Friday, February 22, 2008

Crazy awesome

Barack Obama thought you'd like some chocolate.  Just keep clickin'. Via Ace of Spades.


All your southern states are belong to us!

New look for the site

You'll note a new look for the site. The art is by the Tannerboy, after playing in the mud. Many thanks to the daytimer for sharing the photo.

Life is good, people--eat it up!!!! And if you answer the question above, well, you'll receive the people's ovation and fame forever. On this site. That virtually no one reads. Happy friday--happy hour beckons!
UPDATE: Anonymous commenter #2 will receive the people's ovation and fame forever, with this answer: "He doesn't have shit all over him...and he looks like Mike Satterfield." Excellent work, lady or gentleman! Be nice to know who the commenter might be . . . some decadent Georgia grad, I'm sure.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

My first ever online poll

Which is more boring?
Reading the dictionary
Watching soccer
Eating oatmeal
This poll
Your job
Hillary's hair
Obama's hopefulness
McCain's surliness free polls

Choose wisely. Just so you know, "my job" right now consists of listening to tapes of a Board of Supervisors meeting in anticipation of litigation over a sewage treatment facility. So I'm going with that one.

This guy had some issues

With his wife. Choked her out, chopped her up in a machine shop, then gave a tearful interview during which he denied responsibility. 50-80 years, he got.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

I can't think of anything to say except . . .

someone actually spent time doing this. Really?

Via The Corner.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

You gonna eat your fat?

MMMMMMMMM. Short ribs, braised in wine and stock, cajun seasoning, stored overnight in the fridge. Yes, that white stuff is fat that rendered out of the meat. Fantastic.

A better use of the internet

An industrious classmate of mine from high school, Julie Smith-Thacker, has started up a blog to try to locate members of the class of 1988 from Paul G. Blazer High School in Ashland, Kentucky. She even posted some yearbook photos, and I'm in one (the dorky one with the academic team). This is what the intertubes are all about!

Here's her photography site, also.

This, dear readers, is what happens when you have to organize a 20-year class reuinion.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Holy Crap!!!

Via Instapundit, we are directed here. There are more problems with this than I can think up right now, but here goes.
The Patriot Corporation Act has not gotten the attention that I would hope it would. But, basically it says that if you play by the rules, if you pay decent wages, health benefits, pension; do your production here; don't resist unionization on neutral card check, then you will be designated a "Patriot Corporation" and you will get tax advantages and some [preference] on government contracts.

First, the government gets to define a "patriotic corporation" by that corporation's adherence to certain policy preferences of Obama's (and others, to be fair). Let's assume for a minute that a corporation in, say, Virginia, makes widgets and employs 50 non-unionized workers, at $15 per hour, but doesn't have a pension plan, opting instead for an employer/employee 401K plan that produces better benefits than a typical pension. That corporation is not a patriotic corporation, according to the formulation laid out above. Not even if it sponsors a Little League team, grants generous vacation and health benefits, gives money in all sorts of community outreach programs, etc., just because it doesn't permit a union--that its employees apparently don't need, because if they did, they would work somewhere else. And nowhere in this "patriotic corporation" explication (and I haven't read the whole act, so sue me) is any mention of whether my hypothetical widget corporation makes the best widget in the whole wide world. Oh, and that "neutral card check" things makes it so no one in the union has the right to a secret ballot when voting on issues -- meaning that every person knows what everyone else's vote was.

Second, I thought the Democrats were against defining things as patriotic or unpatriotic by virtue of the various policies espoused by people. Recall John Kerry shouting "don't question my patriotism" when questioned about his various "plans" to save us from ourselves? A good number of my lefty friends believe that dissent is the highest form a patriotism -- isn't granting government benefits to corporations because they conform to set policy prescriptions the exact opposite?

Third, this whole notion is eerily fascistic -- government control of the private means of production and all that. Since when does a corporation need to be "patriotic" to serves its customers and employees well? Sure, it would be nice if every company gave to the poor, provided high wages for its employees, and had apple-pie bake-offs every Friday -- but isn't that between the corporation and its employees (and yes, I know all about child labor laws and the like -- you folks know what I'm on about here)?

What's truly objectionable to me, speaking as the libertarian/anarchist that I am, is that the government gets to select certain corporations and grant benefits to those corporations without any regard to the quality of the work performed or to be performed. This is wrongheaded, stupid, and counterproductive.

Of course, as Instapundit says, "THEY TOLD ME THAT IF GEORGE W. BUSH WERE RE-ELECTED, people would want the government to start rewarding and punishing companies based on how "patriotic" those companies were. And they were right!"

UPDATE: With his usual concise prose, Thomas Sowell examines what I think I'm describing much more articulately and cogently.

Good God in Heaven. . .

Yet another reason not to go to prison. Ever.

The waxing of the floor is complete . . .


Monday, February 11, 2008

Tunak Tunak!

I have been accused of wasting time on this blog, instead of working. FYI--this post took about 30 seconds, including finding THE MOST AWESOME MUSIC VIDEO IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. THE WORLD!!

Amazing Grace

Dropkick Murphys. They rock.


Heading to Steamboat Springs at the end of the month to go skiing. The reports are very good, and there's currently plenty o' snow. Haven't been skiing in like 12 years, though, so I may die. And then where would you be, dear readers? WHERE?

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Hair Tangles!!

You will note a new blog in the blogroll called Hair Tangles. That's the Tannerdaughter (G-dog) and her friend Mobird. Awesome stuff, for an 8 year old. Check it out.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Another super good mixtape (on CD, because I cheat)

So here goes:

1. Don't Let Go/Weezer
2. You and Me & the Bottle makes Three/Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
3. Pablo Picasso/The Modern Lovers
4. For Guy's Eyes Only/Hockey Night
5. 99 Red Balloons/Goldfinger
6. I Want You so Hard (Boy is Bad News)/Eagles of Death Metal
7. Stranded/Dayroom
8. Sweet Little Thing/Lucero
9. Quicksand/Dinosaur Jr.
10. 10 AM Automatic/The Black Keys
11. The Company I Keep/Drive by Truckers
12. I'm Shipping Up to Boston/Dropkick Murphys
13. Give you My Car/Flys
14. Almost Like Being in Love/Frank Sinatra
15. What Makes you Happy/Liz Phair
16. The Impression That I Get/Mighty Mighty Bosstones
17. Paper Thin Walls/Modest Mouse
18. All the Same to Me/Lucero
19. Wicked Game/Giant Drag
20. Jealous Guy/Deftones
21. Beer/Reel Big Fish

And yes, W, I am aware of the repeats. Making it for someone else--don't hate the player, hate the game.