Friday, April 14, 2017

Flying United, real horror

By now, I'm sure most people reading this have seen the video of the man being dragged off a United Airlines seat. If you haven't, it's horrific. The flight was apparently overbooked and the airlines was unable to get four people to volunteer. So they did the modern equivalent of choosing lots and drew four names at random. However one gentleman, reportedly a doctor refused to give up his seat. Security and the police were called, the boarded the planed and basically dragged the man off. The man briefly re-entered the plane, bloody, gripping a wall and chanting "Just let me die".

Early reports just indicated the flight was overbooked, but it looks as if United was actually opening the seats in order to accommodate four United staff members, The video has gone viral, sparking outrage, and a less than half hearted statement from United, with no actual apology for the traumatized paying customer or others on the flight.

I'll start of by saying that airlines do have the right to force people of the plane, for pretty much any reason. However I have never heard of a person being removed, after he was seated, unless he were being unruly, or disruptive. Likewise the police, when asked to remove a person, are in a bit of a bind. You can't sit and negotiate for hours with a plane at the gate. So what do you do? It was a situation that never should have happened, and United should not have let it escalate. You can blame the passenger, the cops and the flight crew, it's easy to say if any of them had responded differently this wouldn't have happened

United did ask for volunteers, offering a reported 800 dollars and a seat on the next plane. The problem is, it wasn't 800 dollars in cash, but in United Cash. Not hard spending money but currency that can only be spent on flights, and comes with a lot of restrictions. And of course the possibility of getting bumped from that flight. Add to that fact the next flight wasn't until 3:30 the next day. Which would entail a hotel room, and another pass through security getting groped, or sleeping in the terminal. That's a really appealing offer isn't it?

And why stop at 800 dollars? If it was that vitally important, why not a even thousand? Cash and a free flight voucher and free hotel. Or maybe they could have bought the crew tickets on a competing airline? Or rented a van and a driver? Or simply planned better?

Probably the worst mistake that United made was allowing the plane to fully board without having the volunteers. How much different the story might have been if four people were randomly selected and simply not allowed to board? Yeah, it's still a shitty deal, but the situation would be so much easier to control at the gate, versus on a crowded airplane. United is extremely lucky no other passengers, as far as we know, were injured.

This is a problem that was bound to happen. Ever since 911, we have given up more and more rights for the privilege of flying. While it might not be the root problem of this issue it definitely contributed. When yous step into an airport you become less than a person. You're  potential threat. That's why you can be searched, screened, poked, and groped, all without suspicion, cause or warrant.  That's why a 69 year old man was accosted by aggressive security for not giving up his seat.

The flight crew, and pilot pretty much have carte blanche to remove anyone from the plane, for any, or no reason. But they need to exercise it judicially, not just because a flight crew needs to be somewhere else. Although I have a feeling this might not have been wholly a decision by the flight crew, but by their supervision. But the call was made, the passenger, perhaps unwisely refused to give up his seat. The flight crew chose, or were ordered to escalate by calling security. That's when the fear if terrorism and America's growing police state collided in a near perfect storm. The passenger had to be removed, no negotiation, and you don't defy the police, or airport security. Comply or die.

But in the end, the fault lies with United. Doing some research for this article I found that United involuntarily bumps 3,000-4,000 passengers a year. I couldn't find direct comparison numbers from other airlines but I did find that Delta bumps an average of 3 out of 100,000 passengers involuntarily. In five years, ending in 2016 42,500 passengers were bumped involuntarily from United. (source the Boston Globe and federal statistics). American bumps an average of 5 per 100,000. Where is United? They average bumping 11 out of 100, 000.  (source twice the number of the other two airline giants combined. Don't get me wrong, over booking happens at all airlines, and at times it can't be helped. But it's clear United has a problem. Keep in mind there are involuntary bumps. Not the ones where passengers accept a coupon or cash to delay their flight.

I understand why the airlines over book. People cancel, canceled seats are lost revenue. Or are they. Have you tried to get a refund if you miss your flight? So if someone cancels, no shows, whatever that's money in the bank (usually there are some situations where a ticket might be refuned), and then that empty seat is resold. SO why oversell?

I sincerity hope this leads to change, not just at United but across the whole airline industry. We have gotten so used to be treated like animals that we come to think we deserve it. Already people are starting to blame the passenger. Because he should have accepted it, he should have blindly obeyed. As if his refusal warranted his treatment.  

Since I started writing this, there have been some positive steps. United has issued an apology, congress may investigate, and there is a bill to make it illegal to force a boarded passenger from his seat, in order for someone else to have a seat. United has also reported refunded all passengers on the flight their ticket price. Small steps, but positive ones.

