All I want for Christmas is...

Why?

There is really not a reason that I can grip on.  Pay what you owe.

This Daily News story is not a story about prostitution. Okay, this is a story about prostitution, but not the reasons that you think.  I am pro-choice.  If a woman (or a man) wants to sell a commodity (their body) to a buyer (john, or trick) at an agreed upon price, that is just capitalism.  I know that people will use the child sex slave scandals as a reason to disagree with prostitution, but incorrect usage is not a reason to deny…in theory consenting males and females should be able to enter into an agreement.

Sex is one of the biggest weapons anyone can utilize.  How many of you have done something to get into the sheets?  How many of us have done something like faked interest in something as an entry to starting a relationship?  Yes, some relationships, that are strong, are built on an initial lie.  Even for the people of ChristianMingle.com, who just happen to bombard the ESPN airwaves with their commercials.

Really, pay what you owe…

CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA – The Daily News published the first photos of the Colombian call girl whose encounter with a cheapskate Secret Service agent set off the agency’s worst sex scandal.

Dania Suarez, the 24-year-old single mom of a 9-year-old son, has gone into hiding as the scandal mushrooms, according to neighbors.

A friend stopped by late Wednesday to pick up her dog, a pug named Valentino, they said.

Suarez, originally from the island of San Andres, is a quiet tenant who rents a small apartment in a hacienda-style home for about $600 a month, neighbors said.

They often saw her go out late and come home at dawn, dangling her high heels in her hand.

ASSETS...Good enough to spank...

“She never told us what she did for a living but it was obvious,” said Maria Quintero, 31, who lives on the first floor of the three story white building.

“She was home all day and left late at night looking very nice,” Quintero said.

So, they knew what she did, but it was not a problem for them.  All seemingly agreed that she was a good mother, which must be hard, if you are having a kid at fifteen.

“I asked her if she worked, she said no. I asked her if her boyfriend helped her, she said no. Then it hit me.”

Another neighbor, Maria Estela Cubides, 45, said Suarez seemed to have a glamorous life out on the town, but kept to herself at home.

“She always left late at night. She traveled a lot, to fancy destinations,” Cubides said. “She never brought guys home. She kept to herself. I’m surprised she did all that noise to get her money. She’s not that kind of person.”

Another neighbor, Dona Betty, said Suarez told people she was a dancer.

“She showed up early in the morning, with her heels on her hands,” she said. “We suspected, but she keeps to herself. She is a good mother.”

Here is where the problem lies.  Prostitution is legal in Columbia, it is a business transaction.  PAY WHAT YOU OWE!

Prostitution is legal in Colombia, and escorts, hookers and streetwalkers crowd the streets of the tourist districts.

Suarez has said she was a “high class” escort who made $800 – 1.4 million pesos – a night to dress well and provide sparkling company as well as have sex.

The average Colombian household earns $287 a month.

Eleven Secret Service agents and nine military servicemen are under investigation for hiring 20 or 21 hookers in Cartagena last week when they were supposed to be preparing for President Obama’s April 13 arrival at a regional summit.

Suarez was one of the girls brought back to the posh Hotel Caribe to party with the G-men on the night of April 11.
According to the story Suarez has told friends and the press, the still-unnamed agent kicked her out of his room the next morning with only $28 in cab fare.

She caused a ruckus in the hallway, demanding her full payment, while the agent remained locked in the locked hotel room and wouldn’t come out.

Dude, just pay her.  Just pay her and we never hear about this, you get to keep your job and you don’t hurt the president. She did her part, met her terms in the contract.  Being too drunk is not an excuse.  This is also the reason to get the money first, because of fools like this.

Soon Cartagena cops got involved and while the payment dispute was ultimately settled by a whip-round among some of the other Secret Service agents, word reached the US Embassy.The men were ordered home, put on leave and stripped of their security clearances.

Three Secret Service agents, including two supervisors, were ousted Wednesday.

CBS News named two of the three Thursday: Greg Stokes, a supervisor who handled the bomb sniffing dogs, was fired. He is fighting to keep his job, exercising his option to appeal the firing.

Supervisor David Chaney, who was allowed to retire, was a second generation Secret Service agent: his dad, George Chaney, protected President Johnson.

More were on the verge of being canned.“Several more people will be pushed out either today or tomorrow,” Rep. Peter King (D-NY) said Thursday.

Two secret service agents have been given polygraphs and more are expected, two sources said.

ABC News reported that the men had booked a party space at the hotel expecting a bash for about 30 people.

“That allegation is coming from the media, but it is being checked out,” King said.

White House officials have said the president’s security was not compromised but investigators are looking into whether the agents left sensitive papers in their rooms where the hookers could have had access to them.

In addition, people on scene said the unnamed agent was still roaring drunk the next morning, when he got into the dispute with Suarez, and that could have affected his job performance.

It really is simple. You got to sample the goods...

I guess that you should not preach Juan...

Funny story but when I was in MN, I hung out with a dude named DD, my dude from way back.  We were hosting a small soiree at our pad and we hang out with Juan Williams’ son.  Needless to say, that dude liked to party, which made him aces in my book.

At our party, there were always all types at the party.  We didn’t discriminate based on politics, only on your party quotient.  If you brought something to the party, then we wanted you around.  At our spots, politics were not really discussed, so your political identity  normally got checked at the door, with the coats.

Looking at the Juan Williams situation, the terrorists have clearly won.  The inability to express your beliefs is the hallmark of a totalitarian regime.  If we can’t discuss our feelings, then covert racism will rule the day.

By Matea Gold

Tribune Washington Bureau

12:35 PM PDT, October 21, 2010

Reporting from Washington

As NPR weathered a storm of criticism Thursday for its decision to fire news analyst Juan Williams for his comments about Muslims, Fox News moved aggressively to turn the controversy to its advantage by signing Williams to an expanded role at the cable news network.

