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The Age of Creepy - "the erotic beauty of you holding yourself "

Sanford To Lover: "I Love The Erotic Beauty Of You Holding Yourself" | TPMMuckraker
We got the feeling from his press conference that things weren't quite resolved between Mark Sanford and his Argentina-based lover. Now The State has published emails the pair sent each other last year -- and they definitely reinforce that impression. The conservative Republican waxes eloquent, telling his lover Maria, among other things:
I could digress and say that you have the ability to give magnificent gentle kisses, or that I love your tan lines or that I love the curve of your hips, the erotic beauty of you holding yourself (or two magnificent parts of yourself) in the faded glow of the night's light...
I know, GOP presidential contender self-destructs, hypocrite Clinton-basher gets his comeuppance. It's a win! But life today is so fucking sleazy. I think I liked it better when JFK could snort crank off Marilyn Monroe's tits and we didn't have to read about it in the morning paper.

June 25, 2009

Pirate Bay founders served subpoenas over Twitter, Facebook

Pirate Bay Founders Get Twitter-Served -- Idolator: Music News, Reviews, And Gossip
Never let it be said that the music industry is completely clueless about the digital world; the Dutch antipiracy outfit BREIN, perhaps realizing that the medium may be more important than the message a lot of the time these days, has notified the founders of the BitTerrorist haven Pirate Bay that they’re due in court not through a process server, but via Facebook and Twitter.
My father spent nearly 30 years working as a process server in Detroit. I tried it out for a little while myself before deciding I sort of hated it. That said, if the ability to serve process via email/IM/social networking becomes commonplace in America then you can wave goodbye to that profession entirely.

Michael Jackson has died

LA Times: Michael Jackson hospitalized Details are still sketchy.

Sinkholes plaguing the Dead Sea

Dead Sea peril: sinkholes swallow up the unwary - Yahoo! News
EIN GEDI, Israel – Eli Raz was peering into a narrow hole in the Dead Sea shore when the earth opened up and swallowed him. Fearing he would never be found alive in the 30-foot- deep pit, he scribbled his will on an old postcard. After 14 hours a search party pulled him from the hole unhurt, and five years later the 69-year-old geologist is working to save others from a similar fate, leading an effort to map the sinkholes that are spreading on the banks of the fabled saltwater lake. These underground craters can open up in an instant, sucking in whatever lies above and leaving the surrounding area looking like an earthquake zone. The phenomenon, Raz said, stems from a dire water shortage, compounded in recent years by tourism and chemical industries as well as a growing population. "This is the most remarkable evidence of the brutal interference of humans in the Dead Sea," he said. . . .

FBI arrests white supremacist radio host/blogger for threatening to kill three Federal judges

Think Progress -- FBI Arrests White Supremacist Blogger Hal Turner For Threatening To Kill Federal Judges This racist nutjob has been known for a long time, in some parts of the internet. The Encyclopedia Dramatica page on him gives a pretty complete picture.
Today, FBI agents went to the New Jersey home of white supremacist blogger/radio host Hal Turner and arrested him “on a federal complaint filed in Chicago alleging that he made internet postings threatening to assault and murder three federal appeals court judges in Chicago in retaliation for their recent ruling upholding handgun bans in Chicago and a suburb,” according to a statement released by the Justice Department. A summary of Turner’s dangerous tirade against the judges: Internet postings on June 2 and 3 proclaimed “outrage” over the June 2, 2009, handgun decision by Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook and Judges Richard Posner and William Bauer, of the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, further stating, among other things: “Let me be the first to say this plainly: These Judges deserve to be killed.” The postings included photographs, phone numbers, work address and room numbers of these judges, along with a photo of the building in which they work and a map of its location. . . .

June 24, 2009

San Francisco supes pass new strict Renters' Rights bill

S.F. supes pass new rules on renters' rights
The new legislation, authored by Supervisor Eric Mar, is aimed at keeping families with children stable and in affordable housing. It will expand existing laws, which already protect seniors, disabled people and the terminally ill from owner move-in evictions in multiunit buildings. Single-family homes and condos are exempt from the existing and proposed laws. "During these challenging economic times, the city needs to do whatever it can to ensure families can live and work here," said Mar. "Too often children are being forced to leave the city where they were born." Landlords - who said they are also being hit hard by the recession - are not pleased, calling the laws unnecessary.
Mayor Newsom will most likely veto the bill.