The Pamphleteer

During colonial times in America, if you wanted to convince or inform people about some issue that you considered important, you went to the local printer and got some pamphlets printed. You then handed them out, read them to anybody that was interested, nailed them to the town bulletin board, or the nearest tree. The first amendment was specifically written to protect this type of activity and the writers or "pamphleteers".

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Sunday, October 29, 2006

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Texas Chili Contest

(From Greta, our correspondent in Astoria.)

Warning: If you can read this whole story without laughing out
loud, then there's no hope for you. I was crying by the end.

Note: Please take time to read this. If you pay attention to the
first two judges, the reaction of the third judge is even better.

For those of you who have lived in Texas, you know how true this is.
They actually have a chili cook-off about the time Halloween comes
around. It takes up a major portion of a parking lot at the San Antonio
city park. The notes are from an inexperienced chili taster named
Frank, who was visiting from Springfield, IL.

Frank: "Recently, I was honored to be selected as a judge at a
chili cook-off. The original person called in sick at the last moment
and I happened to be standing there at the judge's table asking for
directions to the Coors Light truck, when the call came in. I was
assured by the other two judges (native Texans) that the chili wouldn't be all that
spicy and, besides they told me I could have free beer during the
tasting, so I accepted."

Here are the scorecards from the event:(Frank is Judge #3)

Chili # 1 Eddie's Maniac Monster Chili...

Judge # 1 -- A little too heavy on the tomato. Amusing kick.

Judge # 2 -- Nice, smooth tomato flavor. Very mild.

Judge # 3 -- (Frank) What the hell is this stuff?! You could
remove dried paint from your driveway.Took me two beers to put out the
flames. I hope that's the worst one. These Texans are crazy!

Chili # 2 Austin's Afterburner Chili...

Judge # 1 -- Smoky, with a hint of pork. Slight jalapeno tang.

Judge # 2 -- Exciting BBQ flavor; needs more peppers to be taken seriously.

Judge # 3 -- Keep this out of the reach of children. I'm not sure
what I'm supposed to taste besides pain. I had to wave off two people
who wanted to give me the Heimlich maneuver. They had to rush in more
beer when they saw the look on my face.

Chili # 3 Ronny's Famous Burn Down the Barn Chili....

Judge # 1 -- Excellent firehouse chili. Great kick. Needs more beans.

Judge # 2 -- A beanless chili, a bit salty, good use of peppers.

Judge # 3 -- Call the EPA. I've located a uranium spill. My nose
feels like I have been snorting Drano. Everyone knows the routine by
now. Get me more beer before I ignite. Barmaid pounded me on the back,
now my backbone is in the front part of my chest. I'm getting pie-eyed
from all of the beer...

Chili # 4 Dave's Black Magic...

Judge # 1 -- Black bean chili with almost no spice. Disappointing.

Judge # 2 -- Hint of lime in the black beans. Good side dish for
fish, or other mild foods; not much of a chili.

Judge # 3 -- I felt something scraping across my tongue, but was unable to taste it. Is it possible to burn out taste buds? Sally, the barmaid, was standing behind me with fresh refills. That 300-lb. woman is starting to look HOT...just like this nuclear waste I'm eating! Is chili an aphrodisiac?

Chili # 5 Lisa's Legal Lip Remover...

Judge # 1 -- Meaty, strong chili. Cayenne peppers freshly ground, adding considerable kick. Very impressive.

Judge # 2 -- Chili using shredded beef, could use more tomato. Must admit the cayenne peppers make a strong statement.

Judge # 3 -- My ears are ringing, sweat is pouring off my forehead, and I can no longer focus my eyes. I farted and four people behind me needed paramedics. The contestant seemed offended when I told her that her chili had given me brain damage. Sally saved my tongue from bleeding by pouring beer directly on it from the pitcher. I wonder if I'm burning my lips off. It really pisses me off that the other
judges asked me to stop screaming. Screw those rednecks.

Chili # 6 Pam's Very Vegetarian Variety...

Judge # 1 -- Thin, yet bold vegetarian variety chili. Good balance of spices and peppers.

Judge # 2 -- The best yet. Aggressive use of peppers, onions, and
garlic. Superb.

Judge # 3 -- My intestines are now a straight pipe filled with
gaseous, sulphuric flames. I pooped on myself when I farted and I'm
worried it will eat through the chair! No one seems inclined to stand
behind me except that Sally. Can't feel my lips anymore. I need to wipe
my butt with a snow cone.

Chili # 7 Carla's Screaming Sensation Chili...

Judge # 1 -- A mediocre chili with too much reliance on canned peppers.

Judge # 2 -- Ho-hum; tastes as if the chef literally threw in a can of chili peppers at the last moment.

**I should take note that I am worried about Judge # 3. He appears to be in a bit of distress, as he is cursing uncontrollably.

Judge # 3 -- You could put a grenade in my mouth, pull the
pin,and I wouldn't feel a thing. I've lost sight in one eye, and the
world sounds like it is made of rushing water. My shirt is covered with
chili, which slid unnoticed out of my mouth. My pants are full of lava
to match my shirt. At least during the autopsy, they'll know what
killed me. I've decided to stop breathing; it's too painful. Screw it; I'm not getting any oxygen anyway. If I need air, I'll just suck it in through the
4-inch hole in my stomach.

Chili # 8 Karen's Toenail Curling Chili...

Judge # 1 -- The perfect ending, this is a nice blend chili. Not too bold, but spicy enough to declare its existence.

Judge # 2 -- This final entry is a good, balanced chili. Neither
mild, nor hot. Sorry to see that most of it was lost when Judge # 3
farted, passed out fell over, and pulled the chili pot down on top of
himself. Not sure if he's going to make it. Poor fella, wonder how he'd
have reacted...


