Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pressure Canning

canning_mincemeat_thumb.jpgI started in about eleven this morning and finished up about five; six hours to can twelve quarts of mincemeat, and I didn't realize until I sat down to the computer just now that today is Halloween. Good thing Leslie bought some candy — some years we even have trick-or-treaters.

My recipe? It's Great Grandma Hammersley's.

Friday, October 29, 2010

ZOMG

a_d.jpgLadies and gentlemen, my baby cousin.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Track Your Vote?

Terrance says that Oregon has a new website where you can plug in your Name, DOB, and ZIP and verify that your ballot has been received.

I plugged in my info and sure enough...
Your voter registration is current and a ballot will be issued for the next election.
I'm registered. Big whoop.

I'll keep checking back from time to time but I know how these things work. The IT guys in Salem will update the database exactly twice between now and November 9th, and the first time has already happened. So don't get alarmed if your ballot never seems to get there. It's just business as usual in the great State of Oregon.

I mean, you never knew before if your ballot ever got there or got counted, right? So what's different now?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Black Black Blackety Black

Don't forget to keep up with your John Derbyshire.

The Solipsism of John Edgar Wideman

Men versus the Man, 100 Years On

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Nuthin' Up My Sleeve...


Alexander Anderson Jr., who created Rocky and Bullwinkle, has died. He was 90.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Shakedown Socialism

shakedown_socialism.jpgIf you haven't dropped by The People's Cube lately, you might have missed the publication of Shakedown Socialism: Unions, Pitchforks, Collective Greed, The Fallacy of Economic Equality, and other Optical Illusions of "Redistributive Justice" by Oleg Atbashian.

I did, but I've fixed that now.

It's on my wish list.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Beetle

The Wall Street Journal continues to expand its weekend edition, including now six full pages of book reviews every Saturday.

beetle_smith.jpgThis week Antony Beevor reviews Beetle: The Life of General Walter Bedell Smith by D.K.R. Crosswell.
There have been countless biographies of the generals of World War II, and many are excellent. This biography of Walter Bedell Smith, Eisenhower's chief of staff, is one of the best.
On that recommendation, it's in my cart.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

They Hate Our Guts

No matter that Instapundit already linked it. This is a must read.
They don't just hate our Republican, conservative, libertarian, strict constructionist, family values guts. They hate everybody's guts. And they hate everybody who has any. Democrats hate men, women, blacks, whites, Hispanics, gays, straights, the rich, the poor, and the middle class.
P.J. O'Rourke. Go read it.

You know, I have on my bookshelf — in fact it's in my hands at this moment — a first edition of P.J.'s 1987 classic Republican Party Reptile, a book that changed my life. I bought it in Reno for $6.95. Today that same book is worth a whopping $4.95 in collectible condition, which mine is not, since I laughed 'till I cried, which made kind of a mess on some pages.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Yah we gotcher turkeys here...

turkeys_on_the_hill_thumb.jpgAnd click the picture for lots more.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

NPR Refugee

I'm sure Juan Williams has a bright future ahead of him at Fox News, where they not only tolerate a diversity of opinion, but actually encourage it.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Here's Your Change


CatholicVote.org

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

This Is Why

The Republicans will win in November.
"So, the economy is pretty bad and there's high employment. You think you can do something about that?"

"We can spend a trillion dollars we don't have on pork and stuff."

"No ... that's not what we want. We'd really like you not to do that."

"You're stupid. We're doing it anyway."

"That's not going to help us get jobs!"

"Sure it will; millions of them ... though they may be invisible. You'll have to trust us they exist. And guess what else we'll do: We'll create a giant new government program to take over health care."

"That has nothing to do with jobs!"

"We don't care about that anymore. We really want a giant new health care program. We're sure you'll love it."

"Don't pass that bill. You hear me? Absolutely do not pass that bill."

"Believe me; you'll love it. It has ... well, I don't know what exactly is in the bill, but we're sure it's great."

"Listen to me: DO. NOT. PASS. THAT. BILL."

"You're not the boss of me! We're doing it anyway!"

"Look what you did! Now the economy is way worse, we're even deeper in debt, and we have a bunch of new laws we don't want!"

"You're racist."

"Wha ... How is that racist?"

"Now you're getting violent! Stop being violent and racist, you ignorant hillbillies! And remember to vote Democrat in November."
Frank J. Fleming at Pajamas Media.

Oh, sorry. Via Instapundit.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Whoa! I Feel Good!

whoa_i_feel_good.jpgJust like we knew that he would now.

Some unnamed White House "insider" claims Obama is depressed. I don't buy it for a minute.

True, any sane man in his position would be depressed.

Any sane man. But it's my hunch that Obama is the most bat-scat detatched-from-reality president we've seen since Kennedy's doctor told him to quit mixing prescriptions. He's destroying the economy, bankrupting the government, and dragging the Democratic party into oblivion, and loving every minute of it.

