Bad People, Bad Poets, One Great Job And Another Day At McDonald's
The woman who falsely accused Duke students with assault and rape is awarded a degree by North Carolina Central University, Summa Cum Looney
With three kids, a nasty drug habit and psychiatric and criminal histories longer than my arm, Crystal Mangum probably needs all the good fortune she can get. But until she owns up to her malicious lies, she deserves no special favors-least of all from a publicly funded university.
Crystal Mangum is not a victim, and her actions meant two other former members of the Class of 2008 (their names are Reade Seligmann and Collin Finnerty, for the record) didn't graduate last weekend. Mangum's lies stole a year of their college careers, and it makes me sick to think of her celebrating her achievement while they (along with millions of legitimate rape victims harmed by her dishonesty) struggle to piece their lives back together.
There's hope for all you failed poets and wannabe writers. There's real money in being a no-talent hack:
"Despite his ability to massacre poetic metaphor, his taste for banality, a weak vocabulary and his tortuous rhymes, his popularity has outlived many of his then-respected contemporaries," said Alex Dove, a specialist in books at Lyon & Turnbull, where the auction was held.
The auction reflects the unique brand of celebrity that has fallen upon Mr. McGonagall. Around the world, people have come to identify with the meter-challenged bard, if not for his poetry, then for the sheer lack of self-doubt with which he bore the world's insults and pursued his chosen vocation. The William Topaz McGonagall Appreciation Society boasts more than 200 members, some of them in the U.S., Canada and Denmark. His work has been translated into Russian, Japanese and Romanian...
In an autobiography, he said he was visited by a vision of a "hand holding a quill pen" and a voice that cried out to him "Write, Write, Write!" He dedicated the autobiography to himself, "knowing none greater." He titled his first book of verse "Poetic Gems."
Mr. McGonagall quickly became the butt of practical jokes, and was often invited to perform in a Dundee theater. During a performance of Macbeth in which he played the title role, he refused to be killed by MacDuff, as William Shakespeare intended. In Mr. McGonagall's mind, the actor playing MacDuff was merely jealous of the attention he was getting from an audience that had come to see a "Shakespearean treat" from him, he later recounted. Such was the riotous behavior of his audiences that Dundee authorities eventually banned Mr. McGonagall from public performances.
According to Pittman, who makes $136,576, he only has to show up 8 days a year in order to get paid.
Pittman says he has no hours that he has to be in the office. The Clerk says he doesn't have to come in and work for 43 days. However he says on the 44th day he better be at the office. That's because if he misses 44 days in a row the circuit judge can relieve him and replace him with somebody else...
But, like the infomercials say, wait there's more. Pittman is making an additional $74,908.08 a year from the $6,242.34 retirement payment he receives each month from the Florida Retirement System. That's right, Pittman retired in January 31, 2004, but then un-retired and went back to work a day later. He will collect the retirement money for life.
He also got a lump sum of $362,687.68 from the Florida Drop fund when he retired for a day.
Despite what some think, Pittman has found a loophole in the law and what he is doing is completely legal. Pittman has no problem with it and doesn't think taxpayers should either.
According to Pittman he thinks taxpayers get their money's worth of out of him...