Archives for the Month of April 2006 on Jeffrey Quick's Blog

Arlie Stutzman update

Per Farm and Dairy, Arlie Stutzman got his milk licence back. Lee Ann Mizer (what an appropriate name!) says he isn't going to get any more scrutiny than any other dairy farmer. Yeah, right. But they're seeking a permanent injunction against him selling raw milk. Uh, if it's illegal, why do they need an injunction? So they can pop him for contempt of court without the niceties of a trial? Somebody with legal chops please explain this to me.

Evidently it wasn't simple entrapment; supposedly Mrs. S. said they had to be careful who they sold to. And it was a neighbor who dropped the dime. May he rot in hell. And supposedly Arlie metioned somebody else who might be selling. If so, may be r- ...eh, that's why the Amish have Jesus.

Alls well that ends (sorta) well. I don't know if it was the bad publicity, or Fred Dailey & Co. realized that it wasn't in their long-term career interests to put Ohio farmers out of business.

Render unto Caesar

The Insurgent, a student paper at the University of Oregon, decided to repond to the Twelve Evil Mohammed Cartoons with twelve of their own featuring Jesus. One had Him on the Cross with an erection, another involved Him naked and erect and kissing another man.

OK, tacky student paper stuff.

In rides William Donohue of the Catholic League to the rescue. He wrote to the governor, every state legislator and the chancellor of the Oregon University System, among others. He didn't call for censorship. He didn't have to; if you tell the guys with the bucks and guns to look at what's going on at the college, it's understood.

That was pretty lame. The Moslems raised a bunch of mobs to make the same complaint. That was actually more worthy of respect...I don't see any Catholics with the courage to threaten physical violence. It's a lot safer (and morally equivalent) to get the government to threaten physical violence for you. All the guilt, and none of the glory.

University president Dave Frohnmayer pointed out there was nothing he could do about the situation. This got him called "unresponsive" by Donohue.

I'd recently read a piece by Catholic academic rightwingprof about the dangers of mixing eccelsiastical and mundane law by excommunicating pro-choice politicians. He points out that the fear from the 19th century on has been that Catholic politicians might take their marching orders from Rome and institute theocracy. Calls for withholding communion feed that fear and increase anti-Catholic bigotry (which is already plenty present, the Insurgent being Exhibit A). It strikes me that Donohoe's action is more of the same, and an attempt to bully legislators who are not even Catholic or necessarily even Christian. This can't help but have bad fallout.

Senate to blow FEMA away?

OMG! Could a Senate panel actually be calling for the abolition of a useless (nay, counterproductive) Federal bureaucracy?

Well, maybe not:

The recommendations conclude that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is crippled beyond repair by years of poor leadership and inadequate funding. They call for a new agency - the National Preparedness and Response Authority - to plan and carry out relief missions for domestic disasters.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Stirring the pot on Scott Savage kerfuffle

A librarian at Virginia Tech alerted WorldNetDaily to the existence of WorldCat. And the numbers are not good:

"only 188 libraries worldwide report owning a copy of 'The Marketing of Evil.' I'm pleased that Virginia Tech is one of only eight libraries in Virginia that reports owning the book. I had requested it because I wanted to read it. One of my colleagues saw to it that it was purchased. We are now pleased to see that it is currently checked out."

"But," he added, "could we be at risk for recommending the book and adding it to the collection? We'll have to get more books like this to find out."

Actually, it's now 194 of the WND edition, and 8 of the Cumberland House edition. But same deal. Let's put this into prespective by looking at books published in 2005 by "the other side". Michael Moore would be perfect, but his last big book came out in 2004, and the extra collecting time will skew our comparison. Maureen Dowd's Are men necessary is held in print form by 1104 institutions, and as audiobook by 311. Or, to get very topic-specific, a search of "Gay rights" and "2005" brings up 66 records, 8 of which have more holdings than the Kupelian book.

The pot-stirring part is that this is the topic of WND's daily poll.

Now, there is an unavoidable subjective element in collecting. We strive for balance and broadness, but we're more interested in some things than others. And it's OK (within reason) for a collector's work to reflect his own thought...IF he is among a diverse group of collectors. Unfortunately, librarians in general, and academic librarians in particular, are not nearly diverse enough, and so some viewpoints don't get thought of or fought for. It's not so much that librarians are censorious, perish the thought. It's just that money, time, and space are limited, so not everything can be included. So the curatorial function is invoked, so that only the important things are included. And the epidemiological history of the moral relativity meme is not important.

