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Archive for April 19th, 2009

Update: 21 Polo Horses Die at Fla. Match

I’m no expert but perhaps there was too much water in the pool?

(yes, mean joke)

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And the road to Hell is a nice wide road, good shoulders, well-lit… with damn few turnouts and no u-turns allowed.

In The New York Times:

F.B.I. and States Vastly Expand DNA Databases

The FIRST paragraph says:

Law enforcement officials are vastly expanding their collection of DNA to include millions more people who have been arrested or detained but not yet convicted.

If you are awaiting trial you can be harvested uh… swabbed.  At that point you haven’t even been found to be innocent or guilty but they’re going to swab you.  Why is this ok?  Well, it hasn’t been legally forced in court but some of the arguments will put a niiiice surface on that road to Hell.

Rock Harmon, a former prosecutor for Alameda County, Calif., and an adviser to crime laboratories, said DNA demographics reflected the criminal population. Even if an innocent man’s DNA was included in a genetic database, he said, it would come to nothing without a crime scene sample to match it. “If you haven’t done anything wrong, you have nothing to fear,” he said.

Why, with that kind of reasoning, there’s no reason for everyone to not:

  1. Get fingerprinted immediately
  2. Get DNA swabbed
  3. Allow at-will telephone tap devices to be installed full-time
  4. Allow CCTV surveillance tapes inside your homes
  5. Allow GPS tracking of your car not only for mileage taxing but “just in case, because if you haven’t done anything wrong…”
  6. Submit to travel papers.  Hey, if you’re legit, why should it bother you?
  7. Allow unfettered access by gov’t of all levels complete access to your medical records.
  8. Join a database that tracks your food consumption and habits.
  9. We should probably also cross-reference children’s DNA against the alleged parent’s DNA.  If you haven’t done anything wrong, what’s to fear, right?

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Cataclysmically cretinous quote of the day:

“The thing that bewilders me is this president just cut taxes for 95 percent of the American people. So I think the tea bags should be directed elsewhere because he certainly understands the burden that people face,” David Axelrod said Sunday.

I mean these guys are disasters.

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Just so you know, I’m heterosexual, happily married (as well as anyone can be when they are married†), have kids, the whole works.

But… if I weren’t… I’d leave my wife for the guy who published a recipe for how to make a Hot Reuben Dip.  No, “hot reuben dip”  isn’t a metaphor.  Literal.

A Hot Reuben Dip.   My favoritest sandwich, turned into a dip.  Good grief, I’d die and go to heaven after finishing this.  Many thanks Kevin (Closet Cooking blog), and no fear, I’m not some Internet Wierdo.  Weird, yes.  Wierdo, no.

As I write this I am making another recipe he posted… Apricot Lamb Tagine.

This is a test to see if Cruel Wife is reading…

Update:  The Tagine, which I made using venison, not lamb… fantastically rich, very complex, and is a true comfort food – I served it with homemade hummous, basmati rice, greek-style yogurt with cilantro and lemon, and a crusty bread on the side.   Rating: ***-1/2

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[Warning:  Harsh language and very partisan rhetoric ahead.]

I can only come to one conclusion.  Our president is a pussy.

He goes to a conference of the Americas and listens to Hugo Chavez spout on and on about the US in an ego-boosting speech for 50 minutes.

He takes a book and calls it a nice gesture that Chavez gave him one titled “Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent” – always good to give someone a gift that says “You’re a sh*t who profited off of me and mine – hey, let’s be buddies.”

He listens to all manner of BS and dissing from Amedinejad and still pursues and open dialogue.  He (along with the rest of the world, apparently) watches Kim Jong Il build ever more dangerous toys and makes no comments other than there should be consequences.

Sayeth the Big O:

“The whole notion was that if we showed courtesy or opened up dialogue with governments that had previously been hostile to us, that that somehow would be a sign of weakness,” Obama said, recalling his race for the White House and challenging his critics today.

“… previously been hostile to us…”   Uh, yeah, but when you’re showing courtesy, opening up dialogue, and brown-nosing dictators who are actively dissing you… well, that means you’re a pussy.

David Axelrod had apologetics to offer for this spineless approach.  Apparently the default of  “do nothing” works well in UN/European circles so who is Obama to not adopt global precedent like our Supreme Court (Ginsberg, O’Connor)?

“You plant, you cultivate, you harvest. Over time, the seeds that were planted here are going to be very, very valuable.”

Wonder how many schoolyard scraps this guy has been in.   Seems naive enough to have been shorted in that area.

Lest you be fooled into believing the whole argument, remember that Syrian installations bombed by Israel just a year ago (with US agreement) were nuke facilities being built along the lines of the North Korean designs.

“Opening up dialogue” won’t change that sort of behavior.  DPRK wants money, power, and respect.  Iran and Syria want Israel off the map.

Update:  Thanks to McGoo… a link to Kim Jong Il singing Wocket Man.  MANY thanks to Dr. Dave for that tear-wringing post.  Peed my pants, I did.

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