80 year old Mom Shoots at Police in Tennessee

An elderly woman fired several shots at officers Friday night in a standoff that began when deputies tried to capture her 60 year old son in Jackson Tennessee.

The local paper, The Jackson Sun, reported that an 80 year old West Tennessee woman and her son are being held in jail. 

Four deputies went to the woman’s mobile home on a tip that her son was there.  The officers heard the man talking inside and when they knocked on the door, the woman opened it, then slammed it shut and fired a shot through it!

The deputies took cover and during the hour long standoff, two more shots were fired through the door.

There were no injuries.  The deputies found the man hiding in a closet.

Sheriff Deputies take sexy picture of waitress

Sometimes even cops wanna have fun!…

Several (5) deputies from Midland County Texas where on a training session near Austin Texas.  To unwind, they stopped at a restaurant in Round Rock called Twin Peaks which promotes a “Fun, Friendly and sometimes Flirty Atmosphere!”

The officers confirmed they had 3 to 5 beers each and where having some fun.  During this fun, they took a picture of one of the waitresses holding a rifle, sitting on the trunk of the police cruiser.  During this fun photo shoot, someone complained to the local police of a girl with a weapon on the premises…Round Rock police arrived.

Deputies Investigated

Sheriff Gary Painter fired on of the Midland County deputies and suspended three others without pay.  A fifth officer was repremended (he choose to stay inside the restaurant during the fun photo shoot).

Obama “Republican conspiracy out to kill health reform”

President Obama took to the conservative airwaves Thursday to charge that Republican leaders are engaged in a vast right-wing conspiracy to kill health care reform in order to repeat the 1994 mid-term takeover of Congress, which followed the defeat of President Clinton’s reform plan.

“I think early on, a decision was made by the Republican leadership that said, ‘Look, let’s not give him a victory, maybe we can have a replay of 1993, ’94, when Clinton came in, he failed on health care and then we won in the mid-term elections and we got the majority. And I think there are some folks who are taking a page out that playbook,” the president said.

Appearing on the Michael Smerconish radio show, Mr. Obama said he would “love to have more Republicans engaged and involved in this process,” but he vowed to win the battle, with or without support from the minority party in Congress.

“I guarantee you, Joe, we are going to get health care reform done,” he said to one caller. “I know there are a lot of people out there who’ve been handwringing, and folks in the press are following every little twist and turn of the legislative process, but having a big bill like this is always messy.”

RIP Stephen Maines

Stephen Maines (21) was a strong man of God. He will be missed greatly, but his legacy will live on for many generations.

Killed in a motorcycle accident July 19, 2009 while on his way to a charity motorcycle rally. Member of the Christian Motorcycle Association, and traveled with Life Action Ministries as a truck driver.

Song: “When It’s My Time” by Rodney Atkins

Doctor Newson fired from Bay County Health Department because he was educating the public with sardonic warnings

Dr. Jason Newsom railed against burgers, french fries, fried chicken and sweet tea in his campaign to promote better eating in a part of the country known as the Redneck Riviera. He might still be leading the charge if he had only left the doughnuts alone.

A 38-year-old former Army doctor who served in Iraq, Newsom returned home to Panama City a few years ago to run the Bay County Health Department and launched a one-man war on obesity by posting sardonic warnings on an electronic sign outside:

“Sweet Tea (equals) Liquid Sugar.”

“Hamburger (equals) Spare Tire.”

“French Fries (equals) Thunder Thighs.”

He also called out KFC by name to make people think twice about fried chicken.

Then he parodied “America Runs on Dunkin’,” the doughnut chain’s slogan, with: “America Dies on Dunkin’.”

Some power players in the Gulf Coast tourist town decided they had had their fill.

A county commissioner who owns a doughnut shop and two lawyers who own a new Dunkin’ Donuts on Panama City Beach turned against him, along with some of his own employees, Newsom says. After the lawyers threatened to sue, his bosses at the Florida Health Department made him remove the anti-fried dough rants and eventually forced him to resign, he says.

