Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fleeing driver calls police to tell them to stop chasing him

Southern Pines Police car flashing lights

A Park City man accused of leading police on a 30-mile chase Thursday called dispatchers during the pursuit to tell them that deputies “needed to leave him alone.”

The man, 20, was driving east on U.S. Highway 40 near Strawberry Reservoir when a deputy tried to stop him for going 15 miles over the speed limit, according to Wasatch County Chief Deputy Sheriff Jared Rigby. The driver did not stop and the deputy told dispatchers he was pursuing a fleeing driver.

A short time later, a dispatcher notified the deputy that the driver had called in and said “that he was not going to stop and that I needed to leave him alone,” Rigby said, reading from the deputy's report.

The driver's father also called dispatchers during the chase. He told them his son had also called him and told him what was happening, Rigby said. The father said he told his son to stop, but he wouldn't listen.

Duchesne County sheriff's deputies and Utah Highway Patrol troopers set up tire spikes eight miles east of Fruitland to end the chase. The driver stopped his car just short of the spikes and was taken into custody.

The man's family told deputies he was having problems with his girlfriend shortly before the pursuit and was distraught. “He'd had a bad morning and wasn't stopping for the cops,” Rigby said. “It was nothing more than that.”

Usually, when you're in a high-speed chase with the police, you only have three options: pull over and surrender, outrun the police and escape, or crash and die. Who knew there was a fourth option?


Wayne Simmonds banana-throwing incident is Canada's shame

Last Thursday's banana-throwing incident in London, Ontario was picked up by media outlets around the globe. Even non-hockey markets picked up the story. Fortunately the game wasn't televised so the stories were not accompanied by video clips. Below is an amateur video by a fan at the game.

Obviously the banana thrower thought he was being funny. He probably thinks he's not a racist. One thing for sure - he is incredibly insensitive. The incident is extremely hurtful to Simmonds, his teammates and other non-white players in the NHL and other leagues. It is an embarrassment to all Canadians.

London Mayor Joe Fontana released a statement:
"As Mayor, and on behalf of Londoners, I am sending an apology to Wayne Simmonds and the Philadelphia Flyers organization regarding the incident at last night's exhibition game. It was a stupid and mindless act by a single individual, however it reflects badly on our entire community. London is a diverse and welcoming city and we like it that way."
Simmonds released his own statement indicating that he wanted to put this incident behind him. He also acknowledged that racism "really doesn't happen in Canada."

Unfortunately the culprit was never caught because fans in the section refused to cooperate with security staff.

Blue and white disease week

Offenders in Alabama town can choose jail or church

Authorities say non-violent offenders in southern Alabama will have a new choice: Go to jail, or go to church every Sunday for a year.

WKRG-TV reports that Operation Restore Our Community begins next week.

The city judge in Bay Minette will let misdemeanor offenders choose to work off their sentences in jail and pay a fine; or go to church every Sunday for a year.

If offenders select church, they'll be allowed to pick the place of worship but must check in weekly with the pastor and police.

If the one-year church attendance program is completed, the offender's case will be dismissed.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Lovestruck hit man fakes victim's death with Ketchup

Covered in tomato sauce: The death of Iranildes Aguiar Araujo was faked by her new love Carlos Roberto de Jesus, a hitman sent to kill her, called

A hired hit man in Brazil never got the job done.

Instead, he fell in love with his victim and conjured a plan to fake her death with the help of some ketchup.

Carlos Roberto de Jesus was hired by Maria Nilza Simoes to murder Iranildes Aguiar Araujo, whom she suspected of having an affair with her husband.

But the plan went awry when de Jesus fell in love at first sight with his intended victim and confessed the plot.

The pair then conjured up a plan to fool his employer into believing he had carried out the hit by taking photos of Araujo in a ripped shirt, taped mouth, tied hands, and with her body smothered in ketchup with a machete under her armpit, pretending to be dead.

The picture was then sent to the wife saying he had killed her.

But the ruse was discovered three days later when Simoes saw the hired assassin kissing the very woman he was supposed to have killed. She then went to the police to complain he had stolen $1,000 from her.

You just can't trust a hired killer. They are such liars. If I'm going to hand over $1,000 to a hitman, I'm going to expect to see the body. You can fool someone only so many times.


