Thursday, October 27, 2011

She bit what?

OCTOBER 27, 2011


The news as I see it and the views as I want them.

October 27 is … Sylvia Plath Day

Sylvia Plath (October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963) was an American poet, novelist and short story writer. Born in Massachusetts, she studied at Smith College and Newnham College, Cambridge before receiving acclaim as a professional poet and writer. She married fellow poet Ted Hughes in 1956 and they lived together first in the United States and then England, having two children together: Frieda and Nicholas. Following a long struggle with depression and a marital separation, Plath committed suicide in 1963. Controversy continues to surround the events of her life and death, as well as her writing and legacy.

Plath is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry and is best known for her only two collections published in her lifetime: The Colossus and Other Poems and Ariel. In 1982, she became the first poet to win a Pulitzer Prize posthumously, for The Collected Poems. She also wrote The Bell Jar, a semi-autobiographical novel published shortly before her death

President Obama and his spin unit have finally decided to live on their own and not in the past. President George W. Bush is no longer their fall guy, for now at least. At roughly noon on Tuesday, shortly after Gov. Rick Perry unveiled the tax policy platform for his presidential campaign, President Obama's reelection team offered a response. The Texas Republican and top challenger Mitt Romney wanted to "shift a greater share of taxes away from large corporations and the wealthiest onto the backs of the middle class," the campaign's press secretary, Ben LaBolt, emailed reporters.

It was a customary campaign response: tough-worded, carefully crafted and with a targeted message. Notably, it excluded mention of the most oft-criticized GOP figure of the last decade: former President George W. Bush.

From President Obama's 2008 campaign through the mid-term elections in 2010, the nation's 43rd president has served as a reliable boogeyman. The phrase "Bush's failed economic policies" was ingrained in the political lexicon. The "Bush foreign policy" became synonymous with disastrous adventures overseas. A "return to Bush" was the threat attached to any perspective Republican candidacy.

And yet, months into the president's run for a second term, mentions of Bush have all but disappeared. A review of the official public statements sent by the campaign from either LaBolt or campaign manager Jim Messina since late April reveals that the former president has yet to be mentioned by name. And it's not because there hasn't been an opportunity to do so.

Some days it just doesn’t pay to get into bed.  A British woman bit off more than she could chew, and now she may go to jail. Authorities say that Maria Betty Top, mother of four, bit her partner's testicles during a drunken brawl on Feb. 18 that left the man bloody, disoriented, and in need of nineteen stitches.

"All options are open and that will include locking you up," court official Robin Mairs told Topp in the Newcastle Crown Court, according to the BBC.

The unlucky man, 45-year-old Martine Douglas, a disk jockey from Newcastle, was so horrified that emergency service operators had difficulty understanding the situation when he called for help, The Sun reports. "The two had been in a relationship for five years at the time of this offence. There had been difficulties and turbulence in the past," Mairs continued. "They had split up numerous times, getting back together numerous times. On the day in question, there is no doubt they were very heavily in drink."

So heavily "in drink" that, despite admitting to the nauseating act, Topp says she has trouble accurately recalling the incident.

Topp will be sentenced Nov. 11, the BBC reports. Still, she maintains there was bad behavior on both sides. In the woman's defense, lawyer Caroline Goodwin described the incidents leading up to the biting at a hearing, in which she said, "The defendant was on her back with the victim straddling her." This broad apparently did not go to school in New York where she would have learned the proper technique for giving head.

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too or at least think about.


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