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Wednesday, August 6. 2014
I'm sorry but I forget where I found that new
How To Play The Bass. Lesson One: Don't Play The Bass, You Idiot, Play Something Else
Her Throne Defunct, a Princess Fights Eviction From Her Manhattan Walk-Up
This food blog is amusing: Culinary Bro-down
Patricia Krenwinkel talks feelingly about how she threw her life away for Charles Manson, 45 years ago.
I don't think she is dangerous anymore
Scrabblers rejoice: 5,000 new words are on the way
Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland Commission episode may prove worse than Chris Christie’s
Not your grandfather's Scots
Sunday’s Gaza UNRWA School Bombing Was COMPLETELY STAGED
Pallywood is effective
The Malaysian Air Shoot Down Changes Nothing: America Cannot Save Ukraine
Save it from what? It's not our issue.
US is racist for not paying for every Child in the World
“Americans Got $2 Trillion in Benefits from Federal Government in 2013″
I did not see a penny of it
Steve King to Illegal Immigrant Protester: 'I'm Really Sorry That You Come from a Lawless Country'
Haha. Don't mess with NYC's Diamond District
Maliki finally aids Kurds; will Obama?
Egypt starts digging new section of Suez Canal
ISIS slaughtering Shiites
Got $2 Trillion in Benefits from Federal Government in 2013″ - See more
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"Not your grandfather's Scots"
Yeah, they are. Outside of a brief shining moment at the dawn of the Industrial Age, the average Scot is content to do the least possible with the least possible.
Same thing in WV...
Today that is known as being environmentally conscious.
However, this new "plan" is more in the flavor of Droit du seigneur, than following the hippie lifestyle.
Well, the "caucasians" were the winners in the great struggle that brought humans time and money to waste on non-productive games for entertainment.
Americans may be tired of the burdens we've carried, and wary of the ineffectual or weak performance of the Obama "soft in the head power" administration, and alarmed by some of the war of words by the liberal media against firm policies, but that does not mean that Americans have given up on our responsibilities in the world or are not alarmed by the results of being withdrawn. See: http://hotair.com/archives/2014/08/06/do-americans-really-want-to-disengage-from-the-world/
If we replace the Obama administration with a knowledgeable and firmer intgernationalist one, and that is an if, we may be able to staunch some of the damages done but that will still leave hundreds of thousands dead and millions with their lives destroyed by the Obama administration's fecklessness and leanings toward those not our or civilization's friends, and that magnitude of damages to come due to our denuded military and the burrowing of Obamaites (read 1960's and 1970's anti-Americans come into power and sinecures).
I do think the US is tired of carrying the burdens of Europe, Israel, Africa, the Middle East, Central America, Europe, etc. All of these places have the resources (have them, or potentially have them) to handle things themselves.
The Stockman piece yesterday is good on that topic. There is no reason for NATO. The UN is a punchline.
The US has zero national interest in the Ukraine. The Middle East and the Moslem world will always be an insane, violent place. Obviously. Nothing can be done about that.
JMO, of course.
In any case, the US needs to stop being a "helicopter" super power. Countries like children only learn from making mistakes and experience.
They played 'Hondo' over the weekend. The boy kept wanting to pet Dog. Hondo told him twice that Dog doesn't take to pettin', but the boy persisted. After he was nearly bit, the mom blamed Hondo who told her that kids learn by getting bit. Now the kid had learned.
Now the thing is, the reason, European intellectuals and wanna-be European intellectuals in the US, don't learn is that they just egg others into petting the dog instead of doing anything themselves.
So if the war comes, we may have to shoot our own intellectuals. Just for proportionality and to fight inequality, you see.
Head in sand is not the cure for other nations or minorities in need. When we abandon or ignore those who are attacked by our enemies, we strengthen our enemies and weaken our friends, or cause potential friends to desert. That doesn't mean our tropps need be on the ground. There are many steps that a leader with sense and gumption can take, and that are effective. Others may have the potential to act more independently but still need our help. Israel is actually a perfect example, advanced technologically and relatively prosperous but still needs our aid and support. Others are far less capable of their own support and many are deserving of it, or even if less deserving are needed by us for geopolitical interests. Sure we're tired of some bad choices or bad leaders but that doesn't mean we give up and create a worse mess. Being physically or morally isolationist is untenable.
