I do not dispute the fact that Toyota has experienced a few issues with their cars. I also am pretty sure that the situation has been WAY overblown by folks who are A) idiots, or B) opportunistic scammers looking for a payoff, or C) a combination of the previous.
Perhaps you have heard about the firearms court dust-ups regarding Washington DC’s silly laws? Perhaps you have heard that DC just got nailed with a huge, early snow storm (global warming my butt…). Now you know why DC wants such restrictive handgun laws: so cops in Hummers can be the only ones allowed to bring a gun to a snowball fight.
With all the shenanigans going on in the world, it’s kid of refreshing to hear of an actual occurrence of remorse. Maybe even stunning. Marc Drier screwed over a lot of folks. But it seems as though he actually understands the impact of his actions.
Police say McNair’s mistress, distraught about mounting financial problems and her belief that he was seeing someone else, shot him four times while he slept, then positioned herself next to her dead lover so that when she put the final bullet through her own brain she would crumple onto his lap. By the time police arrived, her body had fallen to the floor. So what would a 36 year old retired NFL quarterback with a wife of 12 years and 4 kids see in a 20 year old? Boobs. Slutty boobs. That he was willing to throw it all away for those slutty boobs is pretty amazing.
You may have heard the news about an advisory panel for the US Food & Drug Administration’s recommendation that the maximum dose of acetominophen (Tylenol, etc.) be reduced on store shelves. It’s a head scratcher because of what the unintended consequences might be. The panel voted 24-13 to limit the maximum single dose of acetaminophen to 650 milligrams. The current single dose of Extra Strength Tylenol, for instance, is 1,000 milligrams. The thinking behind the advisory is that 56,000 people go to the emergency room annually for overdosing on acetominophen. About 200 die each year. In order to protect those folks, somehow taking the advised action will limit the hospital trips and death. Um, would it be safe to say that those folks who are stupid enough to OD on acetominophen will still do it? I mean, this action will only mean that dip shit will have to take more pills.
From the same meeting, the panel is preparing will recommend that Vicodin and Percocet be nuked. It’s tough logic to follow. The panel wants to reduce the OTC dosage of acetominophen for consumers, but leave combination products (such as cold medicines that have acetominophen and other medicines combined) available. But it wants to whack pain killers that have acetominophen and and other products (ostensibly, they will let the hydrocodone part of Vicodin be prescribed???) completely nuked. Their thought is that combination prescription drugs are bad (but OTC combos are fine). Let’s be realistic. Pain killers are combined with acetominophen because the synergistic effect of the two makes the pain killer work in a more efficient manner. That’s good. Separating the two will only lead doctors and patients to achieve the same result on their own (at more expense) without reducing the hospital trips from overdose.
More importantly, with fewer effective pain regimens available for OTC and prescription treatment… folks will, wait for it… Go to the doctor more often for more and different pain treatments. The net result being higher health care costs. Makes complete sense to me. So much for this administration’s desire to reduce health care expenses.
By now you have heard that the ever bombastic pitchman, Billy Mays, has passed away. Seems like it has been a bad week or three if you are a recognized celebrity. Billy was only 50, but his arch nemesis, Vince, of Shamwow! fame, will be the only shill that gets regular air play. So what if Vince took this new-found solo competition to say what he really wanted to say…
How much is a day in jail worth? If you are a wrongly incarcerated man from Houston the answer is about $800. Back in the late 80′s George Rodriguez was tried and convicted for the kidnapping and rape of a Houston woman. That conviction was built on evidence from the Houston Police Department crime lab. It was later determined that Rodriguez’s conviction was the result of false testimony given by a former crime lab manager, James Bolding, and Rodriguez was ordered released from prison by the Court of Criminal Appeals, who also ordered he be given a new trial. The DA decided against doing that.
Don’t blame Mama. She didn’t take the Kodachrome away. But Eastman Kodak has decided to discontinue the product. Hell, there’s only one Kodachrome lab left! I rember… as a wee lad… learning how to use a camera and develop my own film and print my own images. Kodachrome was my first foray into real color photography. Unfortunately, I really cannot remember the last time I used real film.