80-year-old US woman with decades-long criminal record gets 3 years in prison for burglary

Published: Thursday, February 25, 2010 | 1:17 PM ET


TORRANCE, Calif. – An 80-year-old woman with a criminal record stretching back to 1955 has been sentenced to three years in state prison for ransacking and stealing cash from a medical office.

Doris Thompson thanked a judge Wednesday for not sending her to Los Angeles County jail, which she doesn’t like, and said she deserved a longer sentence, the Daily Breeze newspaper reports. She also told the judge, “God bless you.”

State records show Thompson, who has used 27 aliases, has repeatedly been arrested during the past 55 years, mainly for theft. She’s gone to jail several times.

Thompson slipped into the medical office on Dec. 19 and stole money from drawers. She pleaded guilty to burglary and will be eligible for parole in about 18 months.

The Mystery of Economics

This showed up in my email a few days ago. Pretty fun and no doubt accurate.



It is a slow day in the small prairie town of Ulivhere , and streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody is living on credit.

A rich tourist visiting the area drives through town, stops at the motel, and lays a $100 bill on the desk saying he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs to pick one for the night.

As soon as he walks upstairs, the motel owner grabs the bill and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.

The butcher takes the $100 and runs down the street to retire his debt to the pig farmer.

The pig farmer takes the $100 and heads off to pay his bill to his supplier, the Farmer’s Co-op.

The guy at the Farmer’s Co-op takes the $100 and runs to pay his debt to the local prostitute, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer her “services” on credit.

The hooker rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill with the hotel owner.

The hotel proprietor then places the $100 back on the counter so the rich traveler will not suspect anything.

At that moment the traveler comes down the stairs, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, picks up the $100 bill and leaves town.

No one produced anything. No one earned anything… However, the whole town is now out of debt and now looks to the future with a lot more optimism.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how the government is conducting business today.

The Mysterious Marilyn Monroe

Both in life and death, the luminous Marilyn was an enigma. Blessed with brains – that she had to keep  carefully hidden – beauty – no hiding that – and talent; this fabulous woman suffered a short life of intrigue and indignities. . . just take a look at her ‘political leanings’ and the leading men in the movies, Robert Mitchum aside.

One of my favorite Marilyn quotes: “I’ve been on a calendar but I’ve never been on time.”

Mysteriously, or not, we’ll never really get enough of Marilyn, and her spirit never will really die. Now never before seen photos of her have recently come available. Interesting article.

Bank Robber Foiled

This is good. Hope the employee got a big, fat bonus!

Swiss police:  quick-thinking Zurich officials trap would-be robber at city treasury

Published: Monday, January 25, 2010 | 9:04 AM ET


ZURICH, Switzerland – Swiss police say a robber’s attempt to loot the Zurich city treasury was foiled by quick-thinking officials who simply locked him in the lobby area.

Zurich policy say a hooded man entered the main hall of the city’s treasury Monday demanding cash and threatening employees behind the counter with what appeared to be a firearm.

Unbeknownst to the man, the employees were separated from the main hall by panels of armoured glass.

Police say one of the employees hit a button to lock the only exit while the others went to a back office to call the police.

The would-be robber gave himself up without a struggle when police arrived to arrest him.

Crash Cow – not to be mistaken for a Cash Cow

A couple of years back there was a series of ‘cow incidents’ covered in the newpapers (is that still a real word, newspaper?).  Anyways, my favorite one was of a cow that fell from the sky (sort of) and through the windshield of a car driving down the road. (For details check the ‘news’ category on this blog).  It gives me great gratification to have finally found a picture of the event. That’s what this is!