Monthly Archive for January, 2014

Ice Fishing

A huge ice fishing contest on Gull Lake in Minnesota:

Gull Lake

Looks like a lot of fun, eh?

Oh my God you could not get met out there! I went ice fishing once as a kid, what a miserable experience.

The picture is a link to the original article. There are several more photos there.

Apple And Google Conspire to Suppress Wages

The article, and I do suggest reading the whole thing, covers the lawsuit against Apple, Google and others for conspiring to keep wages in Silicon Valley down. An excerpt:

What’s galling about the emails is that they come from executives who, on any other day, praise the wonders of the free market, competition, and its ability to set fair prices. Yet in private, when it comes to their own companies, they avoid competing for staff and pursue policies that artificially distort the market to ensure that their most valuable assets — the people who actually create the products that generate Apple and Google’s returns — get paid as little as possible.

At the same time the executives of these large politically connected firms are suppressing wages, they are also lobbying for more immigration.

The original article: Apple And Google Recruitment Emails In Lawsuit – Business Insider.


Ann Coulter on Wendy Davis:

Feminists rushed to the stores to buy the shoes Davis wore during her famous filibuster. I’d like the shoes she was wearing when she met her sugar daddy.

Yeah, I know… Ann Coulter, but it is still funny.

Carts and Horses, Causes and Effects

Via the Instapundit, we find this gem at The Other McCain:

Do you see what I mean about “credulous certainty”? If you begin with the assumption that the researchers have accurately measured something meaningful — West Virginia, land of opportunity! — and then start blabbering that “the researchers found” this, that and the other correlation, you’re likely to end up making all kinds of foolish arguments, as Matthew O’Brien eagerly does:

The American Dream is alive in Denmark and Finland and Sweden. And in San Jose and Salt Lake City and Pittsburgh. But it’s dead in Atlanta and Raleigh and Charlotte. And in Indianapolis and Detroit and Jacksonville. Fixing that isn’t just about redistribution. It’s about building denser cities, so the poor aren’t so segregated. About good schools that you don’t have to live in the right (and expensive) neighborhood to attend. And about ending a destructive drug war that imprisons and blights the job prospects of far too many non-violent offenders — further shrinking the pool of “marriageable” men.


You have no clue, O’Brien. “Building denser cities” in rural South Georgia? “Ending a destructive drug war” in Eutaw, Alabama? The American Dream “alive” in Pittsburgh but “dead” in Charlotte? You’re attempting to “solve” a problem you haven’t even begun to understand, and in the process making yourself a public nuisance.

Go read the whole thing, it’s great: Carts and Horses, Causes and Effects : The Other McCain.

The Difference Between Dogs and Cats

I think Dog and Cat people exhibit the same differences in their approach to all relationships.

Update: I just remembered that my old coworker, the WWE, said that people that like dogs have the qualities of cats themselves, and that cat lovers have the qualities of dogs. Remember this: I am a dog person, you don’t want me teaching you how to descend the stairs!

Ed Driscoll » Rotary Club Plots to Seize American Power

Ed Driscoll » Rotary Club Plots to Seize American Power.

I went looking for at this post to find something to tease my Rotarian brother-in-law (Actually, my sister-in-law’s husband, but I don’t want to be pedantic, I just want to bother my brother-in-law.)

The post, however, is just another from someone on the right that, correctly, points out that fascism comes from the left. Leftists don’t seem to know this. The title to the post comes from some interesting things said about Rotarians back in the ’30’s by noted civil libertarian author Sinclair Lewis.

Since I didn’t really find anything to pick on the BIL in the post, I’ll just have to resort to reposting this picture:




Ed Driscoll: How the Rotary Club Plots to Seize American Power

While reading this post from Ed Driscoll, I came across this great quote from Garrison Keillor, who obviously knows and understands people on the right:

The party of Lincoln and Liberty was transmogrified into the party of hairy-backed swamp developers and corporate shills, faith-based economists, fundamentalist bullies with Bibles, Christians of convenience, freelance racists, misanthropic frat boys, shrieking midgets of AM radio, tax cheats, nihilists in golf pants, brownshirts in pinstripes, sweatshop tycoons, hacks, fakirs, aggressive dorks, Lamborghini libertarians, people who believe Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk was filmed in Roswell, New Mexico, little honkers out to diminish the rest of us, Newt’s evil spawn and their Etch-A-Sketch president, a dull and rigid man suspicious of the free flow of information and of secular institutions, whose philosophy is a jumble of badly sutured body parts trying to walk.

Which reminded me of this great blog: Nihilist in Golf Pants. He’s got a few friends up there in Minnesota, but it has to be a little lonely being the crank he is in that part of the country.

I’ve added the Nihilist to the link roll.

The next post will cover those evil Rotarians.

Investment Advice from Carl in Chicago

In talking about the gentrification of San Francisco, Carl from Chicago closes with this point:

If you really want to look at long term opportunities I’d recommend property in Oakland. Oakland has a great location, it just needs to be terraformed via gentrification and rising property taxes until every activist and poor person is driven out, just like it is occurring today in San Francisco. Maybe this is a 20-30 year vision, but it will happen.

From: San Francisco and a Sneaky Win for the Red.

I think it is an idea worth seriously considering, but I don’t have the time or the money. But I will pass this along to the Ace and Deuce. The Deuce loves California and may be interested in exploring this idea.

Is a backlash developing against open kitchens?

Yeah, a post on kitchens is long in coming. Here is an article to peruse: Is a backlash developing against open kitchens? | Spaces – Yahoo Homes.

From the article:

While open-kitchen lovers champion the ease of multitasking cooking and entertainment and appreciate how the cook can keep an eye on the kids (or an eye on a favorite TV show), the haters reply that open kitchens do neither effectively. Instead, the detractors say, open kitchens leave guests with an eyeful of kitchen mess, distract cooks, and leave Mom and Dad with no place to hide from their noisy brood.

The haters don’t have any friends and are lousy parents. Open kitchens are the way to go. The kids will leave, sooner than you think, and you’ll soon have the whole space to yourself.

Wow, it’s been so long since I’ve done a post on kitchen design and remodeling, I don’t even have categories set up for those topics. That may have to change.

My Friends have More Friends Than I Do

I’ve long thought this was the case. I usually strike it up to my morose nature. That and the fact that I’m kind of an asshole to people. But it turns out it’s not me, it’s scienece:

Researchers have since observed the so-called friendship paradox in a wide variety of situations. On Facebook, your friends will have more friends than you have. On Twitter, your followers will have more followers than you do. And in real life, your sexual partners will have had more partners than you’ve had. At least, on average.

I’ll have to talk to SWMBO about that last one. There is that “At least, on average.” out for her…

The article: How the Friendship Paradox Makes Your Friends Better Than You Are | MIT Technology Review.