Barbie and the Street-Fighter

Two women are featured on Yahoo right now, although for totally different reasons.  A Ukrainian girl, Valeria Lukyanova, is getting heat because she looks like a human Barbie and a former Miss New Hampshire USA, Nicole Houde, beat the dog-piss out of her boyfriend. Let’s start with the dolly first:

Valeria Lukyanova, Barbie

A recent article about 21-year-old Ukrainian model Valeria Lukyanova has caused an uproar across the Internet, as people debate whether or not the “real life Barbie” achieved her appearance through cosmetic surgery.

It has also stoked a larger debate over whether or not excessive pressure is placed on young women by the media and popular culture to fit within a certain cosmetic mold.

Lukyanova’s Tumblr account features some pictures of the model without cosmetics, but in most of the photos she appears to be wearing a lot of makeup.

Roger all. The young lady may or may not have had surgery to look like a doll. Next up, a former teen queen, drama scream, who got the low-down uppercut on her boyfriend:

Miss New Hampshire Nicole Houde

Police say a former Miss New Hampshire USA faces a simple assault charge stemming from a confrontation with her boyfriend.

Police say Sunday that 26-year-old Nicole Houde was arrested Wednesday. Authorities say the Manchester beauty queen punched, kicked, scratched and bit 33-year-old Scott Nickerson, also of Manchester.

One thing you can say about those New Hampshire women, don’t take ’em for granite.

President Obama Faces Possible Challenge from a Democrat?

Have you heard that comedy routine by the Frantics called Ti Kwan Leep (Boot to the Head)? Keep it in mind as you gaze at the two Democratic presidential candidates below.

Vermin Supreme and Randall Terry at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH

On December 16th, Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire hosted a forum for unknown political candidates. Vermin Supreme (left) of Rockport, Massachusetts entertained the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and Political Library crowd, while Randall Terry (right) of Purgitsville, West Virginia tried to keep his cool.

For some reason Vermin reminds me of that old comedy routine Ti Kwan Leep:

Ti Kwan Leep is a sketch comedy recording by the Canadian comedy troupe The Frantics. It appears on their 1987 album Boot to the Head.

In the skit, an Eastern martial arts master starts off his class by explaining the basic philosophy of a fictional martial art called “Ti Kwan Leep” (take one leap). An impatient student in the class named Ed Gruberman interrupts the master, wanting to skip the philosophy and learn how to “beat people up”. After several interruptions the master agrees to show Gruberman some moves, and gives him a “Boot to the Head” (a catch phrase of the troupe that started in their 1984 sketch Last Will and Temperament).

The situation rapidly escalates until the entire class is left beaten and broken; their moans and groans then become the “Ommmmm” of meditation.

This skit is followed on the album (and often when played on the radio) with the song Boot to the Head.

The two were combined into a single track for disc 2 of the Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection, with a line from “Ti Kwan Leep” containing a mild expletive edited out.

Is Ed Gruberman also known as Vermin Supreme?