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Tuesday, March 1. 2016
Would The Beatles be Sex Offenders Today?
For the love of God, rich people, stop giving Stanford money
Time to Drop the Curtain on Radical Chic
Drone-Mounted Handgun, Flamethrower Reignite Lawmaker Debate
Stuff Keeps Getting Cheaper
Leonardo DiCaprio Lectures Oscars About Global Warming After Using Private Jet 6 Times in 6 Months
Six is not often
The New California Crime Wave - A criminal-justice “reform” measure unleashes thousands of predators.
Gary Kasparov on the Cold War
We need to capitalise on America’s overly hostile business environment
Cash is the currency of freedom
Related, On the $100 bill
New FBI Site to Counter Extremism Fails to Mention Radical Islam
Brace Yourself For the Greatest Prosecutorial Discretion Event in History
Hume on Hillary Emails: ‘Not a Huge Case,’ ‘You Don’t Have Any Criminal Intent’
Just How Bad a Candidate Will Hillary Be?
A new GOP is born - Pat Buchanan: Regardless of nominee, Trump surge marks 'death rattle' of establishment
The Death of Reagan’s Republican Party
Thunderdome: Gone Savage For Trump - The
Why Rubio is the candidate of the past
Trump’s rise is only one among many signs that something has gone profoundly amiss in our popular culture.
The Road to Internet Serfdom - China, Russia, and Orwell’s boot
Right solution is independence for Puerto Rico
Sweden's Migration Industry
North Korea's Nuclear Missile Threat: Very Bad News
In Libya, What Hath Hillary Wrought?
Moderation in Iran? Don't get your hopes up
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Quoting one of my favorites on the Althouse blog: " I am an American; I want to live in America, not Sweden, not Zimbabwe, not Brazil North, and not in some international flophouse."
I think he is too optimistic. I think that the Davos caste and the transnationalists have a lot of kick left, and let's face it, time is on their side. What the voter has to figure out is how much is he/she willing to give up in the way of American values, rights, and sovereignty to international bodies. But rest assured that they do not represent the best interests of the American people, at large.
Very good piece on end of Moore's Law, some excellent points. Would have been nice if he pointed out that industry worked to stay on Moore's projection, it was as artificial as nutrisweet.
Would The Beatles be Sex Offenders Today?
The age of consent for heterosexual sex in Britain was 16 in the 1960s.
The song's lyrics are about a girl the singer sees at a dance. "You know what I mean" could mean almost anything the listener wants it to mean.
That the author sees a reference to statutory rape says more about the author than about Lennon and McCartney.
Does Lenore have a day job? Because her writing isn't worth the electrons wasted.
Agreed. It's not even silly to consider that rhyme as evidence of child molestation. Some people don't have enough to do.
Whew! It would be really bad to find out he was a child molester, especially now that we know he was misogynist, crappy father, and far from peaceful (http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/john-lennons-dark-side-domestic-6481985).
RE North Korea's Nuclear Missile Threat: Very Bad News
this is wrong. the style of the Kim dynasty is easily dismissed as psychotic, but it's better described as oriented towards survival and surviving for 65 or so years means not being suicidal. NK does not possess the numbers of nukes or the delivery systems to overcome basic cold war calculations. a first use by NK of nukes against the US or its allies could not prevent retaliation that would result in destruction magnitudes worse than the USSR would have faced after a hypothetical first strike against the US. a nuclear attack means the gloves come off and the response won't be delayed grain shipments or UN condemnation The USSR understood this, Kim does as well.
No duh that North Korea couldn't win a MAD exchange.
Their nukes do give them an umbrella to conduct many nefarious schemes, much like it would Iran.
That article also noted a RAND analyst who came up with the same estimate of yield for the last test as I did - 50 kT, probably a boosted fission device.
Their satellite launch also raises the possibility of their having a FOB weapon, also useful for the EMP attack.
I found the article a realistic look at North Korea's strategy and capability. South Korea is also taking a very aggressive stand. Don't be surprised if they field THAAD in spite of China's complaints.
Bigger Tents: On Rebranding "CONSERVATIVE" and "REPUBLICAN" with "AMERICAN"
That's nice. However, there are political differences among Americans, and those differences include liberalism vs. conservatism, left vs. right, Democratic vs. Republican. If the writer is simply saying he is done with politics, then that's fine, but for everyone who wants a say in the future of the country, their visions are expressed through the political process.
If they say you are arguing from Republican or Conservative views, point out to them that you are arguing from AMERICAN views only.
That's nice but politically vacuous.
Do that consistently and we can all look forward to future disputes and elections that pit the “Progressives” against the AMERICANS. I know which way I'd bet.
So the writer isn't done with politics, but that it's real 'Mericans against the usurpers.
I think Trump has crossover appeal among that wide swathe of average Americans who are not political doctrinaires and whose voice has previously been mute. Obama has done so much to polarize people---by promoting Marxism at the expense of traditional personal and economic freedoms---that it's probably a good thing to try to get America moving forward again along the broadest possible lines.
Insisting that the country perform a political 180 is probably not the most rational course of actions the Republicans can pursue.
Leonardo is an actor who pretends for a living, on pretend sets reading pretend scripts, pretends to have an opinion and lecture us on how to live. He has no sense of Irony and Hypocrisy with his own lifestyle.
Ha! Glad I'm not the only one who doesn't take seriously the opinion of people who play dress-up for a living.
Bull. DiCaprio correctly identifies rampant, corporatized animal agriculture as the greater threat to the environment, a principle not unfamiliar to what we used to call conservationists back in the day before we Carl's Jr'd everything and called it stalwart, rightist 'Murca like we do today. The fact AGW is bunk doesn't mean there aren't environmental disasters. Just because Boston isn't underwater doesn't mean you want to raze the rain forests, for example.
The ostensible right really, really needs to drop the codependence and foolishness it manifests chasing every syllable and molecule generated by the left. Cause that's dumb. And it's nuts when the right can't even identify valid issues or principles anymore, which it can't when it's forever culture-signalling instead.
The guy may be smarter than you think. He may very well be smarter than you.
I don't pay much attention to people who pretend for a living either. I don't know how smart he is but the chances are good that he's smarter than you.
I'm contemplating a snarky reply but until it occurs, I invite you to consider Shakespeare vis a vis that whole actor thing you're working on.
Very good point about Shakespeare, Ten. But he did not preach against the lifestyle that he lived.
Review again; DiCaprio probably has far more on the ball than culturalist rightists may think, if think is the right word is the right word for what cultural rightists do.
The point is that sloth has doomed rightists to squander structural originalism for many, many decades, a talent they seem to resist being disabused of in the extreme. But they love their culturalism.