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Refudiating liberalism in all its forms.

"Tell the truth. If nothing else, for the shock value " Gregory Cochran

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Derb says he's content to be a middlebrow. "We middlebrows don't plunge too deep into things. Perhaps we're afraid of what we might find there; or perhaps we're just lazy. I'll go with lazy: I'm not aware of being scared of anything, other than of course women and the po-lice. So I'm lazy. So sue me. Shallowness can anywa

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Oregon's preminent blogger Max Redline has a great new site. "I plan to transition everything from the incompetent Typepad site to the WordPress site. The new place is athematic, so none of the stuff you've seen here will be there until I can get around to adding them in. Hey, you aren't here for mongoose photos, anyway."W

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Leslie and the girls ran (mostly walked) the 5K Color Run today. If you haven't seen a Color Run, it's where as you run through gates they throw colored powder on you. You start with a clean white t-shirt, and you wind up... Colored.

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I never read, my friend Charles once sniffed, what everyones reading. Words to live by, no doubt, but I do make exceptions. Six years ago I read Before the Dawn and it was good enough to read a second time. A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History, if it is half as good as the prequel, will bear reading twi

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(Click pic for the rest) Mine's number seven, as usual. My sister's is six. I have a nephew with the number two job, university professor, although he's only adjunct, which I'm sure is not what they mean. I have another nephew with the ninth worst job, firefighter, but I've never heard him complain. Interesting that speech

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Hairy Reed on the cattle battle: "Well, it's not over. We can't have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it."I like the way he talks about an American people like it's something outside, and probably below, himself. Most of us, if we were to talk about the American people, would say "we" or

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Bloomberg says "The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it... "So the agency charged with protecting our security knew for two years that our bank accounts could be hacked and said n

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The New York Sun reports that "Americans spend an estimated 6 billion hours and more than 160 billion on tax compliance. That dollar figure is not the tax payments, it's just the tax-related compliance spending on things like software, accountants, and lawyers. "I spent a little above average in hours, not dollars this ye

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Annalee Newitz makes a fool of herself in io9. "So, why does it matter that Homo sapiens had sex with Neanderthals? It matters because now we have genetic evidence that humans as a species don't always kill and destroy what we don't understand. Sometimes, we fall in love and settle down instead."Girls, girls, girls. I hat

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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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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

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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,

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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

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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?

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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."

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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

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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

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We put up well over three thousand watts of lighting this year. Doing our bit for global warming, we are.

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As of 4:00, about five inches. It's still coming down.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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If you don't get audited now and then you're not really trying.

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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

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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

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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

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