I mean, seriously, do you see these doughnuts? This is the Fractured Prune. It is heavenly. You pick your preferred glaze and topping, and they put it on a still-hot cake doughnut.
If you live anywhere near one of these locations, get thee to the doughnut shop now.
11:25 am |
July 21 2014
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Ugh, I could go for some Thrasher’s fries + Fractured Prune + Jolly Roger’s today.
(Source: itsjefff, via oceancitymd)
11:21 am |
July 21 2014
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New from me at Rare: How Barack Obama spends his leisure time is the least of our worries
This week’s column is born out of frustration with seeing otherwise thoughtful, reasonable libertarians and conservatives alike wasting their breath on stuff which really doesn’t matter. Who cares how often the President golfs?! Let’s look at how often he hand-picks people to die, instead.
I don’t know if it’s a longstanding American tradition to waste political discussion on topics that really don’t matter, but in the last decade or so, we seem to have really honed this skill:
- The frequency and cost of President Obama’s golfing trips is a favorite topic.
- Apparently he doesn’t lift heavy enough weights at the gym.
- Any time the Obama family takes a vacation, the rumblings of criticism instantly begin, with left and right constantly quibbling over whose President took pricier trips.
- Michelle Obama, too, is a frequent target of criticism. Her dresses cost too much. She eats her food too quickly.
- And earlier this month we hit a new low, with multiple nationally-known commentators tactlessly suggesting (based on her appearance) that the First Lady is actually a man.
- There were even complaints when Michelle Obama Skyped into the Oscars, despite the fact Laura Bush and Ronald Reagan both participated in Oscar ceremonies during their own time in the White House.
The current obsession is President Obama’s decision not to visit the United States’ southern border to—let’s be realistic—do photo ops while making some vague comments about immigration policy.
Now, I’m far from a fan of the President—but this critique just doesn’t make sense. It especially doesn’t make sense after all the aforementioned complaining about the cost of his other trips.
Ironically, Texas Governor Rick Perry, who did go to the border, managed to squeeze in an awful lot of photo ops despite declaring, “I’m not interested in photo ops.” He even tweeted the photos…on multiple Twitter accounts. If that’s not a photo op, I don’t know what is.
But here’s the thing: None of this truly matters.
And spending time talking about this kind of frivolous stuff distracts from the very real abuses of liberty and power the Obamas impose on us when they’re not on vacation.
Honestly, I’d like to see the President on vacation more often. At least when he’s on the golf course, he can’t completely override the rule of law with his pen and his phone! Let him vacation all day, every day if it means he’ll stop expanding the size and scope of government at home and abroad. Maybe if he’s occupied elsewhere, the rest of us can get busy actually making our communities and the world more prosperous, safe, and free.
Read the whole thing here.
10:54 am |
July 21 2014
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“You know, it’s really hard to shoot at someone you just shared a hot dog with the day before.”
An unnamed man who participates in a monthly block party in Chesterfield County, VA, just south of Richmond. The parties—just one facet of local nonprofit which works in the neighborhood—are credited with building a sense of community that has helped lower crime rates.
What struck me about this comment is that it is so widely applicable, even on the foreign policy scale. When you get to know people, when you eat with them and they become your customers, it’s a lot more difficult to view them as the scary Other which deserves to be the target of war.
As Bastiat (maybe) said, “When goods don’t cross borders, soldiers will.”
This is one reason I love the internet: It makes it easier to meet people from all around the world. It’s not as good as a block party, but it’s way better than nothing. Below is a video from a couple years ago which encapsulates exactly what I mean:
I’m not an official representative of my country. but I know the streets of my town, I talk with my neighbors, my family, my friends and in the name of all these people …we love you.
We mean you no harm.
On the contrary, we want to meet, have some coffee and talk about sports.
10:40 am |
July 21 2014
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FYI for the next few weeks:
Hey, all. Between now and August 7 or so, expect my posting to be kinda slow. My husband and I are closing on a house on Wednesday (!!!), and then we’ve got a week to paint and move before I head off on a work/mini-vacation trip, so I’m all kinds of busy.
