[Grant] Oly, who keeps Siberian tigers on his rural Goodhue County property, backed them off long enough to drag [Allison] Asher, 37, of Minneapolis, to safety. She was in serious condition Thursday in a Rochester hospital with a gash in her neck, a mangled leg and cuts and bites.Let me get this straight, a person who is not specially trained in handling tigers can have up to three of them on his property? And if he violates that law, he is guilty of only a misdemeanor? I'm generally a libertarian, but that is crazy.
Oly, meanwhile, was sitting in a Goodhue County jail cell, facing misdemeanor charges that he violated a county zoning ordinance and two state laws in keeping the exotic animals. He is scheduled to appear in court this morning.It's the second time in a year that Oly, 48, has faced charges in connection with keeping tigers on his land, in the Mississippi River valley about 65 miles south of the Twin Cities.
In 2004, a Goodhue County jury found Oly guilty of violating the county's zoning ordinance by having eight tigers -- five more than allowed. He recently served 45 days in jail for violating terms of his probation.
Goodhue County Sheriff Dean Albers said Thursday that seven tigers were still on the property when deputies arrived late Wednesday.
Saturday, April 30, 2005
Friday, April 29, 2005
Tuesday 4:00 p.m.: Told that dealership had to order part for recall work, but van would be ready Wednesday by noon.
Wednesday 4:00 p.m.: Oh, nobody called you? So sorry. Well, part didn't come in today but it will be in tomorrow.
Thursday 3:30 p.m.: Dealership rep #1: Oh, nobody called you? So sorry. The van is ready. You can come pick it up.
Thursday 3:31 p.m.: Dealership rep #2 leaving message on home answering machine: The part is still not available and is on backorder. Please come get a loaner car. It could be two weeks before we get the part.
Thursday 7:00 p.m.: I take a bus to the dealership to get the loaner car.
Friday 10:00 a.m.: The van is done. We had the part in stock all along.
Thursday, April 28, 2005
Charles Johnson, Marc Danziger and I have been sneaking around over the last few months, trying to turn blogs into a business. We have enlisted some others with names familiar to you with the intention of working in two areas - aggregating blogs to increase corporate advertising and creating our own professional news service.
With respect to advertising, we do not wish to go into competition with Henry Copeland's BlogAds, which we fully support. (Some of us even have them!) We are working on another model that will sell ads en masse, not blog-by-blog. We expect this model to go live within a few weeks.
As for the Blog News Service, a lot of work needs to be done and a lot of questions answered. An editorial board consisting of Glenn Reynolds, PowerLine, Lawrence Kudlow, Hugh Hewitt, Marc Cooper, Wretchard of the Belmont Club and Tim Blair, as well as the founders, is already in place with other bloggers in many countries having signed on as contributors.It is going to be very interesting to see how this venture works out.
This is no way meant to be exclusive. We invite you all to join us. On the advertising end, any blogger -- whether political or not -- is welcome. We would be delighted to place ads on your blog and pay you for them. You may find out more and, we hope, join by simply emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(For cross-post at Centerfield and comments posted there, click here.)
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry and his wife prepare to visit Minneapolis on May 3, Sen. Mark Dayton said he has little doubt that Kerry is planning to run for president again in 2008.
When New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton attended the DFL Humphrey Day Dinner in Minneapolis less than two weeks ago, Dayton, D-Minn., told the crowd he hoped he was introducing "the next great president of the United States of America."
Two days later on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Dayton said Kerry approached him "with daggers in his eyes and said, 'What are you doing endorsing my 2008 presidential opponent?'... He was very serious."
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
- E.J. Dionne says that moderates are in revolt.
- Ron Brownstein says that there may be an opening for a centrist third party.
- Brendan Nyhan says that Brownstein is nuts, but BullMoose refuses to give up the dream.
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
"There are some people out there who are Christians...who believe that homosexuality is a sin. You know what? I'm a Christian. I do believe that it's a sin. You know what else? I believe divorce is a sin. Guess what? I've been divorced. Guess what? Jesus talks about divorce a lot more than he talks about homosexuality. I don't know why people obsess over it so much, but they do. Wait a second, I do know why they obsess over it. Because they get votes bashing gays."
MOSCOW Apr 25, 2005 — President Vladimir Putin lamented the demise of the Soviet Union in some of his strongest language to date, saying in a nationally televised speech before parliament Monday that it was "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century." . . .And don't forget this story from earlier this month.
Putin, who served as a colonel in the KGB, has resurrected some communist symbols during his presidency, bringing back the music of the old Soviet anthem and the Soviet-style red banner as the military's flag.
Rice's skills as a Russia expert are going to be tested over the next 3 and 1/2 years.
