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  • (Vanity) Trump's Miracle,A Modest Proposal on Voter Fraud

    11/09/2016 10:11:40 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 55 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | Nov 9, 2016 | grey_whiskers
    It's in the bag for Trump. Nobody among the intelligent, sophisticated coastal elites thought he would do it. Final reports differ, but when the smoke clears, it looks like Trump will have over 300 electoral votes -- during an election when most people were expecting a Hillary landslide. It's a stunning rebuke. How did he do it? The Deplorables. Trump won over 50% of white women, and won in every age bracket. As an internet commenter observed, You can only piss on people for so long before they figure out it's not raining. But here's why Trump's victory was a...
  • (Vanity) The Time Has Come, The Whiskers Said, To Speak of Many Things (edited)

    10/18/2016 10:25:35 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 17 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | Oct 19 2016 | grey_whiskers
    Of Wikileaks, and Project Veritas, The Enquirer, and Things. So, by now almost everyone has heard of the Wikileaks emails. Julian Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy overseas, fighting extradition on a charge of sexual assault up in Sweden. There have been a steady stream of drips of emails from Wikileaks, involving John Pedestal (Hillary heavy) and various-and-sundry. The Obama administration, and the Clinton campaign, have been going crazy trying to figure out how to suppress, discredit, or stop the leaks, or at least change the subject. They figured with the Octopussy scandal hitting Trump, the election...
  • The Ryan Connection

    10/11/2016 4:41:18 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 7 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 10-11-2016 | grey_whiskers
    By now, everyone has heard of the bombshell of the leaked Trump-Bush tape, in which Donald spoke of "grabbing them right in the ..." well, you know. It was wildly hailed as the end of the world; the more so, as a number of leading Republicans (Paul Ryan and John McCain among them) loudly pulled aside their skirts, and said they could not support Trump, urging the rest of the GOP to follow them. Within a day, however, Trump had recovered his poise; holding a press conference before the scheduled debate the next day, with women who had been sexually...
  • (VANITY) Rudyard Kipling on the 2016 Election

    10/08/2016 10:23:14 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 11 replies
    http://www.freerepublic.com ^ | 10-08-2016 | Vanity adaptation of Rudyard Kipling
    If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all RINOs doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, And your hair don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: If you can dream—and not make dreams your master; If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Hillary and Paul Ryan And...
  • (Vanity) You Are Old, Mrs. Clinton

    08/23/2016 5:32:47 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 44 replies
    The velveted paws of the Typing Tabby ^ | 08-23-2016 | grey_whiskers
    "You are old, Mrs. Clinton," the young voter said, "And have to pretend to be strong; And yet you incessantly sit on a stool -- Do you think, you'll keep up, the act long?" "In my youth," Mrs. Clinton replied to the pup, "I was always afraid of a fall; But, it's more than a stool, for the Press holds me up, (and my Poll numbers, too!) through it all." “'You are old,' ” said the youth, “as that old poem went, "And have grown most uncommonly fat; Yet you still wear those pants suits that look like a tent...
  • (Vanity) What The Hell Just Happened This Election Cycle?

    05/03/2016 7:28:26 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 46 replies
    Free Republic, adapted from Zero Wing ^ | 05-03-2016 | grey_whiskers
    In A.D. 2015 Election was beginning. Captain: What happen? Mechanic: Somebody set up us the TRUMP. Operator: We get Twitter. Captain: What ! Operator: Fox News turn on. Captain: It's you !! DONALD: How are you gentlemen !! DONALD: All your base are belong to us. DONALD: You are on the way to destruction. Captain: What you say !! DONALD: You have no chance to elect make your time. DONALD: It's YUGE. Ha ha ha ha ... Operator: Captain !! Captain: Take off every 'Cruz'!! Captain: You know what you doing. Captain: Move 'Cruz'. Captain: (...)For great Conservatism.
  • (Vanity) On Bernie Sanders' Chances

