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Leading Off (2/7/13)

American Airlines-US Airways Merger Could Be Announced Next Week. It’s been in the works for a year. If all goes as planned, this will be the new uniform for the flight attendants of the combined airline.

7-Eleven Wonders Why It’s On Some NRA List. It’s a list that names groups, companies, and celebrities who endorse or support anti-gun positions (unless it was not a typo when I read this story and it really meant “ant-gun positions,” which, hey, awesome). 7-Eleven says it takes no postion at all, on guns or ant-guns or anything else. The thinking is it may have something to do with companies who don’t allow employees to carry weapons. Anyway, I have some ant gun questions. Actually, it’s more like one question, with several parts. If an enterprising sort were to create a gun small enough for an ant to use, and that person were to come up with a way for an ant to use that gun — I assume the trigger mechanism would have to be revamped to the point it would be unrecognizable as a trigger, at least as we currently know it — and if that ant had the mental capacity to use that tiny ant gun (I feel like the queen would have to be involved, at least in a giving-orders capacity, as ants, at least to my knowledge, are heavily task-oriented and don’t say boo unless the queen gives her say-so), and if this ant were to take this tiny ant gun and manage to properly aim it and then fire it at the intended target (let’s say for argument’s sake the target is me), could this ant kill me? I want to say no. I mean, the bullet would have to be really tiny, right? But if the ant knew where to aim, there has to be somewhere on the human body where even a really tiny bullet could do a lot of harm, no? Hm. I’m still going to say no, but just know that I’m really on the fence here, as far as this theoretical (for now) ant assassin goes.

Rick Carlisle Wins 500th Game. And the Mavs made up for a tough loss to Portland last week. Solid work, worthy of a bit of celebration.

It’s a Dog-Riding Monkey. Named Whiplash.