Wednesday, March 22, 2006


The top five Most Popular stories this morning on Cnn's online US edition are:

1. Man dies stuck in mud after running from deputies

I am inclined to read this one just to find out the mud/death connection. What, did he slip and fall head-first into a deeeeep puddle of mud? Did he escape the deputies by hiding in the mud and then realize he couldn't get out and died of starvation? Wow, I can really see why this is number one. I'll be thinking it over all day.

2. Ex-teacher sues over noisy chair

When I first read the headline, I thought it said noisy hair which immediately brought up a vision of Kramer. A noisy chair? Suing? This must be number two because of the "You've gotta be kidding" reaction to the title. What do you think, was it his chair or the student's chair, and is he suing for pain and suffering? Ok, I'm going to peek now...... Oh this is just too good, er bad, er appealing to the lowest common denominator:

Storer said the school failed to replace her chair, which made a "farting" noise whenever anyone sat on it, although other staff received new chairs. She said the chair was a source of embarrassment, especially at parent-teacher evenings."I had a nervous breakdown because of the ordeal I went through. It's just not fair that people can treat you like that," said Storer, who resigned in
September. She said she would never teach again.

3. Milwaukee boys vanish while playing

I hope they checked the trunk of the car!!!! (Remember that story? Big search for missing kids, but dead and rotting in the trunk of a car in the driveway - nobody looked there.)

4. Crocodile kills humanitarian professor

Are they trying to show irony? Humanitarian? Why add that part? Somebody thinks it's ironic that a humanitarian professor would be killed by a crocodile. I think the writer should check again the meaning of humanitarian and ironic. Somehow it has caught our attention anyway and is at number 4.

5. Prosecutors drop sex case against teacher

Well, that's no fun. We want to see the sex case proceed and we want to vilify the teacher and generate suspicion against all teachers. Dropped? Why? not enough evidence or something, sheesh.

(Ok, I just checked, I know why now, because she looks like a model and she said sorry and is being treated for bipolar disorder. Imagine if it had been a male teacher screwing a 14 year old student. I don't think the excuse would fly quite as well as it did for her.)


The Wisdom of Wislon said...

4. I totally agrre with you.

Why do the newspapers make a big deal out of someone's profession.

The poor guy was killed whether he was a scientist or teacher, the croc wasn't bothered by professions just food!

Have you seen today that a show will be on in the US with the aim to contact John Lennon and make heaps of money out of viewrs having to pay to view? I respect people who find comfort in whatever way of relating to loved ones but TV companies making extra money out of it takes the biscuit.

nongirlfriend said...

Ha, only in Texas. Yeah, my mom told me about that last night. I can believe it after all the rain we had this past weekend.

Still, what a way to go.

Stink Foot said...

My oh my, what the withdrawals of nicotine will do to our attitudes. Everyone knows that CNN is the leader for US propaganda. George Bush gives the green light to every story you see on CNN US edition. It gives you some insight about George and what is interesting to him.

Kevin said...

Yeah, kids from Milwaukee ALWAYS disappear ... I should know.

And BTW ... great new profile pic.

_Psycho said...

Oh new profile pic, something is wrong, did you start smoking !!! ? ;)

Hmm not bad news, some stuff really don't interest me thought. Everyone sue everyone in the US for nothing ;)

Snooze said...

It's so true about #5: there's still this myth that it's a young boy's dream to have sex with an older woman. 18 and older is a different story, but a child is a child.

St. Dickeybird said...

Snooze, it was my dream to be seduced by a hot teacher. Unfortunately, I just had the nerdy English teacher taking me out for drinks.

The Wisdom of Wislon said...

sorry about the typo

ouch that was bad ;-)

Patricia said...

i'm sorry, did you post something today? i can't seem to shift my focus away from your new profile pic.

Jason said...

I still can't quite get over the guy that shot the neighbour kid cause he walked on the guy's lawn. And with a shotgun -- twice! Second time was to finish him off.

What the hell?

ps. Nice new profile pic.

Lee said...

> I hope they checked the trunk of the car!!!!

Oh my lord, that's horrible!

So why am I laughing? ;)

Adam said...

Okay you are so brilliant for noting that the media LOVES to villianize teachers at any chance they get.

St. Dickeybird said...

#5 again...
I just saw her photo. I really really wish she'd assaulted me as a youth!

Butchieboy said...

You forgot to mention Jimmy's locker room story.

t said...

#2: Man, couldn't the school custodian just OIL the damned thing? I mean...I do that sort of thing every day!

#5: I'd also heard on the radio that she had to change her clothing before appearing before the judge as the clothes she had on were very revealing.
" 'I am a strong Christian woman,' she said. 'I believe that God has a path for me, and this was just a bump in the road.' "

Yeah, right.
I wish I got a nickel each time I've heard that one.

And I agree with your comment about a male teacher screwing a 14-year-old student. He wouldn't get off easy like she did.

epicurist said...

2 is just plain stupid.
4 I completely agree.

Sister Staceypatrick said...

Oh please! I have bipolar disorder and not once has it compelled me to do the nasty with a minor!

The Wisdom of Wislon said...

Patricia , I like your style ;-)

Torn, I read the chair story again on the way home last night, that story was from Bristol an area my Grandad used to live.

Sorry to bore you with that aside.

PS; re, new pic, you've a face to swoon over ;)