The Occasional Joke

Nurse: Patient's name?

Centurion: Marcus Licinius Crassus

Nurse: And his date of birth?

Centurion: 115 BC.

Nurse: All right. And what is he here for?

Centurion: Cataphract surgery.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Michigan Anti-affirmative action amendment overturned

You go, 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. In yo' face!

Some alert readers may recall that I posed this question, some time back: what's the difference between the Taliban and people who voted for Proposition 2? One group is hiding in caves in Afghanistan and the other one should be.

Among people who were pleased: the Mayor of Grand Rapids, for some reason. He said, "Wow, wow, wow!" in fact. Not what I'd expect from a West Michigan Pol, but good for him.

The only good argument

,,, for being a vegetarian,

"I'm not a vegatarian because I love animals, I'm a vegetarian because I hate plants,"  A. Whitney Brown

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Well, maybe.

I think this guy did most of his Sci-fi reading in the sixties, too. But nice to see someone optimistic about contact, in the good old fashioned Heinlein and Clarke style, instead of the Hawking, "We should hide from aliens" point of view.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

An inconvenient connection

Doing some medieval reading these days, and ran across this view of cultural dispersion.

Think Texas, Montana, cow country, the cowboy ethos. Ever wonder where all those Anglo-Saxon whities got the cowboy life style from? Well, pardner, they got it from the Spanish, who brung it with 'em when they conquered Mexico and the Southwest. And where did they bring it from? Spain. And where did they get it while they were still in Spain? From the moors, natch. The Muslims who conquered most of the Southern Iberian Peninsula in the middle ages. Until then, the local Christians were mostly sheep-shaggers, not cattle abusers.

So the next time you run into George W., ask him which direction he faces when he prays.