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Saturday, May 31, 2003

Smackdown!

There are dueling mega-art exhibits on tour now, the Picasso-Matisse and the Manet-Velasquez. Oddly enough, I’m a Velasquez-Matisse kind of girl. I am very glad that this author takes the same dim view of Picasso that I do. Old Pablo was way over-hyped and his reputation is going to undergo a radical demotion when the art establishment finally grows enough balls to admit his stuff is pretty second-rate.

posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, May 31, 2003 | link

My New Favorite.

I have found my new favorite magazine, Modern Drunkard. I will be the scourge of puritans everywhere. Thanks, Spectator.

posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, May 31, 2003 | link

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Friday, May 30, 2003

Literarium.

The Literarium has been updated. I seem to be posting there more often than here. Still if you click over, you'll find a review of Erik Hoffer's True Believer and a musing on the Dantean moral archetypes of the Comfy-Cozy mystery.

posted by Lee Ann on Friday, May 30, 2003 | link

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Wednesday, May 28, 2003

One to Watch.

If you think German POW camps were like Hogan’s Heroes, this documentary is for you. It’s about the Berga camp where prisoners from the Battle of the Bulge were tortured. As this is Memorial Day week, it is proper that we learn more about what our soldiers have had to endure to give us the freedom we take for granted. I say Memorial Day week because a single day just isn’t enough to contain the gratitude I have for our armed forces.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, May 28, 2003 | link

A Friend in Need.

One of the biggest whoop-de-dos of the 80s was USA for Africa. You remember, the Ethiopian government induced a massive famine to subdue its recalcitrant population and a bunch of rock stars held benefit concerts for the starving? Bob Geldof was the organizing rock star. Geldof is still involved with Africa and he has some things to say about the Bush Administration’s new AIDS initiative:

“Bob Geldof astonished the aid community yesterday by using a return visit to Ethiopia to praise the Bush administration as one of Africa's best friends in its fight against hunger and Aids.

“The musician-turned activist said Washington was providing major assistance, in contrast to the European Union's ‘pathetic and appalling’ response to the continent's humanitarian crises.

“ ‘You'll think I'm off my trolley when I say this, but the Bush administration is the most radical - in a positive sense - in its approach to Africa since Kennedy,’ Geldof told the Guardian.

“The neo-conservatives and religious rightwingers who surrounded President George Bush were proving unexpectedly receptive to appeals for help, he said. "You can get the weirdest politicians on your side.”


Well said, weirdo. Of course, it’s easier for rightwingers to help humanity because they aren’t exhausted form posing as saviors of mankind. Leftists make speeches and figure they’ve done their part. Rightwingers make no speeches, they just roll up their sleeves and get things done. In other words:

"Clinton talked the talk and did diddly squat, whereas Bush doesn't talk, but does deliver," Lord Alli said.

The Guardian article did take a few shots at the abstinence programs that form the core of Bush’s plan, calling them a sop to conservative Christians. I hate to break their Lefty hearts, but abstinence programs are the only things that have proven effective in Africa. Throwing condoms at people just made the problem worse. Look at Uganda. When they used a condom based program, AIDS rates soared. When they started pushing abstinence, AIDS rates dropped like a rock. Now Uganda has one of the lowest infection rates in Africa.

I do want to say this about Geldof: he may be weird but he’s a good man. Remember INXS? Well, the lead singer, Michael Hutchins, ran off with Geldof’s wife, Paula Yates. They had a baby together. Then Hutchins kills himself in an auto-erotic accident. So Yates starts drinking and shooting drugs. Oops, she o.d.s. So who’s left to raise the baby? Bob Geldof. That takes a big man.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, May 28, 2003 | link

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Tuesday, May 27, 2003

The Cult of IQ.

Here’s a great article from the Weekly Standard about the Cult of Intelligence and the atrocities enabled by it. The modern obsession with intelligence divorced from any moral character has lead to a self-righteous bullying of average people by a self-proclaimed elite. The horrors abetted by this IQ elite, like the Cuban dictatorship, the Laogai, and the genocides in Rwanda and the Balkans, result from an arrogant refusal to accept the evidence of fact presented by those deemed inferior to oneself. Like a wise man once said, intellectual brilliance is no guarantee against being dead wrong.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, May 27, 2003 | link

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Friday, May 23, 2003

Wine-Oh!

