Saturday, July 11, 2015

GOP: The More Candidates, The Scarier

From my friend David Frist over at AHI, a piece on "Real Clear Politics."


An important factor in lengthening the candidate roster and also making a quick winnowing unlikely is a long decline in political discipline among conservatives, who for many decades have dominated the Republican electorate. One notable result of this indiscipline is trouble judging who is most worth backing in a presidential race – the proliferation of fuzzy thinking about who is most likely to win a general election, remain true to conservative principles, and deliver for conservatives as president. This situation results from at least two causes. One is conservatives' and libertarians' ambivalent attitude toward power and therefore toward practical, as distinct from merely expressive, politics. The other is their long record of frustration with presidential power and federal authority.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Love Gov: The Series

Here's the first installment of the quite funny, yet disturbingly creepy, "Love Gov" series from the Independent Institute:

You can find the rest of the them here.  Worth watching them all. 
Premise:  clever. 
Execution:  so accurate that it's a little uncomfortable.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

NC or OK?

It's time for the NC or OK game!

Prisoner walks out of prison, pretending to be his own brother (details are a bit fuzzy).

But the guard, and the people he tries to get to help him, are such fat-asses that they can't catch the guy.  In fact, they can't even really run at all.

NC or OK?

Here's the video....

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

This can't be real....

...and, yet...

Guy's iPhone is running low on battery.

So, wants to find a plug.  Sees one.  ON STAGE.  But it's off to the side.  Figures no one will notice.

Security notices.

This can't be real, right?  Just a publicity stunt for the show?  Lordy, I hope so.

Love Gov!

An amazingly high-quality, but also skin-crawling, series from the Independent Institute.

Here's the trailer link.  I'll put up the others, or you can just go to the web site and binge watch.

And the trailer, if you just want to watch it here:

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

They ne'er shoods hae bann'd us

People. KPC has always been at war with Scotland.

1. No the bread is not a half meter in diameter.

2. That pink bit on the left is called "bacon" (really).

3. Scottish hens are so Scottish that they only lay eggs that big.

Here's the manager of the establishment that served up this monstrosity:

“Everyone was given appropriate training so we make sure that it’s according to our standards"

Weel dain, lads. Weel dain.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Glenn Reynolds: Revolutionary?

GHR claims that if the Declaration of Independence gave sufficient, persuasive reasons for rebellion in 1776, those claims still

Does our government now have, as its principal function, the protection of people's rights? Or is it more of a giant wealth-transfer machine, benefiting the connected at the expense of the outsiders? And, most important, does our government enjoy the consent of the governed? (According to a 2014 Rasmussen poll, only 21% think so.) What would the drafters of the declaration say?

So is a new American Revolution in order? As our Founding Fathers knew, revolutions are chancy things and often make things worse. And as the declaration itself notes, "All experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed." 
I have to admit that I found myself thinking along these lines when NPR did its perfunctory "reading of the Declaration."  They had all the talking voice-boxes take a turn.  And pretty much exactly none of them actually believed what they were reading.  Their conception of the state is pure Rousseau, and coercive "social contract" with no pretense of actual consent. 

The irony of having them read it every year is delightful...and painful.
ATSRTWT for the Reynolds piece