    04/26/2016 6:23:41 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 15 replies
    April 26, 2016 | grey_whiskers
    With all of the furor surround the rise of Donald Trump, Republicans have missed a chance for a little drama concerning an upcoming rift in the (normally monolithic) Democrat party. For out of nowhere, Senator Bernie Sanders has been making an actual attempt at running for the Democrat nomination. Some may say this is a fool's errand, for the following reasons. 1) Name recognition. Despite its placement in the liberal northeast, Vermont, where Sanders hails from, is known for little more than Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream to the rest of the country. It is not an oil state like...
  • A Comment on the Allegations of Cruz's Infidelity

    03/28/2016 10:33:08 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 178 replies
    March 29, 2016 | grey_whiskers
    By now, everyone with an IQ above that of roofing tar has heard of the allegations of sexual infidelity by Sen. Ted Cruz (Cuban - TX (by way of Canada)). I do not intend to review the entire timeline of this controversy, nor to engage in rumor mongering against Cruz, nor against Trump; still less to attribute the stories to any other candidate's campaign or shadow cabal or conspiracy. I just wish to note that last night, Sen. Cruz held a press conference with Carly Fiorina (ex-CEO, Lucent) in which he was asked to affirm that he had never had...
  • Vanity Rejoinder to Elizabeth Warren

    03/21/2016 6:59:04 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 45 replies
    Vanity | 03-21-2016 | grey_whiskers
    Let’s be honest – Donald Trump is a loser. You couldn't even come clean about your ethnicity. He's worth billions. Count all his failed businesses. Let's count his successful businesses. Now let's look at Hillary. There's the Rose Law Firm, I guess. See how he kept his father’s empire afloat by cheating people with scams like Trump University and by using strategic corporate bankruptcy (excuse me, bankruptcies) to skip out on debt. Huh, yeah. Speaking of scams, don't you get paid $350,000 a year to teach *one* class? And let's listen to the people who were ripped off by Bill...
  • (Vanity) Rage, Rage Against The Dying (A Eulogy upon the 2016 Campaign)...with a nod to Dylan Thomas

    03/05/2016 7:00:43 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 16 replies
    Free Republic original content ^ | March 05, 2016 | grey_whiskers (adapted from Dylan Thomas)
    Do not go gentle into that GOP-e night, Glenn Beck should rant and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the Right. Though Trolls at their end know not left from right, Because their words had sporked no weasel they Do not go gentle into that GOP-e night. Good Freepers, the last wave by, crying how bright Their candidates might have danced with a Free Press, Rage, rage against the dying of the Right. Independents who caught and sang the Trump in flight, And learned, so late, to cheer him on his way, Do not go...
  • (Vanity) A National Unity Ticket

    02/29/2016 6:02:46 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 44 replies
    02-29-2016 | grey_whiskers
    "These are the times that try men's souls," wrote Thomas Paine. Surely, we are living in times of similar upheaval. Just consider: Going from 2008, when the United States first elected Barack Obama, who campaigned simultaneously on "Hope and Change" and "Fundamentally Transforming the United States of America"...to today, when (for a while) the candidates favored by the two parties to run for President, were Jeb Bush, which would have been three members of the Bush family in the Oval Office (move over, Roosevelts; move over, Adams!)...and Hillary Clinton, spouse of the disgraced Bill Clinton. But this is America: we...
  • (Vanity) Christmas Meditation on the Rosary

    12/25/2015 5:37:35 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 12 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 12-25-2015 | grey_whiskers
    This morning I woke up and decided to pray the Rosary before everyone else woke up. During the Rosary I had some unusual thoughts... First, let me note that despite the fact it is Christmas Day (at least, for the non-Orthodox out there), it is Friday. And Friday is for the Sorrowful Mysteries. For the non-Rosary prayers out there, there are a number of themes when praying the Rosary. Each one is a set of Five Mysteries: elements or episodes from the life of Christ or the Apostles. The Rosary consists of recitations of the Lord's prayer, followed by 10...
  • (Vanity) How do we solve a problem like the Donald?

