Saturday, April 30, 2005

Frog

I have always liked the pictures from Richard King...but this time I decided to try and compete with him.

If I have any long time viewers...



You might remember this as a 'Picture of the Day.'

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Time to judge...here is mine



Click image if you would like to enlarge...

I also took two others, but they aren't THAT good...if you would like to check them out:

Frog Picture 2

Frog Picture 3

No posts in a while?

I've been a little caught up in homework lately and apologize for the lack of posting. Things should be back to normal soon.

[Normal= Everyday posting]

Thursday, April 28, 2005

UPDATE- Girl found in SC

Update to this story.

Chalk one up for the good guys...



Bradenton - The search for a missing 12 year old girl is over. Officials say Margarita Aguilar-Lopez was found around 8:30 Wednesday night at a Wal-Mart in Easley, South Carolina. According to Bradenton Police Chief Mike Radzilowski, Aguilar-Lopez was "apparently upset, but alive and well." He added "chalk one up for the good guys."

Aguilar-Lopez had last been seen Monday evening at a Bradenton motel. On Tuesday, authorities issued an Amber Alert and said they were also looking for 25-year old Antonio Paulino-Perez of Ruskin. Paulino-Perez had apparently been babysitting the girl when she disappeared.

(Link)

Finally some good news...

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Audio clip of Rhode's Show

AIR AMERICA RADIO INVESTIGATED AFTER BUSH 'GUNSHOTS'

The red-hot rhetoric over Social Security on liberal talkradio network AIR AMERICA has caught the attention of the Secret Service, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

Government officials are reviewing a skit which aired on the network Monday evening -- a skit featuring an apparent gunshot warning to the president!

If any of you haven't heard this interesting clip...go ahead and take a listen.

Download- Right click...save as

Child shot in front of library

-NBC 10/TV

Compiled from Local 6 and NBC 10 reports...

A 7-year-old was rushed to the hospital Wednesday after he was shot in front of a library. The shooting took place near the Oak Lane Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, across from Ellwood Elementary School. Authorities said that shortly after 3 p.m., just as school was letting out, the boy was shot in the head and in his side as he stood with his stepfather. He is in critical condition at Albert Einstein Medical Center.

Police said...

"The intended victim was not the child, the intended victim appeared to be this child's stepfather. Unfortunately, the stepfather just took off, left his child there," said Sylvester Johnson, Philadelphia's police commissioner.

(Link)- Local 6
(Link)- NBC 10

Third-Grader Found Hanging

- Local 6/ TV

PHILADELPHIA -- A third-grader at a Philadelphia public school was found hanging on a hook in a coatroom closet Tuesday, and police aren't yet sure exactly what happened. Sources told WCAU-TV in Philadelphia that the 9-year-old boy is in intensive care at St. Christopher's Hospital.

School officials and Philadelphia police are trying to find out if his hanging was an accident or if it was intentional. The boy attends Samuel Pennypacker School in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia. local6.com is withholding the child's name because the circumstances surrounding his injuries are still sketchy. According to the Philadelphia public schools chief executive officer, Paul Vallas, about 9:30 a.m. a teacher sent the boy to the closet to hang up his coat.

(Link)

How could this not be intentional? I feel bad for this kid. Could it be a bully?

This Day in History

Today is Wednesday, April 27th, the 117th day of 2005. There are 248 days left in the year.

On this date in...

1937- The nations first Social Security checks were distributed.

1973- During the Watergate scandal, Acting FBI Director L. Patrick Gray resigned.

1994- Former President Richard M. Nixon was rememberedat an outdoor funeral service attended by all five of his successors at the Nixon presidential library in Yorba Linda, Calif.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Florida Girl Ubducted


Margarita Aguilar-Lopez

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Bradenton Police Department issued the Amber Alert on Tuesday afternoon after the girl was apparently abducted Monday evening. Margarita aguilar-lopez, 12 years old. She's white/hispanic with black hair and brown eyes. She is 4 feet 10 inches tall. Margarita was last seen wearing a white tee shirt and blue pants.

Suspect:


(More...)

Even more...

