Friday, September 19, 2014

Happy Hour Thread


The Worst Person In The World

Robert Bentley.

Conservative Gotham Residents Against Gotham

I do never tire of this genre. I think it was the Fonzie of Freedom who, years ago, wrote a piece about how, yah, he actually liked New York City better than Wyoming (or whatever place it was that was supposed to represent small government heaven.)

Traffic Causes Traffic Problems

Yet so many drivers just want more people to drive.

The Happiest Man In America

BoBo's column is pretty trippy, but I did enjoy this comment that someone made.
One reason middle-aged people, especially men, have a tough time making friends because, like an old truck driver acquaintance once told me, "I can't afford any friends". Friends are expensive, because there is no such thing as an unselfish friend--they are all seeking something out of the relationship, else they wouldn't enter it. Brooks is a naive fool if he thinks otherwise.

And for married men, the difficulty in making friends is compounded by their wives, who jealously seek to eliminate any source of happiness that might be afforded their husbands outside of the marriage. A wife is never happy if she thinks her husband might be happy without her. As male friends provide happiness outside of the marriage for husbands, wives rarely willingly accommodate them.

The same thing is not true in reverse--wives cultivate scores of friends and husbands happily go along, else they be considered an impediment to the wives' happiness, which would violate the whole premise behind the marital compact--that women agree to marriage on the condition that their husbands will put their happiness above their own.

Husbands and wives can be friends, and should be, but carefully so, as the marital relationship is a dialectic. Each party is constantly striving to have their own will expressed. Being too friendly with an antagonist like a spouse can lead to being taken advantage of.


Well then.

As if to underscore the lack of clarity, the Pentagon has not yet given the mission a formal name — like Operation Enduring Freedom, its designation for the Afghanistan war — which has unsettled Pentagon reporters.


Woke up around 4 in the morning because it smelled like the neighborhood was burning down. Must have been this, but that's over 4 miles away.

The Nays have it

Good morning. It's a warm, sunny day here in London, and lots of people are breathing a sigh of relief and others, well, aren't. But it will come back again, you know, if the Tories aren't true to their word, which they won't be.

Only three precincts voted Yes. That came as a surprise to a lot of people, but folks in the Orkneys don't expect any more from the elite of Scotland than they do from those toffs in Westminster.

Meanwhile, you might not expect it to be good news when the court rules that Kansas must remove the Democratic candidate from the ballot, but it's actually great news.

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Keep rocking.

Late Night

Free Brixton.

The Company's Business Is Business

It's the hokey pokey. That's what it's all about.

Happy Hour



Again, I have no idea if independence will be good in some general sense for Scotland (like any other policy change there will be winners and losers), but it is the case that the worst people have been trotting out the worst arguments against it. It's hard not to root for 'Yes.' We'll know soon!

Small Menus

A decent rule of thumb is that the smaller the menu, the better the food is likely to be. There are exceptions. A diner with 37 different egg-centric dishes probably can manage all of those combinations perfectly well, for example. But generally...

Lunch Thread


The Worst Person In The World

Brian Lederman.

Not A Drop

Still don't know what happens if/when a major metro area runs out of water.


The real story here is "unethical Hillary Clinton supporters violate confidence, selectively leak emails from confidential email list."

No I'm not on that email list.