Sunday, August 24, 2014

More Cops Using State Computers To Check Out Babes

After communities in the area surrounding St. Paul, MN dished out thousands of dollars to settle potential claims by a lady ex-cop that had been the object of extensive and illegal computer searches by law enforcement professionals you might think that policies would be implemented to prevent this behavior. You would be wrong.  Cops in the suburban Sacramento town of Fairfield, CA have been using the state law enforcement database to screen potential dates, according to this story.

This is a felony but we'll see, after the dust settles, if anyone with a badge is censured. While the skirt chasing aspect of this affair is reprehensible as well as illegal, the access to computer databases by cops with motives other than sexual gratification is really scarier yet. Debts to bookies and others, love triangles, family disputes, the occasions for abuse are many and varied. There's no reason why we should trust these professional sociopaths with information forbidden to others.

Friday, August 22, 2014

"Butcher Baker" Serial Killer Serves Only 30 Years of 461 Year Sentence

The Fairbanks News-Miner informs us of the death of serial killer Robert Hansen, incarcerated since 1984 after being convicted of the murders of four women after confessing to killing seventeen. The leading news source for interior Alaska points out that the four convictions "spared" Hansen going to trial a total of seventeen times. Certainly the prosecutors and state-appointed defense attorneys would have loved to proceed with another 13 slam dunk trials but how it could have made any difference to Hansen himself is a mystery. The "Butcher Baker" was sentenced to a term of 461 years in prison so theoretically he should occupy a cell in Seward for another 431 years, regardless of whether he is breathing or not.

Robert Hansen's world record sheep

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Little Liz, dwarf Haitian woman evicted from the Boulder County Fair

According to this article in the Longmont Times-Call two complaints to county commissioners resulted in the closure of a carnival side show feature that included Little Liz, reputedly the shortest woman in the world at 29 inches in vertical displacement. It was all about the "ick factor", which should make Liz feel good. In an ostensibly free country it seems odd that a group of elected officials could terminate the employment of someone who is breaking no known law.

The World’s Smallest Woman exhibit at the Boulder County Fair was closed after complaints from fairgoers. The Times-Call article includes the names of almost all of the pertinent characters involved in this deplorable incident, Little Liz, the commissioners, the carnival owner, etc. But, as usual, we don't learn the names of those offended enough by the sight of Little Liz to complain to the authorities and compromise her livelihood. Such is the state of affairs in the land of the free and the home of the anonymous.

 Another aspect of the coverage of this affair is the comment by one of the officials involved: "The disadvantage to this is now the woman is out of work and unable to pay any medical or living expenses for those three days," said fair coordinator Laura Boldt." Boldt's statement would seem to imply that Little Liz, or perhaps anyone else, pays continuously for medical expenses. It's doubtful that the diminutive attraction makes a daily payment for medical insurance or visits a doctor daily. This is reflective of this society's obsession with not health per se, but its financial relationship with the health industry. It may be possible that Little Liz could be struck by lightning as she poses for photos by the rubes of Longmont and incur large medical costs but the risk seems smaller than her.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Marianne Vos Wins Sparkassen Giro in Bochum, Germany

Fresh off her victory on the Champs Elysee last weekend, World and Olympic  Champion Marianne Vos won the sprint to the line after 124 kms of racing through the North Rhine-Westphalian city of Bochum.  The Rabo-Liv leader beat two-time world champ Italian Giorgia Bronzini and Finnish national champion Lotta Lepisto came in third. Everyone is familiar with superstar Vos and sprint queen Bronzini. Here is Bigla rider Lepisto:

Monday, July 21, 2014

Leaders of What?

This sign is next to the front door of Jefferson Elementary School on Jefferson St. in Blaine, MN. There are a number of implications to the line of thinking that has led to the creation of this graphic. For instance, if this school is in the business of allowing future leaders to learn here, who is it that they are going to be leading? Leaders, after all, imply those whom are led, the followers. Do the followers go to school somewhere else? Is there a similar school nearby that specializes in the learning of submission? Or are the Jeffersonian apprentice leaders practicing on their less dominant classmates?

Probably kindergartners and first graders have a rather elementary concept of leadership, as it were. Some of them may not even be able to read the sign. Those that are now literate may believe that their tenure at Jefferson qualifies them to lead the lesser lights at nearby Madison Elementary.  Be that as it may, what kind of leadership is being promoted here? Are we raising and educating these little shavers to lead troops into battle? Are they being taught the techniques of successful business management? Are they learning how to run for elective office and retain incumbency for a lifetime? Just what the heck is going on here?

Catlin Kids Torch the Southside Sprint

Local prodigies Kelly and Colin Catlin won the feature women's and men's races at the Southside Sprints in south Minneapolis on Sunday, July 20. An annual affair, the criterium circles a business district serving a residential area just north of Minnehaha Creek on Chicago Ave. In the elite women's race Northstar Development rider Kelly Catlin, who's riding style resembles that of long-time professional Linda Melanie Villumsen, escaped with Melissa Dahlman and Linda Sone' and the three were never threatened by a small field. Last year's winner Teresa Moriarity missed the break and never managed to bridge up. The result wasn't much of a surprise since Catlin outsprinted TWENTY16 professional Kaitlin Antonneau for the gold in the women's elite road race earlier in the month at the US Nationals in Madison, WI. She'll be a freshman at the University of Minnesota this fall.
Kelly Catlin

The men's elite-1-2 division had a bigger and arguably tougher field with a number of local stars capable of winning any given race. Escape artist Nick Kimpton was coming off a second place finish in a similar race at the Hopkins Raspberry Festival a week earlier. World masters track champion Dan Casper was involved with a couple of different riders in extended breakaways that were eventually reeled in. On the bell lap teen-ager Colin Catlin accelerated away from the field to take the top podium place.
Colin Catlin

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Leah Kirchmann a Triple Champion

Winnipeg native Leah Kirchmann won all three events at the Global Relay Canadian Road Cycling Championships in Lac Me'gantic, Quebec over the weekend of June 27-29. Already a two-time winner of the Canadian criterium championship, Kirchmann, a member of the Optum Pro Cycling ladies team, won that event as well as the time trial and the road race, becoming the first Canadian woman to hold the three championships simultaneously.  On Sunday she celebrated her 25th birthday.