Thursday, March 5, 2009

Isn’t This Considered Cruel and Unusual Punishment?

Does anyone have a copy of the Geneva Convention handy?

Maybe they should mix in some Neil Diamond, Air Supply and Olivia Newton-John too. Or better yet, how about the singers that got kicked off of Idol last night.

Mall wants Manilow music to drive out unruly teens
March 3, 2009 - 7:13am

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - It'll be Barry Manilow versus the mall rats. The New Zealand city of Christchurch hopes that putting the American crooner's smooth and gentle tones into the mix of music to be broadcast through the central mall district can pacify unruly teens who congregate there_ or at least convince them to go elsewhere.

"The intention is to change the environment in a positive way ... so nobody feels threatened or intimidated," Central City Business Association manager Paul Lonsdale told The Associated Press. "I did not say Barry Manilow is a weapon of mass destruction."

A group of several dozen young people regularly spread rubbish, spray graffiti, get intoxicated, use drugs, swear and intimidate patrons at the outdoor mall, he said.

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