July 15, 2005

And now . . . this - Jul. 15/05

Me, me, me!

How many pop divas does it take to change a light bulb? One: she holds it in the socket and the universe revolves around her. Prima donna Mariah Carey is complaining that if it weren't for the September 11 attacks, her album Glitter would have done better:

Diva Mariah Carey confessed recently that she blames the terrorist attacks from 9/11 for her album's fiasco. Mariah said she released her album around 9/11 and, because of the tragedy, "Glitter" was shadowy.

She said: "I released it around 9/11. I became a punching bag. I was so successful that they tore me down because my album was at No. 2 instead of No. 1. The media was laughing at me and attacked me."

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Reality time: You suck. Furthermore, your voice attracts dogs from all over the neighbourhood.

And speaking of denial . . .

An Indian Muslim organisation has declared that it owns the world's most famous monument to love, the Taj Mahal.

The Sunni Waqf Board says it owns over 100,000 properties in the state of Uttar Pradesh, where the spectacular marble mausoleum is located.

It says since the Taj Mahal houses several Muslim graves it falls under its jurisdiction.

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Two can play at this game. Many of my ancestors are buried in Ireland, therefore it is mine. Hand it over.

And we all shine on

A 12-year-old boy who was firing bottle rockets at cars was chased into traffic Friday by an angry driver and killed by another car, authorities said. . . .

The death came soon after midnight in this small town south of Tacoma, where the preteen and a 12-year-old cousin had been hiding in bushes while shooting the bottle rockets, trooper Johnny R. Alexander said.

A car stopped, and passenger Tyrone Sherrod got out, chased the cousin and started beating him, Alexander said. The driver, Mario N. Haley, chased the other boy, who ran onto the highway and was struck by a car driven by a 17-year-old girl.

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Well, as the song says, instant karma's gonna get you.

Just to show that all the stupid doesn't come from the kids

Police apparently came prepared for gang warfare when they sent three squad cars and a helicopter in response to a 911 call. Instead, they found an 11-year-old girl who had thrown a rock to defend herself as neighborhood boys pelted her with water balloons.

Little Maribel Cuevas says she didn't mean to hurt the boy - who admitted to officers that he started the fight and was quickly released from the hospital after getting his head stitched up.

But police insist she's a criminal - she's being prosecuted on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon. "We responded. We determined a felony assault had taken place and the officers took the actions that were necessary," said Fresno Police Sgt. Anthony Martinez. . . .

Maribel, who speaks limited English, spent five days in juvenile hall with just one half-hour visit from her parents. She then spent about 30 days under house arrest, forced to wear a GPS ankle bracelet to monitor her whereabouts. She's due in court Aug. 3.

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Read the whole thing to see the full extent of the police overreaction to this hardened criminal. It must have been a slow day down at the cop shop.

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Martha Stewart is using some of her time under house arrest to write a guidebook for entrepreneurs who want to follow her path to business success.

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