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Weather-prognosticating groundhog killed by mayor?

  • 12:19 pm Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by George Mathis
The tragic end of Staten Island Chuck ... errr ... Charlotte. (AP Photo)

New York has many rodents, including some that make a pretty penny on Wall Street, but none are as famous as the weather-prognosticating groundhog at the Staten Island Zoo.

Every Feb. 2, the mayor or some other newshog poses with ‘Staten Island Chuck,’ the zoo’s groundhog, as the sedentary mammal predicts an early or late spring.

This year, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped Chuck about 6 feet and the animal died Feb. 9 of internal injuries, claims The New York Post.

The Post, usually a calm voice of reason in tragic times, says de Blasio ‘has groundhog blood on his [More]

Georgia-built F-22 finally used in combat

  • 12:26 pm Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by George Mathis
The world's most-advanced military aircraft has been out of production for four years. In this 2007 photo, two F-22 Raptors fly off the coast of Florida. (AP Photo/US Air Force, Thomas Meneguin)

While you slept, the Georgia-built F-22 Raptor, the most expensive fighter plane of all time, finally saw combat.

The F-22, assembled by Lockheed in Marietta, has had a troubled history, largely due to its price tag. Almost 200 of the planes, allegedly the most advanced air-superiority aircraft in the world, were built at a cost of $67 billion.

Curiously, the plane was first used in combat three years after its 16-year production run (1996-2011) ended.


TV reporter quits with on-air profanity

  • 1:15 pm Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by George Mathis
Charlo Greene's image was quickly removed from KTVA's website. (

Anyone who has ever had a job has thought about quitting in a blaze of glory.

TV reporter Charlo Greene, a reporter at CBS affiliate KTVA in Anchorage, Alaska, actually went through with the plan.

While reporting on a medical marijuana business, Greene told viewers she owned the business and was quitting TV news to dedicate her life to legalizing marijuana.

She managed to drop an F-bomb before a producer could pull the plug on the live shot gone horribly awry.

“[BLEEP] it, I quit,” said Greene in what surely will be her last on-air appearance.

The confused news anchor offered a fumbling apology [More]

Leopard eats 13 walking home from bar

  • 2:12 pm Monday, September 15th, 2014 by George Mathis

The worst thing that ever happened to me as I walked home from a bar in Atlanta was finding a couple actively engaged in romance on my front lawn.

I ignored them and went inside.

No one died.

India is nothing like Los Angeles Avenue.

There, it is reported at least 13 have been killed by a man-eating leopard who has developed a taste for besotted human flesh.

An International Business News reporter says the big cat has “targeted drinkers” and preyed upon 13 “sozzled victims” in a rural area in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Villagers are now carrying sticks with them when they [More]

Man visits ex-wife, rescues sex slave

  • 6:26 pm Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by George Mathis
Ricky Roy House Jr. and Kendra Tooley. (Image from article)

In Atlanta, an estimated 200 girls are sold as sex slaves each month, but the darkness that fuels the sex trafficking industry can be found everywhere.

Today I ran across two stories in the Indianapolis Star that prove that sad point.

In the first, a man was visiting his ex-wife and her boyfriend, which doesn’t sound like a good idea. Turns out he was able to play the role of hero when he rescued a caged woman being held as a sex slave.

The man, Ronald Higgs, should have known something was awry when his ex-wife’s trailer had no running water or [More]

EBT cards can be used at marijuana shops

  • 1:53 pm Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 by George Mathis
The weed is being freed in some states by people using EBT cards. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group/MCT)

Most Americans think marijuana should be legalized.

There’s no poll on this but I think most of those same Americans would think marijuana should not be purchased with welfare funds.

But, that can happen in states that have legalized marijuana, according to a story on The Washington Times website.

An Alabama Republican, Sen. Jeff Sessions, is eager to close the “welfare-for-weed” loophole, he said Tuesday.

Sessions said the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services told him EBT cards, the debit cards used by those eligible for food stamps and cash assistance, can be used at legal marijuana shops.

The secretary [More]

Motorcycle stolen moments after fatal crash

  • 4:57 pm Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by George Mathis

What will be the last thing you see before you die?

Hopefully, it will be something nice like a loved one holding your hand or the Braves winning the World Series.

For a Detroit motorcyclist who died after striking a car at high speed, his last vision may have been of someone stealing his ride.

Channel 4 in Detroit has video of the crash involving a car turning left in front of a speeding motorcycle.

After impact, the motorcycle and its driver slid about a block down the street, the reporter says. Within minutes, someone hopped on the motorcycle and rode away.

The thief [More]

11 arrested in Memphis Kroger beatings

  • 4:24 pm Monday, September 8th, 2014 by George Mathis
The human in the green shirt is 15, doesn't go to school, and was out of jail on gun charges when he kicked another human unconscious. (Image taken from video)

UPDATE: 11 people have now been arrested in the attack. One suspect is 19, the other 10 are minors ranging in age from 14 to 16.

Original column:

The next time you are in Memphis near Poplar Plaza, get the hell out of there.

Various local news stations are reporting three people were beaten Saturday when an estimated 100 youths swarmed a parking lot and beat anyone who didn’t run.

A video taken by one witness shows the swarm and features the witness laughing as the mob gets a “white dude.”

The mob was comprised of black and white people, said [More]

Air Force recruits must swear oath to God

  • 4:40 pm Friday, September 5th, 2014 by George Mathis

“For God and Country” is a phrase often used by the military.

It’s the official motto of the American Legion, and it was the phrase used by Navy SEALS to confirm the death of Osama bin Laden.

So, perhaps it should come as no surprise that Air Force recruits must now say “so help me God” while reciting the required oath of enlistment.

The Air Force Times tells us the story of an atheist airman at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada who was denied reenlistment last month for refusing to recite the oath fully.

The airman crossed out “so help me God” [More]

Parents’ home seized for son’s $40 in drugs

  • 5:32 pm Thursday, September 4th, 2014 by George Mathis

Laws exist for many reasons, but at least some are designed to protect decent people like me and you from those who would rob us of our most valued possessions.

But some laws seem to turn law enforcers into the robbery crew.

CNN tells us the city of Philadelphia has seized 500 homes in 2014, some for what seem to be minor drug possessions.

In one case, house painter Christos Sourovelis was evicted from his home because police found $40 of heroin on his 22-year-old son.

Within six weeks of their son’s arrest, Sourovelis, his wife and other children were forced onto the [More]

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