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Thursday, June 24. 2010
We're asking about dinner, not lunch. At Maggie's Farm, we are believers in a weekly date night for couples, while recognizing that in some quarters the social and business dinner whirl can be so taxing that ye olde "quiet supper at home" with radio music (or NPR, of course) can be a special treat.
So please tell us in the comments
1. How many times/week do you dine out in restaurants?
2. Does it tend to be with spouse, with friends, with family (or alone)?
3. Does it tend to be fast food burger and pizza joints, or mid-range burger and/or ethnic joints, or places with tablecloths? Or, if an overseas (from the US) reader, what?
Photo is Peter Luger's "Holy Cow." NYC's best steak house, in Williamburg, Brooklyn. A great place to dine out, and not too pricey.
Addendum: Thanks for all of the replies. A real cross-section. I think folks around where I live dine out more than the average. Got room for more responses...
You can kill fetuses, but you cannot sell them
Prager says this book is needed: When Good People Do Bad Things
Men have a tougher time with break-ups than women do
Schumpeter Creative Destruction 101
A century and a half after the first state seceded from the Union, a lively debate over what caused the Civil War continues.
A brief history of populism in America, with reference to Tea Parties
Re the EU:
India can become 3rd largest economy by 2012
The woman is begging to be borked
Sudden Law School grade inflation
Hennessey digs deep into Krugman's BS
Wrong direction: New-home sales “collapse” in May
Good luck with that:
They are postponing a budget until after the November elections, but Democrats' budget plan: Tax and spend more. Duh.
Related: Dems say they need more of our money so they can give us more free shit we don't want. Hoyer on middle class tax hike
Bolton on Cameron
George Will is tough here: Word Spill - Our Demosthenes is also Alibi Ike.
Wednesday, June 23. 2010
Last April I wrote about the coming explosion of Qui Tam lawsuits against medical providers, due to relaxed standards for bringing such suits making it a happy hunting ground for litigators fishing for financial payoffs.
At this week’s Healthcare Financial Management Association the healthcare law expert warned of a coming “storm” of lawsuits and quipped, “You'll need to look around your organization and see who looks best in orange [prison clothing color] and pick that person.”
Wonder why litigation reform was excluded from ObamaCare and why tort attorneys eager to make money regardless of increased medical inflation and excess CYA tests are one of Democrats’ largest donor groups?
President Obama chose General Stanley McChrystal as commander in
Now, McChrystal and staff let the cat out of the bag, that everyone watching knew already: President Obama, VP Joe Biden, National Security Council head Jim Jones, Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, Obama’s special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke, have been actively undermining the war effort through timidity, illusions and interfering with McChrystal, the only proven warrior and COIN expert in the bunch and the only one respected by the Afghanis.
General David Petraeus will now fill in, downgrading Petraeus from chief at CENTCOM with wider responsibilities for the tinderboxes in the Middle East and
And, once again Obama has chosen his personal agenda and ego above military effectiveness. Obama just appointed a new Commandant for the Marine Corps, seemingly largely based on the appointee’s agreement with gays openly serving, over the true proven warrior in the missions faced, General James Mattis, who with Petraeus co-authored military COIN doctrine.
General Mattis could have been chosen to replace McChrystal. But, he wasn’t. There’s no doubt that Petraeus will do an excellent job, but Mattis would also, and wouldn't have left a gaping hole at CENTCOM. However, Mattis is also known as a no nonsense commander, who is famous for saying in Iraq that Marines will kill if attacked (though the Left ignores that Mattis is also an advocate of “soft-power” COIN so that is less necessary).
Straight talk is not to be had when Obama’s ignorant ideology and thin ego are exposed to challenge by straight talk. Petraeus is less likely to be as blunt to Obama and the
At least three senior members of the Senate Armed Services Committee have it straight:
One can hope against experience with Obama that this fracas will lead him to get more firmly behind the – at his insistence undermanned vs the military’s recommendation – troops, and make clear that there is no deadline on our commitment. The New York Times' headline, however, reports "Obama Says Afghan Policy Won't Change."
Or, one can hope against experience that Obama will feel so boxed in and revealed by his own fecklessness, especially in expectation of the drubbing coming in November, that he will straighten up, himself and his ideological coterie who are undermining the Afghanis and Americans. I have a bridge to sell you if you believe that.
Or, one can hope that even without a worthwhile Commander in Chief that General Petraeus can perform miracles.
The lives of our troops, and of civilians here in the
P.S.: Henry Kissinger says of Obama's course, "Neither the premise nor the deadline is realistic," in saying "America needs an Afghan strategy, not an alibi." Read it all.
P.P.S.: As usual with Bing West, BINGO!
The ad is real!
The US standard railroad gauge (the distance between the rails) is 4 feet, eight and a half inches.
So, a major Space Shuttle design feature of what is arguably the world's most advanced transportation system was determined over two thousand years ago by the width of a horse's ass.
