Monday, May 30, 2011

Teen girl shoots dad in the face with arrow because he took away her cell phone

No amount of family counseling is going to help here.

A Washington State man had to be airlifted to the hospital after his daughter shot him with a hunting bow because he took away her cell phone, authorities said.

The 15-year-old girl refused to let her father use the phone to call for help Wednesday evening, forcing him to crawl to a neighbor's house for help, KOMO-TV reported.

When officers arrived at the house in Tahuya, Wash. - about 35 miles west of Seattle - the girl fled into the woods with the bow and 35 arrows.

A SWAT team was called in to take her into custody.

Her 35-year-old father was listed in serious condition.

via nydailynews

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Texas Teacher Arrested For Having Sex With Her Students

April Alexander, 26, was jailed after being accused of having secks with a 16-year old student on more than 25 occasions.

The arrest of the woman follows the jailing of mother of three Brittni Colleps, who allegedly staged a secks orgy at her home while her serviceman husband was away on duty.

Colleps is accused of inviting the boys to her home in Arlington, Texas, where she allowed their secks romps to be filmed on cell phone cameras.

The 27-year old is facing up to ten years in jail after being charged with five felony counts of inappropriate relationships between a student and a teacher.

In the latest incidents, biology teacher Alexander was arrested at her home in Irving, Texas, after police received a tip off that she had been seeing one of her former students.

A police investigation alleges she began a relationship with a former student two years ago.

The teen told police they had secks on more than two dozen occasions at MacArthur High School in Irving and in Alexander's car.

Alexander resigned from the school last November without giving a reason for her departure.

She was arrested at her home on Wednesday night after police took statements from her victim, who is now aged 18.

Garland police spokesman Joe Harn said, 'When we send our kids to school, we trust that they are in safe hands and that it is a safe zone.

'When something like this happens, it violates that trust'.


Dash cam video released Thursday from a stolen Summerville, South Carolina police cruiser shows a suspect fighting a police officer then crashing the stolen car into a landscaping truck at a high rate of speed.

According to police, the incident started last Friday when 38-year-old Arthur Lee Thompson attempted to steal a computer from a Summerville Wal-mart. When confron More..ted, Thompson allegedly punched the store's loss prevention officer in the mouth. Authorities then put out an alert for Thompson's green Jeep.

Officers were able to spot the vehicle and made a traffic stop on Cedar Street near 9th Avenue. Dash cam video from the stolen police cruiser shows Thompson exiting his Jeep, disobeying the officer's commands and then attacking an officer.

According to the incident report, the officer tased the suspect twice, first when Thompson started fighting him and again once he was in the police cruiser, attempting to steal it.

Thompson wasn't affected by the taser and video shows him pulling out the stun-gun barbs and then continuing to fight with the officer. Thompson then drove off in the stolen car at speeds of over 100 mph.

The dash cam video shows Thompson weaving in and out of traffic, running through several red lights and making erratic maneuvers. The high-speed chase ended when Thompson crashed the cruiser into a landscaping truck attempting to make a left hand turn. The video shows the cruiser slam directly into the truck on North Maple Street near Elks Lodge Lane, three miles from the original traffic stop.

Thompson is then heard and seen trying to escape from the wrecked police cruiser. He shattered a window in the car in an attempt to escape, but failed, and was arrested. The victim in the landscaping truck was taken to a hospital. Thompson was transported to MUSC for treatment. Neither had serious injuries.

A toxicology report shows that Thompson tested positive for cocaine base. While at MUSC, Thompson became extremely violent, a police report states. Thomspon allegedly yelled "You are all racist," as people walked by him, and "If you don't get these (restraints) off me, I'm gonna hurt myself and turn this bed over."

Thompson then began violently throwing himself around on the bed in an attempt to overturn the bed. An officer then tried to secure his right hand when Thompson spit in his direction.

According to the incident report, Thompson admitted to police that he had "smoked crack" earlier that morning and was very high. Thompson then asked police if he "made the news."

Later, while being processed at the Summerville Police Department, police say he looked at every officer in the booking area and made derogatory comments to all of them. Thompson then allegedly bragged about stealing the police car saying, "You should've seen how big the officer was that I worked. He was like 280 pounds."

