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Redbeard's Journal

Seriously. I have red hair and a beard. What did you expect?

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In Memoriam
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Neil Armstrong passed away today.  He was one of my inspirations.

Godspeed.
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Oh Oh Oh!!!
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Wow.

Ron "Horshack" Palillo passed away today at the age of 63.


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A Big Disconnect
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I've never heard of the Daniel Tosh, and after seeing and reading about this, I'm glad hadn't:

Nothing Funny about Rape Jokes

Just what is it that some people find rape funny?  Free speech or no, what would these guys think of having someone suggest their nuts get cut off and fed to them raw?  What, that's not funny?  O RLY?

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This Just In from the 1950s
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Landlord Defends 'White Only' Sign At Swimming Pool - Cincinnati News Story - WLWT Cincinnati

Yes, I had to do a double take too.

I guess the racists are getting bolder by the minute...
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A Day Later...
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More fallout from the Penn State affair:

With no explanation for inaction, Joe Paterno must go now

Joe Paterno, Penn State didn't do what was right in Sandusky case

Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky fooled a lot of people over the years -- including me

The more I read about it, the angrier I get. This is like watching the Catholic Church's pedophilia scandal all over again, and hearing of priests that I thought I knew do unspeakable things.

Just what else is hidden under the veneer at these places?
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Guess Who's Coming to Our Neighborhood?
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The Westboro Baptist Church, that's who.

Other than the head-scratcher as to why they're coming to conservative West Side Cincinnati, we'll have a busy afternoon at the high school. And yes, that's the high school my kids will eventually go to.
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Under the Heading of It's So Bizarre that It Has to be True...
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...comes the tale that North Korea's Kim Jong-il ordered Chinese hackers to steal virtual gold on the MMOs 'Lineage' and 'Dungeon and Fighter' so he could enrich himself by selling that virtual gold to unuspecting users.

Kim Jong-il Grabs $6m from Gold Farming

Credit goes to John Hoskin from TenTonHammer.com, an MMO website.
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Lord Acton's Saying is Still in Effect
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I know it's been out for almost a week, but I wanted to pass along this article from Roger Ebert's blog on the unfolding newspaper and corruption scandal over in Britain: Roger Ebert's Blog: The Dirty Digger

I, for one, can't believe for a moment that the corruption that permeated the News Inc. media over there was limited to Britain.  The next several months should prove very interesting for the media....



EtA:  Here's a comparison point:  back in the 1980s, the savings and loan crisis had as it's poster boy Charles Keating, the head of Lincoln Savings and Loan.  He'd given five U.S. Senators bribes, including John McCain and John Glenn, to keep regulators from investigating his S&L, and he ended up going to jail over it when the S&L failed.  The so-called 'Keating Five' and Charles himself was a huge story throughout the entire country.

Well, except in Cincinnati, where Charles' brother William was Publisher and CEO of the Cincinnati Enquirer.  William had used his influence to downplay the scandal.

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As the Bookstore Turns
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Well, Joseph-Beth Booksellers was on the auction block because a creditor didn't approve of the owner's plan to exit bankruptcy, and that creditor managed to successfully outbid the owner for the stores:

www.wlwt.com/money/27624851/detail.html

Sounds to me like either the creditor wanted to take over the chain all along or maybe had a personal thing against the owners.  Either way, it looked for a while that Cincinnati would be reduced to a Waldenbooks and a couple of Barnes and Nobles bookstores.

In other news, it turns out that all of those iPhones and iPads can not only track your location, but are actively storing that data for people to hack into: 

Why Is Your iPhone or iPad Spying on You?
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I Love It!
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Just in case you thought Karma didn't exist, I give you this news article:

Driver Makes Obscene Gesture, Crashes into House
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