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#TBT -- Classic Simpsons -- "Who Shot Mr. Burns (Part 1)" (Season 6, Episode 25)

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Episode 2F16
Original Airdate: May 21st, 1995
Writer(s): Josh Weinstein, Bill Oakley
Director: Jeffrey Lynch
Commentary by: David Mirkin, Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein, Jeffrey Lynch

Synopsis
Mr. Burns becomes particularly sinister, stealing an oil reserve out from under Springfield Elementary, injuring Santa's Little Helper, and just generally wreaking havoc on the town more than usual. When Burns is shot after a town hall meeting, everyone has motive and everyone is a suspect.


SCARY PARTS(SORT OF): If TOY STORY Was A HORROR Film

We saw what Frozen looks like as a horror film. It's cool seeing Pixar movies turned into horror films. Here's what happens when Toy Story gets the treatment.

#HEADLINES: Pentagon Using New Diagnosis to Drive Out Sex Assault Accusers?, CA Senate Dems Propose More Spending on Mentally Ill Criminals, Comcast Promised Poor Americans Cheap Internet But Didn't Deliver, US House approves Venezuela Sanctions, CA Weighs Gun Bill After Shootings, Brazil World Cup Prep In Chaos, Northern California Secession Movement Grows

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Lawmaker claims Pentagon using new diagnosis to drive out sex assault accusers -- Fox News
"Lawmakers have expressed fears that the Defense Department is using a new disorder diagnosis to remove accusers in sexual assault cases from the military.

"Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., has accused the Pentagon of diagnosing troops who report that they were sexually assaulted with adjustment disorder and having them discharged. Speier told The Washington Times that the practice is a new tactic for the military, which previously diagnosed service members tied to sexual assault cases with personality disorder.

"'It’s like a "Whac-A-Mole,"' Speier told the paper. 'Every time we shut them down on something, they'll find a way around it.'"


Senate Democrats propose more spending on mentally ill criminals -- Los Angeles Times
"State Senate Democrats on Wednesday offered a $165-million package of proposals aimed at reducing the number of mentally il…

#HEADLINES: 9800 Troops to Remain in Afghanistan After 2014, Obama Delays DHS Deportation Review, US May Train Syrian Rebels, Michelle Obama Slams Critics of Healthy School Lunch Standards, Indigenous Brazilian Protesters Clash with Police Ahead of World Cup, Courts Challenge Native American Land Rights, Focus on UCSB Killer Criticized

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President Obama reveals plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by 2016 -- The Independent
"In an attempt to turn the page on the occupation which started within a month of the 9/11 attacks in 2001, Obama said 9,800 American troops of the 32,000-strong current force would be kept in Afghanistan after the US combat mission formally ends later this year.
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"But the move is likely to garner criticism at home. Before the address, Tony Blinken, Obama's deputy national security adviser, said that the US had allocated about $20 billion (£11.8 billion) on the continued military presence. Asked if such a cost was worth it, Blinken replied: 'We want to complete the job that we started." At the same time, he said "we can't be in an endless war posture.'"


Obama delays DHS deportation review -- Associated Press
"President Barack Obama has asked his Homeland Security chief to hold off on completing a review of U.S. deportation policies until the end …

EAT MY SHORTS: Secondary Education

#HEADLINES: Kidnapped Nigerian Girls Located, New Safety Requirements for Keystone XL, Using Jailed Migrants as a Pool of Cheap Labor, Leaders of India and Pakistan Hold Rare Meeting, DHS May Reduce Deportations of Nonviolent Immigrants, Brown University Faces Federal Complaint for Allowing Rapist Back, Israel-Palestine: Europe Should Atone for Its Sins

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'We know where missing girls are' says Nigeria's top military officer -- Telegraph
"'The good news for the parents of the girls is that we know where they are, but we cannot tell you,' Badeh was quoted as saying. 'But where they are held, can we go there with force? We can't kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back.'

"Most officials think any raid to rescue them would be fraught with danger and probably not worth the risk that the girls would be killed by their captors - an Islamist group that has shown a degree of ruthlessness in killing civilians."


New safety requirements set for Keystone pipeline -- Associated Press
"Safety regulators have quietly placed two extra conditions on construction of TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL oil pipeline after learning of potentially dangerous construction defects involving the southern leg of the Canada-to-Texas project.

"The defects — high rates of bad welds, dented pipe and…

B&R: Spider-Man 3 How It Should Have Ended

B&R is about Batman. Why the HISHE on Spiderman 3? Because it features an early version of the HISHE Batman we've come to know and love. Also, to connect with this moth's Amazing Spiderman 2 that we reviewed on the Vundacast and Midnight MOVIE Matinee.


