So only one game out of the four NFL playoff matchups this weekend had a barely-tolerable outcome. I'll leave you to figure out which one. It wasn't the Chefs swapping Gatorade for cyclobenzadrine, that much I can tell you.

Am done ruminating on the Gabby Giffords shooting; it just makes me ill. MightyGodKing hits the high notes in his analysis/reflection with more salient points and a more thorough connect-the-dots to previous, similar incidents in recent American events than you'll find from a mass-media outlet.

No more weekends like that one for a while, kplzthx.
sigma7: Sims (gonnasuck)
( Jan. 8th, 2011 01:24 pm)
I was randomly websurfing and flipping through Wikipedia -- as is my wont -- the other day when I stumbled headlong onto the entry for Leo Ryan, the congressman who was investigating Jonestown and killed in 1978...but I noted with no small sense of surprise that the article mentioned that he was the first and only congressman to be killed in the line of duty. Until today.

Simply intolerable.
Electric Six's new venue: highway warning signs. With pics. Via Obscure Store.

Edit to include icon.
Sympathies to everyone in Europe -- or zipping through -- affected by this Scrabble-accident monstrosity lurching from the hellmouth that is Iceland. Never been there, but I've long had...suspicions. I can say no more here. 42 pics below.... )
Wilkinsburg police said they believe no students ingested the contents of 78 bags of heroin that were brought to school by an 8-year old on Tuesday.

However, they could not say for sure how 18 bags, some opened, ended up in the classroom's trash can.

The third-grader at Turner Elementary School was found with 60 folded bags of heroin, stamped with the message "Trust Me," during state standardized testing Tuesday morning.

Obviously standardized testing in Pennsylvania is slightly more rigorous than in most other states.
Ricky Martin has announced that he is gay, ending a debate everyone stopped having roughly a decade ago. Choose your reaction from the following:warning: image-heavy )
In case you missed it, the difficult times hounding print journalism has claimed another victim, as The Onion has been sold to Chinese corporation Yu Wan Mei, prominent purveyor of powerful fish-related products. Don't miss any of today's stories, including Potato-Faced Youngster Lauded For Memorizing Primitive 26-Character Alphabet, Nothing At All Happens To 28 Tibetan Protesters, Their Families and, in sports, Selfless Jason Kendall Sacrifices Bunt, Self For Good Of Team, Advancement Of Runners.
Via Obscure Store: Three days after a Klamath man was arrested at Wal-Mart for allegedly smashing several televisions with a softball bat, he was back at the scene of the crime — this time with a lamp.

How much more modern-Don-Quixote can you get than smashing TVs at Wal-Mart?
One of the drawbacks of the cashless society is we tend to spend a bit more -- not feeling the greenbacks somehow abstracts the notion of what we're paying and makes it a bit easier to rationalize the larger sums, I think. So we swipe and we spend maybe a few bucks more than we like. Happens to the best of us.

Unless you're Dale's daughter, who went a little nutty at CVS and, if Visa is to be believed, spent enough to cover the national debt...two thousand times over. Final tally is $23 quadrillion, or $23 million-millionbillion, if you like. Oh, and a $20 negative balance fee.
Via [ profile] querldox, the announcing team for the Mets/Pirates game are apparently at the same hotel as a convention of furries, and the announcers don't quite know what to make of it.

Hernandez: I saw a guy with, with his pet beaver. He had his hand, he was stroking it, he was petting it. [Long pause.] I’m serious! It was a, like a stuffed animal, and he was comforting it. Very bizarre.

And apparently the furries kept the Mets up all night (report on YouTube here). "If you see a large raccoon on the streets of Pittsburgh, don't be alarmed, it's just us."
An FYI from your friendly li'l LJ Support volunteerling: if your main e-mail address on record with LJ is a work or (shudder) Hotmail account, might want to poke through [ profile] kateshort's post here (short version: sekrit question). Because I'd hate to see any of my f-list zombified.

Also, Jesus Christ in a coffee mug. Which actually makes perfect sense to me.
Via Kotaku: With "rape games" officially banned in Japan and politicians cracking down, the country's erotic game makers are feeling the heat.

What to do? In order to avoid another outcry or to prevent falling target of international protests, adult game developers are giving new and upcoming titles less sensation names.

