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Dress Code
by Render at 23 April, 2004 - 10:22 AM
"... if parents can't do their job [...] then there should be a law."

This was said by Louisiana State Representative Derrick Shepherd. The job he was referring to ... preventing kids from wearing low-slung pants. Yes, pants.

"I'm sick of seeing it," said Shepherd. And since he's sick of it, then "it" must be morally wrong (remember the visceral response thing? If it makes you feel bad, it must be bad.) And since it is morally wrong, parents have a responsibility to prevent it. And since they aren't, then it's obviously up to the gub'mint to do it.

In effect, he wants a state dress code, violation of which would be punishable by $500 fine and/or 6 months in jail. JAIL! For committing the obscenity of wearing pants that expose less flesh than you can see at any beach or pool.

Tax dollars at work.
Latest comment: 24 April 04, 5:46 AM

Melonhunt
by Render at 02 September, 2003 - 5:12 AM

Find the head.

"Find the Man's Head within 3 seconds and you're a genius! According to medical experiments: If you can find the Man's Head within 3 seconds, your right brain is developed better than normal. If you can find the Man's Head within 1 minute, your right brain is developed normally. If you can find the Man's Head within 1-3 minutes, your right brain is slow in reacting, you should eat more meat protein. If you can find the Man's Head in 3 minutes or more, your right brain is a disaster... extremely slow in reacting, the only suggeestion is please watch cartoons to help normally develop your right brain."
Latest comment: 03 September 03, 6:01 PM

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake.
by Render at 26 August, 2003 - 7:05 AM

Here's a little piece celebrating the Sept. 11 terrorists, describing various alleged lies, and declaring the reasons why terrorists find it absolutely necessary to attack the damned oppressive Americans.

I like the last line, which describes their true goals.
Latest comment: 30 August 03, 7:21 AM

Hack or Slash?
by Render at 08 August, 2003 - 9:55 AM
Latest comment: 08 August 03, 12:26 PM

All I Want For Christmas
by Render at 31 July, 2003 - 7:35 AM
interface for electronic music
Latest comment: 31 July 03, 7:35 AM

McWiFi??
by Render at 11 July, 2003 - 10:05 AM
Latest comment: 11 July 03, 10:07 AM

Creative
by Render at 11 July, 2003 - 9:24 AM
In a flash of brilliance (probably while browsing through the Museum of Modern Art), scientists have discovered a way to augment their dwindling supply of government funding with grants from the NEA.
Latest comment: 11 July 03, 9:42 AM

Quest
by Render at 09 July, 2003 - 9:32 AM
I have just found out that Altoids now come in ginger flavor. Has anyone noticed where one might buy these, either online or in meatspace?
Latest comment: 10 July 03, 6:16 AM

Nigerian Uranium
by Render at 09 July, 2003 - 7:20 AM
The Bush administration acknowledged for the first time yesterday that President Bush should not have alleged in his State of the Union address in January that Iraq had sought to buy uranium in Africa to reconstitute its nuclear weapons program.

Latest comment: 10 July 03, 12:14 AM

Vicarious Living Via Offspring
by Render at 08 July, 2003 - 10:12 AM
For those who don't want to spend the time and fortune molding your child into a midget caricature of Barbie (as long as Jon Benet has already been mentioned today), here's another way you can enhance your self-image by screwing up your progeny. Mullet optional.
Latest comment: 08 July 03, 10:55 AM

All Aboard for New Zealand
by Render at 08 July, 2003 - 10:04 AM
In an effort that could best be described as Pyrrhus' love-child, the Bushlet is pushing the development of more nuclear weapons.
Latest comment: 08 July 03, 11:23 AM

Monday Antidote
by Render at 07 July, 2003 - 7:15 AM
This defies all my attempts to describe it. Turn sound on.
Latest comment: 08 July 03, 10:19 AM

Government Information Awareness
by Render at 07 July, 2003 - 5:44 AM
This should be interesting. Here's the actual service.
Latest comment: 07 July 03, 5:44 AM

AOL Bloggers
by Render at 07 July, 2003 - 5:07 AM
AOL will be releasing their blogging tool later this year. The big question: will this be as destructive to the blogging landscape as AOL's original interaction with the Internet was to Usenet and IRC?
Latest comment: 07 July 03, 7:08 AM

by Render at 02 July, 2003 - 7:00 PM
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by Render at 02 July, 2003 - 9:05 AM
Does Baltimore have anywhere they typically have fireworks shows for the 4th? Perhaps over the harbor?
Latest comment: 02 July 03, 11:36 AM

Down the Hatch
by Render at 17 June, 2003 - 2:34 PM
Little Orrin once again demonstrates how little his world has in common with reality.

