Of course because they're the practical ones because they have to be because they get left holding the bag with the baby in it.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
“For all the talk of feminist revolution and male resistance, it seems that women are in some ways more traditional than men when it comes to marital norms.
Of course because they're the practical ones because they have to be because they get left holding the bag with the baby in it.
Details at the link.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare - JC is my favorite of all his tragedies. Caesar was a great man who because of his pride destroyed everything that he cherished. It reminds me that even when we are within our rights we can make horrible destructive choices for others. It also reminds that we must choose which side we're on. There are no neutrals in life.
Prose Fiction: Huckleberry Finn by Samuel Clemens: HF is a book that reminds us that when we flee our problems we often are simply driving ourselves deeper into the heart of darkness. That to try to live rightly is agonizingly difficult and yet the only option if we are to keep our selves.
The Protestant Bible: While not fiction it is not truly non fiction either because it speaks of things that depend on our faith. It's about God and our relationship with him and all that foofera but I treasure it because of the incredible characters that fill its pages. This was the first truly human book - the first to treat human beings as persons rather than symbols or categories. It remains the greatest explanation of why we are here and why we're important. It was through this book that mankind first received the gift of dignity.
There are a couple of popular science books on my list. Genome by Matt Ridley and Quantum Reality by Nick Herbert - The Genomic/Evolution and Quantum Mechanics theories are the two most culturally influential ideas of our age regardless of how accurate our understanding of them turns out to be. The Genomic/Evolution theory has pushed God from the center of the action to the edge (though not necessarily from the center of reality) while the Quantum Theory has dethroned certainty. You see ripples of these ideas everywhere. These books are a bit old but the point is not the details but the impact on the lens that we see the world through.
Modern Times by Paul Johnson. Johnson ties together the anomie of The Waste Land (#2) with the dislocation driven by the theories underlying Genomic/Evolution (#5) and Quantum Reality (#6) with a Catholic sensibility (#4 minus apocrypha) into a coherent narrative that explains how we have gotten here and what is happening to us. And he's a damn good prose stylist to boot.
The Blank Slate by Stephen Pinker is a brilliant summary of what science knows about our natures. In it the atheist Pinker surveys over one thousand studies confirming the traditional 'tragic' view of human nature as imperfect and unperfectable creatures while adding lots of fascinating detail to the picture. It rubbishes all utopian fantasies whether by Marxists or Church ladies. A word of warning: don't look at his photo on the back page because his perm will give you nightmares. Woof!
The Road to Serfdom by Fred Hayek. Not really economics but instead true moral philosophy of the highest order without the miserable aridity of academic philosophy. A U Chicago man (my fair school) as well. The anti-Krugman and anything that gives Pauly K conniptions has to be good.
Liberal Fascism - I agree with David Shane. Jonah Goldberg's book explains our politics and specifically why the pursuit of power for its own sake in our world is so dangerous. Much of what our elites are doing from Rape hysteria to Climate hysteria to Redskin hysteria is inexplicable without understanding what Jonah has laid out. Completely and totally freaked John Stewart of the Daily Show out - which is always a good sign.
Okay, that's my ten but I demand the right to add one more:
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams - Actually three very good books (four and five are much weaker), The Hitchhiker trilogy reminds the arrogant part of each of us that no matter what we invent, write, build or achieve, sometime in the future someone is going to make a rude joke of it or use it in naughty ways. And if that doesn't give you humility, nothing will. Eventually everything becomes funny, particularly us.
Also, this exercise reminds me why I try to avoid being challenged to do things by gosh darn academics - it takes so much time and it ends up making you sound pompous as hell. Darn you David Shane!
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
If not us, then who? If not now, then when?
Bitch needs to go now because diversity, feminism, power, whatever. If she goes Reid will take the nuclear option to pack the court. Because rules are for the other guy.
The statists are about power. Nothing more, nothing less.
Almost no one will challenge the new liberal Victorianism. Except South Park God bless 'em. Why is it that our left leaders preach diversity and enforce orthodoxy? Trey Parker and company hold a mirror to the self righteous ogender, race, class and language bigots.
