Archive for the 'General Interest' Category

You Won’t Believe This Border Patrol Checkpoint Refusal Video

It’s from Reason, but I was pointed to it by Radley Balko.

It’s pretty funny.

Smart Religion

From Crimsonic at Rhymes With Cars & Girls:

tl;dr

Arnold Kling on Rotisserie Baseball Leagues.

Normally I think Arnold is really smart. After that post, not so much.

That may be harsh, but talk of fantasy leagues really gives me tired head.

Romance Dance

Just because I’m listening to it now:

I did finish listening to Bringing it all Back Home, as mentioned below, along with Highway 61 Revisted, so it was time for a change of pace.

Tuft & Needle

These guys claim to have the #1 rated bed on Amazon: The Tuft & Needle Bed.

SWMBO keeps talking about a new mattress. This might be the way to go.

They have created a business model that makes sense and appeals to me.

Nashville Fridays: Songs From My Couch

Radley Balko has Katie Robertson sing for him:

It’s part of his Songs From My Couch series. There are several more videos of Katie at the link above.

Bias Confirmation!

I have a family history of heart disease. My doctor wants me to take a statin to help control my cholesterol. The last statin I was allergic too. I have no reason not to believe I’m soon going to find I’m allergic to this one too. Then along comes this article: Study Questions Fat and Heart Disease Link – NYTimes.com, and my biases are confirmed:

The smaller, more artery-clogging particles are increased not by saturated fat, but by sugary foods and an excess of carbohydrates, Dr. Chowdhury said. “It’s the high carbohydrate or sugary diet that should be the focus of dietary guidelines,” he said. “If anything is driving your low-density lipoproteins in a more adverse way, it’s carbohydrates.”

I have long thought that the low fat / high carb diet is what is making people in this country fat. I have no evidence to report to support my supposition, just 53 years of experience. No one was fat when I was young, but back then the busy bodies weren’t trying to get you to cut fat out of your diet.

About the time my mother started bringing home 2% milk, is when the waist bands started to expand.

Happy 50th birthday, Plymouth Barracuda

Happy 50th birthday, Plymouth Barracuda | Hemmings Daily.

My parents had one when I was a kid. It looked just like this:

1965Barracuda

Someday I’ll tell the story of when my dad, with the back of the ‘Cuda full of kids, was racing my uncle, with the back of his car full of kids, at speeds over 100mph, in Baja. The 70′s, man there was no adult supervision back then…

And I really can’t believe I’m that old.

The Lean In Collection

All I have to say is that almost all social science papers, today anyway, have the same weaknesses:

Nearly all the research she cites has been produced by social scientists who were drawn to their trade to fight what they saw as the insidious and often violent exploitation of women in this country. They have joined like-minded social scientists to design experiments that, for reasons of convenience and expense, are forced to rely on college students, who have learned in their social science classes that the oppression of women is insidious and often violent. The experiments always yield positive results. The findings are fashioned into papers. These are published in journals that, as a guard against bias and a guarantor of methodological soundness, are reviewed by a panel of peers who went into social science to fight the insidious and often violent exploitation of women. The data are clear: The exploitation of women is insidious and often violent. It’s pretty much settled science by now.

From an Andrew Ferguson piece on the new Lean In Collection: Brave New Stereotypes | The Weekly Standard.

Kevin Williamson at NRO

The Tyrant in the Grey Flannel Suit:

But one of those things is not like the others. There is a great deal more to the Tea Party than tricorn hats. The paradox of our constitutional order is that its architects had a deep appreciation for the dynamic described later by Lord Acton but also had firsthand experience of the necessity of building the very institutions and instruments of political power that cannot be trusted. The arrangements that they developed were both inspired and in a way crude: a federal government turned against itself, with three (it had to be an odd number) equal branches invested with both complementary and adversarial interests, a legislative branch further subdivided, and a federal government held in check by the self-interest of the individual states of the Union. Each of those divisions and adversarial relationships is crucial, which is why there remains a great deal of energy behind even such quixotic proposals as repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment.

I’m a fan of the quixotic proposals to repeal the 17th Amendment.

Read it all here.