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Monday, June 6. 2016
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Why Muhammad Ali Matters to Everyone
Elon Musk believes we are probably characters in some advanced civilization's video game
Maybe he is
The Canon Is Sexist, Racist, Colonialist, and Totally Gross. Yes, You Have to Read It Anyway.
Three Reasons Why a Liberal Thinks Universities Need Conservatives, Christians
Is your boyfriend a sociopath?
Shock Study: Bees like Warm Climates
Payday Loan Rules Would Help Low-Income Families Avoid $8 Billion in Fees
Payday loans can be life-savers for the hard-up
The Obama admin and mortgage fraud
Trump Sticks With Tweets and Insults - As Clinton goes on the attack, his freestyle campaign lacks money, staff, and a consistent message
Ex-Secret Service officer: Hillary lacks ‘integrity and temperament’ for presidency
When I hear people say Clinton emails don't matter, I
Hillary University: Bill Clinton Bagged $16.46 Million from For-Profit College as State Dept. Funneled $55 Million Back
EU is a mess. Run away.
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"Payday Loan Rules Would Help Low-Income Families Avoid $8 Billion in Fees"
Yeah, sure they would! Because they would eliminate almost all legitimate payday lenders, since those fees are the lenders' profit margin.
So, the lenders of last resort again become those run by organized crime! No longer do you have to worry about those nasty fees, just your knee caps....or worse!
Have you learned NOTHING from Prohibition? Create a black market and then watch who fills the void in meeting human wants and needs. Liquor, drugs, sex, gambling, loaned money.... all pretty much the same with providers of last resort.
Deut 24:14 Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, ... 15 Pay them their wages each day before sunset, because they are poor and are counting on it. Otherwise they may cry to the Lord against you, and you will be guilty of sin.
Many pay-day lenders are entities under the jurisdiction of Indian tribes, and thus can't be regulated in any event because of tribal sovereignty.
"It is your responsibility as educators to listen to student voices," No, just no.
I can remember growing my parents were hyper sensitive to paying their bills. We were poor and my parents would sacrifice to pay the bills. If we didn't have enough food we would seek family help but we still paid the bills. It seemed so normal to me I never gave it a thought until years later.
It kind of goes back to the point made about the marine captain who put his honor ahead of his career. It seems you either have honor or you don't. It's a slippery slope you make an excuse and fail to hold up your responsibilities and it becomes so much easier to do it again. Most of the time no one outside your family might know about this it's not as though there is a national tracking system. Well when it comes to bills and borrowing there is a national tracking system and we call it your credit score. If you pay your bills and have a code of honor in how you manage your finances you have a high rating on your credit score.
It is unfortunate that it seems those who need the most help have to pay outrageous interest rates and pay the highest cost for consumer goods. But how could it be any different??? Would you loan the deadbeat $1000 to buy a car? I wouldn't. The only people who will loan to deadbeats have come up with a system where they don't lose their shorts in their business. Their losses are so high that they must make it up somehow. payday loans, rent to own, 22% interest on car loans, etc. That is the price you pay for being a deadbeat. If you are unwilling to scrimp and save and do without so that you can meet your obligations then you will have to pay more for debt. Why not???
The last paragraph about the marine captain is so telling. That so many in this country have zero integrity and honor, or are perfectly willing to look the other way, because Hillary is a member of their party; she will likely get away with her crimes. Why should any of us have a respect for the rule of law, when the elites get away with criminal conduct? It is a recipe for disaster.
RE Is your boyfriend a sociopath?
and yet, the author chose the loser to be her boyfriend.
Just to defend her some. The piece she wrote was a compilation of what she experienced over a period of time. Sociopaths will 'groom' someone and gain their trust, and then ramp up the lies. They don't start out with a list of huge lies. Nope, they win you over with some big truths (I've been married twice and have a daughter), see if you swallow them, and then if you do, they start to shape the narrative (My first wife died in a car wreck). That kind of thing.
It's not all lies day and night. Some are real things that are verifiable. The rest the woman trusted b/c she'd already decided he was truthful.
Holman Jenkins wrote a good piece in the WSJ on the payday loan situation (look for that Google connection).
Ali entertained me back in the day, although I was a Smokin' Joe fan. Other than that, he's never meant anything to me. I assume I'm not alone. .
