May 2012

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You Know, Some Appeals Really Aren’t “Worth a Shot”

Understandably, anybody who loses a case (especially a criminal case) is inclined to appeal, even if their arguments are pretty weak and even though every appeal is, statistically, a long shot. I probably shouldn't point this out, but the fact…


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TSA Gropes Another Senior Citizen (Specifically, Henry Kissinger)

Is it still news that the TSA's pointless policies hassle Americans from cradle to grave? It is as far as I'm concerned. See, e.g., "TSA Says Baby-Frisking Justified" (May 12, 2011); "TSA: Terrorizing Seniors in America" (Apr. 24, 2012). And will…


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Ron Paul: the Video Game

Ron Paul may have stopped "actively campaigning," but that doesn't mean his adventures are over. Far from it. Although so far he only has 98 delegates, he may be able to rack up a lot more between now and the…


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Alleged Wallaby Harborer Gets Probation

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a Pennsylvania man accused of harboring a wallaby has pleaded no contest to that charge, and was sentenced last week to one year of probation. Now comes the part where I go learn something about…



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Assorted Stupidity #38

For those of you who are not entirely clear on how to wash your hands, here's a handy instructional video on the subject created by the county council of West Sussex in the UK. Some residents were upset when the…


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Never Grip a Tent in a Windstorm

I don't know how many times this has happened to me: Isle J_____ v. Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise, No. 56-2012-00416828 (Ventura County Superior Ct. May 4, 2012) Personal injury. While plaintiff was attending the Cajun Creole Music Festival, the tent next to plaintiff…


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Phoenix Jones Apparently Has a Nemesis

"Rex Velvet" describes himself as a "supervillain," but I'd probably be rooting for him if there were ever actually a showdown with Jones and his crew.   Given the excellent production values, this is probably just a gag (and a…


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Please Don’t Hurt Nessie, Either

Speaking of cryptozoology, Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources would like whoever put a sculpture of the Loch Ness Monster in the Chippewa River to come get it out of there. I guess this would be pseudocryptozoology. According to the report, the…


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Note: In Texas, Bigfoot Is Fair Game

According to this post on the Cryptomundo website, Texas wildlife officials have opined that it would not be illegal to hunt and kill a Bigfoot and/or Sasquatch, should one be located (and shot) in that state. In response to an…