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February 07, 2003

Christian use of fetus propaganda upheld
York Daily Record | Submitted by: ghogswift
"Police allege the signs, which depicted chopped-up fetuses, alarmed some spectators along the parade route and that a disturbance nearly broke out. Police said Grove and his supporters failed to disperse when ordered by officers... Grove and his supporters received a temporary restraining order from a federal judge against York Police and the city."

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Congressman: Jap internment OK!
Wire Services | Submitted by: Rockpile
"A congressman who heads a homeland security subcommittee said on a radio call-in program that he agreed with the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II... Rep. Howard Coble, a Republican, made the remark Tuesday on WKZL-FM when a caller suggested Arabs in the United States should be confined. A fellow congressman who was interned as a child criticized Coble for his comment on Wednesday, as did advocacy groups." This ain't juts any congressman. This is the head of a homeland security subcommittee. Woo!

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Lost cell phone snares mugger
New Jersey Online | Submitted by: WCWms
A career criminal in training nets $20 from a mugging, but loses his cell phone while committing the crime. This mastermind later calls his own number to retrieve the phone. He offers half his mugging take to the finder, then upgrades the offer to demon weed, never considering that the good Samaritan on the other end might not be who he claims to be. You get the picture. He didn't get his phone back.

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Jury overturns itself, upset at being deceived
Common Dreams | Submitted by: Rev. Dr.
"The judge in the case, Judge Charles R. Breyer of Federal District Court, had barred Mr. Rosenthal's defense from mentioning the state [medicinal marijuana] law because he was indicted under federal law, which does not allow the growing of marijuana for any purpose." The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. Where, exactly, is Congress delegated the power to restrict home-growing marijuana?

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How Ted Turner lost $8B
Guardian | Submitted by: Elizabeth
"He went on to discuss the relationship he had with his father: "I don't think my father was abusive, my father was a strict disciplinarian, but he and I were extemely close." But his father used to beat him with a wire coat hanger. "He made me spank him one night and that was very, very hard. It was much easier to be spanked than to spank your father."

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Not so straight shooter
ABC News | Submitted by: CoCo
"But neither of those "firsts" is true. The Kid may be the first gay lead character in a Western saga, but outwardly gay characters in comic books have been around for at least 10 years. And as the Kid and successful programs such as NBC's Will & Grace have shown, the mainstream is no longer afraid to embrace what was once considered taboo, alternative and underground."

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Saudi textbooks: Jews are wicked
New York Post | Submitted by: anonymous
"The Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace and the American Jewish Committee released a shocking analysis of 93 books that were part of the curricula of more than 2,000 Saudi schools in first through 10th grades from 1999 through 2002... The report concluded that the books, supplied by the government's Ministry of Education, promote anti-Semitism and intolerance toward Western ideas such as democracy and freedom of speech."

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Guns for Tots!
ABC TV affiliates | Submitted by: lolag
"In a plan that is already outraging local parents, a political group plans to hand out hundreds of toy guns to school children in Harlem Thursday. The Manhattan Libertarian Party is calling their program "Guns For Tots"... [the party] showed us some of the hundreds of toy guns that, if they have their way, will be distributed to kids outside of PS 72 in East Harlem after school Thursday."

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RIAA forgets about Piracy and turns to Bestiality
Wired | Submitted by: animalMother
"The RIAA site was hacked for the sixth time in six months. This time, the defacement resulted in bogus press releases on the front door, touting the joys of cheese and interspecies romantic relationships... The RIAA's role as the music industry's voice against digital piracy makes it an obvious target for those who are angered by what they see as the organization's overly vehement crusade for copyright owners' rights."

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Really slow news day in Victoria
CH TV | Submitted by: Gorg
"A group of concerned neighbours in Nanaimo spent over $100 to save a cat who had been stuck up a tall tree for over five days... First, a cage with catnip in it was lifted up while the rescuers tried to lure the cautious cat down with food. But the cat didn't take either bait."

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Speeding driver to old farts: "Get out of my way"
The Province | Submitted by: Gorg
"An accused street racer whose speeding car sheared an elderly Abbotsford couple's vehicle in two is blaming the couple for being in his way... "That's their fault, they should look after themselves when they turn left," 19 year old Zheng Li told reporters as he left Abbotsford Provincial Court yesterday... The 70 year old man and his wife received only minor bruises -- mostly seatbelt burns."

