He must think he is truly a special snowflake.
The crime is more common in Western mountain towns, where people cut down – even poison – their neighbors’ trees for a better view.
But “vanity logging,” as it’s sometimes called, could apply to the alleged acts of a lawyer-turned-Zumba instructor who lives outside New Hope.
Police say David L. Topel felled 22 of his neighbor’s old-growth hardwoods – preserved by a conservation easement and worth $260,000 – because they obscured his deck’s southern vista.
“Lawyer-turned-Zumba instructor.” How he missed his true calling as a Wall Street bankster will forever remain a mystery.
You were, as my old boss used to say, “in error.”
He’s 66. She’s now 18 and a mother.
The only surprising thing about this story is that he’s not a “family values” Republican. This sort of stuff is usually the territory of “family values” Republicans, but he calls himself a Democrat.
What’s really screwy is that, after his “dalliance” came out and he got hauled into court for “dallying” with an underage girl, he resigned his office and then got reelected in a special election over the opposition of his own party, emphasizing that what is ultimately wrong with our elected representatives is the voters–and the non-voters.
I got no problem with lust. I understand lust; there is a time and a place for lust. Yes, there is such a thing as “safe lust.”
It’s the stupid . . . . It overwhelms.
Via my local rag.
. . . and I have never played Boggle.
About one-third of Virginia’s students aren’t ready for kindergarten in at least one learning category, according a two-year study published recently by researchers at the University of Virginia.
Those categories include literacy, math, social skills and self-regulation – children’s ability to manage their emotions and behavior. About 20 percent of students lack the needed social skills. About 11 percent lack literacy skills, and 8.5 percent aren’t ready for math, according to the report.
Five-year-olds are supposed to be ignorant. That’s what schools are for.
Words fail me.
“Educational science” has become a scam.
Of course, back in the olden days, when I was a young ‘un, it was widely rumored that persons who concentrated in the “E-School” did so because they were unable to cut it in a real major, such as history or physics or chemistry or sociology or even for Pete’s sake Art History. That seems to be unchanged.
We are a society awash in stupid.
Ignorance can be cured. The cure is called “learning.”
Stupid has no cure.
I shall stop now. Otherwise, I shall just sputter.
Mt ex was a nurse.
If she had to be hospitalized, she would get two gowns; she would wear one frontwards and one backwards, so as not to parade about with bits hanging out for others to see.
It would seem that some genius has come up with a way to make that unnecessary.
One wonders how many brain cells that required.
Colbert takes on food insecurity and “salvage stores.”
Below the fold in case it autoplays (also, there’s likely a commercial).
All Janis Joplin wanted was a Mercedes-Benz . . . .
Couples in the (Seattle–ed.) region have taken notice. On the popular crowdfunding site GoFundMe, there are at least 50 pages created by Seattle-area residents trying to raise money to help with the creation or adoption of a child.
A Mountlake Terrace pair have raised $13,000 for what they say will go toward IVF treatments, surgery and six months of missed work.
Twenty-nine donors have contributed $2,785 to an Issaquah couple who hope to adopt a little boy from South Korea.
The commentary writes itself, so I’m not even going to start.
. . . but the thief slipped away like a greased pig.
The 36,000 pounds of shortening in a semitrailer stolen Sunday from St. Petersburg is still missing, police said early Wednesday.
Authorities found the semitrailer late Monday abandoned in Hialeah, police have said. It was bound for a Publix distribution center in Lakeland before it was stolen from Coastal Towing on 118th Ave. N, according to St. Petersburg police.
Steel-plated self indulgence.
Billionaire Microsoft co-founder and Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen apparently doesn’t get everything he wants – at least not yet.
A Soviet Scud surface-to-surface missile was a no-problem purchase for him at $349,000. A rusty and inoperable Cold War-era M55 self-propelled howitzer was a comparable bargain at $45,000.
But when it came to an authentic Panzer IV, a World War II-era German tank, Allen, an avid collector of historical military planes and other equipment, has had to go to court in Redwood City, even after paying $2.5 million for it.
On Tuesday, Timothy Ray Murray (pictured) challenged longtime incumbent Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) for the Republican nomination in Oklahoma’s 3rd Congressional district. Murray lost, but he did manage to pull in 3,442 votes, good for 5.2 percent of the total. Now Murray says he will contest the outcome of the election. Because, he says, Lucas is dead and has been replaced by a “look alike.”
On the website, Murray claims that Lucas and “a few other Oklahoma and other States’ Congressional Members,” were executed “on or about” Jan. 11, 2011 in southern Ukraine.
Honest to Pete, you can’t make this stuff up.