Thursday, August 31, 2006

Put some pants on, dude

I tend to get excited by the prospect of seeing other people—women, actually—naked. The thought of other people seeing me nude, not so much. This guy is apparently an altogether different story.
Police arrested a motorist accused of twice visiting a coffee stand while naked from the waist down.

Garry Scott Harding, 37, of Bend [Oregon] was arraigned Tuesday on public indecency and stalking charges.

A 16-year-old worker at the stand told police that a man without pants or underwear visited the stand twice over the last few weeks and returned Monday fully clothed, according to a report written by Roberto Robles of the Bend Police Department.

She called police during the last visit and officers stopped Harding before he could leave. During an interview with investigators, Harding explained that his ex-wife had once removed his pants before the couple visited a drive-thru window in Montana, according to authorities. Harding apparently said he couldn't stop thinking about the experience and wanted to try it again.
Having gone into the place sans trou once, it's pretty interesting that the guy got away with it a second time. I get that—he got his dirty little thrill again. But what I want to know is why he'd go back to the same place, fully clothed.

Maybe he figured they wouldn't recognize him. After all, I'm pretty sure his face probably wasn't the most distinctive thing about his appearance those first two times.

Stripping for the children

Here's a story to warm the cockles of your heart. And also your pants.
The Clark County School District kicked off the first day of school Wednesday with scant resources. But it got a major donation from the scantily clad.

The same day the nation's fifth largest school district began the year with some 400 teaching vacancies, the nonprofit corporation that supports it, the Public Education Foundation, accepted a $2,500 donation from a strip club, Scores Las Vegas.

[...]

Scores raised the funds at an Aug. 23 back-to-school event called "Detention" that featured strippers dressed as teachers, schoolgirls and librarians.

"It's back to school time and you know what that means. Detention for everyone who has been bad!" one advertisement read.

The performers peeled off clothes and offered lap dances to customers, [Scores Marketing Director Shai] Cohen said. Patrons also left more than $1,000 donations in a jar that the club said would go to the Clark County School District. Scores matched the donations roughly dollar for dollar, he said.

"In this town, money is money, regardless," Cohen said. "We're a respectable business. We pay taxes like everybody else. We have a business license. It's for a good cause."

"Education is very important," he said.
And really, who knows the importance of a good education better than someone who works with strippers? But seriously, good job you dirty, dirty girls.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

No parking

Parking in most big cities is a real bitch. That said, I don't think this is really an appropriate response to a parking dispute. Unless you're a magician.
A street parking attendant in Brazil's crime-ridden city of Rio de Janeiro was charged with sawing a woman in two over a parking space dispute, police said on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old male suspect was arrested on Tuesday night and confessed to murdering businesswoman Edna Souza, 51, in a house she was trying to rent in the middle class Botafogo district, a police spokeswoman said.

"Only the bottom part of the corpse has been found. Today police are going in force to the city waste dump, which will be combed to try to find the upper part," the spokeswoman said.
Well, now, doesn't that sound like fun?
The parking attendant told police he had had an argument with Souza some time ago when she left her car in front of a building where parking was banned, ignoring his protests. The last time she came to the neighbourhood on Monday he followed her inside the house and killed her.

Police received information that the two had quarrelled and questioned the man, who confessed the murder. He killed her with a knife and then used a handsaw to dismember the body, police said. The man said Souza had humiliated him.
One can only wonder what depraved depths of violence he would've sunk to had she, say, parked in front of a fire hydrant.

Gas and hump

This is funny, especially because of the use of the phrase "pump prices." That's just how my mind works.
Hot and bothered by rising pump prices? Australian brothels are offering clients discounts based on their gas bills.

Brothel owners claim the system works much the same way as supermarkets which offer shoppers discounted gas prices by presenting their grocery bills when they fill up their tanks.

"If you come in and spend time with one of our lovely ladies, we'll give you a discount of 20 cents a liter," Kerry, manager of Sydney brothel The Site, told Reuters Wednesday.

There is no link between brothels, petrol providers or supermarkets but brothels like The Site and Madame Kerry's say the system is simple.

Once you've filled up your car, bring your receipt to the brothel and they'll discount the price of your visit.

The bill for a full 50-liter tank at 126.9 cents per liter comes to A$63.45 ($48.22). With the offered 20c a liter discount, the petrol bill would have instead come to A$53.45.

That A$10 difference is taken off the A$150 cost of a 30-minute session with one of the brothel's "service providers."
As the article notes, brothels are legal in most of Australia. They're illegal here, so I don't know how we could work something similar--and, hey, it's a good deal--out. Maybe you could consult your local pimp, though I don't think most pimps are big on the idea of discounts.

Oh, and I love the use of a term like "service providers." C'mon, foax. They're prostitutes. Next thing you know, crack dealers are going to be called "amateur pharmacists."

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Tequila sale causes mild annoyance

So, the company that makes Jack Daniel's bought up some tequila maker down in Mexico, and now the locals are furious. Well, somewhat upset, anyway.
"Nothing is sacred. Look, now Herradura tequila has gone," said Heriberto Zuniga, slugging back an aged Herradura tequila in Ardalio, a classic no-frills cantina in Mexico City's Escandon neighborhood.

The 26-year-old plumber said he'd boycott the drink if only he had the willpower. "I'd like to say this is my last Herradura, but it won't be, I like it too much."
Um, Heriberto, up here in El Norte, that's what we refer to as a "drinking problem." You might want to work on that willpower.

I'm just saying is all.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Is multiculturalism dead in the UK?

Well, that's what the author of this article, one Ron Liddle, says. Furthermore, he posits that the Labour politicians who put the multicultural policies in place are responsible for its demise.
Quick, somebody buy a wreath. Last week marked the passing of multiculturalism as official government doctrine. No longer will opponents of this corrosive and divisive creed be silenced simply by the massed Pavlovian ovine accusation: “Racist!” Better still, the very people who foisted multiculturalism upon the country are the ones who have decided that it has now outlived its usefulness — that is, the political left.

