R.I.P. Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury — author of The Martian Chronicles,Fahrenheit 451,Something Wicked This Way Comes, and many more literary classics — died this morning in Los Angeles, at the age of 91.

In case you were wondering, I was inspired to use Salamander as my online handle over 20 years ago, and it is in reference to the fire truck and symbol used by Guy Montag and the other firemen in Fahrenheit 451.

El Kabong!

Rabid mountain lion in attack mode no match for Chino Valley man and his frying pan

The first time I had a clear shot I just swung the pan and hit him right on the head,” Arnold said. “It was like a cartoon – he just kind of stopped and I hit him again. He got stiff and fell over.

He Played Too Much Angry Birds

“A Colorado man who shot a woman in the head after mistaking her red Mohawk hairdo for a bird has been placed on probation, authorities say.”

“Rockwell, who was banned from owning a gun for a 1995 attempted burglary conviction, told police he had gone outside with his .22-caliber rifle Oct. 5 to shoot a bird that had been harassing his cats. He shot once at what he thought was a red bird on a hilltop about 90 feet away, then heard a woman moaning in pain. He discovered a 23-year-old woman with a head wound.”

Shooter says he mistook woman for bird

Unclear on the Concept

59-year-old man attempts to rob store with a bullet. 

The cashier told officers the man approached her register softly mumbling. She asked him several times if she could help. The man finally spoke loud of enough for her to hear that he wanted money and “this was a robbery,” according to the police report.

It was then the man pulled the bullet out of his jacket pocket.

Officers noted the strong odor of alcohol coming from the man.

You don’t say?

What Caliber for Giant Grasshopper?

World’s biggest insect found – it’s so big it eats carrots

Refusing to be a Victim

Eighty-three-year-old Betty Romano has a simple message for the bad guys: “Nobody better mess with me.”

She was home on the phone when she saw a man approach her front door, ring the doorbell, knock and then leave. Minutes later, she watched him begin prying at her back door with a crowbar.

She said she’ll be taking new precautions against would-be burglars. “I’ve got something in mind. But I don’t want it published,” she said.

Heh, Smith & Wesson or Colt?

American Airlines “Loses” Israeli PM’s Bodyguard’s Glocks

Glocks in Israeli PM’s bodyguard’s luggage on American Airlines flight have been lost stolen.

A bag belonging to agents travelling with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was mistakenly put on a flight from New York to Los Angeles, not to Washington.

Alarmingly the bag contained four 9mm Glock handguns, which are now missing.

By the time the luggage was located and recovered, the guns had disappeared, and are presumed to have been stolen.

US Airline ‘Loses Netanyahu Bodyguard Guns’

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