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Murder alibi of the week: "She shot herself"


On April 13, Victor Claus of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, and his girlfriend Melissa Schloe were driving in Idaho when they got in a big argument. Schloe was shot in the head from a distance of at least 18 inches, crossed the center line, sideswiped a motorcycle then hit another car hard enough to flip it twice. Mr. Claus was booked on first-degree murder charges and, because he was very drunk at the time, is facing the death penalty.

His alibi: “She grabbed the gun off my dashboard, where I always keep it, and shot herself.’

The sheriff immediately affixed a laser sight to a similar gun and attempted to set up the same shot. After hours of trying they attest there’s no way she could have shot herself.

But that’s his story and he’s sticking with it.

Bernie Madoff no longer has to worry about getting Trump as a cellmate


Bernie Madoff, who created the software stock trading program that later became the NASDAQ stock exchange, has died. A very smart man, Madoff later proved the adage “a fool and his money are soon parted” by creating and running the biggest Ponzi Scheme the world has ever known. Because fools with enough money to get into Madoff’s racket really hate to be ripped off - the minimum buy-in was $100,000 and many invested millions - Mr. Madoff was rewarded for his ingenuity by being sent to federal prison for 150 years.

He died of natural causes.

Egypt appears to be on the verge of starting its own shipping line


On March 23, Evergreen Line got one of their massive container ships stuck in the Suez Canal. It took until March 28 to dig it out.

Apparently Evergreen’s insurance company was not pleased to be presented with a bill for $900 million for freeing their $120 million boat, so they’ve walked away from it.

Is Shohei Ohtani the best hitting pitcher in baseball history?

Ohtani pitches in the AL, and they don’t use a DH when he’s on the mound.

This morning, MLB.com is reporting that Ohtani, the winning pitcher in last night’s 10-3 win over the Royals, nailed a 119-mph double in the seventh that stands as the hardest hit so far this season. According to Statcast, only five batsmen have recorded hits at least that hard since 2015: Giancarlo Stanton did it nine times, Aaron Judge did it four, Nelson Cruz hit one ground-ball single, Gary Sanchez lined out and Ohtani hit one double.

When I was going through my email this morning and saw that, my first thought was obvious: isn’t Ohtani in the league where pitchers don’t hit? Apparently this guy didn’t read the memo that says pitchers are supposed to be lousy at the plate.

As for Babe Ruth...he was a decent hitter on the Red Sox, but he didn’t become the Sultan of Swat until the Yankees moved him to right field.

You'll hate me: both Pfizer shots, no side effects

Just so you know, Ammon Bundy's been arrested again


And it gets better: he went to the Idaho Statehouse, where he’s already been trespassed, and got arrested. Then he bailed himself out of jail, went right back to the Statehouse, and got arrested again.

Video: How to mill an 80 percent AR-15 lower with common tools

No milling machine is necessary. Using either a drill press or a portable electric drill, a router and the set of jigs sold by all the 80-percent lower dealers, you can make a ghost gun receiver quickly and easily. Both the drill and the router are available at any pawn shop worthy of the name.

Milk is about to get expensive, because of the containers

I stopped by Winco Foods yesterday on the way home from work, and visited the dairy department.

I found a letter from Darigold, the milk company in my area, taped to all the coolers.

Plastic milk jugs are made of High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) plastic. Their jug manufacturer's resin supplier's plant is located in Texas - and shut down because of the cold snap. As a result, there is a severe shortage of HDPE resin on the market.

Darigold has declared Force Majeure, which will allow them to raise prices as high as they need to.

I know what my next tattoo is going to be

It will be a button on top of my left wrist. I will get it in about a month.

If I get lost driving in a big city, a push of this button will enable the Microsoft-FEMA-Pfizer-DHS COVID Tracking Chip that came in the vaccination I got today, and the one I will get in three weeks, to give me turn-by-turn directions to where I need to go.

You can get one too! Go to www.theresnotrackingchipinthecovidvaccine.com or www.quitbeingajackwagon.com and sign up today!

I had a hell of a COVID scare this weekend

I live in North Idaho where COVID rampancy is only exceeded by mask denial. So, when I got up yesterday with what I thought was a low-grade fever - it turned out my temp was under 98 degrees - and a case of diarrhea (both COVID symptoms) I thought "oh shit, I better get tested."

Off I go to the internets...I found a place that does no appointment/no referral testing on Saturdays and got on the road.

Question, question, question...

"Have you been around any infected people in the last 14 days?"
"I live in Idaho."
"Then that's a yes."

Today I got the results back. Fortunately they were negative, and the diarrhea has cleared up on its own.
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