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Friday, February 27. 2015
American ballet: In Balanchine’s Beautiful Forest
Huckleberry Finn is 130 Years Old
Irving Kahn, Who Rode the 1929 Crash to Big Gains, Dies at 109 - The value investor, who studied under Benjamin Graham, worked on Wall Street for over eight decades.
A Very Simple Mathematical Truth For Successful Strength Training - Your path to fitness doesn't have to be as complex as the "experts" say it does.
What Happens to You Immediately After You Graduate from College
Many Animals—Including Your Dog—May Have Horrible Short-Term Memories - Dogs may forget an event less than two minutes after it happened, according to a new study.
What matters more: how you feel about yourself or how you
The Critical Minority That Makes America Great
Materialism as a religion
Black Privilege: Students Get SAT Bonus Points for Being Black or Hispanic – Asians Are Penalized
A true patriot
Foreign governments gave millions to foundation while Clinton was at State Dept.
The stranger in the White House - After six years, Americans still don’t know Barack Obama
Really intelligent leftists, like Camille Paglia, have an alarming tendency to talk exactly like conservatives.
And the wrong answer
Will the Clintons’ Greed Do Them In?
Buchanan: Democrats Hold the Culture War Whip Hand
ISIS’ Jihadi John Hostage Beheader is a Rich Kid from London
JENNINGS: The Vietnam War Through Red Lenses
Netanyahu’s siren call to Congress must be heeded
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Many Animals—Including Your Dog—May Have Horrible Short-Term Memories -
Animals, like humans are individuals. All these studies use a collectivist mindset to define their "findings" based on a small amount of sampling. I have worked with, helped birth, raised and cared for hundreds of animals - some species of them deemed "stupid" (livestock) and I can tell you that all animals are unique and what one does, does not guarantee that they all are going to act that way.
And like the stupid, "your dog recognizes facial expressions" studies - the only purpose is to employ people who otherwise wouldn't be employed.
Let's face it, there just aren't enough interesting voices on the left like Camille Paglia and the late, great Chris Hitchens.
So much of what passes for left-spectrum commentary these days is so leaden and doctrinaire, thick with turgid, humourless prose and "correct" vocabulary.
I agree. I would also add that Pat Caddell is a refreshing voice on the left (or what used to be the left).
I certainly don't count him as one of the "interesting voices on the left", but I was stunned to hear Bob Beckel say that the demoncrats created a dependent society (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMq2ZAv5k9Q)!
"Will the Clintons’ Greed Do Them In?"
If your country gets lucky.
"Scott Walker gave a bad answer." And the wrong answer
His answer is interesting, in light of what the progressive gov't union thugs put him (and his family) through, when trying to reign in spending during his first year in Madison. What answer would be more appropriate in your opinion?
Should he have stated that he thought the protesters were worse than ISIS? or should he have just explained he had the intestinal fortitude to stand up to the union thugs and their progressive drum circle, accomplishing what he promised?
I took this to mean that he similarly intends to confront and defeat ISIS. But why must the media criticize his every breath, his every facial expression, and attribute things to him that have no basis in reality?
Walker is getting the whipsaw treatment. The GOP establishment thinks he is a troublemaker they can do without so they are attacking him from that side. Liberals hate him for besting them in the union fight so they are attacking him from that side.
To normal people, Walker is not all that controversial. To the ruling class, he is a very dangerous radical. According to the managerial class, Walker should not exist. You're not supposed to reach this level as a college dropout holding old timey ideas about government.
His existence calls into question their legitimacy. The further he goes, the more hysterical the responses.
The good news is, Walker has been through this crap multiple times. The same attacks are being used. I think he knows that and can withstand all of the criticism. We are a year away from primaries. The press will tire of him eventually and they will start digging for more stuff, which will end up being more and more trivial.
The goal is for Walker to stick with it regardless of what the press is doing.
Walker has been attacked at every level for the last four years and survived. In fact, he's doing a commendable job.
It's too bad the media and our political leadership didn't do the same vetting and testing for another politician presently in office.
