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August 7, 2003
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Vatican's official sex abuse policy: shut the fuck up
CBS News | Submitted by: j trotter
"For decades, priests in this country abused children in parish after parish while their superiors covered it all up. Now it turns out the orders for this cover up were written in Rome at the highest levels of the Vatican. ... The confidential Vatican document, obtained by CBS News, lays out a church policy that calls for absolute secrecy when it comes to sexual abuse by priests -- anyone who speaks out could be thrown out of the church. The policy was written in 1962 by Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani. ... Bishops are instructed to pursue these cases 'in the most secretive way...restrained by a perpetual silence...and everyone (including the alleged victim) ...is to observe the strictest secret, which is commonly regarded as a secret of the Holy Office...under the penalty of excommunication.'"

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Fugitive Fujimori plotting to retake Peru
Washington Times | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Alberto Fujimori peers into his laptop computer, quietly plotting a return to power half a world away, all but oblivious to being a wanted man who can't leave the confines of Japan for fear of arrest. ... Mr. Fujimori, who resigned in November 2000 amid a corruption scandal, hardly seems bothered that in Peru he is wanted on charges of murder, embezzlement and treason. ... A demand for Mr. Fujimori's arrest from international police authorities has been at the National Police Agency's headquarters since March. After examining a 700-page extradition request from Peru, Japan signaled last week that it would reject the request because Mr. Fujimori is now a Japanese citizen. Also, Peru has no extradition treaty with Japan."

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Necrophile-wannabe pursuing life's objectives
kval.com | Submitted by: Gary MiddleMan
"Court papers in Montana say a teen-ager had a list of 'resolutions' that included a desire to taste human flesh and shoot someone on a camping trip. That 16-year-old is accused of deliberately running down a jogger in May in hopes of having sex with her corpse. ... A police officer has testified that school officials and the teen's parents were alerted to Robbins' list, which he made last year as part of a class assignment. Among the goals listed was: 'Get a driver's license so I can do those horrible things people like to read about in the paper.'" [Tell us more about this class assignment.]

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Man delighted with life sentence
thestar.co.za | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Perhaps the abattoir worker thought it was funny, but the court interpreter felt disgusted and castigated Sebenzile Raymond Tshazi in isiZulu for laughing when the judge yesterday sentenced him to life for beheading a man and later trying to sell his head for muti. ... Despite being reprimanded, Tshazi kept grinning long after the Johannesburg High Court had read the sentence for the murder of Oupa Reuben Ncetheswa in May last year."

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Pedophile's sentencing hearing gets a little crazy
Tiscali World Online | Submitted by: Piet Piel
"Shortly after [Judge] Bosielo started his opening remarks, Meintjies opened the zip of his pants, took out a syringe and attempted to inject himself with a substance he had brought with him. ... His biggest outburst, however, came after Bosielo had already left the court: he angrily started throwing things around -- including a heavy legal book, which narrowly missed a frightened stenographer and saw advocates and journalists fleeing the courtroom. ... Meintjies, who was reported to have masturbated and thrown semen at people during a court appearance in the Regional Court, on two occasions appeared in the high court semi-naked and once had to be carried in and out of court by two policemen because he was so drugged that he could not stand up."

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Office of Special Plans backlash
Asia Times | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
The Pentagon is downplaying an editorial written by a former "senior Pentagon Middle East specialist, Air Force Lt Col Karen Kwiatkowski, who worked in the office of Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith until her retirement in April. 'What I saw was aberrant, pervasive and contrary to good order and discipline,' Kwiatkowski wrote. 'If one is seeking the answers to why peculiar bits of "intelligence" found sanctity in a presidential speech, or why the post-Saddam occupation has been distinguished by confusion and false steps, one need look no further than the process inside the Office of the Secretary of Defense [OSD].' Kwiatkowski went on to charge that the operations she witnessed during her tenure in Feith's office, and particularly those of an ad hoc group known as the Office of Special Plans (OSP), constituted 'a subversion of constitutional limits on executive power and a co-option through deceit of a large segment of the Congress.'"

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700 Raelians scheduled to begin hunger strike
Korea Herald | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"More than 700 Asian followers of the Raelian movement will launch a collective hunger strike in Seoul tomorrow, in protest of the Korean government's recent decision to deny entry to the leader of their religious sect devoted to human cloning, its Korea chapter said yesterday. 'We will fight with nonviolent measures until the government makes a fair decision to guarantee religious freedom and lift the entry ban for Vorilhon,' said a spokesman of its Korea chapter."

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Warlock-in-training sacrifices disabled nephew in India
CNN | Submitted by: Jim Jones
"When the villagers heard about the killing of an eleven-year-old boy, they were stunned by its gruesome nature and the bizarre twist. Police suspect the victim, Ravinder, was killed by his own uncle who they say practiced Indian black magic, or what is called tantra -- the chilling practice of child sacrifice. 'He was studying to be a black magician. We believe that's why he would have murdered the boy,' investigating officer Dharm Vir Sharma told CNN."

