Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Perverts are soooo lame: A 34-yr-old guy in Wauwatosa, Wis., is in custody after apparently sticking his head underneath a stall in a ladies’ room to photograph a woman sitting on the pot. When their eyes met, the best he could do was, "Oh, I just accidentally came in here." (He did, I’m sure, accidentally pick a woman with a husband nearby, to his detriment.) And then Thomas Piles, 53, was arrested for driving on Interstate 74 in Shelbyville, Ind., wagging his stuff, but he later explained to a deputy, "[T]hese pants always [come unzipped]."

Recurring Themes: (1) The U.S. is way too politically correct, still, but here’s another one of those reports that make Yr Editor believe that British "progressives" are not really serious with their PC stuff, but are just trying to taunt people. An advocacy group (with some public funding) has recommended that the Nat’l Health Service stop using the terms "mum" and "dad," because it might alienate gay couples or their kids. Better, they say: "guardians" or "carers." (2) It’s another one of those somewhat-inexplicable traditional festivals, this thing in Ivrea, Italy, commemorating the people’s historic uprising against noblemen who considered it their right to steal a bride’s virginity on the night before her wedding. So, for the worthy commemoration, they spend the day throwing oranges at each other (more than a million this yr).

That’s Messed Up
"Behind the door of Army Spec. Jeremy Duncan’s room, part of the wall is torn and hangs in the air, weighted down with black mold. When the wounded combat engineer stands in his shower and looks up, he can see the bathtub on the floor above through a rotted hole. The entire building, constructed between the world wars, often smells like greasy carry-out. Signs of neglect are everywhere: mouse droppings, belly-up cockroaches, stained carpets, cheap mattresses." This is "Building 18" of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where the severely wounded from Iraq and Afghanistan get treatment offered by a grateful nation. The Washington Post did the investigation, and apparently the 2-star bureaucratic toadfrog in charge of the facility was so embarrassed that he had crews on it within hours.

Housekeeping
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Updates
The Scientology-wannabe Raelians are selling their compound in Quebec and moving to what is apparently the more gullible US of A. It appears that the property comes with the replica of the UFO that Rael spotted on his journey through space to get here.
London’s Daily Telegraph is on the ground on the south sea island of Vanna, reporting on the villagers who are busy gearing up for the June 10 birthday of Britain’s Prince Philip, who (as News of the Weird reported) is worshiped as a god. The villagers would really like a visit, but they’ll settle for a few new photos of the man (along with, said the chief, "a Land Rover, bags of rice, or a little money").

Below The Fold
Chutzpah!: He robbed a bank in Wellington, New Zealand, and then, while cops were blanketing the area looking for him, he ducked into another bank and robbed it, too . . . . . A rural Romanian priest was sentenced to 14 yrs in prison for an exorcism that killed a young nun (and Yr Editor only hopes the prison is progressive enough to provide the man some fashion consulting about facial hair) . . . . . Make your own punch line: Doctors at a Newcastle, England, hospital helped a premature baby overcome an oxygen shortage by giving him Viagra (Sildenafil) to open blood vessels.