Thursday, September 22, 2005


Hurricane Rita is headed to Texas. My folks are in Houston still deciding what they are going to do. Looks like they're going to play chicken with the storm, and if they blink they're going to dodge down the coast ahead of it before cutting north to Austin to avoid traffic. I hope their plan works...in any event I think their house will be fine when it's all said and done. Though there may be significant long-term power outages.

I'm about to go to the store and buy some water and candles just in case things get hairy at all up here. I don't anticipate it, but better safe than sorry I suppose. I think ACL Fest is going to be a bit wet this weekend. That's too bad. I wonder how many folks are still going to trek in from out of town just to get flooded out? We shall see.

In any event. Let's send some love down to the coast and hope the flooding here doesn't get too bad. I know I'm going to have an apartmentful of Houstonians whether or not my parents make it up here. So we'll just turn it into a party.


Tuesday, September 20, 2005

See His What Now? 

This would be excruciatingly hilarious if it wasn't so messed up.

So there's this judge who has a problem.
Prosecutors allege he masturbated with a penis pump under his robe while presiding over two murder trials and a civil trial in 2003. Thompson denies the allegations and said the penis pump seized in the case was a gag gift from a friend.
During two murder trials? Now I can understand if there's some civil case with sexy legal issues involved...say adverse possession or the res judicata effect of a 12(b)(6) dismissal for failure to state a claim. Who could fault a judge for whipping out the old penis pump and going at it under circumstances like that? Mmmmmm....res judicata effect of 12(b)(6) dismis--

Where was I? Right...I was discussing why this is in no way amusing.

Plus, at this point the judge has nothing more than an alleged problem. But can you imagine a judge being prosecuted for indecent exposure for behavior occuring in his courtroom where the evidence was anything short of damning?

Well...it just got more damning for the wanker formerly known as his honor. His lawyer has gone so far as to describe the penis pump as "prejudicial." Ya think? Maybe a little? Of course, according to the headline of the AP wire, the jury is to see an "alleged sex toy." Does that mean the defense's case involves a theory that the penis pump is not what it allegedly is? Perhaps a a snake-bite kit or a sno-cone machine?

Or perhaps they'll go with the Austin Powers defense.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Marijuana and Depression? 

There's a great Salon article on the new push in the ridiculous federal war on marijuana. I think even non-subscribers can see it by clicking through an ad link or something. Do what it takes, it's concise and smart and cuts through the bullshit with grace. It's especially interesting for its comments on government use of studies purporting to demonstrate some connection between serious mental health problems (read: everything from depression to schizophrenia) and teen marijuana smoking. Now, these studies had caused some concern with a friend of mine, but it appears there is very little in the way of causation proof.

Looks like it's more fearmongering with that same shining respect for the truth and science that has characterized the "war on drugs" since its inception.

Oh...and I've decided to get back into blogging by just not writing about the hurricane. I don't think I have it in me to do anything with the mess that thing has made of my mind. So I'll focus on issues that affect me less, but interest me greatly - like the "war on drugs."

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