    08/25/2015 10:27:54 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 171 replies
    Free Republic original content ^ | 08-25-2015 | grey_whiskers
    In the past couple of weeks, ever since the Fox News GOP debates (yes, plural, there was the "kiddie table" debate with Perry, Fiorina, and Jindal, among others), there is one name on the GOP side who has dominated not only the airwaves, but most of the time and efforts of the punditocracy. Donald Trump. He arouses wild excitement, and withering contempt; he is an object both of fear and of hope; and his support, like his opposition, comes from all demographic groups, many different political backgrounds, and is not limited to any one state or geographic region. He is,...
  • [Vanity] SnagItAll -- Reflections on Software, Markets, and Government

    01/19/2015 5:25:40 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 12 replies
    grey_whiskers | 1-19-2015 | grey_whiskers
    The other day at work I was working on Windows 7 and opening an XML document by right-clicking on the mouse and going to the menu to choose “Windows XML reader” and then, once it was open, to save it to Excel. At some point during the process, I noticed a menu item appear that read “Use SnagIt.” I thought this was interesting since the last time I had used SnagIt, was when it was a proprietary stand-alone application. And I thought to my self, first, “Hey, that’s great! I’m glad it’s available”...and then, coming to, “Hey! Wait a minute!...
  • Fracture Lines, or, Of Sects and Sex

    01/18/2015 12:20:53 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 10 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 01-18-2015 | grey_whiskers
    The United States started out mainly Protestant -- however due to the schisms in Western Europe, with a strong bent towards religious tolerance of other denominations. Coupled with this, the American War of Independence gave a strong bent to non-hierarchical thinking...therefore a suspicion of stratified, formalized churches (primarily Catholic) as Orthodox churches were concentrated in Russia and Eastern Europe and demographically underrepresented among the settlers. Coupled with this, historical ignorance (America as a “melting pot” formed explicitly upon socio-political theory rather than accidents of blood, war, and geography) coupled with dependence upon breakaway denominations (Lutheran, Calvinist, Evangelical) led to a...
  • (Vanity) Thoughts While Praying The Rosary

    10/03/2013 2:55:03 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 5 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | Oct. 03, 2013 | grey_whiskers
    Thoughts while praying the rosary's 3rd decade this morning. "Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand" When Jesus was teaching, He knew, but the Jewish people didn't, that their world was shortly to change, with the fall and sack of Jerusalem. God was warning about His timetable: that is, He knew what was going to happen, and the consequences of death while unrepentant. He was trying to warn: and yet it seemed to many (with Jesus then, even as it was with Paul later -- recall Jesus saying "if they reject my words, they will reject yours too,...
  • Meditations on a Ferret

    09/07/2013 10:59:16 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 17 replies
    FreeRepublic ^ | 09-08-2013 | grey_whiskers
    My daughter left for college. She had three ferrets, one is left alive now. I have to clean its cage and feed and water it. It looks lonely; it wants to come out and play. But once out of the cage, it doesn’t “interact” on a personal level. Not like our cat who went around *shredding* everything once my daughter had been gone for a week. Cats have more personality. Dogs, apparently even more. Is this related to gyri and sulci in the brain? Brain size? Internal wiring and size of different brain regions? It comes back to the idea...
  • (Vanity) The Problem with Checks and Balances, or Three Wolves and The Sheep

    05/19/2013 8:59:32 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 18 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 05-19-2013 | grey_whiskers
    One of the things which has so *maddened* conservatives during the oh-so-dolorous-and-slow Chinese water torture of the Obama administration, is the way that the Administration seems to be "above the law" or "unaccountable"; and at that, not only in a Nixonian sense, but in a Louis XIV sense ("L'état, c'est moi"). Look back at some of the initial scandals and/or muckraking topics from the first term, or from the campaign against Romney: "They acted stupidly" / beer summit The non-prosecution of the Black Panthers for voter intimidation The brouhaha over the "birth certificate" The non-closure of Club Gitmo The run-up...
  • Their Head in the Clouds, or, The Atheists' Fear