Anyone else have Palahniuk flashbacks ("Murder, crime, poverty - these things don't concern me.")?
Latest comment: 19 June 03, 7:25 AM

Good Booze... err ...News
by Render at 28 May, 2003 - 2:17 PM
Someone needs to tack this up over at James Joyce.
Latest comment: 30 May 03, 9:11 AM

For Aspiring BOFHs
by Render at 23 May, 2003 - 7:50 AM
Latest comment: 23 May 03, 9:51 AM

No Anchovies, Neo.
by Render at 21 May, 2003 - 9:11 AM
Latest comment: 21 May 03, 9:08 PM

American Mythos
by Render at 20 May, 2003 - 5:38 PM
Big pdf document addressing (with references and annotations) a vast multitude of pro-gun control law myths.

It also says that Maryland claims to have the tightest gun control laws in the country, a fact of which I was unaware.
Latest comment: 21 May 03, 11:26 AM

Bizarre site of the day
by Render at 16 May, 2003 - 7:29 AM
rent-a-negro The one section that tips the "joke/not a joke" question: "Retroactive Billing If you have received any of the above services prior to June 1, 2003, you may receive a retroactive invoice for services rendered. You value your reputation, so we know you want to resolve your outstanding debts. "
Latest comment: 16 May 03, 11:05 AM

Oh, Canada...
by Render at 02 May, 2003 - 8:50 AM
Canada protects civil liberties better than the US?

"[...] Canadian laws and regulations intended to protect Canadian citizens and landed immigrants from government intrusion sometimes limit the depth of investigations."

It's also interesting to note that assaults attributed to terrorists killed 725 people in 2002. That's less than half the death toll of SARS (so far). Of course, the current mutation of SARS doesn't take out entire buildings.
Latest comment: 02 May 03, 1:16 PM

Strange Product of the Day
by Render at 30 April, 2003 - 11:11 AM
Latest comment: 02 May 03, 7:04 AM

Phrases for the office ...
by Render at 28 April, 2003 - 3:08 PM
Latest comment: 29 April 03, 3:55 AM

Do not sniff the White Powder
by Render at 28 April, 2003 - 11:52 AM
How not to import anthrax.

I don't know whether to be concerned (and wonder what's up with our "terror threat alert system"), or to think that, if all the terrorists' mules are that stupid, we have little to fear. It's a good thing that Iraq and its neighbors didn't actually have any stores of anthrax, so all we have to worry about are the naturally occurring suitcases full of it.
Latest comment: 30 April 03, 2:40 AM

Curse you Elfin Oppressors
by Render at 27 April, 2003 - 7:15 AM
Commentary on the Lord of the Rings we didn't hear.
Latest comment: 27 April 03, 7:27 AM

Let the "fabrication!" debate commence.
by Render at 26 April, 2003 - 5:02 PM
"Iraqi intelligence documents discovered in Baghdad by The Telegraph have provided the first evidence of a direct link between Osama bin Laden's al-Qa'eda terrorist network and Saddam Hussein's regime."

Excerpts from the documents.
Latest comment: 28 April 03, 2:38 AM

The cool site du jour
by Render at 25 April, 2003 - 11:07 AM
Watch the world blog.
Latest comment: 26 April 03, 4:59 AM

Veggieburg and Fishsave
by Render at 22 April, 2003 - 8:55 AM
"[PETA] has offered Hamburg, New York officials $15,000 to change the town's name to Veggieburg."

Yes, really. No, it's not an Onion story.
Latest comment: 22 April 03, 10:11 AM

You think like a woman.
by Render at 17 April, 2003 - 5:43 AM
A researcher at Cambridge has come up with the theory "that the female brain is predominantly hard-wired for empathy, and that the male brain is predominantly hard-wired for understanding and building systems. He calls it the empathising-systemising (E-S) theory."

His stoning is scheduled for 3 pm.
Latest comment: 17 April 03, 6:10 PM

Meetup
by Render at 16 April, 2003 - 10:33 AM
Meetup is a service that facilitates the effort of people in a certain geographical area and with a particular interest to hook up as a group. The top 10 groups for Baltimore are interesting, but, since I'm not really from the area, I'm not quite sure how to interpret it. For instance, why the disproportional showing in the Witches and Pagan groups? Something as simple as an intersection of the sets of social Internet users and the religiously rebellious, or does it indicate something about the area?

Given that I've heard one of Baltimore's slogans is "the City That Reads", it's nice to see the Bookcrossing (literary catch and release program) group having a high membership.
Latest comment: 17 April 03, 2:16 PM

Revoke the Oscar
by Render at 16 April, 2003 - 7:17 AM
Since Bowling for Columbine has about as much correlation to reality as a Milli Vanilli video, there's a drive to get Moore's "documentary" Oscar revoked.
Latest comment: 18 April 03, 5:05 AM

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