It is amazing how a few by-election shocks and some madmen with explosive backpacks can concentrate the mind. At any rate, British citizens, black and white, can move onwards together — towards a sunlit upland of monoculturalism, or maybe zeroculturalism, whatever takes your fancy.

That multiculturalism really is officially dead and buried can be inferred both from Ruth Kelly’s comments last week and, indeed, from the title of the commission that the government had convened in the wake of the July 7 terrorist attacks last year and to which her observations were made.

In fairness, Kelly, the communities and local government secretary, merely posed the question as to whether the creed had resulted in division and alienation. “Have we ended up with some communities living in isolation from each other?” she asked. That she was speaking wholly rhetorically is evident from the title of the commission: the Commission for Integration and Cohesion. You don’t get either of those things with multiculturalism: they are mutually exclusive.

It has all been a long time coming. Some 22 years ago Ray Honeyford, the previously obscure headmaster of Drummond middle school in Bradford, suggested, in the low-circulation right-wing periodical The Salisbury Review, that his Asian pupils should really be better integrated into British society.

They should learn English, for a start, and a bit of British history and a sense of what the country is about; further, Asian (Muslim) girls should be allowed to learn to swim despite the objections of their parents (who did not like them stripping down even in front of each other). Muslim kids should be treated like every other pupil, in other words.

For these mild contentions, Honeyford was investigated by the government, vilified as a racist by the press, ridiculed every day by leftie demonstrators outside his office and was eventually hounded from his job. He has not worked since.

[...]

This is how far we have come in the past year or so. When an ICM poll of Britain’s Muslims in February this year revealed that some 40% (that is, about 800,000 people) wished to see Islamic law introduced in parts of Britain, the chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality responded by saying that they should therefore pack their bags and clear off. Sir Trevor Phillips’s exact words were these: “If you want to have laws decided in another way, you have to live somewhere else.”

My guess is this: if such a statement had been made by a member of the Tory party’s Monday Club in 1984 — or, for that matter, 1994 — he would have been excoriated and quite probably would have been kicked out of the party. “If you don’t like it here then go somewhere else” was once considered the apogee of “racism”. People who did not like it here were exhorted to exert their political muscle and change the status quo.
Read the whole thing. It goes into some things about British politics that I'm not really familiar with, but the main point seems to be that even "progressive" Labour politicians are waking up to the idea that having large, unassimilated, hostile groups of people living in their country might be, you know, a bad thing. Dangerous, even.

(via Andrea Harris)

God bless the nude heroes of Florida

I don't throw around terms like "heroes" very often, but in this case, I feel it's appropriate.
A nudist getaway that received top mention in "Playboy" magazine was the recent host to a very enticing fundraiser.

The Caliente nudist resort in Land O'Lakes, Fla. hosted Relay for Life, raising money for cancer while baring it all in true nudist fashion, the St. Petersburg Times reported.

Various methods were employed to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, including topless kisses for $5 and "Titty T's" shirts available for $10 a pop.

The main event, the relay, had naked participants prancing around resort grounds, strolling pool-side and crooning on the karaoke machine. At least one attendee was said to be dressed, namely, Giggles the clown, also known as the county commissioner.
That's good, because clown nudity is just wrong. But seriously, raising money for cancer research is always a good thing. And when you can pair that with topless kissing booths, well, that's something special. Heroes, I tell you.

[wipes away single tear]

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Yikes!



Man, what the hell happened to Ray Liotta's face? He's got some kind of Joker thing going on with his mouth.

Image via The Internet Movie Database.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Go for the syrup, stay for the nudity

Hey, perverts! What are you doing hanging out here, reading my pathetic little blog, when you could be ogling nude teenagers in Vermont?
Some have appeared naked in a downtown parking lot. Others rode their bicycles or simply strolled the streets in the nude.

Teenagers in the quaint Vermont town of Brattleboro are raising eyebrows this summer with brazen displays of nudity.

So far they haven't been arrested or ticketed: public nudity isn't illegal in the town of 13,000 people, unless it's done to arouse sexual gratification.
And yet, here in California, if I "forget" to wear pants when I go out to get the paper, everybody makes a big deal about it.

Of course, somebody had to spoil it for everyone else...
Nobody, including the police, seemed to take offense until one local, Theresa Toney, went before the town government in August to complain about a group of youngsters naked in a parking lot.

"The parking lot is not a strip club," she said. "What about children seeing this?"
But it's natural, maaaan! You need to get over your hangups.

Of course, we're talking about Vermont, the land that brought us Ben & Jerry and Howard Dean, so some of the nudity is, how shall we say, idiot-related.
"We have a nuclear power plant a few miles away and a ridiculous war in the Middle East, countries getting bombed," said Ian Bigelow, a 23-year-old who had gathered with some of his friends outside a bookstore. "So why's it such a big problem if we chose to get nude?"
I honestly don't know how to respond to a statement like that. My brain hurts.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Auf Wiedersehen, Hitler Gastst├Ątte*

Remember the Hitler-themed restaurant in India that I posted about the other day? Well, it looks like the owner has decided to scrap that idea.
The owner of a restaurant named after Adolf Hitler said Thursday he will change its name because it angered so many people.

Puneet Sablok said he would remove Hitler's name and the Nazi swastika from billboards and the menu. He had said the restaurant's name _ "Hitler's Cross" _ and symbols were only meant to attract attention.

Sablok made the decision after meeting with members of Bombay's small Jewish community.

