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Thursday, May 2. 2013
Get in touch with your inner child (video)
5 Marriage Mistakes Women Make That Lead to Divorce (h/t Insty)
Husband must be also boyfriend, wife must also be girlfriend. Ideally. But real life complicates things.
Latest update on the Warm List
Natural insemination recommended
A pleasant chore
Slide show of the new Pope
Most people attend law school to obtain jobs as lawyers.
Amazing energy fact of the day: Recoverable oil in the Bakken Formation is more than double the previous estimates
Sultan: Inequality for All
Why do Repubs oppose privatizing the TVA?
Lots of good stuff at Am. Digest
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BD - Regarding that American Indian pic you ran yesterday, let the brouhaha commence!
Well, if they don't like that billboard then they really aren't going to like this first poster that Bookworm found on Facebook
The deadliest school shooting in US history was conducted by the US government in 1890.
Per Bookworm - "I love the premise here: “Pay no attention to history, it may offend someone!”"
Well said, sir, well said....
Re: Coyote's "peaceful immigrants"
Who in the heck says they're necessarily peaceful? And remember, we are talking about "illegal" immigrants. who automaticamente show no respect for our laws.
BTW, no one broke any laws in Newtown regarding guns, and all the laws suggested to date would not have avoided that unfortunate conclusion. Unless we as a society become more clairvoyant about mental illness, we will never stop all deviant behavior.
Last time I looked, Illegal meant ILLEGAL - no amount of hand wringing, changing the NYT style guide terminology, or any other PC mumbo-jumbo will over-ride this - they are breaking LAWS, with the assistance of willing accomplices.
Who cares if they are 'peaceful immigrants' their act of entering other than the 'established process of immigration' makes that moniker moot.
Sultan Knish: Racism is a resource and like every other resource, it's in danger of running out.
Some resources are renewable resources.
Sultan Knish: Fighting for equality stopped making sense when everyone became legally equal.
In the U.S., people became legally equal in 1868, when the Fourteenth Amendment was adopted.
Blacks actually became equal when the Democratic Jim Crow laws were abolished.
mudbug: Blacks actually became equal when the Democratic Jim Crow laws were abolished.
So apparently it took more than a constitutional amendment. The Civil Rights Acts were signed into law in '64 and '65. The leader of the American Civil Rights Movement retired and lived to a ripe old age, because the struggle of equality was over.
Noting that the guy retired "and lived to a ripe old age" because "the struggle of equality was over" is right up there with Coyote equating gun control with immigration.
It sounds like you both need some time off.
Zachriel: So apparently it took more than a constitutional amendment.
Yes. It requires that people understand the amendment and the government to respect and obey it (in this case Democrats).
The Civil Rights Act of '64 and '65 were the ones that made the most difference. There were many proposed prior to that by Republicans and that were often voted down by Democrats. In fact, the CRAs of '64 & '65 only passed because of Republican support. Even Johnson admitted that.
mudbug: Yes. It requires that people understand the amendment and the government to respect and obey it (in this case Democrats).
So, Sultan Knish was wrong when he said " Fighting for equality stopped making sense when everyone became legally equal," which occurred with the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment.
mudbug: In fact, the CRAs of '64 & '65 only passed because of Republican support. Even Johnson admitted that.
That's right. It required a supermajority due to obstruction by southern democrats.
mudbug: The Civil Rights Act of '64 and '65 were the ones that made the most difference.
If we date it from 1965, then that's when Sultan Knish is saying the fight for equality stopped making sense, which is apparently why the leader of the American Civil Rights Movement retired to the promised land and lived to a ripe old age.
The fact that a nutjob racist killed MLK does not necessarily mean that the "struggle" makes sense. If your definition of when the struggle can end is when there are no racists, then you'll always be struggling.
It's a renewable resource.
I think this is across the board, not just the race-hustlers... food for thought, that...
“There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs—partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.
