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Tuesday, September 9. 2014
Search continues for mountain lion after boy attacked in Cupertino
Unarmed parents = child neglect
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The Fallout of a Scotland “Yes”
Harry Reid Rewrites the First Amendment - When politicians seek to restrict speech, they are invariably trying to protect their own incumbency.
Food police update: School employee on snack rules: ‘You cannot buy a Tic Tac in a Nebraska school, I checked’:
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Chait says the Worst Governments in America Are Local Governments
VDH: Obama’s Untruth, Inc. - Let us count the ways: bald lies, lies of omission, mythography, amnesia, redaction . . .
President Sisi’s Gift to Palestinians
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"This is all extremely rare," Chief park ranger Matt Anderson told KTVU, "and we need to find out what provoked the animal to attack. There's nothing this family could have done differently. It's an isolated incident, definitely, in our park system."
I can save them a bit of time on the figuring out why a mountain lion attacked a child.
BECAUSE IT'S A WILD ANIMAL AND THAT IS WHAT IT DOES. If there is no wild game to hunt and easy prey walks by, VIOLA.
Toddler dinner. YOU Are in their habitat. And if there is no hunting allowed, the idea that humans are dangerous is not in the forefront of the survival instincts of a predator.
Those parents can now live with the guilt that they could have prevented this with a firearm. In my neck of the woods where everyone is armed (PA has a huge % of hunters including teenage girls/boys starting at age 12 and sometimes younger) wildlife is fearful of humans. In CA, not so much.
I'm guessing this is in a wildlife "preserve" or some crap? Have you ever visited so called state game lands or parks ? they never have any wildlife in them. THey are too busy raiding farmer's fields for crops, farmer's barns/pastures for easy pickings, garbage cans and smashed on the road. I have more wildlife in my backyard and I live in town.
Why do the kids of married parents do better? Bill's theory: Marriage per se has nothing to do with it. The kind of people who get married, have kids, and stay married are the kind of people who instinctively know how to raise kids and are driven to put the time into it. (Yeah, I know there are exceptions.)
I tend to agree. A greater percentage of those who marry and stay married are "normal" and conversely a greater percentage of those who choose to have children outside of marriage or who marry multiple times are not "normal". Not all certainly, and being divorced and/or remarried isn't an absolute indicator of being less then normal. I also suspect that people who do have social problems or mental health problems are less likely to put their children's interest first.
Re: Local governments the worst
I don't know the truth about Ferguson, MO. It might be a black city that is under the thumb of corrupt white leadership (though one wonders how that leadership gets elected). And although there is a little information surrounding Michael Brown's death - some of it very contradictory - I know for a fact that neither I nor the author know all the facts about that.
So I find it more than a little troubling that the author refers to the murder of Michael Brown. References to a "recent report by ArchCity Defenders, a Missouri legal-aid nonprofit" (those always seem to be in the vein of the Southern Poverty Law Center who stand against hate by hating and a "recent Center for American Progress report" don't help the author's credibility. Of course, citing Paul Krugman (who says that while Texas's economic success is real but Gov. Perry has it all wrong) as a source for anything, especially economics, is always a red flag.
Of course the fact that the article is found in New York Magazine makes it immediately suspect.
Having said that, the author makes some interesting and worthwhile points about insane licensing requirements and the general ignorance of voters about local politicians. I also found it interesting that he admits, "intra-Democratic politics is not optimized to root out most government failure".
Consider the source. Johnathan Chait is well known for I hate President George W. Bush. Chait is a tried and true Prog shill, so it is not difficult to dismiss what he writes.
I had never heard of Chait. My guess is that he would have choice words for someone who says he hates Obummer. From the link you gave, he seems like a genuine dirtbag type of journalist (he has a lot of company). I think his comments about licensing, etc. are just an intersection between the left and right (and it is curious to me that nobody has tapped into that.
While I have no doubt Chiat would prefer direct Washington control over everything, your local government (which is usually elected by very small turnouts) is the one more likely to kick down your door than say a Ed. Dept. SWAT team looking for student loan scofflaws.
Local governments can control where you live, how you live, even where you park your car, and can stay more in your face than No Such Agency ever did.
re Independent Scotland
The American Interest says:
"Make no mistake: the break-up of a 300 year old union that within living memory was the greatest power on earth will resonate. And at a time of crisis in the Middle East and Europe, where the UK remains a key U.S. ally, it’s going to make life even harder."
Why would that be the case?
From my point of view, the effect on world affairs, economically and politically, would be minimal.... unless they lease Scapa Flow to Russia or China.
Krugman: "I find it mind-boggling that Scotland would consider going down this path after all that has happened in the last few years. If Scottish voters really believe that it’s safe to become a country without a currency, they have been badly misled." Never was a man more in need of a good mind-boggling. Must be a good thing if Paullie "The Beard" Krugman is agin it.
Must be a good thing if Paullie "The Beard" Krugman is agin it.
From YouTube queries like paul krugman p3wned and paul krugman owned, it is not difficult to see how Herr Dr. Pomposity Personified, a.k.a Paul Krugman,does inadvertently lead many to that opinion.