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Monday, June 25. 2018
New NYC Regents Exam Requirements Are, Um… A Bit Low
When all else fails, lower your standards
‘Cultural Marxism’ Explained and Re-Evaluated
Walter Williams says that as racism declines, victimology increases
Dems Complain About Massive ObamaCare Premium Hikes — After Ignoring Them For Years
Who is the liberal news conductor?
IS THE DEMOCRATS’ “SEPARATED CHILDREN” PLOY WORKING?
Shouting and Spitting Lefty Protesters Hound Fla. AG Pam Bondi Out of Tampa Movie Theater
Sarah Sanders and Her Family Kicked Out of Virginia Restaurant by Trump-Hating Owner
Related, The Left's Most Dangerous Game
Trump And The 1930s Playbook: Liberal Democracy Comes Unstuck
John Brennan, in Ominous Tweet to Pres. Trump, Calls for Insurrection by Cabinet, GOP Leadership
U.N. Report Faults Trump For Obama Poverty, Media Fall For It
The Poverty Fraud In Action, With UN Assist
7 Recent Lies From Media On Emotion-Driven Immigration Debate
Airline offers to send illegal immigrant children in US separated from families back home for free
Majority With Trump: Want Wall Built, Migrant Families Deported or Detained
Who’s Really to Blame at the Border? The current distress and hysteria is the fault of illegal aliens and their enablers in the courts.
TRUMP’S GOOD ADVICE TO GOP: DON’T WASTE TIME ON IMMIGRATION REFORM
The country remains as split on how to fix U.S. immigration laws as it was in 2013 or in 2016.
The battering Trump is taking in the press is not hurting him.
Former Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino: The Trump Investigation “Started with Zero Evidence at All” – Trump Was Spied On Illegally!
FBI sends classified letter to House GOP on use of informants in Trump campaign
Mueller trying to get out of his Russian case
Facing humiliation, Mueller backs away from prosecution of Russian entities
Russia Meddled and Almost Nobody Cared, Until . . .
Pentagon Covering Up Fact That Female Officers Nearly Sank Navy Ship
Germany’s Largest Auto Makers Support Abolishing EU-U.S. Car Import Tariffs
Thank you, Pres. Trump
Leading Mexican Presidential Candidate Promises Radical Revolution
Mohammed bin Salman is on a make or break mission
Merkel presses over migration as 'European solution' fails
Major BDS groups have ties to Palestinian terrorist organizations, ministry says
Sunday, June 24. 2018
"Everything you do or say, every minute of your life, tilts the world towards heaven or to hell."
Jordan Peterson, from this powerful interview
From a recording rehearsal
In May 2016, a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat sold for $57.3 million. One year later, another painting of his from 1982, Untitled, sold for $110.5 million, making it the sixth-most-expensive work of art ever purchased at auction, and setting a record for an American artist.
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Leading Mexican Presidential Candidate Obrador Calls for MASS EXODUS TO UNITED STATES When He Wins Election
Mexico has been enabling invasion of the US for decades. They must have too many poor people.
CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATS' VOTING SCAM - The Golden State does favors for illegal immigrants -- who may return the favor at the voting boot
Yes, Dems do seem to want open borders
CNN is Impeach Trump 24/7. For what, is unclear. Just hate?
Americans See Media Bias Everywhere–And They’re Angry
The Media Just Can’t Stop Lying About Trump
I have a problem with this, because last time I checked there were 58 genders.
For unknown reasons, the LSAT wants to know this about their test-takers:
A handful of classic Krauthammer quotes.
Here's another one:
" America is the only country ever founded on an idea. The only country that is not founded on race or even common history. It’s founded on an idea and the idea is liberty. That is probably the rarest phenomena in the political history of the world; this has never happened before. And not only has it happened, but it’s worked. We are the most flourishing, the most powerful, most influential country on Earth with this system, invented by the greatest political geniuses probably in human history."
From Romans 7, via No, You’re Not Perfect ‘Just the Way You Are’
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out . . . For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Saturday, June 23. 2018
A strange, other-worldly song. Lyrics here
That's what I call these cool (low 60s), windy, and drizzly days in New England. They lift the soul. This is a pic of one of Wellfleet's ocean beaches - part of The Great Beach.
Thoreau hiked the glorious length of the Great Beach (Chatham to Provincetown), and wrote about it in Cape Cod. It's a Bird Dog family place, a place to love. No gardening needed- nature does it perfectly.
Yes, suicide does correlate precisely with US spending on science. Fun topic, fun book. But you can get the gist of it just by looking at the site: Spurious Correlations.
Freud's one-time colleague in depth psychology had many interests but among them was a study of myths and the representations of archetypes embedded in them. In a way, Jung viewed myths as related to humanity as dreams are related to an individual. I suppose that seems obvious now.
For reasons I do not understand, the New Republic has decided to dislike Jung: “Tired, Old Myths:” The New Republic Slanders Jung
‘Climate Change’ Made Lobsters Awesome, But Will Kill Them In The Future Or Something
Fun to eat but boring food, in my opinion. Stripers love to eat them, and Stripers taste good.
