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Underground drugs cave pictures
Topic: Current Events 6:41 pm EST, Dec 30, 2005

Some of you may have heard about the pot bust earlier this month where guys were growing weed in a cave underground, below a house.

Well, they're probably not going to clean it up and let us take tours to see this marvel, but WE HAVE PICTURES NOW! w00t!

Underground drugs cave pictures

Coffee House Nun Bun Mother Teresa Artwork Pop Art on eBay
Topic: Current Events 9:14 am EST, Dec 27, 2005

I can't wait to see what happens to this one.

Coffee House Nun Bun Mother Teresa Artwork Pop Art on eBay

DIebold Continues To Refuse Examination of Compromised Voting Systems
Topic: Current Events 3:14 pm EST, Nov 30, 2005

Basically, even though the law says they must allow it, Diebold is refusing to permit the code in their voting machines to be examined by North Carolina.

Frankly, I figure they're aware that North Carolina is going to find the same things that other people have found... That Diebold "accidentally" left "debugging" functions in place that allow anyone to change how all the votes on a particular machine are reported. (Just a note, there's no way in hell any such debugging functions would have been allowed into production ATM equipment--so it shouldn't be acceptable for voting terminals, either.)


DIebold Continues To Refuse Examination of Compromised Voting Systems

Oak Ridge High School administrators find contraceptives offensive
Topic: Current Events 3:05 pm EST, Nov 30, 2005

Apparently the administrators of Oak Ridge Hich School would rather their students be barefoot and pregnant, rather than be able to make informed choices about birth control.

About a week ago the Oak Ridge High School student paper printed an article informing students about the various failure rates for various forms of birth control. Administrators for the school apparently found the article offensive and rounded up all 1,800 copies. Now they're having the school mouthpiece reprint the paper without the "inappropriate" article.

Attention Oak Ridge: You are in the middle of nowhere. Teens are going to do their damnedest to have sex, no matter what you do. Stop living in denial and at least give them a chance to make their mistakes without them becoming parents in the process. ignorant redneck bastards.

Oak Ridge High School administrators find contraceptives offensive

Barbara Bush on those lucky refugees
Topic: Current Events 7:55 am EDT, Sep  9, 2005

"Somebody asked George H.W. Bush Monday about the criticism of his son's handling of Hurricane Katrina, and the former president said that the critics ought to tell it to his wife -- and that they ought to don a flak jacket before trying. But this morning, it's Barbara Bush herself who might want to think about some protective clothing, at least metaphorically speaking.

The former first lady toured the Astrodome Monday, and along the way she opined that many of the refugees from New Orleans were so poor to begin with that they ought to be pretty happy with their temporary digs in Houston. "What I’m hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas," Barbara Bush said in comments first aired on the public radio program "Marketplace" and reprinted by Editor & Publisher. "Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them."

In the midst of that last line, you can hear the former first lady chuckling."

There just aren't words, really, to say how tactless that was.

Barbara Bush on those lucky refugees

August 28 2005 10:11 AM CDT NOAA Bulletin - Wikisource
Topic: Current Events 7:39 am EDT, Sep  9, 2005


This weather report was put out about 20 hours before Katrina hit land. Ted Koppel says his team thought it was a hoax and tried to get it confirmed.

Wow. Some people need to be seriously damned for not having begun acting upon this kind of report.

August 28 2005 10:11 AM CDT NOAA Bulletin - Wikisource

Foamy the Squirrel vs. New Orleans Government
Topic: Current Events 3:20 am EDT, Sep  6, 2005

I wish there were a way to link to specific updates on Ill Will Press's site, but alas, there are none.

In any case, if you follow the above link, and then click on the Hurricane Karina update smack in the middle of the page, it'll take you to what I'm talking about.

Foamy the Squirrel is a character in a animated serial comic run on Ill Will Press whose antics primarily seem to focus around expressing distaste for the illogical way most humans go through life. He is basically what you get if you take an Angry Young Man, compress him down to squirrel size and put him in a grey fur suit, and then give him lots of caffiene. It's priceless stuff, really. :)

Foamy the Squirrel vs. New Orleans Government

New Orleans Decends Into Barbarism
Topic: Current Events 7:28 am EDT, Aug 31, 2005

First there came Karina.

