Beautiful Hollywood Hunk Commits Accidental Suicide
There! Got your attention? OK, now that we’re this far let’s talk about the vagaries of existence and the tendency of life to introduce elements of irony into even the most quotidian life space.
There once was a boychild named Jon-Erik Hexum. He was a comely lad and, according to his Wikipedia entry, wanted to be involved in bio-medical engineering. But Jon-Erik was, as noted, a comely lad. In fact, he was a tad beyond comely; he was Drop-Dead Gorgeous.
The result of his gorgiosity was that he was whisked away to Hollywood where he could play a leading role in a so-so TV series which would have been the first Baywatch were it not for the fact that nobody told Jon-Erik that guns are dangerous.
Realization that guns might be dangerous may or may not have come to him before all life functions left his body after he took a prop gun loaded with blanks and pretended to shoot himself in the head. Unfortunately for Jon-Erik the explosive force which propels a lead pellet out of the barrel is also the explosive force which makes the BANG in a blank. All the force from the explosion dissipates rapidly. With a blank .45 Colt you can break a balloon 6 feet away. You can’t break one 10 feet away because all the force has gone.
So you probably won’t be surprised to learn that when Jon-Erik held a prop gun to his head and pulled the trigger — the distance between his temple and the gun barrel being 0 inches — the exploding gases fatally injured his brain.
And then… we have his co-star: Jennifer O’Neill
Beautiful Hollywood Babe Suffers More Disasters Than Wile E. Coyote
There once was a girl named Jennifer who yearned to have a pony. It’s all downhill after that. Briefly, taking the snippets of her life from the Internet Movie Data Base, her life is a series of disasters.
- During her first marriage, she checked herself into a mental hospital for treatment for mental stress, and underwent electroshock therapy.
- O’Neill got her first divorce in 1971 from her first husband, and had an abortion before she married her second husband in 1972
- [next] to a former advertising executive and novelist and student of Eastern philosophy, Joseph Roster, which also ended in a divorce in 1974
- O’Neill then married her third husband in 1975, Nick De Noia,her producer and choreographer; he was also the original choreographer for the Chippendale dancers, but divorced him in 1976; he was later found shot to death with a large caliber handgun in April of 1987.
- O’Neill married husband number four in 1978, Jeff Barry, a British drummer, singer and song writer (‘Leader of the Pack’; ‘I’m a Believer’; Sugar, Sugar’), but later divorced him in 1979.
- O’Neill then married her manager, John Lederer, husband number five in 1979, and he gave her a son, Reis. However, he also went through all her money. O’Neill knew at the time of the marriage that he was a convicted felon, but married him anyway; Lederer was subsequently convicted of sexually abusing her daughter Aimee three to four times a week for more than four years. O’Neill divorced Lederer in 1983.
- She amassed money again, and had a son, Cooper, with husband number six, Richard A. Alan, her limo driver with whom she went on a blind date and married him in 1984. Alan was unfaithful to her with prostitutes, and she divorced him in 1987 but re-married him in 1993
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- At age forty-four O’Neill then married husband number seven, Neil L. Bonin, in December of 1992 in Travis, Texas during a cross country car trip, O’Neill’s five year old son serving as the best man. O’Neill had met Bonin in a New York restaurant and he was eleven years her junior; O’Neill had the marriage annulled in May of 1993 after just five months due to fraud which induced her into the marriage.
- At age thirty four, O’Neill also suffered a gunshot wound. Police officers in Bedford, New York who interviewed the actress in the mansion of her twenty-five room thirty acre French style estate, report that on October 23, 1982 O’Neill said that had she shot herself accidentally in the navel with her then husband John Lederer’s .38 caliber revolver in the bedroom while she was trying to determine if it was loaded.
There! Now aren’t you ashamed and sorry and perpetually suffering because you are not a member of the beautiful people Hollywood cabal?
