Doofus Of The Day #1,051

Today’s award goes to actor Alec Baldwin for this tweet about the death by suicide, while in prison, of Jeffrey Epstein: He shares the award with Ron Perlman, Brian Koppelman, Dave Bautista, George Takei, and probably others in the Hollywood kafeeklatsch, all of whom also inferred a Russian hand of some sort in Epstein’s death. I agree that Epstein’s suicide was, and remains, highly suspicious, with enough grounds for doubt as to what happened to keep us guessing for years to come . . . but Russia?  Really?  I’d have thought there’s nothing Russia would have liked more than to have Epstein’s “little black book” (and video

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Suicide??? YGTBSM!!!

So, according to news reports, Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide last night . . . while on suicide watch in prison. Yeah.  Right. Folks, I served as a Federal prison chaplain.  I was trained in exactly the same way as a corrections officer, alongside them in the same training institution, because there would be times when I’d have to function as one.  I know more than a little about suicide watches, and I’ve been exposed to my fair share of them.  You can read a little about them in this Slate article, but there’s a lot more to them than that. Basically, on suicide watch, everything and anything that

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Joe Biden defines both political extremes at once

Joe Biden yesterday defined much of current American politics in the simplest possible way. “We choose truth over facts”.  Sounds utterly daft, because by definition, truth is fact, whereas “facts” that are not true aren’t facts, but fiction.  Nevertheless, it fits the extremist mindset perfectly.  What is “true” is what conforms to how they think the world should be – whether or not the world really is that way.  If it’s not the way they want the world to be then, even if it’s factually true, it’s not “the truth” – which, of course, only they possess. You can see that right now in the clamor for more gun

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The “housing affordability crisis” is more a crisis of wasteful spending

According to Yahoo! News, the housing affordability crisis is spreading. What began on the coasts, in areas like New York and San Francisco, is now radiating into the nation’s heartland, as well as to cities from Las Vegas to Charleston, South Carolina. Entry-level buyers are scrambling to purchase homes that are in short supply, sending values soaring. Expectations that the Federal Reserve will reduce interest rates this week will do little to change the sober reality: For many, prices have risen much faster than incomes, pushing homeownership out of reach for a new generation of hopeful buyers. That’s cooling the market,

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Ye Gods and little Vikings!

Finland has just hosted the world’s first Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship.  Why it was hosted at all remains an open question! Fox News reports: The task was simple: Showcase your knitting skills while jamming out to heavy metal music. “It’s ridiculous but it’s so much fun,” said Heather McLaren, an engineering Ph.D. student who traveled to Joensuu, Finland, from Scotland for the competition. “When I saw there was a combination of heavy metal and knitting, I thought ‘that’s my niche.’” The competition drew about 200 people, including heavy metal fans in a country where the musical genre is very popular. “In

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Ever heard of “rabbit hopping” as a sport?

I hadn’t either, until I came across this article about competitive rabbit hopping in Australia. A cute companion, a pest and a free lawnmower — that is usually how a domestic rabbit is described. Now ‘athlete’ can be added to that list, because rabbit owners are training up their furry friends to hop competitively, like a miniature version of the equine sport, show-jumping. . . . President of the Rabbit Hopping Society of Australia (RHSA), which was formed in 2013, Neil Worley, said hopping rabbits in Australia were yet to achieve elite status but were on the right track. Elite rabbits can typically

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But is it milk?

I had to laugh at this report. Cinnamon Ridge Dairy Farm is ranked number two in the country for milk production and it may be because their cows are fed a different ingredient. It might sound utterly weird, but the dairy cows at Cinnamon Ridge run on coffee creamer. “This is an oddball ingredient,” says John Maxwell, farmer and owner of Cinnamon Ridge. “It does sound a little cannibalistic, but that’s not true at all.” He says it’s the sugar in the creamer that helps his cows produce some of the best milk in the nation. “This is energy in my

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But . . . WHY???

It seems that a Chinese inventor has come up with a hair washing machine.  Looking at it in action, all I can think is that a conventional shower would be a whole lot less fuss and bother, and much more efficient! Also, the opportunities for mischief by naughty friends or family members are almost endless.  Think of tying the user’s victim’s shoelaces to the retaining device while he’s upside down, or dripping something unpleasant into his breathing tube while he’s inverted.  This has the potential to make washing one’s hair a survival experience! Peter

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Doofus Of The Day #1,045

Today’s award goes to anyone who spends money on this. Have you ever heard of cow cuddling? It’s the hottest trend at the moment, and experts say it’s a beneficial wellness method. . . . Mountain Horse Farm in upstate New York invites visitors to try the “Horse & Cow Experience.” Individuals are given a chance to spend some time with large animals, and they can also pet or brush animals. If you don’t like to play with cows, you can just cuddle with them. The body temperature of cows is higher than ours and have a lower heart rate. Cuddling

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