One last update, the doctor in question is, according to several reports a convicted felon. But does that matter? Did the crew know this beforehand? And if so, do we really want airline crews passing moral judgement on citizens? It also has come to light that United may have violated the wording of their own Contract of Carriage more than once in forcing him off. But this is a long post already, so I'm ending it here. I may do a update if I feel it's needed.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Thank you Sandahl Bergman

Man it was a long time ago. Maybe the early 80s? Yeah that sounds right so let's go with it. It was the wary 80s, I was maybe 13 or 14, give or take. Whatever my actual age, I was young, physically and emotionally. I was a shy kid anyway, from a small school, in a small town.

I was lucky enough to have a television in my bedroom at home, so I had some freedom to watch television without parental permission or scrutiny. That liberty comes with the caveat that there was no cable, so no late night skinimax or HBO. No, I was stuck with the three networks and PBS. The most risque thing I could normally hope to catch was the Celebrity Battle of the Network Stars. Until that night when I found All That Jazz.

Now while I was a definite TV addict, I was not really one for musicals. I grew up watching late night horror movies with my dad. As a young kid I also enjoyed a cowboy flick, and eventually became a fan of those guest star studded series like The Love Boat and Fantasy Island. Basically I'm trying to say I don’t know how I ended up even giving All That Jazz a chance. But flipping channels I came across it and lingered a bit. With only having a handful of selections maybe I flipped around a few times before either I settled on it. But whatever happened I ended up watching it long enough.

You may know where this is going. Yeah eventually the movie got around to THAT scene. Airotica, a very sexualized dance scene featuring maybe a dozen dancers of both sexes. Now if you haven't seen it, it's hot. It starts out sensual and gets hotter, ended with quite a bit of nudity.

Me and Sandahl Bergman at Pensacon
Sandahl Bergman and me at Pensacon

Remember now, this was before streaming media, before internet porn, basic cable (at least where I lived) and you just didn't see nudity on the TV. It was a time when VCR’s were still expensive and some what rare. To say I was in shock would be an understatement.. It was a very happy exuberant shock, but still shock. There in front of my eyes, in my very bedroom, on my television were several sexy, mostly naked dancing women, and one of them was a goddess.

That goddess, blonde, statuesque, and beautiful, dancing in nothing more than heels and a thong was Sandahl Bergman. She made an impression, an impression I have yet, and probably never will forget. Enough of an impression that I was able to find out her name. Which was a bit of a feat back in the dark days before Wikipedia and IMDB. Maybe I didn’t know who she was until I saw her in Conan the Barbarian a few years later, but I think I knew her before then. Who knows the memory becomes a bit tricky after 30 years.

The point is she made an impression. She is the first woman I can remember seeing naked. Now I know she wasn't the first. I vaguely remember a school mate bring a worn and wrinkled girly magazine to school once. There was a naked woman but that's about all I can tell you about that experience. This was different. This was a woman who was moving, walking, dancing, shaking her long mane of blonde hair.

It was a fairly short dance scene, but it seemed to last forever. I was glued to every movement by Sandahl and the other dancers. It was my first real taste of growing up. I followed Sandal's career though Conan, Hell Comes to Frogtown, Red Sonja and other films before finally, I let her slide toward the back of my mind. She didn't seem to be making as many high profile films (If you can call Hell Comes to Frogtown high profile). So she slid to the background, but I never totally forgot her.

Now I'm older, a little more experienced and a lot more jaded and world weary. I can still remember All That Jazz though. I still remember Sandahl Bergman. That's why I was so incredibly excited when she was announced as a guest at Pensacon's 2017 convention. I finally get to meet that golden haired goddess who stole into my room that night. On Feb 18th, 2017 I did just that.

I was nervous which says a lot. Over the last ten years, I have met a lot of celebrities. I have met them at conventions, interviewed them in person and over Skype and hung out in bars with them. I don't get excited or nervous very often, but this time I did. I had decided to tell her this story, but now I was getting cold feet.
Sandahl Bergman as Valeria
Autographed photo of Sandahl Bergman as Valeria

Would she find the story perverted? Would I look perverted telling it? Would I stutter or drool. OK I think I did stutter a little, but I got it out. She laughed, grabbed my hand and told me what an awesome story it was. Readers of this article may disagree, but Sandahl liked it and that's all that mattered. We ended up chatting several minutes, before I picked out a nice 8x10 of her as Valeria to sign. I got a photo with her, said goodbye and she thanked me for sharing my story, then I went on my way.

