Archives November 2005

פריצות!

Last update on Nov. 12, 2014.

I know I’m just projecting the values of my own community of religious fanatics (and I mean that in the nicest possible way) onto a community of people who are fanatics about a completely different religion, but I can’t look at pictures like this without thinking “If you’re so religious, shouldn’t you be covering your ...

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God bless us, every one, with a clue

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Rabbi [sic] Aryeh Spero, envisioning a dystopian future America in which saying “Christmas” is outlawed:

“Some of the people who stood up against the ACLU,” I continued, “were called Conservatives. In those days, you weren’t welcomed in ‘progressive’ circles if you were a Conservative. You didn’t get those high-paying jobs in the media, Hollywood ...

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We say it every week, but do we know what it means?

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

The Kiddush for Friday night contains the sentence “כי הוא יום תחילה למקראי קודש זכר ליציאת מצריים”. Artscroll translates this as “For that day is the prologue to the holy convocations, a memorial of the Exodus from Egypt”.

I hear you scratching your head and saying, “What does Shabbat have to do with the Exodus ...

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Suicidal machismo on Internet time

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

If the Russian roulette is too slow-moving for your taste, perhaps you’d like to play Bosnian roulette. All you need is a grenade and a death wish.

via arib

Don’t tell my rabbi

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

I learned a new word today: onomastics, the study of proper names.

Since my job involves maintaining and improving massive lists of proper names (the names of geographic locations, and the names of things that might get confused with geographic locations), I guess I’m a professional onomast.

Down by by-law

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

I’m on a committee to revise our synagogue by-laws. We have been asked to pay special attention to the procedure for hiring a rabbi, since our current by-laws say very little about what to do, but the whole document is up for amendment.

If you, Gentle Reader, belong to a synagogue (other than, ahem, mine ...

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I have this great idea for a story…

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

So there’s this engineer turned patent lawyer, a devotee of Ayn Rand who “occasionally dabble[s] in fiction”. Realizing that he has no talent for telling stories, he concludes that his true genius is for coming up with plot lines for stories that other people can tell.

Copyright law, the system that has satisfied other ...

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Frontiers of food technology

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

First there was the nicotine patch, then there was nicotine gum, and now… nicotine beer. It’s being produced by a German company; the authors of the Reinheitsgebot must be spinning in their graves.

If this product makes it easier for nicotine addicts to tolerate no-smoking-in-restaurants laws, I suppose it’s a Good Thing. But what’s next ...

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Wanted: The Gerald Ford Amendment

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Mark Kleiman and the Anonymous Liberal are asking Democrats to insist on a no-pardons pledge from President Bush. They don’t go far enough. What, after all, is a pledge from this President worth?

We need some spiny jellyfish to introduce a constitutional amendment, something like this:

Section 1
The President may not grant any pardon ...

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A song that could have been written for Judge Alito

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Carol Rose Livingstone Judge Samuel Alito
  • I am no friend of the fathers and mothers
  • I am no friend of the sisters and brothers
  • I am no friend to the weak and distressed
  • I am no friend to the poor and oppressed.
Denied a habeas petition for a convict sentenced to death. The convict argued ...

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