You think the politics in Arizona is weird, and the politicians there are certifiable nut cases…
Wait until you hear about this republican!
You think the politics in Arizona is weird, and the politicians there are certifiable nut cases…
Wait until you hear about this republican!
It appears that one of the drugs used in the “cocktail” administered for lethal injection in many states is in short supply. So short in fact, executions may have to be delayed! There seems to be some question as to whether the company which makes the drug is just refusing to produce it, as it’s primary use anymore is lethal injection – or if there is a real shortage of raw materials to make the drug.
If it is the company intentionally not producing the drug… I can certainly understand the ethical and moral issues involved in creating a drug to save lives…
Only to see it’s principal use wind up to be taking lives.
Executions by lethal injection have been put on hold in several states because of a shortage of a key ingredient for the killer shot. Sodium thiopental—generally used to render the condemned unconscious before other drugs are injected, although Ohio and Washington use it to kill—is in short supply across the country, the AP reports. California plans to suspend executions after using the last of its supply for an execution later this week, and Kentucky’s governor has delayed signing death warrants.
The drug’s only US manufacturer, Hospira, blames the shortage on issues with the supply of raw materials and says new batches won’t be ready until January at the earliest. At least one death penalty expert, however, is skeptical of the explanation, noting that the firm objects to its products being used for executions. The company “provides these products because they improve or save lives and markets them solely for use as indicated on the product labeling,” a Hospira exec wrote in a letter to Ohio authorities earlier this year.
Do you think when the guy didn’t jump out of the car to protest the ticket…
That might have been a hint?
Nicholas Rappold was parked illegally on a New York street, so a traffic agent issued him a parking ticket. Only one problem: Rappold was dead in his car at the time. The officer apparently couldn’t see Rappold through the “heavily tinted windows,” a police source tells the New York Daily News, but family members are still upset: “It’s really messed up,” says his cousin. “While he was dead in his car, a New York City traffic agent gave him a ticket.”
Rappold had been at a friend’s house and left in the middle of the night. Early Tuesday morning, the traffic agent issued a citation because his Jeep Cherokee was illegally parked during street sweeping. No one realized he was dead for another hour, when his friend saw the vehicle outside and went to see why Rappold hadn’t left yet. No official cause of death is known, but investigators believe Rappold, who did a stint in rehab for pill abuse, overdosed. Not surprisingly, the parking summons was voided.
The Notorious Yogi-X has been in trouble with the law before. After being thrown out of New Jersey last year, he apparently immigrated to Canada, where he has formed a gang and taken over a Drug operation!
Why can’t it be a brown bear, or a Grizzly – why does it have to be a black bear?
Police in southeastern B.C. have raided a marijuana grow operation that was apparently guarded by black bears.
Officers conducting the raid two weeks ago at Christina Lake found a property with two residential buildings and a fenced-off grow-op with about 1,000 plants, police said Tuesday.
But they also found about 10 bears that the owner appeared to be using to keep people from stealing any pot plants, said RCMP Sgt. Fred Mansveld.
“[Officers] soon noticed the bears were docile and tame,” Mansveld told CBC News. “One of them jumped on our unmarked car for a while. But it soon became apparent they were habituated to the grow operation.”
It was evident the animals had lived on the property for some time, police said.
The woman accused of running the grow-op has been feeding the bears for years, one neighbour said.
Police are recommending that the woman face charges related to marijuana cultivation.
Conservation officers now have to decide what to do about the bears, which might have to be destroyed because they have become too used to human food and contact, police said.
Christina Lake is about 350 kilometres east of Vancouver.
As a former professional photographer, one of the things you struggled with in fashion photography back in the days of film…
Is the camera never lies.
As I’ve pointed out before, in the digital world, that is just not true anymore.
It’s been said the camera adds ten pounds, but what type of camera you use could make the difference between a beautiful self-portrait and a hideous one.