Woman comes home to find burglar frying bacon in kitchen

cooking bacon in the frying pan Stock Photo - 4250646
Police in University City say they believe they’ve caught the suspect in a string of burglaries after a homeowner tackled the man when she walked in on the suspect cooking in her kitchen.

Kenya Ealy says she left her home to run an errand and when she returned, the burglar was cooking breakfast.

Ealy says initially she couldn’t enter her home because the suspect was trying to hold the front door shut, but Ealy and her friend managed to subdue the man and call police.

The suspect is 36-year-old Damon Petty of St. Louis. He was charged with first degree burglary, and police say he might be linked to a few other home burglaries.

No one was injured during the struggle, and police say it’s unclear whether Petty was on drugs when he was arrested.

So this guy breaks into a house and realizes that he's hungry. So he aborts the robbery and instead decides to cook some bacon. I'm sure he happens all time. and then Kenya and her friend arrive home and realize that someone cooking up her bacon. She is enraged and the two ladies overpower the thief. I can see that happening. We are talking about America and their love affair with bacon. Just the smell of the stuff with cause mere mortals to have gain the strength of 3 men.


Friday Flashback: R.E.M.

Blue and white disease week

Thursday, September 22, 2011

New Blue Jays logo

It appears that the Blue Jays logo to be introduced next season has been leaked. The new logo loves very much like the franchises' first logo which was around when the team won back to back World Series. I like it.





A blog posting claims this is the latest Blue Jays logo, which looks like an updated version of their original logo.


Man tries to kill wife with grenade when she decides to leave him

A 44-year-old resident of the town of Zelenodolsk, the republic of Tatarstan, blew up a grenade in his own apartment after his 31-year-old wife said that she was breaking up with him.

The family drama began to unfold on September 18 at about 8:00 o'clock. The woman decided to leave her husband. She came home to pack her things. She arrived along with a friend of hers, as well as her husband's relative together with her daughter and granddaughter. The relatives were sitting in the kitchen when the spouses began to sort out their relationship in the living room.

The man was drunk during the fight. When arguing, he pulled an F-1 grenade from a drawer and unpinned it.

The man's wife suffered fragment wounds as a result of the explosion. She was hospitalized to an emergency care unit. The emotional man did not suffer any injuries.

Look what perestroika has created in Russia. Socialist would never have split up with a 7 year wait for an apartment. This is an old timer lamenting about the good old days. So he digs out a WWII grenade to make a point.


China bans dog-eating "carnival" after online uproar

The Chinese government has banned a traditional carnival in the east of the country in which dogs are eaten after being chopped up alive in the street following a public uproar that the festival was cruel, state media reported on Wednesday.

The tradition in Qianxi in the wealthy coastal province of Zhejiang dates back 600 years to celebrate a local military victory and is normally held every October, the official Xinhua news agency said.

"The ancient fair was replaced by a modern commodity fair in the 1980s, but dog-eating has been kept as a tradition," it reported.

"However, vendors began to butcher dogs in public a few years ago to show their dog meat is fresh and safe, as a way to ease buyers' worry that the meat may be refrigerator-preserved or even contaminated."

That is why I will never go to China, Viet Nam and neighbouring states. I will eat the occasional rib eye steak but I'm not chowing down on Lassie. And I'm not eating cats, rats, snakes, squirrels, or lizzards. I'd eat tofu before I eat roadkill and I hate tofu.


Parents use lawyers to evict 41-year-old stay at home son

Step Brothers

An exasperated Italian couple has resorted to legal help to kick their 41-year-old son out of the house, in the latest case to highlight the phenomenon of Italy's stay-at-home "bamboccioni" or mummy's boys. The elderly couple's patience with their grown-up offspring has finally run out after what they say is years of cooking him meals and washing and ironing his clothes. They say the man has a perfectly good job and a steady income but has resisted all attempts to persuade him to fly the nest.

The couple, who have not been named, have taken their case to the legal department of an association for the defence of consumers' rights in Mestre, near Venice. Lawyers have given the middle-aged man, also unnamed, 10 days to find himself a flat, or have the case referred to court, with the prospect of more forceful action being taken to evict him. "We can no longer go on like this," the father said, according to Andrea Campi, a lawyer from the consumers association.

