Our Stupid Crocodilian Leaders

Reflect a moment on the Olympics, the US and many Western leaders have decided “not to attend”, Google followed suit with a rainbow Olympic rings display, and publicly gay (privately … who knows) stuffed shirts were sent as part of the US delegation and many others. This was supposedly in response to how Russia is perceived to deal with public homosexuality.

Consider the following. Make an honest list of the top 10 economic, liberty, social, legal, and cultural issues facing the Russian people and the Russian Federation today. Order these by which have the highest priority and will do the greatest good. If you are honest (and I will charitably assume that is the case), gay rights did not appear on the list. Extend it to 20. Gosh. Still not there. In fact, I’d be willing to bet, if you put the time and effort it that gay rights might not even (if you are honest) make the top 100.

So …. why is that a putative issue for our leaders? Could it be because all politics is local and this is a safe way of pretending to do something about gay issues in their country without having to actually, you know, do anything about those issues? Crocodile tears all around.

Thursday Highlights

Well better late than, uhm, tomorrow.

  1. Let’s see, you can’t make it legal to shoot them down and at the same time you can’t fly them. The libertarian argument gets better every day.
  2. The President feels the fetus is guilty … (of what?) or something like that. Just remember, liberals like Rawls at least pay lip sevice to it, but just don’t pay attention to the consequences.
  3. The Boston bomber and penalty.
  4. Obamacare and economic consequences. More on the same … attack a straw man is one strategy in Obamacare defense (apparently someone doesn’t realize that if you stop working to pay for your medical care and instead stop working and let taxes (other peoples money) to handle it … that’s not a net gain for the country).
  5. And one more “how not to defend” Obamacare.
  6. A book suggested. I picked up the first one, as I’ll be on the road starting tomorrow night until Thursday night.
  7. Or you could just figure out it’s just a cat or a dog, and get a new one.
  8. Hello? The surprise would be the government doing it well. Duh.
  9. “more likely to seek treatment” … that would be on planet liberal-pipe-dreams-come-true. Back on this world, the mentally ill rarely seek treatment voluntarily because they are, wait for it …, mentally ill. This can be put along side of the “those without insurance don’t have it because they can’t afford it (as opposed don’t really want it and want to spend their money elsewhere).
  10. Self parody. In which the poster notes in his second part “one of those annoying columns that comes so close to making an important point, only to swerve away into inanity” and then in his response, does exactly that. Examine for example, ” Ironically, government is far, far better at this — by maintaining a monopoly on sanction, they can make punishments more precise and ultimately more just” … in the context of the IRS “justly” decided to single out one parties groups for antagonistic vetting at the prompting of the President.
  11. In which “strange” probably means “kinda neat”.
  12. And the problem is … likely that the NSA doesn’t have the data but ordinary people do. Ordinary people, on might note, having such information is less problematic than the government.
  13. Quantity and quality.
  14. Trust and vendors.
  15. Don’t worry, wait 2 more years and the expected costs will double again, … why not worry? Well, it was all part of the original “cunning plan.” All part of the “Obama = BlackAdder” (with Biden as Baldrick) theme.
  16. Scurillous for whom? I’d hope Ms Hurley would have far better taste than spending time with a sleaze like that.

Wednesday Highlights

Well, the 3-6 inches of snow turned out to be closer to 6 than 3, perhaps 5 here.

  1. I’m on a 6 month “fix it with diet” deal with my doctor or these are likely in my future. Apparently I “lost the genetic lottery” as exercise which normally has a big effect in normalizing your LDL/HDL ratio doesn’t work for me.
  2. Misunderstanding miracle.
  3. Yesterday I linked a piece noting the silent assent which permitted Mr Hoffman’s death. It’s not like this isn’t a somewhat regular thing.
  4. We’re just glad it doesn’t include the partially female athletes.
  5. So, does Madison avenue have a clue? Or do the Democrats? Here is a suggestion that November might be a litmus test for that question.
  6. So, decades ago, science fiction writer Poul Andersen wrote a series of books featuring the exploits and adventures of a Dominic Flandry. Mr Flandry’s problem was he was knowingly fighting a lost cause, his people (a large human dominated stellar empire) was failing due to cultural decadence. He knew it was a lost cause, but soldiered on regardless. This post reminds me of that. As does this one. And this one.
  7. Meanwhile lawmakers concentrate on what is important.
  8. Apparently the “new atheists” are “very certain” about many things, kind of like the global warming crowd. Odd then that this is in the context of a Physics community (which involves measurements far more accurate and simpler systems) that isn’t sure if protons decay.
  9. Let’s see, first sexual slavery/trafficking and the Super-Bowl was a problem, then it wasn’t. It seems the former might have been more accurate.
  10. The real reason.
  11. Seriously?
  12. Climate and negative feedback. Uhm, the climate has been amazingly stable for hundreds of millions of years. If you don’t think there are lots and lots of negative feedback mechanisms keeping on the rails, then check your shoes, you probably never learned to tie them for that’s clearly pushing your cognitive boundaries.
  13. That’s not a “car” engine. It’s a jet fighter plane that forgot to wear its wings.

