Archive for August, 2010

Are you a medicine man looking for gainful employment with excellent medical benefits? Perhaps you should consider an exciting career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, which is looking for their own medicine man to administer to Native American inmates.
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We have a new outrage produced by the Sharia courts. This one comes from Saudi Arabia where a judge sees no reason why he should stop at “an eye for an eye” when he might be able to order a spine for a spine. “Judge” Saoud bin Suleiman al-Youssef asked hospitals to inform him of whether they can perform an operation to paralyze the man.
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The Administration has heralded the withdrawal of the last combat troops from Iraq as evidence that it is partially keeping campaign promises to pull out of Iraq. What has been largely ignored in coverage is not only that 50,000 military personnel remain but the Administration is going to double the number of security contractors to take up the slack. That is the change from Operation Iraqi Freedom to Operation New Dawn.
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The conviction of right-wing Internet radio host Harold C. Turner of threatening three federal judges sets the stage for an interesting appellate fight over the first amendment. The case involving some of the best known Seventh Circuit judges — William J. Bauer, Frank H. Easterbrook and Richard A. Posner — was heard in New York by a Brooklyn jury. Two prior trials led to mistrials.
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A Vancouver lawyer has secured a remarkably large award of $6 million for injuries sustained when a colleague at the law firm of Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP fell back on her while dancing. What is striking is that Michelle Marie Danicek, 32 was able to get full payment for her future earnings as a lawyer in the case.
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Norris Atthey, founder of The Morpeth Red Squirrel Action Group, was intent on making a statement about humane culling (some would say killing) of squirrels. Thus, in a move designed to provoke the authorities, he publicly announced his drowning of a grey squirrel. As a result, the squirrel died and Mr. Atthey, 67, was forced to plead guilty to a charge of animal cruelty.
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No, this is not a case involving an unconstitutional crackdown on a gay bar. Two fire-breathing bartenders — Tegee Rogers, 33, and Justin Fedorchak, 39, — are the center of an interesting legal fight. The two men face up to 45 years in prison each for performing flaming bar tricks at Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern in Herndon, Virginia.
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Scientists believe that they have found the oldest record of animal life on Earth: 650 Million year old fossil sponges in Australia. For their part, Creationists this week believe they have found an almost 650 million year miscalculation by scientists who seem to forget that the Earth is only 5000 years old — as established by the Bible and Palintology.
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We have followed earlier controversies involving the development of Civil War battlefields and historic areas by Disney, Walmart, and other corporations — often with the help of local politicians bent on trading their heritage for short-term gains. We can now add Gettysburg where local politicians have been pushing for a Gettysburg Casino over the objections of preservationists.
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English Police are dealing with a truly bizarre crime. Colin Birch, 44, was an assistant Vice President at Deutsche Bank in London who was recently laid off. He arranged for two escorts to meet him in the forest to punish him and carry out a faux execution. However, it turned out to be real with Birch hanging in the forest in what police have called “death by hooker.”

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Among accused child molesters, Holland McMorris, 63 in Tioga, La. may set a record. He was charged with 473 counts of sexual assault after he allegedly molested an underage relative for more than three years.
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The New York Times has an interesting article that explores recent suggestions that Yankees legend Lou Gehrig may not have had Lou Gehrig’s disease. It turns out that “the luckiest man on the face of the earth” may have been felled by concussions or brain trauma.
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Just when you have overcome those childhood fears of bats . . . . four children have died in Peru from an outbreak of rabies spread by vampire bats.
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Meet Michael Voris who believes that the country needs a dictator who is “benevolent” and most importantly a Catholic. Voris advocates Catholic rule for the nation in this video, which surprisingly does not appear to be a joke.
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The Taliban resume public executions on Sunday by stoning to death a young couple who had committed the crime of falling in love and eloping. The couple — Khayyam, 25, and Siddiqa, 19 — publicly proclaimed their love for each other and reportedly refused to yield to the fanatics who are retaking control of parts of the country.
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While the French are cracking down on people walking around in bathing suits, the Italians are dealing with the case of the over-oiled sun bather. Anzio beach has not seen such fierce fighting since the Fifth Army’s VI Corps landed in 1944. The cause was a single Italian woman who was putting on sun lotion in a “sensual” way. The woman is described by police as “attractive” and topless. A mother brought the charge and said that the scene was a distraction for her sons aged 12 and 14.

