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Wednesday, February 17. 2016
Photo: Westminster winner
1950s car quiz
Turning Anthropology from Science into Political Activism
The Best Of Antonin Scalia: The Justice's 10 Most Insightful Quotes
Black History Month: The real George Jefferson
Is This The Edgiest Magazine Cover Of All Time?
Climate Models Botch Another Prediction
Why she changed her mind on abortion
Larry Summers Launches The War On Paper Money: "It's Time To Kill The $100 Bill"
Pope Francis Puts Responsibility for Immigration Problem Back on Mexicans
"in a recent analysis it was determined that the United States now ranks 12th among the nations of the world in economic freedom (6th in 2008) but a dismal 31st in personal freedom (17th in 2008).
Is there any way Obama can fill Supreme Court vacancy?
The Right Kind of Class Warfare: Workers vs. Looters
Sally Pipes' 'The Way Out of Obamacare'
The 'White Privilege' Lie, And why it does great harm to blacks.
Obama's Final Budget to Nowhere
Bernie Supporters React to Hillary's Astronomical Delegate Count
‘Ma Lips Ah Sealed!’ Hillary Uses Black Accent In Chat With Sharpton
The Clintons really don’t get it: False attacks and failed strategies as Hillary repeats 2008
Trump, Lies, and Bankruptcy
Anti-migrant force builds in Europe, hurting Merkel's quest
Turkey seeks allies' support for ground operation as Syria war nears border
The little-understood connection between Islamic terror and drug profits
Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the Politicized UN
Lessons From Al Capone On Countering Islamist Violence
ISIS relying on child soldiers, drugged fighters as grip on Mosul slips
Wall Street Journal Columnist Says Israel ‘Diversifying Partnerships,’ Joining Sunni States in ‘Disenchanted With America’ Alliance
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Angela Merkle -
I think it's pretty clear, despite the suppression of the news media here in Germany (and across Europe) that Angela basically committed political suicide with this one. We all know the media is biased and influenced and/or controlled by government and special interest groups. America is really no different in this regard. Anyone with an education beyond kindergarten knows much of the so called "truth" isn't. The idea of a free press is on the same level as the idea of a free market; both are up there with unicorns and fairies.
With Germany being about 1/3 the size of Texas, these are huge numbers which no one could have imagined showing up. The do-gooders cheered them on, oblivious to the scale of this problem or the political or social ramifications of helping people in need. While I am not against helping people, the scale is unprecedented no one was prepared. And to be quite frank, the respective European governments (especially Germany) failed to to their job; which is to uphold the constitution, enforce the laws and protect our borders.
Angela will pay a heavy price for this especially after her 2004 comments about multiculturalism being a total failure here in Germany and which has been well documented across Europe. And no one has a clue why she made this 180° change in attitude. Our concern isn't her possible demise, it's what's going to replace her and her party. Not so different concern for your own leadership.
As in America, there are some topics that are not allowed to be discussed. The truth in the west has collapsed under the weight of PC correctness and fear of offending anyone. This isn't a German issue, this is a western issue. Germany, everyone else...including America...is not immune from this problem.
I guess we will see how this turns out as the weather warms up and the flow of refugees starts up again. I suspect this will not bode well for the German people any more than it has in Sweden. The larger issue is whether or not we as a collective of intelligent, conservatives who love our countries and our families, can sort it out for our immediate security and our children's future.
Merkel befuddles me. She's fighting to keep the EU together while facing another economic crisis that just might be bigger than the last one, so she welcomes millions of "refugees" who don't speak the language and/or are unemployable, not to mention in need of services such as housing, healthcare and education. In my very urban city, one of our schools now has a "refugee" population speaking 27 different languages. Try educating that crew in any subject! Not to mention the youngsters have not had vaccinations for many diseases covered by the U.S. suggested inoculations prior to entering school! Time organizing such medical services takes away from class time for everyone else. The entire school suffers.
I blame specific religious communities who make many millions off their immigration services and encourage the government to drop them at their centers. In our area, the center gets $1000 per immigrant with another $800 going to that person to cover immediate expenses such as clothing and food. During a phone call last week, one administrator admitted that their volunteer population for serving these immigrants was down (teaching English; finding schools, housing, social services for legal aid and drivers licenses, etc.), so they were having to hire people to help them out. No planning, no controls, no budget. Now we have 10,000 Cubans waiting in Central America for transport over the Mexican border and all the goodies and citizenship that come with the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act, which is still in effect!!!!
