Monthly Archives: January 2016

What were you doing 30 years ago?

I didn’t hear of what had happened until I got home from school, but then it had happened in the early afternoon where we were.  The BBC had cut over to CNN for coverage, which was an unusual occurrence.

I don’t recall this address having aired over there either, except maybe as a snippet or two.  Then again, it would’ve been after midnight if they’d chosen to run it live.

Student Loans and Moral Hazard

What do you mean, running up $200k in debt on a questionable (at best) degree from an expensive private college isn’t automatically a Good Thing?

I’m pretty sure someone‘s written a book about this:

Student Loans and Moral Hazard

In this Daily Caller piece, Eric Owens writes about one such student, Samuel Garner, who has penned a lengthy piece on Slate wherein he whines that he now has to pay about 40 percent of his income to cover his college loans. Nobody, you see, told Garner that he shouldn’t assume that college debt is “good debt” and think about his financial prospects. Garner complains, “I thought signing loan documents was just a routine” and blames Connecticut College officials for not making a serious effort to explain the consequences of taking on more and more debt to him.

Ten years later, we’re still here

Rush Limbaugh ran this ten years ago today, around the time that Al Gore was talking up his enviro-nutter schlockumentary at Sundance:

Algore: We Have Ten Years Left Before Earth Cooks

He’s attending parties and posing for pictures with his fans. He’s enjoying macaroni and cheese at the Discovery Channel’s soiree. He’s palling around with Laurie David of Curb Your Enthusiasm, who is the husband of Larry David, who drives the Prius and then flies the GV. Larry David says, “You know, Al is a funny guy, but he’s also a very serious guy who believes humans may have only 10 years left to save the planet from turning into a total frying pan.”

This prompted the creation of a 10-year countdown to today, which has now reached zero:


The oceans aren’t boiling.  Birds aren’t falling out of the sky.  If anything, weather’s probably been a little bit cooler than usual.  Where’s the apocalypse that Al Gore was predicting?

My theory: Al Gore was full of shite.

The proper response?  “Because ‘fuck you,’ that’s why.”

Then again, one of the reasons I’ve not pursued a CCW or a C&R FFL is that one should not have to seek permission from the powers-that-be to exercise one’s rights:

Massachusetts Town Subjects Carry Permit Applicants To An Essay

Folks, I’m not joking with this one. Lowell, Massachusetts is going to require gun permit applicants to write an essay to explain why they’re exercising their Second Amendment rights. If a federal judge struck down California’s 10-day waiting period for gun owners as an unconstitutional infringement on their civil rights, then this essay portion should surely be struck down (via Lowell Sun):

A new firearms policy will go into place despite a final plea from gun-rights advocates Tuesday for looser restrictions.

The policy requires anyone seeking a license-to-carry to take a gun-safety course. Anyone applying for an unrestricted gun license must state in writing why they should receive such a license, and to provide additional documentation, such as prior military or law-enforcement service, a prior license-to-carry permit, or signed letters of recommendation.