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Written by Ed Campbell

March 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Darwin Award winner of the year candidate — Suicide Bomb Instructor kills himself and 22 trainees

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Pay attention in class and follow instructions

A group of Sunni militants attending a suicide bombing training class at a camp north of Baghdad were killed on Monday when their commander unwittingly conducted a demonstration with a belt that was packed with explosives…

The militants belonged to a group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, which is fighting the Shiite-dominated army of the Iraqi government, mostly in Anbar Province. But they are also linked to bomb attacks elsewhere and other fighting that has thrown Iraq deeper into sectarian violence.

Twenty-two ISIS members were killed, and 15 were wounded, in the explosion at the camp, which is in a farming area in the northeastern province of Samara…Eight militants were arrested when they tried to escape…

The militant who was conducting the training was not identified by name, but he was described by an Iraqi Army officer as a prolific recruiter who was “able to kill the bad guys for once…”

A State Department official, Brett McGurk, said that ISIS had about 2,000 fighters in Iraq, and that its longer-term objective is to establish a base of operations in Baghdad, led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who has been officially designated as a global terrorist by the State Department.

The dude qualifies all the way round. Especially since he took out 22 candidates with himself, wounded 15 more and survivors were arrested. Phew.

Written by Ed Campbell

February 10, 2014 at 8:00 pm

The United States promised we’d never spy on the Brits — we lied!

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The National Security Agency is authorized to spy on the citizens of America’s closest allies, including Britain, even though those English-speaking countries have long had an official non-spying pact, according to a newly disclosed memorandum.

The classified N.S.A. document, which appears to be a draft and is dated January 2005, states that under specific circumstances, the American intelligence agency may spy on citizens of Britain without that country’s consent or knowledge. The memo, provided by the former N.S.A. contractor Edward J. Snowden, is labeled secret and “NOFORN,” indicating that it may not be shared with any foreign country…

The memo was provided by Mr. Snowden to The Guardian, which shared it with The New York Times. The N.S.A. also declined to say whether the memorandum merely codified longstanding American practice or was breaking new ground…blah, blah, blah, the agency said in a written reply to questions…

One paragraph, marked secret, appears to suggest that the preferred option is to gain permission from the country whose citizens are to be spied upon. But the very next paragraph, marked secret and NOFORN, indicates that the N.S.A. can go it alone if permission is not forthcoming — or if United States chooses not to ask.

Sounds like the country we’ve all come to know and revere for its respect for constitutional democracy and citizens’ right to privacy. Just not in the last five or six decades.

Written by Ed Campbell

November 23, 2013 at 8:00 am

Connecticut seaside town sends out terror attack alert – Oops!

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Candidate for head of Homeland Security

Residents of Old Saybrook received quite a shock after hearing the area was under a terrorist attack over the Connecticut town’s public address system on Sunday afternoon.

The Office of Emergency Management said a dispatcher accidentally made a series of errors, which caused the message to play over speakers placed around town. The message also warned residents to seek shelter…

Reverse 911 calls were made through the Everbridge Emergency Notification System apologizing for the error and saying in part, “There is no emergency, and there is no homeland security crisis in or near the Town of Old Saybrook.”

The Office of Emergency Management said it takes the matter very seriously and an internal investigation has begun into that dispatcher’s actions.

The possibility for disruptive errors like this one don’t exist – of course – where the public and politicians alike have decided not to rule their lives by fear and trepidation.

Written by Ed Campbell

August 19, 2013 at 11:00 am

He-man jumping into freezing water – almost!

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Written by Ed Campbell

May 15, 2013 at 10:00 am

Silliest sports moment…

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Hooters ball-girl picks up ball still in play and tosses it to the crowd. Embarrassment follows.


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Written by Ed Campbell

March 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm

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6000 gallons of Scotch accidentally flushed down the drain

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The night shift at a Chivas Brothers distillery screwed up this week and accidentally flushed about 6,000 gallons of Scotch whisky down the drain…

The 80-proof goof happened early Tuesday at a bottling plant in Dumbarton, where workers were cleaning equipment. Instead of purging the wastewater, they instead expelled 18,000 liters of bulk whisky into the local sewage system…

No one at Chivas noticed until 11 a.m., but local sewage crews had gotten a good whiff of the scotch-and-water problem and were attempting to identify the source long before the distiller reported what had happened.

