Daily Archives: 7 Aug 2011

Washington – This is Why Americans Despise You

NPR has hit the nail on the head: people in Washington are just petty whiny bickering imbeciles.  (NPR doesn’t say it quite like that, but their report makes it plain.  Give it a read).

James McGrath Goes to Dinner…

Diners in Japan looking for a moving experience over dinner can now order a squid that dances off their plate.  A restaurant has created a dish, named Odori don – literally meaning dancing squid rice bowl –  by adding soy sauce to a fresh squid.  The high salt content in the sauce reacts with ions in cells of the squids’ tentacles creating voltage differences, and making the squid move.

That’s why James has been so quiet lately.  He’s still recovering from the shock of the resurrected octo.  As he fainted, he could be heard sighing ‘if it can happen to a sea beast, it can happen to anyone… even Jesus…’

Tottenham: The Police Stood By and Did Nothing

Britain’s biggest police force is facing criticism after it let looters run riot in north London for almost 12 hours, in some of the worst scenes of street disturbances seen in recent years.


The Metropolitan Police said it was focused on containing violent disorder in Tottenham on Saturday night, which left dozens of officers injured and saw squad cars, shops and flats burned to the ground. But its tactics meant gangs of youths were free to break into stores at nearby Tottenham Hale retail park and in Wood Green, with looters forming an orderly queue in broad daylight to steal from a sports shop. Riot police did not intervene to stop the looting in some areas until 7.30am the following morning, almost 12 hours after the riots began, and last night there were fresh disturbances in Enfield.

Are they kidding? Are the incapable of preserving property and life at the same time??? Are they incompetent? The whole nasty thing is an outrageous display of depravity; both on the part of the hoodlums and thugs and on the part of the inept police.

And London is hosting the Olympics?  I wouldn’t go had I tickets.  If the police let teen scum rum riot they won’t be able to stop determined terrorists.

Yesterday’s Heroes are Today’s Scorned

It has been a bittersweet anniversary for Chile’s rescued miners, who were honored as heroes in their home town only to come under attack by anti-government protesters who threw fruit and small stones at them, accusing them of being ungrateful, greedy sellouts.  Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and his ministers joined most of the 33 miners Friday at a Catholic Mass and then for the inauguration of a regional museum exhibit recognizing their remarkable survival story.

Ungrateful greedy sellouts…  Apparently cashing in on fame isn’t to everyone’s liking.

The treatment shocked rescued miner Omar Reygadas. His son said in an interview that his father was deeply hurt by accusations of selling out to the government.  “My father was saddened, deeply saddened,” said Reygadas’s son, also named Omar Reygadas. “When I got home, I found him sitting alone, very sad. I asked him what happened, and at first he wouldn’t say anything, but gradually he let on.”

Reminds me of the crowd at the Triumphal Entry of Jesus.  The very next week they called for his blood.  So much for the fickle crowd.

America, Where if you Have a Disagreement, You Grab a Gun

Authorities say a family argument in Ohio ended in the shooting deaths of eight people in two places, including an 11-year-old. Another person was wounded.  Copley Township police Chief Michael Mier tells WKYC-TV one person shot five people to death in location Sunday, then two more were killed nearby before police killed the shooter.  He gave no more details, including how the shooter and victims were related or what led to the argument.

Whatever the argument was about, it was trivial.

Dry Bones

Is Twittered Misinformation to Blame for London’s Riots?

London braced on Sunday for more violence after some of the worst riots seen in the British capital for years which politicians and police blamed on criminal thugs but residents attributed to local tensions and anger over hardship.  Rioters throwing petrol bombs rampaged overnight through an economically deprived district, setting police patrol cars, buildings and a double-decker bus on fire.

“There is Twitter conversations that people are being asked to meet again down in Tottenham so we are all concerned but clearly we will be much better prepared this evening,” Richard Barnes, London’s Deputy Mayor, told BBC TV.  Police Commander Adrian Hanstock told Reuters there was “a lot of ill-informed and inaccurate speculation on social media sites” that could inflame the situation.

Whatever the cause, it’s all so pointless.  How does destroying property fix the ills of society?  Some evil folk are always looking for any reason they can come up with to cause trouble.

Why’s Everyone Mad at Standard and Poor’s?

I find it amusing that now a lot of talking heads and news outlets and especially the White House are calling S&P’s credibility into question when they never did so when the US had  its AAA rating.

It really seems like the complainers are the sorts of people who agree with ratings and rankings when they’re on top but as soon as they drop (or can’t ascend to the summit) they find fault.

It’s almost like what a group of bloggers have decided to do to poor Alexa.  ‘Oh, you can’t trust Alexa, let’s get our own method like voting or some cryptic implanted secret code’.

Alexa is to some bloggers what S&P now is to some talking financial news heads.

I Know a Number of Persons Who Should Move to Iran

Because there they’d learn to behave in public…

Iranian police arrested 17 boys and girls over a water fight at a seaside park in the Islamic republic’s south, a senior judicial official said on Sunday.  “Seventeen young boys and girls who were squirting water at each other were arrested on Friday in one of the beach parks” in the city of Bandar Abbas, Homozgan province’s justice chief Ali Alia said, quoted by ISNA news agency.  “Five were immediately let go,” he said, adding the rest were released on bail on Sunday but could face sentences for publicly committing an “act forbidden” (haram) by Islam as well as “insulting police officers”.

It’s against Islamic law to have a water gun fight?  How ‘awesome’ is that?  Anyway, ‘I’ve got a little list of society’s offenders who never would be missed, who never would be missed…’ and who should move right now to Iran.

Today’s Text: Ps 103

1 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name.
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and do not forget all his benefits —
3 who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the Pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
5 who satisfies you with good as long as you live
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

8 The LORD is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he keep his anger for ever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far he removes our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion for his children,
so the LORD has compassion for those who fear him.
14 For he knows how we were made;
he remembers that we are dust.

That’s Right, Force the Injured Vet to Pay Postage for his Purple Heart…

This is unutterably foul.

War comes with an incalculable human cost. And apparently a shipping fee of about $21.  Retired Sgt. Major Rob Dickerson says that’s the price he was forced to pay when his Purple Heart — the medal issued to soldiers wounded in action — arrived at his door, C.O.D.  Instead of being awarded the military honor in a formal ceremony, the vet with 29 years in the service was handed his award, and a shipping invoice, by a FedEx deliveryman outside his Sioux Falls, S.D., home.

Someone needs to lose their job.