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

Don't open the virtual trenchcoat!

The wife and I were watching 20-20 the other night, the show about privacy, which was half a shill for surveillance cameras and half a warning about exposing yourself in public. Now CASEite James Chang carries on the theme some more.

It took me a long time in this life to learn the value of circumspection. Some people would claim that I still haven't learned it. But, having been there (pre-Net), I think I understand what's going on with people who put their entire private lives on the Net. We're all looking for unconditional love. But that doesn't exist outside the realm of the Gods...if there. Not even your mother constantly loves you unconditionally; if you have a wonderful mother, maybe she does, but she sure as hell doesn't LIKE you sometimes. We can't find that unconditional love or know that it's unconditional unless we show the things that might drive somebody away. So people who wouldn't think of leaving the house without makeup on will sit in their nightwear and discuss their boink-buddy-du-jour or post pictures of themselves acting like absolute jerks, in hopes that somebody will love them anyway.

This isn't about hypocrisy; I'm not suggesting that you represent yourself as something you aren't. And it's certainly not about "freedom of speech", which is a matter of government and not society. We are free to say anything we can pay for. It's about omitting information which is nobody's business.

It's something that concerns me. There's not a lot of "private me" here. But I have strong opinions, which I express strongly, in a not-particularly-welcoming campus society, and I worry about blowback. When I'm dealing with musical or academic colleagues, "fair-n-balanced" is the word. When dealing with politicians and the special interests who hire them (including YOU), I'm only fair enough to not sound like a total raving loon. I have no more obligation to praise usurpers of liberty than the Maltz Museum has to do an exhibition about Hitler's autobahns and support for organic farming. In any case, the important thing here is that we are all by right self-governing, self-owning individutals, and that the abandonment of that principle is destroying Western civilization. If that's an uncomfortable truth, read Mano or somebody; I don't care.

Lacrosse-team persecutor gets slapped by bar

Mike Nifong's actions stink so badly that even the North Carolina Bar has filed a complaint against him. Among other choice statements he made to the media, I had missed these gems:


-- Nifong referred to the lacrosse players as "a bunch of hooligans."

-- He declared: "I am convinced there was a rape, yes, sir."

-- He told ESPN: "One would wonder why one needs an attorney if one was not charged and had not done anything wrong."

So much for "innocent until proven guilty".

Nobel Prize is unethical in Colorado

"The people" in Colorado have imposed new ethics rules on their legisrapers. And now that calmer legal heads are examining the wording of the initiative, they're finding that it bans state college professors from accepting Nobel Prize money, and children of public university employees from accepting many scholarships. One can understand the impulse behind the law; eight legisrapers are leaving office early so they'll still be able to become lobbyists. But the solution is not amateur-drafted regulation, but a total separation of economy and state, so that it's not worthwhile to lobby.

Dailey's gone!

Fred Dailey, shill for Big Ag, is undergoing a "forced separation" at the hands of Ted Strickland, after 16 years. This is hardly unexpected; department heads generally turn over with a new party in power. But it's nice to see in print anyway. I hope Lee Ann Mizer goes with him, and that they both find suitable employment...like picking up dead chickens at Ohio Fresh Eggs.

I hope that Strickland is creative in finding a replacement, avoiding both raving environmental lunatics and CAFO fans. Personally, I'd like to see a Mennonite ODA head (I don't think the Amish would serve.) Chances are good that a Democrat ODA would quit persecuting cow-share arrangements, but we still need legislative solutions to farm-freedom issues.

Urban sprawl for Homeland Security

Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, home of Joel Salatin and lesser poultry raisers, is seeing land prices go up...so that jack-booted thugs can live and work outside the blast zone and still make it to Dee Cee upon occasion.

Screw the border wall...build it around the District of Columbia instead.

Killing 4-legged cops almost as bad as 2-legged

Well, since the police have been such a stimulating topic here lately, how about this? The cops can kill your kid's chained puppy on a mistaken no-knock raid, with no consequences. But kill a police dog that's escaped and threatening you (and is wearing no ID as a police dog) on your own property, and it's a third-degree felony (5 years and $10K), AND you have to pay 11K for the dog. And what was police property doing in a private residence anyway? Deeter was as responsible for controlling his dog as for controlling his firearm.

