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Wednesday, February 22. 2012
Just a thought about the election: The O cannot run on his record or on his real beliefs about what America should be, so he is going to run mainly as a celeb candidate with a good smile and a good voice. A Hollywood candidate for personal popularity, an American Idol sort of thing?
The Global Warming Cult and the Death of Science
How to Defuse Political Peril of Surging Gas Prices
Santorum is right about U.S. ‘factory schools’
Fascinating speech by the head of the Dutch armed forces: Why I Chose a Gun
At the Supreme Court, Odds Lie Against Affirmative Action
The Baha’i in Egypt and Egypt’s Future
It's called Zero Tolerance
Morning Bell: ‘Buying’ House Votes for Unpopular Legislation
Survey: Very religious rate higher on 'well being' scale - Very religious Jews scored highest on survey
Islamist Lobbies' Washington War on Arab and Muslim Liberals
Jay Carney: Actually, President Obama Didn't Cancel the Keystone Pipeline. Republicans Cancelled the Keystone Pipeline.
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The Dutch General's speech has gone around the military blogs for a while. He starts out strong - then finishes up as the most disgusting Statist I could imagine.
A) I really hope that despite his statist rant he understands that most of those poor unfortunates who don't have constitutional democracies DON'T WANT constitutional democracies to restrain them!!! Most of the voilence that threatens his way of life is brewing in the Muslim world and wants to do to his country what Hitler did: kill their Jews and spread their poison. I hope he was just being politically correct. I know the politicians are blind to this reality. If the generals are, too, then God save us because nobody else will.
B) I was wondering what gun he had. It looks like an M16 variant with an ACOG scope, tac light and some kind of cool stock/bipod arrangement I hadn't seen before. I would think this would be a standard infantry weapon. But I was expecting something more Belgian made. The P90 is a personal defense weapon more than an assualt weapon, but I expected a Dutch general to have flashed a more European weapon.
C) Do the Dutch have females in combat roles? If not, did he pick her because she was visually appealing? Enquiring minds want to know.
He mentions the officer was injured while deployed so if not in combat roles, she definitely went in harm's way.
What I like about the talk is the near panic you feel from the crowd when the gun appears. A gun in the hands of the commanding general of all the big toys that go boom in the country.
Doesn't say much for the open-mindedness of the TED attendees.
The Wan is a Gonnabee.
An empty suit.
How many way does one write it?
BTW, Gonnabees DESTROY any organization if they are elevated to executive command.
Be VERY afraid.
Dang it. And, here I thought that the Supreme Court was out of reach of "Politics". I am so disappointed. First, I figured out there was no Easter Bunny, then I realized the same was also true for Santa Claus. It's bad enough the libs are telling me that Jesus was just a normal human being (Episcopal CHurch) .But this latest one is really frightening. You know how I figured this one out? Welll let's see now--how about the fact that after 20 or 30 years of begging and pleading and trying to get the subject of school affirmative action to be heard before the court, they have finally agreed to hear a case. So you may ask why does that upset you--how about the fact that they have only decided to hear it in election year just a short moment before the election. In other words in time for affirmative action to be the major negotiating item as to who gets to be president? Damn I HATE coincidences!!
See the BS I have to live with:
Well, keep you strength up. It looks like you've got your work cut out for you.
This part is complete BS:
History and evidence shows us that in spite of the cult of heroic individualism and the lone-ranger innovator, all great innovation happens within groups. When it comes to wicked problems and implementing complex system shifts, you must bring collective intelligence to bear.
This would be a great surprise to James Watt, Henry Bessemer or Nikolai Tesla, to name a few great innovators. Now, admittedly, they did benefit from rubbing elbows with others doing similar to work as theirs, they most certainly didn't work in groups.
