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Friday, March 21. 2014
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A City of Villages - Vibrant ethnic neighborhoods, not tall buildings, define the real Los Angeles.
Seized property sits vacant nine years after landmark Kelo eminent domain case
Measles outbreak! Vaccine trutherism now officially a public health crisis
Not a crisis, but a problem. Young doctors have never seen measles or mumps.
A book by Deirdre McCloskey: Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can't Explain the Modern World
Jeff Bezos, The Washington Post, and his plan to take over the media world
Is Bruce Rauner Scott Walker 2.0 For Illinois Unions?
And yet she's a brave feminist heroine
Democratic Attorney General: Corruption Investigation Racist Because Only Black Democrats Accepted Bribes
How can that be legal?
Putin’s Crimean History Lesson
Ukraine Upheaval Highlights E.U.’s Past Miscalculations and Future Dangers
A MARINE SPEAKS FRANKLY - SHE SURE DOES
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Has NASA Nothing Better To Do Than Pit Poor Vs. Rich?
No. We can't even put a person in orbit anymore. Maybe it's about time to scrap NASA altogether.
Would you want to get into a rocket built and be shot into space by "scientists" and engineers who would produce such a fanciful report. Whose very printed words reveal they do not comprehend how the world works?
Rowe: There is an army of angry acronyms out there, and they each have a very specific agenda. And this is not a judgment call on OSHA or the EPA, or the SPCA or PEtA, but they all have their letters and they all have their marching orders and none of them are there to make your life easier. They're there to make you more compliant.
Now, on the whole these government drones that zoom down on a business aren't malevolent. But, they are, each government worker stopping by, looking only at their selfish concerns. Namely, finding violations, assessing fines, getting the bonus. Funny how the businessman is denigrated for seeking to produce something of value to offer in voluntary exchange as being selfish, but, the government worker isn't for seeking to maximize fines and violations to achieve promotion and advancement.
Every day, DOJ, EPA et al look more and more like outright extortionists; think Jesse Jackson. RICO might apply.
"A NASA-funded report says our civilization will collapse unless it deals with its inequality and natural resource exploitation."
A big thank you to the neo-Marxist at NASA. This tells it like it is. The whole purpose of the AGW scare and carbon scare is to get higher taxes and more power for the elites who run governments. What would have been a suprise is if the report did not insist that the solution was more taxes and bigger government. This is a scam and like all other scams it's success depends on a lie and hiding the lie. Thank you NASA for showing the lie to us. Now it is up to us, the voting citizens, to recognize this for what it is and vote accordingly. Perhaps it is indeed time to defund NASA and for that matter defund the EPA. These organizations have been taken over by crazy America hating left wing nuts. End it, don't mend it.
Hot woman at Fitness: Should be appreciated as a goal to be attained by others. Idjits as members, and employees.
L.A.: Doesn't look the same as back east, so it must be less that they think it could/should be, Oh, how I despise diversity-haters!
Rowe: Pushing college and degrees for everyone is not optimum. Are teachers getting finders fees for pushing kids into colleges and college-loan debt?
Bribes: Dems protecting their own.
1st Amendment: Yup, lefties don't like free speech, when others have it and talk back to them.
I doubt the teachers get finder's fees. It's mostly because they don't know anything else. Those running the education cartel and pushing its agenda are themselves creatures of the system.
Unless they studied the problem solving hard sciences, they were not exposed to open-minded, different perspective thinking, at least in the last 40 years, which covers most alive today. The over 60s now lamenting the collapse of the academy are just the people who collapsed the academy by abandoning the lessons they were taught.
The thing to keep in mind, the entire educational system from secondary to graduate school is designed to create college professors. Those of us who do not achieve that credential are just along for the ride and hope to do something economically useful when we step off the hamster wheel.
Now, having some individuals devoted to open-minded investigation and trained to embrace the unknown is a good thing. The problem is, such individuals are not routinely produced by the education hamster wheel anymore. In the hard sciences, yes, but most of the rest are just over-credentialed technicians. In the humanities, there are few true investigators into human history but rather impressive-sounding credential promoters of undergraduate simplifications.
You forget the other main purpose of universities, production of the mandarin class.
Instapundit had a post about a Lefty talk radio network in trouble with maybe 700 listeners in any one 15 min period. So, I think we can assume Lefties don't like free speech even when it is what they like.
Not really a shock, when you've been taught what to think and not to deviate from the conformity, what is their to talk about? Assuming the talk is outside the higher indoctrination centers and not by approved, credentialed "experts."
Will be amusing to see if the deep blue silicon valley reacts to the Jessie Jackson experience other than a shower of "go away" money.
The crisis with vaccination trutherism will be when young docs start looking for zebras, over treat and everybody's obamacare premiums rise.
Does NASA have nothing better to do or is it an attempt to make sure they get a bigger budget slice?
Re: Porn teen
I believe her fem/nazi upbringing in WA state is just one more example of the terrible thing that has been done to the daughters of that state during the last 25 years. Here is another example:
Why does it seem that it was deemed to be "not possible" to train our daughters to be independent and also at the same time adhere to an agreed upon ethic and moral code? Which wife of which oligarch in WA state decided that our children should be taught that women are free to do anything they want? No moral parameters should limit her. Seems they women in charge got two ideas (independence and breaking barriers) confused.
"A MARINE SPEAKS FRANKLY - SHE SURE DOES"
Yep, that's what I said.
A Marine speaks Frankly:
Not mentioned, is the specter of rape, sodomy and the whole scenario of one of your troopmembers being paraded naked in the street while under enemy control.
(quite possibly the article did state that and I just missed it because my blood pressure spiked while reading it)