Category Archives: Straight No Chaser

Detectives in Ohio Caught on Tape Calling Trayvon Martin N-Word

Trayvon Martin
Trayvon Martin

*Two on-duty Ohio sheriff’s detectives who were secretly recorded in 2013 as they joked around and used racist epithets about the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, by self-appointed neighborhood lord and savior George Zimmerman, have been ordered to take sensitivity training.

I can pretty much read your mind right now: Sensitivity training my ass!

Of course the deputy who recorded the Hocking County sheriff’s department detectives laughing it up at the late teen’s  expense, former deputy Jeremy Dye — is no longer employed at the department, but his recording reveals the detectives using terms such as “n——-“ and “thug” in reference to Martin, multiple times and one of the detectives even mocked African Americans who called into a radio show to express their anger and sorrow by using an accented voice. Continue reading

Man Murders Wife Because He Couldn’t Afford Her Pain Meds

Williams & Carolyn Hager
Williams & Carolyn Hager

*This story, oddly enough, prompted me to call my 77-year-old mom, just to check in, tell her I love her, and make sure she was ok. The guy I’m about to tell you about clearly was not.

William Hager, 86, fatally shot his wife of more than 50 years, Carolyn, 78, in the head while she slept, because they couldn’t afford her medication.

They’d been living their lives out, after raising children together, in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Clearly, the family was close. Hager called his daughters to tell them what happened, before he called 911.

The first question that came to mind as I learned of this story was “Where were the Hagers’ daughters as the elderly couple struggled with their bills?”

A police report offers chilling details: Continue reading

OMG! Woman Treated at Hospital For Shark Bite…With Shark Still Attached

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*I love my two dogs. Shepherd mix and a pit, rescue mutts. LOVE ‘em. I joked just this morning that I wish inter-species marriage was legal. But this story is taking attachment to an animal to a whole new level.

Paramedics in Boca Raton, Florida rushed a 23-year-old beachgoer to the hospital after she’d been bit on the arm by a two-foot-long nurse shark.

Here’s the kicker: the shark was still attached to her arm! He wouldn’t let go!

“She was sitting calmly, seemed to handle it pretty well,” said Bob Lemons, a spokesperson for the Boca Raton Fire Rescue. But Jaws wouldn’t let go.

Shlomo Jacob was on the beach when the woman came out of the water, with a bloody arm and a shark attached to it. He said the shark “wouldn’t give up.”

“It was barely breathing but it wasn’t letting go of her arm, like it was stuck to her,” Jacob said.

Stuck. Attached. Continue reading

D.C. Police Charge Guard for Assault on Transgender Woman in Women’s Restroom

Ebony Belcher
Ebony Belcher

A Giant grocery store guard has been charged with assault after a transgender woman says she put her hands on her as she attempted to use the women’s restroom.

Ebony Belcher, 32, was in the D.C. store with a friend when she asked an employee to point her towards the restroom. Along the way Belcher passed a female security officer.

Belcher says the officer followed her into the restroom and told her she had to leave.

“She opened the door and came in and started calling me derogatory names,” Belcher said. Continue reading

Clown Injures Man, In Front of his Kids, during Circus Performance

Pennywise in the miniseries It was just the beginning...
Pennywise in the miniseries It was just the beginning…

*My husband is terrified of clowns. Phobic, in fact.   His “condition” even has a term: coulrophobia.

I put “condition” in quotation marks because I’ve never really understood it. I LOVE clowns. Always have. I religiously watched Bozo and Oopsy the Clowns on TV growing up in Detroit.  I spent my childhood hoping a clown would show up at one of my birthday parties. Never happened.

ANYWAY, with a husband who screams like a bitch whenever a clown pops up on TV, avoids McDonalds like the plague, and wouldn’t stream the movie It to save his life, I’m always looking for warm and fuzzy clown stories to help him feel better about them.

This ain’t one of those stories.

A father of three, who took two of his girls to the circus for the very first time, says he’s lucky to be alive after a clown’s trick went horribly wrong.

Ben Garnham, 37, from Wales, a self-employed DJ was picked out of the circus crowd by the clown, Ben Coles. Garnham was to be lifted and spun in the air at the touring Circus Zyair.

It is important to note here that Garnham did not sign a disclaimer. Continue reading

Adult-Themed Amusement Park To Open In 2018

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*I’ve often said that, with my kids grown now, I enjoy more adult vacation destinations than the amusement parks I used to take my girls to during Spring Break. No offense to Mickey Mouse, but over the last few years I’ve looked for thrills of a more adult nature.

Mickey is bootylicious.  Who knew???
Mickey is bootylicious. Who knew???

But baby, who could have thought about THIS?

An adult-themed amusement park, dubbed “Erotikaland” is being planned in Brazil, with a projected opening date in 2018. 

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70-something Woman Gives Birth To First Child — and is Breastfeeding

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*Janet Jackson shocked the world when she recently announced, days before her 50th birthday, that she was expecting her first child. (She steered clear of using the word “pregnant”, and with her penchant for secrecy and media deception, I’m skeptical…but I digress…)

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Whether Miss-Jackson-If-You’re-Nasty is pregnant or not, a woman in India, Dajinder Kaur, has trumped her by giving birth to her son, Aman Singh.

The new, first-time mom puts her age at about 70, but the clinic where she gave birth released a statement that says she’s 72.

What’s a couple of years?  At the sprightly young age of 70-something, Kaur has become a first time mom with her husband of 46 years, 79-year-old Mohinder Singh. Continue reading

Jahana Hayes, National Teacher of the Year, Speaks on Detroit’s Public School Crisis

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*Detroit made national news this week when 2,700 public school teachers, after being presented with the prospect of not being paid over the summer, called in sick. Over 40,000 students were impacted, at almost 100 schools in the struggling district. In my eyes, there’s not a winner here.

During my exclusive conversation with 2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes, I asked for her perspective. She agreed with me, while standing strongly for teachers in the Motor City.

“First of all, I believe in teacher’s unions,” Hayes shared. “This is a profession, and teachers have to work hard to protect the professional part of what we do. There’s this idea that teaching is such an altruistic profession, and as a result, teachers are not respected in the way that they should be. It’s unreasonable to expect someone to go to work and not get paid. People think that we should just [report to work] because that’s what’s best for the children. But people have families, and people have lives.”

“Obviously, for that many teachers to call off, that situation is hemorrhaging,” Hayes continued. “That was not something that was done lightly or easily. But those teachers probably felt like there was no alternative, and I think in that case, school districts need to listen. They need to say ‘How do we work with teachers?’ Teachers need to be treated as professionals and taken a little bit more seriously, and [school districts should] come to the table and work out solutions. Nobody who’s in this profession sat down and said ‘Tomorrow we’re going to do something to hurt 40,000 kids.’ So that decision I’m sure was not entered into lightly.” Continue reading