The thing that has really MADE OhioLink has been the addition of public libraries. There are NO academic libraries in the OhioLink system who are holding Kupelian, only public libraries. And I find increasingly that the things I want to read and ideas I want to explore are from public-library books. Does that mean that the academy is irrelevant? I report; you decide.

Arnold Rosner

This is the first of a projected series of articles on neo-tonal composers. These are people whose music I find worth of consideration (else, duh, I wouldn't consider it). There will be praise and criticism as I feel it is merited, but the general idea is that any news is good news for these guys.

I thought that, since I slagged Arnold Rosner pretty well for his comments on Mozart, it would be only fair to write on his music first.

Continue reading "Arnold Rosner"

ALA: librarians shouldn't co-operate with Boy Scouts

From Fidel's cheering section for the closing down of independent libraries in Cuba:


RESOLUTION ON THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
WHEREAS the American Library Association (ALA) has had a long official relationship with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), currently in the form, among other things, of a designated ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children liaison; and
WHEREAS ALA and units may provide bibliographies and other material and services to any organization with or without formal or official affiliation and therefore can continue to do due diligence; and
WHEREAS the BSA continues to exclude persons from membership and leadership on the basis of religious ideas and/or sexual orientation; and
WHEREAS ALA Policy 9.5 specifically prohibits ALA or its component units from having formal relationships with organizations which violate ALAís principles and policies regarding human rights and social justice; and
WHEREAS ALA policies 54/17 and 60.2 declare the Associationís support for gay rights and against creed-based discrimination; therefore be it
RESOLVED that the American Library Association calls upon ALA to suspend formal or official relations with the Boy Scouts of America until such time as the Boy Scouts of America ends its exclusionary policy on the basis of a personís religious beliefs or sexual orientation; and be it further

RESOLVED that the ALA once again strongly urges the Boy Scouts of America to change its membership practices so that they demonstrate a commitment to human rights, inclusiveness and mutual respect before prior relations with us can be restored.

From Mark Rosenzweig, formerly an official archivist with the U.S. Communist Party.

I suppose this tangentially does have to do with libraries. But I'm not convinced that's the driving force. Funny too how Rosenzweig makes a big deal of the Mormon influence in the BSA, when he's busy encouraging peopple NOT to help the BSA. They have to go somewhere, don't they?

RFID industry on the run

The RFID industry is afraid that the peasants are revolting:


Signorino said the political climate in New Hampshire has made it especially difficult for the industry to make a case for itself. The Granite State has been particularly active on the ID front. House lawmakers there last month passed a bill to reject a 2005 federal mandate for standard driver's licenses.

"We're scared to go to New Hampshire," he said. "They have gun racks on their motorcycles. They don't want anyone telling them what to do."

Live free or die, Signorino: choose one.

Richard Varn, the president of RJV Consulting and a former chief technology officer, said smart-card advocates should focus on convincing lawmakers to punish bad behavior instead of banning technology. He said lawmakers throughout the country need to "beef up" cyber-crime efforts.

Some technologies are designed for bad behavior...radar detectors for instance...or RFID.

And this shows why we aren't going to get effective protection from politicians: RFID to them is like whiskey and car keys to a 15 year old boy:

He said lawmakers have complicated measures to limit RFID usage because they have tried to make too many exemptions for uses they enjoy, such as smart cards for accessing highway toll lanes. "The legislation ends up looking like Swiss cheese," Signorino said.

Hat tip to Claire Wolfe.

Bunny rescue

Local animal rescue organizations are inundated with pet rabbits.

Why don't they place them with the local food bank?

More on NAIS

I particularly like this:

[Liberty Ark Coalition] compares firearm regulation to animal tracking, saying, "A gun owner will be able to transport their gun almost anywhere they want to go, without reporting such movement to anyone. But, if you take a chicken to a livestock show, you will have to report it. The NAIS would actually subject the owner of a chicken to far more surveillance than the owner of a gun."

Watch out! I have an unregistered assault rooster!

