31 Mayıs 2014 Cumartesi

Hasselhoff Sells 'Kitt' to a Turk

turkce links to original Turkish article

(Sabah Newspaper, 30 May 2014)

Kara Şimşek'i bir Türk'e sattım
Cool guy, cooler car

'Kitt', the smart, talking black sports car that could
fire guns, seen in the 1980's cult hit series "Knight
Rider" ('Kara Simsek'/'Black Lightning' in Turkey),
has been sold. The 1982 Pontiac Trans Am that the
famous actor David Hasselhoff used as "Michael
Knight" in the series has gone to a new owner for

Hasselhoff decided to sell some personal items at
auction for the Starlight Children's Fund in the U.S.
and 'Kitt' was one of them. Hasselhoff said that the
car was sold in April and he added that "I still can't
believe that "Knight Rider" positively affected so many
people. I sold 'Kitt' to someone in Turkey for $150K.

Hasselhoff did not name 'Kitt''s buyer. The "Knight
Rider" series, on the air from 1980 to 1986, was very
popular in Turkey and some firms here even used it
in their commercials. The show returned to TV in
2008 with its 90 episodes. 'Kitt' started a trend of
car modification throughout the world. The car's stop
lights are mounted on just about all types of automobiles
in Turkey. Various versions of the car have been used
in commercials.

30 Mayıs 2014 Cuma

Go Ahead and Jump, You Creep!

turkce links to original Turkish article

(Hurriyet Newspaper, 29 May 2014)

video see all the action here!

S.U. encouraging N.U. to take the plunge.

In Antalya, N.U. (40) was having family problems so
he threatened to commit suicide by jumping from an
overpass.  His wife S.U. (34) was brought to the scene
to dissuade N.U. but instead she became angry and
goaded him to jump. S.U. screamed at N.U. "jump, jump
you SOB. You do the same thing all the time. You've
messed up your son's psychology. When my son was
hungry where were you?!"

N.U. took exception to S.U.'s uncomplimentary remarks,
abandoned his suicide attempt and tried to attack his wife
who was surrounded by police. N.U. was subdued  and
taken into custody.

Antalya, where new methods in suicide
prevention are bing put to the test.

29 Mayıs 2014 Perşembe

Bankers Behaving Badly, in Austria

turkce links to original Turkish article

(Sabah Newspaper, 28 May 2014)

Öldürüp betonladılar
Heinz -57 body parts mixed with concrete, not catsup.

In Graz, Austria, two Turkish bankers are accused of
murdering a customer from whose account they
embezzled money. According to the allegation, Halil I.
(29) and Ferhat K. (23) killed bank customer Heinz E.
(53), cut up his body and put it in cement.

The story begins with the disappearance of former
diplomat Heinz E. on 12 February. The suspects were
taken into custody when Heinz E.'s DNA was found
in a container they had ordered from China to store
LED lamps.

During interrogation, Ferhat K. confessed that they
had killed the former diplomat, mixed his body parts
with concrete and disposed of it. For his part, Halil I.
denied involvement. Barbara Schwarz, a spokesperson
for the Graz Prosecutor's Office, stated that Halil I. has
Turkish citizenship and Ferhat K. Austrian.

According to Schwarz, the bankers embezzled 80,000
Euros from Heinz E.'s account to their own.  When
Heinz E. discovered the theft the suspects took him
from his home, strangled him and cut up his body into
parts in the container.  The bankers thoroughly cleaned
the container - or so they thought - but Heinz E.'s DNA
was found nonetheless.

Heinz E. was under psychological treatment and had
tried to blow up a gas station with a gas can in 2011 (!).

28 Mayıs 2014 Çarşamba

Father-Son Crime & Punishment

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(Hurriyet Newspaper, 24 May 2014)

Tolga Sarac, father-son knife victim

In Sariyer, Istanbul, last week when O.C. (16) went
to the cafe he frequents Tolga Sarac (22), a neighborhood
fellow, was there, as well.  O.C. said upon entering
"I'm the big shot around here. Why didn't you stand up
when I came in?!" In response, Sarac retorted "you're
no big shot. What's this about standing up. Get lost."

O.C. and Sarac got into a fight but others in the cafe
were able to calm both parties. A few days later, Sarac
encountered O.C. and his father Nihat C. on the street.
Again a fight broke out between the youths and Nihat C.,
seeing that Sarac was getting the better of his son, slipped
O.C. a knife.

Sarac then fell to the ground with a stab wound and died
as father and son fled. Nihat C. and his son have been


turkce links to related Turkish article

(Sozcu and Milliyet Newspapers, 25 May 2014)

Ali A. en route to jail after ending Bilgic's theft training.

