News of the Weird (12-26-2012)

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Angst, Confusion, Cynicism, Ridicule

Hand-Picked and Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
Wednesday, December 26, 2012

DeLand, Fla.: Don’t lay an SBD in Austin Davis’s car, and if you do, gotta man up, or Austin’ll give you a beatdown, even if you’re his own 6-, 9-, and 12-yr-olds. Daytona Beach News-Journal

San Bernardino, Calif.: An “End of the World” party on Mayan doomsday night turned real for one 20-yr-old guest. (And then Saturday night in Fort Worth, Tex., the guitarist of the group Rigor Mortis collapsed and died on stage.) KCBS-TV (Los Angeles) /// Rolling Stone via NBC News

San Francisco: Since Walgreens, CVS, and Brookstone routinely sell formerly-adult-store-only “appliances,” boutique start-ups like Duet have to go bold. Today: a vibrator with USB port and 8 gigs of memory, $219. Tomorrow: “[W]e’ll be introducing products with memory and wireless capability . . . to control the device.” New York Times

Bristol, England: Alcohol, bad for ya? Sometimes, doctors just have to shoot it directly into a man’s heart to save his life. “There was no other option,” they said at Bristol Heart Institute. It worked. BBC News

Springfield, Mass.: Pedro Rojas, 45, was arrested for beating and choking a woman who declined Pedro’s kiss on their first date. (Yep, gals, that means he’s still single!) Only one way to judge guilt or innocence on a he-said/she-said, and you know what that is! The Republican (Springfield)

Wythenshawe, England: It’s a Recurring Theme, but noted here for the artistic content. David Levesconte, 22, was accused of conspiracy to commit burglaries, but what a coincidence, what with him having this script on his phone: ”Cause I’m cold like snow when I’m flakin’ / What’s that? The sound of ur patio breakin’, That’s me n Levo on a break-in / Your car keys n watches we’re cravin / Cartiers n S3s we’re takin’, But facin’ a break-in takes balls, it’s a bait-ing / Haa” Express & Star (Wolverhampton)

Perspective: With NRA approval, the F State firearms laws “unequivocally aim to prevent gun ownership by convicted felons,” wrote the Tampa Bay Times. However, in the first 11 months of 2012, cops made 3,479 arrests for felons-in-possession--more than 10 per day. “Private” sales are legally free of background checks (which apply only to federally-licensed dealers); buyers and sellers are not required to keep records of sales; maintaining any list of firearms owners is a felony in Florida; there is no limit to the number of guns per sale. The Republican Party of Florida, though, has been leading a major crackdown this yr on felons who try to punk this law on felon gun-possession. No, actually, they spent all their felon-punking-prevention energy on alleged illegal voting by felons (since everybody knows that felons are Democrats). Problem: GOP would have been more credible if it had found anywhere close to 3,479 illegal voters. Tampa Bay Times via The Ledger (Lakeland)

© 2012 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved.
     Posted By: Chuck - Wed Dec 26, 2012

Delighted with today's installment.
Bad parenting, bad dating, and bad Republicans!
Plus some stupidly bad poetry from a dumb criminal!
Thank you.
Posted by girlgeniusNYC on 12/26/12 at 07:49 PM
San Francisco: What? Bananas aren't in season?

Pedro Rojas: Tough call on this one. At 1st glance I'd have to lay blame on Pedro but..... Damn!!! Was the woman blind, or what?

David Levesconte: The sap likes rap; and rap is crap.

Gun Laws: Having lived through a political coup and, subsequent, dictatorship I'm 100% behind civilian gun ownership. That said.... The fact that the federal data base isn't used or can't be used by civilians is not right and this issue SHOULD be rectified. We've got plenty of connectivity today to allow it.

Also, one of the smartest things I've heard coming out of this latest media frenzy is that there could/should also be a data base of the insane people that are running around loose! Of all the condemnation I've heard from the shootings control of the mentally unstable was never mentioned.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 12/26/12 at 11:55 PM
Pedro Rojas must be hard up. He had a previous arrest in a prostitution sting.
Posted by ges on 12/28/12 at 02:36 AM
Maybe he was a handy man. :lol:
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 12/28/12 at 05:46 AM
passing gas- I hope that man never gets those children back. I also hope the next time he farts someone kicks his ass.

12/21- Well it was the end of the world for some people, every day is.

sex toys- Eventually they will make one that can be controlled by a cyber lover online I am sure.

rappin' robber- His talent with rap is why he has stick with robbery.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 12/28/12 at 08:18 AM
Vibrator: wireless is hardly new, but patty's comment makes good sense; if they need a test subject, I'm sure she'll take one for the team. 😉 Maybe they can make it programmable for time and GPS. That would liven up the commute. Just so it doesn't blab about where it's been.

Rojas: Expat, ITA. If I were a woman, I'd have to think long and hard about which option to choose.

Guns: It's about time some Congresscritters grew a pair and listened to the electorate, rather than the $$$ of the NRA. The original focus of the right to bear arms was a musket, kept behind the door in case the Redcoats showed up, and which took a heck of a long time to reload. Plus, it's not like you need a 30-round clip on an urban assault rifle to go duck hunting. Aside from anything else, if you shot a duck with an AR-15, there wouldn't be anything left to eat.
Posted by TheCannyScot in Atlanta, GA on 12/28/12 at 09:56 AM
You're missing the point of the original focus of the 2nd amendment, which had nothing to do with what type of arms, musket or ar15, it was and is meant to prevent the govt. from taking away the arms that were the means to keep free men free. At the time the military, and the 'occupying' British were armed with muskets too. Current gun laws already make it illegal to own the same guns the military are armed with. You cannot legally own a fully automatic weapon or a missile launcher or other "destructive device" in the U.S. while the military are fully equipped with them. Sure you don't need a 30 round clip for duck hunting, but maybe you do need on to keep the freedom you already enjoy.
Posted by @TheCannyScot on 12/29/12 at 09:48 AM
That is exactly correct @Canny Scot. The right to bear arms was written int the constitution by men who had just made a violent break from an oppressive government. The idea being that if the new government being formed were to become oppressive the people would have the means to rise up against it. Sadly, our own government still remains the greatest threat to our freedoms today.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 12/30/12 at 04:03 AM
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