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CONDOLEEZA RICE MEETS KISS, THONG THIEVES, EMPTY HOUSE SHOOTOUT, AMAZON LOST TRIBE, AND MODERN ROBINSON CRUSOE

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CONDOLEEZA RICE JOINS THE KISS ARMY

Who knew the Secretary of State was a Kiss fan. While in Stockholm, Sweden she decided to “Let her hair down” and take in a show with the aging rockers.  “I was thrilled,” Rice said of her late-night encounter with Kiss’ Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer in the executive lounge of the Sheraton Hotel where they signed autographs and handed out backstage passes and T-shirts to her staff. Late night encounter? This sounds like more than a passing fancy. I can’t wait for the tell-all book on that one. “It was really fun to meet Kiss and Gene Simmons,” she told reporters, noting that they seemed well-informed about current events. The band had asked if she could stop by after she finished dinner with the Swedish foreign minister and Rice readily agreed, she said. When Kiss beacons, she comes? Wow, how does that rate? I didn’t know they had that kind of power. Rice, a classically trained pianist, said she has eclectic musical tastes ranging from Beethoven to Bruce Springsteen. Kiss is apparently one of them. Rice said her favorite Kiss tune is “Rock and Roll All Nite.” I’m sorry, I have a hard time picturing her Rock and Rolling all night and partying everyday. Is there something about her we don’t know. Has she been hiding this closet nightlife? Could she be a mosh-pitter?

Condoleezza Rice and Kiss

 

ROBBERS USE WOMEN’S THONGS FOR MASKS

In Arvada, Colorado, police are searching for two men who robbed a convenience store. instead of useing masks, they decided to use women’s thongs to hide their identities. The two apparent panty sniffers wandered through the store and then went up and demanded money and cigarettes from the clerk. I wonder if she kept a straight face during all of this? The two were unarmed. That’s right, they didn’t even take guns. The two left the store still wearing the thongs on their heads. They actually went out in public like that.

POLICE ATTACK EMPTY HOUSE

Police suspected that criminals from a post office robbery were hiding out in a house in Conset, England. They laid siege to the house for four hours trying to get the suspects to come out with their hands up. Finally the cops gave up and entered the house with dogs. The house was empty. Yep, no one home. So much for that reputed brilliant criminal deduction we’ve heard so much about. Elementary? 

LOST TRIBE DISCOVERED IN BRAZIL

 This is like something out of Indiana Jones. Deep in the Amazon Jungle, a plane flying over Brazil co\aught these images of a previously uncontacted tribe near the Peruvian border along the Envira river. According to authorities, the tribe looks healthy and thriving. They are located in what is called an Ethno-Environmental Protected Area. There are nearly 100 uncontacted tribes in this region and officials strive to keep them that way. “These pictures are further evidence that uncontacted tribes really do exist,” Survival director Stephen Corry said. “The world needs to wake up to this, and ensure that their territory is protected in accordance with international law. Otherwise, they will soon be made extinct.” I like knowing there are still things in the world we know nothing about and that there are a few mysteries left out there. Think of it, a culture with no cellphones, internet, or cable TV.

 

One of Brazil's last remaining uncontacted tribes; Thursday 5/30

One of Brazil's last remaining uncontacted tribes

EXPLORER TO LIVE 300 DAYS ALONE ON AN ISLAND

A French explorer and adventurer Xavier Rosset has decided he is going to live for nearly a year on the remote isolated island of Tofua in the pacific. He intends to turn his adventure into a documentary of a modern day Robinson Crusoe. Tofua is only 30 miles away from where the mutiny on the HMS Bounty took place. Suppossedly Captain Bligh landed there after Spencer Christian set him and his men adrift searching for water.  One of Bligh’s men was buried there. Rosset has picked an interesting place to stay.  The only things he’s taking with him is a Swiss army knife, machete, video camera and solar panels for charging batteries for the camera. I have to admit, I’m a little envious on this one. Nearly a year with no phone, no lights, no motor cars, not a single luxury. He intends to build a shelter, find fish and plants for food, and gather rainwater for drinking. Sounds like he has this all thought out. Only problem is, I’ve seen a lot of movies about these isolated pacific islands. The volcano always goes off. It can be seen in the picture below, sending off smoke, obviously active.

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SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY, GAS PROTESTER, SERIAL PINCHER AND WORLD’S OLDEST PHOTO

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SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY SUSPENDS ANIMAL HOUSES

Was there any studying going on here? In a move to sort out the aftermath of nearly 100 students getting busted for drugs, San Diego State University has suspended fraternities on their campus pending investigation and review. Certainly going to college is suppossed to prepare you for a future career, but this is not what academia had in mind. The animal houses have apparently degenerated into the crack houses. This takes toga parties to a whole new level.

News conference, May 6, 2008

 MAN ARRESTED FOR SINGING AGAINST GAS PRICES

Jay Weinberg climbed atop a convenience store in Valparaiso, Indiana and gave a quick concert. His song, called “Price Gougin’,” was to protest the high gas prices. He had about 20 people standing around listening and a few at the pumps singing along when the police arrived to arrest him for trespassing and disorderly conduct. OK, first, how do you trespass at a public business? Second, I thought protest singers were a tradition in this country. You know, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie. I think he should book a tour of gas stations everywhere. Go on the road. But then I suppose the gas would cost too much. If he turned it into a video though it could be a Youtube/Myspace hit.

SERIAL BUTT PINCHER ON THE LOOSE

Here’s one for the books. According to reports, there is a serial butt pincher on the loose in Manchester, England. Local police are trying to put the pinch on him. He is described as a Greek/Turkish looking man and has pinched 19 women so far all ranging from 13-43 years of age. He apparently appreciates variety in his pinching. The victims say it puts them in a very uncomfortable position and want the pincher caught. Is this actually illegal?

NCAA CRACKS DOWN ON STUPIDITY

The NCAA has decided to penalize 53 Division 1 sports programs for poor academic performance in their players. Wow, they actually expect these guys to learn something? A total of 218 teams at 123 schools have been cited. This covers Football and Basketball, including Orange Bowl Champion Kansas. It seems they were recruiting for athletics, not brains. Go figure.

WORLD’S OLDEST PHOTOGRAPH

This may be the world’s oldest photograph. It is set to be sold at Sotheby’s and it is unknown how much money this might bring in. It is from around 1800. They are about to run a test on it to try and get a more precise date for its origin. It was made by laying a leaf on a light sensitive silver nitrate plate and then exposing it. It’s sort of like how people now sit their butts on a Xerox machine at office parties.