Jim Letten resignation links

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten announces resignation ~ Gordon Russell

Virginia federal prosecutor named as interim replacement for Letten ~ DoJ Press Release via NOLA.com

Ladies and gentlemen all hell has broken loose.  Jan Mann best lawyer up now as she may well need a criminal defense attorney.

Because I’m in the mood to talk a bit of smack with the shattered remnants of the Goatherder Nation

Yes, you guys.  I think I’ve maybe shown 10% of the stuff I have here on Slabbed.

Today I publish a piece of hate mail I received on May 28, 2011, right around the time Charles Leary obtained, via perjured affidavit in the Fox 8 case, a court order in Canada which was used to invade the privacy of 3 Slabbed commenters. “Painful hell of legal entanglement soon to come” Gee I wonder who wrote that?  Click the pic to get the full 3 page PDF chock full of Goatherderian jackassery.

Next up. Charles Leary’s enemies are everywhere as Trout Point Lodge, in a fit of paranoia, issues a fake press release and threatens a Canadian journalist.

Powerball and pot: A peek behind the scenes at Slabbed

I always get a kick when one of a cadre of posts here gets renewed traffic based on a national news event.  My experience moderating Slabbed is the two biggest traffic generators are sex (the kinkier the better) with money being a distant second.

That said last week it was one of my old money posts about Powerball winner Chris Shaw that got a heck of a workout including certain national media outlets last week as the topic of Sudden Wealth Syndrome again came to the fore of the news cycle.  I thought this AP story from last week on the broad topic was excellent.

Next up is a tongue in cheek post I did on a lark on former hedge fund manager Andrew Lahde from April 2010 that to this day generates high quality traffic (think hedge funds and investment banks) and for the second time this year it has experienced a traffic spike.  Unlike March, 2012 though I figured out the reason for the traffic spike as evidently today marks the decriminalization of marijuana in Washington State.  This AP story giving a history of cannabis in the US is very good though given Lahde’s experience with cannabis I am dubious of the following statement of fact that crazed Mexicans were committing senseless acts of violence while stoned:

In the 1890s, the first English-language newspaper opened in Mexico and, through the wire service, tales of marijuana-induced violence that were common in Mexican papers began to appear north of the border – helping to shape public perceptions that would later form the basis of pot prohibition, Campos says.

There is no doubt violence associated with the drug trade itself and we’ve covered that a time or two but Mexican stoners lighting up and trashing the town circa 1890? Sounds like that old English language newspaper must have belonged to the old Hearst chain given what Satchmo himself had to say in a letter to President Dwight Eisenhower on the subject: Continue reading “Powerball and pot: A peek behind the scenes at Slabbed”