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    Y'all can thank Mel Brooks for the image that this headline garnered, before I read the full article....

    Italian priest organizes beauty contest for nuns

    Sunday, August 24, 2008 (08-24) 11:58 PDT ROME, Italy (AP) --

    An Italian priest and theologian said Sunday he is organizing an online beauty pageant for nuns to give them more visibility within the Catholic Church and to fight the stereotype that they are all old and dour.

    The "Miss Sister 2008" contest will start in September on a blog run by the Rev. Antonio Rungi and will give nuns from around the world a chance to showcase their work and their image.

    "Nuns are a bit excluded, they are a bit marginalized in ecclesiastical life," Rungi told The Associated Press after Italian media carried reports of the idea. "This will be an occasion to make their contribution more visible."

    Rungi, a theologian and schoolteacher from the Naples area, said that visitors to his site will have a month to "vote for the nun they consider a model."

    Nuns will fill out a profile including information about their life and vocation as well as a photograph. It will be up to them to choose whether to pose with the traditional veil or with their heads uncovered.

    "We are not going to parade nuns in bathing suits," Rungi said by telephone from his town of Mondragone. "But being ugly is not a requirement for becoming a nun. External beauty is gift from God, and we mustn't hide it."

    Rungi said the idea was first suggested to him by nuns with whom he regularly prays and works. He hopes there will be dozens of submissions once the Web site is started.

    The contest drew criticism from the association of Catholic teachers.

    "It's an initiative that belittles the role of nuns who have dedicated themselves to God," the group's president, Alberto Giannino, told Italy's ANSA news agency on Sunday.


    Bet this girl gets a great "Thank You!" with hugs 'n kisses!

    11-Year-Old Finds Bag Of Cash, Credit Cards In Ocean. Belongings Returned To Vacationing Pa. Couple

    POSTED: 11:29 am EDT August 25, 2008
    UPDATED: 11:54 am EDT August 25, 2008

    An 11-year-old Delaware girl has delivered a happy ending to a Pittsburgh couple's vacation nightmare.

    While swimming in the surf in Ocean City, Md., Rowan Short, of Brandywine, found a Ziploc bag containing two credit cards, a Pennsylvania driver's license and more than $1,000 cash. Her mom used a cell phone to call 411, got the number of the driver named on the license, and placed a call to Elaine and Michael Chosky in Pittsburgh.

    Michael Chosky said there was no hotel safe at the Ocean City spot where his family spent their vacation, so he kept his valuables with him in his swimsuit pocket. He said he was swimming in rough surf Aug. 14 when the bag disappeared.

    Rowan found the bag 14 blocks away the next day.

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    Kentucky Politician Jailed Over Bad Joke. Politician Apologizes; Charges Dismissed

    POSTED: 3:23 am EDT August 26, 2008

    HARLAN, Ky. -- Politicians are known for lame jokes. But when Otis "Bullman" Hensley tried a generations-old Appalachian jest on a woman and two girls at the grocery store, the family thought it was downright criminal.

    Hensley, who earned notoriety for oddball antics as a longshot gubernatorial candidate, spent three days in jail in this eastern Kentucky coal town last week after being arrested over the wisecrack.

    "Jay Leno makes jokes every night and makes millions," Hensley said in his thick Appalachian accent. "I make one joke and go to jail."

    He could have faced as many as 10 years in prison, but a charge of attempted unlawful transaction with a minor was dismissed on Monday.

    The ordeal began last week when Hensley's wife sent him to a local grocery store to buy ground beef. While there, Hensley encountered a woman with her two nieces, ages 11 and 13. "I offered to trade her a fattening hog for those girls," Hensley said. "I meant it as a joke. I've said it a million times. Most people get a kick out of it."

    The woman didn't laugh. Instead, the family obtained a warrant for Hensley's arrest from the local prosecutor, claiming the comment was intended to entice the children into illegal sexual activity.

    On Tuesday, the girls' father accepted an apology from Hensley and shook hands with him in a Harlan County courtroom. The man declined to discuss the case with reporters afterward.

    Prosecutor J.D. Smith asked the judge to dismiss the charge, saying both sides want to put the matter behind them.

    "He absolutely meant no harm," Smith said of Hensley. "It was a joke to him."

    Appalachian scholar Loyal Jones said the jest Hensley made has been around for generations and actually is intended as a compliment.

