The Cult- Fire Woman.
Nine Inch Nails- Closer.
She Wants Revenge-Tear you Apart.
Rob Zombie- Living Dead Girl..
Bjork- Human Behavior.
Listening to Rammstein
Getadelt wird wer Schmerzen kennt,
vom Feuer das die Haut verbrennt,
Ich werf ein Licht ,
in mein Gesicht,
Ein heisser Schrei,
Geadelt ist wer Schmerzen kennt,
vom Feuer das in Lust verbrennt,
in ihren Schoss,
ein heisser Schrei,
Gefährlich ist wer Schmerzen kennt,
vom Feuer das den Geist verbrennt,
gefährlich das gebrannte Kind,
mit Feuer das vom Leben trennt,
ein heisser Schrei,
ist nicht mein Glück,
ist mein Unglück,
Whoever knows pain becomes criticized
from the fire that burned up the skin
I throw a light in my face
a hot cry
Whoever knows pain is raised
from the fire that burns in desire
a hard thrust (that gives off sparks) into her womb
a hot cry
Whoever knows pain is dangerous
from the fire that burns the soul
the burned child is dangerous
with fire that separates from the life
a hot cry
is not my happiness
it is my misery
and of course the ever popular :
Du hast mich
Du hast mich
Du hast mich
Du hast mich gefragt
Du hast mich gefragt
Du hast mich gefragt und ich hab nichts gesagt
Willst du bis der Tod euch scheidet
treu ihr sein für alle Tage...
Willst du bis zum Tod der Scheide
sie lieben auch in schlechten Tagen....
You have me
You have me
You have asked me
You have asked me
You have asked me
And I have said nothing
Will you until death does sever
Be upright to her forever
Will you 'til death be her rider
Her lover too, to stay inside her
CLEVELAND - Officers who went to a home to serve a search warrant found a skeleton in the bed where an 80-year-old woman said her mother was sleeping.
Police believe the remains belong to woman's 98-year-old mother, who hadn't been seen in at least three years.
Officers went to the home Wednesday to serve a search warrant for building, housing and health code violations, but the woman said they couldn't come inside because her mother was sleeping. After persuading her to let them in the house, the officials pulled back the blanket on the bed and found the skeleton.
The daughter, whose name was withheld until her family was notified, was taken to St. Vincent Charity Hospital.
Cuyahoga County Coroner Elizabeth K. Balraj said Thursday she would need more information to identify the body, which showed no signs of injury.
Police Lt. Thomas Stacho said no charges were expected.
"Kiss them for Me"-Siouxsie and The Banshees- Superstition-1991.
You scored as Old-school Goth. You are an old-school goth. Forget Tina and Rogue, your idols are still Siouxsie and Peter and Fat Bob, and black lipstick and white powder is still the way to go.
Thanks to MINION for Digging up this little gem...
This is the word women use to end an argument
when they are right and you
need to shut up.
If she is getting dressed, this is half an
hour. Five minutes is only five
minutes if you have just been given 5 more
minutes to watch the game
helping around the house.
This is the calm before the storm. This means
'something,' and you should
on your toes. Arguments that begin with
'Nothing' usually end in 'Fine'
This is a dare, not permission. Don't do it.
This is not actually a word, but is a
non-verbal statement often
misunderstood by men. A 'Loud Sigh' means she
thinks you are an idiot and
wonders why she is wasting her time standing
here and arguing with you
This is one of the most dangerous statements
that a woman can make to a
'That's Okay' means that she wants to think
long and hard before deciding
how and when you will pay for your mistake.
A woman is thanking you. Do not question it or
faint. Just say you're
It's a woman's way of saying *!#@ YOU!
Send this to the men you know to warn them
about future arguments they can
avoid if they remember the terminology!
> And send it to your women friends to give them
a good laugh.
You pay 6 bucks for cigarettes that match your outfit.
You wear sunglasses in the produce department at night.
You wear long, velvet coats in the middle of summer.
You buy $15 fishnets and rip them on purpose.
Your combat boots cost more than it takes to feed a third world child for two years.
The shade of powder you wear is called 'Sheet Of Paper.'
You use black cotton balls.
You fashion your eyeliner after a culture that's been dead over 2000 years.
You paint your fingernails black.
You don't paint my nails black... you bash them with a hammer.
Your purse is large, square and metal.
The purse has scratches from being used in a fight.
It has scratches from being kicked on the dance floor.
This is the reason it was scratched in a fight.
You could easily blow $500 in a Halloween store.
You could spend all $500 on just make up.
You avoid fights because it might smudge your make up.
The club you frequent has concocted an original drink called 'The Vampire's Kiss.'
You wake up still drunk at 3 in the afternoon with anonymous black lipstick on our face.
You go to Denny's at 5 in the morning and think, 'These are my people.'
People can't tell whether you're searching for a missing contact or dancing.
You can't even tell whether you're looking for a missing contact or dancing.
The only day you feel normal is Halloween.
Friday the Thirteenth is your lucky day.
You don't know whether the person you're sleeping with is male or female until you're actually in bed with them.
You don't care.
You were rooting for the vampires in From Dusk Til Dawn, Lost Boys, etc.
In preschool, the only crayon you used was black.
The Count was your favorite Sesame Street character as a child.
You watch Sesame Street as an adult just to see The Count.
You can't decide whether Morticia Addams or Lily Munster is prettier.
You decide Wednesday blows them both away.
You think bats are "cute."
You think dead flowers are prettier than live ones.
You think anything dead is pretty.
You think blood is pretty.
You refer to your age in mortal years.
You give yourself the honorary title of Lord or Lady.
You know what a Malkavian is.
You know what a Malkavian is because you've been there, done that.
You have the T-shirt.
You dressed as The Crow for Halloween one year.
You have dressed as The Crow for Halloween the past few years.
You would willingly undergo cosmetic dental surgery.
You were disappointed to find out that American Gothic is a portrait of two farmers.
You claim the Chupacabra is a friend/relative of yours.
You own a hearse.
You own a hearse and don't work in a funeral parlor.
You keep a coffin in the back as "decoration."
You keep a coffin in the back as a bed.
You think of the hearse as the "family car."
You think heresy is a religion.
You claim heresy as your religion.
You own a rosary that you wear.
You own many rosaries that you wear.