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What would be the most sought after job for an ex-sex offender. According to the article below, an ex-offender got a job operating a bizarre device used in Canada called the penile plethysmography (PPG) on children. It has been used for 25 years before finally be stopped by the Canadian government.
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It appears that it is not simply Muslim countries arresting people for walking around in bathing suits after complaints of tourists walking around with “hairy chests.” French officials are now threatening male tourists in France with $48 fines for walking around without their shirts on and may soon begin sanctioning women walking around in bikinis at seaside places like Cannes and St. Tropez.
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At least 1000 British citizens use the term “father” with special meaning in reference to Catholic priests. Research has found that at least 1000 Brits are the children of Catholic priests.
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Tyrelle Suttle, 21, is facing a rare felony: urinating on the shoe and leg of an officer. The alleged crime occurred after his arrest for public drunkenness and criminal mischief in Northhampton, Pa.
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There is a highly disturbing case out of Ohio where Richard Stephson, 55, is facing molestation charges that he allegedly abused his daughter for years. That is bad enough. However, police charge that this was the child that resulted from Stephson raping and impregnating a teenage girl years before.
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The death of eight people and injuring of dozens of others at the California 200 desert race races some serious liability questions. The accident occurred after Brett M. Sloppy, 28, (unfortunate name in this instance) lost control of his modified 2000 Ford Ranger and went airborne. He landed on people standing dangerously close to the open track.
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Daryl McGregory, 19, and Michael Nelson, 22, are facing charges after police found that they were pushing a stroller around with not just a baby but a sawed-off shotgun.
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Douglas Kaynor, 59, is facing some charges that make him sound like he is an al qaeda operative. Kaynor was arrested for an act tried by countless teenagers: making a bomb out of dry ice and soda bottles. He is now facing, however, some serious charges and a long potential jail stint.
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Public relief officials in England have approved funding prostitutes and lap dances for the disabled as legitimate expenses under social services regulations. In one case, local officials paid off on the use of public funds for a prostitute in Amsterdam.
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Following The Paper Trail