Research conducted by the dating website OKCupid.com found cameras manufactured by Panasonic, Canon and Sony led to more attractive photos compared to cameras manufactured by Nikon, Samsung and Kodak.
The camera most frequently used by people with attractive photos on the OKCupid.com dating website was the Panasonic Micro 4/3s, followed by the Leica Point ‘n Shoot and the Canon dSLR line of cameras.
The camera used in connection with low-rated photos included the Kodak EasyShare, the Nikon Coolpix point-and-shoot cameras and Motorola dSLR cameras.
The report says cameras with interchangeable lenses, like digital SLR cameras, generally made the difference between an attractive and an unattractive photo. Cameraphones generally produced less-than-attractive photos according to user ranks.
Among smartphones, cameras found inside the T-Mobile Sidekick, the Apple iPhone and the Sony Ericsson phone rated high among attractiveness of photos, while Palm Pre phones, Samsung Phones, Android phones and Blackberry phones rated low.
Though smartphones may take unattractive photos, the phones themselves generally make people look more attractive in terms of social status. The same study found users of the Apple iPhone had anywhere between 10 and 12 sexual partners by age 30, while users of the Blackberry phone had an average of 8 sexual partners. Android phone users had the lowest amount based on the survey with six sexual partners.
There’s an Ap for that! The Playa iPhone!
For those of you who don’t “get it” (and those that do!) -
Fans of the 50′s and 60′s American and Japanese Horror movies will remember the radioactive monsters such as Godzilla and Mothra wreaking havoc across the movie screen.
Well…. It seems that Germany has been invaded…
By radioactive pigs.
That’s right… Radioactive Pigs.
It’s no secret that Germany has a wild boar problem. Stories of marauding pigs hit the headlines with startling regularity: Ten days ago, a wild boar attacked a wheelchair-bound man in a park in Berlin; in early July, a pack of almost two dozen of the animals repeatedly marched into the eastern German town of Eisenach, frightening residents and keeping police busy; and on Friday morning, a German highway was closed for hours after 10 wild boar broke through a fence and waltzed onto the road.Even worse, though, almost a quarter century after the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown in Ukraine, a good chunk of Germany’s wild boar population remains slightly radioactive — and the phenomenon has been costing the German government an increasing amount of money in recent years. (more…)
Playa Play-on… Indeed.
This week, the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve in north Georgia, United States, welcomed the first zebra-donkey hybrid in America. The “zedonk” has a donkey for a mother and a zebra stallion for a father and it is quite a rare animal.
The animal is a mix between a zebra and donkey. With black stripes prominently displayed on her legs and face, her zebra heritage is readily apparent, but her slender face and spindly legs are more donkey-like.
Preserve keepers were rather surprised when the new “baby” was born. But contrary to what people might think, this is not the first time this has happened in the world. Apparently in 2005, a zebra gave birth to a zedonk in Barbados, and three zedonks were born in a European zoo, back in the 1970s, from a female donkey.
White tigers are more of our calling card, but this is one of the most unique animals that has ever been born here,” C.W. Wathen, the preserve’s general manager and founder said. “The animals have been running (in the fields) together for more than 40 years, but this is the first time that this has happened here. We never suspected that they (had mated), so it was quite a surprise when the zedonk was born.”
This case has rocked France, and much of the world. A French mother is found to have first had, then murdered 8 babies and buried them in the back yard. And this is the fifth time in the last 7 years cases of this have been discovered in France.
With the number of women, right here in the US of A killing their babies – this is hardly a “French Problem” – but I am not sure I buy the psychological explanation provided in the following article…
But I guess it beats Demonic possession.
As to the husband, who was apparently busy enough to make 10 babies not knowing something wasn’t right…
I am waiting for the first Burqua/Burka Murder, where an Islamic woman kills her Mullah for making her go around in an 8th century outfit…
Probably some enterprising Dr. Phil shrink will chalk it up to “style deprivation”.
