Ok, so what supernatural reasons will be put forward as a cause of Kartina?
Foamy says most of what I want to say about Hurricane Katrina, with more than a couple of 4 letter words.
This week's Carnival of Liberty is up.
Lots of interesting posts, including several that are religiously themed, which seems new. Check it out.
#13 is up at the Bookish Gardener.
It seems really eclectic this week, with a post comparing sports fans to opera fans, a post on the study of music with the dying, this post on singing in daily life, as well as other interesting posts.
I'm hosting next week, so send any possible posts. Thanks.
The media, for all the good it does, is partially to blame for the messóhaving sensationalized every storm for the last several years to the point where Iím all but certain that many of the people who stayed in the hardest hit areas simply did not believe media reports suggesting this storm was a really REALLY really big deal.
Rocket Jones's niece lived in a place hit by Katrina, and didn't evacuate. He doesn't know if her or her children are safe or even alive. He does know their house is gone. Send him your prayers.
And, we have no idea if the Louisiana Libertarian is alive.
Stay safe, everyone.
Included, of course, are Star Trek's personal communicators.
Two fun stories of kids doing what kids do.
The first from Alien Loves Predator [scroll down]
True story from when I was in 6th grade. One English class, our assignment was to write our own limericks. Of course, I spent the whole period writing filthy, spanky, putrid ones (is there any other kind?) that got under Hillary Clinton's skin, before anyone ever knew who she was. Me and my buddy David snickered at 'em in the back the entire time. As we walked by Ms. Erickson's desk when we were dismissed, I pretended like I was about to hand in my paper, at which David hollered, "YOU'RE REALLY GONNA HAND THOSE IN? WITH ALL THOSE CURSES????" Ms. Erickson was, of course, now verrrry interested in what I'd written....
The second comes from Random Penses, in which his 4 1/2 year old daughter comes up with a lie so complex as to be almost believable. So, yup, when she's 13 he's doomed.
Looks like there's a chance New Orleans will get off relatively light, although there is some flooding. Vodkapundit points to some news blogs on the scene.
Update: Ok, I'm sick, I'm dogsitting, I'm bored out of my mind. Fox News had someone walking down Bourbon Street just a little while ago, some water on the road, some windows smashed, lots of roofs likely blown off, but nowhere near the "filling up the fishbowl" nightmare scenario it could have been.
Still lots of wind, going to cause a fair bit more destruction. The DOW is up, presumably because the market was betting New Orleans was going to have the crap beaten out of it.
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What vampire clan do you belong to?
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| You scored as Fox. You are the Fox. You are quite intelligent and use it to your advantage. You are a diplomatic person and use that to help your friends in times of crisis, not choosing sides. You are also very patient, waiting for what you want.|
Which animal totem best suits you?
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We must improve our communion with the Great Flying Spaghetti Monster. A message has been given: it is lack of Vikings, not lack of pirates, that is responsible for global warming.
I still need a FSM Tshirt.
I'm bored, can you tell?
| You scored as Simon, the Doctor. Simon Tam, a former well-to-do young surgeon and bachelor extraordinaire.
You gave up everything to help your sister, which I respect.
However, you are also pompous and talk too much, which I also respect.
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| You scored as Labret Piercing. You probably intimidate a whole lot of people without really meaning too. If people could just get past the many tattoos, piercings, and sideburns I'm sure they'd love you. Or still be scared, who knows.|
What Piercing Are You?
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Via the AnarchAngel:
| You scored as Method Actor. You think that gaming is a form of creative expression. You may view rules as, at best, a necessary evil, preferring sessions where the dice never come out of the bag. You enjoy situations that test or deepen your character's personality traits.|
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Ok, so if this hurricane buries New Orleans [ie, the bowl of water effect comes into play, and even if the core of engineers is able to drain it in 6 months, it will never be the same city again] and wrecks untold destruction along the coastline, will there be other effects? Will people move away from the coast? Move to the west coast? Move to places like Galveston with some historic meaning, and on the coast, but slightly less vulnerable to a class 5 hurricane?
Will the media stop treating every tropical storm like the end of the world?
Will this be taken as a sign of impending doom, either by Greens on the left or by people believing in a coming rapture on the right?
Via Not Exactly Rocket Science comes this quiz
|I am: |
a file cabinetReams and reams of information that just might need to be retrieved and looked up some day, stored in a convenient low-tech form that everybody can read or produce easily.
Terry Teachout has something of a roundup of hurricane info. H/T: Instapundit.
I've got some family in northern Lousiana, who should be ok. The brother of a friend lives in New Orleans, and he, his wife, and pets have evacuated to Dallas, where my friend lives.
Via Terry comes this 2002 summary of what would happen if a class 5 hurricane hit the city.
Plus I'm the top linker to a ChickenFriedLife, when I can't remember ever reading anything over there. Cool blog, though.
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You are the First Doctor: Irascible, brusque, and
occasionally condescending and rude. You do not
suffer fools gladly, nor do you harbor any
false modesty about your capabilities. You have
a sharp tongue, though you're first-class
company when you're in a good mood.
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Ogre reminds us that September 19 is coming soon. That is, of course, Speak Like a Pirate Day. Aaargh!
In celebration of this fine event, everyone needs a pirate name. So go get one. Mine is:
Since the text wasn't working with Netscape, here it is: You're the pirate everyone else wants to throw in the ocean -- not to get rid of you, you understand; just to get rid of the smell. You can be a little bit unpredictable, but a pirate's life is far from full of certainties, so that fits in pretty well. Arr!
Quite a few hits for this today. So yes, there is a pub crawl tonight. Unfortunately, I'm sick enough that I'm not going.
6:00 We'll park in Shepherd Plaza and look for a place on Sandman to start. There is also parking on the roof of the Plaza. This is encouraged.
7:00 We'll walk across Shepherd Plaza to the west, jog down Greenbriar to Norfolk and go along Norfolk until we find someplace to quench our thirst.
8:00 Head north to Portsmouth, go east until we find another nice place for a pint. There should be two spots (one of which might face Richmond) from which to choose to quench your thirst.
9:00 Return to Shepherd Plaza for the final stop.
Sorry, I usually go with a couple of guys who know all the bars in Houston, I don't know which specific bars these are. It's usually fairly obvious though.
