This license plate design adopted by North Carolina has been declared unconstitutional by a federal judge because there is no alternative plate available for pro-choice drivers. North Carolina responded immediately with another design that not only provides an alternative but still manages to convey the spirit of the original message.
Attorneys began presenting opening statements in the trial of a Pennsylvania woman charged with killing her boyfriend after allegedly “smelling sex” on him.
Rachel Kozloff is on trial for shooting Michael Henry. The prosecution contends Kozloff shot Henry when he tried to end their relationship. Prosecutors say the northwestern Pennsylvania woman told her boyfriend she had “smelled sex” on him before she killed him earlier this year. Kozloff and Henry were a couple for just 8 weeks.
Kozloff denies shooting Henry, though she does admit to being in his apartment on the night of the murder. Several 9mm shell casings were found at the scene, and Kozloff had purchased a .40 caliber handgun and a 9mm conversion kit earlier.
According to police, Henry’s last words as he died were “It’s Axe body spray….”
The Supreme Court has ordered the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to re-examine its 2011 decision that blocked a suit by Liberty University, a pretend-college that gets federal money to indoctrinate students with right-wing Christian propaganda, and is used to launder money by Jerry Falwell’s evangelical empire. The case of Liberty University v. Geithner (11-438) was blocked by the appeals court on jurisdictional grounds after the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Healthcare Act, also known as Obamacare, because the Supreme Court decision invalidated all pending suits against the act.
Liberty University had claimed that Obamacare would lead to taxpayer dollars funding abortions and contraception – which is not illegal under current law – and claimed the law’s provisions violated so-called “religious freedom”, a concept that has no legal standing. The only mention of religion in the Constitution insures that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”, which has been interpreted to mean there can be no state-sponsored religion, and which is part of the foundation for the separation of church and state.
Liberty University refiled its suit after the Supreme Court decision that validated Obamacare. The mandate to the appeals court is seen as a first step to hearing the case in the Supreme Court.
Police in the United Arab Emirates arrested an Indian national in a females-only park, saying the man was dressed as a woman. The man was charged with violating “principles of public decency and societal customs and authentic Arab Islamic traditions,” although he got a few points for not having shaved his mustache as part of his disguise. However those points were taken back when it was discovered he had shaved elsewhere.
A Hong Kong couple is suing former Harvard professor Mark Zimny after Zimny agreed to get their son into an elite Ivy-League university in return for over $2 million. Gerald and Lily Chow filed suit in U.S. District Court in Boston, claiming Zimny told them he would give the money to university authorities to gain admittance for the Chow’s son. Zimny denies the allegations.
“This is ridiculous!” Lily Chow said. “Forget the millions of dollars of bribe money! How could our boy fail to get into college, I mean he’s Asian for Christ’s sakes!”
A Florida woman who rode several manatees may be jailed for up to 60 days and fined up to $1,000.00 under Florida law. Gloria Garcia Gutierrez was videotaped by witnesses as she swam among and rode on the protected aquatic mammals.
Police will begin excavation around a suburban Detroit home after getting a tip that a body was buried there in 1975. This is the best indication yet that police will jump at almost anything, no matter how tenuous or far-fetched, in order to retrieve Hoffa’s body and hide evidence they were involved in his disappearance.
Anders Behring Breivik was declared sane and sentenced to 21 years in prison for the politically-motivated murders of 77 people, most of them under the age of 18. Breivik is a self-described “ultranationalist” who targeted a Norwegian Labour party youth group to somehow fight multiculturalism and the “Islamification” of Norway.
So apparently in Norway they have a strange definition of “sanity”.
This just in: Daimler Benz has patented cars with four wheels, Greece has patented democracy, Germany has patented war crimes, dinosaurs have patented bones, Steve Jobs has patented death, the Republican Party has patented ignorance, and Bill Clinton has patented sexual harassment.
