A modest proposal for the NFL . . .

. . . from Larry over at Virtual Mirage. There are remedies to the grievances that the black players have. One of the first would be for the NFL to mandate 100 hours of off-season police ride-alongs for each multimillionaire football player. If you don’t like the police, walk in their shoes. There’s more at the link. I think that’s an excellent idea.  I’d go further.  I’d make the aggrieved players do their ride-alongs in neighborhoods that would normally be hostile to someone of their race.  For example, let’s say you have a black NFL player who grew up in

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“This Is Why You Will Never Get Ahead”

That’s the title of an article over at The Vulgar Curmudgeon’s new blog site (and if you followed him on Blogger, you’ll want to update your link to reflect his new home).  He provides a number of interesting charts, showing how prices and affordability of various assets, etc. have changed over time in comparison to income.  Here’s one example – automobile prices. When you look at the increases over the past couple of decades, and consider that real incomes have largely decreased over the same period, things become clearer.  It’s even more brutal when you reflect that the “official” rate

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Alma’s latest is out

Fellow author, fellow blogger and friend in meat- and cyberspace, Alma Boykin, has just released her latest novel.  It’s the first in a new Young Adult series, which I think is seriously good news.  There aren’t enough good YA series out there, and Alma’s very well qualified to write a better one than most other authors. Her new book is called ‘Shikari‘.  The cover was designed by Cedar Sanderson, who also did the cover of my new fantasy novel. The blurb reads: Adventure! Exploration! Martinus the m-dog! Lost cities and conspiracies! Strange creatures! And homework. Shikhari, the most-distant human colony

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Two new fun, short reads

Friends in meatspace and cyberspace, Tom Rogneby and Alma Boykin (the links are to their respective blogs), have each put out a new piece of short fiction in the past few days. Alma’s newest is a collection of five short stories titled ‘Familiar Tales‘. The title doesn’t mean that the stories are familiar;  rather that they’re stories about familiars, the spirits (usually in animal form) who are ‘assigned’ to magicians and other arcane practitioners to help them in their work.  Alma’s ‘familiars’ are sometimes a hindrance, too, due to their somewhat . . . ah . . . eclectic natures.  The

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Heh (literally)

Courtesy of Dr. Grumpy, we learn of a product that makes us wonder, “Why aren’t more of my co-workers taking this stuff?”  (Click the image for a larger view.) I can think of a whole bunch of people who need a prescription at once, if not sooner . . . Peter

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A sneak peek for my readers

I asked Cedar Sanderson, long-time friend in meat- and cyberspace and an author and blogger as well, to design the cover for my new fantasy novel, the first I’ve written in that genre.  (You, dear readers, helped select it last year.) Here’s what she came up with. I’m working on the second half of the book as we speak, writing the last chapters, checking for continuity errors, refining a couple of plot points, and generally getting ready for publication within the next few weeks. Watch this space for details! Peter

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Robert Stacy McCain brings the smackdown to LGBTBBQWTF

Following my essay on gender and sex last Wednesday, I was intrigued – and felt vindicated – to find that Robert Stacy McCain has his own views on the subject, very similar to mine. In January 2014, when I first wrote about the controversy between radical feminists and transgender activists, it seemed to me a bad joke. “The Competitive Victimhood Derby,” I called it — two rival tribes of left-wing nutjobs vying for the coveted Most Oppressed Award. Subsequent research, however, convinced me that the radical feminist nutjobs were actually right on the basic issue — being male or female

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Good Lord, this makes me feel old . . .

The Feral Irishman has posted a long series of photographs of “old-time” goods, equipment, and technology.  Here are just a few examples. A hard-boiled egg slicer.  I used those as a kid to help Mom in the kitchen . . . and sliced my thumb on the sharp wires more than once!  (Hint:  shell the egg first.  What’s more, if you slip a regular egg in among the hard-boiled ones, and your sister tries to shell it, and gets egg all over herself and the counter, your mother will not be amused . . . and your backside will smart!)

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Only 10 days to go . . .

. . . until Lawdog’s first book will be published! I’ve been one of those reading the drafts and, more recently, the pre-publication proof copy.  I giggled most of the way through it.  Those of you who know and love Lawdog’s stories will find plenty of the best of them in this book, and in future volumes. Make a note on your calendars for July 17th.  It’s going to be a big day!  Keep an eye on Lawdog’s blog for updates. Peter

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