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Incredulously Strange News Stories

Postby Coyote » Wed Dec 12, 2007 9:44 pm

Every once and I while I see a news story that is just unbelievably stupid event and wanted to start this thread. This is the type of story I am talking about

[font=Georgia]10th DUI conviction brings prison term[/font]

Omaha World Herald wrote:Fleeing police at 60 mph, a drunken Russell S. McCormick veered off a residential street in April and into the southeast Omaha police precinct parking lot. There, he got out of his 1990 Ford Aerostar minivan and assumed a fighting posture. Officers swarmed him. A preliminary test showed his blood-alcohol content was .16 — twice the legal limit. At the time of his arrest, McCormick's license had been suspended in both states: in Nebraska since 1995 and in Iowa since 2002. McCormick's attorney, William Pfeffer, said his client suffers from two diseases: diabetes and alcoholism. He called his client a hard worker and a nice guy. In McCormick's case, with credit for eight months he has already served in jail, the Council Bluffs man will be eligible for parole in about seven months and probably will be released in about two years.
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Postby joeglow » Wed Dec 12, 2007 10:02 pm

It is funny you posted this.  I just clicked on the "record" today and was amazed at the number of DUI's there was for ONE day.  Obviously, the amount of fines we have are not a deterrent.  I don't know why they don't jack the fines up.

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Postby omaproud » Thu Dec 13, 2007 9:22 am

I like the idea of requiring more people convicted of DUI to have their cars outfitted with that devise that they must blow in to determine alcohol level and whether the car will start.

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Postby Big E » Thu Dec 13, 2007 10:07 am

joeglow wrote:It is funny you posted this.  I just clicked on the "record" today and was amazed at the number of DUI's there was for ONE day.  Obviously, the amount of fines we have are not a deterrent.  I don't know why they don't jack the fines up.


Because people won't and/or can't give up their cars.  Most of the country's economy is based around everyone having access to a car.  If it wasn't, $4.00 gas might have an affect on people's habits, other than spending less elsewhere to pay for the gas.

Start impounding people's cars from the get go and you'll see a change.

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Postby joeglow » Thu Dec 13, 2007 1:08 pm

Big E wrote:
Start impounding people's cars from the get go and you'll see a change.

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heck, I would support that and even seizing the car for a second offense.

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Postby Coyote » Thu Dec 13, 2007 11:45 pm

As reported yesterday by KCAL9 here is a clip from a 1967 instructional video entitled 1999 A.D. predicting the future in which we see a family shopping, paying bills and using e-mail from home.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uO58SGiYwwo[/youtube]

And the kitchen of the future:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFgVTUle_EM[/youtube]

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Postby Brad » Thu Dec 13, 2007 11:54 pm

Wow... so right, but yet in the same way so very wrong.
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Postby Coyote » Thu Dec 13, 2007 11:59 pm

Here is the news link: CBS and Wink Martendale

And the entire video: 1999 A.D.
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Postby Linkin5 » Mon Dec 17, 2007 2:00 pm

This has nothing to do with the news story posted, but it is the funniest news story to ever be broad casted on television.  Two words: Whistle Tips.

[youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=ccgXjA2BLEY[/youtube]

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Postby Coyote » Fri Feb 08, 2008 3:43 pm

Another incredulous story:

[font=Georgia]Nebraska woman arrested after brief chase, blood-alcohol level five times legal limit[/font]

Omaha World Herald wrote:Grabowski said Thomson's blood-alcohol content registered .40 percent, more than five times the legal limit of .08. Thomson is employed at Beneficial Behavioral Health in Omaha, which contracts with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to provide transportation, Grabowski said. She was driving a child to Lincoln, he said.
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Postby Brad » Fri Feb 08, 2008 3:50 pm

I believed she looked something like this:

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Postby almighty_tuna » Fri Feb 08, 2008 4:53 pm

Brad wrote:I believed she looked something like this:

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Wow ...  Imagine how she looked AFTER she was arrested!

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Re: Incredulously Strange News Stories

Postby joeglow » Tue Feb 12, 2008 12:51 pm

Not Omaha related, but I HAD to post it.

[font=Georgia]Mini-muscleman: Meet the world's smallest bodybuilder[/font]

Omaha World Herald wrote:At just 2ft 9in, Indian muscleman Aditya 'Romeo' Dev is the world's smallest bodybuilder.

Pint-sized Romeo is well-known in his hometown of Phagwara, India - for his ability to lift 1.5kg dumbbells - despite his overall 9kg body weight.


Every day, crowds flock to the local gym to the see the mini-muscleman in training.


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Postby Coyote » Tue May 27, 2008 8:52 pm

From the Love Your Neighbor category:

[font=Georgia]Tree Split In Half After Neighbor Dispute[/font]

KETV wrote:Much like Solomon's biblical court, an Omaha man said he was forced to split a tree down the middle to satisfy a neighbor. A 20-year old pine tree sits in Steve Liston's front yard near 130th and Ellison streets. One side is green and lush and the other is shaved down to the middle of the tree. Liston said he has lived in his home for 11 years. Last year, he got a certified letter from his neighbor asking him to cut the tree because it was damaging the grass.  

