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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Today's Idiot
A man told police he was on a military mission when caught shoplifting Sunday afternoon at a supermarket in east Athens.
"Your mission, Robert, should you decide to accept it, is to find one of the few remaining Twinkies at the Kroger, and bring it to us."
Robert Anthony Leseueur, 36, was arrested at the Kroger on College Station Road for drinking a soda and eating a beef stick, then trying to leave the store without paying, Athens-Clarke police said.
Got short-rationed again, did he?
Police said store managers caught Leseueur attempting to leave and held him until an officer arrived.
"Lemme go! Lemme go!"
"You stay put until Officer Squarenuts gets here!"
"No way, Satan's water bottle is gonna spring a leak!"
Leseueur first explained that "someone on the Internet had told him to come get those items," the officer wrote in an incident report.
They also told him to send them his social security number to Nigeria...
While speaking with Leseueur, it became apparent to the officer that he was a raving loonie has some sort of issue, which was blacked out in a copy of the officer's report made public on Monday.

"He stated that he works for Seal Team Six and was on a special mission," the officer wrote in the report.
"What kind of mission, pal?"
"A special mission, officer! Now lemme go or else Satan's gonna get outta jug."
"He also informed me that he had caught Satan and had him in a bottle in his book bag."
Sure. Where else would you put him?
Whatever issues Leseueur might, he was still arrested and booked into the Clarke County Jail on a theft by shoplifting charge.
Wonder if they dumped Satan down the drain.
While he has no criminal record noted in Clarke County Superior Court, Leseueur served prison time for convictions in other Georgia counties and has been arrested in at least one other state.
Might want to check with the state psychiatric facility...
Central State Prison released Leseueur just five months ago, after he served nearly two years for an aggravated stalking conviction in Taliaferro County.
That was a special mission too...
Leseueur entered the state prison system twice before in 1995 and 1999, both times for convictions in McDuffie County on theft, burglary and other charges, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections. He was arrested for burglary in Tennessee in 2004, and a year later was booked into the Dekalb County Jail as a fugitive.

He was booked into the local jail Sunday and listed has having a Snapfinger Drive address in Athens.
Posted by: Beavis || 01/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [235 views] Top||

#1  Perhaps he was on a mission from God?
Posted by: gorb || 01/15/2013 0:22 Comments || Top||

#2  A mission from God could appear pretty whack. Or maybe he was on a mission from Satan, and Satan was just goofing with him. Prolly hard to tell at times.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/15/2013 1:10 Comments || Top||

#3  Dear Lord, why Georgia. Why Georgia ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/15/2013 1:19 Comments || Top||

#4  Yes, Bes, I'd expect this sort of thing in Florida. Thank you, Dave Barry.
Posted by: Eric Jablow || 01/15/2013 2:52 Comments || Top||

#5  link


Or just Google People of Walmart on Utube
Please use the link doohickicky instead of just pasting the URL naked like that -- long links break the 'burg. Type a word or phrase to hold the link, highlight, then click on the little icon that looks like a globe wearing eyeglasses... or two links of a chain, and paste the URL into the box that pops up.

Thank you for the moderators,
tw at 7:25 ET
Posted by: Threater Flusoper9823 || 01/15/2013 6:08 Comments || Top||

#6  ┬"someone on the Internet had told him to come get those items┬"

Whew, glad it wasn't the neighbor's Pit Bull. Hard telling what the outcome might have been.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/15/2013 10:19 Comments || Top||

#7  Hope they checked his teeth for Baking-powder capsules.
Posted by: Charles || 01/15/2013 20:19 Comments || Top||


Bangladesh
Rajbari Rape, Killing
[Bangla Daily Star] Out on bail from jail in an attempted rape case last month, accused Rais Uddin Sheikh was looking for Dire Revenge┬™ on a minor schoolgirl in Rajbari.

He finally had Dire Revenge┬™ on Saturday when he violated and killed the six-year-old girl.
Six?! Even Mohammed himself waited until Aisha was nine. Try him fair and then start the punishment by pulling out his toenails, then work up from there.
Yesterday, the accused of about 18 admitted the offence before a magistrate in a Rajbari court and was sent to jail, said Abdur Razzak, officer-in-charge of Rajbari Sadar Police Station.

