Monday, January 22, 2018

Tide Pods Linky Links

Because how can you not comment on a fad as stupid as this?

- This person has a sense of humor. I hope they were sent into school for a kid's birthday.

- Very funny if you're familiar with the recent Jordan Peterson BBC interview.

- Is this a fun fact or a scary fact?

- Heh heh

- Well you have to wash those Tide Pods down with something.

The Day the Democratic Party Died and a New Democratic Party Was Born

Today is an anniversary that I expect will pass with little fanfare. The historical significance of the anniversary should not be underestimated though.

On January 22, 1973, former president Lyndon Johnson died and with him died the old ways of the Democratic Party. The backroom deals and arm twisting. The acknowledgement that the Democratic Party was first and foremost the party of the working man and his family. "God, country and a fair wage" could easily have been the motto of the old Democratic Party.

On that same day, 44-years ago the new Democratic Party was also born. On that day, 44-years ago, the Supreme Court handed down its Roe v Wade decision which in effect decriminalized abortion and magically turned it from a medical procedure into a woman's right in the process. Since Roe v Wade the Democratic Party has never been the same. Where do you stand on abortion is the first and foremost question any candidate for any office is asked. The abortion party has also become the protest party. "Judge - you and your wife have kids - so you obviously are against having abortions - therefore we must protest you and we must do it naked while throwing pies." Make no mistake this new Democratic Party is about abortion first (although immigration is creeping up the list) - every other issue is secondary - including the economy and national defense.

Since January 22, 1973 the Democratic Party has not run a candidate for President who has not been pro-abortion. This includes John Kerry who said he's a Catholic but that doesn't make sense since the Catholic Church is staunchly pro-life. I'm not optimistic that I'll see a pro-life Democratic candidate in my life.

The fact that the anniversary of the death of the old and birth of the new Democratic Party does not get any recognition is not surprising. Nobody celebrates or notes May 30th as the birth of the Republican Party.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Patriots Going to the Super Bowl (Again) Linky Links

The Pats are going to the Super Bowl (again) - here are some of the best tidbits from after the 24-20 victory over the Jaguars.

- Heh heh - funny because it's true (also true that this game was just practice for New England and that's how Bill dresses for practice)

- Also funny

- Bill Belichick is the best

- The Jaguars won the popular vote

- Sad Jaguars

- Only the Steelers, Cowboys, Packers and 49ers have more playoff wins than Tom Brady.

NFL Championship Sunday

With all the talk about Tom Brady's hand - I wouldn't be surprised if in the Patriots first series from scrimmage he doesn't throw a bomb to Brandin Cooks. The Jags probably won't be expecting that which is exactly why New England will give it a shot.

Today marks the 24th  anniversary of Robert Kraft purchasing the Patriots. Today will mark the 43rd playoff game for the franchise since Kraft took ownership. There is not an owner in any sport that can claim that sort of success that Bob Kraft has had (and continues to have) with the New England Patriots.

The Patriots are favored over Jacksonville by 7.5 but if you look at the over under Vegas has the Pats line at 27.5 points and the Jags at 17.5 points. That's a spread of 10 points - not 7.5. Something doesn't add up.

Today I'm taking New England (got it at -7 and bought a half point for -6.5) and taking a chance on the Vikings (-3). Good luck everyone!

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- What if a typical family spent money like the federal government?

- Clint Eastwood getting some head in the 60's

- I'm actually coming around to this point of view as well

- General Mattis' DOD memo on the shutdown

- 100% agree with this point of view

- Heh heh

- Also a big fan of Richard Feynman

Hooked on a Feeling - David Hasselhoff

Don't hassle the Hoff. Especially when he's hooked on a feeling! Love this hokey video!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Metal Detector Guy

A guy with a metal detector on the beach gets lots of people curious enough to greet him with the same question, over and over. "Do you ever find anything good?" The metal detector guy (sometimes its a woman) is always friendly. "Sometimes." "Every once in a while." And if the metal detector guy is extra friendly or if he just craves some sort of human contact he may launch into a list of some of his best finds.

I'm suspicious of the metal detector guy.

I would think that if the metal detector guy was as successful as he tries to make it sound - he would be less willing to share. I imagine if metal detector guy was finding valuables on a regular basis he'd be more likely to tell people he never finds anything - just to keep others from poaching on his metal detecting beaches and special places. If I saw a guy intently using a metal detector and when asked if he ever finds anything good - answers "Never!" I might be tempted to go out and buy a metal detector because that guy is on to something.

I'm suspicious of the metal detector guy.

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Personally I don't think I'm very effected by a government shutdown. I kind of like the idea... This is awesome!... I'm also not a military family or someone living on a fixed income dependent on a government check. Seems vastly unfair to be using these folks as pawns in political disputes. The people doing so should be ashamed. Should be but they won't feel any shame at all... The wife of Moses was Zipporah. It is amazing how lost to history she has become. We really know zip about Zipporah... Today's word of the day is "Ambit" meaning circumference, boundary, or sphere of influence. It's also the root of the word "ambition"... Patriots coach Matt Patricia on new endorsement deal with Gillette, "I use razors all the time. Use your imagination."... This is what Matt Patricia looks like without a beard...

