SDB Evening News Reads for 070611: Dust Storms and Earthquakes and Boob Bombs

Good afternoon/evening, we have a satellite dish guy out here upgrading my parents system.  They have had the same receivers since the early nineties…that is 1990’s and from the reaction of the dude fixing the connections, it seems that their equipment is reminiscent of stepping into a time warp.  It reminds me of when my Nana got rid of the rental dial phone she had in her house from when they built it back in the 1950’s. Can you believe she paid 3 bucks a month for the privilege of renting a phone from Southern Bell up until 1991? Over 45 years…crazy innit?

Okay, enough of the BS, let’s get down to the latest news being reported.

Magnitude-7.8 quake shakes remote New Zealand islands – USATODAY.com

A powerful magnitude-7.8 earthquake rattled New Zealand‘s remote Kermadec Islands in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

This USA Today link says no Tsunami alert was sent, however, two other news agencies are reporting differently:

Tsunami generated after quake jolts area north of New Zealand – CNN.com

“Sea level readings confirm that a tsunami was generated,” the center said. “This tsunami may have been destructive along coastlines of the region near the earthquake epicenter.”

New Zealand civil defence issues tsunami warning | Reuters

I wonder when the big one will hit over in the US Northern Pacific Coast, with the big quake in Japan…and the ones here in New Zealand, the Pacific Rim is sure to make some adjustments around the other half of the ring of fire.

In other weather news, a huge dust storm hit Arizona, check out this picture:  Historic dust storm sweeps Arizona, turns day to night | Reuters

Motorists drive along Interstate-10 during a dust storm in Phoenix, Arizona July 5, 2011. Visibility was reduced to zero in some areas as wind gust blew near 40 miles per hour, local media reported on Tuesday. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Day turned into night as the billowy plumes of dust rolled over the mountains and clogged the skies over and around Phoenix in the late afternoon and into the evening on Tuesday, applying a good coat of dirt to the surroundings.

“Where we are, it looks like Mount Saint Helens,” Jeff Lane, a spokesman with the Salt River Project utility, told Reuters.

“It looks like we had an eruption with all the dust that’s all over the parking lot,” he added.

The storm downed trees, tossed yard furniture, and snuffed out visibility across an area of some 50 miles at its peak on Tuesday evening, although there were no reports of any fatalities.

Airports have been closed, and some are out of electricity.  There is a video of it here: Giant dust storm hits Arizona | Video | Reuters.com

Two other quick links for you:

Eliot Spitzer’s CNN show canceled – Celebrity Circuit – CBS News

Wonder if he will end up over at Current TV.

News of the World: Scandal heats up for Murdoch’s News of the World – latimes.com

Accusations surface of possible hacking attempts by the News of the World into the cellphones of relatives of victims of criminal and terrorist attacks. Prime Minister David Cameron backs calls for public inquiries, and advertisers pull out of the Rupert Murdoch publication.

That article to LATimes will give you a background of what is going on. For more details read The Guardian here.  Phone hacking | Media | guardian.co.uk It looks like this scandal is getting more attention now…bout time.

Now, on to something that makes my nipples stand to attention…call it a personal sexist radar reaction to some TSA reports that make my head spin…I mean, as if the groping of our crotches wasn’t enough?

Beware new breast implant bomb, feds warn: Terrorists may try to sneak in explosives in implants

Feds warned of the potential threat that terrorists could use breast implants to hide bombs.

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Feds warned of the potential threat that terrorists could use breast implants to hide bombs.
Beware the breast implant bomb.

The feds said Wednesday that new intelligence shows terrorists may try to sneak explosives onto airplanes by surgically stitching them inside suicide bombers.

The Transportation Security Administration has briefed airline executives on the possibility, but emphasized that the information did not constitute an imminent threat, a U.S. security official confirmed.

Terrorists simply keep looking for new ways to sneak bombs past increasingly stiff airport security, TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said.

Hmm, I can just see the perverts at the TSA using this to feel up women left and right.

It’s unclear if the threat means that already “enhanced” TSA patdowns would get even randier.

“Our security procedures are multifaceted, and we adjust them according to the threat all the time,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney.