"My wife has developed stress-related problems and she's been in hospital recently. He has a good job but he continues to live at home and wants his clothes washed and ironed and his meals cooked for him. He never wants to leave." The couple took their case to the association after reading that it had experience in dealing with dozens of similar cases. Young Italians are renowned for their reluctance to leave home, with a study released last year showing that 48% of offspring between the ages of 18 and 39 still live under their parents' roofs.

Young male Italians known as "mammone", or mummy's boys, are particularly attached to their mother's apron strings. After the report was released, a cabinet minister came up with a drastic solution to the problem, proposing legislation which would make it compulsory for teenagers to leave home once they reached adulthood. Renato Brunetta, the minister in charge of streamlining the country's bureaucracy, admitted that in his youth he too was a "bamboccioni", which translates as "big baby".


Sign of the day

Blue and white disease week

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The world's top executioners

The U.S. is in very good company.

Ontario’s sexiest election candidate

Here is perhaps the shallowist election related website.

This website allows visitors to vote on the most attractive male and female candidate running in the 40th Ontario General Election on October 6th, 2011.

It provides candidates from Green, NDP, Liberal, PC and even the fringe parties to narrow down all of them to just 64! 32 male candidates and 32 female candidates who we’ve deemed to be attractive! Now, over the course of the campaign, head-to-head matchups between these 64 attractive Ontario Election Candidates will battle for votes to determine who is the Sexiest Candidate.

Personally, they left out Cindy Hackelberg, the Thornhill NDP candidate, who should have gotten some consideration.

Woman stole hearse with corpse in back

File:Buick Flxible Hearse.jpg

Apparently after celebrating her birthday and probably one too many bottles of beer, Angela DeHart got in a fight with her girlfriend in Beckley, West Virginia, on their ride home. So she jumped out of the car and decided that she was going to walk home. Well, lo and behold she was stumbling past the Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Home where hearse driver Kenneth Bly had just pulled in to drop off a body. He left the car idling while he ran inside and she hopped in and sped away in the hearse. Yes, she drove all the way home to Beaver.

Anyway, the cops found the hearse where DeHart left it near her home with the corpse still in the back (though it was turned on its side for some reason). She is charged with grand larceny and displacing a dead body and is being held in jail.


Barista’s “Starbucks Rant” song gets him fired

New Facebook

Larry Hagman is 80 today

Hagman in I Dream of Jennie

Hagman in Dallas

Half way through the Ontario election campaign - we are headed for Liberal minority government

Greg Morrow over at DemocraticSPACE, one of Canada’s leading non-partisan websites for provincial and federal election news, has come up with a seat projection based on recent polling. It shows the Liberals and Conservatives virtually in a dead heat with the Liberals having a slight edge on seats.

The outcome is uncertain due to the large number of ridings that are too close to call, particularly in the 905 and Southwestern Ontario. Overall, 34 of 107 ridings (31%) are too close to call. Also making projections uncertain are the significant number of incumbent MPPs, mostly Liberal, who are not running for re-election. In Toronto, the Conservatives have not faired much better than previous elections. There are leading slightly in Eglinton-Lawrence were ex-mayoralty candidate, Rocco Rossi, is trying to defeat long-time incumbent, Mike Colle.

Liberal – 47 seats (35.8%)

PC – 40 seats (34.4%)

NDP – 20 seats (24.3%)

Green – 0 seats (4.2%)

So why are the Liberals doing better than expected? Well this is Dalton McGuinty's 4th election and he has become a very skilled campaigner who no longer allows himself to be put on the defensive. He has also reached out to demographic groups that do not traditionally vote Conservative - students, women and new Canadians.

Part of the Liberal bounce has been the performance of Tim Hudak. His campaign should have focused on change as Ontarians were ready for one but he has not stayed on message. His misadventure around the Liberal plan for tax credits for hiring new Canadians was an example of straying from message. Calling new Canadians foreign workers would not be well received in the diverse GTA. In addition, his commitment to fund new programs by eliminating waste and improving efficiency is too reminiscent of Rob Ford's promise to end the gravy at City Hall.

I expect some significant shifting over the next couple weeks and voters become more focused on the elections.

