Thursday, March 31, 2005

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Good roundup from the Mudville Gazette

We have not commented on Terri Schiavo, and we don't really intend to. However, the Mudville Gazette has an good roundup of stories -- interesting juxtaposition of stories.

The Manolo, he is correct again . . .

I have said this once before, and I will say it again: if Manolo says it sucks, then it sucks.

What about a third way?

Now, I am a somewhat conservative fellow politically. I try to stay up on issues, and I generally come down in favor of Republican policies except where issues like abortion and gay marriage are concerned. This is why a lot of what is happening in Washington and here in Virginia concerns me. At Q & O, the question is "What happened to the GOP?" and I think the analysis is right on the money.

In doing so, they [republicans] have abandoned much of what made the republican party attractive to the electorate in the first place: The idea that government wasn't the solution, it was the problem; that you are better qualified to make the rules for your own life than a politician or bureaucrat thousands of miles away in Washington DC; that you deserve to keep more of your own money, rather than sending it in to the government.

The question we conservative-leaning non-religious (at least as far as politics goes) types have to ask ourselves is whether there is a viable alternative to the Republican Party. The Democrats certainly aren't going any discernable direction on any matter of significant public policy: in fact, on the single most important domestic issue, they are simply riding it out in hopes that Republicans who try to do something to solve the problem will get voted out. That, dear readers, is not leadership, and it is not good for the country -- it is an abdication of the responsiblities of those elected to office. My wife and I are part of the generation that stands to benefit significantly from reform, and will pay through the nose if reform is defeated and nothing is done. Without reform in the near future, social security and Medicare are going to be enormous drains on the wealth-generating abilities of those of us who are really starting to build it. Frankly, I don't care that the politicians in Washington are worried about keeping their seats over this issue--if the solvency problems aren't solved, then Social Security and Medicare are going to ruin this country's economy about the time my kids are getting into the workforce. It's not right for politicians, whose job it is to solve problems like these, to be so openly crass and irresponsible.

Anyhow--back to the point of this post. If the Republicans and Democrats aren't going to shape up, then where do we go? To whom do we turn? This may be the best answer.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

The Hometown!!

Check it out--this is a picture of the bridges over the Ohio River in WT's lovely hometown of Ashland, KY. The sheer rock cliffs on the other side of the river are Ohio. It may not be pretty, but it's where I grew up! Posted by Hello

Via The Daily Independent.

Monday, March 28, 2005

The wonder of it is that we are willing to do it again

Via Powerline:

Upon committing Albania to the Coalition of the Willing, Prime Minister Nano urged his fellow European leaders to visit Normandy "to see for themselves what the United States has been willing to undertake in the name of freedom. We should all visit Normandy. We should pay homage to those brave Americans who stormed ashore at Omaha Beach and gave their lives for the freedom of others. The wonder of it is that the Americans are willing to do it again," Mr. Nano said.

Read the whole thing, and remember that this is a great and good country.

Two years later . . .

Mark Steyn takes a moment to remind us what was being said two years ago about the Iraq invasion. Particularly choice is "[i]n other words, everything the Baath regime does is predicated on the moral superiority of their foe."

Right on.

Pop vs. Soda

Here is an interesting and illuminating map. Contemplate why Florida is the many colors it is.

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Get yer Haggis!! Get yer Haggis!!

We love the Scotland here at Tannerball. In case you were wondering, you can get real haggis in the US.
If you prefer Irish cuisine (snicker snicker), I suggest you try the pork bangers. And check out the Irish cocktail wienies!

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Updates to the Blogroll: Part the Second

Regular readers (all two of you) will notice that the "favorite blogs" links have expanded somewhat. I intend to expand it further when I get the time. Until then, go see what you can find-you won't be disappointed.

Friday, March 25, 2005

Only the penitent man will pass the test of methane.

I don't care who you are, that's funny. Once again, from our friend at Stone.

He just started hitting me -- I couldn't fight back because I am the Easter Bunny

It would be unseemly if the Easter Bunny at the mall beat the crap out of the kid, wouldn't it? Read the whole thing.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Big brother is watching you

Polipundit has the goods on the FEC's new rules regarding political speech. I am starting to see why others are saying President Bush violated the oath of office when he signed off on McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance "Reform." That pesky Constitution getting in the way of perfectly good censorship is a concern no longer!

Mmmmm....Chili with finger

Gross, gross, gross.

UPDATE: The search for the owner of the offending digit is on.

Just saw this . . .

This is a cool thing the VikingPundit is linking to--a Drudge Report-type site with blogs and more straight news. The Roth Report.

News from the Ivy League

Like so many others, I owe my parents a huge debt of gratitude for ponying up the tuition, room and board, etc., that enabled me to go to college (I went to Yale--Daytimer went to Wake and then Randolph-Macon--the co-ed one). Now, as we find out from our friends at Stone, Yale has eliminated the financial contribution that lower-income students and/or parents used to have to pay. This is certainly a type of affirmative action that will work for the benefit of everybody. Yale and other schools that follow suit will be able to pick from the best and brightest, no matter what income bracket. I think this is spectacular.
“We will be expanding significantly our efforts to reach out to students who may believe their family’s financial circumstances rule out the possibility of a Yale education,” Levin said. “We want these students and their guidance counselors at schools around the country to learn what Yale has to offer. This commitment to expand our outreach and recruitment is based on the success of our current efforts, which includes the involvement of current Yale students.”

Let 'em know!! New Haven Rocks!!

Eating the powdered bones of the dead

Salt is the reason food tastes good. This is important to WT and the Daytimer. It should be important to anyone who likes food with, well, flavor. However, there are those who believe that salt is the very devil, and will go to considerable lengths to convince you of salt's evil. Andrew Stuttaford reports:
Jacobson does, however, find time to bring his readers the good news about the Yanomami, rainforest Indians, who consume only 20 mg of sodium a day (less than one percent of the average American's intake) and "are healthy, do not gain weight as they age, and are totally free of high blood pressure." Curiously, he does not bother to explain that the Yanomami live in miserable Stone Age squalor, eat the powdered bones of their dead (mixed in with a banana soup, since you ask), and on average only just make it past the age of 40. Call me fussy, Dr. Jacobson, but I'll look elsewhere for nutritional inspiration.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Iraq is a mess, I tell you, a mess

Read this and be educated about the goings on in Iraq. For some reason, this doesn't make it into the local paper.

#7 is really cool. If you don't believe me, ask ipse dixit.

Now, it's really on

Here we go!! The Oconee County Commission is fed up with the BS! Can you imagine how this impacts the relationship between the DA's staff and the other folks at the courthouse? And how does this look to potential jurors? My lord is this stupid.

Related posts: here, here, and here.

All your Inca treasure are belong to us!

Get off my land before I call the cops!

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

The hits just keep on comin'

Mr. Mauldin (see here and here) just won't budge. Would you want this as your DA? I will say it one last time--be careful what you wish for because you just might get it.

Important, important, important

This case is considerably more important than you might think. Read the article, and then consider the following questions:

1. What if I post a link to an article that contains a quotation from a government source that someone like the sheik thinks is defamatory? Now, I never intended for the link to be anything other than a link to a quote by said source, and I trusted that the reporter and the person quoted were correct. I certainly did not intentionally publish a false statement of material fact about anyone. Can I be sued and have judgment entered against me in Britain? And if so, are the courts of my state going to be obliged to honor the judgment (the answer to that is more clear in Virginia, but I won't get into that now).

2. Does publishing thoughts, links to articles and the like expose a blogger to civil damages in other countries, just because the internet is world-wide? I mean, everybody with a blog knows that someone in Britain, Pakistan, or East-Bumbleweed can read it -- who knows what the rules regarding the jurisdiction of the courts in those countries are? In Belgium, for example, the courts claim jurisdiction for any sort of human rights abuse in the entire world -- and we in the United States can't do anything about it. Why doesn't the same problem exist in publishing a silly little blog with pictures of guys "keepin' it real"?

