Couple Sued For Refusing To Remove Swing Set

A Homeowner’s Association (HOA) in Texas wasn’t playing when it told Bill Fry to remove the swing set and slide from his yard. Fry, an Army National Guard captain who recently returned from Afghanistan after serving a year overseas, claims the HOA is just trying to flex its muscles.

Before his departure to Afghanistan, Bill and Candi Fry decided to build a swing set as a way to help the kids cope. They claim they received verbal permission. “His response was, ‘Go ahead and build it. I’m chair of the architectural committee, and it should not be a problem,'” Candi Fry recalled.

But after neighbors complained, the HOA swung into action.

The HOA filed a lawsuit against the Fry family for failing to comply with neighborhood standards. “They’re in the wrong only because they declined to make the proper application and submit the drawings,” HOA chairman Harold Lemmon told KLTV.

The Frys claim that, although they were warned they might have to remove the swing set if neighbors complained, they were never told to submit drawings or documentation. Following the neighbors’ complaints and the HOA’s demand, the Frys submitted documentation. The HOA found the drawings unsatisfactory.

“I’m not immune to the emotions of this,” Lemmon said. “[But] if you break the rules, you broke the rules. You can’t break the rules for your own personal reasons.”

Evan McKenzie, political science professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and author of the book Privatopia: Homeowner Associations and the Rise of Residential Private Government, commented: “The moral of the story on this is, the owners really have to know what’s in their (homeowners association) declaration. You cannot act like the rules and regulations are to be taken lightly. You have to read them, you have to understand them. If you don’t like it, then you don’t want to live in this type of housing.”

One In Seven Believe World Will End Soon

If you are reading this in a room of six other people, one of you thinks the world is about to end. At least that’s what a Reuters poll suggests. Ipsos Global Public Affairs conducted a poll for the news outlet and found that one in seven people believe the end of the world is just around the corner.

“Whether they think it will come to an end through the hands of God, or a natural disaster or a political event, whatever the reason, one in seven thinks the end of the world is coming,” said Keren Gottfried, research manager at Ipsos Global Public Affairs.

U.S. and Turkey citizens rank among the most melancholy (or optimistic depending on how you look at it). In each country, 22 percent of citizens think the world will end in their lifetime.

According to the poll, people with lower incomes and people under 35 are more likely to think the world’s demise will happen while they are alive.

Researchers think that a Mayan prophecy which predicts the world will end in 2012 may be behind the trend.

Secret Service Has History Of Bad Behavior

In the aftermath of the Cartegena prostitution scandal, old news is making new headlines.

Ronald Kessler, author of In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes With Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect, points out that when Vice President Joe Biden tossed the first pitch at the April 6, 2009, Baltimore Orioles’ game, more than 40,000 fans were not screened, and Biden was not wearing a bulletproof vest.

He also notes that attendees are not screened at one out of every five major Presidential events.

Furthermore, he says that agents have failed firearm and fitness tests, but are allowed to write their own scores. According to Kessler, one of the President’s agents is so unconditioned that she cannot open the heavy limousine doors.

In 2002, reports reveal that agents met a 20-year-old female at a bar and invited her back to their hotel hot tub. The boyfriend of the girl, Zachary Elson, got into a confrontation with agent Kelly Ward. At some point during the argument, part of Elson’s ear was bitten off. No charges were filed at that time.

Also in 2002, there was a sexual assault case during the Winter Olympics in Provo, Utah. According to reports, three agents took three female college students to IHOP. Afterward, they went back to the agents’ hotel room. Two days later, the women came back to the hotel room and consumed massive amounts of alcohol. Allegedly, sexual assaults ensued.

According to reports, it seems that at least two, and perhaps all three, of the women may have been sexually assaulted.

Daniel “Todd” Cranor is the only agent to be identified in the case. He admits to having sex with one of the women, but he believed that it was consensual. Reportedly, Cranor gave one of the inebriated women a bath. When the other two tried to stop him, he said that his “Secret Service training taught him how to deal with these kinds of situations.”

Cranor was charged with disorderly conduct and sentenced to 30 hours of community service.

Diver Claims He Has Located Bin Laden’s Body

Bill Warren, the Californian treasure hunter who last year promised to find the body of notorious terrorist Osama bin Laden, told the Spanish newspaper El Mundo that he has found the location where the body was lowered.

Bin Laden was buried at sea, and photos were not released in order to prevent a terrorist backlash. The U.S. government tried to provide bin Laden with a burial in accordance with Islamic law.

Warren said he has determined the whereabouts of the corpse alleged to be bin Laden’s from satellite imagery, and he is the only one who knows the coordinates of the body. Warren claims the body is 200 miles west of Surat, India.

Warren is now trying to finance the deep-water diving expedition. His tentative plan is to start on June 1. He believes he may be able to find the body within a week.

Warren doubts President Barack Obama’s claim that bin Laden was killed, and he fears the Obama regime may attempt to kill him in order to stop his efforts.

App Reports TSA Agents

Want to report a pesky TSA agent? There’s an app for that.