    03/02/2013 3:30:22 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 62 replies
    grey_whiskers | 03-02-2013 | grey_whiskers
    Consider looking at the sky. One can often see a layer of clouds, where the sky is completely clear below a certain height, but the clouds seem to mushroom expansively, all emanating from the same height, as though resting on a great unseen glass shelf in the sky. In other, rarer, circumstances, one may happen to see a column of smoke rising, and abruptly halt and spread out horizontally, as though it has hit an invisible ceiling. The same thing happens in the mind: one travels along the paths of knowledge, absorbing information and learning all one can about a...
  • (Vanity) Musical Thoughts: Metaphysical Musings From A Christian Music Video

    02/08/2013 5:37:02 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 31 replies
    grey_whiskers | 02-08-2013 | grey_whiskers
    Recently I was watching a YouTube video of Phil Keaggy. For those of you who do not know -- (which is to say, almost everybody) he is a Christian songwriter and guitarist who is a legend among guitarists; there are rumours floating around that Jimi Hendrix once called him "the best guitarist in the world."1 What is interesting is the comment threads which show up on YouTube under many of his videos. Generally one or two Christians will show up, with comments like "This is what Heaven must sound like" or "Praise GOD for Phil Keaggy's gift." Then usually, one...
  • (Vanity) Demographics Are Not Destiny, Part II: The Wages of Sin is Debt, or, The Horny of Plenty

    11/25/2012 6:21:36 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 11 replies
    grey_whiskers | 11-25-2012 | grey_whiskers
    This is a brief follow-on piece to the original, (Vanity) Demographics Are Not Destiny, or, It's Just How We Roll In that piece I considered the GOP-e's analysis of the 2012 Presidential Election loss as due to unsurmountable demographic shifts in the electorate, and showed that the changes in the electorate were not due solely to demographics, but to changes in the labor market and the attitudes instilled into the historical blue-collar voting bloc (across sexual and racial lines) in an attempt to gain political power. I then showed the financial dangers of such an approach and compared them to...
  • (Vanity) Demographics Are Not Destiny, or, It's Just How We Roll

    11/25/2012 1:22:31 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 7 replies
    grey_whiskers | 11-25-2012 | grey_whiskers
    In the aftermath of President Obama's unexpected re-election, and the even more unexpected further erosion of GOP power in both the House and Senate, the usual GOP firing squad has swung into action. Some have blamed the loss on Romney's incompetent GOTV tool, Orca; others on various flavors of conservativism, from the religious right to those who favor restrictions on immigration; still others blame the problem on the infamous "47% remark" and Obama's pandering to the single mom demographic. And of course, one of the siren calls from the usual group of DC-consultant-whores and Democrat moles and turncoats, is that...
  • Igg, Ogg, and Uggs: A Caveman's Introduction to Entitlements, or, The Tragedy of The Commoners

    11/15/2012 8:19:48 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 7 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 11-15-2012 | grey_whiskers
    In the aftermath of the recent Presidential election, a lot was made of the demographic shifts in voting patterns and what they meant for the future of the GOP. Some RINOs suggested drilling holes in the bottom of the ship of state by pursuing "comprehensive immigration reform"; others suggested that, since the Sandra Fluck crowd had apparently been the deciding factor, that social conservatives should be thrown overboard; still others said that the reason Romney failed was that he was portrayed as a rich man, out of touch with voters' plight in this tough economy. I have written an analysis...
  • (Vanity) An Analysis of the 2012 Presidential Election

    11/11/2012 9:00:41 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 20 replies
    grey_whiskers | 11-11-2012 | grey_whiskers
    Before anything else, let us pause to remember the casualties (both civilian and military) of "The War to End All Wars" -- the war which saw the first fighter planes, the first tanks, the horrors of mass bayonet charges against entrenched machine guns and artillery -- and the first chemical warfare. This is Armistice Day. But let us not take Armistice Day as a sign, nor a signal, that we should abandon our fight for freedom from oppression, whether here in the United States or abroad. The election of 2012 has come and gone: despite the assurances of those who...
  • The Shaming of the True, or, The Obama Campaign Meets Blazing Saddles