A screenwriter has outed himself as a Republican. Read the article, see just how deep the disconnect is between Hollywood and the real world:
Further, I was lectured that I was anti-Islamic and my screenplay proved it because most of my Islamic characters were terrorists. I tried to calmly and rationally explain that it was Islamic terrorists who sawed off Daniel Pearl's head; Islamic terrorists who brought down the Twin Towers; Islamic terrorists who blew up the USS Cole; and Islamic terrorists who routinely butcher Israeli men, women and children.
Via Mean Ol Meany:
|How You Life Your Life|
You're laid back and chill, but sometimes you care too much about what others think.
You prefer a variety of friends and tend to change friends quickly.
You tend to dream big, but you worry that your dreams aren't attainable.
CalTechGirl is hosting this week, got check it out.
I really hate chickpeas, but hummus can be good.
Chicken in peanut curry sauce. Sounds tasty.
Spaghetti squash with roma, sundried tomato pesto, and pine nuts. I'm not a vegetarian, so I'd want some meat with it as a main dish; maybe shrimp?
Worried about hurricanes? Not any more!
1. Nervous habits? Humming.
2. Are you double jointed? No
3. Can you roll your tongue? No
4. Can you raise one eyebrow at a time? Yes. Either one, left is easier.
5. Can you blow spit bubbles? No
6. Can you cross your eyes? Yes
7. Tattoos? Not yet.
8. Piercing? No
9. Do you make your bed daily? Yeah right. Nope
10. Which shoe goes on first? Right
11. Speaking of shoes, have you ever thrown one at anyone? No
12. On the average, how much money do you carry? For privacy reasons, I tend to pay cash. I probably average 40$, start thinking about finding an ATM at 15 or so.
13. What jewelry do you wear 24/7? Nothing. And ladies, wearing long dangly earrings to bed is just asking to have the pierce hole ripped open. Correcting that with plastic surgery is close to impossible.
14. Favorite piece of clothing? Generally, knit collarless shirts. Specifically, my black smooth elephant skin cowboy boots. Replaced the soles on them at least 3 times.
15. Do you twirl your spaghetti or cut it? Twirl. So at least 50% of the time I'll get at least a spot of spaghetti sauce on my shirt.
16. Have you ever eaten Spam? Yup. It makes a pretty good camping food, if you arn't doing the "carry only freeze dried stuff" camping experience.
17. Do you use extra salt on your food? Rarely
18. How many cereals in your cabinet? One
19. What's your favorite beverage? Non-alcoholic: IBC root beer. I rarely drink it though. I've been buying diet sodas for home consumption, usually either Diet Cherry Coke or Diet Mountain Dew. Alcoholic: Margarita. Alcoholic when I'm looking to tie one on: Wild Turkey and Coke.
20. What's your favorite fast food restaurant? Taco Bell, unless General Joe's Chopstix counts.
21. Do you cook? Yes, sometimes.
22. How often do you brush your teeth? Always in the AM, sometimes before bed.
23. Hair drying method. Air dry.
24. Have you ever colored/highlighted your hair? Never.
25. Do you swear? Sometimes.
26. Do you ever spit? Almost never.
27. Animal. Owl, of course.
28. Food. Ice cream, preferably with lots of stuff inside. Like Blue Bell Fudge Brownie Nut, for example.
29. Month. December, probably.
30. Day. Saturday.
31. Cartoon. If allowing anime, Orphen. If not [and maybe even if] Invader Zim.
32. Shoe brand. Eh. No.
33. Subject in school. Hmm. In high school, the class I did best at was probably math; I probably enjoyed Shakespeare the most [I had a semester elective senior year]. College? Favorite? Probably Ethics.
34. Color. Earth tones.
35. Sport. The last sport I enjoyed watching was wrestling [ok, sports entertainment]. As a participant, archery.
36. TV shows. Sometimes Queer Eye, sometimes stuff on SciFi. Firefly rocks.
37. Thing to do in the spring. Dunno.
38. Thing to do in the summer. Eat lots of homegrown tomatos. Avoid the tourist hoard.
39. Thing to do in the autumn. Dunno.
40. Thing to do in the winter. Get ready for Christmas, then Mardi Gras.
In and around
41. In the CD player. John Mellencamp ďThe Best That I Can DoĒ
42. Person you talk most on the phone with. My parents.
43. Reading. Blood of Mystery, Mark Anthony.
44. Do you regularly check yourself out in store windows / mirrors? No
45. What color is your bedroom? White walls, wooden furniture.
46. Do you use an alarm clock? No
47. Window seat or aisle? Window, I like watching the takeoff and landing.
48. What's your sleeping position? On either side, 2 pillows. Sometimes on my stomach, never on my back.
49. Even in hot weather do you use a blanket. No, are you nuts?
50. Do you snore? Yeah, not as much as before though.
51. Do you sleepwalk? No
52. Do you talk in your sleep? No
53. Do you sleep with stuffed animals? No
54. How about with the light on? No, some light comes through the window, though.
55. Do you fall asleep with the TV or radio on? No
56. Last interesting person you met? My friend's friend.
Well, not really. Via LDH:
|You Are a Glam Rocker!|
You know those lists of 100 things about yourself? This person made a list, taking one point from each weblog she came across. Interesting reading.
The Trump Blog. Part of Trump University, with the motto "We Teach Success."
Interesting, yet wacky. It may be just a corporate blog, aimed at improving the Trump brand. Or it may be something else, an attempt at teaching business skills through the net.
I've always thought Donald Trump was just a big blowhard, but reading this speech before a Subcommittee of Congress [my search is broken, will fix later] and watching his recent appearance on Queer Eye [one of the rejects from The Apprentice was the victim, er guest], makes me think he isn't a complete egomaniac.
H/T: Below the Beltway
What happens on your computer while you're asleep.
H/T: Physics Geek
2 whole, boneless chicken breasts [or 4 halves]
1/3 cup Ricotta cheese
2 T. Parmesan cheese
1 T. sliced green onion [scallion]
1/4 t. basil
1/4 t. oregano
1/8 t. thyme
1/8 t. salt
1/8 t black pepper
15 oz spaghetti sauce
1 C. mozzarella cheese
Cut whole chicken breasts into halves. Pound each breast to 1/4 inch thickness, set aside. Combine ricotta, parmesan, onion, spices, salt. Spread 1/4 mixture down center of each chicken breast half. Fold in sides and roll up. Arrange seam-side down in 9" square dish. Pour sauce over chicken.
