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.

Some kid wants to wear his My Little Pony back pack to school

And we learn from the Education Realist that some people say the school is blaming the victim when it was suggested the kid not where the back pack to school:

So when a boy with a little girl’s backpack faces derision and taunting, the school might see both the taunting and the backpack as problems. But no, the mother takes the story public, and a wide range of idiots go out of their way to denounce the school for not letting a 9 year old boy have a my little pony backpack.

The Education Realist has links to other commenters on this story. If my son wanted to wear such a thing, I would let him, but I’d also tell him he’d better prepare for trouble. I remember what school was like.

The one thing I’ve not read in any of these stories or blog posts about this kid is any mention of his father. It’s got to be really hard on a boy to go through life without a father.

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 –, 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.

Bringing It All Back Home: Released Today in 1965

Gerard reminds us that today is the 49th anniversary of the release of  Bob Dylan’s Bringing It All Back Home.

He also has a great little story about a Cowboy and a Cop: Horseman Passing By. Go read it.

Since I’m home alone this afternoon, I’ll probably be listening to quite of bit of Dylan. The guy has an amazing catalog, which is almost pointless to say, I know. But I’ve found that each listen provides additional reward. I am also pleased to report that my listening has produced a Dylan fan in the Ace.

I bet she drives her college roommates crazy with listening to Dylan.

Finally, an app for Misanthropes like me…

Want to Avoid People? There’s An App for That.

It’s not all that great though, as you’ll have to let someone know where you are, which is problematic, because people can’t be trusted..

It’s not a garden party until someone asks you to invest in their startup.

Unhappy Hipsters.


In discussing a New York Times article on this report from the DOE’s Office of Civil Rights, Steve Sailer says:

If they looked at 97,000 schools, surely some of them must have the opposite pattern where, at a statistically significant level, Asian females get in trouble more than black males. Right? So, all they have to do is figure out What These Schools Are Doing Right and then repeat it nationally.

Gap Closed!

The guy makes me laugh out loud on a daily basis.

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:


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.

David Thompson Again

Go read Their Might Brains Will Save Us. A small, and to me, deliciously funny quote:

Fred McConnell, 27, is the sole male in a group of ten and tells us that, “After university I headed to Afghanistan to produce multimedia for a skateboard charity.” As one does.

The comment section of David’s blog is always good. There are some witty people that make regular appearances.

And as to Fred; why is there such a thing as a skateboard charity? There are a lot of things that are fishy about Fred and his story. The original article that David points to can be found here.

Friday Ephemera

Friday Ephemera. From David Thompson.

He’s over there in my linkroll.