"We'll all talk like ----"

Daniel Henninger on blogs and disinhibition.

I think that Henninger exaggerates the effect of blogs in disinhibition. It's a cultural movement that's been goin on since the 60s. As a high schooler in the early 70s (among the vanguard in a rural school), I engaged in a level of psychological exhibitionism that led most people to conclude that I was freakin' weird, and none of my teachers were effective in helping me deal with it (those who helped; some just thought I was freakin' weird along with everyone else). Nobody said, "Here's what you are doing. What are you trying to do with it? Is it effective in that? What else could you do?" It took quite a bit of life experience to teach this Gemini that knowledge is power, and that giving away all knowledge of yourself is disempowering. And those of us of that generation who didn't learn that lesson completely passed the "soul streaker" meme on to our children.

As for the Net, this has been in play for longer than the blogosphere. We learned early on that we could say things online that would get our noses busted if uttered f2f. I've been pretty circumspect here, because I blog where I eat, and because f-bombs are not a form of intellectual argument. But when you've done your homework, and somebody deliberately blanks out on your arguments, there is a place for the f-bomb.

Then, we have reality TV. How could somebody open their personal life to an entire nation? And the gay movement -- and before somebody accuses me of telling people to go back into the closet, let me say that one of the most useful concepts I ever learned from a gay person was that of the flaming straight: that if it's offensive for gay people to wear their sexuality on their sleeves, it must be equally offensive for straight people to do so. And a lot of cultural gayness is soul streaking; yeah, it makes it easier to find a date if your signals are clear, but really, what business of ours is your love life? And finally, there's the surveillance society. Given the amount of information already available on each of us, it's not strange that some conclude that there's nothing left to hide.

Here's what this is all about: people who accomplish don't have to expose themselves. They keep on accomplishing, and people notice. People who don't/can't/won't accomplish find themselves in the position of a grade schooler saying, "Look at me, Mommy!" They so want Mommy to love them, but Mommy is gone, and there's a lot to look at, and why should we look at somebody being pathetic? Have some dignity, willya?

The great and almighty FDA has spoken:

marijuana is not a medicine.

Steve Kubby(inter alia) would repectfully disagree.

Purportedly MPP says they were put up to this by Rep. Mark Souder, R-IN (but I couldn't find a relevant press release here).

The problem is not marijuana. It's that a government agency will, by the nature of the beast, be politicized, as it evidently has been in this case. And that people are not biochemical clones of each other, and if it's my body and my life I'm fighting for, I have a right to try whatever I rationally think will help...even if millions of others use it to ruin their lives.

Race to the bottom

...between the Cleveland Journal of Bourgeois Marxist Culture (aka Cleveland ObScene) and the Cleveland Journal of Bourgeois Marxist Studies (aka Slave Times).

The CJBMC has a full-page cartoon (4/19/06, p/ 6; sorry, I can't find it here) accusing all of the Religious Right of being racists whose brains would melt if they voted for Ken Blackwell for governor of OH. Presumably, the RR doesn't read the ObScene, so they don't have to worry about offending many readers...except for the few who remember that the abolitionists were the Religious Right of their time. It's particularly ironic since the ObScene has been referring to "Uncle Tom Blackwell", so I suppose he isn't too black to be governor.

The CJBMS followed with an lead article about men who castrate themselves (Warning! Not lunch-friendly!), with a big Burdizzo® on the cover (Note the "u", the capital "B" and the trademark, FT, ...these were invented by Napoleone Burdizzo who founded a firm in Turin.) The whole lot described therein should be eligible for Darwin Awards, but what would be the point, really?

Soooo...both rags enjoy being gratuitously offensive, both editorially espouse policies that would remove surplus wealth from people, and both are financed by the entertainment, hospitality, and sex industries, who are all dependent on surplus wealth. I've got to wonder why the restaurants keep writing the checks for such unappetising fare.

About damned time

AP: 6 Branch Davidians to Leave Custody

Happy 13th anniversary. They aren't supposed to talk to each other, adding violation of freedom of speech to that of freedom of religion.

So, can Janet Reno have one of their cells?

A modest proposal for cell phones in libraries

Scott McLemee:

The decline of Western civilization proceeds apace. One shudders to imagine life in decades hence. A case in point: People now use cell phones in research libraries.

