Monday Highlights

So. I’m East of Atlanta … alas I think I won’t have time for anything but work.

  1. So, I’m thinking that the missing prelude to Brave New World is how did they get to a seemingly benign completely autocratic regime … seems our rulers figure if you toss a frog in boiling water it will object (jump out) but if you slowly heat the same water …. (case in point) (and yet one more)
  2. Yikes.
  3. A truly weird portrait .. oh, and they ride bikes.
  4. Da science is settled, just hold that thought, even if causes dissonance. Oh, and one more on climate.
  5. Embarrassing for the science educator establishment. Akin to a Natural History museum putting cavemen and T-Rex in the same diorama.
  6. From the loony left.
  7. Calling them!? Call a spade a spade doesn’t make it a spade. It was a spade before it was called out.
  8. Speech police continue. Don’t worry about actions. Just the speech.
  9. This is not unrelated.
  10. Corrosion resistance put to the test.
  11. Leadership and culture (compare to our President and his failed ‘teaching’ moments)
  12. A question asked.
  13. And some of us voted for him. Who is he? Well, he (and she) is in the beltway and there are hundreds of them.
  14. My #1 daughter would strenuously disagree with the message on this sign. Her sister might concur however.
  15. Added to my reading inbox.
  16. The end of (your) days and … a homily for those around those at the end of their life.

Tuesday Highlights

Hmm. Feels like Wednesday already. Yikes. Must have been a long day.

  1. Ms Clinton on guns. So, what does one of these liberal chuckleheads say when asked, “So, over the last 20 years gun ownership has steadily risen and gun violence has steadily fallen. What is this thing you think you need to fix?” Seriously. Why do they push this nonsense?
  2. The beltway gets the press it deserves.
  3. For the dirty deed’s done dirt cheap as a long term job opportunity.
  4. But here’s how not to do it.
  5. Exactly. Actually the PC speech thing is an interesting paradox. Those PC speakers typically despise the Victorian and the Victorian ethos. Yet they have appropriated their methods. A primary thesis behind the Victorian emphasis on manners (and if you don’t see a parallel between manners and PC speech rules you aren’t watching) was that correct the manners and the thoughts and interior ethics will follow the habits so engendered. How many PC speech enthusiasts like those applauding the Eich/Sterling/&c kerfuffles also reject that same Victorian thesis.
  6. A picture perfect illustration why “education” on contraception isn’t the fix it is pretends to be.
  7. Moving on up, err, out.
  8. Oh, please. Get real.
  9. Freedom of speech is not (not not not not) a “collective” right. (Added: See this as well)
  10. Which is why laws like this likely will not stand.

 

Monday Highlights

G’day.

  1. or go play soccer. Sounds like the right answer.
  2. Foreign policy.
  3. Deontology (I think) and lying.
  4. So, being incredibly stupid can be illegal.
  5. Sooo soo shtupid. The Palin haters probably are cringing.
  6. Demographics.
  7. Guess I’ve gone over to be part of the problem, eh?
  8. Heh.
  9. This is in the news. On the other hand, if something which occurs is easily predicted that means it’s not exactly an unintended consequence. (2nd link fixed)
  10. Going back the bandwidth question … it the internet faster than a station wagon of (these or 128gig micro-SD) driving to the West coast faster or slower than the Internet.
  11. Booze.
  12. Forgetting he murdered young girl(s?) by burying them alive.
  13. Hamster fun.

Thursday Highlights

So dinner was late (after the evening workout) … and subsequently my blog-read time before bed became read-a-little. Anyhow, links?

  1. Some more thoughts on the NBA/Clippers kerfuffle.
  2. Betcha he muffs it.
  3. “Improve the current process” uhm, ever heard of a gun? They are quite reliable and inexpensive.  And, while I proposed this somewhat in jest years ago, I often think it might be the solution. Who about a federal statute limiting the applicability of capital punishment to those who profess belief in the afterlife.  (more on that here … including some background on the inmate for whom a botched execution is something of a logical consequence of his crime).
  4. Speaking of legal issues. This vid has been making the rounds. And it highlights a need for caning or whipping for people who pull crap like that (see also “depends on what the definition of what “is” is”). How about a statute, you pull that crap and you get a dozen with a cat-o-nine. After you’re out of the hospital you can return to your deposition.
  5. Location, location, location. Heh.
  6. So. If that descriptions sounds like a job you’d love, come on in. It is in fact the job I love.
  7. That looks like a very cool idea, until you realize storage/transmission losses probably are higher than mechanical ones.
  8. Speaking of cool
  9. A loss of one of the great ones.
  10. A voice returns to the blogosphere. In an (alas) interesting place.
  11. The only thing strange is how much you liberal big government types misunderestimate how much many hate the welfare state.
  12. Libertarian stupid notions (the open borders nonsense) meets the real world consequence of same.
  13. Oh. Joy.
  14. Against puzzles for the ageing brain.

