October 5th, 2012

A coordinated rain in NEPA seized a number of illegal video gambling machines:



Some machines were labeled “Dodge City,” “Monkeyland,” “Crazy Bugs,” and “New Fruit Bonus 96.” The machines were not hidden. Anyone could play.






New Fruit Bonus 96 is an awesome title.



Supposedly, a good deal of effort goes into choosing names for video gambling machines.


I found a partial list online. Not easy to navigate. I want to gank that set.


The best of this list are those that start with numbers:


10 Carat Wins
10 Play
100 Ladies
100 Lions
100 Pandas
100 Wolves
2 Can
2 For 1
2X Wild & Crazy
2X3X Red White And Blue
2X3X4X Jade
2X3X4X White Ice
2X3X4X5X Dragon
2X3X4X5X Gold
2X3X4X5X Red Hot Sevens
2X3X4X5X Super Lucky Times Pay
2X3X4X5X Super Times Pay
3 Alarm Fire
3 Level Games
3X 2X Super Sevens
3X 777 2X Free Games
4 Chinese Beasts
5 Bats
5X Diamond
77777 Jackpot
9 Suns

August 23rd, 2012

I’ve gotten the ban-hammer at BoingBoing.

ban hammer

Blocked from posting comments

Why? No idea!

I did have comments disappear in a post on the Pussy Riot Solidarity Protests where I asked how [Femen activist cutting down a memorial cross] was different from the Taliban destroying the Bamiyan Buddhas. (another comment I posted still exists). I posted it twice, because the original comment disappeared. At the time, I thought it was a glitch, so re-posted. The second time, I saw for sure that it appeared. So the next day, when it was gone, I knew it had been removed. I thought about asking why, but decided to let sleeping dogs lie. [I’ve since noticed other comments have been removed; if I remember correctly, I thought they were pretty innocuous, if focused on using the word “boobs”. Which is understandable given the nature of Femen protests.]

It’s a bit of an extreme comparison, but debatable, and I was hoping for some debate.

On one level, the actions are the same — the destruction of icons one does not care about in order to draw attention.

The primary difference is the historicity of the Buddhas, and the notoriety and incompetence of the Taliban who took a month to destroy them.

[For some personal context, I align with the Western majority who think that the original Pussy Riot protest/performance was not worthy of the jail sentences they received. I’m Catholic — Roman, not Eastern Orthodox — and was not horrified by what they did. It was a stunt, but not a destructive act.]

And then in the post on the Spanish fresco “restoration” disaster, I simply posted FREE PUSSY RIOT! — it got 15 likes, a reply, and has since been removed. WTF?!?!?

I still think it was marginally witty. The amateur “restoration” was a disaster, and I am implicitly comparing it to the destruction of a religious icon (as an act of agit-prop), and also implicitly suggesting that the bad-restoration was a conscious act of destruction out of solidarity with Pussy Riot.

Not brilliant, perhaps not even witty, but worthy of the ban-hammer?

Unless Godwin’s law has been drastically expanded, I didn’t even run afoul of that.

As my friend Mike points out, managing an online community is taxing:

From my own work as a moderator, I have to confess that there are days when you have to deal with like 10 idiots in a row, and then you get into a mood where you deal with the next 50 issues by shooting first, asking questions later.

See Also: Comments in my facebook post that points here.

See Also: An interesting counter-point on Pussy Riot solidarity and Wikipedia on Voina

July 17th, 2008

numbers game

December 14th, 2007

The Times-Tribune – Opinion – 02/18/2006 – Apparently truth, like art, is in eye of the beholder

Arthur Byron Phillips

more Phillips

Everhart Cartoon

I collected the above links nearly 1.5 years ago. I’m sure I wanted to add some more context, but context (or time for context) has not been forthcoming. So: no context!

September 19th, 2007

Carbondale man charged in nude store robbery

read more…

July 14th, 2006

Hazleton, PA approves illegal alien law

at least you got the flag right, America-hater

By a 4-1 vote, council passed an ordinance that bans illegal immigrants from renting property, punishes businesses that hires or “aids or abets” these immigrants, and makes English the “official” city language. [emphasis added]

I’ve got a question for you, Hazleton City Council: Why do you hate America so much?

After fighting a bitter war to ensure independence from England, our fore-fathers saw no reason to adopt the hated imperialistic English language as anything official in connection with Our Great Nation.

Why are you trying to so hard to disrespect their memory? You want English as an official language? Then go back to England, you bloody Tories!