City law director Dave Hackenberg said shortly after Flip was killed, he sent a bill to Mr. Whitman for more than $11,000 that the city paid for the dog. He said that under Ohio law, a person who shoots and kills a dog is responsible to pay for it.

Unfortunately, he's right:

959.04 TRESPASSING ANIMALS

Sections 959.02 and 959.03 of the Revised Code do not extend to a person killing or injuring an animal or attempting to do so while endeavoring to prevent it from trespassing upon his enclosure, or while it is so trespassing, or while driving it away from his premises; provided within fifteen days thereafter, payment is made for damages done to such animal by such killing or injuring, less the actual amount of damage done by such animal while so trespassing, or a sufficient sum of money is deposited with the nearest judge of a county court or judge of a municipal court having jurisdiction within such time to cover such damages. Such deposit shall remain in the custody of such judge until there is a determination of the damages resulting from such killing or injury and from such trespass. Such judge and his bondsmen shall be responsible for the safekeeping of such money and for the payment thereof as for money collected upon a judgment.

I'd feel better about this if Ohio had an adaquate leash law that Deeter could be prosecuted under.

Barry Cooper, American hero

"He was probably the best narcotics officer in the state and maybe the country during his time with the task force.”
Bad cop, no donut!
Cooper, who said he favors the legalization of marijuana, made the video in part because he believes the nation’s fight against drugs is a waste of resources. Busting marijuana users fills up prisons with nonviolent offenders, he said.

“My main motivation in all of this is to teach Americans their civil liberties and what drives me in this is injustice and unfairness in our system,” Cooper told the newspaper.

Good cop! Very good cop! Have your own donut shop...because you certainly won't be working in law enforcement, not after making a how-to video on how to break the law effectively practice free-market capitalism.

Of course his former colleagues are trying to find a way to violate his 1st Amendment rights. My advice would be to get out of Tyler; odd and unexplainable things happen in small Texas towns.

UPDATE 7/30/07: There's been a little tussle between Barry and Loretta Nall over Loretta's less-than-positive review of the video.

Iraq is a success because...

..of 13% GDP growth. So says Kevin McCullough.

Now, prosperity is generally a sign that some things are being done right. And given the economic dysfunctionality of Baathism (even allowing for the effects of the embargo), growth would be expected upon its removal. But I have to wonder how much of this is Broken Window Fallacy, how much American pump-priming. And there's something a bit ghoulish about this, like praising Fascism for making the trains run on time.

Anarchy In Chicago

Chicago is as anxious to enforce its new fois gras ban:

But Mayor Richard Daley is no fan of the ban--just this week, he called it "the silliest law" the City Council has ever passed.

Perhaps that helps explain why the Health Department is in no rush to boost their compliance checks.

"In a world of very limited public health resources we're being asked to drop some things so we can enforce a law like this," Hadac said. "With HIV/AIDS, cancer, West Nile virus and some of the other things we deal with, foie gras is our lowest priority."


as restauranteurs are to obey it:
When the letter came from City Hall threatening punishment if he continued to serve foie gras at his North Side restaurant, Doug Sohn framed the warning and set it beside his cash register.

Think of how many more laws would benefit from such treatment.

Walter Williams hits one out of the park

...re ethnic profiling. I think this is the first time I've ever seen Williams complain about being a victim of racism.

A law-abiding Muslim who's given extra airport screening or a black who's stopped by the police is perfectly justified in being angry, but with whom should he be angry? I think a Muslim should be angry with those who've made terrorism and Muslim synonymous and blacks angry with those who've made blacks and crime synonymous. The latter is my response to the insulting sounds of car doors locking sometimes when I'm crossing a street in downtown Washington, D.C., or when taxi drivers pass me by.

And this is precious, for clarifying the relationship between morality and reality:

You say, "Williams, are you justifying religious and racial profiling?" No. I'm not justifying anything any more than I'd try to justify Einstein's special law of relativity. I'm trying to explain a phenomenon. By the way, I think some of the airport screening is grossly stupid, but I'm at peace with the Transportation Security Administration. They have their rules, and I have mine. One of mine is to minimize my association with idiocy. Thus, I no longer fly commercial.

