Archive for June, 2007

NYC Teen Tormented Because His Name Is ‘Osama’

2007 - 06 - 13

NYC Teen Tormented Because His Name Is ‘Osama’
NEW YORK The family of a Staten Island teen who says he was constantly harassed in school by his teachers because his name is “Osama” is suing the school system after they say school officials never did anything to prevent the harassment.

His name is — or was — Osama Al-Najjar. Ever since his suicide attempt, he’s called himself “Sam.” His story begins two years ago at Tottenville High School.
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Iran moves to execute porn stars

2007 - 06 - 13

Iran moves to execute porn stars
Iran’s parliament on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill that could lead to death penalty for persons convicted of working in the production of pornographic movies.

With a 148-5 vote in favor and four abstentions, lawmakers present at the Wednesday session of the 290-seat parliament approved that “producers of pornographic works and main elements in their production are considered corruptors of the world and could be sentenced to punishment as corruptors of the world.”

The term, “corruptor of the world” is taken from the Quran, the Muslims’ holy book, and ranks among the highest on the scale of an individual’s criminal offenses. Under Iran’s Islamic Penal Code, it carries a death penalty.
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‘I took a picture of Tower Bridge and was arrested for terrorism’

2007 - 06 - 06

‘I took a picture of Tower Bridge and was arrested for terrorism’
A chilling glimpse of ‘stop and search’ Britain

Government ministers and police chiefs are demanding new powers to allow the police to stop and search people in the streets if they suspect them of terrorism. These powers echo the notorious “sus laws” of the 1970s.

Then the laws created an atmosphere of fear as police targeted young black men. Those laws were abandoned after widespread rioting in the early 1980s.

A glimpse of what these new laws would mean was shown last week when two foreign students were arrested for “terrorism” after taking snapshots of Tower Bridge.
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Gonzales proposes new crime: ‘Attempted’ copyright infringement

2007 - 06 - 01

Gonzales proposes new crime: ‘Attempted’ copyright infringement
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is pressing the U.S. Congress to enact a sweeping intellectual-property bill that would increase criminal penalties for copyright infringement, including “attempts” to commit piracy.

“To meet the global challenges of IP crime, our criminal laws must be kept updated,” Gonzales said during a speech before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington on Monday.

The Bush administration is throwing its support behind a proposal called the Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2007, which is likely to receive the enthusiastic support of the movie and music industries, and would represent the most dramatic rewrite of copyright law since a 2005 measure dealing with prerelease piracy.

Nasty Breakup Letter

2007 - 06 - 01

Nasty Breakup Letter
So, this was sent in from a Thrills fan as “the nastiest breakup EVER”. Not sure if it is worthy of being “nastiest” or where it came from, but it provided a good laugh. If anyone has a breakup story that is worse than this, send it in.

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It is weird, I feel like I just went through a horrible break up or something. The world looked funny yesterday, I couldn’t crack a smile if you paid me, there are songs I can’t listen to, and I just feel beyond crushed. I don’t know if you meant everything you said to me, and I am hoping that you didn’t. I know that I was wrong on many levels, but I am also hoping that this is something that we can deal with. I know it sounds totally crazy and stupid, but you have come to play such a significant role in my life, I can’t imagine my days without you.
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You did a stupid thing huh? No…doing long division and forgetting to carry the one is “a stupid thing”; Mixing in a red sock with a load of whites is “a stupid thing”; Blowing some guy in a bathroom for 45minutes while I sit at the bar wondering if you’re taking so long because you ate too much bran that morning isn’t as much a “Stupid thing” as it is grounds for permanent removal from my social calendar.
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By the way, for the amount of time you claim to spend in spin class you really must be doing something wrong to sport the thunder thighs you do. Watching you parade around my bedroom in a thong was a little like watching sea lions mate. Thought you might like to know.
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