Welcome to the land of the bureaucratic crazies

There is a regulatory agency demanding that turkey ham packaging use a particular typeface? The shape of pineapple in fruit cocktail? I never much cared for that, fruit cocktail.

It’s amazing what you learn by reading the news.

Laws are written by elected members of Congress, while regulations, which are supposed to carry out the laws, are written by bureaucrats at agencies.

But they often produce bizarre outcomes.

Mr. Hatch in his letter cited one regulation that controls the type of font companies are allowed to use in the word “turkey” when they advertise “turkey ham.” Another regulation governs the shape of pineapple pieces in fruit cocktail.

Someone doesn’t have enough work to do.


“Civilized men consume one another by due process of law.”

Civilized men consume one another by due process of law.”
Will and Ariel Durant in The Lessons of History

I should read books more often. There be quotes inside, sometimes good ones.

Here’s the entire quote as I read it, in the book Cod.

So the first biological lesson of history is that life is competition. Competition is not only the life of trade, it is the trade of life—peaceful when food abounds, violent when the mouths outrun the food. Animals eat one another without qualm; civilized men consume one another by due process of law.”


Total, utter vanity can be funny sometimes, as in John Kasich’s visit to southern Oregon.

Insulting headlines don’t get much better than this.

Kasich pending visit doesn’t make much of an impression
Today’s Kasich campaign stop in Medford draws shrugs, rebukes

“ . . . locals interviewed in Medford on the eve of his arrival seemed unaware or unimpressed by the visit.”

Yeah, me too. Even Bernie Sanders events are conventional, no pun intended, and boring. Sure the crowd for Bernie’s speech at Safeco Field in Seattle was large and impressive, but the event was anticlimactic.

“Some local residents had to be reminded who Kasich is, while others denounced the antics on display during the primary season.”

Even political insiders aren’t much interested.

“We’re not real excited either. It’s difficult to support someone you know can’t win mathematically,” a Republican state representative said, referring to his wife.

One commenter echoed my own sentiments: “I wouldn’t vote for Hillary if my life depended on it.”


Embracing my Irish heritage


Besides the potato famine and the resulting hordes of immigrants, Irish history is mostly neglected in America, despite the fact that many have some Irish blood in them.

In 1916, a rebellion began, or rather continued, and although successfully repressed by the Brits, independence finally came six years later, in 1922. The Irish, including some of my relatives, had been fighting the English for centuries. Some still are.

One branch of the family, on my paternal grandmother’s side, arrived in America in 1790. But when an insurrection against English rule began in 1798, some of the boys returned, itching to help in the fight, despite having to make the perilous transatlantic crossing yet again.


Follow Your Uterus! Or end up exiled in Canada!

If it takes electing The Donald to get feminist icon Lena Dunham to leave the country, then I will do my part. Vote TRUMP!

An actress turned feminist sage who self-deports? Don’t get much better than that. Now, if we could only get her to shut up. Just go away, please.

“ . . . I’m pretty worked up about the possibility of a woman president: it’s something I thought was impossible, maybe even illegal, when I was a little girl.”

Yeah, funny stuff.

“But one thing I’m not, as I’m routinely told, is ill-informed or ignorant—supporting Hillary only because of our shared anatomy. I have no plans to blindly follow my uterus to the nearest polling station.”

Anyone believe her? If Hillary was a man,¹ Lena would vote for him!? I ain’t buyin’ it.

“Feminists who support Hillary for provincial gender reasons are guilty of a reactionary, reflex sexism, betraying that larger vision required for the ballot so hard-won by the suffrage movement.”
Camille Paglia

One of the sacraments of the Left is abortion. Of course, numerous conservatives have pointed this out. But so have leftists. Just read what Camille Paglia has to say about this. Whenever a lib argues otherwise, don’t fall for it. They are lying.

Dunham and company don’t seem to understand that the more incredulous they are about Trump’s success, the more it fuels his supporters. I’m not even a Trumpster, and yet one reason I’d vote for him would be to piss off the likes of Dunham. Trump is seen as a middle finger to the Establishment. Sure, an imperfect one, but Trump conveys the message.

Ms. Dunham, I’ve never watched your show. I don’t know anyone who has. Other than some crazy chick who considers herself an activist, I don’t know anything about you.

Please. Go to Vancouver. Please.

By the way, yes, you are ill-informed and ignorant.


1. She may very well be.


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