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Funk’s Corner – Killer Kowalski – His “Stomp to the Face” Didn’t Hurt at All

Posted by invizweb on August 30, 2008

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In 1952, wrestling magazines were as important to professional wrestling as television. As a 10 year old kid I living on Dory Funk Sr.’s Flying Mare Ranch in Umbarger, Texas we had no wrestling on television. My main source of information was the wrestling magazines published in New York.
I was shocked when I read the front page of Wrestling Review and saw a picture of Killer Kowalski and Yukon Eric. The headline read, Killer Kowalski kicks off Yukon Eric’s ear.
Kowalski was 6′ 6″ tall and looked like the most amazing athlete I had ever seen. I could imagine Kowalski’s boot coming down on Yukon Eric’s ear and knocking it right off his head. Killer Kowalski was the top heel in the country at the time.
Twelve years later, my father received a call from Jim Barnett, Wrestling Promoter in Sydney Australia asking if I would be interested in coming to Australia for three months. As I got off a Quantas Airlines 707 at Sydney International Airport people were talking about professional wrestling on television and “Bad Guy” Killer Kowalski.
They told me of an interview on a national TV show where the host asked Killer Kowalski if it hurt when he stomped his opponent in the face with his size 16 wrestling boot. Killer replied, “No it doesn’t hurt at all. I wear special thick soles and it doesn’t hurt my foot at all.”
The value of a professional wrestler to a promotion is his box office appeal. My first match was in Sydney Stadium, only a short walk from our hotel in Kings Cross. Sydney Stadium held 17,000 people and it was packed to the rafters for the main event, Killer Kowalski against Tex McKenzie. That same week Killer Kowalski and Tex McKenzie sold out Melbourne’s Festival Hall, 12,000 fans, Perth Australia’s National Stadium 25,000 people and Brisbane sold out to the tune of 8,000 people. Killer Kowalski was the biggest star in one of the best territories in the world, Australia.
We worked five days a week and traveled first class from one end of the country to the other. Killer Kowalski was the top heel for Jim Barnett’s Promotion. First class is the best way to describe Killer Kowalski as a person. It was such a thrill on the end of the tour to have the opportunity to wrestle the person I had been so impressed with as a child.
Killer Kowalski was a dear friend of Marti and I.
We will miss him.
Our condolences to his family.
Dory Funk Jr. and Marti Funk –

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Lesbian activist Del Martin dies at 87

Posted by invizweb on August 30, 2008

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By LISA LEFF Associated Press Writer

SAN FRANCISCO—Del Martin, a pioneering lesbian rights activist who with her lifelong partner became a symbol for the movement to legalize gay marriage, died Wednesday morning. She was 87.Martin died at a San Francisco hospital two weeks after a broken arm exacerbated her existing health problems, according to Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Her partner of more than 55 years and wife of just over two months, Phyllis Lyon, was with her.

“Ever since I met Del 55 years ago, I could never imagine a day would come when she wouldn’t be by my side,” Lyon, 83, said in a statement Wednesday.

“I also never imagined there would be a day that we would actually be able to get married,” she added. “I am devastated, but I take some solace in knowing we were able to enjoy the ultimate rite of love and commitment before she passed.”

Martin and Lyon exchanged vows at San Francisco City Hall on June 16, the first day same-sex couples could legally wed in California, after being together for more than half a century.

Mayor Gavin Newsom, who officiated the wedding, singled them out to be the first gay couple to be declared “spouses for life” in the city in recognition of their long relationship and their status as pioneers of the gay rights movement.

“The greatest way we can honor the life work of Del Martin, is to continue to fight and never give up, until we have achieved equality for all,” Newsom.

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1968 Democratic National Convention Episode II: Rocky Mountain Blues 40 Years After

Posted by invizweb on August 30, 2008

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Ralph Bernardo of Disinformation brought these two videos to my attention when he posted them on Disinfo.

The first is FOX News’ interpretation of why protesters at the 2008 DNC hate them.

The second is uncensored footage of a police brutality incident at said Convention played on the Rocky Mountain News.

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The 40th Anniversary of the Democratic Convention of ’68: Activism Then and Now

Posted by invizweb on August 30, 2008

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TiamatsVision of TechnOccult wrote:

Someone sent me a link to a site that is promoting a re-enactment of the protests at the Democratic Convention of 1968. While some of my older activist friends and I kinda like the idea of a ritual in remembrance of this day, the first question that popped in our heads was “What’s the point?” Their mission statement says:

“40 years ago this August, the streets of Chicago became a bloody open forum on the politics of power and resistance, as the Democratic National Convention lapsed into chaos and protesters in the streets were met with the gas and bayonets of Law and Order. The ghosts of this unresolved history haunt us to this day. We meet on August 28 in Grant Park to peacefully purge these ghosts and to make sense of our past through ritual reenactment, a living history lesson for the city of Chicago which asks, where were we then?, and where are we now?”