Thompson repeatedly looked down at his fists and said "I need to retire these things," the report states.

Authorities charged Thompson with strong armed robbery, failure to stop for blue lights,[..]ault on a police officer while resisting arrest, grand larceny, possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a crime of violence and throwing bodily fluids on a law enforcement officer. Police say Thompson has an extensive criminal history.

Thompson was also charged by the South Carolina Highway Patrol with reckless driving in the collision. Authorities are continuing the investigation.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

LEGO Movie Posters 2011

So 'Old Red Jalopy' has come out with another round of LEGO-ized movie posters for big upcoming summer films. I've also included some of their past work.

“So not to discount every other summer movie preview out there this week, but we think you’ll agree that the preview you’ll find below is absolutely the most…LEGO-ist.”

As you'll see below, they recreated 127 Hours, Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The Kings Speech, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit, Winters Bone, Thor, Brides Maids, Pirates of the Caribbean, Hangover Part II, X-Men First Class, Green Lantern, Transformers 3, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II, Captain America First Avenger, and Cowboys and Aliens.

BONUS! Wu-Tang gets the LEGO makeover:

via nextmovie

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Have you witnessed the 400 lb baby?

Man, 30, wears diapers, sleeps in a crib and is bottle-fed.

Like any other baby, Stanley sleeps in a crib, wears diapers, and loves nothing better than being comforted by his mother as she bottle feeds him.

Except Stanley Thornton is 30-years-old - and his 'mother' is really his room-mate.

Mr Thornton seeks comfort in being treated like a baby, a condition known as paraphilic infantilism.

The 'adult baby' lives out his fantasies at his California apartment, where he has built himself a giant crib, play pen and even a man-sized high chair.

Childhood comforts: Stanley Thornton is bottle-fed by his room-mate Sandra Diaz, a former nurse

He spends his days playing with Lego as he sucks on his pacifier, and being spoon or bottle-fed by his room-mate Sandra Diaz, who willingly acts as his mother.

He said: 'For some people being an adult baby is a sexual fetish for them, but for most of us it's just, you know, you're doing it to relax, you come home from work, you change into baby mode, you put away your adult stuff and everything goes on hold.'

He first began his return to childhood when he was 14, as a way of coping when he started wetting the bed after being abused as a boy.

Regression: Mr Thornton says there's nothing else like waking up in a crib every morning, and it helps him get into the baby 'mindset'

Mr Thornton said he adapted this child's playpen by putting a thick layer of wood in the bottom so it would support his weight

He started wearing diapers when he was 13, and then gradually realised he still wanted the comforts of babyhood - toys,a crib and even a pacifier. At 20, he began 'day wetting' and now wears a diaper every day.

He said: 'The first thought is you start thinking you're crazy, because this isn't normal, or at least that's what you think, you think you're the only one doing it.

'Then you go down the road and go on the computer and you find all these other people that are doing it, and you find the name for it.'

In 2000, he started website for other 'adult babies', where members can find 'mothers or 'babies', and tips on where to buy diapers.

Psychological condition: Mr Thornton has worn diapers since he was 13 after he began wetting the bed. Right, he makes baby noises as he plays with a soft toy and his Lego set in his nursery

According to his website, he used to work as a security guard, but had an accident and now claims disability benefit for a heart condition.

Each morning Miss Diaz, a former nurse, wakes him up in his 'nursery', where he sleeps in a crib dressed in a playsuit, underneath colorful mobiles hanging from the ceiling.


Paraphilic infantilism describes the desire to wear diapers and be treated like a baby.

Those who have a specific diaper fetish are known as diaper lovers (DLs). For them, the act of wearing a diaper is sexually arousing.

Those who enjoy being treated like a baby - which can include wearing diapers - but do not see it as a sexual fetish are known as adult babies (ABs).

ABs and DLs have no sexual desire towards children.

Because these fantasies are harmless, infantilists rarely seek medical help.

The urge to be treated as a baby usually begins between the ages of five and 15.

The majority are heterosexual, but just one in five are women.

Miss Diaz feeds him, either with a bottle or from a spoon.

He has just finished building a giant high-chair, and he reinforced a childrens play area to take his weight so he can play with Lego and stuffed animals.

