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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Drunken Wedding Guest Arrested - Slow Dances With Groom, Brawls With Bride
A guest at an Ohio wedding wound up in jail charged with assault and intoxicated disorderly conduct. It all began when she  refused to stop slow dancing with the groom, which escalated into a brawl with the bride and an attack on an off-duty police officer.

Dan Kuack was patrolling the St. Clarence Church Pavilion in North Olmsted, Ohio, on Saturday when he heard a woman  "yelling and screaming at two unknown males," according to the  police report.

Kuack approached the group in the parking lot and found that the two men were trying to keep the woman, Brooke Burke, from driving off in her car because she was allegedly drunk. She was yelling because they'd taken her keys, the police report stated.

The police officer calmed Burke down and took  her back into the reception hall.

At that point the bride, Margaret Burke, told Kuack that Brooke  had tried to assault her earlier in the evening, according to the report.

The bride said it all started when she'd asked Burke  to stop slow dancing with her new husband. She said Burke became   upset and started yelling at her, and at one point tried to hit her.

"Brooke turned around and started to approach the bride and began to yell at her and attempted to grab her,"  the police report stated.

Burke is believed to be the bride's sister in law, but neither responded to requests for comment.

As Kuack tried to get Burke to sit down, "She fell to the ground kicking and screaming and being belligerent," according to the report.

Burke struck the officer on the left side of his face several times, leading to redness and swelling. He restrained her on the table and radioed for help, according to the arrest report.

The bride said  Burke's behavior stemmed from her being "very intoxicated," and when another officer asked her about hitting Kuack,  Burke said she had only done that because she was drunk.

Burke was released from jail and is scheduled to appear in court April 10.
Posted by: Beavis || 04/07/2012 13:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [282 views] Top|| File under:

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Possibly the greatest headline in the history of news
Posted by: tu3031 || 04/07/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [344 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Best DAILY MAIL e-v-a-r!, espec as per Jenny Love Hewitt.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/07/2012 0:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Should I wonder what the monkey wrench was doing there or should I leave it alone?
Posted by: gorb || 04/07/2012 1:40 Comments || Top||

#3  It was in the Conservatory with Mr. White.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 04/07/2012 2:38 Comments || Top||

#4  The 'Rose N Bowl' pub is ... yes, "Biker Friendly." But of course, you already knew that.

(Something for the ladies as well)
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/07/2012 4:08 Comments || Top||

#5  Nothing beats "Headless Body in Topless Bar".
Posted by: Eric Jablow || 04/07/2012 8:44 Comments || Top||

#6  Best comment on this story (so far):

"Pretty kinky having a monkey wrench handy while having sex! I suppose to keep the nuts tight?"

Posted by: Barbara || 04/07/2012 10:18 Comments || Top||

#7  That's a great headline...Dang the Limey papers are so much more fun than our humorless liberal rags (as an aside, why is it that lefties have no sense of humor?)

Anyway, I pawing through my Rotadex for Heidi's phone number....

Or should I be more interested in the love bite on Kim's neck?
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 04/07/2012 12:52 Comments || Top||

#8  The wrench swinger
Posted by: tu3031 || 04/07/2012 14:13 Comments || Top||

#9  They couldn't squeeze in a 'former presidential canidate John Edwards' in there somewhere?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 04/07/2012 15:41 Comments || Top||

#10  CF - there's some things even gravy-wrestling strippers won't touch
Posted by: Frank G || 04/07/2012 15:51 Comments || Top||

Britain's Royal Air Force considering purchase of Israeli UAV
...The Eitan, also known as the Heron TP, is the largest and most sophisticated drone Israel makes. It is assembled by Israel Aerospace Industries and began operational service in the Israel Air Force two years ago, in a new squadron at the Tel Nof airbase.

The Eitan's wingspan is as wide as a Boeing 737 airliner and it can stay in the air for up to forty hours, carrying out long-range missions at 40 thousand feet, hundreds of kilometers away from base, broadcasting back real-time footage of wide areas. According to foreign sources, the Eitan also carries out missions over Iran.