Police quoting locals said Rais, son of Arshad Sheikh of Gopalpur village in Sadar upazila of Rajbari, waylaid the girl on her way home from Brac School in the village around 10:30am.

He pushed a piece of cloth into her mouth and took her in a nearby bush, where he violated and strangled the girl to death.

Seeing Rais coming out of the bush, passersby noticed the girl lying in the bush and caught him red handed. They gave him a good beating before handing him over to police.
Thank you, O Passers by.
On June 15 last year, he had attempted to violate the girl at the same spot, but failed.
Make that trial really short, and the punishment slow and thorough.
Following a case filed with Rajbari Sadar Police Station the same day by the girl's father, police had rounded up Rais and sent him to jail through a local court.

On December 8, he walked free on bail. The trial in the case is underway.

The victim's family has filed a murder case against the accused. Police will investigate the murder and submit charge sheet soon, said the OC.
Posted by: Fred || 01/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [251 views] Top||

#1  tie him out and let the wimminz at him with Sporks O' Death┬™
Posted by: Frank G || 01/15/2013 10:24 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russian Army Vows to Outlaw Foot Cloths by Year End
[An Nahar] Russia's defense minister expressed horror on Monday that soldiers were still wrapping cloths around their feet instead of wearing socks, and vowed the historic practice must end this year.

"I would like to give an order that in 2013, at least by the end of the year, we forget the word 'foot cloths'," a grim-faced Sergei Shoigu told military top brass at a televised meeting.

"I ask for extra funds to be issued if necessary so that we completely give up this concept in the armed forces."

Russia's military leaders have repeatedly vowed to ban the practice, dating back a hundred years, as part of an attempt to modernise the sprawling armed forces.

Soldiers wind pieces of cloth around their feet, which some say is more practical for use with tall boots, but the practice is seen as shamefully old-fashioned.

The Russian armed forces modernized its uniform in 2008 with help from top fashion designer Valentin Yudashkin, including cotton socks.

"This is 2013. We are still talking about foot cloths," Shoigu said, adding that he had seen the practice while visiting units in recent months.

"Listen, I am amazed at such an attitude to our troops. Find the level of demand and solve this task," the former emergencies minister ordered brusquely.

Foot cloths and tall boots were taken off the list of essential elements of uniform for the armed forces in 2007 but their use continued and was never banned, a source in the defense ministry told the state RIA Novosti news agency.

Soldiers still wear tall boots for some tasks and foot cloths are more suitable than socks, the source admitted.

"It's very uncomfortable wearing socks with tall boots. The feet quickly get rubbed raw and socks wear out instantly."

Shoigu was appointed defense minister by President Vladimir Putin in November last year after the sacking of his predecessor Anatoly Serdyukov, who is currently being questioned as a witness in a vast corruption scandal.
Posted by: Fred || 01/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [251 views] Top||

#1  Apparently Russian industry hasn't discovered multi-layered socks yet???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/15/2013 0:12 Comments || Top||

#2  What about thigh high socks?
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/15/2013 0:35 Comments || Top||

#3  What about fishnet stockings?
Posted by: Steve White || 01/15/2013 10:50 Comments || Top||

#4  But, but, but I wear a 3m foot cloth! Shudup, put them in your kart, and MOVE ALONG!
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/15/2013 11:00 Comments || Top||

#5  WTF??!!! They are going with cotton socks instead of wool in Russia??? Hello frostbite!
Posted by: Yosemite Sam || 01/15/2013 11:31 Comments || Top||

#6  Use of cotton socks in cold weather is utterly ridiculous.
In other news, Russian soldiers have been ordered to use belts to hold up their pants instead of ropes and rags currently being used. The order has been put on hold pending issuance of belts to the troops.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 01/15/2013 13:01 Comments || Top||

#7  What about fishnet stockings?

