Lukewarm about Hillary

June 22, 2014 at 2:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Louisiana man receives 80 stitches after he and two friends try to move 11-foot alligator off road after several drinks: “A Louisiana man has learned it’s best not to make snap decisions after a few drinks – especially when they involve 11-foot alligators. Glen Bonin and some friends came across the reptile blocking a roadway just south of Sulphur and decided to move it out of the way of oncoming traffic. In an incident caught on camera, the ill-conceived idea resulted in Bonin narrowly avoiding losing his hand to the creature’s snapping jaws. ‘I’ve always been the kind of guy to learn the hard way,’ Bonin told KPLC. He received 80 stitches in his hand as he and two friends tried to pull the gator over to the side of the road. The men decided the best way to move the gator would be to cover its eyes so it couldn’t see and pull it by the tail. ‘Took our shirts off, threw it on his face, and we were going to come from behind it and jump on it,’ Bonin told KPLC.

British government medicine kills a beautiful toddler: “A damning investigation has found that a three-year old boy died after systemic and catastrophic failings by Britain’s out-of-hours NHS services. Sam Morrish was vomiting blood when staff at NHS Direct gave the case low priority and wrongly recorded crucial information provided by his parents. When they failed to help, his desperate mother contacted the local GP out-of-hours service, where an unqualified call handler wrongly informed her that a nearby “treatment centre” would be able to help, when in fact he should have been sent immediately to Accident and Emergency. An investigation by the Health Service Ombudsman is this week expected to lay bare a catalogue of failings in the treatment of the child, who died from an infection which was treated too late.”

Swarmed by flying termites: “This is the moment a swarm of termites descended upon a group of residents in a Chinese apartment block. Disturbing pictures show a group of people covering their mouths and running for cover in the lobby of the apartment block in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality. Another woman can be seen calling a lift while holding what appears to be a fly swatter and a cloud of the insects buzz around her head. Eventually, one brave man attempts to kill the insects by squirting them with a bottle of insect repellant. And his tactics pay off – with a later image showing hundreds of dead termites lying on the rather dirty looking floor of the apartment lobby. It is not known how the insects got in to the building – or whether there is any suggestion the block of apartments is prone to this kind of infestation."

Teacher giving sex offenders test attacked, raped in Arizona prison. Prison blames understaffing: “A teacher at an Arizona prison was alone in a room full of sex offenders before being stabbed and sexually assaulted by a convicted rapist. The attack occurred Jan. 30 at the Eyman prison’s Meadows Unit, which houses about 1,300 rapists, child molesters and other sex offenders. The teacher was administering a high school equivalency test to about a half-dozen inmates in a classroom with no guard nearby and only a radio to summon help. After the last of the other inmates left, Jacob Harvey asked the teacher if she could open the bathroom and then attacked her, records show. Harvey is accused of stabbing her in the head with a pen, forcing her to the ground and raping her. The teacher told investigators that she screamed for help, but none came. Carl ToersBijns, a former deputy warden at the prison, said the assault highlights chronic understaffing and lax security policies that put staff members at risk.”

Classic cars soaring in value: “Classic car owners could be at risk of losing thousands of pounds in insurance claims because the rising value of their vehicle means their cover is “woefully inadequate”, according to insurance brokers. An index of the most valuable cars compiled by the Historic Automobile Group International has risen about 500pc in the decade to December 2013. Ten years ago, a 1974 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 “Daytona” Coupé was worth approximately £76,000, for example. It is now worth nearer £450,000. A 1960 Bentley Continental Flying Spur, worth £50,000 in 2003, is now valued at around £115,000. It is not only the top-end models driving the increase. According to the British Insurance Brokers’ Association, more humble vintage cars including early VW Campers and Fiat 500s are also surging in value. Darren Campbell, a motor engineer from Surrey, bought a 1970 Porsche 911S 18 years ago for £8,000. He recently had the car valued and realised it was worth about £80,000.”

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  1. My favorite bumper sticker reads: “To bad Hillary didn’t marry O.J. Simpson!”


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