Gymnast Misses Beam. That had to hurt Too Shocking
Motorcycle Mania whoa…Tru Video
This one hurt me! You Tube
Women are so much better at financial planning than men.
Dan was a single guy living at home with his father and working in the family business. When he found out he was going to inherit a fortune when his sickly
father died, he decided he needed a wife with which to share his fortune.
One evening at an investment meeting he spotted the most beautiful
woman he had ever seen. Her natural beauty took his breath away. 'I may look like just an ordinary man,' he said to her, but in just a few years, my father will die, and I'll inherit $40 million.'
Impressed, the woman obtained his business card and three days later, she became his stepmother.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
New jailhouse tapes of Casey Anthony. Don't you feel sorry for this poor little child killer?
Prefab Green Homes Get Affordable (NOT!) Popular Mechanics
Outrage follows a ruling that teachers can have sex with 18-year old students. who would have thought it FOX
New Evidence Points to Life on Mars Popular Mechanics
Court Gives Boost to Warrantless Surveillance Efforts our rights are slipping away... Fox
I saw this place in “The Jetson’s” cartoon. very cool Been Seen
Thursday, January 15, 2009
BY PETE SHELLEM Of The Patriot-News
When Walter Andre Sharpe Jr. signed for a certified letter from Dauphin County Domestic Relations in 2001, he didn't know he was signing on for a seven-year nightmare.
Since then, the Philadelphia man has been thrown in jail four times, lost his job, become estranged from his four children and spent more than $12,000 to support the child of another man.
It finally stopped in May 2007 when a judge reversed a finding that he was the father.
But the same judge has since ruled that Sharpe is not entitled to any compensation, not even the money he was forced to pay to support the child.
Sharpe's attorney, Tabetha Tanner, said the county Domestic Relations office "stole" Sharpe's identity by exchanging his date of birth, address and Social Security number for that of the father.
The agency fought Sharpe's attempts to have DNA testing and said it determined he was the father "after reasonable investigation."
Yet it took The Patriot-News less than an hour to track down the real father, Andre Sharpe, who said the girl that Walter Sharpe has been paying support for has been living with him for the last four years.
But in court papers, Domestic Relations blamed Walter Sharpe, a former trash collector, for not filing the proper motions in court to "disestablish paternity."
"What type of investigation were they doing if you can track this guy down in less than eight hours?" Walter Sharpe asked. "It just pisses me off. I tried my best to clear myself of this case, and it fell on deaf ears. It's like I'm guilty until proven innocent. I'm just another man crying, 'I don't know this person. I don't have their kid.' It's a routine they're just used to."
His big mistake:
When Walter Sharpe received the certified letter on Feb. 6, 2001, he knew the complaint for child support was a mistake.
Andre Sharpe had a different date of birth, a different Social Security number and different previous addresses.
Andre Sharpe also had an 11-year-old daughter with a woman in Harrisburg, and Walter Sharpe knew he had been to Harrisburg only once, to register a car. He also knew he hadn't fathered a child to a woman named Terri Jones on that trip.
So he ignored it. Big mistake!
The letter required Andre Sharpe to attend a Domestic Relations conference on March 6, 2001.
On May 29, 2001, since neither man attended the conference, Dauphin County Judge Scott A. Evans, as required by law, issued a ruling finding that Walter Andre Sharpe was the father.
A month later, Domestic Relations entered an order requiring him to pay $447 a month support along with $5,730 in arrears.
When the agency attached his wages at the trash company J.P. Mascaro & Sons, Walter Sharpe told his boss there was a mistake. He then received a notice from Domestic Relations telling him to come in to verify his claim of mistaken identity.
Instead of fixing the error, the office changed the personal information on the case to match his, Tanner, his attorney, said in court documents.
"Incredibly, without any order of court or hearing, Domestic Relations stole the identity of [Walter Sharpe] by willfully substituting his biographic information for that of the biological father's," Tanner said in those documents.
Falling behind on support:
Walter Sharpe couldn't keep up. He had been paying child support for his four children from a former marriage in Montgomery County, but the new burden overwhelmed him.
When he fell behind on support for his real children, their mother inquired about it and believed he had fathered another child while they were married. She cut back on his contact with his children, he said.
Then Walter Sharpe started getting locked up on contempt charges for not keeping up with support payments. He was sentenced to six-month jail terms four times -- Nov. 15, 2001; Dec. 23, 2003; March 23, 2004; and Aug. 16, 2005.
Dauphin County Domestic Relations also seized his bank accounts.
As a result of the incarcerations, Walter Sharpe said, he lost his job at J.P. Mascaro & Sons, where he was making close to $40,000 a year. He ended up finding several minimum-wage jobs as a gas station attendant but lost those as well because of his jail time. He remains unemployed today.
While incarcerated, he filed petitions for DNA testing on his own, all of which were opposed by Domestic Relations and denied by the court.
Open for reconsideration:
Walter Sharpe's 15-year-old son, Walter Andre Sharpe III, was murdered by a robber in Norristown in May 2005 after walking his mother to work. Sharpe partially blames himself because the situation with the Dauphin County case had separated him from his family.
