Category: Effluvia

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AT AMAZON, one forty-five caliber automatic; two boxes of ammunition; four days' concentrated emergency rations; one drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine, vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills; one miniature combination Russian phrase book and Bible; one hundred dollars in rubles; one hundred dollars in gold; nine packs of chewing gum; one issue of prophylactics; three lipsticks; three pair of nylon stockings.

Shoot, a fellow could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff.

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ALONG WITH THE ERADICATION OF MALARIAL MOSQUITOES, the introduction of air conditioning was one of the unsung triumphs that took America from backwater to powerhouse in the 20th century.

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DOES NOT FORGIVE. DOES NOT FORGET: Alleged Jennifer Lawrence photo hacker complains of vigilante justice by 4chan.

“I regret it so much,” he said. “I didn’t even get any bitcoin out of it. It’s the stupidest thing I’ve done and I hope it won’t ruin my life, though it probably will since it’s just the biggest news story.”

If you play with fire, sooner or later, you will get burned.

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A FOURTH CIRCUIT JUDGE once told me that young lawyers would be wise to consider Hemingway and Orwell as models for prose style. The same is true for journalists:

A local man was arrested early Friday morning on charges that he stole a truck from a local company after police located the vehicle in Bristol with his cellphone inside, according to a police report.

What does that mean?

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AS THE SERFS OF DISTRICT TWELVE LABOR TO MEET COAL MINING QUOTAS, even the pets of Capital City luxuriate at a "Ritz Carlton" for dogs and cats.

Prices start at $30 for cats and $60 for dogs per night, but luxury suites begin at $105 a night and come with webcams and TVs. (“Animal Planet is always a favorite,” Eng says. “But I’ve got a few addicted to soap operas.”)

There are Pawlates for Pooches classes, limo rides and “cuddle dates,” during which a human spends 20 minutes petting and whispering sweet nothings to a dog or cat. Clients can also spring for personal shopping sprees, allowing their dog or cat to pick out toys from the gift shop.

“People will spend whatever it takes to make their pets happy — and we understand that,” Eng says.

I recently spent six dollars on a Squeaky Fox for the Popehat Dog. It seemed an extravagance, but that's life out here in the Districts.

 

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PHOTOGRAPHY IS NOT A CRIME: NYPD issues "stern" memo reminding officers that they can't simply arrest people for photographing cops.

Of course in a culture, such as that of the New York Police Department, where lawless behavior by officers is treated with kid gloves, this is just window dressing for the rubes. As long as officers have union protection and tort immunity, lawlessness will reign. A real solution for gratuitous violation of civil rights by the police would be to abolish their immunity. Force individual officers to carry insurance or a bond, paid from their own salaries. By all means give the officers a raise to cover premium expense, but if an officer faces too many claims or judgments, a responsible, objective third party (the insurance company) can revoke his badge by cancelling tort coverage.

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PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: Musteline yet Lacking a Male Member. "When first I heard of one Damien Walter…I heard that… he was living on the dole… [T]he worthy Mr Walter has never written nor published a science fiction novel at all. He boasts some short stories, or perhaps treatments, or perhaps scattered notes of some sort, but which have never appeared in any major magazine or anthology."

The Social Justice Left doesn't just criticize human-wave science fiction that outsells the arthouse stuff; they go after the authors with the meanest ad-hominems possible, because they think no-one will call them on it. They might have to rethink that strategy soon. (Here's looking at you Trs Nlsn Hydn and everyone at Tr).

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BLAMING THE VICTIM: The "she shouldn't have worn that dress in that bar" argument is lame as applied to sex crimes, but any American who visits North Korea, without diplomatic immunity, is essentially wearing a supertight dress to the worst bar in town. Expecting CNN, the U.S. government, or Dennis Rodman to get you out is closing the barn door after the horses have escaped.

Don't go to North Korea.

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IN THE MAIL: The Incrementalists by Steven Brust and Skyler White (no, not that one). Full review to follow, perhaps.