The outing of Dambala

31 August 2009

I’m only sorry the article didn’t include pictures of Bob Ellis and Daya Naef.  I gather everyone else knows who they are, but although I read American Zombie pretty regularly, I hadn’t followed this story because it was over my head from the beginning.  Now, thanks to them, I know who Ellis and Naef are, and not that they care, I think they suck.

A number of years ago Elizabeth Loftus, a prominent social psychologist and expert on eyewitness testimony and the malleability of memory, was sued by a woman whom she showed had been subject to false memory creation in a sexual abuse trial.  Although she had worked hard to protect their anonymity, they sacrificed their anonymity by suing her for testifying as to what the data showed.  Sometimes people cut off their nose to spite their face.  In fact, Loftus’ university didn’t back her in the shitstorm and ended up losing one if its most badass researchers.

I don’t know what the Latin phrase would be, but surely it’s a logical fallacy for one’s response to an accusation to be, “I sue you now.”  Here’s hoping this all blows over, or Dambala is vindicated.

Remember, Indeed

29 August 2009

I shared Jeffrey’s dismay at Google’s choice of Michael Jackson’s birth as the most commemoration-worthy event of August 29.

So, to help ’em out, here’s a nice list of people they can honor on September 11 for their birthdays.  My favorites for Google to take note:  Kristy McNichol, Bob Packwood, O. Henry.  But hell, how could you pass up a dual-recognition of Tom Landry and Bear Bryant?

I’m so excited to see what the make the OOs out of!  Pricks.

Sinn fein.

S’long, Nossiter (again)

28 August 2009

Kudos to my friend (and Saints seatmate) Gary for his royal sendoff to Nossiter.  Don’t know how they put his name at the bottom but called him “Unknown” at the top.  Either way, glad Nossiter’s gone.

A link & a question

27 August 2009

The link.  Kinda nice to hear Steve Inskeep hand Michael Steele’s douchebag ass to him on Morning Edition.

The question.  Now that I’m pretty much done with Whole Foods, where’s the best place to get organic and vegetarian groceries in town?

So what’s the deal with James Perry?

23 August 2009

He seems like the choice so far to me, but I don’t know much about the race yet. I get the sense that pretty much all the bloggers around are supporting him at this point, but am I misreading the situation?

So far, I really like what I see, but I’d like to hear from some more plugged in folks.

New Orleans=Afghanistan?

19 August 2009

I’m a little late on this, but the New Orleans quote cracked me up too much.

When Colbert covered it, he said, “I had no idea Afghanistan was so fucked up!”


18 August 2009

This is why it IS still about race, and why FoxNews and the like need to check themselves before, G-d forbid, they get blood on their hands.

New Orleans dollars?

17 August 2009

I heard quite a bit about this in Toronto and could really see it taking off here.  Anybody know of other places it’s been done or its impact?

On Canada, Camping, and Camping in Canada

16 August 2009

DSC_0042E and I just got back from a wonderful trip up North.  She attended APA in Toronto while I milled around the city and attempted to work.  Then we both spent almost a week in Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park.  Got in some excellent hiking, camping, and kayaking.  Pix will be on my Flickr page soon.

It was an interesting time to be in Canada, as the whole country seems to get a bit of a kick out of our gnashing over health care reform.  Lots of people asked about the city, and they were almost uniformly more informed about our status than people in other parts of the US.  And because it was only the 2nd time I’d been there, I now feel equipped to judge the entire country on my limited experience.  So herewith, some overgeneralizations about Canadians:

DSC_0171First, meet Tom.  Tom runs Doc’s Gas Bar, which I hoped meant Gas & Bar, but didn’t.  It’s the typical rural supply store where in the States you’d find rebel flag hats and lots of cellophane-wrapped “nougat” products for sale.  We came there to buy firewood and ice, and a couple of citronella candles.  On our first stop, Tom was very friendly and asked us where we were from and eventually asked us how we felt about “this guy behind me,” which was the first time I noticed that he had a big Obama poster behind the counter.  I told him that I was pretty thrilled and that it sure as hell was a step up from his predecessor, but then it dawned on me how weird it was that in this otherwise redneck-looking outpost, the man wouldn’t just be a closet Obama sympathizer, but would actually advertise it.  Not even his president (or maybe that’s why it’s safer).  Anyway, here’s E and me with Tom.  As he put it, “White men screwed it all up, and it’ll take a black man to fix it.”

Here are some other thoughts on the trip:

  • In American parks, if you’re willing to hike about 1/4 mile on a trail, you don’t see anyone else; no so in Canada.  People really get out there.
  • Sea kayaking is a lot of fun as long as you’re not in a hurry.
  • I was amazed at how little wildlife we saw.  The parks were pristine, but at night you wouldn’t hear as much as a cricket or frog, and our fauna tally amounted basically to some frogs, lots of squirrels, a couple rabbits, 2 water snakes, and a couple chipmunks.  Kinda disappointing.
  • It’s pretty hard to get decent bourbon in Canada.
  • Stone Orchid Indonesian restaurant in Tobermory is phenomenal and set us up with a full 7-course vegetarian feast on our anniversary (14 yrs, btw).
  • If at all possible, avoid driving on Toronto highways or downtown.
  • If someone offers you an Alexander Keith’s India Pale Ale, do not accept.  It’s no IPA at all; virtually no hops.
  • On the other hand, the Mill Street Brewery makes a number of very fine beers.
  • I’m really glad we’ve given up backpacking in favor of base-camp-day-hiking.
  • Even though Canadians seem to use their parks more, they’re fairly loud (and yes, I know it was the Canadians by the accent, and yes, I know I’m generalizing, but I cautioned about that).  I mean jeez, people are sleeping in a tent 20 feet from you and you’re going to stay up talking at full volume?  And all parks should ban recorded music at all times.
  • The Harry Potter book recordings make for excellent road-trip listening.
  • My wife is amazingly tolerant.

DSC_0137Great trip, and now work resumes.  Counting my blessings to have the opportunity to travel and relax.  I sure sleep better in that tent.

Obama’s “evil” health plan

8 August 2009

After reading this, I’m starting to think that we should only support a health care plan that DOES force suicide.  I have a list of initial candidates, if anyone’s interested.