In the face of amazing prosperity, we hear that minorities and such are worse off than ever before. Since the professional worriers cannot stand on absolutes, they retreat to the relative differences of “inequality”. But what if the typical measurements of inequality are also caught up in prosperity? As even the poorest of American poor tend to live better than the middle class of a hundred years ago or even in the majority of the world today, it seems incongruous that American poor have it so bad. Is inequality really so out of hand that this is unbearable? Perhaps the problem is one of measurement. [mantra-pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”33%”]Are current measures of inequality based on things which mask the effects of prosperity?[/mantra-pullquote] Are current measures of inequality based… Continue reading

An Intriguing Post Elsewhere

I ran across the following post while grazing in fields of elder PC nostalgia.   I was going to explain to somebody the difference between stream-oriented and object-oriented text editors. But never mind that.  I also got to think that I would like to showcase the post at another site where I am but a  lowly commenter with post rights to a scrum feed.  Except this [cryout-pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”33%”]There must be more to writing than simply stockpiling opinions[/cryout-pullquote]didn’t really seem to fit in over there, so I though I would put it up over here.  I worried that it didn;t fit in quite right here either, and if you;re going to run a purpose-fpcused blog, you need some discipline. But never mind that.  If I’m going to… Continue reading

Reuters, Jews, and Words

A colleague of mine fisked a recent Reuters piece, focusing on their peculiar, consistent word choices.  I think he is right on the money on two scores:  First, that organizations have style guides, and you can judge the guidance by closely reading the results, such as the article below.  Second, Reuters has a Jew problem. The Reuters piece is reproduced below in order to support an inline critique.  I assert that this is Fair Use. The bracketed annotations are my colleague’s.  Everything below is either from the original article or those notes in brackets. Ancient tablets reveal life of Jews in Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon By Luke Baker JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A new exhibition of ancient clay tablets discovered in modern-day Iraq is shedding light for the first time on… Continue reading

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Today is a Beautiful Day

Today is a beautiful day. It’s cold and overcast, with a wind that is not actually hostile, although doesn’t seem to like any of us very much. But in my aimless pre-dawn wandering, I crested an overpass on the way to Manassas and was struck by a flare of gaudy salmon pink lancing the cloud cover somewhere over the Atlantic, flooding inland and suffusing a million miles of sky with a fiery underlight. By the time I found a place to take a picture, the world had turned, the glow was gone, and an unknown night had become a tentative day. I had spent the day before with friends and coworkers at Arlington to pay respects. We took some natural fiber sponges and bottled water to do any… Continue reading

Fair Catch

If you have sworn an oath the support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and you have no idea what that actually means, I’ll make you a deal.  All you have to do is admit that you held up your hand for no reason. Admit that you signed a contract without understanding it and they said there was a paycheck in it for you, so you mouthed the words without knowing, without caring what you were promising, and I will let you go.  No strings attached. Walk away from your job.  Walk away from your pension, your retirement, your healthcare plan and all the rest of it, because you lied to get them and they are not rightfully yours.  Government… Continue reading

Domestic Enemies, Then?

There are responsible ways to consider the duty to “support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic”.  This is not one of them: Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., believes that his oath of office compels him to protect the country from “rabid” Tea Party congressmen because they qualify as “domestic enemies.” I would like to know what his standards are.  Probably not impressive when you see how he misconstrues the oath itself: “Really, you’ve got to think, we take an oath to protect this country from ‘all enemies, foreign and domestic,’ and these are the domestic enemies,” Cohen said. Except that even if he were right, he would still be wrong.  The oath is not about protecting the country; that’s the military’s day job, and… Continue reading

Vague Fury

The United States is falling to a saturation offense decades in the making.  Like the scene in the movie Aliens where the motion tracker says the aliens are so close that they are in the same room with our heroes, we can’t quite figure out where the enemy is, but we know they’re all over us.  In the movie, our heroes needed to expand their thinking from two to three dimensions; the aliens were in the overhead.  For our own purposes we need to look not at individuals and elections, but at the large picture.  Our house is being eaten by termites, and no matter how many individual bugs we squash, it does nothing to help remove the infestation. Those Americans who most keenly feel and honor their… Continue reading

Things Have Changed

Greetings.  I am no longer a Republican.  I am certainly not a Democrat.  Neither am I a member or supporter of the Libertarian party or the Constitution Party.  I support no candidate and I oppose no candidate.  I am no longer a partisan political supporter of anybody.   If I mention names, it is only is far as they carry ideology in support of or in hazard to our Constitution.  I make my own decisions.  I know how to read the Constitution, I know how to think, and I know what duties are laid before me.   I support and defend the Constitution, and this means that I necessarily oppose those who endanger it. The United States is currently in a Constitutional crisis, which succinctly has the following… Continue reading

The War Is Now

The Short Version: They are already coming for our guns.  Nevermind the fact that nobody is busting down doors.  This is the phase of a progressive operation where the farthest left beseeches the leadership to do something clearly unconstitutional.  Then the leadership strikes a “moderate” note halfway between what is constitutional and what is clearly unconstitutional.  This has the effect of eliciting a reasonable but easily lampooned reaction from the right, while soothing the tiny minds of the moderate middle, so that the leader’s actions look tame. In fact, the media assault on our second amendment rights is part of the plan, and no matter what you hear on the news or see in a magazine, the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.  No… Continue reading