that he didn’t get the 25 years for being a boy band creator.
Boy-band mogul Lou Pearlman sentenced to 25 years in federal prison (Orlando Sentinel)
“. . . Boy-band mogul Lou Pearlman was sentenced this morning to 25 years in federal prison for running a lengthy, systematic con that artificially inflated his net worth and cheated people out of $300 million . . . Pearlman, 53, was once the toast of Orlando. His financial empire once included popular musical acts the Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync; an airplane-charter business; and Church Street Station, an iconic piece of real estate in Orlando’s downtown.”
“On June 14, federal investigators tracked Pearlman down in the lush resort town of Bali, Indonesia, registered at a hotel under the name A. Incognito Johnson.”
Maybe he can form a new boy band in prison. He could start here.
‘Outrageous fortune’ certainly applies here:
A woman from the Thumb died after a large stingray leaped from the water off the Florida Keys on Thursday and struck her in the head while she was on a fishing boat with her family, officials said.
It’s akin to seeing Samuel L. Jackson disappear in a flash of shark flesh , except the shark was trying to commit aquatic murder. The stingray was just doing what stingrays do and happened to hit a human in mid-flight before dropping as dead as the human did.
I’m not even going to make a comparison to Steve Irwin.
Interestingly enough, while googling this little bit of oceanic Warner Brothers cartoon tragedy, I did find another bout of fatal involvement with stingrays of another sort here . . . .
because that’s really my only day off and I get to catch up with the latest examples of what I already know – this nation has allowed itself to become a ship of fools.
And for today’s laundry list:
- Retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo “I didn’t know what was going on at Abu Ghraib despite it being under my command” Sanchez says the war in Iraq is a “nightmare with no end in sight.” (myway via Drudge)
- A Florida jury decided that guards beating and administering their own form of medical revival treatment to a juvenile boot camp inmate was not a crime, even though “[a]n initial autopsy by Dr. Charles Siebert, the medical examiner for Bay County, found Anderson died of natural causes from sickle cell trait [and a] second autopsy was ordered and another doctor concluded that the guards suffocated Anderson through their repeated use of ammonia capsules and by covering his mouth.” (myway via Drudge)
- And nostalgia for the era of Allen Pinkerton and Baldwin & Felts is going strong this year, if Newsweek’s article on the topic is any indication. (Newsweek, via Crooks and Liars)
The bad part is, it’s all nothing really new.