Archive for October, 2010

Ignorance of history always bites you in the butt

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

US political ad mistakenly shows German troops:

A North Carolina state legislator says he supports the military, but a flyer prepared by his campaign could lead some to question which country’s.

Democrat Tim Spear’s campaign has apologised after inadvertently sending voters a leaflet showing actors in World War II-era German uniforms.

The firm that produced the advert touting his support for the military has accepted blame, US media reported.

The state Republican Party obtained the flyer and distributed it to the media.

Yet another reason not to get married in a foreign land

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Western couple mocked as ‘infidel’ by wedding ‘minister’ at luxury Maldive resort

A luxury resort in the Maldives has sparked outrage after a video appeared on You Tube showing members of staff abusing and mocking their guests using a language they were unable to understand.

Employees at the Vilu Reef Beach and Spa resort can be seen calling an English-speaking couple ‘infidel’ and ‘swine’ and calling their guests’ marriage illegal in their native Dhivehi tongue throughout the 15-minute wedding ceremony.

According to the Maldive news service Minivan News, the video which was uploaded to You Tube ‘as a joke’ shows an employee named Hussein Didi conducting a service as a ‘celebrant’ – a person who is empowered to perform a religious ceremony.

‘Fornication has been legalised according to Article six, 1.11 of the Penal Code’, he chants in a tone favoured by religious scholars. ‘That is, frequent fornication by homosexuals. Most fornication is by males,’ he continues.

‘You are swine. The children that you bear from this marriage will all be bastard swine,’ he says to his guests.

‘Your marriage is not a valid one. You are not the kind of people who can have a valid marriage. One of you is an infidel. The other, too, is an infidel – and we have reason to believe – an atheist, who does not even believe in an infidel religion.’

Who needs dog food when you’ve got hubby?

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Dead man ‘fed to dog, left in freezer’:

The girlfriend and children of a US man have been charged with his murder after his remains were found inside a freezer.

David Reuben Green Jr’s de facto partner Wendy Edmond Green and his teenage children of are accused of feeding parts of his body to their pit-bull, as well as bringing friends to their home in North Carolina to show off “their father’s mutilated and quartered body”, the News & Observer reports.

Ms Green, who took on her wealthy partner’s surname despite them never marrying, also posed as his wife to withdraw money from his bank accounts, police say.

The 41-year-old told family that her boyfriend was overseas — but after a long absence, his extended family began to suspect something was amiss and hired a private investigator to track him down.

One way ticket to Mars in the offing

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Nasa plan Hundred Year Starship – the mission that will take astronauts to Mars and leave them there forever

Nasa is planning an audacious mission to send a manned spacecraft on a one-way trip to permanently settle on other planets.

The ambitious idea is known as the Hundred Years Starship and would send astronauts to colonise planets like Mars, knowing they could never come home.

NASA Ames Director Pete Worden revealed that one of NASA’s main research centres, Ames Research Centre, has received £1million funding to start work on the project.

The research team has also received an additional $100,000 from Nasa. An artist’s impression of a Mars base manned

‘You heard it here,” Worden said at ‘Long Conversation,’ an event in San Francisco.

‘We also hope to inveigle some billionaires to form a Hundred Year Starship fund.’

He added: ‘The human space program is now really aimed at settling other worlds. Twenty years ago you had to whisper that in dark bars and get fired.’

Evil or Gay? You make the call

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Sesame Street Tweet Sparks Rumors That Bert Is Out of the Closet:

He’s lived with a man for 31 years and wears turtlenecks and saddle shoes, and rumors of his homosexuality have swirled for years.

But no one’s ever heard directly from Sesame Street’s Bert on his sexuality, until now… sort of.

On June 11, the famous puppet tweeted about the recent “A-Team” remake by comparing himself to A-Team star Mr-T, saying, “Ever notice how similar my hair is to Mr. T’s? The only difference is mine is a little more ‘mo,’ a little less ‘hawk.’”

To some the comment was just a cute quip about hairstyles, but to others, “mo” was short for “homo” and this was Bert’s way of coming out at the perfect time.

On the other hand, he may just be plain evil:

Tariq gets a date with a rope

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Saddam aide Tariq Aziz sentenced to hang:

Saddam Hussein’s longtime foreign minister Tariq Aziz was sentenced to death by hanging Tuesday for persecuting members of Shiite religious parties under the former regime.

Iraq’s high criminal court spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Sahib did not say when Aziz, 74, would be put to death.

The death sentence followed his conviction of taking part in a Saddam-led campaign that hunted and executed members of the Shiite Dawa Party, of which current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is a member.

