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March Madness

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

I wrote this past week about the things I love about March.  In a comment to that post, someone mentioned that I didn’t include “March Madness” on my list.  The implication was that obviously it had just slipped my mind.  I admit – I’ve HEARD the term before, but I really have no idea what it is.  A quick Google search just now provided the information that “March Madness” is college basketball championships.  No wonder I had no clue.   I can think of few things that I am less interested in than college basketball. 

So now I know what March Madness is . . .  and zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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Man uses chainsaw to divide house in divorce settlement!

Friday, March 9th, 2007

If you can’t settle things amicably, you can always follow this guy’s example.  It might decrease the re-sale value, though.

Man Chainsaws House in Two for Divorce

Reuters

BERLIN (March 9) – A 43-year-old German decided to settle his imminent divorce by chainsawing a family home in two and making off with his half in a forklift truck.

Police in the eastern town of Sonneberg said on Friday the trained mason measured the single-storey summer house — which was some 26 feet long and 6 meters wide — before chainsawing through the wooden roof and walls.

“The man said he was just taking his due,” said a police spokesman. “But I don’t think his wife was too pleased.”

After finishing the job, the man picked up his half with the forklift truck and drove to his brother’s house where he has since been staying.

 Gee, you don’t think his immaturity and anger issues might have had anything to do with the marriage ending, do you?

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Heather Mills asks for $20,000 per DAY in divorce from Paul McCartney

Friday, March 9th, 2007

One of the news stories I  listened to this morning on my way to work was the one about Heather Mills asking for $20,000 a DAY in her divorce settlement from Paul McCartney.  Just give me a week’s worth of that kind of settlement, and I’d be happy!  A month’s worth, and I’d be deliriously happy. 

TWENTY THOUSAND dollars a day!   Isn’t that just a tad greedy?  They’ve only been married a few years.  She sure wasn’t a part of why he made all that money.  She wasn’t there backing him up when he was at the height of his career.  She can’t base her request on that.

I had written earlier that they had no children together.  However, a commenter wrote that she was almost certain they did.  I looked it up.  They do:

On 28 October 2003, Mills McCartney gave birth to the couple’s only child together, a daughter, Beatrice Milly McCartney. The baby was named after Heather’s late mother Beatrice and Sir Paul’s Aunt Milly

So they DO have a child together.  That changed my opinion of whether or not Heather should get money from Paul McCartney.  She should certainly get child support.  I still think, though, that $20,000 a day is excessive for ANYBODY.

There is just something about Heather Mills that seems insincere and tacky to me.  I’m not sure what it is.   She will be on the next “Dancing With the Stars,” and maybe she agreed to do the show in order to make her public image a little more positive.  Right now, though, I just don’t like her.

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O.J. throws his sperm. . .er I mean HAT into the ring of potential fathers of Anna Nicole Smith’s baby

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

This story gets weirder and weirder.  According to O.J. Simpson, he may have impregnated Anna Nicole Smith.  I guess he just hasn’t gotten enough publicity lately, and since Anna Nicole is dead and can’t dispute it, he may as well jump into the ring, too. 

The former American footballer has allegedly told documentary film maker Norman Pardo that he was ‘throwing his hat into the ring’ in the ongoing custody battle.

Pardo told the New York Post: ‘He (OJ) said he knew Anna Nicole pretty well, and he said he had slow-moving sperm, and he might be the father.’

SLOW-MOVING SPERM?  I guess he characterizes his sperm as slow-moving since a long period of time had passed since he allegedly had sex with ANS.  Or maybe that is his way of explaining how s-l-o-w-m-o-v-i-n-g he was in recognizing the opportunity to gain a little publicity and maybe even money via Anna Nicole’s untimely death.

Pardo also claims O J said: ‘I hope they don’t do a DNA test on Anna Nicole’s baby. If they find out Dannielynn is mine, I don’t want Fred Goldman trying to seize her money – or the baby herself.’

Now isn’t THAT the epitomy of absolute lack of class?  He’s like that other sleaze-ball (one of the Gabor sisters’ husband) who piped up about possibly fathering Dannielyn.

Simpson starred with the Playboy model in ‘Naked Gun 331/3: The Final Insult’ in 1994 and Pardo filmed with him from 2000 to 2005.

You know, I just wonder how Simpson found time to be with Anna Nicole Smith – when he was supposedly spending all his time looking for the murderer of his wife, Nicole – searching all those golf courses and bars – when DID he find time for ANS?

 Tiara tip to Linda.