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Two Texans charged with stolen Shuttle debris
Ft. Worth Star-Telegram | Submitted by: AnnePage
"Federal officials indicted two East Texas residents on Wednesday for stealing pieces of debris from the wreckage of the space shuttle Columbia. A 43-year-old Henderson woman and a 23 year old Stephen F. Austin University student were indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly stealing government property. Merrie Savage Hipp of Henderson and Bradley Justin Guadet of Nacogdoches were both taken into custody Wednesday afternoon and will appear in a Tyler federal courtroom later today."

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Bush finally gives drug users something to celebrate
New York Times | Submitted by: Crow
Just in time for war in Iraq, the Bush administration is slashing funding for the Drug Enformorcment Agency and moving some 400 FBI narcs to anti-terrorism duties. "Critics say that drug purity has increased and that drugs have become easier to buy than ever before." Rock on!

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Obscenity laws still on books in ND
Bismarck Tribune | Submitted by: f00f
"Scheuer made a traffic stop in the 1700 block of North 14th Street at 5 p.m., and while writing out the ticket he heard someone yell obscenities, Donlin said. When Scheuer turned to determine who was making the comments, the man repeated the statement and made an obscene gesture. The man fled before Sheuer could reach him, so Scheuer returned to the site of the traffic stop and asked a witness it he was offended by the statements. The witness said he was offended, thus giving Scheuer grounds to make an arrest, Donlin said."

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Pentagon stocks up on body bags
St. Petersburg Times | Submitted by: I.P. TeAitchse
"In the last six months, the Pentagon has ordered 9,640 body bags, but they are not immediately headed for the Persian Gulf... "Right now, we're just replenishing supplies" in military warehouses, said Frank Johnson, a spokesman for the Defense Supply Center in Philadelphia. "It's not necessarily an indication of things to come."

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Morticians: Uncle Sam needs you
canada.com | Submitted by: UncleGum
"The United States navy is desperate for morticians. It is taking out want ads online offering $6,000 U.S. bonuses to morticians who are willing to enlist... "You would serve as a uniformed member of the United States Navy Hospital Corps, a group deeply ingrained with traditions of honour and commitment not unlike the devotion of those who choose the funeral industry as their career." So why does the Navy suddenly need funereal technicians?

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Art: But, is it stupid?
BBC | Submitted by: Reading
"An artist is planning to highlight the problem of anti-social youths - by kicking a take-away curry carton through a town centre. Andre Stitt believes the stunt will question the actions of youngsters who gather in Bedford town centre at night."

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Shuttle debris claimed in Georgia, also burnt toast
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Submitted by: jonsl
A south Georgia man believes he found a piece of the space shuttle Columbia on his land, which is hundreds of miles east of where most of the debris has fallen... "It's very unlikely for it to reach as far east as Georgia," said Dave Bary, a spokesman for the Environmental Protection Agency, which is leading the search for shuttle debris... Sorting the shuttle debris from ordinary trash is a difficult task, one report from Yuma, Ariz., turned out to be a piece of burnt toast."

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Natural History of Hiccups
BBC | Submitted by: Crazy Quagga
Hiccups, aka hiccoughs by overtly pretencious snobs, has its roots way back in evolution. "A group of scientists led by Christian Straus, at Pitie Saltpetriere Hospital in Paris believes the brain circuitry controlling gill ventilation has persisted into modern mammals, including humans."

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Need a cure for Hiccups? Shrink your penis!
CNN | Submitted by: MaRi_209
"A Malaysian coffeeshop owner has claimed that a treatment for hiccups left him partially deaf, damaged his throat and shortened his penis, a news report said... The Star daily reported on Thursday that the man's medical woes began after he sought treatment in hospital following a referral from his doctor."

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Modified pigs in our food supply!
CNN | Submitted by: Supreme-S
"Federal officials are concerned that pigs that were supposed to be destroyed after a genetic engineering study may have entered the nation's food supply, even though they say there is no health risk... The university may have sent 386 of the animals to a livestock dealer who in turn may have sent them to slaughter, the FDA said."

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Wrestlers shave off cheerleaders pubic hair
Deseret News | Submitted by: Merlin
"He would further investigate the incident in which the wrestlers, both seniors and one a 275-pound heavyweight, allegedly pinned the 120-pound cheerleader, a sophomore, against a locker. The victim reported the wrestlers had pulled down his pants and shaved hair in his groin area with an electric razor."