Wandering the stacks, they babble away in a blithe and full-throated matter -– conversing, not with their imaginary friends (as did the occasional library-haunting weirdo of yesteryear) but rather with someone who is evidently named “Dude,” and who might, for all one knows, be roaming elsewhere in the building: an audible menace to all serious thought and scholarly endeavor.

This situation is intolerable. It must not continue. I have given this matter long consideration, and can offer a simple and elegant solution: These people ought to be shot....

Shooting with actual bullets might be excessive. If the budget permits, some kind of taser gun would be appropriate. Failing that, buckshot would probably do the trick.

Admittedly, a rational person could object to my plan. “Wouldn’t shooting cell-phone users in research libraries be counterproductive?” you might well ask. “Wouldn’t that actually make the library more noisy?”

A fair point. Yes, it would. But not for long....


A rational LIBRARIAN would note that buckshot would be just as lethal as bullets at close range, that the scatter from a shotgun would create preservation problems....and how would combustion products from nitrocellulose affect the aging of paper? It's hard enough to keep the patrons from bleeding on the books when we're not the ones ventilating them.

But with the main point, I'm in firm agreement. Patrons amaze me when they discuss their most personal life details here, loudly and at length.

Tip o'hat to DeCoster.

The man who may finally kill Elvis

It's the end of American culture as we know it.

Now, however, America’s estimated 30,000 Elvis impressionists are really shook up. They fear that they are about to be put out of business. In a move that has made the ranks of the lookalikes queasier than the thought of a deep-fried peanut butter and banana sandwich — the King’s favourite snack in the bloated autumn of his life — a New York businessman has bought the rights to Elvis’s name and likeness and has threatened to ban “unauthorised” Elvis clones.

The Easter Bunny comes

Yesterday we had the rabbits out for sunshine and fresh grass. We had bought a buck and two does. We hadn't done short-arm inspections, because it's hard to tell when they're young, and it really takes two to keep the beast under control, and it's spring and there's just so much to do. But the two "does" have been very snuggly and affectionate, like something you'd see at a Womyn's Music Festival.

Well, we caught one going thumpa thumpa.

I freaked. That doe wasn't supposed to be bred for another 2 months; teen pregnancies are no better for rabbits than for humans. So I put Romeo in with the other buck, trying to keep a close eye on who was who. Meanwhile, Rusty had a scheme to mark Romeo...she ran out with some food coloring and began dabbing him with green.

Then the bucks started to fight, with the green still wet.

So we moved Romeo back in with Juliet, who now has a green ass. Wonder why that is?

We're getting another cage today...and I'll be getting a tattoo set, to distinguish the variously-green rabbits. And I guess a nest box, to be put in a month before...oh hell, how long have they been doing this?

Rusty passed a dead rabbit on the road, on the way to work. When she passed it again, somebody had left a spilled Easter basket next to it. R.I.P.

Just how it should have happened.

A phlebotomist had her office decked out in patriotic regalia. There was a management shakeup, and the new management wanted all the offices to look a certain way. So she quit.

LabCorp of America had every right to tell her how her office must look. She had every right to articulate the conditions under which she'd work.

This isn't about "patriotism" or lack of same, but about workplace micromanagement. I hope they lose a few more valued employees.

Texas JBTs lay off bars.

I discussed one of these incidents here.
Now it seems the TABC are backing off. They aren't apologizing or admitting that their interpretation of the law is wrong, or saying they won't do it again sometime. But they've been feeling the public heat. Texans take their beer seriously (lots of Germans and Czechs)...so don't mess with Texas!

How much blood can a leech suck?

Boorts spells it out, just in time før April 15:

Total federal income taxes collected last year: $932 billion. That works out to $6,650 per employee.

In addition to income taxes, the federal government collected another $1.286 trillion in taxes, mostly Social Security taxes.

The total state and local tax burden amounts to $1.14 trillion.

The grand sum here -- paid by employees and proprietors -- is $3.358 trillion. That's $3,358,000,000.00

This works out to $24,000 per employee.

In terms of Federal expenditures you have:

* $495 billion for national defense.
* $272 billion spent by the federal government for the purchase of goods and payment of employees
* $1.69 trillion sent to someone else. $1.69 trillion in income redistribution.