You own a glow-in-the-dark rosary that alternates between your neck and the rearview mirror in your car.
Christians accost you with pamphlets on the street frequently.
Jehovah's Witnesses accost you with pamphlets on the street frequently.
You accost Christians with pamphlets on the street.
Satanists just look at you and smile.
You laugh hysterically during those Church Of Latter-Day Saints commercials.
You call for the free Bible anyway.
You take great pleasure in vandalizing said Bible after waiting impatiently by your mailbox for 4-6 weeks.
You stop vandalizing the Bible momentarily to look up Psalm 69.
In your honest opinion, the image of Jesus ruins the beauty and natural fluidity of the cross.
Whenever you knock on somebody's door they give you candy.
You wish to name your first born Lestat.
You plan to name your first born after any Anne Rice character.
You didn't know they were characters.
You argue on whether Poppy Z. Brite or Anne Rice has the more realistic view on vampires.
You can debate both sides of that argument.
You've participated in one of those "Do you think Tom Cruise was good as Lestat?" conversations.
You've started one of those conversations.
You saw Valor on the street, you would throw your large, metal purse at him.
You and your friends enjoy congregating in a local graveyard.
No one you know is buried there.
You and your friends take lengthy drives to visit non-local graveyards.
You take pictures of the gravestones while reciting Oscar Wylde or singing "Cemetry Gates" by The Smiths.
You know the words to "Cemetry Gates" by The Smiths.
You know who The Smiths are.
You can reminisce through all 4 locations of The Kitchen Club and 2 of The Church.
You put on The Wake and practice dancing in front of the mirror.
You practice with your own personal strobe and blacklight.
You are too poor to afford either and stole the lights off the Christmas tree.
You are happy when no one has ever heard of your favorite band.
When someone else "discovers" you're favorite band, you find another favorite band.
You own 16 or more Cleopatra CD's.
You own even 1 Projekt CD.
Your favorite poem is "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe.
Your favorite poem is "Metamorphosis of a Vampire" by Charles Baudelaire.
You spell Vampire either Vampyre or Vamphyre.
You refer to others as "The Normals".
You refer to your leather-clad brethren as "Those Industrialites" or "Rivet-heads."
You go to South Beach, but have never seen the ocean.
Your boyfriend complains that his ribs just don't stick out the way they used to.
Your girlfriend complains that you look better in her black, velvet skirt than she does.
You've been with your significant other for over a year and still wonder what they look like without make up.
You and your boyfriend fight over make up.
You decide to get matching his/hers make up caddies to separate your make up.
You smudge your lipstick on purpose to look like Robert Smith.
You eat those limited edition pop-tarts just because they have bats on them.
You save them because Hey!...they're limited edition.
The people in the grocery store have refused to sell you any cereal other than Count Chocula.
People ask you to autograph boxes of Count Chocula.
You know what Renfield's Disease is.
You have Renfield's Disease.
Throw a Black Valentine Day party.
You decorate your Christmas Tree with crows and black ribbon.
You wear a mourning veil to your best friends wedding.
All her bride maids wear black.
All your living friends take anti-depressants or at least pretend too.
You have taken anything on this list personally.
Problems only Goths Have
Trying to get blacks that match after they fade in the wash
Trying to convince the drunk frat boy who is hitting on you that really are a guy.
Big hair, small cars
Airport metal detectors
Having your little sister play with your make-up
Nicknames such as "that gay devil worshipping freak that dyed his hair purple"
Getting your jewelry tangled in your clothes/hair
When your pointy toe shoes/boots get caught in the holes in the hem of your skirt.
Wearing a black turtleneck when it's 90 degrees outside
Accidentally removing someone's nose ring with your spiked bracelet while dancing
Getting people to look you in the eyes when you talk to them.
Getting your slave bracelet caught in your fishnets
People declaring that your eyes are yellow, when, in fact, they are green
Having to reach for the salt with one hand while holding back your sleeve with the other so it doesn't drag in the gravy
Trying to find your possessions in an all black room
Trying to get the hair-dye stains out of your towels, sink, floors, doors, ceilings, carpets, pets, furniture.
Being asked to defend your entire existence in 30 seconds or less.
Finding a detergent to get those blacks blacker
Having little kids tug on their parent's arm and say, "Look, Mommy, isn't she pretty? I want to look like her!" while the parents grab the child and run for it.
Trying to wash dishes with those flowing sleeves.
Having someone try to pick you up, just so they can tell their friends they've had sex with you
Going out in the winter and having all the metal stuff you are wearing freeze against your exposed skin.
Getting your skirt caught on: anything and everything
Lending your eyeliner to a friend and finding out later that he's returned it without mentioning that he completely emptied the entire brand new tube.
Trying to buy mundane clothes to go job hunting in and not being able to bring yourself to buy anything with enough color.
The salt stains on the hems of skirts in winter.
Not being able to climb really small stairs because the pointy toes on your pixie boots stick out past your toes enough that you can't get your actual toes on the steps.
Trying to stand up, and getting the hooks on your left boot caught in the fishnets on your right leg. And managing to look graceful while extricating yourself.
Dancing in a corset.
Attempting to explain Goth to anyone
Driving in a rather large cloak.
Having to wash black lipstick off of your neck.
Wearing 24 rings and getting them all stuck in various bits of lace and fishnet (not all of it yours).
Having to rush out of bed the moment you wake up just so you can get to the bank before it closes.
Convincing someone that you are straight even though you are wearing a skirt and makeup.
Convincing your sister to let you use her makeup because you are too broke to buy your own.
Trying to find women's clothes that fit you without it looking too obvious that that is what you are trying to do
Wearing that HUGE cross you just bought to the club spinning around and knocking yourself out
Finding that your freshly washed black t-shirt is covered in bits of lint, which while undetectable by the naked eye, show up very well under UV, thereby making you appear to have terminal dandruff.
Waking up at with the most painful hangover ever. Walking to the little store to get aspirin, thinking "Damn even my feet hurt like hell". Then realizing that your wearing someone else's boot's.
Trying to find food you can eat without messing up your lipstick
Trying to get seated so that the eye that you did just right will be the one facing outward.
Wanting to go and play out in the rain but fearing it'll ruin your hair.
Being unable to decide which rings look best over the black lace gloves
Fearing your sharply filed nails will ruin your mesh shirt!