A U.S. security official said international travelers flying to the U.S. will face elevated scrutiny, but increased security measures could also apply to domestic travelers.

Oh great…you know, if they are going to be having breast exams available at your local airport, I suggest installing stirrups at the check points as well…might as well get your Pap Smears too.

Then the GOP can really cancel and defund all women’s preventative health check screening.  I mean, the people flying these days surely are able to pay the outrages fees charged for airline travel…so essentially the same poor women, who don’t have the money to fly will still not get their reproductive health check-ups.

What do you think? Should we send this suggestion to Rick Scott down in FLA? Of course, before any these women get felt up by TSA in FLA, they’ll need to take a drug test, of which…they must pay for themselves. Hell, just tack it onto the airline fees…

Paying Delta to have your bags checked takes on a whole different meaning!


10 Comments on “SDB Evening News Reads for 070611: Dust Storms and Earthquakes and Boob Bombs”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    Okay, I promised not to mention CMA anymore, but this is something:

    Casey Anthony Juror Says They Were Sick to Stomach Over Not Guilty Verdict – ABC News

    Casey Anthony juror Jennifer Ford said today that she and the other jurors cried and were “sick to our stomachs” after voting to acquit Casey Anthony of charges that she killed her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

    “I did not say she was innocent,” said Ford, who had previously only been identified as juror number 3. “I just said there was not enough evidence. If you cannot prove what the crime was, you cannot determine what the punishment should be.”

    […]

    “Everyone wonders why we didn’t speak to the media right away,” Ford said. “It was because we were sick to our stomach to get that verdict. We were crying and not just the women. It was emotional and we weren’t ready. We wanted to do it with integrity and not contribute to the sensationalism of the trial.”

    I really think that if the prosecution would have not been so greedy with their charges, Casey would have at least gotten some sort of conviction.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Why can’t we mention Casey A.?

      BTW that is the juror who desperately wanted to get on the jury. I heard on HLN she might have ulterior motives, like a book deal. Yes, I listened to HLN for awhile today {blush}.

    • Dee says:

      IMO the jury was just plain lazy. They didn’t want to do the hard work of making a thoughtful and serious decision. I give them a grade of F.

      I wish they would have taken an incomplete (hung jury or mistrial) so we could have a do over with a jury that was serious.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    I’m never flying again. Ever.

    President Obama wants to give the Republicans twice as much in cuts as they asked for–4 trillion. Why does he want to crash the economy? Doesn’t he realize the government could collapse too if that happens?

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20077335-503544.html

  3. Minkoff Minx says:

    I have a couple other links for you:

    Remember this dude that was arrested last week?

    Dash cam video shows DUI arrest of Ohio Republican lawmaker | Video Cafe

    On Friday, the Dearborn County Prosecutor’s Office released an embarrassing video of Republican Ohio State Rep. Robert Mecklenborg being stopped by police and failing a DUI test.

    After failing the roadside sobriety test, a blood test showed the lawmaker had a .097 blood-alcohol level and had traces of Viagra in his system.

    The 59-year-old married father of three also refused to explain why he had a 26-year-old female passenger in the car.

    Reports indicated that the woman worked at a strip club in Lawrenceburg.
    […]
    The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee noted that if the law is passed, Mecklenborg, who should have had his license confiscated at the time of his arrest, may be a victim of his own legislation.

    Ha Ha!

    The next link I have is James Wolcott’s quick summary of the phone hack scandal over in England.

    All Fall Down | James Wolcott’s Blog | Vanity Fair

    The Murdoch Empire phone-hacking clusterfuck has gone nuclear (h/t: James Robinson/Guardian UK):

    The families of members of the armed forces killed in Afghanistan and Iraq have been told they were targeted by a private investigator who worked for the News of the World.

    Yes, that’s correct, the families of slain soldiers were phone-hacked by the Murdoch-owned red-top tabloid.

    The revelation is likely to further shock the public, who have already reacted with horror to news that the paper intercepted voicemails left on a phone belonging to murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler and targeted the phones of families of victims of the 7/7 attacks.

    Those gathering shockwaves have created a shitstorm for Prime Minister David Cameron.