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S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford “missing” at Nevada Bunny Ranch brothel?


Mark Sanford; South Carolina

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (FOX) — Gov. Mark Sanford will return to his office Wednesday following widespread confusion over his whereabouts, a spokesman for the South Carolina Republican said.

Joel Sawyer, Sanford’s communication’s director, also said in a statement the governor called his chief of staff Tuesday morning and was “somewhat taken aback by all of the interest this trip has gotten.”

The mystery surrounding his whereabouts was called into question after Fox News reported he was visiting a friend in Nevada. Several sources within the infamous Bunny Ranch brothel in Carson City, Nevada stated the Governor was seen “in and out of the establishment over the last several days.”

“I apologize for taking so long to send this update, and was waiting to see if [we had] a more definitive idea of what part of the trail he was on before we did so,” Sawyer said in an e-mail to reporters.

Sanford’s whereabouts were unaccounted for Monday when he stepped out of the public eye following a bruising session with the state Legislature. Even his wife, Jenny, said she did not know where he was, The Associated Press reported, according to The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina.

“I want to emphasize that this isn’t something that either staff or Mrs. Sanford is concerned about,” Sawyer wrote Monday night. “As we said earlier today, it isn’t unusual for the governor to be out of pocket for several days after the legislative session. We knew that he would be difficult to reach, and that he would be checking in infrequently. Given the media attention this has generated, we’ll obviously update you once we have some more specifics to pass along.”

Earlier, Sawyer told FOX in a statement, “Before leaving last week, he let staff know his whereabouts and that he’d be difficult to reach. Should any emergencies arise between the times in which he checks in, our staff would obviously be in contact with other state officials as the situation warrants before making any decisions.”

Sawyer did not address Jenny Sanford’s comments to FOX News report.

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June 23, 2009 Posted by | Current Events, News, News of the Wierd, Newspaper, Politics, Random | 3 Comments

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November 15, 2008 Posted by | Animals, Barack Obama, Books, Cult, Current Events, Election 2008, Entertainment, Environment, Florida, Fun Stuff, Health, Helpful Resources, Humor, Iraq, John McCain, Letters to the Editor, Magazines, Military & War, Money, Movies, Music, News, News of the Wierd, Newspaper, Politics, Radio, Random, Religion, Rhode Island, Sarah Palin, Shopping, Sirius, Sirius Radio, Sports, Tampa Tribune, Television, Uncategorized, Utah, Utne, XM, XM Radio | Leave a comment

Sarah Palin prank call – Listen Here

Listen to the prank call here. It’s an MP3 file (1.4kb) and it runs 6 minutes.

The McCain-Palin campaign has had it’s embarasing moments in the last two months but the latest incident demonstrates exactly why they will lose the election. Quite simply, it’s gross incompetence.

The incident happened Saturday when well-known Montreal comedy duo Marc-Antoine Audette and Sebastien Trudel made a prank call to McCain’s running mate, Gov Sarah Palin on her personal cell phone.  Known as the Masked Avengers, the two are notorious for prank calls to celebrities and heads of state.  The pranksters posed as French President Nicolas Sarkozy and for 6 minutes they kept Palin on the phone until they told her it was a joke.

All I can say is yeah…she’s ready to be Vice President…NOT!!!

Below is the AP news article. The best sentence is the last one from Obama’s campaign spokesman Robert Gibbs.  “I’m glad we check out our calls before we hand the phone to Barack Obama.”

Palin takes prank call from fake French president
By CHARMAINE NORONHA, Associated Press Writer

TORONTO – Sarah Palin unwittingly took a prank call Saturday from a Canadian comedian posing as French President Nicolas Sarkozy and telling her she would make a good president someday.

“Maybe in eight years,” replies a laughing Palin.

The Republican vice presidential nominee discusses politics, the perils of hunting with Vice President Dick Cheney, and Sarkozy’s “beautiful wife,” in a recording of the six-minute call released Saturday and set to air Monday on a Quebec radio station.

Palin campaign spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt confirmed she had received the prank call.