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Ashcroft gunning for federal judges
Washington Post | Submitted by: dianalily
"Attorney General John D. Ashcroft has ordered U.S. attorneys across the country to become much more aggressive in reporting to the Justice Department cases in which federal judges impose lighter sentences than called for in sentencing guidelines. ... In his memo to prosecutors, Ashcroft quoted approvingly from a May 5 speech by Rehnquist in which the chief justice said it was up to Congress to set sentencing policies. The memo did not quote another section of the same speech in which Rehnquist said that gathering information on sentencing practices could help Congress make decisions, but also 'could amount to an unwarranted and ill-considered effort to intimidate individual judges in the performance of their judicial duties.'"

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Another purpose discovered for the erect penis
BBC | Submitted by: Lydia
"Scientists believe the shape of the penis may have evolved to help men remove the semen of love rivals during sex. Tests led a team of US researchers, headed by Professor Gordon Gallup, to conclude that the penis acts as a 'semen displacement device' and its shape has evolved in part to displace another man's semen. ... Lead researcher Professor Gordon Gallup told BBC News Online: 'We theorize that as a consequence of competition for paternity, human males evolved uniquely configured penises that function to displace semen from the female vagina left by other males. Thus, the human penis may enable males to substitute their semen for the semen of their competitors.'" [Study question for Intelligent Design adherents: Did God design Adam's penis to mitigate the consequences of rape and promiscuity? Wasn't he originally intended to live in the idyllic paradise of Eden? And without a mate, for that matter?]

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Man sues healthcare providers over involuntary castration
statesman.com | Submitted by: UncleGum
"A mechanic is suing a clinic and two doctors, claiming that they removed his penis and testicles without consulting him after they mistakenly thought he had cancer. ... Ralls, who said he had a normal sex life with his wife before the 1999 amputation, said he remains angry with his doctors. 'I don't think they should have played God, myself,' Ralls said Wednesday. 'I'd love to have had a second opinion.'"

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Registered sex offender never convicted of any sex crime
ABC News | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"A federal appeals court has upheld a Minnesota law that requires a man to register as a sex offender even though he was not convicted of a sex crime. In Wednesday's ruling, Judge C. Arlen Beam wrote that the sex offender registration law and the Minnesota Supreme Court's interpretation of it 'turn reason and fairness on its head.' ... Brian Gunderson was charged in 1998 in with first-degree criminal sexual conduct after a woman he met in a bar accused him of rape, the ruling said. ... In a deal with prosecutors, Gunderson pleaded guilty to a new complaint charging him with third-degree assault. ... While in custody, he was told he would have to register as a sex offender under a state law that requires it whenever someone is convicted of a sex offense 'or another offense arising out of the same set of circumstances.'" [That's somewhat creepy.]

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Next governor of California: Gary Coleman?
CNN | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Gary Coleman, child star of the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, has placed his name among a host of other celebrities in the running for California governor. ... Coleman's campaign treasurer, Steve Buel, editor of the East Bay Express, told CNN that the actor's name 'resonates with the voters.' Buel said he had no trouble getting the necessary 65 petition signatures from Independent voters in Alameda County, which he gathered at a recent Oakland A's baseball game. ... 'I thought it was a joke. They thought it was a joke. And I thought, hey, why not,' Coleman, 35, told CNN. 'I'm probably the least qualified for the job, but I'll have some great people around me.'"

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US troops in Baghdad equipped with x-ray optics
CNN | Submitted by: SJP
"As an American soldier peered out of a passing tank, a young engineering student and a retired accountant contemplated one of the more common questions on the streets of Baghdad: Did the soldier's wraparound sunglasses give him X-ray vision? 'With those glasses, he can definitely see through women's clothes,' said the engineering student, Samer Hamid. 'It makes me angry. We are afraid to take our families out on the street.' ... 'I let a kid put on my sunglasses, and he was still convinced they had X-ray vision,' said Sgt. Stephen Roach, a soldier from Lufkin, Tex. 'He kept saying to me, "Turn it on, turn it on."'"

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9-11 pollution affecting birth weights
BBC | Submitted by: Tavist-D
"Pregnant women exposed to pollution after the World Trade Center attacks were twice as likely to give birth to smaller babies, according to new research. The study -- published in the Journal of the American Medical Association -- found some infants were up to half a pound smaller than children born to non-exposed women."

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Zombie dog showered with attention
CNN | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Cast into a city gas chamber to be euthanized with other unwanted or unclaimed dogs, it appeared the roughly year-old Basenji mix had simply run out of luck -- and time. ... When the death chamber's door swung open Monday, the dog now dubbed Quentin -- for California's forbidding San Quentin State Prison -- stood very much alive, his tail and tongue wagging. Animal-control supervisor Rosemary Ficken had never seen such a survivor, and she didn't have the nerve to slam the door shut again."

