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April 05, 2013

Overnight Open Thread (5 April 2013)

Nice graphic in the article assault rifles and homicide: some statistics.

All rifles (that includes the AR-15) were involved in fewer homicides in 2011 than blunt objects, fists and knives.
1.5X more homicides were committed with blunt objects.
2.2X more homicides were committed with fists.
5.2X more homicides were committed with knives.

Image h/t Michael Ramirez


Best Easter Ever?

Haha. Family calls I-5 backup during police chase 'best Easter ever'. I don't know if I'd call it that but they made the best of a bad situation. Some are criticizing them but I don't have a problem with it. When I get stuck in traffic because of some dumbass, I don't think I'd be this jovial. My favorite comment from the mom as the cops were tasering the guy:

"I love that," said Dori, "'They're electrocuting him, dear.'"

h/t Genghis

Garbage Nazis

Nice puff piece on San Francisco's Trash Inspectors. I can't quite put my thumb on why California has a debt issue. It couldn't be paying people to do stuff like this can it?

We Don't Need No Stinkin' Requirements

We may as well cut to the chase and just stop having requirements for any job. City recruits minority lifeguards even if they can't swim. WTF? Won't be long for that first drowning incident and lawsuit. The city is opening itself up to some litigation. Here's the reason why they're going down this road.

There’s a good reason the city is hiring lifeguards that can’t swim. Public pools are largely used by Latino and African-American kids, but most of the lifeguards are white and this creates a huge problem. “The kids in the pool are all either Hispanic or black or whatever, and every lifeguard is white and we don’t like that,” says a Phoenix official quoted in the story. She added that “the kids don’t relate; there’s language issues.”

I'm pretty sure that if someone is drowning, they don't give a shit what race the lifeguard is. They just want the lifeguard to save their ass. I think I see now how they'll fix the coming doctor shortage.

Next job that'll drop requirements? Can you say the Marines? I'm sure considerable political pressure will be brought to bear to ensure females can pass the Officer Infantry Course.

Modern Day Tin-Foil Hat

Might come in handy with our ballooning surveillance state. Anti-drone hoodie. Now if they could make it bulletproof.

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A-10

Ah, the A-10 gets a little bit deadlier. A-10 fires first ever laser guided rocket.
image h/t

In Russia

You know that saying I'm gonna put a boot in your ass? Well, in Russia, they take it literally. Russian man kills friend with foot in the ass.

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