In Aydin, day laborer Ali A. (37) sought a meeting with
Ibrahim Bilgic (32), whom Ali A. claimed was turning his
son E.A.(15) into a thief, to "talk things over."  Upon
meeting, Ali A. and Bilgic argued and then fought. Ali A.
then fired his hunting rifle at Bilgic, who had a record for
theft and drug sales, three times.

Bilgic died at the scene and Ali A. turned himself into the
police. In his statement, Ali A. asserted that Bilgic was
training a number of teenagers, including E.A., to be
thieves and he said that he had previously warned Bilgic
about this. Ali A. pronounced that "no one is going to
make my son a criminal!."

               Aydin province

27 Mayıs 2014 Salı

'Crazy Doctor' Can't Skate In, Drops In Instead

turkce links to original Turkish article

(Sabah Newspaper, 25 May 2014)

Kapıdan almadılar havadan girdi
Festival or bust! Not to be denied!

In Trabzon, family doctor Ali Ozkan, known by the
nickname "The Crazy Doctor", was refused entrance
to the Black Sea Technical University (KTU) campus
because he was on roller skates. Ozkan then parachuted
into the university grounds.

Ozkan was captured by the university police and fined
110 TL under the misdemeanor law for "ignoring security
rules". This brought the following objection from Ozkan:
"I wanted to participate in the Spring Festival at the
university but they wouldn't let me in. I even took off
my roller skates and they still wouldn't let me in. So
then I got my paragliding parachute and flew into the
stadium inside the campus from the hill where the
KTU Medical Faculty is located."

"I picked up my chute and as I was entering the
festival area I was arrested by the campus police. Then
they fined me. I did it to protest a stupid ban. I'll pay
the fine."

            Trabzon province.

25 Mayıs 2014 Pazar

Lightning Strikes Batman!

turkce links to original Turkish article

(Sabah Newspaper, 25 May 2014)

Mehmet Simsek (aka Bruce Wayneoglu)

The resemblance is uncanny...

Lightning struck the plane carrying Finance Minister
Mehmet Simsek ('simsek' means 'lightning' in Turkish).
As the aircraft took off from Ankara Esenboga airport
en route to Batman the lightning strike sparked panic
aboard the plane. Nevertheless, there was no damage
and the flight landed safely in Batman.


turkce links to original Turkish article

(Sabah Newspaper, 25 May 2014)

archive photo - those aren't Batman homes.

Two people died and 16 were injured as the result of
lightning strikes in Kozluk and Besiri districts of Batman
province. In Besiri's Yontukyazi village, brothers Muslum
(18) and Ismail Col (12) were killed when lighting struck
the tree they had sought refuge under.

In Kahveci Karaoglak village of Kozluk district, 16 people,
including a 7-month pregnant woman, visiting the tomb
of Shaikh Halit were wounded by lightning strikes. The
injured were taken to Kozluk State Hospital, where
Gulsume Karabas delivered her baby early because of the
incident. The child is in good health.

               Batman province

24 Mayıs 2014 Cumartesi

Stud, Sheep and Goat Breeders Brawl in Samsun

turkce links to original Turkish article

(Milliyet Newspaper, 24 May 2014)

video quite a brawl!

        An old-fashioned donnybrook!

Prior to the congress of the Samsun Stud, Sheep and Goat
Breeders Union, scheduled to start at the Carsamba district
training center at 9 A.M., tension built up among the 602
members. As the result of the objections of the delegates
the congress didn't get started until 1 P.M.

As Chairman Hasan Cakir read the agenda items there was
a vote to oust 7 members. Those serving as observers from
the concerned ministry at the congress stated that every
member would have to have his vote counted and so the
counting began. However, in the count made by Zia Okumus,
one of the observers, Murat Karagoz, expected to be a rival
to Ahmet Aydogdu for the Union presidency, was put up for
a vote. On the first ballot there were 95 votes to expel
Karagoz and 96 to retain him as a member.

At this point, Chairman Cakir claimed that the results were
actually the reverse, sending the congress hall into a fury.
Cakir continued to resist and was warned by the observers.
Nevertheless, Cakir scolded them, saying "Mind your own
business! You don't know anything!"  Cakir's harsh remarks
toward the observers shocked everyone.

Chairman Cakir then asserted that three people on Karagoz's
list who didn't show up for the meeting and whom Cakir
claimed had been expelled as members should not be allowed
on the list. In fact, Cakir stated that because of this Karagoz's
list was invalid.  This drew even more heated reactions in the

Cakir had to retreat somewhat because of pressure from the
observers but he nonetheless called for another vote on the
validity of the membership of Karagoz, who was a candidate
for president. When it was announced that the results were
against Karagoz, there was quite a negative reaction in the hall
toward Cakir and Aydogdu and members began leaving the

The observers checked with the ministry and it was decided
that both candidates and their lists were valid so the
presidential election began.

Carsamba district is in eastern Samsun province.