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Friday, 14 October, 2011
A site with detailed information about giants: The tallest man.
My interest in giants started in the mid 1970's, when I for the first time looked at a copy of the Guinness book of records. In it I saw a picture of Robert Wadlow and Sandy Allen. I just could not believe what I saw, how people could get that tall.
Here are two example:
Woman Defends Husband’s Faith
A touching story about Anita Perry: GOP attacking husband ‘because of his faith'
Texas First Lady Anita Perry says that her husband is being persecuted by the media and the Republican establishment “because of his faith.”
“It’s been a rough month,” Anita Perry told supporters at North Greenville University Thursday. “We’ve been brutalized, eaten up and chewed up in the press.”
“After Rick had won being elected for the governorship for the third time in Texas, there was a nagging, a pulling at my heart for him to run for president,” she recalled. “You know what we have no leadership in Washington. We have nobody to guide our country… God was already speaking to me, but he didn’t want to hear it… He felt like he needed to see the burning bush. I said, ‘Look, let me tell you something. You may not see that burning bush but there are people who see that burning bush for you.”
Anita Perry continued: “So he truly felt like he was called to do this. We still feel called to do this. We are being brutalized by our opponents in our own party. So much of that is, I think they look at him because of his faith.”
The couple is shown here posing with a bottle of water.
How The Post Office Will Survive
In Connecticut: Post office charges family postage for block party invites.
The Sickles, of East Hampton, thought nothing of slipping notes in the neighbors' mailboxes about an upcoming Halloween block party, until the U.S. Postal service stepped in.
The couple had no idea it's against postal code regulations to leave notices in residential mailboxes unless they have postage.
The U.S. Postal service charged the Sickles 44 cents for postage for all 80 invites they placed around their Royal Oak neighborhood.
"One Monday I had a note it is illegal to put these in mailboxes. Day 2 I had a bill for assumed 80 in the box, times 44 cents for the stamp," said Jeff Sickle. "I haven't paid it yet. I'm trying to have the conversation that no one is willing to have."
That's $35.20 the Post Office wouldn't have earned. It probably cost them $350 to investigate it and do the billing, but that's how things work at the Post Office.
Thursday, 13 October, 2011
This country has lots of problems, and this is how the federal government uses its resources: Feds to target newspapers, radio for pot ads.
Federal prosecutors are preparing to target newspapers, radio stations and other media outlets that advertise medical marijuana dispensaries in California, another escalation in the Obama administration's newly invigorated war against the state's pot industry.
Remember his campaign promises? For example:
“I don’t think that should be a top priority of us, raiding people who are using ... medical marijuana. With all the things we’ve got to worry about, and our Justice Department should be doing, that probably shouldn’t be a high priority.” — June 2, 2007, town hall meeting in Laconia, New Hampshire.
That was before he realized how much money Big Pharma has to offer people like him. It's just like the wars. Before he was elected, he didn't fully understand the old military industrial complex thing.
A Plan For Bisbee
This is from last year, but it's still irrelevant: Underground Skyscraper is a Self-Sufficient Desert City.
As we deplete our natural resources, we are left with huge gaping holes in the ground - scars from our open-pit mining exploits. Matthew Fromboluti of Washington University in St. Louis has a plan to heal those scars with an underground skyscraper that fills the hole and creates a self-sustaining community in its place.
His proposal, Above Below, is proposed to infill the 900-foot deep and nearly 300-acre wide crater left by the former Lavender Pit Mine outside of Bisbee, Arizona.
Once that negative skyscraper is built, Bisbonian could rent some space for his banjo factory.
Boys Will Be Boys
In Florida: Man Accidentally Shoots Himself in the Head.
Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies say a 22-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the head while showing his girlfriend a handgun.
Deputies say Chaz Ursomanno was taken to Bay Front Medical Center early Thursday with life-threatening injuries.
According to an incident report, 24-year-old Naomi Ensell told her boyfriend to put the gun away about 2 a.m. Thursday. But he told her it was safe and put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger. The gun did not fire.
Deputies say he put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger again. This time, it went off.
Just a freak accident. It could happen to anyone.
College Not Fun
This co-ed eventually talked to the Dean, and solved her problem.
Why didn't Ruth's classmates like her?
Penmanship Is Important!
In Delaware: Man arrested after bank teller can't read note.
Delaware State police have arrested a man they say presented an indecipherable bank robbery note to a teller.
Troopers say about 2:50 p.m. on Saturday, a man walked into the WSFS Bank branch in New Castle and gave a teller a deposit slip with a note written on it.
Police say the teller could not read the note, handed it back to the would-be robber and asked him to rewrite.
The man fled the bank on foot. Troopers say a New Castle County police officer saw the suspect and took him into custody.
Child Sacrifice Becoming Popular Again
In Uganda: Where child sacrifice is a business.
The villages and farming communities that surround Uganda's capital, Kampala, are gripped by fear.
Schoolchildren are closely watched by teachers and parents as they make their way home from school. In playgrounds and on the roadside are posters warning of the danger of abduction by witch doctors for the purpose of child sacrifice.
