Flash news, er news flash!

Elizabeth Book, the stay-at-home mom with a rose tattoo, has won the right to bare her breasts in her ongoing fight to go shirtless anywhere men can.

On Saturday at noon, the 40-something "top-free" revolutionary plans to demonstrate her right to protest by dropping her top at the Peabody Auditorium next to three statues of women nude from the waist up.

"I will be as top-free as the statues," Book said Monday in an e-mail to the nudists and naturists who have gathered to support her cause. "This is not over until Daytona is forced to recognize the unconstitutionality of their ordinances and statutes aimed at the American woman's breasts."

Daytona Beach says Book's victory in court June 21 was only temporary and probably will be appealed.

"She should probably save her exuberance for a time when all the appeals have ended," Assistant City Attorney Greg McDole said. "There are a number of appeals left and a number of years before this is a binding precedent."

Book's Orlando attorney Larry Walters said any appeal by the city would be "frivolous at this point."

Volusia County Judge David Beck ended more than a year of legal wrangling last week, ruling that Book, of Ormond Beach, was within her rights when she bared her breasts as part of a political protest during Bike Week in March 2004.

The city's anti-nudity ordinance allows an exemption for nudity that is part of a political protest or other constitutionally protected issue, Beck said, throwing out her arrest and the fine for $253. The city passed the rule in 2002 to curb indecency at special events.

Book has argued that the law unfairly preys on young women who flash their breasts for the crowd. Women should be able to go without shirts wherever men can, Book says.

Book's victory in court does little to help those young women. Revelers showing their breasts for beads and drinks would not be exempted from the city ordinance, Beck said.

"That's a battle for another day," Walters said.

Political protest or constitutionally protected boobies, indeed. As long as they don't have to be rolled up like a flap after they are exposed, it's all good.


Zombie Dogs

US scientists have succeeded in reviving the dogs after three hours of clinical death, paving the way for trials on humans within years.

Pittsburgh's Safar Centre for Resuscitation Research has developed a technique in which subject's veins are drained of blood and filled with an ice-cold salt solution.

The animals are considered scientifically dead, as they stop breathing and have no heartbeat or brain activity.

But three hours later, their blood is replaced and the zombie dogs are brought back to life with an electric shock.

Plans to test the technique on humans should be realised within a year, according to the Safar Centre.

However rather than sending people to sleep for years, then bringing them back to life to benefit from medical advances, the boffins would be happy to keep people in this state for just a few hours,

But even this should be enough to save lives such as battlefield casualties and victims of stabbings or gunshot wounds, who have suffered huge blood loss.

During the procedure blood is replaced with saline solution at a few degrees above zero. The dogs' body temperature drops to only 7C, compared with the usual 37C, inducing a state of hypothermia before death.

Although the animals are clinically dead, their tissues and organs are perfectly preserved.

Damaged blood vessels and tissues can then be repaired via surgery. The dogs are brought back to life by returning the blood to their bodies,giving them 100 per cent oxygen and applying electric shocks to restart their hearts.

Tests show they are perfectly normal, with no brain damage.

"The results are stunning. I think in 10 years we will be able to prevent death in a certain segment of those using this technology," said one US battlefield doctor.

George Romero scene prowling the premises getting his next movie idea.


The SCOTUS is on a tear.

I'm not a lawyer, but I try to use common sense.
  • File Sharing services are liable if they are used for theft or illegal activities.
    How much longer will it take for this to be applicable to other forms of business. Will alcohol be held responsible for underage drinking? Will car manufacturers be held responsible for allowing a drunk driver on the road? The big one for me, will gun manufacturers be held responsible for the misuse of weapons? For now, electronic media. For the future?

  • Supreme Court refuses to hear reporters' appeals.
    So no more anonymous resources. Maybe folks will stop popping off, forcing reporters to work harder for the facts and the truth, instead of settling for a second-hand account.

