Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pay your taxes, patriot!

Fox News: "Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown calls for Burger King boycott over Tim Hortons deal."

You know who else really hates paying taxes?  This guy:
Ohio Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown was more than four months delinquent in paying taxes on his Washington, D.C., apartment and had to pay a penalty and interest last week.
This was not the first time, records show.
Brown also was delinquent in 2006 and 2007 and paid penalties and interest, according to tax records from the District of Columbia.
Seems like he got his tax advice from this other guy.

Monday, August 25, 2014

It's good to be the king

Hot Air: "Burger King: Enemy of the People."  It looks like Burger King is trying to make a royal inversion by taking over Canada's iconic Tim Horton's.  Can we take a moment to consider the rationality of a corporation trying to reduce its tax burden like any deduction-grabbing American?  Probably not.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Rilo Kiley - "Does he love you?"

I stumbled across this song on some Elvis Costello compilation and it's really good.  Great vocals and soaring violins at the outro....nice.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Tensions rising in Kashmir

Maybe it's just me, but I get a little nervous when nuclear powers start shooting at each other:.  CNN: "Exchange of fire on Pakistan-India border; deaths reported."

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The minor victories of trivia

I play an all-night trivia game twice a year although, frankly, it's really hard to stay up all night.  (After all, I'm not in college anymore.)  But several times during the Williams College Trivia game, there's a sublime little moment that I equate to a surfer catching a perfect wave.  It arrives at that tipping point, that beautiful fulcrum, where you just can't quite remember the answer to a question...but then you can!

There was one game we played where the question was: what fragrance was pitched to Troy McClure on the Simpsons?  I chewed on this then blurted out: "Smellin' of Troy!"

So I really enjoyed this WashPost article about the elite of trivia players: " The coolest, weirdest Internet community you’ll never be able to join."  (We'll see about that...we'll see)
There is zero need to know the kind of information LearnedLeague tests. “There’s also no need to be able to throw a wad of paper into a wastebasket 20 feet away,” says Bushfield, but “it feels awesome when it goes in — in a totally meaningless but still fulfilling way.” The comparison is apt; there are truly few sensations so gratifying as knowing the correct answer to a LearnedLeague stumper.
Yup.  I went 2/8 on the sample quiz, so my victories were few and fleeting.  Still cool.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

My son is off to college

So today I drove a heavily-laden car to New York and dropped off my firstborn at college.  I know I should be happy for him but, well, this is how I feel:

Who is running the show in Philly, Detroit and San Francisco?

In "Who Lost the Cities?" Kevin Williamson drops this tidbit about Nancy Pelosi's hometown:
The more progressive the city, the worse a place it is to be poor and/or black. The most pronounced economic inequality in the United States is not in some Republican redoubt in Texas but in San Francisco, an extraordinarily expensive city in which half of all black households make do with less than $25,000 a year. Blacks in San Francisco are arrested on drug felonies at ten times their share of the general population. At 6 percent of the population, they represent 40 percent of those arrested for homicides. Whether you believe that that is the result of a racially biased criminal-justice system or the result of higher crime incidence related to socioeconomic conditions within black communities (or some combination of those factors) what is undeniable is that results for black Americans are far worse in our most progressive, Democrat-dominated cities than they are elsewhere. The progressives have had the run of things for a generation in these cities, and the results are precisely what you see.
This is the system that race hucksters like Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton wanted.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Lip sync battle

Paul Rudd is great.

Artifacts from flyover country

The Federalist: "Reporter Thought Earplugs Were Rubber Bullets. Does It Matter?"

I'm tempted to scold this so-called journalist for failing to employ simple research skills.  Has he never heard of Google Image Search?  But as Ed Driscoll points out, these East Coast snowflakes wear it as a badge of honor that they don't know anything about otherworldly cultures and don't care to find out.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

In which I predict the future

Me, last Sunday: "Almost certainly, NASCAR will make a rule change that drivers cannot get out of their cars on the track until they get permission from safety crews (unless, of course, there's a fire or some other safety concern.)."

New York Times, today: "Responding to Death on a Track, Nascar Orders Drivers to Stay in Their Cars."  "Robin Pemberton, Nascar’s vice president for competition, announced Friday that drivers would now be required to remain in their racecars after accidents until safety workers arrived, unless they were at risk from fire or smoke."

In related news, Tony Stewart will sit out another race.

The Wal-mart thing again

Matt Walsh vs. a Walmart employee: "I'm spoiled and lazy but Walmart should pay me more money."

Extra - Legal Insurrection looks into the future of the $15 minimum wage.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Swish - purrrrrr

Flashbak: "6 common sounds of yesteryear we no longer hear."  Number 6 is "the rotary dial."

I actually have a rotary and I love that phone.  It weighs about 50 pounds and the ringing bell is clear and sonorous.  And here's the best part: when you're pissed at a caller (e.g. telemarketer) you can slam down the handset with great force and abandon.

Thus always to entitlements

The Washington Post's Robert Samuelson has a great article about how Social Security has been gradually shifted over the years to the point where it now violates the principles that FDR once insisted upon: "Would Roosevelt recognize today's Social Security?"
Roosevelt would surely be proud of this, and yet he might also have reservations. Social Security has evolved into something he never intended and actively opposed.
It has become what was then called “the dole” and is now known as “welfare.” This forgotten history clarifies why America’s budget problems are so intractable.
Social Security's shift from a kind of savings plan to outright generational theft took decades, starting from an override of FDR's veto over payroll taxes.  The shift from Obamacare's always-specious claim of "budget neutrality" was far, far briefer.