Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Holiday Break for Nordicus

I'll be taking some time off to drink elderberry wine and schnapps with my family.  Back in the beginning of January.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Politics on the Sausalito Waterfront

Nordicus can't figure this one out: There's a squabble in Sausalito about an old hangar for WW2 Liberty ships.  More than 90 Liberty ships were built there during the war, and the building was abandoned in 1997.  The Department of Veterans Affairs bought it and is now fighting with the city council on what to do with it.

Neither option makes sense to Nordicus.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Don't Ask, Don't Tell? Don't Say!

It's been many years since Nordicus served in the military.  In my day, I think it would have been inappropriate to let openly homosexual members serve.  However, times change.  I think the bias has to be that if it is legal in society, it should be legal in the military - unless the military can present a good case for an exeption.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Rick Perry is "Fed Up!": Reviewing Texas Governor's Book

Nordicus has just finished reading Gov. Rick Perry's new book, Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America From Washington.  As you can see from the book's website, the book promotion could evolve into a presidential campaign pretty easily.

There's no point beating around the bush: After reading this book, I plan to vote for Rick Perry in 2012.  (Of course, I reserve the right to change my mind at any time.)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Two Californias - Victor Davis Hanson - National Review Online

Two Californias - Victor Davis Hanson - National Review Online. Living in Marin County, I can safely say that only one in one hundred would appreciate this story.

Most folks up here, if they travel across California, they only drive from SFO to fly to LAX to visit friends in Hollywood.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

British Woman Speaking With French Accent

A sad story, for sure: A woman in Newcastle woke up one morning with a French accent.  The neurologists have one theory: Nordicus has another.

Could this just be the gallicization of Britannia?  I mean, what with the university students rioting in protest at paying tuition fees, Blighty is starting to look a lot like France, isn't it?  (Just weeks earlier, French students rioted, too!)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Notes on Voyage of the Dawn Treader

(Actually, not so much notes on the movie itself, but notes on Mike Potemra's review at National Review Online.  Read the review before this blog entry!)

The editor of NRO should have sent Mr. Potemra back to his study to read the danged book instead of relying on his faulty memory.  The "human character" who turns into a "monster" is Eustace Scrubb, who turns into a dragon. In order to turn back into a boy, Aslan leads him to a well, into which he must jump and swim but only after he has taken off his "suit", i.e. dragon skin.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Nordicus on Krauthammer on the Tax Deal

Sorry, folks, that I've been off too long.  Unfortunately, the job that pays the bills takes precedence over the one that doesn't, and Nordicus had to take a break while his evil twin (who has a paying job) caught up with the workload after Thanksgiving.

The conservative response to the tax deal between President Obama and the Republicans is interesting.  I thought our response was positive initially, but some contrary voices are being heard.  On the radio, I heard Mark Levin say that Republicans had caved in early.  He would have been happy to see the tax rates go up on January 1 and revisit the issue in the new year.

Today, Charles Krauthammer has declared President Obama the unequivocal victor.  I don't think I buy it.