Cover with wax paper. Nuke 11-15 min at high, or till chicken is firm and no longer pink. Top with shredded moz. cheese, nuke it 2-4 min on medium or until cheese melts. Serve over pasta.
Those are the original instructions. I suspect baking could also work, but I have not tried yet.
| Pure Nerd |
52 % Nerd, 39% Geek, 43% Dork
For The Record:
A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or
subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social
You scored better than half in Nerd, earning you the title of: Pure
The times, they are a-changing. It used to be that being exceptionally
smart led to being unpopular, which would ultimately lead to picking up
all of the traits and tendences associated with the "dork." No-longer.
Being smart isn't as socially crippling as it once was, and even more
so as you get older: eventually being a Pure Nerd will likely be
replaced with the following label: Purely Successful.
|My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:|
|Link: The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test written by donathos on Ok Cupid|
From The Republic of T.
Go to musicoutfitters.com and search for 100 best 19whatever [meme uses high school graduation year]
Songs I like [currently] are bolded, songs I really like are bold and underlined, songs I hate are
struck. Songs I have no freakin clue about have a ?.
1. Careless Whisper, Wham!
2. Like A Virgin, Madonna
3. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, Wham!
4. I Want To Know What Love Is, Foreigner
5. I Feel For You, Chaka Khan
6. Out Of Touch, Daryl Hall and John Oates
7. Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Tears For Fears
8. Money For Nothing, Dire Straits
9. Crazy For You, Madonna
10. Take On Me, A-Ha [Cool video]
11. Everytime You Go Away, Paul Young
12. Easy Lover, Phil Collins and Philip Bailey
13. Can't Fight This Feeling, REO Speedwagon
14. We Built This City, Starship
15. The Power Of Love, Huey Lewis and The News
16. Don't You (Forget About Me), Simple Minds
17. Cherish, Kool and The Gang
18. St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion), John Parr
19. The Heat Is On, Glenn Frey
20. We Are The World, U.S.A. For Africa
21. Shout, Tears For Fears
22. Part-Time Lover, Stevie Wonder
23. Saving All My Love For You, Whitney Houston
24. Heaven, Bryan Adams
25. Everything She Wants, Wham!
26. Cool It Now, New Edition ?
27. Miami Vice Theme, Jan Hammer
28. Lover Boy, Billy Ocean
29. Lover Girl, Teena Marie
30. You Belong To The City, Glenn Frey
31. Oh Sheila, Ready For The World
32. Rhythm Of The Night, Debarge
33. One More Night, Phil Collins
34. Sea Of Love, Honeydrippers ?
35. A View To A Kill, Duran Duran
36. The Wild Boys, Duran Duran
37. You're The Inspiration, Chicago
38. Neutron Dance, Pointer Sisters ?
39. We Belong, Pat Benatar
40. Nightshift, Commodores ?
41. Things Can Only Get Better, Howard Jones
42. All I Need, Jack Wagner
43. Freeway Of Love, Aretha Franklin ?
44. Never Surrender, Corey Hart
45. Sussudio, Phil Collins
46. Strut, Sheena Easton
47. You Give Good Love, Whitney Houston ?
48. The Search Is Over, Survivor
49. Missing You, Diana Ross ?
50. Separate Lives, Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin
51. Raspberry Beret, Prince and The Revolution
52. Suddenly, Billy Ocean
53. The Boys Of Summer, Don Henley
54. One Night In Bangkok, Murray Head
55. If You Love Somebody Set Them Free, Sting
56. Obsession, Animotion
57. We Don't Need Another Hero, Tina Turner
58. Material Girl, Madonna
59. Better Be Good To Me, Tina Turner
60. Head Over Heels, Tears For Fears
61. Axel F, Harold Faltermeyer
62. Smooth Operator, Sade
63. In My House, Mary Jane Girls
64. Don't Lose My Number, Phil Collins
65. All Through The Night, Cyndi Lauper
66. Run To You, Bryan Adams
67. Glory Days, Bruce Springsteen
68. Voices Carry, 'Til Tuesday
69. Misled, Kool and The Gang ?
70. Would I Lie To You?, Eurythmics
71. Be Near Me, ABC ?
72. No More Lonely Nights, Paul McCartney
73. I Can't Hold Back, Survivor
74. Summer Of '69, Bryan Adams
75. Walking On Sunshine, Katrina and The Waves
76. Freedom, Wham!
77. Too Late For Goodbyes, Julian Lennon
78. Valotte, Julian Lennon
79. Some Like It Hot, Power Station ?
80. Solid, Ashford and Simpson ?
81. Angel, Madonna
82. I'm On Fire, Bruce Springsteen
83. Method Of Modern Love, Daryl Hall and John Oates
84. Lay Your Hands On Me, Thompson Twins
85. Who's Holding Donna Now, Debarge ?
86. Lonely Ol' Night, John Cougar Mellencamp
87. What About Love, Heart
88. California Girls, David Lee Roth
89. Fresh, Kool and The Gang
90. Do What You Do, Jermaine Jackson
91. Jungle Of Love, The Time
92. Born In The USA, Bruce Springsteen
93. Private Dancer, Tina Turner
94. Who's Zoomin' Who, Aretha Franklin ?
95. Fortress Around Your Heart, Sting
96. Penny Lover, Lionel Richie
97. All She Wants To Do Is Dance, Don Henley
98. Dress You Up, Madonna
99. Sentimental Street, Night Ranger
100. Sugar Walls, Sheena Easton ?
Puttering around, I found this post discussing the "beliefs" and "ministry" of the Westboro Baptist Church, which sounds even crazier than I would have suspected. Do they hate the military because of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," or is it something else?
I really, really want to write a Queer Eye/ Velvet Marauder crossover.
Ok, now I know I'm a psychiatrist, which means I will automatically link sex to anything else. But look at this drawing of the Pope, and tell me the nose isn't phallic.
I'm afraid this is sending subliminal messages. Dang, I need a cheap 12 pack and a Moon Pie.
H/T: Cold Fury.
The money 'graph from the first one:
But basically, I'm in the camp that believes that marriage is an ultimately false social construct, invented to own property and persons, and perpetuated to maintain social status. It rings false to me, personally, on so many levels.