It's the Russians, not the Belgians.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/15/2013 13:14 Comments || Top||

#8  Drunken Russians wearing fishnet.
Definitely one of my worst nightmares!!
Hahahaha!
Posted by: Raider || 01/15/2013 14:05 Comments || Top||

#9  Drunken female Russians? Count me in!
Posted by: gorb || 01/15/2013 21:53 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
Chinese eugenics
First response in the 2013 Edge survey. Worth reading carefully.
Posted by: || 01/15/2013 14:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [254 views] Top||

#1  The question asked was about what these supposedly elite thinkers fear for 2013. After reading some of the responses I fear the lack of humility among "elite thinkers".
Posted by: Rifle308 || 01/15/2013 21:10 Comments || Top||


Europe
Silvio Berlusconi 'like the Pied Piper leading Italy to doom', warns Mario Monti
Mr Monti, who is contesting the election as the leader of a centrist coalition, likened the 76-year-old billionaire to "a pied piper who leads the mice to drown in the river".

He said Mr Berlusconi had "already fooled Italians three times," a reference to his three terms as prime minister ┬-- the last of which came to an end in Nov 2011 when he was forced to resign amid sex scandals and concerns over the mismanagement of Italy's large public debt.

Mr Monti's remarks, made on a television current affairs programme on Monday night, marked his most trenchant criticism to date of his predecessor and intensified the antagonism between the two protagonists just weeks ahead of the Feb 24-25 election.

"The sacrifices Italians have made in the last year could be squandered in three or four months if an old, reinvigorated illusionist comes to power," Mr Monti told the programme, Porta a Porta.

He said that he had believed in Mr Berlusconi when he first entered politics in the early 1990s, promising to bring Thatcherite reforms to Italy's sclerotic economy, but said that like millions of Italians he had become disillusioned after the media mogul broke so many promises.
Posted by: tipper || 01/15/2013 09:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [248 views] Top||

#1  Freudian Projection IMHO.

Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/15/2013 9:28 Comments || Top||


Berlusconi sex trial to go ahead next month
[ABC.NET.AU] Italia's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi
...former Italian prime minister, known for his plain (for a European politician) speaking and his liking for hookers a third his age or less...
has lost a bid to adjourn his trial for underage sex until after upcoming elections.

Berlusconi wanted the trial pushed back until after next month's election, in which he is running for office.

The billionaire tycoon is charged with paying for sex with Karima El-Mahroug in 2010 at his mansion near Milan, when she was just 17 and he was the prime minister.

They both deny ever having sex.

Berlusconi's lawyer told the court he will be too busy campaigning to follow the case or attend court, and that he fears his trial could influence the election.

But the court has ruled the trial must go ahead.

Moroccan-born Ms El-Mahroug, who used the working name "Ruby the Heart Stealer", arrived at the trial overnight to testify.

But Berlusconi's lawyers now say they will not be calling her as a witness.

Judges said her written testimony, where she described wild "Bunga Bunga" parties hosted by Berlusconi, will still be considered in the case.
Posted by: Fred || 01/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [233 views] Top||

#1  Can't wait.
Posted by: imoyaro || 01/15/2013 6:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Something tells me Berlusconi (in some twisted way) is look forward to jury selection.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/15/2013 8:38 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
Enhanced Interrogation scenes in 'Zero Dark Thirty' dim director's Oscar chances?
So why did the director of the critically acclaimed film -- it earned an impressive 92 percent rating on film critics aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes -- get left out at the Academy Awards?

Some say it is because Bigelow incorporated controversial scenes of enhanced interrogation. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) member David Clennon, an actor best known for his portrayal of Miles Drentel in the ABC series "thirtysomething," a role he reprised on "Once and Again," wrote an op-ed on the Truth-Out.org website announcing his intention not to vote for the film in any Academy Awards category.