“Governor Palin was mildly amused to learn that she had joined the ranks of heads of state, including President Sarkozy and other celebrities, in being targeted by these pranksters. C’est la vie,” she said.

The call was made by a well-known Montreal comedy duo Marc-Antoine Audette and Sebastien Trudel. Known as the Masked Avengers, the two are notorious for prank calls to celebrities and heads of state.

Audette, posing as Sarkozy, speaks in an exaggerated French accent and drops ample hints that the conversation is a joke. But Palin seemingly does not pick up on them.

He tells Palin one of his favorite pastimes is hunting, also a passion of the 44-year-old Alaska governor.

“I just love killing those animals. Mmm, mmm, take away life, that is so fun,” the fake Sarkozy says.

He proposes they go hunting together by helicopter, something he says he has never done.

“Well, I think we could have a lot of fun together while we’re getting work done,” Palin counters. “We can kill two birds with one stone that way.”

The comedian jokes that they shouldn’t bring Cheney along on the hunt, referring to the 2006 incident in which the vice-president shot and injured a friend while hunting quail.

“I’ll be a careful shot,” responds Palin.

Playing off the governor’s much-mocked comment in an early television interview that she had insights into foreign policy because “you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska,” the caller tells her: “You know we have a lot in common also, because … from my house I can see Belgium.”

She replies: “Well, see, we’re right next door to different countries that we all need to be working with, yes.”

When Audette refers to Canadian singer Steph Carse as Canada’s prime minister, Palin replies: “Well, he’s doing fine and yeah, when you come into a position underestimated it gives you an opportunity to prove the pundits and the critics wrong. You work that much harder.” Canada’s prime minister is Stephen Harper.

Palin praises Sarkozy throughout the call and also mentions his wife Carla Bruni, a model-turned-songwriter.

“You know, I look forward to working with you and getting to meet you personally and your beautiful wife,” Palin says. “Oh my goodness, you’ve added a lot of energy to your country with that beautiful family of yours.”

The Sarkozy impersonator tells Palin his wife is “so hot in bed” and then informs her that Bruni has written a song for her about Joe the Plumber entitled “Du rouge a levres sur une cochonne” — which translates as “Lipstick on a Pig.”

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama derided his Republican challenger John McCain’s call for change in Washington as “lipstick on a pig,” days after Palin made a lipstick joke at the Republican convention. The McCain-Palin campaign then released an ad implying Obama was calling Palin a pig with that remark.

The caller asks Palin if Joe the Plumber is her husband and adds: “We have the equivalent of Joe the Plumber in France. It’s called Marcel, the guy with bread under his armpit.”

He also tells the Alaska governor that he loved the “documentary” made about her and referred to a pornographic film with a Palin look-alike made by Hustler founder Larry Flynt.

She answers tentatively, “Ohh, good, thank you, yes.”

The callers then reveal the prank and identify themselves and their radio station.

“Ohhh, have we been pranked?” Palin asks before handing the phone to an aide who ends the call.

Obama’s campaign spokesman Robert Gibbs, commenting on the prank, said: “I’m glad we check out our calls before we hand the phone to Barack Obama.”

November 2, 2008 Posted by | Barack Obama, Current Events, Election 2008, Entertainment, Fun Stuff, Humor, John McCain, News, News of the Wierd, Politics, Sarah Palin | Leave a comment

Man gets stuck in elephant’s ass

October 11, 2008 Posted by | Animals, Current Events, Fun Stuff, Humor, News of the Wierd, Random | 4 Comments

Pope Benedict XVI reacts to gift during six-day visit to U.S.

Jack Manson
Associated Pass Writer

Pope Benedict XVI reacts to a his gift from a Catholic Church group in Washington, D.C. during his recent six-day visit to the United States. According to a person attending the event, the church group gave His Holiness 50 underage male virgins, one for each of the 50 states of America. Despite outrage from child advocacy and sexual assault victim advocates, a church spokesman said there was no concern the Pope or his staff would abuse the children. “The Catholic Church has shown its remorse and eternal sadness for the abuse of thousands of underage boys by hundreds of priests in the U.S. and around the world” said Michael Sloan, spokesman from the Holy Trinity Parish in the District of Columbia.