Finding that your cape gets in the way of your cleaning tools when going to work at the graveyard
Getting a sunburn right through your t-shirt
Trying to ride a bicycle with a long black skirt
Trying to ride a bicycle without reminding the people you pass of Miss Elmira Gulch, forcing them to hum the wicked witch theme from The Wizard of Oz
Trying to type with your lace gloves on
Religion: while everybody still thinks you are a Devil-worshipper despite all your explanations.. especially if you tell them you are Pagan..
Other Pagans/Wicca's don't take you seriously because of what you look like
Menstrual blood doesn't show that well on black panties, so you might not notice your period's began before it's too late!
Accidentally kicking things and having parts fly off because you're wearing steel toes boots.
Brushing against walls and having chips fly off because of your spiked bracelet.
Having to avoid potential self-mutilation after just finishing filing one's nails to a point.
When it's cold, your nose will be red no matter how much make-up you have on.
Trying to explain to people that the scars up and down your arms are actually from your cat.
The extensive hair loss caused from bleaching and re-bleaching hair.
Trying to find a soap that will remove the purple hair dye stains from your hands and face.
Flicking trough a magazine or a newspaper with velvet gloves on.
Trying to tell someone that you admire their footwear without making it sound like a come-on
CORPUS CHRISTI -
Police in two Texas cities are looking for
a man who apparently severed his own finger and mailed it to
his ex-girlfriend along with a letter. An unidentified 32-
year-old woman in Corpus Christi called police Friday when
the grisly package arrived. The only details of the letter
police released was the phrase: 'This is the last chance to
touch you,' the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported Tuesday.
Investigators said the finger was cut cleanly and appeared
to have been washed. There were also some threats, which
relate to a previous incident of family violence earlier
this month between the couple, police said."
Advertisements for coffee in London in 1657 claimed that the
beverage was a cure for scurvy, gout and other ills.
In Italy, espresso is considered so essential to daily life
that the price is regulated by the government.
In the 16th century, Turkish women could divorce their
husbands if the man failed to keep his family's pot filled
Large doses of coffee can be lethal. Ten grams, or 100 cups
over 4 hours, can kill the average human.
Milk as an additive to coffee became popular in the 1680's,
when a French physician recommended that cafe au lait be
used for medicinal purposes.
Raw coffee beans, soaked in water and spices, are chewed
like candy in many parts of Africa.
The average cup of coffee contains more than 1000 different
chemical components, none of which is tasted in isolation
but only as part of the overall flavor.
Until the 18th century coffee was almost always boiled.
When a coffee seed is planted, it takes five years to yield
By KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press Writer
Mon Jun 26, 1:28 PM ET
BOISE, Idaho - Thousands of vacationers in the West will likely see a wolf in the wild for the first time this summer, often from the road but sometimes while camping or hiking.
The federal government and state agencies that manage wolves have concise rules on what is legal in these encounters, and experts who study wolf behavior offer advice on how to handle what is likely to be an unforgettable experience.
"Wolves don't turn and run away immediately like we're used to with other animals," said Carolyn Sime, gray wolf program coordinator with the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department. "The other thing that kind of makes it unnerving is the intensity of their eyes. It's partly the color, and partly the intensity of the way they're looking at you."
Wolves nearly always blink first, experts say, but yelling will drive off a wolf as will pepper spray.
About 1,000 wolves in 140 packs live in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, steadily increasing since being reintroduced in Yellowstone National Park and central Idaho in 1995 and 1996.
"Even though they're fairly rare in nature, wolves are relatively visible compared to a lot of animals," said Ed Bangs, wolf recovery coordinator with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "There are never many of them because these are big, large carnivores. But they seem abundant because they travel the same areas people do."
Bangs said one study found that more than 100,000 people see a wolf in Yellowstone National Park each year. For comparison, few people ever see one of the 31,000 cougars that inhabit the Western U.S.
Gray wolves have also been reintroduced along the Arizona-New Mexico border, beginning in 1998, but that population had fewer than 50 individuals at the end of 2005.
About 3,000 gray wolves inhabit northern Minnesota, and another 500 in Michigan and 500 in Wisconsin.
Male wolves average about 100 pounds and females slightly less. They often travel on roads, trails, creek bottoms and ridge tops. When resting, wolves like the same types of areas that draw humans.
"Because meadows are attractive to campers, you're likely to run into wolf activity," said Steve Nadeau, statewide large carnivore coordinator with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. "Particularly if the meadow has game nearby — elk and deer."
Wolf experts say that centuries of mythology — think "Little Red Riding Hood" taints present day wolf-human meetings, and that wolves tend to avoid humans.
"If you're walking on a dark trail at midnight and you turn a corner and come across a pack of 20 wolves, enjoy them," said Bangs. "Because they'll be gone in a few seconds."
In fact, wolf attacks on humans are extremely rare. But wolves might not run off so quickly if a hiker has a dog along. Northern Rockies gray wolves have killed at least 83 dogs since 1987, and last year killed 30 of their own number in territorial disputes.
"Wolves consider dogs as strange wolves," said Bangs. "A dog may think that a wolf barking or howling is a dog that wants to play. Trust me, that is not the case."
Other instances where wolves might act aggressively is near a den or a kill site.
"If you come into an area where you see a kill, particularly if it's kind of fresh, back out of there and go someplace else," said Sime.
Meeting wolves can have legal ramifications. Under the Endangered Species Act, wolves in Minnesota are listed as threatened, while wolves in Michigan, Wisconsin, northern Idaho, and northwest Montana are endangered.
Wolf populations that resulted from reintroductions are listed as "experimental, nonessential." They include wolves south of Interstate 90 in Idaho, Montana outside the northwest corner, Wyoming, Arizona and New Mexico.
"Our regulations allow anyone at anytime to scare a wolf away," said Bangs. "Just run at it and yell at it and it will run off. That's legal to do. Just don't hurt it."
Pepper spray — often carried by hikers in grizzly bear country — can be used on wolves.
It's legal to kill a wolf in self-defense.
"Expect an investigation because that is almost nonexistent," said Bangs. "The physical evidence better back up your story."
The penalty for illegally killing a listed wolf can range up to $100,000 and a year in jail. Bangs said that about 10 percent of Northern Rockies wolf deaths are the result of illegal kills.
Gray wolves in the Northern Rockies met the criteria for delisting in 2002. The Fish and Wildlife Service has approved plans by Idaho and Montana to manage wolves, but federal officials rejected Wyoming's plan saying it would eliminate wolves outside Yellowstone National Park. That has stopped delisting so far.
If delisted, wolves would be treated as big game animals, possibly with hunting seasons, something Bangs said and other federal and state wolf managers favor.
Hunting would not be allowed in Yellowstone National Park, where most wolf sightings occur. But sightings are becoming more common elsewhere.
"Of all the things you have to worry about in life, wolves are probably on the bottom of the list," said Bangs. "People who don't know any better are nervous about wolves, but most people are like, 'Wow, was that cool or what.'"
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Mon Jun 26, 9:57 PM ET
It may have been a dog's life, but Moose, the Jack Russell terrier of Frasier fame, wasn't one to complain.
Kelsey Grammer's canine sidekick, known as Eddie on the long-running show, died Thursday at the ripe old age of 16 and a half, his trainer, Mathilde Halberg told People magazine.
"[H]e just had an incredible charisma and was such a free spirit," Halberg told the magazine of the dog some called the Lassie of the '90s.
Moose played Eddie for 10 years on the former NBC must-see TV staple and was known for his ability to steal scenes from his human costars.
"He was always trying to put Frasier in uncomfortable circumstances," Halberg said.
Other career highlights included landing a starring role in the film My Dog Skip, as an older version of Skip (who was played by his son, Enzo), gracing the covers of Life, TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly, and penning his autobiography, My Life As a Dog, with a little help from TV writer Brian Hargrove (Wanda At Large, Titus).
In 2003, Animal Planet ranked Eddie the Dog fifth in its 50 Greatest TV Animals special, behind only Lassie, Kermit the Frog, Flipper and Mr. Ed.
However, the precocious pup wasn't always destined for greatness. His first family found him to be more of a challenge than they were willing to handle, as the youthful Moose was destructive, barked a lot, refused to be house-trained and even killed a neighbor's cat.
When he was two and a half, Moose was put on a plane from Florida to Los Angeles, where he got a second chance under Halberg's tutelage.
"I saved him from the pound. His owners called me as a last resort," Halberg told People. "He was extremely mischievous, always escaping, chewing up things and running off."
After six months of training, Moose proved he had what it took to make it in Hollywood when he went on his first audition and beat out his canine competition for the Frasier role.
"Moose had a great disposition for training," Halberg said in a 1994 interview with Animal Press. "He loved it right away...it calmed him down a little. It?s as if all of a sudden he had a purpose in his life."
At the age of 10, Moose retired from show business, turning over the role of Eddie to Enzo and settling into doggy old age.
"The retirement of Moose was gradual," Halberg said in a 2002 interview with The Pet Press. "For a couple of years Enzo was doing all the fast-action, jumping up and down, retrieving or running moves. Anything that I thought was becoming a little too strenuous for Moose."
Even so, Moose still managed to outlive the Emmy-winning series, which came to an end in May 2004.
A husband found himself in big trouble when he forgot his wedding anniversary.
His wife angrily told him, 'Tomorrow there better be something for me in the driveway that
goes from zero to 160 in five seconds or less.'
The next morning, the wife found a small package in the driveway. She opened it and
found a brand new bathroom scale.
Visiting hours for the husband at the hospital are limited due to the extent of the injuries ..."
Q: Should I have a baby after 35?
A: No, 35 children is enough.
Q: I'm two months pregnant now. When will my
A: With any luck, right after he finishes
Q: What is the most reliable method to
determine a baby's sex?
Q: My wife is five months pregnant and so
moody that sometimes she's
A: So what's your question?
Q: My childbirth instructor says it's not
pain I'll feel during labour,
but pressure. Is she right?
A: Yes, in the same way that a tornado might
be called an air current.
Q: When is the best time to get an epidural?
A: Right after you find out you're pregnant.
Q: Is there any reason I have to be in the
delivery room while my wife
A: Not unless the word "alimony" means
anything to you.
Q: Is there anything I should avoid while
recovering from childbirth?
A: Yes, pregnancy.
Q: Do I have to have a baby shower?
A: Not if you change the baby's diaper very
Q: Our baby was born last week. When will my
wife begin to feel and act
A: When the kids are in college.
10 WAYS TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE "ESTROGEN ISSUES"
1. Everyone around you has an attitude
2. You're adding chocolate chips to your
3. The dryer has shrunk every last pair of
4. Your husband is suddenly agreeing to
everything you say.
5. You're using your cellular phone to dial
up every bumper sticker that
says: "How's my driving-call 1- 800-".
6. Everyone's head looks like an invitation
to batting practice.
7. Everyone seems to have just landed here
from "outer space".
8 You can't believe they don't make a tampon
bigger than Super Plus.
9 You're sure that everyone is scheming to
drive you crazy.
10. The ibuprofen bottle is empty and you
bought it yesterday..
TOP TEN THINGS ONLY WOMEN UNDERSTAND
10. Cats'(or Dog's) facial _expressions.
9. The need for the same style of shoes in
8. Why bean sprouts aren't just weeds.
7. Fat clothes.
6 Taking a car trip without trying to beat
your best time.
5. The difference between beige, ecru, cream,
off-white, and eggshell.
4. Cutting your hair to make it grow.
3. Eyelash curlers.
2. The inaccuracy of every bathroom scale
AND, the Number One thing only women
1. OTHER WOMEN
I'm having a BAD MIGRAINE DAY.
I am so sick of being sick with this.
I am tired of being a burden on my family when I get like this. I feel sometimes like a maraca, all the damned pills I take for this condition. I am tired of days , hours, minutes,seconds being stolen from me,because of this.
No I'm not having a PITY PARTY, it is just my life. Sometimes I have to say something, even if it is just on here, or I will go even MORE INSANE....If that is possible?
I count days by when my last headache was, not by good days.
I hate this, I know why animals will gnaw off a paw to get out of a trap, to get away.....
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THURSDAY, June 22 (HealthDay News) -- A magnetic device that seems to help depression and seizures may also short-circuit migraine headaches in their earliest stages, a new study finds.
The transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) device, about the size of a hair dryer, was able to interrupt the development of migraines, according to data to be presented Thursday at the American Headache Society's annual meeting, in Los Angeles.
