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The second piece of this week’s Rock Band related news is arguably the most awesome (and most bizarre) of them all. Brace yourself, kids. It’s going to get messy in here.
Not only is next week’s Rock Band DLC bundle a 4-pack of tracks from the iconoclastic electro-pop diva, Lady GaGa, but there will also be a extra single release of one of her biggest hits, as covered by South Park, Colorado’s own Eric Cartman.
Hit the jump for details while you let that all sink in.
http://www.crushfragdestroy.com/2010/03/11/lady-gaga-eric-cartman-form-unholy-rock-band-dlc-alliance/The second piece of this week’s Rock Band related news is arguably the most... more
The US Army's lax supervision was cited in a Senate investigation of controversial private security firm Blackwater, which allowed employees to use weapons without authorization in Afghanistan.
At the outset of a months-long probe, the Senate Armed Service Committee found several cases of "reckless" use of weapons by personnel from Paravant, a subsidiary of Blackwater, itself now renamed Xe Services. What's more, it documents that the firm was so desperate to procure weapons that it even used a South Park character as an alias. Notes the Washington Independent's Spencer Ackerman:
Blackwater personnel appear to have gone to exceptional lengths to obtain weapons from U.S. military weapons storehouses intended for use by the Afghan police. According to the committee, at the behest of the company's Afghanistan country manager, Ricky Chambers, Blackwater on at least two occasions acquired hundreds of rifles and pistols from a U.S. military facility near Kabul called 22 Bunkers by the military and Pol-e Charki by the Afghans. Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of all U.S. military forces in the Middle East and South Asia, wrote to the committee to explain that "there is no current or past written policy, order, directive, or instruction that allows U.S. Military contractors or subcontractors in Afghanistan to use weapons stored at 22 Bunkers."
On one of those occasions, in September 2008, Chief Warrant Officer Greg Sailer, who worked at 22 Bunkers and is a friend of a Blackwater officer working in Afghanistan, signed over more than 200 AK-47s to an individual identified as "Eric Cartman" or possibly "Carjman" from Blackwater's Counter Narcotics Training Unit. A Blackwater lawyer told committee staff that no one by those names has ever been employed by the company. Eric Cartman is the name of a character from Comedy Central's popular "South Park" cartoon.
The panel pointed to a hiring process lacking rigor, with some employees having criminal records.
It also found that several rules on the acquisition and use of arms in Afghanistan were violated, while US military officials turned a blind eye.
"Why is the issue of armed contractors in Afghanistan so important?" asked Democratic Senator Carl Levin, who chairs the committee.
"I guess the bottom line is that in the fight against the Taliban, the perception that the Afghans have of us is critical."
He was speaking on the eve of a hearing before the panel on the case about the military contractor. US Army contracting officials and representatives of the company are expected to testify.
In fall 2008, Paravant became a subcontractor of defense contractor Raytheon to fulfill a mission to train Afghan security forces.
On May 5, 2009, two Paravant employees in Afghanistan -- Justin Cannon and Christopher Drotleff -- opened fire during a traffic incident in Kabul, killing two unarmed Afghan civilians and wounding three others. The pair have since been arraigned on murder and weapons violations charges.
The Justice Department said the incident created diplomatic problems for the United States in Afghanistan, with consequences for US security interests, according to the panel.
In December 2008, Paravant employees were seen perusing a street sitting atop a rolling vehicle, with AK-47 assault rifles in hand. A bump in the road made one of the arms unload a volley of bullets, seriously wounding one employee in the head.
According to the committee, it was not until the May 2009 incident that military officials began looking into Paravant.
"Hopefully, the army is going to be much more... careful (about) who we contract with," Levin told reporters.
The panel noted that Paravant instructors were not authorized to bear arms. Investigators found that Blackwater-Paravant obtained weapons from a warehouse reserved for Afghan security forces.
The facility, known as Bunker 22, was under US military control.
According to Levin, only several of the "hundreds" of weapons unlawfully held by the subsidiary have been returned so far.
Meanwhile, two Democratic lawmakers proposed a bill to ban the federal government and the US military from using subcontractors in combat zones, namely in Iraq and Afghanistan, where tens of thousands of troops are deployed.
The secretive Blackwater was thrown into the spotlight after five of its guards were accused of killing 14 unarmed Iraqis in a gun and grenade attack, and wounding 18 others during a September 2007 incident at the busy Nisur Square in Baghdad.
Earlier this month, Iraq expelled 250 former employees of the security firm. The North Carolina-based firm lost its contract to provide security for US embassy diplomats in Baghdad in May 2009 after Iraqis and critics repeatedly accused it of adopting a cowboy mentality to duties in the country.The US Army's lax supervision was cited in a Senate investigation of... more
A Senate investigation accuses the Army of turning a blind eye when a Blackwater subsidiary hired violent drug users to help train the Afghan army and declared "sidearms for everyone" even though employees weren't authorized to carry weapons.
