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    Chicagoboyz Billboard Series: 1

    Posted by Jonathan on 16th September 2020 (All posts by )

    sue

    Posted in Photos | 5 Comments »

    Chicagoboyz Waiting Room Series: 31

    Posted by Jonathan on 12th September 2020 (All posts by )

    POLICE LINE DO NOT CROSS

    Posted in Waiting Rooms | 4 Comments »

    Quote of the Day

    Posted by Jonathan on 9th September 2020 (All posts by )

    From an interview with Stanley Druckenmiller:

    This massive market rally is due in large part to the measures taken up by the Fed since the pandemic began, Druckenmiller said. He noted that, while the central bank did a “great job” in March by cutting rates and launching unprecedented stimulus programs to sustain the economy, the follow-up market rally “has been excessive.” He also said that for the first time in a while, he is worried about inflation shooting higher.
     
    “The merging of the Fed and the Treasury, which is effectively what’s happening during Covid, sets a precedent that we’ve never seen since the Fed got its independence,” Druckenmiller said. “It’s obviously creating a massive, massive mania in financial assets.”

    You don’t say.

    Posted in Economics & Finance, Quotations | 19 Comments »

    I’ve Been Everywhere

    Posted by Jonathan on 6th September 2020 (All posts by )

    The 2004 remake of “Flight of the Phoenix” was mostly dreck except for the sublime opening scene.
      

    Posted in Film, Music | 10 Comments »

    Random Pic

    Posted by Jonathan on 4th September 2020 (All posts by )

    colors

    Posted in Photos | No Comments »

    Random Pic

    Posted by Jonathan on 30th August 2020 (All posts by )

    ruby slippers?

    Posted in Photos | 2 Comments »

    Random Pic

    Posted by Jonathan on 25th August 2020 (All posts by )

    sunset clouds

    Posted in Photos | 3 Comments »

    Random Pic

    Posted by Jonathan on 18th August 2020 (All posts by )

    rain

    Posted in Photos | 1 Comment »

    Random Pic

    Posted by Jonathan on 14th August 2020 (All posts by )

    Four wheels good, two wheels pretty good too

    Posted in Photos | 3 Comments »

    Quote of the Day

    Posted by Jonathan on 24th July 2020 (All posts by )

    Helen Pluckrose, quoted in Spiked:

    Despite what the backing of prominent institutions might imply, I think these woke causes are supported by only a minority of people. It is not so uncommon for society to work this way. Look at theocracies, where perhaps only five per cent of people are theologians who teach the core values, but they are accepted by wider society as a benchmark for showing goodness and virtue. People either accept it without really understanding it, or just refrain from arguing with it. There are definitely parallels between that scenario and society today.

    Nowadays non-leftists hesitate to express non-leftist views publicly, either from fear of retaliation or because they don’t think it’s worth the hassle. Leftists probably feel the same way. However, the situation is asymmetrical because so many prominent institutions and big businesses are controlled by leftists or by people who are afraid not to make at least a show of fealty to leftist ideas.

    Posted in Civil Society, Leftism, Political Philosophy, Politics, Society | 8 Comments »

    Random Pic

    Posted by Jonathan on 22nd July 2020 (All posts by )

    death bus

    Don’t crash.

    Posted in Photos | 1 Comment »

    Posted by Jonathan on 20th July 2020 (All posts by )

    woof

    Chicagoboyz are kicking back and resting their dogs.

    Posted in Photos | 3 Comments »

    Posted by Jonathan on 18th July 2020 (All posts by )

    sweet

    Chicagoboyz is the berries.

    Posted in Photos | 2 Comments »

    Random Pic – 7/16/2020

    Posted by Jonathan on 16th July 2020 (All posts by )

    sunset

    Chicagoboyz like to watch.

    Posted in Photos | 2 Comments »

    Random Pic

    Posted by Jonathan on 14th July 2020 (All posts by )

    Posted in Photos | 15 Comments »

    “My advice to you is to get a sextant”

    Posted by Jonathan on 12th July 2020 (All posts by )

    This was said to me by someone who had watched the Shackleton documentary on Amazon video.

    I’m wondering if we could substitute an iphone?

    Posted in Deep Thoughts | 23 Comments »

    Posted by Jonathan on 10th July 2020 (All posts by )

    wash hands before and after eating

    Chicagoboyz know danger.