The Pope looks overly excited at the gift if you ask me

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April 23, 2008 Posted by | Cult, Current Events, Entertainment, Fun Stuff, Humor, News, News of the Wierd, Newspaper, Religion, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Pictures of baby with two faces

Now those are faces only a mother could love

An Indian girl, born with four eyes, two noses and two mouths rests in her father’s lap at the Saini Village of Noida, some 55 kms from New Delhi, on April 5. The parents of the girl say that the toddler is doing well and that they have no plans for a surgery.

Mother Sushma holds her daughter Lali at their residence in Saini Sunpura, 50 kilometers (31 miles) east of New Delhi, India, Tuesday, April 8, 2008. The baby with two faces, two noses, two pairs of lips and two pairs of eyes was born on March 11 in a northern Indian village, where she is doing well and is being worshipped as the reincarnation of a Hindu goddess, her father said Tuesday.

Mother Sushma holds her daughter Lali as her husband Vinod Singh stands next to them at their residence in Saini Sunpura, 50 kilometers (31 miles) east of New Delhi, India, Tuesday, April 8, 2008. The baby with two faces, two noses, two pairs of lips and two pairs of eyes was born on March 11 in a northern Indian village, where she is doing well and is being worshipped as the reincarnation of a Hindu goddess, her father said Tuesday.

Mother Sushma holds her daughter Lali at their residence in Saini Sunpura, 50 kilometers (31 miles) east of New Delhi, India, Tuesday, April 8, 2008. The baby with two faces, two noses, two pairs of lips and two pairs of eyes was born on March 11 in a northern Indian village, where she is doing well and is being worshipped as the reincarnation of a Hindu goddess, her father said Tuesday.

A girl born with two faces rests in her relative’s lap at Saini village in Noida, some 55 km (34 miles) from New Delhi March 15, 2008. Picture taken March 15, 2008.

A girl born with two faces rests in her house at Saini village in Noida, some 55 km (34 miles) from New Delhi March 15, 2008. Picture taken March 15, 2008.

A girl born with two faces rests in the village of Saini near New Delhi in this March 15, 2008 file photo. The family of the baby has refused special medical treatment for the infant, saying she is the incarnation of a Hindu goddess. The month-old girl suffers from what appears to be craniofacial duplication, an extremely rare congenital disorder in which part of the face is duplicated on the head. Media reports said she ate with both mouths and blinked all four eyes. The anomaly gave the newborn god-like status in the village, with hundreds of people flocking to the family’s dilapidated brick house to worship her and seek blessings.

Father Vinod Singh sits next to his daughter Lali at his residence in Saini Sunpura, 50 kilometers (31 miles) east of New Delhi, India, Tuesday, April 8, 2008. The baby with two faces, two noses, two pairs of lips and two pairs of eyes was born on March 11 in a northern Indian village, where she is doing well and is being worshipped as the reincarnation of a Hindu goddess, her father said Tuesday.

Father Vinod Singh holds his daughter Lali at his residence as visitors touch the child’s feet in reverence in Saini Sunpura, 50 kilometers (31 miles) east of New Delhi, India, Tuesday, April 8, 2008. The baby with two faces, two noses, two pairs of lips and two pairs of eyes was born on March 11 in a northern Indian village, where she is doing well and is being worshipped as the reincarnation of a Hindu goddess, her father said Tuesday.

Father Vinod Singh holds his daughter Lali at his residence as visitors touch the child’s feet in reverence in Saini Sunpura, 50 kilometers (31 miles) east of New Delhi, India, Tuesday, April 8, 2008. The baby with two faces, two noses, two pairs of lips and two pairs of eyes was born on March 11 in a northern Indian village, where she is doing well and is being worshipped as the reincarnation of a Hindu goddess, her father said Tuesday.

Parents Sushma, left, and Vinod Singh pose with their daughter Lali at their residence in Saini Sunpura, 50 kilometers (31 miles) east of New Delhi, India, Tuesday, April 8, 2008. The baby with two faces, two noses, two pairs of lips and two pairs of eyes was born on March 11 in a northern Indian village, where she is doing well and is being worshipped as the reincarnation of a Hindu goddess, her father said Tuesday.

