Friday, August 29, 2008
David Duchovny Star of Californication A Sex- Obsessed Man or Just Playing A Role? Tom Cruise Negligent? -by Blond Bombshell
Okay, so here goes my limited scoop: David Duchovny is best known for the x-files. But for those with Showtime, you may recognize him as the star of a series called "Californication." This is a show in which he plays a sex-obsessed man. The show has earned Emmy nomination for casting and cinematography. Ironically, David Duchovny has apparently voluntarily entered a rehabilitation facility for sex addiction.
David's publicist, Flo Grace, has apparently confirmed the rehab report. At 48, with successful treatment, David can look forward to a long happy "sexless" life. I can only imagine that such successful treatment is the goal of his wife Tea Leoni.
On another note, Tom Cruise and United Artists have been sued for several million dollars because of injuries to 12 extras which happened because of a panel malfunction on a WW II type of vehicle. The movie is about Hitler, and Cruise may take a personal hit if the law suit is successful.
That's all the scoop I have, Mr. Editor. If sex and injury don't sell, nothing will!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Ironically, the Swiss village of Mollis, where Anna Goeldi was executed now houses a museum detailing Goeldi's execution for witchcraft. Such things infuriate a real witch like me. (Want male references for my qualifications?) Goeldi was never a witch. Had she been a real witch, she would have nagged the men to the extent that they were so busy performing honey do's that the men would have had no time for frivolous witch hunts. Goeldi is just another example of ignorant male chauvinistic stereotypes that plagued the U.S. and the rest of the world for all too long. Now I will come off my soapbox, grab my broom and fly off to work in Denver. Real witches have important jobs to get completed before all of the convention delegates sober up!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Tom Biscardi, a leader in the group "Searching for Big Foot" apparently fell for the gag. So did many others who watched their t.v. sets awaiting the evidence. However, after a press conference and DNA examination, the men behind the discovery admitted it was "just a hoax, just a big joke." Matt Whitton was one of the pranksters. His claim had instant credibility because he was a police officer. Now he is an ex police officer! The other man Rick Dyer publicly announced that Big Foot "does not exist." While the men likely regret the consequences of their joke, was their five minutes of fame worth it? Only time will tell. Watch to see if there will be a talk show tour and possible movie and/or book deals. If there are such perks, might we be sending the wrong message?
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
According to a witness, Joseph Edward Duncan III shot the child in the head after accidentally shooting him in the stomach. Dr. Sharon Cooper, a forensic physician, testified the abdominal wound would have produced excruciating pain. The boy's sister, Shasta, described the gruesome physical description of the wound. While Duncan may have had time to get Dylan Groene to a hospital, so what! A videotaped interview of Shasta Groene, 8 , described how she and her brother were raped by Duncan. In December, Duncan pleaded guilty to the 2005 kidnapping of the Coeur d'Alene-area children and the murder of the boy. Duncan also pleaded guilty to murdering the family members.
The children were kidnapped in May 2005. Duncan killed Brenda Groene (their mother); Slade Groene (their 13-year-old brother); and Mark McKenzie (their mother's fiance.)
Duncan, acting as his own attorney in the sentencing phase, suggested in cross-examining Cooper that the girl was exaggerating her brother's injury.
Is this another example of how prison reform fails? Duncan has a history of arrests and convictions which include rape and molestation. He also a suspect in the murder of two half-sisters from Seattle in 1996 and a 1997 murder of a young boy in Riverside County, California.
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Are we at the point where we can officially declare attempts at prison reform to be a dead issue?
Update 8-25-08: On Friday a federal jury found Joseph Edward Duncan III eligible for the death penalty for the 2005 kidnapping, torture and murder of 9-year-old Dylan Groene.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Arsenic can get into the drinking water because of pollution associated with the burning of coal or copper smelting. But it can also get into drinking water when certain minerals naturally dissolve. Before anyone stops drinking the water, much more research needs to be conducted. This study of 788 adults authored by Dr. Ana Navas-Acien of John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore simply found that the risk of diabetes in people with low arsenic concentrations in their urine was four times greater than people with lower arsenic levels. While foreign research suggests a link between high levels of arsenic in drinking water with diabetes, this is one of the first studies to suggest a similar correlation with low arsenic levels. (See August 2008 Journal of the American Medical Association.)
Molly Kile, a scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health, wrote an editorial in the journal
in which she explained that urinary arsenic can come from "air, water and food. Kile cautions against a rush to adopt drinking water standards as a result of the study. Kile also correctly points out that diabetes may changes the way people metabolize arsenic. In other words, perhaps people with diabetes simply excrete more arsenic.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Wallace Bowman Jr., 30, faces charges of aggravated robbery, kidnapping and capital murder. Bail has been set at $3 million.
The abductor left in a sport utility vehicle. The abductor seemed oblivious to security cameras and his face obviously helped police identify him. The SUV was discovered at a motel 40 miles away. When apprehended, Bowman was unarmed. In 1996, Bowman was placed on probation for burglary. In 1997 Bowman was sentenced to seven years for aggravated sexual assault. Upon his release in 2004, Bowman apparently failed to register as a sex offender.
The 32-year-old Bowman was indicted for capital murder in the death of Melinda Daffern, a 46-year-old store clerk in Scotland. Bowman is also charged in the murders of James and Karen Frances, whose bodies were found in their home. Bowman also faces a charge of burglary for allegedly taking a gun from the mobile home of James Carsley. Additional charges of kidnapping and robbery are filed in Archer County. Bowman is represented by Joetta Keene of Arlington. The trial is scheduled for March 2010. Prosecutors have not decided on whether to request the death penalty. Keene is a death penalty certified lawyer.
District Judge Roger Towery will ultimately decide where the trial will take place.
Friday, August 15, 2008
So what shame does Edwards deserve? Edwards has already publicly acknowledged he had an affair in 2006 with Rielle. Obviously, the public humiliation and the effect on his family is real punishment. While morality may be an issue, no laws were broken. Edwards denied any knowledge of the payments by Fred Baron to Rielle. (If the $14,000 payment to Rielle came from Edwards' OneAmerica political action committee fund, those expenditures would be governed by U.S. election laws. Knowingly converting money from a political action committee for personal use could be wrong but to date there is no such evidence. Furthermore, the $14,000 paid to Rielle Hunter could be legitimate compensation for the 100 hours of videotape excerpts that were not part of four short Web videos she had produced in 2006. One can not jump to the conclusion that the political action committee was paying Rielle to be quiet about the affair. The compensation may have been totally appropriate and legal.)
On August 8, 2008, Edwards publicly explained that he ended the affair and confessed to his wife Elizabeth in 2006. While Hunter appeared at campaign events in the final days of December, that does not mean that the affair continued. Rielle was reportedly present at his formal campaign announcement in New Orleans. Edwards and Hunter spent time together in 2006, traveling the world and the country but that does not necessarily mean that the affair continued.
Baron has explained that no campaign funds were used to make any illegal payments. Hunter apparently was not working for the campaign when Baron started giving her money. John Edwards and Elizabeth Edwards were apparently not aware that Baron was sending the funds. Condone Senator Edward's morals if you like, but don't accuse him of crimes that have not been committed.
Update 5-14-2012: How about this instead? Rielle Hunter's employment not only cost Senator Edwards the Vice Presidential candidacy, he is now on trial with a possibility of serving jail time. How could this all come to pass? Well, despite Hunter's lack of film making experience, she secured a $250,000 contract to make a series of behind-the-scenes documentaries from the campaign trail. While Edwards' aides criticized her work as unprofessional, the job gave Hunter a reason to travel with the candidate while his wife was home in North Carolina fighting breast cancer. When Elizabeth Edwards learned of the affair, Hunter lost her job. But Edwards and his mistress continued to meet on the campaign trail. In the summer of 2007, Rielle became pregnant.
As Hunter's belly grew, so did the maliciousness of the tabloid reporters. Hunter tried to hide in North Carolina by moving in with one of Edwards' most loyal aides, Andrew Young. Within weeks, the Youngs set up Hunter in a $2,700-a-month rental home not far from the Edwards estate. As Edward's child became a reality so did charges for improper use of campaign funds. Now, Edwards is involved in the trial of the century.
Update 5-31-2012: John Edwards has been found not guilty on count 3 in the trial on whether the 2008 presidential candidate violated campaign finance laws. The judge has declared a mistrial on the remaining five counts. This means Edwards was found not guilty on the charge involving the contributions from Mellon.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
The tape is close to inaudible. If Onstott's attorney selected a jury with hearing difficulties, the tape may be worthless. We know his attorney claims that his client never made the statement. Perhaps he is right. Prosecutor Sean Keefe apparently disagrees.