  • Police cannot be sued for how they enforce restraining orders.
    This isn't the first ruling like this. Restraining orders aren't worth much more than the paper they are written on if a police officer is not there to see an infraction as it occurs. There's also the 2nd amendment that can work for you.

  • Justices back public display of Ten Commandments in Texas, reject Kentucky's
    The Kentucky cases involved a dispute over two framed copies of the Ten Commandments displayed in two courthouses. The majority determined those exhibits went too far in promoting religious messages.
    In the Texas case, a 6-foot-high granite Ten Commandments display was among nearly 40 monuments and historical markers spread across 22 acres in front of the capitol in Austin.
    "No exact formula can dictate a resolution in fact-intensive cases such as this," Rehnquist read. "The determinative factor here, however, is that 40 years passed in which the monument's presence, legally speaking, went unchallenged."


Misc. Friday Ramblings

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Obligatory Friday gun stuff!
Well, the gun show is in town. I have actually talked my wife into attending this one. I think it is more to just do something together that we normally don't do instead of her getting an interest in firearms. I mean, I think it is great that she wants to go, and I hope she takes away something positive from the experience. Who knows, maybe fondling the merchandise will get her in the mood for handling hard....steel. >:)
Personally, I think I'm gonna check out the prices on BetaC mags and CX4 Storms in .40 caliber. However, if there is a good price on a 4" S&W .500 or a Desert Eagle .50AE, I'll have to make sure she isn't looking.


Cat got your...er, you got the cat's tongue?

Peasant farmer Daniel M'Mburugu was tending to his potato and bean crops in a rural area near Mount Kenya when the leopard charged out of the long grass and leapt on him.

M'Mburugu had a machete in one hand but dropped that to thrust his fist down the leopard's mouth. He gradually managed to pull out the animal's tongue, leaving it in its death-throes.

"It let out a blood-curdling snarl that made the birds stop chirping," he told the daily Standard newspaper of how the leopard came at him and knocked him over.

The leopard sank its teeth into the farmer's wrist and mauled him with its claws. "A voice, which must have come from God, whispered to me to drop the panga (machete) and thrust my hand in its wide open mouth. I obeyed," M'Mburugu said.

Having never been attacked by a leopard while attending my crops, I can't say what I would have done about it. Running would be futile, but I think that dropping the machete would also be a bad idea. Guess I was wrong about that. He must have one heck of a grip, though. I would hate to have to shake hands.


For those that don't believe...

... that there are occasions that someone should be taken out of society permanently, read the following:

Campobello Teen Accused Of Raping Dog
Williamson is in jail accused of raping his neighbor's dog. Sylvia Jones says she wouldn't have believed it had she not seen it with her own eyes. "When I got here we were laying on the deck looking at him and he had his pants down and he was doing sexual activity with the dog like a man would do to a woman."

Renee Hulburt says her family is way too familiar with Williamson. She knows he's charged with molesting a three-year-old girl and the statutory rape of a thirteen-year-old girl. Williamson is still awaiting trial on those charges.

Charges Against Teen Upgraded After Dog He Allegedly Raped Dies
A Campobello teen is accused of raping one neighbor's dog and another neighbor's two little girls. Now the dog has died and charges against the teen have been upgraded.

After receiving word that the dog died possibly because of the rape. Fox Carolina called the Solicitor's office to see if now new charges would be filed against the teen. An hour later Solicitor Trey Gowdy called to say that the charges will be upgraded to the "most serious animal cruelty charges they have on the books."

Sylvia says she and her husband would not have believed Cory Williamson raped Princess exactly two weeks to the day she died had they not seen it with their own eyes.

"When I got here we were laying on the deck looking at him and he had his pants down and he was doing sexual activity with the dog like a man would do to a woman."


Hey, look at these!


A Lebanese Forces supporter points to her t-shirt, which reads in Arabic, 'Leave it as is' ...

