Never Beg

Laura Ingraham apologized and begged forgiveness from the Parkland students in general for her mild snarky tweet about Hogg’s whining.  Public begging only ever incentivises Progressive pukes like him and his handlers, cum enablers.  David Cole, at Takimag, explains much more elegantly and fully than I ever could the folly of Laura’s squirming.  Her goose is cooked.

Update: apparently the schmos at Fox read Rat.  Here’s their statement courtesy of Monica Showalter at American Thinker.... [Read More]


TOTD 2018-4-2: Is Roseanne more influential than National Review?

I am using National Review as a place holder for the conservative punditry. This is a debate about moving the political dialog. Are books and articles the way to go or are comedies and images the way to go?

I haven’t watched Roseanne reboot but I liked the one clip with the woman in the Nasty Woman tee shirt and the pink hat. That image alone was enough to put things in prospective. The Left says and does foolish things and needs to be mock in a fun way. A light touch is better than a hammer. Roseanne did that in that clip. ... [Read More]



John Kasich did an interview on Dave Rubin. Normally, I’d think it’s quite a ‘get’ for Rubin to have such a prominent guest but maybe it says Kasich is just a has-been. From the interview, we learn that

  • He’s a populist
  • He only recently got himself a smart phone because he’s always had people to check the news and get his mail for him during the day.
  • He’s just starting to understand this newfangled new media like the Rubin Report because his people told him to pay attention to “this internet stuff.”
  • He agrees that “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.”
  • He’s inspired by the student protesters from Parkland: it’s “awesome.”

To his credit, Rubin takes even Kasich’s stupid comments seriously; it’s a tribute to Rubin’s skill as an interviewer. Honestly, I couldn’t finish this; it was too painful to watch. Nevertheless, it was instructive to see just how out of touch the political class is — as if we didn’t already know.... [Read More]


The Surveillance Microsoft

Microsoft To Ban ‘Offensive Language’ & Monitor Your Private Account [Link contains auto-play video.]

Microsoft is cracking down on what people say while using their services online. According to a new services agreement written by the company, the tech giant is planning to ban accounts that use “offensive language” and will go through your private data to “investigate” users.... [Read More]


TOTD 2018-03-30: The Moon, Up Close and Personal

Since 1994, Fourmilab’s Earth and Moon Viewer has provided custom views of the Earth and Moon from a variety of viewpoints, using imagery databases which have evolved over the years from primitive images to gigabyte-scale mosaics collected by spacecraft.  Views were originally restricted to the Earth, but fifteen years ago, in April 2003, the ability to view the Moon was added, using the global imagery collected by the Clementine orbiter.  These data were wonderful for the time, providing full-globe topography and albedo databases with a resolution of 1440×720 pixels.  This allowed viewing the Moon as a whole or modest zooms into localities, but when you zoomed in close the results were…disappointing.  Here is the crater Copernicus viewed from an altitude of 10 km using the Clementine data.

Moon, Copernicus crater, 10 km altitude, Clementine data... [Read More]


English as a Zeroth Language

I am tired of dealing with Americans whose English is not up to par.  Frequently, it is those brave souls who have learned English as a second language, and whose proficiency in their native language is beyond suspicion.  Of course they are fluent in their first language.  Of course they have worked hard to learn English.  Of course, I would rather work in English than in their own primary language.  I discount none of the effort or benefits which accrue to these hard-working multi-lingual colleagues.

But when I want to explain something at work, and I need it to be carried out as I indicate, I do not owe a breakdown of the grammar, or a definition of terms which are standard in our field.  I absolutely understand that one task of leadership is to communicate the requirement.  but I should not have to spend so much time remediating hard-working and good-spirited people — whom I like — in their basic English.... [Read More]


TOTD 2018-3-27: Who benefits?

There has been many stories in the news recently. The stated reasons and real reasons are often different. A good way to tell is to “follow the money”. Call me cynical but I see the decisions being made to further ratings therefore more money for a network. They know their audience.

Virtue signaling seems to be not about being good as being gold. It takes no backbone to follow a herd. ... [Read More]


TOTD 2018-3-24: Psst, have I got a deal for you.

See, if you invest your money with me I will give you back your principle plus 50% in 6 months. I know this sounds too good to be true but I have found the secret to buying low and selling high. I just need some capital so I am giving you the chance of the century. Since we belong to the same community, church, synagogue, and oppressed minority you can trust me. I know many important people. Look at the picture. Pictures don’t lie. Rumors that I am a Nigerian prince are untrue.

Let’s face it none of you are too stupid to fall for a scam that is why I am offering you this once in a lifetime opportunity. Just to show you how honest I am. Look in this book and you won’t see 10 Cents at all. (I am hoping to make the second edition.)... [Read More]