Friday, July 27, 2007

"oh hell no..."

Scanning the news today, I ran across this little item, originally posted under regional news on This story details how a 15 year old girl in Missouri has alleged that a sheriff's deputy sodomized her before returning her to a relative's house this week.

The "Oh hell no" part comes from the second line in the article. And I quote,

"This is a nightmare that any police administrator does not want to face," Jackson County Sheriff Tom Phillips said."

So, this is a nightmare for the police administration? Really? How about the teenage girl who no doubt suffered physical and emotional trauma from this act of violence that was perpetrated against her by a figure of authority? This dumb ass 34 year old deputy no doubt thought that he could get away with abusing a young woman while he was on duty, especially since he caught her out after curfew and she had been reported as a runaway earlier.

And then this idiot states how tough this is for the police administration...Wow, what compassion.

"There was nothing in his background that would indicate anything like this would ever occur," Phillips said. Because rapists look crazy and wear a big red 'R' on their chest and list rape as a hobby on job applications....

He said he wants the public to know that the sheriff's department is taking the allegations very seriously. That's comforting...

"Even if it's one of our own, we are going to begin an investigation thoroughly and quickly and take the appropriate action if it's necessary," Phillips said.

No charges have been filed. Phillips said he expects the case will be presented to the Jackson County prosecutor's office on Monday.

I wait with baited breath for a follow up on this case. Ain't gonna' happen.

This crap pisses me off.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

What is wrong with people? part I

Some of you may remember back over a year ago when I would frequently post articles I would find on crime in the news from That was back when I was working at the newspaper and had way too much time on my hands to read the news online while I was at work. I have been having extra time at work recently but here I love my job and actually keep asking for more. Slightly different atmosphere. But I digress.

In this recent article on, police in Reno, NV have arrested and charged Michael Straw, 25, and Iana Straw, 23, with Child Neglect because they were too busy playing Internet and video games to care for their two children, ages 22 months and 11 months. Say it with me, what is wrong with these people?

Both children were undernourished, one suffering from severe dehydration, the other from starvation. Both suffered from infections.

“They had food; they just chose not to give it to their kids because they were too busy playing video games,” [prosecutor Kelli Ann] Viloria told the Reno Gazette-Journal.

The American Medical Association has been discussing if video game addition should be designated as a mental disorder, like alcoholism. But they cannot come to an agreement and therefore, have not made a determination yet.

"Patrick Killen, spokesman for Nevada Child Abuse Prevention, said video game addiction’s correlation to child abuse is 'a new spin on an old problem.'"

Poor babies. At least the article reports that in foster care, both children are doing well and gaining weight. I am normally not a vicious person but I was glad to read that these 'parents' face a maximum 12 year sentence in this case.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Brooklyn Brownie Cupcakes

My co-workers better feel the love, I had baking problems this time and it is really hard to tell why. I changed to real cupcake liners (mini's from Michael's Crafts) and I followed the recipe's instructions to fill the liners all the way to the top. They turned out looking like this.

I can't serve these. So that was 2 dozen that were donated to the family. Which they appreciated. The next batched turned out like this:

Much better.

Interesting recipe, it calls for 2 tablespoons of Bourbon or whiskey. I used an aged whiskey, made the same year I was born. How is that for showing some love for a good bye party? So, is it a good thing that I have been asked to bake for an event or a bad thing?

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Another Batch

So, I will get to my trip and the wedding I attended but in the meantime, enjoy these pictures of Chocolate Cherry Creme Cupcakes.

Before - yer basic chocolate cupcake

After - With Cherry Creme and Buttercream filling, topped with more buttercream, semisweet chocolate shavings and a maraschino cherry.

Minis! for work (over 2 dozen)
I made the large ones for a family dinner last night.

Yummy. And tomorrow I will be baking is Brooklyn Brownie Cupcakes for a co-worker's going away party.

Thursday, July 05, 2007


So, most of you already know that after a day and a half of adventures at airports I finally arrived back in LA yesterday afternoon. I am back at work today (so tired!) but hope to have a real post and maybe even some pictures for you all soon.