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Nolan's Pop Culture Review, 2004!
    Established A.D. 2000, March 19. Now in our fifth calendar year!
    Number 244  (Vol. 5, No. 48). This edition is for the week of November 22--28, 2004.

Nutty News Week
Dark Thanksgiving

•  Radio Shack killer
•  Plane without a pilot
•  Dan Rather steps down
•  Viacom's Indecency fine
•  Vision of Mary on Cheese Sandwich sells on eBay
•  Crazed Fanboy welcomes a new sponsor!
•  Thanksgiving Holiday wishes to you and yours!

Radio Shack shocker
Without a doubt the strangest and most tragic event of the last week's time, has to do with the Radio Shack Killer, Justin Cudar, who walked into a St. Petersburg Radio Shack he likely never visited before and opened fire, killing two and leaving a third victim disabled before turning the gun on himself.

Cudar (pronounced SOO-der), 25, had a history of temper-related squabbles and violent fits of rage. Just before the Radio Shack incident he tangled with someone in what could be called a fit of road rage. Marcus Ferraro, 18 was at a stop light when he noticed Cudar staring at him menacingly. "You got a problem?" asked Ferraro. At the next stoplight, Justin Cudar jumped out of his car and spit at Ferraro, then kicked his door so hard it dented. The light turned green and Cudar took off, tailgating Ferraro. At the next intersection, he got out and smashed Ferraro's window with an anti-theft device. Sherrif's deputies were still looking for Cudar hours later when the he walked into the Radio Shack at Gateway Mall.

As he walked in, one of the clerks asked if he needed help. Cudar went behind a divider of some sort, pulled out a Glock .40-caliber handgun he'd just purchased days before and opened fire. He saved one bullet for himself.

No one knows what provoked the crime, if anything. It's totally senseless.

Dead are 18-year-old Joanna Cruz, a store employee, and 23-year-old Kenneth Powell, a customer. 35-year-old store employee James Dolan will survive, but was blinded by the gunshot wound to the head.

I feel for all the families involved, Cudar's included, who have no answers. You ask "why", there is no "why". This, in my opinion, is the most frightening and depraved kind of evil: one man's selfish an deranged rage at the world being taken out on total strangers. There's nothing you can say to reason with it, nothing you can do to stop it because you can't stop it, and worse, it's not obvious in coming.

Plane without a pilot
A small, private airplane at the Zephyrhills, Florida airport took off down the runway a few days ago, colliding with several objects and cutting another airplane in two before coming to rest by crashing into a hangar. Problem is, it had no pilot! The plane's owner, the presumed would-be pilot (whose name I've misplaced, sorry) was trying to hand-crank the propeller with the throttle partially open. He succeeded in starting the engine only to have to plane take off without him. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

Dan Rather steps down
After a nearly 24-year tenure as the chief anchor of CBS News, Dan Rather, 73, announced Tuesday he's stepping down and that his last broadcast will be next March 9th, the 24th anniversary of when he took over the news from the legendary Walter Cronkite.

Although he says he's "always been a 'hard news' reporter at heart" and his departure will afford him the opportunity to pour his "heart into it full time", the near-scandal of a recent incident clouds the issue.

Back in September, Rather anchored a controversial 60 Minutes report seriously questioning the validity of President Bush's National Guard service, basing the evidence on documents that were declared later to be forgeries. Although Rather apologized on-air for the foible, the incident was gossip and stand-up comedian fodder for weeks. It likely hit Dan pretty hard, and I wish he had let a little more time go by before stepping down to avoid looking like he's been cast out in disgrace.

Dan Rather has always been a very strange person to me, uttering weird lines during newscasts like "and then the rains came" during the first Gulf War (where he cried on-air as he announced the war was starting). For a while he'd end his newscasts by looking into the camera and saying "Courage". Nobody understood it, but I'll always believe he was trying to end the news on an up note.

During this year's presidential election, around 2:00am, he'd say stuff like "Do you hear the knock, knock, knockin' at the door? That's the Bush administration ready to resume office!" And "These numbers are giving me an Excedrin headache. [Turns to co-anchor] Are they givng you one, too?"