This is either the most incriminating paper trail or the worst frame job in history.
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Rev. Joseph Breen, longtime pastor of St. Edward Catholic Church in Nashville has become a hit with a video that some conservative Catholics are calling nothing short of heresy. On the video, Breen challenges the Church’s rules on celibate priests, birth control and papal authority.
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There is a controversy in Denver over the handling of a police camera and the appropriate punishment of an officer shown beating two men. The incident was caught on Denver’s High Activity Location Observation video surveillance (H.A.L.O) system.
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The growing bed bug epidemic in New York has now reached the Fourth Estate. CNN, billed as the Most Trusted Name in News, is now the most infested. The Time Warner Center has been declared over-run by bed bugs.
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We have seen some cases raising questions over the leniency shown repeat drunk drivers. However, one Texas judge has now gone to the other far extreme and sentenced Bobby Stovall, 54, to life in prison for his ninth DUI.
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NBC has released this video showing ex-flight attendant Steven Slaters wild ride down the escape slide on his JetBlue flight. In the meantime, JetBlue has been criticized for not cooperating in the early investigation of the incident.
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Rachel Stieringer, 19, is facing a firestorm criticism after she posted a picture of her baby with her bong. While the picture seems to show the baby smoking the bong, Stieringer insists that it was a joke and notes that there was no bowl on the bong.
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A motorist was caught doing 180 mph in his Mercedes sports car in Switzerland and now may set the world record for a speeding ticket at $1 million or £656,000.
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We have previously followed people who either fake being wounded soldiers or cancer patients. Now we can add the name of Ashley Anne Kirilow, 23, of Ontario, Canada. She was arrested for allegedly faking cancer to rake in thousands of dollars in charity donations.
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In South Carolina, U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene has been hit with a felony indictment for showing pornography to a South Carolina college student. The grand jury issued the indictment for disseminating, procuring or promoting obscenity. As expressed earlier, I have serious reservations about this charge. He was also given a misdemeanor charge of communicating obscene materials to a person without consent.
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Paris Hilton is the subject of a fascinating lawsuit over her wearing the wrong hair. Hilton, 32, is being sued for fraud and breach of contract by Hairtech International Inc. after she wore hair extensions of another company when she was supposed to be marketing their own product.
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Question: if you hire a psychic to find a body and she directs you to a different body, are you still obligated to pay a finder fee? Psychic Cheryl Carroll-Lagerwey is being given credit for directing police to a spot in a park in Australia in the search of a missing child. Instead, the police found the headless torso of an adult woman.
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A Pennsylvania woman has charged that she was molested at Disney World. The culprit? No it was not one of the usual suspects: the Pirates of the Caribbean or Yosemite Sam or Pepé Le Pew. It was Donald Duck who allegedly groped her breast when she sought his autograph.
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NRA gun safety instructor Michael Phillips, 32, experienced something of a teachable moment in class when he accidentally shot one of his students this week in Orlando.
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A 100-year-old hand grenade from the Ottoman period was found recently during digs near the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City wall, The hand grenade was the size of a fist and embedded in the wall.
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This video (that recently appeared on YouTube) purportedly shows security guards who tackle and put a man in a choke hold after an alarm goes off at a store. However, his friend reportedly tried to show that they were both deaf and that his friend has a receipt. The only account is on YouTube and I am looking for any further information, including the statement from the store.

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Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s lawyer has gone public with an allegation that his client was severely beaten and tortured before her public confession to being an accomplice to the murder of her husband. Previously, the woman was sentenced to stoning for adultery. After international outcry, Iran added the murder charge.
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The Church of Scientology won a major victory in federal court when U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer granting summary judgment in two major lawsuits alleging labor law violations, human trafficking and forced abortions. The opinion raises some interesting questions over the deference shown by courts in such disputes.
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If you see Samuel McMaster Jr., 59, at the poker table this year, do not bother him. He is working off his criminal sentence. The convicted con artist accepted a plea bargain after defrauding 20 victims — and agreed to play poker to pay off his debt.

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The International Soccer organization, Fifa, has launched an investigation into allegations that the North Korean World Cup coach and players were tortured by the government after losing all three games at the World Cup competition in South Africa and conceding the most goals of any team.

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Big Al-Ben

Today Muslims around the world will be able to set their clocks by Mecca-time. The Royal Mecca Clock Tower starts operations today — a Muslim alternative to Big Ben and Greenwich Mean Time. As noted earlier, Muslims have argued that Mecca not Greenwich should be the touchstone for time internationally.
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Drill, Baby, Drill

As expected, President Obama is planning to lift the drilling moratorium and to return to his planned drilling program off pristine areas of the East Coast. While Obama is no longer claiming that oil rigs really do not spill much, it really does not matter much. Bureau head Michael Bromwich has announced that the six-month ban is unlikely to be renewed in a blow to environmentalists. One lasting change? The Obama Administration changed the name of the scandal-laden Minerals Management Service to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

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Kristina Hensley, a exotic dancer with Naughty Bodies, has been arrested after a client was found under her car in Ohio.

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Paul Blankfeld, 36, was arrested in Boynton Beach, Florida, and accused of allegedly punching a father at an Olive Garden because an autistic baby was crying too much and interrupting his “dining experience.” [UPDATE: Blankfeld is the subject of an order last month expunging all record of the arrest and finding that he had not been adjudicated as guilty of any charges in the case.]
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In Buffalo, Gary L. Korkuc, 51, is facing a particularly disgusting allegation that he was driving around with a cat marinating in his trunk to be eaten later.
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