The ritual, which some believe brings wealth and good health, was almost unheard of in the country until about three years ago, but it has re-emerged, seemingly alongside a boom in the country's economy.
Many believe that members of the country's new elite are paying witch doctors vast sums of money for the sacrifices in a bid to increase their wealth.
"They have a belief that when you sacrifice a child you get wealth, and there are people who are willing to buy these children for a price. So they have become a commodity of exchange, child sacrifice has become a commercial business."
Lost In Corn Maze
This is the kind of thing I'm talking about: Family lost in corn maze calls 911 for help.
A Massachusetts family got the Halloween scare of a lifetime by getting lost inside a dark and creepy Salem-area corn maze and had to call 911 for rescue.
Danvers police say they got a call of distress from a mother of two about 6:32 p.m. Monday. The woman alerted the 911 operator of their situation in the Connors Farm in Danvers, a short distance from Salem.
A voice recording of the 911 call was made available to the media on Wednesday. The exchange:
Woman: "Hi, I just called. I'm still stuck at Connors Farms. I don't see anybody. I am really scared. It's really dark and we've got a 3-week-old baby with us."
I tell you, people are dying in corn mazes. You just don't hear about it because of the cover-up.
Very Serious About Their Little Trees
You know little little trees some people hang in their cars? The LITTLE TREES Team wants you to know a few things.
Please don’t misuse our trademarks. Not on clothes, not in your ads and certainly not in your burgeoning air freshener business.
[LITTLE TREES] has now sued Getty Images, owners of one of the larger stock photo agencies. Getty maintained at least 11 images in its inventory that depicted a tree-shaped air freshener. Car Freshner sued on multiple counts, including trademark infringement. Getty moved to dismiss the trademark count, arguing that it was not using the mark as a trademark, and if it was, such use was either nominative or descriptive fair use.
My advice: Just avoid anything that looks like a little tree. Including Christmas trees.
Wednesday, 12 October, 2011
It's been more than five years since I visited the Moist Towelette Online Museum.
It's just as I remember it. But Finger Pinkies might be a new exhibit.
Gun Guy Arrested
In Tennessee: Sponsor of guns-in-bars bill arrested for DUI with gun.
A Tennessee lawmaker who sponsored a controversial bill to allow handguns to be carried in bars was arrested Tuesday for driving under the influence and possessing a handgun while under the influence.
Police said that Tennessee state Rep. Curry Todd (R) was pulled over at around 11:15 p.m. in Nashville, according to WSMV-TV. Officers found a loaded Smith & Wesson .38 Special hidden between the driver’s seat and center console.
An affidavit charged that the lawmaker was “almost falling down at times” and “obviously very impaired and not in any condition to be carrying a loaded handgun.”
I did some additional research for this post, and found his mugshot.
The Bergholz clan is at it again: Amish Beard And Haircut Attacks.
Two people have been arrested over a series of break-ins in which the hair and beards of Amish farmers were cut off in the US
The suspects are reportedly part of the Bergholz clan, an Amish community led by bishop Sam Mullet that was the subject of a disputed child custody raid in 2007, amid allegations of sexual abuse.
Police in Ohio said the attacks, which began about three weeks ago, were apparently in retaliation for the shunning of Mr Mullet by members of the mainstream Amish community.
The two men in police custody were named as Mr Mullet's sons Johnny and Lester.
Quote Of The Day
It's from Pastor Robert Jeffress.
“Do we want a candidate who is skilled in rhetoric or one who is skilled in leadership? Do we want a candidate who is a conservative out of convenience or one who is a conservative out of deep conviction?” Jeffress said. “Do we want a candidate who is a good, moral person — or one who is a born-again follower of the lord Jesus Christ?”
I guess you can't have it both ways.
(via Unreasonable Faith)
15 Years For Insulting Royalty?
Kind of unbelievable: US citizen faces 15 yrs in jail over Thai royal family insult.
A shackled U.S. citizen pleaded guilty today to charges of defaming Thailand's royal family - a grave crime in the south-east Asian kingdom that is punishable by up to 15 years in jail.
Thai-born American Joe Gordon has been detained since late May for translating excerpts of a locally banned biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and posting them online.
Judges said that a sentence would be issued on November 9 for Gordon, who committed the alleged crimes years ago while living in the U.S. state of Colorado, where he worked as a car salesman.
What The OWS Protests Are About
A pretty good summary, with lots of charts: Here's What The Wall Street Protesters Are So Angry About.
So, what are the protesters so upset about, really? Do they have legitimate gripes? To answer the latter question first, yes, they do. They have very legitimate gripes.
And if America cannot figure out a way to address these gripes, the country will likely become increasingly "de-stabilized," as sociologists might say. And in that scenario, the current protests will likely be only the beginning.
The problem in a nutshell is this: Inequality in this country has hit a level that has been seen only once in the nation's history—at the end of the 1920s. Unemployment has also reached a level that has been seen only once since the Great Depression.
Happy Birthday Wendy!
It was a few days ago, but I've been told that I can't let a year go by without an official Happy Birthday Wendy! post.
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