Fireplace Explodes While Woman Attempts To Ignite It
CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. -- A woman trying to light a gas fireplace ends up in the hospital after it explodes, sending glass 80 feet through the air.Rebecca Smith's face is covered with cuts, scrapes and burns.The explosion happened Thursday morning. Smith was getting her parent's fireplace ready for cooler temperatures. Smith father was in the kitchen eating breakfast at the time of the explosion."One hell of an explosion," he said.The glass window of the fireplace shattered into thousands of pieces. Some pieces were found at the other end of the house -- 50 feet away.Smith said her glasses shielded her eyes from the flying debris, probably saving her sight.She said she doesn't remember much of what happened next."It knocked me back, but it didn't pick me up and throw me," she said.Fireplace installer Jerry Isenhour Sr. said Smith should have taken the glass cover off the front of the fireplace and let the excess gas vent."If the gas ignites, all of the gas is going to ignite at one time. If all the gas -- a large residual in there -- it's going to create an explosion in that fireplace," he said.Smith is glad to be alive."The burns could have been much worse. I thank God. This will heal," said Smith.Isenhour said Smith made a simple mistake and it's one you could make, too.Officials said 80 percent of the ones he sells are like the one involved in the explosion with glass.He said to take the glass off before you light the pilot and get your fireplace inspected every year
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. | September 30, 2005 11:28:11 PM IST
O.J. Simpson plans to mark the 10th Anniversary of his acquittal on double murder charges by signing autographs at a Los Angeles area comic convention.
Simpson will sign autographs and photos starting at $95 a pop during the NecroComicon Friday through Sunday in the Los Angeles suburb of Northridge, Calif.
Monday is the 10th anniversary of Simpson's 1995 acquittal in the stabbing deaths of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
The NecroComicon will mark Simpson's first Los Angeles public appearance since the slayings, convention officials said in a news release.
Co-promoter Thomas Riccio said Simpson was invited to the event because he is arguably the best football player who ever lived. He's a Heisman Trophy Winner, a former All American, an NFL M.V.P., and a Pro-Football Hall Of Famer.
He said thousands of sports memorabilia collectors have been waiting more than a decade for a chance to get Simpson's autograph.
Pakistan's first women's football championship ends in brawl
ISLAMABAD (AFP) - The match was hailed as a victory in the fight for equality -- but it was the players themselves who ended up fighting in the final of Pakistan's first women's football championship.
The game on Thursday between Punjab province and WAPDA (Water and Power Development Authority) descended into an ugly brawl after a solitary goal from a spot-kick won the trophy for the Punjab team.
"WAPDA goalie Azra Matloob stopped the penalty kick and Sheka Nazeer scored off the rebound, but since Azra got injured the WAPDA players were furious," said a Pakistan Football Federation spokesman.
Pictures of the resulting free-for-all -- showing women from the two teams clawing at each others' Islamically-correct outfits of trousers and long-sleeved shirts -- were splashed all over local newspapers.
Again showing that punch-ups are not restricted to the men's game, the players nearly came to blows again at the prize ceremony when they exchanged some hot words.
The football federation played down the incident as a "football flare-up"
Rodney King Allegedly Threatens Daughter With Toy Gun
King Jailed In California
POSTED: 9:42 am EDT September 30, 2005
RIALTO, Calif. -- The man at the center of unrest in Los Angeles in 1992 has been arrested.
Rodney King has been jailed in Rialto, Calif., for allegedly threatening his daughter and ex-girlfriend. Police said King was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of making criminal threats. He's being held on $25,000 bail.
King is accused of threatening to kill his 23-year-old daughter and her mother after the two got in a fight with King's current girlfriend. All three women live in King's home.
The daughter, who called police, said King was armed with a handgun, but authorities said it turned out to be a toy.
