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Man uses remote-controlled robot to harass people on the street

Who needs security when you have a robot? | ajc.com

Isn't this assault? Just because people are hanging around outside doesn't mean you can fire a water cannon at them.

He mounted an old meat smoker atop a three-wheel scooter and attached a spotlight, an infrared camera, water cannon and a loudspeaker. He covered the contraption with impact-resistant rubber and painted the whole thing jet black.

And so was born what surely must be Atlanta's first remote-controlled, robotic vigilante.

Late at night several times a week, Terrill powers up the 4-foot-tall, 300 pound device and reaches for a remote control packed with two joysticks and various knobs and switches. Standing on a nearby corner, he maneuvers the machine down the block, often to a daycare center where it accosts what Terrill says are drug dealers, vagrants and others who shouldn't be there.

He flashes the robot's spotlight and grabs a walkie-talkie, which he uses to boom his disembodied voice over the robot's sound system.

"I tell them they are trespassing, it's private property, and they have to leave," he said. "They throw bottles and cans at it. That's when I shoot the water cannon. They just scatter like roaches."

February 25, 2008

US Ruins Afgani Women's Lives

via Raw Story | Independent UK | Women's lives worse...

On Diablo Cody's engagement

We Knew Her Way Back When: Diablo Cody - ErosBlog: The Sex Blog

(Note that the linked page is NSFW.)

So I donned the beaded top, miniskirt and pink fishnet tights on Saturday evening (Jonny wore an extremely hot new outfit as well) and we headed out. It turned out he had made reservations at our favorite sushi restaurant. We ordered cocktails and nigiri and commenced a fabulous meal. After finishing, we decided we were still hungry and ordered a second round of sushi.

So you can imagine my shock when the waitress arrived with a tray not bearing spicy tuna rolls, but a white ring box. “Here’s your special roll,” she said, barely able to contain her glee. Jonny dropped to his knee as I began bawling my fool eyes out in front of many gawking diners, and popped the question.

I had a surprise planned too: See, we’d been talking about getting engaged a lot recently, and I had a hunch a proposal was forthcoming. So several days earlier (as it turns out, the exact day Jonny had purchased the ring), I had secretly had the word “yes” tattooed on the inside of my wrist. I’d hidden it with an AC/DC wristband and hoped my surprise wouldn’t be blown.

And it wasn’t; I whipped off the wristband and flashed Jonny my wrist. “Yes!” Onlookers applauded, and my feet haven’t touched the ground since.

I wanted my answer to last forever, and now it will. (In fact, it’s healing nicely.)

OSCAR CLIP: Jon Stewart Analyzes ‘Barack Hussein Obama’ Name Dilemma

Breitbart.tv � ‘Gaydolf Titler’: Jon Stewart Analyzes ‘Barack Hussein Obama’...

February 24, 2008

Josh Marshall gets recognized for his amazing work

Blogger, Sans Pajamas, Rakes Muck and a Prize - New York Times

Of the many landmarks along a journalist’s career, two are among those that stand out: winning an award and making the government back down. Last week, Joshua Micah Marshall achieved both.

On Tuesday, it was announced that he had won a George Polk Award for legal reporting for coverage of the firing of eight United States attorneys, critics charged under political circumstances. The “tenacious investigative reporting sparked interest by the traditional news media and led to the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales,” the citation read.

Also last week, the Justice Department put him back on its mailing list for reporters with credentials after removing him last year.

Mr. Marshall does not belong to any traditional news organization. Instead, he is creating his own. His Web site, Talking Points Memo (www.talkingpointsmemo.com), is the first Internet-only news operation to receive the Polk (though in 2003, an award for Internet reporting was given to the Center for Public Integrity), and certainly one of the most influential political blogs in the country.

Woman charged with murder for cocaine-related miscarriage

wltx.com | Lott: "Every Time She Used Drugs, She was Killing This Child"

Richland County (WLTX) - A Richland County woman has been arrested and charged with the death of her infant.

Deputies arrested 37-year-old Charlene Green, charging her with homicide by child abuse.

Investigators say last October, she gave birth to the baby girl on the sidewalk of the Family Dollar store on Farrow Road in Columbia. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says Green was inside the store "commiting criminal acts," when she realized she was giving birth to her child.