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Joan Rivers’ Hilarious Costco Protest Was All Over These Little Quotes

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The above TMZ video was from Joan Rivers’ hilarious publicity stunt/public protest at a Burbank Costco, where the comedian (and her camera crew) loudly complained that the big box store was violating her First Amendment rights by not selling her latest book, I Hate Everyone … Starting With Me.

“Costco should not be like Nazi Germany! Next thing they’ll be burning the Bible,” she shouted on her megaphone in her signature irreverent way. As security guards began to surround her, she told them, “I know you’re trying to throw me out of your store. This is bigger than both of us. … This is private property that we’ve stolen from the Indians!”

The guards, probably amused by the scene, didn’t make any move to stop Rivers as she warned one customer, “Cynthia, you’re going to be famous,” and proceeded to cuff herself to the woman’s cart.

So what’s all the fuss over? Apparently, Costco took offense to two made-up quotes on the back cover of Rivers’ book: “Wilt Chamberlain: ‘Even if I were alive I wouldn’t f— her.’ Marie Antoinette: ‘I don’t like her. Let her eat sh–.’ ”

For what it’s worth, we’re pretty sure the First Amendment doesn’t prevent Costco from selling what it likes. They did, however, respect Rivers’ free speech enough not to have her arrested. Still, she left unsatisfied. “They kicked me out without giving me any free samples,” she told local station KTLA.

Joan Rivers’ Hilarious Costco Protest Was All Over These Little Quotes

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Heart Attack Grill pitchman dies at 29 – Toronto Sun

The spokesman for a U.S. burger joint that has the catchphrase “taste worth dying for” has died.

Blair River, the 29-year-old, 575-pound pitchman for Heart Attack Grill, died Tuesday, the restaurant’s owner, Jon Basso, told QMI Agency.

Basso said River died from complications due to pneumonia.

He said River was a “wonderful person” who was like the “big man on campus” when he came into the restaurant.

“Pretty much every nurse in the house had a crush on him,” Basso said in an interview from Phoenix, also calling River “a gentle giant of a man who cared deeply for others.”

River was a “creative genius” who wrote the restaurant’s commercials, Basso said.

“Even if he was very skinny, I still would have given him the job,” he said. “We love him. We miss him. We will never forget him.”

The Heart Attack Grill’s Facebook page describes River as a “special man who cared as deeply as he smiled.” Fans of the restaurant posted tributes on the page.

“May we eat a bypass in your name, Blair,” Alberto Montes posted, referring to one of the burgers available at the Heart Attack Grill.

The menu also includes a butterfat shake, flatliner fries deep fried in pure lard, and candy cigarettes.

The waitresses dress as nurses and the restaurant promises if you weigh more than 350 lbs., you can eat for free.

“The Heart Attack Grill is continually accused of glorifying obesity. What we actually do is glorify the freedoms we have as Americans to lead our lives in any way we choose, even if that path is destructive,” Basso said.

“I prescribe burgers, fries, and most importantly, food for thought. An unreceptive audience may fail to grasp the latter menu offering, but to those with insight, the Heart Attack Grill provides an invaluable life lesson.”

There are restaurants in Phoenix and Dallas.


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Congress leader Arjun Singh dies at 81

Congress leader Arjun Singh dies at 81Veteran Congress leader and former Union minister Arjun Singh [ Images ], who had served in various capacities including as Madhya Pradesh [ Images ] Chief Minister, died on Friday. He was 81.

Admitted to the AIIMS some days ago with chest pain and neuro problems, Singh complained of breathing problem around 1730 hours.  He suffered a heart attack and breathed his last around 1815 hours, sources said.

A loyalist of the Gandhi family, Singh was vice president of the Congress under Rajiv Gandhi [ Images ] in the eighties and was also Governor of Punjab [ Images ] at the height of militancy and was instrumental in the Rajiv-Longowal accord.

Incidentally, Singh was today dropped from the party’s highest policy making body Congress Working Committeee on Friday and was made a permanent invitee.

Singh leaves wife Saroj Devi, two sons–Ajay Singh, an MLA in Madhya Pradesh and Abhimanyu–and daughter Veena.

Singh was a close adviser to Sonia Gandhi [ Images ] when she decided to enter politics and became the Congress president in 1998. He was said to have been behind her unsuccessful attempt to become the prime minister after the fall of the Vajpayee government in April 1999.

