Category: Miscellaneous

Robot Wins NFC Championship Game

Tom Brady is going to this tenth Superbowl, David Barclay RIP, and did we just see extortion?

Congratulations to the deplorable Tom Brady. The Trump friend is now cemented as the greatest quarterback of all time. He finished his televised evening by trotting to the sideline to hug his son.

The man needs deprogramming and quick.


We lost a good Catholic earlier this month and I didn’t even know it. Billionaire David Barclay died on January 10th.

Yes, “billionaire David . . .”. And yet I say he was one of the good guys.

I base that assessment on this memorial that Taki wrote a few days ago.

When Taki once finished a ski run at an exclusive resort, a stranger walked up to him and asked if he was Taki. Taki nodded and the man said, “I like your column [in The Spectator].”

Taki responded, “What is an intelligent person like you doing reading the rubbish I write?”

The stranger responded, ““I own The Spectator, I have to read it—but I still like your column.”

Thus, says Taki, started their friendship.

He said Barclay and his wife kept to themselves, which annoyed a lot of the other guests at the private resort. When someone asked Taki what interested Barclay, he said, “Religious matters.”

He said it was a white lie to deter the man, but it was also true: “David was very interested in religion, quoted scripture, and often talked about the Catholic Church with me.”

Like I said, it looks like we lost a good one this month, but few of us even noticed.


I missed this nugget last week: “Last night Tucker reported something fairly astonishing even by the standards of the last fortnight: He said that Mitch McConnell told President Trump … Read the rest

Google Scares Me, Taki, the Gulag

Tuesday miscellany

I’m merely linking to this: Google Is Not What It Seems. It’s an excerpt from Julian Assange’s new book. I’ve long maintained that something doesn’t “smell right” about Google: its government ties, its shockingly-fast growth, its involvement in foreign affairs.

But, alas, I’m not the guy to talk with about contemporary foreign affairs. I don’t even have a firm opinion on Assange.

Though I am kinda hoping that he and Snowden both get pardons. I have no opinion on whether the pardons are just. I just like it when a stick, any stick, gets pushed in the eye of the Establishment.


My man Taki Theodoracopulos’s current column is just a series of (loosely?) related points. It’s not his best piece by any means, but points are thoroughly-enjoyable.

Lord Belhaven died at 93. His widow said he had the perfect death: “He asked for a gin and tonic, went to bed, and never woke up.” That sounds good but not perfect. If had gone to Confession right before the gin, that would’ve been perfect.

“Trauma is now as American as apple pie, and purported to be caused by many things: betrayal, moral injury, an abuse of authority, the loss of a pet, the closing of a nightclub, or the malfunction of a television set. Actually it’s a spiritual void that afflicts those who use social media and take celebrities seriously. Therapists and quacks are having a field day.”

The Sackler family organized Perdue and developed OxyContin. They “bribed doctors to prescribe it rather vigorously, and managed to kill more Americans than the two atom bombs dropped in Japan did Japanese. Oh yes, after 450,000 deaths, and as early as 2007, the Sacklers began to transfer $10 billion to their private accounts. As it now stands, they’ve got … Read the rest

So, Were They Eating Pangolins or What?

Bric-a-Brac Thursday

Today’s TDE entry is, well, brick-a-brac: a selection of items of modest value. If I make you laugh and give you one interesting piece of information, my efforts on this post will be gratified.

The title reminds me of a Joseph Epstein anecdote. He went to a used store to get rid of a bunch of stuff. The woman at the counter was writing the items down individually and confirming:

Epstein: “Record Albums.”

Woman: “Record Albums.”

Epstein: “Overcoat.”

Woman: “Overcoat.”

Epstein: “Box of brick-a-brac.”

Woman: “Shit.”


One reason for this bric-a-brac post? I appear to have the flu.

For those keeping count, I came down with COVID on November 1st. It lifted about a week later, then I was afflicted with frequent (daily) migraines until last Saturday, at which point I began to feel normal.

Then yesterday morning, wham, I could barely move.

When a friend saw my office auto-email response (“I’m away from my desk dying and can’t return messages”), he texted me to see if I was alright. I responded, “ I had COVID after-effects like migraines for weeks. I was beginning to get worried. But this morning, I woke up with the flu to take my mind off it.”


Rise of the Pangolin

This Wired story says we’ll never know where COVID came from. At best, they think they can come up with a cause by the preponderance of the evidence (the lowest evidence threshold in court . . . basically, “more likely than not”).

Current efforts are, in part, being spearheaded by Mr. Wang (no offense).

The article almost entirely dismisses the theory that COVID was produced in a lab. That’s good news, but even though I trust Wired more than its MSM cousins, it still toes the leftist line on all … Read the rest

Miscellany

England after 1688 and bears in the gay community

Rise of the Moneyed

I’m enjoying volume 4 of Peter Ackroyd’s history of England: Revolution: The History of England from the Battle of the Boyne to the Battle of Waterloo.

I wanted to learn a bit more about how the commercial sector used its power after deposing the Catholic James II to fatten their wallets.

The first example came right away: 1694, the establishment of the first central bank: The Bank of England. Subscribers put money into the Bank, the Bank loaned King William money to finance war against France, the King would repay the loan at 8% interest from tax revenues.

And voila, the privileging of the moneyed class was ensconced and the era of Hudge and Gudge (business and government working together to grow each to monstrous proportions) was upon us.