“Discharging large volumes of alcohol into the sewer network can have an adverse impact on wastewater treatment processes, particularly during dry, cold weather,” Scottish Water said in a statement, the BBC reported. “We are continuing to closely monitor our Dumbarton wastewater treatment works to ensure treatment has not been compromised…”

The company said it was investigating.

Someone managed to pull off a double OOPS! They flushed $750,000 worth of decent booze down the drain – and probably poisoned a chunk of the sewer treatment plant, as well.


Written by Ed Campbell

March 4, 2013 at 11:30 am

Distracted motorists have the most accidents at Stonehenge

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Distracted motorists have more accidents passing Stonehenge than any other British landmark…

Over a third of drivers, 34 per cent, have had a prang or near miss in the UK as a result of taking their eyes off the road to admire a view…And an admiring 14 per cent have slammed on the brakes to get a longer look – typically reducing their speed by 27 mph…

The Angel of the North, in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, is the second most dangerous landmark and the Blackpool Tower, in Lancs, third.

A captivated 18 per cent and 12 per cent of motorists find their eyes drifting towards these sites as they pass…

Just over one in ten of these drivers, 11 per cent, have had or nearly had an accident at these two beauty spots.

Janet Connor, from MORE TH>N, said: “Travel guides, friends and family often encourage us to take the scenic route…But until now the perils of admiring the world beyond the windscreen have not been fully explored.

The UK is blessed with some amazing sights but motorists need to keep their eyes on the road and resist the lure of staring at them while driving…To avoid having an accident, park-up and enjoy the view safely.”

I remember when a Boston hotel built a swimming pool that immediately overlooked the I95 Freeway right in the heart of the city. There were so many accidents the first month it was in use – from male drivers ogling the babes in bikinis – they were ordered by the city to close it back down.

Written by Ed Campbell

September 14, 2012 at 2:00 am

Oops! C-17 Globemaster in surprise landing at small island airport

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A military cargo plane that typically requires 3,500 feet for takeoff landed unexpectedly Friday at Peter O. Knight Airport, where the longest runway is 95 feet short.

Work began immediately to lighten the load of the 174-foot-long aircraft so that it might leave Davis Islands safely.

The drama ended at 8:27 p.m., when the C-17 Globemaster III took a hop over Hillsborough Bay to MacDill, the original destination. It landed just a few minutes later.

It was unclear why the plane, headed to MacDill, made an unscheduled landing at the small airport near downtown Tampa. Master Sgt. Bryan Gatewood, a spokesman for MacDill Air Force Base, said authorities are investigating…

Peter O. Knight is a general aviation airport operated by the Aviation Authority.

It has two runways, including a smaller one that is 2,688 feet and a larger one that is 3,405 feet. The longest runway at MacDill is 11,421 feet.

Focus, concentrate, pay attention to your job. :)

Written by Ed Campbell

July 22, 2012 at 2:00 am

Missed by only that much…

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Prosecutors plan to look at the case of a Detroit-area man who accidentally shot himself in the groin while adjusting a handgun tucked in his pants…

The unidentified Southfield, Mich., man was working for an heating and air-conditioning company at a job site in Birmingham this week when his .40-caliber Glock pistol went off accidentally.

Deputy Police Chief Mark Clemence told the Detroit Free Press the worker had a permit for the weapon, but the city prosecutor was going to review the matter.

Despite the possibility of criminal charges, Clemence told the newspaper the outcome could have been worse for the victim, who was taken to the hospital by a co-worker.

“Your femoral artery runs down there,” Clemence said. “It could have been a lot worse. It’s a big bullet; you’re not talking a small bullet.”

Yes, there are a few other bits and pieces he may have managed to lop off, as well. The bullet went through his penis and lodged in his thigh – according to other sources. :)

Written by Ed Campbell

June 16, 2012 at 2:00 am


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