Sunday, October 16, 2016
Ever wonder about this? I did too.
Found it here:
|Alabama||From Alabama River by early European explorers and named "Alibamu" after the local Indian tribe|
|Alaska||Corruption of Aleut word meaning “great land” or “that which the sea breaks against”|
|Arizona||Uncertain. Perhaps from the O'odham Indian word for “little spring”|
|Arkansas||From the Quapaw Indians|
|California||From a book, Las Sergas de Esplandián, by Garcia Ordóñez de Montalvo, c. 1500|
|Colorado||From the Spanish, “ruddy” or “red”|
|Connecticut||From an Indian word (Quinnehtukqut) meaning “beside the long tidal river”|
|Delaware||From Delaware River and Bay; named in turn for Sir Thomas West, Baron De La Warr|
|Florida||From the Spanish Pascua Florida, meaning “feast of flowers” (Easter)|
|Georgia||In honor of George II of England|
|Hawaii||Uncertain. The islands may have been named by Hawaii Loa, their traditional discoverer. Or they may have been named after Hawaii or Hawaiki, the traditional home of the Polynesians.|
|Idaho||An invented name whose meaning is unknown.|
|Illinois||Algonquin for “tribe of superior men”|
|Indiana||Meaning “land of Indians”|
|Iowa||From the Iowa River which was named after the Ioway Indian tribe|
|Kansas||From a Sioux word meaning “people of the south wind”|
|Kentucky||From an Iroquoian word “Ken-tah-ten” meaning “land of tomorrow”|
|Louisiana||In honor of Louis XIV of France|
|Maine||First used to distinguish the mainland from the offshore islands. It has been considered a compliment to Henrietta Maria, queen of Charles I of England. She was said to have owned the province of Mayne in France.|
|Maryland||In honor of Henrietta Maria (queen of Charles I of England)|
|Massachusetts||From Massachusett tribe of Native Americans, meaning “at or about the great hill”|
|Michigan||From Indian word “Michigana” meaning “great or large lake”|
|Minnesota||From a Dakota Indian word meaning “sky-tinted water”|
|Mississippi||From an Indian word meaning “Father of Waters”|
|Missouri||Named after the Missouri Indian tribe. “Missouri” means “town of the large canoes.”|
|Montana||From the Spanish word meaning “mountain.”|
|Nebraska||From an Oto Indian word meaning “flat water”|
|New Hampshire||From the English county of Hampshire|
|New Jersey||From the Channel Isle of Jersey|
|New Mexico||From Mexico, “place of Mexitli,” an Aztec god or leader|
|New York||In honor of the Duke of York|
|North Carolina||In honor of Charles I of England|
|North Dakota||From the Sioux tribe, meaning “allies”|
|Ohio||From an Iroquoian word meaning “great river”|
|Oklahoma||From two Choctaw Indian words meaning “red people”|
|Oregon||Unknown. However, it is generally accepted that the name, first used by Jonathan Carver in 1778, was taken from the writings of Maj. Robert Rogers, an English army officer.|
|Pennsylvania||In honor of Adm. Sir William Penn, father of William Penn. It means “Penn's Woodland.”|
|Rhode Island||From the Greek Island of Rhodes|
|South Carolina||In honor of Charles I of England|
|South Dakota||From the Sioux tribe, meaning “allies”|
|Tennessee||Of Cherokee origin; the exact meaning is unknown|
|Texas||From an Indian word meaning “friends”|
|Utah||From the Ute tribe, meaning “people of the mountains”|
|Vermont||From the French “vert mont,” meaning “green mountain”|
|Virginia||In honor of Elizabeth “Virgin Queen” of England|
|Washington||In honor of George Washington|
|West Virginia||In honor of Elizabeth, “Virgin Queen” of England|
|Wisconsin||French corruption of an Indian word whose meaning is disputed|
||From the Delaware Indian word, meaning “mountains and valleys alternating”; the same as the Wyoming Valley in Pennsylvania|
Posted by Evil_Klown at 6:47 AM
Saturday, June 27, 2015
In his dissent on Friday (June 26, 2015), Chief Justice Roberts suggested that the two opinions were entirely consistent. “Under the Constitution,” he wrote, “judges have the power to say what the law is, not what it should be.” More here.
Right ... but he also (on on the same day) said "
"The context and structure of the Act compel us to depart from what would otherwise be the most natural reading of the pertinent statutory phrase," Roberts wrote. More here:
So, in one minute he says they should not try to read things into the words (what it SHOULD say) and the next minute he says they should DEPART from the "natural reading." This guy has no guiding principles ... he just votes the way he thinks things ought to be (but claims he shouldn't do so.)
Posted by Evil_Klown at 4:01 PM
Monday, September 22, 2014
If you’re like most English speakers, you know that there’s a difference between who and whom but you aren’t sure what that difference is.
We’re here to help. Who should be used to refer to the subject of a sentence. Whom should be used to refer to the object of a sentence.
When in doubt, try this simple trick: If you can replace the word with ‘he’ or ‘she,’ use who. If you can replace it with ‘him’ or ‘her,’ use whom.
Here are two examples: Who ate my sandwich? (Did he eat my sandwich? Did she eat my sandwich?)
Whom should I talk to about labeling food in the refrigerator? (Should I talk to him? Should I talk to her?) More here:
Posted by Evil_Klown at 5:03 AM
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Posted by Evil_Klown at 8:21 AM
Posted by Evil_Klown at 8:20 AM
Thursday, August 7, 2014
SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A burglar was caught on camera smashing his way into a San Jose home, but the homeowners say police are forcing them to take justice into their own hands.
San Jose police say the couple’s case isn’t a priority, according to the homeowners, despite surveillance footage of the home showed a crystal clear image of the suspect throwing a rock through a door to Ryan Leiby’s home before going on to steal a watch collection.
Leiby, who thought he had done everything right by installing the cameras after a neighbor’s home was burglarized, was left feeling violated by the break-in.
“We made the precautions, but they didn’t quite work,” he said.
Armed with the video, Leiby went to San Jose police. But, police told Leiby the cash-strapped department can’t afford to investigate property crimes, even with a clear surveillance image of the suspect. More here:
"Cash strapped." Really? Are they "cash strapped" enough they can't pull over DUI's and fine them into oblivion? What about pulling people over for speeding so they can fine them into oblivion too? What about patrolling the parking meters or ticketing jay-walkers? Too cash strapped for that?
Is it just me or are the cops merely the hand of the pickpocket? Are they protecting your liberty and property? Or are they taking your cash ... you know ... since they are cash-strapped.
Ever notice? No matter how much the government takes, it's always cash strapped.
Friday, August 1, 2014
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani lashed out at Israel in vitriolic terms on Wednesday, referring to Israel as a “festering Zionist tumor.”
Rouhani, who has been championed by Western media as a moderate reformer who could change Iran’s extremist ways, appears to be adopting a violent tone similar to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who has advocated for the complete destruction of Israel in recent days.
“Today, this festering Zionist tumor has opened once again and has turned the land of olives into destruction and blood and littered the land with the body parts of Palestinian children,” Rouhani was quoted as saying in a statement that was translated by the Brookings Institution. More here:
Yes, they fire rockets into Israel for weeks and then they're shocked the Israel takes action to fight back. The equivalent of libs ... in a constant state of surprise and wonder.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Saturday, July 26, 2014
A burglary suspect who police say was shot dead while attempting to flee a Long Beach home this week was not pregnant, coroner’s officials said Friday.
The home’s owner, who identified himself as Tom Greer in an interview with KNBC-TV Channel 4, said he shot Andrea Miller, 28, even after she begged him not to open fire, claiming she was pregnant. She was shot twice in the back. Her suspected accomplice, 26-year-old Gus Adams, got away but was later arrested.
Police say Adams and Miller attacked Greer, 80, after he walked in on them burglarizing his home Tuesday night in the 3900 block of Country Club Drive in the upscale Bixby Knolls neighborhood.
But when Greer produced a .22-caliber handgun, they fled. Greer told KNBC he chased the pair and shot Miller twice in the back in the alley, then pulled her body back onto his lot.
In his taped interview with the station, he said the woman shouted, "Don't shoot me! I'm pregnant -- I'm going to have a baby."
“I shot her anyway,” Greer said. “The lady didn’t run as fast as the man so I shot her in the back twice --she’s dead … but he got away.”
