Thursday, September 8, 2016

September 8 Link Log

Categories: Animals, Books, Censorship, Events, Faith, Food, Funny, Language, Pictures, Politics, Writing, Zazzle.


Pet pigs that are tiny...because they are babies. Dan Lewis wants those who want a tiny pet pig to know the full story about these animals:


Which of this blogger's books would you want to borrow first? I cannot resist the title of The Way of Tea and Justice. I have to read that one.

Speaking of books, have you read the one the cute girl in short shorts appears to be reading while pedalling her stationary bike? (Even if you're not interested in seeing the a cute girl in short shorts, this post is certainly provocative, on a range of topics...)

For younger readers, Brad Meltzer has a whole new series of picture-book micro-biographies:

For young or young-at-heart readers, here's a full-length novel with a teenaged protagonist that seems to be inspired by the Silly Season media feeding frenzy about the family shooting the poor old giraffe:

Cute Eats Cute 

+Sandy KS found an appealing new book about fast food restaurants (Amazon link in the post):

This new book review site, recommended by Tom Woods, displays occasional reviews of political books only. Those who read this blog for its lower-case-l libertarian politics may also enjoy:


"Can we take a joke?" asks the great Penn Jillette and half a dozen younger comedians. It seems especially relevant in the case of Leslie Jones. Hacking into her account was not a joke. Posting Photoshopped pictures of watermelon rinds on her head like a hat was a joke--Steve Martin would probably have had the hat made, and used it as a trademark. People lose track of the difference between these two things.


Yet another interesting event planned for this weekend...I will not be in Florida with Lloyd Marcus, although I'm guessing Gena Greene would make the trip just because #BlueLivesMatter . Nor will I be in Utah running with Mia Love, although that'd be a great way to celebrate autumn. I won't even be at the Virginia Republican-fest, much as my Significant Other and I would enjoy meeting so many of this web site's correspondents in real life. I'd like to be there, but it's not going to be possible. Youall go and enjoy these things for me.

This new link is to a non-political music festival, planned for next weekend, September 16-18 in Bristol (that's our one and only bi-state Bristol, Virginia-and-Tennessee):

Preview, anyone? This Real Twit from South Carolina plans to be just one of the many new musicians who can be heard at Bristol Rhythm. I do not think of The Eagles as "country" music, but the d.j.'s at the local "country" stations apparently do.

Loretta Lynn won't be performing...

...but masses of other people will, and they're Tweeting about fundraising foot races and chili cook-offs and I don't know what-all; a complete Town Festival line-up of ways to have fun. So local people who have recovered sufficiently from Duffield Daze may want to plan to spend the weekend after next in Bristol.


I have just one teensy objection to John Bascom's sermon here. One word is wrong, but it's badly wrong. The story of the Prodigal Son, in the Bible, is a story about maturity--not gender. (It could just as easily have been a Prodigal Daughter.) As soon as the boy is old enough to go into town alone, instead of helping support his elders on the family farm, he wants to take his share of Daddy's money, run off to the city, and start spending. That's the infantile choice. He sees the error of his ways and goes back to the farm, with a polite little speech, "Father, I have sinned against Heaven and against you..." His father doesn't even listen, but starts celebrating because he's so glad the son has come home; anyway, taking responsibility for his own bad decisions is the adult choice for the Prodigal Son. It can be called "manly" since the original story is about a young man; it could just as well be called "womanly" if the story were recast to focus on a young woman. The opposite of "manly" here is not the carelessly (and badly) chosen "effeminate," but "infantile" or "immature" or "childish," or better yet "thoughtless" or "improvident" or "foolish," or just plain "prodigal." That said, the point of the sermon is worth reading:

Food (Yum) 

For those who like to drink their vegetables...Warning: I've not noticed this yet but I'm told it's one of those things that tends to increase with age: some people find it much, much easier to digest fruit and vegetables if they don't mix them together. Others, like the minister who posted these juicer recipes, don't know what those people are going on about.

+Andria Perry shares a recipe for pizza:

And for other ways to use up your eggplants, aubergines, melanzane, whatever else you call'em, those dark purplish things that look like squashes but the plant is actually more like a tomato...

And for a vegetable soup that goes well with beef...

Actually those flavors are so beef-friendly that you could get away with substituting turkey, or your favorite vegetarian beef analog product. I'm not aware of a gluten-free beef analog currently on the market; I just went to Amazon to recommend one (made by Cedar Lake) and found that it's been discontinued.

Here's yet another yummy vegetarian food that I, personally, couldn't ever eat. Not only does the recipe involve a pie crust (made from wheat); it features coconut, to which I'm allergic. Problem? No. Coconut is actually a healthy, high-fibre, high-nutrient, naturally sweet food many people might want to use more often to reduce the amount of sugar and butter in desserts and add some food value. I just happen not to be one of those people. So I substitute shredded almonds for shredded coconut. Gluten-free pie crusts aren't as tidy as the wheat-flour kind, but they're easier to make and lower in calories--just grease a pie pan, cover the grease with a thin layer of gluten-free crumbs, and add the pie filling.


I'm glad @EnviroNews dug up and reshared this video of a bald eagle doing what so many humans wanted to do with Donald Trump's hair. The still pictures are enough to make you smile...


+Majo Armendariz 1984 has an interesting vocabulary-building idea going here. The core language is Spanish and each crossword (crucigrama) links the Spanish word with its closest equivalents in a few additional languages. Do these crosswords help you learn foreign language vocabulary words?


Owl drawing:

Seemingly random, carefully organized arrangement of pictures...Warning: If I were using "The Sickly Snail," the sweet little old laptop I used last summer, it would take at least half an hour for this page to open. If you're online from a phone, it may not open at all. But if you want to be cheered up by looking at pictures, it's worth stepping into a public computer center to look at this collection.

Politics (Election 2016)

Third-party would-be-spoiler Gary Johnson gives a further demonstration that he's strictly a guy, in the way Dave Barry has taught us all to use the term, as distinct from a Real Man. I could understand "Aleppo...the city, right?", as a Play For Time, because people name all kinds of things after places, for reasons they may or may not ever explain ("I really wanted to call it 'Agra' but that sounded like ConAgra, so I picked 'Aleppo' out of the encyclopedia"). "What's Aleppo?" This guy is just not serious.

Reuters put together a photo essay just for Gary-boy. Trigger warnings--images of fresh bleeding wounds:

Politics (General) 

Should genuine, legitimate refugees be able to shelter in the United States if they're in real danger in their native countries? Why not? Ah, but should federal funding be used for massive financial "programs" used to bring in batches of (not necessarily "vetted") alleged refugees as cheap labor? Many reasons why not. Like, are there really two hundred thousand legitimate refugees?

On the funny side...There are towns in the United States small enough to get by with token elections of "mayors" who don't actually even have a vote. Clinchport, Virginia, has elected teenagers. Cormorant, Minnesota, has re-elected a dog:


Need prompts to write? +Sandy KS has a rich collection for September:


Hurrah! Zazzle seems to have found a better way to secure their site rather than those site-killing Captchas! So, yes, since business cards are currently on sale...there are official Fix Facts First business cards:

The front side is for your business information, so obviously it's left blank. If you click around, on my computer it's hard to see it, but you should be able to find a button that will display the "Fix facts first; feelings follow" motto across the back.

How many more clever business cards can I discover today? Here's a nifty idea...a punchable business card you can give out like coupons. It's Zazzle, so the concept is applicable to any business; it doesn't have to be coffee, or a restaurant.