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Thursday, March 15. 2012
This is a vacation week for lots of people in the US, isn't it? Not for me, though. The town is empty.
New species of Leopard Frog discovered in New York City
Do Statins Make It Tough to Exercise?
Gay Man Sues Over Thong Discrimination
If you want to be treated with respect by The New York Times and the rest of the multiculti establishment, make it clear you’re willing to kill them
An Excellent Article from Politico and some Thoughts about any Biases at Politico
NY Suicide Caucus Votes Down Cuomo Pension Reform
ObamaCare: If Possible, The News Is Getting Worse
Scarce Oil? U.S. Has 60 Times More Than Obama Claims
Texas vs. California - Why so many people are moving from the Golden State to the Lone Star State.
Thursday is 'Poolmageddon' for trial lawyers
Too many wars, too few U.S. soldiers
Morning Bell: Obama’s New Regulations Cost Billions
From a commenter at Zero Hedge:
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Of course ban Dante, he had all kinds of non-PC ideas. And all those levels of hell, so judgmental when in reality everybody's choices in life are just as valid as anyone else's.
Well, the flooding if Texas with Californians could be a diabolical plot to foul Texas as bad as they did California. But they will fail, you don't change Texas, Texas changes you. For Californians who believe in freedom, they should be welcomed. But those who think we not from the coast are rubes who cling to our guns and religion, well, they should be put on a high-speed rail out of town.
The president control's gas prices, kids not driving and staying home to keep their footprints down; they are surprised anyone remembers all their caterwauling. Didn't people know you are not suppose to believe what they say but rather to act out emotionally then move on to the next protest like good lemmings.
Why so many people are moving from the Golden State to the Lone Star State.
So that Texas by 2020 may be transformed into the progressive Utopia that is California. For the same reason the Vandals and Goths moved into the Roman Empire. They hate it, they want it, and they will destroy it.
"They hate it, they want it, and they will destroy it."
So painfully true. People flee NJ for the Carolinas, or MA for NH, or NY for PA and, of course, CA for TX and immediately set about recreating what they fled so that they may destroy the haven they ran to.
What a country.
If you take statins and you exercise you will suffer. I suppose it is what it is but it definitely is.
And it ain't a mere 20 or 25%. It is near universal. Many people begin exercising "again" due to high cholesterol at the same time as they begin taking statins. They have long since lost track of expectations and experience about what regular/normal exercise induced muscle discomfort and fatigue feel like. They expect some discomfort and fatigue from exercise so they don't necessarily lay any blame onto the statins.
The muscle spasms are the worst. Fatigue, increased soreness, slower recovery, etc. are one thing. But the spasms - they suck. Must take Co-Q10 and, sometimes, and uptake thing like L-carnitine to fight those. And bananas, but in moderation. Potassium is not necessarily your friend if you are taking some forms of cardio meds.
Poolmageddon - Yeesh! Let me guess... Saint Warren of Buffet owns the three largest lift manufacturers as well as the major transportation facilities they need to use to ship their products. And what St. Warren doesn't own some other Obama Bundler does.
--i kinda think the red states these days are getting a different sort of former-blue state resident --not so much the lower-cost-of-living seeking apoliticals who have created the 'red-to-blue conversion' fear, but more, this time, of the entrepreneurials and 'frustrated ambition' folks. IOW, pioneers, not refugees.
The Mamas & the Papas should wheel their chairs to the studio and redo their hit as "California Drainin'". Since legal illegal immigrants are Sacramento's deus machina big hearted excuse for communism, the song's famous opening line "All the leaves are brown" could rewrite as "All the leavers are white" --
--the gay guy worried about his thong --are they sure he wasn't saying 'song'?
The commenter at Zero Hedge know why. Everybody knows why, up to a point --that point being the MSM --dating from around the 'there are no consequences for dumping the fourth estate' revelation of Katrina --dropping the mask and going whole hog politicizing the markets.
