Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A New Face in Crime

Behold the shoplifting dog!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas TV Specials

From Four Block World:


Another Reason to Hate the USPS

TJIC tells us about his Monday:
One horror of the past few days is that the USPS never processed our most recent check to fund our Permit Imprint account, so hundreds, if not thousands, of outgoing DVDs and comic books have been rejected and regurgitated by the system over the last few days. After dealing with any number of USPS monopoly drones, all of whom could talk, and talk, and talk while saying nothing, I finally reached someone in downtown Boston who physically walked over to the desk of the employee who is on a 10 day vacation and had him notice that - oh yeah! - there was a large pile of checks from lots of different firms, all sitting there, all uncashed, and all causing important mail to back up and be rejected.

The real meaning of Christmas?

Clearly Jesus came to save us from dinosaurs.

Morning amusement

Two amusing links, via Radley Balko,

1) Everybody loves snow, even baby elephants!

2) These license plates slipped past the DMV. My personal favorite:

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas to one and all!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

"And Get Those Damn Kids Off My Lawn!"

Go read this Mark Steyn piece, which is an excellent specimen of modern curmudgeonry.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Bush Says "Screw Congress, You're Eating This Crap Sandwich Anyway"

Bah Humbug. Color me disgusted on this one:
Bush Approves $17.4 Billion in Auto Aid, With Conditions
Why the hell did we have congress spend weeks agonizing over it if the President had the power and inclination to do it anyway? This is disturbingly like the EU's continued attempts to get its constitution passed by having repeated referenda (or not allowing them at all in countries opposed to it) until the answer is yes, at which point they say it's settled.

Anyway, I am totally pissed off about this, first that it's happening at all,
and second that Bush is circumventing congress by stretching the $700B financial sector bailout beyond its breaking point to do it.

In related news, McMegan has a great piece on how the current Detroit situation developed from the last few decades that is really quite thought-provoking.

Thursday, December 18, 2008


This is weird.

This looks really bad

I agree with Radley Balko here; I really hope there's more to this case than I've yet seen, because otherwise it looks really bad:
We’re going on a press account of one side of a lawsuit, here. So it’s possible—and I would hope—that there are some important details missing.

Otherwise, a police mistake leads to an innocent 12-year-old getting violently snatched up and roughed up by a group of plainclothes cops jumping out of a van . . . and they charge her for resisting?

A Fair Question

TJIC quotes and then wonders:


CATHERINE RAMPELL asks a very good question—how does the architect of a Ponzi scheme plan to bring said Ponzi scheme to a satisfactory end? Given the finite number of suckers on the planet (though admittedly, the illusion of limitlessness is often convincing), any Ponzi scheme, once begun, must end (generally in tears). So what’s the exit strategy? Ms Rampell notes that in small-time scams, the perpetrator can just hope to flee the scene once the jig has run its course. Or, he can try and turn the business legit before the sucker supply runs thin. Or he can live it up, recognising that death or jail looms.

My question:

Which of these options do the architects of social security and the modern welfare state plan on using?

Friday, December 12, 2008

Depressing. Not that it's a particularly solvable problem, but it's still depressing.

Cookbook Recommendations

McMegan has issued her annual Holiday Cookbook Gift Guide, and I suggest taking a look at it if you're interested in getting another (or your first) cookbook.

It was on her recommendation a couple years ago that I picked up Alton Brown's I'm Just Here for the Food, which is on the list again this year, and I haven't regretted it. That book has made me a far better cook by helping me to understand what's actually happening to the food during different cooking processes (though his use of scientific terminology is often a bit loose for this engineer's tastes). I'm seriously considering picking up another two or three from the list...

Thursday, December 11, 2008


Here's an amazing firsthand account of the recent Mumbai shootings. Read it. Seriously.


Check this out: 106 years of Popular Mechanics, now online for your reading pleasure!


Illinois corruption meets ebay!

In case you hadn't heard, Illinois Gov. Blagojevich got caught trying to solicit bribes in return for the appointment to Obama's Senate seat. Turns out he didn't try very hard to hide it!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Illegal Logging

Check out this story about a small group of illegal loggers in Poland:

GREEN campaigners called police after discovering an illegal logging site in a nature reserve – only to find the culprits were a gang of beavers.

Environmentalists found 20 neatly stacked tree trunks and others marked with notches for felling at a beauty-spot in Subkowy, northern Poland.

But when officers followed a trail left by a tree which had been dragged away, they found a beaver dam right across the river, as reported by the Austrian Times.

A police spokesman said: "The campaigners are feeling pretty stupid. There's nothing more natural than a beaver."

Amazon fails at holiday gift-wrapping.

I Hear the Bandit Folded Under Pressure...

This is hilarious:

A group of cops in New Jersey looked like turkeys Thanksgiving night after an hourlong standoff at a bank with an armed "bandit" that turned out to be a life-size cardboard cutout of a man.

Some 30 officers surrounded a PNC Bank branch in Montgomery Township after alarms at the branch went off at 8:40 p.m.

Officers looked through a window and reported seeing a person crouching inside.

The cops proceeded to evacuate a nearby housing complex, stop traffic on an adjourning highway and try to negotiate with the cardboard crook through a bullhorn.

At about 10 p.m. a SWAT team stormed inside - only to emerge red-faced after they realized the "crook" they were trying to nab was made of cardboard.

Just say "NO" to auto bailouts

This sums my feelings up pretty well:


Saturday, December 06, 2008

Funny Links

First, a good reason to check your child's homework before they hand it in.

Second, the strange case of the 500 mile email.

This is Hilariously Stupid

George Lucas in Love


Monday, December 01, 2008


I watched the Vikings-Bears game last night, and I almost died laughing when Madden called Charles Tillman "one of the best strippers in the NFL." Oops!