January 20th, 2004


Dumb Lawsuits

Someone, PLEASE, I'm begging you, go kill these stupid, stupid people.

Two retired people sued the Safeway supermarket company because they claim that their dachshund was partially paralysed when it jumped up to get the Safeway advertising leaflets placed in the letterbox on the house. Yep, that's right, the mailers were in the mailbox, the dog jumped to get them, fell back to Earth (damn that gravity!), hurt itself and was partially paralysed, and they are suing the company whose mailer it was for this.

Now, just so that we all understand:

The setting=A private home where the injury takes place.
The injured party=a dachshund (dog).
The plaintiff=The home-owner/petowner.
The defendant=Safeway.

*rage boiling*

Yes, they were serious...though, for the life of me, I can't figure out why...well, that's a lie. I can figure out why; it's because they are part of that great American Litigious Society, who says that everything that can possibly happen is someone else's fault, and can be compensated for...that wacky group of mongoloid ass-monkeys who have never heard the phrases 'personal responsibility' or 'accident'.

Safeway has answered in a statement: "We do not consider there to be any liability on the part of Safeway. The leaflet was actually delivered by the National Leaflet Co, but regardless, we feel what has happened to Muffin [the dog] was merely an unfortunate incident for which no party can be held responsible. Apart from the liability issue, there is also question of causation - Mr Musselwhite would need to prove that the injury was caused in the manner alleged. In all circumstances, we firmly resisted any payment and advised any legal action against the company will be strenuously defended." Good for them, for not caving in and settling, just to avoid public bullshit.

Happily, I can at least report that the case was thrown out of court. District judge Peter Corrigan told the small claims court in Plymouth he was satisfied there was no breach of duty by Safeway and added: "I do not find a suspended leaflet equates to negligence."

Take that, fucko.
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Burn The World

Back On Track

OK, OK, That's It.TM

My apologies to any and all that have been worried about me for the last couple of days. I know I've been uncommunicative and withdrawn and basically a big poopie-head about things, and that stops as of now. I've had a good three days to deal with my shite, and it's time to move on, and thus, I declare an end to the festivities of self-pity.

For those that were curious, I'm not going into detail here. Suffice it to say that I received some news that made me feel extremely bad about myself, and made me also feel that something that I have always wanted and which I had basically resigned myself to only getting in a minor way by proxy was taken away from me. As for the first, well, I'm not going to feel bad about myself for it anymore, as I still feel I am in the right. As for the second...no one can take it completely away from me unless I let them, and just because it's been lessened, doesn't mean I can't use it to my advantage anyway. So there...take that, Fate.

So, that being said, time to quit with the self-indulgent pity-party. So, hey, I'm back...and ready to seriously rant! Fear me!
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Getting Old (Suckage)

Old Age

A young reporter went to a retirement home to interview an aged but legendary explorer. The reporter asked the old man to tell him the most frightening experience he had ever had.

The old explorer said, "Once I was hunting Bengal tigers in the jungles of India. I was on a narrow path and my faithful native gunbearer was behind me. Suddenly the largest tiger I have ever seen leaped onto the path in front of us. I turned to get my weapon only to find the native had fled. The tiger leapt toward me with a mighty ROARRRR! I soiled myself."

The reporter said, "Under those circumstances anyone would have done the same."

The old explorer said, "No, not then - just now when I went ''ROARRRR!''
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Killing Two Foods With One Tomato

Well, that worked out seriously well.

Just met drama_king, since he was coming over to get my Magic cards. For those that don't know, I just gave away my entire collection. I know I'm never playing again, and I'm tired of schlepping them around every time I move, so they'll do someone some good, at least. Just getting rid of them is one good thing. Anyway, while he was here, we got to talking and just chatting away, and gaming came up, and I mentioned that I would still be playing, if I had players in the area. He thought for a moment, and mentioned some friends who also play that are sometimes looking for a good DM...BONUS! So, I might get to get some gamers soon.
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