I'm certain I'm not the only one who's had enough of her.
BOSTON (AP) -- The angry and grieving mother of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects insists that her sons are innocent and that she's no terrorist.
Enough already. You've had more than your 15 minutes of fame over your son's blood. Everyone is tired of hearing about how they didn't do it, even though the evidence and their own admission says they did. Stop.
If you have something to say come here and say it, although I doubt you will considering you ran away from the law already for petty crime.
I'm sick of hearing you and I'm sick of the press reporting. Do yourself and your family a favor. Shut the fuck up.
A young woman made, by her own admission, a terrible mistake. Judge Dee David Gay decided to make it worse. In addition he quoted not legal, but political rhetoric to justify his decision. That adds up to Judge Dee David Gay being less than impartial, and probably not someone who should be part of the judiciary.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee woman convicted of murdering her newborn twins was sentenced Friday to a minimum of 51 years in prison, despite her family pleading with the judge who said he found the 26-year-old untruthful and selfish.[..] The courtroom was packed with Lowe's friends and family, several of whom gave emotional testimony on her behalf.
Lowe, wearing a blue prison shirt and handcuffs, also read a statement expressing her regret. She did not testify at trial.[..]
At trial, Lowe's attorney said she did not smother the babies and suggested they might have died of hypothermia or suffocated in the toilet while Lowe was passed out after the birth.
Friends and family testified at the hearing that Lowe was a loving friend and daughter who had always been helpful and dependable. Friend Liz Kee, who grew up with Lowe, said she would trust Lowe with her life.
In ordering the maximum sentence on the child abuse charges, Gay said he found Lowe to be untruthful and selfish and called it a tragedy that so many people believe her version of events.[..]
Gay quoted Focus on the Family founder James Dobson saying, "Our children are the true wealth of any nation" and added that we cannot become "a child-killing society that views children as burdens rather than blessings."
Gay said Lowe's selfishness was reflected in her cheating on her fiance in the affair that led to her pregnancy and her "completely neglecting the work of creation in her body."
DeeDee, you're a fucking right-wing misogynist dick head. Any woman giving birth, especially under difficult circumstances *isn't* in her right mind. Birth is enormously traumatic (not to say pregnancy isn't also) but you're the type of asshole that strikes me as the type that wants to keep women in the dark ages, banning abortion, eliminating contraception. You're biased, unfair, and unjust. Even with the testimony of people who knew her better than you, you decided that you knew better. You are, without question, a complete fuckwad. It strikes me as plain, as you toss away the life of the mom, that your only interest is to extract vengeance, not in applying the law in an equitable way.
I expect your little quote will give the appeal plenty of ammunition to overturn your biblical based bias, hopefully sooner rather than later.
Hentai is clearly fantasy. The characters, vignettes, illustration all aim for over-the-top fantasy erotica. Tentacles, school girls and fairies are pretty commonplace, and a little disturbing to average (read: unfamiliar) observers, but can you say with authority that someone who peruses hentai is dangerous enough to deserve being locked up?
Ronald Clark downloaded cartoon pornography three years ago, ultimately ending up in court in Auckland, New Zealand. He was jailed for three months for possessing objectionable material, and sparking debate as to what harm is caused by digitally created pornography.
Clark's lawyer Roger Bowden described them as "pixies and trolls" that "you knew at a glance weren't human," according to Fairfax NZ News. Although the characters were elves and pixies, they were also clearly young, which sparked concern the images were linked to child sexual abuse.
Anti-child pornography group ECPAT Child Alert director Alan Bell said the images were illegal because they encouraged people "to migrate from there to the real thing." Bell acknowledged that no child was harmed in the cartoons' production but "it's all part of that spectrum."[..]
Clark has previous convictions for indecently assaulting a teenage boy and has been through rehabilitation programs. Clark admitted he was interested in the images but said it was for "a bit of a laugh," and that he did not find them sexually arousing.
Ok, so the person in question is a reformed offender, perhaps that makes the difference, but Alan Bell is wrong in his statement that hentai is illegal and that it encourages people to try the real thing. Ordinary TV shows murder regularly, does that encourage people to go out and kill? Or take a look at child sexual abuse by location: US and the EU rate at about 20% (both genders combined) vs Taiwan at 2.5%. Even with one data point it doesn't seem that a nation that has better and easier access to hentai translates fantasy into reality.