"Course Description:In this course, we will investigate the parameters of southern identity through novels, plays, poems, and other cultural “texts” (ranging from food to music to clothing, etc.). The two images at the top of this syllabus represent two very different ways of explaining the South, its history, its conflicts, and its obsessions.Writing:These assignments will range from expository and argumentative essays to fiction and poetry. Each original writing will count twice towards the final average, and each revision will count once. Though students may revise “A” essays for additional commentary and education, they will not receive a higher “A” grade for that revision. In addition, I will require that students revise some essays. Naturally, some assignments will be longer than others. All writing assignments will include instruction in the advanced and subtle nuances of English grammar and prose, which will allow you to become a more precise and adventurous writer. Occasional grammar tests and editing worksheets will help us strengthen both grammar and writing.Format for Assignments:All compositions written outside of the classroom must be word-processed. Please use 12-point type and one-inch margins. Write all in-class compositions in dark ink, and single space. Also, please write on only one side of the paper. Place the following heading (flushed left and not justified) on each paper turned in to me: Your Name, Creative Title (for the piece of writing, and yourself should you wish!), Date, Bell.Reading: In this course, we will not only read as many different and diverse Southern authors as we can, we will also read a large variety of writing styles and genres. Occasional reading quizzes will keep us on task as well as extending our understanding. " (more) Norfolk academy referencing page
Latterly he suffered from impotence and Parkinson's Disease and devoted himself to Christian songwriting, at which he was not very good.
He married Lily Ho in 1959; they had three children, two of whom would not talk to their father. She left him in 2003. He is survived by his second wife, Kathy, an educationalist he picked up, while still married, after a lecture at Sacramento, and by his children."
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colonelhapablapp on Sep. 28th, 2005 5:27pm Cuttiger you are so original, get a good job like me, idiot.
WTF on Sep. 28th, 2005 6:42pm dooter has the mind of a gold fish he's contantly CRITIZING (dooters spelling of this word) ppl for doin stuff and then doing it hisself your a fucking loser with no life I actully feel pity for you dooter can you do noting else..i guess not since your on here all day every day yosad little man. spelling checked and error sinclude in order to give you something to do with your sad little life.
dooter on Sep. 28th, 2005 6:51pm and another, your high school crush on me is starting to scare the children here WTF
DeLay Indicted, Forced to Step Down as Majority Leader, Vows to Continue Non-Stop Knob Gobbling
"Ever notice how pretty my mouth is, bitches?", gurgles Rep. Tom DeLay.
"WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 - Representative Tom DeLay of Texas, the powerful House Republican majority leader, was accused by a Texas grand jury today of criminal conspiracy in a campaign fund-raising scheme.
The women are spreading their allegations through the blogosphere, raising the hackles of the SuicideGirls company, which has until now enjoyed a reputation as porn even feminists can love. It offers burlesque tours, clothes and DVDs in addition to a sprawling online library of naked punk and goth women.
"The recent accusations are a little upsetting," said "Missy," the co-founder of SuicideGirls. "We think they're all pretty much unfounded."
Wonderfest: An Eternal Thought in the Mind of Godzilla: Goka jyu-pun senso
More pictures of crazy toys and such at the link.
"Ok. Wonderfest. Happened last month in Tokyo. Can’t be bothered to do a double check. Comiket for garage kit fiends, papercraft ghoulies, and people looking to dump unsold Gundam and Star Wars figures. Held at Tokyo Big Sight twice a year. Went with Matt Alt (who was worshipped as a living god by one of the dealers who recognized him). Met up with toy designer Ken there. Took some pictures because I thought you might wanna see them."An Eternal Thought in the Mind of Godzilla: Goka jyu-pun senso
Lizzie Grubman Doesn't Wear Panties, Neither Does Hulk Hogan
"We found this picture of wrestling star Hulk Hogan carrying publicist Lizzie Grubman in our email this morning and we were not sure we wanted to post it. We're convinced she didn't wear panties because she wanted Hulk Hogan to do dirty things with his huge mustache."
Man drives car over 'demons' in Las Vegas, fails to find big boss at end of level
"A man suspected of killing two tourists and injuring 12 others on the Las Vegas Strip told police he steered his car into the crowd on the sidewalk because they were staring at him like demons.
Stephen M. Ressa, 27, also told police he saw people with their hands in their pockets and thought they might be armed with guns, according to an arrest report obtained Friday by The Associated Press.
