Quote of the Day - And all our yesterdays have lighted fools [t]he way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
$9,200 for Lunch? How About $470K for a Trip?Do we have another $400 hammer here? How does a $9,200 luncheon at the Metropolitan Water District sound? Or how about a $75,000 donation to the Water for the West Foundation (that doesn't have a website) that never got spent?
These are just a few of the findings of Arnold's new auditor on the MWD's finances.
I really like the expenditure of about $470,000 to take board members on inspection trips. Or, for that matter, the reimbursement of the chief executive for a $535 dinner for two at an upscale San Diego eatery without question.
MWD supplies water to roughly half the population of California and collects more than $1 billion in annual revenues, most of which comes from the sale of water. Its customers are homeowners who pay about $225 for a year's worth of water for a family of four.
Do the math.
Only the Shadow Knows Where There's Toxic DustYou already knew this one, but I'll fill you in anyway. This one falls in the category of "but of course, how could it be otherwise?"
Ordinary house dust contains toxic fire retardants at such high levels that cause brain and nerve damage. That explains everything. I thought I was just getting forgetful.
Where do they come from? Computers, TVs, furniture, carpets and drapes. Things I can do without in my house. They're out of here tomorrow. No more toxic dust in my house.
Guess I'll just listen to the radio until they find out that's toxic, too.
Only the Shadow knows for sure.
Now, That's a SentenceTorch a lawyer's car, and get 24 years in jail. Far beyond the normal sentencing guidelines, it doesn't pay (apparently) to then go in front of a judge for the crime.
Go figure. The judge probably thinks he's next if he doesn't lay down the law. The torched cars belonged to the former wife of the lawyer, and his own lawyer.
Guess he wasn't happy with the results of the divorce.
Who ever is?
Ideas Come From the Craziest PlacesLife imitates art. If you're a fan of John Grisham, you've probably read The Brethren.
Turns out that a Connecticut man created a scam based on the book. Posing as a homosexual, 43-year old Steven Smith created the persona of a 21-year old homosexual seeking money to get out of jail.
Not surprisingly, the book had the same scenario. Only Smith came up with almost $65,000, and it wasn't an advance on his next book. He was incarcerated previously, and did a lot of reading while in jail. When asked about the corollary to the book, Smith clammed up.
Grishman and his publisher, Doubleday, had no comment either.
Don't be getting any ideas from reading this blog. I'll deny everything.
Mickey Mouse and James Joyce - Figure It OutJames Joyce, the famous Irish author, must be turning over in his grave. His grandson, Steven Joyce, is enforcing his copyrights on the senior Joyce's work, so much so that Dublin will likely have to cancel a celebratory event.
Here in Dublin, it's almost Bloomsday – the day depicted in Joyce’s novel Ulysses - June 16, 1904, the date on which Leopold Bloom took his fictional, but famous stroll through the streets of Dublin.
But, it looks like there will be no celebration here, given that copyrights extend almost a century. Here in the U.S., we have our own version of an
extended copyright act.
So, you can't copy this post until 2079, or something like that. Not that you'd want to anyway...
By Any Other Name, It's a Wall of RosesRight old boy (said with an English accent). This post gives a new meaning to the Tudor Rose. Indeed, it's actually the New Scotland Yard Rose. Plant this one on your wall, and you're more likely to keep criminals away. At least that's the theory. Thorny side out will discourage the criminal set from climbing over your walls. The Scotland Yard version is a particularly thorny one - no surprise there.
If you're so inclined, you can order them online here. Part of your purchase goes to a charity, the Safer London Foundation. You can see a fine picture of the New Scotland Yard Rose and read about the Yard's award at the Chelsea Flower Show, and see webcams, videos and tours.
Otherwise, just check out Scotland Yard's Most Wanted List and you'll find a group of thorny thugs, but no roses.
Bring Lawyers, Guns and MoneyIt's Memorial Day weekend. What are you doing sitting at a computer reading this? The better question, I guess, is why am I sitting at a computer writing this?
My only defense is that at least I am in Cabo San Lucas, lounging about the beach and poolside. Ahhhh.
But, the world of law continues despite my absence from the country. In fact, one lawyer got caught barking in a deposition and got fined $8,500 for disrupting the depo. I'm glad I missed that one.
Electric Tanks Smoke 'EmSorry I missed you yesterday. I'll have to blame it on El Squid Roe, and the Sea Queen restaurant. I got to enjoying Cabo, my vacation and a good Clancy novel. Plus there were a few Cohibas.
As you can see, I was a little busy.
But, that doesn't excuse some news coverage. Here's a goodie. It's the Army. You know, the guys burning 750,000 gallons of fuel per day in Iraq.
So, when you burn that much money, what can you do about it?
How about a Hybrid-electric tank that gets 600 miles to the charge? Or, you could go with the Hybrid-Electric Light Armored Vehicle that also has a CAT diesel as backup just in case the lights go out.
What will they think of next? They already did.
The tank-like vehicle puts out a whopping 350 kilowatts of electricity while idling. It successfully powered a control tower and runway for two hours in a recent demonstration an the Alaskan military base, Elmendorf Air Force Base.
Sounds like it worked really well, and we can expect to see electric hybrid tanks in about four to five years. Smoke 'em if you got 'em.
P.S. Thanks to Cabo Clipper Internet & Computers for providing a computer for this post. Check with Paul Sanchez. He'll hook you up. He's Good People.