December 14, 2007

Asking For Your Thoughts And Prayers

Sad news - Triticale is in hospital with acute leukemia, and things aren't looking very good at the moment. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

Thanks to Old Grouch for getting out the news.

Update: Sadly, Triticale passed away last night. He will be greatly missed here at

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November 19, 2007

Not Me

Nick explains why I am proud of the fact that, altho I was born in 1950, never in my life have I boomed a baby.

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November 10, 2007

Gangbangers' Bill Of Rights

According to reports on talk radio, Wisconsin State Senator Lena Taylor wants to introduce legislation which would block ever charging a juvenile miscreant as an adult regardless the crime. She is probably expecting some support from folks who feel sorry for the Lake Geneva high school girl who made the simple teenage mistake of driving drunk and killed a man, but the fact that she is putting this forward just after a 15 year old gang member opened fire on police officers makes it evident what constituency she is serving.

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November 08, 2007


I can't has cheezburger?

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In every group of people, there is somebody blessed with the ability to look at things from a different angle. All too often, they do not get the appreciation they deserve.

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November 06, 2007

The Glass Is Bigger

Some time back, I posted some price comparisons from the 1980 Sears catalog as evidence that capitalism is not immiserating the working class. I ended the post with an offer to scan some images from that catalog. Today, via a link from Tam, I found a similar collection, proving beyond debate that people truly are better off today thanks to free market capitalism.

October 30, 2007

Do The Math

Chicago police made a large drug seizure recently which, conveniently for the headline writers, just happened to have a street value of one million dollars. It is worth looking at how they reached that number. Two summers ago I got one gram of high grade cocaine from Chicago for $50. Seven thousand such would total $350,000, leaving $650,000 to cover 43 pounds of marijuana. This works out to $945 an ounce; unlikely even selling eighths to suburban kids. More likely, the assigned value includes the assumption that the cocaine would be stepped on. This is not unusual. The street value for the cocaine DeLorean was set up with was based on retail sale at 30% purity (probably not unrealistic at that time).

The problem with these sorts of "street value" estimates is that unless the individual arrested is the active manager of a multi-level network marketing pyramid, he had nothing to do with the thousands of individual transactions on which they are based, and would only have seen a fraction of that money. Such estimates, similar to valuing a bolt of fabric as fashionable clothing, enhance the image of the police, assuring continued approval of their funding and their actions. They also enhance the image of drug dealers, assuring the police that there will be more for them to arrest.


I just got a market report form Kansas City. Commercial grade marijuana can be had there for $650 a pound, 25 pounds for $10,000. I have no idea what the markup is for transport to Chicago, let alone what the high end stuff from the West Coast goes for, but these numbers give an order of magnitude feel for the level of inflation in the police "street value" report.

Von Lengerke And Antoine

I went West by Greg to a posting about the relative manliness of various firearms. The list managed to support the hoplophobe notion of guns as compensation despite being written to amuse. The page is headed with Oleg's picture of Morrigan Williamson posing with a cute pink evil black rifle. A couple of clicks on from that and I found that her father had, uncharacteristically, done one of those "let's all answer the same question" things.

I'm not going to answer the entire list. Some I don't even recall. One, however, warrants a response. Yes, I shopped at Abercrombie and Fitch. I got married wearing a sport coat and necktie purchased there. One slight difference. This was the business Mr. Abercrombie founded and Mr. Fitch directed. It was, at the time, the place to go to get a shotgun stock custom fitted. I've found that they no longer offer this service.

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October 29, 2007

Language Shifts

Even aside from the debate over the effect of a subordinate clause on the overall meaning of a sentence, it is hard to reach an agreement on the meaning of the Second Amendment without understanding what well-regulated meant in the past.

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October 27, 2007

Better Than Lolcats

Velo Dogs.

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Proof Of Something

In Dean's regular Friday night unraveled thread, one of the commenters linked a report that recent fires were started by UFO aliens. I responded with a post regarding the other fires the same day as the ones which destroyed Peshtigo and Chicago. I haven't found an online image of the map which shows the alignment of these fires, but while searching I discovered that the mayor of Chicago at the time was named Roswell Mason, which suggests a truly deep conspiracy and coverup.

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October 20, 2007

Product Placement

This month, many major corporations are participating in a promotional event wherein they use the color pink to tie awareness of their product to awareness of breast cancer. Notably, Campbell's Soup has redone an entire can label in pink. For some reason they chose to do this with chicken noodle soup, a product with no connection to the disease in question. I would have gone with one of their cream soups, most likely cream of mushroom.

What will be really interesting will be what commercial products are promoted in the context of prostate cancer awareness.

October 10, 2007

Geek Humor

Not ready for prime time.

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October 09, 2007

When Seconds Count

The conventional wisdom of the gun bloggers is that the police are minutes away. It is because you cannot expect them to show up in time to do anything more for you than draw a chalk outline that you need to be prepared to defend yourself, and need the right to keep and bear the means to do so.

Sadly, in the most important recent police call in Wisconsin (Tam has an excellent discussion of the incident) they were hours away. The shooter, briefly the state's Most Wanted, showed up at the home of some of his friends at 7:30AM, and told them what he did. These people started calling 911, and continued to do so for hours, including reports that he had surrendered his rifle and gone out to his truck to take a nap, before the authorities finally showed up at 11:30 and killed him on a reported exchange of gunfire.

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October 06, 2007

Something Is Missing

This image has me stumped.

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