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Wednesday, May 8. 2013
Incredible: European Commission to criminalize nearly all seeds and plants not registered with government
Needed to link this a few days ago: About Cinco de Mayo, the American holiday
A thorough rebuke to the anti-gun emos
States, in fact, can “pick and choose which federal laws” state officials will enforce
Is it time to drop your health insurance?
We're having twins and I'm not happy about it, thought about aborting one twin.
NY Times John Harwood Channels Jayson Blair
Michael Barone: The Meaning Inside the Political Numbers - With black and Hispanic support clustered by district, Democrats in 2014 will have a hard time retaking the House.
There are two obvious ways to start fixing income disparity, and neither seems to interest the president.
Dem says Constitution implies right to healthcare, education
She needs to re-read the foundational document
California could become the first state to guarantee that transgender students are allowed to play school sports on teams that match their gender identity.
Weird. And what about androgynes? Where do they play?
How Obama Betrayed America - Obama's support for the Muslim Brotherhood belongs at the forefront of our political debate.
New York Times Ignores Benghazi
Si Se Puede!… One in Ten LA County Residents In the US Illegally
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"California could become the first state to guarantee that transgender students are allowed to play school sports on teams that match their gender identity."
BD: Once again, you have shown the pride you feel in our two great sister states, CT and CA. Despite both starting with the letter 'C' and being composed of 10 to 11 letters, a boast no other state can make, the similarities between our two native states simply borders on the amazing.
No sooner do you post the above than I spot this:
With No GOP Votes, Connecticut Gives Final Passage to Transgender Bill
As was the case in the House, every Republican voted against the bill, including five GOP senators who voted for a similar measure four years ago. Democrats Paul Doyle of Wethersfield and Joan Hartley of Waterbury joined all 14 Republicans in opposing the bill.
Yes, it's just awful when Democrats have their way, but what can we do? Despite these setbacks, we still realize our two great native states are the best in the union. Long live CT and CA, sister states forever!
What happened to the idea that for every law passed, two have to be retired? Sunset laws? Remember the K.I.S.S. days-of-Aquarius when people danced in the street and some saavy restauranteur came up with Cinco de Mayo to sell more tequila? Chicago. 1968.
It's already happened here.
What the EU is proposing is "whatever is not explicitly permitted is forbidden", and what you have linked to is not only "whatever is not explicitly forbidden is permitted", but -
a) the infringement is a private tort (enforced by civil lawsuit) not a crime, and
b) the prohibition is very narrowly tailored, and was agreed to in advance by the supposed farmer/victim:
Pioneer had Bowman sign an agreement identical to Monsanto’s Technology Agreement, which limited the use of the seeds to a single season. Monsanto also sent Bowman a letter directly, which notified Bowman that he could not replant any form of Monsanto’s herbicide resistant seeds
The court concluded that Bowman retained the right to sell second-generation seeds as feed or for any other number of uses, but he was prohibited from replanting them in any form.
Re: Transgender students playing sports, this is a quote from the NYT article
"“Transgender students deserve equal access to everything in public education, including sports,” said Tom Ammiano, the state assemblyman sponsoring the bill."
Ok, so transgender students deserve equal access, but homeschoolers don't?
Will be interesting to see how long this lasts as it will be all weighted towards he to she's playing on the girls' team.
Links - "President doesn't seem interested in either" and "anti-gun emos" link to wrong articles
European Commission to criminalize nearly all seeds and plants not registered with government
Go, EU, go! Make EUtopia! More! More! Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch. Let the EU server as an exemplar of huperperkind.
Fixing income disparity by pointing pencils like guns sounds like a novel approach.
Okay, if this whole transgendered thing goes through, I will be sitting and waiting for the first lawsuit when a girl gets hurt by a transgendered and much stronger 'girl' on the field. At least those who think Title IX was unnecessary will be happy...we have now come full circle! Boys can play on girls teams and girls can play on boys teams. Why not just have non-gendered sports then?
Spock vs Spock, 2 1/2 minute audi commercial.
Trekkies will love it.
""One might argue that education and healthcare fall into those provisions of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," she said."
Where my free hookers and blow at?
"What helped the Republicans more than redistricting was the tendency of Democratic voters to be clustered in black, Hispanic and "gentry liberal" neighborhoods in major metropolitan areas."
Wait a minute! Does this mean the Gerrymandering that Democrats have done to create "safe" black and hispanic districts wasn't such a great idea after all???
Benghazi hearings: drip...drip...drip...drip...
Eventually the trickle becomes a flood.
"thought about aborting one twin"
Before I read the story at the link I thought about that tag-line, "Thought about aborting one twin". I imagined that it was directly related to the Gosnoll trial.
Because it seemed to me that if that monster is acquitted then third trimester and even live birth abortions will become the new "cost effective" choice for the harvesting of the preferred baby type. Want a boy not a girl? After they come out of the shoot, then make your decision and inject/snip the reject. Ancient Sparta will have nothing on us, not since Sodom and Gomorrah will a society have been so successful in setting aside the ancient laws and human instincts of our forefathers.
I wish we had blown ourselves up with the Soviets as the denouement of the Cold War, at least we would have died clean.