Blog Notes: Early Day

August 23, 2007

I didn’t expect Two Days Of Heather (like Three Days Of The Condor?). I had other things I was going to blog about but they got swept aside.

Today I’m vacating the PC and going out to do some Real Life Stuff and, dear God!, to read.

I can finally emerge from Hovel HQ because it’s stopped raining and it’s no longing damp and chilly. I can feel Winter lurking out there, ready to pounce on me. Where the hell is that Global Warming I was promised?! Downgraded to Climate Change. Everything turns out to be disappointing!

I’ll start to catch up on things tomorrow.

Maybe.


Reading: August 23 2007

August 23, 2007

Now Reading:
Spider Kiss by Harlan Ellison
– after decades and decades of not having read it!

Recently Read:
Red Bride by Christopher Fowler
– Fowler’s usual greatness. I wasn’t keen on the supernatural element he warned me about. Had he been able to persuade his publisher to drop it, it would have been a novel about how a person can get trapped in the grip of a bad idea. That would have been scary enough!

Still reading:
About Time (short stories) by Jack Finney
(a re-read or 2nd re-read…)


Heather: Today’s Wrap-Up

August 23, 2007

According to published reports:

Heather Johnston has to wear an ankle monitor, undergo regular drug testing, and still has to live under a curfew.

She has been working a six-day-a-week job at a telemarketer for a vacuum cleaner sales company. She earns $200/week plus commissions.

The prosecution:

Assistant District Attorney Jason Samuels recommended a sentence of three years in prison and seven years’ probation. He also recommended that she pay $9,964 in restitution to Bank of America and that she testify against her co-defendants. Police recovered $1,002 from Johnston when she was arrested, Samuels said. He also recommended that she serve 12 months on the marijuana charge.

Four people were involved and she has to account for all monetary restitution? All I will say right now is that must be an error. The prosecution should also keep in mind that Heather entered a plea of guilty. The other three are still stonewalling under pleas of not guilty.

Don’t let them rattle you, Heather. Things will work out.

Previously in this blog:
Heather: Google Trends Peak
Heather: WSB-TV Video
Heather: 11Alive Video
Heather: ABC News Video
Heather: WCSH6-TV Video Report & Transcript
Heather: Day Two
Heather: She’s Made Google Trends
Heather: Tears Outside Courtroom
Heather: She’s More Popular Than The iPhone!
Heather: Photos From Court Guilty Plea
Heather: She Pleads Guilty!
Barbie Bandits category
Heather Johnston category


Heather: Google Trends Peak

August 23, 2007

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I wonder about the value of Google Trends. In fact, of Google itself. Again I had to turn to Yahoo for my digging today. Google was just about worthless.

Previously in this blog:
Heather: WSB-TV Video
Heather: 11Alive Video
Heather: ABC News Video
Heather: WCSH6-TV Video Report & Transcript
Heather: Day Two
Heather: She’s Made Google Trends
Heather: Tears Outside Courtroom
Heather: She’s More Popular Than The iPhone!
Heather: Photos From Court Guilty Plea
Heather: She Pleads Guilty!
Barbie Bandits category
Heather Johnston category


Heather: WSB-TV Video

August 23, 2007

Guilty Plea in Barbie Bandit Case
Mark Winne reports.

Screensnaps:

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News article: Barbie Bandit Pleads Guilty In Bank Heist

Previously in this blog:
Heather: 11Alive Video
Heather: ABC News Video
Heather: WCSH6-TV Video Report & Transcript
Heather: Day Two
Heather: She’s Made Google Trends
Heather: Tears Outside Courtroom
Heather: She’s More Popular Than The iPhone!
Heather: Photos From Court Guilty Plea
Heather: She Pleads Guilty!
Barbie Bandits category
Heather Johnston category


Heather: 11Alive Video

August 23, 2007

Barbie Bandit Begs Not To Be Jailed
One of the so-called Barbie Bandits said she’s guilty, but doesn’t think prison time should be part of her punishment.
Jennifer Leslie Reports

Screensnaps:

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“It’s not funny what I did at all. If I could take it back, go back to that day and start over, I would definitely never do that again.”

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“It’s not what you see on TV, that’s not her. It was the drugs.”

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“It’s not the person I want to be any more.”

News article: Barbie Bandit Begs Not To Be Jailed

Previously in this blog:
Heather: ABC News Video
Heather: WCSH6-TV Video Report & Transcript
Heather: Day Two
Heather: She’s Made Google Trends
Heather: Tears Outside Courtroom
Heather: She’s More Popular Than The iPhone!
Heather: Photos From Court Guilty Plea
Heather: She Pleads Guilty!
Barbie Bandits category
Heather Johnston category


Heather: ABC News Video

August 23, 2007

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Barbie Bandit Pleads Guilty
Heather Johnston apologized in tears in a dramatic courtroom appearance.

Screensnaps:

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The laugh the prosecution takes exception to. Hey, she was laughing about her sunglasses, not the act!

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Previously in this blog:
Heather: WCSH6-TV Video Report & Transcript
Heather: Day Two
Heather: She’s Made Google Trends
Heather: Tears Outside Courtroom
Heather: She’s More Popular Than The iPhone!
Heather: Photos From Court Guilty Plea
Heather: She Pleads Guilty!
Barbie Bandits category
Heather Johnston category


Heather: WCSH6-TV Video Report & Transcript

August 23, 2007

Tearful “Barbie Bandit” Pleads Guilty

Update/Correction: The source of the video is WSB-TV. I was also able to fill in a transcript gap.

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The link to the video is the boxed text.

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Questioner (unlear if this is her lawyer or the prosecutor): If you had stayed where you were, going down the path you were, where do you think you would be?

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Heather: Well, uh, probably dead or, ah, just not good off. Um, I do regret what I did and I wish I could take it back, every day. But I can’t. [inaudible] I don’t have a time machine. So I can’t take it back. But it has turned my life around, in so many ways. I have my family back.

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Lawyer Clay Thompson: Right now, she plead to Theft By Taking.

Reporter: Plead guilty?

Thompson: Plead guilty to Theft By Taking.

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Reporter (v.o.): Her lawyer Clay Thompson says Heather Johnston will stay on bond and on an ankle monitor, pending sentencing. But that’s far better than where she was before she took part in the so-called Barbie Bandit bank theft in February. She says her arrest was a wake-up call from a life that had gone awry.

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Judge Staley: The sensible thing to do is to let those other cases resolve, then we’ll come back, I’ll take your arguments and then I’ll make a decision about what the punishment’s going to be, because obviously, you have behaved in a criminal manner.

Previously in this blog:
Heather: Day Two
Heather: She’s Made Google Trends
Heather: Tears Outside Courtroom
Heather: She’s More Popular Than The iPhone!
Heather: Photos From Court Guilty Plea
Heather: She Pleads Guilty!
Barbie Bandits category
Heather Johnston category


Heather: Day Two

August 23, 2007

She is still the hottest topic here.

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Yeah — good luck finding those nude pics, you perv. Even if they existed, they’d never wind up here.

Yesterday’s final search term ranking:

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Previously in this blog:
Heather: She’s Made Google Trends
Heather: Tears Outside Courtroom
Heather: She’s More Popular Than The iPhone!
Heather: Photos From Court Guilty Plea
Heather: She Pleads Guilty!
Barbie Bandits category
Heather Johnston category


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