Sunday, December 28, 2008

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas Everyone!

From hot, sunny Florida. It should be about 80 tomorrow. And if Christmas isn't your Winter Solstice Festival of Choice, then Happy What'sits!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Heartwarming tales of Christmas in Orlando [UPDATED]

Mugging suspect shot outside Orlando Fashion Square

A woman got off a bus near the Fashion Square Mall and was accosted by three men who tried to mug her. One of them had a gun. A passerby saw what was happening and pulled his own concealed weapon. Gunfire ensued, one of the muggers got shot, and the other two eventually got away. Truly, my heart is warmed!

Perhaps this next story should be filed under Festivus, as grievances were definitely aired.

Angry wife jailed after biting husband's you-know-what

I've just got to quote this one (Emphasis and commentary added):

A 27-year-old Deltona woman told authorities she bit her husband's penis because she didn't want to have sex with him.

Charris Bowers was arrested Saturday by a Volusia County sheriff's deputy, accused of misdemeanor battery. A judge set her free Sunday without requiring her to post bail.
Peckers everywhere beware!
Her husband, Delou Bowers, today would not comment.
He just kept moaning....
According to a sheriff's office report, the Bowerses had been to a bar Friday night. Delou Bowers told authorities that when they got home, his wife began to perform oral sex on him but then began to bite his penis.

He tried to stop her, he told a deputy, but she kept at it. He then began to punch her in the head and pushed her to the floor, and she let go, according to the arrest report.
Personally, I'm not sure what one should do in this situation, but punching someone in the head when they're clamping down on your manhood doesn't sound like the best idea in the world to me.
Charris Bowers gave the officer two versions of what happened. She first said she was sitting on the couch when her husband walked over and put his penis in her mouth, according to the report.

"She then bit it to get him away from her," the report said.

She later said her husband walked over with his penis exposed, and she bit it.

Either way, the deputy saw the injury, photographed it then arrested Mrs. Bowers.
It's great to be a cop!

ADDED: I highly recommend the comments on the second story. The comments on the first story are somewhat interesting as well. Increasingly the locals seem to feel that we're living in the Old West - the Law is something that comes out of the barrel of a gun. No one with any sense really thinks the police are going to do a goddamned thing. (The Caylee Anthony case is showing just how bad the local law enforcement can be. The guy that found the body had been telling the police where to look for four months! You can lead a cop to the body, but you can't make them investigate.) We just set a new record for homicides in the Orlando/Orage County jurisdiction, breaking a record that was all of two years old! Woohoo!

UPDATE: Another Fesitvus Miracle from the Sunshine State! Above I said that people increasingly feel the need for protecting themselves. Now for this tale of a 91 year-old man with a pair of big brass balls:

91-year-old man saves wife from gunman
A 91-year-old West Orange County man rescued his 90-year-old wife Tuesday afternoon after a home invader put a gun to her head.

The couple were sitting in the living room of their Lake Stanley Road home at about 4:40 p.m. when two robbers broke in, according to a press statement. The first one held the wife at gunpoint. The second entered shortly afterwards, distracting the gunman.

When the gunman looked away, the elderly man grabbed a .38 caliber revolver hidden beneath a nearby sofa cushion and fired.

Both suspects fled. The senior citizen and his wife were uninjured.

No suspects were arrested.

Copyright © 2008, Orlando Sentinel
Comment #3 says it best: "You rock old dude!"

Now here is some career advice...

... that's completely worthless. From CNN &

Experts: Goof off at work, read a book, ignore e-mail
As someone who got fired for doing some of the things recommended in this article, I can tell you that it is 100% full of shit. It doesn't matter if these techniques make you more efficient or not - I had become 8 times more efficient at my job and I still got fired. (That eight times was actually a quantifiable and verified number too, not just some number I pulled from out of my hat.) The truly important things to do on the job are:
  1. Suck up to the boss, no matter how miserable a human being he is
  2. Don't give them any excuse to fire you.

That second point also means that you shouldn't do your job too well. That's guaranteed to draw unwanted attention to yourself.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

2008 in Photos

Via the Boston Globe:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

I recommend saving any of them that you like, since there's no telling if any newspaper will be in business this time next year.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

A brief comment on current affairs

Based on all the public evidence now available, and on personal experience, I must conclude that to get ahead in this country one must be stupid, corrupt, or both. This is not sustainable.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Pistachio: 1996 - 2008

This has been the worst day of this year, which has been one of the worst in my life. I can't add anything at this time, just because I can't bring myself to write.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Doing some math and thinking about the results....

Fortunately, someone else has done the work for me, at least concerning Obama's infrastructure "stimulus" plan.

I've had similar thoughts about Obama's energy program. Maybe I'll crunch the numbers again, if I ever get over my current illness. I'm at twelve days & counting on that front, and have just started taking a third antibiotic, the first two having been only marginally effective.