Saturday, April 10, 2010
Raabe was one of 124 Munchkins in the film and one of only nine with speaking roles. He famously pronounced the witch dead after Dorothy's farmhouse landed on her: "As coroner, I must aver, I thoroughly examined her, and she's not only merely dead, she's really most sincerely dead." There are only 4 surviving Munchkins.
I know I'm being judgmental but what kind of an adult puts a 7 year old on a plane alone for a 10-hour flight with a note for return to an adoption agency without any adult supervision, without any notice to the agency and without an explanation to the child. That is what Torry-Ann Hansen did this week in a story that has become viral.
Artyom Savelyev was adopted from Russia six months ago by Torry-Ann Hansen of Shelbyville, TN but turned out to be more difficult and more damaged than she was made aware by the Russian adoption agency. The rationale was that "he drew a picture of our house burning down and he'll tell anybody that he's going to burn our house down with us in it." Well what did you expect from a child who had already been abandoned once and was living in an orphanage?
Child abandonment is a reprehensible act and this poor child had already been victimized far too much already. Adopting a child is not like picking up a stray puppy from the humane society. You can't change your mind and return him. Adoption is a legal procedure that is permanent. You are a parent for life.
Her complaints about not being fully informed of the boy's problems is not an acceptable reason for abandoning the child. The only failure of the agency was not properly reviewing the suitability of Torry-Ann Hansen.
Friday, April 09, 2010
As they say ninth time is a charm. Speculation is that 78-year-old Dame Elizabeth Taylor is going walk down the aisle (or maybe roll down in her wheelchair) for the 9th time to her 49-year-old longtime companion Jason Winters of Sterling Winters Management. This is what some source tells UsWeekly.
I'm sure this one is a keeper Liz.
Meet Tasha Lee Cantrell. The 19-year-old Floridian was riding in a car early Monday morning when the vehicle's driver was pulled over and arrested for DUI.
As a tow truck arrived to remove her friend's car, a stranded Cantrell asked Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Deputy Mitchell Landis for a ride home to her Fort Walton Beach residence. Landis agreed, but only after checking Cantrell's purse for any contraband, according to an offense report.
While chauffeuring Cantrell, Landis heard the teenager "open a can of some sort" in the back of the cruiser. "As I looked at my in car video I observed Cantrell drinking out of an unknown can." Landis stopped his car and, upon further investigation, determined that Cantrell had popped open a can of Steel Reserve, a malt liquor known for its high alcohol content. "When I opened the rear passenger door I observed Cantrell attempting to hide the can between her legs. I retrieved this can and noticed it was Steel Reserve Beer," reported Landis, who immediately arrested Cantrell for underage drinking.
When Helena Guergis is the “better half” of a couple, that tells you the gods took the day off when those two were married. And for her hubby, it’s a really bad day when the best headline of the day is, “PM says Jaffer had no influence in his office”.The downfall of Helena Guergis should be no surprise to those who are familiar with her as I am. She is photogenic, ambitious and assertive but unfortunately no intellect and far too arrogant. A volatile combination. It catches up to you eventually.
Guergis defeated the Liberal incumbent by 100 votes in the 2004 federal election to win the riding of Simcoe—Grey. She won reelection by a good margin in 2006. But you can only get so far on sound bites and the word on the street in Simcoe-Grey is that constituents were getting tired of her act and angered by the phony letters of praise sent to newspapers in the riding. She was appointed to Cabinet not on merit but only because of gender and geography but she considered herself to be a serious and deserving member of Cabinet.
The messaging coming from the Prime Minister suggests a more serious problem than a temper tantrum at an airport. He says the RCMP have now moved in to investigate the allegations as a criminal matter. Influence peddling, if that's what we are dealing with here, is a serious charge. Not only has she been bounced from Cabinet, she has also been suspended from the Conservative caucus.
Thursday, April 08, 2010
5% said, "increase taxes."
62% said, "reduce government spending."
OK, said The Economist. "Here is a list of things the federal government spends money on. Which things should the government spend less on?"As you can see in the chart above, over two-thirds of Americans don't want to reduce spending on any single category, except foreign aid. But foreign aid represents less than 1% of America's total spending.
via Boing Boing
"It's absolute craziness," said the 31-year-old, who is head of sports law at Staffordshire University. "The last thing I remember was taking off from Calgary. I knew I was safely on board and there was no further destinations and it was all good," Lines added. "Somebody would wake me up at the end."
What he didn't expect was to be roused by a mechanic after the Air Canada Jazz plane was towed into a hangar at YVR. Lines said that when the Vancouver mechanic woke him, he was disoriented and in a rush to grab his bags and jacket and get off the plane.
"He said, 'Don't worry. You should have got off an hour-and-a-half ago,' " Lines recalled. "They took me off the plane down the steps into a hangar, took me into a room, photocopied my boarding pass and said, 'This sort of thing shouldn't be happening. Somebody's neck's going to be on the line for this.'"
The case was postponed after the juror had to be excused while examining photographs of student Karina Barduchian after her death.
Maxim Golovatskikh and his friend florist Yury Mozhnov, both 20, are accused of drowning Karina Barduchian in a bath and then carving up her body and serving her meat with potatoes to a lodger.
First there is Tiger Woods who probably could not possibly shock us any more but he keeps trying. According to the New York Daily News, Raychel Coudriet first met Tiger when she was only 14 years old. But it wasn't until last year, when she was 21, that he seduced her at a party with his favorite drink, Corona beer mixed with rum. Their liaison took place at Tiger's office located just one mile away from his house. They reportedly had sex for two hours on the couch of his office. There was a crib next to the sofa. Raychel reported that they did not use a condom and the sex was "mechanical and unemotional".
