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Monday links

  • I was waiting for somebody to say this. Although I don’t agree with it all, John McCain was one of the biggest authoritarians ever to infest Congress. He never met a freedom that he didn’t want to destroy. I’m sorry he died a terrible death, but I’m glad he’s no longer in the ruling class.
  • PC run amok. A NASCAR driver loses a sponsorship because of a dumb remark his father made 35 years ago.
  • Via Maggie’s Farm: Seven things I’d do if I wanted to keep poor people poor.
  • Occasionally justice is actually swift. A process server taunts the young NY woman who was raped by cops and had the guts to report it immediately. He’s promptly arrested. (For impersonating an officer; they always hate that.)
  • Consumer Reports says a $500 Predator generator from Harbor Freight can match a Honda. Commander Zero begs to differ. And so do I when it comes to trusting my life to a machine.
  • I’m no fonder than anybody else of unscooped dog poop. But DNA testing for doggie-doo? That’s going a bit far. (H/T BD)
  • Sic ’em, boy!


  1. david
    david August 27, 2018 8:45 am

    Good dog. GOOD DOG! Now here’s some fresh meat as a reward. Just go catch it.

  2. Desertrat 1
    Desertrat 1 August 27, 2018 9:17 am

    Po’ folks? Balfour’s article is spot-on, as became evident not too many years after the onslaught of Lyndon’s unGreat Society legislation.

    But when Liberal minds are made up? Molly Ivins looked at me as though I were covered all over with stupid when I brought up some of the points shown by Balfour, back in the 1970s.

  3. larryarnold
    larryarnold August 27, 2018 9:34 am

    A 1980s radio broadcast? Really?
    The mob is creating a world where you don’t even get one strike. No one will have the opportunity to learn the lessons.
    I wonder if the mob realizes that the words they’re saying in 2018 are also being recorded. They’re likely to have a lot longer than 30 years to worry about a replay biting them in the butt.

    My wife would curse them. As in, “May you have a child just like you.”

  4. Mike
    Mike August 27, 2018 11:02 am

    I find it hard to believe that a Harbor Fright generator is as good as a Honda generator. The test failed to mention if the Honda and Harbor Fright generators were picked at random or who picked the generators to be tested. It’s easy for a company like Harbor Fright to hand pick a unit then have it gone over by the repair guys to make it as perfect as possible so when tested it shines. Now if Consumer Reports had picked a half dozen units from Harbor Fright and a half dozen units from Honda at random and tested them all, then I would believe the results.

  5. david
    david August 27, 2018 11:15 am

    Obama must love the poor, because not only has he done nothing to put an end to the “keep ‘em down” plantation state, but his flagship program worked miracles to create a much larger body of poor Americans. In the name of leveling the playing field he’s turned it into a wasteland and made the majority of the nation worse off.

    I used to give money to homeless folks, but now I can’t afford to buy them a cup of coffee. And I still don’t have any medical insurance for me either. They say I earn too much!

  6. Joel
    Joel August 27, 2018 11:46 am

    In regard to the good dog: Has anybody ever prospered by trying to hold up a gun store?

    Also: Harbor Freight has its place, but its place is marketing cheap Chinese knockoffs of others’ high-quality tools. I’ll believe a $500 HF generator is as good as a $1000 Honda of the same rating when I see it start on the first pull after several years of service.

  7. progunfred
    progunfred August 27, 2018 11:48 am

    There’s a good boy. See the nice man out. Good doggy.

    Things with small to mid sized engines? Stay with the Japanese names you know at this point.

  8. Bear
    Bear August 27, 2018 2:22 pm

    “Has anybody ever prospered by trying to hold up a gun store?”

    Any number of freelance redistributionists have acquired the wherewithal to buy the farm.

  9. John Smith
    John Smith August 27, 2018 5:34 pm

    The Comsumer Report people alway have people shop for the units to be tested without the sellers knowing that they work for CR. If you read the mag carelfully you would know that.

  10. larryarnold
    larryarnold August 28, 2018 12:55 am

    I haven’t looked at Consumer Reports in ages. Back in the day I compared reviews on things I was familiar with.

    I found that while their testing procedure was pretty fair, they didn’t always know much about what they were testing. Thus they would rate based on “features” that were invalid.

    I remember there was a backpack that rated higher because it had a frame to keep it standing open when it was empty.

  11. James
    James August 28, 2018 5:01 am

    Re: McCain, there’s a Latin saying: “De mortuis nil nisi bonum” (“say nothing but good of the dead”). And I mostly try to observe that. But I’ll make an exception for McCain. There’s somebody who used up my oxygen for WAY too long.

  12. Mark Call
    Mark Call August 28, 2018 7:12 am

    My grandmother used to say that if you can’t say anything good about somebody, (perhaps especially when they die) don’t say anything…

    So, re: McCain:

  13. Mark Call
    Mark Call August 28, 2018 7:12 am

    And, I too, love my Honda EU2000.

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