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News & Not News / Judge jails 46 for cell phone
« on: November 28, 2007, 05:27:24 PM »
A US judge has been removed from the bench after jailing 46 people when a mobile phone began ringing during his court session and no one would own up.

The entire courtroom was sent to the cells during a domestic violence hearing when the judge, Robert Restaino, 48, "snapped" and - according to a review of his actions - "engaged in what can only be described as two hours of inexplicable madness".

 The State Commission on Judicial Conduct recommended his removal from the bench, saying Restaino acted "without any semblance of a lawful basis" and behaved like a "petty tyrant".

The bizarre episode began on March 11 2005, when the judge was presiding at Niagara Falls City court over a slate of domestic violence cases.

A mobile phone rang and, furious at the intrusion, Restaino demanded to be told who owned it. "Every single person is gong to jail in this courtroom unless I get that instrument now," he said.

"If anybody believes I'm kidding, ask some of the folks that have been here for a while. You are all going."

A security officer was posted at the door while other officers tried to find the phone, but failed.

Finally, the judge scrapped plans to release the defendant in the dock and set bail for all 46 people present at $1,500 (£750).

One man, according to the report, told the judge: "This is not fair to the rest of us." To which the judge replied: "I know it isn't."

Everyone in the courtroom was a defendant, attending court as part of a programme in which domestic violence offenders agree to undergo drug testing and counselling, instead of jail time.

Participants make weekly appearances in court to have their progress monitored and are usually released after each appearance unless they have violated the programme's terms.

All the defendants were taken to the city jail. Fourteen people who could not raise their bail money were shackled and bussed to the county jail.

After receiving inquiries from the local media, the judge ordered their release in the late afternoon.

Restaino, who has worked as a full-time judge since 2002, told the commission he had known that he had no legal basis for his actions and that they had been "improper and inexcusable".

He told the panel he had been under stress in his personal life at the time of the incident.

In the state commission's ruling yesterday, its administrator Robert Tembeckjian said: "The fundamental rights of 46 people were deliberately and methodically violated."

Restaino now has 30 days to appeal the commission's decision. His lawyer told the Associated Press he plans to do so. During an appeal he would remain in office.

Oh boy! Sucks to be them! At least they are trying to take him off the bench.

News & Not News / I got my FREE TACO! Did you!?
« on: October 30, 2007, 09:52:44 PM »
Taco Bell was giving away a free taco to America today from 2pm to 5pm to celebrate a stolen base in the World series; anybody could just go ask for one and get it without paying, which was a somewhat surreal drive through experience (for an official transaction anyway). If you have multiple Taco Bells in the area, that's all the more free tacos! And I bet I could get at least two more by changing my hair and appearance. =)

Somehow, well, let's be honest, it was the glorious freeness of it, this was one of the best meals I've had; top 10,000 at least! :troll:

Seriously, it was great, a euphoric experience beyond simply eating, it tasted like... like victory.


Quote from: yahoo!

George Lucas' Fracture takes battle games to a new level with "terrain deformation."

Well, this isn't my usual forte, but I saw this on yahoo, didn't see a subject for it in the search, and figured one of our tech demo lovers would eventually make a thread telling us about the next best thing since the last best thing, so I'm beating them to the punch and asking... uhh, is this that thing, or does anyone really care? I think I've seen it mentioned in other threads before.

I already love the advertising of this, from yahoo acting like George Lucas actually has something to do with it, to calling the infomercial here a documentary, to the crap about WE GOT THE GUY FROM [INSERT MILITARY MOVIE/TV SHOW POPULAR AMONG MALES AGES 18-49] HERE!!!

Anyway, enlighten me in this thread, which has a has a half-decent chance of one day hosting our next big embarrassing flame war; and I'll be proud to say I got the ball rolling. =)

Vagabond / "I think I know who would've won."
« on: September 19, 2007, 05:14:45 PM »
That's right, one of THESE threads to drum up debate and activity! So, bring it on! :daiba:

This vote's very important, so feel free to debate the merits of these candidates further, which I've narrowed down to these 11; I suggest taking this painfully serious and considering things such old age, likely height/weight advantages, as well as displayed or implied skill. Or Hell, just give your favorite their due and write what you liked about them!