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Anti-pigeon patrol hawk attacks innocent chihuahua
New York Daily News | Submitted by: Mr. Ramon
"One of the raptors that are supposed to scare off pigeons and rodents in Bryant Park swooped down and attacked a Chihuahua yesterday afternoon -- goring the terrified canine. Now the bird of prey is grounded, and officials are thinking about scrapping the entire hawk program at the midtown park. ... Just a few weeks ago, a Bryant Park falconer scoffed when another woman walking a Chihuahua clutched the pet to her chest after passing one of the hawks. 'That's pretty ridiculous,' Arthur Middleton told a reporter for a Canadian newspaper. 'A dog like that could do so much more damage to a bird.'" [Kids: this is what we call a counterexample. That's your word for the day.]

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Racist tirade over placemat collection
New York Newsday | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"A Board of Elections receptionist has been disciplined for making racist and sexist comments about a black supervisor who had criticized his collection of patriotic place mats. ... Vedral, who is white and has worked at the board for 24 years, railed against Perkins after another supervisor, Joseph La Rocca, ordered the removal of a mat containing the pictures of American presidents from the reception area. 'Who is it, that nigger Pam who doesn't want it here?' Vedral shouted... 'She's lucky she's got a job at all and she's management! She couldn't even be a good hooker!'"

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Couple faces 50 years, $2.5 million fine for violent porn
Philadelphia Inquirer | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"A California couple and their company have been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly distributing obscene materials in what federal authorities said would be a series of prosecutions after nearly a decade of lax enforcement. Robert Zicari and Janet Romano, both of Northridge, and their company, Extreme Associates, were indicted for allegedly distributing three videos to the Pittsburgh area through the mail and over the Internet, U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan said Thursday. ... The charges carry a maximum penalty of 50 years in prison and a $2.5 million fine for Zicari and Romano and probation and a $5 million fine for the company."

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Priest arrested for solicitation
WKMG-TV 6 Orlando | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"A Roman Catholic priest was arrested during the weekend for soliciting a prostitute and masturbating in his car, according to Orange County sheriff's officials. The Rev. Thomas Vellappallil, 40, was charged Saturday with soliciting a prostitute and committing a lewd act for offering to pay an undercover police officer $20 for oral sex, according to a report from the Orange County Sheriff's Office."

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Meddlesome teen caught in bear trap
Canoe | Submitted by: egoman!!!
"A teen ended up spending three unbearable hours in a trap after his attempts to vandalize the device went awry. ... The boy and his friend, both of whom cannot be named because they are minors, were allegedly vandalizing the trap and signs warning people to stay away from the trap." [What an exquisite pun! "Unbearable" indeed!]

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Scratch 'n sniff manure samples very informative
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"The Ottawa County Planning Commission has created a new brochure designed to reduce nuisance complaints that new homeowners sometimes make against farmers. The pamphlet includes a scratch-and-sniff section that emits a genuine odor of manure. ... 'The whole purpose is that people should not move into a rural area unless they're willing to accept and embrace the practices that happen on a farming operation.' ... The pamphlet explains that state law generally protects farmers from complaints about their operations, especially when spraying pesticides, spreading manure, transporting products and driving slow machines on two-lane roads."

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Do not -- repeat not -- eat the lethal raccoon crap
Ottawa CBC | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"An infection found in the feces of the increasingly urbanized raccoon population poses a potentially deadly risk to small children, a researcher in Guelph has warned. Raccoon roundworm is spread in the feces of infected raccoons and has been blamed for the deaths of four people in the U.S., and the infections of dozens of others. Doug Campbell, a wildlife pathologist at the University of Guelph, said raccoons carrying the disease can excrete up to a million roundworm eggs a day in their feces."

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Man shot over crapping dog
The Indy Channel | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"A man was hospitalized in serious condition Tuesday after being shot by a man during an argument over a dog that defecated on a lawn, police said. ... Police said the two began arguing after Culver's dog, which was being walked by Culver's wife, relieved itself on a lawn in the 4100 block of West 33rd Street. During the argument, Travis pulled out a gun and shot Culver several times, police said."

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Indian firm markets vegetarian insulin
BBC | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"An Indian drug company has launched what it claims is Asia's first vegetarian insulin. The new insulin is derived from yeast, as opposed to pigs or cows, as most insulin in India is at present. ... Until now nearly 90% of the insulin available on the Indian market was derived from pigs or cows which are proscribed respectively in the Muslim and Hindu communities."

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Ion engine runs continuously for 5 years
spacedaily.com | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"The future is here for spacecraft propulsion and the trouble-free engine performance that every vehicle operator would like to see, achieved by an ion engine running for a record 30,352 hours at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. ... It had a design life of 8,000 hours, but researchers kept it running for almost 5 years -- from Oct. 5, 1998, to June 26, 2003 -- in a rare opportunity to fully observe its performance and wear at different power levels throughout the test."

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Woman has healthy attitude about facial deformity
BBC | Submitted by: someone
"I have a rare genetic disorder called Cherubism, which affects my face. I was diagnosed when I was about four years old. I was too young to remember what happened, but visiting hospitals became a regular part of my life. ... Now, whenever a person says I'm ugly, I just pity them for their lack of imagination. For every person who calls me fat chin, I think 'Nah! It's just that you've got a really small weak one. Talk about chin envy!'" With photo.

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