Bob Calhoun

Bob Calhoun
Pacifica, California, USA
June 18
Bob Calhoun is a regular contributor to Film Salon and observer of offbeat media. His 2008 punk-wrestling memoir "Beer, Blood and Cornmeal: Seven Years of Incredibly Strange Wrestling" (ECW Press) has spent one entire week on the San Francisco Chronicle's Bay Area bestseller list.

Worst Facebook Ad EverThe above screen grab was taken at 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013.

You think you can't be shocked anymore, but then employee number 16 or whatever at Carma decides to use HITLER to sell their ridesharing app in the face of a potential BART strike. Does the living… Read full post »

Okay, I now how you feel. I haven't been here in months--six of them to be exact--and what do I do when I come back? I just paste in a press release. I mean hell. My last blog here back in January was that gross piece about the porn magsRead full post »

JANUARY 24, 2013 7:55PM

Jimmy Stewart's Porn Mag

Jimmy Stewart's Porn Mag
Notice the fine reading material on Jimmy Stewart's coffee table.
It's around 4 a.m. I can't get to sleep. Vertigo is on one of the Starz HD channels. It only takes a few minutes to draw me in.

Kim Novak is in the next room freshening up. Jimmy
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Me with "Judo" Gene LeBell in 2003.

I have never had sexual relations with “Judo” Gene LeBell. Thanks to General Petraeus and Paula Broadwell, I actually have to say this.

Way back in May 2002, I began working on LeBell’s autobiography, titled “The Godfather of GrapplRead full post »

The ball was grounded to second with the bases loaded. It picked up water as it skidded across the damp St. Louis infield, causing Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro to double-clutch the ball as he pulled it from his glove. That small delay allowed David Freese, the Cardinals’
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Iron Sheik Tweet
Former pro wrestling world champion The Iron Sheik AKA Sheikie Baby shook the foundations of astronomy and physics with his tweet earlier today.

Former WWE world champion The Iron Sheik rocked the foundations of what is knowable earlier this morning with a tweet about daredevil Felix BaumgRead full post »

Conservatives crap all over the Cat in the Hat

I may have found the most twisted piece of conservative propaganda print matter out there. I know this is saying a lot with those Nancy Pelosi hunting licenses and the targets with Al Gore’s face in them that you can get at gun shows,… Read full post »



Romney Nazi
Which one is the Nazi propaganda poster and which one is the the cover of the National Review with Romney and Ryan on it? It's damned hard to tell.

California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton got in some hot water over the weekend for comparing the Republicans'…

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AUGUST 16, 2012 2:05AM

The Melk Man with feet of clay

The Melk Men, a costume-wearing group of fans of suspended Giants slugger Melky Cabrera, had fans of their own. (Photo courtesy of Ali Meza.)

The first time that Giants fans paid any real attention to Melky Cabrera, he was on the Atlanta Braves. It was the… Read full post »

JULY 30, 2012 2:33AM

My Own Personal RomneyShambles

 Romney and Bush
Mitt Romney and George Bush at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. I couldn't find any pics of Mitt sitting in front of Kobe Bryant. 

Mitt Romney has been running for president for quite a while now, and he’s been making gaffes for as long as he’s been on this extended… Read full post »

New Yorkers have a long tradition of not taking crap from super villains as seen here in "Spider-Man" (2002).

It's "Superman II." General Zod and his renegade Kryptonians have seemingly put Superman down for good. The Kryptonians are all powerful, but this doesn’t matter to the Metropol

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APRIL 12, 2012 1:35AM

Straight-to-DVD: Marsha Brady & the Snow White Slasher Flick

For reasons unknown, 2012 is the year that the cumulative efforts of so many Hollywood lunches and industry cocktail parties have resulted in the release of several live action retellings of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves." Currently, there's the light-hearted "Mirror, Mirror" with Julia… Read full post »

Nude Nuns with Big Guns
Sister Sarah deals out righteous vengeance in "Nude Nuns with Big Guns." 

