'Dunce and disgusting' →
I understand what James is saying about the uphill battle faced by local teachers, but somehow I get the feeling that he’s condoning this particular teacher’s ire (which seems to be directed at the students): A teacher at a secondary school in the country told me the other day that she desperately wanted to leave teaching but could not find a better alternative yet. She was up to...
Today In T&T - May 10, 2012
Happy Thursday everyone! Why? Why not? Let’s see what’s in the news today… [[MORE]] Former CAL Chairman, Arthur Lok Jack is taking umbrage with (other former CAL Chairman) George Nicholas’ assertions that CAL’s problems started long before he arrived. According to Mr. Lok Jack: “When we resigned in 2010, there was US$149 million in cash in CAL’s...
TSA Finds Gun Parts in Stuffed Animals →
Oh cripes, there’ll be no living with them after this: Weird: Agents at a Providence, Rhode Island, airport screened a 4-year-old’s carry-on bag on Monday and spotted a gun inside. The weapon had been disassembled and hidden in three stuffed animals, reports USA Today. Weirder: Authorities took the gun but let the boy and his dad board their plane to Detroit anyway. Police suspect...
Humiliation of child lands mother in jail →
Taking hands-on parenting waaaaay too far: Unhappy with her daughter’s schoolwork, a Fridley mother shaved her 12-year-old’s head on Monday and sent her outside wearing a diaper and a tank top to pick up garbage and do windsprints in a punishment police said the mom called “diaper duty.” Anyone surprised that mom was completely remorseless and had the nerve to question...
Barack Obama’s Bullshit Gay Marriage Announcement →
Gawker argues that Obama’s announcement didn’t go nearly far enough: ABC News has only released one brief clip of Obama’s conversation about gay marriage today, but it seems fairly clear from the network’s coverage that his announcement amounts to much less than meets the eye. He now believes that gay couples should be able to marry. He doesn’t believe they have...
When Illness Makes a Spouse a Stranger →
An incredibly poignant read. Seriously, this one is worth your time: He threw away tax documents, got a ticket for trying to pass an ambulance and bought stock in companies that were obviously in trouble. Once a good cook, he burned every pot in the house. He became withdrawn and silent, and no longer spoke to his wife over dinner. That same failure to communicate got him fired from his job...
The President’s Gift →
United States President Barack Obama has come out (pardon the pun) in favor of gay marriage today (yay!). What does that mean from a practical perspective? According to Slate: Nothing and everything. Nothing, because on several fronts the Obama administration has already taken the legal steps that are in line with the president’s newly enlightened position. Everything, because he’s the...
So Foolish! 4 Kids Strapped To Hood Of Car While... →
Drunk parents + children + vehicular recklessness = total and complete insanity. Aaron Stefanski (pictured left) and Jessica Clark (pictured) were apprehended by police for allegedly strapping four children to the hood of their car and then driving away after they left a liquor store Monday evening… The Fort Wayne, Ind., couple were spotted by someone who summoned 911, when they spotted...
What We’re Really Talking About When We Talk About... →
The fact that this is even news is a sad indictment of … everyone. For a society that produces ads and photospreads so airbrushed that they’re technically cartoons, we’re oddly obsessed with seeing women without airbrushing for various reasons: to satisfy our own curiosities (and insecurities), or so that we can mock them for being human, or to praise them for bucking...
North Carolina Approves Ban on Gay Marriage →
North Carolina will make a ban on gay marriage part of its state constitution. Voters tonight approved a measure that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, reports AP. The state already has a law against gay marriage, but legislators wanted to make sure it couldn’t get struck down by judges, notes the New York Times. Way to make the constitution unconstitutional, NC.
California Moves to Ban 'Gay Cure' for Teens →
Psychotherapists who claim they can “cure” gay teenagers may soon be out of business in California. A bill before the state Senate would ban so-called “conversion therapy” for minors and require adults to sign a release form stating that the counseling is ineffective and possibly dangerous, reports AP. Such treatments can “cause extreme depression and guilt”...
Airport Scanner Breaks Teen's Insulin Pump →
The TSA strikes again: Savannah Barry, 16, says she approached agents with a letter from her doctor, and told them about the pump, but she was told to go through the scanner anyway,MSNBCreports. After the screening, Barry felt something was wrong, and called her mother, who contacted the pump’s maker and was told the teen needed to take the pump off as soon as she landed because scanners...
Story of vengeful jilted dentist WAS too good to... →
So … remember that story about the dentist who removed all of her ex-boyfriend’s teeth? Yeah, it’s a hoax: A hugely popular news story about a jilted dentist accused of pulling out all her ex-boyfriend’s teeth has unraveled as a hoax. News websites around the world ran the story last week about a woman in Poland named Anna Maćkowiak who took revenge on a man named Marek...
Arsenal Tech expels bullied teen who carried stun... →
Young, who’s openly gay, was suspended pending expulsion April 16 after he brought a stun gun to school, raised it in the air and fired it to scare away six kids who threatened to beat him up during a passing period. Grimes said she gave him the stun gun to protect himself from students who repeatedly called him names and threatened to beat him up. Some students threw rocks at him as he...
Second Male Masseur Files Lawsuit Against John... →
I wasn’t going to post this … I didn’t want it to be true. But then a second masseur came out of the woodwork (<—PUN. You’ll get it in a minute): Radar is reporting that a second masseur has come forward to claim he was sexually assaulted by actor John Travolta, one day after a similar allegation was made by a masseur in California. In the new lawsuit, filed...
Today In T&T - May 9, 2012
All the news that’s fit to mock: [[MORE]] The Honourable Suruj Rambachan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Communications, says that the Opposition is simply obsessed with the PM’s TT$8.8 million trip to India and her sister. Now, I don’t happen to believe that the job of the Opposition is to be in opposition to everything the ruling party does, but I do happen to think that...
Sexting Solution? App Kills Image After 10 Seconds →
We’ve officially fallen down the rabbit hole, folks: A new app lets people send sexts with less chance they’ll leak online. Snapchat allows users to set potentially embarrassing photo messages to delete themselves within seconds. It even warns senders when a recipient tries to take a screenshot of a message, the website psfk reports. Or, you could … I don’t know, not...