Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I Am So There

Hell is other people
Jean-Paul Sartre
Apparently in some circles the prejudice against plain-spoken people* is so strong that it is perfectly acceptable to ignore anything they say, and to tell them that it's their own fault for calling it like they see it.

Of course, when you ask the bigots how this is different from ridiculing or denigrating the opinions or experiences or observations of people based on their skin tone, say, or gender, etc. etc., they continue to not hear you.
*Doesn't really matter if you replace "plain spoken" with "tactless" or "asshole."  If you're so offended by someone who habitually gives it "with the bark on",  that you automatically ignore anything they say, then you're a narrow-minded bigot.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Shortest -- and Best -- Graduation Speech ever

A whole 335 words, and 12 bullet points.
1. Many things that are desirable are not feasible.
2. Individuals and communities face trade-offs.
3. Other people have more information about their abilities, their efforts, and their preferences than you do.
4. Everyone responds to incentives, including people you want to help. That is why social safety nets don’t always end up working as intended.

Read the whole thing at Thomas Sargent Shortest Graduation Speech - Business Insider

Saturday, April 19, 2014


In comments to a previous post Eric -- who lives pretty close by to be someone I only know electronically -- asked if we'd ever shopped at a local store called Proper British Bacon.

I told him that we had, that we like their sausage very much, and that I've made "pig candy" (candied bacon) using their wares. They now have a second location, and ship.

I don't think they had haggis before.

They do now.

Be warned.

(Edited because formatting.)

By the Rude Bridge that Arched the Flood...

(Lyrics to "Chester")

Thursday, April 17, 2014

"...but sometimes it rhymes."

Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine
Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to "register" with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Israeli media.
And here we are with some bizarre cross between Woodrow Wilson and Jimmy Carter steering the Ship of State...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Helpful hint

If every single driver you pass on the interstate starts flashing his brights at you, this is what we call A Clue: Your headlights are off.

The "interstate" portion of my homeward commute generally lasts all of 15 minutes, and I saw two, count 'em two, idjits running dark.

As one of them passed me I could see that she also needed to hang up the damned phone and drive.

These were far from the only behind-the-wheel jackasses I saw today, but they may have been the most egregious.


Wild west! Vigilante justice! Blood in the street!