January 13th, 2009

corset & bougainvillea

Retail therapy.

I have shaken my head so much in the last few days, I believe I now have a concussion.

Clearly, the only thing that will help with the head trauma is a new couch.

And I have found one--for pennies, I say!--on Ye Olde Craigslist.

Though the loveseat is not huge (55"x36"), I know that it will not fit into the back of Moxie Sputnik, even with the backseats folded down. While whittles has offered up the use of her trusty Volvo station wagon Princess Eeyore of the Night for transport, and heliocide is willing to help me move it (it's located in a second-floor apartment in the Marina), I fear that coordinating a time when all parties and automobiles are available may prove impossible and that I will lose this oh-so-perfect couch to someone else.

So... is there anyone out there with a truck/van/station wagon/what-have-you who will be available tonight after 6:00 p.m. to go with me to get it? So far that's the only time the seller's mentioned she'll be home. I can drive to you, so you needn't worry about picking me up beforehand.

Let me know! Thanks.
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raving rabbids

"Cold lump of lizard jizz."

Holy shit, the timing. I have no idea who this person is--ktempest just happened to link to this, and then pantryslut emailed it to me--but OMFG! This is not only hilarious, but totally on point.

Get out of my HEAD, woman:

"So when you say something others think is sexist or racist or whatever, and they call you on it, and you come back with immediate denial, it's like sphincter-print camouflage. It makes you look just like all the other assholes. And you can't see why.

This is what happens when you have blind spots, folks. People sock you in them. You run afoul of someone who can see what you're doing, even if you don't realize you're doing it, and when they point it out, you will often lunge straight into their outstretched finger and get poked in the eye. Because you are blind. The great irony is that, if you think people are constantly poking you in the eye, you are a lot less likely to open your eye, aren't you? Even though that's the only cure for this sort of blindness: look where the fuck you are going before you go there."
corset & bougainvillea

BART officer arrested in connection with New Year's Day shooting

UPDATE: The Alameda County judge didn't just sign an arrest warrant; it was a fugitive warrant. (Hat-tip, erg.)

http://cbs2.com/national/bart.officer.arrested.2.907738.html


(01-13) 21:36 PST Oakland -- Johannes Mehserle, the former BART police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man on an Oakland train platform on New Year's Day, was arrested in Nevada today in connection with the shooting, The Chronicle has learned.

Mehserle, 27, was taken into custody in Douglas County, Nevada, said Deputy Steve Velez of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. The arrest was also confirmed by David Chai, chief of staff to Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums.

Mehserle was arrested in connection with an investigation by the Oakland Police Department into the shooting of Oscar Grant, 22. An Alameda County judge signed an arrest warrant, and Mehserle surrendered without incident, authorities said.

Douglas County sheriff's officials refused to disclose what crime Mehserle was accused of committing in the arrest warrant. Deputy Velez said Sheriff Ron P. Pierini would make a statement on Wednesday.

Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff was also expected to announce details of the arrest Wednesday.

Efforts to reach attorneys for Mehserle were unsuccessful.

The arrest comes on the eve of a scheduled protest at 4 p.m. Wednesday outside Oakland City Hall, the latest in a series of demonstrations in which BART has been accused of mishandling the shooting investigation.

On Monday, BART police turned over the results of their preliminary investigation to Orloff's office. The separate investigation by Oakland police was launched last week. The state Attorney General is also monitoring the case.

BART officers had detained Grant and several other passengers at about 2 a.m. on Jan. 1 as they investigated a fight aboard a train from San Francisco.

Grant was lying face-down when Mehserle pulled his service weapon from his holster and fired one shot into his back.

Mehserle resigned last Wednesday rather than answer questions from BART investigators.

His departure came the same day Grant was buried and a peaceful protest at the Fruitvale BART Station erupted into violence in downtown Oakland. Demonstrators set cars on fire and broke windows at dozens of businesses. By night's end, police arrested 105 people.

Chronicle Staff Writers Jaxon Van Derbeken and christopher heredia contributed to this report. E-mail the writers at dbulwa@sfchronicle.com and lfulbright@sfchronicle.com.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/13/BAM615A08A.DTL

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Why was he in Nevada? Beats the hell out of me. Also, don't read the comments. It's just not worth it.