Tuesday (Monday!) Highlights


  1. Beating a dead horse as it were.
  2. Yikes.
  3. The crux of the liberal notion that in government lies the solution.
  4. Mr Hoffman, justly mourned or a death enabled.
  5. Clever.
  6. The upcoming political moves by the Admin noted.
  7. Lame duckisms.
  8. Two governments move toward economic suicide.
  9. Obamacare looking more and more like a cunning plan.
  10. Well, heck, that describes everyone who came of age in the Nixon era.
  11. Mr Obama interview notes “politicians are liars“.
  12. Cool tech.
  13. 29ers, the new trend. Thank your Democrat leaders for that.
  14. Hawkings and the black hole.
  15. Some towns have snow removal problems, others don’t.
  16. Obama and his “art history” diss … setting aside why he didn’t go for the actual popular fluff majors.

Of Sochi and Terror

So, everybody thinks … and perhaps rightly that Chechin terrorists are a looming threat for the safety of the Sochi Olympics. I don’t understand the following in that respect. So, you’re a dissident or rebel in Chechnia or elsewhere. Why would you set a bomb or attack in Sochi? If you do, you and your cause will be universally reviled the world over. How to you benefit from that? I fail to understand the motives behind an act like that. Why do you want your cause hated and reviled?

A Remark on Atlanta and Inclement Weather

One of the nice things about the Internet and blogging is you hear ordinary voices from all over. Atlanta recently had a few inches of snow a condition with which drivers in Atlanta are not experienced at driving and the road crews are not equipped with the supplies of shovels and salt or sand that we have in the north. So … before y’all get all cocky about how you don’t even blink at a few inches in your area and schools don’t close unless more is dumped. Consider. I read a few years back from an Alaskan blogger who pointed out that schools in her town don’t close unless more than 48″ are dumped on the town in less than 24 hours. So. Set your pride aside and consider how Chicago, Minneapolis, or New York (or your town) would react to having 48″ of snow on a Tuesday.

Wednesday Highlights


  1. Not Crazy, more specifically defined.
  2. Mr Obama apparently imitates one of my favorite Calvin/Hobbes cartoons (use your own words). Immigration will help businesses “to locate”, yah. Whatever you pretend that means I guess.
  3. Some more detailed remarks, apparently the speech was very, if unintentionally, humorous.
  4. Tech notes.
  5. Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em.
  6. Faith and action.
  7. More Democrat Senators who haven’t been to a drug store to price condoms in quite some time.
  8. India “perplexed” that the US is bug-nuts crazy. I am too I guess.
  9. What to do? You mean besides learning to like red-beans+rice and/or split-peas with spam?
  10. “Science” apparently confused which kids are fat, uhm, duh.
  11. Speaking of childhood obesity … it’s not necesssarily permanent.
  12. Palinquin lady.
  13. ‘Cause industrial Carbon in the 11th century was omnipresent. Alas, the seas rose and killed everything (just after it had been turned into a newt). But, “it got better.”
  14. Stupidity in schools.

Obama -> Seeking Epimedes To Tweak Logical Republicans

An ancient logic puzzle, “Epimedes the Cretan says: All Cretans are liars” which is a famous logical paradox (hint: If he is lying then … his statement about Cretans is false, in which case he is telling the truth, in which case (repeat)).

Mr Obama might be well served to start his STOTU tonight with “All Democrats are liars”.

Monday Highlights

Hello. Cold out there it seems. Mr Gore apparently not in touch (this weather may be cold but it only “extreme” if you are susceptible to confirmation bias … in which case you think the climate is radically changing because of normal weather patterns like el Nino (Nina?) moving the jetstream). Links?

