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Archive for July 27th, 2007

The case against Gonzales

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The Anonymous Liberal spells it out so clearly that even Tony Snow an idiot could understand it.

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27 July 2007 at 5:39 pm

Federal lawmakers under investigation

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From the  NY Times, story here. Two Democrats, twelve Republicans.

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27 July 2007 at 3:44 pm

Posted in Congress, Democrats, GOP

The rubbing alcohol solution

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It looks as though I do not need to keep the razor head immersed in the rubbing alcohol. Just rinsing the razor after use, shaking it as dry as possible, and then swishing it in a little rubbing alcohol (a 91% alcohol solution, which displaces any remaining water) and putting it in the rack where the alcohol quickly evaporates is enough to keep the rust away from the carbon-steel razor blade.

The photo shows what I’m using: a small (one cup, I think) jar with the usual lid-and-ring top. The ring I don’t use at all, though it’s shown in the photo for the sake of completeness. Instead, the lid by itself forms a tight enough seal to keep the alcohol from evaporating and from absorbing water from the air. And it’s easy just to lift off the lid, swish the razor head, and replace the lid.

Now I’m going to see how many more shaves I can get from a 11.5¢ blade. (Eat your heart out, you guys using the disposal $3.50 Fusion cartridge. For $3.50, I get 30 blades. Yep, DE shaving is the way to save ever so much money. 🙂 )

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27 July 2007 at 12:59 pm

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Cats are smart

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Watch this one open a jar…. almost.

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27 July 2007 at 11:09 am

Posted in Cats

Wow! Pat Tillman murdered?

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From Associated Press:

Army medical examiners were suspicious about the close proximity of the three bullet holes in Pat Tillman’s forehead and tried without success to get authorities to investigate whether the former NFL player’s death amounted to a crime, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

“The medical evidence did not match up with the, with the scenario as described,” a doctor who examined Tillman’s body after he was killed on the battlefield in Afghanistan in 2004 told investigators.

The doctors – whose names were blacked out – said that the bullet holes were so close together that it appeared the Army Ranger was cut down by an M-16 fired from a mere 10 yards or so away.

Ultimately, the Pentagon did conduct a criminal investigation, and asked Tillman’s comrades whether he was disliked by his men and whether they had any reason to believe he was deliberately killed. The Pentagon eventually ruled that Tillman’s death at the hands of his comrades was a friendly-fire accident.

The medical examiners’ suspicions were outlined in 2,300 pages of testimony released to the AP this week by the Defense Department in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

Among other information contained in the documents:

— In his last words moments before he was killed, Tillman snapped at a panicky comrade under fire to shut up and stop “sniveling.”

— Army attorneys sent each other congratulatory e-mails for keeping criminal investigators at bay as the Army conducted an internal friendly-fire investigation that resulted in administrative, or non-criminal, punishments.

— The three-star general who kept the truth about Tillman’s death from his family and the public told investigators some 70 times that he had a bad memory and couldn’t recall details of his actions.

— No evidence at all of enemy fire was found at the scene – no one was hit by enemy fire, nor was any government equipment struck.

The Pentagon and the Bush administration have been criticized in recent months for lying about the circumstances of Tillman’s death. The military initially told the public and the Tillman family that he had been killed by enemy fire. Only weeks later did the Pentagon acknowledge he was gunned down by fellow Rangers.

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27 July 2007 at 11:06 am

Food notes

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Got to use the chicken stock, and since catfish nuggets were on sale at $2.99/lb, the obvious answer is a summertime Caribbean fish stew. Farmed catfish (these were from Canada, not China—I checked) are better than wild, and the nuggets are as good as the fillets and priced much lower. So, using what’s now on hand:

Black beans (1 can, rinsed)
Corn (cut from cob—also on sale)
Yellow squash
Catfish nuggets
Chicken stock

And maybe I’ll add some of the chicken. Also probably a little cut pasta—fuselli, maybe.

And I just thought of a way to chop up the chard leaves: use my Zyliss pizza slicer, rolling it back and forth over the leaves….

UPDATE: The Zyliss pizza slicer worked great on the chard, and The Wife suggests it could also be used as an herb chopper. I did not add any chicken, but did add pasta—radiatore—and lime juice. Then, when it was done, I remembered that I had some gumbo filé, and added that—appropriately enough, I think.

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27 July 2007 at 9:44 am

Here’s a thought: make yourself a blanket

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If you could make one as nice as this one, I bet you would. I love the colors of that blanket.

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27 July 2007 at 8:26 am

Posted in Daily life

Black Beauty, Day 3, No Rust

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I’m amazed. Swishing the razor’s head in rubbing alcohol really works.

I followed the shave recounted here, which meant that I would use my Edwin Jagger Chatsworth razor. But I wanted to keep up the pressure on the Treet Blue Special blade I was stress-testing, so I removed the blade from the British Aristocrat and transferred it to the Chatsworth. I never do this, normally: I put a blade in a razor and remove it only when it’s time to discard it into my little homemade blade safe. But I wanted to follow the recipe, and also I was ready to shave with a different razor.

When I took the blade out, I inspected it carefully. Not a sign of rust. None.

I used the Arco shave stick ($1.49, and a great lather—see how much money I’m saving by traditional shaving?), worked up the lather with my ebony-handled Sabini after deciding to forgo the shaving cream, and set to work for the third shave with my 11.5¢ blade (more savings!).

Although a carbon steel knife will take a sharper edge than a stainless steel knife, it will also dull more quickly. So I wasn’t expecting this shave to be nearly so good as it was. Maybe it’s my prep, maybe it’s maintaining a good blade angle, but the shave was as good as the first day on the blade, but in the cutting and, now, feeling the resulting smoothness. I feel as though I may be able to go another three days at this rate.

Three passes, hot-water rinse, cold-water rinse, and alum block. Then I let the alum dry on my face while I rinsed the razor, shook it, swished it in the rubbing alcohol, and put it in the rack; rinsed and shook the brush and put it away. I rinsed off the alum and applied a good splash of Geo. F. Trumper Spanish Leather aftershave. Man! my face is smooth—and fragrant, to boot.

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27 July 2007 at 8:24 am

Posted in Shaving

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