When OJ Simpson Was On the Right Side of the Law

31 07 2008

Screenshot from the second Dragnet, Season 3, Episode 3, which aired in the Fall of 1969.  Friday, Gannon and a black LAPD cop are speaking to recent graduates of a high school in the black part of town, trying to get more non-white recruits.

The unidentified man whom Orenthal is playing seems interested.  Otherwise, one might think he was asking this:

“Officer, if the fuzz thinks I knocked off my white wife, how fast should I flee from them in my whiter-than-my-dead-wife Ford Bronco?”


Switched At Birth

31 07 2008

One is Morris Dees.  One is Joseph P. Kennedy II, RFK’s first son.  Can you tell which is which?  What’s not confusing is that they’re pursuing almost the same political agenda.

Fun With Saving the Planet (From Whom?)

31 07 2008

C|Net:  Microsoft to Mac users: Use Firefox, not Safari

Microsmeg wants you to use Firefox?  Now I’ve heard everything.


Six months ago, New York’s Governor might have taken that as a narcissistic double entendre vis-a-vis some ho.

AP:  Obama says Republicans trying to scare voters

Then goes on a tirade about how global warming is going to kill us all.

Malkin:  Seattle’s planet-saving plan: Jump rope, draw chalk art

And light candles.

MissouriNet:  Obama pleased with tour of rural Missouri

I’m glad rural Missourians could live up to His high standards.

P-D:  Ill. prison head gets 2 years for corruption

Some public official in Illinois is corrupt?  That’s news to me.  </Rod B.>

Springfield News-Leader:  Obama wants new direction on energy

A “new direction” on energy would be more drilling, more refineries and more nuclear power plants.

P-D Political Fix:  Nixon ad touts “tough” reputation

Yes, he’s real tough on old widows, kicking them out of their houses because their late husbands spent time in a nursing home.

P-D:  Most Missouri candidates decline Political Courage Test

I’m waiting for a media courage test.

Reuters:  World’s oldest joke traced back to 1900 BC

World’s first sideick, Edwardivs McMahonivs, traced back to about 300 BC.

Reuters:  IOC “surprised” by Games web censorship

Which cave did you just crawl out of?


31 07 2008


Bangladesh gaining land, not losing: scientists

DHAKA (AFP) – New data shows that Bangladesh’s landmass is increasing, contradicting forecasts that the South Asian nation will be under the waves by the end of the century, experts say.

Scientists from the Dhaka-based Center for Environment and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS) have studied 32 years of satellite images and say Bangladesh’s landmass has increased by 20 square kilometres (eight square miles) annually.


The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has predicted that impoverished Bangladesh, criss-crossed by a network of more than 200 rivers, will lose 17 percent of its land by 2050 because of rising sea levels due to global warming.

I’m happy about this story for two reasons.  One, this take a lot of wind out of the global warming sails.  Two, AFAIK, Bangladesh has been the only country to reciprocate American emergency aid.  During the 1993 Flood of the Mississippi-Missouri, the Bangladeshi government sent us what for them was a lot of money.  Several years previous, we sent a lot of aid to Bangladeshis victimized by a Ganges River flood.