Saturday, August 16, 2014

Mid-August Weekend Links

Here are a few stories for your weekend entertainment:

Decline of the Curve: What happened to the art of an overhand curveball? - Sports on Earth

Congratulations, Commissioner Manfred, and welcome to Hell - SBNation

How Rye Came Back: The unexpected source of a craft-whiskey boom - The Atlantic. "What few people know, however, is that an awful lot of the craft whiskey found in these different bottles traces back to a single distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana—and it wasn’t originally intended to be bottled as rye at all."

The Front Lines of Ferguson - Rembert Browne.  See also, Cigars, But Not Close - Mark Steyn.  No shit, Mark Steyn.  Never thought I'd be linking to one of his posts and calling it a must-read, but I am.

Which General Was Better?  Ulysses S. Grant or Robert E. Lee? - Smithsonian.  I'd go with Grant, hands down.  Not only did he dominate wherever he was in the field, but Lee's successes were all against much lesser generals.  Lee prevailed by being recklessly bold against cautious generals who should have crushed his army numerous times.  His luck finally ran out at Gettysburg, and it was a long, slow grind to defeat from there on out.

Photos of a Baby With Confederate Flags and Guns Couldn't Persuade a Court to Prevent a Kidnapping - Broward-Palm Beach New Times.  Crazy, crazy Florida.

Drillers Illegally Using Diesel Fuel to Frack - Scientific American

Why Perdue Going Organic Could Mean Cleaner Water - Modern Farmer

At Photo-Op with Soldiers, Rick Perry Offers Few Details on Border Deployment - Texas Observer.  See also, Rick Perry gets gross: New right-wing lurch invokes terrorists and immigrants - Salon.  I am so dreading the 2016 Republican primary battle (and the potential Hillary coronation on the Democratic side).

The Supply-Side Case for Government Redistribution - Alan Blinder

How rural poverty is changing: Your fate is increasingly tied to your town - Washington Post.  With a few exceptions (generally German Catholic areas), in rural western Ohio, your fate seems to be tied to how closely you are located to I-75.

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