On Monday, an app became available for the iPhone and Android that can be used to send a complaint to the Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration.

The app was created by a Sikh advocacy group in response to complaints from Sikhs traveling in the United States. After the 9/11 attacks, some Sikhs have been forced to remove their turbans.

The app enables travelers to file a complaint with information such as name, phone number, email address, race, religion or gender. The app also allows fliers to post the complaint on social media sites.

“My hope is that this app will exponentially increase the number of complaints filed with the TSA, flood the system so they get that this is a problem. For too long the Transportation Security Administration has been able to tell Congress this is not an issue, nobody’s complaining,” said Sikh Coalition program director Amardeep Singh.

To find out more information about the free app, click here.

Citizens Could Face Fine For Cursing

The police chief in Middleborough, Mass., is proposing a $20 fine for every curse word that comes out of a citizen’s mouth when in public.

“We have a lot more important things to do, but these are things that are quality of life issues, community policing issues that a lot of people don’t want to see downtown,” said Police Chief Bruce Gates.

Some of the people in Middleborough are tired of the downtown streets being polluted by potty mouths.

“It’s intimidating to my customers, to the people who are out here downtown, and I think it’s a good thing that they’re doing something to try to curb it,” said business owner Paulette Lilla.

Gates will argue his case before a town meeting in June.

Obama Laughs At The Nation’s Situation

In the midst of a failing economy, collapsed housing market and government scandals, President Barack Obama found time to joke about the state of the Nation at the 98th annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

Obama, who has recently told voters about his own economic struggles, took a shot at Mitt Romney: “It’s great to be here in this vast, magnificent Hilton ballroom — or what Mitt Romney would call ‘a little fixer-upper.’”

He also joked about the government’s shameful behavior in Cartegena: “Four years ago, I was locked in a brutal primary battle with Hillary Clinton. Four years later, she won’t stop drunk texting me from Cartegena.”

He added: “I had a lot more material prepared, but I have to get the Secret Service home in time for their new curfew.”

Furthermore, the President laughed off wasteful spending: “Look at this party. We have men in tuxes, women in gowns, fine wine, first-class entertainment. I was relieved to hear it was not a GSA conference.”

Obama poked fun at news giant Huffington Post: “I’d be remiss if I didn’t congratulate The Huffington Post on their Pulitzer Prize. You deserved it, Arianna. There’s no one else out there linking to the kinds of hard-hitting journalism that Huff Po is linking to every single day.”

And he referenced the death of Osama bin Laden, or at least that’s what the audience was thinking: “Last year… on this very weekend, we finally delivered justice to one of the world’s most notorious individuals.” Then, a photo of Donald Trump appeared.

In what was perhaps the most amiss joke of the evening, the President referenced his affinity for eating dog and his overseas upbringing: “What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? A pit bull is delicious. My stepfather always told me it’s a boy-eat-dog world out there.”

Obama concluding by confirming what many have speculated all along: “Let me just say something to all my conspiracy oriented friends on the right who think I’m planning to unleash some secret agenda: You’re absolutely right.”

Romney Camp Says Campaign Is Not About Coolness

Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has no intention of appearing on late night TV, cracking jokes or singing.

Whereas President Barack Obama is taking advantage of every opportunity to present himself as the cool candidate, Romney’s campaign said the former Governor will not be involved in the celebrity scene.

“This election is not going to be about who’s cooler,” Romney senior adviser Peter Flaherty said at a Washington Post Live Newsmaker Forum. “The question is going to be, who do you trust to run the economy?”

Another Romney adviser, Eric Fehrnstrom, said Obama’s attempts to appeal to younger voters have been inappropriate and show a lack of seriousness.

Fehrnstrom has assured voters that Romney will not be slow jamming the news with Jimmy Fallon or appearing on “Saturday Night Live.”

Despite Romney’s lack of celebrity status, Romney’s campaign is certain that the American people will love Mitt and Ann Romney as the campaign nears November.

Town Boycotts Gas Stations, Prices Drop

Gas prices in New Lenox, Ill., were higher than those in surrounding communities, so the town’s residents did something about it.

Mayor Tim Baldermann had been receiving complaints about high costs at the pump. After comparing the prices in New Lenox with the prices in neighboring towns, he determined that his city had gas prices that were 10 to 20 cents higher than most areas of northern Illinois.

Baldermann encouraged the residents of New Lenox to drive somewhere else to fill up. Within 48 hours, gas prices dropped.

Six out of the seven gas stations in New Lenox are owned by large corporations.

Michelle Obama Shares Her Secret Service Fantasy

Michelle Obama took questions from children on the 20-year anniversary of the White House’s “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work” day.

The first lady has no plans of occupying the Oval Office. When asked, “Will you ever run for president?” Obama responded: “Absolutely not.”

She also revealed her “fantasy.”

When another tyke asked Obama what she would change about “the first lady job,” she said:

It’s hard to sneak around and do what you want. … If I could change something, I’d be able to sneak around a little more. …I have done it a couple of times. But you know one fantasy I have, and the Secret Service they keep looking at me because they think I might actually do it, is to walk right out the front door and just keep walking.