Saturday, December 08, 2012

Did the Royal Baby Prank really cause Jacintha Saldanha's death?

Sombre: Police guard the front of King Edward VII's hospital where Jacintha Saldanha had worked as a nurse for four years

By now everyone has heard about the tragic series of events that ended with the death of a British nurse, Jacintha Saldanha.

Just to recap, Australian DJs Christian Michael and Mel Greig called the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge staying pretending to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip.  The call was received Saldanha who transferred to Kate's ward where some personal information was provided.  After the prank was posted on the radio station's website, Saladanha allegedly committed suicide.

The media and the public have had a field day since the death was reported.  The DJs have been suspened and they have been bombarded with abuse on Twitter following news of her suspected suicide. They later removed their accounts.  The radio station has also lost a lot of advertisers in the last couple of days.

But did the prank really cause the nurse to commit suicide?  She didn't even provide any information to the callers but merely transferred to call.  The hospital claims that no one had confronted her or blamed her for the security breach.  Does a normal person end their life after playing such a minor role in a prank?  I don't see it.

Over time much more will come to light regarding this tragic event.  Michael and Greig are guilty of a tasteless and foolish prank but it's an over reaction to accuse them of murder.  The media and public's initial reaction is totally overblown.

First night of Hanukkah is tonight

Bill Murray was abducted and tasered and forced to make an appearance on Last Night’s Letterman

Man goes out drinking, leaves infant with pitbull

A Florida man is charged with child neglect after allegedly leaving his 10-month-old baby in the care of his pit bull while he went to a bar.

The Flagler County Sheriff's Office says 41-year-old James Irvine of Palm Coast was arrested early Saturday.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports the child's mother called police after learning Irvine left the baby alone while he went out to drink. She was at work at the time.

A police report says he told her the "pit bull was watching the baby." The child was in his bedroom with the door shut when she came home. A deputy reported the dog was sitting outside the room.


Fire breather charged with arson after spitting at people

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A Greeley man faces arson charges after police say he spat flaming streams of lighter fluid at two other men, according.

Witnesses told police James Pachokas, 51, spat the fluid at two other men and lit it with a lighter, according to an arrest affidavit.  After he was arrested, Pachokas told officers he "'spit fire' for money," the report states.

Pachokas was in a house in the 1100 block of 9th Street with Zachary Flowers, 18, and Jacob Kehler, 38, on Nov. 20.  Flowers told police Pachokas spat flaming fluid 20-25 times.  Flowers and Kehler said the flames came close to their heads, and Flowers said he told Pachokas to stop.

Police say Pachokas had burns on his hands when they contacted him.

Pachokas is charged with two counts of fourth-degree arson, a felony, and two counts of reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor.


Get your mind out of the gutter week

Friday, December 07, 2012

Friday Flashback - Smokey Robinson

Another flasher in a yearbook photo (obviously NSFW)

Earlier this year a grad photo showing a North Carolina student lifting up her gown went viral.  It's inevitable that another and it happened at Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School in London,Ontario.  A guy flashed his privates in a group yearbook photo. By the time school officials noticed the yearbook contained nudity, only 360 copies from a press run of 1,300 remained undistributed. Boys will by boys.

Americans are ruining Canada's national sport

Let's face it hockey is Canada's national sport and the NHL is the premier hockey league.  But the NHL is dominated and controlled by Americans: 80% of franchises are located in the U.S., the NHL headquarters are in New York and the Commissioner is an American.

If it were up to the Canadian owners the current hockey labour dispute would have settle long ago.  They would have settled for the good of the game.  But the best interests of the game differ in the U.S.  The best interests of the game down there is the right economic model.

So why is the right economic model so important?  Well it's because so few American teams make money.  All six Canadian teams made a profit of at least $10 million last season.  Only six American teams or 25% of teams in the U.S. made a profit of $10 million and thirteen American teams lost money.  The Kings would have made it fourteen had they not earned all that playoff revenue by winning the Stanley Cup.

All those American teams are dragging down the NHL and essential make almost any reasonable economic model unworkable.  In Florida, southern California and the Arizona desert, hockey is a novelty and at best a niche sport.  The two LA based teams lose money while Toronto has only one NHL franchise.

Winnipeg which is a cow pasture compared to some of the huge American metropolitan areas was 10th in profit in their first season earning $13.3 million.  They have the smallest arena, well below NHL standards but they also have the 4th highest average ticket prices.  Winnipeg is a hockey town.  Dallas is not.  Miami is not.  Los Angeles is not.  Glendale is not.  Columbus is not.  Nashville is not.  Tampa is not.

