1. Joel Kotkin is always impressive. This (h/t Ray Sawhill) on the new power class – the real 1%; the new “clerisy”:
An even greater beneficiary of the second term will be the administrative class, who by their nature live largely outside the market system. This group, which I call the new clerisy, is based largely in academia and the federal bureaucracy, whose numbers and distinct privileges have grown throughout the past half century.
Even in tough times, high-level academics enjoy tenure and have been largely spared from job cuts. Between late 2007 and mid-2009, the number of U.S. federal workers earning more than $150,000 more than doubled, even as the economy fell into a deep recession. Even as the private sector, and state government employment has fallen, the ranks of federal nomenklatura have swelled so much that Washington, D.C., has replaced New York as the wealthiest region in the country.
2. Dain Fitzgerald on pet preferences in red states and blue states. Red staters seem to prefer dogs while blue staters seem to prefer cats. I believe some of this is a function of land area as well as the utility of dogs versus the uselessness of cats (save, for staving off bubonic plague).
3. A third of all fired military commanders are dismissed for sexual misconduct. Force the forces to go co-ed and then force them to conform to some standard of sexual behavior that completely ignores the nature of man. Our biggest geopolitical threats are laughing at us.
4. Denmark’s Board of Equal Treatment (what?) rules that hairstylists cannot charge more for women’s haircuts than they charge for men’s haircuts.
5. Jezebel’s Tracie Egan Morrissey writes in a recap of Girls:
The only thing that felt inauthentic was that Sandy was a Republican. Having lived in Greenpoint and Williamsburg for the past 13 years I’ve only ever met one republican. He was white. And rich. And 40.
Morrissey is not unlike plenty of other liberals who routinely characterize conservatives’ (or just non-liberals’) motives, personalities and characters. Contrast that with conservatives who certainly have some liberal neighbors or at the very least “meet” liberals through their televisions and radios. So who is operating from limited knowledge of the other?
6. Larry McMurtry, author of Lonesome Dove and native of a small town a couple hours north of Dallas and a short distance from my hometown, hates Dallas. Me too.