Fox News Chief Executive Roger Ailes handed Williams a new three-year contract Thursday morning, in a deal that amounts to nearly $2 million, a considerable bump up from his previous salary, the Tribune Washington Bureau has learned. The Fox News contributor will now appear exclusively and more frequently on the cable news network and have a regular column on FoxNews.com.

“Juan has been a staunch defender of liberal viewpoints since his tenure began at Fox News in 1997,” Ailes said in a statement, adding a jab at NPR: “He’s an honest man whose freedom of speech is protected by Fox News on a daily basis.”

The worst part about this is that it allows FOX to come off as the reasonable party here.  For once, I have to agree with FOX here.  While they are not really fair and balanced reporting in any sense of the phrase, the ability to paint a picture of intolerance to set up another, major point is necessary in discussion.  His beliefs are ones that others share and he was talking about how to combat and recognize that subconscious discrimination.

Meanwhile, conservative leaders lambasted NPR for firing Williams and called for cutting public funding for the media organization. By midafternoon Thursday, more than 4,900 comments had been posted on NPR.org, including many from people who said the media organization was bowing to political correctness and unfairly punishing Williams for expressing his personal opinions.

“In one arrogant move the NPR exposed itself for the leftist thought police they really are,” read one typical post. “After this November elections I hope one of the first things the new Congress does is to defund this poor excuse for public radio.”

NPR serves a public good, a necessary purpose.  I want them to re-examine their hiring practices, I want them to bow less to political correctness, but I want them on the radio.  Just like NPR overreacted to this situation, the public needs to take a step back, take a deep breath and then keep it moving.

The controversy kicked off Monday night when Williams, a Fox News contributor, made an appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor.” In a conversation with host Bill O’Reilly about how fear of terrorism affects perceptions of Muslims, Williams noted that he harbored some anxieties, even as an author of books about the civil rights movement.

“I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot….But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they’re identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous,” Williams said.

He also noted that it was not fair to cast all Muslims as extremists.

On Wednesday, NPR told Williams it was terminating his contract, saying his remarks “were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR.”

The abrupt break came after years in which Williams’ role at Fox News caused internal tension at the public radio organization. Many NPR listeners registered complaints about comments he made on the cable news channel, particularly remarks last year in which he described First Lady Michelle Obama as having “this Stokely Carmichael in a designer dress thing going” and saying she could become “an albatross.”

In response, NPR executives asked Williams to request Fox News not identify him as an NPR analyst when he appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor.”

Dana Davis Rehm, NPR’s senior vice president for communications, said in an interview that Williams’ comments violated internal ethics policies that prohibit NPR journalists from going on other media and expressing “views they would not air in their role as an NPR journalist.” The guidelines also prohibit NPR journalists from participating in programs “that encourage punditry and speculation rather than fact-based analysis.”

Isn’t it a fact that Juan felt that way?  He is analyzing his personal beliefs and how that colors some of the things that he thinks about, and he even claims that approach is wrong.  NPR is really asking him to lie about what he thinks.  If it really is National Public Radio, then the some in the Public think the same things.  Exposure can only help, since it leads to discussion that might help people to recognize the other side and have more tolerance.

Rehm said Williams had been warned several times in the past about making personal comments that violated the policy.

“This wasn’t the first time where we felt Juan crossed the line in terms of what’s permitted for NPR analysts and journalists as a whole,” she said. “We felt we really didn’t have an alternative. And it was not without regret, and it was not a decision that was made lightly by any means. We do appreciate the work he has done.”

Williams told Fox News on Thursday that he was let go over the phone and taken aback that he wasn’t given a chance to defend himself.

“It’s not a bigoted statement,” he told Fox News in an interview the cable news network ran throughout the day. “In fact, in the course of this conversation with Bill O’Reilly, I said we have an obligation as Americans to be careful to protect the constitutional rights of everyone in our country and to make sure that we don’t have any outbreak of bigotry. But that there’s a reality. You cannot ignore what happened on 9/11, and you cannot ignore the connection to Islamic radicalism, and you can’t ignore the fact of what has even recently been said in court with regard to this is the first drop of blood in a Muslim war in America.”

Fox News made the most of the incident, rerunning a package about the controversy throughout the day. Williams was scheduled to appear on “The O’Reilly Factor” Thursday night to further address the issue and will guest host the program Friday.

In the meantime, NPR was slammed by conservative leaders such as Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin, who tweeted, “NPR defends 1st Amendment Right, but will fire u if u exercise it. Juan Williams: u got taste of Left’s hypocrisy, they screwed up firing you.”

NPR, if you really are defenders of the left, why would you give them this ammunition?

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who hosts a show on Fox News, said he now plans to boycott NPR and decline its interview requests.

“NPR has discredited itself as a forum for free speech and a protection of the First Amendment rights of all and has solidified itself as the purveyor of politically correct pabulum and protector of views that lean left,” Huckabee wrote on his blog, adding: “It is time for the taxpayers to start making cuts to federal spending, and I encourage the new Congress to start with NPR.”

NPR receives no direct federal funding for its operations, but between 1% and 3% of its $160-million budget comes from competitive grants awarded by publicly funded entities such as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts. Since 2009, NPR has received $8 million in competitive grants from the CPB for technology development and journalism initiatives. It also received a one-time grant of $78 million between 2007 and 2009 to upgrade satellite technology.

Local NPR stations receive $90 million in annual appropriations from the CPB that amount to about 10% of their revenue, on average.

Rehm said it was inappropriate for politicians to interject the issue of federal funding into an editorial decision, adding that she hoped the controversy would not affect financial support for public radio. “Stations are in fund-raising season,  so it is unfortunate that this occurred at this time,” she said.

fashion your seat belts, its going to be a bumpy ride.....to jail

Sometimes, you want to tell someone that they can take this job and shove it.  But, before the words come out of your mouth, you realize the ramifications of taking that action.  You curse them quietly and then keep it moving.

Meet Steven Slater.  He should have been in Eminem’s video for Guilty Conscience

A JetBlue flight attendant got into an argument with a passenger on a jetliner arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport Monday, then grabbed a beer from the galley, deployed an emergency exit slide and fled the plane, authorities said.

And though he could be seen smiling as authorities led him away from his nearby home in the Belle Harbor section of Queens, Steven Slater’s acquaintances and his apparent profile on a social networking site indicated that he has been dealing with some stressful events in his life.

Now, this is the difference in reading the MSN story and reading the NY Daily News.  Here is the first part of how they report  their story.

A JetBlue flight attendant blew his top, grabbed some beer and bolted out an emergency slide at Kennedy Airport Monday – then headed home to have sex with his boyfriend.

Now, why that information is necessary, I am not sure, but it does get you thinking about their readership and how they are doing.  MSN continues…

Slater was awaiting arraignment Tuesday in the New York City borough of Queens on charges of criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing. He remained in custody overnight.

By Monday night, several Facebook pages had been set up in tribute to Slater, who is facing charges of criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing, with many users of the social networking site expressing support for him for walking off the job. One such page had more than 5,000 fans early Tuesday.

Twitter users also showed support, with declarations such as “Steven Slater is totally my new hero” and “Steven Slater for SNL host!”

Slater was working on JetBlue Flight 1052 from Pittsburgh when he got into an argument with the passenger, who was pulling down baggage from an overhead bin, the Port Authority said.

The luggage apparently hit Slater in the head and he asked for an apology, but the passenger refused, the agency said.

As the plane was landing, Slater got on the public-address system and cursed at the passenger, the Port Authority said.

He then grabbed at least one beer, activated the slide, slid down and went to his car, it said. Port Authority police were notified about 25 minutes later.

If you are going to go out, then go out on top and Slater did…

Phil Catelinet, a passenger on the flight, said on the TODAY show that Slater ” was smiling — he was happy he had done this. He was happy he was done with his job at JetBlue.”

“I think it’s funny that he could quit his job that way … [but] I don’t think he thought this through.”

‘One day at a time’
A MySpace profile appearing to belong to Slater notes that: “Beating alcoholism and substance abuse ‘one day at a time’ has opened up new worlds of opportunity for me, and I am so thankful to those who have guided me along the path to successful living, and given me new wings to fly. See you above the clouds. …”

So much for sobriety…here is drinking to you Steven Slater!

F you stupid passenger!

Slater’s former roommate, John Rochelle, told The New York Times that Slater was rarely home, and often traveled to Thousand Oaks, Calif., to care for his ailing mother.

A neighbor of Slater’s mother told the newspaper that he had also cared for his father, who died of Lou Gehrig’s disease.

“It could be the pressure of his mother’s illness, because that’s not the type of behavior or conduct that Steve exhibits,” neighbor Ron Franz said. “He’s a very conscientious, responsible individual.”

A woman who answered a phone at a previous residence listed for Slater in Thousand Oaks, Calif., identified herself as his mother but said she wasn’t speaking to the media.

The district attorney told NBC News that Slater had not yet been arraigned, but that was likely to happen at a Tuesday morning court session.

JetBlue Airways Corp. said in a statement that it was working with the Federal Aviation Administration and Port Authority police to investigate the matter.

It said the safety of its customers and crew members was never at risk. JetBlue would not say how long Slater had been employed by the company.

A National Transportation Safety Board official said the incident was a result of “a little too much cabin pressure.”

The Associated Press and NBC News contributed to this report.

Did she really think that she would get away with it?

She must be the best barterer (which seems like I am making words up, which I do from time to time) EVAH! Much better than this dude.

Well, at least it's a BIG red paper clip

Kyle MacDonald had a red paper clip and a dream: Could he use the community power of the Internet to barter that paper clip for something better, and trade that thing for something else — and so on and so on until he had a house?

After a cross-continental trading trek involving a fish-shaped pen, a town named Yahk and the Web’s astonishing ability to bestow celebrity, MacDonald is getting close. He’s up to one year’s free rent on a house in Phoenix.

Not a bad return on an investment of one red paper clip.

Now, a free year of rent is awesome.  But, Karen Cunagin Sypher is a lot better.  She will use anything at her disposal to get the job done.  We warned you last year to KEEP IT IN YOUR PANTS. But, people didn’t listen.  Everyone kept getting caught up in drama.  The facts are coming out fast and furious.  You might wonder why I think that Karen is talented at the art of bartering.  First, you got down with Coach Pitino.  Whether it was the wine or the neck and chin, he willingly beat up the box hatless.  Second, she got money for an abortion.

Tim Sypher, 49, testified that he called clinics in Indiana and Ohio before taking the woman, then known as Karen Wise, to Cincinnati, where she terminated the pregnancy on Aug. 29, 2003. Tim Sypher said he paid for the procedure from $3,000 Pitino gave to Karen Sypher for medical care.

She was able to get medical services out of it.  For Karen, this worked two fold.  It allowed her some measure of control over Rick Pitino, and it got rid of the evidence at the same time.  There was a better than average chance that kid was part of some other persons DNA.  But, she will always be able to say that they had a lovechild that he forced her to get rid of.  She was like a sleeper cell.

Six days after the meeting at the condo, Tim Sypher drove Karen Sypher to a women’s clinic in Cincinnati, where she had an abortion. Jurors saw records from the clinic on Thursday indicating she was about five weeks pregnant. As Karen Sypher came out of the clinic, Tim Sypher said he extended his hand, prompting “a look I’ll never forget.”

“Sir, I’m not lying to you. We hit it off. It was quick,” Tim Sypher testified. “I’m not lying to you, I’m not lying to anybody here. We clicked.”

Once back in Louisville, Karen Sypher asked if she could see Tim Sypher again. The two began dating and were married less than a year later. Over the next five years, Karen Sypher attended functions around Pitino without problems, Tim Sypher said.

Until the codeword was released.  Once that happened, the plan sprung into attack! Pitino started getting calls.  The box and/or head game skills were so good, that she managed to get someone else caught up in her plan.

Jurors earlier in the week heard from Lester Goetzinger, a longtime friend and sometime sexual partner of Karen Sypher. Goetzinger said he made the calls after receiving sexual favors from Karen Sypher. He testified as part of a deal with prosecutors.

So sexual favors led him to get involved in a crime? (and by sexual favors, they mean that Goetzinger was getting domed up for making the calls.) You would think that an attorney would see right through that and not get involved…right?

Karen Sypher’s former attorney, Dana Kolter, also testified Friday, telling jurors he and Sypher had sexual relations three times before he wrote a letter to Pitino on March 22, 2009, demanding $10 million and threatening to file a lawsuit accusing Pitino of rape and forced abortion.

I guess not…

Criminals, line up and read off your number....

Damn,  they have to prove themselves innocent, not come in with that presumption.  That is a sad state of affairs in the world of Troy.

Every University of Southern Califonia football player must meet with school compliance officials by the end of next week, in what looks to be the school’s latest effort to curtail possible NCAA-outlawed activities for its student-athletes.

A notice posted in multiple locations around USC athletics headquarters Heritage Hall reminds players to bring current copies of their housing lease, car-related data and summer and academic year employment information to the meetings.

The first of the meetings — for wide receivers, tight ends and offensive linemen — was scheduled for Tuesday morning in the Heritage Hall auditorium. Defensive linemen and quarterbacks will meet with compliance officials Thursday morning.

Any other mistakes will be looked upon harshly.  But, why?  I mean, just because Joe McKnight’s girlfriend got a sweetheart deal on a car that she otherwise couldn’t afford?

Yep, she is paying the note on a Range Rover

We all know about Reggie Bush, but that was a one time occurrence, right? (according to Rivals.yahoo.com)

This was most likely taken during his junior year at USC

But documents and on-the-record interviews with sources close to the situation reveal that Bush and his family appear to have received financial benefits from Ornstein and a business associate. Those benefits include:

  • $595.20 in round-trip airfare from San Diego to Oakland in November 2005 for Bush’s stepfather, LaMar Griffin, his mother, Denise Griffin and younger brother to attend the USC-California game at Berkeley. The fees were charged to the credit card of Jamie Fritz, an employee of Ornstein. The document detailing the charges was provided by Lee Pfeifer, an estranged business associate of Ornstein’s.
  • $250.65 for limousine transportation from the Oakland airport to the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco that November weekend for the Bush family, charged to Fritz, according to a document. Ornstein acknowledged both he and Bush’s family stayed at the luxury hotel.

Additionally, New Jersey memorabilia dealer Bob DeMartino alleges that Ornstein provided:

  • Suits for Bush’s stepfather and brother to wear during the Dec. 10, 2005 Heisman ceremony in New York, a makeover for his mother for the event and limousine transportation;
  • Weekly payments of at least $1,500 to the Bush family.

Documents and multiple sources also link Bush and his family to receiving benefits from New Era’s financial backers, including:

  • $623.63 for a hotel stay by Bush at the Venetian Resort & Casino in Las Vegas from March 11-13, 2005, charged to Michaels, according to a document signed by Bush.
  • $1,574.86 for a stay by Bush at the Manchester Hyatt in San Diego from March 4-6, 2005, paid for by Michaels, according to a hotel document, a hotel employee and a source.
  • Approximately $13,000 to Bush from New Era to purchase and modify a car, three sources said.
  • As reported by Yahoo! Sports in April, $54,000 in rent-free living for a year at Michaels’ $757,500 home in Spring Valley, Calif., according to Michaels and San Diego attorney Brian Watkins.
  • Also from previous Yahoo! reports, $28,000 from Michaels to help Bush’s family settle pre-existing debt, according to Michaels and Watkins.
  • Thousands of dollars in spending money to both Bush and his family from the prospective agents, according to multiple sources.

Just because Mark Sanchez allegedly assaulted a girl and the charges got dropped doesn’t prove anything…right?

Another satisfied customer sanch-sized!

Sanchez met the alleged victim the apartment complex after visiting an off-campus bar, the Daily News reported, citing unnamed witnesses. The witnesses said Sanchez appeared to be drunk, the newspaper reported.

Sanchez’s roommate, linebacker Brian Cushing, was detained but released, the newspaper reported.

Sanchez had been at a rape awareness workshop earlier Tuesday, the Daily News reported.

So it seems like the seminar really worked….

USC officials said they will temporarily suspend Sanchez while police conduct their investigation.

“The university takes charges of sexual assault seriously,” Michael Jackson, USC vice president of student affairs, said in a statement. “Depending on the facts as established by the LAPD, we will determine the appropriate action.”

USC coach Pete Carroll said he was aware of Sanchez’s arrest and that the Trojans football program would cooperate with police and “follow along with whatever action the university takes.”

Sanchez is listed on the Trojans’ depth chart as the backup to John David Booty, but was expected to battle for the starting job this fall. Booty practiced only once this spring before he injured his back and had to undergo surgery.

Dwayne Jerrett getting reduced housing was clearly a sense of the rules being a little too strenuous.

I can pay you back now bro! I got my own loot!

LOS ANGELES — The NCAA reinstated Dwayne Jarrett’s eligibility on Wednesday, so the USC All-American wide receiver will not miss any games for the Trojans.

Jarrett, a junior, was declared ineligible earlier this summer because he did not pay full rent on an off-campus apartment he had shared with teammate Matt Leinart. Leinart’s father paid the balance of the rent.

Leinart, the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner, completed his eligibility at the school last season and was taken 10th by the Arizona Cardinals in this year’s NFL draft.

The NCAA ruled that Jarrett must pay $5,352 to a charity of his choice for extra benefits that included discounted rent on the apartment.

“Mr. Jarrett made a mistake, and we believe that had he known he was required to pay his full share of the rent for the apartment, he would not have chosen to live there,” Jennifer Strawley, NCAA director of membership services and student-athlete reinstatement, said in a statement.

“Reinstatement is a delicate balance of addressing the benefit or competitive advantage gained with student-athlete well being. In this instance, requiring some level of repayment was a fair and reasonable outcome given the specific facts.”

Jarrett lived with Leinart for 13 months in an apartment that cost $3,866 a month. Jarrett paid $650 a month toward the rent and did not pay any utilities.

The NCAA is requiring him to give to charity the full value of his $960 monthly housing stipend, minus what he already paid in rent, plus half the cost of utilities for the time he lived in the apartment.

His total benefit while he lived in the apartment was calculated to be $18,001.

This is an aberration clearly.  This is just a strong of bad things that happened to good people.  I wish that they would quit picking on the downtrodden USC Trojans

Well, you got people to talk about you, but it aint gonna be nice.

The first thing to notice is the score.  You got it put on you.  Your shirts did not work and maybe helped your team to get the holy heck beat out of them. Well, at least you got some attention on TV.  That is the only reason to wear those shirts.  How did he lie? Because he left your team and your owner let him out of the contract?  It was for his daughter.  Some of you take that as a shot to Utah the state, when it is a matter of getting the best care.  Are the specialists in Utah for the type of retinal cancer his daughter had?  No.  Are they in LA?  Yes.  They sent him from NYC to LA.  Plus, he was familiar with the Lakers and that is another support unit.  The man LOST 7-8 million dollars resigning with the Lakers, when the team was in shambles.  Kobe wanted to leave, PAU right in the kisser was toiling in Memphis and the Lake Show was struggling to get into the playoffs.  So, your hate was misplaced.  But, that is okay, since you got what was coming to you and now you get to deal with Carlos Boozer leaving.  (I don’t want to hear that you have Milsap to replace him.  Milsap is a nice player, but there is a reason that he was on the bench with Boozer playing.  Now, your depth is weakened tremendously and free agents already do not want to come play there.  That is part of your deep seeded hatred of yourself, since you already think everyone hates you.  We don’t.  We just do not understand you.  Plus, we don’t see you as a threat, since you never win it all.)

This is not shocking, as Jazz fans have done this before.

If only you could punch him in the eye....(H/T Bleacher Report and Alex Kennedy

This type of behavior was commented on and reported about TWO YEARS ago at Bleacher Report.

But, it makes some sense now.  I read the blog of Utah Jazz fan at Jazzbots (maybe Erik can comment since he is a Jazz fan in mourning) and his last paragraph ties it all together.

Jazz fans will boo Derek Fisher for the rest of his career. We will do so because he left Salt Lake for Los Angeles and because we fear he never wanted to be here in the first place. It is a manifestation of our larger frustration with the desire for acceptance and our perceptions of an unbalanced playing field. Perhaps no one can tell Derek Fisher he was wrong for leaving Utah. Just the same, no one can tell Jazz fans they are wrong for rooting against him.

You can boo the man, but when you bring his family into it, then you have crossed the line.  Plus, don’t hate on people who don’t want to live in your state.  He did it for his family and you have to respect that.  He left loot on the table, that HELPED the Jazz. Plus, that year, Fisher did not have his best statistical year.  All reasons to be happy that he left.

DWill was the future and Fish would have stunted his growth.  Things work out for a reason, but Utah seems to have the small mans complex hard.  It is not Fishers fault that you never have won it all.

Now, the shame of it all, the ironic nature of this is that one of the best players on their team, Carlos Boozer, ACTUALLY LIED, and did it to a BLIND MAN, Gordon Gund.

July 14th, 2004
To: Cavaliers Fans
From: Gordon Gund

I know last week’s developments with respect to Carlos Boozer are a source of extreme disappointment for you. I want to assure you that I feel exactly the same way. Like you, I believed in Carlos.

Several days have now gone by. This has helped me to gain perspective. I hope this letter will do the same for you.

First, Jim Paxson has taken a tremendous amount of criticism in the media for what happened. As the team owner, I made the decision not to pick up the option on Carlos’ contract. Any criticism should be directed to me, not to Jim Paxson. I want to be very clear that any fault is mine.

Up until late last week when the trust was broken, I believed in Carlos Boozer, the player, and Carlos Boozer, the person. That is why I tried to do what he said he wanted. We tried to do right by him, by the team and by you in trusting in his repeated insistence that if we showed him respect, he would show respect to us.

Carlos and his agent first approached us in December of 2003, stating his desire for financial security as well as his desire to remain in Cleveland and be a key part of the future of this franchise. He and his agent made it very clear that if we respected them, and provided the security he was looking to gain, he would respect us. Given his record on the court, with the franchise, and in the community, we had every reason to believe his commitment.

Over the course of several months, we had multiple meetings that involved Carlos, his wife and his agent. In our most recent meeting on June 30, Jim Paxson and I told Carlos we had two options. He could play this year on his existing contract and test the market for free agency next year, or we could elect not to exercise the option if we had the understanding with him that as soon as legally possible he would negotiate a contract with us for the maximum we could pay him under league rules.

I told him that as we could not have an agreement at that time given the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, we would have to trust one another’s intentions. I said I define trust as his intention to stay in Cleveland and enter into a long term contract with us as soon as possible under the league rules. In that meeting, we were clear with him that he could make more money in the open market a year from now than we could pay him by redoing his contract this year. I told him he needed to understand that and we did not want him to later think we had taken advantage of him. Jim told him, “There are at least seven teams that have cap space right now who will want to pay you more than we can now. We don’t want to lose you. Why would we not pick up the option?” Carlos said “Because we’d like long term security and we want to stay in Cleveland.” Carlos went on to say that he was happy to be a Cavalier and never indicated any concern with his role on the team or his relationship with Coach Silas.

Carlos, his wife and his agent – all of whom were in that room — knew what our maximum ability would be to pay him. Both Carlos and his wife responded that they wanted financial security now and therefore were anxious to pursue the second option of entering into a long term contract with us as soon as possible and that they would live with any consequences from this decision.

Carlos’ agent then said he wanted to go to another room to talk with his client and his wife alone which they did. When they returned, his agent said he had again explained everything to them so that they understood everything involved and said that their thinking had not changed.

Jim Paxson then told him, “We’d like to begin, as soon as permissible, to negotiate an agreement that we can sign on July 14th.” Carlos responded, “That’s exactly what I want. I want to get this done as quickly as we can.”

Over time Carlos had told Jim and me repeatedly, “If you show respect for me, I will show respect for you.” So, in the June 30 meeting, I reminded him of that and said, “We are all counting on what you said in earlier meetings and again today.” He responded, “That’s right and you can trust me on that.” I asked if we could all trust each other? Carlos, his wife and agent each responded “Yes.” At that point, believing so strongly in Carlos, I said we would not pick up his option. Our intent, as soon as we could do so, was to re-do his contract. The quotes you saw in the media July 1 about his desire to remain here were entirely consistent with what he told us.

In the final analysis, I decided to trust Carlos and show him the respect he asked for. He did not show that trust and respect in return. That’s what happened. I wanted you to hear it directly from me. The decision was mine and I take full responsibility.

We currently have no intention of matching Utah’s offer to Carlos. In order to match it, and within the restrictions of the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, we would need to make player personnel moves of such a magnitude that it would have significant negative impact on our team moving forward. We are continuing to look at every possible option that will allow us to improve our team and continue to build on the tremendous momentum we have experienced in recent years. More than ever, we are committed to bringing a championship to this city. Thank you for your continued support of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Now, lets juxtapose this letter, with the one that the recently deceased owner of the Jazz, Larry Miller thought about Derek Fisher. Gene Wojciechowski rode with him and got his thoughts

I’m going to give Miller the benefit of the doubt and blame the meadowlarks thing on high altitude. By the way, it’s 1:52 local time. The first quarter has got to be winding down, right? We merge onto I-80. Miller will answer anything. It keeps his mind off the game. In no particular order, he thinks: that the Jazz can win this NBA Finals … that Derek Fisher didn’t deceive the Jazz when he asked out of his contract during the offseason — and then signed with the Lakers (Miller and Fisher chatted briefly before Game 3 of this series) … that he absolutely admires Phoenix’s Steve Nash, “but no question he’s on the downside of his career” … that he never would have brought Shaq to the Suns in the middle of a season … and that even with a draft day mulligan, Miller would still take Deron Williams over Chris Paul with the No. 3 overall pick.

So, if the dude that made the deal thinks he didn’t deceive him, why should two Mormon skanks think so?  Fanatics indeed… BTW, you at least can continue to watch the Lakers on TNT, ESPN and ABC and dream about what it is like to hold the Larry O’Brien trophy up.

Some ideas should never see the light of day.  Full Body scanners are one of them.  Remember this SNL skit on Bad Idea Jeans? (R.I.P. Phil Hartmann)

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For privacy concerns, the full body scanner is the Bad Idea jeans of 2010.  I was talking to my father about traveling and we both came to the conclusion that my children will never know the amount of freedom that we had pre-9/11.  I can remember making a flight when I was living in St. Paul leaving my house 40 minutes before the flight was scheduled to take off.  I made the flight easily and had time to ponder a snack before getting on the plane.  Those days of ease and freedom are clearly over and we have the terrorists to thank.  Our way of life has been irreparably changed.

Now, with the scanners, TSA agent Rolando Negrin finally had enough.

Airport security guard attacks colleague over ‘manhood’ jokes after walking through hi-tech body scanner

By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 3:18 PM on 7th May 2010

Rolando NegrinBreaking point: Rolando Negrin is accused of assaulting a colleague after enduring relentless jokes about how his manhood looked an an X-ray scanner

An airport security guard allegedly battered a colleague who ridiculed him about the size of his manhood after he walked through a hi-tech body scanner.

Miami-Dade Police say Rolando Negrin snapped because he ‘couldn’t take the jokes anymore’.

During a training session at Miami International Airport, Negrin’s co-workers had noticed his private parts as he walked through a new ‘whole body image’ machine.

The technology – designed to boost security at airports – shows extremely revealing images.

Over the next few days, 44-year-old Negrin was relentlessly ridiculed and lost his temper on May 4, it is claimed.

Maybe it was shrinkage, because he had been in the pool

but, you should never feel the need to fight over that, but the proof was in the pudding.  Most people will never know, but with these scanners, you can’t hide anymore.  Plus, what was the supervisor looking at?  I will let Riley Freeman give my response to that.

Police said Negrin confronted fellow screener Hugo Osorno in an airport car park and repeatedly beat him with a police baton while demanding an apology.

That is gansta.  That is some scarface type of street justice that was doled out on Hugo.  I guarantee that he will act right from now on.

The Miami incident echoes that of a similar case at Heathrow in March, where an airport worker was disciplined after ‘ogling’ a female colleague who had walked through one of the controversial scanners.

John Laker, 25, was given an official warning over sexual harassment by Heathrow operator BAA.

A police arrest report into the Miami incident said: ‘The X-ray revealed [Negrin’s genitals] and co-workers made fun of him on a daily basis.

‘They say that Negrin confronted Osorno in an airport parking lot after their shift.

Negrin wanted to ‘resolve a problem’, and get Osorno, 34, to ‘finally respect him’, said the report.

He allegedly pulled out a police baton and repeatedly struck Osorno while demanding an apology.

Witnesses told police that Negrin yelled, in Spanish: ‘Get on your knees or I will kill you and you better apologise.’

He was arrested and charged with aggravated battery when he turned up for work the following day.

Negrin has been released on $7,500 bail.

I am sure that it was worth it.  If I would a judge, I would have leniency on Negrin.  All it takes is one dude to start running his mouth and others think that this type of thing is okay.  Keeping with the theme of stun guns, had he had one and shocked him, I would have laughed at Hugo getting a taste of the taser.

Miami International AirportEagle eyes: Airport security staff ‘noticed’ Negrin’s private parts during a training exercise earlier this month (file picture)

Body scan

Exposed: The revealing full body scans alarm privacy campaigners

Passengers are likely to feel increasingly exposed as more stories emerge of airport staff around the world ‘mocking’ X-ray scanner nudity.

The human X-ray machines produce ‘naked’ images of passengers, enabling security staff to instantly spot any hidden weapons or explosives.

The full body scanners also show up any breast enlargements, false limbs, piercings, and a clear outline of passengers’ private parts.

However fears have been raised that they may not be safe for women in the early stages of pregnancy or children.

What happened to Rolando, will happen to others.  The tech has clear advantages, but in the hands of some of the stiffs that they have put in charge is dangerous.  They say that they will be well trained, but the training can’t solve for stupidity or perverts.

Privacy campaigners, meanwhile, have warned that other travellers might not want to be scanned because of the graphic nature of the images.

In March two Muslim women have become the first passengers in the UK to refuse to subject themselves to controversial ‘naked’ full body airport scans.

The pair – who security officials insist were selected at random – opted to miss their flight to Pakistan and forfeit tickets worth £400 each rather than be screened.

One of the women refused to go through the full-body scanner at Manchester Airport on religious grounds while her companion also declined for ‘medical reasons’.

The women were travelling together to Islamabad when they were selected to pass through the controversial security screen after checking-in at Terminal Two at the airport.

An estimated 15,000 people have already passed through the scanners in the UK, with the pair the first passengers to refuse a scan.

I am not trying to hide anything on my person when I am going through security.  I still think that the privacy concerns are real.  I would go through the scanner to avoid missing my flight, but the rights you use to have are now a part of lore of yesteryear.

You are about to be tased....

You got what was coming to you. Whatever made you think this was a good idea, I bet you reconsidered that now....

This is a clear sign that fools never learn.  Remember when Andrew Meyer disrupted the Kerry rally and got tased?

don't hate people making money...

His line led to riches….

I can get behind the idea of this comic

Didnt this dumb@ss learn anything?…Remember Don’t tase me Bro?  Well he has been remixed with Hammer, since Hammer is for the children…but really, children…do not run on the field, and you will not be get tased…

Report: Teen wanted dad’s OK


ESPN.com news services

Before 17-year-old Steve Consalvi ran onto the field at Citizen’s Bank Park on Monday, where he was Tasered by a police officer, the teenager reportedly called his father for permission to do so. “He said, ‘Dad, can I run on the field? I said, ‘I don’t think you should, son,'” Wayne Consalvi told the Philadelphia Daily News of the conversation he had with his son. “This would be a once in a lifetime experience!” Steve Consalvi replied to his father, according to the newspaper.

First, if you have to call your dad to do something, then you should not do it.  Plus, as a Dad, saying you don’t think so is not strong enough.  Ultimately, you blame the son, but the father could have solved all this just by pointing out that the idea is stupid and you forbid him to do it.

Second, if he did it after you tell him not to, you can wash your hands of the entire matter.  Right now, you look like a parent who is a little too lax on the rules.

Wayne Consalvi told the newspaper that his son was not drinking and he wasn’t on drugs. Steve Consalvi is “a real good student, heading to Penn State,” his father told the Philadelphia Daily News. The father also told the newspaper that his son didn’t run onto the field as a result of a dare or bet, either. “I don’t recommend running on the field, but I don’t think they should have Tased him at all,” he told the newspaper. The Phillies and Philadelphia police are investigating whether a police officer’s use of a Taser to apprehend Steve Consalvi was an appropriate use of force.

Hell yes, it was an appropriate use of a taser.  Stay off the field and you will not get tazered.  How about this one.  I recommend not getting tasered and by that I mean stay off the field.  Should they have just tackled him and whooped his @ss?  Oscar Grant needed an investigation.  Rodney King needed an investigation.  This needs a commendation.  More fools that run on the field, or think that it is a lifetime experience need a lifetime adjustment experience.  A Tazer can cause that.  I bet that he will not run onto any more fields.  But, the taser is necessary to prevent others from thinking that this is okay.  Remember the Royals coach who got attacked by the fan?  How can a father in any right mind think that this is okay.  If they shot him, I would have been fine with that too, even though that is excessive.  Maybe just an old school beat down works.  But, if YOU STAY OFF THE FIELD, THIS WILL NOT HAPPENED TO YOU!

