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A couple dance at French Quarter Fest (frm

A couple dance at Fr. Quarter Fest (frm

Good Saturday to you Widdershins.  Yes, if it’s a Saturday in April in Nola, then it’s time for the French Quarter Festival.  Officially, they say the Festival is “to promote the Vieux Carré and the City of New Orleans through high quality special events and activities that showcase the culture and heritage of this unique city, contribute to the economic well being of the community, and instill increased pride in the people of New Orleans.”.  But in actuality, it’s another chance to have a big party.  I mean, you have to have something to do in nola after Carnival, but before Jazz Fest.  And with the Festival falling during Lent, but before Easter, there will be plenty of food on hand and if you observe meatless Fridays, there’s always plenty of seafood to enjoy.

Oh well, enough of that.  Let’s take a look at some of the unusual, odd or funny
things I’ve come across on the web recently.

Shoe stabber found guilty of murder

Ana Trujillo, the woman in Houston who was charged with murdering her boyfriend by stiletto heel was found guilty. I mean, she only bopped him on the head and in the face twenty-five times or so.  Her attorney tried for a self defense strategy, but I believe the twenty-five strikes with the 5 and 1/2 heel kind of blew that up in the water.  In the penalty phase the jury gave her life in prison.

“I never meant to hurt him,” Trujillo said before the judge made the jury’s decision final. “It was never my intent. I loved him. I wanted to get away. I never wanted to kill him.”

Well maybe if you had stopped at, oh, say, fifteen whacks with the shoe.  Just sayin’.

The prosecutor asked for life while Ms Trujillo’s attorney asked for a sentence of two years.  He said she acted “in the heat of sudden passion”.

Shades of the “kissing Congressman”!

Well this one actually happened before the video of Congress critter Vance McAllister getting all friendly and such with his “scheduler”/wife of best friend.  But perhaps this could be a cautionary tale for the congressman.

It seems that the good Rev Bobby Davis told his congregation of the Miracle Faith World Outreach Church in Bridgeport, Connecticut that he wanted his flock to stay past the end of services so he could have a chat with them.  Probably feeling that confession was good for the soul, the rev wanted to fess up to something he had done “a long time ago”.  Indeed, the reverend confessed that he had cheated on his wife of 50 years.  In the excitement of the congregation shouting out their forgiveness to him, the pastor fell to his knees, keeled over and died.

‘We were shouting, “We forgive you, we love you,”‘ Stovall said. I held his head as he lay on the floor… Our congregation is hurting now.’

‘The stress of all of it – he had a heart attack,’ Stovall continued. ‘I held his head as he lay on the floor… Our congregation is hurting now.”

Davis, a certified marriage and family therapist, served as pastor since he founded the church with his wife in 1967. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last June.

The church website said that his wife Christine ‘has worked alongside her husband for over forty-five years, teaching the Word of God…  She is a dynamic teacher whose style and wisdom compliments that of her husband to the extent that they almost always minister together in some capacity.’


Maybe sometimes it’s better to do a silent confession, just between you and your “higher power”, whoever that may be.

“Grandma wants dollar bills for WHAT?”

Well it seems that the manager/director and social workers at one Long Island nursing home had an activity other than Bingo for the residents to enjoy.  They decided to bring in some what the NY Post called “low rent Chippendales” to entertain the folks.  And this didn’t go over well with the son of one of the residents.  He expressed his outrage to the nursing home administrators who he says ignored him so he filed a suit against the nursing home.

The son of one resident, 86-year-old Bernice Youngblood, was shocked when he showed up for a visit and found a picture of his mom stuffing dollar bills — which are supposed to be locked away in her commissary account — into a dancer’s briefs.

“Plaintiff Bernice Youngblood was placed in apprehension of imminent, offensive, physical harm, as she was confused and bewildered as to why a muscular, almost nude man, was approaching her and placing his body and limbs, over [her],” the suit states.

I dunno, but if that’s a pic of Bernice on the Post website (and it is), she sure seemed to know where to stuff those dollar bills.  The suit continued:

“Bernice Youngblood has lived 85 years as a traditional Baptist, hard-working, lady . . . And now she has been defiled,” Ray (the attorney) said.


Now if Bernice is in the nursing home on Medicaid as so many of the residents are, I can see our Republican brothers and sisters getting all worked up because they’ll say it’s an abuse of Medicaid funds as Medicaid does provide a monthly stipend for the residents’ personal use.

Some assorted youtube clips


 Ronan Sinatra uh Farrow likes Koch

or at least the viewers on his MSNBC show say they do.  I confess that I have yet to watch the show.

