June 30, 2005

Another Bit Of RL

Nin lost her job today. Yes, we needed one more crappy thing to happen, especially financially. Now we have the complete set, I'm sure we'll at least get the Ginzu knives.

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Lack Of Content

Busy day today, so there will be a serious lack of content forthcoming. So play amongst yourselves in the comments and keep me amused! I have faith in you.

One note before I go: getting slammed with searches for Domino Harvey, the bounty hunter, who I mentioned ages back in relation to Keira Knightly and a movie she's doing playing her. Well, I heard on FNC this morning that Domino was found dead in her home, and now everyone seems to be looking for info on it.

Posted by Ithildin at 9:26 AM | Comments (1)

June 29, 2005

SQUEEE!

Lori passes on freakin' kewl news!

(Link fixed -- thanks, Jay)

Posted by Ithildin at 10:21 PM | Comments (1)

Gold Star for Creativity

CB was so creative in her attempt to finangle a link, that I just have to do it.

And this a good time to remind folks that if they're shopping at Amazon, and click through my page, it garners the blog a few quatloos to keep the lights on. It's always greatly appreciated!

Posted by Ithildin at 3:21 PM | Comments (2)

It Just Gets Creepier

Found this over on The Corner just now:

THE new religion embraced by former Catholic schoolgirl Katie Holmes — unlike her original faith — actually encourages abortion. As The Post's Philip Recchia has re ported, the Church of Scientology assigned Tom Cruise's fiancée a full-time handler, Jessica Rodriguez, 29, who is a member of the sect's elite corps, the Sea Organization. Like all Sea Org members, Rodriguez is discouraged by the sect from ever giving birth. And if she does get pregnant, chances are she'll have an abortion. A former high-ranking Sea Org member now tells Recchia: "It is estimated that there have been some 1,500 abortions carried out by women in the Sea Organization since the implementation of a rule in the late '80s that members could not remain in the organization if they decided to have children. And if members who have been in the Sea Organization for, say, 10 years do decide to have kids, they are dismissed with no more than $1,000" in severance. Our source's ex-wife was also a Sea Org, and she was pressured by the church into having an abortion.
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Canada's Unhappy Birthday

David Frum: What a grim and troubling anniversary this coming July 1 will be.

Posted by Ithildin at 8:29 AM

June 28, 2005

Blame Lori

Total and absolute blame for this goes to Lori (and Tom, of course):

The Scientology Test

Have you driven anyone insane?
* Yes, so I don't drive anymore.

Have you ever killed the wrong person?
* Not on purpose.

Is anybody looking for you?
* I sure hope not, 'cus my hair is a mess!

Have you ever set a poor example?
* No, but I've followed Lori's poor example in answering these questions!

Did you come to Earth for evil purposes?
* All I want is to train bunny rabbits everywhere to balance pancakes on their head. If that's wrong, then I don't wanna be right.

Are you in hiding?
* You tell me.

Have you systematically set up mysteries?
* No but I've built them -- where the vampires roam even.

Have you ever made a practice of confusing people?
* No, I decided I was more of a "Ministry of Silly Walks" sorta gal.

Have you ever philosophized when you should have acted instead?
* No -- I'm method, baby.

Have you ever gone crazy?
* Nosey much?

Have you ever sought to persuade someone of your insanity?
* Hey, it's them that are crazy! I'm normal.

Have you ever deserted, or betrayed, a great leader?
* Yeah. When I discovered there was no GAP in Rohan, I told Aragorn that my heart just wasn't in it anymore and ran off with Eomer.

Have you ever smothered a baby?
*No, but I have poached one lightly in a nice pear reduction.

Do you deserve to have any friends?
* Define "deserve".

Have you ever castrated anyone?
* Only a little.

Do you deserve to be enslaved?
* Again, define "deserve"

Is there any question on this list I had better not ask you again?
*Any more questions with "deserve" in them.

Have you ever tried to make the physical universe less real?
* Just last week in fact!

Have you ever zapped anyone?
* Only when they [cough] deserve it.

Have you ever had a body with a venereal disease? If so, did you spread it?
* Yeah, one of those folks I accidently killed, you know, the ones from the question way up at the top? Well, one of those bodies had something nasty, so I ran them through a composting machine, just like in that Doctor Who episode, and I made a really nice mulch and spread it all over my neighbourhood.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:46 AM | Comments (7)

No More Pancakes

GaijinBiker posts that Oolong the bunny, the one with the pancake on his head, died a few years back. He also includes other photos of Oolong with all sorts of things balanced on his head.

Posted by Ithildin at 10:11 AM

Not Just For The Cocoa Puffs

After a long drought, where I was parched by the lack of a real honest to goodness G File, this morning, my thirst is sated.

Something to whet your whistle, before I send you off to read the rest:

About a month ago, I helped a Muslim woman with her groceries in a supermarket parking lot. She was dealing with her kids and her shopping cart started to roll away from her car with the groceries still inside. As it rolled, I saw a decent society of tolerance and kindness rolling away. The cart’s one wobbly wheel — going chapocketa, chapocketa, chapocketa — was onomatopoetically tapping out a small drumbeat for the forced march to oblivion of all we hold dear.


Thank goodness I was there.

Thank goodness this country produces heroes like me.

I sprang into action. Walking more than a dozen yards without concern about the parking-lot traffic, heedless of the SUVs barreling along at 5 perhaps even 10 MPH — not even caring about what my fellow Americans might make of me giving aid and comfort to a Muslim woman. I knew that this woman’s faith in the American way of life was on the line! And I was going to do what was necessary! I grabbed that shopping cart and I pushed it through all the fear and bigotry this country has smothered that poor woman with. I pushed that shopping cart back to that woman’s minivan not so much so she could more easily unload her Cocoa Puffs, but because I have a dream. I have a dream that one day little Muslim boys and little Jewish boys, little Arab girls and little Scots-Irish girls will be able to join hands as sisters and brothers and push that great shopping cart we call “America” together — with their one free hand.

I don't use the word "hero" lightly, but I am the greatest hero in American history. Except, maybe, for Al Gore.

Off you go!

Posted by Ithildin at 9:14 AM

Dance Card II

A little more dancing as promised:

Not A Desperate Housewife.

Posted by Ithildin at 8:38 AM

June 27, 2005

Dance Card

The first dance of the evening is being held at MaxedOutMama, the next dance is at Rightwingsparkle. Come morning, there will most certainly be a final waltz -- or two! Stay tuned!

Posted by Ithildin at 10:19 PM | Comments (1)

A Little Whine With Your Wine

Muslim anger at bid to serve drink outside

Muslim charities have tried to stop an Italian restaurant serving drink on a terrace, claiming it is offensive to Glasgow's Asian community. Gambrino Pizzeria in Kelvinbridge wants to use the pavement outside its premises as an eating and drinking area and has applied to Glasgow City Council for permission.

However, the proposals for eight tables and 16 seats has infuriated the local Asian community who say drinking alcohol outdoors is "offensive".
Two Muslim charities, UK Islamic Mission, based at the Islamic Mosque in Carrington Street, and Noah's Ark/ Radio Ramadhan in Arlington Street, formally objected to the Great Western Road restaurant's seating plans.

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Most Hated Thing

I HATED shopping for a car from a dealership, so much so, I bought mine from a private individual from the Auto Shopper. Here is a tale of new car buying that reminded me how much I hated it!

Posted by Ithildin at 11:59 AM | Comments (1)

Arming The Border

Canada Suggests Armed Agents at Border

- A Canadian Senate report released Wednesday said customs agents should carry weapons like their U.S. counterparts to prevent terror threats, and blasted Ottawa and Washington for not doing more to secure the shared border.

The arming of the Canadian border agents has long been opposed by the government.

A long-awaited report by the Committee on National Security and Defense said Canada and the U.S. have not progressed in tightening their 4,000-mile border.

"Despite what should have been the wake-up call of Sept. 11, 2001, there has been an unsettling lack of progress on both sides of the border to improve efficiency and strengthen security at land border crossings," said the 192-page report.

Testimony before the committee revealed numerous gaps including 139 border crossings where Canadian customs officers work alone; some 62 Canada Border Security Agency offices have no access to the customs database to screen incoming travelers; and several airports that take in international flights have no onsite immigration checks.

Unlike U.S. Border Patrol agents, CBSA officers are unarmed. They are instructed to call the federal Royal Canadian Mounted Police or local police departments if threatened, but officers testified that help is often slow in coming.

"The committee has reluctantly come to the conclusion that if the federal government is not willing or able to provide a constant police presence at Canada's border crossings, current border inspectors must be given the option of carrying firearms after successfully completing rigorous training in the use of such firearms," the report said.

RCMP Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli, however, strongly opposes an armed border patrol, fearing some incidences would be unnecessarily inflamed if officers were armed.

"I know being at the border can be risky and there are certain dangers," Zaccardelli testified in April before the Special Senate Committee on the Anti-Terrorism Act. "I am strongly against arming people simply to create the notion that we might feel more secure."