The general data from the second one:
Preliminary number of marriage certificates issued and registered in Massachusetts from May 17 to December 31, 2004:
While he does use "salty" language in his blog at times, these posts are relatively safe [unless the words dyke or fag offend].
The latest Carnival of Liberty is up.
Check it out.
Bob the builder is secretly the Texas Chainsaw killer!
File this under "How to give nightmares to 3 year olds."
#12 is up.
It's interesting, it seems to have evolved into a much more professional based group than I'm used to finding in the blogosphere.
For example, this piece on the problems getting new classical music to orchestras.
Kyan: Grooming Guru
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I've seen them a couple of times during Mardi Gras in Galveston. Pretty good. They usually seem to be playing GLBT clubs, so I gotta wonder, but I don't know and I really don't care.
Anyway, they have space on myspace now.
From The Daily Brief:
[ ] Iíve run away from home.
[ ] I listen to political music.
[x] I collect comic books. (Haven't bought any recently, have several boxes full)
[ ] I shut others out when Iím sad.
[x] I open up to others easily. (Depends on circumstances, as part of my training)
[x] I am keeping a secret from the world.
[ ] I watch the news.
[ ] I own over 5 rap CDs.
[ ] I own an I-Pod.
[ ] I own something from Hot Topic.
[X] I love Disney movies.
[ ] I am a sucker for hair/eyes.
[ ] I donít kill bugs.
[ ] I curse regularly.
[ ] I paid for that cell phone ringtone.
[ ] I have ďxĒs in my screen name.
[ ] Iíve slipped out a ďlolĒ in a real conversation.
[ ] I love Spam.
[x] I bake well. (Relatively; I'm not opening a bakery any time soon)
[ ] I would wear pajamas to school.
[ ] I own something from Abercrombie
[ ] I have a job.
[ ] I love Martha Stewart.
[ ] I am in love with someone.
[ ] I am guilty of tYpInG lIkE tHiS.
[X] I am self conscious.
[X] I like to laugh.
[ ] I smoke a pack a day.
[ ] I loved Go Ask Alice.
[ ] I have cough drops when Iím not sick.
[ ] I canít swallow pills.
[ ] I have many scars.
[x] Iíve been out of this country.
[ ] I believe in ghosts. (Maybe)
[ ] I canít sleep if there is a spider in the room.
[x] I am really ticklish.
[x] I see/have seen a therapist.
[x] I love chocolate.
[x] I bite my nails.
[ ] I am comfortable with being me. (Eh)
[X] I play computer games/video games when iím bored.
[X] Gotten lost in your city.
[X] Saw a shooting star.
[ ] Gone out in public in your pajamas.
[X] I have kissed a stranger.
[X] Hugged a stranger.
[ ] Been in a fight with the same sex.
[ ] Been arrested.
[X] Laughed and had milk/soda come out of your nose.
[X] Pushed all the buttons on an elevator.
[ ] Made out in an elevator.
[X] Swore at your parents.
[ ] Kicked a guy where it hurts.
[ ] Been skydiving.
[ ] Been bungee jumping.
[ ] Broken a bone.
[ ] Played spin the bottle.
[X] Gotten stitches.
[ ] Drank a whole gallon of milk in one hour.
[ ] Bitten someone.
[x] Been to Niagara Falls.
[x] Gotten the chicken pox.
[ ] Crashed into a friendís car.
[ ] Been to Japan.
[X] Ridden in a taxi.
[ ] Shoplifted.
[ ] Been fired.
[X] Had feelings for someone who didnít have them back.
[ ] Stole something from your job.
[ ] Gone on a blind date.
[X] Lied to a friend.
[ ] Had a crush on a teacher/coach.
[ ] Celebrated Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
[X] Been to Europe.
[ ] Slept with a co-worker.
[ ] Been married.
[ ] Gotten divorced.
[X] Saw someone dying.
[X] Driven over 400 miles in one day.
[ ] Been to Canada.
[X] Been on a plane.
[X] Seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
[ ] Thrown up in a bar.
[X] Eaten Sushi.
[ ] Been snowboarding.
[X] Been skiing.
[X] Been ice skating.
[X] Met someone in person from the internet.
[ ] Been to a motorcross show.
[X] Gone/Going to college.
[ ] Done hard drugs
[X] Taken painkillers.
[ ] Cheated on someone else
[X] Were so bored you took this survey.
[ ] Have a tattoo (Considering one)
All right! I'm the top listing for "cornbread makes me hiccup" on google.
That's so random.
Hmm. Turns out there's a St Arnold's pub crawl this Friday. Could be fun.
In Neil Gaiman's The Sandman there are a couple of stories involving Prez, a young man who becomes the essence of the American Dream. He meets a person from our world, and upon hearing our sequence of Presidents says something like "Oh, you're from one of those worlds." At this point, I think that's a lot truer than it was when the book was published.
So, if this is a story that makes both the Republicans and Democrats look bad, is the internet powerful enough as a meme driver to get the story into the wider world?
Something of a meme going around:
By some bizarre set of circumstances, you are the president as of now. Name the first 5 things youíd do. Level of difficulty: it must actually be stuff the president is constitutionally allowed to do.
Assuming these are within my power [I am not a lawyer]:
1) As Eric puts it in the comments, with regard to Don't Ask, Don't Tell, "You can ... direct your DoD leadership not to pursue such cases." Works for me.
2) Ending the War on Drugs seems very popular. Works for me also. You can't make smoking marijuana legal, but if everyone convicted of possession of small amounts of marijuana automatically gets a presidential pardon, I suspect things will change.
3) Stop the FDA's mission creep. They will only certify that a substance is relatively safe in humans [ie, current stage one trials].
4) Stolen from Eric: require all departments of the executive branch to immediately reduce staff by 10%, based on performance. Oh yeah.
5) Hirings and firings: I have several extremely intelligent friends, who have nothing to do with politics on the grand scale. I suspect they would be much better than lifelong politicians. JohnL for Supreme Court Justice.
I wouldn't automatically veto everything, you'd only piss off Congress, who could probably get the votes together to override. On the other hand, I wouldn't pull a W and never veto anything.
Let's see. Spent about half a day making a chocolate cheesecake [needed a little longer than the 70 minutes noted in the recipe, and it dripped a yellowish fluid that smelled of vanilla while cooling; found a package of oreo cookie crumbs which worked well, used about 2 cups, 3 probably would have been better]. Found a birthday present after going to 3 different shops. Was going to pick up dinner, but ended up someone else did. Made about half the gift bags. Blew up around 25 beach balls of different sizes and one wading pool, with a reversed vacuum cleaner. Baked 3 box cakes one at a time, iced, decorated into a sand castle. [that took most of Friday]. Picked up landfill liner [didn't take long, but my help was vital]. Set up decorations.
The birthday party itself went well - the kids had a good time, the parents had a good time. I still have nothing in common with these people. The official endtime was 5:30, the final guests left around 6:45 or so. Then I distracted the kid and assembled a hot wheels set while the parents cleaned. Then drove back home.
At one point I was ready to throw in the towel and leave. Didn't because it would have been childish and the kid would never have understood. Now, I'm glad I didn't.
Never did see the newborn niece. Left a message with 2 cousins, never heard from them. Oh well, maybe next week, maybe not.
From Not Exactly Rocket Science, comes this: [a decent word for today]
Your word is CRAP. You come across as sweet and
innocent, yet underneath it all there is a
quite nasty streak. Gossiping and being
critical of others comes a bit too naturally to
you. And people will begin to see through the
sickly sweet exterior soon.
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The really interesting part is in the postscript:
The thing I've always found attractive about bioengineering versus other transformative technologies like nanotech is that much of the work is already done for us; understanding how to bioengineer things we want is mostly a data processing/modelling problem, and the growth of those capabilities has been governed by Moore's law. While nanotech still has immense materials science and engineering problems to overcome, the evolution of life on Earth has provided billions of examples of tiny biological factories that (obviously) already work in real life.
That links well with this article on TechCentralStation, noting where future predictions have succeeded or failed.
So, a friend's birthday was yesterday, and my godson's birthday party is Saturday. And a niece was born yesterday [by c-section, 7 pounds, baby and mother are fine, apparently]. So things are a little busy [I ended up doing all sorts of stuff for the celebration yesterday, and more is on the way. Were my birthday parties growing up this meticulous and grandiose?]
Anyway, posting may be light.
Kid Various has a long post on freedom, and why we're trying to avoid a nuke in NYC.
Via the LlamaButchers, [who are back!]:
|Your Summer Ride is a Mustang Convertible|
For whoever did the search for Russ Mitchell's tattoos, apparently Greg James did them.
Ok, now we know.
Ok, I thought the Angel/QaF crossover was a little strange [well writen, though]. But a Lord of the Rings/Queer as Folk? [so far, maybe PG-13, although other stories on the page go further].
Then there's a Firefly/X-Files/QaF/Angel/Lex Luthur [not really, just the characters sitting together, talking]
[Cut to ďQEĒ logo, then final series of ďHip TipĒ segments, cutting to each speaker in turn.]
TED: If youíre making dinner for your favorite vampire, keep in mind that they often like very spicy food. So try making two batches: one you make for yourself, and one you dump a can of hot spice into. And if youíre serving steak? Tartare, of course.
JAI: Ladies, donít put too many romantic expectations on your special vampire. Remember, underneath that hunky exterior lies a creature of evil. Demons and dating donít always mix.
KYAN: Your friends come to visit and notice an odor. They ask you ďwhat died in here?Ē Bad news, my vamp friend. YOU did! Body odor is even more of a concern for the dead than it is for the living. Showering regularly with scented soaps, and using cologne can go a long way toward keeping you smelling as good as the day you died.
THOM: Canít have windows? Use landscape posters! Canít use mirrors? Use video cameras! Mount a camera and monitor where your bathroom mirror would be. And connect a camera to your living room TV set to use as a full length mirror!
CARSON: Just because youíre dead doesnít mean your clothes have to announce it. Stick with natural fibers: thereís no excuse for polyester no matter HOW long ago you lived. And you can still be evil in colors other than black. Your victimsí deaths will be more pleasant if their last thoughts are ďat least Iím being killed by a vampire who dresses well.Ē
[Roll closing credits. End.]
Want to condemn a particular drug, but don't know how? The perfect list.
can be made readily in your home country: oh shit, it's turning our kids into drug manufacturers!
must be imported from a different climate: oh shit, look at all these evil foreigners who are profiting from our misery and boredom!
Got a random question for the few people actually reading this: how oblivious does someone have to be not to understand that a discharge through Don't Ask, Don't Tell is not a honorable discharge?
Cause a friend didn't understand that, and I wonder if she's like 98% of the rest of the nation, or if she's really clueless.
Update: I was rather confused, and typed dishonorable rather than honorable, which is what I meant. Basically: my friend's friend was in the navy, is gay and I suspect knew he was gay then, and we were wondering but didn't ask if he had been kicked out due to DADT. I was under the mistaken impression that a discharge because of DADT would be a dishonorable discharge, as well as the mistaken impression that the Uniform Code of Justice was under the control of the Commander in Chief, not Congress. Basically, I had no clue. I've got a couple of friends in the military, but no close family members [well, my grandfather was in the navy in WWII, and a not-particularly-close-cousin was in the Marines].
So, thanks go to Eric for helping me out of this maze of confusion.
1. What was the first blog you ever saw/found?
2. How did you find it?
I was reading the other stuff on his site, then wandered over there.
4. How many blogs do you read per day?
Probably at least 15-20, sometimes a lot more. Especially when I'm going down the LLP or Munuvia lists, looking for interesting posts.
5. Have you met a blogger in real life? Who? (You donít have to list them all if youíre a blog whore.)
I've met the writers of A Perfectly Cromulent Blog, Off the Kuff, Brains and Eggs. And of course, TexasBestGrok.
6. Which very far-away bloggers do you think you would like to meet if you lived in the same city?
Pretty much anyone I read often, I'd be interested in meeting. If I'm ever in New York, I'll have to schedule it to see Joe.My.God's reading.
9. Who is hot? (Or who do you think sounds hot if there is no picture?)
11. Who needs to update more often?
12. Do you have a favorite entry of your own?
Not really, although my cucumber salad recipe gets by far the most searches.
