Monday, June 06, 2016

The Life of Corn

Fuzzy Buzzy Feed

America Was Never Great?


(forget the subtitles; res ipsa loquitur)

Reagan Lives!

Poopy Pants Postmortem

                                                          Restaurant Owner Who Accused Yelper of Pooping Pants Now Admits He Made a Mistake

Cindy Sheehan Archive Photo

After conducting "extensive research" on the matter, the owner of the D.C. restaurant that earlier this week accused a Yelper of pooping herself says it appears it was wrong. Whatever disagreements remain with the one-star review from Yelper "Emma C.," Greg Casten now comes forward to say that, in retrospect, he doesn't think she lost control of her bowels at Nick's Riverside Grill last week after all.

On Yelp, Emma called Nick's staff out for apparently showing little regard for the fact that she'd been overcharged for drinks. This drew an angry retort from a manager that described, in great detail, how Emma had wreaked legendary havoc on Nick's that day by soiling herself, staying seated in the mess so the staff had to divert customers around her, and then tossing her ruined clothes in the restaurant's trash. "Never return to any of our establishments until you are potty trained," the manager wrote. People hailed it as an instant-classic bad-Yelper burn. [The Full Agony]
Did I tell you that I'm a Yelper? I am. 

Excepted into callage

Were We this Stupid?


Trumpism is Easy

Toward a Sensible, Coherent Trumpism
The Constitution and the social compact it enshrines are for us—the American people—and not for foreigners, immigrants (except those we choose to welcome), or anyone else.


Trump is, in the decisive sense, more conservative than the entire conservative establishment. Unlike them, he is actually trying to conserve something bigger than his job and status: namely, the American nation. Yet “Trumpism” needs something Trump himself cannot provide. John Derbyshire praises Trump’s “gut conservatism” as a welcome relief from the failures of the intellectual class. One can sympathize with his point without finding it altogether satisfying. “Gut conservatism” after all still depends on some definition of what conservatism is. Which requires thinking and writing, i.e., intellectualism, and perhaps even philosophy. The gut may be right more
Trump seems to grasp intuitively something our elites have forgotten or smugly deny: politics is by nature particular. ... Even the ancient Greek philosophers—the greatest abstractionists of all time—understood the necessity of borders and the permanence of national distinctions. Socrates’ “city in speech”—the greatest political abstraction of all time—is closed to outsiders.
often than a broken clock, but—as Trump’s contradictory pronouncements over the years illustrate—it is unreliable and so must be ruled by the brain, which nature generously provides for the purpose. Derbyshire is thus too quick to dismiss conservative intellectualizing as irrelevant. Forging a fresh definition of conservatism, or of reinterpreting the old one to meet the necessities of the times, is not merely relevant but necessary.

Yet it is unquestionably true that to this task, our current crop of mainstream conservative intellectuals is not merely unsuited but wholly useless.

National Review’s anti-Trump symposium reads as if it were written to make the point undeniable. Trump supports ethanol! Burn the heretic!

At least listing the “conservative” boxes that Trump fails to check can be considered substantive. The rest of the symposium—like nearly all other conservative anti-Trump broadsides—consists merely of personal attacks. Many of which, to be fair, Trump has coming. But all this hardly amounts to a conservative refutation of, or counterproposal to, Trump’s program. The most they could say on that score was to paraphrase, probably subconsciously, Lionel Trilling’s dismissal of 20th century conservatism as “irritable mental gestures which seek to resemble ideas” and apply it to Trump.  [The Full Monty]

(Mark Miller)
This all seems so simple to intuitively grasp, but evidently it is not.