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Saturday, November 14. 2015
I don't get in nearly as many scrapes on Saturday Night as I once did. I'm always the toughest guy at the Olive Garden at 4:10, so no one dares front me over the newly rationed bread sticks, and I'm usually home in bed before the real heavy stuff comes down past 5:00.
Housing debt? Ten years roll by and somehow everything is still George Bush's fault.
I have solved this problem with insolvency.
People are stunned that jurors don't want a purported mafia member angry at them. That is stunning.
Hmm. It would appear they don't - want - to live like a refugee. Don't want to live like a ref-huge-gee.
William Howard Taft wouldn't leave a scrap of flesh on Tim Cook's bones.
Oh look. The same people who said Microsoft was an evil monopoly because they made an operating system and a web browser are mocking them for not taking over the whole Internet.
Somehow I don't think Mizzou students would have come up with this.
I just look for the word "consensus." Saves time.
I only watch football on TV so I imagine the continuous stream of high-pitched swearing will interfere with this scheme.
Have a lovely Saturday!
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Stop-and-Seize Turns Police Into Self-Funding Gangs
"Even more fundamentally, though, stop-and-seize is part of a worrying trend of less government accountability. The lack of oversight virtually ensures that the quality of government services will decline."
Thank you Captain Obvious.
Gubmint at this point in history, is now parasitic. We exist to fund IT, not for IT to provide US with services.
Unless you count rape, murder,theft and robbery as "services".
Will it be the United States coming to the rescue as we have in the past?
Oh, and which parts of Europe shall we save? The countries whose ass we kicked or the part whose ass we saved?
But, but, didn't our great leader promise to bring the troops home?
That is not to say I want to rescue ANY other country at this point. We can't save ourselves.
Mary: yes bring our troops home, but in defeat. We can use them to rid our own country of all the fleas and ticks we seem to be getting.
This is way past racism; it is about saving our country.
A fundamental truth: given a perceived need, there is no race more implacably murderous than White folk.
Time to crank it up, folks.
Regarding Microsoft and Terraserver, plenty of companies invent stuff and then blow it.
I worked at AOL in the early 2000s on the Instant Messenger group. We realized there was no money in messaging, but we did feel the people messaging each other might want to know who they were talking to. So we sought to build out a profile program which we could then monetize.
The programmers at the time were not sold on this concept, so we were given very thin resources. It was moderately successful. We were able to create pages where people could identify themselves (if they wished), or follow/share news.
This allowed us to sell advertising. But eventually the programmers won and the concept was shut down. But years later my cohorts and I were out to lunch and someone casually mentioned "do you realize we created Facebook in 2002?"
No, I hadn't. At least not until then. But he was right. We had. We didn't realize the power of social media at the time, but we were obviously on the right path. Sadly the tech guys wanted to focus on the technology, not the money.
Xerox had a similar problem with their GUI and mouse technologies, basically giving them all away to Apple.
And some poor schmuck who invented "Quick and Dirty Operating System" sold it for pennies to a guy who turned it into Microsoft.
That's how progress happens. The first guy rarely is the one who 'wins'. They are just the people who blaze the trail and are forgotten.
You are sometimes--in some matters--ridiculously blinded to your lack of insight. Most particular your slavish devotion to Microsoft! This idiot blindness prevents you from recognizing the very existence of the thing you hate most (concentrated out of control power and authority). Sheesh! Microsoft and Bill Gates are not to be idealized in any way, at any time, for any purpose other than the ease with which they steal, bully and commit atrocities on your own proclaimed morality.
I'm guessing that somehow you believe Apple is any better. I am simply looking for the least expensive system that allows me to use my apps, store and access my data and use the internet. An operating system and a computer, that's all. What is the cheapest Apple laptop with operating system installed? I admit I don't know but from what I've seen I'm guessing around $1800. My PC with Windows 10 brand new two months ago cost me $199 at Walmart. So tough decision: Should I spend almost ten times as much to proudly say I own an Apple or pay far far less and happily use my microsoft powered laptop?
