The Everlasting Phelps

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

White Glenn’s First Job

January 30th, 2004

The Alliance has asked for pictures of Glenn as a child. I don’t have that, but I have found one of White Glenn’s first summer job as a teen. White Glenn was the world famous pro-wrestler “Big Chief Puppy Whompa.”

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I remember watching Chief Whompa every week on an old black and white TV. Those riveting interviews still stand out in my mind, with his rousing challenge, “I’m gonna see you in the squared circle this Sunday, and if you chicken out, I’ll club this puppy and drink him! And you know I’ll do it, too!” And then he would yell out his Indian war cry: “Aaaaiiiiinddeeeeeeeeddaaa!”

Every week, he would rob the other guy of a win. He never pinned the other guy, one-two-three in the middle of the ring. No. He would have to club them over the head with his puppy, or stand on a steel chair and teach them law, or hide behind a hobo to keep the other guy from hitting him. I don’t think he ever won a match fair and square.

He sure was a good heel.

Mexican food

January 30th, 2004

You can usually tell how good the food at a Mexican place is by how much of the menu is painted on the walls. I can’t think of any other style of business where your options are painted on the wall, but it works.

I think I may be eating too much Mexican food. I found a place that I like that is just a block away from work, but I am in there two or four times a week now. I tip fairly well, so I get great service, but I don’t even order anymore. I sit down with my reading material, and they tell me, “The special is a beef burrito and a cheese enchilada” and I say, “OK.” Special and ice water, everyday. Society has led me to believe that this is a rut and therefore bad, but I say nay-nay.

I also get the “what kind of person eats Mexican food everyday?” Well, for starters, I have it on good authority that Mexicans do. And me. And probably Scott if he thought his wife would let him get away with it. The three finest words in the English language are, “Careful, hot plate.”

I Wonder

January 23rd, 2004

I read this article about the Republican Infiltration of Demo Computers and this stuck out to me:

From the spring of 2002 until at least April 2003, members of the GOP committee staff exploited a computer glitch that allowed them to access restricted Democratic communications without a password. Trolling through hundreds of memos, they were able to read talking points and accounts of private meetings discussing which judicial nominees Democrats would fight — and with what tactics.

I think I have a good idea what the “glitch” probably was — I’m betting that all of the machines had the backup shares (like “C$”) open. I hate to break it to you, but that isn’t a glitch. That is a feature. Ask Microsoft.

As the extent to which Democratic communications were monitored came into sharper focus, Republicans yesterday offered a new defense. They said that in the summer of 2002, their computer technician informed his Democratic counterpart of the glitch, but Democrats did nothing to fix the problem.

In the legal world, that is called “waiver”.

“There appears to have been no hacking, no stealing, and no violation of any Senate rule,” Miranda said. “Stealing assumes a property right and there is no property right to a government document. . . . These documents are not covered under the Senate disclosure rule because they are not official business and, to the extent they were disclosed, they were disclosed inadvertently by negligent [Democratic] staff.”

This is the meat-and-potatoes of it. This was the equivilent of the Dems leaving the office door unlocked for the cleaning crew and the Repubs walking in at night and reading all the memos on the desk.

Is it unethical? You bet your ass, and someone needs to be on the deep shag over it (and not the underlings that were doing it.) But it isn’t criminal.

Jefferson on the Truth

January 23rd, 2004

I read a quote in The Federalist the other day that stuck with me. It was Jefferson on the papers of his day:

Perhaps an editor might begin a reformation in some such way as this: divide his paper into four chapters, heading the first, Truths, 2nd, Probabilities, 3rd, Possibilities, 4th, Lies. The first chapter would be very short, as it would contain little more than authentic papers and information from such sources as the editor would be willing to risk his own reputation for their truth. The second would contain what, from a mature consideration of all circumstances, his judgment should conclude to be probably true. This, however, should rather contain too little than too much. The third and fourth should be professedly for those readers who would rather have lies for their money than the blank paper they would occupy.

I’ve been thinking about this for a while. I’ve marked some of my Russ Martin posts to gather them in the sidebar later. I think I am going to begin rating all of my posts. I could do it with categories, but I am wondering if there is a better way. I only want four ratings: Truth, Probability, Possibility and Lies (usually about White Glenn).

If it works here, maybe we can get other blogs to do it. P6 is pretty bad about just posting an article and leaving me no way of knowing if he actually believes any of the article or is willing to stake his reputation on it.

Slight Change

January 22nd, 2004

Thanks to scriptygoddess (and Kevin at Wizbang) I have my trackbacks inline in the individual post pages.

I had been thinking about it for a while, but the blurb on the page that said that this will cause the trackbacks to register as links in the ecosystem was what sent me over to that side. I may not do much linky-love, but I will do things that don’t actually require my attention or effort.

The Everlasting Phelps

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.