"Nude Nuns with Big Guns" and its 90-minutes of blood soaked blasphemy couldn't have picked a better time to thunder onto Netflix. With the Catholic Church losing its collective mind over the thought of millionsRead full post »

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MARCH 1, 2012 1:27PM

I just saw Andrew Breitbart on Saturday

Andrew Breitbart standing against the Tea Party Express Bus at the 2010 California Republican Convention in Santa Clara. He actually posed while I snapped this shot.

The last time I saw Andrew Breitbart was Saturday morning. I'd just pulled into the parking garage of the Burlingame Hyatt fo… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 26, 2012 3:37PM

Cain + Gingrich = Caingrich

I was able to get some decent shots of Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich as they were making their way out of the California Republican Convention yesterday. Please appreciate that I don't have one of those long-assed lenses (nor would I know how to use one if I did), so I… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 26, 2012 3:25AM

Newt Gingrich, the Algae Candidate

Newt Gingrich, the Algae Candidate
Newt Gingrich talks algae at the 2012 California Republican Convention in Burlingame on February 25, 2012. (Photo: Bob Calhoun)

NOTE:  Click here to see some more pics of Herman Cain and Gingrich (together they are Caingrich) from the California Republican Convention.

Newt Gingrich is re
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Herman Cain
Herman Cain being Herman Cain at the California Repubican Convention in Burlingame on February 25, 2012.

I'm at the California Republican Convention at the beautiful Burlingame Hyatt right by the San Francisco Airport down the road from Benihana. Another reporter in the pressroom just told me… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 15, 2011 1:31AM

Full Frontal Bradley Manning

Director Kyle Broom wanted to take "Prevention of Injury (POI)" through the film festival circuit just like every other independent filmmaker, but this 20-minute film has the burden of being about something. The film's main character doesn't have a name. He's referred to in the credits on… Read full post »

DECEMBER 3, 2011 4:12PM

My Unrealized Herman Cain Novelty Tune


Herman Cain is done reassessing his presidential campaign. He's out. Now this doesn't mean he won't reassess his reassessment at some later time and jump in the race again in a few weeks only to reassess all over again. This is Herman Cain we're talking about here. My one regret… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 2, 2011 1:11AM

Are We Taking Television Too Seriously?

I'm toying with starting a new blog series where I analyze inane old TV shows with the same attention to detail that today's pop culture bloggers and critics (myself included) lavish on dense cable dramas such as "Mad Men," "Game of Thrones" or "Walking Dead." To kick… Read full post »
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NOVEMBER 14, 2011 1:43AM

I always suspected that Frank Miller was a fascist.

Et tu Frank Miller?
The author now has a bad feeling about these Frank Miller comics that he fished out of his closet. Notice the book on the right is titled "Give Me Liberty, for whatever that's worth.

Frank Miller, the comic book writer/artist… Read full post »

Of all the things for Jerry Sandusky to have named his 2001 autobiography, he had to name it "Touched." No really, the creepy Penn State football coach who's been indicted for molesting boys in the showers, titled his book "Touched." I know I've said this twice alreadly (thrice if you count… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 12, 2011 3:25AM

Round and Round; My Return to Pro Wrestling

In pro wrestling, victory isn't making your big comeback—it's staying away. I've dispersed this pearl of wisdom here and there since my last show with Incredibly Strange Wrestling in Bologna, Italy back in 2003. Bologna was an unusually glamorous destination for a low-rent, punk rock… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 5:30PM

My Meeting with Meg Whitman

Meg Whitman
Meg Whitman meets the media head on during an impromptu press conference at the 2010 California Republican Party Spring Convention in Santa Clara, Calif. (photo: Bob Calhoun).

Last year I went to as many conventions and trade shows as I could talk my way into. One of these cons was
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A day of debt cieling sellouts has made my brain hurt. I'm tired of thinking about it, but I can't stop thinking about it. Just the way I couldn't stop thinking about the Florida recount. Just the way I couldn't stop thinking about those long-assed lines at the polls in… Read full post »