    "I've heard many variations of that," said Jones, retired director of Berea College's Appalachian Center. "You might hear 'That's a good looking boy; I'd trade you a pocket knife for him' ... Political correctness has ruined country humor."

    In Kentucky, citizens can obtain arrest warrants simply by filing a complaint with local prosecutors. Defense attorney Karen Davenport said no investigation is necessary for police to make an arrest when the charge involves an alleged sexual offense.

    In the Hensley case, Davenport said, the arrest was unwarranted because he had done nothing criminal.

    In the last two gubernatorial campaigns, Hensley traveled the state with a giant Fiberglas bull on which he attached a sign proclaiming that, if elected, he would "chase the bull out of Frankfort." He received 3.3 percent of the vote in 2003, his best showing.

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    I almost made a new thread for this one. But maybe not....

    Thieves return autistic boy's therapy videotapes

    Canwest News Service Published: Thursday, August 28, 2008

    NANAIMO -- Maybe some thieves do have hearts.

    Therapy tapes belonging to an autistic Nanaimo youngster were stolen during a home break-in last week, but turned up on the family's porch on yesterday.

    "They showed up at my door this morning when I went to work," said father Kevin Battie, who heads to work as an electrician at 6 a.m. "They were sitting there in a little black bag."

    Battie's son Tyler, 12, undergoes weekly therapy sessions learning speech and life skills.

    Last Tuesday, thieves broke into the Batties' home and made off with a camcorder and a case containing several videotapes and 11 years of footage of Tyler during therapy.

    A laptop and other items were also stolen.

    Kevin Battie had asked for the public's help to get the tapes home.

    Consultants, therapists and others film Tyler during school and therapy, and use the footage to mark progress and steer future sessions, which includes Tyler learning from the tapes.

    While the tapes were the only items that turned up, Battie said he is grateful because everything else can be replaced.

    Tyler will start Grade 7 at Seaview Elementary with the help of a teacher's aide next week.

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    Woman sleeps through SWAT standoff

    Thursday, August 28, 2008 (08-28) 06:02 PDT Paso Robles, CA (AP) --

    A Paso Robles woman apparently sleeps like a log.

    Leslie Lamproe snoozed through a dramatic five-hour SWAT team standoff outside her home before a suspected armed robber holed up inside was arrested.

    Twenty-five-year-old Justin Rinker, a parolee, had barricaded himself in the Lamproe home after allegedly robbing Chubby Chandler's Pizza on Tuesday night. A police dog tracked Rinker to the home a block from the pizza parlor.

    Rockie Lamproe says Rinker came through the back door and the 55-year-old homeowner slipped out the front door when he saw police.

    During the five-hour standoff, the man says his 61-year-old wife "slept through everything and didn't know it was going on." The woman wears earplugs when she sleeps.

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    HOLY CRAP! This got pushed down to page 3. Oh well.

    Pooch Dials 911 When Owner Has Seizure. Owner Says He Trained Dog To Call For Help

    POSTED: 12:40 pm EDT September 14, 2008

    PHOENIX -- Police in Scottsdale, Ariz., said a German shepherd saved his owner's life by dialing 911 when he began to have a seizure.

    Joe Stalnaker said he adopted the dog, Buddy, when he was 8 weeks old and trained him to get the phone if he began to have seizure symptoms.

    Stalnaker said he also trained the dog to press programmed buttons until a 911 operator is on the line.

    Buddy, who is now 18 months old, can be heard whimpering on a recording of the 911 call at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday. Emergency responders arrived two minutes later.

    Stalnaker was hospitalized for two days following the seizure but has recovered. He said Buddy is his best friend.

    Stalnaker said his seizures are the result of injuries he received during military service.

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    Double thumbs up for Buddy and one for "Dad" to teach him how to make 911 calls.

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    And now for something completely different...


    Federal Workers Owe Billions In Delinquent Taxes

    POSTED: 6:54 am EDT September 15, 2008
    UPDATED: 7:58 am EDT September 15, 2008

    WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service is trying to collect billions of dollars in late taxes from nearly half a million federal employees.

    Documents obtained by WTOP radio through the Freedom of Information Act show the federal employees and retirees did not pay more than $3.5 billion in taxes owed last year.

    The agency with the most delinquent employees was the U.S. Postal Service. Nearly 4.2 percent of its 747,000 workers are delinquent.

    The IRS would not provide comparable data for the general population.

