A Progressive Speaks

About 6 1/2 minutes The reaction in the video to the election of Tom Perez as head of the DNC is fairly typical of what I’m seeing around the net. There is even a hash tag for it. #DemExit I have next to nothing in common with these folk except the desire for an end […]

Something You Can Do

I’m not sure it will help much, but there is a petition you can sign asking the President to Keep your campaign pledge to respect state marijuana legalization laws. I should add that Eric has noted that not all of the current government is on board with helping Trump keep his campaign promise. I signed.

Why pretend?

Probably because it’s human nature….    

The Bible is hate speech, as is the Quran, and so what?

I’m getting more than tired of arguments over whether the Bible (in this case the Leviticus condemnation of “lying with man as woman”) is hate speech. Let’s assume that this woman — and all people who raise religious objections to homosexuality — are religious bigots. So what? Religious bigotry is nothing new. (Just ask the Islamists.) […]

Help Could Be On The Way

There is an opiate epidemic in progress in the US and it is murdering more people than guns do. Having surpassed gun homicides for the first time in 2015, the epidemic of heroin and opioid related deaths in the US continues to grow. Amid the dismal failure of the ‘war on drugs’, it seems US […]

Total Suppression Of Dissent (is a bad idea)

About 18 minutes Suggested by Samizdata who has this to say: Tim Harford is speaking, in 2011, at some gathering of the clever and the smug, but it’s better than that. The name H. R. McMaster comes up several times, and this is, among other things, a very good quick way to learn why McMaster’s […]

The Incentives Are Wrong

The Department Of Justice has decided to cancel the Obama era plan to phase out private prisons. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed an Obama-era memo to phase out the use of private prisons, signalling his support for federal use of such facilities and advising that the Bureau of Prisons will “return to its previous […]

So much for states rights! (Campaign promises be damned!)

I was just greeted by a wonderful headline: “White House sees greater enforcement on recreational marijuana“: WASHINGTON, Feb 23 (Reuters) – The administration of President Donald Trump expects to see greater federal enforcement of laws against the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, a White House spokesman said on Thursday. Asked if the government would […]

Collectivists Shouldn’t Generalize

A Professor at Wake Forrest is in trouble with the SJW crowd over something he penned about Islam. “I come from the American Left. I am a feminist. I am a gay rights activist,” he begins. “Consequently, the argument I am about to make for tighter U.S. controls on immigration of Muslims may surprise some […]

It’s only censorship if they’re censoring something I agree with!

I was outraged over the cancellation of Milo’s speech by the University of California Berkeley recently. So were a lot of people — many of whom are on the right. You know, the people who call themselves conservatives? And now that a major conservative organization has also canceled his speech, we’re told (by the same people […]

A Little Trouble In Sweden

Our President is having some fun with the media. Give the public a break – The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2017 And Muslims are having some fun with Sweden. Having spent the entire […]

The Flynn Effect

The following is my take on the Flynn Affair. I’m betting both Flynn and the Russian Ambassador knew they were being monitored. So the question is – why did they do it? Didn’t Flynn know the motives and methods of his opposition? If he did know motives and methods – he is up to something. […]

Internationalism, 1972

Joke Of The Day

One sunny day very late in January, 2017, an old man approaches the White House from across Pennsylvania Avenue where he’d been sitting on a park bench. He speaks to the U.S. Marine standing guard and says, “I would like to go in and meet with President Obama.” The Marine looks at the man and […]

More Oroville

Some nice pictures and commentary by engineering geologists at Meta Bunk.

Conservatism Is The NEW Counter-Culture

About 8 minutes I did a postmortem of the old Counter-Culture at 60s Nostalgia. I wouldn’t go so far as to say “Conservatism is the new Counter-Culture.” My take is more that “Leave Us Alone” (libertarianism) is the new Counter Culture. I does sorta look like Conservatism if your glasses are not properly adjusted.

It Will Kill The Narrative

Californians are learning that flooding is a natural event in California. I think this will put a damper on a lot of Global Warming hysteria as citizens turn to more immediate concerns. Like preparing for future floods.

When The Levee Breaks

In honor of California. Zepparella

Loss Of Crest Control

There were warnings 12 years ago about the Oroville Dam. They were ignored. Three environmental groups — the Friends of the River, the Sierra Club and the South Yuba Citizens League — filed a motion with the federal government on Oct. 17, 2005, as part of Oroville Dam’s relicensing process, urging federal officials to require […]

Oroville Dam May Flood Sacramento

But only if the dam breaks. And what are the odds of that? Rather good I’d say. But the crisis at Lake Oroville won’t abate any time soon. Northern California is on pace for its wettest winter ever, and Croyle said an estimated 2.8 million acre-feet of snow blankets the Sierra above the dam. Depending […]