Sine Qua Non Pundit

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Saturday, May 10, 2003
 

The Scales of Justice Tip Both Ways

If some people are being wrongly convicted because of faulty DNA tests, is it possible that some guilty people are being wrongly exonerated because of faulty DNA tests?



 

Poetry Reading Time

Rob's Poetry Generator interprets this site as follows:

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Friday, May 09, 2003
 

TGITFF (Thank God It's The Friday Five)

1. Would you consider yourself an organized person? Why or why not?

Organized enough to remember to do the Friday Five on Friday this week. Strangely, some people have "accused" me of being the most organized person they know.

2. Do you keep some type of planner, organizer, calendar, etc. with you, and do you use it regularly?

Yes, but not necessarily as a planner, organizer or calendar.

3. Would you say that your desk is organized right now?

I can't see my desk right now.

4. Do you alphabetize CDs, books, and DVDs, or does it not matter?

I organize my CDs, books, DVDs, cassette tapes, VHS tapes, albums, maps, magazines, floppies, Zip disks, bills, files, wine, beer, coins, greenbacks, credit cards, pictures, foodstuffs, china, intineraries, batteries, tools, underwear, socks, golf clubs, and pottery as though Western Civilization depended on it. But I have long found the term anal retentive to be somewhat offensive.

5. What's the hardest thing you've ever had to organize?

My rock collection.



 

Meta-Bennett

Bill Bennett's troubles are pretty small potatoes in my opinion. It's his money and he can do whatever he wants with it without censure, but let's be honest, he has been a bit of a prig on morality and it is more than a little unseemly to try and hold others to standards you are flaunting. Yes, I know he's not on an anti-gambling crusade, but that's not really the point now, is it? And while most of those attacking, and defending, him have some valid points, it is generally worth noting that they are almost universally falling into the knee-jerk habit of either rationalizing away his behavior because he's one of "ours", or seeking to discredit and destroy him because he's one of "theirs". How depressingly familiar and tiresome it has all become.

I do wonder why no one has noted that Bill's doing it all For the Children™. After all, that's how Missouri keeps selling the great benefits of gaming to us simple folk.

As for me, well, I'd just like to have the vig on $8M.



 

Tonight's The Night

J. Bowen is a workin' man...

Mr. Bowen's going away party is tonight at TNGs in Kirkwood at 7:00 CDT. Alas, I won't make it. I hope my friends and acquaintances will have one for me as I am still stuck in the greater DC area for another week. Send me an e-mail or leave me a message and I'll call the grand soiree sometime tonight, but remember -- I cannot access my home e-mail so send it to me at work or maybe one of you still have my cell phone number.



Monday, May 05, 2003
 

When It Rains (and Hails)...

Here I am still in DC as tornadoes rip through Missouri and Tennessee. I've been able to verify that my family is OK in St. Louis (though I have learned I have a leaking roof), but I haven't yet heard from our relatives in SW Missouri. And now I see that Jackson, TN, has been hit hard again -- and they were absolutely hammered by a tornado about three years ago. My parents, my sister and her family, and almost all my other relatives live and work in or near Jackson. I guess that unlike lightning, tornadoes can, and do, strike the same place twice. Still awaiting word...

DOWNDATE: Everyone's ok! But there's a lot of damage. I do not envy my sister going to stay in the storm shelter. It's just an old cinder-block structure three-quarters buried that no one goes into except to get away from tornadoes. Big spiders, rats, no electricity, dirt floor. It brings back memories...



 

The Friday Five

I've fallen out of the habit, but I saw these over at Quit That and couldn't resist a never better than late entry (limited to "popular" music for now):

1. Name one song you hate to admit you like.
Everything in the Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack
(Bonus entry 1: Word Up -- Cameo (actually the cover by Gun))

2. Name two songs that always make you cry.
Tired Eyes -- Neil Young
Fountain of Sorrow -- Jackson Browne
(Bonus Entry 1: A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request -- Steve Goodman)
(Bonus Entry 2: We're All Alone -- Boz Scaggs)

3. Name three songs that turn you on.
She Blinded Me With Science -- Thomas Dolby
New Frontier -- Donald Fagen
Girl's Talk -- Elvis Costello (and Dave Edmunds and Linda Ronstadt)
(Bonus entry 1: Just the Two of Us -- Grover Washington Jr. and Bill Withers)
(Bonus entry 2: Medicine Show -- Big Audio Dynamite)
(Bonus entry 3: School -- Supertramp)

