hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia

Fear of long words.  Seriously.

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Legos: is there anything they can’t do?

Well, yes.  I’m sure there are many things they can’t do.  This is not one of those things. Observe:

Really, I’m only posting it so I don’t have to bookmark it.  ‘Making of’ video is at the link above.

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If they’re naked, how do you know they’re cheerleaders?

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I wonder if Instapundit followed up.  One fourth of a mile isn’t that far to go.  Hang on, I’ll ask him.

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My cynical side has some questions

Because, perhaps due to the Tea Party’s influence, it has again become fashionable among Republican politicians to disapprove of taxes and government spending, and to advocate decreases in each.

Because my cynical side thinks they’re just kissing ass mouthing pieties and if they regain power they won’t actually make much of an effort, other than the token sort.

Because when it comes to politics in 21st century America, there’s no such thing as “too cynical.”

And because my non-cynical side (yes, I still have one) rather likes this Paul Ryan fellow.  The cut of his jib, and all that.  I lived in his district until just recently and he may be one of those politicians with “ideals” and “convictions” and whatever.  He certainly hasn’t been just another go-along-to-get-along type in the House.  And he’s the brainy type.

So here are my questions:

1) Does picking Ryan as his running mate mean that Romney is serious about cutting spending and getting the budget under control?  And that he’ll really make those hard decisions once he’s in office?  Not so sure.

2) Ryan is currently the chairman of the House budget committee.  Is he going to be a more effective fiscal hawk as vice president?  Not so sure.

3) Most importantly, am I the only one who sees this,and thinks of this?

Eddie MunsterHerman

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can’t be the only one.  I’m sure.

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Pop quiz: what does Tom Barrett have in common with the Milwaukee Brewers?

1) They live in Milwaukee;

2) They enjoy a nice porterhouse, medium rare with onions and mushrooms, house fries on the side and maybe some pie al a mode for dessert;

3) They’re having some Achilles tendon issues lately;

4) They both lost by 10 points tonight;

5) They secretly love Justin Bieber’s music.

Here’s a hintHere’s another.

[Kind of bittersweet, I suppose.  But you know what they don't have in common?  The Brewers get another chance tomorrow.]

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Another entry from our “Things I Wish I’d Thought Of” department:

“Voorhees a jolly good fellow, Voorhees a jolly good fellow, Voorhees a jolly good ACK!  Aauggh!  Run! Save yourselves!!”

Dang.

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Guns don’t kill people, people kill people

To hear some people talk, if the government doesn’t guarantee access to “free” birth control, it amounts to a ban on birth control.  This is no more than statism thinly disguised [as usual] as compassion.  Because we count on the government to take care of us.

Also [beside my point] go read those links and be treated to an astounding display of ignorance about how employer-based insurance really works.  I’m going to have to assume they’re lying, just to preserve [these final pitiful shreds of] my faith in humanity.

On the other hand, you could read James Taranto’s column and get the idea that birth control is the root of all of society’s ills.  You might even wish it had never been invented.  This is not statism, necessarily; few people support illegalization, after all.  [And that's totally a word.]

The widespread availability of birth control technology did coincide with a number of serious cultural changes in this country.  But to claim that birth control made them happen is just confusing co-incidence with causality.  [Good discussion here.]  It occurs to me that my birth also coincided with the beginnings of some of these cultural shifts [close, anyway]; maybe Taranto would like to blame me.  Bring it on, Jimmy, I could use the traffic.

Getting right down to it, birth control presented a set of options to women, and to men, that was different than the set of options available before.  That’s all.  Saying that birth control is itself responsible for declining marriage rates, increasing divorce rates, single-parent households, et cetera, is exactly like saying that outlawing guns will reduce crime.  It’s saying that fast food causes obesity, that credit cards cause debt, that television causes illiteracy.  It’s saying that human agency is inadequate; that people can’t be trusted to make their own choices.

Which, frankly, is not that far removed from saying that the government has to take care of them.

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