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November 14th, 2002:

The Road to Surfdom

Tim Dunlop has gone Movable Typing at a new address, so update your blogrolls and pay him a visit. Looking good, Tim.

The Sopranos

TalkLeft points me to this piece by Jay Caruso about the most recent episode of The Sopranos. I’m going to put this post under the More link, since it’s got a major spoiler if you haven’t seen the show yet (I just finished watching the tape from Sunday). Don’t go to Jay’s link if you haven’t seen the show yet, either.


Obligatory Humor Dept.

Headline in today’s Chron: Miss Cleo must make $500 million in customer bills vanish. Wait for it…

The operators of Miss Cleo’s psychic hot line agreed today to cancel $500 million in customer bills to settle federal charges that the service fleeced callers while promising mystical insights into love and money.

The settlement requires Access Resource Services Inc. and Psychic Readers Network Inc. to stop using pay-per-call numbers to sell their soothsaying services, the Federal Trade Commission said. The two Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based companies, which promoted a national network of “psychic readers” on television and the Internet, also must pay the FTC a $5 million fine.

Here it comes…

“I’m no psychic but I can foresee this: If you make deceptive claims, there is an FTC action in your future,” said Howard Beales, director of the FTC’s consumer protection bureau.

He’ll be here all week, ladies and gentlemen. Be sure to tip your servers and drive carefully.

And you thought the national Democrats were rudderless

Tim Fleck has a pretty damning article about the haplessness of the Harris County Democratic Party, which is basically 0 for the last three elections. It’s pretty ugly.

I’m up to my ass in alligators right now, but rest assured I will have plenty of things to say shortly.

Happy Sideshow Birthday

Avedon Carol is celebrating the first birthday of The Sideshow. She’s pithy and engaging, and she’s been on my regular read list for some time now. Take a bow, Avedon! I’d buy you a pint if we were on the same side of the pond.

What Houston and Racine have in common

Kevin points me to this Instapundit piece about a rave bust in Racine, WI, where the police ticketed nearly 450 attendees and busted 3 others for drugs. He compares it to the K-Mart Kiddie Roundup in terms of the ratio of police effort expended to results acheived.

I have to say, Glenn’s grasp of the facts of the Houston case was a bit shaky. He first mentioned that he “[seemed] to recall that the Houston police chief wound up losing his job over this” but wasn’t sure. Later, he mentions that Chief C.O. “BAMF” Bradford stepped down over a perjury charge, but didn’t mention that this was actually unrelated to the K-Mart incident.

Glenn, Glenn, Glenn…If only you’d done a Google search on +houston +k-mart +”drag racing”, you’d have found a veritable treasure trove of information. Better luck next time, bubbe.