The study was funded by the device's maker, NeuraLieve, of Sunnyvale, Calif.
About 28 million Americans suffer migraine headaches and about 20 percent experience migraine with aura, characterized by changes in vision before the actual pain begins.
Scientists now believe that migraine attacks start because of nerve cell hyper-excitability, which is followed by fatigue and malfunction of the nerve cells, or neurons. These phases seem to correlate with the aura.
'This process spreads throughout the brain and the end result is the throbbing headache,' said Dr. Yousef Mohammad, principal investigator of the study and an assistant professor of neurology at Ohio State University Medical Center.
'If we can interrupt this with two pulses of magnetic stimulation, we can abort the headache,' he added.
The TMS device used in this study is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as an investigational device. It sends an electric current through a metal coil, creating a magnetic field that activates nerve cells in the brain.
The study involved 43 people who had migraine with aura and were randomly picked to receive either TMS or treatment with a placebo device. Participants were instructed to give themselves two pulses to the back of the head at the first sign of an aura.
Seventy-four percent of people in the TMS group said they had no or only a mild headache two hours after using the device, compared with 45 percent in the control group. Participants also reported a reduction in noise and light sensitivity: 74 percent of people in the TMS group experienced a reduction in light sensitivity while 75 percent experienced less noise sensitivity. In the placebo group, only 20 percent or so experienced such reductions.
A larger study of TMS involving nine medical centers and 200 patients will begin next month, Mohammad said.
Another study presented at the meeting found that the anti-seizure medication Topamax (generic name topiramate) provided relief to people who have migraine headaches virtually every day.
The drug is approved by the FDA for prevention of migraine headaches, but had not been specifically studied in migraine sufferers who also experienced chronic daily headaches.
About 4 percent of U.S. adults, or nearly 9 million people, have headaches 15 or more days a month, known as chronic daily headache.
For this study, more than 300 patients were randomly chosen to receive Topamax or a placebo for 16 weeks. The study was funded by the drug's maker, Ortho McNeil Pharmaceutical.
At the end of the study period, 41.2 percent of people taking Topamax had fewer headaches or days with headaches, compared to 28.8 percent in the placebo group.
Half of the people in the Topamax group had a 40 percent or greater reduction in migraines or days with migraine. Headache severity was also reduced significantly in the Topamax group.
There were, however, side effects in the Topamax group: 29 percent of these patients experienced numbness or tingling in the hands or legs, compared to 7 percent of those in the placebo group.
"It's extraordinarily important that not only headache frequency decreased, but also severity," said Dr. Stephen Silberstein, study author and director of the Jefferson Headache Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, in Philadelphia. "It's important to have a medication that works for difficult-to-treat patients."
To learn more, visit the American Headache Society.
yippee!!! Maybe we can go? take the boys:)..?
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In June, the snows had long since melted, the ground had thawed, the first fruits were ripening on their vines, and Mother Nature had once again renewed herself. Though most of us have turned away from our agricultural heritage, the summer solstice remains a time of new beginnings and life-enriching endings. It is the day the sun reaches the peak of its power as well as the day that heralds the shorter days that eventually bring with them autumn's chills.
For ancient peoples of the Americas and Europe, the summer solstice was a particularly joyous day-and one auspicious for those seeking year-long luck, fertility, abundance, and prosperity. Men and women on two continents would gather to pay tribute to the sun's magnificence, to pray for a bountiful harvest, and to bolster the sun's energy with bonfires and fireworks. Today, the summer solstice represents an optimal time to reflect upon the blessings we have received in seasons past and visualize the new bounties we hope to receive in the season just beginning to flourish. At noon, when the sun is at its highest point, we can pay reverence to its incredible strength and its ability to create life while also musing on the impermanence of life as represented by the impermanence of the season. You can reestablish your innate connection to nature on the summer solstice by spending time outdoors; following the sun's procession as the day passes; burning sun oils such as orange,be! nzion, or juniper; or decorating an altar with solar images, summer greens, or colorful blossoms. Just as the summer solstice is symbolic of agricultural growth, so is it symbolic of personal growth. It is a wonderful time to nurture your potential as you would nurture a tiny seedling and let your creative energy express itself fully. On the summer solstice, you may feel compelled to emulate the noontime sun and be at one with the world around you or to let your inner brilliance shine forth at full strength, if only for a single day. Your life, like the seasons, follows a cycle of birth, death, and rebirth, and summers, whether literal or figurative, can always be celebrated
This is pretty gruesome, but I think you should
An Awesome Display of Cunning Pack Mentality...
At times nature can be cruel, but there is also
a raw beauty, and
even a certain justice manifested within that
The alligator, an ultimate predator and normally
considered the 'apex predator' in its ecosystem,
fall victim to team-work strategy. The
tight-knit social structure of
the dog pack
has been refined by thousands of years of
The following remarkable photograph is courtesy
of Nature Magazine.
Note that the alpha dog has a muzzle hold on the
breathing, while the remainder of the pack
prevents the beast from
A very sad morning, my thoughts and prayers for their families...poor guys... one was from our neck of the woods ,a Houston Boy...:(
I know there are many whom I do not know, die everyday. They are not forgotten either, their sacrifice is the ultimate one, but is so we here at home can be safe, and I thank them.
My Boys will be in the military when they are old enough (they are 5 and 2)and if that time comes I will be crushed and heartbroken , but I will be proud of them and what they were doing for this wonderful country. I won't be pulling a "Sheenan"!
"Matt" is still M.I.A.,hope he is ok...doesn't look good though:(
who was taken on April 9, 2004, after insurgents ambushed his fuel convoy
FATHERS' DAY HISTORY
Sonora Dodd, of Washington, first had the idea of a "father's day." She thought of the idea for Father's Day while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909.
Sonora wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart. Smart, who was a Civil War veteran, was widowed when his wife died while giving birth to their sixth child. Mr. Smart was left to raise the newborn and his other five children by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington state.
After Sonora became an adult she realized the selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent. It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man. Sonora's father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father's Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.
President Calvin Coolidge, in 1924, supported the idea of a national Father's Day. Then in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day. President Richard Nixon signed the law which finally made it permanent in 1972.