"I trimmed it as far back as I possibly could and he sent me a certified letter and said it wasn't good enough," Liston said. "Then, we went to small claims court and the judge said I got to trim it." Liston said he decided not to cut the tree down entirely because it helps prevent his son's basketball from going onto the neighbor's property. "My little boy's ball went over the fence and I went over to retrieve it and he called the police," Liston said. The city of Omaha said that when residents have a dispute over private property, if the residents can't solve it themselves, legal action is about the only other option available.
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Postby gisbuxfan » Tue May 27, 2008 10:07 pm

Seriously, can't we all just get along!

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Postby Big E » Wed May 28, 2008 12:06 am

gisbuxfan wrote:Seriously, can't we all just get along!


How about a big glass of that guy not being a girly bag?
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Postby Brad » Wed May 28, 2008 10:16 am

Here is how I would trim the tree:

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Or change the siding on you house to look like this:

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Postby Big E » Wed May 28, 2008 11:01 am

Girly bag.  Now that's funny.
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Postby Coyote » Tue Jul 22, 2008 11:57 pm

[font=Georgia]Drinking Wite-Out can't whitewash crime[/font]

TODD COOPER WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER wrote:As Neaman sorts through paperwork, Briceno picks up the correction fluid bottle and taps it on the desk. Neaman leaves. Briceno twirls the bottle some more, then rolls it on the desk. He glances over his shoulder, then untwists the cap and raises the bottle to his lips. Briceno takes a gulp, caps the bottle and sets it back down. He wipes his mouth with the back of his left hand, then with his T-shirt. Neaman returns. Briceno buries his mouth in his right palm.

An Omaha police evidence technician then enters the room to administer the breath test. She immediately points out Briceno's mime-white lips to Neaman, the officer. Neaman picks up the bottle and, incredulous, studies the whites of Briceno's lips and hand. The bottle label warns users that correctional fluid is flammable and can be harmful or fatal if inhaled. But the question is: Did it work? Did the correction fluid counteract the other fluids on Briceno's breath?

Officers simply escorted Briceno to Creighton University Medical Center for a blood test. Turns out, Briceno may have wanted to save the Wite-Out for the hospital's reports. Medical personnel registered his blood-alcohol content at .28, three and a half times the legal limit.
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Postby SarahEatsOmaha » Thu Jul 24, 2008 2:15 pm

^^ Here's the video of him doing it.  http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=415_1216893223
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Postby Brad » Thu Jul 31, 2008 7:50 am

Police: Man Tries To Sell Light Pole For Scrap Metal

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http://www.nbc6.net/news/17035637/detai ... i&psp=news

At least he put a red flag on the end...
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Postby Brad » Thu Aug 28, 2008 1:07 pm

The Little Train That Could Deafen The MSNBC Set

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/08/2 ... 21661.html

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Postby UNOstudent » Tue Sep 02, 2008 4:49 pm

Nebraska town votes to evict aging horse

The owner of a 32-year-old horse named Peter Rabbit wasn't able Tuesday to buck a local ban on livestock within city limits.

After widespread publicity of the ban that threatened to kick Peter Rabbit off the pasture where he was born, the Hickman City Council considered an ordinance Tuesday night that would allow horses inside city limits. But council members ultimately voted 4-2 against adopting it, leaving the ban intact.

For a bedroom community where people live to get away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Lincoln, Hickman and its population of 1,085 have had a lot of racket lately. After publicity of Peter Rabbit's fight with City Hall, people around the country did some of the lobbying the horse couldn't.


http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/biz ... 69246.html

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Postby Stargazer » Wed Sep 10, 2008 12:24 pm

http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=2 ... d=10429238

Reminds me of those Highlights magazine for children 'Goofus and Gallant' stories... here's an alternate one... see if you can see the difference...

Omaha man who shot another man to death has been charged with first degree murder

The Omaha man who shot another man to death on Saturday will be charged in the shooting, Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said today, because the man’s account of what happened doesn't align with the physical evidence found at the scene.

Domingo Gutierrez Jr., 25, shot Robert J. Muckey, 41, of Omaha, about 5:45 p.m. Saturday at Gutierrez's house, 5629 N. 29th St. Gutierrez told police that Muckey, his land lord, had entered the home in an attempt to confront Gutierrez on the issue of delinquent lease payments.

Gutierrez told police that he had grabbed a rifle when he heard Muckey at the door. Gutierrez said he told him, "Don’t come in, I’ve got a gun," and Muckey replied, "I need your lease payment." When Muckey came in the house, Gutierrez fired upon Muckey with no apparent provocation, Kleine said.

Gutierrez has been been booked into the Douglas County Correctional Center on suspicion of criminal homicide and use of a weapon to commit a felony. After reviewing the evidence, Kleine said, he decided there was sufficient evidence to charge Gutierrez with a crime.  Kleine said he intends to seek the death penalty.

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Postby Big E » Wed Sep 10, 2008 1:35 pm

The facts are almost completely flipped from the article you quoted and the one you linked?