Tuesday Highlights

G’day. Links?

  1. So. The Sterling kerfuffle moves into the second stage, here are two view (one and two). I’m a little concerned about the notion that you can have that much damage done by having a private conversation recorded, sans context, and voila. Ruination. Seems to me public actions should have those kinds of consequences, not private conversation. Just never argue a devils advocate position … ever.
  2. Well, I live in Chicago .. and while I don’t follow basketball, for what it’s worth in January they were expected to finish last in the East after losing Deng and Rose. They finished far ahead of expectations. That remains true.
  3. Wind.
  4. How the President should not argue.
  5. A public service reminder.
  6. The Benghazi cover-up … and it’s a success. Why was it a success? Because, I think,  the “video” story was believed by the gullible, the tribal, and the wicked. So if you bought the video story, which were you?
  7. A school to notice.

 

Monday Highlights

So. How about some wordy links?

  1. Teh racism. Or not, eh? So, this Sterling fella. Apparently for 10-15 years, “everybody knew” he was prone to make similar remarks (source: ESPN radio Mike/Mike this morning). The recording the NBA will “announce their actions/sanctions” was illegally made. Which is apparently not important to the left. At least this time, unlike the last with the Wisconsin Sentator’s remarks, they aren’t claiming teh racism for comments which were basically exactly the same thing as the President’s own remarks. Somebody smarter than me can tell me how/why those who think taboo’s in general are bad and should be tested at the same time are busy erecting new taboo’s?
  2. Speaking of making words taboo. The UK doesn’t like freedom of speech.
  3. Oh, it’s not misanthropic. That’s the wrong word. It’s elitist.
  4. I have to say there’s a critical flaw in Mr Martin’s thesis. He asks whether Gondor after defeating Sauron went on to kill all those “baby orcs in their baby orc cradles”. Orcs are monsters. They aren’t men. Solzhenitsyn coined the phrase that the line between good and evil goes though every man’s heart. That doesn’t hold for orcs (and other monsters). No good there. Just evil. Killing baby evil monsters isn’t morally tinged with doubt whether they will grow up to be a good orc or not. There is no doubt.
  5. Here’s an example with by itself disproves its thesis. Kinda like a Barack Obama speech.
  6. Mr Challies is wrong yet again. That’s both far too complicated and just plain wrong. In this book, it is recounted that Father Arseny had a vision during some torture. He could see all those around him, with a flame inside them which represented the “light of Christ”. A church which fails is one that forgets fostering that light in all around you isn’t everyone’s job is one that fails. It’s as simple as that.
  7. For the Palin fans, this time with a twist. My frequent commenter Boonton is one such “Palin fan” but most of my “Palin fan” remarks go to reasonable things Ms Palin has said. This time, what she says is unreasonable, but Mr Boonton has painted himself in a position vis a vis euthenasia in which his opposition to torture is no longer tenable, that is to say if you think dehydration of the infirm is an acceptable way to kill your beloved father, then your objection to waterboarding becomes incoherent. Unless you figure Jesus injunction that we love our enemies as a corollary means we should treat as enemies those who love and are loved by us.
  8. So, up north the ice is melting … finally.
  9. For the gun control crowd. The masters have different rules than us plebes, eh?
  10. So, by the Gini metric income inequality has not increased apparently. So, sounds like those who find this a problem might be in the Mark Twain “lies, damned lies, and statistics” camp.
  11. An interesting case to foster ethics discussions.

Thursday Highlights

So, my daughter got me using (with her “my fitness pal” a phone/web app/site) so that both of us can lose some weight and get fit. I’ve “configured” it to get me to lose .5 lbs per week for a year or so to get to a nice weight … and I’m getting back to biking and still swimming. I’ve gone to it being hard to eat as little as needed to the other side of the coin, on  a good (exercise) day it’s hard to eat enough. But enough about me … links?

  1. A look inside the liberal echo chamber (aka mainstream news media).
  2. I’d say the surprise would be if it was otherwise.
  3. Mr Bundy’s recent remarks are loudly touted (on the left). Why? As a distraction is the probable cause.
  4. That rising tide, which liberals wish to slow to foster inequality … and why that’s a bad idea.
  5. Obama contra Obama (yet again).
  6. Of church and society (or the Ratzinger/Habermas debate resurfaces).
  7. Fine advice, oddly enough.
  8. Bureaucracy and self-discipline.
  9. Hope (apparently) springs eternal.
  10. Some things have always been important.
  11. As a general rule, none (and drop the “other” variants as well). Look at War and Peace or the Brothers Karamazov and see how much of any sort they had.
  12. Too bad the state department’s main export isn’t slapstick comedy.

Wednesday Highlights

Bright week, halfway done.

  1. Yur friendly neighborhood faux-Cherokee is “surprised”. Yah, right.
  2. This is not unrelated.
  3. Some maths for your entertainment.
  4. Feels good vs actually looking at the data. Someday soon the same crowd will do the same thing with all the climate noise.
  5. So what’s that mean? Gender was kind like pirate rules, i.e., guidelines or that they don’t have earlier data?
  6. One pointer at dark matter.
  7. Who pays, well the victim pays more it sounds like.
  8. Conventional wisdom puts fascism on the far right and communism on the far left. Conventional wisdom, historically speaking, is usually wrong.
  9. Government, as Mr Schraub noted, is uniquely situated to make fair judgements. Alas, more commonly they are uniquely situated to make stupid decisions have dire consequences, which by dumb luck didn’t actually transpire here.
  10. Judging not by the content of your character … but the color your skin or the contents of your pants.
  11. This it seems is a pattern.

 

Tuesday Highlights

G’day.

  1. Ambrose lives on.
  2. So, we’re all failing to see the strategy here.
  3. Trying the “I’m not trying to make money, I’m just delusional” gambit.
  4. Not unrelated to the above.
  5. So. Will that support evaporate or not? If you were Ukrainian would you bet on more support than we gave Hungary in the ’56?
  6. Temperature fluctuations show correlations with … hmm, solar output.
  7. All of course explained by recent fluctuations in gun control legislation … oops … what do you mean there haven’t been any changes!? Never mind then.
  8. The response should have been, “Dear, data entry is not math, that is preschool level arithmetic.”
  9. Yikes.
  10. Looks like a place for those with money to burn.
  11. Doesn’t look “irreverent” to me. It looks like a darn good time is had by all … and quite festive.
  12. What we used to call “binge eating” has a new euphemism.
  13. So why aren’t math professors sociopathic … but why on the hand, do we find that Disney writers are?

 

Monday Highlights

So … Christ is Risen!

  1. Hmm. I’ve heard a not-unrelated joke. How many inscrutable persons (pick group known for subtlety) does it take to screw in a light bulb? Answer, is three. One to screw in the light bulb and one to confuse.
  2. Portland Oregon is apparently either innumerate or flush with cash (or both).
  3. Well, apparently Johnny can’t read or do maths … and this offers an unfortunate comparison (see also prior link).
  4. Kids and their games …. soooooo, which game might that be?
  5. A special creek in that woods yonder.
  6. Thoughts? You mean past … “pretty pretty, must pat down”.
  7. Short answer: yes.
  8. Fun in the sun.
  9. The left and affirmative action.
  10. Character building, kids not always exactly on board.
  11. One warm country and taking advantage of that.
  12. Veterans and ice.
  13. A song (you probably haven’t heard) for Easter.

Wednesday Highlights

Holy week moving right along.

