Saturday, December 29, 2007

Keep it in your pants in Columbus


This is just so much crap.

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Robin Garrison, an off-duty 42-year-old firefighter, was walking in Berliner Park in Columbus, Ohio, in May when he saw a woman sunbathing topless under a tree.

He approached her and they started talking and getting comfortable, the woman smiling and resting her foot on his shoulder at one point.

Eventually, she asked to see Garrison's penis; he unzipped his pants and complied.

Seconds later, undercover police officers pulled up in a van and arrested Garrison; he was later charged with public indecency, a misdemeanor, based on video footage taken by cops who were targeting men having sex or masturbating in the park. While topless sunbathing is legal in the city's parks, exposing more than that is against the law.

The case is just one of the more extreme examples of police stings aimed at luring people into committing crimes, a tactic that has resulted in hundreds of arrests, many convictions and plenty of controversy.

Law enforcement officials say that such sting operations are an extremely effective means of lowering crime rates and stopping the criminally minded before they commit worse offenses. From early 2006 to the spring of 2007, there were 160 citations for public indecency in the city, according to an investigation by 10TV News. Among those who were caught in the stings: an Ohio State University doctor, government employees and a retired highway trooper.

But such operations veer dangerously close to entrapment, say lawyers, civil libertarians and defendants who've been caught in sting operations.

At Garrison's trial, his attorney argued that it was a case of entrapment. "Columbus police utilized this topless woman to snare this man," said Sam Shamansky. "He sees her day after day. He's not some seedy pervert."

The argument failed to sway a Franklin County Municipal Court jury that found Garrison guilty of public indecency last month. He was ordered to stay away from the park, placed on a year's probation and fined $250. Currently, Garrison remains on paid desk duty while the fire department conducts an internal investigation into his behavior.
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Link to the article.

This is totally a case of police invented crime. If they want to bust people getting their wangs out then they need to post a cop to watch for people doing that stuff. Not post one out there asking people to do it and then arrest them.

And I also love how we live in a society where the human body is so demonized that people think it would be so utterly shocking if someone saw a guy's wang.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Thunder in the toilet

So I have this great idea. I think they should play thunderstorm CD's in public restrooms. The random booming thunder would help cover up poop noises and the steady rain noise would help people with public piss syndrome.

What does everyone think?

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas

As a recently ordained minister I want to wish you all the bright blessings of the year and a Merry Christmas!

And may whatever god or goddess you believe in bless you or not or whatever you believe they do to you when they are pleased with you and/or want to help you out.

I am also available to perform weddings and all sorts of religious activities you may need, except for circumcisions.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Bah-Humbug!

Hi everyone! Sorry I've been so silent. I've been quite busy at work lately. A good friend and fellow co-worker was in a bad car accident and is at home re-couping, so I'm getting set to help cover his shifts for him when needed.

And the holidays are coming, so I've been trying to get all of my shopping done (which I think I'm finally done).

Oh and I got the part of Scrooge in the Edison Stagelight Player's production of "A Christmas Carol". It started out as just a very abridged version of the play for a friends Directing class, but everyone liked it so much they wanted to do some more shows. I was the understudy for Scrooge and they picked me to finish the shows. The other Scrooge had to work, so off I go.

Last night was our first public performance with me as Scrooge and we did it at the stage in the Piqua Mall! It was pretty crazy as the accoustics and din of the shoppers didnt make it very loud and shouting in an old man voice wore my throat out pretty bad.

I think we are only doing one more show there, tonight (Friday, December 21st) so if you're in the area, stop down and see us around 730pm or come early and wander around and carol with us.

Merry Christmas and a Happy Yule to everyone!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Blu-ray boycott

So several movies that I would like to own are coming out ONLY on Blu-Ray and this really pisses me off. Not that it's only Blu-ray, but because I hate the exclusivity of this sort of thing. At least with exclusive video game titles it's normally from the studio that is owned by the game console manufacturer, so you can understand (well unless your Sony). But when companies do it to lock people into being forced to buy a certain console or player or movie, etc. it's bad for consumers.

So that is why I am officially boycotting Superbad and Spiderman 3 on both Blu-ray and DVD. I will not buy or rent these movies as I dont want any part of this. Now you could call me a hypocrit because I bought the Transformers HD-DVD, however I had no choice in that. Just as I dont slight the actual owners of Blu-ray players who buy Blu-ray exclusive titles.

At least the boycott of Spiderman 3 will be easy due to two reasons:

1) It fucking sucked.

and the second ...

My XBOX 900 er, 360

Well I got my new XBOX 360 back and they sent me a CORE SDK, which is fine because the one I bought was a CORE. I was hoping they would send me a new one with and HDMI port on it, but I cant complain I wasnt slighted at all.

Except, this new one has the LOUDEST DVD-Drive I've ever heard. At first I just thought it was me hearing the 360 running again after it's absence, so I let it go for a few days bow WOW is this thing loud. Like 10x louder than the one I had prior.

So I called XBOX Support and explained my situation to them, even though I felt like a whiney asshole, and they are going to replace it again for free! YAY Microsoft. Hopefully this time I get a quiet BenQ drive and an HDMI port.

All of this barring that I cant transfer my warranty to a new one, I might just go out and buy a new 360 with what I want in it and sell this one.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Hamlet Part 2: Electric-boog-a-loo

I was talking with the director for our upcoming performance of Hamlet and apparently I am in the running to play ...

*drum roll*

HAMLET! Yes that's right, I'm in the pre-running for the lead roll. When I found out I about fell over. That is so amazing! One of her concerns is that she wants someone very young (even currently in high school) to play Hamlet. Which is honestly fine with me because I think I prefer the part of Laertes anyway. Actually I'd be pleased with any part at all no matter how big or small.

Zen and the Art of Computer Repair

Helpful Hint #137: Leaving your computer off for exactly 2 hours will not repair anything.