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That headline was not uncommon during the days of the Gold Rush. But this past weekend a conflagration consumed seven businesses in the historic mining town of Mariposa at the south end of the famous Mother Lode along Highway 49. They included the popular hangout of locals, the Pizza Factory, the Mariposa Arts Council Gallery and Windows on the World book store.

Don’t know how many books were destroyed. But if the temperature reached 451 degrees the paper self-ignited. At least according to the book by Ray Bradbury and the movie “Fahrenheit 451,” (1966) directed by Francois Truffaut and starring Julie Christie. Either way, a sad sight.

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This just in from our traveling call girl Sally Sugarbush who is currently in Hamburg, Germany, serving as a professional escort. It was reported in Der Spiegel that German police shot only 85 bullets in all of 2011.

Meanwhile, back in the good ol’ U.S. of A, 90 shots were fired at a fleeing, unarmed man in Los Angeles and across to the other side of the country, in Harlem, 84 shots were fired at one suspect. That was just in April. Glad I have a pistol to protect myself. But I better replace the snake shot in it. Humans are a lot scarier than any desert rattler...


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