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Thursday, August 6. 2015
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Giant Mystery Ring of Galaxies Should Not Exist
Advertising the 1950s: These 60-Year-Old Car Ads Are Cool
The Politics of Delusion - Mayor Bill de Blasio’s radical dreams are leading straight to chaos.
Kirsten Powers: I've got news for Democrats. It's a baby!
The Employment and Income Effects of Raising America’s Minimum Wage to $12 and to $15 per Hour
Professor arrested in racial profiling hoax
Mark Levin to Rising Generation: Will You Choose Freedom?
Crushing the Poor & Middle Class with the EPA
Hillary Clinton Put on Southern Accent for South Carolina Democratic Chairman
Britain Rolls Out Red Carpet for Illegal Immigrants From Africa
Tokyo Ascending: Abe’s New Defense Strategy
Assessing the Iran Nuclear Agreement and The Washington Institute’s Iran Study Group June 24 Policy Statement
Very Smart Diplomacy: Creating Desert Storm's Effective Coalition
State Department watered down human trafficking report
Rolls Out Red Carpet for Illegal Immigrants From Africa - See more at:
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60-Year-Old Car Ads. a) I had been buying and driving cars for 15 years when these ads ran, and (until I left the middle of the mid-west) had never heard of any but a handful at the time. b) Got a '62 DKW when I moved to Panama. Wonder car it wasn't. Rusted out something fierce. Engine noisier than an old time diesel. Always having to put something back on that had fallen off. It was Auto Union's Vega.
Loved the car ads. The mid 50s were a time of radical and exciting change especially in the US. Just compare '54 models with'56 or '57. The entire flavor of the vehicles changed, across the board. And the specialty items; Thunderbird, Corvette, Chrysler 300, Rambler Rebel featured some of the most radical engineering changes of the era. A '57 is more like a modern car than like the models that preceeded it.
[I own a '47 Jeep CJ2A which somehow passed through that time period almost unchanged.. but it is still running today]
Hillary Clinton Put on Southern Accent .... Please lay off Hillary. She's no worse than Bette Davis or Clark Gable.
Maybe not on accent, but Bette and Clark were actors, not Presidential candidates.
RE Hillary put on Southern Accent. . . .
I hope everyone realizes that Obama's black accent is totally fake.
Hillary! can't even LIE well about holding her grandchild.
A "...million memories are goin' through your mind...."
Uh, no! A grandparent is singularly focused on what's in front of them: the newness, the helplessness, the little sights and sounds of that tiny human, not some memories from the past!
You focus on "memories you're gonna drop that child. Instead, you focus 100 percent on the kid! That from a real grandfather.
I doubt Hildebeast has held hers more than a couple of times; she probably just watched as the live-in nanny does all the real holding and other baby work---just like Hill's chaffeur does the driving.
That's not "Southern" either, by BTW, that's getting down with the balck host by dropping "g"s and flattening out the "a"s. She's trying to go all "hood" for him. Wotta PHONY!
Professor arrested in racial profiling hoax
The letter calling for an apology from the college is not from the State Police, which would be inappropriate, but from the president of the Connecticut State Police Union.
Nonetheless, if the article is accurate in detail, then the professor should be charged.
"The Price of Matriarchy"
Fred is rarely wrong and always outspoken.
A personal note: Mrs "Gone" was one day practicing that female trait of berating me in public (Walmart) for something silly and unimportant and as she went on and on another gentleman wandered past and rolled his eyes. I felt sad that she was seemingly clueless of her actions and how they were perceived in public. What a dilemma, I couldn't possibly tell her; explain to her how she apeared like a shrew, almost an exact copy of her mother. Her delicate ego would have been bruised and instead of reflection there would be anger and a lifetime of making me regret that I dared point out one of her faults. All I can do is what most men do (at least the one's who don't wind up in jail) is grin and bear it (well actually can't grin, that too would bruise her ego). That's one of the major and "fatal" difference between men and women; they cannot accept criticism for their actions and grow from it.
She doesn't read your comments here, does she? You could be in a humongous Heap o' TRUBBLE.
Yes, I've noticed how many men routinely acknowledge their mistakes and learn from them. :-)
Re: "The Price of Matriarchy"; nice to see a listing of the reasons why I never even considered marrying an American woman. Instead, I married a Thai woman. For 44 years, she was a companion, lover, friend and adviser (just to name the first four that come to mind) and always reserved the right to criticize me but in private never in public. I asked her about that once and her reply was, "If I criticized you in public, people would wonder why I was foolish enough to marry you in the first place and I would lose face as would you." See? Sensible, considerate and intelligent ... also, not crazy. Best decision of my adult life.
I've married two American women (1st one died). An old service buddy, who told told me he'd never marry an American woman, married two foreigners; first divorced him, he divorced the second. He's now about to marry a third one. I can only hope this works, but I don't have good feelings about it.
That's funny, it's exactly why I try never to criticize my husband in front of others: I feel I would be inviting ridicule for my choosing him in the first place, and sticking with him for 32 years.
I wouldn't appreciate his criticizing me in public, either. The Golden Rule goes a long way in marriages.
$15/Hour. Why not!
So, my feeling about the recent drive to enact a nationwide $15 minimum wage is the Democrats political masters in Beijing need it. An higher American minimum wage that is.
The labor costs and wages in China have been rising to the point that some manufacturers are considering re-opening existing plants in the USA. But with the higher minimum wage and the domino effect on pay scales above it from labor contracts, human nature and indexing then the Chinese advantage in labor costs can be retained while satisfying the upward pressure within their own labor force.
It's one of the reasons I'm not very excited about the GOP debates, I've lost faith in either party or any election reversing the course of our decline. It's not the Republicans that are the Stupid Party, it's the electorate that is stupid. Proof? The re-election of Barack Obama and Hilliary's campaign having a half-life of more than 30 seconds.
I like Fred's columns they often state hard truths, however this collectivist generalization of women hurts my feelings.
I'll be in the corner sulking.
The Brits are like us in that way. That's why they are trying so hard to keep further immigrants in Calais from penetrating further. They're softies once they put a face to someone, and can't seem to prevent themselves from rescuing them and treating them well. Yet they know they can't do this for everyone.
Listen to our own illegal immigration debate and you will hear the same personal conflicts being acted out.
From CS Lewis in 1941, the demon Screwtape mentions something similar: "Of all humans the English are in this respect the most deplorable milksops. They are creatures of that miserable sort who loudly proclaim that torture is too good for their enemies and then give tea and cigarettes to the first wounded German pilot who turns up at the back door," (Letter 6, p. 17).
It is, ultimately, a very decent human quality, that should be followed when it's not suicidal.
"It is, ultimately, a very decent human quality, that should be followed when it's not suicidal."
I don't follow you. Are you suggesting there are times when persons being detained should be deliberately mistreated and/or tortured?
if he isn't I am. under some exceptional circumstances.
Screwtape, a demon, was exaggerating on both counts. He was pointing out that the good and evil of your attitude toward distant strangers is somewhat flimsy and theoretical: the bad part is less evil, and the good part is less virtuous. The acid test is in how you treat the people with whom you're in immediate contact, because that's where you'll do real good or get in real trouble.
If the English trait he was ridiculing led them to be theoretically harsh toward distant Germans and concretely kind to present ones, the really reprehensible flip side is to pose as benevolent to theoretical strangers while being actually cruel to your children and your dog.