Category: Miscellaneous

Miscellany

Barrett, Prison Rape Bonanza, Lions

I gotta admit: I’m proud to be an alumnus of Notre Dame Law School. I was in my third year of law school when Mrs. Barrett was a freshman in the undergrad so our paths would’ve never crossed, but I’m professionally, personally, politically pleased with the nomination.

“Professionally personally politically pleased.” Man, that’s some serious alliteration.

Every inmate’s dream come true: Governor Gavin Newsom signed a law on Saturday requiring California to house transgender inmates in prisons based on their gender identity.”

Lots of convicts suddenly feel like they’ve always had breasts–soft, supple, breasts even–but were compelled by the patriarchal language matrix to express them in terms of violence.

But I tell you what: I’d like to see the look on the sadistic female prison guard who sexually accosts one of them.

Now, in Newsom’s defense, the law says the state doesn’t have to do it if it has “management or security concerns.” How do you put men in a woman’s prison without safety concerns? That’s like Hitler putting Jews in Auschwitz but only if their Kosher laws can be respected. The entire point of the policy (putting men and women together . . . Auschwitz) conflicts with the thing to be avoided (rape . . . respecting Kosher laws).

We can’t even put college men and women together on college campuses without sexual assaults. How are we going to house convicts and women together?

But hey, on the bright side, this oughtta lighten the workload of the prison sissies.

Lions win! They beat the 2-0 Cardinals in Arizona. I was strictly watching them for comic relief at this point in the season, but they actually looked good.

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Bachelor Party

Drinking weekend. Alpena, on the shores of Lake Huron, eldest son Alex’s bachelor party.

I stocked the car last night with cornhole, frisbees, Can Jam, Spike Ball, dice, cards, and beer. Now I just need to make room for two passengers and our underwear.

I’ve cleansed my system: I haven’t had an ounce of alcohol or red meat for two weeks. Plenty of both start shortly.

I bought a few cases of beer in Indiana. Indiana doesn’t have a returnable law and I thought it was cheaper. Not so. The beer is shockingly expensive. A case of Pabst is $20, compared to $16 in Michigan. I have no idea why.

Oh well, by the time we throw away a lot of cans because no one wants to deal with them, or the Governor slaps another Executive Order that prohibits returns (thereby effectively unconstitutionally levying a tax), it’ll be cheaper.

Have a nice weekend, everyone. This might be the last warm weekend in the northern states for awhile. … Read the rest

News App

I’ve been looking to replace Drudge with something, so I’m auditioning a few news apps. The first one featured a story yesterday, to the effect that Jimmy Kimmel had a great insight earlier this week: Trump must be concerned he’s going to lose in November, or he wouldn’t be pushing to appoint a new justice now.

Well, yeah, Jimmy. That’s about as insightful as an observation that, because the St. Louis Cardinals (2-0) are preparing for the Lions (0-2) this Sunday, they must be concerned they might lose.

It’s stunning that such a dull remark (i) was made, and (ii) was repeated as newsworthy.

Yeah: I’m deleting that app.

Next try: The Washington Examiner app.

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Where Did Everyone Go?

The Shortage

Where did all the people go?

In our community, we have a lawyer shortage, a computer technician shortage, a construction contractor shortage, a doctor shortage, a substitute teacher shortage. And those are just ones I can think of without trying.

Everyone is crazy busy; nobody has time to do other people’s work.

And it’s not just all COVID backlog. That’s some of it, and no doubt plays large in things like construction projects, but in my law practice? That’s only a slice of the problem. There are a lot of other factors at play. I think the $5 trillion of COVID relief has something to do with it, but I don’t know.

Something’s gotta break. Things are moving fast; people are tired and frayed. It’s not good.

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McLuhan

Marshall McLuhan’s Ten Most Potent Extensions

Toward the end of his life, Marshall McLuhan provided a list of the ten things that have changed us the most

After my mom died last year, I had to clean out my childhood home. In the process, I stumbled upon one of my favorite quirky reference books: The Book of Lists.

This 1970s sensation sold nearly ten million copies. It was, well, a book of lists. That’s it. A lot of the lists were factual (“12 Drinks Named After People”), but some of the lists were mere opinions by celebrities or experts in a particular field. For example, “Johnny Cash’s Ten Greatest Country Songs of All Time” (aside: he put “I Walk the Line” at number one).

