Conversation of the Night

From the Newsweek article on the election comes this dialogue between Todd Palin and McCain’s campaign aide Mark Salter:

Salter tried to strike up a conversation. He knew that Todd was half native Alaskan and a championship snow-machine racer.

“So what’s the difference between a snowmobile and a snow machine, anyway?” Salter asked. “They’re the same thing,” Todd replied. “Right, so why not call it a snowmobile?” Salter joshed. “Because it’s a snow machine,” came the reply.

Scenes from Antarctica

The Big Picture once again saves me from a slow blogging day with a great post.

Down in Antarctica, November marks the end of spring, the beginning of austral summer, and the beginning of Antarctica’s cruise season. The Sun just rose for the first time in 6 months on September 22nd, and is now visible in the sky all the time. Recent studies in Antarctica have brought new insights into the origins of deep sea octopus species (a 30 million-year-old ancestor from Antarctic waters), volcanic contributions to disappearing antarctic ice, and the effects of increasing numbers of icebergs scouring the seafloor.

Obama planning US trials for Guantanamo detainees

From The Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Obama’s advisers are quietly crafting a proposal to ship dozens, if not hundreds, of imprisoned terrorism suspects to the United States to face criminal trials, a plan that would make good on his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay prison but could require creation of a controversial new system of justice.

During his campaign, Obama described Guantanamo as a “sad chapter in American history” and has said generally that the U.S. legal system is equipped to handle the detainees. But he has offered few details on what he planned to do once the facility is closed.

Under plans being put together in Obama’s camp, some detainees would be released and many others would be prosecuted in U.S. criminal courts.

A third group of detainees — the ones whose cases are most entangled in highly classified information — might have to go before a new court designed especially to handle sensitive national security cases, according to advisers and Democrats involved in the talks. Advisers participating directly in the planning spoke on condition of anonymity because the plans aren’t final.

Daily Dose of Ingersoll

If God exists, how do we know that he is good, that he cares
for us? The Christians say that their God has existed from
eternity; that he forever has been, and forever will be, infinite,
wise and good. Could this God have avoided being God? Could he have
avoided being good? Was he wise and good without his wish or will?

Being from eternity, he was not produced. He was back of all
cause. What he is, he was, and will be, unchanged, unchangeable. He
had nothing to do with the making or developing of his character.
Nothing to do with the development of his mind. What he was, he is.
He has made no progress. What he is, he will be, there can be no
change. Why then, I ask, should we praise him? He could not have
been different from what he was and is. Why should we pray to him?
He cannot change.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “Superstition” (1898)

Deep Fried Bacon Appetizers

From The SunTimes:

And this month, we saw the unveiling of breaded, deep-fried bacon — dressed in country gravy — at Risque Cafe in Lake View.

If we know anything about these strips of cured and smoked meat, it’s this: Bacon is the new black.

It’s a billion-dollar-a-year business and that’s just retail sales alone.

At Risque Cafe, 3419 N. Clark, country-fried bacon ($6) is on the appetizer menu. Raw bacon strips are put in an egg wash, dredged in a heavily peppered flour and then deep fried in vegetable oil, says chef Andrew Niemeyer.