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Friday, June 24. 2016
Bluegrass Legend Ralph Stanley Dies
I'll post a couple of my favorites later
Martin Armstrong Rages "The EU Is Nothing Without Britain!"
Brexit vote shows there is more to man than homo economicus. Proud of my ancestral homeland today.
The European Union: Government By Deception
Europe’s Brexit greeting: Sorry and good riddance
"Now It's Our Turn" - Geert Wilders Calls For A Dutch Referendum
How to Wrestle with a Difficult Decision: Advice from Sergeant Alvin C. York
Much of interest in his Mondo Bizarro
Literally by the Thought Police
Anti-Semitic Incidents on American College Campuses Nearly Doubled
Bathroom Debate Complicates Mexican Town’s Acceptance of a Third Gender
Climate scientist Peter Stott is still trying to connect extreme weather to climate
Scientists do not try to show something.
Economics of cotton subsidies
The least affordable place to live in America is… Brooklyn!
New Rule Requires Doctors To Treat Trans Patients As Their Pretend Sex - The consequences of a doctor’s decision not to treat a patient acting like the opposite sex now range from loss of federal funding to civil lawsuits to potential criminal investigation.
So Doc puts the dude in the stirrups - and does what with the speculum? Can insanity be required by law?
The Middle Class is Shrinking Because Many People are Getting Richer
I think household wealth is a better measure of prosperity than household income
Republicans Have a Shot at Replacing Obamacare
America’s Majority-Minority Future Approaches
Protesting against Due Process? Evil
Clinton Foundation shuns veterans groups for foreign causes that allow less transparency
Ex-Clinton official got Boeing bucks while pushing Iran nuke pact – before $25B jet deal
Six Diseases Return To US as Migration Advocates Celebrate ‘World Refugee Day’
Obama’s disintegrating strategy - The president’s willful ignorance helps Islamic State fight its ideological war
Anti-money laundering body seen keeping Iran on blacklist: officials
They don't need our money
Elliott Abrams: Obama’s Hypocrisy Highlighted in Push to Undermine Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge (INTERVIEW)
Wasting their money
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Re: The EU Is Nothing Without Britain!
I would say almost nothing since I think Germany is nearly as big a part of the EU as the UK is. That said, the future for the UK is going to be rocky for a while, but owning its own future is worth more than whatever they got from the EU.
As rocky as the UK will likely have it, the EU will probably have it much worse. The UK is only the first. If there is an EU in ten years it will look a lot different and probably be a lot smaller.
"Can insanity be required by law?"--C'mon, you already know the answer to that.
Re: Clinton failed to hand over key email to State Department
That implies there was only one 'key' email she failed to hand over. Leave it to the AP to put the best face on the story.
Wretch wrote at Belmont Club:
The rebellion is real.
All of a sudden the invincible status quo looks very mortal.
The big losers -- apart from the European project itself -- were conventional wisdom, which predicted a comfortable win for the Remain faction all the way until the roof fell in and President Obama. He made a special trip across the Atlantic to lobby British voters to stay in the EU. He was apparently less than convincing.
Nor did the thinly veiled warnings of operatives like Strobe Talbott, who hinted darkly at the end of the British-American special relationship in the event of Brexit cut much ice. If today's events prove anything, besides Talbott's fallibility, it is that Brussels, not London is the capital of a dying empire. "Voters in France, Italy and the Netherlands are demanding their own votes on European Union membership and the euro, as the continent faces a “contagion” of referendums. If the unthinkable was no longer impossible, the inevitable was no longer fore ordinaed.
What happens next?
Will the ruling class be able to drag their bureaucratic feet disentangling the UK from the EU? Meanwhile, like blaming Bush for every ill in our economy, will they blame every economic ill in the UK on leaving the EU and try to stampede the electorate into rejoining?
The immediate rhetoric in the aftermath of the vote suggests none of that will happen, but I can't help but think they would like to put Humpty Dumpty back together again if they could.
And President Obozo telling the Brits they would have to go to the back of the line if they opted out. I think the UK voters just hurled a giant egg and hit him square in the face. Heh.
Looks like a can of worms must be sorted through to extricate the UK from the EU:
I think the military arms of the EU countries (what little there is) and NATO should be very alert. The train wreck that the end of the EU will be will probably be seen as an opportunity to Putin to cause more trouble - at the minimum.
"Republicans have a shot at replacing Obamacare"
Why? Why replace why not eliminate. We have the best health care in the world because it isn't owned and run by the government. Why would we want to make it worse and more expensive?
My suggestion is don't try to fix or replace Obamacare but simply make to simple changes: Make it voluntary not mandatory and eliminate federal subsidies. Let Obamacare die a natural death.
Why would we want socialized healthcare if fails everywhere it's tried? Do you really want the federal government running healthcare? There would be quota's budget overruns which would result in closed clinics/hospitals, higher taxes, death panels, health care denied, etc. If you like the VA health care you will love socialized health care.
yeah, except that the whole obamacare thing was NOT about healthcare and all about CONTROL.
Even the RINOS aren't going to step away from that.
The democrats are once again fighting to take away liberties. It would be bad enough if it was only the democrats, but bad bills barely did not pass the senate, where it should be pointed out republicans have the majority. One more justice on the supreme court, and the democrat president would be able to create law. Who needs congress? The left leaning justices have shown that the constitution is just a piece of paper, meaningless to them. I am not a yuuge Trump fan, but I will vote for him. The consequences of Hillary presidency are catastrophic. A Trump presidency will have the effect of congress reestablishing their check on the executive branch. Both parties will move heaven and earth to way lay him. Count on it. And that gives me hope for our constitutional republic. We the people are not subjects!
Gender was originally a theory developed by a quack psychiatrist in the 1960s. His theory was discredited but now gender quackery is the law.
The EU was a C.I.A. construct in the belief that it is easier for the U.S. to impact and control policies over one government vs. lots of smaller ones. It was devised, packaged and sold on false premises with both intended and unintended consequences that have destroyed sovereignty, Western civilization, individualism and personal freedom. Bye, bye, bye. May the rest of the EU smarten up…and the U.S.
The world is watching and listening to Mr. Trump.
Not according to Frederick Forsyth (http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-06-23/european-union-government-deception).
Here is some of the reasons NYC stinks
Re: Bureaucrats with guns
With the "deference" SCOTUS pays to the executive-branch agencies with regards to making and interpreting their own rules, the agencies' only effective check is their reliance on the DoJ to enforce their directives - having their own SWAT teams effectively makes each agency its own little fiefdom and each agency head his own little warlord. If the President is not cnstrained by Congress nor the Constitution why should the EPA be constrained by the Congress or by the Constitution or by the President? This is I think the biggest threat to the US - the regulatory state is becoming self-sufficient and nobody is in control anymore.