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|Monday, October 4th, 2004|
Bus conductors in Swaziland have vowed to assault and rape female passengers who wear mini-skirts, sparking outrage among women's groups in the conservative African kingdom.
The threat followed this week's arrest of two conductors and a bus driver who were charged with indecently assaulting an 18-year-old high school pupil.
The pupil was attacked at a bus rank in Manzini, Swaziland's commercial centre, by a group of men who shouted at her for wearing a miniskirt, cut it off and then gangraped her, witnesses told local media.
About 1 000 women marched on the bus rank on Thursday to protest against the attack.
They were met by bus crews carrying signs reading: "We'll get them with our brushes" - a reference to the reported use of a brush handle in the rape.
A bus conductor calling himself only Licandza said: "Women who wear miniskirts want to be raped, and we will give them what they want."
The bus drivers banned miniskirts on buses earlier in the year, saying they were distracting and encouraged lustful thoughts.
Although there have been incidents of women having their clothes ripped off at the bus rank, this was the first reported case of rape.
"This is madness. This has no place in modern society," said Nomhlanhla Dlamini, director of a local NGO, the Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse.
Dlamini said three women had since come forward to her group to report being raped at the bus rank earlier this year.
"We are talking to the bus owners. We want them to make a code of conduct. We are urging the Road Transportation Board to revoke the operating licences of the involved buses," she said.
The kingdom does not have a state transport system and relies on privately owned minibus taxis to fill the gap.
Police who were criticised by the pupil's grandmother for being slow to arrive on the scene, said they would be vigilant in case of a repeat of the incident.
"No one has a right to harass anyone because of what the person is wearing," Superintendent Vusie Masuku said.
Swazi women generally wear modern Western clothing and have worn mini-skirts since the 1960s although the government at one stage considered banning them on moral grounds.
Some tribal chiefs, however, do ban women wearing miniskirts in their areas.
The governor of the royal village Ludzidzini, the most powerful traditional figure in the kingdom, has stopped women from wearing trousers in the village and at the royal palaces.
Speakers at the protest said the attack was symptomatic of a society that discriminated against women.
"There is a connection between customs that say we cannot own property or be parties to legal contracts, and bus conductors who want to dominate us by telling us what to wear," said one speaker.
The government said it condemned the crime.
"What the young woman was subjected to could be tantamount to murder, as the health status of the perpetrators is not known," Prime Minister Themba Dlamini said.
Swaziland is ruled by sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarch and has one of the highest rates of HIV and Aids in the world. - Reuters
im not exactly sure what to think of this. in my opinion, fashion has always been pointless. i dont know. you comment. Current Mood: thoughtful
|Saturday, October 2nd, 2004|
Signs of NJ Dumb Kids of the future
Kids return 20G in lost Yank tix, get to see games
BY ALISON GENDAR
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Jersey boys who done good, (l. to r.) Chris Osmun, Corey Platt, Pat Huck, Matt Stephens, Matt Rea, Jaleel Fraser, Christian Flores, Kevin McNany, Will Cummings and Kenny Miller at Summit, N.J., city hall yesterday with 20G worth of Yanks tix.
When ten New Jersey kids stumbled upon $20,000 worth of Yankee playoff tickets lying on the street, they celebrated their good fortune.
Then the kids from Summit did something remarkable - they turned the tickets in.
"It didn't seem right keeping them," 12-year-old Chris Osmun modestly explained. "Each ticket was worth a lot and there were tons of tickets. We thought if you had bought something with that much money, you would want to know what happened to them."
The precious tickets, bound for the regional headquarters of Wachovia bank, tumbled out the back of a UPS truck Monday and were strewn across the streets of Summit - just waiting for someone to grab.
The Summit Ten could have kept the bounty. After all, wasn't "finders keepers" meant for this kind of thing?
Instead, the seventh-graders turned over the tickets to the Summit police and earned the honor and reward that come from doing the right thing.
"It's been pretty amazing," Osmun said.
Yankee owner George Steinbrenner applauded the kids' honesty, and invited them, along with three guests each, to Thursday's division-clincher against the Minnesota Twins. For some of the boys, it was their first trip to Yankee Stadium.
"It's a tribute to their honesty and total integrity," Steinbrenner said in a statement relayed by spokesman Howard Rubenstein. "Those kids showed true spirit."
Wachovia plans to invite the kids and their parents to see a New Jersey Nets game in December from the bank's corporate box.
But it seems only fair for the boys - who passed up a chance to see the Yanks in the playoffs - to experience October magic in Yankee Stadium.
So the Daily News will treat the boys next week to prime box seats to Game 2 of the American League Division Series.
"That's great!" said Matt Rea, 12.
Of Wachovia's 70 missing tickets, 66 were found and turned over to Summit police.
Corey Platt, 12, said some of his school friends initially thought it was "messed up and retarded" to turn in the tickets.
"Yeah, they did think we were crazy," said Patrick Huck, 12. "But we couldn't keep 'em."
Still, the boys were unprepared for the hoopla their decision would create.
Elizabeth Platt, Corey's mom, said the response has been a bit overwhelming. Her son was supposed to serve detention Thursday for missing a homework assignment. But detention was put off until next week so he could go to the Yankee game.
"Corey hasn't been the greatest student at school, so it's good to see him be recognized this way for doing something good," she said. "I just don't want all the attention to make him think that there's always a reward for doing the right thing."