    The Executive Office of the President, which includes the White House, has 58 employees who did not pay more than $319,000. More than 1,000 Capitol Hill workers are on the list.

    About 152,000 of the delinquent federal workers have entered into payment plans.

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    Lewd vandal leaves greasy imprints on Neb. town

    By NATE JENKINS, Associated Press Writer Friday, September 12, 2008 (09-12) 08:32 PDT Valentine, Neb. (AP) --

    Boy, how people here wish their busiest vandal would find another way to make his mark. Beginning more than a year ago, some man has been skipping from one business to another at night, pressing his naked behind — sometimes his groin, sometimes both — on windows. Store owners, church workers and school janitors have had to wash lotion and petroleum jelly off the windows he selects.

    "This is the weirdest case I've ever seen," said police Chief Ben McBride.

    Some residents of Valentine, a town of about 2,650 people, find some humor in the strange vandalism and have taken to calling the perpetrator the "Butt Bandit." But they also can't help but cringe when finding his marks.

    "We were completely grossed out," said Kalli Kieborz, who works in a downtown building. "One day I walked into the office and an employee said, 'Oh, my God, we've been struck!'"

    The police chief is far from amused.

    "It's not funny," McBride said. "We're worried about the next step."

    It started in spring 2007, when the window of a Methodist church was greased with an imprint. McBride figured it was a high school prank. But the church kept getting hit, even after police staked it out.

    The bandit struck business after business, window after window last summer.

    Then he — and maybe, McBride said, copycat vandals — stopped over the fall and winter.

    "People said he was done," McBride said. "Then he started back up this summer."

    During one particularly brazen session, virtually all the windows at a local hotel were imprinted.

    McBride said no one has reported seeing the vandal in action. The only clue is a blurry picture of him caught by a surveillance camera at the middle school last year.

    The man was 6-feet-tall or slightly taller, and slender. He had a dark complexion, and McBride said the man's dark hair was styled in a "1980s, feathered look."

    Valentine, in remote north-central Nebraska, promotes itself as "The Heart City." Downtown sidewalks are painted with hearts, and locals encourage people from around the country to send their Valentine's Day cards to the local post office so they can be mailed out with the word "Valentine" stamped on them.

    "This is not normal behavior for Valentine," Cherry County Attorney Eric Scott said. "It's not funny or something people want to be exposed to."

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    Woman mistakes skunk for a cat, gets sprayed

    Monday, September 15, 2008 (09-15) 18:05 PDT Mount Carmel, Pa. (AP) --

    A Pennsylvania woman who thought she was petting a neighbor's cat got a smelly surprise when it turned out to be a skunk. Not only did the skunk spray the woman before dawn Monday, but it ran into her Mount Carmel home.

    Police spent hours at the home before leaving the scene, but there was no immediate word if they were able to remove the animal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post

    "This is the weirdest case I've ever seen," said police Chief Ben McBride.


    McBride said no one has reported seeing the vandal in action. The only clue is a blurry picture of him caught by a surveillance camera at the middle school last year.

    The man was 6-feet-tall or slightly taller, and slender. He had a dark complexion, and McBride said the man's dark hair was styled in a "1980s, feathered look."
    Pssst, it's the guy who keeps sliding out of his chair...
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    A Darwin Award "Near-Miss"?


    Police: Man who wanted picture gets 'train rash'

    Tuesday, September 16, 2008 (09-16) 16:36 PDT Fargo, N.D. (AP) --

    Police say a man who wanted his picture taken next to a moving train suffered "train rash" but no serious injuries when he got too close to the train.

    Police Sgt. Jeff Skuza said the 34-year-old man and two friends were in Fargo for a conference. He said they went around the security gates at a train crossing so he could have his picture taken.

    Skuza said the man thought the picture would be better if he got closer to the train. But he stumbled and the train caught his back, ripping his shirt and pants. Skuza called it "a bad case of train rash." He also said alcohol was a factor.

    Police did not release the man's name. Skuza said he was treated and released from an area hospital.

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    JUMP! 25 years to the future:

    "So Jane Doe. Why did you become a Lawyer?"

    "Well Sir, Ya see, I was born on the Bench and it just kinda stuck with me."

    Fairfax County Woman Gives Birth in Courthouse

    POSTED: 9:37 am EDT September 18, 2008
    UPDATED: 10:05 am EDT September 18, 2008

    FAIRFAX, Va. -- Fairfax County officials said a woman has given birth in the hallway of the county courthouse.

