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Tuesday, January 27. 2015
Wasn't even a storm, much less a blizzard - just an ordinary New England winter snow dump. No ferocious winds, no 2-3 feet of snow. No big deal, a nice treat for the ski areas but a bummer for those with flights planned.
I had supposed that the weather wasn't being over-hyped this time. Fooled again: Millions hunker down as Northeast storm was downgraded to "snowy day".
Who do you blame for all the stormophobia these days? Drudge? Weather Channel? What?
The pols over-hype these things so they won't be caught being wrong. The news over-hypes them so you will keep your TV and radio turned on. Of course it does make sense to try to keep drivers off the roads for a few hours with big snows so the plows can do their work efficiently.
The driving is fine out there this morning. Everybody without a government job is going to work this morning.
Good grief, Charlie Brown.
Now, on to morning links -
Check out KFC’s latest food abomination, the “Double Down Dog”
Sounds pretty good to me
The power and importance of the ruthless consumer – ‘they make poor men rich and rich men poor’
In free markets, the consumers hold all the cards. They can buy - or not.
When Artists Fear their Audience - On campus, students now stand up for censorship.
Scouts too Evil for CA Judiciary
MIT professor sparks culture war by saying feminism attacks ‘nerds’
Davos’s Destructive Elites - “None of us is as dumb as all of us.”
Scott Walker—Conservatives’ Consensus Choice?
Old white party is in trouble. Good
What, exactly, is Hillary Clinton’s strategy to get voters excited about her candidacy?
The lack of penis seems to be her main selling point - plus her husband's name
‘Sex Slave’ Claims Bill Clinton Visited Epstein’s ‘Orgy Island’
Duh. Wild horses couldn't keep him away
The real story is not complicated
Jonathan Gruber Faces Questions About ‘Phantom Billing’ and Tax Reporting
Obama Films Anti-Oil Drilling Video–From a Jet
Atomic Scientists Say Humanity Is Closest to Destruction Since 1984
Obama, the Committed Income-Redistributionist (Though the Media Swore He Was No Such Thing!) Now Expressly Going After the Middle Class' Education Savings to Shower Money on His Constituents
Death test' could predict chance of dying within 30 days
Why only 30?
BBC branded ´mad´ by critics after refusing to call Paris killers ´terrorists´
NYT: Muslim Criminals in France Turn to Terrorism Because They Feel Dissed; White People at Fault
New Saudi King Named In 9/11 Suits
Obama’s National Field Director Running Anti-Netanyahu Election Campaign
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Hllary's problem isn't just that she isn't exciting, it's that she has failed at every one of those jobs on her "impressive" resume.
She was a dishonest doormat of a First Lady, an invisible Senator, and one of the worst Secretary of States in history. And a terrible campaigner in 08.
It's also good to know that when one grows weary of all the windmills and solar farms the Greens are planning to build down here we can lie back and imagine the unspoiled Alaskan wilderness we aren't allowed to visit.
What really hurts is that the area in play was originally set aside by Congress to be used for exploitation of natural resources. The money from that was to pay for ANWR's upkeep.
Kinda like getting our money back from selling Iraqi oil and all the green jobs that were to be headed our way.
So Gruber obfuscated to get his bill passed, then he lied about it, and now he might have cheated his clients?
The evidence piles up that he actually was the architect of ObummerCare that he claimed to be.
This Maine-based reader disagrees with your assessment of the storm. It's a blizzard here!
I live within sight of Rte 28 in NH; beyond the plows, there wasn't much public traffic until after noon.
Re: Artists fearing their audience
I find it interesting how the Iowa reacted to the paper mache sculpture of the Klan figure made of images of news paper pages reporting on racial violence.
The Klan was still active when I was growing up, I remember the marches, the segregation, the hate. But these kids did not. Yet I saw sculpture as an obvious statement that the sentiments of the Klan were evil. These kids saw the opposite.
This makes me fearful for our future. Kids today don't seem to recognize true evil and worse, they try to see evil where it doesn't exist.
Whenever I read about a contractor faking his invoices, I always wonder where are those stalwart defenders of the tax payer dollars we elected.
The ruthless consumer, lets see how cheap gas affects electric cars and the inevitable reaction of the our best and brightest.