Miss Diaz said: 'I love him like he is my favorite nephew, he is like my family member who lost his mother, and I'm like the aunt stepping in and saying I'm still here for you.'

Mr Thornton changes into adult clothes when he goes outside, but as soon as he gets home he goes back into 'baby mode.'

Some infantilists, known as 'diaper lovers', see the condition as a sexual fetish.

But Mr Thornton is keen to stress he and other 'adult babies' find comfort, not sexual satisfaction, by being treated as a child. Infantilists have no sexual desire towards children.

He said: 'Being an adult baby I've had a couple of different reactions, some good, some not so good.

'I've had some people that are perfectly fine with it and others that are just angry, maybe think you're automatically a pedophile because you're too into it.

'I like to be treated as a baby, just to get the love and affection, safeness, just to go back to a time when you're caring for a one or two year old.'

via dailymail

Friday, April 29, 2011

Who knew the Silver Surfer huffed spraypaint?

Indiana man busted 48 (FORTY-EIGHT) times since 1992 for 'huffing' toxic vapors.

Kelly Gene Gibson looks like he could be a completely normal guy.

An Indiana man's recent bust for "huffing" paint fumes marks the 48th time he was charged over his obsession with inhaling the toxic chemicals.

Kelly Gibson has been in trouble with the law repeatedly since 1992 because of his alleged addiction, police said.

In his latest bust, which took place more than a week ago, police responded after Gibson and his wife, Kelly, got into an argument outside their apartment, according to WANE News in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Kelly told officers her husband was in their apartment but she was afraid to go in, WANE reported. When police went inside, the entire place reeked of paint fumes and Gibson was shirtless with his hands and face covered in silver paint.

He had a plastic bag in one hand, police said, and a can of silver spray paint in the other. He was also dazed and glassy-eyed.

Gibson was arrested and charged with inhaling toxic vapors.

Whether or not he's the human incarnate of the silver surfer, this silver-faced man is a hero--though not exactly a super one--in my book.

via nydailynews

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Please just watch the trailer.

Is this real life?

“I’ll never kiss anyone without a six-pack.”

“I’m fit, I’m flirty and I’ve got double-Fs.”

“My biggest fear is getting wrinkles.”

Do you know what a Geordie is? Yeah, we didn’t either until now.

Introducing “Geordie Shore,” the UK version of “Jersey Shore,” complete with fist pumping lads and heavily eye shadowed lasses. While the original characters are living it up in Italy, the newest cast of eight hails from Newcastle.

Ranging from 18 to 26 — Jay, Holly, James, Sophie, Vicky, Charlotte-Letitia and Greg – have an uncanny likeness to the original characters. Besides the muscles and spray tans, above is a selection of some of their lines pulled from the trailer.

MTV UK will premiere the Geordie Shore on May 24th, 2011.

I can't wait.

via wallstreetjournal

Monday, April 25, 2011

Hang on bro, I can't hear you over this tornado

Guy stays on phone while TORNADO TEARS THROUGH AIRPORT.

On Friday, a tornado ripped through the Lambert Airport in St. Louis, moving planes and lifting the ceiling off of Concourse C, sending glass everywhere.

"Planes were diverted to other locations as emergency crews probed the debris for more wounded. Mayor Francis Slay said Lambert would be shut down "indefinitely."

The storm lifted the roof off Concourse C and sent plate glass flying everywhere. Four people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries after glass shattered as the storm hit, airport spokesman Jeff Lea said. An unspecified number of others were treated at the scene for cuts blamed on flying glass.

Passengers from at least two planes were stranded briefly on the Lambert tarmac because of debris but were later taken away by buses. An Air National Guard facility at the airport was reportedly damaged.

The airport's main terminal sustained the most damage. Airport director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge said roughly half of that structure's windows were blown out, sending glass and rain into that building. Elsewhere on the property, trees were toppled and power lines downed, further limiting access to the airport even hours after the storm left its destruction."

via huffingtonpost

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Racist McDonalds menu options via lawsuit; McStinkynigger, McNigshit

Lawsuit Alleges Landmark Steakhouse Employees Referred to African-American Customer as 'McStinkynigger' and 'McNigshit'

In the Corona del Mar universe, Landmark Steakhouse is for MILFs-in-training, for gals not old enough for the Quiet Woman but too old to serve as eye candy over at Gulfstream. Its food is forgettable; its drinks pedestrian. I wouldn't go there if the meal was free, but I never once felt uncomfortable at the restaurant on account of my ethnicity or even my empty wallet.