I think it's backward. The fact that someone chose to view fantasy sex rather than act out a fantasy doesn't make them an automatic danger. I think it's misguided and shows a complete ignorance of what hentai is and is meant to represent. Rather seems like someone was looking for a reason to make a fuss and Clark was the poor sod on the receiving end.
And you'd think a police officer might (might) have decent ethics.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A police officer fired for driving drunk in an unmarked police car while off-duty has filed a $6 million lawsuit against the city of Gresham, the police chief and others, alleging his rights were violated under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The lawsuit filed in Portland alleged the officer, Jason Servo, was suffering from alcoholism, a recognized disability under the act, and shouldn't have been dismissed[..]
Servo was alone when his vehicle veered into a ditch and he was not hurt. Though Servo refused to take breath or field sobriety tests, the Clackamas County sheriff's deputy who arrested him later testified before the state Department of Public Safety Standards and Training that Servo was probably one of the top 10 most intoxicated people he had arrested in almost 15 years of drunken-driving investigations.
Really. Six million. Because you got stinking drunk, drove into a ditch, got caught and they fired you. Six million. Really?
Honestly the only thing worse than being an alcoholic is thinking society owes you something for your lack of self control. Somehow I don't see that as a disability. Hard to believe you could protect the public when you couldn't even protect yourself.
Ha! hahahahahahahahah. Asshole.
Spanish police have arrested a Dutchman suspected of being behind one of the biggest ever web attacks.
The 35 year-old-man was detained in Barcelona following a request from the Dutch public prosecutor.
The attack bombarded the websites of anti-junk mail outfit Spamhaus with huge amounts of data in an attempt to knock them offline.
It also slowed data flows over closely linked networks and led to a massive police investigation.
The man arrested is believed to be Sven Kamphuis, the owner and manager of Dutch hosting firm Cyberbunker that has been implicated in the attack. (BBC)
Fucker. Maybe you don't like the fact that Spamhaus provides a service to prevent internet diarrhea but that doesn't give you the right or sufficient anonymity to DDoS with impunity. Enjoy your time in the pokey! Cheers!
Hey Robin, you wouldn't be trying to defend a decision if it were honest, now would'ja?
Keep trying buddy, maybe someone will believe you. Maybe your Mom.
Then again, probably not.
The engines are made by TRD in Costa Mesa, Calif., and shipped to JGR's shop in North Carolina. JGR can't touch the engines beyond installing them in the cars, and TRD has accepted responsibility for the mistake. TRD officials said the manufacturer shipped the part with paperwork that indicated its correct weight, and TRD employees simply missed the fact it was not legal. (AP)
Penalizing a team for a part they couldn't see, couldn't touch and couldn't verify is balls and you know it. Now lets see if you have any and admit your mistake.
My money is that yours are too small to find.
Wow. Just wow. And here I thought this blog was tasteless.
Korean automaker, Hyundai, has apologized for an advertisement that featured a man attempting to commit suicide with exhaust fumes from one of its SUVs.
The ill-conceived punch-line was that the SUV, an iX35, runs on hydrogen and, therefore, emits only water vapor, so the man can't kill himself. (CNN)
It's hard to imagine who thought it was a good idea. Harder still to imagine that they still have a job. I mean most people wouldn't find that funny in the least, most, meaning people other than me. Heh.
And Herbert and Catherine Schaible are assholes.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A couple serving probation for the 2009 death of their toddler after they turned to prayer instead of a doctor could face new charges now that another son has died.
Herbert and Catherine Schaible belong to a fundamentalist Christian church that believes in faith healing. They lost their 8-month-old son, Brandon, last week after he suffered from diarrhea and breathing problems for at least a week, and stopped eating. Four years ago, another son died from bacterial pneumonia.[..]
Catherine Schaible's attorney, Mythri Jayaraman, cautioned against a rush to judgment, and said the couple are good parents deeply distraught over the loss of another child.
So what, just keep having kids as experiments until one doesn't die? Is that the premise here? Ffs won't someone stop these people from reproducing? Clearly they don't have any care for their offspring, even after they allowed one kid to suffer and promised to seek medical treatment for the others, they decide not to. Also isn't lying under an oath to God a sin and aren't these people supposedly good Christians?
