Day Care Center Owner Complains About Sludge

May 31, 2011 by  
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“The owner of a South Carolina day care and neighbors say sludge spread on farmlands by their city is causing a foul smell in their area.

The odor comes from nearby farmland where the city spreads biosolids, commonly referred to as sludge, from the Manchester Creek wastewater treatment facility.”


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A rose by any other name may smell just as sweet, but sewage by any other (biosolids) smells just as crappy.

Shame on the city officials for spreading sludge on farmlands when they know that there’s a day care center nearby.

A patriotic citizen should dump a pile of excrement on the steps of city hall.

Poor Goose Living With Dart Stuck In Head

May 31, 2011 by  
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“A wild Canada goose with a blow dart stuck in its head has been spotted in Fergus Falls, Minn., say police who have gotten calls from concerned citizens.

Conservation officers tried to capture the bird last week so the dart could be removed but it hasn’t been cooperative, KBRF-AM, Fergus Falls, reported.

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I hope whoever fired the dart at the poor goose will be forced to live with a crowbar stuck up his  — you know.
In spite of his unusual predicament the goose doesn’t appear to be healthy and not in pain.

I predict it won’t be long before this hapless goose has its own Facebook page.

Classic Albums: Frank Zappa – Apostrophe/Over-Nite Sensation

May 31, 2011 by  
Filed under Music, Top Story

You can`t find any of Frank Zappa`s classic albums on itunes. Some kind of contract agreements must be up? I don`t know…I will have to research this. However, you can find (on itunes) a documentary produced by Eagle Rock Entertainment and released on DVD on May 1, 2007. It`s title is: Classic Albums: Frank Zappa – Apostrophe/Over-Nite Sensation. These were Frank`s most popular records and were released in 1973 and 1974.

I believe I saw Frank Zappa at the Armadillo World Headquarters for this period of Apostrophe and Over-Nite Sensation. I`m going to have to look that up too. Just saw some footage of Frank doing Montana, and I could swear it`s at the Armadillo. All that`s been documented but I`ll need to do some digging to verify. Good to see Ruth Underwood again after many years.

I remember all the songs still, but it`s been many years. Excerpts of Cosmik Debris and St. Alfonzo`s Pancake Breakfast stand out (at this moment). The first part of the documentary covers his early career, including Freak Out. One scene has the riots in America, cities burning against Trouble Every Day playing in the background. There`s the Varese influence, Stravinsky, Johnny Guitar, doo-wap…writing dots on paper! How was Frank able to do all of this music writing? “Oh I went to the library.”

Dude Sues Flower Importer: He Pricked His Finger On A Rose Thorn

May 27, 2011 by  
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A Florida man’s lawsuit against Winn-Dixie Stores and a flower importer is seeking $15,000 in damages for a finger prick from a rose thorn.
Charles Imwalle, 41, of Lake Mary filed a lawsuit Monday against Winn-Dixie and Passion Growers LLC claiming he suffered pain, disfigurement, medical bills and lost wages after pricking his finger on a thorn from a rose he purchased from his local Winn-Dixie in February, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Thursday.

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This dude is a real thorn in the side of the judicial system; frivolous lawsuits like this one make a mockery of the law.

Complaining about getting pricked by a thorn from a rose is like complaining that you bought a can of beans and it gave you a killer case of gas.

Because of nitwits like Imwalle florists will be forced to place a warning notice in a bouquet of roses that reads: Please exercise caution, thorns can prick your finger.

Innovator of Business Cable News, Mark Haines (1948-2011), Has Passed

May 26, 2011 by  
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I was very saddened by the passing of CNBC cable pioneer of business news, Mark Haines (1946-2011). Mark was the original anchor for Squawk Box on CNBC, which premiered sometime in 1995. I watched it religiously everyday of the week, since I was interested (and heavily invested) in stock market news. Mark Haines died suddenly Tuesday night, but the cause of his death hasn`t been reported yet.

If you can find any of the early footage of Squawk Box, I would recommend you watching that. This was the prime-time glory days of the Dot Com Bubble. You know how the story goes: Cisco Systems, Dell, Intel, Mickysoft and QUALCOM. Mark brought a level of probing (Mark was an attorney) business news, as well as entertainment value. Mark really invented business cable!