Posted by Ithildin at 10:10 AM | Comments (1)

Back To Nature

While I sit in my very cold living room as the water heater guy does his stuff, I present this for your perusal. It's an interesting article on how Europe's declining birth rate is leaving long populated areas virtually deserted of humans, and that space being filled by, amongst other critters, wolves!

Posted by Ithildin at 9:59 AM | Comments (4)

June 26, 2005

A Slice Of RL

Guess whose hot water heater sprung a leak today and now has no hot water? Supposedly, the hot water heater guy will be here first thing in the morning.

Posted by Ithildin at 10:22 PM

June 25, 2005

Cable Or Dish?

Currently, we use Comcast cable. It's expensive, the signal isn't that great, and they don't offer the DVR option in our area. So we've been thinking of switching to a dish. It doesn't really save us money, but it does include the precious DVR :) and the signal would be such an improvment. My question: DishNetwork or DirecTV? Thoughts?

Posted by Ithildin at 12:01 PM | Comments (16)

June 24, 2005

It's Coming By Owl!

I pre-ordered the next Harry Potter book from Amazon UK since I wanted the British adult cover version. I just got this email from them, which I found quite amusing:

Dear Customer,

We are writing to you regarding your order for "Harry Potter and the
Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter 6)".

At Amazon.co.uk, we are always looking for ways to bring value to our
customers. We are, therefore, delighted to confirm that we have
reduced the price of Harry Potter 6 to just £8.99 (47% off) and that
all our customers, muggles and wizards alike, will benefit from this
reduction.

Rest assured that the new lower price will be charged automatically
when we dispatch your book, and the new price will be magically
changed in Your Account. You will see the change in Your Account at
the following address:

www.amazon.co.uk/your-account

These changes may not be reflected immediately.

Please note that the book will not fit through a standard letter box,
so keep an eye out for our delivery owls.

Thank you for shopping at Amazon.co.uk, and stay alert for
You-Know-Who.

Warmest regards,

Customer Service
Amazon.co.uk

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Not Quite Salisbury Steak

I'm creating my own unique version of Salisbury Steak. I just hope I can remember what I did. I'm going to rename it "New Sarum Steak"!

Posted by Ithildin at 4:57 PM

Helping Out A Friend

Jay's been having weaponized banana problems at his place. Because I'm a pal, I pass this on in an effort to aid him in his struggle:

.... Sgt.: We haven't done them, have we? Right. Bananas. How to defend yourself against a man armed with a banana. Now you, come at me with this banana. Catch! Now, it's quite simple to defend yourself against a man armed with a banana. First of all you force him to drop the banana; then, second, you eat the banana, thus disarming him. You have now rendered him 'elpless.

Palin: Suppose he's got a bunch.

Sgt.: Shut up.

Idle: Suppose he's got a pointed stick.

Sgt.: Shut up. Right now you, Mr Apricot.

Chapman: 'Arrison.

Sgt.: Sorry, Mr. 'Arrison. Come at me with that banana. Hold it like that,
that's it. Now attack me with it. Come on! Come on! Come at me!
Come at me then! (Shoots him.)

Chapman: Aaagh! (dies.)

Sgt.: Now, I eat the banana. (Does so.)

Palin: You shot him!

Jones: He's dead!

Idle: He's completely dead!

Sgt.: I have now eaten the banana. The deceased, Mr Apricot, is now 'elpless.

Palin: You shot him. You shot him dead.

Sgt.: Well, he was attacking me with a banana.

Jones: But you told him to.

Sgt.: Look, I'm only doing me job. I have to show you how to defend
yourselves against fresh fruit.

Idle: And pointed sticks.

Sgt.: Shut up.

Palin: Suppose I'm attacked by a man with a banana and I haven't got a gun?

Sgt.: Run for it.

The entire sketch can be found here.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:58 AM | Comments (2)

Home I Am

I stayed home today. After yesterday, you probably aren't surprised. And what am I doing with my time? Reading more on the possible Avian Flu Pandemic. Annie, I ain't :) I think I'm more Wednesday.

Posted by Ithildin at 10:39 AM

June 23, 2005

Miranda Sex Garden

Anyone heard their music? Just came up on my Launch station. It's listed as Indie rock, Gothic, and Modern rock. It's kinda strange, but I like it.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:28 PM

Because I'm Suggestible

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Mine's a lot different from Deb's! (we're the bottom row)

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Whatever: Almost 5pm Edition

Jaw's worse, and I'm just feeling like an old dish rag (as my grandmother used to say). Glad it's nearly five so I can go home and be down in the dumps in peace :)

Posted by Ithildin at 4:44 PM | Comments (4)

What I'm Reading

Lost Christianities: The Battle for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew. I'm really enjoying it, and if early Christian history is of interest to you, you may enjoy it as well.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:09 AM | Comments (3)

Question Two

Lori asks what I've always wondered about.

(it's only peripheral Cruise posting!)

Posted by Ithildin at 10:49 AM

Whatever

It's just going to be one of those days.

The right side of my jaw has gone out again, so pain and difficulty eating are what I get to look forward to today. Lots of blogworthy stuff in the news, but I can't seem to work up the oomph to post about any of it. I think I'm a little down because I had to cancel my trip to visit my family next week -- lack of fundage amongst other things. Yes, I sound like Eeyore.

Posted by Ithildin at 9:26 AM | Comments (4)

June 22, 2005

Yes, Me

I'm a "Fabulous Sci-Con Babe". Ilyka says so, so it must be true. Goes perfectly with this pic, or this one. And since I'm strolling down memory lane, two posts from my old personal blog about ConJose, Larry Niven, and my brush with greatness. Post one (you may have to scroll down a wee bit), and post two.

Tomorrow, if I remember, I'll post one of my favourite stories about Larry Niven, his mom, and "A Boy and His Dog".

Posted by Ithildin at 10:21 PM | Comments (3)

Oh My

Watching Emeril, who has Bobby Flay as a guest, and they're doing Irish pub food. They just made lamb with Irish blue cheese, red wine reduction and Guinness buttermilk onion rings! Lordy, my mouth is watering.

Posted by Ithildin at 8:46 PM | Comments (4)

Not A Methodist

When I took Peter's test last week, I came out heavily Methodist. A new test, (via the Llamas) has me 100% in my own actual church this time. Interestingly, I scored second, and at a fairly high percentage, in Eastern Orthodox. That's interesting to me because I've been interested in that faith the last few years.

Rank Item Percent
1: Anglican/Episcopal/Church of England (100%)
2: Eastern Orthodox (97%)
3: Lutheran (79%)
4: Methodist/Wesleyan/Nazarene (68%)
5: Roman Catholic (68%)
6: Presbyterian/Reformed (65%)
7: Congregational/United Church of Christ (61%)
8: Church of Christ/Campbellite (56%)
9: Baptist (Reformed/Particular/Calvinistic) (52%)
10: Pentecostal/Charismatic/Assemblies of God (50%)
11: Baptist (non-Calvinistic)/Plymouth Brethren/Fundamentalist (40%)
12: Anabaptist (Mennonite/Quaker etc.) (25%)
13: Seventh-Day Adventist (25%)

Posted by Ithildin at 4:37 PM | Comments (14)

Since No One Wants To Talk To Me Today...

I'm going to go DESTROY THE EARTH!! [insert evil cackle] It won't even be hard, 'cus they tell you how to do it right on the internet. In fact, they give you ten ways to do it, not just ONE! How cool is that, really? Gosh Damn!

Let this be a lesson to you all for next time when you don't comment. Oh, right, there won't be a next time because of that whole planet destroying thing. Maybe I could threaten it just a little...

Now, for the Dyson Sphere...

(via that most evil of genuises, Jonah Goldberg.)

Posted by Ithildin at 3:26 PM | Comments (1)

I'm Running Out Of Booties!

As I suspected...

Many hugs and congratulations!

A few moments later: Wait! How could I forget? [ahem] YAY!!

K, I'm done now.

Posted by Ithildin at 12:24 PM | Comments (1)

Too Bad She Didn't Sneak Across The Border

See what happens when you are in this country legally? If she were illegal, excuse me, an "undocumented immigrant", she could have avoided all this.

/sarcasm off

Posted by Ithildin at 10:13 AM | Comments (1)

Took The Words Right From My Mouth

Well, err, brain I guess.

Kathy on the Natalee Holloway case.

Posted by Ithildin at 9:48 AM | Comments (1)

Quote

The AFI list of top 100 movie quotes can be found here.

Posted by Ithildin at 9:19 AM

Isn't That Something?

MELBOURNE, Australia -- An Australian engineer held hostage in Iraq for nearly seven weeks arrived in his home country yesterday and apologized for his televised plea for coalition forces to withdraw from Iraq. Douglas Wood, 64, who lives in Alamo, Calif., told reporters at Melbourne's airport that he supported the coalition forces' role in Iraq.

"Frankly, I'd like to apologize to both President Bush and Prime Minister [John] Howard for the things I said under duress," said Mr. Wood, with his American wife, Yvonne Given, and his brothers, Vernon and Malcolm, and their wives by his side.

