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If I were in the market for a bulldog right now, I would seriously inquire with the owners of this dog about breeding it for a couple puppies.


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It really sucked. It was the suckiest suck that ever sucked.


Truly Darwinian: Dumpster Diving

I wonder how long it will be before these idiots start dropping dead from bird flu or pigeon AIDS.
"I've got yogurts!" Stephen Woloshin shouts in triumph, causing other members of his group to lift their rummaging arms and heads from the rubbish bins outside a Manhattan supermarket.

Teachers, social workers and students, Woloshin and his fellow scavengers are far removed from the swollen ranks of New York's homeless, belonging instead to a new faction on the fringes of the environmental movement.

As "freegans," they regard over-consumption as a pernicious global trend and seek to demonstrate how people can feed themselves for "free" on the mountains of produce discarded by others.

On one particular evening, the group, kitted out with small backpacks and string bags, are on a mission in Greenwich Village, scoping the streets of the chic district before the garbage trucks rumble through.

Their first target is a large pile of black bags dumped on the sidewalk outside a supermarket.

Squatting down, they give different bags an exploratory squeeze before pulling off the string ties and plunging hand first into what they hope will prove a mystery hamper of edible seconds.

The results are mixed, both in origin and appeal -- apples, oranges, garlic, baby carrots with seasoning, and vacuum-packed chestnuts.

The freegan rule of thumb for what goes into the shopping bag and what stays in the garbage is simple: "You look at it. You smell it. You feel it. If it seems okay, you take it."

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Economics Sex Appeal Update

Economists just got a little bit sexier. That is, if we are to take seriously Henry Kissinger's assertion that power is the greatest aphrodisiac. Canada's new Prime Minister designate, Stephen Harper, is an economist (B.A., M.A. Calgary) by trade.

[Please ignore the leap of logic that implies a Canadian PM has any power]

The distances I go for a good lunch

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It was a sunny afternoon so I figured I would walk to Georgetown for lunch. I kept walking down M street but everything was either too expensive, too familiar, or too Italian.  Then I got to the Key Bridge and decided venture out to the soulless canyons of northern Viriginia to continue foraging.  I found a nice Mexican joint, Santa Fe Cafe at Wilson Boul. and Nash.  Very friendly owner, great food, outstanding salsa and guac are made from scratch.


Would you have been a Nazi?

The Expatriate
Achtung! You are 15% brainwashworthy, 22% antitolerant, and 33% blindly patriotic

Congratulations! You are not susceptible to brainwashing, your values
and cares extend beyond the borders of your own country, and your Blind
Patriotism does not reach unhealthy levels. If you had been German in the 30s, you would've left the country.

One bad scenario -- as I hypothetically project you back in time -- is
that you just wouldn't have cared one way or the other about Nazism.
Maybe politics don't interest you enough. But the fact that you took
this test means they probably do. I'm gonna give you the benefit of the

Did you know that many of the smartest Germans departed prior to the
beginning of World War II, because they knew some evil shit was
brewing? Brain Drain. Many of them were scientists. It is very possible
you could have been one of them.

Conclusion: born and raised in Germany in the early 1930's, you would not have been a Nazi.

The Would You Have Been A Nazi? Test

- it rules -

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 3% on brainwashworthy
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You scored higher than 24% on antitolerant
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You scored higher than 38% on patriotic
Link: The Would You Have Been a Nazi Test written by jason_bateman on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test


Proof that independents are smarter

Well, more rational and objective at least.

The Notorious B.I.G.'s 10 Crack Commandments, Itemized

1) never let no one know
How much, dough you hold, cause you know
The cheddar breed jealousy ’specially
If that man fucked up, get your ass stuck up
2) never let em know your next move
Don’t you know bad boys move in silence or violence
Take it from your highness (uh-huh)
I done squeezed mad clips at these cats for they bricks and chips
3) never trust no-bo-dy
Your moms’ll set that ass up, properly gassed up
Hoodie to mask up, shit, for that fast buck
She be layin in the bushes to light that ass up
4) know you heard this before
Never get high, on your own supply
5) never sell no crack where you rest at
I don’t care if they want a ounce, tell em bounce
6) that God damn credit, dead it
You think a crackhead payin you back, shit forget it
7) this rule is so underrated
Keep your family and business completely seperated
Money and blood don’t mix like two dicks and no bitch
Find yourself in serious shit
8) never keep no weight on you
Them cats that squeeze your guns can hold jobs too
Number nine shoulda been number one to me
If you ain’t gettin bags stay the fuck from police (uh-huh)
If niggaz think you snitchin ain’t tryin listen
They be sittin in your kitchen, waitin to start hittin
10) a strong word called consignment
Strictly for live men, not for freshmen
If you ain’t got the clientele say hell no
Cause they gon want they money rain sleet hail snow

Is the tendency for sloganeering positively correlated with religious zeal, bigotry, and stupidity?