Lt. Frank Vanore, a police spokesman, says Commissioner Charles Ramsey reviewed the tape and felt the officer had acted within the department’s guidelines, which allow officers to use Tasers to arrest fleeing suspects. Vanore says internal affairs is still investigating. Ramsey told KYW Radio in Philadelphia that he supported the officer’s decision to use a Taser. “It was inappropriate for him to be out there on the field,” Ramsey said. “Unless I read something to the contrary, that officer acted appropriately. I support him 100 percent.” Consalvi, wearing a baseball cap, red T-shirt and khaki shorts, hopped a fence and scurried around the outfield, eluding two security officers in the bottom of the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals. One officer used a Taser and the fan went down in a heap. Several Phillies placed gloves over their faces and appeared to be stifling laughter at the wild scene. Phillies spokeswomen Bonnie Clark said the police department is investigating the matter and discussing with the team whether using the stun gun was appropriate. The team said it’s the first time a Taser has been used by police to apprehend a spectator who ran onto the field. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Won’t start none, won’t be none….Words to live by…

UPDATE My new favorite Don’t tase me Bro! video



I wonder if he predicted the knife in the back?

Yeah, but it gave him a lot of money to soothe over the screwing…

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Conan O’Brien will be on TV this weekend with his first post-“Tonight Show” interview.

O’Brien talks with Steve Kroft on “60 Minutes,” CBS said Tuesday. O’Brien’s exit deal with NBC barred him from television appearances until May 1; the “60 Minutes” piece will air the day after.

The interview was conducted last week in Los Angeles, according to a person with knowledge of it. The person, who lacked authority to discuss the matter publicly, spoke on condition of anonymity.

This is the thing that always pisses me off.  If you don’t have the authority to speak on it, then why are you giving interviews?  Why is your right (alleged) to anonymity more important than the right of your job to limit access?  You know you are not supposed to talk, but because you can’t keep your mouth closed, you leak the info, but do it as a coward.  You are spreading rumors and that is really sad.

O’Brien, who left “Tonight” in January over a time-slot dispute with NBC, has agreed to host a late-night show on TBS later this year. He’s now on a national comedy tour.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Turner Broadcasting might be on to something.  The ratings have been good for the George Lopez show, even though the crew here does not watch.  Now, with Conan, I bet that his ratings will be just fine to justify whatever enormous contract that they gave him…Leno, watch your back.  You stabbed him, and whatever you get, you have coming.

People PLEASE! I still need you to love me! Watch my show that I gave to Conan and then took back!

This is how you walk away gracefully…

The adults are the ones acting like kids…it just causes me to shake me head.  Why would you attempt to add yourself into your son’s drama?  Plus, he was most likely over it, why weren’t you?  I bet you were probably popular in high school and made dudes just work at getting the box.  Or maybe you didn’t and you are now trying to inflict the harm and hurt you felt in high school. (assuming that you actually went and/or graduated from high school)

HAHAHA! I bet you didn't wake up thinking that you were going to have a mugshot!

Dublin mom accused of harassing son’s ex-girlfriend

Spray-painted vulgarities were found near a high school, police say.

Posted: 04/05/2010 12:00:00 AM PDT

Updated: 04/05/2010 07:21:54 AM PDT

DUBLIN — A Dublin woman who police say harassed a 15-year-old girl her son had dated is facing charges of vandalism and giving a false identity to police.

Donna Tresville, 41, pleaded not guilty March 24 in Alameda County Superior Court in Pleasanton. She will return to court April 28 for a pretrial hearing.

The misdemeanor charges stem from Nov. 12, when someone called police after seeing spray-painting around 2:45 a.m. near Dublin High School, Dublin police Lt. Kurt Von Savoye said. The teen girl lives in the area.

According to court records and police, officers found spray-painted vulgarities against the teen, her name and phone number and other writings with sexual connotations.

Really?  The worst part about it is that I bet that the girl gave it up to the boyfriend.  Now, that is going to be used against her.  If she didn’t, then the sprayings are just irony.

Police responding to the area pulled over a vehicle matching a description given by a witness. Tresville, a passenger, was arrested for giving false information to an officer, he said. The driver, another Dublin woman, was arrested for driving under the influence and another passenger, a Livermore woman, was arrested for being drunk in public, Von Savoye said.

I bet these are her drunk friends....why couldn't they get their friend under control? They just went with her plan.

He said paint and other evidence were found in the car, and the case was sent to prosecutors to consider the vandalism charges.

Court records show only Tresville has had charges filed against her, which occurred in early March.

Tresville declined to comment on the case. Her attorney, Robert Beles, of Oakland, said he would not comment on the events surrounding his client’s arrest.

Von Savoye said the teen has been under attack for the past two years, receiving text messages that caused her fear and packages of condoms and feminine products sent to her home. He said police tried to find out where the text messages came from, but were unable to determine the sender. A month ago there was more graffiti near the high school similar to the November incident.

I gotta big up the young woman.  The fact that she has been able to survive in the face of abuse is to be commended.  To the mother (i.e. perpetrator) you are sad.  Really, really sad.  You must not have a man (or woman) at home to take care of you.  Watch Jerry Springer if you need to get your kicks, just do not act it out.

“This has apparently been going on for some time,” said Von Savoye, who said police had previously made contact with Tresville.

Attorney Beles said any allegation that his client participated in previous incidents is false. There is “no past improper conduct,” he said.

Notice the lawyer could not deny this time, which is heinous enough.

Dublin schools Superintendent Stephen Hanke said the district is investigating anonymous calls to the high school with derogatory comments about the teen. He said he was also aware of unwanted food deliveries being made to the girl’s home.