Man nearly chokes to death trying to eat bicycle

A metal-munching stuntman who has eaten his way through tons of scrap is retiring after he nearly died when he bit off more than even he can chew. Branko Crnogorac, 80, has left audiences open-mouthed as he downed 25,000 light bulbs, 12,000 forks, 2,000 spoons, 2,600 plates and nearly 6,000 old vinyl records in his 60-year career.

The resident of Apatin, Serbia, quit after choking on a pedal when his friends bet him he could not eat his whole bike within three days. "I almost died. I needed emergency surgery. At the same time, doctors found two kilogrammes of assorted ironware in my stomach, including two gold rings," he explained.

Crnogorac added: "It was a wake-up call for me. Since then, I just haven't had the same desire to munch metal. After 20 years of eating everything, I've realised my digestive system is not as strong as it used to be, so I've decided to retire."

His bizarre career started when a friend recommended he should start eating sand to combat an acid stomach. "It worked and I thought why not try something else and one thing led to another," he said.

I think I've stumble upon a solution to our garbage problem. Instead of trying to locate new landfill sites we should hire a few hundred old Serbian men with iron guts to eat our garbage. No need to recycle, Darko will dispose of your plastic containers - with some dipping sauce on the side.

Blue and white disease week

Hump Day Hottie

Elisabetta Canalis

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sign of the day

Why is this man smiling?

Because he is hitting .224? No.

Because he has his combined hits (106) and walks (20) is just 1 less than Jose Bautista's walk total? No.

Because his on base percentage is .250? No.

Because he has 58 runs and 61 RBIs? No.

Because Vernon has 3 years left on his contact which will pay him $61 million. So what does Vernon say about this? "Maybe it's just society, but people put too much on struggling,"

Life is good.

Man hasn't lowered his arm since 1973

Man keeps his arm raised for 38 years

Mahant Amar Bharti Ji, a clerk from New Delhi, raised his right arm above his head in 1973 in honor of Shiva deity and since then never put it down. Despite pain and arm deformation, he managed to keep his arm raised for 38 years and counting.


Blue and white disease week

Student brings crack pipe to show and tell

Officials at a small northwest Missouri elementary school say they were stunned when a kindergarten student brought his mom's crack pipe and some drugs for show-and-tell.

KCTV reports that the boy showed the items on Sept. 6 at Sweet Springs Elementary School. School officials called police.

The boy's 32-year-old mother was arrested and is charged with possession of a controlled substance and child endangerment.

Court records indicate that the teacher told police that the boy had the pipe and "several baggies of crack rocks." Officials say the drugs were worth about $3,700.

That boy has got to get punished. He has to learn that you cannot be taking mommy's things without her permission. Some things are very private and only we know about them. We dodn't want to be sharing those things with others at school. Bad boy.


I want one of those dancing pink flamingos

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sign of the day

Blue and white disease week

Police behaving badly

n Atlanta, a police officer arrested a disabled woman who was sitting in a chair in front of her home waiting for an ice cream truck.
Walker said an Atlanta police officer approached her and told her to move. “He came right here and said we had to move, and I said ‘What reason do he have to move?’ ” Walker said. She said the officer told her, “Because I said so.” Walker claims she stood and told the officer she was going to call his supervisor.

“That’s when he grabbed me. My ice cream fell and my phone fell,” she said. Walker said that’s when the officer put her on the ground. Walker has photos of the incident. Walker said the officer sprained her shoulder in the process, and she had to be taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

The charge was disorderly conduct. "In six months, 27 of the 38 arrests the officer made were for disorderly conduct." And in Southwest Miami-Dade a police officer clobbered a man with Down Syndrome because he was suspicious of the bulge in the man's trousers.
Liko said, the officer smacked him in the face with an open hand and knocked him to the ground. "His whole hand," he said. According to the police report, a Miami-Dade Police officer noticed a bulge in Liko's waistband. The officer attempted to conduct a pat down, and Powell tried to run away. "I said, 'Didn't you know he was a Down's Syndrome kid?' And he said, 'No, I'm not a doctor. I don't know.' And I said, 'Well, you can see it in his face that he is a Down's Syndrome kid,'" said Powell's mother, Josephine. The bulge that Liko had on his waistband was a colostomy bag.

What will happen to the police officers in these two cases? So far nothing. My guess is that any disciplinary action will be minor.

