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Monday, 30 November, 2009

Gold Mouth Guy Suing

Money from a mugshot? West Virginia man sues over use of mugshot.

A McMechen man whose mugshot won a measure of Internet fame is planning to sue companies he says are profiting from the image.

Patrick Tribett was arrested in Bellaire, Ohio, in 2005. Police say he had been huffing the fumes from gold spraypaint, and the lower half of his face was golden in his mugshot.

New Martinsville lawyer H. John Rogers says the image has appeared on T-shirts, coffee mugs and even a billboard in Europe. Rogers says he's preparing lawsuits against four companies for using Tribett's image for financial gain.

So how's he doing?

After the 2005 incident, Tribett was charged at least three more times with public intoxication in West Virginia. Rogers says Tribett has been sober for eight weeks and is making progress.

Permalink | Posted in General @1:32pm | Comments (21)


At Clifftop 2009: The Canote Brothers Hold Court.

How 'bout that bass kalimba?

Seattle-based Greg and Jere Canote (who are twins) have a new CD called Dogs in the Dishes. Download the three sample tracks. If you like it, buy it. This is a great album for people who like this kind of music, but aren't sure what to buy. Unfortunately, it's on CD only (no downloads).

Permalink | Posted in Banjo @1:22pm | Comments (10)

Judge Cancels Debt

Judge makes up his own rules: Judge erases Long Island couple's $525,000 debt.

A couple on Long Island is giving thanks Wednesday for owing no debt on their home. A judge erased their mortgage battle, worth more than half a million dollars, all to send a message to a bank trying to foreclose on them.

A Suffolk County judge wiped out the $525,000 OneWest Bank claimed it was owed by the couple. Judge Jeffrey Spinner referred to the bank's actions as "harsh, repugnant, shocking and repulsive."

Greg Horoski and wife Diane Yano-Horoski, who fell behind on their mortgage payments because of health problems and an interest rate change, say they tried repeatedly to restructure their loan, but that the bank would not cooperate. The Horoski's were freed of $291,000 in principal and $235,000 in interest and penalties.

OneWest issued a statement saying, "We respectfully disagree with the lower court's unprecedented ruling and we expect that it will be overturned on appeal."

And I also expect it will be overturned.

Permalink | Posted in General @1:04pm | Comments (9)

Some Recent Books

Here's what I've read recently:

  • The Pawn - Steven James
    A pretty decent serial killer mystery.
  • The Paradise Mystery - J.S. Fletcher
    This is the third novel I've read by this very readable British mystery writer. I'll read more.
  • By Reason Of Insanity - Randy Singerhttp://j-walkblog.com/images/stars-0-0.gif
    This Kindle freebie isn't worth the price. It's a legal thriller about a woman who apparently has Dissociative Identity Disorder and commits murders without realizing it. It got me hooked quickly, and I enjoyed it. Up until Singer gets out of a plot jam by using this woman's "vision" to save the hero at the last second. And then the psychiatrist claims the vision is from God, and starts preaching about Jesus. I should have read Singer's bio. He's a lawyer and a preacher.

Permalink | Posted in Books I've Read @12:55pm | Comments (8)

I Am A Coupon Code

How many people have their very own coupon code? I do.

I got an email from Brian, at Great Big Stuff:

I have created a coupon code that you can share with your readers. This will allow shoppers to receive 20% off of their entire order. All they have to do is enter the code: JWALK during the checkout process and click apply.

For example, you can save $43.95 when you buy these giant solid-steel scissors:

Permalink | Posted in Products @8:13am | Comments (7)

Interview With SassyChick

Today's interview is with a chick -- a sassy one.

How did you first hear of the J-Walk Blog, and how long have you been reading it?

I 'Stumbled' on it! Just found you about June 2009.. I can't even remember what the topic was, but I got hooked. I hadn't read many blogs because I thought they were mostly just people talking about day to day stuff...I guess I jumped to conclusions without investigating. Yours is usually quite interesting. It is kind of like 'Stumbling with comments'. I enjoy your comments and the regular commenters, many of them bring me daily smiles.

What's the significance of your screen name?

I had an antique mall that I named The Sassy Chicken just for the fun of it... so SassyChick is who I became! I try to live up to the title!

Do you read this blog from work or at home?

Home, I don't go to work anymore. How many times a day? I Usually check several times a day to see what's new and read the comments.