It was just a shirt meeting between a celebrity guest and their fan. Just one of thousands of meetings at Pensacon, which is one of hundreds of conventions, but for me it was a lot more. It was meeting a vision from the past. It was taking a trip back to another time. A time of innocence and beauty, when my whole life lay in front of me. When my parents were still alive and I wasn't as closely acquainted to death as I am today. A time when a golden haired beauty danced on the screen of a small television, lighting up the screen and igniting my heart.

Thank you Sandahl

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Vote for Shawna Lee!

Shawna Lee in a pink Bikini
Vote for the beautiful Shawna Lee in her hot pink bikini

OK I know everyone is tired of politics, as political as I am, I am damn tired of politics. Still it's time to get out the vote. Now I can hear you screaming “The election's over, get over it!”, but the important vote is still going on. The voting for the bikini team model search at Bikini team net. And I am here to tell you to vote for Shawna Lee. The fate of our nation is at stake! OK maybe not but you should still vote for Shawna. Why? Aren't the photos self explanatory? If not just take a look at her other photos on her Facebook fan page? I have known Shawna for several years since I was toying with photography. She is an awesome person with a killer figure, and she busts her well toned ass to keep that figure in shape.

Shawna Lee in a revealing bikini
Shawna Lee in a pink bikini

Shawna Lee is a familiar face around the Gulf Coast, where she is a frequent contestant in bikini contests. She is also a frequent winner and is appearing in more and more events, not just on the coast but around the south. Not to take anything from the other girls, but Shawna definitely deserves your vote. So show her some love. You can vote once a day, twice if you have a twitter and facebook account. Just follow the link and click VOTE!
Shawna Lee headshot
Remember, vote for Shawna Lee, twice a day!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Strange Case of William Pattison and Katheen Wilhoite

The Strange Story of William Pattison and Kathleen Wihoite.
Kathleen Wilhoite
Kathleen Wilhoite soul mate of William Pattison art by William Pattison

So why am I writing about William Pattison aka Eric Morse again? He's taken enough of my time, and enough space on my blog. But he just won't go away, and honestly he's a fascinating character. There are tons of memes, parody’s and even the very informative Devour My Footlong blog. William likes to attack it because of the humorous name, and more lite hearted approach, but don;t let that fool you. It's a serious work that is backed up by facts. That is something William is incapable of doing, backing up anything with facts. But anyway, with all the humor and trolling, I thought there needs to be a completely serious look at one of William's more disturbing claims. His relationship with his soulmate, actress Kathleen Wilhoite

uncomfortable cover of the Traveler by William Pattison
A familiar face on the cover of William Pattison's novel The Traveler. Is that Kathleen Wilhoite? Is that supposed to be William

Horror fans may remember Kathleen from the cult film Witchboard. She's a working actress with a huge list of credits, as well as being a singer /songwiter. Also, if you listen to William, she is his ex-girlfriend and “soulmate.” William has been questioned by his trolls and he refuses to even mention the subject. So let's mention it here and expose William's claims and why they aren't true, and why we should care.

When I first discovered William Pattison he was begging people to harass Reyna Young about appearing at her convention. He was his usual loud, egotistical self. Droning about his importance to the Friday the 13th franchise and comparing himself to Harlan Ellison. He was such a character I immediately took interest and visited his Facebook page. I followed him surreptitiously for quite a while, laughing at his antics, without commenting, of course eventually I felt the need to defend someone he was attacking and quickly got the “claws” aka blocked. But before then I noticed that he was friends with Kathleen as he regularly promoted her concert appearances.

So I assumed they were friends. He called her his good friend, At this time I didn't know exactly how “unbalanced” William was. I took a lot of what he said for granted. This was probably around 2012. He was a writer from California, maybe he had a famous friend.

It was a couple years later when I came across the facebook page of Jordan Mollar, one of his former friends. A private investigator, who claimed to be a private investigator. He posted that William had made a fake facebook page to stalk her pretend girlfriend Kathleen Wilhoite. Wait a minute..... This was when I first took note that Willie was more than just a loud asshole who liked to block people. This took interest so I started digging. I re read his blog and found references to his former girlfriend “K” who's name he never spelled out. Why can't you say your girlfriends name? Unless it's pretend and you don’t want her to find out.

William Pattison and Kathleen Wilhoite

William Pattison
Public Facebook posts from a former friend of William Pattison

Then I found the first bit of real evidence, A comment on his blog from “Zarabeth McGhee” from Google +. The commenter claimed to be a long time close friend of William. She defended him from people who criticized him, and insulted Michelle Shields, and strangely, she wrote in the same style as William. Even stranger, the name “Zarabeth McGhee” combined Kathleen's name from Witchboard, and her name from another film. Really suspicious, but no smoking gun. It could have been anyone, including Kathleen herself. But to me there was no doubt that this was William, creating a fake account to pretend he had a girlfriend, and even scarier, carrying on online conversations with this fake account.