I think on the one hand, yes, you should leave them as they are. However, I doubt you could actually leave them alone. They look like fun! :)


Shooting yourself in the ... tire?

Many Formula One fans were outraged by the withdrawal of all but six cars before the start of the United States Grand Prix on Sunday.

The other 14 cars, representing the seven teams that use Michelin tires, pulled off the track after the warmup lap because of safety concerns and a failure to reach a compromise that would have allowed them to compete.

Many people left the race and demanded ticket refunds.

The United States is the rare country that has not fully embraced the world's top racing series, and teams have been working hard to tap into the lucrative market.

All seven teams that pulled out of the race signed a single statement apologizing for the debacle.

"We are totally aware that the USA is an important market for Formula One and there is an obligation for Formula One to promote itself in a positive and professional manner," it said.

No blame
A subdued Michael Schumacher, who won his fourth U.S. Grand Prix with only token opposition by teammate Rubens Barrichello, admitted he had mixed emotions.

"Certainly today was a very unique Grand Prix, but to be honest, it wasn't in our hands," Schumacher said. "There's nothing we could have done. … I don't know what their [Michelin] problem was, but it wasn't our problem."

Schumacher was aware that many fans were booing.

"But there were a lot of people yelling. There were still a lot of supporters there, being happy with what we did," he said.

The fiasco won't destroy F1 in the United States, Schumacher predicted.

"We've had good ones, we had a difficult one, and we'll have good ones again," he said.

No compromise
Formula One put politics above sport, said Paul Stoddart, the team principal for Minardi.

"Nine of the 10 competing teams had agreed that in the interests of safety, a temporary chicane needed to be placed before the final turn," Stoddart said.

The idea was rejected by FIA President Max Mosley, and "in no uncertain terms, the teams were told that, should this occur, there would be no race," he said.

"I have complete sympathy with the Michelin teams and can take neither satisfaction from nor interest in this afternoon's race, if you can call it that," he said.

No celebration
The happiest driver may have been Tiago Monteiro of Portugal, whose third place gave him his first F1 points and first podium finish.

Monteiro, who drives for Jordan, qualified 17th on Saturday and knew he didn't have a competitive car -- until the boycott eliminated almost all of the competition.

Tire turns
The tire problem that limited Sunday's race to six drivers was caused by the banking in the final turn, which is Turn 1 of Indy's regular oval course but Turn 13 of the reconfigured road course used for the this race.

Michelin said going into that turn -- the only one that is banked -- puts added stress on the tires at high speed.

"The corner is not a corner," said David Coulthard, whose Red Bull Racing was one of the seven F1 teams that pulled out after the warmup lap.

"We come through the oval. … It is an easy corner, but the reality is it takes a lot of stress in the tire. We are just not designed to drive those types of corners at these speeds."

Rubens Barrichello, whose Ferrari team uses Bridgestone, said he had no problem with the tires in practice or qualifications.

"We have in the past, but we've sorted them out," he said. "With the rules like they are, there will be a time when you bring a couple types of tires for the track. There will be times you get it wrong."

While I was at lunch with Rez, the busy Father's day racing schedule was mentioned. The F1 race was a lively topic. Rez said that he wants to go see the Indy F1 race next year. I hope that next year there will not be such a last minute clusterf*ck, so the fans at home and in attendance get what they pay for. For those not familiar with the race, think of it this way. NASCAR: Ford and Chevy drivers pull out of Daytona the day of the race. Sucktastic, wouldn't it be?


Misc. Friday Ramblings

My name is Friday, I'm part of a blog.

Obligatory Friday gun stuff!
This coming Father's day, why not spend a day fishing. You never know what you might catch.
Scott Fletcher of Otego said he caught more than he planned when he went fishing with his stepchildren Sunday afternoon.

"I caught a gun in the river," Fletcher said Wednesday.

