Saturday, May 22, 2010


Here's the missing scene from the season finale of 'Fringe', which was promised in the Ford commercial for Taurus. (As if you couldn't guess why they cared - it's one big promo for the car.)



In concluding his review of the 'Community' season finale, Alan Sepinwall pointed out something about next year's fall line-up that eluded me:

I'm bummed that Abed will have to compete with Sheldon from "Big Bang Theory" and Brennan from "Bones" in this weird Undiagnosed Asperger's Hour.
I wonder if the CBS suits thought of that when they made their bold move on that hour with the rescheduling of 'Big Bang Theory'? For me, personally, it'll be 'Bones' that will lose as my DVR will be set for the two comedies.



May 18th marked the fifteenth anniversary of the death of Elizabeth Montgomery.....


"The Black Widow Murders: The Blanche Taylor Moore Story"

Elizabeth Montgomery

From Wikipedia:
Blanche Kiser Taylor Moore (born 1933) is a convicted murderer and probable serial killer from Alamance County, North Carolina. She was convicted of killing her boyfriend by slipping arsenic into his food, and is suspected of killing three other people and nearly killing another in the same manner.

Her victims:
P. D. Kiser - (1968), exhumations showed arsenic poisoning [her father]

Isla Taylor - (1970), exhumations showed arsenic poisoning [her mother-in-law]

James N. Taylor (1971), exhumations showed arsenic poisoning [her first husband]

Raymond Reid - (1986), death by arsenic poisoning [her boyfriend]

Dwight Moore - (1989), poisoned by arsenic, recovered [her second husband]


Friday, May 21, 2010


Somebody's put together a dream cast video for a movie adaptation of 'The Persuaders', a TV series which originally starred Tony Curtis and Roger Moore.

Here's how they imagine the movie trailer should look like:

Here's the original version with the opening scene to the pilot episode. In this we meet Lawrence Naismith as Judge Fulton, the role envisioned for Michael Caine in the preceding video:

Normally I'm not a fan of movie remakes of old TV shows. But if done right, I'd go see this one....



Yesterday would have been Jimmy Stewart's 102nd birthday.....


'Saturday Night Live'

Dana Carvey

Here's the transcript from one of those sketches, broadcast in 1989 with Bruce Willis as the host:

Sprockets Announcer.....Phil Hartman

Dieter.....Mike Myers
Jimmy Stewart.....Dana Carvey

[FADE IN on the "Sprockets" opening, with the nuclear bomb and city scenes.]

Announcer: Shprockets. Shprockets. Vest German television presents, "Shprockets." Vith your host: Dieter.

[SUPERIMPOSE "LIVE SHOW" and then FADE to Dieter.]

Dieter: Velcome to "Shprockets," I am your host, Dieter. Tonight our guest is vone of America's foremost poets of anarchy and rebellion. An obsessed outcast, whose dark visions drag us to the edge. His book, "Jimmy Shtewart and His Poems"... [holds up book] filled with biting images that assault the senses, unmasking both reader and poet alike in a macabre dance of despair. He has also appeared in films. Please velcome Jimmy Shtewart!

[Audience cheers as Dieter stands up, claps stiffly, and then sits again. Jimmy Stewart finally dodders onstage in a dark gray suit and dark-rimmed glasses. He takes a seat next to Dieter.]

Dieter: Mr. Shtewart. Critic Graus Greck, in the latest issue of "Verdkunst," described your book as an asylum, vhere man meets his Creator and screams.

Jimmy Stewart: Well, uh, thank you, Dieter. That's, uh... Y'know--y'know, Gloria and I are big fans of YOURS.

Dieter: In your poem, "Old Rocking Chair," you write: "You sit in the corner/Old rocking chair/It makes me feel good/To know you are there."

Jimmy Stewart: Yeah...

Dieter: I feel emotionally obliterated.

Jimmy Stewart: I'm glad--glad--glad to HEAR that, y'see, good poetry is about DESTRUCTION.

Dieter: Under vhat conditions does a man experience such raw truth?

