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The breakdown of my own car yesterday served only to drive home how I’m traveling alone right now.  Normally I just drive myself to the airport, today my wife and all of my kids dropped me off (school being cancelled on account of a morning wind chill of -15F).  Driving myself, I can leave before […]

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Seeger

 

Peter has been characteristically charitable about the late Pete Seeger. I’m not so sure if I would be quite so kind.

Seeger was, above all, a musician, and a talented, inventive and highly influential one at that. That is how he should be remembered. Mostly. But, as this New York Times obituary notes, Seeger himself saw his music and his politics as inextricably intertwined, something that must bring us to his Stalinist past.

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RNC, take note, and plagiarize this: You can get rid of Obamacare.  There is a way.  If you put enough Republicans in the House and the Senate, we can override the President’s veto and repeal Obamacare.  You don’t have to agree with everything we stand for.  But we can agree on this. Preview Open

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On the New York Times Op-Ed page today, Thomas Edsall writes about Thomas Piketty’s new book, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century.” From Edsall: In a 20-page review for the June issue of the Journal of Economic Literature that has already caused a stir, Branko Milanovic, an economist in the World Bank’s research department, declared: Preview […]

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I’ve been put on assignment to post about what I know about how cultural differences can effect the crewing on ships. My expertise is a bit limited as I have never been in the crewing department but I’ve been dealing directly with ship’s as a ship owner, tankers to be precise,  for 10 years now, […]

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 It was 10 seconds of hell for Frank Arce, who should’ve died after he went through a wood chipper. “Actually going through the machine itself wasn’t the worst part about it,” he said Wednesday from his hospital bed at PeaceHealth SW Washington Medical Center. “What was the worst part (was) the not knowing what was […]

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Something that always amused me in TV cop dramas is the apparent ubiquity of the personal lawyer. Only the poor, apparently, need a government-provided defense attorney. Many people have relationships with private tax lawyers. But criminal lawyers? Suppose you got into some sort of legal trouble, deserved or not. Would you know who to call? […]

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Todays WSJ article about our old VP candidate and immigration Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.), a leading GOP advocate for tackling immigration, confirmed Wednesday that Republicans are looking to give illegal immigrants legal status right away, with the chance for a green card—and citizenship—down the line. Preview Open

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Looked what just popped up on my computer. I am listening to the podcast that Jason recommended to me on my prior thread. I went to check my steak that I am grilling in the kitchen, came back, and saw this notification on. I’ve never had this happen before. Thoughts?  Preview Open

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I came across this blog post (be advised that this blog seems to have short-fiction porn posts as well as political commentary.  And don’t click on the site hosting the blog), here.  In it, white gay men who aren’t attracted to black men are castigated for being racist: …The one where gay men of color […]

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Gibson Guitar Company Gives the Feds the Finger

 

The award for P.R. champion of the week goes to the Gibson guitar company, makers of the famous Les Paul guitar, and headquartered, I’m proud to say, here in my hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.

A couple of years ago, the Feds raided the Gibson factory here in Music City, SWAT-team style, and shut the whole company down, allegedly for possessing illegally imported wood. From what I gather, it had mostly to do with how the shipping containers were labeled. Anyway, it didn’t merit a commando operation.

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I was very young. Twenty five to be exact. I was just discharged from a stint in Uncle Sam’s Army. I was struggling to get my cheese business going. There was a customer in the area that could put me in the black. They were a Jewish firm run by an extended family. The were […]

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On the 200th podcast, Jonah made the point (and I paraphrase):  “It isn’t the person you are arguing with you are trying to convince, it’s the people listening.” I thought about that yesterday as I engaged in an argument on Facebook that is still raging on.  (I know, I know, I shouldn’t argue politics on […]

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Peter, It Gets Even Better

 

I realize the State of the Union is stale now (as, indeed, it was while it was being delivered), but I can’t resist directing you toward Kevin Williamson’s evisceration of the very institution of the SOTU, because there are few people who express outrage with quite Kevin Williamson’s spectacular brio. This is the way Claire Berlinski would write about the State of the Union if she were inclined to take up pen on the subject (and please note, Mr. Williamson, that that is the highest praise I can bestow). Behold:

The annual State of the Union pageant is a hideous, dispiriting, ugly, monotonous, un-American, un-republican, anti-democratic, dreary, backward, monarchical, retch-inducing, depressing, shameful, crypto-imperial display of official self-aggrandizement and piteous toadying, a black Mass during which every unholy order of teacup totalitarian and cringing courtier gathers under the towering dome of a faux-Roman temple to listen to a speech with no content given by a man with no content, to rise and to be seated as is called for by the order of worship — it is a wonder they have not started genuflecting — with one wretched representative of their number squirreled away in some well-upholstered Washington hidey-hole in order to preserve the illusion that those gathered constitute a special class of humanity without whom we could not live.

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As usual, I am several weeks behind in my podcast queue and as such am just listening to High on Life (Episode 196 of the flagship podcast). Sorry if I am “behind the times” but I had several thoughts.  First, and least important: James, yes the apparatus of the War on Drugs remains in place if […]

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