Dutch Teevee reporter interviews…well someone with a big medal, and acts a little too nonchalant.

A youtube of New Yorkers with a rat on the subway and no it’s not politicians.  I like the guy sitting by the door who ends up just squatting on the seat while he uses his phone.

Finally, here’s about a minute of baby sloths “squeaking”.  It’s just cute.

Okay Widdershins, hope you had a great one today.







two dogs spring

Two collies or two shelties?

So, as our Chat wrote the other day there has been a load of crappy news this week so let’s try to put that aside and see what is going on that’s a little on the odd or humorous side of things.   I know that our wise and sage Prolix, will be attuned to the Final Four as the Kentucky Wildcats take on Wisconsin and I’m sure he will be cheering UConn on to victory.


Don’t mess with her blue suede shoes

Ana Trujillo is apparently someone you don’t want to get into an argument with.  And we know this because Ana got into an argument with her boyfriend, a professor at the University of Houston.  So Ana took her size 9 platform pump with the 5 & 1/2 inch heel and used it to stab Alf Stefan Andersson 25 times in the face and head.  Quoting from the article:  “Authorities allege Trujillo sat on top of Andersson and struck him with the shoe during an argument at his condominium last June. Trujillo’s attorney has told jurors his client was defending herself.”.  I guess she defended herself real good.  Trujillo called 911:

Also Tuesday, prosecutors played the 911 call Trujillo made in the early-morning hours and showed jurors video of the crime scene, where the shoe could be seen near Andersson’s body.

On the call, Trujillo could be heard at times crying uncontrollably, telling the operator her boyfriend had “started beating me up.” She also told the operator that Andersson is “bleeding, he’s about to die.”

It was difficult to understand Trujillo, and the 911 operator seemed to be unsure if Trujillo was reporting an assault or that someone was injured and needed medical help.

When the operator realized someone needed medical attention, she transferred the call to emergency medical services, which directed Trujillo to perform CPR on Andersson. Trujillo said she was already doing that.  (A kind, but ultimately useless action by this time, I’m willing to bet)

The policeman who arrived on the scene gave a, ahem, vivid description.

Houston police officer Ashton Bowie testified that when he responded to the condominium, Trujillo was “covered in blood.” Bowie said that he found Andersson lying on the ground, face up. His face was covered in blood and swollen.

“I thought his head had been blown out by a gun,” he told jurors.

Bowie also said he questioned Trujillo’s emotional response to the slaying.

“She was sobbing but no actual tears were coming down her face,” he said.

The trial was continuing at the time of the article.

Rally sons of Notre Dame: Sing her glory and sound her fame
(and pass the Hot Pockets)

Ah college days.  Days of youth.  Days of camaraderie.  Days of drunken B&E and  chowing down on Hot Pockets?  It seems so.  Nineteen year old Brian McCurren, enrolled at Notre Dame seemed to think that was part of his college experience as he broke into a downtown South Bend massage therapy business.  It seems that young Mr. McCurren used a very clever method of getting into Therapeutic Indulgence.

He threw a 100-pound flower pot through the stained glass portion of the door and then crawled through the hole, scraping himself along the way. WSBT says that McCurren then found himself inside a breezeway. He found a hammer and then dug his way through drywall and then entered the main part of the building.

And then once he got inside he did what all young, drunken college boys do:

He broke lamps, mirrors, furniture, and day spa equipment. He then sprayed a fire extinguisher as he went from room to room until he finally wound up in the kitchen. Sara Ros Frazier, owner of Therapeutic Indulgence, told WNDU, “He just went straight into the kitchen and he went through half a box of Hot Pockets. Macaroni and cheese was warming up in an antique style oven and then passed out eating [ice cream] Drumsticks on a table where the police found him.”

Yes, young McCurren, drunk, proceeded to eat mac and cheese Hot Pockets topped off with ice cream Drumsticks before passing out.  And yet, when the police arrived at around 10 in the morning, he was still legally drunk, registering a .106 in a standard breath test.  But what really got to Sara Frazier, the owner of the spa, was the attitude of the little jerk when the cops were taking him out.  “What really burned me the most was he wasn’t apologetic when he came down the stairs. You would think, even if you were that out of it when you come down, you’re coming down in cuffs… but he just had a smile on his face.”  Go back to the link and look at the pictures of the damage again.

Sara, let us hope that he is the offspring of privileged parents who will swear there’s no way “their baby” could do that, even as they whip out their American Express Centurion or Black Card to pay for his messes, as they probably have done before.  Little putz.

So I wonder if the priest is Irish?