    10/26/2012 4:40:15 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 7 replies
    grey_whiskers | Oct 26, 2012 | grey_whiskers
    Yesterday, in an apparent fit of desperation (or possibly even self-immolation in the manner of a Buddhist monk), the Obama campaign released a YouTube video of Lena Dunham -- the star of a reality TV show about young skanks -- comparing voting for the first time to losing one's virginity. This video was roundly excoriated by everyone from Mark Levin to Michelle Malkin, and positively eviscerated on Twitter. Most of the comments centered on "the war on women" and the disintegration of our culture, but my favorite was "Guess what happens when Obama finds out my first time was with...
  • (Vanity) The Gospel of Jussein 14:13-21 (The Seating of the Five Thousand)

    09/30/2012 6:52:00 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 12 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 09-30-2012 | grey_whiskers
    Jussein Seats the Five Thousand 13 When Jussein heard what had happened in Benghazi, he withdrew by boat privately to Las Vegas. Hearing of this, the press followed him on foot from Manhattan. 14 When Jussein landed and heard of a large crowd in Milwaukee, he had compassion on them and Death Paneled their sick. 15 As evening approached, the MSM presstitutes came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and order pizza with their EBT cards on their Obamaphones.” 16 Jussein...
  • (Vanity) Libya, Muslim Outrage and Piss Christ: Why Some Religions Are More Equal Than Others

    09/22/2012 8:21:28 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 16 replies
    grey_whiskers | 09-22-2012 | grey_whiskers
    Over the past couple of weeks, most of the drive-by media's attention has been focused on events in Libya and the American responses to it. For a quick recap -- Christopher Stevens, an American diplomat assigned to Libya, and some others in the consulate were violently attacked without warning and ended up dead...on 9/11. Ignoring the significance of the date, the Obama administration acted curiously: denying any possible connection to terror, and stonewalling with a pre-programmed chorus of disgust over a low-budget film (I've only just seen snippets on YouTube, and it made the movies spoofed on Mystery Science Theater...
  • (Vanity) The Romney Video Flap, Obama, and Where Have I Seen This Before?

    09/19/2012 4:39:51 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 11 replies
    grey_whiskers | 09-19-2012 | grey_whiskers
    Everyone is talking about the "leaked" video of Mitt Romney at a fundraiser in Boca Raton earlier this year -- the one in which he discusses the 47% who do not pay income taxes, how he is not responsible for them. Leftists, of course, have hit the roof, with their usually sputtering panoply of frothing-at-the-mouth buzzwords. But you know, I think there is a one-word answer to all of the Democrats' objections: an answer which is to my mind, disposative.deTocqueville. Here are a few relevant quotes: be sure to use them in answer to the frenzy. “The American Republic will...
  • Thoughts on Obama, Benghazi, Romney, and the Press

    09/12/2012 6:57:39 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 14 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 09-12-2012 | grey_whiskers
    Disclaimer: before beginning, let us remember the families of the deceased, and keep them in our prayers. Most of us woke up this morning and saw or heard the news: US Embassy attacked. Oh, OK, this must be follow-up on Cairo, right? No. It turns out that there was an attack in Libya, as well. And in this attack, the mob did not just shout pro-bin Laden slogans and wave black flags. They attacked and burned the embassy to the ground; there were four Americans killed; and one of the dead was the consul / ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens (RIP)....
  • (Vanity, Long) A Campaign of Biblical Proportions, or, A Journey Through 1 Kings Part I

    08/20/2012 10:51:42 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 11 replies
    The velveted paws of the typing tabby ^ | 08-21-2012 | grey_whiskers
    Note 1: I make reference to some Biblical passages in this article. While I am indeed Christian, I disclaim any resemblance to prophecy or interpretation thereof in this essay. Still less am I interested at this point in raising any issues of the mostly Protestant GOP base vs. the Mormon faith of Romney, or the putative crypto-Muslim faith of Obama. The passage given merely provides a convenient literary/historical comparison, and a lead-in of sorts to Part II. Note 2: Dates are approimate; any pedants who want to quibble are missing the point. Besides, it's past my bedtime. It has been...
  • The Wreck of the Obama-Biden (with apologies to Gordon Lightfoot)

