Grandmother Fined $1,500 For Selling Goldfish To Child

March 31, 2010 by  
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“A British grandmother was heavily fined and electronically tagged for selling a goldfish to a child, triggering criticism Wednesday of over-zealous use of animal protection laws.

 
Pet shop owner Joan Higgins, 66, was fined 1,000 pounds (1,500 dollars, 1,120 euros) also given a dusk-to-dawn curfew for selling an animal to a person under the age of 16, but her 47-year-old son Mark — also ordered to do community service — slammed the ruling as a farce.
 
The pair were prosecuted after the local council sent a 14-year-old boy to buy a goldfish in a ‘sting’ operation following reports that their shop, Majors Pets, had sold a gerbil to a teenager with learning difficulties.”
 
AFP
 
I have no sympathy for the felonious grandmother, and her whining son. This dastardly duo belong behind bars, they’re lucky they got such a light sentence.
 
The old hag should have never sold a goldfish to a 14-year-old kid — for the sake of a couple of bucks she took the risk that the kid wanted the goldfish for heavens only knows what nefarious purpose.
 
The wicked granny and her no-good son should be put to work cleaning the kennels at the local human society. Maybe then they will learn their lesson, and not sell any animals to a child under 16-years-old.
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Dude Arrested For DUI Was Wearing Fluffy White Slippers

March 30, 2010 by  
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“Florida authorities said a man arrested for alleged late-night intoxicated driving was wearing fluffy white slippers when he was pulled over by deputies.
 
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said Troy Reuter, 40, who had a Louisiana driver’s license, was pulled over in his Toyota Camry.

 

Reuter, who was wearing fluffy white slippers, was given a citation for failure to maintain his lane and deputies began a drunken driving investigation.”
 
UPI
 
I don’t know what’s more embarrassing, having the emergency room doctor notice your dirty underwear or being pulled over by a cop when you’re wearing fluffy white slippers.
 
If the fashion police had pulled Reuter over, he wouldn’t have escaped with just a citation. Wearing fluffy white slipper is a crime that merits a prison sentence.
 
This guy was obviously drunk, the police don’t need to to launch an investigation. Only a dude who is drunk like a skunk would wear fluffy white slippers.
 
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Hendrix`s “Valleys of Neptune” will be the # 1 record of 2010 (I predict)!

March 30, 2010 by  
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Valleys of Neptune is indeed a treasure. Every song is interesting. I found the most amazing review of the new Hendrix release, which will probably be the Record of the Year (I predict) for 2010. Yea, 41 years later. This innovative review was done by Joe Bosso for Musicradar.com. The thumbnail pics at the bottom are the songs. You open one of them, then read a very in depth analysis of the song, along with a nice pic of Jimi.

Take just one song, the 3rd cut, Bleeding Heart, recorded April 24th, 1969. For this session Jimi used his old army buddy, Billy Cox on bass. Hendrix and Noel Redding experienced a falling out. Hendrix actually uses Rocky Isaac from the Cherry People on drums. This is an Elmore James cover, but of course Jimi completely makes it his own. Jimi utilizes the wah wah pedal and a fuzz effect as innovatively as it`s ever been done.

Give Lullaby for Summer a spin, with The Experience still in tact (recorded the 7th of April, 1969). Hendrix recorded two distinct guitar parts that are contrapuntal in nature. This rare gem was just recently uncovered. A miracle! Somehow Hendrix is back from the dead? I dare say, new releases from new bands are going to have their hands full with topping the Master! Experience it now! *(my photo was an accident, a double exposure that captures the psychedelic aura of Jimi.)

Old Codger, 96, Marries 30-Year-Old Woman

March 29, 2010 by  
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“A 96-year-old temple keeper has become Taiwan’s oldest groom on record after marrying a woman less than one third his age, a report said Friday.

Lin Chung, who runs a Taoist temple in south Taiwan’s Tainan county, is the talk of town after wedding a 30-year-old woman from mainland China’s central province of Hunan, said the Taipei-based Apple Daily.

AFP

Lin claims that he was instructed by the gods three years ago to go to Huan and find himself a wife. I wonder if this was a unanimous decision by the gods, wasn’t there at least one deity who thought that telling a 93-year-old codget to get married was a stupid idea?

And if the gods did tell him to go find a wife, why the hell did he wait three years? No man is promised tomorrow, certainly not one who is 93 frigging years old.

You don’t have to consult the gods to know that Lin found himself a golddigger, and not a faithful wife.

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Feel the LOVE-New Jimi Hendrix Valleys of Neptune!

March 29, 2010 by  
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I see-sawed, I fudged, I waffled as I roamed Waterloo yesterday in search of a record that wouldn`t go straight to my Cut-Out Bin. This is a graveyard for records that die a horrible death. But on the horizon was a blue cover, a savior of sorts, it`s Jimi Hendrix Valleys Of Neptune. 12 new Hendrix tracks for most of us, except the bootleg fanatics who already have these tracks. This is Hendrix`s follow up to Electric Ladyland, and was mostly recorded in early 1969 with The Experience.

I`m blown away! Don`t know what to say. I`ve never heard any of these tracks before. I would recommend getting a brick and mortar store bought copy of this CD. Waterloo had a vinyl edition that looked delicious! But the booklet has new pics of Jimi and killer linernotes that give you history about the songs, when and where they were recorded, and even what Jimi was thinking in terms of production and artistic direction. John McDermott has brought the moribund art of linernotes back to life here!