But, of course, the all-time prize winner was the report where Rather himself was accosted by a strange man on the street, a virtual mugging of sorts, and asked "What's the frequency, Kenneth?" End of story, no follow-up. That's got to be one of the weirdest things I've ever heard.


No official word on who Rather's replacement will be on the nightly news, but John Roberts and Scott Pelley are two names that have been kicked around as possible in-house replacements. CBS has said they're also looking outside CBS for possible replacements as well.

Viacom's Indecency fine
Viacom will pay a record $3.5 million to settle dozens of federal investigations into alleged indecency on TV and the radio, and introduce delays in more live programming to help catch troublesome material before it gets on the air.

The settlement, announced Tuesday, closes investigations dating back to 2001. One involved shock jock Howard Stern, and two focused on "Opie and Anthony", who lost their Viacom-owned New York radio show after it featured a couple purporting to have sex inside St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Although this stops the investigations into more than 50 radio stations' offenses, serious concerns were raised over freedom of speech and expression issues and the apparent power of the government, not the people (radio listeners) to regulate what is offensive and not offensive by ceding this victory to the FCC. Well, it makes good business sense, I suppose.

Howard Stern and Anthony & Opie have moved or are planning to move to satellite networks where FCC regulations don't apply.

The settlement is not related to the agency's $550,000 fine against Viacom after the exposure of singer Janet Jackson's breast during the CBS Super Bowl halftime show in January. Viacom is contesting that fine.

Virgin of the Grilled Cheese Sandwich
A 10-year-old, partially-eaten grilled cheese sandwich with what is seen as an image of the Virgin Mary on it has sold for $28,000 on eBay.

The 10-year-old cheese sandwich with one bite taken out of it and the Virgin Mary lookin' on.
OK, now I've heard everything. We used to have visions of Mary only in things like, you know, olive trees and such, but in the last few years we've seen them on garage doors, tortilla chips, billboards advertising spaghetti (actually that was Jesus), and most notoriously locally, on the Ugly Duckling Car Rental Building in Clearweater until some punk shot out the glass with his pellet rifle.

GoldenPalace.com, an online casino, confirmed that it placed the winning bid, and company executives said they were willing to spend "as much as it took" to own the 10-year-old half-sandwich with a bite out of it. They said they plan to use the sandwich to raise money for charity.

Diane Duyser took a bite after making the sandwich 10 years ago and saw a face staring back at her. She put the sandwich in a clear plastic box with cotton balls and kept it on her night stand. She said the sandwich has never sprouted a spore of mold. "I would like all people to know that I do believe that this is the Virgin Mary Mother of God," Duyser, a work-from-home jewelry designer, said in the casino's statement.

I have a dirty old sock with an image of Mary eating a cheese sandwich on it, the ultimate irony. Any takers?

Due to the last-minute holiday rush to get something of a homepage out on time and still make my appointed rounds, to say nothing of having to work until 6:00am Thanksgiving morning, a few important items inadvertantly got delayed from the earlier edition of this week's PCR, to wit:

   Although a new link has been up in the sponsor's box all week, I'm not sure how many of you noticed, so I wanted to give the official Crazed Fanboy "welcome aboard" to our new sponsor, Postmodern Design.biz, a web hosting and production design website! We are glad to have this company with us and hope you all will consider them for your web hosting and design needs! Pay 'em a visit.

   Normally, Mike's Rant and Matt's Rail do not arrive until very late in the week. Fortunately, the Thanksgiving holidays afforded some much-needed time off for our two stalwart companions to get their columns in earlier----unfortunately I wasn't here to receive them, nor was there time to post them Thanksgiving Day, so I wanted to go on record saying their Thanksgiving thoughts were not late.....just had to wait until I could get to them. I apologize for any inconvenience this caused.

From all of us here at Crazed Fanboy dotcom, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! Hope your holidays are safe and happy ones. --Nolan and crew

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