May I make a wine recommendation? Try Fess Parker Chardonnay. Get those Davey Crockett fantasies out of your head because it is amazingly good. It has a wonderfully rich flavor without being too assertive. It has a nice, sharp tang to it but it’s not at all harsh. There is no tart aftertaste like with some wines. It does, however, have a nice, lingering flavor. It’s pretty expensive at $16.99 but it’s worth it. I bought it because it’s Fess Parker wine but I would definitely buy it again.

Cool Fess Parker wine story: Another reason I bought the wine, aside from wanting to be able to say I’ve had Fess Parker wine, is this really cool story I heard about Fess’ vineyard. Seems a big time wine critic for one of the big wine mags, I don’t recall which because I don’t read those sorts of things, was touring the Santa Barbara vineyards for an article. He extolled the wonders of Santa Barbara wine but made some snotty remark about visiting every vineyard in the area except for Parker’s. The critic said he wasn’t going to waste his time on some has-been actor’s hobby vineyard. Well, ole Fess read that and was mighty perturbed. So he wrote a very nice letter to the critic, thanking him for mentioning the Parker Vineyard in his magazine and how happy he was to be in such a fine magazine. And he sent along with the letter a case of his wine. In the critic’s next article, he apologized for his high-falutin’ attitude and reviewed the Fess Parker wine. He said the wine was great and that it went perfectly with crow.

posted by Lee Ann on Friday, May 23, 2003 | link

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Thursday, May 22, 2003

Shakespearean Fun.

I have run into a surprisingly large number of discussions online about whether Shakespeare was a crypto-Catholic. It’s a weird subject but an interesting one. Here is an article from First Things that seems to decide the question of the Bard and the Faith. If you’ve got something better, I’d love to hear about it.

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, May 22, 2003 | link

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Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Help Wanted.

Sorry to be so lax in posting. My job doesn’t allow me to post at work. By the time I get home, eat, and get ready for tomorrow, I have very little time to go online and pontificate. In the interests of maintaining whatever shreds of my sanity are left, I have decided either need to give up the blog or get a new blog partner. I don’t have the time or energy to keep up the blog alone. Therefore I ask:

Who wants to be a Spinster?

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, May 21, 2003 | link

Bush/Ruben 2004.

Ruben! Ruben! Ruben! Ruben wins!

Ruben has been the only thing anyone has talked about in weeks. Every store has a “Vote for Ruben” sign in the window. People wear “Vote for Ruben” pins. Ruben tops the news. Ruben is everywhere.

This is the first “media sensation” that really has been a sensation. Usually when the media says “nobody can stop talking about X” nobody has ever heard of X. But everyone, and I mean everyone, is a Ruben Groupie down here. People have Ruben parties. I know several people at work, normal, productive citizens, who have the Ruben vote-line programmed into their cell phones. I am the only person I know who doesn't watch that show.

I like Ruben and all, but thank God it’s over. Good thing we voted on the state quarter last year, or Ruben would be on it.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, May 21, 2003 | link

Bush/Ruben 2004.

Ruben! Ruben! Ruben! Ruben wins!

Ruben has been the only thing anyone has talked about in weeks. Every store has a “Vote for Ruben” sign in the window. People wear “Vote for Ruben” pins. Ruben tops the news. Ruben is everywhere.

This is the first “media sensation” that really has been a sensation. Usually when the media says “nobody can stop talking about X” nobody has ever heard of X. But everyone, and I mean everyone, is a Ruben Groupie down here. People have Ruben parties. I know several people at work, normal, productive citizens, who have the Ruben vote-line programmed into their cell phones. I am the only person I know who doesn't watch that show.

I like Ruben and all, but thank God it’s over. Good thing we voted on the state quarter last year, or Ruben would be on it.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, May 21, 2003 | link

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Sunday, May 18, 2003

Thank You.