Jimmy Stewart: Well, Dieter, it's no picnic, I can tell you that right now. I was holed up in a Mexico City slum. I hadn't eaten in weeks, and what few pesos I had, I'd spent on alcohol. Some cheap crap called chocho. I was down and out. That's when I wrote "Good Old Rockin' Chair." You see, you've gotta go through the PAIN.

Dieter: And vhat of your poem, "Funny Little Pooch"?

Jimmy Stewart: Yeah. There's a rather interesting story about that "Funny Little Pooch" thing... There was a period of intense creativity for me, Dii-eter.

Dieter: Dieter.

Jimmy Stewart: Dooter.

Dieter: Dieter.

Jimmy Stewart: Yeah. yeah. You know, I'd been hitchhiking through Paraguay when I finally settled in Bella Cristo with a 15-year-old WHORE. For a week straight, I was either having sex or hallucinating. Yeah... And then I woke up one morning and she was GONE... she's just--just GONE. And she'd taken all my stuff, and I--I just got crazy paranoid for a minute--well--you--know--how it can be. And I just curled up on that floor like a little baby, and just bawled my eyes out. And--and then a very interesting thing happened. I realized that I was just a speck of crud in a godless VOID. And twenty minutes later, I'd written "Funny Little Pooch."

Dieter: Jimmy Shtewart: you are a running sore. Running from yourself, yet your scab heals us all.

Jimmy Stewart: Yeah. Yeah. Well, y'know, I just do what I do. [laughter]

Dieter: May I read a passage from "My Kitten, My Pal"?

Jimmy Stewart: Well, I'd be HONORED, Dau-Daughter.

Dieter: Dieter.

Jimmy Stewart: Dooter.

Dieter: Dieter.

Jimmy Stewart: Yeah.

Dieter: [reading] "My kitten, my pal/You sit on my lap--"

Jimmy Stewart: Well, well, now--now--wait a minute. Now, now, you gotta read it--you gotta SCREAM it, like it's a matter of life and death, you, can-can I show you... how, here... [takes book from him]

Dieter: Go right ahead.

Jimmy Stewart: All right... [reading] "My kitten, my pal/You sit on my lap/You're a friendly sort of chap." [muttering] I'm a little... thirsty here...

[Jimmy picks up a bottle of tequila and swigs from it.]

Jimmy Stewart: Now... GOOD.

[sets bottle down between him and Dieter]

Jimmy Stewart: [reading] "A little bit of gray and a little bit of white/I'll tell you, little kitten/You're doing all right." Yeah.

Dieter: That poem pulls down my pants and taunts me.

Jimmy Stewart: Well, that's exactly what it's supposed to do. Yeah, it's not rare when something happens like--I wrote that one on a piece of toilet paper, after waking up in a puddle of my own SICK. [laughter]

Jimmy Stewart: Now, it wasn't pretty, wasn't pretty.

Dieter: Is it true that you vonce killed a man?

Jimmy Stewart: N-now, now, wait a minute there, Daughter. No--

Dieter: Dieter.

Jimmy Stewart: That's right, Dieter. No man ever really dies by the hand of another, you see, every man's responsible for his own DEATH. And by the way, you haven't asked me if I want to touch your MONKEY.

Dieter: I thought it beneath you.

Jimmy Stewart: Well, Dieter, if that monkey knew where I'd been, he wouldn't LET me touch him.

Dieter: Then touch him. Touch him! Touch my monkey! [babbles in German] Touch him, LOVE HIM!
Jimmy Stewart: [walks over to monkey] All right, you little pal, let's go--

[Dieter's monkey squeals and jumps off his pedestal after Jimmy touches him.]

Jimmy Stewart: [yanks back hand] Oh! Oh, son of a bitch BIT me!

[Jimmy leaps back to the table and breaks off the top of the tequila bottle.]

Jimmy Stewart: [brandishing broken bottleneck] C'mon, monkey, let's see what's in that belly of yours!

Dieter: [standing up] Now is the time on "Shprockets" when we dance!

[The theme song starts up as the other dancers join Dieter and dance stiffly. After a moment, Jimmy squats down and starts doing the Charleston.]

Dieter: That's all the time we have on "Shprockets." Our guest has been Jimmy Shtewart. My name is Dieter. Auf wiedersehen.

