Friday, July 8, 2011

Around the Water Cooler 7/8/2011

This week ALL the news was surrounding the  verdicts handed down in the Casey Anthony case.  Very troubling case with a very troubling outcome.

This week, I would guess you have plenty of chit chat on that case alone.  Still there were stories that were in the lesser read pages of the newspapers. 

One and a Two and a Three

A prisoner is suing the state of Michigan because  he feels he is being subjected to cruel and unusual punishment. Kyle Richards claims his civil rights are being violated at the Macomb County Jail because he is not allowed to have pornography. Mr. Richards believes that by being denied erotic material he is being subjected to "poor standard of living" and "sexual and sensory deprivation".
The Michigan Department of Corrections tells The Detroit News that prisons allow some pornographic material, though it's banned at the jail. The American Civil Liberties Union says prisons have a lot more leeway than jails have.
Richards was charged with bank robbery after police followed a trail of snowy footprints directly to Mr. Richard's home. Money  recovered from his apartment  was linked to the  bank robbery  in Fraser, north of Detroit.
Richards pleaded guilty. Sentencing is Aug. 2.

So, it looks like the quick and easy answer here is just send Mr. Richards to a Michigan prison instead of keeping him at the jail.  Win, Win, Win.  That is a three base run.  The lawsuit goes away, Mr. Richards will have access to his "pursuit of porn" that he deems is his civil right, and all of us win with that idiot being in prison.   Let's just call that a home run!

The Fifth Time is the Charm

A South Carolina man was struck by lightening on Monday. What makes this strike unusual is that Melvin Roberts had been struck 5 previous times. 

This latest strike was a result of Mr. Roberts going out to cover the lawn mower. Neighbors found him later unconscious in the yard.  The first time he was struck he was trying to cover his chickens when he took a hit of lightening that knocked him unconscious, bloody and burned.  Subsequent hits have left him disabled.

Melvin does think that maybe his luck is changing.  He believes that the lightening strikes parallel his love life. 
He has been married 5 times. Because he isn't leaving this wife he believes that there is a change in the air.

I can't say that I understand Melvin's logic here.  Five wives, six strikes, I would be keeping an eye for  a wife #5 going MIA.  I would guess this might not be easy for Melvin, though. Seemingly he doesn't have enough sense to come in out of the rain.

Teen versus train

A seventeen year old Iowa teen, Christian Latshaw told police that he had been drinking at a local music festival when he blacked out. 

Two Iowa Interstate Railroad engineers saw something laying between the rails before 11 PM.  When they realized it was a person they attempted to pull the emergency brake but not before running over the person. The engine and first car had already rolled over the person that was in fact Christian.

The boy was transported to a Des Moines hospital but suffered only bruises and cuts.

 The teen is being charged with public intoxication and trespass charges. That is what you call dumb luck. Really to be totally succinct, I would call that dumb ass luck. If I would ever get drunk enough that I wake up with a train parked over me and can't remember how I got there, I would take it as a sign that perhaps, I have a problem.

Oh Baby You are Such a Doll

Police say a man was found to have broken into a sex shop in Woodbridge, Virginia.  Justin Dale Little Jim (yes that is his name(s) broke into MVC Late Night adult store on Tuesday morning.  He was found in a closet doing something short of romantic with a blow up doll. 

He was charged with burglary, grand larceny, and felony destruction.

Well, Justin Dale multiple name moron.  First it is clearly the name of the joint is MVC Late Night so you were going against the grain by breaking in during the day.  Second, is that how you romance the ladies?  In a closet?  Really.... a real charmer aren't you?

Aren't Public Restrooms Open to the Public?

A female magistrate in a Broward County, FL Court walked into a men's restroom and took a picture of a man using the urinal.  Using a cellphone camera, Rhonda Hollander, snapped a photo of the man at the West Regional Courthouse in Plantation. She, snapped another picture of a second man entering the restroom.

A female deputy confronted the potty photography and  demanded the suspect turn over the cell phone.  Ms. Hollander insisted that  the restroom is a "public restroom" so taking pictures was within her rights.

The female deputy pointed her finger at the errant picture taker and insisted that she quit taking pictures. The suspect responded by attempting to bite the officer's finger.

Interesting people get hired in Broward County.  I would bet the deputy is reluctant to point in the future. What carries the greater charge, attempting to bite the finger of an officer or taking a  lewd picture?

