… a cotton-pickin’, finger-lickin’ chicken plucker. Whadaya think about that?
Mmmmm … Kona coffee.
So I will say it with relish. Give me a hamburger but hold the lawsuit.
—S. I. Hayakawa
If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.
Mrs. Hoge just brought some in from her garden.
There’s a joke about a lawyer who begins his oral argument in the Supreme Court by saying, “I’m appealing a ruling of the Ninth Circuit, but I have other arguments as well.”
The Supremes reversed the Ninth Circuit again today in a case that’s been called “The California Raisins Case” (Horne v. Department of Agriculture). You can read about it here.
The longest German word in recent usage is no more.
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which meant ”law for the delegation of monitoring beef labeling” has been repealed.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.
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.
It is a government program after all.
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.”
—Bob and Ray
The Evi L. Blogger Lady salutes National Squirrel Appreciation Day.
Mmmmm, squirrel stew.
UPDATE—Mrs. Hoge was amused by the Squirrel Melt cooking video.
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.
Ever consider what pets must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul—chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we’re the greatest hunters on earth!
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I’m getting stuffed on Popcorn…might be time to switch to juju bees for a little while.
That’s a viable substitute. Enjoy.
Mrs. Hoge, who is a lapsed beekeeper, found this amusing.