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Self-inflicted justice

Father dies after allegedly killing daughter

YORK, Va. It started with a Virginia man allegedly killing his two-and-a-half-year-old daughter.

It ended with the father committing suicide by walking into traffic on a busy interstate — but not before he was involved in two wrecks and a carjacking.

The sheriff of York County has pieced together the deaths of 49-year-old Michael Lowe and his daughter, Mali.

Sheriff J.D. Diggs says Mali was strangled and struck in the head over the weekend and her body dumped outside a vacant home.

Lowe then drove the wrong way onto a highway early Sunday, hitting a car head-on. Diggs says Lowe assaulted a woman who had stopped to help and stole her Ford Explorer.

Lowe then drove onto busy Interstate 64, where he ran the Explorer off the road. Then he walked onto the roadway, where he was struck by several vehicles, including a tractor-trailer.

Cool! Self-inflicted death sentence! While I feel bad for the drivers who bounced this scumbag all over the highway, I’m pleased that no tax dollars had to be used to prove this guy insane in the death of his daughter only to be “set free” in a couple of years when he’s cured.

News to Crawl Out from Under My Rock For!

Aren’t you shocked?

Baywatch beauty and “Borat” love interest Pamela Anderson has filed for divorce from Kid Rock.

Pam wrote this shocking announcement on her website:


Yes, it’s true.
Unfortunately impossible.

Poor Pam and Kid. These were the tales being told after one of their three weddings:

Soon after her wedding, Anderson wrote, “I’ve never read or heard so much misinformation on this whole wedding fiasco…..We’re super happy newlyweds. That’s all I can say……we have a lot of love for our family and extended families.”

Er….well…..about 4 months of love, right?

They Usually Try and Escape!

This turkey was a rebel…he wanted to join Thanksgiving dinner!

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Thanksgiving turkeys usually get carried in through the front door. But this one came crashing through the dining room window.

On Thursday, Sandy Cobbs she was in her kitchen in Bloomington, Minnesota, preparing sweet potatoes and vegetables when she heard a thunderous crash.

Her husband tried to shoo the bird back outside, but it bounced off more windows and tried to hide in a big pot of orchids. Police finally herded it onto the deck.

The crazy thing is that this had happened to the family once before, on Christmas Day in 2004. That break-in cost them more than $10K. Wonder if the turkeys were in the same gang or somethin’? ;-)

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope each one of you has a wonderful holiday!

I usually take time each year to reflect on what I have to be thankful for. There are so many things. I feel so blessed!

I have two amazing children and an amazing husband. We’re celebrating our 11th Anniversary on Sunday. Our kids are healthy, happy and life would never be the same without them.

We have a nice home, a beautiful yard (other than the newly dug holes thanks to the dogs I should also be thankful for!), stable transportation and all kinds of gadgets and thingys to keep us busy and entertained.

I have a great job, of which I should be extremely thankful for!

I know how to cook - and the turkey will be awesome this year! :-)

I have my health…at least for the moment.

We have my dad for another year. And we have hubby’s dad, too. Thank God!

We have many wonderful friends online and in “real life.”

We have Nebraska football on Friday…and Nebraska will kick Colorado’s ASS!

Jack Bauer will be returning for another season of “24″ in a couple of months!

We have freedom in this country of ours. We aren’t ruled, we aren’t dictated, we aren’t killed because we don’t share the same belief as others. We have brave men and women who put their lives on hold and on the line to protect this freedom and give it as a gift to others who desire it.

God Bless each of you on this holiday!

Oh, and if you plan on waking up for the early bird specials on Friday, please be sure to load up on the Starbucks and carry a large handbag or other objects to protect yourself with if needed!

Plains Feeder linked with Happy Thanksgiving
Rachael Ray Musings

I haven’t posted much on Rachael Ray as of late…not that I don’t want to, but mostly because I haven’t had much time to spend on my little blog.