    08/19/2012 6:54:27 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 56 replies
    The velveted paws of the typing tabby | 08-19-2012 | grey_whiskers
    The Wreck of the Obama-Biden The Legend lives on from Chicago on Down of the group that they call “The Tea Party” This hate group, they say, loves to eat Chik-Fil-A and their votes in November are hearty. With a deficit score some fifteen trillion more than the Obama-Biden had starting That good ticket and proud was lost like Maureen Dowd when November’s Red State surge came early. The ship was the pride of the Democrat side who swore they would take back Wisconsin As the Socialists go, it was lefter than most ‘cause they came from Chicago or Harvard...
  • (Vanity) One Man, One Chick, or Unintended Consequences

    08/05/2012 7:31:32 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 24 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 08-05-2012 | grey_whiskers
    One of the biggest news stories in the past week was the brouhaha over the remarks of one Dan Cathy (President of the fast food chain Chick-Fil-A) concerning support for traditional marriage. Homosexual activists were aghast that in this day and age, someone was allowed to run “afowl” of the anti-public-blasphemypiety laws, and began calling for a boycott, as well as denouncing Chick-Fil-A as a purveyor of “Hate”.
Some of the usual (left wing) suspects joined the fray; among them, GLAAD, who released a report that Chick-Fil-A’s brand rating had plummeted following Dan Cathy’s remarks; Chicago Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno, who...
  • (Vanity) Internet Forums and Social Dynamics, Part V: Like Sand Through the Hourglass

    07/29/2012 9:52:57 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 12 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 07-29-2012 | grey_whiskers
    This is a belated fifth post in a series on Internet Forums and Social Dynamics. In Part I, I pointed out how the internet self-selects into mutually exclusive groups according to common interests or beliefs. Part II provided an amusing look at the reactions within a group when posters to a forum go against the prevailing groupthink. Then Part III showed how segregation of internet groups occurs not only by interests but by common levels of intellect, sophistication, or expertise in a subject. And most recently, Part IV showed how the sheer size and untamed nature of the Internet, and...
  • (Vanity) Election Demographics and the Manosphere

    07/22/2012 6:38:33 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 11 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 07-21-2012 | grey_whiskers
    One of the metrics which has been emphasized over the last couple of elections, and which is gaining interest in the current election, is the percentage of votes for a candidate coming from various gender demographics: what percentage of married couples vote vs. single women? What is the the likelihood of each group to vote GOP vs. Democrat? It is often felt that, even aside from the "mushy middle" or "moderate" voting bloc, elections can be determined by the affinity of men or of women for a candidate. For example, Bill Clinton's re-election was due to the so-called "arousal gap"...
  • (Vanity) Once, There Was A Mirror

    06/24/2012 8:39:43 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 17 replies
    grey_whiskers | 06-24-2012 | grey_whiskers
    Once upon a time, there was a mirror. And the mirror was bright, and polished, and pure, without any flaw; and it was said the the mirror would return the very image of its beholder without distortion. And it happened, by chance or malfeasance, that the mirror fell, and was shattered: and it was broken, sparkling, into countless shards scattered throughout the earth. And the fate of these shards as they were scattered differed one from another. Some indeed retained their brilliance, such that they sparkled like a rainbow in the sun, but all their powers to return an image...
  • (Vanity) A Lesson From Thucydides, or, Will We Learn From History

    04/20/2012 5:30:21 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 15 replies
    This is a passage from chapter XXV, from the subsection Oligarchical Coup d'Etat at Athens. <snip> But this was a mere catchword for the multitude, as the authors of the revolution were really to govern. However, the Assembly and the Council of the Bean still met notwithstanding, although they discussed nothing that was not approved of by the conspirators, who both supplied the speakers and reviewed in advance what they were to say. Fear, and the sight of the numbers of the conspirators, closed the mouths of the rest; or if any ventured to rise in opposition, he was presently...
  • Will The Last Person in Detroit Please Turn Out The Lights, or, Money For Nothing, Checks For Free