The NHL lockout is about trying to save unsustainable American franchises.

This might be racist week

Stop the madness

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Burglar calls 911 after homeowner holds him at gunpoint

In a strange flip of events, a burglary suspect called 911 early Tuesday to report that he was being held at gunpoint by a Springtown homeowner and his son.

The homeowner called 911, too, but by then he was in control, holding him at gunpoint and demanding to know what he was doing in his home.

The incident happened around 12:30 a.m. when the homeowner and his wife woke up to find an intruder in the bedroom of their home in the 100 block of Lelon Lane.  The suspect, identified as 41-year-old Christopher Lance Moore of Bedford, left the home and sat in his GMC pickup, parked in the family’s driveway. The homeowner followed him with a pistol, took the suspect’s keys and blocked his getaway with his own vehicle, while his stepson trained a shotgun on Moore, Fox 4 News reports.

When deputies arrived, both men were on the phone with 911. Deputies asked Moore why he had broken into the home, to which he merely said he had “bad intentions.”


NASA Satellite images of Earth at night

This image of the continental United States at night is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012. The images show the impact that man-made light has on our planet.  It's no wonder you can't see many stars in the sky from metropolitan areas.

Prison nurse charged with having sexual contact with inmate

A Justice Center nurse was charged today with engaging in illegal sexual contact with an inmate in the downtown jail facility.

Beth A. Ours, 37, was charged with one count of third-degree criminal sexual act, a felony punishable by up to four years in state prison.  Ours is accused of performing an act of oral sex on a male inmate in the jail sometime during the month of April.

The act is charged as a crime because the male was legally incapable of consenting to the conduct because he was in the custody of the Justice Center at the time.

Ours was arraigned this afternoon before City Judge Kate Rosenthal. She was released under the supervision of the probation department's Pretrial Release Program.  Court papers indicated the charge was based on a statement from the male victim and that Ours made admissions implicating herself.

I'm trying to understand the rationale for a law that makes an inmate incapable of consenting to the conduct while in custody.  Perhaps it would help if I understood what else they are incapable of consenting to or is it exclusively blow jobs.


People have found this JC Penny ad offensive...

Are they homophobic or just little people?

NHL season approach "best before" date

It's encouraging to see some real negotiations finally taking place between the NHL owners and players.  It seems a sense of desperation has finally taken hold because we are likely just a few weeks away from cancelling the entire season and who would benefit from that?

I've believed for some time now that an agreement could not be reached with Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr at the table.  So it comes as no surprise to me that talks without the "chief negotiators" have made progress.

So if a deal does get down this weekend, what happens to Bettman and Fehr?  Mostly likely nothing but what type of leadership did they show during the standoff other than obstinacy?  Can the two sides work together moving forward with Bettman and Fehr still around?

This may be racist week

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

How ugly can this guy get?

 Jacob Isaiah Goff was arrested last year for disorderly conduct (top mugshot) and this year for shoplifting (bottom mugshot).  What the hell happened to this guy in one year?  Last year he was just plain ugly.  Now he is hideous.  And how did that one tooth survive in that mouth?  This could be an anti-meth PSA.

Couple kidnaps handyman and forces him to do repairs

Authorities in San Jose, California, say two local residents kidnapped a handyman and held him hostage for several hours, forcing him to repair various things around their house
36-year-old Jason DeJesus and 33-year-old Chanelle Troedson were arrested this week and charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, and assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly luring the unidentified handyman to their Morgan Hill home, beating him up, and then threatening to harm him further if he didn't fix their broken appliances.

The man complied, and spent seven hours doing repair work on a dishwasher and a broken door.
A Santa Clara County Sheriff spokesperson said the handyman wasn't a random target, but had done unspecified work for DeJesus' mother in the past.

"The work wasn't performed to the likes of the suspect's relative at the time, and on top of that there was dispute over services rendered, the victim wasn't paid entirely.

After the handyman finished repairing their appliances, DeJesus and Troedson reportedly ordered him to drive them in his van to a relative's house for additional work.

On the way, they stopped at a Chevron station to buy gas, and the handyman managed to escape while his captors were inside the station picking up snacks. He bolted to a nearby residence and used the homeowner's phone to call the cops.

It's nice to see a handyman being held capitive and instead of the homeowner.  You know what I mean.  These guys are impossible to get to your home and then once you have them they commit extortion.  Not so nice when the table is turned.


Can a dog drive better than my wife?

Porter, a 10 month old beardie cross, is one of three dogs being trained to drive a specially converted Mini in a stunt for the New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but now it seems that you can show them how to drive

An animal welfare group in New Zealand has trained three dogs to get behind the wheel in an attempt to show the public how intelligent they are.  The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will put them to the test in a live broadcast.