If convicted of first-degree murder, Onstott would likely be sentenced to life in prison. The jury will not know that Onstott was convicted of sexual battery in 1995 as that would be too prejudicial. One could argue that Onstott has not gotten all of the breaks. For example, his arrest may have been influenced in some degree by the highly publicized rape and murder of 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford by John Couey, a convicted sex offender in Florida. Couey was convicted last year and is on death row. Whether that has any real effect on Onstott's trial is yet to be determined.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Brenda Bouschet Charged With Child Abuse For Letting Child Hang Out of Sunroof In Parking Lot? ~by Legal Pub Update 5-25-11
Grandma was entertaining her 3-year-old granddaughter who was being held up through the sunroof while grandma slowly drove around in the parking lot. Other shoppers apparently found this behavior alarming and called the Monroe County Sheriff. The sheriffs report (apparently the basis of stories in mainstream media) omitted the fact that the child was in the sunroof of the 2006 Lexus. Perhaps another omitted fact is that Brenda's adult daughter was apparently in the back seat holding the child. Bouschet denies acting irresponsibly and says she never endangered her grandchild.
Bouschet is no dummy. She is a nurse. While she may have used bad judgment, it does not appear that she actually endangered the child. The family had been out fishing. The car load was waiting for two of their party shopped in Publix. Bouschet apparently opened the windows and the sunroof to cool off the car. Her granddaughter was allowed to stand up in the open sunroof. The car was moving very slow. Folks, not too long ago, children regularly road at high way speeds in the back of pickup trucks. While grandma may not have exercised the best judgement, the legal system has bigger fish to fry then Brenda Bouschet.
Friday, August 8, 2008
1. Would you rather stay home and work instead of vacationing with your significant other?
2. Have the butterflies in your stomach turned to mad hornets?
3. Is the relationship more trouble then its worth? (Cost benefit analysis for all you egg head types. If costs outweigh benefits, cut your losses and send that gunslinger packing.)
8. Do the two of you cry more often than you laugh?
9. Does he have to be reminded to share his toys with you?
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Paris Hilton Shows That Intelligence Can Be Hot While Morgan Freeman's Injury May Be Proof That Divorce Can Be Harmful To One's Health
Oscar in "Million Dollar Baby." He has also been in "Driving Miss Daisey" and "The Bucket List."
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
2001 Anthrax Cases Officially Solved But Controversy Concerning Bruce Ivins Continues? Marc Keyser Arrested In Unrelated Hoax.
Besides the machine, there may be DNA evidence linking Ivins to the anthrax attacks. DNA links ? In the scientific community, the case against Ivins is not considered to be strong. Keep in mind, the 2001 mailings of anthrax killed five people and sickened more than a dozen others. AT the time the securtity of our country security was in jeopardy. Was Ivins used as a scapegoat in order to reassure the public and bring closure? It may be hard to tell. Ivins died on July 27 from an apparent suicide attempt two days earlier. Ivins was never publicly charged with any crime. Yet he became a suspect after investigators apparently found DNA evidence from the 2001 anthrax mailings on a flask in his laboratory. Ivins had worked for the bio defense lab at Fort Detrick, where he was trying to develop a better anthrax vaccine. Speculation existed as to whether anthrax was released in order to test a vaccine. Some anthrax-laced letters contained the words, "Take penacilin (sic) now," according to FBI photographs.
It also says that he plans on turning information over to his lawyer and that his lawyer would then give it to authorities. The e-mail does not identify the responsible party. The email goes on to say: "I'm not looking forward to everybody getting dragged through the mud, but at least it will be over," the e-mail reads. "Finally! I should have it TOTALLY nailed down within the month. I should have been a private eye!!!!" Perhaps it would have been best had Bruce been a postal inspector because as of today, the controversy continues...
Monday, August 4, 2008
Does Darrell Johnson Turning Up Alive 30 Years After Being Presumed Dead Provide Hope That Stacy Peterson Is Still Alive?