: DUMB... DUMB-DUMB-DUMB-DUMB-DUMB-DUMB, EVEN THOUGHT I AM A DIE HARD METS FANS, THESE KIDS DISPLAYED THE PART OF AMERICAN SOCIETY THAT WILL BE FAILURES AND DUMB PEOPLE FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES...... DUUUUUUUUUMB... OK LET ME EXPLAIN...... $20,000+ IN YANKEE TICKETS... AVERAGE BASE TKT FOR A PLAYOFF GAME IN YANKEE STADIUM SELLS FOR $200, SCALPERS SELL THEM FOR $3,500 ON AVG OR LESS.. NOW IF HAVE $20,000 IN TKTS, YOU HAVE ABOUT 100+ TO SELL AT 3,500 A POP... IN TOTAL YOUR MAKING OVER $350,000, AND THAT CAN SPLIT FOR ALOT OF ICE CREAM.. SO OBVIOUSLY FAILING IN SCHOOL IS SOMETHING THEY WILL OBTAIN IN THE NEAR FUTURE... WHAT BOTHERS ME THE MOST IS THAT THEY RETURNED THEM AND THEY GET A CHEAP REWARD..... THEY GOT TO SEE A "YANKEE GAME" WHEN THEY CLINCHED THE A.L. EAST.... CHEAP GIFT!!! WHAT IF THEY LOST ?? I MEAN THATS A TOTAL WASTE OF A GAME TO GO SEE.... WACHOVIA IS EVEN CHEAPER!!!! GOING TO SEE A NETS GAME, UMM LAST I CHECKED JASON KIDD WANTS OUT.. I THINK THE GAME THEY GO TO WILL BE PROLLY WHEN THE NETS GET BEAT BY THE KINGS LIKE 100-0..."Corey Platt, 12, said some of his school friends initially thought it was "messed up and retarded" to turn in the tickets. "YES YOU ARE MESSED UP AND RETARDED KIDS, THEY KNEW THEY WERE IN THE MONEY, FUCK WACHOVIA AND THEIR HIGH BANKING AND MONEY TAUNTING BUSH ADMIN BUSINESS OR WHATEVER THEY ARE..... YOU LITTLE STUPID SHITS HAD THE MONEY, I WISH SOMEONE WOULD BEAT THEM... NOW FOR THE LAST BIT ... THE "OH-SO GOOD YANKEE ASS-KISSING" DAILY NEWS PAPER IS GOING TO TREAT THEM TO GAME 2 OF THE PLAYOFFS... GRANTED.. BUT WHY GAME TWO.. WHY NOT GAME 3 WHEN THEY GET SWEPT OFF IN THE FIRST ROUND ??... NOT CONFIDENT ENUFF I SEE.. STUPID BASTARDS.. OH MAN TO KICK ONE OF THESE RETARDED CITIZENS WOULD TRULY MAKE MY DAY.."Elizabeth Platt, Corey's mom, said the response has been a bit overwhelming. Her son was supposed to serve detention Thursday for missing a homework assignment. But detention was put off until next week so he could go to the Yankee game.
"Corey hasn't been the greatest student at school, so it's good to see him be recognized this way for doing something good," she said. "I just don't want all the attention to make him think that there's always a reward for doing the right thing."OK AND FOR A SMALL NOTE... HEY MOM, STOP BEING AN FAT LAZY ASSHOLE AND WATCH YOUR KIDS SCHOOL PROGRESS, IF HES NOT DOING HIS HOMEWORK, THEN OBVIOUSLY YOU'RE NOT FOLLOWING UP ON YOUR KIDS SCHOOLING PROGRESS, GET UP OFF YOUR FAT-RICKI LAKE ASS AND MAKE SURE YOUR KID'S HOMEWORK IS BEING DONE FOR ONCE ... I MEAN SHIT HE'S SHOWING SIGNS ALLREADY THAT THE KID IS GOING TO BE PART OF OUR SOCIETY POVERTY. I LOVE TO KNOW THAT HE HAS DENTENTION, THE NEWS ALWAYS BRINGS OUT THE WORST FACT ABOUT ONE OF THESE KIDS. THIS SHIT IS FIRED
LET'S GO BOSTON!!
|Tuesday, September 14th, 2004|
Oprah: A brand new car -- for everybody!
Oprah: A brand new car -- for everybody!
Host gives cars to everyone in audience
CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- Oprah Winfrey celebrated the premiere of her 19th season by surprising each of her 276 audience members with a new car.
"We're calling this our wildest dream season, because this year on the Oprah show, no dream is too wild, no surprise too impossible to pull off," Winfrey said on the show that aired Monday.
Winfrey said the audience members were chosen because their friends or family had written about their need for a new car. One woman's young son said she drove a car that "looks like she got into a gunfight"; another couple had almost 400,000 miles on their two vehicles.
Making sure the audience was kept in suspense, Winfrey opened the show by calling 11 people onto the stage. She gave each of them a car -- a Pontiac G6.
She then had gift boxes distributed to the rest of the audience and said one of the boxes contained keys to a 12th car. But when everyone opened the boxes, each had a set of keys.
"Everybody gets a car! Everybody gets a car! Everybody gets a car!" Winfrey yelled as she jumped up and down on the stage.
The audience screamed, cried and hugged each other -- then followed Winfrey out to the parking lot of her Harpo Studios to see their Pontiacs, all decorated with giant red bows.
The cars, which retail for $28,000, were donated by Pontiac.
"A little idea grew into a big idea," Mary Henige of Pontiac told The Associated Press.
She added that Pontiac will pay for the taxes and the customizing of the cars.
In other segments on the show, taped Thursday, Winfrey surprised a 20-year-old girl who had spent years in foster care and homeless shelters with a four-year college scholarship, a makeover and $10,000 in clothes. And a family with eight foster children who were going to be kicked out of their house were given $130,000 to buy and repair the home.
"The Oprah Winfrey Show," which debuted in 1986, is syndicated to 212 domestic markets and 109 countries.
--------------------------- KD EDITORIAL
: NOW HERE IS WHERE THE WORD POLITICALLY INCORRECT SHOULD BE POSTED.... THE NEWS LIKES TO SAY THE AUDIENCE, BUT REALLY OF COURSE IT WAS ALL WOMEN THAT GOT A NEW CAR, AND THE FACT THAT IT WAS A SELECTIVE AUDIENCE OF WOMEN, MEANS THAT OPRAH IS A FEMINIST. THIS PROVES ENUFF TO SAY THAT ANYONE THAT WATCHS OPRAH IS A FEMINIST. NOW I KNOW THAT PEOPLE BATTLE THE FACT THAT GUYS WOULDNT GO TO OPRAH, AND THAT IS LEGIBALLY TRUE BUT WHAT ABOUT THE GAYS THAT ADORE OPRAH ?? DO YOU THINK THAT SHE WOULD BRING A GAY GUY THERE TO WIN A NEW CAR??? NEVER... HAHA EVEN WORSE DID U SEE THAT BLACK GIRL JUMP UP FIRST WHEN SHE THOUGHT THERE WAS A 12TH KEY?? FIGUES A BLACK WOMAN WOULD GET EXCITED OVER A PONTIAC... YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN..
|Monday, August 30th, 2004|
PRIDE OVER FAME?
