Man accidentally shoots himself in groin
WICHITA, Kan. - A botched kidnapping ended with one of the assailants shooting himself in the groin, Wichita police said. The man had just stuck the gun back into his waistband when it fired, shooting him in the left testicle.
"Herb! You're a soprano?"
He cringed, causing the gun to fire again and strike him in the left calf.
"That does it! I'm giving up my life of crime!"
"Cheeze, Herb! Youse could get a job singin' opera!"
When the shooting ended, the 23-year-old man managed to walk himself into the hospital for treatment, police said.
"Just take a number and have a seat. We'll call you."
"No, you don't have to sit down."
He and his two accomplices, ages 18 and 20, were arrested for aggravated attempted kidnapping and conspiracy to obstruct justice. The men were attempting to kidnap a teen in a dispute over stereo speakers, police said. YJCMTSU
A DRUNK driver threatened two Territory police officers with a live snake after he was pulled over in Darwin at the weekend. The driver allegedly picked up the wild snake, believed to be either a deadly western brown or a harmless water python, ... Now, that's precise information, by Gum!
... as it slid across the road during a random roadside breath test.
He pointed the reptile's head at the officers and threatened them, before escaping into nearby bushes, still holding the snake. "I felt personally threatened by it," said Constable Dale Howe, who was one of the officers involved. "It was at least a metre long and I'm not very good with snakes - I don't like them. They taste like chicken. I don't like chicken, it tastes like snake.
"For someone to just go over and pick up a snake off the road is an unusual thing to do.
"I'm not sure what type of snake it was or if it was poisonous, but it was yellowy brown and, to me, a snake is a snake. They are all bad."
Constable Howe was with his colleague Constable Wolfgang Langeneck when they pulled over a Toyota Landcruiser, carrying five passengers, about midnight on Saturday after it was seen to be swerving along Amy Johnson Avenue.
The 17-year-old male driver was asked to step out of the car after he blew .131. As he was being questioned about the reading, he ran on to the road and picked up the snake. Despite endless requests by police to drop the reptile, the man failed to do so.
"Put the snake down, son, and no one gets hurt."
"You'll never take me alive, coppers!"
"P-u-u-u-u-ut the sn-a-a-a-a-ke, do-o-o-w-wn, son."
One of the officers used capsicum spray to disarm him, but he fled the scene into nearby bushes.
Darwin-based snake catcher Chris Peberdy said given the description of the snake and the area it was found, it was a western brown or a water python. "Both of those are commonly found in the Berrimah area," he said.
"I can see why the officers felt threatened. "A snake is as much a threat as a gun as you don't know whether it is loaded or not, as in containing the deadly venom."
Constable Howe, 30, said it is a story you would only hear of in the Territory. "It would be up there as one of the most bizarre things I have experienced in my three years in the force," he said.
The alleged offender has been identified and will be summonsed on charges of exceeding .08 and driving an unregistered vehicle. He will appear in Darwin Magistrates Court at a later date.
"Watch it, Dale he's got a snake!"
"Damn! I hate snakes! Is it loaded?"
"Dunno, could be a deadly brown."
"All snakes are bad."
I strenuously object to the tone of this story!
Same old thing - blame the snake.
Snakes don't kill people, people uh, um, well...
And we do NOT taste like chicken!
/Slithery, Star Coil, Snakes On A Road
Posted by: no mo uro ||
11/15/2006 17:54 Comments ||
My best deer story concerns a friend, a giant of a man who played the largest drums in an African drum band. He approached me one day and asked if I had any hunter friends, er...um...you know, rednecks who shoot deer?
He had found it terribly hard to purchase large, undamaged deer hides for his drums, so was hoping to "put out a contract" for a deer kill, done with a head shot. He would pay a premium price, and was willing to surrender the meat, though he also liked venison.
And though it seemed very unnatural to him, eventually he ended up buying a hunting rifle and other accoutrements to do it himself. The deciding factor was that he would also end up with a refrigerator full of venison.
He said it was the oddest thing, once he had made some hunter friends, to go to a hunter's bar. Nobody quite knew how to take him until they saw the big-ass buck in the back of his pickup truck.
Does anyone recall the 911 tape made a decade ago of the man who hit a deer with his car? He stopped to phone the police from a phone booth, where he was attacked by a neighborhood dog (smelling like blood, deer, and being a stranger in the area). The tape goes on and on with a crowd of dispatchers laughing gleefully as this guy relates in realtime the dog's antics in biting his leg.
Officials continue to patrol the Green Valley area after another coyote was killed Monday and three more people reported being bitten. Two people were bitten in separate incidents Monday evening and another reported being bitten Sunday outside their residences near the Canoa Hills and San Ignacio golf clubs on the south side of Green Valley, officials said.
