This was atop the talk radio stations in both San Antonio and Austin. New Braunfels policeman quoted, "Well, they do things differently in Austin."
Decided to remove their wet clothing after day at Schlitterbahn a huge water park (slides and the like)
One state trooper says he's never seen anything like it.
Doesn't get out much, does he ...
A couple, leaving Schlitterbahn Water Park in New Braunfels, decided that their wet clothes were too uncomfortable for the drive back to Austin. So the man and woman, identified as Lisa Marie Bishop, 25, and Robert Ridden, 26, decided to shed their clothes and drive back home naked.
Not that there's anything wrong with that. Under Texas law, you're not committing a crime if you're naked where nobody can see you. And with tinted windshields, being naked inside an SUV might not in and of itself be against the law.
But troopers say the couple was drinking.
And it got even worse, when they got into an accident north of New Braunfels. The woman, who was at the wheel, missed a curve and slammed head on into a truck. Both are now wearing hospital gowns in San Antonio, the man in serious condition and the woman less seriously injured.
State Trooper Rick Alvarez says beer cans and the couple's wet clothing were still in the SUV. Channeling Marilyn Monroe, Alvarez said, 'the only thing they had on was the radio.'
Well, since I am a classical music fan, and have been working in a radioless office all this day, I can only thank my lucky stars I have been spared the outpouring of wit...
At least, they didn't havta worry about the emergency room crew seeing their underwear!
But Schlitterbahn is a really terrific waterpark, although the way it's been raining in South Texas all summer, most suburban streets have been doing a very nice imitation of a water flume off and on over the last couple of months!
A man convicted of having sexual contact with a deer carcass is back in jail for a probation violation. Bryan Hathaway, 22, is accused of violating his probation when he entered the large animal barn during the Head of the Lakes Fair on Friday, according to a report filed by Superior Police Sgt. Chris Kirchoff.
Kirchoff was called to the fairgrounds by two Superior firefighters, Vern Johnson and Lane Halverson. They told the police sergeant they had been approached by a female who told them she saw Hathaway in the animal barn staring at a cow from behind a poster board, the report states. The woman gave police a statement. You can imagine how Buttercup must have felt just like a piece of meat.
Kirchoff located Hathaway, who allegedly admitted he was in the cow barn and the barn with the rabbits and birds, and acknowledged it was a violation of his probation. Hathaway told Kirchoff he was looking for a friend.
Hathaway allegedly offered Officer Gary Gothner money to take him home instead of to the jail. This morning, Hathaway remains in the Douglas County Jail.
Hey, he was just there to try to make amends! :-b...O
Besides, so what if he was staring at the cow? The lights were on and there were people around, and he can't exactly strike up a converstion with it or something. If the judge thinks this "probation" is some sort of corrective therapy, he's crazier than Bryan! Once a cervinecrophiliac always a cervinecrophiliac, I say!
An attempted assault with a rock and a homemade spear was made against Border Patrol agents in the Yuma Sector who were trying to apprehend 15 illegal immigrants.
Around 5 a.m. today, agents in the Boat Patrol Unit were assisting agents along the Colorado River in capturing the group, and as they closed in, the group scattered and fled into surrounding brush. One man, suspected to be the group's smuggler, entered the shallow water along the river bank and allegedly threw a rock at agents in the boat, but missed them, according to a Border Patrol press release.
When the boat moved closer to the apparent smuggler, he allegedly threw a homemade spear at one of the agents, which also missed, the release said.
An agent used a substance similar to pepper spray to stop the spear-thrower, who crawled out of the water and into nearby brush before agents could catch him. He and two others fled to Mexico and five others fled shortly after them. Agents were able to apprehend eight people during their search for the remaining members of the group, the release said.
The eight illegal immigrants were transported to the Yuma Border Patrol station for processing.
A Scottish woman who purchased a prepackaged salad for dinner got more than she bargained for when she got a mouthful of a dead frog that somehow made it into her meal.
According to the Edinburgh Evening News, Kate Dunlop, 26, spat out the first forkful of her Co-op Crunchy Mix due to a strange taste.
We had just bought the salad and had taken it straight home for dinner," Dunlop said. "I put it in a big bowl and my husband, Matt, and I served it on to our plates. Matt hadn't started eating his, but as soon as I took the first bite of my meal, I knew it didn't taste right.
Kate Dunlop says she nearly croaked upon finding frog in her salad.
"I spat it out on to my plate and saw the frog in what had come out of my mouth. I was absolutely horrified and so traumatized."
She added: "It really scared me that it could have made me ill. I was saying to my husband all night that my tongue felt tingly, but I think it was probably just me imagining it."
Dunlop says when she called the store, someone there did apologize in a "matter of fact" manner about the stamp-sized amphibian.
"Every time I shut my eyes I just see an image of that little frog. I don't think I'll be eating salad again for a long time."
