Big Friday Motes

Didn’t work before: A ban on dozens of semi-automatic rifles cleared the Washington state Legislature on Wednesday and the governor is expected to sign it into law. The Washington law would block the sale, distribution, manufacture and importation of more than 50 gun models, including AR-15s, AK-47s and similar style rifles. Inslee said lives will be saved because of the semi-automatic rifle ban and two other measures approved by the Legislature this session: one that introduced a 10-day waiting period for gun purchases and another to hold gunmakers liable for negligent sales. Waiting periods have been shwn to do nothing. And what is   “negligent sales”? If I make something in Kentucky, Minnesota, or Massachusetts how the hell am I responsible for what someone does in Seattle? Watch for massive sales upswing in Washington. And a large population shift to Idaho.

Things that go bump: A Wisconsin driver hit something darting across the road at night, but soon discovered it was still alive — trapped and angry inside of the car, officials said. The driver called for help and deputies with the Portage County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene south of Plover, near U.S. Interstate 39. It was no raccoon or opossum, it was an adult bobcat, which apparently broke through the front grille and survived. Bodycam footage shows the cornered bobcat hissing at the rescuers, periodically swiping at them with its large paws. Eventually, he manages to loop the uncooperative cat with the pole, once freed, the bobcat goes ballistic. Despite all the excitement, the bobcat appeared uninjured. It was released back into the wild.

Don’t believe your own hype: During his time in the WWE he was billed as “The Million Dollar Man”. Now Hall of Famer Ted DiBiase has been charged with multiple felonies in the Mississippi welfare fraud scandal involving Brett Favre. The story notes that the unsealed federal indictment states that DiBiase, Jr. is accused of “misappropriating millions of dollars that were intended for needy families.” He is being charged with “one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and to commit theft concerning programs receiving federal funds, six counts of wire fraud, two counts of theft concerning programs receiving federal funds, and four counts of money laundering”. It’s a good thing he’s “retired” so he doesn’t have any appointment for the next 5 to 20 years.  

Not the answer: If you’re on a flight and there’s a crying child sitting next to you, what do you do? A man on a Southwest flight to Florida threw a profanity-laced fit over a crying baby sharing the same flight, and it was recorded. A passenger said, “It was a little bumpy and uncomfortable and just out of nowhere this other passenger in the video basically said shut that baby up, and it escalated from there.” The recording shows the unhappy passenger screaming, “Why is the baby yelling? I’m not screaming. Want me to scream? I’ll [expletive] scream. Please stop the baby,” the man in the video can be heard saying. “We are in a [expletive] tin can with a baby in a [expletive] echo chamber. If you want to talk to me about being [expletive] OK,” the man continued. According to the report, the flight crew attempted to calm the man down before they ultimately decided to contact the authorities. Orlando police told the outlet that the man was escorted off the plane but was not arrested. Yeah, that’ll show that damn kid. I’ll get myself thrown off the plane. In a different town. Yeah, that’s the ticket. Stupid Stupid Stupid  And remember, if there’s more than two people involved, one of them is recording it.

Not true: MSNBC host Joy Reid said Wednesday on her show “The ReidOut” that Fox News is making Americans “paranoid,” which causes them to get firearms. That’s not true at all. My .gov makes me paranoid and I’ll go out and get the rest of that stuff all by myself.

How about the first gardenia’s of the season. Pretty.

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