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Monday, May 6. 2013
Architecture: Underpants and an erect penis in China
Bars Are the Secret to Thriving Downtowns
Michelle Obama: USDA working on 'delicious' school lunches
The Benghazi Talking Points - And how they were changed to obscure the truth
Sen. Graham: Benghazi Testimony 'Going to Make You Mad'
Imagine if this story had happened with Bush
What's with these "Ag-Gag" laws?
Interesting comments here: Suicide Rates Rise Sharply in U.S.
Cornell vs. Cornell: Turns out shale gas emissions really are lower than coal
Report: 35% of German Muslims Have Multiple Wives, All Funded by Welfare
That makes for a darn good income without working
Top ten US newspapers and their circulation–a six month update
Tornado spike in 2011 attributed to climate change. So what to make of this year’s tornado drought?
The Climate’s Right for Whining - California’s wine scare isn’t the first and won’t be the last
Douthat: What Health Insurance Doesn’t Do
Sarah Palin insults Poodles
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Jonah Goldberg: Keynes Was Gay — Not That There’s Anything Wrong with That... "In the long run we are all dead."
An entire essay based on an out of context quote. Bravo!
Keynes: "The long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead. Economists set themselves too easy, too useless a task if in tempestuous seasons they can only tell us that when the storm is past the ocean is flat again."
The essay's not about the quote so much as it's about the reaction to Ferguson's comments.
Seeing the quote in context is nice; I don't think I ever have. But it doesn't really contradict the impression that Keynes may have focused on the short term at the expense of the long.
Actually, if Keynes arose from the grave, I think he would have a thing or two to say to many of the economists who cite his precedent for their policy. Rude things.
T.K. Tortch: Seeing the quote in context is nice; I don't think I ever have. But it doesn't really contradict the impression that Keynes may have focused on the short term at the expense of the long.
Mate: A mighty tempest is arising, Captain! What should we do?
Captain, drinking heavily: In the long run we are all dead.
The Mate's concern is how to survive the storm, what course to make, what sails to set. The Captain is not providing any useful information on how to navigate the storm.
I think the Captain knew from superior experience, that all was lost, and was enjoying his last few moments on earth the only way he knew how. Reminds me of our little inside joke when I flew Connies across the north Atlantic in the '50s: When you're westbound in winter at 45 West with two feathered and the 3d engine fails, what do you do? Answer: Break out the liquor ration and enjoy your last few moments on earth. (Before you go off the deep end about proper ditching procedures and survival times in 35° seawater, remember it was only a joke.)
While Ace's proposition might be correct for some progressives, I think the larger issue that is driving their obsession with gun control is their tendency to live in urban areas that also have terrible minority driven violent crime problems. I think they're desperate to reduce this minority violent crime issue and the gun laws are their fantasy driven solution.
As most liberal illogical thinking, they can't get their heads wrapped around the reality that gun controls mostly restrict law abiding citizens and have little to no impact on the criminals they'd like to target. But that pesky fact doesn't get in the way of an emotionally driven narrative. But of course they can't come out and say what their true intent is because they are the champions and protectors/enablers of these oppressed minorities.
The fact that gun controls further inhibit law abiding citizens is merely a side benefit.
Very true, phil g. Let the Progs live with the mess they've created. Just don't drag me into it.
The end of Big Media and Big Papers run by and for the elitists in this country cannot come soon enough to suit me. Buh-bye. Hope all those liberal reporters and journalism students enjoy working as part-timers in fast-food restaurants.
I don't "think they're desperate to reduce this minority violent crime". Lets be honest about violent crime in big and small cities; The police know every gang member by name, by sight and pretty much by what crimes they have committed. They don't arrest them because our legal system chooses not to deal with them. You can arrest and prosecute some innocent civilian for taking pictures of a meat processing plant from the sidewalk because it's an easy prosecution the defendent will pay their own legal fees and the defendent will jump at the chance to plea bargin. This is a win/win for the prosecution who lives or dies based on their record of convictions. But the gang member will be charged with a serious crime requiring serious proof and a big expensive trial which the government has to pay for both sides of and the defendent knows a plea bargin still puts them in jail for years so they don't want to plea it down. So why go after the gang members who commit real crimes when you can easily snare a housewife or father on minor crimes and prosecute the shit out of them???? So lets be honest; gun control is NOT about preventing crimes or fighting the gang problem. It is about the elite winning an arguement that they have been fighting to win for years. Nothing more, nothing less.
Delicious school lunches! This is about an agenda. Someones idea about what is "healthy" or perhaps simply punishing the skinny to make the fat people feel better. Call it affirmative action for fat people. Everyone must eat a 500 calorie lunch no matter how skinny you are because we have fat people who are sufferring don'tcha know. Think about it; 20% or so of school children are obese (most are not but in fact are simply a pound or two over some arbitrary scale) which means 80% are not obese. But 100% must eat these rediculous school lunches that appeal to no one, even the obese don't like them. Follow the money; who benefits? who is making big bucks now and was not making big bucks before we decided to put big government in charge of school lunches? Ever wonder how a middle class person who enters politics comes out a few years later as a multi-millionaire? With things like this. School lunches, high speed rail, superfund cleanup, ethanol, alternative energy, etc. All of these were created to direct massive amounts of government funding to special interests and kickbacks to politicians who direct the funding. This will continue as long as we let it. This administration is the most dishonest and corrupt in history and the media is broken and will not report on it. We are in deep shit.
Delicious school lunches!
Institutional meals designed by committee. This is what happens when the Oxy and the morons get together. Historically, palatable school lunches has been the peak of achievement.
" We know that you are sacrificing as much as us." Michelle Obama from the USDA story talking to employees. Would that be before or after she goes on vacation. They had to laugh at least inside when she said this.
The strong argument for online education made me consider when we last saw the arguments against those infernal recordings over live performance. Sure enough a quick google brought forth this extract on just how those nickelodeons were greeted.
Sadly, the "learned" professors of today are hardly innovative. Their arguments are derivative of the hue and cry against the evils of movies by "Progressives" just a century ago.
Reformers and flaÃ neurs described movies as immigrant entertainment, yet
small-town entrepreneurs promoted it as an entertainment for the middle
class. The working-class nickelodeon was described on the one hand as
community center and conqueror of the saloon, and on the other as a
school for scandal teaching adolescent boys to steal and girls to be pro-
miscuous. The latter image of endangered children represented a shift
from the nineteenth-century concern about women's respectability to a
twentieth-century fixation on children's welfare, and from the place to the
performance as the cause of the problem. This would give rise in the
1920s to research on the effects on children and the beginnings of a mass
communication research tradition.
In an odd twist, online education is in a better position to argue that it protects the "children" or perhaps just the serious student who just wants to learn from the licentious atmosphere of the university campus.
Chinese penis tower: DO NOT put a fountain on top!
Downtowns and neighborhoods need bars as gathering places. Some years ago I went back to a place I'd lived a long while back, and saw a bar near my old apartment bldg. Seemed unchanged, had a wave of nostalgia for a place I'd never even been inside of.
On-line Ed: Oh Nooooooo, the moral peril of being taught by older white guys! (On the internet, nobody knows you're a dog.)
Dee-licious Skool Lunches: Right. All vill eat ziss luunch, und like it! I remember two: breaded Spam slice on a bun, and a half-piece of breakfast's bacon on a half bun with mustard.
WaPo pushpolling for Dems? My surprise meter went negative on that.
Benghazi Talking Points Changed: That's why I call him Benghazi Barry.
Dumb Racial Conversations: The main one is the one possibly most ignored--how long must affirmative action go on? It's been about 50 years; is 3 generations (54-60 years) not enough? If not, why not?
Baby Boomer Suicide Boom: Beats me.
Sarah: Brains, beauty, and a mouth: A trifecta of liberal hate.