Crap you should read Tuesday (8/2)

Regarding Gabby:

Monday brought some joy to Capital Hill as Gabrielle Giffords triumphantly returned to Congress Monday to cast her vote FOR the debt ceiling deal (which passed 269-161). This was a moving moment for the Congresswoman from Arizona who was shot in the head by a gunman in Tuscon almost eight months ago.

Some say her appearance was nothing more than a Democratic stunt to distract from the garbage feeling of failure associated with the debt ceiling deal. This is one of those times I could care less. This miracle of a woman was shot in the head! Few questioned she would live, let alone walk, and Monday she strode back (with help) into the House Chamber to cast a vote for her constituents.

I’m glad Giffords made me forget about the garbage and gave me a reason to celebrate today. Nancy Pelosi (for once) said it best:

“Throughout America there isn’t a name that stirs more love, more admiration, more respect, more wishing for our daughters to be like her, than the name of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Thank you Gabby.”

Watch the video below:



More Bin Laden Raid Goodness:

It’s been four months, and I still can’t get enough of the Bin Laden raid story. The New Yorker ran a GREAT recap of the events that transpired in Abottabad, Pakistan on the night we took out Bin Laden. Definitely read the full New Yorker article, but my favorite part is after the first seal busted through the door and took Bin Laden’s wives out of the equation….

A second SEAL stepped into the room and trained the infrared laser of his M4 on bin Laden’s chest. The Al Qaeda chief, who was wearing a tan shalwar kameez and a prayer cap on his head, froze; he was unarmed. “There was never any question of detaining or capturing him—it wasn’t a split-second decision. No one wanted detainees,” the special-operations officer told me. (The Administration maintains that had bin Laden immediately surrendered he could have been taken alive.) Nine years, seven months, and twenty days after September 11th, an American was a trigger pull from ending bin Laden’s life. The first round, a 5.56-mm. bullet, struck bin Laden in the chest. As he fell backward, the SEAL fired a second round into his head, just above his left eye. On his radio, he reported, “For God and country—Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo.” After a pause, he added, “Geronimo E.K.I.A.”—“enemy killed in action.”

Hearing this at the White House, Obama pursed his lips, and said solemnly, to no one in particular, “We got him.”

One has to question why this story is popping up again, but I’m guessing it’s our word of the day: distraction. Killing Bin Laden is the one thing everyone agrees Obama did perfectly, so this is his one-highlight highlight reel to bring up every time his team needs a morale boost.

Bin Laden Raid Narrative — The New Yorker

Im sure there will be a Call of Duty map of this board ASAP


No Acid Redux:

An Iranian woman is forgoing the chance to get the ultimate revenge against a man that threw acid in her face in 2004. Ameneh Bahrami was 24 when she met Majid Movahedi, 19, in 2002. After two years of rebuffing his advances and threatening marriage proposals, Movahdei finally followed through, and attacked Ameneh with  a bucket of acid. It poured down her face, disfigured and blinded her.

Movahedi was finally convicted in 2008, and his punishment was to have Ameneh pour acid in his eyes and blind him. An eye for an eye. Amnesty International scoffed at the idea, and many attacked the Iranian courts for their draconian laws and cruel punishments. After 3 years, Movahedi was drugged and prepped, but minutes before he was to receive his punishment, Ameneh called it off. According to CNN:

She said two men were instrumental in bringing about her change of heart: a doctor at a clinic in Spain and Amir Sabouri, an Iranian who helped her get medical attention. Sabouri told her to forgive Movahedi and prove to the world that Iranians are kind and forgiving.

Even after her mercy, Movahedi was unrepentant and rude. This guy doesn’t deserve to be alive. If I was the Jailor, I would have still spilled the acid on Movahedi. What’s Persian for “Whoops?”

Iranian woman won’t take revenge through acid — CNN

Forgiveness, shmorgiveness.

Contra Costa — David Dutcher was pulled over for DUI in 2008 and its coming back to haunt him this week in a custody hearing. Dutcher’s defense is that his wife, Susan, set him up bad. Susan paid a woman to meet him from, then on his 2nd “date” she paid another friend to show up. The two women got him to drink, then lured him back to their place with promises of some hot-tub fun. Fantasies a-swirling in his head, Dutcher obliged. He barely made it down the road before he was pulled over.

Tricky little Susan paid a cop $2,500 to tip off his buddies to pull over David’s drunk ass.

Susan admitted to all of the set up, but she denies entrapping him at all. Ultimately she didn’t make David drink or drive.  She just knew that he would follow the two women who kissed him and flashed him and asked him back to the hot tub. She knew this because he has a penis.

To “set up” your ex on is pretty damn sleazy but to bribe a police officer has to cross some legal line. How were she, and the cop, not arrested? Susan you are a skeezy woman, I just don’t understand how you and David didn’t work out.

Woman set up husband for DUI through girl he met on — Dailymail

Proof that Jeffrey Jones and Timothy Busfield are related.


Rescue Remorse: 

David Kelley and Mark Kinkaid stopped when they saw the flashing red lights and smoke from off the side of the road. They both jumped out, and heard a woman screaming “Help me, Help me!” over and over. They pulled Theresa Tanner from the flaming Hummer, and saving her from certain death.

What they didn’t know was that Theresa tried to kill herself and intentionally drove her Hummer with the license plate “5poiled” off the road. It was only when trapped and melting in her burning coffin that she started screaming.

Now Kelley and Kinkaid are suing Tanner for health issues stemming from the rescue. The fire and smoke were so intense that Kelley claims he can barely breathe these days. His medical bills are out of control. Kinkaid claims general injuries. Both claim trauma from having to see a woman melting to death.

Many will say that Kelley and Kinkaid have filed frivolous suits, but they are both “suffering” only because Theresa tried to kill herself. There are laws to protect rescuers in cases such as these, mainly if the rescued caused the danger in the first place. It’s safe to say that intentionally driving your car off the road creates such a hazard, and its reasonable to assume a passerby would try to rescue you.

Moral to the story? Drive of a higher cliff, or do it in a more isolated area. Next time Theresa, next time.

Oh to be young and “5poiled”. I’m guessing she won’t be driving alone for a while. On second thought, maybe someone else should drive.

Men suing woman they saved from burning car — Dispatch

This will not be seen in the Hummer commerical


Dark Knight Rises in Pittsburgh: 

The Dark Knight Rises was on location in Pittsburgh over the weekend, filming what seems to be a kick ass melee. The Steel City is doubling as Gotham in some scenes, in this case the steps of the Mellon Institute. From the shots, we see Batman (Christian Bale) dueling with on Bane (Tom Hardy), and even glimpse a bit of Joseph Gordon-Levitt getting in the mess.

SPOILER:   This is likely the battle where Bane breaks Batman’s back.

Can’t help but notice that Bane does not look massively huge. Will Christopher Nolan add in the juice through CGI?

Click HERE to see the awesome photos and videos from the shoot.


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