  1. Place and income mobility. At a glance, you’re best of in the Mid-west and West.
  2. Chaos and electric demand.
  3. Another question for the pseudo-intellectual Gore.
  4. Repealing the 14th in practice.
  5. Twitter as precis practice.
  6. Finding love.
  7. Or finding something akin to love in the wrong places.
  8. Energy balance and the sloth.
  9. Always beware of the “I can’t imagine” argument, it’s a not-well-known rhetorical/logical fallacy.
  10. Cinema.
  11. Mr Huckabee was he recently abused for making sense?
  12. Return query, replace “all women” with “All men” or “all fans of Charles Dickens” “all prefer pink to purple” (to which you’d should object). If the criteria isn’t germane to the topic using it is a criteria is bigotry or race/sex/whatever-criteria -ism.
  13. Language does not commute (order matters).
  14. Uranium enrichment numbers.

Thursday Highlights

So, -8 F here this morning. Seems like the weather is returning to that pattern of a few years ago, of about a week of bitter cold with occasional warming spells during which snow is dumped on us. #2 daughter opted to be dropped off at school instead of walking.

  1. This person seems to have more difficulty with their child’s choice than might be expected.
  2. I’d have to support the Att. Gen. decision if honest (even though I disagree with his conclusion), you have two choices when electing an official, that you want him to guess and vote/act according to his perception his constituents, or the constituents should expect evaluate him and expect him to vote/act according to his conscience. Back in the day, Mr Kerry claimed he did the former. I think the former is not right.
  3. More Benghazi lies. First “it was the video” canard, now it was the Ambassador’s fault. Geesh.
  4. We’ll be seeing lots of posts of this sort on this anniversary. Liberals often like to base civic ethics on Rawls and “they are to be of the greatest benefit to the least-advantaged members of society” … somehow they pretend that the fetus is more advantaged, has a louder/stronger voice in society, and more empowered than the mother. That illogical twist fuels much wickedness.
  5. One more, “abortion allows women … to fulfill their dreams”. Say what? Little girls dream of many things, few dream of killing their child. I mean, I’ve joked with my daughter’s about embarking on the career path of “evil genius” and that they should practice their “evil laugh” but they just roll their eyes at me when I do that. Perhaps the President has the same joke and his daughter’s take him seriously. Hmm.
  6. Revenge ala Christie claimed. I wouldn’t put it past the Admin.
  7. So, in those states with legal marijuana … apparently the illegal street price is lower than the legal price. So, what besides taxes might cause that? Perhaps the FDA has a hand in raising those prices too.
  8. Hacking and gas.
  9. Another Obamacare suit which may have  legs.
  10. More on the min wage.
  11. Obama’s NSA speech (which apparently was roundly panned) graded here.


Wednesday Highlights

Well, back at home. Links?

  1. A use for that valve cap.
  2. Yer gubmit, looking out for … well, no good reason I guess.
  3. No no no, don’t slander the teacher, if anything slander the administrators.
  4. Speaking of teachers ….
  5. Gender and quotes, not unexpected results.
  6. Consequences for not towing the party line.
  7. Prayer of very different sorts, here and here.
  8. Of cold and calorie.
  9. The IRS and implications.
  10. Of hard drives and failure.

Apropos of Nothing

So, as noted before, I’ve started swimming for exercise. Now I used to race bikes, and now that I’m swimming … one is led to consider the tri-athlete events. I had one thought about that, how the event dis-favors the swimmers so much. Look at the classic Iron man, approx 3 mile swim, 115 mile bike, and a 26 mile run. If you took average professional athletes in the three events running a relay, you’d probably have respectively that’s about 45-50 minutes in the water, a little over 4 hours on a bike, and just over two running.

Seems out of whack.

Wouldn’t you want to weight the events the same, so that the expected time for each for a good athlete would be the same for each of the events, that put the three events on an even keel. So for if you shoot for an hour for each that would be about a 4 mile swim, 30 mile bike ride and a  half-marathon. Or double it if you want to get the “Iron” out there.

Just say’in.

Monday Highlights

Good morning.

  1. From the economists, trouble ahead and rebuttals to the notion that minimum wage increases don’t actually help the poor are very weak.
  2. Why are you laughing? I’m trying to figure out why the side of his head is melting! That seems a lot more relevant than what he’s saying.
  3. An unusual Iranian (putting it somewhat mildly).
  4. Mr King.
  5. On standing on the right side of history.
  6. This would be a better side, or at least a side I’d like to, well, own.
  7. Uhm, that would be yes.
  8. Still a dumb idea, GOP people for impeachment seem to forget that as bad (horrible) as Mr Obama might be and whatever he does, Mr Biden would be far worse.
  9. Mr Biden apparently thinks the Detroit economy is doing just fine.
  10. Maybe? Don’t hold your breath.
  11. Gills?
  12. Editorial bias?
  13. Nah, it’s a master-race kinda novel.


