Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz, which meant ”law for the delegation of monitoring beef labeling” has been repealed. It was 63 letters long.
Survivors include Rechtsschutzversicherungsgesellschaften (“Insurance companies providing legal protection,” 39 letters) and Kraftfahrzeug-Haftpflichtversicherung (“Motor vehicle liability insurance,” 36 letters).
UPDATE—And we shouldn’t forget such names as Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern-schplenden-schlitter-crasscrenbon-fried-digger-dangle-dungle-burstein-von-knacker-thrasher-apple-banger-horowitz-ticolensic-grander-knotty-spelltinkle-grandlich-grumblemeyer-spelterwasser-kürstlich-himbleeisen-bahnwagen-gutenabend-bitte-eine-nürnburger-bratwustle-gerspurten-mit-zweimache-luber-hundsfut-gumberaber-shönendanker-kalbsfleisch-mittler-raucher von Hautkopft of Ulm.
NASA and a Texas company are exploring the possibility of using a “3D printer” on deep space missions in a way where the “D” would stand for dining.
A Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contract as been awarded to Systems and Materials Research Consultancy of Austin to study the feasibility of using additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing) for making food in space. The company will conduct a study for the development of a 3D printed food system for long duration space missions. Phase I SBIRs are very early stage concepts that may or may not mature into real world, useful systems. Food printing technology experiments conducted under the SBIR may result in a Phase II study, but it will be several years before a system could be tested on an actual space flight. And many more before anything like a StarTrek replicator is serving dinner.
UPDATE—Of course, another possibility is the Nutri-Matic machine from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
He had found a Nutri-Matic machine which had provided him with a plastic cup filled with a liquid that was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea.
All of us are pro-choice to the extent that we believe that we should be free to choose the way we wish. The anarchists among us would agree with that point of view wholeheartedly. Libertarians might moderate that to the extent of limiting choices that affect another person. At the other end of the spectrum, nanny-statists and Progressives would say that choice must be limited by their understanding of what is good for us, by which they really mean the choices they choose.
At the silly end of things, nanny-statists such as Mayor Bloomberg want to take away your right to choose a Big Gulp. They argue that it’s bad for your health and that you’ll be a burden on the healthcare system, yada, yada, yada. At the serious end of things, they want to take away your right to choose to defend yourself with a modern sporting rifle loaded with a normal capacity magazine. They argue that … umm … well, actually they don’t have a logical argument; they just don’t like the idea that you might have a gun. They have to make a stretch to bring some other party’s interest to limit your choices.
OTOH, most Progressives favor a right for a mother to end the life of her child in utero. For those of us who look at the DNA of a child and see a member of our species from conception, it’s clear that an abortion affects an innocent party. Others may disagree about when that child deserves protection, but essentially no one advocates the killing of viable children born alive. The question of when to protect a child’s life is one of those inconvenient questions that many would rather not wrestle with.
That, I think, is the reason for the main stream media’s avoidance of the Gosnell murder cases. I brings that question into focus.
Homo sapiens generally likes being at the top of the food chain. In some natural settings we are not—think about going one-on-one with a crocodile or a grizzly—but in the civilized world we rule.
Not every creature is designed to be at or even near the top of a food chain. Some critters are prey animals. Deer are an example, and when deer move into an environment with no predators, their population will explode until they overgraze the area, destroy its ecology, and then die of starvation. A healthy deer population requires predation.
Of course, the idea that culling a deer herd is a good thing offends that special group of humaniacs called bambiists. A group of them is now protesting a National Park Service hunt in Rock Creek Park in DC. (WaPo story here.) They think that the deer can be put on birth control.
No, what works is predation. The practical choices are hunters, wolves, or mountain lions. Considering that the hunters can be expected to limit their predation to the deer, they strike me as the best choice for an urban environment such as DC.
BTW, a deer ate that crocus I photographed yesterday.
At this time, as a public service, we are glad to post the following superseding additional supplementary bulletin from the Office of Fluctuation Control and Ceiling Repairs, Bureau of Edible Condiments, Soluble, Insoluble, and Indigestible Fats and Glutinous Derivatives, Washington, D.C.:
Correction of the Correction of the Correction of Directive 943456201, issued earlier, February 2, 2009. First correction: that number is now 943456202. The second correction: please note that said Directive reading “chopped hogmeat” formerly reading “ground hogmeat” formerly reading “groundhog meat” should now read “sausage.”
I would like to express my appreciation for the following guns:
A Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolver, a Browning High Power pistol, a Model 1911A1 pistol, and an M14 rifle—these saved my life at one time or another while I was serving in Viet Nam.
A Colt Detective Special revolver, a Smith & Wesson 645 pistol, and a Winchester Model 1200 Stainless Police shotgun—these have kept various situations from becoming life-threatening by forcing aggressive people to consider the cost of further aggression.
