Category: news

Nov 26 2014

Jian Ghomeshi’s Been Formally Charged

Captain Nameless Illness has messed me up pretty good, but I’m going to manage to put this up, then fall down again.

Jian Ghomeshi has been charged, surrendered to police.

What timing, drops the lawsuit and now this happens today.

The whole time this was simmering away, I was afraid it would just disappear to nothing, that everything would be dropped because of not enough clear evidence. I am so glad I was wrong.

And now comes the hardest part for the women involved, going through this whole process. I wouldn’t want to be in their shoes. I hope they have lots of support.

Nov 25 2014

Just Try And Say This Name Without Laughing

Arrested for sexual battery is a man by the name of Phuc Kieu. This guy sounds creepy and gross and scary. I mean, he just ran up to a dude by an ATM, punched him in the mouth, took his money, then dragged him into his car, straddled him and tried to undress him! And what exactly is a licensed mail specialist? I think he was trying to become an unlicensed male specialist.

Scary!I’m glad the guy got away! Yeesh!

Nov 25 2014

All Terrain Does Not Include Fresh Concrete

Here’s a messed up one, mostly because I have no idea why this guy did what he did.

It says here that Charles Cowart, for no discernable reason, rode an ATV onto a bridge under construction and caused all sorts of mayhem, including throwing cow feed at workers. Hee hee. His name is Cowart and he threw cow feed. Hee.

I guess, previously, he had led police on a drunken horse chase, but they don’t seem to say if alcohol was the reason for this little spree.

This is how it was described.

According to authorities, Cowart rode past barriers, screamed at workers while making circles with the ATV, then dropped a trailer tailgate to gouge the new pavement. Deputies said he then threw cow feed at the workers, jumped off the bridge into some woods and swam through a canal before being cornered.

And all of this with no explanation. He has to be drunk. He has to be!

Nov 25 2014

Jian Ghomeshi Drops His Lawsuit Against The CBC

It looks like Jian Ghomeshi has dropped his lawsuit against the CBC. It still needs to be formalized in a court order, but from what I’m seeing, it’s as good as done. Oh, and he has to fork over 18 grand in legal fees to the CBC.

I’ve gotta say I’m relieved. I felt sick thinking what kind of horrible lines of questioning or degrading written statements would be in the suit, and given, what I’d read, that the suit had pretty much 0 chance of actually succeeding, it felt like a whole lot more unnecessary pain and suffering for the victims.

Why do I get some kind of strange satisfaction in the knowledge that even the crisis management firm he hired said “Uh, how about no? You’re on your own!”

Note I picked that old one because the Toronto Star version kept autoplaying the Lucy video. No, I’ve seen that once, I do not need to see it again, unbidden. Autoplaying videos suck anyway, but *that* autoplaying video? No no no!

At any rate, that whole bit about eating humble pie…I hope he likes it, he has a lot to eat.

As a small side note, even though I try to avoid reading some of the stuff because it was bothering me so much, life tends to throw it at me anyway. There was this show on called “Hot Bench” that we happened to zoom by on TV. What’s the first case we see? Some woman being sexually harassed at work, grabbed by the face and choked. Baaa!

And the other day, I searched in our search box for Steve’s old post about the ridiculousness of saying “I think you have the wrong number” when you clearly know they do, and the first goddamn search result, inexplicably, is my own Ghomeshi post. Just screw off, and yesterday.

Anyway, I’m glad the lawsuit has been dropped. Maybe I’ll be wrong, but this feels like a completely good thing.

Nov 23 2014

Oh, What A Feeling! I’m Falling From The Ceiling

Update: Turns out we’ve used this exact post title before. But hey, why mess with what works?

Oh, and thanks to James for passing this one along.

Considering how stupidly expensive everything in airports is, you’d think they might have enough money kicking around to build a good, strong ceiling. But then again you might also think that you have good engineers on the job and that the ceiling should already be strong enough and that you won’t have to worry about crazy naked guys crawling into it and it not being able to hold them and then the crazy naked guy falls into a bathroom and runs away and goes all Mike Tyson on some poor old dude. You know, your regular, run of the mill thought process when designing a building.