Well going by the name, Father Sean P. Thomson, I’m gonna take a guess and say yes.  And would I be surprised if there was an S.J. behind that name?  Nope and you’ll see why.

Fr. Sean is the parish priest for University of Alaska-Fairbanks.  It seems that Fr. Sean was stopped at 228 Mile Parks Highway near McKinley Village.  The good father was driving a 2002 GMC Sierra pickup when he was pulled over by police.  The officer said  the priest’s truck was weaving, crossing the center line and speeding 79 mph in a 65 zone, trooper Christopher Bitz wrote in the criminal complain.  And it gets better from here:

Asked if he had any weapons, Thomson mentioned a .357 in the back seat but neglected to mention a 9mm pistol in his back pocket, Bitz said. Thomson had a bag with a small quantity of marijuana in the pocket of his hoodie sweatshirt, Bitz said.

Thomson registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.247 on a handheld preliminary breath alcohol test machine. That figure is three times the 0.08 level that is one legal standard for intoxication. At the Healy trooper post Thomson refused to take a more-accurate Datamaster test because “(he) said he was drunk and did not feel the test was necessary,” Bitz said.

Thomson was charged with DUI, refusal to take to a chemical alcohol test, drugs misconduct and two counts of weapons misconduct for both possessing a firearm while intoxicated and failing to immediately inform troopers he was carrying a firearm.

Thomson remains a priest for the Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks but has been placed on administrative leave, said Ronnie Rosenberg, legal coordinator and the director of human resources for the diocese.

Do not, I repeat DO NOT let Fr. Sean near Brian McCurren at Notre Dame and absolutely do not let Brian transfer to the U. of Alaska Fairbanks campus.

Assorted Youtube clips

Ah yes, I’ll have some of the A.C.A. please and pass on the Obamacare:


Before they had the quadcopters they did have the small regular remote-controlled  helicopters.  I thought soo  many times of getting one of those things and taking it out in the backyard to terrorize my little Chloe.

As this title says, Sometimes Security Cameras catch a gem.  This is the runaway FedEx truck.  And please note the path those dogs have worn in the grass by the fence.  This looks like a regular activity for these fidos.

Okay Widdershins, let me know below how your day is going and what’s going on.  It’s an open thread.

Good Sunday, Widdershins. I have had the same ringtone for years.  Not that it really matters, as I own an ancient flip phone that rests in the bottom of my purse in the “off” mode unless I am going to be late or need roadside assistance.  Nonetheless, I am bored with my ringtone, and I am auditioning tunes for a new one. I’ve found a bunch of songs that deal with telephone calls, but all suggestions are welcome.  Any song of any genre and any topic will be welcome. This is an otherwise open thread

(1) Call Me Maybe – Carlie Rae Jepson

(2) Ring My Bell –  Anita Ward

(3) You Talk Too Much – Frankie Ford

(4) Call Me – Blondie

(5) Yackety Yack – The Coasters

Have a great day. Widdershins.

Nola river fog

Nola river fog

Good Saturday to you Widdershins.  If it’s Saturday then it must be time to take a look at some of the odd or humorous things I’ve come across on the web, plus a few youtube videos that I’ve found cute or amusing.  Remember, no heavy lifting required today.

So do they recommend specific blends or varieties?

Well, we know pot is going mainstream when there is now a teevee show where folks discuss their experiences smoking pot, who they have smoked with and other sundry topics related to the evil weed.  “Pot comedian” Doug Benson now has a teevee show that streams on the internet.  Benson, 49, has established himself as the pre-eminent pot comedian through his comedy tours, podcasts and the 2007 documentary “Super High Me.”

“People shouldn’t feel shame for enjoying marijuana,” comedian and “Getting Doug With High” host Doug Benson told Yahoo News. “I like having guests on my show who are happy to smoke on camera and show the world that you can get high and have fun and nothing terrible is going to happen.”

Benson’s show has several recurring segments, including “Pot Topics,” in which Benson and his guests discuss marijuana stories in the news, “High History,” in which guests share their history as pot smokers, and a bit where Benson asks guests to name the most famous person they’ve ever smoked pot with.

Tommy Chong was on the show (surprise!) and said among the famous that he had smoked were “Ahnold”, the guv, Schwarzenegger, Frank Gehry the architect and “all of the Beatles except for Paul.”  He’s also had guests such as Sarah Silverman, Aubrey Plaza, Anthony Jeselnik and comedy roast master Jeffrey Ross.