    05/29/2012 10:22:29 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 11 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | May 30, 2012 | grey_whiskers
    A spate of recent articles -- see for example here, here, and here -- have noted Detroit’s population implosion and financial woes, along with the proposed solution of shutting off street lights in underpopulated neighborhoods to save money. (Cue the obligatory “Will the last person to leave Detroit...” joke. The last article, in particular, notes that the solution is designed to drive people away from the poorest, most sparsely populated neighborhoods.) And why? Because, supposedly, there is not enough money to pay for the services.
This is an important concept, and deserves further investigation, as it contains the answer to the...
  • (Vanity) The 2012 Election, A Mexican Standoff

    04/10/2012 8:09:46 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 31 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 04-10-2012 | grey_whiskers
    The news came today, about 1:00 PM Central Time, that Rick Santorum is suspending his bid for the Republican nomination for President. (The reader should be reminded of the health issues of the Santorums’ daughter Bella, and is urged to remember the family in prayer.) Reaction was mixed. “At last,” some said, “we have all the deadwood and pretenders cleared out of the way (Newt and Ron Paul are too insignificant to matter, right?) and we can rally around the sensible choice. Go Romney!” Others reached for the Hemlock: “Oh, no, the last good Christian man standing is gone! We...
  • (Vanity) A Thorn By Any Other Name

    04/10/2012 6:28:31 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 10 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 04-10-2012 | grey_whiskers
    I wish I had thought of this sooner. But you know, we all ought to start calling Obamacare by a new name, the "Barack Obama Health Insurance Commerce Act". BOHICA. I guess Sarah Palin won't be losing any sleep over this, what with her "Death Panels" tweet and all. Still, every little bit helps.
  • (Vanity) Of Academics, Sports, and Success: Social Tidal Forces

    04/03/2012 6:33:59 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 13 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 04-03-2012 | grey_whiskers
    Over the past couple of years, I have been corresponding with and visiting various Colleges and Universities, as part of helping younger folks decide where to attend school. In addition, I have visited a number of College Websites, and discussion groups (e.g. College Prowler and College Confidential) in order to round out my sources of information by relying on the experience of other people for places I didn't have the opportunity to see for myself. This has led to a number of observations about "the way the world works" and how these factors influence people's actions and their path through...
  • Sex Strike -- Women United For Reproductive Rights

    03/11/2012 8:58:43 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 86 replies · 3+ views
    sexstrike.org via Instapundit ^ | March 9, 2012 | Annette Maxberry-Carrara
    Folks, come and look at this. It's a site which says -- I am not kidding! -- IF OUR REPRODUCTIVE CHOICES ARE DENIED SO ARE YOURS APRIL 28 – MAY 5, 2012 Now this is hilarious: it evinces the kind of stupidity and fatuous narcissism which it normally takes an Ivy League degree to acquire. How is this FAIL? Let me count the ways: 1) I guess nobody bothered to explain to you about the Birds and the Bees and the DDT, ladies, but by engaging in abstinence, you are achieving precisely the same ends as contraception. For that matter,...
  • (Vanity) Strength in Numbers: The REAL meaning of the Limbaugh Flap

    03/05/2012 9:05:03 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 29 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 03-05-2012 | grey_whiskers
    The saga of Sandra Fluke (Trojan Whorse) and Rush Limbaugh continues. Rush Limbaugh made a heartfelt apology on Saturday, apparently caving to pressure from advertisers who suspended or ceased advertising on his program. He continued on Monday, devoting approximately forty or forty-five minutes of his show, first to apologizing for using two derogatory words for Sandra Fluke -- because using them was sinking to the level of the left -- and the remainder of that time to providing timely background to her appearance before Pelosi. As it turns out, the Democrats on Darrel Issa's committee considering mandatory provision of contraception...
  • (Vanity) This is no Fluke, It's More Like a Hydra

    03/03/2012 8:01:11 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 49 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | March 03, 2012 | grey_whiskers
    By now, nearly the entire known universe has at least heard of the controversy over Sandra Fluke. However, a passing acquaintance based on sound-bytes and snippets is never the best basis for action, and is in fact fertile ground for the propaganda ministers of the left. This piece will give a brief recap of the situation, and then discuss the lay of the land. (Pun intended, if you like it.) Back in the GOP primary debate on January 7, George Stephanopoulos asked Mitt Romney(RINO-Bain) whether he believed that states have the power to ban contraception. This puzzled Romney, and was...
  • Internet Forums and Social Dynamics, Part IV: The Problem of Knowledge, or When Doctors Disagree

