Month: March 2015


Kontent from the Kindle

“Among the worst aspects of the collapse of traditional conservatism is that my children will grow up in a world in which vulgar and belligerent nationalism will be presented to them as the alternative to leftism.” Thomas Woods.

“Economic historians have determined that on average, Northern farmers worked four hundred more hours per year than did slaves.” Thaddeus Russell

“Bodies are mutually attracted by nearness, knowledge, and pleasure but souls by distance, mystery, and suffering.” Erik Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

“Third-rate men, of course, exist in all countries, but it is only here that they are in full control of the state, and with it of all the national standards.” H.L. Mencken

“[T]he historic anarchist movement has consistently preached abstention from conventional politics. Hence the popular slogans: ‘Whoever you vote for, the government always gets in’, or better still, ‘If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.'” Peter Marshall… Read the rest



I finally made it back to Detroit’s Greektown. It was my nephew’s bachelor party. I picked up my son in Ann Arbor then walked around downtown Detroit for awhile (he was still trying to clear his head from the party his house threw the night before . . . I chucklingly picked my way past the empties on my way up the steps when I picked him up). We took the People Mover, which, for just 75 cents, gives passengers a great view of Canada, Joe Louis Arena, and Grand Circus Park (which ain’t so grand these days); a glimpse of Comerica Park and Ford Field, a nice overview of downtown Woodward Avenue; and other Detroit landmarks. We then met the group of revelers at Buffalo Wild Wings, then went to the Old Shillelagh, then the New Parthenon, and then gambled the rest of the evening while watching basketball. All in all, a good evening. * * * * * * * Sunday morning, Alex and I caught Mass at Old St. Mary’s, which is situated right across the street from the casino. Funny, it wasn’t nearly as crowded as the casino the night before. Heck, it wasn’t even as crowded as the casino was at 8:00 that morning. * * * * * * * Gorgeous church, though. If you find yourself in Greektown, you gotta check it out. I’m a little (but … Read the rest


Good, clean short jokes:

“I have the heart of a lion and a lifetime ban from the Toronto zoo.”

“I told my girlfriend she drew her eyebrows too high. She seemed surprised.”

“A termite walks into the bar and asks, ‘Is the bar tender here?'”

“The Buddhist chips a tooth on a mint and so he goes to the dentist. The dentist goes to give him Novacaine but the Buddhist declines because he wants to transcend dental medication.”

“Why don’t blind people skydive? Because it scares the crap out of their dogs.”

“You know why you never see elephants hiding up in trees? Because they’re really good at it.”

“What did the cowboy say at the German auto show? ‘Audi.'”

“Where does the General keep his armies? In his sleevies.”… Read the rest


One of the most interesting things I read this week:

“Two Buck Chuck” (now “Three Buck Chuck”) is a Trader Joe phenomenon. Its formal name is Charles Shaw, but even though I’ve purchased no fewer than 100 bottles of the stuff over the course of my life, I had to Google “Three Buck Chuck” to remember its real name. My Mom really likes the stuff and I occasionally drink it. It’s definitely worth the price, though a few friends think it leads to nastier hangovers. Could be. When I drink much red wine, I always wake up feeling like a took ten sudafed the night before. Ample doses of the water during the evening help but not enough. … Read the rest

It would seem that a surge in William Graham Sumner (1840-1910) might do this country a lot of good: “Sumner celebrated “the forgotten man,” the independent middle-class man who falls between the cracks of the plutocrats on the one hand and the paupers who receive benefits from government reformers and planners on the other.” Brian Doherty, Radicals for Capitalism.

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