[Dieter trots up close to the camera and dances in front of it.]

Jimmy Stewart: Hi, Gloria! [waves] I'll see ya in six weeks! I'm making a pit stop in Turkey!

[FADE to black over applause.]

Submitted by: Sean
(Courtesy of SNL Transcripts)

(And thanks to J.R. Klink for the birthday reminder!)

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Syfy has issued a press release guaranteed to warm the hearts of TV crossover fans!

Warehouse 13's Allison Scagliotti visits the town of Eureka
Neil Grayston of Eureka visits Warehouse 13

New York, NY - May 19, 2010 - Warehouse 13 and Eureka, Syfy's top scripted series, are joining together for the first time ever for a pair of crossover episodes this summer, it was announced today by Mark Stern, Executive Vice President of Development, Syfy, and Co-Head Original Content, Universal Cable Productions.

In the episodes, which are currently filming, Douglas Fargo (Neil Grayston) of Eureka's Global Dynamics is sent to Warehouse 13 to help update its aging computer system. This triggers a seemingly sentient computer virus that sends the Warehouse into lockdown and traps the team inside. The Warehouse 13 episode is entitled "13.1" and will air on Tuesday, August 3, at 9PM (ET/PT).

The Eureka episode entitled "Crossing Over," will air on Friday, August 6, at 9PM (ET/PT). Warehouse 13's Claudia Donovan (Allison Scagliotti) pays a visit to Eureka, hoping to see some amazing technological wonders. She gets more than she bargained for when seemingly random objects begin appearing around town. Working with Sheriff Carter (Colin Ferguson) and Fargo, Claudia has to help solve the mystery before the strange anomalies have deadly consequences...particularly for newcomer Dr. Grant (James Callis).

Rene Auberjonois (Boston Legal and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) will guest star in the Warehouse 13 episode as former Warehouse agent Hugo Miller.

Having Rene Auberjenois is just added goodness.....

Theoretically in the Toobworld concept, 'Warehouse 13' and 'Eureka' were already connected. And there were theoretical connections to the TV Universe overall with both shows. It's just nice to have an actual example from which appropriate screen captchas can be harvested. Bwahahahahaha!

So this will be yet another addition to the Great Link which will expand my crossover compadre Thom's backlog......

As I said, Bwahahahahahaha!



Hank Stuever of the Washington Post wrote an article about the "mockumentary" trend on TV nowadays. And in that story he said:

I have entertained the idea that "The Office" is a reality show in the making, and that when it comes time for the editors and producers to "assemble" the "footage," they will cut it in a way that betrays Jim and Pam as snarky and needlessly cruel, and makes Michael, Dwight and other Dunder Mifflin employees appear smart and competent.

Toobworld Central covered the topic already (as did Alan Sepinwall - the Inner Toob post was in response to his blog's story). And my conjecture is that 'The Office' mockumentary series has been airing on Toobworld TV for the last few years. (And this helps splain away any Zonks about 'The Office'.)




"Comic Relief's Red Nose Day 2003"

Jennifer Saunders

From Wikipedia:
Joanne "Jo" Murray, OBE (née Rowling; born 31 July 1965), better known under the pen name J. K. Rowling, is a British author best known as the creator of the Harry Potter fantasy series, the idea for which was conceived whilst on a train trip from Manchester to London in 1990. The Potter books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, sold more than 400 million copies, and been the basis for a popular series of films.

Aside from writing the Potter novels, Rowling is perhaps equally famous for her "rags to riches" life story, in which she progressed from living on welfare to multi-millionaire status within five years. As of March 2010, when its latest world billionaires list was published, Forbes estimated Rowling's net worth to be $1 billion.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Here's an opinion piece written by a cousin who wishes to remain anonymous:

The cancellation of the venerable television series LAW & ORDER can be attributed to this year's failed "experiment" to put The Jay Leno Show at 10pm across the board. After a 20 year successful run in network prime-time for LAW & ORDER, the network kicked out the 10 pm drama shows, LAW & ORDER being one of them, and expected viewers to find them hopscotched across the weekly grid in an era when the proliferation of program choices makes reading a TV Guide useless. There was too much at stake in changing the late night television landscape and the patchwork to try to fix it kept trickling in to the rest of the schedule grid.