Vagabond / The Way He Went By Himself...
« on: September 19, 2007, 04:52:06 PM »
Quote from: Miyamoto Musashi
The Way I Go By Myself

 1. I never act contrary to traditional morality.
 2. I have no partiality for anyone or anything.
 3. I never try to snatch a moment of ease.
 4. I think little of myself but much of the public.
 5. I am entirely free of acquisitiveness throughout my life.
 6. I never regret what I have done.
 7. I never envy others for their good luck, or on account of my ill luck.
 8. I never grieve at parting from anyone or anything at whatever time.
 9. I never reproach either myself or others; never complain about myself or others.
10. I never dream of falling in love with a woman.
11. Likes and dislikes, I have none.
12. Whatever my dwelling house may be, I take no objection to it.
13. I never desire dainty food for myself.
14. I never have antique objects or curios in my posession.
15. I never perform purification or observe abstinence to protect myself against evils.
16. I have no taste for implements of any kind, excepting swords and other arms.
17. I would never grudge my life in the cause of righteousness.
18. I never wish to have any estate that would make my old age comfortable.
19. I worship Gods and Buddhas, but never think of depending on them.
20. I would sooner lay down my life than disgrace my good name.
21. Never for a moment does my heart and soul stray from the way of swordsmanship.

The 12th day of the 5th month, the 2nd year of Shoho (May 12, 1645) Shinmen Musashi

So, how many of you think you could live by these 21 tenants Musashi claimed to live his life by? Like most of the rest of you, I'm probably fucked at #1, and certainly at #2, and it only gets worse from there (I think my favorite has to be #11 =). Anyway, living up to these would sure be a lonely life as advertised, and considering #10, what do you think Musashi would think of the character of Otsu in relation to him, especially in Inoue's portrayal when he's literally dreaming of her? Although, he won't even talk to her when he sees her... I guess that's a good thing. =)

Vagabond / Miyamoto Musashi: His Life and Writings
« on: September 14, 2007, 09:38:29 AM »

Fantastic book on the Historical Musashi, including comparisons of the different accounts of his life, his myth, as well as his own writings.

Shootin' the Breeze / MOVED: Vagabond Returns (Spoilers).
« on: September 14, 2007, 07:57:25 AM »

Video Games / Silent Hill 5!
« on: July 12, 2007, 01:36:24 PM »
Whoa! Silent Hill 5 is on the way this time packed full of PTSD!

At its press conference today, Konami is revealing Silent Hill 5 for PS3 and Xbox 360, and we've got your first look! Check below for the very first screenshot of the game and teaser trailer. But for lots more info and screens, make sure to stay tuned for the October issue of EGM (which hits newsstands in early September) -- it'll be our exclusive cover story.

Teaser Trailer is in with linky!

Ok there is more,

Konami announced Wednesday that the latest installment in their Silent Hill franchise would be coming to PS3s and 360s in 2008. Silent Hill 5 marks a return to the creepy, fog shrouded town with a new combat system, atmospheric visuals and original character exploring its haunted streets. Silent Hill 5 follows Alex Shepherd, a war veteran that returns home after a tour of duty overseas. While investigating the disappearance of his younger brother Joshua, he finds himself drawn through a small community known as Shepherd's Glen to the barren and eerie streets of Silent Hill.

Silent Hill 5 will allow players to use a new and enhanced combat system to perform offensive and defensive maneuvers against the creatures that inhabit the towns of Silent Hill and Shepherd's Glen. Players will have to solve environmental puzzles as well, taking cues from their surroundings to proceed through the game. Bolstered by Akira Yahmaoka's original soundtrack, Silent Hill 5 will feature a haunting score and sound effects.

According to Brian Christian, Vice President of Product Development at Konami, "Silent Hill 5 is an international, cross-cultural production, with leading development talent from around the globe collaborating to raise the bar even higher for this incredible series. With gritty graphics and sound that create a haunting atmosphere to all-new visceral gameplay elements, Silent Hill 5 truly epitomizes the extent to which next-generation hardware can enhance the player's overall gaming experience."

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Garth Ennis Talks Preacher HBO Series
« on: June 08, 2007, 04:29:13 PM »
Straight form some web site I found:

Garth Ennis & Darick Robertson were at Midtown Comics last weekend promoting their controversial creator-owned book, The Boys (which recently found a home at Dynamite Entertainment after leaving DC/Wildstorm). PCS TV got the the latest word on the series from Ennis and talked to him about working with Mark Steven Johnson. (Daredevil & Ghost Rider aside, Ennis called Johnson “just the right guy” for the job).

Naturally, we also talked in-depth with Ennis & Robertson about The Boys: PCS TV: Garth Ennis & Darick Robertson Boys Inteview

links for teh video

Walter are you Jeff K?

This is appaling.

ST. LOUIS (May 24) - The father of Josh Hancock filed suit Thursday, claiming a restaurant provided drinks to the St. Louis Cardinals  relief pitcher even though he was intoxicated prior to the crash that killed him.

Cards Pitcher Died at 29

The suit, filed in St. Louis  Circuit Court by Dean Hancock of Tupelo, Miss., does not specify damages. Mike Shannon's Restaurant, owned by the longtime Cardinals broadcaster who starred on three World Series teams in the 1960s, is a defendant in the case along with Shannon's daughter, Patricia Shannon Van Matre, the restaurant manager.

