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Archive for December, 2009

 Caramel Biscotti must have spent part of his Christmas glancing over his shoulder as he listens to the pitter patter of little tennis shoe feet gaining on him and the title of bigfootery’s biggest media whore.  Media whores, to this author, are persons willing to sacrifice their own integrity and those of the greater bigfootery world in the interest of gaining some time in the media.  Based upon earlier events of the year, and something that we found in the in-box over the weekend, the Bigfoot Bully, Donald Keating, is working hard to become Caramel’s equal in terms of being a bigfootery media whore.

Sometime in the last few weeks The Bully appeared on an episode of TODAY in his quest for stardom.  It was a miserable failure for him and bigfootery.  The segment has been youtube’d and appears below.  It is a video of a TV screen, not amazing in quality, but enough to let you get the idea of the goat rope.

It seems Kathie Lee, proud parent who is not shy about media whoring her own kids and long suffering wife of Frank, and Hoda came to Ohio to do some footing and a hatchet job on bigfootery with a few choice insults for The Bully thrown in for good measure.   Those two women are private plane flyin, Walmart cammo buyin, campy actin, WHOOO, WHOO – sorry, started channeling Ric Flair, favorite son and wrasslin promo cutter extraordinaire.

Anyways, after some standard B-roll footage of Meldrum and his prints it was off to Ohio.  For the sake of brevity, here are our major observations:

– Keating was dressed in his faux suede jacket, polo shirt and tennis shoes.  From what we hear, as Keating’s version of field research is conducted within 100′ of a lighted picnic shelter, his field wardrobe is pretty typical.  Yep, long bushwhacking hikes in tennis shoes and suede are the gear every good field researcher needs.

– Kathie Lee and Hoda were campy, but I guess that is the message they wanted to deliver, bigfootery is really not worth taking seriously.

– Note to the Bully Keating, if you are the one instructing the gals in the finer aspects of bigfoot research, stopping them from standing on opposite sides of a tree and beating on it might have been a good idea.  If the end of Kathie Lee’s stick had broken, Hoda would have been eating wood, and then not eating for a few weeks.  That was plain dumbass move to allow them to do that, but I suspect some who watched were hoping for catastrophic wood failure after seeing enough to know where this segment was headed.

– Keating revisited the location  of his claimed sighting where he said he saw the bigfoot by the light of a full moon, this is the sighting The Bigfootery Enquirer revealed earlier this year as a lie/hoax as the moon was neither full or above the horizon at the time.  No mention of the moon or that it was at night during his appearance.  Want to learn more about this particular Bully lie, you can consult this post.  His second sighting, the now you see it now you don’t sighting , was not mentioned. But a new one from the park was, eye shine, how convenient and inconclusive. 

– Remarking to Keating about his “wasted life” was a thank goodness I was not drinking when I saw that moment.  The scene from the Godfather “act like a man” came to mind, Keating just wimped through it with a shrug.  Hey, The Bully could have remarked, I make more in one day during my annual conference than you made on those crappy cruise line commercial, Kathie.

– After watching, three staff members of The Bigfootery Enquirer all had a similar question about Kathie Lee, bald eagle jones?

To wrap up, The Bigfoot Bully, Don Keating, managed to definitely join the ranks of Caramel Biscotti as a bigfootery media whore.  Keating managed to allow them to make a fool of him and bigfootery in general, but he got what he wanted which was some publicity.  We suspect that between Moon TV and now NBC, any media outlet looking for someone who is gullible, has no honor,  is someone willing to be paraded out for embarrassment of themself and bigfootery in general,  and someone who will work cheap will have Keating in their Rolodex as the bigfootery village idiot on call.

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Intriguing title, yes?

This post is a team effort from The Bigfootery Enquirer  staff.  Our midwest stringer had alerted us to a brewing flap from the weekend as some hot and heavy action was going down north of the Ohio River.  It seems that a few prior speakers from the Ohio conference were in agreement, Don Keating had stiffed them and welched out of promises made but not delivered in terms of what could only be called minor compensations related to their appearance at his annual fund-raising event.   It seems that one of the Keating posse became aware of this comparing of scorecards, so to speak, and naturally ran to him with the info.  The reaction by the “Bigfoot Bulldog”, bad and angry, was evidently a fairly predictable thing from what we hear.

Now here is where the blind squirrel deal works back into the picture.  On a whim this author, the blind squirrel, decided to listen to The Sasquatch Experience show on archive during lunch today.  Honestly, we get our fair share of tips, leaks and rumor, but I simply found the latest archived show on bigfoot.  After some small talk, and then some information from the guest, the first caller out of the box was Keating.  Some, like me, would call what followed funny, others would call it a sad reflection upon the caller and bigfootery in general.  After a veiled compliment to the guest, Keating got down to the real purpose of his call, a rant.  One could almost picture that large forehead glowing red like Rudolf as he started his attack, or was it a damage control spin?  One person in the chat room remarked he must be drunk.  Keating began by saying there was a “rumor” circulating that he did not compensate speakers as promised, but then went on to confirm that he might not have delivered as promised because of being so busy and not having anything in writing.   So it was not a rumor. 

 And then he went to the my conference is free justification, as if that justifies not giving people what was promised.  Sure, tell that to the people who paid for reserve seating, the numerous people who donated and participated in his raffle and who were hit up at the door for the “suggested donation”.  This no admission fee conference is a strong four figure, some say five, one day income payday for the sole proprietor.    Come on, a little drop of that windfall for the speakers, one less mohito on vacation, dude.

And then we were all treated to what is reportedly a classic Keating’ism.  The childish I am going to pick up my toys and go home threat.  He is cancelling his internet “radio” show and may not hold his conference because he is so fed up with bigfootery.  This is evidently a near annual behavior to solicit donations, create angst among the loyal cronies and to get a few strokes to Keating’s ego.  To date it has always been a hollow threat for personal gratification.

He rounded out his call by exhibiting a jealous reaction to someone else getting a public compliment about how well they run a conference, complaining about bigfootery politics and hanging up once the guest, hosts and those in the chatroom stopped just letting him rant without a counter perspective.  It was the classic behavior of a fourth level “bigfoot researcher”, the carnival barker.  A psychologist would have had a hey day listening to this performance.

I do want to compliment Shawn, one of the co-hosts.  He noted that one of the outspoken critics of bigfoot politics, Keating, called the show to engage exactly in that same thing and it was disrespectful to his guest to do so.  Keating’s call had a palpable negative impact to what had started as a better than your average show, show.  But from what we are hearing, it revealed him.

Here’s the link to the show, hopefully they will keep it up, and The Bigfootery Enquirer challenges them to do just that.

The Sasquatch Experience

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A short message to those “Bigfoot Researchers” who feel obligated to fight among themselves on forums and email lists.  Have at it!  As long as it is a bigfoot venue where the general public, or those outside bigfootery,  do not visit.

But for those that take their fights to other venues like the James Randi forums, you paint all “Bigfoot Researchers” badly with your bickering.  Case in point was the bullcrap exchanges and how some used JRF as an outlet to continue the fight and attack of the Michigan recording saga.  Your behaviors make all of bigfootery look ridiculous, and generally bigfootery can do a fine job of that without your efforts above and beyond the call of bigfoot dootie.  You are an embarrassment, crawl back to your own little on-line neighborhood and quit soiling bigfootery, it already needs a diaper change.

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