When the two brothers returned to their room at the Classic Inn at about 8 p.m. Monday, the child and Paulino-Perez were missing, police said. Police said Paulino-Perez is suspected of taking the girl.

The brothers did not report the girl missing until Tuesday morning, even though a Bradenton police officer had spoken to them at the motel at about 10 p.m. Monday while investigating a battery complaint against one of them, Rubino Aguilar.

Buffalo on the run!


(AP Photo/ Steve Ruark)

PIKESVILLE, Md. (AP) - A herd of buffalo somehow got loose and wandered around an upscale neighborhood Tuesday, disrupting traffic and alarming homeowners before officers managed to corral them in a tennis court. More than a dozen police cars and a police helicopter were used to herd the roughly 10 beasts, authorities said.

"Somehow they figured it out; I've got to give a lot of credit to the creativity of our officers," police spokesman Shawn Vinson said. Authorities have identified the owner of the buffalo but did not immediately release the person's name. A call to a nearby farm was answered by a woman who said the buffalo belonged to her husband. She declined to give her name.

(Link)

Funny...I thought a sea gull flying around my house yesterday was weird! That picture of the buffalo looks photoshopped but I believe it.

Monday, April 25, 2005

I want my fries!



DuBOIS, Pa. (AP) - A man who angrily berated fast-food employees when a drive-thru clerk told him the restaurant was out of french fries pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 45 days in jail. Gregg Luttman, of DuBois, pleaded guilty to assault, resisting arrest, institutional vandalism and other charges stemming from the confrontation on New Year's Day at a Burger King restaurant.

Luttman made an obscene gesture at a drive-thru clerk, cursed at restaurant staff and nearly hit an employee with his truck after workers told Luttman the restaurant had run out of french fries and onion rings, said police in Sandy Township, Clearfield County.

(Link)

Hey...you have to give the guy one thing. You aren't happy with a happy meal without fries!

FLASH: Bloggers are Stupid People


Maybe I am taking this out of context but Matt Drudge (on his radio show) just called bloggers..."Stupid people who don't know what they're doing."

What is it with Matt and bloggers? Is he scared of competition??

He had been talking about Arianna Huffington and her future web blogging. When speaking of the "competition" he then made the snide remark.

Audio: Not available at this time.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Skydiver strikes plane, dies in hospital


Photo by Austin for Austinsblog.com

DELAND, Fla. -- A skydiving cinematographer died Saturday after his legs were severed in a midair collision with an airplane as both descended over a Central Florida airport, authorities said. Albert "Gus" Wing III of Longwood had jumped from the DHC-6 Twin Otter propeller plane during a jump organized by Skydive DeLand, said Commander Randel Henderson, of the DeLand Police Department.

Local 6/ TV

According to a witness on the ground, Wing had deployed his parachute when he struck the left wing of the plane at about 600 feet, Henderson said. Both of Wing's legs were severed at the knees, but he managed to maneuver his parachute and land near the airport, Henderson said. Wing was airlifted to a hospital, where he later died, Henderson said.

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Notes:

*The death is the second involving Skydive DeLand this year.

*Witnesses say the sky diver had deployed his parachute when he struck the left wing of the plane at about 600 feet.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Something new


Cow art

An artist in Santiago, Chile, has put a cow on top of a 10-story building as a piece of performance art. A group of artists kidnapped the cow on its way to a local slaughterhouse. The cow was then lifted by a crane to the top of the building where it will live on a 1,500 sq. ft. rooftop that has been turned into a farm. The cow will live there for one week and it will be cared for daily. The artists plan to release the cow to a nature reserve after its stay on the rooftop.

Criminal captured during hospital stay

A criminal was captured after being admitted to a hospital and put in the same room with the police officer who had been chasing him. The burglar was admitted to the hospital with appendicitis and was put in the bed next to the police officer who was recuperating after gall bladder surgery. The policeman immediately recognized the burglar because he was part of a team that was investigating him for a string of local robberies. The officer had been hunting the man for two months, and the burglar has now been moved to a secure hospital and could spend up to six months in jail after recovering from the appendicitis.
-Commonwealth Times

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And this story has been floating around for a while:

Yawning Proves Costly in Courtroom

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Boredom proved costly to a potential juror who let out a loud yawn in a Los Angeles courtroom and was promptly ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Craig Veals found the man in contempt of court during an lengthy April 1 jury selection procedure when he waved his arms, yawned, and told the judge he was "really bored," court officials said on Wednesday.

