Woman Pleads Guilty For Murdering Best Friend and Her Kids

June 9, 2008

Tiffany Hall, 26, (picture above on the left) pleaded guilty all five charges against her Monday for killing her pregnant friend, the unborn child and the victim’s three children in a plea deal that allows her to avoid the death penalty. The counts include intentional homicide in the death of the fetus. She was sentenced to life without parole.

Hall struck her friend Jimella Tunstall, 23, (pictured above on the right) on the head repeatedly with a leg of a table. She followed that by cutting out Tunstall’s fetus from her womb in a bathtub. Tunstall bled to death, and Hall then dumped her friend’s body in an East St. Louis lot. Some time later, Hall told police in Illinois she had given birth to a stillborn child, but when police arrived, she had the dead fetus with her. She refused to be examined at a hospital. The twiseted story continues . . . The murderer visited the father of two of Tunstall’s children and the unborn child three days later. Hall told the father that Tunstall wanted her to pick up the children and Tunstall’s vehicle. That was the last time he saw his children, as he told police.
Hall then drowned the three children (DeMond Tunstall, 7, Ivan Tunstall-Collins 2, and Jinella Tunstall, 1) in the same bathtub where she killed their mother.

Accoriding to authorities, Hall’s story began to unravel on September 21, 2006, about a week after Tunstall’s death, when she told her boyfriend that she killed a pregnant woman and stole the fetus. He reported her to the police. Police then found the bodies of the three children two days later hidden in a washing machine and dryer inside the apartment where the children had lived with their mother.

The murderer”s attorney, James Gomric, said he could not comment about her motive or even discuss whether she had shown remorse, but he did add that while Hall had been mentally fit to stand trial, she also had unresolved mental health issues and had an IQ in the mid-70s.

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Rapper Warren G Busted With Weed

June 9, 2008


Rapper Warren G was busted for marijuana possession on Saturday, June 7th, 2008. After the car he was in ran a red light, they found “a lot” of marijuana and he was arrested for possession with the intent to sell. More to come as this story unfolds.

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Murderer Scott Peterson Going Back To Trial

June 9, 2008


Scott Peterson, the man convicted of killing his wife and their unborn child, will be heading to trial again, this time in civil court. The parents of his wife, Laci Peterson, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against him, seeking a multimillion-dollar judgment, after a judge in Stanislaus County Superior Court ruled that he Scott would have to stand trial again.

As a reminder, a jury found him guilty in 2003 of killing Laci Peterson and her fetus and dumping the body in San Francisco Bay on Christmas Eve of 2002. Scott has always maintained his innocence, and his lawyers site a video tape made at San Quentin Prison where he says he continues to say he is innocent.

The judge stayed his ruling until June 23 to allow lawyers to appeal.
The trial is set to begin July 8th.

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McDonalds Stops Serving Sliced Tomatoes on Sandwiches

June 9, 2008

Watch Out For The Tomatoes
McDonald’s says it has ordered all of its restaraunts to stop serving sliced tomatoes in its restaurants over concerns about Salmonella food poisoning associated with uncooked tomatoes. Danya Proud, spokesperson for McDonalds, said that the world’s largest hamburger chain has stopped serving sliced tomatoes altogether in the United States locations as a precaution until the source of the salmonella responsible for the illnesses in at least 16 states is discovered and the problem is dealt with properly.

She went on to say that McDonald’s will continue to serve grape tomatoes in its salads because no problems have been linked to that variety of tomatoes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said at least 23 people have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.

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Neo-Con Limbaugh Hates McCain

June 9, 2008

One of the best indicators of John McCain’s weakness in the general election is the questioning of his manhood by right-wing pundits.

Rush Limbaugh — who likes to dress up as a general and command his listener’s to foment political violence — took time out this week to besmirch McCain’s maleness, wondering on air if the Republican candidate could really count as “a man” in the wake of his speech in New Orleans (link).

What prompted Limbaugh to make a negative ruling on McCain’s manhood was not that McCain bashed Bush, but that McCain dared to criticize ‘government’ in his New Orleans speech earlier this week. What did McCain actually say in New Orleans that made Limbaugh slap down his dress-up-general riding crop beyond his normal paroxysms? This paragraph gives the main thrust of the McCain speech (emphasis mine):

“The right change recognizes that many of the policies and institutions of our government have failed. They have failed to keep up with the challenges of our time because many of these policies were designed for the problems and opportunities of the mid to late 20th Century, before the end of the Cold War; before the revolution in information technology and rise of the global economy. The right kind of change will initiate widespread and innovative reforms in almost every area of government policy — health care, energy, the environment, the tax code, our public schools, our transportation system, disaster relief, government spending and regulation, diplomacy, the military and intelligence services. Serious and far-reaching reforms are needed in so many areas of government to meet our own challenges in our own time.”