"I actually believe that I am proof positive that the current policy of training the Iraqi army ... works because it was Iraqis that got me out," he said.

Posted by Ithildin at 8:58 AM

June 21, 2005

Groove For The Governor

The Monterey County Republican Party will “Groove for the Governor” on Wednesday, July 6 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Grassroots supporters of the Governor’s reform agenda will gather and enjoy a delicious BBQ meal, celebrate California’s road to recovery and learn what they can do to support Governor Schwarzenegger’s historic reform agenda.

Posted by Ithildin at 12:05 PM | Comments (3)

Joining The Dance

Over the weekend, I received an invitation to join the Cotillion, and you'll see their blogroll over on the sidebar now. Many of the members were old favourites of mine, so I very much appreciated the invitation.

So today is my first link to a Cotillion Ball. Lots of good reading to be found!

(I wonder how they feel about jigs, strathspeys and reels?)

Posted by Ithildin at 10:40 AM | Comments (9)

Raising the Standard

The latest Red Ensign Standard for your perusal.

Posted by Ithildin at 8:52 AM

Screwing It Up

John Hawkins asked me to participate in his latest survey: Who's Screwing Up America. You can see the results here.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:33 AM

June 20, 2005

AFI Tribute to George Lucas

It's just started a repeat run on USA, and it's well worth watching! Even if only for William Shatner's opening bit. Nin and I were laughing so hard we were crying.

"Live long! You've already prospered enough!!

Posted by Ithildin at 11:09 PM | Comments (2)

Jingle Entries

Here are the entries in the jingle contest. Vote for your favourite in the comments. I'll keep voting open till about the same time tomorrow. Please, no wagering!

1: Tacjammer (to the tune of "Rock Lobster")

Military blogger Barbecue über geek Has a stray thought and blogs it It is the TacJammer

(Ahhh... ahhh... ahhh... ahhh...)
TacJammer...
(Ahhh... ahhh... ahhh... ahhh...)
TacJammer...

2: Willow Tree:

Come sit under the Willow Tree and have a nice chat with me. I can talk about lots of stuff Sometimes I'm kind, sometimes I'm rough. But what really makes my day If you've left a word about my say.

3: Pirate's Blog

And now it's... Springtime for Pirate and Bear Flag League Red State is happy and gay! We're marching to a faster pace Look out, here comes the master race! Springtime for Pirate and Bear Flag League Southland's a fine land once more! Springtime for Pirate and Bear Flag League Watch out, Blue State We're going on tour! Springtime for Pirate and Bear Flag League Winter for Durbin and Kos.... or: Don't be stupid, be a smarty, come and join the Pirate's party!

4: Triticale

A crossbreed of wheat grain and rye Provided the name for the guy He's called triticale And if he'd write daily his blog would no doubt catch your eye.

Thanks to all the talented participants!

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BearCon

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The Bear Flag League Summer Conference is fast approaching. Have you signed up yet?

Posted by Ithildin at 3:17 PM

Nightmare Scenario

Pandemics have always been both a fear and an interest of mine. Fear, obviously for the future, and interest in historical events like the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918. So, as you might expect, my antenna has been all a buzz lately with the threat of an Avian Flu Pandemic.

Here's a link to an article I read today: A Nightmare Scenario

Also this: The Next Pandemic which has a roundup of several articles.

I remember reading a few years back that the head of the CDC had a remote cabin for his family to go to in case of another pandemic. That news certainly didn't do much to make me think that maybe I just worry too much. Realistically, how do you prepare? Other than living on a mountain somewhere like Grizzly Adams?

(Anyone else ever see the Brit series, "Survivors"?)

Posted by Ithildin at 11:36 AM | Comments (2)

Remember

And don't forget: the Jingle contest! You have till tomorrow!

Update Monday: I'm going to accept entries till 12pm my time (PDT) and then I'll put all the entries in one post and let the readership vote.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:35 AM | Comments (1)

Two Party Thoughts

Some interesting thoughts here on our two party system, and why it's a good thing when it's healthy.

Posted by Ithildin at 10:12 AM | Comments (1)

June 18, 2005

Credit Where It's Due

I'll admit, Susan Estrich tends to drive me crazy. (I'm sure that comes as a huge surprise!) But I was emailed this article yesterday, and have to give her props.

Posted by Ithildin at 4:30 PM

Things I Love Right At This Moment

I'm on a blogging roll that can't be stopped!

Ilyka is safely in NM and is blogging again.

Into the West. This is an awesome series and I can't recommend it enough. I cried through a great deal of last night's. It reminds me how much I owe my great-great grandparents for what they endured to come West to California.

Cowboy Junkies! How I love their music.

Oooh! Open trackback post!

Sadie stories.

My giant pot of tea.

Having the computer all to myself since Nin works this weekend. (but I swear I miss her!) (I do!)

My Launch music station. I'm chair dancing!

Posted by Ithildin at 3:22 PM | Comments (2)

Programming Note

The big MT upgrade will be happening around here sometime in the near future. So you've been warned. I purchased the new software, and now we're all set.

Posted by Ithildin at 2:08 PM | Comments (2)

Something Different

I'm always seeing ads for CDs of modern "wosrhip" music (and the ads drive me nuts!). I really do dislike that sort of music, probably in large part due to childhood memories of the church my mum used to be mixed up in. So I was glad to see an ad today for classic old hymns. Hymns I actually sing in church no less. It would be a perfect gift for my mum's upcoming birthday too.

This all reminds me that I need to see if I can rescue a cassette I bought at York Minster of the boy's choir there. I love it, but it's getting warped. With the internet these days, I can probably find it somewhere. I hope. And speaking of 'church music', has anyone else ever listened to the CD An English Ladymass by Anonymous 4? It's one of my favourite recordings.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:44 PM | Comments (7)

A Real Rival To PayPal?

Never let it be said I don't provide fodder on the weekends!

Google to Start New Payment System

Posted by Ithildin at 1:27 PM

Adopt Hillary

From Bill Clinton on the Letterman show:

... Clinton also talked about his friendship with his 1992 election rival, George H.W. Bush. The two former presidents will spend time together at Bush's summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine later this month, he said.

During a recent appearance together in Houston, Clinton noted that Barbara Bush had taken to calling Clinton "son."

"I told the Republicans in the audience not to worry, every family has one — you know, the black sheep, kind of drifts off," he said. "I told them, I said, `This just shows you the lengths at which the Bushes would go to get another president in the family and I wish I could get them to adopt Hillary.'"

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Tsunami Alert Followup

An article about the earthquake and tsunami warning earlier in the week: This time, ocean spared Crescent City

Posted by Ithildin at 1:15 PM | Comments (1)

June 17, 2005

'Groomzilla'

Thanks to Fugitive Jen and her impending fut-free nuptials, I've been taking an interest in wedding related articles. This one is an eye-opener:

The monster bride, the woman who becomes demanding, spoiled and downright evil about her impending wedding (Star Jones, anyone?), is a well-known stereotype. There's even a nickname for her: "Bridezilla."

Now, with more guys getting into the Big Day brouhaha, brides-turned-scary-giant-reptiles have company. Meet "Groomzilla."

"They can turn into little tyrants," wedding expert Sharon Naylor, author of "The Groom's Guide", said of the new frantic grooms. "Even though it's about a wedding, it becomes very territorial."

The transformation from the "just show up in your tux" husband-to-be to the involved, micro-managerial, teeth-baring groom can be explained by the change in who's organizing and paying for that walk down the aisle.

More than 80 percent of husbands-to-be are full planning partners for weddings today, according to Bridal Guide magazine

And then there's this guy:

Franz Wisner, 39, from Los Angeles, didn't have Bridezilla on his hands — he had the opposite: Aloof, Flaky Bride who Wisner said wore her engagement ring sporadically and only took on the job of mailing out the invitations, which were late.

"I picked up the ball and ran with it. I'm much more a list-maker and overachiever type, so whatever she didn't do, I did, with the hope that she'd come around."

She didn't. Instead, she turned into a runaway bride.

"She didn't do much planning at all — that, in retrospect was a huge red flag that I should have paid more attention to. I ended up doing more and more of the planning and footing more and more of the bill," he said. "Then, in the days before the wedding, I got dumped."

Wisner wound up holding the wedding anyway for his family and friends, and then taking his honeymoon to Costa Rica with his brother. His book on the adventure, "Honeymoon With My Brother," came out in February, and a movie based on it is in the works, he said.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:04 PM | Comments (2)

What Did I Miss?

No DSL (or internet of any kind!) from 1130 this morning!!! I felt totally cut off from the world! Don't you feel my pain?

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Pardon Me Whilst I Adjust My Tea Hat

Via Michelle Malkin, comes a link to a good take on women bloggers and the 'are there enough of them and are they relevant' theme.

