Lawyers, Guns, and Money is in some ways like Balloon Juice: a leftish blog where the posts are often quite smart, but the echo-chamber quality of the comments takes away from the experience. On occasion, though, they can all abandon partisanship in the pursuit of pure silliness. I present for your consideration this symposium on how best to remove a ring from your finger without using firearms.

Mike Schilling

Mike has been a software engineer far longer than he would like to admit. He has strong opinions on baseball, software, science fiction, comedy, contract bridge, and European history, any of which he's willing to share with almost no prompting whatsoever.


  1. you want to have fun on either one just go to a post and say something about Glenn Greenwald. And let the flame-throwing begin!

  2. Two thoughts…

    1.) http://vimeo.com/18757168
    Thinking that anyone WOULD try to remove a ring with a gun makes me think of this episode, specifically the scene at the 15:25 mark.

    2.) Can I vent about my wedding ringer? I messed up my ring finger bad playing basketball a few months after the wedding and had to remove my ring. Six months later I still couldn’t get the ring on… I don’t know if it was scar tissue or residual swelling or what… but the ring wouldn’t go on and Zazzy was frustrated that we’d now reached the point where I had gone longer in marriage without the ring than with. So, we took the ring to get stretched and dropped $75 since they had to add more gold to it. And what happens two months later? The swelling finally subsides or the scar tissue dissipates or whatever and now the ring slides off with ease, greatly upping the odds of losing it.

    Fish that.

    • A good husband would slam his finger in a car door,

  3. LGM has great, fantastic authors and they cover issues that tend to go under the radar a bit. I really like them. (And the fact that they linked to me has nothing to do with it.)

    • I used to hang out over there. What finally made me realize that there was no point commenting was this post:

      Via AmericaBlog, there’s a story of St. Marys, a Catholic boy’s high school in Kansas that refused to allow a woman to referee one of its basketball games because [a woman] could not be put in a position of authority over boys because of the academy’s beliefs. I kid you not.

      This made no sense to me, because I’ve seen Catholic schools with not only female refs but female coaches and, oh yeah, female principals, so I did about 30 seconds of Googling and discovered that it was a school run by the Society of St. Pius X, a fringe anti-Vatican II organization about which the Vatican explicitly says that it does not “legitimately exercise any ministry in the Church”. When I pointed out that it was unfair to tar Catholic schools in general with the example of these miscreants, I was dismissed by the other commenters as an apologist for the misogynist RCC. (Disclaimer: I’m not a Catholic of course, but my kids did attend Catholic schools.) The post was edited (as you can see) to change

      Nice to see that American Catholic schools are doing such a good job raising the fine young misogynists of tomorrow.


      Nice to see that An American Catholic school is doing such a good job raising the fine young misogynists of tomorrow.

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