Monthly Archives: December 2009

Great Balls O’ Fire

US media have published photos of the singed underwear that a Nigerian terror suspect allegedly wore to hide explosives in, as investigators in the Yemen attempt to piece together his movements and contacts. The pictures provided by the FBI and obtained … Continue reading

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Meet The Beetles

Remember the good old days of citrus canker, when our government hired arboreal assassins to chop down private citizens’ citrus trees to protect the agriculture industry’s profits?  I lost three trees in this scam, one of which miraculously grew back, … Continue reading

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Dep’t of Yeah, But That Was Then

It looks as though for better or worse, we got ourselves a health care bill for Christmas.   Its provisions have been under attack from both left and right, led by ‘Pub conservatives issuing blood-curdling warnings about expanding government and destroying … Continue reading

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A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Bottles

Thoughts and a photo, none original. “I don’t mind Baptists. I just wish they’d keep ‘em under water a little longer.” — Kinky Friedman, as Kinky Friedman. Careful on the roads.  Even when they’re not slippery, the drivers are. Sunscreen … Continue reading

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Fear of Flying

In the midst of all the other end-of-year craziness, the US Department of Transportation announced a “Passengers Bill of Rights,” which carries penalties to airlines for  such inhuman crap as sitting on the tarmac for over 3 hours, and showing … Continue reading

Posted in Shaken and Stirred | 9 Comments

Let Us Bray

What is it about Christmas that wrings the Christ right out of Christians? At 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon — nine hours before the 1 a.m. vote that would effectively clinch the legislation’s passage — Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) went to … Continue reading

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The Gall

If I were starting my academic career over again – “7 years of college education, wasted!” – I might write my thesis on the tension between “civilization” and “freedom.”  Here’s perfect example of what I mean: Accustomed to a certain … Continue reading

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