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August 2, 2022

Police Union Head Gets A Clue

"The head of the largest police union in Texas said the new timeline raised serious questions about the department's trustworthiness."

That sentence comes from this article concerning yet more previously undisclosed information about the Uvalde shooting. The department referenced is the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Filed under Public Safety | permalink | August 2, 2022 at 10:00 PM | Comments (0)

Kansas Votes To Preserve Abortion Rights 61% to 39% - KANSAS!

Results are preliminary, of course, but most of the vote for abortion rights came from the counties around Kansas City and Wichita (also that one county in southeast Kansas that has a college in it).

Filed under Politics | permalink | August 2, 2022 at 08:24 PM | Comments (0)

Defining The "Midwest"

Andrew Van Dam (and possibly others; I can't tell if his use of the pronoun "we" means a group of people, or if it's just a royal affectation) has found a reliable way to determine the boundaries of the "midwest" and its primary characteristics! He (or they) use AirBNB listings which include descriptions and geographic locations. Great idea! It turns out Iowa is THE most midwestern state, and walleye are the most distinguishing characteristic of the midwest. Despite my 25 years in the midwest, I never encountered a walleye in any form other than occasionally hearing people mention fishing for them.

The fourth most midwestern characteristic is "Lutheran." Well, that would be Iowa again. The next religion on the list is Amish, down at the 14th spot. So I guess very few AirBNB owners would describe their property as "near the Baptist church." Other fish near the top of the list are bluegill, smallmouth and largemouth. In 10th place on the list is "supper," but probably AirBNB doesn't have the sort of data one needs to determine if "supper' refers to the midday or the evening meal.

| permalink | August 2, 2022 at 08:07 AM | Comments (0)

August 1, 2022

“I will always be a supporter of everyone’s Constitutional rights until you break the law,” Bianco wrote.

This is one of the problems with Bianco: after he thinks you've broken the law, you have no Constitutional rights.

Filed under Public Safety | permalink | August 1, 2022 at 12:28 PM | Comments (0)