Spokane Valley Fire had responded to a transformer fire at the substation and saw the fence surrounding the station had been cut open. Deputies arriving on scene found a large opening in the fence and saw footprints leading to the substation. An Avista employee told deputies a ground wire had been cut and removed from the transformer, causing it to ignite. The employee said the cutting of the ground likely burned the suspect(s). 2,165 Avista customers in the area were without power for a short time because of the incident.Epitome of schlecht crime. Methheads work hard to acquire a few feet of copper; the crime creates its own punishment. Fun to imagine, though. "Lessee. I'm gonna tromp through the snow; then I'm gonna cut this wire; then pull it out and take it to the recycler. Sounds like a good plaBBBBBZZZZZZFFFFFZZZZZZZFFFFZZZZZ" = = = = = Böse news: Lance Armstrong. Michael Mann. Lloyd Blankfein. Jamie Dimon. Julia Gillard, Julia Gillard, Julia Gillard, Julia Gillard, Julia Gillard. Nuff said. = = = = =
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.