A tell is some behavioral quirk or nervous tic that lets people know when you’re lying. Tells are most frequently employed in poker. A player might, for example, stack and re-stack his poker chips with great care when he has a great hand. Or he might do the same thing when he has a terrible hand. But if he only does one or the other and you find out about it that gives you a big edge when you’re playing poker with him. If you know that George only gets fastidious about his chip-stacking when he has a nothing hand and during a game George spends five minutes stacking his chips before going all-in you know he’s bluffing.
Obama has a tell. It’s folks. Whenever you hear folks from the Fearless Leader’s lips you know he’s saying something he knows to be untrue, saying something he knows doesn’t make any sense, or both.
In this clip from the Powerline Blog he’s elucidating for our poor dim brains why the president not enforcing immigration law is entirely different from the president not enforcing tax law and he really lays on the folks. We are treated to a triple-helping: at 00:31, 00:33, and 00:36. In addition he launches his tell barrage with the oldest tell of them all: The truth of the matter is...
In next Tuesday’s election most of us will be voting for our U.S. Congressional Representative and some of us for Senators.
Most of these races will feature an incumbent and a challenger. There is a question we must ask the incumbent in each race and it wouldn’t hurt to ask the challengers, to boot. I know there is not much time left before the election but I didn’t think of this until around ten minutes ago.
Here’s why it’s important.
When Obama took office he blathered continuously about how transparent his rule would be and promised to post the text of important bills on the Internet for a certain period before voting on it so the people could see what their elected representatives were getting them into. Then, when the most important piece of legislation was being considered, legislation that would directly affect every person in America, they not only didn’t post the text on the Web but the people voting on it didn’t have time to read it, with the Speaker of the House blandly telling us that we had to pass the bill so we could find out what was in it.
Not only did we not know what was in the bill before passage; we still don’t really know what is in it today.
One thing we do know, though, is that a promise the president made to us over and over and over again was that if we liked our health care policies and we liked our doctors we could keep them. Period.
We found out that was a deliberate lie. There are some big secrets wrapped up in the so-called Affordable Care Act (aka Obama Care). Obama knew they were there. Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, knew they were there. They knew a lot of us wouldn’t be able to keep our doctor. They knew a lot of us wouldn’t be able to keep our health care coverage. They didn’t want us to know that. So Obama and Sebelius lied. They lied early. They lied often. Sebelius even enforced a Mafia-like omertà on the insurance companies by threatening them with legal prosecution if they told us what was really coming our way.
Obama and Sebelius played us for suckers in the most shameful way. But Obama has run his last election and Sebelius is gone from government. And even though it might be satisfying, considering her fondness for operating like a Mafia Don, it’s probably not a good idea to leave a horse’s head in her bed. For one thing: it wouldn’t be fair to the horse. The horse didn’t lie to us. She and her boss did.
The worst thing about Obama’s lies was that even after the bill was passed he didn’t tell us we’d probably lose our doctors and/or our coverage. We had to get concellation notices from the insurance companies to find that one out. All the things Obama and Sebelius knew were things we had to find out one bit at a time. First we’d find out we were cancelled. Then we’d find out our previous coverage was unacceptable under Obama Care. Or we’d find out that coverage like we used to have cost more. Then we might find out that even though it cost more it didn’t cover our doctor. Or our hospital. Or a specialist hospital we might have to go to.
But we know all of that. And there is nothing we can do about it. But, as Mr. Monk used to say, Here’s the Thing: while Obama was postponing a requirement of Obama Care or delaying a regulation our Senators and Representatives had to know at least something of what was looming in our future. And while they might be of the President’s party, and while they are definitely part of the government, they don’t represent the executive branch. They represent us.
So — did YOUR Representative and Senators give you a heads-up about this? Did you get a letter telling you that you were likely to lose your coverage before you got your carefully-worded love note from the insurance company? Did they tell you that where, and to whom, you went for your medical needs was up in the air and might change? They have a Franking privilege and can send mail postage-free. Did you get a letter?
Before you vote this Tuesday it might be a good idea to call them up and ask them a question from the Watergate Era: WHAT did they know and WHEN did they know it?
Here’s another: Why didn’t they tell us?