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Sunday, July 30, 2006


That's the emoticon for anarcho-capitalism, the 'right wing' branch of anarchism. I've been thinking about doing a series on practical anarchism, but here's something that made my day:

The man and girl told police they had lived in the park for four years. The pair appeared clean, well-fed and healthy, Barkley said, and the girl was well-spoken beyond her years. The man, who identified himself as Frank, told police he was a 53-year-old Marine Corps veteran and college graduate who served in Vietnam. He came to Oregon with his daughter, Ruth, from Tacoma with no job and virtually no money. Frank told police that the girl's mother was institutionalized in New Hampshire, and the two now lived on a $400-a-month disability check.

Rather than live on the streets and expose Ruth to alcohol and drugs, Frank said, they hiked deep into Forest Park and built a lean-to. The pair went into the city twice a week to stop by the bank, attend church, buy groceries and clothes from Goodwill. Frank, a devout Christian, said he taught his daughter using the old encyclopedias.

Even though the child and father lived for such a long time disconnected from society, the girl had been home schooled and was in good physical shape. In fact, the girl received a very good education from her father while living among the trees. Officials said the girl, who would be normally in 7th grade, is at a 12th grade equivalency.

I stole that entire passage from Vox Day, who stole it from some TV channel that has pulled the link. Apparently the story's from 2004. Anyway, No Treason said:

That is, a twelve year old girl who was homeschooled from thrift-store books in a survivialist’s shanty in the forest by a single parent is the equivalent of a public high school graduate.

No Treason also had the end of the story, which was happy from the perspective of dopey American consumers and @$s. Not that I think the father was aware in any way of my philosophical sect, but that's something I would do if I were in that situation. No, really, I've previously thought about it and already envisioned that response (minus the daughter).

Sunday, July 23, 2006


Quote of the Day:

"His eldest son, Kim Jong Nam, is said to have fallen out of favor after embarrassing his father in 2001 when he was caught trying to enter Japan on a fake passport, saying he wanted to visit Tokyo Disneyland." - CNN.com

I've been checking CNN a lot because they usually have yesterday's most important stories. Some of you may recall my love for the ladies of Lebanon, among the world's hottest should-be refugees. Hmm... that alliterative fiasco gives me an idea... a satirical gossip column. Anyway, now would be a perfect time for my plan to become Warlord of Lebanon, but I just don't think I can overcome the language barrier without more cash.

Friday, July 21, 2006

From CNN.com:

Hezbollah enjoys backing from Syria and Lebanon, but Nasrallah denied during the interview that either country played a role in the current conflict.

Really? I thought, why isn't Iran in that list? Iran is their biggest sponsor. If anything, Syria and Lebanon enjoy backing from Hezbollah, not the other way around. This writer must be one of those confuzzled thinkers who tries to use vague "ties" and "associations" to prove conspiracy theories.

"Hezbollah is not fighting for Syria. Hezbollah is not fighting for Iran. Hezbollah is fighting for Lebanon," he said.

I see. So, even tthe Hezbollah spokesman admits that he is supported by Iran, yet CNN downplays it. Now, I'm not Michelle "Me So" Malkin. I don't bother parsing apart the pervasive parcels of parsimonious partisan spin. Usually. This time I just wanted to say, IS IT REALL Y THAT IMPORTANT TO DISS BUSH THAT YOU IGNORE THE BIGGEST THREAT TO MIDDLE EAST SECURITY, WHICH EVEN THE EU IS TRYING TO DEAL WITH IN ITS OWN FEEBLE AND HOMOEROTIC WAY???

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Quote for the Day

The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the Government. Every dollar that we carelessly waste means that their life will be so much the more meager. Every dollar that we prudently save means that their life will be so much the more abundant. Economy is idealism in its most practical form... - Calvin Coolidge

Ripped off from GOPBloggers.

Monday, July 03, 2006

I'm not dead

(Personal details follow. Anonymity is going to be going away. So Sad.)

Although I did go on vacation for a month. Since I don't have a regular job, you might ask what constitutes a vacation. Well, I went to Louisiana (and probably crossed paths with Mig) and stayed with my sister. Oh joy. Here are a few highlights:

--Playing with my nieces, none of whom are related to me by blood. 3 of them consider me their uncle. Bakahime probably doesn't. She's even less related than the rest.

(Bakahime is Japanese for "idiot princess." Her real name is standard, but Bakahime is the nickname I gave her.)

They're 7, 9, 11, and 11. Baka's 11, and I told her that I didn't want a girlfriend but I wanted kids and ya kinda need one to get the other. (Don't look at me like that, she's almost 12) And she said I could adopt one. Well maybe, in a few years, but I said would they actually give me a kid? Who knows. I know I would be suspicious of a single guy asking for a girl. And isn't it my responsibilty to pass on my superhuman genes to further evolution and help bring about whatever goal God has in mind?

--Small inner tube, 30 foot rope, catamaran with an outboard motor. I wanted to see if I could stand up on the tube without falling off, and ended up with Swimmer's Ear. It sounded like spiders were hatching and eating my brain. Kinda felt like it too.

-- Warped Tour. I just got some new Versace glasses (480$US) and I kinda mangled them in the mosh pit when some ~160 pound guy bounced off my head, but I found the lense and put them back together and they're almost good as new. Anti-Flag rocked, so I bought their shirt. It says "War Sucks, Let's Party." NOFX didn't rock, for some reason. They did play "Idiot Son of an Asshole," which is about President Bush. I thought that was an Anti-Flag song, but I saw both bands in 2002 so perhaps my memory is faulty. The singer from "The Academy Is..." was more flambuoyant than the first time I saw him, but that was before they released their first album. I knew they would be big. They have IT. They opened for Motion City Soundtrack's tour last spring, and this year they played before them at the Warped Tour. MCS rocked, as usual, and had the best mosh pit, as usual. Except for the airborn dudes. And I mean people bounce off me. woo.

-- Danced with a guy at a gay/lesbian bar. I mean, I'm straight, but I went there with my sister (not the one with kids, for obvious reasons) and I'm not a good dancer. I thought, whom better to show me a few moves than a gay guy?

-- Drank enough to make my vision lag slightly. I'm not sure if I got a buzz or not. Ya know, I don't normally drink, so it's surprising I have any tolerance. I suppose a few shots of rum/JD/vodka isn't much. And shoooot, my dad could put down a case of beer and still drive home fine. Well, so far as I remember. He didn't drift or anything. I wonder if aneurysms can be aggravated by alcohol?

-- Brought back most of my billiard skills. They had waned since the good ol days with Dave. I could barely sink one in a row when I got there. I still haven't attempted any jump shots, although I used to be pretty good at them. I think I hit 4 in a row once or twice, which isn't bad. Most I ever got was 5 at Slick Willie's in the aforementioned good ol days. But my sis plays on a team and I only beat her a couple of times out of 30 or so games.

-- made some chicken with Grape Hawaiian Punch, Dr. Pepper, Hershey's Syrup, a banana, and some sour pickle juice. My sis said it was the worst chicken ever, so I ate all 8 pieces. It was good except for the smell.

But I miss my nieces the most. They're soooo cute I want to just duct tape them up and keep them in my closet forever. Just kidding. They all cut their hair short while I was there, which was sad. It looked good on Baka, and I suppose it was good by American standards on Bishojo, but Chibiko had had such shiny long brown hair. Sigh. Yamiko's, I couldn't really tell was cut.

Cross posted at my xanga site.