PRIDE OVER FAME
Hamm, and others skip out on Olympics for MTV
NEW YORK - Olympic competitors like Paul Hamm (news - web sites) and Carly Patterson (news - web sites) are skipping out of the closing ceremony in Athens and heading to Miami for the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday, the New York Daily News reported.
Hamm is embroiled in controversy after president of the International Gymnastics Federation asked him to give up his all-around gold medal as the ultimate show of sportsmanship after a scoring error cost a South Korean athlete the medal.
But the leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee took offense to that request and told the federation, known as FIG, to take responsibility for its own problem, not shift it over to Hamm.
Hamm, of Waukesha, Wis., also won two silver meals. Patterson, of Baton Rouge, La., won a gold and two silver medals in artistic gymnastics.
The Video Music Awards, which always has been held in either New York or Los Angeles, is venturing into new territory this year with the Miami show. The network plans to take advantage of the beach town: Celebrities will be ferried to the red carpet on luxury yachts.
: YA KNOW AFTER READING THIS, THE PRIDE THAT AMERICAN OLYMPIANS HAVE FOR THEIR COUNTRY IS A DISGRACE, TO KNOW THAT THEY LEFT A CEREMONY THAT SHOWS PRIDE AND JOY FOR THIER COUNTRY TO BE APART OF THE FAMOUS AND EXTEND THEIR 15MINS OF FAME IS A JOKE, I DESPISE PAUL HAMM AND HOPES HE GIVES UP HIS GOLD MEDAL CUZ HE IS NOT A TRUE MEDALIST IN THE END AFTER ALL, BAD MOVE ASSHOLE. PEOPLE WORK THEIR LIVES TO WIN OLYMPIC GLORY AND NOW HE SHOWS OH OK I WON MY MEDALS NOW I GOTTA GET TO THE VMA'S FOR MTV. SOMEONE SHOUDL SERIOUSLY SHOOT PAUL HAMM...
|Friday, August 27th, 2004|
Be a sport and give up the gold, officials tell Hamm
Be a sport and give up the gold, officials tell Hamm
ATHENS, Greece - World gymnastics officials asked Paul Hamm to give up his gold medal as the ultimate show of sportsmanship, but the U.S. Olympic Committee told them to take responsibility for their own mistakes and refused even to deliver the request.
In a dispute over scores that has turned into a political squabble, the head of the International Gymnastics Federation suggested in a letter to Hamm that giving the all-around gold medal to South Korea's Yang Tae-young "would be recognized as the ultimate demonstration of fair play by the whole world."
FIG president Bruno Grandi tried to send the letter Thursday night to Hamm through the USOC, which declined to pass it along.
In a letter back to Grandi, USOC secretary general Jim Scherr called the request "a blatant and inappropriate attempt on the part of (FIG) to once again shift responsibility for its own mistakes and instead pressure Mr. Hamm into resolving what has become an embarrassing situation for your federation."
"The USOC finds this request to be improper, outrageous and so far beyond the bounds of what is acceptable that it refuses to transmit the letter to Mr. Hamm," the letter said.
Hamm returned to the United States earlier this week. He declined comment Friday through his agent, but he has said in the past that he has no intention of giving up his medal unless ordered to do so by FIG.
Yang, the bronze medalist, was wrongly docked a tenth of a point on his parallel bars routine and finished third, 0.049 points behind Hamm. Add the extra 0.100, and Yang would have finished 0.051 points ahead of Hamm.
Three judges were suspended after the error was discovered, but FIG said the results would stand.
Grandi said he believed the issue was closed until he learned of Hamm's previous comment.
"For me, maybe he could have said, `I have won the gold medal and the FIG just has to tell me whether it maintains the results or not,'" Grandi said. "And not make a statement whether he would return the gold medal if we asked him to."
Although Grandi's letter says, "The true winner of the all-around competition is Yang Tae-young," the FIG president insisted he's not pressuring Hamm.
"There is no doubt he has won the medal," Grandi said. "He deserves the medal and the ranking is clear. ... I respect totally Paul Hamm and all the decisions he makes. If he says give back the medal, I respect it. Don't give back the medal, I respect the decision. He is not responsible for anything."
The USOC had a much different interpretation.
"I don't know of any comparison in any sport anywhere where you crown an athlete, crown a team and then say, `Oh, that was a mistake. Would you fix this for us?'" USOC chairman Peter Ueberroth said.
Ueberroth said the USOC considers the case closed, based on the FIG ruling that the scores cannot be changed. He also cited a statement from International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge, who said the IOC would stick with the results turned in by the federation and wouldn't step in unless there were clear signs of impropriety.
"We are not going to give medals for so-called humanitarian or emotional reasons," Rogge said.
Grandi seemed to be appealing to Hamm's emotions. Above the "Dear Paul" greeting on Grandi's letter, the word "FAIRPLAY" was capitalized and printed in bold, black letters.
"The FIG and the IOC would highly appreciate the magnitude of this gesture," the letter said.
Earlier in the week, the USOC said it was willing to consider supporting the South Koreans' bid for a second gold medal. Scherr said that was no longer possible because of FIG's latest request. He said he regretted not coming out in support of Hamm as soon as the controversy began.
"I think we were at fault for not more strongly, more directly, showing our support for Paul," Scherr said. "I wish we would have done that more strongly and earlier."