Bureaucracies live forever.
Emperor, philosopher, warrior. From a review of a new bio of Marcus Aurelius which was written by an author who dislikes Stoicism:
To read the Meditations, you would not imagine them to be the writings of a man encamped in barbarian lands in the midst of war, nor of a man commanding the largest army ever assembled on the frontier of the Roman empire, nor of a man whose empire and army were in the grip of a deadly plague. The Meditations' lack of political or worldly anguish and anxiety is a mark of the philosophy they profess: Stoicism.
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Lord Acton, arguing against the 1870 promulgation of the concept of Papal Infallibility:
I cannot accept your canon that we are to judge Pope and King unlike other men with a favourable presumption that they did no wrong. If there is any presumption, it is the other way, against the holders of power, increasing as the power increases. Historic responsibility has to make up for the want of legal responsibility. Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or certainty of corruption by full authority. There is no worse heresy than the fact that the office sanctifies the holder of it.
Al Gore sex attack. This is sad and pathetic, and I prefer to think that this is not his MO. Nobody is perfect. So, please let's not blame it on you-know-what.
There is a climate black list
A little history of "Arbeit macht Frei"
Most millionaires are only millionaires for a year
Roger Simon: Does Barack Obama want to be president? We always thought he was running to be VP
Amsterdam mayor considers using 'decoy Jews' to combat anti-semitism
Missouri: The Next Health Care Battle. These days, feels like the country is falling apart. Unemployment, Afghanistan, health care, a government war against Arizona, higher taxes on the way, etc.
Brit nannies label cardiovascular disease "largely avoidable." Since when?
Not your grandfather's Connecticut
Is Illinois the New California?
Headline if Bush were still Pres: "General McChrystal Speaks Truth to Power"
From VDH's Obama’s Straws And Our Tired Back:
Tuesday, June 22. 2010
Bob Dylan, The Neighborhood Bully, lyrics below
Well, the neighborhood bully, he's just one man
Continue reading "Singalong with Bob"
Here’s the CBS report by chief legal expert Jan Crawford:
Read the rest, below the fold:
(I read the entire pdf of the ruling, but haven't found a url to link yet. When I do, I'll add the link to the actual ruling. Here's the ruling's full text. See Obama sliced and diced. -- More, please, before Obama slices and dices any more of America.)
Continue reading "Judge Finds Obama Drilling Moratorium Arbitrary And Capricious"
The old conundrum of how many angels fit on the head of a pin is now surpassed by how many Obama-Pals can be tossed under the bus before the bus falls over.
There’s soon departing White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who has pissed off everybody and is entangled in the former Illinois governor’s corruption trial, and White House Director of the Office of Management and Budgets Peter Orszag, who has run up $trillions of deep debts with the “stimulus” and ObamaCare.
Now, maybe to go is the Commanding General in Afghanistan Stanley McChrystal, who voted for Obama, agreed to Obama’s trimmed and late arriving mini-surge, imposed US life-threatening rules-of-engagement, and now exposes the crippling inanity of the Obama national security team meddlers.
As Jackson Diehl writes at the Washington Post:
As is the other messes that Obama has created.
It is getting crowded under the bus where Obama tries to hide his blunders. How long until the bus falls over?
Senator John McCain says,
Fish stink from the head. That's for 2012. 2010 is for emptying Obama's smelly fish tank in Congress.
Clearly it depends on who you ask (and on their degree of sobriety). At Phi Beta, Girls, Sex, and Depression, Part 2
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Justice, Italian-style, and the punishment of the decisive
Why does the American press love Castro?
No more cocktail party in France. It offends the Moslems. Or might.
Rubio slipping in polls. Sad
This guy likes Connecticut's Linda McMahon
Fausta's news: Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean
Monday, June 21. 2010
The invite link is here.
Continue reading "Invitation to join Friends Of Israel"
Life is just a vale of tears, and all you do is damage Gaia. Driscoll: Academia’s Endless Doomsday Cult.
You first, Professor. Unborn yourself. Set an example.
Sociopathy seems to be, to some extent, bred in the bone. As I have discussed here in the past, it's about a cool indifference to others, often while presenting a mask of warm caring and self-sacrifice (the so-called Mask of Sanity). It's about an easy ability to lie to your face, and it's usually not about violence and murder.
High IQ sociopaths fool shrinks all the time and we kick ourselves every time we finally realize it. Often, they confess things as red herrings for us. They tend to have ulterior motives, but do not mention them to us at all. People who repeatedly lie to shrinks generally have sociopathic traits, at the least. They tend to have an assortment of other symptoms and problem behaviors also, such as substance abuse, shame, narcissism, blaming, exploitative relationships, and anxiety. They always have an excuse at the ready, tend to be impulsive, and always have their self-interest in mind.
At Gene Expression's Bad to the Bone:
Don't ask me. Just keep them out of my office. They are Very Bad News for soft-hearted