Gandhi then staked her claim to form the government on the basis of support of 272 MPs but ultimately she did not have the numbers. But the political wheel turned a full circle when he lost his proximity to Sonia Gandhi and that could have played a part in not being able to realise his prime ministerial ambitions.

However, as human resource development minister in the first United Progressive Alliance [ Images ] government from 2004, Singh was instrumental in championing the cause of backward classes and piloted bills for ensuring reservation for them in institutions of excellence.

With failing health, Singh, who started using a wheel chair in the last years, did not make it to the Union cabinet when Dr Manmohan Singh [ Images ] took oath as the prime minister for a second time.

But his strong loyalty to the Gandhi family came into prominence when he made a rare appearance in the Rajya Sabha last year to apportion blame on the late Narasimha Rao to say that Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson was allowed to go out of the country under the instructions from the home ministry then headed by Rao.

Image: Congress leader Arjun Singh | Photograph:
Kamal Kishore/Reuters

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Calendar of Events for March 4, 2011 – Lewiston Sun Journal

Music

March 4: AUBURN, Mo Jo Matic will perform at 8 p.m. at Brookside Lounge at Lost Valley Ski Resort, 200 Lost Valley Road.

March 4: BROWNFIELD, master harpist Maeve Gilchrist and Sarah Jarosz will perform at 8 p.m. at Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Road. Free with ticket. 935-7292

March 4: BRUNSWICK, flutist Christian Delafontaine and pianist George Lopez will perform at 4 p.m. at Kanbar Auditorium. Free 798-4141

March 4: GORHAM, Keith Crook, classical guitarist, will perform at 8 p.m. at USM Corthell Concert Hall. $15-$5 780-5555

March 4: LEWISTON, guitarist/composer Cristian Amigo and drummer Gustavo Aguilar will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Bates College Olin Arts Center Concert Hall, 75 Russell St. Free with ticket. 786-66135

March 4: LEWISTON, Paper Street will perform at 8 p.m. at The Cage, 97 Ash St. 783-0668

March 4: LEWISTON, the Lomax will perform at 9 p.m. at She Doesn’t Like Guthries, 115 Middle St. 376-3344

March 4: PORTLAND, Ralph Stanley will perform bluegrass music at 8 p.m. at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St. $45 761-1757

March 4: PORTLAND, the Mark O’Connor Quartet will present an evening of strings at 8 p.m. at Portland City Hall Merrill Auditorium. $40-$10 842-0800

March 4, 11: WILTON, a country jamboree/spotlight will be held at 7 p.m. at Harnden Masonic Hall, 70 Bryant Pond Road. Donations 645-2472

March 5: AUBURN, the Lugnuts will perform at 7 p.m. at Holly’s Own Deli and Restaurant, 84 Court St. 333-3041

March 5: BATH, the Rustic Overtones, the Andrew Yankowsky Band and Christian Cuff will give a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. at Morse High School, 826 High St. $20 443-8330

March 5: BATH, master harpist Maeve Gilchrist and Sarah Jarosz will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St. $20-$16 442-8455

March 5: BIDDEFORD, a benefit for U.S. troops will be held at 1 p.m. at York County Veterans Alliance, Bradbury Street. 490-1232

March 5: BOOTHBAY HARBOR, a hometown hootenanny, featuring music and dancing, will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Boothbay Harbor Opera House, 86 Townsend Ave. $15/$10 633-5159

March 5: BROWNFIELD, the Infamous Stringdusters will perform at 8 p.m. at Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Road. 935-7292

March 5: GORHAM, the MSTPA Fiddle Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at USM Corthell Concert Hall. $60-$15 780-5642

March 5: LEWISTON, Veggies by Day will perform at 8 p.m. at The Cage, 97 Ash St. 783-0668

March 5: LIVERMORE, Cold Blue Steel will perform at the Clubhouse Tavern at Maple Lane Golf Course, 295 Maple Lane. 740-7434

March 5: NEW GLOUCESTER, the Breezemeere Boys will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Village Coffee House at the New Gloucester Congregational Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Road. $10 926-3161

March 5: ORONO, Ladysmith Black Mambazo will perform at 8 p.m. at UMO Collins Center for the Arts. 581-1755

March 5: PARIS, blues guitarist Ron Gill will perform at 7 p.m. at Smilin’ Moose Publyk House and Tavern, 10 Market Square. 739-6006

