Archives for: "July 2009"

Jul/31
2009
Attention The Vatican. Fuck you. Now Fuck Off. ROME (AP) -- Italy has approved the use of the abortion drug RU-486, capping years of debate and defying opposition from the Vatican, which warned of immediate excommunication for doctors prescribing the… more »
Jul/31
2009
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) -- Police responding to a report of a 3-year-old being locked in a sweltering, filthy attic were told by other children, ''Mommy does this when she gets angry,'' a prosecutor said Friday. Mommy in this case is Kristen Paquette a 27… more »
Jul/31
2009
BEIJING (AP) -- Police officers contemplating cheating on promotion exams met their match this week in northwestern China -- 18 serious-faced fifth-graders walking the beat.[...] ''Students took their jobs very seriously and their presence also applied… more »
Jul/30
2009

Cruel Shoes

First I'd like to thank Steve Martin. I'm borrowing the name of his book for my post. I'd known I'd wanted to name it Cruel Shoes, but I didn't know where the phrase came from until I googled it. I used to really enjoy him back in the 80's and his album… more »
Jul/30
2009
I was leaving work today and there was about a dozen young men on the corners of an intersection I pass through everyday. They were holding signs that said: "Marriage: 1 Man, 1 Woman, Honk if you agree". As I passed through at least three of these guys… more »
Jul/29
2009

Vomit Burgers

I applaud originality, but there's a limit in terms of excess. This particular menu item makes me gag just based on the description. Here, Crown Burgers and various imitators have, over the last three decades, convinced the citizens of Utah that it is… more »
Jul/29
2009
In a videotaped interview presented to jurors during his trial Wednesday, 47-year-old Dale Neumann told police that the family lives by faith and trusts ''the Lord for everything, including healing.'' Really. If he ever went to the dentist he's a liar.… more »
Jul/29
2009