Finally, in 2007, he got enough money to hire Tanner, who filed for DNA testing. The court granted the order, but the child's mother and grandmother repeatedly failed to show up for the tests. The grandmother, Jean Battle, claimed she was raising the child.
At a May 31, 2007, paternity trial that Jones and Battle did not attend, Evans, the judge, vacated the paternity order and canceled all arrears.
Tanner then sought compensation for the money Walter Sharpe paid into the system and for losses he incurred as a result of the mistaken identity.
After a year, Evans denied that petition Oct. 21 without explanation. Evans said he is unable to comment because the case is open for reconsideration or appeal.
Easy to locate:
Jones started the ball rolling when she filed for welfare in 1996. Under state rules, she had to identify the child's father so the state could seek reimbursement of the support payments.
She was one year off on Andre Sharpe's birth date and listed a prior address.
Tanner speculated that Domestic Relations came across her client because of his support case in Montgomery County. She said that instead of investigating further when he showed them he wasn't the right guy, the agency changed his information.
Had the agency looked a little further, it would have found Andre Sharpe living in Philadelphia. He has had custody of the child since she was brought up on juvenile charges.
He was easily located through court records and a commonly used search engine.
Andre Sharpe was surprised to hear that Jones and Battle were seeking support. He said he has always been involved in the child's life and helped Battle raise her, contributing money when necessary.
He said the girl is about to turn 18 in January and will graduate from high school next year.
He said Jones had custody of the child only for about a year. Jones lives in Philadelphia but could not be located for comment.
Battle claimed she told Domestic Relations years ago that Walter Sharpe was not the father. She could not recall the date but said she went to the office during her lunch hour. When no one came out, she said, she told the receptionist why she was there and asked her to put a note in the file.
"I figured the message would get to whoever it was supposed to get to," she said.
She also said she never received any child support payments for the girl, but received welfare for her for "a couple years." She agreed that Andre Sharpe always contributed to the child's upbringing.
She claimed to be unaware of Walter Sharpe's problems, saying she would throw out Domestic Relations notices without opening them.
However, Tanner said that when she was trying to force Battle to produce the child for DNA testing last year, officials from Domestic Relations told her Battle refused and told them to stop harassing her.
Andre Sharpe said he still sees Jones occasionally. She has three other children, he said.
'Ruining an innocent man':
Joseph Barbush, an investigator for Domestic Relations, and Sheila Britt, a lawyer for the agency, who filed answers to Tanner's claims, did not return telephone calls seeking comment for this story. Kim Robison, Domestic Relations' director, said Friday she felt it was inappropriate to comment because Evans' last order is open to appeal.
In court papers, the office stated it repeatedly advised Walter Sharpe to file a "petition to disestablish paternity" and he failed to do so for three years, so he is at fault.
It still claims he can't prove he is not the father because there are no DNA tests to show that, despite the fact the agency repeatedly opposed his requests for DNA testing.
"Furthermore, [the Department of Public Welfare] has experienced grave injustice as a result of [Walter Sharpe's] failure to address this matter in a timely fashion," a joint answer filed by Domestic Relations and the state Department of Public Welfare states.
The agency claims that because of Walter Sharpe's delay in challenging paternity, it is unable to recoup support payments from the real father.
"As a result of [Walter Sharpe's] delayed actions in this matter, DPW is forced to suffer unfair and irreversible injury."
But Tanner, who is reviewing appeal options, said the only victim in this case was her client.
"It was much easier for Dauphin County Domestic Relations to get someone, anyone, to pay the child support obligation, even if it meant ruining the life of an innocent man who had his own children to support, than it was for them to expend any additional time or effort in locating the real father of this child," she said.
I wonder if he even got an apology?
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Looking like giant leaves floating in the sea, thousands of Golden Rays are seen here gathering off the coast of Mexico. The spectacular scene was captured as the magnificent creatures made one of their biannual mass migrations to more agreeable waters. Gliding silently beneath the waves, they turned vast areas of blue water to gold off the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. Sandra Critelli, an amateur photographer, stumbled across the phenomenon while looking for whale sharks.
She said: 'It was an unreal image, very difficult to describe. The surface of the water was covered by warm and different shades of gold and looked like a bed of autumn leaves gently moved by the wind.
'It's hard to say exactly how many there were, but in the range of a few thousand'
'We were surrounded by them without seeing the edge of the school and we could see many under the water surface too. I feel very fortunate I was there in the right place at the right time to experience nature at its best.' Measuring up to 7ft (2.1 meters) from wing-tip to wing-tip, Golden rays are also more prosaically known as cow nose rays.
They have long, pointed pectoral fins that separate into two lobes in front of their high-domed heads and give them a cow-like appearance. Despite having poisonous stingers, they are known to be shy and non-threatening when in large schools.
The population in the Gulf of Mexico migrates, in schools of as many as 10,000, clockwise from western Florida to the Yucatan .
