September 28, 2004

It's a girl!!!

Our family has just increased in size by two feet; child #1 is now a big brother. The newest addition to our family arrived at 1:12 p.m. yesterday afternoon, weighing in at 8 pounds, 13 ounces. I now have one of each. Apparently I've collected the whole set.

I'm amazingly happy right now. Also incredibly busy. Posting will be sporadic until things settle down around the house. Anyway, woo hoo!!

Update: Below is a picture of my newest packet of joy. It was taken about 5 minutes after her birth.

virginia_new2.jpg

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September 24, 2004

This week's culinary delights

Jennifer has this week's Carnival of the Recipes up. It looks great. Stop and check it out.

Posted by Physics Geek at 06:16 PM | Comments (0)

Vegetarian Chili

No, I'm not a vegetarian. However, I did flirt with it for a while, leading me to this recipe. It gets better each time you reheat it. If you're in the mood for more heat, use the hottest chili powder you can find and increase the jalapenos.
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Title: Vegetarian 3-bean chili
Categories: Soups, Main dish
Yield: 8 servings

2 T Olive oil
1/2 c Carrots, sliced
2 c Onions, chopped
1 t Basil leaves
1 c corn(frozen,fresh)
1/2 c Celery, slcied
1/4 t Ground black pepper
1/2 c Green pepper, chopped
2 ea Jalapeno peppers, mince

1 T Chili powder
1 T Ground cumin
1 t Oregano leaves
1/4 t Garlic powder
1/2 t Salt
1/8 t Cayenne pepper

1 ea 15 oz can kidney beans,drain
1 ea 16 oz can black beans, drain
1 ea 15 oz can pinto beans, drain

2 ea 28 oz cans italian-style Plum tomatoes

1 T Lemon juice
Grated monetery jack cheese
sliced green onions

Heat oil; add onions, celery, carrots and green peppers. Saute 5 minutes.
Add zucchini; saute 5 minutes. Add jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, chili
powder, cumin, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, garlic and cayenne; mix well,
breaking up tomatoes. Cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add
kidney beans, black beans and pinto beans; simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in
lemon juice before serving. Top each serving with grated cheese and
onions.

Note: It will taste better if you simmer it for about an hour.
Just an FYI.

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September 23, 2004

This week's sign that the Apocalypse is upon us

When Jayson Blair displays more class than you over the latest CBS fiasco, it's a sign that you've become a dinosaur looking for a tar pit, only you're too clueless to know it yet.

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Maybe a silver lining after all

Thanks to Jim Treacher for pointing out this link to me. Traylor Howard is hot. Check out this picture:

Funny thing, though. I thought that I was the only person watching Boston Common.

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"We're from the government and we're here to help you..."

Not. Really, really not. Claire Wolfe posts this tale of IRS abuse(redundant, I know). For earlier details, go here. Excerpt of letter Anthony wrote responding to a query from Claire:

The answer is complex. Unfortunately most people in the freedom movement have a foxhole mentality. ... Another factor is just plain fear of the IRS. An attorney friend contacted 6-8 other attorneys about helping and when they learned the IRS was involved they said, "No way!" More, the IRS has indicated in its filings that it intends to audit every one of my customers/supporters.

Who can blame them for wanting to avoid publicity? For not supporting me? It's the Catholic Inquisition with a different name.

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This doesn't mean anything at all

Nope, nothing to see here. Mheh.

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September 22, 2004

A belated birthday present for Harvey

I'm a man of my word, albeit a man slow to fulfill his promises sometimes. Below are links to the promised presents. Harvey, enjoy the show.

Jennifer 1

Jennifer 2

Susan Ward

Fergie 1

Fergie 2

Kristy 1

Kristy 2

One final thought concerning the last two images. This movie was horrible, but one of the male characters in the movie, when asked about Samantha, said "Great tits." Okay, I'm a neanderthal, but I completely agree.

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An interesting perspective

This site usually makes me laugh so hard that I nearly vomit. This article, though, mixes in some pretty coherent analysis with the humor. Excerpt:

The phenomenon that will form the first real cracks in your Democracy begins here. There has begun a strange sort of anti-cynicism where the average American will believe nothing the politicians from the opposing party tell them, but will believe any piece of rubbish they read on a website ("Socialists are building concentration camps to imprison American patriots!" "The 9/11 plane that flew into the Pentagon was an elaborate hoax!") as long as it supports the political party they have aligned themselves with.

Now, a storm of talk radio jockeys and a herd of bloggers on both sides of the aisle and have brought the craziness into the main arteries of the politicial zeitgeist. Thus, today one can also crack open an issue of a Florida newspaper, settle in for a boring article about the electoral college, and then run into this proverbial turd in the punchbowl:

"After Bush's theft of the 2000 election and his clear swoon in the electoral vote tabulations, he is widely believed to have a dirty trick up his sleeve. Pakistan may have trapped Osama bin Laden in an Afghan cave and be planning to help Bush produce him – three years late – just before Nov. 2. A few months ago, there were press rumors that trucks hired by the United States were shipping weapons of mass destruction into Iraq, for timely discovery. And the way has been prepared to postpone the election if we suffer another major terror attack."

Again, let us assume that George Bush is a supernova of evil. And let us assume that he is the most cunning genius ever to have walked the planet. This journalist would casually have us believe that the same man whose people cannot keep the UK press from filming him undressing by a window can keep what would be this century's most explosive secret (the capture of the most important world figure since Adolf Hitler, or the buying and smuggling of WMD's, the single most illegal and monitored substances on the planet) to the point that not a single person involved speaks out.

