Photo of the Day

Alan Taylor’s latest is scenes from India.  A number of these are absolutely stunning images for their composition and color.  If you simply appreciate great photography, definitely a set to check out.  The first in the set is a terrific example (notice the perspective, the photographer clearly had to lie flat on the road to get this):

Indian soldiers from the Border Security Forces atop camels stand at attention in front of the Presidential Palace during a ceremony in preparation for the annual Beating Retreat in New Delhi, India, on January 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

I probably shouldn’t post this…

but, it is just too irresistible to ignore:

HARRISBURG – A high-level Corbett administration adviser resigned his $104,470 position Tuesday after questions were raised about his outside role as editor of a conservative faith-based journal.

Along with disclosing welfare adviser Robert W. Patterson’s departure, the administration swiftly distanced itself from the views expressed in the journal he edits.

and what might those views be, you ask?

Patterson began writing for The Family in America in 2004 and became its editor in 2009, according to the publication’s website. The journal is the flagship publication of the Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society in Rockford, Ill., which opposes abortion, divorce, and homosexuality and advocates for the “child-rich, married-parent” family. Patterson is also an adjunct research fellow there, according to the center’s website.

In last year’s spring issue of the journal, Patterson co-authored a piece summarizing and reviewing recent studies related to families.

Among them: a recent study suggesting condom use robs a woman of “remarkable” chemicals found in semen that have been shown to elevate mood and self-esteem.

What’s more, the study found that “semen-exposed women” perform better on concentration and cognitive tasks, Patterson reported.  [yes, emphasis mine]

I’m not coming up with the cute good double entendre I’d like to wrap that up.  Damn, if only my concentration and cognition were better.

The genius of capitalism

One of the annoying things about conservatives is that they often don’t seem to understand that liberals actually support capitalism and free markets.  We do!  Properly regulated, capitalism is awesome.  Left unfettered, it is a human disaster.  It’s simply a matter of regulating capitalism sufficiently to still allow the basic principles of the marketplace to while preventing too much human wreckage in its wake.  In some cases, that means government may actually provide the superior provider of services, e.g., health care insurance, but those are still the exception, not the rule.  Liberals are decidedly not socialists or communists.

Anyway, I was thinking about this after listening to a great Planet Money podcast about the roots of capitalism in China.  It tells the story of the first Chinese farmers to privatize the farming efforts.  When actually farming for themselves, rather than all their efforts benefiting only the government, they produced vastly more crops.  That’s capitalism at work and with all the arguments we have over the nature of the marketplace, it is nice to have such a stark reminder of the power of capitalism compared to a state-planned economy and to remember that there’s nary a single “liberal” in this country who would actually oppose those Chinese farmers benefiting from their own hard work in the fields.

Professor Gingrich

Nice little piece in the Wall Street Journal yesterday looking at Newt Gingrich’s time as a professor.  Everything you know about Gingrich now, you could see then.  The best part:

A year into his first full-time teaching job, Newt Gingrich applied to be college president, submitting with his application a paper titled “Some Projections on West Georgia College’s Next Thirty Years.”

In short, never exactly lacking in ego or ambition.  He also was not averse to playing fast and loose with the rules regarding running for office while serving on the faculty.   In short, Newt now = Newt then.

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