The dogs have been trained over eight weeks in specially made wooden carts which they have been driving around inside an indoor test lab.

They then graduated to a modified Mini in which they sat on their haunches in the driver’s seat with their paws on the steering wheel. Their feet go on extension levers which had been attached to the accelerator and the brake whilst their paw will rest on the gearstick.

The organisation hopes that the public will be so impressed with the animals that they will adopt them and others like them.

Amsterdam planning to segregate anti-social offenders in 'scum villages'

Amsterdam is to create "scum villages" where nuisance neighbours and anti-social tenants will be exiled from the city and rehoused in caravans or containers with "minimal services" under constant police supervision. Holland's capital already has a special hit squad of municipal officials to identify the worst offenders for a compulsory six month course in how to behave. Social housing problem families or tenants who do not show an improvement or refuse to go to the special units face eviction and homelessness.  Eberhard van der Laan, Amsterdam's Labour mayor, has tabled the £810,000 plan to tackle 13,000 complaints of anti-social behaviour every year.

He complained that long-term harassment often leads to law abiding tenants, rather than their nuisance neighbours, being driven out. "This is the world turned upside down," the mayor said at the weekend. The project also involves setting up a special hotline and system for victims to report their problems to the authorities. The new punishment housing camps have been dubbed "scum villages" because the plan echoes a proposal from Geert Wilders, the leader of a populist Dutch Right-wing party, for special units to deal with persistent troublemakers.

"Repeat offenders should be forcibly removed from their neighbourhood and sent to a village for scum," he suggested last year. "Put all the trash together." Whilst denying that the new projects would be punishment camps for "scum", a spokesman for the city mayor stressed that the special residential units would aim to enforce good behaviour. "The aim is not to reward people who behave badly with a new five-room home with a south-facing garden. This is supposed to be a deterrent," he said. The tough approach taken by Mr van der Laan appears to jar with Amsterdam's famous tolerance for prostitution and soft drugs but reflects hardening attitudes to routine anti-social behaviour that falls short of criminality.

The policy is not a new one. In the 19th century, troublemakers were moved to special villages in Drenthe and Overijssel outside Amsterdam. The villages were rarely successful, becoming sink estates for the lawless. "We have learned from the past," said the mayor's spokesman. "A neighbourhood can deal with one problem family but if there are more the situation escalates." 

This email musts be legit, it came from the FBI

Anti-Terrorist And Monetary Crimes Division
FBI Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation
J.Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, Nw Washington, D.C. 20535-0001


This e-mail has been issued to you in order to Officially inform you that we have completed an investigation on an International Payment in which was issued to you by an International Lottery Company. With the help of our newly developed technology (International Monitoring Network System) we discovered that your e-mail address was automatically selected by an Online Balloting System, this has legally won you the sum of $2.4million USD from a Lottery Company outside the United States of America. During our investigation we discovered that your e-mail won the money from an Online Balloting System and we have authorized this winning to be paid to you via INTERNATIONAL CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT.

Normally, it will take up to 5 business days for an INTERNATIONAL CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT by your local bank. We have successfully notified this company on your behalf that funds are to be drawn from a registered bank within the world winded, so as to enable you cash the check instantly without any delay, henceforth the stated amount of $2.4million USD has been deposited with IMF.

We have completed this investigation and you are hereby approved to receive the winning prize as we have verified the entire transaction to be Safe and 100% risk free, due to the fact that the funds have been deposited with IMF you will be required to settle the following bills directly to the Lottery Agent in-charge of this transaction whom is located in Cotonou, Benin Republic. According to our discoveries, you were required to pay for the following,

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The total amount for everything is $96.00 We have tried our possible best to indicate that this $96.00 should be deducted from your winning prize but we found out that the funds have already been deposited IMF and cannot be accessed by anyone apart from you the winner, therefore you will be required to pay the required fee's to the Agent in-charge of this transaction

In order to proceed with this transaction, you will be required to contact the agent in-charge ( Mr. Ken Jackson ) via e-mail. Kindly look below to find appropriate contact information:

PHONE NUMBER: +22967758934

You will be required to e-mail him with the following information:


You will also be required to request Western Union or Money Gram details on how to send the required $96.00 in order to immediately ship your prize of $2.4million USD via INTERNATIONAL CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT from IMF, also include the following transaction code in order for him to immediately identify this transaction : EA2948-910.
This letter will serve as proof that the Federal Bureau Of Investigation is authorizing you to pay the required $96.00 ONLY to Mr. Ken Jackson via information in which he shall send to you,
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This may be racist week

Hump day hottie

Joanna Krupa

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Sign of the day

Here is the ex-girlfriend from hell

Authorities in Austin charged a 22-year-old woman accused of running over her ex-boyfriend’s mother with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Elizabeth Segundo McClain was also charged with stalking after called her ex-boyfriend 750 times in one day.  The arrest warrant says the stalking began in September, after McClain's boyfriend of about three years broke up with her.