    The 32-year-old Burke woman was accompanying her husband Tuesday to small claims court, where he was a plaintiff in an eviction case. Authorities said they called paramedics after the woman complained of labor pains.

    The woman, whose name was not released, was placed on a sofa in a courthouse hallway, where she gave birth to a girl.

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    Stuck 'agent' tells cops of secret bomb mission

    Wednesday, September 17, 2008 (09-17) 16:26 PDT Knoxville, Tenn. (AP) --

    It wasn't the preferred way to enter the Knoxville Museum of Art, but Richard Anthony Smith told police he was on a mission. The 25-year-old Knoxville man called 911 from his cell phone before dawn Wednesday saying he was trapped in an air conditioning duct leading from the museum roof, Knoxville police spokesman Darrell DeBusk said.

    Police and firefighters reached the roof, found a rope and cable and followed them to a vent shaft. Peering inside, they spotted Smith about 45 feet down.

    "Mission failed," he told them.

    Hoisted up and read his rights, Smith told police he was a "special agent from the United States Illuminati, badge number 0931" and had rappelled onto the museum from a helicopter, a police report said.

    He said he was following orders to "defuse and confiscate" a Soviet-made nuclear warhead, specifically a "MERV6SS-22AN" warhead, according to the report. The bomb supposedly was hidden in a blue, plastic cow sculpture in the museum basement, he said.

    However, Smith told officers his "agency" called while he was in air-vent limbo to say it made a mistake and the bomb might be in a Memphis museum instead.

    Police charged Smith with aggravated robbery. He was being held on $2,000 bond at the Knox County Jail. Authorities said he did not have a lawyer.

    "Fortunately he was able to reach his cell phone," DeBusk said, "or he may not have been found for quite some time."
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    Sounds like health code violations....


    "Illinois police arrest woman accused of bartending in the buff

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    DELHI, Ill. - Here's a tip: Bartending nude can get you arrested.

    Sheriff's deputies doing a routine check this week at a southern Illinois bar say they discovered a not-so-routine sight.

    Authorities allege that 33-year-old Janet Brannon was naked while serving bar patrons at the Cabin Tavern in Delhi.

    Brannon was arrested and charged with misdemeanour public indecency. She was freed on $8,000 bond.

    She was the only bar employee working at the time, so the tavern was closed Thursday."




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    Quote Originally Posted by firecat1 View Post
    with misdemeanour public indecency. She was freed on $8,000 bond.
    $8000 bond for a misdemeanour? I doubt she would even have been arrested here, would probably have been charged on summons!
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    Ok, who called the cops?
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    I will agree with the statements about soap operas, but I have to draw a definative line regarding Mickey Mouse. He is as much "Apple Pie" to folks older than 35 as apple pie is to the entire continent.

    Saudi Cleric Places Fatwa on Mickey Mouse

    By Steve Fritz posted: 2008-09-22 05:50:00 ETBuzz up! del.icio.us

    In a story that’s so weird his has to be considered true, a leading Saudi Arabian cleric has declared Mickey Mouse to be an “agent of Satan.” As such, he has put a fatwa, or death sentence , on the Mouse’s head.

    According to the London Telegraph Sheik Muhammad Munajid claimed the mouse is "one of Satan's soldiers" and makes everything it touches impure. He warned that depictions of the creature in cartoons such as Tom and Jerry, and Disney's Mickey Mouse, had taught children that it was in fact loveable. The cleric, a former diplomat at the Saudi embassy in Washington DC, said that under Sharia (Islamic law), both household mice and their cartoon counterparts must be killed.

    Not that Mickey’s alone in the condemnation department. During the Moslem holy month of Ramadan, Saudi Arabia’s chief cleric, Sheikh Saleh el-Lheidan, has also spat venom at the Olympics and Turkish soap operas. He declared the international sporting event “obscene” and claiming that nothing made Satan happier than seeing females athletes dressed in skimpy outfits. As for the soaps, he has issues with various bedroom scenes.

    “I advise the owners of the shameless satellite stations who distribute programs promoting impudence, insolence and silly humor,” said el-Lheidan. “I warn them, they’re wasting people’s time and corrupting them. If they don’t heed our call, their killing could be permissible.”

    According to CNN, viewers across the Arab world are absorbing it all in; unaware, or uncaring about the edict controversy.