The first piece of news isn’t new for any Rachael Ray fan. Last week, Rachael was on Iron Chef America, paired with Mario Batali, while competing with Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay. It was clear when watching the show that Bobby Flay had better things to do (he maybe spoke 2-3 words and seemed rather put off by the whole thing). Rachael Ray and Mario Batali seemed to enjoy what they were doing - Mario even made some drinks for the judges using the food they were battling with…cranberries! Of course Rachael couldn’t be on a show without the famous “carry” she always does on her own shows:

So who won? Which reigned supreme?!? I honestly expected Bobby and Giada to win (Bobby is a regular winner on teh show and Giada is touted as a “chef” compared to Rachael’s self-proclaimed “cooker.” Well, surprise…Rachael and Mario won! …and the snooty look from Giada when it was announced was a classic moment.

I also have to say I’ve been faithfully watching her talk show on DVR every day…I’ve really grown to like it! I LOVE one of her features every week (Mystery Taster)! This week, Dennis Leary was on the show - he was hilarious! Granted, it is usually very mindless entertainment, but it isn’t the crap you see on other talk shows (pregnant teens, drama, murder, paternity tests). She also brings people together to solve every day issues (she paired a woman who had to buy Thanksigiving dinner to serve 20+ with a lady who is a coupon guru, saving her quite a bit of money). It makes it seem “real” to me. Her ratings seem to be fabulous - she’s beaten some Martha Stewart ratings as well as Ellen (at least one time I’ve heard). Keep it up, Rachael!

Lastly…I got a new toy (I LOVE new Rachael Ray stuff!). I got one of her new cast iron pots (the 5.25 quart one). I grew up on food in my mom’s cast-iron pot so it was a bit of a walk down memory lane for me. Here it is:

I can’t wait to use it - It’s perfect for stews, pot roasts, soups and stoups. YUM-o!

Who’s Teaching YOUR Children?

Granted, this is an isolated incident, but…

Khalid Chahhou, who was in his first year of teaching in Johnston County, gave students a worksheet in which they were to translate words and find them within a word-search puzzle.

Some students started uncovering strange words in the process.

“There were words like ‘kill,’ then I saw it said ‘destroy America,’” Eric Herrera said.

Not to mention:

“Allah help destroy this body of evil making humanity miserable.”

In his defense, the teacher says:

Chahhou, who also teaches Arabic at a religious school affiliated with the Islamic Association of Cary, told WRAL in a telephone interview that students got the wrong message from the assignment.

“When I made the assignment, I was upset and angry about a story I recently saw on the news. If any message appears, it is more of a message to myself, not to my students. I never meant to hurt or upset any students or parents,” he said.

Yeeeeeeah, right, Mr. Chahhou. Most teachers insert messages to themselves into school assignments when they’re upset over a news story.

What’s most troubling about this to me isn’t that he pulled this with his public school students, it’s that he teaches at a Muslim school as well.

God only knows what he’s teaching them in Arabic.

I urge you to listen to the words of an American citizen calling for shari’a law.

Stein hoist: Tim via the Sandcrawler

Sisayehiticha Dinssa: $78K, Nuke & Cyanide Info

…and the MSM is focused more on O.J. Simpson.

DETROIT A man was arrested at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after officials say they found him carrying $78,883 in cash and a laptop computer containing information about nuclear materials and cyanide.

Sisayehiticha Dinssa of Dallas will be held in custody at least until Monday, a U.S. magistrate ruled Wednesday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Leonid Feller said Dinssa is a potential risk to the community and federal agents want to get a warrant to search his computer more thoroughly, The Detroit News reported.

I’m such a bad human being to be suspicious of Mr. Dinssa, huh! I don’t know…does this sound suspicious to you? I mean, other than the cash, the nuke and cyanide info stored on his laptop?

Dinssa arrived in Detroit from Nigeria by way of Amsterdam and was headed for Phoenix, Feller said.

Dinssa, an unemployed U.S. citizen, was arrested at the airport Tuesday. An affidavit filed in court said a dog found the scent of narcotics on cash Dinssa carried.