Trump is doing a lot more than tweeting. He held 3 large campaign rallies in CA last week. Hammered Hillary during every single one.
I am not sure I see some massive Clinton campaign against Trump that equals in attention or effectiveness. Please show me where this is happening.
The biggest issue, as per the norm, is the press carrying Hillary's water and focusing on minor issues in the Trump campaign...all over the news this morning? Trump pointing out the judge in CA may be biased against him. Which is true if you look at the man's background and the law firms representing the six people suing (yes, it's only SIX people out of thousands who took the courses).
I think Trump is possibly holding back his attacks until Hillary is the nominee. He wants to run against her. She hasn't sealed the deal yet with the nomination. Once that happens, get ready.
Trump has an unusual campaign. Won the primaries without hardly spending any cash compared to his rivals. I think he can do the same with a presidential campaign. Its about going directly to the people. Putting all rallies live on You Tube. Bypass the media and the liberal gatekeepers.
The judge also has intense connections to La Raza, an organization that even Cesar Chavez found despicable. Among other help, he assisted in the selection of ILLEGAL students for college scholarships in the U.S. How can an American judge support those who break the law of the land?
RE Elon Musk believes we are probably characters in some advanced civilization's video game
Elon fell asleep watching The Matrix.
...it would seem to follow that the odds that we're in base reality is one in billions.
Tell me what's wrong with that argument. Is there a flaw in that argument?
Elon: argument is not evidence.
when was this golden age of sportsmanship? was it before or after Ty Cobb sharpened his spikes?
otherwise, Ali was a very talented boxer and a total asshat.
I always thought Ali was an ass with a big mouth. Named after an abolitionist, he dropped that "slave name" and named himself after a notorious slaver instead.
That dirt about Cobb is a bunch of lies
I said he sharpened his spikes, nothing else.
read pgs 3 and 4 of the hillsdale article. the author doesn't deny he sharpened spikes. the article states that "Cobb believed strongly that the runner had the right of way in what he called 'my little patch'” in front of the bag." this was not so in Cobb's day, there was no right of way, no interference or blocking rule.
the other two articles don't mention spikes.
"The base paths belonged to me, the runner. The rules gave me the right. I always went into a bag full speed, feet first. I had sharp spikes on my shoes. If the baseman stood where he had no business to be and got hurt, that was his fault."
-- Cobb, quoted in the Baseball Almanac
As a kid I was in boxing and I remember watching Cassius Clay fight Sonny Liston live on TV, Friday night fights. There was no doubt in my mind that Liston threw the fight. Having said that I watched almost every fight Ali fought and he was probably the best fighter in my lifetime. However in one fight Ken Norton beat the crap out of Ali. Watching it in my opinion Ali was not ready for Norton but Norton was ready for Ali. Norton was stronger and could take a punch and he fought his fight and when Ali began to shuffle and dodge Norton beat him mercilessly. BUT Ali was still a better boxer he simply under estimated Norton. He didn't make that mistake again.
The Canon: Suck it up, students; learning stuff is hard. Besides, afterwards, you'll know exactly what to hate.
Ali? No. On the other hand, I saw him shadow-boxing with kids at an airport; that, I could appreciate.
"When I hear people say Clinton emails don't matter, I remember a young Marine captain who owned up to his career-ruining mistake."
As a retired Canadian military intelligence officer, I have seen personnel (rightly) disciplined for security compromises that pale in comparison to the indiscretions of Hillary Clinton and her private server.
If Clinton is elected, the first amnesty she should grant is to PFC Bradley (or Chelsea or whatever he calls himself now) Manning. And then call off the dogs on Edward Snowden and Julian Assange.
Anything else would be Hypocrisy with a capital H as in, oh, Hillary.
Concerning the Manning, Assange, and Snowden cases (and similar situations) I'm willing to allow Hillary to remain a hypocrite and allow them to remain in jail or exile (preferably in jail, though).
Still, I'd appreciate it if she was prosecuted, convicted, and never seen outside prison again.
The O and mortgage fraud:
"As Michael Walsh would say, “think of the Democratic Party as what it really is: a criminal organization masquerading as a political party,”
Truest words ever spoken.