Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Holy Geiko! This is.... This is...... Wow!

Some news stories write their own headlines. This one not so much.

"Hans Kurt Kubus, 58, is to be deported to Germany [from New Zealand] as soon as he is released from prison, Judge Colin Doherty ordered Tuesday. Kubus was caught by wildlife officials at Christchurch International Airport on South Island in December, about to board an overseas flight with 44 geckos and skinks in a hand-sewn package concealed in his underwear."
Forty four lizards sewn into one's underwear! The mind boggles. From a newspaper city editor's perspective where to be begin with the headline? Feel free to comment. And ..... were any cavemen involved?

Friday, January 22, 2010

Lunacy wins in Statistics v. Performance fray

OK, the inmates are officially running the asylum. According to this from the AP [which had to be found far afield since the local rag dropped the link about 30 minutes after posting - hmmmmm, wonder why?] the state of Califschwarzenegger is finally applying logic to its appalling prisoner recidivism rate. The state will no longer check in on a certain number of its new parolees and thus will not know if they need to go back to prison or not. That way parole officials will have fewer felons to place back into custody. Viola! Like magic, the rate should be lower.
"At the same time, the state will stop its monitoring of low-level offenders after their release. That is designed to reduce the number of parolees returned to prison, essentially because the state will not know if they are violating the terms of their parole."
What could possibly go wrong with that?
It's past time for the Maricopa County, AZ, sheriff to be put in charge of California Prisons and Parole. At least his recidivism rate is honestly reported.