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When emergency crews respond to a car or building fire in Passaic, a bill might soon be sent out.  – cbslocal.com

Hmmm.  Yeah.  So it is “We’ll take your taxes so we can save your shiat, but if you actually need us we’re going to bill you for the cost of us having to roll for you.”

What, they penalize people for using services they paid for already?

When the Passaic City Council meets next Tuesday, Mayor Alex Blanco said what they will not decide to do is levy fees against people in car accidents or building owners whose structures catch fire.

What they will do is go after the insurance companies.

If you are a policy owner, you are already paying for it — this fire department service charge provision,” the mayor told WCBS 880 reporter Levon Putney on Friday.

He said the fees would only be applied if claims are made, and no fees would be levied for those without insurance.

Does the Mayor just not get it?  If I’m a homeowner, I’m already paying for it by buying the firetrucks and paying the firemen’s salaries.

If you charge me for it on top of that and send it to my insurance saying I’m already paying for it, yes, and I’m going to pay again.  Three times in fact.

  1. Insurance premium
  2. Fire and emergency services
  3. Insurance premium goes up as insurance companies up their rates

The reporters says “Of course, a concern is that insurance companies will simply jack up their premiums.”

Mayor B responds:

“I feel that it would be unethical on their part,” Blanco said.

What would you bet that the mayor is and is surrounded by a bunch of liberal morons?  An insurance company concerned about ethics?

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Reportedly, microbiologist Dr. Coypu as found a link between common bread mold and black mold.  It is said that environmental stresses caused by common substances such as disinfectant, cat urine, and proximity to regular rapid heating and cooling cycles all can contribute to the expression of genes in a common bread mold that turn it into the much deadlier organism (S. chlorohalonata), with potent toxins and extreme tenacity.

This already makes it more difficult for people to have and feed children in the high-mold periods of spring and fall and we were very surprised to see a correlation with cat urine and disinfectant.  Perhaps some combination – a domestic trifecta, if you will – is what is putting families with small children and pets at high risk.  We are working closely with the CDC and NIH for both funding and guidance.  This is serious.

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We were at The Dude and Crazy Cat Lady’s Cat ranch for the Xth annual bonfire and Roman Food Orgy.

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We ate more than was healthy, and then we ate more than was safe or reasonable.

I am STILL waddling.

Here is how my plate went down…

BBQ pork (shredded), bulkogi beef, corn chips, cheese-distillated (fractionated) product, synthetic onion-flavored sour-cream dip, spaghetti, horseradish, seconds on bulkogi beef, two chocolate-chip cookies, two slices of pumpkin bread, two halloween-style sugar cookies, and a bottle of tonic water.

Lots of kids were there and a number of friends, too. The Dude, ID10T-Killer, Black Lab on Crank, and Tenacious Bulldog.

Prometheus brought fire, too, I guess.

After test driving my iPad briefly (only three hours after I used it 10 minutes following the three hour setup), I heard Cruel Wife go “OOOOOOH” and at that point I knew we were going to go buy her one as well.

I can see how we’ll get our money’s worth already. They keep the kids quiet on car trips – using Angry Birds. I can see how Cut the Rope will be a useful tool as well.

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If you’re like me, the idea of sustainable caviar sounds terrific.

I wonder if they can do it for the Masago? (Capelin)

Why do I care?  Because I’m going to be making uramaki tonight.  Alas, I wish it were truly sushi/sashimi, but the cost of getting sashimi-grade fish to the midwest… not meant to be.   Cruel Wife loves california rolls – not Japanse but still pretty tasty – so I will make some up.  Some Masago or Tobiko would go nice though.  I forgot to pick up Unagi when I was at the store (eel).  Bummer.

When I make my first million dollars, I’ll order this.  Or maybe I’ll just fly to the best sushi place I can think of and order up about 20lbs of assorted tuna pieces.

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Teacher found guilty of putting hot sauce in autistic kid’s soda.

