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Friday 7 September 2007

A larger-than-usual bunch of news stories piqued my interest this morning:

Friday 7 September 2007 09:40:13 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Chicago | Kitchen Sink | Politics | Security#
Tuesday 4 September 2007

More from Saturday's Wright Way Rescue reunion: Schona, a 7-year-old Lab that Parker met:

Tuesday 4 September 2007 12:23:15 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Daily#
Monday 3 September 2007

At the Wright Way reunion on Saturday, the shelter had a number of puppies up for adoption, like this one:

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Saturday 1 September 2007

Today is Parker Day: I adopted him a year ago today.

Saturday 1 September 2007 17:46:31 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Parker#
Monday 27 August 2007

Terrorism only works if people allow themselves to be terrorized. People like, for example, shoppers in New Haven, Conn.:

Two people who sprinkled flour in a parking lot to mark a trail for their offbeat running club [the Hash House Harriers] inadvertently caused a bioterrorism scare and now face a felony charge.

New Haven ophthalmologist Daniel Salchow, 36, and his sister, Dorothee, 31, who is visiting from Hamburg, Germany, were both charged with first-degree breach of peace, a felony.

The siblings set off the scare while organizing a run for a local chapter of the Hash House Harriers, a worldwide group that bills itself as a "drinking club with a running problem."

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Mayoral spokeswoman Jessica Mayorga said the city plans to seek restitution from the Salchows, who are due in court Sept. 14. "You see powder connected by arrows and chalk, you never know," she said. "It could be a terrorist, it could be something more serious. We're thankful it wasn't, but there were a lot of resources that went into figuring that out."

Maybe there's something about New England that prevents the police there from exercising common sense (see, e.g., blinking advertisements).

Update, 15:20 CDT: Security expert Bruce Schneier has declared this the "stupidest terrorist overreaction yet."

Monday 27 August 2007 13:02:14 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | US | Security#

We're looking forward to another lovely day in Chicago: 25°C, sunny, light breeze, crystal-clear skies. What more perfect day to wake up with the news that, not only are the Cubs still hanging on to first place, but also Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has finally resigned, no doubt to spend some quality time with his defense lawyers:

Mr. Gonzales, who had rebuffed calls for his resignation, submitted his to President Bush by telephone on Friday, the official said. His decision was not announced immediately announced, the official added, until after the president invited him and his wife to lunch at his ranch near here.

The official who disclosed the resignation today said that the decision was Mr. Gonzales’s and that the president accepted it grudgingly. At the same time, the official acknowledged that the turmoil over Mr. Gonzales had made his continuing as attorney general difficult.

The turmoil has made the job difficult? Kind of like someone shooting his parents and then bemoaning his lot as an orphan, isn't it?

Well, with 512 days and 3 hours (or less) remaining in the worst administration in history, the President can still do enormous harm to the country, but with Gonzales back in Houston he'll now have none of his original cronies to help.

Update, 10:25 CDT: Does anyone else find some irony in his last day being September 17th?

Monday 27 August 2007 08:08:02 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Cubs | US | Weather#
Friday 24 August 2007

Yesterday storms tore through the Chicago area, generating high winds and more rain than we need. On our walk to work this morning Parker and I found our path blocked by one of the results:

Friday 24 August 2007 08:09:10 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Chicago | Weather#
Thursday 23 August 2007

I almost had to pull over this afternoon when I heard about the Orioles losing 30-3 to the Rangers last night.

Thursday 23 August 2007 17:45:01 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Cubs | Kitchen Sink#
Monday 20 August 2007

Parker and I were surprised last week to come home after work and discover this in the yard:

Monday 20 August 2007 08:34:11 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Daily#
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