Sunday, May 29, 2011
Korcula is like
Apparently limestone is soft and easy to work as they’ve done some fantastic carving from it: statues and beautiful building trim – door and window surrounds, gargoyles for the churches. The building and paving blocks they cut from limestone are quite rough, on purpose. However, limestone can be polished to look like marble – smooth and buttery.
The streets in
On Saturday evening we visited a Croat village near the Bosnian border. It was occupied by the Serbs during the civil war; they destroyed all buildings for which they had no immediate use. I’m not picking on Serbs, I expect Croats did the same when the tables were turned.
Serbs inadvertently did our villagers a favor. When the refugees returned they rebuilt the village and now have relatively new homes instead of the ancient hovels they once occupied. The charm of antiquity is mostly gone but antiquity is nicer to look at than to live in.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Marriage has become a much more selective institution in today’s society. People who are college-educated, more affluent or more religious are more likely to get married and stay married. People who are not are less likely to get married in the first place, and if they do marry, they’re more likely to divorce.Different ethnic groups also have different experiences with marriage, for some of the above reasons and perhaps cultural reasons as well.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Already, the conversation on the right is moving toward the all-important question of "electability" — i.e., which candidate can peel off the handful of moderates and independents needed to win in an election that will be a referendum on Obama and his record.
Economists Timothy Conley, University of Western Ontario, and Bill Dupor of Ohio State University found that the stimulus resulted in a net loss of 595,000 jobs from April 2009 to September 2010.It turns out the Obama "stimulus" is definitely something about which not to brag. Well over half a million former employees got burned by it. The source for the quote is the Investors Business Daily. Hat tip to Lucianne.com for the link.
In their six decades of dictatorship, the Chinese Communists have killed more people than Hitler and Stalin combined.You can argue that setting this record was easy in the world's most populous nation, but it is still an ugly "accomplishment," one not to be envied.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Obama's bounce is smaller in magnitude and shorter in duration than the bumps enjoyed by other presidents over the past 70 years.To what do they attribute the shortness of the bump? Concern with economic matters appears to be what is on voters' minds.
He’s in real trouble. Everyone is saying, "Well, look at the Republican field." I think this will be a referendum election and not so much a choice election. And if it is and conditions like this persist – he’s toast.A second term election is always a referendum on the incumbent, as long as the opponent isn't an outlier, a weirdo. The article source is The Daily Caller.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
I think we know with reasonable certainty that standing up there on the West front of the Capitol on Jan. 20, 2013 will be one of three people. Obama, Pawlenty and Daniels. I think that’s it.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
We have one of the highest demands for waxing in the world because of our climate. We have summer all year, we’re always wearing bikinis and miniskirts.
If the election of America's first African-American president was expected to give blacks an economic boost, it hasn't emerged yet. Indeed, the percentage of African-American men with a job has dropped to its lowest level since records began in 1972.
Friday, May 13, 2011
Men are one of the few demographic groups whose opinion of President Obama is lower today than a month ago, before the Navy SEALs' successful raid on Osama bin Laden's Pakistan compound May 2.
If you read the article carefully, what you discover is that the President's numbers among men dropped less than they went up among women, which nets out as a modest plus. Another interesting factoid: his numbers among independents dropped slightly, regardless of gender.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Campaign officials for Ecuador's then-presidential candidate Rafael Correa sought financial backing from Latin America's last remaining leftist rebel army in 2006, and there is evidence Correa was aware of such solicitations.The report upon which these allegations are based comes from the International Institute for Strategic Studies, in London, and is based on documents and interviews with former FARC members. No surprise, Correa denies any connection with FARC.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Data collected since 1988 shows only 28 percent of graduates with traditional diplomas leave military service before their first three years in uniform, while those with non-traditional backgrounds have a 39 percent attrition rate. (snip) It comes down to money because its costs $45,000 to replace someone who hasn't met their full term.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
White House news management (is) so club-footed that one starts to wonder darkly whether its incompetence is somehow intentional.I agree; it is hard to imagine ineptitude at this extreme level.
One senior official said the general philosophy of the SEALs is: “If you see it, shoot it. It is a house full of bad guys.”
VINDICATION: When the Loudest Critic Of Your Policies Achieves His Greatest Success Because Of Them.
Friday, May 6, 2011
I've no doubt whatsoever that, if Westerners thought there was even the remotest chance of a takeover by Islamic extremists, they wouldn't hesitate to dust off the old nukes once again.That works for me.
How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. (snip) The influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.Winnie wasn't favorably impressed.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
He has spent almost every moment since his Sunday night speech displaying both a tin ear and a chronic tendency to misunderstand his own country.
The death of bin Laden increased independents' and Democrats' support for this president but Republican views remained unchanged.The only way Obama might gain the approval of Republicans is to announce he will not run for a second term, an unlikely event.