The Good for the Day...Great weather and a lot to see in DC as we are still vacationing here.

The Bad for the Day...HOT, HOT, HOT weather.

The Weird for the Day...Nothing to do with the post today.  I just happened to see this mushroom house went on the market for 1.1 Million.  Anyone want to live in a mushroom.


Aleta said...

Hehe. When I saw the "mushroom house" I thought of the saying.. "They treat me like a mushroom, keep me in the dark and feed me s..."

Thanks for sharing some of those very .... umm.. interesting articles... People are strange. I wonder what the woman would think if a man entered the woman's bathroom and started taking pictures of her?!

quirkyloon said...

Ha! Very interesting indeed. I need to turn off HLN. They are just swimming in misery over the Tot Mom trial. And it's like watching fish in a tank, I'm mesmerized!


And those articles are funny.

Cheryl P. said...

hi Aleta, Thank you so much for stopping by. That little saying certainly would be appropriated for that house, I think.
I suspect a man would get "way" harsher treatment for being in a women's restroom. I don't know why there is such a double standard but a man is held to a pretty high standard as far as any sexual inpropriety. Fortunately, we don't hear about this type of behavior by women very often. I would be curious how it was handled but I can't find any further info on it.

Cheryl P. said...

It is pretty interesting how people are responding to this. I was shocked at the verdict. I thought for sure she would get more than 4 counts of lying. I wonder how long this outrage is going to be so visible. Crazy things happen in our world!!!

Madge said...

I love it when people with 4 names make asses of themselves. I'm not sure why.

jacqui said...

First of all...I love the mushroom house! Second of all...each person you wrote about is a complete moron. Some are really pervy morons.

Cheryl P. said...

I agree. Even certain combinations of 2 names do it for me. Billy Bob, Johnny Ray, sometimes just sounds like they might be a yokel.

Cheryl P. said...

Oh yeah, It turns out that there are so many people that are seriously messed up. Pervy moron is really "spot on".

Madge said...

A girl I went to high school with gave her kid two first names... Ricky Brian, kid is bound to be a stupid criminal. It's his destiny.

Nicky said...

I think if I was hit by lightning 5 times, I'd stop leaving my house. Or maybe remove the metal pole I wear as a hat. Just a thought.

No porn in jail? That's outrageous!! I mean, taking away a man's porn is just plain criminal!!! Kind of like robbing a bank.

Dammit, my oldest son has 4 names.

jayne said...

Ah Cheryl- I should get the news from you on a daily basis! Will you post it all? You've got the best new around. A helluva lot more interesting than MSNBC! ;-)
(That mushroom place is wild!)

Junebug said...

I had read several of these stories before today so I feel kind of prepared.

The idiot in jail - Don't do the crime if you can't handle the time! It is called an imagination. Use it. Most criminals get better health care and cable than people who actual obey the law anyway. In my humble opinion, the bloody ACLU no longer actually care about people's rights as much as they like making money and headlines. This story annoyed me this week.

I wouldn't test my lightening theory anymore and keep my butt inside when the clouds roll in.

Cheryl P. said...

I, too am wondering what is with that guy. Does he have a metal plate in his head? He really needs to stay inside.

God forbid that a person in jail is deprived of ANYTHING. Aren't they supposed to be a felon's country club.

William Mountbattan- Windsor, Duke of Cambridge has more than 4 names and he is pretty cute and rich too. I don't think the multiple name jinx applies to everyone. If future kings can pull it off, let's assume your son's name is awesome.

Cheryl P. said...

Why thank you Jayne! Of course I have a tendancy to latch on the weird news so I don't know how helpful it would be. It keeps me from being irritated by the lame stream news though.

Funky house. I bet it doesn't sell really quickly for 1.1 million. I could be wrong as people pick out strange houses.

Cheryl P. said...

I absolutely agree these suits are total crap. Isn't jail supposed to deprive people of their rights? I keep running across stories of people in prison suing over a myriad of perceived injustices. It is absolutely about getting publicity or stirring up trouble.

Yeh, lightening guy needs to stay indoor more.

meleahrebeccah said...

Thank you, for bringing these other New Stories to my attention. I needed something else to focus on. I have been on Casey Anthony Trail OVER LOAD. But, of course, that didn't stop me from blogging about it.