4. Name four songs that always make you feel good.
Industrial Disease -- Dire Straits
UFO Attack -- Asylum Street Spankers
Hell -- Squirrel Nut Zippers
Everything's Zen -- Bush
(Bonus entry 1: Friend of the Devil -- The Grateful Dead)
(Bonus entry 2: Rock & Roll -- Led Zeppelin)
(Bonus entry 3: Pretty Fly For a White Guy -- The Offspring)
(Bonus entry 4: Sledgehammer -- Peter Gabriel)

5. Name five songs you couldn't ever do without.
Glamour Profession -- Steely Dan
Shipbuilding -- Elvis Costello
Cancer -- Joe Jackson
Mannish Boy -- Muddy Waters
Money/Time (can't pick between them and I've always heard that time is money) -- Pink Floyd
(Bonus entry 1: Man of Constant Sorrow -- various)
(Bonus entry 2: Innocent When You Dream -- Tom Waits)
(Bonus entry 3: Graceland -- Boo Hewerdine)
(Bonus entry 4: Graceland -- Paul Simon)
(Bonus entry 5: It Keeps You Runnin' -- The Doobie Brothers)



Sunday, May 04, 2003
 

Al Dante

I defy you to match my status, though I would have predicted an eternal fate of Level 4 or Level 5 for my shade. Or as Billy Joel once sang, "...the sinners are much more fun..." Oh, yes...

The Dante's Inferno Test has banished you to the Third Level of Hell!

In the third circle, I find myself amidst eternal rain, maledict, cold, and heavy. The gluttons are punished here, lying in the filthy mixture of shadows and of putrid water. Because I consumed in excess, I meet my fate beneath the cold, dirty rain, amidst the other souls that there lay unhappily in the stinking mud. Cerebus, a canine monster cruel and uncouth with his three heads and red eyes, dwells in this level. He growls and tears at the damned with his teeth and claws.

Here is how I matched up against all the levels:

LevelScore
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Very Low
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Low
Level 2 (Lustful)High
Level 3 (Gluttonous)Very High
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Very High
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)Very High
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Very High
Level 7 (Violent)High
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)Very High
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)Low

Take the Dante's Inferno Hell Test



 

Eric Idle Was Wrong

If you take it out in public, then maybe they won't stick you in the dock:

More than 100 men and women have gathered in famously liberal San Francisco this weekend for what organisers said was the city's second annual public "Masturbate-a-Thon".

Second annual?



 

International Law

Maybe the UN Needs an Oil for Food Program:

At noon on Friday, food workers at the U.N. headquarters walked off their jobs, calling a wildcat strike. The result: none of the U.N.'s five restaurants and bars was staffed. The walkout left thousands of U.N. employees scrounging for lunch — eventually, the masses stripped the cafeterias of everything, including the silverware.

...[snip]...

Kofi Annan, who had a private lunch previously scheduled with the members of the Security Council in the Delegates Dining Room, found they were only served the main course. After that, they were on their own — no desserts, no cleanup, no coffee for Kofi. And the service was no better for anyone else at the U.N. But as tensions grew and stomachs growled, a high-ranking U.N. official boldly ordered that all the cafeterias open their doors for business even without staff. The restaurants had been locked shut by security until about 1:00 pm when the doors flung open.

The decision to make the cafeterias into "no pay zones" spread through the 40-acre complex like wildfire. Soon, the hungry patrons came running. "It was chaos, wild, something out of a war scene," said one Aramark executive who was present. "They took everything, even the silverware," she said. Another witness from U.N. security said the cafeteria was "stripped bare." And another told TIME that the cafeteria raid was "unbelievable, crowds of people just taking everything in sight; they stripped the place bare." And yet another astonished witness said that "chickens, turkeys, souffles, casseroles all went out the door (unpaid)."


Interesting interpretation of "no pay zone" by those who claim a monopoly on conferring legitimacy to the liberation and post-liberation governance of Iraq.



 

Meanwhile, at the DNC Debate...

Did Al Sharpton really say that Bush's tax cuts were like Jim Jones' kool-aid? Or did I just imagine it in a semi-awake stupor? (Ed. It could be both.)





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