State police at Oneonta said the gun was a .38-caliber revolver. It appears to be a police-style revolver, troopers said, but it’s not clear how long it had been in the river or how it got there.

"It was pretty much full of mud," Fletcher said. "It was still in the holster."

Fletcher said he was fishing at the Wells Bridge access site on the Susquehanna River. Fletcher’s stepchildren had been arguing about who was going to use the fishing pole, he said, and he decided to cast it to make things easier. But Fletcher said the line got stuck. Fletcher said he thought it was a stick — until the catch started to come out of the water.

"That’s not a stick," Fletcher said of his reaction. "That’s a gun." "Nobody throws a perfectly good pistol in the river," he said.

Troopers said the gun was rusty and had been in the river for a while. The serial numbers on the revolver were worn, troopers said, but it might be possible to send it out to be traced if necessary.

Unfortunately, Fletcher said, the gun was the only thing the group caught that afternoon.


Happy 25th Birthday, Puck-Man

For a video game, Pac-Man is getting downright old. The ghost-wary hero with an insatiable appetite for dots turns 25 this month.

From the early 1980s "Pac-Mania" to today's endless sequels and rip-offs, the original master of maze management remains a bright yellow circle on the cultural radar.

But there was more to Pac-Man's broad appeal than eating dots and dodging on-screen archrivals Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde.

"This was the first time a player took on a persona in the game. Instead of controlling inanimate objects like tanks, paddles and missile bases, players now controlled a `living' creature," says Leonard Herman, author of "Phoenix: The Rise and Fall of Videogames." "It was something that people could identify, like a hero."

It all began in Japan, when Toru Iwatani, a young designer at Namco, caught inspiration from a pizza that was missing a slice. Puck-Man, as it was originally called, was born. Because of obvious similarities to a certain four-letter profanity, "Puck" became "Pac" when it debuted in the U.S. in 1980.

Its success spawned a romantic interest (Ms. Pac-Man), a child (Junior Pac-Man), a cartoon show and hundreds of licensed products. The phenomenon even reached the pop music charts when "Pac-Man Fever" by Buckner & Garcia drove us all crazy in 1982.

Billy Williams, the first and only person known to play a perfect game of Pac-Man (he racked up a score of 3,333,360 after clearing all 256 levels in more than six hours in 1999, according to video game record keepers Twin Galaxies) says Pac's popularity was in its nonviolent simplicity.

"The fact that it's cute, it's almost like a hero running around the board from bad guys. It's not an appeal based on violence," the 39-year-old from Hollywood, Fla., said. "Whether it was an 80-year-old lady or a kid, everyone could adapt to the Pac-Man world."

You know, leave it to some American kid to scrape the 'P' in Puck into 'F'. But, you do know that Pac Man had a storied career before taking off in America. Still, after all of this time, there is a bit of satisfaction involved in eating up the power pill to take out a ghost. Thank you MAME.


I'm loving it!

An employee at an Ann Arbor McDonald's restaurant said he was punched by a customer at the drive-through window Monday night.

The 21-year-old man said he handed the customer change when she pulled up to the window of the fast-food restaurant on West Stadium Boulevard at about 8:45 p.m., and inadvertently dropped some change on the ground, according to a report in The Ann Arbor News. He said the woman yelled at him, then pulled her car forward and exited her vehicle, the paper reported.

The woman walked back to the window, used profane language at the employee and punched him in the face, according to the report. The employee said he did not say anything to anger the woman during the incident.

The woman drove away in her vehicle, which also had a man in the passenger seat, the paper reported. Another employee obtained a license plate number and police were attempting to locate the car owner.

Is change really worth that much of a hassle? Most folks I know, if there isn't paper involved, they are happy to just leave it on the ground. Come on, it's supposed to be a happy meal!


The real terminator.