Malcolm Brown, a spokesman for Scotmid where the salad was purchased, told the paper: "We are treating this very seriously indeed. We have asked our supplier to investigate their processes, going back to the point of supply. We would like to apologize unreservedly to the customer. We will be writing to her and will keep her up-to-date with the investigation."
The frog fright is the second such incident in the past two weeks, as an office worker reportedly found a live frog in a salad he bought from a Somerfield store in Lanarkshire, Scotland.
"Mostly, I want to stress how painful it is to close a location, for financial reasons, of course, but most importantly for our employees and our staff. We don't like to leave anyone in the cold," Gleason said.
Dood, he said "staff". And, I'd bet some of the regulars wouldn't mind if'n you left the girls out in the cold, if you catch my drift.
(CORPUS CHRISTI) -- "The Blue Ghost" survived Japanese destroyers and aircraft during World War Two, and today the U.S.S. Lexington, which is now a floating museum in Corpus Christi Bay, survived a two alarm fire which forced the evacuation of tourists and employees.
"There was a fire in a compartment on a level below the top level," Corpus Christi Fire Captain James Brown said. "It was in a room that housed many old flags and maps."
He says there were no injuries. Fire investigators are looking into the cause of the fire. He says about 200 people were on board at the time the fire broke out, about 11 this morning.
"I would think that there was some damage" to the artifacts, Brown said. "The reports that I have is that it was not a very big compartment, so anything in that room I would say received at least smoke and water damage."
He didn't know what sorts of artifacts were in the room.
The Lexington was decommissioned in 1991 after fifty years in service, including active duty in World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam. It is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Texas, permanently moored on Corpus Christi Bay near the Texas State Aquarium.
A crumbling house in Liverpool conceals a curious secret: the vandalised remains of Britain's first mosque. Now, finally, the city is set to restore it - and to honour the eccentric lawyer who created it.
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08/02/2007 00:59 ||
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Why on earth would one want to restore it? Better to convert others (eg. Finsbury) to its condition instead.
Ummmmm .... Danish
When The Simpsons Movie opens on Friday, fans who stumble into theatres showing the Danish version of the film will still be able recognise Homer Simpsons trademark outburst, Doh!.
Niels Ellegaard, the actor chosen to dub the voice of the familys patriarch in the films Danish version, admitted he faced a dilemma when considering whether to replace the expression with a Danish variant. On the one hand its impossible to copy the guy who has done the Homer voice for 20 years, Ellegaard told Politiken newspaper. On the other hand, I had to say Doh in the Danish version. It wouldnt work if we began saying Øv or something else in Danish, he added.
The popular US series quickly found a Danish audience when TV3+ began broadcasting the adventures of the dysfunctional family from Springfield several years ago.
Ellegaard admitted he was not a long-time fan, and he was wary of taking on the challenge of providing the voice - especially since attempts in Sweden to dub the show fell flat. I wasnt sure that I wanted to because the show has such a cult following, he said.
While most fans are expected to choose the original version in theatres with the voice of Dan Castellaneta as Homer Simpson, Ellegaard predicted some fathers who are crazy about the show might choose the Danish version so they can take their children as a compromise.
The challenge of finding the right tone for Homer while not sounding like a cheap copy stumped Ellegaard. He says he practiced his Doh! while walking up and down his street, raising the eyebrows of Flanders-like neighbours. They must have thought I was completely crazy, he laughed.
Ellegard said he did not need to get into character when it came time to step up to the microphone. I didnt dare try get inside the head of Homer, he said. That would have been too frightening, I think.
There is actually a similar Danish epithet. Whenever my Copenhagen born mother would burn herself on the stovetop she would exclaim, "Ow! For Søren!" I can only assume it refers to Søren Kierkegaard or some other similarly tortuous and tedious bit of schooling. When I asked her about the etemology I received the usual deer-in-the-headlights look. So, "For Søren!", it is.
WASHINGTON -- A religious-freedom advocacy group yesterday asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit against airline passengers who reported suspicious behavior of a group of Muslim imams that resulted in their removal from a US Airways flight.
The amicus brief by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota was filed on behalf of "John Doe" passengers who are included in a lawsuit against the airline and the Minneapolis Metropolitan Airports Commission. "The case against the John Does should be dismissed because no law could or should be construed to punish them for reporting a possible terrorist attack to airline authorities," the Becket Fund, a nonprofit legal organization that litigates religious-liberty cases, said in the court filing. Yet the Democrats and the terror-apologists at CAIR think otherwise.
Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), said he "does not think this legislation would prevent that lawsuit because there is a good faith provision in the legislation."
"And to determine whether the reports are made in good faith, you might still have to ask them in a court of law," Mr. Hooper said on MSNBC.
Unfortunately he's pro'ly right: points of law can be handled without getting to court, but points of fact -- e.g., did this person make the call in good faith -- can't be decided by a judge beforehand.
