June 22, 2007

Couldn’t Help But Notice (062207)

This is why, as suggested in a previous post, you should resist being a camera hound and NOT reveal who you are if you win a big lottery prize:

Police in Montreal say they’ve foiled a bizarre extortion and murder plot apparently aimed at a couple who pocketed a $27 million lottery jackpot last month.

An 18-year-old Mexican citizen was arrested Monday afternoon in a Montreal neighbourhood and arraigned yesterday for conspiracy to abduct, conspiracy to commit murder and other charges.

Edwin Scarlotte Mata Lima, who arrived in Canada four months ago, is alleged to have planned the murder of Zenovij Pacholuk and Dolores Coffey, winners of the second-largest lottery windfall in Quebec history.

Before leaving this item — It isn’t necessarily so, but doesn’t it seem like the report, in describing someone “who arrived in Canada four months ago” and is a “Mexican citizen,” is carefully avoiding the use of the term “illegal immigrant”?


From the “Can’t Make This Stuff Up” Department:

The faculty at Antioch College said Thursday they blame “gross mismanagement” by trustees as the cause for the undergraduate campus’ decline and will take legal action to keep the college open.

On June 12 the Antioch University board of trustees decided to close the college in 2008, citing a lack of money caused by declining enrollment and poor fundraising. The college has watched enrollment drop from its 1960s heyday of about 2,000 students to 400 today.

Enrollment declined 80% in 40 years. Does anyone think the faculty count dropped by a similar percentage? It looks from here that the faculty workload has steadily dropped over a protracted period of time, while their pay surely didn’t. At one level, it’s nice to have that kind of situation while it lasts, but playing the outrage card when the gravy-train days come to an end isn’t going to get a lot of sympathy from the real world.


Think Progress has issued a report — “The Right Wing Domination Of Talk Radio And How To End It.” In essence, they want the government to do it for them, when the solution is for “progressives” to figure out how to engage and entertain the audience instead of talking down to them.

In “totally unrelated” news, Roseanne Barr is ending her brief foray into talk radio. With “engaging” guests from across the political spectrum like Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal, Maxine Waters, and Christopher Hitchens, I can’t understand why. (/sarcasm)

Update: I suppose this is Talk Radio’s fault too.


Dagger of the DayIn the latest episode of “As the Mythical EU ‘Consensus’ Collapses”:

Polish premier Jaroslaw Kaczynski ….. invoked their country’s Nazi past as a negotiating ploy.

He claimed Poland deserved more votes because its population was still recovering from more than six million deaths during the Second World War.

Mr Kaczynski accused the Germans of “incomprehensible crimes” against his country, turning what was already set to be an acrimonious meeting into a confrontation between historical enemies.



  1. “Think Progress has”….I am looking for stealth legislation in the coming year that will restrict the 1st amendment, or shortly after the presidential election, particularly directed at talk radio and blogging. The backlash Congress is feeling over the illegal immigration bill has to be of concern to them. However if past actions are any indicator, rather returning to their district norms, they will attempt to squash the tool of opposition. This may sound a little pessimistic, but I see the growth of power in DC over the last 40 years really demonstrates the oligarchic lust for power that knows no boundaries. The states really need to wake up to what Congress does!

    Comment by Brian — June 22, 2007 @ 8:50 am

  2. #1, “stealth legislation” — of that I have no doubt.

    With a Dem President after 2008, all it may require is an Executive Order.

    Comment by TBlumer — June 22, 2007 @ 10:23 am

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