Wednesday, December 25, 2013


Comedian explains how to handle your crazy liberal relatives over Christmas


Sunday, December 22, 2013


What sets high achievers apart?

Grit is the disposition to pursue very long-term goals with passion and perseverance, sustained over time. So the emphasis is on stamina.

Self-control is related — we often measure self-control and grit in the same sample and find a strong correlation — but the difference is time scale. Self-control is the ability to resist momentary distractions and temptations in order to reach a goal, but the goal doesn't have to be something that you're pursuing for years or decades. You might have a goal of staying on an exercise routine or doing your homework that night. And if you fail to do that and instead sit on the couch or watch TV, that's a failure of self-control. But the goal doesn't have to be something you're working on for years and years.


Saturday, December 21, 2013


Keith Richards explains the create process around the song Street Fighting Man

"Street Fighting Man" is one of my favorite Rolling Stones songs—probably because the music came together through a series of accidents and experimentation. We recorded it in a totally different way than anything we had done up until that point and the results were pretty exciting and unexpected.

Friday, December 20, 2013


Black Mountain - The Hair Song


Thursday, December 19, 2013


Camille Paglia defends men

Indeed, men are absolutely indispensable right now, invisible as it is to most feminists, who seem blind to the infrastructure that makes their own work lives possible It is overwhelmingly men who do the dirty, dangerous work of building roads, pouring concrete, laying bricks, tarring roofs, hanging electric wires, excavating natural gas and sewage lines, cutting and clearing trees, and bulldozing the landscape for housing developments.  It is men who heft and weld the giant steel beams that frame our office buildings, and it is men who do the hair-raising work of insetting and sealing the finely tempered plate-glass windows of skyscrapers 50 stories tall.  Every day along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, one can watch the passage of vast oil tankers and towering cargo ships arriving from all over the world.  These stately colossi are loaded, steered, and off-loaded by men. The modern economy, with its vast production and distribution network, is a male epic, in which women have found a productive role–but women were not its author.  Surely, modern women are strong enough now to give credit where credit is due!

Full transcript here.  


Wednesday, December 18, 2013


Horrible Christmas photos

Love the vests.



Pope Francis is a leftist...

...and leftists always begin with purges.

Pope Francis on Monday removed two American-born cardinals — including former La Crosse Bishop Raymond Burke — from the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops, meaning the ultraconservative prelate will lose his influential role in the appointment of bishops in the United States.

Burke and retired Philadelphia Cardinal Justin Rigali were among more than a dozen members of the Vatican old guard who were removed from the 18-member congregation on Monday.

Am I being harsh?  Maybe.  But smart leftists do this in dribs and drabs.  They put their people in power and personnel is policy.

  From Mexico, Francis turned not to Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, generally seen as a John Paul II protégé and a champion of the church's conservative wing, but to Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega of Guadalajara, who comes from a working-class family in Jalisco and, though he's never been part of the liberation theology movement, has good relationships with progressive sectors of the Mexican church.


From Colombia, Francis tapped Cardinal Rubén Salazar Gómez, who has occasionally come under fire for alleged waffling on the church's moral teachings.


 From Westminster in the United Kingdom, Francis elevated Archbishop Vincent Nichols, generally seen as a doctrinal and political moderate who has been criticized from the right in the U.K., among other things, for his allegedly lukewarm support for the old Latin Mass and for the new structure created under Benedict XVI to welcome former Anglicans into the Catholic church.

Being a moral force does not allow for ambiguity.  Something is either right or wrong.  You can chose how you respond to sin but you risk diminishing the sin, and the battle against it, when you muddle the message.

 The problem is, when you take digs at 'trickle-down theories' and such, when you rail against 'income equality' instead of poverty, the "I am am just reiterating Catholic social doctrine' thing doesn't hold water. If he really just reiterated Catholic social doctrine, he wouldn't be answering questions about being a commie. I think the Pope wastes a great opportunity and diminishes his moral authority in the eyes of the world when he says things so far afield.

Anyway, good to know that the Pope thinks Marxism is wrong.
 Moving even slightly away from conservatism opens the Catholic church up to infiltration.  That's what leftists do, they pretend to be moderate and then they bring in their own.  This is what happened to the Episcopal church It's O'Sullivan's first law.

  "All organizations that are not actually right-wing will over time become left-wing."


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Tuesday, December 17, 2013


Google's evolving mission


Monday, December 16, 2013


Are you ready to cut the cord?

Interactive guide to check if you are ready to end your cable subscription.

Friday, December 13, 2013


Field Music - A House is Not A Home


Tuesday, December 10, 2013


The bubble years illustrated

At least we will have a good metric for when asset prices return to normal.  That is when household net worth reverts to the mean. 


Friday, December 06, 2013


Beach House - Myth


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