The question is as horrifying as it is important to ask: Why are a rising number of French women killing their newborn babies? Finding the answer has become a matter of urgency following the discovery on Wednesday of eight infants allegedly smothered to death and buried by their mother in northern France. And with that case marking at least the fifth instance of multiple infanticide reported in France since 2003, it has become vital for the nation to confront the phenomenon that appears to be behind it all: a mental condition known as pregnancy denial.
This latest case of newborn murder in France was uncovered in the northern town of Villiers-au-Tertre, after eight tiny bodies were found buried in the gardens of two separate homes. Six of the cadavers were unearthed on July 29 by police at the house of Dominique Cottrez, 45, and her husband Pierre-Marie, 47. Investigators searched their home after the resident of a house previously owned by Dominique’s parents turned up two tiny bodies on July 24 while digging a pool in the backyard. According to the French prosecutor leading the inquiry in the town, a short distance south of Lille, Dominique has admitted to hiding her pregnancies — and the killings of her babies — from her husband, whom police describe as being “dumbstruck” by the revelations. Dominique was charged for the murders; Pierre-Marie has been cleared of wrongdoing and released but could yet become a subject of investigation.
The case in Villiers-au-Tertre is only the most recent example of a father of slain babies being apparently unaware of his wife’s pregnancies. Four other such cases since 2003 include that of Véronique Courjault, 42, who was convicted in June 2009 of killing three of her newborns — two of whom she hid in a freezer and were later discovered by her husband. And this past March, Céline Lesage, 38, was found guilty of murdering six of her babies after she hid her pregnancies from the men who had fathered them. Both women were sentenced to prison — Courjault for eight years and Lesage for 15. (more…)
Poop goes the Pigeon!
Musicians for centuries have faced rotten tomatoes from disapproving audiences, but never before what faced the Kings of Leon on Friday night: Taking the stage for a show in St. Louis, the band was forced off after only three songs by a barrage of poop coming from pigeons in the rafters above. “The last thing I was going to do was look up … but if that was only a couple, we must have caught them right after a big Thanksgiving dinner,” joked bassist Jared Followill.
The band had fair warning, though, notes CNN: Both opening acts came off-stage covered in doo-doo. The Kings tried to tough it out, but gave up after Followill got hit on each of the three opening songs. “We had 20 songs on the set list,” he said. “By the end of the show, I would have been covered from head to toe.” Normally, the band goes over much better with audiences.
Yogi-X is a bad black bear. He’s been in trouble with the law before…
If you think you’ve heard it all, follow this tale of a hungry black bear who went for a ride, literally.
Douglas County (Colorado) Sheriff’s deputies early Friday got a call about a honking car and a commotion inside. Perhaps it was teenagers or a thief, they thought as they approached Ralph Story’s 2008 Toyota Corolla.
It turns out it was a thief, albeit the furry variety.
The deputies’ first clue to something unusual was that the car was 125 feet below its normal parking spot in the driveway of the Storys’ Larkspur home, which sits on five acres.
Imagine their further surprise when they turned on their flashlights and got a peek inside.
It was a full-grown black bear, also known as ursus americanus.
The deputies had earlier received a call from a neighbor. She had heard honking and came up to the Story home, where the family was asleep. She noticed the car was rocking back and both and she called deputies shortly after 3 a.m., according to spokeswoman Michelle Rademacher of the Sheriff’s Department in the community 45 miles south of Denver.
Story said the bear was probably drawn to a peanut butter sandwich left inside by his 17-year-old son Ben. He said the family didn’t realize what was going on until deputies arrived and the neighbor came back and called them. By then the car was no longer in the driveway.
Incredulous, Story, his wife and three teen children — who have lived in Larkspur for 17 years — rushed outside to see the red Toyota down the hill and near a tree.
Somehow, the bear had either opened the unlocked back door or pushed a window down to get inside. Understandably agitated, it bumped into the horn repeatedly and eventually knocked the car’s gear into neutral. The Toyota rolled down the hill. The door added to the bear’s indignity by closing at some point during the ordeal.
