Dispatches from Outland
A little song. A little dance. A little seltzer down your pants. Copyright © 2003 Roy M. Jacobsen.


Friday, May 17, 2002  

Let's Go Camping! Department: We went to our local Fleet Farm this evening to get some weed & feed for the lawn, and strolled through the camping aisle while there. Lo and behold, pie irons were on sale: $2 off. We've talked about getting a few, and the sale helped push us over the edge.

So now I have to figure out how long to leave them over the fire.

I suppose I can try them out when I break in my dutch oven.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 10:36 PM
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Tempest In A Teapot Department: Junkyard Blog has this message to the media and the Democrats who are having anyeurisms over the news that the administration knew that UBL et al might try a hijacking: Get a grip.

This story is the national security equivalent of the Enron "scandal." No one in the Bush administration did anything wrong, and only hindsight provides any rationale for taking action against a 9-11 attack prior to the actual event.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 9:50 AM
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Another One Bites The Dust Department: Doug Sirman has succumbed to the siren song of blogging. His freshman efforts can be found at Sirman on the Mount. Among other things, he notes a satire of The Prayer of Jabez called The Mantra of Jabez: Break On Through, To The Other Side. (They might have been inspired by a bit in The Door, called The Prayer of Job.

Where the earlier book [Jabez] encouraged readers to pray for God to "extend their territory," readers of The Prayer of Job tend to "hunker down and keep a low profile" according to author Peter Strephgum. The former campaign advisor for Al Gore in Florida left politics soon after the 2000 election and authored the book during a time of deep reflection.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 9:44 AM
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Thursday, May 16, 2002  

From the Christian Medical & Dental Associations, a piece stating that, aside from the moral issues of so-called "therapeutic cloning, the concept is impractical.

In lobbying for legislation to allow human cloning, advocates have promoted speculation about curing ALS, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and diabetes that affect a total of over 22 million patients. However, CMDA in a recent news release stated that human clone researchers would need very US woman of child-bearing age to donate to get the one billion-plus eggs required for embryonic stem cell therapy using human clones to treat just these four diseases.

Link via The Corner.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 2:43 PM
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Speaking of Mark Heard, I have to add another pointer to a song of his -- which seems just as appropriate now as when he released in 1992 -- Long Way Down. One little excerpt:

The purple mountains' majesty has ratings that are poor
History bows to coverage, moderation bows to more

I was going to provide a link where you could buy the CD Satellite Sky, but Barnes and Noble doesn't stock it. Grrrr!

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 11:20 AM
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Song of the Day: Another Day In Limbo by Mark Heard.

Blinking away the sunrise
Listening to the wind blow
Angels with dirty faces face
Another day in limbo
Beckoning fire from Heaven
Everything seems so stone-cold
Beating the drums of change
Another day in limbo

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Wednesday, May 15, 2002  

I can't help myself. My brain takes bits and pieces from here and there, and kludges them together in sometimes amusing ways.

So anyway, this morning at about 3:30, we had some fierce winds blow through and it rattled the windows enough to wake me up. As I rolled over and tried to compose myself to go back to sleep, it occurred to me that you could merge some of the people who appeared in PBS's "Frontier House" into the Star Wars saga. The result would be (brace yourselves)....

"Episode II: The Attack of the Clunes."

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 10:26 AM
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Unremitting Verse has a lovely meditation on the motivations of Volkert van der Graaf, the animal rights activist accused of the murder of Pim Fortyn.

Through gently rolling countryside
I often take my strolls;
I love to watch the tender mares
Attending to their foals,
I love the woodland creatures wild,
The squirrels, rabbits, voles—
And if you do not love them too,
I’ll drill you full of holes.

Go read it all.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 9:03 AM
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Tuesday, May 14, 2002  

Quote of the Day: The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom. -- H.L. Mencken

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 10:17 AM
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Monday, May 13, 2002  

"Links! We've Got Links!" Department: Those of you with a literary bent should check out Mars Hill Review. They bill it as "A literary journal, revealing Christ in unexpected places." It's primarily a dead-tree publication, but they have some thought-provoking pieces online.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 3:10 PM
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Obscure Google Searches Department: I'm the number two listing for What are the lyrics to "He's his own Grandpa"?

Just so you know, the song is called "I'm my own grandpa." That will get you somewhere.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 1:06 PM
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Things will be slow on the blog front for a bit. The Links should keep you busy for a while, though.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 11:29 AM
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