Saturday, February 18, 2012

shoot your computer ... and other tales of hard times

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-- Serene psychologists may put their studied analyses to work, but I'm not sure they will ever be able to outflank the laughter and delight of burdened parents everywhere after a North Carolina father, disgusted by his 15-year-old daughter's Facebook complaints about her chores, took her laptop into the backyard and emptied his .45 into it. He put his actions on Youtube. His parting words before taking action: "... Kid, you've got it easy, way easy. It's about to get harder." All the analyses and tut-tutting in the world make me want to say, "Take two sissy pills and call me in the morning." Reproving dissection is like one of those lugubrious Ph.D. theses about "humor" -- explaining and asserting self-importance when laughter is plain as the nose on your face. Lord love a duck! Made my day.

-- Italy is gearing up to slap a multi-million-euro tax bill on the Vatican. Tax exemption of non-religious property (how they decide that should be interesting) is about to go belly up. And that brings into question the exemption for religious pastimes ... or anyway I think so.

-- Also in Italy, police scooped up about $6 trillion worth of fake U.S. Treasury bonds and securities. $6 trillion ... if you're going to be a crook, you might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb.
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