I want to give a big, sloppy, grateful thank you to all the Spinsterians who answered the call of duty. When book recommendations were needed, the few, the proud, the smart-ass answered. I want to thank Dandy Don for his great suggestions. I also want to thank Alicia the Midwife for her help. Patrick, as always, upheld the honor of the ‘Sippi Empire and muchos gracias to him. Thank you, Andy, for several books nobody thought of before. Carol is all hyper with book-buying glee. Have I said thank you yet? You guys rock!

posted by Lee Ann on Sunday, May 18, 2003 | link

Quiz Time.

I can’t figure the point to this either.


Hematite


What Stone Are You?
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posted by Lee Ann on Sunday, May 18, 2003 | link

Gulag.

Yes, another article on Anne Applebaum’s Gulag. How’s this:

“After his arrest and before interrogation, the prisoner was put through a process of degradation designed to divest him of every vestige of human dignity. The interrogation drove home the fact that he had no human rights whatever. Sentencing excised him from normal life. The journey to the camp exposed him to heights of suffering, as well as to cruelty on the part of the guards and other prisoners. The routine of camp life, with its back-breaking work, its lack of food, its barely believable hardships and its unrelenting inhumanity, brutalised him.”

Got a better definition of evil?

posted by Lee Ann on Sunday, May 18, 2003 | link

June Carter Cash, RIP.

June Carter Cash has died at the age of 73 from complications from heart surgery. She had an amazing voice. Do yourself a big favor and go download “Jackson,” her duet with her husband Johnny Cash. That girl sang the hell out of that song. When she turned it on, she redefined “turned on.” Of course, Johnny probably isn’t going to last too long after this.

posted by Lee Ann on Sunday, May 18, 2003 | link

Robert Stack, RIP.

Robert Stack has died at age 84 from a heart attack. I used to watch him on Unsolved Mysteries when I was a kid. He was also in Airplane! where he played the veteran pilot who talked Ted down. My favorite scene in the whole movie was Stack arriving at the airport and beating the crap out of all those religious freaks. That so rocked.


posted by Lee Ann on Sunday, May 18, 2003 | link

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Monday, May 12, 2003

Hi Ho Spinsters, Away!

Thank you to the Spinsterians who have posted their book suggestions in the comments box below. We still need some more though. So if you can think of some good books for kids between the ages of 3 and 15, please, please, pretty please with sugar on top, use the comments box! Danke Schoen, baby.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, May 12, 2003 | link

Literarium.

I have been posting more on the Literarium lately. I have been needing to do that. Here’s an excerpt about a particularly irritating Vogue article:

"The big talk over this issue, and there has been talk, is the article about the American expat who raised an anti-American son. The photo accompanying the article shows a smiling family in front of a big portrait of Hitler over the fireplace. I believe in being open-minded but artistically celebrating a man who murdered 6 million Jews . . . Oh, wait, the picture wasn’t Hitler, it was Mao. She raised her children under the smiling gaze of a man who butchered tens of millions of Chinese. Seems the author, a journalist, likes to be nonjudgmental and all multiculti and surrounded her family with lefty icons. She raised her family in Hong Kong and takes pride in the fact that her children devoured the papers and the evening news. She never bothers to mention that the news was Chinese propaganda. She never sat with her children and taught them to see through the lies and to take the word of Beijing with a full salt mine. After September 11, this woman was actually shocked that her oldest son was of the opinion that evil America deserved it. Gee, you mean he absorbed all the propaganda you exposed him too? Returning to America, junior decided to burn a flag to protest oppressive America. Mom never mentions to him that doing that to his beloved Chinese flag would get him killed. In fact, this idiot of a mother never told her kids lots of things. She never told him how, as an American in Chinese territory, he had far more freedoms than the Chinese did. She never mentions that if she were Chinese, she would not be the mother of three that being an American allows her to be. She would have been snatched off the street during her second pregnancy, taken to a government clinic, forcible aborted, and then forcibly sterilized. Nope, Little Miss Lefty just prattles on about “diversity” and how nice it is for her son to know of many cultures, but not understand or love any of them."

