Friday, October 28, 2011

Around the Water Cooler 10/28/2011

This week I missed most of the news as I was traveling or sick or sick of traveling...anyway missed a lot of the big news.  Here in KC most of our news currently is the ongoing search for little Lisa Irwin, the missing 11 month old.  Tragic and very confusing story that continues to shift day by day.

As for some the the lesser reported news this week, as usual there are some odd albeit interesting happenings that made some of the back pages of news publications.

Here Comes the Judge

A former Creek County judge convicted of exposing himself and using a male enhancement device while seated at the bench is not eligible to receive judicial retirement benefits, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.

Donald D. Thompson, a 23 year employee of the Oklahoma legal system was found to have violated his oath of office by using a penis pump while presiding over trials.  The high court upheld the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System Board of Trustees decision to quit paying Thompson the $7,789 a month pension that he would have otherwise been eligible for. The pension stopped when Thompson was sent to prison for 20 months after being found guilty in 2006.

During his trial, Thompson unsuccessfully argued that the criminal actions did not disrupt the proceedings in his courtroom, Tulsa World reported.

Wouldn't you just hate to lose $7,789 a month for some ill advised multi-tasking.   There is a judge that used some really poor judgement.

Can You SEE Me Now

This camouflage might work well in nature, but it really stands out in the police station. Oregon investigators believe Gregory Liascos, 36, was wearing this "ghillie" camouflage when he attempted to break into the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals last week. After setting off alarms, the suspect allegedly fled into a wooded area nearby. Officers only found Liascos when a police dog bit what appeared to be a patch of grass -- which yelped in pain. On Oct. 12, 2011, authorities said Liascos failed to show up for his trial. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Be on the look out for a wayward bush that has a warrant out for his arrest.  

She Didn't Draw the "Get Out of Jail" Card

A New Mexico woman repeatedly stabbed her boyfriend after accusing him of cheating during a Monopoly game early yesterday, according to police.
Laura Chavez, 60, and her boyfriend were playing the popular board game at her Santa Fe apartment when the dispute occurred. Chavez, pictured in the mug shot at right, allegedly admitted stabbing her beau, Clyde "Butch" Smith, with a kitchen knife.
Police reported that both Chavez and the 48-year-old Smith appeared to be intoxicated. The man, who cops found bleeding heavily from wounds on his head and right wrist, was hospitalized yesterday in stable condition. Smith told investigators that Chavez first hit him over the head with a glass bottle and then “grabbed a knife and began cutting him, causing injuries to the top of his head, neck, left eye brow and right wrist area."
When cops arrived at Chavez’s building, she was sitting under the porch “covered with suspected blood.” Asked if the blood was Smith’s, she answered, “Yes, I fu**** him up.”
Chavez went to jail, went directly to jail on a variety of charges, including aggravated battery on a household member with a deadly weapon and battery on a law enforcement officer. She is being held in the Santa Fe county lockup in lieu of $5000 bond (or until she rolls doubles).
Not that this story isn't entertaining enough, but it would have been a bit funnier if she would have used a "butcher" knife on Butch instead of a kitchen knife.  Guess she just wasn't thinking clearly.

There's an app for that.
New App Helps Track Your Straying Spouses...Last week Apple released an app that lets you track the whereabouts of your friends, family members and if need be cheating spouses.  Recently a suspicious husband used the app by a suspicious husband to check up on his wife. Someone by the name of ThomasMetz posted to an online forum MacRumors with the following post.

Divorcing wife. Thanks iPhone 4s and Find My Friends

I got my wife a new 4s and loaded up find my friends without her knowing. She told me she was at her friends house in the east village. I've had suspicions about her meeting this guy who live uptown. Lo and behold, Find my Friends has her right there.

I just texted her asking where she was and the dumb b!otch said she was on 10th Street!! Thank you Apple, thank you App Store, thank you all. These beautiful treasure trove of screen shots going to play well when I meet her a$$ at the lawyer's office in a few weeks.

thankfully, she's the rich one.

I guess there is no way of knowing if the comment referenced a factual event but  it does bring up a point, if you are prone to cheating you better make sure your smart phone is where you are supposed to be...even if you aren't.

Passing Notes Can Get You In Trouble

Especially if you are a TSA agent that is leaving the following note in a suitcase.  A US airport security agent who found a vibrator in the baggage of a transatlantic traveler, and then advised her in writing what to do with it, is facing disciplinary action.

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said Wednesday that a handwritten note that lawyer and blogger Jill Filipovic found in her checked luggage was "highly inappropriate and unprofessional."
Filipovic tweeted a picture of the note, which read: "Get your freak on girl." Under the image, she added: "Just unpacked my suitcase and found this note from TSA. Guess they discovered a 'personal item' in my bag. Wow."
"TSA quickly launched an investigation and identified the employee responsible," the federal agency said on its blog.
"That individual was immediately removed from screening operations and appropriate disciplinary action has been initiated."

Note to TSA agents...You can think it but don't write it down.