QUOTES ABOUT DAD
"A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again." -- Enid Bagnold
"It no longer bothers me that I may be constantly searching for father figures; by this time, I have found several and dearly enjoyed knowing them all." -- Alice Walker
"None of you can ever be proud enough of being the child of SUCH a Father who has not his equal in this world-so great, so good, so faultless. Try, all of you, to follow in his footsteps and don't be discouraged, for to be really in everything like him none of you, I am sure, will ever be. Try, therefore, to be like him in some points, and you will have acquired a great deal." -- Victoria, Queen of England
"That is the thankless position of the father in the family-the provider for all, and the enemy of all." -- J. August Strindberg
"It is a wise father that knows his own child." -- William Shakespeare
"It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was." -- Anne Sexton
"One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters." -- English Proverb
"To be a successful father . . . there's one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don't look at it for the first two years." -- Ernest Hemingway
"A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father." -- Gabriel García Márquez
"I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection." -- Sigmund Freud
"I watched a small man with thick calluses on both hands work fifteen and sixteen hours a day. I saw him once literally bleed from the bottoms of his feet, a man who came here uneducated, alone, unable to speak the language, who taught me all I needed to know about faith and hard work by the simple eloquence of his example." -- Mario Cuomo
"Be kind to thy father, for when thou wert young,
Who loved thee so fondly as he?
He caught the first accents that fell from thy tongue,
And joined in thy innocent glee."
-- Margaret Courtney
"If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right." -- Bill Cosby
"Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!" -- Lydia M. Child
Father's Day Traditions
Father's Day is an important day world wide. It is a fine opportunity to honor the Dad's or Father's of the world.
In Australia, Father's Day is celebrated on the First Sunday in September.
Father's Day in Canada, is celebrated on the third Sunday in June.
In the U.K. Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June.
In the United States it is celebrated on the third Sunday in June.
Many Catholics call St. Joseph's Day, on March 19th, Father's Day because Joseph was the father of Jesus.
Another tradition of Father's Day is that of the Flowers, Red roses are worn on Father's Day to signify that one's father is living. White roses mean one's father has died.
The Blind Horse
Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it. From a distance, each looks like every other horse. But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing. Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him. This alone is amazing.
If nearby and listening, you will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field. Attached to her halter is a small bell. It lets her blind friend know where she is, so he can follow her.
As you stand and watch these two friends, you'll see how she is always checking on him, and that he will listen for her bell and then slowly walk to where she is, trusting that she will not lead him astray. When she returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, she stops occasionally and looks back, making sure her friend isn't too far behind to hear the bell.
Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect or because we have problems or challenges. He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need. Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives. Other times we are the guide horse, helping others to see.
Good friends are like this ~ you don't always see them, but you know they are always there.
Please listen for my bell, and I'll listen for yours...
just to clarify:
Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full.
One for the master,
One for the dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.
Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full.
Written By: Jane TaylorMusic
By: UnknownAdapted By: Terry KluytmansAdaptation
Copyright © 1998
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Then the trav'ler in the dark
Thanks you for your tiny spark;
How could he see where to go,
If you did not twinkle so?
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
In the dark blue sky you keep,
andThrough my curtains often peep,
For you never shut your eyes,
Till the morning sun does rise.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
As your bright and tiny spark
Lights the trav'ler in the dark,
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle on, please, little star.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
I only learned the first verse of Twinkle,Twinkle, as a child .....nice to see the whole thing...
Hi, is me, Trixie Koontz, dog, aficionado of sausage, fearless stalker of plush-toy ducks, daughter of Dean Koontz. How are you today?
I hope cat didn't slash your nose. I hope you got massive amounts of kibble and cookies. Hope you found nice patch of grass to squat on when you really, really needed to. Hope no psychotic mutant escaped from genetic-engineering lab, wrecked your house, ate all your frankfurters. (I worry about that one a lot.)
I, Trixie(who is dog) won't take much of your time. I know you're busy. People are busier than dogs. Largely 'cause dogs are better than humans at time management and prioritizing tasks. No offense meant. Is just truth.
Being loyal dog, I must tell you Dad's new novel, THE HUSBAND, arrives stores now, May 30. Is rocket-fast thriller with love story, too. You will like. Has sold for big movie. If you don't like book, I will send you peanut butter, but you will like.
Is perfect Father's Day gift. Really good child would give father five copies. Think about it. You have sibling? Don't let him or her be favorite child. Better give six copies. Search through my Dad's official web site to read about THE HUSBAND, which is almost better than peanut butter.
Have a nice day. No fleas, no ticks, no psychotic mutants.
Love, Trixie (dog). "
Enlarge photoScientists avoid the subject because part of what sets humans apart from the animals is our ability to experience feelings. To say that animals actually have feelings, in the same way we do, would change everything , perhaps disrupt our entire position and standing in the animal kingdom.
However, any dog owner knows that dogs love completely and have a greater capacity for love than most people. If one were to describe the main characteristics of a dog, they would have to be:
1. strong affection
2. warm attachment
3. unselfish loyalty and benevolent concern for others
Wait a minute ! those are the Merriam-Webster Dictionary definitions of love. Probably why the author of Dogs Never Lie About Love, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson writes, "dogs are love." So there isn't a question of whether dogs love, the mystery is how they have such an enormous capacity for it. Dogs who are neglected or abused still show love for their human and wag their tails in hope of a little affection.
Dogs taken from abusive situations hold no grudges toward the human race. A half an ounce of kindness from a new person results in an abundance of affection from the formerly mistreated dog. Humans rarely have the capacity to so completely forgive and love under those circumstances.