Opening Sentence of WaPo’s Obituary For Charles Krauthammer Blames Him For the Iraq War…
Supreme Court says warrant necessary for phone location data in win for privacy
Stunning Confirmation: Judicial Watch Obtains IRS Documents Showing McCain Staff Urging IRS To Target Tea Party Groups…
That is sick
MOTHER OF CRYING CHILD WAS PREVIOUSLY DEPORTED IN 2013
OBAMA HELD MORE THAN DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN IN SHELTERS COMPARED TO TRUMP WHITE HOUSE
Obama administration 'knowingly allowed at least 16 members of notorious teen gang MS-13 into the US'
Michael Anton: Here's a Question No One Ever Asks-- Why Does a Nation of 320 Million Need Millions of More Immigrants?
TIME cover paints Trump as immigration ‘boogeyman,’ in striking contrast with Obama coverage
Illegal Aliens Fatally Separate American Parents and Children
Elizabeth Warren’s academic claim to fame may be no more legitimate than her claim to be Native American
Low-life Indian made millions flipping slum houses during the housing boom
Drain the swamp. Sessions is too "low energy"
This is the FBI agent who worked on Hillary Clinton probe, labeled Trump supporters 'retarded' and texted 'f**k Trump' to her colleague lover - seen for the first time since her identity was revealed after release of IG report
These FBI agents are pathetic
Comey And Lynch Will Be Subpoenaed By Senate Unless Feinstein Obstructs
Democrats in a lather over the good news
It's morning in America
Trump’s Immigration Policies Are Actually Pretty Popular
I am all in with legal immigration. But working our generous systems of all sorts, no.
For better or worse, Europe is no longer a world player. In visible decline, becoming a (nice, except for the immigrants) museum. Heck, we love southern France, the Cotswolds, and most of Italy.
THE DECREASING EFFECTIVENESS OF HAMAS TERRORISM
Israel then and now shows power of a good defense and a strong wall
Friday, June 22. 2018
Story here. It's not a joke. The kid is a total putz. Bodyguards in Manhattan?
On ageing, from 1997. It is gloomy, sad, but Bob is still on his Endless Tour today. "Steel" has two syllables if you didn't know about Dylanesque lyrical phrasing. Without an operatic voice, you have to handle genius phrasing.
Songs like this make me hope that, when the end times come, some of our culture will be preserved somehow. Likely not.
People are taught to cross the border and claim asylum. Then there are endless hearings to which nobody shows up.
What is American citizenship worth? The Immorality of Immigration
The Pope discusses Hell
Gaming Addiction Classified as Mental Health Disorder by WHO
Oh, come on. Sounds like The Onion. They are just bored escapists.
High Court: Online shoppers can be forced to pay sales tax
Penn Law’s Amy Wax on Being Ousted from Her First-Year Class Over Comments on Race, Performance and Bourgeois Values, Attacks on Free Speech, Criticism of Affirmative Action and Diversity, Hard Truths, Anti-Western Colleges
The Op-Ed on Diversity that Got a Best-Selling American Author Sacked by Penguin
If you critique the cult of diversity, you can be fired. Luckily for me, I can't be fired. It's good to be king - a free man.
Princeton Takes a Stand for Free Speech on Campus
In the footsteps of the great Univ of Chicago. Can't let the lunatics run the asylum
Althouse on women politicians' clothing
The ACLU Tip-Toes Away From An Absolute Defense Of Free Speech
Open Letter to School Boards Everywhere: Stop Renaming Your Schools After Obama
You're Fired: Mick Mulvaney Fires Entire CFPB Advisory Board
'Christmas Comes Early' For Mulvaney? Federal Judge Rules CFPB's Structure Is Unconstitutional
White House releases sweeping proposal to reorganize government
Good ideas, but will never happen
The comic masterpiece of Donald J. Trump - Conrad Black explains how the President consistently and hilariously outplays his enemies, provoking and then exploiting the friction between him and them to raise himself to ever greater heights
Democrats Have Zero Tolerance For Illegal Immigration Solutions - Family separation is callous, but it doesn't excuse the Democrats' refusal to do anything about the border
Credibility Crisis: Media Trumpets Allegation of Child Migrant Abuse, Fails to Mention it Happened Under Obama
Anti-Trump FBI Agent Strzok joined Mueller probe to 'fix' 'unfinished business' from 2016 election
A bad cop
'Extraordinary' Strzok removal shows FBI agents in crosshairs from IG probe
IG Report Highlights FBI Counterspy Failings - Counterintelligence division under fire for mishandling Clinton email probe
Venezuelan economy heading to complete collapse in months and probably a military coup
Hamas Paid Family to Falsely Claim Gaza Baby Died of Inhaling Israeli Tear Gas
Never ever believe those people
Father says little Honduran girl on Time cover was not taken from mother
For the eurozone, auf Wiedersehen would be better than ciao
Thursday, June 21. 2018
Psychiatrist, author, and talking head extraordinaire Charles Krauthammer, M.D., dead at 68 of cancer. Selections from The wisdom of Charles Krauthammer.
I enjoyed his 2013 Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics. In that book, he recalled that he learned to speak fluently and precisely when dictating after having lost the ability to write on paper.
An athlete who was paralyzed since medical school in a diving accident, Charles led one heck of a vital, productive, wonderful, full life. I always thought he'd be back... God bless him and his family.
Why the sudden outrage attack about Obama's longstanding immigration policy? Don’t Get Played; Get Woke to the Outrage Scam