Monthly Archive for July, 2011


This is exactly what I complain about:

Reading Google News, I am struck by the degree to which dramatic stories crowd out arguably more important material. The top of the page is dominated by the current U.S. debt limit crisis. It is an entertaining example of the game of Chicken as played by politicians but of limited importance otherwise, since both sides are focused not on how to deal with the long term debt problem but on the terms on which they will agree to postpone dealing with it. 

This whole thing on the debt limit, something I’ve tried to not pay too much attention to, shows Team Coke and Team Pepsi to be complete fools.  I find it amazing that more people don’t see it my way.

HT: South Bend Seven

To the beach…

Specifically Grayton Beach.

If you have nothing but time no your hands, you may be able to spot me here.

Aww Crap…

The Long Recall has bit the dust.

I’ll leave the link in my blog roll for a couple more months.

A moving tribute…

To a former staff member at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine.  You should go read the whole thing.  The Power Point Presentation is especially moving.  Tears welled up in my eyes.

/snark: Is that all they could do?  And, if that was all they could do, why bother putting it on the web?

A really nice article…

On Salman Khan and the Khan Academy.  Wired.  It is worth the time to read the whole thing.  This bit caught my eye:

The very concept of grade levels implies groups of students moving along together at an even pace. So what happens when, using Khan Academy, you wind up with a kid in fifth grade who has mastered high school trigonometry and physics—but is still functioning like a regular 10-year-old when it comes to writing, history, and social studies? Khan’s programmer, Ben Kamens, has heard from teachers who’ve seen Khan Academy presentations and loved the idea but wondered whether they could modify it “to stop students from becoming this advanced.”

That’s my bold.  It is attitudes such as this, on the part of the established education cartel, that convinces me that education needs to be taken away from the government and its syncophants.  We can’t have students making it hard for the teachers!  That is not the way it is supposed to work!

Best Prayer Ever…

Boogity, boogity. boogity, Amen!

I’m kinda pissed they didn’t show his smoking hot wife.  Also, if Father John would pray like that, I might go to mass more often.


I can’t believe this…

Writing in the New York Times, Mark Bittman, the guy behind the No Knead Bread craze, has an oped in last Sunday’s paper.  He thinks we should manage people into eating better by taxing junk food:

Sweetened drinks could be taxed at 2 cents per ounce, so a six-pack of Pepsi would cost $1.44 more than it does now. An equivalent tax on fries might be 50 cents per serving; a quarter extra for a doughnut. (We have experts who can figure out how “bad” a food should be to qualify, and what the rate should be; right now they’re busy calculating ethanol subsidies. Diet sodas would not be taxed.)

Simply put: taxes would reduce consumption of unhealthful foods and generate billions of dollars annually. That money could be used to subsidize the purchase of staple foods like seasonal greens, vegetables, whole grains, dried legumes and fruit.

We could sell those staples cheap — let’s say for 50 cents a pound — and almost everywhere: drugstores, street corners, convenience stores, bodegas, supermarkets, liquor stores, even schools, libraries and other community centers.

I don’t understand how people that expouse ideas such as this carry the label of “Liberal.”  They are anything but liberal.

For those of you keeping score at home…

Directional U did not make the cut: The Chronical of Higher Education releases its list of Great Colleges to Work for 2011.

Here’s a line of work…

That my teenage son will find interesting: “Vessel Repossession Specialist.”

Go read the entire article.  It is fascinating.

HT: The Fourth Checkraise

Please allow me to introduce you to the next…

Amy Chua.  I give you Amy Schalet, who has a new book out: “Not Under My Roof: Parents, Teens, and the Culture of Sex.”

Respecting what she understood as her family’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, Kimberly only slept with her boyfriend at his house, when no one was home. She enjoyed being close to her boyfriend but did not like having to keep an important part of her life secret from her parents. In contrast, Natalie and her boyfriend enjoyed time and a new closeness with her family; the fact that her parents knew and approved of her boyfriend seemed a source of pleasure.

I have a 17 year old daughter.  I will take a very conventational stand on her having sex in my house.  It will be fun to see the storm sweep the internets over this article.  In fact, it would be interesting to have Amy Chua weigh in on this topic.  I bet she doesn’t allow her daughters anywhere near boys.

Update: In case you don’t remember Amy Chua, let me google that for you.