the last word

“The last word” is the most dangerous of infernal machines; and husband and wife should no more fight to get it than they would struggle for the possession of a lighted bomb-shell.”  ~ Douglas William Jerrold, playwright and humorist (1803-1857)

a quote for a cloudy afternoon

“I gave up on post-theism in my 20’s. I worked through my post-post-theism in my early 30’s. I’m currently enjoying my post-post-post-theism too much to really contemplate post-post-post-post-theism, but, hey. Maybe someone will write a book about it that I can yell about and I’ll be a convert. Or, maybe, I’ll backslide and become a…

The Diversity Racket

There are more than a few compelling reasons to avoid a completely homogeneous workforce, but Matt Labash’s look at sclerotic diversity industry is still pretty damning (and hilarious): Indeed, Peggy Norris, a private-sector contract consultant who used to work on the government side in procurement, tells me that another consultant, after getting one of her…

Angels & Demons

I read Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons several years ago.  I liked some of the puzzles, and the mystery and suspense were gripping enough, but at the end of the day Brown’s prose makes Stephen King look like Oscar Wilde.  If I want a good page-turner I’ll pick up a Grisham novel.  Even so, after…

Quote of the Day

To James Poulos: Having Terry [McAuliffe] around is like having the Geico gecko’s uncharismatic loan shark cousin around, and the Macker knows it. Speaking of the Geico Gecko, if you haven’t seen the Geckham (Geico + Beckham) mash, you ought to.  If just for the weird creepiness factor.

the disposition

Reihan quotes Jeffrey Toobin: In every major case since he became the nation’s seventeenth Chief Justice, Roberts has sided with the prosecution over the defendant, the state over the condemned, the executive branch over the legislative, and the corporate defendant over the individual plaintiff.

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…

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…