"Once they told me how upset they were with the name, I decided to change it," he said. "I don't want to do business by hurting people."
I still can't believe this guy didn't realize that having a theme restaurant which was based on Nazism was, let's say, in poor taste.
Sablok said he had not yet decided on a new name.
Let's see...how about Stalin's Gulag Experience Russian Tearoom? Or perhaps a sushi joint based on Japanese atrocities in the Pacific? I can see it now: "Tojo's--a Place for Sushi."

*title courtesy of Alta Vista Babel Fish

Cheers to Milwaukee!

While nearly everybody knows that there are rankings released every year for best "Party School" (I think the University of Texas won this year), I honestly didn't know that they had a ranking for Party Cities. I guess you learn something new every day.
Milwaukee has been ranked by Forbes.com as "America's Drunkest City" on a list of 35 major metropolitan areas ranked for their drinking habits.

Forbes said Tuesday it used numbers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to rank cities in five areas: state laws, number of drinkers, number of heavy drinkers, number of binge drinkers and alcoholism.

Minneapolis-St. Paul was ranked second overall; followed by Columbus, Ohio; Boston; Austin, Texas; Chicago; Cleveland; Pittsburgh and then Philadelphia and Providence, R.I., in a tie for ninth.

[...]

But officials at Visit Milwaukee, the area's convention and visitors bureau, contend that the city has come a long way in ridding itself of its beer-guzzling image.

Milwaukeeans have plenty of other ways to entertain themselves without drinking alcohol, said Dave Fantle, a spokesman for the group. He noted a new convention center and baseball park had been built and the Milwaukee Art Museum expanded in recent years.
Now, I don't know about the museum or the convention center, but the ballpark...well, it's Miller Park where the Brewers play. So much for that "beer-guzzling image," huh?

Gee, I wonder how they'll celebrate winning the title.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Porno makes him hot

You know, if you feel guilty about what you did at the porno store, you should just do what everyone else does (so I'm told)—cast your eyes downward and try to leave without making eye contact with anybody. You probably don't want to do what this guy did.
Miami-Dade police are searching for the man who was caught on tape starting a fire inside an adult bookstore in Miami.

It happened Saturday, Aug. 12, at about 3:20 a.m. inside the store on Southwest 40th Street.

Police said a man went inside the bookstore and asked the clerk for change for the video machines. The man then went into a video booth.

"The guy came in like a regular customer," said store manager Theresa Jelley.

Police said a few minutes later, the man came out of the booth and told the clerk, "I have a guilty conscience. I'm going to set the place on fire."

"It came out of nowhere. He told the clerk that he felt guilty and then he walked to the booth, opened it up and threw gasoline on the floor and lit a lighter," Jelley said.

Surveillance video inside the store showed that the man pulled out a plastic bottle filled with a liquid and poured the liquid on the ground in the video area. He then ignited the liquid, causing a large fire.
The manager says that nobody recognized him, and that most of the store's customers are "regulars." The real tragedy here is that those people are going to have to find somewhere else for their...self gratification.

(Or, I suppose, they could just use the internets. I hear those tubes are just stuffed full of the naughty stuff. Yep, that's what I hear.)

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Bunnies!

I thought I'd kind of go the other way from the psycho killer raccoons. Just because.

"Psycho Killer Raccoons Terrorize Olympia"

This story has one of the more sensationalistic headlines I've seen in a while. Not just your ordinary, run-of-the-mill killer raccoons, these are psycho killer raccoons we're dealing with! They haven't swarmed and killed any people, though...not yet.
A fierce group of raccoons has killed 10 cats, attacked a small dog and bitten at least one pet owner who had to get rabies shots, residents of Olympia say.

Some have taken to carrying pepper spray to ward off the masked marauders and the woman who was bitten now carries an iron pipe when she goes outside at night.

"It's a new breed," said Tamara Keeton, who with Kari Hall started a raccoon watch after an emotional neighborhood meeting drew 40 people. "They're urban raccoons, and they're not afraid."
"Urban" raccoons, huh? I think we all know what that means.
Tony Benjamins, whose family lost two cats, said he got a big dog _ a German Shepherd-Rottweiler mix _ to keep the raccoons away.

[...]

"We used to love the raccoons. They'd have their babies this time of year, and they were so cute. Even though we lived in the city, it was neat to have wildlife around," he said, "but this year, things changed. They went nuts."
I place the blame for the raccoons' mental instability squarely where it belongs: on George W. Bush.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Joe Rosenthal, R.I.P.

We've lost an icon of journalism, from back in the day when reporters were actually supportive of our war aims. Joe Rosenthal died this weekend at 94.
Photographer Joe Rosenthal, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his immortal image of six World War II servicemen raising an American flag over battle-scarred Iwo Jima, died Sunday. He was 94.

Rosenthal died of natural causes at an assisted living facility in the San Francisco suburb of Novato, said his daughter, Anne Rosenthal.

"He was a good and honest man, he had real integrity," Anne Rosenthal said.

His photo, taken for The Associated Press on Feb. 23, 1945, became the model for the Iwo Jima Memorial near Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. The memorial, dedicated in 1954 and known officially as the Marine Corps War Memorial, commemorates the Marines who died taking the Pacific island in World War II.
Now, try to imagine Mike Wallace saying something like the following:
"What I see behind the photo is what it took to get up to those heights the kind of devotion to their country that those young men had, and the sacrifices they made," Rosenthal once said. "I take some gratification in being a little part of what the U.S. stands for."
Oh my God, he wasn't being objective! It's like he wasn't even trying to see things from the Japanese soldier's point of view!

Anyway, the famous photo is reproduced below:

I'm warning you

Don't click on this link. Seriously. You'll thank me later.

Dining with Der Fuehrer

You know, I don't understand why anybody would possibly be offended by this.
A new restaurant in India's financial hub, named after Adolf Hitler and promoted with posters showing the German leader and Nazi swastikas, has infuriated the country's small Jewish community.