After Haines kept those Lava Lamps constantly bubbling on the set of CNBC, I went out and picked up a few Lava Lamps myself, thinking it would improve my luck on stock market calls. I need not leave out the incredible chemistry between The Brain (David Faber), The Kahuna (Joe Kernan) and Mr. Haines during those early days. Mark Haines was a classy and classic journalist. Just check out his coverage of Nine-Eleven.

Dude Punches Driver For Not Letting Him Smoke

May 25, 2011 by  
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“Pennsylvania State Police said they arrested a man accused of punching a driver and grabbing the steering wheel after the motorist refused to let him smoke.

Investigators said Alexander Lewis, 34, repeatedly punched the 61-year-old driver at about 10 p.m. EDT Monday in a car traveling on Interstate 81 south in Middlesex Township, The (Harrisburg, Pa.) Patriot-News reported Tuesday.


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No good deed goes unpunished; I hope the 61-year-old coot has learned his lesson, and won’t give any losers a ride in the future.

Alexander Lewis is a coward and an imbecile, he’s lucky the driver didn’t lose control of the vehicle, killing both of them.

Lewis was arrested and assault, reckless endangerment and harassment. If there’s a God Lewis will end up with a cellmate who beats him up every day for no discernable reason.

Ethiopian Smuggles 90 Pounds Of Sheep Meat!

May 25, 2011 by  
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“Customs officials at a Washington-area airport say they arrested an Ethiopian with nearly 90 pounds of sheep meat in his suitcases.

Agents at Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia searched the luggage after the man admitted he had brought food into the country, the New York Daily News reported. But they weren’t expecting meat cooked in a red gravy and divided into 15 plastic bags that weighed 88 pounds.”


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Customs officials threw the meat into an incinerator.

A man who flagrantly violates the rule  prohibiting travelers from bringing meat products into the United States can’t be trusted to respect the laws of our country.

The Ethiopian is a baaaa-d man and he should have been thrown into the incinerator as well.

The Most Hapless Robber In New York City?

May 24, 2011 by  
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“Police in New York said a man who robbed a bank was behind an earlier string of failed robberies at city businesses.

Police said the man, who was frequently seen to hold his finger under his shirt to resemble a gun, was also behind recent failed holdups at a Duane Reade on Seventh Avenue, a Mrs. Fields Cookies store on Broadway and multiple Cosi and Starbucks stores.


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I understand that if at first you don’t succeed try and try again, but that motto applies to a worthwhile endeavor. This hapless robber should have looked for another way to make a living after his first failed attempt at robbing a business.

No wonder this clown has had a string of failed robberies, holding his finger under his shirt to resemble a gun isn’t going to fool to many store owners.

The cops described the subject as a white male between 25 and 35, in a city of a gazillion residents, that should really narrow it down.

Man Gets High School Class Ring Back After 72 Years

May 24, 2011 by  
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“A California man said he was overjoyed when a sewer worker discovered the class ring he dropped down a toilet 72 years ago.

Jesse Mattos said he ‘never thought anything about it’ until he recently learned Tony Congi, a Dunsmuir city worker, discovered the ring in March while performing maintenance on a sewer.”


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I have much love for my alma mater but I wouldn’t be thrilled to get back a class ring that has been lost in the sewer system for 72 years ago.


I’m surprised the 90-year-old man recognizes or remembers his long-lost class ring.

The old coot will probably pawn his ring so he can buy a bottle of Thunderbird.

Elton John`s ‘Tumbleweed Connection’ Is A Classic Most Have Forgotten By Now

May 24, 2011 by  
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Tumbleweed Connection is Elton John`s 3rd album. This is my favorite one; not that I`ve heard all 30 of his albums, because I haven`t. I must say, though, I`m most fond of his early period. On Sunday I picked up an Elton John`s Greatest Hits CD at Cheapos for just $6. It has Your Song, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and Rocket Man (I can connect better with this song than any others of Elton.)

This morning I picked up Tumbleweed Connection on itunes after abandoning the idea of getting the new Lady Gaga, Born This Way, which is officially released today. I`ll let it ferment a little, to make sure it turns out to be a vintage grape. The 3rd album of Elton John was much more pressing for me. It was released on October 30, 1970 and it seems to provide a special bridge to my past.

It`s concept album with songs about the American West. This is the only time Bernie Taupin and Elton John would ever undergo such a bold and abstract project such as Tumbleweed Connection. And if the songs were not that great, we could forget about it. But they arn`t. It`s a good idea to listen to the record continuously. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It`s been more than 20 years since I`ve heard Tumbleweed Connection, and it still holds up (in my opinion).

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