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You can call me 'Chum'
iAfrica | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Lawyers for a British man who reportedly wants his body fed to sharks off the South African coast after he dies, have declined to comment on reports of the man's bizarre request.. "He doesn't want any publicity. It's becoming alarming. I've already had three calls from South Africa but I respect our client's right to his privacy. He's adamant he doesn't want to speak to the media." No word yet on how the Great White Feast will be prepared.

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Dead crows rain down from the sky
Yahoo! Business | Submitted by: Skip
The birds are literally falling from the sky as a result of a misguided poisoning program in Fairfax County conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services division... "The poisoning is a senseless and cruel act that obviously has detrimental impacts not only to the crows but to humans as well."

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Ambulance service threatens critically ill woman
Aftenposten | Submitted by: JOPY-666
"On the 15th of November last year Eliassen woke to intense stomach pains. Emergency room staff informed her that she was pregnant and there was a danger of spontaneous abortion, but sent her home and told her to contact Ullevål University Hospital if the pains got worse... "Haven't you understood you're not getting an ambulance? You have to go to emergency yourself... If you call 113 one more time, I am going over there and taking your mobile phone."

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Bush sending angrygrams to Australian opposition
The Australian | Submitted by: anonymous
"The US has formally complained to Opposition Leader Simon Crean's office about Labor's anti-Americanism, suggesting it is damaging the Australia-US alliance... Frontbencher Mark Latham described Mr Bush as "the most incompetent and dangerous president in living memory" and referred to Liberal MPs as a "conga line of suckholes" to Mr Bush."

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Spoiled kid sues to get an A-plus
CNN | Submitted by: D. Rango
Attention, overachievers: It's not enough to get the highest mark in a class. Your superiority must be recognized by the meanless grade of A-plus. When a bratty little kid didn't get his treasured A-plus, he sues the school and the school board. He earned an A-plus for his work-experience class. He toiled in a law office. Oh: his mom's legal firm.

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Cat survives knife stabbing into skull
WKMG-TV 6 Orlando | Submitted by: Rio
"A cat in Green Township, Ohio, survived after being stabbed with an 8-inch knife in the skull. Police believe Jeff Peasley visited the home of an acquaintance Wednesday and for some unknown reason attacked the 7-pound cat named Princess. "The blade penetrated the skull of the cat at this location (top of head) and it went down into an area called the frontal sinus," veterinarian Dr. Terry White said." With x-ray.

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Downing St dossier plagiarised
Channel 4 | Submitted by: Purevil
"The government's carefully co-ordinated propaganda offensive took an embarrassing hit tonight after Downing Street was accused of plagiarism... The target is an intelligence dossier released on Monday and heralded by none other than Colin Powell at the UN yesterday... A section, for example, six paragraphs long, on Saddam's Special Security Organisation, the exact same words are in the Californian student's paper."

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Secret shuttle part sought in Texas search
Wire Services | Submitted by: anonymous
"Hundreds of National Guardsmen, federal agents, state troopers and volunteers closely searched this tiny Texas town on Thursday, looking for what was believed to be a top-secret device that fell from the shuttle Columbia when the spacecraft broke apart last week... Written instructions given to the searchers in Bronson showed a picture of a faceplate from the device, which in white letters on a black background spelled out "Secret Government Property."

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Crispy: NZ teen killed in kiln
New Zealand Herald | Submitted by: Kiwi Girl
"Police have named a teenager who died after being accidentally shut in a drying kiln at a Rotorua mill yesterday... He was Richard Taylor Ransfield, 17, of Opotiki... Mr Ransfield had been staying with family in Rotorua. He was visiting his uncle at the Tachikawa mill about 4am yesterday when the older man went into a drying kiln to check the moisture of the timber." This is worse than "death by boola boola."

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Berkeley students go for glory
Cal Patriot | Submitted by: PCM2
Today's students are taking advantage of the Internet and the Web more than ever: "The students partake in anonymous sex in campus bathroom stalls, where they use 'glory holes' to peer into the stall next door to see if it is occupied by a man interested in sex. If it is, the student will cross into the stall and engage with him sexually, usually without any mutual acquaintance."

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