Author Archive: Paul Epps

Let’s Go, Brandon!

 

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Merry Christmas to Hunter Biden and Some of His Offspring

 

The Biden family stockings were hung by the chimney with care but the stocking for Hunter Biden’s out-of-wedlock daughter was not there. 🙁 For the second year in a row, just in case she thought last year was an oversight. The Biden family policy on Navy Jones Roberts, whom Hunter fathered with former stripper Lunden Roberts in 1998, is to pretend she doesn’t exist, beginning with Hunter denying being her father, and claiming in a 2021 memoir (who would buy a Hunter Biden memoir, btw?) that he had “no recollection” of Roberts or the “encounter” that led to the birth of their child. DNA tests later confirmed “with scientific certainty” that he was the father. Still no stocking however from the Grinchy and/or delusional Bidens. Read more →

Schadenfreude Squared

 

I’m a little late on this but I read not too long ago about a couple of Twitter employees who called out Elon Musk via public tweets. I’m not sure “called out” is the right phrase . . . one employee implied that Musk has no idea what he’s talking about and the second just gratuitously insulted him. Both were fired. Musk actually announced the first guy’s firing on Twitter. The tone of the media coverage surprised me. It sounded like Musk was some kind of monster. But ask yourself this question, and I will do the same: “If I posted something on Twitter to the effect of ‘I work at Company X and our CEO is an idiot,’ what would happen?” My answer is: I don’t think it would go well. I’d probably lose my job. But really the most intoxicating angle on this is Twitter employees losing their… Read more →

Musk vs. Markey: A Battle of Wits With an Unarmed Man

 

.@elonmusk could respond to my tweets but failed to respond to my letter by yesterday’s deadline and answer basic questions about Twitter verification. Congress must end the era of failed Big Tech self-regulation and pass laws that put user safety over the whims of billionaires. https://t.co/BEn6n9EitW — Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) November 26, 2022 Pardon me for stating the obvious but Senator Ed and a lot of other pissy little congresspeople were fine with Big Tech’s self-regulation when that meant censoring people and ideas that they didn’t like. They’re also fine with the whims of billionaires like Zuckerberg, Soros, (former billionaire) SBF and so on when those whims include making massive donations to Democratic candidates and causes. A quick Web search on Ed Markey reveals that he went to law school, went into politics, has apparently never done a productive day’s work in his life, but he wants to tell the… Read more →

Schadenfreude

 

Now that a federal appeals court has blocked the Biden student debt relief program, I have to admit that I really like to see people make terrible decisions and have to face the consequences, like taking on a colossal debt load in order to obtain a college degree with no commensurate value. I bet the Germans have a word for that. Germans have a word for everything. Read more →

All You Need is Love?

 

We saw The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. It was a fun show. My only quibble is that there’s about the right amount of buffoonery for, say, a Marx Brothers tribute, but a little too much for a Beatles show. A friend tells me his favorite Beatle is John, followed by George, which I’d say are not bad choices. I’ve always thought George was underrated as a singer-songwriter compared to Paul. One thing that always bothered me about John is that he was telling people that all they need is love, while he himself had a fondness for fashion, drove a Rolls Royce and lived in the most expensive building in New York. I’m not aware that anyone ever asked him about the apparent contradiction but it would have been a good question: “You’re telling people who may be living on the street or can’t afford… Read more →

The New Transgender Standard

 

A person's gender is what they say it is or what Natalee Bingham says it is? Also: a person who is clearly a man in a dress says another can't be female because they don't look female. https://t.co/542CEueO2B — Paul Epps (@paulepps) November 25, 2022 Read more →

Danger, Folly and Presumption

 

The statesman who should attempt to direct private people in what manner they ought to employ their capitals, would not only load himself with a most unnecessary attention, but assume an authority which could safely be trusted to no council and senate whatever, and which would nowhere be so dangerous as in the hands of a man who had folly and presumption enough to fancy himself fit to exercise it. — Adam Smith Read more →

Harvard, Yale, Berkeley Pull Out of Law School Rankings

 

Law schools at Harvard, Yale and UC Berkeley have pulled out of U.S. News & World Report’s rankings over concerns that the system is biased against equity programs. It seems unlikely that the system is biased against equity programs or that the rankings even consider equity programs, but if “equity programs” means what I think it does, it means that the schools reject accomplished candidates who are White, Asian or Jewish in favor of less accomplished candidates who are not White, Asian or Jewish. That would show up indirectly in rankings if the rankings look, as I’m sure they do, at LSAT scores, GPA and other indications of merit. It seems like one of two things can happen as a result of equity programs. One is that the schools teach classes to the level of the students, so if you reduce the qualifications of the students, you teach classes at… Read more →

Book Banning and Other Shenanigans

 

I heard just the last piece of a news item on TV last night about someone or other wanting to ban To Kill a Mockingbird from a school library — I didn’t even catch if it was left-wing nuts or right-wing nuts, but book banners always remind me of Kurt Vonnegut’s response to these sorts of dimwits: “Have somebody read the First Amendment to the United States Constitution out loud to you, you God damned fool!” Granted, To Kill a Mockingbird is not a very good book, vastly overrated, but there’s no case that I can think of for banning it from a school library. You might think I’ve painted myself into a corner here with a First Amendment argument given that another currently hot topic is schoolbooks on sexual topics. But no, I think reasonable people can agree that some types of subject matter are not appropriate for school… Read more →

Chess Game of the Day: Italian Game

 

One of my online chess games. White falls into a trap, grabs a piece, and loses immediately. Some annotations below . . . 11. Ng4 (I think 11. f4 is better.) 16. d4 (Or 16. b4 Bd6) 19. bxa5?? (White doesn’t really have any problems here. Swapping queens seems reasonable. It must be very tempting to grab the Knight but it results in a mate in 3.) 20. Kh1 (Or mate in 2 if White doesn’t interpose the bishop.) Read more →

Places, Loved Ones

 

No, I have never found The place where I could say This is my proper ground, Here I shall stay; Nor met that special one Who has an instant claim On everything I own Down to my name; To find such seems to prove You want no choice in where To build, or whom to love; You ask them to bear You off irrevocably, So that it’s not your fault Should the town turn dreary, The girl a dolt. Yet, having missed them, you’re Bound, none the less, to act As if what you settled for Mashed you, in fact; And wiser to keep away From thinking you still might trace Uncalled-for to this day Your person, your place. — Philip Larkin, “Places, Loved Ones” Read more →

Unemployment Numbers Don’t Make Sense

 

From a Daily Wire newsletter: Tech giant Meta is laying off 13 percent of its workforce across all of its companies: Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, etc. That amounts to around 11,000 jobs — the biggest tech layoff of the year. That’s an especially high number when you remember that since its founding 18 years ago, Facebook has never had to cut back its workforce. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared to address the layoffs in a leaked video Wednesday afternoon, saying, “I want to say up front that I take full responsibility for this decision…It was one of the hardest calls I’ve had to make in the 18 years of running the company.” And… the company has signaled investors to expect further bad news in the fourth quarter. This comes after Meta announced a second straight quarter of declining revenue in October. Everywhere you look, big tech is struggling. Last week,… Read more →

Messaging vs. Reality

 

I live in California. Gavin Newsom’s main flaw is that he’s very stupid. Democrats are not getting destroyed on messaging. I don’t even know what the Republican message is. I know the Democratic message is “MAGA Republicans, extreme MAGA Republicans, fascists.” Now that is a losing message, I grant you, because Democrats who aren’t insane, for whom politics does not play a destructive force in their life, have friends, neighbors, co-workers, family members, etc., who are Republicans and understand that while Republicans have different political views, they aren’t trying to put Democrats in gulags. Democrats are getting destroyed by reality. Republicans are running on GDP, inflation, lying about inflation, recession, lying about recession, gas prices, food prices, stock market, crime, border security, fentanyl deaths, energy independence, foreign policy, supply chain, social corruption, silencing, lies, pronouns and fucking with children. Actually, now that I think about it, maybe the Republicans could… Read more →

Bivalent COVID Booster: One Data Point

 

And a month later the vaccine recipient got COVID. https://t.co/AeBWKV2w9U — Paul Epps (@paulepps) November 5, 2022 Read more →

Put Away Childish Things

 

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. — 1 Corinthians 13:11 I’ve noticed in recent years what I’d call adult men playing card games and board games that seem to be intended for children. When I was growing up, men played adult games like poker or chess, maybe backgammon or checkers, Hearts or Spades. I’m not saying one way or the other is better for society, but . . . well actually, I guess I am. Read more →

Arrested and Conceivably Killed

 

To be fair, the plan to kill children is still under review. 🙂 Michael Beschloss on MSNBC warns America is just "six days away" from the end of democracy, historians, and the rule of law. And the start of a brutal GOP dictatorship in which our children could be "arrested and conceivably killed." https://t.co/4kFJuORA8r via @mediaite pic.twitter.com/SPByfPIV1k — Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) November 3, 2022 Read more →

AOC Building Henhouses

 

In 1945, George Orwell wrote this: Prose consists less and less of words chosen for the sake of their meaning, and more and more of phrases tacked together like the sections of a prefabricated henhouse. He couldn’t be more right, in my opinion, especially when the topic is politics. I can’t think of a more perfect embodiment of Orwell’s theory than AOC, who in 2022 gives us headlines like this: It’s so trite that even the headline writer is compelled to split it up into hot-button words and phrases — fascism, Jim Crow, White nationalists, apartheid — et voilà! Henhouse! Read more →

Paul Pelosi = Jussie Smollett?

 

Update to this story: The Awful Truth: Paul Pelosi Was Drunk Again, And In a Dispute With a Male Prostitute Early Friday Morning. Read more →

20 Things You Don’t Have to Apologize For

 

You Never Have to Apologize For… 1. Removing someone from your life that repeatedly crosses your boundaries. ~Bonnie Romano 2. Being who we are, and feeling our feelings. ~Courtney Redd-Boynton 3. Trusting your instincts, even if you can’t explain it. ~Kate Willette 4. We should never apologize if we’re not truly sorry. I don’t believe in apologizing because someone ‘demands’ an apology. ~Olga Baez Rivera 5. Quality “me” time (taking care of ourselves). ~Nath Ray 6. Your opinion—there is no right or wrong opinion, and there’d be a lot less arguments if more people could just respect and appreciate different insights. ~Jennifer Werner Mader 7. Standing up for what you believe in. ~Michelle Galyon-Stallings 8. Living life the way we choose to, regardless of fitting in with other people’s norms. ~Tanya Johns Emery 9. Making decisions about your own future that don’t do any harm to anyone. No one should… Read more →

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