From the monthly archives:

December 2008


Dilbert.com

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Heard on NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, which by the way is one of my favorite programs, and had to check it out… Hilarious.
Max Planck Institute, one of Germany’s top scientific institutions, wanted a picture of Classical Chinese poem in classical script on the cover of their special China-focused edition, so what did they do? They found apparently an advertisement of a strip club, promoting the special engagement of a pretty young thing, promising to deliver a scintillating performance with her voluptuous figure…
They cannot find Chinese in Germany? No Chinese restaurants in Germany?

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I love California, in general. I love the people there. Liberals. Warm-hearted. Open-minded. Willing to listen to different opinions and considering uncommon alternatives. Thus go the stereotypes. But this is taking the liberal spirit a bit too far.

The California Supreme Court has ruled that good Samaritans can be sued for not being careful when they try to help a victim in an emergency. The case centers on a woman who is suing her co-worker who “dragged” her out of the crashed vehicle like a “rag doll”, causing permanent damage to her spinal cord. I feel for the victim, I do. But there will be huge ramification to the society as a whole if we ever allow a rescuer with honest good intentions to ever be sued for trying to save someone else’s life.

The Good Samaritan laws, or “The Good Samaritan Doctrine” as it is legally known, is a legal principle that prevents a rescuer who has voluntarily helped a victim in distress from being successfully sued for “wrongdoing”. Its purpose is to keep people from being so reluctant to help a stranger in need for fear of legal repercussions if they made some mistake in treatment.

This is insane. So now we have to tell our kids: Yes, of course, if you see someone in danger, you are going to try and help them out. BUT, NOT before you obtain their permission for saving their life first. Actually, that’s not good enough, because it could become a “You said, s/he said scenario.” You should have them write down their permission and sign before you save their life…

How ridiculous does this sound? The scene from the movie Hancock comes to mind:

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I Promise: last post about Dr. Maddow this week…

December 4, 2008 imho is just a polite way to say I know you don't give a hoot what I think but I'm going to say it anyway

Tweet Follow Rachel Maddow on Twitter! Oh, oh, oh, and watch this old clip (from before we all fell in love with her) showing Maddow’s commentary on John Bolton, dubbed as the Worst Diplomat, ever. Brilliantly funny!

Confession time: I have a crush on Rachel Maddow…

December 4, 2008 imho is just a polite way to say I know you don't give a hoot what I think but I'm going to say it anyway

Tweet and I am not gay! I think the crush is the kind that you have for an extremely intelligent and articulate person who you know you will never be able to win a debate against, so you simply capitulate and give her all your admiration, starry eyes and all. So far, I have only […]