Other defendants include Eddie's Towing, the company whose flatbed tow truck was struck by Hancock's sport utility vehicle in the early hours of April 29; tow truck driver Jacob Edward Hargrove; and Justin Tolar, the driver whose stalled car on Interstate 64 was being assisted by Hargrove.

The Cardinals and Major League Baseball were not listed as defendants.

Authorities said the 29-year pitcher had a blood content of nearly twice the legal limit for alcohol in his system when he crashed into the back of the tow truck. He was also speeding, using a cell phone and wasn't wearing a seat belt, Police Chief Joe Mokwa said after the accident. Marijuana also was found in the SUV.

Mokwa said Hancock went to Shannon's not long after the Cardinals played a day game against the Chicago Cubs  on April 28. The lawsuit claimed that Hancock was a regular at the restaurant bar and was there for more than 3 1/2 hours.

"It's understood that for the entire 3 1/2 hours that Josh Hancock was there that he was handed drinks," Keith Kantack, a lawyer for Dean Hancock, said. "It's our understanding that from the moment Josh Hancock entered Mike Shannon's that night that he was never without a drink."

A person answering phones at the restaurant declined comment. A message left with Van Matre was not returned.

The lawsuit claimed Tolar was negligent in allowing the vehicle to reach the point where it stalled on the highway, and for failing to move it out of the way of oncoming traffic.

Hargrove parked the tow truck behind the stalled car, and police said he arrived there moments before the truck was struck by Hancock's SUV. Kantack said the tow truck may have been there up to 15 minutes, yet failed to get the stalled vehicle out of the way.

"Were the police contacted?" Kantack asked. "Why weren't flares put out? Why was the tow truck there for an exorbitant amount of time?"

Tolar did not have a listed telephone number. Calls to the towing company were met with a busy signal.

Kantack said others could be added later as defendants in the suit. He declined to speculate on whether the Cardinals or Major League Baseball could be added to the suit, but said the Hancock family has been "overwhelmed by the support and respect the Cardinals have shown since Josh's passing."

Dean Hancock said in a statement that the "facts and circumstances" of Josh's death "have caused great pain to all of Josh's family." As administrator of his son's estate, Dean Hancock said he has an obligation to represent the family on all issues, "including any legal actions necessary against those who contributed to the untimely and unnecessary death."

Ok so his jackass son gets blitzed and crashes into someone so it's their fault? Even asking about why they didn't put up road flares doesn't make any sense to me. I don't drive around carying road flares and all the times I've been in cars [or humvees] that have stalled they wouldn't go any other direction aside from down hill.

News & Not News / 10th Moutain Soldiers captured
« on: May 20, 2007, 03:00:51 AM »
I ask for the out most curtesy when posting in this thread, I'm in the same division as these soldier and don't want to harm anyone [mentaly] that is in their family or happen to be their friends on this board. I honestly hope the iraqi captures have the out most sympathy for them and bring no harm to them. they are just soldiers doing their jobs. 1oth Moutain has always tried it's best with dealing with the iraqis, we have always treated you with respect and at this moment you should remember that we treated you the best way we could and put your petty anger aside and show these POWs with respect.

Prisoners of War, Missing in Action you are not forgotten.

Edit: This has been my Divisions first POW event since WW2 if you have a God and you prey to him, prey that these men are found alive and that their captures took mercy on them. No family ever should have to lose a loved one because of this war. Let these men come home and say that their captors were not evil but just soldiers. Al Quada is very much evil, but a soldier is a soldier and can neverbe evil. We all have duties we all fight for the people they represent.


As Mother Earth was being pushed into a squad car she was heard saying "Rubbish!"

Dark Titan Cronus saying at a press meeting that "Gaia is not guilty of any charges of murder and should be released." Dark Titan Cronus and Jesus H. Christ are Gaia's legal representatives in this case.

- Bob

News & Not News / Egg sharing
« on: April 20, 2007, 01:22:03 AM »

As far as I can tell i don't see anything wrong with this, but with taht in mind I got a kick out of this part.

If the girl chooses to become pregnant using her mother's eggs, she will be giving birth to her biological half-sister. Boivin will then become a mother and a grandmother.

News & Not News / Inbetween a rock and a hard place
« on: March 29, 2007, 02:31:41 PM »

So as what I can see, in order for Bush to get the funds he wants he will have to agree to pulling troops out of Iraq which he won't agree because he wants to save face. I don't see either side getting what they want honestly because Bush is just going to veto it and the senate won't pass another bill with out the troop with draw being in it.

