Thursday, January 19, 2017

Very Scary High Rise Fire, Collapse In Iran

The Tehran high rise building on fire before it collapsed
In case you missed it on the news, there was a very scary fire in a high rise building in Tehran, Iran yesterday in which at least 30 people, mostly firefighters, lost their lives.

The fire was in what is described as Tehran's iconic Plasco building, which was the first high rise built in Tehran, back in the early 1960s. The structure was 17 stories tall.

It's unclear at this point what started the fire, but it appears it began on the ninth floor and spread quickly.

The building's collapse came as scores of firefighters sprayed water on the structure, trying to put out the flames.

In the awful video clip you'll see below, there's a firefighter on a tall aerial ladder spraying water into flaming windows when the building came down. That firefighter survived, but many of his colleagues died.



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Very Young "Veterinarian" Helps Beagle With Injured Foot

Little Laura, in her white veterinarian's coat, treats
a cut on her companion Charlie the Beagle's paw.
Charlie has since made a full recovery. 
I often resist cloyingly cute videos involving kids and animals, but I somehow couldn't pass this one up.  

It's just too adorable, and I keep wanting to see nice things in a world that sometimes feels so evil.

The backstory is that a little girl named Laura and her companion, a beagle named Charlie, have had some viral video fame as we've seen what besties they are ever since Laura was born.

Previous videos show Laura as a baby, but now she's a grown up toddler.

Recently, Charlie cut his paw on a thick blade of frozen grass. So, Laura did what she had to do. She put on her white veterinarian coat and went to work.

As you'll see in the video below, I have to give Charlie huge credit for what a patient "patient" he is as Laura treats the injured paw.

I have to give a lot of credit to Laura, too. She may be too young to know how best to treat a minor dog injury, but who cares? The love she has for Charlie is crystal clear in the video, as is the fact that Charlie knows this.

Side note in the video you'll watch below. The people involved are talking in Polish, which makes my heart melt more because I'm of Polish descent.

Every little moment in the video is incredibly sweet, including the hugs, and the blanket Laura puts over Charlie.  By the way, spoiler alert: Laura's treatment worked. Charlie is all better now.

At the end of the video, Laura is done, and Charlie settles comfortably down for a nap, knowing he is well cared for and in good hands.

We should all be so lucky.

Here's the video to make you go "awwwwwwww"

Another Overreaction: Woman Drives Through T-Mobile Store Because iPhone Cracked

Screen shot of a woman driving into and through at
T-Mobile store in Florida because they wouldn't give
her a replacement phone. 
It seems like every time I turn around, somebody is upset with a retailer or other service provider and just totally overreacts.

I mean, big time.

The latest, as you'll see in the video at the bottom of this post, involves a woman in Florida (it's always Florida, isn't it?) who got a new iPhone but its display was cracked.

She went to a T-Mobile store in Palm Springs, Florida seeking to get it replaced, but she said the store wouldn't do it, even though she had insurance.

Now, most people who are dissatisfied with a retailer do things like never shop there again, tell their friends about the lousy experience, or maybe write a nasty Yelp review.

But this woman, Shinobia Montoria Wright, 26,  took it a BIG step forward. She returned to the store, drove her SUV through the front window and into the showroom and started smashing glass display cases with a squeegee, said police, according to the Palm Beach Post. 

She still doesn't have a new phone at last report, but she now DOES has a variety of criminal  charges, including aggravated battery, battery, burglary, criminal mischief, and of course, reckless driving.

Wright hasn't been arraigned yet because she's still hospitalized for arm injuries from the incident. Plus - Surprise! - she is undergoing a mental health evaluation.

Two employees at the store had minor injuries. The store suffered $30,000 in damage and was declared temporarily unsafe by Palm Beach County officials.

The Palm Beach Post said Wright told police that she did all this because of the phone and because she was having a "bad day."

Next time she has a bad day, she ought to just climb back into bed. It's safer that way.

Here's the video:

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

This Guy Kills Wasps Dead With HIs Bare Hands

This guy's hands are messy but otherwise unscathed
even though he's just crushed a wasp nest with his bare hands.
In the summer, when I find a wasp nest that endangers me, my husband or dogs with stings, I do something very environmentally incorrect.

I buy a can of Raid and blast the little bastards.

A guy in Florida has a less, um chemically induced way of getting rid of wasp nests. He just smushes them with his bare hands.

Yeah, sounds dangerous.

As you see in the video, below, he doesn't get stung He says he's done this dozens of times without getting stung

I'm still not going to try this at home, though. The makers of Raid can count on my continued business.

For what it's worth, though, here's the video:

Monday, January 16, 2017

Would Be Conservative Stinger O'Keefe Gets Stung

Conservative "sting" provacateur James O'Keefe is
definitely not very good at what he does.  
There's a lot of sideshows in the news lately about fake news and scandals and such.

This one is an interesting one for me, because it looks like a purveror of fake news just got faked out and stung.

