One more thing not to like about 2016

TSA finds record 3,391 guns at checkpoints in 2016


I’ve been spending a lot of time this month…

…reading about the fifties called, fairly enough, The Fifties, by David Halberstam. Turns out, all the stuff I thought was boring about the fifties during the fifties still is. Maybe if you're going to read long, detailed historical accounts of ancient times you'd be better off reading about ancient times more ancient than yourself. Just a thought.

Anyway, I'm not planning to finish it, but if you're interested, there's the link up there.

When you run out of news to print there's always Belichick

Bill Belichick doesn't care what the Steelers do on 'InstantChat' - NY Daily News


So hey, let's just stand here and take a picture, kids

This giant alligator is downright terrifying | New York Post

"Visitors to the nature center can be seen capturing the unusual spectacle."

But what if they're Russian squirrels, did you ever think of that?

Who’s winning the cyber war? The squirrels, of course | Ars Technica

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Pop Quiz: Guess which magenta circle I live inside

Ice sighted (and also sited) in Texas

Gotta love those words.

What's the Difference between a Commonwealth and a State? | Merriam-Webster


Canadians cheat politely at least, don't they?

Ethics watchdog investigating Canadian PM's vacation

"Ethics commissioner Mary Dawson said Trudeau may have violated the federal ethics code during his holiday with the Aga Khan…"

Imagine being on the waiting list for this one

Library book returned 100 years overdue has perfect title - CNET

The short-story collection returned to the San Francisco Public Library on Friday was due in 1917, but its very name implies that it wasn't going to get returned on time. The book, by F. Hopkinton Smith, is called "Forty Minutes Late."



Go Husky women

UConn Women Set To Face SMU With Record Win No. 91 In Sight - Hartford Courant
"The No. 1-ranked Huskies (15-0) visit SMU (10-6) at 3 p.m. today. A victory will be UConn's 91st in a row, the longest in history as the Huskies surpass their own record set in 2010."
It’s on ESPN3, whatever that is.
(The time is EST.)


UConn Women's Hoops ‏@UConnWBB  6m6 minutes ago
Longest win streak in NCAA basketball history ✅ (again)

Hey, R's—after you finish trashing Obamacare how about repealing February?

Do something useful for a change. January has turned so mild here in our pleasant valley—nearly all the snow has melted off, we're looking at a week in the 40's beginning Monday—it'd be nice to just skip February all together and go right on into spring.


I just spent half the morning searching around the kitchen for that little twist-tie I JUST TOOK OFF THE BREAD 30 SECONDS AGO.

How does this stuff happen??

Sounds like a pretty good idea to me

Some Traders Say Mexico Should Buy Twitter - Bloomberg

"It goes like this: Instead of spending its precious reserves to defend the peso, Mexico should just buy Twitter Inc. -- at a cost of about $12 billion -- and immediately shut it down"


Who said America isn't already great?

The $16 Million Battle Over Mermaid Tail Blankets - Bloomberg

In less than five months, Peze, 35, built a multimillion-dollar business hawking mermaid blankets. Yes, mermaid blankets.…It was a fairy tail [sigh - Ed.] success story.""


Some months are just like this; apparently nothing can be done

We're still not halfway through January and already I've run out of paper towels, tissues, toilet paper, hand soap, dishwashing soap, laundry soap, and almost Spam. Both sheets needed washing at the same time. How long can this go on?

Why do people look in a mirror when they brush their teeth?

Me, I might forget where they are. I get that. But most people have a pretty good idea to begin with, don't they?


Whoever coined the term "pre-traumatic stress" sure hit the mark

Roger Simon: America sinks back to dark times | Chicago Sun-Times

"Donald Trump has been elected president, not by a plurality of American voters but by the Electoral College."

A modest note for the record here: Every U.S. president in history has been elected by the Electoral College.

Happy 25th Birthday, Hal

HAL 9000 - Wikipedia

"In the film 2001, HAL became operational on 12 January 1992 at the HAL Laboratories in Urbana, Illinois as production number 3. "

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H/T WFMT, Chicago

So back to basics then

Obama’s moving farewell, Trump’s terrifying hello - The Washington Post

E.J. Dionne Jr. of the Washington Post laments…

"The new standard for presidential statements must be: 'Mistrust and verify.’"

Sounds like the old Chicago News Bureau admonition to cub reporters: “If your mother says she loves you, check it out."

Perfection: Let’s get it all over with in one month


The first week I get my annual cold. The second week is Friday the 13th. The third week, Trump gets inaugurated. The fourth week…well, you’re beginning to see the trend here, aren’t you?

Meanwhile, The liberals have come to love the CIA; the Democrats are the hard-liners on Russia and he Republicans just want to get along—except John McCain, of course, who is now a liberal hero. And Lindsey Graham.

An outgoing president who’s dropped 12,000 bombs on Syria and another 12,000 on Iraq and scattered another couple thousand bombs over five other countries none of whom we are at war with all in the last year lectures on American values.

Alabama lost.

First we get warned about “fake news,” then we get “unsubstantiated reports.”

California is “rain weary” and another big winter storm is blowing in.