No sudden, sharp boundary marks the passage of day into night in this gorgeous view of ocean and clouds over our fair planet Earth. Instead, the shadow line or terminator is diffuse and shows the gradual transition to darkness we experience as twilight. With the Sun illuminating the scene from the right, the cloud tops reflect gently reddened sunlight filtered through the dusty troposphere, the lowest layer of the planet's nurturing atmosphere. A clear high altitude layer, visible along the dayside's upper edge, scatters blue sunlight and fades into the blackness of space. This picture actually is a single digital photograph taken in June of 2001 from the International Space Station orbiting at an altitude of 211 nautical miles.

I could talk about the MJ decision, but why. You guys/gals have talking heads for that.


Your soul is mine!

Nods to Ken for the link.

You Are a Retrospective Soul

The most misunderstood of all the soul signs.
Sometimes you even have difficulty seeing yourself as who you are.
You are intense and desire perfection in every facet of your life.
You're best described as extremely idealistic, hardworking, and a survivor.

Great moments of insight and sensitivity come to you easily.
But if you aren't careful, you'll ignore these moments and repeat past mistakes.
For you, it is difficult to seperate the past from the present.
You will suceed once you overcome the disappoinments in life.

Souls you are most compatible with: Traveler Soul and Prophet Soul


Misc. Friday Ramblings

Marines, we are leaving!

Obligatory Friday gun stuff!


It Has Begun!

Well, I had links to tropical storm Arlene's path and projection, but she came and went so fast, didn't even get a Thank You Mam outta it.


Sometimes you have to leave a hint...

A Texas A&M University student who had been feared murdered after disappearing nearly seven years ago has been found alive and working in Kentucky, according to authorities.

Brandi Stahr went missing in October 1998, and police spent hours searching for her body in wooded areas. They questioned a serial rapist and murderer about her just hours before he was executed last year. But a telephone tip led investigators to Florence, Ky., where Stahr has been working for the last five years at a Sam's Club, said Texas Ranger Frank Malinak.

"We thought we were dealing with a missing persons case," Malinak said. "But, in actuality, we were dealing with a person who did not want to be found and was in hiding."

Stahr, 27, hid from her family after she and her mother, Ann Dickenson, got into an argument over bad grades she received during her sophomore year and her family stopped paying for school. For the last five years, Stahr worked under her real name, using her Social Security number. But police said they were unable to locate her that way because they don't have access to IRS records.

Dickenson and Stahr haven't reunited yet, but have talked on the phone. Stahr told her sister the family should not bother visiting, but her mother said nothing will stop her.

...and sometimes you have to be able to take the hint. The lack of closure is a killer in this instance. I know that if my daughter had disappeared, presumed abducted and dead, then I'd want to see them again if found. I guess that was one hell of an argument over the report card.


If it smells like fish...

An Australian woman was found to be carrying 51 live tropical fish after custom officials were alerted by "flipping" noises coming from beneath her skirt as she arrived at Melbourne airport.

On closer inspection, officers discovered the woman had strapped on an apron of plastic water-filled bags containing the fish, the Australian Customs Service said in a statement on Tuesday.

"During the search, customs officers became suspicious after hearing 'flipping' noises coming from the vicinity of her waist," said the statement.

The 43-year-old woman arrived in Melbourne on a flight from Singapore last Friday. Customs are still trying to determine what type of fish she brought into the country and have not yet charged her with an offence.

She could face charges for breaking quarantine and customs laws for bringing in the fish without giving a declaration.

A search of the woman's home in Melbourne found another five fish.

You know, I've always heard that women have oft been accused of having a certain fishy smell coming from their nether regions. I guess they were just smugglers. What's next, beaver?


Pimpin ain't easy at 80.

The stooped old woman with the oxygen tank and the walker in Lindenwold, N.J., rarely left the apartment she shared with her grandson and his girlfriend. She was 80 years old and, according to the younger woman, had only one friend.

But the police said the woman, Vera Tursi, helped lonely men make new friends, by running an escort service called August Playmates. She took telephone calls from clients at her apartment and, depending on what they were in the mood for and who was available, sent escorts to meet them, the police said.