RIP Daniel Pinkham

Sequenza 21 brings news of the passing of Daniel Pinkham yesterday morning.

I never liked Pinkham's music as much as I would like to. It often seemed to me that his pitch choice was a bit sloppy for his expressive ends, as if he were deliberately avoiding the most effective choice because it was a traditional choice. But he was an inspiration to all of us who believe that liturgical music is not dead, and that new music doesn't have to be an act of penance. And he definitely died with his boots on, with a premiere less than a day pre-mortem.

Defining the People's Will

The Ohio Dept. of Health is figuring out how to implement the Dictatorship of the Proletariat's will concerning smoking:

Filing complaints out of retaliation would be prohibited....Penalties for retaliation would be: first offense, warning letter; second, $1,000 fine; third, $2,500 fine.

Yeah, right. Retaliatory complaints WILL happen, and after all, isn't it in the public interest that criminatls be prosecuted? I guess they meant baseless retaliatory complaints. Waitresses, photograph those ashtrays before they fire you.

The ban would not be in effect in private residences, which might provide intermittent workplaces for some individuals, such as baby sitters, plumbers, electricians, emergency medical technicians, home health care workers and housekeepers.

How big of them. It's nice to know that some private property is still private, for now.

Let the games begin!

Two more Nigerian churches

Truro and Falls Church have voted to go with Archbishop Akinola.

They haven't left; the church heirarchy is out of communion with them, and they are acknowledging the fact. And I understand the political expediency of the Nigerian Connection. But I have issues with Akinola. It's not that he's theologically anti-gay (not my battle, and it's arguably his job), but that he's politically so. He's come out in support of a bill that would ban formal association of gay people, and the possession of gay erotica. In a country where a majority wants to impose Sharia on the whole country, does he want to play along with that? And can any libertarian (or any American) support somebody who seeks to curtail freedom of association and of the press?

"Making a list and checking it twice"

The Westchester Journal News has followed the illustrious lead of the Pee Dee in publishing firearm permit holder's names, and they don't like it there any better than we do here.

"I just question the judgment," said Rockland pistol permit holder Rich Himes. "As far as I'm concerned, I've done everything legally. I've been fingerprinted and everything's on record. And I understand Freedom of Information. But maybe because we can publish information, maybe it's not always a good idea."

Poor boy! You're the one who begged the Vampire State for permission to exercise your natural right of self-defence, instead of just exercising it.

"The Constitution gives people the right to own guns in this country, and it also gives people the right to know whether they own a gun or not," said Henry Freeman, editor and vice president/news at The Journal News. "This is a public record. People have a right to know that.

OK Henry. The Constitution does not "give" people rights; it only agrees to protect rights that exist. And show me where in the Constitution is the "right" to "know if your neighbor has a gun" (or a dreidl, or Care Bears, or a drill press, or...). I assume that you're pro-choice, being a N'yawker and all...what about that "right of privacy" the Supreme Court found? Is it there, or not?

Where's CAIR when they could do some good?

Hookah bars are scrambling to not be a casualty of the Ohio Dictatorship of the Proletariat's anti-smoking law. But some of their patrons deserve a little pain and suffering:

Vip Garg, an ex-cigarette smoker and a doctor at MetroHealth Medical Center, said it didn't occur to him when he voted for November's anti-smoking measure that it would cover the water pipe.

Aww, poor boy! And this is a doctor? You'd trust your body to somebody that stupid? (both to suck hookah in spite of the health risks, and to think it wasn't "smoking").

Anyway, in this wonderful multicultural country, shouldn't there be some religious or cultural exemption for Middle Easterners?

"Judge, there's a fly in my water!"

A Windsor, Ontario court had awarded $341K to Waddah Mustapha because there was a fly in his bottled water. Not that he drank the water, mind you, but the mere sight of the fly had turned him into a nutcase. The appeals court threw it out, AND ordered him to pay court costs, because he was ALREADY a nutcase; that's why he was drinking the water.