'They were staring at him like they were `demons,'' the report said. 'Ressa admitted he became angry at them, and intentionally steered the vehicle toward them.'
Ressa, of Rialto, Calif., was arrested Wednesday evening shortly after the car barreled through the crowd and crashed into a cement barrier in front of Bally's hotel-casino. He remained jailed without bail on suspicion of murder and attempted murder." (more) BREITBART.COM - Just The News
"SEOUL (Reuters) - Armed, six-legged robots may one day work alongside man's best friend on the southern side of the Korean DMZ. ... The robots will stand knee-high to the average adult, mounted on wheels for road missions or on as many as eight legs to get them over uneven terrain, it said. Equipped with firearms, they will be able to carry out combat missions via remote control." (more) BREITBART.COM - Just The News
"Generation of Zombies : A literary fusion of gonzo journalism and beatnik prose, Generation of Zombies is a novel written by two former computer science students/computer hackers attending Polytechnic University in the winter of 2004. It details their outrageous experiences at the New York based college and is inspired by the likes of dead writers such as Hunter S. Thompson, Philip K. Dick, Franz Kafka, Jack Kerouac, and William S. Burroughs."
FARK.com: (1679054) Continue Hurricane Rita discussion here
"OKAY lets review:
1. Tsunami with 250k dead 2. Numerous wars all over the globe 3. Religious people everywhere getting violently loopy 4. Cat 4 Hurricane 5. Cat 5 Hurricane 6. Bird Flu pandemic threatening 7. Terrorist attacks everywhere by all types of wackos 8. North Korea. Nuf said 9. The best rapper is white 10. The best golfer is black 11. Shatner won an Emmy
"LONDON (Reuters) - 'Wanted: psychopaths to make a killing in the markets.'
Such an advert will not be appearing in the world's newspapers any time soon, but it may have a ring of truth after research revealed the best wheeler-dealers could well be 'functional psychopaths.'
A team of U.S. scientists has found the emotionally impaired are more willing to gamble for high stakes and that people with brain damage may make good financial decisions, the Times newspaper reported Monday." (more)
"Praying For Peace". Also known as: "Famous Ghosts Try to Spook the Retard"
A prophet's tears, a father's prayers, angels keeping watch... An artist whose heart is evident through the work of his hands, Ron DiCianni's paintings have been enormously successful in reaching and awakening the spirituality of thousands of art lovers worldwide. His work has won him international acclaim, including a commission as offical artist for the United States Olympic Committee for the Moscow Olympic Games. He has since dedicated his talents solely to the task of proclaiming the "Good News" of the Gospel.
1 Grades are more important than friends. Disagree Agree
2 Gangstas scare you. Disagree Agree
3 You can't stand country music. Disagree Agree
4 You know you will end up in jail at least once. Disagree Agree
5 You take dick in the ass. Disagree Agree
Ubiq is the only one who was really that concerned with making these cards actually playable. I think he has visions of a white weenie deck led by the unholy union of Rush Limbaugh and Barbara Bush. So the cards Lum added are no doubt horribly broken. However, since you can’t actually buy these cards (see above question) that shouldn’t be a major issue.
What do you guys do in real life?
We both write blogs. Ubiq writes Zen of Design and Lum writes Broken Toys. The real people behind those alter egos work at massively multiplayer game companies - Lum’s a programmer for Dark Age of Camelot and Ubiq is a designer at Ubisoft who won’t tell Lum what he’s working on.
I’m really offended by your political bias.
That’s amusing, since Ubiq is a tree-hugging hippie and Lum is a jack-booted fascist.
I’ve got great ideas for cards!
Cool. I recommend playing with MtG Editor, it’s quirky but really easy to use. However we’re not adding reader submissions to Katrina: The Gathering. It’s hard enough keeping two people’s work in sync, thanks. (Although Lum suggested using version control last night. He was only half joking.)
-- Nice. Collect the whole set! (more at link below)
Inventor denies using dead cats for fuel, declares open season on toads
"BERLIN - A German inventor said he has developed a method to produce crude oil products from waste that he believes can be an answer to the soaring costs of fuel, but denied a German newspaper story implying he also used dead cats.