A sergeant and two deputies who arrived on the scene “were stymied on how to proceed,” Story said.
They considered a tranquilizer or shooting the bear, whose gender is unknown. “Public safety is our primary concern,” Rademacher said.
Finally, the officers decided the best outcome for all would be to keep everyone safe and let the bear live to see more adventures.
After taking pictures, one of them tied a long rope to a door handle and pulled. After a few moments, Story said, the bear bounded out around 5 a.m., at least two hours after it had gotten inside.
It left a foul-smelling “present” on the front seat.
Besides the price, not sure I’d want to touch this one with a 10′ pole!
It’s only a matter of time before PETA jumps all over this: Scottish brewery BrewDog has produced a $770-per-bottle, 55% alcohol beer.. Oh, and it comes packaged inside a dead animal. “The animals used to bottle The End Of History all died of natural causes,” a founder tells the Telegraph, without opining on whether that makes the whole thing more or less gross. A taxidermist preserved seven stoats, four squirrels, and one hare for the packaging—only 12 bottles of The End Of History ale were produced.
“I can think of no grander way to celebrate these animals than for them to be cherished by the lucky owners,” the founder continues. “Better to be celebrated and valued than left to rot.” Not only do the lucky buyers get an animal carcass, but each animal is wearing a kilt, and the creators claim the brew is the world’s strongest beer—and is stronger than whiskey and vodka.
Maybe I’ll get interested when they start packaging a 6 pack, carried in hand by a live supermodel…
Things that make you go…
“Bright, very pale straw colour, almost water clear”?
How about Brunette, average… and why are you doing this?
I think everyone has laughed at the new series of “Old Spice Man” commercials. They quite frankly, are the best produced in seemingly years.
The current “Old Spice Man” is Isaiah Mustafa, a former football player who has taken the Web by storm with his new site and productions.
Hat Tip - PopEater
Advice to President Obama from the Old Spice Man!
Hate to say this guys…But the ladies are kicking our butts in the sanctified world of better hops…
Don’t let them close to the grill and ribs!
Turns Out Women Can Often Beat Men as Beer Tasters
…SABMiller PLC decided several years ago to reach deeper into its employee pool to find adept tasters, inviting marketers, secretaries and others to try their hand. The company concluded that women were drinking men under the table.
“We have found that females often are more sensitive about the levels of flavor in beer,” says Barry Axcell, SABMiller’s chief brewer. Women trained as tasters outshine their male counterparts, he says.
If practice makes perfect, men should have the clear edge in beer tasting, since they account for 72.8% of the world’s beer sales, according to market-research firm Datamonitor Group. But SABMiller, which makes Pilsner Urquell, Peroni and Grolsch in addition to Miller and Coors brands, says its empirical evidence shows that females are the superior sex when it comes to detecting such undesirable chemicals as 3-methyl-2-butene-1-thiol, which makes beer “skunky.”
Finding the very best tasters is crucial to the beer industry. Tasting panels ensure that the beer spilling out of the tanks each day conforms with the specific characteristics for each brand—such as the mild fruit flavor in Coors Light or the dry finish of Peroni. Tasters also help brewers decide how long their beers will stay fresh on store shelves, and what new products to introduce.
Today, 30% of SABMiller’s 1,000 advanced-level tasters are female, Mr. Axcell says. The number of women tasters has roughly quadrupled in 10 years…
Good reason to own a cat!
A Florida man was taken to the hospital yesterday after his dog ran him over with the man’s own pickup truck. Christopher Bishop, 43, made the mistake of putting his Ford F-150 in neutral as he got out to check for oil leaks, the St. Petersburg Times reports. As he checked under the front, his bulldog Tassey leapt into the front seat and knocked the truck into gear.
The truck rolled over the left side of Bishop’s body. He managed to get up and get into the truck to stop it. After several hours of intense pain, he called an ambulance and was taken from his home to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He said he’d waited so long because he doesn’t like doctors.