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Tuesday, March 17. 2015
I want to remind readers that the "morning link" post is a group effort by Maggie's Farmers, readers, friends, and others who suggest links. As is clear from our posts, we do not try to do the news but sometimes we just have to. Generally speaking, we post things of interest to us and things and viewpoints likely to be overlooked by the dogmatic part of the MSM. That's the idea, anyway.
Please feel free to submit ideas, but don't feel hurt if we don't use them. There is only so much time and space.
Being Nice to Women Is a Sign of Sexism
Campus rapes: Colleges cannot handle it
Why would assaults be handled differently on a campus than off a campus?
Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly ‘Avid Gun Owners’
Climate Change Is Putting Your Morning Coffee At Risk
Not from The Onion
49 Maps That Explain The USA For Dummies
Thomas Piketty backtracks
White House calling the shots - In the months since Republicans took charge of Congress, GOP divisions have given the upper hand to Obama.
DOJ lawyer: Hillary’s Email Defense Is Laughable - I should know—I ran FOIA for the U.S. government.
Republican Presidential Candidate: Your Ammo Is Prepared For You
It's not just about ISIS: Two consecutive American administrations have made a horrible mess of the always volatile Middle East.
Yes, the ME is reverting to its norm. For over 100 years, Western involvement in the ME has done little for them or for us.
el-Sisi: The Egyptian bet
Hopeful news. Visiting Egypt is on my bucket list - not just to see the monuments, but to see the country. They had a golden age long ago, but the peasants there never had one and still do not.
Is it naive to deny that other nations will pursue their own interests? A Blueprint for Failure - How enemies become friends—and vice versa.
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Mark Kelly and Al Gore - two of the most despicable clowns this country has ever produced.
According to Fusion, property values have plummeted in Ferguson.
The president doesn't have regard for private property, and neither does much of the press. I wonder when/if this small city will recover.
We saw that Sunday Morning piece and it was sad. Like watching Chuck Berry on stage a few years ago, or Dick Clark in his final New Years Eve show.
Gabby mostly repeats whatever is said to her. While that's not all she does, we noticed it was almost 50% of every response. She has improved and more power to her for that improvement and effort - updates on her improved situation will feel good to know she has ambition and drive.
But she and Kelly are not spokespeople in any sense of the word. It's like saying I should be a spokesperson for family values and keeping the family together because my parents divorced.
While those are values I happen to support, my having been a child of divorce has no play in my position and doesn't 'qualify' me for anything in discussing that point.
Giffords and Kelly may have their opinions, and that's good for them. But it's the height of hypocrisy to claim you're a gun owner and user and you support tighter controls that would not have stopped what happened to you.
I hope she continues to improve and move forward, but it's time for them to take a back seat in this discussion.
I agree! It is so sad what happened to Gabby and I hope her improvement continues and accelerates. I don't have such fond feelings for Mark. He has turned into (or already was) someone who is intellectually dishonest about guns. Maybe he deserves a little slack given what happened to his wife, but I would think a man of some real accomplishment would be a rational.
I was glad to see Gabby's progress. Considering her injuries, she is doing remarkably well.
I still do not understand, though, why her husband would go into space right before she had surgery. My husband NEVER would've considered that move. You can't tell me that NASA doesn't have a back up plan if one or more astronauts cannot go on their assigned mission.
So, I see him as very ambitious in his career despite what's going on in his personal life. It was no surprise to me at the end of the interview that the husband implied he might run for office some day. Using his disabled wife as a prop, is the feeling I got.
I didn't know about that! That puts a different light on him!
Re: Vietnam 2.0
I hope reality takes hold on this subject. It was the first major anti-American wedge and it was promoted by the major news organizations - especially "Uncle Walter" Cronkite who lied about the Tet Offensive. That narrative propelled the careers of the current crop of haters.
I once talked to a Blackhawk Indian who had been injured in Vietnam and suffered multiple (botched?) operations at VA hospitals (I heard no complaints from him). He and many of his family volunteered to fight in Vietnam because the VC and NVA would destroy villages and kill their inhabitants. The Blackhawks are protectors and they went to right obvious wrongs. Somehow the stories of those atrocities, and many more, were never publicized. But few real atrocities we committed along with the sensational stories by idiot-liars like Kerry became the story of our involvement in Vietnam. Of course, all that was bolstered when we lost the war (history is written by the winners - and the winners in this case included the Kerrys, Fondas, Ayers, et al.
This is hilarious.. Makes one wonder just who in the heck are the people making hiring choices at major universities. This gal is a professor of Sociology at Penn State. Watch this professor light up on an airplane! Be sure to watch both videos:
What a shame.
Re: Students At Elite Universities Taking up Arms:
1) Where have these people been? I took Pistol Shooting at MIT in 1972 to help pass my Phys. Ed. requirement. MIT's Pistol Shooting club won the NCAA tournament a few years ago, beating Army at West Point for the championship. This is nothing new.
2) So, gun manufacturers subsidize enabling college students to use their product? So does Apple Computer. How is this remarkable?
In a way, what's remarkable about this is that it is remarkable. In the '50s and '60s, NYC high school shooting team members would ride the subway to school and back with their guns. Somehow, along the way, guns became something evil and now that idiocy is finally starting to recede. It's about time.
49 Maps That Explain The USA For Dummies
As a NE native now in TX, I found it interesting that in MA and CT the Most Commonly Spoken Native American Language was Navajo. Don't believe the Pilgrims found many Navajos at Plymouth Rock. 
Foxwoods Casino is the biggest tourist attraction in CT? How sad.  Growing up in CT, I considered my home town to be just another hick town, but with the perspective from later years, I saw that my small town had a lot of interesting things about it. Such as the "George Washington slept here" former inn which a British veteran of WW1 had restored. He had been gassed in the war, and married his nurse.
Percentage of state residents who said their state was the best or one of the best places to live- lower percentages tended towards states that voted for Obama. 
Weather (or global warming/climate change):
It was 93 at my house in Nebraska yesterday.
According to the NWS in North Platte:
RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE SET AT NORTH PLATTE NE...
A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 91 DEGREES WAS SET AT NORTH PLATTE NE
TODAY. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 82 SET IN 2012. THIS ALSO
BREAKS THE ALL-TIME MONTHLY HIGH OF 88 DEGREES SET ON MARCH 3RD
This morning it is 50ish, and I have a fire going in the wood stove. The house is up to 72. What a difference a day makes.
re Climate Change Is Putting Your Morning Coffee At Risk
Also not from The Onion:
Starbucks CEO wants the counter help to indoctrinate the customers on race relations while they wait for their order to be filled.
Perhaps Dunkin' Donuts will follow suit? ;-)
re 49 Maps That Explain The USA For Dummies
Seen quite a few before but it is still fun to look at.
How much of the
47% of the US that is uninhabited because it is now federally owned/protected with no humans allowed.
Anyone who has step foot outside of their urban protected enclave could see that there is no shortage of natural resources. Soon as we get thru this fourth turning we can get back to building, creating, producing until the cycle starts over again.