Christian Koch, an inventor and patent holder of the “KDV 500” that he said produces high quality fuel, said he can transform waste products such as paper, rubbish and plastic materials into fuel.
But Koch, 55, said there was no truth to stories published in Bild newspaper on Tuesday and Wednesday that suggested he used dead cats as part of the mix for his organic diesel fuel." (more)
Vatican Probes Gays in Seminary, Much to Their Delight
"Investigators appointed by the Vatican have been instructed to review each of the 229 Roman Catholic seminaries in the United States for 'evidence of homosexuality' and for faculty members who dissent from church teaching, according to a document prepared to guide the process.
The Vatican document, given to The New York Times yesterday by a priest, surfaces as Catholics await a Vatican ruling on whether homosexuals should be barred from the priesthood.
In a possible indication of the ruling's contents, the American archbishop who is supervising the seminary review said last week that 'anyone who has engaged in homosexual activity or has strong homosexual inclinations,' should not be admitted to a seminary.
Edwin O'Brien, archbishop for the United States military, told The National Catholic Register that the restriction should apply even to those who have not been sexually active for a decade or more." (more)
Pat Robertson blames Hurricane Katrina on Emmy Awards Host Choice
What a dick.
Read this hilarious report that Pat Robertson is blaming Hurricane Katrina on the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for choosing sexual deviant Ellen Degeneres as this year's host for the Emmy Awards. Given Robertson's latest loopy outburst, I didn't put it past him. In fact, I still believe that the parody's author must have accessed Pat's innermost thoughts and desires through a secret wormhole. Be sure to check out the rest of the Dateline Hollywood site for some good ol' fashioned satire to relieve your weary mind from the increasingly sobering real news.
5ives: Five things I wish I could have talked out of my ass about on a weblog when I was in college
1. Roland Barthes’ S/Z
2. The Reagan Administration: What the eff?
3. Green marks a continuing decline for R.E.M.
4. goth kid in next room keeps playing that damned Ministry 12″
5. cafeteria’s policy on soda refills = Florida’s modern Apartheid
"Tired of receiving mounds of unsolicited letters and offers in the mail? Want to fight back? Want to get rid of that old tire in your garage that the garbage man won't take? Then read on......
If you're curious why this document was developed, it was due to the hundreds of unsolicited letters sent to me by a very annoying company called MCI. They love to mail people unsolicited letters 1-2 times per week despite requesting to be taken off their mailing lists. Well, here's a completely LEGAL way to fight back against idiots like MCI. You can mail their junk back to them for FREE using their own postage-paid envelopes. The only catch is that it will be attached to 50 lbs of additional junk you've gathered from around your house (rocks, bricks, old shingles, etc.). This works, so please read on...."
Sex-crazed bonobos may be more like humans than thought
Bang bang bang!
"'They seem to resolve a lot of their conflicts with sexual behaviour,' he says. 'If two bonobos have a fight, they may make up with a sexual reconciliation, which is typical for their species. So there's a lot of sexual activity that goes on that has more social meaning than reproductive meaning.' Their sexuality also mirrors humans in a couple of other ways, too.
'Bonobos have a greater variety of sexual postures,' he reveals. 'The bonobos can do it any way they want – and they can do it face to face also. So positionally – so to speak – they have a richer repertoire. And their sexual behaviour is not just male to female. It's also female-to-female and male-to-male and male-to-juvenile.' In fact, they make the human sexual revolution of the sixties and seventies look tame." (more)
FARK.com: (1665064) Watchtower sues webmaster for $100k, claims quoting their literature causes them loss of reputation and embarrassment
(from the comments on FARK:)
"2005-09-14 08:59:47 AM rebel8
'did anyone go to the trouble of reading all that? summary?'
