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December 14, 2003

A place for wayward evil dictators
Wire Services | Submitted by: Soylent
"Without firing a shot, American forces captured a bearded and haggard-looking Saddam Hussein in a dirt cellar under a farmhouse near his hometown of Tikrit, ending one of the most intensive manhunts in history. The arrest was a huge victory for U.S. forces battling an insurgency by the ousted dictator's followers."

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Saddam finally captured
BBC | Submitted by: digz
"President George Bush has said former Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein - now in US custody - will 'face the justice he denied to millions'... US forces found Saddam Hussein on Saturday, hiding in a tiny cellar at a farmhouse about 15km (10 miles) from his home town Tikrit. He was described as co-operative after his capture and talking politely... The US has released video footage showing a dishevelled-looking Saddam with a long black and grey beard in custody receiving a medical check-up."

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Woman allegedly forced to give Phil Spector head at gunpoint
New York Daily News | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Los Angeles Sheriff's officers want to question a New York woman who claims record producer Phil Spector once forced her at gunpoint to perform oral sex... [Topless dancer Sandy Kane] says Spector later invited her up to his suite in a Central Park South hotel. 'He started chasing me around the room,' says Kane. 'Finally, he held me down and started kissing me. He reeked of alcohol. He asked me to give him oral sex. I said, "I don't do that." That's when he pulled a gun out and said, "You better." I said, "Hey, relax, Phil. I love you. I'm a big fan." He put the gun away. I did what he wanted. When your life is in danger, you do what you have to.'"

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Nine churchgoers killed by lightning
News Corporation | Submitted by: Draz-Nova
"Nine people, including a priest and five children, were killed when lightning struck the church they were attending in Swaziland, state radio has reported. Radio Swaziland said the victims were attending a service of the Zionist Church at Mankayane, about 70 kilometres southwest of the capital when the accident happened. 'Lightning directly hit the church, killing the 58-year-old priest, five children, two men and a woman,' the report said."

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82-year-old neighbor killed by 7 pitbulls
Ocala Star-Banner | Submitted by: UnderRage
"Robert Freeman rubbed his eyes with his right hand and pleaded for forgiveness for the mauling attack of his six dogs that led to the death of his 81-year-old neighbor on Friday afternoon... On Friday, deputies said a few of the dogs had to be tranquilized with a dart gun before they could be removed from Freeman's home. At least two of the dogs had blood on them, deputies said. Deputies said Broom, who had just returned from a doctor's appointment, was lying naked and unconscious on the ground, her clothes having been ripped off, and she had numerous gashes and lacerations over her body. Detectives learned from the Medical Examiner's Office onSaturday that injuries, from her head to her legs, caused her to bleed to death, according to Sheriff's Maj. Mike McQuaig. Freeman told deputies that when he arrived on the scene, the dogs were 'still chewing her up.' He told deputies that he yelled at the dogs before running into her home to call 911."

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Accused murderer blames the LSD
San Antonio Express-News | Submitted by: FryBaby
"The little green man leaped from behind the ice cream in the freezer and taunted Raymond Rodriguez to chase him. The next thing Rodriguez remembers, after blacking out, was waking up the following morning lying on top of his mother's lover and drinking partner, Daniel San Miguel, 77, whom he discovered was dead with a knife in his chest... Rodriguez testified Wednesday that he was forced to consume a letter-size sheet of LSD earlier on the evening San Miguel died and was having hallucinations by the time he got to his house, where his mother's lover was sleeping... When he opened the refrigerator, he noticed the bologna and cheese were dancing around. Then he opened the freezer door. 'I saw a green man when I moved the ice cream,' Rodriguez testified, nodding affirmatively and looking sternly at the jury. 'He looked cute. I wanted him. He had hands and feet and looked like a little man. He jumped out and said, "Catch me if you can ... !" So I tried to catch him.'"

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Swede killing rodents for art
Sydney Morning Herald | Submitted by: wingnut
"A Swedish-based artist who habitually kills animals for use in her work had no intention of giving up the practice, her gallery said yesterday after protests from animal rights defenders. Ukraine-born Nathalia Edenmont was reported to public prosecutors yesterday by the Swedish Veterinary Association for failing to have a veterinarian present when killing the animals she photographs... The photograph that has provoked the strongest reactions portrays a hand with the head of a dead mouse stuck on each finger. [Gallery owner Bjoern Wetterling] said the work was meant to symbolise the five stars of the former Soviet Union, which he said was responsible for the murder of Edenmont's mother when the artist was only 14... 'I have tried to get her to try to work with larger animals, like dogs.'"

