Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Warning Shot Ends Up in Manslaughter Conviction

You know, I've always wondered what happens to those shots in the air bright people do on occasions such as the 4th of July or New Year's Eve. In fact, some people have even been killed in such incidents. This isn't one of 'em, but it's sure reminiscent.

A Hayward, California man was convicted of voluntary manslaughter, assault with a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm on Tuesday. Christopher Hollis was called by his friend Meleia Willis-Starbuck, a 19-year-old Dartmouth College student.

Willis-Starbuck called Hollis for help during an argument with UC Berkeley football players - asked him to bring a gun. According to Hollis' attorneys he meant to shoot over the football players' heads to scare them, but he accidentally shot Willis-Starbuck instead.

Not aiming high enough? Or not aiming at all, I guess. Or, and more precisely, not thinking at all.

Hollis will be sentenced July 14th and faces 6 to 21 years in prison.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Spitzer's Call Girl Sues "Girls Gone Wild"

Oh, come on. It's not that Ashley Alexandra Dupre, best known as Eliot Spitzer's call girl, who singlehandedly brought down New York's then-governor, is suing "Girls Gone Wild." It's what she's suing for. Not the amount, but the complaints made.

Specifically, she's suing GGW founder Joe Francis for more than $10 million for the illegal use of her name and image.

The lawsuit was filed on Monday in federal court in Miami. Dupre contends that she was 17 and not old enough to sign a legally binding contract when she appeared partially nude in video footage filmed in 2003, while Dupre was on Spring Break.

Wait, so she's too young to sign, and thereby falsifies the document, yet it's GGW's fault? I see.

According to the complaint, Dupre was also drunk when told to sign a video "release" form.

Once again, I see. Well, unless they got her drunk ...

The lawsuit states the following:
"At the time of these events, plaintiff did not understand the magnitude of her actions nor that her image and likeness would be displayed in videos and DVDs produced and distributed by defendants. The defendants have profited from the filming, production and distribution and sale of the videos and DVDs. Defendants created the false impression that plaintiff has endorsed and/or approves of the graphic sexual content, including lesbian acts, contained in the video, which in reality she does not."
What's unsaid is probably: the complainant realizes GGW is going to make huge amounts of $$$ off the video, and wants a piece of it!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Bill Maher: "Now That Gas Costs the Same $4 at Every Gas Station, You Can Drop the 9/10-of-a-Cent"

Yeah, I've always wondered about that. Why do all gas stations have this 9/10 of a cent garbage on their prices? My guess is it has to do with the "old days" when gas pumps had mechanical movements, but now?

Anyway, that was a pretty apolitical "New Rule" for Maher on his final show before the mid-year hiatus. To be exact, he said:
Now that gas costs the same four bucks at every gas station, you can drop the nine-tenths-of-a-cent bullsh*t.
After all, if we're praying for lower prices, who needs the extra 9/10?

In a more political vein, Maher also addressed the sign noted last week outside a South Carolina church which said

"Obama Osama, humm, are they brothers?"

First of all, it should be "hmmm" shouldn't it, instead of humming to a song? The pastor of the church said the idea of the sign was to make people "
realize and to see what possibly could happen if we were to get someone in there that does not believe in Jesus Christ."

Er, you guys can't have it both ways. First you attack Obama for his past relationship with Rev. Wright, and then you say he's not a Christian. Make up your minds. Anyway, what Maher said was:
If you still think Obama is a Muslim, you just might be a redneck. A Christian church in South Carolina has a sign out front that says, “Obama, Osama, hmmm, Are they brothers?” No, in fact, they’re not even related, which is more than I can say for the married couples in your church.
Pretty funny stuff. I'll miss Maher until he comes back. I guess I'll have to watch more Colbert Report.

Watch the video:

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Gas Prices Too High? It's Time to Pray

It's things like this that give California a bad name, or rather, that make people think Californians are nuts. As an S.F. Bay Area resident, I'd rather not see more ammo given to the rest of the country.

Friday Rocky Twyman, 59, a community organizer, church choir director and public relations consultant from the Washington, D.C. suburbs - who knows why he came to S.F., except perhaps it was the first major city to hit a $4.00 per gallon average gasoline price - held a pray-in at a S.F. gasoline station.

"God is the only one we can turn to at this point," said Twyman. "Our leaders don't seem to be able to do anything about it. The prices keep soaring and soaring. God, deliver us from these high gas prices," Twyman said. "That's all they have to say."

While Twyman may have good intentions, he should look at across the Atlantic if he and others want to see high gasoline prices. Complaints are fine, but let's be honest: oil is a finite resource, and with any finite resource, as you run out of it, prices go up.

Unless prayer creates new oil reserves, it's not going to help much. Neither are calls for Bush to stop adding to the strategic petroleum reserves (a mere drop in the bucket compared to our daily use) or the increased use of ethanol.

Despite all this, Twyman is convinced his prayers may work. "I've seen him work miracles in my life," Twyman said. "He told us that all we need to do is ask and believe. He can do it, and he will do it, but we have to ask him to do it."

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Cadaver Dog Recovers Recently Severed Foot

A Bainbridge Township, Ohio cadaver dog out for a walk with its owner found a foot that had been severed in an auto accident hours before.

Virginia Woolf (no kidding) was walking her Labrador Retriever Dolly, a trained cadaver dog, when the dog alerted her to the foot, which had been "lost" by 26-year-old Richard Williams of Burton, when he crashed his car at 2:30 a.m. and the guardrail went through the car.

Authorities attempted to find the missing foot, but despite a search, they could not.

Woolf alerted the police to the find, but the foot wasn't found until Dolly's afternoon walk. Because of the nature of the injuries and the amount of time the foot had been missing, it could not be reattached.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Carjacker Asks TV Crew for Directions

At least this film crew can safely say that for once, the news came calling.

In Cleveland, Ohio, WOIO-TV newswoman Shannon O’Brien and photographer Eric Walls were doing a sidewalk report Monday on bank problems when a possible bank problem (holdup, perhaps) showed up in the form of a car passenger asking for directions to a bank.

The driver signaled that he was being held at gunpoint, and after the car left, O'Brien and Walls called police and followed the car (obviously seeking an exclusive). When arrested, police found the suspect carrying a loaded handgun.

The man was arraigned Thursday and ordered held on $50,000 bond.

Chest Hole Covered Up - By Cigarette Packs

At least there's one thing: cigarettes in this case are being put to a good use, chest-wise. A 51-year-old man from Taining in China's Guangdong province is using a do-it-yourself approach to patch up a hole in his chest: cigarette packs.

