Pill Outbreak

Southern Ohio is in the midst of a public health emergency. There is a serious outbreak of pills in the area. Nearly one in 10 babies were born addicted to drugs last year in southern Ohio’s Scioto County. Rehab admissions for prescription painkiller addictions were five times the national average. In a rare step, the […]

Bias in bulk

Via Glenn’s link to Snowflakes in Hell, I learned about a new gun control proposal they’re trying to sneak through. By “they” I don’t mean only the Obama administration, or Mayor Bloomberg, or the BATF. I also include the Washington Post, because of the sneaky way the proposal is described: To stem the flow of […]

How gay is prison rape?

As there has been some debate recently over the possibility of gay soldiers engaging in sexual harassment of straight soldiers (which some would apparently define as being gay while showering with men who aren’t), I thought I would take a look at a frustrating issue that I have never quite been able to clarify to […]

Will ROTC be able to pass the campus “literacy test”?

When Glenn linked my post about whether incest is banned in the military, he not only made my post look funnier that I had thought it was, he reminded me of an obvious irony: IF NOT, RESTORING ROTC TO COLUMBIA WILL JUST BE THAT MUCH EASIER: “Does anyone know whether the Code of Military Justice […]

Mutiny In Montana

The Missoulian reports on a marijuana case in Montana that went bad for the prosecution. They couldn’t seat a jury. A funny thing happened on the way to a trial in Missoula County District Court last week. Jurors – well, potential jurors – staged a revolt. They took the law into their own hands, as […]

yucky is unbecoming

Quick question. Does anyone know whether the Code of Military Justice prohibits incest? William Saletan claims that it does, Technically, the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Manual for Courts-Martial prohibit sodomy, bigamy, adultery, “wrongful” cohabitation, and incest. Except the link he provides does not prohibit incest; it merely lists incest as an example […]

my endless search for the meaningful and sane

A comment to an earlier post touches on an intractable problem which refuses to go away, and makes me feel as if I am in a permanent Catch 22. <i>I just have one question: why do you keep treating Sullivan as if he’s meaningful or even sane? One shouldn’t feed trolls nor like to the […]

Wilderness Of Mirrors

David Freddoso at The Examiner thinks that a story claiming that Wikileaks is a government plot is a tin foil hat theory. I’m not so sure. Document dumps with lots of verifiable facts plus a few ringers is a standard and very old way to plant false information where it will do some good (the […]

Why not let’s have conditional money?

When I was checking myself out at the grocery store the other day, I saw a new sign on the keypad: WIC NOT ALLOWED IN SCO Hmmm…. For a couple of seconds, I felt bureaucratically challenged. Then I realized that “WIC” meant the welfare debit cards that always seem to slow things down for the […]

As dated as ever

As anyone who remembers “The Dating Game” knows, the way the game works is that a young female contestant gets to ask a series of questions to three young male contestants (aka “eligible bachelors”), then chooses the best man based on the answers. She cannot see them, of course. In this charming episode from 1972, […]

More “gumption” needed!

Matthew Yglesias makes no secret of wanting Swedish style socialism for the United States, and says so. He also chides American progressives for not being more explicit about advocating socialism, and says gumption is required. …you need to have the gumption to take money away from people whose consumption has a low marginal value, and […]

Muddled In The Middle

Via HotAir, John Avlon of No Labels continues fussing over alleged extremists right and left, this time aiming at Rush Limbaugh and his criticism of the group. But Avlon’s attacks seem off-target.  While I’m not a fan, Rush can hardly be described as “far right” in country where self-described conservatives outnumber self-described liberals 2:1 and his program […]

Defending evil can be a good career move!

I’m not a credentialed historian, but I have read many, many books about Nazism and Communism over the years. So many that I have lost count. It is numbing to read about mass killing, especially the details. Most of the books I’ve accumulated are in boxes, but here are a few I took off the […]

If I were God, I would hate false flags! (Especially false-false flags…)

While I like to joke about Al Gore by comparing him to Jerry Falwell and calling him an “evangelist,” consider the eerie connection between Al Gore and Fred “God Hates Fags” Phelps: Fred Phelps is a long time Democrat supporter and frequent Democrat candidate for various offices in Kansas. As recently as 1998 Phelps got […]

Coco puts her snow tire through the paces

While I might complain about the snow as I did earlier, Coco does not! In fact, she loves the snow, because it makes her favorite tire seem all the more enticing and magical.   As you can see, Coco is in no hurry to bring it to me, and when she does, she insists on […]

On Strike

There is a prison strike going on in Georgia (the American one). Inmates at six major prisons in the state of Georgia have begun a strong yet peaceful protest against inhumane conditions in the facilities in which they live. The protest is unique because it represents a coalition of Black, Brown and White inmates, jumping […]

Why do they hate our emissions?

This is the fourth day of arctic weather in the low teens and single digits, and I am getting sick of it. Like most Americans, I am in no mood for a scolding about Global Warming. Battling ice is no fun, and driving is dangerous because the streets that were plowed and look safe actually […]

When heads explode

We should be glad we still have the First Amendment right to yodel, because in Austria they have lost it. No, seriously: It seems as though in Austria, the popular yodel is an insult to Muslims. An Austrian court has recently fined a citizen for yodeling while mowing his lawn, according to a report in […]

avoiding what cannot be avoided

As most readers know, I hate influence. Yet that is an absurd contradiction, one with which I struggle constantly. Avoiding influence is impossible, so I see it as one of those hopelessly unachievable goals — like goodness or perfection. In what is probably a contradictory act of damnable hypocrisy, I will quote a famous person […]

Fight unemployment! Simply stop looking for work!

An article in today’s Detroit Free Press confirms what many people on the right have been pointing out for years. What we call “the unemployment rate” is statistically misleading, for it includes only the “acute” phase of unemployed workers who are actively looking for work while drawing benefits, while omitting the large — and growing […]