Naturally, you will want to break down every song, if not every note played by Jimi Hendrix on this brand new album-Valleys Of Neptune. Fave so far is an instrumental, Lullaby For The Summer, track 11. Maybe Jimi will chart again? Can you dig it? New J.H. and it`s 1969 again? Get out the tie-die…

Armored Truck Spills $100,000 Onto Ohio Street

March 26, 2010 by  
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“People fell onto a bag of cash like a pack of hungry piranhas after more than 100,000 dollars tumbled out the back of an armored truck onto an Ohio street, local media reported.

 
The bag split open after it fell off the back of the vehicle Wednesday and the driver drove away without noticing.
But a whole bunch of people spotted the cash blowing down the street in Whitehall, a Columbus suburb, and a mad dash for cash ensued.”
 
AFP
 
If it weren’t for bad luck I wouldn’t have any luck at all. If I’m walking down the street. praying that a bird won’t crap on me, and all of a sudden I see dollar bills flying in the wind, I would be a fool not to grab a few. In these hard economic times it would be a sin for hardworking citizens not to help themelves to a few bucks.
 
Financial institutions are insured for these type of losses, so why not do the right thing and pick up a few dollars?
 
Several idiots brought some of the cash into the police sation. That’s like entrusting the safety of your chickens to a coyote. Thank goodness that most people aren’t that stupid, only about $10,000 has been recovered.
 
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“The Ballad of Davy Crockett” goes # 1 today (1955)!

March 26, 2010 by  
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Some of you may want to get those musty coonskin caps out of storage from grandma`s attic (or cellar), dust em off and put er on. Today, March 26th, is the anniversary of when The Ballad of Davy Crockett went to # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. This was in 1955, mind you, and it stayed there for 5 weeks straight. Bill Hayes sung the lengthy, yet stirring ballad; Bill (don`t have much baggage on Bill) is an actor who played Doug Williams on Days of Our Lives.

The song was the theme for the popular Disney mini-series, starring Fess Parker (Fess just died on March 18th) as Davy Crockett, Buddy Ebsen as Georgie Russell and Jeff York as the feisty, ornery Mike Fink. I experienced this Crockett craze when just two and three years old. My first lesson in massive marketing! The Bob Bullock State History Museum here in Austin has a fantastic exhibit of all things Crockett, with a full array of ephemera (artifacts not junk) from that era.

This blitzkrieg of a marketing frenzy has a downside too. It wasn`t so terrific in terms of historical accuracy, regarding the life and achievements of one David Crockett (The real story is interesting enough as is) . Then John Wayne (The Duke) comes along with his movie, The Alamo, in 1960 and the legend gets even more bent out of shape. But the line from The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance rings true here:

“This is the west, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” “Born on a mountaintop in Tennessee. Greenest state in the land of the free, raised in the woods, so he knew ev`ry tree, kilt him a b`ar when he was only three. Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier.”  (source-Wikipedia)

Airport Guard Ogled Female Colleague Using Full-Body Scanner

March 25, 2010 by  
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“A security worker at London’s Heathrow Airport has received a police warning and faces disciplinary action over claims he ogled a female colleague using a full-body scanner, officials said on Wednesday.
 
The 25-year-old worker made lewd comments after his colleague Jo Margetson, 29, mistakenly strayed into the scanner, which can see through clothes to produce an image of the body, the Sun newspaper reported.”
 
Reuters
 
This loser should be fired immediately, if he treats his colleague with such disrespect, I can only imagine how he treats passengers.
 
This idiot can ogle HD hardcore pornographic images online for free, why risk his job looking at a grainy image of his co-worker?
 
These full-body scanners are an invasion of privacy, and they should be removed from airports.
 
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Lady Gaga Racks Up One BILLION Video Views on the Internet!

March 25, 2010 by  
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Visible Measures, a video analytics company (that tracks videos that achieve 100 million views), has long had Lady Gaga on their chart. Visible Measures is now reporting that Lady Gaga`s three hit videos have exceeded one billion views. These are: Poker Face, Just Dance and Bad Romance.

Gaga is primarily on Vevo and YouTube, but is prominent on Facebook too, where recently there was a National Gaga Day. Gaga enjoys a harmonious relationship with the internet in general. Bad Romance was my first video purchase on my iphone. I wonder what the stats are like for LG video purchases on itunes?

Stats for her new one, Telephone, have not even been added to Visible Measures` records yet (from what I can tell)? Gaga may hit two billion before long? Why do you think that The Lady is so enamored on the internet? She does keep things interesting with dancing, outrageous costumes and her out-of-this-world floppy hats! But there must be some other mysterious quality at play here? If I can JUST discover it, I too will be an INTERNET BILLIONAIRE! *(source-CNN.com-Lady Gaga first artist with one billion online video views-3/25/2010)

Bee Therapy All The Rage In China

March 24, 2010 by  
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“Being stung by a bee would have most people rushing to hospital, expect at one Beijing clinic where patients queue up to be pricked into good health.
 
Bee sting therapy, which involves placing live bees on a patient’s body at certain pressure points, dates back over 3,000 years in China and was considered legal in 2007.
 
Reuters
 
I don’t look down on all forms of alternative therapies, but I draw the line at bee sting therapy. I wouldn’t mind undergoing massage therapy or hypnotherapy, but there is nothing alluring about getting stung by a bee.
 
There’s a sucker born every second, so I’m not surprised that some fools are lining up to be stung by bees. Why don’t these idiots save themseleves a few bucks and dab some honey on themselves and go shake a bee hive?
 
A quack named Wang Jing states “This treatment relies mainly on the bees’ poison”. I would shy away from any treatment that relies on poisoning the patient.
 
The patients of this quack are going to get stung a second time when he hands them his hefty fee.
 
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