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Anthrax v. Married With Children April 26, 2007

Posted by Sobek in Music.

All the Anthrax bits:

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Helpless April 25, 2007

Posted by Michael in Music.
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Nevada [hic] Law April 24, 2007

Posted by Sobek in Literature.

One thing I love about practicing law in Nevada is that the state still has the old west mindset, so we have a lot of decisions that look like they were written by one or more cast members from Deadwood. (My all-time favorite example is the one where the Supremes decided that a woman who killed her husband could collect on his insurance policy). I found a great example of this the other day. Rather than summarizing it like lawyers usually summarize cases — statement of the facts, legal issue, decision, rationale — I want to present this as a fictionalized dialogue between a Nevada Supreme Court justice and his law clerk.

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Romney! April 24, 2007

Posted by Sobek in Politics.

I’m skeptical that I have anything unique or original to say about Gov. Mitt Romney, so I’ll do what I do best: get my fisk on.


Songs For Amish April 24, 2007

Posted by Michael in Music.

In a thread below, Amish (a/k/a “dr4”) requested a Sonific song from Uncle Tupelo. I couldn’t find an Uncle Tupelo song on the Sonific service. But I came up with a good Uncle Sam song for him. I figure that some Christian reggae would be good for Amish.


That done, there’s always YouTube. Below the break, I’ve got Uncle Tupelo, doing Chickamauga.


A Good Meal Any Time April 23, 2007

Posted by Michael in Food.

If you are in a rush to feed your man, the following is acceptable, 24/7:

1. Bacon

2. Eggs over easy

3. A toasted bagel

Now, get this, the meal is always acceptable because in your kitchen you have some Marie Sharp’s Belizean Habanero Pepper Sauce to put on those eggs.

That is what I had for dinner tonight. Mrs. Michael had a meeting.

The other meal that is always acceptable, and does not take much time, is Chili-Mac. You need a can of chili, some macaroni, and some shredded cheese. Of course, this meal also depends upon you having some Marie Sharp’s Belizean Habanero Pepper Sauce in your cupboard.

I can’t believe that I keep giving away great advice like this for free.

Check Out The Slut April 23, 2007

Posted by Michael in Ducks, Man Laws, Personal Experiences.

This one right here:

That frickin’ hussy has way too much hair peeking out.

TEHRAN, Iran – With the arrival of spring, Iranian police have launched a crackdown against women accused of not covering up enough, arresting nearly 300 women, some for wearing too tight an overcoat or letting too much hair peek out from under their veil, authorities said Monday.

The campaign in the streets of major cities was the toughest such crackdown in nearly two decades, raising fears that hard-liner President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad intends to re-impose the tough Islamic Revolution-era constraints on women’s dress that loosened in past years.

The move highlighted the new boldness among hard-liners in Ahmadinejad’s government, which has used mounting Western pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program and Iraq as a pretext to put down internal dissent.

I hate it when women walk around like that, flaunting themselves and making men crazy.

Except for Kevlarchick, of course.

America needs more women like Lipstick — women who are demure and modest, and who repel men with explosive farting.

Just sayin’.

Iran Arrests 300 Insufficiently Veiled Women



Got My Bike Out Today April 22, 2007

Posted by Michael in Personal Experiences.

First time this year. By “got out” I mean, of course, that I cleaned it for 3 hours, and then drove it for 20 minutes.

This was a major spring cleaning. Wash, wax, polish, Armorall, leather conditioner, white wall tire cleaner, the works. I mean, the rubber brake pedal is shining.

When this was all over, I put the battery in. It’s been in the basement shop on a trickle-charger all winter. The bike chugged for about seven seconds and started right up.

Dang, that bike looked really good. It  sounded  good. I hopped on, wearing an elegantly casual cruising ensemble of shorts, tee shirt, and sun glasses, and drove around for twenty minutes. The neighborhood association should pay me for that tour. I elevated the quality of life for the entire community.



Here’s My Advice April 21, 2007

Posted by Michael in Commenting Tips.

1. Download Firefox. Then go to your Control Panel and make it your default browser. Just do it. Don’t argue with me. And don’t worry, it will import all your bookmarks from IE6. You won’t lose anything.

I have been hearing about the superiority of Firefox for a long time. I was finally motivated to try it because the “Remember Me” function at WordPress stopped working in IE6, so I had to log in every time I opened a new browser window. It was a pain. The guys at WordPress told me they were working on the problem, but that the “Remember Me” function still worked in Firefox. So I finally decided to try Firefox. Dang, it is so fast compared to IE6.

2. Open Firefox, and Install the Google toolbar. Just do what I say. Once it’s installed, click on Settings and fill in the Autofill information, especially if you like to shop online.

(I generally hate shopping.  I hate going to some frickin’ mall and dealing with traffic, parking, and crowds.  Mrs. Michael likes this experience, but I hate it.  So, I love to shop online. Tonight, for example, I got interested in taking better care of my shoes, so I bought some shoe shining supplies online from two different sites, including a nice birch box for my supplies.   I got the heel and sole dressing that you can put on the edges, just like when you get a professional shoeshine.  In brown and black.  You can get anything online these days.)

A really cool feature of the toolbar is that when you do a Google search after installing it, the search results will show you pages that have been tested for spyware and other malicious code before you click on them, and what the results were. They have tested almost anything you are likely to visit.

You also get a spellcheck button that works on webforms, including any comment field.

3. Install the 1-click Answers plug-in. I have explained this before, but this applet works really well when it is integrated into the browser rather than operating as another registry start-up. Do it!

4. Install the Cooliris Previews plug-in. You don’t have to understand. Just do what I say, and your browsing will get really efficient. After you install it and restart Firefox, you will be able to watch a YouTube video that explains to you what a cool thing you just did.

5. Send me an email at michael475369-comments@yahoo.com, thanking me profusely for making your online experience better. Just do it.

You owe me. There’s no doubt about this. I’m not asking for money. Just send me the frickin’ email.

If you want advice about anything else, like how to make your life worthwhile and so forth, you can consult the outsourced Innocent Bystanders Advice Department. A seasoned professional third-world¹ advisor is standing by, and is fully prepared to make your life better.


The Nuge on “gun-free” zones April 21, 2007

Posted by daveintexas in Crime.

Bad people do not care about your rules.

Ted makes perfectly good sense, and backs it up with examples of ordinary citizens (and an off duty cop) stopping a murderer from killing more victims.  This is not rocket science.

The alternative viewpoint is expressed by Paul Helmke of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.  He’s pretty timid, limiting his points to how more guns means more gun crimes, and goes off on the “large capacity magazine” misdirection, stating that it used to be illegal to buy them (not true, it was never illegal to buy them, it was illegal to manufacture or import them for a period of time).  This ignores completely whether or not Cho actually HAD them; the MSM is talking about them as if he did, but that has not been established as a fact (and won’t be anytime soon, because that will take the air out of the smoke and mirrors argument).

It’s a stupid point.  I’m not the world’s more proficient shooter, but even I can empty an 8 round .45 magazine, drop it, replace it and start shooting again, in one to two seconds.

Not.  Hard.

As an aside, I’m really glad to have Ted as a new neighbor (well, within 30 miles).  Makes me feel safer.

via GraniteGrok, who apparently understands rocks or something.

Author’s note: I posted something similar on this yesterday but due to mine own stupidity had to take it down.  You’re not seeing things.  This is not deja vu.

Let’s Kill Women April 20, 2007

Posted by Michael in Economics.

We don’t really like them anyway, especially since they got so uppity with the feminist movement and such. So let’s kill them.


Easy. Deny them health care.

ATLANTA – High-deductible health insurance plans favored by many employers often wind up being an unfair burden to women, a new study says, largely because women need many routine medical exams that quickly add up.

The median expense for men under 45 in these plans was less than $500, but for women it was more than $1,200, according to a study by Harvard Medical School researchers.

They also found that only a third of insured men in that age group spent more than $1,050 in annual medical costs, while 55 percent of women did.

Note that an insurance plan with the same deductible for everyone is, by any rational definition, non-discriminatory. It treats men and women exactly the same. The “unfair burden” for women arises because the plans do not subsidize their needs.

Feminism has run amok.

“When an employer switches all his employees into a consumer-driven health plan, it’s the same as giving all the women a $1,000 pay cut, on average, because women on average have $1,000 more in health costs than men,” she said.