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Refdesk Thoughts of the Day:

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-Alexander Meiklejohn


"There is nothing so good for the human soul as the discovery..."

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Saturday, October 28, 2006

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Refdesk Thought of the Day:


-George Orwell


"There is, therefore, only one categorical imperative..."

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-Immanuel Kant


"It costs so much to be a full human being..."

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enlightenment, or the courage, to pay the price…"

-Morris West


"I am an idealist..."

"I am an idealist. I don't know where I am going, but I am on my way."

-Carl Sandburg


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-Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Saturday, October 14, 2006

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Letter From Michael Yon


Pajamas Media recently reported that there are only 9 embedded reporters in Iraq. Many are blaming this on the media, and while I can never be called an apologist for mainstream media, I can say with certainty that the United States military is censoring.

It remains unclear if this is a general policy, though there are recent inquiries to the office of the Secretary of Defense. I await response. Or, perhaps, the censorship is merely the policy of LTC Barry Johnson who is responsible for operations involving embeds. Barry Johnson is said to be the most quoted man in Iraq . I've learned to trust nothing he says. I do know for a fact that Johnson has been untruthful with the media. If Johnson calls me on this, I'll take the time to prove it.

While sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, sisters, brothers and friends, fight and die in Iraq and Afghanistan, the military apparently is preventing journalists from telling the story. They attempt to deflect accusations of censorship by allowing in just enough reporters to appear transparent.

I'll post updates on the website as the situation unfolds.

Meanwhile, we have several new dispatches on the site from Walt Gaya who traveled to Iraq. Gaya earned two Purple Hearts last year, but LTC Barry Johnson denied his request for an embed despite having direct invitations from the 4th Infantry Division and from Brigadier General Dana Pittard. Walt Gaya entered Iraq without US forces.

My final dispatch from Afghanistan, The Perfect Evil was originally published on National Review Online, picked up by CBS and the Council for Foreign Relations. Part One of the three-part series is posted on the site, with extensive supporting material. At this critical time in Afghanistan it’s important to keep this mission on the front page because the window for change is closing fast.

Most people know this site runs entirely on support from readers, and sales of books and photos. Accordingly, reader patronage is greatly appreciated and essential. I'll keep the dispatches coming: Good, bad and ugly.

Very Respectfully,


Michael Yon
PO Box 416
Westport Pt MA 02791


Refdesk Thought of the Day:

"Idleness is sweet, and its consequences are cruel."

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Monday, October 09, 2006

Why the New York Yankees are Doomed to Lose in the Post Season for a Very Long Time

The last year the New York Yankees won the World Series was in 2000.

Since then the post season has looked like this:

2001-Lost the World Series to the Arizona Diamondbacks in seven games.

2002-Lost to the American League Division Series to the Oakland Athletics in four games.

2003-Lost the World Series to the Florida Marlins in six games.

2004-Lost the American League Championship Series to the hated and evil Boston Red Sox in seven games.

2005-Lost the American League Division Series to the Oakland Athletics in five games.

2006-Lost the American League Division Series to the Detroit Tigers in four games.

What's the reason for this streak of poor performance in the post season?

Over at The American Thinker, Tim Schmig has a possible answer in :

The Curse of the Carpetbagger?


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(From Bob, our correspondent in Bayside.)

Love starts with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a tear.

Don't cry over anyone who won't cry over you.

Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave, and impossible to forget.

Don't let the past hold you back, you're missing the good stuff.

BEST FRIENDS are the siblings God forgot to give us.

When it hurts to look back, and you're scared to look ahead,
you can look beside you and your BEST FRIEND will be there.

Nobody is perfect until you fall in love with them.

Send this on to everyone special in your life,
even the people who really make you mad sometimes
and to the people whose lives you want to be in!!!

And send it back to the person who sent it to you
if they mea something to you!!

Remember, every minute spent angry is sixty seconds of happiness wasted.

Just send this to (4) people and see what happens on the
fourth day.

Do not break this, please. There is no cost, but lots of


Refdesk Thoughts of the Day:

"Persecution cannot harm him who stands by Truth. Did not Socrates fall proudly a
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-Khalil Gibran


I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money..."

I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people. The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the Government. Every dollar that we carelessly waste means that their life will be so much the more meager. Every dollar that we prudently save means that their life will be so much the more abundant. Economy is idealism in its most practical form."

-Calvin Coolidge


"You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear..."

"You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, and you can’t change human nature
from intelligent self-interest into pure idealism - not in this life; and if you could, what would be left for paradise?"

-Joseph Gurney Cannon


"Youth is not a time of life - it is a state of mind..."

"Youth is not a time of life - it is a state of mind. It is not a matter of red
cheeks, red lips and supple knees. It is a temper of the will; a quality of the
imagination; a vigor of the emotions; it is a freshness of the deep springs of life. Youth means a tempermental predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over a life of ease. This often exists in a man of fifty, more than in a boy of twenty. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years; people grow old by deserting their ideals."

-Samuel Ullman


"Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn. Ideas won’t go to jail..."

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-Alfred Whitney Griswold


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Sunday, October 08, 2006

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Refdesk Thoughts of the Day:

"In the United States today, we have more than our share of the nattering nabobs of
negativism. They have formed their own 4–H Club - the 'hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history.' "

-Spiro Theodore Agnew


"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things..."

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state
of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse."

-John Stuart Mill


"If, in my retirement to the humble station of a private citizen..."

"If, in my retirement to the humble station of a private citizen, I am accompanied
with the esteem and approbation of my fellow citizens, trophies obtained by the
bloodstained steel, or the tattered flags of the tented field, will never be envied. The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government."

-Thomas Jefferson


"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin?..."

"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home -
so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.

Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world."

-Eleanor Roosevelt


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Saturday, October 07, 2006


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