Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Innumeracy celebrated

Even sadder was when I was showing actual statistics to back up my arguments that walking is much safer than driving, the head of the PTA stated: “Statistics mean nothing when it comes to the safety of my child.” To which everyone applauded.
Indeed, statistics mean nothing to you. Nor does the safety of your child mean anything to you. Thanks to FRK for finding this.

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Monday, May 28, 2012


(heraldry, of animals) set back to back
Thank you Wiktionary. I believe CatDog can be described this way.


Friday, May 25, 2012

Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day

Well I don't know much about this fellow, but it seems he was involved in the Speedway Bombings in the 70s. Claims to be reformed, etc. Then he tried a few months ago to frame this A.W. for a crime in a really elaborate ongoing story. So if you're bored do some reading up.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Prime Burger closing?

That seems to be the rumor. I shall have to fit in a few visits this week instead of my usual biweekly cycle. A sad story, it is a fine establishment.

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Schumer vs Washington

George, that is.
General Washington did not demand that such enemies of their native country, as he thought them, should pay an exit tax. The Americans were fighting to protect their property from arbitrary taxation. Loyalists were free to choose loyalty, and they were free to take their personal property with them. If there was, on principle, no exit tax demanded in the darkest days of the American revolution, it is hard to see how one could be justified now.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Yay for pink slime

Also known as making respectful use of all of the animal. Oh, and onions and cheese have more ammonia content.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Quote of the Day - Hedge

If you want a hedge, go to a garden centre
Ah those Brits.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

The perfect word for the job

If someone asks you if you've stopped beating your wife, you can do what I do and start crying bitterly about how you have been and will be single forever. Or, alternatively, and more suavely, you can answer "Mu". Japan really is a wonderful place.
According to various Discordians and Douglas Hofstadter the correct answer is usually “mu”, a Japanese word alleged to mean “Your question cannot be answered because it depends on incorrect assumptions”.

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Mark Shea vs the Combox

Mark Shea made the mistake of saying something nice about a chaste gay guy last week and the response has been a little ugly:
. . . has somehow transformed me into an apostate who is now “out of the closet” on my “support for homosexuality”.
So give him some loving, Also a nice quite about Ms. Fluke:
So, for the same reason, I object to Sandra Fluke simultaneously demanding I “stay out of her bedroom” and then force-marching me into her bedroom and putting a gun in my ribs with a demand to pay for her contraceptives. I would, in fact, *love* to stay out of her bedroom (in more ways than one) just as I would *love* it if the gay community would just get on with their lives and stop laboring to make me celebrate their disordered appetites as great and good.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

The justification for killing people

Well it's just like WWII right?
Brennan’s says that “(i)n this armed conflict, individuals who are part of al-Qa’ida or its associated forces are legitimate military targets. We have the authority to target them with lethal force just as we targeted enemy leaders in past conflicts, such as German and Japanese commanders during World War II.”
Except of course AQ happens to not be a military force, or a state, or what have you.
The analogy between al Qaida or associated forces, on one hand, and German and Japanese commanders during WW II, on the other, is flawed. German and Japanese commanders in WW II were targetable because they were members of the armed forces of the enemy. It is far from clear, however, that “individuals who are part of al-Qa’ida or its associated forces” are members of “enemy armed forces.”
And of course we may be setting a bit of a precedent
The next time some dictator kills a dissident, either at home or abroad, either by drone strike or an assassin’s bullet to the head, and justifies it on the basis of “war or imminent threat just like the U.S. does,” will it be enough for the U.S. to respond “that’s not what we meant?
Do as I say, not as I do!

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