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

    rain

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

    Four wheels good, two wheels pretty good too

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    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 »

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    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 »

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

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    “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

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    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

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    “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 »

    “Insanity Blooms in Wisconsin”

    Posted by Jonathan on 28th April 2020 (All posts by )

    Robert Prost emails:

    The Republican dominated legislature in Wisconsin is suing Governor Evers to end his lockdown of the state. Evers’ authority to mandate a shutdown ends May 11 but he wrote lockdown orders that extend until May 26.
    Perhaps feeling the pressure, the Governor has pulled a very old trick – announcing a program that does the opposite of what its name would imply.
    The governor proudly announced the “Badger Bounce-Back Plan” to reopen the state. So Evers is using “science” to free us all. Not exactly.
    The state cannot be fully reopened until all three phases of the Plan can be completed. The state remains in lockdown until the step 1 criterion is fully met.
    Here is that criterion:
    “Downward trajectory of influenza-like illnesses (ILI) reported within a 14-day period.”
    Source: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/prepare.htm
     
    Huh? From my years of experience in a major teaching hospital, I would hazard a guess that virtually 50% of all patients who show up at the ER have some symptoms in common with influenza – cough, sore throat, fever, runny nose…
    Step 1 criteria are unlikely to ever be met, allowing the governor to hold the state hostage to his dictatorial whims for as long as he likes.
    If the state supreme court cannot halt this madness, I fear the state will fall prey to the socialists.

    Previous emails from Robert Prost:

    “A Fresh Perspective on the Covid-19 Numbers” – Part 2

    “A Fresh Perspective on the Covid-19 Numbers”

    Posted in COVID-19, Politics | 13 Comments »

    Chicagoboyz Waiting Room Series: 30

    Posted by Jonathan on 26th April 2020 (All posts by )

    take a load off...

    Posted in Waiting Rooms | 3 Comments »

    Posted by Jonathan on 23rd April 2020 (All posts by )

    asocial social distancing

    Chicagoboyz are social distancing as many miles as they can before it gets really hot out.

    Posted in Photos | 2 Comments »

    “A Fresh Perspective on the Covid-19 Numbers” – Part 2

    Posted by Jonathan on 17th April 2020 (All posts by )

    Robert Prost follows up his previous email (posted here):

    Plotted below are the covid-19 confirmed cases for Wisconsin. The data is graphed so that the first derivative plot is scaled up for better visibility. The fact that the graph has been jumping so erratically means that somebody is manipulating the data. This first derivative is the rate of change of the accumulation of new cases. That fact that it jumps around means that either someone is pushing the hospitals to change their definition of ‘confirmation’ or the virus has a mind of its own. If the changes were due to the sudden availability of additional testing, the increase should be all in one direction if additional cases were being detected. Someone is playing games in pursuit of a political agenda. Were I to hazard a guess, I’d say it is due to our addled governor, aka Tony Baloney.

    Wisconsin COVID-19 Confirmed Cases

    Robert concludes: “This data certainly does not give a good reason to extend the lockdown.”

    Posted in COVID-19, Current Events, Medicine, Politics, Science | 10 Comments »

    Chicagoboyz Waiting Room Series: 29

    Posted by Jonathan on 15th April 2020 (All posts by )

    run

    Posted in Waiting Rooms | 3 Comments »

    Posted by Jonathan on 3rd April 2020 (All posts by )

    El Mago

    El Mago Del Ponche is the official tire wallah of the Chicagoboyz blog.

    Posted in Photos | 3 Comments »

    Signs of the Times

    Posted by Jonathan on 31st March 2020 (All posts by )

    6 feet
     
    unavailable
     
    UPS driver
     
    power grabs

    Posted in COVID-19, Photos | 5 Comments »