The story of the The Tonight Show going from Leno to Conan O'Brien and the attempt to repair THE TONIGHT SHOW television franchise, has killed another television franchise, LAW & ORDER. Personally, I was becoming a bigger fan of LAW & ORDER. The current detectives, Cyrus Lupo and Kevin Bernard, are played very well by Jeremy Sisto and Anthony Anderson. Linus Roache as the Executive Assistant District Attorney brought a vibrant character to the show, including new storylines, frailties, and legal ingenuity.

At the same time, one cannot dismiss the influence of the current story thread that brought illness to the character of Lt. Anita Van Buren. Thousands of women found her character's cancer battle to be TOO personal and too painful to watch, so perhaps they tuned out the show.

One always hopes that a TV show can exit on terms that it can control, to wrap up story lines, bring back characters....but a sudden cancellation still makes me wonder what happened to the airplane at the end of 'The New WKRP in Cincinnati'? 'M*A*S*H' left television with a completed journey.

LAW & ORDER improved over the years. It deserves a crowning exit rather than a kick to the curb.


The Doctor:
"Old High Gallifreyan! The lost language of the Time Lords.
There were days—there were many days—these words could burn stars,
and raise up empires, and topple gods."

"What does this say?"

The Doctor:
"…'Hello, Sweetie.'"

From this exchange, might we consider the pozz'bility that the Doctor might have used his people's language to bring about an end to the reign that the demi-gods held over the humans of Earth? If so, we can make the case for theoretical connections to 'Hercules: The Legendary Journeys', 'Cupid', 'Venus, Inc.', and 'The Aphrodite Inheritance'. It could tie into any show that featured the mythologies of the Greeks, the Norse, the Egyptians, the Sumerians, and the Amerind peoples. (I'm thinking of 'Star Trek' with its appearance by Apollo.) Even the musical "Olympus 7-000" with Donald O'Connor as Hermes would come into play!

If some fanficcer wants to run with that, be my guest......





John McMartin

From Wikipedia:
James Francis Byrnes (May 2, 1879 – April 9, 1972) was an American statesman from the state of South Carolina. During his career, Byrnes served as a member of the House of Representatives (1911–1925), as a Senator (1931–1941), as Justice of the Supreme Court (1941–1942), as Secretary of State (1945–1947), and as the 104th Governor of South Carolina (1951–1955). He therefore became one of very few politicians to be active in all three branches of the federal government while also being active in state government. He was also a confidant of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and was one of the most powerful men in American domestic and foreign policy in the mid-1940s.

At an age when most of his contemporaries were retiring from political life, Byrnes was not yet ready to give up public service, and at age 72 he was elected governor of South Carolina, serving from 1951 to 1955, in which capacity he vigorously criticized the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

Although as a Southern politician he was virtually obliged to oppose racial integration, he still took steps during his term to advance education in South Carolina by first proposing a three percent sales tax to upgrade schools for whites and blacks.

While Byrnes upheld the segregation laws, he felt those laws could only be considered fair by making black schools equitable with white schools. Therefore, during his term as governor, Byrnes allocated two-thirds of the revenue from the sales tax to black schools. He also consolidated school districts from 1,200 to 102, enabling the remaining districts to make improvements with the additional funding made available.

Ironically, Byrnes was initially seen as a strong moderate voice for Negro rights. Recognizing that the South could not continue with its entrenched segregationist policies much longer, but fearful of Congress imposing sweeping civil rights upon the South, he opted for a course of change from within. To that end, he sought to at last fulfill the Supreme Court's promise of "separate but equal," particularly in regard to public education, and he poured state money into improving Negro schools, buying new textbooks and new buses, and hiring additional teachers. He also sought to curb the power of the Ku Klux Klan by passing a law that prohibited adults from wearing a mask in public on any day other than Halloween; by this measure, he knew that many Klansmen feared exposure, and would not appear in public in their robes unless their faces were hidden as well.