Gee, thanks for that data-driven and information-rich opinion.
Europe has basically willingly imported this problem and we're doing it too.
I'm not a Trump fan, but I can add up to 42% (Trump's recent poll numbers). The only thing Trump has been articulate about is stopping illegal immigration and deporting the illegal immigrants we already have. There might be a lesson there.
Since Islam teaches that it's OK to lie to infidels to further its cause, I don't see how we can trust them as a whole (which is sad since I know some Muslims whom I believe I can trust) and thus any solution to this problem is likely to be very ugly.
The GOP would rather see the criminal Hillary Rotten elected before Trump.
From the WaPo:
The apprehension among some party elites goes beyond electability, according to one Republican strategist who spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk candidly about the worries.
“We’re potentially careening down this road of nominating somebody who frankly isn’t fit to be president in terms of the basic ability and temperament to do the job,” this strategist said. “It’s not just that it could be somebody Hillary could destroy electorally, but what if Hillary hits a banana peel and this person becomes president?”
The GOP establishment is either clueless or they are lying when they say they are conservative. They eschewed the largest conservative grassroots movement in a generation and they badmouth the candidate who is carrying the banner for the one issue that generates most excitement.
The founders were right in their distaste for parties, but unfortunately l don't see a way around them.
The knee jerk reaction from Merkel:
“Earlier today, Merkel responded to the massacre by calling for people to express “tolerance” towards the migrants.”
and this from another useful idiot:
“A German parliament member has called for introducing a “compulsory labor” program under which young Germans would be forced to spend a year in the service of migrants.
Focus.de reports that CDU MP Eckhardt Rehberg provoked “heated discussion” when he suggested that Germany’s inability to cope with the migrant influx could be solved by making university graduates commit to a year of “social service”.”
And finally, from Steyn:
And all Chancellor Merkel and the EU want to do is make that large comfort zone even larger by letting millions more "Syrian" "refugees" walk into the Continent and settle wherever they want. As I wrote after the Copenhagen attacks in February:
I would like to ask Mr Cameron and Miss Thorning-Schmidt what's their happy ending here? What's their roadmap for fewer "acts of violence" in the years ahead? Or are they riding on a wing and a prayer that they can manage the situation and hold it down to what cynical British civil servants used to call during the Irish "Troubles" "an acceptable level of violence"? In Pakistan and Nigeria, the citizenry are expected to live with the reality that every so often Boko Haram will kick open the door of the schoolhouse and kidnap your daughters for sex-slavery or the Taliban will gun down your kids and behead their teacher in front of the class. And it's all entirely "random", as President Obama would say, so you just have to put up with it once in a while, and it's tough if it's your kid, but that's just the way it is. If we're being honest here, isn't that all Mr Cameron and Miss Thorning-Schmidt are offering their citizens? Spasms of violence as a routine feature of life, but don't worry, we'll do our best to contain it - and you can help mitigate it by not going to "controversial" art events, or synagogues, or gay bars, or...
...or soccer matches, or concerts, or restaurants...
So I say again: What's the happy ending here? Because if M Hollande isn't prepared to end mass Muslim immigration to France and Europe, then his "pitiless war" isn't serious. And, if they're still willing to tolerate Mutti Merkel's mad plan to reverse Germany's demographic death spiral through fast-track Islamization, then Europeans aren't serious. In the end, the decadence of Merkel, Hollande, Cameron and the rest of the fin de civilisation western leadership will cost you your world and everything you love.
So screw the candlelight vigil.
I am of the same opinion. However, I would like to point out that if--IF, we had been allowed to speak openly about the fact that overpopulation has become THE major problem--then, we might have been able to deal with the core of the problem 30 years ago!
As it stands now we either defend our place and our people, our way of life is as valid as any other in that argument about rights.