Daily Archives: March 17, 2009

Fieldwork And The Child

The other day Julia and I were driving somewhere (I had the con) and The Sphynx came up. The reason it came up is not important, but as we were talking, it occurred to ask me ask, “…hey, have you been to Egypt?”

“No,” she said. And after a moment, “Have you?”

I thought for moment and said “No.”

“Hmm,” she said, “I thought maybe you had. Maybe that was Ethiopia I was thinking of.”

“Not officially.” And we dropped it there.
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I had no idea Ben Frankelin was Jewish….

Oh, but wait, he wasn’t. But Al Franken IS. That’s Franken, zero els.

A group promoting United States-Israel ties is raising funds for Norm Coleman with an e-mail that opens by referring to Al Franken by the not-particularly-Jewish-sounding name “Franklin”:

We are making an appeal for one of our friends and steadfast supporters of US-Israel relations, Senator Norm Coleman. The election in Minnesota and its recount have been distressing to follow. Coleman won the election. After the recount, Franklin came out slightly ahead, but tragically this recount was filled with many irregularities and is now being contested in court.

Both Franken, a Democrat, and Coleman, a Republican, are Jewish — as were the last two men to hold the seat: Rudy Boschwitz, a Republican, and the late Paul Wellstone, a Democrat. A letter that Boschwitz sent just before Election Day 1990 to “Our Friends in the Minnesota Jewish Community” asserting that Wellstone “has no connection whatsoever with the Jewish community” is sometimes blamed for Boschwitz’s loss to Wellstone that year.


Oi ve.

Twin Cities Events of Interest: FSM Dinner and Ken Miller!

On March 29th the Minnesota Atheists will have a Flying Spaghetti Monster Dinner!!!!!

Come bring your pirate hat, or arrive as ye be! Minnesota Atheists will be honoring that great noodly deity, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, by dining on noodles prepared in His image. There will be salad, bread, noodles and sauces galore, including vegetarian and vegan options. We will also have dessert and drinks. If you are interested in helping out by bringing a sauce to share, or some other booty, we’ll take yer treasures if you reply to this here email.

We’ll be crewing up in the Party Room at the Larpenteur Estates on March 29 at 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Sail in when you can, deport when you must. Bus route 61 will get you there. Just park behind the complex, and follow the signs to the Party Room to take part in the spoils. Bring a donation of at least $6.66, and you can eat all you please.

Larpenteur Estates
1276 Larpenteur Ave. W.
Saint Paul, MN 55113


Also, TVbyGirls continues to seek volunteers for their documentary on diversity of beliefs.
Details on the Ken Miller visit.

Stay Off The Ice

Thick ice is not good ice. Even thick ice can become ice that will break up on you if it experiences warm conditions for a while. Therefore, right now in much of Minnesota, NONE OF THE ICE IS SAFE. None of it.

Here is the rule: If you get two days above freezing, it takes two days below freezing (all day) to “reset” the ice. We are, at this point, beyond any possibility of that happening. The part of the year where you drive your pickup around on the ice … is over. We don’t need your stinking environmental hazard when you go through.

The previous message was applicable only to people in Minnesota. Thank you very much. That is all.