The Great American Right to Complain

For 30+ years as a news hound and reporter of weird stuff, I, Xeno, have believed it is the duty of Americans to speak up truthfully about what they like and dislike. We have the right to complain, to make things better. This was true in the past. Is it still? I like peace, non-violence, transparency in government and privacy and fair voting for the public. I oppose violence and support peaceful plans. I try to read a broad spectrum of news and ideas, but don’t agree with everyone or everything I read or see. Reading is not approving, obviously. … Continue reading The Great American Right to Complain

Accused Car Thief Carrying Rattlesnake, Uranium and Whiskey

On June 26 in Guthrie, Oklahoma, police found a rattlesnake, a canister of radioactive powdered uranium and an open bottle of Kentucky Deluxe whiskey during a traffic stop of a stolen vehicle. He also had a gun, but this is not uncommon in Oklahoma. Oklahoma is a state where it is legal for an adult to openly carry a firearm for certain “legitimate purposes” without a permit, and for certain other purposes with a permit, under the Oklahoma Firearms Act and Oklahoma Self-Defense Act. [See this for “legitimate purposes” explained.] The rattlesnake, uranium and whiskey made me laugh for some reason. It seems like he was … Continue reading Accused Car Thief Carrying Rattlesnake, Uranium and Whiskey

$250 fine for taking beach rocks and/or plants

Some beach rocks (and plants) in Massachusetts are city property and there will soon be a $250 fine for taking them. The city of Westport, specifically, has approved a new law that will impose a fine on people caught taking rocks or vegetation from city owned beaches. A Massachusetts town is sick of homeowners and businesses raiding its beaches for free landscaping materials. So the coastal community of Westport has approved a town bylaw that would impose a $250 fine on people who take rocks or vegetation from town-owned beaches. Sean Leach, vice President of the Westport Beach Committee, says … Continue reading $250 fine for taking beach rocks and/or plants

Idaho Woman Sentenced to Wear Charm Bracelet

It’s a strange probation requirement on the face of it, but wearing the faces of her children in a charm bracelet for the next three years to remind her of what really matters in life could be helpful. A judge handed down this unusual sentence in Boise Idaho this month in a drug fraud case to help a woman stay away from drugs and alcohol. …[the woman] was sentenced in Boise’s U.S. District Court earlier this month for using fraud to obtain illegal drugs from the hospital where she worked. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge sentenced her to three years … Continue reading Idaho Woman Sentenced to Wear Charm Bracelet

Stolen Hot Air Balloon Spotted at Festival, Recovered

I guess they thought they wouldn’t be seen if they launched the stolen hot air balloon in another state, but some balloon thieves had no such luck. A hot air ballon reported stolen in the mid-west, Indiana specifically, was spotted being used in a Florida hot air balloon festival. The vehicle was returned to its owner who did not press charges, wanting only the stolen property back. Via UPI. – TrueStrange.com Continue reading Stolen Hot Air Balloon Spotted at Festival, Recovered