Then it comes out int he New York Post that ex-Giants superstar Tiki Barber has dumped his 8-months-pregnant wife, Ginny, for sexy former NBC intern Traci Lynn Johnson. The football star-turned-Today show-correspondent left his wife of 11 years, Ginny, for the 23-year-old blonde, who also worked at 30 Rock, the sources said. Ginny, who is expecting twins, found out about the relationship late last year, after the run-around running back moved out of their Upper East Side home.
So who is the bigger scumbage?
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Gunfire signaled the end to the first murder-free month in New Jersey's largest city in more than 40 years.
Police in Newark say a 26-year-old man was shot in the head Wednesday and died. The name of the victim has not been released.
The slaying was the city's first in 37 days and is the eleventh for the year.
March was the first time the city went through a calendar month without a murder since May 1966.
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Two women have been arrested in a British airport after allegedly trying to bring a 91-year-old male relative onto a plane. The only problem? He was dead.
Despite the fact that the corpse was in a wheelchair and wearing sunglasses, airport security were able to determine there was a problem when he was the only one not complaining about having to remove his shoes to get through security.
Talk about life imitating art. Was the dead guy named Bernie?
Vanderbilt pitcher Corey Williams managed to keep his wits about him and manage the pain long enough to grab hold of the ball, flip it to first and make the play. Later x-rays show that the line drive fractured his kneecap. How tough is this guy?
Remember that Mississippi school that chose to cancel their prom rather than let a lesbian student attend in a tuxedo with her girlfriend? Well turns out the school was forced to let her go to prom so they handled it they best way they could. Yup they set up a fake prom and sent her and a couple of kids with learning disabilities there instead of the real one. Classy move.
Constance McMillen, her date and just a handful of others, including two classmates with learning disabilities, attended the dance in Fulton, Mississippi while most of her other classmates from Itawamba Agricultural High School reportedly partied at a separate prom that McMillen was not invited to.
Monday, April 05, 2010
According to the would-be victim, one of them pulled out a knife and demanded money. Rather than give in, the man hustled back into the store and called the police, leaving the failed muggers running away into the night.
When the police arrived at the parking lot to investigate, one of the witnesses being questioned spotted Vargas-Sanabria and Regalado getting into their car, which police say they had left at the scene of the crime and were returning to pick up, thus defeating the purpose of the term "getaway car."
As of Wednesday, the pair was being held on one million dollar bail in Jackson County jail, charged with first degree attempted robbery.
It seems that only 20% of college students consider oral sex “sex,” according to a study to appear in the journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. When I was in university I had to blackmail girls to get some head. Now its like getting a hickey.
So who would like to turn the clock back 30 years?
A virtual army of private bodyguards – about 90 in all – will be protecting Tiger Woods when he returns to golf this week at the Masters. Woods’ vast security detail will include former FBI and Secret Service agents, as well as armed deputies – all of whom are believed to have received photos of the golf great’s sexual conquests. That's right, the world’s best-known philanderer reportedly fears a confrontation with one of his more than two dozen alleged mistresses.
None of these girls are allowed anywhere near him. If one photo comes out of a beautiful lady touching him, it would be a disaster.
Roughly 200 security personnel are typically on hand at the annual tournament in Augusta, Ga. With Woods’ return, an additional 82 private guards will be patrolling the course’s immaculate lawns, sources told the Sunday Mail. Eight guards will be surrounding Woods “as a last line of defense.”
You may have read here about a 12-year-old Queens junior high student who was hauled off in handcuffs for doodling on her desk earlier this year. Well a lawyer has saved the day and now the young teen plans to file a $1 million lawsuit against the city for excessive force.
Alexa Gonzalez was arrested in February for scribbling, "Lex was here 2/1/10" and "I love my friends Abby and Faith" in washable marker on her desk at Junior High School 190 in Forest Hills.
According to her mother, Moraima Camacho, Alexa was led out of school and walked to the precinct across the street where she was held for several hours.
The family's lawyer, Joseph Rosenthal, says school officials overreacted by calling the police. Rosenthal has indicated that his clients are suing to prevent similar ordeals from befalling other students in the future.
Thank goodness, money was not a motive factor in filing the law suit.
Claire Smedley's boyfriend nearly died when she suffocated him with her enormous breasts during sex. The mother-of-three, who has 40LL breasts, panicked when she lifted them up to find her lover Steven had stopped breathing.
Claire, 27, boasts the second biggest bust in Britain with each breast weighing over a stone. In a video she tells how Steven usually loved being smothered by them.
"This time, he started flailing around a bit, but I assumed it was because he was so excited, so I kept going," she said. "A few minutes later I noticed he'd stopped moving." By then, sales assistant Steven, also 27, was still and appeared to not be breathing.
Claire said: "I was panicking and just about to call 999 when thankfully he started to come round. He was really woozy, like he was in a trance. Then he sort of coughed and sat up. I was so relieved."
Startled Steven added: "I did think my time had come. I tried to slap her on her arm to get her to stop and get off me but I think she misread the signals."
Lucky Steven survived his ordeal, but the pair's relationship did not and they split three months ago. Claire, from Blackpool, said: "After that he went off sex."
Sunday, April 04, 2010
The sign reads: "If you voted for Obama, seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your healthcare begin right now, not in four years."
Dr. Jack Cassell, 56, said he's not turning away patients, because that would be unethical.
Yet, he said if patients choose not to see him after reading the sign, that's OK with him.
William Allen, professor in bioethics, law and medical professionalism at the University of Florida, said the urologist may be within his rights if he doesn't quiz patients about their politics and hasn't refused to see anyone.