The only “normal” people are people you don’t know yet.
J.R. Westberg, who owns the Parkside Pub in Huntley, told The Daily Herald (http://bit.ly/1K0Ppv4 ) that his only criticism of East Dundee's plan for its own event the day before Thanksgiving is the organizers' lack of originality.
(They gave it the exact same name and scheduled it for the same date and time.)
The Huntley festival often attracts more than 4,000 people to snack on the deep-fried turkey bits, which some attendees consider a "dare food" and prefer doused in ranch dressing or Tabasco sauce.
East Dundee businessman Cliff Surges says there's enough interest to support both festivals and that the new one will target a different demographic.
Surges hopes to draw 1,000 to 2,000 people to East Dundee's event, which he says will be "family-oriented." (With no pun intended, J.R. said: "nuts to you" when asked about the competing festival. )
OR THIS: Have we ever got a doozy "Asshole of the day" for ya today kids!
Undercover sheriff's deputies arrested a Pennsylvania man Friday night on suspicion he traveled to Arizona to have sex with a horse.
Michael Crawford, 68, landed in Phoenix believing he would meet with a horse owner he'd been corresponding with online, according to a statement released by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.
Crawford hoped the fictitious owner would allow Crawford to engage in "perverted" sex acts with an animal, Sheriff Joe Arpaio said at a press conference Sunday.
Crawford posted an ad on a popular website soliciting a willing horse owner, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Investigators in the Animal Crimes Investigations Unit opened the case in October and corresponded with Crawford via email and telephone.
Many exchanges graphically detailed what Crawford intended to do once he arrived in Arizona. In an email released by the Sheriff's Office, Crawford said he was looking forward to the visit and described his desires.
Crawford arrived late Friday at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, where he was met by deputies. They took Crawford to a trailer furnished by a posse volunteer and located near Southern Avenue and Avondale Boulevard in Tolleson, where Crawford was shown two ponies.
Arpaio said Crawford told deputies he didn't understand why he was taken into custody, because he had not committed any sex acts with the Tolleson horses. But Crawford told deputies he had engaged in acts of bestiality since 1970, Arpaio said.
"This is animal cruelty; there is not enough teeth in the law for animal cruelty," Arpaio said. "He would have gotten away with it if he'd picked the wrong county and the wrong sheriff."
Arpaio said this is the eighth time Maricopa County sheriff's deputies have made a bestiality arrest in the past five years.
"These animals are not meant to be sex toys for the perverted," Arpaio said in a statement, adding, "He would have gotten away with it except he picked the wrong county, and the wrong sheriff!
You might remember Sheriff Joe as "America's Toughest Sheriff" according to a lot of previous news accounts ....., and he's not exactly what you would call "completely normal" either!
AND SPEAKING OF NORMAL ...............!
Has media lost its mind over Donald Trump?
Here’s a meta-level pitch for a think piece: Is the US media writing too many think pieces about Donald Trump?
Is there too much press coverage of The Donald? Is the political press failing the US public by covering Mr. Trump’s controversial assertions about immigration as if they were as important as, say, Deflategate?
Yes, this is a mea culpa. Perhaps we have done wrong.
The event that finally jolted us into reality is the realization that some media outlets are formalizing their constant Trumpian coverage into Trump sections. Salon has The Daily Donald, a column which summarizes Trump’s activities everyday in handy digest form. It includes reports on Trump appearances (an audience of 5,000 in Phoenix) and the latest and most pointed Trump criticisms (Rupert Murdoch tweeted that Trump is “wrong” on Mexican immigration).
Critics say this is cheapening US political discourse. Trump is a “carnival barker,” Rem Rieder wrote in USA Today last month. He’s soaking up media bandwidth and reporting firepower that would be better used on legitimate candidates.
Trump “inevitably will hijack the focus away from important issues that need to be aired,” wrote Mr. Rieder.
Others in the GOP race are heartily tired of Trump-related questions. They see them as indicative of the media’s own frenzy, not voter interest.
“You know, enough.... Nobody in the real world asks me about this,” said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday’s “Fox & Friends” when queried about Trump’s latest immigration pronouncements
All that said we believe there’s a legitimate defense of extensive Trump coverage. We could be wrong – and you’ll feel free to tell us so – but we don’t feel too bad about Trump stories.
- People like to read about The Donald. Trump stories are often derided as “clickbait” – just attempts to dredge up readers. But “clickbait” is just another word for “popular.” Yes, people love to follow Trump’s actions. Should we stop providing them that opportunity because we think it’s bad for them? That sounds patronizing.
- There's lots of media bandwidth. The media does have the ability to think and write about Donald Trump and John Kasich at the same time, generally speaking. Is Ohio Governor Kasich’s problem that nobody can find out about his candidacy on the Internet? No, it isn’t. Here’s a rough test: type “John Kasich” into Google News and see what turns up. We got 75,000 hits. Sometimes worthy candidates lag in the polls because they don’t excite voters.
- Trump might affect who wins. Yes, it’s early. At this point, polls are a rough indication more than a real reflection of voter’s intentions. But Trump’s tied for the top in poll averages. That can’t be ignored. Maybe he’ll stay there. Most likely he won’t. Party leaders want him to go away and many Republicans voters don’t approve of him.