Probably the biggest reason the dog has become man's best friend is because we know that when it comes to love, a dog can always outdo us. The highest form of love, agape love, which is completely unconditional, is something that people often have to work at or grow into. Agape love seems to come naturally between parent and child, but it’s more difficult between husband and wife, and harder still between friends. To love someone regardless of what wrongs they have done you is very difficult for humans. A dog, however, is born with an endless capacity for agape love, and doesn’t even have to work at it. You can be a complete grouch, ignore your dog, and refuse him your love. When you decide you’re ready to be sociable again, your dog doesn’t pay you back by ignoring you too. He’s just happy you’re there. More amazing still, is that the love that dogs and owners feel for each other lasts a lifetime. This is the ideal love humans strive for, but often fail at. As Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson so beautifully writes in Dogs Never Lie About Love, “Learning to know somebody intimately is often the beginnings of dislike, sometimes even of contempt. Among humans, love often does not survive a growing acquaintance, but in a dog, love seems to grow with acquaintance, to get stronger, deeper. Even when fully acquainted with all our weaknesses, our treachery, our unkindness, the dog seems to love strongly – and this love is returned by most dog-loving humans. We, too, seem to love our dogs the more we get to know them. The bond grows between us and our dogs.” This is why we need dogs. They do something for us that rarely a human companion can do. No matter how much you mess up your life, or how much wrong you do, no matter how many mistakes you make or how often you make them, regardless of your looks, income or social standing, your dog never judges you. He always thinks you are wonderful and loves you with all his heart. Want to know more about dogs & love?Here are some online articles on pet emotions:
Puppy Love - When Pets Fall for Each Other
Animal Emotions "
thinking of a song here: Celebrate: Good Times Come on!>Cool and the Gang...
This is seriously good news, I'm GLAD he is DEAD!!!!
Zarqawi was a monster for real,
and I hope it Hurt you Fracker!!!!
I hope it Hurt, Alot!!!!
"Delivered Justice" , "Amen" ,President Bush, You go George!!!
A Giant Thank You to our ARMED FORCES,
Boys and Girls- Nice Job, wicked Cool, It's a good thing:)
(CNN) -- Two 500-pound bombs ended the hunt for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most wanted insurgent in Iraq, and the man behind some of the grisliest terrorist attacks of the war.
U.S. Air Force F-16s launched an airstrike Wednesday on an isolated safe house north of Baquba, after coalition forces determined that he was inside, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Bill Caldwell told reporters on Thursday.
"We had absolutely no doubt whatsoever that Zarqawi was in the house. It was 100 percent confirmation," he said. (Watch the blasts that killed al-Zarqawi -- 2:00)
Iraqi police were the first forces on the scene, followed by troops from the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division, he said. Al-Zarqawi was dead when they arrived.
Caldwell said that five other people were killed in the strike, including al-Zarqawi's key lieutenant and spiritual adviser Sheik Abd-al-Rahman.
Baquba is a volatile area northeast of Baghdad in Diyala province, a mixed Shiite-Sunni jurisdiction
Pentagon sources told CNN that U.S. Special Forces had tracked al-Zarqawi by following al-Rahman. President Bush also praised the Special Operations forces for their role in the mission.
Gen. William Casey, the top U.S. military leader in Iraq, said that "tips and intelligence from Iraqi senior leaders from his network," led coalition forces to al-Zarqawi.
Some information may have come from a senior al Qaeda in Iraq figure who was rested in Jordan on May 22. Iraqi civilians in and around Baquba also provided tips, authorities said.
Caldwell said the operation had been going on for weeks.
"It truly was a very long, painstaking, deliberate exploitation of intelligence, information-gathering, human sources, electronic, signal intelligence that was done over a period of time -- many, many weeks -- that led us last night to that target," he said.
Caldwell said they had been focusing on al-Rahman for about a month-and-a-half.
Once they confirmed al-Zarqawi's death, coalition forces launched 17 simultaneous raids in and around Baghdad.
Caldwell said the coalition identified the targets during the search, but did not raid them sooner because they were focused on al-Zarqawi.
"In those 17 raids last night, a tremendous amount of information and intelligence was collected and is presently being exploited and utilized for further use," he said. "I mean, it was a treasure trove; no question."
Al-Zarqawi's network was blamed for beheadings and attacks, including the 2003 suicide bombing of U.N. headquarters in Baghdad that killed Sergio Vieira de Mello, the U.N. envoy to Iraq, and 21 other people.
Another dramatic attack occurred in November, when a triple suicide bombing against hotels in Amman, Jordan, killed 60 people.
|Your Emoticon is Grumpy|
Maybe you're having a bad day... or maybe something just upset you. Either way, you're definitely seeing red!
G-man woke me up to see this ( the Tonight show with Jay Leno, I had gone to sleep early), it was SOO FREAKING HORRIBLE, you know like a really gruesome car wreck, didn't want to look , but couldn't look away...OMG....The blue grass band was sorta cool, then DLR **( whom I saw drunk off his ass in a strip club in Vancouver years ago, just as he was starting to lose his hair)started to "SING"..he attempted "JUMP"..OMG...Sorry people it was so bad, NOT IN THE GOOD WAY, JUST HORRIBLE...It was like some creepy state fair , local band ,bluegrass country amateur version of Van Halen sung by the Villiage drunk who lives beside the gas station in a shack...Who thought he was doing great, everybody having a good time, it was truly surreal...Scarred me for life. okay for all you out there who just have to hear this,,
Go here and be prepared to cry:grimacing truly bizarrely surreal...
1. JUMP - David Lee Roth with the John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band
2. JAMIERYINDavid Lee Roth with the John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band
3. IWAIT - Blue Highway
4. RUNNINTH THE DEVIL - The John Cowan Band (courtesy of Pinecastle Records)
5. DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY - Mountain Heart
6. AINALKINOUT LOVE - Iron Horse
7. HOT FOR TEACHER - David Grisman
8. FEEL YOUR LOVE TONIGHT - Tony Trischka, Dudley Connell, Marshall Wilborn, Dave McLaughlin
9. PANAMA - Cornbread Red
10. UNCHAINED - Iron Horse
11. ICE CREAM MAN - Larry Cordle
12. AND THE CRADLE WILL ROCK... - The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band
13. COULD THIS BE MAGIC? - The Nashville Bluegrass Band (courtesy of Sugar Hill Records)
14. ERUPTION - Dennis Caplinger
15. JAMIERYINDIO EDIT] - David Lee Roth with the John Jorgenson Bluegrass
:shaking head...omg, I'm so old...
** David Lee Roth, former lead singer of Van Halen, a few dozen eons ago, when I was young
'Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred three score and six.' No-one has been able to give a straight answer about the precise meaning of these words since they were first transcribed in the fourth century AD."
Teacup Poodles Puppy for Sale, Toy and Tiny Toy Poodle Puppy for Sale by Your Poodle Breeder in Illinois : Lil Poodles
even creepier Kid!....