March 5: PORTLAND, a multigenerational a cappella musical concert will be held at 6 p.m. at USM Hannaford Hall. $12 773-5437

March 5: SCARBOROUGH, a seven-piece ensemble will present the “John Lennon Song Project” at 7:30 p.m. at the Landing at Pine Point, 353 Pine Point Road. 774-4527

March 5: WINSLOW, the Coyote Drifters Band will perform at 9 p.m. at Coyote’s Bar, 97 Veterans Drive. 549-7438

March 6: BROWNFIELD, Celtic Crossroads will perform at 8 p.m. at Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Road. 935-7292

March 6: BRUNSWICK, the USM Chamber Singers and Bowdoin College Chamber Choir will perform at 3 p.m. at Bowdoin College Chapel. Free 798-4141

March 6, 13, 20: GRAY, an open mic/ blues jam will be held every Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Tailgate Bar and Grill, 61 Portland Road. 657-7973

March 6, 13, 20: LEWISTON, karaoke night will be held at 8 p.m. every Sunday at Schemengees Bar and Grille, 551 Lincoln St. 777-1155

March 6: LIVERMORE FALLS, a classical guitar and jazz concert will be held at 6 p.m. at Eaton Memorial United Methodist Church, corner of Knapp and Church Street. Free 897-3593

March 6: PORTLAND, Paul Sullivan will perform jazz at 10:30 a.m. at Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square. 775-6148

March 6: SALEM, the A and E Hill country music show will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Salem Community Building. Donations

March 6: TOPSHAM, the Oratorio Chorale will hold an open rehearsal from 6 to 9 p.m. at Midcoast Presbyterian Church, 84 Main St. 329-5708

March 6: TOPSHAM, Jud Caswell, folk singer and guitarist, will perform at 2 p.m. at Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road. Free 725-1727

March 7: FARMINGTON, the University Singers concert will be held at 7 p.m. at UMF Nordica Auditorium. Free 778-3561

March 8: BROWNFIELD, Shawn Colvin and Loudon Wainwright III will perform at 8 p.m. at Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Road. 935-7292

March 8: PARIS, the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School Music Department will perform at 7 p.m. at the school Mark S. Eastman auditorium. Free/donations

March 8: PORTLAND, This Way and the Mallett Brothers will perform at Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St. $2 899-4990

March 8: PORTLAND, the Portland Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Portland City Hall Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St. 842-0800

March 9: CARTHAGE, master harpist Maeve Gilchrist will perform at 7 p.m. at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center, 2 Highland Drive. $15 562-4445

March 10: AUBURN, the LA Harley Band will perform at 7 p.m. at Lost Valley Ski Lodge, 200 Lost Valley Road.

March 10: BROWNFIELD, Rodney Crowell will perform at 8 p.m. at Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Road. 935-7292

March 10, 17: LEWISTON, a blues jam will be held at 8 p.m. every Thursday at The Cage, 97 Ash St. 783-0668

March 10: RUMFORD, jazz singer Rebecca Martin will give a benefit concert for the Hope Association at 7 p.m. at 49 Franklin St. $10 369-0129

March 10: UNITY, master harpist Maeve Gilchrist will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St. $15 948-7469

March 10: WATERVILLE, the Celtic rock band Enter the Haggis will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Waterville Opera House, 93 Main St. $15/$20

Dance

March 4: MECHANIC FALLS, Bobby Reed and Wildhorse will play at a dance at 8 p.m. at the Silver Spur, Route 121. $10 345-3211

March 4: PORTLAND, a swing dance with music by Lex and Joe Blues Swing will be held at 9 p.m. at North Deering Grange Hall, 1408 Washington Ave. $10 653-5012

March 5: AUBURN, a dance and karaoke with Jean Louis will be held at 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 71 South Main St. Free 782-1118

March 5: LEWISTON, the Androscoggin Dance Company will perform ballets at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at the Franco-American Heritage Center, 46 Cedar St. $15/$10 689-2000

March 5: MECHANIC FALLS, the Record Family will play at a dance at 8 p.m. at the Silver Spur, Route 121. $10 345-3211

March 5: PARIS, a dinner/dance will be held at 5 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, Church Street. $7/$5

March 6: LEWISTON, the Knights of Columbus singles and couples dance for ages 21 and over, with music by Murky Water, will be held at 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 150 East Ave. $9 784-0389

March 6: WILTON, a square dance will be held at 2 p.m. at the Cushing School.

