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Saturday, June 14. 2014
Only White Men Can Rape: Social Justice Warriors Lose Their Minds
About "jolie laide"
Mila Kunis on "We are pregnant"
I did not know that Deirdre McCloskey was a transgender
At Google, It Pays to Have Passed on College
Yale Student: ‘I Was Raped’
Is obesity a disability?
Norad Admits F-22 Fighter Jets Intercepted 4 Russian Bombers 50 Miles Off California Coast
VDH: Is Obama Still President? - His cadences soar on, through scandal after fiasco after disaster.
Obama's Children Crusade agitprop
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re: A Dog Ate 2 years of Lois Lerner’s Emails. Now What?
Gotta hand it to them. They are
protecting their own. And repubs will say, "We understand. It was an accident. Nothing to see here. We'll just move along."
Gov't is out of control and the mentally challenged GOP isn't doing jack to hold anyone to account. Infuriating and very frustrating.
One would think that those responsible for the 'computer crash' could be held responsible and prosecuted. Or why not find some of the bazillion felonies that we are all thought to commit everyday and prosecute them for those crimes?
This story and all the other articles in the links chronicling the left's assault on our freedom are very discouraging and disheartening. No one we elect is fighting back.
One wonders how the IRS would react if you said, "The computer crashed and erased all my tax records."?
Do you think they would just close the books on you and move on?
Or is it a case of laws being for the little people?
To me, it is just such a blatant lie to anyone who works in any business office whatsoever. Even regular, boring businesses that don't handle people's tax information do backups of all files. In fact, many set up DAILY backups of everyone's computers. What a joke to believe that a 'crash' could lose 'everything' from exactly 2 years of time. And just her files? Or everyone's emails from that time period? Someone please explain to me how such destructive 'crashing' can be so specific as to destroy only a certain time period of emails. What about all the people she wrote those emails to? Wouldn't they exist on someone else's computer and be stored somewhere else? That should not be impossible to find out, since they do have the players in this game and know who Lois Lerner had been contacting.
We ALL know it's a lie. That is the sad thing. The IRS can lie to us and then walk away from it all? Infuriating.
Re: Only white men can rape
It's been clear for some time that a lot of the social justice left is an anti-intellectual movement. Their whole ideology is based on nonsense. These people are proud of their idiocy. They are either willful purveyors of nonsense or have no ability or desire for critical thinking.
This is at the core of the current administration's policy on everything. It has gone from failure to disaster, to lie, to crimes - all supported by this sort of ideological nonsense. A reasonable theory I've heard is that he wants to be impeached because he thinks it will end in disaster for Republicans. Even with Obummer's depressed favorability, I'm not sure that's an incorrect assessment but that means that the anti-intellectual disease has taken root in the public (actually the first real evidence of that was Obummer's re-election).
I grieve for our children.
Glad to see the water issue getting attention. It is under the radar with all the other ugly stories these days. I is important because no matter how they couch the rule today, it will be eternally broadened until the Fed.gov has control of every raindrop.
To sooth the ruffled feathers, maybe a video of Dylan's "Hey Joe" is in order? Couldn't find it aside from Hendrix (who did it better) and Hendrix covers.
McCloskey was once a man and this invalidates her writing how?
Amusing if not amazing, the most technophilic administration can't do IT or heard of backup tapes.
The water article makes me ponder if this move to over regulate is a way to undermine faith in government by putting all in fear of arrest.
Unfortunately, no longer available due to copyright claim.
Quite right, it was All Along the Watchtower Hendrix introduced as by Bob Dylan. One of these days, the foggy holes in my memory of the 60s to about 1976 will clear.
50 miles is within the Air-Ground range of "fire and forget" Russian missiles so I would give that encounter to the Russians. 100 points.
Do you wish to play another game?
yes, and the "we would have squashed them like baby seals" is foolish as they'd have nuked the bases from which those fighters flew as well as the radar stations before ever getting within 50 miles off the coast...
Two U.S. Air Force F-22 jets were scrambled and intercepted the bombers over the Aleutians
and in wartime, they'd have been shot down over the Aleutians.
I guess it's an easy kneejerk reaction to blow the Russian bomber "incursion" into something important. But, even if General, axe to grind, McInerney says he doesn't recall such things happening in the past, they most certainly did. In fact, the U.S. did some very provacative things on a regular basis also. Things like flying a nuclear capable bomber deep into Russia under the tail of a commercial airliner just for laughs. The cold war was lots of fun and I'm sure the general misses those good times. But, those Russian bombers were almost certainly tagged as they were prepped for their symbolic mission. And it probably took weeks to get them airworthy. It's kinda like sending a couple of B-29's to the Russian coast. They were nuclear capable also. Once upon a time. I seriously wonder if the Russian planes all made it back to base?
I would like to play. I wonder how Putin would like it if we walked into Cuba and put an end to that obnoxious tyranny? I would time it to coincide with the next port visit of a Russian navy ship. Just to rub it in. Our failure to liberate Cuba is a black mark we should make every effort to scrub away. It's a cold war mission long overdue. Millions of Cubans live enslaved a few miles from Florida, how do we justify that?
Yes, it's our "Ukraine" what's few tanks, commandos and warships going to matter?