Fuck this bullshit, the Schaible's are only interested in themselves, not their children. Each kid is just an other opportunity for a "miracle". The only miracle is the fact that they're still allowed to procreate after being the worst parents imaginable. The only thing they're "distraught" over is their disappointment that god doesn't listen to them.
If not life in jail then at least life until menopause. Honestly they don't even deserve to be let out after that. As for you, Herbert and Catherine, listen up: God hates people who demand favors. God also hates assholes. Like you.
NASCAR has a problem. They only like winners. Meaning, of course, winners that they pick, not winners that just happen to win. Their pantheon of "blessed" like J.J. and K.K. and Dale Jr., Steward and Busch, are winners because they make NACSAR money. People buy their shirts and hats and coolers. Matt Kenseth fans on the other hand, tend to wear their five year old shirts with holes in them and really Matt just don't look nearly so suave as Dale or Carl, his eyes aren't nearly so blue.
So it's no surprise that NASCAR went ape-shit-chicken-fucker-crazy when a single connecting rod was 0.0064 pounds light. Simply, it gave them an excuse to put Kenseth and his team back down to where NASCAR marking flunkies were comfortable, back in the pack.
It's not like fans don't know that NASCAR is biased, ffs, they penalized Johnson for fucking with the front end and Dale Jr. for fucking with the back. Of course they took back the penalty on Jimmie, couldn't have that now could they? It might prevent him from selling more merch.
It also comes as no surprise that NASCAR's image has suffered, fans becoming disenchanted and ratings dropping. But the stupid thing is how the organization is reacting. Instead of investing in building the sport, they're busy tearing down drivers and team in favor of a golden few they're willing to bet their financial future on.
Message to Brian France: dude, quit the shit, stop playing favorites, just run the goddamn races clean and fair. Or lose even more fans. Your choice.
It's getting out of hand, the whole "empowerment of parents" bullshit. In the last decade we've seen predominantly urban parents come up with all sorts of crap that hasn't benefited anyone, other than their egos. Vaccinations were bad, (actually they're essential to the health of everyone - and several people had to die of whooping cough to prove it). Next it was the school system not making school interesting enough (work isn't necessarily "interesting" and postponing the pain only makes kids harder to manage when they are forced to be independent). But now? It's "mind if my baby poops in your face" as the new parenting high-bar. Ffs it's stupid.
NEW YORK, April 24 (UPI) -- Having babies go without diapers most of the time may be the latest rage in parts of New York City, but it's raising eyebrows among some, mothers say.
"Elimination communication," the diaper-free method of child-rearing, takes the techniques of potty training -- observing children for signals they want to go to the bathroom and getting them over a potty -- it just does them much, much sooner, The New York Times reported.
Adriane Stare, proprietor of Caribou Baby -- a Big Apple eco-friendly maternity, baby and lifestyle store -- and herself a diaper-free mother said parents are drawn to the method for a variety of reasons. Some do it to help the environment from the mountains of disposable diapers disposed of in landfills, some want to get away from laundering cloth diapers, and some want to get away from diaper rash.
Some said they are rediscovering an ancient practice used in other cultures for millennia, but most say they like feeling more in touch with their babies' functions, Stare told The Times.
However, there are misses, but even cleaning up a small mess on the floor is easier than laundering diapers, Stare said.
No. No. No, no, no. No I don't want your kid peeing on the street, or pooping between cars. No I don't want to see it, smell it or be exposed to it. And to any parent arrogant enough to think that it's "ok" to bring their baby to a party (faux pas #1) and then bring bowls for them to pee or poop in (faux pas #2 - infinity) it's WRONG ok?
Look, what you do in your home is your business. Wanna let you kid shit all over the floor just to feel "closer"? Fine. Enjoy. Scrubbing the pee out of the cracks between hardwood will definitely make you closer to something, and the smell will naturally add to the resale. The whole "back to nature" fetish isn't an advance, it's a step back and for those with short memories who want to romanticize the past, think about living in caves with dirt floors, without your lattes, iPhones and soy yogurt. If you're gonna do it, why not go all the way? At least you won't be bothering "civilized" people who have moved beyond that.
It's tempting to start this post off with a crass and uncouth metaphor that involves cats and bathrooms (or rather a synonym for cats) but the poor lady doesn't deserve that. If you can figure that out we'll call it even. Read on...
SALINA, Kan. (AP) -- A central Kansas woman likely won't remember her first circus for the clowns or performances - it'll be the tiger in the bathroom.
