Monday, December 03, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
In the UK, there is an ages old love of the stuff. Also in Normandy, where the climate doesn't allow grape-growing, so the apple is the source of the region's alcohol and the farmers take as much pride in their cider (although the French insist on calling it "cidre") as the Burgundians take in their wine. Supposedly, every American homestead had an orchard back in the day; every fall, they'd bake up a bunch of pies and make cider with the rest. The cider from 50 trees was barely enough to last the average family through the year. It was, apparently, the 19th century's Coke, and the Amish still drink it like that, to tell from Lehman's selection of cider-making hardware.
*There is also a distilled form, variously called hard cider, apple jack, or apple brandy. Calvados is a famous example. George Washington was supposedly a huge fan of Laird's, and back in his day, the standard method of distilling the stuff was to bury a cask in a snowbank for the winter, digging it up periodically to scoop out the ice on sunny days and then re-burying it. After a hard winter, the remaining liquor was 80 proof come spring. Simply magical.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
I call the VA because I need to fax something over to their primary care office but didn't have a fax number for them. The operator connects me to the AOD, or Administrator on Duty. The AOD patches me through to the primary care offices (why the operator couldn't do that is the subject of a separate discussion). The voicemail at the primary care office says, "The Primary Care Clinic is now closed. To have your call transferred to the Primary Care Office, press 1. To repeat this message, press 2 or simply stay on the line." For giggles, I press 1. "The Primary Care Clinic is now closed. To have your call transferred to the Primary Care Office, press 1. To repeat this message..."
Monday, January 01, 2007
Milosevic, Pinochet, now Saddam--2006 was a bad year for Reagan's puppet dictators. Saddam, though, was hanged because Bush thought it was really important to give the Sunnis in a Iraq a big fk-you; the others got to die of old age.
Baghdad Girl is all over the situation in Iraq, including the victory that Bush is so proud of:
The Americans have done a fine job of working to break it apart. This last year has nearly everyone convinced that that was the plan right from the start. There were too many blunders for them to actually have been, simply, blunders. The 'mistakes' were too catastrophic. The people the Bush administration chose to support and promote were openly and publicly terrible- from the conman and embezzler Chalabi, to the terrorist Jaffari, to the militia man Maliki. The decisions, like disbanding the Iraqi army, abolishing the original constitution, and allowing militias to take over Iraqi security were too damaging to be anything but intentional.While the war's supporters argue over whether it has spawned a "civil war" or "sectarian violence," she's unraveled the spin:
The Americans want to withdraw from Iraq, but would like to leave behind a full-fledged civil war because it wouldn't look good if they withdraw and things actually begin to improve, would it?And that is the essence of Bush's foreign policy--he'll make any alternative to his infantile desires look like hell. And if you have a problem with that, the US Army will make it so.
Posted by Parker at 2:01 PM