Although it may be an interesting and memorable history lesson, these are very different times, and re-enacting a violent day in history will do nothing to change the status quo. But the questions are being asked in order to gain some perspective. This led me to question how activism has changed during the past 40 years, and to wonder where it will go from here.

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(Also: the documentary “1968″)

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Tristan Taormino’s PuckerUp: Vice Tries to Bust Me on the Porn Set

Posted by invizweb on August 30, 2008

For the Village Voice:

from “Vice Tries to Bust Me on the Porn Set”

Unexpected visitors on the porn set

By Tristan Taormino

…Things had just started to get rolling (i.e., the fucking had commenced) when I looked behind me and saw two men I didn’t recognize.

“Who are you?” I asked quietly, knowing that the performers couldn’t see them from their vantage point and not wanting to disturb the fantastic handjob in progress.

“L.A. Vice,” the one in front responded, and he flashed his badge. It looked pretty real to me. I didn’t want to stop rolling, so I led them away from the bedroom into the dining room.

“Do you have a permit?” the vice cop asked.

“Yes, I do,” I said. “I’m not sure where my production manager is—he must be getting lunch. Um, let me look for it.” I started looking through the production binders somewhat frantically as the officers rolled their eyes at me.

“You’re going to have to stop filming until we see a permit,” the first cop said firmly.

“It’s here somewhere, I swear.” They continued to look skeptical. At this point, they clearly did not believe me…

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Lucha Report for 8/30

Posted by invizweb on August 30, 2008

Thanks to Kris Z.


AULL has announced that there will be a special benefit show for Scorpio Jr. on 9/20 at Arena Lopez Mateos featuring their regulars and top independent stars like Black Terry, Intocable, Fuerza y Juventud Guerrera, Rambo, Super Calo, Toscano, and others.

Shocker and EMLL directors are on shaky terms again and he isn’t being booked right now due to philosophical differences as Shocker wants to reform the Guapos by bringing in Zumbido but that isn’t in the plans right now. Shocker is an independent contractor so he can pretty much work wherever he wants.

Solar I stated yesterday that he knows he is going to be facing some tough foes tomorrow in Tultitlan in the big 10 man steel cage match with the loser being either shaved or losing their mask but he is going into the match very confident. Solar said that he has put his mask up on many occasions and has survived every time so he thinks that this should be no different and he feels extra motivated this time after touring England last month. Solar said that the fans in London were great and they made him feel like a hero so it has revitalized him and he plans on taking someone’s mask tomorrow and not losing his.

Zumbido said yesterday that leaving EMLL four years ago was a big mistake and that he has been in talks with people in the offices about a return but wants to meet up with Paco Alonso face-to-face to seal the deal. Zumbido said that EMLL was his home and that he hopes that Paco will understand that he made a mistake and would take him back hopefully by January. Zumbido then said that if that doesn’t happen then he would still work independent and hopefully get some random bookings for EMLL to build back their confidence in him.


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The Heretic, Giordano Bruno

Posted by invizweb on August 30, 2008

Thanks to TiamatsVision @ TechnOccult

one of the forefathers of the Western Esoteric Movment (C) Salon

one of the forefathers of the Western Esoteric Movment (C) Salon

Laura Miller wrote for Salon:

Giordano Bruno has been called a martyr to science and an occultist, but a new book argues that the brilliant philosopher’s unconventional behavior did him in.

Aug. 25, 2008 | The bronze figure of Giordano Bruno that stands at the center of Rome’s Campo de’ Fiori may be the most successful commemorative monument in the world. The average statue in a park or square usually rates no more than a glance: Either you already know who the guy is, or you don’t care. But the hooded and manacled effigy of Bruno, with its haunted stare, immediately catches the eye, and the gruesome story attached to it — Bruno was burned at the stake in that very spot, for the crime of heresy — cements him in memory. Practically every tourist who comes to Rome tromps through the Campo and hears that story, even if they’ve never heard of Bruno before. The students who commissioned the statue in the 1880s, as an emblem for freedom of thought and the division of church from state, really got their money’s worth.

