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Saturday, June 30. 2018
The Greeks understood these things, and VDH knows the Greeks.
Bill's wife's judgement has been poor most of her life. Arrogance has been a problem too. Blind ambition. Who is she, in her own imagination? Remarkable she got as far as she did, but she did manage to leave a trail of messes and corruption behind her while becoming a mega-millionaire in selfless "public service".
He makes it seem so simple.
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Flight Attendants Have Finally Revealed Best Kept Secrets
How To Tell If You've Been Abducted By Aliens
New Helmet Rule Could Make NFL Unrecognizable
A Man Explains 7 Things Men REALLY Love About Women
Can't trust lots of things coming from government
Will Witt Asks Beachgoers About The Fourth Of July. They Perform Poorly.
Students complain that prof's op-ed made them feel bad
Lindsay Shepherd Is Suing Wilfrid Laurier University — Here’s Why
Mandatory Diversity Week in Higher Education
The real reason NY city councilmen are trying to squash Airbnb
For the Love of the Local Newspaper - Regional publications do work that really matters to their communities. And local journalists know it in their bones.
MUELLER TARGETS TRUMP OVER RUSSIAN BILLIONAIRES LINKED TO HILLARY CLINTON
Is 'Catch And Release' A Winning Issue For Democrats? Poll: Not At All.
Shock: #FakeNews Media Rushes to Blame Trump for Annapolis Newsroom Shooting
THE LIBERAL FREAKOUT IN TWO MINUTES
Wising Up: The #WalkAway Campaign
THE LEFT LOSES THE JUDICIARY - The golden age of conservative jurisprudence is here.
Democrats badly underestimated Trump
What's Wrong With Britain?
Once-Great Britain Descends into Multicultural Madness
Friday, June 29. 2018
Summer, finally, and a 6-day weekend too
It's the one thing all Americans have in common, other than summer vacations. If it's too malleable, it's nothing, and then America is nothing. The Constitution embodies the radical idea (with a few compromises to get it accepted - all since corrected).
An enjoyable bit on Charles Krauthammer:
We could have told him that. Just like Zuckerberg's 100 million in Newark schools. No measurable effect.
Much as I detest the idea of abortion (it is killing, of course), I also detest the notion that the Constitution confers limited rights on individuals. It was not meant to do so. It was designed to confer limited powers to government.
What's your view?
Why the Nobel Peace Prize brings little peace
Scrubbing Laura Ingalls Wilder Is A Dangerous Step Toward Ignorance
California's Costly Global Warming Campaign Turns Out To Be Worse Than Useless
Krugman wrong yet again
US GDP growth could hit 15 year high and US dollar is surging
The Western World's most depressing chart
After Its Hard Left Turn, Will Democratic Party Officially Admit It's Socialist?
The Left is Bordering on Insanity
DEMOCRATIC ESTABLISHMENT FRETS ABOUT THE UNHINGED LEFT
Why Trump Won: Liberal Hatred Of Non-City Folks
THE RUN-DOWN: Here's What You Need To Know About Trump's Top 5 Possible Nominees
Britain’s Exploding Population Driven Above 66 Million by Mass Migration
Thursday, June 28. 2018
From Les Miserables.
Want to know more about him?
Murray might be the most important social scientist of our time, but he became toxic to the Left for speaking truth about subcultural issues. Most of his recent work has been concerned with the white underclass, which is far larger than other ethnic or racial underclasses in the US.
Interestingly, but unsurprisingly, Professors judge scholar’s work. They deem it centrist. They had no clue it was written by Charles Murray.
I'm not sure how data can be centrist or any other thing, but I guess that's how things are now. Even weather is political now.
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Harsanyi: Was Gorsuch Worth A Trump Presidency? It’s Starting To Look That Way
"More help"? Does anybody want or need government for elementary life advice? This is the sort of thing that annoys the heck out of me. Hey, let's start a government program to determine your nutrition plan (how did that work out?), your exercise regimen, your heart health (is it now recommending 1-2 glasses of red wine/day? Technically, it should). Anyway, overweight and sedentary is the new normal.
Everybody in America knows what they "should" do for physical fitness. Most do not want to bother. I think fitness is mainly a class/subcultural-related thing. It's a free country. Government should just leave them alone. For anybody who wants to be in good shape regardless of age, Maggie's has written volumes on the topics of nutrition and fitness for anyone to read, for free, and it is smarter and better-informed than any government advice.
