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Christianity, Swimming, and Current Events from Right of Center



Last Build Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2017 03:16:53 +0000

 



Fish, Meet Barrel

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 03:16:53 +0000

Mr Chapman of the Chicago Tribune in Sunday’s paper just exposed his liberal bias in a big way. He writes a column blasting Mr Trump’s recent push against apparent rise in opiate addiction which has been blamed on big pharma (and the Chinese?) among other factors. He claims Mr Trump’s policy are a whitewash and […]



Working On …

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 03:12:09 +0000

A post pushing back against the latest (alas U of Chicago, my alm mater) Economics prize which was on “nudges” as policy tools if I gathered the basic notion correctly.



Guns and the Real Problem

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 02:02:59 +0000

In the wake of Las Vegas shootings … this chart seems to indicate the “gun” issue is not highly correlated with the problem. Gun laws, to quote a Harvard study, are an inelastic means of controlling gun violence and the violence isn’t very well correlated with where the guns live. (and given the existence of […]



The Problem of the Notion of a [Diversity] Science

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 01:43:13 +0000

Replace the “diversity” tag above, with your favorite tag, be it Black, Green, Gay, Feminist or whatever. For much of science the problems are clear. What is “gay” number theory, or “feminist” crystallography besides nonsense. A friend pointed me at this essay on First Things entitled, The Myth of Scientific Objectivity. There is much to […]



How Not To Argue

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 01:41:46 +0000

Today, google posted on my phone an article by one Dawn Stover writing a typical how stupid are you article on weather and the recent two hurricanes in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (“atomic” scientists of course know lots about climate). Her argument is that you trust weather reporting, which we don’t so therefore you […]



No, Steve, the Unabomber Wasn’t “Right”

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:19:24 +0000

Instead, you’ve just penned for the Chicago Tribune opinion pages, a remarkably stupid essay. A side note, the Chicago Tribune has a stable (chorale?) of remarkably bad columnists. As part of an effort to get me back to blogging shooting these essay’s down, perhaps akin to shooting ducks in a barrel, nevertheless may get me […]



DACA Follies

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 01:35:19 +0000

So, the left is all up in arms over Mr Trump’s decision to end the DACA program in 6 months … if Congress doesn’t pass legislation and actually make DACA, you know, a practice that is now Constitutional. Instead of the current administrative usurping of Congressional authority. Why they complain is beyond me. In any […]



On Comey/Clinton “If not for Comey I would have won”

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:13:53 +0000

Or more rationally, if not for Comey you’d have been indicted. Comey gave her a pass because she was running for President and made noises about “no intent” in her security breaches. Oddly enough the statute makes no mention of intent. Mr Petreaus was indicted and lost his job over a security breach because he […]



Possibly Returning

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:09:50 +0000

Again an attempt to return to semi-regular blogging.



The Silence of the Krugman-ites

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 18:23:47 +0000

So after Ms Gifford was shot, Mr Krugman, either parroting or parroted by the left wing echo chamber, decided “violent rhetoric” encouraged and caused the shooting. This turned out to be false in that case although no retraction(s) ever followed. The f-wit that was involved in yesterday’s shooting on the other hand was more than […]



Of Gun Control “Calls” Post Shooting

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:51:10 +0000

So. Prior to getting any information … wanna place bets. There will be rampant calls for gun control. What percentage of those calls will not pass the stupid notion test? What test? Either the shooter obtained his gun illegally in which case “more stringent” is not called for as his gun was illegal or equally […]



Of Mr Sanders “Blank Tweet”

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 21:25:29 +0000

Years and years ago, Democrat hatchet man James Carville famously remarked about Paula Jones “Look what you get when you drag a $20 bill through a trailer park.” Alas, the obvious question that raised was why Mr Clinton was getting his dates out of wedlock by dragging $20 dollar bills through trailer parks. After all, […]



Missing the Obvious in the Senate

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 19:47:43 +0000

So Mr Sanders demonstrates the unfortunate choice in an interview on a minor post which has gotten news. Here the term “unfortunate choice” refers to a local phrase which gets repeated on this site. A choice, as in, “Is he stupid or evil?”. So which is it Mr Sanders? Are you dumb or just playing […]



Backpacking in PA

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 19:14:01 +0000

So. Besides my not-exactly regular blogging schedule, my daughters and I spent a nice (somewhat wet) week in Pennsylvania (Susquehanna Trail System). It was our second backpacking trip and our first week long trip. Good times.



Swim Log: 05-09-17

Wed, 10 May 2017 00:38:46 +0000

So, tried timed repeats 100s free, 50s breast and back. That didn’t go so well, I wimped out a bit. Which just means I get to do it again tomorrow. Yardage: 2600