    This is not the first time the Mouse has come into conflict with the Muslim world. A few years back, the Palestinian political group Hamas used an almost exact duplicate of the Mickey, named Farfour, as a sort of host of its own TV show. From this pulpit it used to preach death and destruction to its audience, young Palestinian children.

    In 2007, the character was also “murdered” on air. A co-host of the show declared Farfour was killed by an actor posing as an Israeli official trying to buy Farfour's land. At one point, the mouse called the Israeli a "terrorist."

    "Farfour was martyred while defending his land," said Sara, a teen co-star. He was killed "by the killers of children," she added.

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    Kind of a serious post, but thought provoking in its nature, due to the wide variances of persons awarded.

    Who Are This Year's 'Geniuses?' Katrina Doc, Bridge Expert Among MacArthur 'Genius' Winners

    POSTED: 2:45 am EDT September 23, 2008
    UPDATED: 2:49 am EDT September 23, 2008

    CHICAGO -- A violin virtuoso, an architectural historian who studies ancient bridges and a family physician who rebuilt an Alabama health clinic after it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina are among 25 recipients of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants."

    The $500,000 fellowships were announced Tuesday by the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Recipients may use the money however they wish.

    Dr. Regina Benjamin said the money will help rebuild her rural health clinic in Bayou La Batre, Ala., which serves 4,400 patients. It was rebuilt by volunteers after being destroyed by Katrina, only to burn down months later. {"So I built another castle. That one burned to the ground, then fell into the swamp. BUT this one. The third one held." }

    "The patients came by and they were crying," said Benjamin, 51, remembering one woman who handed her an envelope with a $7 donation to rebuild. The new clinic is about half built, she said.

    "If she can find $7, I can figure out the rest," Benjamin said. "The patients I treat have their own disasters. Hopefully this grant will help them in some way. It will be as much theirs as it is mine."

    John Ochsendorf, a West Virginia native and an associate professor of architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., said he at first didn't believe the news that he'd received a grant.

    "I had to sit down. I had tears running down my face. I had a hard time breathing," Ochsendorf said. "It changes everything. This is validation."

    Ochsendorf, 34, uses engineering and architecture to explain the ancient world. His research team studies Incan suspension bridges that cross gorges of the Andes Mountains.

    The MacArthur Foundation names the fellows, who are recommended to the foundation's board by a 12-member selection committee.

    Jonathan Fanton, president of the MacArthur Foundation, said he makes several calls a year to recipients -- including at least four this year -- and winners are usually shocked.

    "Generally, there's a pause and expressions of disbelief," he said. "I've had people drop the phone or say they need a minute because they feel weak."

    Seven previous MacArthur grant recipients went on to receive Nobel prizes, Fanton said.

    "Giving support to exceptionally talented people allows them to develop their talents, and society is better for the work they do," Fanton said.

    Other winners of this year's fellowships include an inventor of musical instruments, an urban farmer, a saxophonist, a stage lighting designer, an astronomer who studies the geometry of the universe, a novelist who writes about ethnic conflict and a critical-care physician who studies how to avoid human error in clinical practices.

    Daniel Socolow, who directs the MacArthur Fellows program, said the foundation looks more at recipients' future promise than their past performance.

    "It's not a particular thing they've done, it's a sense of the person," Socolow said. "There's something unusual about this person. These people have a distinctively creative approach to the field they're working in."

    One of this year's recipients is Leila Josefowicz, 30, a solo violinist based in New York who travels the world performing with orchestras and conductors. The native Canadian made her Carnegie Hall debut at age 16 and said she finds excitement in playing pieces from modern composers.

    "If I'm not worried about playing the circuit just for financial reasons, this can give me a buffer," Josefowicz said. "I'll spend more time studying and listening out there and choosing the composer I want to work with. I'm so grateful to work with composers to bring more concertos to the violin repertoire."

    Kirsten Bomblies, 34, a plant evolutionary geneticist in Tubingen, Germany, said the money will allow her to expand her research.

    "Maybe try to explore some slightly riskier options that maybe I otherwise wouldn't be able to get funding for," said Bomblies, originally from Castle Rock, Colo. "We rarely have that opportunity. I think I might write a book at the end of it all, a scientific book ... just to get some of the ideas that we have on paper."

    Rachel Wilson, a 34-year-old neurobiologist at Harvard Medical School, said her grant will help pay for experiments she might not otherwise have been able to afford. Wilson studies electrical activity in the brain, and her findings may affect treatments for Parkinson's disease and deafness.