  1. In my reading inbox.
  2. Call a spade a spade. It’s racism and from the left.
  3. This behavior is not unrelated.
  4. Heh.
  5. We’ve all experienced this.
  6. So which is the extremist. Seriously I think the word “extremist” is ill defined. It might mean those in a particular group that hold strong opinions furthest from the center of that group. It also might mean those who hold opinions farthest from the center of groups to which I belong. For example, terrorism seems to be a mainstream middle of the road standard operating procedure for Palestinians in/near Israel. Yet terrorist from there are called “extremists”. Seems to me if your actions and opinions are median in the group to which you belong you aren’t an extremist.
  7. Carbon based not-quite life-yet forms.
  8. Yap, you know … you can figure out what drugs they took in at those all night binges, and so on … or maybe not quite.
  9. And you started out so well, and then had to go … there. Look I realize a lot of Protestants think there is a big horrible heresy by the Roman Catholics regarding works and faith. In reality it’s not an issue. Protestants say you need to have faith in order to be saved. Catholics too say you need to have faith to be saved and that the Bible says if your faith lacks works it isn’t real. Logically then you need works to demonstrate that you actually have the faith which will save. What I don’t understand is why they don’t understand that.
  10. On the other hand, this is the sort of things you say when your notions of salvation aren’t from any Christian tradition at all.
  11. Our government executive branch proves that stupid isn’t getting scarce anywhere in their midst. Or putting it less mildly.
  12. A reminder for those in foreign policy.

Tuesday Highlights

So. Tonight was the last of the bridegroom matins. This one has the Hymn of Cassia, which is a beautiful liturgical poem. Links?

  1. Mr Obama’s assassination insurance still on the job, the bombing was “worth it” indeed.
  2. Some cuteness. On the other hand, I recall returning from a business week-long trip to my 3-4 month old #1 daughter when she was at an age when strong emotions (both good and bad) evoked tears. She was sitting in the living room, not looking at me because it caused her to cry.
  3. How Congress would unload trucks.
  4. Torture noted.
  5. Yes. I’ll go with “too paranoid.” Much of our supply lines to Afghanistan is via Russia itself. If they wanted to obstruct things, be easier shut that pipeline off by just say’n “nyet.”
  6. But … it’s for the children!
  7. Coincedence? I’d offer … probably not.
  8. That can (usually doesn’t) cost upwards of (gasp) $50 … says a guy who apparently doesn’t ever buy a tank of gas, or take a family to the movies.
  9. The libertarian choice discussed.

 

 

Monday Highlights

Hey. Holy week!

  1. So. Growing up and the seeds of who you were where there from very early. A theme found here and here. I saw this film when it had 4 segments. Now it has 7.
  2. Getting there (HT). A pet peeve of me is the dislike especially in cinema that people “are just born talented” and it isn’t a combination of talent and (the missing) hard work that got them to a level of excellence.
  3. In case need a laugh.
  4. Grumbling in the wings.
  5. A book noted.
  6. Using a shotgun to do maths.
  7. “transplant” seems to be a word that would be far more colorful to describe what is being done in the vernacular.
  8. Larmarckian vindication?
  9. And to close … a word of warning. :D

Thursday Highlights

So … my sweet wife informs me that the “yellowing” of my pillowcases is due to “overactive sebaceous glands”. To which I replied (mindful of Franklin), “Oily to bed, oily to rise ….”

  1. Technology advances.
  2. So, the “wage/gender’” thing is being discussed in the beltway. Here’s a place to start, Ms Althouse has a key quote at the bottom of her link to it. But you can find un-serious discussions on left (and likely the right). Look, if you dispute this “The part of pay disparity driven by sexism is so small that it will be very difficult to detect in any given case, or even in aggregate.” then you have to substantiate your reasons for why you dispute it. If you accept that point, then there is nothing to do, nothing to fix.
  3. The White House responds, heh.
  4. The global warming credibility gap. Science News admitted the other week there’s a problem which needs explaining. Kinda makes the “science is settled” argument go by the wayside.
  5. For those partaking in the Eastern Lenten fast.
  6. I don’t buy the premise. The time between the two 20th century world wars was about one generation and the time between the big war of the 19th (Napoleon’s adventures) and WWI was much greater than suggested in the premise. The Crimean war wasn’t very big.
  7. Speaking of which.
  8. Narf narf narf narf. Slurp.
  9. Now that is very cool.
  10. Next we will find the canals had water too.
  11. A lecture.
  12. And finally a note on the Ali/Brandeis kerfuffle from a non-Ali fan. From which which we can glean a description of government in general and our government in particular. From the “it’s turtles all the way down” we can add and in this case, “turtles” represent incompetence.

Wednesday Highlights

Spring is sort of creeping in, snow is still however in some weekend forecasts and the trees are still bare.