Blogging was a natural for me -- I'm the girl who subscribed to 'Foreign Affairs' when she was 15, after all. I was, and am, a current events junkie. I don't always blog about politics though. I'm eclectic in my interests, and I think my blog reflects my personality -- except in RL I'm a lot more shy. I don't really think of myself as a 'female who blogs', more of a 'me who blogs'. And 'me' is just as likely to be talking about 'Star Trek' or 'Pirates of the Caribbean as I am illegal immigration, going to Mars, or the 2008 election. I'm great at cocktail parties, let me tell you!

I may be your cup of tea -- or not. But I certainly do appreciate you at least sitting down long enough to have a cookie. Now whether you want to stay for the entire tea is up to you, but I honestly don't think my sex usually has much bearing on that decision.

(now if I could just work absinthe into this....)

Posted by Ithildin at 11:31 AM

Love It!

I've asked to join the "Blogroll for McCain's Opponent". It's right up my alley, so to speak :)

Via My Vast Rightwing Conspiracy

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A Sorry Bunch

VDH has a must read today.

Posted by Ithildin at 9:48 AM

Jingle!

Remember the jingle contest! I'm going to leave it open over the weekend. Russ's entry is the one (the only one!) to beat. He was so thorough, he even sent me an MP3 of the tune he set his to. Now that's dedication (or something)!

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June 16, 2005

Virtual Booties

Margi takes digital pics on a blog to a whole new level.

Congratulations!! (and lots of hugs, of course)

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Mmm, Hawk

Reminded of Buck Rogers by Jonah Goldberg (who else?) and Hawk. Though my appreciaiton of the character was no doubt a little different from his! Way cuter than Buck Rogers (sorry Gil).

(apologies for the girlie moment) (but I could have brought up Han Solo, Starbuck, and Avon)

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Apparently...

we're being repressed. Why don't I ever get the memos? No one ever tells me anything down here in the fourth tier. Bah! See if I make cookies for the next secret meeting.

Posted by Ithildin at 9:13 AM

Give Me A Jingle

Want to flog your blog? Then give me a jingle! An advertising jingle, that is. Be creative and create a jingle for your blog. Leave it in the comments, or track back to this post so I can find it. Tomorrow Monday, I'll pick a winner (and maybe I can wrassle up some judges) and the oh so fortunate blog will get an award post announcing their victory and the extreme satisfaction in knowing they pummled the competition! Who could ask for more?

So go now and create a poem/song/ditty/limmerick about your own precious blog. We'll be waiting!

(and if you'd like to help me judge the results (assuming there are any) let me know)

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June 15, 2005

House DVDs

The extras that will be included have been released:

Extras include:

* Dr. House - Interviews with Hugh Laurie, the producers and the cast
* Medical Cases - An inside look at the magical mix of medical facts and Hollywood fiction
* The Concept - Interviews with the producers and creators of the smash-hit House
* Set Tour - A close-up of the impressive hospital set
* Houseisms - A compilation of some of Dr. House's most outrageous, humerous quips
* Casting Session with Hugh Laurie

You can see the colour art here.

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Invisible

Found this over on the Corner. You have to guess the movie with only the costumes and sets visible. The actors have been rendered invisible.

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Ith Radio

I've been wasting my time with this. It's my Launch radio station, or what I like to call, "Ith Radio"! I even put a link in the sidebar. Though it only works in IE, more's the pity. But I still have found it to be a lot of fun and a great way to waste time fiddling with it.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:40 PM

Who Is Louis Pepe?

Until today's column by Jonah Goldberg, I hadn't heard of him. I have now, and I wonder: what about our elected representatives who are so eager to shut down Gitmo? Doesn't say much about them, no matter their answer, does it?

Posted by Ithildin at 2:45 PM

80's Lunchtime Music Moment

Yes, that A&C feature you loved so much is back! It's been months and months since I did one of these, so it's time for a trip back down memory lane. As always (usually) this is dedicated to that lover of everything 80's... Paul!

Today's selection: "Hot In The City" by Billy Idol

Stranger, stranger, stranger, stranger

It's hot here at night, lonely, black and quiet
On a hot summer night
Don't be afraid of the world we made
On a hot summer night

'Cause when a long-legged lovely walks by
Yeah you can see the look in her eye
Then you know that it's

[Refrain]
Hot in the city, hot in the city tonight, tonight
Hot in the city, hot in the city tonight, tonight

Stranger, stranger

For all the dreams and schemes,
people are as they seem
On a hot summer night
Don't be no fun, don't forget you're young
On a hot summer night

A sometime someone you're not
Don't wait to see what you got
'Cause you know that you're

[Refrain]

We'll walk until my feet drop
I'm a train when I'm hateful
Yeah, lay right down now
And ride until your head breaks
I'm a-walkin' 'til my brain pops
I will move with the beat now
I'm a chain 'round an A-bomb
I'm a ribbon in the heat now
New York!

Posted by Ithildin at 12:59 PM

She's Annoyed

CB is ticked off and will tell you all about it. Since it's a subject that annoys me as well, I think you should all go see.

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Reality Check

Robert Spencer on revisionist history and revisionist now.

.... And as for the treatment of Christians in Palestine in the decades just before the First Crusade, I discuss it at some length in my forthcoming book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) (coming August 8 from Regnery). What was life like for the Christians in Palestine in the years leading up to the Crusades? Let's see: In 1004, the sixth Fatimid Caliph, Abu ‘Ali al-Mansur al-Hakim (985-1021) turned violently against the faith of his Christian mother and uncles (two of whom were Patriarchs) and ordered the destruction of churches, the burning of crosses, and the seizure of church property. He moved against the Jews with similar ferocity. Over the next ten years thirty thousand churches were destroyed, and untold numbers of Christians converted to Islam simply to save their lives. In 1009, al-Hakim commanded that the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem be destroyed, along with several other churches (including the Church of the Resurrection). The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, rebuilt by the Byzantines in the seventh century after the Persians burned an earlier version, marks the traditional site of Christ’s burial. Al-Hakim piled on other humiliating decrees, culminating in the order that Christians and Jews accept Islam or leave his dominions.

He ultimately relaxed these decrees, and in 1027 the Byzantines were allowed to rebuild the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Nevertheless, Christians were in a precarious position and pilgrims remained under threat. In 1056, the Muslims expelled three hundred Christians from Jerusalem and forbade European Christians from entering the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. When the Seljuk Turks swept down from Central Asia, they enforced a new Islamic rigor, making life difficult for both native Christians and pilgrims (whose pilgrimages they blocked). After they crushed the Byzantines at Manzikert in 1071 and took the Byzantine Emperor Romanus IV Diogenes prisoner, all of Asia Minor was open to them — and their advance was virtually unstoppable. In 1076, they conquered Syria; in 1077, Jerusalem. The Seljuk Emir Atsiz bin Uwaq promised not to harm the inhabitants of Jerusalem, but once his men had entered the city, they murdered 3,000 people. But I guess Carroll would say they all committed suicide.

Carroll’s coup de grace is meant to fill his readers with foreboding about the contemporary situation: “Europe’s initiating ‘holy war’ with Islam…was based on flawed intelligence, propaganda, and threat exaggeration.” If Carroll had filmed Ridley Scott’s recent dhimmi Crusades flop, Kingdom of Heaven, he would have cast George W. Bush as the evil Crusader Guy of Lusignan. He ascribes “the political fanaticism that has lately seized the Arab Islamic religious imagination (exemplified in Osama bin Laden)” to “a defensive fending off of assault from ‘the West’ than in anything intrinsic to Islam.” Yet acceptance of his thesis here depends on the reader’s ignorance of the 450 years of jihadist aggression that preceded the Crusades and obliterated the Christian cultures of the Middle East and North Africa -- and which today’s jihadists consider to be the direct antecedent of their own efforts. Against what were the initial conquerors of Syria, Egypt, Constantinople, Spain and all the rest defending? What is the significance of the fact that today’s jihad terrorists hold to the same ideological and religious imperatives? You won’t get the answers from James Carroll.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:28 AM

Countdown To Terror?

I received an advert for this book from Townhall.com, and was wondering if anyone has heard about any of the information contained in it? I'm not familiar with Congressman Weldon, so I'm curious.

The ad copy is in the extended entry.

Comments, thoughts, all appreciated.

Dear Fellow American:

You would think that after the horror of 9/11 the U.S. intelligence community would be chasing down every lead to protect us -- but they're not.

A prominent member of Congress has credible evidence that a member of the "Axis of Evil" is planning major attacks on the U.S.

Our intelligence services are outright ignoring this specific threat.

My name is Tom Winter. In the 30 years I have been covering Washington politics, I have never read anything as chilling as Countdown to Terror.

I knew immediately that this critical information needed to be spread as far as possible. That is why I decided to offer you a free copy of Countdown to Terror when you sign-up for a risk-free trial to HUMAN EVENTS.

Never before has such "real time" war-related intelligence from an impeccable clandestine source been publicly disclosed.