Posted by Physics Geek at 07:24 PM | Comments (0)

Dukakis: the Sequel

Anyone that's waded through the dreck posted here will have noticed my disgust with the national Democrat party, and that I hoped the Dem's would come to their collective senses and jettison the freakish fringe that seems to have entrenched itself as the party's core. Unfortunately for the Democrats, they seem to be exhibiting one of the signs of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result. John Fund has more. Excerpt:

Harold Meyerson, editor of the liberal magazine The American Prospect, tells a story of a friend of his who had a dream. He was walking through the headquarters of the Kerry campaign. Behind a door marked "Campaign Manager" he found Kerry manager Mary Beth Cahill. As he drew nearer, however, the woman suddenly ripped off her Cahill mask, behind which was . . . Susan Estrich, Michael Dukakis's campaign manager! Mr. Meyerson's friend woke up screaming.

Lots of Democrats are having similar nightmares about 1988, when Mr. Dukakis, once ahead 17 points in the polls, lost by eight to George W. Bush's father.

Says one Democratic consultant: "I would have called you crazy if in 1989 you would have told me that a decade and a half later this party was going to nominate Dukakis's lieutenant governor--another aloof Massachusetts liberal who would overconfidently feel he would mop the floor with this clueless guy named Bush. But I fear I've seen this movie, and it's 'Groundhog Day.' "
...
Even if Democrats have nothing to do with kamikaze attacks on Mr. Bush, they could still be hurt by them. Mr. Caddell says that if the documents CBS News used to claim Mr. Bush shirked his duty in the Texas Air National Guard are proved to be forgeries, "it would be the end of the race." He explained to Fox News that Democrats "have gotten themselves so involved in this issue that if they're not authentic, they're going to be blamed for it. It's incredible to me that they've gotten in this. I'm trying to save my party, you know, by telling the truth."

No doubt few Democrats will agree, but Mr. Caddell's larger point--that the Democratic Party will have some soul-searching to do should Mr. Kerry lose--is clearly valid. A party that is so myopic as to repeat so many of the mistakes it made in an historic loss only a decade and a half ago is a party that needs to re-examine its relationship with the American people. Perhaps, following the lead of Britain's Labour Party, it needs to shrug off its most liberal elements and embrace truly centrist positions.

Now comes the words you dread to hear: read it all.

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Adventures in homebrewing

I had it all planned. The ingredients were here: Belgian Biscuit malt; Car-Munich Malt; Victory Malt; 80L crystal malt; hops. The Belgian yeast started was in full froth. And the grandparents had my son. Let there be homebrew!

First, the mash. Grains and water stabilized at 150 F for 30 minutes. I sparged the grains with 160 F water into the brewpot and added enough water to increase the volume to 5.5 gallons. I cranked up the propane burner and started the boil.

Once the wort was bubbling nicely, I tossed in the kettle hops. 45 minutes later, the flavor hops were added. Last came the aroma hops. I dropped the immersion chiller into the boiling wort during the last 10 minutes to sterilize the copper tubing. Finally, I turned off the gas, hooked up the hose and started the water flowing to rapidly cool the beer.

And here's where the process broke down. It turns out that, unbeknownst to me, one of the clamps connecting the input hose to the copper tubing had come partially loose. I didn't notice because (a) water was flowing OUT of the chiller nicely and (b) I had a top on the brew kettle to prevent any foreign objects from entering the beer. Little did I realize that water could be the foreign matter.

Imagine my surprise when I looked inside the pot. I had a much greater volume that I expected. All of my efforts to sanitize and sterilize the equipment had just been pissed away. 2 gallons of water fed through a garden hose had entered my fetal beer. Ugh. Decision time. Dump $30 worth of malt, hops and yeast, or just say f**k it and ferment the crap anyway. Guess which one I chose?

My plan was to clone a delicious beer that the New Belgian Brewing Company produces, maybe "Matt Tire". The new name of this brew should be Biohazard Ale. There is some minute possibility that the beer will be drinkable AND good. Part one isn't difficult; people drink Sterno, for God's sake. Part two is probably a goner. Contaminants from the hose, chlorine from the 2 gallons of unfiltered water dumped into the wort. Oh well. Dump it now, or maybe dump it later. I remain optimistic that the batch will be pretty good. However, I think it's going to have a short shelf life.

This was to be Alliance Beer #2A. Looks like I'll be re-brewing it soon.

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September 21, 2004

Betcha can't

From an email carved as an afterthought into the tablets containing the Ten Commandments...
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Take your time and see if you can read each line aloud without a mistake.
The average person can't.

This is this cat
This is is cat
This is how cat
This is to cat
This is keep cat
This is an cat
This is old cat
This is person cat
This is busy cat
This is for cat
This is forty cat
This is seconds cat

Now go back and read the THIRD word in each line
from the top down and I betcha you can't resist passing it on.

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I just noticed something...

BlameBush! has me listed on its blogroll as Physics Gestapo. That amuses me on so many levels. I also enjoyed these gems in the blogroll:

The Lying SpaceNazi

The Fascist Blog!

The guy is seriously twisted. Thankfully.

Posted by Physics Geek at 07:58 PM | Comments (2)

Quote of the day

From Jeff Jarvis:

Kerry on Letterman

: Al Gore was a much more exciting guest. And, yes, that's saying something.

That's going to leave a HUGe frigging mark.

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Evolution of a Dan Rather/60 Minutes story

1) CBS receives the following memo from a "trusted source":


111th Wiccan Coven
P.O. Box 666
Bavaria, Germany

01 August 1972


MEMORANDUM FOR RECORD

Subject: Bush, George W. !st Srcrer48748746WT
Suspension of Broom Flight Status

1. On this date, I ordered that 1st Srcrer. Bush be suspended from flight status due to his failure to perform to Wiccan/Sorcerer standards and failure to eat small children enticed to his gingerbread house as ordered.