'Hitler's Cross', which opened last week, serves up a wide range of continental fare and a big helping of controversy, thanks to a name the owners say they chose to stand out among hundreds of Mumbai eateries.

"We wanted to be different. This is one name that will stay in people's minds," owner Punit Shablok told Reuters.

"We are not promoting Hitler. But we want to tell people we are different in the way he was different."
So, the restaurant is named after Hitler, has pictures of Hitler and swastikas all over the place, but they're not "promoting Hitler." Yeah, that makes sense.

I must say, though, that Hitler certainly was "different." If, by "different," you mean "megalomaniacal" or "genocidal." Anyway, back to the Hitler non-promotion:
Posters line the road leading up to it, featuring a red swastika carved in the name of the eatery. One slogan reads: "From Small Bites to Mega Joys."

A huge portrait of a stern-looking Fuehrer greets visitors at the door. The cross in the restaurant's name refers to the swastika that symbolized the Nazi regime.
Nope, no Hitler promotion there. Not at all. But for some unfathomable reason, the Jewish community in India (yeah, who knew?) is upset about this. Baffling, I know.

Perhaps it's the slogan. That is a really sucky slogan.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

"All Your Snakes Are Belong To Us"

It was inevitable, really, if you think about it.

Friday, August 18, 2006

"Fun" with condoms

Everybody is wearing condoms! But, uh, not in the fun way.
Condoms are very much in style as a fashion accessory at the International AIDS Conference in Toronto, showing up on strait-laced men, shy teenagers and African grandmothers.

"There's a great need to de-stigmatize condoms around the world, especially in Africa," said Franck DeRose, executive director of The Condom Project, which aims to get people comfortable about condoms, especially those living in countries where the little piece of latex is considered taboo.

To do that, the project has a program that gets people making their own condom art pin. It all starts with a craft table, packaged condoms, scraps of colored paper, candy and other double-sided tape.
Wow, doesn't that sound like fun? No, not really. And what's up with "candy and other double-sided tape," anyway? Don't these people have editors anymore?

Oh, and I love this little bit of multi-cultural liberal pap:
"We're not pushing it on people. They come to us and the information is there," said DeRose, adding his group teams up with the local information groups in the communities where his team visits.

"I don't think it's healthy or appropriate to change a culture. But we can change the risky behavior within a community."
We don't want to change someone's culture, per se. No, we just want to alter their behavior and attitudes in some fundamental ways. See the difference? What do you mean, "no"? Come back here!

Anyway, click on the link to see a picture of a little girl (seriously, she can't be more than six or seven years old) staring at a dress made of condoms. Isn't that just darling?

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Historic hoes

When it comes to the preservation of historic buildings, I'm...less than passionate. Most of the time, that is. But in this case, I think it's important. Very important.
A centuries-old brothel teetering on the verge of collapse has red-faced Chinese officials pondering heritage versus morality behind closed doors, state media reported on Thursday.

A local government in Jinggang, a town in central Hunan province, must decide whether to restore crumbling Hongtaifang, a brothel established in 1733, and face the ire of residents who see it as debauched, Xinhua news agency said.

"The brothel was a place where women were humiliated in the old society," Xinhua quoted Xiao Yisheng, a retired university professor, as saying.

"Its restoration could be seen as promoting prostitution."

Tan Feng, a student from Xiao's alma mater, begged to differ, saying the site was bound to prompt different reactions in different people.

"When I entered the brothel, it reminded me that it was a place where the ancients indulged in sensual pleasures," Tan said.
In other words, he gets a tingle in his no-no place thinking about old-timey prostitutes. But really, if you can get people thinking and talking about history, isn't that the important thing?

No, I guess not.

Welcome back, Dave

Remember how the other day I said one of my favorite bloggers was calling it quits? Well, after two whole days away from his blog, he's back. I kind of had a feeling he would be, considering the fact that the movie event of the year is happening tomorrow and he's been talking about it for months. Dave quitting blogging before at least writing a review of Snakes on a Plane would be sheer madness.

Like a Viking II: Son of Like a Viking

After being ridiculed by pretty much the entire right side of the blogosphere yesterday, you might think Andrew Sullivan would think twice before floating more insane conspiracy theories. You'd be wrong.
I have long wondered whether Cheney and Rumsfeld ever believed that their job was to build a new democracy in Iraq. Rumsfeld had dealt with and supported Saddam in the past; Cheney was extremely suspicious of occupying Iraq in 1990. One subversive theory - which I'm not endorsing, just airing - is that both merely wanted to turn the Saddam regime to rubble, and then play along with neocon democracy supporters, while making sure that the military was never given enough resources to do nation-building. Then Cheney and Rumsfeld could prove their point about the impossibility of reforming the Muslim world, and promote the view that we need merely to pummel enemies, project military fear across the region, and deter Islamo-fascism by "shock and awe." The Likud strategy, in other words.
Where to even begin? One subversive theory--which I'm not endorsing, just airing--is that we are dealing with someone who is crazier than a shithouse rat. Oh, and by the way, good job insinuating that the Joooooooooos! are secretly pulling the strings.

Once again, Ace is right on top of this. With graphics this time, too.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Like a Viking

Ace has been relentless today, just beating the hell out of one of his favorite targets, Andrew Sullivan, who wrote this incredibly stupid post, basically "questioning the timing" on the UK terror bust. Sullivan writes:
I wonder if Lieberman's defeat, the resilience of Hezbollah in Lebanon, and the emergence of a Hezbollah-style government in Iraq had any bearing on the decision by Bush and Blair to pre-empt the British police and order this alleged plot disabled. I wish I didn't find these questions popping into my head. But the alternative is to trust the Bush administration.