"As in America, there are some topics that are not allowed to be discussed." Sounds like you need a Mr. Trump squashing all those PC rules and regulations.
@ DMW - Thanks, but we'll pass on Herr Trump. We have enough media control with out his nonsense. :-)
I don't know, Mr. Horst, but the televised programming I see from European media and other nations is much more revealing than the propaganda pushed in the U.S. or the stories simply not covered. As a former journalist, I find this disheartening as every one is involved in op-ed, but facts are hard to unearth. All want to win a Pulitzer, but hate the hard work of investigative reporting.
@ JMA - As with any discovery of real value, the truth is always hard to find. Blogs and forums either right or left, tend to lean towards one bias or another to support their agenda. I must agree that finding honest, unbiased reporting is difficult to find anywhere. As I pointed out to Z-Man, he had noted the Russians reporting a kidnapped girl in Berlin and were storming the streets. When in fact Spiegel reported later that it was all a hoax; she was never kidnapped or raped and she admitted it herself.
This is similar to another post I received from a colleague in the US about weapons in a storage container destined for a refugee camp in Germany. Turns out it wasn't at all what was reported. But a enough sites had posted it as true, so everyone jumped on it without the most basic fact checking.
Having said that, the two most reliable (not infallible) sources here are Spiegel and Süddeutsche Zeitung (South German Newspaper). These are really the most serious publications we have. They will even admit that on a few occasions, they have been pulled over the table when they failed to do their homework or investigating properly, but I would say they are both quite up front and more reliable than the Bild or Stern which are garbage.
As with any story that is brought to light, one must really look at the source, even on this site. As I have found several posts about Germany and Europe that were half-truths. Unless you can read German, you're depending on someone else to tell you what's going on.
And even then, you really need to verify the source as reliable or not.
We have an old saying: "Kinder und Betrunkene sagen immer die Wahrheit." (Children and drunks always tell the truth)
Karl Horst (Germany): As I pointed out to Z-Man, he had noted the Russians reporting a kidnapped girl in Berlin and were storming the streets. When in fact Spiegel reported later that it was all a hoax; she was never kidnapped or raped and she admitted it herself.
The story was being pushed by Russian propaganda organs, and not a few Americans believed it without skepticism because it confirmed their preconceptions.
Turning Anthropology from Science into Political Activism
This is a most excellent read. This is why I can barely read anything in the supposed "science journals" anymore.
is also a good read that crushes that noble savage myth.
I like idea behind this piece - that the concept of white privilege is harmful to blacks and is just another way of keeping them on the welfare plantation. Instead of educating young black children that a traditional family, working parents, education, and drive are keys to a successful start in life, the social justice warriors want blacks to believe that the game is rigged. All this does is to perpetuate poverty among those that buy into the message.
Car quiz - 90% - Fun, and hard on a few, trip down memory lane...
Piece of cake here. I was in my late teens-early twenties at the time, and like all my peers, ate, dreamt, talked and generally lived for cars. Amazed I can still recall all that 60 years later.
It was somewhat fun until I started realizing how many of those cars I recognized and how old I must be to recognize them. (Hope you didn't get lost and wander off on that trip down memory lane.)
RE ‘Ma Lips Ah Sealed!’ Hillary Uses Black Accent In Chat With Sharpton
Dat am appallin' dat de Hildabeest be using 'bonics ta curry po-litical favor from Rev'run Al.
Hey BD--if you do a search in your data base you will see that I first pointed out the "white privilege" idea several years ago. I pointed to the new committee in Seattle who was tossing around the idea. WHAT A SURPRISE--the women of Seattle and their cowed down white males, not only have the power to put Obama in office, they also had the power to dream up "white privilege" and then put enough into it to make it a national ideology. Is anyone listening yet? Do you want to take a look at the terrible corrupt state of Seattle yet?
GSP wins. Unusual for a working dog to win Westminster but there is always hope. I've hunted behind GSP's and they can be awesome. And they are good house dogs too.
agree...Labs Rule. I've got a couple that rule the roost at my house. My personal choice for hunters.
