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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Saturday, November 7. 2015
Photo: Dawn at Maggie's HQ, with coupsie car
A movie recommendation: Longitude (2000)
10 Simple Exercises To Improve Posture
A good spanking is needed
List of stations that sell pure, ethanol-free gasoline in the U.S. and Canada!
Dorms for Grownups: A Solution for Lonely Millennials?
Same idea as retirement homes. Seems like a good idea for late-marrying youth
So Much For The Death Of Sprawl: America's Exurbs Are Booming
" in almost all times and places, the solution for urban population growth has not been vertical densification, but outwards expansion into greenfield areas. "
There Is No Such Thing as 'Transgendered'
"The district's policy stigmatized me, often making me feel like I was not a 'normal person.'"
Peer Review Fraud on the Rise at Scientific Journals - Two large publishers of scientific journals have retracted more than 100 papers in the last year.
Congress Proposes A Chilling Resolution On Social Security
Scarborough’s Shots at Rubio Raise Eyebrows
Politico Admits Fabricating A Hit Piece On Ben Carson
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1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ESV Spirituality is an Inside Job.
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?
Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
The main purpose is shaming, not causing real lasting physical pain. A lesson sometimes must be learned by having real physical consequences to a enforce the idea of and cause/effect.
Because people, especially young children have short memories.
>>Have lower IQs than classmates who were not spanked.
Have been traumatized and are more likely to abuse others.
NOT spanking or disciplining often leads to gangsta kids with their pants hanging around their ankles and ripping off 7/11's when they are twelve, as evidenced by the large portion of the population that are raised by women and have no fathers who are the traditional disciplinarians.
Or becoming special snowflakes who vow to commit murder against people who wear the wrong Halloween costume.
"President Obama has concluded that a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians is beyond reach during his presidency..."
With only 439 days or so left, I would imagine almost any substantive action on anything is now "beyond reach during his presidency".
Lovely, so what is he going to concentrate his efforts on? I'd rather see him spending his last days in office on issues out of the country. There's the Mars project, he could work on that.
I've decided I'd like to see Congress impeach him...not that he could be removed... just to keep him busy. The busier he is the less harm he can do; short sheet his bed, steal his dog, give his phone number to telemarketers. Run down the clock.
Exactly. I'd prefer he stay on the golf course where he can't screw anything else up.
Thanks for the link to pure-gas, it had been a while since I had checked it and there is now a station listed within 15 minutes. I can't wait to run the gas gauge down far enough to try it out. The new Camry has never drunk so sweet a draught.
"Officially, the US government is now $18.5 trillion in debt, and Social Security is the biggest financial sinkhole in America."
SS has been self supporting and has contributed $0 to the debt. Conversely welfare is an unmitigated disaster costs the federal government about $1.2 trillion a year and has cost over $25 trillion since 1965. Where is the effort to end or trim welfare.
SS takes in about $830 billion a year and distributes about $830 billion a year and yet it is suddenly causing our debt!!!
Here is how you "fix" SS:
1 Remove anyone from it who did not personally contribute for 40 quarters. Did you know that immigrants who come here after age 62 automatically qualify for SS?
2 Pay SS benefits consistent with what the beneficiary contributed during their working years. In other words follow common accounting principles. SS is not and should not be welfare.
3 Set the benefits to match the income. If SS takes in $830 billion and the benefits in the next year are going to exceed $830 billion then reduce every benefit by the amount needed to keep the total payout at $830 billion. Simple as that, never goes broke.
4 Separate the SS system from the clutches of congress. They screw up everything they touch.
Social Security has not caused one cent of the current national debt. Social Security was one of the main creditors for the national debt. However, it is no longer taking in more in "contributions" than it is issuing as benefits. Therefore, it is no longer providing credit to the general Treasury and will soon, cash in rather than roll-over the current bonds it holds issued by the US Treasury.
This is not a recent occurrence. Before they issued the first benefits check, Congress had already "stole" the reserve, uhm, Trust fund and issued I.O.U.s in its place. Now those I.O.U.s are going to be cashed in, but the government is in a panic as they depend on the "contributions" for their routine budget and don't have the funds to repay the loans.
From Life magazine: Social Security article, 1939
The joker in this is that the Government has been spending Social Security tax money for ordinary expenses and putting its own I.O.U.'s (i.e., bonds) in the reserve fund. Thus when the time came to pay old-age annuities partly out of the interest on the bonds the money could be raised only by taxing the people a second time.
When President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act just four years ago this month, he hailed it truly as a milestone in American history. Nobody, however, regarded the Act as much more than a long first step toward its objectives, a tentative plan to be revised and expanded with experience.
Social Security has not caused one cent of the current national debt.
That's not exactly true as your post seems to indicate. SS has been a drag on (rather than a contributor to) the treasury for several years. Earlier than it was supposed to after Congress fixed SS for 100 years in 1983, I believe).
Other than that small nit, I agree with your post. SS is just a slush fund for government.
Re: There Is No Such Thing as 'Transgendered'
That's right. It's the social construct not gender.
As implied in the Bible quote above, it is a behavior rather than a physical condition. I have cancer, whether I think I do or not. Immutable.