Byrnes hoped to make South Carolina an example for other Southern states to modify their "Jim Crow" policies. That didn't stop the NAACP from filing a suit against South Carolina to force the state to desegregate its schools. Byrnes turned to Kansas, a Northern state which also segregated its schools, to provide a "friend of the court" statement supporting the right of school segregation on his state's behalf in the trial. This gave the NAACP's lawyer, Thurgood Marshall, the idea to shift the suit from South Carolina over to Kansas, which led directly to Brown v. Board of Education.

The South Carolina state constitution limited governors to one four-year term, and Byrnes retired from active political life following the 1954 election.

In his later years, Byrnes foresaw the South as a much more important player in national politics, and to hasten that development, he sought to end the South's automatic support of the Democratic Party (which Byrnes felt had grown too liberal, and which took the "Solid South" for granted at election time, yet otherwise ignored the region and its needs), and to realign it with the Republican Party. This was despite the fact that Byrnes remained a Democrat for much of the rest of his life.

Toobworld note: Governor Byrnes was played a lot younger than he was in real life, but since John McMartin portrayed him (one of my ten favorite actors), I have no complaints.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010


In the 'Doctor Who' episode "Flesh And Stone," Bishop Octavian was caught in a choke-hold by a Weeping Angel. And he and the Doctor both knew that as soon as the Doctor took his eyes off the Angel, or even blinked, the Angel would snap the Bishop's neck.

Knowing that the Doctor was seeing him at his best, Octavian urged the Time Lord to abandon him to his Fate in order to save the others.

But why are we to assume that the Angel killed Bishop Octavian in such a manner? Because we heard what could have been a gruesome sound effect off-stage? Why couldn't that have been the snapping of a twig as the Angel gave pursuit through the "oxygen factory"?

The Doctor reiterated in the first half of the story, "Time Of The Angels" that the Angels killed by displacing you in Time so that you could "live to death" while they feasted on the untapped energy from your lost potential life in the Present. They only resorted to more primitive means of killing if there was something they needed. When the Angel killed Sacred/Scared Bob and the other two clerics, it was in order to gain their cerebral cortexes to hook up to the radios and lure in the others. There was no need to break Bishop Octavian's neck.

I'd like to think that the Angel didn't let the opportunity go to waste to become stronger by sending the Bishop back in Time. If he was sent back wtihin the last two hundred years, Octavian would have found himself among the human terra-formers on Alfava Metraxis. Farther back than the 47th Century (Earth Time), and he would have found himself among the two-headed Aplans, the native sentient species of the planet who were wiped out by the Weeping Angels.

That means there's always the possibility that we might one day meet Bishop Octavian again on 'Doctor Who'.......



From the TARDIS Wiki:

The Aplans were humanoid life-forms with two heads. The heads apparently had their own separate intelligence and personalities as, for in at least one period, heads of the same body were allowed to marry each other. The church later attempted to ban this practice. According to the Doctor, the Aplans were a relaxed and cheerful species - a fact he attributed to having the constant company of a second head.

The Aplans were mentioned in the 'Doctor Who' episodes "Time Of The Angels" and "Flesh And Stone".

What was a biological fact of life for the Aplans was used as a fashion statement by President of the Galaxy Zaphod Beeblebrox, who took on a second head as an accessory (as seen in 'The Hitch-Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy'). I think it's safe to assume he got the idea from the Aplans of Alfava Metraxis.



"The Day Lincoln Was Shot"

Donna Murphy

Mary Ann (nee Todd) Lincoln (December 13, 1818 – July 16, 1882) was the wife of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, and was First Lady of the United States from 1861 to 1865.

For a complete biography, visit her Wikipedia page.



Mary Tyler Moore
Two for Tuesday!


Monday, May 17, 2010


In a 1999 episode of 'Cosby' ("My Spy"), Hilton Lucas sang the praises of the TV show 'I Spy'. And then he had a dream in which he was teamed up with Kelly Robinson. As in the TV show, Robert Culp played the role of Kelly Robinson in the dream.

It's a big Zonk, but I think I may have a splainin for it.

