Monday, September 01, 2014

Venezuela needs oil

VodkaPundit notes that Venezuela needs to import light crude to mix with their heavier stuff in "Socialism's timeless endgame."  That is, running out of other people's money.

Use yah blinkah because you're a bad drivah

Popular Mechanics: "Massachusetts Has the Worst Drivers. Duh."

I grew up and got my driver's license in New Jersey but had to re-take the test when I moved to Massachusetts.  I always tell people that the written test in MA is laughable: ten multiple-choice questions and you need to get 70% to pass.  I always remember on my test there was the question: "Smoking marijuana will 1) impair, 2) enhance, 3) make no difference to your ability to drive."  I picked "impair."

Saturday, August 30, 2014

You keep using that word "consensus"

I do not think it means what you think it means.  Watts Up With That: "A psychologist’s scathing review of John Cook’s ‘97% consensus’ nonsensus paper."

Message mismatch

Geez, maybe the Commander-in-Chief and the Secretary of State should have a meeting once in a while.  Minuteman: "Save It For The Funny Papers, Or, The Long Slow Flip-Flop Into Light."

Let's have an open conversation about race and now shut up

Here's a story via the Volokh Conspiracy about a woman who had the temerity to discuss a double-standard in reporting and outrage when race roles are reversed and was demoted: "Speech at work complaining about alleged anti-white bias in the context of the Trayvon Martin matter = ‘hostile work environment’ harassment."
If you were advising someone, not as a politician but as a lawyer or as a friend, would you really recommend that she have “a discussion [about race] … around … water coolers” at the office, even “in a truthful and mature and responsible way”? Or would you warn her that she might get fired or demoted for it, both because of employer concern about coworker morale, and because of employer worry that statements such as hers (perhaps aggregated together over several months) could lead to an expensive lawsuit?
There is little upside and significant downside for whites in a so-called "open" conversation on race.  So the heavy lifting is left to the handful of black conservatives:
According to the Left, the economic hardships blacks face are largely due to latent racism. According to Ben Carson, and many other conservatives (Larry Elder also comes to mind), big-government policies, not racism, are the primary force suppressing black advancement.
History shows Ben Carson is right, and Jesse Jackson is wrong.
I'm sure that this distinguished neurosurgeon will be treated with the appropriate respect for his apposite if unpopular opinions.

Related - Mark Steyn on the consequences when people fear being branded "racist."

Friday, August 29, 2014

Checking that box

In case you missed it, and good for you, Obama said some stuff: "Obama Enters Briefing Room to Say Absolutely Nothing."  Well, he did manage to communicate to our enemies that "we don't have a strategy" so they must be relieved.

This is all bad theater, a desultory drive-by for the press to mouth some words before getting back to his regular job: "After Grueling Golf Vacation, Obama Finally Getting Back to Fundraising."

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sign me up

Fox News: "If They Can Do It: 'Reality' show challenges contestants to balance the budget."
Here's the set-up: Carroll and his team took eight ordinary people from Albuquerque, N.M., and challenged them to balance the federal budget in a single weekend. The group, made up of four Republicans, three Democrats and one Democrat-leaning independent, was forced to fight it out until they came up with a way to solve Washington's biggest head-scratcher.
Spoiler alert: the group was able to balance the budget.
I'm of the mind that drastic cuts that are optional now should be done before they're mandatory later.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sea of red

Veronique de Rugy: "The CBO’s New Budget Outlook: Debt Ahoy!"  "If government mismanagement of public finances goes unchecked for too long, then at some point in the future Americans will face the dual burdens of high interest payments and economic stagnation."

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pay your taxes, patriot!

Fox News: "Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown calls for Burger King boycott over Tim Hortons deal."

You know who else really hates paying taxes?  This guy:
Ohio Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown was more than four months delinquent in paying taxes on his Washington, D.C., apartment and had to pay a penalty and interest last week.
This was not the first time, records show.
Brown also was delinquent in 2006 and 2007 and paid penalties and interest, according to tax records from the District of Columbia.
Seems like he got his tax advice from this other guy.

Monday, August 25, 2014

It's good to be the king

Hot Air: "Burger King: Enemy of the People."  It looks like Burger King is trying to make a royal inversion by taking over Canada's iconic Tim Horton's.  Can we take a moment to consider the rationality of a corporation trying to reduce its tax burden like any deduction-grabbing American?  Probably not.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Rilo Kiley - "Does he love you?"

I stumbled across this song on some Elvis Costello compilation and it's really good.  Great vocals and soaring violins at the outro....nice.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Tensions rising in Kashmir

Maybe it's just me, but I get a little nervous when nuclear powers start shooting at each other:.  CNN: "Exchange of fire on Pakistan-India border; deaths reported."