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Nolan's Pop Culture Review 2010!
Assistant Editor / Co-moderator: Terence Nuzum

Established A.D. 2000, March 19. Now in our eleventh calendar year!
Number 556  (Vol. 11, No. 47). This edition is for the week of November 15--21, 2010.

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  • R.I.P., Karen Deal
  • Preacher Bans Flock From Using Facebook
  • Man Shoots TV, Gets Arrested After Standoff
  • David Cassidy's DUI
  • New Airport Scan-and-Patdowns Unpopular


    R.I.P., KAREN DEAL
    POSTED BY NOLAN B. CANOVA, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2010

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    This piece is an unusally personal one, ladies and gentlemen. I'm not sure if Karen Deal is all that well known outside the Tampa Bay area, but around here she was part of rock 'n' roll royalty, and to Ye Olde Editor, part of the family. And now she's gone.

    She was, to the casual Tampa music scene followers, one of the rock trio known as The Mod Squad, classic rock from a few who were there. Karen sang and played keyboards expertly well. Her partner, Joey Donovan, has historical ties to Tampa's older music stores as well as his own present-day audio company. He plays a mean guitar as well.

    To a few insiders, Karen was much more than all that. She is a daughter to radio legend Arch Deal. She is the older sister to Doug Deal with whom Ye Olde Editor had quite a prolific music relationship back in the day.

    When The Mod Squad opened for Jefferson Airplane at a show in the '80s, Karen met Airplane founder Marty Balin. The two hit it off and she brought him around to meet the gang (including yours truly who very nearly wound up on tour with him -- a story for some other time). Long story short...they got married and settled in Tampa. She remained Mrs. Marty Balin for the rest of her life.

    On November 1st of this year while visiting family, Karen choked on some food that would not loosen or come out. In one of those nightmare scenarios you see on TV where you think "what a horrible way to die" the family called 911 and desperately tried their best to help Karen. By the time the paramedics got there, she had lapsed into a coma after being deprived of oxygen for nearly 20 minutes (similar to the notorious Terri Schiavo incident).

    She remained at Temple Terrace's Lifepath Hospice in a coma until last night. She passed away in the wee hours of the morning Friday, November 19, 2010. She was 57.

    I haven't seen Karen Deal or Marty Balin for many years, but this is a shocker for yours truly. Too young to die and in such a freakish way. She will be sorely missed.


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    PREACHER BANS FLOCK FROM USING FACEBOOK
    POSTED BY NOLAN B. CANOVA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2010

    The Rev. Cedric A. Miller, head of the Living Word Christian Fellowship Church in Neptune, New Jersey, has declared that Facebook is an evil influence on marriage and can lead married couples astray by encouraging adultery among other things. He called for at least the church leaders to log out or get kicked out.

    Several churches have expressed mixed feelings about "artificial relationships" borne of the internet, but also see it as a way to reach a greater flock. Apparently, the good Reverend had a Facebook page himself just prior to this announcement, but deleted it afterwards as a show of unity or something.

    All fine and well, but methinks the Reverend himself may have dallied around Facebook where the faithful shouldn't go, maybe got a little too stimulated, and maybe caught my the missus, or someone who could rat him out. Forewarned is forearmed, eh?


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    MAN SHOOTS TV, GETS ARRESTED AFTER STANDOFF
    POSTED BY NOLAN B. CANOVA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2010

    After kicking back to drink beers and watch TV Monday night, Steve Cowan, 66, from Wisconsin, tuned in to Dancing With The Stars. After watching a few minutes of Bristol Palin, he couldn't take it anymore, yelled, "The f**king politics!" and shot his TV. He then pointed the shotgun at his wife who was able to get away and call authorities. This, in turn led to a 15-hour stand-off before he was put into custody.

    I can identify with so much of this. Well, except for the gunplay. And I love how this guy's from Wisconsin, the land of Ed Gein. And I wonder if he threatened the missus because tuning in to Dancing was her idea? But seriously, how many times have you ever thought of shooting the TV when any of the Palins are on? Though it pains me to think of a perfectly good television up in smoke over the likes of Bristol Palin, I think it's a sign the public has had enough of the dancing Alaskan. Not that I'd condone violence with your appliances, now, that's just stupid.



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    DAVID CASSIDY'S DUI
    POSTED BY NOLAN B. CANOVA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2010

    I meant to mention this last week, but lacked the inspiration to do so, haha. The Partridge Family star David Cassidy (Keith Partridge) was booked into a Miami jail recently over a charge of drinking and driving. No one seemed to care then or now, but thought I'd mention it anyway.

    Well, he seems drunkenly happy in his mug-shot, haha.


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    NEW AIRPORT SCAN-AND-PATDOWNS UNPOPULAR
    POSTED BY NOLAN B. CANOVA, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2010

    I don't know if this is happening at all airports in the country or just enforced around here. According to the latest insanity from Homeland Security, airplane passengers now are subject not only to a digital scan of their bodies (think X-Ray) before boarding, but are now subjected to frisk-like patdown searches including the genital areas.

    In the San Diego CA area, a 31-year-old man recently tried to defy the new screening rules, but wound up facing his security groper anyway. He recorded the whole encounter with his cellphone video. When the guard described how he'd perform the "groin check", if preferred in private quarters, the man said, "OK we can do it out here, but if you touch my junk, I'll have you arrested," (to the uninitiated, "junk" refers to sexual organs) to which the guard replied he was sending for a supervisor. The passenger, John Tyner, is now facing a $10,000 fine and is talking civil suit.

    So this is what it's come to. Because of the actions of a few foul semi-humans (like the "underwear bomber", I presume), law-abiding citizens are strip-searched, X-ray'd and groped before they can enter an airplane. And I'm not even going to get into how much time this adds to a boarding procedure, but consider that each passenger has to have this exhaustively explained to them.

    This has already gone way too far. Right now a movement is underway to boycott the screening process over the Thanksgiving weekend to force attention from authorities. Good, I hope it does. And I hope it reverses this invasive and humiliating procedure.


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