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Thursday, October 9. 2014
A sad, slow death of General Theological Seminary
Beautiful garden campus in NYC
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Guide for the Perplexed, 2014
There's this via Drudge: The vaginal orgasm doesn't exist - it's the clitoris that holds the key to female pleasure
"The other night shows included a tedious-looking ensemble that played covers of Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Who, ELO, Fleetwood Mac, and several other bands I'd try to hurt if I ever encountered them."
In Defense of Male Aggression: What Liberals Get Wrong About Football
Menu for Obamas: No Butter!
Study Shows Legalizing Pot in Colo. Was ‘Reckless’
Wrong. People who want it buy it taxed or untaxed
How and Why American Universities Hate America
Nebraska School Tells Teachers To Avoid ‘Gendered Expressions’
Too many Asians: Making Merit Subjective - The de Blasio administration floats a proposal to water down the admissions test to the city’s specialized high schools.
Pantywaist panic in men, says Insty
Fearfulness is not becoming in men
Internet Trolls Really Are Psychos
Where Have All the Good Men Gone?: Gender Differences in Marriageability
Why legal polygamy is inevitable
Why is it illegal?
Dear CDC: You had just one job
Obama never made management a high priority — and it shows.
Iranian Woman Faces Death on Wednesday for Killing Alleged Rapist
Stalking Victim Begged Cops For Help 120 Times Before Being Stabbed 8 Times
Needed a firearm
Life in America: Gypsy Retail in the Texas Autumn
China currency push takes aim at dollar
"Evil will always triumph, because good is dumb."
America In Crisis and POTUS Won’t Lead: Former Officials Seem “Scared,” Worried,” “Alarmed”
October 2014 Out of Control? Consider October 1944
E.U. Austerity, You Must Be Kidding
More on the phony “end of liberal Zionism” narrative
A range of perspectives, but all anti-Israel UCLA center uses federal funds to promote pro-Palestinian views
If Islam is a religion of peace, what sort of peace does it bring?
Misrepresenting Atrocities: "Kill Anything that Moves" and the Continuing Distortions of the War in Vietnam
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Re: "Free" higher education in Germany (coming to a US near you)
There are two data points here. One is if it really is free, it's worth every penny. The other is P. J. O'Rourke's comment about healthcare, "You think healthcare is expensive now, just wait till it's free".
There are no other data points. It will be one or the other and since the faceless taxpayer will be paying, it will most likely end up on P. J.'s point.
Re: All-female colleges preparing to accept male transgender students
After forcing all-male colleges to admit females twenty years ago, why are there still any all-female colleges and when are they going to be forced to accept real men?
They have been for a long time, however, college admission is a very selective process and the degrees offered (e.g. elementary education, home economics, nursing, social work, women's studies, etc) generally are not areas males are interested in.
At the time, there was no outcry to transform female colleges to co-ed and a lot of excuses made to keep it that way. My daughter went to a female college almost fifteen years ago and they have only recently admitted males. It was highly hypocritical!
For the record, I am opposed the any movement to force colleges and schools to go co-ed then and now. It's just another example of the left destroying things to implement their agenda. They are doing the same thing to the Boy Scouts.
More importantly when are academic researchers going to investigate the rape culture on women's college campuses?
Is it safe for a college woman to drink to a stupor at an all-women college? Or is their a risk of a non-consensual "college experiment"?
Why do I think the stalker will be released EOS in a year or two and the cycle repeat?
My read of the New York school article is that the mandarins want to make sure their children will always be admitted to the mandarin-in-training academies.
Lead, follow or get the tuck out of the way seems to a lesson the Obama administration is still unable to grasp.
Nice summation of the problems in the service industry with no easy answers.
Consider October 1944. FDR bet the country on a strategy that was implemented '42-'44. By late '44 it was either going to pay off or going to ruin us. It paid off, although Truman had to put the finishing touches on it. Yeah, I'm old enough and was interested enough to have followed it in real time; Google not required.
Moving to Texas: Asks same for Oregon. "... affordable housing markets with strong economies became even more attractive ..." I hadn't heard that Oregon has a strong economy.
Marriageable: Gee, even Brookings calls it the Great Recession...
The Number One Reason: I'm with Hudson on this.
Catalonia: Would be helpful to have Catalonia marked out on that map.
Indochina: The vicious acts of the Communist takeovers mean nothing to our Left...except a guide to what they'd like to do to us.
There is no legal difference between same-sex "marriage" and polygamy. If you destroy the definition of marriage by calling one "marriage," then you must also call the other "marriage."
In other words, there is no difference between irrationally saying it is irrational to limit marriage to "one MAN and one WOMAN" and irrationally saying it is irrational to limit marriage to "ONE man and ONE woman."
You have destroyed the validity of the statement. In Clintonian world view philosophy, it all depends on what the meaning of is is.
This is all much about nothing, because the institution of secular marriage will be gone within ten years. Christians and other religious people may still marry in church, temple or synagogue, but the secular institution will collapse under its own weight as it no longer has any meaning. If anything, different pairings/triplings/groupings will simply be classified as different types of "tax units" for taxation purposes.
RE: Desperate: Two All-Female Colleges Prepare to Enroll Male ‘Transgender’ Students
this is a setup for the next Porky's movie.
RE: But Of Course, Record Antarctic Ice Is a Sign of Global Warming Too
The Science Is Settled (c)(tm)(r)(pat.pend.). Warmal Colding is proved. I don't want to hear from you Deniers anymore. The Comin' Ice Age that Science promised us back in '75 is here. Look at this hockey stick I bought for 5 Carbon Credits, its shaped exactly like a thermometer.
"Evil will always triumph, because good is dumb."
In my Congressional district the Republican candidates last great pronouncement was that blood moons are a portent from God.
Not getting my vote.
The problem is that people run for public office to further the goal of something they have passion about. That definition is easy for the left, many are passionate about gun control or socialism or punishing the rich or large corporations. More problematic for the right. It's harder to be passionate about being left alone to live your life or fairness or keeping the constitution sacred. So the Republicans tend to get people who have a passion that is based on their religious beliefs and sometimes those beliefs as articulated are embarrassingly naive/stupid..
"Why legal polygamy is inevitable
Why is it illegal?"
Simple answer. When you look at existing societies that practice polygamy vs. existing societies that do not, the ones that do not come out ahead on virtually every scale. Social freedom, equality- between races, religions, sexes, no matter what equality you want to measure, economically.. Can't think of anything that the currently existing polygamous socieies are good at except terrorism.