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Denver man gets prison for selling hundreds of library books

Man gets prison for 'borrowing' books - Criminal weirdness- msnbc.com

This is why we can't have nice things. Because some entitled jackass is looking for a source of free money and hits upon a scheme to cash out the public trust.

DENVER - A man accused of checking out hundreds of books and DVDs from libraries around the Denver area and then trying to sell them will be doing all his library borrowing from now on behind bars.

Denver prosecutors say 34-year-old Thomas Pilaar was sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered Tuesday to pay $53,549 in restitution. He pleaded guilty in May.

Of an estimated 1,400 books and DVDs that were taken, about 500 have been recovered. Denver Public Library estimated it had lost $35,000, while Douglas County said it had $11,000 worth of overdue items.

July 09, 2008

An epidemic of penis theft

A mind dismembered: In search of the magical penis thieves—By Frank Bures (Harper's Magazine)

According to Ilechukwu, an epidemic of penis theft swept Nigeria between 1975 and 1977. Then there seemed to be a lull until 1990, when the stealing resurged. “Men could be seen in the streets of Lagos holding on to their genitalia either openly or discreetly with their hand in their pockets,” Ilechukwu wrote. “Women were also seen holding on to their breasts directly or discreetly, by crossing the hands across the chest. . . . Vigilance and anticipatory aggression were thought to be good prophylaxes. This led to further breakdown of law and order.” In a typical incident, someone would suddenly yell: Thief! My genitals are gone! Then a culprit would be identified, apprehended, and, often, killed.

During the past decade and a half, the thievery seems not to have abated. In April 2001, mobs in Nigeria lynched at least twelve suspected penis thieves. In November of that same year, there were at least five similar deaths in neighboring Benin. One survey counted fifty-six “separate cases of genital shrinking, disappearance, and snatching” in West Africa between 1997 and 2003, with at least thirty-six suspected penis thieves killed at the hands of angry mobs during that period. These incidents have been reported in local newspapers but are little known outside the region.

Calif. Senator proposes free gas for lottery winners

Calif. senator proposes gas prizes for lottery

Tell me, if you had free gas forever, would you drive slower or conserve resources? Would you give free gas to everyone you know? Would you horde it in your own private tanker trucks? What would you do?

A state senator is suggesting that the California Lottery expand its prize offerings to include free gasoline.

Democrat Dean Florez says offering the gasoline prize would entice more people to buy lottery tickets and raise more money for schools, which get a portion of their funding from lottery sales.

In a letter to the director of the California Lottery, Florez says now is an ideal time to offer the awards. It's the middle of the summer travel season, and gas prices are soaring toward $5 a gallon throughout California.

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July 08, 2008

In Contrast to Mojo, I Applaud the New American Meretriciousness

Piggybacking on Mojo's JEZEBEL WRITERS SHOW UP DRUNK TO INTERVIEW,...