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Monday, December 30. 2013
What is Mrs. BD reading? The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears
5 companies that might not survive 2014
50 ways that people are working around State obstacles and ‘leaving Leviathan.’ And 50 ways may soon become 50,000
Five Companies That May Not Survive Past 2014
Five Companies That May Not Survive Past 2014
The animals are also getting fat
Well, we are. I am beginning to feel sorry for David Brooks. Maybe he has Low T. I can no longer take him seriously.
Can you be too ethical? Corporate smoke-screens, some Catholic bioethics … such problematic displays of 'ethicity' can easily confuse the issue
Dems still the party of the multi-millionaires: Republicans Are Overwhelmed By A Sea of Democratic Cash
Prominent Law Professor Says We Should Throw Out the U.S. Constitution
1.3 Million Americans Lose Unemployment Benefits
Everybody knows people who are riding the gravy train until they can find something "worthy"
I blame global warming
America's market sector develops skills our education system leaves untapped
The Animals are Also Getting Fat
The Animals are Also Getting Fat
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"How political correctness took down Navy SEALs”
I believe that movie is called “Breaker Morant,” though the movie has more to it.
Blasts Palin for Displaying Christmas Tree on Christmas
Amusing the way haters always know God’s word better than those who actually follow it.
The author didn't elaborate on what he meant by, "Much the same could be said for some forms of Roman Catholic bioethics."
If you read the actual Catholic position on such things they make sense. All human life should be respected and not used for experimentation.
Re David Brooks: To his mind Americans are resisting
Obamacare because they are “steeped in the ethos of individual choice.”
Wake up and smell the tea, Davey boy.
Instapundit just posted a report that David Brooks was to teach humility at Yale.
Because if there is one thing Brooks and Yale know about it is how to be humble. No, really, just ask them.
50 Ways: Much like NASCAR teams treated rules--let's see how far we can bend them.
Palin: Always an opportunity for MSNBC to beclown themselves.
Saving Antarctic "scientists": My Schadenfreude is up to 11!
Brooks: His mind is a parlous thing.
Tommy "Chinese" Friedman: Oy. Vey. Doofus squared.
Data shows Warmenists are fools: Warmenists refuse to notice data and implications.
"1.3 Million Americans Lose Unemployment Benefits"
Lose? I think they mean unemployment benefits finally expire after already having been previously extended. UC was never intended to be a permanent entitlement - for good reason.
It's past time to go get a lower pay, lower prestige job if necessary, or move, or take on a long commute, or run the risk of becoming permanently unemployable. 2-3 year gap in a resume' is exceedingly unimpressive.
Did Brooks have an arranged marriage that explains why he doesn't understand individual choice? Was the Times his arranged mate?
Sipp's post about people looking clear through most of the living space on the first floor of his home is interesting. Though, I am not certain why it intrigues me. Sure, it looks like Sipp is poking a little bit of fun at those people, real or fabricated, who he feels do not approve of his exposed living style. I get that part. And I get the part that he is fine with people looking at his wife and daughter dancing in his living room. Well, to be honest, I almost get it. Near as I can tell, Sipp takes a certain pride in his home and what it contains. Big windows, Victorian style, porch with rocking chairs and so forth. And I think that is just swell, it's nice when people are happy about where they live. But here's the thing and maybe it's just me; but why does Sipp make such a display about it? Because now I wonder if he enjoys watching his neighbors just as much as he likes being watched? Does he get a thrill when his neighbor's dog craps on his front yard? Does he, his wife or daughter occasionally glide past those big windows in a loosely wrapped robe? I mean, how deep does this thing go? I can almost get my head around why some folks display hunting mementos on the walls of their house. I suppose they are proud of shooting those beasts. Maybe trophy heads are a badge of courage even. And I can certainly understand why Mr. Wilson wanted his flowers to be the prettiest in the neighborhood. It's OK to be proud of stuff and I find no harm in nurturing one's ego. But a true Yankee in Yankee land might consider giving it a rest. It's enough already. Plus, your ego might be getting too large if you feel the need to respond to imaginary people rendering imaginary critiques.
Back in the 60's when I was living in Europe I noticed that the Dutch would leave their curtains open all the time. You could walk by their houses in the evenings and see them eating dinner and could even see what they were having that night. It was a Dutch pride kind of thing I think. Proud of their home and how neat and clean everything was etc.
I note that Mr. and Mrs. Sippi have two (2) boys of the male persuasion and no girls. See: Unorganized Hancock. And yes, Mr. Sippi has quite an imagination, not to mention a way with words. (Good thing words can't get pregnant; he'd be in a heap o' trouble.)
The antarctic expedition has tripled its carbon footprint by having 2-3 ships come to their rescue. If they run out of food maybe they can eat crow.
About that poor misunderstood Christmas tree and it's garish, inappropriate and offensive display by good old Sarah Palin. Yes, it's a hoot when the silly kids over at MSNBC give lectures about topics they know little to nothing about. But it's an old hoot and pretty much worn out. It's worn out because that is all they ever do over at the MSNBC. On what I think may be a new slant for some, how about that good old Sarah Palin? I appreciate the fact that Sarah upsets the MSNBC crowd. That alone is a great public service. But, just because the loony leftists and the MSM promote Sarah as the national icon of conservatism doesn't make it so. Anyway, it shouldn't be so. Sarah is pretty and she can shoot pretty talking points on a very shallow level. But she doesn't have the in depth command of the issues you really need to be a leader. There, I said it. It's great that she is making tons of money in book and television deals and hopefully she can donate some of it to deserving candidates. What really troubles me most about our dearly beloved Sarah is her posing as something she clearly is not. And I'm talking about her wilderness skills. If you watched her old TV show where she went fishing and hunting and camping and if you are competent at some or all of those things yourself, you know what I'm talking about. Even with editing, it was obvious that she didn't know what she was doing. Sure, her husband Todd has all of those skills. But, I'm afraid Sarah is about as fake as it gets. So, my points are these. First, don't let the left anoint your leaders. Second, don't pick posers to lead you. Posers are always bad for business in the long run.
The MSNBC gang of idiots is also pointing their fingers at the black baby adopted by one of the Romneys.
I guess these guys from the Guardian don't read the competition. http://dailycaller.com/2013/12/13/aussie-ship-returns-home-after-3-weeks-stuck-in-antarctic-summer-ice/