Veals imposed a $1,000 fine but slashed it to $100 when the man protested as he turned up to pay a few days later. The man, whose identity was not revealed, was not selected to serve on a jury.

(Link)

Oops...


SAN ANTONIO (AP) - This is one story they'll be telling around the San Antonio Police Department for a long time. An off-duty officer was at a San Antonio auto auction house yesterday when nature called, a police spokesman said. Officer Craig Clancy strolled to the appropriate facility and was lowering his trousers when his pistol fell from his waistband. When Clancy fumbled for the falling firearm, it went off, twice.

One of the bullets nicked a bit of floor tile into the leg of a man who was washing his hands nearby. That man was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Police internal affairs is investigating.

(Link)

Pretty freaky for the guy washing his hands...

Magic lose finale



Nice way to finish a season...


Heat: 98
Magic: 93


Trying to make the best of it..."Five different Magic players scored in double figures, but it wasn’t enough to knock off the visiting Heat in Wednesday’s 98-93 loss. Orlando was out in front for much of the game, pushing its lead as high as 10 points, but could not hold off a second-half Miami surge. Despite the loss, Orlando finishes the season with 36 wins, 15 more than they recorded a year ago. Dwight Howard and Steve Francis paced the Magic, scoring 21 points each. "
-Orlando Magic Website

Wire story

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

'Scores' die in burning plane


Tehran - A passenger plane caught fire while taxiing at Tehran airport, killing "scores" of passengers and injuring others, state-run television reported on Wednesday. Initial reports that 50 people killed were not yet confirmed, it said. The station said the plane's left engine caught fire while the craft taxied on the runway at Tehran's Mehrabad airport.

If you thought that was bad...

The Saha Airlines plane then plunged into a river at the end of the runway, the broadcaster said. The plane, carrying 157 passengers, had just arrived from the tourist island of Kish in the Persian Gulf.

(Link)

HundredPercenter turns 1

HundredPercenter is celebrating 1 year on the web! Good job Malachy, keep up the great work!

Known for his strong opinions...you just have to love him.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Asteroid!

UPDATE- Moon Hong-kyu of the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute says the probability is very low at 0.015 percent.
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Courtesy- Nasa

A HUGE asteroid which is on a course to miss the Earth by a whisker in 2029 could go round its orbit again and score a direct hit a few years later.

Astronomers have calculated that the 1,000ft-wide asteroid called 2004 MN4 will pass by the Earth at a distance of between 15,000 and 25,000 miles — about a tenth of the distance between the Earth and the Moon and close enough to be seen with the naked eye.

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It might put 2004 MN4 on course for a collision in 2034 or a year or two later: the unpredictability of its behaviour means that the danger might not become apparent until it is too late.

(More)

Help me!!


PHILADELPHIA - (KRT) - Life in the big city is anything but dull. Louise Jordan found that out Tuesday morning. I heard a woman yelling, `Help me! Help me! Please help me!'" Jordan said Wednesday. Jordan said she began banging on doors until she found someone to call police, while trying to determine from which house the screaming was coming.

When police arrived, she was able to point them to the right rowhouse. A supervisor was called to the scene and authorized the cops to break down the door, police said. They jimmied the door open, she said, then went into the house. And found the "victim."

...should I tell you the rest??

Eh...click on the link and see what/who they found!

(Link)

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Go Grandma!

LONDON (AP) - A grandmother stopped an intruder from entering her home by lobbing a heavy garden gnome at him, police said Friday. Jean Collop was woken early on Tuesday morning by the sound of an intruder on the roof of her home in Wadebridge, southwest England.
"I grabbed the first thing that came to hand - one of my garden gnomes - and hurled it at him, and hit him," she recalled.

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Thou shalt not throw garden gnomes!

"He layed there and I began to scream. I went back into the kitchen and found a rolling pin in case he came down. I didn't want to break another gnome."

