5.31.2007

Bostonians: Still Stupid

No, it's not blinky cartoon characters this time, it's a garbled fax from marketing.

In a scene reminiscent of the Cartoon Network bomb scare that paralyzed the Boston area in January, police shut down a strip mall yesterday in this small western suburb after employees at a Bank of America branch mistook a botched fax for a bomb threat.

Frustrated shop owners said the branch overreacted to the strange fax, which turned out to be an in-house marketing document sent by the bank's corporate office.


This lady shut down a bank and all the nearby businesses because of a garbled fax. But that's not the worst of it; this is:

Added Rohmer, "I think it was reasonable to assume there was a threat, based on what they saw on the fax."

...

"I wouldn't have taken it as a bomb threat, personally," said veterinary technician Amy Tatreau. "However, you have to, I guess, treat things seriously these days."


How do these people make it through their day without peeing themselves at the sight of their own shadow? Is there something in the water in Boston?

5.25.2007

Congress Buys Pork with Soldiers' Lives

Yesterday afternoon, right before they went on vacation, your 110th Congress (including the Maryland Senate delegation) decided to go against the wishes of almost 3/4 of the American people and give in to the President to pass a no-strings-attached war funding bill. As one blogger noted, there's some goodies in the bill for the Democrats, like Katrina relief funding, minimum wage hikes, and various pork projects. Good to see that, while Congress won't stop sending American soldiers to the meat grinder to die in another country's civil war, at least they got some "good pork" out of it.

Senate Roll Call Vote. Contact page to call/write your Senator.

House Roll Call Vote
. Contact page to call/write your Representative.

Give them a call and let them know how you feel about this latest betrayal.

5.15.2007

Games and Poems

Bruce Godfrey tipped me off to a nice blog post about the five games you need to play to live well. It's a good post, and worth the read. In the section on gambling, there was a snippet from Rudyard Kipling's poem, If:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;


You really should read the whole poem; it's a wonderful litany of what it means to be a man and worth reading periodically to focus one's endeavors.

Oh, and in the spirit of the poem, there will be no trip report about Vegas.

5.08.2007

Rep. Wayne Gilchrest on the War

Reason has an excellent interview with Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD) in which he talks about the GOP, the war in Iraq, and what history can teach us.

The whole thing is excellent, but I especially enjoyed the stoic overtones in his final answer:
Reason: You don't worry about another primary challenge from a Republican who thinks this war has to be won or those issues are important?

WG: I don't worry about a primary challenge. It's inconvenient. My eternal soul will last a lot longer than my short, pathetic political career."

Gun Control on the Way to the Supreme Court

The D.C. Circuit has denied a petition for en banc rehearing of Parker v. D.C., so the way is clear for the Supreme Court to hear the case.

Analysis of the denial and the likely timeline for Supreme Court review.

Interesting article about how liberal law professors have been instrumental in shifting the gun control debate in this country.