2. I conveyed my verbal orders to the Prince of Darkness; 13 th Broom Intrcp Gp with request for orders for suspension and convening of a coven review board BLK SBTH 13-13.

3. I recommended transfer of this officer to the 13666 st Cauldron Reserve Squad in May and forwarded his WT Form SATN666 to 13 th Broom Intrcp Gp headquarters. The transfer was not allowed. Sorcerer has made no attempt meet his soul quota or flight broom physical. Officer expresses desire to transfer out of state including assignment to non-Evil coven.


4. On recommendation of Beelzebub, I also suggested that we fill this critical billet with a more evil Sorcerer from the list of qualified Wiccan child-eaters that have signed their first blood compact. Recommendations were received but not confirmed.



The B. Grimm
Fairy Tale Authors

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2) Dan Rather declares that this memo provides ample evidence that President Bush was not in Alabama during 1972 as he has maintained.

3) Everyone on the entire planet points out that this "memo" is a spoof from a fairy tale written by the Brothers Grimm. His granddaughter presents a copy of "Grimm's Fairy Tales" she owns containing the following inscription: To my dearest granddaughter. I hope that you enjoy these stories as much as I did. Love, grampy Dan."

4) Dan Rather denounces attacks on the document's authenticity by "partisan attack operatives".

5) Two days later, Dan Rather appears on television and makes the following statement:
"There have been many questions raised to the authenticity of this document. Here at CBS, we are dedicated to highest journalistic standards. If any evidence to the contrary surfaces, we'll be the first to break the story. However, no one has yet to question the assertions made in the document in questions. Why was President Bush not in Alabama when he claims to have been there? How long has he been baking gingerbread houses in Bavaria? Has he stopped eating small children? These are questions that deserve an answer."

6) The NY Times issues a headline: "Document Is Fake But the Content is Real."

7) Two weeks later, CBS and Dan Rather issue a statement:
"We can no longer vouch for the authenticity of the document in question."

No shit.

Update: Great minds think alike. Occasionally, so do mine and Harvey's. It turns out that I inadvertently completed an assigment on time for once.

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September 20, 2004

Time for good eats

Carnival of the Recipes #5 is up and ready for you to salivate over. Amy did a bangup job hosting it this week. So quit wasting time. Go there. Now!

Got any recipes for future Carnivals? Send them to recipe.carnival(at)gmail.com

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September 17, 2004

Piling on

Kick 'em while they're down, I always say.

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September 16, 2004

Sullivan on his game

Sullivan may despise President Bush, but he effing hates media dishonesty. Not surprisingly, CBS and Dan Rather are squarely in his sights. Excerpts:

KITTY: Mike Crowley has the goods on Kelley. I think of her as a slightly less reliable National Enquirer. Which puts her one step above CBS News.

and

RATHER IS GOING DOWN: This new story seems to me to show reckless indifference to the truth in the pursuit of political pay-dirt. Honestly, you can't make this stuff up. If a couple of years back, someone had predicted that a) Howell Raines would be brought down by a fabricating affirmative action hire; b) the BBC would lose its director-general because of shoddy anti-war propaganda tarted up as journalism; and c) that Dan Rather would flame out over forged documents designed to wreak revenge on the Bush family; then I would think it was Brent Bozell having a wet dream. But it's all true. Bernie Goldberg, pour yourself a drink. Eric Alterman, just go home and cry.

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How to fix flaws in your Windows operating system

So another flaw has been discovered in Windows that will allow a freakin' JPEG image to hijack your computer. This constant stream of security flaws bothered me enough to try and discover a better software patch. It turns out that a solution already existed. People overlooked it due to the simplicity.
Check it out.

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September 15, 2004

The power of prayer

I know that a lot of you are agnostics and/or atheists(we've had this discussion; the two are not freaking synonymous). However, prayer is about the only recourse available right now for the city of New Orleans. Over at Wizbang, Paul posts a tidbit that should tighten everyone's sphincter muscles.

... a [1998] Category 2 storm that only grazed New Orleans, had pushed waves to within a foot of the top of the levees. A stronger storm on a slightly different course -- such as the path Georges was on just 16 hours before landfall -- could have realized emergency officials' worst-case scenario: hundreds of billions of gallons of lake water pouring over the levees into an area averaging 5 feet below sea level with no natural means of drainage.
That would turn the city and the east bank of Jefferson Parish into a lake as much as 30 feet deep, fouled with chemicals and waste from ruined septic systems, businesses and homes. Such a flood could trap hundreds of thousands of people in buildings and in vehicles. At the same time, high winds and tornadoes would tear at everything left standing. Between 25,000 and 100,000 people would die, said John Clizbe, national vice president for disaster services with the American Red Cross.

This qualifies as a worst case scenario.

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This just in...

Here's a headline for you:

Dan Rather molests small furry animals!

Okay, that headline is obviously fake. However, the words are accurate because it reflects the thoughts of homeless psychotic wandering around the CBS headquarters. Time for the investigation to begin. Here are some questions:

1) How long have you been molesting squirrels?

2) Do you climb up the trees yourself or do you catch a ride on a cherry picker?

What do you mean, these aren't valid question? So the headline is fake. The story must be true because someone wants to believe it. Why won't Dan Rather answer these questions?

Note: Hey, the crap I just posted makes as much sense as this story in the NY Times.

Memos on Bush Are Fake but Accurate, Typist Says

I have to say, this story initially angered me. Now, I'm at the point where I just point and laugh. These freaks are deserving of scorn, but all I can muster is ridicule.

Update: Jonah makes a similar point, albeit much funnier:


Meanwhile, Dan Rather has dug in for dear life, ridiculing his critics and dismissing pretty much anyone who has eyes to see the truth as a "partisan," while the CBS front office continues to break off bits of it credibility like a man who feeds an alligator one body part at a time. A CBS spokeswoman told the Post: "In the end, the gist is that it's inconclusive. People are coming down on both sides, which is to be expected when you're dealing with copies of documents." Translation: We can't prove the source is true, but you can't prove it's not.