Rao Jiacang was unable to pay for the remainder of his surgery after doctors removed part of his ribs and skin in 1998 to extract infected lung tissue. The wound measures 7" x 3".

While he's been subsisting on his DIY procedure, changing the dressing several times a day, he's looking to finally get the hole in his chest fixed. Since he's dextrocardiac - heart not on the left hand side of their body, but slightly to the right, you can see the heart beat through the hole.

All I can say is, ugh. And also, it's hard to believe he could live 10 years like this.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Miley Cyrus to Write Her Memoirs at 15

While Miley Cyrus (AKA Hannah Montana) hasn't started shaving her head or anything, she has shown up in racy pictures (above) yet again, just this week. And now, at the ripe old age of 15, she's been signed to a seven-figure contract.

The danger, of course, is that all this fame and fortune so early in her life will lead to a Spears- or Lohan-like lifestyle. After all, all this money and adulation can't help but affect a young person, can it?

She said: "I am so excited to let fans in on how important my relationship with my family is to me. I hope to motivate mothers and daughters to build lifetimes of memories together, and inspire kids around the world to live their dreams."

According to reports, the book, written for Disney Book Group (who else) will focus on her childhood, growing up in Tennessee, and how her family helps keep her grounded. Well, at this rate, they ought to keep her "grounded," all right.

BTW, this shows just how sick our celebrity worship is. There are people having trouble affording food, even Americans hoarding food, and yet a 15-year-old who's hardly lived enough life to write about gets a seven-figure deal for her memoirs.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Sperm Theft in India Hard to Swallow

A laboratory technician in India stole 101 vials of sperm from a sperm bank, tried to sell them to a doctor, and ended up jailed for his efforts.

The tech stole the sperm from a sperm bank in the western city of Aurangabad, and tried to sell the vials to a doctor in Mumbai for about $625. The doctor tipped off police, probably because he felt he was being overcharged.

Aurangabad police chief Krishna Lal Bishnoi said, "The doctor contacted police because they (doctors) usually refer patients to infertility clinics for treatment. They are never approached with sperm vials on sale." I never would have imagined.

Of course, it should be noted that sperm in sperm banks are usually stored in liquid nitrogen, so the sperm was probably ruined anyway.

The tech and a relative were arrested, and
each could face up to seven years in prison if convicted.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Clinton Plays the "bin Laden" Card Against Obama

Hillary Clinton is the first candidate from either side of the aisle to pull out the Osama bin Laden card, as her new ad, "Kitchen," uses images of both Pearl Harbor and bin Laden to play the fear card that the GOP generally likes to play. Here's the transcript:

Narrator: “It’s the toughest job in the world. You need to be ready for anything, especially now with two wars, oil prices skyrocketing and an economy in crisis. Harry Truman said it best: ‘If you can’t stand the heat. get out of the kitchen.’ Who do you think has what it takes?”

Hillary Clinton: “I’m Hillary Clinton, and I approved this message.”

The good thing is we got to see how Obama will react to these challenges over his experience.

Watch the video:


The immediate reply was via an Obama ad:
Narrator: “Who has what it takes to really bring change, to finally take on the special interests, not take their money? Who made the right judgment about opposing the war and had the courage and character to speak honestly about it? And who, in times of challenge, will unite us, not use fear and calculation to divide us?”

Barack Obama: “We are one people. All of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes. All of us defending the United States of America. I’m Barack Obama, and I approved this message.”
Watch the video:

While I am not surprised to see these sorts of fear tactics, I didn't expect the Demos to be using them against each other.

Australian State Bans Laser Pointers After "Attacks" on Airliners

The Australian state of New South Wales has banned laser pointers after a rash of "attacks" on airliners in which several pilots have been temporarily blinded. The new law requires jail terms of up to 14 years for anyone carrying them without a permit.

While some are making fun of this - and somewhat justifiably so - it's certainly true that aiming one of these laser pointers at a plane can temporarily blind the pilot and cause what could be a serious accident that could injure or kill hundreds. Why anyone would want to do something that heinous is beyond me.

Of course, banning laser pointers for everyone is quite probably overkill.

State Premier Morris Iemma said, "It is a gutless and cowardly act that could result in an horrific outcome. It only takes a fraction of a second for a pilot to become temporarily blinded and that could have catastrophic consequences."

Readers?

Monday, April 21, 2008

Bill Maher on "Bittergate": "You know who is bitter in America? I am."

All right, the key point Bill Maher made this week was on "Bittergate," but I would be extremely remiss if I didn't mention his comment on mailing tax returns.
You shouldn’t have to pay for a stamp to mail your taxes.You are sending your money to the same people who sell you the stamp. It’s like a collection agency calling you collect.
Now, on to "Bittergate." I, for one, definitely am bitter. I believe that politicians are all elite. When proposing or signing legislation, they aren't considering the common man. They are considering their rich friends or rich corporations. Anyone who believes otherwise is foolish, fooling themselves, or just plain ignorant.

While Obama may have miswordeded his comment, he was right on in that if the common man is not bitter, he darned well should be.

Anyway, here's what Maher had to say (with some interjections by me):
Referring to voters who America has left behind economically as “bitter” isn’t an insult. In fact, it’s a compliment, acknowledging that they’re smart enough to understand what’s happening to them.

The hopeful, now those are some idiots. [Refer to my comments above. Look at what's happening in America and around the world, and it's hard to be hopeful.]

So – so, let’s separate the bitter – my people – from the idiots. If you think the Democrats are going to take away your Bible, you’re an idiot. If you think they’re going to take away your gun, you’re an armed idiot. And if you think they’re going to take away your gun and give it to a Mexican to kill your God, you’re Bill O’Reilly.

Now, at the end of last week when Barack Obama ignited the “bitter-gate” scandal, you would have thought that he had scaled Mount Rushmore, dick-slapped Jefferson in the face——and spray painted “God damn America” over Lincoln. But, he wasn’t lying. The truth is that religion and guns and hating gays and immigrants, are crutches that people lean on. So are fast-food, crystal meth and child beauty pageants, but we don’t have time to tackle all of America’s addictions in one night.

So, let’s focus on the big thing. That the people who claim to be the “non-elitists,” are the ones who constantly shift tax burdens from the people who fire you, to you. John McCain voted to repeal the estate tax, voted against raising the minimum wage, has no health care plan, and is fine with keeping the working class in Iraq for a hundred years. But, he’s a real “man of the people.” [He is so right on with this; does anyone look at the money and upbringing of most politicians and imagine they do not consider themselves elite? And compare that with the life of Barack Obama and his wife.]

And the president went to Harvard and Yale, and inherited your country from his dad. But, he’s not an elitist because he can neither read nor write. [Ha, ha.]