13. Whatís your favorite song on the radio right now? (OK, thatís not about blogging, but this is my meme.)
I don't listen much to Top 40. I was really rockin out to Foreigner's Jukebox Hero a couple of days ago.
A darn funny list.
Now aren't you just a ray of sunshine? You're inner
supernatural is a FAIRY! You're happy and
innocent, but watch out! Not everyone is so
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What is Your Inner Supernatural?
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Okay. Somehow, you involve Hyde in a Harry Potter
getup sans glasses, Ken overdosing on pills,
Tetsu and a few clones on a rotating couch,
then a few Ken clones, then Matrix Sakura and
some of HIS clones, and then... ??????? I don't
know what you're on, but maybe I should try
some. At least that's one cool-lookin' house
you got there.
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You are Once in Lifetime By Wolfsheim!
People think you're about breaking up or
something, but you're really about some chick
dying! Awesome! You are super-overplayed.
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|In the future, I see|
adventure and excitement
......just not for you
A Yoda puppet singing "Just a Gigalo." What could be better?
H/T: Ghost of a Flea.
Well, probably not, but it made a good title anyway.
You feel most alive when you're seducing someone.
The Carnival of Recipes has been going for a full year, in meatspace time. Impressive.
A tasty recipe for breakfast burritos, with homemade tortillas.
An interesting recipe for shrimp stew.
Gullyborg has a recipe for Steak and eggs that will make any red blooded carnivore drool.
Coconut Catfish? My Texas blood may revolt, but I think I've got to try it.
2 chicken breasts
1/2 tsp tarragon crumbled
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tablespoon margarine
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 tab. [vegetable] oil
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup black olives quartered
1/4 cup chopped red pepper
2 tab. mayo
2 tab. sour cream
Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 t tarragon, 1/8 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper [or just wing it]. Melt margarine with oil and cook chicken covered 2 min. Turn and cook 3 min more. Let it cool, then cut into 1/2 inch pieces. Combine all ingredients, refrigerate.
Another recipe from my friend, given to her by her mother.
Corrected because I still can't spell. Blonde Sagacity suggests serving on an open roll, which would certainly work. I prefer chicken salad over salad greens, though. Or maybe a little more exotic with spagetti squash? All suggestions welcome.
Ok, to the person who found my blog searching for "why to play with testicles:"
There's another hot button issue: homosexuality. And Dan Savage did a great post on the kinds of things I've been thinking:
Look, Iím all for free speech, Iím all for persuasion. If Pat Robertson can talk me out of being gay then, by God, Iíll give it up tomorrow. If a ďChoose LifeĒ billboard convinces a woman not to have an abortion, thatís great. The problem with Pat is that he wants to compel me to give up being gay, or, failing that, he seeks to deprive me of my civil rights because Iím gay. The problem with the anti-choice movement is that they want the law to impose their beliefs about abortion.
Why, I often wonder, canít the religious right extend gay and lesbian Americans the same courtesy they extend to, say, adulterers? Or shrimp lovers? Yes, the gays are going to hellóit says so right there in the bible somewhere. It says we should be put to death along with the adulterers and shrimp eaters. But the adulterers and shrimp eaters donít come in for the same degree of persecution.
Go read the rest.
The Unrepentant Individual thinks I take too many quizzes. He may be right, at least for completely meaningless ones like this:
Take the quiz: "Which Holy Grail Character Are You?"
The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog
That's the most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered rodent you ever set eyes on!
Homosexual couples invariably ape heterosexual couples with one of them playing the dominant "husband" and the other the submissive "wife".
So there'll be no confusion about which is which in the mind of the unfortunate kid who lives with such a couple.
takes the cake.
I give up. Time for karaoke at the gay bar again.
Let me try to summarize some stuff, knowing I'll be leaving out lots of details. Eric points to a post and comments happening at Libertopia, and has a comment I really like and one I disagree with, sort of:
Sorry, I flat out and vehemently disagree with the idea that something is moral just because the majority of the citizens think it's okay.
I Strongly Agree.
I won't speak for Robert, but I'll answer your question. Government appears to be an evil (yes, I consider coercive monopolies, which is what government is, to be evil) that most humans wish to foist on themselves. That doesn't mean that they are good things.
Not so much.
He then expands a little on his own blog, with this statement:
Here's the problem. Groups can't be moral, or immoral, nor can nations. Morality, and moral choice, is always an individual position. No matter what we are talking about, every choice, every decision, is always made by an individual.
Every decision may be made by an individual, but sometimes the decision is "I will follow the legal orders of my group." Or even without the "legal" part. This is part of all militaries, as far as I know. This is, to a lesser extent, part of fraternities. And, to some extent, is part of a government.
I like groups. 100 men, acting as a group, can do things that 100 men acting as individuals can't do. [yeah, this is a debatable statement, but I still believe it.] The problem comes when the group is hijacked, and starts doing things that individuals want rather than what the group was formed to do. Then people start questioning the goals of the group, and either leave or try to use the group for their own ends.
That's why things like sexual misconduct in the military are such a big deal. The military has a purpose: defend the US [my best guess]. When you join the military, you agree to this goal, and to follow orders. That's why there's a hell of a lot of difference between this guy getting orders to kill people, and doing it, and a mass murderer. Therefore, orders used to coerce sex, for instance, get the victim thinking about whether s/he should follow orders, and the system breaks.
That's also why I hate collectivist thinking. Essentially (1) you have to join the group (2) only a few people set the agenda for the group (3) any dissension against the goals of the individuals is taken as disloyalty against the group. So yeah, it turns into a coercive monopoly.
So, am I saying I want coercive non-monopolies? That would be better, but I don't know how much of an improvement it would be. Non-coercive monopolies? To so extent, that was early America, but we really can't go back there without a huge frontier. Do I want all governments to collapse? Not really, I think our technological improvements would be curtailed by total anarchy. Maybe capitalist anarchy or something else would be better, but I haven't seen it work in action, so I don't know.
Do I want us all to ascend into forms of coherent energy, freed from the bonds of mortal existence? Yeah, that would be cool. Failing that, does anyone have any ideas?
H/T: The Love Lemming
How close is this test?
Moved to extended, since it's huge.
Advanced Global Personality Test Results
There's a cool button maker here. Been playing around with it a little, made this:
I'll play with it more tomorrow.
