ITEM: I almost forgot about this one from the August 27 Indy Herald-Bulletin:
ANDERSON, Ind. — A man was in critical condition and not expected to survive after a serious accident and apparent suicide attempt that slowed traffic on Interstate 69 on Tuesday.
Earl Morgan III, a 29-year-old from LaPeer, Mich., was taken by ambulance from the site to St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, according to Anderson Police Department spokesman Joel Sandefur. From there, he was flown by medical helicopter to St. Vincent Indianapolis on 86th Street. As of Tuesday night, he was still hospitalized.
Police received a 911 call at about 10:30 a.m. from a witness who saw a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu with Michigan plates drive into a guard rail near the 225 mile marker northbound on I-69. According to the witness, after the car came to a stop, Morgan stepped out of the car, went to the trunk, pulled out a power drill and started drilling his own head behind his right ear.
Well, all you can say is, he needed that like a hole in the head!
ITEM: The idea that voter-ID would prevent minority voting took a broadsides in a story that Politico stumbled onto last week (though it had first been posted a year or so ago). From the Atlanta Constitution:
When Georgia became one of the first states in the nation to demand a photo ID at the ballot box, both sides served up dire predictions. Opponents labeled it a Jim Crow-era tactic that would suppress the minority vote. Supporters insisted it was needed to combat fraud that imperiled the integrity of the elections process.
But both claims were overblown, according to a review of by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution of statewide voting patterns in the five years since the law took effect.
Turnout among black and Hispanic voters increased from 2006 to 2010, dramatically outpacing population growth for those groups over the same period.
A shocking admission from the liberal media, eh? But wait, they had a "good excuse" for it:
On the other hand, Georgia’s top elections official could not point to a single case of ballot fraud the voter ID law had prevented.
Which, one the one hand, you could say, "If it prevented them, that's why you couldn't point to them!" But if that logic confounds you (as it did the AC), wait'll you see how they contradict this assertion later in the same article:
Still, the law has had real and measurable effect for some voters: Since November 2008, the ballots of 1,586 Georgians didn’t count because of the law. (They arrived at the polls without a photo ID, cast provisional ballots, and did not return later with the required ID.) Overall, 13.6 million votes were cast in the state during the same period.
So, while "Georgia's top election official" couldn't point out a single instance of prevented voter fraud, the newspaper itself pointed out 1,586 CASES!
Of course, you know the liberal response to that: "Well, they probably didn't have the time/ability/gas money to return, therefore the law interfered with them voting." Gee whiz, I don't know how it is in Georgia, but in INDIANA, your registration card mentions something about "keeping it in your wallet at all times". And unless the liberals want to plead that being forgetful about having your ID is the province ONLY of minorities, I've gotta close this case.
ITEM: So what exactly is racist? Would a black person excluding blacks from something because they are black be racist? Case in point:
A North Carolina pastor is under fire after reportedly asking that "only white people" stand at the front door of her Charlotte church to greet the congregation.
Pastor Makeda Pennycooke, who is African-American, recently sent an e-mail to volunteers who act as greeters at Freedom House Church in Charlotte. In it, Pennycooke wrote that "first impressions matter" and said the church wants "the best of the best on the front doors," according to local reports.
"We are continuing to work to bring our racial demographic pendulum back to mid-line," she wrote. "So we would like to ask that only white people be on the front doors."
So Paula Deen is accused of being racist by a white woman, and a black pastor excludes blacks from greeting. Good thing she wasn't a woman, too, or... oh, yeah, she is.
The Church says...
"The e-mail was sent by one of our longtime pastors in an attempt to emphasize that our greeting team reflect the racial diversity of our entire congregation," a statement sent to WBTV read. "However, she admitted it was a mistake to over-emphasize any specific group and sent an apology e-mail within 24 hours of the original email going out."
So when whites do it, it's exclusion. When blacks do it, it's over-emphasizing. Okay....
ITEM: Next, an interview between the AP and Russia's Channel 1 television with Vladmir Putin gave me the following bon mots:
On relations with Obama:
"President Obama hasn't been elected by the American people in order to be pleasant to Russia. And your humble servant hasn't been elected by the people of Russia to be pleasant to someone either. We work, we argue about some issues. We are human. Sometimes one of us gets vexed. But I would like to repeat once again that global mutual interests form a good basis for finding a joint solution to our problems.
On the body language between Putin and Obama that some have said suggested a difficult working relationship:
"There are some gestures, of course, that you can only interpret one way, but no one has ever seen those kinds of gestures directed by Obama at me or by me at Obama, and I hope that never happens. Everything else is fantasy."
"But if that sunuvabitch ever gives me the bird, look out!"
ITEM: How to get a worthy cause booted from Facebook:
WHEN the Christmas Island tourism board decided to promote its lovely juvenile Boobies, it never thought it would have Facebook's pervert police on its case.
The proposed promotion might sound a bit dodgy, but it was a plan to advertise the island's annual Bird 'n' Nature Week, and its population of endangered Booby birds.
But the social media site claimed the promoted ad of a baby Brown Booby with the accompanying text - "Some gorgeous shots here of some juvenile boobies'' - breached decency guidelines, and removed the offending picture.
Apparently, the Christmas Islanders thought it got bounced by an automated moral guardian, and appealed to FB- who told them, no, that's just wrong. Don't worry, CI, I'll show your juvenile Boobies...
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ITEM: And just to make you feel better about American politics, the winner of the PM race in Australia has been predicted...
...by Big Wendell, an 18 ft, 1,760+ lb saltwater crocodile. By biting the picture of opposition leader Kevin Rudd, not once but twice, Big Wendell's psychic powers assure us that Tony Abbott has the election well in hand.
ITEM: And now, on-site reporting brings us pictures from the aforementioned party...
Scrappy and new friends Jenny (tan) and Dexter. Jenny is allegedly a beagle/shepherd mix (note the beagle head), and Dexter had an Aussie dog mom, two days away from being spayed, and an itinerant yellow lab dad with impeccable timing.
Here we have Scrappy trailing old buddy Vinnie, with Vinnie's owner and friends nearby.
Coming towards you is Winnie, with Vinnie in hot pursuit. The rest (l-r): Dexter, Winnie's buddy Oscar, another friend named Watson, and our hero.
Scrappy really liked Oscar- they were the two most in danger of being run over.
"Umm... was that Winnie or Weenie?"
This was a hard group to get a group shot of.
Watching as a semi-antisocial Jack Russell went by.
Winnie and Oscar's Mom, picking up a mess and getting "help" from Scrappy.
Scrappy and Watson.
Watson's Dad trying to get everyone to sit before tossing a ball. Five were interested, Scrappy was busy nosing at Oscar, and Oscar would join the group, bark, and then watch the others run.