“I love all my autistic children,” she told WFOR. “That’s why I’ve done it for so many years. It’s not an easy task but I love doing it. And whatever happened was not done intentionally.”

How do you unintentionally grab hot sauce, unscrew the lid or rip open the packet, place it above a soda can, and then hold it there long enough for sauce to go into the can?

Like, your Honor, the gun just went off!

It makes about as much sense as “accidentally” stabbing someone to death with 37 stabs.

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Good God, in this day and age, someone finally displayed some common sense. Thanks for reporting this, WESH-2 (Orlando, FL)

The lady had more cats in her home than allowed by law, a fire that was started by carpenter ants burned the home down with some of the cats.  Technically it is a fine-able offense, having that many cats.  But then:

Animal Control was going to fine Spivey up to $4,000, but Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood said that would be inappropriate.”What purpose are we going to accomplish by fining her when she’s just lost her house and everything in it,” he said. “I think a little compassion here is in order.”

The police chief deserves recognition.

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“It’s not you, it’s me – you repulse me.”

Where was that said?  I mean, besides my own experiences on the dating scene.

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Speaking of repulsive.  How the hell do you pile garbage 8 ft high in your home?  And then die under it… that’s plain sad.

The Florida Times-Union reports that officers were checking on Carina E. Decampo late Tuesday, after worried family members called to say they hadn’t heard from her in weeks.

How worried can a family be if they allow her to live in such squalor?

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Beans and Weenies after the updates below.

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Update #2:

Obese inmate hid gun in his flab

A 40 stone [560 lbs] man smuggled a gun into two US prisons by hiding it within his rolls of fat.

They train officers to lift rolls of fat to search for smuggled things.  Oh.  My.  God.  You could not pay me enough to palpate some morbidly obese person’s rolls of flubber.

How about a metal detector?  How about a quick trip to a liposuction clinic?  Ok, maybe not so quick.

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Update #1:

I wanted to get this off my chest.  Reps from Congress are finding that people aren’t interested in listening, they want to be heard.

“Why won’t you let the people speak?” shouted one protester in Tampa, Fla., at a public forum where Rep. Cathy Castor, D-Fla., attempted to pitch Obama’s health care reform plan to her constituency.

The Tampa protest made national headlines afterward, as dozens of protesters were pushed out the door in a scuffle, some claiming to have received injuries, and the doors were locked to bar their chanting protest: “You work for us!”

For some reason, our elected officials think that they do whatever they want to do and then tell us how it will be.

This is the exact opposite of reality – they work for us They get told what to do by us and then they go to Washington and do what we tell them.

On the issue of health care reform and so many other issues, they seem to believe the exact opposite.

“It’s a challenge, no question about it, and you’ve got to get out there and make the case,” Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., said afterward. “This is not the time for the faint-hearted.”

The only case they need to make is in DC as they do the things required of them by their constituents.

Let me be clear:

Representatives represent our views,

they do not attempt to change them.

Carl Levin D-MI retreats from the Pledge of Allegiance.

Lawmakers are also retreating from contact with their angry constituents.

The health-care debate was supposed to play out at rallies and inside gymnasiums when lawmakers headed home for the August recess.

But after a series of contentious town-hall meetings, some Democratic lawmakers are thinking twice about holding large public gatherings. Instead, they are opting for smaller sessions, holding meetings by phone or inviting constituents for one-on-one office hours.

“Democrats may think that attacking or ignoring this growing chorus of Americans is a smart strategy, but they are obviously forgetting that these concerned citizens are voters as well,” said Paul Lindsay, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, the House GOP’s campaign arm.

Rick Scott, who leads Conservatives for Patients’ Rights, a group that has helped publicize the local meetings, said: “The polls reveal the real picture of what is happening across the country — people are genuinely concerned, some are genuinely angry, and they are expressing themselves.”