Monday/Tuesday Highlights


  1. So there’s this survey …. I have a beef with one of their questions. There is a question asking if you value higher self-control or creativity. This is a confusing question to answer, I think creativity is incredibly important. I also think that self-discipline/self-control are a pre-requisite for creativity. If you think calculus is valuable can you weigh the relative importance of the ability to do algebra or calculus higher? I answered algebra, because calculus. Is this how we distinguish liberals from conservatives, liberals are those who don’t think creativity requires discipline? What? Do they think creativity just sort of “happens” magically?
  2. A died in the wool classical liberal.
  3. Mammals can learn.
  4. So, cui bono and the minimum wage. When you factor in how much a higher min wage boosts automation, you can pretty much set aside notion that the beneficiaries are the “the poor”.
  5. Ignorance, democracy, and gun control.
  6. Safety nets.
  7. Haute couture.
  8. Obamacare. And the coming bailout.
  9. Climate change, I’m missing the part where this is bad.
  10. More on climate here.
  11. A quality American education, eh?
  12. “Republicans” do that? Not all of us.
  13. Bigotry exemplified. Don’t judge on the quality of the work (content of character) but the gender count of your references, i.e., the color of your skin.
  14. Income inequality.
  15. That voter fraud.
  16. Go girl!

Thursday Highlights


  1. A question of bias. Case in point.
  2. Zoooom, or should that be “hyper-zoom”.
  3. Eating only fast food, what really happens.
  4. Moving towards single payer, because we all wish our health care was as good as the VA. The wealthy just wish they had it so so good. This is their strategy for getting that. File *that* under “cunning plan”.
  5. Reading between the lines that means plastic = cheese and the big companies like Nabisco &c have figured out how to make sawdust taste “good”. Apparently we can thank Ms Obama.
  6. Copyright silliness.
  7. Our brilliant, err, cunning foreign policy plan. I recently read a hisory of the Crimean War. Cunning plans seem to spring up in foreign policy quite frequently. (as in Am I jumping the gun, Baldrick, or are the words “I have a cunning plan” marching with ill-deserved confidence in the direction of this conversation?)
  8. Poverty is ended in the US. Who knew? By the calculation a single person making about 11k per year is “below the poverty level”  but that same person typically gets 20k in aid .. putting them well above the poverty line, hence my conclusion. Oddly enough a single young 20-something makinger 11k per year but who live at home with his parents counts as “below the poverty line” by their calculation I think.
  9. Our tone deaf and aggressively stupid Administration, exhibit A.
  10. Putting Mr Coates down a few notches.
  11. Diet and exercise are the key I suppose.
  12. No no no. Congress-critters are on a par with used car salesmen, it’s the life long bureaucrats and executives that are on a par with criminals.
  13. Well grammar is one culprit, I suspect “because they don’t read” is the other.
  14. This was known before Oct. 1 2013.
  15. Hint: people who defended Mr Obama vis a vis the IRS scandal don’t have a leg to stand on regarding criticism like that without being hypocritical.

Wednesday Highlights


  1. So, will this news spread? Or will left wing MSM loyalists quash it successfully?
  2. The scandal of the day, it’s been my impressions that people are also saying “the cover up is making it worse.” If cover ups always made it worse, politicians would learn an never do it. That they do, gives reason to believe that most of the time, the cover up is successful. Which likely means that like icebergs 90% of the crap is under the surface.
  3. Watch for the smears to begin.
  4. So, in the wake of a cold snap, we are warned that “weather doesn’t equal climate” … except apparently when it is convenient to pretend it does. Consistency is apparently not required.
  5. Obama and Afghanistan. Has there been a more shallow President, ever?
  6. Cross-aisle praise.
  7. Thesis sometimes should begin with the letter “F” at the start instead of the di-graph “Th”.
  8. Crime and concealed carry.
  9. Stupid laws across the pond.
  10. What is a right (hint: not having healthcare/job/food/home provided)?
  11. An MIT climate scientist speaks on climate.
  12. Modeling and economics.
  13. Cold weather and verse.
  14. A commercial has “people talking” … how they talk beyond saying … “that’s really dumb” escapes me. I suppose they could enumerate the many ways in which it is really off the rails.