Sperm bank turns down redheads

The world's largest sperm bank has started turning down redheaded donors because there is too little demand for their sperm.

Ole Schou, Cryos's director, said that there had been a surge in donations in recent years, allowing the facility to become much more picky about its donors.

"There are too many redheads in relation to demand," he told told Danish newspaper Ekstrabladet. "I do not think you chose a redhead, unless the partner - for example, the sterile male - has red hair, or because the lone woman has a preference for redheads. And that's perhaps not so many, especially in the latter case."

Mr Schou said the only reliable demand for sperm from redheaded donors from Ireland, where he said it sold “like hot cakes”.


Cryos’s stores have now reached their peak capacity of 70 litres of semen, and Mr Schou has a waiting list of 600 donors.

He said sperm from donors with brown hair and brown eyes was particularly in demand, because of the bank’s large customer base in Spain, Italy and Greece.

Anti-establishment presidential candidates rarely win

Win McNamee/Getty Images

The Republican Party establishment is losing a battle with anti-government Tea Party populists to choose the candidate who will challenge President Barack Obama in the November 2012 election. History has shown that should this occur, the Presidential election could be a disaster for Republicans.

Back in 2000, George W. Bush was not exactly the ideal candidate but the Republican establishment went with him and he won. And he won again in 2004 despite doing a pretty mediocre job. So history also suggests that if the establishment pick, Mitt Romney, survives the primaries he may likely move into the White House next year. The Republicans may not necessarily need a terribly strong candidate to beat Obama.

However, the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party which is leading an anti-establishment drive to select the presidential candidate is making things very difficult and their preferred candidate is Texas Governor Rick Perry.

The last anti-establishment Republican candidate was Barry Goldwater in 1964. He beat Nleson Rockefeller who was the preferred candidate of the party establishment and viewed as the most electable. Goldwater famously declared in his bold acceptance speech at the 1964 Republican Convention: "I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue." Goldwater received 38.4% of the popular vote and carried only six states.

The same electability issue arose in 1972 regarding the nomination of George McGovern by the Democrats. The party establishment favoured Ted Kennedy but he declined to run. They next turned to Edmund Muskie who was the 1968 vice presidential candidate. However, McGovern prevailed and secured the nomination. The election was a disaster with McGovern picking up only 37% of the popular vote and carrying only Massachusetts and Washington D.C. He failed to win his home state of South Dakota.

In both cases — Goldwater in 1964 and McGovern in 1972, neither candidate was able to attract more mainstream general election voters. The Republican primary voters tend to be more conservative and activist than the party’s more mainstream wing which plays into the hands of Rick Perry but might not work out in November 2012.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sign of the day

Slip sliding away

Bored guy decides to shoot at cops - not a great idea

An 18-year-old Minneapolis man is charged with attempted murder in connection with a July incident where shots were fired at a pair of police officers.

Prosecutors filed those charges Friday against Malo Dashaunta Gomez for his alleged role in the July 25th incident.

A criminal complaints says the officers pulled a suspicious vehicle over near the intersection of Lowry and Penn Avenues North, and were sitting in their squad car when someone opened fire on them.

Fortunately neither officer was struck by the gunfire. An army of police officers conducted an extensive search, some with canines, but no suspects were located.

Investigators from the Minneapolis homicide unit and the Hennepin County Violent Offender Task Force Unit began working the streets and eventually heard that Gomez, a documented member of the Stick Up Boys street gang, was bragging about the shooting.

They talked to an inmate at the Red Wing Correctional Facility who confirmed that Gomez was claiming to be the shooter.

After tracking Gomez's whereabouts investigators learned he was in the Hennepin County Jail on other charges. They say Gomez admitted to shooting 9 shots at the officers because he was bored and "wanted to fire the gun off."

It's a hot summer night with nothing to do. What's wrong with taking some shots at the police? Uh, well, maybe in the short-term it worked. As a long-term strategy, however, Gomez's plan seem to have failed, because now he's sitting in a drab cell in the local jail and facing two counts of first-degree attempted murder and two counts of first-degree assault; if convicted, he could do decades in prison, which sounds way more boring and monotonous than living in Minneapolis (even during the winter). Gomez, shoot at some empty whiskey bottles or a squirrel. Cops are not for shooting at.


Blue and white disease week