Morning News and Stuff

Sep 29, 2011 at 9:41 am
click to enlarge Cool bullets!
Cool bullets!

Ohio's new concealed-carry law will take effect tomorrow, allowing Second Amendment lovers the opportunity to reach into their pocket and feel the cold, smooth feel of safety while enjoying a non-alcoholic beverage at a bar or restaurant in Ohio. Seriously, y'all better not be drinking or the liberals will tell on you before you can get buzzed enough to go outside and fire a couple of funny shots up into the air.—-

Hamilton County Commissioners yesterday approved a plan to stop double dipping, then acted like it was the most reasonable thing in the world to do even though they didn't do it for years.

A new poll shows Ohioans slightly supporting Rick Perry (42 percent) over Mitt Romney (38 percent) thanks largely to Tea Party people and evangelicals, two groups that normal Americans would rather not have in charge of this sinking ship country. Obama barely leads the both of them (44 percent to 41 percent for Perry; 44 percent to 42 percent for Romney).

This report says Mitt Romney is simply “patiently waiting for Republicans to like him.” Sounds sad.

Headline: “Anti-Kasich bloodhounds sniff out executive, legislative pay, perks hypocrisy.

Among its claims of hypocrisy, IO says Gov. Kasich, whose annual salary is $148,165 (over $10,000 more than his predecessor received), is exempt from the "performance pay" provisions of SB 5, and is still eligible to receive automatic annual 3 percent "step increases" that SB 5 would terminate for other public workers.

Though fiercely critical of "double dipping" by other public workers, IO said 12 House and Senate members who support SB 5 are themselves double-dippers (one is a triple-dipper), and collect legislative salaries in addition to state pensions. Perhaps the biggest single double-dipper in Ohio is House Speaker Bill Batchelder, who receives over $100,000 in a PERS pension, on top of his $94,500 annual legislative salary.

A Shell refinery in Singapore reportedly exploded a little bit yesterday. OK, it was kind of a big explosion, with witnesses describing a "fire ball shooting into the sky."

Is your blood pressure only slightly high? That's still not good, dude.

An Ontario court has ruled that a local farmer is not allowed to share his cows' raw milk with his farming friends or sell it to a public knowledgeable of its potential risks. The issue is part of an ongoing fight for "food freedom" against government controls.

Speaking of contemporary government oppression, protesters have organized on Wall Street against the financial greed and corruption of the rich people inside the giant buildings. Here's their internet home base. And here's a guy named Chris Hedges explaining the neo-feudalistic corporate city the fascists are trying to create. (See not-so-funny video at bottom of this writing.)

Things got buck wild during the final day of Major League Baseball's regular season, with two extra innings games determining which final two teams would make it to the playoffs. The Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves melted down, while the Tampa Bay Rays and St. Louis Cardinals got in. More about a crazy ending to the regular season here.

Here's a report on the athletes you'll be able to view nude in ESPN's “Body Issue,” though their privacies will be “strategically covered.”

A new study by Johns Hopkins researchers found that eating magic mushrooms can make people “more open in their feelings and aesthetic sensibilities.”

People who had mystic experiences while taking the mushrooms were more likely to show increases in a personality trait dubbed "openness," which is related to creativity, artistic appreciation and curiosity, according to the study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. The change was still in place a year later, suggesting a long-term effect.

Local pastry chef Megan Ketover made it through another episode of Top Chef: Just Desserts last night even though she finished in the bottom three of the Beastie Boys-inspired challenge.