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    Archive for April, 2010

    Brews You Can Use

    Friday, April 30th, 2010

    Viral infection has its boot on my neck. Just this great advertisement for today. The first line is a killer: You can find many more here.

    Thursday

    Thursday, April 29th, 2010

    Goyette on Inflation Spring kid activities leave little time for anything except work and . . . spring activities. I get most of my exercise by walking to work, I get most of my ongoing education from podcasts while I walk. This week, I’ve been listening to this lecture by Charles Goyette about inflation. It’s [...]

    Wednesday

    Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

    Miscellany We talk about the “cradle to grave” welfare state, but I’ve applied that toward life’s underclass, those who get free lunches K-12, food coupons and welfare, Medicaid, etc. Mark Steyn points out that we are getting there for all classes by pushing back the age of adulthood (Obamacare says kids aren’t adults for healthcare [...]

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

    Happy Up Americans are rich, make no doubt about it. But we’re not happy. “Joyless lottery winners” is how a writer for The New Yorker says about us in this nifty piece about recent eudemonistic research. A whole range of activities that people tend to think will make them happy—getting a raise, moving to California, [...]

    Monday

    Monday, April 26th, 2010

    Comical Queeridity Archie Comics is going gay! The gay’s name is “Kevin.” But they’re not trying to normalize homosexuality or anything like that, not at all: “The strapping blond will defeat Jughead in a burger eating contest, win the affection of Veronica and wrestle over how to gently rebuff her flirtations.” Disgusting. I am now [...]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, April 25th, 2010

    “[W]e must be active in all that the present moment demands of us, but in everything else remain passive and abandoned and do nothing but peacefully await the promptings of God.” de Caussade, Abandonment

    Saturday

    Saturday, April 24th, 2010

    Econ Saturday “I have $1,000 against any and all comers that GS does not win – they settle or lose in court.” That’s Barry Ritholtz, writing here. He says Goldman is facing a smack-down, which is comforting. Surprising, but comforting. * * * * * And what does Ben Stein think about the indictment? He’s [...]

    Brews You Can Use

    Friday, April 23rd, 2010

    Dinner Beers My father waged a thirty-year battle in favor of beer. When he moved to our micropolitan area, it was understood that classy people didn’t drink beer. Everyone drank hard liquor. That was 1969. But he stuck to his guns, drinking water if they didn’t have beer. Eventually, hosts started making sure they stocked [...]

    No Blogging Thursday

    Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

    I’m sorry, but I’m whipped. No blogging today. This little league baseball coaching is going to kill me . . . soon, if I’m lucky. Otherwise, I have two more months left. Did I find The Bad News Bears funny? I think I did, but it seems like a work of tragedy now. Poor Walter [...]

    Wednesday

    Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

    Compost Land Last weekend, I ripped open the chicken-wired pile in my backyard and looked for compost. I’d been shoving my family scraps in the pile since December 2008, adding twigs, leaves, grass clippings and other matter at random. The results were amazing. I got six times more compost than I thought I’d get, and [...]

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

    Alien Life I’ve never ruled out alien life, but I lean toward the scoffing mode. This book review raises some interesting points on behalf of the E.T. searchers. “Modern man evolved as a species 100,000 years ago but began broadcasting his existence (in the form of radio communications intended for domestic consumption but which might [...]

    Monday

    Monday, April 19th, 2010

    Words and Aprons “It depends on what the meaning of the words ‘is’ is.” That’s Bill Clinton’s grand jury testimony during Monicagate. He has now come a long way, though: “What we learned from Oklahoma City is not that we should gag each other or that we should reduce our passion for the positions we [...]

     


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