Greer told KNBC that he acted in self-defense and that the pair had burglarized his home twice before.
Police confirmed that the intruders beat Greer with their fists, body slammed him to the ground and tried to break into his safe.
But in a news conference Thursday, Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell said the investigation is not over, and detectives will present their report to county prosecutors to determine if Greer was justified in slaying the woman. More here:
Yes, because a couple of shitstains get to repeatedly rob you and then beat you and attempt to kill you ... until you pull out a gun ... and then if they start begging and running, you aren't allowed to shoot them. Put me on the jury please.
Posted by Evil_Klown at 3:34 PM
He is Edward "Ed" Mezvinsky, born January 17, 1937.
Then you'll probably say, "Who is Ed Mezvinsky?"
Well, he is a former Democrat congressman who represented
Iowa 's 1st congressional district in the United States House
of Representatives for two terms, from 1973 to 1977.
He sat on the House Judiciary Committee that decided
the fate of Richard Nixon.
He was outspoken saying that Nixon was a crook and a disgrace to
politics and the nation and should be impeached.
He and the Clintons were friends and very politically
intertwined for many years.
Ed Mezvinsky had an affair with NBC News reporter Marjorie Sue
Margolies and later married her after his wife divorced him.
In 1993, Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, then a freshman Democrat in
Congress, cast the deciding vote that got President Bill Clinton's
controversial tax package through the House of Representatives.
In March 2001, Mezvinsky was indicted and later pleaded guilty
to 31 of 69 counts of bank fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud.
Ed Mezvinsky embezzled more than $10 million dollars from people
via both a Ponzi scheme and the notorious Nigerian e-mail scams.
He was found guilty and sentenced to 80 months in federal prison.
After serving less than five years in federal prison, he was released in
April 2008 and remains on federal probation.
To this day, he still owes $9.4 million in restitution to his victims.
About now you are saying, "So what!"
Well, this is Marc and Chelsea Mezvinsky.
Posted by WOMBAT at 9:08 AM
Friday, July 25, 2014
You had such good intentions for when you got home from work: go to the gym, call a friend and sort out that paperwork. But after a hard day in the office you ended up slumped on the sofa in front of the television instead. If you feel bad about it you’re not alone - scientists have discovered that watching television at the end of a long day can make you feel guilty and like a failure. More here:
That's right. Everyone else feels guilty ... like a failure, if they watch TV after work ... and you should too ... you know, if you're a brainless, cud-chewing sheep.
This kind of crap cracks me up. One commenter summed up my feelings:
Oh, great! A "study" by a communications major, appearing in a Journal of Communications!
Yeah, sure: people watch TV every night just so they can feel guilty and bad about themselves!
Posted by Evil_Klown at 7:45 AM
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Israel did garner initial global empathy at the beginning of the latest conflict, after three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank were killed, but that changed quickly as the Israel Defense Forces moved into densely populated Gaza in an effort to stop rocket fire from Hamas onto Israeli cities and settlements. More here:
Right. Because Israel isn't supposed to do anything about the "Palestinians" firing rockets into their cities. Can't you see the logic? No? Turns out you aren't alone. Many people can't see the logic. For those people the media come to the rescue. Just refer to the cartoon above.
"War crimes ... Hitler." Get it yet?
Posted by Evil_Klown at 5:37 AM
Friday, March 21, 2014
MARCH 20-- Police are searching for a man who posed as a podiatry student and sucked the toes of a woman trying on shoes at a Walmart in North Carolina.
The suspect, approached the 35-year-old victim Monday morning inside a store in Lincolnton, a city about 40 miles northwest of Charlotte. Claiming to be a podiatry student, the man struck up a conversation with the victim and “talks [her] into trying on several pair of shoes in the shoe department," according to police.
“At one point the suspect took the victim’s foot, put it into his mouth and sucked the victim’s toes,” cops added.
The suspect, a black male wearing a sweater and tan pants, departed the Walmart after the woman extricated her toes from his clutch. Suspect pic and article here:
Ok, I have just one question.
How long did she let him suck her toes before she figured it crossed the line?
One minute? Two minutes? Until someone she knew saw her? How long was it?
