Friday, January 30, 2004
"her teacher became suspicious when she saw the girl and her Head Start classmates playing with small balloons"
Yeah, that is odd for 4-year-olds
Troy Police Detective John Cooney said. "We don't routinely test our 4-year-old preschoolers for dangerous drugs."
Never too late to start
Thursday, January 29, 2004
"Human Remains Case," which I took to be US Millitary speak for coffin, but actually it turned out to be another name for a "Transfer Case.".
Body bags are used for the battlefield and its rear areas. When the remains are ready for transport home, the body bag is placed in a transfer case, which is made of aluminum so it can be packed with ice to stay refrigerated. It is used to keep bodies intact at high altitudes, usually while en route to a mortuary.
The transfer case, which is reusable, is about 7 feet 4 inches long and costs the government about $1,100.
Jackson said the supply center had 301 transfer cases on hand as of late last year. It has ordered 156 in the past six months.
Jackson called human-remains containers possibly "the most difficult items you can try to plan for."
Wednesday, January 28, 2004
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
FOX gives the Massachusetts senator 39 per cent of the vote with former Vermont Governor Howard Dean trailing far behind at 25 per cent.
'Fifteen points can be seen as a blowout ... if it stays in double digits, I think the Dean camp is going to have a hard time making the case that Dean is the comeback kid,' said political analyst and Fox News contributor Susan Estrich on the interim results. 'I don't think the Dean people want to see a double-digit margin, not at all.'
The winner of the primary will receive the state's 22 national convention delegates, as well as incalculable political momentum in the contest to pick a Democratic challenger to President Bush, FOX reports.
Howard Dean had been the front runner in the race before losing in the Iowa causus race and, during a post-vote rally for his political workers, giving what has since been characterised as a bizarre speech culminating in a banshee-like screech.
Alarmed by the candidate's behaviour, many voters switched their allegiance to Senator Kerry.
Bradley Nelson, of Lyons Township High School District 204, was the highest paid driving instructor, taking home $151,830 during the 2002-2003 school year, according to the Illinois State Board of Education data. Nelson did not return phone calls.Gee, I wonder why?
I just don't understand using CRT's on a solar-powered system. I cannot imagine that the costing makes sense to install the extra solar capacity to power real monitors is any cheaper than the price differential between LCD's and CRT's, historical differences aside.
Monday, January 26, 2004
Like many TV shows about doctors, lawyers and cops, "Crossing Jordan" relies on Hollywood prop houses for stacks of official-looking documents to lend its sets a feeling of realistic clutter.
Last week, however, the show's crew came across a box of prop papers that were a little too real for comfort.
The box held NBC hiring and personnel files on a number of the show's employees. Included were home addresses and phone numbers, copies of Social Security cards and detailed medical histories.
This is a pretty amateurish error on the part of his web folks.
UPDATE:As of 1/29/04 this was fixed.
Friday, January 23, 2004
Not much content for this post, I just wanted to share a couple of cool photos I spotted over on Yahoo this morning.
AngryMean Dean action figure on the left, and a Coke Bottle shaped coffin over on the right.
Thursday, January 22, 2004
Infiltration of files seen as extensiveA technician hired by the new judiciary chairman, Patrick Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, apparently made a mistake that allowed anyone to access newly created accounts on a Judiciary Committee server shared by both parties -- even though the accounts were supposed to restrict access only to those with the right password.
Wednesday, January 21, 2004
Tuesday, January 20, 2004
ASIDE: Imus this morning quipped, "When I see somebody roll up their sleeves, the next thing I expect them to be doing is carrying my bags out to the limousine."
Monday, January 19, 2004
Sometimes you get lucky.
Sinkhole Swallows, Traps Woman Walking Dog
And sometimes you don't...
A woman walking her two dogs in the East Village was killed when she fell onto an electrified Con Ed cable cover
I guess if your number is up, they get you however they can.
Friday, January 16, 2004
First time I've noticed a stage substitution of this logo. I've seen a lot of "Donut Donut" in place of "Dunkin Donut," but never something other than FedEx, and certainly not one so risque.
Firefighters from Niles watched a Weathersfield house burn for about 20 minutes Thursday afternoon without attempting to put it out because the fire occurred outside the city limits.
Instead, the Niles crew waited for the Weathersfield Fire Department to come and put out the blaze. Radcliff said Niles firefighters had three firetrucks at the scene and could have easily put out the fire.
Capt. Randy Ciminero of the Niles Fire Department confirmed his firefighters mistakenly were dispatched to the scene because the fire originally was thought to have been in Niles.
Since the fire was not in the city's jurisdiction, Ciminero said his firefighters just waited to make sure no one was injured.
Radcliff, whose house was no more than 200 yards from Niles city limits, was angry the Niles firefighters didn't help.
Ciminero said he didn't want his firefighters tied up with this fire when they could have been called out to a fire in Niles.
''I'm paid by the city of Niles. I'm paid to protect the property of the people of Niles,'' he said.
The Niles department was dispatched to the fire because the 911 call was made from a cell phone, and all cell phone calls go to the Ohio State Highway Patrol in Southington. The patrol dispatcher mistakenly notified the Niles department about the fire because Robbins Avenue also runs through Niles.
Firefighters from Weathersfield's Station No. 40, who were eventually called about 1:10 p.m., put out the fire. An official from the Weathersfield department said the fire was contained to a room and part of the attic.
I wonder if their deparment (used to) receive(s) any state taxpayer money?
I wonder if they ever (used to) receive mutual aid from neighboring cities?
I wonder if their locale has any sort of mass disaster plan? How effective might it be if shit like this happens around there?
I wonder if there is any local history to this story that would change my mind about these asshole firewatchers?
My guess, theory, opinion, based on nothing at all -- There is some Union bullshit behind all of this, like Niles having one ane the suburbs not having one. If not, they it's just pure ass-hattery.
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
'This is a new low for the auto industry, and it would make George Orwell proud,' said Daniel Becker, a global warming expert at the Sierra Club.I suppose that Mr. Daniel Becker has a hard time telling his ass from his elbow, much less a hole in the ground. Do you suppose he knows anything at all about Mr. Orwell's politics?
Rowland, who admitted last month that [sic] received gifts from friends, state employees and a state contractor, will continue to serve as state chairman of President Bush's re-election campaign in Connecticut, according to Madden.Something seems to be missing from the highlighted portion above. Perhaps if the author had an editor he could spot the missing word.
State lawmakers are considering impeaching Rowland, and U.S. Reps. Rob Simmons and Christopher Shays, both Republicans, have called for his resignation.I am firmly convinced that at least some of the Republicans calling for Governor Rowland to resign fear that if he sticks around they may well get caught up in the dragnet. Sure, they're worried that sharing a party affiliation with Rowland will sully their fine names come election time, but the intensity of their reactions makes me wonder just how many "gifts" of their own they've been accepting.
Wednesday, January 07, 2004
"Clinton introduced a quote from Gandhi by saying: "He ran a gas station down in St Louis."
...Clinton said she never meant to fuel the stereotype that certain ethnic groups run America's petrol stations."
She didn't meant to fuel it? What did she mean?