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Lamest murder theory ever
Durham Herald-Sun | Submitted by: Lathi
"Two friends of novelist Michael Peterson are pushing the Durham district attorney to reopen the case of the convicted killer because of information they say points to another culprit. Larry Pollard and Nick Galifianakis contend an owl killed Peterson's wife in December 2001... Pollard listed 11 'points of evidence' that he said support the theory of an 'owl strike.' He noted the number, shape and location of the gashes to Kathleen Peterson's head... Galifianakis and Pollard have recently discussed exhuming the body of Kathleen Peterson to test her scalp for owl DNA, though Galifianakis acknowledges that her family and most judges probably wouldn't agree to the process."

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12-year-old arrested for talking shit
WGAL-TV 8 Lancaster | Submitted by: PowerMacG4
"A 12-year-old boy is being evaluated after allegedly threatening to go on a killing spree at school Tuesday... The posting by Freddy Fan reads: 'I really am. I'm going to kill my teacher tommorrow and a lot of other people in my school. I'll probably kill a lot of people.' The original posting had a number of responses to it. Freddy Fan responded to them, saying, 'Guys I am not kidding around. I am serious. If they blame it on the horror movies I'll tell them that horror had nothing to do with this. I won't be in deep shit because I'll be killing everybody who stands in my way. If I get killed then I'll be happy with that.' When another user suggested contacting the authorities, Freddy Fan wrote that he would kill the local authorities."

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Kids grudgingly returned to stupid parents
London Telegraph | Submitted by: lemmiwinks
"A German couple branded 'too stupid' to bring up their toddler daughters have finally been reunited with their children in time for Christmas - almost seven years after social services first took them away... The family's misfortunes began in 1993 when a doctor conducting a routine check-up became concerned that the two girls' speech seemed retarded and recommended special education... a social work report concluded: 'It is difficult to imagine that the parents are capable of providing their children with healthy development because of their own deficiencies.'"

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Officials secretly tagged with RFIDs during summit
Washington Times | Submitted by: buffaloBill
"Officials who attended a world Internet and technology summit in Switzerland last week were unknowingly bugged, said researchers who attended the forum. Badges assigned to attendees of the World Summit on the Information Society were affixed with radio-frequency identification chips (RFIDs)... The badges were handed out to more than 50 prime ministers, presidents and other high-level officials from 174 countries, including the United States... Researchers questioned summit officials about the use of the chips and how long information would be stored but were not given answers."

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James Baker an odd choice for Iraq debt restructuring
Z Magazine | Submitted by: digz
"It's an early Christmas for James Baker III. All year the elves at his law firm, Baker Botts of Texas, have been working day and night to prevent the families of the victims of the September 11 attack from seeking information from Saudi Arabia on the Kingdom's funding of Al Qaeda fronts. It's tough work, but this week came the payoff when President Bush appointed Baker, the firm's senior partner, to restructure the debts of the nation of Iraq. And who will net the big bucks under Jim Baker's plan? Answer: his client, Saudi Arabia, which claims $30.7 billion due from Iraq plus $12 billion in reparations from the first Gulf War."

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Halliburton takes name off corporate headquarters
Antiwar | Submitted by: prettynwitty
"A KBR sign adorns the Halliburton corporate headquarters near downtown Houston, December 12, 2003. The company has removed the Halliburton name from the building and renamed it KBR (Kellogg, Brown and Root) amid controversy that surrounds the company's White House links and overbilling the government for military contracts in Iraq."

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Schwarzenegger hometown to build 80ft Terminator statue
London Telegraph | Submitted by: wingnut
"A plan to build an 80ft statue of Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator guise in his home town has been revived despite the actor regarding it as a waste of money. Councillors in Graz, Austria, first proposed putting up the statue in a park last year but shelved the plan after Schwarzenegger asked for the 3.5 million earmarked for it to be donated to a children's charity instead. Opponents also felt that the steel statue of the futuristic cyborg killer would be out of keeping with the medieval centre, dwarfing existing statues of Mozart and Emperor Franz Joseph... Despite the likely appeal of a Terminator statue, detractors have argued that it would destroy the charm of Graz." [Ya think?]

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