Finest dog I have ever met was a German Shorthair. What a dog! They can often be a bit high-strung and too fond of barking to be excellent house dogs but the good ones are good, gotta give 'em that.
All that said, the mongrel we had to put down a year ago was one heck of a good dog. A real sweetheart.
The show, what I saw of it, was amusing. Foofoo dogs everywhere.
Re: Why she changed her mind on abortion
Great piece! I had some minor disagreements. For example, she says the pro-life position is unpopular (from what I understand, a slim majority are pro-life which means that after you discount the undecideds, the pro-abortion position is solidly minority). She also didn't discuss the old argument that women should be able to have sex without consequences just as men are thought to have (rather than encourage men to behave more morally, feminists encouraged women to behave equally as immorally). And I would have prefered her to more directly address the pro-abortion lie that a woman should be able to control her body (the baby is not her body, it is another body inside her body). I especially appreciated her pointing out that future generations may be unkind to those who were pro-abortion as the left choose to be view past slave-owners.
I found it very powerful, logical, and heart-breaking.
Re: Can Congress Keep Its Hands off Anything?
From the first comment: No. Next question.
I might point out that while while government will tend to meddle in areas that is not its business (as our forefathers predicted), The congresscritter in this case (and a majority of other similar cases) is a Democrat. So they are not only liars (http://www.democrats.org/about/our-history), they are controlling. A really bad combination.
The Best Of Antonin Scalia: The Justice's 10 Most Insightful Quotes
Antonin Scalia: "This Court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who has had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is 'actually' innocent."
Leave it to huffpo (and many others) to take things out of context:
“This Court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who has had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is ‘actually’ innocent.” Justice Scalia may already be well known for a strict approach to statutory construction, but his dissenting statement in the 2009 Supreme Court decision, In re Davis, caused quite a buzz among national media. Although callous in appearance, Justice Scalia’s words provide a technically correct reading of Supreme Court precedent and federal habeas corpus law: actual innocence is not a recognized claim of constitutional error that would allow federal courts to review a prisoner’s habeas petition. Georgia State University Law Review.
Perhaps his ultimate point is to change the law to allow for the recognition of actual innocence in a habeas petition. That would be more in character from what I know of him.
DMW: Although callous in appearance, Justice Scalia’s words provide a technically correct reading of Supreme Court precedent and federal habeas corpus law: actual innocence is not a recognized claim of constitutional error that would allow federal courts to review a prisoner’s habeas petition.
There is no reasonable way to argue that the original intent of the Founders was to allow for the execution of a provably innocent person. The Supreme Court has never made such a finding because it's never been raised as a legal issue. Who in their right mind would argue that the Constitution allows for the government to knowingly execute an innocent person?!
While the Supreme Court has not explicitly made a finding that executing an innocent would be unconstitutional, Chief Justice Rehnquist wrote in Herrera v. Collins, "We may assume, for the sake of argument in deciding this case, that in a capital case a truly persuasive demonstration of 'actual innocence' made after trial would render the execution of a defendant unconstitutional, and warrant federal habeas relief if there were no state avenue open to process such a claim."
The very example Scalia chose turned out to be of an innocent man, wrongly accused.
Just for the record, I was quoting The Georgia State Law Review, FYI. I'm not an attorney. I prefer honest work instead!
speaking as someone who has defended death-penalty eligible cases, not allowing factual innocence as a part of habeas law is a gross perversion of justice. divine justice, natural law, whatever.
killing someone who is factually innocent enshrines rules over substance.
for the record, I am pro-death penalty.
I agree that when a person's life is at stake legal technicalities should be bent to allow evidence of innocence to be introduced. Is there any way that Scalia's dissent could be viewed as a prod to get the law changed?
Scalia's statement is correct. To change this,
extend the Innocence Protection Act, codify the case called House v. Bell (which is about DNA evidence) by amending the USCode and overturning Herrera in the same law.
all technical stuff, but the wikipedia articles on the IPA and House are pretty clear.
On the subject of digital
For you techno-geeks who follow this forum, you may find this interesting; now they can store 360-Terabytes (1 terabyte of data would require about 1400 CD-ROMs) onto a disk of quartz glass about the size of a Euro coin. Amazing stuff!!
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