  1. Worried? There are reasons to worry, I doubt that is near the top of the list (HT).
  2. Women not liked on the left. Is the dangerous girl an aspect to that? You’d think the whole “truth to power” thing would strike a positive chord.
  3. Asses in church.
  4. A suggestion for a development that we’d all applaud. How about knocking down our protective trade barriers too while we’re at it?
  5. What the heck?
  6. Putting the Elane case to a point.
  7. So, need a pick-me-up? You’re feel good moment.
  8. Evil made possibly by euphemism, an example.
  9. Nothing could go wrong with that, eh? Training and supporting bin Laden worked so so well.
  10. Giving restaurant reviewers a bad name … or a wake up call.

 

Tuesday Highlights

So, what’s out there today, eh?

  1. Well, there was a study it seems which in part showed that highly politically partisan did worse at objectively evaluating data the better at maths they were. So, birds of a feather, for example … here and here. Flock off.
  2. And on the subject of Obamacare, an study in miniature.
  3. I have to say, my #1 daughter when she was that age. Absolutely loved lemons. So much we had to limit them as we thought they’d ruin her teeth.
  4. That mythical plan rears its ugly head. I think calling Mr Obama’s “plan” for Nuclear Zero a, well, plan, insults everything else that might be termed plan.
  5. So, liberals have a “plan” for cleaning up elections, apparently it involves burning the Constitution. The other “counter” plan the libs bruited involves full disclosure of donations for political groups. ‘Cause that would have worked really well in the McCarthy era … and gosh why not suggest full disclosure of votes as well? Hmm.
  6. For your efficient triple tap.
  7. Liberal Mozilla reaction apparently illegal. Woops.
  8. Grist for your discussions on unions an NCAA sports.
  9. Geometry and Saturn.
  10. Of elections and numbers.

Monday Highlights

So. Spring seems to be slowly springing.

  1. Spartacus is on form. Woo!
  2. I’d imagine so, if you thought liberals were consistent. Heh.
  3. The Mozilla fallout continues, noted here, here, and here.
  4. Of course, things could be worse.
  5. If that’s the story, more stupidity in our educational system.
  6. Of ignorance and politics.
  7. Insurance (and un-)  rates.
  8. Going with the Sarge, “not awesome”.
  9. Our President and liberal press, disloyally serving the cause of disinformation, alas, effectively.
  10. Dodd-Frank and obvious yet apparently unintended consequences. One (should) wonder how, if a consequence is clearly going to happen how it is not intentional.
  11. No. The “idiots” didn’t win, the idiot has a talk show.
  12. Now there’s something to celebrate.j
  13. Ghostbusters and real science.
  14. A lesson for the President.

 

Thursday Highlights

Thor’s day?

  1. Somebody gets it.
  2. Somebody else doesn’t.
  3. A Lutheran crosses the Bosphorus.
  4. Good news vis a vis the NSA.
  5. Demographics may drive our near future.
  6. Well, that’s a simple trick.
  7. So, who knew? The African slave trade of the 18th century was just recapitulating geology.
  8. Two? Two different ways?! Imagination failure is clearly present. There are probably 20 different ways, easy.
  9. That’s just silly.
  10. Miffed? Miffed at whom? Obama miffed at self apparently. What a maroon.
  11. Not getting the whole first shall be last thing.
  12. Jesus remarked that the poor will always be with us … fools will be too I guess.
  13. Yah, in the late 1950′s my dad worked his way though college with they money from his summer job.
  14. So, Mr Clinton is to blame in a large measure. Bet you didn’t know that.
  15. The ludicrous position the left has put itself with respect to the first amendment highlighted here.

Wednesday Highlights

Yo!

  1. Cry Havok! And let loose the (false) accusations of racist!
  2. Our Brave New World, it has such creatures in it … and good reasons for concealed carry.
  3. Your (sort of) feel good story for today.
  4. Given that most of the very rich are liberals I don’t understand their objection to these kinds of results.
  5. Now the TPM (a very strictly liberal blog) has been holding a stupidity seance and has attempted to trawl news feeds for any and all mentions of misuse of firearms. Odd then that they seem to have missed this story. Oh, wait. He’s a Democrat, that must lead to some confusion on their part.
  6. Half of a conversation about climate. The questions seem reasonable as do the responses.
  7. Liberal responses to bread lines is confusing. They seem to envy the shortages and lines of the Communist era countries. I’m confused why long lines forcing to people to get stuff they don’t really want is seen as a good thing.
  8. Because it is very important that the working poor fund the arts and not rich donors.
  9. More liberals waxing stupidity and intolerance. It’s like a theme or something.
  10. Location location location.
  11. So, one of important “cause cutting” measures in Obamacare was to curtail and penalize re-admissions because they were a sign of … oh, what? Oops. Oh. I see, it’s a sign of people making unwarranted assumptions.
  12. A man and his lies, exposed.
  13. Well, to be honest, not just Democrats are stupid. Take modern dating trends, how’s that for dumb?