Israeli and British security sources have confirmed in recent days that the Royal Air Force has been considering buying a number of Eitan systems, since the Mantis, a joint British-French unmanned strategic project, has been delayed and will not be operational before 2020.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/07/2012 08:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [384 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Probably got the range to go from Ascension Island to Argentina.
Posted by: phil_b || 04/07/2012 8:50 Comments || Top||

#2  I don't want to pick on the Euros, really I don't, but the English and French can't get a working long-distance drone ready before 2020? Come on guys, the principles and engineering have been done by the US, Israel and others. It isn't easy-peasy but it's not insurmountable, either.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/07/2012 11:58 Comments || Top||

#3  It takes money to fund a research team, Dr. Steve, and right now they have much more urgent needs for whatever they can scrape up.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/07/2012 12:53 Comments || Top||

#4  "much more urgent needs"

Like paying off their buddies, bribing people, supporting illegal and somewhat legal aliens who are determined to bite off the hand feeding them, etc., tw?
Posted by: Barbara || 04/07/2012 13:17 Comments || Top||

#5  I believe that skunk team is working on how to void the lawsuit against one said nurse who prayed instead of working without it looking like a voided lawsuit. It is quite ponderous, really.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/07/2012 15:51 Comments || Top||

#6  I'll continue to stand with Israel with all my heart and soul...However, I cannot provide resource support of any kind these days; those days are over. Pharaoh wants Israel to die. I haven't the means to fight him and his demons any more. -cz-
Posted by: canalzone || 04/07/2012 22:56 Comments || Top||

EU migrants with criminal convictions get jobs denied to British workers under new criminal records regime
Migrants with criminal convictions will be able to get jobs denied to British workers under a new EU-wide criminal records regime being adopted this month.

In Britain, even the most minor convictions for student pranks or breaches of the peace can come back to haunt jobseekers years later if they apply for positions as teachers, policemen or other “sensitive” roles.

But migrants from EU countries applying for the same jobs will be given a clean bill of health, even if they have similar convictions, because other countries either wipe the slate clean or do not keep records of low-level offences.

The problem also applies to British workers trying to get jobs in other EU countries.

Justice campaigners have described the situation as “scandalous” and have asked MEPs and the Home Office to address the issue as a matter of urgency.

The problem arose after Britain signed up to a trial of the European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS), a new system of sharing criminal records between EU member states which is being permanently adopted this month.

Britain’s rigorous Criminal Records Bureau regime means that even convictions classed as “spent” remain on file for life and can be thrown up during background checks by potential employers anywhere in the EU.

In stark contrast, countries such as Belgium and Germany routinely destroy after just three years records of convictions resulting in prison sentences of less than six months or fines of less than 500 euros.

Other EU countries have laws which prevent employers being told about spent or minor convictions, and in some countries, such as the Netherlands, fines of less than 100 euros for minor crimes are not treated as criminal convictions for the purposes of CRB checks.

As well as the disparity in the way records are kept, EU countries have wildly varying sentences for different offences. In Germany, someone who indecently assaults a child can be given a sentence of as little as six months, whereas in the UK the starting point is two years.
Three guesses as to how the EUcrats want to regularize such things .....
Posted by: lotp || 04/07/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [282 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The Royal Canadian Air Force of the Queen's Republic of MacKenzie is trying to hire out-of-work Brit RAF for service.

IIRC ditto the Aussies.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/07/2012 0:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Not a new thing - the Aussies recruited RNZAF A-4 pilots when NZ decided to go all rotary-wing.
Posted by: Pappy || 04/07/2012 11:14 Comments || Top||

Prisoners should work in chain-gangs to clear rubbish, says Tory MP
Britain ought to make its prisoners work in "chain gangs" to clear litter building up on the side of major public roads, a Conservative MP has said.

Andrew Percy, MP for Brigg and Goole, made the suggestion after becoming concerned about rubbish mounting up by motorways in his constituency, including hundreds of bottles of urine thrown away by lorry drivers.

"In the US I have seen chain gangs out clearing highways -- why can't we do that here?" he said. "We have criminals expected to pay back -- why not get them out there doing something of use?"

Mr Percy has written to the Highways Agency to about growing piles of litter on the M62 and A63 in East Yorkshire following complaints from his constituents.

"We need a British equivalent of the US chain gang," he said. "The only risk we have in this country is there are too many do-gooders claiming it's against [prisoners'] human rights.

"We don't necessarily need them to be wearing orange jump suits and chained together, but what we should be looking at is we've got all these people sat in prison who could be working in the community."