From the recent like to "The White Male Shortage on Campus":
By contrast, the feminine approach will stress social etiquette--woe to those who interrupts the speaker with, "there's no hard evidence for that, so let's move on." And unlike a male-dominated discussion, everyone, regardless of background and expertise, is permitted to "share" their views and then is thanked for sharing. Consensus-building is central and those rejecting harmony will be castigated as disruptive. Personal relationship often shape discussions--one never disputes friends even if one sharply disagrees and being attacked, no matter how mild, can destroy a friendship. Needless to say, everybody taking a turn to speak can make for long, rambling meetings.
Somehow, I don't see much innovation coming out of that method. In fact, to be innovative, you pretty much have to go against the consensus.
Here is how it works: PC administrators put women into "assistant administrative" positions. These gals are the gatekeepers. It is their responsibility to review and pass forward, or hold back, a research application--application will either go forward to Federal funding agency, or it will get stopped on this "gatekeeper's" desk. She will re-write the application to include her girlfriend's participation as "project consultant". She will also re-write the application budget to include herself and her benefactor in the upper echelon's. Both of these people will also receive financial reward for doing nothing more than passing forward the application! The gal who is added on to the project as "consultant" will probably only have to co-ordinate schedules for the men whose original idea is the seminal reason for the project in the first place. The gal who is the gatekeeper clearly controls the monies. There you go folks there is "female systems of collaboration" Nice eh? Oh by-the-way did I mention that NEITHER one of these women will have had previous experience or in depth understanding of the subject to be researched! Excuse me, but I see little difference from these "collaborative, systems thinking women" and their counterparts on the streets of Chinatown picking up the day's "protection money".
So, Obama did not cancel the Keystone pipeline?
Remember how PROUD the Republicans were when they got that provision passed to force the President to hand down a decision on Keystone as part of their agreement with the Democrats last year to extend the lower SS payroll deduction? Remember how they said it was worth giving in on the spending provisions demanded by the Democrats just to get this inserted into the bill? Remember how they said they would be able to use the expected refusal by Obama to paint him as anti-jobs from now until election day?
Well, hah! How's that deal working out for you, Republicans? Who's getting the blame now, Republicans? The President? You couldn't see this coming? At the time, I predicted the Republicans would rue such an obvious affirmation of their cowardly retreat from Conservative demands for lower federal spending. And so here we are now, seeing a glimpse of how that "brilliant" Republican strategy worked out. How is all that legislative "finesse" of yours working out for you fellas? Got Obama trapped, have you, on the run you say?
STUPID STUPID STUPID STUPID STUPID....They are so dumb. It's why as of a month ago I am no longer a Republican and consider myself an Independent. I'm looking for a political party with even a modicum of COMMON SENSE, because there's surely none to be found in the Republican Party.
Gave up on being Republican about 8 years ago. In Seattle, Senator Slade Gorton wanted to retire, so did he step down. Nope, he waited until the next election cycle--never checked in with the Republican Party of WA state and was hardly visible. Very few signs, few interviews, meets, etc. Guess who was PUT in his place? Why his daughter's friend of course Maria Cantwell (D). He later said something along the lines of what FW and Agent Cooper have been discussing. So now WA state has 2 Dem senators and one of them is blindly obedient and the other is married to the guy who is a big shot with the Port of Seattle. As for the Republicans of WA state--they've never had the guts to stand up and yell and scream foul. But, the did manage to get another one of those docile white guys to be AG. He's republican and "defended successfully" the challenge to the corrupt elections and the democratic "win". He was so weak, his argument so poor, that it was painful to hear him make his presentation--but, he does call himself a Republican. He will probably run this year and get "PUT in" office, but he sure in the H won't be honestly elected! Just one more con job.
Nope--I vote as best I can with the choice in front of me and your right the Republicans have been so stupid for so long now it is painful to watch.
Open mindedness and TED talks, in the main, and no matter the smarts present, is really an oxymoron. Elite thinkers are usually just elite, there thinking long since subjugated to the group thinking that made them elite to begin with.
re: How the President makes decisions
Obama: "I couda used a little more cowbell. "