Basic Stats:

61, married for 3 years to the love of my life (it took a long time and a lot of frogs). Born in Tallahassee, FL, FSU grad (that's the Seminole one not the Gator one). Worked as crime lab tech, hospital lab tech, wallpaper hanger, programmer, systems analyst, systems manager, Antique mall owner. Currently semi-retired pastel artist, portraits and landscapes mostly. Live now in Franklin, NC 7 months and somewhere on the coast of Florida for 5 months.

Send a copy of the weirdest photo of yourself that you can find.

I was in Homer, Alaska and just had to kiss the moose!

Which are your favorite topics covered at the J-Walk Blog?

Crazy religious nuts always make me shake my head, Orly is also unbelievable, most things off the wall interest me. I've followed some of your links to some interesting sites. BizarroBlog for example.

I think I love your blog most for the irreverence to religion. It was great finding people who find religion as dangerous as I do.

Which are your least favorite topics covered here?

I'm not partial to gore, blood, guts, severed heads, evisceration, cut off body parts of any kind! ewwwwww

Who is your favorite J-Walk Blog commenter (other than yourself), and why?

It's hard to pick a favorite, I like Curtis, Manager of Bacon Reviews his reviews make my mouth water and his comments are great too, Bisbonian is usually quite right on. I would love to meet Mean Jean, she makes me laugh out loud, she is also an artist and she lives close by!

Which celebrity would you most like to have a beer with?

Has to be Obama, and he likes beer!

Oddest belief?

My oddest belief is that 'I don't have to know'... I'm ok with not knowing the answer to what happens when we die or how life began or all those things that make people so fanatical, this seems so logical to me that I don't really get the religion thing.

Permalink | Posted in General @8:05am | Comments (9)

Choosing A Hat

Good advice for hat shoppers: How to choose the most flattering hat.

For example, if you have a tall frame...

The taller the person the wider or larger the hat they can successfully wear. A hat with a brim that's too small can make a tall person look large and bulky.

This guy is fairly tall, and he chose a good hat:

And pay attention to your skin tone:

Hats are worn close to your face so choose a color that flatters your skin tone.

This lady's skin has a greenish tint, so I would recommend a green hat to flatter her skin tone.

Permalink | Posted in General @7:59am | Comments (6)

Obama Makes History

A small sign of progress: Thanksgiving Proclamation First Ever to Omit Direct Mention of God.

President Obama's brief proclamation of Thanksgiving Day on November 26 was unique among all recorded Thanksgiving proclamations by his predecessors: it is the first one that fails to directly acknowledge the existence of God.

The beneficence shown by God to America is a theme that traditionally defines the Thanksgiving holiday, and this theme is strongly emphasized in the original Thanksgiving Day proclamations and consistently acknowledged even by modern presidents.

Obama's unprecedented proclamation, however, only makes indirect mention of God by quoting George Washington, stating: "Today, we recall President George Washington, who proclaimed our first national day of public thanksgiving to be observed 'by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God.'"

For those who are keeping score:

The second weakest reference to God in a Thanksgiving proclamation was issued in 1975 by Gerald Ford, who in his second year as President exhorted Americans to "reaffirm our belief in a dynamic spirit that will continue to nurture and guide us." But in his first address, Ford characterized Thanksgiving as a time "all Americans join in giving thanks to God for the blessings we share."

I'm surprised World Nut Daily isn't all over this story. I guess Chuck Norris was too busy to notice.

(via Unreasonable Faith)

Permalink | Posted in General @7:46am | Comments (19)

Fur Coats

Do people still buy fur coats? Apparently yes. Here's a nice one at Amazon for $46,500 (only one left): DRAMATIC NEW RUSSIAN SABLE FUR COAT.

Brand new CLOSE OUT from this seasons collection. This coat is brand new and sells retail for over $85,000. This outstanding top quality natural Russian Sable coat is SPECTACULAR! It features a lavish cape collar and set in straight sleeve. Also, it has a beautiful full sweep. You will be thrilled with this coat for years to come!

Permalink | Posted in Products @7:41am | Comments (4)

Netflix Germs

How clean are the discs you get from Netflix? Netflix under the microsope.

Rent what you want, watch when you want, and exchange as often as you want. Idea is catching on. Netflix now boasts 11.1 million subscribers. That's a lot of people, who may or may not be washing their hands as often as you'd like...

We delivered six different sealed Netflix envelopes, with six different Netflix DVD's inside to the pathology lab at the University of Texas Health Science Center of Tyler.

We began our test by unsealing each Netflix envelope. We removed each disk from its sleeve, and the lab supervisor swabbed them front and back. Once each petri-dish was swabbed, the plates were placed inside an incubator.