Been there. Done that. Learned my lesson.
Well, that does it. St. Andrew of the Sacred Heart-ache has finally gone round the bend with his BDS. Of course, when people like Ace began to point out the idiocy on display here (that Tony Blair and British law enforcement would consider Joe Lieberman's defeat in a primary election as a factor in making the arrests and announcing them is patently ridiculous) Sullivan backpedaled here, falling back on the line that he was merely "asking questions," which is passive-aggressive bullshit.

Ace printed a comment of mine here, and I think what I wrote then still applies, and I'm too lazy to write something new, so I'll just copy it here:
I've said it before, and I'll say it again...While it's fun to pile on "Excitable Andy," this really is a tragedy. The guy is a good writer, and he's one of the people who got me interested in reading blogs after 9/11. And I didn't even really mind when he started criticizing the way the WOT was being fought.

But then, somewhere along the line, he stopped criticizing and just started bitching about the Bush administration. And that pretty much coincided with the time where he started fixating on gay marriage as the be-all and end-all of issues. And on that specific issue, he could've made some more persuasive points (I'm open to some sort of civil unions that would give gays hospital, inheritance, etc. rights), but he seemed to view nearly everything through the prism of his own emotions.

Couple all of that with his bullshit bandwidth pledge drives and his dissembling about who he was going to endorse on his blog while he had already denounced Bush in the gay press, and you've got a lot of former fans like me. And this was way before he had any "heart-ache" about how Catholic the Pope was. I'm just glad that I've always been too poor to contribute to his European vacation fund. And didn't he promise to shut up for a while, too?

Let's be honest, Sullivan, like a lot of other guys, thinks with his dick. And that kind of thinking has turned an otherwise thoughtful commentator into a hack.
Really, I don't think that's ever been more true than right now. As someone else (I forget who) Jeff Goldstein said in the link below, he ought to just start a diary at Daily Kos.

(More here. And a classic here, where Ace gives a list of St. Andrew's greatest hissy fits.)

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

So long, Dave

Aw, man, one of my favorite bloggers, Dave at Garfield Ridge is calling it quits. I'd like to wish him luck, and express my sincere hope that he'll return to blogging sometime soon.

Tom Cruise: weirder than we thought

I know, I know. You read the title of this post and immediately thought, "how is that even possible?" Well, it turns out he was allegedly stalking Joe DiMaggio.
While people have been spooked by Tom Cruise of late, Joe DiMaggio was one of the first.

The actor, who seems weirdlier and weirdlier to fans as he continues to refuse to show his and Katie Holmes' baby, Suri, scared the Yankee legend by following him, our source reports.

This was in the mid-'90s, after Cruise had already starred in "Top Gun" and "Born on the Fourth of July," but the baseball great, once married to Marilyn Monroe, didn't realize - or didn't care - what a big star Cruise was.

"He'd show up at baseball-signing shows and wait for Joe to come out," says the source. "One time, he waited outside a restaurant for him for three hours. [DiMaggio] called him 'a short little guy.' He didn't like it. He felt like he was stalking him."
Ah, Tom Cruise, the crazy-ass gift that keeps on giving. Makes you wonder what he's going to do next. I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that he'll declare himself a direct descendant of Neptune, god of the sea, and start perading around in a toga, toting a trident. Yeah.

One-man crime spree

This guy must really like jail, since he seems to spend a lot of time there.
Kevin Holder's rap sheet is 43 pages long, dating back to 1980, and he just got another entry -- his 226th arrest.

Police say they caught him Sunday morning after a brief chase and found burglar tools in his possession.

"He's very well-known to Lincoln police officers," Police Chief Tom Casady said.

Holder's convictions include criminal mischief, marijuana possession, violation of a protection order, assault, resisting arrest, assault on an officer, possession of cocaine. Many were misdemeanors, but he also has been sentenced to at least three prison terms for felonies, including a four-year stretch starting in 1996.
The article says he could face 60 years in prison if he gets convicted of another felony.

Here's the kicker, though: Holder is actually something of a piker compared to some other habitual criminals in the area.
Holder's list of arrests doesn't come close to setting a record for Lincoln-Lancaster County. He's only No. 40, police spokeswoman Katherine Finnell said Tuesday.

A number of people have more than 500 arrests in Lincoln, a city of 226,000 people. The record is held by Edward Rooks, who died in 2004, with 652 arrests.
There must be something in the water down there in Nebraska. Or maybe it's the corn.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Surprise, surprise

Remember the dumbass who changed his name to Kentuckyfriedcruelty.com? Well, it seems—shockingly enough—that the name change didn't stick.
The animal rights activist formerly known as Kentuckyfriedcruelty.com is now just plain, old Christopher Garnett.

The staffer at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals was one of three workers who changed their names to support the organizations goals. Two have now returned to their given names.

"I think maybe its time had come and gone," said Karin Robertson, who had been known as Goveg.com since March 2003.

The switch was intended to draw people to the organizations Web site, Roberston said.

It worked: Web traffic to the site shot up, as did requests for vegetarian starter kits.

Following their college's lead, Garnett and Brandi Valladolid went to the courthouse and, with the stroke of a judge's pen, became Kentuckyfriedcruelty.com and Ringlingbeatsanimals.com.
It seems that he had some trouble getting a passport and a credit card with his ridiculous new publicity stunt of a name, so he decided to switch back to his given name.
"Since Kentuckyfriedcruelty.com doesn't have a social security number, it became a big hindrance," he said. "From what I've been told, it's a real nightmare to go through the whole process."
Way to stick to your guns there, Chris. Gandhi himself could learn a lot from the courage of your conviction. If he wanted to learn how to fold when facing an inconvenience, that is. Oh, and if he was still alive.

Wedding bell blues

So, an old friend of mine from high school got married on Saturday afternoon. It was a really nice ceremony at the local Catholic church. The thing is, there were a couple of problems with the reception.