For playground-soldier Rush Limbaugh, when a Republican gives a speech that questions the effectiveness of government, that forfeits said Republican’s status as “a man.” What would have earned McCain his “I’m a man” badge? Blaming the destruction of New Orleans on liberals, of course (as if you had to ask).

But after reading that New Orleans speech by McCain — the one that has been widely ridiculed in the media since he delivered it on Tuesday — I noticed that McCain was actually trying to do something astounding. He was trying to use that speech (1) to bring Reagan-esque themes into the election and (2) to reframe this election as a referendum on “government,” not a referendum on “Bush” (e.g., to undercut the Obama campaign’s framing strategy).

11 times in his New Orleans speech John McCain used the word “government.” 11 times! It was a sure-fire sign that he was trying to set a frame — and that nobody in the media actually noticed he was doing it, nor did they bother to ask why he was doing it.

The reason is simple: McCain is afraid to bash Bush; so he is trying to make this election a referendum on “government.”

If, for example, I swap the words”‘George W. Bush” for the phrase “of our government” in the above paragraph from McCain’s speech, this is what we get:

“The right change recognizes that many of the policies and institutions of George W. Bush have failed. They have failed to keep up with the challenges of our time because many of these policies were designed for the problems and opportunities of the mid to late 20th Century, before the end of the Cold War; before the revolution in information technology and rise of the global economy. The right kind of change will initiate widespread and innovative reforms in almost every area of government policy — health care, energy, the environment, the tax code, our public schools, our transportation system, disaster relief, government spending and regulation, diplomacy, the military and intelligence services. Serious and far-reaching reforms are needed in so many areas of government to meet our own challenges in our own time.”

Yep. That is really what this election is about, but McCain is just too scared to say it. Instead, he will try to reframe debate in terms of “government.”

More importantly, perhaps, by critiquing “government” instead of ‘George W. Bush,’ McCain is going back to the old hobby horse of Ronald Reagan — patron saint of conservative framing and archetypal Republican manly man’s man.

The model for McCain’s speech must have been Reagan’s oft-cited “Time for Choosing” speech (1964) in which Reagan railed against government, against the liberal “elite” who supposedly ran government, and in so doing set a conservative framing strategy that held the debate up to this very year.

In that 1964 election between Barry Goldwater and the incumbent Lyndon Johnson, Reagan set the frame with phrases like this one:

“This is the issue of this election: whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.”

Yep — that is the idea that McCain is trying to dig up and toss into this election almost 45 years later. Interestingly, it is the idea that gets his manhood castigated by the likes of Limbaugh, who no doubt thinks he embodies the true manliness of Reagan.

In reality, the Reaganism that McCain is trying to reclaim is no longer the core idea the guides the voice of American conservatism. Steered by right-wing pundits and fueled by hateful, violent rhetoric, contemporary conservatives no longer say that government is wasteful and inefficient. Instead, they say that liberalism kills, liberalism supports terrorism, liberalism will lead to the destruction of America.

No wonder McCain gets called a sissy by Limbaugh when he tries to channel Reagan rather than bash Bush — because Limbaugh has long since left the Reagan legacy behind in favor of the new violent rhetoric of the right.

And the irony does not stop there, because in all likelihood, Limbaugh’s bashing of McCain will bully him into conformity — will goad him into retooling his campaign into some kind of “liberals will kill you” message. The paradox, of course, is that this will mean that an actual war veteran – -who survived torture and still bears the scars of that experience on his body — will likely allow his manhood to be questioned by a drug addict who cross-dresses as a general and equates salivating on cigars with public service.

Rush Limbaugh, the quintessential military-dodging conservative coward, in other words, will humiliate the war veteran in this election.

This was originally blogged @ The Huffington Post

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Spike-Lined Pits Discovered in Netherlands

June 9, 2008

This is not the pit in the Netherlands, but the result could be the same
In the Netherlands, a man who was preparing a race course through a park became mildly injured when he fell into a pit lined with sharpened spikes. Police say that this is the third such trap found in the area this year. The pit, five feet deep by 2.5 feet wide was lined with 6-12-inch metal spikes embedded in a concrete block, had been carefully hidden under leaves and branches in a park near Venlo, a town near the German border. While the goal was not clear, the intent of whomever created the pit is clear: to hurt, injure, or kill someone or something. Police spokesperson Nicole Theuns said, “A person could fall into this, but also a dog, a child, people walking, bikers, motorcyclists. . . anybody.”

Fortunately, the man who fell in while setting up the athletics race course managed to avoid the spikes, but suffered a bruised thigh.

Police remain in the dark about who is setting up these death traps.

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