I don't think you'd see that in the US.

"Stiff" opposition for Hillary

I want one!


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Laura Mallory, do-gooder

The esteemed (and often steamed) William J. Beck III rips up a soccer-mom-for-Jesus who wants to ban Harry Potter from the schools. And this is the point to be memorized:

"And I pay taxes, too, and I think that gives me a voice to speak out about this.”

Do you understand, dear morons? She is entirely right about this. As long as she's getting soaked (which, doubtless, is not the way she sees it because she's a moron, too) for this perpetual-motion project known as "public education", it means that she has standing to raise hell if she doesn't like the cut of the bleedin' shrubbery out in front of the drill center "school" where her brats get stashed every damned day.

She's kinda cute. Can I blow in her ear and give her a refill?

Orson Welles reincarnates in Belgium

Flemish separatists are more plausible than Martian invaders. Thousands of Belgians wept at the partition of their country, only to find that the TV broadcast was a hoax.

So what's the big deal? You're all in the European Union anyway. But if the Flemish did secede, I would certainly raise un Trappiste in their honor.

Lame excuse, Roberto

Roberto Alagna now says it wasn't the boos that caused him to walk offstage at La Scala; it was low blood sugar.

Yeah, right. You "couldn't stay on [your] feet", but you could raise your arm in a fisted salute. And being booed is sooo much more stressful than singing all of Aida.

Look, I know about blood sugar issues. People who have them carry an emergency stash to get them through the plunge. If that was the problem, and you weren't prepared, that was a lack of professional preparation as egregious as not knowing the notes.

If the guy sweeping the streets outside La Scala walked off the job, he'd get canned. And, being un uomo, he wouldn't sue management for damaging his reputation as a street sweeper; he'd admit he damaged his own reputation.

Suck it up, Roberto. If La Scala doesn't want you, I'm sure you could work for Cleveland Opera for their going rate.

Ohio Core

Some educators are not happy about Daft's Ohio Core curriculum being railroaded through the legislature:

"We have been following the legislation closely because, again, the politicians do not have confidence in us educators," said Lora Garrett, principal of Cuyahoga Heights High School, one of the state's top-performing schools. "For some reason, they know our jobs better than we do -- or so they think."

Well, Lora, it's not unusual for one's employers to think they know their job better than you do, whether they do or not. But I don't see anything in this about "doing your job". It's about having minimum standards for entrance into Ohio universities. How you prepare your students for those standards is your call. And the legislature wouldn't ever worry about how the schools were doing their job if in fact they were doing their job.

I've got reservations about this. It looks like an unfunded mandate on public schools, and Youngstown State doesn't deserve to be on the B-list. I don't even think there should be a B-list; putting Central on it is "the soft racism of low expectations". And ultimately it's all rearranging the Titanic's deck chairs.

But to say that state government has a Constitutional obligation to provide free public education (the crux of that separation-of-powers muddle re education funding that we had several years back), and then say that it's not their job to decide what form the education will take...that's just ridiculous.

Pubs vs. "the public"

Oh my, some barkeeps are flouting the Dictatorship of the Proletariat's new smoking ban, because there are no enforcement teeth in it yet, leaving county health commissioners to pewl and moan.

Good on 'em, I say. Whose bar is it?

RIP, college debate

Who needs research? Weaseldom has entered the realm of college debate teams, under the name of "performance debate".

The rebels' bag of tricks hinges on a simple rule: Everything in debate is debatable, including the rules of debate.

...

Then Warner had an epiphany. "We're going to debate issues of race no matter what the topic is," he declared. That led to replacing scholarly evidence with quotes from "organic intellectuals" such as rap singers.

...

"Traditional debaters say the only evidence that matters is library research," he said. "We say personal experience is equally important." Bruschke points out that Aristotle ranked emotion equal to logic as a tool in seeking truth.

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Performance teams "have pretty much started to ruin traditional debate and what it offers students educationally," said Ken Sherwood, director of forensics at Los Angeles City College.