First of all, it was held in a college auditorium which is a really nice, old building. Old enough, in fact, that it has no air conditioning system. That is what you might call a serious problem on a hot August weekend in Southern California, especially when most of the guests are dressed in formal attire. Not pleasant.

The other serious problem with the reception was that they didn't have a bar. I don't mean that there wasn't an open bar. I mean no bar. There were just three punchbowls with non-alcoholic beverages. When one of my friends was apprised of the situation, he said, "Oh. Excuse me." He and his girlfriend returned about twenty minutes later with a flask-sized bottle of Stoli. We ended up making another run and bringing back three more bottles. I felt like a sixteen-year-old, sneaking booze into a wedding.

So, ladies, to recap: scout out a location for your reception that's going to be appropriate for the weather. And, for the love of God, have some booze on hand. Unless everyone attending are Mormons. They don't tend to drink.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Wow

The Los Angeles Times has a great piece on Reutergate by media critic Tim Rutten here. (Login via BugMeNot = yuggins@yahoo.com, password = yuggins) The column ends thusly:
That brings us to the most troubling of the possible explanations for these fraudulent photos, which is that some of the photojournalists involved are either intimidated by or sympathetic to the Hezbollah terrorists. It's a possibility fraught with harsh implications, but it needs to be examined thoroughly and openly.

Johnson and his colleagues have done the serious news media a service. Failure to follow up on it would be worse than churlish; it would be irresponsible.
He's talking about Charles Johnson of little green footballs, who broke the story. Read the whole thing, and be surprised.

I couldn't just leave something this snarky in Ace's comments

I think it's terrible that Ace is ripping on German Nobel Laureate and anti-American douchebag Gunter Grass for things that happened all the way back during World War II. After all, a friend of the "respected" author died at Auschwitz. Yep, it turns out that his best pal fell out of a guard tower and broke his neck.

Friday, August 11, 2006

When you gotta go, you gotta go

Some people are deeply, deeply stupid. These guys happen to be a couple of those people.
Sometimes when nature calls, there's no time to delay, but a Kentucky man sure picked the wrong spot for a pit stop.

Michael Ray Hunter, 37, found out Wednesday night that the parking lot of the West Virginia State Police headquarters in South Charleston isn't the right spot.

Trooper J.S. Crane just happened to be walking nearby as Hunter was relieving himself.

As Crane approached, he smelled alcohol. That discovery led Crane to the pickup truck where Hunter's buddy, James Alan Richardson, 40, was checking phone messages.

During a search of the truck, Crane and another trooper found a marijuana pipe and pills for which Richardson had no prescription.
I understand that these guys were probably pretty trashed, but when pulling into that parking lot, the presence of all those police cars should have raised a red flag. Usually, you want to drive your drugs away from the cops. Or so I'm told.

Just wondering

Now that Neddy the Freshmaker is the golden boy and Mean Old Joe is the new Emmanuel Goldstein, can all those "progressives" out there finally scrape those dingy old Gore/Lieberman stickers off the backs of their Volvos?

And hey, now that I think about it, we really did you guys a solid with Florida back in 2000. Just think...that guy could've been the Veep! A heartbeat away from Manbearpig!

Randi Rhodes: idiot

Actually, idiot isn't a strong enough word. She repeatedly talks about the idea that Hezbollah has agreed to disarm without ever mentioning the fact that they're, uh, you know...firing rockets into northern Israel.

Seriously, you have to watch this thing to understand just how badly Neal Boortz destroys her.

Via Allah.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Dude, just let it go

So, somebody tosses a cigarette butt on the ground, a daylong fight ensues, three people wind up in the hospital, and four go to jail. I think we're probably dealing with some more serious underlying issues here.
Police said a guest visiting Bobby Joe Ray, 42, tossed a cigarette butt toward the edge of Ray's yard on Aug. 4. The butt landed near a fence belonging to Ray's neighbor, Michael Alan Bradford, 24. Bradford got angry and started shouting about it.

Several residents of the neighborhood said Ray and Bradford argued about the butt all day, Mathews said, and eventually Ray's sister, Shirley Lynn Ray White, 32, who lives across the street, tangled with Bradford's wife, Heather Mills Bradford, 27, and the men soon joined in.

At least three went to the hospital for treatment of injuries, and all four were arrested Tuesday and were released on bond the same day.

Shirley Lynn Ray White is charged with third-degree assault. Bobby Joe Ray and Heather Mills Bradford are charged with harassment. Michael Alan Bradford is charged with harassment and third-degree assault.
Now, call me crazy, but somehow I doubt that these people were on friendly terms to begin with. Add in what I imagine to be some rather heavy daytime drinking and a pinch (okay, a few pinches) of crystal meth and, voila! You get this.

Prank is unfunny

I always thought that pranks were supposed to be, uh, funny. But apparently, that's not always the case.
MARION, Ind. -- Ten to 15 people wearing masks left six 40-gallon trash bags full of taco sauce packets at a Taco Bell restaurant in what police described as a prank.

A note attached to the bags said the group had been accumulating them for the past three years, storing them in the trunk of a car, authorities said.

Police have suspended their investigation into the Tuesday night prank in the city about 50 miles northeast of Indianapolis without any arrests, said Marion Deputy Police Chief Cliff Sessoms.

"From everything we've got here, there doesn't appear that there has been any crime committed," he said. "It looks more like a prank than it does anything else, but not a very funny one because you've got that number of people coming in there with their faces covered up."
I beg to differ. The masked people aren't what make the prank unfunny. It wasn't funny because it was so incredibly fucking lame.

And actual police resources were used to investigate this? I'm glad Chief Sessoms was on the case, though. It takes a seasoned law enforcement professional to deduce that returning a bunch of hot sauce packets to a fast food restaurant isn't actually, you know, illegal.