Monday, April 25, 2005
Friday, April 22, 2005
In other words, I agree 100 percent with this op-ed from Ted Olsen. Here is a taste.
As much as we deplore incidents of bad judging, we are not necessarily better off with -- and may dislike even more -- adjudications made by presidents or this year's majority in Congress.
Calls to investigate judges who have made unpopular decisions are particularly misguided, and if actually pursued, would undermine the independence that is vital to the integrity of judicial systems. If a judge's decisions are corrupt or tainted, there are lawful recourses (prosecution or impeachment); but congressional interrogations of life-tenured judges, presumably under oath, as to why a particular decision was rendered, would constitute interference with -- and intimidation of -- the judicial process. And there is no logical stopping point once this power is exercised.
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Alabama: Hell Yes, We Have Electricity.
Alaska: 11,623 Eskimos Can't Be Wrong!
Arizona: But It's A Dry Heat.
Arkansas: Literacy Ain't Everything.
California: By 30, Our Women Have More Plastic Than Your Honda.
Colorado: If You Don't Ski, Don't Bother.
Connecticut: Like Massachusetts, Only The Kennedy's Don't Own It Yet.
Delaware: We Really Do Like The Chemicals In Our Water.
Florida: Ask Us About Our Grandkids And Our Voting Skills.
Georgia: We Put The Fun In Fundamentalist Extremism.
Hawaii: Haka Tiki Mou Sha'ami Leeki Toru (Death To Mainland Scum,Leave Your Money)
Idaho: More Than Just Potatoes... Well, Okay, We're Not, But The Potatoes Sure Are Real Good
Illinois: Please, Don't Pronounce the "S"
Indiana: 2 Billion Years Tidal Wave Free
Iowa: We Do Amazing Things With Corn
Kansas: First Of The Rectangle States
Kentucky: Five Million People; Fifteen Last Names
Louisiana: We're Not ALL Drunk Cajun Wackos, But That's Our Tourism Campaign.
Maine: We're Really Cold, But We Have Cheap Lobster
Maryland: If You Can Dream It, We Can Tax It
Massachusetts: Our Taxes Are Lower Than Sweden's And Our Senators Are More Corrupt!
Michigan: First Line Of Defense From The Canadians
Minnesota: 10,000 Lakes...And 10,000,000,000,000 Mosquitoes
Mississippi: Come And Feel Better About Your Own State
Missouri: Your Federal Flood Relief Tax Dollars At Work
Montana: Land Of The Big Sky, The Unabomber, Right-wing Crazies, and Honest Elections!
Nebraska: Ask About Our State Motto Contest
Nevada: Hookers and Poker!
New Hampshire: Go Away And Leave Us Alone
New Jersey: You Want A ##$%##! Motto? I Got Yer ##$%##! Motto Right here!
New Mexico: Lizards Make Excellent Pets
New York: You Have The Right To Remain Silent, You Have The Right To An Attorney...And No Right To Self Defense!
North Carolina: Tobacco Is A Vegetable
North Dakota: We Really Are One Of The 50 States!
Ohio: At Least We're Not Michigan
Oklahoma: Like The Play, But No Singing
Oregon: Spotted Owl...It's What's For Dinner
Pennsylvania: Cook With Coal
Rhode Island: We're Not REALLY An Island
South Carolina: Remember The Civil War? Well, We Didn't Actually Surrender Yet
South Dakota: Closer Than North Dakota
Tennessee: Home of the Al Gore Invention Museum.
Texas: Se Hablo Ingles
Utah: Our Jesus Is Better Than Your Jesus
Vermont: Ay, Yep
Virginia: Who Says Government Stiffs And Slackjaw Yokels Don't Mix?
Washington: Our Governor can out-fraud your Governor!
West Virginia: One Big Happy Family...Really!
Wisconsin: Come Cut Cheese!
Wyoming: Where Men Are Men... And The Sheep Are Scared
The District of Columbia: The Work-Free Drug Place!
The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not “insurgents” or “terrorists” or “The Enemy.” They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow — and they will win.Story.
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq's interim president announced Wednesday the recovery of more than 50 bodies from the Tigris River, saying the grisly discovery was proof of claims that dozens were abducted from an area south of the capital despite a fruitless search by Iraqi forces.
Northwest of Baghdad, witnesses said 19 bullet-riddled bodies were found slumped against a bloodstained wall in a soccer stadium in Haditha.
The discoveries came as insurgents unleashed a string of attacks that killed at least nine Iraqis and wounded 21. They included four suicide car bombs -- one of which targeted interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's convoy -- and a roadside explosion in the capital, police said. Allawi escaped unharmed, they said.