3. What is the impact of suits like these on an American's expectation of his or her right to freedom of speech? Take a close look at what Editor and Publisher says are the alleged defamatory statements made by Ehrenfeld:

Sheik Khalid Salim a bin Mahfouz has allegedly endowed and arranged financing for a number of Islamic charity organizations that have been accused of funding terrorism. Ehrenfeld asserts, “There are currently over 10 lawsuits outstanding by numerous plaintiffs in the United States claiming billions of dollars in damages from Mahfouz's alleged involvement in financing the 9/11 attack of the World Trade Center."

Doesn't that look to you like Ehrenfeld is simply stating what someone else's allegations are? There is absolutely nothing untrue about Ehrenfeld's statements (assuming the allegations have been made). For the sheik to win a case in British courts based upon this kind of complaint means that he could sue Editor and Publisher and me for even discussing the allegations of the sheik's complaint, or the substance of Ehrenfeld's book.

Now, mind you, I have not read Ehrenfeld's book, but I assume that the folks at E & P have. If what is presented in this article is what passes as "defamation" in British courts, then we are all in trouble.

I found the link to the original via Instapundit.

Monday, March 21, 2005

What he said . . .

about the UN -- read the whole thing (caution--free registration required).

"Dissent is patriotic! War never solved anything!"

Check out this account of an antiwar protest in Providence. Seems pretty typical to me. I particularly like when the reporter asks a group why they are there protesting and they don't have an answer. Excellent -- "I just, like, really hate war and all." There was supposed to be a big protest march here yesterday, but the paper didn't cover it as far as I can tell. Perhaps the antiwar movement has lost some momentum now that our policies have started to bear fruit in the Middle East? Perhaps?

I am curious, however -- do these people really think that a "living wage" will keep terrorists from blowing people up?

Friday, March 18, 2005

I went to college, and I found there were people different than I

Check it out

Get yer Joel here

This is the band to listen to. Click on all the tracks and rock it out.


Here's what you do. Take a perfectly good pork tenderloin, and season it up with some salt, pepper, sweet paprika, and cayenne. Put a cold skillet on the stove (one that can go in the oven) with some olive oil and chopped garlic. Heat that skillet on high until the garlic starts to brown, and throw the pork tenderloin up in that piece. Sear it off on all the sides you can figure, turn it on to the last un-seared side, and stick the whole mess into a 325 degree oven. Roast it till it's done--about 25 minutes or so, and remove it from the oven. Put the tenderloin on a plate and get ready to be fancy.

Deglaze the pan with some white wine, and once it is reduced to nothing but a delicious syrup, add about a pint of heavy cream. Reduce that by about half, and stir it around. Season the sauce to your taste--I recommend not making it as salty as you think it should be because this is not gravy. Slice your pork, pour the sauce over it on the plate, and eat it up with a salad or some steamed or sauteed asparagus.

That's the good stuff, my friend. Tell your friends that Tannerball sent you.

Do over! Do over!

It turns out that the bars closing that I noted in this earlier post are not closing after all. So I take it all back. They are still awful places, but you should try them out when you go to Ashland, the birthplace of WT.

Getting what you deserve

Three young ruffians were tried, convicted, and sentenced this week in Albemarle Circuit Court for an attempted escape from the local jail. What the story gets wrong is the real reason why the escape attempt failed--it was not entirely because there were bars on the windows.

A client of mine was there that night. I can tell you, after seeing these defendants, he was a whole lot bigger than them. What happened was this -- the inmates started yelling and such, and woke everybody in the cell block up. The door to my client's cell was open, and he and a couple other inmates resolved to put an end to the hostage situation before the jail's security team came in and made life really unpleasant for everybody, including those that had nothing to do with the escape or the hostage situation. So, he and the rest of his little posse stepped out of the cell, and my client punched the ringleader right in the head and knocked him out cold. The others in the posse subdued the remaining hostage takers, who were obviously surprised and bewildered. They then carried the injured officers out of the area. They did not, however, receive the people's ovation and fame forever, because now the other inmates are threatening them for helping the guards. Nice world, jail. Don't go there, ever.

For the love of the animals . . .

Read this, shake your head, and move on. Get back to work!!

It's ON!!