What does it take to label someone “elitist” these days anyway? They wear shoes? They don’t buy their groceries at the gas station? Their dog has a name and their truck doesn’t?!

You know who is bitter in America? I am. Because sh*t-kickers voted twice for a retarded guy they wanted to have a beer with, and everybody else had to suffer the consequences!
Watch the video.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Another Copycat Video Beating as the Trend Continues

For those who say YouTube and other sites like Facebook aren't to blame for the Victoria Lindsay beating, what do you say now?

After all, after the Lindsay beating, I reported on another beating in Fort Worth, Texas.

In Clarksville, Indiana, another beating, one which police believe was inspired by the Lindsay case. This one took place on April 12th. At Thunder Over Louisville, the opening event in the Kentucky Derby Festival, a group of girls arranged the ambush in a parking lot. One suspect called a classmate to meet her there. When the girl arrived, she encountered five other girls.

The victim actually threw the first punch, but she soon found herself at the receiving end of a beating as the other girl bashed the victim in the head with rocks.

Clarksville Police Chief Dwight Ingle said, "She grabs those rocks ... I mean, this kid could have been killed. There's a possibility of deadly force being used there. She was hit at least two times we could make out on the video with the rocks."

The fight lasted only a couple of minutes. The video, recorded on a camera phone, soon made it way onto Photobucket.

"We're having more and more problems with what the kids are putting on the Internet, it's like they get in a fantasy world," Ingle said. "There's consequences to this."

Police say the victim suffered extensive head injuries and a chipped tooth. What's unsettling, is that according to police at least three adults stood by and watched but didn't try to stop the fight. All the girls involved, including the victim, ranged from ages 12 to 14 years old.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Domestic Dispute Means Police Chief Gun-Less for Now

The police chief of Crestview, Florida is currently unable to carry his firearm, sort of a drawback for a law enforcement officer, because of a domestic dispute with his wife.

Police Chief Brian Mitchell said his wife, Candice, has alleged he "threatened to harm her" over the phone Tuesday.

Because of the allegations, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office served Mitchell a written injunction Wednesday, and the suspension of weapons privilege is a standard component of the injunction process.

Gun-less or not, he's not allowed within 500 feet of his estranged wife.

Crash in YouTube Stunt Critically Injures Teen Driver

As if we needed more validation, another example of why insurers consider teen drivers a higher risk: not just lack of driving experience, but also lack of judgment. A Peoria, Arizona teen was critically injured when he wrecked his 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse during what was supposed to be a stunt for a YouTube video.

The idea was to get a video with all four wheels of the vehicle off the roadway. Whoopee, right? The driver, a 16-year-old boy, lost control of the vehicle as it went through an intersection. Ironically, the camera "crew" was so scared by the 70 - 85 MPH speeds, they didn't record the action.

The teen was ejected when the Eclipse rolled over, and remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

A 17-year-old female passenger escaped with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Oh, and yes, that's the car wreckage above.

Friday, April 18, 2008

The Simpsons Returns to Venezuelan TV

A little more than a week after being yanked off a Venezuelan TV station for being inappropriate for children - and being replaced with the obviously more family-friendly Baywatch: Hawaii (pictured above) - The Simpsons is back on the air.

The station Televen said on Thursday that the Fox series was returned to the air Wednesday at 7 PM and will now be shown at that time each week.

The National Telecommunications Commission of Venezuela originally said that Televen might be fined, taken off the air for three days or be forced to show programs chosen by the agency as punishment for keeping The Simpsons on the air in the morning.

I think the NTC needs to watch a little Baywatch: Hawaii and see what they think of that.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

YouTube Video of Rectal Surgery a Pain in the *ss for Hospital

It's bad enough when teenagers beat each other up so they can produce a viral video, but these are physicians, nurses and the like. Shouldn't they know better?

The clip, since removed from YouTube, showed the surgical team laughing while a can of body spray (?) was removed from a 39-year-old male patient's rectum. The incident occurred on January 3rd at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Centre in the city of Cebu.

The victim said that he insulted his partner by criticising the size of his penis and before he knew it the man shoved the can ... well, you know where.

The hospital said the man could expect an apology, but my guess is he's expecting more than that. Like major amounts of cash.

A hospital spokesperson said they would have to "enforce and strengthen the policies" regarding bringing cellular phones inside the hospital premises.

No? You think?

Another Videotaped Teen Beating as a Disturbing Trend Emerges

Despite the fact that people are saying that the Victoria Lindsay beating isn't related to YouTube and the Web ... and it probably isn't ... at least as much as it's related to anti-social behavior among teens. Still, it's unsettling to find yet another instance of a teen beating, with the attackers capturing the beating on video once again.

This attack occurred last Friday in Fort Worth, Texas, and the victim, T. J. Chappell said, "It's kind of painful. I was kind of in a daze, and I faded away."

Chappell was sitting on a curb, when three cars and a truck pulled up, and "about 30 guys" stepped out of the vehicles.

The 16-year-old said he kept telling the attackers he didn't want to fight. When one of them started hitting him, he said he started to fight back.

"I was going one-on-one with one kid and a big, dark kid hit me in the back of my head. Then all of them started stomping on me," he said. Chappell believes that he was saved by playing dead. "They saw my eyes close, so they ran," he said. "They got scared."

Watch a video with clips of the beating and a video interview. While the video of the beating on this clip was one taken by a friend of Chappell's - for evidence - two of the attackers were already taping the beating.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

World Population to Hit 6,666,666,666 in May

Naturally if "666" doesn't strike a chord with you then this means little. But if you know "666" is the Number of the Beast, you might find this interesting.

According to the U.S. World POPClock Projection page, at the time of this writing, the world's population is estimated to be 6,661,716,069. Their projections for May and June say:

05/01/08: 6,664,737,085
06/01/08: 6,671,275,141

Yep, sometime in May we will hit the 6,666,666,666 mark. Of course, to me that's not as scary as the 9 billion mark we are supposed to hit by 2050, but that's for different reasons.

911 Tape in Victoria Lindsay Beating Released

The 911 tapes in the Victoria Lindsay beating case have been released. If you don't know, Lindsay, from Landland, Florida, was beaten for 30 minutes by six teenage girls while two teenage boys stood watch.