Sorry. The summary is in the Boobies, along with the link to the court documents. The web site in question is http://quotes.watchtower.ca. The site provides small quotes from many, many separate WTS publications with no commentary as to its interpretation. The purpose of it is to highlight some statements the WTS has said to allow the reader to draw his own conclusion. The site very clearly states it is not affiliated with the WTS, and all quotes of its literature are appropriately cited. Posting quotes in this fashion does not violate US copyright law, which can be found at www.copyright.gov.
I am the submitter. Thank you all for reading. The link on Fark is to a discussion forum mostly comprised of ex-JWs. I belong to that forum and speak to the webmaster regularly online. We are all quite angry that the WT is proceeding with this idiotic lawsuit.
I was forced to be a JW as a child and almost died many times due to my parents refusal of necessary medical care on religious grounds. I was prevented from taking the SATs or taking college prep courses, with the expectation that I become a full time JW minister when done with high school. Later I escaped with literally only the clothes on my back. I worked my a$$ off to put myself through college.
I became a social worker and coincidentally ended up treating JW victims of sex abuse. I personally witnessed the victims being instructed by their church elders not to inform the police, at the penalty of excommunication (disfellowshipping). They interfered with the treatment as well. 1 perp was the victims father and a church elder himself, who remained in good standing simply because he said he was sorry. The congregation was not informed of this and thus he was able "
"In July, Georgia federal judge William C. O'Kelley ordered Barrow County to remove a Ten Commandments plaque from its courthouse. The suit was filed by ACLU Georgia, which not only succeeded in getting the plaque removed, but also recovered $150,000 in attorneys' fees and expenses.
Ten Commandments-Georgia pledged to reimburse the county for its legal expenses. In order for the group to raise the last $52,000 it needs to meet that pledge, it has put the actual Ten Commandments plaque that was removed from the courthouse under the order of the court up for auction on eBay." (more)
Bzzz!!! "From here, it was only a matter of time before it occurred to someone in Japan that the product could be modified for use as a sex aid. Weekly magazine Shukan Jitsuwa (4/26) reports that Angel Heartz, a purveyor of raunchy gadgetry in Nagoya's Midori-ku, has recently begun allowing customers who visit the store to take a crack at its 'Robot Vibe-inu.'
Vibe-inu, which responds to orders from its master to 'come' and 'stay,' is built on the chassis of a basic cyber pet (of a brand not mentioned). The techno-pooch in any case appears to be of mixed breed, although from its nose, one's would guess one of its parents was a cyber-collie. To wit, the elongated object that serves as the creature's proboscis is none other than a battery powered sex aid that buzzes and rotates when activated.
In addition to the retail shop, Angel Heartz features a room in the back, which it makes available to 'members' — amorous couples who can cavort with Vibe-inu and other assorted paraphernalia for a flat fee of 3,000 yen. The couples, up to five of whom are said to avail themselves of the room each day, are advised to be inclined toward exhibitionism, and on the opposite side of a two-way mirror is another room rented out to single men who pay to watch Vibe-inu in the action at the rate of 4,000 yen per hour." (more)
Images by Tyrone Green Dark and lonely on a summer's night. Kill my landlord. Kill my landlord. Watchdog barking. Do he bite? Kill my landlord. Kill my landlord. Slip in his window. Break his neck. Then his house I start to wreck. Got no reason. What the heck? Kill my landlord. Kill my landlord. C-I-L my land lord!
"During the Eddie Murphy days of 'Saturday Night Live,' Norman Mailer made a short film about death row authors and poets. In the piece convict Tyrone Green (played by Murphy) reads his award-winning poem. It was one of the funniest things 'SNL' has ever done. But it is not the inspiration for the title of this column. That is a popular misconception.
In fact, the history of 'Kill My Landlord' is long and tumultuous, spanning three decades. It's a story rarely told and barely known.