I'm confused... but I don't know who Goofus and Gallant are, either.
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Postby Stargazer » Wed Sep 10, 2008 1:47 pm

Let's just say that next time your -Hispanic- land lord decides to drop in and press you for your past due lease payment... feel free to shoot him in cold blood.  Most likely nothing will come of it.

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Postby DTO Luv » Wed Sep 10, 2008 1:51 pm

Guess who just saved over $900 a month? Hello alcohol!
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Postby Big E » Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:14 pm

Now I'm on the trolley.
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Postby Stargazer » Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:16 pm

KETV's story provides just a few important details...

OMAHA, Neb. -- The Douglas County attorney has dropped all charges against Robert Muckey, the man accused of shooting to death his landlord Saturday.

Muckey will be released later Wednesday afternoon.

Muckey said he thought Gutierrez was armed when the man tried to enter Muckey's house through a bedroom window last weekend.

Investigators said Gutierrez was not armed.

Gutierrez was the fiance of Muckey's stepdaughter and the father of her baby, who was born a week before the shooting.

Muckey was facing criminal homicide charges.

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Postby Big E » Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:32 pm

So it is apparently OK to shoot people if they get your daughter pregnant, just not if they are looking for your rent money.
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Postby Stargazer » Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:47 pm

Wow, even our most culturally savvy... are blind to what's happening around us.

For crying out loud... some (black) |expletive| accidentally shoots his nephew at the door and they throw the book at him.  But the (white) scumbag who shoots the (Hispanic) land lord under the most suspicious of circumstances... gets off scot free.

(The 'Gallant' version of the story by the way highlighted justice being served in the circumstance where the white landlord got  shot by the Hispanic tenant)

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Postby DTO Luv » Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:54 pm

If I remember correctly the black shooter intentionally meant to shoot whoever was on the other side of the door. It wasn't an accident.

Does anyone know if you can shoot mortgage lenders? I mean the ones that haven't jumped to their deaths yet. It's mostly ok. I'm half white.
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Postby Big E » Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:19 pm

Stargazer wrote:Wow, even our most culturally savvy... are blind to what's happening around us.


Holy moly.  Sorry I didn't put two and two together from a |expletive| kids' magazine I didn't read 25 years ago.

I'm too busy looking for conspiracies in the oil and banking industries, anyway.
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Postby Stargazer » Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:49 pm

No problem, actually, I wouldn't have thought the Highlight magazine reference would have been necessary to get the point across... I suppose in the end it may have merely provided you some confusion.

And D'Shawn... that guy didn't intend to shoot his nephew.  That makes it an accident.  As tragic as it was, the district attorney didn't waste any time in rushing it to trial.

This most recent shooting involved a minority land lord attempting to get payment from his white tenant.  Despite what were obviously very unusual circumstances, the only rush here was to establish innocence (and in this case, the shooter knew precisely who he was targeting).

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Postby Brad » Mon Dec 01, 2008 3:21 pm

I love the first line of this story....

Beating followed pot smoking, sheriff says

http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=2 ... d=10502470

COUNCIL BLUFFS - A night of pot smoking went awry when a rural Bluffs man beat another man with a fireplace poker, officials said today.
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Postby Big E » Mon Dec 01, 2008 3:26 pm

Ahhh yes, because everyone knows how agitated and violent people get when they smoke pot. :roll:

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Postby Brad » Wed Dec 03, 2008 11:45 am

Avery suspended indefinitely for comments related to ex-girlfriends

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=3740267

espn wrote:Avery was punished indefinitely by commissioner Gary Bettman for using a crude term about his former girlfriends now dating other hockey players. Bettman acted within hours, in time to keep Avery out of the Dallas Stars' game against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night.

Avery's inflammatory line came following a morning skate in Calgary, Alberta. Reporters were waiting to speak with Avery about disparaging remarks he'd made last month about Flames star Jarome Iginla when Avery walked over to the group and asked if there was a camera present. When told there was, he said, "I'm just going to say one thing."

"I'm really happy to be back in Calgary; I love Canada," the Ontario native said. "I just want to comment on how it's become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my sloppy seconds.
I don't know what that's about, but enjoy the game tonight." He then walked out of the locker room.

Avery's ex-girlfriend, actress Elisha Cuthbert of the television show "24" and the movie "Old School," is dating Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf; she had been romantically linked to Mike Komisarek of the Montreal Canadiens. Avery also dated Rachel Hunter, the former Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model and actress who is now the girlfriend of Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll.


BTW, I don't think "Sloppy Seconds" are a bad thing in this case:

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Postby thenewguy » Thu Dec 04, 2008 6:07 pm

uh yeah. :shock:
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Postby Big E » Thu Dec 04, 2008 11:26 pm

Sign me up for Sloppy Seventieths.  Just get me on the list.
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Postby Stargazer » Fri Dec 05, 2008 7:39 am

Not really a strange news story... I just didn't want to create a separate thread.  While I have little doubt of Casey Anthony's guilt... I found it rather sad this morning when I saw the national media airing prison phone conversations, complete with video... between Casey and her parents.  I can understand law enforcements right to look at this stuff... but is it really necessary that the rest of society have the right to watch this stuff on television?


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