I spent the morning writing “Star Whackers (The Ballad of Randy Quaid),” and may or may not post it, depending on the reply I get from the musician to whom I sent it. I create more nonsense before 8 am than many bloggers do all day.
Stacy had a rough day, yesterday. Auburn came back in dramatic style to beat Alabama, 28-27, and some other guy got to bust President Obama’s lip. Please be gentle.
Wondering what to do with all that leftover turkey? Some ideas.
Among the better posts this weekend: Crazy stuff a librarian has discovered in DVD cases. The Cedar Stump and Tradition. Adriana Lima on Too Much Government.
1964: it was a very good year. Camp of the Saints features Ashlyn Martin.
Wikileaks threaten to show State Department just makes shit up as it goes along. Don’t mess with their soirees, dude, or there will be hell to pay.
Imagine. This European Parliament sends a bailout to Ireland, yet they want them to not hold general elections. Who the hell do you think you are?
The average Chicago fire fighter who retired last year with at least 20 years of experience will receive a pension worth more than $1.3 million — not counting health care.
And the typical police officer retiring with the same experience trails narrowly at “only” $1.2 million.
So says Chicago’s Civic Committee, which in an e-mail Friday morning released results of what it says is a study based on government records it recently obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request.
According to the business group, the fact that sworn personnel can retire at age 50 with full benefits after just 20 years on the job gives them rights to pensions that far exceed what someone in the private sector would get after a similar period.
Michael Flisk, 46, was a 20-year veteran of the department and had a wife and four children, according to Supt. Jody Weis. Three of his siblings are also on the force. “It’s surreal. Even when I was told, it didn’t resonate,” said Flisk’s sister-in-law, Gina Flisk.
It strikes me that the shooter was saying, in effect, you’d better not come down here to investigate crimes. The counterpoint is provided by Don Alejo Garza, the 77-year-old Mexican rancher who killed 4 Zetas and wounded two others when they came to take over his property. He may have killed “only” four of them, but the damage he did to the Zetas by his example is much greater than that.
Viva Mexico valiente!