Month: May 2007

Reminder: I’m looking for blogs that emphasize a geographic region (Southern Appeal would’ve been the perfect example, but it has shut down). I’m also looking for groups of blogs that coalesce around a certain region. Stella Borealis (group of Minnesota blogs) is a perfect example. Email me or post them below.Read the rest

The Quick-Hitting Eudemon

This is nothing. Many Americans sleepwalk their entire lives away: American doctors are preparing to chill volunteers into a state of suspended animation that could keep them asleep for months.
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First I read about the reverse scam artists that I posted about yesterday, today I read this: US prosecutors said they captured on Wednesday a nefarious Internet marketer responsible so much junk e-mail they called him “Spam King.” . . . If convicted as charged, Soloway will face a maximum sentence of more than 65 years in prison and a fine of 250,000 dollars. Put him in maximum security with the sodomites. (Okay, I’m not feeling particularly merciful today.)
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Further evidence that you can find anything at Wal-Mart: A woman’s fall in a puddle of vomit has resulted in a lawsuit against Wal-Mart. June Medema, slipped in the vomit at a Davenport Wal-Mart on June 13, 2005, according to the lawsuit, filed by Medema and her husband, James, in Scott County District Court earlier this month.
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I can see this: A man fainted at the mention of a testicle jab during a talk by a fertility expert.
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I like a guy who’s unequivocal in his decision making. I also like his sense of timing (see third paragraph):

A German bricklayer, who accused his girlfriend of liking her pet guinea pig more than him, killed the pet and turned it into a “romantic” dinner for two.

Lara Hochner, 23, from Darmstadt only found out what had happened when she went to her beloved pet Rudi after the candle-lit meal, to make sure he had enough food and water.

When she

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Tuesday Funny

Everyone needs a hero, and I’ve found mine: The scam baiters, a cadre of funny reverse scam artists who intellectually flail the Nigerian 419 scam artists. This is a must read. Unfortunately, I don’t know if you need a subscription. Generous excerpts:

Scam-baiters have set out to turn the tables on the scammers. The legions of scam-baiters seek to con the con artists, often with remarkable artistry of their own. They tease the scammers with promises of payments that don’t arrive, with wired funds from banks that don’t exist, with Western Union money transfers that go awry. They lead the scammers on wild-goose chases to pick up checks from couriers who don’t materialize, insist the scammers perform ridiculous stunts, and ask them to pose with demeaning signs to prove their commitment to the transaction. Blinded by the same greed that blinds their marks, the scammers take the scam- baiters’ bait and, often as not, end up as heads on the virtual wall in the scam-baiting Web sites’ “trophy rooms.” . . .

“Safaris” are the trips scam-baiters lure scammers into making to remote banks to collect their advance fees, which, of course, don’t exist. Insults, the bitter imprecations hurled at the scam-baiter once the scammer realizes he’s been scammed, are prized as tokens of the baiter’s success in “owning” the scammer—driving him around the bend and provoking him to the spluttering rage of capital-letter curses: “YOU ARE GOING STUPID, ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND? YOU FOOLISH WHITE MONKEY AND YELLOW PIG” was the response of one “barrister” when finally copping to his humiliation. But the most valuable “trophies” are photos of

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Light Eudemon

Not much time for blogging and the Internet has a dearth of decent blogging material. I offer merely the following:

Woman gets drunk and hurts herself. A doctor in the emergency room (with an obvious strong paternalistic streak, but within propriety, as far as I’m concerned) gave a prescription:

Sooch treated a cut on her head and then prescribed Tylenol, adding these instructions: “Do not abuse alcohol. Do not get drunk and fall causing harm to your head or body. Apologize to your family, friends and [emergency department] faculty for your extremely inappropriate behavior and rudeness while intoxicated. Be a great mother to your kids.”

The insulted woman has filed a formal complaint with the City of Denver. Link.

Something for Monday (Tuesday) Morning:

“Idleness is the enemy of the soul.”

St. Benedict
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Reminder: I’m looking for blogs that emphasize a geographic region (Southern Appeal would’ve been the perfect example, but it has shut down). I’m also looking for groups of blogs that coalesce around a certain region. Stella Borealis (group of Minnesota blogs) is a perfect example.Read the rest

Memorial Day Eudemon

Web traffic drops drastically during the holidays, so I’m not terribly inclined to spend time putting together a great post (“Hey Scheske, you never put together a great post!”), but here are a few things:

Are pro-abortion Catholics Catholic? Of course. Canon lawyer Ed Peters explains (via):

A Catholic’s involvement in pro-abortion advocacy might (depending on the usual criteria) be gravely sinful, but since when is any Catholic who commits a grave sin no longer Catholic? Catholics who commit grave sin are still Catholic, albeit Catholics in mortal sin. If Catholics die in that state, they go to Hell as Catholics, not as former Catholics. The essence of the scandal given by pro-abortion Catholics lies precisely in the fact that they are Catholics. If they weren’t Catholic, what would all the shouting be about?

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Won’t need to ask me to leave twice:

An Australian hotel catering for homosexuals has won the right to ban heterosexuals from its bars so as to provide a safe and comfortable venue for gay men.

A little queer Plessy v. Ferguson might do western civilization a lot of good.
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Advanced Marketing 301: “Creating Your Own Target Audience”:

Police say elementary school students tipped them off to an ice cream truck driver who was apparently selling $5 and $10 bags of marijuana from the truck. Most customers were in the third, fourth, and fifth grades.

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Heck, I didn’t get eight hours of sleep last night because I was watching the Pistons and talking with my wife about a trip out west. I’ll be lucky if I don’t thrash my two-year-old for breathing too … Read the rest

Regional Blogs

I’m looking for blogs that emphasize a geographic region (Southern Appeal would’ve been the perfect example, but it has shut down). I’m also looking for groups of blogs that coalesce around a certain region. Stella Borealis (group of Minnesota blogs) is a perfect example.

Email me (link on left) or post them below. Thanks. … Read the rest