Thursday Highlights

Well the Midwest has been having a spate of T-storms. Last night’s flight suffered a few delays, but eventually I got home.

  1. Entropy is the clue, I’d think.
  2. Heroism.
  3. Echoes of that seminal Ratzinger/Habermas debate (the debate text can be purchased as a book, btw).
  4. Professional students, literally.
  5. If you intentionally misunderstand and then pretend insult … that’s a form of lying.
  6. Liberal academics on employment push the “do what I say, not what I do” tactic it seems.
  7. Much of this post might be right, but it ends with an absolute falsehood, “The widespread availability of high-powered military-grade weaponry does not keep us secure from tyranny ” … uhm. Hello? high powered military grade weaponry is illegal, scarce, and anything but widespread and available. Sorry. Fantasy doesn’t help you make your point.
  8. The actual trademarks you can freely use now.
  9. Cyber-warfare, electoral variety.
  10. 2 against 55.
  11. He probably regretted both.

 

Lost Emails and the IRS

Just curious. Does anyone out there actually know anyone who believes the IRS story that these emails were “lost”?

I suppose a list of those people might be something the Nigerian scammers would appreciate.

Tuesday Highlights

Woo, going home tomorrow night. 14 hours ahead of schedule.

  1. A self-referential (somewhat hilarious) remark by Ms Clinton. Seriously though she’s right, the left elite should not terrorize the rest of us.
  2. Higher education and some more self-referential remarks by another left elitist.
  3. Somewhat in the same vein, an employee becomes an actual loyal employee, when apparently he figures he’s doing something else. Color me confused.
  4. Who in their right mind thinks it was accidental (or actually lost) … but setting that aside, that brings up the other side of the coin, i.e., those document saving standards they’d like us to keep … well? If y’all can’t do what you force us to do, well … (hack spit) words fail!
  5. On that same topic, at the end points 1-6 … well only 2 seems right. Five an indictment of the current President. Regarding #4 … there should be lots and lots of copies of those “missing” emails on different, uhm, tapes and servers.
  6. Dog. Wagged. Just like with Mr bin Laden.
  7. A story. (HT) 21st century Tinkerbell.
  8. Some FIFA stats.
  9. Well, as for the last two panels, the guys you realize are talking about guns, sports, or beer … the girls about, well, people they know. There is a difference (viva la and all that)
  10. Not mentioned in this list is how many the Ukraine gave up when Clinton assured them the US had their back. Bet you they regret giving them up now, eh?
  11. In which “they are paid” apparently doesn’t mean “have a job” which it normally would I’d think.
  12. Germs.
  13. What is learned from studying history.
  14. Snowflakes chance you know where of that.
  15. Dismal indeed.

Monday Highlights

Well, back in Georgia. Probably still very busy. Go-Live tomorrow morning.

  1. Getting cooperation in foreign affairs, a tale of two Presidents.
  2. On that topic, here’s a rumination on a possible theme, Bush made a mistake in Iraq (and highlights the error) compounded and made worse by Mr Obama.
  3. But don’t lose this point.
  4. When goverment forgets what rights mean and who’s working for whom.
  5. Why identity isn’t substance or property, but ontology and relationship.
  6. Missing repentance in a list.
  7. Recent Lerner lie lost the left. Probably only the loons remain on that fence-post.
  8. Some meta-linking but that billboard (and response) is a hoot.
  9. Anyone surprised?
  10. Explody stuff.
  11. One way to explain the popularity of climate alarmism.
  12. What is ISIS?
  13. On not quitting.
  14. A scholastic experiment.

 

Thursday Highlights

Yo. Without much ado … links?

  1. Family matters and geography.
  2. ’cause doing that sort of thing what politicians like she do all the time, you’re just supposed to pretend it’s not so.
  3. A policy and the effect as predicted.
  4. The part that claims to be “friendly to women” isn’t. If one suspects the primary reason that party claims the other party is unfriendly to women is to provide cover for their own sins … you’d be right (oh, the other reason is that they, to paraphrase Mr Obama figure little girls grow up dreaming they will kill their babies and that sort of thing is women-friendly).
  5. My #1 daughter bought some ghost-pepper salsa. I’m not a fan. But, it makes for interesting viewing.
  6. I had a joke in mind when I saved this link. But I forgot it. You can roll your own.
  7. That probably goes the other way too.
  8. Dubious claims noted.
  9. In the “say something positive even if it makes no sense” mode, the President claims the GOP electoral results likely to stiffen House Republican’s willingness to compromise means they will be more willing to compromise. Riiiight. One wonders if he even read the statement before he made it.

Wednesday Highlights

And another day done.

  1. Go. My one intuition from playing a little Go in high school is that it teaches you recognize a  non-winning position and abandon that before losses mount. Looking at Japan in WWII, playing the game doesn’t translate that skill to real life.
  2. It was a liberal tenet that fighting terrorism was a legal not military matter. To bad that presumption is both wrong and one held by an administration for almost a decade. (stupid or evil, eh)
  3. Why the left large brained administrators like euthanasia. Solves the GOMER problem.
  4. For the carbon entranced.
  5. Piketty problems.
  6. Taiwan and Tiananmen (HT)
  7. Color me unsurprised.

Tuesday Highlights

Well, links?