The book starts after James II had fled England. Parliament had to decide how William could be the legitimate king, since it refused to pretend he had actually conquered England (that would’ve been both inaccurate and humiliating). After much discussion, and coming up with a new Bill of Rights that granted most power to Parliament, William and Mary (who had a decent claim to the throne) were declared conjoint sovereigns.

“Declared” by Parliament, leading many English to believe they were installed by Parliament. The result? The divine right of kings was dead. Kingship/queenship came from Parliament, thereby making Parliament supreme.

Daniel Defoe declared later that Parliament had “an Unbounded Unlimited Reach, a kind of Infinite attends their Power.”

The moneyed class was now in power.


I never realized that William was rumored to be homosexual. He apparently had gay friends that he favored. Despite his obvious love for Queen Mary (of “William and Mary”), the gay rumor

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Biden Will Pack the Court?

And why it’s a really big deal

Court Packing

Man, scary stuff. Every right-of-center news outlet heard it: Biden refused to say he wouldn’t pack the court.

I didn’t see a single mainstream news outlet mention it. I’m sure some did, but when I Googled “Biden and court packing” yesterday, the three top recent stories came from the New York Post, Washington Examiner, and Fox News. National Review was next.

No NYT, WaPo, Huffington Post, Slate, Salon, or the other minions of the Left.

Make no doubt about it: Court-packing would end Democracy as we know it.

Under Marbury v. Madison, the Supreme Court is, well, supreme. It says what the laws say and, at times, legislates from the bench.

If the reigning power can simply add Justices to get the result it wants, then it controls everything with no checks. The Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, combined with Marbury v. Madison, allows a Supreme Court of hundreds of justices to run roughshod with no checks or balances.

If you then end the filibuster and toss in two new Democrat-controlled states?

Game over, my friend. Game over.

If at some point the Republicans regained power, they would add justices. Then the Democrats would add justices. It’d become a huge assembly, divided among factions beholden to their patrons.

A huge morphing would be set off in our politics.

If the U.S. is around in a few hundred years, kids in school will have to be taught why we call it a Supreme “Court” when all the laws come from that assembly.

And the question is, why? Roberts has gone over to the Left and Gorsuch is the new Kennedy: no principles (by his own admission . . . he’s a “textualist,” which is meaningless). The Court

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Former NHL Goon Turns Catholic . . . After Winning All-Star MVP Honors

Photo by Matthew Fournier on Unsplash

 “They challenged my manhood, challenged my role as a father. They were really just questioning my morals. It was very personal, and at that time I was really starting to grow into my faith. My wife was really instrumental in me going to the game.”

John Scott, about his election to the 2016 NHL All-Star Game and the NHL’s efforts to derail it

There’s a great story at Relevant Radio about 6’8″ defenceman/winger John Scott. A radio program launched a successful campaign to vote him captain of the Pacific Division. The NHL balked and ruthlessly tried to foil it. Scott persisted, played in the game, scored two improbable goals (he only scored five in his entire career), and was named MVP.

There is now a movie being made about it.

Debate

I could only watch for an hour. Biden stumbled out of the gate, showing an inability to keep a chain of thought . . . and Trump let him off the hook by interrupting him repeatedly. I think Trump missed a golden opportunity, and Biden came off favorably. Victory to Biden, based on those first 60 minutes.

Critical Race Theory

There’s a pretty good summary contained in this story: Trump Order Dealing Unprecedented Blow to Critical Race Theory:

The theories are based on the Marxist concept of “struggle,” pitting races and sexes against each other by labeling them “oppressors” and the “oppressed.” It then reinterprets society and history as being rooted in this “struggle.”

Something New Under the Sun

Changes are coming to The Daily Eudemon. You’ve probably been noticing them over the past few weeks. With this post, I launch into a new layout approach. Please forgive any awkward formatting.

Why the changes?

Well, quite frankly, I’ve been greatly encouraged … Read the rest

Tuesday Miscellany

Software’s Incessant Change

Debate at 9:00 (EDT) tonight. The topics of the debate selected by moderator Chris Wallace: the coronavirus pandemic, racial unrest, the Supreme Court, the economy, and the integrity of the election.

Biden has been preparing hard, presumably taking large amounts of memory supplements. Trump said he’s not.

I loathe political debates, but I’ll have to tune-in for this one, at least part of it. My gut tells me that Biden will do just fine, Trump will be hilarious, and there will be no winner.

Where will I watch it? Anywhere. Wired magazine points out that it’ll be harder to avoid the debate than to find it.

That Wired magazine referred to a “Mohu antennae.” Curious, I looked it up. It appears to be a TV antenna made of paper.

A TV antenna? Those are actually still “a thing”?

Well, yes. Apparently, a 16 million thing: 16 million households in the U.S. still use one (2019 figures). I was stunned.

Now, only 6.6 million households use one exclusively. The other 9.4 million households use one as a supplement to a streaming service, which makes sense. If you have Amazon Prime, or Netflix if you’re into foxy pre-pubescent girls, free service from a $30 antenna makes sense if you’re in a big city.

Zogg and Shasta Drink Lots of Wine

Dang: 67,000 acres of wine country have been destroyed by the California fires. “The two fast-moving blazes, the Zogg Fire in Shasta County and the Glass Fire in Napa and Sonoma Counties, are uncontained and had burned more than 67,000 acres by Monday night.

Zogg and Shasta? When did we start naming fires? From what I can tell, they’re named after where they started or where they’re burning hottest. I have no objections and, of … Read the rest