Not a new story but worth repeating. File this away so if you ever have neighbor trouble, you can be glad you weren’t these people’s neighbor.
South Philly Row Home Strange Place for a Gator
By Dan Stamm | Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 | http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com
You meet lots of characters in South Philly but nothing quite like a seven-foot-long alligator named Kirt.
Animal officers removed the seven-footer from a home on the 1300-hundred block of Warnock Street Tuesday, according to the Pennsylvania SPCA.
Some neighbors knew about the gator living in the row home but nothing was done until someone tipped off the SPCA about the large reptile.
When officials went into the home they found the gator living in a basement with a converted pond fully equipped with a pumping system.
Clowns by nature are silly, dumb, and show offs. Rodeo clowns also have to be brave and very fast. The few rodeos I’ve seen often had clowns wearing masks. It seems odd to punish a clown for clowning. Personally, I don’t think taste or humor should be legislated or subjected to the same public standards as say workplace practices or housing availability. Doesn’t the first amendment protect parody, satire, humor, silliness, as well as unpopular speech? Part of me wonders is this is a “fake” story initiated by conservatives to make liberals appear petty.
‘Nothing Racist’ Implied In ‘Obama’ Act, Says Rodeo Clown
Mark Memmot | NPR | August 14, 2013
Tuffy Gessling, the rodeo clown at the center of the controversy over the skit at the Missouri State Fair in which a , says “nothing racist was ever implied.”
“Comedians all over the country have used political figures to make fun of current events, it’s nothing new,” , a student-run news service from the University of Central Missouri. “I never tried to be a racist or anything like that. I love all people no matter their background. I live to make people laugh. When TV comedians are doing it every day, Rush Limbaugh is doing it every day, people on Facebook are doing it every day 10 times more than me. I was just trying to make light of the situation, that’s it.”
As , many others — including Republican and Democratic politicians — have condemned the act as being both disrespectful and racist.
This is truly one of the most spectacular pranks anyone ever pulled. So epic people getting fired is not out of line, especially since innocent people lost their lives. This incident also shines a light on how many media companies depend on, use, and possibly exploit interns by putting them in positions with high responsibility, little supervisor and usually no compensation.
KTVU producers fired over Asiana pilots’ fake names
Matier & Ross | www.sfgate.com | Wednesday, July 24, 2013
KTVU-TV has dismissed at least three veteran producers over the on-air gaffe involving the fake names of those Asiana airline pilots that became an instant YouTube hit – and a major embarrassment to the station.
Station sources confirmed late Wednesday that investigative producer Roland DeWolk, special projects producer Cristina Gastelu and producer Brad Belstock were all sent packing following an in-house investigation into the July 12 broadcast of four fake names of the pilots involved in the Asiana Flight 214 crash at San Francisco International Airport on July 6.
A fourth – noon news producer Elvin Sledge – told colleagues he was leaving for health reasons.
Though not new, this story is new to me. Many women, especially black women have a lot of pressure to do unnatural and unhealthy things to their hair. The most shocking part of this is that she had already cleared security and the TSA tracked her down in the airport and publicly touched her hair. It is worth watching the video to see the charming Ms Brantley tell her story in her own words.
Is this natural hair thing new to you? Go check out Ms Brantley’s web site www.naturallyisis.com.
Woman claims unfair TSA search over big hair
Sept. 21, 2011 | wsbtv.com
A Dallas hairstylist traveling through Atlanta’s Hartsfield- Jackson International Airport says she was unfairly singled out for having big hair.Isis Brantley was flying home to Texas when she said two TSA representatives dug down to her scalp checking for weapons and explosives.
“I just heard this weird voice saying ‘stop. Lady, don’t go! The lady with the big hair, stop,’ ” Brantley told Channel 2’s Diana Davis.
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After 10 long years, Ginger the basset hound is reunited with her original dad in Nashua
By ERIN PLACE | Saturday, February 16, 2013 | www.nashuatelegraph.com
Jamie Carpentier had never gone to the Humane Society for Greater Nashua’s website. But late one recent night, the Nashua resident felt the urge to log on and peruse the animals up for adoption.
He came across a 13-year-old basset hound named Ginger, without a photo attached, and read the write up on her.
It was the right name.
It was the right age.
“It can’t be her,” he said. “It’s been so long.”
I love creative solutions. Hopefully, this will work.
Parachuting poison mice combat Guam tree snakes
www.islandsbusiness.com | Thu 28 Feb 2013
HAGATNA, Guam— The US Department of Agriculture will drop mice laced with a sedative deadly to brown tree snakes around the island’s Andersen Air Force Base over the next couple of months.
Daniel Vice from the US Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services has told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat the snake is a serious threat to wildlife.
“Virtually all of the tropical west Pacific is potentially at risk from brown tree snakes,” he said.
“We’ve had them turn up on virtually every island in Micronesia associated with some sort of transportation from Guam.”
Unlike other stories of airport security I’ve posted, this one features a response from the TSA about their actions. Warning the video is really sad and heartbreaking and features a crying toddler in a wheelchair.
Here’s The TSA’s Defense For Stopping A 3-Year-Old Girl In A Wheelchair On The Way To Disney World
Alex Davies | Feb. 22, 2013 | www.businessinsider.com
After TSA agents stopped a wheelchair-bound three-year-old girl at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport earlier this month, the TSA felt prompted by media attention to clarify its side of the story.The parents of Lucy Forck, who has Spina bifida and uses a wheelchair, were furious after TSA agents stopped them on their way to Disney World on February 9.
When Annie Forck began recording the encounter, she was told doing so is illegal.
Nathan Forck rightly argued it is legal, and Annie continued recording. In the video, posted to YouTube, Lucy is crying because TSA agents took her stuffed animal away, to be screened.
Ultimately, Lucy was not subjected to a pat-down, and the TSA apologized for the incident.
In a post on its blog Thursday, the TSA offered a few explanations:
- Our officer did initially mention a pat-down. We admit this was confusing, and contributed to a stressful situation. Very quickly, a manager was able to step in and give guidance.
- Also, our officer told the passenger that it was illegal to film at the checkpoint. This is not the case, and you can take a look at our filming policy here.
- The child did not receive a pat-down. You can read our new procedures for children 12 and under here.
- Neither the child nor the parent was detained. TSA does not have the authority to detain passengers. Only Law Enforcement Officers can detain passengers.
- The child’s stuffed animal was not confiscated. It was screened and handed back to the child after being screened.All accessible property is screened prior to traveling to you departure gate. You may remember this stuffed animal from last year.
“This stuffed animal” refers to a case from May 11, 2012, when a disassembled gun and ammo were found in three stuffed animals at Providence TF Green Airport.
PETA must love this broad. I wonder if she was going to jail for drunk driving? Drunk people are so classy.
‘Super drunk’ Paw Paw woman flees officers to take Chihuahua home before going to jail, police say
By Nicholas Grenke | email@example.com on February 16, 2013 | http://www.mlive.com
During the arrest, the woman told officers she was trying to get her Chihuahua home before she went to jail.