I found out later I wasn't the first person to call out the Zarabeth account, even before Jordan, by a Youtuber. He had noted the similarities between William and Zarabeth and called him. He reportedly even contacted Kathleen and she deleted William from her Facebook. Now this I have no solid proof of, I have not been able to locate the Youtuber and attempts to contact Kathleen have been unsuccessful. So a lot of circumstantial evidence is turning up, but still nothing concrete. It's getting convoluted, but still it could be explained away. Maybe they were friends, maybe it was her, or a fan of hers on the Google plus, unlikely, but possible. And maybe the “K” he's referencing isn't Kathleen...but hold on. That smoking gun is coming.

But before we go deeper, let's hear William's story about his great love affair with “K”. William details his great love for “K” with the most detail on one of his Valentines Day Podcast. He hosts the show as his persona “The Night Caller”. William starts out bemoaning the fact he has no love, but at one time dear listeners, he had a great love. Her name was “K”, and she was his soulmate. However he lost K. How did this great affair come to an end? “K decided to go to Europe. During this time William's house burned down. K returning home assumed he was dead, and went on with her life. Five years later, they reconnected, but she was “involved” with a man and pregnant with her child. The rekindled their friendship but her jealous boyfriend refused to let them talk so she created the “zarabeth” account to continue talking to her true love. This continued till a “misunderstanding” drove them apart.

Over the years he has added little detials, like how a neighbor told “K” he was dead. How on a special birthday she had bought him KFC for a picnic How “K”'s husband was abusive, but K was loyal and he, William, was no home wrecker. He even stated once that even though she was his soul mate he never though of her in a sexual manner

All of this on it's own sounds fake as hell. It sounds like the fantasy of a fourteen year old high schooler who has never got laid. Now it's true, young girls do go off to Europe, leaving their boyfriends behind, but it isn't that common outside of the movies. But to go to Europe, leave your boyfriend behind, and not call? Not keep in touch. The you come home and some one tell you he died and you just move on? No call to the hospital, no visiting his grave site? Not even checking the obituaries? Contacting his family? I'm sorry but that's beyond improbable, that's unbelievable. Add to that apparently William never tried to contact her. “Honey, my house burned down, but I'm OK”. Even more in 1994 William had written and had published four Friday the 13th novels. You don't call your girlfriend and tell her that you are now a published author? We know this happened at roughly the same time because according to William it took two years to repair his house and they moved back in in 1996. He has also stated he lost a lot of his contracts and manuscripts in the fire.

So we have a completely improbably story of how their relationship ended. We also have a story, once again told by William, of his attempt to celebrate publishing his books by asking out a co-worker. Now William uses the above story as for how his relationship with “K” ended, which means he was attempting to cheat on his soul mate when he asked out Nikki Malia. The same Nikki whose name he has tattooed on his arm. We are left with a couple choices. William is unfaithful, the “K” story never happened, or the Nikki Story never happened, or maybe some mix of all three

Now originally I believed parts of the K story were real, Like I said, before I knew how crazy he was. I took his stories at face value. After I found the note by Jordan I started to connect “K” and Kathleen. Then I started to investigate, and was sent a facebook message where William calls his great love by her full name. In the message he says that he once dated Kathleen Wilhoite. He claims to have helped her create the Zarabeth character in Witchboard, giving her the iconic TTFN, and helping her select her wardrobe. He even claims he helped director Kevin Tenney direct the film.

The above screenshots were provided to me for this blog. In them William Pattison claims to have helped  dated Kathleen Wilhoite and helped her develop her character

So to be through I checked IMDB, and William is listed no where on the credits of Witchboard. Then an associate contacted Kevin Tenney, who confirmed that William had nothing to do with directing Witchboard, with the dialogue for Zarabeth or her wardrobe. He also said he had no idea if William and Kathleen were dating. That is William caught in a direct lie. Just like he was caught lying about his relationship with Harlan Ellison, just like he was caught lying about writing Star Trek.

These screen caps provided by Billy Jack. They contain the reply of director Kevin Tenney

Now we have connected “K” and Kathleen, we have also established that William lies frequently. SO let's take all the hints and various posts, and put together a time line.

William claims to have met Kathleen Wilhoite before filming began for Witchboard. Witchboard was released in 1986. William has claimed he met her when she was doing publicity for Murphy's Law. However Murphy's Law was released in April 1986, and you would think most of the publicity would be after and just prior to release. This causes a problem in his story because even though Witchbard was released in December of 1986 (limited) it was filmed in 1985. So it's not impossible to believe they met, but unlikely.