The things that came to be known as 'Kill My Landlord' were started in 1967 as a group called the 'Kill My Landlord Society.' It was a coalition of closet media junkies who would meet once a week at a beatnik bookstore/head shop/coffee shop/opium den called the 'Purple Haze.' Because it was composed of members of the 'Black Panther Party,' AIM (American Indian Movement), radical feminists, anarchists, communists, draft dodgers and 'American Bandstand' dancers, as well as visiting dignitaries from Jamaica, the Mexican highlands and Cuba and Abbie Hoffmann who was known to drop by, the society had to keep its meetings secret. Every so often Fidel Castro would sneak into the country with a box full of Havana Red cigars for the society, just to say 'hello.'" ... In 1975, Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington can be clearly seen in the 'Talent Show' episode of "Welcome Back, Kotter," reading an issue of the newsletter. In the episode where they have to go undercover as cruise directors, "Huggy Bear" tells "Starsky and Hutch" that he is, "Working on a piece for Kill My Landlord, sorry I can't help you out." In the Dr. Seuss Book, "Oh the Thinks You Can Think," one of the Beft (creatures who can only go to the left) can be seen sitting under a tree reading an issue of the newsletter. And in the film "Apocalypse Now," Lawrence Fishburne can be seen reading "Kill My Landlord" while sitting on the bow of a gunboat (leafing through the famous issue where Jim Brown and Pam Grier got to a Klan rally and burned a picture of Jefferson Davis).
"On a Tuesday night two weeks ago, the letter showed up in the mail. It is included below, so you can see for yourself the kind of verbal mastery it takes to make a legal document sound like Keillor's forlorn nostalgic prose.
Let's quickly review the situation: Garrison Keillor -- a liberal comedian! -- is threatening to sue MNspeak -- some blog! -- that uses a t-shirt to poke fun of his mega-gigantic media empire. You'd think we shot Guy Noir or something." (more)
Website design is not a speciality of holy Klingons, apparently...
"Klingons for Christ is a place to discover the teachings of Christ in a new light. No disrespect to any faith, race, aliens, or fans is intended. But the way of the Klingon Warrior can, and should, include the teachings of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. "
Avast! Welcome to PirateMod! Pirate clothes for ye scurvy dogs!
Wherever thar’ be a moment o’ danger, roguish behavior, or dare we even say it… pure greed…that’s where you’ll be findin’ the pirate in your soul! Not only are we out to have the largest selection of traditional pirate flag shirts in the free world, but we're also committed to makin’ a flag for all the coolest hobbies and lifestyles - so that every pirate everywhere can proudly fly their true colors!
Food Critic Tears Radish Canapés With Salmon Mousse A New Asshole (The Onion)
"MANCHESTER, NH—An appetizer of radish canap�s with salmon mousse served at local French restaurant La Maison de Vin was torn a new asshole this week, according to Concord Monitor food critic Bernard Haberle, who reviewed the establishment in his 'Good Eating' column.
'I ripped those canapes a hole so wide they'll be shitting blood for days,' said Haberle, who singled out the dish in his review, calling it 'a misguided fusion of land and sea.'
'The mousse alone got a reaming that will have it crying for its mama,' he added.
The hors d'oeuvres, presented on a bed of arugula topped with a salmon mousse of blended shallots, green onions, and white wine, were 'force-fed their own balls' by Haberle, who in his column described the menu item as 'a modest offering that should have aspired for more.'" (Read the full, increasing foul and funny review here.)
Stupid Quotes About Hurricane Katrina - Stupidest Hurricane Katrina Quotes
"1) 'I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees.' –President Bush, on 'Good Morning America,' Sept. 1, 2005, six days after repeated warnings from experts about the scope of damage expected from Hurricane Katrina (Source)
2) 'What I'm hearing which is sort of scary is that they all want to stay in Texas. Everybody is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway so this (chuckle) – this is working very well for them.' –Former First Lady Barbara Bush, on the Hurricane flood evacuees in the Houston Astrodome, Sept. 5, 2005 (Source)
3) 'It makes no sense to spend billions of dollars to rebuild a city that's seven feet under sea level....It looks like a lot of that place could be bulldozed.' –House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), Aug." (20 more verbal displays of government stupidity here)
The beta version of the popular open source browser includes new features such as drag-and-drop reordering of browser tabs and faster navigation. There have also been improvements to usability, including descriptive error pages, redesigned options menu, RSS discovery and a "Safe Mode", according to Mozilla. (more)