It would have been better if he'd said, "I realize ISIS is a more dangerous opponent than some greedy and foolish unions or even their hired thugs, but what's important is that we stand up to thugs wherever we find them. I stood up to the unions, even when they threatened my family, and I'll continue to stand up to the enemies of my society and my country even when they're violent and terrifying."
Re: What's important - how you feel about yourself or others
Having been through quite a lot of therapy, I can say that while it wasn't useless, I don't think it is particularly valuable. Much of the same value can come from a pastor, honest friend, or parent for example. The difficulty for some people is that they don't choose to have a person like that in their life or they dismiss them - sometimes as not as valuable as a therapist.
Reality is that - out in the "real" world - you are expected to project an image of yourself that is positive, whether to clients, customers, or fellow workers. The negative nay-sayer isn't going to go far, but neither is the blow-hard who is really positive at everything except that which requires real work and achievement. The person who does not think too highly of him/herself but works hard to achieve the requirements of the job is a much better employee than the employee with too much self esteem. The later also usually has too much of a sense of self-entitlement, which leads to serious problems.
Re: "Democrats hold the culture war whip hand".
"Though this writer heard several radio talk show hosts Friday cheer Rudy on, Republicans swiftly declared that Obama’s love for America must not be questioned. The consultant class’ advice was near unanimous: Cut Rudy loose."
The difference between the consultant and the citizens is that the consultants advice is about getting elected or reelected while the citizen is concerned with the country's future. The politician SHOULD be concerned with the country;s future but they are only concerned with their own future. The secret to getting elected it would seem is to compromise on everything important and be careful not to ever really say anything that you can be held accountable for.
But Rudy was right. Everyone, even those who for political reasons MUST publicly disagree knows Obama doesn't love America and that he was raised by people who didn't love America and was mentored by a committed anti-American communist. But you must go along to get along, you must ignore the truth, ignore the fact that the emperor has no clothes. Don't lose sight of the goal; to get reelected. If the MSM had done their duty and actually vetted Obama Rudy wouldn't have had to break the long self-imposed silence of the media and politicians about Obama. If the MSM had vetted Obama as well and diligently as they did GW Obama probably would have been unelectable. But instead they conspired to hide Obama's background and his history so that he could get elected. Now Rudy has not only "outed" Obama but he has outed the MSM as well. For that Rudy must pay...
Re: "Democrats hold the culture war whip hand"
That demoncrats hold the "culture war whip hand" is nothing new. Since shadow racists wrested control of the demoncrat party from the overt racists, they have claimed the high moral ground.
The problem is that many on the right have ceded that high ground to them. It has been clear from the beginning that he was right. It's an open question whether Obummer is a Christian (I believe a recent poll showed that only 47% thought he was). That people on the right feel compelled to have to walk back those comments rather than defend them is just evidence of that retreat. Meanwhile, the left can say any vile thing they want about W, Reagan, or Romney and that's just a disagreement.
If we play by the same rules the left has imposed, we are sure to lose.
Republican Tom Schweich is Republican State Auditor.
He has busted at least 30 state officials for embezzlement.
A police source said Schweich had sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Auditor Tom Schweich has passed away.
Am I wrong in thinking Buffett's diet is also designed as a celebrity endorsement for products that earn him money?
How many of the Clemson activists would show up for a hmm, recycling of all the copies of Huckleberry Finn on campus? Would not be surprizing to see Federal bureaucrats finding someway to force colleges to label and punish hate speech.
I'm with Walker, I don't see much difference between leftists and terrorists. We need to be treating both the same way, or they will keep on pushing us around.
Nope. The Commies and the Muslims are both ancient enemies of freedom.
Asians are penalized. That's crazy.
I can think of a Black family that I know that is very wealthy, and I can think of an Asian family that I know who came from Vietnam as immigrants and worked hard and struggled, and were so charming, and were thrilled to be in America, the land of opportunity. It's disheartening to think that the wealthy children of this Black (half Black half Jewish, actually) family will be favored in affirmative action, while the Asian family is still really struggling, and both of them have equally deserving children. It makes no sense at this point to use a broad category like race for affirmative action purposes.