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Things Heard: e294v1

Ok. ‘Nother week, ‘nother dollar

  1. Mr Obama’s sanctions invoke replies, such as this and this. Few typically note that we are using Russia for supply lines to Afghanistan operations when they remark on the weakness of said sanctions.
  2. Purple-ness brings to mind the Bulwer-Lytton contest, which if I was more clever I’d know when the 2014 results were to be out … and if I was even more clever I’d enter.
  3. Gosh, lots of uses for this, few of the licit or moral.
  4. Chicago and St. Patrick’s Day.
  5. Yah, if you believe that, we’ve got submarine pens in Arizona to sell you.
  6. This book looks interesting.
  7. That “more open” Presidency, yet another promise not kept, eh?
  8. Insanely cool … and he’s right.
  9. A modern analogy for Lent.
  10. Solzhenitsyn and the Crimea. Last night I had a chat with a Romanian friend. He put a large part of the onus on Yeltsin, for drunkenly allowing the “split up” to follow Stalin’s division of state boundaries and not suggesting regions work it out for themselves or to use more rational historical/ethnic boundaries. The Crimea just an outworking of Stalin’s assigning the Crimea (vast majority Russian, some Tartar, and finally Ukrainians) to Ukraine. Errors along the southwest boarder with Moldavia, Ukraine and Romania were mentioned as well.
  11. Our liberal teaching establishment, getting the hind end foremost.
  12. The other side of being part of GM, i.e., Government Motors. But the government won’t be to blame just as they skipped out on the BP disaster. It’s always the other guy’s fault, except when you are in a extremely regulated industry it’s the ultimately the watcher’s fault.
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    Things Heard: e293v4


    1. Regarding Mr Obama’s latest cunning jobs plan.
    2. Something to keep in mind regarding “putting pressure on Russia”.
    3. Oh. I see. Never mind.
    4. Not. A. Science.
    5. Someone not following the football/concussion discussion.
    6. If they don’t know, how exactly is the IRS going to assign penalties?
    7. There’s a cute instrument.
    8. So, apparently, a New York paper released a map of gun owners. Texas follows suit.
    9. They know they are precursors because they found their fossilized plane tickets.
    10. Your RNA on/off switch discovered.
    11. This is the part of Jules Verne’s Voyage to the Center of the Earth that was overlooked in the cinematic renditions, all the participants had gills. Mr Verne forgot that that water, unlike air, is in-compressible.
    12. Yikes.
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      Things Heard: e293v3


      1. Don’t end it, fold spindle and mutilate.
      2. Some grist for when feminists praise prostitution, ’cause they do.
      3. Politics would be more appropriately garbed.
      4. Journalism and some thoughts on cuddling with monsters.
      5. Efficient? At what?!
      6. The starlet and responsibility.
      7. Immoral use of highway law.
      8. So, the question arises, is that the pro-abortion fringe … or is it mainstream.
      9. Dads.
      10. Yet another person who needs to read the Gulag Archipelago.
      11. Bubbles are complicated.
      12. Bars in thar woods.
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        Things Heard: e293v2

        Woo. Two days in a row. Cooking with, err, steam?

        1. Some grist to counter Che chic. And what looks like a good book for the inbox to boot.
        2. Speaking of the inbox, here’s another.
        3. 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.
        4. project.
        5. I wonder at the use of the adjective “hopeful”. Not what comes to mind for me at least.
        6. Zap, snarf snarf.
        7. 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.
        8. 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.
        9. 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.
        10. Apropos of the above.
        11. Cheap but cool.
        12. Fracking did not drive Texas economic boom.
        13. No reason I can think of.
        14. Which means it probably isn’t true.
        15. The administrations remains stuck on stupid.
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          Things Heard: e293v1

          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

          1. One post on the Ukraine.
          2. Moral lessons for other countries in similar situations.
          3. A question posted to the left of the aisle.
          4. 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.
          5. And for their anticipated not-profits, a 5 billion dollar bailout already planned.
          6. Heh.
          7. 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.
          8. Speaking of which, a little more “taking of law” in to own hands leads to this nonsense.
          9. Creativity? or not.
          10. homily.
          11. An anti-drug campaign.
          12. Drones, fun for everyone.
          13. Blech!
          14. A dad grows up.
          15. On death panels.
          16. An unintended consequence of Obamacare, many more doctors running for the opposition party.
          17. 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.
          18. Tech and teaching.
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            Things Heard: e292v1n2

            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.