March 7, 14: DRESDEN, country western line and partner dancing will be held at 7 p.m. at the Dresden Masonic Hall, Route 127. $3/$4 785-4866

March 9, 16: LEWISTON, country line dancing will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Central Hall, Lisbon Street. 786-0003

Kids

March 10: LEWISTON, the “Peek-a-Boo” puppet show will be presented at 10 a.m. at the Toy Library, 134 College St. 782-1112

Special

March 4: AUBURN, an indoor farmer’s market will be held at Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring St. 333-6640

March 4: BANGOR, the Amazing Kreskin, mentalist, will perform at 8 p.m. at the Bangor Auditorium, 100 Dutton St.990-4444

March 4, 5: BUCKFIELD, “The Early Evening Show” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. at Oddfellow Theater, Route 117. $14/$12 336-3306

March 4: KINGFIELD, the first Friday artwalk will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. in the area. 491-7332

March 4: LEWISTON, fiddler Greg Boardman will perform at a fundraiser for the Lewiston-Auburn Film Festival, also featuring a Beatles tribute by Nick Knowlton and friends, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Bates Mill Atrium, 35 Canal St. $10 577-9746

March 4-6: OGUNQUIT, “Mardi Gras in Ogunquit” will be held in Ogunquit. 646-2939

March 4: PORTLAND, the first Friday art walk will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. in the downtown. 871-1700

March 4-6: PORTLAND, the Portland Boat Show will be held at the Portland Sports Complex, 512 Warren Ave. The hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. $7/$3

March 4: RUMFORD, the Mexico Police Explorers will present “A Night of Laughs,” a benefit comedy show, at 7 p.m. at Mountain Valley High School. The show is PG-13. $10

March 4-6: RUMFORD, the third annual “Winter Fest” will be held at the Black Mountain of Maine, 39 Glover Road. 364-8977

March 5: FRYEBURG, “Celebrate the Snow,” with snow sculptures, scenic flights and food, will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at at Eastern Slope Regional Airport, off Route 113. 935-4711

March 6: GARDINER, the Maine Hysterical Society will perform a comedy variety show at 7:30 p.m. at Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center, 280 Water St. $18-$10 582-7144

March 5: HALLOWELL, “Mardi Gras in Hallowell,” with mask and trivia contests, face painting, parade and ball, will be held in Hallowell. 620-7477

March 5: LEWISTON, a Mardi Gras potluck/game night will be held at 6 p.m. at the Catholic Center, 16 Ste. Croix St. 619-1539

March 5: NEW GLOUCESTER, an open house will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the New Gloucester History Barn, Route 231. 926-3188

March 5: PARIS, a benefit Chinese auction will be held at 1 p.m. at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School cafeteria.

March 5: PORTLAND, “Lord Shiva’s Night, Shivratri,” a full-night celebration of the return of the sun, will be held from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at Sadhana, 100 Brickhill Ave. $30-$15 772-6898

March 5: RANGELEY, the Rangeley Lakes Cross Country Ski Club will hold the 14th annual TD Bank Rangeley Kakes Loppet race at 8:45 a.m. in Rangeley.

March 6: BRUNSWICK, “International Women’s Day” events will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Middle Street. 442-7260

March 6, 7: CAMDEN, the Maine Literary Festival, featuring writers, poets and scholars, will be held at 29 Elm St. 837-2827

March 6: LEWISTON, naturalist Susan Hayward will lead a snowshoe event at 1:30 p.m. at Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary, Montello St. 784-8307

March 6: RUMFORD, a chili and chowder contest will be held at Black Mountain Base Lodge. 364-8977

March 7: LEWISTON, poet Major Jackson will present a reading at 7:30 p.m. at Bates College Chase Hall Lounge. Free 786-6305

March 8: LEWISTON, “Mardi Gras in L/A,” with music, spirits and Cajun cuisine, will be presented at the Franco-American Heritage Center, 46 Cedar St. $20/$22 689-2000

March 9: FARMINGTON, comedian Bob Marley will perform at a fundraiser at 7 p.m. at UMF Dearborn Gymnasium. $15 778-7535

March 9: PORTLAND, comedy phenomenon Jeff Dunham will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Cumberland County Civic Center. $41.50 775-3458

March 9-13: PORTLAND, the Portland Flower Show will be held at 58 Fore St. 775-4403

