Saturday Juke Joint

Back by popular demand positive comments from Dave and Will and the fact that with Scott gone we forget to do the Jukebox last night, the juke joint returns. Today’s featured artist is (early) Steve Winwood.  Perhaps the most soulful of the blue-eyed souled crowd.  Here’s his Wiki. He was a child prodigy–on multiple instruments. …

I was a teenage border patrol agent

This is, without a doubt, the creepiest thing you will read all week: The responding officers — eight teenage boys and girls, the youngest 14 — face tripwire, a thin cloud of poisonous gas and loud shots — BAM! BAM! — fired from behind a flimsy wall. They move quickly, pellet guns drawn and masks…

Transatlanticism

Via Reason, here’s an interesting article on Europe and the United States’ cultural and political commonalities. Worth keeping in mind amid all the talk of “Euro-socialism” and “Islamification.”

Quote of the Day

Goes to Mr. Coates: But the whole game is based on a deep ignorance, and arrogance–an inability to confess how little they know about race. It really is the twisted vestiges of segregation that allow Obama to stand up in front of a bunch of black Democrats, and say something as banal and qualified as…

The Pakistan is on the Brink Meme

Unfortunately the Obama administration has been falling for this one, putting pressure on the weak civilian government to initiate a massive heavy campaign in the Swat valley, leaving up to a million and a half (you read that correctly) refugees. One of the chief counsels on this topic to the administration comes from Bruce Riedel…

You lost me there.

So I’m pretty excited about tonight’s season finale of Lost. I’ve been watching steadily since the last part of the third season, and now we’re at the end of the fifth season, with one more to go. For those of you who have gotten behind, I’ll avoid spoilers in this post; for those of you…

He Doesn’t Look a Thing Like Jesus

Quoting a cheesy Killers song would seem to be the only appropriate response to Geert Wilders, whose messiah complex has led him to formulate this marvelously incoherent set of principles for “saving” the West: 1. Stop cultural relativism. We need an article in our constitutions that lays down that we have a Jewish-Christian and humanism…

personal computing

It really seems like the rise of the pocket computer is upon us. In many ways, the iPhone was first past the pole, but it is being joined by ever-more feature laden Blackberries, the upcoming Palm Pre, various portable media players with similar feature sets to these smart phones, etc. Additionally, the rise of the…

Master of Divinity

Yours truly now owns the ludicrous (and actually idolatrous) title of a Master of Divinity.  MDiv. for short.  Got to wear the silly robe and everything to prove it. In other ludicrous news, I now have a Master’s Degree and work as a janitor custodian.  My local church  doesn’t appear to have any openings right…

Bike to Work Week

Well it’s bike to work week and due to the fact that it is also ridiculously nice here – I mean upper 70’s which is almost hot – I thought it would be a good time to start biking the six miles between my apartment and work.  My goal is to do this every single…

Silly Arguments Against Hate Crimes Legislation

No, we probably shouldn’t be in the business of creating special protections for homeless victims, but this latest bout of legislative idiocy has provoked some uncommonly silly responses. Obviously, intent matters. If someone is attacking people of a particular religious, ethnic or sexual orientation in an effort to harass, provoke or intimidate members of said…

The Amish versus the recession

A heartbreaking story from Forbes. Here’s the money quote: “Most people say they’re tightening their belts. Well, we don’t use belts, so I guess we can say we’re tightening up our suspenders and rolling up our sleeves and going to work . . .”

torture and terror

“The worst thing in the world is to try to sleep and not to.”  ~F. Scott Fitzgerald Sleep deprivation, as Andrew notes, “can sound deceptively banal” compared to other torture techniques.  Of course, keeping someone awake for a night or two certainly can’t be considered torture (if they are able-bodied men or women that is). …

defense spending: still spending

One thing to bear in mind about the free riders on the United States and its defense capabilities is to me the salient aspect of America’s defense budget in general: we could reduce our defensive budget by what would be in any other context massive amounts of money, and still remain absolutely, utterly militarily dominant.…