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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Pizza clerk surprised to find robber is her dad
DENTON, Texas - Police said they will not file charges against a clerk whose parents and husband were charged with robbing the pizza restaurant where she worked, officials said. Police said the clerk didn't know they planned to rob the Pizza Patron Friday night.

"Hi, welcome to Pizza Patron, will this be take out or dine in?"
"Dis'll be take out, as in take da money out of da cash register an' fork it over 'fore I fills ya fulla lead."

While the robbery was in progress, the clerk discovered her father was the robber when another clerk struck him,
"Take that, you vile rapscallion!"

knocking him out
and knocking off his wig and sunglasses.
"OMG, that's, like, my Dad! Wearing Granny's wig! This is like, totally embarassing!"
He was later apprehended after witnesses followed the getaway pickup.
"Hey, that's my Mom's F150!"
"Your family is, like, majorly dysfunctional--I mean, like, hell-oooo! Paging Doctor Phil, stat!"
"You're tellin' me!"

"Her husband told us she didn't know. He knew they were going to rob someplace but he thought it was going to be a convenience store," police Sgt. James Brett said in a story in Monday's online editions of the Denton Record-Chronicle. . . .
Posted by: Mike || 07/18/2008 16:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top|| File under:

Today's Scumbag
Prosecutors say a New York City police detective accused of forcing a 13-year-old runaway into prostitution has resigned from the force and pleaded guilty to attempted kidnapping.
I assume he wasn't fired because they probably had more control over him or his testimony?
Wayne Taylor initially said he was "100 percent innocent" of keeping the teen as a captive and compelling her to sell herself at parties last winter.
What teenager?
But Queens prosecutors say the 35-year-old officer and 29-year-old accomplice Zelika Brown pleaded guilty to the same charge Thursday. They face 3 1/2-year prison terms.
Oh, that teenager.
Brown also originally contested the charges. Her lawyer challenged statements authorities said she made to them.
Fine. The more you do that the poorer you are when you get out of prison.
Prosecutors say about 20 men paid Taylor and Brown $40 to $80 for sex with the girl.
I hear the price varies in prison, too. Usually it's something between "do it with a smile and you get to keep your face" and "maybe your sphincter will work again before your face heals".
Taylor was an officer for about 14 years.
I doubt he was ever an officer. Just some guy who went through the motions.
Posted by: gorb || 07/18/2008 04:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [266 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Enter the Reverend Jesse Jackson!!!
He'll throw the N-word around a few times and this guy will be square with the man.
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 07/18/2008 10:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Three and half years? In the good old times you would have been hanged for that.
Posted by: JFM || 07/18/2008 10:16 Comments || Top||

#3  29-year-old accomplice Zelika Brown

The bloody SWEDES! They're always at the bottom of this sort of activity.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/18/2008 14:30 Comments || Top||

Lions devour mentally-ill man in Zimbabwe
(Xinhua) -- A suspected mentally-ill man was last Friday devoured by a pride of marauding lions at a motel in the northern Zimbabwean border town of Chirundu, The Herald reported on Thursday.
I smell a multi-squidgillion zimbuck lawsuit coming...
Only parts such as three leg bones, two fingers, three ribs and his private organs were recovered after the attack on July 11 at around 2 a.m. behind Chirundu Valley Motel, the newspaper said.

Also recovered were the victim's blood-stained clothes. Mashonaland West police spokesperson Inspector Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident, adding that the remains of the man were taken to Karoi Hospital mortuary.

A guard who was manning the motel witnessed the incident after peeping from a safe hideout when he heard the man scream as the roaring lions attacked him.

Lions are usually active from dusk until nightfall and Nyathi urged visitors to Chirundu and residents to avoid moving at night in the wildlife-infested area and to be extremely vigilant as an attack on humans normally leads to a spate of targeted killings. "Visitors and residents in the area are warned to be cautious and avoid walking at night as history has shown that once lions taste human flesh they begin hunting for it," he said.

He said police had alerted the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority about the incident.
Posted by: Fred || 07/18/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [251 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Has nothing to do with taste. Unarmed humans are an easy prey.
Posted by: Spike Uniter || 07/18/2008 4:10 Comments || Top||

#2  "wildlife infested" ??

Perhaps they should avoid building motels in the lions' habitat?
Posted by: john frum || 07/18/2008 9:23 Comments || Top||

#3  Sounds more like a human infestation in the wildlife area to me.
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 07/18/2008 10:17 Comments || Top||

#4  A suspected mentally-ill man was last Friday devoured by a pride of marauding lions

Stay clear of lion prides and from gay prides.
Posted by: JFM || 07/18/2008 10:18 Comments || Top||

#5  The paper work on this incident would be awful.
I am sure eaten by lions is not on any PC-Correct rehabilitation life skills plan.
Posted by: 3dc || 07/18/2008 11:09 Comments || Top||

#6  When I read the headline I was thinking 'Mugabe' and 'Act of God.'
Posted by: Iblis || 07/18/2008 12:32 Comments || Top||

#7  Two lions kill a clown and start to eat it. One looks at the other and says: "Does this taste funny to you?"