When agents asked him if he had any cash to declare, he said he had $18,000. But when agents checked his luggage, they found an additional $60,883. When they scrolled through his laptop, they found the mysterious files, authorities said.

I must be some kooky, freaky conservative to worry about such silly things. Yeah, that’s it.

More over at Jawa…check it out!

Did O.J. Do It?

So here we are, around a decade later, a book deal and an interivew on Fox.

O.J. Simpson plans a book and TV interview to discuss how, hypothetically, he could have killed his ex-wife and her friend.

It’s a story his publisher, Judith Regan, considers “his confession.”

But two weeks before the book, “If I Did It,” goes on sale, scorn is being heaped on Simpson, Regan and Fox, which plans to air the two-part Simpson interview on Nov. 27 and 29. NBC passed on it.

It was a crazy thing, that long ago. The case was broadcast on TV and was loaded with so much acting you’d have thought it was Hollywood. Remember Judge Ito and the Ito dancers (strike that, wrong show). But really, why do we have to revisit this story, unless it’s yet another attempt by O.J. Simpson to cash in on the notoriety that came with this media circus? Could he have possibly forgotten that Nicole has relatives and friends who already have to live with the pain of losing her every day of their lives?

So is this his confession? Since he’s protected through double-jeopardy, I would never rule it out. But if it truly is his “confession” I think O.J. is one of the most disgusting, evil, crass human beings ever. To take advantage of this situation, to make a mockery of two people’s murders is, by far, a blatant slap in the face of the judicial system as well as of Nicole and Ron’s family and friends.

And shame on you, Fox, for giving this bullshit artist the time of day.

A great judge!

Tim Holland sentenced for son’s death

Updated: Nov 15, 2006 12:46 PM EST


LANSING — Tim Holland was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for his role in the death of his son, Ricky, in 2005.

YAY! Clap, clap, clap!

Holland pled guilty to second-degree murder, but the sentencing was delayed until after the trial of his wife, Lisa, who was found guilty in October.

Judge Paula Manderfield was not swayed by Tim Holland’s tears or pleas or letter of reference. Even she choked up as she closed this chapter of a very sad story.

Hmmm…a jury of his “peers” were not swayed either.

Holland began crying as soon as he began speaking to the judge. “What I did was wrong,” he said. “I failed my son. I failed as a father and I failed as a human being when I did not stop my wife from abusing my son, which led to his death.”

Which is precisely WHY you’re getting what you’re getting, and going where you’re going.

He became the star witness against his wife, testifying she abused Ricky for years before hammering him to death. Tim admitted he hid Ricky’s body and covered up the murder for six months before he began to cooperate with investigators.

Fucking scum.

In handing down her sentence, Judge Manderfield went beyond the guidelines of 13.5 to 22 years in prison. “I believe you, Mr. Holland are just as guilty for Ricky’s death as Lisa Holland.”

Amen, and THANK YOU, Judge Manderfield!

When Lisa is sentenced later this month, the judge will have no option but to sentence her to life in prison.

I’ve heard that the “family” that abuses together STAYS together (for 30-60 years).

Woman who drowned daughters to go free after two years

Woman who drowned daughters to go free after two years

PLANO, Texas A Texas woman who drowned her two children in 2003 has been ruled mentally stable and will be freed from a state hospital.

Yay! Just two years of treatment and she’s “better”

Lisa Diaz drowned her three-year-old and five-year-old daughters by holding their heads under water in the bathtub of their home. She was tried only in the older girl’s death and found not guilty by reason of insanity.

And what about her second child? Brushed aside so they could simply use and receive a not guilty by reason of insanity? BULLSHIT!

In ordering Diaz to be released, a judge said the 36-year-old must remain on medication and continue treatment.

Be sure and take your meds and keep your shrink appointments and have a nice life. BULLSHIT!

While the district attorney office’s opposed Diaz’s release, prosecutors said the judge had no choice. They say the decision underscores the need to reform the insanity defense so that intentional killers are held accountable for their actions.

