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Saturday, March 15. 2014
Malaysian leader: plane's disappearance deliberate
Maybe they were smuggling Pangolins
'Shocking' scale of pangolin smuggling revealed
Stanford Traditional Marriage Event Deemed ‘Hate Speech,’ Denied Funding
Is it rude to say No?
America's 1,000 Richest Neighborhoods
The Death of Masculinity - Grumpy house cat 1, man 0
San Francisco's Growing Class Conflict
This is absurd
The Left's Orwellian View Of Freedom
Charen: Has America Lost Its Grit? A look at why some groups succeed while others fall by the wayside.
Breaking News: Obama: ‘My jeans fit very well’
Not quiet on the Northern Front - Israel adjusts to a more threatening Syrian border
Via Sultan: RED PRIVILEGE:
Thoughts On A Sunday
After rather schizoid March weather left ice and snow here and there, we had a nice sunny day Saturday, giving us an opportunity to scrape off the remaining snow and ice from The Manse's driveway. I had to make...
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It is right and proper that our wisest leaders and most noble institutions enforce our community’s morality to prevent the indecent and depraved from continuing to support that oppressive and damaging institution known as “traditional” marriage.”
Decades ago was the time to have prevented this sweeping moral change, this great awakening to new values. Get used to the new world order.
"Is it rude to say No? " No.
Not saying 'no' when you mean 'no' is dishonest. Like all the "we'll get back to you" responses to job applications which mean "no" but it's become customary to use that phrase instead and everyone knows it.
And no, pangolin smuggling would have had the aircraft disappear on the way TO China. After all, the demand for the critters is in China so smuggling them out of China is counterproductive for the economically savvy smugger :)
"Cyber-terrorism will become commonplace. Privacy and confidentiality of any and all personal will become a thing of the past. Online ‘diseases’ — mental, physical, social, addictions (psycho-cyber drugs) — will affect families and communities and spread willy-nilly across borders."
hmm, they said that 10 years ago about how things were back then...
"internet addiction is the problem of our times".
People long back to "simpler days", meaning "the good old times before all that newfangled modern technology".
Think 1950s, but seen through rose coloured glasses.
And control freaks jump in on that by "proposing" the government take over and control everything (of course positioning themselves as the first head of the new agency to be set up to handle it all).
In the 1970s it was television that was the great evil that would destroy civilisation. 1990s it was computer games.
Now it's "the internet".
1950s no doubt it was radio.
In the '50s it was the Soviet Union. Prior to that the Axis powers. We used to sweat the big stuff. I'm old enough to remember.
yes, was still the USSR in Europe in the 1970s.
But they're not the latest and most "evil" technology that's going to subvert the younger generations and turn them into mindless morons.
Heck, my mother was convinced that watching television would literally change the shape of your eyes into cubes because of the square screen. And that was the 1980s...
A funny read. DNR is Michigan's Department of Natural Resources. http://forums.plentyoffish.com/datingPosts9893952.aspx
In my first job, I was told my effectiveness would be determined by how well I was able to say "no."
Sales will offer the world, then show up to make their outlandish promises a reality. It was my job to tell them "no."
I do say it - I don't mince words. A salesperson will take whatever leeway you offer and turn it into first a narrow entrance, and then a wide hallway to their desires.
Over the years, I've learned my original boss was incorrect, and while the process was a great learning experience for me, there are better approaches to getting the job done. It doesn't help to be sand in the gears just for the sake of being sand in the gears, as he seemed to think. Getting business done is more important than imposing power just because you have it to wield.
Now I find ways to say "yes," but when the time comes to say "no," I'm still very clear. It must be no.
Instead of saying no, make a counter offer with net benefits to you, your family, company or whatever you value. If the other side takes it fine. If they don't, you've effectively said no.
Doesn't always work that way with sales. Open a window, they bring in a wrecking ball.