Lindsay: "I just got jumped."
Operator: "You just got what? Jumped?"
Lindsay: "Yes, ma'am."
Operator: "And do you know who did it?"
Lindsay: "Yes, I do."
Operator: "What's your name? OK. OK. And where are you?"
Lindsay: "I'm at my friend's house."
Operator:"Pardon?"
Lindsay: "I'm at my friend's house in Lakeland. Do you need the address?"
Operator: "Yes, ma'am."
Lindsay: "OK, hold on. What's the address again?"
Friend's Mother: "Hi, I'm the mom. I'm not her mom but I'm a friend's mom."
Operator: "That's OK, is she hurt? Does she need an ambulance?"
Friend's Mother: "Yes, I think she needs... she's got a big old knot on the side of her eye."
Operator: "OK. And who was it who jumped her?"
Friend's Mother: "Um, I'll have to ask ... they need to know who jumped you. She's going to write all the names down."
Operator: "OK, there was more than one?"
Friend's Mother: "Yeah, there was six girls, if not more she said."
Operator: "OK."
Friend's Mother: "So she's got blood in her mouth and she's got a big old knot on her left eye. And we think she's got a tooth broke."

Watch a video with clips of the beating and audio of the 911 call.

Freshman Georgia Representative Teaches House How to Say "Pledge" Properly

Never let it be said that freshman Congressman Paul Broun is shy. Monday, while leading the pledge on the House floor, Broun lectured the others in the chamber about the "correct way" of saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

Broun said "As I say this pledge, I would like to tell the listeners that I believe there should not be a comma between 'one nation under God,' and so please join me in the correct way of saying the Pledge. Please join me."

Yep, we all need to be taught how to say the Pledge, right? But in fact, a Broun spokesperson said that
"As a Marine, clearly, he’s had to face a lot more difficult challenges than instructing Members of Congress on the proper way of saying the Pledge of Allegiance," spokesman John Kennedy told Roll Call's Heard on the Hill column. "There is, in fact, no comma in that section. So correctly, it’s said, 'One nation under [God],' no separation or implied separation between nation and God."
Is this much ado about nothing, or a way to blur the "separation of church and state" lines, or even wipe them out completely?

This video is from C-SPAN, broadcast April 14, 2008.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Kid Breaks Vacuum to Avoid Chores; Mom Sells Xbox 360 as a Lesson

Remember the father who sold his pot-smoking son's Guitar Hero III game on eBay as punishment? The father netted $9K in that auction. The mom here won't get that much, but at least she's teaching her kid a lesson.

Here's the auction. What's the deal? Here's what the auction says (spelling errors per the post, BTW):
Yes I am the mean mom who is selling her sons XBOX and games to replace the vaccum he broke but also to teach him a lesson that things cost money, and you should respect your parents. He can do his chores (that still remains on the kitchen table typed very neatly) now knowing that the money he earns will go towards something he bought...and maybe that might make him respect alittle bit more....this is something that has been three weeks coming, he has had numerous changes to get a better attitude...but when I found the porn on his computer that was it...so here we are: Let's bid
Porn on a teenage boy's computer? No! Breaking the vacuum cleaner to avoid chores, however, is a new one on me - not necessarily smart, but new.

She also password-protected his PC and apparently put a picture of Snoopy on his MySpace page. Originally she posted the system on Craigslist as well, apparently not realizing she shouldn't be selling it if she's auctioning it, too. Or maybe she just thought she should get more on eBay. From the Craigslist post (now deleted):

My son seems to think everything should be handed to him on a silver platter, so the XBOX is going bye bye. I do have an assortment of games as well, that I will sell for $15 each.

Price is firm, must replace vaccum that he broke thinking that would get him out of having to do chores.

Ha, I applaud her for not taking any guff from her teen. Let's hope she gets enough for a new vacuum. BTW, it seems like eBay needs a new auction category: Good Parenting.

Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama to Appear on Colbert

Democrats appearing on The Colbert Report have sometimes enjoyed increases in fundraising afterward. Since Clinton is supposedly having fundraising issues, particularly in comparison with Barack Obama, could this be the reason she's willing to take a chance on appearing on the show?

She's going to have to accept being second however, as Michelle Obama will appear on Tuesday's show.

The Colbert Report is spending the week covering next Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary.

News of Clinton's visit was apparently supposed to be a surprise, but was accidentally divulged on Monday night by MSNBC's Chris Matthews, who blurted it out backstage during taping of his show at the University of Pennsylvania's Zellerbach Theater.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Maher: "The Catholic Church is the Bear Stearns of Organized Pedophilia"

On the April 11th episode of Real Time, Bill Maher gave politicians a week off while targeting the Catholic Church. Appropriate, of course, with the Pope about to visit the U.S. Of course, he didn't leave Warren Jeffs totally unscathed.

And of course, it's true that the U.S. is basically bailing out Bear Stearns and Wall Street while Main Street has to go it alone.

Here's what he had to say in the final mini-segment of New Rules this week:
Whenever you combine a secretive compound, religion and weirdos in pioneer outfits, there’s going to be some child-f*cking going on. In fact, whenever a cult leader sets himself up as "God’s infallible wing man" here on earth, lock away the kids.

Which is why I’d like to tip off law enforcement to an even larger child-abusing religious cult. Its leader also has a compound. And this guy not only operates outside the bounds of the law, but he used to be a Nazi and he wears funny hats.

That’s right. The Pope is coming to America this week, and, ladies, he’s single! Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Bill, you can’t be saying that the Catholic Church is no better than this creepy Texas cult! For one thing, altar boys can’t even get pregnant.”

But, really, what tripped up the “little cult on the prairie” was that they only abused hundreds of kids, not thousands all over the world. Cults get raided. Religions get parades. How does the Catholic Church get away with all of their buggery? VOLUME, VOLUME, VOLUME! If you have a few hundred followers and you let some of them molest children, they call you a cult leader. If you have a billion, they call you “Pope.”

It’s like if you can’t pay your mortgage, you’re a deadbeat, but if you can’t pay a million mortgages, you’re Bear Stearns, and we bail you out. And that’s who the Catholic Church is, the Bear Stearns of organized pedophilia. Too big to fail.

When the – when the current Pope was in his previous Vatican job as John Paul’s Dick Cheney, he wrote a letter instructing every Catholic bishop to keep the sex abuse of minors secret until the statute of limitations ran out. And that’s the Church’s attitude: “We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it.”

Which is fine. Far be it from me to criticize religion. But, just remember one thing: if the Pope was, instead of a religious figure, merely the CEO of a nationwide chain of daycare centers where thousands of employees had been caught molesting kids and then covering it up, he’d be arrested faster than you can say, “Who wants to touch Mister Wiggle?”
Watch the clip. This portion is at the end of New Rules.

Dr. Phil Bails Out "Victoria Lindsay Beating" Assailant

30K? A drop in the bucket for Dr. Phil. Staffers from his show posted the bail for one of the assailants in the Victoria Lindsay beating case, in which six teenage girls ambushed and beat Victoria Lindsay - for 30 minutes - while two teenage boys stood guard.