I'll be here all week!
Posted by: Hellfish || 07/18/2008 13:15 Comments || Top||

#8  Back in the day, We could have counted on faithful side kick Jim to distract the maruding lions while Marlin sold this poor soul some Mutual of Zim life insurance. Then climbed back into the Land Rover and drove away......
Posted by: USN,Ret. || 07/18/2008 14:30 Comments || Top||

#9  Earlier, the lion was heard loudly arguing with his aged mother in the rundown Victorian house next to the motel.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 07/18/2008 14:38 Comments || Top||

Great Escape Squadron Leader Frank "Fearless" Day, 91, RIP
Squadron Leader Frank "Fearless" Day, who has died aged 91, came close to freedom during the Great Escape from Stalag Luft III; he was near the end of the tunnel when the exit was discovered, by which time 76 airmen had broken free, but he was forced to retreat and was soon in solitary confinement.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 07/18/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [247 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A British hero from a time when there were many of them. I suspect he was not pleased to see what has happened to the country he gave so much to save. Rest in peace, Squadron Leader. Maybe someday Britons will again value your courage and sacrifice.
Posted by: Jomosing Bluetooth8431 || 07/18/2008 18:12 Comments || Top||

#2  all the cool guys are named Frank

/Commodore Frank
Posted by: Frank G || 07/18/2008 18:30 Comments || Top||

#3  It is about time for the Lady of the Lake gave Excalibur to some deserving lad, though that sword would become very bloody indeed before England was restored.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 07/18/2008 20:31 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Us Brits lub ya !
Statue of Liberty Farmers

Posted by: Mad Eye || 07/18/2008 04:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [252 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Wowzers!

Thanks, Tom Pearcy. :-D
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 07/18/2008 13:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Thats 'Amazing'....

(sorry... had to be said...)
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/18/2008 13:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Bless your heart, Tom.
Posted by: Newc || 07/18/2008 16:04 Comments || Top||

Apple's new iPhone 3G is ready for the Muslim and Arabic speaking world even though it isn't available in those countries yet.

A US-based website in Arabic and English has already developed Islamic-themed software for the new iPhone. This includes providing Muslim prayer timings as well as the iQuran [software that allows you to read the Koran or the Muslim holy book on the iPhone], as well as the iMoon, which will provide the approximate moon phases for any given date - information that can be useful during Ramadan or the Muslim fasting month.

The latest version of the iPhone went on sale on Friday in 24 countries, but is not yet available in the Arabic speaking world, according to Apple's website. The American company said that the new version of the iPhone will be available in Jordan, Egypt and Qatar soon.
Posted by: 3dc || 07/18/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [257 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I stupidity.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 07/18/2008 3:54 Comments || Top||

#2  The real question is ... Can you wipe yer arse with it ?
Posted by: Mad Eye || 07/18/2008 5:02 Comments || Top||

#3  Isn't the technology in the iPhone considered sensitive and thus restricted as to what countries it can be exported to?

Posted by: FOTSGreg || 07/18/2008 14:41 Comments || Top||

Mob Attacks Brit Police Officers For Being Snarky
Two police officers are on sick leave after being attacked by a mob in south London after they asked a 15-year-old girl to pick up her litter. One officer was dragged to the ground and kicked while the other was bitten by a girl who jumped on his back.

Up to 30 people took part in the attack, which happened in North End, Croydon, on Wednesday afternoon. A girl who was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault has been released on bail. Two men, aged 34 and 38 and both from South Norwood, south London, have been arrested on suspicion of assault and violent disorder.

Trouble flared when the 15-year-old threw her food wrapper back on to the ground and became aggressive. Police said the girl initially picked up the fast food wrapper when asked by the patrolling officers, but immediately dropped it again sparking the confrontation.

The officers, aged 34 and 29, suffered bruising and knee injuries and are currently on sick leave. The officer who received the bite wound required hospital treatment.

Officers have been examining CCTV footage from the area. Insp Simon Ellingham said: "We have heard from several retailers in the area who were horrified at the level of violence used by the crowd against the officers."
Which is, of course, an utterly meaningless thing to add.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 07/18/2008 10:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [294 views] Top|| File under:

#1  No linky.
Posted by: tu3031 || 07/18/2008 11:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Hmmm...maybe this one.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/18/2008 11:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Were they "Asians"?
Posted by: OldSpook || 07/18/2008 12:28 Comments || Top||

#4  Nope, apparently they were just "black".
Posted by: OldSpook || 07/18/2008 12:30 Comments || Top||

#5  Some parts of Europe are boiling already, will civil war be far off ? It seems pretty remore that masses of lawless people will blend in.
Posted by: wxjames || 07/18/2008 13:01 Comments || Top||

#6  Enoch Powell tried to tell them what the end result of their immigration policies would be. He was cursed and vilified for his pains, but he was absolutely right.

