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I have a follow-up to the "citizen stops unmarked cop car" story

A few days ago there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth because a self-described "liberty speaker" named Gavin Seim pulled over a Grant County, Washington, sheriff's car that was unmarked and read the deputy inside the riot act because the car didn't have Grant County Sheriff's Office markings. He threatened to arrest the deputy if the deputy made any arrests while driving this car.

I'll freely admit I don't like this man. He pulls a lot of stupid stunts based on his erroneous readings of the law. Example: sometime before the primary election he was in, he went to the Grant County Courthouse to protest the fact there was no lockbox at the front door to the facility for people to deposit guns in. They had one, but it was in the sheriff's office down the hall - if you are one of those guys who can't be without a gun for even a second you give it to the nice lady at the door, she takes it to the sheriff's room, and when you get ready to leave they give it back. It worked for everyone else and it was legal, but Seim made such a stink they wound up moving the lockbox out by the door to please him.

(By way of comparison, they do not have similar lockboxes in Idaho; you leave your gun in your locked car, and bringing a gun into the courthouse building if you're not a sworn law officer is a misdemeanor.)

This is from the Columbia Basin Herald, who doesn't post things like this on their website.

According to Sheriff Tom Jones, the section of the Revised Code of Washington dealing with vehicle marking is not a civil or criminal statute. It is one "that would be handled internally by an agency head." The car Seim pulled over was new. It arrived at the county motor pool before the vinyl to mark it, which had been ordered before this incident happened, did (which has been installed, BTW), and the sheriff decided the public safety would be best served by using the car.

For Halloween: Read the Calvin version of The Raven

To make a proper tin foil hat, you must have proper tin foil

Fortunately, it's still available:


Now for important stuff: AL Cy Young winner?

The race is down to Felix Hernandez (Seattle) and Corey Kluber (Cleveland). Who ya like, DU?

Role-player at Idaho corn maze killed by bus


There's a corn farm near Hauser, Idaho, which is near the Washington-Idaho state line. And as corn farmers do, he creates a maze in his field every year after the harvest.

This year, he added a "Zombie Slayer Paintball Bus" attraction. I don't know exactly what that is, but I can guess: he arms his guests with paintball guns, loads them into an old school bus, drives them across a field with people dressed up as zombies in it, and the guests shoot the zombies.

On Friday night, one of the zombie actors at this maze ran too close to the bus, tripped, fell under it and was instantly killed.

I'm not sure why he was close enough to the bus to allow this to happen. An investigation will shortly follow, and the place is closed this weekend - probably by the Idaho State Police, who want everything where it is while they gather evidence. They're also doing probably the least-necessary autopsy in the history of autopsies.

Today's safety tip: If you are thinking about doing something like this - which would be really fun for a lot of people - buy a few cans of Field Marking Paint, which you can get at athletic supply stores and I think I've seen it at Home Depot. Measure your zombies' heights and double the height of your tallest one, then paint a line on the ground that far from the path of the bus. And then send any zombie who walks across that line home immediately.

Let's see just how absolutist Sam Brownstain is

The soon-to-be-ex governor of Kansas claims his state can continue to block same-sex marriage because the voters in Kansas put a same-sex marriage ban into the Kansas constitution, and a state constitution trumps the federal one.

So let's take this right to the edge of his little reality: There are several states that would, if asked, put a ban on handguns in their state's constitution. Follow along because I know this would be as unconstitutional as Brownstain's beloved marriage ban. I'm running down the list here: Massachusetts, which has always had strict gun control, would go for it. After Sandy Hook, we could probably get Connecticut. Hawaii almost certainly would, as would California. I'm not talking about any stinking "no new guns, but the old ones are grandfathered in" law, I mean a "get the things out of the state within thirty days and never bring one here again" ordinance. In Brownstain's world that would be okay because it's in a state's constitution, correct?

The far right needs to understand something, and understand it right now: The Constitution doesn't just protect the things you like.

Dipshit of the week: Meth-head steals car, paints it with house paint

Once again, no link, sorry...

On Friday, one Esiquio deLeon, Jr., of Ephrata, Wash., was sent up the river for a year and a half. How he got there: In May, Mr. DeLeon stole a Toyota. He then pried off the Toyota emblem, painted the car with white house paint and removed the rear license plate - but not the front one - to conceal it from the owner and the police. He then went shopping. He parked the car in the store's employee parking lot and went inside. The store's employees noticed Mr. deLeon was wearing pants with white paint splatter on them and the paint on the car was still wet, and called the cops. He agreed to let the cops search the car. In it were the paint, the brush, the license plate and the bump key he used to steal the car in the first place. In his front pocket was some meth, in his back pocket was the Toyota emblem.

I swear. Some people's children.

This is going to backfire: $9.35/hour to mint gold coins?

We're running this ad today:


There is a company in the town I live in that manufactures bullion coins from silver and gold mined in Idaho. They run four 12-hour crews. You work 12 hours and get off 36. Problem is, they only pay $9.35/hour to the day-shift workers and only $9.85 to the night-shift workers. Even for this town that's low, and most jobs don't come with built-in temptations like these do.

What Mitt Romney's explanations for his loss have always reminded me of

Remember Jake trying to talk Carrie Fisher out of killing him in the third act of The Blues Brothers?

How to solve the NFL and NBA's "bad boy" problem

Mandatory corporate sponsorship.

Think, if you will, of auto racing. As Darrell Waltrip once put it, "what makes a race car go fast is what's painted on the hood" - the logo of some product. The companies who own those logos won't put up with The Face Of Our Company being a criminal off the track, and they'll make a team get rid of a driver quick if he becomes an embarrassment. The drivers know this, and they behave.

The NFL and NBA are different: teams are named after the town they're supposedly from, and the players tend to run amok. I don't think Ray Rice would have initially received a two-game suspension if he played for the McCormick Ravens. Nor do I think the football team based in Washington, DC, would have the name it has if it was sponsored by Lockheed Martin.
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