This company Blends stuff in their blender. Matchbox cars. Magnets. Cans of Soup. Marbles. Rake handles. Cell Phones. Pens.
It's awesome. It's so cool I thought it was fake.
Now, I can't say I'm in support of the potential $500.00 fine for violating this law. Generally, I'm against police departments profitting from enforcing the laws (it becomes about money and quotas - not justice). However, the law itself definitely makes sense - well, except for the part where anyone who actually drives the speed limit in the fast lane is going to get passed on the right. That'll make enforcement tough. I can see it now:
State Rep. Mike Bennett hasn't abandoned his quest to punish motorists who settle into the left lane and force faster drivers to go around them. The Bradenton Republican has re-introduced a bill this year that was vetoed last year by then-Gov. Jeb Bush.
It targets drivers who don't move over "once they realize that traffic behind them is overtaking them at a high rate of speed," Bennett wrote in a column sent to newspapers several weeks ago. "Drivers who violate this requirement would be cited for impeding the flow of traffic."
Labels: Weird or Bad Legislation
Enjoy - they have the Normism from about every episode.
Sam: What's new, Normie? Norm: Terrorists, Sam. They've taken over my stomach. They're demanding beer.
Sam: What will you have, Norm? Norm: Well, I'm in a gambling mood, Sammy. I'll take a glass of whatever comes out of that tap. Sam: Oh, looks like beer, Norm. Norm: Call me Mister Lucky.
Sam: How's life treating you? Norm: It's not, Sammy, but you can!
Woody: Can I pour you a draft, Mr. Peterson? Norm: A little early, isn't it, Woody? Woody: For a beer? Norm: No, for stupid questions.
Just seeing what the kids are up to.
At Carnegie Mellon University, student newspaper editors who sensed the beginnings of a trend floated that idea recently on their campus. A front page story questioned whether a school that pushes the boundaries of science shouldn't also be willing to push the boundaries of student housing.
It's not as far-fetched as it sounds.
In recent years, a small group of campuses, including Swarthmore and Haverford colleges in eastern Pennsylvania, have begun offering coed rooming as an option to unmarried students. Administrators say their goal isn't to promote sex but rather to accommodate a limited number of students on their campuses who find it more convenient to live with someone of the opposite sex.
"A couple situations are romantic but most of them are purely friendship," said Maureen Isleib, associate director of residential life at Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
Make no mistake, this is not a universally accepted concept, even at schools that long ago abandoned the idea of in loco parentis. In campus housing circles, reactions to the idea range from amusement to scorn.
But if nothing else, coed rooming reflects the extent to which the pendulum of campus life has swung.
A slick commercial for Asahi “Super” Dry beer features Matsuzaka (a new player for the Boston Red Sox) donning a Red Sox jersey and throwing in full uniform in front of a simulated frenzied throng. In between those shots, Matsuzaka, in street clothes, is shown first taking a couple of gulps from a large glass of beer. After a quick cut, the shot returns toMatsuzaka downing the beer and, with foam on his lips, smiling and sighing contentedly.Doesn't sound like much of a big deal to me. Still, apparently you can't drink beer in commercials (though remember the tv show Cheers), so drinking on television is bad.
But in the United States, beer cannot be consumed in TV ads and Major League Baseball does not allow its players to endorse alcohol domestically. Those rules do not apply to international markets, however. The Red Sox have voiced tepid disapproval -- not even bothering to issue a press release. So the grumblings aren't coming from their end. The real trouble's coming from the (drumroll) U.S. government.According to Arthur Resnick, director of public and media affairs for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau in Washington, D.C., Matsuzaka’s Asahi ad may merit punitive action.
“Our jurisdiction runs to false and misleading ads,” said Resnick, who pointed to a 1995 ruling that says the bureau would consider unacceptable any ad “which depicts any individual (famous athlete or otherwise) consuming or about to consume an alcoholic beverage prior to or during an athletic activity or event,” or an ad that states that drinking alcohol “will enhance athletic prowess, performance at athletic activities or events, health or conditioning.”
Wow, we're going after people for doing things that are perfectly legal on foreign shores. Just because we, as a nation, have to pretend that we don't like beer. Except, aren't we the country that has a Constitutional Amendment that, you know, protects our rights to drink beer (well, sort of).
From July 1998 through December 2005, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) killed over 14,400 dogs, cats, and other "companion animals." That's more than five defenseless creatures every day. PETA has a walk-in freezer to store the dead bodies, and contracts with a Virginia Beach company to cremate them. Not counting the pets PETA spayed and neutered, the group put to death over 90 percent of the animals it took in during 2005. And its angel-of-death pattern shows no sign of changing.
America's colleges and universities are, in theory, indispensable institutions in the development of critical minds and the furthering of individual rights, honest inquiry, and the core values of liberty, legal equality, and dignity. Instead, they often are the enemies of those qualities and pursuits, denying students and faculty their voices, their fundamental rights, and even their individual humanity. The university setting is where students are most subject to the assignment of group identity, to indoctrination of radical political orthodoxies, to legal inequality, to intrusion into private conscience, and to assaults upon the moral reality of individual rights and responsibilities. Illiberal university policies and practices must be exposed to public criticism and scrutiny so that the public is made aware of the violations of basic rights that occur every day on college campuses.Like I said, check it out even if this post makes it sound boring, it isn't.
My other reservation is that encouraging as it is to see a prosecutor eager to hold police to the same standards he holds everyone else, I can't get terribly excited about a felony murder charge. If the reports of making up the informant, then threatening a "stand-in" informant into lying are true, I think these officers need to go to jail for a very long time. But I'll never be comfortable with criminal charges that lack the component of intent, no matter who they're levied against.I've discussed my discomfort with the notion of felony murder on this site before. I still don't like it very much either. I believe that there are better things to charge the police officers with. Moreover, I think the judge, who likely rubber-stamped the warrant is due for some criticism. Judges have a role in issuing warrants that requires some due dilligence. I know the officer lied to her, but she should have asked some serious questions.