    "As scientists we're kind of trained to try to keep ideas in pace with funding," she said. "It's difficult to think about experiments that aren't in your price range, so to speak, and maybe that crushes the creative process."

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    Man Goes to Court After Butt Stapled Shut. Patient claims he couldn't defecate for 17 days

    POSTED: 12:21 pm EDT September 23, 2008
    UPDATED: 12:36 pm EDT September 23, 2008

    BALTIMORE -- A West Virginia man is suing a Frederick County, Md., doctor for allegedly stapling his rectum shut during an operation, preventing the patient from defecating for 17 days, The Baltimore Examiner reported.

    The mistake allegedly took place when Ronald Watkins, 64, had surgery for a rectal tumor, according to his lawsuit.

    Dr. Manuel Casiano's lawyer said Watkins' bowels merely became "swollen shut," The Baltimore Examiner reported.

    Since the surgery, Watkins experiences "rectal discharge" and must wipe 12 to 15 times a day, and he has had other procedures that otherwise would have been unnecessary, according to his attorneys.

    The defense said Watkins' smoking two packs a day contributed to his bowel problems, The Baltimore Examiner reported.

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    PETA Urges Ben & Jerry's To Use Human Milk

    POSTED: 2:21 pm EDT September 23, 2008
    UPDATED: 10:28 pm EDT September 23, 2008

    VERMONT -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, cofounders of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., urging them to replace cow's milk they use in their ice cream products with human breast milk, according to a statement recently released by a PETA spokeswoman.

    "PETA's request comes in the wake of news reports that a Swiss restaurant owner will begin purchasing breast milk from nursing mothers and substituting breast milk for 75 percent of the cow's milk in the food he serves," the statement says.

    PETA officials say a move to human breast milk would lessen the suffering of dairy cows and their babies on factory farms and benefit human health.

    "The fact that human adults consume huge quantities of dairy products made from milk that was meant for a baby cow just doesn't make sense," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "Everyone knows that 'the breast is best,' so Ben & Jerry's could do consumers and cows a big favor by making the switch to breast milk."

    In a statement Ben and Jerry's said, "We applaud PETA's novel approach to bringing attention to an issue, but we believe a mother's milk is best used for her child."

    Read PETA's letter to Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield

    September 23, 2008

    Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, Cofounders

    Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc.

    Dear Mr. Cohen and Mr. Greenfield,

    On behalf of PETA and our more than 2 million members and supporters, I'd like to bring your attention to an innovative new idea from Switzerland that would bring a unique twist to Ben and Jerry's.

    Storchen restaurant is set to unveil a menu that includes soups, stews, and sauces made with at least 75 percent breast milk procured from human donors who are paid in exchange for their milk. If Ben and Jerry's replaced the cow's milk in its ice cream with breast milk, your customers-and cows-would reap the benefits.

    Using cow's milk for your ice cream is a hazard to your customer's health. Dairy products have been linked to juvenile diabetes, allergies, constipation, obesity, and prostate and ovarian cancer. The late Dr. Benjamin Spock, America's leading authority on child care, spoke out against feeding cow's milk to children, saying it may play a role in anemia, allergies, and juvenile diabetes and in the long term, will set kids up for obesity and heart disease-America's number one cause of death.

    Animals will also benefit from the switch to breast milk. Like all mammals, cows only produce milk during and after pregnancy, so to be able to constantly milk them, cows are forcefully impregnated every nine months. After several years of living in filthy conditions and being forced to produce 10 times more milk than they would naturally, their exhausted bodies are turned into hamburgers or ground up for soup.

    And of course, the veal industry could not survive without the dairy industry. Because male calves can't produce milk, dairy farmers take them from their mothers immediately after birth and sell them to veal farms, where they endure 14 to 17 weeks of torment chained inside a crate so small that they can't even turn around.

    The breast is best! Won't you give cows and their babies a break and our health a boost by switching from cow's milk to breast milk in Ben and Jerry's ice cream? Thank you for your consideration.

    Sincerely,

    Tracy Reiman

    Executive Vice President

    Distributed by Internet Broadcasting


    So I guess stealing milk from a human baby is better?

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    All I can say is YUCK!

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    Err... Ummm.. OK.

    Drunk driving suspect thanks officers after stop

    Tuesday, September 23, 2008 (09-23) 16:47 PDT Plymouth, Wis. (AP) --

    Instead of having a hostile reaction, a driver offered his thanks when officers pulled him over on suspicion of drunken driving for a fifth time.

