May, 2013 archive
Politeness in the “happiest place on earth.”
A grandmother handed a Cobra .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol about noon to a park attendant, who immediately contacted security and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
The gun nut in question was quoted as saying the gun fell out of his pocket.
If there were an intelligence test for gunutt–oh, never mind.
Heidi Moore distrusts the numbers.
She suspects that reports of recovery are overblown and that the “housing recovery” isn’t so much a “recovery” as the next stage of foreclosure frenzy.
The housing recovery, for instance, seems to be just another stage of the foreclosure crisis. Note that the areas where house prices have risen the most – Arizona, Las Vegas and California – are all areas that were hurt most deeply by the housing crash. So pry between the boards of the housing recovery and the termites start crawling out. Here, you’ll find some old villains of the last housing bubble, crawling on the same properties. There are the house-flippers and the financial institutions, the foreclosure players that regenerate whenever there is a boom.
In this case, they may be creating the boom themselves. House-flipping in California has reached levels not seen since 2005, according to the Wall Street Journal. This rise in price is, by all accounts, artificial. Housing, like all products, responds to the laws of supply and demand. When supply decreases – when there are fewer homes on the market – then prices will rise. This is what is happening now.
And I’m still waiting for sequestrian dressage to start affecting the numbers, because it will.
Shaun Mullen is buoyed by President Obama’s recent speech, in which he promised to try to do something about endless war. A nugget:
This is because the speech articulated fundamental truths about the times in which we live long overdue in the telling, chief among them that our democracy demands that while we must continue to fight terrorism, the perpetual war the 9/11 attacks unleashed must end. And this: History shows that while terrorism continues to be ever present in many guises, it is by no means the greatest threat that America has faced, let alone one that justified abrogation of the liberties and principles that are the bedrock of our society.
Republicans predictably took to the fainting couch en masse, because — let’s face it folks — you either like war or you don’t like it, and the ideologues who have bent the Grand Old Party out of any recognizable shape believe there is no higher calling than shedding American blood on foreign soil no matter how flimsy the reasons for doing so may be.
Follow the link for his full thoughtful analysis. As I write this, the post has three comments which quite thoughtfully pertain to the post.
Dick Polman reports on the sad state of bridges and other infrastructure, then identifies part of the problem.
A memorial to politeness:
The Tulare Sheriff’s Department said that 63-year old Anthony Alvarez was dead when deputies arrived at the home on Monday, according to KGPE. Authorities believe that he shot 37-year-old Jennifer Kimble, who was found dead, and 33-year-old Valerie Alvarez, who was in critical condition after being taken to a hospital in Fresno.
Detectives said that Kimble’s 8-year-old daughter reported the shooting by calling 9-1-1. Two of Kimble’s other daughters, ages 11 and 13, were also inside the home.
E. J. Dionne finds precedent for Oklahoma’s Senator Coburn’s initial statement on federal disaster aid for victims of the Moore, Okla., tornado:
It was only between 1840 and 1860 that disaster relief from Washington became contentious as a particularly extreme brand of states’ rights politics reared its head. Southerners, Balogh notes, began fearing that “extending federal power” in this way “might establish a precedent for national intervention in the slavery question.”
Make no mistake, it’s still about keeping the big house big and the subjugated in subjugation
The rest is window-dressing.
The handwritings on the wall–er–train.
“We must find new ways to fight graffiti,” the company’s security chief Gerd Neubeck told the paper. In 2012 alone, trains were defaced some 14,000 times, costing Deutsche Bahn (the German railroad–ed.) some €7.6 million ($9.8 million), he said.
The new drone, outfitted with an infrared camera and the company’s red and white logo, will use GPS to document the times and places where vandals are observed, making it easier to prosecute offenders. Flying at an altitude of some 150 meters (492 feet), it will be able to keep watch for more than 80 minutes at a time, quietly whizzing through the sky at up to 54 kilometers (33 miles) per hour. It can also be put on autopilot function for stretches as long as 40 kilometers, the paper said.
Quite a little group of families on their way to a birthday garden party gathered to watch. One of the mothers told us that the turtles are red-eared sliders, which, frankly, sounds like something you could buy, but wouldn’t want to, at a White Castle.
Watch a short turtle video (AVI).
A carnival of politeness to memorialize:
A 14-year-old boy from Hampton was shot in the back and is now listed in critical condition. A 17-year-old boy from Newport News was shot in the leg and has since been released from the hospital. An 18-year-old male from Hampton was also shot in the leg and went home to recover. A 16-year-old Newport News girl was shot in the ankle and also went home.
Police said the shooting happened a few blocks from the Hampton Carnival in the 1900 block of Coliseum Drive. Davis’ family members told WAVY.com they did not understand why the shootings happened at a place their kids were supposed to feel safe.
According to gun nut logic, if everyone had been packing, this would not–oh, wait.
Ruth Ann Dailey seems to think that President Obama has a “hard-left ideology” but that, since voters like him, the Republican scamdals won’t touch him.
All that that tells me is she hasn’t been paying attention to what President Obama actually says and does.
Not even I, leftie liberal as I may be, have a “hard left ideology.”
And, compared to me, Obama is a cupcake.
A rising tide floods all houses.
New homes in flood-prone areas (in Norfolk, Va.–ed.) will be built higher than initially proposed, and a full 2 feet above where they’re built now, if the City Council approves new regulations later this year.
Currently, homes built in such areas must be built 1 foot above where floodwaters can rise. The higher elevation would bring the requirement up to 3 feet and is one of several changes proposed.
City staff originally pushed for an increase to 2 feet last year, but a rise in the sea level caused the Planning Commission to go higher, Vice Chairman Martin Thomas Jr. said. Already, the city has seen a dramatic increase in the number of properties with recurring flood damage.