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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Happy New Year 

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne,
my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

-Miguel Sanchez  21:05 EST | |

Thursday, December 29, 2005


So Ben, Alex and I all got haircuts yesterday (or perhaps just earlier this morning for the other two). I'm pretty sure the global Ustoo audience would like to see Heather and Lisa's handiwork.

-Ziggy Stardust  12:13 EST | |

Sunday, December 25, 2005

If I may... 

Saturday, December 24, 2005


The post about the student who was visited by Homeland Security agents because he checked out Mao's Little Red Book is a hoax. The student made it up.

-Ziggy Stardust  12:25 EST | |

Thursday, December 22, 2005

I'm a winner! 

I won a free diet coke today for the first time. Since I am in the last desperate throes of exams (I took an exam this morning and my take-home is due in 7.5 hours), it is nice to win something. And yet, because of Miguel's comment below, I now feel less special. Damn you, Miguel. Damn you!

-Ziggy Stardust  16:21 EST | |

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Judge Robertson Is An Honorable and Admirable Man; or, Dude, this Judge Rocks! 

Judge Robertson (DDC) resigned yesterday from the FISA court, presumably because of Bush's illegal and unconstitutional actions.

Also, his handling of a habeas claim for a detainee has been seemingly excellent (h/t Hilzoy).

Huzzah, Judge! Huzzah!

-Ziggy Stardust  00:28 EST | |

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Part of a recent email I sent to a friend 

I am so, so pissed about the revelations about the NSA spying on Americans without going to the FISA court--I'm ready to throw [sic] rocks at the White House or storm the FBI office in Manhattan or something.

Note to my government overlords reading this freaking email: I am joking. I'm using hyperbole. In fact, I am protected by the Supreme Court decision in Watts v. United States, 394 US 705 (1969) (holding that "the kind of political hyperbole indulged in by the petitioner" did not constitute a "threat"). Oh, wait! You all don't care about the law. Okay, I will now submit to my indefinite detention.

-Ziggy Stardust  20:58 EST | |

Becoming a loyal foot soldier 

Stewart (via Alex) recruited me, but Dan Savage's link nourished my soul.

In other news, Cypress Hill has a greatest hits album titled "Greatest Hits From The Bong." Word.

-Ziggy Stardust  16:24 EST | |

Free Diet Coke is a Dirty Communist Lie! 

I am addicted to foul-tasting (but no longer to me) diet coke. It sucks. I wish I wasn't, but I'm too weak to do anything about it--fuckin' akrasia always keeping me down. [Like, for instance, now. I should be taking an antitrust exam.]

Does anyone else live in an area where the local coke bottler is selling diet coke 20 oz bottles that claim "1 in 12 wins free diet coke"? Because I buy one--at least--each and every day and have yet to win. I'm talking over a hundred bottles without a single free diet coke. That's bullshit. No, wait. This is bullshit. Diet Coke's marketing is a commie lie.

NB: While googling "communist propaganda" this sponsored link popped up:

Looking for Communist?
Find exactly what you want today


Update: Fuzzy doesn't understand why commie lies are worse than other lies (like Scientology's claims, he suggests). Obviously he is commie himself. Bastard.

Update 2: Fuzzy wishes to make clear that he harbors no ill will to the (lying) Church of Christ, Scientist. Wacky bastards (who stole Katie Holmes).

Update 3: Scientology and Church of Christ, Scientist are not the same thing. Who knew?

-Ziggy Stardust  13:47 EST | |

Monday, December 19, 2005

For D.B. 

Some magical animal.

Via the apostropher.

(Does anyone else feel a little more uncomfortable with the name Daddy Brooklyn after this morning's story in the Times?)

-Ziggy Stardust  15:31 EST | |

Sunday, December 18, 2005

My rebuttal to the President's address 

UPDATE: (family friendly version)

Curse you, you incorrigable scalliwag! you unpious, wicked lout! You, sir, are ideed a buffoon of grand proportions! You have the dull wit and dull eyes of a mule-tanner! A pox on you! You foppish dandy! You wart on a salamander's tounge! You brute! You vain and vapid toad! You are peerless and untouchable in the maliability of your ethos!

In closing, a pox on you! Goodevening Sir!

-Miguel Sanchez  21:17 EST | |

Yes, exactly. 

I was furious when I read Matt Bai's little wisp of a thought in today's NYT Magazine, but since I was on a train when reading it yesterday (yes, the magazine comes a day early in these parts) I couldn't descend into the "fit of apoplexy" that it deserved.

So I'm very glad that Josh Marshall did the simple but necessary work of showing just how glib and shallow Bai's concerns with reforming Social Security actually are. Marshall is truly a national treasure; or, perhaps given how much trouble his honest reporting is giving Republicans these days, he's more of a partisan treasure, but no matter.

-Ziggy Stardust  11:52 EST | |

Getting closer and closer to a police state 

Remember, you are being watched for what you read.