As much as they would have liked to report a miniature cesspool teeming with germs, it didn't work out like that:

"They were fairly clean," said Wallace. "If I took my fingers and laid them on the top of the plates, this is what you'd grow." As for the disks themselves, Wallace said he found nothing that could potentially cause disease.

What about the disc sleeves?

"The sleeves were as contaminated, or more contaminated than the disks," said Dr. Wallace. "This is pretty good compared to a lot of other things that could be heavily contaminated."

Permalink | Posted in Movies & TV @7:34am | Comments (3)

About Your Cat

Here are 17 things worth knowing about your cat.

For example, I did not know these:

  • Your cat's front paws have five toes, the back paws have four.
  • Your cat cannot taste things that are sweet.
  • Isaac Newton invented the cat flap door.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower hated cats. So did Hitler.

(via Nag on the Lake)

Permalink | Posted in General @7:29am | Comments (6)

Junking Up Your Monitor

For those who have been wanting a flower vase attached to their monitor: Ergonizer Deluxe.

Permalink | Posted in Products @7:24am | Comments (1)

Sunday, 29 November, 2009

J-Walk Party Planning

In an effort to keep Mikey's interview from being hijacked, I hereby designate this the official J-Walk Party Planning discussion post.

Mikey brought it up:

There should be a weekend long J-Walk convention with Beer, Bacon, Jam sessions, and lively debate!

Here's an artist's rendering of how it might turn out:

Discuss among yourselves.

Permalink | Posted in General @5:05pm | Comments (28)

Tiger Talks

Well, he doesn't talk. He writes: Statement from Tiger Woods.

As you all know, I had a single-car accident earlier this week, and sustained some injuries. I have some cuts, bruising and right now I'm pretty sore.

This situation is my fault, and it's obviously embarrassing to my family and me. I'm human and I'm not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn't happen again.

This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way. Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible.

Blah, blah, blah.

I heard his wife beat him up with a 9-iron because he caught him with another woman. Then he chased him out of the house. He got in the car, and was going to visit OJ Simpson. Then he remembered that he's in jail.  He was so drunk that he stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake pedal.

Permalink | Posted in Sports @4:49pm | Comments (54)

More Great Big Goodies

The folks at Great Big Stuff came through with holiday goodies.

A few days ago, I received a giant bottle of ketchup, and a giant pencil. Both of these are top-quality items, and look just like the real thing -- except great big.

The giant ketchup has already been re-gifted. Pamn said that the only place it's allowed is in the garage. But, as luck would have it, a friend just happens to be a Heinz ketchup fanatic, and he was very pleased to have it.

The giant pencil is a keeper, though. It's very cool, and is the perfect office accessory..

Permalink | Posted in General @4:31pm | Comments (7)

Baby Cage

I saw this at Kitchen Retro: All Kooped Up.

It's an ad for Trimble's Practical Safety Crib. It's basically a rat cage for a baby.

When you put Baby in safety-screen Kiddie-Koop, he's there to stay. He can't get out, can't throw towys out... pets and older children can't hurt him. He is safe -- and you know it, even if you are out of sight.

And 87 out of 100 doctors say that it's safer than an ordinary crib.

So why don't people use this any more? Or do they?

Permalink | Posted in General @4:03pm | Comments (6)

Quote Of The Day

Today's quote is by Ainsley Earhardt, of the FOX News Channel:

"My question is, if they want to honor the veterans who have passed away, but they're atheists, they don't believe in life after death. Who are they honoring?"

I'd not heard of Ainsley Earhardt, so I checked her listing in Wikipedia. Notice that the first sentence has been vandalized:


Permalink | Posted in News @3:57pm | Comments (10)

Authorities Flummoxed

In New Mexico: Calf Mutilations Have Authorities Flummoxed.

Four calves have been found mutilated at a New Mexico ranch. But authorities are at a loss as to what may be causing the deaths.

The four calves had their skin pulled back from their ribcage, and their organs were carefully removed. One calf had its' tongue removed from it's mouth.

Ordinarily, police would suspect humans involved, given the precise nature of the mutilations. However, there were no signs of people nearby, such as pools of blood, tracks, or footprints.

Likewise, there are no signs of an animal attack being the course.

UFO believers are already in the area, saying that this was the work of aliens. However, police are saying that there is likely another, less cosmic, explanation.

Permalink | Posted in General @10:21am | Comments (21)

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