Congressman Curt Weldon (R-PA), the Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, wrote this book because, in his own words:

"This book is an act of desperation . . . because I could not get our intelligence community to act on it, though my source has proven his credibility . . . "

Not long after 9/11, Congressman Weldon found himself on the front lines of the War on Terror, enmeshed in international intrigues with spies and killers. He learned about plots to assassinate world figures (including a former U.S. President) and of a plot to kill hundreds of thousands of Americans by radiation poisoning.

Ultimately, he would discover a still more audacious plot -- one that is still unfolding.

It's a plan by Iran to inflict a terrorist attack on the United States -- an attack of such catastrophic dimensions that it is code-named after Shi'ite Islam's 12th Imam: the prophet of doom who ushers in the Islamic apocalypse.

Amazing as it might seem, our Intelligence Community -- the CIA, the FBI, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency -- has met Weldon's discovery with yawns, bureaucratic inertia, and even active attempts to silence Weldon's source.

The fact that the information came from an Iranian with contacts throughout the highest levels of the Iranian mullahocracy meant nothing to them.

What is the intelligence community doing to prevent the 12th Imam operation? Nothing. They are, in fact, ignoring it.

After eight years of deep slashes in our defense and intelligence budgets by Slick Willie and his gang, decades of strategically disastrous over-reliance on technical rather than human intelligence, and a tendency towards politically correct groupthink, our nation's intelligence agencies are in deep trouble -- and all of us are at risk.

In addition, Congressman Weldon reveals that even in the aftermath of 9/11 and the Bush administration's 9/11 Commission our country's intelligence services have so far failed in their task of protecting us from future threats.

Let's fervently hope that Countdown to Terror serves as the wake-up call the intelligence community so desperately needs: our very survival could depend on it. May this book make our leaders angry . . . angry enough to act -- and to save American lives.

Among Weldon's shocking revelations you will find:

* Straight from the source, "The 12th Imam is like your Christian Apocalypse..." and it will be "bigger than 9/11"

* Weapons of Mass Destruction: how near Iran is to the atomic bomb, to biological and chemical weapons -- and how much of this new weaponry the mullahs plan to share with terrorists

* Evidence that Osama Bin Laden was or is hiding in Iran as an honored guest

* Revealed by Weldon's Iranian contact and proven true: the terrorist plot to hijack a Canadian airliner and fly it into the Seabrook nuclear reactor near Boston -- which would have killed hundreds of thousands of American

* Iraq: the operations planned against U.S. troops there -- designed to replace a new democratic Iraq with an Islamic state

* International Terrorism: terror operations that are in the works against U.S. allies in Europe and Asia

* Assassinations: whom Islamic terrorists are targeting -- plus the operational details

Weldon's revelations don't end there. You will also discover more details about the true nature of the threat against our country and what we need to do now to thwart the danger, such as:

* Incredible details of how the CIA asked French Intelligence to silence Weldon's Iranian source -- and warned the source to shut his mouth and stop talking to Curt Weldon

* Four potentially fatal weaknesses in our intelligence community that must be addressed soon -- before disaster strikes

* Why the intelligence community does not want to become entangled with the Iranian counter-revolutionary movement

* The secret organization headed by Iran's Ayatollah Khameni that plans international terrorist operations involving al Qaeda and other major terror groups -- making Iran the world's leading sponsor of international terrorism

* How September 11 showed that terrorists have ample knowledge of our intelligence community's incompetence

* The recent fatwa by a fanatical Saudi cleric giving Osama Bin Laden permission to use nuclear weapons: how it may signify the beginning of an operation to explode an atomic bomb in New York or some other large city

* Why the Clinton Administration bears much of the responsibility for the incompetence of our intelligence community

* The 9/11 Commission: its discovery of three big problems in the intelligence community that contributed to the catastrophe of 9/11 -- and that continue to imperil our national security

* How the Clinton Administration's political corruption of the intelligence community destroyed the careers of patriots and put us all at grave risk today

* Weldon's grand strategy for winning the war on terrorism -- including an alliance with a country that may surprise you, and many other much-needed measures

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June 14, 2005

Move Over Greece?

Europe's Eastern German Cradle?

While Greece and Italy have so far laid claim to Europe's oldest civilizations, Germany's struggling eastern regions seem set to challenge this.

That's because one of the most complex centers of what's likely Europe's oldest civilization has been discovered in Dresden as archeologists have unearthed traced of the ancient culture across the continent, The Independent newspaper said Saturday.

More than 150 large temples, constructed between 4,800 BC and 4,600 BC, have been unearthed in fields and cities in Germany, Austria and Slovakia, predating the pyramids in Egypt by some 2,000 years, the newspaper revealed.

The German temples weren't quite as sturdy as those in Greece
The network of temples, made of earth and wood, were constructed by a religious people whose economy appears to have been based on livestock farming, the paper reported.

Excavations have taken place over the past three years but the discovery is so new that the civilization has not yet been named.

Monumental vision

The most complex center discovered so far, beneath the city of Dresden in Saxony, eastern Germany, comprises a temple surrounded by four ditches, three earthen banks and two palisades.

"Our excavations have revealed the degree of monumental vision and sophistication used by these early farming communities to create Europe's first truly large scale earthwork complexes," said Harald Stäuble from the heritage department of the state of Saxony, where Dresden in located.

The temples, up to 150 meters (164 yards) in diameter, were made by a people who lived in long houses and villages, the newspaper said. Stone, bone, and wooden tools have been unearthed, along with ceramic figures of people and animals.

A village at Aythra, near Leipzig in eastern Germany, was home to some 300 people living in up to 20 large buildings around the temple.

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Yahoo 360

Thanks to Gennie, I have a Yahoo 360 page. It's in beta, so if you'd like an invite, let me know. Mine is a little sparse right now, so Gennie's will give you a better idea of what it's supposed to look like.

Posted by Ithildin at 4:29 PM | Comments (1)

Hah!

My Yahoo TV listings have a show listed for tonight called, "Fire Me... Please", so I clicked to see what it's about. Well, there was no description, but the episode title cracked me up:

"She's Like School in the Summer ... No Class"

Posted by Ithildin at 12:34 PM

What To Say?

So I'm officially a pen pal for a service member in Iraq. But here's where I need your help! I don't know who this person will be. The letter I write will be given to someone once it arrives. So what should I say, what information should I include, what do you think a soldier in Iraq wants to read when they get a mystery letter from the USA? I've never written a 'blind' letter before, so any advice would be appreciated!

Posted by Ithildin at 12:27 PM | Comments (5)

Freedom

Some very brave women.

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Peter's Test

I scored:


Look down in the extended entry. It's all wonky, so I moved it to where it won't matter.

You scored as Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan. You are an evangelical in the Wesleyan tradition. You believe that God's grace enables you to choose to believe in him, even though you yourself are totally depraved. The gift of the Holy Spirit gives you assurance of your salvation, and he also enables you to live the life of obedience to which God has called us. You are influenced heavly by John Wesley and the Methodists.

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan

79%

Neo orthodox

68%

Roman Catholic

61%

Classical Liberal

50%

Reformed Evangelical

46%

Fundamentalist

46%

Emergent/Postmodern

39%

Charismatic/Pentecostal

29%

Modern Liberal

18%

What's your theological worldview?
created with QuizFarm.com

I'll admit I didn't understand some of the questions. So take it as you will.

Via Peter Sean

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No Excuse

I saw this book reviewed in the dead tree version of National Review yesterday: Being Dead is No Excuse : The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral. That led me to the GRITS book. I didn't know there was a book, you see. I'd bought a t-shirt for Nin one trip to the South, her being a "Girl Raised In The South" and all. Now I can get her the book and listen to her accent reappear.

It's actually amusing going to the South with Nin for a trip. Her accent, which is very faint normally, becomes quite strong. And if we're hanging with Tam, even I start losing my vowels. And, lord, don't let them in view of a Krispy Kreme!

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Oriana Fallaci: Muslim Target

Robert Spencer on Oriana Fallaci, and her upcoming trial for "defaming Islam" in Italy. The entire article really is a must read. It details the eighteen "outrages" in the suit against Fallaci and contains background on how Muslim groups operate in Western democracies.

A few of the eighteen:

1. Fallaci asserts that when jihad warriors occupied the Abbey of Montecassino in Italy in 883, “the Muslims amused themselves by sacrificing each night the virginity of a nun. Do you know where? On the altar of the cathedral.”[9] I have been unable to find historical corroboration of this without unduly delaying the completion of this article; Fallaci, who is not a historian, does not footnote her work. It is, however, well established that the invading jihadists sacked and burned the Abbey, killing its abbot, St. Bertarius.

Would they have stopped short of raping nuns and defiling the cathedral altar? Islamic law suggests otherwise. The Qur’an permits Muslim men to have intercourse with their wives and their slave girls: “Forbidden to you are ... married women, except those whom you own as slaves” (Sura 4:23-24). The slave girls are understood to be the wives of men slain in battle by the warriors of jihad. The Islamic legal manual ‘Umdat al-Salik, which carries the endorsement of Al-Azhar University, the most respected authority in Sunni Islam, stipulates: “When a child or a woman is taken captive, they become slaves by the fact of capture, and the woman’s previous marriage is immediately annulled.”[10] Why? So that they are free to become the concubines of their captors.

