Jun 20, 2011

And you thought just Arabs are crazy! Skipwaves thru 6/20

Dog sentenced to death by stoning!

Torah discussion on Mea Shearim streetcorner
According to Ynet, the large dog made its way into the Monetary Affairs Court in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem, frightening judges and plaintiffs.

Despite attempts to drive the dog out of the court, the hound refused to leave the premises.  One of the sitting judges then recalled a curse the court had passed down upon a secular lawyer who had insulted the judges two decades previously.  Their preferred divine retribution was for the lawyer's spirit to move into the body of a dog, an animal considered impure by traditional Judaism.

Clearly still offended, one of the judges sentenced the animal to death by stoning by local children.

And we think Arabs are more nuts than Jews?


Full Meltdown: Fukushima Called the 'Biggest Industrial Catastrophe in the History of Mankind'
Scientific experts believe Japan's nuclear disaster to be far worse than governments are revealing to the public.  The rest of the story from Alternet...

New report shows early chaos at Japan nuke plant

TOKYO (AP) -- A new report says Japan's tsunami-ravaged nuclear plant was so unprepared for the disaster that workers had to bring protective gear and an emergency manual from distant buildings and borrow equipment from a contractor.   More from the AP


Mo Rage suggests rightfully that lots of people are pissed off at the Army Corps of Engineers for sitting on its hands..  Why?  For not releasing some water from upstream Missouri River last winter when it was apparent this would be yet another flooding year.  They waited...and residents downstream are about to pay.   NW Missouri flooding best covered on TV by helicopter...here's a couple aerials from Hey Cameraman.

Locally, Parkville is ready now though the word's around that overflowing water is delayed here until midweek.  Sad fact:  the more flooding and broken levees upstream mean less floodin downstream.  Parkville hopes to protect its chronically flooded downtown area with sandbags and portable levees.  Kansas City is safe because of permanent levees built after the 1951 flood.   Cnn has more on NW Missouri Water.

Racial comedian goes too far at a GOP conference; booted from stage
NEW ORLEANS – A comedian impersonating President Obama made racially tinged jokes Saturday at the Republican Leadership Conference before being pulled off the stage by an event organizer.
The Obama impersonator, Reggie Brown, said that while the First Lady celebrated all of Black History Month, the bi-racial president only celebrated half the month.

Or was he yanked from stage for ripping republicans?  (Newsbusters)


Bachmann generates buzz; Perry fails big expectations More from the leadership conference ... Washington Times not so impressed with the Texas Governor even though others loved this Southern Conservative who recently suggested TEXAS secede from the union!!!


 Supreme Court limits Wal-Mart sex bias case
FILE - In this March 29, 2011 file photo, the five plaintiffs in a case of women employees against Wal-Mart, from left, Stephanie Odle, of Norman, Okla., Betty Dukes, of Pittsburg, Calif., Deborah Gunter, of Palm Springs, Calif., Christine Kwapnoski, of Bay Point, Calif., and Edith Arena, of Duarte, Calif.  pose for a photograph outside the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court has ruled for Wal-Mart in its fight to block a massive sex discrimination lawsuit on behalf of women who work there. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)AP - The Supreme Court on Monday blocked a massive sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of female employees in a decision that makes it harder to mount large-scale bias claims against the nation's biggest companies.


Olbermann Reboots With Michael Moore

The battle for progressive viewers begins in earnest Monday night when former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann takes on his former bosses at a new network. Olbermann is keeping the name, format and time slot of his MSNBC talkfest “Countdown,” which debuts on Al Gore’s Current TV opposite “The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell.”

Olbermann left MSNBC in January two months after being suspended “indefinitely” for donating campaign money to three Democrats running for Congress. The suspension was lifted after four days.

 A former Kansas City Monarch now has a headstone after lying for 30 years in an unmarked grave.
About 40 family members, friends and baseball fans gathered last weekend at Topeka’s Mount Hope Cemetery to pay tribute to Carroll Ray “Dink” Mothell, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.  The Topeka native played 15 seasons in the Negro Leagues, starting in 1920, mostly with the Kansas City Monarchs.  The Society for American Baseball Research has set out to honor former players who died in anonymity. Mothell’s headstone is the 22nd installed since the group started the effort in 2004.


Gabrielle goes home.   Rep. Gabrielle Giffords visited her district in Tucson over the weekend for the first time since she was shot in January. The New York Times calls it a "low-key homecoming": She went on a driving tour of the city that passed by many of her old haunts. She continues to live with her husband in a suburb in Houston, near the hospital that recently discharged her.
Read it at The New York Times


 Wide open Internet Names.  The international regulatory body overseeing Internet domain names has voted to allow almost any domain address—so long as the person or group registering it can pay an $185,000 fee. That means corporations are likely to be the first to sign up. GM, for example, could buy "cars.gm"; local businesses could also buy domain names relating to their locale, like ".nyc." or .london". Almost any word will work, including words in Arabic and Chinese. People and groups can begin applying for new domains January 12; first approvals are expected by the end of 2012.

Read it at Reuters


A man walks into a bar, notices a very large jar on the counter,and sees that it's filled to the brim with $10-100  bills.  He guesses there must be at least ten thousand dollars in it.He approaches the bartender and asks, "What's with the money in the jar?"

"Well..., you pay $10, and if you pass three tests, you get all the money in the jar and the keys to a brand new Lexus." 

The man certainly isn't going to pass this up, so he asks,  "What are the three tests?" 

"You gotta pay first,"  says the bartender, "those are the rules."

So, after thinking it over a while, the man gives the bartender $10 which he stuffs into the jar.

"Okay," says the bartender, "here's what you need to do: 

First -  You have to drink a whole quart of tequila, in 60 seconds or less,  and you can't make a face while doing it."

"Second - There's a pit bull chained in the backwith a bad tooth.  You have to remove that tooth with your bare hands."

"Third - There's a 90-year old lady upstairs who's never had sex.  You have to take care of that problem."

The man is stunned!  "I know I paid my $10  -- but I'm not an idiot!  I won't do it!  You'd have to be nuts to drink a quart of tequila and then do all those other  things!" 

"Your call," says the  bartender, "but, your money stays where it is." 

As time goes on, the man has a few more drinks and finally says, "Where's the damn tequila?!" 
He grabs the bottle with both hands and drinks it as fast as he can.Tears stream down both cheeks -- but he doesn't make a face -- and he drinks it in 58 seconds! 

Next, he staggers out the back door where he sees the pit bull chained to a pole.  Soon, the people inside the bar hear loud growling, screaming, and sounds of a terrible fight -- then nothing but silence! 

Just when they think that the man surely must be dead, he staggers back into the bar.  His clothes are ripped to shreds and  he's bleeding from bites and gashes all over his body.   He drunkenly says, "Now..., where's that old woman with the bad  tooth?"

  • If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on the right side of your mouth. If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on the left side of your mouth.
  •  To make half a kilo of honey, bees must collect nectar from over 2 million individual flowers.
  • Heroin is the brand name of morphine once marketed by 'Bayer'.
  • Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult!
  • People in nudist colonies play volleyball more than any other sport.


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