“I picked on doughnuts because those things are ubiquitous in this county. Everywhere I went, there were two dozen doughnuts on the back table. At church, there were always doughnuts on the back table at Sunday school. It is social expectation thing,” says Newsom, a lean 6-foot, 167-pounder in a county where 39 percent of all adults were overweight in 2007 and one in four was considered obese.

Newsom was hired by the state Health Department to direct the county agency. His $140,000-a-year salary is paid jointly by the state and the county. His job primarily involves educating the public about health issues — swine flu, AIDS and the like — but he also decided to address the dangers of glazed, sprinkled and jelly-filled treats.

He angered staff members by barring doughnuts from department meetings and announcing he would throw the fat-laden sweets away if he saw them in the break room. He also banned candy bars in the vending machines, putting in peanuts instead.

In May, lawyers Bo Rivard and Michael Duncan, co-owners of a new Dunkin’ Donuts, asked Newsom to take down the “America Dies on Dunkin'” message. Newsom already had run other anti-doughnut warnings, including “Doughnuts (equals) Diabetes,” and “Dunkin’ Donuts (equals) Death.”

The businessmen had the backing of County Commissioner Mike Thomas, who owns a diner and a doughnut shop. Thomas called for Newsom’s ouster, saying the doctor shouldn’t have named businesses on the message board.

“I think he was somewhat of a zealot,” Thomas says. “I don’t have a problem with him pushing an agenda, it’s the way he did it. People borrowed money to go into business and they are being attacked by the government.”

A short time after Newsom’s meeting with Rivard and Duncan, Newsom says, his bosses at the state Health Department told him that his leadership wasn’t wanted and that he could be fired or resign. He chose to resign May 8 but has reapplied for the job.

“I have never been known for my subtlety. I don’t have a knack for it. I speak the truth to people and just assume that that my data and purpose are so real and true that everyone will see the value of what I’m doing,” says Newsom, who now works at a prison, doing exams of inmates.

Rivard and Duncan did not return numerous calls to their offices.

“Dunkin’ Donuts is pleased that the signs have been removed,” Andrew Mastrangelo, a spokesman for Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Donuts said in an e-mail.

The Florida Health Department has refused to talk about Newsom since he is considered a job applicant. “We will be happy to talk to you after the position has been filled,” department spokeswoman Susan Smith said in an e-mail.

Newsom is hoping to get his job back so that he can resume his campaign against overeating.

“My method was a little provocative and controversial,” he says, “but there wasn’t a person in Bay County who wasn’t talking about health and healthy eating.”

Article written by Melissa Nelson at the Associated Press.

Chicago Government is closed for business today!

City Hall, public libraries, healthclinics and most city offices will be closed today.  Emergency service providers including police, firefighters and paramedics are working at full strength, but most services not directly related to public safety will not be provided.

As part of the 2009 budget for The City of Chicago, three reduced service days were planned for 2009.  August 17th , November 27th, December 24th and December 30th.  However he City Council decided to move the December 30th closure for today.

The 3 day’s of closures anticipates a savings of $8.3 million for the city.

“Every dollar we save from these measures helps to save jobs, and in the long-term, maintain services for Chicagoans,” Mayor Richard M. Daley said in a news release. “This plan relies on most of our civilian employees to be part of the solution to our very serious budget challenges. I want to thank them again for their sacrifice.”

Muck Monster in West Palm Beach

There’s something lurking just under the surface of the Lake Worth Lagoon.

Greg Reynolds of Lagoon Keepers.org recalls, “Channel marker ten is the first time we saw the unknown creature.” “I hollered out…and said what is that? We followed it, started taking video.”

This mysterious creature was caught on tape by the Lagoon Keepers.

Don Serrano was with Reynolds. “I didn’t know what it was.I was like HEY LOOK! And we moved over and saw it. It was different, very different.”

“Little wakes and just kind of moving like this real long ones too, just like that.”

Reynolds remembers, “We sped up on it to catch up to it and we got up on it, it dove down.” “Every time we get 10 feet from it, it would just disappear.”

What could it be?

“Who knows? I have no idea, but it was something that’s for sure, without a doubt,” said Serrano.

Thanks to the Lagoon Keepers, until it’s identified, it has a name:

Reynolds calls it, “The elusive muck monster!”