Now there's looting, fires, no electricity, homeless ants outnumbering people about a thousand to one, poisonous snakes, and flood-demolished homes with markers meaning "Body In Attic", lack of food, and a general untidyness about the place. The news vultures have never had a more nutritious diet of human misery to gorge themselves on.

They're pretty busy down there. At this point I think that if any of them survive the next few weeks without having to resort to cannibalism, I doubt there will ever be any problems getting people to evacuate New Orleans again.

Assuming they actually manage to rebuild New Orleans, that is.

New Orleans Decends Into Barbarism

Southern Lousiana, it's been nice knowing you!
Topic: Current Events 1:09 am EDT, Aug 29, 2005

One thing first... For any of you who might be down there in the delta area thinking you're going to post weather updates and pictures of the effects of Hurrican Karina and such to Memestreams--GET OUT AND HEAD NORTH NOW.

When I went to bed this morning, the thing was expected to be a category 2 storm. Now suddenly in the course of six or so hours, it's gone straight to category five with a bullet and large portions of the coast are predicted to become completely underwater for this one.

What this means is that if you're thinking you're going to hole up on the second floor of something and wait for it to pass, you're still going to drown, and if the rushing water and winds don't get you, the fire ants will. If you insist on staying down there, well, it's clear you're no longer fit to stay in the gene pool.

Southern Lousiana, it's been nice knowing you!

Walmart Kills Houston Man for Shoplifting
Topic: Current Events 2:56 am EDT, Aug 26, 2005

Wal-Mart LP's Kill Suspected Shoplifter

Man held down on burning pavement until he died

Wal-Mart loss prevention workers tackled a man suspected of stealing diapers - a new father with a two month old child - holding him down with a choke hold and knee to the back while he was shirtless on the scalding pavement of a Wal-Mart parking lot in Texas.

The incident was witnessed by dozens of shoppers, including a prominent Texas attorney, Charles Portz:

Charles Portz said he was getting out of his car when he saw a heavy blonde haired man being chased by five people who appeared to be security or store employees. He said he saw them wrestling the man to the ground. "The blacktop was extremely hot," said Portz "He had no shirt on and they wouldn't let him up off the blacktop." He said one of the men had Driver in a chokehold and had his knee in the back of his neck as the men tried to subdue him. "He kept trying to get up and they kept pushing him back down," Portz said.

According to Portz, Driver began to plead with them men. "He's begging, 'Please call an ambulance, let me up, do something, I'm gonna die," said Portz. He said the loss prevention employees called the police more than once, but another bystander called for an ambulance after realizing Driver was in trouble. Portz said he eventually began to plead with the Walmart employees. "I told them, this guy doesn't look like he's breathing," Portz said, "They said, 'He's all right." He says he continued to plead with the men, pointing out that the man's fingernails were turning gray. "They said he's just high on something," adding, "They just kept him pinned down for twenty minutes or more until the ambulance came." He said he believed Driver was dead when the ambulance left with him, but he was not certain.

The store employees could not have known that the witness who was pleading with them to let Driver get up from the hot pavement was a high profile Houston attorney, from the Portz and Portz law firm. He said after the man was handcuffed he continued trying in vain to persuade the Walmart employees to allow him to get up, even pointing out that a second pair of cuffs could be used to attach the ones already on Driver to a nearby truck trailer. "The problem is they kept him down on the blistering concrete with no shirt on," Portz reiterated. He said law enforcement arrived at about the same time as the ambulance.

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Very sad. I believe people who practice frontier justice should receive it as well. I know the death of this piece of shit employee won't bring the guy back to life, but he definately deserves a similar fate.

At least have him held down in a choke hold on hot pavement for about half an hour, let him see how he fares.

Walmart Kills Houston Man for Shoplifting

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