But who was Giordano Bruno, and why was he executed in the Campo de’ Fiori in 1600? A common misperception mixes him up with Galileo, who ran into trouble with the church 16 years later for embracing the Copernican model of the solar system instead of endorsing the Aristotelian belief that the sun revolves around the Earth. (In fact, the two men shared an Inquisitor, the implacable Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, canonized by the Catholic Church in 1930.) Bruno, too, thought that the Earth circled the sun, and subscribed to many other than heterodox ideas as well: that the universe is infinite and that everything in it is made up of tiny particles (i.e., atoms), and that it is immeasurably old. But as Ingrid Rowland demonstrates in her new biography of the renegade thinker, “Giordano Bruno: Philosopher/Heretic,” Bruno was no martyr for science. What got him killed was a murky mixture of spiritual transgression and personal foibles, combined with a large dose of bad luck.

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Daleks = African Grey Parrots~?

Posted by invizweb on August 30, 2008

Daleks, entities so near and dear to me have entered the news recently:

By Aislinn Simpson for the Telegraph.

An African Grey parrot already adept at warbling tunes as diverse as Beethoven’s symphonies and the Misson Impossible theme has added an imitation of a Dr Who Dalek to his repetoire.

Exterminate: Leonard the African Grey parrot has mastered the Dalek expression

Leonard, an African Grey parrot, imitates noises made by people and things around him and has developed perfect comedic timing, say his owners, Maya and Ian Brandt.

The couple run an antique shop in Bristol and the loud-mouth bird often has customers in stitches.

Mrs Brandt, 50, said: “We have taught him certain things, but other things like music he picks up – he just likes to imitate what he hears.

“We listen to Radio 4 a lot and he always joins in the pips before the news. He also copies noises before you even realise you are doing them.”

She said the eight-year-old parrot has mastered the characteristic “exterminate” of Dr Who’s enemy the Dalek thanks to coaching from one of the couple’s nephews.

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CHIKARA: Cleveland, Ohio, here we come!

Posted by invizweb on August 29, 2008

Our September 21st Ohio debut is less than a month away, and tickets are moving fast already! With only 200 seats in-house, and a chunk of them already sold, there’s no better time than the present to head to our online store and snap up your advance tickets! Plus, there are specially priced tickets for kids, so feel free to bring the young ones for an afternoon of luchatastic fun!

We’ve got two of the afternoon’s 8 matches already locked in and announced for your review:
~First Meeting Ever~
El Oriental [AAA] vs. Claudio Castagnoli [CHIKARA]
~Singles Face Off~
Icarus vs. Sami Callihan

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Video: Angel Valodia Matos’ last stand

Posted by invizweb on August 26, 2008

Thanks to Casey Trowbridge:

Here is a link to video of Cuban Angel Valodia Matos’ kick to the face of the Swedish referee after his Bronze medal loss at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

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Editor’s Notes: Since the WWE is not keen on Cubans, K-1 s definitely the right home for this type of wackiness.

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Kyoko Hamaguchi vs the Chinese Olympic Wrestling Team II- Games of the XXIX Olympiad Beijing Summer 2008 -72kg Medal Rounds

Posted by invizweb on August 26, 2008

The -63kg Medal Ceremony is still going on at 5:17 EST so I probably will not be sleeping at 6:00 Am today I guess. NBC commentator is still putting over the American Bronze medalist. Hamaguchi’s team mate, Kaori Icho is pretty photogenic when she is trying to fix her hair. Now NBC is emphasizing Japan only has 2 Gold so far in Wrestling stead of 3.

And so begins the conclusion of the tale which is Women’s Wrestling in the 2008 Olympics.

And this is how we got here:

-72kg Semifinals:

1. Jiao Wang (China) def Kyoko Hamaguchi (Japan)

2. Stanka Zlateva (Bulgaria) def Agnieszka Wieszczek (Poland)


-72kg Repechage

Pool 1. Ali Bernard (USA) def Jenny Fransson (Sweden)

Pool 2. Maider Unda (Spain) def Ohenewa Akuffo (Canada)


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Games of the XXIX Olympiad Beijing Summer 2008 -63kg Medal Rounds

Posted by invizweb on August 26, 2008

And here we are looking for a new Champion that will be deified in the blaze of combat.

And how did we get here. Last time on NBC Online:

-63kg Semifinals:

1. Alena Kartashova (Russia) def Lise Golliot Legrand (France)

2. Kaori Icho (Japan) def Martine Dugrenier (Canada)

The Pool 1 contestants are people Kartashove beat and the Pool 2 people Icho beat.


-63kg Repechage

Pool 1. Yelena Shalygina (Kazakhstan) def Elina Vaseva (Bulgaria)

Pool 2. Randi Miler (USA) def Olesya Zamula (Azerbaijan)


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