Daily News December 24

Today is Thursday, December 24, 2009.  It is the 358th day of the year with seven more to go.  Today is Christmas Eve.

Today’s History

In 1814, the war of 1812 officially ended as the United States and Britain signed the Treaty of Ghent in Belgium.
In 1865, several veterans of the Confederate Army formed a private social club in Tennessee called the Ku Klux Klan.

Today’s News

Hello, 911?  Part 12
Yet another person is being charged with the abuse and misuse of the 911 emergency system.  A Texas woman is being investigated after authorities discovered she had called 911 over 30 times in the past six months.  Her most recent call was this week, to report that her husband refused to eat his dinner.  The woman also called several times last week but on both occasions she did not speak with the 911 operator.  The first time she hung up and the second time she screamed in the background then hung up.  When the woman called to report on her husband, the police arrived to the scene to find the woman yelling about things that happened two weeks ago. 

Where do they get these people?  What were the police supposed to do because he didn’t want to eat his food:  arrest him?  They may also want to have her mental status checked out because normal people do not call 911 and then start screaming in the phone and then hang up…for no reason.

Bad Santa!
Tennessee police are looking for a man dressed as Santa who robbed a SunTrust bank yesterday.  The bad Santa Claus entered the bank at 10AM and demanded money from the teller.  When the teller refused, he brandished a weapon from a sack he was carrying. He then told the teller that he had to have the money so he could “pay his elves.”  The man is described as wearing an entire Santa Claus suit complete with the fake white beard and mustache.  He was also wearing dark sunglasses. 

I guess they are going to have to round up the usual suspects.  Hit up all the malls across Tennessee and question all of the guys pretending to be Old Saint Nick.  When you think about it, it really is a perfect disguise because how many fake Santa Clauses are running around this time of year?  But what if was the REAL Santa?  He could be hard up for money this year.  Minimum wage went up this summer, so he might very well have had to get some money to pay the elves.

Otterly Outrageous
An Ohio flight was delayed yesterday not because of the blizzard sweeping through the Midwest, but because two otters had escaped from the plane’s cargo hold and were running amuck on the tarmac.  Passengers thought it was a joke when the pilot gave the reason for the delay, but when they looked out the window, sure enough they saw two otters running around outside the plane, clearly blocking it from taxiing from the gate.  It took airport workers about an hour to capture the otters and put them back in their cages.

Because I wasn’t even exactly sure what an otter was.  I actually had the mental image of a seal type creature, but apparently I was wrong.  Do people keep otters as pets?  Just wondering, because I don’t believe I even know anybody that knows what an otter is.

Facebook Fugitive
British authorities are in pursuit of a man who escaped from prison but has been frequently updating his Facebook page.  The prisoner escaped from an open prison in September and until he recently began updating his Facebook status, authorities had no idea of his whereabouts.  His latest status update reads:  “mmm, I just had a 12lb venison steak.  Roasted veg and chips, bangin meal.  I feel suffted but still got room for the j.d.’s Hope you enjoyed the meal babe’s.  We’ll have to eat here again.”  In other status updates it is apparent that he is trying to find a girlfriend.  “Is thinking, which lucky girl will be my first of 2010!!”  The police are using clues from his updates to track him down.  Facebook has also gotten involved.  The man apologises to his friends and family that they had to find out that he is a fugitive from his Facebook status but then he says, “But you know me.  I Trust No One.  It’s the only way to be.”

Apart from his appalling grammar and spelling, this man had been in jail on burglary charges and is not considered particularly dangerous at this time.  The good thing is that he is over in the U.K. so it’s not our headache.  I do wonder though, what precisely is an open prison?  If it is like the name describes, could this be the reason he escaped, because the prison is, indeed, open?  Just a thought. And who eats 12 pounds of anything in one sitting?

Today’s Thought

Christmas is the day that holds all time together.  ~Alexander Smith 

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