------------------ KD EDITORIAL
: NOW WHAT THE FUCK, THIS GOLD MEDAL BULLSHIT HAS GOT TO STOP SERIOUSLY, THE OLYMPICS PITS THE BEST OF TEH BEST AND THATS THAT... THE JUDGES MADE THE ERRORS AND THATS THAT.. BUT WHAT THE BIG ISSUE IS HAMM BEING A BIG MOUTH IN THE BEGINNING THAT SPARKED THIS... HOW DO U JUDGE AN ERROR FROM A JUDGES POINT? 1/10TH OF A POINT ?? DO U THINK UMPIRES CALL BALLS AND STRIKES FAIR ALWAYS ???? WHAT ABOUT A FOOTBALL REF?? THESE ARE $$$ SPORTS, THIS IS ALL THE MONEY GAMES HERE.. NOT THE OLYMPICS, WHAT I DONT GET IS.. WHY DONT THEY JUST MAKE ANOTHER GOLD MEDAL FOR THE GOOK AND CALL A DOUBLE GOLD MEDALISTS, NOT THIS "OH HE WON BRONZE" JUNK, WHO CARES.. ITS WASTING TIME ADN ITS EVEN STUPIDER FOR THE DAILYJEWS(NEWS) TO BE ON TOP OF IT LIKE ITS A BREAKING STORY..
HAMM FROM ME TO YOU
GIVE UP THE GOLD, YOUR ROUTINE WASNT AS GOOD AT THE GOOKS FROM S.K. ANYWAYS.... IF YOU DONT, YOU WILL LOOK LIKE A SELFISH GREEDY BASTARD.. THE STUPIDER PART IS THAT THIS PEANUT HAS AN AGENT ??? AN
AGENT FOR A GYMNAST?!?!?! WHATS NEXT.. THE BALL BOY WILL GET A BROKER... ITS OVER
|Thursday, August 26th, 2004|
Wrath of Debbie
Wrath of Debbie
Stock scam cons thousands, wrecks a marriage
A new telephone stock scam - which has burned thousands of gullible investors around the country - is now even being blamed for breaking up a marriage.
The scam involves an innocent sounding woman named Debbie who leaves a message "by mistake" on your answering machine for her friend Tracy touting a tip from a "hot stock exchange guy."
The idea is to trick you into investing in the phony tip by thinking you've gotten lucky. Then Debbie and her fellow con artists can sell their inflated shares at a big profit - leaving all the suckers to lose money.
Last week, when the Daily News first wrote about the scam, we asked you to tell us whether you'd ever gotten a phone message from the mysterious Debbie.
One couple who responded said Debbie had cost them more than just money. The wife - who asked that her name not be used - told The News she and her husband received a phone message from Debbie on their answering machine in which she touted the phony tip.
Unfortunately for the suspicious wife, the answering machine didn't record the first part of the stock tout message for Debbie's fictional friend.
But it did catch Debbie at the end of the message, saying: "I love you."
Four days of fighting later, the couple have divided their new Texas house in half - and her husband wants a divorce.
The woman says they can't reconcile after the bizarre mixup.
And she can't help thinking how much better life would be if Debbie hadn't called.
"I'm very angry," said the 43-year-old woman, who only learned of the scam after the damage was done. "What they did is unconscionable. I would like to see them go down."
Dave Dorsett, a 69-year-old cameraman who lives in Cranford, N.J., and works for the "Late Show With David Letterman," was at a house he owns in Fort Myers, Fla., checking on damage from Hurricane Charley when he got the call from Debbie.
"We just got phone service back, and this is one of my first calls," said Dorsett. "I couldn't believe it."
He insists he wasn't even slightly tempted. "Come on, we're New Yorkers. I knew it was a scam."
Others say the scam was convincing.
"We came close" to spending more than $2,000, said Joanne Miller of Spring Hill, Fla. Miller's sister Doreen Niestemski of Bayonne, N.J., eventually talked her out of it. "I smelled a rat," she said.
Steve Andree, a heavy equipment operator in Connecticut, also considered a purchase. "At first, you're wondering, if this is legit, is this your lucky day?"
New Jersey Assembly Banking and Insurance Committee Chairman Neil Cohen was stunned when he got one of these calls - and promised to take action.
Cohen is drafting legislation to boost civil penalties to 10 times the losses investors suffer.
Meanwhile, the bitter Texas woman is hoping she can go head to head with those who poisoned her marriage. "I'm praying that these people get caught," she said.
------------------KD EDITORIAL: I GOT ONE WORD FOR THEM ALL
HAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHA GOOD STUPID CHEAP JEW BASTARDS NOW ALL POOR.. LMAO.. GO DEBBIE GO!! GO!! GO!!
Hamm tells Letterman he wouldn't want to share all-around gold
'I won the event'
Hamm tells Letterman he wouldn't want to share all-around gold
NEW YORK (AP) -- Olympic all-around champion Paul Hamm said Wednesday he would prefer not to share his gold medal with South Korea's Yang Tae-young despite a judging mistake that ultimately cost Yang the gold.
In an interview on CBS' "The Late Show with David Letterman," Hamm was asked about having another gold medal issued for Yang.
"I personally feel in my heart I was the Olympic champion that night," Hamm said. "I would be a little bit upset if another gold medal was awarded because I really felt I won the event."
The studio audience agreed, applauding and chanting, "U-S-A! U-S-A!"
After a disastrous fall on the vault, Hamm dropped from first place after three rotations to 12th after four. He followed with brilliant performances on the parallel bars and high bar, allowing him to edge Yang, who finished with the bronze, just 0.049 points behind.
But the judges failed to give Yang enough points for the level of difficulty on the parallel bars. That triggered an uproar, with South Korea lobbying for another gold medal.
Officials of the International Gymnastics Federation, or FIG, suspended three judges and acknowledged Yang should have been awarded more points for his routine based on the degree of difficulty. Had he been given the correct score, Yang would have won the gold and Hamm the silver.
The suspensions puzzled Hamm, who said a review of the tape also showed the judges missed a mistake in Yang's routine.
"What's unusual is these mistakes with the start scores are made all the time throughout these Olympics," Hamm said. "It was strange they ended up sanctioning those judges when other judges made those mistakes as well."
"So if you're upset about any of this," Letterman told the studio audience, "send your e-mails to FIG."