In the past, debaters had to research both sides of an issue. "It taught students there's always another side and it forced them to understand the opposition," Sherwood said. "If you do that, you're better able to defend your own perspective."

In contrast, performance squads focus on personal stories and theatrics that often have little to do with the topic, he said.

Well, why not? There is no truth, you know. And we have to prepare out students for the brave new world of the Internet.

At least they didn't call it "Michelle's Law"

Another pair of weepy parents have had their way with the Ohio Legislature. It always happens like this: something happens to a young person, a law is proposed "for the sake of the children", and suddenly parents are being told how to parent. 'Scuse me, Debbie and Ray, but if it's such a bad idea to let teens taxi teens, why did you let Michelle get into that car? And if she did it without your permission, what makes you think that kids will obey the law, when they don't obey their own parents?

I grew up in the sticks, and some of the most personally enriching events of my early life happened when I drove at night with teenagers. I think particularly of the trip at night to Rochester MI (a good 50 miles or so)with Tom Wright, Nancy Huiser and Sharon Fockler to hear Lyle Nordstrom's Oakland University Collegium Musicum, which opened me to early music. That would have been 1973 or 4. We were all Good Kids, so our parents were cool with it, though I'm sure they worried. Now they'd worry about their kids getting busted.

We're prolonging adolescence, and treating more adults like children. Why don't we just make adulthood a capital crime? That would be one way of dealing with Congress; can't have one if there's nobody alive old enough to serve under the Constitution.

Why we're losing our freedom

This poll from WorldNetDaily says it all:


Should Rep.-elect Keith Ellison be seated in the upcoming Congress?

No, he'd be unable to uphold an oath to the U.S. Constitution, since Muslims put the Quran first 43.98% (1601)

No, Congress needs to do the right thing for American security and block his seating 26.84% (977)

No, he's unfit for office due to his links with the Nation of Islam 9.23% (336)

Yes, he was elected by Americans. Why is this question even being asked? 5.66% (206)

Yes, there is still no religion test in the Constitution 4.70% (171)

Only if he takes his oath on the Bible 4.51% (164)

No, in a post-9/11 world, it is obvious he shouldn't be seated 2.91% (106)

Only if he doesn't take his oath on Quran 1.10% (40)

Other 1.04% (38)

Yes, there are millions of Muslims who deserve representation 0.03% (1)

In summary, 88.6% of 3640 respondents think the Constitution is a "goddamned piece of paper" (as their Fearless Leader is alleged to have said). And don't go on about the inaccuracy of Internet polls...you actually have to register for WND's polls, so they're more likely to reflect actual readership. The Red Team allegedly supports the Constitution, remember? And for even one to vote for not seating a legally-elected Congressman on the basis of religion...well, it explains the past five years, doesn't it?

(For the Constitutionally-challenged, #5 is the correct answer, though I counted #4,9 and 10 as acceptable.)

Kookcinich '08

Sorry, Dennis. You're going to do worse than in '04. Give it up before you hurt yourself.

One of the least forgivable things that the folks at Acres USA ever did was to print an interview with The Kooch. This could have been a good thing, given that Kucinich is one of the few pols out there whose ideas on agriculture policy weren't written by ADM or the Iowa Farm Bureau. But alas, it was almost entirely about The War...which Dennis, being a peacenik, really has nothing substantive to say about. I mean, after the Battle of Trenton, he would have been obsessing about fish kills in the Delaware from the Continental Army's oars.

At least ther'll be a lot of free blog humor the next several years.

It's not Satan, it's soy

...that's turning our boychildren into homosexuals. Coming from a minister, this is quite refreshing. Or is it Satan selling soy?

Either way, soy is what food eats. Don't eat it unless you want to be food. And yeah, Rutz says natto is OK. Did he ever eat the stuff?

So he's in Heaven now?

Jeffrey Dahmer found God before he died.

Fortunately, the minister was a Protestant. The idea of Dahmer receiving the True Presense in the Eucharist is mind-boggling.

O Canada, we stand for heat for thee

In the midst of one of Canada's coldest winters in recent history, Stockwell Day (Public Safety minister, and a man who had too much personality to become Prime Minister) has been catching flak for his mockery of global warming. This in a country whose main problem (besides one language too many) is that it's too damn cold.