April 22, 2008 Posted by | Current Events, Health, News, News of the Wierd, Random | 4 Comments

Angry Goat Kills Pastor

A Tennessee pastor suffered a fatal heart attack after being rammed by his pet goat. What this story fails to say, rather than the cause of death being an angry, possessed, mean-spirited goat, it was probably due to the Pastor being overweight with a history of heart trouble. Hmm, maybe farm animal love had something to do with it. 

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March 23, 2008 Posted by | Animals, Current Events, News, News of the Wierd, Religion | 1 Comment

Sperm donor ordered to pay child support

HARRISBURG — A sperm donor who helped a lesbian couple conceive two children is liable for child support under a state appeals-court ruling that a legal expert believes might be the first of its kind.

A Superior Court panel last week ordered a Dauphin County judge to establish how much Carl L. Frampton Jr. would have to pay to the birth mother of an 8-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl.

“I’m unaware of any other state appellate court that has found that a child has, simultaneously, three adults who are financially obligated to the child’s support and are also entitled to visitation,” said New York Law School professor Arthur S. Leonard, an expert on sexuality and the law.

But Mr. Frampton, 60, of Indiana, Pa., died suddenly of a stroke in March, leaving lawyers involved in the case with different theories about how his death may affect the precedent-setting case.

Jodilynn Jacob, 33, and Jennifer Lee Shultz-Jacob, 48, moved in together as a couple in 1996, and were granted a civil-union license in Vermont in 2002. In addition to conceiving the two children with the help of Mr. Frampton — a longtime friend of Shultz-Jacob’s — Ms. Jacob also adopted her brother’s two older children, now 12 and 13.

But the women’s relationship fell apart, and Ms. Jacob and the children moved out of their Dillsburg, York County, home in February 2006.

Shortly afterward, a court awarded her about $1,000 a month in support from Ms. Shultz-Jacob. Ms. Shultz-Jacob later lost an effort to have the court force Mr. Frampton to contribute support — a decision that the Superior Court overturned April 30.

Ms. Jacob, who now lives in Harrisburg, said Mr. Frampton provided some financial support over the years and gradually took a greater interest in the children.

“Part of the decision came down because he was so involved with them,” Ms. Jacob said yesterday. “It wasn’t that he went to the (sperm) bank and that was it. They called him Papa.”

The process was very informal — Ms. Jacob was inseminated at home.

Lori Andrews, a Chicago-Kent College of Law professor with expertise in reproductive technology, said as many as five people could claim some parental status toward a single child if its conception involved a surrogate mother, an egg donor and a sperm donor.

“The courts are beginning to find increased rights for all the parties involved,” she said. “Most states have adoption laws that go dozens of pages, and we see very few laws with a comprehensive approach to reproductive technology.”

In his written opinion requiring Mr. Frampton to help pay for the child’s support, Superior Court Judge John T.J. Kelly Jr. noted that Mr. Frampton spent thousands of dollars on the children, including purchases of toys and clothing.

“Such constant and attentive solicitude seems widely at variance with the support court’s characterization of (him) having ‘played a minimal role in raising and supporting’ the children,” Judge Kelly said.

The children knew he was their biological father and attended his funeral, but Mr. Frampton opposed the effort to compel support from him.

“We made the argument that, according to Pennsylvania law as it stands, there can really only be two adult individuals that can be held liable for support in a child-custody case,” said Mr. Frampton’s lawyer, Matthew Aaron Smith.

Ms. Shultz-Jacob’s lawyer, Heather Z. Reynosa, wants Mr. Frampton’s support obligation to be made retroactive to when Ms. Jacob first filed for support. Mr. Frampton’s Social Security survivor benefits may also help reduce Ms. Shultz-Jacob’s monthly obligation.

It’s unclear how the child-support guidelines, which assume two parents, will be adapted to account for three parents.

“That’s what’s going to be interesting, because there’s not a whole lot of guidance out there,” Ms. Reynosa said.