She also threatened to cause him and his family physical harm, and on one occasion put sugar in his gas tank.

He attempted to block her calls and change his number, but she ultimately found workarounds. Even multiple police reports served as little deterrent to McClain's harassment.  On November 26th, after sending her ex-boyfriend 50 blank texts, McClain informed the man she had just struck his mother with her car, following it up with another text message: "How's Life LOL."

 On Monday, the boyfriend's mother was waiting beside a car with a flat tire in front of her home when McClain drove up.  The mother called the police, but McClain reversed and the car struck her.
McClain then drove forward and ran over her right foot and right arm.

The mother suffered broken bones and had the skin scraped off the right side of her body.


College demands construction crew remove ‘sexist’ ‘Men Working’ sign


A construction crew working on the campus of Ohio’s Sinclair Community College was forced to halt work until it removed a “Men Working” sign that was deemed “sexist” by a college administrator. A spokesman for the college told National Review Online that the incident, which occurred on November 21, stemmed from the school’s “deep commitment to diversity,” and that it takes that commitment “very seriously.”  

In the wake of the incident, the school acknowledged its request may have been over the top, but stood by its commitment to diversity, saying in a statement that, “while it may not have been necessary to suggest that work be stopped, Sinclair stands by its commitment to providing an environment that is inclusive and non-discriminatory.”


This sums up gender relations - men like oral sex, women like to stab men the back

Emily Goode, a 28-year-old Brierley Hill, England woman was sentenced to jail after she repeatedly stabbed a man in the back while performing oral sex on him.

According to Wolverhampton Crown Court prosecutors, Goode invited a student, identified as Josh Nock, to her apartment after the pair met at a local pub last October.

Investigators say Goode asked Nock to sit next to her on the couch and it wasn't long before the pair undressed and began a sexual encounter together.  That encounter, however, took a strange twist when Goode reportedly picked up a knife and began running the blade up and down the student's chest.

After Goode scratched the victim with the knife, the victim called Goode a psycho and got up to leave the residence.

Goode, however, put the knife down and begged Nock to stay, explaining that she didn't intend to hurt him and that she was just really turned on.

Nock, according to prosecutors, accepted Goode's explanation and continued with the encounter.

After Goode began performing oral sex on the victim, she told him to turn around and face the wall.  After the victim turned around, Goode picked up the knife and repeatedly stabbed him in the back.

The victim ran to the front door to flee the residence, but discovered it had been locked. He eventually escaped the residence by climbing through a back window and then scurrying across a shed.

Police, who had been dispatched to the scene, arrested the victim after Goode called ahead and complained that she had been raped. She eventually admitted to making up the rape allegation.


Best of Craigslist

To the person who found my frisbee


A couple weeks ago I left a beautiful yellow frisbee at the Mal'el Dunes (by the gun club). If you're the person who found it, I have a few things to say. Starting with: enjoy it, it's truly magical. . .

That frisbee, which I often referred to as "frizzle" or "frizzle dizzle (fo shizzle)" was much loved and put euphoric smiles on many people's faces (mostly my own). It traveled everywhere with me. It lived in my backpack as I traveled around the world because I knew there would always be a great opportunity for frisbee. That frisbee has been the source of many great experiences, now memories.

It was just what we needed coming down from mushrooms at a gas station in the middle of the Oregon desert. It inspired me to take off my pants and play frisbee. I now know the difference between clothed frisbee and nude frisbee, and I do recommend it in the nude. Ah, that free feeling...

Many joints were rolled in it, delicious meals were cooked/eaten out of it, at least 500 people have played with that thang, plus several slobbery dogs. On the beach, in the forest, at music festivals. . .it was pretty much the only thing I carried in my backpack that I didn't really "need", but I'm so glad I brought it along. It also led me to meet other funky fresh frisbee folks!

So if it's you who found it, let me know so that I know it's going on to a better place. I hope you were happy to find it. I love when you find something- especially when it's full of love and magic and most importantly, potential for fun!

