Drunken diaper-wearing man seeking candy arrested

The Associated Press
Monday, November 1, 2010 5:34 PM EDT

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Maryland State Police said a drunken 47-year-old Florida man wearing a diaper was arrested for shouting profanities while trick-or-treating. Police said Joseph David DiVanna of Sarasota, Fla., was arrested about 9:15 p.m. Sunday and charged with disorderly conduct.

Police said witnesses reported DiVanna cursed at adults and children in the Fox Chapel neighborhood of West Ocean City as he tried to get them to give him candy.

It was unclear if DiVanna has hired an attorney.


Information from: The Daily Times of Salisbury, Md.,


about how I feel lately

No arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. —Thomas Hobbes

Report: Candidate in Ohio wore German SS uniform

The Associated Press
Saturday, October 9, 2010 11:00 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A report says a Republican candidate for the U.S. House in Ohio dressed up in a German SS uniform to participate in Nazi reenactments.

The Atlantic magazine says Rich Iott, a tea party favorite in northwest Ohio, has taken part in the reenactments for years.

Iott is running in Ohio's 9th District against Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur, who was first elected in 1982.

Iott says he didn't mean to disrespect anyone who has served in the military. He says he's been involved with historical reenactments from different eras since he graduated college.

The Democrats' House campaign arm says Iott's participation in the reenactments — and the fact that Republicans embrace Iott — sends a chilling message to Americans.


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no birds

this could be heaven
shallow spreads of ordered lawns
I like the illusion
illusion of privacy
the careful trees blending so perfectly
bland planned idle luxury
a caviar of silent dignity
life in lovely allotted slots
a token nice
a nice constitution
a layered mass of subtle props
this could be heaven
mild mannered mews
well intentioned rules
to dignify a daily code
lawful order standard views
this could be heaven

—public image ltd.

good taste in bad film

Between the arthouse and grindhouse, between vhs and bootleg dvds, these are some films you may have missed:

Dementia (1955) dir. John Parker
Avant-Noir silent film that never got treated right. Ranks right up there with Cat People, yet got a dubbed narration by Ed McMahon and cut by censors for it's theatrical stint.

The Glass Cage (1964) dir. Antonio Santean
Great psychological thriller that belongs in the company of Carnival of Souls and Repulsion, but is sadly fading into obscurity.

The Last Man on Earth (1964) dir. Ubaldo Ragona
The first iteration of I Am Legend still remains the best one. Some of Vincent Price's best acting since Laura, and a touchstone for Romero when making Night of the Living Dead.

Incubus (1965) dir. Leslie Stevens
William Shatner speaking Esperanto? Give it a chance. Has a good Twilight Zone-ish feel, and feels suprisingly less dated than most satanic panic movies. A succubus slowly falls in love with a mortal and denounces her demonhood.

Messiah of Evil (1973) dir. Willard Huyck
Better than Let's Scare Jessica to Death and an underrated domestic zombie film from the 70's. Not as playful as Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things, but definitely as rambling. The zombie attacks at the supermarket and movie theater will stick with you.

Who Can Kill a Child? (1976) dir. Narciso Ibáñez Serrador
Children of the Corn without the corn on a Spanish Island. Better than The Children, and Stephen King's assay at it, and ends on a today Spain tomorrow the world apocalyptic note.

The Slayer (1982) dir. J. S. Cardone
Before Freddy Krueger, yet just as nightmarish. Granted, it would be a better film if it ended a scene earlier, but it still works for what it is. One of the original video nasties for its pitchfork murder. Plays like a subdued The Boogeyman.

The Black Room (1984) dir. Elly Kenner
Less known than Martin, but just as strong of a fangless vampire film. Siblings with a rare blood disorder lure a couple into affairs playing off their repressed desires and mounting anger toward each other. They blackmail swingers for money and kill them for blood.

Der Todesking (1990) dir. Jörg Buttgereit
More unnerving than Ringu - which we all know borrowed heavily from The Changeling. Chain letter suicide cults, random killing sprees, and an eerie segment showing a bridge listing the people who jumped from it, all interspliced with a rotting corpse.

Afraid of the Dark (1991) dir. Mark Peploe
Midway through it, everything you took for granted from the child protagonist's eyes gets turned on its ear. Deeply disturbing. Not for people looking for say Paperhouse or children's fare.

Jigoku no Pikachu

Pardon me if I sound like a monologue from Linklater's Slacker for a second, but hear me out. "Pokémon" is a sort of shorthand for Hell. Think about it: a world made of nothing but semi-intelligent beasts who all repeat their own names, wandering about aimlessly just to beat the snot out of each other. It's like they made a cartoon out of Beckett's How It Is. Substitute any of the critters for a homeless guy dragging a garbage bag saying, "Floyd, Floyd, Floyd." Then have him beat up another clutching a bottle of hooch mumbling, "M-M-Murph, Murphy, Murph." How you like them Mudkips?

been meaning to get a book by him

The greatest mystery is not that we have been flung at random between the profusion of matter and of the stars, but that within this prison we can draw from ourselves images powerful enough to deny our nothingness.
—Andre Malraux

at this point, screw the Holy See

Nun Excommunicated After Saving a Mother's Life With Abortion

Church Stands by Decision to Kick Out Sister Margaret McBride After She Authorized an Emergency Abortion to Save a Woman's Life

June 1, 2010

Sister Margaret McBride was forced to make a decision between her faith and a woman's life last year, when a 27-year-old mother of four rushed into St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix only 11 weeks pregnant.

"I think [McBride] prayed and prayed and I'm sure that this weighed on her like a ton of bricks. This was not an easy decision for her," says her long-time friend Mary Jo Macdonald.

As a key member of the hospital's ethics board, McBride gathered with doctors in November of 2009 to discuss the young woman's fate.

The mother was suffering from pulmonary hypertension, an illness the doctors believed would likely kill her and, as a result, her unborn child, if she did not abort the pregnancy.

In the end, McBride chose to save the young woman's life by agreeing to authorize an emergency abortion, a decision that has now forced her out of a job and the Catholic Church.

Despite being described as "saintly," "courageous," and the "moral conscience" of the Catholic hospital, McBride was excommunicated from the Catholic Church by Phoenix Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted for supporting the abortion.

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