Men, get over your “macho culture”! Seeing the doctor is a must!

Sarah’s last post — “You Are NOT my Mother” — was one of the most compassionate arguments I have seen in favor of leaving people alone. Whatever became of true compassion? Sometimes I think that in the name of compassion, compassion is being destroyed. Those who want to rule us forget that compassion does not […]

What did the Post know and when did they know it?

While it’s rather tough to defend Dave Weigel’s unhinged rantings about Matt Drudge or his arrogant attitude in general, it has increasingly become apparent that something about the release of personal remarks that he had emailed to a private site just smelled funny. My suspicion was that the Post — for reasons unknown — wanted […]

A Song For Our Times

A song for our times. Written by Sheldon Harnick. You might think this song was written recently. The above recording of the Kingston Trio was made at the Hungry I in 1958. Cross Posted at Power and Control

All politics is local. But how local is local?

While I have absolutely zero sympathy for corrupt public officials (see my extensive posts about the scandals surrounding Philadelphia’s Mayor Street), I find myself wondering why it is that the entire Michigan electorate should be forced to step in and wipe the asses of the voters of Detroit. At least, that’s my take on this […]

You Are NOT my Mother

I must first confess that I find picture books, of the sort foisted on kids in their earliest years, inherently creepy. The concepts are boiled to the sort of level where they raise more questions than they answer. Of these books – rivaling with the seriously disturbing Animal Kisses – possibly the creepiest is “Are […]

“Blogging is Hard. Don’t Let Economists Tell You Otherwise!”

It’s not every day that I feel as if I am the equivalent of Paul Krugman (or that my lay economic opinion is equally as valuable as his), so today is a day I can rejoice. But first I will explain. Greg Mankiw linked an influential essay by Kartik Athreya, Ph. D. (a senior economist […]

Downsizing Detroit by means of eminent domain

When we think of eminent domain, normally we think of the government taking private land in order to put it to public use, although the controversial (and incorrect, IMO) Kelo decision expanded the concept to include government takings for private use — if that private use can be said to improve a city’s tax base. […]

The New Jim Crow

It all started (in modern times) with Richard Nixon “You have to face the fact that the whole problem is really the blacks. The key is to devise a system that recognizes this all while not appearing to.” Richard Nixon as quoted by H.R. Haldeman, supporting a get-tough-on drugs strategy. Thus begins the Fort Worth […]

Sinners and scolds, feasting together in a cornucopia of collusion!

The topic of collusion is of longstanding interest here, as I am always fascinated by the way politics makes strange bedfellows, especially the way sworn political enemies can end up working towards the same goal. This can take many forms; the following are only a few examples selected from some of my blog posts over […]

Tea Party Patriots Support Killer Sheriff

The site Resist.net, billing itself as The Home of The Patriotic Resistance, is supporting Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio. So let me tell you a few things about Sheriff Joe. How about we start with the wrongful death of Scott Norberg. Sheriff Joe Arpaio: The Norberg wrongful death lawsuit was settled out of court for […]

Repeating The Cycle

Instapundit linked to the RS McCain blog which was discussing the resignation of Washington Post reporter David Weigel. I found this comment there of interest: Danby June 25th, 2010 @ 5:41 pm The deal here Stacy is that Weigel was NEVER A CONSERVATIVE. He’s not a member of set B. He’s a member of set […]

Burning Man

Artist’s interpretation of the fate WaPo blogger Dave Weigel wished on Matt Drudge the WaPo blogging career of Dave Weigel.

From the blackness of my dark, bleak soul! The most depressed post ever!

Over the years, I’ve seen a number of attempts attack, malign, regulate, categorize, and otherwise mess with bloggers, blogging, and the blogosphere, but today I stumbled across an entirely new potential avenue of approach. Apparently specialized software has been developed which purports to psychiatrically analyze bloggers’ writing styles, diagnose them as ill, and direct them […]

Some Speculation On War

Donald Sensing asked me to write up an e-mail conversation we were having about the coming war in the Middle East. You can find it at The Coming War. Cross Posted at Power and Control

Your Next Senator Or Congressman

H/T Hot Air Cross Posted at Power and Control

All Heck Is Breaking Loose

Yesterday I posted a story on the publicity amateur fusion has gotten over the last few hours (at the time). It is a day later and a Google search on fusion suppes (Suppes is the last name of the fusion experimenter profiled) now shows 857,000 hits. And my Classical Values article is right up there […]

Al Gore’s emissions are not sustainable

I don’t like to chide anyone for his or her sexual peccadilloes, and that includes even the very ridiculous Al Gore. The woman’s statement–which could be mistaken for R-rated Vice Presidential fan fiction–describes Gore as a man with a “violent temper as well as extremely dictatorial commanding attitude besides his Mr. Smiley Global Warming concern […]

Those in charge of natural law have great power!

Like many people, I like taking nature walks. There’s something about getting away from humanity that I find emotionally appealing. What I don’t like is the increasing tendency by other humans — especially meddlesome humans — to interrupt the natural beauty with constant, ugly reminders of their relentless and intrusive presence. And what a domineering […]

Real storm? Or election year storm?

(Forgive my cynicism but that’s what happens when you’re subjected to non-stop government spin and relentless bullshit day after day, week after week, and year after year…..) Right now there’s a tornado warning in effect for the City of Ann Arbor, and the city sirens are sounding. “Take shelter” is being texted in emergency emails. […]

BBC Covers Amateur Fusion

My friend Famulus whose blog is Prometheus Fusion Perfection has just had his efforts (and in part mine too – I helped him with a Polywell research proposal) picked up by the BBC Mr Suppes, 32, is part of a growing community of “fusioneers” – amateur science junkies who are building homemade fusion reactors, for […]