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You can’t make this stuff up

Police said that the incident took place at a club in the Greek resort town of Malia. The British man, who police have also not yet identified, allegedly took off his pants there and waved his genitals at a number girls. He is then said to have “forcefully fondled” the Greek woman and asked her to hold his genitals.

The woman asked the man to stop harassing her, police said, and when he didn’t, she poured Sabucco, a liquor that resembles Greek ouzo, on his private area.

When the man continued his advances, police said that’s when the woman set fire to his genitals using a lighter.

This is crazy stuff here.

She has been charged with causing bodily injury and endangering private property

Oh, I bet.

I say give her a medal and $10 for each blister on his franks-n-beans.

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Man blames cat for illegal pornography on his computer.  If you go to the link you can see a picture of the idiot.

… detectives didn’t buy it when a 48-year-old Jensen Beach man claimed that his cat was downloading child pornography on his computer.

… detectives found more than 1,000 child pornographic images on his computer, according to a news release.

Griffin told detectives he would leave his computer on and his cat would jump on the keyboard.

When he returned, there would be strange material downloaded, the release states.

Truly, this is a special kind of stupid.

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Wow, this woman in Sweet Home, Oregon discovered what I am sure would shock anyone.  That relatives contacting you online asking you to send them a lot of money so you can cash in on $20M later on… why, they can be fraudulent.

Oregon woman target of a Nigerian Scam.

Ok so the bad guys deserve jail or something.  But isn’t there also a crime against nature, that of being so damn stupid that the vacuum in your skull is sucking in everything?  I mean, stuff enters her skull and irretrievably lost.

She didn’t lose everything… she practically thrust it upon them in trying to give it away.  If I was her husband I’d be thinking “Divorce” as soon as the debt was wiped.

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Speaking of scams…

Investment bank bosses pressured to forgo bonuses this year.

I’ve said it before (very recently, too) but I’ll say it again:  Poor babies.

I don’t see myself getting a bonus, a raise, a COLA, and in fact I’ll be grateful if my job is still around in half a year, so why should I give a rat’s patoot about a bunch of really wealthy fellas and their potential loss of bonuses that are larger than my yearly salary by huge amounts?

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And speaking of more scams…  ThoseShirts.com has a wonderful shirt to address a recent scam.  Hope you guys sell millions of these.

Obama T-shirt That Says It All.

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Now THIS is the kind of guy you WANT in the Marines.  Good on you, dude.

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LA fires still burn.  I still am amazed that people in these areas (1) don’t build their homes to be better protected from fires, and (2) aren’t required to do so.

Simple things like get rid of fuel (trees, brush, grass) near your home, slate roof, metal siding, walls around the house, etc.

Good luck and prayers for the firefighters and families down there.

This photographer caught a beautiful shot of a fire devil/dervish/twister… they are scary.

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Excellent photograph - David Getty

I showed up at a fire with the sky this color and a bit darker at times.

Orange County LA - Nicholas Pavlovsky

Orange County LA - Nicholas Pavlovsky

Another good pic of what the area around a fire can look like… surreal as hell.  It’s when you see a forest full of once-trees just smoking and the tang of ash in the air.  Think of a huge campfire.  Now think of jumping up and down in it after it is mostly burned out (but still hot)… there you go.   Think “post apocalyptic”.

David Getty pic of trailer park destruction - 600-800 trailers mostly gone.

David Getty pic of trailer park destruction - as of last count, 484 trailers mostly gone.

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Speaking of fires…

Homeless man to serve 45 months and pay restitution for 2006 LA fire.  Restitution being $101 MILLION.

Yep, they’ll garnish his wages and repossess his cardboard refrigerator box.  He may even have to give up his Wal-Mart shopping cart.

Anybody besides me find even talking about a fine kind of ridiculous when we’re discussing a homeless guy?

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So much for the quality of a leader being derived from HIS ideas.

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Real sweethearts.  Threatening an elderly blind woman.  What next, jackbooting toddlers for candy?

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