Lion of the Blogosphere

The corniest post ever

with 7 comments

The ear was bought earlier today at a farmstand at a farm in New Jersey, so presumably it was picked earlier today.

Why is it called an ear? It doesn’t look anything like an ear. I tried to talk to the ear, but there was no indication that it actually heard me.

The good stuff was wrapped inside a huge number big green leafy things (the corn husk, I presume). There were also a bunch of weird looking stringy things inside the husk. After removing all of that husky stuff, the ear was considerably smaller than I had anticipated. I cut it in half because the entire length of the ear was too big for my small pot of water, which I brought to a boil.

After letting the corn cook in water for five or six minutes, I took it out, and ate it with butter.

Wow! It tasted great! I never tasted anything like it before. The corn from supermarkets is obviously a poor substitute for genuine farmstand corn.

I think this is a paleo food, because the hunter-gatherer Indians (the Indians from America, and not those people in southern Asia who are stealing all of the IT jobs from unemployed Americans) ate it.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 28, 2015 at 9:10 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Easy Common Core math test

with 27 comments

I got a perfect score on the five questions from the 8th grade math test in the NY Times.

Question #4 was the hardest because I didn’t remember the formula for the volume of a cone, but I was able to deduce the correct answer.

I did use a calculator, but I think that children are allowed to use calculators on this test.

This test should be even easier for actual 8th graders who have presumably been prepping with these exact types of algebra/geometry questions as part of their coursework and should have the formula for the volume of a cone freshly memorized. It’s shameful that only 22% of children passed the test. They must have low IQs.

Also, I don’t understand the Republican hatred for Common Core. It makes sense that the type of math that children learn should be standardized across the United States. For example, I don’t see how being able to determine the volume of a cone would be relevant in one state but not relevant in another state.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 28, 2015 at 10:09 am

Posted in Education

The shooting

with 42 comments

I was asked to write about this, even though I don’t have much of an opinion.

It’s possible that the shooter, who is black (and also probably a little bit mentally unstable), felt justified for his actions in part because of the zeitgeist that blacks are subject to constant racial discrimination by whites.

UPDATE

And indeed I was right, he says this is revenge for the white trash kid who shot up the black church.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 26, 2015 at 3:47 pm

Posted in Crime

Too many law students

with 95 comments

Yesterday, there was an op-ed in the NY Times by Steven J. Harper, the author of “The Lawyer Bubble: A Profession in Crisis.”

Until student loans bear a rational relationship to individual law school outcomes, law schools will exploit their lack of accountability, the legal education market will remain dysfunctional, and equilibrium between supply and demand will remain elusive.

I believe that law schools, as well as all other types of schools, should be made responsible for paying the student loans when the students default, not the government. That would force schools to be more accountable. That was one of the implied suggestions of Harper.

I also believe that the maximum amount of loans that students are allowed to borrow should be lowered. Currently there is no cap at all on how much one is allowed to borrow for graduate school, and that has given all sorts of graduate schools free rein to unconscionably raise their tuition.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 26, 2015 at 1:01 pm

Posted in Labor Markets, Law

The greatest thing I ever heard from a Republican

with 108 comments

Reported by Sarah Lynch of Reuters:

In a telephone interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Trump vowed to reform the tax laws if elected and said the current system was harming middle class Americans who currently faced higher tax rates than traders on Wall Street.

“The hedge fund guys didn’t build this country. These are guys that shift paper around and they get lucky,” Trump said.

“They are energetic. They are very smart. But a lot of them – they are paper-pushers. They make a fortune. They pay no tax. It’s ridiculous, ok?”

. . .

“Some of them are friends of mine. Some of them, I couldn’t care less about,” Trump said.

“It is the wrong thing. These guys are getting away with murder. I want to lower the rates for the middle class.”

Trump is talking about loopholes such as the one which allow hedge fund managers’ income to be taxed at the lower capital gains rate instead of the higher rate for ordinary income. There are also other loopholes available to hedge funds because they are partnerships, and partnerships have a lot of strange tax rules.

While many Democrats have rightly spoken out against loopholes, every other Republican seems to believe that loopholes in the tax code are fast ones that they pulled on the Democrats and not any sort of problem that needs to be fixed. Obviously I agree with Trump. It’s outrageous that people engaging in pure value transference (as Trump seems to understand) have a lower tax rate than people working at real value-creating jobs like engineers.

Trump is more than just the best immigration plan.

Thank you “Perez HBD” for the tip.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 24, 2015 at 3:24 pm

Posted in Politics, Taxes

Donald Trump in the NY Times

with 45 comments

An article in yesterday’s NY Times is that paper’s first that takes Trumps candidacy seriously:

A review of public polling, extensive interviews with a host of his supporters in two states and a new private survey that tracks voting records all point to the conclusion that Mr. Trump has built a broad, demographically and ideologically diverse coalition, constructed around personality, not substance, that bridges demographic and political divides. In doing so, he has effectively insulated himself from the consequences of startling statements that might instantly doom rival candidates.