Particularly cute was the Green Party leader:

Green Party leader Elizabeth May said she wasn't surprised by Day's comments.

"Mr. Stockwell Day sums up what David Suzuki said about parliamentarians, that they're all ignoramuses,'' May said in a telephone interview.

Then presumably if May were elected, she would also be an ignoramus. Not that that would be a change, mind you.

Day's comments reflect his ignorance about his own portfolio as minister of public safety, May said.

"The most significant threat to Canadian security is climate change, not terrorism.''


How's that? Because the country that provides Canadian security (the US) would fry? Or because of the hordes of Yanks buying time-share condos on Great Slave Lake?

"Driver...MOVE THAT SWAT TEAM!"

We've talked before about the sappy "Extreme Makeover, Home Edition" and their glorification of need above all. Last night, my wife was watching, and she reports that they hit a new low. Some cop had died in the line of duty, and the crew was building his family a new house. The police sent in a SWAT teach to batter the old one down! My wife said that they did it all "by the book", even announced "Police!" before they battered the front door down.

"Did they have a no-knock warrant?"
"Uh, no"
"Kill any 92 year old ladies?"
"No"
"Hmmph, what good were they?"

I suppose it's good to see a positive use for a SWAT team's destructive talents. But given the context of the show, and the news of late, it just seems like shilling for the State.

Ownership and custodianship

Mano is doing his level best to negate the concept of ownership.

Continue reading "Ownership and custodianship"

$90K in the freezer gets you...re-election

I can't flaming believe this. N'awlins elected a CROOK over a BLACK WOMAN, largely because the "wrong people" supported her.

But I found this grimly amusing:

The law firm Jefferson founded became the largest black-owned practice in the South. He created a political organization, the Progressive Democrats, which fielded candidates for the school board, assessors' races, state House seats and mayoral contests.

When we discuss similar organizations of the 19th century, the term used is "machine". Why not now?

TX school produces 4-year-old rapist (NOT!)

In Bellmead TX, when a 4 year old gives the teachers'aide a hug and rubs his face in her breasts, it's "sexual harassment." Never mind that there are 4 year olds out there who breast-feed, and that breasts aren't sex organs, especially not to the very young.

I'd like to see video of this bimbo, telling the world just HOW she knew it was sexual and inappropriate. If she's got those kinds of issues about physical contact with kids, she should change career tracks.

Bird's eye of the farm

My early Christmas present:
Farmskyview.jpg

This scan is nothing like the original photo, which is incredibly detailed. Also my color is screwed; in the original one can definitely tell that the coop on the right is pink. A few honored souls will be getting Christmas cards.

Not shown: The pasture, orchard, and woods.

Whoop...the sidebar cuts a huge chunk of it off. Click on the image to get the whole thing.

Liposuction and biodiesel

A Norwegian businessman, Lauri Venøy, is signing a deal with Jackson Memorial Hospitals for 11,500 liters of human fat per week, for conversion to biodiesel. That's over 3000 gallons of flab, from just one hospital chain.

While I'm all for wasting nothing, I'm uneasy about this. As the value of the human body goes up, and the value of the human soul goes down, the temptation rises to use people as a resource...even if it means separating soul from body. That may someday cure childhood obesity: "Get out of those potato chips! Do you want the body snatchers to get you and melt you down?" And if fryer oil can become biodiesel, how can we be sure that some of this biodiesel doesn't end up as fryer oil? No trans fats, anyway.

Given the prevalence of tattooing nowadays, one can only wonder if lampshades are the next product.

Sentamu kicks secularist butt over Christmas

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu,is fighting for Christmas (news which I'm sure will annoy my colleague Mano). The picture makes him look like a pit bull, and he is that, in the best sort of way. I just have to wonder why the C of E has to go to Uganda to find anyone with any sort of convictions.

One veto override, one to go

OMG! The legislature spanked Bob Daft re his gun law veto. I really didn't see that one coming.

Now for the Senate...

Frank Giglio: Cleveland's New Homeless

As if Cleveland didn't have enough of a homeless problem already, now they're making homeowners homeless. For their own good, of course.

