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Sunday, March 4. 2012
I do not understand dark matter
Via Hot Air, One Third Of Young Women Would Trade Intelligence For Bigger Breasts, Survey Says
Is that the same third which has no brains to spare?
WSJ: James Q. Wilson - An empiricist with a moral sense—and he could write too.
European climate policy seems to be driven by the usual bureacratic twins: more control and more tax revenues
Coffee is banned... from mums' coffee morning group
The Brits have become so risk-averse that it's embarassing. Who castrated them?
Rent, Don't Own
Another 1,300 laid off after Obama’s bailout
Sandra Fluke has become the Poster Child for the No Morals Movement
Stunner. Georgetown “Coed” Sandra Fluke Is a 30 Year-Old Women’s Rights Activist
That's right. Never debate on the other side's premise, unless you accept their premise
Why not Jesus Christ?
Consuming is fun. Production is hard.
Unmarried baby boomers are five times more likely to live in poverty than their married counterparts, statistics show
Not easy to run a life without a partner
George Will is too defeatist
Knish is right - The conservatives fell into a political trap.
Stupidly, including Rush, who should know better
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I have no problem at all with Obama comparing himself with Mandela and Gandhi. He's placed himself in exactly the right group.
Mandela is an old Commie and Gandhi was a nasty, vile little pervert.
Neither do they. It's "value" is a place holder to balance the gravity equation, until they learn a little more about why the equation doesn't balance.
Yeah. The name "Dark Matter" is probably more descriptive of scientists' lack of knowledge about whateveritis that the stuff itself.
I was reading James Q. Wilson this morning, and a friend of mine sent me this comment, which I think is outstanding:
"Those who are alarmed by the extent of religious belief in this country have roused themselves to make the so-called wall of separation between church and state both higher and firmer. . . . They would be well advised to let matters alone. We have been a free country even though "In God We Trust" is printed on our dollar bills, even though sessions of Congress begin with a prayer, and even though chaplains paid for by our tax dollars are part of our military forces. Our freedom does not depend on eliminating these acknowledgments of the power of religion; it relies instead on the fact that for many generations we have embraced a secular government operating in a religious culture.
That embrace will be weakened, not strengthened, by silly attacks on religiosity, stimulating the spiritual to question the seriousness of people who profess a concern for civil liberties."
James Q. Wilson, "Christmas and Christianity," Dec. 24, 2004.
The rent vs. own debate has gone on for years. I've run the numbers many times, and the benefits of one versus the other shift from time to time, depending on many factors. These factors include:
1. How long do you plan to live in the house you buy? The main 'profit' of owning is living in a home after it has been paid off. In years past, the home was passed on to the next generation. Today, this benefit is diminished because of refinancings, selling a home when you retire and moving to a rental, and moving from your first, to a second or third home.
2. What is the ratio of rent to buy? I purchased my first 'home' (condo) at a time when I was paying $400 a month rent to share an apartment. By buying a 2 bedroom condo and renting out the other bedroom, I paid $500 a month in mortgage and got a tax break which made that closer to $350. Not a bad arrangement, and now I have a rental unit. Owning was a win for me.
3. Can you put away the difference? If renting is much cheaper than owning, the value of the monthly rent 'savings' is in actually saving or investing those 'savings'. How many of us are disciplined enough to actually make those savings a productive part of our financial regimen? Not many, to be honest.
4. Do you like paying a landlord to pay for his equity? Honestly, the idea that renting is better relies on a bit of a conundrum - somebody has to own the building or unit.
If owning is a lousy proposition, then who is the landlord?
Owning, as a friend of mine who does closings stated, is not for everyone. She has closed on many homes she knew would be in receivership because the personalities of the new owners was clearly not one of a homeowner. You need to know yourself and your need, desires, and abilities before you purchase. If you don't, you'll be a sad homeowner.
Every time I read something along these lines I ask myself who is going to be the owner you rent from?
I wonder if these are attempts to push govt owned housing for all.
Well, more than a third of the men I've known would trade their intelligence for a woman with bigger boobs... an they definitely all fall in the category of those with little intelligence to spare.
I've read a number of different stories about the Georgetown Contraceptive Queen and the writer that seems to have captured the real issue best is Sultan Knish,
Put a pawn in play, if the other side refuses to accept the gambit, no loss. But if they decide to attack you can be ready with a well planned defense and the momentum of the game goes to you.
The one thing that surprises me. A Degree in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality studies? The ultimate "easy A" course! You can get into Georgetown Law with THAT?
But still, was wrong to publicly call her a slut, it is correct to call her a tool and a fool. Isn't it isn't it interesting the vile and degrading uses that Democrats will put their women to?
Ha! I agree.
But I called her a tool and a fool to a friend of mine, who went ballistic on me (I live in the NYC area, so it's not so surprising this happens).
Ohhh....the old "men have no right to discuss reproductive rights" saw was trotted out. You know, if you're not a woman, you can't understand - get it?
I simply replied that I'd had a vasectomy, which gives me every right to sit at this table and have a discussion. Not that I didn't have a right beforehand, just that the idea you have to be a woman to understand the issue of birth control is bullshit, particularly since I've done 'my part', as it were.
These feminists are morons. It's all about THEM, not the issues.
Good for Rush to show the "absurd by being absurd." Bad for Rush in the choice of words/example.
But the words/example do raise a question of the moral fiber of Rush himself in using them.
The other question is Carbonite (and the other advertisers who bailed). Will it be better for them, or worse? Ethics or money? My guess is they will come crawling back for the money, unless Rush has committed show suicide. Time will tell.
"Unmarried baby boomers are five times more likely to live in poverty than their married counterparts, statistics show
Not easy to run a life without a partner"
I addition, people who cannot attract a spouse probably have a lot of other problems. I would imagine that a doctor could get married in a year from any point in time that they would decide to do that.
Why not Jesus Christ? Because He didn't need a second term.
re Rent, Don't Own:
"The carrying costs - what's needed to hold and maintain the asset - range from property taxes and home insurance to emergency repairs and renovations. In a rental situation, the landlord covers those costs, leaving the occupant free to invest revenue in other areas."
This comes from a professor of finance. He's an IDIOT! The landlord does NOT cover those costs, he includes them in the rent he charges his tenants. I should know: I once was a landlord and I can assure you I did not pay those "carrying costs" out of my own pocket. They were all included in the rent my tenants had to pay: my fire and casualty insurance, my property taxes, an allowance for repairs and renovation, re-roofing, re-painting, etc. My advice to any student who might be thinking of taking a course in finance from this moron: DO NOT, under any circumstance, sign up for his course. Find another instructor who knows what he's talking about.
Trade Intelligence For Bigger Breasts
Humans are mammals, not cerebrals. Stands to reason they want more....
They can BUY big breasts...(improved models, completely waterproof and still pointing skyward when you get to the nursing home).
They CAN'T buy more brains.
After reading newspaper articles the substances injected into the female body by so-called plastic surgeons (including tire inflator and rubber cement), it appears many can't buy bigger breasts, either. And haven't the brains to get it right.
There is a reason boob is synonymous with fool.
They CAN'T buy more brains.
People of every sex and race are already buying smart drugs.
People of every sex and race are already buying smart drugs.
Don't know or heard of any drugs that result in a permanent and measurable increase in reasoning, memory or mental processes.
When I was younger I discovered that three beers made me temporarily much wittier, and irresistible to women.
I found out (in the morning) that those women had taken something that, again, temporarily made them more attractive and clever.
>Consuming is fun. Production is hard.
especially when your government militates against it....