Three months ago, I wrote about the disappearance of my old friend Rusty Porter and his wife Becky (Rebecca). I was notified today that their bodies have been found in shallow graves in Taney County, Mo., very near the tiny town of Protem, just north of the Arkansas-Missouri border.
We all have friends who’ve just disappeared from our lives. In my case, it usually happened because I moved away and continuing contact wasn’t always convenient. In the case of Rusty Porter, that was also true. But now he’s just plain disappeared.
Well, it’s time for my news update of weird and interesting stories that I found, from around the world. But first, a piece of family news: My brother announced this evening that he’s asked his girlfriend to marry him. What he said was, “I bought her a ring, and now she’s wearing it.” He seemed[...]
French Riots Still Smoldering in 16th Day (Yahoo! News) Is There Any Force More Powerful Than Teenage Girls? (CNN) Pat Robertson Goes Out on Another Limb (BBC)
This is a story you HAVE to read. Girl goes to work. Manager calls girl into office. Girl is then strip-searched, molested, etc. AT McDONALD’s! The manager said a cop on the phone was telling her to do these things to the girl. Other people witnessed it. It was videotaped. And, apparently, it happened more[...]
I’ve been saying it for two years, people… The oil companies were not FORCED to raise prices, they just DID it. In this story, Congress called some of the high-profit executives on the carpet, asking them about it. Of course, nothing was done. Again. Sure, gas prices have trickled back down toward “acceptable” levels (as[...]
FRENCH RIOTS IN 10TH DAY (CNN) Wait, let me guess. We should blame video games, right? No, no… It’s Hollywood’s fault. Oh, sorry… I guess it’s just habit for us in the U.S. to blame people or things that could in no way be responsible for what happened. (Okay, I was being slightly tongue-in-cheek there.[...]
As always, I share the news items that grabbed my attention in recent days. China Continues ‘Net Clamp-down Though China is on the cusp of becoming the world’s most technologically advanced nation, they continue to limit the uses of their own abilities. We say, “It’s obvious the government imposes this censorship because it’s afraid the[...]
It’s stories like this that really give a person a staggering amount of respect (er, I mean disgust) for the federal government: The Odyssey of the Ice And how Katrina proved we are incompetent. Later. PS: Mark, the two pictures of Highway 9 were TAKEN from the same place, but facing different directions. The left[...]
I was digging through my old digital photo files this morning, and came across quite a few pictures that wouldn’t meet my standards today. I was using a Sony Cybershot 2.0 megapixel camera that had ALL automatic settings. And this was in the day when the all-auto cameras weren’t that good. An Instamatic would have[...]