As with government nagging, many of our readers are just annoyed by those topics. We post them for the few who find them of interest.
Gowdy rips Rosenstein on Russia probe: 'Finish it the hell up'
The Gowdy clip is stunning. The arrogance of the bureaucrats is amazing to me. Who do they think they are? Rosenstein's smugness bugs me because he is my employee.
Vacation time. Seems like half of the US is headed for the beaches, lakes, and mountains today for an extra-long 4th getaway from reality and work.
From 1920, 10 Things I Would Do If I Were Twenty-One
Scientists develop material that could regenerate dental enamel
As Insty would say, faster please
Rationalizations for laziness. Of course God doesn't care. There's just the basic issue of respect for events and occasions.
Is Cheap Sex Making Men Give Up on Marriage?
European High-Speed Rail Also a Huge Boondoggle - A new report finds high costs, and low speeds on Europe's high-speed rail lines
California Considers Establishing Its Own Ministry of Truth
Good grief, that is sicko
New York Times Op-Ed: All Trump Policies Trace Back to 'White Extinction Anxiety'
BS on that.
MIT hiring admin to expand ‘affirmative action’ efforts
What? MIT is diverse as heck, no bias against Asians.
Atlantic writer wants Supreme Court to support favored policies, not adhere to Constitution.
Problem is, that ain't their job
The Left’s Reaction to Justice Kennedy’s Retirement Is Over-the-Top Unhinged
New York Times Op-Ed Defends Dem Incivility: Trump Officials Work For a 'Professional Racist'/
Wednesday, June 27. 2018
Quantum Computing Expert Explains One Concept in 5 Levels of Difficulty. I still don't get it, but I don;t get how regular computers work either. Bits?
Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts...
What now would make sense for government unions to do would simply quit representing non-union members.
Here's the real problem:
Reading that gave me a case of PTSD
Do we need to update Godwin's Law about the probability of comparison to Nazis?
Another Prof argues against stupid speech
Are public schools factories?
The Mommy Effect: Do Women Anticipate the Employment Effects of Motherhood?
Army training will now focus on actual battlefield skills, not social issues
American money flowing back into America
Maxine Waters declares war on democracy
There’s Nothing Wrong with Socialism—as Long as It’s Voluntary
Justice Gorsuch’s Fascinating, Constitutional Dissent In Carpenter (the cell phone privacy case)
Are many American Jews fighting the last war?
Judicial Watch Obtains IRS Documents Revealing McCain’s Subcommittee Staff Director Urged IRS to Engage in “Financially Ruinous” Targeting
Red Hen Owner Resigns As Director Of Volunteer-Organization After Backlash
MEDIA TURNING TRUMP VOTERS INTO PUBLIC ENEMY NO. 1
"Strzok isn’t just any rank-and-file guy spouting off in one ill-advised email. His fingerprints were on every FBI investigation..."
IN SEARCH OF THE ORIGIN of Russia Russia
DOJ Won't Release Top Secret Loretta Lynch Intercepts Suggesting Secret Deal To Rig Clinton Prob
Here's One Unverified File the Feds Won't Leak: About Loretta Lynch
Scott Adams: Republicans Need to Vote Because ‘They’re Coming for You Next’
Illegals are California's most privileged group
Astroturfed “Families Belong Together” June 30 National Protest Sure Looks Like An Open Borders Movement
No One Is Asking What Is Compassionate For The Average American Citizen
Afghanistan isn’t a country — it’s a hole in the map where neighboring countries aren’t.
The migration crisis will shatter Europe
HUNDREDS OF MUSLIM MIGRANTS Storm Croatian Border Screaming “ALLAHU AKBAR!”
Migrants Not Welcome: Austria Deploys Border Police After Asylum Situation Goes "Critical"
Brexit bill becomes law, allowing UK to leave European Union
Turkey's Election: Stockholm Syndrome at Its Worst
More rebellion in Iran
Tuesday, June 26. 2018
For all of that country's advantages, why such a mess? VDH on Mexico — What Went Wrong?
and one more:
They say "Curls for Girls" and "Sun's Out, Guns Out" because, for guys, strong arms are a sign of vigor, health, and fitness to females, and of dominance to males. For gals, toned beats flabby all the time as a sign of health. It's primitive, but physicality matters because we are animals.
