We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
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Thursday, July 2. 2015
Polyamory: She wants a husband, and new lovers too
Gee, how unusual to want that sometimes. All humans are polyamorous. You either turn hot romance into a loyal bond - or you don't.
First world problems: “We built a luxury dream home but can only afford to have two children.
Disney confirms selfie stick ban at theme parks
Never had a stick, and never went to a theme park
The Future of Sex Is Terrifying - Proposed changes to U.S. sex-crime laws seek to set new sexual norms by criminalizing ordinary behavior.
America Loses Its Mind… TV Land Pulls Reruns of ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ …They’re Racist!
Confederate flag kills 7 in Alabama
Video of the day: Northwestern University Professor Laura Kipnis on how campus feminism infantilizes women
Protecting Humanity from Ice Ages
Worth thinking about, but not on an emergency basis
The Media, the Court and the Slippery Sex Slope
About Justice Kennedy: The Liberty to Take Liberties with Reality
Nonprofits win exemption to LA minimum wage increase
An Inside Look at How Hillary Clinton Plays the Media - "Greta...is malleable."
Vote for Hillary Clinton, because she’s a woman.
Email bombshells from Hillary's secret account show she didn't know when cabinet meetings were held
Maybe she wasn't invited
Dowager Empress of Chappaqua will get to the Big House before the White House.
Budowsky: Obama could sink 2016 Dems
Declaring ‘This Is What Change Looks Like,’ Obama Re-opening Cuba Embassy
That's ok with me
85% of Greeks Believe the Jews Have Too Much Power Over Global Finance
What to Do About an Imperial Iran
Try doing nothing
Can We Trust How Iran Would Spend Funds From a Nuclear Deal?
That's a tough question
Why Terrorists Want To See the End of Tunisia
I've been there. Interesting place. Good food. Aggressive salesmen in the souk. A brief clip of the souk in Tunis. Fun place, not mainly meant for tourists.
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Inside the Fight to Save Giraffe Extinction;
There's this cool, modern progressive thing called "agriculture" and
Maybe Africans can try that so they have something to eat.
Weasel Zippers: America Has Chosen Its Favorite Fast Food Place…
Chick-fil-a, $5 billion
McDonald's, $27 billion
yet another libtard lie, is there a hockey stick here somewhere?
1. the industry survey isn't measuring revenue, it's measuring satisfaction.
2. your stats are intentionally misleading, as no one will surprised to learn.
McDonald's restaurants in the US - 14,267
Chik restaurants in the US (42 states and DC) - 1,850
McDs with almost 8x as many restaurants and all that the economies of scale imply, has only 6x the revenue.
Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz: 1. the industry survey isn't measuring revenue, it's measuring satisfaction.
Yes, but people spend more money at McDonald's nationwide. We didn't make any value judgment, just stated another measure of "favorite".
no, you and the other people living inside your head lied and got caught manipulating easily checked stats. again.
The stats are accurate, and provide another measure of "favorite". A lot of people complain about Walmart, but nearly everyone shops there because of value.
no, asshat. the article is about survey is a marketing tool for the industry.
if you think that last place on a customer satisfaction index with declining profits slumping is somehow a measure of popularity or that needing 8x as many stores as a competitor in order to claim higher sales figures is a good thing, then you've having a stroke or are someone who has never run a business, or both.
admit it, you had no idea why McDs revenues were higher than Chik's because you were too lazy to find out or didn't expect to be fact checked.
He doesn't care about McDonald's or Chik-fil-a (or anything of the kind). He's only looking to create the impression that the people who put this site together are wrong.
And it doesn't matter what they're "wrong" about, only that he gets a chance to make them look bad. It really bugs him that people who should know better (i.e., New Englanders) aren't toeing the progressive line, and he can't let that go unaddressed. Can. Not. It's the kind of fastidiousness that would make for especially efficient administrators at places like Kwalliso #22.
Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz: if you think that last place on a customer satisfaction index with declining profits slumping is somehow a measure of popularity or that needing 8x as many stores as a competitor in order to claim higher sales figures is a good thing
Having more stores is a sign of popularity. Perhaps Chick-fil-a will catch up in distribution, but that is not the case today. They have, however, grabbed a major share of the chicken market from KFC.
aporitic: He doesn't care about McDonald's or Chik-fil-a
Actually, we thought the comparison was relevant. As pointed out, people complain about Walmart too, but most still shop there.
give it up, kid. I'm not even reading your blather. you lied on a forum you should expect to be fact checked, you were caught, you lost.
Re: Cuba. Are companies and small businesses going to get compensated for their losses? Cuba nationalized all business entities and then ruined them. I have a friend whose Father was a doctor and Mother owned a drug store. The doctor was told he had to work for the state and his salary went down over 80%. The Mother had her drug store nationalized but she was required to continue managing it. Within six months there was very little on the shelves and almost no prescription drugs. I'm also in favor of better relations with Cuba but with an ounce (or so) of of fairness.
Instapundit: 90% of the left's attempts at social control are simply attempt to outlaw behaviors they perceived as favored or engaged in by 'traditional" "conservative" "old-school" "white" etc. people. Thus, a liberal can simultaneously demand that cigarettes be outlawed but marijuana be legalized.
Virtually no one is advocating outlawing cigarettes. Even among liberals, many only support decriminalization of marijuana. The problem of incarcerating casual users is far more harmful to the individual than the marijuana.
The left doesn't want to outlaw cigarettes - just make them expensive unusable even in places designated for their use like a smoking room. In some places, you can't smoke cigarettes in an apartment because the smoke might find its way to the adjoining apartment. Any bets on similar regulations for marijuana?
Even the Rolling Stone puts the percentage of prisoners for marijuana possession at one percent.
mudbug: Any bets on similar regulations for marijuana?
As it is still illegal in most places, the answer is yes. Marijuana smoke can get your door busted down and you arrested.
California SB420 bars marijuana smoking in no smoking zones, within 1000 feet of a school or youth center except in private residences; on school buses, in a motor vehicle that is being operated, or while operating a boat.
S. Fred Singer: Protecting Humanity from Ice Ages
Tzedakis et al., Determining the natural length of the current interglacial, Nature Geoscience 2012: "it is important to reiterate that the current insolation forcing and lack of new ice growth mean that orbital-scale variability will not be moderating the effects of anthropogenically induced global warming."
Stuart Schneiderman (quoting Scalia, quoting Kennedy): "If, even as the price to be paid for a fifth vote, I ever joined an opinion for the Court that began: “The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain specific rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity," I would hide my head in a bag. The Supreme Court of the United States has descended from the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Story to the mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie."
Sort of like that nebulous phrase "pursuit of happiness".
"We can only afford two children"--apparently part of the problem is that the two kids are used to the nice home now, and she can't bring herself to uproot them and make them live somewhere cheaper so they can have a new baby brother or sister. So she's out in public mooning about how sensitive and mothery she is, and her "uterus literally aches."
Man, life would be so much easier if we didn't have all these pesky choices. Can't someone sign her up on a government program or something?
So no one wants to outlaw cigarettes which kill millions every year but we are pushing to outlaw CO2 which kills no one and is in fact required to grow plants. Wait a minute! I get it. They don't want to "outlaw" CO2 they want to tax it. Just as they taxed cigarettes, they don't really care about whether or not something is dangerous what they are really doing is creating a socialist nirvana which of course requires a lot of other people's money.