The big cat had escaped briefly after its turn in the ring Saturday at the Isis Shrine Circus in Salina. Staff members blocked off the concourses at the Bicentennial Center as the tiger wandered into the bathroom, where one of the doors was blockaded.
About that time, Salina resident Jenna Krehbiel decided she needed to use the restroom. When she walked in the door that hadn't been blocked off, she found a tiger standing about 2 feet away,[..] "You don't expect to go in a bathroom door, have it shut behind you and see a tiger walking toward you," Krehbiel said.
Chris Bird, manager at the Bicentennial Center, said the bathroom was only 25 feet long.[..] The tiger was captured within minutes and returned to its enclosure.[..]
Krehbiel said her 3-year-old daughter had a different reaction.
"My daughter wanted to know if it had washed its hands," Krehbiel said. "That was her only concern. I think that shows the thoughts of children and that they wouldn't have known there was danger."
Coming face to nose with a tiger in the ladies room is quite the experience, even for someone prepared for some thrills in a circus. I give Jenna credit for noticing (something someone on a cell phone might not have), calm and poise. I'm not even sure what my first reaction would have been, other than maybe a very weak "nice kitty?"
They're both desperate and greedy. And there's a good chance they're going to get their way...
WASHINGTON (AP) -- States could force Internet retailers to collect sales taxes under a bill that overwhelmingly passed a test vote in the Senate Monday.
Under current law, states can only require stores to collect sales taxes if the store has a physical presence in the state. As a result, many online sales are essentially tax-free, giving Internet retailers a big advantage over brick-and-mortar stores.
The bill would allow states to require online retailers to collect state and local sales taxes for purchases made over the Internet. The sales taxes would be sent to the states where shoppers live.
It's one thing for a state to tax a store that employs people in that state. It's quite another for the state to grab cash from a customer just because they *live* in that state. I call bullshit.
I know the Internet has been driving the web-troglodytes in Congress mad with greed. They can smell the money but they haven't found an effective way to get their hands on it. Every time they try they get shut down by the vast number of users out there. This time, however, they're closer than ever.
For once I find myself in complete agreement with anti-tax republicans. LEAVE THE FUCKING INTERNET ALONE. Don't try and grab more money just because I live here, you already get a chunk of my wages, because I drive here and for a gajillion other things as well. Fucking quit it! NO to the online sales tax bill. Just NO.
Well the photographer, for one...
OLYMPIA, Wash., April 21 (UPI) -- An anarchist workshop at The Evergreen State College in Washington was canceled after a blogger's camera was stolen and thrown off a balcony, officials say.
Blogger John Smith, 67, planned on photographing events during the Olympia Anarchist Convergence, but he was blocked from entering the classroom where the workshop was being held on the third-floor of a building.
"They blocked me and said you aren't welcome here," Smith said. "I said it's a public facility, a public event, but they blocked me, then kind of pushed me out the door."
Smith said he was stepping out to contact campus police when one workshop participant grabbed his digital camera and video camera gear and threw it off the third-story balcony.
The equipment is estimated to be worth $10,000, Smith said.
Campus police attempted to get the names of the people involved, but the student group would not cooperate, The Olympian reported.
Ya know there's some critters you approach with caution when trying to get an up-close and personal picture. There's bears, wild cats, poisonous snakes, piranha, and anarchists. There are ways that nature says "do not touch, do not approach, or else." Some people choose to ignore that kind of warning. The fact that anarchists aren't cooperative is about as mystifying as the screams after "See Honey? Bears don't bite."
Yep, $10k, out the window. What a surprise.
"Suspect 2" was nabbed, wounded and bleeding, in a winterized boat stored in a backyard. As always there are people who can find humor in anything, and in times like these a little black humor is worth more than gold...
Here's some of the best from the CNN article: "Flapping tarp leads to arrest"...
Dhamre • − Worst get away vehicle ever
PsychWardResident • − Yes, I'm sure his boat owner's insurance has coverage for "shot full of holes by law enforcement while capturing terrorist fugitive." Or maybe he can file it as "Looks Like Swiss Cheese." But of course if he is real good he can get it into the water, duct tape over holes, and can claim he was attacked by sea creatures and it sank.
Julius Delrey • − Use the boat to send all Chechens back to the Caucasus.
verslalchimie • − The genius probably thought it was sufficient to find a boat in WaterTOWN, rather than a boat in water.
