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Thursday, July 28, 2005

And we wonder why the world considers the USA barbaric...

From America's Finest News Source:
WASHINGTON, DC—The eight remaining justices of the Supreme Court met in chambers Monday to feast on the living flesh of retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, enacting an ancient tradition that began when the first chief justice of the Supreme Court retired and was summarily consumed in 1795.

Monday, July 25, 2005

A relaxing family weekend

...is exactly what I just didn't have.

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Friday, July 22, 2005

Tribalism sucks

This post was originally going to be titled "Religion sucks", and it was going to include comparisons to nationalism. But I realized after a time that both things are aspects of a more general tribalism.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

A compendium of good rock band names

Suze is looking for good name for her friends' band. I suggested she check out Dave Barry's ever-growing list of good rock band names, culled from his innumerable articles. Among my favorites:

Heave
Squatting Turnips
Raymond Burr's Legs
Jimmy Music and the Stomach Contents
Short Shrift
Crab Shrapnel (for obvious reasons)
The Flying Shards
Bleeding Nipples
Nuclear Underpants

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

More important things to do

Far more important than the usual political blatherings and bloviations which emanate from this locale, I have wonderful news to report. I have learned how to make juicy chicken on my gas grill. You see, for the longest time, when grilling chicken, I had been purchasing skinless, boneless cutlets. Sometimes the thin-sliced variety. Sometimes the "chicken tenders" variety. However, I have never been able to make it come out well. Invariably, the chicken comes out either dried out, or if I try to cook it for less time, it is undercooked. This experience had soured me on the whole prospect of grilling chicken.

However, LewRockwell.com came to the rescue, via this blog posting. I'm not at all sure why I haven't been trying to grill non-de-boned, non-de-skinned chicken. I believe I may have tried a long time ago and it didn't come out well.

Well let me tell you, I have been wrong wrong wrong in what I've been doing, and I have now seen the light. Last night, I purchased some chicken parts (breasts, thighs, legs, with bones and skin intact) and some red potatoes. Doused the chicken parts in barbecue sauce, precooked the potatoes in the microwave, then wrapped them in aluminum foil. Threw the whole thing on the grill, turned and re-slathered the chicken with sauce every few minutes. Used my meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the largest breast, and when it was just approaching 180F (about half an hour later), took the whole mess off the grill.

My goodness was that a feast. Just chicken and potatoes. The chicken was fully cooked but very juicy and tasty in its sauce, and the potatoes were awesome with a little butter and salt.

A new meal to add to the repertoire, which is always a good thing when dieting...

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Muslim Anti-Terror Message

‘Not in the Name of Islam’ PSA rejects terrorism as un-Islamic
( WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/14/05 ) - CAIR is calling on Muslim community leaders and activists nationwide to urge local television stations to air a CAIR public service announcement (PSA) released today that is designed to highlight Islam's rejection of anyone who carries out terror attacks such as those witnessed recently in London.

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Friday, July 15, 2005

I'm really glad it's Friday

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Seriously, STFU

Presented for your use, applicable in a wide variety of circumstances.

You're wrong

You're completely wrong. I've tried to convince you through logic that you are wrong. You are very sure, however, of your rightness and my foolishness.

Fine, you're allowed your opinion, and you can discuss it as often and as loudly as you like. But I really don't want to listen to it any more. I have more important things to do.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

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Bloviate (intr.v.)

Ok everyone, I didn't think I'd have to be the one to do this, but apparently no one else will. Will everyone in the blogosphere please stop using the term "bloviate"? ("Blogosphere" is another term which should go, and soon.)

Sure, it sounds kinda fun, and it used to be a good term to describe the rantings of a blowhard (Rush Limbaugh comes to mind), but now that every online commentator has used the term, on average, half a dozen times to describe the writings of someone with whom they disagree, the term has most definitely lost its wittiness factor and taken on the distinct patina of an overused catch-word.

So I hereby declare: "Bloviate? That's soooo 2004."

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Sunday, July 10, 2005

Yet another example of self-parody

Excerpts from the purported draft Iraqi bill of rights, as reported by the Carnegie Endowment:
Article 1, Item 3: Any individual with another nationality (except for Israel) may obtain Iraqi nationality after a period of residency inside the borders of Iraq...

Article 1, Item 4: An Iraqi may have more than one nationality as long as the nationality is not Israeli.

Article 2: ...All Iraqis ... have the right to personal security in life and freedom except in accordance with the law.

So anyone (except Israelis) can become Iraqi after living in Iraq, and, lucky them, they have the right to personal security, except, well, unless the law says otherwise.

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Thursday, July 07, 2005

Free Talk Live

Ever since I got my SanDisk MP3 player, I've been searching for great audio to download and listen to on my bike ride. I don't want to just rip the CD's I already own. One thing I've been doing is recording different Internet radio stations using Streamripper and copying the songs to my player. That's definitely a whole lot better than the radio that's currently available (BTW, commercial radio sucks donkey balls (sorry about that, but it's accurate)). However, I don't always want to listen to music; sometimes I want to listen to some kind of talk radio, however commercial talk radio also sucks donkey balls. So from time to time I've been looking for podcasts, since that's the New Big Thing, isn't it? So I read the descriptions of the various podcasts in the various podcast directories, and most of them sound like Joe Schmoe sitting in his basement, just ranting (stupidly) about (stupid) bullshit, and that's not something I really want to lose a few minutes of my life listening to.

So, on one of the podcast directory websites, I entered "libertarian" as a search term, and lo and behold, I think I finally found something worth listening to. It's a radio show called Free Talk Live, which broadcasts on a number of stations and has a podcast directory of archived shows. It's a couple of libertarian guys who pretty much seem to know what they're talking about, and have even signed up for the Free State Project. They're not quite as polished or humorous as they'd like to be, but they're pretty good. I've only listened to one archived show thus far: this one. The RSS listing for their show archive is here.

I'll be checking them out more and will report back my thoughts...

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

On the razor's edge

Should I feel despair or freedom as a result of reading this post on No Treason?

There’s just nothing, really, to be done. I don’t believe in political action anymore, I don’t believe anything can be changed for the better. All I see is relentless and terrible tragedy, falling pitilessly on the innocent and guilty alike. This is a world of lies, mostly, and the cruelest lie is hope, the most destructive of all the gifts in Pandora’s box.

And to abandon hope is to be free.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

From the Department of the Obvious

How many government dollars went into providing us with this piece of advice?

The best thing to do when you see a shark is move away, experts say.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Anarchy in Minnesota!

Minn. Government Shuts Down; 9,000 Jobless

Minnesota's government shut down Friday for the first time in state history after lawmakers failed to pass a temporary spending plan and left 9,000 employees jobless and highway rest stops unattended for the July Fourth weekend.

Here's your handy annotation guide for that statement:

  • Minnesota's government: Minnesota's most powerful criminals
  • shut down Friday: let people live with one less fear in their lives
  • for the first time in state history: for the first time since this gang of armed thugs organized themselves
  • after lawmakers failed to pass a temporary spending bill: after the capos and their consigliere couldn't agree on whom they should mail the latest bundle of loot to
  • and left 9,000 employees jobless: and left 9,000 people needing to find employers who would hire them voluntarily, rather than being forced to pay them under threat of jail time
  • and highway rest stops unattended for the July Fourth weekend: and forcing people to pee without government employees supervising them
Sometimes you just have to parse things a little more closely. You're welcome.