Outrage Over ‘Affluenza’ Defense for Teen Drunk Driver Killer
The families of four people who were killed in a Texas car crash caused by a teenaged drunk driver are outraged that a judge sentenced 16-year-old Ethan Couch to 10 years probation with no prison time. That sentence came after a trial in which the defense had a psychologist testify that Couch shouldn’t receive the maximum 20-year prison sentence because he was afflicted by “affluenza.” The term “affluenza,” which isn’t a recognized condition or diagnosis, was popularized in the 1990s, and is used to describe a condition in which children from rich families are given too much, including too much freedom, and have a sense of entitlement, are irresponsible, make excuses for bad behavior and sometimes got involved in drugs and alcohol. In putting Couch on probation, the judge decided the programs available in the Texas juvenile justice system may not provide the intensive therapy he could get at a $450,000-a-year California rehab center — which his parents will pay for.
Changes For Instagram
Instagram users just got a new tool they can use to reach out to other users, it’s called Instagram Direct. At a press conference yesterday Instagram founder Kevin Systrom introduced the private photo-sharing and messaging feature. Users who follow each other are now able to send each other private chat-like messages which can includes photos or videos. Before this, users have only been bale to “like” or publicly comment on photos. To learn more, watch the video below. (TechCrunch)
Real Life Flying TARDIS
Three fans fo the Television show Doctor Who created a flying T.A.R.D.I.S. Ben Whiting, Rupert Brandon-King and Ben Bailey worked together on the project ahead of its maiden flight over the countryside in Hatherleigh, Devon. The flight lasted just a few minutes, however, when a battery shortage sent the Tardis crashing towards the ground. (Metro)
Comedian Drives With iPhone Cookie
A Los Angeles comedian baked iPhone cookies in order to fool cops into pulling him over. Randy Liedtke took his joke on the road on Wednesday (December 11th), but the joke took a turn for the worst when he was pulled over. Liedtke took a bite out of the cookie when the officer started to question him. An angry officer eventually took him in because of a warrant he had for unpaid parking tickets. (Daily Mail)
Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Says Santa is White and Jesus was Too
Fox News Channel host Megyn Kelly raised some eyebrows Wednesday night (December 11th) when she said on her show, The Kelly File, that Santa Claus is white and Jesus was too. Kelly was responding to a Slate article by Aisha Harris called, “Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore.” In it, Harris talks about her confusion as a child when her family had a black Santa at home, but she saw a white Santa everywhere else. Her humorous suggestion is that Santa shouldn’t be a white man, but should be a penguin instead. But Kelly focused on the headline, saying on the show, “When I saw this headline, I kinda laughed and I said, ‘Oh this is ridiculous. Yet another person claiming it’s racist to have a white Santa.’ And by the way, for all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white.” Later in the segment, Kelly went further in her argument to included Jesus, saying, “Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change. You know, I mean, Jesus was a white man too. He was a historical figure; that’s a verifiable fact — as is Santa, I want you kids watching to know that.” The real St. Nicholas lived in Turkey, but as many critics pointed out — Santa isn’t actually real! As for Jesus, the issue of his race has long been debated, but scholars generally agree he likely had a dark complexion, like what many modern Middle Eastern people look like, since that is where he lived 2,000 years ago.