August 2011

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Assorted Stupidity #25

City's defense to a breach-of-contract claim: contracts aren't valid because the mayor was drunk when he signed them. "Them" being nine separate contracts worth about $1 million. "Again," the mayor said in a deposition, "this was after two or three…



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Arizona Man Sentenced to 90 Days in Jail for Car Murder

Further evidence that our rights continue to dwindle: now it's apparently illegal for a man to put his own Camaro out of its misery. Police in Kingman, Arizona, said that Lauriano Lovato had become fed up with his car after…


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German Police: Body Scanners Are Useless

After a ten-month test of the same scanners currently irritating many U.S. travelers, German federal police have concluded that they aren't worth using. This appears to be largely because, according to the report, the scanners "triggered an unnecessary alarm in…





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Three Follow-Ups

Let's return to some prior stories and see how things have developed. I. Escape Proves Temporary In 2009, I reported that repeat offender Ronald Tackman had escaped from a holding area in Manhattan Supreme Court, where he was awaiting trial,…


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Give Back Davy Crockett’s Marriage License, Court Demands

There are a couple of good lessons here, one of which is: don't go on Antiques Roadshow with something unless you are one hundred percent sure it belongs to you. Margaret Smith showed up on that program in 2006 with…