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Possibly The Cutest Thing You Will See Today April 30, 2007

Posted by skinbad in Ducks.
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Mrs. Skinny told me about this:

I’m suspicious. I think they’re just angling for the Filet O’ Fish one of the lookie-loos is holding.

Bluffing April 29, 2007

Posted by Michael in Economics, Personal Experiences, Philosophy.
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I learned something interesting at my poker party last night. I learned how not to bluff.

It was a typical all-guy poker party. Pretty much looked like this:


A guy in the game got burned on a bluff. After the hand was over, another guy (who had dropped out of the hand early) commented that the bluff was obvious. It was something he learned on some TV show about poker.

According to him, when you are bluffing, you subconsciously need to over-project confidence. You do this physically, by moving your chips into the pot too rapidly, and smacking them down too aggressively.

After the hand was over and we were talking about it, we all recalled that this was exactly what the bluffer had done.

So here’s my free advice for today.

Bluff slowly.

This advice applies to more than card games. I have found an excellent music selection to make this point.


BTW, I actually came out ahead last night. That’s unusual for me. I made enough money to cover the huge annual fee that I pay to WordPress ($20) for extra storage to save all the graphics on this site.

Italian Woman Dies From Stab Wound To Eye April 29, 2007

Posted by Michael in Crime.
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Two women have been detained in Italy over the killing of a young commuter who was stabbed in the eye with an umbrella tip at Rome’s main station.Vanessa Russo, 22, died from wounds suffered in the stabbing at Termini station on Thursday morning.The arrests were made after Italian TV aired a video of two suspects caught on the station’s surveillance cameras.The attack sent shockwaves through Italy, where violent crime on public transport is rare.

In the footage, the two young suspects dressed in white trousers and white jackets are seen calmly walking up a staircase at Termini station shortly after the attack took place.

BBC NEWS | Europe | Arrests over Rome umbrella death

“two young suspects dressed in white trousers and white jackets”

I’m just going to go out on a limb here. I don’t really know, but I’m guessing that this is a BBC code phrase for the fact that the two young suspects are members of some ethnic minority group.

Iranian Style Crackdown Extends To Men April 29, 2007

Posted by Michael in News.
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Give the mullahs credit for consistency.

I previously posted on the Iranian style police taking action against trashy women who let their hair peek out, and other such sluttish and unIslamic behaviors.

Apparently this is not just a sexist thing, because men are getting the same treatment. So, give the mullahs some credit.

Iranian police have warned barbers not to give men Western hairstyles or use make up on them.

The move is part of an unusually fierce crackdown on what is known locally as bad hijab, or un-Islamic clothing, that this year is also targeting men.

Hair stylists have been warned that they could lose their licences if they do not comply.

However, police have denied a report that they have ordered barbers not to serve customers wearing ties.

I guess it’s good news that they are being open-minded about ties.

But the Iranian police are not open-minded about effeminate girly-men who want a paraffin wax treatment for their hands, like Dave in Texas.

OK, I don’t actually know that for sure. I’m just inferring that from the fact that Iranian police don’t tolerate eyebrow-plucking.

Police say that as well as avoiding Western hairstyles and make up, barbers should not pluck customers’ eyebrows.

So, you see what I mean. On Dave’s next visit to Tehran, I’m thinking he is going to have to put up with rough, chapped hands.

Iran Ban On Western Hairstyles

Gee, an excellent BBC news story like that really gets me in the mood.

You know the mood I mean. I am talking about being in the mood for some really excellent music, that you will all discuss in the comment thread below:


Plus Ca Change, Plus le Meme Chose April 29, 2007

Posted by harrison in Crime, Heroes, History, Humor, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Science, Terrorist Hemorrhoids.
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Middle East Conflict Intensifies As Blah Blah Blah, Etc. Etc.

The U.N. has issued a strongly worded whatever denouncing someone or something presumably having to do with the vicious explosive things that raged across this, or shattered the predawn calm of that, or ripped suddenly through the other, killing umpteen innocent civilians in a Jerusalem bus or Beirut discotheque or Fallujah mosque or whatever it was this time.

Funny and sad, all at the same time.

A Poll! A Poll! April 28, 2007

Posted by harrison in Crime, Heroes, Man Laws, Movies, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Science, Sports, Terrorist Hemorrhoids, Travel.
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Go to The KnoxNews Blogs and vote for the “Greatest Car Chase in Movie History.”
Nine choices, all with YouTube clips.
You can easily kill an hour doing it.

via Instapundit.

It’s NFL Draft Day April 28, 2007

Posted by harrison in Crime, Economics, Heroes, Philosophy, Sports.
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And Fred! Thompson has a question for the league over at Pajamas Media.

Why do these teams keep drafting players with character defects you can see at 100 yards in the dark with your back turned?

The Greatest Rock Voice Ever April 27, 2007

Posted by Michael in Music.
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This guy:

It’s Raining Where I Live April 26, 2007

Posted by Michael in Personal Experiences.
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Plus, my house is getting torn up by the ever-expanding kitchen renovation project, which now extends to hall, foyer, bar, and laundry room. Fortunately, my study is still off-limits.

Yesterday, both of the guys who were working on this project at the time went to the hospital. No shit. One suffered a knee blow-out. This guy is our prime contractor. Apparently this happens to him periodically. After he left, the other guy got a forehead laceration from incidental shrapnel while cutting tile. Mrs. Michael did the battlefield bandaging and sent him to the hospital for stitches.

In the meantime, my house looks like shit, I’ve got a poker party scheduled for Saturday, and they have not even started on the kitchen. The only thing going on with the kitchen is that there are all these frickin’ new appliances and lighting fixtures piled up in the garage, which makes it really difficult to get the motorcycle out. Which doesn’t matter anyway, because it’s frickin’ raining. That means I gotta get wet to enter my own home because I have to go in the front door, because I can’t get in through the garage because the hall is being tiled. My recently beautified motorcycle is covered with a drop cloth, because the garage is where the tile-cutting (and shrapnel) is going on.

And it’s raining.

Dr. Suess on Patriotism April 26, 2007

Posted by Sobek in Politics.
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Did you know Dr. Suess was a political cartoonist?  I had no idea.  Of course you recognize his style immediately, but how crazy is it to see his unique characters emblazoned with Nazi symbols?


Bobby “Boris” Pickett, dead at 69 April 26, 2007

Posted by daveintexas in Music.
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Became a one-hit wonder in 1962 with “Monster Mash”.  Bob Dylan said “he was a one-hit wonder, but he came back every year”.  Bobby recorded Monster Mash with a dead-on impersonation of Boris Karloff.

He used to say at performances “And now I’m going to do a medley of my hit”.

RIP Bobby.

Evil Librarians Hide Information April 26, 2007

Posted by skinbad in Ducks, Economics.
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Brothers, age 14 and 16, went to the public library to find information on military academies. Knowing that librarians are devious and often hide this kind of sought after information, the boys thoroughly checked The Whole Lesbian Sex Book. It’s subtitled “A Passionate Guide for All of Us,” so, technically, that would include military academies. Now they are feeling “greatly disturbed” and their dad is unable to keep the family in Jergens and Kleenex.

Answer? Ten grand in damages per child should cover it.

And it probably needs covering.