    01/22/2012 10:12:12 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 11 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 01-22-2012 | grey_whiskers
    This is the fourth of a series of five essays on the Internet and Social Dynamics. In Internet Forums and Social Dynamics: Part I: Everybody is someone else’s weirdo was concerned with the treatment of how internet groups (focusing on Free Republic) dealt with posters (I almost typed “posers” which on second thought would not have been a bad typo to leave in place) who do not share the prevailing views. The second part, Internet Forums and Social Dynamics: Part II: Snapbacks, was concerned with the psychological reactions when a poster who had been considered safely “one of the group”...
  • A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words: the 2012 GOP Primary Race

    01/12/2012 5:18:56 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 8 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 01-12-2012 | grey_whiskers
  • Internet Forums and Social Dynamics, Part III: Getting Back to Basics, or, Don’t Be So Acidic

    01/08/2012 8:47:40 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 12 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 01-08-2012 | grey_whiskers
    In Internet Forums and Social Dynamics: Part I: Everybody is someone else’s weirdo, I dealt with the issue of self-selection on internet discussion groups, using Free Republic as an example. I explained that people who share values tend to evaluate newcomers to see if they are truly “members” of the group or not, by analogy to well-known statistical methods, before deciding whether to accept them or not. In Internet Forums and Social Dynamics: Part II: Snapbacks, I discussed the often humorous process by which people sound one another out, and the fireworks which oftentimes result when a person is suddenly...
  • The Failed Policies of the Past, or, The Thirty Year Echo

    07/23/2008 6:43:09 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 4 replies · 452+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 7-23-2008 | grey_whiskers
    In the early- to mid- 1970’s, the current crop of liberal alarmists were coming to the fore and feeling their oats. There was Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, the book which singlehandedly led to the elimination of DDT. And finally, there was the grand-daddy of them all, Paul Erlich’s The Population Bomb, an updated salute to Malthus. I can still remember the words on the cover: “While you were reading these words, people will die of starvation, most of them children.” It seems that the world was eating itself out of house and home, beyond any possibility of rescue. It is...
  • Thank God for the EPA -- or, there but for the grace of Nixon

    07/28/2008 5:39:59 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 1 replies · 513+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 7-28-2008 | grey_whiskers
    One of the favorite targets of conservative pundits (and rightly so) is the liberal tendency to extremes. Oftentimes, a liberal will see a societal problem, and pronounce :”This needs government!” Quite often the liberal will see a real problem, too, but will either end up creating a massive, wasteful bureaucracy (say, Medicare or Social Security), or else use the problem as a excuse for a vastly disproportionate growth in governmental power (say, the IRS). As H. L. Mencken once wrote, “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”...
  • (Vanity) A Bump on the Road to Globalization

    07/17/2008 8:47:32 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 6 replies · 727+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 7-17-2008 | grey_whiskers
    It is interesting how, in the aftermath of the past year’s run-up in oil prices, we have been hearing less and less talk of “globalization” from the chattering classes. Why is this? On the surface, there are several reasons. First, the topic high oil prices presents an easy segue to bring up the annointed’s favorite mantra: green technologies and the need to continue de-industrializing America. We can all get high-paying “green” jobs to replace the textile, manufacturing, computer programming, and bio-tech jobs which have been developed in the United States and then shipped offshore. And the high oil prices themselves...
  • Amphibian Warming, or, A Convenient Half-Truth

    08/04/2008 10:01:35 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 3 replies · 545+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 8-5-2008 | grey_whiskers
    Last week, Rush Limbaugh celebrated the 20th anniversary of his national show. As part of the festivities, he played a number of well-loved and famous clips from his archives. One such clip was a television spot where he debated Al Gore on the environment and on global warming. During that debate, Al Gore attempted to explain himself, and the urgency behind global warming, by quoting the oft-cited story of the frog in a pot of water. If, he said, you drop a frog directly into a pot of boiling water (and why didn’t PETA complain about this analogy?), the frog...