In the days of the Empire, Britain used to export law and order to violent parts of the globe. Now that the Empire is gone, Britain is shown to have imported anarchy and disorder from those violent places to its own shores.

Diversity is all too often a recipe for disastrous social violence. It certainly isn't the unmixed blessing its proponents on the left claim it to be. Note carefully the fact that most of its white adherents live in areas where they don't have to live with its consequences.
Posted by: Jomosing Bluetooth8431 || 07/18/2008 18:04 Comments || Top||

#7  I wonder if this could be the beginning of the backlash against the 'Nanny State'? Per this article, I'm guessing no, based on what looks like a racial situation.

That said, further incidents such as this won't surprise me.
Posted by: Raj || 07/18/2008 19:13 Comments || Top||

North Korea's "Hotel of Doom" wakes from its coma

North Korea's phantom hotel is stirring back to life. Once dubbed by Esquire magazine as "the worst building in the history of mankind," the 105-storey Ryugyong Hotel is back under construction after a 16-year lull in the capital of one of the world's most reclusive and destitute countries.

According to foreign residents in Pyongyang, Egypt's Orascom group has recently begun refurbishing the top floors of the three-sided pyramid-shaped hotel whose 330-metre (1,083 ft) frame dominates the Pyongyang skyline.

The firm has put glass panels into the concrete shell, installed telecommunications antennas -- even though the North forbids its citizens to own mobile phones -- and put up an artist's impression of what it will look like.

An official with the group said its Orascom Telecom subsidiary was involved in the project but gave no details.

The hotel consists of three wings rising at 75 degree angles capped by several floors arranged in rings supposed to hold five revolving restaurants and an observation deck.

A creaky building crane has for years sat unused at the top of the 3,000-room hotel in a city where tourists are only occasionally allowed to visit.

"It is not a beautiful design. It carries little iconic or monumental significance, but sheer muscular and massive presence," said Lee Sang Jun, a professor of architecture at Yonsei University in Seoul.

The communist North started construction in 1987, in a possible fit of jealousy at South Korea, which was about to host the 1988 Summer Olympics and show off to the world the success of its rapidly developing economy.

A concrete shell built by North Korea's Paektu Mountain Architects & Engineers emerged over the next few years. A proud North Korea put a likeness of the hotel on postage stamps and boasted about the structure in official media.

According to intelligence sources, then North Korean leader Kim Il-sung saw the hotel as a symbol of his big dreams for the state he founded, while his son and current leader Kim Jong-il was a driving force in its construction.

But by 1992, worked was halted. The North's main benefactor the Soviet Union had dissolved a year earlier and funding for the hotel had vanished. For a time, the North airbrushed images of the Ryugyong Hotel from photographs.

As the North's economy took a deeper turn for the worse in the 1990s the empty shell became a symbol of the country's failure, earning nicknames "Hotel of Doom" and "Phantom Hotel."

Yonsei's Lee and other architects said there were questions raised about whether the hotel was structurally sound and a few believed completing the structure could cause it to collapse.

It would cost up to $2 billion to finish the Ryugyong Hotel and make it safe, according to estimates in South Korean media. That is equivalent to about 10 percent of the North's annual economic output.
Bwahahahaha! Looooosers! Maybe you could grind it into dust and feed 10% of your population with it.

Bruno Giberti, associate head of California Polytechnic State University's Department of Architecture, said the project was typical of what has been produced recently in many cities trying to show their emerging wealth by constructing gigantic edifices that were not related in scale to anything else around them.

"If this is the worst building in the world, the runners up are in Vegas and Shanghai," said Giberti.
Yeah, well I'll bet the runners-up at least have occupants.
Posted by: gorb || 07/18/2008 05:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [315 views] Top|| File under:

The Ryugyong Hotel is, in my opinion, the single most unsettling structure ever erected by the hand of man. It’s 1,082 feet tall, has 105 floors, and encloses 3.9 million square feet of floor space. . . .

The Ryugyong Hotel looms over Pyongyang like some kind of slumbering bat. Something deep inside my brain tells me that the 75° angle of the hotel’s outer walls is exactly the wrong angle; it says sinister, it says creepy, it says get away.

Okay, so tastes differ. I think it makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up; maybe the North Koreans think it’s sweet as punkin’ pie. That still begs the question of why. The DPRK maintains strict control over tourists and other visitors. The Ryugyong was designed to have 3,000 rooms, but at the time it was built only a few thousand people were allowed into the country per year, and almost none of them were destined for Pyongyang. Even today, after the establishment of the Kŭmgang-san tourist region, the DPRK only sees about 130,000 tourists per year. Every single one of them could book a week-long stay in the Ryugyong and the hotel would still be significantly under capacity.