In the first episode of their 17th season they take on the pathetic Redskin con artists. Long may they skewer.
The proggo left believes that they can manage people's lives better than the people themselves. This breathtaking arrogance now extends to sex on college campuses. There is a reason why California is one of the poorest states in the nation. Details at link.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
The authoritarian statists will use any excuse, any opportunity to grasp more power and truncate liberty
THE WHOLE POINT OF A TRAGEDY IS THAT IT OFFERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CRACK DOWN ON TROUBLESOME MINORITIES:Sandy Hook Commission Calls For Government Crackdown On Homeschools. “The onerous new rules for homeschooling families somehow make sense in the minds of commission members because Adam Lanza massacred 20 young children and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. in December 2012 — when he was 20 years old.”
It seems to me that increasingly intolerance of anything but social liberalism and the concentration of more and more power in a centralized administrative state supervising an increasingly nominal market capitalist economy are signs of stagnation and fear. Our elites fear change so we don't get the creative destruction we need to move foward. Whole sectors of our economy and society have been subsumed in a deadening miasma of regulation, law and subsidy, leading to stasis and fear rather than dynamism and courage.
God help us every one.
It's time that police violence gets as much press notice as criminal violence. 150 paramilitary assaults a day on American homes is both evil and insane.
The war on drugs would have been impossible for the government to wage for the last 40 plus years without support from the media. Earlier this month, a DEA agent shot a grandmother reaching for her child during a raid that found no drugs. In the summer, a SWAT team in Georgia threw a flashbang into a baby's crib, critically injuring it. There are more than 150 such raids each day in America, so there are a lot of horrifying stories that come out of that, on a regular basis. Rarely, if ever, do such stories break out of the local news and into the national news cycle. But, writes Ed Krayewski, that's changing.View this article
The media is finally waking up to the out of control enforcement state. Remember: Don't trust law enforcement or the court system. They're not on your side, they're on their side.
The results are awful. The penguins are dwindling. The polar bears are running out of ice floes. The cornfields are drying. The southwest is frying.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
I THINK THE TOLERANCE POLICE PREFER TO TARGET THEIR DOMESTIC POLITICAL ENEMIES: “If we’re giving no quarter to intolerance, shouldn’t we be starting with the mutilators and the honor killers?”
The thing to remember is that talk of tolerance and diversity is mostly just a political weapon for white people to use against other white people. It’s not about actually helping anyone.
I mean ludicrous lies like one in five rape fraud that HBO keeps retailing aren't going to be believed by adults are they?
Not if Jon I Ernst gas anything to say about it.
Ernst is ebullient when campaigning. And the Democratic Party’s single idea — the trope that Republicans live to wage a “war on women” — leaves Ernst bemused: “I am a woman, and I have been to war and this is not war.” A 5-foot-2 grandmother, she is a National Guard lieutenant colonel who served in Iraq.
George Orwell had important things to say about all of the 'smelly little orthodoxies' that fraudulent language promotes and protects in his "Politics and the English Language".
This from the comments section of Carpe Diem:
In Africa, India and other developing places, 1.2 billion people live without access to electricity, and many more live without an adequate supply. They want a more energy-friendly future with “luxuries” such as light bulbs and clean cooking facilities, not to mention improved sanitation. Energy-starved nations are not well-positioned to take advantage of economic opportunities, better living standards and improved human welfare.
With today’s technologies, greenhouse gas emissions are closely tied to energy production, so the president’s call for lowering emissions is akin to a call for constraining energy expansion in these nations. Such an outcome would have large-scale negative impacts, not only to those directly affected but to the world as a whole.
This is the very essence of imperialism. The environmental left, having the good luck to reside almost exclusively in wealthy Western countries which can afford their boutique energy schemes, seeks to keep other nations poor and energy starved while the benefits (a supposedly cleaner environment) flow to them.