Quote of the day

"this is like watching Hellen Keller teach Stevie Wonder how to paint..." - listening to a "domain expert" teach a double-phD how to communicate a simple system in an obscenely complicated manner more »
Jul/29
2009
Horizon Group Management LLC manages 1500 apartments in the windy city. Amanda Bonnen was once one of their tenants. Evidently, she was not pleased with the accommodations and complained on Twitter about it, stating: “Who said sleeping in a moldy… more »
Jul/28
2009
It seems that the CDC's Weight of the Nation Conference is focusing on the food we eat. While food choices are important and schools should offer healthier choices than they did when I was a kid, I personally can attest to the fact that a person can eat… more »
Jul/28
2009
These sorts of stories hit close to home. Almost literally. I've yet to be the target of someones outrage as I ride my bicycle to/from work, but I've definitely almost been hit a few times - thanks to people who think that signs like "No Turn On Red" is… more »
Jul/28
2009
People are insane and sometimes we even give them money so we can listen to their drivelings. I'm stuck in a class where the professor considers himself an expert due to a synaptic lapse at some early point in his collegiate career. And while his claims… more »
Jul/27
2009
We already know that extreme interpretations of muslim law endorse the murder of women who are considered to have "shamed" the family. So who can guess what happens next in this tragic story? PHOENIX (AP) -- A Liberian man whose 8-year-old daughter… more »
Jul/27
2009
To those fucking morons who haven't gotten enough of the fact that Obama is actually, legally and currently the President, please, please shut the fuck up already about his citizenship. He's an American. HONOLULU (AP) -- State officials again are… more »
Jul/26
2009
Catherina Cenzon-DeCarlo is a nurse who never wanted to participate in an abortion. However, she claims she was forced to choose between her religious beliefs and her job, when she was ordered to assist in a late-term abortion. The hospital claims it… more »
Jul/26
2009
More islamic idiocy at work, watch as a society goes back in time... GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Gaza's top judge said Sunday that he has ordered female lawyers to wear Muslim headscarves when they appear in court, the latest sign that the Islamic… more »
Jul/25
2009
I've always felt (and been compelled to blog about it) that everyone should be entitled to their own decisions. Wearing a helmet is one of them, IF medicine isn't socialized. If you live in a state where the taxpayer is forced to pick the medical costs… more »
Jul/23
2009
Henry Louis Gates was simply trying to get his door open with the help of a friend, but a neighbor thought he was breaking in. Whether that neighbor was spooked by two black guys with backpacks trying to get into a house or simply saw unfamiliar faces,… more »
Jul/23
2009
A young girl from a West African, Liberian family is raped by boys in her family. Her father's reaction is to tell the police to "take her" because she brought shame upon the family. Somehow I think it isn't just the boys who deserve to be charged with… more »
Jul/22
2009
Oh where will the madness end...? The Washington, D.C.-based Cancer Project, a vegan advocacy group, wants to force hot dog makers to use warning labels. The group filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Superior Court in Newark on behalf of three New Jersey… more »
Jul/21
2009
Michael Karolchyk thinks so. He says she made herself fat ". . .through being lazy, and making poor food choices . . ." He thinks that a Surgeon General should be thin to be a model of a healthy lifestyle, since the position is only a "symbolic… more »
Jul/21
2009
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- An Islamic court in Malaysia has sentenced a Muslim woman to be flogged with a rattan cane for having a beer in a nightclub, a court official said Tuesday. CAIRO (AP) -- In a July 13 story on the flogging of Sudanese women… more »
Jul/21
2009
En attendant my email. Yes I am waiting, although not terribly happily, for the return of my email services. Passwords have been changed, settings set, operations operated upon in proper order but still... these things take time (Yes, Virginia, there is… more »
Jul/20
2009
In Iran, a virgin can not be executed, so members of the Basiji get the honor of marrying the virgins and de-flowering them on their wedding night. Doesn't matter that the girl has no say in the whole sham, its still legal under the Islamic regime. One… more »
Jul/20
2009
It was 40 years ago today that a man stepped on the moon. I remember staring in awe at the TV, watching every step. Although I was only a small child, it touched me profoundly. If asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, there were many a time I said… more »
Jul/20
2009
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- A sheriff's deputy zapped three children with a stun gun at an Illinois emergency youth shelter, threatening to sodomize one of them before choking a fourth child and throwing her in a closet, according to a federal… more »
Jul/19
2009
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The bathroom lines at the already crowded space shuttle and space station complex got a lot longer Sunday because of a flooded toilet. One of two commodes aboard the international space station broke down, right in the… more »
Jul/19
2009
Haiku is really more trouble than it's worth, unless of course that's the flavor you've set your mind to wanting. Were I feeling sufficiently erudite I would work up some fabulous concoction of syllables, counting them correctly like a mother with… more »
Jul/18
2009
Who are they? They're the people who say "Talk and Drive! Text and Drive! It's all safe!" And their evidence to support their point is that even with the increase of people talking and texting on the road, fatalities haven't really kept up. In essence… more »
Jul/17
2009
Walter Cronkite *was* the news to me as a kid growing up. No one (sorry Dan) could ever replace him and no one ever will. Dude, I still miss you today. Thanks. more »
Jul/17
2009
I had to read this one twice for the humor factor. It's true that there are all sorts of "strokes" for all sorts of folks, but this guy's fetish is a new one on me... DULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- Police are looking for a man with a self-professed sexual fetish… more »
Jul/17
2009
FREEPORT, N.Y. (AP) -- Most drivers who don't like their car either trade it in or sell it. Police on New York's Long Island said a teenager set his BMW on fire ''simply because he hated the car.'' Nassau County police didn't offer additional details on… more »
Jul/17
2009
Berwyn Heights, in Prince George's County, MD, is a burg of just under 3000 people. It was about a year ago that its mayor was accosted in his home by the local county sheriff's department. During that encounter, sheriff(s) gunned down their two dogs,… more »
Jul/16
2009
Cheyenne Cherry, 17, let a kitten roast in a hot oven, and she was allowed to plea bargain to a one year sentence. Why? Because authorities considered her 14-yr old accomplice, who actually put the kitten in the oven, more responsible for the associated… more »
Jul/15
2009
It's never been a doubt in my mind that the minds behind the former administration hated women. From the revolting treatment Hillary had to endure on the campaign trail, to the marginalization of women's health care in developing countries the Bush… more »
Jul/14
2009

Floral FOD

ROME (AP) -- A romantic wedding in the Tuscan countryside ended with injuries after an attempt to launch the bride's bouquet from a plane brought down the tiny aircraft. Italian police say two people were hurt in the crash of the ultralight plane after… more »
Jul/13
2009
It's my guess that Sotomayor will be confirmed. Further I'll predict that it won't really make all that much of a difference in terms of how the court is currently composed. Lastly I'll echo Diane Feinstein in saying (note this is a belligerent… more »
Jul/13
2009
For those who aren't aware the title femme of this piece is famous under her pseudonym. I'm sure you'll recognize it immediately, it's Jane Roe. Back when she could have children she carried the fight for abortion all the way to the Supreme Court and… more »
Jul/12
2009
Alexa Longueira was walking along the sidewalk and texting at the same time. We've all seen people do it. Some almost walk in front of cars, Alexa Longueira fell down an open manhole. The Staten Island 15-yr old was accompanied by a friend. Work men had… more »
Jul/12
2009
I tend to rather even-handed about my beliefs. I thank the fates or chance for whatever situation I'm in, good or bad. Of course that's kinda pale for most folks who prefer to have a more tangible sense of religion. The impression I get is that most… more »
Jul/11
2009
The Central Intelligence Agency withheld information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress for eight years on direct orders from former Vice President Dick Cheney, the agency’s director, Leon E. Panetta, has told the Senate and House… more »
Jul/11
2009

Seriously... what?