Perhaps more interesting is this letter from John Evans, one of the Founders of Love in Action.
A friend of mine has been putting together information about various coming movies, some horror, some other stuff.
Here is her latest, hmm, ezine? That's probably closest.
Ogre sometimes does various questions from various sources. He did a post on these questions from Homespun Bloggers, about this incident.
Briefly, 3 kids, 11, 6, and 5 were playing, and managed to lock themselves in a car trunk. A multi-day police search was made, eventually the kids' bodies were found [by a relative, not the police].
1. Who is ultimately responsible for the loss of these three children?
The parents. A 5 and 6 year old don't know enough not to get themselves into dangerous situations. With hindsight, obviously the 11 year old was not adequate supervision.
2. Do you believe that the police were at all responsible for not finding the children in time? (It's hinted that on of the parents has decided to sue the City of Camden New Jersey)
No. Finding lost kids isn't part of the police's core mission [to my mind, anyway] [although finding kidnapped kids would be, children are very rarely kidnapped by complete strangers, in spite of the various scary messages we get]. Besides which, just because you failed to do something, shouldn't open you up to liability.
Also, I suspect the various people involved might have cut corners on what they told police, to avoid CPS getting involved.
3. Do you believe that auto manufacturers are responsible for providing additional safety features that would prevent this type of tragedy in the future? (They've also been named as potential litigants in this case.)
No. Spending money to prevent a one in 10,000,000,000 chance may not make sense. It should be a marketing decision, not a state mandated one.
4. Why do you think that if this parent feels so strongly about going after the "wrongdoers" in this case, why doesn't he try to sue the parents of the other children lost in the incident?
Easy, guilt. The parent is trying to avoid feeling guilty, so s/he tries to blame everyone else. But if s/he sues a parent, that parent could sue right back, leading to a direct confrontation about the guilty party. Much easier to blame someone not directly involved.
I may have to start reading him again- he got Dan Savage to guest blog for him while he's on break.
Ran into this article in Salon on how the mind set between hackers and Atkins diet users coincides.
Update: one of these days I'll learn to spell.
#6 is up. Trust me, these take some effort to put together, so go give him some love.
The posts are so good, I can't decide on a couple to highlight. So go read them all. Now. There will be a quiz later.
What are you waiting for? Go!
Making a list is difficult, because what kinds of things I want to read about change on a daily basis.
1) Instapundit. Gives me a decent idea what politically important things are going on in the world.
2) Lilek's The Bleat. Gives me a chuckle, and man he can turn a phrase sometimes.
3) TexasBestGrok. Because he's my friend, and because his interests sometimes coincide with mine, and sometimes not.
4) Joe.MyGod. Because he can tell stories better than most preachers, and is often outrageously funny. And he sometimes shares stuff about his life to the world, that I wouldn't tell my closest friend.
5) Geek Slut. For some of the same reasons.
6) Little Green Footballs. Because he has information you won't get anywhere else.
7) LlamaButchers. Because they're just outrageous.
8) I want a MilBlog, but I don't know if I would pick Blackfive, Citizen Smash, or the Daily Brief. Let's say The Daily Brief, more because other stuff gets published there as well.
9) +10) Now it more depends on whim. I like Ambient Irony a lot, but he doesn't post much. [Pixy Misa's too busy planning his overthrow of the soft serve ice cream world]. Gay Patriot is decent, but on political stuff overlaps some with Instapundit, and on gay stuff I don't know that they're the best. Protein Wisdom sometimes is laugh out loud funny, but more often biting/sarcastic. [not a bad thing, but not how I want to be]. Eric's Grumbles are good writing, but not often stuff I get excited about. Interested, yes; excited, no.
So, right now, Gay Patriot and Protein Wisdom.
How about you?
This would make much more sense if I watched any Queer as Folk, and more Angel, but it's still kinda interesting.
Two interesting statements:
1) If you believe in God you, by default, believe in ID, you have to, its part and parcel in believing in God. But you *can* believe in Evolution and God together, which is the beauty of it.
2)the real arguement is whether or not it should be taught in public schools. the answer is simple, the schools, being public should teach everything the public wants it to. If you don't agree in this, don't send your kids to public school. If this is not an option, then your real arguement should be that the government has no right in providing public schools and forcing you to pay for them.
I disagree with part of both statements.
1) It is possible to believe in a God who created the universe and never directly intervened on Earth afterwards. Such a believer would regect ID.
2) Public schools should teach things that will help children grow up to be useful citizens. [if they should exist at all]. We can disagree on what that entails, but religious indoctrination should never be part of it. Teaching religion is one thing, teaching religion as science is something else.
Via the Fluffy GOO,
LDH lists 5 things he does, then challenges the rest of the world to do so as well.
This requires some thought.
1) I hate eating alone in a restaurant, if I don't have a book to read or something. Waiting for your food always seems to take forever.
2) Owls. I like owls, but have no desire to go birding and find some. I may take some pics at the zoo the next time I go, though.
3) I have to have a hot shower in the morning, or I'm a zombie for the rest of the day.
4) In a sit-down restaurant, I'll nearly always order iced tea, although I rarely drink it elsewhere. It's due to a combination of things, but mostly I like drinking a relatively large amount of liquid with my meals, and feel bad for the waiter if I'm just drinking water.
5) The more relaxed I get, the more sarcastic I get. This confuses people at times. I'm trying to change this one.
Pixy Misa is having a discussion with an ID believing commenter. The results are priceless. One of the lines: The arguments are identical: "You can't explain this to my satisfaction, therefor magic fairies did it."
See also his summary of the summary.
For a calmer discussion, see Life in the Atomic Age.
This one's just strange.
|In a Past Life...|
Where You Lived: France.
How You Died: Hung for treason.
Not too sure about this result.
Via LDH again.
I pretty much suck at languages, so:
|You Should Learn Japanese|
Need some Virtual Bubblewrap Therapy?
If your wallet's stolen, do you know what you can do to protect yourself against identity theft? CrusaderX has some advice. Maybe overkill, maybe not, but useful to think about.
Gunner at Target Centermass now has a fiancee. [I guess I should specify: a female fiancee] Go tell him congrats, and give him whatever advice you think appropriate.
