A New Face in Crime
Behold the shoplifting dog!
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard. --H.L. Mencken
Behold the shoplifting dog!
From Four Block World:
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.Idiots.
Clearly Jesus came to save us from dinosaurs.
Go read this Mark Steyn piece, which is an excellent specimen of modern curmudgeonry.
Bah Humbug. Color me disgusted on this one:
This is weird.
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?
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.
Which of these options do the architects of social security and the modern welfare state plan on using?
Depressing. Not that it's a particularly solvable problem, but it's still depressing.
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.
Here's an amazing firsthand account of the recent Mumbai shootings. Read it. Seriously.
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!
Check out this story about a small group of illegal loggers in Poland:
Ha!Environmentalists found 20 neatly stacked tree trunks and others marked with notches for felling at a beauty-spot in Subkowy, northern 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.
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.
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.