We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
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Saturday, August 5. 2017
Hello again. Roger here. Bird Dog's off to get wormed, or get his nails clipped, or something, so you're stuck with me. I can't do nearly as good a job as Bird Dog when it comes to assembling links for you fine people. My lips get really tired reading all those stories. However, he's started me off on Saturday. It's a smart strategy. Nothing much happens on the weekends, so I can't get into too much trouble. Of course George III is reported to have written "Nothing of importance happened today," in his diary on July 4th, 1776, so maybe I better scan the papers for you just in case. On to the links!
Our friend Gerard at American Digest is in the Saturday Evening Post? Signs and wonders, man. Signs and wonders.
Dirigiste? My French is rusty. She's not that fat, is she?
Just plug the holes, doc, and mind yer own business.
You know, you could turn it off. It sounds crazy, I know, but you could. Smart people never looked at it in the first place.
Pssst. Grok. Don't mention the Paleo diet to the Neanderthals. They think it's cultural appropriation.
Have a nice Saturday. Try to make sure that nothing important happens to you today.
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This day in 1861: I’m from the IRS and I’m here to help.
In order to help pay for the war effort, the United States government levies the first income tax as part of the Revenue Act of 1861 (3% of all incomes over US $800).
This day in 1884: Liberty for All: The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty is laid on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor (irony).
This day in 1926: Freedom! Harry Houdini performs his greatest stunt, escaping a sealed tank after 91 minutes underwater.
This day in 1981: You’re Free! President Reagan fires 11.359 striking air traffic controllers.
President Macron won his landslide victory earlier this year while advocating far-reaching reforms of labour laws, against the protectionist and dirigiste Mme Le Pen.
That speaks well of Macron.
"The little ponce is in for a rude awakening."
Re: The Problems of Price Controls
Government gains favor with voters and constituents when it lowers the price of popular goods. Government also gains favor from lobbyists and firms when it raises prices to promote the health of the industry. Given these benefits to policymakers, it should not surprise us that price control is common in the history of western economies.
That's the problem with attempting to fix what appear to be simple problems, you have to consider all the costs and benefits and who bears the costs and who reaps the benefits. You look at government bureaucracy overgrown to the point of being obviously counter-productive and it's easy enough to say we need to get rid of a lot of the over-regulation, but that's cushy jobs and easy paychecks to a lot of folks. They aren't going to agree they're deadweight that needs to be jettisoned. It's not so simple.
Price Controls: Somebody's gonna get screwed, but mainly it's customers--either have to pay more, or can't get the item.
"NAACP Warns Black Travelers To Use 'Extreme Caution' When Visiting Missouri"
The NAACP is trying to extort Missouri. This is another example of using racism for fun and profit. No doubt it will be successful and the NAACP will make this an every day thing.
I remember long ago (1968 I think) I was driving through Chicago and got stopped by a policeman who happened to be black. He said I was speeding but I was looking at a 35 mph sign and I was driving 35 mph. He wanted to ticket me but since I was from out of state he wanted cash right then. I wasn't buying it so he made me follow him back to the station. Sure enough his sargent and every other cop in there was also black and they told me either I give them $45 buck or I spend the weekend in jail. Well this wasn't looking too good so I gave them their bribe and escaped Chicago. Where was the NAACP then to warn white people away from Chicago?
"Protests" in Ferguson? Can you say "riots", boys and girls? Yes, I KNEW you could.
Having grown up in the area of all the protesting (rioting) and still living near STL, I'm surprised they didn't arrange to have Michael Brown mummified so they could wheel him to every protest available. Poor Michael is touted as a kind soul every time some black thug gets caught while committing a crime. Maybe they are targeted unfairly, I don't know the numbers, but when viewing the arrests and guilty perps on the evening news, it is pretty obvious who commits the majority of the crimes in and near STL.
Wards of the court: My doc was a fighter pilot. He's OK with guns. I'm OK with guns and knives, and with the missileers who have access to the keys that could open the Gates of Hell, up there in the currently unfrozen north. YMMV.
A doctor actually asked me once if I had guns in my home. Of course I told him I did not. Just as I would tell anyone I do not. I actually wanted to tell him it was none of his business but that is the equivalent of answering yes and I don't want anyone to know I have guns. A unhesitent firm "no" is the best way to get the job done. Now if a LEO asked I would refer him to the 5th amendment. I don't want to make the mistake that Martha Stewart made. In fact for that reason I would never speak with the FBI.
I don't have a gun in my home and I still tell my doctor it's none of his business. I also don't answer the question about seatbelt and sunblock use because those are also none of his business.
re Dr. Who
I stumbled across Dr. Who around 1981 when Tom Baker was The Doctor. I watched it for a year or two and while the episodes were forgettable, I did enjoy some of them and liked Baker in the role of the good doctor.
Then Peter Davison took over as Dr. Who. Davison had been the whining, lazy, incompetent and often inebriated junior vet in the series All Creatures Great and Small. I just couldn't see him as the clever, resourceful Dr. Who.
I quit watching then and never went back.
The Tragedy of Doctor Who ... They see nothing wrong with female superheroes and action stars. It’s 2017, after all.
Because who's going to believe that a woman could be "Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!"
I see nothing wrong with female superstars. I think the problem is the politicization of it that forces them to stretch credulity. A lot of women are superstars, everyday women, mothers, waitresses, grandmothers, olympic athletes, and more. Think about the recent news stories about men who are competing in women's sports, another example of the blatant politicization of gender to the detriment of women. It would be better in my opinion that if the intent is to present a role model for women that they do so without the politics and in a realistic achievable way. But This effort seems intended to evoke criticism so THAT too can be politicized. Even the recognition of how inane this is and that it is designed to offend and bait is used against those "woke" enough to see through the scam. This isn't about something positive like empowering women and girls it is about sticking your finger in the eye of a majority of normal people.
OneGuy: I see nothing wrong with female superstars.
The snowflake was set off by a female Dr. Who. Dr. Who regenerates recurrently, with a new body, even a new personality. Of all the examples to choose from, he chose one that could easily entail a woman or person of color.
OneGuy: It would be better in my opinion that if the intent is to present a role model for women that they do so without the politics and in a realistic achievable way.
You're thinking of a different sort of fiction, such as Loving, the story of the interracial married couple who were arrested in their own bed; or Juno, about a young, pregnant woman; or The Blind Side, about a mother who takes a homeless boy under her wing. Do they have political elements? Sure. That's the nature of drama. They provoke thought about human relationships. But even superhero stories are actually stories about people and their relationships to others — at least when they work dramatically.
"Dirigiste? My French is rusty. She's not that fat, is she?"
Dirigiste: an advocate of dirigisme i.e., an economy directed or guided by central authority. From the verb diriger (direct, guide). Something that can be directed or guided is dirigeable,thus an airship is an (aérostation) dirigeable - hence English dirigible.