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Tuesday, January 27. 2009
Right Wing Prof's Clown Awards for 2008. Nice job, Prof. You had lots of material from which to chose.
Why shrinks are allowed to insult you. If you want to be told that you're perfect, don't talk to one.
Dems full of denial and hypocrisy on the stimulus package. We have been sufficiently frightened by the MSM, and now we are about to get mugged.
Hut For Sale, and other unusual real estate offerings
Those innocent Gitmo grads
Muggers advise on how to deal with muggers. Hmmm.
Is dissent still patriotic? Driscoll. Probably not.
The swindle of carbon credits. No kidding. Big-time scam.
How come Jeff Skilling is in jail and Rick Wagoner isn't? Coyote
The Obama campaign will live on as a propaganda machine
This isn't what I marched and petitioned for. Classical V
Wilmington, Ohio, and what a stimulus cannot do.
California passes the tipping point. Yes, it is called "serfdom," but the crazy thing about it is that this return to the 12th century is voluntary. I guess many voters find the role comforting: I will work for the Lord of the Manor, and he will care for me. Freedom and independence aren't for everybody, maybe.
Obama's graciousness deficit. It isn't consistent with his public Fred Astaire, metrosexual presentation.
Kristol leaving NYT after one year. I generally like to read him, but never found his NYT pieces to be all that good. They should give John Hinderaker a call.
Shut up and sing or play. Can you ever go to hear music without getting a political lecture, or at least some gratuitious political comment? Powerline. Ed: Funny, I just commented to somebody yesterday that what bugs me the most about this sort of thing is the assumption that "we're all bien pensant, sophisticated, smart people here and not knuckle-draggers or gun-clinging rednecks, and so we surely all agree that (enter name of Repub or Conservative) is a total ignorant a-hole."
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Great links. Stuff to ponder as I begin another weary day counting beans in the lord of the manor's storehouses.
How do deal with muggers. Are you shiting me?
Mumbles Menino, and the Omaha World Herald. What brain power.
If someone took Mumbles brain, and put it in a bird the poor bird would fly backwards.
Beam me up Scotty. Intelligent life on this planet is decreasing rapidly.
Obama's lack of graciousness to me indicates deep down insecurity. What happened to the self-assured, relaxed, self-confidence? We shall see.
Punter ... That "self-assured, relaxed" guy was a fake. We're going to be seeing more and more of the con-man revealed. A man who cannot be gracious in winning is small minded. If one is nasty to others when one is on the way up in this world, one is assured of 'payback' when one is on the way down.
And to us small-minded old ladies, that's going to be fun to watch.
As jappy says, "intelligent life on this planet is decreasing rapidly." It has always been in too short supply.
If you are willing to take a risk on injury, launching a full attack against a mugger may well break up the incident, but it is in fact a risky maneuver. Only start the attack if you plan to follow through as far you must. If you think the mugger really does just want your stuff and doesn't want to harm you, cooperation may be safer. It may not -- cooperation can be a signal to some criminals to press an attack.
I would say to fight back with everything you have before allowing an attacker to get you in a vehicle, take you to a building or to tie you. Too many of those cases lead to murders. I'm not in law enforcement -- any officers care to add something?
I'll always remember the case in Boston, a college age woman surprised two burglars in her apartment. When caught and interviewed one of the men was asked why they killed her since she didn't fight or cause a disturbance. She didn't even scream.
He said that with the career criminal sentencing guidelines they faced and MA having no death penalty, eliminating the witness reduced the chance of being caught and convicted.
Her life, as such, meant nothing to them.
Interesting concequence of liberal action...no downside risk for the perps...therefore victims carry additional risk, but perps are safe from any final solution for their crimes.
not a cop--from safety lectures
The decision is yours, resist or not. .Most agree:
Resist immediately with all the courage you're able to muster.Time is crucial,the longer the bad guy has with your consent and corporation, the more control he's gaining over you..Resist immediately.
A suggestions for the ladies was, in a parking lot if approached, get on the ground,slide under an automobile ( don't worry about your favorite dress) hold on to the undercarriage, he will not be able to pull you out,and will not be interested in joining you....Yell Fire !
SORRY--I am not going to feel sorry for Wilmington OH. I am not going to feel sorry for anyone who turned their back on what was done to the family farmer in this nation during both the Regan and Clinton times of greed. The family farm now belongs to NYC residents/and their investors (Spitzer, Madoff). In the meantime the children who were evicted from their homes as their families lost both jobs and housing--well those are those white kids you see marching in millitary bands, those are the white faces you see that have died today in Iraq, and Afghanistan. Yup--they grew up poor in urban areas unable to accept one more "retrained--low skilled worker". When these kids graduated from high school they did what they could--carrying with them the last remnant of feeling something for this country. Naaah I ain't never gonna forget what "free market" Americans did to the family farm. You complain today about the large farms being owned by families--yes they are--some of them. But most are primarily owned by big city investors. Maybe you could get them rich insiders to buy up Wilmington OH and be "generous of spirit".
I remember seeing a graphic rendering over a map of the major recipients of the farm bill pork and the majority of the dots were located in Manhattan. It's been a few years since I've been to Manhattan, but I don't recall seeing any agriculture there...scandalous.
There is a new Chia Pet in the shape of Obama's head. I bet that's it. Agriculture in the city. A living shrine.
120,000 family farms per year for more than 10 years. I would say that this economic problem began a long time before last September! This particular "economic phenomena" was clearly co-ordinated, organized if you will. No need going over the arguments that were used to destroy these families, and this system that had served so well since the corrections that were made after the dust bowl. Today, many of the strategies used to conserve water and soil have been abandoned (again) because large corporations are not working as stewards of the land. But, there is something more sinister going on. Twenty five years ago there was a book called "Nine nations of North America". In that book it became clear that the central states west of Chicago were still very independent--still a power to contend with in the political world. But most importantly if you looked clearly you could see that there was no major transportation-neither rail-nor highways, from Mexico to Canada in the middle of the continent. AND, by the way when you go north of that area--way north--you come to the largest untapped source of fresh water in the world. How we gonna get that down to AZ and NV? Wouldn't it be sweet if we didn't have to deal with buy access from all those little independent Americans? Yeah, sure would be a lot easier if we got rid of most of them--so when the time came (and the time is now) we will be (investment groups) in control of the corporations that own the right of way and the land. What was really scary was about 10 years ago when a married couple of college professors from one of the eastern colleges (New York if memory serves me), came out west and announced that the prairie states were going to become the "empty quarter". Sure enough--there are smaller populations in that part of the country today than there was when we first open the ground for farming. Large corporations are destroying the soil with bad practices, but not to worry their owners will reap even greater benefits when we open up that great north/south corridor for rail, highways, water, and wind.