Sunday, July 16, 2006

Once In My Youth...

I tasted the food of the Gods.


No words can describe it.

To this day it marks me.

Leaving an entire of strata of a cuisine undesirable indeed untouchable to me.

My former mother-in-law, mother of my first wife, had some transdimensional communion in which she channeled the recipe for the very food of the Gods.

I cannot touch anything which calls itself by the same name as it would be a phantom, not even a mere ghost of the one, true epiphany I had.

The food you ask that I may never experience again in this life?

Fried Chicken.

The Colonel? A cruel joke.

Popeye's? A blind man's attempt to describe the stars in the sky.

Church's? Don't even ask.

Not A Dirty Hippy Brew

So Sunday afternoon after a round of Prickly Pear Margaritas I began having a few beers.

I started as oft I do in the Summer time with Las Lagunitas Czech Pilsner.

A fine representation of the Czech style pilsner which was created in Pilsen, Czech Republic.

Prior to getting to the serious business of a growler from my favorite local brewer, Streets of New York and their fantabulously fresh, strong and envigorating India Pale Ale, I tried an I.P.A. from Green Flash Brewing.

Initially I was worried when I elected to sample this brew as it had a label reminiscent of the dirty hippy brew Hazed and Infuzed which was total and absolute crap. Only someone incredibly high and out of touch with reality could have called that excrement an I.P.A.

No doubt the Sepoy Rebellion would have been nothing compared to what would have happened had this shite been shipped to The Raj to be imbibed by the Redcoats.

However once I tried the Green Flash Brewing Co.'s West Coast IPA I was pleased with its hoppy citrus flavor and serious dark golden amber color. An appreciable head developed on the beer which dissipated my concerns far faster than the head itself disappeared.

West Coast IPA refreshed long after opening even at today's stifling 104 degrees at the poolside.

Truly a feat for which the I.P.A. was created.

I recommend this brew to those in need of refreshment while braving the temperatures of a Southwestern or even Subcontinental summer.

Today's tobacco accompaniament was the ever satisfying La Gloria Cubana Charlegmagne Maduro cigar.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Monster Who Planned Beslan School Massacre Killed

There are no words foul enough to describe the evil of one who would plan a massacre at a school.

That is what Shamil Basayev did.

His plan led to the death of 344 innocent civilians, 186 of them children attending their first day of school.

He was also involved in the Moscow Theater Massacre where 128 hostages died.

Today the families of their victims got a slight measure of payback; Russian Spetznaz caught up with Shamil Basayev, killing him with a truck bomb as his motorcade passed.

I will have to pick up some Russian Vodka and toast those men and women who put together the intelligence, planned this operation and carried it out.

Terrorism Strikes In Mumbai, India

Mumbia, India (formerly known as Bombay) was struck today by terrorists.

The vermin who have killed at least 147 individuals and wounded hundreds more did so by setting eight bombs on commuter trains. Seven went off and the eight was defused.

There was an hour delay between the event and the appearance of government services.

Who do you ask was the hero of the hour?

The average Mumbai commuter. They banded together and began helping each other.

Those perpetrating this hateful, cowardly crime were the same groups terrorizing the Kashmir region of India.

A roundup of links is available at Pajama's Media.

July 12 Update: Rediff in India has first hand reports from Mumbaikars who were on the train when it was bombed. There are many moving accounts of a community coming together to assist each other.

Hat tip to PJM.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Slow Joe And The Subcontinent

Senator Joseph Biden recently defamed immigrants from the Indian Subcontinent.

You cannot go to a 7/11 (a chain store) or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking."
This was even noted in India's media.

While I am not surprised that a member of the Senate, from the "progressive" party no less, has made comments stereotyping immigrants to America, that these comments were directed towards immigrants one of our most important partners in the world, India, is a shock.

India is the world's largest democracy numbering approximately one billion souls and is a stalwart partner in the ongoing struggle against terrorism.

Indeed India fought terrorism in the Kashmir region while the rest of the world was focused on the long cold war. India has even stood up to the PRC and had a real shooting war while we intently squared off against the Soviet Union, ignoring the growing threat of China.

Now my obvious support for democractic governments aside I am surprised that Americans of Indian extraction drew negative attention.

The United States of America receives highly talented and hardworking immigrants from India that flourish in the professional fields. Notably this seen in the high tech fields and in medicine.

I do not denigrate the industrious souls who run convenience markets and small businesses of any type by mentioning the highly skilled nature of immigrants from the subcontinent. Anyone who can work the long hours and manage the tight margins of a small business and prosper is another facet of immigration that I support whole heartedly.

To our friends in India and my felow Americans whose ancestry is from the subcontinent, please accept an apology on my behalf for yet another of the disgraceful acts of our obviously less than wise congressmen.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

A Surprise For The Bad Guy

A company has recently come up with gloves with built in short blades so a woman could defend herself.

This is an obvious revival of an old idea from India; the Bagh Nakh or Tiger claws.

Rather like Brass knuckles this weapon was favored by the Thugee a cult which had their assassins accompany wayfarers or otherwise befriend travelers prior to murdering and robbing them.

I rather like the idea that a weapon once favored by the worshippers of the Dreadful Bride being used against modern Thuggees like rapists and thieves.

More on Thuggees here.

Of course it would be far simpler to have the young lady stay outside of arm’s reach of her attacker and discourage any nefarious intent with the threat of deadly force.

A firearm being a far more reliable defense for a woman than slugging it out toe to toe with a man, here is a representation of the situation discussed in which the razor blade gloves would be used and an alternate method of defense:

The differences are evident in this photo from Oleg Volks outstanding site, A Human Right.

Hat Tip to Oleg Volk and Pajama's Media

Hand Saw and Stabbing Attacks In NY Subway

So several nut jobs in New York have been attacking people on the subways.

One stabbing four people on the subway in a 13 hour spree the other has picked up two hand held saws and attacked subway riders.

A 64 year old man had his chest sawed open.

Another fine example of what gun control has accomplished; crazies are able to use easy to acquire weapons (knives) or improvised weapons (powered hand saws) with impunity.

Considering the percentages of armed citizens with concealed carry licenses in states that allow it, one armed individual would have been able to stop these rampages, since according to the statistics one concealed license carrier would have been on site taking into account the population density in New York

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy Independence Day

Today is the day we celebrate our Founding Fathers and their world changing Declaration of Independence.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Radical changes in the eighteenth century and for the overwhelming majority of the world an unrealized dream; that the people will be able to choose their government and if necessary abolish a tyrannical regime replacing it with a Representative Republic or Democracy.

Some will laud the Magna Carta as a great step in limiting the power of government but I point out that the Magna Carta itself was nobles limiting the power of the King of England, This document should not be construed as the equivalent of our Declaration of Independence.

Go Read The Declaration of Independence in its entirety.

For those that would claim that these were wealthy men with nothing to lose go read of the sacrifices made by the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

A Reason To Visit Taxachussets

Hard to believe but true.

There just might be a reason to visit the People's Republic of Taxachussets.

Home of Klan Kennedy in all its dysfunctional, immoral glory.

Naturally the one known sane man who has not as yet fled Massachussets provides the reason.

Of course is this enough to make up for the people of Taxachussets descerating the histor and memory of all their fore fathers did in the name of freedom?

I think not.