Sunday, May 31, 2015

Think How Great The Piña Coladas Would've Been

AFP:
Among the thousands of fresh pineapples inside the containers, they found fruit that had been hollowed out and stuffed with drugs and then covered with a yellow wax that simulated the colour of pineapple pulp.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Quote of the day

Kevin Carroll:
Anybody who says that a guy called Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi [the leader of Isis] doesn’t intend to seize Baghdad is whistling past the graveyard

Friday, May 29, 2015

Celebrity Sightings: Eugene Robinson

Saw Eugene Robinson coming out of the post office in Westover, while FLG was drinking a beer at the beer garden.

Just Sayin'

When the head of the IMF says there's a potential that the Greeks will leave the euro, that's means it's all but certain.  And when she says "it would definitely not mean the end of the euro," what she really means is that it would definitely mean the end of the euro. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Celebrity Sightings: Hank Paulson

Saw Hank Paulson in Lafayette Square.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Quote of the Day

Keep the sperm at body temperature and make the vagina hotter.

Full article.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Celebrity Sighting: Martha Raddatz

Saw Martha Raddatz on Connecticut Avenue just north of Farragut Square.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Leisure As Goal

The ultimate goal of Marxism, in its purest, Platonic form, is Leisure. Leisure in this case means the ability to pursue one's goals free from constraints. Those constraints could be cultural, economic, or political. Which explains the animus with which the intellectuals mentioned in the essay hate the bourgeois virtues, capitalism, and the American political system.
The nexus of economic statism and cultural libertarianism is not some odd pairing derived from unique circumstances, but a direct product of the end goal of Marxism. Economic statism is the preferred policy because it offers the false hope of spreading the wealth in a way that liberates the entire population from economic constraints in pursuing their goals. This is particularly appealing to people like artists and intellectuals whose activities are not relatively highly valued by capitalism. Cultural libertarianism removes the societal and cultural boundaries that repress and constrain the intellectuals and artists. 

He was prompted to find this in the archives because of an LBJ quotation Ross Douthat cited:
The Great Society is a place where every child can find knowledge to enrich his mind and to enlarge his talents. It is a place where leisure is a welcome chance to build and reflect, not a feared cause of boredom and restlessness. It is a place where the city of man serves not only the needs of the body and the demands of commerce but the desire for beauty and the hunger for community. 

FLG was fascinated by the rest of the speech, particular the reoccuring focus on Leisure and the Good Life:
Aristotle said, "Men come together in cities in order to live, but they remain together in order to live the good life." It is harder and harder to live the good life in American cities today.

But more classrooms and more teachers are not enough. We must seek an educational system which grows in excellence as it grows in size. And this means better training for our teachers. It means preparing youth to enjoy their hours of leisure, as well as their hours of labor. 

Will you join in the battle to build the Great Society, to prove that our material progress is only the foundation on which we will build a richer life of mind and spirit?
 
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