Thank God I'm not Mark McHenry. In a federal lawsuit filed last Friday, McHenry--who is African-American--alleged Landmark employees replaced his name on credit card receipts with crude racial slurs; McStinkynigger, and McNigshit--this, despite the fact he was a regular customer at Landmark.

Eek! The general manager and owner of the group that owns Landmark, CDM Restaurants, of course deny their establishments are racists, but the evidence presented above is pretty damn damning that they're at least guilty of having idiot employees. We'll see what a judge has to say.

via ocweekly

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Shootout at Internet Cafe: CHECK EMAIL OR DIE TRYIN'

As I read this story, the lyrics of a great street poet--50 Cent--come to mind:

Fuck, boy, you can see it to believe it;
Tryna dodge and wave it, end up a paraplegic;
Believe me it's easy, I'll hurt you, I'll merk you;
I'll pop summin', drop summin', I ain't gonna stop huntin'

An attempted armed robbery of an Internet café in Seminole County early Tuesday left one of the suspected robbers dead and deputies combing Pine Hills for his accomplices.

Gary Bryant, 21, was one of two men who walked into the Allied Veterans Internet Café at 3030 East Semoran Boulevard about 1 a.m. and later ended up dead after a shootout with a security guard.

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office has since released surveillance video of the gun battle, which took place at the strip-mall business.

The video shows Bryant and the other man entering the building. They immediately become involved in a conflict with a security guard.

Gunfire erupts, and the security guard fires a round and that strikes Bryant in the back as he heads for the door to exit the business.

Before leaving the scene in an older-model tan Oldsmobile, one of the robbers fires several gunshots into the business.

The Seminole Sheriff's Office said one of its investigators saw the vehicle and tried to stop it, but the driver sped off.

Shortly afterward, deputies said the vehicle arrived at a Value Inn on Clarcona-Ocoee Road near U.S. Highway 441, where the two other men inside the vehicle left Bryant's body.

Orange County deputies chased two men in the car, but the men fled in the vehicle — which deputies later determined was stolen — into the Pine Hills area of west Orange and ran away on foot.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office used K-9 units to try to track the two men, who remained at large Tuesday.

Bryant, meanwhile, was declared dead at a hospital.

He was on probation for robbery, according to the Seminole sheriff's office. Public records also show that he was arrested as a juvenile on charges including resisting an officer without violence, vehicle theft and robbery with a firearm. He also has been charged as an adult, including a December 2009 arrest for escape.

Details of that arrest were not immediately available Tuesday.

Internet cafés have become targets of criminals in recent years because they're known for having thousands of dollars at any given time, critics of them say.

Tuesday's incident was at least the third robbery or robbery attempt at an Internet café in Florida this year.

via orlandosentinel

Top 15 Prescription Drugs in America

Remember what the Bible says: He who is without sin, cast the first rock. And I shall smoketh it.

These are the best-selling prescription drugs in America, according to the research firm, IMS Health. They form the shadow of our nation's ailments. Among pharmaceutical industry watchers, the big news is that the top 10 drugs are generics, i.e. the ones Big Pharma makes little money on. For the casual observer, what stands out is that five drugs treat high blood pressure and by far the best-selling drug in this country is Vicodin. People are stressed out and hurting, apparently.

The top 15 highest-grossing drugs treat a similar but not identical set of conditions, according to IMS. Three drugs treat heart disease and cholesterol. Three more treat depression and bipolar disorder. Arthritis and asthma each have two drugs in the top 15. Acid reflux, diabetes, anemia, cancer and pain round out the list. All of the medicines with the exception of Oxycontin are for chronic conditions.

Comparing the two lists, the most striking contrast is the revenue potential of mental health drugs, which don't get prescribed that often, but rank way up on the sales list. Lipitor is the only medication that makes both lists.

via theatlantic

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Snooki the secret slimmer reveals her new summer body on Twitter. Also some Jersey Shore cast updates!

Jersey Shore star Snooki has made no secret of her battle with weight and three months ago she vowed to cut out alcohol to lose the pounds.

