30 April 2010 · Comments Off on Missed the Tell · Categories: Life under the Regency

A degree from Regent University was a tell.

Smart players never miss a tell.

30 April 2010 · Comments Off on Did Dr. Moreau Retire to Scottsdale? · Categories: Too Stupid for Words

Why else would Arizona be afraid of a H. G. Welles science fiction story?

30 April 2010 · Comments Off on We Need Single Payer · Categories: Health Care

Clif Garboden, writing in the Boston Globe, discusses his insurance carrier’s denying him treatment for a chronic condition which sometimes follows cancer treatment. Fortunately, this flare-up was more inconvenient than serious, but the condition is potentially life-threatening A nugget:

Harvard-Pilgrim recently took time out from stonewalling state regulators over proposed double-digit premium increases to deny me coverage for therapy to treat my chronic lymphedema, an expected after-effect of stage-four neck-cancer treatment during which 39 lymph nodes were removed from my neck and shoulder. Harvard-Pilgrim turned me down simply because I’d been treated for previous attacks. That was several years ago, but no matter, the clause in the policy says “per condition,’’ and that’s that.

Doesn’t Harvard-Pilgrim understand what “chronic condition’’ means? Yes, I believe it understands perfectly. “Chronic’’ means it happens over and over again, so if an insurer wants to cut costs, what better place to begin than by eliminating payments for recurring problems?

I have the right to appeal this rejection (the process takes 180 days), but frankly, I have better things to do with my remaining time on earth than play against a stacked deck with a bunch of bandits.

30 April 2010 · Comments Off on You Can’t Go Home Again · Categories: It Is To Laugh

There is no escape from now:

The actress who played Thelma Lou on “The Andy Griffith Show” was robbed in the town that inspired the show’s idyllic Mayberry setting, after moving to the area to avoid big city crime.

30 April 2010 · Comments Off on Seen on the Street (Updated) · Categories: First Looks

Someone’s unhappy:

Disturbing? Yes. Illegal? Probably not.

That’s what police, residents and free-speech experts say about a truck seen driving around the city displaying handmade signs disparaging women. The placards, stuck to the back of the dark purple pickup, include messages such as “All women are Satan” and “A perfect woman is a dead woman.”

The display is protected as free speech, according to prosecutors and state and local police.

Follow the link for a picture and a rather good discussion of the difference between obnoxious speech and threatening speech.

What I suspect to be most persons’ immediate question–What’s bugging him anyway?–is not answered.

In other news, the owner of license plate 14CV88, who was in the news last week, explains his choice of the plate. I updated my original post to include his explanation, . . .


. . . as well as a link to Raw Story’s deconstruction of his explanation; it is, er, rather shaky on several points.

30 April 2010 · Comments Off on Greater Wingnuttery XLVIII · Categories: First Looks

Dick Polman rounds up some strays.

30 April 2010 · Comments Off on Return of Beyond the Palin Meets by Comparison · Categories: First Looks

Via Mudflats.

30 April 2010 · Comments Off on Twits on Twitter · Categories: Too Stupid for Words

Not just in the news. Are the news:

For anyone who is dizzied by all the Twitter jargon, here’s the gist: ABC’s Twitter feed issued a false report of Elena Kagan’s nomination (to the Supreme Court–ed.), attributing it to ABC White House correspondent Jake Tapper. Tapper, always the trenchant fact-checker, pointed out that he said no such thing. But by this point, the falsehood had spread rapidly among Twitterers hungry for news but lax about double-checking.

The website Mediaite reported that the mistake was the result of an ABC staffer misunderstanding a “drill” that the news team was conducting, in preparation for coverage of real breaking news. The drill story was reported over an internal loudspeaker, prefaced by, “DRILL DRILL DRILL FOR DRILL PURPOSES THIS IS NOT TRUE,” a spokesperson told Mediaite. ABC’s designated Twitterer missed that first part, and the mistake was off and running on the Internet. (The original tweet has since been deleted.)

30 April 2010 · Comments Off on Brendan Writes a Garden Column · Categories: First Looks

All about what he’s learned about controlling stink bugs in his garden, which isn’t much because there’s not much that can be done, but he can get you headed in the right direction.

I would suggest not conducting any experiments to determine whether the little stinkers are aptly named. They are and they do.

29 April 2010 · Comments Off on I Write Mail · Categories: Life under the Regency, Personal Musings

It will not surprise my two or three regular readers that I am on the ACLU emailing list.

Today, I got an appeal to notify my state officials of my opposition to instituting an Arizona-like “I Know One When I See One” immigration policy, with the option of customizing the message (no doubt most of you have seen such things). Often, when I get such appeals from some of the sites in which I participate, I do not customize the message; sometimes I add a paragraph or two. Occasionally, I rewrite the whole darn thing. Once and a while, I ignore them as frivolous, stupid, or silly.

This time, I rewrote the whole darn thing as follows:

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29 April 2010 · Comments Off on When the Earth Moves Again · Categories: First Looks

A little earthquake just up the river from here; I’d be surprised if anyone on the surface noticed it.

I was in a 4.something-I-think-4 once in San Francisco. I had traveled there by train for a conference. (One of the bennies in traveling on a business pass was being entitled to a private room in a sleeping car.)

It was my first night on the ground after three nights en route (leave Philly in the evening, arrive in Chicago in the morning, kill a day, leave in the late afternoon, arrive Oakland late the second morning–it is a big country).

I woke up dreaming I was back in the sleeping car rocking in the berth from crossing rough switches. It lasted about as long as it would take to cross two tracks at slow speed leaving a station.

I realized what had happened, figured it was over, and went back to sleep. The next morning, the desk clerk told me that a number of persons had come down at three o’clock and checked out.

I have always wondered, where did they go at three o’clock in the morning? Another hotel in downtown San Francisco?

29 April 2010 · Comments Off on Confluence of Interests? · Categories: Political Theatre

Um, yeah.

I hear the protesters at tea-party rallies crying out, “We want our country back!” and I’d like to ask them, “Back from whom?”

Back from the 66.9 million of your fellow Americans – 53 percent of the electorate – who voted for Barack Obama? Those who gave substantial majorities to the Democrats in the House and Senate?


If the tea-party types really want to protect the Constitution, I suggest they join the American Civil Liberties Union. It’s been opposing abuses of government power and defending our constitutional rights and liberties in courts, communities, and legislative bodies for 90 years.

Read the whole thing.

Of course, the Teabaggers are more likely to favor banning the ACLU than joining it. The ACLU believes civil liberties are for everyone.

The Teabaggers think civil liberties are for them only.

29 April 2010 · Comments Off on Plea: Not Guilty by Reason of Insensibility · Categories: It Is To Laugh

Sleeping on the job may go from a firing offense to a jail term:

A would-be thief who apparently fell asleep while burglarizing an East Palo Alto home last month pleaded not guilty to the crime Tuesday, a prosecutor said.

29 April 2010 · Comments Off on Walled Gardens and Smashed Doors · Categories: Geek Stuff

Steve Jobs on why Apple bans Flash from a number of its products (emphasis added–full story at the link):

Mr Jobs said Flash was made for an era of “PCs and mice” and performed poorly when translated to run on touchscreen smartphones and handheld devices.

He also criticised the technology for being only under the control of Adobe.


No doubt that is the issue. Flash is outside the walled garden.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party

Later that same evening:

The video is throwing an error message.

It is throwing the same error message on Raw Story, where I found it.

Conclusion: Not my problem, so I can’t fix it.

One hopes it will clear up later.