British police foil "terrorist plot to blow up planes"

Chalk up another win for the good guys:
A terrorist plot to blow up planes in mid-flight from the UK to the US has been disrupted, Scotland Yard has said.

It is thought the plan was to detonate explosive devices smuggled on aircraft in hand luggage.

Police have arrested about 18 people in the London area after an anti-terrorist operation lasting several months.

Security at all airports in the UK has been tightened and delays are expected. MI5 has raised the UK threat level to critical - the highest possible.

According to MI5's website, critical threat level means "an attack is expected imminently and indicates an extremely high level of threat to the UK".

[...]

Scotland Yard said in a statement that their investigation into the alleged plot was a "major operation" which would be "lengthy and complex".
More on this story, which I'm sure we'll be hearing quite a bit about in the morning, here, here, and here. Jeff, Ace and Allah note that the men arrested seem to be (gasp!) British-born Pakistanis. Shocking, I know. I bet you were expecting the IRA.

Meanwhile, there's no mention of the story here as I write this. I'm sure you're just as surprised as I am.

Any bets on who's going to be the first to Question the Timing™?

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Dirty, dirty internets

Man, you can find just about anything on the internets these days. Even, it turns out, hoes. And I don't mean the gardening tools.
Police have arrested four women in an investigation into prostitution ads that were posted on a popular Internet classifieds site.

The women were arrested over the last three weeks at hotels near Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, police said. They were charged with illegally soliciting sex.

Anne Arundel County authorities began the investigation after reading ads posted on Craigslist.org that offered sex services for $140 to $300.

Police said Tuesday the women allegedly arranged several weeks' worth of appointments in advance, then flew into a city to meet with clients. They then traveled to their next destination.

Experts said Craigslist has become a favorite way for prostitutes to find clients and set up operations in cities where they don't have a network. Classified ads in a variety of categories are free on Craigslist.
Next thing you know, you'll be able to buy sex on Amazon. You'll definitely want to shell out for the next-day shipping on that.

Swiss miss

This could have ended badly.
An 85-year-old woman was found in the vault of a Swiss bank when she set off motion detectors hours after the bank was already closed, according to a statement released Wednesday.

Employees at the Zuercher Kantonalbank apparently forgot about the woman.

The director of the bank's safe allowed the woman into the vault on Monday before closing it punctually at 4:30 p.m. local time -- with the woman still deep in study of her documents, ZKB said.
She triggered some motion detectors after a while, and was let out four hours after being locked in.

But the end of the article is what's interesting to me, because it seems to indicate a big difference between Swiss and American society. Aside from the neutrality and cuckoo clocks, I mean.
The bank gave the woman a bouquet of flowers for suffering from the ordeal and said it would decide on further nonfinancial compensation.
Flowers and "nonfinancial compensation"? Hell, this woman would have lawyers beating down her door, trying to get her to sue the bank if this had happened here.

Lesson learned

Now, I don't get linked by many other blogs, though I appreciate the ones who do, but sometimes I get a lot of traffic from search engines. Case in point. The lesson here: write posts with words like "nude" in the title. You'll rake in hits from the sex perverts.

Thanks for stopping by, sex perverts! I won't judge you.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Ob *hic* jesshun

Uh, counselor, maybe you should wait until after your important court date to tie one on.
A judge ordered a blood-alcohol test for a defense lawyer who was slurring his words, then declared a mistrial after declaring him too tipsy to argue a kidnapping case.

"I don't think you can tell a straight story because you are intoxicated," Clark County District Judge Michelle Leavitt told lawyer Joseph Caramango as she declared a mistrial for his client, Dale Jakuchunas.

Caramango, 41, acknowledged that he had been drinking the night before his Thursday court appearance, but maintained he was not drunk. Jakuchunas, 32, faces life in prison if convicted.

"I don't believe I've committed any ethical violation," Caramango said Tuesday, disputing the accuracy of the breath-alcohol test. "If it proved anything, it proved I was not intoxicated."

Leavitt announced Caramango had a blood-alcohol level of 0.075 percent, just under Nevada's legal blood-alcohol limit for drivers of 0.08 percent.
Now, to be fair, the guy claims to have been in a car accident on the way to court which he says gave him the latest of nine (!) concussions he's suffered over the years. I'm not really sure that if he was representing me in a case that could end up sending me to prison for life that those nine concussions would be very reassuring, though.

Anyway, I found a picture of the guy on Google images:

Care to join me in a belt of Scotch?

Nude in New Zealand

If you're in New Zealand on August 25, you might get to see some public nudity. And I don't mean this horrifying, retina burning, definitely NSFW kind of nudity. (Seriously, don't click on that link it you know what's good for you. I'm not kidding.) I mean the good kind with attractive people.
A lunchtime parade of topless porn stars down the main street of New Zealand's biggest city has been given official approval, as no laws will be broken.

The parade later this month will feature up to 30 porn stars riding on the back of motorcycles or in open cars through Auckland's CBD to promote an erotica exposition.

The bare breast drive has been held informally since 2003, but this is the first time permission has been sought, and given, by Auckland City Council.

Organizer Steve Crow said it would promote an Erotica Expo which opens in the city Aug 25.

Several city councilors opposed to the parade were surprised to find it had been given a green light without them being consulted.
Wait a minute...people found out that there would be porn stars riding topless through town and they actually objected to the idea? Up is down. Black is white. Spock has a goatee.

A general observation

Crispiness is an admirable quality in some things. Like chips and onion rings and things like that. In a lawn, not so much.

I'm just saying is all.

Putting a face to Ace

Wow, I can say I knew him before he got all famous.

Actually, I once saw a picture of Ace online here, before it got obscured. I stupidly didn't save a copy of it so that I could blackmail him later, but since he doesn't care about maintaining his secret identity anymore, I guess it doesn't matter.