Put another way, if everyone paid their fair share in taxes, many Americans would have incomes in negative figures.

Awwww

DEA Agent Who Shot Self In Foot Sues U.S.

I really really don't feel sorry for this guy. There's no such thing as an accidental discharge; the proper term is "negligent discharge". And a ND in a room full of children probably should be career-ending. Paige should be thankful that Cheech and Chong are no longer performing together; I don't remember Sgt. Studenko ever having a ND.

Why I haven't flown since 9/11

Karen DeCoster gets felt up for having a drivers licence with a trimmed corner.

Really, I wouldn't even have had her patience.

Oh yeah, we're so hostile...SNORE

So New Hampshire is hip and we're not?


In her closing speech, Bisconti ripped open her jacket and revealed an "I love lesbians" t-shirt. After this semester, Bisconti will be returning to her home state of Ohio, with her partner, to teach at the University of Akron and she told the crowd how hard it was going to be to go from a blue state to a red one.

She told the crowd members, sitting at round tables surrounded by pink, purple, and blue balloons, that she is not afraid to wear the shirt around campus. Ohio, she says, will be a different story. When someone yelled from their seat, "Make it blue," Bisconti replied, "That's what we're going to do."

Oh? Bet me.
And why does she think that Ohioans really care who she plays snugglebunnies with?

Tip o'hat to Taranto.

Black Water Farm report

Two more chickens died. The cleanup and the antibiotics were too little too late. The remaining 15 were moved into the chicken tractor Monday; I figured it would either cure them or kill them. Everyone seemed fine next morning, after a frosty night. They didn't even use the empty barrel I put in as a draft shield, but huddled together. I used the box they came in to move them...and solved the mystery of the missing 20th chick when a yellow furball fell out of the box. Either it had been crushed in transport, or (more likely) I just missed it when I dumped them out, and it starved. I feel like shit about that. We lost another Tuesday but the rest look great and are even showing some personality and getting "cocky". ("Eh, Vinny, get outta my face!")

The barn roof work continues. I have 2 more boards to replace on the bottom, and have installed the dripedge on the restored portions. Then it will be time for shingles. :-( I want to fill in knotholes and cracks on the doors and paint them green.

Trees came yesterday (a dozen or so) and I got them all planted in 2 hours before dark and the invasion of the Windham Air Force.

Big weekend for music

Saturday I got a big wad of Easley Blackwood CDs from Cedille. I'll probably be writing about his stuff sometime in the future.

Sunday was the annual concert of the recovering Cleveland Chamber Symphony. As in the last one, "Music that dares to explore" meant "Music we have explored before." But most of it could stand more exposure.

Continue reading "Big weekend for music"

Such a review!

I don't do fiction much, but after this review I might have to be the last person on the planet to read The Da Vinci Code:

From beginning to end Brown's book is pagan, even satanic, propaganda. Don't believe me? Then read the following partial list of references which Brown admits time and again in the book are ostensibly pagan in origin:

Hi�ros gamos (a Greek term which he calls "sacred marriage"); Satanic pentagrams (which he sanitizes as "pentacles"); pyramids (one consisting of 666 glass panels); keystones; obelisks; astrology; fertility cults and rituals; goddess cults, goddess art and worship; Wicca; nature worship and Mother Earth; yin yang; witches and crones; "the sacred feminine;" Masonic ciphers, secret codes and puzzles; esoteric knowledge and hidden symbolism; secret societies, lodges and cults; alchemy; Egyptian gods and goddesses; Tarot cards; crystals; magic; anagrams; a pagan astrological device known as gnomon; The Rose Line, Rosslyn and the Rosslyn Chapel; a 33-foot Egyptian obelisk in a church; the secret Masonic brotherhood; fertility rituals performed by people on the spring equinox wearing masks and holding orbs; ritual nudity and chanting; gargoyles; hermaphrodites; Native American "wisdom;" pagan May Day; Friday the 13th; sun worship ...

I'm only half way through this list!