In what can be called (and it's an understatement) very poor judgment, staff members of the talk show helped Mercades Nichols, 17, post bail this weekend.

In an email to AP, spokeswoman Terri Corigliano said in an e-mail.

"We have helped guests and potential guests in the past when they need financial assistance to come on the show -- assisting with clothing allowance, lost wages, accommodations, travel and necessities. In this case, certain staff members went beyond our guidelines. These staff members have been spoken to and our policies reiterated. In addition, we have decided not to go forward with the story as our guidelines have been compromised."

Oh, really? So he's dumping the show he was planning on this topic? Some think that Dr. Phil's "jumped the shark, " but even if he hasn't, this is a new low.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Dog Runs Away, Finds Own Way to Owner's Funeral

An amazing story. Sam, a 2 1/2 year old dachshund, was devoted to his owner, Teddy Crockarell. When Crockerell died of cancer last Monday, Sam seemed to immediately run away.

This despite the fact that he had an electric fence collar, which he had never ignoreed before. In fact, Sam had never left his home by himself before.

Two and a half days later, the family arrived at a church, over six miles from their home, for Crockerells funeral - and discovered Sam was waiting for them.

Marcene Crockarell said, "He was just shivering and sitting there by the doors. We just lost it and all we were doing was hollering, 'Sam! Sam!' and here he comes and he was just all over all three of us."

"If he walked those six miles he was looking for his papa... but he found him, and that's what's good about this whole situation, he found him and he found his way back here," said Marcene Crockarell's son-in-law Howard.

This type of story reminds me just how empathetic dogs can be.

Watch a video report.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Say the "Secret Word" and Cause a Panic

If you remember the old show You Bet Your Life hosted by Groucho Marx, when a contestant said the "Secret Word," they would win some cash. That's not what happened in this case.

An alert at Melbourne Airport on Friday night was caused when a Qantas Airlines pilot accidentally used the secret word for a hijacking when communicating with the tower. The pilot used the word shortly after the plane took off.

Upon landing, the plane was "quarantined" and searched for about 20 minutes before passengers were allowed to disembark.

I'm assuming the code word isn't an easy one, so I'm not sure how exactly this happened - and naturally they're not going to tell us the word.

NY Man Tries Using Counterfeit Money for Bail

It was bad enough when Cyheam Forney made an illegal left turn in front of a Suffolk County police sergeant. That was just the start.

After being pulled over by Sgt. Daniel Lynch, Forney, 31, couldn't produce a license. Nor did he have any other identification. Forney gave Lynch his name, and Lynch ran his name. Turns out that Forney's license had been suspended 35 times.

Taken to the Second Precinct in Huntington, Forney was issued summonses for the illegal turn, too-dark tinted windows, unlicensed operation, and sub-standard tires. Whoa.

The good thing was, he was offered $500 bail.

The bad thing was, when he tried to pay with cash, one of the officers noticed one of the bills looked - well, fake. "He said some guy gave it to him when he was playing dice the night before," Lynch said.

Forney arraigned Friday in First District Court in Central Islip and held on $5,000 bail for felony possession of a forged instrument and $2,500 bail for the moving violations.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Candlelit Marriage Proposal Ends Up with Flaming Gazebo

Lawrence Waterhouse III of Chappaqua, New York went all out when he proposed to his girlfriend. Rose petals, the whole nine yards. He even put candles in the trees and gazebo in his backyard.

He even had tickets for a romantic getaway flight if she said yes.

She apparently did, as the two packed and took off for the trip. Just one tiny mistake. He forgot to extinguish all the candles in the gazebo. From the picture, it looks like he left the rose petals strewn on the path as well.

"He didn't blow out all the candles in the gazebo before he left," Chappaqua Fire Chief Andy Metz said yesterday. "He planned it beautifully. He executed it beautifully. He just didn't get to all the candles."

No one was hurt, and when Metz tracked him down at a New York airport he told Waterhouse to continue with his trip.

"He was shocked when I told him, but then he was happy nobody got hurt," Metz said.

And, it appears his girlfriend agreed. "She was on the plane with him, so I'm guessing the answer is 'yes,' " Metz said.

Of course, more than that - you wouldn't have expected Waterhouse to leave town on a trip if she'd said no anyway.

Padlocked Masseuses a Problem in Indonesia

A local government in Indonesia's East Java province tried to curb prostitution - by having masseusses wear a padlock on their pants.

Let's be honest, massage parlors, at least of the type we're thinking of, are often a front for prostitution. Thus, the recently implemented policy in the tourist area of Batu. However, State Minister for Women's Empowerment Meuthia Hatta said the policy was misguided.

“It is not the right way to prevent promiscuity. It insults women as if they are the ones in the wrong,” Hatta said.

On the other hand, Hatta suggested the proper measure would have been to install CCTV to monitor masseuses and their clients.

Yeah, but I could see it being used to entertain customers in the waiting area, as well.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Advocate of Increased School Zone Speeding Fines Caught Speeding - in a School Zone

News surfaced of Sen. John Goedde speeding ticket on Wednesday. He's the sponsor of a bill to increase Idaho’s fines for speeding in school zones - and he was caught speeding in a Boise-area school zone on Feb. 28. Naturally, it turns out that was the very day his bill was being debated in the state Senate.

The legislation, Senate Bill 1361a, sets the minimum fine for school-zone speed violations at $75, plus $41.50 in court costs, for a total of $116.50.

Goedde's explanation: he didn't see the flashing lights warning of a school zone.

"So I pulled away from the stoplight when the light turned green, and I saw a police officer on a motorcycle with radar. I looked and I was going 32, and I thought I was going 32 in a 35, there’s nothing wrong with this. But, hepulled in behind me and pulled me over."

Goedde's fine was $141.50. The measure has passed and is now awaiting Gov. Butch Otter’s signature.

Stewart, The Daily Show Unveil "The Dick Move of the Week"

On Tuesday night, The Daily Show unveiled a new segment, "The Dick Move of the Week" and its first winner: Barack Obama. As Jon Stewart said:

"As the race wears on, you're going to start to see the campaigns behaving a little bit more aggressively, trying to score points on the other guy. But there is a very fine line between an aggressive move and what Beltway insiders refer to as - a bit of a dick move. Which brings us to our new segment: 'Dick Move of the Week.'"

Winner of the first "award?" Barack Obama. Now, why did Obama win? A campaign office gave away Dave Matthews tickets. Why would that be a "Dick Move?" The timing.

