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Friday, December 30, 2011

2011: The Year the Wheels Fell Off

At American Spectator.

Jonah Goldberg's 2011 in review

End of year links

The ball cutter fish

Best fails of 2011

Some really painful stuff here.

99-year-old Italian divorces wife after discovering 1940s affair

My favorite bit: "The Italian press attributed the acrimonious split to the couple's southern blood – he is originally from Olbia in Sardinia, while his wife was born in Naples."

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Texas, California, and the Tale of the Coyote

CALIFORNIA: The Governor of  California is jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out, bites the Governor and attacks his dog.
1. The Governor starts to intervene, but reflects upon the movie “Bambi” and then realizes he should stop; the coyote is  only doing what is natural.
2. He calls animal control. Animal Control captures the coyote and bills the State $200 testing it for diseases and $500  for relocating it.
3. He calls a veterinarian. The vet collects the dead dog and bills the State $200 for testing it for diseases.
4. The Governor goes to hospital and spends $3,500 getting checked for diseases from the coyote and on getting his  bite wound bandaged.
5. The running trail gets shut down for 6 months while Fish & Game conducts a $100,000 survey to  make sure the area is free of dangerous animals.
6. The Governor spends $50,000 in state funds to  implement a “coyote awareness” program for residents of the area.
7. The State Legislature spends $2 million to study how to better treat rabies and how to permanently  eradicate the  disease throughout the world.
8. The Governor’s security agent is fired for not stopping the attack somehow and for letting the  Governor attempt to intervene.
9. Additional cost to State of California: $75,000 to hire and train a new security agent with additional special  training re: the nature of coyotes.
10. PETA protests the coyote’s relocation and files suit against the State.

TEXAS: The Governor of Texas is  jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A Coyote jumps out, bites  the Governor’s leather boot, and attacks his dog.
1. The Governor shoots the coyote with his State-issued pistol and keeps jogging. The Governor has spent $0.50 on a .45 ACP hollow point cartridge.
2. The buzzards eat the dead coyote.

And that, boys and girls, is why California is  broke………..And, more importantly, why too much government doesn’t work.

Original here.

Santa Claus Plays "Jingle Bells" with the Colt 1911

Ho, ho, ho.