The Prophet Muhammad originated such legislation. After one successful battle, he told his men, “Go and take any slave girl.” He took one for himself also. One well-attested Islamic tradition records that “the Prophet had suddenly attacked Bani Mustaliq without warning while they were heedless and their cattle were being watered at the places of water. Their fighting men were killed and their women and children were taken as captives; the Prophet got Juwairiya on that day.”[11] Juwairiya bint Harith became the Prophet’s seventh wife.

After his notorious massacre of the Jewish Qurayzah tribe, he did it again. According to his earliest biographer, Ibn Ishaq, Muhammad “went out to the market of Medina (which is still its market today) and dug trenches in it. Then he sent for [the men of Banu Qurayza] and struck off their heads in those trenches as they were brought out to him in batches.” After killing “600 or 700 in all, though some put the figure as high as 800 or 900,” the Prophet of Islam took a woman whom he had just widowed, Rayhana bint Amr, as another concubine.[12] There is no tradition recording the consent of either Juwairiya or Rayhana.

According to a generally accepted Islamic tradition, when Muhammad’s men emerged victorious in another battle, they presented him with an ethical question: “We took women captives, and we wanted to do ‘azl [coitus interruptus] with them.” Muhammad told them: “It is better that you should not do it, for Allah has written whom He is going to create till the Day of Resurrection.’”[13] When Muhammad said “it is better that you should not do it,” he was referring to coitus interruptus, not to raping their captives. He took that for granted.

[....]

4. Fallaci declares: “In the dream that the sons of Allah have been nurturing for years, the dream of blowing up Giotto’s Tower or the Tower of Pisa or the cupola of St. Peter’s or the Eiffel Tower or Westminster Abbey or the cathedral of Cologne and so on...” This element of Smith’s complaint seems predicated on the world forgetting that 9/11 ever happened. Smith evidently is banking on Italian officials also forgetting the numerous jihad terrorists who have been arrested in Europe — notably the Algerian jihadists who were arrested in February before they could carry out their plan to blow up the Eiffel Tower.[21]

[....]

6. In France, says Fallaci, “Islamic racism, that is the hatred of the infidel-dogs, reigns supreme and is never put on trial, never punished. Where the Muslims declare openly: ‘We must take advantage of the democratic space that France offers us, we must exploit democracy, that is, make use of it to occupy territory.’ Where not a few of them add: ‘In Europe the Nazi position was not understood. Or not by all. It was judged a vehicle of homicidal folly, when actually Hitler was a great man.’”

Why, what Muslim would have said such a thing in France? Hmm. Maybe Rabah Zehani, who in Lyon pelted his Jewish neighbors with a stone while shouting, “Dirty Jew, Hitler didn’t finish the job”? Or the Muslim schoolchildren who scrawled “Death to the Jews” on their school walls outside Paris?[22]

[....]

15. Fallaci decries “the mutilation that the Muslims force on little girls to prevent them, once they are grown...from enjoying the sexual act. It is a female castration that the Muslims practice in twenty-eight countries of Islamic Africa and because of which two million persons die each year from sepsis or loss of blood...” Would Smith have us believe that Fallaci invented this? When Norway’s Parliament, faced with ever-increasing evidence of the practice among Muslim immigrants, just this week introduced legislation to make examinations for female genital mutilation mandatory?[29]

Fallaci remains defiant: “This trial is not against me. Nor is it a trial brought by a judge in search of publicity. It is a trial aimed at creating a Precedent, the Fallaci Case. I will not deign to honor them with my presence. This lawsuit is unacceptable, unpardonable. To distort a person’s thought, pick at a word here and another there, sew it all together with little dots, is illegitimate. Illicit. Illegal. Criminal. Contrary to every moral and intellectual decency. For shame!”[35]

During a speech in Washington in 2002, Fallaci said: “The hate for the West swells like a fire fed by the wind. The clash between us and them is not a military one. It is a cultural one, a religious one, and the worst is still to come.” The suit against her is just one hint of that terrible denouement.

Go read the entire article.

Posted by Ithildin at 9:35 AM

June 13, 2005

Blog Find

New to me blog I discovered today: American Lady.

18, just out of high school and Republican. Go take a look.

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Gaelic Language Gets Official EU Status

The European Union is saying "Failte!" — Welcome! — to Gaelic, Ireland's little-used native tongue. But while official status is a boost to those campaigning to save the language from extinction, the move comes with a price: It will require the hiring of an estimated 30 Gaelic speakers at a cost to EU taxpayers of about $4.15 million annually.

Translation costs for the EU's 20 official languages had already been spiraling out of control. In January, officials said the amount was set to pass $1 billion following the entry in 2004 of 10 new EU members chiefly from Eastern Europe.

Critics also say the EU bureaucracy in Brussels, Belgium, has become a Tower of Babel that bogs down decision-making, leading to calls for a drastic reduction in the number of languages used officially.

Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern said the Irish language's new EU status would require legislation to be translated into Gaelic, while live translations in Gaelic would be provided at EU meetings if the Irish speaker requested it in advance.

Ahern said the move would go into effect Jan. 1, 2007, after which any Irish representative could be free to speak Gaelic, rather than Ireland's universally spoken English, at EU ministerial meetings or in the European Parliament.

"It's a real psychological boost for the Irish language," Ahern said in a telephone interview from an EU meeting in Luxembourg.

Ireland had been campaigning for official EU recognition of Gaelic since the first half of 2004, when the Irish held the rotating presidency of the bloc as it expanded from 15 to 25 members — and introduced new official languages ranging from Polish to Maltese.

The promotion of Gaelic is widely viewed as a political sacred cow in Ireland, even though elected representatives and officials — like the population at large — almost exclusively use English. In Ireland's own parliament, less than 2 percent of business is conducted in Gaelic.

The entire article here.

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Oh, Yeah!

'Into The West' was really very good. Highly recommend you catch one of the re-airings of the first episode if you missed it this weekend.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:40 AM

Monday

I don't know why, but I always find blogging a hard thing to do on a Monday. Well, I did post over the weekend, so it's not like there isn't anything new to read for most of you :)

Posted by Ithildin at 11:26 AM

June 12, 2005

Ed Wood

My brother bought me Ed Wood last Xmas, and I finally watched it last night. What a great movie! And while I know it was about Ed Wood, it was Bela Lugosi that really drew me into the film. I can see why Martin Landau won an Oscar for the perfomance -- completely riveting. I cried more than once, I'll admit. Ed's concern for an old man made the character complete, and something more than a guy who liked angora and made really bad movies.

Posted by Ithildin at 2:23 PM | Comments (1)

Good Old Days

Michele's latest, "100 Words" brings back all sorts of great early teenage memories.

I think I should call my brother today. All this remebering reminds me I miss him not being around anymore. My little brother, and he turns 40 this birthday.

Thanks, Michele!

Posted by Ithildin at 2:16 PM

Carnival of the Dogs

The latest edition is up right now.

Posted by Ithildin at 2:13 PM

Around & About

Dinner with Peter was great, and then he joined us for some Firefly DVD viewing.

Saturday, I mostly putzed around the kitchen and made pizza from scratch, dough and all. This morning/afternoon, I'm attempting yeast cinnamon rolls. Later plans include colouring my hair to get rid of the abundance of grey, and at Nin's request, making tzatziki again for dinner. So we'll have to head over to the produce market at some point to get the Middle Eastern yougurt. If I'm feeling animated, I may try to make pita bread from scratch!

Posted by Ithildin at 12:50 PM

June 10, 2005

Bear Flag Dinner

Peter Sean is in town today, so we're getting together later for dinner. I'll let you know who the first one is to bring up the Pope, the Virgin Mary, or priests marrying!

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Talk About Contrast

On one channel we have the Democracy Now!! news show. This is basically the televised version of lefty moonbat screeds. One channel up, is Pentagon TV with a news show put on by the military. Talk about contrast! As for the so called "mainstream" press, KGO, our ABC affiliate out of San Francisco, had a piece on the Lodi terror suspects that was mostly about how persecuted and harassed the Muslim community there is.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:12 PM

The Global Shift

Interesting reading from VDH on global power shifts, the U.S., India, and China.

Posted by Ithildin at 3:37 PM

Recipes

It's that time again.

Posted by Ithildin at 2:57 PM

Into The West

I'm very much wanting to see this because anything to do with Westward expansion is something I'm interested in. On the other hand, it's a Steven Speilberg production, so it'll probably be a PC fest.

I guess I'll tape it and see.

Later today: Worry no more! Cathy Seipp has seen it, and says:

How politically correct is Into the West, the epic 12-hour miniseries about pioneers and Indians that premieres Friday (with multiple repeats every weekend) on TNT? Not as much as you’d think! The sprawling Steven Spielberg production, which cost $50 million to make and another $50 million to promote, takes great pains to be authentic all around but particuarly with the Native American actors, who were all forced to learn Lakota. But any film that shows Indian hunters stampeding hundreds of buffalo off a cliff, as Into the West does in the first episode, isn’t being particularly delicate about portraying them as ecological saints.
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June 9, 2005

Dang!

