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Blowhard, Esq. writes: Megan McArdle counters the lefty Hobby Lobby hysteria. Julian Sanchez reads the decision and discovers a paragraph that takes the wind out of the “war on women” narrative. Reason magazine notes the only three politicians on record in … Continue reading

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Retro Pleasures: A Shave and a Haircut

Paleo Retiree writes: Thank god the era of the men’s hair stylist is over. Hair stylists, eh? Fussiness, “styling products,” girly smells … It seemed like part of the worldwide conspiracy to make men as vain, as vapid and as anxiety-ridden … Continue reading

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It’s 75 Degrees and the Jacarandas are in Bloom

Blowhard, Esq. writes: A scene today from my neck of the woods. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Architecture Du Jour: The Ventura Inn

Paleo Retiree writes: In the middle of Ventura, CA’s funky and not at all mall-like Historic Downtown Cultural District is this hardboiled-novel-worthy beauty. Fun tilework, dreamy colors, an excellent job of bringing the building right up to the sidewalk, as well … Continue reading

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Porches of Carpinteria

Paleo Retiree writes: Kicking around the town of Carpinteria, CA for a few days recently left me marveling at an architectural wonder too often taken for granted: the American porch. Carpinteria (or, as everyone calls it, “Carp”) is an idyllic … Continue reading

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Creepshots Or Not: Isla Vista

Paleo Retiree writes: As an artsbuff and an enthusiastic snapshooter, I was fascinated by the debate that kicked up a while back about “creepshots.” (Gawker and Jezebel attack; Reddit bans a few sub-Reddits.) Briefly: young women protested that photographers shouldn’t … Continue reading

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Surf Music

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Related A good source. Another.

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Desert Dweller

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Meet Andrew. He spent some years in the desert outside Las Vegas prospecting for gold but now he lives on the Mojave River in the Mojave Desert between Baker (25 miles away, pop. 735) and Barstow (40 miles … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys’ Fifth Studio Album: Shut Down Volume 2

Sax von Stroheim writes: The Beach Boys’ second Hot Rod Album.

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Sacramento, California

Blowhard, Esq. writes: As promised, here are a few pictures of my state capital. I was on my way back to catch a flight and only had an hour, so forgive the haphazard nature of the snaps. Here’s California’s capitol building, … Continue reading

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