Since the beginning of the canintafada month, seven people have been bitten by a coyote or coyotes. As many coyotes have been killed and are undergoing or have undergone rabies testing, although none is believed to be rabid, said Tom Whetten, a spokesman for the Arizona Game and Fish office in Tucson. Four of those coyotes tested negative for rabies and the results for the remaining three are still pending, said Bill Frank, an epidemiologist with the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Two of the latest bite incidents occurred within about 11 minutes of each other in the 3800 block of South Placita de la Moneda and the 1500 block of West Calle Zuniga about 6 p.m., said Deputy Dawn Barkman, a Pima County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman.
The coyote was shot to death by a USDA wildlife specialist as it was seen leaving the second residence, Whetten said. The bite that occurred Sunday was reported Tuesday morning, but no details were available about that incident. All who were bitten suffered minor injuries, Barkman said.
Evidence that residents have been insulting the Coyoran feeding the animals include bones and scraps that have been found in the area and the fact that all seven of the coyotes were extremely heavy and well fed.
The Arizona Department of Game and Fish believes that only one coyote is actually biting people because the behavior is the same in each case, Whetten said. It was not known if the coyote killed Monday is the one responsible for the attacks, Whetten said.
Staying out of the area until I know they can tell the difference between a coyote and a jackal.
Coyotes are one of the few species to actually do better once people move in to their environments. The locals probably aren't feeding them in the way most of us think, however....coyotes are scavengers after all. Must be some fine garbage pickin' in the neighborhood (along with a few tasty cats and small dogs.)
Since Oregon banned hunting mountain loins with dogs, the mountain loin population is rapidly increasing. And mountain loin foraging in the suburbs is way up, with a lot of Fluffies, Snowballs, and Rovers ending up as takeout for the visitors.
I work at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, just a stone's throw away from UC-Berkeley and the city itself.
We have had reliable mountain lion sightings on-site within the last month, evidece of a mountain lion deer kill on-site within the last 3 months, and additional evidence that the lab is home or host to at least 1 mountain lion for at least the last 3-5 years.
Whenever and wherever you have deer or evidence of deer, according to local wildlife experts, you are within the hunting range (in CA at least) of at least 1 mountain lion.
I personally saw a dead coyote on the road to work in the hills along Kirker Pass Road above Pittsburg, CA just the other night.
We regularly hear of coyotes in the outskirts of where I live in Antioch, CA.
Sorry, Korora, honest.
Nature, red in tooth, claw and sometimes rump, is a cruel beast.
Birdwatchers who flocked with their high-powered binoculars, telescopes and long lenses to see a rare Mediterranean visitor to Lunan Bay, near Montrose, got more than they bargained for. They watched in horror as the red-rumped swallow was attacked and eaten by a Scottish sparrowhawk.
Local enthusiasts spotted the swallow, which had taken a wrong turning on its migration route from southern Europe to its wintering grounds in Africa. Word that it had arrived on the East Coast of Scotland spread quickly, and a large crowd had gathered to watch it flying over the beach.
The swallows fatal mistake was to take a rest high on the roof of a nearby farm building. The twitchers watched in disbelief as the large hawk appeared, swooped on the swallow, crushed it with its powerful talons and flew off with its tasty Mediterranean dinner.
OldSpook, that you are a fan of Monty Python (whom I've seen live - at the Hollywood Bowl), makes everything complete. Not that I thought you weren't, mind you. It's just that knowing this for sure is ever so pleasant.
My left upper appendage sports a hand that grasped the upper-right arm of John Cleese during his "Gannet Ripple on a Stick" sketch. I've yet to wash it since.
The sparrowhawk, Accipiter nisus, is a large and common predatory native that preys on at least 120 species of small bird as well as on small mammals. The swallow, by contrast, lives on a diet of insects that it catches on the wing.
A clear case of evil carnivore vs. good insectivore (I know, I'm not sure why one hunter is better than the other just because the animals it eats are smaller and have more legs)... and evil won this time. Would it have been more sporting had the foreign invader been eaten by a native swallow instead? What is it about "newspapers of record" and bad writing with exquisite grammar?
"The sparrowhawk, Accipiter nisus, is a large and common predatory native that preys on at least 120 species of small bird as well as on small mammals. The swallow, by contrast, lives on a diet of insects that it catches on the wing."
Why was nobody "horrified" about the helpless insects snuffed out by this foreign invader?
/bunny-hugger mode off
Posted by: no mo uro ||
11/15/2006 6:37 Comments ||
Had anyone of those birdwatchers brought a gun instead of a useless camera this would have not happenned.
How about opening a chapter of the NRA in Scotland?
Maybe we could open a dialog with the hawk to try and understand what the sparrow did to warrant being eaten? My guess is the hawk is mearely reacting to a long held anger against the sparrows forefathers. If we could get the hawk to talk it out I'm sure it would come to the realization that we are all birds together on this planet and we can live in harmony as long as we all understand each others needs and honor the good aspects of each species culture. Then it could live peaceably with the sparrow until the hawk starved to death.
Reminds me of the seal(?) the animal rescuers saved and brought back to health. They released it into the sea with much fanfare and a huge gathering. Only to watch in horror as an orca snatched it.
Ya Pappy me too. My two sons, 9 & 11, were watching it and they both were shocked! Then they looked at me, I had no idea what to say through my tears of laughter,then the oldest said "circle of life I guess" and the conversation was over. I about wet my pants laughing. Wish I had taped that scene.