A Statement From Tom Petty's Family

A statement from Tom Petty's wife and daughter on the death of rock legend Tom Petty.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Why you should try to live your life with an appreciation of expected value

- Heh heh

- Compelling read on the fall of Uber's founder Travis Kalanick

- Heh heh

- Some science facts are just harder to believe than others

- The only instance of the testimony of a ghost making its way into a murder trial in US history

- Heh heh - took me a second

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Sorry Steelers fans but you know in your hearts that if either Josh McDaniels or Matt Patricia was your head coach instead of Mike Tomlin - you'd be playing for a Super Bowl berth on Sunday... Heh heh... If you watch the movie To Kill a Mockingbird backwards it is the story of a black man brought back from the dead to break up some furniture...  Marie Curie was badass... OK I'll say it! Who else forgot Bob Dole was still alive?... 29 of the best small cities in America according to National Geographic... CNN reports that Covfefe Harambe was one of the most popular baby names of 2017...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Jo Jo White 1946-2018

Really saddened by the passing of Celtics legend Jo Jo White. His accomplishments included:

- Olympic Gold Medal Winner
- 7 NBA All-Star Teams
- 2 NBA Championships
- 1976 NBA Championship MVP
- NBA Hall of Fame Inductee
- Number 10 Retired by the Boston Celtics

More impressive than any of the above is the fact you'll never hear a single negative word about Joseph Henry White the man. Because he was a "gentleman" in every sense of the word. Also forgotten about Jo Jo White is that after college he first served in the Marine Corps before being able to join the Celtics to play in the NBA.

He will be missed.

Battle of Cowpens

Today is the anniversary of one of the most significant battles in the history of the United States and nobody seems to notice. A short history of the Revolutionary War could read like this:

- The British surrendered at Yorktown after being surrounded by the Continental Army on land and bottled up by the French fleet at sea.
- The British were stuck at Yorktown because they had been so long occupied in the South by battles like the disaster (for the British) at Cowpens
- Cowpens was made possible by Valley Forge and the victory over the Hessians at Trenton
- The French navy was brought into the war because of the overwhelming victory over the British at Saratoga.
- Trenton was made possible by the Continental Army slipping out of Long Island where they really should have been trapped and destroyed by the British
- Long Island was made possible by the victory over the British in the siege of Boston which in turn was made possible by the guns taken from Fort Ticonderoga and by the start of the war at Lexington and Concord.

Of the above - the Battle of Cowpens (which happened 237 years ago today) is probably the least remembered.

If it is remembered it is probably the version that was put forth in the Mel Gibson movie The Patriot. In the movie there is a battle without a name in which Gibson's character asks his irregular infantry to get off two shots and then retreat to trick the British into chasing after them. This is the same basic "plot" to the Battle of Cowpens. The Jason Isaacs character of the dark-hearted Col. Tavington is loosely based on Col. Banastre Tarleton who led the British troops at Cowpens. Unlike the battle in the movie, however, in real life Tarleton (nee Tavington) escapes to fight another day.

One other note that may only interest me. In the movie The Patriot, Gibson's character uses straw soldiers to convince the British to let captives escape. In real life this trick was used but it was used by the British to allow the "captive" loyalists to escape Boston via ships in the harbor under the cover of "troops" placed overlooking the city on Bunker Hill. The troops later turned out to be straw dummies.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Weed Economy

Parts of the country where marijuana is not "legalized" but "decriminalized" may be heading toward a weed economy nonetheless. This article from yesterday describes how the "free gift" economy is working in Washington DC. You "buy" a near worthless item like a key-chain for $60 and the vendor "throws in" a bag of marijuana for "free" (of course the street value on the bag of weed is also $60). This is just one step below the legal sale environment of places like Colorado.

I think things could also evolve into a more pure barter economy type arrangement. (As an aside did I really use the terms "evolve" and "barter economy" in the same sentence?) In Massachusetts you are now allowed to own 6 cannabis plants for personal use and consumption - or 12 plants per household. Is it really a stretch to think that people you already do business with wouldn't be open to some trading? A haircut could be worth an eighth of an ounce to your barber or hair stylist. Work done on your car? You pay for parts but your mechanic will take a half ounce for the labor. There are many such transactions this barter could apply to.

Even in places where weed is legal you could still have these barter transactions - because avoiding taxes is as old a practice as taxes themselves. 

Too bad I don't have a green thumb.

Ave Maria - Dolores O'Riordan and Pavoratti

This is beautiful on so many levels. Not many could hold their own singing with Pavoratti. Hearing Latin sung with an Irish accent adds to the beauty.

RIP Dolores.

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

Here's a list of 91 things to in Worcester before you graduate (Worcester is home to 10 colleges so kind of a college town but also not if that makes sense.)

- Heh heh - you have to admit this is a possible explanation

- Was Aragon the legitimate heir to the throne of Gondor?  I say yes because both Elron and the King of the Dead recognized him as such.

- Heh heh

- Speaking of Lord of the Rings - you can now live in your own personal Hobbit hole

- It's funny because it's true!

- Heh heh