Daily Archives: July 3, 2010

35 Years for killing a cop?

Or  anyone, for that matter. I don’t know the facts of the case, but I don’t see a 35 year imprisonment as adequate punishment for deliberately taking someone’s life.

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How the hell did this get past airport security?

Maggots from rotten meat cause cancellation of flight. My goodness, when Ma and I travelled to Italy last fall they TSA people searched her and her artificial knees as though she were Osama himself. So how does someone board a plane with maggot-infested meat? Was it in a 4 oz. plastic bag? Idiots.

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Well, at least it ain’t my arm

Ligament damage? Expect arthritis. That sucks – I’ve definitely done some serious damage to the ligaments in my ring finger on my right hand – and unfortunately, I’m right-handed – and I was considering consulting a hand surgeon. But hell, maybe I’ll just live with it.

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This is what not to do

Man blows his arm off with fireworks. Bad move. Kids (of all ages – like 57-year-olds) you wanna have fun, build a potato cannon.

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The return of old style policing or just a new kid on the block?

Gideon’s Pal Susie walked their dog Perkins, a well behaved, well trained Lab, down to Binney for the pre-fireworks fun, then Susie wisely brought him back to our house before the booms began. Exiting the tunnel, a cop directing traffic pointed out that Perkins had “no collar, no tags and no leash” (all of which were  at our house). “But he’s with me,” Susie replied and the cop, to her astonishment smiled and returned to directing traffic.

Now this may not strike you as the minor miracle that it is, but it has been my experience lately that many (certainly not all) on our police force  serve with  a chip on their shoulder. That fact that this guy could asses the situation, see that Perkins was not a threat to public safety and let it go is refreshing. I do appreciate the job our police do – really – but it would be nice if more of them could ease up on their attitude a bit.

Regardless, I think it’s cool that this particular policeman observed a (minor) violation, pointed it out, and then dropped the matter. It probably didn’t hurt that Susie’s beautiful – I’d have no doubt received a citation, but still ….

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Biden is in Iraq

Biden is a very smart fellow, which is why I detested his anti-fee trade position – I thought he was too intelligent to really believe what he was saying. But he’s the point man for the White House in the Mid-East, and  I, at least, find that reassuring. I think Joe Biden is one of the brighter lights of the current administration.

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Idiot Republican

Michael Steele calls Afghanistan “Obama’s war”. I have many, many issues with our president, but to pin Afghanistan on him is inane. Smarter Republicans are calling for Steels’ resignation.

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