Tuesday (+ Monday) Highlights


  1. An economics question (dismal science indeed).
  2. Bike meets phone.
  3. Growing up is hard to do … apparently.
  4. An amazingly bad analogy.
  5. The right corrects the right regarding Obamacare.
  6. Gains given up. Regrets? Or not?
  7. I haven’t read the paper yet, but I suspect there’s a catch.
  8. Misunderstanding Plato noted.
  9. Guns are one thing, perhaps we need less emphasis on gun control and more on intelligence minimums for politicians.
  10. Rules like this have completely eliminted gun violence in Chicago, oh, wait.
  11. Actual science imitates 1970s Michael Moorcock  science fiction. His character Jerry Cornelius was big on optical stimulation for various effects.
  12. If something can’t continue, it won’t.
  13. Look what a little confirmation bias can get you.
  14. Relationship advice.


Well, we made it home Saturday. Then it snowed. Then it got cold. The diesel didn’t start when we got home (not because of any diesel fuel issue but because of a dead battery). Since it was snowing … and today it was -20 F we didn’t trickle charge it yet. We’re going to charge it tomorrow and then try starting it Wednesday when the temps are supposed to get north of 10.  We’ve discovered some things about packed snow, ice, and salt.  When temps are below -15 salt doesn’t do squat. Snow melted/softened by salt which then is cooled below 10 or 15 below is hard as a rock. Squeeky snow (which is snow below 0) is very slippery on the roads. The only solution is to go slow … and finally, I live on a road which is on about a 15% grade. You can’t drive up it. You can only go down. If your speed gets above about 5mph … you’re out of control doing down. Creeping is only way.

A reminder, the difference between 60 and 20 is the same as the difference between 20 and -20. Think of what you wear at 60 compared to 20. Stay warm out there if you’re in this arctic blast.

I’d have posted tonight, except life intervened. I did get to the gym to swim however but a little late. I got 1500 yards in, but we got there late so I had to stop before I got to 2000.

Thursday Highlights

Well, after a good almost full day of skiing … my injured knee stiffened. Kids are having a blast which is the important thing.

  1. Obamacare wins an award.
  2. And it losing (apparently) the hard left.
  3. Bio oil from a different source.
  4. Hmmm.
  5. Examining the lack-of-logic behind  the thoughts of those desiring to ban guns.
  6. A case for which shooting drones (as suggested by that Colorado town) makes perfect sense.
  7. Seems to me, when you discuss other’s sins … you should remember 1 Timothy 1:15.
  8. He’s not saying that … he’s saying higher taxes lead to greater economic growth. That’s not right, but that’s what he thinks.
  9. China, children, and economics.
  10. Climate models.
  11. Star Trek mocked.


Wednesday (New Years) Highlights

Have fun with those resolutions. (Which are so often summed up via Spike Lee’s enjoiner “Do the Right Thing”).

  1. Well, in January, it seems I’ll be following the rich and famous (that is to say having a my colon scoped). My results will not likely reported by ABC News.
  2. Without cause. Oh, goody.
  3. Good news presented as bad.
  4. On the hand, perhaps “if true” needs to be appended to the above.
  5. Father Time is a T. Rex.
  6. Who is surprised?
  7. What a perfect landing looks like.
  8. I’d share some of the other links, but my guess none of my readers would be interested in things like this.

Posting in general seems to have slowed. Have a good New Years day!

Tuesday Highlights

Woo. Two days in a row, … link?

  1. Hypocrite of the year award in the field of privacy law sense … voting and nominees.
  2. Resolutions and advice.
  3. World currency. Which brings to mind the classic Rocky and Bullwinkle series  of cartoons in which the world economic leaders despairing of a basis for currency settle on “box tops”, which a particular moose in the Dakotas has an abundance.
  4. Lassiz-Faire defended.
  5. A book reviewed.
  6. For the Palin fans.
  7. Mr Gandleman, showing how to jump to the wrong conclusion. This is evidence primarily of the increasing failure of scientific credibility. Exhibit A, elsewhere “climate change, formerly global warming, formerly global cooling” is another.
  8. Another NSA whistleblower.
  9. On crossing the aisle.
  10. Affluence.
  11. And … a flash mob.

Monday Highlights

Yo. Links?