This one involves the Trump inauguration. We'll get it soon, but first some background.

James O'Keefe is this young provocateur who does these sting videos that appear to show left wing or at least left-ish group doing bad things. He's famous for ending the political action group Acorn, and causing a lot of grief for Planned Parenthood.

Undercover stings by media organizations have their place, but unfortunatlely, O'Keefe always edited his sting videos to be completely misleading and factually wrong to make his conservative points.

Also, it seems O'Keefe isn't very good at it, either. Back in March, he apparently telephoned the Open Society Foundations, a philanthropic organization brought to us by George Soros, a hedge fund billionaire who contributes to liberal causes.

According to the New Yorker, a person believed to be O'Keefe left a message, but forgot to hang up after leaving the message.

The person "seemed to be conducting a meeting about how to perpetrate an elaborate sting on Soros," wrote New Yorker writer Jane Mayer.

Yep, O'Keefe just stung himself there in an attempted sting.

Also, back in 2010, O'Keefe suffered some fallout from his ACORN weirdness

He ended up being sentenced to three years probation, 100 hours of community service and a $1,500 fine for his role in a break-in and phone tampering in the offices of Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana.

 Now, according to Huffington Post, O'Keefe recently got stung again.

If this story verifies, I suspect O'Keefe could get in trouble, too, we'll see.

Liberal groups The Undercurrent and Americans Take Action released videos they secretly took of what they say are O'Keefe operatives offering large sums of money to the liberal groups it they disrupt the inauguration and "put a stop to the inauguration."

The O'Keefe operatives appear to offer unlimited resources, including shutting down the bridges into Washington DC.

Although I don't know for sure if The Undercurrent videos are edited to make O'Keefe look particularly bad.

Still the idea of O'Keefe trying to falsely portray liberal groups as wanting to cause riots to disrupt the Trump administration is both galling and silly.

I do know that O'Keefe will probably continue to make his "Project Veritas" videos, as he calls them. If you really want fake news, enjoy the O'Keefe videos.

Otherwise the guy is irrelevant. Too bad he's one of the few people to not believe that. And too bad he's not very good at what he proclaims to be good at.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Announcing The Worst Maid Of Honor At Wedding World Champion!

Amanda Willis is likely the world
record holder as worst wedding
maid of honor ever. 
Everybody wants their wedding to be memorable.

Mine was!        
Fortunately, my wedding four years ago was memorable in a great way, thanks to the wonderful people who helped us celebrate.

Sometimes, though, the people who are supposed to help most at a wedding fail at the job.

We now have the world record holder for the person who does the worst job at this.

The good news is the actual wedding ceremony for David and Jennifer Butler in Florida went off beautifully.

The bad news is maid of honor Amanda Willis turned things into a nightmare as soon as the reception started.

However, as NBC News 2 in Fort Myers, Florida explains it, bride Jennifer Butler said Willis hit the bottle hard as soon as the reception kicked off.

"She was drun within 20 minutes to a haf hour," Butler said.

"She was a mess. She drank almost a whole entire bottle of Fireball," said wedding guest Robert Templeton.

From there, Willis went up to the Best Man, Brian Butler (David's brother) and grabbed his car keys and jumped in his car.

Brian Butler chased after her, and Willis almost backed over him. He then grabbed onto the car and hung on. He was dragged a bit, but somehow reached into the car and cranked the emergency brake.


But it wasn't over yet! Oh no. Bridesmaidzilla had MUCH more work to do.

Guests wrestled Willis out of the car, and she went back into the reception, grabbed a big bottle of Captain Morgan and started guzzling.

She then threw a punch at Templeton, the wedding guest.

That's when someone called the police.

On the way to jail, Willis pretended to have asthma and a seizure, she exposed herself to deputies, assauted two medics and kicked over her bed pan..


NBC News 2 said Butler and Willis had been best friends before this incident, but Butler no longer considers Willis a friend.

Ya think?

Although it might not have hurt if Butler had done a background check on Willis. This was Willis' ninth arrest in Charlotte County, Florida.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Goat Farmer Gives Us Needed Distraction

Jay Lavery enjoys a little dance, and so do we, as
he works in the goat barn on his farm. 
In these times, we all need a silly distraction, and I'm happy to oblige occasionally.

So here you go.

At the bottom of this post we have a video that features Jay Lavery, a New York farmer that starts with him rather morosely tending to the barn with his goats.

But soon things change dramatically. Sia's song "Cheap Thrills" comes on and the mood lightens dramatically.

The goats look a little nonplussed at the whole thing, but Lavery sure is having a good time. By extension, so are we.

Lavery told the Huffington Post that he often does goofy things like this and shares them on his Facebook page.

But for whatever reason, this particular one went viral, and it's the perfect distraction when you're getting down.

Lavery did this little dance his Permaculture Inn in Sharon Springs, New York, aboug 180 miles north of Manhattan.

Watch and enjoy, this video from Lavery's Facebook. page