Bravely go where no man has gone before!
Are you addicted to the internet? You might want to skip this one. They will actually refer you to an Internet Addiction Support Group! NetAddiction.com
Remember what you learned in driver’s education? See how well you score on these 20 questions taken from real licensing tests across the country.
Are you bipolar? Psych Education
Do you know your personality and temperament? Black Dog Institute
What are your leadership abilities? NWLink.com
Do you have an eating disorder? Something Fishy
Are you a Cultural Creative?
The infamous Proust Questionaire ...taxing, interesting and just about you. Vanity Fair
Do you qualify for government benefits… I added this one for humor! GovBenefits.com
STATE OF TEXAS: Conflict of interest questionnaire …this is a real joke! State of Texas
Do you know how to improve your dog’s health? Oh really? Happy Tails
I'm exhausted! This was way too much information about myself...
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
How to control bees... Cocaine
Latest job opportunity! MSN
World’s first flying car prepares for take-off Times Online
Women Can Smell a Man’s Intentions MSNBC
Making fun of Kathy Lee Gifford. Hilarious!
Monday, January 12, 2009
The sagging economy has triggered a sharp decline in the number of women getting breast implants. Maura Moynihan on why a smaller cup size is good for America.Daily Beast
Ann Coulter calling Huckabee "stupid" and "pro sodomy"! He calls her on the carpet and she crawfishes!
John Cook on Tuesday vetoed a unanimously supported resolution from City Council asking the federal government to seriously study the legalization of narcotics as a way to respond to the plague of violence that last year killed 1,600 people in Juárez. El Paso Times Juarez, a great place to be killed…
Okay, you caught me...I didn't find the last one humorous; but I thought you might want to be aware of the dangers around border towns currently.
More News on the Middle East and the great freedom that our POS politicians and protesters enjoy.
Hamas Reinstates Crucifixions of Christians
Hamas firing rockets during a three hour ceasefire.
Would you want your children risking their lives in the armed services for these people? Makes me want to fund a black Atheist supremacist group! I visualize drive by shootings. Weasil Zippers
Oh, and by the way, check out our Nation's leadership.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Friday "recognizing Israel's right to defend itself against attacks from Gaza," a measure that it said reaffirms the United States' strong support for Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
House Resolution 34: Recognizing Israel's right to defend itself against attacks from Gaza. The bill, which was sponsored by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, passed by a vote of 390 to 5.
Here are the 5 who voted "no"...
Dennis J. Kucinich (D)
Gwen Moore (D)
Nick Rahall (D)
Maxine Waters (D)
Ron Paul (R)
Here are 22 more that didn't have the nerve to take a side. They just wanted us to know they were "present", not committed. Now that's leadership!
Present HI-1 Abercrombie, Neil [D]
Present OR-3 Blumenauer, Earl [D]
Present OR-4 DeFazio, Peter [D]
Present MI-15 Dingell, John [D]
Present MD-4 Edwards, Donna [D]
Present MN-5 Ellison, Keith [D]
Present CA-17 Farr, Sam [D]
Present AZ-7 Grijalva, Raul [D]
Present NY-22 Hinchey, Maurice [D]
Present GA-4 Johnson, Henry [D]
Present MI-13 Kilpatrick, Carolyn [D]
Present CA-9 Lee, Barbara [D]
Present MN-4 McCollum, Betty [D]
Present WA-7 McDermott, James [D]
Present CA-7 Miller, George [D]
Present VA-8 Moran, James [D]
Present MA-1 Olver, John [D]
Present NJ-10 Payne, Donald [D]
Present CA-47 Sanchez, Loretta [D]
Present CA-13 Stark, Fortney [D]
Present CA-33 Watson, Diane [D]
Present CA-6 Woolsey, Lynn [D]
Sunday, January 11, 2009
The price tax... 1.8+ trillion by the end of 2009! I get better odds in Vegas.
2,600,000 (two million, six hundred thousand) jobs lost in 2008. State unemployment payments are stagering.
___X $50,000 a year salary
Yes, that's 1.5 trillion dollars! BTW, we're all in this together. The federal penitentiary will be like a country club compared to living under a bridge or in a state or national park. Watch the price tag on crime this year.
There is only one way to create jobs...stimulate business. Reagan showed us that. The problem is our government is stimulating the wrong ones...
Bail out an insurance company... are you kidding me... there are hundreds of insurance companies. I don't know if you realize that we have just witnessed the biggest kickback of tax revenue in the history of the USA. They have spent over 85% of the money, where do you think it went?
Now let's bail out states who have irresponsibly overspent and don't believe in reducing spending. Find other sources of revenue...like the federal government. Now they can continue to spend. For instance: "Budget crisis may lead to $40 billion deficit" San Francisco Chronicle
I'm no rocket scientist, but I'm not stupid.
Although, I could be wrong!
P.S. If I die, unexpectedly, I hope someone will investigate. Conspiracy theorists that die of "natural causes" don't become famous. I find myself on the verge of uncertainty.