To follow up this post, it appears that Oconee County is tired of messing around with the DA and has thrown down the gauntlet. Again, I am asking you, begging you, to consider carefully whom you will entrust to enforce the law in your neck of the woods.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

They got a wild place over there . . .

I mean really -- when you go to the zoo, the day isn't complete until you see lions and tigers eating live horses or cows. The kids will love it.

Ninjas killed my family

This guy has a black belt in keepin' it real. Josie rules. Posted by Hello

Forgot about the Madness

I can't believe I am admitting this, but I forgot completely about the tournament starting today. Kentucky plays Eastern Kentucky at 12:20 ET. Go here to check out the bracket and game times. Unfortunately, we are stuck with CBS coverage of the tournament, so don't expect to see much basketball during the next two days.

FYI, we here at Tannerball Central loathe and despise Duke.

UPDATE: Kentucky beat Eastern, but it wasn't a blowout. Check the scores.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Bourbon County: Who Knew?

Well, dip me in chocolate and call me Randy! I have always believed (and been told, and told many other people) that Bourbon County was dry. Well, I found out tonight that I was wrong! To all my family and friends that I have misled, I apologize.

Of course, you realize this is just another reason to go visit the beautiful state of Kentucky. Get your butts on I-64 and find your way to Paris (it's close to London, which is close to Versailles--I apologize to you Yankees reading this--"close" in southern terms means within 100 miles). Make sure, if you are a true Tannerballer, to stop in Ashland. WT's hometown has a lame website but a lot of cool industrial river stuff to look at late at night. And a couple of little malls. And the Chimney Corner Restaurant, which rocks.

Waiting for Josie

We have a friend in Chicago who goes by the handle Josie. She rocks. So if you meet her, make sure you say that you are a Tannerball fanatic. If she stabs you in the eye, it's because you are freaky. (Note from Daytimer: We don't have any idea what was meant by that. Freaky is fine, and few have ever been stabbed in the eye for it. None by Josie, by our records. What WT meant to say here, was that she'd be delighted to pull up a barstool and drink a toast to the founders of that fine, fine, game.)

UPDATE: We are still waiting for Josie to respond. Stay tuned, for she is cooooooool.

Oh yeah -- we like the Bourbon up in this piece

We hope that Tannerballers enjoy the good stuff, so please, drink responsibly. Click past the intro, and buy a hat -- it supports the Kentucky economy (more on dry Bourbon County later).

Updates to the Blogroll

By the way, I will be updating the blogroll here very soon to include many others -- particularly the military blogs with which we are familiar. We here at Tannerball believe that "Don't Tread on Me" is not only an inspirational slogan from the Revolutionary War, but the reason why we Americans are here on this planet (there will be photos soon, if you don't believe me). If you don't think democracy rules and free markets are the way to go, then avoid this blog. Or read it every day, so maybe you get convinced. Comment freely (or, as easily as Blogger will let you), and you will receive an answer!

Rule #1: don't sh*t where you eat.

This is the guy that wanted me (and the rest of the staff) to interview to keep my job -- after I had done the job for 5 1/2 years. Any wonder why the whole office quit when he won the election? Dear readers (all four of you), keep in mind that, wherever you are, your local Commonwealth's or District Attorney is an elected official -- be careful what you wish for, and vote accordingly.

Then there is this to consider. Now, those of us that deal with going to court all the time know that there is nothing unusual about acquittals at a criminal trial, even though the defendant is absolutely guilty. Comments like those the jurors made are par for the course. However, this stupid dispute does give a former prosecutor, formerly in that same office, some pause about priorities. The problem is crap like this. In some sense, Mr. Mauldin is correct -- he is a constitutional officer, and has certain privileges resulting from that. Even if he is absolutely correct, do you really want someone whose sense of right and wrong compels him to refuse to cooperate with the county government whose constituents he is sworn to protect? Why is he so concerned about square footage when there is a serious case to try? A DA's job is very hard -- he or she has to deal with administrative crap on top of the normal pressures of the job, but which part of the job is more important? I will say it again: be careful for whom you cast your ballot.