I’m applying for a super exciting new writing gig, though, so I’ll be sure to let you know about that if it happens!
2:08 pm |
July 20 2014
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“You are suspicious, and we are in a post-9/11 world.”
An armed guard at the Department of Energy offices in DC to Buzzfeed’s Benny Johnson while he attempted to take photos of the building for an article about ugly government architecture.
Johnson had called the DOE (and the other agencies he visited) in advance to confirm that it was perfectly legal to take the photos; the security team apparently thought otherwise despite his presentation of press credentials. At several offices, he was required to leave the property, or told he could only take photos of the front of the building.
Here’s another interesting exchange from the Department of Labor offices:
“Why? It’s a public park,” I told him. “I have orders,” he said. The supervisor had walked up and told him to watch me moments earlier. The officer remained looking over my shoulder, just a few feet behind me the rest of my time at Labor.
What’s fascinating about this is that there’s never any attempt by the guards to cite actual legal justification for their actions. They had no real counter argument to Johnson’s suggestion that it was his right to take the photos. No, they just had orders—and, apparently, the conviction that the simple fact of 9/11 renders silly notions like rights invalid.
12:34 pm |
July 18 2014
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Germany's plan to take on NSA: Block eavesdroppers with classical music, and use typewriters
This is AMAZING:
Politicians in Germany have devised an ingenious solution to combat the threat of eavesdropping by American spies: playing classical music during their meetings.
MPs who sit on the spying committee had become so concerned that US agents might listen in to their discussions that they had ordered classical music to be played, to drown out the discussions.
On arrival at the meeting, The Suddetusche Zeitung reported that for “security reasons” MPs had to put their mobile phones and computers into a large metal box to ensure that they were not subjected to outside surveillance. […]
Concern about uncontrolled US spying in Germany has reached such levels that MPs are considering a return to manual typewriters, in a drive to foil suspected CIA snoopers.
11:35 am |
July 17 2014
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Audit the Pentagon now, says bipartisan pair of reps
An anti-war California liberal and a Texas conservative who once spoke approvingly about impeaching President Barack Obama are demanding an immediate audit of the Pentagon.
The bipartisan team is introducing legislation Thursday that would reduce funds to spending areas the Department of Defense says are unauditable.
Reps. Barbara Lee, D-Calif. [N.B.: who has a seriously fantastic record on foreign policy], and Michael Burgess, R-Texas, will announce the “Audit the Pentagon Act of 2014” alongside Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill. […]
“It’s not a draconian cut, it’s half of 1 percent,” Burgess tells U.S. News, brushing off hypothetical qualms about the effect on military readiness. “We’re not asking for much, we’re just asking for them to comply with a 25-year-old law.”
Burgess says most Americans probably don’t know about the lack of oversight on defense spending.
“If you were an individual stockholder in a company, you’d expect a yearly report, you’d expect a profit-loss statement, you’d expect a pro forma future projection of earnings, but we don’t seem able to get the most basic data out of the Pentagon,” he says.
Related: War is just one more big government program
9:32 am |
July 16 2014
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America’s next leaders think the government is f***ed. Pure and simple, young adults are disillusioned with the current political system. The people who will be the future leaders of America say politics today are corrupt, inefficient and messy — words that only begin to underline the disgust many young people feel.
That’s what a recent Mic survey of 666 people under the age of 34 from every state said when asked to describe today’s American political environment. When asked to use one word to describe it, nearly all respondents included negative terms. Sh*t. Messy. Ineffective. Oligarchy. These are the damning terms respondents turned to when describing American politics.
The Mic survey results echo the findings of another recent poll completed by Reason-Rupe, which found that millennials overwhelmingly think government is inefficient, corrupt and supportive of cronyism. This sweeping report cites that 66% of young people believe the government is inefficient and wasteful — a substantial increase since 2009 when just 42% of young people described the government as being inefficient and wasteful. […]
How did we get here? A generation that spent their childhood in the economic boom and prosperity of the 1990s has spent the last decade imbued in two grueling wars and an economic meltdown.
Read the whole report here.
9:23 am |
July 16 2014
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