Well, since this is the new standard, I would like to announce my next column topic right now: Dan Rather has eaten fifteen German Shepherds in the last year alone and he considers himself the Warrior King of the planet Blarnack. I have just printed out documents that back up my story. It is for CBS to prove me wrong.

Update: Okay, it's not really an update; I'm just too damned lazy to make another post. Excerpt from Hugh Hewitt:

What did CBS miscalculate? Everything, including the impact of the blogosphere, and including the change that Florida 2000 brought about. Forgeries intended to influence the outcome of a presidential election, like the attempted suppression of the absentee ballots of the military in Florida by the Gore-Lieberman camp in December 2000, are outrages --outrages widely recognized and detested by Americans of routinely calm demeanor. These voters --casual watchers of politics, not ordinarily focused on the inside baseball stuff-- have had it with Terry McAuliffe, Michael Moore, Howard Dean and now Dan Rather. Maybe some of them weren't sold on Bush, but now they are. Disgust is a powerful thing, and CBS has disgusted the center. It is important that this network be humbled so that no network in the future is tempted to pull a similar stunt.

One final thought: I found this comment in this post by Ace:

CBS: These documents are fake, but it doesn't matter, the stuff about Bush is true anyway.

Public: How do you know it's true?

CBS: These documents say so.

Public: But they're forgeries.

CBS: Maybe they are forgeries, but it doesn't matter, the stuff about Bush is true anyway.

Rinse. Repeat.

Final update: Found this over at Lucianne.com:

CBS Now Says Announcement Will Be Made at 5:00 p.m.
Sources: Will admit docs are false but content is not

Are you motherf***ing kidding me?!

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September 14, 2004

The way things ought to be

Here's the Sullivan that I came to know and respect over the years. He launches a broadside against CBS and Dan Rather. Then again, who hasn't? Excerpt:

Rather can blather all he wants about the political motivation of some in the blogosphere--but what matters is not bias but accuracy. His attitude, moreover, has bordered on the contemptuous; and the blogosphere has chewed him up and spat him out. He has acted as if journalism is a privilege rather than a process; as if his long career makes his critics illegitimate; as if his good motives can make up for bad material. The original mistake was not a firable offense. But the digging in surely is. It seems to me that when a news anchor presents false information and then tries to cover up and deny his errors, he has ceased to be a journalist. I'd like to say that Dan Rather needs to resign from his profession. But, judging from the last few days, he already has.

Update: Turns out that the Puppy Blender beat me to the punch. That almost never happens!

Posted by Physics Geek at 07:15 PM | Comments (0)

The things I miss

My wife and I are expecting child #2 any day now, which takes up a ton of my time right now. Yeah, yeah, that's not going to become a smaller issue once Heir, the Sequel, shows up. Anyway, I've also been busy reading all of the Dan Rather meltdown crap. Combine that with baby preparations and I just haven't kept up with all of my favorite bloggers. Such as this one, who has just hit the big time. Congratulations, Kelley.

Posted by Physics Geek at 05:20 PM | Comments (0)

What are these forged documents of which you speak?

Jonah posted the following exchange from one of his emails:

Imagine this press conference:

GW Bush: "We found WMD in Iraq. All of our critics have been completely discredited"
Media: Can we see them?

GW - No. you'll just have to take my word for it. We have experts to prove their authenticity.

Media: Can we talk to the experts? Can we interview the people who found the weapons?

Gw: NO. And the mere fact that you are asking these questions proves that you are partisan rumor mongers. End of story. case closed.

Rather funny, wouldn't you say?

Posted by Physics Geek at 05:06 PM | Comments (1)

Out of the woodwork

I figured that Michele wouldn't be able to hold back during Dan Rather's continuing meltdown. Turns out that I was right. I guess that some things are just too good to ignore. Whether or not this is resumption of continued posting doesn't matter. What does matter is that a new post is up. Woo hoo!

Posted by Physics Geek at 04:31 PM | Comments (0)

If condoms had sponsors

From an email chain older than the 60 Minutes II documents:

If condoms had sponsors, you might find them packaged like these:


connike.jpgconmc.jpg

conchevy.jpgconpring.jpg

conkfc.jpgconmam.jpg

conbounty.jpgconenerg.jpg

Sad! Very, very sad....................

contap.gifTHERE'S A LOT OF SADNESS IN THE WORLD.
Right now, as you read this,
17 Million Americans are having SEX!
And you're on the computer

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September 13, 2004

"I fart in your general direction..."

Hey, it might work as well as any of these lame ideas.

Posted by Physics Geek at 06:33 PM | Comments (0)

Californians are now officially less free

Neo-fascistic dictator of the People's Republic of Kah-lee-for-nee-uh has now signed a bill that outlaws sex with dead people. And no, I'm not making this up. Excerpt:

The new legislation marks the culmination of a two-year drive to outlaw necrophilia in the state and will help prosecutors who have been stymied by the lack of an official ban on the practice, according to experts.

The fact that prosecutors felt they needed this law really, really bothers me.

Posted by Physics Geek at 06:30 PM | Comments (4)

Ignoring the first rule of holes

Dan Rather probably needs a team of physicians and all of the King's men to extract his head from his ass. The head honchos at CBS, though, had better be typing up a retraction right now or their "news" broadcast will supplant the fiction writers over at Dateline as the National Enquirer of television. To be fair to the National Enquirer, it does have boast the best(or close to it) circulation in the US. I doubt that CBS has enough viewers to rank that high.

Update: Donald Sensing has the goods on Forgeries, Inc..

