In light of the latest research showing that smarter people drink more, and that contrary to pernicious rumor, drinking doesn't make you fat and doesn't actually kill brain cells, that it protects you from getting sick, and that it might actually prevent hearing loss, I'm actually kind of glad that Obama is driving me to dr
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Refudiating liberalism in all its forms.
An interesting chart, lifted from a column by Roger Simon, shows what the unemployment rate would be but for those who have given up looking for work. They call them "dropouts." Of course, some of those "dropouts" are actually just retired. It's true; the cruel meanies at the Bureau of Labor Statistic consider you a membe
Back during the year-end wrapup, the Weekend Investor ran a column entitled The Best Financial Advice I Ever Got (or Gave). Most of it was the predictable sort. Put all your money into stocks. Don't put all your money into stocks. That sort of thing. But two little tidbits rang true for me. The first, from Michelle Smith,
If you don't read anything else in The Weekend Journal today, take a glance at Terry Teachout's The Narcissism of Boomer Nostalgia."Not surprisingly, my parents' generation did everything they could to make life easier for their own children. Was that good for us? I wonder. It certainly didn't do us any good from a cultural
Pay no attention to Carmen. She's one of those spoilsport Tea Party types. In the real world nobody remembers what you did, much less holds you to account. So blunder on. Keep on doing what you know best. Some time in the distant future your efforts will produce different results. And who ever doubted you?
Liz and Jon gave me Dr. Seuss's ABC for Christmas. Page eight "Barber baby bubbles and a bumblebee" was marked with a photograph, the gist of which you see above. Yes, I have until mid-June to get used to the sound of "Grandpa."
I've been a bad blogger this year so Santa won't bring me many links, but for the few loyal readers I have left I've added a few items to the Christmas Compendium in the sidebar to your right. Nothing else to add at this time so I'll leave you with St. Luke... Merry Christmas. And there were in the same country Shepherds
Charlie and Marielle came home Thursday and on Saturday we drove up to Diamond Lake for our USFS Christmas tree still only five bucks for the permit. I remember when five bucks would buy a tank of gas. Stop talking about your age, Leslie says. This is the first year we've had a snow day with no kids at home to enjoy the d
We put up well over three thousand watts of lighting this year. Doing our bit for global warming, we are.
As of 4:00, about five inches. It's still coming down.
We knew it would. "To monitor compliance with these rules, the IRS and HHS are now building the largest personal information database the government has ever attempted. Known as the Federal Data Services Hub, the project is taking the IRS's own records (for income and employment status) and centralizing them with informatio
My mother-in-law Carolyn celebrated her ninetieth birthday this weekend with a big party on Saturday and a family get-together on Sunday. Here she stands surrounded by all her children and most of her grand-children and great-grand-children.
We went by the old railroad bridge just as the sun went down. The light was perfect, but all I had was my phone oh well.
I was doing some work in the garden yesterday afternoon that involveed two shovels, a sledgehammer, and a twenty pound, six foot long, steel pry bar. Really stupid work obviously. At one point I pulled the top of the pry bar toward me really hard and the bottom slipped and I cracked myself smartly on the forehead. With a
In 1877 four hundred Chinamen dug a 26 mile long ditch to bring water from the Little Applegate River to the Sterling Mine. We hiked about three miles along that ditch today. At one point, just to save time, they dug a 100-foot tunnel through a ridge. Naturally, we had to crawl through it. On the way back we saw some fai
A few bits of bright news that got drowned out by the stupid news about the stupid Chechens in the stupid city of Boston. On Monday morning Lisa Fabrizio penned a brief but brilliant screed which deserves more attention than it got. Tuesday The New York Sun explained why the phrase "value of gold" sounds like the screech
If you don't get audited now and then you're not really trying.
Boris Johnson taunts the taunters. "Ding dong, the Soviet Union is dead! Ding dong, communism is dead! ... Ding dong! Old Labours dead! The Labour Party has given up its ridiculous belief in the common ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange the slogan that used to be printed on the back of every
More from Alina Ibragimova. Nikolay Roslavets: Violin Concertos. I already have most of the well-known concertos: a half dozen Sibeliuses, three or four Beethovens, Mendelssohns, Tchaikovsky, etc.... From now on I will be going further and further afield. Roslavets I hadn't heard of before now, and I was prepared to be u
This is just plain weird. "Indian textile manufacturer Alok Industries is planning to open its first textile mill in the U.S., in an effort to save money on energy costs, a company executive said.... The mill, which would spin U.S.-grown cotton into yarn or thread, would be a major shift in the textile industry. For years
Peter Robinson has a nice little essay on Margaret and Ron. And in the blogosphere Stoaty Weasel has some thoughts on "the very public ugliness triggered by Maggies death. Out of all proportion to anything she actually did."Read it all, and maybe buy a coffee cup. Others in my corner who noted her passing include Port Sw
1925-2013 We will post a link to a suitable obituary when we find one. In the meantime, you could do worse than read Claire Berlinski's There Is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters.
For the side by side.
It was an odd year. We began it so desperately deep in economic depression that we couldn't bring ourselves to recap the previous year. And yet by the end of the year we had, if not begun to dig ourselves out, at least found shovels and determined which way was up. The change was so profound that in our more unguarded momen
The Sixth Blogiversary post, which went missing last March, has mysteriously reappeared. Sorry about that. These things happen.
"An examination of the writing of a British 18th Century author such as Dr. Johnson, and a writer from 100 years later, such as Charles Dickens, reveals that there was no increase in that time in the cost of a loaf of bread or the rental of a simple but respectable residential room in London. There were soaring economic bub
It could happen here, too, but I think it would be a little messier. In addition to tar, feathers pitchforks, we have assault weapons. And tanks.
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the 76-year-old archbishop of Buenos Aires. Lots to read in The Wall Street Journal.
Finish juggling the books, fill out Federal Form 1120S, including Schedules B and K, and K-1s for all the shareholders (both of us), then Oregon Form 20-S, then on to Form 1040, Schedules A and E, and Form 8917, then Oregon Form 40, then write checks, hunt down stamps, address envelopes, four copies of everything... Done y
What the Russians are up to. "The far-ranging survivability of these extremophiles was tested in 2011 outside an orbiting space shuttle. Tardigrades are so durable partly because they can repair their own DNA and reduce their body water content to a few percent. Some of these miniature water-bears almost became extraterrest