Kentucky Boy Scouts save couple’s lives.

Here’s your feel-good story for the day:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A troop of Boy Scouts are being credited with saving the lives of a western Kentucky couple.

The group of Marion, Ky., scouts went door-to-door to check on people without power and deliver meals.

When they stopped at one home, the woman who answered wasn’t coherent. The scouts then called for help.

The woman (couple, actually) had been suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning; they’re still alive, thanks to Zach Sizemore and the rest of Troop 30 of Marion, KY. Good job, men.

Hey, they’re doing a man’s job; they should get the title of respect.

Crossposted at RedState.

My own thoughts about Mark Kilmer.

I will not be able to match the words written by Pejman or Erick – and I don’t even want to try, really: I am very comfortable with having them speak for me in this matter. But I do wish to add one thing. When I heard of the circumstances of Mark’s passing from this life, I was reminded of what VP Thomas Marshall said of Teddy Roosevelt:

Death had to take him sleeping- if he had been awake there would have been a fight.

Because that’s just how Mark rolls.

Note tense.

Crossposted at RedState.

Huh. I almost never use cash, either.

Rand Simberg makes an excellent point: it’s hard to stamp “Tax Cheat” on every dollar bill with Geithner’s signature on it that you’ll see in the future if you don’t actually use dollar bills in the first place.

I mean, soda machines and strip clubs are pretty much everything that you need dollars for these days; and I don’t use either.  Not that I’m especially virtuous; I’m just kind of a cheapskate.

Man, the future just sneaks up on a person, sometimes.

I have a friend in a band that does a version of this one.

I’m biased, but I think that Mike’s band (The Stone Soup Band) does a better job. That’s off of Free Night in Dublin, which I’ve been listening to for years, and… hey! New album! That’s going up on the Wish List.

Moe Lane

PS: Seriously, if you have any kind of musical ability, an interest in actual traditional/folk music, and decent recording facilities, put some songs up on YouTube.  It’s begging for the attention.

Well, they *did* call him mad at University.

…OK, no, they didn’t.  No way I’m passing up a title like that, though. Anyway, Bill Gates took a big step today towards getting his own volcano lair:

Bill Gates Unleashes Swarm of Mosquitoes on Crowd

No, really.

Microsoft founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates released a glass full of mosquitoes at an elite technology conference to make a point about the deadly disease malaria.

“Malaria is spread by mosquitoes,” Gates said while opening a jar onstage at the Technology, Entertainment, Design Conference — a gathering known to attract technology kings, politicians, and Hollywood stars.

“I brought some. Here I’ll let them roam around. There is no reason only poor people should be infected.”

First reported on social networking site Twitter, Facebook’s Senior Platform Manager Dave Morin blogged, “Bill Gates just released mosquitos into the audience at TED.”

I’m including that last sentence because the more I look at it, the more volumes it says about Twitter.

Anyway, no actual malaria in the mosquitoes, so I guess that Bill Gates is merely teasing us with his Mad Scientism. Or he hasn’t leveled up yet.

Looking for Someone to Read (Manly Wade Wellman)

(Today’s author: Manly Wade Wellman)

Tracking down the work by this one may take some doing; this particular author’s not exactly obscure as much as his popularity is cyclic.  Wellman is probably best known for his John stories, which are essentially some of the best Appalachian-themed horror/fantasy short stories that you’re ever going to read. Wellman more or less breathed that region’s folklore, especially musical folklore, and it shows in his work: you can find the collection of it in John the Balladeer* ; or you can start going through the hardcover collection of his books one by one. Heck, if you’ve got the bread, pick up the whole thing; that collection’s on my list, just as soon as I get an email reply back from the Nigerian Minister of Finance.

I should also note that Wellman wrote a variety of pulp material, including quite a bit of science fiction – but, honestly? It’s the John stories that are going to be his legacy.

And there’s nothing at all wrong with that.

Moe Lane

*The cover doesn’t do the stories justice, by the way. We’re talking magic as the people stuck in the middle of stories think of it, not magic as the people reading the stories sometimes wish it was like.