Why on earth would the Chinese hack computers at The New York Times? What possible benefit could they derive from doing so? After all, The Tmes has for years functioned as little more than a house organ for every socialist/communist regime on the planet, and they almost never miss an opportunity to carp about the evils of capitalism and liberty. And the beauty is that they do it all by theselves; the ChiComs don't have to pay them a dime. Why muck up a good thing?
Illinois has passed a concealed-carry law, and it contains no provision for Chicago to opt out. In fact, the new law specifically forbids home rule units such as Chicago from regulating, transporting, or carrying weapons. Finally, it looks as though people will have an opportunity to fight back against gun-slinging Chicago thugs.
This development should provide a reasonable test, in the most dangerous city in America, of the hypothesis that an armed society is a polite society. Thus far, during the first month of 2013, some 42 people have been killed in Chicago; it'll be interesting to see how the annual tally stacks up this year, as compared with 2012, when nearly 500 people were murdered.
The nutty perfesser - a Porkland-area blogger with an itchy trigger-finger and an inflated sense of self-esteem - has to be salivating:
A Saskatoon woman who created a fake Facebook profile using photos of a pageant contestant - and conned young men hoping for dates into giving her money - is banned from using the Internet for the next six months.
Admittedly, the woman committed a crime in defrauding gullible boys, but the perfesser's got to be drooling at the thought of having the power to ban somebody from the entire Internet for daring to disagree with his cherished liberal beliefs - did you know that Trig isn't really Sarah Palin's child? Do not disagree!
In other news of the weird and dysfunctional, former Porkland City Council member Randy Leonard formed a task force during the dark years when he was a Councilor, and charged it to take down businesses that he didn't like, using code violations as a pretext.
Now, less than a month after leaving orifice, it emerges that Randolph didn't apply the same standards to his own property; he has an unpermitted sauna in the house he's trying to peddle - and he's contacted former subordinates at one of the bureaus he used to manage, asking for help in getting this irritating little detail cleared up.
His reputation as a corrupt bully remains untarnished. Bully for him!
Mewanwhile, newly elected Porkland Mayor Charlie Hales is left to tackle the fiscal mess that former mayor Sammy Adams and his sidekick, the bully Leonard, left behind. Many of us didn't hold out much hope that Hales, who left in the middle of a term on Portland City Council to go peddle streetcars, and who engaged in some dodgy behavior (living in Washington for tax purposes yet voting in Oregon) would prove any significant improvement over the Adams/Leonard twins, but it's a pleasant surprise to see Mr. Hales actually taking on the nasty budgetary issues rather than running about and "finding" pots of money to blow on pet projects; an approach that defined the Twins' attitude even as necessary infrastructure maintenance was systematically ignored.
With Hales' approach, the city may outgrow its well-earned "Porkland" moniker. It's about time that residents had an adult in charge - even if they did elect him by accident.
It appears as though one of the most important "organs" in the human body are not actually human at all, but the trillions of microbes inhabiting our intestinal systems. New research indicates that changes in these populations affect everything from your weight to how effectively your body can attack disease; potentially bad news for the weight-control industry and others.
Isolating microbes excreted by healthy individuals and introducing them into the digestive systems of others who suffer from weight control or other issues; effectively repopulating their intestinal flora, may prove a key technique in management or reversal of these problems. Down the road, telling a cook that his or her food tastes like crap could become the ultimate compliment.
The historic White Stag sign atop a
building near the Porkland waterfront has welcomed visitors for years, although the White Stag business itself closed years ago. Subsequently, the sign became a "Made In Oregon" ad, though it retained the iconic white stag. Eventually, it became the sign that we see today.
But in a burst of idiocy remarkable even for Porkland, the bureaucrats have decided that it's perfectly reasonable to charge folks for photographing the venerable landmark. No word on whether or not sting operations will be conducted.
In an amazing turn of events, an Oldsmobile slid off an icy road near Wasco, Oregon and bounded 150 feet down a steep slope before coming to rest on the head of a 21-year-old female passenger, pinning her under the wreck. Evidently, she had not been using the seat belt and was ejected during the pluge; oddly, she survived. Rescuers used airbags to lift the wreckage sufficiently to free her, and yarded her back upslope to a waiting ambulance.
As mentioned a bit earlier, it appears that SolarWorld is sustainable only to the extent that it can suck in taxpayer green. Now, the parent company over in Germany's talking about cutting more jobs as they pursue their goal of "restructuring"; i.e., rearranging the deck chairs.
Oregon taxpayers really scored a coup on this one - only $100 million to lure them to set up shop in Hillsboro.
The FBI has raided the West Palm Beach, Florida offices of Dr. Salomon Melgen, a contributor to New Jersey Democrat Senator Bob Menendez. Bobby's been under fire of late, since it emerged that he has a thing for underage hookers - he likes 'em young.
Melgen has an estate in the Dominican Republic, and Bobby apparently has spent a lot of time down there, indulging his fantasies, and the FBI has evidently taken an interest in the affairs of both gentlemen. Although Democrats generally live for time in front of microphones and cameras, the good Senator has suddenly become uncharacteristically unavailable for comment.
Florida: A guy got married and took his wife's last name, rather than the other way 'round. He got a new passport and Social Security card, changed his name on his bank accounts, etc., and updated his Florida drivers' license. A year later, Florida DMV notified him that they were suspending his license due to fraud. When he told them he changed his last name at marriage, they replied that that only works for women.
Okay, then. Looks like the fun's just started, since the fed's E-Verify system has incorporated the Florida DMV database.