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Monday miscellany

  • Some ammo for the next time some statist tells you that laws should be obeyed just because they’re there. Give ’em something to think about.
  • This has been around a few months, but it’s pretty interesting if accurate: “Real-Life Rearden Metal?”
  • A Lyttony of bad writing: Every winner of the Edward Bulwer-Lytton contest, 1983 to the present. That’s the contest where entrants write just the opening paragraph of a really, really, really bad novel. (Thank heaven that’s as far as they go!)

Speaking of really bad, these guys (source) look like like something from the opening scene of a really bad horror movie. A nest of identity-stealing pods? Giant worms? Articulate brains?

Ew. But at the same time … Awwww.

Sharpei pups sleeping, looking not of this earth

Deadlining this week. Will post as I can …


  1. Mac the Knife
    Mac the Knife October 24, 2011 6:50 am

    I want one, please.

  2. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal October 24, 2011 7:16 am

    Laws should only be obeyed if they are not counterfeit. Any “law” forbidding secession (among other things) is counterfeit and you are not obligated to obey it.

    Those puppies make me think of botfly larvae. But I guess the wrinkles hold all sorts of tasty fat, if you’re into that sort of food.

  3. Matt, another
    Matt, another October 24, 2011 7:27 am

    I thought the question of whether or not the Declaration of Independence was legal was settled by a string or armed debates starting about 1776. The side that saw it as legal, won. Next question?

    The world economy is tanking, freedom is on the retreat globally and these jokers wanted to reargue a question that was settled in excess of 200 years ago? Yes, it was illegal at the time. Duh. If it was legal, the British bankers and mercantilists would not of sent an army to enforce the status quo and arrest the signatories of the Declaration of Independence.

    The question ought to be, When are we going to pen the new one?

  4. ms jordan
    ms jordan October 24, 2011 7:40 am

    Clarie – I will take one please
    and why are we even giving this legal ^&$( the time of day
    ahh well, grouchy this morning, off to fight the statists in my county planning department. Shoot them all and let god sort it out

    Happy Monday all

  5. bumperwack
    bumperwack October 24, 2011 8:02 am

    I think their gorgeous!

  6. Claire
    Claire October 24, 2011 8:10 am

    I sorta figured I’d get this type of response on the “is it legal” thing. I should have noted more clearly that this is something to point out for the benefit of the “all law should be obeyed” types. Of course you guys already get it.

    LOL, I didn’t figured people would be lining up for those puppies. I suppose all puppies are cute by definition. But really …

  7. winston
    winston October 24, 2011 9:17 am

    The coats on those dogs are very unpleasant. They look so soft but it’s like petting coarse sandpaper. Tempermental little bastards too.

  8. Scott
    Scott October 24, 2011 9:24 am

    If a sharpei fell out of a plane, they’d be all right-they have enough loose skin to glide down. The owner of a local used bookstore had a sharpei,and Winston is right-the skin is like a blend of sandpaper and waxed paper. Her sharpei was friendly enough-didn’t seem to have an attitude to me.

  9. Karen
    Karen October 24, 2011 10:59 am

    That picture reminds me of an email that an aging neighbor keeps sending around……..Be thankful that wrinkles don’t hurt. The pile of them kind of looks like something forgotten in the back of the refrigerator, but I’ve still got to say Awwwww.

  10. Matt, another
    Matt, another October 24, 2011 11:00 am

    Always go for ghe dog that carries enough skin it can patch itself, or build another dog. Cool looking dogs.

  11. Mary Lou
    Mary Lou October 24, 2011 7:06 pm

    I think the sharpei pups are adorable:-).. but then again, I even like Chinese cresteds… ‘shar-pei MEANS ‘sandy coat’, its supposed to feel like ‘sandpaper’ … like most of the Chinese breeds, they are aloof and reserved, but very loyal. My personal favorite breed is the gorgeous, sweet, goofy Irish setter … but, I used to walk a sharpei at the shelter that I grew very fond of. Very smart dog:-)

  12. Pat
    Pat October 24, 2011 10:13 pm

    From Jim B’s link:
    [QUOTE]So this begs the question: is the first ever national EAS test really a big deal?

    Probably not. At least, not yet.[UNQUOTE]

    Oh, but it *is* a big deal! OTOH, it won’t touch the internet — which tells us how even more significant the ‘net will be in our lives. (And why the feds wish to control it so badly.)

  13. Claire
    Claire October 25, 2011 7:04 am

    Jim B — thanks for the link. I blogged it. Pat — totally agreed.

    How many people are going to be watching TV or listening to radio if the president ever “needs” to address the nation? How many will be online or have some ‘net capable device in their pockets?

    The hugest “hit” TV shows of today draw audiences that would have gotten them cancelled in a hurry back in television’s heyday.

    We can be glad Our Beloved Leaders remain behind the times.

  14. R.L. Wurdack
    R.L. Wurdack October 25, 2011 8:04 am

    To argue against the Declaration is a recursive attempt to argue against the principles of the Declaration – blithering silliness. An extrapolation of that logic would preclude property ownership or moving from state to state or, indeed, any form of self-determinism.

  15. The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit
    The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit October 28, 2011 2:31 pm

    Wrinkledoggies!!! A boatload of “Awwwwwwwwww!!!!” in every furrow!

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