January 1st, 2010


A new year and a new website

R. Stacy McCain, more often referred to as The Other McCain in order to avoid confusion with "Crazy Cousin John", the senator from Arizona, has moved to new digs in the blogosphere. You should know this already from being a regular reader of his site, if you're a conservative, but even if you're not, drop by. You might could learn something, or you could just enjoy the occasional excursions into music popular when Stacy and I were young, drunken fools. Well worth your time, at any rate, because the man actually gets out there and does old-fashioned shoe-leather reporting, which a lot of these feckless young "journalists" wouldn't recognize if it bit them in the butt.

"If there was no Internets, I'd have to stand on the overpass and yell at cars."

(Sippican, via Maggie's Farm) More likely he'd be arguing with his friends and neighbors, or yelling at the television. I think blogging is a lot more productive, and better for the spleen.

For all the bleating about Fascism in America (which was already being implemented by FDR, thankyouverymuch) historians generally agree that the true threat to the Republic during the Depression came from Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and Francis Townsend. Townsend is largely forgotten these days, but he's a big reason we have Social Security - because as FDR would have cheerfully admitted, sometimes it's just easier to co-opt the opposition and steal their ideas. Especially when the bill won't come due for another century or so. (Maggie's Farm)

New Year's linkagery

Recently seen at Marginal Revolution:

A revisionist history of the Ivy League: they became what they are by cutting themselves loose from the states. Note that nobody considers Rutgers or William & Mary (owned by NJ and my Commonwealth respectively) to be on a par with Harvard & Yale.

The best and worst of 2009, per the Ukrainians.

Historical origins of fish & chips. This reminds me that I ought to motor over to US 1 and give some custom to the Arthur Treacher's there.

Weird correlations: Japanese kids who skip breakfast and hate their moms have sex younger.

Thomas Schelling examines why a world without nuclear weapons would suck. SF fans knew this already; there were a number of stories, most memorably Edwin Corley's The Jesus Factor, which explored the consequences of such a world. None of them were pleasant, and for me personally, I'd be out at least one friend, whose father would have gone into Tokyo Bay with the 31st Division for Operation Coronet.

Finally, if the Dead Kennedys were your kind of band, Jello Biafra has a new album out, The Audacity Of Hype. It's free to download at Amazon.
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