January, 2015 archive
Snown’t Go There 0
This is odd, if you get my drift.
At 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Arlington police responded to a 911 call made by a woman claiming to have been attacked by a neighbor wielding a snow blower.
Barbara Davis, 61, was arrested after allegedly attacking her 60-year-old neighbor, causing “minor injuries.”
Coffee Break 0
Via Farnsworth, who has commentary.
“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0
Politeness must start at an early age.
On Carver Street, near New Roads, deputies say that a 14-year-old was trying to show a gun to an 11-year-old when the gun fired off and hit the 11-year-old.
“Business Experience” 0
Daniel Ruth reviews the record of Jeb “Oh God Please Not Another” Bush. A snippet:
Bush, R-DeLorean, has added another shaky entry on his business resume that suggests an aspirant to the White House too often has the financial acumen of Willy Loman.
The Miami Herald has reported that between 2007 and 2010, the Cash McCall of Miami served as a board member and consultant to InnoVida, which sounds a bit like Lucille Ball’s tipsy commercial for Vitameatavegamin, and was about as successful.
For all that keen consulting, Bush, R-Betamax, hauled in a cool $15,000 a month. InnoVida was supposed to manufacture lightweight building materials for affordable housing, which sounds like a bully idea. But the firm went belly up in bankruptcy court and its founder, Claudio Osorio, went to the federal slammer for 13 years for running a Ponzi scheme.
There’s more. Lots more.
And, in related news . . . .
Torturous Reasoning 0
In a letter to the editor of the Roanoke Times, J. D. Hansard observes:
In 1776, with a seemingly superior army fighting us in our own country and torturing our soldiers who had surrendered, Washington decreed that we would not stoop to the use of torture. He declared that we were better people than that.
After 9/11, we were faced with a group of murderous and cruel enemies, but they had no army, no air force and no navy. They lacked weapons of mass destruction. But Cheney and Bush decreed that the threat to us was so great that we must abandon George Washington’s idealism.
Read the rest.
It’s Comcastic! 0
Honest to Pete, you can’t make this stuff up.
When I lived in Comcast territory, my Comcast service was excellent. But that was then . . . .
Mitt flips his hat
out of into out of* the ring while Steven M. sums it up. A nugget:
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention my favorite line from the Times story:
He (Romney—ed.) added that it was “unlikely” that he would change his mind.
Oh, for crissake, Mitt. Just stop. We know this is killing you and you still want to leave the door open a teeny, tiny, crack, but it’s closed, it’s locked, and it’s bolted. Nice knowing you. Now go away.
*As of this afternoon. Tomorrow is another day.
Stephen Fry on God 0
Via Raw Story.
“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0
Reports of the polite keep pouring in.
JPD (Jackson, Mississippi, Police Dept.–ed.) spokeswoman Colendula Green said a man was shot at 6067 Old Canton Road. He was transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center by private vehicle.
It turns out the shooting was accidental and self-inflicted. The man shot himself in the leg, officials said.
The Galt and the Lamers 0
Whom someone admires says much a person (and about a political party).
Timing Is Everything . . . 0
GOP Health Plan: Don’t Get Sick. If You Do Get Sick, Die Quickly 0
John Romano comments on those states that still refuse to expand Medicaid so as to take full advantage of the Affordable Care Act:
For instance, what do Florida, Alabama, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Maine and Kansas have in common besides Medicaid rejection? They’re all in the bottom half of states in median household income, according to the 2013 Census.
How about Florida, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Nebraska and Wisconsin? They all lag behind the U.S. average for percentage of residents 25 or older with bachelor’s degrees, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
And how about Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Georgia? They’re among the states with the highest number of convictions of public officials in federal court from 1976 to 2010, according to the website FiveThirtyEight.com.
Do read the rest.