Practically everything you would need to kill a fictional character is included. The kit, housed in a mahogany box, contains a mallet and stakes, a pistol, a silver bullet mold, glass bottles containing holy water and holy earth, garlic, rosary beads, a bible, a crucifix and a handwritten psalm. It is believed that the kit was made in earnest in the late 19th century. It is being consigned by a woman who inherited it from her uncle.
Because vampire sightings are on the rise and people are looking for extra security from the living dead, the auction has been attracting wordwide attention. The presale estimate of £1,500-2,000 (US $2,300 – 3,100) is probably on the low side considering the number of Dracula fans and strange goths who file down their teeth into fangs believing they are vampires.
Suppose a group of Americans went to China, Mexico or Saudi Arabia and overstayed their welcome by a few months or years. The immigration agents for that country discover their whereabouts, raid the homes where the Americans are living, arrest them and begin proceedings for deportation.
But then the Americans file suit, and the government not only stops the deportation, but eventually agrees to pay the illegal Americans $350,000 in a settlement that allows them to stay indefinitely.
Sounds crazy, right?
If the scenario described above occurred in any of those countries mentioned, the illegal American aliens would have been jailed, punished, and deported.
Well of course this didn’t happen in any of those countries. This situation occurred in Connecticut, right here in the good ol’ USA. And obviously the parable does not involve American citizens, but illegal aliens.
As bizarre as it sounds, illegal immigrants successfully sued the U.S. federal government because their rights were violated and they were paid a $350,000 settlement.
The complete story reported here in detail by the Yale Daily News will raise questions about what is and what is not protected under the United States Constitution. It will also undoubtedly anger many Americans.
I picked a random day 103 years ago to see what was in the news. I read the entire New York Times newspaper for Thursday, January 21, 1909 to come up with the some interesting stories and unusual items. The paper was only 18 pages! The major differences compared to current newspapers: few photographs accompany any story and articles of different types are interspersed on the same page, so the news is not sectioned by category. I have put the article summary is in blue and my comments are in black italics.
Crowds flocked to the Auto Show at Madison Square Garden. Lots of famous people showed up including Colonel John Jacob Astor and Mr. & Mrs. George J. Gould. There was a selection in gasoline powered and electric cars on display.
Not many people realize that in the early days of automobile manufacturing gasoline and electric cars were battling for market share. Continue reading →
Vermin Supreme – Would Make A Better President Than Obama, Romney, Paul, Huntsman, Gingrich, Perry and Santorum
If you have never heard of Vermin Supreme or that he is running for President you are not alone. He has not taken out any advertising and the mainstream media ignores him. But through youtube and other web sites, Vermin Supreme is making his candidacy known.
The only Presidential candidate who wears a boot on his head, Vermin Supreme has a simple platform:
Dental Hygiene Law
Flying Monkey Public Safety Assurance Program
Time Travel Research Funding
An Energy Program Which Harnesses the Awesome Power of The Zombies
Free Pony’s For All Americans
Vermin Supreme really is running for President. The satirist was invited to share the dais with the other Lesser-Known Democratic Candidates Presidential Forum which was held December 19, 2011 and hosted by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College. The forum shows Mr Supreme at his best.
Randall Terry, the notorious anti-abortion activist, is the candidate who gets Mr. Supreme’s attention at the end of the video.
In a previous interview with the Washington Times, Mr. Supreme was asked whether he plans to send troops back into Iraq, Mr. Supreme said he wants to send troops “everywhere.”
“I propose we will invade and we will make that country a state,” he said. “So Iraq would be our 51st state, Afghanistan would be 52nd state. and on and on. Once we change these foreigners to Americans, they will certainly love America and we’ll will be able to tax them and it will be a wonderful unified United States of the Earth. Thank you.”
The United States needs Mr. Supreme if only for relief from all the empty words emanating from our politicians mouths.
Chicagoan’s Will Participate In Public Underwear Exhibition Tradition
From the ChicacgoNow.com CTA Tattler blog comes this story about not wearing pants in public, this Sunday January 8, 2012.
To participate all you have to do is not wear pants and go ride on your local subway system. This has been occurring for years in New York City, San Francisco, Boston and many other cities. “Leave your pants at home day” during one of the coldest months of the year could be catching on. So if you see someone without pants on January 8, maybe it would be funny if you didn’t notice they weren’t wearing pants and asked them for change of a dollar.
Celebrating Rising World Poverty, Hunger and Lots of People
The news yesterday was not earth shattering. The estimated number of people living on the earth is now seven billion. But that is a number that can shatter the earth and its resources.
What all the world’s cities can look like in 20 years – hooray!
News venues are touting this historic event as if it is something to be proud of. ABC television was showing babies from around the world born October 31, 2011 speculating that any of these children could have been the seven billionth living human. It was then remarked by anchor Diane Sawyer that when these children turn fourteen, there will likely be eight billion people on the earth. Great. Overpopulation being glorified. Continue reading →
While New Zealand may have outlawed some names, the USA, with the exception of what a judge may find to be a frivolous name, (Your Majesty; Copyright; Superman) still allows people to name themselves or their offspring pretty much whatever they want.
So when George Blackburn, 64, of Bethalto, IL recently got divorced, he wanted a fresh start and legally renamed himself Led Zeppelin II. According to an article in the St. Louis Post Dispatch the newly named Zeppelin said: Continue reading →
New Zealand’s Birth Registrar bans “Lucifer” “Messiah” “General” and “*” as Names
As reported in the West Australian newspaper on July 19 the New Zealand registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages have compiled a list of 102 names (so far) of names they will not allow parents to name their bundles of joy.
It might seem an arbitrary list, as they allowed one set of parents to name their child “Violence.”
Wouldn’t it be easier to just change your own name rather than embarassing your offspring with your own idea of a unique name?
This is probably a case of the government overstepping their boundries, but I am astounded by the number of stupid names American parents give their babies.
In New York City, a teacher I know who taught in the lower income South Bronx, actually encountered two children (from different families) with incredibly unique names. Continue reading →
The New York Timesstory on the rise of graffiti in cities both large and small is disturbing. For those who say graffiti is art, I would like to be invited to your home and I will splash paint over your entire home inside and out Jackson Pollack style, dripping and splashing it everywhere I can. If you don’t like it too bad, I’m not cleaning it up.
But you say that’s not art. I say that it is.
You say, what right do I have to come to your home and deface it?
That is exactly my point.
Our cities and public surroundings are our homes and no one has the right to deface public or private property.
The majority of graffiti artists are not frustrated artists but are in reality criminals, juvenile delinquents and gang members, who have a compulsion to etch, paint, mark or deface public property. Continue reading →