Update: Jeff Goldstein risk being sucked into the black hole and interviews Dan Rather's ego.

Update: Mark Steyn weighs in. Excerpt:


Unfortunately for CBS, Dan Rather's hairdresser sucks up so much of the budget that there was nothing left for any fact-checking, so the ''60 Minutes'' crew rushed on air with a damning National Guard memo conveniently called ''CYA'' that Bush's commanding officer had written to himself 32 years ago. ''This was too hot not to push,'' one producer told the American Spectator. Hundreds of living Swiftvets who've signed affidavits and are prepared to testify on camera -- that's way too cold to push; we'd want to fact-check that one thoroughly, till, say, midway through John Kerry's second term. But a handful of memos by one dead guy slipped to us by a Kerry campaign operative -- that meets ''basic standards'' and we gotta get it out there right away.

The only problem was the memo. Amazingly, this guy at the Air National Guard base, Lt. Col. Killian, had the only typewriter in Texas in 1973 using a prototype version of the default letter writing program of Microsoft Word, complete with the tiny little superscript thingy that automatically changes July 4th to July 4th. To do that on most 1973 typewriters, you had to unscrew the keys, grab a hammer and give them a couple of thwacks to make the ''t'' and ''h'' squish up all tiny, and even think it looked a bit wonky. You'd think having such a unique typewriter Killian would have used a less easily traceable model for his devastating ''CYA'' memo. Also, he might have chosen a font other than Times New Roman, designed for the Times of London in the 1930s and not licensed to Microsoft by Rupert Murdoch (the Times' owner) until the 1980s.

Killian is no longer around to confirm his extraordinary Magic Typewriter, but his son denied the stuff was written by his dad, and his widow said her late husband never typed. So, on the one hand, we have hundreds of living veterans with chapter and verse on Kerry's fantasy Christmas in Cambodia, and, on the other hand, we have a guy who's been dead 20 years but is still capable of operating Windows XP.

Ooh, that's going to leave a mark.

One final update: Professor Hewitt makes the following observation:

The verdict is already in. Dan Rather, at the twiligiht of a long and less than glorious career and looking for one last big bang, got duped by second-rate forgeries, and took a lot of wannabee Woodwards over the cliff with him.

I lied. Here's one more. Excerpt:

In the court of public opinion, however, the process takes a little longer. For the time being, Rather and CBS News can continue to stonewall by ridiculing their critics as people in "pajamas" and dismissing the mounting evidence that they were duped into using forgeries. It doesn't matter. On the charge of violating the public's trust and refusing to set the record straight, the verdict is already in for Rather and CBS News: guilty.

Posted by Physics Geek at 01:55 PM | Comments (3)

September 10, 2004

From the worth 1000 words category...

Comes the following graphic of Hurricane Ivan's path. Thanks to Neal Boortz for providing the image.

hurricane ivan.JPG

Posted by Physics Geek at 03:32 PM | Comments (0)

What's that sound I hear?

I know! It's the shredding of the last bit of integrity that CBS still had.

Getting Barnes on 60 minutes for a Bush expose: $1,000

Broadcasting documents that "prove" George Bush lied about his National Guard sevice: $100,000 **

Forcing Dan Rather to publicly apologize to the President for presenting forgeries on the air: priceless.

** I have no idea how much it costs to broadcast a 60 Minutes segment.

Posted by Physics Geek at 03:02 PM | Comments (1)

He was mortified

A young preacher was asked by the local funeral director to hold a grave-side burial service at a small local cemetery for someone with no family or friends. The preacher started early but quickly got himself lost, making several wrong turns. Eventually, a half-hour late, he saw a backhoe and its crew, but the hearse was nowhere in sight, and the workmen were sitting to one side, eating lunch.

The diligent young pastor went to the open grave and found the vault lid already in place. Taking out his book, he read the service. Feeling guilty because of his tardiness, he preached an impassioned and lengthy service, sending the deceased to the great beyond in style. As he was returning to his car, he overheard one of the workmen say: "I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years and I ain't never seen anything like that."

Posted by Physics Geek at 02:31 PM | Comments (0)

Friendship oath

Received via email:
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1. When you are sad -- I will help you get drunk and plot revenge against the sorry bastard who made you sad....

2. When you are blue -- I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you....

3. When you smile -- I will know you finally got laid.....

4. When you are scared -- I will rag on you about it every chance I get....

5. When you are worried -- I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be and tell you to quit whining.... !

6. When you are confused -- I will use little words.....

7. When you are sick -- Stay the hell away from me until you are well again, I don't want whatever you have.....

8. When you fall -- I will point and laugh at your clumsy ass...

This is my oath... I pledge till the end. Why, you may ask? Because you are my friend! And that's what friends do for each other.

Posted by Physics Geek at 02:28 PM | Comments (0)

September 09, 2004

How to tell you're in the south

You know you are in the south when, as part of a bribe-you get:

United States Attorney John L. Brownlee announced today that 16 individuals and 6 companies were indicted by a federal Grand Jury sitting in Abingdon, Virginia, on charges of Racketeering (RICO), Conspiracy

These bribes are roughly divided as follows: $350,000 in cash; $40,000 in Coon Dogs; $15,000 in All Terrain Vehicles (ATV's); $40,000 in trucks; $60,000 in fraudulent land deals; and, $50,000 in assorted items, including the construction of a Coon Dog kennel; paying for Coon Dog hunting trips; firearms; truck motor; wide screen television with surround sound; men's and women's clothing; air conditioner; pressure washer; Washington Wizard tickets; University of Tennessee football tickets; NASCAR tickets; tires; building materials; and, personal services (including feeding Coon Dogs, cleaning out the excrement from Coon Dog kennels, mowing lawns, etc.).

