Archive for April 13th, 2005

Bobo’s World (or Brer Bush’s)

Mom accused of selling sex with daughter, trading another for car.

OKEECHOBEE — A mother is under arrest, accused of selling a 12-year-old daughter into prostitution and trading a 14-year-old daughter for a car.


The youngest girl and her mother were living out of their car, and the prostitution was for food and an occasional shower at the men’s homes, according to a report by Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office Detective K.J. Ammons.

The youngest daughter is three months pregnant, the report said, and the girl was 11 when her mother first forced her to have sex with a man. She charged $20 for the sex.

The older daughter refused to be used as a prostitute and was sold for a car, deputies contend.

“She was sold to a man for a Mercury Cougar,” Ammons said. “But he never gave the mother the vehicle.”

Ammons said the car has an estimated value of $500 to $1,000….

6 comments April 13th, 2005 at 07:09pm Posted by Eli

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The Sound Of One Head Exploding

From the AP:

To House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, the Republican Party’s ”Contract With America” ranks right up there with the Magna Carta, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights among the ”great documents of freedom.”

So says DeLay’s Internet Web site. It describes that 1994 campaign treatise, credited with helping the GOP end four decades of House rule by Democrats, ”a written commitment that presented to the people an agenda for the House of Representatives.”

See for yourself if you don’t believe me. I’ll just be over here, sputtering incoherently…

3 comments April 13th, 2005 at 07:01pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Republicans,Wankers


Courtesy of Cornell News Service, via Froomkin:

U.S. President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld may not all get a library, airport or highway named after them. But each has a slime-mold beetle named in his honor.

Two former Cornell University entomologists who recently had the job of naming 65 new species of slime-mold beetles named three species that are new to science in the genus Agathidium for members of the U.S. administration. They are A. bushi Miller and Wheeler, A. cheneyi Miller and Wheeler and A. rumsfeldi Miller and Wheeler.

The entomologists also named some of the new species after their wives and a former wife, Pocahontas, Hernan Cortez, the Aztecs, the fictional “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader (“who shares with A. vaderi a broad, shiny, helmetlike head”), Frances Fawcett (their scientific illustrator) and the Greek words for “ugly” and “having prominent teeth” and the Latin word for “strange.”…

The decision to name three slime-mold beetles after Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld, however, didn’t have anything to do with physical features, says Quentin Wheeler, a professor of entomology and of plant biology at Cornell for 24 years until last October, but to pay homage to the U.S. leaders. “We admire these leaders as fellow citizens who have the courage of their convictions and are willing to do the very difficult and unpopular work of living up to principles of freedom and democracy rather than accepting the expedient or popular,” says Wheeler….

Maybe they’re tongue-in-cheek about the homage, but the result is the same. Too perfect.

UPDATE: Makes it all the more fitting if Tom “Bugman” DeLay brings them down…

4 comments April 13th, 2005 at 06:29pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Science

Blue Sky Photoblogging

I have always been a complete sucker for a nice deep blue sky, preferably with some nice fluffy white clouds. I would take pictures out the window of airplanes of the beautiful cloudscapes below, and my dad (who is a very accomplished amateur photographer) would scoff – but I always thought the end result was pretty nice, and so did he.

Question: Would a digital camera be considered one of those proscribed electronic devices you can’t operate during landing or takeoff? My camera in high school and college was an old Pentax Spotmatic, and the full extent of its electronicism was a light meter with a plus sign, a minus sign, and a stick, so it’s strange for me to think of a camera as an “electronic device”.

Anyway, some (hopefully) beauty sky shots. I have some more, but these are the best of ’em.

I was crossing the street, and I just happened to look to my right while on the traffic island…

Could maybe be a touch more blue, but I still dig it. Posted by Hello

1 comment April 13th, 2005 at 12:33am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

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