Archive for April, 2008

But doesn’t the Government just print more?

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

It’s not too hard folks….


A Worthy Campaign

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

This campaign season, I’ve found a campaign I can really get behind…


Tax Day Coincidence

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

I had to pull out the ol’ checkbook today to send some money to our benevolent overlords. What was waiting for me, in entirely coincidental anticipation of this auspicious transaction?

Check #1040.

You don’t even want to know what I used check #666 for….


Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

I have a Mardi Gras party every year, in preparation of which I make a big ol’ pot of red beans & rice from scratch. Beyond the two crushingly obvious ingredients, the recipe calls for various veggies, ham, andouille sausage (hot!), lots of spices… and fresh chopped garlic. I’m not a terribly experienced cook, and the first time I made it there was one teeensy, little, inconsequential mixup.

Partway through the process of chopping ingredients, my mother called me for something or other (or more likely I called her to ask some Duh Ralph cooking question), and in the course of conversation I told her I was chopping up a pile of garlic. She paused a moment and asked, “You know the difference between a ‘clove’ and a ‘head’, right?”

I of course laughed and said “…Uh …what?”

So rather than five or six cloves of garlic, that pot had about 2 and a half heads. (For the non-cooks out there, a head of garlic can easily have 6 or 10 cloves in it. Do the math.)

I acted casual, served it up, and people loved it. Thank goodness for a forgiving recipe and the power of Hurricanes1.

Inspired by this post by Ryan

1: The fact that my roommate had been secretly mixing the Hurricanes with Bacardi 151 might not have hurt, either. Bad B!

Give him a speedy trial and then hang him

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008


So, you get a gun.

You get ammunition.

You load the gun.

You call a cab to pick you up at the end of a dead end street ? even though you don?t need to go anywhere.

When the cab arrives, you point the gun at the driver?s head and say something like ?give me your money or I?ll kill you?.

And then – ?even though you didn?t mean to? – an ?accident? happens, and the gun ?goes off?.


The post title contains pretty much everything I have to say about this. “Accident” my ass — what, you weren’t expecting him to struggle or something?

Even if he didn’t intend to actually pull the trigger in the end, that distinction is inconsequential.

Can he even pronounce “lawyerly”?

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Public Radio program This American Life laments President Bush’s… well, I’ll let them say it:

Host Ira Glass talks with Yale law professor Jack Balkin about what he calls the Bush Administration’s “lawyering style,” a tendency to fight as hard as it can, on all fronts, to get what it wants.

Definitely a Bush thing. Those Clintons were complete pushovers.

(Okay, you could argue that it’s not the show, it’s the guest making the argument. But really, was NPR running these kinds of topics when Bill was in the White House?)