We can blame UNIT. In the past I've postulated that UNIT needed to protect the secrecy of the Gallifreyan Time Lord who was working for them at the time. Known only as the Doctor, he was UNIT's technical/scientific advisor. To help quell the inquisitive, UNIT decided to hide this alien in plain sight, by making him the main character in several 'Doctor Who' movies which they produced. For Toobworld, those two movies starring Peter Cushing would be movies as well. They must have proved popular enough to spawn a TV series, just like in the real world, because we saw many references to 'Doctor Who' over the years since then, and even sometimes scenes from the actual TV series as well. Once again, UNIT may have seized security camera footage and/or hidden camera footage and then incorporated into this TV series with the intent of claiming that it was all staged. They even hired actors who bore an incredible resemblance to whichever incarnation of the Doctor was seen on that footage. Examples can be seen in episodes from 'Extras' and 'Supernova'.

UNIT - or some other secret governmental agency more closely linked to the United States - probably had to do the same thing for Alexander Scott and Kelly Robinson. Since Lucas Hilton reminisced about the TV show, 'I Spy' was probably made in order for the exploits of the spies to be debunked as just being part of the TV series. 'The Middleman' used the names of Alexander Scott and Kelly Robinson as aliases for himself and his sidekick "Dubby". But in his case, he probably knew about the two spies from his agency's files.


I'm really enjoying the latest season of 'Doctor Who' (no matter which numerical system you use to denote it), not only for the new incarnation of the Doctor and for his Companion Amy, but for the new aliens we've met so far: Prisoner Zero, the starwhale, and those vampiric prawns from Saturnyne. And we've also encountered returning alien threats like the Weeping Angels and - unfortunately - the Daleks. (Maybe it's just me, but I think that if you're not exposed to the Daleks as a child, they just don't make for compelling monsters if seen for the first time as an adult.)

Coming up next week: the Silurians and/or the Sea Devils!

But there are so many alien races out there in Toobworld's Outer Space, and it seems like such a waste that we will never see them again. In a perfect televisual society, it wouldn't matter that these aliens belonged to other production companies; we'd get the chance to see the Doctor interact with them.

So here's a Deep Six list of TV aliens I'd like to see show up on 'Doctor Who'.....
Might as well jump right into it with a good one for the fright factor. These oversized ants with demonically human faces - just the thought of them crawling up your pants leg beats a Dalek screeching "Exterminate!" any day.
The Minbari were my favorite alien race on 'B5', and they should have received a more detailed look into their culture, like the Klingons eventually got in the 'Star Trek' mythos. With three different castes to choose from, there would be a wide variety of paths for the storylines to follow. And their somber natures would clash nicely with the wild demeanor of the Eleventh Doctor. (Although I've always believed that we should have met a Minbari who didn't fit that cultural mold - why couldn't there be a Minbari version of "a wild and crazy guy"?)

Yes, the Doctor has met the Ice Warriors, and that microbe race in "Waters Of Mars", but I'm talking about the good old-fashioned, antennae-sporting, finger-waving Martianas from the 1960's sitcom. Ray Walston is gone, sadly, so it's not like the Doctor could meet Exigius 12½ (Uncle Martin O'Hara's true Martian name)... unless of course, he used the TARDIS to go back in Time to meet Exigius 12½ at an earlier age. (As if this casting would ever happen - Daniel Craig as the Martian!)

And with the Martian use of time travel in so many of the episodes, there would be a legitimate reason for the Doctor to step in, seeing Exigius 12½ as a threat. Of course, it would be like an issue of "Marvel Team-Up" - they'd clash for the first part of the story under misunderstood circumstances and then team up to fight the real menace.
For a novel approach, we could see the Doctor's point of view on the original storyline about the Canamids first trip to Earth in the early 60's when they arrived openly. (I'm sure the original Galactican fleet protecting Earth since 1980 would never allow them access now that we know their intent. The Canamids would have to sneak through the defenses like every other species, as did the 4-5-6 in 'Torchwood: Children of Earth'.)

