Sunday, November 27, 2011

A nice comic

I love this comic from Mike Dawson called Prospect Park Dusk, Prospect Park Dawn.

It's about a mom who has a secret and a mission. You might be able to guess the secret from the title but don't let that keep you from reading it. It's a fun ride even if you think you know the destination.


Monday, November 14, 2011

Loose Dog

Earlier today Cam was down at the little highway that runs near our house, waiting for the bus, when he saw a man on the corner pointing and hollering. The man was pointing up our street and yelling "Go! Go home!"

Cam was trying to figure out what was going on when our Akita came trotting around the corner, happy as a clam at high tide, apparently following Cam's scent. Cam dashed across the street (where there was a fatal hit and run a few months ago) and caught Mal by his harness and trotted him home.

Our roommate who rents my upstairs, who is moving to Hawaii in three weeks, had left the gate open and Mal had decided to go exploring.

This was this morning around nine or so. Then Cam went to school and did his thing, came home, took a nap then took the bus up the road to go Game Stop to buy something. When he came back home the gate was open again!

Luckily this time all the pets were in the house but Mal likes to hang around outside for a couple of hours a day, especially once summer is over. He's a cold weather dog and the colder it is the more he wants out. I guess I'm going to have to keep a tight rein on him until the roommate is gone. Poor puppy.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Charming Obit

I'm oddly taken with this obituary.

This is my favorite part:

Edie knew how to make her money stretch as she raised three children on a military salary and managed to send them to parochial school.

Edie loved to camp, fish and garden. She enjoyed a good salmon and crab feast. She was also feisty and enjoyed a good fight from time to time.

Does that mean she was a fan of boxing or she actually like to get down and dirty and trade punches herself? I would love to know.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Weirdest Story I Read Today

This story is by the oddest, creepiest story I read today. Dude robbed graves and made dolls from the mummified bodies of women. The story is short on details and long on rumors but apparently he had 29 different life sized dolls, dressed in clothes from graves. Maybe he was caught with a bag of bones or maybe the police were just suspicious. Either way:

He claimed to have inspected 752 cemeteries across the region from 2005 to 2007, often walking up to 30km (20 miles) a day.

He said he had drunk from puddles, spent nights in haystacks or at abandoned farms and had once even slept in a coffin readied for a funeral.


Monday, November 07, 2011

How Max Heymann Met His Wife

Max has this to say about meeting his wife, Sandwina, one of the strongest women in the world. He took her challenge when she bet she could defeat any man and:

“As I have entered the ring I started thinking that if I earned the 100 marks it would be the most extravagant way to earn money I have ever had. But the only thing I recall is my sudden rotation in the air with the flashing blue sky in my eyes, and then free falling down. Eventually, I found myself on the floor panting and semi-unconscious, while the girl bent down to me and said: "Have I inflicted any damage to you? Then she grabbed me in her arms as a dummy and carried me to her tent."

hubba hubba!


Thursday, November 03, 2011

Fraud Involving CPA

I posted this on my accounting discussion boards this afternoon:

Today we ran a story about mobsters engaging in mortgage fraud and one of the people indicted was a CPA. From the story:

Nicodemo Scarfo, the son of the imprisoned boss Nicodemo “Little Nicky” Scarfo of the La Cosa Nostra mob in Philadelphia, and Salvatore Pelullo, an associate of the Lucchese and LCN families, were charged with racketeering conspiracy and conduct of securities fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud, extortion, money laundering and obstruction of justice in the 25-count indictment filed in federal court in Camden, N.J.

Nine other defendants—including five lawyers and a certified public accountant—have also been indicted for this fraudulent scheme and Scarfo, Sr., and Vittorio Amuso, the imprisoned boss of the Lucchese family, were named as unindicted co-conspirators.

I think the U.S. Attorney summed it very well in a quote we ran at the bottom of the story:

“Particularly in these economic times, investors should be free to invest in public companies without fear that violent criminal organizations are their puppetmasters,” said Paul Fishman, U.S. attorney of the District of New Jersey. “And the public deserves to rely with confidence on corporate officials and professionals whose positions require them to act in the best interest of shareholders, not members of organized crime.”

I made the story free for everyone to read. You can access it here: Mobsters Indicted for Extorting Texas Mortgage Company


Tuesday, November 01, 2011

One Front Page - Many Stories

Check out this front page of this paper from 1951. So many stories! The mentally ill, or perhaps mentally disabled, son of Knute Rockne shot after breaking into a house.

A little boy chases a little dog out of his yard and onto the prairie and is lost for hours, only to be found sleeping with the dog.

A safe cracker passes away with no money - was he a bad safe cracker or did he spend everything?

Pilots spot a spooky aircraft.

Snowslides devastate towns.


A man who is tarred and set on fire is described as receiving a warm welcome??? And the headline is he fails to see the fun. I don't even know.