I changed my mind. This is no longer my slice of the American Dream pie. It is now just a place for me to bitch.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The Dangers of Text Messaging: Creepy Old Men


A BASKETBALL coach who sent explicit texts to two underage girls has been spared jail.
Mark Appleton, 29, had already lost his job with the Newcastle Eagles for similar behaviour when he was collared again. Newcastle Crown Court heard how Appleton, who taught basketball at a South Shields comprehensive school, bombarded the girls with sex messages in October last year. Over a period of just three days, one of the youngsters received a total of 76 texts. Appleton was arrested when the father of one of the girls read a message he had sent and contacted the police. He admitted two charges of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. Prosecutor Amanda Rippon told the court how the torrent of messages included pictures of a man's private parts, which Appleton claimed were his, as well as graphic descriptions of sexual acts. Judge Beatrice Bolton sentenced him to a community order for three years, with a supervision requirement and sex offender treatment programme. He was disqualified from working with children for five years and must register as a sex offender for five years. Appleton, of Warwick Street, Sunderland, will be the subject of a sexual offences prevention order, banning him from having any contact with girls under 16. The judge said she was satisfied his behaviour towards the girls was based on fantasy, and would not have resulted in anything happening in reality. She told him: "It seems to me you really do need a lot of help to get yourself in a position where you stop thinking in terms of fantasy and thinking in terms of reality."

This is why I don't text message. The last thing I need to see while sitting around doing schoolwork is somebody's penis.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Enjoy what's left of your summer. The pink-slip season is just two weeks away

U.S. workers should enjoy the summer because if history is a guide, the Labour Day weekend in September may kick off the heaviest downsizing period of the year.

The number of planned job cuts in the United States tumbled to a six-year low of 37,178 in July, according to Challenger Gray & Christmas Inc. However, that drop might prove to be a “brief respite before downsizing season begins,” the outplacement consultants said in a note.

In six of the last 10 years, employers have cut the most jobs during the last four months of the year. Of the 9,650,298 job cuts announced in the past decade, 38 per cent took place after Labour Day, compared to 34 per cent in the first four months and 28 per cent during the middle four months.

“The end of the year is a precarious time for workers,” said chief executive John Challenger. Companies are scrambling to meet earnings targets and budgeting for the coming year, decisions that will influence whether they need to fire or hire staff.

“Workers may be particularly vulnerable this year as soaring energy prices and higher costs related to salaries and benefits eat into companies' profit margins,” Mr. Challenger said. “These costs could make it more likely that employers will cut payrolls.”

Police capture shooting suspect after his girlfriend accidentally calls 911 instead of Domino's. Cops arrive in 30 minutes or less

La Vista police have a wanted man behind bars, all thanks to a call for pizza. Authorities say Carlos Vazquez's girlfriend accidentally called 9-1-1 when she thought she was calling Domino's.

Vazquez, 18, was wanted for the shooting of an apartment building in June.

Then his girlfriend accidentally called the last people Vazquez wanted to see--the police.

It was an easy mistake to make. The first three digits of the number she tried to dial are 9-9-1.

When she realized she had hit 9-1-1 instead, the woman hung up, and officers showed up to investigate.

Lt. Kevin Pokorny of the La Vista Police Department said, "As in all 9-1-1 calls, they aren't sure if these are hang-ups because someone made a mistake dialing, or someone really needs help."

When police showed up they recognized Vazquez's girlfriend. After a short search, they found Vazquez hiding behind a stereo speaker in the basement.

He faces seven felony charges.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Today's having sex with a 15 year old story.

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. -- A woman who feared she would lose her boyfriend while she recuperated from surgery arranged for her 15-year-old daughter to have sex with him, authorities said.

Police said the three signed an agreement specifying the sexual services the girl would perform and the compensation she would receive, including clothing and body piercings. The 37-year-old man and the girl had sex about 20 times over two months, police said.

"It's incredible that any parent would be involved in such a blatant case of abuse against her own daughter," prosecutor Tony Tague told The Muskegon Chronicle for a story published Thursday.

Authorities investigated after the girl talked to another adult, said police Detective Calvin Mahan.

The woman was freed on $25,000 bond after being arraigned on three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The boyfriend, Michael J. Fitzgibbon, was being held without bail. He was arraigned last week on six counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

It was unclear Thursday whether Fitzgibbon had an attorney.

Now thats what I'm talkin about!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Back To College at Wal-Mart

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

New Orleans police deny man's request to shoot him dead, citing a city ordinance making it only legal to shoot people against their will

A man who police said was depressed after he found out he didn't have enough insurance money to rebuild his Katrina-ravaged New Orleans home was arrested Tuesday after trying to get police to shoot him to death, New Orleans police said.

John McCusker, a photographer for The Times-Picayune, was taken into custody. Police said he will be charged, but were unsure what charges will be filed. He was being held under psychiatric observation.

"The individual is a really fine professional who was so depressed that he set out today to commit suicide by cop," said James Arey, commander of the police negotiation team during SWAT and other emergency situations.

"It was to the great credit of the police officers on this scene that they would not do what he wanted and kill him but instead apprehended him alive by Tasering him," Arey said.

Police said they noticed McCusker driving erratically near Napoleon Avenue and Baronne Street shortly before 7:30 p.m., but when they tried to pull him over, he drove away as they followed him. He struck several parked cars and was pulled over at the corner of Baronne and Upperline streets.

One police officer holding a gun knocked on the window of the driver's door and ordered him out of the car, police said. A second police officer was behind the car.

McCusker rolled the window down and said several times, "Just kill me, get it over with, kill me," Arey quoted him as saying.

When the officer did not shoot, McCusker put the car in reverse and pinned one of the officers between the rear bumper of his car and the officer's cruiser, police said. While pinned, the officer fired two shots at the tires of the car, but missed, and the man was able to get away again.

The officer suffered minor injuries

With police following him, McCusker made his way to St. Charles Avenue, going out of his way to knock down any signs advertising construction, Arey said.

Police spokeswoman Bambi Hall said McCusker's car came to a stop on the neutral ground of Jefferson Avenue just to the lake side of St. Charles. Police said they pulled him out of the car to handcuff him but he resisted. They had to Taser McCusker to subdue and handcuff him, police said.

All the while he was yelling expletives and begging them to kill him, police said.

Arey said this is one of many examples of the mental damage that Katrina has caused, and he sees it all the time now.

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