Apple Stops Selling iPhone Baby Shaker Game

April 24, 2009 by  
Filed under Weird Stuff

“Apple Inc. pulled a 99-cent iPhone game called ‘Baby Shaker’ from its iTunes store Wednesday after its premise — quiet a crying baby with a vigorous shake — prompted outrage.

According to screen shots posted on several Web sites, ‘Baby Shaker’ displayed black-and-white line drawings of a baby. The iTunes description included the line, “See how long you can endure his or her adorable cries before you just have to find a way to quiet the baby down!” Once the iPhone owner finishes shaking the device, the on-screen baby is depicted with large red X’s over its eyes.”
This silly and innocuous game really shook some people up, before you could say “get a grip” the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome cried bloody murder. 
It’s just a game folks, no real babies were harmed in the development of this Apple application. iPhone users who play this game aren’t going to be inspired to shake their babies. There isn’t going to be an epidemic of babies with red X’s over their eyes. 
If Apple approved a program that simulates farting, I don’t see why they pulled Baby Shaker from its iTunes tore. 

I can’t stand a crying baby, but even an old grouch like me isn’t going to shake a baby to make it shut the hell up. 

I wish the iTunes store would sell an application that would lull a crying baby to sleep — that’s an app that would be a universal hit.  

Underwire Bra Deflects Bullet

April 24, 2009 by  
Filed under Weird Stuff

“A 57-year-old Detroit woman avoided serious injury when the underwire on her bra deflected a bullet shot at her from next door, police said.

The woman, who lives on the West side of Detroit, saw a group of men breaking into a neighbour’s house on Tuesday morning. When the men spotted her, one of them fired a shot at her, a police spokesman said.

The bullet struck the underwire on the woman’s bra and that saved her from a more serious injury, police said.”

Reuters

Detroit looks like Dresden after the bombing by the Allies — entire neighborhoods are abandoned and only the poor and criminals are left behind. We’ve all heard about the failed states of Pakistan and Somalia, but little attention is paid to the failed city of Detroit. 

I’m not surprised the suspects escaped, Detroit doesn’t have enough police to even make a pretense of trying to solve all of its murders and burglaries. 

This woman is lucky that she was saved from serious injury or death by her underwire bra, but she should have been wearing a bulletproof bra. If I lived in Detroit I would never leave home without my America Express Card and my Glock. 

The lucky lady should invest in a bulletproof vest, and mind her own business. The next time she sees an army of thugs breaking into a house on her block, she should close her shades and don her bulletproof vest.

Pelosi Has Selective Memory

April 24, 2009 by  
Filed under Top Story

Nancy Pelosi now says she knew about waterboarding, that it had been discussed and approved in 2002, but she didn’t know it was actually being used. She also knew the Bush administration had received legal advice that the waterboarding was allowed.

Pelosi wasn’t the only Democrat informed about this and other techniques, in 2002, there were many others and the reports show that not one legislator raised any objections at the time.

This doesn’t make the use of the techniques any more palatable, but the report seems to blow claims of secret action by the Bush administration out of the water. It seems there was a lot more consultation and bipartisanship than they ever admitted.

Do you trust Congress?

Dude Digging In His Garden Finds Civil War Era Cannonball

April 22, 2009 by  
Filed under Weird Stuff

“Officials say a Fort Smith man digging in his garden unearthed a Civil War-era cannonball that’s possibly still explosive.

The unidentified man was tending to his garden Tuesday at his home when he found the rusted, 4-inch-diameter iron ball.


Bill Black
, the park superintendent of the Fort Smith National Historic Site, said the cannonball appears to be a live round that’s about 145 years old.”

The Associated Press

When tending my garden I’ve unearthed a golf ball, my dog’s bones and a couple of pennies. Finding a cannonball while gardening might be enough to make me let my garden go to pot. But I guess if you live in Fort Smith,  you shouldn’t be too surprised if you find a cannonball in your back yard.

I wouldn’t have called the Fire Department to report finding a tiny 4-inch diameter iron ball, everyone would think I was a big wuzz. I would have thrown the cannonball over the fence, and let my neighbor deal with it.

The man won’t be able to keep the cannonball as a souvenir, the Fort Smith Fire Department plans to detonate the round.