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Paul Harvey – Swallowing teeth – and dumb crooks

Monday, February 26th, 2007

On the way to work this morning, I listened to the 7:30 broadcast of Paul Harvey.  In it he gave two stories that had me laughing.

In the first, a woman went to the hospital complaining of a stomach ache from unknown causes.  Turns out that in a moment of passion (?) she swallowed her partner’s false teeth!   All I can say is that the moment of passion must’ve been quite spectacular.  But what’s with the “unknown causes” thing?  You can’t swallow false teeth without knowing it!  Can you?

In the second story, a young man decided that he would rob his grandparents.  Really – to even think of doing that, he’d have to be fairly stupid.  He got a costume and mask so they wouldn’t recognize him.  He went into the house and demanded, “I want your money!”  Apparently, they weren’t fast enough because he followed his demand with, “I mean it, PaPaw!”

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Britney Spears reminds me of Anna Nicole Smith – and I wish I had prayed for her

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

A couple weeks ago, immediately after hearing of Anna Nicole Smith’s death, I read a thoughtful post by Baldilocks in which she writes about someone who said that after hearing the sad news of her death, they wished they had prayed for Anna Nicole.  One could see her world spiraling out of control.  The loss of her son immediately after the birth of her daughter, all the people clamoring for a piece of her celebrity and money.  Was there anyone who loved her for herself and not for what they could get from her?

The recent news about Britney Spears – her panty-less flashing of press cameras, shaving her head, hard partying with friends, questionable parenting skills, and rapid-fire in and out of rehab – have left me feeling the same way about Britney.  She appears to be out of control, and it looks like nothing short of something drastic will bring her back to common sense.  She’s just a kid – thrust into a 24/7 spotlight of attention.  I sure hope she finds her way back to integrity, humility and care for her children.

Maybe we all should be praying for her – before, God forbid, she ends up like ANS.

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How Congress Shows Respect for American Soldiers

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

This cartoon is classic.  As the saying goes, “Actions speak louder than words.”  The dems don’t understand that they can’t expect people to believe their rhetoric about how they “respect and honor” American soldiers while at the same time speaking words and actions that actually help the terrorists and cause more deaths and injuries to our troops.

Tiara-tip to Darleen.

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Don’t mess with us senior citizens! 70-year old kills armed mugger with bare hands

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

A million cheers for the senior citizens in this story who refused to let a group of 3 punks take their money, harm them or interfere with their vacation.

Elderly Tourist Kills Mugger With Bare Hands

By MARIANELA JIMENEZ

AP

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Feb. 23) – An American senior citizen killed an alleged mugger with his bare hands, and his traveling companions aboard a tour bus fended of two other assailants in the Atlantic coast city of Limon, police said.

A retired member of the U.S. military aged about 70 put suspect Warner Segura in a head lock and broke his clavicle after the 20-year-old and two other men armed with a knife and gun held up their tour bus, Luis Hernandez, the police chief of Limon, 80 miles east of San Jose, said Thursday. Segura was later declared dead, apparently from asphyxiation.

The two other men fled when the 12 senior citizens started defending themselves during the Wednesday attack. Afterward, the tourists drove Segura to the Red Cross where he was declared dead. The Red Cross also treated one of the tourists for an anxiety attack, Hernandez said.

The tourists left on their Carnival cruise ship after the incident and Hernandez said authorities do not plan to press any charges against them.

“They were in their right to defend themselves after being held up,” he said.

Hernandez said Segura had previous charges against him for assaults.

In a media statement, Miami, Fla.-based Carnival Cruise Lines said the Wednesday incident occurred during an outing at a Limon beach which a group of a dozen passengers had arranged on their own.

“According to witnesses, while sightseeing at a local beach, the group of guests were approached by three assailants, one of whom was armed,” the statement said.

“The victims struggled with the armed perpetrator, and were able to disarm him. During this process, the gunman’s two accomplices fled the scene. In the course of disarming and restraining the assailant, he died from apparent asphyxiation.”

Neither the Costa Rican police nor Carnival identified the man involved in the struggle with the mugger.

The cruise line said the guests were questioned by local law enforcement and then returned to the ship. The ship’s departure from Limon was slightly delayed to await their return.

“All of the guests involved, who had booked the cruise together as a group, have opted to continue with their vacation plans. Carnival is providing full support and assistance to the guests,” according to the statement.

The ship, The Carnival Liberty, continued on its scheduled itinerary, with a port call scheduled in Colon, Panama.

 And a million cheers for the authorities who said that OF COURSE these folks had the right to protect themselves.  Enjoy your cruise, folks!