  1. A book noted, still in my inbox.
  2. Some lessons forgotten in peacetime.
  3. Some science and short animations.
  4. Tax money wasted.
  5. An Evangelical and the East.
  6. As a Rightie who “supports” him (in the sense of don’t fire/suspend), that one supports the right of a man to say a thing doesn’t (oddly enough) mean you support what he says. That seems to be lost on the linked blogger.
  7. Some income inequality for discussion.
  8. Missing a major point, that is, the reason that civilians are being targeted it because the rebels dress like and hide among the same. War crimes beget the same, but the original crime it seems can be laid at the feet of rebels.
  9. Remember this.
  10. A meaningless statement by the Democrat organ of record noted.
  11. An elephant does the high hurdles.
  12. After all, the more time a doctor spends doing paperwork/data entry the better off we’ll all be, according ACA supporters is yet another one of their non-economic economic claims. Kinda like taxes on new medical equipment development will spur the same.


Travel Update

Well, we made it to the West (Colorado). Getting up at 3:45 to catch our flight stressed the good graces of my young girls (and likely myself). But we are recovered now,  think. Saturday we all skied, and I managed to tweak my right knee … badly enough for me to be a little shocky Saturday night, but which is healing quickly enough I think to try again tomorrow.  Lesson #1 for me is that my legs are not at the same strength and durability as they were when I was racing bikes. Lesson #2 … caution is not always a bad thing.


Monday Highlights

Well, we made it to the East coast, i.e., Jersey. Today we were doing a college tour for my youngest.

  1. I don’t get cable, but apparently there is a “reality” show about Ducks … (two remarks on that here and here). Seems to me the situation is basically as follows,  the left purports to want to enter into “conversations about race/gender/marriage”, but they really don’t. If you really want to “have a conversation” when the other side speaks their mind, you reply, you engage in conversation, you …, uhm, talk. But no. What the left does is try to shut you down and fire you. That’s not engaging in conversation, that’s naked coercion. Persuasion by force and coercion (a) doesn’t work and (b) is highly unethical. So in the absence of people like Mr Schraub and the left leading (or at least entering) the hew and cry to reverse the suspension, those on the left are left with that unfortunate choice of asking themselves, “am I stupid or evil.” (the assumption here being that attempts at persuasion by coercion is evil). The first link makes an interesting point, you can’t refuse to sell a cake based on your beliefs, but you can be fired saying what you believe, hmm.
  2. Faith and commerce.
  3. Cinema.
  4. A really bad whoops moment noted.
  5. Theotokos and Nativity.
  6. Situation and being awake.
  7. Obesity. I’ve seem some remarks about obesity and whether or not it should be treated as a disease and why we so often blame the obese for their condition. I think the salient insight on why we tend to blame the obese for their condition in the US is that those of us who are not oveweight realize how easy it would be to eat to much and not exercise. The non-obese have to work at it to stay thin, their feeling is that those who are not thin just didn’t do their due diligence and got where they were.
  8. What the administration is setting aside.
  9. A book noted.
  10. Of war and human nature.

Interesting Trip

Well, we had a brush with the news on our trip to the East coast. Our connecting train from DC to Trenton was Train number 168 on Saturday, which struck a “trespasser.”

As a kid we played on and around the tracks across the highway, … which didn’t have 100 mph Acela trains on it but … it seems highly likely it was suicide (and this is the season for that sort of thing).

We were delayed for 2 hours, we left on a Metra train at 4:30pm CST and got to Trenton at 8pm EST the next day.

Thursday Highlights

Tomorrow, train ride to East coast begins. In ze meantime … links?

  1. Trickery of the shoe varietal.
  2. From the same source, of memory, loss, and recovery.
  3. We can thank the White House for this Christmas gift.
  4. If true, amazingly stupid.
  5. Selfie … pretty close to selfish.
  6. On those manmade gasses and their effects.
  7. Fundamentalist Islam and the UK.
  8. Well, at least they can claim a better rollout than the US, that it didn’t cost $1 billion, and took less than 6 years to develop.


Wednesday Highlights

So, recently in my attempt to back in shape, I’m trying swimming, which is new to me. I’m really (repeat) really slow (to put it pointedly, there are pool meet records posted on the wall, I can’t beat the times posted by “under 8 y/o girls” yet) … and I can’t swim very far before being winded. But I’m improving. I think I need to grow lats before the slow thing can be really solved.