Nic Cage Monday: Diamond Dallas Cage

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Five Reasons James Bond Might Be the Worst Spy Ever | After Hours

GREAT INTROS: Xmen animated series theme

#HEADLINES: 80 US Troops Search for Kidnapped Nigerian Girls, NSA Regulatory Bill Falls Short, Massive Climage Change Demonstration in NYC, DoJ Reverses No-Recording Policy for Interrogations, Obama Vows NDAA Veto Over Gitmo, North Miami Fights to Keep Art Museum, Body Image

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Obama: 80 US Troops in Chad Seeking Abducted Girls -- Associated Press
"The United States has deployed 80 military personnel to Chad to help locate the nearly 300 girls kidnapped in Nigeria last month, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.

"Obama, in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and the Senate, notified lawmakers about the latest steps underway to assist in the return of the abducted girls.

"Obama said the service members will help with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft for missions over northern Nigeria and the nearby region. He says the force will stay in Chad until its support is no longer necessary."


Google, Facebook Warn NSA Bill Wouldn't Stop Mass Surveillance -- National Journal
"The Reform Government Surveillance coalition—whose members include Google, Facebook, Microsoft, AOL, Apple, Twitter, LinkedIn, DropBox, and Yahoo—issued a statement Wednesday announcing it was pulling its support of the USA Freedom Act. The le…

To me my X-men and B&R: How X-Men: First Class Should Have Ended

X-men Days of Future Past comes out today and it is amazing but you know what it's missing Batman. HISHE knows how to fix that.

#TBT -- Classic Simpsons: "Lemon of Troy" (Season 6, Episode 24)

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Episode 2F22
Original Airdate: May 14th, 1995
Writer: Brent Forrester
Director: Jim Reardon
Commentary by: Matt Groening, David Mirkin, Greg Daniels, Jim Reardon, David Silverman, David S. Cohen

Synopsis
When Marge catches Bart "graffit-o-tagging" some wet cement, she bores him and the family with a lecture about town pride that actually somehow subliminally gets through to him. Then, when he finds out some kids from Shelbyville have stolen Springfield's precious lemon tree, he leads a "violence gang" (as Marge puts it) on a guerrilla infiltration mission into the bizarre--yet oddly familiar--world of Shelbyville to recover the stolen tree.


JULY 21ST: VUNDABLOG INVADES WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW @ AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA

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July 21st. The night after Battleground in Tampa. RAW.IS.VUNDABLOG
So excited for the possibilities here. Maybe Bo Dallas will give us cookies. Maybe Cesaro will be a main eventer by then. Maybe Sami Zayn will be on Raw by then. Who knows what the Shield and the Wyatts will be up to? Let alone Daniel Bryan. We certainly hope we get to see Paul Heyman cut a promo and drop in a "MY CLIENT BA-ROOOCK LESNARRRRR CONQUERED THE UNDERTAKER'S UNDEFEATED STREAK AT WRESTLEMANIA!"
Whatever happens, it will be a night to remember as VUNDABLOG INVADES MONDAY NIGHT RAW!
#RAWISVUNDABLOG

YOUTUBE GOLD: Amazing jam session - Three random guys sing together

This is one hell of a spontaneous creative collaboration.

TRAILER GOLD: Guardians of the Galaxy TRAILER 2 (2014) - Chris Pratt Marvel Movie HD

The latest Guardians of the Galaxy trailer looks perfect. The music choices in the marketing campaign are iconic, original, and cool. All in all the effects look great, although it's going to take me a while to get used to Zoe Saldana as green. Rocket Racoon seems pretty funny expecially with his adorable crotch grab.  The dialogue seems pretty fresh I wish this movie were coming out earlier in the summer but I will wait patiently.

#HEADLINES: U.S. to Disclose Legal Justification for Drone Strikes on Americans, First Lady Touts Arts Education, Climate Change in Miami, Third U.S. MERS Case, 1/3 of South Sudan Face Starvation, Climate Change Worsens Wildfires, Salaries of University Presidents Rise as Student Debt Spirals

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U.S. to disclose legal justification for drone strikes on Americans -- Chicago Tribune
"In a case pitting executive power against the public's right to know what its government does, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last month reversed a lower-court ruling preserving the secrecy of the legal rationale for the killings, such as the killing of U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki in a 2011 drone strike in Yemen.

"Ruling for the New York Times in the case, a unanimous three-judge panel said the government waived its right to secrecy by making repeated public statements justifying targeted killings."


