Link Log for November 13

Categories: Animals, Boys & Girls, Censorship, Movie Stars, Politics, Writing. Some links and comments about Gardening & Farming are being scheduled for Sunday.


This reminds me of Heather’s half-grown son Elmo, who shouldn’t be at the Cat Sanctuary any more, but he is…his coat’s much redder than this cat’s coat appears to be on my screen, but he has the same kind of mackerel stripes, the same kind of adolescent look, and the same kind of attitude. (Elmo aged past being adopted by one permanent home and has yet to be claimed by another permanent home.)

Thanks to Mei/Poke for this:

Boys & Girls 

Some men, young sisters. Only some men. I’ll never dispute that being willing to kill the rotten ones is an asset when it comes to finding the precious ones. (And curbing the rotten ones, too–some of them may eventually outgrow their current rottenness.) Women should, like men and like the United States, not start a fight and not lose a fight. But seriously…I’ve met a few jerks too, but what I really wish were different about men is that the good ones are so fragile. They die so young. They’re so precious that even if they’re ninety-nine years old, when they die, that’s still far too young.


I agree with Jason Howerton, and apparently many of the students: hatespeech is not a crime, and shouldn’t be treated like one. However, in view of the crimes that were probably triggered by hatespeech and have been reported at this campus…is it appropriate to summon the campus police to watch in case a crime does occur?

In my home town, Gentle Readers, you can be arrested for “public drunkenness and disorderly conduct” for using, on the street, some Washingtonians’ favorite words. The assumption is that if a Virginian is in mixed company and uses the F-word or the S-word, or arguably even “Hell” in a sentence that does not refer to Michigan, he or she is probably drunk. And y’know, although I oppose censorship… not only do I not feel that this needs to change, I feel that printable-but-obnoxious words like “honey” and “lousy” should be added to the list.

Movie Stars 

I think Billy Hallowell posted this one just for us old ladies who’ve never really got into Denzel Washington’s guy-oriented movies or adult-content soap opera:


Lots of working people have violent fantasies about their bosses. If the said bosses ever go into politics, nobody is surprised when the said working people declare their support for the opposition…or even for the said bosses. Well, I voted for Ralph Nader, and people who’ve worked with him campaigned for Terry Kilgore, but they are men you don’t meet every day. So I wasn’t terribly upset to read that a former employee of hers said he wants to strangle candidate Carly Fiorina. Or that opposition candidate Hillary Clinton laughed, even. But Jason Howerton has a point here. Remember how the Democrats screeched and carried on when Republican candidates said much less inflammatory, nonviolent things…?

This one is long, serious, recommended to policy wonks and Washingtonians…Charles Cooper argues that Justice Thomas has come into his own, in recent years. (For a while there he was perceived as Justice Scalia’s shadow.) Thanks to Patricia Evans for sharing:


This cartoon post is about drawing, actually, but it’s relevant…When I get halfway through writing something and realize that I’m bored, I take that as an indication that other people might agree that it’s boring. It might need revising, or re-thinking, or recycling into the compost of my mind.

This, of course, is a useful policy only for the more “creative” type of writing. Fiction readers might not want to read a story about a four-year-old watching baby chickens scratch in the yard. Blog readers might not want to read a post about an old textbook I have for sale, even though somewhere out there is somebody who used that book in college, lost or sold it, misses it, and wants it back. But no matter how boring a post about reviews of baby buggies on Amazon may be, the only reason why I started to write such a thing is that somebody out there is paying for it. So, while trusting my intuition that most people would agree with me that that post is painfully boring, I just push on and finish it…and the handful of people who wanted it to be written are delighted.

Now about grammar…I saw another example of comma confusion more recently. Apparently a Catholic author wanted to dedicate a book to three separate sources of inspiration, and had been taught that it’s acceptable to omit the comma before “and” or “or” in a list that ends with an “and” or “or” phrase. So the book was dedicated “To my parents, the Pope and Mother Teresa.” (I’ve not seen the book, but have read reports that it was printed that way.)


Link Log for November 9-10

This one started yesterday, but wasn’t posted because Blogjob shut down. Categories: Animals, Economy, Education, Food (Yum), Holidays, Music, Obamacare, Politics, Phenology, Politics, Technology, Thank a Veteran.


Kellogg’s is phasing out eggs from miserable, short-lived battery hens. Want to lean on General Mills, too?


Economics 101, or, if you don’t like the current level of your local economy, stop wailing and fix it. (Even though this presidential administration has encouraged many efforts to make it harder for people to boost their local economy, like encouraging the substitution of cards that can be spent only at big-chain stores for cash that can be spent wherever a neighbor needs to sell something.)