"Everyone who contributes skill and energy to a motion picture -- including actors -- shares responsibility for the impressions the picture makes and the ideas it expresses," he said. "There's plenty of 'Oscar buzz' around 'Zero Dark Thirty.' Several associations of film critics have awarded it their highest honors. I have watched the film (2 hours, 37 minutes). Torture is an appalling crime under any circumstances. 'Zero' never acknowledges that torture is immoral and criminal."
When is the last time Quintin Tarantino or any other Hollywood puck acknowledged gratuitous killing was immoral and criminal?
That's different, different you see: that's just about separating people from their money. Entirely different, no doubt about it...
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 01/15/2013 15:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [219 views] Top||


India-Pakistan
Pak Supreme Court orders arrest of prime minister
Pakistan's Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in the Rental Power Projects (RPP) scam, a major blow to the government and the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

A three-member bench led by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to arrest 16 accused including the PM within 24 hours and submit a report tomorrow. The Supreme Court had earlier ordered to the NAB to assign criminal liability in the case.

PM Ashraf, three ex-Cabinet ministers and four former secretaries of government departments have been accused in the case.

Ashraf is facing accusations of taking bribes in 2008 when he served as the federal minister for water and power. The prime minister also came to be known as 'Raja Rental' after he was accused in the case. He is facing allegations of buying property in London from wealth amassed through involvement in various scams as well.
Posted by: ryuge || 01/15/2013 05:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [230 views] Top||


Southeast Asia
Ho Chi Minh trail today
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [246 views] Top||

#1  DAMN, the sheer ammount of Wreckage, Artillery, and Bombs LEFT makes me glad thar I wasn't there.

(I was Navy in the Atlantic at the time, a Bitter and unrewarding place, on a Old WW2 frighter (Amphion, Arcturus) going From Norfolk to re-supply the med Fleet, at 6 mph both ways, talk about Crawling, and they Damn sure made sure you didn't go faster.

I remember watches in the Engine Room, Staring at a guage for RPM's and "Dont you dare let it go slower, or faster", 4 hours at a time, My Dad wondered "Why Don't you go Carreer", Never was so glad to see the end of Norfolk.

And good Riddance.)

And all the time being reminded "Beats Vietnam."
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/15/2013 13:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Excellent, thanks! My next road trip.
Posted by: Injun Stalin7884 || 01/15/2013 13:50 Comments || Top||

#3  Fascinating.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 01/15/2013 13:53 Comments || Top||

#4  On further thought, I;m alive, got two children and two Grand Children, so, I guess it WAS a good idea to be as far from that place as possible.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/15/2013 13:57 Comments || Top||

#5  I crossed the Atlantic multiple times at 10Kts in the mid 90's. Blew my mind that we took as long or longer than sailing ships of yore.

I couldn't stand 'BoxOps' - staying in a 10nmx10nm box for several weeks while doing workups and training. We used to have contests on the bridge to see who could hold the ship steady for a whole watch in one spot by pointing into the current and wind. The Quartermasters loved it - only had to plot one dot!
Posted by: Yosemite Sam || 01/15/2013 14:26 Comments || Top||

#6  Redneck Jim, My dad was engine room officer on Liberty & Victory ships crossing the Atlantic in WWII, and they were faster than yours.
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/15/2013 19:41 Comments || Top||

#7  The most fascinating picture is near the bottom, of an undocumented crash site they found an f-4 engine. The whole thing is just magnificent and even to a youngling like me, emotional. Too many we left behind. Too many.

On a side note, Military Collectors and Restorers should be hitching a ride over there for recovery of that stuff. Could probably buy dirt cheap.
Posted by: Charles || 01/15/2013 20:29 Comments || Top||

#8  Does anybody know what I need to do to make my Nym stick?
It won't.

I dodn't say it wasn't faster, I said they wouldn't LET it go faster, Completely "On Schedule, I DID get to see Genoa Italy, But otherwise a total waste of time.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/15/2013 21:13 Comments || Top||

#9  In 1944 they let 'em go as fast as they could without falling apart - even if some fell apart in the process. After VE Day his ship was diverted to the Pacific and he ended the war on the Atlantic (West - look at a map) side of the Panama Canal, because the ship wasn't considered seaworthy for the canal. Probably reasonable - that ship was a diesel, and some part of the engine was fractured and literally held together with baling wire, or at least some kind of wire and tensioner.
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/15/2013 21:29 Comments || Top||



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