And it seems the 23-year-old, real name Nicole Polizzi, has stuck to her word.

The reality TV star posted a picture of her new slimline figure on her Twitter page today, declaring: 'Ready for Summaaa!!!'

She later added: 'Water is my new best friend. #dieting.'

Snooki has been lying low since the third season of the Jersey Shore wrapped last month, save for a few appearances at WWE wrestling events.

And judging by her new body, which looked trim and toned in hot pants and a midriff baring top, she has used her time to focus on getting in shape.

Her fans were suitably impressed, with one tweeting: 'Skinnnnnyyyy!'

Another added: 'Looking TONED and TANNED! Looks awesome!!!!

In January, Snooki declared: 'My number one [resolution] is definitely to keep up with my training and keep losing weight and getting toned,' she told E! News.

'I try to eat healthy. I just have to quit the drinking so much. If I do drink, it's going to be, like, vodka and seltzer...maybe like two or three.'

Snooki has admitted that she suffered from an eating disorder during high school, at one point weighing a worrying 180lbs.

The new look Snooki is set to get even more air time having just signed on for a spin-off show with Jenni 'JWoww' Farley.

Their co-star Paul ' Pauly D' DelVecchio also landed his own programme.

While the shows are yet to be titled, MTV have confirmed that two new programme will go ahead.

Snooki and JWoww, 25, will team up together for a series that follows the two girlfriends as they deal with life away from Jersey Shore.

'The locale may be different, but the friendship is sure to remain the same,' MTV said in a statement.

Meanwhile Pauly D, 29, will be the star of his own 12-episode show, which follows his dream to become a world class DJ.

Franchise deals have already been nutted out with the network for the untitled spin-off projects that will air in 2012.

Season four of Jersey Shore is set to be filmed in Italy later this year, but sources say there have already been problems and delays.

Many Italian nightclubs and hotels have banded together to oppose MTV camera filming in the venues.

'Producers are also having a really difficult time finding venues for the cast to party at too,' an MTV source told Radaronline.

According to the insider, venues are resistant to allow cameras in their venues, due to the gang's outrageous behaviour in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

And opposition to the reality star's in Italy isn't the only problem.

It has also been revealed that some of the cast members are yet to sign their contracts.

via dailymail

Saturday, April 16, 2011


China slaps ban on time travel, claiming it's 'absurd' and 'promotes reincarnation'.

It's the basis for some of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time - The Terminator, Back to the Future, Black Knight, just to name a few.

But if you ever find yourself in China wanting to check out what Bill and Ted willn't be up to last week, forget it. Time traveling is banned.

In a bogus move by the Cultural Revolution-loving dudes at China's State Administration for Radio, Film and Television, it has been decided that TV shows that deal with changing history "lack positive thoughts and meaning".

"The time-travel drama is becoming a hot theme for TV and films," it says.

"But its content and the exaggerated performance style are questionable."

Some observers claim the real reason behind the ban is that the recent rash of TV time travel dramas focus too much on perceived happier times in the past for its citizens.

No dice, say the administrators.

"Many stories are totally made-up and are made to strain for an effect of novelty," they claim.

Time travel plots are made up? Go on with you.

No, it's true - "they casually make up myths, have monstrous and weird plots, use absurd tactics, and even promote feudalism, superstition, fatalism and reincarnation.”

So no Dr Who? (Or Amy Pond, for that matter.) Not quite.

They're guidelines only that "discourage" such content, rather than outright ban it.

But if you want to test out what the words "guidelines" and "discourage" mean when it comes to Chinese administration officials, be our guest.

Just make sure you've got a deranged inventor ready to fire up the flux capacitor if it all appears to have gone pear-shaped.

Not that they would know...


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I yelled to the cabby "Yo, homes smell you later!"

The license plate said fresh, and had a dice in the mirror!

But how much did that bi-coastal cab ride cost?