Despite the popularity of pot and its use going more and more open, Benson said he’s had some folks to turn down an invite:

“Even some of my friends have said ‘no’ because they don’t want their family to see them smoke, or because they don’t want to lose lucrative gigs on children’s TV shows or something like that,” Benson said. “Which sucks, but as more states and countries legalize weed, then I’ll get better and better guests.”

Although he believes pot culture will eventually just be “culture” he says he believes it will still be some time before marijuana is legal completely across the country.

“It could be another 20 years,” Benson said. “And I don’t think Obama will decriminalize it. I’m sure he knows that legalization is going to happen everywhere. All he has to do is stay out of the way.”

Well, he would be the man who probably knows.  I don’t see this happening anytime real soon in the South and until then I guess lots of folks will be making airline reservations to Colorado and Washington state.  Hmmm, I wonder if any travel agencies have created any “pot vacay” packages to either place?


 Meanwhile, in the “what are they wasting time on now” category…

the Congress Critters in the House (mainly Repubs with a couple of Dems) have passed a law that makes it easier for them to sue the President for not enforcing laws that are on the books.  Oy!  The bill allows a lawmaker who is concerned with Obama not doing his job to file a lawsuit directly to a three-judge panel on a federal district court and appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Before they took a vote a bunch of the repub critters took to the well of the House to rake Obama over the coals over “failing to fully enforce several federal laws, including the Affordable Care Act, current immigration policy, sentencing laws and the federal ban on same-sex marriage.”  Another oy here!

“The Constitution gives Congress the responsibility to write the laws and the executive to enforce them,” said Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), a lead sponsor. “We don’t pass suggestions. We don’t pass ideas. We pass laws.”

Of course this is going nowhere because it probably won’t even be taken up in the Senate and besides which Obama said he’d veto it.  Utter nonsense and a total waste of those more and more precious and few days that Congress gets together to do something.  (Note:  you’ll have to download the pdf of the calendar to view it.)

And what did he want if she was good?

Drake Parks went to his bank in Van Buren Arkansas and completed a transaction.  Then a short time later, the teller said she got a call from someone saying that they were Drake’s father and that ole Drake had called the teller a bad name. “Daddy” Parks said Drake needed to be punished and the teller could make $50 if she would do the punishing.

The teller then stated that Drake got on the phone and said that he wanted her to do what his father told her to. He started to give her an address when she hung up and contacted the police, according to the news release.

Parks was arrested on Thursday after a warrant was issued for his arrest for Harassing Communications. He was booked into the Crawford County Detention Center.

Sounds terribly British to me.  Just sayin’.

I have no idea why he did this

I don’t know if the guy was depressed and this was a form of suicide or if he is a candidate for the Darwin Awards (what surprise – there have been no entries since last year).  In a few words let me sum it up:  Man is on platform at a train station in New Jersey.  Man leans over platform(to check for a train?).  Voila!  Train shows up…right…about…the…same…time.

According to eyewitnesses, the man was on the platform when he was struck and killed by an oncoming northbound train shortly before 5 p.m. local time, said spokesman William Smith.

The impact was so intense that four commuters standing nearby were struck by blood and body parts, Smith said.

One of the injured refused medical attention while the remaining three were taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, according to Smith.

The thing that seems so odd is that the train wasn’t even scheduled to stop at the station where this happened.

Some assorted youtube clips

Here’s a parody of the “First Kiss” video that was so popular.  This one is with dogs and we can maybe say it was pupular (groan).  [Note:  canine butt-sniffing involved]

This one is a clip of a boxer who is all-so-tough but turns out to be terrified by a leaf!

Lastly, I wonder how many times ole Gus practiced his head tilt and mannerisms in front of the mirror before he was ready for prime time.  Goo stah vo ama doe var!

Okay Widdershins, let me know below how your day is going.


Good Sunday, Widdershins.

Spring arrived Thursday, although you wouldn’t know so by the weather map.  We’re in the 80′s, while snow blankets the Midwest and East Coast.  Spring-like conditions are actually notable in parts of the South – otherwise, not so much.  March seems to have missed the “out like a lamb” memo, so we Southern Widdershins send warm, cheery, Spring-like tunes off to our Northern brothers and sisters in hopes that better weather might soon find you.

Anything that reminds you of this gentle season is fine, lest we all scurry to post Vivaldi’s classic – yet feel free to do so if you are so inclines.  Anything goes in this totally open thread.  Have a great day, and stay comfortable.

(1) Daydream  - The Lovin’ Spoonful

(2) Grazing in the Grass – Hugh Masekela

(3) Morning Has Broken – Cat Stevens

(4) Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles

(5) Turn, Turn, Turn – The Byrds

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