Those Earthlings - like Lloyd Bochner's Chambers - who were already taken by the Canamids (and not already munched on as an in-flight snack) could be saved by the Doctor along with the rest of humanity. All he would need to do was introduce a non-fatal element into our genetic make-up or our immune system that would makes unpalatable to the Canamid taste buds.
These alien visitors would be perfect for a 'Doctor Who' episode that needed to save on the budget for the big season finale extravaganza. After all, thanks to a little time spent in their regeneration chambers, they looked exactly like humans - except for their bent pinky fingers. (Or if they're black, they have white palms.) And maybe they could get Roy Thinnes as the guest star, to bring back David Vincent one more time.....?
Well, why not? Toobworld blends the comedic with the dramatic in other areas. Even though the Coneheads only exist in Skitlandia and the Tooniverse, so far as the TV Universe is concerned (as well as in the movie universe), this would be an excellent way to introduce them into Earth Prime-Time.

Toobworld Central already accepts the premise that they exist in the main Toobworld. In fact, it's a Theory of Relateeveety that the 'Batman' villain Egghead had a Conehead parental unit who arrived in Russia in 1908 on the same ship that brought the alien "Black Oil" of 'The Ex-Files'.

The "Black Oil".... now there's another alien to consider, but we've reached the end of the Deep Six.



On this date in 1954, the United States Supreme Court hands down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.

From Wikipedia:
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483 (1954), was a landmark decision of the United States Supreme Court that declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students and denying black children equal educational opportunities unconstitutional. The decision overturned earlier rulings going back to Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896. Handed down on May 17, 1954, the Warren Court's unanimous (9–0) decision stated that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal." As a result, de jure racial segregation was ruled a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. This victory paved the way for integration and the civil rights movement.

The most common misconception about Brown v. Board of Education is that the case is solely about Linda Brown and whether she should or should not be able to attend the school nearest her home. In fact, Brown was a consolidation of five different cases, from four states, all of which dealt with the same issue. (A similar case from the District of Columbia was handled separately.) Linda Brown was merely the "poster child," as it were, for some 200 plaintiffs altogether. A dozen attorneys and countless community activists were involved in effort to eliminate "de jure" racial segregation in the public schools.

The case of Brown v. Board of Education as heard before the Supreme Court combined five cases: Brown itself, Briggs v. Elliott (filed in South Carolina), Davis v. County School Board of Prince Edward County (filed in Virginia), Gebhart v. Belton (filed in Delaware), and Bolling v. Sharpe (filed in Washington D.C.).

John W. Davis argued the case for "Briggs v. Elliott" in front of the Supreme Court....


"Separate But Equal"

Burt Lancaster
From Wikipedia:
John William Davis (April 13, 1873 – March 24, 1955) was an American politician, diplomat and lawyer. He served as an United States Representative from West Virginia (1911–1913), then as Solicitor General of the United States and U.S. Ambassador to the UK under President Woodrow Wilson. Over a 60-year legal career, he argued 140 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Davis is best known as the Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States during the 1924 presidential election, losing to Republican incumbent Calvin Coolidge. He is regarded as the last conservative nominated by the Democratic Party for President. Davis' legal career is most remembered for his final appearance before the Supreme Court, in which he unsuccessfully defended the "separate but equal" doctrine in Briggs v. Elliott, a companion case to Brown v. Board of Education. Davis, as an advocate to the defense of racial segregation, uncharacteristically displayed his emotions in arguing that South Carolina had shown good faith in attempting to eliminate any inequality between black and white schools and should be allowed to continue to do so without judicial intervention. He expected to win, most likely through a divided Supreme Court, even after the matter was re-argued after the death of Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson. He declined the fee that South Carolina offered him after the Court ruled against it unanimously


Sunday, May 16, 2010


Here's a crossover from one of the alternate TV dimensions....




"Gauguin The Savage"

David Carradine

From Wikipedia:
Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (7 June 1848 – 8 May 1903) was a leading Post-Impressionist artist, painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramist and writer. His bold experimentation with colouring led directly to the Synthetist style of modern art while his expression of the inherent meaning of the subjects in his paintings, under the influence of the cloisonnist style, paved the way to Primitivism and the return to the pastoral. He was also an influential proponent of wood engraving and woodcuts as art forms.