There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.” - Booker T Washington
Half of LA Times Staff May Quit if Koch Brothers Buy the Failed & Undistinguished Newspaper
If half the staff leave, then that half is in an extremely strong position to start a competing newspaper. They will take with them much of the brand goodwill and expertise (both in reporting and in ad sales for that market), but leave behind all of the ongoing costs of the remaining liabilities.
Sure...assuming those actually are the half that would take the brand goodwill and expertise AND assuming they could secure funding which is apparently lacking that the Koch brothers are bringing to the table.
Sounds more like a hissy fit by a bunch of whiny lefty journalists, and I repeat myself, who are major contributors to the failing business that is the LA Times. So it might possibly save the Koch brothers a lot of headaches if they did simply walk off the job.
Those that would leave over fantasy ideological differences are Leftists and "journalists". Neither group has any history of being willing to work hard to create that is of use to others with their one time, effort and money.
It's scary, the Market is out there just waiting for them to venture out from under government cronyism. And remember, the market cares little about your credentials. It only respects competency and the ability to do something useful for your fellow man.
I think the pertinent point is " ...the Failed & Undistinguished Newspaper". The owners & managers are not making a go of it financially, and "undistinguished" would indicate they're also not making a go of it editorially and journalistically. So those who quit do not seem to be in a good position to find new financial backing for a new paper with the same editorial and political positions of the current LAT.
Would the LAT be for sale if it were making money?
Don't let the door thwack you in your rear. The Tribune organization hasn't had a clue since ???...whenever. To some extent, the Woodward and Bernstein "Watergate" fiasco was the worst event in old-fashioned journalism because every young whippersnapper out of J-school thought he/she could make millions in one swift shot. Most of the true journalists I knew never made that much money, but they left the world a bit more informed and empowered.
No matter the career track, it's called 'the arrogance factor." It will kill you every time.
Bad link: Bad news: Even the Left isn’t buying Obama’s “buck stops somewhere else” pitch
Link repaired: Even the Left isn’t buying Obama’s “buck stops somewhere else” pitch. Dicho y hecho.
Sex for AlGoreBull Worming: Am I being told I'll get more sex if I install air conditioning? Coooooooollllllllll.
I think it means that if you believe in global warming, you'll get screwed.
If you install air conditioning, you are more likely to find a woman into contractual sex. But sadly, if the contract breaks down and the partnership dissolves, she'll get the air conditioning to keep her in the manner to which she's become accustomed and you'll get the cold shoulder. On the upside, with global warming, living outside won't be so harsh in the winter months.
Gun ownership and bearing is a constitutional right. Immigration is not.
To point out the excesses, law flauting, and abuse of our immigration system is not at all hypocritical.
For example, just about anyone can come in on a "student" visa. But no one checks to make sure they are actually in school. This is absurd.
Or apparently that they ever leave or track where they may happen to travel during their student visa period.
All evidence of a very unserious governing class.
RE: Lead phobia
Pretty much agree, when a host of hand-wringers are left afoot, mayhem arises with the smile of compassion and the soft tyranny of protection.
Seems like a back-door method to ban books... we've seen that tried before.
Its one of the reason I left miniature wargaming, the move to the 'newer metals' doesn't have the same feel or paint adherence. Pity, that...
Guess What Ladies and Gentlemen: your next president has already been agreed upon. Back there in those smoke filled closed rooms the naughty unionist/socialists have teamed up with the naughty large corporations and have agreed that our next president will be a woman. Given that Bill and Hillary have worked so hard to open the drug lanes into this country, to encourage the Russian Mafia and to guarantee the church, family and mutually agree upon ethics have all been destroyed, it should be quite clear to all that the next presidential election has already been decided.
Excuse me, but I would consider anyone who disagrees to be rather naive and foolish in their childlike faith that we still have a democracy. The network of dirty girls has been working so hard and has been so successful. Lest we forget that Christine Gregoire (Governor of WA State for two terms) once stated that "elections are just an indicator of how people are feeling".
Woops! Forgot to publish the link upon which my comments above were made:
Hopefully, its not Frau Bucher from Upstate NY, and someone whom would be a good exec and not, based on her Sec. State performance...