            1. So, the Ukraine is in the news. Alas for the administration as noted here and noted here.
            2. 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.
            3. More we can learn from the Crimea.
            4. Whales, not Wales, and the significance of “White”.
            5. Global warming, 17 years and counting.
            6. Walmart and Logistics.
            7. Them beaches.
            8. Noting the obvious.
            9. Folding tech.
            10. Hammurabi and Middle Eastern Courts.
            11. Archaeology and tooth decay.
            12. For Christians allergic to, uhm, Christian tradition. Why invent “31″ days?
            13. So, why complain about gay marriage, marriage is already broken?
            14. Well, one “time to stop correcting” it is when “it” is grammatically correct.
            15. For the Palin fans.
            16. Publish or perish, or perish the thought?
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              Things Heard: e291v3


              1. Shakespeare.
              2. A book for your Lenten journey.
              3. So the latest Obamacare lockstep talking point is “where are the people badly harmed if it is o bad” (which seems to me a really really low bar to set). Well, they asked.
              4. Information and state vs people.
              5. Afghanistan. I think multicultural “Star-Trek” thinking is what is (was) hurting us most in Iraq and Afghanistan. We were too afraid to be American’s and walk in and ask what American’s usually ask, how can we make a buck here (and in exchange you make a buck too). We should be going in like Poul Anderson’s Falkayn or Van Rijn, not like Picard.
              6. Gay activists remark on the Collins/Sam coming “out” and that is on side of the coin. What is missed by all of these remarks is the other side. How Collins and Sam are barely-in-the-game (Collins a 12th man and Sam a late round draft possibility) by their “brave” action getting national attention and SI covers. How brave is it to do something which yields fame and fortune?
              7. So, much has been made of the Thomas/Tobin not talking during oral argument things, e.g., here. Here is from an observer post-remarks. It’s interesting that the negative remarks by Tobin get lots of talk and coverage, but the more damning negative remarks of racism and the North-East elites by Justice Thomas get so little. Could he liberal east coasters be in denial about their own racism?
              8. How not to think about stand your ground.
              9. Oooh, hate crime?
              10. Hypocrisy, for those who are confused on what that term means.
              11. Mr Walker, so liberal attention is making me like him more. Is that their intent I wonder?
              12. And no, brother-sister normally means they share parents. If you share one parent, there is a different word for that. I’ll bet you knew that already though.
              13. Goverment unfairness.
              14. Truth and advertising.
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                Things Heard: e291v1n2

                Well, now I’m in South East California (Visalia).

                1. 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.
                2. Tactics and Ukrainian resistance.
                3. Alas, more politicians in the beltway don’t do this.
                4. Wisconsin liberals show their liberal colors.
                5. Conservative vs liberal notions of diversity.
                6. 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.
                7. Just remember, an elephant is just a mouse that the government spec’ed and built.
                8. Of sport and danger.
                9. Yes, it might be best, but the FDA has no mechanism for approving a treatment like that.
                10. Punny.
                11. 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.
                12. 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?
                13. Yet another racist liberal.
                14. Progress.
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                  Things Heard: e290v3

                  Moving the week right along. With Links!

                  1. 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.
                  2. Death comes to all men.
                  3. 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.
                  4. Mr Kerry is anti-science.
                  5. Wolves and their large scale construction projects.
                  6. Oh, that’s going to play well with the grandchildren.
                  7. A well played reverse fisking.
                  8. The intrinsic problem with the “GOP war on women” tactic. ‘Tis feminists and the pro-abortion left which war on women.
                  9. Apparently in outer space mass is not conserved. Who knew? Perhaps however there is another hypothesis.
                  10. Tourism and the Black Sea.
                  11. Curling participation apparently involves more than beer.
                  12. Cinema. If the Ark has a rudder, the Noah being portrayed is Gilgamesh with a pseudonym.


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                    Things Heard: e290v2

                    And so it goes (as they say … whomever constitutes “they” is not something I understand).

                    1. So, you want to commit horrible crimes?
                    2. Playdough law.
                    3. Cui bono. I’m still confused on who benefits from this law.
                    4. Re-design .. the axle?
                    5. Say it ain’t so Joe, err, James. (but note … new blog)
                    6. The hair makes the man, holds for other species.
                    7. Snerk.
                    8. A wordy math proof.
                    9. Oh, joy.
                    10. Gosh, I haven’t heard the President using the bully pulpit to denounce this. I’m thinking I didn’t miss it.
                    11. That’s really cool.
                    12. This may be a little offensive (which is kinda the point) but it does make good point about PC speech.
                    13. 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 …..
                    14. Putting the IRS in its place.
                    15. How the beltway will doom us all with its good intentions.
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                      Things Heard: e290v1

                      So. More snow was apparently what someone influential in the Mid-West ordered. And we got it.