The bizarre behavior began shortly before noon when a woman using a restroom located before the security checkpoint in Terminal C reported that a naked man had fallen through the ceiling and landed in the stall area, state police spokesman David Procopio said. The man had apparently sneaked into the bathroom, undressed inside one of the stalls and climbed into the crawl space above the restroom before crashing through the ceiling, Procopio said.

The man, later identified as Shenk, then fled the bathroom and assaulted an 84-year-old man he encountered, biting the man’s ear and attempting to choke him with his own cane, Procopio said.

He also tussled with the police while he was at it, leaving one of the officers with what was described as a minor hand injury.

He was eventually taken into custody and then to hospital, just in case he’d hurt himself during his unscheduled landing. The victim of the attack and snack was also taken for treatment.

Police have charged Cameron Shenk, 26, with attempted murder, mayhem, assault and battery on a person over 60, assault and battery on a police officer, lewd and lascivious conduct and malicious destruction to property.

Nov 15 2014

They’re Angry, I’m Confused

I meant to write about this one last week when it happened, but…you can blame the captain, Captain Nameless Illness.

By the way, the captain may be getting a name soon, and thankfully, if this is its name, it’s nothing scary and eek-inducing. But I can’t say for sure yet if that’s its name, I have to go through a bit of a process of ruling things out. but at least there’s hope at the end of this saga. When it gets a name, there’s a good chance that I’ll write about it.

But I digress.

Gaaa what a week. After the whole Ghomeshi thing, allegations came out on Parliament Hill that there was sexual harassment going on. Well, to be fair, all that was said in the press conference was 2 liberal MP’s were being suspended for personal misconduct. It was all very vague, but it didn’t take long before the news was broken that it was sexual harassment and that the allegations were brought by 2 NDP MP’s. Although it was bound to happen, it sucks. It sucks if the MP’s weren’t ready, it sucks if it all happened really fast and they didn’t get a chance to discuss things. But what I don’t get is they’re angry at Trudeau.

I admit I’m not there, so don’t have a right to really form an opinion. But I think I still have the right to be confused.

First, in the press conference, he never said where the allegations came from, nor did he talk about the nature of them. He did his level best to keep things as confidential as possible, unless I missed something, which is very possible.

Second, we don’t know who told the media that it was sexual harassment, and that it was 2 NDP MP’s. People are full of accusations, but we have no idea who. If it wasn’t Trudeau, why are they angry at him? Why aren’t they angry at whoever leaked the information? Is it because these people who leaked the information to the media don’t have a name so it’s easier to pick a target and fire?

Third, they say they weren’t warned that this was going to happen, even though people from the Liberal party are saying they sent a letter over explaining what was going to happen, and I swear I read somewhere that there was a discussion with the MP’s about it, but all that is a lot of one person’s word against another’s.

I feel like Trudeau is really stuck between a rock and a hard place. If he doesn’t act fast enough, he’ll be accused of sweeping things under the rug. But now that he acted quickly, he’s accused of revictimizing the accusers. If these things were brought to his attention, what was he supposed to do?

I listened to an interview on CBC about the issue of the MP’s being angry, and some of the alternative solutions being offered didn’t, to me, feel like solutions at all. The representative for the NDP suggested that he could have talked to the people bringing forth the allegations and figured out safe zones where the accused MP’s couldn’t go. So, hmmm, that means you’ve basically imprisoned the people who’ve already been victimized, told them they have to stay in only certain parts of the house. If they have to leave those areas for any reason, they then have to be afraid of facing the people they’ve accused. How is that any better? You realize just how far you stray from your home area of a building as soon as that is deemed your safe place, I would think.

And how does that work in a place like Parliament Hill? I’ve never worked there, but I assume there comes a time where all parties have to work together, so how do you pull that off with safe zones?

And, by suspending the 2 MP’s, doesn’t that make Parliament Hill a gigantic safe zone?

There has to be a missing puzzle piece here somewhere, because from what I know, this anger seems misplaced. I get being angry that the information got out in greater detail than intended before they were ready. I get worrying about the backlash from the sudden suspension of these guys. I get that bringing this up is scary and hard and will make doing their jobs really awkward and the process will likely intimidate others more than they already were. But I don’t get why they’re aiming their anger at Trudeau.