Posted by: lotp || 04/07/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [367 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We'll see the long term unemployed doing this before prisoners. Either's good, though.
Posted by: Bulldog || 04/07/2012 9:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Alabama uses Prisoners, not chain gang, to clear the roadway.

"I" see nothing wrong about it.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 04/07/2012 11:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Extend prison terms...

IF prisoners work they get lowered.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/07/2012 11:48 Comments || Top||

#4  That's brilliant, Bright Pebbles. Nobody can complain if it's voluntary.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/07/2012 12:05 Comments || Top||

#5  Here in the States the euphemism 'community service' is employed as a voluntary alternative to other punishment. You get a better gig/job depending on who you know or the public nature of your name [see numerous posts in the Burg on celebs]. There is even a provision in the 13th Amendment that a lot of people [to include the Judiciary] seem to ignore -

"Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/07/2012 12:21 Comments || Top||

#6  Any bloke that don't work on the chain gang spend a night in the box...
Posted by: tu3031 || 04/07/2012 13:46 Comments || Top||

#7  Dammit, Tu beat me to the Cool Hand Luke reference
Posted by: Beavis || 04/07/2012 13:50 Comments || Top||

#8  lol tu
Posted by: Frank G || 04/07/2012 14:31 Comments || Top||

Taxmageddon: Massive Tax Increase Coming in 2013
If President Obama and Congress fail to act this year, an enormous, unprecedented tax increase will fall on American taxpayers starting on January 1, 2013. The Washington Post called the looming tax increase "Taxmageddon," and Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke called it a "massive fiscal cliff."

This impending tax increase is mostly the result of the expiration of many long-standing policies that all expire at the end of 2012. President Obama and Congress should start working together now to prevent this massive tax increase rather than waiting until the end of the year. That would assure families, businesses, and investors that their taxes will not rise sharply as the economy is still staggering to its feet and show the voters that Washington really can get important things done--even in an election year.

Taxmageddon is a $494 billion tax increase that strikes at the beginning of 2013. Under current law, tax policies in seven different categories will expire, and five of the 18 new tax hikes from Obamacare will begin.

These tax hikes will raise $494 billion in 2013 but will remain in place unless President Obama and Congress stop them. Taxpayers would see even bigger tax hikes in succeeding years as the tax increases raise more revenue as the economy grows.

Although these tax increases will not start raising new revenue until next year, they are having a negative impact on the economy today. Families, businesses, and investors need to know how much tax they will pay in the future before making important economic decisions. The uncertainty caused by Taxmageddon means they are stuck in neutral while they wait for President Obama and Congress to act. This is slowing job creation and stopping many of the millions of unemployed Americans from going back to work.

A tax increase the size of Taxmageddon for just one year is simply unprecedented. Usually tax and budget policies are evaluated on estimates over 10 years. A 10-year tax increase of Taxmageddon's magnitude would be off the charts. By comparison, all the tax increases in Obamacare--itself an enormous tax increase--raise $502 billion over 10 years, which is almost as much as Taxmageddon will increase taxes just in 2013.
Gory details at the link.
Posted by: lotp || 04/07/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [623 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "More freedom of action, after the reelection", eh?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/07/2012 3:29 Comments || Top||

#2  If this is allowed to take place, there will be a run on the market like none other we have seen in our lifetimes. I fear the recent downturns may be a signaling.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/07/2012 3:33 Comments || Top||

#3  Then I'm sure the economy will take off like a rocket. (and explode on the launch pad)
Posted by: newc || 04/07/2012 8:01 Comments || Top||

#4  Just wait till inflation takes off and interest rates go up. US debt will explode.

Frankly, no amount of tax increases will ever bring the US debt down. Its just a matter of slowing the rate of increase a bit.
Posted by: phil_b || 04/07/2012 8:56 Comments || Top||

#5  "five of the 18 new tax hikes from Obamacare will begin."

Hopefully the Supremes will knock those down and void the entire law.
Posted by: OldSpook || 04/07/2012 10:40 Comments || Top||

#6  And FYI, I have been advised to get out of the market "soon", and stay on the sidelines until this clears up.
Posted by: OldSpook || 04/07/2012 10:41 Comments || Top||

#7  Laffer curve says no!