The point of the article is that Trump leads among every category of voter that the authors of the article can identify, and the article pours could water on those who are waiting for Trump’s political incorrectness to finally catch up with him:

His most offensive utterances have, for many Republicans, confirmed his status as a unique outsider willing to challenge conventions, and satisfied a craving for plain-spoken directness.

Asked if Mr. Trump had crossed a line with his language, Carl Tomanelli, 68, a retired New York City police officer in Londonderry, N.H., seemed surprised by the question.

“People are starting to see, I believe, that all this political correctness is garbage,” he said. “I think he’s echoing what a lot of people feel and say.”

It is the Lion’s personal prediction that Trump can go all the way because of a factor that the Times article overlooks or ignores, which is that Trump’s natural opposition is divided into two mutually antagonistic camps. There’s the evangelical Christian anti-abortion camp which will want to vote for a hardcore anti-abortion warrior (currently Ben Carson is in the lead although Huckabee still has a good chance to pick up that vote), and a pro-business traditional-candidate camp which supports Jeb Bush. So if the anti-Trump vote splits between Jeb Bush and Carson/Huckabee/someone else, then Trump can win the nomination even if he only gets around 50% of the vote. Although, because everyone lover a winner even if the winner is Donald Trump, after Trump dominates in the initial primaries, his support will increase to a stronger majority.

* * *

Meanwhile, the latest online Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that Trumps lead has increased to 32%, and Trump also leads when people are given a choice between just Trump, Bush and Carson, demonstrating my point that the anti-Trump vote is likely to split.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 23, 2015 at 12:52 pm

Posted in Politics

They must be reading my blog

with 19 comments

This jar of paint thinner has the same lion logo as the one on my blog!

It’s manufactured by The Lion Company Incorporated.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 22, 2015 at 5:49 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Addams Family and Boy Scouts

with 36 comments

In the second episode, Gomez and Morticia are aghast that their son has taken a sudden interest in the Boy Scouts.

Back in 1964, it must have seemed absurd for parents to be upset about a thing like that, but once again the Addams Family is way ahead of its time. Today, there are many anti-Boy-Scouts voices.

Mae Suramek, who runs a rape crisis center in Kentucky, writes:

Thanks, but no thanks, Boy Scouts of America. My kid will have enough challenges navigating this world without being indoctrinated with structured, community-organized hate.

Blogger Frank Moraes writes:

I always associate the Boy Scouts with the Hitler Youth. I understand that the Hitler Youth basically took over what had been the Boy Scouts in Germany. But the uniforms, the paramilitary style, the right wing politics? It strikes me as downright un-American. But that’s just because there are two currents in America: the fierce individual and the belligerent conformist. I respect the first. But the Scouts reflect too much of the second, even if it is not intentionally bad. Its exclusionary policies alone reinforce the worst aspects of in-group/out-group politics.

This episode, using satire, provides commentary on how difficult it is for parents to raise their children in their own unique way when that way goes against what the rest of society deems to be normal.

The only downside of the episode is that I didn’t find it very funny.

* * *

steve writes:

While The Addams Family has a more sophisticated concept behind it, the fact is that The Munsters is a hell of a lot funnier and enjoyable to watch. The Addams Family is often pretty boring. Herman and Grandpa are comedy gold.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 22, 2015 at 2:12 pm

Posted in Television

Addams Family ahead of its time

with 31 comments

I watched the first episode from 1964, in which a truancy officer visits the Addams family house because they are not sending their kids to school. Gomez explained that the kids didn’t need to go to school because Grandmama was in taking care of their education. This was apparently absurd in 1964, but today homeschooling has become, if not normal, common enough that it would no longer seem absurd to anyone.

Morticia decides to let them go to school so that they can make friends with other children. But after the first day of school, little Wednesday comes home crying, upset that she was read a story in which a dragon was killed by a knight. Gomez and Morticia deplore the violence of killing an innocent dragon, so they complain to the school and request that Grimm’s Fairy Tales be removed from the curriculum. This must have also seemed absurd in 1964, but today traditional fairy tales are out of favor. As reported by the Telegraph:

Favourites such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Rapunzel are being dropped by some families who fear children are being emotionally damaged.

A third of parents refused to read Little Red Riding Hood because she walks through woods alone and finds her grandmother eaten by a wolf.

One in 10 said Snow White should be re-named because “the dwarf reference is not PC”.

Rapunzel was considered “too dark” and Cinderella has been dumped amid fears she is treated like a slave and forced to do all the housework.

The Addams Family was obviously way ahead of its time.

* * *

This is a much better show than The Munsters which is simply a Leave It to Beaver/Honeymooners type of show. Herman Munster is a Ralph Kramden archetype who happens to be a monster (with the running joke being that he doesn’t realize he’s a monster). Gomez and Morticia aren’t like anyone from any other show from the early days of TV.

Gomez and Morticia are more interesting because they are wealthy. Wealthy people are able to be their own selves and are not forced to conform to society in order to make a living. And because he doesn’t need to earn a living, Gomez is able to self-actualize within the confines of his spooky mansion.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 21, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Posted in Television

Pot calling kettle black

with 27 comments

Mr. Amnesty himself, Jeb Bush, says that Trump is not a conservative.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 21, 2015 at 12:28 am

Posted in Politics

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 301 other followers