Favorite Songs

I was thinking about my little sister asking me about favorite songs. This was a long time ago.

This may become a feature.

It’s not clear how this will show up in your browser, but you either hit the play button once or twice, then the song will play. You can get more than one song playing at a time. Not an ideal situation, but you can control that.

All that you dream, Little Feat.

Fat Main in the Bathtub, Little Feat. I once told my little sister that this was my favorite song. She looked at me like I had just arrived from another planet. I hope she has become familiar with this tune. It really is great.

Romance Dance, Little Feat. This is from the album “The Last Picture Show.” It was probably one of the earlier albums I bought. I still have the original vinyl.

Dixie Chicken, Little Feat.

Note from a Trump Supporter: It’s the Immigration, Stupid!

The Education Realist, who is a favorite:

I want another forty year pause in immigration, putting a near-total block on every possible means of legal or illegal access. In part because I’m a teacher who sees no opportunities for far too many of my students thanks to immigration, network hiring, and the constant wage pressure of a never-ending unskilled labor supply. In part because the government is incapable of enforcing the laws so necessary to our national security and well-being, since even the best-intentioned state and federal employees see t

Note from a Trump Supporter: It’s the Immigration, Stupid!

The Libertarian Solution to College Sports

Arnold Kling agrees with me (and Glen Reynolds):

I suspect that the romanticization of college sports comes from the same human tendency that produces the romanticization of government. Lots of people will tell you that they hate pro football and hate pro basketball, but they love college sports. Because it is non-profit.

Source: The Libertarian Solution to College Sports | askblog

I share Arnold’s general antipathy toward non-profits.

Dump the Athletic Departments

From the Dallas Morning News today:

Why is this business model — unpaid labor, mostly by black athletes, generating riches for white administrators — still tolerated?

That is some guy named Donald Yee. He is onto something, but is wrong about the solution. The athletes should be paid, that is true. But the real solution is to take away the tax preference of being part of the university in the first place.

Also, racism isn’t what motivates the economics of the college athletic scene, it is the whole set of lousy incentives and the distortions that have metastasized over time.

Additionally, the fact that most of these “student” athletes would never be admitted to the institutions for which they play, creates all sorts of corrupting opportunities for everyone associated with Big State U. Just look at North Carolina.

When India (Almost) Invaded Mauritius

I found this the other day. It is of interest since I spent 9 months in Mauritius. For a little island in the middle of nowhere, and with a population just over 1MM, the political intrigue there is amazing. I guess it is somewhat like the old saw about academia: The fight/arguments are so brutal because the stakes are so small.

The aborted 1983 mission illustrates that India’s ambitions and interests extend beyond the subcontinent.

Source: When India (Almost) Invaded Mauritius

The High but Hidden Cost of College Sports 

A surprising bit from the article:

only 24 of 230 Division I public schools generated sufficient revenues to cover the total costs of their athletic programs

And that is the generous estimate.

Bill Clinton to resign from Trump golf club right after he protests racism by paying back his Rhodes Scholarship

Or perhaps not.

Source: Sailer being funny again.

Alonzo Stagg Bowl at Community Beer Company

My alma mater, the University of St. Thomas, will play the hated Purple Raiders of Mount Union tomorrow night at 6:05pm CST in the Alonzo Stagg Bowl. This will be Mount Union’s 11th straight trip to the championship game. The Tommies were last there in 2012. A game that was lost to Mount Union.

I’m going to watch the game at Community Beer Company located at 1530 Inspiration Dr., Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75207.

Come join me for a Mosaic or Public Ale. Heck, come join me for whatever of their beers you might like.

It will be interesting to see if this post on my unread blog gets any notice…

Probably not.

But if you’re a St. Thomas alum. The watching party in Dallas is at Community Beer Company…

Two Tragedies

Star Wars is coming again in a few days. Just found this:

Michael Jackson’s story is Darth Vader’s in reverse. In Star Wars, a whiny, sexually frustrated, white man-child no one trusts turns, via hideous disfigurement, into an all-conquering, super-cool black guy who first made it big in the 70s.

Source: PooterGeek

Draft Registration

One need only have kids the age of the Ace and Deuce to hate the draft registration. It becomes even more aggravating while the Ace flirts with conventional feminism (I do think this is a passing phase, a result of her being a senior in college. While at an all girls high school she had a much better idea about feminism.) The Deuce had to register for the draft. The Pentagon has just opened up all combat billets to women. So why does the Deuce have to register for the draft and the Ace doesn’t?

Volokh:

The Pentagon’s recent decision to open virtually all combat positions to women suggests that the days of male-only draft registration are likely to be numbered. But the best way to achieve gender equality in this field is not to force women to register for the draft, but to abolish draft registration for all. That way, we can achieve both equality and freedom for men and women alike.

Source: The Volokh Conspiracy

And while we are at it, why are those that are forced to register for the draft unable to buy a drink? This is a completely unacceptable state of affairs.