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Midweek links

  • Oh great. The NYT wants credit card companies to recreate Project Chokepoint. Only they want hundreds of thousands of innocent gun buyers reported to the cops for fitting a “profile” the NYT doesn’t approve of.
  • Aww, isn’t that sweeeeeeet? The TSA is switching to floppy-eared dogs because the pointy-eared ones scare children. No word on whether those airport blue-hands realize the kiddies are probably even more terrorized by having their pubes pawed.
  • Add one more aspect of shadiness to the dirty business of buying pet-shop dogs: Dog leasing to the unwary. (Nitpick: It’s not animal-rights organizations protesting this; it’s animal welfare organizations. So-called animal-rights outfits like PETA don’t give a cr*p about the well-being of pets or their humans.) (H/T JB)
  • Don’t “help” us, says the owner of NYC’s historic Strand bookstore. Just leave us alone so we can stay in business.
  • The incomparable Walter Williams talks about some of the disparities — racial, sexual, and cultural — that the social-justice pecksniffs would rather we not think about.
  • Once upon a time Harvard didn’t want David “Publicity” Hogg because (among other reasons, no doubt) his SAT scores were way below their bottom-of-the-bottom percentile. Now that he’s a famous anti-gun demogogue, they say, “Welcome, Davy baby.”
  • One Tesla. One day. Three fires.
  • Okey doky then. A French teen converted the bible and the quran into DNA and injected it into his bloodstream.
  • This group of millennials is right. They’re under no obligation to buy substandard pet food just to keep some old conglomerates profitable. (And it’s not just millennials buying better quality food, either.)
  • Fifteen years ago, a stranger helped a five-year-old fly to the U.S. Now they’ve found each other through one of those six-degrees-of-separation happenstances.


  1. Joel
    Joel December 26, 2018 4:43 am

    Heh – “millennials” catch a lot of crap, and arguably deserve a lot of it. But reading the ingredients list on the back of a sack of dog food, and revising buying choices accordingly, is a funny thing to collectively excoriate people for.

    Hell, I’ve done it myself – after my dog got sick and died – and now the emergency replacement dog gets much more expensive kibble.

  2. Claire
    Claire December 26, 2018 6:28 am

    Yup. My thoughts exactly. Sometimes when I see people buying big sacks of Old Roy, or worse yet Beneful (which, sadly because of its name and packaging most buyers assume is healthy food, when in fact it’s barely even food and has harmed any number of dogs), I have to bite back the temptation to beg, “Please don’t abuse your dog!”

  3. Pat
    Pat December 26, 2018 7:20 am

    Some millennials (at least pet owners) understand the marketplace better than we give them credit.

    I was in the Strand Bookstore just once – and could have gladly spent a week there. It’s the only “big store” I ever felt comfortable in; not knowing where to go first was no problem, wherever I went, I was sure to end up happy.

  4. ellendra
    ellendra December 26, 2018 12:16 pm

    I use a variation on that “first 5” rule when buying chicken food. You wouldn’t believe the grief I get from my dad about it.

    I refuse to buy anything for which the first ingredients involve the word “byproducts”. Heck, I wouldn’t even buy potting soil that said that!

    If I could find a home-growable source for the minerals they need, I’d be making my own chicken food. I can balance the vitamins, proteins, and carbs they need, but the mineral requirements keep tripping me up.

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