Biceps (and brachialis) are a bit more about vanity than functionality, but we want all of our skeletal muscles to be firm and fit. Triceps are much more functional, but what the heck. Good to be strong all over.
I tend to do one or two sets/week of curls more as "maintenance" than as strength-building. Can't do everything in the allotted time, and curls are "accessory." Furthermore, all upper body exertions stress arms so there is no real need to mess with them.
My point here is to mix overhand curls (whether dumbells, straight bar, or crooked bar) with the usual underhand grip. The overhand grip stresses the heck out of your forearms, so it's a good mix.
Grip (ie, forearm strength) tends to be the weak link in many exertions (ie, deadlifts). Another good forearm stressor is max-heavy Farmer's Walks (squeeze those kettlebell handles like your life depended on it). We like functional multi-muscle group exercises, and that darn Farmer'sWalk stresses everything from legs to forearms and everything in between.
Tip for curls - lower you arms to a count of 3 or 4. Don't just let gravity do it. The "negative" is as important as the pull. That applies to most weight work.
I think Trump admired Putin only for being another alpha male who puts his country's interests first. Trump relates to alpha guys, so that's his preference. He does not care for weasley boys like Justin, and that's his choice. Not many alphas in the press corps, so there's that too.
Purely by accident, I watched about 20 minutes of Trump's rally in South Carolina last night. With no notes and no prompter, the guy was a brilliant and highly amusing speaker, interacting with his audience, spewing stats and numbers constantly, and light-heartedly teasing about his opposition. All upbeat and good fun.
He was not my choice, but my choices would have lost to Hillary. As a communicator, Trump makes Reagan and Obama seem like amateurs - and he just wings it. His job seems recreational to him.
As an uncouth outsider, naturally the establishment hates him. That's why he was elected. If it turns out that Trump really is a Russian agent, I'll gladly change my mind about the whole Trump thing.
However, it appears that many US government agencies were working hard to prevent Trump a year before the election, and to undermine him afterwards. If true, it would be the biggest political scandal in US history. Seven Mysterious Preludes of the FBI's Trump-Russia Probe
Sure looks like a CIA/FBI string to me. Who arranged that?
Being overweight correlates with brain shrinkage
That doesn't prove it's causal, tho. Still, many problems with excess fat.
School discipline: How Federal Education Guidelines from 2014 are Destroying Kids’ Lives
Little House on the Prairie Now Shunned as Racist
The Southern Poverty Law Center isn't authoritative, it's garbage
New York Times bombshell on own reporter reveals Ali Watkins dated second potential source
Women using sex and charm to get ahead? That's a dog bites man story
Trump foes move toward public shaming even of low-level officials
DNC Vice Chair Keith Ellison: “Muslims Can Prepare Pork For Infidels, It Will Send Them To Hell And Make Allah Happy”…
Bacon is heaven
#WalkAway Campaign Urges Fed-Up Democrats to Leave the Party
51% See Democrats as Party of 'Identity Politics and Victimology'
Voters Don’t Regret Hillary’s Loss
DEM CHIEF OF STAFF TRIED TO EXPOSE SUSPECTED THEFT RING ON CAPITOL HILL, WAS MET WITH RESISTANCE
Why the protection of these Pakistani crooks?
Garrison: 'Trump Derangement Syndrone' Has Reached Epidemic Proportions
Where the Wall Worked - Tijuanans shrug at Donald Trump’s proposed wall—because they already have two. And, for the most part, they’ve done the city some good.
Obama admin: Of course we detained children
Two Views on the Politics of Immigration
The liberal lurch left on immigration
63% of Americans Say Arrest Illegals and/or Send Them Home – 21% (Democrats) Want Them Released
The Cost of Providing Health Care to Illegal Aliens - The total is obviously enough to pay for a border wall.
FBI Still Stonewalls Congress On Russia Investigation — More Deep State Obstruction?
Protesters 'SWARM' Tehran's Grand Bazaar, Shout 'Death To Palestine,' 'Death To Dictator'
Erdogan wins in Turkey, gets ready to assume sweeping powers
Monday, June 25. 2018
How often do you get the feeling that our "public servants" are working for themselves and not for you and me? And, by the way, who is in charge here?
Richard Feynman and the Pleasure Principle - How a cerebral hedonist became a scientific hero.
He goes down in history as one of the Great American Teachers, like Barzun - and Leonard Bernstein.
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