I find all the Tactical Tommys coming out with their opinions on the ill-tempered cat amusing. Really, what would you have "the man" do? Whack the cat with a bat, stuff it in a hat, sit it down and have a chat?
One presumes they were not advocating viciously killing the cat simply for being grumpy? Or would they also smacking around a woman if she gets ill-tempered and assaultive. Or perhaps you bring in the right tools and help to settle the matter with the least injury?
Perhaps he didn't have ideas of what to do. The cat was likely to finally settle down. But the police were able to bring the right tools to contain the cat.
But by all means to be a man, be stupid and go straight to brute force.
Having had 2 cats of my own growing up, and taking care of countless others over the years, I found the story amusing. It's not hard to shift a cat's attention, even a fat one like the one in question.
Move quickly, open a can of food, and bingo, the thing will stop caring about you and eat.
Brute force is always an option, but as my son learned one day when he was caring for the neighbor's very touchy animal, any force will piss some cats off and they will hold a grudge. He was scared to death of that cat after accidentally hitting it with a door as he entered. The hungry cat went berserk. I had to come over and open a can of food to distract it and get my son out.
Cats are not that bright, in my opinion. Were it not the neighbor's cat, I might have been a bit more aggressive with it.
In regards to the Left's "view" of freedom.
A couple days ago, Tyler Cowen posted a small comment on Daniel Hannan's book 'How the English-speaking Peoples Mad the Modern World'
The commenters went a bit over the edge. England, liberty, but Empire. And the terrible, in the beginning it as "Englishmen's rights". Yeah, but like all good innovations, they keep becoming available to more and more people, even as the Brits shrug them off.
One of the later commenters, Jermaine, had this terrible comparison:
"While Britain was enjoying all that liberty in the 19th century, the Germans already had a welfare state and a much higher literacy rate."
That worked out well for them didn't it? 2 lost wars they started, and nazis. Sure. Sign me up for their vision....
Just say "NO."
Oh, how I wish more voters had said that to Obama.
Traditional marriage is now an alternative life style! It is NOT allowed to diss an alternative life style.
Dystopias are easier to sell.
Frisco gummint wants to price anybody new out of its market--crony capitalism and gummint unions protecting themselves.
Marxist profs do what they want, and throwing their own words at them is just NOT acceptable!
You can pay $50,000 a year to have your child attend this Junior University.
re EPA Wants to Slap $75K a Day Fine on Landowner Who Built Stock Pond on Own Property
Obviously the EPA bullying an intimidation tactics are outrageous and way over the top.
However, if he diverted creek water to form a stock pond, well, that has been a no-no for some time. As I understand it, you can't even alter a dry creek bed without government (Corps of Engineers(?)) permission.
The EPA and the Army COE have been having a turf war over who controls the creeks that amount to little more than drainage ditches.
I wonder if the EPA even has legal jurisdiction in this instance? OTOH, if they say they can regulate this they probably can. After all, who is going to stop them?
Re needing loose-fitting Mom jeans: It's only his nose that has been growing, not other parts of his body, if you know what I mean.
I am not sure the EPA has jurisdiction. I would think that they have jurisdiction on all federal property or state and local property where the federal government rents or has control of it. But it would seem to me that all state property and private property is not controlled by the EPA. What has happened is the EPA just kind of took the power to do this without any legislation that authorized it. I think this may well be unconstitutional.
why, oh why? Why can't we make our government understand that "THE PUBLIC" has distinct transportation service categories. We have what most public transportation offers today. Take for example San Francisco's city buses: they used to be clean and people were polite. Now they are filthy with vomit, and urine and rude immigrants whom I have seen jump over a seat in order to steal the newly vacated seat that an old white lady was trying to sit down in--nobody helped her.
We need a public transportation system that acknowledges our need are different. Some of us don't want to sit next to some stoner, or watch some guy piss in the stairwell. Some of us would like to have a clean safe car to ride in on the trains. Why can't we have several classes of service and tickets? Why must we all try so hard to be like Russia?