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08/02/2007 09:54 ||
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At this point, I almost hope the judge does NOT throw it out. The "John Does" are being rep'd fairly well (pro-bono, at that) and discovery could be a VERY interesting thing for CAIR. "Bring it on, punk!"
Leave it to a f*cking lawer to still find a way to sue somebody after congress passes a law to specifically try to sheild them.
Who was on here the other day talking up the meritorious virtues of lawers? You need to think about it a little more. The rotten shit they do more than outweighs the few pro-bono cases and property rights judgements that they have time for when they're not screwing people.
Yes, but remember for every clown wrecking it all with a slanderous, viscious, meritless lawsuit, there is some defender of freedom fighting for the innocent victim of said suit.
My daughter, for example, has been defending asbestos manufacturers for six months, weeding out the real victims from the wannabees. Not that she plans to continue in that field.... But I AM depending on her for my retirement!
bigjim, that was me and I stand by what I said. I am truly sorry if you have been brainwashed or otherwise negatively affected by the activities of one or several slippery lawyers. I would offer the following: if a judge were to dismiss a frivolous lawsuit for what it is ( think hot McCoffee spilled in the crotch, twice) rather than go through with the drill the world would be a better place. You cannot legislate stupid, yet people with alledged grievances can and will find a shyster to take up their plight and sue 'somebody' for their own stupidity. Of course coffee is hot you moron ( referring to the Mccoffee bitch).
I could really get wound up over this but out of consideration for the more rational 'Burgers, I won't.
"These citizens attempted to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their fellow passengers. For this, they are dragged into federal court and threatened with humiliation, expense, and liability," the papers said. "This harassment is nothing less than legal terrorism an attempt to change public behavior by threatening to impoverish and destroy at random the lives of those whom plaintiffs see as their enemies. These claims should not be entertained."
Ice, thanks for the kind words. Like others (and probably Bigjim), I have been snookered by a shyster lawyer, but that was before I 'grew my own' so to speak. The shyster got all from me ( or more accurately the water district I was a board officer on) he ever will. Knowing that there were two members who had sons that were attorneys, there was a motion passed that directed the board (me) to use a lawyer that specialized in real estate law. (to cut either one out) and it basically was only to find out what 'is' meant.
While I often cite the proverbial "busload of laywers on a lake bottom" as being a "good start": There ARE good laywers. They've helped me prevail in nearly every case I've brought or defended myself in.
As others here noted, lawyers also have a proclivity for making legal nomenclature completely unreadable to the general public. I present for your consideration, the American tax code. This is "legalese" at its worst.
Similarly, we have successful lawsuits filed by criminals attempting to break into establishments who have stumbled through skylights and won lawsuits against the building's owners. The crotch coffee incidents only go towards further proof of insanely stupid lawsuits.
There are good lawyers. Sadly, like our politicians, most seem totally unperturbed at furthering a system that promotes unreadability of common law and entrenchment of professional interpretation of that which should be put in plain speech. Those are the ones that Shakespeare referred to with his immortal line in Henry the VI; "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers".
Actor Sanjay Dutt will be shifted to Yerawada Jail near Pune from Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai after he on Thursday withdrew his application to be kept in a prison in this city.
Inspector General (Prisons) Satish Mathur said the actor, given a six-year jail term in the 1993 blasts case, would be taken to Yerawada Jail like many other convicts in the same case but did not specify when he would be shifted.
Dutt was on Tuesday sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for six years by a special court in Mumbai after being convicted for illegally possessing an AK-56 rifle and a 9mm pistol.
Bollywood star spends sleepless night inside Buddha Cell
As an actor, he has donned a convicts uniform in some of his films. On Wednesday, life imitated art as Sanjay Dutt, who was convicted for possession of an AK-56 rifle, slipped into a white kurta and pyjama in his Arthur Road prison barrack.
But the clothes, if officials and some of his fellow prisoners are to be believed, weighed heavily on him. He did not sleep all through the night, his first in jail as a convict, and was seen smoking continuously. Dutt has been lodged in one of the small cells inside barrack number 1. But the authorities have allowed him one small pleasurethe company of his friend Yusuf Nulwalla, who was convicted for helping him destroy evidence.
The ground-floor barrack, where Dutt and Nulwalla are staying, is known as the Buddha Cell inside the jail as it houses several elderly undertrialsit has been reserved for the infirm and the elderly among the prisoners, so that they do not need to climb the stairs, explain jail officials.
It used to accommodate women undertrials until the womens cell was shifted to the Byculla prison. "The actor looked upset and smoked continuously in his cell. He was offered dinner by inmates but he refused. Later, he did accept a maska-pav and again began smoking. He was silent and did not talk to anyone," said an undertrial.
The barrack, which can hold 20 inmates, is currently used to accommodate over 100 prisoners.
Posted by: john frum ||
08/02/2007 09:19 ||
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.