"It was her operation; it was her business," said Sgt. James Fish of the New Jersey State Police. "She's been in business for at least six months, probably longer."

Ms. Tursi was one of 42 people arrested by the state police last month in what investigators called "Operation Risky Business," involving several escort services. The arrests were announced on May 14, along with the seizure of more than $51,000 in cash and a bank account worth $20,000.

Ms. Tursi was born in 1925, when not only prostitution, but also selling drinks was illegal. How she came to run call girls from the apartment in Coachman Manor, a complex of low-income units, remains a mystery, Sergeant Fish said. Her arrest was the subject of a long feature article in The Star-Ledger of Newark yesterday.

"Her operation was a strictly outcall business," Sergeant Fish said. "You make the call, you order the girl. She tells you who is available and you pick out the girl and tell them where to go."

Because, you know, social security just isn't what it used to be.


Case Mod. Tie Fighter style.

I started with the side panels (wings), which were cut from plywood. The cockpit of the TIE Fighter was most problematic part to build. After several failed attempts to create a ball out of Bondo, I finally found the perfect sphere—a Jolly Ball (a pet store item). A plywood cutout that I installed inside the ball holds all the computer components, and PVC piping connects the cockpit to the wings. Accurate detailing was created using wood filler, wood strips, glues, paints, and caulking. The whole thing was painted, and the desktop surface (Plexiglas) was attached.

The wood cutout allowed me to divide the cockpit into two chambers. The front chamber includes a FlexATX motherboard and an Athlon XP 1800+. All other components, including an 80GB hard drive, the power supply, and a CD ROM drive that pops out the bottom, are fitted into the rear chamber. The green laser canons on the front of the cockpit are the power-on and HDD activity LEDs. Power and reset buttons are built into a side panel. Red LEDs light up the interior of the case. A 12cm fan draws air out of both chambers.


Misc. Friday Ramblings

Oh, we've got a live one here...

Obligatory Friday gun stuff!
FN SCAR passes critical review.
USSOCOM's SCAR Program is providing the first, truly modular and reliable assault rifle designed and built from the ground up for the finest fighting forces in the world. The critical design review was spearheaded by the Naval Surface Warfare Center-Crane Division (NSWC-CD), Crane, Indiana, and supported by USSOCOM Operators.

FN Herstal displayed several improvements to the existing platform, including a SCAR version in the 'flat, dark, earth' color representation, an anodized aluminum upper receiver rail colored in 'flat, dark, earth,' a polymer lower receiver version and a concept model of the EGLM. As in the previous Critical Design Reviews, FN Herstal provided SCAR rifles in various configurations including a 20" barreled 7.62 SCAR-Heavy (SCAR-H).

Troy Smith, SCAR Program Manager said, "With the third critical design review, we continue to emphasize the importance of Operator involvement side- by-side with FN Herstal and Operator developers that will continue throughout the lifetime of the program. We continue to make changes to improve this weapon through an iterative process. In the end, we very much look forward to providing the Operators designed for them in mind with the best solutions technology has to offer."


You gotta know when to hold 'em...

A Texas woman faces a misdemeanor assault charge for her rough treatment of a man who refused to prolong a recent sex session between the pair. According to the below Travis County Sheriff's Office affidavit, Jannette Pulido, 23, climbed on top of Frederick Parke and squeezed his genitals after he declined additional trysting. Pulido then allegedly directed some threats at her paramour's private parts and began tussling with the 25-year-old Parke, who was slightly injured. He ejected Pulido from his Austin pad and called the cops, to whom he told his sad story of unrequited love.

Hey, at least when you take a test drive, you can find out if you have a lemon or a peach. Agressive passion has its place, but "I'm gonna cut your dick off while you sleep" is going a bit too far. Maybe she should hook up with Christian Slater?