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Garden State moment

Ever have one of those days where you say something and then later realize that you used a combination of words that is so strange it may have never, ever been used by another human being?  Ever?  I’m not talking about made-up words like “shazizzle”, I”m talking about real words. Let me know if you […]

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An alternate wording

AKA: let me fix that for you. I was perusing Facebook a couple of days ago (yes, I know it was a mistake, but sometimes I just can’t help myself) when I noticed one of those slogan/graphic thingys on the wall of one of my left-leaning facebook friends.  It said: “small government” is fascist dog […]

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Getting to know you

Well, school has started again.  I’ve got two online classes this semester in addition to my “on campus” classes.  One of the things I find truly fascinating about the online class experience is that the instructors insist on trying to develop something akin to a sense of community for each class.  Every semester, every class, […]

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QOTD: GOM* edition

Via MArooned: Happiness is a rotating drum grenade launcher. Nothing says “stay off my lawn” or “What are your intentions towards my daughter” like six rounds of high explosives. Follow the link for a picture. *grumpy old man

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QOTD: Epic Realist Edition

One of the frustrating things about blogging is that I read dozens of blog posts a day, and invariably just about the time I’m ready to write something, I find that someone else has expressed pretty much what I wanted to say much more eloquently.  To wit, Kevin at The Smallest Minority on New Year’s […]

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People who are better at this than I am

Three posts I’ve been meaning to write about from guys who are more eloquent and coherent than I am: The ultimate “you didn’t build that” commentary from Iowahawk: Readings from the Book of Barack Borepatch has an explanation of why the “you didn’t build that” comment was not a “taken out of context” moment and […]

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English

Borepatch has links to two cool videos; one on English pronunciation from Shakespeare’s day (some fascinating stuff about puns and plays on words that aren’t recognizable as such in modern English, but are in what they refer to as OP – original pronunciation), and a second which is a humorous, ten minute history of the […]

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Quote of the Day

From MArooned, in a comment on a story about the consequences of Los Angeles County handing out badges to politicians: Nice. Real nice. For some bizarre reason, the police decided to hand out badges to politicians. Why? I don’t know; maybe they ran out of chainsaws to give to toddlers… If you don’t read Jay […]

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Definitions

Thomas Sowell had a lovely little article on definitions of words we are going to hear a lot in the run-up to the elections this fall.  For example, he discusses the word “fair”.  One of the most versatile terms in the political vocabulary is “fairness.” It has been used over a vast range of issues, […]

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Quote of the Day: How to Win Friends and Influence People edition

From a rather nice piece by LegIron: I don’t give a cod’s arse what the neighbours earn and what they think of me is their problem – although in certain cases I admit I have enhanced their problem deliberately to keep them away. I resemble that remark…

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