DNC Chairman Howard Dean said "that his party would wield the Terri Schiavo case against Republicans in the 2006 and 2008 elections, but for now needed to stay focused battling President Bush on Social Security," the Los Angeles Times reports.People were repelled that Terri Schiavo's tragic situation was made into a political issue in the first place. My prediction is that reintroducing it as a political issue would backfire on Democrats.
Said Dean: "We're going to use Terri Schiavo later on."
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
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Tuesday, April 12, 2005
I can download my entire CD collection to my computer, attach the iPod to a USB port, and the software will randomly select 100+ songs which themselves can then be played randomly on the iPod. At anytime, I can just attach the iPod to the computer again and get 100+ different songs. And the darn thing is the size of cigarette lighter, which means that not only will it be super convenient for running but I can carry it in my pocket so that I can listen to it on the bus on the way home from work. This thing is going to change my life (at least a little).
Monday, April 11, 2005
WASHINGTON, April 10 - Two years after the fall of Saddam Hussein, the American-led military campaign in Iraq is making enough progress in fighting insurgents and training Iraqi security forces to allow the Pentagon to plan for significant troop reductions by early next year, senior commanders and Pentagon officials say. . .The American military's priority has shifted from waging offensive operations to training Iraqi troops and police officers. Iraqi forces now oversee sections of Baghdad and Mosul, with American forces on call nearby to help in a crisis. More than 2,000 American military advisers are working directly with Iraqi forces.
More Iraqi civilians are defying the insurgents' intimidation to give Iraqi forces tips on the locations of hidden roadside bombs, weapons caches and rebel safe houses. The Pentagon says that more than 152,000 Iraqis have been trained and equipped for the military or the police, but the quality and experience of those forces varies widely. Also, the Government Accountability Office said in March that those figures were inflated, including perhaps tens of thousands of police officers who are absent from duty.
Interviews with more than a dozen senior American and Iraqi officers, top Pentagon officials and lawmakers who have visited Iraq yield an assessment that the combination of routing insurgents from their sanctuary in Falluja last November and the Iraqi elections on Jan. 30 has given the military operation sustained momentum, and put the Bush administration's goal of turning Iraq over to a permanent, elected Iraqi government within striking distance.
"Tom's conduct is hurting the Republican Party, is hurting this Republican majority, and it is hurting any Republican who is up for reelection. My party is going to have to decide whether we are going to continue to make excuses for Tom to the detriment of Republicans seeking election."Link.
-- Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT), quoted by the Los Angeles Times, on House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
Now, check this out.
It seems to me that it is much fairer to force people to stand in line for tickets than to make the tickets generally available to a bunch of eBay scalpers from around the country.
Friday, April 08, 2005
Now that spring has definitely arrived, I think that it is a good time to alter my blogging habits. Let me explain.
In 2004, I became addicted to blogs in the lead-up to the “most important election of my lifetime." It was impossible for me to get too much information or to read too many opinions from across the political spectrum. I was fortunate enough to have Centerfield invite me to participate as a contributor, where I immediately had a blog audience of several hundred people a day to offer my thoughts to and ask for its reaction and comments.
By Election Day 2004, I decided that I would set up my own blog to talk about anything that I wanted, political or non-political, and I never really expected many people to read it. To my pleasant surprise, since then I have developed a modest number of regular visitors, and I have even received some links from famous bloggers such as Instapundit, Roger L. Simon, Michael Totten and Joe Gandelman. But the more traffic I would get (albeit always modest), the more that I would feel compelled to not just post things that I come across and are interesting to me, but to actually seek out things to post. And that is not what I want to do. Also, I want to spend the summer focusing on (1) enjoying the outdoors (including the pool) with the family, (2) my marathon training, (3) numerous outdoor projects, and (4) golf.
Thursday, April 07, 2005
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
Nor do I have any qualms about ridiculing Christians, or Moslems, or Jews for that matter. Being anti-religious shares no territory with, say, racial or any other form of bigotry. One’s race or gender or nationality is determined irrevocably by birth. Religion, however, is voluntary (at least after you’re 18). You make the decision – I reserve the right to ridicule for it.And boy does he ridicule, largely with the help of George Carlin.
(AP) Infighting among top Russian political leaders, rattled by popular uprisings in three ex-Soviet republics, may cause a rift that puts Russia at risk of breaking up, President Vladimir Putin's chief of staff warned in an interview published Monday.
Analysts said the rare public comments by Dmitry Medvedev, a powerful member of Putin's inner circle, appeared to be an attempt to bolster the authority of Putin's administration.
In the interview published in the magazine Expert, Medvedev said infighting among politicians may cause Russia to collapse, leading to "horrible consequences" and making the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union seem like a "kindergarten party."