App can read any text out loud. Prediction: government subsidies for braille books will be larger in real terms in 20 years time than they are today. The Federal Stupor state rolls on. Until the collapse, that is.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Holder exists to protect the president and his policies. Worse, his successor will almost certainly take up exactly where he leaves off.
Another thing that men with guns are good for: Shooting crazed head hacking muslims before they kill again
Lewis confirms that Hufford was stabbed several times and that Nolen “severed her head.”
At that point, Lewis claims Nolen met 43-year-old Traci Johnson and began attacking her with the same knife.
Officials say at that point, Mark Vaughan, an Oklahoma County reserve deputy and a former CEO of the business, shot him as he was actively stabbing Johnson.
“He’s a hero in this situation,” Sgt. Lewis said, referring to Vaughan. “It could have gotten a lot worse.”
There was a time in this country when people had both liberty and privacy. The progressive fetish to ever more minutely manipulate our lives has put paid to liberty and the proggo shock troops in law enforcement trample privacy so the can ensure that we are not breaking any of the hundreds of thousands of rules.
Which don't seem to apply to the government or its proggo masters. The New encryption is just the people fighting back against the statist thugs.
And when the collapse comes it will come with terrifying swiftness for the followers of Allah - it will suddenly become obscene and unacceptable to be a muslim in most of the world. Which will be a good, healthy thing. Like a healthy body rejecting a deadly virus.
I am shocked, shocked to find regulatory capture going on in the banking industry. Of course the regulatory environment in the US has gotten so lunatic Ober the last six years that it is literally impossible to abide by the regs. Which is catnip for the politicos who extract rents for issuing regulatory indulgences.
Bill Frezza was fired for writing a column that told the truth about drunk college women and was fired for it.
With one stroke they've destroyed the reputation that Malcolm Forbes spent a lifetime building. Steve Forbes must be a real schmuck to let this happen.
And Greg Abbott intends to radically cut back the thicket of anticompetitive licensure requirements for certain fields. Texas goes from strength to strength.
..where it consumes a lot of investment for little benefit until the tech and process are perfected sufficiently to reliably cahflow. Then tons of people pile in and experienced and scale economies take over along with hundreds of refinements in the tech. The result is almost vertical gains in productivity for a time until all of the obvious innovation extensions are exploited and the innovation rate slows down.
Fracking is at the steepest sweetest phase of the curve right niw and it's a wonder to behold.
The most frightening consequence of the Current Administration is that it has led China to conclude that the US won't fight
The rather aimless, poll driven and wishful Obama foreign policy threatens to lead China into the greatest miscalculation of US resolve since Pearl Harbor. China is widely reported as believing that the US won't intervene to save it's friends in Taiwan, Japan, and Korea - an impression they did not get from George W Bush.
The real threat is that China's miracle economy stalls and retrenches causing mass unrest and China's rulers are panicked into foreign adventures to rally public opinion to them. Call it the Galtieri Gambit after the General in charge of the Argentine junta who invaded the Falklands to divert public opinion away from his faltering rule.
Only if China does so it will be a disaster the likes of which haven't been seen since WW2. God help us every one. As Kissinger said:
As Henry Kissinger says of the Korean War, “We did not expect the attack; China did not expect our response.” Of such miscalculation, devastating wars are made.
Read the whole frightening thing.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
For some reason our society valorizes the weak and sanctifies failure. Not a good sign for the future. It's probably why the Chinese believe they can beat us in a war.
What if it's the very trendy liberalism of modern western society that is the very signal to the world's predators to begin their rampage? What do our "smelly little othodoxies" really cost us?
One broker reported that parents interested in living near their boarding-school children now represented over 30 percent of her business.
Hattip Marginal Revolution
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Megan McCardell documents a litany of lies and broken promises, dishonest editing and the worst form of gutter journalism. He gets away with his unethical behavior because he claims he's not a journalist and the Daily Show isn't news. But millennials treat it as news and Stewart encourages them. Read the whole thing at the link.
Asset forfeiture is a crime committed by our stationary bandits: the police, prosecutors and judges.
What happens when those charged with enforcing law become criminals? Link.has details.