I hope I never come to a place where I have to face this issue, because I honestly wouldn’t know what to do. Until something fundamentally changes in the way people think about it, coming forward about it, even though it might work out in the long run, feels like you have to make a choice between slowly burning where you stand or walking through a wall of flames. There are no easy answers, and I don’t know when the day will come when the answers will be easy.

Nov 15 2014

How Do You Like Your Eggs? Lies, Shambles Or Vaporized?

Another person has been caught faking cancer. This time it’s a 31-year-old Australian woman named Elizabeth Edmunds.

People were told the 31-year-old had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer in April and that by September it had spread to her lungs.
But last week the alleged scam unravelled when family and friends learned “Elle” never had cancer.
A man purporting to be the woman’s defacto partner revealed on the Facebook page documenting Elizabeth’s struggle that he had been duped as well.
“She has never had cancer,” he wrote.
Police said they were investigating the alleged scam but no charges had been laid yet.
Yesterday in Belmont, the Lake Macquarie woman believed to have benefited from the thousands of dollars raised was asked to explain her actions. She replied: “I’ve got extremely serious mental health issues.”
In her apparent struggle against the disease — detailed online — she shaved her head and posted on Facebook about dreaming of her funeral.
However, one of her supporters claimed on the social media site Edmunds refused to let anyone go with her on her “chemotherapy” treatments. “She made everyone … believe it. She made us do everything for her and if we didn’t she would guilt trip us saying we didn’t care she had cancer,” she wrote.

I don’t like to wish mental health problems on anyone, but I hope she’s being honest about hers. They’re basically all that stands between her and being an evil con artist. Hopefully she can get whatever help she needs.

Nov 15 2014

Oh He Felt Good About It Alright!

These stories…I’m seeing them everywhere. I’m sure they are just as prevalent as before, but now I feel like they’re fired at my brain like guided missiles.

This creepoid apparently lured women to come meet him for what they thought was a job interview. He found them on Kijiji, and set up the interviews. But what they were coming for was not at all a job interview, no not at all. After being asked very inappropriate questions, two of them wound up being sexually assaulted. This guy even tracked down one woman at her home! Police are pretty sure there are more victims out there.

Yeah, eeeewwww gross and scary and disturbing and all that. But what gives this story an extra special touch, if you will, is the guy’s name is Randy Purves.

Yup, Purves. I know it’s spelled not quite right, but how else are you going to pronounce that? And if that wasn’t enough, his first name is Randy!

Eeewww.

Nov 15 2014

You Have Some Weed? You Have Two Years?

Good news: Alvin Cross Junior doesn’t have to worry about being on probation anymore.
Bad news: Because he’s going back to prison.

Prosecutors said Cross’ probation officer received a text from Cross asking, “You have some weed?”
Probation officers and drug agents raided Cross’ home and found a bag of cocaine.

Cross plead guilty to a charge of possession of cocaine. He was sentenced to a year for that, plus another year for the pretty obvious probation violation.

Nov 15 2014

Slapchat

High school soccer coach Jeffrey M. Sirois made a short Snapchat video demonstrating a few of his best ball handling techniques, intending to send it to his girlfriend. But in what appears to be one of the worst cases of oops, wrong window in the history of the world, he accidentally sent it to members of his team. He is now former high school soccer coach Jeffrey M. Sirois.

In an interview with state police, Sirois said he never intentionally sent anything inappropriate to his players.
“I was attempted to send a video of myself in which I was masturbating,” according to the warrant. “I was making the video to send to my girlfriend. It is something she and I occasionally do.”
He told the troopers that after he sent the video, he checked to see if his girlfriend received it and found she didn’t. He said he then checked to see where he went and realized he sent it to everyone in his group on Snapchat, according to the warrant.
“I immediately realized my mistake and removed the video about 15 seconds later,” he told police, according to the warrant.
On the video, the players who viewed it did not see Sirois’s face, but noticed the couch he was sitting on and the area around it. Sirois allowed state police into his house to confirm the furniture in the video was in his house, and then described for them how he made the video.

I kind of feel bad for the guy, because you really do get the sense reading the story that it was a genuine mistake. Unfortunately for him it’s also serving as a pretty expensive and humiliating reminder to always double or triple check where something you don’t need anybody seeing is going, heat of the moment or not. He’s already out his job and the $100000 it took to bail himself out of jail after he was hit with charges of obscenity, risk of injury to a minor and breach of peace.

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