Shootin' the Breeze / D---- T------ hits 21 on the fourth
« on: February 01, 2007, 02:55:53 AM »
  Today David sits in his room taking another drag off his "borrowed" cigarret. "Honestly... If you told me I'd have been smoking and drink socially with my friends a year ago I would have called you crazy," says the 20 year old M------.

The past several years David has held many different jobs from fast food employee at Wendy's to Infantrymen in the United States Army and like many people in his age group he waits for the day he turns 21.

"I don't have too much planned for when I'm out of the army aside from continuing my writing and art," says the young man as he puts out as he blows out a puff of smoke.

To another 20 years!

News & Not News / Somalia is burning!
« on: January 09, 2007, 11:14:22 AM »

MOGADISHU, Somalia - A U.S. airstrike hit targets in southern Somalia where Islamic militants were believed to be sheltering suspects in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies, Somali officials and witnesses said Tuesday. Many people were reported killed.
Monday's attack was the first overt military action by the U.S. in Somalia since the 1990s and the legacy of a botched intervention ó known as "Black Hawk Down" ó that left 18 U.S. servicemen dead.

Helicopter gunships launched new attacks Tuesday near the scene of the U.S. airstrike, although it was not clear if they were American or Ethiopian aircraft, and it was not known if there were any casualties.

Two helicopters "fired several rockets toward the road that leads to the Kenyan border," said Ali Seed Yusuf, a resident of the town of Afmadow in southern Somalia.

The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived off Somalia's coast and launched intelligence-gathering missions over Somalia, the military said. Three other U.S. warships are conducting anti-terror operations off the Somali coast.

News & Not News / RIP Saddam...
« on: December 30, 2006, 01:34:56 AM »
don't forget to do some neck streches before your hanging!† :troll:

Edit: Ok he's dead. When is the Iraq government posting his death video on youtube?

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Pursuit of happiness
« on: December 23, 2006, 11:56:35 PM »
Who else has been waiting very much impatiently to see Rocky Balboa only to be dragged by loved ones to see this movie? I for one have. I still havenít seen Rocky Balboa and I won't rest till I do.

Anyways it's your usual life sucks movie. Everyone is un-happy and then the dude learns something by reading something or word of mouth and his life magically improves. Yadda yadda will smith makes another million dollars. Thatís all I got from the movie. I was really honestly hoping for aliens or robots or aliens with robots trying to take over the world, but I wasn't very happy with this movie.

Over all I think this movie was actually ok, but just very boring.

News & Not News / Burn yo trash!
« on: December 14, 2006, 11:00:50 AM »

SEOUL (AFP) -        South Korea has opened the world's largest garbage-fuelled power plant and expects to reduce its imports of heavy oil by 500,000 barrels a year as a result.

The 50-megawatt plant, designed to provide power to more than 180,000 households, began operating on Tuesday. It sits on a mammoth garbage dump in the city of Incheon west of Seoul, the ministry said in a statement.

For fuel, it uses only the methane gas naturally generated from the decomposing garbage on the site.

This might not be as big as "Kramer is racist" or "indian men have small willies", but it is deemed news worthy to me because it's a step towards getting our [heroin] oil addiction under control for good!

News & Not News / "If I Did It"
« on: November 16, 2006, 02:34:21 AM »

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- In a deal that some media executives called revolting, O.J. Simpson plans a book and TV interview to discuss how, hypothetically, he could have killed his ex-wife and her friend

Now THIS is original!

I mean, I have no idea how to really feel on every level, it's obviously blatantly bad, but it's also so damn unprecedented and awkward that the idea makes my mind get stuck. Even just the language itself, it's like saying things like, "Here's how I didn't it." You just can't process something this abnormal normally. LOVELY move, Juice.

I can't wait to see the feedback.

News & Not News / Rumsfeld is gone
« on: November 08, 2006, 04:52:05 PM »


WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, architect of an unpopular war in Iraq, intends to resign after six stormy years at the Pentagon, Republican officials said Wednesday.
Word came a day after the Democratic gains in the election, in which Rumsfeld was a focus of much of the criticism of the Iraq war. Officials said Robert Gates, former head of the CIA, would replace Rumsfeld.

Earlier today, a spokesman for Rumsfeld said he'd given no indication that he would step down in the wake of Democratic election gains. The spokesman said Rumsfeld would work with Congress on Iraq but added that the focus on stabilizing the country will remain the same.

In the days leading up to the election, President Bush said he wanted Rumsfeld to stay on as defense chief until the end of Bush's second term.

Berserk Merchandise / How much $$$ can I get for...
« on: August 24, 2006, 08:46:11 AM »
Original (Green) Skully and Guts (Hawks) statues? I might also have the original Griff, and I have the boxes and all that shit too.

Vagabond / Current Episodes
« on: August 19, 2006, 01:58:24 AM »
Discuss the latest Vagabond episodes here!

Current Episode:

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