    A criminal complaint quoted 52-year-old David Hyland of Plymouth as saying, "Thank you very much for everything you've done for me" after he was stopped early last Friday.

    The complaint says he added, "I shouldn't have been driving and deserve to get caught."

    According to the complaint filed in Sheboygan County Circuit Court, a Plymouth police officer saw Hyland's vehicle weaving and pulled him over.

    After he failed field sobriety tests and registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.14 percent, or over the limit of 0.08 percent, he told officers he knew he had been drinking too much to drive.

    The felony charge carries up to three years in prison.

    Information from: The Sheboygan Press, www.sheboygan-press.com


    Also, not sure what a "criminal complaint" is. Who "complained"? Or is this just legalese wording for "charges pending"?

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    Ummm. Ok.

    If real life gets up your nose, blame perfume. Sex, death and war put in a bottle, with treason and ex-virgin's regret

    Misty Harris, Canwest News Service Published: Thursday, September 25, 2008

    Sex, death, betrayal, war -- even the precise scent of certain neighbourhoods and fictional characters -- are being sold by the ounce for customers demanding more from their cologne than celebrity endorsements.

    Called "narrative perfume" by industry insiders, these cutting-edge fragrances aren't necessarily about smelling pleasant but rather smelling like a specific time, place or experience.

    A perfume at Holt Renfrew called Secretions Magnifique is billed as "an olfactory coitus" due to its notes of bodily fluids, while a scent called Soldat Inconnu aims to replicate the smell of battle that sticks to a soldier's skin. There's even a fragrance that reproduces the exact aroma of a first edition of perfumer Christopher Brosius's favourite novel, which is said to suggest leather bindings, worn cloth and wood polish.

    Not only are these narrative perfumes changing the way Canadians think about fragrance, experts say their potential for interactive marketing could change the face -- or rather nose -- of contemporary advertising.

    "When you're trying to influence someone, you want to hit them on as many perceptive neuro-pathways as you can," {sounds like something from Star Trek LOL} says Lindsay Meredith, professor of marketing at Simon Fraser University in B.C. "Imagine seeing your favourite actress splashing on (a fragrance) because she wants to be more seductive or attractive, and by the way, here's a scent strip so you can experience what she actually smells like."

    This concept was used in special screenings of the 2006 movie Perfume, during which the audience was given scent blotters to sample at specific moments in the film. A street scene in 18th century France, for example, was accompanied by a scent strip carrying the aroma of urine and greasy hair.

    "This could be very powerful advertising," says Meredith, though he remains skeptical that the "G.I. Joe" scent of Soldat Inconnu is going to have army wannabes lining up.

    But eau de war is just the beginning.

    Bond No. 9 uses different fragrance blends to recreate the experience of walking though New York's storied neighbourhoods. Olfactory narratives woven by Etat Libre D'Orange includes that of a hotel hooker (Putain des Palaces), a Judas-like traitor (Eloge du Traitre), and a young woman who regrets having just lost her innocence (Messe Rose).

    By Kilian offers a veritable orgy in a bottle. Les Liaisons Dangereuses is described as smelling of "bodies slick with sweat, hot with odours of sexual favours."

    And Black Phoenix Alchemy uses fragrance to evoke literary characters such as Alice in Wonderland's Caterpillar, whose eponymous perfume smells of heavy incense and jasmine layered over "a lush bed of dark mosses."

    Marian Bendeth, a global fragrance expert with Toronto-based Sixth Scents, says it's all part of the "lightning hot" niche trend. "They're appealing to people who don't want to smell like a teenager," she says. "If it's exclusive, hard to find, if it's different, they want it."

    Stripped of their stories, which Bendeth explains as branding tools, most of these unusual offerings can be quite pleasing. The controversial Secretions Magnifique, for instance, is described by the fragrance maven as "stunning."

    Juel Mahoney in London, England, by contrast, says she was "traumatized" by the same perfume, whose notes of blood and sweat instantly evoked memories of a friend being hit by a car nine years ago.

    "Smell is the most primitive sense there is, and apparently it's close to memory in the brain," says Mahoney, whose brief encounter with Secretions in a department store made her relive the confusion and panic of the accident.

    "I couldn't get it off me fast enough."

    © Times Colonist (Victoria) 2008

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    Imagine a politician wearing something like "Eau de I Smell A Rat".

