Shenanigans upon shenanigans . . .

You really need to read the history of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  A bigger partisan political boondoggle would be hard to imagine. [Senator] Warren, who had hoped to be the CFPB’s first director, led the one-year agency-building process. She chose loyal Democrats to be her senior deputies; they hired like-minded middle managers, who in turn screened lower-level job seekers. It was too risky for interviewers to discuss politics, so mistakes were possible. . . . As screening techniques improved, Republicans were more easily identified and rejected. Political discrimination was not necessarily illegal, but attempts to hide it invited prohibited

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Talk about leaving yourself wide open…

I note CNN has stated, delicate offended nose in air, that it won’t attend President Trump’s White House party for the news media. “CNN will not be attending this year’s White House Christmas party,” a CNN spokesperson said. “In light of the President’s continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN, we do not feel it is appropriate to celebrate with him as his invited guests. We will send a White House reporting team to the event and report on it if news warrants.” The President’s press secretary promptly responded on Twitter: Ouch!  I bet someone at CNN is

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All you ever wanted to know about the “missionary position”, but were afraid to ask

I had to laugh at the explanation offered by the Straight Dope as to why the sexual intercourse so-called “missionary position” got its name.  I won’t repeat it here, because this is a family-friendly blog and I don’t want to shock those with delicate sensibilities;  but it’s not rude, and it’s funny.  Click over there to read it for yourself. It reminded me of one of my more amusing encounters when I first came to the United States, on a seven-month church mission tour in 1996.  I was traveling in clergy attire;  black shoes, socks, trousers and blazer, and a black

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What made them think this was a good idea?

Over at Daily Timewaster, I came across this video of two BASE jumpers in wingsuits entering the passenger compartment of a Pilatus PC-6 Porter – in mid-air! They seem to have enjoyed it, but I couldn’t help shuddering at the thought of what would have happened if one of them had run into the propeller, instead of the entrance.  Sliced base-jumper?  Shredded chutist?  Either way, it would have been messy . . . There’s also the question of what might have happened if anything had gone wrong – a sudden wind swirl (not uncommon in the mountains), a problem with the

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Thoughts on the current sexual harassment imbroglio

I’m sure many of my readers have been alternately indignant, annoyed and amused by the unending series of accusations of sexual harassment that have come out of Hollywood, Washington D.C., and other hotbeds of power and influence.  Initially, I was cynical about them . . . but I’ve been thinking a great deal about the subject, trying to analyze my reaction in terms of the time in which I grew up, attitudes during that period, and how things have changed.  I thought you might be interested in the way I see things.  You’re free to disagree, of course.  Perhaps we

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A final reminder: win guns!

I’ve written several times before about the fundraiser we’re holding for Andi, a friend in Colorado who recently suffered a stroke.  You can read more about her here.  Pictures of the guns and other prizes on offer may be seen at Old NFO’s blog, here, here, here and here. Here’s Andi with her husband and sons, prior to her stroke. Donors get 1 ticket for the drawing for every $10 they donate.  $50 gets you 6 tickets, $100 gets you 12, and so on.  The winners will be drawn on December 1st.  The first person drawn picks the prize they

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Draining the swamp in the State Department

I cackled with glee while reading an article about how terrible, ghastly, horrible and disastrous are the efforts of Secretary of State Tillerson to reform the State Department.  To read some of the plaintive cries of woe, one would think he’s an ax murderer, chopping away at the trunk of American democracy. Mr. Tillerson, a former chief executive of Exxon Mobil, has made no secret of his belief that the State Department is a bloated bureaucracy and that he regards much of the day-to-day diplomacy that lower-level officials conduct as unproductive. Even before Mr. Tillerson was confirmed, his staff fired

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