First lady: Arts education good for good schools -- Associated Press
"The talent show was a vehicle to showcase the 'Turnaround Arts' program. It was created as an experiment in 2012 by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in collaboration with the White House and the Education Department to test whether arts education can help improve stude…

COMICBOOK REVIEW: Garfield's Pet Force 2014 Special

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Time for a comicbook review of an unusual comic for me. Every once in a while at the comic shop, I may feel particularly random. Something odd may call to me from the shelves. This comic is one such oddity. Garfield's Pet Force 2014 Special jam-packed with two epic Garfield's Pet Force stories.


What is Garfield's Pet Force? I had no idea. I'm familiar with the concept of Oddie and Garfield and watched the cartoon a few times as a kid. I wouldn't consider myself a Garfield fan in the slightest. This comic may have changed my mind on the lasagna loving cat, though. Garfield's Petforce is Garfield as a superhero named Garzooka. Garzooka leads the Pet Force which is made up of his cartoon friends who have their own superpowers and dorky names. The stories are written by Scott Nickel. The first one is called "Cat-astrophe in the Cosmos" with pencils by Gary Barker and George Lane the third, inks were done by Mark and Stephanie Heike.



The story starts wit…

#HEADLINES: County Jails Profit From Immigrant Detainees, California Drought, Brazil World Cup Protests, Cuban Embargo, Miami's Metrorail at 30, Emergency Measures in Texas as Youths Cross Border Alone, Democrats Have a Millenials Problem

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Dialing with Dollars: How County Jails Profit From Immigrant Detainees -- The Nation
"Arali and Milton are just two of thousands of undocumented immigrants across the United States who are charged exorbitant rates for calls from county jails that contract with ICE to hold immigrant detainees. About 50 percent of all immigrant detainees are held in county jails, according to ICE, and many of these cash-strapped jails, like Plymouth County Detention Center, have sought to raise revenue through contracts with phone companies that charge excessive rates and kick back part of the profits. Immigrant detainees end up paying the same inflated telephone rates charged to their citizen inmate counterparts, but unlike jail inmates charged with a crime, immigration detainees don’t have access to court-appointed attorneys. This means they are responsible for finding an attorney or representing themselves, both tasks that require affordable phone access."

***learn more about how your organi…

SCARY PARTS(SORT OF): If FROZEN Was A Horror Movie

This is an amazing trailer for Frozen that plays it like a horror movie. Do you want to build a snowman?

#HEADLINES: NSA Spying Affects Immigrants Most, School Segregation Has Grown Since Brown v. Board, AT&T/DirecTV Merger, Kids Working Tobacco Farms, New Virus in Florida, Native Americans Frustrated with Settlement Delay, Why Americans Agree with Democrats but Elect Republicans

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NSA Spying Has a Disproportionate Effect on Immigrants -- The Atlantic
"... the government contends that Americans who make phone calls or send emails to people abroad have a diminished expectation of privacy because the people with whom they are communicating—non-Americans abroad, that is—are not protected by the Constitution. The government also argues that Americans' privacy rights are further diminished in this context because the NSA has a "paramount" interest in examining information that crosses international borders.

"... the government even argues that Americans can't reasonably expect that their international communications will be private from the NSA when the intelligence services of so many other countries ... might be monitoring those communications, too. The government's argument is not simply that the NSA has broad authority to monitor Americans' international communications. The US government is arguing that the NSA's authority …

YOUTUBE GOLD: Godzilla vs. Heisenberg (Breaking Bad / Godzilla Mashup)

Nic Cage Monday: Iron Man 3

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SWEDED: X-Men: Days of Future Past Trailer - Homemade Shot for Shot

#HEADLINES: What Does U.S. Look Like w/ 10 Ft Sea Level Rise?, Wars Displaced 33.3 Million Ppl in 2013, Marital Rape Legal in India, LA Pipeline Rupture, US Prepares More Russia Sanctions, Brazil World Cup Protests, Honeybee Deaths Decline

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What Does U.S. Look Like With 10 Feet of Sea Level Rise? -- Climate Central
"More than half of the area of 40 large cities (population over 50,000) is less than 10 feet above the high tide line, from Virginia Beach and Miami (the largest affected), down to Hoboken, N.J. (smallest). Twenty-seven of the cities are in Florida, where one-third of all current housing sits below the critical line — including 85 percent in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Each of these counties is more threatened than any whole state outside of Florida – and each sits on bedrock filled with holes, rendering defense by seawalls or levees almost impossible.

"By the metric of most people living on land less than 10 ft above the high tide line, New York City is most threatened in the long run, with a low-lying population count of more than 700,000. Sixteen other cities, including New Orleans, La.; Norfolk, Va.; Stockton, Calif.; Boston, Mass.; St. Petersburg, Fla.; and Jacksonville, Fla.; are on the li…

YOUTUBE GOLD: GODZILLA Cartoon Intro

This is on a loop in my mind.

#HEADLINES: US Drones Searching for Kidnapped Nigerian Girls, Biggest Fast Food Strike in World History, Venezuela Details Dozens of Anti-Government Protesters, Liberals and Religion, Qatar Promises Labor Reforms, Veterans' Info Tossed in Trash, African Poachers Slaughter Dozens of Elephants in Key African Park

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US Drones Deployed in Search for Kidnapped Nigerian Girls -- TIME
"White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said 'unmanned, unarmed' aircraft had joined reconnaissance flights over a swath of Nigeria where Boko Haram is believed to be holding the girls hostage. Carney cautioned during a news conference that the area of greatest suspicion still covering an expanse of land 'along the size of West Virginia.'

The announcement comes as some U.S. lawmakers are urging the use of force to rescue the Nigerian girls. Senators in both parties recently floated the idea of using special forces to aid in the search, and Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain went further on Tuesday. 'I certainly would send in U.S. troops to rescue them,' McCain told to the Daily Beast.

Carney, however, said U.S. counterterrorism experts dispatched to Nigeria would limit their activity to an 'advisory capacity,' focused on finding the girls."


It's On: The Biggest Fast Food Str…

The Flash First Look: Don't Blink and Extended Trailer

Derrick's All Time Top 50 Albums: Introduction and Honorable Mentions

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I used to blog about music a lot more than I do now. I'm not sure what happened in the last couple years but I guess somewhere along the way I got too caught up in wrestling and football and politics. Well that ends now. It's long past time I introduce the Vundaverse© to the very foundation of my deeply religious love of music: my TOP 50 ALBUMS OF ALL TIME.


This is, of course, a very fluid list--always changing and evolving. So, just think of this as a time capsule and know that while the pieces may shift around a bit and a few new ones may appear from time to time, for the most part, this list represents the music I love more than anything in the whole world and probably always will.

I'll start at the bottom, of course, because otherwise where's the suspense?! This week I have 13 honorable mentions to...mention...and then I'll do the list in increments of ten--50-41, 40-31, 30-21, 20-11--until I get to the top ten. The top ten will be given the royal treatment wit…

#HEADLINES: Group Says Syria Used Chemical Weapons, Wreck of Columbus's Santa Maria Found?, NSA Tampering with US-made Internet Routers, MERS Outbreak, DATA Act, South Sudan Food Crisis, Food Stamps Double Value at LA Farmers Markets

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Group says Syria used chemical weapons in April -- Associated Press
"An international human rights group said Tuesday it has strong evidence that Syrian army helicopters dropped bombs carrying chlorine gas on three rebel-held towns last month.

The report by the New-York based Human Rights Watch adds to concerns that chemical weapons are still being used in Syria, eight months after a chemical attack killed hundreds of civilians in the suburbs of the capital, Damascus.

The Syrian government did not immediately comment on the HRW claims. It has accused rebels of using chlorine gas in the past."


Exclusive: Found after 500 years, the wreck of Christopher Columbus's flagship the Santa Maria -- The Independent
"More than five centuries after Christopher Columbus’s flagship, the Santa Maria, was wrecked in the Caribbean, archaeological investigators think they may have discovered the vessel’s long-lost remains – lying at the bottom of the sea off the north coast of Haiti. I…

SCARY PARTS: Infliction - Official Trailer

I'm into found footage horror movies it's still a fresh aesthetic to me. The concept of two killers recording each other is very plausible and intriguing, I'm looking forward to catching this indy gem as soon as it's available to me. Follow it on twitter, and facebook to see when it hits your town.

COMICBOOK REVIEW: FCBD SIMPSONS BY BONGO COMICS

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On Free ComicBook Day I picked up Bongo Comics Free For All aka the Simpsons comic. So I thought even though it's not Thursday yet we'll talk some Simpsons. First of all the cover is full of all sorts of awesome. It depicts Bart and his school chums running to a leprechaun's pot of gold full of comics. The comics have awesome names like Biclops, Superior Squad, Space Mutant Chronicles, Weasel Woman, Captain Squid, Radioactive Ape, House of Plasmo, Lil Kneesocks, True Larva, Leopard Lady, Quest Time, and more. There are leprechauns guarding the comics pot and one of them bears a striking resemblance to Comicbook guy.




The first story in this free Simpsons anthology follows Bart and Milhouse as they attempt to get super powers. Milhouse is experimented on by Bart as they explore the accidental ways super heroes get their powers ala Spider-man and the Fantastic Four. Milhouse takes a beating in this short but it's okay because he's just Milhouse.






















Then the comic gives …