- Henceforth, I am going to charge $500,000 per blog post and I urge all of you to inform your employers or clients that that is also now your standard fee for doing any work or even making an appearance. If you’re an employer, tough luck to you. ‘Cause after all, we’ve “gotta pay our bills” don’t we?
- Perhaps Bill and Hill both need a dose of this.
- OMG, FEMA is holding a national Preparathon and I forgot to sign up with the government! I’ll bet you did, too. Oh no! This must mean we’re all dooooooomed!!!
- Yeah, that’s what you get for going around jihading in Texas. Good comment one. Good comment two. (Maybe the would-be jihadists got the idea that Texans were an easy target from Major “Soldier for Allah” Nidal Hassan. Somebody shoulda told ’em that only works on disarmed military bases.)
- Maya Plisetskaya has died. She was a ballerina of extraordinary power and grace who overcame Stalinist oppression for her art.
- It seems scientists like The Lord of the Rings.
Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category
- Police face recruiting challenges, according to this NPR interview with cop advisor Darrel Stephens. But know what? If that very last line Stephens’ speaks is what cops aim for, they’re going to face a lot worse than mere recruiting challenges in the long run. They’re gonna face us. (Both audio and transcript at the link.)
- Of course, some cops merely aim for good old-fashioned sadistic fun at our expense.
- While others just watch too many movies. (Via Borepatch) Reminds me of this oldie but goodie from XKCD.
- All of which is why we call them thugs, regardless of their race, creed, or national origin.
- Stopping the drug war would be a start.
- But oh-by-the-way you’re now racist — or at least “culturally insensitive” — if you serve Mexican food while watching science fiction movies. Gads, some people seriously need to get over themselves.
- Aaron would have loved Y.B.’s in-your-face headline.
- And here’s one of the cooler tiny houses you’ll ever see.
- America’s largest bank joins the war on cash. This isn’t surprising, but nevertheless darned scary, especially considering it’s also a war on gold and silver coins.
- Since we don’t have a full name for this guy, I wouldn’t yet take this story as gospel. But if true, tragic (and stupidly so on the part of dog-breed bigots). Danish man kills himself after his dog is forcibly euthanized.
- For those who can stomach a once-secret report on surveillance. (Tip o’ hat to MJR)
- Seven epic fails of environmental predictions.
- And five phony fields of forensics.
- One more reason not to live in California (did you really need another one?): you can be busted for a Swiss Army knife. (H/T H) But they probably won’t break your neck for it. Guess you could be grateful for that.
- Like to try to close with a little humor. But I’m not sure whether this is funny or not: you and your smartphone, perception vs reality.
… do I wear it while doing construction? Or save it for some politician’s townhall meeting?
Big smile and thanks to Karen.
- Eeeew! Just when you think tech can’t get any creepier. And this isn’t govtech or secretive corptech; it’s meant to be you-and-me tech. (Via MJR and Wired.)
- Tom Knapp on why America’s not ready for Hillary. And no, it’s not because she’s a walking scandal machine. Or because of her corrupt and otherwise undistinguished career in “public service.” Or her utter phoniness. Or even the fact that she’s a less pleasant person than Dolores Umbridge.
- Revolt of the raisin growers. (Incredible that a program this socialistic and this outrageous has been tolerated so long.)
- Some background on the Sugar Pine Mine confrontation.
- Obamacare causes the IRS to hang up on harried taxpayers.
- Beware and being aware in the government-owned woods. (H/T L.A.)
- The FBI fakes a whole field of forensics for the benefit of prosecutors. And not for the first time.
- A little good news: red-light cameras are going the way of buggy whips and corsets.
- Finally, for your amusement: things I trust more than Hillary Clinton. Other good stuff at that link, too.
Do we really live in a society where child-molesting financial deadbeats have more rights (and get more respect) than landlords?Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
My friend Nicki has been dealing for months with tenants from hell in a house she owns. Their shenanigans (coupled with other financial setbacks; you know how bad things always come in bunches) have driven Nicki and her family near financial ruin.
She’s been keeping quiet about it, hoping to resolve the mess peaceably. Hoping to get the deadbeat tenants to be responsible or just quietly go away. Or at least find a way to have them evicted. But today she got the setback of setbacks. A real heartbreaker from a judge. She finally went public on her blog — and asked her friends to boost the signal. I hope she doesn’t have cause to regret going public.
Some language NSFW.
ADDED: Nicki’s further thoughts. Good luck, Nicki. I can’t imagine going through this.
- The courts have been so all over the place on police search issues that it’s hard to say what impact this will have. But the Supremes just declared that cops cannot prolong a routine traffic stop even for a minute without legit cause.
- Inside the strange and wonderful world of micronations.
- Emphatically NSFW, but funny: company posts a … unique Craigslist ad for engineers.
- Bet we’ve all wanted to do this at some time or another.
- Looks like a must-see documentary (though the characterization of Tasers as “rifles” needs some explanation for sure).
- Gradeschooler challenges school anti-pot propaganda. His activist mother may now face felony charges. Sick!
- This sucks, too. I’m so glad the war on pot is ending, but it just can’t happen soon enough for some.
- Whoof! Just look at all that assembled brainpower!
- Immune-system drug combo “melts” tumors. Yeah, I know there are always reports like this that eventually come to nothing. But this is pretty dramatic.
- Are you nuts, Mr. Cop??? Officer shoots (at) dog in a crowd. Fortunately misses. Dog just looked as if it was being rambunctiously friendly, too. (Here’s the video if you can’t see it on that page.)
- If you’re going to have anti-abortion laws, you’re going to have to be prepared not only to prosecute every doctor, nurse, and med-tech for murder, but to investigate every miscarriage as a potential homicide. Some countries do. Results aren’t pretty. (Via Rational Review News)
- Hm. Study seems a bit sketchy. But the result is believable: the sweat of happy people can induce happiness.
- Today is 4/20 — cannabis day. Colorado held its official celebration over the weekend. Police remind cannabis consumers not to get too cocky. Oh well.
- But I love this. The maker of Miracle-Gro, who has long seen his product in the background of pot-bust videos, knows a good opportunity when he sees one. (Last three links all H/T jed.)
- Matt Walsh to burger flippers: You don’t deserve $15/hour — and that’s okay.
- The story of the reserve deputy who killed a pinned-down suspect in Tulsa County gets worse and worse. Wonder who this cop is or who he knows that entire chains of officialdom were ordered to falsify records for him? Ohhhh, wait. It says right there in the article …
- Don’t be nervous now. It probably means you’re a terrorist.
- In the future your insurance company (ugh) will know when you’re having sex.
- And of course so will “security” ‘crats in DC. ‘Cause you know we still don’t have enough surveillance. I wonder … why don’t these people ever get that this sort of excess ends badly. Every. Single. Time. It ends badly. (H/T jed)
- Oldie but goodie: Jim Bovard on this week’s earlier topic, the right to rebellion.
- Cannabis for our canines. Strictly for medicinal purposes, of course. (Tip o’ hat to jed)
- Lighter side: how those pups manipulate us into loving them.
- “Oh crap! More ammo for the ‘ban body armor’ people.” Something on the lighter side from Y.B. ben Avraham.
- And exactly who here terrorized and abused those free-range kids?
- Just another example of why people are fleeing the biggest nanny states.
- Schadenfreude is so very ignoble. Still, it’s a delightful thing to see some of the greatest supporters of Obamacare getting skewered by it.
- This is one of those things you might have intuitively perceived but never quite believed: we recall better (especially recall concepts better) when we write notes by hand rather than type on a keyboard.
- Those “racketeering” teachers and administrators really got what was coming to them. No wrist slaps here.
- Wow, looks like those girls got a two-for-one when it came to being assaulted by authority figures. (Via Codrea)
- Okay, back to the lighter side. The 13 cuddliest dog breeds. (H/T PT)
- Ban the trebuchet! (And while you’re at it, tell that writer that 1895 wasn’t “medieval.”) H/T MJR
- Princeton opts for
insensitivity discursive rape hurting people’s itty-bitty widdle feewingsfree speech and free thought. And does it for the right reasons.
- Seattle. Cops. Humanity. Hm. We’ll see how this works out
- I used to know a fair bit about the pre-WWII history of aviation. I could have bored you silly with tales of how Henri Coanda almost invented a jet plane in 1910 and how Jacqueline Cochran won the Bendix Race. But I never knew this.
- It’s touching that after all they put him through that original whistleblower cop Frank Serpico still has such hope for justice. (And it certainly is a good sign that the worst gangsters are finally starting to be fired and charged with felonies rather than being rewarded with paid vacations and excuses.)
- Beaten up by thugs. Then clobbered again by insurance companies and bad federal law.
I’m having one of those “brilliant” blogthoughts that just hasn’t gelled yet, thus the “lite” posting.
Today I’m spring cleaning and making beef jerky. The house is filled with a wonderful honey-teriyaki-beef-pepper aroma. Haven’t made jerky since moving into this place because this house doesn’t have an oven and I didn’t think the dehydrators I have for fruits & veggies were quite powerful enough to handle drying meat. But I tossed a folded flour-sack dishtowel over the vents to keep more heat in and they’re doing just dandy. Can’t wait to sample the product.
Speaking of sampling the product, a word of advice to anyone who might ever be in this circumstance: do not drink a bloody Mary while knitting a dragon.
That’s all for now.