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July 31, 2010

Cops love iPhone data trail


Cops love iPhone data trail :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
BY AMBER HUNT

Detective Josh Fazio of the Will County Sheriff's Department loves it when an iPhone turns up as evidence in a criminal case.

The sophisticated cell phone and mobile computer is becoming as popular with police as it is with consumers because it can provide investigators with so much information that can help in solving crimes.

"When someone tells me they have an iPhone in a case, I say, 'Yeah!' I can do tons with an iPhone," said Fazio, who works in the sheriff's department high-tech crimes unit.

The iPhones generally store more data than other high-end phones -- and investigators such as Fazio frequently can tap in to that information for evidence.

And while some phone users routinely delete information from their devices, that step is seldom as final as it seems.

"When you hit the delete button, it's never really deleted," Fazio said.

The devices can help police learn where you've been, what you were doing there and whether you've got something to hide.

Former hacker Jonathan Zdziarski, author of iPhone Forensics (O'Reilly Media) for law enforcement, said the devices "are people's companions today. They organize people's lives."

And if you're doing something criminal, something about it is probably going to go through that phone:

• Every time an iPhone user closes out of the built-in mapping application, the phone snaps a screenshot and stores it. Savvy law-enforcement agents armed with search warrants can use those snapshots to see if a suspect is lying about whereabouts during a crime.

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Remember in November

July 29, 2010

Escaped cow shot 11 times, killed at Sacramento's California State Fair

Yup... ELEVEN TIMES - to kill a COW! Can't help but think of THIS.

SACRAMENTO, CA - Cal Expo officials said it was justified, but others at the California State Fair wondered if it was necessary for fair police to shoot and kill a pregnant cow Tuesday morning after the animal broke free at the state fairgrounds.

According to fair officials, UC Davis veterinarian staff were unloading the cow in the livestock area around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday when the bovine broke free and headed toward the fairgrounds. The dairy cow was supposed to give birth Wednesday and be a part of the Livestock Nursery attraction, Cal Expo deputy director Brian May said.

May said Cal Expo police were able to contain the animal in a tunnel, but before she could be tranquilized, the cow got free and headed into the fairgrounds.

"We spent more than an hour trying to coax her into a trailer," May said.

Eventually, police cornered her in front of the Golden1 performance stage, where they said she charged an officer after a tranquilizer gun misfired.

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July 28, 2010

It Worked On Emilio Estevez...

The Enigmatic Bubbles Jackson In Happier Days

GNN - Bubbles Jackson, close friend and confidant of late entertainer Michael Jackson, missed the opportunity of a chimp lifetime. Michael Jackson "pestered" surgeons for four years to surgically enable Bubbles to speak, so Bubbles could share his "thoughts" with Jackson.

The surgeons are reported to have refused to perform the operation because Bubbles wouldn't survive it, rather than impugn the asssumption that sentience depends upon a biological arrangement in the vocal chords.

Bubbles, who is now 26 and living in a chimp shelter, toured with Jackson in the 1980's, and even shared Jackson's bed in those days.

ObamaCare, Page 24,306, Sec 93, Para 28, But Too Late for Little Dave

Little Dave


GNN - We're sad to report that we found Little Dave near his bed in DC's office this morning. For about a year, Little Dave was in extremis, and needed medical care which is effective and widely available, but not covered by ObamaCare until 2014.

Friends of GNN will remember that Little Dave was DC's constant companion here, making a good life for himself on DC's leavings and discards. None of us was qualified to administer WHISKER STIMULATION, but we struggled mightily to fortify Dave's spirits during his long illness. We'll miss his big smile.

My gun jammed and then the barrel melted trying to lay down some fire on this one ...

Click at your own risk: No comment.

Okay, just a question: He was on a ferry? Stop.

I am sure that this type of wallowing in the mud will get no traction around here.

July 27, 2010

The Dance of the Jellyfish

Spencer "Rosebud" Ackerman

Certainly, by now, Goomba readers have heard about the folks at Journolist who want Drudge to set himself on fire, laugh like maniacs over the dying body of Rush Limbaugh, and more. We should all be very afraid...afraid that if they get too close, they'll lactate on you

But "Rosebud", here, leaks so much testosterone he wants to "throw [you] through a plate glass window".

That's why I'm asking for readers' opinions about Rosebud Ackerman's possibilities for GNN's small-budget sea-theme melodrama/musical. No Esther Williams, Marion Davies, or hermit-crab-with-a-big- right-claw (from over-use) ideas will be entertained.

We have to get a G Rating for this thing to break wind...I mean water!

We Need Investors


DC, Rhod and I were a little late in jumping onto the Gold bandwagon. In a meeting last January, DC described gold as a "passing fancy" and Rhod kept insisting that we were now in perfect position to corner the beeswax market.

I decided to take the GOOMBA NEWS NETWORK in a different direction. GNN decided to 'Go Hollywood' and fund a major motion picture for a popular Cable-TV network. DC used his show business contacts to land Academy Award-Attendee Eric Roberts for the lead role, and Rhod penned one humdinger of a script under the nom de plume Mickey MacClean.

Now it's time for all of us to share this opportunity with all of you. During the next few weeks, I'll be contacting you all asking you to open your checkbooks in order to share in the profits from this exciting venture.

My friends... I assure you that this Science Fiction - Political Thriller will sweep the country as it rips the opaque veil from from the fetid features of Obama's Marxist paradise.

July 25, 2010

Please Tell me that you’re Kidding


¡No PasarĂ¡n! explains what really happened at that tragic German Love Parade....

Assimilation, Euro-Style, at an event meant to celebrate social diversity and togetherness:

"The Germans say: Foreigners out!" the girl replied. "Why can't we say: Jews out?" Then she ran away.
Of course officials are “concerned”. They're always "concerned". Maybe even concerned enough to actually do something about this neo-Kristallnacht consensus that been ubiquitous for a decade.
Following an anti-Semitic attack in Hanover, German authorities have identified a new source of anti-Semitic hatred in Germany: young migrants from Muslim families. The ideological alliance has officials concerned.
The author goes on to parrot the tripe about the neo-fascists, who invariably gravitate toward the idea of a muscular, all powerful state, as being “right wing”.
It was supposed to be a carefree festival in Sahlkamp on the outskirts of the northern German city of Hanover. Billed as an "International Day" to celebrate social diversity and togetherness, the June celebration included performances by a multicultural children's choir called "Happy Rainbow" and the German-Turkish rap duo 3-K. Music from Afghanistan was also on the program.

But then the mood suddenly shifted.

When Hajo Arnds, the organizer of the neighborhood festival, stepped onto the stage at about 6:45 p.m. to announce the next performance, by the Jewish dance group Chaverim, he was greeted with catcalls. "Jews out!" some of the roughly 30 young people standing in front of the stage began shouting. "Gone with the Jews!"
The striking stupidity of this kind of story, as frequent as they are, is that the people righting them up always seem to be pretending to ‘just realize’ the state of affairs, and exhibit a kind of puzzlement at connecting the dots.