I could have used the search box on this blog to locate the URL for an old post about Sharon Keller. Instead I went to Google, and typed in “I was wearing someone else’s pants”. I remembered those words in the title, and for something that odd, my post would be the first result, right?

Uh, no. Numero tres. Beaten out, at number two, by WikiAnswers – Can you get STDs by wearing someone else’s pants? (Related link on the answer page… “Am I wearing pants?”)

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Tefillin:

S: (n) phylactery, tefillin ((Judaism) either of two small leather cases containing texts from the Hebrew Scriptures (known collectively as tefillin); traditionally worn (on the forehead and the left arm) by Jewish men during morning prayer)

Phylactery comes from the Greek verb φυλάσσειν which means to guard or to protect.

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Via Pete:

Concerning the actions of the officers involved in the death of Jonathan Ayers on Sept. 1, 2009, we find that the use of deadly force by Agent Billy Shane Harrison was legally justified based upon his objectively reasonable belief that such use of force was necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or others,” a statement signed by the grand jurors read.

“Based upon this finding, we the Grand Jury believe that the officers involved in this incident would be immune from criminal prosecution pursuant to Official Code of Georgia Annotated 16-3-24.2.

Here’s a quiz for you.

A young woman is trying to use a depleted and/or somehow otherwise broken fire extinguisher to put out the flames engulfing her car. (Right now. This is happening right in front of you.)
You tell her to wait while you run and get another extinguisher. Having made that promise, you decide not to dilly dally, but instead to run across the street to the nearest establishment that might have one.

Unfortunately, you don’t technically make it all the way across the street, because you are hit by a car. You are flung 15 to 20 feet, you require medical attention in the form of a staple in your head and a neck brace at the ER, you will walk around with a limp for a few days, but good grief, you were hit by a car and you’ll survive. Quit complaining, right?

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Byron Sage was a special agent in the FBI’s Austin office when he was called in to be the lead negotiator with the Branch Davidian’s during the infamous 1993 standoff. He was interviewed last year, along with other government agents, local Waco law enforcement, and some of the survivors, by Pamela Colloff in her Texas Monthly 15th anniversary article “The Fire That Time”. (Unfortunately, full access to TM articles is subscription only, or I’d provide a link to the article.)

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