Do you think it was:

a) A String Cheese Incident fans for McCain rally.
b) The middle of the night during a 3 AM phone call to Clinton supporters
c) During a Bill Clinton campaign speech on the exact same campus

You guessed it, c). On the other hand, while perhaps a "Dick Move," I think it was quite clever.

BTW, that's The Daily Show's new character, Dickie the Animated Penis above.

Watch the video:

Teacher Assaulted in Classroom; Video Posted on MySpace

In Baltimore, Reginald F. Lewis High School teacher Jolita Berry (pictured) told a student to sit down after which the student attacked her, repeatedly hitting her while the student's friends cheered her on.

In the cell phone camera video, Berry is on the bottom. Other teachers broke up the fight, but when Berry went to the principal about the incident, she was shocked by the response.
"On one hand, she told me that she is sorry that this happened to me. But then she turned right around and told me that telling a student that I was going to defend myself was a trigger word. I triggered them."
The principal did not report the incident to the police either, and Mayor Sheila Dixon commented on that fact. "I think that principal might need to be disciplined, because no teacher should be disrespected in the classroom," she said.

Berry is afraid to return to school.

If you watched the season of the wire that centered around Baltimore schools, it seems that season didn't exaggerate, or perhaps even understated the problems in Baltimore schools.

Watch a video report, including the cell phone footage.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Toddler Beaten, Killed with Video Game Controller

A senseless crime, one that makes me wonder about the state of humanity. In Pennsylvania, Darisabel Baez, 2, was beaten with an unspecified video game controller by her mother's 26-year-old boyfriend, Harve L. Johnson. She was taken to Hershey Medical Center but eventually succumbed on Monday night.

Charges of aggravated assault, endangerment and homicide have been filed against Johnson. The mother, Neida Baez, 19 (pictured above, with Darisabel), was charged with endangering the welfare of a child because, although she heard Darisabel scream, she did not stop the attack.

How about this: Baez told police that Johnson had abused the toddler in the past. Er, my question to Baez: why were you still with the scum? That's another "crime."

Johnson did not explain to police the reasons for his rampage. Bail was set at $200,000; Baez's bail was set at $25,000.

Bid on Charlton Heston's Gun, Pried From His "Cold, Dead Hands"

When Charlton Heston made his statement, it was bound to be an unforgettable moment, for good or bad. As he says in the video below, he had only five words, as he raised a flintlock over his head:
From my cold, dead hands.
Radio station Q104.3 has supposedly managed to pry the gun from Heston's "cold, dead hands" and has placed it up for bid. Starting bid was $1.

Watch the video of Heston's "speech," and don't forget to bid!

And before people rake me over the coals, I will say: he was a great actor, but I couldn't pass this up.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

2008 "Muzzle Awards" Announced

The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression names the "winners" of what it calls the "Muzzle Awards" annually. These awards go to the country’s most "egregious and ridiculous censors."

For only the second time in the 17 year history of the awards, the Center awarded a lifetime achievement award to the FCC, for "its inconsistent and unpredictable standards for determining what constitutes 'indecent' broadcasting." Honestly, they are consistenly inconsistent.

One of the lowlights of the list, one which absolutely had to make the list, in my view, was the "fake" FEMA press conference.

The 2008 list includes:

Sarpy County (Nebraska) Attorney L. Kenneth Polikov for pursuing charges of flag mutilation and negligent child abuse against a protestor at a military funeral. The defendant’s son - a minor - placed an American flag on the ground and stood on it during the protest.

US Attorney Donald Washington and acting head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division Grace Chung Baker for bringing federal hate crime charges against an 18-year-old man for hanging nooses on the back of his pickup truck during a civil rights march in Jena, Louisiana.

Lancaster County (NE) District Judge Jeffre Cheuvront for barring use of the words the words “rape,” “victim,” “assailant,” “sexual assault kit,” and “sexual assault nurse examiner” by witnesses (including the victim) during a trial of a defendant on charges of sexual assault.

The New York Department of Motor Vehicles for recalling vanity license plates without offering a reasonable explanation as to why. The NY DMV demanded the return of plates that read “GETOSAMA.”

Scranton (PA) Police Department for charging a woman with disorderly conduct for screaming profanities at an overflowing toilet inside her own house.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for staging a fake news conference about FEMA assistance to victims of wildfires in southern California. FEMA employees pretended to be reporters and asked soft and gratuitous questions, while notice was given to real reporters only 15 minutes before the conference. A call-in 800 number was provided for legitimate reporters, but it was a “listen-only” arrangement.

CBS Radio and MSNBC for allowing public criticism to control their programming by taking controversial shock jock Don Imus off-the-air for his on-air sexist and racist comment regarding the Rutgers University women’s basketball team. The networks took the action despite the fact they were aware Imus frequently made such provocative comments and they could have prevented the comments from being heard by utilizing delay buttons.

The 2007 Managing Board of the University of Virginia student newspaper The Cavalier Daily for firing a cartoonist because of public criticism the paper received for publishing one of his cartoons despite the fact that the editorial staff signed off on the cartoon before its publication.

Ronald M. Zaccari, President of Valdosta State University (GA), for expelling a student for protesting the school’s construction of two parking garages by posting flyers, writing a letter to the school newspaper, contacting members of the state Board of Regents and posting items on his Facebook profile.

Brandeis University (MA) Administration for declaring professor Donald Hindley guilty of harassment after he explained to his class that Mexican migrant workers are sometimes pejoratively referred to as “wetbacks.” Action was taken after a student complained, though the nearly 50-year veteran teacher was provided neither a formal hearing nor written documentation of the claims against him.

Lewis Mills High School Principal Karissa Niehoff and Connecticut Region 10 Superintendent of Schools Paula Schwartz for not allowing a student to run for class office because she posted comments critical of school officials on an Internet blog.

United States Senator Jay Rockefeller for introducing a bill that would require the FCC to maintain a policy that the broadcast of a single word or image (i.e., regardless of context) may be considered indecent and therefore punishable. Rockefeller has also been at the forefront of several other repressive efforts to regulate broadcast content.

The Texas State Democratic Party for refusing to allow presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich on the state’s primary ballot because he refused to sign a pledge that he would “fully support” the eventual Democratic nominee.

It should be noted that in addition to the FCC, the only other lifetime achievement award even bestowed upon anyone was given to then NYC mayor Rudolph Giuliani in 1999, for managing to get the city sued by the ACLU in twelve different First Amendment cases, only one of which the city won.

For more details on each of these, er awards, go to http://www.tjcenter.org/muzzles/muzzle-archive-2008/

Clinton Campaign Chair Pictured Holding Obama Signs

I'm trying to figure out just how this will be spun by Clinton. I'm also wondering just what the heck was going on here. Is this a case of excellent Photoshopping? If it wasn't The Swamp, or if it was April Fool's Day again, I'd wonder.