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    Quote Originally Posted by firecat1 View Post
    Imagine a politician wearing something like "Eau de I Smell A Rat".
    I always thought it was Essance du Polcat.
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    Ben & Jerry's: The rebuttle

    PETA asks Ben & Jerry's to use breast milk

    Thursday, September 25, 2008 (09-25) 12:14 PDT Montpelier, Vt. (AP) --

    Ice cream made from breast milk? That's what the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream to consider making.

    The Virginia-based nonprofit group sent a letter to company co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield on Tuesday asking them to use human breast milk instead of cow's milk in their products.

    PETA said the health of consumers and cows would benefit from the switch.

    Ben & Jerry's spokesman Rob Michalak said the company applauds PETA's creative approach to bring attention to an issue, but believes that a mother's milk is best used by a child.

    Information from: The Times Argus, www.timesargus.com/


    Thanks, but NO thanks.
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    Wife to husband: How do you like our new "Bat flavoured coffee, Dear?"

    Iowa Woman Drinks Bat-Infused Coffee. Woman Finds Bat In Coffee Filter

    POSTED: 5:20 am EDT September 29, 2008

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- It wasn't just the caffeine that gave an Iowa woman an extra jolt after she had her morning coffee. It was also the bat she found in the filter.

    The Iowa Department of Public Health said the woman reported a bat in her house but wasn't too worried about it. She turned on her automatic coffee maker before bedtime and drank her coffee the next morning.

    She discovered the bat in the filter when she went to clean it that night. The woman has undergone treatment for possible rabies.

    Health officials said the bat was sent to a lab but that its brain was too cooked by the hot water to determine whether it had rabies.

    Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.

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    Sacramento police seek thief stealing toilet parts

    Saturday, September 27, 2008 (09-27) 15:28 PDT Sacramento, CA (AP) --

    Sacramento police are looking for a thief they say has an affinity for toilet parts.

    Investigators say the man is suspected of stealing plumbing and flushing mechanisms from two urinals in the California State Auto Association building in July.

    Several similar incidents involving a man dressed like a plumber have been reported recently in nearby Placer County.

    Investigators suspect the thief may be taking the metal parts for their value as salvage.

    Police are releasing a surveillance photograph of the man and asking the public's help in finding him.

    Information from: The Sacramento Bee, www.sacbee.com
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    Cops nab motorist who owes $1.9M in traffic fines

    Friday, September 26, 2008 (09-26) 15:37 PDT SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) --

    Brazilian police reportedly have caught up with a motorist who owes the equivalent of nearly $2 million in unpaid traffic fines. Folha OnLine said police stopped a 36-year-old man on Wednesday night and discovered he has been ticketed nearly 1,000 times since 2001, the year he bought his current car.

    Folha OnLine said the accumulated fines for speeding and running red lights total 3.4 million reals ($1.9 million).

    The man said he never received the tickets because he was always too busy to register the car in his name.

    Folha OnLine said the car is worth about $6,600 and was impounded. It will be auctioned unless the man comes up with the money he owes.


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    Well I finally found it. A new item that is even too "weird" for me to post. But if you're interested, its in the San Franciso Chronicle, under Bay and Area News. You'll know as soon as you see the headlines.....

    www.sfgate.com

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    Ummm.... eeerrr.. Isn't this something that should be listed under the "Common Sense" category? Maybe I missed something, but I would have figured that while there may be a requirement to have a written law to this effect, it would have been something that would have been written into the City Charter eons ago. Or not, as the case turns to be.

    New Law Requires Reporting Stolen, Lost Guns

    POSTED: 8:04 am EDT September 30, 2008
    UPDATED: 8:18 am EDT September 30, 2008

    BALTIMORE, Md. -- Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld says a new city law requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen weapons will help police track down the "bad guy with guns."

    The law, which takes effect Nov. 11, requires gun owners to alert police within two days of noticing their weapon is missing.

    Failure to do so will be a misdemeanor carrying a $500 fine for a first offense and $750 fines and up to 90 days imprisonment for subsequent violations.

    The National Rifle Association said the new law is "frivolous" and Baltimore leaders should concentrate more on enforcing current laws, not adding new ones.

    But city officials said this will help police build cases against "straw purchasers," people who resell legally purchased guns on the black market.

    Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.


    I mean, from my view, reporting the loss of a weapon is the owners best interest. Unless of course the weapon was not registered to begin with, I guess.

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