H. L. Mencken’s recipe for dealing with activist judges

Both sides of the political spectrum in the USA have from time to time expressed “reservations” (euphemism!) at the decisions of judges that affect causes, laws and activities which they support.  Ninety-five years ago, H. L. Mencken had a suggestion on how to deal with them. To punish a judge taken in judicial crim. con. by fining him or sending him to jail is a bit too facile and obvious. What is needed is a system (a) that does not depend for its execution upon the good-will of fellow jobholders, and (b) that provides swift, certain and unpedantic punishments, each fitted neatly to its crime.

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So much for Beyond Meat!

The Babylon Bee hits another one out of the park. Look out, Beyond Meat — a new competitor has emerged in the market of turning vegetables into a food that tastes just like meat. But while companies like Beyond Meat use laboratories to turn vegetables into something tasty, this new process uses a much more natural method: feeding the vegetables to a cow. The startup, which goes by the much simpler brand name of “Meat,” came upon this process after using hundreds of millions of venture capital dollars to research how to turn vegetable products into something delicious that could be used as

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The snark intensifies

Many of us have long enjoyed satirical Web sites such as Duffelblog or the Babylon Bee.  Now comes news that IMAO is putting up political satire as well.  It now has a sidebar heading “IMAO Headlines”, containing some truly funny “fake news” stories. Here’s an example. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A local software innovator has created the perfect armor for deflecting individual accountability in the form of a new app called Blame-a-Lyzer, which helps you select just the right target group of people who have absolutely nothing to do with your life that you can blame for most, if not all, of your personal problems.

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Clearly, this wasn’t designed by a cat owner

It seems that Charmin is developing an outsize toilet paper roll, so that users won’t have to change it for up to a month. However, as any cat owner will tell you, the feline species appears to take delight in unwinding a toilet paper roll. I should think cats will find that monster roll absolutely irresistible.  Their owners might have to spend the next couple of days in a hotel room, while a cleanup service de-TP’s their entire home! I suspect this is going to have unintended consequences . . . Peter

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Sometimes the jokes just write themselves

I did a double-take on reading this report. The owner of the life-size replica of Noah’s Ark in Northern Kentucky has sued its insurers for refusing to cover, of all things … rain damage. Ark Encounter, which unveiled the 510-foot-long model in 2016, says that heavy rains in 2017 and 2018 caused a landslide on its access road, and its five insurance carriers refused to cover nearly $1 million in damages. There’s more at the link. But . . . what if the insurers claim that rain damage to (of all things!) Noah’s Ark was, almost by definition, an Act of God? Peter

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Yes, that explains a lot

Scott Adams has been poking fun at the business world in his Dilbert comic strip for decades, but he never seems to get stale.  He hit one out of the park yesterday.  Click the image to see a larger version at the comic’s Web site. Sadly, I never came up with any excuse that original . . . Peter

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Heh

I suppose I could have headlined this “Truth and its consequences”.  I received this via e-mail, origin unknown.  Clickit to biggit. Hey, at least he/she didn’t say “Clubbed baby seal” or “Fried delta smelt“! Peter

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