Pith Helmet

The Great Iraq ‘N Roll Swindle
June 26, 2008, 10:35 am
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I was beginning to think that, in the real world, Fortune only smiled on ousted Nigerian statesmen. For too long, it has only been in movies like Three Kings and Kelly’s Heroes that American G.I.s had the chance to make millions. But this morning, as I checked my email, I received some “evidence” that some American soldiers have a chance to come home filthy rich, and, the best part is, they want to share their boon with little old me.

Well, it just goes to show you how low the dot-con artists have now stooped. Move over Auschwitz guards and child molesters, Hell’s lowest ring needs more room.

The letter I was sent: Continue reading


October 13, 2007, 11:04 am
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Here there be monsters — real and fantastic. First, the real:

Sixty-five year old Clinton “Don” Simpson has been charged with two counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault of A Child. The girls who have made the allegations had been guests at Mr. Don’s Whistlestop, Simpson’s elaborate miniature railway which was a popular local children’s attraction.

[ source: Chron.com – Houston Chronicle ]

Authorities have directed Simpson’s family to suspend operations at the miniature train facility. Their website, http://www.mrdonswhistlestop.com, has shut down as well. However, older versions of their website can still be found. A glance back at the 2002 variant reveals an eerie bit of foreshadowing by way of a caption above a photo of Simpson’s trains:

For Children and Adults (Is there a difference?)

Yes, Mr. Simpson, there is. A lesson I am certain you will soon learn at the hands of the Texas Department of Corrections.

Now, for the fantastic. The brilliant minds over at Something Awful have created some interesting photos of D&D monsters as their assignment for the October 12, 2007 edition of Photoshop Phriday.

First up is our old friend, the Owlbear. Old school gamers will recognize him from the David C. Sutherland III illustration from the AD&D Monster Manual.

Someone named pipes! did a Photoshop rendition:

My favorite of the lot is Sahaqiel’s depiction of good, old-fashioned Bullywug diplomacy.