Just in Time For Halloween

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Police in Bellingham, Wash., say a man who walked into a medical clinic with his right arm severed has indicated he cut his own limb off with a homemade guillotine.
Officers who checked a wooded area near the urology clinic Thursday found the severed arm and the guillotine. The victim and the arm were taken first to St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham.
Police spokesman Mark Young says the man was later airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in hopes the limb could be reattached. Young tells The Bellingham Herald the arm was severed above the elbow.
The victim was not identified and his condition was not immediately known.
Young says police will dismantle the guillotine.

If he was trying to check to see if his guillotine worked...he got his answer, YES.

The Good for the Day...If you are a St. Louis Cardinal are still in the game.

The Bad for the Day...A truck load of spilled pumpkins spilled onto the Freeway and slowed down the rush hour traffic near Farmington Hills.  Snowplows were brought in to clear the highway.

The Weird for the Day....Medical news!!! Not intended for underage viewers....

Mrs. Pumpkin delivered healthy baby


meleahrebeccah said...

1. Holy, shit. That guy lost almost 8 grand A MONTH because he was using a penis pump while presiding over trials? IDIOT.

2. That bush disguise is really creepy.

3. Wow, cutting someone for cheating at Monopoly is taking competition to the extreme!

4. Find My Friends App totally creeps me out.

5. I saw the vibrator story in the news - it still cracks me up!

6. YIKES to having a limb chopped off!

*The pumpkin photo is HILARIOUS.

Leah Griffith said...

Cheryl, the story that most struck me most was, “Here comes the judge…” Sorry, I couldn’t resist. *grin
The guillotine was story number two. Talk about the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing! Jeesh!!!
I guess the iphone “Find my Friends” app would be the next. Just the thought that someone could track you like a storm seems so sci-fi to me. Not to mention invasive and incredibly creepy.
I love love love your posts! It’s the bright side to my Friday. Thanks lady.

Kimberly Wyatt said...

That guillotine story is crazy! Some people... And that judge is just creepy. I'm glad he won't be getting his money. Happy friday to you and your family! I saw that pumpkin picture yesterday and told Josh I wanted to carve it in honor of Number Three, but he told me it was too graphic for Trin and Gabe. Party pooper. Haha.

Cheryl P. said...

Every week, when I look for odd stories, I am amazed at the creepiness or the total lack of even a drip of common sense in people. I am telling you, if I had a nearly $8000 a month pension coming in for life , I would guard it with every fiber of my being. Aren't some people nuts???

Cheryl P. said...

Hi Leah, You are the best of the best. I love that you like my Friday column. I find having some type of repeating theme makes putting together a post easier but according to the stats most readers don't like repetative themes.

Plus, I always love your comments. You are always so on the mark with the same humor that I find in these stories. I wondered if anyone would pick up on the Here Comes the Judge remark. Aren't I sick???

Great line about the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing...I need you to do my recap lines.

Cheryl P. said...

Wouldn't you feel like an idiot going into the emergency room with your arm gone and have to confess you were testing your guillotine.

Judge is creepy and a total idiot as well. When you have that kind of pension waiting for you, why would you do creepy, disgusting things that would get you fired.

Josh is right, I am sure...that certainly would bring on an onslaught of questions. Is either Trin or Gabe in the "WHY" stage yet? All we hear from Grandson #1 is why, why, why.

meleahrebeccah said...


Megan (Best of Fates) said...

All of those stories are insane! And I'm not sure I'm going to look at the TSA the same way again!

Madge said...

I say that if the judge didn't leave any residual evidence, so what.

Seriously, if I was packing unmentionables I would not bring it to the attention of the media, what an embarrassing 15 minutes of fame.

Leave it to a north westerner to wear fancy schmancy camo to a robbery, and to cut off their own arm instead of buying a leg shank or something, dude is from Washington, he might be my kin folk.

Ahahahahaha that pumpkin is awesome!

Ps sorry I haven't been around, work's been a little hectic. :) still heart you.

Cheryl P. said...

Hi Megan, thanks for stopping by.

I agree. I have heard several stories lately concerning freaky TSA agents. As if I wasn't already a skeptic about "just about everything", now I can add airport security freaks to the list.

Cheryl P. said...

Got to wonder what gave the judge away. After fiddlin with his thing did he fall asleep or take out a smoke.

I thought the same thing about the chick makin the stink about the note. Does she not get that she is tellin the world that she can't leave home without her electronic boyfriend.

I hadn't noticed that Washington local...I am so used to the bulk of my stories coming from Florida.

I have been missing you. I was going to send you a note via email but the truth is I have also been so busy and my posts are so erratic that I just can't keep up with anything right now.

Bodaciousboomer said...

Penis pumping judges, homemade guillotines and pumpkins giving birth. Where do you find this stuff?

Cheryl P. said...

The news catch-all, otherwise known as the Internet. I am always amazed at all the news stories that I see while looking around the net. Seriously, twisted stuff out there.