I beat topics into the ground. I know it. I can't help myself. Attacks on science by the ignorant is a common theme. I do my best not to over indulge. But... I have no choice. You see.. so people are so stupid they literally kill off brain cells when… more »
Jul/11
2009
It's odd how we can put a numerical value on life. Sometimes the cost of killing someone is exacted in days, other times in money, on occasion it's both. When the killing is accidental there's a penalty we place on the stupidity or carelessness but for… more »
Jul/10
2009
It goes something like this "Oh Woe Is Me. I am the fairer sex. I will never be equal to a male because I'm undervalued, under-respected and over worked. I have to have children and then care for them. I have to work for a living. Life is just not fair.… more »
Jul/09
2009
HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa. (AP) -- Members and officials of a private swimming pool in a predominantly white Philadelphia suburb reacted to a visiting group of minority children by asking them not to return and pulling other kids out of the water, a day… more »
Jul/09
2009
The "foreign" press has already been blamed for causing trouble inside Iran so what the hell, might as well roll with it right? Not that I'm any representative of anyone's opinion other than my own. So President Asshole, how's that "free and decisive"… more »
Jul/09
2009
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she sees no need for a House resolution in praise of Michael Jackson. No there is not a single good reason to make this any more stupidly excessive than it already has been. Stop right now, forget about… more »
Jul/08
2009
EUCLID, Ohio (AP) -- A 75-year-old woman was accused of beating a fawn to death after finding it in the garden of her home near a wooded park. Dorothy Richardson was charged in a warrant with animal cruelty on June 15 at her home. Euclid animal control… more »
Jul/08
2009
So if someone hadn't called my attention to it I might never have noticed but... Gmail no longer sports the little "beta" tag. Funny after so many years I just figured it was part of the logo by default. What did it really mean anyway? Well generally a… more »
Jul/08
2009
The Federal Government was assaulted just recently with a massive online attack. As was South Korea, random chance? Hardly. The Associated Press reported Tuesday night that a widespread and unusually resilient computer attack that began July 4 knocked… more »
Jul/07
2009
I feel sorry for the Actors and Actresses of Porn today. Sorry because they're being denied the opportunity to, well, act. I'm not referring to epic performances here, but the chance to pretend a little or get into the character as opposed to just… more »
Jul/07
2009
READING, Ohio (AP) -- BarBe Q, the shapely mannequin outside KT's Barbecue restaurant in Reading, Ohio, can continue wearing her revealing halter top and short shorts. Score one for the plastic boobies! Apparently this store owner had to fight to keep… more »
Jul/06
2009
... I wish it were on MY blog. From the Times: "WOMEN'S FASHION: The Tour | Madonna in Givenchy Haute Couture" And the comment? She looks like Riff Raff from The Rocky Horror Picture show. — Caramae Fucking priceless! Magenta: But I thought you liked… more »
Jul/06
2009
After the sudden news of Michael Jackson's death and subsequent adulation, which were all over done, we are now on the brink of his "memorial service". Based on the photographs of people who won the lottery to get tickets, you would think these folks… more »
Jul/05
2009
It's almost like being bipolar, without the disorder. And without the equal number of "up" swings to "down". I'm referring to going to work. Honestly I like the work I do, but as of late with the economy being up and down and down and down again things… more »
Jul/04
2009
I note today the passing of a favorite BBC actress, one wonderful Mollie Sugden. She delighted me in her bulletproof depiction of Mrs. Slocombe on the BBC serial "Are You Being Served". Point of fact I was indeed served time and time again by the humor… more »
Jul/04
2009
It's funny how some rules just can't be broken, be they written or unwritten. The Famous Fourth of July cookout is one of them. It's essential, nay, the inviolate rule of an American summer: "Thou Must Grill On The Fourth". And yea, we hear and obey.… more »
Jul/03
2009
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- New Zealand's national airline has adopted a cheeky way to encourage passengers to watch its in-flight safety video: The cabin crew's uniforms are nothing but body paint. Now I admit it wholeheartedly. I don't pay one… more »
Jul/03
2009
... they'll probably eat it and then hold out their trunk for more. Honestly this was a little known fact that I'd never fathomed (or even thought to fathom), but elephants apparently like hotdog buns. Elephants Outdo Humans in NYC Bun-Eating… more »
Jul/03
2009

Fuck you Pitman.com

I had an art supply store that I loved. It was the only reputable supply house that wasn't some shit-box craft chain spin off. It was called Charrette and they were located in Woburn MA. There were there for decades until, fairly recently they were… more »
Jul/02
2009
A 2-yr old girl was strangled by a 12-ft Burmese Python. It had bitten the girl on the head, probably in an attempt to swallow. The snake was the pet of failed dinner's mother's boyfriend's, a pet he never bothered getting a required permit for. I'll… more »
Jul/01
2009
Spurred by a broad coalition of religious, labor and immigrant groups, the City Council overwhelmingly passed a resolution on Tuesday to add two of the most important Muslim holy days to the public schools’ holiday calendar. But the vote, which was… more »