Richard Spencer has compiled a useful list of flash mob violence.
For the most part, human beings do not interact on the basis of contractual arrangements. The quality of human interactions — how one person treats another — depends largely on the degree to which individuals respect and trust each other. Respect and trust arise from a social bond — based on common interests and shared norms — not from contractual arrangements.
I should have posted something on the debt ceiling, but I don’t have anything interesting to say. To a formalist, it’s obvious that the debt ceiling is meaningless. The actual debt of USG is already way above the new “ceiling” (for example – and that’s just an obvious example). Debts count toward the debt ceiling only if USG wants them to. It added no liabilities after it bailed out the entire financial system and automobile manufacturing system other than the direct borrowings associated with the bail outs.
The Weekly Standard has a great piece on how crappy vodka is. For example:
“But it is the chicken breast of cocktails. It is the most boring, least thoughtful, sort of one that you can mix with. For a craft bartender—someone who believes in humanity—this stuff is just a joke and will fade away.”
It also seems to nicely encapsulate the decline of America:
For 200 years the United States was a brown-spirits nation, and our culture was dominated by whiskey and bourbon (think of Kentucky’s famed Bourbon Trail, Jack Daniel’s, the Whiskey Rebellion of the early 1790s).