March 10-17: BATH, the third annual “Bath Blarney Days” will be held on downtown Main Street. 442-7291

Theater

March 4, 5: BRUNSWICK, the Bowdoin College Masque and Gown will perform “A Lie of the Mind” at 7 p.m. at Bowdoin College Pickard Theater. $3 725-3375

March 4, 5, 6: HALLOWELL, Gaslight Theater will perform “Key for Two” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at Hallowell City Hall. 626-3698

March 4-20: PORTLAND, Portland Stage Company will perform “The Center of Gravity” at the theater, 25A Forest Ave. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. $34-$25 774-0465

March 4, 6: WALES, the Oak Hill High School Theatre in the Woods will perform “Everyman/Everywoman,” a one-act play, at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the school. Donations 582-5717

March 6: AUBURN, auditions for “The Vagina Monologues” will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the First Universalist Church, 169 Pleasant St. 783-0461

March 6, 8: FREEPORT, the Freeport Players will hold auditions for “Pirates of Penzance” from 7 to 9 p.m. March 6 and 6 to 9 p.m. March 8 at Freeport Middle School, Kendall Lane. 865-6236

March 7: PORTLAND, Acorn Productions will perform “Sonnets and Soliloquies” at the Wine Bar on Wharf Street. Free/$8 854-0065

March 10, 12, 13: LEWISTON, “Oleanna” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, and 2 p.m. Saturday at Bates College’s Gannett Theater, 305 College St. $6/$3 786-6161

March 10-April 3: PORTLAND, Good Theater will perform “Bedroom Farce” at St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; and 7 p.m. on March 16. $25-$15 885-5883

March 10-27: PORTLAND, Mad Horse Theatre Company will perform “The Late Henry Moss” at Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd. Showtimes are evenings Thursday-Friday and matinees on Sunday. 899-3993

Films

March 4: BRUNSWICK, the “Reel Paddling Film Festival” will be held at 3 p.m. at Bowdoin College’s Searles Science Building. Free 725-3346

March 4, 5: BRUNSWICK, “Fly Fishing in Maine” will be shown at Frontier Cafe at Fort Andross, 14 Maine St. $12 725-5222

March 8: FARMINGTON, “Black Gold: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” will be shown at 7 p.m. at UMF Mantor Library. Free 778-7210

March 9: FARMINGTON, “Black Gold” will be shown at 2 and 6 p.m. at UMF Mantor Library. Free 778-7210

Lectures

March 5: AUBURN, Dave Wetzell, owner of Green Pastures, a family owned business in Nebraska, will speak at 12:45 p.m. at the First Universalist Church, 169 Pleasant St. 784-7287

March 6: AUGUSTA, quilter Helen Neff will speak about quilts used to communicate with slaves traveling along the Underground Railroad at 2 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2 Summer St. Free 622-2424

March 6: CHESTERVILLE, author Luann Yetter will speak on “Scenes From the History of Chesterville and Surrounds” at 2 p.m. at the Chesterville Town Hall, Pope Road. 778-3513

March 7: BRUNSWICK, former Maine governor Angus King will speak on “History Usually Rhymes: The Tea Party, the Framers and the Argument Over State’s Rights” at 7 p.m. at Bowdoin College Moulton Union. Free 725-3433

March 7: LEWISTON, Paul Knitter, a leading theologian of religious pluralism, will speak on “Without Buddha, I Could Not Be a Christian” at 7 p.m. at Bates College Muskie Archives, 70 Campus Ave. 786-8273

March 7: PORTLAND, Robert Pinsky, three-time U.S. Poet Laureate, will speak on “Is Vision the Twin of Speech?” at 6 p.m. at Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St. $15/$10 775-6148

March 8: BIDDEFORD, Somali scholar Dr. Ahmed Samatar will speak on “Escape From Hell: What Now for Somali-Americans?” at noon at UNE Jack S. Ketchum Library. Free 602-2269

March 9: FREEPORT, Lowell Monke will speak on “Growing Up Real in a Virtual World” at 7 p.m. at Merriconeag Waldorf School, 57 Desert Road. $10

March 9: NORWAY, Hallowell author Jeff Romano will speak about his favorite hikes in western Maine at 7 p.m. at Norway Public Library, Main Street. 739-2124

March 10: HALLOWELL, Lego League Maine state champions will speak on “Lego League Robotics” at 7 p.m. at Harlow Gallery, 160 Water St. $3 622-3813

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