Now, even a year ago I'd have thought that the title to this post was ridiculously overheated. Now? I just don't know how close.

Via Digby.

-Ziggy Stardust  10:22 EST | |

Friday, December 16, 2005

Holy Cow, Leo is Dead! 

So I've been studying pretty hard today 

So I decide to give myself a break and read some of them internets.

I start with this which leads me to this (don't read the comments unless you're prepared for some mindblowing stupidity). I of course have to learn where the damn fool came up with his blog's name. Why on earth did I look? Did I really need to hear this ringing condemnation: "Contrary to their set-piece smears, I don't much buy into racism. I think it is a waste of time." Not that is wrong or immoral, you see, racism is just INEFFICIENT. Argh.

Thanks internets, you made it just that much harder to go back to the philosophical justifications for free expression like self-governance and the market-place of truth. Would the above be a sign of market failure then?

-Ziggy Stardust  15:44 EST | |

If I was an animal.... 

I would be this stoned owl, hiding in a christmas tree.

-Miguel Sanchez  09:47 EST | |

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

G.W. on global warming 

Tuesday, December 13, 2005



There is no redemption for you. It makes no difference what you do from now on. If you have committed crimes in the past, know that our society does not forgive. We do not believe in rehabilitation. We do not believe that people can change their ways or their outlook. We know only vengeance and spite.

Thank you.

-Ben  08:46 EST | |

So how bad would my grades have to be to lose my job? 

There are not too many digestive disorders that are terminal, and those that are rarely effect children. I have a deep distrust of these foreign nations and what they consider to be terminal illness . . .

Several years ago, Holland became the first country to legalize the mercy killings of adults. Now, this European nation, known for its liberal ways, has announced that in "certain circumstances" it will also allow babies to be euthanized.

They've crossed over the slippery slope. Like the Netherlands.

Stupid foreign nation being called two different names. One country = one name. Or at least that's how it should be.

Do check out their "about" page: such political diversity...

Via Sadly No.

-Ziggy Stardust  01:57 EST | |

Monday, December 12, 2005

damn funny 

What else should I be doing an hour before my hardest final???

You guessed, it, watching this.

(most of you probably saw this, but for those of us without a TV signal news comes a little late)

-Lucky  13:02 EST | |

Stupid Firefox! 

Does anyone else have trouble with acrobat pdf files when using Firefox? Firefox has crashed on me four times tonight when opening large pdf documents.

Any help would be much appreciated!

-Ziggy Stardust  01:41 EST | |

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Long-Haired Freaky People Watch out 

11 days in jail for jaywalking... momma, don't let your kids grow up to be Dallas Transit officers.

Via Michael Froomkin.

-Ziggy Stardust  17:46 EST | |

Friday, December 09, 2005

Best quote of my blog-reading day: 

Not that I read more blogs during exams, but I am certainly more conscious/guilty of my blog reading when I should be learning antitrust doctrine and such.

Anyway, the quote: "Which is to say, in a not particularly original fashion, that no one has yet explained why there is Something rather than Nothing. It was on my To Do list when I was a teenager, but I got sidetracked, and now I'm just another curious agnostic."*

It cracks me up because the above comes after a brief yet sophisticated reply to a philosopher of science who testified on behalf of the IDer's in Dover, PA. Michael Berube (why can't I use accent marks in blogger?!?!!?) is an example of why I love blogs so damn much. Informative and witty about subjects that are interesting but that I'd never come across otherwise.

*NB: I've followed the Bluebook rule regarding using block quotes for only those quotations longer than 49 words. This quotation is only 48.

-Ziggy Stardust  19:40 EST | |

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

"Ever wonder why one hears so little talk of right-wing demagoguery?" 

No way I've moving to D.C. now 

These incompetent fools have banned smoking. For a city known for crack-smoking mayors, bums, filth, third-world style public works and goods, this really shows they got their shit together. Now when someone says "Rio is better run than this place," between felating someone for rock, the city council members can pause and say proudly "mmmo! whaa baaah smohking!".

You missed out on a good thing, D.C.

-Miguel Sanchez  15:22 EST | |

Don't try this at home 

So there's this Wyle E. Coyote cartoon where Coyote tosses a log acrossed two cliffs over a road and attaches a rope to the middle of the log. The plan is for Coyote to swing from the rope nab the Road Runner in mid swing. Coyote hears the Road Runner coming around the corner and swings down. Only it turns out it wasn't the Road Runner, it was a truck. The Coyote slams into the truck. Freakin' Hilarious.

That pretty much explains what happened here.

-Ben  10:09 EST | |

Your friends are not who you think they are. 

Quick virus alert for those with AIM. This onw will have a chat conversation with you (actually just sends one message and asks you to download a file) and then give your computer the clap. Watch out if someone comes on and says "lol. this is not a virus," then sends you something.

via /.

