Monday, May 03, 2010

Bizness as usual - I say your thong is on fire!

5 killed while playing soccer in southern Mexico

MARK STEVENSON | May 3, 2010 03:41 PM EST |
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MEXICO CITY — Gunmen drove up to a soccer field and shot five men to death as they played early Monday near the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco, police in southern Mexico said.
It was unclear why the five men were playing so late, but the region of Guerrero state is often so hot and humid by day by day that athletes wait until night to compete. Many people also work unusual hours in the local tourist industry.
The men were playing in the hamlet of Xaltianguis, on the northern outskirts of Acapulco, when gunmen in three vehicles pulled up beside the field and opened fire.

Man Dies After Eel Is Inserted In His Rectum
First Posted: 05- 3-10 10:36 AM | Updated: 05- 3-10 01:08 PM

A Chinese man has died after an eel was inserted in rectum by friends as, reports claim, a joke.
Doctors in Sichaun, China, apparently found the creature, a 50cm Asian swamp eel, in the 59-year-old man's rectum after he had died from internal bleeding.
The eel had reportedly done severe damage to the man's intestines.


Tom Emmer
We normally think of secession and nullification coming from dead-enders from the South. But really, why should they get all the fun. With the backing of Sarah Palin and Tim Pawlenty, the Minnesota Republican party just nominated for Governor Tom Emmer who says no federal laws should apply in Minnesota unless 2/3 of both houses of the state legislature approve the law in advance.
--Josh Marshall

Jim Traficant, Ex-Con, Running For Ohio Congressional Seat He Once Held

WARREN, Ohio — A former congressman from northeast Ohio wants to make a political comeback after serving seven years in prison for corruption.

James Traficant (TRAF'-eh-kehnt) filed petitions Monday morning to run as an independent in his home turf in the Youngstown area. The seat is currently held by Democrat Tim Ryan, who once worked for Traficant.
In responding to Traficant's filing, Ryan didn't mention his old boss. Ryan says his re-election campaign will focus on jobs and on his work to create new business opportunities.
The 68-year-old Traficant was convicted of racketeering, bribery and other crimes. He left federal prison in September.

Erotica gives book publishers surprising boost

"Thong on Fire" may sound more painful than sexy, but erotic books like it may just help keep the struggling publishing industry afloat. The popular novel is by Noire, a “twenty-something” writer of urban erotic fiction who has sold hundreds of thousands of books since she started publishing just a few years ago. Her book sales are huge numbers in the world of publishing and have made her something of a minor celebrity.

Mainstream publishing has gone sexually wide-open. Seventy-seven years ago it took an order by a federal judge, John Woolsey, to overturn the government’s obscenity ban on James Joyce’s classic novel "Ulysses." But in the past few years, Random House, Penguin, Kensington, Simon and Schuster and others have all inaugurated erotica imprints.
Exactly why erotic literature has become so popular now is a matter of speculation, though it doesn't seem entirely coincidental that the creators were mostly raised in the era of Madonna videos on MTV, open discussion of sex during the initial HIV scare, and the mainstreaming of porn. Much of the new erotica is simply porn moved to the printed page, only smarter and largely aimed at women.

from msnbc


Todd Mason said...

According to legend (at least),one of the princes of England, a not so closeted gay man, was similarly killed by his (I have to assume drunken) "friends" only instead of an eel they used a hot poker. I'm not sure which makes the "better" "joke"...

Todd Mason said...

Somewhat more realistically, I'm told others construed Edward II's death thus as an assasination.