Economy will just stall.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/07/2012 10:45 Comments || Top||

#8  The FED will never allow rates to rise. They will destroy the dollar first.
Posted by: Hellfish || 04/07/2012 21:54 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Jesse Jackson's daughter has new "Fair and Balanced' media job
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/07/2012 08:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [296 views] Top|| File under:

Avalanche buries 100 Pakistani soldiers on glacier
Does the Hindu god of glaciers outrank Allan?
I wonder what these soldiers did to get posted to the equivalent of the Aleutians?
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/07/2012 09:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [445 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Never put a FOB on a glacier.

Posted by: Besoeker || 04/07/2012 9:31 Comments || Top||

#2  "I can't comprehend how an avalanche can reach that place," said the officer, who didn't give his name because he is not authorized to speak to the media. "It was supposed to be safe."

how could an avalanche EVER happen on a glacier in the mountains? Idiot
Posted by: Frank G || 04/07/2012 10:50 Comments || Top||

#3  Hindu god? That's one possible explanation.
Posted by: Halliburton - Mysterious Conspiracy Division || 04/07/2012 10:56 Comments || Top||

#4  snow djinns and gravity?
Posted by: Frank G || 04/07/2012 11:23 Comments || Top||

#5  Insh'Allah.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/07/2012 11:32 Comments || Top||

#6  Mean Olde Mr. Gravity trumps Allen every time, especially when you don't learn and respect his laws.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 04/07/2012 12:06 Comments || Top||

#7  Playing the muezzin too loud on the boom box maybe?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/07/2012 12:26 Comments || Top||

#8  A bit more background info.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/07/2012 12:30 Comments || Top||

#9  Maybe up to a 150 now.
Posted by: tipper || 04/07/2012 12:57 Comments || Top||

#10  So who do they blame for this? Hindoos? Djinns? The Foreign Hand? Joooos?
Posted by: tu3031 || 04/07/2012 14:08 Comments || Top||

#11  I think Joooos are pretty much the fall-back scapegoat for moslems, tu, though Hindoooos are probably a close second in that area.

Personally, I blame Allen, who was obviously displeased with his people dispoiling his glacier.
Posted by: Barbara || 04/07/2012 14:13 Comments || Top||

#12  Besoeker----Great article. I remember seeing quite a spread in Nat Geo Mag about the war in that disputed territory.

It is amazing to see this military stalemate and the absolutely horrendous filth and pollution that has accumulated. For nothing.

The best solution would be to joint venture the whole thing, but the Paks would never do that. A real shame. I for one have always wanted to go there since I was a kid, but I do not think that is going to happen.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 04/07/2012 14:42 Comments || Top||

#13  I call it recycling.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/07/2012 15:54 Comments || Top||

#14  All the territory Pakistan has taken from India in Kashmir, both that they kept and that they gave to China, is what keeps India from having a land border with Afghanistan, and keeps the billions pouring in from the US so that we can supply ourselves fighting Pakistan in Afghanistan.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 04/07/2012 16:31 Comments || Top||

#15  Up to 124 buried - the Pakis have many 00's more + sniffer dogs looking at or near the same spot.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/07/2012 21:45 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
Light Squared may go into Bankruptcy - Falcone considering
Remember Light Squared? Terrestrial telecommunications around the GPS spectrum? Possible interference with GPS? O admin pushing it? AF General going public and saying it will interfere with GPS signals despite pressure not to?

Well, bankruptcy is being considered by investor Falcone, while the vultures circle.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 04/07/2012 13:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [343 views] Top|| File under:

#1  One hedge-fund went all in on that one. Ouch that'll be a BIG loss.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/07/2012 14:44 Comments || Top||

#2  his Democrat benefactors in the Congress, White House, and FCC couldn't overcome the fact his push for a huge profit (on the cheap) would've damaged the GPS so many rely on. For once the dirtbags didn't win. FOAD Falcone
Posted by: Frank G || 04/07/2012 15:03 Comments || Top||

#3  BP - expect a Stimulus payout to cover their losses
Posted by: Frank G || 04/07/2012 15:50 Comments || Top||


Jeebus louissuz, neither the Bammer nor NASA, etc. should even have to think about it.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/07/2012 22:02 Comments || Top||

#5  They never even once consider that what they are doing hurts us all.
Posted by: newc || 04/07/2012 23:23 Comments || Top||

Pilots eject as Navy jet crashes in Virginia Beach, wiping out part of apartment complex
Emergency crews searched the charred remains of a Virginia Beach apartment complex Friday after a fighter jet crashed into it just after takeoff in what Navy officials called a "catastrophic mechanical malfunction."

