July 11, 2007

A Smug Brain... Abusing Arm...

Sangria Bum...

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Rumba Gains...

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Amusing Bra...

ADDED: This is a puzzle, solved in the comments. Don't peek!

37 comments:

John Burgess said...

Abasing Rum
A Gamin Rubs
Airman Bug

And a little dab'll do you in...

DStevens said...

Ann is taken to the woodshed here: http://www.opinionjournal.com/best/
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Blogress Ann Althouse quotes Vitter: "Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling. . . . Out of respect for my family, I will keep my discussion of the matter there--with God and them. But I certainly offer my deep and sincere apologies to all I have disappointed and let down in any way." Althouse lets Vitter have it:


I hate seeing people publicly humiliated for the sexual things they do in private. But the government is criminally prosecuting a woman, Deborah Jeane Palfrey, for what it says was a prostitution ring. These are federal charges, and the senator, David Vitter, has some responsibility for the laws that make this prosecution possible. . . .

Palfrey can't say God has forgiven her and walk free. In fact, Vitter's statement hurts Palfrey because it strongly implies that Palfrey was doing what she's accused of. Vitter's confession--intended to move us to mercy--links him to criminal activity, but only she is facing criminal punishment.

Shouldn't the expiation of Vitter's sins wait until he has introduced a bill that would create a federal right to engage in the business of prostitution? It's not a matter to be resolved within the realm of church and family as long as Palfrey is being prosecuted.


How would advocating the legalization of prostitution expiate Vitter's sins? Prostitution is illegal because it is wrong, not the other way around. The reason we have laws at all is not so that "good" people can impose their will on "bad" people, but because everyone has the capacity to do bad things. Thus it's not surprising that moralists sometimes turn out to be hypocrites. They are moralists because they are closely acquainted with the temptation to do wrong.

Larry Flynt does a better job in living up to his own moral standards than David Vitter does in living up to his. But that is because Flynt has no standards, not because he is some sort of exemplar.

igbalonigbanlo said...

Barium sang

bargain sum

Ann Althouse said...

Hey, I've been off-line for almost 3 hours... and no one has figured this one out yet????

Come on!

Bissage said...

James Taranto said: “Thus it's not surprising that moralists sometimes turn out to be hypocrites. They are moralists because they are closely acquainted with the temptation to do wrong.

Apparently, Mr. Taranto lives in a world where bad faith and duplicity, self-dealing and corruption, have ceased to exist.

Maybe he telecommutes from New Jersey or something.

Mr. Taranto would have demonstrated at least a lesser sort of courage had he declared that Vitter is a useful scoundrel.

P.S. Vet sends bet man ice.

Meade said...

Angel's Trumpets
Brugmansia

Ann Althouse said...

Thank you, Meade! The puzzle is solved!!!

peter hoh said...

Once I brug a man to see a flower like that.

peter hoh said...

Aw, just missed the cut.

Ann Althouse said...

Peter, that was good!

DStevens: Go back to the original post. I destroy James Taranto. I use my Sonata Ramjet.

Ann Althouse said...

I use my Raja Meat Snot.

Ann Althouse said...

My Aorta Jam Nets.

Ann Althouse said...

I push him away with a Jetsam Ant Oar.

Ann Althouse said...

And when I am done, I quaff Nun's Oath Ale.

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Ann Althouse said...

Yeah, don't tell Sleeves Mist.

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Ann Althouse said...

Spare me that unashamed rant.

Meade said...

peter hoh said...
Once I brug a man to see a flower like that.

But it wasn't on your first date...er...uh was it?
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Ann Althouse said...
Thank you, Meade! The puzzle is solved!!!

De nada, Ann Alt...a. Datura.
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Ann Althouse said...
And when I am done, I quaff Nun's Oath Ale.

¡Salud!,Professora, but heads up for the prissy priggish pub police!
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Ruth Anne,
You are one cute earth nun.
your friend,
Edema
(2. Botany. Extended swelling in plant organs caused primarily by an excessive accumulation of water.)

Ruth Anne Adams said...

Slap forehead.

Laugh out loud.

Snort.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

Meade: It's a really bad habit.

Meade said...

Good gracious!

Still, adorably nun too bad.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

Meade: Into the abbess with you!

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Meade said...

"Into the abbess with you!"

Abbotsolutely, but please don't be crosier with me.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

I mitre not try to top that.

Meade said...

Cantor you sleep?

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Bissage said...

RAA asked for it, and by golly, here it is: A photo of the universally acclaimed COMIC CITRUS PIP with the onion ring of his desire!

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John Burgess said...

Did I miss a hidden rule somewhere?

My comment (the first in the queue, BTW, barely 30 minutes after the post was put up) answered the question three times, in a poetic form at that!

Plus, there was that handy little toxicology item!!

You mean you wanted a mundane botanical name?

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Ann Althouse said...

Burgess: I saw you as perceiving that these were anagrams but not having the name of the plant.

John Burgess said...

Okey dokey. I'll be less subtle in the future.

I did think the toxicology ('And a little dab'll do you in...') might have suggested knowledge of the identity, but I guess not....

I was soooo looking forward to my prize, though. Now, I'll settle for a photo of a weeping willow, or as it's also known, 'Gel Wine Lip Wow'