The News of the Weird Blog
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)
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