A Russian woman has been charged with strangling her neighbor with her bra when he refused to give her money to buy alcohol.
That’s it – I don’t think I need to make anything up here.
The New Port Richey, Florida, Police Department wants to know: who is Roy Antigua? Antigua was arrested August 1 for violation of parole and a traffic offense. Police later found numerous suspicious items at his home and in his car: diplomatic license plates, dozens of fake identification cards from the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Defense, CIA and NASA, access badges to hospitals around Florida, doctor and nurse scrubs, a respiratory technician badge, police blue lights, access stickers to Coast Guard bases around Florida, and a fake CostCo card.
“It was the CostCo card that made us suspicious,” said James Steffens, chief of the New Port Richey Police Department. “That other stuff may have a plausible explanation, but who would want to tangle with CostCo?”
George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who shot and killed teenager Trayvon Martin in a nighttime confrontation in Florida, sat for an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity. In the interview Zimmerman said the tragic killing was part of “God’s plan”, and that he shot Martin because the young man was reaching for Zimmerman’s gun, essentially saying if he hadn’t had a gun there would have been no reason to shoot Martin.
This is the first time Zimmerman has mentioned having an accomplice, and police are looking for God as a “deity of interest”.
UPDATE: Apparently Zimmerman’s going rate for an interview is a month of “shelter and security”. We’re sure Hannity would have paid more (and may have).
The New Mexico Court of Appeals has ruled against a photographer who refused to take a job offered by two lesbians who wanted pictures of their commitment ceremony.
“This is just wrong! It’s against religious freedom!” said the Christian photographer who owns Elane Photography. “I told them I couldn’t do the job because of my beliefs! It says right there in the Bible ‘Thou shalt not photograph lesbians’!”
Germany, the country that brought you industrial genocide and nightmarish medical experiments, has proven that it’s now completely hip and liberal by banning circumcision of children without their consent. The court ruled: “The fundamental right of the child to bodily integrity outweighs the fundamental rights of the parents. The child’s body is permanently and irreparably changed by the circumcision. This change runs counter to the interests of the child, who can decide his religious affiliation himself later in life.”
The ruling only affects the Cologne region.
The court did not ban circumcision when the child gives consent, a loophole religious groups will probably use to continue the practice with or without actual consent. Both Jewish and Muslim groups have called the ruling an intrusion into religious freedom – the same excuse used by American Mormons when prosecuted for child rape.
The United States Supreme Court struck-down key provisions of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, siding with the Federal government in its contention that it has jurisdiction on immigration issues. Some parts of the law the Court invalidated include:
- Authorizing police to arrest immigrants without warrant where “probable cause” exists that they committed any public offense making them removable from the country.
- Making it a state crime for “unauthorized immigrants” to fail to carry registration papers and other government identification.
- Forbidding those not authorized for employment in the United States to apply, solicit or perform work. That would include immigrants standing in a parking lot who “gesture or nod” their willingness to be employed.
However, the Court let stand the most controversial part of the law, allowing police to check a person’s immigration status when enforcing other laws. Though the Court did leave open the possibility this provision can be re-visited in the future on different grounds.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who championed the draconian law, claimed the Court decision was a “victory” because apparenly in Arizona having your ass handed to you by the highest court in the land is somehow “winning”.
Carlin was arrested on July 21, 1972, at Milwaukee’s Summerfest and charged with violating obscenity laws after performing this routine ["Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television"]. The case, which prompted Carlin to refer to the words for a time as “the Milwaukee Seven,” was dismissed in December of that year; the judge declared that the language was indecent but Carlin had the freedom to say it as long as he caused no disturbance.
The Seven Words are: shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits.
A man known only as “Victim 4″ testified that former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had him perform oral sex as many as 40 times starting at the age of 14. The now-28-year-old said “….if I had just said something back then, this wouldn’t have happened to (others). So I feel responsible.” So he has that trauma to deal with on top of everything else.