Actually, I still wonder.

As The Swamp says:
What's really interesting, as you can see from these photos, is that McAuliffe posed with supporters of Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign and that a beaming McAuliffe helped them hold up their large Obama signs for the camera. McAuliffe is wearing his Clinton button but it's dwarfed by the Obama sign he's holding.

We don't want to read too much into these photos. But it's definitely striking to see the chairman of the Clinton campaign smiling broadly into the camera while holding up a campaign poster for Obama with whom Clinton is currently engaged in a fight to the death.
I'd really be interested in what exactly was going on here. Some have commented that this is the smartest Clinton campaigner they have seen, but I'm sure it's more than that. Photobucket

"Simpsons" Yanked as Inappropriate for Children; Replaced with "Baywatch: Hawaii"

A Venezuela TV station has yanked the Simpsons off the air, replacing it with something deemed more appropriate for children: Baywatch: Hawaii.

Televen made the change after a number of complaints. A spokesperson for the station told AP, "It had to be taken off. They consider it to be a series that isn't appropriate for that time because it isn't appropriate for children."

Wait, and Baywatch: Hawaii is? In case you don't know, Baywatch was renamed Baywatch: Hawaii after season 10 when the "team" relocated to Hawaii. Yeah, I know, makes a whole lot of sense to me, too.

Based on the image above (click to enlarge), yeah, it's really family-friendly. I wonder if the complaints about the Simpsons came from a mostly male audience?

Monday, April 7, 2008

Swedish Teacher Defends Herself Over Nude Pics: Student Could Have Downloaded Them Himself

A Swedish teacher accused of sending nude pictures of herself to a student in an attempt to seduce him has defended herself by saying that the student "could have simply downloaded them from the Internet." That's better?

According to The Local, a Swedish news site, the teacher denied sending him the pictures himself, which have been circulated around the school, much to her consternation. She also indicated that the student has been quite attentive in the apast.

"Well, he is quite mature for his age and has showed an interest in my body. He’s made comments about [my body] and stood close to me during class in order to have physical contact."

She indicated that she posted several nude photos of herself on various adult websites some years ago, and that is her defense against the allegations.

“It may have been a little careless, but I didn’t know any better back then,” she said.

She's currently on administrative leave, but she is thinking of filing a complaint against the boy. "Even I have the right to an adult life, It feels really unpleasant to be exposed like this."

Wait, wait, but you exposed yourself by posting nude pictures to the Internet, anyway? Unfortunately no work-safe or even non-work-safe pictures, unlike this story.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Ashcroft's Osama / Obama Slip Just the First of More to Come?

No secret that much has been made of Barack Obama's name, including his middle one, Hussein, and I expect to it to continue to be made an issue of if he wins the nomination.

This week, former Attorney General John Ashcroft drew anger and boos from students of liberal Skidmore College when he confused the name of Barack Obama with that of Osama bin Laden.

Ashcroft said:
"All I'm saying about the Patriot Act is that the elected representatives of this country, including Osama ... uh, you know, not, un, you know ... Obama."

Much booing ensued, with Ashcroft trying to recover by saying:
"I did not mean to ... I'm sorry about that, I apologize publicly to him. And everybody who hasn't made a mistake like that can continue to boo."
Let's not forget that a recent Pew Research Poll showed that 10% of voters think Obama is a Muslim, and that a GOP Congressman, Steve King recently said:
"Additionally, his middle name does matter. It matters because they read a meaning into that in the rest of the world. That has a special meaning to them. They will be dancing in the streets because of his middle name. They will be dancing in the streets because of who his father was and because of his posture that says: Pull out of the Middle East and pull out of this conflict."
These type of "mistakes" will likely continue.

Watch Ashcroft on video:

Saturday, April 5, 2008

San Francisco to Honor Bush with Sewage Plant?

The Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco is looking to honor President George W. Bush in an appropriate manner - renaming something for him. They want to rename the Oceanside Wastewater Treatment Facility to be the George W. Bush Sewage Plant.

According to the group's website:
As we near the end of George W Bush's presidency, we think it is important to select a fitting monument to this president's work. On matters ranging from foreign relations to fiscal and environmental stewardship, no other president in American history has accomplished so much in such a short time. To honor George W Bush for his eight years of honorable public service, the Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco is sponsoring a ballot initiative this November in San Francisco. It reads ...

"Should the City and County of San Francisco rename the Oceanside Wastewater Treatment Facility the George W. Bush Sewage Plant?"

We believe this is an appropriate honor for a truly unique president. If you think so too, join this grassroots movement to rename this important and iconic landmark in his honor.
I smell an absolutely wonderful and appropriate tribute. Their the commission's first public meeting will be on Wednesday, Apr 9, 2008, 6:00 PM at Zeitgeist, 199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Teacher Has Sex with Student to Help Overcome His "Shyness"

Well, after my last story about the boy accusing a teacher of choking him - denied by the school - here is a story that is definitely a case of a teacher being "in the wrong." And for some reason, so many of these types of stories seem to come out of Florida, as here.

Stephanie Ragusa, 28, above, broke her foot and was confined to a wheel chair in 2006, and the boy was assigned to escort her around the school.

Ragusa told the boy that she noticed he was "shy and she could break him of that," a search warrant application stated. Then, it said, she invited him to go to her apartment after school instead of attending an after-school program.

At her apartment, they had what the boy described to police as "consensual" sex.

Their sexual relationship lasted from October, 2006 to May 2007, detectives said.

To prove the point, the boy described to detectives two tattoos in Ragusa's groin area that would only be visible without clothes, as well as a gecko on her back. Ragusa faces five felony counts of lewd and lascivious battery, one for each sexual act involving the boy, who was 14 at the start of the relationship, and turned 15 as it continued.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Teacher Accused of Choking 8-Year-Old for Drinking Out of Water Fountain

A Fort Worth, TX teacher has been accused of choking an 8-year-old student - he says, for drinking out of a water fountain.

"She said I'm an evil little boy," explained D'Vante Washington.

According to D'Vante, he was walking back from gym class when his teacher disciplined him for drinking out of a water fountain without her permission. "I got off the water fountain, she choked me. Then she did it harder, so when I was talking, my voice kept on getting smaller and smaller."

"I called CPS and they told me I need to call the police," said the boy's mother, Ronnica Washington. "And so I called the police and the police said I need to go to the school and recommend a conference with the teacher."

Fort Worth Independent School District spokesman Clint Bond told CBS 11 News, "The Fort Worth Independent School District investigates all incidents of this kind. Our understanding of the facts do not support the allegations."