    Posted in Photos | 2 Comments »

    El Palacio

    Posted by Jonathan on 9th July 2020 (All posts by )

    afternoon

    Posted in Photos | 2 Comments »

    Six Feet

    Posted by Jonathan on 8th July 2020 (All posts by )

    over under

    Posted in Photos | 4 Comments »

    Posted by Jonathan on 27th June 2020 (All posts by )

    great white fleet

    Chicagoboyz has the ride.

    Posted in Photos | 4 Comments »

    Tricolor

    Posted by Jonathan on 20th June 2020 (All posts by )

    blue red white

    Posted in Photos | 1 Comment »

    New! – Your Least Favorite Movies and Books

    Posted by Jonathan on 14th June 2020 (All posts by )

    Here are some of mine:

    Movies

    Death In Venice – I walked out of this one in college. A middle-aged man’s erotic infatuation with an adolescent boy simmers, it is suggested, beneath the surface. In reality nothing ever happens. The action is all silence, furtive glances and views of dramatic sunlit esplanades. Hard pass.

    Whale Rider – A politically correct, tear jerking piece of crap. It’s got the exploited-native-peoples angle, the anti-Anglosphere culture angle, the You Go Girl! feminist competition-fantasy and anti-male angle. And of course those stupid whales. What’s not to dislike?

    The Help – Essentially a cartoon in which the white characters are crass, stupid, racist jerks and the black characters are smart, kind and wise. In case you don’t get the point, the disgusting white people are all southerners with strong southern accents. We must fight stereotypes – except, it seems, the ones that serve our argumentative purposes. Run, don’t walk.

    Books

    The Magus – The worst book I’ve ever read. The protagonist is unappealing, the plot silly and incredible. This one-star Amazon review tells the tale:

    A reminder of how terrible writing can be
     
    Perhaps the worst book I’ve ever read. I’ve seen Scooby Doo episodes more plausible than this mess. Suggestion for the author: if your plot turns on its head not only every chapter, but practically every page, readers will realize the story is contrived garbage and stop caring.
     
    What is contrived here? Maybe the endless scenes of naked people running around wearing antler masks, the star chamber of evil academics from the Sorbonne watching naked prisoners whip each other on racks, oh just remembering the juvenile and ludicrous “plot” makes me wet with embarrassment. The author admits in the preface that this book was an unsuccessful and sophomoric effort, and that’s the only convincing thing in the whole book.
     
    [. . .]

    (True story: I was once at a social gathering when someone asked someone else to name the worst book he had ever read. I immediately thought about this book. It was the other guy’s choice too.)

    What are your least favorite movies and books? Feel free to share in the comments.

    Posted in Diversions | 57 Comments »

    Seth Barrett Tillman: Questions Looking for Answers: Judge Sullivan and General Flynn

    Posted by Jonathan on 14th May 2020 (All posts by )

    Motion practice query. Where a judge appoints an amicus to represent a party or continue a litigation or prosecution because of an absence of adversity, then do not the parties first get notice and an opportunity to be heard to contest the appointment? Or does the court act on its own, make the appointment, and then allow the parties to make objections after-the-fact?
     
    If the court had prior contacts with the amicus—eg, a beauty contest or competition for the starring amicus role—do the parties get to see the records of those contacts between the court and the amicus?
     
    Who, if anyone, has oversight over Amicus (Inquisitor) Gleeson? Is it DOJ? Can DOJ assert authority over Gleeson or “his” case, like in a qui tam matter? Does Gleeson take an oath of office to support the Constitution? Is Gleeson subject to the ethical guidance which applies to federal prosecutors or the other policies of the DOJ?
     
    [. . .]

    Read the whole thing.

    From the comments:

    The jurisdiction of federal courts is of course limited to “cases and controversies.” If the US wants to dismiss, and the defendant wants to dismiss, where is the case or controversy? If the court has no subject matter jurisdiction, the case ends right there.

    Posted in Law, Law Enforcement, Politics, Trump | 20 Comments »

    Posted by Jonathan on 9th May 2020 (All posts by )

    firefly

    Posted in Photos | 2 Comments »

    “The Pandemic Panic Panic”

    Posted by Jonathan on 1st May 2020 (All posts by )

    Some interesting thoughts from Roger J. Brown.

    More thoughts here.

    Worth reading.

    Posted in COVID-19, Politics | 29 Comments »