It appears that residents of neither Pennsylvania nor Massachusetts are able to drive in the snow.

Afterthought:

Some years ago, I was in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on a training gig. When I arrived, the temperature was lower than the windspeed. (The customer had been sending me pictures of his snowbound parking lot for a week, so as to enhance my anticipation of the trip.)

As he drove me to my hotel after the training class, we were engulfed in snow. Visibility was minimal.

I asked, “Tod, is this a white out?”

“No,” he said, “because you can just barely see that,” as he pointed to a shadowy shape that was likely a tree ten feet from the road. At that point, a pick-up careened past us and slid into the ditch.

“Tod,” I said, “it appears that South Dakotans do not know how to drive in the snow.”

He replied, “Frank, no one knows how to drive in the snow.”

I ended up spending an extra night in Sioux Falls because the airport closed the next day. The airline ticket agent was a transplanted Philadelphian. She comped my extra night in a hotel because I was polite to her (she did not have to, as a snow storm is considered an “Act of God” for reaccommodations purposes). (I have found that nasty does not win friends, but does most certainly influence people.)

She told me that the one thing she missed most about Philly was Butterscotch Crimpets. When I got home, I mailed her a box of Tastycakes.

I used to say, that, once you Tastycake, you will never Hostess again.

Now, you can never Hostess again.

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Be polite at the intersection of Stupid Street and Gun Nut Way.

A man accidentally shot himself in the neck Monday while at the stoplight at Lovers Lane and Fruit of the Loom Drive.

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Police concluded the man accidentally discharged his gun inside his car when the gun shifted between the driver’s seat and the console. The man reached for the gun and unintentionally fired it while reaching, Grimsley said.

“‘Reaching’ for what?” one wonders.

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Michael J. Fox:

I think the scariest person in the world is the person with no sense of humor.

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Six years into his presidency . . ., this man still thinks he can peruade us through reasoned argument. Has he met us?

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As you may have heard, Rudy Guiliani recently unleashed his inner racist and various reporters and commentators had the gall–the unmitigated gall–to notice.

Wingnuts cried “media bias.’

At the same time, Howard Dean suggested that Wisconsin governor and Koch Brothers sycophant Scott Walker, being a college drop-out, was not qualified to be president. Republicans freaked out, but Democrats made no charges of media bias.

Jonathan Bernstein attempts to understand the contrast. A snippet:

Both accusations were pretty much denounced by everyone; both sparked predictable partisan bashing and a few interesting reflections.

But liberals didn’t go crying about conservative media bias in the Dean-Walker case because they don’t see every news story as an example of prejudice against them. Conservatives do.

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Cartoon mocking pundits who talk on and on about nothing because that's what they do.

Via Kos.

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Whether or not you care about the fashion “industry” (haven for men who hate women), you should read my local rag’s fashion writer’s take-down of Kanye West’s line of “fashions.”

It is as delightful a skewering of an vacuous poseur as I’ve seen in many months.

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Another case in which cleanliness meets stupid:

Police charged 47-year-old Pedro Rosales with shooting his daughter in their Sutter Avenue apartment about 4 p.m. Saturday when a silver Colt .45 gun in his possession accidentally discharged while cleaning. The baby was struck in the lower abdomen, according to police.

The father has been charged with all kinds of stuff. Meanwhile, this politeness resulted in no charges.

‘Splain me the difference, Lucy.

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Buccaneer Petroleum still sales soils the seas.

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Honest to Pete, you can’t make this stuff up.

The stupid. It burns.

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Man shaking pastor's hand as he leaves church:  Inspiring sermon.  I never heard bigotry sound so virtuous.

Via Job’s Anger.

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Vladimir Nabokov:

It is a short walk from the hallelujah to the hoot.

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Denialist twits.

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Bill O'Reilly:  So I said I spent time under fire in a

Via Job’s Anger.

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Thoreau notices an absence.

One of my friends in the radio biz talked about pro-AUMF guests being pushed at her. I asked, “Are you also getting anti-war guests pushed and promoted to you?” She wasn’t.

I’ve pointed out this issue before many times, not all experts are created equal. Not all messages have a well-funded team pushing them. I’ve asked in several forums. “Who are the anti-war go to guests? Why aren’t they in the conversations? What will it take to get them in the conversations?”

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Cop:  The bitter cold has reduced the amount of crime.  (Looks at wanted poster for Punxatawny Phil).  But that doesn't mean all the criminals are off the street.


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Jeb “Oh God Please Not Another” Bush turns to the same stable of warmongers as his apparently (in Republican eyes) non-existent brother did so as to supplement his wisdom and perspicacity.

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More polite parenting.

A 13-year-old boy is dead and a 25-year-old father is in custody after what Baton Rouge Police described as an accidental shooting Saturday (Feb. 21).

Adonis Forbes had come to check on the teenager, Murain Hawkins, who was babysitting Forbes’ children in the 2000 block of Tennessee Street. Police said Forbes was “working on his handgun” when the firearm discharged, striking Hawkins.

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