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, May 12, 2003 | link

Sacrilege!

Dissing Weird Al!?! Not in Spinster-land, Shady. He may not be a mentioned deity but he is always an assumed one. Getting spoofed by Weird Al is the ultimate achievement for a musician. How else are you supposed to know you’re an overexposed doofus?

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, May 12, 2003 | link

Read Me.

Yes, I know I’m boosting the same book over and over again but Anne Applebaum’s work on the Soviet Gulag is too important to only mention once. Here’s an article on the book by a man who survived the gulag.


posted by Lee Ann on Monday, May 12, 2003 | link

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Saturday, May 10, 2003

Help Spinsters!

Okay Spinsterians, it’s time to earn your keep. Carol the Intrepid Freedom Fighter is in need of assistance. She volunteers at a facility for abused and emotionally disturbed children and is trying to update their library. She and I would be most grateful for any suggestions you may have for good reading material for kids between the ages of 3 and 15. I came up with the Black Beauty, Narnia, Little Women, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Nancy Drew, and Harry Potter. Let’s see what you can do. Patrick, a guy's perspective would be swell. Muchas gracias.

posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, May 10, 2003 | link

Literarium.

The Literarium has been updated. There are two books, two magazines, and a shopping excursion. Not bad if I do say so myself.

The shopping excursion is where I buy way too many books while shopping for a Mother’s Day gift for La Bella Mama. I got her a plant in a beautiful container. The plant? Get this: it’s a houseplant. Not just any houseplant either. A perfect. Miniature. Rosebush! Seriously. La Bella Mama loves roses. One of the women I work with, Susan, got one from her kids. It knocked my socks off. I raided the florist and found the last miniature yellow rosebush they had. And there was much rejoicing.

posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, May 10, 2003 | link

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Friday, May 09, 2003

Life Stories.

There won’t be much to this post, just a simple update on how things are going now that I’m in the Real World full-time. The job is going well. I work in the operations center of a savings and loan. You know all those myriad documents that you have to fill out when you take out a mortgage? I help process them so you can get your cash. It’s not the most thrilling thing but my coworkers are great and I don’t deal with the public. I am the odd man out at work because I am single with no kids. Even the 21-year old is married with child. There are a lot of older ladies there too. There are two men in my department, one married and the other possibly gay. I have never felt more like, well, a spinster. We go out for lunch most Thursdays and Fridays. I finally got to go to the famed Irondale Café which you likely know as the Whistle Stop Café from Fried Green Tomatoes. It’s a cafeteria more than a café. The food is good though. I finally had fried green tomatoes. They taste kind of grape-y. I am officially addicted to their fried okra. The fried chicken was good too. I had water to drink and no it wasn’t fried. We went to the world-famous Irondale Olive Garden (of Enemy Engel of the Guardian fame) today. The food was okay but the breadsticks rock. They are very garlicky, 6 Altoid garlicky in fact.

There’s not much else to tell unless you want to know that I am a world-class, incomparable shopper. I have been forced to shop for “business” clothes. I have bought many outfits for very little money. If you think I make out like a bandit at a bookstore, you should see me at the clearance racks. Did I mention the $300 Christian LaCroix skirt for $30? Did I mention the most comfy, slimming, take ten pounds off your hips pants I found for $4? Pardon me while I cackle maniacally.

posted by Lee Ann on Friday, May 09, 2003 | link

Verbum Walter.

Here Walter Williams explains why the free market is the only truly moral economic system.

posted by Lee Ann on Friday, May 09, 2003 | link

Quiz Time.

Finally, a quiz I know Patrick will take.

lancelot
Let's not bicker and argue about who killed who!


What Monty Python Character are you?
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posted by Lee Ann on Friday, May 09, 2003 | link

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Wednesday, May 07, 2003

Storm Watch.

I hope none of you worried about me during our severe weather. I am fine. It has been wet and we had a few tense moments but the tornadoes didn’t pan out. My area isn’t even flooding. There was some rotation in the storm and I spent about an hour and a half standing around with my coworkers in the “safe area” of the operations center. The blog has been silent because it has been too stormy to post.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, May 07, 2003 | link

Read This Book!

Anne Applebaum has written the definitive story of the Soviet Gulag. If anyone expresses any sympathy with Communism after reading this book, they are officially evil.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, May 07, 2003 | link

Save Our Dads.

NRO has a great article on the government’s latest scheme to expand its power by infiltrating the family. This time it’s yet another “fatherhood” initiative. The same people who destroyed the sanctity and dignity of marriage with No Fault divorce and extortionist child support laws are back to help you.

“Government claims of a child-support problem are almost entirely manufactured. No evidence indicates that large numbers of fathers are abandoning their children; the government has no compiled data to back its claims that they are not paying support; and no study has ever justified the expanding federalization of enforcement since 1975. Two federally funded studies have concluded that nonpayment has never been a serious problem. No public outcry ever demanded that government take action, nor has any public discussion of this alleged problem ever been held. The initiative has been taken throughout by government officials, who in doing so have vastly expanded their power.”

If you want to solve the “fatherhood crisis” all you have to do is mandate equal treatment for fathers in court. Stop letting women walk out on their marriages, take the children, and extort money from their innocent exes.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, May 07, 2003 | link

Quiz Time.

Wow, a tie.

See which Greek Goddess you are.



See which Greek Goddess you are.



posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, May 07, 2003 | link

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Sunday, May 04, 2003

Read Me.

Theodore Dalrymple has a great new article on prison suicide and the cuddly bureaucracy that contributes to it. I honestly hadn’t considered this problem before. The British instituted lots of reforms to deal with the problem of prison suicide but, as usual, they achieved only one result: “the gratification of the reformers’ narcissistic urge to feel humane.”

posted by Lee Ann on Sunday, May 04, 2003 | link

Literarium.

Yes, I finally did update the thing. Enjoy.

posted by Lee Ann on Sunday, May 04, 2003 | link

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Saturday, May 03, 2003

My Main Man.

Here’s yet more evidence of Pius XII’s anti-Nazi stance. Here we have newly released documents detailing Cardinal Pacelli’s (later Pius XII) attempts to lead his predecessor in a very anti-Hitler direction.

posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, May 03, 2003 | link

Quiz Time.

Is it me or is it hot in here?

The Dante's Inferno Test has banished you to the Fifth Level of Hell!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
LevelScore
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)High
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Very Low
Level 2 (Lustful)Very Low
Level 3 (Gluttonous)Moderate
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)High
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)Very High
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Very Low
Level 7 (Violent)Moderate
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)High
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)Very Low

Take the Dante's Inferno Hell Test

posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, May 03, 2003 | link

The Old Man and the Gravity.

The Old Man of the Mountain fell down today. If you have no idea what I’m talking about you are probably not from New Hampshire. The Old Man was a naturally formed granite profile on Mt. Washington. It was the symbol of New Hampshire and the pride of the Granite State. Dang. This is just one of those things you assume will always be there. Now it’s not. That’s weird.


posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, May 03, 2003 | link

Game Over.

The big story on the news down here (aside from Ruben) is Mike Price, the Alabama football coach. Coach Price went to a golf tournament and ended up in a hotel room with a woman, not his wife. She racked up a tidy little room service bill. Sorry, but that doesn’t play down here. So now Price is fired. We are all in a state over who will coach the team next year. I guess it is about time for an adulterous coach scandal. Terry Bowden of Auburn was the last one and Wimp Sanderson before him. Still, this sucks because it makes my Auburnite brother so happy.

posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, May 03, 2003 | link

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Thursday, May 01, 2003

Hell Yeah!

I didn’t get to watch the President’s carrier landing live but I caught it on the evening news. That was an amazing entrance. Bush is a former fighter pilot and flew part of the trip. I don’t think anyone else could have pulled it off. That took cojones. The carrier landing will figure prominently in the coming election campaign. It filled me with pride to see a Commander-in-Chief so at ease with the military. Watching W step out of that plane made my heart swell with a happy, patriotic feeling. Knowing her President can fly a fighter makes a girl proud to be an American.

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, May 01, 2003 | link

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