worry 081229

Darrel Dochow, who is apparently the type of bank regulator that America deserves, was put on leave while they investigate his having let the IndyMac Bank backdate a major document this yr so it could avoid triggering gov't scrutiny; Dochow had worked his way back up the ladder after his demotion for screwing up the regulation of the Lincoln Savings & Loan in 1989. Los Angeles Times

The organizers of one of those "taste of" festivals (delicious dishes of Hobart, Australia) thought it'd improve the fair-goer's experience to station a clown in the restrooms, reading poetry. The Mercury (Hobart)

An East London schoolteacher who was choked by a student lamented that the reason no colleague stepped up to rescue him was the culture of teachers' fear that touching a student would bring a lawsuit for assault. Daily Mail

In other UK education news, "hundreds" of schools have been instructed to refrain from marking student papers in red, which is "confrontational" and "demotivating" (with green or pink the more soothing choice). Daily Mail

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Latisse, a prescription drug whose main use is to promote eyelash growth. Reuters

A Vietnam war hero and former Navy Dept. official, Wade Sanders, 67, pleaded to possession of child porn, offering the Pete Townshend defense that his motive was "pure and innocent," that he was just researching the mistreatment of children. San Diego Union-Tribune /// The Guardian (Townshend story)

From the Daily News of Northwest Florida: "When the homeowner asked the [trespassing] woman what she was doing . . . she left the yard in anger, knocking over a dryer located . . . in the front yard. Then she threw her broom in the neighbor's yard." Daily News of Northwest Florida

Those of us of the Reading-Books Persuasion lament the financial condition of independent booksto– . . . well, we needn't worry about Quail Ridge Books & Music of Raleigh, N.C., whose owner just admitted that he had no idea an employee had embezzled $350k over the last 3 yrs. News & Observer

Manhole cover designs might be interesting to look at, but as always, some people take it too far (in Japan, of course). Mainichi Daily News
     Posted By: Chuck - Mon Dec 29, 2008

Ack!!! Clowns are creepy enough when they're in a photo or on TV, but in the bathroom? How could you possibly concentrate on your business knowing there's a clown right outside????
Posted by BikerPuppy on 12/29/08 at 02:19 PM
Knocking over a dryer? Why would a dryer be on someone's front lawn? Avmayes?
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 12/29/08 at 02:23 PM
If the distraught woman is still looking for things to clean.....she can ride her broom right over to my house!
Posted by AGFH on 12/29/08 at 02:39 PM
Here is a manhole cover from Tampa, I love them!

Posted by AGFH on 12/30/08 at 07:13 AM
They should draw little vermin riding the boat with a couple baby ruth bars floating by - now that would be a great sewer cover!
Posted by Jules in Connecticut on 12/30/08 at 10:16 AM
Patty and Kay, Longer eyelashes are great to a point, but once they get too long, they brush your glasses/sunglasses every time you blink. That was actually one of the reasons I got lasik -- I couldn't stand that sensation. Of course, my eyelashes are as blonde as my hair and eyebrows, so you can't see them without mascara (which I'm allergic to), so they're totally wasted on me anyway.
Posted by BikerPuppy on 12/30/08 at 12:50 PM
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