April 5, 2006

Sadly, this is Reason #508 he’d never have a chance at winning. Even in a primary.

Filed under: government, gay — Alex @ 10:25 pm

Senator and 2008 Presidential hopeful Russ Feingold issued a statement today in favor of equal marriage rights for gay couples:

    "…Gay and lesbian couples should be able to marry and have access to the same rights, privileges and benefits that straight couples currently enjoy…Denying people this basic American right is the kind of discrimination that has no place in our laws."

Alex Says:  Wow!  Well done, Senator.  You probably just threw away your re-election and will pathetically try to flip-flop later, but for now, you're Our Boy.


Filed under: idiots — Alex @ 10:14 pm

(AP) LINCOLN, Neb. - Three of the meat-processing plant workers who won the largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history dropped in on a homeless shelter with a $6,000 donation for people living there.

Alain Maboussou, Quang Dao and Dung Tran became multimillionaires in February when they and five co-workers won the $365 million Powerball jackpot.

Alex Says:  It takes BALLS for them to walk in there and dish out a mere two grand each.  If I were one of the homeless people I would've taken them hostage until I got some REAL money.

I might add that this was all over the news, was on CNN, etc.  Really?  This is that monumental?  I would assume MOST lotto winners hand out some cash to charities.  In other words, screw these people.

Want to see me flip out?

Filed under: idiots, government — Alex @ 10:08 pm

London, April 5 (AFP): Harraj Mann’s choice of music led the India-born Briton to be hauled off a London-bound plane last week.The Clash

The 23-year-old played London’s Calling by The Clash and Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song on the stereo of a taxi he had taken to Durham Tees Valley airport in northern England.

Mann soon began singing along and the taxi driver grew suspicious when he heard the lyrics carefully — one of them declared Now war is declared and battle come down. He alerted police as soon as they reached the airport.

Two officers boarded Mann’s flight shortly before take-off on Thursday.

“I got frog-marched off the plane in front of everyone, got my bags searched, (was) asked every question you can think of,” Mann, a mobile phone salesman, told the local daily Hartlepool Mail on Monday. “I was being held for questioning under the terrorism act.”

By the time Mann was set free, his plane had left.

“He (the driver) didn’t like Led Zeppelin or The Clash, but I don’t think there was any need to tell the police,” a stung Mann told the Daily Mirror.

Alex Says:  Uh, no.  This aggression will not stand.  That cabbie better watch his back, because if I were Mr. Mann (snicker), I'd be comin' for him.

Can I get in on his lawsuit for wrongful detention?  Can we make it a class action?

But did he really WANT to watch?

Filed under: sex — Alex @ 9:58 pm

Teacher Rachel Holt(AP) Rachel Holt, 34, a homeroom and science teacher at Claymont Elementary School in Claymont, Del., was arrested yesterday for having sex with a 13-year-old student 28 times over eight days in March, New Castle County police said.

At least once, Holt allegedly let the boy's 12-year-old friend watch, said Lt. Col. Scott McLaren, acting New Castle County chief of police.

Alex Says:  Sadly, she's exceptionally unappealing.  But 28 times in eight days is pretty damn good; somebody give that kid a trophy.

I’d give my arms to see a video of this.

Filed under: idiots — Alex @ 2:49 am

mortarshell.gif(AP/Yahoo! News) - A teacher who kept a 40 mm shell on his desk as a paperweight blew off part of his hand when he apparently used the object to try to squash a bug, authorities say.

The 5-inch-long shell exploded Monday while Robert Colla was teaching 20 to 25 students at an adult education class.

Part of Colla's right hand was severed and he suffered severe burns and minor shrapnel wounds to his forearms and torso, fire Capt. Tom Weinell said. No one else was injured. He was reported in stable condition at a hospital.

The teacher slammed the shell down in an attempt to kill something that was buzzing or crawling across the desk, said Fire Marshal Glen Albright.

Colla found the 40 mm round while hunting years ago and "obviously he didn't think the round was live," said Dennis Huston, who teaches computer design alongside Colla.

Alex Says:  The question that comes to my mind is "Where did he FIND a live 40 mm round?"  'cuz someone should go gather up the rest of the live rounds that were left there.  You know… "for the children."  Leave it to me to be practical.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to beat a hobo with a soda can full of nitroglycerin.

This land is your land…

Filed under: sex — Alex @ 2:20 am

Yahoo! News is getting right down to business:

Sex tourism thriving in Bible Belt

Reason #58 not to base your entire damn career on someone else’s.

Filed under: celebrities — Alex @ 2:07 am

From Wikipedia's entry on comedian Vaughn Meader, before the Big PlungeVaughn Meader:

"Abbott Vaughn Meader (March 20, 1936 – October 29, 2004) was an American comedian and impersonator whose meteoric rise to fame with The First Family album spoofing President John F. Kennedy was equalled only by his meteoric crash into obscurity with Kennedy's assassination in 1963."

Alex Says:  Goddamn.  "Meteoric crash into obscurity" seems a particularly harsh way of phrasing it.  But it gives me hope that people like Jesse Camp and Mayim Bialik may truly be gone forever.

April 3, 2006

Tithing in Agony

Filed under: religion — Alex @ 12:52 am

Dirty Priest(AP) WASHINGTON - New figures released Thursday by the nation's Roman Catholic bishops show the unrelenting toll of the clergy sex abuse crisis: 783 new credible claims last year, most of which date back decades, and costs of nearly $467 million.

While researchers who analyzed 50 years of data on molestation claims concluded the number of new cases is declining, the church is still paying a heavy price for predatory clergy.

The abuse problem was already known to have cost dioceses more than $1 billion since 1950, including some expenses paid last year. Still, Teresa Kettelkamp, director of the bishops' Office of Child and Youth Protection, said the total abuse-related expenses shelled out in 2005 were likely the largest ever for a single year.

The total number of accusations against Catholic clergy now stands at more than 12,000 since 1950.

Alex Says:  So, if you're still going to Sunday Mass and giving the Church some of your hard-earned dollars, know that your money is likely going to the hands of children that were sexually abused by your priests.  Which, honestly, is how I'd prefer it.  If you're stubborn enough to stand by the Church in the face of priests with roaming hands (proof that abstinence isn't the best plan) and a Pope with medieval ideas, then you deserve everything you get.  Amen.

The Weekend Download!

Filed under: downloads, film — Alex @ 12:38 am

A few years ago Errol Morris made a lovely documentary short for the Academy Awards.  Enjoy it here.  QuickTime MOV, 17 meg.

The Weird Bush Photo of the Week

Filed under: george w. bush — Alex @ 12:32 am
George W. Bush and His Mouth