Cuz I'm only of average intelligence but when someone's mouth gets close to my feet, I'm aware of it. It's not as if "Oopsie daisy, someone is sucking my toes ... ALL OF A SUDDINK."
Posted by Evil_Klown at 7:22 AM
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
A grim new milestone at one of the world's most popular suicide spots: Some 46 people jumped to their deaths from the Golden Gate Bridge last year, it was announced yesterday.
That's the most recorded since the San Francisco landmark opened in 1937, per the Chronicle. Campaigners say those lives could have been saved by the safety net that the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District approved years ago, but the project is still at least $45 million short on funding. More here:
$45 million "short." Gee, if they're "short" $45 million, how much is the total bill?
I love how the jackasses use the word "funding" in place of "Go take some of Klown's money."
Awww, maybe I should chip in. After all, a human life is worth all the money I have, right? And let's face the truth, these suicides are our fault for not "chipping in." Everyone knows if there were a net underneath the bridge these suicides wouldn't happen. It's common knowledge ... there's no other way to commit suicide other than jumping off the gd Golden Gate bridge. Idiots.
Posted by Evil_Klown at 6:00 PM
Monday, February 17, 2014
Jamie Coots, one of the stars of National Geographic‘s reality show Snake Salvation, died Saturday of a venomous snake bite. According to reports he refused medical attention after being bitten in his Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name in Middlesboro, Kentucky and died shortly thereafter in his home. The show debuted last Fall centered on two Pentecostal preachers who handle deadly snakes as part of a century-old Appalachian practice originating from a Bible passage that suggests those anointed by God will not be harmed by a poisonous snake bite.
Well, I've been waiting to use this one (and I didn't have to wait long) ... "In the biggest plot twist since the Grizzly Man got eaten ... "
I saw that one on the Jon Stewart show the other night when he was describing how the rebels in Syria became violent.
Coots had previously been bitten nine times and lost a finger to a rattlesnake bite. The pair have come under fire from authorities for hunting and collecting deadly snakes for their church services. Last year Coots pled guilty to illegally possessing and transporting three rattlesnakes and two copperheads in Tennessee after the state seized them in a traffic stop as he was driving them from Alabama to Kentucky. More here:
Imagine the odds on that ... there you are ... driving home with some poisonous SCHNAKES when the blue lights go on behind you. Now that there is a mystery. Perhaps the NSA had clued the cops in on his whereabouts and shananagins. Nah, prolly just a coinkydink, right? No reason to get paranoid.
Posted by Evil_Klown at 4:56 AM
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
The Obama administration will announce the establishment of regional hubs focused on mitigating climate change on Wednesday.
The hubs are the first-ever regional centers that will focus solely on risk adaptation and climate change solutions at seven locations across the country. More here:
The hubs are the first-ever regional centers that will focus solely on risk adaptation and climate change solutions at seven locations across the country. More here:
I love it. It doesn't matter how much the federal government sinks into debt, they'll just keep squandering your tax money. But, hey ... don't worry about it, it's not costing you anything, right?
The part I like best is when their buddies get the cushy "climate" jobs.
Posted by Evil_Klown at 4:37 PM
Monday, February 3, 2014
"Local officials who abuse zoning authority powers to cower citizens into submission and deprive land owners of Constitutional rights in the enjoyment of their land must be subject to fines and actual damages they cause including attorney fees," Delegate Bob Marshall noted in support of his HB 1219 recently introduced in the Virginia General Assembly.
Marshall introduced his bill in direct response to incidents precipitated by county officials who threatened Virginia citizen farmer Martha Boneta. Boneta gained national attention after she was cited and threatened with $5,000 per-day fines for hosting such 'menacing activities' as a birthday party for eight 10-year old girls without a permit and advertising pumpkin carvings. Virginians rallied at two "pitchfork protests" in support of Boneta.
Marshall said, "I am convinced this harassment will continue until local officials realize they can be held liable in the form of fines and other costs." H.B. 1219 provides that local governments violating constitutional rights through zoning shall pay their victims (1) the amount of the fines they sought to impose, and (2) actual damages including attorney fees. Local government officials who intentionally violate this law would also be liable. More here:
That's great ... now be sure to write into the law that the government won't pay their fines for them.