Rosicrucianism; nature-worshipping festivals; pagan priestesses and their instruments: wands, ankhs, rattles and pagan statues; the Obelisk of Ramses; the number 13; phallic symbols; Gnosticism and the Gnostic gospels; the Wiccan five stations of female life; pagan myths and stories; the Astrological Age of Pisces; the New Age of Aquarius; the Luciferian motto: do as you please; Egyptian priests and priestesses; meditation gurus; Nirvana; the fertility god Baphomet; the goddess Sophia/Wisdom; papyrus scrolls with secret messages; the pantheon of gods; Stonehenge; circular churches for pagan fertility rituals; Knights Templar; freemasons; constellations, signs of the zodiac, comets, stars and planets; the Goddess of Astronomy; sarcophaguses and tombs; Eve and the Apple in the Garden; a Mithraic temple with a powerful magnetic field; cornucopias; Masonic seals; stargazing priests and pillars of the Temple of Solomon which are in all Masonic temples.

Pyramids, rituals, dancing and chanting,
Hot temple prostitutes moaning and panting
Women with fish tails and horses with wings,
these are a few of my favorite things.

Masons and gurus and deep meditations,
Samhain and Beltane and such celebrations,
Scrying to see what the coming year brings-
these are a few of my favorite things.

When Fred Phelps comes
When Ted Baehr whines
when I'm feeling sad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
and then I don't feel so bad.

1st Amendment void in San Francisco

Apparently the SF supervisors don't have enough to do:

San Francisco supervisors passed the resolution on March 21 after the Vatican's Cardinal-elect William Levada -- the former San Francisco archbishop -- said Catholic agencies "should not place children for adoption in homosexual households."

The resolution reads, "It is an insult to all San Franciscans when a foreign country, like the Vatican, meddles with and attempts to negatively influence this great city's existing and established customs and traditions, such as the right of same-sex couples to adopt and care for children in need."

The resolution called Vatican directives against homosexual adoptions "hateful and discriminatory rhetoric [that] is both insulting and callous, and shows a level of insensitivity and ignorance which has seldom been encountered by this Board of Supervisors."

The Thomas More Law Center has sued on 1st Amendment grounds. That's their job, and good on 'em. I haven't found the whole text of the resolution yet, but from what's here, I'd say they've crossed the line.

But who hasn't shown up at the party yet?

Let's turn this around. Let's say that the village council of some Southern town passed a resolution praising the Southern Baptist Convention for all the good they do. Does anybody doubt that the ACLU would be on it like white on rice?

If I were a Catholic San Franciscan (and frankly I will never be ANY kind of San Franciscan, because the place is just NUTS), and the BoS claimed that I was insulted because my church taught what my church teaches, I'd be, well, insulted. And note that Levada only said that CATHOLIC agencies shouldn't put up children for same-sex adoption; he wasn't saying squat about what anyone else should do. Evidently (and this really is the meat of the matter) Catholics are not supposed to practice their faith in SF.

Note that my problem with this has nothing to do with agreement or disagreement with any position on same-sex adoptions. The BoS was out of line, period.

Tip 'o hat to WorldNetDaily.

Fire, death and disaster

I saw the smoke a mile before I got home.

There were the folks at the little car lot on Silica Sand, feeding a fire in what used to be a garage. Their actions were obviously purposeful, but the building was gone and a burned-out van was next to it.

Then I got home, and checked the chickens. Two broilers dead, of natural causes, one on the small side. Coccidiosis, most likely. I recalled that we'd started them on leftover turkey feed (non-medicated) then gone to (non-medicated) meat maker, and they'd been on the same litter for 4 weeks. Duh! Picked the corpses up with a feed bag, threw them outside and eventually into the trash. They were the size of Cornish Game Hens...worth plucking if they weren't dead already, but the idea of eating something dead of god-knows-what is pretty trayf, even for a goy like me. Even worse than roadkill, somehow.

Rusty was gone, and right after I finally got around to calling her, she came come. She'd had a tragedy of her own...the VCR didn't get the end of Lost, so she had to go to a girlfriends'.

So there was no dinner, and no inclination to cook any. So out we went. I took her past the fire, and since we were headed that way, off to Cals.

