Thank you Lord for what I did not get

I didn’t watch the SOTU, and I’m glad I didn’t. But even though I didn’t watch the speech, I still agree with what Roger Kimball said about it:  I am not quite ready for the 2012 campaign yet… Me neither. So I’m glad I don’t have to play this idiotic game. (Via Glenn Reynolds, who […]

Freedom of expression for fundamental assumptions?

A writer at the Daily Caller maintains that having a gay group at CPAC will lead to the  “crack-up of conservatism,” but what fascinated me the most about the piece was to read that it is the conservative position that human sexuality is fixed and unchanging. Apparently, the acceptance of gays is causing a lot […]

at-risk fragile egos need hugs and apologies, not vitriolic rhetoric!

Via an email from a friend, I learned that a girls’ basketball team is facing severe criticism for beating the opposing team by too large of a margin:    It’s been called unsportsmanlike. It’s been called ugly. The question now is whether Christian Heritage (Utah) High, which routed West Ridge (Utah) Academy, 108-3, in a girls […]

Hoyt On Heinlein – A Forest Of Jungian* Knives

As some of you know I got to read Learning Curve by William Patterson in Advanced Reading Copy format, and I was dissatisfied – through my own fault – with my blogging about it at Tor.com. (I was NOT dissatisfied with the book, which I think every Heinlein fan should read.) Not blaming anyone save […]

the Internet can be dangerous

Speaking of royal proclamations, a bill has been introduced which would give the president the ability to turn off the Internet: …the point of the proposal is to assert governmental control only over those “crucial components that form our nation’s critical infrastructure.” Portions of the Lieberman-Collins bill, which was not uniformly well-received when it became […]

The Edge And The Center

I was reading The Science of Libertarian Morality, H/T Instapundit, and got to thinking. 1. Humans are herd (troupe) animals. 2. Most want to live in the center of the herd. They have to know what the rules are. Some want mommy rules, some want daddy rules. They are in agreement that rules (lots of […]

A bugger of a proclamation, from the mouths of top bug men!

Speaking of religious issues, according to a Breitbart report, some of the worlds’s top bug advocates, invoking the sacred UN as a planetary authority, are demanding that we learn to eat bugs: …head of entomology Marcel Dicke knows that changing Westerners’ mindset will take more than disguising a worm in chocolate. “The problem is here,” […]

Religious right?

Not that what I think carries any legal weight, but I don’t think spanking should be a crime. This is not a judgment over the rightness or the wrongness of spanking so much as it is my opinion that whether and how parents discipline their children is one of the places where government does not […]

Headline Of The Day – 24 Jan. ’11

Never Bring a Lap Dog to a Grizzly Fight Cross Posted at Power and Control

The Sun Erupts

My post Some Interesting Science Papers drew some sceptical responses. Fine. Theories should be picked apart until we can be sure they will hold water. But we should also be on the look out for new data. And here is a piece of new (for me) data that will knock your socks off. Vast Solar […]

Social is bad, and who is social?

I’ve been blogging for nearly eight years, so I like to think that I know what this medium is. It allows me to write and share whatever thoughts and opinions I have with whoever cares to read them. Whether I write about ideas, politics, culture, or mundane details from personal life — and whether I […]

Better Good Lovin’

Since it is Sunday I think some religious music is in order. The video starts a little slow with an announcement followed by a so so version of “I Need A Miracle” and then segues into one of the best ‘Dead versions of “Good Lovin” I have heard so far.

Reigning cats or dogs?

As I was reminded in an earlier comment that the focus of this blog really ought to be on dog blogging, and as Coco has been deeply concerned (if not actually offended in the true sense) by some of the blatant cat blogging which has been going on at her site recently, I thought it […]

At least Dr. Gosnell wasn’t running a Hooters!

Anyone who wants to read the gruesome details about that Philadelphia butcher who performed unsanitary and illegal abortions which killed women and babies should check out Clayton Cramer’s post on the subject.  The following is from the Grand Jury report: This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women. What we mean […]

Biofuel Revolution!

Commenter Brock at my article Biofuel Breakthrough? had a few very interesting words on the subject that bodes well for the future. Well I’m cautiously excited anyway. Biological systems have been producing simple sugars and lipids for a few trillennia now, and it’s only the laws of Darwinian Fitness (not the laws of physics) which […]

Palin, Pat, And Pot

A while back I did a post on how Pat Robertson had changed his stance on pot (at least for a while). And I quote: …something else we’ve got to recognize. We’re locking up people that take a couple of puffs of marijuana and the next thing they know they’ve got 10 years. They’ve got […]

It’s not betrayal if we do it!

There are two things I love about Sarah Palin. One is that she’s the overall best chance that small government libertarians and constitutionalists have of getting someone of a libertarianish bent into the nation’s highest office, and the second is that I love the way she drives the left wild, and causes them to seriously […]

Some Interesting Science Papers

My friend Physicist Oliver K. Manuel has a paper out explaining that the sun is not an ordinary star that “burns” strictly Hydrogen, but a neutron star with a Hydrogen mantle. The paper is rather technical but I can give you the flavor of it with an excerpt from the Conclusion. Dynamic competition between gravitational […]

Biofuel Breakthrough?

I have just been notified by my friends at Talk Polywell of a break through in the biologic generation of liquid fuels. The Globe and Mail reports on the breakthrough (although my friends at Talk Polywell think the report is garbled by a not entirely science literate reporter). In September, a privately held and highly […]

Aaron Zelman Of JPFO Has Died

Aaron was a great defender of gun rights. He was a totally stand up guy. I explained to him how the Drug War was a danger to gun rights and after some discussion he changed his position. He will be sorely missed. Memorial Page JPFO Home Page Books By Aaron Zelman Cross Posted at Power […]