Nobody is in the right here. Free Times has exposed Cimperman as a lying scumbag on the issue of Giglio's home. Nobody in their right mind doubts that this is part of a concerted effort to get Frank out. I have any number of homeowning friends whose houses would fail inspection on the same grounds as Frank's. If the Department of Building and Housing applied the same level and manner of enforcement to all of Cleveland, they could probably knock the population figures down to 5 digits.

On the other hand, Frank is a pig. Worse, he is a pig who has defended his piggishness on the religious grounds of being a Neo-pagan, which I personally resent.

But he's a pig who owns his own sty. That's the main issue. By what right does a city remove a man from his own home? And why in Goddess' name would anyone buy real estate in a city where such things were condoned?

Greatest American composer?

There's been a new-music-blog meme going around about the Greatest American Composer: is it Copland?

Continue reading "Greatest American composer?"

"My grandparents went to Auschwitz and all I got was this lousy t-shirt"

There's only one thing to say to anyone tacky enough to wear such a t-shirt:

"Unfortunately, your parents escaped."

That being said, I support the right of whoever was vending at cafepress (NOT cafepress themselves, as suggested in the article) to be as tacky as they want to be, and wish them a speedy and spectacular business failure.

Shut up and wear your horns!

A British judge has blocked a man from exposing the married public figure who cuckolded him:

In his ruling, the judge said: "There is a powerful argument that the conduct of an intimate or sexual relationship is a matter in respect of which there is 'a reasonable expectation of privacy'."

He did not accept the submission that there was, or should be, a general legal principle that there was no legitimate expectation of privacy for a person who conducted a relationship with another person's wife.

A wise woman once said to me, "If you ain't proud, don't be it." Mr. CC obviously convinced himself that what he had done was right, or he would not have done it. So why is he afraid of exposure? There's a "powerful argument" that the public has a right to know who not to leave wives alone with. To legally block the forces of social opprobrium is social engineering of the most blatant sort.

The "people's will" kicks in tomorrow

"The people" get their public smoking ban tomorrow, and not everyone is happy about it:

"I certainly have sympathy” for people who still fire up, Kollar said. “One customer said that this thing starts Dec. 7, and so did [America’s involvement in] World War II. He said, ‘Another war’s about to start.’ I said, ‘Whoa!’¤”

One can hope.

So drive already!

People in Northeast Ohio can't drive in snow. Period. My hour-and-ten commute took 2 hours and 40 minutes this morning, at an average speed of 20 mph, because people would not drive. 422 was slow all the way out, and at no time during this was there significant snowfall. (There was slushiness in Cleveland, but traffic there wasn't much slower than usual.) First there was the lineup before Welshfield hill, then another when the Solonoids came on (I hit Solon when I usually arrive at work). Visibility was fine, road slickness almost nonexistent. And yet they crept. And these people had SUVs! "Yeah we got an SUV because we live in the snowbelt and we need traction, 4WD, and protection from accidents." Well, gee, ANY car is safe if you PARK it. Which was what was being done on a lot of roads this morning.

I'm from Michigan. I don't think we got more snow than here, but MI drivers know what to do in it. We know how to pump brakes, for one thing...something I've never seen evidence of here. This means we can go faster and still stop. And if we can't stop, we know how to slide: graceful controlled slides out of harm's way. When I was 16, I took my licence test in the winter, and the cop took me down a village side street which, like all village side streets in Michigan in winter, was paved with compacted snow overed by a glaze of ice. I started to slide, and before I got myself corrected, I was going sideways down the street. Yes, I passed...because the cop knew that anyone who could slide with such aplomb would be a truly fine driver once they'd mastered the finer points.

But the real reason Michiganders drive so well in winter is that everyone has a relative in the auto industry (a brother-in-law, in my case). If you total your car, or somebody else's car, hey, your brother has to eat too. And he can probably get you the employee discount.

Seriously...yes, you need to exercise some care when there's white-out conditions, black ice, or snow up to your hubcaps. For anything less, don't be a wuss...DRIVE!

