Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 at 8:11 pm
Woo. Two days in a row. Cooking with, err, steam?
- Some grist to counter Che chic. And what looks like a good book for the inbox to boot.
- Speaking of the inbox, here’s another.
- Two posts on freedom of speech, here in the US it is apparently falling out of favor and in Russia where one thinks the press has little freedom, this might be a counter-example of that notion.
- A project.
- I wonder at the use of the adjective “hopeful”. Not what comes to mind for me at least.
- Zap, snarf snarf.
- This post brings to mind the remark I noted by Mr Schraub a few weeks ago that government was uniquely situated to act fairly. Yah, right.
- They should eliminate Asian quotas for schools, five years after the elite schools become 60+ percent asian … the majority whole slacker student attitudes would do some disappearing. Do us all some good.
- Yah, that makes sense. Historically speaking that means, they would be seeking damages from West African nations, Spain, and the Dutch. Good luck on that.
- Apropos of the above.
- Cheap but cool.
- Fracking did not drive Texas economic boom.
- No reason I can think of.
- Which means it probably isn’t true.
- The administrations remains stuck on stupid.
Monday, March 10th, 2014 at 9:13 am
Well, I’m back to exercising regularly, and when I added the Clean Week (first week of Lent) services-every-night to my schedule, blogging went south. Which means it is likely that Holy week will suffer similarly at this spot. Links are backed up. So … without further ado
- One post on the Ukraine.
- Moral lessons for other countries in similar situations.
- A question posted to the left of the aisle.
- At hourly wages … that’s a lot of money for little business. In the “real world” they’d be bankrupt. Alas, they’re working for the government so the bankruptcy is just moral.
- And for their anticipated not-profits, a 5 billion dollar bailout already planned.
- This is not “a truly appalling story”, if true, a whole passel of school administrators should be rotting in jail after having the crap beat out of them. If I was that girl’s father, I’d be on the warpath with my new life’s purpose to ruin the lives of a bunch of idiot.
- Speaking of which, a little more “taking of law” in to own hands leads to this nonsense.
- Creativity? or not.
- A homily.
- An anti-drug campaign.
- Drones, fun for everyone.
- A dad grows up.
- On death panels.
- An unintended consequence of Obamacare, many more doctors running for the opposition party.
- So, the IRS scandal “nothing to hide” which is why emails are not being passed on and Ms Lerner (having been fired) takes the fifth.
- Tech and teaching.
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 at 6:34 pm
So, Lent has begun (and will begin tomorrow for y’all in the West … and some suggestions). I would suggest for any in the Western tradition would be, in the next few days (through Thursday night) to look up a local Orthodox parish and see if they are doing the Canon of St Andrew (in English). Nothing exemplifies the spirit of Lent more than that service.
- So, the Ukraine is in the news. Alas for the administration as noted here and noted here.
- Guns in Crimea. One of the interesting things I learned reading this book, was that the “Charge of the Light Brigade” contrary to popular conceptions was not the failure it was pretended to be.
- More we can learn from the Crimea.
- Whales, not Wales, and the significance of “White”.
- Global warming, 17 years and counting.
- Walmart and Logistics.
- Them beaches.
- Noting the obvious.
- Folding tech.
- Hammurabi and Middle Eastern Courts.
- Archaeology and tooth decay.
- For Christians allergic to, uhm, Christian tradition. Why invent “31″ days?
- So, why complain about gay marriage, marriage is already broken?
- Well, one “time to stop correcting” it is when “it” is grammatically correct.
- For the Palin fans.
- Publish or perish, or perish the thought?
Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 at 9:49 am
Well, now I’m in South East California (Visalia).
- When I saw this, a question occurred to me. If it is (allegedly) illegal to refuse a same sex couple on top of a cake if you run a cake shop. Can you refuse to put a stripper pole on a wedding cake? If you can, … then I’m afraid I don’t see the reasoning behind the first being illegal. If you can’t, that’s also wrong it seems to me.
- Tactics and Ukrainian resistance.
- Alas, more politicians in the beltway don’t do this.
- Wisconsin liberals show their liberal colors.
- Conservative vs liberal notions of diversity.
- In answer to the question, no it doesn’t insult the child or the mother, it indicates the speaker is either misogynistic moron or is trying to shock the listener with the how the pro-abortion crowd sees things.
- Just remember, an elephant is just a mouse that the government spec’ed and built.
- Of sport and danger.
- Yes, it might be best, but the FDA has no mechanism for approving a treatment like that.
- McCain puts his mark on where Obama stands in the stupid vs evil choice. Liberal outraged that McCain called Obama stupid, apparently they prefer willful evil.
- Mr Holder has apparently gone on record telling prosecutors to stop prosecuting gun laws like background checks and what types of gun are allowed and how/when you can carry, oh wait … it was a different law. If you’re a liberal cheering his “not stopping SSM in states where it is not legal” … how would you feel if it was about not holding to your states gun laws?
- Yet another racist liberal.
Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 at 11:55 pm
Moving the week right along. With Links!
- From where I come from, “black bodies” brings to mind not racial politics but Planck’s constant and black body radiation. ‘Tis a better place I deem.
- Death comes to all men.
- Law and international relations, part one and two. In which it is admitted that all attacks on civilian objects not in time of war is an international war crime. Drone fans take note.
- Mr Kerry is anti-science.
- Wolves and their large scale construction projects.
- Oh, that’s going to play well with the grandchildren.
- A well played reverse fisking.
- The intrinsic problem with the “GOP war on women” tactic. ‘Tis feminists and the pro-abortion left which war on women.
- Apparently in outer space mass is not conserved. Who knew? Perhaps however there is another hypothesis.
- Tourism and the Black Sea.
- Curling participation apparently involves more than beer.
- Cinema. If the Ark has a rudder, the Noah being portrayed is Gilgamesh with a pseudonym.
Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 at 11:41 pm
And so it goes (as they say … whomever constitutes “they” is not something I understand).
- So, you want to commit horrible crimes?
- Playdough law.
- Cui bono. I’m still confused on who benefits from this law.
- Re-design .. the axle?
- Say it ain’t so Joe, err, James. (but note … new blog)
- The hair makes the man, holds for other species.
- A wordy math proof.
- Oh, joy.
- Gosh, I haven’t heard the President using the bully pulpit to denounce this. I’m thinking I didn’t miss it.
- That’s really cool.
- This may be a little offensive (which is kinda the point) but it does make good point about PC speech.
- Going off the deep end (in two ways) … the writer finds someone who went off the rails … and the does so himself. Seriously, when you write “is now how quickly adults are willing to shoot teenagers” … re-read that. Then … count the number of adults in this country. Count how many of those adults actually “quickly shoot teenagers”. How many is that? Then make your decision, write stupid things or shut up. Alas …..
- Putting the IRS in its place.
- How the beltway will doom us all with its good intentions.
Monday, February 17th, 2014 at 6:54 pm
So. More snow was apparently what someone influential in the Mid-West ordered. And we got it.
- Exploiting God and other notions.
- Speaking of snow and ice.
- Actually, untrue. Chicago’s “paper of Record” page 2 columnist (Kass) had a page 2 column at the beginning of the Olympics in which he went to the Stalin residence. Well, let me correct that, he didn’t ignore it, but he also noticed that the Olympics and the rest of the crowds were mostly ignoring the site noted.
- The world’s ugliest equation on record.
- 10 bullet points on Orthodoxy for Western protestants.
- Reverse colonization.
- How to watch those Olympics.
- Speaking of the Olympics and those graceful ice artists.
- Losing or gaining freedoms and pedagogy.
- The only way to construe this statement as reasonable, is to be clever about what you mean by “largest”. He must mean by volume, not be any count of deaths or damages.
- A dangerous marine noted.
- What science has to say to the feminist.
- Yah, yah. Valentines day was last week, but heh.
Friday, February 14th, 2014 at 10:57 am
Well, I got home last night. Woo.
- Government intrusion into market, what could go wrong after all it can be “more just”?
- So the courts have some gun control rulings, a few remarks here and here and … here.
- Bad metrics matter.
- Speaking of economic metrics.
- Our balanced Olympics coverage.
- In the “do as I say not as I do” department.
- And the First Lady follows suit … w.r.t. “what to eat”. I have to say that “12k” dress wasn’t worth $10. Looks horrible.
- Following the IRS matter.
- Say it ain’t so!
- Codes of the Vikings.
- An hypothetical question.
Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 at 9:03 pm
Ok then. Links? I guess the NorthEast is up for another helping of snow now that they’ve got a slap in the face the cold weather we just had. We’re predicted to have the first “above freezing day” in quite some time … but I don’t believe it will quite happen. The last four days the temperature predictions have all been about 4-5 degrees (F) on the high side.
- So there’s a study (probably needing verification) that mammograms don’t help statistically. So some jump to policy. Others ignore this side of the equation, the Queen of Hearts had it apparently (“Off with their heads”) … she missed by a foot or so.
- The knee jerk liberal economist apparently forgot that interest rates remain toxic low level, why? Oh, the debt is why. With that much national debt worldwide if we had healthy 5-7% interest rates loans, nations never ever make their interest payments.
- More on the knee jerk effect.
- Shania Twain and medical science .. It only breaks when it’s beating.
- What teachers don’t do. Why? This makes no sense when you think about it. But when you do, it’s obvious.
- I don’t get the “courage” allusions. Look a year ago (?) a basketball player came out and became nationally famous. Turns out he was a 12th man and would never have a spot of mention anywhere without “bravely” coming out (to unexpected national fame). Now an “expected 4th round pick” comes out and gets the same national fame and every team is talking about it. Brave to face fame and fortune? Please.
- Breaking news! NOW spokesmen fail literacy tests! Please. I read the column too. Here’s an out of context (for maximum misunderstanding) of what they misconstrue: In theory that means, as FIRE notes, that “if both parties are intoxicated during sex, they are both technically guilty of sexually assaulting each other.” In practice it means that women, but not men, are absolved of responsibility by virtue of having consumed alcohol. So how does NOW read that, … that Taranto is “enhancing a rape culture.
- Speaking about intentionally misunderstanding. Seems Twain missed one. Twain said that there are “lies, damned lies, and statistics”, to which we can add “and progressives practicing journalism”. Or should I say “mal-practicing”.
- Well, yesterday we had “scary bad aunt” and today we have a good uncle.
- Liberals misbehavior on display. People who have manners, all know not to speak ill of the dead. And on this matter, WTF anyhow?
- So, the Obamacare scorecard … 1 million more covered at a cost of 120 billion a year and 2.5 million jobs. A little more aid for the needy like that and we’ll all be underwater. And … now we have a recipe to dismantle it.
- Affirmative action noted. The film (and the historical) Tuskegee Airmen disproved the (flawed) assumption behind affirmative action. If you make things hard on a group that group will become elite. The reverse is true as well. If you want to make them substandard, make things easier for them. Works every time. The only choice then is that supporters of aff action are either stupid or evil (they don’t realize how to make an group better or … they do and want to harm the group they pretend to help).
- What not to play soccer while wearing.
Monday, February 10th, 2014 at 9:05 pm
Well, a busy weekend … working Sat & Sun. 5 more to go for a break.
- Food and community under stress.
- Arabian anarchy.
- Government overreach. But don’t worry, government is uniquely situated to more fairly apply justice … or not.
- Here’s one reason why, the big brained guys running things … aren’t (hint: aren’t as smart as they pretend).
- Turning down a lot of money … for what?
- Things break more often when subjected to more stress. Who knew?
- Art criticism … is based on something called an aesthetic basically a criteria which you establish and then use to judge artistic merit.
- Speaking of art and beauty, the rarity of beauty in modern art gets remarks like this to be offered. This is a topic I’ve ranted (or mentioned) before. One reply is that much of the beauty that remains in our culture is encased in in things like the SR-71.
- Speaking of aesthetics … one might be suggested here, eh?
- I haven’t seen the movie … so did have that joke?
- Knowing God … what I was taught is that has a Trinitarian answer, you cannot know the Father (except through the Son), specifically the Father is unknowable.
- Thankful for my alma mater at which more often then not, we read the whole damn book (including for example “read War and Peace for next class, which fortunately was after the one week Spring break … and more fortunately for me I had two about 24 hour train rides in which to easily do that reading).
- Smoking may be illogical, but addiction is psychological and chemical.
- For your valentine.
Thursday, February 6th, 2014 at 8:42 pm
Well better late than, uhm, tomorrow.
- Let’s see, you can’t make it legal to shoot them down and at the same time you can’t fly them. The libertarian argument gets better every day.
- The President feels the fetus is guilty … (of what?) or something like that. Just remember, liberals like Rawls at least pay lip sevice to it, but just don’t pay attention to the consequences.
- The Boston bomber and penalty.
- Obamacare and economic consequences. More on the same … attack a straw man is one strategy in Obamacare defense (apparently someone doesn’t realize that if you stop working to pay for your medical care and instead stop working and let taxes (other peoples money) to handle it … that’s not a net gain for the country).
- And one more “how not to defend” Obamacare.
- A book suggested. I picked up the first one, as I’ll be on the road starting tomorrow night until Thursday night.
- Or you could just figure out it’s just a cat or a dog, and get a new one.
- Hello? The surprise would be the government doing it well. Duh.
- “more likely to seek treatment” … that would be on planet liberal-pipe-dreams-come-true. Back on this world, the mentally ill rarely seek treatment voluntarily because they are, wait for it …, mentally ill. This can be put along side of the “those without insurance don’t have it because they can’t afford it (as opposed don’t really want it and want to spend their money elsewhere).
- Self parody. In which the poster notes in his second part “one of those annoying columns that comes so close to making an important point, only to swerve away into inanity” and then in his response, does exactly that. Examine for example, “ Ironically, government is far, far better at this — by maintaining a monopoly on sanction, they can make punishments more precise and ultimately more just” … in the context of the IRS “justly” decided to single out one parties groups for antagonistic vetting at the prompting of the President.
- In which “strange” probably means “kinda neat”.
- And the problem is … likely that the NSA doesn’t have the data but ordinary people do. Ordinary people, on might note, having such information is less problematic than the government.
- Quantity and quality.
- Trust and vendors.
- Don’t worry, wait 2 more years and the expected costs will double again, … why not worry? Well, it was all part of the original “cunning plan.” All part of the “Obama = BlackAdder” (with Biden as Baldrick) theme.
- Scurillous for whom? I’d hope Ms Hurley would have far better taste than spending time with a sleaze like that.
Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 at 10:29 am
Well, the 3-6 inches of snow turned out to be closer to 6 than 3, perhaps 5 here.
- I’m on a 6 month “fix it with diet” deal with my doctor or these are likely in my future. Apparently I “lost the genetic lottery” as exercise which normally has a big effect in normalizing your LDL/HDL ratio doesn’t work for me.
- Misunderstanding miracle.
- Yesterday I linked a piece noting the silent assent which permitted Mr Hoffman’s death. It’s not like this isn’t a somewhat regular thing.
- We’re just glad it doesn’t include the partially female athletes.
- So, does Madison avenue have a clue? Or do the Democrats? Here is a suggestion that November might be a litmus test for that question.
- So, decades ago, science fiction writer Poul Andersen wrote a series of books featuring the exploits and adventures of a Dominic Flandry. Mr Flandry’s problem was he was knowingly fighting a lost cause, his people (a large human dominated stellar empire) was failing due to cultural decadence. He knew it was a lost cause, but soldiered on regardless. This post reminds me of that. As does this one. And this one.
- Meanwhile lawmakers concentrate on what is important.
- Apparently the “new atheists” are “very certain” about many things, kind of like the global warming crowd. Odd then that this is in the context of a Physics community (which involves measurements far more accurate and simpler systems) that isn’t sure if protons decay.
- Let’s see, first sexual slavery/trafficking and the Super-Bowl was a problem, then it wasn’t. It seems the former might have been more accurate.
- The real reason.
- Climate and negative feedback. Uhm, the climate has been amazingly stable for hundreds of millions of years. If you don’t think there are lots and lots of negative feedback mechanisms keeping on the rails, then check your shoes, you probably never learned to tie them for that’s clearly pushing your cognitive boundaries.
- That’s not a “car” engine. It’s a jet fighter plane that forgot to wear its wings.