The 63 year-old Johnson did not know he had been counted among the 144 victims of the 1976 Big Thompson Canyon flood. Apparently, Johnson and his family had left their cabin just a few hours before the resort was washed away. How Johnson actually ended up on the victims list remains a mystery. Ironically, Johnson now directs funerals in Oklahoma City.
As for the latest in the Drew Peterson saga, Peterson's attorney had a partial victory on the gun charge. See 7-31-08 update In essence, it appears attorney Brodsky was apparently correct when he argued that federal law protected Drew against the weapons charge. While charges remain, the court's findings make it seem improbable that the State can maintain its burden of proof at trial. As for the telephone taping of Peterson, Legal Pub has been attempting to get the defenses side of the recordings. From what was shared, it is clear that Joel Brodsky is not pleased with how the recordings were created.
L.P.: How about a status report on the so called confidential informants?
Brodsky: If in fact Len Wawczak and Paula Stark are undercover informants who wore an eavesdropping device on Drew Peterson with the approval of the Illinois State Police (ISP), there is one thing that is unforgivably outrageous about this. I am not worried about the contents of the recordings because (A) Drew is innocent and therefore has nothing incriminating to say, and (B) I suspected Wawczak and Stark were working for the ISP for some time, (especially after the revolver Drew legally transferred to them turned up in the hands of the ISP). What is highly disturbing is how the ISP has allowed Drew's children to be severely damaged by the behavior of these informants.
Wire wearing undercover informants are typically closely monitored. Their tapes are reviewed constantly, and they are debriefed on a regular basis so the police can know what they are doing, approve, correct, and direct their behavior. The ISP knowingly allowed, or perhaps even directed, Wawczak and Stark to become close with the Peterson children; Tom (15), Chris (13), Anthony (4) and Lacy (3). These innocent children became very attached to Wawczak and Stark. Lacy, who needs female attention, became particularly attached to, and even loved, Paula Stark. The boys also became quite close with Len Wawczak, whose immature and sophomoric behavior is particularly appealing to the teenage boys. Now these children have to be told that it was all an act. Wawczak and Stark really didn't love them, they were pretending. Worse they were pretending in order to trap their father, who they dearly love, in order to take him away from them. When Lacy, the beautiful 3 year old, asks for Paula, what can Drew tell her? When he tells Lacy that she won't be able to see Stark again, what will happen to that little girl? Her heart will break. When she learns that Stark was only around to work with the police to try to take her daddy away, what will she think? What about the boys. How will they ever be able to trust anyone again when they discover that Wawczak was not really interested in them, but only came around so often to work for the police who are after their dad. The children will be psychologically scarred for life because of what Wawczak and Stark did, apparently with the blessing, support, help, and encouragement of the Illinois State Police. What happened here is nothing less than the state sponsored psychological torture of these children.
By law Drew has to be notified that he was being recorded shortly after the eavesdropping ends. Therefore the ISP had to know that the relationship that they were allowing, and encouraging, Wawczak and Stark to establish with the Peterson children would end in this manner. Yet they allowed this to continue, and made no provision to minimize the extreme collateral damage to the children psychological health. What were they thinking? And the question has to be asked, are there any limits to what is acceptable in the Drew Peterson investigation? Are there any limits, no matter who is hurt and what means are used? Do the ends always justify the means, even when the means leave small children with permanent psychological scars? ...
Friday, August 1, 2008
Anton Dunn is a 42 year old New Yorker who should have long been "done" with childhood pranks. Dunn was charged with sending threats in interstate commerce and falsely claiming to have tampered with a consumer product. If convicted he faces up to 10 years in prison. He is represented by attorney Sarah Baumgartel. Gerber (Nestle Nutrition) referred to the incident as a "malicious hoax."
The threats appeared on video entitled "gerbersbabyfoodalert" on YouTube.
In the video, a man in a shower stall identified as "Trashman" claimed Gerber employees at his direction had poisoned bottles of baby food. Authorities believe the man in the video was Dunn however, a mask partially covering the face was worn in some of the video. The man also claimed he was trying to kill black and Hispanic babies, though white babies although white babies may also die. According to the video, "Our main reason for doing this is we're trying to cut down on the black population," What makes this whole story even more bizarre is that Dunn is a person of color who should know the evil of racism. Let us sincerely pray that Dunn is innocent (as he is presumed to be) and that whoever created this Internet hoax realizes the stupidity of generating hatred and fear.