  1. Not liking the Obamacare thing, the uninsured.
  2. Vulnerable?
  3. Yes, but to be honest, you have to give the Admin a bit of a break there. Those other Presidents didn’t have their projects done by no-bid contracts with their buddies company.
  4. The President’s commission reviewed the NSA procedures and made recommendations .. and he spoke as well. Remarks on that here, here and here.
  5. Ohio moves against homeschooling.
  6. Of course you can talk about it (see liberals think if you can’t talk about it, then it is evidence of bigotry).
  7. In which “a great idea” means take a bad thing and make it even worse.
  8. Make sure you are not drinking anything near a keyboard when reading this headline.
  9. Apparently athletic ability no longer a criteria in politically correct land.  After all, we wouldn’t want to judge people on ability or character …. just the color of their skin or the group to which they adhere.
  10. But I guess once you truly embrace the stupid you can’t stop.


Monday/Tuesday Highlights

So, I’m figuring out my schedule as I’m kinda off this week.

  1. So, more “scientific discoveries” of the restating the obvious sort, this time from economics. The old folk saying “40 below keeps the riff raff out” from North Dakota comes to mind.
  2. Again, science restating the obvious. To get good at anything takes lots of practice. To get world-class good at something takes that plus lots of talent. Duh.
  3. Staking claims and property rights … on the moon.
  4. Woops.
  5.  A commercial noted.
  6. The global warming, err, climate change crowd are probably crowing about this (to which a reprise of their own comments on cold weather is in order) … but it’s cool anyhow.
  7. To whit.
  8. “Judge Leon” three posts, here, here and here. Unfortunately for me, the phrase “Judge Leon” brings this for me.
  9. Speaking of names and associations. Jack Bauer is in the news.
  10. You can keep your doctor, liberal New Yorker impact.
  11. Pre-game go go go (and a counter opinion). Upshot, consistency won out.
  12. You can take the gymnast out of the gym, but … you can’t take the gym out of the gymnast.
  13. Art and the ant.
  14. Of church and state.

Friday Highlights

Ok. A little early, but tomorrow is my last day before I’m off work for a bit and I’m likely to be a bit busy.

  1. So, a court case, which side would you be on?
  2. A source for consternation for the average Democrat I’d imagine.
  3. Politeness. (and Politenessman)
  4. Mr Ed’s antecedent.
  5. AmigaOS was awesome.
  6. Coolness. Was a time when the pump to get was a Silca, ’cause you could get parts fo it on Mars as the saying went.
  7. Nekkid. (SFW)
  8. Men and women different, who knew? (but remember feminists will reject the notion that even though cells and pancreas might be different … the brain cannot be).
  9. Progress noted.
  10. Monday nights Bears game … beer freezes at 8 degrees F.
  11. Slippery when icy.
  12. Drones, come soon to law enforcement near you.
  13. That “mission accomplished” working website.
  14. Snow and anomalies.



Thursday Highlights

Well, I’m back in town.

  1. Belief in Santa Claus? This is really really dumb. Do people doubt that Julius Caesar existed? Do they write articles about it? Is that something that needs defending. Wiki doesn’t doubt he exists. But apparently journalists are clueless. I suppose you could wonder about the tense “exists” vs “existed” … which depends only on your faith in the Resurrection or lack thereof. But he was a historical personage of that there is basically no doubt.
  2. Youth and passing into maturity (or not).
  3. Half a point in defense of the young boy who kissed his classmates hand. Half a point for pointing out that the act was problematic. Loss of a point (or two) for not realizing the scope of the infraction was minor at best.
  4. But the victory dance was done, the web site is fixed, mission accomplished and all that. How can that be?
  5. Privacy and law.
  6. More silly science … newsflash! People with low impulse control have … (wait for it) poor impulse control.
  7. To give the same source its due … things going bang are cool right?
  8. Verse and photo.
  9. In favor of min wage increase.
  10. Not so much in favor of same.
  11. A dialog.


Monday Highlights



  1. David, err, Jonathan and Goliath.
  2. Uhm, I say it all the time. Apparently I’m not “men”.
  3. Not incorrect, not misleading, … a lie.
  4. Judo with the liberal correctness enforcer.
  5. Or you could just recall details of the life of the actual St. Nicholas of Myra.
  6. Whe “throw the bums out” becomes the sole objective.
  7. Natalie Cole and the test tube.
  8. Disposing of nuttery on both sides with respect to Mr Mandela. If you ask me, he was a prophet (which occupation has nothing to do with prediction of future, but has everything to do with upsetting applecarts and pointing out flaws in the status quo).
  9. Sarin and Syria … was it another Benghazi mythmaking exercise?
  10. Doc Smith.
  11. A problem looming for Obamacare?
  12. Speech, freedom and the law.

