Archive for August 3rd, 2021

August 3rd, 2021 - 7:54 pm § in Law and Courts

Minnesota man wins guilty plea jackpot

This plea bargain is a bargain. Mark Anthony Ulsaker, 51, got 5 years of probation and 100 hours of community service for pleading guilty to “threats of violence.” Assault charges were dropped. Ulsaker attacked an elderly man, 80, and his wife, 78, with a golf club and also sucker-punche[...]

August 3rd, 2021 - 5:00 pm § in Environment, Health, Misc.

Beware this toxic plant

Poison hemlock spreads quickly, causes skin blisters if touched, and can be deadly if ingested — with no known antidote. Its leaves resemble those of ferns, its stems have purple spots, and it sprouts white flowers. This article explains how to recognize it, and what to do if it’s growin[...]

August 3rd, 2021 - 4:29 pm § in Health, Politics

Personal freedom or the common good?

Even in America, “freedom” isn’t an absolute, but is complex and nuanced. We have to obey laws. We can’t drive as fast as we want to. Childhood immunizations are mandatory. You can be drafted into the military, and ordered to kill and be killed. And in 1905, in a case involvi[...]

August 3rd, 2021 - 2:16 pm § in Misc., Politics

Idaho GOP legislator faces sanctions for doxxing rape victim

A basic tenet of growing up is that bad behavior has consequences. Parents drill into their kids that breaking rules results in punishment. Teachers give bad grades for not studying; goofing off in the classroom ends with a trip to the principal’s office. What to do with a legislator who break[...]