Hamm said his first days as an Olympic champion have not been what he expected, given the constant questions and suggestions of how he should handle the mess.
"Do you mind if I bother you a little more?" Letterman quipped. "If you get fed up, just hit me with one of your medals."
Hamm detailed his amazing comeback victory in the all-around and his silver-medal performance in the high bar, which was preceded by boos from the crowd because it was unhappy with a score given to the previous competitor, Russia's Alexei Nemov.
All the booing during the high bar competition left Hamm with few expectations as he began his routine, he said.
"I'd never been put in a situation like that before," he said.
To which Letterman replied, "I've had that where people start booing me Monday night and they are still booing on Tuesday."
---------------- KD Editorial
: WHAT A GREEDY GOD DAMN FUCKING LOSER PAUL HAMM IS... OVERALL THE OLYMPICS IS TO PUT THE BEST ATHLETES ON THE PLANET TO COMPETE FOR A GOLD MEDAL, FIRST I DONT GET WHATS THE BIG DEAL ABOUT A GOLD MEDAL, ITS NOT LIKE YOUR GOING TO BE A STAR AFTER THIS, ITS ALL TRULY ABOUT FAME HERE, NOT ABOUT AMERICAN PRIDE... VERY STUPID FOR AMERICANS TO ACT LIKE THAT ONCE AGAIN, THE GREED HERE INSLATES THAT CAPTAIN AMERICA THINKS HE WAS THE CHAMPION THAT NIGHT, YET THE SOUTH KOREAN WAS JUST AS EQUALLY GOOD, JUST JUDGING WAS INCORRECT. I WOULD GIVE A GOLD TO SK JUST TO SHUT THEM UP AND THEN STRIP HAMM'S GOLD FOR BEING A SORE SPORT IN THE END AND TARNISH HIS GOLD MEDAL ... I LAFF AT HOW THE PEOPLE STARTED CHANTING "USA, USA" AS IF THEY TRULY HAD PRIDE FROM THE GET GO, NOBODYS EVEN WATCHING THESE OLYMPICS, AS WELL AS THE FUNNIER FACT THAT AFTER 9/11, THE "AMERICAN PRIDE" CAME OUT IN THE WAVING OF AMERICAN FLAGS, THEN IT BECAME A SPORT , SEEING WHO WAS "MOST PATRIOTIC AND HAD FLAGS DECALED ALL OVER THEIR CARS, I MEAN, SHEESH ITS BAD ENUFF, BUT NOW COMPETING OVER WHO HAS THE MOST FLAGS. WHEN WILL THIS GREEDINESS OF AMERICAN END??? WE ALL SHARE AND SHARE ALIKE....
|Wednesday, August 25th, 2004|
|Monday, August 23rd, 2004|
Longtime customers wed at Wal-Mart
Longtime customers wed at Wal-Mart
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Somewhere between the junk food aisle and the automotive department, Pat Byrd and Bill Hughes fell in love.
So it was only natural that they should marry where the magic happened -- Wal-Mart.
"It never dawned on me to have it anyplace else," said the 55-year-old bride.
Neither bride nor groom work at the discount store. Still, they spend more time there than many employees do, wandering the aisles and visiting friends for up to six hours a day, nearly every day since the store opened two years ago.
"I talk to people and walk around for exercise, and we always buy a soda or a sandwich or something," 51-year-old Hughes said. "If we're not here, the store people worry about us. They're our family."
Both Pat Byrd and Bill Hughes are disabled. They met nine years ago, when Bill was a patient at a North Idaho hospital and so was Pat's sister.
"He became a good friend, and when my sister died, we kept him in the family," she said. "He doesn't drive, and any time he went to Wal-Mart, I'd take him."
They celebrated their blooming love with a ceremony Friday in Wal-Mart's garden center. The store manager was a groomsman, and a fabric department employee was matron of honor.
A garden center employee, Chuck Foruria, walked alongside Pat as she rode her motorized shopping cart down the makeshift aisle, her oxygen tank in the basket.
"Who gives this woman in marriage?" asked Stacey Garza of the Free Will Church.
"Her friends and family at Wal-Mart," Foruria replied.
: IT FIGURES THAT 2 RETARDS HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO BUT GET MARRIED AT A STORE LIKE WALMARTS, SINCE TEIR FIRST MET THEIR.. WHAT IS THIS ??? WAL-MART IS NOW BECOMING A 24 CHAPEL AS WELL?? . GO PAY FOR A REAL WEDDING, BOTH RETARDS GET DISABLED CHECKS, WHY NOT COMBINE THEM AND PAY FOR A REAL WEDDING, WALMART OF ALL PLACES.. I MEAN SHIT THEY EVEN HAD FAKE FRIENDS: The store manager was a groomsman, and a fabric department employee was matron of honor.
WHERE ARE THE REAL FRIENDS??? HAHAAH THIS IS JUST A CRACK UP A garden center employee, Chuck Foruria, walked alongside Pat as she rode her motorized shopping cart down the makeshift aisle, her oxygen tank in the basket.... OMG AN OXYGEN TANK, NOW THATS JUST TERRIBLE.. 55 AND WANTING TO WED.. WHEN THEY HAVE SEX.. WHERE DOES THE OXYGEN TANK GO??? PUT HER IN AN IRON LUNG OR OUT OF HER MYSERY, IM TIRED OF MY TAX DOLLARS PAYING FOR THE DISABLED, WHEN YOUR OUT.. YOU SHOULD BE PUT THE FUK OUT!!!.. FIRED
Mob targeted Rudy
Mob targeted Rudy
Persico wanted him whacked in '86 to avenge life sentence
The mob assembled a team of hit men to whack Rudy Giuliani nearly two decades ago, when the future mayor was a Mafia-busting federal prosecutor, the Daily News has learned.
The extraordinary plot was set into motion after Giuliani, then Manhattan U.S. attorney, sent Colombo boss Carmine (The Snake) Persico to prison for life after a historic 1986 mob trial dubbed The Commission Case, several law enforcement sources said.
