Tag Archive for 'The Ace'

The Coming Boomercide – Z Man

The Coming Boomercide – The Z Blog

I believe we are headed to what I like to call “The Great Reset.”

Pensions, Social Security, Student Loans, Entitlements, Medicare, Obamacare, Military Adventures Abroad, the list goes on… and on… and, well, it’s obvious no one really knows how long the list is.

It is a simple fact that not all of this can be paid for or paid off. Something has to give?

My current leading expected method by which the establishment will try to fix these problems is with several years of runaway inflation. But the Z Man may be correct. Maybe the youngsters won’t want to share the pain of the inflation with the Boomers (I’m a late stage boomer that didn’t vote for any of this crap. I’m a late stage boomer more worried about his children’s future than whether or not I get a few years of boating in Florida before I slip into dementia). Maybe the younguns will push us boomers off a cliff. Maybe they will have the stones to just stop payment.

I better be nice to the kids.

A favorite pic of the Ace

Good One of the Ace

This was taken on our second trip to the Bahamas. It was two years later. I put this pic in summer 2004.

Draft Registration

One need only have kids the age of the Ace and Deuce to hate the draft registration. It becomes even more aggravating while the Ace flirts with conventional feminism (I do think this is a passing phase, a result of her being a senior in college. While at an all girls high school she had a much better idea about feminism.) The Deuce had to register for the draft. The Pentagon has just opened up all combat billets to women. So why does the Deuce have to register for the draft and the Ace doesn’t?

Volokh:

The Pentagon’s recent decision to open virtually all combat positions to women suggests that the days of male-only draft registration are likely to be numbered. But the best way to achieve gender equality in this field is not to force women to register for the draft, but to abolish draft registration for all. That way, we can achieve both equality and freedom for men and women alike.

Source: The Volokh Conspiracy

And while we are at it, why are those that are forced to register for the draft unable to buy a drink? This is a completely unacceptable state of affairs.

Merry Christmas!

Here are the Deuce and Ace on Christmas morning:

Deuce and Ace Christmas 2014

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.

The Dark Power of Fraternities

One quote from the article:

Most of them are awash in alcohol. And most if not all of them are bereft of any meaningful adult supervision.” As for the risk-management policies themselves: “They are primarily designed to take the nationals’ fingerprints off the injury and deaths, and I don’t believe that they offer any meaningful provisions.” The fraternity system, he argues, is “the largest industry in this country directly involved in the provision of alcohol to underage people.” The crisis-management plans reveal that in “the foreseeable future” there may be “the death or serious injury” of a healthy young person at a fraternity function.

I read that long, and worth the time, article. The author makes a strong case that the fraternity system is deeply flawed. She also hits pretty hard on much of the problem being alcohol. Since college students can’t drink on campus at school sponsored events (most students are under 21), they will go off campus to the parties at the frat houses. The drinking age being 21, and the whole cascade of other factors the author lists, cause the crazy fraternity situation.

The drinking age should be lowered to 18. Alcohol should be deglamorized. It should be more common and less mysterious and romantic.

It is an insane public policy that will require the Deuce to register for the draft when he turns 18, but will not allow him to legally buy a beer.

It is also insane, I’m looking at you feminists, that the Deuce has to register for the draft but the Ace gets to skate on that requirement.

Go read the whole thing: The Dark Power of Fraternities – The Atlantic.

Matt Walsh

He has a terrific rant on college debt:

So he’ll amass a gigantic debt, miss out on four or five years that could be spent honing his specific skillset, and end up exactly where he could have been, and would have been, without college. Only now he’s 28 thousand dollars in the hole and half a decade behind the curve.

RTWA: Thank God I wasn’t college material | The Matt Walsh Blog.

I’m going to start sending links to the Ace. She is contemplating transferring to a school where she would have to borrow money to finance her education. It’s a bad idea, and I keep hammering on it.

Why Are Young Americans Supportive of Obama When His Policies Are So Bad for Them?

I’ve asked the Ace and Deuce about this many times. They tell me that they just aren’t into politics.

I tell them they are eventually going to be into politics good and hard.