Coming back, on the road to Nelson, a mushroom of black smoke to the left. It was late and I had crisis practice to do for a concert Sunday, but we went to check it out. 2 story house in the woods, totally engulfed. We did out distance rubbernecking, and turned to home. Stopped by the first fire to chat. The place had actually burned Monday night, and I had passed it THREE TIMES since then, and not noticed. I've been doing rectal-cranial yoga a lot, and it's been dark in the morning, but I was pretty flaming oblivious. I remembered that I'd heard sirens, and not far away, but I was in bed by then. The owners suspected arson. We'd had the big dairy barn fire at Klingensmiths, which was set, so everyone is suspicious.

This morning, one small chicken was flopping around, passed a turd that looked like its whole digestive system, then went to eat. Not laying bets on survival. Tomorrow I get different food and a coccidiostat, and probably finally put them out of range. I also need to do a spring clean in the layer house; it's pretty strong in there.

Stopped by the house on Hopkins Rd. on the way to work. It's still standing, incredibly, a 2 story hulk. There's what looks like a newly-taped "no trespassing" sign on a tree, and a couple not-burned cars. I didn't get a close look, as I WAS trespassing by sitting in the driveway.

Poor devils.

Blogging librarians

Unlike here (and following strips), I do work.

Judge tells IRS: "Open up"

SEATTLE -- A federal judge has ordered the Internal Revenue Service to resume providing enforcement data to a noted tax researcher, two years after the Bush administration stopped making the information public.

U.S. District Judge Marsha J. Pechman told the agency Monday to turn over the data within two weeks to Syracuse University Professor Susan Long. The judge also awarded her attorneys' fees.

She's been collecting data since 1976, but made some embarassing findings about Bush's collection priorities in 2004. We can't have the American people believing that the IRS doesn't practice fair-n-balanced plunder.

If they don't come up with the data on time, I hope they get slapped but good.

Law-by-wiki

How neat! Of course, it presupposes that laws should exist...whereas I tend to think that "Congress shall make no law" would have been a good place for the Constitution to stop. However, if you're sick enough to want to tell other people what to do, this might be a socially-acceptable way of dealing with that. The Constitution rewriting has been interesting; the 2nd Amendment was nicely cleaned up, and the 1st sharpened. Some of the added amendments are asinine (Proportional election of Senators? What's the point of having them?), but there's one clarifying the right of secession.

Tip o'hat to Wolfesblog.

Detroit sold for scrap

The Onion nails it:

"This is what's best for Detroit," Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick said. "We must act now, while we can still get a little something for it."

Once dismantled and processed, Detroit is expected to yield nearly 14 million tons of steel, 2.85 million tons of aluminum, and approximately 837,000 tons of copper.


We need to sell the Hon. Mr. Kilpatrick for scrap too (and everyone else responsible for trashing Detroit).
How much are the chemicals in the human body worth?

The Bride of Christ appears on The Bachelor

Spero News:

God or the Girl captures the tension, terror, and triumph of Joe, Mike, Steve, and Dan, four 20-something men at the most important crossroads of their lives, as, over the course of this series, they decide whether or not to enroll in the seminary and become Roman Catholic priests, or to find the love of a woman and settle down with a family. This is the ultimate struggle between the choice of two goods.

Coming on A & E April 16...a detailed preview is here.

Who is in charge of the spiritual life of these men? Who thought it would be a good idea to let a whole country muck around in the most serious decision they can possibly make? I suppose that if alleged clergy of the allegedly-secret religion of Wicca can make utter fools of themselves on Wife Swap, the Catholic Church (which historically owes so much to paganism) might as well follow.

If somebody proves to me that vocations increased as a result of this show, I will publicly on this blog Eat Crow. But I can't believe that this is a good idea.

Tip o'hat to WorldNetDaily.

First spring day

This morning I started repairing the rotted roof of my barn. It went slowly, as I kept zoning out and enjoying the sunshine.There's a fair bit of decking to replace, then the one side needs to be shingled. Bunnies were out getting sun, peas and spinach were planted, everything beautiful...except I had to go to WORK this afternoon. As if shlepping 4 x 8 OSB wasn't work...

A bit on the anti-Latino fit

My fellow academic at RightWingNation NAILS the Mexican problem and its solution...and the fallout for the Repugnicans.

"Certain elements" are starting a fight that doesn't have to exist...and who those "certain elements" are is exposed by the call for a nationwide "Day without Latinos", NOT on May 5, but on May 1.