Persico ordered Joel (Joe Waverly) Cacace, then a rising star in the crime family, to put together a team of mobsters to kill Giuliani and George Aronwald, who once worked in the Justice Department's Organized Crime Strike Force, sources said.
"The Colombos wanted to send a message. They wanted Rudy and Aronwald dead," said one investigator with direct knowledge of the conspiracy to whack Giuliani.
Prosecutors believe Cacace wrote "Aronwald" on a slip of paper and showed it to mobster brothers Enrico and Vincent Carini, along with a third hit man, Frank Smith.
But the bungling hit squad mistakenly killed Aronwald's 78-year-old father, an administrative law judge who ruled on city parking tickets, instead.
The Giuliani murder plot was slated to be revealed during Cacace's trial on murder and racketeering charges in Brooklyn Federal Court, several law enforcement sources said.
But the reputed acting Colombo boss pleaded guilty to racketeering charges on Aug. 13, admitting his role in the Aronwald murder and another homicide.
"In March 1987, I passed a message to someone," Cacace, 63, said during his guilty plea.
"I know that by passing the message a person would be killed," he said.
During Cacace's plea, Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Notopoulos said, "People were to be killed because of the manner in which they engaged in certain prosecutions."
Prosecutors refused comment on whether one of those people was Giuliani.
Months after the Aronwald murder, the Carini brothers were whacked, found in separate cars on a Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, block.
Smith is now a government witness and told investigators about the Giuliani murder plot, law enforcement sources said.
Giuliani recently was alerted that he had been marked for death but brushed off the Colombo contract as an occupational hazard of a prosecutor targeting the mob, sources said.
A spokeswoman for Giuliani, Sunny Mindel, said the former mayor was traveling and could not be reached for comment.
Under his plea deal, Cacace is expected to get 20 years in prison - but could be hit with other charges.
His sentence likely will put an end to a storied mob career that included two attempts on his life.
In 1976, when he was a florist in Brooklyn, three holdup men tried to force Cacace into his car at gunpoint. Cacace was shot in the chest but managed to grab the weapon from one of the men and opened fire, killing him.
The two others leaped from the car as the critically wounded Cacace drove to the 61st Precinct station with a dead body in his backseat.
In 1992, Cacace was ambushed outside a Sheepshead Bay social club by a gunman with a rifle. Shot in the chest and testicles, Cacace dropped his dry cleaning and returned fire.
: I WISH THIS JOB WAS FULLFILLED, I WONDER WHAT STOPPED HIM, I HATED GUILIANI FOR MANY REASONS, BUT THE MOST WAS TAKING AWAY OUR INDEPENDENCE DAY WITH LOSS OF MY FIREWORKS!!!! MY FUKIN FIREWORKS WERE STOLEN FROM THE GUILIANI ADMIN CALLED COPS.. FUCK HIM I WISH THEY PUT A HIT ON HIM, THE MOB WOULD HAVE BEEN MY HERO AT THAT EXACT MOMENT, BUT OH WELL YA CANT GO WITH EVERYTONG IN LIFE... IM ANNOYED AT THIS NOW.. STUPID MAFIDIOTS!
|Friday, August 20th, 2004|
Wheat-allergic girl denied Communion
Wheat-allergic girl denied Communion
BRIELLE, New Jersey (AP) -- An 8-year-old girl who suffers from a rare digestive disorder and cannot eat wheat has had her first Holy Communion declared invalid because the wafer contained no wheat, violating Roman Catholic doctrine.
Now, Haley Waldman's mother is pushing the Diocese of Trenton and the Vatican to make an exception, saying the girl's condition should not exclude her from the sacrament, which commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ before his crucifixion. The mother believes a rice Communion wafer would suffice.
"It's just not a viable option. How does it corrupt the tradition of the Last Supper? It's just rice versus wheat," said Elizabeth Pelly-Waldman.
Church doctrine holds that Communion wafers, like the bread served at the Last Supper, must have at least some unleavened wheat. Church leaders are reluctant to change anything about the sacrament.
"This is not an issue to be determined at the diocesan or parish level, but has already been decided for the Roman Catholic Church throughout the world by Vatican authority," Trenton Bishop John M. Smith said in a statement last week.
Haley was diagnosed with celiac sprue disease when she was 5. The disorder occurs in people with a genetic intolerance of gluten, a food protein contained in wheat and other grains.
When consumed by celiac sufferers, gluten damages the lining of the small intestine, blocking nutrient absorption and leading to vitamin deficiencies, bone-thinning and sometimes gastrointestinal cancer.
The diocese has told Haley's mother that the girl can receive a low-gluten wafer, or just drink wine at Communion, but that anything without gluten does not qualify. Pelly-Waldman rejected the offer, saying her child could be harmed by even a small amount of the substance.
Haley's Communion controversy isn't the first. In 2001, the family of a 5-year-old Massachusetts girl with the disease left the Catholic church after being denied permission to use a rice wafer.
Some Catholic churches allow no-gluten hosts, while others do not, said Elaine Monarch, executive director of the Celiac Disease Foundation, a California-based support group for sufferers.
"It is an undue hardship on a person who wants to practice their religion and needs to compromise their health to do so," Monarch said.
The church has similar rules for Communion wine. For alcoholics, the church allows a substitute for wine under some circumstances, however the drink must still be fermented from grapes and contain some alcohol. Grape juice is not a valid substitute.
Haley, a shy, brown-haired tomboy who loves surfing and hates wearing dresses, realizes the consequences of taking a wheat wafer.
"I'm on a gluten-free diet because I can't have wheat. I could die," she said last week.
Last year, as the third grader approached Holy Communion age in this Jersey Shore town, her mother told officials at St. Denis Catholic Church in Manasquan that the girl could not have the standard host.
After the church's pastor refused to allow a substitute, a priest at a nearby parish volunteered to offer one, and in May, Haley wore a white Communion dress, and received the sacrament alongside her mother, who had not taken Communion since she herself was diagnosed with the disease.
Last month, the diocese told the priest that the church would not validate Haley's sacrament because of the substitute wafer.
