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Hump Day odds & ends

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017 03:19 pm

The science is settled: Swearing proves you are f——— brilliant: Intelligent people are more likely to be foul-mouthed and walk around naked at home, claims study. It also says that those with "agreeable personalities" — as near as I can tell, they use "agreeable" to mean the opposite of "intelligent" — are more likely to sing in the shower. I like to sing in the shower and say dirty words, and sometimes I even sing songs with dirty lyrics in the shower. Just call me an agreeable genius.


Those who don't fight evil fight statues:

All my life, I have known this rule about people: Those who don't fight the greatest evils will fight lesser evils or make-believe evils.

This happens to be the morally defining characteristic of the left. During the Cold War, many liberals and nearly all conservatives fought communism, but the left fought anti-communism. The left opposed American military buildups and regarded the Cold War between America and the Soviet Union as nothing more than two scorpions in a bottle fighting to the death. They loathed Presidents Nixon and Reagan, not Communist Party Secretary-General Brezhnev.

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And, of course, it fights global warming. Leftists have convinced themselves that the real fight against evil in the world today is not against Islamism; it's against carbon emissions.

And now, we can add statues to the list. The left was AWOL against communism, and it's AWOL against Islamism. But it's in the vanguard of fighting statues.

Moral cowards, in other words, in a futile attempt to find moral clarity.


What could possibly go wrong? Big Soda is trying to muscle in on the fitness industry: "But we all must stay vigilant. The fitness industry's aspiring regulators have a long-term, multi-pronged strategy. It includes bills like the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act, which empower D.C. bureaucrats to pick winners and losers in the fitness industry. ACE is also advocating for cities to require fees, permits, and particular certifications just to lead fitness classes in public parks."


It was never a good idea to militarize the police and it's not a good idea now: White House reverses Obama ban on police getting military equipment. Police are supposed to protect and serve, not behave like an occupying army.


Will Hollywood get the message? Summer movie revenue goes in the toilet. Hollywood's domestic summer box office will be down a whopping — and historic — 16% from last year. That's the worst decline in modern times and the first time since 2006 that midyear movie box office failed to reach $4 billion. And the message is: Stop turning out crap, and we will return to the theaters.


And there's not much good — or new — coming in the fall TV season, either. We're going to be treated to reboots of everything from "Will and Grace" to "Dynasty" and "S.W.A.T." And later in the season we're likely to see updated versions of "Roseanne," "The West Wing," "The Munsters," "Starsky & Hutch" and "The Jetsons." Jeez.

Even a lot of what passes for original material doesn't look very promising. "Young Sheldon" gives us the lead character of "The Big Bang Theory" as a precocious and obnoxious child. Sheldon is maddeningly irritating — he's a flaming a—h—-, actually — as an adult, so much so that I periodically have to take a weeks-long break from watching the show. Who in the world wants to see this insufferable adult as an insufferable child?

Thank God for Netflix.


Sometimes, it's like shooting fish in a barrel. Great Falls, Montana, police charged Margery Ann Dayrider  on a felony narcotics possession charge (which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison) after she called 911 to report that she had purchased some “bad meth,” adding that the drug left a “bad taste in her mouth.” 

As first reported by the Great Falls Tribune, Dayrider told the cop, “I do meth three times a day everyday and have never had this reaction before.” Dayrider said that she and her boyfriend had purchased the drug the night before and that she injected herself at 9 AM, 11 AM, and 3 PM.

While speaking with the patrolman, Dayrider said that she “still had some meth inside her bra.” Dayrider then provided the remaining narcotics to Officer Marshall, who reported that a field test of the crystalline substance was positive for methamphetamine.


I keep telling you — eat whatever you like, but in moderation, get plenty of exercise and stop obsessing over it so damn much. Low-fat diet could kill you, major study says. Yes, I know, I also frequently say that all these studies should be taken with a grain of salt (unless salt is on the forbidden list this week), but occasionally I like to confirm my own biases.


Scientists know very well that there is all the difference in the world between "weather" and "climate," so when they start lecturing us, as they are now, on how a single weather event like Hurricane Harvey is evidence of global warming or that such events are aggravated by climate change, you can pretty much bet they're full of crap and anything they say should be dismissed outright.


Yes, I have mixed feelings on this one. A judge has dismissed Sarah Palin's defamation suit against The New York Times. On the one hand, I'm much more fond of Palin these days than I am of the Times, and the newspaper really did a number on here. On the other hand, as I journalist, I have to applaud a decision that affirms the First Amendment's commitment to a free and robust press as essential to our republic.


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