Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Women demand equal topless rights

The Raelian Movement, which teaches that life on Earth was created by aliens, had its fourth-annual "GoTopless Day" protests in several U.S. cities.
GoTopless.org, founded by the movement's spiritual leader, Rael, organized protests Sunday in locations including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. Women participating in the protests were urged to go topless while men were encouraged to cover their chests to illustrate the slogan, "Topless equal rights for all or none."
"It's no more ridiculous than women having to wear tops at all times in this double-standard topless battle that's being waged in public and in the courts," said Nadine Gary, a Raelian priestess and president of GoTopless.org based in Las Vegas.
"After four years, our national protests are starting to bear fruit, for a growing number of women across the country are reaching out to us. They're beginning to feel empowered by our demonstrations and the constitutional message we bring."

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know You Needed

Thieves’ net trout catch at fish hatchery
Someone in California has a truck load of stolen merchandise that probably is starting to stink.
State Fish and Game wardens are investigating what they believe to be the first large-scale theft from a state fish hatchery after as many as a thousand trophy-sized trout were taken from a facility near Fresno.
Workers at the San Joaquin State Fish Hatchery found the gate pried open and blood covering the floors. Department spokesman Patrick Foy says the trout were 3 years old and weighed approximately three pounds each.
The trout were part of a program paid for by fishing license fees to stock lakes for fishing enthusiasts.
Wardens are now scouring California fish markets for signs of them. Trout sells for up to $7 a pound.
Guards' Fired Over Genitals Prank
A federal judge says Franklin County officials are not responsible for the actions of two guards who fed a prisoner a bologna sandwich that had been rubbed against another inmate's genitals.
U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Frost has ruled the county, its commissioners and its late sheriff did not foster a culture of rule-breaking that encouraged the deputies to act out of line.
Court documents say two deputies were handing out bologna sandwiches in 2009 when they made an inmate put his genitals on one while they took a picture with a cell phone. They fed the sandwich to another inmate and showed him the picture.
Both deputies were fired.
One deputy pleaded guilty to health code violations. His attorney called the incident a "prank."
The other deputy wasn't charged.
Mom humiliated son in public by wearing I’m a theft sign
Residents of an Australian city said a mother forced her young son to sit in public wearing Shrek ears and a sign proclaiming him to be "a thief."
Witnesses said the boy, who appeared to be about 10 years old, spent nearly an hour sitting near a Townsville water park wearing the ears and the sign while his family ate lunch nearby,
"Do not trust me. I will steal from you as I am a thief," the boy's sign read.
Diane Mayers, said she was so "horrified" when she saw the boy that she immediately notified the Child Safety Services.
"A lot of people walked past laughing at him, including boys who would have been his age," Mayers said. "At one point, the boy had taken off the Shrek ears. My daughter walked past and heard the mother say, 'Put them back on or I'll smack your head in.'"
Mayers said she feared the long-term effects from the public humiliation would be worse than the potential effects from physical abuse.
Preteen boy named town's drag queen
British boy has been named the top drag queen at his village's annual contest after wearing women's clothes and singing pop hits for the crowd.
12-year-old Redvers Stokes of Sticker, England, beat other local men in the drag contest by doing his "Naughty Nora" persona and singing tunes including “Michael Jackson's "Thriller" for the judges.
The boy said he started wearing his mother's clothes for fun when he was young and he now frequently attends village events in women's clothes and makeup.
I think it's really funny. I've always been open to new things. I might like dressing up in women's clothes but I still like girls. It's just a little hobby of mine," Stokes said.
Organizers of the drag contest said they started the annual event two years ago when they did not find enough girls that were willing to participate in the carnival queen pageant.
The boy's mother, Georgia Stokes, 43, said she "couldn't be more proud" of her son.
"His Naughty Nora routine is very convincing. I've never been concerned. Redvers just loves being the center of attention. He has no plans to make it a career," she said.

Monday, August 22, 2011

My What !!!

John Carew
Because of a misplaced 'é' accent, his tattoo means 'My life, My menstruation'. His tat was apparently supposed to read 'My life, My rules'.

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know You Needed

Crews clean up soggy toilet-papered river
Idaho State environment officials say crews finished removing massive rolls of unprocessed toilet paper that fell off a truck and were lodged for weeks in the upper Lochsa River.
Earlier attempts to pull out the paper was called off when it began disintegrating, creating an even bigger mess.
Department of Environmental official John Cardwell says teams yanked out the remnants last weekend when lower river flows made the work more manageable.
Crews wrapped the rolls with a reinforced mesh before they were pulled out by a tow truck.
The rolls landed in the water after the truck hauling the load along U.S. Highway 12 slid into the river. The driver was cited for inattentive driving.
Police set-up nets 22 arrests
Police put up a sign in south Gainesville to let drivers know there was a checkpoint ahead, but what was really going on was a ruse.
There was no checkpoint, just several Gainesville Police Department officers watching for drivers who saw the sign and then turned around or who appeared to throw something out of their vehicles. Those vehicles were pulled over.
Police spent nearly eight hours on the detail near the intersection of South Main Street and 16th Avenue.
“This was a ruse detail,” said Lt. David Rowe. “Officers stopped 58 vehicles and most of the 22 arrests were for felony drug charges but there were also a few people arrested on warrants.”
Police said they planned the ruse because of drug and burglary complaints in the area.
Police issued more than 100 citations at checkpoint
The Gainesville Police Department made four DUI arrests and issued more than 100 traffic citations during a roadside safety/DUI checkpoint reported Cpl. Tscharna Senn.
The checkpoint was conducted at 3300 W. University Ave. from 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. and involved GPD’s traffic safety team and personnel from the Alachua County Sheriff’s office, Florida Highway Patrol, University of Florida Police and the Alachua Police Department.
In addition to the DUI arrests, police made one drug arrest and one warrant arrest. They issued 88 non-moving traffic citations, 17 moving traffic citations and six criminal traffic citations. Police also issued four warnings.


Friends Alive and Dead

Every Friday night for 23 years, Zeli Rossi has traded his bed for a coffin.
Rossi tells that his weekly sleeping habit became public last month when his 14-year-old grandson wrote a story about him for his school's newspaper.
Long ago, the two promised each other that whoever died first would have his casket bought by the other. Rossi's friend bought him a coffin when he mistakenly thought Rossi had died in a 1983 car crash.
When the friend died in 1988, Rossi started sleeping in the coffin to honor his memory.
And he also kept his promise to buy the dead friend a "brand new" casket.