I've been a blogging fool today!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:04 PM | Comments (1)

King Arthur & Then Some!

Awesome post at the Confessing Reader on the movie King Arthur, Pelagius (which, as you recall, was one of the things I found most interesting about the movie), and diocesan boundary crossing. Along the way, he points to an great website called "Early British Kingdoms". I'm in British history geek heaven :)

This is one of my favourite new (to me) blog finds, so check out other posts while you're there.

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Suit targets Utah's New Porn Law

A couple of independent bookstores, an artist and a grass-roots political organization, among others, say Utah's new internet porn law is unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah, the Center for Democracy and Technology and attorneys representing the American Booksellers Association filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court Thursday challenging 2005 legislation meant to limit children's access to legal internet adult content. Utah's new law requires the Attorney General's office to compile a list of internet sites that include content that is "harmful to minors." Internet Service Providers are then required to block access to those sites. Utah companies that operate websites that could be deemed harmful are required to rate their own sites and regulate children's access. The plaintiffs say the law - which goes into effect in stages - is so broad it quells their right to free speech.

The whole thing here.

Posted by Ithildin at 3:47 PM

Painting The Chrysanthemum Throne Pink

Three of four academics told a government panel on Imperial succession Wednesday it would be acceptable to revise the current law to allow females to sit on the Chrysanthemum Throne, although two said males should be given preference.

It was the second time the advisory panel heard expert opinions; the first was at the previous meeting on May 31.

The panel, tasked with submitting a report to the government on the succession issue this fall, has been discussing a proposal to revise the 1947 Imperial House Law, which stipulates that only a male heir with emperors on his father's side can assume the throne.

The panel is discussing ways to ensure a stable Imperial succession, as the Imperial family is facing a difficult situation since no male heirs have been born since 1965.

The details here.

Posted by Ithildin at 3:25 PM

Continuing This Week's Apparent Theme

From the Japan Times: Women who diet during pregnancy may be fostering obesity in children

(and here's me who hasn't even been to lunch yet)

Posted by Ithildin at 3:21 PM

Like Chasing Your Own Tail

I was reading this, "Nine women to defy Vatican to become priests" and I don't get it. If your church doesn't recognize you're a priest, and will excommunicate you for messing around with something sacred for your trouble, then you aren't actually a Catholic priest. You may be a priest in some religion you just made up, but not the one you claim to be. And I can only assume that if they figure out which male bishops secretly ordained some of the women, that they will be excommunicated?

I realize the point is probably to bring attention to the issue, but it seems a rather useless way to go about it. But that's just me.

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Mail From Home

SonraK is looking for pen pals for the 82nd Airborn Division. Head over to her place for the details.

Via Claire.

Posted by Ithildin at 2:28 PM

Five Things You Probably Didn't Know About Me

* My favourite piece of music is "Moonlight Serenade" by Glenn Miller

* I adore fresh raspberries right off the cane

* I have a fear of driving

* The first time I entered the doors of York Minster, I started to cry.

* I watched Bicentennial fireworks from the Berkeley Marina with a station wagon load of Japanese businessmen.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:33 AM | Comments (5)

Kathy Gives Me The Best (Evil) Ideas

Since I'm apparently really Hugh Laurie, or at least a pipeline to the man himself, I should utilize my power for selfish personal enrichment! So all you fans who keep leaving him fan mail on my blog, listen up! It costs money to run a blog, so if you don't want your contact (that would be me) to lose contact with the internet, you should all go and make a donation via my tip jar! You really should. At the very least, you should buy me pressies from my wish list. After all, a girl does not live by bandwidth alone! And my birthday is fast approaching. So if you really love Hugh, and me of course, hop to it!

(And in case it needs to be said, the above posted is firmly tongue in cheek) (The part about me being Hugh Laurie, that is and/or having a pipeline) (Not about giving me pressies!) (I never joke about pressies)

(Just to reiterate: I AM NOT HUGH LAURIE, nor do I play him on TV, know him, met him, or even sent him a fan letter)

Posted by Ithildin at 9:30 AM | Comments (2)

Funny Strange, & Funny Amusing

I always think that when perusing the Llamas. And here's another example: BLOGISTAN HIGH 1984 Yearbook. You have to go take a look at this one, honest.

Posted by Ithildin at 9:01 AM

Condolences

I read on the Corner this morning that Jonah's dad, Sidney Goldberg, passed away last night. I always got a kick out of the information Jonah would pass on from his father in Corner posts. My condolences to Jonah and his family on their loss.

Posted by Ithildin at 8:37 AM

June 8, 2005

Small Town Terrorists

The Jawa Report is all over the arrest of terror suspects in Lodi, along with links to other reports.

One of the blog posts he links to is California Conservative who says:

In many ways, Lodi is the perfect location. It’s a very small town and out-of-the-way, yet close enough to major airports and big cities like San Francisco and Sacramento, California’s capitol.

I've had similar thoughts here in Monterey. And while I certainly don't think every Muslim living here is a terrorist, there are occasionally brief moments when my Muslim business neighbours wave at me when I walk home, that I worry a little, and then feel guilty, as I smile and wave back.

(reminds me that I should post about my experience working with a bunch of Muslim men one of these days)

Later the next day: the original post over at My Pet Jawa has been updated, along with more here.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:27 AM | Comments (2)

Sorting It Out

Most of my attention and energy this week has been going towards supporting a friend whose marriage just fell apart. He thought they working things out -- but turns out he was wrong. This is a person who is always there for you and it just goes to show that something like this lets you know who your real friends are, and who's just using you. When you're at your lowest and reaching out to those you've always been there for, and they suddenly aren't around, it's a real eye opener.

Reading the above, it sounds so calm, when inside I'm just seething. I'm like a mama bear when it comes to those I care about, and hurt when they're betrayed. You wish you could do more than just be a shoulder and actually be able to make things better. Yes, I know I can't, but that doesn't stop me from feeling useless.

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June 7, 2005

Charity Slog

Afghan Girls Fund Charity Slog

200 MILES 10 DAYS NO FOOD

To raise much-needed funds to educate girls and women in Afghanistan, a small group of mostly National Geographic Society' employees, will walk 200-miles over 10 days with no food.

It is an ambitious trek that will include the full length of the C&O Canal, ending at National Geographic headquarters around 3pm on June 9th. Because we believe our extraordinary hardship will inspire greater attention and sponsorship, we are also going with no backpacks, no tents and no sleeping bags. Our one luxury will be a mosquito net each and the only food-related item will be one teabag per person (for emergencies).

10 crazy-minded-big-hearted trekkers have signed up to attempt what we have lovingly dubbed The Slog, as well as a growing group of Day Sloggers who'll also raise money and join us for the last 20 miles to the finish line.

We trust this significant challenge will demonstrate how passionate and serious we are about education in Afghanistan. 100% of all money raised will be going to National Geographic's Afghan Girls Fund.


Via Michelle Malkin

Posted by Ithildin at 4:47 PM

Got Milk?

This one's for Deb.

I heard on the radio news that a study just out claims kids who drink three or more glasses of milk a day are likely to be overweight. Uh huh. My brother and I drank way more milk than that, whole milk even, and still do. Not overweight then, not now.

Here's one for you: if you eat food, you're more likely to be overweight. That about covers it, don't you think?

Posted by Ithildin at 11:25 AM | Comments (10)

Nuts

A certain someone went a bit nuts and did a BFL Roundup. Five hours, it took him!!

Posted by Ithildin at 8:56 AM

June 6, 2005

Get Today's "Lost" News Right Here

First off, the chick Jack met in the airport bar is coming back:

ABC confirmed Monday that Michelle Rodriguez will join Lost's cast of castaways full-time next season. The news was first reported by E! Online TV columnist Krisitin Veitch. (This story contains possible spoilers, so consider yourself alerted.)

In part one of last season's finale, Rodriguez's character, Ana-Lucia Cortez, was briefly shown in a flashback scene flirting with Matthew Fox's Jack in a Sydney airport bar before the ill-fated Oceanic flight 815 boarded. She and Jack compared seat assignments (Jack was in the middle of the plane, she was in the tail section) before she got a cellphone call and left him hanging.

And in the bad news department, the actor that plays Sayid is rumoured to be unhappy so, he may be going. I'm just hoping it's all part of the contract dance and it will be worked out, because he's one of my favourite characters.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:41 AM | Comments (2)

Red Ensign Review

The newest edition is here.

Posted by Ithildin at 9:12 AM

This Has To Be A Joke, Right?

Remember a few weeks back I was getting comments from teenage girls for Hugh Laurie? I'm still getting them, but from supposed grownups. I really am torn. On the one hand, it's really hard to believe anyone is that, well, stupid. On the other... maybe I'm being too kind! What would make someone believe that this is either Hugh Laurie's blog or that he's somehow associated with it and is reading their messages?

