Yeah, yeah, I know. Not news. But go ahead and read this reporter’s account of it for a laugh. When I see a news article start with:
Meal Ticket usually doesn’t tackle these types of stories, but this particular one is so infuriating and indicative of our asshole- and moron-filled litigious circle jerk of a society that I can’t help but say my piece.
When someone uses the phrase “circle jerk” in the opening lines of a news article I can’t help but put it up.
A wounded fox shot its would be killer in Belarus by pulling the trigger on the hunter’s gun as the pair scuffled after the man tried to finish the animal off with the butt of the rifle, media said on Thursday.
A 34-year-old French national has been charged with assault and interfering with flight personnel who confronted him about smoking in the lavatory during a flight between Nice and New York, officials said yesterday.
A criminal complaint filed in New York says that Franck Lebrun “did knowingly and intentionally assault and intimidate a flight crew member and flight attendant of the aircraft” during a flight on Saturday.
In the incident on Delta Air Lines flight 83, crew members suspected that someone had been smoking cigarettes in one of the lavatories and confronted Lebrun, telling him not to smoke.
A federal air marshal on the plane intervened and “instructed Lebrun to return to his seat,” and two other air marshals confronted him later but Lebrun “continued to scream and yell expletives and then aggressively positioned himself toward one of the federal air marshals in a fighting stance.
This prompted the air marshals to handcuff and place him in the rear section of the aircraft.
Lebrun nonetheless “continued to verbally abuse individuals around him, yelling in substance ‘I’m French, f— you!’” the document said.
here, The United States is pleased to announce that it will host UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day event in 2011, from May 1 – May 3 in Washington, D.C. UNESCO is the only UN agency with the mandate to promote freedom of expression and its corollary, freedom of the press. The theme for next year’s commemoration will be 21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers.
No one seems to know what two neighbors saw off the coast of Newfoundland earlier this week, but the two are convinced three large bullet-like objects were missiles. And they have photos they say prove it.
It all began around 5 p.m. Monday when Darlene Stewart of Harbour Mille, N.L., was outside snapping photos of a sunset, when she saw a long, thin glimmering object in the sky that appeared as if it came out of water.
The photos she took show a thin object shooting into the air, with a tail of fire and smoke.
She called her neighbour Emmy Pardy, who went to get binoculars for a closer look.
“I went out on the patio and I zoomed in and I saw a humungous bullet, silver-grey in colour and it had flames coming out of the bottom and a trail of smoke,” Pardy told CTV.ca.
Jenny Oropeza, who died after a long illness last month, was reelected to another term in the state Senate on Tuesday. With more than half of the vote counted, voters in Oropeza’s Long Beach district gave her more than 54% percent of the vote. Republican John Stammreich trailed with 40% of the vote.
If the results hold, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will call a special election to replace Oropeza.
It looks like the voters would rather vote for a dead lady than a republican.
Jenny Oropeza follows in a long and storied line of senators who have been posthumously elected to office. Governor Mel Carnahan, killed three weeks before his election in Missouri back in 2000, was the previous.
The plane crash that killed Carnahan, his son and an aide last month turned the nationally watched contest against Republican Senator John Ashcroft from notoriously bitter to bizarre.
The crash occurred too late to revise the ballot. No one had ever posthumously won election to the Senate, though voters on at least three occasions sent deceased candidates to the House.
Governor Roger Wilson, who took office after Carnahan’s death Oct. 16, said he would appoint Carnahan’s 66-year-old widow, Jean, to a two-year term should Ashcroft lose. Mrs Carnahan became the implicit challenger when she declared herself strong enough to accept appointment.
A female boa constrictor snake has given birth to two litters of extraordinary offspring.
Evidence suggests the mother snake has had multiple virgin births, producing 22 baby snakes that have no father.
More than that, the genetic make-up of the baby snakes is unlike any previously recorded among vertebrates, the group which includes almost all animals with a backbone.
Details are published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.
What do lemonade stands, pumpkin stands, and cotton candy booths have in common?
Overbearing bureaucrats shut them down as though they’re a danger to the public.
In all three cases, little kids were busy trying to raise money for various things, and local officials decided to crack down.
In Idaho, a 4- and 6-year-olds pumpkin stand was also shut down by the Idaho Tax Commission for want of the proper papers and permits.
In New Hampshire, police shut down a cotton candy booth run by Cub Scouts also for lack of a permit.
Finally, in Oregon, a 7-year-old’s lemonade stand was shut down by health inspectors. These bozos demanded to see her license (which costs $120), and then threatened her with a $500 fine when she failed to provide it. She left the fair in tears.
In a rambling exchange during a TV interview, Broden, a South Dallas pastor, said a violent uprising “is not the first option,” but it is “on the table.” That drew a quick denunciation from the head of the Dallas County GOP, who called the remarks “inappropriate.”
Broden, a first-time candidate, is challenging veteran incumbent Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson in Dallas’ heavily Democratic 30th Congressional District. Johnson’s campaign declined to comment on Broden.
In the interview, Brad Watson, political reporter for WFAA-TV (Channel 8), asked Broden about a tea party event last year in Fort Worth in which he described the nation’s government as tyrannical.
“We have a constitutional remedy,” Broden said then. “And the Framers say if that don’t work, revolution.”
Watson asked if his definition of revolution included violent overthrow of the government. In a prolonged back-and-forth, Broden at first declined to explicitly address insurrection, saying the first way to deal with a repressive government is to “alter it or abolish it.”
“If the government is not producing the results or has become destructive to the ends of our liberties, we have a right to get rid of that government and to get rid of it by any means necessary,” Broden said, adding the nation was founded on a violent revolt against Britain’s King George III.