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Wednesday, September 5. 2012
Study Finds No Benefit to Organic Food
Of course there isn't. It's just one new scam.
Tiger: Things I wish liberals knew, or would acknowledge, about American business and business people
Researchers ponder what's next in volcanic Yellowstone
Want to compare yourself to liberals and conservatives on a bunch of tests of knowledge, morals, and values?
Massachusetts Must Pay for Murderer's Sex Change
Good grief. And, what if he/she changes his mind again?
New York Times Proves Clint Eastwood Correct -- Obama Is Lousy CEO
News Flash: Politico’s VandeHei: ‘Mainstream media tends to be quite smitten with the Obamas.’
Can This Be What Women Want? The Democrats condescend to half the electorate
Helpless, without the government
The "Sluts Vote" buttons at the DNC
Report: Bill Clinton aide voting Romney
25 Questions about What the Hell has Happened to America
Mia Love On Obama: “I Think He’s Stripping Away the American Dream & the America As We Know It”
VDH: The New Reactionaries - The causes of poverty, the effects of liberal policies — such things are undiscussable. One quote:
Food-Stamp Use Climbs to Record, Reviving Campaign Issue
I "belong" to no government
If You Think Obama’s First Term Was Bad, Imagine a Second
Hill Poll: Voters say second term undeserved, country is worse off
GOP launches 'Obama Isn't Working' message at DNC
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Okay, what moron and using what magical thinking did they use to come to the idea that organic food was some how structurally different than non-organic grown food? No pesticides, yes but that proves untrue, only less pesticides. But how bad do you have to fail 5th grade science on photosynthesis to think the fats, proteins, carbohydrates and fiber are significantly different?
I've always kind've chuckled at the 'organic' movement. I'm OK with 'no pesticides' or as few as possible, anyway. I'm not opposed to pesticides, but I'm not opposed to people who don't like them.
People who tell me 'organic is better', though - that's just crazy talk.
Romney: We don't belong to government, the government belongs to us
I "belong" to no government
When the hired help start thinking you exist for them, you got to let them go.
"Belong" here was probably meant to convey the sentiment of "membership in" rather than "owned by". Nonetheless, I am a member of NO government but of my country as a citizen of the United States. I owe no allegiance to any Government with a big G; I owe allegiance to my country. Whichever interpretation you wish to assign to the words used in that video, once again the Dems have got it wrong. It's God, Country, and Family---not God, Government, and Family.
My allegiance is to the Constitution of the United States.
I swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution and it was conceivable that to honor that oath I would become an enemy of my government. I therefore cannot "belong" to the government as property or member or be its subject.
I can serve in the government, I can come together with fellow citizens to use government for a common purpose. But I cannot belong to the government. My loyalty lies to a higher power.
#1JKB, you must have missed the message that "Thinking makes It So".
#2JKB, it's not the letting them go, it's the prying their filthy hands off of us.
How does this jive?
Currently standing in an airport. Was one of the first people here in the waiting area, but I now find that my being on time has no effect as to my place in the boarding line. What does get some to the head of the line are: airline credit cards, some bank cards with particular relationships to airlines, etc. Travellers are bribed to paying for another credit card with the hope that it will help them get on board faster than the other passengers. How does this strategy/marketing mechanism jive with our desired national morality? With our free market system?
--you could call your own card issuers and tell your feet hurt so would they for goshsakes go on and send the president some money.
In a free market system, access or entry is managed by the price point. If you're willing to pay for the credit card and it gets you to the head of the line, that's the market at work.
I use a bartender analogy at work all the time. When a small client complains to me, I tell them simply, "We strive to give the best service to all our clients. We do not skimp on how well we treat our customers. However, we do have to prioritize whenever competing needs occur. If you've ever been in a bar, you'll notice that the person waving a $20 gets the attention of the bartender, compared to the person waving the $5. This doesn't mean the bartender won't serve the person with $5, it just takes him a bit longer to get there. I know that's frustrating, but this is how things in the market are prioritized."
I have never received an angry response to this. Ever. In every case, the only response I've gotten is a chuckle and "well, it probably helps if you've got 36C's and a pretty face, too." Yeah, I know, that's a chauvinistic statement, but it's the truth and people know it.
Point is, the market has a way to sort out everything, and not everybody as exactly equal status in any situation.
Michelle Obama's speech:
When it comes to giving our kids the education they deserve, Barack knows that like me and like so many of you, he never could’ve attended college without financial aid.
And believe it or not, when we were first married, our combined monthly student loan bills were actually higher than our mortgage.
She was a lot better off than I was. When my wife and I got married I was still IN school. We couldn't afford to get a mortgage until 13 years after we graduated. Long after, BTW, we paid off our loans completely.
We were so young, so in love, and so in debt.
That’s why Barack has fought so hard to increase student aid and keep interest rates down, because he wants every young person to fulfill their promise and be able to attend college without a mountain of debt.
Kids aren't in a mountain of debt because the interest rate on that debt is 3% instead of 6%. They are in a mountain of debt because the PRINCIPAL is so high because the tuition charges and book fees are completely out of control. But attacking the actual cause of the problem would strike at one of their major bases of support, so that will never happen.
On the other hand, with their 'say stupid things/get schooled' approach, the Liberals do seem to have found a way to get that Western Civ. education no longer available at the university. Sadly few seem capable of understanding the lectures or apply the critical thinking necessary to assimilate the knowledge.
No, wait - we did that back in '92 and '96.