June 28th, 2006

The Times-Tribune – RELENTLESS FLOODING Updated 8:53am

Photo Gallery 1

Photo Gallery 2

UPDATE 06.29.06: Waters begin to recede. WB Times-Leader gallery. The Times-Leader says it’s not an Act of God, it’s an Act of Man. 100,000+ evacuated, damage widespread.

March 29th, 2006

The Times-Tribune – News – 03/29/2006 – Smile! Cameras to monitor city

After a weekend trip to Maryland, Scranton officials are sold on the idea of installing surveillance cameras in the Electric City to help fight crime.

“It is something we definitely will do,” Mayor Chris Doherty said Monday after Police Chief David Elliott and Capt. Carl Graziano returned from a brainstorming session with Baltimore police over the installation of surveillance cameras.

Baltimore began using cameras in 1996. Since then, it has installed 262, said Baltimore Police Officer Troy Harris. They have been placed on light poles at intersections, atop buildings, in police cars and patrol vehicles, even in helicopters, Officer Harris said.

Cameras mounted on top of buildings in the city’s famed Inner Harbor can identify a car on a bridge miles away. And they are effective, he said. Since they’ve been in use, arrests are up 20 percent for everything from petty to violent crime, he said.


Wow! Arrests up 20%!!! And the effect on crime is….. unkown and unmentioned. But they’re throwing more citizens in jail!. Too bad they can’t go after the big corporations that get $2 million tax breaks and then pull out of the area. That would slightly more cost-effective use of our tax-dollars, no?

March 31, 2006 UPDATE: John Cole cartoon on a better placement for the cams.

March 17th, 2006

The Times-Tribune – News – 03/17/2006 – A brief local history of Hooters’ Air

March 10th, 2006

The Times-Tribune – News – 03/10/2006 – Pittsburgh firm hired to explore mine fire options

February 17th, 2006

Questions surround painting’s appraisal

The decision to appraise the purported Jackson Pollock painting stolen in November from the Everhart Museum appears to have raised more questions than it has answered.

And while detectives want to speak with Brian J. Murray, the president of Murray Insurance, the museum’s insurance company, Everhart officials are asking why an appraisal was done in the first place.

“We did not submit a claim for the Pollock,” Everhart spokesman Joe Palumbo said Thursday. “To my knowledge, Mr. Murray has not yet spoken to anyone (at the museum).”

February 16th, 2006

I’ve missed posting so many articles about this, I’m just going to link to them, now:

Museum’s insurer declares stolen Pollock to be a fake

Brian J. Murray, owner of the company that insures the Everhart Museum’s collection, declared the stolen painting to be a fake. “What we first thought was a loss turned out to be nothing at all,” Murray said.

Insurer: Pollock a fake; owner insists it’s real

How would they do that?” he said. “They don’t have the painting, do they? Is Brian Murray holding the painting? Is he the one who took the painting?”

When what you see isn’t what you get

Art, it is said, is in the eye of the beholder. But the museum has not met its obligation to at least ensure the authenticity of what is being beheld. The museum’s silence relative to details of a specific criminal investigation, regarding the theft or the authenticity of the painting, or both, is one thing. But its continued silence about its verification of works it displays as being authentic, and whether it has established adequate security, are matters of legitimate public concern. The museum should be held accountable.

Painting owner says he couldn’t fake a Pollock; Phillips a renowned artist in his own right

“How do you fake a Jackson Pollock? His gesture is very, very distinctive. I can paint anything else,” said Mr. Phillips, an artist whose work has been displayed in museums including the Everhart.

Art heist probe may take twist Cops take notice of claim that painting may be fake

“If the painting is a fake,” Capt. Leoncini said, “there are a number of things we may have to look at, including whether (Mr. Phillips) knew it was a fake and passed it off as an original and made a claim on it, or whether he signed any legal documents suggesting that it was authentic.”

February 16th, 2006

The Times-Tribune – News – 01/27/2006 – Painting owner has idea on heist

BY CHRIS BIRK STAFF WRITER & mdash; 01/27/2006

The Scranton native who lent the now-infamous Jackson Pollock work stolen from the Everhart Museum said he believes the November heist was an inside job and has provided the FBI with the name of his No. 1 suspect.

