June 30, 2008
Nevada brothels that cater to long-haul truckers are offering gas cards and other promotions after seeing business decline as much as 25 percent from a year ago, industry officials said.They actually have a Brothel Owners' Association? Huh. They must have interesting conventions.
Geoffrey Arnold, president of the Nevada Brothel Owners' Association, said truckers account for up to 75 percent of business at the state's rural brothels along Interstate 80 and U.S. Highway 95.
He said business is down about 19 percent at his two northern Nevada brothels along I-80: Donna's Ranch in Wells and Donna's Battle Mountain Ranch.Well, that's a shame. Especially if you're a prostitute, a brothel owner, or a trucker who enjoys the company of professional skanks. But it turns out things aren't actually bad all over.
"We're being affected by the economy like everybody else," Arnold said. "Times are tougher ... and truckers have less money to spend. They're not high-rollers anymore."
Of Nevada's 28 legal brothels, 16 are located in rural areas that are being hurt by truckers' higher diesel costs, Arnold said. Whorehouses closer to Reno and Las Vegas, which rely more on tourists and conventioneers, say business is up this year.Well, good for them. I guess.
June 29, 2008
The hits just keep on coming: Starting July 1, Kentucky will collect another 1.5 cents tax on each gallon of gasoline, adding a bit more to prices that have held at $4 or higher in Louisville for much of the past month.But I guess I shouldn't worry about it. Why?:
Kentucky's gas tax, which goes toward the state road fund, will increase to 21.1 cents, and the diesel tax will rise to 18.1 cents, according to Jill Midkiff, spokeswoman for the state Finance and Administration Cabinet.
Kentucky's gas taxes -- which will total 40.9 cents after July 1, including state and federal taxes and a fee to cover cleanup of underground fuel tanks -- remain relatively low compared with other states.Well, that makes me feel much better. I guess I really shouldn't start complaining until the gas taxes get up to California levels, eh?
But at least I can take some comfort in knowing that I'm not hurting caribou, polar bears, or any other retardimals live up there in there in ANWR.
June 27, 2008
Norquist dropped by The Times' Washington bureau today and, as part of his negative critique of Obama's liberal stances on economic issues and other matters, he termed the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee "John Kerry with a tan."Grover goes on to say that he thinks (sigh) that Gov. Bobby Jindal would be a good choice for vice president.
Since Norquist isn't running for anything, he can get away with such remarks; we doubt McCain will be incorporating the line into his speeches anytime soon.
June 26, 2008
But the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, a nonprofit victim advocacy group representing 80 rape crisis centers, applauded the ruling.First of all, what kind of advocacy group for victims of sexual assault is in favor of rewarding those who perpetrate sexual assaults? Did it form alongside the American Hunters and Shooters Association?
"Most child sexual abuse victims are abused by a family member or close family friend," the group said in a statement. "The reality is that child victims and their families don't want to be responsible for sending a grandparent, cousin or long time family friend to death row."
Secondly, if a "grandparent, cousin, or long time family friend" raped my child they would be lucky to make it to trial. Any parent that would rather keep an association than seek justice for their child doesn't deserve to be a parent.
June 25, 2008
June 24, 2008
In the past, the RIAA complained about it, but didn't pursue it aggressively because they were making enough from sales to be satisfied. RIAA has successfully shaken down satellite and internet radio for big royalties, and now have bills in both the House and Senate to go after terrestrial radio.
If the NAB is smart, they'll immediately start seeking out indie labels and working with anyone who isn't part of the RIAA, and start use their airwaves to bludgeon the dirtbags.
June 23, 2008
Typically, symptoms include a period of fever and aching, chronic fatigue can sometimes set in for months after the initial symptoms, it can also sometimes lead to neurological diseases that can be fatal. Mosquito repellent with DEET, and making sure that there are no places with standing water around where you live or are at are the best ways to avoid getting West Nile.
June 19, 2008
Check out that link for more, See-Dub has this right, Blackwater needs to choose, US legal system or the legal systems of the foreign countries they work in. Frankly, I'd argue the government should put Blackwater at the bottom of the bid pool for things we need contractors for until they clean up their act.
June 18, 2008
Via Drudge (no link yet):
NYT THURSDAY: Obama aides increasingly limiting access for reporters; controlling settings Obama is photographed or filmed... Developing...What the hell? What parallel universe is this 'tard living in where he thinks he is getting such horrible press coverage that he has to limit the press?