"I struggled with telling her that the sacrament did not happen," said Pelly-Waldman. "She lives in a world of rules. She says 'Mommy, do we want to break a rule? Are we breaking a rule?"'
Pelly-Waldman is seeking help from the Pope and has written to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome, challenging the church's policy.
"This is a church rule, not God's will, and it can easily be adjusted to meet the needs of the people, while staying true to the traditions of our faith," Pelly-Waldman wrote in the letter.
Pelly-Waldman -- who is still attending Mass every Sunday with her four children -- said she is not out to bash the church, just to change the policy that affects her daughter.
"I'm hopeful. Do I think it will be a long road to change? Yes. But I'm raising an awareness and I'm taking it one step at a time," she said.
: HAHAH JUST LIKE THIS COUNTRY IS SUCKING THE PEOPLE DRY OF THEIR HARD EARNED CASH, THE CHURCH SYSTEM SUCKS A GIRLS COMMUNION AWAY FROM HER. WELL WHAT I DONT GET IS THIS WHOLE BELIEF THERE IS A GOD AND EVERYTHING HE STANDS FOR WILL HAPPEN.. WELL I DO BELIEVE THERE IS MIRACLES FROM SOMETHING, BUT NOT FROM A PRESTIGIOUS GOD, JUST A SPIRIT. NOT TO BOTHER ABOUT HOW MUCH THE CHURCH LAWS ARE FAKE AND MANMADE THAT THEY CANT GO AROUND THIS... REMEMBER CHURCH PEOPLE, GOD WILL TAKE YOU IN REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU ARE OR HOW YOU ACT.. ITS NOT CUZ OF $$, THATS MAN MADE.. AND FUCK THE POPE, I HOPE HE DIES SOON .. I'D LOVE TO SHOOT DOWN HIS WINDOW
|Thursday, August 19th, 2004|
More (Stupid)News than you can shake a stick at from CLG.org
Bear Rejects Busch! (WA) A Bear in the woods refused to be Bush-whacked, drinking an off-brand beer over Busch beer. When state Fish and Wildlife agents recently found a black bear passed out on the lawn of Baker Lake Resort, there were some clues scattered nearby dozens of empty cans of Rainier Beer. The bear apparently got into campers' coolers and used his claws and teeth to puncture the cans. "He drank the Rainier and wouldn't drink the Busch beer," said Lisa Broxson, bookkeeper at the campground and cabins resort east of Mount Baker. Fish and Wildlife enforcement Sgt. Bill Heinck said the bear did try one can of Busch, but ignored the rest. "He didn't like that (Busch) and consumed, as near as we can tell, about 36 cans of Rainier." [He's smarter than the average bear!]
GOP Legislator Assails Iraq War --Nebraskan Criticizes Bush Regime as He Ends 13th Term --A senior Republican has broken from his party in the final days of his House career, saying he believes that the U.S. military assault on Iraq was unjustified and that the situation has deteriorated into "a dangerous, costly mess." "I've reached the conclusion, retrospectively, now that the inadequate intelligence and faulty conclusions are being revealed, that all things being considered, it was a mistake to launch that military action," Rep. Doug Bereuter wrote to constituents.
57-year-old veteran called for duty --He's 57 years old, afflicted with skin cancer, partially deaf and suffers from high blood pressure. But the U.S. Army still wants Master Sgt. Luis Jaime Treviño. On July 14, the Vietnam and Desert Storm veteran received his third order to report to active duty - mobilized for Operation Iraqi Freedom [sic].
WTF ????? Current Mood: cranky
|Tuesday, August 17th, 2004|
LA takes silly string seriously
LA takes silly string seriously
LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- "Silly string," a colorful aerosol foam that children spray on each other, is not so silly after all, at least not in Los Angeles.
The city council voted Tuesday to ban the use of the string-like plastic derivative in Hollywood on Halloween because of environmental and security concerns.
Liberal use of the stringy foam by Halloween revelers had sparked fights in years past on Hollywood Boulevard, officials said.
"People get a little crazed at the end of the evening and they shoot the spray into each other's faces," said Jane Galbraith, spokeswoman for ban sponsor Councilman Tom LaBonge.
Merchants complained it was hard to clean up, while environmentalists charged that it harmed marine life when it drained from the streets into the ocean because it was not biodegradable.
"It's not silly at all," LaBonge told reporters.
The council voted 10-0 in favor of the ban and must approve the ordinance one more time for it to become law.
Galbraith said silly string offenders would face fines between $200 and $1,000
KD EDITORIAL: WELL FIRST OFF, CALIFORNIA OFFICIALS HAS NOTHING BETTER TO DO THAN BAN SILLY FUCKING STRING FROM KIDS, WHILE THEY FACE A MAJOR DILEMMA IN THE SCHOOLING PROGRAMS ACROSS THEIR STATE. NOW ONTO THE FUN, ITS SILLY STRING, ITS NOT EGGING, SHAVING CREAM, TOLIET PAPERING OR EVEN NAIRING... ITS FOAM... FUCKING FOAM.. WOULD YOU RATHER ME THROW AN EGG AT YOUR FACE ON HALLOWEEN AND STAB AN EYE OUT, SO THEY CAN BAN EGGS FOR SALE?!?!? THIS IS A WASTE OF A LAW LIKE THE ONE IN NJ THAT YOU CANT BUY ICE CREAM AFTER 6PM ON SUNDAY WITHOUT A DOCTORS NOTE IN NEWARK.. I HAVE TO SAY IF I EVER SEE THESE LAWMAKERS OF THE WORLD, I WOULD LOVE TO FILL THEIR HEADS WITH JELLO AND KICK THEIR ASSES IN.. THIS LAW NEEDS TO BE FIRED
'The baby's dying!, He's dying! He's choking!'
'The baby's dying!
He's dying! He's choking!'
Family trip to the movies turns tragic when
3-year-old chokes to death on his popcorn
Eddie Riley consoles his wife, Elaine McIntosh, who breaks down while explaining how her 3-year-old son, Deonte Riley, choked to death on popcorn at the movies on Sunday.