Monday, August 07, 2006

The last thing you should probably steal

It's amazing what a good job the cops can do when they're properly motivated:
A stolen truck full of doughnuts? Better believe Tri-Cities police were on that in a hurry. Moments after the theft of the Viera's Bakery van was reported early Friday in Kennewick [Washington], police issued an all-points bulletin.

A Benton County sheriff's deputy quickly spotted the truck. After a chase at 30 to 35 mph, Richland police got it to stop and arrested the driver, Steve Swoboda, 19, for investigation of auto theft and felony escape.

Still intact was the entire load of glazed, sugar and cream doughnuts, as well as apple fritters, bear claws.
You know, at this point, it really doesn't seem necessary for me to write a joke about this incident. Police officers, as has been well documented, have a strong affinity for doughnuts. A doughnut-related crime occurs, and the cops are right on top of it. Ha ha. Frankly, I feel cheaper for having pointed it out.

You'll have to keep it in your pants for two years, dear.

Okay, this is just assinine.
LaRae Lundeen Fjellman could lose her state license as a massage therapist for having sexual relations with her husband.

Her husband, Kirk Fjellman, is a former client. He saw her professionally from October 2000 to May 2002, and the two say they started dating in July 2002. But when they consumated the relationship a few months later, they ran afoul of a Minnesota law that bans massage therapists from having sexual relations with former clients for two years.

"There's no harm, no victim,"Kirk Fjellman said."What's this about?"
She could lose her license and be fined for this. I'm sure the law is supposed to keep massage therapists--the less legit kind--from getting it on with customers. But they got married. Legally married, and she's supposed to wait for two friggin' years before they can have sex? Like I said, assinine.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Convenient crime

When you're going to rob a bank, it might be a good idea to pick one across town. Or at least where, say, the employees aren't going to instantly see through your flimsy disguise.
A cross-dressing bandit on skates who robbed a bank across the street from his home was sentenced to prison Friday.

Nino Leo Lanu, 32, was wearing a skirt, wig, makeup and fake breasts as he brandished a replica gun while robbing a National Australia Bank branch in the southern city of Melbourne in February, a prosecutor told the County Court of Victoria state.

Lanu, a regular branch customer, rolled away on inline skates with 24,000 Australian dollars ($18,260) in cash.
I guess if you're going to skate away from your bank robbery it helps if you don't have to go very far. Seriously, though, pick a bank that's a little further away from your house next time. Rent a car if you have to.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

The social event of the season

I don't really mean to make this the theme of the day, but hey, looky here: another story about toilets! Well, not just toilets--a party celebrating toilets!
The residents of a Cambodian village will throw a party this weekend to celebrate a sanitation milestone: a toilet in every home.

All 94 families in Sleng village in Kampong Speu province have installed a simple latrine in their homes to deal with solid human waste, making the village"a model of good hygiene"for neighboring communities, the U.N. children's organization said.

Hilda Winarta, a UNICEF water and sanitation officer, said the latrines are simple _ holes in the ground surrounded by walls made from tree leaves or plastic sheets _ but can help prevent outbreaks of dangerous diseases.
It's nice that this is going to cut down on poo-related illnesses, but boy, nothing says "party time" like a hole in the ground that you crap into! And what a party it's going to be:
The village will celebrate its achievement on Saturday with ceremonies and speeches by the village chief, government officials and UNICEF.

A local comedian will also perform, and village actors will perform a short play about how the village residents will no longer have to defecate outdoors.
Keep your eyes peeled for that one to win some Tony Awards next year. Hey, it worked for these people, so why not?
"Then there will be a balloon (releasing) ceremony, a village hosted lunch and singing,"Winarta said.
Now, I'm probably not going to be in the neighborhood this weekend, so I'll probably miss the party. But if I was going to be on hand for the festivities, I think I'd probably pass on the lunch.

Sticky and icky

This is why you always look before you sit down, if you know what I mean.
A woman who became stuck to a toilet seat in a shopping mall restroom was treated at a local hospital after paramedics used fingernail polish remover to free her, officials said.

The 53-year-old Council Bluffs woman suffered burns to her skin in the incident, which happened Wednesday, officials with the Fire Department said.

Investigators said they believe someone placed a cement compound on the toilet seat in the restroom at the Mall of the Bluffs.
Sorry to say this, ladies, but damn, am I ever glad to be male.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

No fun

I can't for the life of me imagine why this didn't really work out.
Britain's biggest theme park has called off the country's first "National Muslim Fun Day" because of lack of interest, the park said Wednesday.

Alton Towers in central England was to open on September 17 for Muslims -- with halal food, a strict dress code and prayer areas.

Music, gambling and alcohol were to be banned for the day and theme park rides such as "Ripsaw," "Corkscrew" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" all segregated by sex.
Because, really, nothing says "fun" like a ban on music, booze, and hanging out with members of the opposite sex. And the "strict dress code," well, that's just like the cherry on top--provided that the cherry is halal, that is. Good times, man. Good times.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Ho ho ho

I don't think the wedding bells are going to be ringing for this couple.
A local woman was arrested after police in Mills _ tipped by a suspicious boyfriend _ said she agreed to have sex with a plainclothes officer in exchange for money.

Jennifer Lynne Mills, 44, was arrested Saturday night on a misdemeanor prostitution charge. If convicted, she could be fined and sentenced to up to six months in a jail.

Police said Mills' live-in boyfriend called Saturday to complain about men calling their apartment. He said those calls were in response to a classified advertisement in the Quik Quarter, a local shopper, offering "relaxing massage" and "pretty, pleasant company."
And thus ends a promising career in the exciting field of massage therapy. It's just sad that some guys can't handle a relationship with a successful career-oriented woman.