My parents have a fig tree, so I've got a bag of figs that I didn't know what to do with. Googled for recipes, found a recipe for MIXED GREEN SALAD WITH FIGS, GORGONZOLA AND PECANS. Ok for a starting point, I like pecans, I really like blue cheese, and I like salads. So, for the bachelor:
Dinner Salad with Figs
1/2 bag [5 oz bag] spring mix pre-washed salad
~2 oz gorgonzola cheese [or blue cheese]
handful figs, halved
handful cherry tomatos, halved
~1/4 cup pecans
vinagerette dressing to taste
~1/3 small to medium white onion, halved and thinly sliced [ie, no big rings]
1/2 roasted chicken breast, chopped
Mix well. Eat.
Good stuff. Best served with a strong tasting drink, St Arnold's Stout for me.
Jeff Jarvis wants your top 10 greatest, not obvious, [whatever that means] shows.
I may add more later, but... Warning: bizarre sense of humor approaching:
1) The Muppet Show. Nearly every show had something that made me laugh, and often the guests really got into the whole scene.
2) Invader Zim. Insightful social commentary on what it means to be human. Plus, crazy, fucked up alien antics.
3) Happy Days [growing up, anyway; I suspect I couldn't watch it now]. Often funny, sometimes somewhat serious. Characters I cared about, to some extent.
4) Dukes of Hazzard. Shut up.
5) World Wrestling Federation. A scripted sporting event. Extremely well done for what it was- tales of good and evil, usually good would win, but not always.
6) Survivor [first season]. Not the first reality TV show, but the one that brought the idea of Reality TV into America's households.
Those are off the top of my head. Looking at Jeff's post and the comments, I'll add:
7) Monty Python's Flying Circus. Several movie spinoffs, funny shit.
8) Star Trek/ ST:TNG/ ST:DS9. If I had to pick just one, I'd go with the original, although it isn't what I prefer to watch now. [leading perhaps to a nod for Babylon 5?] [or the current Battlestar/ Stargate/ Firefly?]
9) Several people mentioned Iron Chef [way wacky, although less so with Iron Chef America], but if I go with a cooking show I would also prefer Good Eats.
X) Sorry, news is crap, and it's been crap for years, we just have alternatives now. Nothing for 48 hours, 60 minutes, etc....
10) My inner child wants Scooby Doo, which I spent way too much time watching growing up. Eh, maybe.
Hat tip: Full of Crap, who is doing his blogathon. Show him some love.
Coming in 2 months - Sept 29, 2005-Oct 2.
This was a classic, pointless trick done by debators when I was in high school. I never could do it well, which is clearly why I did poorly in debates. Now, I can redeem myself.
There are those, of course, who will say that this is just going to make the situation worse because itís going to perpetuate the myth that the civilized nations of the West are against Muslims. To these people I say: Lick my balls. The civilized nations of the West are against Muslims. Weíre against those Muslims who stand up in what are supposed to be holy places and call for murder and mayhem. Weíre against those Muslims who yell ďGod is great!Ē while plotting the deaths of dozens, hundreds or even thousands of innocent people.
And in particular, weíre against those Muslims who, while they donít incite or commit violence themselves, give tacit approval to those who do by embracing the culture of victimhood and wrapping themselves in the star and crescent any time anybody with pale skin has the audacity to criticize almighty Islam.
To the Muslims of the United Kingdom and elsewhere: Grow a pair, already. Recognize that your dream of a world state united under Islamic law just ainít gonna happen, not unless you slaughter billions in a Final Solution that would have made even Hitler gag on his schnitzel. Recognize that every time a Muslim teenager perpetrates, or even attempts, murder, he puts your community one step closer to utter annihilation. Because I swear to God above, if you guys continue to push this, if you guys continue to commit murder in the name of some fucked-up idea of divine justice, the day will come in my lifetime when Mecca is an uninhabitable crater and Islam is something our kids have to study about in history class. We will raise up an army the likes of which this world has never seen and we will destroy you before you can destroy us. Believe it.
Nobody wants that. Weíre willing, but we are not bloodthirsty. We are resolved, but we are not resigned. Abandon your agenda of death and weíll all live happily ever after.
#5 is up.
Talk about the ease of console games here.
#51 is up.
Explicitly Ambiguous has thoughts on how to make a better hamburger. Just say no to squashed burgers.
Is there getting to be a backlash against "Santorum" Republicans from libertarians?
For the record, I have exactly one scented candle, and it usually stays in the bathroom. Got lots o knicknacks, though.
Railroad car 0, Physics 1. More details here.
FANTASY! - Mystical, magical mayhem! You feel the
urge to write of fantastic worlds that never
were and the beings that might live there. Are
they Lands of Wonder or adventures of Magical
Folly? JRR Tolkien and Tanith Lee are your
What Kind of Novel Should I Write?
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Yeah, I'm still alive. I guess.
I've been hanging out with some friends of a friend, who happen to be a gay couple. They fairly randomly came to Galveston for a vacation.
Some firsts for me, like singing karaoke in a gay bar. And now I've got to figure out what to wear to a dance bar.
Is it just me, or is it a heck of a lot easier to be straight?
Yup, we need to kick this up a notch.
Via the Cake Eater Chronicles.
Hmm, I'm in between the LlamaButchers. How does a married adult male get a G rating, anyway?
Double hmm, Pixy's got a PG rating.
Welcome to our Fifth Carnival of Liberty. I'd like to thanks Eric of Eric's Grumbles Before the Grave for working so hard at getting this together. Carnival of Liberty VI will be hosted by Stephen Littau of Fearless Philosophy for Free Minds.
I've made some categories that seemed to fit. If anyone wants their post in a different category, or has other suggestions, let me know [owlishmutterings at yahoo.com]. In particular, I'm unhappy with such a large miscellaneous category.
Decreasing Freedom in the Western World
Stop the ACLU writes about... problems with the ACLU. Specifically, the disconnect involved when one part of the ACLU wants to stop tax-exempt status for all churches, and one part tries to get tax-exempt status for pagans.
Quincy at News, the Universe, and Everything writes about Dehumanizing Diversity, primarily in the university setting.
The Philosophy of Freedom
Stephen Littau of Fearless Philosphy for Free Minds has writen a four part series titled What Rights Do Children Have? Grab something liquid, possibly caffeinated, and read. Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV.
Update: Denis Ambrose's link to his post was screwed. Fixed now. Sorry about that.