Karyn J. Powers's Blog – February 2008 Archive (4)

Hand-held Lightning

Tonight I took a three-second ride on a hand-held bolt of lightning known as the Taser® X26. Three seconds is nothing. One Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi. Done. Barely enough time to read these sentences. It’s no time at all unless it is counted off while 50,000 volts of electricity are coursing through your body.



According to their web site, the Taser® X26 is the most popular electronic control devise used by law enforcement today. Its chunky, pistol-shaped plastic… Continue

Added by Karyn J. Powers on February 29, 2008 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

Night of the Living Dead

Anyone who doubts the existence of zombies need only venture out into the winter hinterlands of central and northern Wisconsin. In tin-sided buildings the color of dried mustard, they cluster in communion with the seven deadly sins. Under the guise of progress they profess to enrich the Native Americans of our state through the tawdry tourist attraction that is Indian Gaming.



The drive in is a metaphor for the failed promise of our state’s casinos. A wide four-lane highway delivers… Continue

Added by Karyn J. Powers on February 24, 2008 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Cruel Thief

"Winter"

cruel thief steals

light from the day…

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Added by Karyn J. Powers on February 6, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

CPA Week III A Trip to the 911 Dispatch & Big House

Last night we spent an hour in the 911 dispatch center and an hour touring the jail. Both were very exciting and scary for different reasons.

I was a child when Ed Sullivan's show aired, but I remember the plate spinners who kept 20 plates spinning on thin wooden dowels three feet off the table tops. Watching them always left me breathless. That's how I felt two minutes after we arrived at the 911 Dispatch Center.

Our's is a 911 dispatch that serves a county…

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Added by Karyn J. Powers on February 2, 2008 at 5:57am — No Comments

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