The Town Scryer is a mixed bag of humor, socio-political observations and ephemera from the perspective of a eclectic Pagan veteran of the counter-culture.

Sunday, April 17, 2011


There is a thirteen year old child facing life without parole in the United States.

The average salary difference between a New York public school teacher and a first year private lawyer in 1970 was $2,000.

Today it is $106,000.

You get what you pay for.

Source: Harper's Index.

 A fine example of judicial snark:

"Although Hopkins admitted to smoking marijuana before work, I cannot conclude based on the evidence that the major contributing cause of the grizzly bear attack was anything other than the grizzly. It was not as if this attack occurred when Hopkins inexplicably wandered into the grizzly pen while searching for the nearest White Castle.  When a grizzly bear is sighted on a trail in Glacier National Park, the trail is closed to all hikers, not just the hikers who may have recently smoked marijuana. When it comes to attacking humans, grizzly bears are equal opportunity maulers, attacking without regard to race, creed, ethnicity, or marijuana use. Hopkins use of marijuana to kick off a day of working around grizzly bears was ill-advised to say the least, and mind-bogglingly stupid to say the most. However, I have been presented with no evidence by which I can conclude that Hopkins marijuana use was the major contributer to the grizzly bear attack."

Judge James Jeremiah Smith ruling on a disputed Employer's insurance claim.

Source: Harper's Magazine

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