Two Navy pilots -- a student and an instructor from nearby Naval Air Station Oceana -- ejected just before the jet careened into the apartment complex, demolishing sections of some buildings and engulfing others in flames. Some 40 apartment units were damaged or destroyed in the crash, but hours later no fatalities had been reported.

Seven people, including both pilots, were taken to a hospital. All except one of the pilots were released by late afternoon.

Virginia Beach Fire Department Capt. Tim Riley said more than two dozen residents remained unaccounted for, although all but the six most damaged apartments had been searched.

"What I'm praying for, what I'm thinking about now is that we don't find any more victims," Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms told reporters.

The two-seat F18 Hornet had dumped loads of fuel before crashing, though it wasn't clear if that was because of a malfunction or an intentional maneuver by the pilots, said Capt. Mark Weisgerber with U.S. Fleet Forces Command. The jet went down less than 10 miles from Oceana.

Bruce Nedelka, the Virginia Beach EMS division chief, said witnesses saw fuel being dumped from the jet before it went down, and that fuel was found on buildings and vehicles in the area.

The plane not having as much fuel on board "mitigated what could have been an absolute massive, massive fireball and fire," Nedelka said. "With all of that jet fuel dumped, it was much less than what it could have been."

The crash happened in the Hampton Roads area, which has a large concentration of military bases, including Naval Station Norfolk, the largest naval base in the world. Naval Air Station Oceana, where the F/A-18D that crashed was assigned, is located in Virginia Beach. Both the pilots were from Virginia Beach, Weisgerber said.

Weisgerber said he did not know how many times the student pilot had been in the air, but that the instructor was "extremely experienced."
Posted by: lotp || 04/07/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [316 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Truly a miracle if it turns out none died.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 04/07/2012 0:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Three still unaccounted for in this apartment complex for the elderly.
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/07/2012 7:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Dramatic photos and a few more details here
Posted by: lotp || 04/07/2012 8:46 Comments || Top||

#4  APee Report says all are accounted for now.
Posted by: lotp || 04/07/2012 8:48 Comments || Top||

#5  Where's the rest of the airplane?

I say somebody brought in a tail section and set off a bomb.

I blame BushCheney.

Well ... it's not that different from some of the 9-11 troothers.
Posted by: Bobby || 04/07/2012 9:17 Comments || Top||

#6  Very near water, a much better place to fuel-dump and "land" the plane on.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/07/2012 10:45 Comments || Top||

#7  BP, not really. It looks like they were trying to make the runway, which wasnt all that far. It all depends on the type of malfunction. Given the FI was very experienced, I'd give him the benefit of the doubt as to whether to ditch in the water, or try to make the runway. My uninformed guess is that he thought he could make it in and at least put it roughly on the runway (hence the fuel dump), and something else failed that prevented him from doing so.
Posted by: OldSpook || 04/07/2012 11:07 Comments || Top||

#8  After reading the article and getting a few more facts, he was outbound, trying to make it to the water when the A/C failed completely. So this truly was a "best he could do" for the pilot of a broken aircraft - I'd lay off him a bit if I were you BP. He didnt ditch in the water because the aircraft did not make it that far.
Posted by: OldSpook || 04/07/2012 11:11 Comments || Top||

#9  Adam Smith weren't no jet jockey.
Posted by: Pappy || 04/07/2012 11:18 Comments || Top||

#10  OK, It did look odd though. I thought he was coming into land.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/07/2012 11:51 Comments || Top||

#11  Some sort of castrophic failure of the plane just after take-off, BP.
Posted by: Barbara || 04/07/2012 13:14 Comments || Top||

#12  Similar crashes occur about every ten years or so near NAS Oceana/VA Beach, but very few had the miraculous lack of fatalities like this incident.
Local gov is always tweaking the flight patterns and the Navy's nose...The local Pols "...love "The Sound of Freedom", don-cha know; just so long as it's faintly heard. -cz-
Posted by: canalzone || 04/07/2012 23:29 Comments || Top||

#13  Engines went down right after take off. Not many options - sorted semi vacant crash site, dumped fuel, and got his crew out. Sounds like top gun to ME.
Posted by: newc || 04/07/2012 23:42 Comments || Top||

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