Taxes (Again), Plus Artist Seeks Vaginas

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Friday, March 6, 2009

NOTE TO READERS: Your Weird News Editor must take the next week off but will be back at work on Monday morning, March 16th. E-mail will still be attended to attentively, however, and the Weird Universe franchise remains in the hands of revered professionals, Alex and Paul. Now, on to the News:

Recurring Theme: There's something about taxes
OK. You know about the Secretary of the damn Treasury, and you know the first-anointed potential Secretary of HHS, and you know about the White House performance chief, and now we know about two people lined up for Treasury jobs but are now S.O.L., and we know (from our report here 1-29-2009) about D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry. Now comes news that 22 members of the Georgia legislature either owe back taxes or failed to file at least once in the last six years. (Bonus: The state senate's Democratic leader is one who failed to file, and when a colleague proposed a new ethics rule to punish tax scofflaws, the Dem called the colleague a "bloodsucker.") The Telegraph (Macon)
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Nicole Leonard, 25, was arrested in Greenville, S.C., after she crashed the funeral of a total stranger, danced around in front of gasping, jaw-dropped mourners, leaned over the deceased and hit him in the face with a "wand," and scattered the flowers around before fleeing. After she was arrested, her only comment was because, according to a deputy, "she felt that it was the right thing to do at the time." Greenville News /// WLTX-TV (Columbia) [link has mugshot]
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More Things to Worry About

"Thanks for hiring me as a police dispatcher, and, by the way, did I mention to you that I have narcolepsy?" ("Fired? You can't fire me.") Chicago Tribune

Arrested for arson in West Virginia: Mr. J. Edgar Hoover. WSAZ-TV (Huntington)

A South Carolina researcher says Ecstasy is such a miracle-cure drug that a post-traumatic stress disorder patient said, "I feel so lucky that I got to take part in [this] project. It's basically like years of therapy in two or three hours. You can't understand it until you've experienced it." Wired Danger Room blog

Using body parts for black magic is so big in Mozambique and South Africa that laws against mutilating bodies is not enough; what law-enforcement really needs are laws against possession of other people's body parts because so many people are carryin'. The Star (Johannesburg)

British artist Jamie McCartney says he needs to make plaster casts of 20 different, um, vaginas for a sculpture that makes a point about the hymenoplasty craze, so if you have one that you'd like immortalized . . .. The Sun

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Your Daily Jury Duty
["In America, a person is presumed innocent until the mug shot is released"]
Betty Jo Leonardson and John Silvia may merely be oppressed homeless people picked up by Bradenton, Fla., police trying to clean up a city park . . or they could have violated ordinances by humping in public. Well, said Silvia, the normal place to do it is in one's home, and this (Bradenton's great outdoors) is my home.
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Today's Newsrangers: Holly Gorrell, Richard Curry, David Melcher, Charles Blakely, Neb Rodgers, Ginger Katz, Steve Miller, John Rankin

     Posted By: Chuck - Fri Mar 06, 2009

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