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The BBC reports on The mystery of Ireland’s worst driver

Details of how police in the Irish Republic finally caught up with the country’s most reckless driver have emerged, the Irish Times reports.

It was discovered that the man every member of the Irish police’s rank and file had been looking for – a Mr Prawo Jazdy – wasn’t exactly the sort of prized villain whose apprehension leads to an officer winning an award.

As anyone familiar with Slavic languages would have told them, “Prawo Jazdi” is not a name, it means “right to drive” or “driver’s license”.

So how bad is the economy? Apparently even sharks are being laid off: Shark attacks drop worldwide . They are still hiring in Volusia County, Florida. [Actually, they think it’s related to fewer vacationers and beach goers. I mean who would lay off a shark … besides Donald Trump, of course?]

February 19, 2009   Comments Off on In Other News

E-Mail Scams

Amy Sullivan, Time Washington bureau notes The Catholic Crusade Against a Mythical Abortion Bill.

The U.S. Catholic Church has launched an all out crusade against the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA). [This is probably why the Pope made his remarks to Speaker Pelosi]. The problem is “Congress isn’t about to pass the Freedom of Choice Act because no such bill has been introduced.”

In other news, House minority leader John Boehner made an impassioned speech decrying the decision to charge for e-mail, and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner announced that private investment money has been found for the Bad Assets Relief Fund … in Nigeria.

February 19, 2009   2 Comments

Day 6 – Run For The Border

Yukon Quest Map

Sled DogJon Little (18), William Kleedehn (12), and Hugh Neff (23) are on the trail, climbing the American Summit. The weather in Dawson City was 1°F [-17°C] cloudy with a chance of snow flurries at 11AM PST. When they reach the border at 3000 feet the time will change to Alaskan Standard Time which is an hour earlier, i.e. 11AM PST is 10AM AKST.

Update: Hans Gatt (16) who was running 4th has decided to scratch to concentrate on the Iditarod.

You can get Race Updates here.

February 19, 2009   Comments Off on Day 6 – Run For The Border