Alexis Iskast • − Would of worked if he was in Indiana where all these flooded streets are.
Mike-katzmarek Lampartautos • − maybe he was waiting on the coast guard
Redd Menace • − He just misjudged how high the tide came in.
grussell • − He was waiting for global climate change and sea level rise; just hoping to hold out until The Day After Tomorrow.
Jason Eyler • - He obviously didn't watch the movie Jaws before deciding to hide in a small boat and especially where somebody can see a pool of blood!
sushimon • − Maybe he watched too many Old Spice Guy commercials and thought, "Ok, step 2: wait for horse.."
And best of all (so far)...
AlphaBet • − Its a tarp!
Don't you just love America? Even in the worst of times we can make the worst of jokes. USA!
Wow talk about ego, this guy takes the cake. And a publicly funded cake too.
A Tennessee legislator has raised the ire of citizens after passing a resolution to honor himself.
Resolutions are basically congratulatory notes for achievement, or the establishment of an occasion or awareness day. So far this year, Tennessee lawmakers have passed 476 resolutions -- each one costing taxpayers roughly $300, reports WSMV.
Sen. Ophelia Ford has passed one to honor her intern, and Sens. Matthew and Timothy Hill passed one to honor their late grandmother, but Republican Sen. Jon Lundberg just passed a resolution to honor himself.[..]
Lundberg's resolution, written by his own staff, honors his public relations firm, The Corporate Image, and includes the phrases "the owners and employees of The Corporate Image are many such noteworthy persons" and "the company has continued to set the standard for the highest quality professional services."
"My staff wrote it, I reimbursed the state the cost of the paper and all of that," Lundberg said. He added he has resolutions for other businesses that reach milestones in his district. "Is that important for those companies? Yeah," Lundberg said.
Lundberg passed another resolution in 2009 honoring his daughter for graduating high school. When asked about that resolution Wednesday, Lundberg said he stands by that one, too.
Here, let me spell it out for you Senator Lundberg: You...are...an...asshole. Got that? Yes you're an asshole. Instead of doing the job you were elected to do, you waste tax payer time and money on self-aggrandizing bullshit like this, honoring your family and most egregious of all, yourself. Frankly a narcissist like yourself shouldn't be in politics, you should be on stage, telling everyone how great you are. And no, just because your colleagues pull similar stunts doesn't mean it's Ok either.
People in your state need legislators who will do their job: caring and planning for their constituents. I'm guessing you don't have any idea what that means, since clearly your job is all about you and not about the people who put you there.
Some people just don't understand the word "Don't".
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A judge in Oregon noticed an unexpected glow on a juror's chest while the courtroom lights were dimmed during video evidence in an armed-robbery trial.
The juror, it seemed, was texting.
Marion County Circuit Judge Dennis Graves cleared the courtroom and excused all jurors except 26-year-old Benjamin Kohler.
According to a news release from the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Kohler had no explanation for his actions.
Jurors in Oregon are given explicit instructions at the outset of each trial not to use cellphones in court.
Graves held Kohler in contempt, and Kohler spent most of Tuesday and Wednesday in the county jail. He was released Wednesday night.
It's almost a compulsion with some people, they literally don't know they're doing it. It's such a habit, and they're so addicted to the little "ping" that they just can't stop themselves, even when warned.
Hopefully the two days in the tank helped Ben "dry out" a little from his texting addiction. I'm sure he wasn't allowed his phone while he was in jail, so maybe he had a little time to think about what happened. I just wish that all those people I see texting and driving (which is illegal in my state) could get a dose of that treatment. It would save lives and the sanity of all of us who know when to stop.
SEATTLE, April 17 (UPI) -- Seattle police said a man in a wheelchair with multiple shoplifting arrests was busted at a store while wearing nothing but cherry tomatoes on his crotch.
The Seattle Police Department said officers were called to a store just after 6:20 a.m. Friday on a report of a man causing a disturbance -- and they arrived to find the suspect in the produce aisle with his pants on the floor and a pile of cherry tomatoes over his genitals, KOMO-TV, Seattle, reported Wednesday.
The man, who was arrested on suspicion of burglary, was found to be concealing most of a still-frozen Jimmy Dean sausage sandwich.
I can't even get past 'what' to get to 'why'?