(Boy, I love reading the AP wire!) If they didn’t deserve to be arrested for pot, they deserved to be arrested for stupid:
A pair of pot smokers picked the wrong day to use the drive-thru window at a KFC restaurant in Buffalo. Two men in their 20s pulled up to the restaurant’s window and asked for the Wednesday special.
Meanwhile, a couple of narcotics detectives were inside ordering their food. That’s when a cloud of marijuana smoke wafted into the restaurant. The detectives then spotted the two men smoking what one of the cops called “the biggest marijuana cigar your ever saw.”
Our energy woes would be cured:
It’s long been the milk that pays, but now the Audets have figured out how to make the manure pay as well. They’re using it — actually, the methane that comes from it — to generate electricity.
With the help of their power company, Central Vermont Public Service Corp., the Audets have devised a way to extract the methane from the manure and pipe it to a generator.
From today’s local rag:
Drivers who talk on cell phones may be just as dangerous as those who drink.
That’s the sobering conclusion of a study published yesterday by University of Utah researchers who monitored 40 men and women on a driving simulator.
The story is pretty–er–sobering.
Those who would lightly dismiss the tactics used to “interrogate” persons held in U. S. hands would do well to listen to this.
I would especially recommend today’s interview:
Former Army interrogator Tony Lagouranis talks with Steve Inskeep about the tactics he used on Iraqi detainees, such as isolating them for weeks at a time. Lagouranis says that, overall, very little intelligence was gained through stressful interrogation tactics.
Especially chilling is Mr. Laguouranis’s description of how he gradually lost touch with his own standards of conduct.
The Supreme Court today delivered a stunning rebuke to the Bush administration over its plans to try Guantanamo detainees before military commissions, ruling that the commissions are unconstitutional.
In a 5-3 decision, the court said the trials were not authorized under U.S. law or the Geneva Conventions. Justice John Paul Stevens wrote the opinion in the case, called Hamdan v. Rumsfeld. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. recused himself from the case.
[Basso Profundo Mode On]Criswell predicts[Basso Profundo Mode Off]–well, actually, I predict–the current Federal Administration will attempt to find some twisted interpretation of the commander-in-chief’s powers to justify ignoring this ruling, because, after all, as they so frequently remind us, we are at war.
“What did you do on your vacation?”
“I got my truck fixed, I got my lawn mower fixed, I got my hot water heater fixed. I should have stayed at work.”
Update: “Oh, yeah, let’s not forget the emergency root canal.”
Nothing I can say beats the unvarnished facts:
In a scandal that has shaken the state’s Republican-dominated government, four Ohio politicians pleaded no contest Wednesday to ethics violations.
Lucas County Commissioner Maggie Thurber, Toledo City Councilwoman Betty Shultz, former Toledo Mayor Donna Owens and former state Rep. Sally Perz were fined $1,000 each on misdemeanor charges of failing to report gifts worth more than $75.
They were accused of receiving money from prominent GOP donor Tom Noe, then contributing it to President Bush’s re-election campaign in their own names in an alleged scheme by Noe to skirt laws limiting individual contributions to $2,000.
It’s the GOP’s Contract on America.
Expired link to the Contract on America fixed, thanks to a heads-up from a reader.
Two and a half more inches in my rain gauge overnight, making a total of seven inches since Friday. Rivers cresting today. (Update, 6/30/2006: Here’s the actual crest times and heights.)
Brandywine Creek crested at about 2 p. m.. I took some pictures from Brandywine Park in Wilmington between 2:30 and 3:00 p. m.
Looking upstream towards the Washington Street bridge. The trees to the left center marks the normal bank.
Looking downstream towards the Market Street (US 13 business) bridge.
Well over the banks.
There! by the tree! See them? Picnic tables. And to the right, the “No Swimming” sign.
Oh, yeah, that’s the grill that goes with the picnic tables.
This little dam ain’t doin’ a damn thing any more.
No jogging on that trail today:
Looking upstream from the “Swinging Bridge” (it doesn’t swing anymore, but, at one time, it was a rope suspension bridge which struck fear into the hearts of children throughout Wilmington).
Looking downstream from the “Swinging Bridge” to the Washington Street Bridge:
With good reason, today. In minutes you’d end up in the Christina.
Four inches in the last 36 hours, leading to this and this and this, among other things.