Monday, October 18, 2010

At the Blackboard

Kurt Vonnegut diagrams the man-in-hole, boy-meets-girl, Cinderella, and Kafka story lines, and explains why Shakespeare was a lousy storyteller but Hamlet was a masterpiece.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Twenty-Three Years Ago Today

wedding_recessional.jpg
October 17, 1987

Friday, October 15, 2010

With Liberty And Karma For All.

Karma, says Jonathan Haidt, "combines the universal human desire that moral accounts should be balanced with a belief that, somehow or other, they will be balanced."
The notion of karma comes with lots of new-age baggage, but it is an old and very conservative idea. It is the Sanskrit word for "deed" or "action," and the law of karma says that for every action, there is an equal and morally commensurate reaction. Kindness, honesty and hard work will (eventually) bring good fortune; cruelty, deceit and laziness will (eventually) bring suffering. No divine intervention is required; it's just a law of the universe, like gravity.
A very conservative idea? Cool, man. Or as the old ’70s joke went...
I'm sorry, Ms. Pelosi, but I'm afraid my karma just ran over your dogma.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Kokuhaku

JapanRealtime has a brief review of "Confessions," a new film from director Tetsuya Nakashima.
In the film's opening minutes, 7th-grade teacher Yuko Moriguchi (played by actress Takako Matsu with a dead calm) informs her students that her daughter's alleged accidental death was actually a murder at the hands of two 13-year-old boys in the class. From there, she unleashes a psychological torture on the youths with devastating consequences.
You can watch the trailer here. It's all in Japanese, of course, but you'll find it easy enough to understand.

But don't expect to see it here anytime soon.
"Nakashima has something on his mind and he's made a monumental film that makes you feel like you've been run over by an iceberg," adds Mr. [Grady] Hendrix. "My biggest disappointment of the year was programming 'Confessions' knowing full well that people would rave about it, critics would acknowledge its power, and not a single U.S. distributor would have the guts to buy it."
My emphasis. It's based on the novel Kokuhaku by Kanae Minato. No luck there, either, unless you can read Japanese.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I Have Seen The Future...

president_palin_shoe_change.jpgAnd it works for me!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

End The Gerrymander

Bruce Walker would like to suggest that the new Republican congress pass a simple statute:
"All legislative districts in the United States shall be drawn compact, contiguous, and as nearly as possible along existing county or parish borders."
All three of those clauses could be given a precise mathematical definition. Compact could be the ratio of perimeter to the square root of area, to be no greater than, say, six. Contiguous means exactly that. Existing borders could be mandated to be no less than, say, 90%. Cartographic software does the rest.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Furrin' Influence

Art Robinson gets campaign money from far-off TJICistan.

Thanks, TJIC!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hippies Come Home

zombie_poly_spectrum_thumb.jpgZombie's been playing with a new political spectrum chart that kind of explains that whole Ann Coulter – Grateful Dead thing.

No, really. If your axes are Government Control and Human Nature, and you plot the coordinates of the various political-philosophical entities, then hippies, hobos, libertarians, and tea partiers wind up in the same ideological corner.

In short, he says, they share four fundamental core values:
  • A craving for independence;
  • A celebration of individualism;
  • Joy in the freedom offered by self-sufficiency;
  • And an acceptance of the natural order of things.
It makes a lot of sense to me. Well, heck...
It makes a lot of sense of me.

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Norkettes

norkettes_thumb.jpgDeadly.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Not Just For Breakfast Anymore

wild_game_cookbook.jpgLeslie spotted this one at a friends of the library sale. The Pioneer Heritage Wild Game Cookbook by Jack French has recipes for everything from Alligator to Woodcock, including, believe it or not, sixteen different ways to serve squirrel:
  • Old Pioneer's Roast Squirrel
  • Old-Fashioned Squirrel Hash
  • Tennessee Squirrel & Rice
  • Tried & True Squirrel Pie*
  • Fox Squirrel Stroganoff
  • Flo's Fancy Fried Squirrel
  • Momma's Dumplings & Squirrels
  • Southern Style Squirrel Mulligan
  • Uncle Hub's Hawaiian Squirrel
  • Kelly's Squirrel Meat Balls
  • Western Wild Rice Squirrel Casserole
  • Florida's Orange Squirrel Roast
  • Cynthia's Squirrel Casserole
  • Carrol's Corn Fried Squirrel
  • Virginia Mountain Roast Squirrel
  • Trapper Jack's Tender Fried Squirrel
*Mmmm... my favorite!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Finally Getting Some Attention

Most election years Oregon, the "safely Democratic" "deep blue" state, barely gets a mention in the national press. This year is not like most years. This morning's Wall Street Journal:
Republican advances in traditionally Democratic states, including Connecticut, Oregon and Washington, may not translate into a wave of GOP victories. But they have rattled local campaigns and forced the Democrats to shift attention and money to races they didn't expect to be defending.