 

Tuesday Highlights

And so it goes …

  1. So, why might one suggest that the US put troops alongside the Poles in Poland, so “can” becomes part of the equation.
  2. Why I prefer rural roads.
  3. One of the more imaginative posts for the first.
  4. I enjoyed this one too.
  5. Another April first suggestion, with a tweak at Neville Obamerlin.
  6. One more.
  7. Death and Mr Obama’s healthcare, if true, just the first of many.
  8. Why global warming will take a long time to die.
  9. A stitch in time may save a brain or three, given time.
  10. Now there’s a election campaign strategy we will not see again for sometime …. hopefully.
  11. Yer feel good story of the day.
  12. Of political demographics and the evil rich. Woops.

 

Monday Highlights

G’day. I’m back in the saddle (bike). Woooo!

  1. Well, I’ve been listening to a WWII history on audible. It’s a shame our President is so clueless when it comes to history. So … are we asking the Poles if we can move troops to assist their preparations? Or not? If not, why not?
  2. Lent and the endurance athlete.
  3. This is a common American conceit. Mr Sandefur also noted the uniquenes of America as founded on ideas/ideals with the Constitution. This book offers another example of such a nation, if I read it rightly. This one might counter the linked post.
  4. The mouse that roared (at the snake).
  5. If true, yet more academic malpractice.
  6. Families love.
  7. Nerd power.
  8. Armored up.
  9. A lawyer asks “Can I show everyone how stupid I am, or should I just sit in the corner quietly, … alas”
  10. Hmm. I think of these things more symmetrically, especially in the beltway. How about “D” for duplicitous and “R” for rascally? Any more suggestions can go in the combox.
  11. I wonder how Mr Schraub and other liberals defend the indefensible?
  12. Proof positive that God exists. Heh.

 

Wednesday Highlights

Well, the on-site work last night went past midnight, hence my cunning plan for a post from the hotel didn’t quite work out.

  1. Some four months ago or so, I read that book on recommendation by an acquaintance. I’d recommend this one too. I was joking that my reading that was the unintentional cause of the Putin/Crimean adventure, and that I’d better be careful about reading World War history in the near future.
  2. So, “how you hold your drink” apparently is making the rounds. A rebuttal (without mentioning beer helmets … wine helmets anyone?)
  3. Saint Gregory Palamas on the Zen Koan “Does a dog have Buddha Nature?”
  4. A man remembered.
  5. Whew!
  6. What happens when you misread “Hetpa” as “Herpa” … and go into a post thinking it’s about snakes.
  7. A whole winter’s worth for a continent is not “weather”, it’s getting close to being “climate”, eh.
  8. Or to put it more succinctly, you should be going to, not running from.
  9. Why check? Who has standing to sue?
  10. Aristophanes revenge.
  11. Mr Obama misses Tom & Jerry.
  12. This will make news.

Monday Highlights

G’day

  1. So, how does a liberal conscious of the Black slavery history think gun control a good idea?
  2. Alas, it is indeed pretty much a guarantee of diversity.
  3. Bracket madness of a ‘nother sort.
  4. Actually, neither of those resemble science. Actually science more resembles hunting for problems or experiments that are interesting and feasible, doing/solving them. Rinse and repeat.
  5. The modern mirror.
  6. What we want vs what the our beltway masters think we want.
  7. What throwing away information gets you.
  8. Not 19th century, alas. Those ignorant of history, doomed to, well, look ignorant at best.
  9. The term “Oriental” is Not Racist. The loony left notwithstanding racist terms are not “accidentally” insulting or racist.
  10. So, a study finds drug to be ineffective. Which wins, the study or the drug?
  11. That invincible scientific consensus. Policy momentum (like the above) will ignore that for quite some time to come.
  12. So, the liberal echo chamber has been pushing that one reason to ignore the Koch brothers (on energy matters) is their investments in oil sands. Hmm. I guess this means one reason to ignore Mr Gore and the like are their investments in alternative energy and carbon offset providers. Consistency is one of those rare things.
  13. Noah and some good signs.
  14. High drone.
  15. Hobby Lobby. Read the brief, note the lack of counter argument from the left of the aisle that actually address the points made.
  16. Or as the demotivational poster puts it, “None of us is as dumb as all of us”.
  17. It’s called, “education” for a reason ya knucklehead.
  18. Word migration.

