Foo Fighters fought back against anti-gay protesters at a concert this weekend, singing in celebration of “man muffins”. The rockers held a surprise gig outside their tour venue, mocking representatives from the extremist Westboro Baptist Church.
Archive for September 19th, 2011
Foo Fighters sing back at Westboro Baptist Church
Dave Grohl’s band serenade anti-gay protesters with song about ‘man muffins’
Together with his band, Grohl performed Keep it Clean (Hot Buns), a gay love song they debuted last month. “Driving all night, got a hankering for something,” he sang, “Think I’m in the mood for some hot man muffins/ Mmmm, sounds so fine, yes indeed.” Grohl told the crowd: “I don’t care if you’re black or white or purple or green, whether you’re Pennsylvanian or Transylvanian, Lady Gaga or Lady Antebellum, it takes all kinds! Men loving women, and women loving men, and men loving men, and women loving women … God bless America!” They later repeated the performance inside, as part of their official gig.
As a purely intellectual exercise, and not at all as precursor to some kind of sweet, sweet revenge against SeaWorld Orlando (pressing charges? Seriously? Like we’re the only people in the world who think drunk dolphins are funny?), we’ve compiled this list of handy aquatic devices for the aspiring maniac to use in theme crimes, avenge the death of a beloved pet kraken or just really show a beach full of arrogant spring breakers what is up now.
A former Littleton, Colo. resident, Donald Turner (also known as Donald Wood), has been found guilty of conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service, CBSDenver reports.
According to a Department of Justice press release, Turner wrote and promoted a book entitled “Tax Free! How the Super Rich Do It,” a program that shows readers how to avoid paying federal income tax.
And that’s just what Daniel Leveto, a Meadville, Pa., veterinarian did — he purchased one of Turner’s programs in 1991 and followed the instructions. Leveto sold his veterinary business to an alleged offshore entity called Center Company to hide the income from the IRS. However, Leveto actually retained control over the veterinary business. For which, Leveto was convicted in 2005 and sentenced to nearly four years in prison, 7News reports.
GoErie reports that Turner, who was indicted along with Leveto in 2001, turned himself in to federal authorities in 2010.
Turner now faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. His sentence hearing is scheduled for January 2012, according to The Denver Post.
I mentioned yesterday that my firm received what I believe to be a fraudulent pseudo-invoice for services not rendered. It appeared to be a variation on the classic toner scam, discussed here.
For some reason, this one seriously pisses me off. Maybe its because the fraud is so blatant. Maybe it’s because the weasel-worded disclaimer designed to give them a defense to fraud claims is so perfunctory and lame. Maybe it’s because after I sent an email to the scammer’s lawyer, the scammer himself called me and tried to run a con on me. Like I’m a fucking rube.
So. I’ve decided to dedicate some time and money to investigating this scam and the people and companies responsible for it. I’ve also decided to write about the investigation, and use it as an opportunity to discuss con man culture and how anyone with an internet connection, a few bucks, and some time can investigate an attempted scam — or, preferably, conduct due diligence on a suspected scammer before they can even try to con you.
I’m going to discuss using Google, using PACER (which allows access to federal court records), using state court records, and taking effective action against scammers.
Every story has starting point. This story starts with my firm’s office manager sending an email asking if anyone knew of work performed by UST Development, Inc. of Ontario, California. She indicated we had no record of services rendered by them, and our outside IT firm had not heard of them. I asked her to send me the invoice. She complied, sending me a pdf.
Hong Kong police have made their largest ever drugs bust, seizing nearly half a tonne of cocaine with a street value of around $77m (£49m), they say.
Drugs officers raided five locations across the city, including a recycling warehouse and private residences.
Eight people – five men and three women – have been arrested. Six are due to appear in court on Monday, while two have been released on police bail.
The haul had been hidden under heaps of recycled plastic materials.
The recycled plastic is thought to have been brought into the city in shipping containers.
Chief Superintendent John Ribeiro of the Narcotics Bureau said police acted after receiving a tip-off about a South American transnational drug syndicate.
Five Mexicans, an American man and a Colombian woman with Hong Kong residency were among those arrested, a police spokesperson was quoted by the AFP news agency as saying.
A total of 567kg (1,250 pounds) of cocaine was found. Ch Supt Ribeiro said officers expected more drugs to be found.