Judge Orders Defendant’s Mouth Duct-Taped Shut

April 22, 2009 by  
Filed under Weird Stuff

“An eastern Idaho judge who lost patience with the disruptive behavior of a defendant ordered court officials to tape the man’s mouth shut with duct tape during a court hearing. The unusual move was ordered by 6th District Judge Peter D. McDermott during a probation violation hearing for Nicklas Frasure, 23.

Frasure was convicted of felony theft in 2008, but the judge retained jurisdiction for sentencing depending on Frasure’s response to treatment. In October, Frasure was released from a state mental hospital in Blackfoot.”

The Associated Press

I love duct tape and I have used it for everything from making car repairs to temporarily stopping a leaky pipe. But I don’t think the makers of duct tape ever intended for their product to be used to tape a defendant’s mouth shut.

I’m not a bleeding heart liberal who believes in coddling criminals, I’m in favor of tough sentencing laws and the death penalty. But taping a defendant’s mouth shut during a legal proceeding is cruel and unusual punishment.

Niclas Frasure just got out of a mental institution for god’s sake, you can’t expect a mental case to observe all the niceties of a court trial.

District Judge Peter D. McDermott needs to be removed from the bench, he is a disgrace to his profession and anathema to lovers of duct tape.

Crazy Kardashians Kourtney and Khloe leave L.A. For Miami

April 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Celebrity

It seems like we can’t get enough of those crazy Kardashians, as E! and executive producer Ryan Seacrest is making plans to give Kourtney and Khloe their own series later this year. 

The spin-off will take Kim’s sisters to sunny Miami, as newly single Kourtney and wisecracking Khloe begin to set up a location there of their business Dash, where Khloe wants to moonlight as a radio show host.   It will be titled Kourtney and Khloe in Miami, setting to debut on E! in August.

Meredith and Lexie have McBuns in the oven!

April 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Celebrity

Both of the Grey sisters from “Grey’s Anatomy” are expanding, as Ellen Pompeo and Chyler Leigh are both expecting, according to their reps from People and TVGuide.com

This will be the first for Pompeo and music producer husband Christopher Ivery, who has been married since 2007; no word yet on whether the pregnancy will be written into the storyline or not.

Her onscreen sibling, Leigh, will be having her third child with musician-actor husband Nathan West on May 15 of this year: daughter Alison Kay; her pregnancy won’t be written into the storyline.  The couple, married since 2002, have two children: son Noah, 5 and daughter Taelyn, 2.

Results: Big Hits at the Box Office

April 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Movies/TV

Zac Efron shoots and scores his first box office success post-High School Musical with 17 Again taking the top spot with $24.1 million.   The comedy-fantasy, about a man (Matthew Perry) getting a second chance to correct his mistakes as a teenager, has been getting good reviews from critics.

Last weekend’s winner, Hannah Montana: The Movie, dropped three spots to number four with $12.7 million, taking in 10 days $56.1 million. 

The journalistic-political thriller State of Play debuted in second place with$14.1 million while Crank: High Voltage is in number six with $6.5 million.  Monsters vs. Aliens, meanwhile, remained in number three for twice in a row with $12.9 million, becoming the biggest movie so far in 2009 with $162.7 million.

The evidence is in: CSI will be coming to the big screen

April 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Movies/TV

Gil Grissom himself, William Petersen told Britian’s Radio Times that a full-length film of the #1 show is in the cards — and it will feature the quirky yet brilliant criminalist, but depends on “the right story” and “the real reason to do it”.

“You just don’t do it because you want to make money – you do it because there’s a story that can’t be told on TV and needs to be told from CSI‘s perspective and the audience wants it” he stated.  “And we can’t wait for CSI to end or Grissom will be about 90.”

Petersen portrayed Grissom since the pilot in 2000 and left last year but remains as one of the show’s executive producers; his predecessor is Oscar nominee Laurence Fishburne’s Raymond Langston.

Is it Curtains for Paula Abdul on American Idol?

April 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Movies/TV

paulakaraRumors are flying around that Kara DioGuardi was brought to American Idol to replace Paula Abdul. First of all, Kara says, ‘I could never replace Paula.’”

Abdul insists that her and fourth American Idol judge DioGuardi are good friends and that she couldn’t possibly replace her on the show.

Abdul says she is loving this season more than ever. “It’s taken me awhile to get comfortable in my own skin with the show.”

Do you think this is the last season for Paula Abdul?

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