Month: September 2007

Something for Saturday

A man who bought a smoker Tuesday at an auction of abandoned items might have thought twice had he looked inside first.

Maiden police said the man opened up the smoker and saw what he thought was a piece of driftwood wrapped in paper. When he unwrapped it, he found a human leg, cut off 2 to 3 inches above the knee.

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Brews You Can Use

Gorgeous evening at the drinking club. It was my first trip in over a month, work and kid obligations having kept me distracted from drinking chores. After 90 minutes there, I came home, opened a microbrew, and sat on the front porch with Marie and listened to a new Diana Krall CD I’d just received in the mail. Very close to a nice evening: soft music, soft autumn weather, soft conversation . . . and Meg, Max, and Tess climbing all around us, spilling food, yelling (joyously and otherwise). We then watched The Office season premier, which was good, but I fell asleep halfway through.
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Christmas in September. It’s the memorial of St. Wenceslaus.
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Today’s Catholic Church and capitalism. A very good starting point. One of the best blog posts I’ve seen this year.

Aside: In addition to its solid treatment of the subject, this might be the archetypal blog post: individual analysis, excerpts, good links. It has everything that makes blogging a unique form of literature.
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No matter how boneheaded they might be, I’ll end up voting for a Republican. And this is why:

A fairy tale about two princes falling in love sparked a backlash — and a lawsuit — against a teacher and a school last year when it was read to a second-grade class in Massachusetts.

But the three frontrunners in the Democratic presidential race suggested Wednesday night at their debate in New Hampshire that they’d support reading the controversial book to children as part of a school curriculum.

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Moderate-drinking mice are better adjusted than teetotalling mice.
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The fake wine plague.
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Better late than never, Miller:

Following an uproar over its sponsorship of the annual homosexual event known as the Folsom Street Fair, Miller

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The Wednesday Eudemon

Things were better under the mob: Violent crime rose by more than 30% in Las Vegas and unincorporated Clark County last year. That’s according to the latest figures from the FBI, which show double digit increases in rape, robbery, and aggravated assault between 2005 and 2006.
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A.J. Jacobs read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica and wrote about it. Now he followed every rule in the Bible for a year and wrote about it. The guy is good at finding novel book topics, and he’s a pretty good writer and funny guy (based on his book, “The Know-It-All”). Excerpt from article:

Jacobs spent the year carrying around a stapled list of the more than 700 rules and prohibitions identified in the Good Book, and also consulted with religious leaders and spent time with the Amish, Hassidic Jews and Jehovah’s Witnesses. He spoke to NEWSWEEK’s Jennie Yabroff about his experience and his new book, “The Year of Living Biblically” (Simon & Schuster), which goes on sale Oct. 9.

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There’s always something interesting going on in the former Communist bloc: Codex Gigas, also known as the Devil’s Bible – a medieval manuscript said to have been written 800 years ago with the devil’s help – has returned to Prague after an absence of 359 years. . . . According to myth, a Benedictine monk promised to write the book overnight to atone for his sins. When he realized the task was impossible, he asked the devil for help.
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Marriage proposals get more and more fancy, as marriage itself gets weaker and weaker. There are reasons (to wit, when the awesome nature of marriage’s permanence is no longer so awesome, people want to spice it up somehow), but I can’t take the time to explore the phenomenon right now. For … Read the rest

Tuesday Miscellany

Hand-cut swastika in a field of corn. People are pretty worried. I find hate and wannabe haters boring. I am, however, impressed with the proportionate cut-job the Nazi clowns pulled off. Check out the picture at the site.
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Okay, I’ll vomit now: A supporter of Rudy Giuliani’s is throwing a party that aims to raise $9.11 per person for the Republican’s presidential campaign. [Get it? Rudy saw the country through 9/11 (he did, right?), and now they’re raising NINE dollars and ELEVEN cents from a lot of people, which is also a testimony to Rudy’s concern for the little guy.]
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Robot can deliver coffee. When they make one that can help in the bathroom, sales will really take off.
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The great Occidental culture: A Swedish television presenter has become a hit on YouTube after she vomited live on air but continued with the show. Warning: Link contains kinda gross picture.
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Angling for a gig on Letterman: James Razsa, pool boy to George H.W. Bush: “If every American had to pool-boy for these people for a day, you’d have a revolution on your hands.” I wonder if pool-boys are required to sign any sort of confidentiality or non-defamatory agreement.
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I wonder if they have training seminars in Utah that help men avoid such gaffs: Malaysian doctors have reattached a man’s nearly severed penis after his first wife, enraged by his comparison of her sex skills with those of his younger second wife, decided to chop it off with a kitchen knife.

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This piece about freaks who put hooks into themselves is hard to categorize. I wouldn’t call it pro-life, pro-choice, or even neutral. It’s arguably not about the dead baby at all. But the dead baby seems to be … Read the rest

Monday Moanin’

Long weekend: Seven hours on the road for junior football games on Saturday, soccer game Sunday afternoon, marching band performance at football game Friday night. Monday is here. Celebrate good times.
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I find this significant. B16 isn’t exactly a guy who flits with the political climate and popular Hollywood causes. I also find it interesting that it might be a “moral” cause, thereby bringing it, at least semantically, within the purview of “faith and morals,” areas in which the Pope has the highest level of authority. We’ll see where it goes:

The Pope is expected to use his first address to the United Nations to deliver a powerful warning over climate change in a move to adopt protection of the environment as a “moral” cause for the Catholic Church and its billion-strong following.
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The San Francisco Chronicle isn’t exactly known for prudish slants, so this review of Good Luck Chuck is particularly stunning. Excerpts:

Pity the poor moviegoer who watches the commercials for “Good Luck Chuck,” mistakes it for a light romantic comedy, and takes his prudish grandmother to the theater. There are at least two dozen graphic, profanity-filled and occasionally violent sex scenes in the film. The picture ends with Dane Cook thinking up different ways to pleasure a stuffed penguin.

That closing-credits sequence is by far the funniest thing in the disappointing movie, which wastes the talents of Cook and overestimates the limited abilities of co-star Jessica Alba. Even worse, the movie tries to be “When Harry Met Sally” and “Debbie Does Dallas” at the same time, mixing serious relationship scenes with impressive levels of raunch, nudity and creative sexual positioning. The resulting tone is so off-kilter that both themes fail. . . .

It’s worth mentioning for the third time that this movie

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