Goodbye Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper
Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper, the world's oldest living person, now isn't.
Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper, the world's oldest living person, now isn't.
Dr. Terry M. Bennett didn't hold back when he told a patient that she was too fat and she needed to lose weight. She filed a complaint and ultimately the New Hampshire Attorney General's Administrative Prosecution Unit recommended the doctor take an "education course" and apologize. The doctor declined, saying he was just telling the truth. This has the attention of the medical community. Can the government regulate how pleasant a doctor is when delivering sound medical advice?
Is anything better than video games or cookies? Well yea, there are several things which are better, but it's after midnight and I don't think she's coming over tonight. Instead, I offer these:
Happy Birthday Dave Chappelle.
Hey, let's rock.
After a five year investigation, FBI agents arranged a fake wedding between two undercover agents. They sent out gold embossed wedding invitations, promising free transportation, hotel rooms, and a yacht for the ceremony and reception.
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Single Adult Households now account for the single largest group of U.S. households. That is, one person, alone, without a spouse or kids or relatives. Maybe a cat, or two.
It seems all the stuff which makes porno mags slick and glossy also makes porn more indestructible than other printed material. An investigation in Australia dug up near-perfect copies of Playboy from the 1970's. Additionally, they are often made with a mildly radioactive clay, which will made them that much easier for your great, great grandson to find.
Remember when Rob Schneider got all snarky about comments regarding his high class comedy? He took out a full page ad which tried to belittle Patrick Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times by, incorrectly, saying the Mr. Goldstein had not won any awards and thus was unworthy of respect.
"Speaking in my official capacity as a Pulitzer Prize winner, Mr. Schneider, your movie sucks."
I don't know why, but I'm stunned that Posh Spice has never read a book. Not even her own, or the two her husband, David Beckham, has written.
Seventeen journalists went on a bike ride with President Bush. Apparently it was a big bonding event, with lots of jokes and several reporters posing for photographs with the Prez. Then there were those special, personal moments:
USA Today writer Sal Ruibal stops at a tree and urinates. Bush tells him, "Ruibal, don't worry. The last one that peed there was a cow."
If you donate $100,000 to Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign account, you'll be eligible to sit near the actor/Governor in a luxury box during the Rolling Stones Aug. 21 show at Boston's Fenway Park. This thanks to Ameriquest, a major supporter of Schwarzenegger's pro-business policies, and one of the sponsors of the Stones' tour.
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that American Media, the same company which struck a deal with California Governor Schwarzenegger to pay him millions of dollars while he was in office, also paid two women thousands of dollars to sign a confidentiality agreement regarding an alleged affair with the actor. The money was paid with the agreement that the women would not talk to anybody but American Media about the affairs. The agreements never expire.
American Media's contracts with Goyette and Mora, both titled "Confidentiality Agreement," are two pages long and never expire; they bind the two women "in perpetuity."
I'm rather stunned, and completely delighted to hear that a judge as ruled that CBGB's can't be evicted from its current location. The famous dispute between the club owner and the Bowery Residents' Committee concerns the payment of "about $100,000 in rent increases, interest and fees."
"CBGB has proven itself worthy of being recognized as a landmark -- a rare achievement for any commercial tenant in the ever diverse and competitive real estate market of New York City.
"It would be unconscionable for this court to allow petitioner to proceed with its intent to evict CBGB ... because it failed to notice that monies were outstanding for approximately four years,"
Dutch TV is planning to run a program called "I want your child and nothing else" in which a woman chooses a sperm donor to, ummmmm, father her child. The program, which the Dutch media is calling "Spermshow", is reportedly one of five programs which will be broadcast, with viewers voting on which will stay on the air.
James Briggs says he was fired by The Daily Telegram of Adrian, Michigan after he wrote in last Saturday's column
"Maybe I'm hitting a late rebellious streak. Maybe I'm simply unpatriotic, ungrateful or un-American,"
"Or maybe the domestic automakers have slipped so far down that purchasing an American vehicle has become moronic. I'll go with that answer."
Members of the band The Magic Numbers walked out on Top of the Pops after the host referred to them as a "Big Fat Melting Pot". If you met the band members on the street, they would look like normal people. But apparently they are too tubby for Richard Bacon, presenter for the U.K. television program.
Governor Arnold, who criticized Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez earlier this year for receiving $35,000 from the Voter Improvement Program while he himself was being paid millions of dollars by Weider Publications, is now facing questions about accepting $10,000 in campaign contributions from Thomas Noe, who is accused of stealing nearly $4 million from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation. Of course this isn't the only time the actor's political fundraising has been questioned.
The FCC has hired religious activist Penny Nance to serve as a special advisor in the FCC’s Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis. Nance, who has been presented by the right-wing media as just another stay-at-home suburban mom has in fact had a long history of activism. She previously served on the board of Concerned Women for America, which wants to "bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy." According to the MediaWeek article, Nance also founded the anti-abortion Kids First Coalition, and was a lobbyist for Center for Reclaiming America, a group that says it works to "implement the Biblical principles on which our country was founded."
Well, they are on Century Boulevard, thus providing the quote-of-the-day:
"The word 'vagina' is not an obscene word and we're not in a position to question the First Amendment," Councilman Bill Rosendahl said.
First, I didn't know (or really, want to know) that there's such a thing as a dog condom. But once I got my mind around that, I couldn't help but wonder how the folks who make these things didn't anticipate that a meat-scented condom might pose a choking hazard! Well that, and other failures, have led to a massive recall of dog condoms, which were being tested in several states. I guess it's back to the old rhythm method for Fido.
A few days ago, Teddy Claire Akin came home and told his wife he had killed Dennis Legrande Allen, a hitchhiker he had picked up, and buried the body in the woods. When police failed to find the body after a seven hour search, Akin admitted that he made up the murder story in an effort to persuade his wife to leave him.
"He was going through a divorce and had hoped the murder story would make his wife leave him, said Sue Livoti, a sheriff's office spokeswoman."
Police in Naperville, Illinois are carefully reviewing video tape shot at the Country Lakes Golf Course during an event sponsored by Blackjack’s, a gentleman’s club in South Elgin. Dancers and strippers were hired to work the event. It seems the video "shows a variety of activities not usually associated with golf, including women performing lap dances for men in golf carts". The investigation includes determining how many off-duty law enforement officers participated in the festivities.
In North Liberty Iowa, 46 year old Curtis Rarick wanted to get drunk and romp naked in his yard. His neighbors didn't share his enthusiasm and complained, asking him do put some clothes on. He didn't take the advice well and went inside his home, then returned carrying a sword with a 2-foot, 6-inch blade. He then chased and threatened his neighbors on their property. Today he pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon, and faces a possible $5000 fine and two years in prison.
Robert John Zukowski was given a ticket for going 70mph in a 55mph zone. Apparently he wasn't happy about it and paid the $120 ticket in pennies, which he brought to court in a small garbage can. The best part? Judge John Pearson makes him wait while the Court Administrator hauls the legal tender to a local bank, exchanging the coins for paper, and bringing back a few cents which Mr. Zukowski had accidentally overpaid.