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Charity the Conservative Way January 14, 2019

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Once again, a socialist completely misunderstands the views of conservatives:

Want Proof Americans Secretly Love Socialism? Look at GoFundMe

The GoFundMe model harnesses a compassionate social conscience you’d otherwise think was in danger of extinction

We like giving to each other, whether or not it really works. A dyed-in-the-wool conservative hostile to the very idea of universal health care — “because why should I pay for someone else’s treatment” — seems to have no problem throwing 50 bucks to a co-worker’s aunt who can’t afford chemotherapy….

To me, all this suggests that regardless of our political affiliation, we share a collectivist spirit; we want to pool our assets to accomplish what we consider necessary.

Aaaannnndddd, while he is correct that conservatives are very generous on a private level, he doesn’t have the foggiest notion as to why that’s completely consistent with conservatism (and libertarianism), limited government, and capitalism.

I know I don’t have to explain it to readers here, but my mansplainability is looking for an outlet, so here it is anyway.

Yes, charity is good. We can all agree on that. What we (conservatives/libertarians/DaveinTX) disagree with is that charity is good when it is:

  1. Involuntary
  2. Administered by a central organization
  3. Written into law such that stopping or reducing spending is difficult/impossible
  4. Directed towards controversial causes
  5. Expanding government

So we don’t “share a collectivist spirit.” We share a humanitarian spirit.

Which we exercise in our current capitalist system quite handily, thank you.

A Little Jazz Edumacation January 11, 2019

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Now on to music that I know a little bit more about. Or, about which I know a little more. Not a huge fan of Vox, but I am a big fan of John Coltrane, and this Vox video does a great job of explaining the music theory behind what is probably his greatest work, Giant Steps.

Voca-hunh? January 9, 2019

Posted by geoff in News.

Speaking of music I know little about, it’s time for a Vocaloid vid:

A little long and definitely a WTF? type video, but . . .”It’s got a good beat and you can dance to it.”*

Somewhat of an explanation from the YouTube comments:

These characters are from a singing software (VOCALOID) that, well, lets you make the singers sing. Not all the time do these singers have a personified character for their voices however. But they are given a name.

  1. The one singing (orange girl) is Kizuna Akari. She’s a relatively new Vocaloid.
  2. The purple haired girl is Yuzuki Yukari. She’s related to Akari because their voices are provided by the same company.
  3. The girl behind the piano with yellow hair and a white ribbon is Kagamine Rin. She’s famous among the Vocaloids because she’s one of the earliest japanese Vocaloids ever created since 2007.

Secondly, what the song is about. I’m not very good at japanese, but Akari is mentioning a lot of japanese sound effects or actions at the start and throughout the song. For example, ‘gorogoro’ means rolling/tumbling (which you can see her portray in the video) and ‘pikapika’ means shining. ww is short for ‘warawara’ which is used to imply laughter (like lol in english) and so on. I don’t know what she’s singing at the end because as I stated before, I’m not very good at japanese.

*Old joke from American Bandstand

Re: The AOC Dancin’ Thing January 9, 2019

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Like many others, I doubt many conservatives gave a hoot about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s dance video. If anyone did have an opinion, I suspect it was more like:

We’d rather she was still dancing on rooftops in Boston than babbling in Congress in DC.

I Drew This January 7, 2019

Posted by daveintexas in Crime, Family, Handblogging, Mufuckin Pie!, Sidebar Flag Bullshit.

Granted it’s not quite as good as Sobek’s thing

Funny thing is my kid doesn’t even smoke


Spudder the Cat R.I.P. January 7, 2019

Posted by Retired Geezer in Family, Heroes.

A little over 12 years ago, back in November 2006 there was a feral cat that was hanging around Camp Geezer. She had been living on her own for at least a year but I wanted to give her a warm place to sleep that year since winter was coming.

I started leaving food out for her and talking nicely whenever I saw her.

One day she just walked over and plopped down on her back and looked up at me.



We were buddies from then on.

Michael was the person who suggested I call her Spudder.*

(*Pictures not centered in his honor)

Here’s one of the first posts about Spudder at IB. Couldn’t believe it got 50 comments.


Lipstick would always ask me about her whenever we would email so I started a goofy blog for Spudder, mostly to keep Lipstick updated.


Here’s a link in case you want to read some posts, just click on the Archive links on the left side to go to different months.


A few months after we got her, I took her to the vet to get spayed. They called back after they had shaved her belly and told me that she was already spayed. Apparently she was a pet that someone dumped in the field by my house.

Fast forward to now… She stopped eating on Thursday so we took her to the vet on Friday. The prognosis was that she had pneumonia and had a few days to live. We took her home to let her die in peace.

She would drink water but she didn’t eat anything for 4 days. We decided it was time.

I was bawling like a baby when we went to the vet but Mrs. Geezer took charge.

I’d like to imagine Spudder curled up on Lipstick’s lap with Michael standing there making a wisecrack.

Hunh. Who’da Thunk? January 6, 2019

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“China, China, China” – Acting US SecDef Succinctly Summarizes World’s Biggest Threat

I Drew This January 5, 2019

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Families vs. the 1% January 5, 2019

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Instapundit linked to a very good editorial by Tucker Carlson concerning the link between the economy and families. He notes that social conservatives tend to look at the family independently of the economy, while Wall Street types and many pundits look at the economy independently of its impact on families. Sez he:

Both sides miss the obvious point: Culture and economics are inseparably intertwined. Certain economic systems allow families to thrive. Thriving families make market economies possible. You can’t separate the two. It used to be possible to deny this. Not anymore. The evidence is now overwhelming.

While I take issue with a couple of his statements, overall he makes a great point. So I’m going to take a next step and try to guess why this is.

I blame the perception of fungibility, rent seeking, and government intervention.


Manufacturing Jobs Slip the Surly Bonds of Earth January 4, 2019

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OK, now it’s just obnoxious. Look at them manufacturing jobs:


We’ve added a cool half a million manufacturing jobs since Trump’s election.

End-of-2018 Employment Report January 4, 2019

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The BLS issued the Employment Situation Report today, together with updates on the seasonal adjustments that went back into last year – I’ve modified the chart to reflect the most recent estimates.

Slight downtick in the IB metric, but not too bad, especially considering the uncertainties in seasonal adjustments and the unhelpful policies of the Fed.


As opposed to 2016, when the needle didn’t move, 2017 and 2018 have shown improvement, with about 0.5 percentage points per year.

Slow, but at least it’s been positive.

Our Much-Maligned Site January 3, 2019

Posted by geoff in News.

Bunk Strutts pointed out that the Web of Trust has Innocent Bystanders listed as an unsavory site. I don’t know much about this Web of Trust malarkey, but apparently Facebook users see our rating before they click on a link to this site. Plus people load Web of Trust Add-ons to their browsers so they can check our evility before visiting.

Here’s the rating they see:


Why do they think it’s an unsafe site? Here’s the uninformative graphic they offer.


Tough to figure how a WordPress site is going to be plagued with malware or viruses, and our adult content is pretty weak.

You can contrast our 2.5 rating with Ace’s rating of 4.4 and H2’s rating of 3.3 to see that the ranking was probably been manipulated by some liberal site in days of yore. This speculation is based on bfunke’s comment 8 years past:

I can’t figure out what would have earned us anybody’s animus back then – from what I can see, late November/early December 2011 were very banal months for posting. No comment wars, hardly any political posts, not that many posts altogether.

If you’ve the time and energy, you might consider entering an honest rating for Innocent Bystanders. Not sure how much it’ll take to move the needle, but might as well try.