I was just flipping channels and caught a speech from today's March for Life. They had some rabbi up there going on a tangent about an upcoming gay festival in Jerusalem. Say what you want about abortion, but this was just inexcusable.
They want to turn the HOLY LAND into the HOMO LAND. And I say HELL NO!

It brings to mind other religious slogans against gays. Remember the protests outside the San Francisco courthouse a couple years ago? People had signs like

Ooh, its persuasive because it rhymes!


I heart global warming New York City Warming

Its 59 degrees and I'm loving it. Great weather for my last day in town. Back to DC tomorrow...


Think Twice Before Going to Law School, Part 3519

Friend: this asshole prof
Friend: has not made a syllabus
Friend: and he announced in class today who would be on call tomorrow
Friend: no system, just ten random people
Friend: how the fuck does he think he can give people one day's warning?
Abu Gingy: i think the fact that law profs have to resort to gestapo tactics to get students to do reading says something about how unbearable law books are.
Friend: lol, so true


Quote of the Century

"Our nation does not need nuclear weapons... We have culture and logic."
-President Ahmadnejad of Iran


The Road to Serfdom, Part 4,235,132,531

Two Chinese women with HIV/AIDS were beaten by police with electric batons after demanding the release of a fellow hospital patient arrested for complaining about his stipend.

The women were left with bruises on their bodies after the incident at the People's Hospital in Dehui city, Jilin province, witnesses and a rights group said Thursday.

The three were among 25 people infected with HIV when the hospital used unsafe and unscreened blood for transfusions in 2003, according to the Beijing-based AIDS rights group Aizhixing Institute.

The hospital had agreed to treat them and pay them a daily stipend of 15 yuan (nearly two dollars) after infecting them.

However on Wednesday the patients had failed to receive the money for two days, and Liu Bingzhu demanded to see the director.

When the director refused to see him, Liu switched off the hospital's electricity in anger and officials called the police.

Liu was arrested by about 30 riot police who also beat the female patients when they complained.



Truly Darwinian: Hajj Edition

Thousands of Muslim pilgrims rushing to complete a symbolic stoning ritual during the hajj tripped over luggage Thursday, causing a crush in which at least 345 people were killed despite Saudi attempts to prevent stampedes that have plagued the annual event.

The stampede occurred as tens of thousands of pilgrims headed toward al-Jamarat, a series of three pillars representing the devil that the faithful pelt with stones to purge themselves of sin.


It seems that hundreds of people get killed in the hajj every year from stampedes. But even if the pilgrims were hoping things would change, they should have thought twice before entering a room full of people whose idea of spirituality involves throwing stones at an imaginary devil.


When the world ends, it will be thanks to religion

Apparently the Islamo-nut running Iran believes that he is some sort of catalyst for the apocalypse. A nuclear Iran would be unacceptable to the world due to the simple fact that they would not be deterred by a retaliatory strike, since any assumptions of rationality cannot be made in the face of Islam. Granted, our leader thinks he has some sort of divine mandate as well, but at least there are some checks and balances on his power (and I assume that even Bush isn't dumb enough to think that Jesus will save us from a retaliatory nuclear strike). Read this article from the Christian Science Monitor. It provides a revealing look at how the eschatology of Islam may well play out to be the most destructive idea in history.


Truly Darwinian: Bird Flu Edition

Sumeyya Mamuk considered the chickens in her backyard to be beloved pets. The 8-year-old girl fed them, petted them and took care of them. When they started to get sick and die, she hugged them and tenderly kissed them goodbye. The next morning, her face and eyes were swollen and she had a high fever. Her father took her to a hospital, and five days later she was confirmed to have the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.

"The chickens were sick. One had puffed up and she touched it. We told her not to. She loved chickens a lot," her father, Abdulkerim Mamuk, said of the second youngest of his eight children. "She held them in her arms."