An amusing list

Some weeks ago, I noticed someone (on a blog) wondering what comics might be made into movies that might work but which haven’t. I’ve a few suggestions

Wednesday Highlights

Woops. Missed one.

  1. Hollywood cougars. I’m guessing that fooled you.
  2. Most everyone will pay more and we won’t like it. It has been remarked that “the horrible web services” aren’t the problem with Obamacare. That’s right. It’s just the horrible think hiding worse things. The Democrat gambit is that you pay more and they tell you they are giving you a subsidy to help you pay for it and you won’t notice your bottom line is worse, your deductible is worse, and you are paying for coverages you don’t want. You’re supposed to be so thankful for the subsidy (free cash!!!) that you’ll ignore the rest. So, will the pretend subsidy blind you to the flaws? How stupid are we? Dem answer -> really stupid. Are we? Time will tell.
  3. Science, really good at noting the obvious.
  4. More importantly lying is part of the political culture.
  5. An expert on “women in the workplace” speaks, except in a short review of his career, he spent a whole year or two in the workplace in ’68 and ’69. Expert indeed.
  6. A tech review of healthcare isn’t impressed.
  7. Let’s see, the UN “is going after Assad” for war-crimes because the atrocities on both sides are rampant. If crimes are symmetric why would the justice seeking be asymmetric?
  8. The all powerful loofah.

Monday Highlights

Ok. Thanksgiving in the bag.

  1. In other news, mixing heroin and meth still bad too.
  2. “not many decades ago …. ” and they were right too.
  3. The more you know, the worse it looks. Apparently.
  4. Some vocals worth your time.
  5. More here.
  6. There may be good arguments against materialism, but those aren’t them.
  7. The “three” things it needs? How about “not being a hoax?” As a better reason than those three.
  8. I see. It’s not “if you like your plan you can keep it” … What he meant to seay was “if you don’t like our plan, you’re screwed.”
  9. Defining “fixing” down. So a billion dollars to a no-bid friend’s company … that went well, eh?
  10. Humor.
  11. It’s always the quiet creeps that you have to watch out for … or how geology imitates child sex abuse, eh?
  12. Hobby Lobby vs Ms Obamacare.
  13. Heh.
  14. Why would he say that? For the same reason Pauline Cael wondered at the Reagan electoral victory.
  15. Nork.


Wednesday Highlights


  1. And the fossil record clearly shows all those mass die offs every time the globe warmed far hotter than it is now, which it has done many times … oops, what do you mean it doesn’t? Hmm. So, then what’s the point of the article?
  2. A “seems to have forgotten” moment that will likely never again be forgotten by at least one individual.
  3. Disagreeing with Aristotle (and I think the founders who I suspect agreed with Aristotle).
  4. Although I think the above post author would agree with this.
  5. So, do you agree? Was it illegal or  just unprincipled?
  6. Related to the above.
  7. Cool. (HT)
  8. And he’d be right.
  9. A certain running back, back in the news.
  10. Another person who envies the VA system.
  11. The press and a prophet.
  12. Stupid if true.
  13. Ditto.
  14. Obamacare and it’s implementation. Hypocrisy?

Tuesday Highlights

Well, I’m exercising again (too much work for quite a bit there). It would feel better if I wasn’t so horribly out of shape.  … Links?

  1. Tools for staying in power, kind of like suborning the IRS to harass opposition groups. Makes you feel good doesn’t it.
  2. More not-feel-so-good news about our government “for and by the people”.
  3. Obamacare, bending that cost curve … since 2003, err, wait!?
  4. Fertilizer pollutants and a possible solution.
  5. This is making the rounds. I don’t understand very well his objection. Legal != moral. Do what is right and let the cards fall. What else can/should a man do but that?
  6. This too is making the rounds. Looks like lying and playing the victim card scored the liar thousands of dollars and some fame and notoriety. Yet another strikeout for the (liberal) press.
  7. Way way better than pigs in space.
  8. A non-mistake by the Administration. Heck, even a stopped watch is right twice (or once depending) a day.
  9. Synchronization.
  10. Mona Lisa re-imagined.
  11. Mr Matthews backhand criticism of the President.
  12. A debated noted.
  13. For those who think there are no non-religious arguments against SSM. Think again.
  14. Mr Thomas in a heartbeat.