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January 03, 2018

The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition


Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

That doesn't sound too complicated, and I'm a monkey. What's the problem with someone expressing their opinion? That sounds like speech! At least it isn't throwing poo, which will actually get you in trouble around here.

California Prosecuting Man for Insulting Posts on Islamic Center's Facebook Page

California used to be a mecca (SWIDT?) for those who felt constrained by the overly controlling mores of conventional American society. For much of its history it placed essentially no bounds on the creativity, nuttiness, unconventionality and genius of its citizens, and the world is a better place for it. But California is a caricature of the worst excesses of the neo-Puritans so many of the ancestors of its residents moved there to escape. No thought, no behavior, no action is beyond the control of the mandarins in Sacramento, where the truly insane of California go to fly their freak flag and pounce on anything that stinks of freedom.

By the way, if anyone thinks that "net neutrality" wasn't the Obama administration's opening move for exactly this sort of control, then I have a bridge to sell you.


This is well worth a read, and the comments are just as good, because they expose the ignorance and stupidity of the "pro-choice" movement. Many of them are so fixated on using this man's story to pimp for child murder that they entirely miss the point of it.
[Link to story]



If you like gin and tonic, you might be a psychopath

It's the kind of study that makes me confident that everyone involved is an idiot. The damned thing is a fvcking questionnaire. No examination of actual behavior, just how people self report. There are so many flaws in this study it's hard to believe that it was published. But ScienceTM must produce research, no matter how stupid.

The Muddled Gin & Tonic

Serves two
1 lime -- room temperature
8 ounces good gin. I use Broker's, but any good London Dry gin will work.
16 ounces tonic. There are fancy (expensive) ones that are, unfortunately, really good. But Schweppes or Canada Dry are fine. Just make sure to use a fresh bottle...flat tonic is disgusting and will give you warts.

Roll the lime a bit to loosen the juices up. Slice it into eighths, and drop them into two pint glasses.

Using a muddler or the handle of a heavy wooden spoon (a hammer will work too), press the limes into the bottom of the glasses, making sure that you press on both sides of each chunk. The goal is to express the juice and get some of the aromatic oils out of the skin. Just don't press too hard and break the glass!

Add a handful of ice, then four ounces of gin to each glass.

Carefully pour eight ounces of tonic into the glasses, trying to preserve as much carbonation as possible.

Top off with ice and drink immediately.

The ratio of 2:1 tonic:gin is a guideline. If you like yours more or less tonic-y, play with the ratio until you get it just right for your palate.

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