Not Very Funny

A Lakewood man was arrested after he posted a threat on social media that he would open fire with a machine gun on a rally calling for stricter gun laws, authorities said.

Shane Steele, 42, was charged with one count of terroristic threats after he was arrested on Friday, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato announced in a statement.

Authorities were alerted to the post on Facebook from a tip to the Manalapan Police Department from a concerned citizen, Coronato said.

“Steele allegedly authored a post on Facebook stating he intended to open fire with a machine gun at a ‘March For Our Lives’ rally,” the statement said.

Monday Cat Blogging

Nikon D90, 18-105mm

Pete likes to help with unboxing (in this case a fun new guitar pedal: an EHX Canyon).

Pepper threw up yesterday. Pete was so eager to get to it and eat it all up that he got his head under her face before she was done throwing up. So she threw up on his head. He didn’t care. He was probably thinking “Hooray, I’m covered in food!”

Bad Ass Kitty Cat

SPOKANE, Wash. — Washington state wildlife biologists have caught and tagged a 197-pound cougar. CBS affiliate KREM reports that the biologists tagged the massive cat on Monday north of Chewelah.

State carnivore research scientist Brian Kertson called the cat a “monster.” He said it’s so muscular that the first tranquilizer dart he shot at it popped out as the cat flexed.

Speedy Delivery

I kindof miss the days when ordering anything on-line or by phone or whatever meant at least a week of waiting, without knowing exactly when it would arrive. Every day, you come home, and check “Is it here yet?!” Anticipation can be fun! These days, I order something on Amazon, they tell me exactly when it will arrive, and it’s usually within a day or two of when I order. I can track it as it moves from city to city and they can tell me what time of day it will show up. Boring.

They should offer an Irregular Delivery option, to put a little mystery back in things.

Kelly Kelly Kelly Kelly

Kelly my darling, you are my sunshine;
When we’re together I feel fine.
Your smile is so lovely; your hair is so clean;
You make me feel that the whole world is mine.

Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly,
Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, K-E-L-L-Y …
Because you’re…
Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly…

The US Office of Special Counsel announced Tuesday that White House aide Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act on two occasions by “advocating for and against candidates” in last year’s Alabama Senate special election.

In a new report, the OSC special counsel, Henry Kerner, pointed to Conway’s TV interviews conducted in her “official capacity” in November and December of last year. The agency said Conway “impermissibly mixed official government business with political views about candidates in the Alabama special election.”

Cheers – The Kelly Song

Regulate Me!

You will be shocked to learn that the benefits of government regulations far exceed the cost of those regulations. Or so says the OMB:

OMB gathered data and analysis on “major” federal regulations (those with $100 million or more in economic impact) between 2006 and 2016, a period that includes all of Obama’s administration, stopping just short of Trump’s. The final tally, reported in 2001 dollars:

  • Aggregate benefits: $219 to $695 billion
  • Aggregate costs: $59 to $88 billion

By even the most conservative estimate, the benefits of Obama’s regulations wildly outweighed the costs.

According to OMB — and to the federal agencies upon whose data OMB mostly relied — the core of the Trumpian case against Obama regulations, arguably the organizing principle of Trump’s administration, is false.