This site is simultaneously hilarious and horrifying. Indeed, I ask you: what SHOULD you do if you meet an atheist? (Be sure to click on Mr. Gruff the Atheist's head; it just doesn't get any better than this).
Posted by Dakota on 9:57 AM link |
"My wallpaper is killing me. One of us has to go."
--Oscar Wilde, shortly before his death.
Posted by Dakota on 4:04 PM link |
Quoth the good people of the United States Senate:
"Foreign Language Proficiency.—The Committee is aware of the continued shortage of personnel at the State Department who possess the language skills required for their positions. If our diplomats truly are our "first line of defense'' against foreign threats, then their ability to converse fluently in the languages of the countries to which they are posted is critical to national security. Foreign language proficiency should weigh more heavily in the determination of who is hired into and who advances within the Foreign Service. The Committee directs the Department to increase its emphasis on foreign language proficiency in the hiring and promotion
of Foreign Services Officers. The Committee directs the Department to report on the changes it makes to its hiring and promotion practices no later than April 14, 2004."
Assuming I do get hired, it appears that I'll finally be rewarded for my skills.
Posted by Dakota on 9:38 AM link |
Google'd Spinach-Artichoke Dip. The resulting search sent me to cooks.com, wherein a recipe was provided. More interesting, though, was the section just below the recipe, labelled "Recipes Recently Retrieved."
One of the most recently retrieved recipes:
4 lb. meat cut into strips
2 tsp. salt
4 tsp. powdered barbecue seasoning
2 tsp. pepper (optional)
Bake on 150 degrees for 9 hours.
The take home message here is that Deer Jerky is shockingly easy to make. (It has less fat, but you eat more of it).
The only other recipe worth considering there (aside from "Chicken With Hidden Valley Ranch Sauce" -- which involved browning chicken and then slathering it with Ranch Dressing) was:
"BAILEY'S" IRISH CREAM
1 3/4 c. Irish whiskey
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 c. whipping light creme
2 tbsp. chocolate syrup
2 tsp. instant coffee
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract
Dissolve coffee in whiskey. Place all ingredients in blender and thoroughly mix. Refrigerate. Makes 5 cups. If settling occurs, hand shake before serving.
Posted by Dakota on 3:32 PM link |
I need a marine, or a military haircut.
A military man's haircut has four stages: Scalp-tastic, Velcro, Velvet, and Puppy Butt. Relish the fleeting Scalp-tastic phase. The Army guy's head = Pat the Bunny for grown-ups.
Posted by Dakota on 10:52 AM link |
I LOVE GERMAN PEOPLE.
Just when you think they can't get more bizarre, they up and get bizarrer.
Victim of cannibal agreed to be eaten
Luke Harding in Berlin
Wednesday December 03 2003
To the family next door, Armin Meiwes seemed the perfect neighbour. He mowed
their lawn, repaired their car and even invited them round for dinner.
Other residents in the small German town of Rotenburg also believed there
was nothing odd about the 42-year-old computer expert, whose light burned
late into the night inside his creaking mansion. Yesterday, however, Meiwes
appeared in court charged with killing - and then frying and eating -
In one of the most extraordinary trials in German criminal history, the
self-confessed cannibal admitted that he had met a 43-year-old Berlin
engineer, Bernd Brandes, after advertising on the internet, and had chopped
him up and eaten him.
It was, he said, something he had wanted to do for a long time. "I always
had the fantasy and in the end I fulfilled it," Meiwes told the court on the
first day of his trial for murder in the nearby city of Kassel.
Yesterday German prosecutors described how Meiwes had fantasised about
killing and devouring someone, including his classmates, from the age of
The desire grew stronger after the death of his mother in 1999, prosecutor
Marcus Köhler said.
In March 2001 Meiwes advertised on the internet for a "young well-built man,
who wanted to be eaten". Brandes replied.
On the evening of March 9, the two men went up to the bedroom in Meiwes'
rambling timbered farmhouse. Mr Brandes swallowed 20 sleeping tablets and
half a bottle of schnapps before Meiwes cut off Brandes' penis, with his
agreement, and fried it for both of them to eat.
Brandes - by this stage bleeding heavily - then took a bath, while Meiwes
read a Star Trek novel.
In the early hours of the morning, he finished off his victim by stabbing
him in the neck with a large kitchen knife, kissing him first.
The cannibal then chopped Mr Brandes into pieces and put several bits of him
in his freezer, next to a takeaway pizza, and buried the skull in his
Over the next few weeks, he defrosted and cooked parts of Mr Brandes in
olive oil and garlic, eventually consuming 20kg of human flesh before police
finally turned up at his door.
"With every bite, my memory of him grew stronger," he said.
Behind bars, Meiwes told detectives that he had consumed his victim with a
bottle of South African red wine, had got out his best cutlery and decorated
his dinner table with candles. He tasted of pork, he added.
The unprecedented case has proved problematic for German lawyers who
discovered that cannibalism is not illegal in Germany.
Instead, they have charged Meiwes with murder for the purposes of sexual
pleasure and with "disturbing the peace of the dead".
The accused, however, has a unique defence: that his victim actually agreed
to be killed and eaten.
Crucial to the case is a gruesome videotape made by Meiwes of the entire
evening, during which Brandes apparently makes clear his consent.
Before setting off on his one-way journey to Rotenburg, Brandes was,
outwardly at least, a successful, financially secure professional, with a
The girlfriend, Bettina L, told German TV that she had enjoyed a healthy sex
life with Brandes but they had split up after he revealed that he also liked
In fact, prosecutors said yesterday, Brandes was suffering from a severe
psychiatric disorder and "a strong desire for self-destruction".
After killing Brandes, the German cannibal met five other men who responded
to his internet advert, including one from London.
He did not, however, kill them. In July 2001 a student stumbled on Meiwes'
chat-room and alerted the German authorities, who arrested him last
December. Yesterday Meiwes told the court that he had felt lonely and
neglected as a child after his father walked out on the family. He had
fantasised about having a blond "younger brother", who he could keep forever
by "consuming him".
If convicted, Meiwes faces life in prison. A verdict is due early next year.
The cannibal's defence team, however, say that Meiwes is guilty at worst of
'killing on demand', which is punishable by five years in jail. In his
pre-trial interview, the cannibal said that after eating Brandes he felt
much better and more stable.
Brandes spoke good English, he said, and since eating him his English had
improved. He also revealed that he is now writing his memoirs. The trial,
which is due to last three weeks, continues.
Copyright Guardian Newspapers Limited
Posted by Dakota on 1:11 PM link |
Last night walking home, passed by a car. License plate: 202BST8.
I, too, am pro-DC Statehood.
Posted by Dakota on 9:49 AM link |