Another Sex Offender


RUSKIN, Fla. (AP) -- A registered sex offender confessed to killing a 13-year-old girl who disappeared a week ago, saying he broke into her house and choked her to death, the sheriff said Sunday. David Onstott, 36, was charged with first-degree murder Sunday, a day after investigators found Sarah Lunde's partially clothed body in an abandoned fish pond, Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee said.

[Note David Onstott- pictured below]

Sarah had let Onstott into the house when he came looking for her mother, Kelly May Lunde, around midnight April 9, Gee said. Onstott got into a fight with Sarah, put her into a choke hold and killed her, he said. "You are talking about a person who would murder a child. Who knows what's in his mind," Gee said.

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Iraqi Reality Show Popular

Well its interesting...I don't really know what to think about this.

-Al-Iraquya

A reality show featuring brutal confessions from suspected insurgents captured and held by the Iraqi military has become the country's most popular television show, according to a Local 6 News report. The show, "Terrorism in the Hands of Justice," airs on on Iraq's Al-Iraquya channel every night at 9 p.m. In front of a camera, suspects offer detailed accounts of kidnappings, beheadings and bombings.

Confessions include descriptions of attacks on police and military. "We detonated two IEDs on the police and killed six of them," an insurgent said on one of the recently broadcasted shows. Also during some shows, victims' families confront men who killed their loved ones, according to the report.

"I watch every day, all of us do," an Iraqi citizen said. "I will rush home just to watch it."

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Rock On!!!

More...

He said: "It was a nice sunny day and I wanted to enjoy the beach...I can't let one shark ruin a good surf."

Eyewitness: "Some would call it bravery - I just thought he must be mad."


(Extended)


UPDATE- New Link

CANBERRA, Australia -- A surfer in Australia fought off a seven-foot shark with his board -- and kept on surfing, a lifeguard said. Simon Letch returned to Sydney's Bronte Beach 30 minutes after surviving the attack, despite the beach being closed because of the danger, lifeguard Aaron Graham said.

(Link)

Sweet!

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

CATastrophe?

WISCONSIN CONSIDERS LEGALIZING CAT HUNTING!

UPDATE 2- Wis. Governor Rejects Idea

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A proposal to legalize the killing of feral cats is not going to succeed, Gov. Jim Doyle said Wednesday. "I don't think Wisconsin should become known as a state where we shoot cats," said Doyle, a Democrat who neither hunts nor owns a cat. "What it does is sort of hold us up as a state that everybody is kind of laughing at right now."

Outdoor enthusiasts approved the proposal 6,830 to 5,201 at Monday's spring hearings of the group. The results get forwarded to the state Natural Resources Board for consideration, but any official action would have to be passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor. Animal rights groups belittled the idea as inhumane and dangerous.
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UPDATE- 146 people voted to classify cats as unprotected species, while 75 people voted against the idea. This is by no means a done deal, though. The Wisconsin Conservation Congress will meet next month to discuss the results. The group will then make a recommendation to the DNR based on the outcomes of the county votes. If it makes it that far, eventually it would be up to lawmakers to decide a change to the cat policy. Two other states allow hunting wild cats.


The cat photographed in Grendon by User: Electricmoose © 2005

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Feline lovers holding pictures of cats, clutching stuffed animals and wearing whiskers faced-off against hundreds of hunters at meetings around Wisconsin to voice their opinion on whether to legalize cat hunting.

Residents in 72 counties were asked whether free-roaming cats - including any domestic cat that isn't under the owner's direct control or any cat without a collar - should be listed as an unprotected species. If listed as so, the cats could be hunted.

(Link)

More...

Alley Cat Allies

Why does Question 62 matter?
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Don't Shoot the Cat.com



Online Petition

Friday, April 08, 2005

Protect Bush, then the duck!

I like Duck Cheney!

Nick Gillespie says this is our tax dollars at work.

(Link)

[Note: They aren't really my tax dollars yet, but you get it right?]


WASHINGTON (AP) - The Secret Service, which has the job of guarding the president and other dignitaries, now has a new temporary duty - protecting a mother duck and her nine eggs.