The state Supreme Court is currently considering a similar case, in which a sperm donor wants to enforce a promise made by the mother that he would not have to be involved in the child’s life. That biological father was ordered to pay $1,520 in monthly support.

About two-thirds of states have adopted versions of the Uniform Parentage Act that can shield sperm donors from being forced to assume parenting responsibilities. Pennsylvania has no such law.

January 4, 2008 Posted by | Current Events, News, News of the Wierd | Leave a comment

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November 12, 2007 Posted by | Animals, Blogroll, Books, Current Events, Environment, Fun Stuff, Health, Helpful Resources, Humor, Iraq, Letters to the Editor, Military & War, Money, Movies, Music, News, News of the Wierd, Politics, Random, Religion, Rhode Island, Sports, Television, Utah | Leave a comment

Trinity University 15 laterals miracle win video

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Picture the ending of the Stanford-California game in 1982, without the band and with three times as many laterals.

Trinity University used 15 laterals after a completed pass on the final play of the game for an unlikely touchdown and 28-24 victory Saturday at stunned Millsaps. Call it the “Mississippi Miracle” for the Tigers, an NCAA Division III team in San Antonio.

“Things have to go perfectly for that to work,” coach Steve Mohr told The Associated Press after the Tigers got home Sunday night from Jackson, Miss. “We couldn’t do that against air if we tried.”

There were 2 seconds left, only enough time to snap the ball once, when Trinity (7-1) took over at its own 40.

Blake Barmore dumped a short pass over the middle to a wide-open Shawn Thompson, who gained 16 yards before he ran into a defender and made the first pitch to Riley Curry. Then there was another lateral, and another and another.

Curry got the ball four times, the last after it was bounced off the turf into his hands around the 34 and he sprinted to the end zone. He crossed the goal line 62 seconds after the ball was snapped.

That bounce was the only time the ball touched the ground, and Mohr thinks that actually helped the Tigers.

“Some of the Millsaps players stopped. That created the seam for Curry,” said Mohr, figuring some of the exhausted defenders might have thought it was like an incomplete pass to kill the play. “It was never batted, never touched the ground except the last throw, 14 straight completions.”

California needed only five laterals on its game-ending kickoff return for a touchdown in 1982, when Stanford’s band had stormed the field thinking the game was over.

Seven different Trinity players touched the ball, including two offensive linemen. Josh Hooten, a 266-pound guard, got it twice.

Hooten was the recipient of the second pitch, then threw the ball over his shoulder. Luckily, it went to receiver Michael Tomlin.

“He caught it and pitched it over his head blindly,” Mohr said. “It was like he caught it and thought he’s not supposed to have it. It was comical.”

The third touch by Curry ended when he pitched back to Tomlin and then Curry wound up on the ground after being tackled. Tomlin ran toward the sideline and got rid of the ball as he went down in a crowd, throwing to Hooten, who quickly pitched to Brandon Maddux.

With defenders surrounding him, Maddux desperately pitched the ball back toward the middle of the field. It took a perfect hop to Curry, who had gotten back to his feet.

“The worst part about it is we had five or six guys just quit on the play,” Millsaps coach Mike DuBose, the former Alabama coach, told The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger. “That type of thing just shouldn’t happen. Sure, we were tired. But so was Trinity. You have to finish the play. We stopped.”

Trinity cut it to 24-22 when Barmore threw a 13-yard TD pass to Curry with 2:11 left. But Barmore threw an incompletion on the 2-point conversion try and Millsaps recovered the attempted onside kick.

But the Majors (6-2) gave the ball back after failing to convert on fourth-and-2.

With the victory, Trinity remained in contention for the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference title and an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III playoffs. Millsaps would have clinched the playoff spot by winning.

“This puts us in position to play for something in November,” said Mohr, 143-53 in his 18 seasons at Trinity. “It doesn’t guarantee anything. Our kids understand it, but at least it kept us in the hunt.”

October 29, 2007 Posted by | Current Events, Fun Stuff, News, News of the Wierd, Sports | Leave a comment