There are those who will say this is sour grapes on my part, and that's fair enough. I wanted the right man to win the election in 2000, and I was sorely disappointed with the results of the election that ousted my former boss, Harry Gordon. One thing can be said, however --Harry Gordon, me, and the rest of that office, would have been happy to occupy any office offered to us in that courthouse. When I started, the DA's office in Oconee consisted of a desk, a chair, and a phone. Harry used that office for years without complaint, even trying dealth penalty cases out of it. There certainly wasn't anything like the luxury suite that I got to enjoy after that courthouse was renovated in the late 90's, and we damn sure were thankful that we were able to participate in the renovation and create a great (and huge) space in which to work. Rule #1-- don't shit where you eat--comes to mind.

Thanks for tolerating the rant. BTW, I loved working in Oconee County, just like I loved Athens. It's a beautiful place, and if you find yourself down south in lovely Athens, take a few minutes and go down to Watkinsville (take US15 south). You will see peach orchards, incredible southern countryside, and enjoy the best barbecue this side of heaven at Hot Thomas, which is in the middle of a peach orchard!

(Caution -- registration is required for the Banner-Herald. Suffer through it, because this is a pretty interesting paper).

If Manolo says it stinks, then it stinks

Check this out, because the Manolo, he is correct.

They Cannot be Serious about This

The King of Beers is now the King of Stupid Marketing Ploys to Sell You Something that is Not Beer Flavored Beer. WTF? A sad situation, to which the Daytimer objects.

All good (and, well, mediocre) things must come to an end

A crying shame, I tell you. These were, for a long time, among the few places in my hometown where you could go get a drink and hang out. And, let me tell you, people sure hung out there a lot. I did every time I went back to Ashland after I left for college. If it weren't for the fact that these places really were pretty awful, I would shed a nostalgic tear. It is strange, however, to watch your hometown become something it wasn't just 15 years ago, and watch its mainstays closing shop. (Caution--free registration is required)

Thanks to the Stone

Special thanks to my friend Marc, who blogs here, and who has referred all six of his blog readers to Tannerball. You can check Marc's businesses out here, here, and here. These sites have thousands and thousands of users, and are pretty cool if you're looking for good work. Enterprising fellow, that Marc, and a Yalie to boot!

Tuesday, March 15, 2005


If anyone reading this who is not related to WT or daytimer can figure out why the news links are what they are, send a comment. If you get it, then you will win the people's ovation and fame forever. And maybe a six-pack of beer, if you are within driving distance.


Behold the power of CHEESE!

UPDATE: And we have a Winner!

Male-on-male peeping? Well I never . . .

This is a new one on me, and after 5 1/2 years of prosecuting all kinds of cases, and defending for some years now. It's a wild place around here!

Read this and be educated

Read this and be edu-ma-cated about judicial appointments.

Learn, damn you, learn!!

For some reason, I lost this post earlier. It is now back--

This guy needs to take a page out of the larnin' manual. Chief of Police of a nearby town gets arrested for DUI -- twice -- in the same day. Good lord.

STRASBURG, Va. - A police chief was ordered held without bail Monday on charges of driving drunk twice in one day. Middletown Police Chief Roger Ashley has been held in jail since his arrest Saturday. An April 11 trial was scheduled after a court appearance Monday.
Ashley was arrested the first time in his unmarked police car and a second time, five hours later, in his personal vehicle, Strasburg Police Chief Marshall Robinson said.
Officers responded to the first arrest after Robinson's car had run into a vehicle on Route 11 in this northern Virginia community.
Robinson was arrested a second time in his personal vehicle, police said.
Robinson's status as chief of Middletown was to be reviewed by town leaders later Monday.

Thanks to AP strange news and my trusty paralegal.

This here's a new blog from Virginia


I am yet another attorney starting up a blog to comment on issues of the day. I will try to post everyday on some hot topic. I am trying to figure out how to get posts from my wife, daytimer the paramedic, on board. You will probably see some political commentary, news from Central Virginia and beyond, random posts from my wife, and come to understand the seedy underworld of Tannerball, the most devious of backyard football-ish type games.

Anyhow, I am hoping this will be a success.