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]

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Today’s Kipling – MacDonough’s Song

Kipling wrote science fiction. The book A Diversity of Creatures contained the story ” As Easy as A.B.C.”, set in 2065, when a universal government ruled the world. The story centers around the singing of a forbidden song, Macdonough’s Song, presented in full at the end of the story, and reproduced below. Read it now, while you can. If Kipling’s prediction is correct, it will be banned before the next 50 years.

MacDonough’s Song

 As Easy as A.B.C.
(1912)

 Rudyard Kipling

Whether the State can loose and bind
In Heaven as well as on Earth:
If it be wiser to kill mankind
Before or after the birth–
These are matters of high concern
Where State-kept schoolmen are;
But Holy State (we have lived to learn)
Endeth in Holy War.... [Read More]

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John Wick: The Film

This film showed on a TV channel, and I really enjoyed it. Having been exposed to a few neo-noir thriller, and comedy, films, I am understanding the genre more, and finding I like it. With John Wick I loved the martial arts fights. The choreography is fantastic.

John Wick (2014) is an American action thriller film, in the neo-noir genre. Directed by Chad Stahelski (49) and David Leitch , two stuntmen turned directors, the action is brilliant. The writing by Derek Kolstad (43) is tight, and the cinematography by Johathon Sela (39) is in the neo-noir style: dark, reflecting the world of the criminals, and with unusual angles and lighting, making the film interesting to watch. The music, by Tyler Bates (52) and Joel J. Richard (41), is perfect for the film, and sets the tone. John Wick was a success at the box office. It had a budget of approximately $ 20,000,000, and made around $89,000,000.... [Read More]

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Race and Social Mobility

It’s always dangerous when the innumerate play with numbers. This recent NYT piece entitled Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys is a good example. Just as every cloud has a silver lining, so does the data reported in the article contain some useful information. But first, the stupid part.

The following two graphs are presented to display the relationship between parental and offspring income for men (left) and women (right). The horizontal axis plots the income percentile of parents; the vertical axis is percentile for their offspring. For instance, the average white male from a 50-percentile (i.e., median-income) household will end up in the 56th percentile of income: upward mobility. On the other hand, one starting in the 90th percentile (Richie Rich) is likely to end up in the 67th percentile: a reversion to the mean. I’ve added a handy visual aid to the graphs, the diagonal line, that tells you something about social mobility. Individuals above the line will generally experience upward mobility; those below will tend to have downward mobility.... [Read More]

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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]

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This Week’s Book Review – Sins of Her Father

I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Wednesdays. When it appears, I post the review here on the following Sunday.... [Read More]

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Emotional and Intellectual Consequences of Knowledge

In reading the post “If We Should Survive,” something occurred to me. Such thoughts – not uncommon to me – arise in the context of my tendency to compare my understanding of the world (and the universe, or is it the multiverse?) to that I imagine our ancestors had at various times in history. Our scientific knowledge has obviously improved material life in ways they could hardly have imagined. How about their spiritual lives – their understanding of beginnings, ends, meaning – compared to ours?

We merely add a Chinese satellite to the ever-growing list of things which we know could kill us (or all life on the planet). Our predecessors had a shorter list – pretty much restricted to what we would call “acts of God.” The necessities of life, for most of human history, were scarce and their availability wildly unpredictable. Maybe it was a blessing to have to work all ones waking hours to merely subsist; no time for neurosis. I suspect that sitting with fellow tribe members around a fire on a cool night was one of life’s few pleasures. Maybe the vestige of that is the pleasure I take from maintaining a fire in my wood stove.... [Read More]

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If We Should Survive

CBS News is pushing an AP

PSSSST! Over Here!
story about the Chinese satellite expected to soon rain flaming death upon somebody.  Seriously, last thing I heard was that it should begin to burn up over Malaysia and finish with a satisfying THUMP in my neighborhood.  I’ll keep looking up, as Jack Horkheimer says, but I wish to quibble over the odds — or the odds as stated.

 The chances of anyone [sic] person on Earth being hit by debris is considered less than one in a trillion.... [Read More]

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