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The “Lost Boys” of the Warren Jeffs Cult of Mormons

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

The Warren Jeffs’ story that has been in the news off and on lately gets stranger.  Apparently young girls weren’t the only ones who were treated as objects to be used, abused and disposed of by the sicko leaders.  Now we have 18-year old Johnny Jessop suing Jeffs for information about Jessop’s mother.  There are a lot of sick adults in the world, and they seem driven to draw children into their worlds of darkness. 

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 21) – Saying he was kicked out of his home and his fundamentalist church, an 18-year-old man sued Tuesday to force polygamist leader Warren Jeffs to help him reconnect with his family.

Attorneys for Johnny Jessop, 18, asked a state judge to order Jeffs, head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, to tell Jessop how to find his 62-year-old mother, Elsie. Jessop has not spoken to his mother in more than 18 months, attorney Roger Hoole said.

Jessop is among what may be dozens of so-called “Lost Boys” who say they were kicked out of the FLDS church in the past four years by Jeffs for being disobedient or because they were seen as competition to older men seeking young brides.

The FLDS practices polygamy and arranged marriages. The faith has an estimated 10,000 members, mostly in the border towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz. Jessop grew up in Hildale, Hoole said.

FLDS members consider themselves “fundamentalist Mormons,” although the mainstream church disavows any connection. They also consider Jeffs a prophet of God with dominion over their salvation.

Jeffs, 51, is in jail on two felony counts of rape as an accomplice for his suspected role in a 2001 marriage between a 14-year-old girl and her older cousin. On the run for nearly two years, Jeffs was arrested last year in a traffic stop in Nevada.

He has led the church since 2004, and dissidents describe him as a heartless ruler who has fractured dozens of families, sending fathers and husbands away and reassigning their wives and children to other men.

Now living in Salt Lake, Jessop was forced out of his family five years ago, Hoole said. Essentially homeless, the youth ran into some minor legal trouble and was ordered several times by courts to return home.

Under threat of church punishment, though, his family turned him away, and Jessop ended up in Salt Lake City as a ward of a nonprofit organization that helps boys who say they were pushed out of the church, Hoole said.

For several years, Jessop maintained telephone contact with his mother, but that ended nearly two years ago, Hoole said.

Jessop believes that Jeffs ordered his mother to cut ties with him and that the leader knows where Jessop can find his mother, Hoole said. The young man says that he has written two letter to Jeffs, begging him to allow the family to reconnect, but that Jeffs has not responded.

Jeffs’ attorney Wally Bugden also has not responded to requests for help, Hoole said.

A message left by The Associated Press after business hours at Bugden’s office was not immediately returned Tuesday.

“The child/parent relationship is a protected relationship under the law,” said Hoole. “We need a court order that will force Warren Jeffs to tell Johnny where Elsie is. Then the lawsuit can go away.”

It was unclear whether Jessop might have sought help from other authorities in finding his mother.

Jessop is not seeking damages, Hoole said. No court date has been set.

Jessop tells us that he was “kicked out” of the Jeffs’ group 5 years ago.  That means he was only 13 years old at the time.  A child.  Whether he was kicked out for misbehavior or because Jeffs saw boys his age as “threats” to his acquisition of the young girls as wives for older men, it is simply WRONG.

However, Jessop’s mother is also WRONG.  What mother would kick out her own son because some whack-job like Jeffs told her to?  Just looking at a photo of the man is enough to give me the heebie-jeebies.  And where is Jessop’s father?

It seems that anybody can come up with any kind of perversion, call it a religion, and there are people who will join in.  There are way too many sheep in this world – blindly following whoever has their attention at the moment.

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Beware of Quarreling Doctors

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

According to this story, a poor patient who was in the operating room for an appendectomy was left mid-surgery while his surgeon and another doctor duked it out:

BELGRADE (Feb. 21) – A routine appendix operation in Belgrade went badly wrong when two surgeons started fighting and stormed from the operating theater to settle their dispute outside, the daily Politika reported Wednesday.

Surgeon Spasoje Radulovic was operating when his colleague Dragan Vukanic entered and made a remark that started a quarrel, said the anesthesiologist on duty.

“At one moment Vukanic pulled the ear of the operating doctor, slapped him in the face and walked out,” she said.

Radulovic followed and an all-out fight ensued, resulting in bruises, a split lip, loose teeth and a fractured finger.

The operation was completed successfully by the attending assistant doctor.

This is one case where I would be 100% behind a medical lawsuit.  How ridiculous!

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