Here's what I'm getting:

Hey hugh I just wanted to say that you are the best actor in the world and you deserve all the success you are getting! I seriously admire you so much. Also, i hope that you could just try and contact me back because a few words from you could bring joy to me for the rest of my life. Thanks and hve a wonderful time being you.
Hugh, My husband and I, we love your new show "House". We can hardly wait till Tuesday. That is our favorite day of the week, because we know that House is on. You are great !!! I have seen you in many movies, and I always thought that you have a great talent. I am very happy for you and for all your success. I hope the show will be on for many, many more years !!!!!!!!!!!
Mr. Laurie, Please believe that I have never attempted to contact any actor before. I am a sihgle mother of a 16 year old daughter, not a stalker. Allow me this rare opportunity to thank you for yur spectacular performances. I can especially relate to your character of Dr. House. I too have a bum leg; am sarcastic when necessary and beleive half of what people say. In addition, I too have a hard time letting people in. I have been hurt too many times as has Dr. House. I greatly enjoy your portrayal of Dr. House. I am well aware that this is a fictional character, but, I can still relate to him just the same.

Thank you for being real within the character, allowing the good and bad to show through. I wish you and yours the best of Life, Love, Happiness and Good Health.
Thank you again.
God Bless.

What the?!?! Joke, right? I mean, honestly.

Later: upon reflection, they probably are serious. In the many years I've been involved in fandom, once the internet became mainstream, I've run across way too many people who believe they are in contact with the object of their fannish obsession via chat rooms or email. So I guess it's not a stretch for a fan to believe that somehow, the object of their affection is reading their messages.

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June 5, 2005

Riding Sun

I found this blog via my site meter referrer logs. Good stuff!

Posted by Ithildin at 12:49 PM

The Fall of Constantinople

Good post on the subject here

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June 4, 2005

DVD'oRama

We don't rent movies all that often, but today was that sort of day. We just finished Elektra, and the Aviator is up next. If we're still not sleepy, we can choose from Lemony Snickett, Bourne Identity, or National Treasure. They don't have to be back till Thursday midnight, so we have plenty of viewing time.

We went to the produce mart earlier, so a fresh fruit crumble is on the menu later tonight -- cherries, nectarines, peaches. I thought it seemd a nice combo.

Posted by Ithildin at 8:18 PM | Comments (5)

June 3, 2005

Haunted Hotels

Watching tonight's episode on the Travel Channel. I've worked in two haunted hotels myself, and find the subject fascinating. Yes, I had a haunted encounter at one of those hotels. Not to mention a few encounters that weren't work related. I seem to be attuned to the spirit world [shrug] Hey, everyone needs to be good at something!

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Too Funny

This is a hoot and a half.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:51 PM

Peers Into Glass

If Nin doesn't get home soon, I'll have drunk too much red wine to actually make dinner. (Quesadillas with my homemade carnitas meat stuff, sauteed portabella mushrooms, and guacamole)

Posted by Ithildin at 6:48 PM

Jeepers

I guess everyone out in Blogland has a life -- 'cept for me!

Well, I guess I could go make the guac.

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"Hit Me, Baby"

Anyone else see this last night? It was most odd! I think Tiffany's voice has held up the best, though I'd never heard C.C. or Arrested Development before, so I guess I can't comment. In other reality shows... the ballroom dancing one. Not sure what to make of that one. Seems very "PBS" for network TeeVee, don't you think?

If you haven't seen "The 4400", I recommend you check it out this weekend. It's a different sort of show. They're reairing the original mini-series before the new episode. Other than that, it's probably HGTV & the Travel Channel for weekend viewing.

Posted by Ithildin at 4:25 PM | Comments (3)

Exactly What I've Been Looking for

For several years now, I've been interested in the racial component of illegal immigration from Mexico. I think the question first surfaced several years ago, after watching a food show that went around Mexico talking to restaurant/resort owners. I remember thinking that almost everyone interviewed appeared of European/Spanish ancestry -- certainly not the same people you see streaming across our border. I began to wonder just what the racial makeup of Mexico was. and how that played into the Mexican government's encouragment of illegal immigration into our country.

Via La Shawn Barber, I discovered this article, which answers many of those questions.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:26 AM | Comments (2)

Male/Female?

How male or female is your brain?

There are two tests if you follow the link above.

Via The Corner

Later: my results in the extended entry

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I Got Nuthin'

I've been wracking my brain, trying to think of something, anything to blog about, but I'm fresh out of inspiration.

Well, hmmm... How about news from Utah? Okay, my mum tells me they're drowning in cherries, and they're about to be drowning in apricots and peaches. She and my brother can barely keep up getting the fruit off the trees. My father got a part time job, and he has cataract surgery on Tuesday, my mum is working full time now (ain't retirement great?), and my brother is waiting to get confirmation on a job offer.

Chiana was having liver problems, but after some heavy duty vitamins and meds, she seems to have perked right up. The vet is pleased. All the other kitties, dog. parrots, are doing fine.

And keep your fingers crossed, but just maybe, some of the financial pressure will be off me soon. I won't quite believe it since I'm seriously not into counting chickens before they've hatched, but I need a little hope right now.

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Eat, Drink, And Be Bloggy

The latest recipe roundup here.

Posted by Ithildin at 9:03 AM

June 2, 2005

You Know The Line

Okay, no one is going to get this, except CB (since she witnessed a Ninjababe reenactment at Monday's dinner party) but here goes!

You know the line from ROTS, the "Hold me, Anakin! Hold me like you did on the shores of Lake Naboo!"? Of all the groaners, that particular line has been the one that tickled our funny bone the most. Nin does a glorious job of replicating it, but the version that's her favourite is, "Hold me, Anakin! Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah." It's even her sig quote. So, I'm reading The Corner today, and JPod is getting grief for his trashing of the movie, and his response is, "Tiens-moi, Anakin! Tiens moi en la manière que tu as faites par le lac sur Naboo!" Yes, I know, you had to have been here, but it sure made me do the "at my desk giggle".

Posted by Ithildin at 4:23 PM | Comments (3)

And In The Next Galaxy Over...

George Lucas has reportedly checked on the availability of Australian actor Matthew Newton to see if he's free to appear in a proposed Star Wars television series, according to the Oz Sunday Herald Sun newspaper. Lucas first met Newton a few years ago when the actor (Queen of the Damned) tested for the role of Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode II—Attack of the Clones, the newspaper reported.

It's believed that Newton was Lucas' second choice for the part of the man who would become Darth Vader; he was even flown to stay at Skywalker Ranch in Northern California for a test.

Blond-haired newton Newton, 28, is no doubt being considered for a leading hero role in the series, believed to be centering on all-new characters, the paper reported.

Via SciFi Wire

Posted by Ithildin at 11:59 AM

Nimnull Alert

According to Screamin' Howard Dean, Republicans don't understand how hard it is to go out and vote after a day at work, because most of us have never put in an honest day's work in our lives.

So that means whatever it is I do every day is either dishonest, or a delusion.

(heard on the radio, so no link)

Later: thanks to Robert, who directed me here, I present the actual quote:

"You think people can work all day and then pick up their kids at child care or wherever and get home and still manage to sandwich in an eight-hour vote? Well Republicans, I guess can do that. Because a lot of them have never made an honest living in their lives. "
Posted by Ithildin at 11:03 AM | Comments (2)

Just Remember, It's the "Religion of Peace"

Just a refresher course on how women are treated in the "RoP". I'm sure we can expect NOW to be right on it. They'll be protesting any minute!

Sexually Assaulted in Cairo

Religion of Peace Watch

Just makes you want to don a burka and convert, doesn't it?

Posted by Ithildin at 10:43 AM | Comments (1)

Okay, That's It

Everything I read is depressing me this morning. One of the most being that Juliette is was thinking of throwing in the towel. Believe it or not, I was actually in happy sort of mood this morning -- and that's very rare for me. I don't know what the solution is, but I suppose 'this too shall pass' [sigh]

Posted by Ithildin at 8:50 AM | Comments (3)

June 1, 2005

Meet Jim

One of the members of my current events email list finally succumbed to the blogging bug. Go welcome him to the neighborhood!

Posted by Ithildin at 4:31 PM | Comments (2)

Look Who's Back In The Blogging Fold!

No, I'm not going to tell you, you have to go look.

Posted by Ithildin at 4:23 PM

Because It's Never Too Early!

The 2008 Presidential Wire.

Posted by Ithildin at 4:17 PM

Faux Gyros

I made some mighty fine faux gyros last night. I'd found a recipe for a Greek style leg of lamb kabob marinade. I converted it into chicken, used the left over tzatziki, (to which I'd added a dash of lemon since it seemd to be missing something), throw in some fresh pita, and voila! I want to try it with lamb someday and see how it turns out.

Posted by Ithildin at 3:45 PM

New Conservative News Site

Conservative Grapevine

Posted by Ithildin at 8:25 AM