"If we do not manage to consolidate elites, Russia may disappear as a unified state," Medvedev was quoted as saying. "And then everybody will be in trouble, including our immediate and distant neighbors."
Since I moved from the Keystone State back to Minnesota, Rendell has served as Mayor of Philadelphia, General Chair of the Democratic National Committee and, since 2003, as Governor of Pennsylvania. Now, there are hints that Rendell has his sights set on running for President.
The Democractic Party could do a lot worse than Rendell. He has extensive executive experience, no legislative record to pick apart, and generally centrist views on social and fiscal matters. If he runs, his Democratic rivals will undoubtedly argue that he doesn't have the necessary experience on national security issues, but he might be able to fend off such attacks if he surrounds himself with the right people. Anyway, for those who can't help but start speculating about 2008, don't forget about Rendell.
Tuesday, April 05, 2005
Link. Rule #4 is for management: Don't promote the guy after learning that he repeatedly violated rules (1), (2) and (3).
(1) Do not ask people to feel you.
(2) Do not press people into uninvited conversation about their sex lives.
(3) Do not threaten people with firing, especially at the same time you are violating rules (1) and (2).
Just when you thought the Federal Election Commission had it out for the blogosphere, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors took it up a notch and announced yesterday that it will soon vote on a city ordinance that would require local bloggers to register with the city Ethics Commission and report all blog-related costs that exceed $1,000 in the aggregate.
Blogs that mention candidates for local office that receive more than 500 hits will be forced to pay a registration fee and will be subject to website traffic audits, according to Chad Jacobs, a San Francisco City Attorney.
To recap, before you engage in political speech in liberal San Francisco you may be required to register with the government, pay the government a fee, and agree to provide information to the government regarding anyone who is exposed to your political speech. I'm just a clueless commercial lawyer, but that sounds to me like it might raise a wee bit of a constitutional problem.
This speedy retreat would have been unimaginable just two months ago.
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syria plans to pull all its troops and intelligence agents from Lebanon by April 30, and a U.N. team could be dispatched to verify the withdrawal, a U.N. envoy said Sunday after meeting President Bashar Assad.
The full withdrawal will mark the end of Syria's 29-year military presence in Lebanon and will comply with the demands in a U.N. resolution, helping to relieve the international pressure on Damascus.
U.N. envoy Terje Roed-Larsen said Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa had informed him "all Syrian troops, military assets and the intelligence apparatus will have been withdrawn fully and completely" by April 30, at the latest.
Monday, April 04, 2005
I watch with interest the efforts of American liberals to absorb and learn from the reelection of George W. Bush and from the strength of the GOP's grip on Congress. To me this recalls vividly the revolution that occurred in Britain's Labour Party when Margaret Thatcher swept the board in 1979 and won three elections in a row.
Labour's response was to abandon socialism completely, accept Thatcher's privatization of nationalized industries and reform of the trade unions and celebrate these changes by renaming itself "New Labour." As a result of its humility and willingness to learn, Labour has now won two elections handsomely and, in the opinion of most observers (though not in mine), is set to win a third. That is how democracy works--a major shift in policies that wins the support of the voters persuades the opposition that it must change its program fundamentally if it is to garner votes and remain in the game.
(P.S. The buzzing fly crosses the line of acceptable annoyances in Web ads.)
(P.S.S. I clicked on the link again and the buzzing fly ad is no longer up. I assume that they cycle the ads, so you may or may not have to endure it.)
Thomas Jefferson's John Hancock could soon be a thing of the past at the Berkeley elementary school that bears his name.
About two years after a group of teachers and parents started a petition, the school community is nearing a vote on whether to keep the old name or change it to something more widely acceptable.
"It's an awkward position to ask African-American children and African-American teachers to celebrate a historical figure who was a slave owner," said Marguerite Hughes, who teaches first grade at the school and was part of the group pushing for the name change. . .More recently, Abraham Lincoln Elementary became Malcolm X, and Christopher Columbus lost more than his holiday in Berkeley -- his namesake school was rebuilt as Rosa Parks Elementary in the late '90s after some impassioned discussion. Not over whether to change the name, but whether to rename it after Rosa Parks or Cesar Chavez.
Sunday, April 03, 2005
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish gunman Mehmet Ali Agca, who gravely wounded Pope John Paul in a failed assassination attempt in 1981, was grief-stricken over the Pontiff's death, Agca's brother said Sunday.
Agca, now in an Istanbul prison, was mourning the loss of "a great friend," the gunman's brother Adnan Agca told Reuters.
"He is extremely saddened, he is in grief. He loved the Pope," said Adnan Agca. "They developed a personal friendship while Mehmet Ali was (imprisoned) in Italy, and they had announced their brotherhood.
Friday, April 01, 2005