March 2009

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Canadian Asks for Politeness, Gets Pepper Spray

Canadian asks U.S. border guard to say "please," Canadian gets faceful of pepper spray.  It's a fairly simple equation.  I think this is in the USA PATRIOT Act, actually. The man conceded he had made the request for politeness "repeatedly," but opined…



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Madoff Pleads Guilty, Goes Directly to Jail

About Mr. Madoff's plea hearing, which took place today in U.S. District Court in New York, I'll just comment that if any of your defense attorney's statements are greeted with "loud laughter," and/or applause breaks out when bail is denied,…



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Another Suit Alleges Negligent Laying-On-Of-Hands

Here's a report of a lawsuit filed on March 2 in Superior Court in Oakland, California: Rev. Dr. Cheryl Elliott v. Randy Keyes; The United Pentecostal Church of Modesto; Does, No. RG09-438883 (Oakland Super. Ct. filed 3/2/2009) Negligence action. Defendant…


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“We Will Get You,” Store Promises Vinegar Thief

The owner of the Newport Avenue Market in Bend, Oregon, is fed up with whoever has been stealing bottles of expensive balsamic vinegar from the market for over a year now.  This is why a sign now hangs in the relevant…



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West Virginia Debating Barbie Ban

Earlier this week, I learned (from the excellent blog, "Popehat") that West Virginia lawmaker Jeff Eldridge (D-Lincoln) had introduced a bill that would make it illegal to sell Barbie dolls in the state: A BILL to amend the Code of…


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California Supreme Court Appears on Jumbotron

Reasonable people can disagree as to whether cameras should be allowed in the courtroom.  I personally think they should not, because cameras tend to make people do stupid things like wear Star Trek uniforms to court.  But I am willing…


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McNugget Shortage Triggers 911 Call

I am considering a new category to be called something like "Things Not to Call 911 About," although I would probably have to just retire it after this item.  What could top it? Latreasa Goodman of Fort Pierce, Florida, was…