Aziz, a Christian who became the international face of Saddam’s regime, can appeal the sentence.

The devil made them do it

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Baby killed as family jumps from Paris window after ‘devil sighting’

A baby died when a family of 12 leapt from their second floor balcony in Paris claiming they were fleeing the devil.

Eight more were injured, some seriously, in the tragedy when they jumped 20ft into a car park in Paris suburb of La Verriere.

The baffling incident occurred when a wife woke to see her husband moving about naked in the room, police said.

She began screaming ‘it’s the devil! it’s the devil!’, and the man ran into the other room where 11 others adults and children were watching television.

One woman grabbed a knife and stabbed the man before others pushed him out through the front door.

When the man forced his way back in, they all began screamed in terror and leapt from the balcony screaming ‘Jesus! Jesus!’

Croc on a Plane!

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Crocodile caused plane crash: survivor:

A plane crash in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that killed a British pilot and 19 others could have been caused by an escaped crocodile, a magazine has reported.

The aircraft plummeted to the ground when the animal, which had been smuggled into the cabin, sparked panic among passengers, the unnamed sole survivor told African magazine Jeune Afrique.

A British expert, who is investigating the crash for the Department for Transport, said he could not rule out a crocodile as the cause, but added it would be “extremely unlikely”.

According to reports, the accident followed a stampede of terrified passengers fleeing the crocodile after it freed itself from a sports bag in which it had been carried on board.

‘I guess there’s just certain things that rock stars are supposed to do.’

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Kanye West has teeth replaced with diamonds: ‘They were cooler’

He travels by private jet, holidays on a luxury yacht and dates beautiful models.

And now Kanye West has the ultimate accessory to his rock star life – diamond teeth.

The rapper showed off the sparkling diamond and gold implants to chatshow host Ellen DeGeneres yesterday.

‘I just thought that diamonds were cooler,’ he told her, saying he asked the dentist to remove his bottom row of teeth and replace them.

A fascinated Ellen asked: ‘It’s not a grill?’ Kanye replied: ‘It’s really my real teeth. I replaced my bottom row of teeth.

More fun and games with Iran’s missile program

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Blasts hit secret Iranian missile launching-pad for US, Israeli targets:

A top-secret Iranian military installation was struck by a triple blast Tues. Oct. 12 the day before Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Lebanon.

debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report the site held most of the Shehab-3 medium-range missile launchers Iran had stocked for striking US forces in Iraq and Israel in the event of war – some set to deliver triple warheads (tri-conic nosecones).

The 18 soldiers officially reported killed in the blasts and 14 injured belonged to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) main missile arm, the Al-Hadid Brigades.

The Imam Ali Base where the explosion occurred is situated in lofty Zagros mountain country near the town of Khorramabad in the western Iranian province of Lorestan. This site was selected for an altitude which eases precise targeting and the difficulty of reaching it for air or ground attack.

It lies 400 kilometers from Baghdad and primary American bases in central Iraq and 1,250 kilometers from Tel Aviv and central Israel. Both are well within the Shehab-3 missile’s 1,800-2,500-kilometer operational range.

Our Iranian sources report that Tehran spent hundreds of millions to build one of the largest subterranean missile launching facilities of its kind in the Middle East or Europe. Burrowed under the Imam Ali Base is a whole network of wide tunnels deep underground. Somehow, a mysterious hand rigged three blasts in quick succession deep inside those tunnels, destroying a large number of launchers and causing enough damage to render the facility unfit for use.

Never underestimate the threat from elves

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Fear of elves made Montreal man get powerful guns

A man charged with uttering death threats on Facebook armed himself with high-powered weapons because he feared he was being stalked by elves, a Montreal court was told Wednesday.

Quebec provincial police told David Abitbol’s bail hearing that he told a friend on the Internet that his .12-gauge shotgun was just what he needed to kill the mythical creatures.

A disturbing portrait emerged of the 28-year-old Abitbol during Wednesday’s proceedings in which the Crown reported that an initial evaluation indicated that he was fit to stand trial.

“There’s nothing at this point to make us doubt his ability to appear or his fitness to stand trial,” said prosecutor Steeve Lariviere.

Yet another reason to avoid tongue piercing!

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Tongue piercing killed woman in 2 days

A woman died of blood poisoning two days after having her tongue pierced as a birthday treat, an inquest was told on Thursday.

Amanda Taylor wanted the stud so she could look like royal Zara Phillips and pop star Pink, her family said.

