How to live near the water without spending a million (or more)

Scott Burns: How to live near the water without spending a million.

Scott Burns is down in Florida again. He does this trip every so often and writes about manufactured (read “trailer”) homes. He is correct about the cost advantages. I am tempted to get in the car and go see the parks he mentions for myself. I know I can do with less space. Particularly if I could have a boat in the water within walking distance of my front door.

I have long dreamed of taking my design experience into the world of manufactured homes. When you look at the property that is available in Florida for manufactured homes, it is clear to me that there is a market for a luxury product. I don’t mean luxury as the current manufacturers define it. I mean luxury with a trailer full of premium brand names.

I’m confident people would pay for it.

I’m also baffled (well not really, as there are many reasons) at why we all don’t live in manufactured homes. I am probably not the guy to break through all the resistance to manufactured housing, but I would sure like to go to work for him.

Oklahoma U. Expels Racist Students, But Not Violent Football Players

I also believe in second chances, although it’s easier for me to grant them to people who merely said insensitive things than it is for me to grant them to perpetrators of violence against women. Boren, it seems, feels differently.

Reason weighs in.

Boren is an ass. So is Stoops. So is Rice. So is Pettit.

I really enjoyed my time in the UK…

Although it was 34 years ago. The place was different back then. Take a look at this:

CCTV cameras should be installed by homeowners and businesses to help detectives solve crimes in the age of austerity, Britain’s most senior policeman has said.

I don’t know that it is necessary to read the rest of the article. That quote is the first sentence.

The guy should lose his job over that statement.

OU: Where Football is King

“The judicial outcome and the video speak for themselves,” Oklahoma President David L. Boren said. “The University is an educational institution, which always sets high standards that we hope will be upheld by our students. We hope that our students will all learn from those standards, but at the same time, we believe in second chances so that our students can learn and grow from life’s experiences.”

That was President Boren recently when Joe Mixon was reinstated to the football team. Go read that whole post linked in that quote.

Here is Boren today:

“There is no double standard at the University of Oklahoma. We punish bad behavior without regard to race. He (Mixon) was suspended from the team for a year and was not allowed to play. He was also ordered to perform community service, which he has completed. We punish bad behavior without regard to whether a person is an athlete or non-athlete, black or white. It is sheer and utter nonsense to make such a statement. We are colorblind at the University of Oklahoma and make no distinction between athletes and non-athletes. We have even taken one case to the state Supreme Court to enforce the findings of our internal disciplinary process under Title IX, in a case involving a student athlete.”

Remember, Boren was a U.S. Senator and a former Governor of Oklahoma. The guy is a politician and you’ll notice he didn’t exactly respond to the accusation of a double standard.

Just remember that the video of Joe Mixon hitting that young lady has never been released. He hasn’t suffered the same two minutes of hate the SAE boys have. Also the Joe Mixon videotape hasn’t been released. I don’t believe there is video tape of Green-Beckham tossing that woman down the stairs.

The Two Minutes of Hate are Directed at Jesuit Dallas

Yeah, he was a knucklehead. He’s 19. It goes with the territory.

I just get a little frustrated that events like this aren’t just dealt with in the usual manner: social shunning, etc. The OU administration did not need to pile on. It may have been a bad idea for them to do so. I think OU president David Boren should have done nothing more than to guaranty the physical safety of all the SAE fraternity brothers, by making a clear public statement to the effect. When the usual braying hounds of the media and the professionally offended asked him what sort of punishment he and the University were going to mete out, he should have said, “I and the administration of the University of Oklahoma will need to do nothing. The wonderful students of this university will handle the issue with more speech and better speech. It is already happening.”

But the Volunteer Auxiliary Thought Police are everywhere. I bet they reside in above average numbers in college/university administration. They have demanded their sacrifice.

A teaching moment is lost.

I get even more frustrated with events like this spilling over into areas that really have a limited connection. Is it reasonable to expect all the graduates of Jesuit Dallas to be excellent young men? Jesuit is a special place, but since it is run by humans and has humans for students, it’s not perfect.

This all hits close to home. The Deuce goes to Jesuit and he has been considering OU.

I know this stink will fade with time. And I would kick that kid’s ass (and the other one) if he was my son, but this should not ruin the lives of 19 year old young men.

Social media sucks and I need to make certain the Ace and the Deuce know that.

Texas Medical Malpractice…

I’m not an attorney, but I’ve been doing a little studying on the issue lately (more to come). But the non-compensatory, or exemplary, or punitive damages for Docs is limited to $250,000 per incident. The same is true for hospitals.

This cap was instituted with the law change in 2003 and was not indexed to inflation.

I find this to be a grave injustice.

I won’t be able to drive a certain prick out of business. I so want to do so that it hurts. He should not be allowed to ever operate again.

I may start dropping his name soon. I need to know more. I do know that my opinion is safe due to the 1st Amendment, but I have other considerations.

I brought this up before…

I don’t know how to color it any other way. You are on your own for health care. It doesn’t matter who is paying. It doesn’t matter if it’s free to you. You have to pay attention. You have to raise your voice. No one is going to return your calls. So when they offer, just tell them, “You and I both know you are not going to call back. How long do you want me to wait before I call you back to remind you I need help.”

Motherfuckers…

Canoe Dogs

A 35-50lb lab. That is a good idea. Maggie’s Farm.

The breeder.

A little google foo tells me there is another breeder in Oxford.

The Deuce may go to Ole Miss. Maybe I can get a puppy when he invites me to visit on football weekend.

It does look like fun.

Everest

Hat tip: David Thompson

The Transgender Triumph

The Transgender Triumph | The Weekly Standard.

A good article on WWT.

A tidbit:

The U.S. pioneer of facial feminization, 79-year-old Dr. Douglas Ousterhout of San Francisco, has grown so wealthy from his surgical work that he owns his own Sonoma County winery.

This really made me laugh out loud:

Dr. Rachel Levine, a balding, bespectacled fiftysomething doctor who transitioned five years ago and was appointed on January 27 by Pennsylvania’s new Democratic governor Tom Wolf the state’s first transgender physician general, can look to the uninitiated like Phil Silvers in a wig.

At the suggestion of Lot I google image searched Dr. Rachel Levine. That line quoted above is even funnier.