"We've all heard the classic tale: a young Prince from West Philadelphia (born and raised) takes a "rare" cab to his Auntie and Uncle's house in Bel-Air to claim his throne. But with a cab to the airport alone costing around $50, it's pretty hard to imagine how much a bi-coastal trip in a taxi would cost (and yes, we know that in the extended version of the song he talks about flying, but on TV he seemed to cab it all the way there). Thankfully, College Humor has put a number on it by looking up the route on a fare-finding site, finally putting to rest how much Will Smith spent getting to his palatial new home. Uncle Phil really is loaded!"

via huffingtonpost

Monday, April 11, 2011

USPS: Kilos of Cocaine? If it fits, it ships!

What can Brown White do for you?

The mail from Puerto Rico supplies loved ones in Connecticut with a steady stream of tropical foods, gifts and other packages. For drug traffickers, it is also an irresistible pipeline for smuggling cocaine.

The U.S. Postal Service and private overnight couriers have become popular among drug kingpins in Puerto Rico, a favored stepping stone for Colombian cocaine. Federal investigators say the criminals ship to areas with big islander populations such as Connecticut for sale in local cities and beyond.

"Anywhere there is a good amount of Puerto Ricans, you see the issue," said Martin Vega Jr., a postal inspector in Hartford who is assigned full time to detect narcotics in the mail.

The cocaine, generally one or two kilograms per parcel, arrives stashed inside everything from car parts to bologna. In cities such as Hartford and New Haven, authorities say traffickers often have packages delivered to a false address and wait for the delivery truck. In other cases they stop drivers along their routes and ask for packages with their names on them. Or they pay addicts to pick up the parcels.

Authorities across the country have reported seeing Puerto Rican traffickers among those using the mail as low-cost carrier for drugs. Although no statistics are available on which states receive the most, the cocaine sent from Puerto Rico to major cities such as New York and Chicago often pales in comparison with the amount of marijuana or methamphetamines sent from within the continental United States.

"The majority of illegal drugs that are coming in the mail, with the exception of cocaine, are coming from the west coast," said Erin Mulvey, a Drug Enforcement Administration special agent in New York City.

Michael Romano, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, said drug seizures nationwide have been on the rise as the agency fights the smuggling more aggressively.

In fiscal year 2010, authorities seized 37,700 pounds of illegal drugs and 1,319 people were arrested, he said. That compares with about 8,000 pounds of drugs found in the mail in each of fiscal years 2005 and 2006.

A Caribbean island 1,000 miles southeast of Florida, Puerto Rico holds appeal for traffickers because of its long coastlines, its proximity to source countries such as Colombia and its status as a U.S. territory.

Once drugs are smuggled into Puerto Rico, typically from the neighboring Dominican Republic, it is easier for them to reach the U.S. mainland. While customs inspectors can freely open any suspicious package entering the country, parcels mailed within the United States — including Puerto Rico — cannot be opened without a search warrant from a judge.

Postal inspectors rely on undisclosed profiling techniques to pick out packages for investigation. Vega said inspectors cannot open a parcel without permission from the sender or addressee or a warrant, though he said they have developed successful methods.

Connecticut-based mail inspectors confiscated 40 parcels with illegal drugs in the last fiscal year, with 184 pounds of marijuana and 16 pounds of cocaine, according to the Inspection Service. That was down from previous years, and authorities said numbers can vary widely based on enforcement strategies. Statistics were not available for the precise amount originating in Puerto Rico.

Last week, state police arrested two people in Waterbury, Conn., after they allegedly accepted a package mailed from Puerto Rico containing a kilogram of cocaine, with a street value of $33,000.

"The problems with Puerto Rico have jumped more on the radar screen in recent times," Romano said. "We have postal inspection teams across the U.S. as well as in Puerto Rico to rid the mail of these narcotics."

He said the agency is especially concerned about the risks to clerks or letter carriers who could become unwitting victims of traffickers who use violence to obtain packages. Another agency spokesman, Lawrence Dukes, said it does not have statistics on any drug-related assaults.

In Connecticut, where Puerto Ricans account for about 6 percent of the 3.5 million people, Vega says a small but steady amount of cocaine is hidden among the mountains of packages that islanders send to extended family and friends.

The DEA says most of the cocaine reaching New England arrives hidden in cars or trucks from the Mexican border, but large-scale traffickers also send small shipments by mail two or three times a week. In Connecticut, the major cities have also served as gateways for drugs bound for western Massachusetts and Vermont, according to Brian Crowell, DEA's assistant agent in charge for Connecticut and Rhode Island.

