Political Spin at its Finest

November 8, 2015 at 4:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

And some dubious history

A professional genealogy researcher in southern California was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that Senator Harry Reid’s great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana, in 1889. Both Judy and Harry Reid share this common ancestor.

On the back of the picture that Judy obtained during her research is this inscription: ‘Remus Reid, horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1885; escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889.’

So Judy recently e-mailed Senator Harry Reid for information about their great-great uncle.

Believe it or not, Harry Reid’s staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research:

“Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory . His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad. In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889,Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed.”

Now THAT’s how it’s done, folks! That’s real Political Spin!




Odd news from around the world

Kindly barber lay down on the floor to cut the hair of autistic boy who was too frightened to sit on the chair: “Denine and partner Jamie Lewis, 29, visited James at Jim the Trim in Briton Ferry, Wales, numerous times. James slowly built up a relationship with Mason, four, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). On Tuesday, Mason lay on the floor calmly playing with his mother’s iPhone and so James seized upon the opportunity. He lay on the floor and gave Mason his first proper hair cut in two-and-a-half years. Denine, who lives nearby in Port Talbot, Wales, said: ‘I can’t believe what James did – most barbers would be eager to get on to their next customer as they would be losing money but he didn’t mind at all and dedicated all his attention on helping Mason. James, who set up his barber shop six years ago after working at two other shops to learn the trade, said he is often approached by parents with children who need help getting their hair cut.”

Vitamin supplements could save rare NZ parrot: “They make an eccentric pair. The world’s heaviest parrot – which also happens to be flightless – depends on the berries of a tall conifer tree for breeding, but the rimu tree can go for years without producing any fruit at all. For decades, conservationists have been fighting to save the endangered kakapo, which is restricted to a few small predator-free islands off New Zealand. Part of their strategy is to provide food supplements that can support breeding when there are no rimu berries, but finding the perfect recipe has proven elusive. Too many calories, and too many male chicks hatch. Too much protein, and the females stop eating before they have taken in enough calcium to make eggs. Now Pamela von Hurst of Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand, thinks she has found the final essential ingredient: vitamin D. Kakapos are nocturnal and vegetarian, and blood tests revealed low levels of this vitamin. “Vitamin D is essential for absorbing dietary calcium and also plays an important role in the production of eggs,” von Hurst says.”

Is this note a desperate plea for help, or an elaborate hoax? “A REDDIT user has uploaded a chilling note found by a friend in an unopened box of Naturalizer shoes. The note appears to show a labour worker seated, with non-English writing scrawled underneath. According to the poster, Samson_says, the shoes were made in Ethiopia. Reddit user knuckles 215 claims to have translated the message, saying it means: “We are thirsty and over worked. Militia type soldiers are on top of each other watching us. Help us.” The same user claims the picture is of an Ethiopian lady wearing traditional headgear. Thousands of users have commented on the post. As Reddit is no stranger to hoaxes, some believe it’s an elaborate prank.

British sex shop ordered to cover up or take down bondage window displays: “The Ann Summers chain has been ordered to cover up and remove sexually explicit displays and posters in some shopping centres. The move follows complaints from parents and the Child’s Eye Line UK group, which argue the display are offensive and risk perverting the innocence of youngsters. The row was triggered by a window display around Halloween which featured ‘bondage-halloween’ themed posters. One model in a red tutu wielding a whip was apparently preparing to hit a second blonde model leaning over a chair in tiny underwear, which meant she was virtually nude. Both the St Nicholas shopping centre in Sutton and the Golden Square shopping centre in Warrington told Ann Summers to remove the posters as they were not appropriate to be displayed in children’s eye line. The founder of Child’s Eye Line UK, Kathy McGuinness, said: ‘Sexualised imagery should not be displayed on the high street.”

Hero dog leads rescuers to her elderly owner who had been lost: “One loving dog has proved she really is man’s best friend after helping rescuers find her elderly owner who had been lost in the bush for three days. Kiaria the English Staffy helped rescue teams find her 83-year-old owner after he was reported missing in the Hawkesbury area in regional NSW, north-west of Sydney, on Friday morning. ‘It is pleasing to report that our missing 83 year old man has been located safe and well this morning in thick bushland about a kilometre from his residence,’ NSW Police said in a statement on Sunday. ‘The man was believed to be with his dog, an English Staffy named Kiaria, and was reported missing Friday afternoon when searching commenced’ At 9.30 on Sunday morning Kiaria was found. ‘Around 9:50am, Kiaria started weaving in and out of bushland leading one of the sons to the general location of the missing man, who was located conscious suffering only what appear to be minor facial injuries exposure and disorientation,’ police said.”

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.


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