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Great Quote Nov. 7th, 2008 @ 10:28 am
Winston Churchill - "An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last."

Trivial Question Nov. 3rd, 2008 @ 10:12 am
When was the last time the New York Times endorsed a Republican for President?
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It's quite entertaining to read their history of endorsements:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2008/10/23/opinion/20081024-endorse.html?ex=1240459200&en=737feef49933a58c&ei=5087&WT.mc_id=OP-D-I-NYT-MOD-MOD-M067-ROS-1108-HDR&WT.mc_ev=click

the Goldwater versus Johnson is especially entertaining for its daisy-esque level of hysteria:

A Goldwater administration "would be tempted to follow an all-or-nothing, black-or-white, win-or-lose approach that would surely destroy America's alliances and might ultimately destroy the world's civilization."

Just made the best lunch Oct. 25th, 2008 @ 01:06 pm
Used the cherry preserve/balsamic vinegar sauce from Sunday's lamb chops and poured them over prime rib roast from Milano market and a hard roll. Threw that in the broiler for a few minutes and sprinkled pecorino romano cheese over it. Red potatoes and roasted red peppers as a side and some fresh ground french-pressed coffee. Incredible.

Here's the lamb recipe:

http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1634751

I followed the recipe except added another T of garlic. Deglazed the pan with red wine and scraped up some of the brown bits. Also, cooked the the sauce down about twice as long to make it much thicker and much more potent.
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Goldwater Oct. 17th, 2008 @ 06:04 pm
I have to say that I love the webclips feature of GMail. Now that I use gmail, I see how google makes so much more money per ad than the other search sites. On gmail, I actually see ads for products I might actually want (because google, of course, reads my e-mail). The real genius of gmail's webclips is that it trains you to click in the same place as the text ads in order to read news stories, etc.

Anyway, I loved this quote of the day I saw in the webclips today:

"A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away."

-Barry Goldwater

CapMag Oct. 3rd, 2008 @ 01:27 pm
Here is a letter by John Allison, President & CEO of BB&T, that was sent to every member of Congress.

http://www.capmag.com/article.asp?ID=5293
Other entries
» Smoot-Hawley!?
There have been a lot of dumb things said about the $700B bailout package that failed yesterday. What's astounding is how much intellectual trash has become accepted wisdom. Listen to this gem from the nytimes' Brooks (the one who is supposed to be the token conservative at the times):

"Now they have once again confused talk radio with reality. If this economy slides, they will go down in history as the Smoot-Hawleys of the 21st century."

The Smoot-Hawley act instituted a tariff, which cooled an already weak economy. Notice this is unnecessary government intrusion. How exactly is this the same as rejecting a hastily drafted bill? It's much easier to explain why they are exact opposites.
» (No Subject)
so I got an iphone, finally. I have wanted one for a while. The only thing keeping me from geting one was the cost and the fact that I already has a phone. Since my verizon phone finally expired I was fee at last. I took a while to get over the expense mentally, but it is one of the few indulgences I have allowed. Anyway, I was only posting so I could practice typing on the iPhone.
» Something intelligent from NYT!??
This is the single best op-ed I've seen from the NYT in at least 4 years (or since Safire retired):

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/11/opinion/11kristol.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin
» PASSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What makes it so sweet is not the "professional accomplishment", but the fact that I have six months of my life back!!
» Lebanese Coffee
Tried Lebanese coffee yesterday. Can't say I'm nuts about it. It's like Turkish coffee (which I love after a heavy lamb dish), but slightly weaker and with cardamom. I guess my mouth just gets confused with the cardamom. You'd expect to see that in tea, not coffee.
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