The inquiry by the Senate Armed Services Committee found that contractors for Paravant, the Blackwater subsidiary under investigation, also took hundreds of weapons intended for the Afghan National Police. On at least one occasion, someone signing for a weapons shipment used the name "Eric Cartman." The Washington Independent
http://washingtonindependent.com/77476/blackwater-the-senate-and-south-parkA Senate investigation accuses the Army of turning a blind eye when a Blackwater... more
Ollie North On What Happens If Gays Are Allowed To Serve Openly In Military: 'NAMBLA Members' Are NextLast night, Oliver North, the retired U.S. Marine Corps officer-turned-Fox News contributor, appeared on Hannity's America to condemn the administration's decision to overturn "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." North characterized Obama's support for the repeal as a "stunning assault on the all-volunteer military, the very best in the world" and suggested that allowing gay and lesbian soldiers to serve openly was the tantamount to letting pedophiles into the military:
http://thinkprogress.org/2010/02/05/ollie-north-dadt/Last night, Oliver North, the retired U.S. Marine Corps officer-turned-Fox News... more
LOS ANGELES — Three boys were booked on suspicion of bullying or kicking red-haired students at a middle school when a "Kick a Ginger Day" prank inspired by a "South Park" episode got out of hand, authorities said Monday.
A 13-year-old boy was detained last week for investigation of threatening to inflict injury by means of electronic communication — essentially, cyberbullying. Two 12-year-olds were booked for battery on school property, Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said.
The three suspects, whose identities were not released because of their ages, were booked Wednesday and released to their parents. They could face misdemeanor charges, but it was unclear when the case might be submitted for possible prosecution, Whitmore said.
Four girls and three boys reported that schoolmates shoved or kicked them on Nov. 20 at A.E. Wright Middle School in Calabasas, an affluent suburb of Los Angeles.
No serious injuries were reported. Most incidents involved a single person kicking a student's shoe or leg, but one youngster was bruised when three or four boys confronted him at once, said Donald Zimring, superintendent of the Las Virgenes Unified School District.
He may have been kicked in the groin or head while on the ground, although accounts differ, Zimring said.
"Any time a youngster gets hurt because of a thoughtless act ... there ought to be consequences," Zimring said.
Assemblies were held Monday at the school to discuss the incident.
Investigators said the attacks apparently were inspired by a 2005 episode of "South Park" that parodied racial prejudice by having the character Cartman incite a hate campaign against freckled, red-haired "ginger kids."
The episode apparently inspired the 13-year-old to send his friends a Facebook message declaring "Kick a Ginger Day," Zimring said.
Most students ignored or deplored the message and some sent "Protect a Ginger Day" counter-messages, but a dozen or so students apparently acted on the joke, Zimring said.
The students involved were facing discipline ranging from picking up school trash to five-day suspensions. None will be expelled, Zimring said.
"The youngsters involved understand that this was not acceptable, and they have made various forms of apology and contrition," Zimring said.
http://gallery.photo.net/photo/6694211-lg.jpgLOS ANGELES — Three boys were booked on suspicion of bullying or kicking... more
From Seinfeld's parade sabotage to the Peanuts football fakeout to Adam Sandler's Thanksgiving Song, The Daily Beast serves up some favorite Turkey Day TV moments.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-11-25/15-classic-thanksgiving-episodes/?cid=sexybeast:mainpromo1From Seinfeld's parade sabotage to the Peanuts football fakeout to Adam... more
By now you may have seen Jude Law, Christopher Walken and Eric Cartman do their renditions of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" but you haven't seen the titans go head to head, battling in the ultimate Poker Face-Off. YouTubers Mastgrr and HatPerson combined forces to bring you an epic showdown. So who won? Tell us in the comments section.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/18/lady-gaga-christopher-wal_n_362620.htmlBy now you may have seen Jude Law, Christopher Walken and Eric Cartman do their... more
It's hard to mock Glenn Beck. He's sort of become a caricature of himself, leaving little room for others to inject more humor into the situation. But brave men have tried and these five succeeded.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/13/glenn-beck-parodies-of-al_n_355872.htmlIt's hard to mock Glenn Beck. He's sort of become a caricature of himself,... more
South Park makes a long delayed return to the home video game stage in the form of... a tower defense game? Is this just another failed attempt at a cash-in, like previous South Park games? Or is it actually worth your time.
You might be surprised. Hit the jump for the full review.
http://www.crushfragdestroy.com/2009/11/10/south-park-lets-go-tower-defense-play-crush-frag-review/South Park makes a long delayed return to the home video game stage in the form of...... more
If you watched last Wednesday's South Park you probably noticed Cartman's amazing performance of "Poker Face" in between all the dolphin and whale slaughtering. Here's a clip of his "Rock Band" rendition for those who missed it.
Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/30/cartman-sings-poker-face_n_339909.htmlIf you watched last Wednesday's South Park you probably noticed Cartman's... more
Horror isn't always slimy and grotesque; some of the most frightening monsters come in the cutest packages. We list the fluffy, wide-eyed, and downright adorable critters that want to scare you, eat you, or enslave you for all time.
http://io9.com/5393059/adorable-but-horrible-26-cute-critters-youll-want-to-avoid/gallery/Horror isn't always slimy and grotesque; some of the most frightening monsters... more
Capt. Paul Watson, will use the new vessel, which can reach speeds of up to 50 knots, to physically block harpoon ships from illegally slaughtering whales.
http://renovomedia.com/world-news/whale-wars-whale-whores/Capt. Paul Watson, will use the new vessel, which can reach speeds of up to 50 knots,... more
If there is one social issue that South Park has been so successful at mocking is the expectations and cultural standards of masculinity. The episode "W.T.F." (Ep. 10 of Season 13) is no exception as it satirizes the male culture of professional resulting.If there is one social issue that South Park has been so successful at mocking is the... more
The ceaseless flow of bad taste that South Park emits like lava from a volcano erupted again on Wednesday night. And what I mean by that is, I laughed until I choked at the season premiere’s highly irreverent salute to “celebrities that died over the summer.”
Poor little Ike whimpered, “I see dead celebrities,” and so did we: South Park-ed versions of Billy Mays, David Carradine, Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon, Walter Cronkite, DJ AM, and Michael Jackson, among others, were said to be trapped in purgatory, waiting impatiently to enter heaven.
It was Mays and Jackson who obsessed Trey Parker and Matt Stone the most. Billy Mays’ spirit was intent on pitching a new product, “Chipoltaway,” which helped folks who’d eaten too much spicy fast-food remove stains from a certain item of clothing. (That’s a combination of not wanting to be a spoiler and not being able to bring myself to type out the excellent gross joke.) “Make Billy Mays go away!” yelped Ike, over and over. (Warning: language.)
As for Jackson, well, his spirit took possession of a comatose Ike. The Jackson impersonation was first-rate (”Let’s climb a tree, hee-hee!”), and the solution to freeing Ike’s body from Jackson’s spirit resulted in a ruthless parody of child beauty pageants. Once again, South Park managed to hit a shotgun-spray of pop-culture targets with deadly, devilish accuracy: not the deaths of these people, but rather the endlessly-haunting media coverage of them; excessive piety; and crass exploitation.
Did you watch South Park? Am I a bad person for finding it so funny? Comments?The ceaseless flow of bad taste that South Park emits like lava from a volcano erupted... more
Yes, the Xbox Live Arcade South Park game, first announced a year ago, has been uncovered… and it’s a tower defense game. While the rest of you are letting that all sink in, we would like to make a desperate plea to all the game developers out there.
Guys – unless you have serious presence in front of the camera or good comedic timing, do us, the gamers of the world, a favor and stop trying to be funny. Please? The first snippet of the video above where lead designer John Scott Tynes’ attempts to describe the genre of South Park Let’s Go Tower Defense Play! is just… well, we’ll just say awkwardly painful at best and leave it at that. We won’t even touch on the joke he makes near the end. You don’t all have to try and be Tim Schafer, really. Just make a fun game. We promise we won’t love you any less.
That being said, despite the borderline oversaturation of the tower defense genre at the moment (as a glance at my iPod touch will confirm), I’ll at least be checking out the demo when it comes out on October 7th. The co-op play combined with the more active action elements have me wondering if something like this is just what the genre needs to move forward.Yes, the Xbox Live Arcade South Park game, first announced a year ago, has been... more
Do you remember when Microsoft revealed a South Park XBLA game? Cast your mind back to E3 2008. Yep, well over a year ago, Eric Cartman was screaming something during the Microsoft press conference and then ... nothing. Nobody said anything, everybody forgot about it. Despite this, it's still coming, and it'll be shown at Comic Con.
Halo 3: ODST, Alan Wake, The Beatles: Rock Band, Left 4 Dead 2, Shadow Complex and Gears of War 2: Dark Corners are also expected to be in attendance, along with a brand new trailer for Splinter Cell: Conviction. Should be quite a hot little lineup.
It'll be interesting to see what form this South Park game will take. The long period spent underground hints that the title will be more than a simple update to the old N64 shooter. Mind you, does anyone still care about it?
I'm also very interested in what this game could be like. And if I don't get to brutally murder Kenny it's fucked.Do you remember when Microsoft revealed a South Park XBLA game? Cast your mind back to... more
A Russian TV channel has cut a segment of the ribald US cartoon comedy, South Park, that appeared to mock Vladimir Putin, a spokesman says.
Channel 2X2 cut material from the show portraying Putin as a greedy and desperate leader, the network's spokesman said. The decision prompted criticism and furious discussion on Russia blogs.
The Soviet collapse loosened the reins on news and information, and open mocking of government officials was popular in the 1990s.
Under Putin's presidency, however, there's been a noticeable shift away from biting satire.
Channel NTV was forced to pull its satirical puppet show, Kukly, in 2002 after the Kremlin objected to the excessive lampooning of Putin.A Russian TV channel has cut a segment of the ribald US cartoon comedy, South Park,... more