Archive for May, 2011

Imagine walking through a neighborhood with the remnants of the man you just killed.

That’s apparently what happened recently in Ontario. Here’s the story from the website:

>>ONTARIO (KTLA) — A woman has been booked on murder charges after bringing a trash can containing the body parts of a deceased man to an area home and pushing it through the surrounding neighborhood Sunday, officials said.

51-year-old Carmen Montenegro was spotted toting a trash can down the street before bringing it to a home located on the 700 block of Holmes near H Street, where she told the residents that a body was inside the trash can and asked the residents, reportedly her relatives, to help her dispose of it.

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It’s time to pay our respects to the honored dead who have preserved our liberty. We call that holiday Memorial Day with good reason–we need to remember their sacrifices.

In their honor, I want to play some patriotic selections for the weekend.

First up is Lee Greenwood singing “America The Beautiful:”

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It’s hard to believe, but you can buy a house in Silver Spring (not Silver Springs), Maryland, in which three people have died in the last decade.

Check out the story from the NBC 4 website:

>>If you knew three people had been killed at a house, would you buy it?

Brian Betts wouldn’t have bought his Silver Spring, Md., home had he known that a man and his daughter were killed there.

Betts, the popular principal at Shaw at Garnet-Patterson Middle School, was found dead in an upstairs bedroom in his home April 15, 2010. He’d connected with the gunman who killed him, Alante Saunders, the previous day via a social chat line. Saunders and two other teenagers went to Betts’s home with the understanding that the door would be left unlocked, police said. They entered and Saunders went upstairs. He pleaded guilty in November and was sentenced to life with all but 40 years suspended.

When Betts bought the two-story brick colonial at 9337 Columbia Blvd. on July 2, 2003, it had already been the scene of a double homicide. On Aug. 6, 2002, a 9-year-old girl was pistol whipped and shot and killed at point blank range by a man who’d broken into the house. Her father, Gregory Russell, was shot six times and also died.

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It’s amazing what the human body can stand.

Check out the story below, which a man’s body really got pushed to its limits:

>>WELLINGTON, New Zealand – A New Zealand truck driver said he blew up like a balloon when he fell onto the fitting of a compressed air hose that pierced his buttock and forced air into his body at 100 pounds a square inch.

Steven McCormack was standing on his truck’s foot plate Saturday when he slipped and fell, breaking a compressed air hose off an air reservoir that powered the truck’s brakes.

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It just seems like some people are anxious for the world to end these days. And it isn’t even 2012 yet!

Recently, a pastor on the West Coast decided that we’d all buy the farm or go to Heaven on Saturday, May 21. Well, that deadline came and went. So now he’s got a new date in mind.

Check out the story from the Associated Press below:

>>OAKLAND, Calif. – A California preacher who foretold of the world’s end only to see the appointed day pass with no extraordinarily cataclysmic event has revised his apocalyptic prophecy, saying he was off by five months and the Earth actually will be obliterated on Oct. 21.

Harold Camping, who predicted that 200 million Christians would be taken to heaven Saturday before catastrophe struck the planet, apologized Monday evening for not having the dates “worked out as accurately as I could have.”

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Football fans are looking at an autumn without their sport, and it’s driving some fans … and apparently some players … crazy.

A good example of this is what Ray Lewis said about a fall without football. Check out the story below:

>>BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Controversial comments. Ravens star Ray Lewis issues a stern warning. He says if there is no football, crime will increase across the country.

As Kai Jackson explains, not everyone agrees.

Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is known for speaking his mind and that’s exactly what he did when ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio asked Lewis about the NFL lockout.

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Is it just me or are arguments escalating higher than they used to?

A good example is the following news story, which took place in Louisville, Ky.:

>>LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41) — Police say a woman involved in an argument at a Louisville Pizza Hut raised the stakes considerably when she tried to pull a sword.

It happened Thursday night, shortly after 9 p.m. at the Pizza Hut on 7th St. Rd., near Dixie Hwy.

According to an arrest report, police were called to the restaurant after they received reports that 29-year-old Wynika Mason was “causing trouble.” When they got there, she allegedly began yelling at the officers.

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Every once in a while, we’re told (and often by scientists) that we must indulge the darker angels of our nature. We can’t help it. (Oh, and whenever we say “it,” we really mean “sex” but want to appear coy.)

Well, this time, apparently it’s for our own good.

Time magazine recently posted an article about “powerful” men and why they want sex as much as they do. Here are excepts from that story:

>>Sex, Lies, Arrogance: What Makes Powerful Men Behave Badly?

Shifting Standards

By now social commentators have the explanations on auto-save: We know that powerful men can be powerfully reckless, particularly when … they stand at the brink of their grandest achievement. They tend to be risk takers or at least assess risk differently — as do narcissists who come to believe that ordinary rules don’t apply. They are often surrounded by enablers with a personal or political interest in protecting them to the point of covering up their follies, indiscretions and crimes. A study set to be published in Psychological Science found that the higher men — or women — rose in a business hierarchy, the more likely they were to consider or commit adultery. With power comes both opportunity and confidence, the authors argue, and with confidence comes a sense of sexual entitlement. If fame and power make sex more constantly available, the evolutionary biologists explain, it may weaken the mechanisms of self-restraint and erode the layers of socialization that we impose on teenage boys and hope they eventually internalize.

“When men have more opportunity, they tend to act on that opportunity,” says psychologist Mark Held, a private practitioner in the Denver area who specializes in male sexuality and the problems of overachievers. “The challenge becomes developing ways to control the impulses so you don’t get yourself into self-defeating situations.”

Nature matters, but so does nurture. Members of royal families are born into a world of indulgence and entitlement, and the princelings who grow up that way may never have to develop any discipline. Athletes often start life at the opposite end of the wealth-and-prestige spectrum, but as soon as they exhibit an unusual talent for swinging a bat or sinking a free throw, often early in adolescence, they may become a kind of local royalty and find that the rules have been suspended for them. They are waved through school and into the pros, and bad behavior is overlooked or covered up. Any skills they may have been developing for self-control or self-denial quickly deteriorate.

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You know things are bad when Walmart is struggling.

Here’s the story about how their U.S. chain stores are doing:

Walmart, the world’s biggest retailer by sales, racked up an eighth consecutive quarter of falling sales at its established US stores as it struggles to boost its domestic business.

The US company said sales at Walmart-branded stores open at least a year fell 1.1 per cent in the first quarter from the same period last year, as analysts said high fuel prices were deterring some shoppers from driving to Walmart outlets.

However, the company’s net profit rose 3.1 per cent to $3.6bn as international sales growth outperformed the US business.

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It’s almost like losing a member of the family!

When I was growing up, it was a tradition to listen to at least part of the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon every Labor Day weekend. He’d sing, he’d dance, he’d do some comedy shtick. And then the local television station would show their own fundraising activities. It was a big deal.

So I was sorry to hear that Jerry Lewis is leaving the telethon. Here’s the story from the Associated Press:

>>LAS VEGAS (AP) — After 45 years, Jerry Lewis is retiring as host of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Labor Day telethon.

The 85-year-old comedian and Las Vegas resident issued a statement Monday through the Tucson, Ariz.-based Muscular Dystrophy Association calling it time for a “new telethon era.”

He says he’ll make his final appearance on the six-hour primetime telethon Sept. 4 by performing his song “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

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