Sunday, September 21, 2014


Get some sleep.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bear thread

Read some Angry Bear.

Afternoon Thread



One of the most annoying subgenres of 1st World Problems is people complaining that the taxi service Uber is less than perfect. This is a totally and completely shocking development. I thought that having an app meant they were perfect!

I'm not against services like Uber. I worry that they'll hurt the hailable cab supply, and I think all good cities should have readily hailable cabs. They should operate under whatever existing regulatory regime there is, though it is also the case that many cities have regulatory regimes which aren't exactly good for either drivers or customers.

But Uber isn't magic. They're just cab drivers who get summoned with an app. And if you're bragging about how cheap your cab ride was, it means that your driver isn't getting paid shit.

Gilded Cage

We just do so much for the poors in the country that they're actually rich! But in a cage.


I'm not really sure how this happens, but I'm glad the default mode for the White House security isn't "shoot on sight."
WASHINGTON — A Texas man who scaled the White House fence made it through the North Portico doors on Friday night before being apprehended, the Secret Service said.

The intruder, Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, was arrested just inside the doors and taken to George Washington University Hospital after complaining of chest pains, said Ed Donovan, a Secret Service spokesman.

Wakey, Wakey

Our Ruth Calvo has a great post up over at fdl about the discovery of a fabric remnant said to be at least 800 years old. A friend of Ruth's, that is involved with the dig, was able to get picture before the artifact was removed and shielded protection. Fascinating stuff.

Overnight Thread


Friday, September 19, 2014


The sunny weather in London suddenly turned dark and ugly, with rain bucketing down and hail making a significant racket on the roof.

In other news, I succumbed to an overwhelming urge to listen to Elvis Costello.

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.