Republicans Getting What They Want: Deranged Confederate Rednecks Killing And Kidnapping

Jimmy Lee Dykes moved to a rural Alabama neighborhood on a rutted red clay road more than a year ago. It didn’t take long before he had developed a frightening reputation as a volatile man with anti-government views who threatened his neighbors at gunpoint and was viciously violent to wandering pets.

Multiple neighbors said Dykes, a 65-year-old retired truck driver, was the man suspected of boarding a school bus near his home, killing the driver and taking a 5-year-old boy hostage to begin a standoff that entered its second full day Thursday.

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Asked about Dykes, neighbors said he was a man who once beat a dog to death with a lead pipe, threatened to shoot children for setting foot on his property and patrolled his yard at night with a flashlight and a shotgun.

He had been scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning to answer charges he shot at his neighbors in a dispute last month over a speed bump.

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“He’s very paranoid,” her husband said. “He goes around in his yard at night with a flashlight and shotgun.”

* * * reports that law enforcement sources say that Dykes is a “survivalist” who stocked his bunker with food and other materials to lengthen his time below ground.

Dykes is believed to be a Vietnam War veteran who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, according to the report.

Nate Silver Needs To Learn Some Motherfucken Statistics

In his article in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, Nate Silver makes the claim that better defenses trump better offenses in the Super Bowl. He bases this claim on the fact that the record of the twenty best defenses to play in the Super Bowl is 14-6, while the record of the twenty best offenses is 10-10. (The twenty best are based on an objective analysis of number of points scored and allowed relative to the league average and adjusted for strength of schedule.)

Silver needs to learn how to do contingency table statistics, because Fisher’s exact test tells us that there is a 1/3 chance that this difference in won-loss record doesn’t reflect any intrinsic difference in the likelihood of the best defense beating the best offense (and a 2/3 chance that it does). I know this isn’t science–where a nineteen-fold greater likelihood that a measured difference is real is considered the generally accepted threshold for giving any weight to that difference–but it is only twice as likely that this offense-defense effect is real than that it is just random chance.

That is pretty fucken thin gruel to publish in the NY Times.

Firefox Chrome CSS Question

I am trying to adjust the tabs in Firefox using the userChrome.css mechanism. I want to make them shorter, which I have achieved with this code:

.tabbrowser-tabs {
max-height: 25px !important;

Now the problem is how the fucken fucke do I adjust the spacing of the text, favicon, and close-tab doohickey in the shorter tab? Cause it is still the same distance from the top of the tab as it was when the tab was taller, so it’s no longer centered and it’s cut off at the bottom.

Anybody got any fucken ideas??

I Am A Fucken Windows 8 Geeeeenius!!!!!!!!!

I dicked around on Google searching for how to change the default UI fonts and other appearances of Windows 8, and I figured it out! I went into a Windows 7 machine with a screen of indentical size and resolution and set everything set exactly how I wanted it, and then I exported the registry key [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics]. This contains all of the settings of things like desktop icon and font size, program menu font size, title bar font, etc. (No fucken idea why all this shit is encoded in fucked uppe weird lists of hexadecimal numbers, instead of just normal text.) Then you can import this registry key into your Windows 8 machine, and VIOLIN!!

Pappardelle With Meatballs

half pound dried egg pappardelle
nine or ten ounces ground beef/pork/veal mix
three large cloves garlic, minced
one carrot, diced
one celery stalk, diced
one half small onion, diced
leaves from one sprig rosemary, finely chopped
one tablespoon chopped flat parsley
salt and pepper
olive oil
one and a half cups crushed san marzanos
one small egg
parmigiano reggiano


Here are the ingredients for the meatballs.


Mix the meat well with the garlic and parsley, and add some salt and pepper. Then add the egg, and mix well to incorporate.


Form into small balls and dust with flour.


Here’s the onion, carrot, celery, and rosemary.


Sautee until soft in olive oil on low heat.


Turn the heat up to medium, add the meatballs, and sautee gently until lightly browned.


Add the tomatoes, turn the heat down to the lowest, and simmer gently with occasional stirring for about 45 minutes.


Here’s the pappardelle. Boil the shitte uppe in lightly salted water until it is molto al dente.


Meatballs are done!


Drain the pappardelle, throwing half a cup of the pasta water into the sauce, and then add the pappardelle and finish for a minute or so with very gentle stirring.


Plate, sprinkle, grate, and eat!

Initial Thoughts About Windows 8

I am using a new Thinkpad with Windows 8, and once I got over the shock of all that crappy “app” gibberish on the start screen, I am actually pretty pleased.

Key things I figured out how to do:

(1) Boot or wake-up directly to the regular Windows desktop, and never have to see that fucken “app” crappe.

(2) Installed a nice little $5 start menu program from Stardock called “Start8” to get back the start menu.

(3) Adjusted the font size and background color settings.

One thing that is fucken pissing me offe like a motherfucker:

You can no longer select whatever typeface you want for the Windows user interface: you are stuck with Segoe or whatever the fucken fucke is the UI typeface they chose. It’s not terrible looking, but I really prefer Verdana.

One thing that is pretty goddamn cool: This motherfucker boots up fucken fast, and all the operating system tasks are very snappy.