Sunday Open Thread

I’m sorry to offer another Open Thread, but I continue to be up to my whatsit in family obligations — and they trump even the joys of blogging.  I should have most of this family work wrapped up by Thursday, at which point I can resume my regularly scheduled blogging activities.  Until then, it will be a bit hit and miss.

Tomorrow night — and I’m boasting here — I will not be blogging since I will be dining with Danny Lemieux and Charles Martel.  Woo-hoo!!  This is our second dinner get-together and, if it is anywhere near as enjoyable as our first, I’m in for a rare treat.

Oh!  I do have one thing to offer you while I’m off cleaning out closets and hauling boxes.  John, of The City Square, has some wonderful photos of the Tea Party Tax Day protest in San Francisco.  Several of my friends were there (yay for them!).  Mostly, it is incredibly impressive that the protest weight in the City of San Francisco, a weight that has for decades been to the Left, is now shifting Right-wards.  For those of you unfamiliar with San Francisco, this is, as our august Vice President would say, a BFD.  (Yes, he’d say it more obscenely than I, but you get my point.)

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  • jj

    I hate computers.
    But – on an entirely different subject,this weekend has caused me to note how prevalent misinformation is.  You always figure that time and history will straighten things out, and it’s disconcerting that it often doesn’t.  What brings this to mind this particular weekend is of course that it’s the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s aborted trip to New York.  The last of the people who were there passed on not all that long ago, and for most of our lives there were plenty of people around who were there, and many of them wrote about it, and spoke about it.  There is, in other words, a lot of information available about the event.  We know – if we care to – exactly what happened; why it happened; and the conditions that led up to it – yet the misinformation persists, and even persists in print.  I have heard two “experts” on TV these last couple of days both retail myths that are purely that: myths – and absolutely incorrect.  (One the old canard about how the boat was trying her hardest and going as fast as she could when she struck the berg; the other the famous ‘300 foot gash’ opened in her side.)
    The point of all this rumination is that it doesn’t seem to matter what’s out there in Real-ville, the actual facts come in a distant second (if that high) to either a good story – or an artfully contrived one.  This matters because the entire Obama/Holder gang is an artfully contrived story.  If the tale of Titanic is at all instructive, it teaches that history may or may not come up with an accurate version of how two such parvenus were ever put in charge of anything by the endlessly gullible and not-very-bright American electorate. 
    History can’t do it itself.  Take notes, keep records, start a journal.  We have the additional difficulty that what will in this case be preserved by the ‘name’ archives – The NY Times; the Washington Post; the TV networks; etc. – will not be history.  It will be the same agenda-driven BS we get now, and the agenda for the future will be to make gods of these singularly small, not very bright, and sleazy as the day is long people.  We’ll need to counter this ourselves, and write our own, much more truthful, histories.  

  • michal

    open thread comment one: a question That highlighted text that somehow generates income for your blog, can you change the color? Or can I change the color? It’s showing up electric turquoise blue and it’s just hard too read.
    Question two: What ever happened to Glenn Beck? I never hear a thing about him anymore.
    Question three: Are you going to share what you all talked about over dinner?

  • Mike Devx

    I have an open-thread question: What happened to Spain?  Why is it in crisis?  Can anyone provide numbers that explain it?

    I just took a look at a Paul Krugman column, and in it he points to numbers that seem inexplicable to me.  To whit, he provides this comparison of 2007 numbers for Spain, and for Germany:


    That makes Spain look pretty good in 2007, before the housing and financials crisis hit in 2008.

    But now Spain is in a severe debt crisis.

    So what ISN’T Paul Krugman telling us?  He is blaming the housing crisis for Spain’s governmental debt problem. How bad is Spain’s governmental debt problem right now?  And how could the housing crisis have created THAT?
    Surely Spain is in an economic depression, and the housing crisis could have caused THAT… but not a debt problem, I would think.  Krugman goes on to say that the solution to Spain’s problem – austerity – will only guarantee misery for Spain.

    So help me out here… are Krugman’s numbers right?  What isn’t he telling?  What’s the numbers story for Spain today, the numbers that tell the real story of what’s going on?

  • Mike Devx

    Well, great, the software put the chart in my comments, but when I post it, the chart disappears.  Here’s what the chart said:

    Budget Balance as a % of GDP in 2007: 
    Spain: +1.9%
    Germany: +0.3%
    (Spain much better than Germany)

    Net Debt as a % of GDP in 2007:
    Spain: 27%
    Germany: 50%
    (Spain much better than Germany)

  • Ymarsakar

    Krugman caused Spain to have issues. That is all.

  • Ron19

    From Yahoo! News a few days ago:
    “WASHINGTON – Actor and comedian Bill Cosby says the debate over the killing of Trayvon Martin by a neighbourhood watch volunteer should be focused on guns, not race.
    In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” aired Sunday, Cosby said calling George Zimmerman a racist doesn’t solve anything. Cosby says the bigger question is what Zimmerman was doing with a gun, and who taught him how to behave with it.”
    Ahh, I see!
    The problem is that Martin was killed by a gun.  If Zimmerman had instead pulled out a scout knife and stabbed Martin to death, Dr. Cosby, Ph. D. Education, would not have any problem with the situation and outcome.
    If one of the onlookers had picked up a stone and bashed Martin’s skull in, that also would be OK.  What if Martin had beaten Zimmerman to death with his bare fists?  What would the discussion, if any, be about?

    “Cosby said during the interview, which was taped Thursday afternoon, that he once owned a gun but no longer does. He says there is a need to get guns off the streets, and that people should be taught to use every possible alternative before shooting someone.”
    I guess after calling 9-1-1 Zimmerman should have reached into his pocket and pulled out two police cars full of Peace Officers, and a lawyer and a judge to prepare and sign a restraining order.
    England used to have minimally restrictive gun laws, and even the police seldom carried a gun on the streets.  Now, The English have not only removed guns from the streets, they’ve also removed them from the homes of all law abiding citizens.  The violent hooliganism resulting is terrible, as recounted in part of Theodore Dalrymple’s book “Life at the Bottom” in which he tells the after effects on the people of London in the neighborhoods where he works as a physcian.  The Police meanwhile arrested a law abiding citizen for practicing self defense by waving a kitchen knife at intruders breaking into her own home.
    Gee, I wish I had a Liberal Arts Doctorate and could get paid for saying the kind of stuff The Cos says in public.

  • Ron19

    BTW, can I change my ethnicity from white to Black Hispanic White?