I realize it's possible that the ocean tides took it too- hey, I think it floats, so maybe a bored fisherman will find it. Or perhaps it will get carried by the current to another beach. Or buried in the sand. . .Flowing with the waves...entertaining the sea creatures. There are endless possiblities for the path of this frisbee. May it keep on being awesome and creating happy memories and new friends.

Seriously, try naked frisbee!

Here's a picture I took the day I forgot that frisbee. I got stoned, ran on the beach, and left it sitting on a little dune down by the water.

  • Location: Arcata (Mal'el Dunes)
  • it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

This may be racist week

Monday, December 03, 2012

Teen arrested for robbing bank after posting YouTube video about robbing bank

Law enforcement officials in York County, Nebraska, believe they have a key piece of evidence necessary to convict a 19-year-old woman of bank robbery and motor vehicle theft: A YouTube video she posted last week in which she brags about robbing a bank and stealing a car.

Hannah Sabata of Stromsburg was arrested last week in connection with a robbery at a Cornerstone Bank in Waco and the theft of a car in York.
Helpfully, Sabata, in a video titled "Chick Bank Robbery," admits to stealing $6,256 from a bank after jacking a Pontiac Grand Am. For emphasis, she also shows the camera just how much money she has, and refers to her alleged crime spree as the "best day of her life."

In addition to a written confession, Sabata also appears in the video dressed in the same clothes worn by the person who robbed the bank.

My my but this is real white trash!

Is that you Vesa Toskala?

What ever did happen to Toskala?

Nintendo Lockout Ice Hockey

Dad charged after daughter hit by bullet meant for boyfriend

A man accused of shooting his daughter at the family's home while aiming for her boyfriend is being held in jail in lieu of $200,000 bail.

Dante D. White, 49, was arrested after he shot his 25-year-old daughter in the arm about 2 p.m. Saturday. White had been arguing with the daughter’s boyfriend and had demanded that he leave the family’s home.  The argument escalated and led to a single gunshot that struck the daughter when she stepped between her dad and boyfriend. The daughter was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was initially in good condition.

White was arrested a short while later and showed police where he had disposed of the gun in a trash can near the home. Officers say the .25-caliber firearm had its serial number obscured, which is illegal.

This is not a good story for dad's in America.  Every dad has probably gone through the experience of wanted to take a warning shot at a boyfriend who was up to no good.  Maybe give him a flesh would to make sure he understood you meant business.  But charging this dad changes everything.  Perhaps fathers will be hesitant to even threaten to shoot boyfriends.  Not a good day for dads.


This might be racist week

Man goes blind drinking vodka, eyesight saved by drinking whisky

As any hardened drinkers know, too much alcohol can severely impair your sight.
But for one man in New Zealand, a whole bottle of whisky actually led to his eyesight being saved.

Denis Duthie suddenly went blind after vodka he had been drinking reacted with his diabetes medication.  The 65-year-old had decided to have a few drinks to celebrate his parents' 50th wedding anniversary.  But when he walked into the bedroom of his home in Taranaki, New Zealand, he suddenly found that he could not see anything.

 Doctors immediately decided he needed to go to surgery straight away. The situation was so serious that doctors even told his wife to say goodbye before he went into theatre.

As surgery got underway, the doctors thought he could have formaldehyde poisoning , which can be treated by administering ethanol, which is a strong type of alcohol found in drinks such as whisky. Unfortunately, the hospital did not have enough medical ethanol so a registrar was sent to the local store to buy a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label whisky.

This was then dripped into his stomach through a tube. The results were incredible.  'I woke up five days later and I could see as soon as I could open my eyes,' Mr Duthie said.

This news item has to be the most blatant instance of product placement I have seen.  We are used to product placement on TV especially on reality shows.  That Coke cup in front of the American Idol judges or the close up on the Ford Focus logo on the cars in The Amazing Race.  But in the news now?   What's next is Ballentine's going to claim their whiskey is better for your eyesight?


Sunday, December 02, 2012

Bikini Sunday

Alice Eve

This might be racist week

It's Sunday, a slow news day

Deer get on racetrack, announcer doesn't miss a beat

Jovan Belcher's death has fantasy football players bummed out

By now every has heard the tragic news about NFL lineman Jovan Belcher who it appears murdered his girlfriend and then subsequently committed suicide. Any compassionate human being would immediately would reflect on the fact that a talented athlete wasted his own life and unfairly ended his girlfriend's in addition to leaving a young baby orphaned.  This type of story is unfortunately not unique.

But even more tragic are the insensitive morons that follow NFL football and own fantasy football teams.  All day long they have been tweeting about how these death impact on their imaginary teams.  In fact most of these people probably don't even have Belcher on their team.  Sadly it's there attempt at humour.