Women’s costs are higher because women need mammograms, cervical cancer vaccine, Pap tests, birth control and pregnancy-related services that men do not, said Woolhandler, who also is a co-founder of a physicians’ group that advocates for a single-payer national health insurance system.

Employer’s are adopting these plans because their health-care costs are spiraling out of control.

Consumer-driven plans are premised on the idea that patients will be more fiscally responsible with how they use medical services if they must pay off the first thousand dollars or more of their own annual health-care bills. President Bush has championed them as a way to control rising U.S. health-care costs.

This means that an entirely gender-neutral plan will be denounced as punishment for women.

“High-deductible plans punish women for having breasts and uteruses and having babies,” said Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, the study’s lead author.

Popular Health Insurance Plans Punish Women

In a similar vein, a Dr. Klaassen recently published an article in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association bemoaning the fact that his cancer received better treatment than one of his uninsured patients.

Klaassen’s treatment included surgery two days after diagnosis and costly new drugs that have kept him going despite cancer that has now spread to his lungs, liver and pelvis.

“I received the most efficient care possible. I was 61 years old and had good group health insurance through my workplace,” he wrote in the essay.

The doctor didn’t name Shirley Searcy in his March 14 article. After all he’d been through, he couldn’t remember her name. But for days he dug through old medical files searching for her identity after he was interviewed by The Associated Press. He realized he could shine a more powerful light on the plight of the uninsured if her story could be told more fully.

And it is a story that’s far from unique. The widowed mother of eight grown children, Searcy had little money. When she began to sense she might be sick, she put off going to the doctor for a year because she knew she couldn’t pay the medical bills. Deeply religious, she put her faith in God, according to her family.

By the time she saw Klaassen, her cancer had spread from her colon to her liver. She had surgery but rejected chemotherapy.

OK, let’s review. She avoided treatment until it was too late, and then she rejected chemotherapy. She has eight grown children, but no insurance. She died.

What are we to make of this?

Basically, boo hoo.  A poor uninsured woman did not get treated as well as an affluent insured male doctor.


Klaassen’s essay in the Journal of the American Medical Association illustrates the issue “right there up close and personal,” said editor Dr. Catherine DeAngelis.

It underscores that insurance can be a life or death issue, said Paul Ginsburg, president of the Center for Studying Health System Change, a nonpartisan policy research organization. “The cost of health insurance has been going up faster than people’s incomes,” he said.

The cost of health insurance is also growing exponentially faster than the incomes of employers. The system is seriously out of whack.

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that people are trying to make this look like a conspiracy against women. I’m looking forward to the articles pointing out that black people are disproportionately affected.

U.S. spending on health care totaled $2 trillion last year and economists in February projected it will nearly double by 2016.

Who’s gonna pay?

I can tell you.


Affluent retired white males. Ten years from now, when my Social Security benefits have been taxed out of existence to support Medicare, just remember that I told you this.

I’m going to be picking up the tab. There is no other readily available source of cash.

Not to worry. I’ll be OK.

Hundreds of thousands of my generational cohort who did not see this coming — they will not be OK.

Doctor contrasts his health care with uninsured.


Job Satisfaction April 19, 2007

Posted by Michael in Economics, Science.

Most of you geeks are probably thinking that the most satisfying jobs involve J2EE programming, or kicking someone’s ass in court.

Not so.

Firefighters, the clergy and others with professional jobs that involve helping or serving people are more satisfied with their work and overall are happier than those in other professions, according to results from a national survey.

“The most satisfying jobs are mostly professions, especially those involving caring for, teaching and protecting others and creative pursuits,” said Tom Smith, director of the General Social Survey (GSS) at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.

Wow. Caring and sharing make for satisfying jobs.

Doesn’t work for me, but apparently I am an exception.

Here are the Top 10 most gratifying jobs and the percentage of subjects who said they were very satisfied with the job:

  • Clergy—87 percent percent
  • Firefighters—80 percent percent
  • Physical therapists—78 percent percent
  • Authors—74 percent
  • Special education teachers—70 percent
  • Teachers—69 percent
  • Education administrators—68 percent
  • Painters and sculptors—67 percent
  • Psychologists—67 percent
  • Security and financial services salespersons—65 percent
  • Operating engineers—64 percent
  • Office supervisors—61 percent

I couldn’t do any of those jobs.

Survey Reveals Most Satisfying Jobs