Looks sorta familiar....Shout out to B-man, member of the "l'homme de quatre chevaux du club d'apocolypse"....just kidding Gina...it is funny you must admit that...lol...slap a dark wig on Bup and he looks like the kid from the first one...so there you go....Fa Fa fa...lol...
His Day Will Come
From the eternal sea he rises. Creating armies on either shore. Turning man against his brother. Until man exists no more.
The prophecy is clear. The signs are unmistakable. On the 6th day of the 6th month in the year 2006 his day will come
..A Good review....
Six Sense: Evil Rears Its Pretty Little Head, Again, in a Slick Remake of 'The Omen'
By Stephen Hunter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, June 6, 2006; Page C01
Hell'z still a-poppin' in the remake -- well, it's more a tracing -- of the surprise hit of the 1976 movie season, "The Omen," which gets a rare Tuesday opening in salute to an even rarer day of three sixes.
The original was the first to put high-end stars (Gregory Peck, Lee Remick) in a blood-soaked, Devil-worshiping, supernatural, slick and -- did I say blood-soaked? -- horror movie, which had been theretofore the province of second- and third-tier faces (such as the one belonging to Vincent Price). It was such a hit, it got its director, Richard Donner, in line for a mainstream career (his next film was "Superman," and he later was founder and franchise owner of the "Lethal Weapon" series). One hopes it nicely feathered the nest of those sturdy yeomen of the American industry, Peck and Remick.
The remake is directed by another slickster, the Irishman John Moore, who is no deep thinker (as his "Behind Enemy Lines" confirmed) but, like Donner, he's an able hack -- smooth, stylish, clever, soulless and a hoot. And so's his damned movie. And it is damned.
It's still the same old story, hardly updated, possibly because the same typist is behind the same keyboard, hitting the same keys. That writer would be David Seltzer, here as before earning a solo writing credit. He hits the same high notes as before: a horrifying moral paradox driving a taut, detective-like story ahead, well-lubricated by highly choreographed murders engineered from down under by His Satanic Majesty. Impalements, burnings, beheadings, hangings, all those nasty things done to witches in days of yore. Here they're done again, to the tune of malodorous choral music, only the victims are the chaste, the good and the pure. And on top of that: You get to see Mia Farrow get creamed.
Seltzer's plot is simple and serviceable. When the just-born son of an American diplomat dies in the postnatal care theater, the father (Liev Schreiber) knows it will break his fragile wife's heart, if not her brain. A priest points out that an unwed mother has just perished in giving birth; could we not switch the now parentless newborn for the now-dead newborn?
He doesn't bother to tell the young man that the baby's mommy was a hyena or maybe a jackal or some other slavering canine from beyond the Styx. That deed done, the son Damien grows into a beautiful boy but one with an odd sense of aloofness. He never speaks but projects a spooky sense of implacable serenity. At the same time, he can issue a laser-shot of contempt through his beady little eyes (the production must have looked for months before it came up with a tot with just such a willed coldness to his presence in newcomer Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick) that would give a black cat a myocardial infarction.
When he's about 4, deaths begin happening around him, each calculated to advance his position; a nanny spectacularly hangs herself (shocking in 1976, still shocking 30 years later). Soon, lovable old Mrs. Baylock (Farrow) has shown up to take over as nanny, and she bonds with Damien and begins radiating nutcase heat waves. A priest (Pete Postlethwaite) who comes to warn the couple (Schreiber's Robert Thorn is, by dint of another weird accident, now full ambassador) seems nuts, but ends up skewered like a Vienna cocktail wienie on a really big toothpick for his trouble. A photographer (David Thewlis) notes suggestive light streaks in the photos he's taken of two early victims, implying their spectacular ends, and so he begins to investigate, first on his own, then with Thorn. Cue the beheading machine.
Anyway, soon enough Daddy begins to wonder if the boy is actually He Whom the Liturgical Chants on the Soundtrack Heavily Suggest to Be Old Scratch in Diapers; that is, the Devil himself, the Antichrist. What's a father to do?
A lot of things stay the same. The movie still has the gloss of a Lincoln Continental commercial as it prowls through swanky European backdrops (Italy, then England; it was filmed mostly in Prague). It's handsome in the way it's fast-moving: sleek, well-engineered, full of gooses and honks.
Some of the casting seems a little off. For example, the heroic parents, David and Katherine Thorn, played in the original by the patrician Peck and Remick, are played by Schreiber and Julia Stiles. Whatever you think of their talent (Schreiber has lots, Stiles less), the truth is they are too young for their roles, which insist that he ends up the ambassador to the Court of St. James's. Schreiber, hardly a patrician, looks more like the ambassador to the Kensington Gardens Courtyard by Marriott. Stiles looks like a hatcheck girl in a '40s melodrama. You keep thinking: Where are the Pecks of yesteryear? What are these kids doing in grown-up clothes?
Still, it works. Moore keeps the thing humming, leaping from atrocity to atrocity. And he gets something weird: that is, the deep and abiding pleasure certain people feel in watching the elaborate extermination tricks assembled diabolically. For Moore, anything can be a killing machine. To cite one example, when a certain character gets that extremely deep crew cut (note to cultural scorekeepers: The ever-progressive American film industry has finally surpassed the Japanese film industry in depicting that magic moment when Mr. Head goes over here and Mr. Body goes over there) he has a laff riot of a time tracking the implausibilities that lead up to it. A roofer ticks a hammer with his foot, it lands squarely on a rusty bolt, shearing it, and thus a heavy steel sign is freed to rotate on a rusty rod, its lower edge picking up the speed and fury of Mme. Guillotine, and it loops down just as today's victim is standing in the arc of its rotation and --
And Moore reiterates the other unsettling, disturbing aspect of "The Omen," which is in itself a cautionary warning of the power of film to manipulate. That is, as the movie rushes toward its finish it subverts the audience into mobhood; it makes us no longer human. It makes us yearn to break our deepest moral code, and harm a child. The guy behind me summed it up: "Kill that little freak!" he implored. Now that's scary.
The Omen (110 minutes, at area theaters) is rated R for disturbing, extreme and graphic violence and some profanity.
|Your Bumper Sticker Should Be|
Come to the darkside, we have cookies
animals. A llama
greeting is marked by softly blowing on each
other. According to
animal experts, a soft blow to a person is the
llama's way of
But how do the experts really know?
The Llamas could be making fun of us."
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