Archive for June, 2012

Media, pol confusion on healthcare ruling

Harry S. Truman mocks an ancient and incorrect printed Tweet. (AP)

Harry S. Truman mocks an ancient and incorrect printed Tweet. (AP)

Twitter is fast, and like most fast things can be dangerous. Toss a hefty and complex legal ruling into the mix and you’ve got a good recipe for disaster, or at least confusion.

The @AJC Twitter account was among the media outlets that got the healthcare ruling wrong initially. I am told the AJC’s vaunted Lord of the Tweet was listening to CNN coverage and got a little trigger happy and hit send on this bit of embarrassment: “Breaking: Supreme Court strikes down mandate that requires individuals to buy insurance.”

CNN reporter John King, a huge Newt Gingrich fan, initially described it as “a dramatic blow to the policy and to the president, politically.”

Fortunately for Atlanta-based CNN, mortal foe Fox got it wrong too, according to Politico. Bill Hemmer was the unhappy fellow: “We have breaking news here on the Fox News Channel, the individual mandate has been ruled unconstitutional.”

In Atlanta, at the …

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Kids throw garbage in Sept. 11 memorial pool

Associated Press

Associated Press

Learning to ignore bad children and parenting is a painful but worthwhile endeavor, though it retards the advancement of civilization.

Despite my zen, I’m not sure I could have turned the other cheek if I’d observed junior high students tossing garbage into the reflecting pool at the September 11 Memorial in New York City.

Fox News reports one of the kids was detained by police for having bullets in his pockets.

“These kids just need to be educated about what happened there,” said New Yorker Anthoula Kastinatides, whose brother died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The kids were on a summer field trip with a Brooklyn public school. New York’s school chancellor said the students who threw garbage into the memorial, which opened Sept. 11, 2011, in Lower Manhattan, may be punished. The kid that had ammunition faces a police investigation.

And who knows, maybe a parent will get involved?

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Reporter mistakes sex toy for magic mushroom

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the most bitter.” - Confucius

The "very young and sheltered" reporter would soon be immortal, at least for a few day on the Internet. (YouTube)

In college, I knew people who could identify every mushroom dotting the moist, fertile South Georgia landscape.

Unfortunately, when a mysterious object was unearthed while drilling a new well shaft in western China, the good people living there had no such experts.

ABC News reports the villagers in Liucunbu believed the double-headed object to be a rare mushroom.

A TV reporter, Yunfeng Ye, traveled there to to check out the “flexible, fungi-like object.”

Ye and the local villagers, after much probing and fondling, determined the bulbous thing was “a shelf fungus of the Ganoderma lucidum species, which according to legend has the ability to give immortality.”

The magic mushroom has indeed granted immortality: the reporter will forever be known as the reporter that was fooled by a sex toy.

Once the TV program aired, viewers called in to accurately identify the …

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No crime in beating child molester to death

Authorities say the attack occurred behind this small building in a rural area near Shiner, Texas. (AP)

Authorities say the attack occurred behind this small building in a rural area near Shiner, Texas. (AP)

The law says it’s not always wrong to kill.

In Texas, a grand jury concludes it’s not a crime to beat a man to death if he’s molesting your daughter.

The 23-year-old father, who has not been named to protect his 5-year-old’s identity, said he heard his daughter screaming behind a barn. When he raced to the rescue, he found Jesus Mora Flores, 47, a ranch hand hired to help with the horses, attempting to rape his child.

Using nothing but his fists, the angry father unleashed a furious beatdown. Then the father called 911 and begged for an ambulance to find his rural ranch near the small town of Shiner.

“Come on! This guy is going to die on me!” the man is heard screaming on 911 audio played for the media Tuesday in a press conference called by the Lavaca County district attorney and sheriff.

By the time emergency crews responded, Flores, who was in the U.S. legally, was …

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Website for cheating husbands, wives spills secrets

You figure no good would ever come from a website that helps cheating husbands and wives find each other.

But AshleyMadison.com has released the dirt on what type of person is most likely to seek sex outside of the natural state of bliss otherwise known as marriage.

Women looking for an unfaithful dirtbag should target an IT professional (10.6%) in his 40s that has been married (likely to someone who no longer appreciates him) for more than 10 years and has kids older than 10.

Other cheating professions include those in the financial industry (8.2%), education (6.5%), doctors (4.6%), lawyers (3.8%). Being from Atlanta, the teacher thing shocks me.

Men looking for a cheating lady should seek out a local bar, or consider a teacher or stay-at-home mom in her 30s that has been married for five years or less and has a daughter younger than six.

As expected, about four times as many men shared their secrets in the survey than women. All 15,000 or so have accounts at the website.

But …

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Alleged artist turns dead cat into helicopter

The Orvillecopter takes flight. Image taken from a YouTube video.

The Orvillecopter takes flight. Image taken from a YouTube video.

The death of a pet can really take the wind out of your sails.

For Dutch artist Bart Jansen, the death of his beloved cat was no different.

Seeking a dignified means of honoring his pet, Orville, named after the elder Wright brother, Jansen decided to have him stuffed and miniature helicopter rotors inserted into his outstretched paws.

He calls the flying, remote controlled art piece the “Orvillecopter,” reports the Daily Mail.

Daily flights of fancy feast are on display at an art show in Amsterdam.

“After a period of mourning he received his propellers posthumously,” said Jansen.

In a related story, domesticated Dutch animals are accepting donations in hopes of inserting a Soyuz rocket into the posterior of an alleged artist.

Read the complete story @ The Daily Mail.

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Horrific news hints at rise in demonic activity

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Madonna wearing a cheerleader outfit at age 53 is seen as a sign of pending apocalypse, non-experts say. (AP)

Has the human race become demonic?

This probing question, prompted by the naked face-eating horror scene in Miami, is posed by the ace journalists at Pravda.

Since the Florida freak show, other disturbing events have occurred, including a Maryland student eating his roommate’s heart and brain, a New Jersey man throwing his intestines at police and, here in Atlanta, a potential uptick in rich folks getting drunk and golfing naked.

UPDATE: Canadian porn actor sought in dismemberment.

In Maryland, Morgan State University student Alexander Kinyua, 21, admits to killing and eating his roommate after his brother found a head and hands in the family laundry room. CBS News reports the body is that of 37-year-old Kujoe Agyei-Kodie, a family friend who was living at the house. Both men attended Morgan State.

No motive has been determined, but recently Kinyua had been behaving …

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