FLATEOTM: On time this time
QOTM: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” – Ronald Reagan
The other Spam Museum
Opinion Journal today has an article on the original SPAM museum.
No, I’m not interviewed. I’m so not related to the spam museum concept that as of this writing Google ranks me 53rd in the search for “spam museum“. Anyone up for a Google bomb linking spam museum to my spam museum page?
How about some good old fashioned mockery, just for kicks, huh?
Garden Harvest – IV
Following closely on the heels of the onions episode from earlier, I was out in the garden this morning, as I am wont to do, and I decided to yank a few of the garlic plants.
Open Discussion: Democracy vs. Republic
Inspired by a question Jennifer asked her government class today, I pose it here on this forum:
Since we have the technology to make it work, argue for or against a “true” democracy as opposed to a republic.
Comment below, please keep it clean. I’m for the republic.
The real end of the Civil War…
… happened largely on yesterday’s date in 1865. That’s when General Joseph E. Johnston surrendered his army to General William T. Sherman at the Bennett Place. The negotiations started on April 17th with a general agreement met the next day; they concluded with this text on the 26th. It also gave a parole to the men in Johnston’s Army, as well as sought a general end to the war itself. There were some supplementary terms, but the general aim of Johnston was to surrender as much of the Confederacy as he could. He succeeded, and it became the largest surrender of Confederate forces in the war.
Racism and Job Qualifications
Elton John Says ‘American Idol’ Vote Is ‘Racist’
Apparently, the simpletons out in the great grand US of A can’t identify real talent when they see it, according to Elton John. Towit:
“The three people I was really impressed with, and they just happened to be black, young female singers, and they all seem to be landing in the bottom three,” said John, commenting on the tally in which the lowest vote-getter is eliminated.
Pardon my opinion, but is Elton John really qualified to give a professional opinion on music quality?
As a matter of clarification, I have not seen the current season of American Idol, nor do I plan to. But to claim racism is the cause of the dismissals is to ignore the possibility that they really do stink, and in so ignoring, to also cast aside self examination. Elton, are you listening?
Garden Harvest – III
There were a few strawberries in the garden this morning. There were three others that I’ve picked off in the past few days. They were too good to sit around, very sweet and tasty. Sorry, no photos.
There are beans and peas growing now, as well as a couple radishes and lots of garlic. I’m going to miss it when I move.
Earth Day 2004
It’s earth day today. I think I’ll celebrate by driving my SUV to the office supply store and buying a ream of paper (keeping the engine running while I’m inside). When I get back to the office I’ll put the ream through the shredder.
The Coalition of the Willing Martini
Chopin Vodka (from Polish Potatoes)
Martini & Rossi dry vermouth (from Italy)
Mixed James Bond style (English)
served with an olive (from California)
I mixed two of these last night. Jennifer got a martini set for her birthday from her roomates, which included some olives & onions. I used onions instead, and got a nasty surprise upon reading the label.
The onions were from Canad(i)a.