Update: Here is the story Drudge linked, although not from the NYT for some reason.
A Philadelphia teen was rushed to the hospital after being shot just minutes after his high school graduation commencement concluded.Wait? I thought that the only way young people in George W. Bush's Amerikkka got killed was by joining the military to fight in an illegal war? Turns out they can get shot at home just as easily, so long as they're living in cities run top-to-bottom by anti-gun Democrats.
The shooting happened outside the Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University in North Philadelphia at about 4:20 p.m. Tuesday. Shots rang out while family and friends were gathering to congratulate the graduates from Strawberry Mansion High School.
Police said two rival groups at the school were involved in an altercation outside when an unknown gunman fired two shots into the crowd.
June 17, 2008
An Italian man was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend from a pub, taking her home and forcing her to iron his clothes and wash the dishes, police said Monday.The man is also said to have kidnapped his former babysitter so she could make him a sandwich for lunch (no crust, please!) and put in a video for him to watch before naptime.
The 43-year-old man dragged the woman out of a pub in the port city of Genoa, shoved her into a car and took her to his home where he made her iron and wash dishes after threatening her, they said.
June 16, 2008
Authorities say they arrested an upstate New York man twice in less than an hour for driving drunk. Oneida County deputies said the man was initially stopped Monday at about 1:26 a.m. near Westmoreland for moving from his lane unsafely.Oh, that's right. It's because I had a post just last week that was essentially the same story, but in a different state. Weird.
After he was charged, he was released to another person. Deputies said the man's blood-alcohol level at the time was .25 percent — more than triple the state's legal limit of .08 percent.
About 30 minutes later, deputies spotted the same man's vehicle in Rome and stopped him for failing to keep right.
Anyway, it seems some jurisdictions are going to have to rethink their policies on releasing DUI suspects into someone else's care.
(Cross-posted at The Brea Canyon Monument.)
June 15, 2008
I just found out that you are the lead male actor in a film I have been anxiously awaiting for about half a decade now. It is a serious, dramatic film.
Listen, I want you to know you have been acting for so long that most of the time I don't even remember that you were once known as Marky Mark. You've proved you can act in the past, but lately...hmmm...you've been somewhat disappointing.
That leads me to my point. Please take a few acting lessons before production of this film starts. I don't want to enter the theater on October 9, 2009 and be forced to stare at someone who thinks that the lifting of an eyebrow is a substitute for a good performance.
Please don't let me down.
It's Vintange, Duh
June 14, 2008
J.C. Watts, a former Oklahoma congressman who once was part of the GOP House leadership, said he’s thinking of voting for Obama. Watts said he’s still a Republican, but he criticizes his party for neglecting the black community. Black Republicans, he said, have to concede that while they might not agree with Democrats on issues, at least that party reaches out to them.
“And Obama highlights that even more,” Watts said, adding that he expects Obama to take on issues such as poverty and urban policy. “Republicans often seem indifferent to those things.”
It would be nice for McCain to have a vice president who is planning on voting for his own ticket. I think that's a minimal requirement.
*We already tried the "Hey, the GOP has black people, too!!1!!eleventy!!" strategy against Obama once. How'd that turn out?
Update: Karol at Alarming News interviewed Watts in 2004. Let's just say his views on the GOP's outreach to minority groups is a bit more nuanced now that Barack Obama is at the top of the Democratic ticket.
June 13, 2008
It was also from The Times, from May 19, and featured 70-odd girls, of “early grade school to college” age, with their fathers, stepfathers and fathers-in-law-to-be, at the ninth annual, largely evangelical “Father-Daughter Purity Ball."Oh, and the article starts out by comparing the practice to Muslim women getting hymen replacement surgeries across Europe.
“From this, it’s only a matter of degree to the man in Austria,” I’d scribbled across the first page.
The “man in Austria,” of course, was 73-year-old Josef Fritzl, who was around that time also making headlines after it was discovered that he had kept his daughter, Elisabeth, 42, locked up in a cellar for 24 years, during which time he’d raped her regularly, and had her bear him seven children.
Fritzl, a self-described “man of decency and good values,” had imprisoned his daughter after she began staying out all night and drinking. “I had to create a place where I could keep Elisabeth by force if necessary, away from the outside world,” he confessed.
Anyway, I'm off to visit area churches for advice. I need to get started on my family's dungeon.
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