This just reminds me why I will never become a teacher. While it's possible this is true, it's also possible this is a disgruntled student looking for revenge. After all, remember the murder plot by 3rd graders against their teacher reported earlier this week. While it may be doubtful that the students could have actually murdered the teacher, the fact that they plotted, in detail, such an act, is disturbing.

It's also true that false allegations have been made by students against teachers in the past.

This does not mean that I discount the accusations of the student. They may in fact be true. But past false accusations and murder plots just point out that in today's society, it seems that a) some students can be just as "evil" as an adult, b) teacher needs to be "shadowed" to prevent false accusations of any type.

Why would anyone want to be a teacher, in today's society?

"Air America" Suspends Host Randi Rhodes for Calling Ferraro, Clinton "Whores"

Air America host Randi Rhodes called both Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary Clinton "whores" in a recent off-air appearance. As a result, Air America suspended her, saying the following in a statement to the Huffington Post:
Air America has suspended on-air host Randi Rhodes for making inappropriate statements about prominent figures, including Senator Hillary Clinton, at a recent public appearance on behalf of Air America in San Francisco which was sponsored by an Air America affiliate station.

"Air America encourages strong opinions about public affairs but does not condone such abusive, ad hominem language by our Hosts," said chair Charlie Kireker.
In what appears to be a monologue, Rhodes said:

"What a whore Geraldine Ferraro is! She's such a f*cking whore!" She got big cheers for that statement. Later in her tirade, she said"Hillary is a big f*cking whore, too, OK. She is a big f*cking whore, and you know why she's a big f*cking whore? Because her deal is always, 'Read the fine print, *sshole!'"

Watch the video, but be prepared for a heck of a lot of expletives:

Man Arrested for Siphoning 300 Gallons of Grease

This is what happens when gas prices get so high. Police arrested David Richardson, 49, for siphoning 300 gallons of grease from the on-site storage tank at a Burger King in San Jose, California.

Richardson worked for a Las Vegas company called Restaurant Oils of America and was cleaning out the grease storage containers of restaurants in San Jose and other South Bay cities where he did not have a service account.

Richardson's 5,000 gallon tanker was about 1/2 full. "He certainly had been to other places in the area," said Morgan Hill police Cmdr. David Swing. "Our guess is its a bio-diesel fuel thing. It's like someone stealing copper wire. This might turn into something that starts to occur more frequently."

Ned Cruey, the owner of the company, told police that Richardson was instructed to drive to a recycling center in Atascadero to drop off the grease. Cruey said he uses the recycling facility in Atascadero because it pays $1.35 a gallon compared to the $0.80 per gallon he gets in Las Vegas.

It's unclear if Restaurant Oils of America was aware of - and approved of - what Richardson was doing.

Six-Year-Old Disciplined --- for Sexual Harassment

In South Carolina, a six-year-old was disciplined for offensive and suggestive remarks he made about his teacher. Still worse, his father is a pastor.

Charlene and Malory Pinkney, of Greer, S.C. said their son, Malory Pinkney II, came home from Skyland Elementary in tears on Tuesday. Malory was apparently given a referral because a teacher filed a complaint about remarks that Malory had made about her to another kindergarten teacher.

The Pinkneys were told that Malory's remarks included saying the teacher was "a hottie," asking if teachers “sleep together,” and saying that a classmate of his liked looking at the teacher's "butt."

Malory Sr. said:
"Why are they trying to implicate my son as being a sexual pervert? If he says anything between now and the end of the school year, this thing will scar him for the rest of his life. We live a structured lifestyle. The things that I'm hearing don't happen in my household. I want to know why no one told us about these comments before. If the teacher was so offended, why didn't she call us earlier?"
Personally, I'm not sure what to think of this story, but I'm sure the Pinkneys want to get the whole thing behind them.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

GOP Representative Runs for Cover; Said 9/11 Was "Just a Plane Crash"

Darrell Issa, a GOP Representative from California, drew heavy criticism from both sides of the aisle after opposing the idea of a new compensation fund for 9/11 emergency responders, saying that the attack was basically "just a plane crash." Issa made the statements on Tuesday.

He opposed the idea, saying:
"It's very simple: I can't vote for additional money for New York if I can't see why it would be appropriate to do this every single time a similar situation happens, which quite frankly includes any urban terrorist. It doesn't have to be somebody from al Qaeda. It can be someone who decides that they don't like animal testing at one of our pharmaceutical facilities."
Issa went on to say that the attack included no "dirty bomb or chemical weapons."
"It simply was an aircraft, residue of the aircraft and residue of the materials used to build this building."
Issa tried to backtrack, issuing a statement Wednesday that said:
"During (Tuesday's) hearing, I asked tough questions. ... I continue to have reservations about the specific bill (Tuesday's) hearing focused on and I have questions about the appropriate way to determine federal and local responsibility to victims. I want to make clear that I strongly support help for victims who suffered physical injury as a result of an attack on America, including support from Congress and the federal government."
OK, I see. Victims yes, responders who are injured or harmed, no. What does that say to those who may be first responders in the future?

Tennis Player Loses Grand Slam ... With His Own Head

John McEnroe never did anything like this.

Russia's Mikhail Youzhny lost a tough point with a backhand into the net against Spain's Nicolas Almagro in the third round of the Sony Ericsson Open on Tuesday. He then hit himself in the head with his racket, 3 times in a sort of bloody Grand Slam. And he drew a lot of blood.

The good thing was, it must have made an "impact" with him, as he bounced back to win in a third-set tiebreaker. Too bad though: he lost in the next round.

Watch the video:

Senator's Husband Admits to Hiring Prostitute

Ah, finally equal time for the fairer sex, as for once a politicians's husband was caught in a sting (yes, I realize the difference in numbers between the genders among politicians). Senator Debbie Stabanow's (D-Mich) husband, Thomas Athans, 46, was reported as admitted paying $150 for sex with Alycia Martin, 20 in a police report (.PDF).

Athans is the founder of the liberal TalkUSA Radio network. The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News first reported on the case.

Here's the backpage.com ad for Alycia Martin and her MySpace page.

According to the Detroit Free Press,
Athans, 46, issued a statement through a Royal Oak law firm representing him, saying, "No words can fully express how sorry I am. At the time this incident occurred, I took responsibility for my actions and fully cooperated with law enforcement. My family and I are dealing with this matter in a personal and private way."

Without being specific, Stabenow, 57, said her colleagues have been showing their support for her. "I'm very grateful for the prayers and support I'm receiving," she said.
BTW, picture of Martin to the left. No indication on the state of Stabenow's relationship with Athans yet.