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September 08, 2004

From the typewriter of Orson Scott Card

Card lives in my old hometown, Greensboro, North Carolina. I kind of wish he'd have been there before I moved away. I'd really like to chat with this guy over a beer. Anyway, his most recent column makes cogent observations. I can already hear the moonbats proclaiming that Card is no more a Democrat than Zell Miller. Hmmm, what to say. I know: blow me. The day that the Democrats as a party kick their freaks to the curb will be the day that I consider trusting them with sharp objects again. On to the excerpt:


Thus Hewitt calls for Americans -- not just Republicans, but all Americans who recognize that only the Republican Party shows the will or the wit to combat our terrorist enemies abroad -- to vote for Republicans all the way up and down the ballot.

Now, as a Democrat, what can I say to that except that, because my party has been taken over by an astonishingly self-destructive bunch of lunatics who are so dazzled by Hollywood that they think their ideas make sense, I have to agree that right now, any President but Bush and any Congress but a Republican-dominated one would be disastrous.

As a Democrat, I would hope that a solid trouncing of our fanatic-ruled party at the polls this November would serve as a wakeup call and remind Democrats that they only get to do the things that the Democrat Party exists to do if they get enough votes to control the White House and Congress. Which requires that you have serious candidates and embrace serious issues that most Americans, not just tiny pressure groups, care about.

And on that day, Democratic moderates can take the party back. And yes, Democratic moderates actually exist. They're all voting for Bush this year, but they'd rather have had a Democratic candidate to vote for.


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September 07, 2004

Steinbrenner can bite me

So Yankee fans, tell me why your organization is the best one in all of baseball. 'Cause this makes your team look like frightened bunch of dickheads. And don't squeal about the rules. You and I know that if the Red Sox were 10 games behind that this wouldn't even be an issue.

Okay, maybe it's not the team's fault. Proximity to the United Nations might be part of the problem.

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Insightful analysis

Graumagus provides an excellent commentary on the affect of hurricanes as they make landfall. Thanks to Harvey for pointing the way.

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This just in...

Local FBI warning In Pennsylvania!

The FBI has issued a warning in Lancaster County.
They suspect a terrorist may be hiding among
the Amish community.

See the attached photo provided the first clue that triggered the investigation:

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September 03, 2004

"If she were the president she'd be..."

No, I'm not going to finish the Wayne's World quote. However, the JerseryGOP'ers seem to have figured out something the rest of us already knew.

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Qupte of the day

Via Jeff Goldstein:

Choose wisely come November, people. For my part, I don’t think Teresa and her carefully groomed Boston Boy Toy need another house.

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My thoughts on the speech

So Bush started talking last night. As he started listing all of his proposed domestic issues, I started to zone out. More this, more that, spend here, spend there, ZZzzzzz..... Presidnet Bush looked uncomfortable and I was wondering to myself, "Is this the best they could do?" Then the President started talking about the WOT. He became more animated and passionate. This was a subject that he felt strongly about. When he mentioned his awe at the ability of families that had lost members during the war, but said that Bush was in their prayers, his eyes actually misted up with emotion. Then it hit me: this is how Bush connects with people. He's not a silver-tongued speaker in public, but when speaks on topics that move him, his spirit and passion shine through. People think to themselves, "I may not agree with him, but this is a good man. And he's not saying these things for effect; he actually believes him."

How is his speech going to play? I don't know since I didn't stay up to watch the mindless idiots focus group of undecideds. My guess is that when swing voters compare Bush's obvious sincerity and compassion to Kerry's faux populism and elitism, Kerry won't come out ahead. Just my opinion, of course. We'll find out if I'm wrong on November 3.

Update: Stephen Green gives his take. Other than being far more eloquent, his views are pretty comparable to mine. Excerpt:

There was no overriding theme to President Bush’s speech, except for the unspoken one: “This is who I am.” No, wait -- let me amend that. The unspoken theme was, “This is who we are.” As Americans.

For all its faults, for all its overtly- and overly-religious tones, this small-l libertarian prefers George Bush’s America to John Kerry’s. I don’t care for NASCAR. I’m not much for country music, Sundays at church, blue-eyed soul, or faith-based initiatives.

But Bush made me feel welcome all the same. No, wait – let me amend that statement, too. Bush made me feel like his place is somewhere I’d like to spend some time and get to know the locals. You know -- down a few beers, chat up the natives and learn their quaint customs.

I don’t feel as welcome, as at home, in the America Kerry painted for us tonight.

Update: Kevin posted the text of the entire speech.

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September 02, 2004

Dog bites man moment

Zell Miller gave a rousing speech last night, detailing the many reasons why he supports Bush over John Kerry. Sullivan must have recoiled in horror at all of the nice things said about Bush because the following is even more strident and out of touch than Terry McAuliffe's screed against Miller:

THE MILLER MOMENT: Zell Miller's address will, I think, go down as a critical moment in this campaign, and maybe in the history of the Republican party. I kept thinking of the contrast with the Democrats' keynote speaker, Barack Obama, a post-racial, smiling, expansive young American, speaking about national unity and uplift. Then you see Zell Miller, his face rigid with anger, his eyes blazing with years of frustration as his Dixiecrat vision became slowly eclipsed among the Democrats. Remember who this man is: once a proud supporter of racial segregation, a man who lambasted LBJ for selling his soul to the negroes. His speech tonight was in this vein, a classic Dixiecrat speech, jammed with bald lies, straw men, and hateful rhetoric. As an immigrant to this country and as someone who has been to many Southern states and enjoyed astonishing hospitality and warmth and sophistication, I long dismissed some of the Northern stereotypes about the South. But Miller did his best to revive them. The man's speech was not merely crude; it added whole universes to the word crude.

Andrew, stop pretending that you've somehow had an epiphany that's made you, regretfully, unable to support our current president, and that you've come to the conclusion that John Kerry will be a more able Commander-in-Chief. Eight years of Bill Clinton may have deluded you to think that a presidential candidate never means what he says, so Bush must have been kidding when he stated his belief that marriage means one man wedded to one woman. In fact, your cognitive dissonance was so pronounced that you managed to disbelieve Bush every time he said it. Then you discovered that Bush actually meant what he said.

"Ohmigod! How do I reconcile what Bush said and what I refused to hear, despite many repetitions? Hey, I know! I'll go batshit crazy on anything and everything Republicans say, except when they support gay marriage. Yeah, that's the ticket. No one will notice my hysteria and rank hypocrisy."

Surprise! We noticed.

Update: John Cole, as usual, is far more eloquent in his Andrew smackdown.

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WTF?!

Normally, I'd think that what Alpha Patriot links to in this post is a joke, a parody. However, the fact that the linkee is Blogs for Kerry, which doesn't appear to be a satire site, I'm inclined to think the Left is even more unhinged than I thought they were, and that's frigging pantload. Excerpt:

Blogs for Kerry proposes a book burning party on (appropriately enough) Oct. 29 -- Joseph Goebbels' birthday. The idea is to burn "Unfit for Command" by the Swifties, as well as any books by Hannity, Sammon, Limbaugh, Coulter, etc.
...
There is only one comment, and it points out that purchasing books will only cause people to print more -- nothing about the fact that suppression of ideas on a Nazi propagandist's birthday isn't exactly what the Democrat Party stands for.

Or is it?

Posted by Physics Geek at 09:15 PM | Comments (0)

Stories like this make me sick to my stomach

Girl gets raped by her older brother. Repeatedly. Girl tells parents who ask her to hush it up so that no one will know. Girl become pregnant. Parents murder girl to protect the family honor.

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"..., They Can't Cheat"

I'm using part of the title from Professor Hewitt's book because of this story. Apparently, there's a law in NM that requires first time voters to present some sort of identification. The law was passed in part because a 13-year old received a Voter ID card in the mail. Not surprisingly, the Democrats have become unhinged. Excerpt:


The statute, he agreed, requires that first-time New Mexican voters registering by mail provide identification at the polls if they did not do so at the time of registration.

But attorneys for Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron and the state Democratic Party say the statute requires identification only from those who do not register in front of a person.

They say the order will create immense confusion and disenfranchise thousands of voters.

"There are thousands of people who could not possibly comply," Democratic Party attorney John Boyd said.

Cannot comply? Why the f**k not? If you don't have a valid form of identification, how in hell did you get a voter card?

When I was younger and more naive, I was simply confused by Democrats resistance to people providing a picture ID when they arrive at a polling place. Yes, I remember Jim Crow and trust me, this it ain't. Now that I'm older and more cynical wiser, I'm convinced that the primary reason Democrats don't want voters to have to prove who they are is because cleaning up the electoral process reduces the Dem's chance to game the system. Vote early, vote often. Vote even if you're dead. WTF has happened to the Democrat party? I know, I know, I've griped about this before, but it still bugs me. And I just don't get it.

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Elliot, Elliot...

After sifting through interstellar noise for years, SETI researchers now think that they might have stumbled onto a signal that's artificial in design. Translation: it's possible that intelligent life created it. Of course, due to the vast distances beween stars, the life's entire race might be extinct now.

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That's going to leave a mark

Got home from teaching class last night and arrived just in time to see Zell Miller make John Kerry his bitch. My wife was watching with me and midway through the speech, she asked me, "How in the world is he ever going to get elected again?" I told her that Zell had already anounced his retirement from public office, but that he was one of the most popular politicians in Georgia's history. If he wanted to run again, the populace would elect him in a landslide.

My favorite part- okay, apart from putting Kerry's record under the microscope while simultaneously Roto-rooting his ass- was when Zell nearly challenged Chris Matthews to a duel. Matthews look surprised and a little bit intimidated. Good. About freaking time someone busted Softball's host in the nose. The Puppy Blender has more:

STILL MORE: Now Miller's on Hardball. Chris Matthews asks him if Kerry really only wants to defend America with spitballs. Matthews calls him a "conservative Republican." Oops! Miller: I knew you were going to be coming at me with all that stuff. This is a bunch of baloney that doesn't have anything to do with what I said. He's right. I change channels. [LATER: By changing channels, I missed seeing Zell nearly challenge Matthews to a duel, and Matthews backing down, according to several reader emails. Jacksonian America indeed! Reader Daniel Wilkins sends: "Chris M. looked like a dog getting a bath. I've never seen him so humbled."]

Update: Mudville Gazette offers the best analysis of the Democrat's spin on the convention so far:

Emerging theme of the Democratic response to the Republican convention speeches:

Schwarzenegger is not a Republican
McCain is not a Republican
Zell Miller is not a Democrat

Update: Kevin has more Miller bitch-slapping Matthews.

Update: Jay Tea was live-blogging Miller's speech. Excerpt:

10:15: Someone call the Audobon Society. There's a Georgia Hawk loose in Madison Square Garden, and it's pissed off. There's blood all over the floor.

Booing the UN, booing France...

Man, someone turned up Miller's fury up to 11. For too many years his party's leaders have been pissing on his cornflakes. He's not just burning bridges, he's blowing them up and all the roads leading up to them and poisoning the rivers. He's not only not taking any prisoners, he's putting heads on pikes. There ain't NO going back from what Miller's doing tonight.

All Zell, all the time!: From an interview at NRO:

MILLER: The Democratic tent has shrunk to the size of a dunce cap. There's no room for conservatives like me. We used to have moderates and conservatives in the party. Then they ran us all out.

