Archive for July 17, 2009

Image: The Charlotte Observer

Image: The Charlotte Observer

By Michael Biesecker | The Charlotte Observer


 An employee of a state mental hospital in Butner was arrested this week, accused of using a cell phone to take a nude photo of a patient.

Frederick Damont Bellamy, 36, of Durham is charged with secret peeping, a felony.

Bellamy was working at Central Regional Hospital in November when he photographed a male patient “for the purpose of gratifying sexual desire,” according to an arrest warrant that a State Bureau of Investigation agent filed Wednesday.

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This explains a lot about the Sotomayor hearing and the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Confirmation Committee, Jeff Sessons (R-Ala). No wonder he kept repeating himself during Sotomayor’s testimony. But he wasn’t the only senator chatting it up, so there must of been enough crack to go around. Politico crunched the numbers on the comments during the hearing and the senators talked circles around the nominee. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) ranked no.1 followed by Jon Kyl (R-Ariz) no.2 and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala) ranked no.3 most chatty.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) came in at number three with his passionate and colorful exchanges with Sotomayor: His total was 6,626 words. Sessions focused on Sotomayor’s 2001 “wise Latina” speech and the failed confirmation of federal judge Miguel Estrada, who was nominated by George W. Bush. It was not the first time the two have met: When Sotomayor was considered for a post on the U.S. Court of appeals for the 2nd Circuit in 1997, Sessions was one of those questioning Sotomayor. 

Read the entire Politco piece here

Think about this the next time you are feeding your guppies. But there appears to be an explaination for the Raleigh sewer critter seen in the above video after all. The critter is dwelling under Cameron Village in Raleigh.

Ed Buchan, environmental coordinator at the Raleigh Public Utilities Department, said staff biologists have confirmed that the “creature” is actually a colony of tubifex worms. The colonies attach themselves to roots that gradually work themselves into weak points in the pipes.

“They seem to respond to the light from the camera,” Buchan said. “That light is pretty hot.”

The worms naturally occur in sewage and pond sediment and are actually sold both live and dried as fish food in pet stores.

He said other staff members in the department have seen it before, although sightings aren’t particularly common.

But the jury is out on whether it is Bryozoa or tubifex worms (tropical fish food). The guys over at How Stuff Works have comparsion videos of the two critters in question. Just think about this, if it is Bryozoa it’s “a primitive life form that, as a species, is over 350 million years old”. 

Hop over there and take a look, once again truth is stranger than fiction.

Mrs. Madoff's new scenic condo

Mrs. Madoff's new scenic condo


This photo just leaked to BBS shows the fixer-upper Ruth Madoff purchased with the change she had hidden from the Feds. She purchased the new digs in Butner over looking the landfill, to be near her husband Bernie Madoff . Sources tell us she said things were looking up for her now that she has chosen the wallpaper pattern for her cabinets. Also several locals donated items as trailer warming gifts. Reportedly the items included a complete set of salad bowls that say “Cool Whip” on the side, Dale Earndhart bed sheets and a velvet Elvis painting. The neighbors plan to help her decorate her stairs for Christmas.

We will update you with more as it becomes available

“White men were 100% of the people that wrote the Constitution, 100% of the people that signed the Declaration of Independence, 100% of the people who died at Gettysburg and Vicksburg, probably close to 100% of the people who died at Normandy. This has been a country built basically by white folks, who were 90% of the nation in 1960 when I was growing up and the other 10% were African-Americans who had been discriminated against. That’s why. ~ Pat Buchanan ~

Last night on the Rachel Maddow show, Pat Buchanan tried to re-write American history while explaining why he doesn’t support Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Buchanan may want to brush up on his American history before he attempts anymore poor, pitiful white guy rants.

According to PBS, during the Civil War, “More than 200,000 blacks fought for the Union, and 38,000 died, the majority of disease.” In The Colors of Courage: Gettysburg’s Forgotten History: Immigrants, Women, and African Americans in the Civil War’s Defining Battle (Basic Books, 2004), Bates College professor of history Margaret Creighton writes that an unnamed African-American was the third Union soldier killed in “the Gettysburg campaign”:

Buchanan also claimed that “probably close to 100 percent of the people who died at Normandy” were white men. He previously falsely claimed that “all the dead at Normandy” were white males. Buchanan’s comments again denigrated the service that minorities played at Normandy or in World War II. According to a History Channel documentary, “1.2 million African-Americans served in World War II, and although largely forgotten by history, nearly 2,000 of them stormed the beaches of Normandy.”

I’ll give it to Buchanan, he said a lot of things that haven’t been said mainstream but in my opinion, represent the underbelly of the GOP as well as the Republican party’s political  mindset. Which if you pay attention to their propaganda, seems to encompass muslim terrorist, african american slander, and Joe the plumber.

After watching the hubris of the Senate cracker caucus this week, Rachel racking Buchanan across the coals was much needed entertainment. Her comment “Pat you’re dating yourself” explains a lot about Buchanan’s level of frustration.

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