Random Thoughts

More Ferguson

Posted by on August 21, 2014 at 5:49 pm

The ASSociated Press has published a little article which my local news picked up. The first paragraph reads: The fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer has opened a debate over what level of force is appropriate when law enforcement confronts a citizen perceived to be a threat. Let’s back up […]


Posted by on August 16, 2014 at 8:02 am

So yesterday — long after Anonymous* claimed to have the information — Ferguson Police finally released the name of the officer who shot an unarmed young man, setting off riots. But then they proceeded to dump poison in the well. Jackson also gave barebones details about a strong-arm robbery at a local convenience store that […]

Put the Outrage where it Belongs

Posted by on July 23, 2014 at 8:36 pm

So, this story has been making the rounds: a worker at a Subway sandwich shop was allegedly fired because she left sick. More specifically, she went outside to puke some more and a worker at a nearby Pizza Hut noticed her, calling an ambulance on her behalf. Cue the outrage and petitions saying she should get her […]

Financial Fitness

Posted by on June 18, 2014 at 1:48 am

Many thanks to Aldo Baker for sending this my way! Here’s the source link.

Point, Counter-Point

Posted by on June 9, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Remember when we were told that only a good guy with a gun could stop a bad guy with a gun? Last week, a good guy with a grain of common sense but no gun stopped a bad guy with a gun. Yesterday, a good guy with a concealed carry license was killed by two […]

You mean news should be informative rather than just sensationalist?

Posted by on June 3, 2014 at 9:29 pm

As far as I am concerned, the mainstream TV news sources should be utterly and completely ashamed of themselves. A new study shows that the most informed “news” watchers are not the ones watching CNN or Fox or even reading their local newspapers. The most informed consumers of news are the ones watching Comedy Central’s The […]

At the risk of saying something offensive…

Posted by on May 25, 2014 at 9:12 pm

Ok, let’s all take a deep breath. In case you don’t know what happened in Santa Barbara yesterday, start here. Like Comrade Misfit, I will not glorify this man above his victims by naming him. Other people have done some terrific commentary, and a few have really stuffed their feet into their mouths as far […]

It’s all in the Execution

Posted by on May 2, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Some things never change, I suppose. We’re still trying to find a “humane” way to kill another human being, and not doing so well. There are really two valid arguments against the death penalty that most sensible people should agree have merit: first, it’s more expensive than life in prison (stick that in your conservative […]

Heartbleed Beat

Posted by on April 13, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Ok folks, you could drive yourself mad trying to figure out the whole Heartbleed thing, so let me round it up for you. What the heck is Heartbleed (thanks, Adam), and what does it mean? How is the NSA connected? Or are they? Or are you really gonna believe they’re not involved, come on! (Bonus NSA […]

I know you’re out there somewhere.

Posted by on January 23, 2014 at 5:36 pm

I’m talking to the guy who decided to shoot at another motorist at a busy Vegas intersection during rush hour. What the heck were you thinking? The cops still think it was probably a road rage thing: did he forget to signal? Maybe you were riding his freaking blind spot and he accidentally cut you […]