I guess it depends on your point of view. It can also be the case where our intervention makes things worse, either due to incompetence and/or the law of unintended consequences.
From the article titled The White Messiah Complex:
Well-intentioned but ignorant Westerners weren’t able to anticipate the way their influence would interact with Chinese culture. The missionaries found, for example, that some of their converts were motivated by personal gain—deeply impoverished “rice Christians” wanted food; others attempted to use their status as Christians to play local and Western powers off one another to their own advantage. The most disastrous unintended consequence was the Taiping Rebellion—one of the deadliest wars in human history—in which a Christian-influenced messianic cult took up arms against the Qing dynasty in a bid to establish a utopian “Heavenly Kingdom.” As would be the case with the Boxers, the West had to intervene to clean up the mess that its initial involvement helped provoke.
Now as then, our high-minded efforts can provoke local resentment. Rival interests—from Russia to Islamic extremists—have worked to stoke such sentiments to their own benefit. And our new evangelists seem as oblivious to unintended consequences as they are certain of their own righteousness. The advance of NATO? Unrelated to Russian anxieties. Attempts to promote democracy? They won’t harm diplomatic relations with autocracies or create instability. Humanitarian wars? They won’t erode national sovereignty. And of course, local actors would never mouth liberal shibboleths to get us to support their parochial interests—never mind Ahmed Chalabi in Iraq; the Mojahedin-e-Khalq and the old royal family in Iran; or Alexei Navalny, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and even Boris Yeltsin in Russia. The old missionary impulse, the spirit of voluntourism, the desire to build a White Savior Industrial Complex with embassies and cruise missiles—these are all alive and well in certain circles of America’s foreign-policy elite. Is this good for America or for the world? Alas, that might not be the point.
I'm really saddened by the extewnt of existential defeatism I';ve seen here today, cherry picking the negatives while ignoring the big picture that for several generations we lived in relative peace and security whereas now we live in perpetual war with crazies who we've allowed to reach dangerous proportions and access to weapons of mass destruction on top of brutal enslavement and murderous policies toward those who fall under their sway. One can say that big picture was there before BUT it was restricted away from our shores and we were not directly endangered. Retreat only allows it to grow and emboldens it. Sticking a head in the sand is not a cure, anymore than becoming negative and defeatist is the path to survival.
"I did not see a penny of it ". Unfortunately, you did. It had a brief visit in your wallet before being confiscated and redistributed by the government.
Yep - My pay stub has little to do with the actual deposit. A third of my pay goes to the waste machine called government.
I don't care if Patricia Krenwinkel isn't dangerous anymore. She violently killed at least 2 people and conspired and abetted with the rest. She should stay in prison for the rest of her life. She should have received the death penalty, as should the others.
The SS system should be taken outof the budget and out from under the thumb of congress. It should be "fixed" by requiring it to pay out consistent with standard accounting practices and not political practices. AND the federal government should pay back the roughly $4 trillion it owes to SS. The reason it was brought into the budget some years back was to make it easier forcongress to loot the fund in the years when it was taking in more then it was paying out. Now it appears to me that the government would like to change the rules making it another means tested (welfare) system that can be used to dole out political favors.
The article grossly understated the amount the federal government spends on welfare programs. That is easy to understand since there are actually about 2400 different programs spreadout over 5 cabinet level departments. The real cost of welfare to the federal tax payers is about $1.2 trillion. A similar amount of welfare funding is provided by the 50 states.
Don't play the bass? How wrong could one man be?
Depending on your tackle, you have to play the bass very carefully, or you will never land it, it could snap your line. They are real fighters, especially smallmouths.
Sheesh, I wouldn't even read that article, bird dog better be careful about the quality of the links he posts
I think the fine print on the new T is,
I went to that site, it exists and specializes in custom stuff, but I didn't see the T there.
Off topic. I liked this video: A Hypnotic Time-Lapse of New Zealand's Beautiful Coast. Makes you want to get to Kiwiland ASAP.
My breakdown of 2 Trillion Dollars
Where in I take out money I think should not be counted, then figure out how big a check I should have gotten - The one I got was for $0.00 Oh wait - I didn't even get that one.