                      1. Exploiting God and other notions.
                      2. Speaking of snow and ice.
                      3. 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.
                      4. Yikes.
                      5. The world’s ugliest equation on record.
                      6. 10 bullet points on Orthodoxy for Western protestants.
                      7. Reverse colonization.
                      8. How to watch those Olympics.
                      9. Speaking of the Olympics and those graceful ice artists.
                      10. Losing or gaining freedoms and pedagogy.
                      11. 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.
                      12. A dangerous marine noted.
                      13. What science has to say to the feminist.
                      14. Yah, yah. Valentines day was last week, but heh.
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                        Things Heard: e289v4n5

                        Well, I got home last night. Woo.

                        1. Government intrusion into market, what could go wrong after all it can be “more just”?
                        2. So the courts have some gun control rulings, a few remarks here and here and … here.
                        3. Bad metrics matter.
                        4. Speaking of economic metrics.
                        5. Our balanced Olympics coverage.
                        6. Zoom.
                        7. Obsession.
                        8. In the “do as I say not as I do” department.
                        9. 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.
                        10. Following the IRS matter.
                        11. Say it ain’t so!
                        12. Codes of the Vikings.
                        13. An hypothetical question.
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                          Things Heard: e289v3

                          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.

                          1. 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.
                          2. 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.
                          3. More on the knee jerk effect.
                          4. Shania Twain and medical science  .. It only breaks when it’s beating.
                          5. What teachers don’t do. Why? This makes no sense when you think about it. But when you do, it’s obvious.
                          6. 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.
                          7. 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.
                          8. 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”.
                          9. Well, yesterday we had “scary bad aunt” and today we have a good uncle.
                          10. Liberals misbehavior on display. People who have manners, all know not to speak ill of the dead. And on this matter, WTF anyhow?
                          11. 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.
                          12. 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).
                          13. What not to play soccer while wearing.
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                            Things Heard: e289v2


                            1. So, monkey-boy thinks he’s safe in the trees eh? Crocodile says … not so fast!
                            2. If you have the big bucks, you can(!) get the girl, err, the photo.
                            3. Somebody else isn’t a fan of the FDA monopolizing choice with respect to risk.
                            4. Horrible, if true, … but it is interesting to note the dichotomy between studying and practicing ethics.
                            5. Sanity scarcity.
                            6. Words fail me, I mean I think he’s spot on but … geesh. I mean I know the standard trope is that lib/progressives think conservatives are evil and conservatives typically on the other hand think their counterparts are merely naive or misguided. Perhaps the evil thing is a better fit, but that presumes intention.
                            7. On a lighter note, speaking of evil.
                            8. Continuing (the lighter note thing) … oh no! Don’t do that! If you’re going to use American Football teams just do some variation of the current Superbowl champs with a local twist, how about “SteppeHawks” for this year. And change the name every year, that’d be fun.
                            9. On a not-lighter note, uhm, that description of the “romantic aunt” sounds a lot like like incest-ridden pedophilia (two words you just never ever ever want to see together, incest and pedophile). Just replace “aunt” with “uncle” … yech.
                            10. Well, that combination will torque the tail of the atheist.
                            11. Obamacare, screwing the middle class by design. Just google “Doc Shock” if you don’t believe it.
                            12. Unneeded legislation … I mean, what airline in their right mind would voluntarily allow that? Why, oh why, would Washington think it needs to pass laws against things nobody is doing or would do?
                            13. Who was the knucklehead who thought Cuban health-care was better than that of the US?
                            14. Kinda like this guy who forgot Caesar was a Tribune.
                            15. Global warming models and their results. Climate scientists can now slink to the back of the room and shut up for a while. Please?
                            16. All right thinking people abhor female genital mutilation right? But they also (apparently) praise voluntary sex change (genital mutilation as well) and other voluntary body modification. Coherence? Not!
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                              Things Heard: e289v1

                              Well, a busy weekend … working Sat & Sun. 5 more to go for a break.

                              1. Food and community under stress.
                              2. Arabian anarchy.
                              3. Government overreach. But don’t worry, government is uniquely situated to more fairly apply justice … or not.
                              4. Here’s one reason why, the big brained guys running things … aren’t (hint: aren’t as smart as they pretend).
                              5. Turning down a lot of money … for what?
                              6. Things break more often when subjected to more stress. Who knew?
                              7. Art criticism … is based on something  called an aesthetic basically a criteria which you establish and then use to judge artistic merit.
                              8. 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.
                              9. Speaking of aesthetics … one might be suggested here, eh?
                              10. I haven’t seen the movie … so did have that joke?
                              11. 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.
                              12. 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).
                              13. Smoking may be illogical, but addiction is psychological and chemical.
                              14. For your valentine.
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