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Christmas Tree and Crèche at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Washington may desire to dominate our lives, but that desire can and should be resisted.

Washington may desire to dominate our lives, but that desire can and should be resisted.

Trump, with his airplanes and helicopters, probably would inconvenience the general public a good deal less with whatever commute he comes up with than does Joe Biden’s risible regular-guy act on Amtrak. When Regular Guy Joe takes the train from Wilmington to Washington, they clear out half a car for his use — Biden himself sits stock still, looking frail and terrified — while teams of Secret Service agents are dispatched to each and every stop along the way to swarm the vice-presidential car and prevent any incursions from the plebs. At the end of the journey, the Amtrak riders are kept on the train — at gunpoint — until Regular Guy Joe has cleared the platform, which can take a while. Do they have places to be and schedules to keep? Of course they do, but the Cult of the Imperial Presidency extends to the Semi-Divine Vice Presidency and its odd, pseudo-democratic rituals.

Trump Snubs D.C. as Millions Cheer


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Gosh darn it, people are way too polite!

We can all agree on one thing: the problem with America today is that everybody is too polite. It’s annoying! Everywhere you go, it’s strangers tipping their hats to you as they walk down the sidewalk, whistling a jaunty tune. Drivers on roadways insisting that you go ahead of them, and then giving you a smile and a wave. Store clerks and waiters earnestly thanking you for their business. And it’s got to stop.

Luckily, New York Times writer Nick Bilton is on the case. In an article that he will probably one day regret writing, the technology journalist rails against the habit that threatens to destroy the very fabric of American civilization as we know it:

Some people are so rude. Really, who sends an e-mail or text message that just says “Thank you”? Who leaves a voice mail message when you don’t answer, rather than texting you? Who asks for a fact easily found on Google? Don’t these people realize that they’re wasting your time?

Finally. It’s about time someone said it: basic human decency is a complete waste of time, and people who exhibit even a passing concern for others’ feelings are destroying America, not to mention personally offending Nick Bilton — which is, let’s be honest, the worst crime of all.

Thank You, Jerk: On Digital Etiquette

Oh, the inhumanity!

Nick Bilton


Unfortunately, it seems that the future Aldous Huxley predicted in 1932, in Brave New World, is arriving early. Mockery, truculence, and minimalist living are best, then enjoy the decline. However, we do need a Revolving Door Tax (RDT) and to prosecute politicians and staff and their “family and friends” who profit from insider trading.

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Merry Christmas!

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4 Stories about Washington DC: Compare and Contrast

Sally Quinn announces the end of power in Washington,” by Sally Quinn, The Washington Post, June 7, 2012

Speaking of outdated archetypes, Greg Gutfeld “rips ‘relic of a dying era’ Howard Dean over Netroots Nation remarks.” Dean’s whole speech sounded like he thought Jonah Goldberg’s The Tyranny of Cliches was a how-to guide for public speaking.

Confirmed: The Death of the Cool,” by Ed Driscoll, June 11, 2012

Our Celebrity President,” by Mark Steyn, NRO, June 9, 2012

Bubble on the Potomac,” by Andrew Ferguson, Time, May 26, 2012

And bonus video about why NYC is soooooo much cooler:

(Psssst, Anna. You’re not cool….)

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25th Anniversary of Chimay Trappist Ales in NY

Please come and join me : The 25th Anniversary Chimay Trappist Ales in U.S.A … .Wednesday, November 5, 2008, at The Ginger Man, 7 – 9 PM … the only pub in Manhattan that does not have any television sets!
The Ginger Man, web site, 11 East 36th Street, NY, NY, 212-532-3740 [Yelp]

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Willis Loughhead at Country

Had a very fine evening last week enjoying a press/blogger dinner sponsored by Arm & Hammer at Country … the recently renovated Carlton Hotel is very luxurious and comfortable in the Neo-Classical style.
Cocktails and dinner were served on the second floor over-looking the lobby. It was a sight to behold with the lovely chandeliers and Roman style mosaic-tiled floors. The executive chef, Willis Loughhead, presented us with a wonderful series of his creations, running from cod cheeks to pig ears. Wonderful service and lovely French wine.
Learned much about Arm & Hammer and their baking soda … The next morning, I brought out my silver-plated soup ladle and polished with baking soda – what a brilliant shine! For many more uses of baking soda, see Peter Ciullo’s “Baking Soda Bonanza.”
Lauren Steinhorn and her crew from Edelman were magnificent … it was a great pleasure to meet everyone.
Country, web site, 90 Madison Avenue, at 29th Street, New York, 212-889-7100 [savory ny]


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