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singrdave's Articles In Current Events
September 19, 2007 by singrdave
Orenthal James Simpson, a man who we're used to seeing in a jumpsuit and handcuffs, had his bail set at $125,000. A judge set bail at $125,000 and read 11 charges Wednesday against O.J. Simpson stemming from an alleged robbery last week in a Las Vegas hotel. Judge Joe Bonaventure also ordered Simpson to turn over his passport to his attorneys. Clark County District Attorney David Rogers agreed to the bail, which defense attorney Yale Galanter said Simpson would pay immediately after the...
August 29, 2007 by singrdave
In the recent debate over whether or not public school is best for one's children, this little gem came to my attention. It seems that my state, Maryland, is considering an 'alternate' graduation requirement. Right now all Maryland high school students have to pass four exams in order to graduate from high school, in algebra, biology, government, and English. With the four scores being taken in aggregate: a great grade on one test would pull up a failing mark in another. (Which I have hu...
August 27, 2007 by singrdave
The great leader Hugo Chavez has decided to redistribute the sun's wealth more fairly within his small oil-rich nation. Is he taking steps towards reality or fantasy? From Reuters: CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has changed his country's name, redesigned its flag and rejigged its coat of arms in his drive for a socialist state. Now the leftist reformer, highly popular for redistributing oil income, is seeking to move the country's time zone to offer a more equitable d...
July 10, 2006 by singrdave
So Eddie Griffin of the Minnesota Timberwolves recently crashed his car into some folks and is getting sued over it. Nothing special there. Typical pro athlete mischief. But the plaintiffs in the lawsuit claim that Griffin crashed his Escalade into their car because he was masturbating to some pornographic DVDs in his car while driving. ... What else can he do with his talented hands? From MSNBC.com: MINNEAPOLIS - A convenience store videotape recorded after a March crash involving Eddi...
May 9, 2006 by singrdave
Dear Juliet, Mike, and email screeners: I love Dayside. I really enjoy the program, I watch it every day from work while I eat lunch. Normally I have no problem with your show, but today I have a problem. I feel a rant coming on... I have got to complain about the blinkard fool who you had on this afternoon. First of all, I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While I do not live in Utah, I am from Arizona. But I lived two years in Utah, and my wife was bor...
April 28, 2006 by singrdave
Who says that great legal minds don't have a sense of humo(u)r...? Just see what I mean. From Yahoo! News: A secret code embedded in the text of a court ruling in the case of Dan Brown's bestseller "The Da Vinci Code" has been cracked, but far from revealing an ancient conspiracy it is simply an obscure reference to a Royal Navy admiral. British High Court Justice Peter Smith, who handed down a ruling that Brown had not plagiarized his book, had embedded his own secret message in h...
April 4, 2006 by singrdave
I knew Islam repressed women, especially the more hard-line Islam... but I have got to give these women props for thinking "outside the box". From Yahoo! News: RIYADH (Reuters) - Tired of playing second fiddle to men in conservative Saudi Arabia, five women decided if you can't beat them, join them. Al Watan newspaper said the five women underwent sex change surgery abroad over the past 12 months after they developed a "psychological complex" due to male domination. Women in Saudi ...
March 22, 2006 by singrdave
VERSUS... This is a hilarious story, and I'm sorry, but I have no sympathy for Carlos Boozer. Who did he think he was renting to? He should be happy they didn't turn the place into a smoking crater in the LA Foothills. From FOX Sports online: Carlos Boozer has struggled to stay on the court the last few years, but the Utah Jazz forward recently came very close to landing in court. And the target of Boozer's legal ire? None other than Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Prince. According t...
March 17, 2006 by singrdave
Here's misguided social commentary. Apparently Frommer's Travel Guide has decided to take a moral or social stand against a small "anti-American" Southern Utah town. From today's Deseret News: If you're planning a trip to Kanab anytime soon, don't expect any travel tips from vacation guru Arthur Frommer. In fact, the author of "Frommer's Travel Guides" only has one hint for would-be vacationers: Don't go. Frommer, a nationally syndicated columnist, is calling for a boycott o...
March 2, 2006 by singrdave
God bless New Orleans and God bless Mardi Gras. Honestly, it's a fun time in the ol' town, and the parade was subdued but still a good time. People looked as though they were having a ball. But then I heard something that was very disconcerting. Something that made me think about post-Katrina money... Nice floats! Where is all the money for Mardi Gras coming from?! I know they are having a huge shortfall of funds yet the city is spending up to $800,000 per float! Wouldn't ...
February 17, 2006 by singrdave
Okay, what exactly is going on here? From today's Washington Post: Two uniformed men strolled into the main room of the Little Falls library in Bethesda one day last week and demanded the attention of all patrons using the computers. Then they made their announcement: The viewing of Internet pornography was forbidden. The men looked stern and wore baseball caps emblazoned with the words "Homeland Security." The bizarre scene unfolded Feb. 9, leaving some residents confused and forcing c...
January 24, 2006 by singrdave
In today's Washington Post, an article lambastes President Bush and the White House for not anticipating the extent of the damage that was about to be caused by Hurricane Katrina. Despite an email 48 hours before landfall and a PowerPoint presentation on the morning of landfall, FEMA and the federal government supposedly fiddled while New Orleans sank. Link: A 41-page assessment by the Department of Homeland Security's National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC), ...
January 19, 2006 by singrdave
Wendy's finger-in-the-chili lady Anna Ayala gets nine years in jail. Sex offender Mark Hulett gets 60 days in jail for repeatedly abusing a small girl over a four year period. In Janesville, WI, a gay choir teacher is sentenced to 3 years' probation for sexual assault against one of his students, even after people came forward to testify that he'd been doing it for years with other students. Gary S. Hoff, 44, Janesville, was sentenced Tuesday to three years probation after he pleaded no...
January 17, 2006 by singrdave
By sheerest coincidence, I was thinking about a scene this morning from the movie South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. The kids are surfing on the Internet, and stumble across a German scheisse video. (Just think "poo" and Cartman's mom, and you'll have all the information you need.) As they scream in horror and quickly click away, one of the kids exclaims: "Dude, what the f*** is wrong with German people?" And then, this morning I stumbled across this story, and asked myself the same ques...
January 8, 2006 by singrdave
So... I have a question. If President Bush, when discussing the war in Iraq, relied on sources of information that were inaccurate, but no one knew at the time were inaccurate, and said some things that may not have been correct, lied, then... When the media announced that the miners in WV were alive, by relying on information that was incorrect at the time, even if it was not known, doesn't that mean that the media lied? Things to make you go hmmm...