Now at the time they “met” Kathleen was a working actress,living in San Bernadino, and William was a stock boy in the Bay area. No offense to stock boys but that's a stretch. Still not impossible that an overweight stock boy from Sam Mateo could being a ten year relationship with a young, but already successful actress.

So they meet in 1985-1986. William helps her develop her character in 1985, and despite being a young stock boy from San Mateo he is allowed to help direct a feature film. From 1985 till 1994 nothing worth talking about happens in their relationship beyond a picnic with KFC. Nothing, no special anniversaries, no Christmas’s together, no more movie work that I can see. Not till she leaves for Europe at some unnamed date, that we have to assume was around 1994. She had to be back before 1996 or his house would have been rebuilt and he would have been living there.

In 1994, William writes and publishes four novels and his house burns down. Kathleen is apparently in Europe, even though IMDB shows her working steadily in Hollywood, in both films and TV.

Sometime between 1994 and 1996 Kathleen returns from Europe to hear her soul mate is dead. Oh well, no need to verify that, on to the next one.

Five years later Willie and Kathleen reconnect. She is now pregnant and involved with the child's father. However Kathleen was married in 1997 to David Harte. Five years from 1996 is 2001, five from 1994 is 1999. So was she involved or married? I couldn’t easily find a lot of information about her kids, and with stalkers like Willie, it's probably for the best.

In 2012 he was Facebook friends with Kathleen, although it appears she blocked him by mid year. Or was this William's fake profile of her. I tend to think they were Facebook friends for a while but recent photos make me think he was also operating a fake profile that he friended, beyond the Zarabeth profiles.

In January 2013 the fake Zarabeth account is posting on Williams blog.

In May of 2013 Jordan Mollar, a former friend of William's has figured out the truth and outed him on Facebook.

So by now, I think anyone with any common sense will decide that William Pattison never dated Kathleen Wilhoite. All of his stories about her are either lies, or highly suspect, So why should anyone care? It's just harmless fantasy from a loser guy who never got his break. The reason I care is that it's more than harmless fantasy. If it was just a lie about a girlfriend, that's something a lot of people have done. William, however goes to a whole new level of crazy. He has obsessed over Kathleen since at least 2000. He has a tattoo of “Kathleen” on his back. He claims he had a “beloved jeep” named Kathleen, He has even named his laptop Kathleen. He has went on podcast and claimed David Harte is an abusive husband, basically keeping Kathleen prisoner. This is not the actions of a sane man. This is the actions of a stalker.
Creepy Kathleen Wilhoite tattoo on William Pattison's back
A misspelled tattoo of Kathleen and her birth year on William Pattison's back

To make it worse William has friends who are acting as enablers. People who could attempt to get him help. People like Derek Young, who support his lies, even when given proof, versus getting him help. William surrounds himself with people who never criticize him or call him out on his lies. I think if it weren’t for his physical issues such as his extreme weight problem, and bad feet, he would be a legitimate danger. This wouldn't be the first time an actress was stalked by a fan and it had a bad ending.
Here he even claims he based his pen name on the street where Kathleen supposedly lived. Stalker enough for you now?

I have been debating writing this for a while. I have had run ins with William in the past but have tried to avoid him over the last year or so. Still I recently was sent word he is still talking about me, threatening to file charges against me for stalking, bullying and even identity theft. He has posted lies about me all over the internet, while crying that he is the victim. Everything I have posted here is directly from William, Kevin Tenney, or Jordan Mollar

Last I leave you with this. A screen shot where William claims Kathleen Wilhote gave him "B roll
 from her film A Color of Night.  He then used that footage to make a music video for a song he wrote for Wayne Goulden. The song Nikki Tears Her World Apart, which he wrote about the girl he intended to cheat on Kathleen with...The girl whos name he has on his other tattoo. Now tell me that isn't creepy in itself. Thing is, this isn't B roll. I haven't seen A Color of Night since it was first released but I have on good authority that is the opening credits scene. William filmed it off his television, zoomed in to crop out the credits. That's copyright infringement on it's own. If he did get the film from Kathleen he is implicating her in the crime, as she doesn't own the copyright and can not give it to him to use in a monetized video
Nikki Tears Her World AApart

Nikki Tears Her World Apart with Stolen video

So that's it. If you can read this and still support William Pattison something is wrong. Kathleen is only one of a good half dozen women he has stalked and harassed. If you know him get him help. Stalking is nothing to laugh at