commercial is a parody of a UK game show called, “Juke Box Jury”  Look here:

New food and beverage offerings announced by Minnesota Twins for 2012

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Minneapolis/ St. Paul, Minn. – For the third year in a row, the Minnesota Twins and concessions and retail partner, Delaware North Sportservice, have focused on bringing unique and popular Minnesota-based foods to Target Field®.

The Twins and Sportservice have expanded concessions and retail at Target Field this season by adding local craft beers and specialty foods from across Twins Territory.

“Every year, Sportservice challenges the status quo and builds upon its previous successes in retail and concessions,” says Pete Spike, general manager for Sportservice at Target Field. “This year, we are confident that our newest menu items will continue to raise the bar in both the suites and general concessions.”

Since opening in 2010, the Twins’ organization has made food and beverage offerings a top priority to enhance fans’ overall ballpark experience.

“The Twins are thrilled with the continued evolution of the Target Field menu and merchandise offerings,” said team president Dave St. Peter. “The high quality products, local favorites and unparalleled selection have played a significant role in making the Target Field fan experience so special.”

In addition to existing offerings from partners like Pepsi, Schweigert™, Klement’s, Barrel O’ Fun, Caribou Coffee, Angie’s Kettle Corn, Fisher Nuts, and Palermo’s, fans can look forward to the exciting new additions below for the 2012 season.

New Food Items for 2012 Straight from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Valentini’s Supper Club (with current locations in Chisholm and Duluth) is offering its famous meatballs. Sportservice will serve Valentini’s Mega Meatball – a cheese-stuffed meatball served with marinara sauce and parmesan cheese.

A top-selling item at the State Fair, deep fried pickle chips from The Preferred Pickle will be served with ranch dressing on the side.

The Twins have added a baked potato bar featuring four delicious varieties of jumbo potatoes. One variation will feature nacho cheese, salsa and sour cream. The second variety will be a cheddar and broccoli baked potato. There will also be a classic baked potato with bacon, sour cream and chives. The bar will also feature a jumbo yam topped with maple butter and crushed pecans.

A staple of some west coast ballparks, garlic fries will make their debut at Target Field. These tasty skin-on fries, seasoned with a garlic and parmesan marinade, are sure to be a fan favorite.

New from The Food Network brand are the Bacon Sloppy Joe and Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese. The Bacon Sloppy Joe includes ground beef and slab bacon chunks. It’s slow-cooked with tomatoes and served with rolls, shredded pepper jack cheese and fried onions. Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese is tossed with spicy buffalo chicken, topped with blue cheese breadcrumbs and baked until crispy.

SuperMom’s Mini Donuts, found throughout SuperAmerica convenience stores, will be baked fresh. SuperMom’s Mini Donuts offers three varieties – powdered sugar, cinnamon, and cinnamon and sugar.

Leeann Chin is serving up Minnesota’s favorite stir fry. Guests can enjoy their choice of a chicken stir fry in a red chile sauce or vegetarian stir fry in a teriyaki sauce.

Guests with a sweet tooth can enjoy Pearson’s Salted Nut Roll from Pearson’s Candy. The creamy nougat center is surrounded by golden caramel and covered with fresh salted Virginia peanuts to create a unique salty yet sweet flavor combination. It’s truly a one of a kind non-chocolate candy bar.

The Twins have also formed a new partnership with B. Smith Olive Oil, a locally-produced, minority-owned business. The olive oil will be used for cooking throughout the premium seating areas at Target Field.

Many Favorites are Back Along with introducing new items, Sportservice and the Twins are bringing back many of last year’s favorites. Murray’s Steak Sandwich – Inspired by the signature sandwich from the iconic downtown Minneapolis steakhouse, will be served at multiple Mill City Grill concession locations throughout the ballpark.

Tony O’s Cuban Sandwich – A concept developed by Tony Oliva, the Twins and Sportservice will be served at concessions carts at Target Field.

Turkey to Go – A product of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, Turkey to Go has expanded from a single cart in 2011 to a second location in 2012 and is served with another local favorite – Ken Davis BBQ Sauce. Ken Davis opened a restaurant in Minneapolis in the late 1960s and developed his signature BBQ sauce in 1972.

Walk A Taco – Owned by the Silva family, El Burrito Mercado in St. Paul supplies the cones, and Sportservice prepares and serves the Walk A Taco at Target Field’s Señor Smoke’s locations.

Minneapple Pie –Sportservice serves the Minneapple Pie – apples inside a deep-fried, flaky crust and topped with cinnamon and sugar – in the State Fair Classics stand. For an additional cost, this tasty treat can be served with ice cream.

The State Fair also served as inspiration for some of Sportservice’s inaugural concession stand offerings, including the Minnesota Walleye, J.D. Hoyt’s Cajun Pork Chop on a Stick, and Cheese Curds. All are returning in 2012.

Beverages The Twins and Sportservice are also proud to announce a partnership with locally-based 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey. The 2 Gingers Pubs, formerly known as the Twins Pubs, will feature the Big Ginger; a signature cocktail made of 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey, ginger ale, with lemon and lime garnish.

While Anheuser-Busch remains the official beer partner of the Minnesota Twins, the Twins have expanded their selection of local craft beers. Brews from Surly, Fulton, Summit, Finnegans, and Schell’s will be available at various locations throughout Target Field.

In 573, the Twins have added beers from Fulton, Lift Bridge, Granite City and Cold Springs Brewery.