Via Instapundit, we learn that Los Angeles bomb technicians underestimated the weight of confiscated fireworks when they detonated them in a containment chamber. The techs did a guesstimate of the weight instead of actually weighing the fireworks, which they are allowed to do. As a result of this underestimation, there was a catastrophic explosion that was felt blocks away and injured 17 people.

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Hugo Chavez is Dead

My prayers go out to his family. They are dealing with a great loss. The loss of a family member is hard.

Way back on September 20, 2006 I actually scooped the Associated Press on this story:

Chavez Recommends Chomsky – Calls Bush ‘The devil’

I happened to be watching the news, and it was showing Chavez speaking at the U.N. Then I heard him recommending Chomsky. That piqued my interest. So I backed it up on TiVo, hit the record button, and started transcribing.

I think that the first people who should read this book are our brothers and sisters in the United States because their threat is in their own house. The devil is right at home. The devil, the devil himself is right in the house. And the devil came here yesterday. Yesterday the devil came here. Right here. (crosses himself) Right here. And it smells of sulfur still today. This table that I am now standing in front of, yesterday ladies and gentlemen, from this rostrum, the President of the United States, the gentleman to whom I refer as ‘the devil’ came here talking as if he owned the world. Truly as the owner of the world. I think we can call a psychiatrist to analyze yesterday’s statement made by the President of the United States. As the spokesman of imperialism he came to share his nostrums. To try to preserve the current pattern of domination, exploitation and pillage of the peoples of the world. An Alfred Hitchcock movie could use it as a scenario. I would even propose a title, ‘The Devil’s Recipe’.

As Chomsky says here clearly and in depth, the American Empire is doing all it can to consolidate its hegemonistic system of domination and we can not allow them to do that. We can not allow a world dictatorship to be consolidated.

I pray for the Venezuelan people, that they get a leader who’s first for them, not him or herself. Someone who won’t steal private property and make it “public” property. Someone who will develop policies that benefit the people while not being “benefits” that someone else has to pay for.

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Back in September, Walter Olson at Overlawyered brought a curious story to our attention. Apparently Kelloggs thought that the toucan in the logo of the Maya Archeology Initiative too closely resembled Toucan Sam of Froot Loops fame.

Hint: Sam is on the left

There’s now an update to the story. Kevin Underhill writing at Forbes tells us that there is a resolution:

At last report the two sides were trying to work things out, and it now appears that they have. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that after several meetings over the past two months, the parties have reached a compromise: MAI will keep doing what it’s doing, and Kellogg will give it $100,000.

He finishes the piece with:

The fate of whoever decided it would be a good idea to send a cease-and-desist letter to some archaeologists in the first place is not yet known.

Would that more of these ridiculous cases turned out better for the defendant…

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