  1. Stupid scholastic tricks.
  2. In a barely comprehensible move, an openly sexist site bemoans sexism.
  3. This is not unrelated, i.e., sexism noted.
  4. Obamacare continues to be a disaster.
  5. Just think some publisher paid her money to write that tripe. As for myself, it would take a great deal of money to convince me read even a little bit of it. I suspect that is true of a lot of people. Which makes it confusing why a publisher would want to publish such things. She is however, quite color blind when it comes to money.
  6. This book however, looks interesting.
  7. Speaking of books, this is what happens when two administrations in a row ignore David Petraeus’s book on counter-insurgency. Particularly the importance of other governmental agencies and specialties be engaged in rebuilding and enriching the country in question.
  8. Ice sheets melting, CO2 not implicated, oops.
  9. So I missed this when I sojourned in the wilderness. Did you?
  10. Medical ethics.
  11. Stupid liberal reactions noted.
  12. Two speeches.
  13. Screw the nanny state. Just stop it now!
  14. Why not “and”?
  15. Awesome illustrations.

Am Back

We are back from the land of loons, woods, and lakes and all in good health. Well, our small dog found the going a little to taxing and we exited early because she couldn’t keep her food down. Both of my kids are talking about when not if we go back. Much sun (and rain) and forest quiet was had by all. Actually probably too much of the black flies and mosquitoes was had, but we also survived that as well.

Travel Update

So …. Monday/Tuesday I was offsite working, yesterday … frantic half-day at the office, and half day packing. Today we drove from the Chicago area to Tofte, MN. Tomorrow, we push of from Sawbill for 9 days in the wilderness, no internet, no radio, nothing but canoeing, moose and loons. I’m brining paper to take a diary to report from on my return.

End of Week (Yikes) Highlights

Ho.

  1. Economic considerations for net neutrality.
  2. So … yuck or not?
  3. Crystalline structure and permanence.
  4. Government leads to wickedness. Why the left wants more of it, is the mystery.
  5. Well, he hasn’t … but the reason isn’t laziness. There’s no constituency at risk … that is the impact on the midterms is minimal if it doesn’t become a scandal. So, ergo, it doesn’t matter.
  6. How supporters of aff action and other less good ideas (reparations) justify racial barriers against Asians.
  7. Bang bang she said.
  8. Huh?
  9. The Crimean prize.
  10. Fair play.
  11. Choices and life.
  12. Journalists being dumb, noted.
  13. I’m pretty sure they all knew what was going on. I keep hearing “I thought they were looking out for me.” This is a lie. You, they, and everybody else around were focused on getting you back in the game. It’s what you wanted. It’s what they wanted. It’s what you got.
  14. Inflation.

Summer Holiday

So … in almost a week, my two girls and I are planning to venture into the BWCA (Boundary Waters Canoe Area) in northern Minnesota for a 8 day/7 night backwoods canoeing trip. No net. Now news. Only two small flashlights and a watch or two will be the extent of our electrical tech.

That’s a big reason for the light post of late, I’ve been busy at work and we are planning out trip. We leave next Thursday morning, 9 hours of driving puts us the night in Tofte, MN. An hour drive on Friday and we’ll be at the outfitter. An hour or two after that we’ll be on lakes and portages and campsites watching for bald eagles and loons and moose.

Monday/Tuesday Highlights

G’day

  1. Ms Palin makes a point, highlighting those on both sides of the aisle as hypocrites (those on the left who went after Ms Palin but find this abhorrent when aimed at Ms Clinton and the reverse on the right).
  2. “Deep concern”.
  3. Uhuh.
  4. Let ‘em run free, get hurt and all that.
  5. Drones.
  6. Top speed vs cornering, … recall the Zero in WWII, eh?
  7. The elderly.
  8. A demographic prediction charted.
  9. India, anointing and international elite opinion.
  10. Bad science.
  11. Smash, bang, hack.
  12. On Piketty.

Wednesday Highlights

Wooh. Light at the end of the tunnel … one more day of silly hours (then travel and work Saturday). Ain’t life grand?

  1. Unemployment measured before the thought police got put in charge of the government. Kinda like how the census just “happened” to change how it measured important Obamacare metrics so the next data set will not be comparable with past ones for judging the effectiveness of the program (or should that be programme).
  2. Speaking on Obamacare, here’s how it’s bending that cost curve. First of many would be my prediction.
  3. Other news on that front here.
  4. Two on the Sterling kerfuffle, here and here.
  5. Wonder why bike racing is awesome? Go no further and just watch.
  6. Oy vey! The mountains are moving because of global warming  (Yikes! Catastrophic! Skary!)…. uhm wait. A 6000 foot mountain has a measureable .. 1-3 millimeter height variation (out of a seasonal 2cm shift) and that’s something that is …. well, move on. Nothing to see here (literally). (and by the by, the “human” cause of that  … just unsubstantiated rubbish).
  7. More climate news here.
  8. Country or not-country?
  9. Yikes.
  10. Drug tests.
  11. “Russia had serfs long after everyone else had abandoned serfdom” … uhm, Russia freed the serfs concurrent with the start of the Civil War. I mean, there are lots regrettable things that you can pin on Russia in her history (see 20th century) but the mock serf thing at a time when you had slaves? That makes no sense.
  12. Well, to be honest, physicists have been returning (absent evidence) to super-symmetry for 50 years so far … not because of new evidence but because it is (a) cool and (b) solves a lot of vexing problems.
  13. Hmm. I thought the saying was “out of the mouths of babes … come all manner of things.”

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.