But the thing is, re opil/2008, there's another storyu hiding inside the rotten too meta --as succinctly as i can, is far from succinctly enough --for my fingers or your eyes --but suffice to say, the Clinton-era deregulations resulted in massive unsourced money organizing specifically to panic fuel=-users in the summer of 2008, the better to 'throw 'em all out' for something entirely new in the election of 2008.
Any search with 'oil manipulation' in the terms will quickly show the interest in what happened in spring/summer 2008.
Let me include just one URL that indicates that the current admin is aware of what could be made of the details becoming generally known --and have thus taken a hangnail of the beast into court:
The CFTC is chaired by the guy (Gary Gensler) who just took a time out re MS Global, since he and Corzine are old pals. But this guy is the Forrest Gump of the whole Clinton 20 year plan to destroy ...oh, Bill and Hill's daddies, i suppose.
Oregon used to be very conservative, chock full of wagon train survivors, largest voluntary mass migration in US history. Tough people. Now look at us. It doesn't take much, about 20% idiot/zealot mix and the whole place is screwed. Now the unions have 1/5th of the vote or more, 1/2 or so in Portland and Salem.
Californians as a whole are brainwashed and damaged. The best Californian is worse than the most liberal Texan. They might act unlike liberals, but they are snobs, elitists and entitleists (just made that one up). You get my point.
For instance: my father-in-law owns beach property in Oregon, plans to move up some time. He has never set foot on the beach all these years of visiting, just wishes he could see it from the couch in his condo. Turns out, he tells me, the condo association can pay to remove the top 10-12 feet of the dunes so he can enjoy his view. It's not his property, nature formed it, it protects his condo. But his fat lazy ass wants a view and he's entitled to it.
This is a very successful and conservative (by NorCal standards) business man. Just the type to slip under the radar and start demanding other people's liberty, and in this case safety, in trade for his entitlements. I'm sorry Texas, but if this keeps up you are screwed.
Kinda reminds me of those folks on the Outer Banks. One guy I met bragged about buying a small parcel on the west side, saying that in ten years, it would be oceanfront.
Meanwhile, the Atlantic keeps eroding the beaches and the homeowners keep reconstructing their property. Who's paying for all this?
A biologist who lived down the road from some relatives in MN suggested that eradicating the wolves from the northern Great Plains was going to cause trouble down the Mississippi as the food chain depended on the wolves to keep the other critters/plants in check, allowing all the silt to make it down to The Delta (under the whim of the Army Corps of Engineers, alas). Sure enough, we've had flood plain snafus costing the general taxpayers billions of dollars because of bunch of cattlemen didn't like losing their investment to wolf packs.
I know I'm simplifying and I don't know where it ends, but the more the government -- at any level -- gets involved, the longer it takes to rectify. The same idiocy exists in the Rockies where building permits have been issued for multi-million dollar houses perched on a mountain side over a canyon. Risk management, anyone? The pols are going to be long gone when a major snowstorm leads to a disasterous slide that wipes out such investment.
You want to build in hurricane alley or a flood plain, you pay for your own insurance. I don't do sand, water, snow, floods, wind, sun spots or stupid liberals.
Unfortunately the only thing that can stop him from bulldozing 1/3 of the sand dune height between him and the ocean would be the government at this point. A credit card and it's done. I'm not sure how private citizens are allowed to bulldoze natural features they do not own, but here it is. If he owned it, that would be another story. I just think he's silly to remove the natural wind and wave protection for all his neighbors for his 12 days a year of viewing pleasure.
I had a guy from Guam come work for me down on the GOMEX. After he'd done a bit of sight seeing he ask why all the houses were made out of wood. In Guam, he said, only poor people lived in wood houses. Everyone who could afford it had concrete houses or Conex boxes chained to a concrete slab. Guy told me of one typhoon he road out, on the third day of the storm sitting on top of them his storm shutters started failing.
A year later, Katrina came, he'd moved on by then, but he had a point about wooden houses.
--a short eyewitness --well, he did more than witness it, he lost his entire family to it --account of the Galveston hurricane of 1900.
Mearsheimer's model mendicant: