We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Wednesday, July 17. 2013
Today's image stolen from Am. Digest
Altho I am a Dunkin' guy, I do like the Starbucks House Blend.
The problem's not fatherhood, it's manhood
The man with no memory: Navy vet wakes up, speaks only Swedish
Feds admit improper scrutiny of candidate, donor tax records - Justice has declined to prosecute any of the cases
Mort Zuckerman: A Jobless Recovery Is a Phony Recovery - More people have left the workforce than got a new job during the recovery—by a factor of nearly three.
There are now 175,000 pages' worth of federal laws. Local governments add more.
We are all felons
The Election of a Black President Has Meant Nothing
Sultan: Looking for racism in America
IGNORED BY LIB MEDIA: Zimmerman Was a Democrat, Voted For Obama, Tutored Black Kids
Althouse on Why Are Black Boys Expendable?
A George Zimmerman Tip Line Goes Horribly Wrong
I once saw George go to a white barbershop instead of a black barbershop
the postmodern, antifoundationalist world of the New Left, justice is
perverted into mob rule - See more at:
the postmodern, antifoundationalist world of the New Left, justice is
perverted into mob rule - See more at:
Display comments as (Linear | Threaded)
Are you still an Obama Democrat, George?
Other then Alan Dershowitz, they were all ready to lynch you.
RE space mining:
The cost of launching to Low Earth Orbit is about $10,000 to $15,000 $/kg, depending on the launcher. Current satellite lauches cost about $50M to $500M depending on the size of the satellite. These costs are low-balls because the national governments that own the launch facilities eat the infrastructure construction and O&M costs.
These costs are not going to come down because they are a result of basic chemistry, orbital energy differences and infrastructure requirements. Clark's space elevator would be even more expensive. By the way the transfer time from the earth's surface to the GSO would be on the order of months.
Once in orbit, the mining equipment would have to be transferred to the asteroid belt, with additional substantial costs. Then the equipment would have to explore for an asteroid with sufficient material to mine. Finally, the material would have to be transferred back to Earth, which means its orbital enerygy has to be dissapated.
So the overalll cost are prohibitive, and space mining will not happen.
One is reminded of the old 1950s claim that nuclear power would be so cheap we wouldn't have to meter it. Of course that was the cost of the fuel, the cost of the reactor being ignored. Or that the oceans hows uncounted tons of gold. Except that the cost of concentrating it from seawater is much higher than the value of the gold. The same is true for deuterium and tritium, which is another blow against ITER.
Dang, if it weren't for those pesky costs, we could be living in utopia right now.
We are not all felons. We are simply potential felons. Individuals who toil under the constant fear of the force and violence of government. Force meted out at the whim of politician or bureaucrat. Violence directed at those disfavored by government. We are not all felons, we are the sad remnants of a once free people who enjoy not the rule of law but suffer under the rule of petty tyrants.
It is a battle. The Woodstockers grew up, no that's not right, gained political influence and made everything they did illegal for their kids. This create the kid, characterized by Alex P. Keaton.
Now, the new Prog parents are busy terrorizing their children and inflicting their fears upon the community. I have hope that an even greater libertarian child will arise from the burning Puritan ashes of the Puritan parent
Don't be to hard on the DOJ. They've got a lot on their plate. What, with running guns to Mexico to kill Mexican police chiefs, chasing down individuals who leak government information embarrassing to the administration and now Holder's new Pro-Bullying campaign. The latter a new initiative to take back the streets for those who would threaten the unlawful force in an effort to force others to retreat lest they be charged or sued for defending themselves from unlawful force.
George Zimmerman ran a campaign advocating for the only the use of white pepper in béchamel!
I enjoyed the article by the Sultan. However, I would love to know what he was referring to when he said Seattle has cleaned up in the last 30 years. The white liberals reached "a deal" with the black community about 35 years ago. The black community would stay in a certain geographic location and the whites would defend them, feed them, and pour large amounts of money into educating them. They were supported by the white unions who built special hiring systems that allowed so many poorly educated blacks into middle range jobs. The Sultan does not address the issue that the election process in Seattle has been rigged for at least 40 years and probably longer. The white community has voted on numerous occasions to build a rapid transit system. They never got it--what they got were buses and wider freeways, both of which still control the flow of blacks into the higher end white communities, which a high speed system could not do because of the geographic lay out of the communities. However, there is a very strong and very wealthy and very powerful Jewish community in Seattle and the Sultan needs to take a look at their participation in this scheme.
I enjoyed the article by the Sultan. However, I would love to know what he was referring to when he said Seattle has cleaned up in the last 30 years.
The Sultan wasn't the one who discussed Seattle. It was a commenter, roger in florida.
Ohh. Is that why Boeing built a big plant in So. Carolina and is gradually phasing out manufacturing in Seattle? Can anyone tell me now why Boeing headquarters moved to Chicago?
Me thinks yall are felons.
Convicted or not the deeds tell the tale.
But yall are still free people who choose to whipped.
Sadomasochists who enjoy crying about the bed yall made, as Mom enjoyed reminding her whiny kids.
Keep lots of tissues handy, yankers.
Starbucks ought learn how to roast a bean not burn it.
Me thinks it is satisfactory for gullible schmucks 'cause they like burnt beans.
Dangerous, interchangeable, and expendable black kids provide dangererous hispanic killers sport and Florida ought prep for greater hispanic migration.
All this time i'd thought Jimmy Carter liked black kids but apparently, he likes hispanic killers more.
One of the interesting things to do in the library is find their collections of state laws and see a single one inch thick book from terriorital days has grown into a multivolume shelf spanning series.
Then there's local ordinances which in many towns no body seems to have a complete copy .
The writer of this article has for several years been occupied with a work which involved carful study and comparison of all the statute books of the United States. And the statutes, however contemptuously the court of law regard them, are after all on the utterance of the people's will. They are the direct speech of the "One who has authority."
That quote comes from an article published in 1887. Who, today, could even say that they had accomplished careful study and comparison of all the statutes enacted in the United States in a single year? Single climatological season? Or as we see with the Obamacare law a single statute enacted for a single purpose even years later?
If the statutes are the utterance of the people's will, then the people need a good punch in the mouth. Which, by the way, is a felony or misdemeanor, depending on the prosecutorial bureaucrat's mood.
That would take an act of courage to turn on yall's master.
Acts of courage can rarely be found in a land of over educated overpaid masochistic whinees.
I...willl...type...R...E...A..l...(what's the use...)
I cant..SHITE ...THAT that SLOW...
Try the law library.
Yall have to empty yall's pockets and go thru a wanding or crotch grope from hard on duty.
I am proud to declare publicly that I am a Starbucks Denier. I have never purchased anything from Starbucks, not ever, not once. When coffee is more expensive than gas for my car, I demur. I forego Starbucks so I can vacation and dive in Fiji and French Polynesia. It's all about getting one's priorities straight.
And I stopped buying their coffee or other products when I learned that much of their charitable giving goes straight in Planned Parenthood's coffers. Nope. All done.
Re: Zimmerman was a Democrat, voted for Obama, and tutored black kids
...And was the likely descendant of a black slave, which is something even President Oreo can't boast about. In a column he wrote a year ago, Michael Barone claimed that Zimmerman had a black grandmother, which would have made Zimmerman 1/4 black. I repeated that claim here on MF, but I now think Barone was mistaken. Some old Zimmerman family pictures have since been released, which suggest that Geo Zimmerman's great-great-grandfather was Afro-Peruvian. Blacks were long ago brought to Peru, either directly from Africa or via Cuba, Panama, or Colombia, to work as slaves in construction, gold mining, or farming on sugar plantations or rice farms. Many of them became skilled and highly respected craftsmen. Peru outlawed slavery in 1856. It seems possible or even likely, then, that one of Geo Zimmerman's great-great-great-grandparents was once a slave. Props for George, the "white" Hispanic who's the descendant of an African slave.
Right on, the murderer was justified in murdering his own kind.
Black on black murder is some kind of tribal right.
But this ain't Africa, yankee.
Suppose if OJ'd murdered a black wife, yall'd be down wid dat.
Don't waste Ur time...even "Z" is more...well...u know...!
What are you saying AC, you don't think GZ cuts it as a stand in for white guilt on behalf of the hustlers looking for a payday or the panderers looking for their 15 minutes? The coverage has become a parody of itself.
I take it Mort Zuckerman is not a fan of Congressman Paul Ryan, who is pushing for amnesty as part of immigration "reform" because he thinks America is running out of workers and needs to import more immigrants to get the economy growing again.
Not on topic for this morning links but I wanted to comment on this for Zachy's edification:
"The Scientific Peer Review Process and its Limitations"
via Newmark's Door.
Agent Cooper: Have you ever been diving in Tonga? If so, what did you think? What part of French Poly have you visited? How was Fiji? Have you recently been diving in New Cal?
(1) Tonga is on the bucket list but only after Palau and Palawan. TBD. Some of these places are darn hard to get to. (2) FP: Tahiti, Moorea, Tahaa (our favorite), Tuamotus, Marquesas. Huahine is on our travel schedule for either 2014 or 2015. (3) Fiji: spectacular (!!!!) reefs, esp. in Somosomo Straits between Vanua Levu and Taveuni Island. Fijians, former cannibals (as late as the 1860s), are extremely friendly, warm people...and damned good looking too. (4) Passed through New Cal last year, but did not dive there. As many Aussies know, Noumea is perhaps the most beautiful town in all the South Pacific. I'd move there in a flash if I could afford it; the cost of living is superexpensive.