Sunday, November 29, 2015

Happy Advent

My war against Billo's war on Christmas has begun! Also, I posted a bunch of links.

Sunday Evening

Tomorrow is?

If It's Sunday

I think there's a pattern here. Anyone see it? Not quite sure I do... thinking...
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:


ABC's "This Week" - Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson and John Kasich.


NBC's "Meet the Press" - Carson; Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.


CBS' "Face the Nation" - Carson; Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Lindsey Graham; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.


CNN's "State of the Union" - Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee; Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas.


"Fox News Sunday" - Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina; Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C.

The Good War

I know there have been so many recently, but the recent Good War (TM) supported by the Decent Left (TM) involved Libya. That was a great and glorious noble struggle to save the people and Libya from some guy who was our friend then our enemy then our friend then our enemy again because reasons. So we tipped over the apple cart to knock over the dominos of freedom to usher in the spring or whatever the hell the metaphors were at the time. Nobody could have predicted.
The leadership of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, is now clenching its grip on Surt so tightly that Western intelligence agencies say they fear the core group may be preparing to fall back to Libya as an alternative base if necessary, a haven where its jihadists could continue to fight from even if it was ousted from its original territories.

Of course nobody could have predicted precisely. Some of us just said that maybe we should just stop bombing people all the time because no matter how noble and pure our intentions are, no matter how shiny this shining city in the hill is, it probably won't end well.

I guess we can give it one more go. See you in a few Friedmans.

Sunday, Sunday

Busy today.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

What's It All About Then

Sure there was always some possibility this was over a conflict with a co-worker or other kind of personal issue. People snap about that stuff. But it wasn't very likely.

I Think This Is How Google+ Was Supposed To Work

Sillier every day.

Pro-Life Murderers

You can understand why our media has problems with this stuff. Both sides, also, too.

Shit Is Fucked Up And Bullshit

Thanks for informing your readers, New York Times.
The shooting came at a time when Planned Parenthood has been criticized because of surreptitious videos made by anti-abortion groups of officials discussing using fetal organs for research.

"Surreptitious." Yes that's a full and appropriate way to describe videos. Oh, yes, "deceptively-edited"might be a start.


Morning Thread

We're heading out to visit a little palace today.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Evening Thread

All yours

Happy Hour Thread

Get happy.

I Guess The Hippies Were Right Again

But, you know, at the wrong time for the wrong reasons. Usual stuff.

Less than a year ago, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York proclaimed that the key to transforming the state’s education system was tougher evaluations for teachers, and he pushed through changes that increased the weight of student test scores in teachers’ ratings.

Now, facing a parents’ revolt against testing, the state is poised to change course and reduce the role of test scores in evaluations. And according to two people involved in making state education policy, Mr. Cuomo has been quietly pushing for a reduction, even to zero. That would represent an about-face from January, when the governor called for test scores to determine 50 percent of a teacher’s evaluation.

Basically they couldn't get with foisting on suburban districts the stuff they've been destroying urban schools with for the past dozen or so years.

Nice, Polite Brits

Sure there's a culture of respecting the queue, but if anyone suspects you're jumping the queue they'll cut you.


Happy to be wrong about self-driving cars, but that we're planning for a technology that doesn't exist...
There’s also the consideration of specific lanes for autonomous vehicles. How many should be built, and when?

“Do we need 12-foot lanes? Can we get by with 9½- or 10-foot lanes?” said Biter, the Florida transportation official. “We can turn that four-lane express highway into a six-lane express highway with literally the same right-of-way footprint.”

Sure restriping lanes isn't the biggest deal, but I suspect for these things to actually work to whatever extent they will, a lot of public infrastructure will have to be added...

Thursday, November 26, 2015


After years of hearing Democrats complain about how the news shows are wall-to-wall Republican crap, it's pretty weird to hear Democrats talking about how we need fewer debates - less airtime! Because what we really need is to hear Republicans all the time, just like the rest of the year. Martin O'Mally is right about this.

Afternoon Thread

Holiday blogging schedule!

Nobody Actually Says That

When have you heard anyone actually say "In God We Trust?" Anywhere? Ever?