October 28, 2005

LinkNews Digest [10/28/2005]

Texans Accidentally Try to Ban ALL Marriage

"I do" could become "by golly, we didn't" for more than 4 million married couples in Texas if voters approve a clumsily worded proposed constitutional amendment, opponents said Monday.

Two lawyers said the words at issue could be read to outlaw marriage but courts probably won't kiss that bride. The first sentence of an intended ban on same-sex marriage, drafted by state lawmakers last spring, defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

The second sentence states: "This state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage."

And not recognizing anything "identical" to marriage could mean not recognizing marriage, said Glen Maxey, who heads No Nonsense in November, an Austin-based group battling the amendment. Automated calls raising the charge are being made to nearly 2 million Texas households, Maxey said.

Save Texas Marriage, an anti-amendment group represented at a Wooldridge Square park news conference by several male-female spouses, said drafters imperiled every marriage, an error that could have been avoided by barring governments from recognizing any legal status "other than" marriage. (LINK)

If Only the Braves would do this for the World Series...

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Elfsborg will refund the admission fee and traveling costs to soccer fans who attended their crushing 8-1 defeat at newly-crowned champions Djurgarden in the final game of the Swedish premier league season, the club said Tuesday.

Elfsborg admitted their performance at Djurgarden was "unacceptable," and promised to refund ticket and travel expenses to fans who made a round-trip of around 435 miles to Stockholm to watch the game.

"We wish that we had been able to say that it depended on external factors, but there are no excuses, no explanations. We were just bad," the club, who finished the season in seventh place, said in a statement. "We want to apologize to all our supporters, members and sponsors and the volunteers who work for our organization." (LINK)

Elmo, Mr. Incredible Arrested in Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Last Wednesday, the furry red Muppet named Elmo learned that Hollywood Boulevard is a long, long way from Sesame Street.

In plain sight of children and tourists, Elmo -- or at least, a man named Don Harper in a knockoff Elmo costume -- was arrested here by the Los Angeles Police Department. Elmo was taken down by a special task force created to combat a growing nuisance in the Hollywood tourist district: famous costumed characters who try to be photographed with tourists and sometimes badger them relentlessly for tips.

LAPD officers, posing as clueless foreign tourists in front of Mann's Chinese Theater, also busted Mr. Incredible, the superhero from the animated hit "The Incredibles," as well as a man dressed as the villain from the "Scream" movie franchise. All three icons were arrested and could face charges ranging from illegal vending to aggressive begging. (LINK)

"Weekend at Bernie's - South of the Border"

TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - A motorcyclist with a helmet-wearing corpse strapped to his back crashed in this Mexican city on the U.S. border on Friday and fled on foot, setting off a police murder hunt.

The unidentified driver was trying to ride with the body through the center of Tijuana, south of San Diego, California., when he lost control rounding a curve. He fled the scene, leaving the dead passenger on the curb. Police said the corpse, which had head injuries and bore strangulation marks, had died at least six hours earlier.

"When the police arrived they took the helmet off the corpse, believing at first that he had died in the crash," said Francisco Castro, a spokesman for the Baja California state police's homicide division. "But he had adhesive tape stuck to his face, a knife wound to his forehead, and showed signs of strangulation," he added.

Castro said the dead man had wraps of methamphetamine in his pocket and an unkempt appearance, which led investigators to believe the killing was drug related. We think the killer was trying to take the body to a more deserted area to dispose of it," he said. (LINK)

New Anne Rice Novel:"Christ the Lord"

Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has devoted her career so far, Anne Rice gives us now her most ambitious and courageous book, a novel about the life of of Christ the Lord based on the gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship.

The book's power derives from the passion its author brings to the writing, and the way in which she summons up the voice, the presence, the words of Jesus who tells the story. (LINK)

My Halloween Game Pick: "Stubbs the Zombie"

  • "Stubbs the Zombie: Rebel Without a Pulse" Site
  • WIRED Magazine Review

  • "Kitty Trooper" T-Shirt
  • Are you creeped out by the "Wake up with the King" ads? Then Try this parody ad for Captain Morgan.
  • Guinness Ad: "Evolution"
  • Retro Tech: The Portable Table Telephone
  • Okay, You've seen it before, but The Calvin and Hobbes Snowman Series is still funny.
  • The Empire Strikes Back, as a lo-res Motion GIF (see also: Star Wars as a Gif)
  • The lyrics to The "Shaft Theme", in Chaucer's English
  • Playing video games against a computer? No big whoop. But playing Foosball on an actual table against a computer? THAT is Technology! (German Site w/ Videos)
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