"It's either going to Puerto Ricans they grew up with in Puerto Rico or they have family connections with so they can apply pressure to people if things go missing and to keep people from cooperating," Crowell said.

Authorities have had some successes catching the smugglers.

In May 2010, Connecticut drug kingpin George Sanchez was sentenced to nearly 28 years in federal prison for his role in a group that shipped drugs from Puerto Rico to homes in Bridgeport via the mail and other courier services.

Federal prosecutors say he smuggled in about two kilograms of cocaine each week by wrapping the drugs inside electronic devices such as video cassette players, clothing and other items. Some of it was processed into crack and supplied to other traffickers in the city, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

In Puerto Rico, U.S. agents arrested seven Postal Service workers in September following a DEA investigation, code-named Operation Dirty Eagles. The workers were accused of shipping cocaine and heroin to the U.S. mainland.

The Postal Service's Office of Inspector General, which investigates corruption cases, declined to comment on whether postal workers elsewhere are suspected of cooperating with traffickers.

Vega, one of 13 postal inspectors in Connecticut, was the only one on narcotics duty until another inspector was recently assigned to help him.

"I am busy," he said. "I think we're doing a very good job of at least reducing the amount that is being sent, because we seize quite a bit."

For Vega, who is a Puerto Rico native, one advantage of the job has been regular trips to the island to help with investigations. But the assignments can be bittersweet.

"It bothers me that the island that I still call home has been trampled on and overtaken by the drug trade," he said.

via WSJ

Ladies: I bet you can't wait to get your hands on these designer MaxiPads!

Finally, a designer option for the feminine-hygiene-fashion-forward crowd!

Earlier this week U by Kotex launched a collaborative contest with costume designer Patricia Field, inviting people to redesign the maxi pad. "Girls have choices in all aspects of their lives, so why should they settle for boring and institutional feminine care products?" said the company in a statement.

Ridiculous marketing ploy? Clearly. But if you check out the 600-plus colorful maxi pad submissions the company has collected on its website since Monday and don't find yourself coveting at least some of them, you are a stronger woman than I. Among my favorites are this pad to the right, inspired by the street artist Banksy, and oddly, all the skull and crossbones biker pads, of which there are many.

Winners of the contest will be invited to work with Patricia Field (costume designer for "Sex and the City") later this year to design a pad that will be on shelves in 2012.

Want to design your own? - ubykotex

via latimes

Sunday, April 10, 2011

According to the FBI: Roswell did happen, and UFOs do exist...?

Thank you, United States Government--I knew I wasn't crazy!

A new FBI site, The Vault, is an electronic reading room that has over 2,000 documents covering many different subjects. A memo written by the Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Office to the FBI Director on March 22, 1950 was discovered that confirms the Roswell UFO incident in 1947:

An investigator for the Air Force stated that three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico. They were described as being circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only three feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture. Each body was bandaged in a manner similar to the blackout suits used by speed flyers and test pilots.

According to Mr. (redacted) informant, the saucers were found in New Mexico due to the fact that the Government has a very high-powered radar set-up in that area and it is believed the radar interferes with the controlling mechanism of the saucers. No further evaluation was attempted by SA (redacted) concerning the above.

via FBI

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Want to join the mile high club, but scared of flying?

Stay a night in the Kingdom Tower!

Saudi Arabia-based Kingdom Holding Company, headed by Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal, is going ahead with its plan to build a 1.6-kilometre-high tower in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah.

The tallest tower in the world when completed, already informally dubbed the mile-high tower, will be double the height of Dubai's Burj Khalifa, which is currently the world's tallest man-made structure.

The mile-high tower overlooking the Red Sea will be built on an area of 3.5 million square meters in the Obhur Gulf, 20 kilometres north of the Jeddah city centre and not far away from Jeddah's King Abdulaziz International Airport.

According to official information issued by the company, a city to be constructed around the tower will sprawl over an area of 23 million square metres at a total investment of $26.6 billion. The city will have the capacity to accommodate 80,000 people in addition to shopping and entertainment facilities. It will have hospitality facilities catering for up to a million visitors.

Although the plan was put forth in 2008, it has just recently been given the approval to begin construction.

Random fact: It will take 12 minutes to get to the top in an elevator.