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Wednesday, April 8. 2015
You don’t know how to live your own life, you filthy American peasants.
More and more I am seeing a certain expression on folks' faces.
The Angelou stamp has an Anglund quote!
Nobody could find an Angelou quote. I hope Anglund is pleased.
Boy with Autism Wanders Off, Frantic Mom Searches, Calls 911, is Cited for “Suspicion of Neglect”
How Rich and Poor Spend (and Earn) Their Money
Greenland Vikings Outlived Climate Change
More scientists doubt salt is as bad for you as the government says
Just ignore these ridiculous recommendations — if you wait long enough
Pretending to Be Black to Get into Medical School
A favorite pastime of homosexual militants who plan to get “married” is
Rolling Stone's Fake Rape Piece Shows Media's Culture Of Corruption
White House Announces Initiative to Focus on Health Concerns of Global Warming: We’ve Already Done It For Them!
Hillary Clinton’s Server a “Conterintelligence Disaster” – Magnet for Foreign Spy Services
Congress should ask the Russians for her emails
Rand Paul Vows to Stop NSA Spying 'on Day 1' of Presidency - Wants to "take back America" from special interests.
Rand will add some fun content
Marco Rubio is the most underrated candidate in 2016
Yes he is
Don’t Speak English? Congratulations, You Can Apply for Disability
Sometimes it Matters: President Obama and The Separation of Powers.
Brussels Seethes as Greece Spits
Who is worse: Brussels or Greece?
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NBA's Russell Westbrook Gives Car He Won as All-Star Game MVP to Single Mom
Not to take anything away from his generous gift, but "we" the taxpayers probably contributed 40% or more to this charitable gift. If he had kept the car it would have been taxed at it's value and that tax would have been paid for at his highest tax rate. It's likely that the recipient of this gift will pay no taxes on it. So all the other tax payers will make up the lost tax revenue.
>You filthy american peasants.
Well, someone is eating meat/beef. And paying a very high premium for it. Was offered $2.60/lb for our 300-400-weights.
To put this into context, 300 weights need to be fed for another 12-16 months to reach butcher-weight. And we've never gotten more than $2.20/lb finished weight.
A friend of ours sent 5 1-week old calves to the auction, he got a check for $7500.
For people who purchase beef calves (and don't run cow-calf operations) this amounts to putting yourself at huge risk of overextending yourself, because the price might drop by the time those animals are at slaughterweight. Not the intention I'm sure. Never mind, why bother the work and expense of feeding animals when you are paid less/lb than the purchase price.
**all markets are manipulated and false at this time. The inevitable crash and burn is going to be unprecedented.
Just read Matt Walsh's piece on the nation of whiners.
Yup. Fully agree.
" They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Unfortunately, it's not just their liberty, they are giving up. It's all of us.
The Russians won't give us the Hillary emails because they'll be used for blackmail. They're probably already doing it with Obama. That would explain a lot.
Single letter commercial possibilities
"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a sony."
Re: Greece and the EU
The fact that Greece was allowed into the EU says as much about how deeply flawed the EU is as Greece's current situation says about Greece. Economist/market commentator/analyst John Mauldin recently had this to say about Greece vis a vis its "austerity" and how the EU shares some of the same problems:
Austerity didn’t work in Greece not because they didn’t spend enough money but because the country itself is riddled with impediments to competition. Government has locked in numerous duopolies and erects all kinds of impediments in the way of launching new businesses. Greece is the ultimate in crony capitalism. Further, government direct participation is a huge drag on the economy. Greece has one of the most inefficient governments in the developed world. When I was there a few years ago, literally half of the country’s workers simply did no work; they just took checks as cogs in a system where politicians procured jobs for friends and relatives as favors for their votes and financial support. Taxes aren’t collected, books aren’t balanced – I could go on and on, but the incompetence of Greek government is legendary. Borrowing more money to spend on such inefficiency does nothing to increase GDP.
There will be no economic renaissance in Greece (or in any part of peripheral Europe for that matter) unless there are true labor reforms, a radical reorganization of the government, a complete overhaul of the regulatory environment, and an end to allowing government to favor certain businesses. Growth comes in very great part from innovative, competitive private production, but government can inhibit the environment for the growing of new businesses, which are the wellspring of growth. Eurozone rules and regulations stifle growth at every turn.
On the gay cake thing:
Many of the members of Maggie's Farm and the commenters have had their own businesses or have been managers in a business owned by others. We've all turned down customers for a wide variety of reasons (the number one reason: something about the individual/company tells you that the deal isn't going to be worth the trouble). You never tell the individual you don't like them. You just quietly go about slow walking the deal, making mistakes and raising prices. Eventually the customer will get irritated and go elsewhere.
You don't have to betray your principals to keep the gaze of the Eye of Sauron from falling on you and your business.
Now you may end up with a bad Yelp review... But that nonsense is a comment for another day.
speaking professionally, if someone makes a habit of doing that to, say, a black guy because he's black, one of my clients will eventually own the business.
there are a wide variety of reasons to discriminate, and not all are unlawful or bad, but when they are, don't invoke Sauron to justify it.
and I hope you mean "principles".
Well now, if I'm an agent for ownership, it would be my principals that I would be concerned about betraying, right?
But I will concede that I did mean principles. Proof reading a blog comment is not a huge deal for me. I think the message was conveyed.
Why in the world would anyone want to eat a cake that the maker was coerced to prepare?
nobody cares about the cake. the gays are angle shooting.
Now why hasn't that quite obvious thought occurred to the gay consumer?
Re: Hillary!'s emails
Is Hillary! really as stupid and conniving as she appears? It's not a surprise at all that she would go to such lengths to keep total control of her communication since the only reason for that is so she can thwart any investigation into unethical deeds and nobody should be surprised that she'd have a lot of unethical deeds to investigate. But to do it in a way that encouraged hacks by unfriendly countries (even those whose relationships were 'reset'), really boggles the mind.
There was no security officer, staffer, or bureaucrat who would have warned her or others of the potential danger? Certainly, there would be periodic security audits and certainly someone would notice that Hillary! wasn't using State Department email.
Hanlon's Razor ("Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.") encourages us to believe she's just stupid, but then "Hanlon" never met Hilary!. It defies common sense that her use of a private email server was kept secret from the cyber security bureaucracy within the State Department which begs the question who knew and what mechanism was used to allow it to continue.
While RHIP is most likely, imagine any security type was told to mind his place by a member of the Clinton Outer Circle and reminded a posting in peaceful Iraq was open.
That's certainly the expected scenario. One would expect that at certain points critical SOPs would normally trump RHIP - if not immediately then possibly through another channel up another chain of command. My point is that it seems likely that more than security underlings knew about this potential security leak which implies that her boss: Obummer hisself, knew and that warning was intentionally ignored.
Has to be malice! Hillary! is well known to be the "The Smartest Woman In The World (TM)".
Re filthy American peasants.
The committee’s report says people should eat less red and processed meat because it contains saturated fats,..., and instead recommends Americans eat more vegetables and nuts.
cannibalizing congress is not sustainable.
Maya's "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings": I read it was all the marijuana seeds in the bird seed.
Spending money: We're all different, with different interests and different expenses. Nooooooo; really?
Greece and Brussels: Made for each other.
Harvard: Those students better not leave the campus. Lord knows, towns are NOT safe places--they'll get dirty looks, bums will swear at them or panhandle them, someone's going to spit on the sidewalk as they go by--it's a jungle out there!
Those Brussels bureaucrats really irritate me. I would give them a piece of my mind, but I don't speak Belgian very well.