-Ben  09:49 EST | |

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Bemoaning the standards at Slate 

Yes, I am something of a crotchety old man.

I'm sure everyone who glances at this blog reads Slate every day because you're all pathetic and predictable. So I'm sure you read this article about "markets" for digital music. Markets, as I learned in economics class, have the desirable quality of allocating goods in socially optimal ways (so long as you believe that a person who "has" no money doesn't "want" any food). The problem with the article is that the system the author proposes obviously has nothing to do with markets--the guy is just talking about a seller who varies his prices according to demand. That's it. No market whatsoever. I don't know how that got past the editors.

-Daddy Brooklyn  22:11 EST | |

Saturday, December 03, 2005

I'm not a big fan or anything... 

But this had to be embarrassing.


-Ziggy Stardust  19:14 EST | |

For Ziggy (and other intereested parties) 

ACSBlog is pleased to bring together two distinguished academics who have been actively involved in the case to debate [the Solomon Amendment's] merits. Presenting the arguments against the constitutionality of the Solomon Amendment will be William Eskridge, a professor of law at Yale Law School and a board member of FAIR; Daniel Polsby, professor of law and Dean of the George Mason University School of Law, who has filed an amicus brief in support of the Amendment, will take the contrary view.
Good stuff.

Via Power Line.

-Ben  14:05 EST | |

Friday, December 02, 2005

Happy Anniversary, Paul!!!! 

The Colour of His Hair 

Oh who is that young sinner with the handcuffs on his wrists?
And what has he been after, that they groan and shake their fists?
And wherefore is he wearing such a conscience-stricken air?
Oh they're taking him to prison for the colour of his hair.

'Tis a shame to human nature, such a head of hair as his;
In the good old time 'twas hanging for the colour that it is;
Though hanging isn't bad enough and flaying would be fair
For the nameless and abominable colour of his hair.

Oh a deal of pains he's taken and a pretty price he's paid
To hide his poll or dye it of a mentionable shade;
But they've pulled the beggar's hat off for the world to see and stare,
And they're taking him to justice for the colour of his hair.

Now 'tis oakum for his fingers and the treadmill for his feet,
And the quarry-gang on portland in the cold and in the heat,
And between his spells of labour in the time he has to spare
He can curse the god that made him for the colour of his hair.

--A. E. Houseman

-Ziggy Stardust  01:37 EST | |

Thursday, December 01, 2005

A fine letter to the editor from my hometown newspaper 

Evolutionists can't stand to have theory questioned

In "A brief History of Time," Stephen Hawking wrote, "The initial state of the universe must have been very carefully chosen indeed if the hot big bang model was correct right back to the beginning of time. It would be very difficult to explain why the universe should have begun in just this way, except as the act of a God who intended to create beings like us.

In the dispute about how life and universe began, there are several theories as to how it happened. One thing is constant: Evolutionists are opposed to letting any other theory be examined.

A few months ago I heard a chemist and a physicist explain that in order for evolution to have happened as presently claimed, Earth would have had to be many times older than science has determined that it is.

I lived in the Los Alamos scientific community for a number of years. If there was one scientist there who believed in evolution, none of my acquaintances in the lab ever met him. In their experiments and research, the scientists were absolutely dependent on repeatability. Evolution doesn't provide it.

Let all theories be examined. If an answer eventually is discovered, in detail, beyond what is clear now, let truth reign. Unlike the faith of evolutionists, creationists have nothing to fear.

Ray Lane

Colorado Springs

-Daddy Brooklyn  23:54 EST | |

High Art 

A new addition to my daily reading list 

Who doesn't read Bob Jones University's newspaper?

Anyway, to get is started: If you lost your hand like Capt. Hook, what would you want in its place, and why?

Via Eric Muller.

Update: What happens when a BJU student comes out? Here.

-Ziggy Stardust  19:45 EST | |

Those crazy activist judges... 

In South Africa! They have just legalized gay marriage.

-Ziggy Stardust  13:38 EST | |

About us:

This weblog is an ongoing, if periodic, effort by several friends to stay in touch, in reading material, and in ideas.

Lucky Luciano is a former Italian Stallion real estate hustler and Benedict Arnold CEO turned shady lawyer-to-be. He lives in Denver.

Ben is a Paramedic and would-be philantropist who lives in Denver. He knows everything about nothing.

Fuzzy Dunlop lives in Manhattan. He is more than capable of standing up to the stresses of a high crime urban environment.

Jess is a teacher. But have YOU given her an apple? No, you haven't. You should be ashamed of yourself. This crazy feminist currently rests her copy of Awakening in Jersey City.

Matt is a pariah, iconoclast, and professor of gambling living in Oakland.

Miguel Sanchez is not Lionel Hutz.

Daddy Brooklyn lives in Brooklyn. He hates Republicans, though he wouldn't mind being ensconced in the landed elite of New York City.

Paul just smoked my eyelids and punched my cigarette.

Ziggy Stardust has no past.

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