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Friday, January 13th, 2012

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  1. #1 |  miroker | 

    And on another note:,0,4985325.story

  2. #2 |  nigmalg | 

    “…the city pays their wages while they are there [In Bermuda], as it does whether Mr. Bloomberg is New York or not. Guns are largely forbidden in Bermuda — even most police officers do not use them — but the mayor’s guards have special permission to carry weapons…”

    Ughhhhhhh. *puke*

  3. #3 |  Fred Mangels | 

    That D.C. food truck piece is a bit hard to believe. Sure it’s not a spoof?

  4. #4 |  Mattocracy | 

    Keep in mind that during the Renaissance, our 3’s were their 10’s and their 3’s had leprosy.

  5. #5 |  Robert | 

    So if I’m running a food truck in D.C. I just give a homeless guy $20 and free lunch to hang out in front of my truck while there’s no line.

  6. #6 |  SamK | 

    Well, it’s nice to know that drug policy works! Look, all we need to do is fight harder with more troops and more focus and we could eliminate pot altogether!

  7. #7 |  Drouse | 

    This one made me laugh. Bronzino, Ritratto del Nano Morgante (back) I took one look and thought, Newt you dirty boy!

  8. #8 |  KristenS | 

    @Fred Mangels is a legit, non-satire, web site devoted to educating consumers about food trucks (particularly when and where specific trucks will be on any given day). I use it all the time when the weather is nice. Looks like I’ll have to use it when the weather is crappy, too!

  9. #9 |  ParatrooperJJ | 

    IS Congress bound by copyright laws?

  10. #10 |  David | 

    Don’t give them ideas.

  11. #11 |  Mike T | 

    It seems to me that what needs to be done is to get someone on his campaign staff on the take, upload about 3-5 good examples of copyright violation and have a well-funded lawsuit against Smith under the DMCA seek statutory maximum damages.

  12. #12 |  Nonie | 

    From the Rick Ross article: “The Drug Enforcement Administration’s stated drug policy goal is to reduce supply so that price rises, which in theory will depress demand. But what happens in reality is that demand to get high simply goes elsewhere.”


  13. #13 |  SJE | 

    A lot of the Renaissance babies are ugly for two reasons
    1. Painters usually made the characters look like their patrons. Thus, if the Duke pays you paint, its good form to make baby Jesus look like the duke.
    2. Until the Victorian age, children were seen as little adults, and painted as such, and many painters were not very good at getting the “child” in their subject.

  14. #14 |  SJE | 

    Re: eating the cops and their dogs etc.
    What amuses me is that the ravings of a wacko is being painted as a “threat” to the police and evidence of their dangerous job. Its crying wolf, so I’m less likely to listen when there are serious threats from serious people. Then again, the cops seem to feel threatened by people who are handcuffed and bound in chairs, people who talk back, people with cameras, children, small dogs, etc. Maybe its time for a glass of warm milk from mommy.

  15. #15 |  Kid Handsome | 

    Any chance we can get a warning when a link is straight to Youtube?

  16. #16 |  croaker | 

    @13 Maybe it’s time for a glass of warm milk laced with whatever is currently in vogue for the treatment of paranoia. If they’re looking for sympathy, find a dictionary. It’s between “sorry” and “syphillis”.

    Bloomerg needs to learn that his job title is “Mayor” and not “El Presidente”. Otherwise someone is going to sue his ass for about five billion in punitive damages.

  17. #17 |  Marty | 

    the DOMA article gives me another reason to want to punch Obie in the nose. Damn.

  18. #18 |  Sean | 

    I read a very interesting book by Lloyd DeMause that talks about how people were psychologically incapable of depicting children accurately until the last couple hundred years. Some very weird conclusions in that book but worth a read.

  19. #19 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    You couldn’t get pot at a decent price — nor the quantity (in the ’80s)

    Tell me about it.

  20. #20 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Mike T.,
    Good plan. I’ve said before that when a judge decides cops can beat the shit out of anyone, become a cop and find out where that judge’s kid lives.

    Same for these copyright issues. Several suspicious cases have come up and I certainly don’t put it past Anon to download a few TBs of copyrighted gay porn at a Senator’s home.

  21. #21 |  Ted S. | 

    @#15 Hover over the link and you should get the URL to show up somewhere in your browser.

  22. #22 |  Aresen | 

    From the first link:

    Seven criminal charges were filed in Tippecanoe County on Wednesday against a Frankfort man accused of stealing a car and issuing a threat to eat the arresting officers, their K-9s and their children.

    Paul M. Brock, 39, was charged with two counts of auto theft, resisting law enforcement, intimidation, operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent or more and striking a law enforcement animal.

    I think this guy is going to need a lot of Zantac.

  23. #23 |  Aresen | 

    @ Mattocracy | January 13th, 2012 at 10:51 am

    There is a real difference in standards of beauty between earlier times and the last 100 years: What we now consider flabby was considered pleasing because only the wealthy could afford high-fat, high-protein diets or even to be well fed. Plus, the superior diet of the wealthy meant that, despite the flab, they were generally healthier as they were not subject to dietary deficiencies and thus less likely to suffer rickets, scurvy and other deficiency-linked diseases. [This fact is often lost on people who bemoan today’s “unhealthy” diet.]

    For the lower classes, oatmeal and peas-porridge was the bulk of their diet, perhaps with a bit of salt to season it. (Note that the “Salt Tax” was favored by the monarchs of Europe and China because it fell on the poor and not on the upper classes.) Meat and fresh fruit and vegetables were rare.

    So, what we see as an unhealthy baby today was an indication of good nourishment and health in earlier times. In general, perceptions of beauty correlate strongly with what is healthiest in the environment in which the individual is placed.

  24. #24 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    ” . . . he reportedly told police he would hunt them down and eat them, their dogs and their entire families.”

    While working as a healthcare security officer I have been threatened many times, but I must say no one has threatened to eat me, my family or my pets before. One guy did threaten to sodomize my supervisor one night though. Ah fun with drunk guys!