The duck, a brown mallard with white markings, has had several names suggested by Treasury Department people, including "Quacks Reform,""T-Bill," and "Duck Cheney." It has built a nest in a mulch pile right at the main entrance to the Treasury Department on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Treasury Secretary John Snow stopped to pay his respects this week on the way back from a congressional hearing, Treasury spokesman Rob Nichols said Friday. "He had been briefed on the duck and he stopped to pay a visit," said Nichols.

(Link)

Tip of the hat to Sploid

[Note: Welcome to the blogroll Sploid]

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Fortune Cookie lotto?

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Dozens of people recently got an extra-special dessert with their Chinese food: a winning lottery number. A record 110 players won $500,000 and $100,000 prizes in Wednesday's Powerball drawing, most of whom apparently used the numbers included in a fortune-cookie message. Ordinarily the multistate lottery expects only four tickets to win at the Match 5 prize level.

Several winners in a half-dozen states revealed that they got the winning number from a fortune cookie, said Doug Orr, marketing director with the West Des Moines-based Multi-State Lottery Association, which operates Powerball.

(Link)

[ I don't know how I missed this story]

Last numbers I got in a fortune cookie: 4, 12, 18, 21, 27, 32

!!!! Write 'em down...thank me later ;)

Cool!

Eventually, the robot will be the teacher. [At least I think so.]

(AP Photo/Honda Motor Co., HO)

TOKYO (AP) - A walking childlike robot from Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. (HMC) is entering classrooms to help teachers demonstrate the wonders of science.

The 130-centimeter (51-inch) -tall, bubble-headed robot named Asimo has already shown it can jog, walk up stairs, wave, avoid obstacles and carry on simple conversations. It has worked as a guide in showrooms and visited schools as Honda's ambassador. But this is the first time it's being used in science classes as part of the official school curriculum, Honda said.

In a demonstration for reporters at a Tokyo museum Wednesday, a teacher explained to students how the robot has sensors inside its body to maintain balance, and the robot displayed how it can keep its balance by tilting its body while standing on a swaying platform. A wooden figure standing next to it collapsed.

(Link)

Daytona USA

Yesterday, my sister graduated from a program called 'Tomorrow's Leaders' and the graduation was held at Daytona USA, in the Bill France room. With a view of it all, I couldn't resist.


-Click to enlarge

[Left- Tony Stewart]
[Right- Dale Jarrett...my favorite driver]
[Up top- Scott Riggs]

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-2005 Daytona 500 official pace car
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Thought it was over? I did too....until :)


A hauler for the 'Richard Petty Driving Experience' pulled in at about 8:50pm. The hauler had cars for: Dale Earnhardt Jr, Dale Jarrett, Tony Stewart, Jeff Green, Kyle Petty, and the Busch Series car of Mark Martin.


Click here to download a short QuickTime video clip of the cars.

Hello again!

Spring break is over and homework is back. The number of posts I make in a day will be smaller. Tomorrow- ABOVE POST-- I have pictures of my trip to the speedway. While I was gone, a notable figure was greeted by the hands of god. On behalf of my whole family, God Bless Pope John Paul II.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Hiatus

I will be taking a short break from blogging. Spring break only comes once each school year!

Friday, April 01, 2005

Bush Cancels Space Shuttle Program

US President George W. Bush declared today that he had signed a rare Presidential Decree canceling any further expenditure of Federal funds on the US Space Shuttle program.


"We cannot find any justification to continue the deficit funding of a program that has no application other that proving that with enough money America can do anything," said Bush.

"The whole world knows that already, so why keep spending money on it," he added.

The announcement was made during an even rarer press conference with the Whitehouse press corps, at which the President started proceedings by handing out Easter Eggs, quipping, "it might be politically incorrect to hand these out, but don't worry we got them on discount at a Wal-Mart sale so they aren't really religious items anymore."

What will he do with the space station? Oh, you aren't the only one wondering!

During a brief two-minute period provided for questions from the press, the first reporter asked if this meant the Space Station was also being shut down. To which the President answered, "we plan to either hold an auction on Ebay or give it away to "our international partners."


*Link*

[April fools]