Jun 4, 2010

For those of you worried that Hooterville would suffer through a cooler than normal summer, rest easy.

The projected highs for the next five days are, 104, 105, 106, 104, 105. But as they say, it is a dry heat. One-oh-four and dry beats one-oh-four and muggy, I guess.

How about some other random thoughts?

I read that the Ohio Supreme Court has decided that the police don't have to use an objective criteria when handing out speeding tickets. All the have to do is to say you are speeding and it is as good as if they used radar.

The Justices ruled that the cops have professional expertise in these matters, so their word goes.  They don't need no stinking, fancy-smancy radar guns.

It is human nature that we see what we believe and we believe what we see.  Even the cops. It is reasonable to assume that if a cop is in the "catch speeders" mentality, he or she will see a lot of speeders among the motoring public, whether they are there or not.

This is why prosecutors don't admit their mistakes even in the face of overwhelming evidence. They see what they believe, not necessarily what is real. When the authorities no longer have to provide objective proof of guilt we are in trouble.

I got several copies of this email yesterday.
 
Due to congestion in Gmail database system, We have come to realize that your account information on our database system are out of date, as a result of that we require you to verify your Information. Failure to verify your information will result in account suspension. If you are still interested in using our email service, Please click the reply button and fill the below spaces as requested.

They wanted my username and password. I went ahead and provided my SSN and bank account info, too. Just trying to help.

I'm surprised that a big outfit like Google would make so many mistakes of syntax, grammar and punctuation in an email. It is almost like they hired a bunch of people from Nigeria or something.

I'm reminded of Dizzy Dean, who broadcast baseball in the early days of television.  Dizzy was famous for saying things like, "he slud into third" and he used the word "ain't" liberally.

A well-meaning teacher once wrote Dizzy asking that he stop saying ain't on television because children might influenced.  It was the 50's.

Dizzy read the letter on the air and replied,

"A lot of folks who ain't sayin' 'ain't,' ain't eatin'. So, Teach, you learn 'em English, and I'll learn 'em baseball."

Dizzy would have made a terrible spammer.

Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong, sometimes just full of it, but always judgmental and cranky

7 comments:

The Bug said...

Yikes - I live in Ohio & hadn't heard about the ruling. Guess I'd better slow down. Darn. I wondered why I had been seeing more patrol cars than usual on my route to & from work. They're after me!

Megan said...

You could come out to L.A. It's only going to be 95 at my place.

dennis said...

Dennis ain't too fond of these hazy hot days.

Barbara said...

All I can say is I'm glad I don't live in Ohio. I get enough of those Candid Camera shots that rely on radar. I can't imagine how much worse it would be if any old cop could just watch me speed and nail me.

I wonder how many people comply with requests for personal info like the one you (and I) received? I wonder what they use all that info for? Nothing good, I'm sure.

Kurt said...

I was 115 degrees every day when I was in India.

They should extend that law so cops can imprison anyone that their expertise tells them is guilty of a crime.

Steve said...

(No offense to any Nigerians, many of whom no doubt have excellent grammar.)

Steve said...

Maybe Dizzy was Nigerian??