So, Slippery Pregnancy Princess (our translation) becomes a shortened form of "Slippery Princess" ("Nuru Puri")....

Six more at the link -- I find the edits highly entertaining, if only because the editor seemed gripped by sloth in de-raping the titles....
sigma7: Sims (beagle)
( Jun. 11th, 2009 12:15 pm)
Via Obscure Store: Dog eats pot, trips the hell out.

"His eyes were kind of glossed over, very out of touch, I mean, he didn't seem to recognize me at first," says the black Lab's owner. "When he was trying to walk, he was looking at his paw, and then looking at the ground and then trying to get his paw to reach the ground, but was unsuccessful."
Over the years, Western Washington University professor Perry Mills has referred to an overweight student as a "400-pound canary who warbles nothingness"; slapped the nickname "Precious" on a male colleague he believed to be gay; and called a female colleague a "bimbo" and "slut" to her face.

Those remarks were just for starters, according to university records.

Mills, 67, who has taught for more than 20 years in Western's drama department, says he has no recollection of making some of the statements, or never made them. At one point, in an interview with The Seattle Times, he said the university relied on "vacuous lickspittles" to make him look bad.

...Other students describe him as a bully who hurls brutal words simply for his personal enjoyment, at their expense. Faculty and staff have complained of similar behavior. At faculty meetings, Mills purportedly referred to colleagues as "idiots," "maggots" and "the usual."

One of the most serious complaints stemmed from his treatment of a student who returned to school in 2004 after a battle with ovarian cancer. She was still bald from chemotherapy, facing "insecurities every day," according to university records.

When the student balked at presenting a playwriting piece in class, Mills responded with words to the effect that she might as well have died.

Exactly what was said was the subject of disagreement. But before the faculty panel, Mills acknowledged he said something like, "If you don't put up your work, it's just as if you died of cancer and aren't here at all."

...Mills admitted during the hearing to using derogatory terms toward colleagues but couldn't recall some of the specific remarks attributed to him. With students, Mills said, provocation is part of his personality, which he had used to prod students. But he denied berating and demeaning students and colleagues.

Anybody want to invite this guy to a conference?
I'm not one for legal wonkery, but this is pretty wonderful on a variety of levels: it turns out you can't actually sue the makers of Cap'n Crunch because you led to believe that crunchberries were real fruit. Which is awesome enough on its own, but the details are golden:

The plaintiff, Janine Sugawara, alleged that she had only recently learned to her dismay that said "berries" were in fact simply brightly-colored cereal balls, and that although the product did contain some strawberry fruit concentrate, it was not otherwise redeemed by fruit.

"Otherwise redeemed by fruit" is quickly worming its way into my heart as one of the best turns of phrase I've read in a long time.

According to the complaint, Sugawara and other consumers were misled not only by the use of the word "berries" in the name, but also by the front of the box, which features the product's namesake, Cap'n Crunch, aggressively "thrusting a spoonful of 'Crunchberries' at the prospective buyer."

Say what you will of the plaintiff's intellectual capacities, but whoever crafted the "thrusting a spoonful" bit has earned my respect. "Thrusting Spoonful" goes atop my list of hypothetical band names.

But to put this entire debacle in context, the final graf from the blog entry:

Judge England also noted another federal court had "previously rejected substantially similar claims directed against the packaging of Fruit Loops [sic] cereal, and brought by these same Plaintiff attorneys." He found that their attack on "Crunchberries" should fare no better than their prior claims that "Froot Loops" did not contain real froot.
sigma7: Sims (wehateyou)
( Aug. 30th, 2008 12:43 pm)
Normally I'm all for respecting other people and their cultures and their religious beliefs.

But some things are indefensible, utterly intolerable:

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A Pakistani lawmaker defended a decision by southwestern tribesmen to bury five women alive because they wanted to choose their own husbands, telling stunned members of Parliament this week to spare him their outrage.

"These are centuries-old traditions and I will continue to defend them," Israr Ullah Zehri, who represents Baluchistan province, said Saturday. "Only those who indulge in immoral acts should be afraid."

...And you may recognize that mindset in the last graf; odds are it's been knocking at your door in an entirely different suit.


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