Prankster Nearly Sneaks Into Meeting of Cardinals. Thing is, the imposter sounds like a bit of a nut--he wasn't even a really good comedian/actiivist/protester--yet he got past the first level before being nabbed. What this guy highlights is how all of this pomp and protocol is all bullshit--high priced bullshit--but just bullshit in the end. And has anyone else noticed that people are openly mocking the church now, which can only signal its eventual demise. Not in my lifetime, sadly, but not long after. Good fucking riddance.
Six more former News of the World whores get unhappy knock at the door: Phone hacking: two current Sun staff among six new arrests. Note that two of the formers currently work in editorial positions at the Sun, and, more importantly, the arrests come from a "new line of inquiry." Excellent. Now we need to see Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks convicted and sentenced (throw the book at them, m'lord!), and the computer hacking investigation needs some bodies, too. With these arrests, there will only be even more law suits by victims, more legal fees for the filthy fucking Murdoch family. Not bad.
Vatican reveals pope had secret heart surgery. P.S. Just to change the batteries in the device that mimics a human heart. I swear, the tone-deaf PR hacks at VAtican City are trying really hard to find one person who gives a shit about Pope Ratzi stepping down to avoid the shitstorm that must be coming any day now.
Silvio Berlusconi sentenced for tax fraud. Ok, his four-year sentence was reduced to one-year in jail because of some fucking amnesty law, but this filthy asshole might finally serve jail time. Yeah, he should die in jail, but in a world were Pres. Obama calls Lloyd Blankfein and Jamie Dimon "savvy businessmen," I'll take whatever I can.
Guilty Cop Calls NYPD "Most Corrupt Police Department" In World History. Remember those horrible photos and videos of New York City cops abusing the Occupy patriots? Not an accident--that's what they want. This soon-to-be-jailed cop made the mistake of abusing civilians for his own pleasure and to help out his family. If he wanted to move up the ladder, he should have used his sociopathic tendencies only when dealing with citizens exercising their first amendment rights.
Do click the link to see the words of wisdom that Judge Kuntz gave to the soon-to-be jailed cop.
Rebekah Brooks to be charged with perverting the course of justice. Apparently this is the kind of crime that can bring real time in jail in the UK--I believe it is a destruction of evidence charge. I recall reading that her husband, also charged, was seen trying to dispose of a briefcase in a dumpster (getting rid of hard drives, I believe). Oh dear. Courts hate that sort of thing. And yes, I am as happy as a lark, but not nearly as happy as I will be when she is given a harsh sentence. The only way to slow down the future sociopaths is by punishing the current ones severely.
Update: I was right: Perversion charge related to a bag Brooks' husband attempted to reclaim. The Christian Science Monitor reported that the incident involved a "bag was discovered in a garage dumpster under a gated community where Brooks owns an apartment. After community security handed the bag over to police, Brooks's husband attempted to reclaim the bag, saying that it had been mistakenly thrown away by cleaners." Yes, cleaners mistaken threw away a bag containing "a laptop computer, mobile phone and private papers." I assume Rebekah was relunctant to dispose of the incriminating evidence earlier, just in case Rupert was able to stave off justice and she needed weapons to use against future victims. I hope her fall from grace is complete and she is soon joined by the Murdochs, father and son.