 

Friday Highlights

Well, 6 day work-week. Woo! Five down, one to go.

  1. Feminists seeking a clue. And a counter opinion from other women here (see esp. #9).
  2. More liberal feminist cluelessness here.
  3. This, on the other hand is what real feminism looks like.
  4. A one liner to live (and vote) by.
  5. Mr Obama’s FDA, screwing things up one day at a time.
  6. Parental obvious observation.
  7. Liberal icon dies. Nobody living or dead has done more to raise the opinion and consciousness of gay social issues than he has. Odd that.
  8. Climate, extreme weather and cost.
  9. Here’s what liberals will ignore or dismiss, and it will cost us all a lot of money.
  10. 8 questions and the Ukraine.
  11. Some Noah cinema thoughts. For my 2 cents, if Noah is seen struggling with the tiller to keep the boat safe against wind and wave … that’s not Noah, that’s Gilgamesh. The Noah and Epic of G. narratives both had a arc-like boat as key elements in the story. The essential difference highlighted by the latter story (Noah) was that Noah’s arc had no tiller, God not man saves is the lesson. So, a litmus test for this film is this the story of Gilgamesh or Noah, is Man or God your source of salvation? You can tell by asking if the boat has a tiller.
  12. Lesson regarding Mr Obama and political speeches. Look at the statement in 2008. Look at the subsequent cuts. The statement in 2008 is a bald faced lie.
  13. Well, if you want proof that the NSA has cracked https. Here it is.
  14. “Humans can …”, hah! Not me! I’m only good for about 6 to 8, well realistically maybe 100.
  15. Horrible headline. What? The Earth gave a hip fake to the Sun and did what? Slipped past the blockers on the left? Riiiiight.
  16. And to end this list for today, something to help you smile.

Wednesday Highlights

Woops, sorry. Missed yesterday.

  1. Government stupidity, example number (big number)+1. Don’t they have, you know, useful things to do with our money?
  2. Explaining one of the recent Obamacare court challenges.
  3. Liberals seem to not a fans of “pass it so we can find out what’s in it” either.
  4. Fun with art.
  5. This headline made me wonder if there is a hockey player with a name almost but not exactly Fermion.
  6. A lesson for you parents who try to tell your kids Santa isn’t real (hint: he is real).
  7. That squares with my intuitions on that.
  8. Pre-information age org-chart.
  9. Bureaucrats should be shot more often for malpractice.
  10. I’ll be we all know colleagues like that.
  11. Liberal icon rips women and minorities for not cracking books open and studying hard, … oh wait.
  12. And come to think of it …. examine some of those assumptions.
  13. Yikes.
  14. That “historic” drought in Southern California. Odd that same years they had their previous drought years the Midwest had record cold and snow. Hmmm.
  15. Interesting.

Monday Highlights

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.

Thursday Highlights

Links?

  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.

Wednesday Highlights

G’day

  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.

Tuesday Highlights

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. A 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.

Vocabulary Confusion/Bleg

So, in Sunday’s service (St. Basil Liturgy now that we are in Lent) the phrase “God is [..], adorable” appeared. The word “adorable” in its original meaning actually came from Christian contexts meaning “worthy of adoration” but now mostly is applied to small mammals meaning “very cute”. “Oh, he’s so adorable” is not usually applied to God but to kittens, small seals, and babies.

Which brings to mind the question, is there a word in English that means “worthy of adoration”? If so what is that word?

I think “venerable” has gone through a similar degradation, and similarly I don’t know a word meaning “worthy of veneration” in the English language.

Do you?

Monday Highlights

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. A 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.

Monday/Tuesday Highlights

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?

Wednesday Highlights

G’day.

  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.

Monday/Tuesday Highlights

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.

Wednesday Highlights

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.