--"Shape of Days"
Posted by: Mike || 07/18/2008 7:55 Comments || Top||

#2  It would cost up to $2 billion to finish the Ryugyong Hotel and make it safe, according to estimates in South Korean media.

They sound like Big Dig subcontractors...
Posted by: Raj || 07/18/2008 8:46 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Abdominal Snowman || 07/18/2008 9:28 Comments || Top||

#4  fwiw, the architect was Baekdu Mountain Architects & Engineers.

there is a rumor that the upper floors are being retrofitted with either a communications facility or some other similar thing
Posted by: mhw || 07/18/2008 11:11 Comments || Top||

#5  If it doesn't collapse under its own weight that is.
Posted by: Jairong Oppressor of the Poles6195 || 07/18/2008 15:49 Comments || Top||

#6  Visit North Korea.

Posted by: Newc || 07/18/2008 15:58 Comments || Top||

#7  Well the Norks never claimed to be arbiters of good taste.
Posted by: Snerelet Untervehr4255 || 07/18/2008 16:27 Comments || Top||

#8  From In From the Cold...

In fairness, we should note that the unfinished hotel has served at least one useful, though unintended, purpose. U.S. military sensor operators, supporting U-2 surveillance missions against North Korea, routinely used the Ryugyong as a “focus point” for tuning the optical and radar sensors on the spy plane.

Even at extreme ranges, it was easy to use the 105-story hotel as a target for the U-2’s sensor pods, and ensure they were working properly. It wasn’t what Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-il had in mind when they conceived the project, but the Ryugyong’s role as an “aim point” may be its most lasting contribution in relations between North Korea, the ROK and the United States.
Posted by: tu3031 || 07/18/2008 16:44 Comments || Top||

#9  One day, giant sirens will lift from the structure and shriek into the sky, and the Eloi will stop whatever they're doing, and stumble, mesmerized, into the lobby.

And then the massive doors will shut...
Posted by: Angie Schultz || 07/18/2008 17:09 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Voters to decide on naming sewage plant for Bush

Well it is Baghdad by the Bay...
SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- A measure seeking to commemorate President Bush's years in office by slapping his name on a San Francisco sewage plant has qualified for the November ballot. The measure certified Thursday would rename the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant the George W. Bush Sewage Plant.
Let's hope it has lots of problems.
Supporters say the idea is to commemorate the mess they claim Bush has left behind by actions such as the war in Iraq.
Heeeheeehee heeheehee...we'll show that doodoo head.
Posted by: tu3031 || 07/18/2008 08:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [294 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Too bad this isn't being done by a legislative process. Then, one sane person, if any can be found in SF, could put forth an amendment that declares that all who vote for this do hereby declare themselves outside the human race and so are no longer under the protection of the laws of our land. Then, see how many would vote themselves out of humanity.
Posted by: Richard of Oregon || 07/18/2008 11:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Not to worry, when they get their next big earthquake, the MSM will roll out the Katrina narrative again, and no irony at all will be seen in positing an equivalance between New Orleans welfare rats and high dollar San Francisco liberals. And Heineken Looter Guy will be there too...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/18/2008 11:44 Comments || Top||

#3  This is great. I hope they do name it after him. I can see it now, GWB appears for the ribbon cutting with Mike Rowe from DSC Dirty Jobs and says " I am honored to have name affixed to this waste water treatment plant. I feel priviledge to stand hear today with all the men and women who do dirty jobs no matter what is asked of them. Likewise, I have always believed in doing what I say I am going to do no matter what is required......"
Posted by: TomAnon || 07/18/2008 15:24 Comments || Top||

#4  That's so funny, I think I forgot to laugh.

What a bunch of childish morons. Grow up already!
Posted by: eltoroverde || 07/18/2008 15:42 Comments || Top||

#5  But pirates.
Posted by: Jairong Oppressor of the Poles6195 || 07/18/2008 15:53 Comments || Top||

#6  If I were GWB, I'd attend the opening, give a speech about the importance of sanitation and infrastructure and at the post event presser comment that I'd never seen a place in need of a sewage plant as SF.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 07/18/2008 16:45 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Obama Throws Michelle Under the Bus
Michelle Obama IS NOT going on Obama's trips to Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, and Europe.

Nor would she have a policy role in the Obama administration; she would be raising their daughters.

But SHE WILL have a primetime speaking role at the Democratic National Convention.

Smart move...
Posted by: Hupeatch Javigum7979 || 07/18/2008 19:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [375 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What a male chauvinist pig.
"Michelle has to stay at home". Hillary was right, he is a male neanderthal.
Posted by: tipper || 07/18/2008 20:41 Comments || Top||

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