Monthly Archive for August, 2013

China Doesn’t Have a Corner on the Elite Corruption

That is the title of the post over at WRM’s site. A sample:

We’re going to be looking out for more stories like these, because elite corruption, crony capitalism and the cozy ménage a trois of big government, big business and big media are direct threats to the rule of law and the culture of virtue that make freedom possible.

Go read the whole thing. China Doesn’t Have a Corner on the Elite Corruption Market.

The Ace will want to make this the next time she’s home

Pancake Bacon! Feast your eyes!

Pancake Bacon

The recipe can be found here. There is much that can be improved upon. For example, look at those photos, I don’t believe that just because it doesn’t have high fructose corn syrup that it qualifies as real maple syrup. That “All Natural Table Syrup” label is suspicious to me. There is no substitute for maple syrup. My several posts on the Great Maple Syrup Heist attest to my seriousness on this issue.

Just need to wash that stuff down with coffee laced with bourbon.

HT: Gerard.

What Has Been Read Lately

When I started this blogging effort, I was much more serious than I have been recently. When I started I did a bunch of stuff on education. I also dabbled in financial regulation. I soon gave up on anything related to kitchen design as that stuff moves at a snail’s pace and you could be current with one blog post a year. Lately I’ve been putting up stuff that, for the most part is kind of silly. There’s 10’s of millions of guys like me with a blog. There are hundreds of millions more using the Hello Kitty blogging tool. I’m not really carving out a niche here.

Anyway, here is what I’ve been reading ’round the web

There has been a bunch of stuff going ’round the web about Kashawn Campbell. I do recommend reading the original LA Times story before going on to the other posts. Education Realist is very good. Steve Sailer is his usual provocative self: Forrest Gump goes to Berkeley. As usual, many of the comments at both places are good too.

Also on the education front, there is this ridiculous piece at Slate: If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person. It is so bad that I think it might be satire:

I went K–12 to a terrible public school. My high school didn’t offer AP classes, and in four years, I only had to read one book. There wasn’t even soccer. This is not a humblebrag! I left home woefully unprepared for college, and without that preparation, I left college without having learned much there either. You know all those important novels that everyone’s read? I haven’t. I know nothing about poetry, very little about art, and please don’t quiz me on the dates of the Civil War. I’m not proud of my ignorance. But guess what the horrible result is? I’m doing fine. I’m not saying it’s a good thing that I got a lame education. I’m saying that I survived it, and so will your child, who must endure having no AP calculus so that in 25 years there will be AP calculus for all.

That paragraph right there is what makes me think the piece is satire. She, the author, is obviously aware that without AP calculus and other topics, there would be no internet that would allow such wide circulation of such nonsense. If it is not satire, it is the most vile piece of statist crap I’ve read in a while. Sending my kids to the Dallas schools would be child abuse. The author, naturally, does not acknowledge where our president sends his kids to school. Anyway, Sailer and his commenters have some thoughts. (Update: Just as an example: check out this interesting comment on dog whistles.)James Taranto, as usual, criticizes the logic behind the author’s argument. Angus does a down and dirty look at the numbers, to show how bad the argument is practically. But the guy who really lets the Slate author have it is Ken at Popehat. (Cute kids Ken!)

It’s Friday, so everyone should stop by and look at Friday Ephemera at David Thompson’s site. A sample:

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You should watch that video, it’s short and funny. Those Japanese are pretty whacky!

I’m off now to find a job. I’m still looking after five months. Pretty soon I’m going to have something to say about the job market and the skills matching problem.

A.M. Links at Hit & Run

Couldn’t have said it better.

Oddly, Parliament may have more influence on whether we use military force than our own Congress.

A.M. Links at Hit & Run.

1964 Barracuda

We were talking about this just the other day. We saw a ’65. I was with SWMBO and the Ace.

Of course I didn’t tell the Ace about the time my dad and my uncle were drunk and racing each other at night down in Baja. With both cars loaded with kids no less.

Ah… The good ol’ days!

I went looking for an image of a ’64 ‘Cuda and came up with this:

I found it at this blog: Old Parked Cars. You can spend some quality time going back through the pages there.

The Blonsky Device – Lowering the Bar

This is great!

Of special interest: the event will feature the world premiere of “The Blonsky Device,” an opera inspired by the life and work of 1999 winners George and Charlotte Blonsky. As you may recall (I mentioned it here), the Blonskys were awarded U.S. Pat. No. 3,216,423, “Apparatus for Facilitating the Birth of a Child by Centrifugal Force.” Which was exactly what it sounds like. (Emphasis added.)

The Blonsky Device – Lowering the Bar. Kevin is a funny guy. He also has the patent application drawing on his web site.

All 25,000 test takers fail the University of Liberia entrance exam

This is kinda’ interesting:

In a startling moment indicating either an educational system on the ropes, or a pretty significant grading error, some 25,000 Liberian students who took the admission exam to attend the state-run University of Liberia, failed. That’s every single test taker, reports the BBC.

Freshman class of zero

Cowlishaw is right

It amazes me that we tolerate the corrupting forces of college football to be part of our major universities. From Cowlishaw’s column today:

I don’t have any excuse for our tolerance of all the people on the fringes of college football getting rich while the real people doing the dirty work merely hope it pays off somewhere down the line.

Go read ths whole thing.

The Clintons

From the article:

John Catsimatidis, a prominent Clinton donor who is running for mayor of New York City, told the Times that Chelsea “has to learn how to deal with the whole world because she wants to follow in the footsteps of her father and her mother.” Oh joy.

Following in those footsteps would mean setting up organizations that rely on pledges from major corporations while your associates establish consulting firms charging those same corporations for “strategic advice.” Following in those footsteps would mean flying the banner of “charity” while you act as the middleman between multinational conglomerates and corrupt and indebted third-world governments. Following in those footsteps would mean relying on a cast of veteran stooges despite past failures and leaks to the press as they scramble to inflate their reputations at the cost of your own. Following in those footsteps means diverting a portion of the money pledged to the latest cause of the global elite, and using it to maintain habits of consumption and leisure worthy of Kublai Khan’s stately pleasure dome.

via What the Clintons tell us about American democracy.

I have always seen the Clintons as entitled political hacks. No doubt very skilled political hacks, but hacks nonetheless.

How Can People Say This Stuff With A Straight Face?

Coyote with this insight:

Somehow we have ended up in a completely backwards world where surveillance is aimed at private citizens doing private things but is banned for public officials doing public things.  Ms. Hayes-White is obviously just a puppet for the firefighters union, and she (should) be treated with contempt.

How Can People Say This Stuff With A Straight Face?.