A Thompson/Center Contender pistol, a Marlin 1895 rifle, and a Browning BPS shotgun—these have put free-range organic meat on our family’s table.
With the demise of a principal ingredient, the Twinkie Weiner Sandwich passed away today. The sandwich had been created by musician “Weird Al” Yankovic and featured in the movie UHF.The sandwich is survived by weiners and Easy Cheese.
DaTechGuy ran into some protesters when he ate at Chick-fil-A. When he approached them later, they fled. Like me, DaTechGuy wears a hat, specifically, a fedora. He notes that he was the only person wearing a fedora who approached the protestors and that he was the only person they ran from. He suggests that they may have an irrational fear of his hat—fedoraphobia.
Well, while some of the folks protesting Chick-fil-A are making a calculated attack on the company, the beliefs of its founder, and the First Amendment, most are not rational in their hatred. Perhaps they are also projecting their fear on to fedoras because of what they now symbolize among some bloggers.
DaTechGuy and I both live in solid blue states, he in Massachusetts, I in Maryland. I believe I’ll start taking field notes on reaction to my hat. I may have more to report at a later date.
Sometimes a chicken sandwich is just a chicken sandwich–but not tonight.
UPDATE–My son and I ate at the Chick-fil-A in Town Mall in Westminster, Maryland, around 6 this evening. It was the only spot in the mall that was crowded. The other Chick-fil-A in town had a line out the door and around the building. Everyone was polite. All was peaceful–unlike in Martinsburg, WV. You know they’re near the end of their rope when all they have left to make their argument is an anonymous bomb threat.
UPDATE 2—This picture is one of many, many posted at Legal Insurrection. Go by and take looks at how things went around the country.
I’m having supper at Chick-fil-A on Wednesday. My schedule would have me eating out anyway, and I like their grilled chicken sandwich. But there’s an additional reason this Wednesday. Folks who value free expression are eating lunch or supper there as an expression of support for the company and it’s owners’ right to express opinions without being punished by political hacks.
Aaron Walker, a guy who has been doing quite a lot for bloggers’ First Amendment rights, explains why this is important here.
Zack Ford says so. You see, I not only like Chick-fil-A sandwiches, but I also resist deforming the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.
Even if I were to ignore my religious beliefs, I would still oppose promoting same-sex unions as a simple matter of human biology. Our species has evolved to raise its offspring in nuclear families with male and female parents. Other arrangements are suboptimal.
I don’t believe that LGBT people, as they call themselves, should be persecuted in any way–but I don’t believe that it is in Society’s interest to promote their lifestyles. Tolerance does not require affirmation.
So I’m told that makes me a hater. And a loser.
I guess I’ll go drown my sorrows in a large lemonade at Chick-fil-A.
Mayor Bloomberg wants to ban sugary drinks being sold in containers larger than 16 oz at restaurants, theaters, and pushcarts.
Great idea! Now NYC will have bootleg Big Gulps. Perhaps I should have named this post Don’t Know Much About History; clearly Hizzoner never heard of Prohibition.
I’m serious about the connection. The prohibition of alcohol and, a few years earlier, of drugs was the result of effort by well-intentioned Progressives who just wanted to help people. The lesson from history is that when one bans something that people want, they will find a way to have it. A black market will develop. It’s iron law of human behavior, and if you don’t believe me, ask your local drug pusher.
The problem is not that these busybodies want to help us (“It’s for your own good.”). The problem is that they are busybodies and control freaks with a codependent relationship with society. Maybe a 12-Step program should be created for them. (1. We admitted we were powerless over the proles’ behavior and our lives had become unmanageable. …)
UPDATE—Another part of the Bloomberg Nanny-Statism is his Mayors Against Illegal Guns. MAIG works to suppress Second Amendment rights. Exurban Kevin comments at Shall Not Be Questioned:
MAIS (or MAIP for the Northeast) announces the formation of a new BATFE: Bureau of A+W Root Beer, Tab, Fanta and Egg Cream.
Note that the ATF is the successor agency to the revenue agents who enforced Prohibition.
Charles C. W. Cooke has a review at NRO of the Pow Wow Chow cookbook wherein he describes how he prepared some of the dishes credited to Elizabeth Warren. He says some are pretty good but none are particularly connected to the cooking of the Cherokee or any other tribe.
Like Warren, the Pow Wow Chow cookbook does not deserve its exotic title. It is a general-purpose cookbook that is chock-full of standard dishes from all over the world. How credible is the idea that it was written by genuine members of the “Five Civilized Tribes” is up for debate, but just as a collection of commonplace recipes written by Native Americans cannot by virtue of the authors’ bloodlines miraculously become a collection of Native American recipes, nor by indulging in dubious identity politics can Elizabeth Warren and those of her disposition hide what they really are: ordinary people trying to get ahead.