While reminiscing with it, I came across this opinion list by an expert in his field:

Marshall McLuhan’s Ten Most Potent Extensions of Man
1. Fire
2. Clothing
3. The wheel
4. The lever
5. Phonetic alphabet
6. The sword
7. Print
8. Electric telegraph
9. Electric light
10. Radio and TV

Over the past 20 years, I’ve developed a serious interest in McLuhan, but I had never seen this list (I don’t remember whether I saw it when I was 12). McLuhan provided it in 1977, just three years before his death.

I break down each of these “potent” extensions below.

Read all of the essay at Medium

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Read all of the essay at TDE… Read the rest

Flash Fiction

Fiction for the Digital Age and Sowell

There’s Always Something New Under the Sun Department: Microfiction. It’s a short story in 300 or fewer words. Or, according to Wikipedia, 100 or fewer words.

If you’re wordy, you might try “flash fiction” (1,000 words). If you’re really brief, try Twitterature (280 characters).

I made my first venture into the genre yesterday with this piece at Medium in the new “F is for Fiction” publication. But if you don’t want to click the link:

Ambition: A Climb to the Top in 99 Words

D1 felt scrunched. He was as big as the guys immediately above him, bigger than most of the guys around him, and lots bigger than everyone below him. He deserved to be higher, where things were better.

He sneaked past D2 and got a little bit higher.

He tricked D3 into trading places and moved up.

He bullied D4 into trading places and climbed high.

He beat D5 in a fight, which put him on top, where he rubbed shoulders with the other top Ds.

Then the bag of Doritos was opened and D1 was the first to be eaten.

I just finished Thomas Sowell’s 2018 Discrimination and Disparities. Man, the guy is simply brilliant. The book dealt a crippling blow to the whole notion of “systemic racism” two years before the term gained widespread currency.

After reading this, I’m inclined to think that, instead of using the phrase “systemic racism,” it ought to be “governmental program racism.” Almost everything the BLM-types claim is “systemic” racism is just the result of government intervention in the name of racial justice.

Great book. Easy read. Highly recommended.

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The Waiting

Calm before the drinking storm.

Free, sober weekend now.

Liver Armeggedon starts next weekend.

Next Thursday, I’m taking a virtual tour of a Bardstown bourbon distillery, complete with a gift box of bourbon delivered ahead of time, courtesy of my firm’s library vendor.

The following day, I head out for my eldest’s bachelor party weekend. The weekend after that, it’s the wedding itself.

So, I don’t have a lot of booze blogging this morning, but there is this, something specifically crafted to dull my appetite for booze this weekend: Poop Wine, Testicle Beer… Swedish Museum Exhibits the World’s Most Revolting Alcohols.

Leave it to the degenerate Swedes. … Read the rest

Sports Down

“Monday Night Football Ratings Crash,” ratings “way down,” “NFL ratings take a huge hit.” It sounds like, if it weren’t for Tom Brady’s inaugural game with Tampa Bay, it would’ve been a catastrophic opening weekend for the NFL. With Brady, it was just a bad opening, not catastrophic.

We also know the NBA is doing poorly, which is a very good thing. If there were new McCarthy hearings, the entire League would be under assault from Tail Gunner Joe.

Due to COVID, other reasons could be–and are–driving the downward spike, but polling and other anecdotal evidence suggest politics is playing a role: the more political the sport, the worse the ratings.

Timely: Hillsdale College’s Imprimis released a lecture by Jason Whitlock: American Sports are Letting Down America. It’s worth checking out.

Nearly 30 years ago, in a 1993 Nike commercial, professional basketball legend Charles Barkley fired the first shot at the “role model” concept popularized by Columbia University sociologist Robert K. Merton in the aftermath of the 1960s counterculture movement. “I am not a role model,” Barkley proclaimed in the half-minute spot. “I’m not paid to be a role model. I’m paid to wreak havoc on the basketball court. Parents should be role models. Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.”

Barkley’s words landed with a force every bit the equal of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem knee 23 years later. Former Vice President Dan Quayle defended Barkley, while Barkley’s fellow NBA superstar Karl Malone criticized him in Sports Illustrated. Leading news magazines, including Time and Newsweek, published articles exploring the controversy. Newspaper columnists from coast to coast—on and off the sports pages—also weighed in. The topic still sparks debate today.

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