Hillary Rodham Clinton pulls a 180 on the question of charter schools, although the schools themselves aren’t reported as the problem…Some public schools are very good schools. I attended one. Still, no school can afford to batten on a monopoly, the way the public schools did when I was a schoolgirl. Even at good schools, monopolies foster outright child abuse. Students need to be able to vote with their feet and maintain an incentive for teachers to do their best work. And once again, my home town was a battleground for school choice in the 1980s, and once the battle was won and the Gate City Christian School opened, the public school principal agreed that having an alternative served the public school well too. Children study better and behave better when they have a choice between different school atmospheres and teaching styles. Some children who were chronic problems at one school did well at the other school, so the benefits of choice were mutual for the public and private schools.

Food (Yum) 

Pumpkin spices and chocolate chips? Pumpkin spices and raisins? I can’t even test gluten-free versions of these cookies, but somebody out there will love them. (For future reference…this is aimed specifically at the person to whom those two pumpkins stranded in the drainage ditch belonged…if you carve your pumpkin on Halloween afternoon and set it inside the window, you can still eat it. A pumpkin thrown out on the ground, while it’s still firm and edible, is a sad thing to see.)

I don’t eat pork but I do like bacon…turkey bacon. (For the gluten-tolerant, as +Andria Perry mentions, there’s also Morningstar Farms soy-and-wheat-gluten bacon.)

And here’s a salad idea:

What do you donate to your local food bank, if anything? (I don’t–it’s so painfully obvious that too many people donate to the food bank, and as a result their standards of “need” are too lax. I’ve seen young people who were living in their parents’ home, working full-time, wearing expensive new clothes and driving super-expensive new cars, go to the local food bank with empty hands and come out loaded with more than they could carry. It made me reflect on the backwardness of this situation, and as a result I’ve never donated anything to my local food bank. I wouldn’t take food from them, either, no matter how long it takes me to collect what this last online rip-off artist owes; I can survive a few days without food but don’t think I could survive being mistaken for a Blatantly Bogus Welfare Cheat like Some People.)


In some countries tomorrow will be Remembrance Day…and in some it’s St. Martin’s Day. (In some countries, the warm spell in November that we used to call “Indian Summer” is “St. Martin’s Little Summer.”) Here’s a post about St. Martin’s Day in Germany:


This is a fan site, not maintained by the singer himself…Gordon Lightfoot is still planning an overseas tour next year? Fantastic!


Personally, I suspect that any large-scale plan to base anything on an insurance gambling scheme is doomed to implode.

You have to think through the sales pitch at this next link. How will getting more people involved in a gambling scheme build a healthier community? Er um…if Obamacare, for which I may be qualified but I’m delighted to save the nation a few dollars by not signing up, is used in such a way as to weed out the sicklier members of the “community” in question…

(I’m guessing you never thought of some of these big, sprawling, messy, riot-ravaged cities as “communities” before, either. Calling Chicago, Philadelphia, or even Tampa a “community” is one of those things that reflects on the speaker…y’know, if you’re capable of confusing “Greater Washington” with anything like a “community,” that shows that you don’t remember when a few neighborhoods like Arlington, Takoma Park, or even Chevy Chase in its own weird way, had a hope of becoming communities. Let’s just say that communities don’t riot.)

Phenology Link 

Today’s phenology, here? You didn’t want to know. November rain…somehow it seems perfectly appropriate that a document I need for another paid writing site is on Blogjob, and Blogjob is down. (Update: November 10 has been sunny and chilly.) So, in some places today’s phenology is more colorful. Fantastic foliage found in Scotland.

In other places it’s goofier…this was actually the week before last, but still: Sheep take over Madrid. (Thanks to Greg at for sharing.)


From Adam Brandon at Freedomworks, which is not actually working today but is still generating group e-mails…

“Rand Paul has just confirmed that he will be speaking at the Rising Tide Summit in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on December 5th. Joining Senator Paul will be Senator Ted Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, Governor Bobby Jindal, and former Senator Rick Santorum. That makes six, count them six, presidential candidates speaking at the Rising Tide Summit. Register today to secure your seat for the conservative event of the year!

Publius Huldah gets controversial. Furiously controversial.


Dan Lewis reports on low-tech travel…

Thank a Veteran 

Guess what day tomorrow is? For foreign readers, in the U.S. the eleventh of November is Veterans Day. Most businesses stay open (for which some veterans are thankful, because people who take Veterans Day seriously are likely to treat them to dinner on this day). Some veterans say that, rather than closing government offices and inconveniencing veterans, a more appropriate observation of the day might involve sending veterans money. Meh. A lot of other things would have to be defunded to make room for that. However, for those who don’t have a close friend or relative to treat to dinner, money, errands, a day at the lake, an evening of tickling and pillow fighting, or whatever, here are some additional ideas:

First, General Motors is sponsoring an effort to install adaptive technology in the homes of 200 selected veterans with major disabilities.

fundraises to give disabled veterans “smart homes.” (ASL sign “house”) Click to help.

If you support the U.S.O. (verbally or financially) you, too, may have received this link in an e-mail from Joan Jett:

None of the veterans I know personally uses e-mail, but, for those whose favorite veteran does: