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Saturday, June 1. 2013
Saturday morning links
The Anti-Bullying Movement is Completely Fake
Advice for Grads: Stop Working So Darn Hard - In this week's Bad Advice, Hannah offers some words
A book: The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Commerce
It's more difficult to get a stewardess job at Delta than to get into Harvard
Can you sue for wrongful death of your dog?
IT'S COME TO THIS: Holder Justice Department Says It Will Help Enforce Islamic Sharia Law
Burton Malkiel explains why indexed funds are a ‘no-brainer’ and why the high fees for active managers can’t be justified
Kindergartner Who Brought Cap Gun to School Interrogated for Two Hours and Suspended
More toy gun hysteria
Unemployment Hits Record High in Euro Zone
After Woolwich: Status Quo, or UK Reconsidering Islamist Threat? - Since the attack, talk of the "tiny minority" and "true" Islam is in vogue again.
Georgetown Alumni Petition Cardinal to Remove School's Catholic Status
The Justice Department has allowed us to say AG Holder supports press freedom
OBAMA IRS SCANDAL WIDENS – Conservative Activists and Businesses Targeted, Too
Students Taught Terrorists Suffer From Low Self-Esteem
I think it's the opposite
Connecticut to allow illegal immigrants to get driving license
Obama's Data Team Totally Schooled Gallup
Fracking is Pitting OPEC Members Against Each Other.
UK Cops Explain Why they Handcuffed 85-Year-Old British Woman for Offending Muslims
Facebook posts: Suit filed over vet's detention
Obama administration to blame for jailing of hero Bin Laden doctor,
A tale of two Egyptian converts
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Great links. Getting ready to watch the Peter Wood interview now, though. Just one thing...the last two links go to the same page. It is a depressing article, but I'd like to read about the Egyptian converts, too.
Thanks a bunch!
Imagine that; el presidenti husna and his sharif, Holder support Islamic Sharia...who'd have thought.
Imagine that; prosecuting muhammadan jihadi's is condemned by their cabal for political motivations...who'd have thought.
Who'd have thought; Muhammads' design for world domination by his devillah is a politically motivated prosecution...imagine that.
Doug Ross: IT'S COME TO THIS: Holder Justice Department Says It Will Help Enforce Islamic Sharia Law
We followed the links, but couldn't find where the Obama Administration said it will help enforce Islamic sharia law. Do you have a primary source?
Maria, who in Sam Hill is Senator and Congressman from this district?
So much for the advent of the low-information voter.
I know some low information voters. Some neighbors voted for Obama twice. Yet they hate and are afraid of what Obamacare will bring yet they like Obama. They perceive themselves to be informed but they do not attach Obama to his policies - at least not Obamacare.
Certainly not the strain of low information voter that Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmell find but low information none the less. These people helped elect a person whose policies they don't like.
Me folks, Ma'n'pa voted for the blight, too.
Well...actually pa told Ma how to vote Obama while she filled in the blanks of her mail-in ballot. (Ma among other afflictions suffered Stockholm Syndrome.)
Pa didn't get a mail-in but he said he was goin' to vote election day (pa was quite the traditionalist.) and Ma had to vote his way or his vote would be neutralized.
Pained me to mail Ma'n'pa's joint return ballot.
Soon after, each passed over to separate rewards. (Separate rewards must have pained pa awful).
Awful painful the legacy they left; muhammadan jihadi in the Whitehouse. (pa was a Red Riiver Okie convinced BHO was really smart and had such a high IQ pa couldn't member the point.)
That link list itself reads like a frontispiece of a novel or a history book table of contents. If it is reality i wish t'were fiction; if t'was fiction there's awful much of reality.
Combine the two words as if for that portmanteau, and find two ready in inventory:'friction' and 'fealty'.
Make a prepositional or adverbial phrase in either order and you have 'friction(al) fealty' or 'fealty friction'; the one describing the process whereby the other results.
Ed Driscoll: The Justice Department has allowed us to say AG Holder supports press freedom
Off the record discussions are common in journalism.
common - Thesaurus.com
adjective: average, ordinary.
Synonyms: accepted , banal , bourgeois , casual ...
adjective: low, coarse.
Synonyms: Philistine, baseborn, characterless, cheap ...
In the first sense; ordinary, accepted, occurring or appearing frequently.
"On the record, on background, not for attribution and off the record: These are prearranged agreements between a reporter and a source, which govern how specific information can be used." — NYU Journalism Handbook for Students: Ethics, Law & Good Practice
dis·sem·ble [ di sémb'l ]
1.put on false appearance: to put on a false appearance in order to conceal facts, feelings, or intentions
2.give appearance of something: to put on the appearance of something not actually felt or true
3.hide something by pretense: to hide real beliefs, feelings, or intentions through misleading speech or behavior
Synonyms: mislead, pretend, act, put on an act, play-act, dissimulate, feign.
We pointed out that simply being off the record is not unethical or unusual in journalism. We provided support for that position.
#220.127.116.11.1 Zachriel on 2013-06-01 16:46 (Reply)
Sorry to reply late --storm killed my wifi Saturday eve thru Monday morn --life in the sticks --but BOY does it um...'anger' me that the ISP won't upgrade their stuff. Object (or abject, on my end) lesson in 'monopoly capitalism' (a Marxian term; he noted that only one company produces the board game "Monopoly").
Anyhoo, your reply reasons from the general to the specific, when the discussion is on the specific. This of course, is a tactical practice of what is known as 'sophistry'.
#18.104.22.168.1.1 buddy larsen on 2013-06-03 12:53 (Reply)
Ed Driscoll: The Justice Department has allowed us to say AG Holder supports press freedom
This statement only works if off the record discussions are abnormal, in other words, it implies a false generalization.
#22.214.171.124.1.1.1 Zachriel on 2013-06-03 13:14 (Reply)
But that statement is clearly a litotes, or sarcasm, it's intended to convey an almost opposite meaning than the literal intent you ascribe. Again, you use sophistry.
#126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 buddy larsen on 2013-06-03 20:00 (Reply)
buddy larsen: But that statement is clearly a litotes, or sarcasm, it's intended to convey an almost opposite meaning than the literal intent you ascribe.
We do not ascribe it literal intent. If off the record discussions are ordinary and accepted, then saying "The Justice Department has allowed us to say AG Holder supports press freedom" has no satirical bite.
#184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.1 Zachriel on 2013-06-03 20:07 (Reply)
Zach, as if Ed driscoll would say that with a straight face? As if he is in the habit of withholding criticism of the regime unless and until he is granted a ''by your leave'' from the intended politician?
Although it isn't welcome in the School of Parsing, context is everywhere else an accepted part of a meaning (son is learning Japanese, he's astounded by the number of words with a whole basketful of meanings --the natives depending always on context to be interpreted).
Parsing is lawyerly and adversarial; it sets aside the topic and argues on the expression of it.
#18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.1.1 buddy larsen on 2013-06-03 20:34 (Reply)
Boo, it be a pleasure that yall are setting the boy to exercise cranial vacuity.
Try not hurt his feelin' nor offer to chute him.
Quite right, the work of government should only known to trusted hagiographers. The boters might get the danerous idea that they acutally have say in things.
Does it imply the politican lacks the courage to be quoted and/or a way to keep the public's nose out of the government's business?
Time for a poultice for the potus. You missed my memorial Day comment:
For my American friends and neighbours:
#3 Garry on 2013-05-27 07:54
#126.96.36.199.1 Garry on 2013-06-01 14:05 (Reply)
Actually I was enjoying Walt Moffett's first line of post @6.2. Some objected to the implication of bias in the press but I felt the skewering was as well deserved.
#188.8.131.52.1.1 Karen on 2013-06-01 15:16 (Reply)
--man, that was great --thanks --a save for every Memorial Day. I went looking for a pipes and drums "O Canada" to send backatcha --couldn't find what i was after but did stumble acrost a gem.
This is the Moscow Military District pipe & drum corp (who knew they had one? But both the Russian naval jack as well as Scotland's flag carry the same colors and design Saint Andrew's Cross --as does the Confederate battle flag in different colors, but that's another story), in a strangely compelling performance before the onion domes. That the lady is phonetically singing the English is a sweet touch.
But here's why the URL is a gem (and for your bagpiper in the family): in the comments, italics mine, someone named Dawn says
"bagpipes erase the foolishness of culture and stomp love into the world".
And the topper, someone named Radiocruz21 answers "Thank you".
The pipes are so often maligned, so few absorb their grand idiom, that this brief salute in its immense profundity just has to be passed along for what ever piper may hear.
#184.108.40.206.1.2 buddy larsen on 2013-06-01 15:43 (Reply)
"bagpipes erase the foolishness of culture and stomp love into the world".
Luvit...along with the UTube of the Pipes. #1 Pup (Piper P.) is in NYC to see the Sox take on the Yankees 2nite but I'll be sure to play it for him upon his return.
I believe you've just proved 2 points:
1/ the Pipes are ubiquitous
2/ music is truly the Universal Language.
Maybe Pipe music might "sooth the savage beast"?
#220.127.116.11.1.2.1 Garry on 2013-06-01 16:02 (Reply)
--yes for sure, and they do so in the typical bass ackward Celtic way, they sooth the savage by savaging the sooth --to frighten villainry away from righteousness.
#18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 buddy larsen on 2013-06-03 13:29 (Reply)
I AGREE. Our "buddy" is the "ultimate" Maggie's Farmer.
aw, shucks, that ain't wit anyway --its Emmy Lou Harris and the bagpipes!
#126.96.36.199.1 buddy larsen on 2013-06-01 16:02 (Reply)
I believe Karen will "rest her case" (with no leading of the wit...ness).
wit1 /wɪt/ Show Spelled [wit] Show IPA
1. the keen perception and cleverly apt expression of those connections between ideas that awaken amusement and pleasure. Synonyms: drollery, facetiousness, waggishness, repartee.
2. speech or writing showing such perception and expression. Synonyms: banter, joking, witticism, quip, raillery, badinage, persiflage; bon mot.
3. a person having or noted for such perception and expression. Synonyms: wag, jester, epigrammatist, satirist.
4. understanding, intelligence, or sagacity; astuteness. Synonyms: wisdom, sense, mind.
5. Usually, wits.
a. powers of intelligent observation, keen perception, ingenious contrivance, or the like; mental acuity, composure, and resourcefulness: using one's wits to get ahead. Synonyms: cleverness, cunning, wisdom, insight, perspicacity, sacaciousness, acumen.
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#188.8.131.52.1.1 Garry on 2013-06-01 16:13 (Reply)
--they left out, ''can be easily faked by remembering old jokes'' --such as, a really oldie so old TC fils may've never heard it, and as a musician touristing NYC he ought to:
tourist to NYC cabbie: "Do you know how to get to Carnegie hall?"
Cabbie: "Practice, man, PRACTICE!"
#184.108.40.206.1.1.1 buddy larsen on 2013-06-01 16:22 (Reply)
Old jokes just new ears...
Reminds me of the one where a seafood aficionado arrives in a strange city and asks a cabbie "Where can I get scrod"?
#220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Garry on 2013-06-01 16:30 (Reply)
#22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.1 Garry on 2013-06-01 16:36 (Reply)
The punch line is: And the cabbie says...
"...but I've never heard it spoken in the past pluperfect before".
#188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.1.1 Garry on 2013-06-02 07:34 (Reply)
--LOL --and when he finally found the restaurant, the maitre'd asked "Do you have reservations?" --to which he replied "Yes, but I'm really hungry."
#220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.1.1.1 buddy larsen on 2013-06-03 13:02 (Reply)
He wasn't looking for a restaurant.
#22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Gar on 2013-06-03 18:03 (Reply)
Oh, ahA, i SEE --the cabbie was RIGHT, then!
#184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.1 buddy larsen on 2013-06-03 20:04 (Reply)
--oh, far from it --this is the yankee-est of Yankee blogs; i'm here doing deep oppo research on what we did wrong on that third day at Gettysburg
#22.214.171.124.2 buddy larsen on 2013-06-03 13:15 (Reply)
It is one thing to roll over for a political party, as many news organizations and reporters have done. It is altogether another form of surrender to be on one’s hands and knees and say, “Please, Sir. I want some more.”
What is the purpose for a govt. official to speak "off the record" (meaning they can't refer to any information given in any story - even obliquely) to the press?
This is the second time (in recent memory anyway) that this administration has done one of these "off the record" press briefings. So much for the most open administration in history (they actually accepted an award for openness - from somebody - in a ceremony where the press was not invited!).
I read that this time they were allowed to say Holder supports a free press only after the press that did attend demanded something they could quote.
Agreed. Just what was the information that was so secret it had to be presented to the press on deep background at this meeting with Don Holder? Sounds more like a strategy session to make sure the press is on the same page as the WH and is prepared to do the bidding of the Mighty Kenyan. Here is an example from the WaPo article, pure and total BS of course, of the sort of national security leak that the WH says it has to stop:
"At the same time, administration officials have defended the aggressive nature of the leak investigations, saying that in many of the cases the unauthorized disclosure of classified material has endangered national security. In one case, officials said, a 2009 Fox News report cited a U.S. intelligence conclusion that North Korea was likely to conduct additional nuclear tests. That report, broadcast just hours after a top-secret report was circulated inside the intelligence community, signaled that the CIA had 'sources inside' the North, officials said."
As if the NorKs aren't paranoid already... I'm sure they think they're being spied on just because it's Thursday and the rice is soggy. The quote from the WaPo is complete and utter BS. It doesn't pass the smell taste for one second. Besides, the press never had much trouble being on the receiving end of national defense leaks when the evil Bush was in the WH. I guess managing the news out of DC for the benefit DNC is a whole different thing...they take their responsibility for protecting their Country and their Party against the Republicans very seriously.
No Index funds, YES!
I;ve had most of my retirement in TIAA-CREF no-index funds. Their fees are really modest and the return has been wonderful over the long term and not devastating during the downturns.
Another alternative: one share of Berkshire Hathaway is the same as buying a mutual fund, managed by Buffett. Over the long term, fantastic; in downturns, better than the market.
I'm curious, just what did they interrogate the kindergartner about for 2 hours? Are these school officials slow or something? How long does it take to ask the kid, "Is this your cap gun?", "Did you bring it to school?", "Do you know that is against the rules?" ?
Were they trying to determine if he had co-conspirators? Perhaps they sensed a plot afoot and they'd have not truck with that?
Maybe we need to teach preschoolers to ask if they are under arrest and if not, to walk out of the interview.
Billy: "Am I under arrest? Because I don't see not cop?"
Principal: "No, you are not under arrest"
Billy: "Then I'm leaving this interview."
Principal: "Sit down, I didn't tell you you could leave. If you move again, there will be consequences."
Billy: "That sounds like a threat and I ain't seen on badge. This looks like I'm being held against my will and that's kidnapping"
Principal: "You do as you are told this is a school and you are a student"
Billy: "But I don't see any teaching going on. Instead, I'm being held under threat against my will and interrogated but nobody's called the cops" "That's unlawful imprisonment"
Re that 2 hours, maybe it took a while to get the school administration fully briefed.
--It's more difficult to get a stewardess job at Delta than to get into Harvard--
To be fair, a stewardess has real responsibilities and a job requirement to actually do something useful for others.
Glad to see U aren't using the PC term..."Flight Attendant". As you most certainly know there is only 1 gender for "Stewardess" but 2 for "Flight Attendant".
Bully Georgetown Alumni!!!
Meself been holdin' such sentiment many years.
Jolly good yall 1200+ signatories!!!
Georgetown is long overdue for an exorism.
It's very likely connected to the new Jesuit pope. Question yet to be resolved, is it in his support, or is it a strike against him?
Boo, meself ain't made that connection but let me know how it works out fer yall.
--meant to add up above, sorry to hear about your loss --ma and pa close together like that. Harsh time for sure.
What i was gettinbg at was no slam on the Roman Church --as they say, it is universal, and contains many streams of activity. Americans have to deal with Wounded Knee, Dixie has to deal with the KKK, Jews have to deal with the Rothschilds, and RCs have to deal with that Jesuit splinter movement trying to repeal the Reformation. From what i've seen so far, i think the new Pope is a real player --wouldn't be the first time someone rode into town with the gunsels and then locked 'em up in the hoosegow.
Hopeful Pope Francis reminds self of handlebar mustachioed cartoon character with double holstered sixguns hare triggered and huntin' rabbit and most often drawn, Yosemite Sam...God love him.
Regards the Ma and pa, accepted and thank yall, Buddy.
Folks passin' didn't come soon enough for their liken', though.
Both seperately pined to die.
Long life is overrated in many cases, methinks.
#10.1.1.1.1 Leag on 2013-06-04 12:35 (Reply)
Over-rating long life is probably a vestigial notion from our eons of an average span of half what it is today. Ma and Pa had a point.
#10.1.1.1.1.1 buddy larsen on 2013-06-04 14:09 (Reply)
"Killian said the presentation will also focus on Muslim culture and how, that although terrorist acts have been committed by some in the faith, they are no different from those in other religions."
Let's now compare and contrast. Christians killing their daughters who "disgrace" the family's honor? CHECK: no difference. Killing people who convert out of Christianity to another religion? CHECK: no difference. Christians killing their co-religionists who follow a slightly different strain of the faith? CHECK: no difference. Christian parents taking pride in their children who die while committing a suicide bombing that kills scores of innocent people, among them women and children? CHECK: no difference. Following the Christian sacred book that preaches not love of fellow man but hatred towards believers of other religions? CHECK: no difference.
See? We're all the same. Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Shintoist, Mormon, Protestant, Anglican, Jewish, Quaker, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, Baha'i, Muslim...not one iota of difference in the way we treat our fellow man. Kumbaya. [/snarc]
Wrong Zac. None of those examples cited in the so politically correct wikipedia were examples of "Christian terrorism". They all lack the most important feature and that is that the relegion calls for and even requires the offending act. While the Irish conflict is certainly sectarian the primary factor is political while the religion is secondary. What matters to the Irish catholics is that the protestants were/are of English descent. If all of the protestants in Ireland converted to catholicism the problem would not go away. The problem we face with Islam is it is a religion and it is a political party. And worse, it is a religion/political party that promotes hate and violence.
GoneWithTheWind: They all lack the most important feature and that is that the relegion calls for and even requires the offending act.
Ah, not True Christians™.
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