Monthly Archives: December 2005

Potted Meat Product By Any Other Name

Dunno about anyone else, but the latest wave of spam that’s been hitting my mailbox comes from someone who apparently employs some sort of random name generator. I actually get a chuckle out of some of the names in the … Continue reading

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What A Lucky Man He Was

We all know how Herodotus reports Solon as saying to Croesus, “It is necessary to see how the end of every affair turns out, for heaven promises fortune to many people and then utterly ruins them… If [a man] ends … Continue reading

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Don’t Mind Him, He’s From Barcelona

Something I learned today: According to one travel article, if you go to the capital city of Cataluña, you will find “a small guy with a moustache on La Ramblas dressed in a white waiter suit, black bow tie and … Continue reading

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Coming Soon To Your Home… A Homicidal Lunatic!

…thanks to those lovable scamps on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals: NY Times, December 29, 2005: Jury Award Is Upheld in Firing Case In 1982, Joshua L. Josephs was charged with trying to murder a quadriplegic former high school … Continue reading

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Something About Mary

Mary and her brown brother Kona We noticed that our firstborn puppy was different the day she was whelped. Five puppies were black, with modest white highlights. Five puppies were brown, with similar markings. But though the first one out … Continue reading

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The Tree-Climbing Spaniel

You ever known a dog who climbed trees? Here’s good old Argos, back around 1976, doing just that. What a dog.

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Worshipping A Bass God

Shocked to find a disgraceful omission, I submitted my first Wikipedia article today: Joe Osborn

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Media Bias? The New York Times? Couldn’t Be!

Okay, if you’ve been following the news from Graz, Austria (and don’t we all?) you’ll know that several officials in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s home town were pretty broken up over his refusal to intervene in the Tookie Williams case a couple … Continue reading

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Say It Ain’t So, Jeff!

What the hell? Associated Press Tuesday, December 27, 2005 Ex-Pitcher Reardon Charged With Robbery “Former major league pitcher Jeff Reardon was charged with a jewelry store robbery and held pending a bond hearing Tuesday. “The 50-year-old Reardon, sixth in saves … Continue reading

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Who Stole The Nun Bun?

The world is now a spiritually poorer place: Associated Press, December 26, 2005 Nun Bun Stolen From Tenn. Coffeehouse “NASHVILLE, Tenn. — When Bob Bernstein arrived at his coffeehouse to assess the scene of an early Christmas morning break-in, the … Continue reading

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The Real Reason For The Tsunami

Now we know: Allah sent it to punish the Indonesians for letting their women roam around bareheaded. San Francisco Chronicle, Dec 25, 2005 After tsunami, Islamic religious police gain power “There… were cheers for Marluddin Jalil, an Islamic judge, after … Continue reading

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From Pearl Harbor To Lake Wobegon

This last December 7, Garrison Keillor got me thinking about one of my old co-workers. I’ll call her Granola Van Sunshine. Though I’m sure Granola considers herself well-educated– she has a Master’s degree in a scientific subject– her acquaintance with … Continue reading

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