Santa an easy job? Think again

One-third of all Santas reported having been wet on by a child, the survey said.

Nearly 90 percent of Santas said children pull their beard every day to see if it's real, and nearly half said children try to pull their glasses off every day as well, it said.

More than 60 percent of Santas said they were sneezed or coughed upon up to 10 times each day, and three-quarters said they have up to 10 children cry while sitting on their laps every day, it said.

I think I'll stick to library work. Though at this time of the semester, I could use a little ho-ho-ho.

Harry Quick got to vote

Cuyahoga Co. had 12,000 more ballots cast than voters signed in, in the past election. I'm sure Harry was one of them.

That's not sloppiness. You get the signature, you give them the machine card. It's not rocket science. If there's any precinct where there are more than one or two overvotes, any poll worker who was there needs to be barred from poll working, because somebody there was obviously involved in fraud.

Rights, government and iguanas

The same anonymoose came back to play after I slapped him once, and he was a little more reasonable this time, so I'll treat his argument seriously.

Rights and abilities are granted by limiting others; that is the very basis of our government. We protect life by outlawing murder. We protect free speech by preventing violence. We offer equal education by removing religion. We protect health by controlling food quality and contents. We allow drinking by limit the amount to protect life and the right to travel with risking ones life. We protect our economy by controlling trade.

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No iguana meat for you!

The Food Nazis in New York City have been working overtime to Americanize the diets of recent immigrants:

NEW YORK -- A food safety inspector noticed an interesting special posted in the front window of a market in Queens: 12 beefy armadillos.

In Brooklyn, inspectors found 15 pounds of iguana meat at a West Indian market and 200 pounds of cow lungs for sale at another store. A West African grocery in Manhattan sold smoked rodent meat from a refrigerated display case.

All of it was headed for the dinner table. All of it was also illegal.

Of course, the inspectors are all covered under the Eichmann defense...just doing their job to keep poor immigrants safe.

Ruiad Nasher, who immigrated from Bangladesh in 1995, manages the Master Mini Market in Brooklyn and was caught selling more than 50 pounds of chicken from an unapproved source this year. Nasher bought the chickens from a poultry market in Brooklyn, and said he didn't know he was violating state law.

"In Bangladesh, you didn't have all these rules," he said.


Sad but true. I wonder if he came here in search of freedom?

Meanwhile. I just found out about the FDA boilerplate that all eggs for retail sale MUST carry. Being a law-abiding American, I have made the following label for my egg cartons:

You are an informed consumer
so you know that eggs have 0 g trans fat and all about "SAFE HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS: To prevent illness from bacteria: keep eggs refrigerated, cook eggs until yolks are firm, and cook foods containing eggs thoroughly."
but the FDA makes me tell you anyway.

"Besides having money what has Capri done wrong?"

So asks bobsmith@yahoo.com.

Run for public office. And run for public office under a party that believes in redistribution of income. In short, she's going to have her hand in my pocket so that she can feel good about herself. I'd like to see a legislative rule stating that before you can vote for any tax to help individuals, you have to donate to charity all assets beyond the average net worth of your constituents. Ain't gonna happen, but it would be fair: give your money before you give mine.

I don't hate Capri personally...never met the woman. And I don't envy her wealth. As far as I know, her family earned it fair and square, and if she wanted to lead a Paris Hilton lifestyle and blow it all, I wouldn't have boo to say about it. What I resent is somebody using their financial power in order to gain financial and paramilitary power over me. And even if her motives were absolutely pure, I resent do-gooders.

Do I think the rich should stay out of politics? Hell, I think EVERYONE should stay out of politics.

Jesus, Gary and Joseph!

Those wacky campus activists are at it again, this time with an "ACLU nativity". Of course, Jesus is missing; the ACLU doesn't want anything to do with Him. Or is that a comment on the fecundity of "Gary and Joseph"? If you believe in the miracle of the Incarnation, it's not much more of a stretch to think that God could do His own transgendering on Gary, if it suited His purposes.

Aside from that little interpretive infelicity, good job, McDonald. Now it's time to defend that evil exclusive religious figure, Santa Claus.