Odd Stories and Photos


Elf Arrested After Threatening to Blow Up Santa


MORROW, Ga. — A man dressed as an elf is jailed after police in Georgia say he told a mall Santa that he was carrying dynamite.

Police say Southlake Mall in suburban Atlanta was evacuated but no explosives were found.
Morrow police arrested 45-year-old William C. Caldwell III, who was being held without bond Thursday in the Clayton County jail.

He was not part of the mall’s Christmas staff.
Police say Caldwell got in line Wednesday evening to have his picture taken with Santa Claus.
Police say when Caldwell reached the front of the line, he told Santa he had dynamite in his bag. Santa called mall security and Caldwell was arrested.

Caldwell faces several charges, including having hoax devices and making terrorist threats.


Santa Photos Gone Very Wrong


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Look familiar at all??  HAH!!


And Finally…

Is Denver ready for a close encounter?


Forget sky-high unemployment and those two wars overseas. Jeff Peckman has more earthly concerns:
For one thing, if extraterrestrials were to descend on Denver, what’s the best way to welcome them?
Thanks to Peckman’s tireless efforts and taste for the limelight, Denver voters will be asked in 2010 to boldly approve what no electorate has approved before: an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission.
This week, Denver officials announced that Peckman had gathered about 4,000 valid signatures needed to place the issue before the 350,000 registered voters of the Colorado state capital.
If approved, the city panel would promote "harmonious, peaceful, mutually respectful and beneficial coexistence" between earthlings and extraterrestrials, in part by developing protocols for "diplomatic contact."

Its seven members would include an expert in taking testimony from people who’ve survived "direct personal close encounters" with aliens.
And in what certainly is good news for residents of Colorado Springs or Boulder who might feel left out, the initiative says: "Members who are not Denver residents may participate from anywhere in the universe."
When Peckman first launched the commission proposal last spring, it prompted some civic sniggering, even as he hit the talk shows, including David Letterman, to promote the idea.
"Ballot plan wants E.T. to dial 303," wrote the Denver Post. But now it’s on the ballot, embarrassing just about everyone — except Peckman.

"What would a commission demand of us as a city? Do they want to go to a conference on Mars?" deadpanned Councilman Charlie Brown. "We’ll pay for a one-way trip."
That Peckman needed only 3,974 valid signatures to get the measure on the ballot is a sign, Brown said, that the bar for initiative petitions is far too low in Denver.
"If someone was looking to locate a business here, they’d think, ‘What kind of city is this?’ " Brown said Wednesday. (What indeed? Peckman submitted 10,274 signatures.)
Colorado, Brown said, hardly needed another "E.T."-inspired effort so soon after a Fort Collins family turned one of its sons — with the aid of a silver floating saucer — into "Balloon Boy."
"It’s like saying you’re going to have a ballot initiative about the existence of Bigfoot," said Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine.

Peckman, 55, is undaunted. He’s used to setbacks. He had grown discouraged in recent months with President Obama, whom he hoped would release information revealing what the government knows about extraterrestrial beings.
So Peckman dreamed up a donation-funded commission to act as both an investigative body and an information clearinghouse — a panel that would also display Denver’s ability to "think big."
This is his second close encounter with politics. A 2003 ballot initiative he promoted would have required Denver to adopt stress-reduction techniques, such as mass meditation sessions. It was soundly rejected by voters.

The self-described entrepreneur, who expects to run the latest campaign on a shoestring budget, said he had only spotted a UFO once: the day Michael Jackson died.
Peckman was standing downtown, chatting on a cellphone, when a green ball of light flashed by.
"It didn’t fizzle out like a meteorite. I just stood there awe-struck," he said. "The next morning, I read someone had seen a green ball of light over Neverland."
His vision of Denver’s alien visitors: benevolent and highly intelligent beings. No word on whether they might be Broncos fans.
Peckman’s electoral quest has already gone farther than a similar proposal years ago in Missouri. Bruce Widaman, then a spokesman for the state chapter of Mutual UFO Network, or MUFON, fell short in trying to brand 2000 as the Year of UFO Awareness and press Congress to convene hearings on unidentified flying objects.

"This is not an April Fools’ joke," said an editorial in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Though Colorado is less of a UFO enthusiast hub than New Mexico (home to Roswell) or Nevada (home to Area 51), it’s not inconceivable that the measure could pass. The Denver electorate has little appetite for oddball initiatives, but primaries are typically low-turnout affairs.
Still, some UFO groups, rather than cheering Peckman, wish the campaign would disappear into a black hole.

The proposed commission would duplicate existing programs and undermine attempts to be regarded as more than a punch line, said Mark Easter, a spokesman for MUFON, which is based in Fort Collins.
"God, this is really desperate to put something on the ballot," said Julie Shuster, executive director of the International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell.
Peckman pooh-poohed the criticism, saying the UFO groups don’t get into the realm of extraterrestrial civilization. It’s also safe to assume that, in some way, he believes the force is with him.


We had 2” of rain yesterday with two more bigger storms coming!  About time we got some.  They will be heading East.  So far, so good for the people in the burn areas.  It’s also really cold for So Cal.  Had frost last night and my plants did NOT like it!  They are not used to this and the dogs refuse to go outdoors.  It’s 48F here now and 34F tonight.  Don’t laugh!!  That’s cold for here!  lol

Oh!!  Our niece had her first baby today!!  His name is Owen and he weighed 9lbs, 8oz.  A Bigun!!  I’ll have pics soon.  And if Buzz cuts one more stinky fart, he’s going outside!!  EWWWWW!!!

Stay warm and dry!!

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6 Responses to Odd Stories and Photos

  1. Joe says:

    I guess you have to laugh at the looney or you haven’t got a tuney…or something like that LOL! Can you imagine an evil elf trying to gift santa with some TNT? What next? No, don’t answer that, I know: Christmas Speedos! We’re below zero here so no speedos even indoors! Seriously Bob, it’s a regular Christmas freezer over here! Bless you and thanks for the smiles!

  2. john says:

    Well now when I go to visit the relatives in the big city I now a comission to help me with my diplomatic familiar relations. Way to go Peckman….now where is Wayward Bill, in a cloud of blue/green smoke.cold….hahj. high 2 degrees, low -12 degrees…. dogs go outside… Elfen dynamiter, his own little jihad.

  3. GreatGranny says:

    The napping Santa with the napping baby is my fave. So glad you’re finally getting rain…we’re getting flood watches.

  4. Grandma's says:

    Payback time for Buzz….LOL Congratulations to you and Becky on the birth of your grandnephew.Love the Santa pics….I’ve got a few like that in my photo album too. Seems to be a certain age where toddlers suddenly become fearful of that big, white, hairy guy in the red suit. Some of the Santas I’ve been seeing in the malls are pretty scary looking.Enjoy your rain…at least you don’t have to shovel it. We haven’t had snow yet…just bitter cold. Our snow is coming, likely on the Saturday…the day we are supposed to have a furniture delivery.

  5. Greg says:

    Good Friday…Yes…It has been a cold week for many of us in North America. What do you think can we start promoting $$$Global Snowing$$$Rat Zapper…I like it!!!I have to say that 45-year-old elf William C. Caldwell III has a scarier look in his eyes then Santa.You be well out there and the Lakers are still the team to beat…GregNew babies in the family keep us young at heart.

  6. Babblelot says:

    I guess Santa doesn’t have it easy eh?Hope the mud slides are not near you!Buzz can sure clear ah room eh?

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