He wouldn’t explain his suspicions or divulge the name of his prime suspect, but told The Associated Press on Thursday that his information is based on official accounts of the burglary and personal knowledge of the museum’s security.

read more…

January 4th, 2006

Scranton Times-Tribune, Jan 4, 2005: Throop council dumps manager

THROOP — A unified majority of five moved through Tuesday night’s reorganization agenda at a quick clip, unanimously approving all but one motion. But a lack of internal opposition has not, so far, put a stop to political problems in the borough.

Nearly four months after he was hired, Borough Manager Robert Hegedus lost his job when Borough Council voted 5-0 to eliminate his position and rehire Elaine Morrell at a salary of $40,000

Within two hours of the meeting’s conclusion, Mrs. Morrell told Borough Council she would not be taking the job.

read more…

December 30th, 2005

The Times-Tribune – Opinion – 12/30/2005 – Dabbling in fakery Defining ‘art,’ even when authentic

Maybe it is, and maybe it isn’t.

December 14th, 2005

The Times-Tribune – News – 12/14/2005 – Contentious council doesn’t go quietly

Ah, Janet Evans — how we love thee so:

Council wiped its slate clean of business at the meeting. [….] [I]t gave the final nod to several pieces of legislation, including:

  • A three-year contract extension for Northeast Credit and Collections to collect delinquent garbage fees and property taxes. Mrs. Evans voted against.
  • Authorization for two tax anticipation notes with Community Bank and Trust Company for a total of $14.5 million. The short-term loans that must be repaid within the year give communities cash until taxes come in. Mrs. Evans voted against the $9.5 million note.
  • Approval of a loan buyout by Community Reinvestment Fund that will make a $5 million economic development loan fund immediately available to the city. Mrs. Evans voted against.
  • Emphasis added.

    December 8th, 2005

    OrcinusRush Limbaugh speaks on hostages:

    (Quoting from an AP report) “Aljazeera has broadcasted an insurgent video today, shows four peace activists taken hostage in Iraq, with a previously unknown group claiming responsibility for the kidnappings. The unknown group is the Swords of Righteousness Brigade, and they said the four were spies working undercover as Christian peace activists, according to Aljazeera. Aljazeera said that it could not verify any of the information on the tape. The aid group Christian Peacemaker Teams has confirmed that four of its members were taken hostage on Saturday….”

    [P]art of me that likes this. And some of you might say, “Rush, that’s horrible. Peace activists taken hostage.” Well, here’s why I like it. I like any time a bunch of leftist feel-good hand-wringers are shown reality. So here we have these peace activists over there. I don’t care if they’re Christian or not.


    Yeah, as warped as these people are, you know they’re going to blame Bush for this… They wouldn’t have been kidnapped because they wouldn’t have been there in the first place if Bush hadn’t gone and caused the war and created all these terrorists. I mean, these people are liberals, they’re warped. Well, I mean, that’s why there’s — I’m telling you, folks, there’s a part of me that likes this. Probably, even with this, though, you know, they’re not going to see the light of day. They’re not going to — I know, let them take me out of context. I don’t care anymore.

    No comment.

    December 8th, 2005 – The real scandal of Tom DeLay – May 9, 2005

    Later, DeLay would tell The Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin that the low-wage, anti-union conditions of the Marianas constituted “a perfect petri dish of capitalism. It’s like my Galapagos Island.”

    What’s Mr. DeLay referring to as “a perfect petri dish of capitalism” ???

    Moved by the sworn testimony of U.S. officials and human-rights advocates that the 91 percent of the workforce who were immigrants — from China, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh — were being paid barely half the U.S. minimum hourly wage and were forced to live behind barbed wire in squalid shacks minus plumbing, work 12 hours a day, often seven days a week, without any of the legal protections U.S. workers are guaranteed, Murkowski wrote a bill to extend the protection of U.S. labor and minimum-wage laws to the workers in the U.S. territory of the Northern Marianas.

    December 6th, 2005

    The Times-Tribune – News – 12/06/2005 – THROOP: Budget passes, might not balance

    Well, things might be looking up for Throop. Borough meetings seem to be more boring, and things are getting accomplished. Little by little.

    Compare Throop’s fiscal woes to Scranton’s.

    Oh, and why do I keep posting all of this? Well, I live in Throop and am trying to keep myself better informed. And, in some odd way, it might be interesting to some of you out there in the highways and byways of this digital planet. As Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty said to me Friday evening (we happened to be sharing a trolley between galleries), the smaller the area — the more interesting the politics.

    December 2nd, 2005

    Daily Kos:Traitor, thy name is Coulter

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