This or that person thinks he is queer, or straight, or neutered; thoughts, synapses, neural pathways can be re-directed.
I used the word "queer" not pejoratively but to illustrate that the homosexual lifestyle is not Blue skies, apple pies happy and gay.
"I don't like who I am so I'll be who I'm not". That vibes: loser.
Yes! If I can identify as black or white (nobody seems to want to identify as white) or male or female (or other?), why can't I identify as another species. I choose rooster. If you can think it, you can be it!
My uncle Louie Lozko (we all called him "Letsgo Lozko") raised Bantam chickens; he was a charter member of the Blue Island Bantam Chicken Society.
He only offered this advice, "As for the bantam chickens, those little sumbitches are the living descendants of velociraptors. I wouldn't be messing with 'em. Er, maybe this is what he meant:Bambiraptor is a Late Cretaceous, 72-million-year-old, bird-like dromaeosaurid theropod dinosaur.
Which ever way you parse it, uncle Letsgo is "King of the Bantam Chickens".
A movie recommendation: Longitude (2000)
Michael Gambon does his usual good job portraying John Harrison in this very interesting historical tale.
Nowadays, of course, all navigation depends on clocks. The first Harrison naval clocks cost nearly a third of the cost of the ship itself. An interesting sidenote: The clock used by Cook on his voyage was lent to Bligh, then commandeered by Christian, and ended up on Pitcairn's Island.
Interesting. I also found it interesting that the Brit government tried to renege on it's promise to pay the reward. Somethings never change...
I read the book some years ago.
John Harrison started as a carpenter and progressed to building clocks with wooden mechanisms - amazing stuff. A couple of them are still around. Even the first 3 sea going Chronometers had wooden components. You see the wooden gears on H1 here:
And it is a great movie/mini series.
Accurate, detailed maps of at least South America and an ice-free Antarctica predate the invention of the modern, reliable clock. Nobody knows how, as longitude is impossible to calculate without accurate time.
Be assured your expertise in conforming things to the purported consensus view remains intact, Z-team. An ice-free Antarctica was charted, however, at a time unknown.
As was an ice-free coastline of Greenland and much of the southern Pacific by folks on rafts recording their landfalls by, of all things, wave patterns across many hundreds of miles. Like I said, nobody knows how the Antarctica was mapped.
Thanks for the Wikipedia proof. I know I eventually turn there for everything too.
Just finished watching 20 minutes of Dr. Carson's press conference from yesterday. I am now thoroughly impressed with his ability to handle pressure, answer questions on the fly, defend himself and fight back. Wow.
He took question after question after question tossed at him. He didn't have any handlers interfere. Didn't have pre-determined questions. Etc.
This is 100% the opposite of how Obama and Hillary operate.
It also shows me that, yes, Dr. Carson can do it. I can imagine him now in a press conference and deftly handling attacks from all sides. He didn't break a sweat (well, maybe a little one under the lights) and never really got that upset. He is starting to look more presidential to me. This scholarship controversy is actually going to help him.
Looking forward to the primary process and see the trial by fire. I still haven't made up my mind yet about whom I'm supporting. So this is all very enlightening to me.
My spies have sent me a Carson fundraising letter as he attempts to cash in on the fraudulent article.
If you've been watching the news, you've seen that the media is in full attack mode. They've been tracking down and interviewing my childhood friends and even accusing me of fabricating parts of my personal history.
Funny, because this was the same media that time and again declared it off-limits to dig into then-candidate Barack Obama's background.
The media's double standard is incredible, but even worse is their viciousness and blatant disregard for the truth.
I'll be honest -- I need your help. Now. I always knew this campaign would be tough, but the media is now going off the rails and we need the resources to fight back, 24/7.
Please add your name to this letter to CNN now, and let them know you're fed up.
It is for you and your family that I am running, and with your help I will continue -- no matter what -- to rally men and women from every race, every class and every faith together in a common cause -- to return government to the people.
As our movement continues to grow, I know the viciousness of the attacks will grow as well.
It shouldn't have to be this way, but sadly that's the reality we face. It's why people despise politics and Washington, and it's why people distrust the media.
As you enjoy the weekend with your friends and family, I hope you will take just a moment to read this email and recommit to this fight that we, together, have undertaken.
I can't do this without you. Please add you name to this letter to CNN right now.
Thank you, and God Bless you.
On Ben Carson's Facebook page they have now posted the West Point recruiting materials from Carson's era encouraging blacks to apply. Among other things, the materials emphasize that admitted students receive a "full government scholarship." Also posted is an article from that period similarly talking about a "massive recruitment drive" by the service academies for qualified black students.
Another thing they have targeted him for is supposedly making up a story about a fake psych exam. His campaign has now also located and posted on his facebook page a media story written about that at the time, corroborating Carson's account.
Yale: "If these students get their wish to turn Yale and other campuses into zones of emotional coddling, they will succeed only in destroying the very point of college." THAT ship has sailed off on the briny blue.
Boy who identifies as transgender: I don't identify him as, nor do the girls in his school.
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I also saw and enjoyed this movie very much! Thank you for the recommendation. I will watch this again as i saw it many years ago.