The parties are advised to chill.
Mattel, Inc. v. MCA Records, Inc., 296 F.3d 894, 908 (9th Cir. 2002)

Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Well, That's Messed Up

Now, I'm not really a sentimental type when it comes to animals, but this is just messed up (via CNN/AP):

A man who pleaded guilty to putting his wife's puppy in a 200-degree oven, crippling it, was sentenced Monday to six months in jail.

Third District Judge William Barrett ordered Marc Christopher Vincent, 36, to serve six months in jail without the chance of early release. He must also pay a $500 fine and $986 in veterinary bills for the dog.

[ . . . ]

As part of the plea agreement, a second charge of animal cruelty was dropped. Prosecutors had accused Vincent of turning a leaf blower on the dog in a separate incident, damaging the dog's eye so badly it had to be removed.

This is also pretty messed up, albeit in a more comic way.

Posted 7:33 PM by Tony

Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Smart Dumb People

I'll put it out there - John Kerry makes me laugh.

October 30:

We're here to talk about education, but I want to say something before that. You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq.

With video:

Now, there's two ways to look at this comment. First, if Kerry's people are to be believed, it's a hit on the President's intelligence. Does Kerry really want to open the door on that one again? (via Boston Globe)

Kerry, who graduated two years before Bush, got a cumulative 76 for his four years, according to a transcript that Kerry sent to the Navy when he was applying for officer training school. He received four D's in his freshman year out of 10 courses, but improved his average in later years.

Second, viewed another way, it's a hit on average intelligence of people in the military. That goes beyond simply maladroit - it's just stupid, stupid, and stupid.

The troops (apparently from the Minnesota National Guard, 1st BCT/34th ID) respond (Drudge, via Small Dead Animals):

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Kerry claims to have had his comments distorted by, among others, "right wing nut-jobs". I'm with Annika - if it'd been anyone else, I might have been more charitably inclined, but not in this case.
There's a couple things about his attempted corrective measures that make me laugh. First, his comments weren't distorted - they were taken straight from his own mouth. Feel free to watch the video again. Second, Democratic "right wing nut-jobs" as Harold Ford, Hilary Clinton, and others have also condemned his remarks.

Oh yeah, and I'd suggest that John Kerry not take on Tony Snow - it's not really a battle of equals, you know?

Posted 6:03 PM by Tony

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