Need to reform…..no f-ing shit! How about GUILTY, but insane! They get their “treatment”, they get “better”, they get moved on to prison to serve the term that would correspond with their crime. Pretty f-ing simple.

Proposal 2


This is a PRIME example of why Proposal 2 here in Michigan had to pass.

BAMN (By Any Means Necessary) is the group opposing the ban of Affirmative Action in Michigan. This group stated that petitioners for MCRI (Michigan Civil Rights Initiative) lied to people about the proposal. (Obviously some of the people signing the petition didn’t bother to actually READ what they were signing.)

Our “wonderful” governor (who retained her seat) Jennifer Granholm, and her buddy, Kwame Kilpatrick (Detroit mayor) filed suit against the MCRI claiming fraud, amongst other things. This suit was thrown out!

Well, apparently the ballot language was loud and clear, as the voters decided for EQUALITY for Michigan!

Saddam Found Guilty for Crimes Against Humanity

My first assessment of this would be a resounding “DUH!”

The sentence is now in the hands of the tribunal, who has an unlimited amount of time for review, but once their review is complete, they have 30 days to complete the execution (by hanging).

We all know he’s guilty, so it’s all tap dancing and drama from here. It will be interesting to see how long this takes and what wrangling will occur.

Update by Merri’s hubby Vinnie: Here’s my video contribution to the verdict:


Rachael Ray Show: Friday’s Soldier Surprise

I haven’t commented much on Rachael Rays’ daytime talk show, mostly because I think her website does a fabulous job of wrapping it all up. I can’t help but comment on yesterday’s show. Why? It moved me to tears while I was in the dentist chair. me *and* the hygenist!

I had a 9am appointment yesterday, the same time the Rachael Ray Show was on. She had a *great* show…a woman had written in looking for a way to throw a 39th and 40th birthday for her husband, who will be going to Afghanistan for 18 months. He’s a leap year baby, and will be celebrating number 39 and number 40 while in Afghanistan. Rachael decided to surprise him on the show and brought all of his family members to celebrate as well. It moved the soldier to tears. And here I was…getting my teeth cleaned with tears pouring out of my eyes. When my hygenist saw them, she said “Thank God…I thought I was going to have to explain my weepy self to you!” But even Racahel Ray shed a few tears, so we felt better about it. The whole thing was funny and I had to watch the show on Tivo again last night.

The thing that moved me most were his two absolutely adorable sons. They sure seemed to have nothing but admiration and love for their daddy and my heart was aching with the fact that soon they’d be without him for a year and a half. What a sacrifice our men and women make to protect my - our - freedom.

Rachael has more about the show on here site here.

Bo - best wishes to you and many more Happy Birthdays - go with God and be safe on your journey!

Danny R. Rouse, Paroled, Murder Redux

It’s clear the laws relating to murderers need to be revisted.

Rouse was convicted in the 1979 murder of a 5-year-old boy and stabbing of the child’s mother. He was paroled in March after spending 26 years in a Kansas prison.

This man, paroled by our gracious system, had a ticket to strike again. And strike again he did.

LOGANSPORT, Ind. — Authorities in Indiana said a restaurant worker has confessed to killing a co-worker — a 16-year-old girl whose body was found in a field.

They said Danny R. Rouse, a 51-year-old convicted child murderer, told them where to find the body of Stephanie Faye Wagner.

She was found dead in a cornfield about a mile from where her car was found abandoned, police said.

I can hear it now, what some likely think… “Merri, he served his time. What, you would want to put him away forever, Merri? He’s so sorry for what he did…what makes it right keeping him behind bars for his whole life?” Well, had he been behind bars his entire life, a 16-year-old girl would still be alive and the “cost” of putting a murderer behind bars for life in order to keep everyone safe is worth the price. I’d much rather see this beautiful girl coming into work every day, going to school and living a full life than see this man get freedom from prison after he murdered a 5-year-old and his mother.

Squeeze *This* Outta Yer Ketchup Bottle, Kerry!

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