I certainly hope however that in the fifty odd years since then Castro didn't hid a few nukes somewhere on the island. There was a book, forget the title, author pointed out that shipping missiles to an island by freighter is stupid. By sub, don't even have to load them specially. They are already on-board.
The problem with "Short Victorious Wars" is that once the fun starts the playbook as well as the rulebook goes out the window.
We did provocative things on purpose - and so did the CCCP - because we had new radar and detection technology and we were constantly testing to see how our stuff and their stuff worked. We couldn't tell unless we went over the lines. Neither could they. It was a dangerous game, and the people playing it always knew that they could quite tell their superiors that it was all a big chess match. we knew, and the Russian scientists knew, that their leaders were especially likely to overreact. Which is why they always thought the US, from Nixon onward, was always on the verge of overreacting.
Anyone watch the NBC "The People vs O.J. Simpson: What the Jury Never Heard" this week? I promised myself that this was putting it to bed as far as I was concerned. I'd never watch, read or think about that travesty again.
And it bothered me as much as I thought it would. The lamebrained prosecutors (glad to hear neither ever tried a criminal case again after that), the additional damning evidence that was never introduced for zany reasons. The Kardashians (!? Where the hell did They come from?).
The worst part for me were those videos from the day of the verdict and the dancing, screaming and in your face (if a white face) celebrating black crowds. I experienced a permanent change in my attitude towards "Blacks" that day. Sadly. Not a total conversion to Gov. George Wallace, not even to Donald Sperling, but I no longer looked for reruns of The Cosby Show. No, that's weak, I mean that I began to pay attention to the words I heard from black politicians, black sports celebrities, even black co-workers. I realized that more and more I didn't like what I was hearing and it didn't have to have anything to do with the OJ case. In many ways, they were becoming a society apart, language and even body language. Today, to my horror that language and the rest hasn't lessened with new generations. But spread to all to many "white in name only" young Americans.
God help us.
"Homosexuality "is not a mental disorder and the American Psychological Association opposes all portrayals of lesbian, gay and bisexual people as mentally ill and in need of treatment due to their sexual orientation."
So, according to the APA, if he thinks he is a she that's perfectly normal. If Elizabeth Warren thinks she is Cherokee, you better believe she is. When I was an undergrad, the psych majors were famous for being the most screwed up mentally.
Re: I did not know that Deirdre McCloskey was a transgender
you mean a gelding.
McCloskey - it's odd that so few people don't know her story. I've known for several years, though I found out completely by accident after downloading and reading one of her papers (I'm a huge fan of her work).
I wanted to learn more after I'd read one of her papers for the first time and did some research on her background and was shocked. Not in a bad way, but it's an odd thing to find out about someone.
As I got older and worked with more and more gay people (not an odd thing in NYC), my views have changed and developed regarding their status in society. While many transgender people are without a doubt psychologically damaged, it's hard to not wonder how much of that damage is the result of being something you don't think you are or should be. McCloskey is one of the lucky few who passed through effectively and is a very productive and well-known member of her profession.
There aren't many more I can think of who have been high profile trans. The Wachowski brother. Wendy (Walter) Carlos (of Switched on Bach) is another. Renee Richards would be one of the last. I would imagine making that switch often carries too much baggage to allow someone to remain at the top of their game.
I should qualify this. What I mean by "odd" is that as high profile as she is, I'm always surprised when someone who knows her work doesn't know her whole story.
If they were as against cultural appropriation as they claim to be, they would oppose foreigners learning English and Americans learning other languages. Tell them that when you next meet one.
Lynn Stuart Parramore needs a good hard punch in the face. Upon closer inspection there are a lot of people mentioned in the articles that would benefit from a punch.
Celebrate Assholes Get a Punch in the Face Day. Early and often.
Mila Kunis: (WE are pregnant)
" We can’t have anything because we’ve got your little love goblin growing inside of us. All you did was roll over and fall asleep.”
I certainly hope her mentality changes when the little "goblin" appears.. otherwise Heaven help That child. Not surprised given the feminist's view of babies as "parasites".
(I might be a little hypersensitive, but never in any of my pregnancies refer to my resident in utero as monstrously as this, and I had some serious health problems due to my state of pregnancy.)
The significance of the Russian bombers is not that they flew within 50 miles of our coast but that they made the flight at all. It is Putin's way of rallying his people and an indication of his willingness and desire to restart the cold war. There was probably a brief period of time after the Russian system collapsed when we could have possibly done some things that would have prevented this new Russia rising. But I honestly doubt that our state department or our congress could have or would have known what to do to have any lasting positive effect. I do think that this neo-Russian government is more dangerous then the old USSR. The old Russian communist leaders never really thought they could win a nuclear exchange and were mostly playing a game. The neo-Russian government leaders may believe the same thing but lack the decades of experience to firm up those beliefs. My fear is that some event or some series of events could convince the Russian leaders that they could eliminate our defenses and do it while only absorbing acceptable nuclear retalliation. To keep it in perspective: The bombers were for show, if it ever happens that Russia decides to destroy us it will not begin with bombers. We do not have a deterrent for ICBM's except the assurance that we could absorb a first strike and still destroy the nation that attacked us. If that "deterrent" ever fails then I think Russia would be very tempted...