Reina del Cid

Posted before, but oddly compelling.

David Thompson: Because this simply can’t be posted too often

Fuck the Patriarchy

David Thompson

Go read the whole post and the comments. David has a really wonderful little community over there.

Son of a Bitch

Good tune.

Winner of national transgender beauty pageant stripped of her title because she was ‘not transgender enough’

Apparently drag queens are not really transgender.

People are so effed up. And who has the time to sort through the differences between drag queens and man-to-woman transgenders?

I confess to a giggle or two while reading the article.

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.