The 34-year-old collapsed within 48 hours of having the 2cm (0.8in) steel bar put through her tongue. Just before she died, she wrote on Facebook: ‘I feel like crap.’

Before yesterday’s hearing, Miss Taylor’s mother Lorraine, 61, said: ‘I was against [the piercing] and Amanda never did anything unless she had my blessing.

‘But her friend was having it done too so I said: “You’re going to be 34 – I’ll give you my blessing but I’m still not 100 per cent happy”.

UFO over Manhattan

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Mystery shiny objects floating over Manhattan spark UFO frenzy:

A mysterious shiny object floating high over Manhattan’s West Side set off a flurry of reports and wild speculation Wednesday that a UFO was flying over the city.

Police and the FAA said they began getting flooded with calls starting at 1:30 p.m. from people reporting a silvery object hovering high over Chelsea.

Law enforcement sources said they believed the object was likely some sort of balloon, but as of late Wednesday they had not confirmed exactly what it is.

A Daily News reporter could see a tiny, silver dot floating approximately 5,000 feet above 23th St. and Eighth Ave., where dozens of people gathered late in the afternoon to catch a glimpse.

Iran having even more fun with Stuxnet

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Iran may have executed nuclear staffers over Stuxnet

Debkafile’s intelligence sources report information reaching the West in the past week that Iran has put to death a number of atomic scientists and technicians suspected of helping plant the Stuxnet virus in its nuclear program. The admission by Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization, on Friday, Oct. 8 – the frankest yet by any Iranian official – that Western espionage had successfully penetrated its nuclear program is seen as bearing out those reports.

It also attests to the damaging effect the malworm has had on the program: the Bushehr reactor has faced one delay after another since it was inaugurated in August and other nuclear plants are functioning only partially since the virus first surfaced last July. Salehi said the West had stepped up efforts “to establish contact with experts” at his agency and “lure them with promises of further study and better jobs abroad.” Some nuclear personnel, he said, had access to information about Iran’s plans for “foreign purchases and commercial affairs.”

He thus accused Iranian personnel of making it possible for Western agencies to use items purchased overseas as Stuxnet carriers. But, the Iranian nuclear chief contended, Iran had countered their efforts and security had been stepped up so as to make it “almost impossible” for secrets to leak out. “The issue of spies existed in the past, but is diminishing day by day,” he said

Well, that’s one way to purify your husband…

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Wife set fire to husband to “purify his penis,” court told – Monsters and Critics:

An Australian set her husband’s genitals alight because she suspected he was having an affair and wanted to ‘purify his penis,’ a court in Adelaide was told Thursday.

Rajini Narayan, 46, has pleaded not guilty to murdering her husband and causing the fire that burned down their 1-million-Australian-dollar (980,000-US-dollar) home.

Satish Narayan died in hospital from his injuries several weeks after being allegedly doused with methylated spirits and set alight in the 2008 attack.

‘He was my hero, the man of my life, the love of my life,’ the mother-of-three told the court. ‘I was going to purify his penis, leave a mark there and he would remain with me. He would be mine.’

Bad Day at the Grand Canyon

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Fall Kills 1 At Grand Canyon; Lighting Strikes 2:

A California man fell to his death and two Korean women were injured after they were stuck by lightning at the Grand Canyon on Friday afternoon.

An eyewitness to the man falling said he was trying to jump from one outcropping to another just off the South Rim Trail.

The body of Andrew N. Stires, 42, of Burbank, Calif., was found by a National Park Service helicopter crew about 500 feet below the rim.

High winds and lightning prevented the recover until Saturday, according to park rangers.

The two Korean women were believed to have been struck by secondary lightning while standing on the rim east of the visitor center, rangers said.

Judge of the week

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Federal judge charged with buying drugs from stripper:

A longtime federal judge was freed on a $50,000 bond Monday after his arrest on federal charges that he bought cocaine and other illegal drugs while involved in a sexual relationship with an exotic dancer for the past several months.

North Fulton Senior U.S. District Judge Jack T. Camp Jr. was arrested late Friday night near Sandy Springs. Camp, 67, is accused of purchasing cocaine and marijuana, along with prescription painkillers that which he shared with an exotic dancer he met last spring at the Goldrush Showbar in Atlanta, according to an FBI agent’s affidavit for his arrest.

Camp met the dancer, identified in the affidavit as CI-1, when he purchased a private dance from her, according to the affidavit by Special Agent Mary Jo Mangrum, a member of a task force investigating public corruption. He returned the next night and purchased another dance and sex from her, the affidavit said. The two then began a relationship which revolved around drug use and sex.