Posted by: 49 Pan ||
11/15/2006 11:23 Comments ||
That exploding whale should stand as a lesson to all red-rumped swallows to wear bomb vests.
Wasn't it Mel Blanc that said it best: " You're a chicken, and I'm a chickenhawk." Same principle, the stupid shall be eaten. Undoubtedly a male red-rumped sparrow. " And how do you know that" he asked.
Because the story says the bird took a wrong turn and didn't ask directions.
Mid-flight sexual play lands couple afoul of anti-terrorism law
A couple's ill-concealed sexual play aboard a Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles got them charged with violating the Patriot Act, intended for terrorist acts, and could land them in jail for 20 years.
I really don't know how you could conceal 'sexual play' on a 737. An Airbus A380 maybe ...
According to their indictment, Carl Persing and Dawn Sewell were allegedly snuggling and kissing inappropriately, "making other passengers uncomfortable," when a flight attendant asked them to stop.
"Mom, what's that man doing with his face in that lady's lap?"
"Persing was observed nuzzling or kissing Sewell on the neck, and ... with his face pressed against Sewell's vaginal area. During these actions, Sewell was observed smiling," reads the indictment filed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
"Oh, oh Carl, make me a woman!"
On a second warning from the flight attendant, Persing snapped back threatening the flight attendant with "serious consequences" if he did not leave them alone.
'cause he's big heat and all.
The comment was enough to have the couple, both in their early 40s, arrested when the plane reached its destination in Raleigh, North Carolina, and charged with obstructing a flight attendant and with criminal association.
I can't say whether it's criminal but it's definitely stooopid ...
They have been placed under legal surveillance until their trial on February 5. If found guilty, they both could be sent to jail for up to 20 years.
I'm trying really hard to feel sorry for them but I'm not succeeding very well.
Persing's lawyer William Peregoy said his client was not feeling well when he placed his head on his companion's lap, ...
Does that qualify as an in-flight lap dance?
... and that he only threatened the flight attendant with reporting him to his superiors on landing.
I'm still waiting to hear the retort, 'for what'?
Posted by: Steve White ||
11/15/2006 00:00 ||
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LOL > OTOH, iff legend is correct the MILE HIGH CLUB has never been, and still aren't, being stopped. "Sewell's vaginal area" > someone tell the Editor dats TOO MUCH INFORMATION.
Police arrested eight men and women Tuesday as they tried to stage a protest against the sexual harassment of women, police and political activists said. About 50 demonstrators, mostly women assembled in downtown Cairo to protest an alleged assault last month when young hooligans attacked women strolling along a busy shopping street, groping them and tearing their clothes, as police looked on.
The demonstrators wanted to protest outside the Metro Cinema, the site of last month's reported assault. But hundreds of riot police and plainclothes security agents surrounded the protesters and pushed and shoved them into a nearby coffee shop and closed the doors, witnesses told The Associated Press. About 90 minutes later, police detained eight of the demonstrators and allowed the remainder to go home, police and the witnesses said.
Heard the LOUD RISING RUMBLE NOISE of a quake begin but then stopped, unlike previous day(s) whem felt the tremors but little to no noise. ALso. EM "sparks/bends" in local gravity fields.
OBI WON > USE THE FORCE , LUKE. DARTH VADER > I FIND YOUR LACK OF FAITH DISTURBING.
Following directions in the Dead Sea Scrolls, archeologists have found the latrines used by the sect that produced the scrolls, discovering that efforts to achieve ritual purity inadvertently exposed members to intestinal parasites that shortened their lives.
The young male zealots who established their sect at Qumran chose a life of austerity and isolation, but they could not have foreseen the hardships created by their religiously imposed toilet practices, researchers said Monday.
"They paid a high price for their holiness," said archeologist James D. Tabor of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, one of the coauthors of a paper appearing in the international journal Revue de Qumran.
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Posted by: Mark E. ||
11/15/2006 12:02 Comments ||
Excalibur - you owe me a new keyboard!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: Yosemite Sam ||
11/15/2006 12:04 Comments ||
the scrolls were copies produced by a small sect, generally called the Essenes, who lived at Qumran.
Small sect? Numerically smaller than the other two sects at the time, yes: the Sadducees, who followed exactly the ancient rituals of the Temple in Jerusalem, led by the Kohens of the priestly family, and the Pharisees, led by the rabbis, who tried to discern the reasons for those rituals and devise modern ways to satisfy the reasons without the need for animal sacrifice and the literal "eye for an eye" that the Sadducees insisted upon (thus the invention of prayer services and the concept of payment for lost wages). The Essenes, on the other hand, awaited imminent arrival of the Messiah, who would establish God's kingdom on earth through the sword... and they were to be his conquering army. Their own writings, when not concerned with the minutia of their exhaustive purity rituals, were eschatologies much like those found in the New Testament. They disappeared along with the Sadduccees following the Roman destruction of Jerusalem, and I for one do not regret it.
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