Words Fail Me category archive
Officials have begun replacing the traditional clocks with digital ones as children have been unable to tell the correct time on analog clocks, The Telegraph reports.
More at the link.
A couple buys a home and discovers that automobile battery casings have been used in the fill for the property.*
Automobile batteries contain lead.
I really don’t have anything constructive or creative or clever to say about this, other than that it’s just too despicable for words.
*One suspects that this is recycling that Scott Pruitt would find laudatory.
According to investigators, Deemie was under the influence of narcotics on February 17 when he became convinced that a zombie invasion was nigh. Deemie is accused of breaking into the home of a neighbor, Larhonda Gonzalez, around 3 AM and stealing the keys to her Ford Escape.
Deemie then drove the stolen SUV to the Peoria airport, where he sought to crash into the terminal. He then somehow bypassed security and got aboard an empty plane parked on the tarmac.
We are a society of stupid.
We have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous.
According to a new report by the Washington Post, analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were told on Thursday that there were certain words that couldn’t be used on official documents that were being prepared for the agency’s budget next year.
The forbidden words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”
More at the link.
From today’s local rag:
It’s also in the online version as I write this:
What kind of machinations, one wonders, will be required to correct this error.
(By the by, the local rag has been rolling out some excellent editorials lately. The Editorial Board clearly finds the antics of the current federal administration to be concerning.)
The second paragraph in a story in today’s local rag states:
Canine recruit found to be insufficiently fiendly.
One such puppy, a German shepherd named Gavel, flunked out of police training in Australia in February after he was found to “not display the necessary aptitude for a life on the front line.” As BBC reports, the problem was that Gavel was “too sociable,” and enjoyed meeting strangers a little too much to make a career out of catching criminals. Unfortunately, he was too much of a good boy.
The story goes on to say he was adopted by the governor of Queensland.
*Sorry. Couldn’t resiste.
The official cause of death for Davis Allen Cripe was a “caffeine-induced cardiac event causing a probable arrhythmia,” said Richland County Coroner Gary Watts. It was the result of the teen ingesting the caffeine from a large Diet Mountain Dew, a cafe latte from McDonald’s and an energy drink over the course of about two hours, Watts said.
The story goes on to say that the autopsy found no undiagnosed or untreated condition. The caffeine did it all on its ownsome.
One of the distressing aspects of dis coarse post-election discourse is the attempt on the part of some to portray bigotry, hatred, and racism as somehow legitimate because the bigots, haters, and racists feel “aggrieved.”*
*Afterthought, Late That Same Evening:
And, natch, because they are not Not White. Not White grievances are ipso facto not legitimate. If you paid attention, you’d know that.
I think I shall be ill.
Josh Marshall contemplates the “Trump-Pecker alliance.”
I have nothing to add.