Rising sentiment against the party in power has washed ashore even in coastal Oregon, where Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio won his 10th re-election two years ago with 82% of the vote.

"I am having the same problem that Democrats are having across the country, which is ennui," he said, noting that his opponent's yard signs "are thick" across much of the district. Mr. DeFazio said he is facing the fight of his political life....

Oregon Rep. Greg Walden, vice chairman of the National Republican Campaign Committee, bluntly predicted his party is heading toward a big win. "The Democrats are standing on a beach with the water going out and there is a tsunami coming their way," he said....

In the Northwest, freshman Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader is in a tight race with state Rep. Scott Bruun. To the north, in a district that includes Portland suburbs, six-term Democratic Rep. David Wu is under pressure from GOP sports consultant Rob Cornilles.
That's more coverage than Oregon has gotten in the last three congressional elections combined. One-party states are boring. We're not boring any more.
Many Democrats are stunned that Mr. DeFazio has a race on his hands in a district that includes the liberal bastion of Eugene. Mr. DeFazio, facing a political newcomer, biochemist Art Robinson, says he isn't surprised.

It "is certainly not a district to be taken for granted," he says, "especially not in an election year like this."
Wave bye-bye, Peter.

de_fuzzless_one.jpgWe'll miss you... Like a toothache.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Them's Good Eatin'!

I think it was Instapundit who linked to this article in the Telegraph.
A genuine 'elixir of life' — at least for mice

The cocktail of amino acids — building blocks of proteins — was found to increase the lifespan of mice by 12 per cent. Researchers believe it may also benefit humans, especially the elderly or sick. In laboratory experiments, middle-aged male healthy mice were given drinking water laced with three specific amino acids....

Longer survival was accompanied by biological changes which boosted the energy supply to cells and reduced oxidative damage caused by destructive molecules called free radicals. The treated mice had more stamina and improved muscle co-ordination.
I know what you're thinking: cut to the chase and tell me what it is and where I can get some.
Three amino acids: Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine
(Click the links for sources.)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Twenty Months In Two Minutes


You would think, wouldn't you?

Via Powerline via Instapundit.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Comment dit-on ‘Boehner’?

One disadvantage to never watching television and never listening to the radio is that you can go for years reading a name in the newspaper and never know how to pronounce it.

Boehner, for instance. He's in the news a lot lately. How do you pronounce it? Baner, beaner, biner, boner? I haven't a clue.
The Ohio Republican privately told a handful of male Republicans to avoid getting drunk and partying with female lobbyists at after-hour parties on Capitol Hill, according to a July report in the New York Post.
OK, that's a clue.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Working Man's Party

The Wall Street Journal says that Oregon's fifth congressional district
...voted for George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004, and includes enough rural farmland, timberland and blue-collar Portland suburbs to be closely contested by Republicans in recent election cycles.
I love what's implicit in that statement: the party of the "blue-collar suburbs" is the Republican party.

When did the Democrats abandon the working stiff? About 1968, I'd guess, although they went on lying to themselves about it for years. No one believes it any longer. Not even the journalists.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Why Good Triumphs Over Evil

Because it's smarter.
The atomic age isn't exactly over, but it seems we may have entered a new phase of it. In the age of cyberwarfare, what does it mean to have a nuclear weapon if someone else may own your command and control systems — and you may not even know that they do? If the Iranians do manage to build a bomb, can they now risk embarrassment, not to say a nuclear catastrophe, by testing it? And even if they test it successfully, what's its strategic worth if they don't know whether or not they can actually use it?
Lee Smith in The Weekly Standard.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

OR-05 In Play

The NRCC is betting on it.

Join the Scott Bruun campaign here.

Update: OregonGuy has reservations about Bruun; here, here, and here.

Duly noted. But I don't care so much whether Scott Bruun wins, I just want to see Schrader lose. I want to see as many Democrats as possible lose, and lose big, and go whimpering back home with their little socialist tails between their little socialist legs.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Weekend Read

Greg sent me this link.
In a SPIEGEL interview, former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice discusses America's fight for German reunification, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev's woes at the time, Chancellor Helmut Kohl's merits and the later mistakes of his successor, Gerhard Schröder.
Well worth reading.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Payback Time

License — check. Tags — check. I've sharpened my knife, swabbed my rifle, and packed my little belt pack. I'm ready.

He was munching zucchini outside our bedroom window again last night. If I catch him on the hill in daylight, he's lunch.

Update: he's lunch.

I stepped out the door at 6:30 Saturday morning and at 7:10 he breathed his last. It felt a little bit like handing out the Darwin awards, though — he wasn't exactly the brightest buck in the bunch. Just stood there looking at me from fifty yards away while I took a rest on an oak tree and squeezed off a shot.