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Friday, December 31. 2010
These two NOLA piano-men did a few duets at the festive event I went to a couple of weeks ago. Yes, including Iko Iko and Let The Good Times Roll. Good to see Dr. John - hadn't seen him perform in many years, but I always enjoyed that cranky SOB. Found this duet on Youtube:
Last I heard, there is still a debate about whether Broccoli is good for you, or whether it is a cancer risk.
At Pajamas, Can Congress Make You Buy Broccoli?
I am not from the government, but I advise you to enjoy your champagne, and to have a happy and prosperous 2011 despite all the Lefty nonsense we all have to put up with.
A few lines from Eliot's magnificent No. 4 of The Four Quartets, "Little Gidding":
What we call the beginning is often the end
We shall not cease from exploration
Our family likes de Kooning, so we'll probably go to the the current show at the MOMA. Here's a brief review of Abstract Expressionist New York. I am still annoyed that we missed the Kandinsky show at the Guggenheim - lines to get in were always too long for me.
Even if I don't really get Jackson Pollock, we'll get a very good lunch someplace.
There was an amusing short book a few years ago about how to write ambiguous lawsuit-proof recommendations for people in whom one had little confidence. One of my favorites lines this one:
"You will be very fortunate if you can get him to work for you."
This one, via Wizbang, might not be law-proof:
"Works well when under constant supervision and cornered like a rat in a trap."
Off topic, but I heard an amusing ambiguity on the radio news this week: "This holiday season, people spent more money than they had since 2006."
Dynastar Twisters, because I like to do the bumps. No bumps means boring. I can't wait to try these on the giant Superstar moguls.
Skiing and hunting - and drinks by the fire - are the blessings of winter. Too bad I don't play Paddle, because that's another one of those winter blessings.
Headed up north right now to Killington with a gang of pals with wives and/or girlfriends, for a merry weekend. We were going to do Sugarloaf, but decided against that drive. We have a Par-tay house, and one of our gang is happily in the program so we always have a fully-sober and emotionally-mature driver.
HNY to our readers.
Am Thinker: Manmade famine in America
What's the next excuse?
Related: Elis for ROTC
Princeton has ROTC. Why not Yale? Speaking only for myself, though, I'd rather be led into a firefight by a Lieut. from SMU than one from Princeton or Yale.
Jonah: The moral mush of pacifism
Busy With Afghanistan, the U.S. Military Has No Time to Train for Big Wars
Herbert London on The Mullen War Strategy
Send in the social workers!
Hmmm. Why don't they want to donate to the US Treasury?
Commies love cheap energy
Thursday, December 30. 2010
Do foam or silicone breasts count as unfair advantage?
Also performing at the cool event I attended: Davell Crawford, with the Davell Crawford Singers (a 25-person NOLA gospel group). I had a nice chat with Davell afterwards. His grandpa wrote Iko Iko.
This is the only bit I could find on YouTube.
Calculating the unsustainable:
All about monotheism, Abraham, and a mental experiment creating religion amnesia: How Did God Get Started?
One quote from the lengthy essay by Colin Wells:
I am only recently hearing about this new thing. I don't know whether it sounds more like voodoo or more like light shock treatment. It is said to work for some, but I wonder how much is placebo effect.
Psychiatrists are setting up centers to provide this. It is very expensive.
Via Bernard Goldberg's Trials and Errors:
Am Thinker: Snow Blind at the NYT
At Watts, Terence Kealey: What Does Climategate Say About Science? It's a good brief history of how science works. A quote:
You're with Stupid (meaning yourself)
A Plague of Pigs in Texas - Now numbering in the millions, these shockingly destructive and invasive wild hogs wreak havoc across the southern United States
Via Hot Air, Delaying Sex Makes Better Relationships, Study Finds
Rauh and Novy-Marx: The crisis in local government pensions in the US
NYC babies complain about the snow: "I'm Angry Too": Mayor Mike on City's Snow Response
Reason: Carbon Rationing By Other Means
GREEN SCOTLAND Relies on French Nuclear Power During Deep Freeze
Stossel: Please Stop "Helping" Us
Am Spectator on government medical care: Is It a Right or Isn't It?
Michelle: Un-merry Christmas from the ACLU
The ACLU was co-opted by the radical Left years ago. Sad.
Global Warming Skeptic Predicts Brutal Winter, Warns “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”
Wednesday, December 29. 2010
Another NOLA performer I saw over the holidays was this dude Trombone Shorty, with his band, Orleans Avenue:
A quote from the piece at The Pope Center:
I always thought America was about some sort of social equality where all had equal rights and human dignity. Equality of wealth and income is another whole kettle of fish. A good piece by Kaus in Newsweek:
It's worth reading. One of the constants I find in Lefty writings (not in Kaus) is the assumption that wealth and income is zero-sum, like slices of a pie. That is, that there is a set total amount of income and/or wealth in the world. Whether they write that way to fool the ignorant, or really believe it, I do not know.
I suspect the former.
From the Chimney Safety Institute of America.
Even if you rarely use it, have it checked regularly. Birds, animals, or leaves could make an obstruction up there, leading to a fire.
The launch event for a year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan's birth, February 6, 1911, is the first-ever float in the New Years Day Rose Bowl Parade honoring a US President.
There are "replicas of 11 black-and-white photos of moments in Reagan's life, and those photos have been constructed by hand out of onion seed, poppy seed and rice....There's also a replica of the statue of Reagan now at the U.S. Capital, made of flax seeds."
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