Update: Dean tears Sullivan a new one.

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And still more artery clogging goodness

Since I was slack and missed the deadline last week, I'm posting two recipes this week. Let me know how they turn out for you.

Oreo White Chocolate Mousse "Cheesecake"

Ingredients
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24 Oreo cookies
1/4 cup Unsalted butter

3 cup Whipping cream
1 Tbsp Unflavored gelatin
3/4 cup Whipping cream
1/4 cup Water
8 oz Semi-sweet chocolate
1 tsp Vanilla
1 lb White chocolate

Crust
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1) Grind up oreos and mix with melted butter. Press into bottom of 10 inch
springform pan.

2) Melt semi-sweet chocolate and 3/4 cup cream in double boiler. Pour over
oreo cookie crust. Chill until firm.

Filling
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3) Melt white chocolate and 1 cup cream in a double boiler. Cool to
lukewarm.

4) Add gelatin to water, heat and stir until dissolved. Pour into bowl.
Add 2 cups chilled cream and vanilla to gelatin/water mixture. Beat to soft
peaks. Fold into white chocolate mixture. Pour filling into crust. Chill
until firm. Serve.

Note: If you overwhip the cream, the mousse will become visibly grainy in appearance. It'll still taste great, but it won't be as pretty.
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Sour cream poundcake

Ingredients
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3 cup Sifted flour
1/4 tsp Baking soda
1/4 tsp Salt

1 cup Butter, in pieces(softened)
3 cup Sugar
1 cup Sour cream
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract

6 egg(whites only)

1) Preheat oven to 325F

2)Combine flour with baking soda and salt. Set aside

3) Cream butter and sugar together. Add yolks and beat hard until smooth.

4) Alternate adding flour mixture and sour cream, blending with spatuala
or wisk. Add vanilla.

5) Beat egg whites until stiff peaks, but not grainy. Fold into batter.

6) Add to greased cake pan, and bake about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Update: I forgot to link to this post by Beth.

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September 01, 2004

PGH assignment

I'm back. Thank you for your patience.

This week's PGH assignment: What is John Kerry's "secret plan" for the war in Iraq?

1) Have the Iraqis drive ambulances. The sound will alert John Edwards that it's time to sue.

2) Teach the Iraqis snowboarding. Then have those sonabitchin' Secret Service agents can knock them down.

3) Rename the War on Terror. Presto, change-o, the WOT is ended. The Vacation with Elves, though, will have just begun.

4) Give Ted Kennedy a job as a taxi driver in Iraq and tell him every insurgent is actually a campaign staffer in disguise.

5) Another plus from #4 is that Teddy'd find lots of heretofore unknown water in Iraq. I mean, the man has a gift.

6) "Secret plan? Stop bothering me. I've got far more important things on my mind. Hmm. Will it be the Cabernet Sauvignon or the Merlot with dinner tonight?"

7) Airdrop Band-Aids with purple hearts painted on them over the insurgent positions. As soon as the terrorist affix the third bandage to themselves, they'll develop an overwhelming desire to stop fighting and go home.

8) An unfortunate side affect of #7 is that every terrorist will feel obligated to start telling how all of the other terrorists committed war crimes. No one will care of course because, duh, they're terrorists.

Posted by Physics Geek at 09:15 PM | Comments (3)

For those not in the Richmond, VA area

I know that Meryl has posted about the flood damage here in Richmond from Tropical Storm Gaston. However, I thought people might better appreciate how widespread the damage was by checking out the images here. It's a slideshow of 22 images. No apparent damage at my house, but I did have to park 200 yards away from my house and wade through 3 feet of water to get home.

Richmond built its floodwall in response to a couple of "hundred year floods" during the 1980's, which resulted in lots of Shockoe Bottom damage. Ironically enough, the flood wall contained the James River just fine. What no one ever considered is that the rain would fall hard enough, run down the streets to the Bottom and flood the living crap out of the area. The storm drains were simply overwhelmed, being unable to handle the massive influx of water.

Oh, and I hear that another hurricane/tropical storm is headed our way this weekend. Great. If anyone's looking for me, I'll be busy inflating a life raft.

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Wictory Wednesday

Today is Wictory Wednesday. Every Wednesday I ask my readers to volunteer and/or donate to the Bush campaign if they haven't done so already. And if you have volunteered and donated, then get a friend to join you. It's the only way to defeat the lying liberal media.

If you're a blogger, you can join Wictory Wednesday simply by putting up a post like this every Wednesday, asking your readers to volunteer and/or donate to the president's re-election campaign. Be sure to visit these fine participating blogs:

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Thoughts on last night's speeches

Ah-nuld really was a rock star at the convention. I'll be interested to see how it plays to the rest of America, but apolitical wife was impressed. Lileks had the best line, though:

Now the line about trusting the US more than the UN. Raucous applause. Chants of USA, which will strike Europeans as the modern-day sound of a Nuremberg rally. Well, they’d know.

Mheh. Haha. BUAHA::hand clapped over mouth::

The Bush twins. Still hot and getting hotter by the day. However, their speech writer should be forced to lick the crumbs off of Michael Moore's belly. Ugh. I liked the self-deprecating moments, but mostly it made me want to change the channel. To the Home Shopping Network. And that channel makes me want gouge out my eyes.

The First Lady was good. My guess is that her appeal will be greater among women than men. However, I loved the contrast between First Lady and First Lady wannabee. Trust me: the Burger Condiment King's wife does not measure up.

I enjoyed Lt. Governor Steele's speech a lot more than the Next Great Democrat from Michigan. Well done.

Good convention for the Republicans so far. Here's hoping that they don't screw it up. Not for nothing is the GOP called the party of the stupid, although it'll be tough to top the Dem's giving Howard "I have a scream" Dean a prime time slot.

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