The movie was only a few minutes old when Elaine McIntosh knew something was horribly wrong.
Her 3-year-old son started gasping for air, choking to death on a mouthful of popcorn.
"I told my husband, I said, 'Eddie, take the baby, take the baby, the baby's dying. He's dying, he's choking, he's dying!'"
Despite the heroic efforts of a nurse, cops and paramedics, little Deonte Riley died minutes later.
"The baby was gone," McIntosh recalled yesterday. "He was gone. He died in my husband's arms."
The tragedy occurred Sunday night at the Sunrise Multiplex Cinemas in Valley Stream, L.I., where the Queens family was enjoying a rare evening out.
McIntosh and her husband, Eddie Riley, had decided to take Deonte and his 13-year-old brother, Eddie Jr., to see "Alien vs. Predator" because the children loved monsters.
They missed the 5:15 p.m. showing and decided to kill time until the 6:35 p.m. show.
They bought popcorn and hot dogs from the concession stand. Little Deonte busied himself near the video games, feeding quarters into the slots.
"He was jumping, laughing, talking, we even took pictures," McIntosh, 41, recalled.
When they entered the theater, McIntosh remembered looking over at Deonte's seat during the previews to "make sure he was okay because he moves so much."
Tragedy struck about 15 minutes into the film.
"At one point when I looked, he started gasping, he started looking [scared]. I pat him on the back as hard as I can.
"Nothing came out. He was beside me."
McIntosh broke down in tears, then tried to compose herself.
"The next thing I know he was jumping up and down. I tried to pat his back. I had no response. I gave him to my husband. I said, 'The baby's dying! Help!'"
Riley ran with Deonte to a nearby bathroom, where he - and later a registered nurse who happened to be at the movies - tried clearing his airway with their fingers and performing the Heimlich maneuver.
"I was freaking out," Riley said. "I was trying everything. ... I was trying to put my finger down his throat. I didn't feel anything."
Riley said he struggled with the Heimlich because Deonte's little "body was so limp. Every time I tried to do it, he was just flopping around. I was trying not to hurt my own son, while trying to revive him at the same time."
When the nurse's efforts failed, Riley, 36, said he grabbed Deonte and ran him into the lobby, where guards took him outside.
Several Nassau County cops performed CPR on the child atop their patrol car until paramedics arrived and inserted a tube into his trachea and rushed him to Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, L.I. Deonte was pronounced dead less than an hour later.
"We were trying everything to bring the baby's life back. But nobody could have saved him. Nobody," McIntosh lamented.
The trip to the movies was supposed to be fun for a family that had been down on its luck.
A special education teacher for the city for six years, McIntosh said she was laid off last year because of budget cuts, triggering a downward spiral. In February, they were evicted after not being able to pay the rent in their Jamaica apartment.
After bouncing around homeless shelters, they moved to the Briarwood, a residence in Kew Gardens for homeless families.
But their fortunes were starting to improve. Her husband had just gotten a job in June as a security guard in the Bronx. Her brother, Steven, had given them a 1997 Chrysler Cirrus and they were planning to move in September to Jacksonville, Fla., where she said she had an education job lined up.
She was so devastated by Deonte's death that she lay down in the rain-slicked street yesterday in front of her homeless shelter.
"A car almost ran me over. The [shelter's] director stopped the car," she said. "I just felt like I wanted to be with my baby where he is now. ... I know he can't come back. He's in a better place now. But I miss him."
Compounding her misery is the fact that her family cannot afford a funeral for the child.
"We don't have any money to pay for the burial for the baby," she cried. "We have nothing."
KD Editorial: ORIGINALLY I WAS GOING TO TOTALLY GO OFF ON THE IDEA THAT ORVILLE REDANBAUCH HAD THIS ONE COMING TO HIM GOOD, THAT POPCORN WAS THE KID'S KILLER LIKE A CLUE GAME, BUT I DID READ THE ARTICLE A FEW TIMES AND GOTTA SAY THIS ONE ISNT SO OUT OF BOUNDS, ITS A WAKE UP CALL TO AMERICANS ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY.. SINCE WHEN DOES THE MOVIE THEATERS START SELLING SUCH STALE POPCORN THAT IT KILLS PEOPLE NOW?!?!? UNBELIEVABLE, I SERIOUSLY, THINK FOR MANY REASONS THEY NEED TO OVERCOAT THAT POPCORN WITH MORE BUTTER THAN ITS WORTH INSTEAD OF THE 1-2 LICKS I GET, AND THEY IT OOZES TO THE BOTTOM, AN FRIGGIN WASTE OF MONEY .. $5.00 FOR A TUB.. TOTAL CRAP...
|Monday, August 16th, 2004|
F.B.I. Goes Knocking for Political Troublemakers
These two articles came from Citizens For Legitimate Government website/ e-mail alerts (http://www.legitgov.org/). It concerns me that something like this could happen in a free society. WTF ??? Last time I looked we had the right to protest (albet non-violently) the DNC or RNC. Its things like this that make me go WTF? Are you out of your minds this is not the 1960s and Nixon is not in office.
F.B.I. Goes Knocking for Political Troublemakers --The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been questioning political demonstrators across the country, and in rare cases even subpoenaing them, in an aggressive effort to forestall what officials say could be violent and disruptive protests at the Repugnant Nazi Carnival in New York. F.B.I. officials are urging agents to canvass their communities for information about planned disruptions aimed at the convention and other coming political events, and they say they have developed a list of people [?!?] who they think may have information about possible violence. [List *this.*]
Goss's Wish List --Bush's CIA nominee has alarmed civil libertarians with a plan that would authorize the agency to arrest U.S. citizens. Rep. Porter Goss, Dictator Bush’s nominee to head the CIA, recently introduced legislation that would give the president new authority to direct CIA agents to conduct law-enforcement operations inside the United States—including arresting American citizens. In language that until now has not gotten any public attention, the Goss bill would also redefine the authority of the director of Central Intelligence in such a way as to substantially alter—if not overturn—a 57-year-old ban on the CIA conducting operations inside the United States.
Current Mood: nauseated