The death test looks interesting, there is a time to say when you're only prolonging the agony.
Lets hope when the snow settles, people will realize disaster preparedness means more than having a flashlight handy.
"Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Looking Into 2008 Meltdown Exposed as Sham"
"...the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and other federal agencies pushed the housing market over the subprime cliff."
This is the truth about the great crash. The Dems and the MSM covered it up as best they could but many knew this al along. There were videos on youtube showing Republicans testifying before congress that HUDs policies would cause a crash and Democrat lawmakers going "road rage" at being called out in congress. There is another interesting wrinkle of this story. Not only did the government coverup the real cause and blame the banks but then it took the banks to court with trumped up charges and extorted billions from them. But it is what they did with those billions that is the dirty story: They gave the money to left wing organizations like ACORN and others to do things that could only be done in the shadows. Like signing up illegal aliens to vote and relocating Democrat voters to areas that were Republican. The dirt and criminal conspiracy goes much deeper then the article exposed.
Yeah, we saw this first hand at Bank of America, which was operating on the first floor of our building. They started getting all the "community activists" protesting, demanding the Bank make bad loans to minorities and give them all sorts of free stuff. This was in connection with the feds having to approve any new bank locations, and the activists were using that process to blackmail the banks. So we'd get to walk through the protestors going to work in the morning, who were all holding up neatly manufactured signs and yelling at how the bank was racist and discriminatory.
BOA finally got so disgusted with what they were facing in our state in terms of being double-teamed by the Democrats and the manufactured activists that they shut down and stopped doing business here.
For an amusing read, try the reviews of the new book "Hidden in Plain Sight" on Amazon. About a third of the reviewers have read the book; their reviews are almost 100% 5-star. About two-thirds have not read it and have posted 1-star reviews, normally of about one line, saying something like "I can't believe someone wrote this trash." It's a pretty well organized hit squad, except for the extreme brevity and non-substantive nature of the comments. At least they don't all repeat the same canned phrase.
I did that. The one-star reviews were written less than two days after the book was published. You know they didn't read it.
Re school student spending
Washington DC spends twice as much per student as Mississippi but has the same test scores as Mississippi students. School spending has nothing to do with student performance.
It is interesting that we don't understand weather well enough for an accurate forecast 12 hours in advance, but we understand climate well enough that the warming forecasts are a stone dead certainty.
I would think one would have to understand weather before one could understand climate. Oh well. I guess its all too complex for my feeble mind to comprehend.
RE: Student activists
For me the real question is who organizes these gals? Who is working on a campus near you to agitate this extremism? Does anyone ever ask why a group of women in Iowa suddenly start yelling and screaming the same demands as a student group in Massachusetts? Especially when there is no "incident" in Iowa? Who are these gals that think of themselves as "agents of change"? Single women, usually mid forties to retirement age. Typically working in tenured faculty positions, but also in support positions on campus, i.e., the disabled services office, or the retarded students office, etc. Why do we never confront them by name and in public? Why should they be allowed to slither away and wait until dark?
ho hum, ho hum. A while back we were acquainted with a nice young professor from Scandinavia. Very polite, very considerate AND very rational, and well trained in the Socratic method.
He taught in a Master's degree course; most of the students were middle aged women in management. In his last speech to the class the end of the school year he reminded the students of what subjects had been covered, what they had learned and the questions that each would still need to answer for themselves. OH BOY at that point the poop hit the fan. The women started screaming pig; their claim was that he maintained his dominant position over them when he sent them out into the world "not having all the answers!" How dare he!!
Not to worry--some of these gals and the women who "mentored' them are the same animals who put Obama in the WH!
KFC: The HORROR, the horror, of selling something people might like to eat (If It Ain't FRIED, It Ain't FOOD!) They won't eat one every day. Prolly not more than 2 a week.
Artists Fear Their Publics: Students these days are not capable of coping with life, and many of their profs keep lying to them.
CA: You can only discriminate against those we say you can discriminate against.
Feministas hate nerds. Among others.
Barry's Boys to Bash Bibi: Sounds like a direct attack on a foreign leader, without a Declaration Of War. Congress ought to send over some Freedom Fighters for Bibi, and blow this up to the proper proportion.