Friday, July 1, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Wright came downstairs in his boxer shorts as a S.W.A.T team barged through his front door. Wright said an officer grabbed him by the neck and led him outside on his front lawn.
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As it turned out, the person law enforcement was looking for was not there - Wright's estranged wife.
Of course, accidents like this must be allowed when S.W.A.T. teams are looking for public threats, right?
The U.S. Department of Education issued the search and called in the S.W.A.T for his wife's defaulted student loans.
Just call it a "learning experience."
UPDATE: Dale! Cristina! Where did your story go? Alas, much like an h in Cristina's name, we can pretend it was never there. Commenters at Randy Balko's blog found these two articles, though.
NBC lost about $200 million on the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and anticipates losing about $250 million on the 2012 Summer Games in London.
But that did not stop the new conglomerate of Comcast-NBC Universal from putting in a winning bid of $4.4 billion for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia; the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro; and the 2018 Winter and 2020 Summer Games, for which the host cities have not yet been determined.
*not really, but close enough.
[General Michael Hayde, director of the NSA] then sent out an agency-wide memo, in which he warned that several “individuals, in a session with our congressional overseers, took a position in direct opposition to one that we had corporately decided to follow. . . .
Of course the decision was made "corporately." In 21st Century America, is there even an alternative to thinking corporately? Unorthodox vocabulary seems to be another trait of Men In Power (MIPs?):
Soon after he showed up, he says, Steven Tyrrell, the prosecutor, walked in and told him, “You’re screwed, Mr. Drake. We have enough evidence to put you away for most of the rest of your natural life.”
Friday, May 27, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
A man seen in a YouTube video being beaten and sprayed with pepper spray by a St. Louis police officer has been charged with misdemeanor assault.
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Joyce said what the video did not show was Ginger grabbing onto Ries's ankles and refusing to let go, even as Ries struck him on the legs with his baton. She said that is deserving of an assault charge, over resisting arrest."If you watch wrestling, that's a move that knocks people over," Joyce said.
If you watch wrestling, hopefully you know that the outcomes are predetermined, or as some would call it, rigged.
Monday, April 11, 2011
If I were a poet I could probably come up with some fitting verse about the beauty of this tractor, or maybe use the video to illustrate some point about the cruelty of our world. However, I am too busy for poetry, and too tired.
Friday, March 4, 2011
On Wednesday, the Army announced 22 additional charges against Private Manning, including “aiding the enemy.”I guess they know them when they see them. I await with some anticipation the new ground in legal thinking in which we are told that revealing the enemy aided will grant them further publicity, thus aiding them even more, so the prosecutor has a legal duty to not mention their name in court documents.
The charge sheet did not explain who “the enemy” was. . .
Friday, February 25, 2011
I wrote this book for myself, and even that I can't be sure of.
Not having read anything but 2666 and a few short stories previously, I checked out a stack of Bolano's books a while ago, and just started reading them. Tragically, I seem to have chosen the best first. (it is the shortest)