Much has been written about the origins of punk rock music in Los Angeles, but perhaps lost in the footnote of history is a place called Oki Dog, a fast-food restaurant that was located on Santa Monica Boulevard in the heart of what was hardcore Hollywood.
In the late 70s, early 80s, it was the place to be and be seen in Los Angeles, especially if you were into the punk rock movement. Seminal SoCal punk bands hung out there regularly, including members of The Germs, The Circle Jerks, Suicidal Tendancies, Bad Religion and others.
Greg Graffin, lead singer Bad Religion, wrote about Oki Dog in his 2010 Book, “Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science and Bad Religion in a World Without God”:
“Oki Dog was the center of our misfit universe, said Pete Finestone, former drummer of Bad Religion (who also happens to be my husband). “It was a place where you could meet and talk to other people and find out you weren’t alone in your feelings of being the outsider… the freak.”
"Let’s Get Ready to ……. ". Yes, I was completely distracted by the dude behind Michael Buffer in the ring tonight before the Marquez- Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas. And yes, he deserves his own GIF. Enjoy.
Creativity fuels the soul. When we’re creative, time stands still, the mind explodes with wonder and ideas, and passion exudes from every pore. Bottom line, the world is a mad, mad, place.
Very few creative types are truly originals, even fewer are perhaps what you would consider successful, but one thing all creative people share is passion for their art.
And this brings me to rock icon, Courtney Love, who recently debuted a new fashion line she calls, "Never the Bride". Love first tweeted photos of her clothes back in October. Since then, it’s made headlines in various online publications like Huffington Post, The Hollywood Reporter, and the Daily Mail.
But one thing that hasn’t been discussed in these articles is the back story to the story. And it involves an award winning Austin, Texas based fashion designer, named Dawn Younger-Smith, aka "Boudoir Queen". For a short time, Dawn designed and sold clothes to Courtney Love. They were also involved in a very public defamation lawsuit- one that Love lost.
Dawn is an old friend of my husband’s….
Are you confused about the Petraeus Scandal? If so, you are not alone. But finally, someone made sense of the real life telenovela, also known as the “Love Pentagon Scandal”. My favorite part: the shirtless FBI agent who interjected himself in this mess.
Thanks to GAWKER for the flow chart. I keep thinking at some point Kevin Bacon is gonna pop up in the scandal….
About four years ago I stumbled upon an incredible story involving a group of Veterans from Minnesota. These men played a significant, yet dangerous role in the development of America’s nuclear weapon’s program. They served in the Army’s 216th Chemical services company and for very good reason, they call themselves “The Forgotten 216th”.
It was their job to measure radiation during the military’s nuclear bomb tests during the 50’s in Nevada. Atomic veterans were sent to ground zero with little or no protection. They were not given any warning about the dangers of exposure to radiation.
Almost all of them were made to sign a document swearing they would never discuss the nuclear projects. Almost all of them took this oath seriously, feeling a discussion of all this, even after half-a-century, still posed a national security threat.
Most members of the Forgotten 216th have already died, often of cancer. Some of the men became sterile. The wives of others experienced multiple stillbirths and miscarriages. In some cases, after normal deliveries had occurred, prior to their spouse’s exposure to radiation. Many of their children and even grandchildren are suffering from serious illnesses and birth defects, conditions that had never occurred previously in the family of either parent. All of the Veterans I interviewed believed the conditions are directly related to their service during the atomic tests.
In the mid 1990s Senator Paul Wellstone (D-Minnesota) championed their cause and fought to give them recognition and compensation for their service related illnesses. Wellstone even testified before Congress and called the 216th Veterans the most neglected in the history of the United States.
Wellstone died in a plane crash in 2002- and with him, so did the Veteran’s hope for full compensation and recognition.
Now, the very few Veterans who are still alive, the widows of those who have died, and their children are asking the government, not for any money, not for any compensation of any kind, but something they hold far more valuable: recognition of their service and their sacrifice.
And many feel because of their age and their declining health, their last hope lies with the Obama Administration.
Over the past several years, my husband and I have researched and conducted dozens of interviews with the surviving Veterans and their families.
We’ve also created a trailer in hopes of finding funding to complete the film and share their incredible story with the world.
So my 4 1/2 year old’s current obsession is “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. We spend quite a bit of time looking at photos of TMNT ninja online. I pull the ninjas up on the iPad, and he flips through photos like these:
Since it’s Halloween time, we’ve been cruising websites to find Ninja Turtle costumes. He wants to be Leonardo this year. This is Leonardo:
This morning, he came to me with the iPad after stumbling across a couple of costumes that he said, ”would look great on you Mommy”.
I didn’t have the heart to tell him that only whores would be “Sexy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” on Halloween. Yes, young, stunning, smoking hot whores. I also didn’t tell him that I’d sell my soul to have their body just for one night.
If you are a working parent, plan on taking at least 10 days off to help your child recover. Fortunately, I was between jobs and was able to stay home the entire time.
Lastly and most importantly, the surgery was a smashing success. He’s sleeping through the night and has never felt or looked better. So in the end, all the pain, the suffering, and the unknown was completely worth it.